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SCENe spring session begins

One, Two, Three, Kick – Fitness instructor Kim Robbins demonstrates a move for “Stretch and Strengthen With Kim” at a Springville Concord Elder Network session.

SPRINGVILLE — Springville Concord Elder Network Coordinator Ginny Krebs announced that the SCENe spring session begins the first week in March.

“This is our most ambitious schedule yet. We have tried to build variety into the types of events offered, to include something for everyone,” she said.

Educational and fitness programs are among the most popular. SCENe is again offering basic computer classes at Springville-Griffith Institute High School, with S-GI National Honor Society students mentoring the adult learners. The 12 lessons are free and run from March 4-April 10.

Krebs said, “This course is possible because of the willingness of Principal Vince Vanderlip and the S-GI School District to open the school to adult learners. But it would not take place without the dedication of teacher Nils Wikman and the high school students’ willingness to give of their time and talents. It also would not transpire without adults willing to step outside their comfort zones to learn a new skill. What happens in that classroom between generations is magic.”

A new SCENe fitness offering is a Tai Chi class that will be taught by Master Lyn Dutson of the Arizona Ch’uan Society. Dutson says that she “can modify the performance for different levels of mobility.” Tai Chi helps with balance, flexibility, relaxation and stress reduction. Tai Chi classes will be held for five consecutive Fridays beginning March 21.

“Back by popular demand is lively fitness instructor Kim Robbins, for ‘Stretch and Strengthen with Kim’ on Monday mornings, beginning March 4 at the Concord Town Hall,” Krebs said.

SCENe Program Chair Jackie Shaw revealed that the SCENe/RSVP Spring Speaker Series will pilot evening presentations, this year. “People who work during the day told us they would like the opportunity to hear our exceptional speakers, too. So, we are offering two Thursday evening lectures, in addition to the regular Friday afternoon series,” Shaw said.

On March 20 at 7 p.m., local Renaissance man John Baronich will tell his tale of paddling 350 miles of history in a lecture entitled, “Canoeing the Erie Canal: Re-enacting a solo fur-trapper’s journey.”

At 7 p.m. on March 27, Dutson, professor emeritus Theater Arts of Arizona State University and Mesa College, will discuss set design, construction and combat staging.

The SCENe Friday lecture series begin April 25. Shaw said, “The new SCENe brochure lists all the speakers and other programs. Brochures are available at the SCENe office, located at 64 East Main St. People can call 592-7599 to have it mailed to them or to register for classes.”

SCENe events are open to the public. SCENe is supported by Healthy Community Alliance, Inc.; Health Foundation for Western and Central New York; the town of Concord; Erie County Senior Services; Love INC; private donations; many community partners and dedicated SCENe volunteers.
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