Live Streaming Classes

July 9 2:00 pm
Thursday, July 9, 2020 - 2:00pm

Most superstitions are examples of basic patterns of thinking, which postulate mystical interconnections and causation in nature. In this talk such patterns of thinking are explored, shown to be based in six different principles, and explained with reference to a number of different superstitions collected by Dr. Stevens - and provided by the audience (bring your favorites to share!). Such principles are universal, found in all cultures and periods of history and prehistory, which suggests that they represent fundamental ways in which the brain works.

Instructor: Phillips Stevens, PhD, Associate Professor of Anthropology Emeritus, University at Buffalo

July 14 2:00 pm
Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - 2:00pm

Listen to David discuss his 31 years in the US Army Reserve focusing on his 4 deployments with medical teams to the Middle East: Desert Storm (1990-91), Iraqi Freedom (2003 Invasion), Afghanistan (2011 surge), and Kuwait (2013-14). He will take you inside the Operating Room, discuss the struggles of combat, and the after effects.

Instructor: David J. Shenk, Commissioner of Erie County Department of Senior Services, First Sergeant 7207th Medical Support Unit

July 16 2:00 pm
Thursday, July 16, 2020 - 2:00pm

This novella was the reason Hemingway won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1954. Its simple story of an old man, the sea, and a huge fish is a tale of recovery, faith, and survival. It is a true classic of literature.

Instructor: Jim Banko, Retired English Teacher, Buffalo Public Schools

July 21 2:00 pm
Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - 2:00pm

Join Erie County’s recycling experts to find out what can be recycled, how your recycling should be prepared and perhaps most important, what should NOT go in your recycling tote. These staff members will also discuss the importance of reduction and reuse and the recently completed solid waste management plans for Erie County.

Instructors: Gary Carrel, Solid Waste Recycling Specialist; Amy Alduino, Recycling Coordinator, Erie County Department of Environment and Planning, Division of Environmental Compliance Services; Lori Caso, Public Affairs, Waste Management

July 23 10:00 am
Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 10:00am

What does keeping beehives entail? What does the bee keeper do? Is it only about the honey or something more? What does the queen do? Why do the male bees get forced out in the autumn? Why do honey bees make honey? Learn the answers to these questions and more!

Instructor: Carol Ann Harlos, Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener; Garden Writer & Speaker; Retired Math & Science Teacher

July 30 2:00 pm
Thursday, July 30, 2020 - 2:00pm

Climate change is an urgent threat to humanity that demands swift, decisive action. This class will focus on how Erie County is proactively working with the community to equitably address climate change, including working to protect the community from extreme weather events and other climate change impacts. The course will also discuss actions individuals can take to help in the fight against climate change.

Instructors: Josh Wilson, Pollution Prevention Coordinator; Tracy Skalski, Sustainability Coordinator, Erie County Department of Environment & Planning

Frequently Asked Questions

What platform will you be running the live streaming classes on?

We will be using Cisco Webex to run the classes.

Do I need a Webex account or have to download anything to take part in the live streaming class?

You do not need a Cisco Webex account to register and join these classes. You can download the free Cisco Webex app if you want, but do not have to. Please note that using the app is the recommended way of running Webex.

Click here if you want to access the central location for downloads for all platforms/devices and other Webex information.

What types of devices am I able to view the live streaming classes on?

You may access the live streaming classes from your smart phone, tablet or computer. You may also call in if you would just like to listen to the presentation - the phone number and event ID will be in the confirmation email. Standard phone charges may apply. Please note that you will not be able to participate in the Q&A feature or see the presentation if only calling in.

Will others be able to see my video during the live streaming class?

No, all of the attendees will join the event muted and without video of themselves displayed, unless otherwise specified in the class description.

How will I be able to participate during the live streaming class?

You will be able to enter your questions in to the Q&A section of the event window. The host and instructor will try to answer as many appropriate questions as possible during the allotted time. The host and instructor may also take polls during the class that attendees can participate in.

Will the live streaming classes be recorded so I can watch them later?

Some of the classes will be recorded and posted on our website at a later date. Attendees will be told in the beginning of the presentation that the session is being recorded.

Where can I go or who can I contact if I need more detailed instructions for how to register for and join a live streaming class?

You can click here to be taken to the Cisco Webex website for more information.

You can also email Katie Earl at for more information. Please note that the instructions will not be comprehensive.