As the summer winds down, thoughts turn back to the classroom; but it’s not just children who are going back to school. Adults of all ages have a variety of options to continue learning. Seniors can take college level courses for a reduced cost. or even for free.
Our area has classes for anyone wanting to learn new skills, build their resumes, keep their minds sharp, or just have fun.
Sylvania Senior Center
7140 Sylvania Ave.
Find classes, support groups, and plenty of educational opportunities at the Sylvania Senior Center, a program of Sylvania Community Services, including a state-of-the-art, ADA accessible facility open to anyone age 55 and older. Explore woodworking in the woodshop, break a sweat in Jazzercise or yoga classes, and pick up tech skills— like finally learning how to use your iPad or iPhone. Times, prices, and the class schedules vary.
Owens Community College
30335 Oregon Road, Perrysburg
From furthering a career, to pursuing a new outlet of life, or even finding new ways to prepare food for yourself, Owens offers a wide variety of classes for all aspects of life. Examples of class subjects: Ghost Hunting, Culinary Classes, Fitness Classes, Self-Defense, Sound Engineering, Truck Driving and much more. For more information or to register, call 567-661-6000.
3208 W. Sylvania Ave.
Music lessons are not just for kids. Studies have shown that music stimulates the brain and enhances memory. Forté Music School offers lessons for all ages in instruments, voice, stage presence and musical theatre.
Toledo Botanical Garden
5403 Elmer Drive
Attend classes, demos and events at Toledo Botanical Garden. Try your hand at making stained glass, shaping pottery or taking nature photographs. Green thumbs can learn about annuals and perennials as they explore the 60 acres of display gardens and plant collections. For more information, call 419-407-9710.
2059 Laskey Road, Toledo
Learn to cook, or become better in the kitchen, from a chef with 20 years of experience.
Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio
2155 Arlington Ave, Toledo
Discover programs focused on healthy aging, preserving independence, dignity and leisure activities. Some of interest include Family Caregiver Support, Grandparent and Relatives Raising Children, tax aide and computer basics like Managing Your PC, Microsoft Publisher and Excel, iPhone and iPad Basics.
Toledo-Lucas County Public Library
325 Michigan St.
The Library is not just a place to get books. All of the Lucas County locations are your go-to community hubs for computer and technology classes, one-on-one device help, E-media resources, senior citizen resources and tutorials. Go the library’s online calendar for specific classes and times. The best thing? The classes are free.
Neighborhood Health Association
J. Frank Troy Senior Center: 313 Jefferson Ave.
Free arts and crafts and computer technology classes are offered for seniors. For more information, call 419-255-6206.
The 577 Foundation
E. Front St., Perrysburg
Classes are offered for a variety of interests. Some examples include: pottery, cooking, clay tile building and gardening.
Toledo Museum of Art
2445 Monroe St., Toledo
Opportunities include classes and workshops, tours, visual literacy, gallery experiences, lectures, art and glass classes. Explore the community gallery and see how the reference library is a rich resource.
6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania,
The Lifelong Learning Program at Lourdes University is open to all area residents who want to pursue ongoing education through classes pertaining to a wide variety of academic subjects. In addition, find day trips, monthly lectures and current event lunches. A few upcoming programs of interest: A History of Piracy on the Great Lakes, Dishing About Cooking Shows, RX for Laughter and How Healthy is Your Family Tree. Yearly memberships are available.
University of Toledo
2801 Bancroft St.
Residents of Ohio who are 60 years of age or older and have resided in Ohio for the last 12 consecutive months can audit (register and attend, but not earn credit) college courses through UT’s Program 60. There are hundreds of classes offered in topics including drawing, acting, History of Jazz, poetry, ceramics, photography and astronomy. All Program 60 participants are responsible for any additional course costs, which may include technology, lab, and facility fees, as well as the cost of textbooks and parking. Students must apply for admission and register for courses through University College.