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Spring semester 2017 classes open for University Express

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Thu, Apr 6th 2017 01:05 pm

EC Senior Services' lifelong learning program offers free one-hour classes

The Erie County Department of Senior Services' Retired & Senior Volunteer Program ("RSVP") has announced the spring 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 Orthopedics and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York. It offers free, one-hour classes on over 65 different topics, including current events, health, science, the arts and history.

"Lifelong learning is an important part of healthy aging, and the University Express program offers seniors a chance to not only learn more about topics that are of interest to them, but also to take part in further discussions on them," said Erie County Commissioner of Senior Services Timothy Hogues. "This popular program has been enjoyed by over 2,000 seniors over the past years and continues to offer thought-provoking, educational, and helpful presentations in accessible settings to older residents and their peers. There is no homework, no tests, and no cost, but the benefits of taking a class are enormous."

Classes are specially designed for older adult learners and are held from late April through July at sites including the Amherst Senior Center, Baptist Manor, Canterbury Woods, Cheektowaga Senior Center, Clarence Senior Center, Town of Tonawanda Senior Center, City of Tonawanda Public Library, Grand Island Golden Age Center, Hamburg Senior Community Center, Ken-Ton Presbyterian Village, Orchard Park Senior Center, the Springville-Concord Elder Network, Town of Aurora Senior Center and Wegmans' Sheridan Drive location.

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 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 participating University Express sites and Buffalo and Erie County Public Library branches.

For more information on the Erie County Senior Services Department and RSVP program, click HERE

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