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Program for Senior Learners Includes 20 Available Classes

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- SUNY Orange announces its Fall 2023 Encore course offerings. Encore is a non-credit program for adult lifelong learners aged 55 and older residing in the tri-state area.

The courses are short-run offerings ranging from one to four sessions per class held in a combination of lectures or hands-on participation as appropriate. Classes meet at the Middletown campus on varying days beginning Sept. 15 and throughout September, October and November.

Health and wellness, art, history, literature, and more are some of the available topics. “Making Movies on Your Mobile Phone” and using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) are two exciting examples among this semester’s course selections.

Knowledgeable subject matter experts with a professional background in a field and those who have spent many years studying or teaching a topic are class instructors. They are professors, professor emeriti, financial planners, businesspeople, artists, musicians and other enthusiastic field specialists.

The full roster of classes available for the Fall 2023 semester is: “The Music of Edvard Grieg,” “Beginning Watercolor,” “Native Peoples in the Lower Hudson Valley at the Time of European Contact and Their Fate,” “Color Pencil Drawing,” “Investments: Which Ones for a Possible Recession?,” “Making Movies on Your Mobile Phone,” “Bird Diversity,” “Card Making,” “Book Club,” “The Lost Mysteries of Books, Cinema & Radio of the 1940’s,” “Nazi War Crimes and Trials: Nuremberg, Those Who Weren't Tired and the Final Attempts to Bring About Justice,” “Automated External Defibrillator,” “Mahjong,” “Writing Your Book,” “Strong Women Throughout the Ages,” “Truth,” “Farmworkers in Orange County - Past & Present,” “Friday Film Series,” “Functional Fitness” and “Aquasize.”

Please check course descriptions for details, supply lists, or if any additional costs are associated with a class. The Book Club will discuss; “Master Slave Husband Wife,” by Ilyon Woo on Sept. 27 and “The Island of Sea Women,” by Lisa See on Oct. 4.

To register, students must be members of Encore and have their $45 annual dues paid in full. Openings are available for membership for Fall 2023. For more information, call (845) 341-4896 or visit the Encore website at

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