Recorded Classes

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.

Instructor: Anna VanDien, LCSW, Coordinator, Wilson Support Center & Hospice Bereavement Services

*This is a recording of the live streaming session that took place on May 4, 2022. 

Nikola Tesla Before and After

What was the world of electricity that Tesla was born into? How did he change that world? How was he treated after he died? How is he being treated today?

Instructor: Francis S. Lestingi, PhD, Professor Emeritus of History of Science and Physics, SUNY Buffalo State; President & Co-Founder, Buffalo Niagara Nikola Tesla Council, Inc.

 

*This is a recording of the live streaming session that took place on May 9, 2022. 

How to Succeed with Starting Seeds

Learn which seeds should be directly sown outside, how to start seeds indoors, and how to successfully prepare your seedlings for transplanting. We’ll cover soils, light requirements, watering, timing, and more!

Instructor: Caitlin Tucker, New York Region Organic Consultant, Rodale Institute

*This is a recording of the live streaming session that took place on Monday, May 2, 2022. 

Wool, Woad, Buffalo to Bruge

This is a story of connections. A short history of wool making in Bruge Belgium and how it relates to Buffalo and our experiences here. It also looks at how natural dyes indigo and the plants that create them Woad are woven into our community. It promises to be an interesting hour with lovely photos and interesting conversation!

Instructor: Mary Ann Kedron, MBA, PhD

*This is a recording of the live streaming session that took place on March 14, 2022. 

Greater Buffalo Racial Equity Roundtable

Learn about the work being done by the Roundtable to bring equity and prosperity to our region. We'll discuss who is at our table, the specific strategies we are harnessing, and how you can help make a difference.

Instructor: Felicia Beard, Senior Director of Racial Equity Initiatives, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

*This is a recording of the live streaming session that took place on November 18, 2021. 

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.

Instructor: Caitlin Tucker, Extension Assistant, Cornell Cooperative Extension – Cornell Vegetable Program

*This is a recording of the live streaming session that took place on December 9, 2021. 

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.

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

*This is a recording of the live streaming session that took place on December 8, 2021. 

High Blood Pressure

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 of the live streaming session that took place on December 7, 2021. 

Handouts: 

How I Can Reduce Blood Pressure

The Salty Six

What is High Blood Pressure? 

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.

Instructor: Claude Welch, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus Department of Political Science, University of Buffalo

*This is a recording of the live streaming session that took place on December 2, 2021. 

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.

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

 

*This is a recording of the live streaming session that took place on November 30, 2021.