Current Classes

We hope you enjoy the pre-recorded classes below! We are working with our instructors to provide you with online current during our semester. Check back frequently to see what has been added. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate virtual learning for the first time.

We are now hosting live streaming classes! Click here to see what we have coming up.

Should I Turn Things Over to My Children? Joint Accounts, Life Estates, & POAs

Older adults are often encourage to turn control of a house or accounts over to children or other family members, gifting to others, and assigning powers of attorney as strategies in their estate and financial planning. These techniques can be effective if used in the right place at the right time with the right people, but they could cause serious harm, including loss of important tax advantages. We’ll discuss advantages of these tools, as well as potential problems that can arise.

Instructor: Valerie Stanek, Esq., Certified Financial Planner, Attorney at Law

*This is a recording of the live streaming session that took place on June 30, 2020.

Stay Sharp: The Health Benefits of Reading

Distraction from worries. Increased decision-making skills. Improved memory. The benefits from reading can be achieved through reading plans or book clubs. Learn how to create your own during this interactive workshop.

Instructor: Rob Kubiak, President, Buffalo Men’s Book Club

*This is a recording of the live streaming session that took place on June 25, 2020.

Shakespeare in Delaware Park Virtual Guest Artist Series

Episode 10: Students of Shakespeare: The Shakespearience Program
Featuring guest artist Kianna Dugan-Haas, Shakespeare in Delaware Park Keeper of the Hill and Former Apprentice.

Probiotics and Prebiotics

What are probiotics and prebiotics and what effect do they have on our health? In this seminar, we’ll learn about how bacteria affect our immune system and risk for chronic disease and discuss lifestyle changes that can help.

Instructor: Jennifer Johnson, Health Promotion Coordinator, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York

Meal Prepping for One or Two

Want to start meal prepping or learn some new tips? Join for a lesson about the benefits of meal prepping and the steps to make it manageable and fun. We’ll also discuss some special considerations for those of us with sensory changes.

Instructor: Leanne Chung, MS, RD, CDN, Dietitian Consultant, Erie County Department of Senior Services

Understanding Condos, Townhouses and Patio Homes

What is the difference between condos, townhouses and patio homes? What are you buying? What are “common elements”? How is a residential community like this managed? Who actually governs the homeowner’s association? Are property taxes really lower or not? What types of financing are allowed for these types of properties? What is the best way to prepare for a move from a larger to a smaller residence? A local realtor with over 30 years of experience will help you answer these questions.

Instructor: Michael Olear, MSW, Lead Broker, The Olear Team at MJ Peterson

Shakespeare in Delaware Park Virtual Guest Artist Series

Episode 9: Designing Shakespeare
Featuring guest artist David Dwyer, Shakespeare in Delaware Park Scenic Designer

Spot That Scam! COVID-19 Edition

Join us for a discussion on the tactics that scammers use across the board to throw us off balance, and how they are using the COVID-19 pandemic to trick people into turning over their information and money. We will cover how scammers are manipulating the current pandemic to create a crisis, designed to elicit an emotional response so a person quickly purchases gift cards or sends cash. We will educate you the new ways scammers are having individuals send money, on what is being done to combat scams and where and how to report. Our goal is to help spark a realization of how scammers use these tactics to get money, so we can all be prepared for when we get that phone call, email, or letter in the mail.

Instructors: Sarah Duval, Esq., Supervising Attorney; Kathy Kanaley, Social Work Supervisor, E-MDT Coordinator, Center for Elder Law & Justice

*This is a recording of the live streaming session that took place on Thursday, June 11, 2020.

Inflammation: The Silent Perpetrator

We will discuss the dietary and lifestyle factors that promote chronic inflammation in the body as well as those that help to prevent it.

Instructor: Janice Nowak, MS, RD, CDN, Dietitian Consultant, Erie County Department of Senior

Shakespeare in Delaware Park Virtual Guest Artist Series

Episode 8: Directing Shakespeare: A Director's Approach to the Bard
Featuring guest artist Kyle Loconti, Shakespeare in Delaware Park Director and Stage Manager

Caregiver 101

Who is a caregiver? Who can help a caregiver? How do I (the caregiver?) find services? Learn about the available caregiver resources in Erie County.

Instructors: Julie Bugg, Case Manager; Mary Jo Wasch, Assistant Long Term Care Coordinator, Erie County Department of Senior Services

Discovering Buffalo One Street at a Time - Part 3

Have you ever wondered how that street got its name? In Part Three of Discovering Buffalo One Street at a Time, we'll continue to learn more about the people behind the names of Buffalo's streets. Meet the man who declined a mayoral nomination, the brothers who helped get Buffalo an exposition, the man who grew "love apples", and more!

