UNIVERSITY EXPRESS KICKS OFF WITH AN EXPANDED SERIES OF FREE CLASSES FOR WESTERN NEW YORK SENIORS

Registration is now open for the spring semester of University Express, a series of 150 academic classes, available at no cost to Western New York residents 55 years and older.

Based on the popularity of the program, and increased attendance each year, the Erie County Department of Senior Services, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, Excelsior Orthopaedics, and Wegmans are teaming up again to offer a broader selection of topics to encourage healthy activity and lifelong learning for seniors.

Up from 100 classes in 2016, the program has expanded this year by 50 and includes 150 free, one-hour classes that feature lively discussions, covering more than 60 different topics, including current events, health, science and medicine, the arts, and history.

Scheduled instructors include Rick Falkowski, founder of the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame and Buffalo Music Awards, Dr. Ryan Wilkins, an orthopedic surgeon, and Stephan Lewy, a child survivor of the Holocaust and lecturer.

The University Express spring semester kicks off Monday, April 3, and continues throughout the summer at convenient locations throughout Western New York including, the Amherst Senior Center, Baptist Manor in Buffalo, Canterbury Woods in Williamsville, Cheektowaga Senior Center, City of Tonawanda Public Library, Clarence Senior Center, Grand Island Golden Age Center, Hamburg Senior Community Center, Orchard Park Senior Center, Springville-Concord Elder Network, and Town of Aurora Senior Center.

Individuals can register for a specific class by calling the respective location. The course catalog—which includes all course locations—can be viewed on the Erie County Department of Senior Services website. Paper copies are available at all University Express sites, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, Wegmans stores, Excelsior Orthopaedics, and Buffalo and Erie County Public Library branches, or by calling (716) 858-7548.