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Current Classes

Spring 2024

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 of the in-person classes will be livestreamed on-site and you will be able to log on and watch from home. This is the first time we are offering this option. We ask that you please be patient and understanding if issues arise. Be sure to visit us here regularly for the latest schedule and list of recordings!

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. Consider making a lunch or dinner reservation too so you can enjoy our Stay Fit Dining meals either before or after the class! Lunch and dinner reservations must be made at least one week in advance. 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.

Spring Catalog PDF

Check out our semester catalog PDF  and pick out the classes you want to attend!

Locations

See what classes are being hosted by our 26 participating locations!

Virtual Classes

Visit our registration page so you can register for our virtual classes! Be sure to check back regularly because we may be adding some virtual sessions throughout the semester. 

 

Date - Time Topic Course Description Instructor Location Category

1 PM
The Sullivan Family of Waterloo, Iowa

While three American families lost five or more children in battle, the Sullivan family is the only one to lose them on the same day. Our Fletcher-class destroyer honors the family, but come to learn about the more human side to the story.


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History

10:00 AM
Microbiology for the Non-scientist, Part 1

We all have heard of Salmonella, E. coli, Listeria, MRSA, etc. contaminating our food. Recently, cantaloupes, peanut butter, onions, cheese, snack bars, and vegetables were recalled because of bacterial contamination. Where do these bacteria come from? Why are they in our food? What can we do to prevent them from contaminating our food? We will cover how such epidemics of food-borne illnesses have occurred and how they can be prevented. You will learn how manufacturers establish shelf life, and what terms like"best if used by" mean.

John Shields Cheektowaga Senior Center
Science and Medicine

10:30 AM
The Peter Robinson Settlement Project of 1823 & 1825

A crop failure in southern Ireland in 1821 and 1822 resulted in widespread starvation. The British government requested Peter Robinson, a Canadian official, to lead a mass emigration from Ireland into Upper Canada. This presentation describes the issues and concerns of Canada, the British government, and the Irish people.

Michael McCarthy Orchard Park Senior Center
History

1:00 PM
Internet Privacy & Safety

Learn ways to keep your personal information safe online and what to be on the lookout for. Please allow two hours for this class.

Brendan Chella Hamburg Senior Community Center
Technology

1:00 PM
Let's Talk Sports

Join two veteran sports reporters from Western New York—Budd Bailey & Stu Boyar—as they answer all your questions about local sports & history. Since there is no set lecture, every program is different. You're guaranteed to be learning & laughing during this session!

Stu & Bud Town of Tonawanda Senior Center
Current Events

1:00 PM
Lies, Damn Lies, & Statistics

Hardly a day goes by that we are not bombarded by statistics. Clever advertisers and policy advocates use them to sell us something or get us to back a policy they are pushing. This course presents a number of examples and suggests ways to detect the inappropriate use of statistics.

Hardwick, Kevin West Seneca Senior Center
Current Events

1:00 PM
The Sullivan Family of Waterloo, Iowa

While three American families lost five or more children in battle, the Sullivan family is the only one to lose them on the same day. Our Fletcher-class destroyer honors the family, but come to learn about the more human side to the story.

Shane Stephenson Cheektowaga Senior Center
History

2:00 PM
A Chronological & Inefficient Quest to American Presidential Homes #1 to #10

Visits to presidential homes, not for the political details, but for human interest stories and surprising observations. This will include an extensive book list.

Rachelle Francis Amherst Senior Center
History

2:00 PM
Acrylic Painting 101

Unleash your creativity and embark on a colorful journey! This class provides a fun and accessible introduction to the versatile medium of acrylics. Whether you're looking to unwind, explore a new hobby, or simply enjoy the therapeutic benefits of art, this class is designed for you. No prior painting experience is required—just bring your enthusiasm, and we'll provide the rest.

Lisa Saunders Baptist Manor
Health and Wellness

5 PM
The Sullivan Family of Waterloo, Iowa

While three American families lost five or more children in battle, the Sullivan family is the only one to lose them on the same day. Our Fletcher-class destroyer honors the family, but come to learn about the more human side to the story.