Instructor: Angela M. Keppel, AICP, project planner, Buffalo Place

*This is a recording of the live streaming session that took place on Thursday, June 4, 2020.

HeritageQuest Helper: Part VI

We will learn how to find the Social Security death index.
Instructor: Rhonda Hoffman, Genealogy Specialist, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library

HeritageQuest Helper: Part V

This session will cover how to find and search through the HeritageQuest database of US obituaries.
Instructor: Rhonda Hoffman, Genealogy Specialist, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library

HeritageQuest Helper: Part IV

We will learn how to search through Revolutionary War pension files.
Instructor: Rhonda Hoffman, Genealogy Specialist, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library

HeritageQuest Helper: Part III

This short lesson will teach how to access Freedman's Bank Records.
Instructor: Rhonda Hoffman, Genealogy Specialist, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library

HeritageQuest Helper: Part II

We will learn how to search through books and directories during this lesson.

Instructor: Rhonda Hoffman, Genealogy Specialist, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library

HeritageQuest Helper: Part I

Join for a lesson on how to access HeritageQuest online, a free database that includes access to many historical records. We will also learn how to search through US Census records using this database.

Instructor: Rhonda Hoffman, Genealogy Specialist, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library

Buffalo's East Side Industry

The Author of the book entitled Buffalo's East Side Industry will discuss how Buffalo's East Side was the ethnic, cultural, and manufacturing center for Buffalo and Western New York. The Author will discuss some of these businesses in detail, discuss the growth of industry in Buffalo, and the process he used to write the book.
Instructor: Shane E. Stephenson, Director of Museum Collections, Buffalo Naval Park

Shakespeare in Delaware Park Virtual Guest Artist Series

Episode 7: Performing Through the Years with Shakespeare in Delaware Park
Featuring guest artist Norm Sham, Shakespeare in Delaware Park Actor.

Photo Preservation and Storage at Home

Join for tips on photograph preservation at home, including paper and plastic storage options.

Instructor: Sue, Librarian, Grosvenor Room, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library 

For more videos and information about genealogy research and local history research, click here to be taken to the Grosvenor Room blog. 

Finding Passenger Lists: 1620 - 1950 - Part I

Finding an immigrant's passenger list can be a difficult task considering the history of US mass immigration. In Part 1, we will talk about background, history and early passenger lists.

Instructor: Rhonda Hoffman, Genealogy Specialist, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library

Click here for the class handout.

For more videos and information about genealogy research and local history research, click here to be taken to the Grosvenor Room blog.

Dig Fed: Your Family in Federal Records

The U.S. National Archives is called the nation's filing cabinet. It is home to billions of records that if laid side to side would circle the earth more than 57 times. Imagine what information they may hold about your ancestors! Join us to learn about some lesser-known genealogically rich federal resources, where to look for clues that your ancestor interacted with the U.S. government, and how to learn about what records are available for research.

Instructor: Rhonda Hoffman, Genealogy Specialist, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library

Click here for the class handout.

For more videos and information about genealogy research and local history research, click here to be taken to the Grosvenor Room blog.

Healthy State of Mind: Creating Overall Wellbeing

Just like physical health, there are things that we can do to strengthen our overall wellbeing and create a health state of mind. Learn about common myths and ways to proactively manage your own mental health.

Instructor: Jocelyn Bos-Fisher, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Click here to be taken to the Erie County Department of Senior Services' combating social isolation page that Jocelyn mentions in the video.

Mount St Helens

Forty years ago, in May of 1980, one of the most powerful volcanic eruptions occurred in the United States. Learn about Mount St. Helens, the days leading up to the eruption and the people who made history as a result.

Instructor: Theresa Wiater, Retired Teacher, Clarence Center Elementary School

Shakespeare in Delaware Park Virtual Guest Artist Series

Episode 6: Breaking Down Shakespeare: Analyzing & Interpreting Text
Featuring guest artist Peter Palmisano, Shakespeare in Delaware Park Actor and Shakespeare Educator

Putting Your Affairs in Order

We will talk about what getting your affairs in order means and what to share with trusted family and friends. You will leave this presentation feeling empowered and ready to get organized.

