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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...

05/22/2020 - 9:29am
A Judge’s Journey

Judge Wolfgang will discuss her journey to the bench and some of her most memorable cases.

Instructor: Penny Wolfgang, retired State Supreme Court Judge; radio host

*This is a recording of the live streaming session that took place...

12/01/2020 - 1:52pm
Abandoned: The Untold Story of the Orphan Trains

“By the end of the Civil War, an estimated 30,000 homeless and orphaned children roamed the streets of New York City. In response to this crisis, the age of orphan asylums began, culminating in one of the most improbable and audacious...

02/02/2021 - 3:14pm
Adventures in Writing a Memoir

The author will share the processes of writing and publishing, including her memoir “Wandering Close to Home: A Gay Son and His Feminist Mother’s Journey to Transform Themselves and Their Family.”

Instructors: Linda...

11/19/2020 - 10:28am
Awesome Omegas

Learn about omega-3 fats and their role in keeping you healthy. Discover potential food sources and learn how much of this nutrient you need.

Instructor: Jenny Ferrentino, MS, RDN, Wegmans nutritionist

*This is a recording of the...

12/10/2020 - 10:25am
Balancing Bricks

Engage in simple exercises to improve strength, stability, and confidence, using body weight and resistance band exercises.

Instructor: Julie Ruszala, health and wellness coordinator, Erie County Department of Senior...

11/09/2020 - 4:40pm
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

05/21/2020 - 8:43am
Because Anybody Can Serve: The American Tradition of Volunteering

Service to others has been a critical piece of the American national identity since the founding of this country. Whether reflecting on national service through the military, Peace Corps, or AmeriCorps programs or on volunteering with...

06/25/2021 - 10:20am
Behind the Curtain

Join Shakespeare in Delaware Park for another look behind the curtain! SDP Community Outreach Coordinator Grace Aroune chats with local Western New York actors as they discuss how they break down Shakespeare's text, dive into a script, and...

07/08/2021 - 9:38am
Behind the Curtain: The Technicians of Shakespeare in Delaware Park

Shakespeare in Delaware Park is joined by professional costume designer Jenna Damberger (Road Less Traveled Productions, Shea's 710 Theater, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra) to discuss her design process of our 2019 production, Love's Labour's...

12/10/2020 - 10:31am
Biden’s Administration and New South Asian and Middle Eastern Realities

Historically close relations with the Middle Eastern countries have impacted the foreign policy of all countries belonging to South Asia with great economic impact on the whole world.

Instructor: Faizan Haq, communication department...

07/16/2021 - 4:50pm
Breaking the Sugar Habit

We’ll discuss why sugar hooks us and tips for overcoming sugar dependency.

Instructor: Jennifer Johnson, health promotion coordinator, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York

*This is a recording of the live streaming session...

12/03/2020 - 1:29pm
Breast Cancer: What You Need To Know

Learn more about breast cancer diagnosis, the importance of screening, and today’s treatment advances.

Instructor: Nikia Clark, health education specialist, Office of Community Outreach and Engagement at Roswell Park Comprehensive...

10/08/2020 - 11:04am
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,...

06/04/2020 - 3:40pm
Burchfield Paints the Town

Charles E. Burchfield painted scenery near his home in his watercolors. The speaker (from Burchfield’s hometown) will show what she saw and what he painted.

Instructor: Nancy Barlow, retired teacher

*This is a recording of the...

11/09/2020 - 4:40pm
Cancer 101

You will receive a general overview of cancer risks for men and women and healthy lifestyle tips.

Instructor: Nikia Clark, health education specialist, Office of Community Outreach and Engagement at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center...

10/14/2020 - 4:40pm
Cancer Survivorship and Wellness

At Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, the focus on Survivorship and Wellness begins at the time of diagnosis and is designed to provide support through patient and family-oriented care before, during and after treatment. As a...

06/15/2021 - 12:07pm
Caregiver 101: Identifying the Role and Who Can Help

Who is a caregiver? Who can help the caregiver? How does a caregiver find services? Learn about the available resources in Erie County.

Instructors: Julie Bugg, Case Manager; Mary Jo Wasch, Assistant Long Term Care Coordinator, Erie County...

10/06/2020 - 12:42pm
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...

05/20/2020 - 12:39pm
Coping with Grief & Loss

Grief is a universal experience we all come to understand in different ways. Join us in exploring how different kinds of loss can cause grief, and how best to cope, or help others cope, through the most difficult of times. Practical strategies...

06/03/2021 - 4:42pm
Crystal Beach

For 101 years Crystal Beach Park was a magical place for generations of Western New Yorkers. Return to Crystal Beach Park through a slideshow collection of photographs and postcards from the park's beginning in 1888 to its final year in 1989. Dip...

