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Free Bonus Class on February, Tuesday the 28th in NMU Dome 101B from 7-9  Open to All : Eastern Europe Still Ever Changing - Part 2

The riverboat tour starting in Budapest and ending in Bucharest, Bulgaria will pick up for part 2 on land beginning in Bucharest, the capital of Bulgaria where we will explore the People's Palace.  Next stop is Brasnov, Romania and then Transylvania's fairytale village of Sighisoara, a 12th century Saxon settlement whose central citadel is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.   Its well preserved medieval character rivals that of old Prague or Vienna.   Its other claim to fame is the birthplace of Vlad Dracula and Bran Castle.  The presentation ends with a trip to Sinaia, Romania and Peles Castle.  You will see some beautiful countryside, learn about the Roma (gypsy) culture, enjoy a Bulgarian folk dance ensemble and perhaps a Romanian treat.

It is not necessary for you to have seen Part 1 to enjoy Part 2.  No registration required.   If you have questions, call Carol Margrif  249-9975.


What is the NCLL?

The Northern Center for Lifelong Learning (NCLL) is an organization that plans and offers informal educational programs and activities to enrich the daily lives of its members and others through mini-courses, regular programs, outdoor activities and social events. Member directed, self-supporting and nonprofit, it is affiliated with Northern Michigan University and the Road Scholar (Elderhostel) Institute Network. Lifelong learning is the "ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons. Therefore, it not only enhances social inclusion, active citizenship, and personal development, but also self-sustainability, rather than competitiveness and employability." Wikipedia

When and how often are programs offered?

NCLL offers programs suggested by NCLL participants and community members who share their interest and desire to learn and stay active with others. More than twenty classes or events are offered each term in the day or evening - summer/fall, winter, and spring. If you have an interest, hobby, activity or experience you would like to share please contact the NCLL office, director or attend an NCLL Curriculum Committee Meeting! For more information on booklets and registration, see the Classes/Events page.


Who is eligible to join or attend programs?

Membership and programs are open to anyone interested in pursuing intellectual, recreational, and/or social activities. NCLL membership dues for the 2016-2017 year are $30 with a charge for most classes; $3 for members and $8 for non-members.   More information


What are NCLL interest groups?

Initiated and managed by NCLL members, interest groups function independently of NCLL, but we want to encourage folks to get together around particular activities they enjoy.  On-going interest groups include Astronomy, Bridge, Lunch Out Together, and Walking/XC-Skiing. Learn more



NCLL Memberships Makes Great Gifts!

Are looking for a unique, and useful gift, yet one that is personal and will be enjoyed again and again?

For just $30 you can purchase a gift membership for friends and loved ones. NCLL offers 80-90 programs each year that cover the arts, history, culture, tours, field trips, science, nature, hiking, snowshoeing, potlucks, health issues and MORE. Send check and recipient name and contact information to the NCLL Office and an email greeting and registration information will be forwarded to the recipient. Hard copies of the Program Booklet with the registration form and calendar are also available upon request.

Give the gift of learning!


A Sampling of NCLL Programming


On December 18th, a Mining Journal article covered an NCLL Learning to Tango class, including a photo of the Soderbergs who "try out a few steps." Dancing to good health



Local resident Kurt Fosburg is one of only three certified Lampists in the nation. In January 2017 he gave a great educational, informative and fascinating presentation on the History of the Fresnel Lens. Those who attended had the highest accolades for Fosburg’s presentation – in the words of one participant “one of the best programs I have ever seen.”

The first thing we learned was the definition of a “Lampist:" an old-world term for a technician specializing in the set-up, repair, and preservation of classical Fresnel lighthouse lenses. Kurt, trained as an old world apprentice by the nation's leading lampist, followed this with a short lecture on the lens named after its French creator, Augustin Fresnel. Using a combination of the index of refraction of glass and the physics of light transmission, Fresnel created a mathematical formula to bend and focus the visible energy from a source of illumination into a concentrated beam of light to aid the Mariner at sea. The result was a beautiful combination of bronze framework and precision ground glass.

With increased U.S. shipping in the mid-1800s, the nation began purchasing the French Fresnel lenses for use in their lighthouses. Over time the classical Fresnel lens became obsolete, but instead of destroying these functional works of art the government began the process of removing the lenses from lighthouses and transferring them to local historical societies and maritime museums for public display. 

Traveling the country, Kurt delicately removing these priceless artifacts and restores them to their original luster for display.  He also manufactures missing components and associated clockworks mechanism, historically accurate reproduction of platforms, lamps, and other display items directly related to the Fresnel lens.  Mr. Fosburg has gone on to create his own unique company to further his interests and career.  As the youngest of the now retiring group of American lampists and the only one manufacturing replacement components, his talents, skills and passion for the subject shines bright. Some examples of Kurt's work are Stannard Rock near Marquette, Pointe aux Barques on Lake Huron, and Gibbs Hill on Bermuda.


If you would like to know more about NCLL, the programs or becoming a member contact the office or better yet, attend a program and experience for yourself. You can download booklet or registration forms or contact the NCLL office to request a paper copy.

Sally Olsen, NCLL Liaison; Photo and text provided by Kurt Fosburg


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March 2017


301: Fun Behind the Fun -
What it Takes to Keep a Children's Museum Running

Thursday, March 2 10-noon
U.P. Children's Museum

Participants will be taken into the “guts” of the Museum to see what it takes to keep such a place open.  You will be enlighten as to the yearly goals, staffing needs, financial concerns, and the fun behind the scenes; every day brings something new!

302: Pickleball? Give it a Try!
Monday, March 6 10:15-noon
Marquette Senior Center Gym on Baraga Avenue


303: Emotional Wellness – The Science of Being Happy
Monday, March 13   7-9 pm
(No Charge)
Superior Dome Room 101B


304: Woodworker Rally IV
Mondays: March 13 – April 17   8 am-Noon
NMU Jacobetti Center, Room 137


305: Game Night
Friday, March 17    6-8 pm
Redeemer Lutheran Church


306: NMU Olympic Training Center and Other Athletic Programs
Wednesday, March 22   10 am-Noon
Olympic Training Center and/or Room 101B Superior Dome


307: More Than Beginning Photography
Wed., March 22, April 26, May 24, and June 28    11 am-1pm
NMU Cohodas Room 404A


308: Jewelry Making with Copper Findings
Thursday, March 23   1-4 pm
NMU Cohodas Room 404A


309: Contra Dancing
Tuesday, March 28   1:30-3:30 pm
Dance Zone, 1113 Lincoln Ave., Marquette