NEW NCLL Office Hours as of October 18, 2016 
Tuesday and Friday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm


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. For more information, see the following: Winter 2016-17 Program Booklet (revised on 10/14) Calendar, and Registration and Waiver. 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!


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!

For just $30 you can purchase a gift membership for friends and loved ones to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, holiday and any special occasion! 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

NCLL participants recently took a road/field trip to thriving area of Bark River. While it was a bit of a rocky start it turned out to be a great day. Our first stop was the Ten Mile Forge and Gift Shop which is nestled in a beautiful setting. George is a world renown blacksmith whose specialty is making knives out of Damascus steel, hand carved scrimshaw handles and sheaths.  The demonstration was impressive and we quickly learned he is a true artist, a wealth of knowledge as well as a good story teller.  We were “shaking our heads” in awe trying to process it all.   Maureen’s unique Irish/Celtic Gift shop is small but full of not only George’s handiwork but local jewelry, artwork, pottery, etc. Learn more at http://www.Exploringthenorth.com/tenmile/forge.html

 winery photo

We then headed for the Home Base Restaurant and Bar for a tasty lunch including Theresa’s home-made rhubarb/strawberry pie and rhubarb torte and I managed to get the recipe for it. Stop in when in that area.
On to the Northern Sun Winery owned and operated by Dave and Sue Anthony, where the 4000 vines that make up over 5.2 acres of the farm are used to make their special blends such as the “Rhubarb,” the “Marquette” and the “Brianna.”  They have found just the right grape varieties that grow in the local soil and climate and have already won international wine awards for their LaCrescent wine. We toured the vineyard, saw where and how the grapes were processed, and of course had an opportunity to taste and purchase wine.  Susie’s enthusiasm is infectious and the staff is truly a part of the winery. They also host a summer concert series which would be great to attend.  Check them out at http://www.northernsunwinery.com/

This is an example of the types of programs that NCLL offers – if you are interested in receiving a current program booklet contact the NCLL office. The program booklet is also available online.

By Sally Olsen, NCLL Liaison

Contact Us


See details in Winter Program Booklet

October 2016


105: More Photography Wednesdays 11 – 1 pm
October 26
404A Cohodas Hall, NMU campus


November 2016


201: Another Hike on North Country Scenic Trail 

Tuesday, November 1   1-4 pm
Meet at Berry Events Center or Cherry Creek Market in Harvey


202: The Gordo Site; a Late-Paleo Indian Site 

Thursday, November 3   11am-12:30 pm
Room 115 Jacobetti Center on NMU Campus


203: Backstage at the Theatre

Thursday, November 3   1-2:30 pm
Forest Roberts Theatre on NMU Campus


204: What are Essential Oils and How Can They Benefit You?
Tuesday, November 8     2-4 pm
Shiras Room, PWPL


205: Tie One On . . .
Wednesday, November 9     2-5 pm
First United Methodist Church, Ridge & Front, Community Room


206: The Battle Continues: Sea Lamprey in the Great Lakes
Thursday, November 10     10-Noon
US Fish & Wildlife Service, 3090 Wright Street


207: Two Ways to Tour Iceland
Monday, November 14     7-9 pm
NMU Superior Dome Room 101B


208: The Hospital Handbook: 29 Strategies for Patient Advocates, Family Members, and Friends
Tuesday, November 15     2-4 pm
Shiras Room, PWPL


209: Intermediate Photography
November 16, December 21, January 25, February 22    11-1 pm
NMU Cohodas Hall 414A


210: Michigan Iron Mining: Past, Present & Future
Thursday, November 17     2-4 pm
Michigan Iron Industry Museum, 73 Forge Road in Negaunee


Closed Classes

215: Winter Survival – What to do when you break down or get stuck in the winter