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Membership Full Year

Calendar Jun 1, 2024

GLI Full Year Annual Membership

This membership is valid for a full twelve months and replaces the need to sign up for membership each term.  It may be renewed during the next GLI Summer Term registration period.

Membership in Gold LEAF or another Maine senior college is required to participate in Gold LEAF classes. Membership in Gold LEAF also allows you to take courses in any other Maine senior college.

As part of our effort to attract new members, each current member will be entitled to bring a guest to one class session per year."   Please call the Office Manager for more information.

June 1, 2024 – June 1, 2025

Cost:  $34


Membership Summer Term

Calendar Jun 1, 2024

This membership entitles you to enroll in any class or activity during the Summer Term. There are three 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. 


Views on the News - Summer term


with Paul Mullin

Calendar Jun 21, 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 before each meeting, and topics to discuss are selected by the group at the beginning of each meeting.

Starts at 10 am.

June 21

July 5, 19

August 2, 16

September 6, 20

October 4 

Paul Mullin is the facilitator for this discussion group.

Dining Out, Summer Term


with Patricia Overall

Calendar Jul 4, 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.

July 4

August 1

September 5

October 3

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.

Will run

Conversations, Coffee & Crafts, Summer Term


with Heidi Wilde

Calendar Jul 8, 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 am-11:30 am

July 8, 2024

August 12, 2024

September 9, 2024

October 14, 2024

Will run

GLI Book Discussion Group, Summer Term


with Cathy Wimett

Calendar Jul 9, 2024 at 10 am


The Book Discussion Group continues a long Gold LEAF tradition and will meet four times during the Summer 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.

July 9: Lucy by the Sea by Elizabeth Strout

August 13: Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt

September 10: The Enigma Girls: How Ten Teenagers Broke Ciphers, Kept Secrets, and Helped Win World War II by Candance Fleming

October 8: The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store by James McBride

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

Warm Weather Hiking


with Nadine Marchand

Calendar Jul 16, 2024 at 12:30 pm, runs for 4 weeks


Once a month on the third Tuesday, we will go hiking for the afternoon. The hikes may be in the moderate category, up to 2.5 to 3 miles, but not in the difficult range. In the event of bad weather, the hike will be 2 days later on Thursday. In general, we will leave Farmington at 12:30 and arrive at the hiking location about 1:00.

​Pets:  Due to safety and liability issues, no pets are allowed at GLI events. Exceptions may be made for service animals, upon request.

Before each trip, you will receive information about the hike, including length and difficulty rating. It's recommended that you bring a pack with water, small snacks, sunscreen, bug dope, and protection in case of unforeseen rain. Tentative hikes are as follows:

July 16 - Sanders Hill in Rome & Vienna

August 20 - Cascade Stream Gorge just south of Rangeley

September 17 - Parker Pond Headland Preserve in Fayette

October 15 - Mountain Trail in Rome

Nadine is a fair-weather outdoors person whose dad regularly took the kids on hikes. When the weather is decent, she loves being outdoors walking or gardening. Anything you've heard to the contrary is just not exactly accurate.

Full Course

Trip to Colby College Art Museum


with Abby Newkirk

Calendar Jul 24, 2024 at 9:30 am


A trip and tour at the Colby College Art Museum.  Exhibitions include Southwest paintings from the Taos Art Society 1915 to 1927 and Maine landscapes by Eastman Johnson.  The tour will start in the museum at 11 am.  There will be an opportunity for ride-sharing leaving from Farmington at 9:30 am.

July 24, 2024

Abby is the director of school and teacher programs at Colby Art Museum.

Will run

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