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Letters: Amherst Senior Citizen Center lauded for intellectual programs

Amherst Senior Citizen Center lauded for intellectual programs

If, as many think, Amherst wears the crown as the best in suburban living, then one of the brightest jewels in that crown has to be the Amherst Senior Citizen Center.

Similar to other suburban centers, Amherst’s offerings run the gamut from health and physical fitness classes, card games and dancing instruction, to music lessons and arts and crafts.

But, what makes Amherst’s center shine for hundreds of members is its focus on intellectual stimulation. In discussion groups one is able to become involved in daily current events, and to critique literature in book clubs lead by seasoned moderators. French, Spanish and Italian language courses are also available.

Surprisingly, Amherst’s center offers two-hour weekly college-level courses for six to 13 weeks during winter, spring and summer sessions. Past art classes: Greek and Roman sculpture, painting and sculpture of the Renaissance, Baroque and modern eras.

Hats off to Laura Watts, Michael Harris, director Pam Krawczyk and program coordinator Phyllis Holmes for their commitment to challenging intellectual courses.

Thanks to Supervisor Barry Weinstein and the Town Council members for their dedicated funding of this excellent program.

Seniors are extremely fortunate to live in Amherst.

May this jewel in Amherst’s crown keep shining!

Frank Cecala

Snyder

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