Instructor: Valerie Stanek, Esq., Certified Financial Planner, Attorney at Law

2020 Census: Shape Your Future

The 2020 Census is safe, easy, and important for funding and representation. Come learn about the history of the Census, what you can expect, and how it may impact us moving forward.

Instructor: Jason T. Eastman, PhD, United States Census Bureau

Click here for the handout.

Balancing Intake with Activity

Balancing your food intake with how much activity you do seems complicated. Let's break it down together!

Instructor: Janice Nowak, MS, RD, CDN, Dietitian Consultant, Erie County Department of Senior Services

Shakespeare in Delaware Park Virtual Guest Artist Series

Episode 5: Modern Interpretations of Shakespeare

Featuring guest artist Tracy Snyder, Former Shakespeare in Delaware Park Office Manager and Shakespearience Educator

Shakespeare in Delaware Park Virtual Guest Artist Series

Episode 4: Costuming for Shakespeare
Featuring guest artist Jenna Damberg, Shakespeare in Delaware Park Costume Designer

Shakespeare in Delaware Park Virtual Guest Artist Series

Episode 3: Music and Shakespeare: A Perfect Harmony
Featuring guest artist Sean Crawford, Office Manager of Shakespeare in Delaware Park.

Shakespeare in Delaware Park Virtual Guest Artist Series

Episode 2: Performing through the Years with Shakespeare in Delaware Park
Featuring guest artist Tom Loughlin, SDP Actor and Director.

Come Aboard: The Buffalo Naval Park and USS The Sullivans, USS Little Rock and USS Croaker

Learn more about the ships docked at the largest inland naval museum in the county. USS The Sullivans and USS Croaker are World War II ships with unique and storied histories. USS Little Rock, as a flagship of the 2nd and 6th Fleet, oversaw many memorable events.

Instructor: Shane E. Stephenson, Director of Museum Collections, Buffalo Naval Park

Preventing Dehydration

During this class we will discuss the importance of hydration and some tips and tricks to stay healthy.

Instructor: Jennifer Johnson, Health Promotion Coordinator, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York

Click here for the handout.

Finding Passenger Lists: 1620 - 1950 - Part IV

In this last part we will cover European outgoing passenger lists and US border crossing records.

Instructor: Rhonda Hoffman, Genealogy Specialist, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library

Finding Passenger Lists: 1620 - 1950 - Part III

Join for a lesson on how to find US passenger lists with known information. We will learn how to use Ancestry Library Edition to find passenger lists. We will also learn how to use FamilySearch and other free resources to find passenger lists.

Instructor: Rhonda Hoffman, Genealogy Specialist, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library

Finding Passenger Lists: 1620 - 1950 - Part II

We will learn how to prepare for your search and about records that provide passenger list data. Keep it simple searchers!

Instructor: Rhonda Hoffman, Genealogy Specialist, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library

Eating for Mental Health and Wellbeing

Join for a brief lesson about how our mental and physical health can be impacted by what we eat. You will learn what role nutrients can play and how to strike the right balance.

 

Instructor: Leanne Chung, MS, RD, CDN, Dietitian Consultant, Erie County Department of Senior Services

 

Click here for the handout.

Discovering Buffalo One Street at a Time - Part 2

Buffalo’s streets tell a great deal about our City. From pioneer settlers and long forgotten industrialists, all the way to Generals and Presidents, our street names showcase the history of our city and region. In Part 2 we will continue to learn the stories of some of the people who shaped our city’s history over the last two hundred years whose names are forever embedded into the city’s fabric on our street signs.

Instructor: Angela M. Keppel, AICP, project planner, Buffalo Place

Discovering Buffalo One Street at a Time - Part 1

Buffalo’s streets tell a great deal about our City. From pioneer settlers and long forgotten industrialists, all the way to Generals and Presidents, our street names showcase the history of our city and region. Learn the stories of some of the people who shaped our city’s history over the last two hundred years whose names are forever embedded into the city’s fabric on our street signs.

Instructor: Angela M. Keppel, AICP, project planner, Buffalo Place

Famous Sports Figures of the 716

Join us for a lesson about famous sports figures from Western New York. We will learn about their backgrounds and discuss highlights of their professional careers. Play ball!

Instructor: Ryan Gadzo, Research Analyst, Erie County Department of Senior Services

Shakespeare in Delaware Park Virtual Guest Artist Series

Episode 1: The Founding, History, and Evolution of Shakespeare in Delaware Park
Featuring guest artist Saul Elkin, Founder & Artistic Director of Shakespeare in Delaware Park.