Current Classes

Fall 2021

Welcome! Here is how to participate this semester:

1) Read through the catalog to see what interests you. You can also search for classes below using our search tool. All University Express classes are free and either in-person or virtual using Webex. Some classes may be recorded and posted on our website at a later date.

2) Register for the classes that interest you.

Virtual Classes: Visit our Virtual Classes page to register for the classes you want to virtually attend. You’ll receive an email confirming your registration status after registering. You can call our office for assistance if you do not have internet access.

In-Person Classes: Call the location where the in-person class is offered and reserve your spot ahead of time. Visit our Locations page for the list of locations and their schedules. 

3) Make sure you have the right technology. You can access the virtual classes from your smartphone, tablet, or computer. You may also phone in if you’d just like to listen to the presentation. 

4) Participate in the classes you registered for!

Virtual Classes: Once your registration is accepted, you will receive email reminders before the class(es) start that you can join from. 

In-Person Classes: Make sure you called the location ahead of time to register. Be sure to follow all safety guidelines at the location you are attending.

Catalog

Take a look at our class catalog to see what we will be offering this fall!

Locations

Check out the list of locations that are hosing our in-person classes and their schedules! You must contact the locations directly to reserve your spot. Be sure to follow all location safety guidelines. 

Virtual Classes

Visit our registration page so you can register for our virtual classes! You will also find a list of FAQs on this page.

 

Date - Time Topic Course Description Instructor Location Category

1:00 PM
Self-Care Tips to Reduce Stress and Be More Productive

Self-care is the practice of taking an active role in protecting one's own well-being and happiness. Learn tips on how to incorporate self-care into your daily routine so you can reduce stress and be productive.

Rob Kubiak West Seneca Senior Center
Wellness

1:00 PM
History and Geology of the Niagara Gorge

Explore the historical and cultural significance of the oldest state park in America and how it impacts us today. Discover how Niagara Falls got its shape, how it's still changing today, and what secrets lie beneath it.

Catherine Konieczny Town of Tonawanda Senior Center
Science and Medicine

1:30 PM
Safe Dating Practices

Discuss how dating has changed over the years including safe sex, catfishing, scams, and other scenarios you may encounter while dating.

Orchard Park Senior Center
Wellness

2:00 PM
Eating with the Seasons

Attend this session to learn what's in-season during fall and winter, as well as some tips on preparation and cooking methods. Learn to maintain weight or work on health goals while enjoying seasonal favorites.

Mindy Yoder Amherst Senior Center
Science and Medicine

10:00 AM
Computer Basics

Learn how to operate a computer, identify its parts, and use various useful software programs. Additionally, receive tips on purchasing a computer that fits your needs.

Brendan Chella Amherst Senior Center
Wellness

11:00 AM
Be An Educated Consumer

Learn about well-known scams that affect people in every walk of life, each and every day. What red flags should you watch for to identify these scams? What tips will prevent you from becoming a victim?

West Side Community Services
Law and Finance

1:00 PM
Fall Tasks in the Garden

Cutting back perennials; protecting plants and pots; overwintering geraniums, begonias, and others; bringing in houseplants; and general cleanup all help your garden survive until the spring. We'll also talk about the "leave it be" philosophy of fall cleanup.

Lyn Chimera Akron-Newstead Senior Center
Environment

1:30 PM
Am I Eligible?

We'll talk about the benefits older adults commonly qualify for, such as SNAP and HEAP. Learn about eligibility guidelines and the application process, and how to get the most out of these benefits. Come prepared with an idea of your household income.

Rachael Vega Orchard Park Senior Center
Law and Finance

2:00 PM
Internet Basics

Learn the basics of exploring the Internet. You'll be taught about the Internet browser Google Chrome, how it works, and how to search for specific web pages.

Brendan Chella Amherst Senior Center
Wellness

10:00 AM
The Wonderful World of Herbs

Why do we call some plants "herbs"? Learn about the history, lore, and uses for both common and unusual herbs you can grow.

Carol Ann Harlos Hamburg Senior Community Center
Wellness

10:00 AM
Unlocking Our Past to Understand the Present: History of the Michigan Street Baptist Church

The Michigan Street Baptist Church is one of the oldest structures built by African Americans for African Americans in the city of Buffalo. Its members were part of the Underground Railroad, and the church community was pivotal in the development of today's African American community in Buffalo.

Schiller Park Senior Center
History

10:30 AM
Price Gouging versus Supply and Demand

Learn the difference between price gouging and supply and demand and find out where to file complaints. We'll also hear how consumers can avoid panic buying.

Grand Island Golden Age Center
Current Events

1:30 PM
Wastewater-Based Epidemiology

Learn how Erie County and the University at Buffalo have employed wastewater-based epidemiology to better understand COVID-19 impacts locally and how these methods might help monitor community health in the future.

Joe Fiegl Orchard Park Senior Center
Science and Medicine

1:30 PM
Wastewater-Based Epidemiology

Learn how Erie County and the University at Buffalo have employed wastewater-based epidemiology to better understand COVID-19 impacts locally and how these methods might help monitor community health in the future.

Joe Fiegl Orchard Park Senior Center
Science and Medicine

1:30 PM
Buffalo's East Side Industry

Join us for a talk about the ethnic, cultural, and manufacturing center for Buffalo and Western New York.

