Tuesday & Thursday  9am - 1pm

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.


NCLL Fall Color Tour: Historic Fayette & The Big Springs of Michigan

Date and Time:  Thursday, October 8 @ 7:30 am – 7pm
Location:          Eastside parking lot of the Berry Events
Center at 7:30am and Cherry Creek Market, Harvey at 7:45am.
Tour Cost:         $55 for members; $60 for non-members. Cost includes transportation, tour guide services and all admissions.   
Presenter:         Fred Huffman, Marquette Country Tours

Visit the mystical Big Springs of Michigan (Kitch-iti-Kipi) and the Historic Fayette Townsite. We’ll be treated to a guided tour and Dutch-treat happy hour at the Nahma Inn. During free time, view the legendary old mill burner, Steam Engine # 5 from the Nahma and Northern Railroad and the Michigan DNR Boat Launch. Lunch will be Dutch-treat off the menu at the Upper Crust Cafe & Deli at Traders Point in Manistique. 

ALSO COMING UP...A Special Invitation for You!

#126: Dinner at Chez Nous

Thursday, October 22,
Choose seating Time: 4:30, 5:15, 6:15pm

First Course

Brie and Apple Salad Saint Rocco Michigan-made Brie, pistachios, dried cranberries, sliced granny smith apples, and house-made croutons on a bed of arugula and topped with French Vinaigrette.

Second Course

Stuffed Beef Tenderloin Pan-seared and oven-roasted beef tenderloin rubbed with seasonings and stuffed with fresh young spinach, button mushrooms, and grated Parmigiano Reggiano. Broiled Swordfish Seasoned swordfish fillet topped with sweet peppers, broiled, and garnished with a lemon-parsley aioli. Each entrée is accompanied by: Grilled Red Beets Beet slices grilled with julienne onion and tossed with garlic brown sugar, and olive oil. Crispy Fingerlings Tri colored fingerling potatoes boiled and baked with sea salt and cracked pepper.

Third Course

Crème Brulee Puff Pate a choux pastry puff filled with vanilla bean and mascarpone blended custard, and finished with a caramel sauce, then bruleed.


Please call 227-2979 or email to register by the deadline of Wednesday, October 14.
Cost is $3 for members, $8 for nonmembers to be sent to the NCLL office and $10 for this three course meal to be paid at the restaurant.


When and how often are programs offered?

More than twenty new courses are offered each term - summer/fall, winter, and spring. Both daytime and evening programs are available. For more information, see the following: Winter 2015/2016 Book,  Calendar, and Winter 2015/2016 Registration and Waiver

Please notice that some events require pre-registration and prepayment.

Who is eligible to join or attend programs?
Membership and programs are open to anyone interested in pursuing intellectual, recreational, and/or social activities. More information

Important Information:
NCLL Membership Dues for the 2015-2016 year are $30 with a charge for most classes; $3 for members and $8 for nonmembers. 

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, Geocaching/GPS, Bridge, Lunch Out Together, and Walking/XC-Skiing. Learn more

NCLL Visits Bonifas Art Center
Michigan Watercolor Exhibit & Tour

NCLL members carpooled to Escanaba to visit the Bonifas Art Center. The weather was beautiful and it felt like a true field/road trip.  Everyone was in high spirits and we had a wonderful day.  The Bonifas arranged for a presentation by Sharon Johnson, a local water color artist, instructor and Bonifas member. She gave an interesting demo on mixed media using crayons and water colors.

We then had a tour of the Michigan juried watercolor traveling exhibit which was phenomenal. Abstracts, portraits, landscapes; all truly inspiring, beautiful and what an opportunity for us, as this was the only location in the Upper Peninsula with an exhibit this year.

We also learned some history regarding the Bonifas and its Romanesque structure of golden Kasota stone.  We had a tour of the auditorium and learned about the theater productions and other events that take place there. The Bonifas not only offers workshops, programs, and a place for artists to display their work, but also programs for youth and adults on theater,  art projects for the schools, and programs for community residents.  A big thank you to Pasqua, Corrinne and Sharon for providing us with such a great experience.  

By now we had worked up an appetite  so we stopped by the Swedish Pantry for a lunch and a look at all it has to offer from the floor to the ceiling.  It’s hard to keep the eye from wandering over the sights and sounds of the clocks, tea cups, salt and pepper shakers, lights, jewelry, clothing, baked goods, etc.  We also had a guest with us from Atlanta who was “impressed” with the uniqueness of the Pantry.

Some then went on to shop, tour the Sand Point Lighthouse and Museum or explore Escanaba. All in all everyone agreed it was a great trip and we should do it again!  

Sally Olsen, Program Liaison

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103: More Photography

Wednesday, Oct. 28 @ 11am
414 Cohodas Hall, NMU


106: Woodworkers Rally

Session I: Mondays,  9/14 - 10/19 Session II: Mondays, 10/19 - 11/23 @ 8am - Noon
NMU Jacobetti Center #137


119: Transient Moments ~ Photo Exhibit at Bonifas Art Center

Thursday, October 1 @ 8:30am 
Bonifas Art Center
700 First Street South, Escanaba


120: NCLL Fall Color Tour of Historic Fayette and the Big Springs of Michigan

Thursday, October 8 @ 7:30am
Meet at East parking lot of BEC or Cherry Creek Market in Harvey
Please call Fred Huffman at (906) 226-6167. Mail payment and registration for #120 to Fred Huffman, Marquette Country Tours, 809 W. College Avenue, Marquette, MI 49855


121: AARP Smart Driving Class

Tuesday & Wednesday, Oct. 13 & 14 @ 10am 
First United Methodist Church 
111 E. Ridge Street, Marquette


122: "A Matter of Balance"

Wednesdays & Fridays Oct. 14- Nov. 6 @ 9:30am 
SAIL, 1200 Wright Street


123: How Do You Know It's Dementia?

Thursday, October 15 @ 10am
Brookridge Heights
1901 Division Street, Marquette


124: An Afternoon with Beverly matherne: Poetry and Stories

Thursday, October 15 @ 2pm
Shiras Room, Peter White Public Library


125: Sawyer Heritage Air Museum

Monday, October 19 @ 1pm
Meet at NE corner of Econo Parking Lot at 1pm to board Marqtran Bus.
Carpooling Available!



126: Dinner at Chez Nous

Thursday, October 22
Choose your seating time from 4:30, 5:15 or 6:30pm. Chez Nous is located in the Jacobetti Skill Center.



WINTER 2015/2016 Books are now available!