Register
History

5:00 PM
The Sullivan Family of Waterloo, Iowa

While three American families lost five or more children in battle, the Sullivan family is the only one to lose them on the same day. Our Fletcher-class destroyer honors the family, but come to learn about the more human side to the story.

Shane Stephenson Lancaster Senior Center
History

6:00 PM
Every Marker Tells a Story

This class is a walk-through the Black Rock historic markers and the stories behind them. From waterworks like the Jubilee Springs to changing times and changing markers like Unity Island. Bonus: a sneak-peek at the stories behind some historic homes & buildings.

Mary Ann Kedron Grand Island Golden Age Center
History

6:30 PM
Positive Attitude: Living Better or Bitter?

Gain insight into living with a positive attitude after challenging and life-changing events.

Sister Judy Elma Public Library
Health and Wellness

10:00 AM
The Olympics

This year the Summer Olympic Games will be held in Paris, France. The modern-day Olympics continue to inspire and awe people around the world. But, did you know that in 776 BC and continuing for 600 years, the Olympic Games were held in Greece? What were the ancient Olympics and why did they end in 394 AD? Who regenerated the modern-day Olympics and what traditions are carried on to honor the ancient games?

Theresa Wiater Cheektowaga Senior Center
Current Events

12:00 PM
Android Basics

This class will give Android rookies (and those who just want to learn more) a crash-course in how to use these popular phones. We'll walk through some tips and tricks to customize your phone, optimize your settings, and make the most of apps and widgets. Please allow two hours for this class.

Brendan Chella Autumnwood Senior Center
Technology

12:45 PM
Balance is Key!

Join us for a guide to fall prevention.

Eric Weisansial Concord Senior Center
Health and Wellness

1:00 PM
Buffalo Area Scandals: Genesee River Killer

In the late 1980s, some 60 miles away in Rochester, a serial killer was on the loose. Women disappeared over a two-year period, with authorities looking everywhere to find a suspect. Learn who was responsible—and how it could have been prevented.

Ryan Gadzo City of Tonawanda Public Library
Humanities

1:00 PM
Drum 4 Health

We will introduce you to the magic, fun, & healing power of recreational music-making with handheld drums. No prior experience needed—just bring your enthusiasm! Allow two hours for class. Class size limited to 25.

Zimmermann, Carolyn West Seneca Senior Center
Health and Wellness

1:00 PM
Fun Board Games to Discover

For those of you who played nine men's morris, backgammon, checkers, chess, Risk, and Acquire; learn what board game connoisseurs are playing these days and gain an understanding of what these new games have to offer.

Ed Sapienza Hamburg Senior Community Center
Health and Wellness

1:00 PM
Last Wills & Testaments, Powers Of Attorney & Trusts: Protection from Probate & Nursing Home Costs

This course is taught by an Elder Law attorney and focuses on making sure you are afforded the most independence in decision making during your lifetime. We will discuss the ins and outs of basic estate planning, advance directives and protection of assets including avoidance of costly and time-consuming legal proceedings upon death and preservation of assets in the event of the need for long-term care during life.

Jean Harris Dorothy J. Collier Community Center
Law and Finance

2:00 PM
Every Marker Tells a Story

This class is a walk-through the Black Rock historic markers and the stories behind them. From waterworks like the Jubilee Springs to changing times and changing markers like Unity Island. Bonus: a sneak-peek at the stories behind some historic homes & buildings.

Mary Ann Kedron Amherst Senior Center
History

2:00 PM
Have an Old Artifact? Learn How to Research It!

Have a small object or found something of interest around the house? Let's take a look and determine if it has value. Bring in your object or just come to learn what to look for.

Jolene Hawkins Elma Public Library
History

4:00 PM
Vaccines: What You Need to Know

An introduction to the science, history, and impact of vaccination. We'll discuss specific vaccines for older adults, including those for influenza, pneumonia, and shingles. We'll address the COVID-19 vaccines, including safety & efficacy, and emerging information.