Shane Stephenson Clarence Senior Center
History

2:00 PM
History and Geology of the Niagara Gorge

Explore the historical and cultural significance of the oldest state park in America and how it impacts us today. Discover how Niagara Falls got its shape, how it's still changing today, and what secrets lie beneath it.

Catherine Konieczny Amherst Senior Center
Science and Medicine

6:00 PM
Better Choices for Future House Selling

This session is designed for the homeowner who is not quite ready to sell but sees it on the horizon, perhaps in six months or even five years.

Michael Olear Amherst Senior Center
Wellness

6:30 PM
Western New York Amusement Parks

Enjoy a whirlwind trip to all the amusement parks from past to present through Western New York's eight counties.

Rose Ann Hirsch Elma Public Library
History

10:00 AM
Vetting Your Sources

What is fake news? How do you spot wrong information? Where does it run most rampant? We'll give you tips and tricks to vet your sources.

Ryan Gadzo Hamburg Senior Community Center
Current Events

1:00 PM
Feed Sacks and Quilts

Between 1840 and 1890, cotton sacks replaced barrels for food packaging and feed storage. Learn about the clever marketing idea and how it changed the lives of families during the Depression and World Wars I and II.

Theresa Wiater Concord Senior Center
History

2:00 PM
Guide for Basic and Advanced Estate Planning

The presentation will cover basic estate planning (wills, powers of attorney, health care proxies, living wills), advanced estate planning (revocable and irrevocable trusts), and the basics of Medicaid.

Dan Schuller Elma Public Library
Law and Finance

10:00 AM
Historic and Influential People from WNY during the 1800s

Hear about the residents of Western New York who shaped local, regional, and national history, commerce, and culture in the 1800s.

Rick Falkowski Akron-Newstead Senior Center
History

1:00 PM
Effective Communication

Explore ways Alzheimer's and other dementias affect an individual's ability to communicate across different stages, and get tips to better communicate with people living with the disease.

Lancaster Senior Center
Science and Medicine

1:30 PM
The Anatomy of a News Story

This class will provide a lesson in the background of news seldom seen by readers, viewers, and listeners.

Lee Coppola Orchard Park Senior Center
Current Events

2:00 PM
Finding Common Ground

What can we do when conversations seem tense? Will communicating get any easier? We'll discuss the steps you can take to build and repair relationships while finding common ground.

Amherst Senior Center
Wellness

11:00 AM
Palliative Care and Advance Directives

The goal of palliative care is to improve quality of life for patients and their families. Learn more about this medical specialty and how to have conversations about your values and wishes for your future care.

Central Library
Science and Medicine

1:00 PM
Guide for Basic and Advanced Estate Planning

The presentation will cover basic estate planning (wills, powers of attorney, health care proxies, living wills), advanced estate planning (revocable and irrevocable trusts), and the basics of Medicaid.

Dan Schuller City of Tonawanda Public Library
Law and Finance

1:00 PM
Get up to Speed with Electric Vehicles

We'll talk about the science behind electric vehicles (EVs) and what their future may look like. You'll also learn what Erie County is doing to become more EV-friendly.

Reed Braman Concord Senior Center
Science and Medicine

1:30 PM
History and Geology of the Niagara Gorge

Explore the historical and cultural significance of the oldest state park in America and how it impacts us today. Discover how Niagara Falls got its shape, how it's still changing today, and what secrets lie beneath it.

Catherine Konieczny Town of Aurora Senior Center
Science and Medicine

10:00 AM
Be An Educated Consumer

Learn about well-known scams that affect people in every walk of life, each and every day. What red flags should you watch for to identify these scams? What tips will prevent you from becoming a victim?

Hamburg Senior Community Center
Law and Finance

10:30 AM
Diversity in Western New York

Learn the difference between refugees, immigrants, and asylum seekers; the process they go through to come to the US; and the challenges when they arrive.

May Shogan Grand Island Golden Age Center
Current Events

10:30 AM
The Syrian Civil War (2011- present)

We'll focus on the conflict's political, sectarian, ethnic, and socioeconomic causes, as well as its far-reaching consequences on the region in general - particularly U.S. foreign policy.

York Norman Orchard Park Senior Center
Current Events

1:30 PM
The Buffalo Naval Park

Learn about the three ships docked at the largest inland naval museum in the country. You'll hear their history and the memorable events of which they were a part.

Shane Stephenson Clarence Senior Center
History

2:00 PM
Western New York Amusement Parks

Enjoy a whirlwind trip to all the amusement parks from past to present through Western New York's eight counties.

Rose Ann Hirsch Amherst Senior Center
History

11:00 AM
Lost Downtown: The Story of Urban Renewal in Buffalo

"Urban renewal" typically referred to a series of programs used by cities in the mid-20th century to address urban decay. Learn how Buffalo's neighborhoods were shaped by urban renewal policies.

Angela Keppel Clarence Senior Center
History

1:00 PM
Better Choices for Future House Selling

This session is designed for the homeowner who is not quite ready to sell but sees it on the horizon, perhaps in six months or even five years.

Michael Olear City of Tonawanda Public Library
Wellness

2:00 PM
The Perception of Time

Learn about how time is mentally constructed and significantly personalized as it ebbs and flows throughout our lives.

John Harrigan Elma Public Library
Current Events

2:00 PM
Swinging in the 21st Century

We'll relive the good old days of big bands and famous clubs throughout this city. Prepare to be transported!

