Monday & Friday  9 am - 1 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.

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: Summer-Fall 2016 Program Guide,  Calendar, and Registration and Waiver

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


'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

NCLL offers programs suggested by NCLL participants and community members who share their interest and desire to learn and stay active with others. If you have an interest, hobby, activity or experience you would like to share please attend an NCLL Curriculum Committee Meeting! The Spring 2016 Session will be planned during the next meetings scheduled for Tuesdays, January 5, 12 & 19 at 10 am in Room 404A Cohodas Hall, NMU.  Please bring your idea, a proposed date, time and location to the meeting! THANK YOU!


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 non-members. 

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 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. Hardcopies of the Program Booklet with the registration form and calendar are also available upon request.

Give the gift of learning!


Coming Up Spring 2016...


330: Field trip to The Ten Mile Forge and the Northern Sun Winery         

Wednesday, June 8  @ 8am 
8am, meet in Berry Events Center (BEC) east side parking lot or 8:15am at Cherry Creek Supermarket in Harvey.
$3 for members; $8 for non-members PLUS $1.00 for MarqTran paid to driver.
Special thanks to our presenters, George & Maureen Potvin and Dave & Susie Anthony

Visit with blacksmith George Potvin, world-renown for his knife making. See how  the knives, the scrimshaw work, and hand tooled leather sheaths are done.  A stop at the Ten Mile Creek Forge and Gift Shop before we leave for the Home Base Bar & Restaurant to have lunch. Then a tour of the North Sun Winery  vineyard with Vitner Dave to learn about the grapes, how they are processed into wine and alas to the Mediterranean-style cottage for wine tasting/purchasing if you choose. 

Michigan Gifts Shops



Northern Center for Lifelong Learning gets educated on airport rules HERE



A sudden fall can change our lives in a second and while we don’t like to talk or think about it, being proactive is more useful than avoiding the topic.  Once upon a time we were younger, more agile, bones were stronger, vision was more acute and our balance was better as well as our recuperative powers.  As we age our vestibular system changes, our ankles and legs become weaker, our reflexes are slower and medications and medical conditions make us more vulnerable. All this sets us up for falls and broken bones such as hip fractures, loss of independence, depression and a less active lifestyle.

Recently NCLL teamed up with UPCAP and SAIL to offer “A MATTER OF BALANCE” class.  The program is an award winning, evidence based program developed by Boston University and adapted for community based small groups.

This was a free, eight session course full of sharing fears, falls people had experienced, ideas, exercises, tips, professional presentations from physical therapists, and things that can be done to make participants more aware and to prevent falls. It included how to make changes to reduce risks, exercises to increase strength, balance and flexibility.

Some NCLL participants were very impressed by the class and had only good things to say about it in their evaluations. This would include Ginger the yellow lab (see photo) descending from royalty, who also seemed pleased with the opportunity to be supportive. While some people were skeptical going into it, they found the program went beyond their expectations for useful and practical information, meaningful interaction with others in the class, and praise for the instructional material and instructors.  One person even said “it was the best class they had ever taken.”  Quite a compliment and NCLL is so pleased to have facilitated the program. We send great big thanks to Julie and Jesse at SAIL and to UPCAP for making the program possible.

If you would like to get additional information about falls, causes and prevention you can easily google the subject and locate many sites.  In the meantime here are a few to explore:







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


Summer 2016

101: Visit to Bay Cliff Health Camp
Thursday, July 7 10 – 2:30 pm
Meet the bus at BEC at 9 am


102: A Political Primer in a Year of Political Phenomena
Tuesday, July 12      6 - 7:45 pm
Room 101 B, NMU Superior Dome


103: Carp River Garden Tour
Thursday, July 14    11 – 3 pm
Carp River Gardens, 73 Heritage Drive, Negaunee
Meet at Econo parking lot at 11 am to carpool or drive yourself.


104: Pictured Rocks Kayak Trip
Tuesday, July 19 8 – 4 pm
Rain date: Tues, July 26 8 – 4 pm
Meet at the Cherry Creek Market in Harvey to carpool


105: More Photography Wednesdays 11 – 1 pm
July 20, August 24, September 28, October 26
404A Cohodas Hall, NMU campus


106: Identity Theft:
What You Need to Know

Wednesday, July 27    6 – 8 pm
Superior Dome Room 101-B


107: BSB Farms – Chickens, Eggs and More
Tuesday, August 2 9 – 11:30 am 
Meet at Berry Events Center East 9:00 am and Cherry Creek Market  at 9:15 am


108: Architecture Today
Wednesday, August 3    1 – 3 pm
Peter White Public Library Shiras Room


109: Tour of Humboldt Ore Processing Mill
Friday, August 5      8 - Noon
8 am Meet at Berry events Center East parking lot & 8:30 am Jubilee Market-Ishpeming


110: Marquette Maritime Museum and Lighthouse
Tuesday, August 9       1 - 3 pm
300 Lakeshore, Marquette, MI


111: Alpacas, Alpaca Babies & More
Tuesday, August 16       9 – 11 am 
Meet at Berry Events Center East at 9 am and Cherry Creek Market 9:15 am


112: Woodworker Rally V
Session I – Aug 22 – Oct 3
Mondays: 8 am – Noon
137 Jacobetti Center, NMU


113: Walking the Appalachian Trail
Wednesday, August 24   2 – 4 pm
Peter White Library Shiras Room


114: Preparing for a Dog Show
Thursday, August 25 2 - 4 pm
Peter White Library Shiras Room


115: Kayaking Presque Isle
Tuesday, August 30     2 - 5 pm
Meet at the beach across from the Presque Isle pavilion


116: Curriculum Committee 2016-2017 Winter Events
Wednesdays, August 31,
September 7 & 14
10 am - noon
404A Cohodas Hall, NMU


Summer Fall 2016 Program Book


Summer Fall 2016 Calendar


Summer Fall 2016 Registration Form