Shauna Zorich Clarence Senior Center
Science and Medicine

6:00 PM
We Didn't Start the Fire

There are 119 historical references by Billy Joel—thoughts important enough to put into the 1989 hit song. Some events are obvious, while some are obscure. Take a step back in time to look at the historic events. At the end of this program, we will take a look at what was left out of the song. We will also talk about the events from 1989 to present that should be mentioned if another song is written.

Theresa Wiater Amherst Senior Center
Humanities

1 PM
Bourbon in Buffalo & Beyond

A class for bourbon and whiskey enthusiasts, those interested in the process of distilling, as well as the history of bourbon and distilling in Buffalo and the United States. Class will include lecture/media portion and discussion/question period.


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History

10:30 AM
Mosquitoes, Ticks, & Fleas! Oh My!

An introduction to vector-borne diseases and implications for public health. Specific diseases of importance will be examined, including Lyme disease & West Nile virus, with a focus on disease description & treatment, risk factors, and personal preventive measures.

Shauna Zorich Northwest Amherst Community Center
Science and Medicine

1:00 PM
Bourbon in Buffalo & Beyond

A class for bourbon and whiskey enthusiasts, those interested in the process of distilling, as well as the history of bourbon and distilling in Buffalo and the United States. Class will include lecture/media portion and discussion/question period.

Joe Mattimore Lancaster Senior Center
History

2 PM
Cool Tools for Genealogy

Join us to learn about some cool tools that will help make your family history research easier and fun.


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History

2:00 PM
Cool Tools for Genealogy

Join us to learn about some cool tools that will help make your family history research easier and fun.

Rhonda Hoffman Akron Senior Center
History

1 PM
An Introduction to De-cluttering & Home Organizing

Join us for a discussion of how your clutter got there in the first place, why it can be difficult to let go, and learn a low/no-mess de-cluttering method. We will also discuss how to create simple systems based on individual organizing styles.


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Health and Wellness

1 PM
Beer Styles & Culture

What separates an IPA from a Lager? How is a Sour Ale made? Learn what makes each beer style unique, and the beer culture/country that made it popular.


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Humanities

10:30 AM
Introduction to Reiki

Join us to learn about Reiki. What is it? How do we use it? Why it is important for all of us and how we can use it to "center" ourselves in stressful times. Found commonly in Yoga and Meditation practices, Reiki can also be used in Modern Medicine and Counseling/Psychological services to enhance overall wellness.

Szymula, Victoria West Seneca Senior Center
Science and Medicine

10:30 AM
Perceptual Illusions: Seeing is Believing!

In this class, we will discuss the perceptual process and look at how our beliefs and imagination influence our understanding of what we see. This includes a fun sampling of optical illusions and other visual examples of how our eyes play tricks on us.

John Harrigan Schiller Park Senior Center
Current Events

1:00 PM
An Introduction to De-cluttering & Home Organizing

Join us for a discussion of how your clutter got there in the first place, why it can be difficult to let go, and learn a low/no-mess de-cluttering method. We will also discuss how to create simple systems based on individual organizing styles.

Hamm, Debbie Town of Aurora Senior Center
Health and Wellness

1:00 PM
Beer Styles & Culture

What separates an IPA from a Lager? How is a Sour Ale made? Learn what makes each beer style unique, and the beer culture/country that made it popular.

Tim Herzog Cheektowaga Senior Center
Humanities

1:00 PM
Health Insurance: Don't Get Sick Without it!

Come learn all the tricks to find the best health insurance plan for you and your family.

William Daniels Clarence Senior Center
Law and Finance

2:00 PM
Laughter Yoga Wellness

Join Caren, a Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher for 12 years, to experience the fun, interactive world-wide practice of Laughter Yoga Wellness. Mind, body, and spirit are engaged as participants combine laughter exercises with yoga breath,gentle stretching, childlike playfulness and positivity. All done to experience stress relief, joy, well-being, and connection. No yoga experience needed. Dress comfortably & layered. Most exercises can be done seated if necessary but bring a mat or towel to sit on. Allow two hours for class. Class size limited to 25.