Lancaster Senior Center
Humanities

1:00 PM
Lost Downtown: The Story of Urban Renewal in Buffalo

"Urban renewal" typically referred to a series of programs used by cities in the mid-20th century to address urban decay. Learn how Buffalo's neighborhoods were shaped by urban renewal policies.

Angela Keppel Lancaster Senior Center
History

1:00 PM
Feed Sacks and Quilts

Between 1840 and 1890, cotton sacks replaced barrels for food packaging and feed storage. Learn about the clever marketing idea and how it changed the lives of families during the Depression and World Wars I and II.

Theresa Wiater City of Tonawanda Public Library
History

2:00 PM
1950s Wrestling & Rock n Roll

Hear never-before-told inside stories from wrestlers' dressing rooms, recording studios, and record hops of the 1950s "Happy Days" era.

Richard Derwald Amherst Senior Center
History

10:00 AM
Senior Services: How We Serve You

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

Karen Adamo, Moira Mycio Lancaster Senior Center
Wellness

10:00 AM
Senior Services: How We Serve You

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

Karen Adamo, Moira Mycio Lancaster Senior Center
Wellness

10:30 AM
Living with Vision Loss

We'll discuss the types of visual impairment and available programs and services to assist.

Amanda Cleesattel Grand Island Golden Age Center
Wellness

1:30 PM
Beer through the Years

We'll journey through the history of beer in Western New York starting with Prohibition and ending where we are today.

Orchard Park Senior Center
History

10:00 AM
Sugar, Sugar!

Compare natural sugars, added sugars, and substitutes, and then discover roles each can play in a healthy pattern of eating.

Jenny Ferrentino Hamburg Senior Community Center
Science and Medicine

10:00 AM
The 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's

This education program will help you recognize common signs of the disease in yourself and others and next steps to take, including how to talk to your doctor.

Schiller Park Senior Center
Science and Medicine

10:00 AM
Vetting Your Sources

What is fake news? How do you spot wrong information? Where does it run most rampant? We'll give you tips and tricks to vet your sources.

Ryan Gadzo Grand Island Golden Age Center
Current Events

1:30 PM
Medical Encounters: How to Make the Most of Your Visit

Are you unsure of what questions to ask your doctor about your health or how to ask? Learn how to create a successful partnership with your doctor.

Orchard Park Senior Center
Science and Medicine

1:30 PM
Medical Encounters: How to Make the Most of Your Visit

Are you unsure of what questions to ask your doctor about your health or how to ask? Learn how to create a successful partnership with your doctor.

Orchard Park Senior Center
Science and Medicine

1:30 PM
Classical Witchcraft, Inherently Human

Review the several meanings of "witchcraft" and identify 14 attributes that describe the near-universal concept of a really terrible being.

Phil Stevens, Jr. Clarence Senior Center
History

1:30 PM
Genealogy 101

Learn basic genealogy concepts, the types of records used, and an overview of genealogy resources available.

Rhonda Hoffman Town of Aurora Senior Center
Wellness

10:00 AM
Artifact Detective

How well do you know your artifacts? A museum docent will bring a canvas bag of artifacts so the audience can identify what each object is and what it does.

Akron-Newstead Senior Center
Science and Medicine

1:00 PM
Preparing for Retirement

Learn about issues you'll face as you approach retirement, including when to take Social Security, how to manage your investments as you get closer to beginning distributions, assessing your Medicare choices, and preserving assets for future generations.

Valerie Stanek City of Tonawanda Public Library
Law and Finance

1:00 PM
Exercise with Ms. Fitness

Enjoy a low-impact exercise routine and discuss health and wellness programs the department offers.

Julie Ruszala Concord Senior Center
Wellness

1:00 PM
Senior Services: How We Serve You

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

Karen Adamo, Moira Mycio Hamburg Senior Community Center
Wellness

1:00 PM
Senior Services: How We Serve You

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

Karen Adamo, Moira Mycio Hamburg Senior Community Center
Wellness

1:30 PM
Buffalo's Tourism Development

Buffalo is experiencing a remarkable transformation. We'll talk about the recent developments and what is yet to come in the City of Good Neighbors.

Orchard Park Senior Center
Current Events

2:00 PM
History and Geology of the Niagara Gorge

Explore the historical and cultural significance of the oldest state park in America and how it impacts us today. Discover how Niagara Falls got its shape, how it's still changing today, and what secrets lie beneath it.

Catherine Konieczny Elma Public Library
Science and Medicine

1:00 PM
Dr. Roswell Park (1852-1914), Renaissance Man

Learn about the rich life of this brilliant man - and his many contributions to his adopted city and the advancement of cancer research and treatment nationally and internationally.

Cynthia Schwartz West Seneca Senior Center
Science and Medicine

1:00 PM
Erie County's Top 10 Events!

The county's history spans over 200 years and includes major military conflicts, significant inventions, three presidents, and an assassination.

Doug Kohler Town of Tonawanda Senior Center
History

1:30 PM
Cryptocurrency: What's the Latest?

Bitcoin has been around since 2017, and new cryptocurrencies are popping up for use instead of paper or plastic. Could banks fall by the wayside?

Adam Goldfarb Clarence Senior Center
Current Events

1:30 PM
Abraham Lincoln in Western New York

There are many memorials to Lincoln around the city and region; hear how our 16th president visited Buffalo on four occasions.