06/17/2021 - 9:45am
Cults, Sects, and “Fringe Groups” in American History

Exclusive, focused social groups with aberrant or theological ideologies are common throughout history. Why do people join such organizations?

Instructor: Phillips Stevens, PhD, associate professor of Anthropology emeritus, University at...

06/22/2021 - 3:54pm
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...

05/29/2020 - 4:00pm
DigiGen

Sojourn into the lives of your ancestors through the digital world of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library’s genealogy databases. You may be surprised at what you could discover.

Instructor: Rhonda Hoffman, Genealogy Specialist,...

07/16/2020 - 4:07pm
Digital Wallets & Cryptocurrency

How do things like Apple Pay, Venmo, and PayPal work? What is the latest about Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies? Join us to find out!

Instructor: Adam Goldfarb, ChFC, Financial Advisor, RJFS; chief sustainability officer,...

05/20/2021 - 12:56pm
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...

05/06/2020 - 9:37am
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...

05/06/2020 - 11:20am
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...

06/08/2020 - 1:15pm
Discovering Buffalo One Street at a Time Part IV

Have you ever wondered how that street got its name? In Part Four 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 founded Juneteenth, the man...

07/08/2021 - 10:54am
Ditch the Negative Self Talk

Understand how positive self-talk boosts confidence, builds self-esteem, and increases feelings of control over your life.

Instructor: Miranda Zagorski, health coach, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York

*This is a recording of...

10/27/2020 - 3:42pm
Dr. Roswell Park 1852–1914, Renaissance Man

Learn about this brilliant man’s many contributions to Buffalo and to the advancement of cancer research and treatment.

Instructor: Cynthia Schwartz, director, Alliance Foundation Ambassador Program, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer...

11/12/2020 - 1:08pm
Early Buffalo Planning and Development

Early Buffalo Planning and Development How did Buffalo go from being a small pioneer town to the nation’s ninth largest city? Examine its first 100 years of growth and development.

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

10/02/2020 - 9:27am
Early History of Buffalo Music and Entertainment

Look back at the region’s rich entertainment history, including early theaters, vaudeville houses, amusement parks, big band nightclubs, and radio stations.

Instructor: Rick Falkowski, author, founder, Buffalo Music Hall of Fame...

11/19/2020 - 4:17pm
Eating for Mental Health and Wellbeing Part I

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,...

01/21/2021 - 1:50pm
Eating for Mental Health and Wellbeing Part II

In this part we will learn more about how our gut health impacts our brain health.

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

01/21/2021 - 1:55pm
Emergency Preparedness, COVID 19, The Flu, and You

We’ll discuss some tips for emergency preparedness and the status of COVID-19 and flu season. We'll cover the different symptoms and address tips for staying healthy.

Instructor: Pati Aine Guzinski, training coordinator, Public...

10/16/2020 - 9:23am
Erie County’s Community Climate Action Plan

Learn about the NYS Climate Act, and what Erie County is doing to create its own equity-focused Community Climate Action Plan to support the goals of the Climate Act and reduce our community’s carbon footprint. We will also discuss how...

05/11/2021 - 3:11pm
Erie County’s Response to Climate Change

How is the county working with the community and others to reduce climate change and protect residents from extreme weather events? Learn how you can help.

Instructors: Josh Wilson, pollution prevention coordinator; Tracy Skalski,...

11/17/2020 - 4:27pm
Everyday Mindfulness

Explore the power of gratitude and tips for starting your own daily practice.

Instructor: Rachel Ceness, MS, RDN, certified health coach, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York

*This is a recording of the live streaming session...

10/23/2020 - 9:34am
Everything is Online: Protecting Your Privacy in Today’s Hyperconnected World

These days, your computer isn’t the only thing connected to the internet. Everything from phones to refrigerators to thermostats to cars are online. With so much of your personal information online, and with so much of your behavior...

07/08/2021 - 9:30am
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...

05/01/2020 - 10:08am
Fat Facts

Learn about fats — which are the healthiest and which to limit. We’ll share tips for adding healthy fats to your meals without sacrificing taste.

Instructor: Jennifer Johnson, health promotion coordinator, BlueCross BlueShield...

05/25/2021 - 1:31pm
Feeling Well While Knowing Food

We'll discuss the role of food in patient care and identify certain foods that can help in building immune systems and managing weight.

Instructor: Riffat Sadiq, MD, president and CEO of WNY Medical, PC

*This is a recording of the...

07/16/2021 - 12:26pm
Financial Benefits Check Up You Gave, Now Save!

The class will focus on financial benefits that older adults commonly qualify for. Come prepared with an idea of your household income and resource amounts.

Instructors: Melissa Dentice, Aging and Disability Resource Technician; Rachael...

10/16/2020 - 9:22am
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,...

05/29/2020 - 4:02pm
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

05/12/2020 - 1:32pm
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....