Caren Kolerski/Jill O'Hara Amherst Senior Center
Health and Wellness

5:30 PM
What's in a Name: How a Wild West Legend Lent his Name to the Buffalo Bills

Ever wonder where the Buffalo Bills got their name? There were never American bison in our area, so where did the name come from? Join Erie County Historian Douglas Kohler for a look at the myth & legend of "Buffalo Bill"Cody & how his exploits gave us the name of our beloved Bills!

Douglas Kohler Akron Senior Center
History

5:30 PM
What's in a Name: How a Wild West Legend Lent his Name to the Buffalo Bills

Ever wonder where the Buffalo Bills got their name? There were never American bison in our area, so where did the name come from? Join Erie County Historian Douglas Kohler for a look at the myth & legend of "Buffalo Bill"Cody & how his exploits gave us the name of our beloved Bills!


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History

1 PM
Let's Talk Sports

Join two veteran sports reporters from Western New York—Budd Bailey & Stu Boyar—as they answer all your questions about local sports & history. Since there is no set lecture, every program is different. You're guaranteed to be learning & laughing during this session!


Register
Current Events

10:30 AM
Spot that Scam! by Being an Educated Consumer

What are some common scams? What are the red flags people should watch for to identify these scams? Learn tips to prevent you from becoming a victim?

Andres, Jennifer West Side Community Services
Current Events

10:30 AM
The Poetic Greatness of Walt Whitman

By examining a single poem, "Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking" we discover the subtlety of Whitman's poetics, which so many of his contemporaries failed to see.

Dr.Peter Siedlecki Orchard Park Senior Center
Humanities

1:00 PM
Dreamwork & Dream Interpretation

Do you want to deepen your appreciation for the role dreams play in your personal growth and transformation? Do you want to gain the skills needed to understand your dreams better? In this workshop you will learn about the tools and techniques for remembering and capturing dreams. You will receive an overview of theories and techniques of working with your dreams. We'll talk about the role of symbols, dictionaries, and archetypes in dreams and provide you with techniques to interpret your dreams.

Gabrielle Michalek Hamburg Senior Community Center
Health and Wellness

1:00 PM
Helping Homeless Pets Through Service

Volunteering your time and talents are tremendous assets to the SPCA Serving Erie County. There are many ways in which you can make a difference for the welfare of the animals. You may wish to work directly with the pets at our shelter and offsite locations, or you may get involved with other important aspects of our organization's operation. Either way, it's enjoyable and extremely rewarding to be an SPCA volunteer.

SPCA Lancaster Senior Center
Health and Wellness

1:00 PM
Let's Talk Sports

Join two veteran sports reporters from Western New York—Budd Bailey & Stu Boyar—as they answer all your questions about local sports & history. Since there is no set lecture, every program is different. You're guaranteed to be learning & laughing during this session!

Bailey, Budd & Boyer, Stu Town of Aurora Senior Center
Current Events

1:00 PM
Strengthening the Canine-Human Relationship

A dog's friendship is like no other. But did you ever wonder why they do some of the things they do? Join us for this class to better understand your furry friend. (Instructor plans to bring a few dogs to class for demonstrations.)

Dawn Bellere Akron Senior Center
Current Events

2:00 PM
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

We owe immense gratitude to Henrietta Lacks for her 1951 contribution to science that continues to help in the battle against cancer. But did she know? Did she give consent? Was she compensated? Only after twenty years did her family learn of the existence of the HeLa immortalized cell line, taken from Mrs. Lacks after she died of cancer. Learn how this event led to privacy and patients' rights policies.

Theres Wiater Amherst Senior Center
Humanities

2:00 PM
What is Memory & How to Keep It

Partially interactive, this class will show components of memory creation. We'll demo a few simple memory exercises, and discuss the role of new medications to ward-off dementia. You'll gain a few tricks to improve memory and hurdle those "senior moments."