Orchard Park Senior Center
History

2:00 PM
The Erie County Poorhouse

Historic records were used to piece together details of inmates from the Erie County Poorhouse (1829-1926) to reveal the period before or after their time spent in the institution.

Rosanne Higgins Akron-Newstead Senior Center
History

2:00 PM
Self-Care Tips to Reduce Stress and Be More Productive

Self-care is the practice of taking an active role in protecting one's own well-being and happiness. Learn tips on how to incorporate self-care into your daily routine so you can reduce stress and be productive.

Rob Kubiak Amherst Senior Center
Wellness

1:00 PM
Animals of the White House

White House pets provide companionship to First Families, but they have also promoted important issues, served as ambassadors for the U.S., and played a significant role in humanizing the president's political image.

Courtney Speckmann Central Library
History

10:30 AM
Safe Dating Practices

Discuss how dating has changed over the years including safe sex, catfishing, scams, and other scenarios you may encounter while dating.

Grand Island Golden Age Center
Wellness

10:30 AM
Behind the Curtain

We'll chat with directors past and present and explore the ways in which a director approaches a Shakespearean script differently than that of a performer

Orchard Park Senior Center
Humanities

10:30 AM
Behind the Curtain

We'll chat with directors past and present and explore the ways in which a director approaches a Shakespearean script differently than that of a performer

Orchard Park Senior Center
Humanities

11:00 AM
Health Care Fraud

Medicare fraud costs taxpayers billions of dollars a year. Find out how the Senior Medicare Patrol can help you prevent, detect, and report Medicare fraud.

Beth Nelson West Side Community Services
Law and Finance

1:00 PM
Historic and Influential People from WNY during the 1800s

Hear about the residents of Western New York who shaped local, regional, and national history, commerce, and culture in the 1800s.

Rick Falkowski Concord Senior Center
History

1:30 PM
The Library of Congress: Our Nation's Crown Jewel

Learn how the Library of Congress in Washington literally rose from the ashes of war to become the most renowned library in history

Judi Geer Orchard Park Senior Center
History

2:00 PM
Magic and Magical Thinking, Inherently Human

We'll cover the several popular meanings of "magic," and describe six principles that comprise the anthropological meaning.

Phil Stevens, Jr. Amherst Senior Center
History

10:00 AM
All About Supplements

Learn about the myths and truths about supplements. Do they work? How do they work? Are they safe?

Cheektowaga Senior Center
Science and Medicine

1:30 PM
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.

Phil Stevens, Jr. Clarence Senior Center
History

1:30 PM
The Perception of Time

Learn about how time is mentally constructed and significantly personalized as it ebbs and flows throughout our lives.

John Harrigan Orchard Park Senior Center
Current Events

1:30 PM
Eating with the Seasons

Attend this session to learn what's in-season during fall and winter, as well as some tips on preparation and cooking methods. Learn to maintain weight or work on health goals while enjoying seasonal favorites.

Mindy Yoder Town of Aurora Senior Center
Science and Medicine

5:30 PM
The Anatomy of a News Story

This class will provide a lesson in the background of news seldom seen by readers, viewers, and listeners.

Lee Coppola Akron-Newstead Senior Center
Current Events

10:00 AM
Health Care Fraud

Medicare fraud costs taxpayers billions of dollars a year. Find out how the Senior Medicare Patrol can help you prevent, detect, and report Medicare fraud.

Beth Nelson Hamburg Senior Community Center
Law and Finance

10:30 AM
Computer Basics

Learn how to operate a computer, identify its parts, and use various useful software programs. Additionally, receive tips on purchasing a computer that fits your needs.

Brendan Chella Orchard Park Senior Center
Wellness

1:30 PM
Gaza

Considering the recent Israeli military activities in Gaza, we'll examine how this event fits into the Arab-Israeli conflict overall, and what it means for American relations with all sides.

York Norman Cheektowaga Senior Center
Current Events

11:00 AM
Discovering Buffalo, One Street at a Time: Part 5

We'll continue our study of how the streets in Buffalo got their names. Learn about the man who brought vocational schools to the city, how the electric chair is connected, and more.

Angela Keppel Clarence Senior Center
History

1:00 PM
The Library of Congress: Our Nation's Crown Jewel

Learn how the Library of Congress in Washington literally rose from the ashes of war to become the most renowned library in history

Judi Geer City of Tonawanda Public Library
History

2:00 PM
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.

Phil Stevens, Jr. Lancaster Senior Center
History

2:00 PM
Violence behind the Battle for Women's Suffrage: A Rarely Told Story

Since our country's inception, the right to vote has been a contested issue. This presentation will give an overview of the lobbying for suffrage in the 1900s.

Linda Drajem Elma Public Library
History

10:00 AM
History on Headstones: A Look at Cemeteries across Erie County

We'll look through the old cemeteries of Erie County to decipher what messages were left on headstones and monuments across the area.

Doug Kohler Akron-Newstead Senior Center
History

10:00 AM
Digital Wallets

How do things like Apple Pay, Venmo, and PayPal work? What are the safeguards? Join us to find out.

Adam Goldfarb Amherst Senior Center
Law and Finance

1:00 PM
The Erie County Poorhouse

Historic records were used to piece together details of inmates from the Erie County Poorhouse (1829-1926) to reveal the period before or after their time spent in the institution.