05/12/2020 - 1:33pm
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

05/12/2020 - 1:34pm
Finding Your Female Ancestors

Women are often hard to research due to the laws, social norms, and record-keeping practices of times past. Learn about sources and strategies to find your female ancestors.

Instructor: Rhonda Hoffman, genealogy specialist, Buffalo and...

11/05/2020 - 1:51pm
Food Is Medicine

From air we breathe to meals we eat, it all affects our energy, health, and bodies. Explore interesting foods for their medicinal effects.

Instructor: Riffat Sadiq, MD, president and CEO of WNY Medical, PC

*This is a recording of...

12/01/2020 - 1:54pm
Football 102: Ready for the Playoffs

In preparation for the upcoming NFL Playoffs, we'll discuss offensive and defensive positions, formations, and types of penalties. Come get your questions answered ahead of the first game!

Instructor: Ryan Gadzo, Research Analyst, Erie...

01/13/2021 - 12:20pm
Football 201

You’ve learned the basics in Football 101, now it’s time to learn more about offensive formations and plays.

Instructor: Ryan Gadzo, research analyst, Erie County Department of Senior Services

*This is a recording of the...

10/09/2020 - 9:04am
Forget Fad Diets – The REAL Habits You Need to Succeed

Rather than jumping onto the newest fad diet train, learn three foundational habits that can help you be successful long-term, no matter your health goals.

Instructor: Jenny Ferrentino, MS, RDN, Wegmans nutritionist...

07/07/2021 - 4:27pm
Genealogy 101

Jump-start your genealogy with this introduction to family history research — major genealogy concepts, types of records used, and the genealogy resources available.

Instructor: Rhonda Hoffman, genealogy specialist, Buffalo &...

05/06/2021 - 1:02pm
Getting Started with Irish Genealogy Records

Learn about Ireland’s genealogical records, key Irish genealogy concepts, and what’s accessible online.

Instructor: Rhonda Hoffman, genealogy specialist, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library

*This is a recording of the...

12/10/2020 - 12:29pm
Getting Started with Italian Genealogy

Learn what your first steps in Italian genealogy research should be and how to use popular Italian genealogy websites.

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

*This is a...

06/03/2021 - 1:26pm
Health Insurance FAQs

Learn the answers to the health insurance and long-term care insurance questions you have always had but were afraid to ask.

Instructor: Bill Daniels, Coordinator of Insurance Outreach, Erie County Department of Senior...

06/30/2021 - 4:00pm
Healthy Eating Basics and Healthy Aging

Discuss how nutritional needs change as we age and discover how to eat healthy for life.

Instructor: Jenny LeGrand, MS, RDN, Wegmans nutritionist

*This is a recording of the live streaming session that took place on October 23, 2020...

10/23/2020 - 4:00pm
Healthy State of Mind: Creating Overall Well-Being

Learn about common myths, warning signs, available support, and ways to proactively manage your mental health.

Instructor: Jocelyn Bos-Fisher, LCSW

*This is a recording of the live streaming session that took place on October 7,...

10/08/2020 - 11:14am
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,...

06/04/2020 - 3:41pm
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

06/04/2020 - 3:42pm
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

06/04/2020 - 3:43pm
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

06/04/2020 - 3:43pm
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

06/04/2020 - 3:44pm
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

06/04/2020 - 3:45pm
High Blood Pressure: Know Your Numbers

Learn about the ranges for high blood pressure, the risk factors, and treatment paths.

Instructor: Darcie Hanson, R.N., clinical coach, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York

*This is a recording...

06/30/2021 - 4:02pm
History of Buffalo Roadways

Learn about the Holland Land Company through the modern expressway, including the Delaware Avenue “S” curves and the Scajaquada and Kensington Expressways.

nstructor: Ken Kuminski, licensed professional engineer

*This is...

11/12/2020 - 2:01pm
History of North Tonawanda Amusement

Join the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum for a brief history of the four North Tonawanda Amusement Companies, their products, and the legacy they left behind. Also included is the relationship between the Wurlitzer Company and the four...

07/09/2021 - 9:22am
History of Public Health

From the identification of mumps as an epidemic by Hippocrates in ancient Greece to social distancing and hand washing promoted during the COVID-19 pandemic, public health has been prevalent in society for thousands of years. Even with its...

06/10/2021 - 12:33pm
History of the Buffalo Mafia

Examine the crime unit from its formation in Sicily, its emergence in Western New York, to its demise as the 20th century came to a close.

Instructor: Lee Coppola, retired journalist, assistant US attorney, academic dean

*This is a...

07/16/2021 - 1:06pm
Hockey 101

Have you ever been watching a hockey game and wonder why the referee is blowing the whistle? Or why players are going to the penalty box? If so and you want to learn more about the wonderful game, join me for Hockey 101. We will include...

07/08/2021 - 9:36am
How is Medicine Changing?

