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Views on the News


with Paul Mullin

Calendar Mar 4, 2022 at 10 am, runs for 15 weeks

Online Discussion Group

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 the 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 facilitator for this discussion group.

March 4 & 18

April 1 & 15

May 6 & 20

June 3 & 17

Full Course

Gold LEAF Book Discussion Group


with Mary Viruleg

Calendar Mar 8, 2022 at 10 am

Online Class

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.

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

March 8:  The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery

April 12:  The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles

May 10Mill Town by Kerri Arsenault

June 14An Elephant in the Garden by Michael Morpurgo

Mary Viruleg is a retired educator and an avid and eclectic reader. She has participated in the GLI book group for over fifteen years and thoroughly enjoys the enthusiastic interplay of ideas and opinions.

Conversation, Coffee and Crafts


with Heidi Wilde

Calendar Mar 9, 2022 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 Wednesday of the month

  • March 9
  • April 13
  • May 11
  • June 8

Spiders of Maine


with Dana Wilde

Calendar Jun 7, 2022 at 10:30 am

Online Class

This will be an overview of spiders; their kinds and behaviors; myths, fallacies, and facts about their bites; and some of the spiders you're likely to see in Maine, the Northeast, and Maritime provinces. The class experience will be greatly enhanced by acquiring a copy of A Backyard Book of Spiders in Maine available from North Country Press as well as local and online book sellers.

Dana Wilde is the author of A Backyard Book of Spiders in Maine; Winter: Notes and Numina from the Maine Woods, and the “Backyard Naturalist” and “Off Radar” columns of the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel. He earned his PhD, MA Binghamton University; BA University of Southern Maine.

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