Rosanne Higgins City of Tonawanda Public Library
History

1:30 PM
The Basics of Giving

Join for a discussion on the avenues to gift to loved ones and charities. We'll also discuss what to consider and the main implications.

Adam Goldfarb Clarence Senior Center
Law and Finance

2:00 PM
Classical Witchcraft, Inherently Human

Review the several meanings of "witchcraft" and identify 14 attributes that describe the near-universal concept of a really terrible being.

Phil Stevens, Jr. Akron-Newstead Senior Center
History

11:00 AM
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.

Phil Stevens, Jr. Central Library
History

10:00 AM
Computer Basics

Learn how to operate a computer, identify its parts, and use various useful software programs. Additionally, receive tips on purchasing a computer that fits your needs.

Brendan Chella Tosh Collins Senior Center
Wellness

1:00 PM
Internet Basics

Learn the basics of exploring the Internet. You'll be taught about the Internet browser Google Chrome, how it works, and how to search for specific web pages.

Brendan Chella Tosh Collins Senior Center
Wellness

1:30 PM
Nikola Tesla: Before and After

How did Tesla change the world of electricity - and the world itself?

Francis Lestingi Orchard Park Senior Center
History

2:00 PM
Three American Geniuses: Walt Whitman, Mark Twain, and Frank Lloyd Wright

We'll examine important points of biographical similarity between these men, as well as parallels between their revolutionary innovations.

Robert Butler Amherst Senior Center
Humanities

1:30 PM
Swinging in the 21st Century

We'll relive the good old days of big bands and famous clubs throughout this city. Prepare to be transported!

Orchard Park Senior Center
Humanities

10:00 AM
Unlocking Our Past to Understand the Present: History of the Michigan Street Baptist Church

The Michigan Street Baptist Church is one of the oldest structures built by African Americans for African Americans in the city of Buffalo. Its members were part of the Underground Railroad, and the church community was pivotal in the development of today's African American community in Buffalo.

Amherst Senior Center
History

1:30 PM
Hands-Only CPR

This training method that teaches the compressions-only technique is a combination instruction and skills session that lasts approximately 30 minutes. CPR training certification is not provided through this course

Town of Aurora Senior Center
Wellness

1:30 PM
The Library of Congress: Our Nation's Crown Jewel

Learn how the Library of Congress in Washington literally rose from the ashes of war to become the most renowned library in history

Judi Geer Cheektowaga Senior Center
History

6:30 PM
Be An Educated Consumer

Learn about well-known scams that affect people in every walk of life, each and every day. What red flags should you watch for to identify these scams? What tips will prevent you from becoming a victim?

Elma Public Library
Law and Finance

1:00 PM
Finding Living Descendants

Learn about resources and strategies to find living relatives. This class is helpful if you're hoping to connect with family to collaborate on research, an adoptee looking for your birth family, trying to find heirs for probate cases, or planning a family reunion.

Rhonda Hoffman City of Tonawanda Public Library
Wellness

1:00 PM
Our Town

This play won the Pulitzer Prize for drama. "Our Town" teaches us about mortality; appreciation of life, love, and marriage; and the circle of life.

Jim Banko Hamburg Senior Community Center
Humanities

1:30 PM
Diversity in Western New York

Learn the difference between refugees, immigrants, and asylum seekers; the process they go through to come to the US; and the challenges when they arrive.

May Shogan Orchard Park Senior Center
Current Events

2:00 PM
Fall Tasks in the Garden

Cutting back perennials; protecting plants and pots; overwintering geraniums, begonias, and others; bringing in houseplants; and general cleanup all help your garden survive until the spring. We'll also talk about the "leave it be" philosophy of fall cleanup.

Carol Ann Harlos Elma Public Library
Environment

10:00 AM
Patient Life at the Buffalo State Asylum

Join us for a lecture on the daily life and treatment of patients at the Buffalo State Asylum during the 19th century.

Rosanne Higgins Amherst Senior Center
History

1:30 PM
Guide for Basic and Advanced Estate Planning

The presentation will cover basic estate planning (wills, powers of attorney, health care proxies, living wills), advanced estate planning (revocable and irrevocable trusts), and the basics of Medicaid.

Dan Schuller Clarence Senior Center
Law and Finance

1:30 PM
History of North Tonawanda Amusement

Join in a brief history of the four North Tonawanda Amusement Companies, their products, and the legacy they left behind.

Orchard Park Senior Center
History

11:00 AM
Hands-Only CPR

This training method that teaches the compressions-only technique is a combination instruction and skills session that lasts approximately 30 minutes. CPR training certification is not provided through this course

Central Library
Wellness

10:00 AM
Guide for Basic and Advanced Estate Planning

The presentation will cover basic estate planning (wills, powers of attorney, health care proxies, living wills), advanced estate planning (revocable and irrevocable trusts), and the basics of Medicaid.

Dan Schuller Tosh Collins Senior Center
Law and Finance

10:30 AM
Feed Sacks and Quilts

Between 1840 and 1890, cotton sacks replaced barrels for food packaging and feed storage. Learn about the clever marketing idea and how it changed the lives of families during the Depression and World Wars I and II.

Theresa Wiater Grand Island Golden Age Center
History

1:30 PM
Cryptocurrency: What's the Latest?