We will cover technological advances, preventative medicine, and the evolving roles of health care providers.

Instructor: Lito Gutierrez, MD, member, New York State Public Health and Health Planning Council

*This is a recording of...

10/14/2020 - 9:15am
Immunotherapy for the Two Cs - COVID 19 and Cancer

Immune responses can effectively control some human cancers; therapeutically harnessing these responses can fundamentally impact the lives of those who have cancer or are at risk of developing it. Roswell Park is a national leader in the...

06/28/2021 - 3:22pm
In the Shadow of the White Oak: Facts behind the Fiction

Hear about Seneca treaty negotiations, the University of Buffalo’s medical department, and the scourge of tuberculosis.

Instructor: Rosanne L. Higgins, PhD, adjunct professor of anthropology, University at Buffalo

*This is a...

11/17/2020 - 4:27pm
Increasing Strength and Speed of Movement

While there are many activities that enhance the physical function of older adults – implementing strength training and speed of movement should be a priority. Learn a variety of resistance band exercises that help increase strength in the...

05/27/2021 - 8:50am
Inflammation: The Silent Perpetrator

Learn dietary and lifestyle factors that promote chronic inflammation in the body as well as those that help prevent it.

Instructor: Janice Nowak, MS, RD, CDN, dietitian consultant, Erie County Department of Senior

*This is a...

10/29/2020 - 9:21am
Influence The Art of Persuasion

Every personal encounter is an opportunity to persuade someone positively. Learn ways to get what you want using proven techniques.

Instructor: Rob Kubiak, creative problem-solving strategist

*This is a recording of the live...

10/12/2020 - 3:41pm
Influential People from Buffalo During the 1800s

We’ll discuss residents of Western New York who contributed to local, regional, and national history, commerce, and culture.

Instructor: Rick Falkowski, author, founder, Buffalo Music Hall of Fame

*This is a recording of the...

12/10/2020 - 4:25pm
Inside the White House

The White House is an enduring symbol of the United States. For over 220 years, it has served U.S. presidents as a home, office, and stage. Learn about the history and roles of the White House and explore how the building has changed over...

06/24/2021 - 4:22pm
International Travel Photography

Discover picturesque locations around the world while you learn how to take better travel photos.

Instructor: John Harrigan, Ph.D., professor of Communication and Media Arts, SUNY Erie

*This is a recording of the live streaming...

06/18/2021 - 7:58am
Interview with Angela Keppel

Listen as Angela explains what an Urban Planner does and how she began researching street names in Buffalo. You are sure to learn and laugh a lot!

03/23/2021 - 1:07pm
Interview with Chelsea O'Hara

Learn what inspired Chelsea to work with people living with Dementia and how you can access services or volunteer with the Alzheimer's Association.

03/11/2021 - 11:52am
Interview with David Shenk

Hear Commissioner Shenk talk about his leadership roles and his presentations this spring. You will also learn what record he held back in middle school!

04/13/2021 - 11:09am
Interview with Dr. Phil Stevens

Join us for an interview with Dr. Phil Stevens! You'll learn about his time in Nigeria, his favorite classes to teach at UB, and what he is currently working on.

02/23/2021 - 12:32pm
Interview with Jennifer Johnson

Join us for an interview with Jennifer Johnson! We'll find out how she is staying active during these times and what her favorite show is.

02/23/2021 - 12:33pm
Interview with Jill Bronsky

Learn about Jill's passion for exercise and what type of music pumps her up!

03/11/2021 - 11:59am
Interview with Richard Derwald AKA Mr. Fitness

Join us for an engaging interview with Richard Derwald AKA Mr. Fitness! You'll learn, you'll laugh, and you'll feel inspired to live life to fullest.

06/11/2021 - 8:18am
Interview with Rick Falkowski

Listen as Rick talks about playing gigs as a teenager and how he became an author.

03/11/2021 - 12:11pm
Interview with Rob Kubiak

Hear Rob talk about what gets his creative juices flowing and what he hopes to accomplish in the future. You'll learn two fun facts about him too!

03/23/2021 - 1:05pm
Is PT for Me?

Hear the advantages of physical therapy and how just a few sessions can lessen your pain and improve your quality of life.

Instructor: Jeannethe King, PT, DPT, ATC, Excelsior Orthopaedics

*This is a...

07/14/2021 - 3:57pm
JoAnn Falletta: My Journey with the BPO

What does the conductor of an orchestra actually do? What does it feel like to be right in the middle of the enormous sound of the Buffalo Philharmonic? JoAnn Falletta will tell you what her job-and her life- are like as music director of our BPO...

05/11/2021 - 3:12pm
Let's Talk About Depression and Suicide

We'll cover the signs and symptoms of depression and what treatment can look like. We'll also discuss the risk factors for suicide and where to get help.

Instructor: Mark O’Brien, LCSW-R, Commissioner, Erie County Department of...

