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This membership entitles you to enroll in any class or activity during the Fall/Winter 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.
Out and About in Maine, Fall/Winter
with Self-Guided Tour
As most of us know, Western Maine has a lot to offer outdoor enthusiasts in all four seasons. This Gold LEAF opportunity joins paddling trips, light hikes, walks and snowshoes 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. A trekking pole or pole is recommended but not necessary. We will be keeping a close eye on the weather before each event and keep participants posted about changes and “Plane-B’s” Our goal is to be safe, have fun, and get outside!
10 a.m., locations to be determined.
Barb Toner, with the help of outdoor adventurers Sarah Carlson, Sam Horine, and Ray Stillman, has been organizing the Out and About Group for Gold LEAF for a little while. She enjoys exploring Western Maine and sharing it with others.
Games Day, Fall/Winter
with Patricia Overall
This group will meet once a month on the third Monday for about 2-3 hours to play various 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 games they own and would like to play, 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.
October 16, 2023
November 20, 2023
December 18, 2023
January 15, 2024
Patricia Overall has been a member of Gold LEAF for three 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.
with Michelle Navarre
Do you want to write a story, start your memoir, work on a novel, publish an essay, or just play around with words and see what happens? If so, this workshop is for you. In this supportive writing group, we’ll explore strategies for generating ideas, getting words on paper, revising, and polishing them.
Wednesdays with 9 sessions
November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
December 6, 13, 20
10 am - 11:30 am
Michelle Navarre Cleary led her first writing workshop in 1994. Since then, she has worked primarily with adults who returned to school to complete their bachelor’s degrees. Her own writing includes academic articles, essays, and opinion pieces.
Views on the News - fall/winter term
with Paul Mullin
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.
Paul Mullin is the facilitator for this discussion group.
Starts at 10 am.
November 3, 17
December 1, 15
January 5, 19
Dining Out, Fall/Winter
with Patricia Overall
Participants will meet about 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
November 2, December 7, January 4, February 1
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.
Conversations, Coffee & Crafts, Fall/Winter
with Heidi Wilde
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.
November 13, 2023
December 11, 2023
January 8, 2024
February 12, 2024
GLI Book Discussion Group, Fall/Winter
with Cathy Wimett
The Book Discussion Group continues a long Gold LEAF tradition and will meet three times during the Fall/Winter 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 the month except December
November 14: Call Me American: A Memoir by Abdi Nor Iftin
January 9: Small Great Things: A Novel by Jodi Picoult
February 13: A Room with a View by E.M. Forster
Each of the three facilitators has participated in this book group previously. Both newcomers and past participants are encouraged to join us for this Fall/Winter Term.