Bitcoin has been around since 2017, and new cryptocurrencies are popping up for use instead of paper or plastic. Could banks fall by the wayside?

Adam Goldfarb Orchard Park Senior Center
Current Events

2:00 PM
Beer through the Years

We'll journey through the history of beer in Western New York starting with Prohibition and ending where we are today.

Amherst Senior Center
History

10:00 AM
Sugar, Sugar!

Compare natural sugars, added sugars, and substitutes, and then discover roles each can play in a healthy pattern of eating.

Jenny Ferrentino Schiller Park Senior Center
Science and Medicine

10:00 AM
Cryptocurrency: What's the Latest?

Bitcoin has been around since 2017, and new cryptocurrencies are popping up for use instead of paper or plastic. Could banks fall by the wayside?

Adam Goldfarb Cheektowaga Senior Center
Current Events

11:00 AM
Guide for Basic and Advanced Estate Planning

The presentation will cover basic estate planning (wills, powers of attorney, health care proxies, living wills), advanced estate planning (revocable and irrevocable trusts), and the basics of Medicaid.

Dan Schuller West Side Community Services
Law and Finance

1:30 PM
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.

Valerie Stanek Orchard Park Senior Center
Law and Finance

10:00 AM
So Many Health Insurance Options!

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

Bill Daniels Hamburg Senior Community Center
Law and Finance

10:00 AM
Safe Dating Practices

Discuss how dating has changed over the years including safe sex, catfishing, scams, and other scenarios you may encounter while dating.

Amherst Senior Center
Wellness

1:30 PM
Feed Sacks and Quilts

Between 1840 and 1890, cotton sacks replaced barrels for food packaging and feed storage. Learn about the clever marketing idea and how it changed the lives of families during the Depression and World Wars I and II.

Theresa Wiater Town of Aurora Senior Center
History

10:30 AM
Kabuki: Japan's Extraordinary Theater

Contemporary with the expansion of cities in Japan's Edo Period (1600-1868), a rambunctious drama form arose to entertain the urban masses. Kabuki is still world-class theater today.

Tom Burkman Orchard Park Senior Center
Humanities

1:00 PM
The Buffalo Naval Park

Learn about the three ships docked at the largest inland naval museum in the country. You'll hear their history and the memorable events of which they were a part.

Shane Stephenson Town of Tonawanda Senior Center
History

1:00 PM
1950s Wrestling & Rock n Roll

Hear never-before-told inside stories from wrestlers' dressing rooms, recording studios, and record hops of the 1950s "Happy Days" era.

Richard Derwald City of Tonawanda Public Library
History

1:30 PM
Activities to Maintain Independence

Let's change our way of thinking about growing older! We'll learn about exercises and activities you can do at home to help maintain your independence.

Jill Bronsky Orchard Park Senior Center
Wellness

2:00 PM
Cybersecurity

How does a cyberattack work? What is ransomware, malware, and spyware?

Amherst Senior Center
Current Events

10:00 AM
The 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's

This education program will help you recognize common signs of the disease in yourself and others and next steps to take, including how to talk to your doctor.

Tosh Collins Senior Center
Science and Medicine

1:00 PM
History and Geology of the Niagara Gorge

Explore the historical and cultural significance of the oldest state park in America and how it impacts us today. Discover how Niagara Falls got its shape, how it's still changing today, and what secrets lie beneath it.

Catherine Konieczny City of Tonawanda Public Library
Science and Medicine

1:00 PM
Computer Basics

Learn how to operate a computer, identify its parts, and use various useful software programs. Additionally, receive tips on purchasing a computer that fits your needs.

Brendan Chella Lancaster Senior Center
Wellness

2:00 PM
Preparing for Retirement

Learn about issues you'll face as you approach retirement, including when to take Social Security, how to manage your investments as you get closer to beginning distributions, assessing your Medicare choices, and preserving assets for future generations.

Valerie Stanek Amherst Senior Center
Law and Finance

1:30 PM
Get up to Speed with Electric Vehicles

We'll talk about the science behind electric vehicles (EVs) and what their future may look like. You'll also learn what Erie County is doing to become more EV-friendly.

Reed Braman Town of Aurora Senior Center
Science and Medicine

1:30 PM
America and China: What's on the Horizon?

Are we friends or foes? What are both powers thinking about the relationship? How can they both shape this world and make it better for everyone?

Faizan Haq Orchard Park Senior Center
Current Events

1:30 PM
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.

Valerie Stanek Clarence Senior Center
Law and Finance

2:00 PM
Communication Competence

The importance of communication within relationships is crucial to interpersonal health and balance. Learn how to effectively communicate while avoiding miscommunications.

John Harrigan Hamburg Senior Community Center
Wellness

1:30 PM
Be An Educated Consumer

Learn about well-known scams that affect people in every walk of life, each and every day. What red flags should you watch for to identify these scams? What tips will prevent you from becoming a victim?

Cheektowaga Senior Center
Law and Finance

2:00 PM
History and Geology of the Niagara Gorge

Explore the historical and cultural significance of the oldest state park in America and how it impacts us today. Discover how Niagara Falls got its shape, how it's still changing today, and what secrets lie beneath it.

Catherine Konieczny Akron-Newstead Senior Center
Science and Medicine

6:00 PM
So Many Health Insurance Options!

