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Membership: Spring

Calendar Feb 1, 2024

This membership entitles you to enroll in any class or activity during the Spring term only. 

There are 3 GLI terms: Summer (June-October), Fall/Winter (October-February), and Spring (February-June).

Membership in GLI or another Maine Senior College is required for registration in any Gold LEAF program offering. 


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Let's Sing Together! Again Spring Term


with Ray Stillman

Calendar Feb 8, 2024 , runs for 10 weeks


Join us for an informal session to sing, or sometimes hum, a variety of traditional folk, old standard, and holiday songs. No experience is necessary, just an interest in having fun singing together. Playing along with a ukulele, guitar or piano is also welcome.

We meet on the 2nd & 4th Thursday of each month at the  Farmington Community/Recreation Center, 127 Middle Street, Farmington, ME.

February 8, 22

March 14, 28

April 11, 25

May 9, 23

1 pm - 2:15 pm

Ray is a past member of the previous singing group.

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Views on the News - Spring term


with Paul Mullin

Calendar Feb 16, 2024 at 10 am


This is a discussion group held on the first and third Fridays of each month covering local, national, and world news. The discussion provides an opportunity to share your observations and opinions on the news and to learn from other participants. Articles of interest are distributed among the group by email in the week prior to each meeting, and topics to discuss are selected by the group at the beginning of each meeting.

Starts at 10 am.

February 16

March 1, 15

April 5, 19

May 3, 17

June 7 

Paul Mullin is the facilitator for this discussion group.

Games Day, Spring


with Patricia Overall

Calendar Feb 19, 2024 at 1:30 pm


This group will meet on the third Monday of each month for 2-3 hours to play board and/or word games. The group will meet in members' homes with snacks provided by the host and each member bringing their drink/s of choice. Members may bring their own games, and the host may provide games if available. Game choices will be made by those present. Members are not required to have a game day in their own home in order to participate in this activity. Come join the fun!

The group will meet on the third Monday of the month at 1:30 p.m.

February 19, 2024

March 18, 2024

April 15, 2024

May 20, 2024

Patricia Overall has been a member of Gold LEAF for many years. She is a retired high school math teacher and hotel office manager. She moved from Albuquerque, NM, where she chaired several similar groups within different organizations.

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Out and About in Maine, Spring Term


with Ray Stillman

Calendar Feb 27, 2024 at 10 am


As most of us know, Western Maine has much to offer outdoor enthusiasts in all four seasons. This Gold LEAF opportunity combines paddling trips, light hikes, walks and snowshoeing into one package geared to take advantage of local resources and seasonal conditions. For this term, we will focus on beginner/moderate trails to walk, hike, or snowshoe in Western Maine. Participants should have comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots, ice cleats, and snowshoes. Trekking poles are recommended but not necessary. We will keep a close eye on the weather before each event and keep participants posted about changes. Our goal is to be safe, have fun, and get outside!

February 27

March 26

April 16 

May 21

10 a.m., locations to be determined.

Ray Stillman and Deb Stahler will be organizing the Out and About Group for Gold LEAF for the spring term.  They both enjoy exploring the outdoors of Maine with others.

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Dining Out, Spring Term


with Patricia Overall

Calendar Mar 7, 2024 at 11:30 am


Participants will meet once a month for lunch at various restaurants in the Farmington area. Reservations will need to be firm one week prior to the date. Participants will order from the standard menu and receive separate checks.

First Thursday of the month at 11:30 am.

March 7

April 4

May 2

June 6

Patricia Overall has been a member of Gold LEAF for three years.  She is a retired high school mathematics teacher, who later worked in hotel management and other occupations, including NACA, now NASA,  and working as a bartender. She has lived in 18 states and obviously enjoys eating out.

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Conversations, Coffee & Crafts, Spring Term


with Heidi Wilde

Calendar Mar 11, 2024 at 10 am


Please join us for a monthly Zoom get-together for coffee, conversation, and crafts.  Settle in with your favorite craft, bring your coffee, tea, or beverage, and visit with Gold LEAF friends.  Crafts are not essential, and guys are welcome! The goal is to get together and spend an hour or more talking with friends.

2nd Monday of the month, 10 a.m. - 11:30 am

March 11, 2024

April 8, 2024

May 13, 2024

June 10, 2024

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GLI Book Discussion Group, Spring Term


with Cathy Wimett

Calendar Mar 12, 2024 at 10 am


The Book Discussion Group continues a long Gold LEAF tradition and will meet four times during the Spring Term to discuss works of fiction and non-fiction.  Our sessions are open and casual, but also stimulating and informative - we learn from each other. This term, each book has been chosen and will be facilitated by a member of the group.

The group meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month.

March 12: Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt

April 9: Our Own Worst Enemy: The Assault from within on Modern Democracy 1st Edition by Tom Nichols

May 14: Never in a Hurry: Essays on People and Places by Naomi Shihab Nye

June 11: The Berry Pickers: A Novel by Amanda Peters

Each of the four facilitators has participated in this book group previously. Both newcomers and past participants are encouraged to join us for this Spring Term.

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