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Recorded Classes

Gangsters & Organized Crime in Buffalo History, Hits and Headquarters

Close to Canada, Niagara Falls and Buffalo were perfect avenues through which to transport booze, and Magaddino and his Mafiosi maintained a stranglehold on the city until his death in 1974. Michael F. Rizzo will take us on a virtual tour of Buffalo’s mafia exploits, everything from these brutal gangsters’ favorite hangouts to secret underground tunnels to murder. 

Instructor: Michael F. Rizzo, Author

*This is a recording of the live streaming session that took place on December 1, 2023. 

How Beer Built Buffalo

We’ll journey from the First Golden Age to the current Platinum Age.

 Instructor: Tim Herzog, Retired Brewer, Full-Time “Beer Evaluator” 

*This class was livestreamed and recorded at the Cheektowaga Senior Center on Wednesday, November 22, 2023.

Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease COPD

Learn about what congestive heart failure is and how it affects other organs in the body. We’ll discuss signs and symptoms, when to call your healthcare provider and ways to manage the condition.

 Instructor: Suzanne Stoklosa, ANP-BC, Daemen University

*This is a recording of a livestreaming class that took place on November 20, 2023. 

Unusual, Unknown, & Even Weird Stories About Presidents Who Visited Buffalo

Considering Buffalo’s rich and perhaps unique Presidential history, you will be surprised at how many unusual, unknown, and even weird stories abound. Some may be controversial; others “believe-it-or-not.”

Instructor: Bren Price, Retired Educator; Trustee, Buffalo Presidential Center; Master Docent, Explore Buffalo

*This class was livestreamed and recorded at the Cheektowaga Senior Center on November 9, 2023.

Understanding Adult Protective Services

Join for a discussion on all the services that Erie County Adult Protective Services can provide, and what the limitations are.

Instructor: Michele Pfeffer, Administrative Director-Services, Adult Protective Services, Erie County Department of Social Services

* This is a recording of the livestreaming class that took place on November 1, 2023.

The Early History of the Sisters of Mercy & Mercy Hospital in South Buffalo

We’ll trace the roots of the founding of Mercy Hospital and how the Sisters of Mercy arrived in Buffalo.

Instructor: Sr. Peggy Gorman, RSM; Sister of Mercy for 63 years

*This class was livestreamed and recorded at the Tosh Collins Senior Center on October 27, 2023. Please excuse the abrupt start, as we were muted in the beginning.

Brain Health

Enjoy your healthy brain for a lifetime! In this seminar, you’ll learn tips for maintaining your brain health, including foods, supplements, and physical and mental exercise.

Instructor: Jennifer Johnson, RYT-200, Owner, New Sky Coaching This class was live streamed from the Town of Aurora Senior Center.

*This class was livestreamed and recorded at the Town of Aurora Senior Center on October 24, 2023. 

The Buffalo River, The Erie Canal, & Silo City

Silo City Buffalo was once known as the grain milling and malting capital of the world. Learn about this time in history and what is happening now to transform some of Buffalo’s flour mills and grain storage silos.

Instructor: Harry Meyer, Docent & Lecturer of WNY History

* This class was livestreamed and recorded at the Cheektowaga Senior center on October 19, 2023.

Basics of Medicaid & Long Term Care Protecting & Preserving Assets

We’ll focus on strategies to preserve and protect assets in the event that there is a need for Medicaid, skilled nursing home care or care in your home. We’ll discuss how to protect your assets and ensure that you are provided with good care for the rest of your life—even if you are unable to get through the five-year “look back” period.

Instructor: Jean Harris, Esq., Attorney

*This class was livestreamed and recorded at the Cheektowaga Senior Center on October 18th, 2023. 

Edison & Tesla. The Myth. The Truth.

Discover how fictitious and hyperbolic mythologies have developed around Edison and Tesla with the advent of the Internet. Uncover the distinction between reality and contrivance about scientific contributions that have impacted the entire world.

Instructor: Francis S. Lestingi, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Physics & History of Science, University at Buffalo

*This is a recording of the live streaming class that took place on June 21, 2023.