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

Bill Daniels Amherst Senior Center
Law and Finance

10:00 AM
Lost Downtown: The Story of Urban Renewal in Buffalo

"Urban renewal" typically referred to a series of programs used by cities in the mid-20th century to address urban decay. Learn how Buffalo's neighborhoods were shaped by urban renewal policies.

Angela Keppel Schiller Park Senior Center
History

1:00 PM
The Niland Family

Come learn about the story of the local Niland family's contribution and sacrifice during WWII and their connection to the movie "Saving Private Ryan."

Pete Niland City of Tonawanda Public Library
History

2:00 PM
The Anatomy of a News Story

This class will provide a lesson in the background of news seldom seen by readers, viewers, and listeners.

Lee Coppola Elma Public Library
Current Events

10:00 AM
Asian Americans, Past and Present

Using the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act as a turning point in Asian immigration to the U.S., the class will offer snapshots of Asian American experiences during the periods of exclusion and inclusion.

Jeehyun Lim Amherst Senior Center
Current Events

10:30 AM
Lost Downtown: The Story of Urban Renewal in Buffalo

"Urban renewal" typically referred to a series of programs used by cities in the mid-20th century to address urban decay. Learn how Buffalo's neighborhoods were shaped by urban renewal policies.

Angela Keppel Orchard Park Senior Center
History

10:30 AM
1950s Wrestling & Rock n Roll

Hear never-before-told inside stories from wrestlers' dressing rooms, recording studios, and record hops of the 1950s "Happy Days" era.

Richard Derwald Grand Island Golden Age Center
History

1:00 PM
What's a Filibuster?

Is it time to end the filibuster? Is it outdated? Is it blocking progress? Join us for an informational discussion.

Len Lenihan City of Tonawanda Public Library
Current Events

1:30 PM
Violence behind the Battle for Women's Suffrage: A Rarely Told Story

Since our country's inception, the right to vote has been a contested issue. This presentation will give an overview of the lobbying for suffrage in the 1900s.

Linda Drajem Orchard Park Senior Center
History

2:00 PM
Being Social on Social Media

Join us for a lesson on how platforms like Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok are used; how they work; and how you can join.

Cassandra Kubiak Amherst Senior Center
Current Events

2:00 PM
Patient Life at the Buffalo State Asylum

Join us for a lecture on the daily life and treatment of patients at the Buffalo State Asylum during the 19th century.

Rosanne Higgins Akron-Newstead Senior Center
History

10:00 AM
Medical Encounters: How to Make the Most of Your Visit

Are you unsure of what questions to ask your doctor about your health or how to ask? Learn how to create a successful partnership with your doctor.

Tosh Collins Senior Center
Science and Medicine

10:00 AM
Medical Encounters: How to Make the Most of Your Visit

Are you unsure of what questions to ask your doctor about your health or how to ask? Learn how to create a successful partnership with your doctor.

Tosh Collins Senior Center
Science and Medicine

11:00 AM
Lost Downtown: The Story of Urban Renewal in Buffalo

"Urban renewal" typically referred to a series of programs used by cities in the mid-20th century to address urban decay. Learn how Buffalo's neighborhoods were shaped by urban renewal policies.

Angela Keppel West Side Community Services
History

1:00 PM
Aerospace, Automotive, and Other Industries in WNY during the 1900s

Join in a discussion of the companies that employed thousands of workers during the early 1900s.

Rick Falkowski West Seneca Senior Center
History

1:30 PM
Erie County's Top 10 Events!

The county's history spans over 200 years and includes major military conflicts, significant inventions, three presidents, and an assassination.

Doug Kohler Orchard Park Senior Center
History

2:00 PM
Buffalo's East Side Industry

Join us for a talk about the ethnic, cultural, and manufacturing center for Buffalo and Western New York.

Shane Stephenson Akron-Newstead Senior Center
History

2:00 PM
Living with Anxiety

We'll discuss types of anxiety, how anxiety may impact us, and ways to cope.

Mark O'Brien Amherst Senior Center
Science and Medicine

10:30 AM
The Founding of a Jewish Community in Buffalo, 1840s to 1880s

Find out about the religious, civic, social and work lives of Jewish Buffalonians from the 1840s to the late 1880s, in the first of a series of explorations tracing institutions, businesses, families and individuals that played a role in shaping this early community and Buffalo.

Chana Revell Kotzin Virtual
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History

10:00 AM
Effective Communication

Explore ways Alzheimer's and other dementias affect an individual's ability to communicate across different stages, and get tips to better communicate with people living with the disease.

Tosh Collins Senior Center
Science and Medicine

1:00 PM
History of North Tonawanda Amusement

Join in a brief history of the four North Tonawanda Amusement Companies, their products, and the legacy they left behind.

City of Tonawanda Public Library
History

1:30 PM
The Astronomical Twilight Zone

We'll discuss the ideas of those invisible things filling our universe - dark energy and dark matter - and the arguments that require their existence.

Rance Solomon Orchard Park Senior Center
Science and Medicine

2:00 PM
Sugar, Sugar!

Compare natural sugars, added sugars, and substitutes, and then discover roles each can play in a healthy pattern of eating.

Jenny Ferrentino Amherst Senior Center
Science and Medicine

10:30 AM
Fabulous Fiber!

Eating a diet high in fiber is a big step toward improving your health - but most Americans don't consume the recommended 25 to 35 grams of fiber each day. Join us as we discuss how you can add more fiber to your diet and pick up some healthy recipes too.

