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Senior Services offers courses for lifelong learners

Applications are being accepted for the Spring 2015 University Express lifelong classes sponsored by the Erie County Department of Senior Services’ Retired & Senior Volunteer Program.

The University Express program is a collaboration of the Erie County Department of Senior Services, Excelsior Orthopaedics, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York and offers free, one-hour classes on over 60 different topics including current events, health, science, the arts and history.

The free classes, which are specifically designed for older adult learners, will be held from late April to July at various local sites. These include the Amherst Senior Center, Baptist Manor, Canterbury Woods, Cheektowaga Senior Center, Clarence Senior center, Ken-Ton Presbyterian Village, Orchard Park Senior Center, and the Springville-Concord Elder Network in Concord Town Hall.

Scheduled instructors for the classes include retired U.S. Congressman John LaFalce, Julia Hall of Amnesty International and retired state Supreme Court Appellate Justice Salvatore Martoche. Surgeons from Excelsior Orthopaedics and neurologists from the University at Buffalo’s School of Medicine are also among the roster of instructors.

Those who plan to participate are encouraged to register by calling the site where the class will be held. The University Express Spring 2015 course catalog can be viewed online, or by calling the RSVP office at 858-7548 for a paper copy of the schedule. Copies are also available at University Express sites and Buffalo and Erie County Public Library branches.