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University Express brings learning, fun together for spring 2016 semester

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Wed, Apr 13th 2016 10:30 am

Erie County Senior Services' lifelong learning program offers free one-hour classes on exciting topics

The Erie County Department of Senior Services' Retired & Senior Volunteer Program ("RSVP") has announced the spring 2016 University Express lifelong learning program is now accepting registrations from seniors interested in taking one or more of the classes being offered. The University Express program is a collaboration of the Erie County Department of Senior Services, Wegmans, Excelsior Orthopaedics and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York. It offers free, one-hour classes on more than 60 different topics, including current events, health, science, the arts and history.

Classes are specially designed for older adult learners and are held from late April-July at sites including the Amherst Senior Center, Baptist Manor, Canterbury Woods, Cheektowaga Senior Center, Clarence Senior Center, Grand Island Golden Age Center, Hamburg Senior Community Center, Orchard Park Senior Center, the Springville-Concord Elder Network (Concord Town Hall) and Wegmans (Sheridan Drive location). Among the roster of instructors for classes are retired U.S. Congressman John LaFalce, National Weather Service Senior Forecaster Jon Hitchcock, retired FBI Special Agent Mike Liwicki, retired New York State Supreme Court Appellate Justice Salvatore Martoche, veteran local newscasters Rich Kellman and Rich Newberg, and surgeons from Excelsior Orthopaedics. Healthy cooking classes will be held at the Wegmans Sheridan Drive location.

Classes are free, but pre-registration is recommended by calling the site where the class will be held. The University Express spring 2016 course catalog can be viewed HERE, or call the RSVP office for a paper copy of the schedule at 716-858-7548. The schedule also is available at University Express sites and Buffalo and Erie County Public Library branches.

For more information on the RSVP program, visit http://www2.erie.gov/seniorservices/index.php?q=volunteer-amp-employment.

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