Thomas Rosenthal MD Baptist Manor
Science and Medicine

10:00 AM
Mindfulness

Want to learn about mindfulness but don't know where to start? This program will teach you what it means to be mindful, its purpose and benefits, and how to incorporate it into your daily routine. You will also participate in several mindful relaxation exercises.

Vazquez-Aradio, Betsy
Science and Medicine

10:30 AM
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.

Sr. Peggy Gorman Grand Island Golden Age Center
History

12:45 PM
iPhone Photography Tips

Learn tips for taking better photos with your cell phone. Learn how to store them and print them too.

Q Williams Concord Senior Center
Technology

1:00 PM
Climate Change: What is it & will it affect me?

Learn about the changing climate in Western New York and the simple changes we all can make to reduce the impacts we will feel. Also learn about what the County is doing to partner with the community to take action.

Tracy Skalski Hamburg Senior Community Center
Natural Sciences

1:00 PM
Cool Tools for Genealogy

Join us to learn about some cool tools that will help make your family history research easier and fun.

Rhonda Hoffman City of Tonawanda Public Library
History

1:00 PM
Fuel for an Active Lifestyle

Learn practical strategies for balanced nutrition, discover the art of tracking sugar, and make mindful choices that support your energy & recovery.

Werneiwski, Michelle West Seneca Senior Center
Health and Wellness

1:30 PM
On the Horizon

We've been energizing the entire city by restoring our historic architecture, expanding our cultural attractions, revitalizing our neighborhoods and diversifying our culinary scene. And when it comes to sports - Buffalo's got a serious game! There's never been a better time to see Buffalo, so join us to learn more!

Patrick Kaler Orchard Park Senior Center
Current Events

2:00 PM
Remembering Buffalo's Yesteryear Restaurants

Step back in time to when the Park Lane was a converted mansion on Gates Circle, Liberace was gaining popularity courtesy of the DiGuilio-family-owned 31 Club, The Cloister was the place to be seen, and you were spun around, albeit lightly, as you enjoyed a beverage at Chez Ami. Both memories and taste buds will be revived!

Marla Bujnicki Amherst Senior Center
History

2:00 PM
Vanishing Ditch: in Search 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 & 1825.

Mary Durlak Elma Public Library
History

4:00 PM
What is Memory & How to Keep It

Partially interactive, this class will show components of memory creation. We'll demo a few simple memory exercises, and discuss the role of new medications to ward-off dementia. You'll gain a few tricks to improve memory and hurdle those "senior moments."

Thomas Rosenthal Clarence Senior Center
Science and Medicine

6:00 PM
Behind the Scenes of Ghost TV with Medium Tim Shaw

Step into the world of the paranormal with our own nationally-famous medium, Tim Shaw! Delve into the realm of spirits, ghosts, & otherworldly phenomena. Learn about the techniques & insights Tim uses. From deciphering mysterious energies to understanding the history behind haunted sites, you will uncover secrets behind the TV shows that have captivated audiences worldwide.

Tim Shaw Amherst Senior Center
Current Events

6:00 PM
Montreal,1946: Home to Two of the World's Greatest Sports Heroes

Montreal in 1946 was home to two of the world's greatest sports heroes: Maurice Richard of the Canadiens hockey team, and Jackie Robinson of the Royals, a minor-league farm team of the Brooklyn Dodgers. There was a common bond between Richard and Robinson more significant than their talents: A French-Canadian culture and society that served as a support system and a haven from linguistic, religious, and racial discrimination.

Eileen Angelini
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History

10:30 AM
The Sullivan Family of Waterloo, Iowa

While three American families lost five or more children in battle, the Sullivan family is the only one to lose them on the same day. Our Fletcher-class destroyer honors the family, but come to learn about the more human side to the story.

Shane Stephanson Orchard Park Senior Center
History

11:30 AM
Buffalo's Sporting Life

Are you a die-hard Buffalo Sabres fan? Do you keep rooting for the Bills year after year? Are you just getting into all that Buffalo sports has to offer? Whether an aficionado or an amateur, this talk is for you! Presented through the eyes of a 60-year-old lifelong Buffalo sports fan, this talk will focus on professional sports in Buffalo, including the history of the Bills, the Bisons, the Braves, the Sabres, and more!