Jennifer Johnson Virtual
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Science and Medicine

1:30 PM
Living with Anxiety

We'll discuss types of anxiety, how anxiety may impact us, and ways to cope.

Mark O'Brien Orchard Park Senior Center
Science and Medicine

1:30 PM
Preparing for Retirement

Learn about issues you'll face as you approach retirement, including when to take Social Security, how to manage your investments as you get closer to beginning distributions, assessing your Medicare choices, and preserving assets for future generations.

Valerie Stanek Clarence Senior Center
Law and Finance

10:30 AM
Erie County's Gallery of Online Maps

Learn about the interactive online maps available for free through Erie County's website. We'll demonstrate how to access and use the Tax Parcel mapper, the Natural Resource Inventory map, the County Parks finder, and more!

Lisa Matthies-Wiza Virtual
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Current Events

11:00 AM
1950s Wrestling & Rock n Roll

Hear never-before-told inside stories from wrestlers' dressing rooms, recording studios, and record hops of the 1950s "Happy Days" era.

Richard Derwald West Side Community Services
History

2:00 PM
Western New York Amusement Parks

Enjoy a whirlwind trip to all the amusement parks from past to present through Western New York's eight counties.

Rose Ann Hirsch Lancaster Senior Center
History

10:30 AM
Cruising the Elbe: From Berlin to Prague

Step onto a paddle wheeler and travel along one of Europe's storied rivers. We will float between two of the continent's most interesting cities, with major tours along the way. See, for example, where Luther posted his 95 Theses, the restored beauties of Dresden, in addition to the fascinating capitals of Germany and the Czech Republic.

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Humanities

1:00 PM
The Anatomy of a News Story

This class will provide a lesson in the background of news seldom seen by readers, viewers, and listeners.

Lee Coppola City of Tonawanda Public Library
Current Events

2:00 PM
Cybersecurity

How does a cyberattack work? What is ransomware, malware, and spyware?

Elma Public Library
Current Events

10:30 AM
Mammal Identification

Learn what defines mammals and how to determine what kind of eater they are, what kind of vision they have, and how they walk.

Theresa Wiater Orchard Park Senior Center
Science and Medicine

1:00 PM
A Deserved Legacy Lost or Ignored

Buffalo's first environmentalist, Stanley P. Spisiak, spearheaded the cleanup of the horribly polluted Buffalo River, a nearly 40-year crusade.

West Seneca Senior Center
History

1:30 PM
Being Social on Social Media

Join us for a lesson on how platforms like Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok are used; how they work; and how you can join.

Cassandra Kubiak Orchard Park Senior Center
Current Events

11:00 AM
Activities to Maintain Independence

Let's change our way of thinking about growing older! We'll learn about exercises and activities you can do at home to help maintain your independence.

Jill Bronsky Central Library
Wellness

10:00 AM
Computer Basics

Learn how to operate a computer, identify its parts, and use various useful software programs. Additionally, receive tips on purchasing a computer that fits your needs.

Brendan Chella Tosh Collins Senior Center
Wellness

1:00 PM
Internet Basics

Learn the basics of exploring the Internet. You'll be taught about the Internet browser Google Chrome, how it works, and how to search for specific web pages.

Brendan Chella Tosh Collins Senior Center
Wellness

10:00 AM
Supports and Treatments for Mental Illness

We'll talk about the main types of mental illness and their prevalence, where to get help, and what that help can look like.

Mark O'Brien Cheektowaga Senior Center
Current Events

10:30 AM
High Blood Pressure

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

Darcie Hanson Virtual
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Science and Medicine

1:30 PM
Getting Involved in Community Climate Action Planning

Erie County is developing an equity-centered Community Climate Action Plan and is seeking your input to ensure the plan addresses impacts on your neighborhood, your backyard, and your family

Tracy Skalski Orchard Park Senior Center
Environment

10:30 AM
Nutrition in the News

If you're always reading about different foods in the news or online, it can be hard to know what to believe. Are some foods really "superfoods"? Are there some foods you should completely avoid? We'll learn how to separate the fact from the fiction.

Jennifer Johnson Virtual
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Science and Medicine

11:00 AM
Palliative Care and Advance Directives

The goal of palliative care is to improve quality of life for patients and their families. Learn more about this medical specialty and how to have conversations about your values and wishes for your future care.

West Side Community Services
Science and Medicine

2:00 PM
Aerospace, Automotive, and Other Industries in WNY during the 1900s

Join in a discussion of the companies that employed thousands of workers during the early 1900s.

Rick Falkowski Akron-Newstead Senior Center
History

10:30 AM
Sow Many Seeds!

As we prepare to tuck our gardens in for the season, we can rejoice in the fact that seed catalog season is upon us! In this class we'll unpack a lot of symbols and terms we see used to describe seeds - heirloom, open pollinated, hybrid, determinate, and more! We'll talk about the importance of regional adaptation and how to choose varieties that will thrive in your garden next year. Disease and insect resistance? We'll touch on that too! So, dig out your favorite catalog, or two, or three and let's geek out about seeds.

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Environment

2:00 PM
The Buffalo Naval Park

Learn about the three ships docked at the largest inland naval museum in the country. You'll hear their history and the memorable events of which they were a part.

Shane Stephenson Akron-Newstead Senior Center
History