Northern Michigan Events: The LIFE Academy at Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City has over 30 classes this winter for those age 55+.

Lifelong learning for older adults is found in brief classes at Traverse City's Northwestern Michigan College this winter. There are no papers or exams — just excellent discussions and activities. With over 30 mind-expanding opportunities designed especially for those age 55 and better, folks will find everything from exercise, life-story writing, drawing, and inter-spiritual wisdom, to world events. Most Life Academy classes are short — two to five sessions — and homework is limited, with ample time for discussion. Many classes meet in the daytime at the University Center on Cass Road.

"Participants have told us they enjoy the chance for stimulating and challenging experiences, with the added benefit of meeting others with similar interests," says Carol Evans, Director of Extended Education at NMC.

Two highlights this winter are the monthly luncheon lectures that take place from Noon to 1 p.m. on Fridays. Author Frank Slaughter discusses Michigan and the Civil War at the February 17 luncheon; and local radio host and co-author of Michigan's Upper Peninsula Almanac, Ron Jolly, will share U.P. facts and fun at the Friday, March 16 luncheon.

Class prices vary depending on how many times a class meets. The luncheons begin at $8. A six-week drawing class costs $119. Costs are discounted for residents of Grand Traverse County who are age 62+, and scholarships and financial aid are available to those age 55+, regardless of residency.

To receive a schedule of classes, call (231) 995-1700 or visit

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