Joe Wasik Tosh Collins Senior Center
History

11:30 AM
Buffalo's Sporting Life

Are you a die-hard Buffalo Sabres fan? Do you keep rooting for the Bills year after year? Are you just getting into all that Buffalo sports has to offer? Whether an aficionado or an amateur, this talk is for you! Presented through the eyes of a 60-year-old lifelong Buffalo sports fan, this talk will focus on professional sports in Buffalo, including the history of the Bills, the Bisons, the Braves, the Sabres, and more!


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History

1:00 PM
Ernie Pyle, War Correspondent: the "G.I.'s Best Friend"

Ed Brodbeck will tell us about Pulitzer Prize winning American journalist Ernie Pyle. Pyle was a World War II correspondent who is best known for his stories about ordinary American soldiers during the war. He was among the best-known American war correspondents. His syndicated column was published in 400 daily and 300 weekly newspapers nationwide. Come hear real stories about World War II soldiers as they are re-told by Ed Brodbeck.

Ed Brodbeck Lancaster Senior Center
History

2:00 PM
Eastern Monarch Butterfly Farm of Clarence: Come Learn All About Us!

Eastern Monarch Butterfly Farm is actively campaigning for awareness of conditions detrimental to the environment, other pollinators, wildlife, and indigenous plant species. Beginning in 1999, their mission has been Monarch Butterfly recovery and habitat restoration through milkweed plant distribution, awareness, and education. Join us to learn more!

David Clarence Senior Center
Natural Sciences

2:00 PM
History of North Tonawanda Amusement Co's

Join the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum for the history of the four North Tonawanda Amusement Companies, their products, and the legacy they left behind.

Marissa Seib Akron Senior Center
History

10:30 AM
Ernie Pyle, War Correspondent: the "G.I.'s Best Friend"

Ed Brodbeck will tell us about Pulitzer Prize winning American journalist Ernie Pyle. Pyle was a World War II correspondent who is best known for his stories about ordinary American soldiers during the war. He was among the best-known American war correspondents. His syndicated column was published in 400 daily and 300 weekly newspapers nationwide. Come hear real stories about World War II soldiers as they are re-told by Ed Brodbeck.

Ed Brdbeck Orchard Park Senior Center
History

11:00 AM
Balance is Key!

Join us for a guide to fall prevention.

Eric Weisansal Delavan Grider Community Center
Health and Wellness

12:45 PM
Self Defense for Seniors: Awareness, Prevention & Techniques

We'll learn how to be aware of our surroundings and techniques to help protect ourselves. Our instructor Sister Judith achieved her black belt in Tae Kwon Do at age 60!

Sister Judy Concord Senior Center
Health and Wellness

1:00 PM
Crafting Family Legacy: a Guide to Creating Your Family Memories Book

In this class, you'll learn the essential steps to create a captivating family memory book that will be treasured for generations to come. From gathering and organizing historical photographs to documenting personal anecdotes and significant milestones. We'll guide you through the process of curating a narrative that truly reflects your family's legacy.

Jolene Hawkins City of Tonawanda Public Library
Humanities

1:00 PM
History of Brewing in Buffalo

Buffalo has a rich history in the brewing industry dating back to the 19th century. In the late 1800s, Buffalo was home to numerous breweries, and the city played a significant role in the production and distribution of beer in the region. In recent years, there has been a resurgence of interest in craft beer in Buffalo. Microbreweries and craft breweries have gained popularity, contributing to the city's vibrant beer culture. In this class, our instructor will take you from the "First Golden Age" to the current "Platinum Age."

Tim Herzog Town of Evans Senior Center
History

1:00 PM
Stop the Bleed

In life, you are more likely to use "Stop the Bleed" skills than CPR skills. Stop the Bleed is a grassroots national awareness campaign that trains and encourages bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.