05/18/2021 - 1:07pm
Let’s Get Composting!

Learn the science behind composting and the benefits. We’ll cover what materials you can compost and how you can get started today either in your own backyard to by taking advantage of some local places that accepting food scraps for...

05/27/2021 - 4:03pm
Life and Lifestyle

Join for a discussion of 85 years’ worth of lessons learned in health, wellness, and character development.

Instructor: Richard Derwald, senior fitness coordinator, Erie County Department of Senior Services

10/20/2020 - 3:53pm
Living with Anxiety

We’ll discuss the types of anxiety, how anxiety can impact us, and ways to cope.

Instructor: Mark O’Brien, LCSW-R, commissioner, Erie County Department of Mental Health

*This is a recording of the livestreaming session...

05/04/2021 - 12:56pm
MADHOUSE

Drawing upon confidential hospital archives, private patient letters and newspaper accounts of the day, we are taken on a remarkable journey inside a world of madness.

What terrible secrets were uncovered at Rolling Hills? Who was the...

12/18/2020 - 2:40pm
Maximizing Your Finances in the Age of COVID

We’ll focus on changes to benefits older adults commonly qualify for due to the pandemic — including SNAP and HEAP.

Instructor: Rachael Vega, Aging and Disability Resource Representative, Erie County Department of Senior...

05/06/2021 - 11:34am
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.

...

06/29/2020 - 1:42pm
Michael T. Keene Presents - New York City's Hart Island - A Cemetery of Strangers

"Hart Island has been used as New York City's Potters Field for the past 150 years. It is estimated that there are 1,000,000 people buried there."

Instructor: Michael T. Keene, Author and Historian 

10/19/2020 - 4:11pm
Milk vs. Milk Alternatives

Learn how cow’s milk and milk alternatives compare nutritionally and dispel some common myths about traditional dairy products.

Instructor: Jenny Ferrentino, MS, RDN, Wegmans nutritionist

*This is a recording of the live...

06/25/2021 - 10:14am
Mindful Eating While on the Go

With warmer temperatures and sunnier days ahead, many people are heading outdoors and traveling more. Attendees of this session, will hear tips and tricks to keep in mind while packing a cooler for the beach or a summer concert, dining out,...

06/08/2021 - 2:10pm
Mindfulness

A practice of Mindfulness can help reduce stress, improve outlook, and promote a better quality of life. We will learn about what Mindfulness is and how it can benefit you. We will also explore the power of gratitude and get tips for starting a...

07/10/2020 - 10:06am
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:...

05/29/2020 - 11:23am
Native American Gallery Tour

Join for a tour of the Native American Gallery at the Buffalo History Museum.

Instructor: Patrick F. Ryan, Education Coordinator, The Buffalo History Museum

*This is a recording of the live streaming...

07/14/2021 - 3:48pm
Nikola Tesla: How He Transformed Civilization

We live in an electrified world that is generally taken for granted except when it is denied in a power outage. The person responsible for electrically transforming the earth’s entire civilization has, by and large, been unknown, ignored,...

05/13/2021 - 1:12pm
Opioid Overdose Recognition & Naloxone Use

Join the conversation about the current status of the opioid epidemic in our community and what is being done. After watching this presentation, you will be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose, properly administer...

05/25/2021 - 12:15pm
Overwhelmed by All Your Health Insurance Options?

Receive unbiased information on Medicare Advantage plans. Discuss supplemental plans, options to pay for prescription drugs, and low-cost care options.

Instructor: Bill Daniels, Coordinator of Insurance Outreach, Erie County Department of...

10/30/2020 - 8:56am
Parkinson’s Foundation – Research, Care and Education about PD

The Parkinson’s Foundation has been addressing the needs of those affected by Parkinson’s disease (PD) since 1957. Learn about the organization’s research initiatives, ways we have improved care and what educational...

07/09/2021 - 8:54am
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...

06/02/2020 - 9:34am
Plant Power! The Benefits of a Whole Food, Plant Based Diet

We'll compare vegetarian, vegan, and plant-based ways of eating for health, disease reversal, and prevention.

Instructor: Jennifer Kuhrt, population health manager, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York

*This is a recording of...

06/08/2021 - 2:03pm
Plastic This and Plastic That

It seems like everything is made of plastic nowadays. Learn about the kinds of plastics are really recyclable and the best ways to responsibly reuse or dispose of them.

Instructors: Gary Carrel, solid waste recycling...

06/22/2021 - 3:50pm
POA: What You Need to Know

Power of Attorney is an often discussed, important legal document that can be an essential part of planning for later life. Understanding this document, including its specific powers and limitations, is beneficial if you are thinking about...

06/10/2021 - 12:22pm
Poetry Defies Definition

Discuss the various types and review the figures of speech necessary to write a poem.

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

*This is a recording of the live streaming session that took place on...

