North Hill retirement community [] has announced its new schedule of True North Courses and Events, a series of lifelong learning opportunities for seniors throughout the Boston area. Nine classes and events make up the Fall term, with guest lecturers such as entertainment critic Joyce Kulhawik, the Boston Conservatory’s Elizabeth Seitz and Dave Abel of the Boston Globe. The full calendar can be found at
“North Hill’s PurposeFULL Living philosophy is about pursuing your passions,” said Paul Duffy, of North Hill Community Development. “Our new schedule has something for everyone, whether you’re passionate about gardening or history, movies or politics.”

As in past terms, amenities newly created or renovated will be leveraged as lifelong learning spaces. The new Art Gallery welcomes its second installation since opening in June, an exhibit called “Boston Painters, Boston Painted.” The Screening Room is the site of a two-day comparison of two “Great Gatsby” movies led by Joyce Kulhawik. These spaces are part of the first phase of a multimillion dollar campus transformation, Project True North.

Many of the True North Courses and Events are free. A select few classes have a registration fee to cover food, project materials or as a contribution to the North Hill-Olin College Fund for Innovation in Aging.

The fall schedule includes:
·        Travel Writing 101, a workshop with Dave Abel of the Boston Globe. 9/21/2013 at North Hill. $10 fee includes lunch.
·        Minimal Garden, Maximum Enjoyment, led by Monique Allen. 9/24/2013 at Elm Bank Horticultural Center, Wellesley. $10 fee.
·        Curtin Lecture on American Law: The Roberts Court, taught by Patrick Wohlfarth of the University of Maryland. 10/1/2013 at North Hill. Free.
·        Needham’s Walk through History, with the Needham Historical Society. 10/6/2013, stepping off from the entrance to North Hill. Free.
·        Is America Ungovernable? Dr. Lara M. Brown addresses partisan gridlock. 10/10/2013 at the Wellesley College Club. Free.
·        Two Great Gatsbys, featuring the insights of Joyce Kulhawik, formerly of WBZ TV and now the president of the Boston Theater Critics Association. 10/21 and 10/22/2013 in the new North Hill Screening Room. Free.
·        Woodrow Wilson and the League of Nations, led by Professor Jason Edwards of Bridgewater State University. 10/30/2013 at North Hill. $10 fee.
·        What DOES the Conductor DO? Elizabeth Seitz of the Boston Conservatory uses discussion and musical examples to explore the role of a symphony conductor. 11/7/2013 at North Hill. $10 fee.
·        Boston Painters, Boston Painted: Hassam & Sargent, with the Museum of Fine Arts’ Carol Troyen. 11/14/2013 at the North Hill Art Gallery. Free.

Open to vibrant older adults in Needham, Wellesley, Newton and throughout Boston’s MetroWest. Some classes have limited enrollment. For details or to enroll online, visit Registrations also are welcome by phone at 781-318-8355.

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