Genesee's BEST Center Offers Leisure Learning - A Full Menu of New Non-Credit Community Workshops

Community Interest Survey Features Kindle Fire Raffle Prize

Batavia, New York - Genesee Community College’s BEST Center is delighted to launch a new menu of non-credit community workshops and courses called “Leisure Learning.” The program provides a range of discovery and learning opportunities for students of all ages—from scrap-booking to geocaching, nutritional tips to art classes, and a series of unique travel opportunities featuring historic landmarks. Leisure Learning engages the mind and spirit of life-long learning through “ed-ventures” – a dynamic combination of education, instruction and adventure to satiate a person’s innate curiosity.

The general public is invited to share ideas and opinions for future topics by completing the short Leisure Learning online survey at: All survey participants will be entered into the Leisure Learning drawing to win a Kindle Fire electronic reader.

“With a remarkable collection of knowledgeable faculty and community assets – Leisure Learning taps into some of our region’s most interesting resources, and we are making them accessible and cost affordable,” Ray Chaya, director of The BEST Center and coordinator of the new Leisure Learning program said. “While we have a great line-up of courses already scheduled, we are also looking for community feedback as to what kinds of programs they are interested in.”

Numerous future courses are under discussion for this summer including educational trips and tours. Among the opportunities in development are a War of 1812 day trip hosted by one of GCC’s history professors featuring a unique tour of both Canadian and Buffalo landmarks; a week long boat tour along the Erie Canal guided by another GCC history professor; a review of New York State aviation with a trip to Bell Aerospace; and railroading site visits. Other topics being considered are exploring theatrical legends such as Shakespeare with a trip to the Shaw Festival, screen writing, video production, astronomy, coin collecting, and wool spinning.

“Leisure Learning brings together a wealth of educational opportunities and community assets to benefit the GLOW region,” Chaya added. “We welcome the input of area residents to share their ideas and insights on interesting topics, but also to get on the Leisure Learning mailing list to receive our regularly updated calendar of events.”

Current Leisure Learning courses include:

Arts and Hobbies Series:

- Drawing 101: Portraits and People

Thursdays, January 26 - March 29, 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. (Medina Campus)

Students learn how to create work beginning with pencils and moving on to pastels as their skills increase.

- Quick and Easy Italian

Wednesdays, March 7 – April 11, 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

In a quick and breezy introduction to the Italian language, students learn how to properly read, conjugate, pronounce and master a few handy phrases to know when traveling.

- Geocaching 101

Saturday, April 14, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Student will learn what this high-tech treasure hunt is all about and its history. By the end of this introductory course, students will create a Geocaching profile, gone out and made their first geocache find, and successfully log it on

- Quilting

Saturdays, April 21- May 26, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Learning the fundamentals of making a quilted table runner including preparing fabric, cutting pieces, assembling the quilt top, putting the layers together, and binding. No quilting experience is necessary, but knowledge of basic sewing is helpful.

- Scrapbooking: Embossing
Saturday, February 25, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Embossing creates three dimensional images on scrapbook pages or cards with students learning various techniques.

- Scrapbooking: Distressing
Saturday, March 24, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
In this workshop students will have the chance to distress various types of paper and work on scrapbooking projects with the added value of sharing ideas with others.

- Scrapbooking: Ribbons
Saturday, April 28, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Students will learn how ribbons add color, texture and dimension to layouts and offer fantastic embellishments.

- Water Color
Wednesdays, April 18 – May 23, 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Students will learn color theory, wash drawing, liquid masking, glazing, dropping color and more!


Nutritional Series:

- Nutrition for Children with Special Needs

Thursday, February 23, 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Students learn how to intervene nutritionally with children who have autism and ADD/ADHD. Highlights will include gluten and casein free diets as well as eliminating known and hidden triggers for ADD/ADHD.

- Nutrition: You Are What You Eat

Thursday, March 22, 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

What are you really putting into your mouth? This course covers many of the super foods as well as dangers found in the supermarket. Students will develop a diet tailored to their own families to improve confidence, health and energy.

- Nutritional Spring Cleaning

Thursday, April 19, 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Routine detoxification of a human body greatly improves health and vitality. Learn safe and gentle techniques to eliminate built-up toxins as a preventative and wellness boosting measure.

- Boosting Fertility Naturally

Thursday, May 17, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Learn how to increase fertility through a natural diet, detoxification, herbs, and healing techniques such as acupuncture. This is a good first step for those planning for pregnancy and those who are fertility challenged and would like to try a different avenue than in vitro fertilization or powerful fertility drugs.


Educational Series:

- SAT Prep

Thursdays, March 8 – April 26, 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Students learn to do their best on the Scholastic Achievement Test by reviewing math and verbal materials such as standard multiple-choice questions, quantitative comparison questions, verbal comprehension, sentence completion, vocabulary, and structure of the English language. The course simulates the SAT experience through practice exams under testing conditions.

For full course descriptions, fees and additional details visit:

Contact The BEST Center to register for any of these courses by calling 585-345-6868 or by visiting

For the new Leisure Learning logo go to:

To take the short Leisure Learning survey and be automatically entered in the raffle to win the Kindle Fire go to:

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