10/05/2020 - 4:14pm
Presidents in Buffalo

How many Presidents have come to Buffalo either before, during or after their presidency? Who are the Presidents that have had a significant impact on Buffalo? Learn the answer to these and other questions in a presentation that details Buffalo...

05/20/2021 - 1:05pm
Preventing Dehydration

We’ll 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

*This is a recording of the live...

11/19/2020 - 10:28am
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.

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06/30/2020 - 4:06pm
Protecting Your Health Care Identity

Get the inside scoop on how to avoid the latest scams, how Medicare fraud affects you, and how the Senior Medicare Patrol can help.

Instructor: Beth Nelson, Director, NYS Senior Medicare Patrol

*This is a recording of the live...

05/20/2021 - 1:13pm
Putting Your Affairs in Order

Consider your important documents, how to keep track of your accounts, and what to share with trusted family and friends.

Instructor: Valerie Stanek, Esq., certified financial planner, attorney at law

*This is a recording from the...

11/24/2020 - 10:25am
Q&A With Shakespeare in Delaware Park

Listen to the Q&A session with Lisa Ludwig, Grace Aroune, and Sean Crawford from Shakespeare in Delaware Park. This took place after the showing of the Shakespeare in Delaware Park’s virtual series of scenes and monologues on July 28, 2020....

07/31/2020 - 9:18am
Reading the Food Label

Understanding food labels is the key to smart shopping. Learn how to make sense of the food label, read the ingredients, and decipher front-of-package health claims.

Instructor: Jennifer Johnson, health promotion coordinator, BlueCross...

05/04/2021 - 1:00pm
Ready, Set, Goals!

In this interactive class, you’ll learn how to overcome obstacles by using unique creative problem solving techniques that will help you set goals and keep you accountable. Please have a writing utensil and 2-3 sheets of paper available for...

06/22/2021 - 3:44pm
Recycling Confusion - What Should Go in My Tote

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...

07/22/2020 - 12:55pm
Recycling, What Goes Where?

What can be recycled, how should it be prepared, and, most important, what shouldn’t go in your recycling tote? We’ll talk about what to do with that old TV too.

Instructors: Gary Carrel, solid waste recycling specialist; Amy...

10/05/2020 - 3:21pm
Resiliency & Critical Thinking

Resiliency is defined as the ability to overcome challenges of all kinds and bounce back stronger, wiser, and more personally powerful. How does this relate to the ability to think critically? Critical thinking is needed to solve problems and...

06/22/2021 - 3:47pm
Rock ‘n’ Roll Buffalo

Join for a review of the musicians, bands, DJs, and clubs that ushered rock music into the Buffalo area.

Instructor: Rick Falkowski, author, founder, Buffalo Music Hall of Fame

*This is a recording of the live streaming session that...

06/17/2021 - 9:38am
Roundabouts

Compare the origin of the modern roundabout with its predecessor, the traffic circle.

Instructor: Ken Kuminski, licensed professional engineer

*This is a recording of the live streaming session that...

07/14/2021 - 3:43pm
Secrets of Voodoo, Revealed!

Vodou is the premiere Afro-Caribbean religious system, which likely began among the African slaves as early as 1505, offering comfort and protection.

Instructor: Phillips Stevens, PhD, associate professor of anthropology emeritus,...

12/04/2020 - 9:57am
Self-Care Tips for Caregivers

This presentation will provide tips for those trying to be mindful of self-care while caring for a loved one struggling with serious illness. Learn about support options and resources available to help yourself while helping others.

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05/11/2021 - 3:13pm
Senior Services: How We Serve You

Join for a lesson on what Senior Services does and how you can access the programs and services.

Instructor: Erie County Department of Senior Services Staff

*This is a recording of the live streaming session that took place on May...

05/25/2021 - 12:18pm
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.

05/01/2020 - 10:05am
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.

05/21/2020 - 8:38am
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.

05/21/2020 - 8:38am
Shakespeare in Delaware Park Virtual Guest Artist Series

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

05/21/2020 - 8:39am
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

05/21/2020 - 8:40am
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

05/28/2020 - 4:19pm
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.

06/04/2020 - 9:02am
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

06/11/2020 - 2:03pm
Shakespeare in Delaware Park Virtual Guest Artist Series

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

06/22/2020 - 8:53am
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.

07/02/2020 - 7:40pm
Shakespeare in Delaware Park Virtual Guest Artist Series

Episode 11: Painting Shakespeare: Shakespeare's Influence on Art
Featuring guest artist Danielle Saeva, Locust Street Art Adult Painting Instructor

07/16/2020 - 4:12pm
Shakespeare in the Parks

All of Western New York is a stage for Quince and her band of rude mechanicals. This series of scenes and monologues is the Shakespearean equivalent of a Greatest Hits Album. Four actors. Forty-Five Minutes of socially-distanced fun. Come...

