New NCLL OFFICE HOURS  Beginning August 1, 2016 
Tuesdays 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m.
Fridays      9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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!


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 re- known 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 photoWe 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

124: Pictured Rocks/Grand Marais Fall Color Tour 
Oct 3. Seats are still available.Featuring the new road through the Pictured Rocks and the gateway communities of Grand Marais and Munising. See tour flyer for details.  Note all reservations must be made with Fred Huffman.

September 2016

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


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


122: What is Alger-Marquette Community Action all about?
Wednesday, September 28    7–9 p.m.
Lost Creek Community Building


123: Shoreline Bike Ride and U.S. Coast Guard Station Tour
Friday, September 30    9-Noon
Meet at 9 a.m. at Mattson Park
125: A Hike to Laughing Whitefish Falls
Wednesday, October 5    2-6 pm
Meet at Cherry Creek Market, Harvey


127: Election Night: It’s More Than a Party with Drink, Food and Friends (Free)
Monday, October 10     7-8:45 pm
Community Room, PWPL


128: Diabetes and Foot Health (Free)
Wednesday, October 12    7-9 pm
Superior Dome 101B


129: Teal Lake Senior Living Community Tour
Friday, October 14     10 am–Noon
290 W. Water Street, Negaunee


130: Lunch with Friends at the Landmark Inn
Friday, October 21    11:30-2 pm
Landmark Inn, N. Front Street, Marquette

Following are closed classes:

126: Learn the Lost Art of Tatting

Summer Fall 2016 Program Book

Summer Fall 2016 Calendar

Summer Fall 2016 Registration Form