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#110: Traverse City Tour: Villages, Wine, and Lavender, Oh My!
Sunday, July 28, 6:45am -- Tuesday, July 30, 11pm
Three day tour of Traverse City vineyards & more with lodging at the Hotel Indigo.
See poster for full list of vineyards and events, or contact liaisons
Darlene Areseneau (,jdp7955@gmail.com) & Ginger Bollero-Petry (ginger8051@aol.com) for more information.



NCLL Testimonial ...
"They [NCLL] offer such a wonderful variety of events, & at such a great variety of times, I can usually pick many events that I can attend out of every offering. I have never been disappointed, & the people are very welcoming."

Bruce Greenwood, NCLL member





What is the NCLL?

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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.  More in About Us

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 Programs/Events page.


Who is eligible to join or attend programs?

Membership and programs are open to any adult 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 $6 for non-members.   More information


What are NCLL interest groups?

Initiated and managed by NCLL members, interest groups function independently of NCLL. We encourage folks to get together around particular activities they enjoy.  Current on-going interest groups include Relaxed Bridge and Lunch Out Together. 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

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May 2019 - 

Dr. Mary Martin of the NMU Biology Department gave a beginning field course on lichens held at Wetmore Landing. The Mining Journal article is a good record. 

Likin’ lichens - Wetmore Landing good place for finding unique organisms


February 2019

Did you miss Sonny Longtine's NCLL presentation, "U.P. People: Incredible Stories about Incredible People"? It was reported in a Mining Journal article "Local author shares tales of U.P. people who made their mark".  Sonny’s latest book covers 42 people from across the UP from the 1850’s to present time. Sonny said, “They are entrepreneurs and inventors, and have made a significant impact on the UP.” He also included some people who were just too interesting to ignore. 


December - NMU Medicinal Plant Chemistry Program

On December 13th, Dr. Mark Paulsen, Department Head of NMU Chemistry described the new chemistry program dedicated to entrepreneurial and research-based careers in medicinal plants. A tour of the labs was also conducted by Dr. Paulsen and Dr. Lee Roecker.  The Mining Journal article, "Chemistry Meets Biology" provides an excellent summary. 

October - Green Burial

The October 19th Mining Journal has a very good summary of NCLL's program "Green Burial: What is it and why should I be interested?".  'Green' burial - Eco-friendly option explored. 

August - Lessons on Immigration Prejudice

On August 17, 2018, Dr. Gabe Logan, the director of the Center for U.P. Studies and professor of History at NMU taught NCLL participants a few lessons on immigration prejudice. Through a presentation and examination of historical immigration cartoons, legal reviews questioning whether Finns were subject to the Anti-Chinese Immigration Act and articles written by Ben Franklin railing against Germans in Pennsylvania, Dr. Logan gave a perspective from the past.  Small groups of participants identified current anti-immigration rhetoric and made comparisons to history.  The Mining Journal wrote an extensive review of the class, "Immigration prejudice: Program focuses on issue, past and current" and is worth the read to see how prejudice is mostly recycled .... we just change the ethnic groups.  Have we made progress? 





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On going through the term


More than Beginning Photography
Wednesday, June 26  
Cohodas Hall, Room 404A


Woodworker Rally
Mondays during most of NMU academic semesters
NMU Jacobetti Center, Room 137


101:  Becoming Comfortable with Exercise
Saturdays, July 6, July 20, Aug. 3, & Aug.17   noon-1pm Superior Fitness (102 Coles Drive)

103:  Do It Yourself? Know Your Paint and Stain Basics
Wednesday, July 10   6-7pm
PWPL Heritage Room

104:  The Native American Experience:  A Sampler
Thursday, July 11   10am-noon
Whitman Commons, Room 136

105:  A History of the Marquette Beautification and Restoration Committee
Monday, July 15   7-8:30pm
PWPL Shiras Room

106:  Janzen House:  Learn How They are Quietly Helping the Homeless
Wednesday, July 17   1-2:30pm
PWPL Heritage Room

107:  An Afternoon with Author John Smolens
Thursday, July 18   4-6pm
216 East Hewitt Ave.

108:  Tax Efficient Retirement
Tuesday, July 23   1:30-3pm
NMU Cohodas Hall, Room 404-A

109:  More than Beginning Photography
Wednesdays July 24, August 28, Sept 25, Oct 30 11am-1pm
NMU Cohodas Hall, Room 404-A

110:  Traverse City Tour: Villages, Wine, and Lavender, Oh My!
Three day tour of Traverse City vineyards & more with lodging at the Hotel Indigo. See poster for full list of vineyards and events.

Download Traverse City Tour Poster

#111: History, Hydro Plants, & Hike
Thursday, August 1   1-3pm
Board of Light and Power
(2200 Wright St.)

#112: What's New at the Marquette Senior Center
Tuesday, August 6   2-3pm
Marquette Senior Center
(W Spring St., behind Courthouse)

#113: Water: The Local Flavor and What You can do to Protect It
Thursday, August 8   2-4pm
PWPL Heritage Room

#114: The Beauty of Pipe Artistry
Tuesday, August 13   2-4pm
Marquette Arts & Culture Center (downstairs PWPL)

#115: Tour: The Residence at Harbor Vista
Thursday, August 15   1-3pm
The Residence at Harbor Vista
(1885 Harbor Vista Dr.)

#116: UPAWS New Facility Tour
Friday, August 16   1-3pm
UPAWS (815 S M-553 in Gwinn)




 #117: Celebrate 100 Years of MI State Parks (canceled)

#132: Local Color Tour
#135: The 51st State?