07/31/2020 - 9:19am
Should I Turn Things Over: Joint Accounts, Life Estates, and Powers of Attorney

We’ll discuss advantages of these tools for estate and financial planning, as well as potential problems that can arise.

Instructor: Valerie Stanek, Esq., certified financial planner, attorney at law

*This is a recording of...

12/10/2020 - 10:19am
Social Welfare and the Larkin Company

Known for its tenets of purpose, effort, achievement, and blending the gospel of work and life, the Larkin Company created many progressive initiatives for its employees.

Instructor: Shane E. Stephenson, director of museum collections,...

11/24/2020 - 10:39am
So…What Happens after I Flush?

Sewer systems are critical for the protection of public health and the environment. They also support our economy.

Instructor: Joseph Fiegl, PE, BCEE, deputy commissioner, Erie County Department of Environment and...

05/14/2021 - 8:47am
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...

06/18/2020 - 2:31pm
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...

07/07/2020 - 12:21pm
Step-by-Step Rightsizing:How to Simplify It

Learn the best way to reduce clutter, make your home safer, and your life simpler.

Instructor: Michael Olear, MSW, lead broker, The Olear Team at MJ Peterson

*This is a recording of the live...

11/06/2020 - 4:54pm
Strength Training for Seniors

We’ll cover the benefits of strength training, myths, specific exercises, and how to add strength training into your routine.

Instructor: Miranda McCoy, health coach, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York

*This is a...

10/12/2020 - 11:40am
Superstitions and Magical Thinking

Most superstitions are examples of basic patterns of thinking, which postulate mystical interconnections and causations in nature. In this talk such patterns of thinking are explored, shown to be based in six distinct principles, and explained...

07/15/2020 - 8:34am
Systemic Racism and Its Impact on Health Disparities

Examine how systemic racism continues to be a driving factor in the social determinants of health. We’ll discuss steps to bring health equity into the region. 

Instructor: George F. Nicholas, senior pastor, Lincoln Memorial...

10/15/2020 - 4:19pm
Tenants’ Rights

This presentation will cover the topics of tenants’ rights in residential tenancies along with an overview of the changing eviction landscape as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Instructor: Kevin Quinn, Esq., Supervising Attorney,...

05/18/2021 - 1:05pm
The Anthropology of Conspiracy Theories

Belief in hidden forces plotting to subvert our way of life is universal and probably has its roots in the evolution of human sociality.

Instructor: Phillips Stevens, PhD, associate professor of Anthropology emeritus,...

07/14/2021 - 11:49am
The Arts and the Art of Healing

Learn how Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center brings the soothing impact of art, music, and storytelling to patients and visitors.

Instructors: Cynthia Schwartz, Director, Alliance Foundation Ambassador Program and...

07/16/2021 - 12:29pm
The Early Women of Lily Dale Spiritualists, Suffragists, and Psychic Healers

This talk will focus on key female figures in the early history of Lily Dale, their contributions to the early modern spiritualist community, and the characters they inspired in the “Orphans and Inmates” series.

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07/08/2021 - 9:33am
The Electoral College: Why was it created Do we still need it?

5 times in our history a candidate for the Presidency won the popular vote but lost the Presidency because of the electoral college. This class will look at the compromise the founding fathers reached that resulted in the creation of the...

07/16/2021 - 4:52pm
The Human Experience of Trauma

Explore the types of trauma, its global prevalence, and its physical and psychological effects.

Instructor: Thane Schulz, LMSW, ACHP-SW, CMC, palliative care social worker, Erie County Medical Center

*This is a recording of the live...

12/03/2020 - 1:07pm
The Larkin Soap Company

From it's founding in 1875 through it's ultimate demise in 1967, the Larkin Company used "Factory to Family" marketing to get products directly into the homes of Larkin consumers. You'll learn about the Larkin Company's unique marketing that made...

05/27/2021 - 4:22pm
The Old Man & The Sea

This novella was the reason Hemingway won the noble 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...

07/22/2020 - 11:22am
The Road to the White House 2020

We’ll discuss what it’s going to take to win the election.

Instructor: Len Lenihan, political analyst, WIVB; former community and political leader

*This is a recording of the live streaming session that took place on...

10/27/2020 - 3:08pm
The Vanishing Ditch: The Story of the Original Erie Canal

What we think of today as the Erie Canal bears almost no resemblance to the first Erie Canal. We’ll focus on the story of the original canal, which was built between 1817 and 1825. That story includes both its construction and its...

06/30/2021 - 4:05pm
The Wide World’s Wacky Sports

Jai Alai, Badminton, Cricket, European Handball, Rugby? Where do we start? This class looks at sports from around the globe that you may have heard of, but do not know much about. This class covers the basics of the sports and what equipment you...

