Middlesex Community College offers a wide variety of career and personal development courses. Noncredit classes are held days and evenings in Bedford, Lowell and online.

This fall, meeting and event-planning courses include:

* Meeting & Event Management Certificate: Topics covered include common components of managing and planning well-executed meetings and events, selection of appropriate sites, pre-event publicity and marketing, audio-visual technology, budgeting, negotiation and contracts, program design, catering, and special-event management (30 hours).This course meets Mondays, Sept. 22 through Nov. 24, 6 to 9 p.m., on the Bedford Campus. The cost is $499. Register for course number CAR 710 30 14099.

* Exploring Careers in Meeting & Event Planning: The meeting and event industry encompasses everything from family reunions, trade shows and exhibitions, incentive travel events, corporate meetings, weddings, special events and galas, conventions and conferences, and training sessions. This course (3 hours) meets Sept. 27, 9 a.m. to noon, on the Lowell Campus. The cost is $49. Register for course number CAR 705 80 14104.

* Corporate Event Planning: Learn how to think of every last detail, from what food to serve, inviting guests, and how to order a tent for an outside function. Learn to plan, delegate, budget, organize and impress your co-workers with the perfect party (3 hours). This course meets Oct. 4, 9 a.m. to noon, on the Lowell Campus. The cost is $49. Register for course number CAR 703 80 14100.

To register for these or other MCC noncredit courses, call 1-800-818-3434 or visit

The opening session for the Middlesex Institute for Lifelong Education for Seniors (M.I.L.E.S.) will be held Oct. 1, 2 p.m., in the Bedford Campus Center, 591 Springs Road. The keynote activity will be a ballroom dancing exhibition with Tom Webster from Dance New England. Webster will review and demonstrate three ballroom basics — the foxtrot, the rumba and swing. Guest participation will be welcome.

The M.I.L.E.S. program offers stimulating, interactive daytime sessions for adults 50 and older. The fall session runs Oct. 6 through Nov. 6. The two-hour study groups usually meet weekly from 2-4 p.m. for four or five weeks, and are facilitated by individuals with expertise in their field. Classes this term will include courses on current events, film, literature, history, health and well-being, and computers.

A popular four-week course, “Beyond the Headlines”, will explore major foreign-policy topics in a structured setting. Topics include the Middle East, climate change, South Africa, war crimes and other news-making headlines. Another four-week course, “Films of Preston Sturgis,” will explore the work of one of cinema’s most creative writer-directors, who is credited with introducing irony to American film comedies. Participants will view films from various periods, including The Miracle at Morgan Creek, The Lady Eve and Sullivan’s Travels.

Three area restaurants are the classrooms for “Roving Gourmet,” a three-week program of lunch and conversation among M.I.L.E.S. members.

M.I.L.E.S. membership is $85 per term. Members may take as many M.I.L.E.S. courses as they wish (on a space-available basis) and enjoy free use of the Middlesex Fitness Center and Library.

To register, call 1-800-818-3434. For more information about M.I.L.E.S. membership and courses, contact Chris Lindsey at 781-280-3570 or visit