06/15/2021 - 12:02pm
Trailblazing Women of WNY The Monument Project

Learn about the hidden stories of three pioneering women from WNY and how they will be honored by monuments in the community.

Instructor: Karen King, PhD, Commissioner of Public Advocacy; Executive Director, Erie County Commission on the...

06/15/2021 - 12:04pm
Transferring Real Estate

Transferring property is a familiar estate planning strategy. One of the assets people tend to be eager to transfer in order to pass it on to the next generation is real estate. We will look at the advantages and pitfalls involved in the various...

06/17/2021 - 9:42am
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...

08/14/2020 - 10:53am
Understanding Condos, Townhouses, and Patio Homes

Learn the answers to commonly asked questions about residential communities and downsizing.

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

*This is a recording of the live...

06/28/2021 - 3:25pm
Understanding Veterans Benefits

Find out about the federal, state, and local benefits for which veterans, current service members, and their families may be eligible.

Instructor: Felice Krycia, Veterans Service officer, Erie County Veterans Service Agency

*This is...

11/12/2020 - 1:44pm
Understanding Veterans Benefits

Find out about the federal, state, and local benefits for which veterans, current service members, and their families may be eligible.

Instructor: Dan Ratka, Veterans Service officer, Erie County Veterans Service Agency

*This is a...

06/08/2021 - 2:15pm
Upheaval in the Middle East

Analyze the current state of the Irani-American relationship, along with the changing balance of power between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Instructor: Faizan Haq, communication department faculty, Buffalo State College; founding president,...

10/15/2020 - 1:07pm
Vaccines: What You Need to Know

This course will serve as an introduction to the science, history and impact of vaccination. Specific vaccines recommended for older adults will also be discussed, including vaccines for influenza, pneumonia and shingles. Finally, this course...

06/24/2021 - 4:19pm
Vampires, Werewolves, Witches, and Other Creatures of the Night

Cultures throughout history have believed dangerous beings roam in search of human victims. We’ll look at examples of such beliefs and explanations for them.

Instructor: Phillips Stevens, PhD, associate professor of anthropology...

10/30/2020 - 12:51pm
Veterans Treatment Court

Judge Robert Russell, Jr. established the first Veterans Treatment Court in the world in Buffalo, NY. This class will discuss the origin of the Veteran Treatment Court model. How this has evolved into a nation-wide movement with over 600 courts...

05/18/2021 - 1:02pm
Vitamin D: The Sunshine Vitamin

Learn why this vitamin is necessary for our bodies and ways to increase our levels.

Instructor: Darcie Hanson, RN, clinical coach, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York

*This is a recording of the live streaming session that took...

05/06/2021 - 11:37am
What Is a Trust and Who Needs One?

It is a misconception that trusts are complicated, expensive, and only for the wealthy. This simple exploration will be free of legalese and will include a Q&A session.

Instructor: Valerie Stanek, Esq., certified...

07/08/2021 - 9:03am
What is Prediabetes?

We’ll talk about the risk factors, testing, and ways to help prevent developing Type 2 diabetes. You’ll leave with nutritional tips and exercise ideas.

Instructor: Darcie Hanson, R.N., clinical coach, BlueCross BlueShield of...

06/03/2021 - 12:52pm
What’s Going on with That Project? Recent Buffalo Construction Updates

Get an update on major projects completed in the last decade and a glimpse of projects currently under construction.

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

*This is a recording of the live streaming...

12/01/2020 - 5:25pm
What’s the big deal with 5G?

Internet-connected mobile devices have created a revolution in how we communicate, shop, and consume information. Fifth-generation (5G) is the next big technological leap. What is 5G, and what does it mean for our always-connected lives?

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06/03/2021 - 4:38pm
Where on Earth Am I? How Cell Phones and GPS Pinpoint Location

We’ll cover how the location technology we rely on works and how it can fail.

Instructor: Lisa Matthies-Wiza, director of geographic information services, Erie County Department of Environment and Planning

*This is a recording...

06/22/2021 - 3:38pm
Why Trade is Good and Trade Wars Are Not

This class will summarize and explain the basic insight of trade theory: trade generates economic gains to all participating countries. We will then consider why governments may choose to restrict trade, despite economic losses. Finally, we...

07/14/2021 - 11:41am
Writing to Connect: A Mother and Son On Writing a Memoir

Linda Drajem and Christopher Drajem wrote a collaborative memoir spanning almost ten years. It began when Linda was an English teacher in Buffalo and Christopher recently moved to Seattle. He came home for a visit told her and the rest of the...

06/02/2021 - 11:01am
“We Are All in this Together” The Shared Experiences of Loss, Grief & COVID-19

Identify the numerous non-death losses that have accompanied the “new normal.” Resources for self-care will be shared.

Instructor: Deborah Waldrop, PhD, Professor, University at Buffalo School of Social Work

*This is a...

10/22/2020 - 9:33am