Pati-Ann Guzinski Akron Senior Center
Health and Wellness

1:30 PM
Healthy Relational Communication

The benefits of positive relationships are supported by healthy communication. This course will review the core advantages of social relations, while offering strategies that encourage positive communication. In doing so, we will highlight the fundamental communication methods that create, maintain, and grow strong relationships.

John Harrigan Northwest Amherst Community Center
Health and Wellness

1:30 PM
Mastering Cash Apps: Navigating the Digital Financial Frontier

Unlock the full potential of digital finance with a class on cash apps. Whether you're a seasoned user or new to the world of digital transactions, this class covers essential aspects of popular platforms like PayPal, Venmo, and Cash App.

Adam Goldfarb Orchard Park Senior Center
Current Events

10 AM
Buffalo's Sporting Life

Are you a die-hard Buffalo Sabres fan? Do you keep rooting for the Bills year after year? Are you just getting into all that Buffalo sports has to offer? Whether an aficionado or an amateur, this talk is for you! Presented through the eyes of a 60-year-old lifelong Buffalo sports fan, this talk will focus on professional sports in Buffalo, including the history of the Bills, the Bisons, the Braves, the Sabres, and more!


Register
History

10:00 AM
Buffalo's Sporting Life

Are you a die-hard Buffalo Sabres fan? Do you keep rooting for the Bills year after year? Are you just getting into all that Buffalo sports has to offer? Whether an aficionado or an amateur, this talk is for you! Presented through the eyes of a 60-year-old lifelong Buffalo sports fan, this talk will focus on professional sports in Buffalo, including the history of the Bills, the Bisons, the Braves, the Sabres, and more!

Joe Wasik Cheektowaga Senior Center
History

10:00 AM
iPhone Photography Tips

Learn tips for taking better photos with your cell phone. Learn how to store them and print them too.

Q Williams
Technology

1:00 PM
Erie County Park History

Learn the history of the five main heritage parks of Erie County's Parks System! This class includes information on Chestnut Ridge, Emery, Ellicott Creek, Como Lake and Akron Falls parks.

Greg Bittner Clarence Senior Center
History

1:00 PM
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

We owe immense gratitude to Henrietta Lacks for her 1951 contribution to science that continues to help in the battle against cancer. But did she know? Did she give consent? Was she compensated? Only after twenty years did her family learn of the existence of the HeLa immortalized cell line, taken from Mrs. Lacks after she died of cancer. Learn how this event led to privacy and patients' rights policies.

Theresa Wiater Town of Aurora Senior Center
Humanities

2:00 PM
Balance is Key!

Join us for a guide to fall prevention.

Eric Weisansal Baptist Manor
Health and Wellness

2:00 PM
Have an Old Artifact? Learn How to Research It!

Have a small object or found something of interest around the house? Let's take a look and determine if it has value. Bring in your object or just come to learn what to look for.

Jolene Hawkins Amherst Senior Center
History

1 PM
Sex in the Garden…

The birds, the bees, & botany! Learn what really goes on in our gardens. You'll never look at gardens the same old way again!


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Natural Sciences

1 PM
Spanish 101

We'll learn the fundamentals of the Spanish language. This will include basic greetings in Spanish and introducing yourself so you can be prepared for everyday interactions and travel!


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Humanities

10:30 AM
The Latest Infectious Disease Detective Work: Wastewater-Based Epidemiology

Learn how Erie County and University at Buffalo have used wastewater-based epidemiology to better understand COVID-19 impacts and how this may help monitor future community health.

Joe Fiegl Orchard Park Senior Center
Science and Medicine

1:00 PM
Let's Talk Sports

Join two veteran sports reporters from Western New York—Budd Bailey & Stu Boyar—as they answer all your questions about local sports & history. Since there is no set lecture, every program is different. You're guaranteed to be learning & laughing during this session!

Budd Bailey, Stu Boyer Hamburg Senior Community Center
Current Events

1:00 PM
Right-Sizing for Seniors: Seven Key Decisions

Thinking of selling your home/condo or apartment? Simplify the process of this life-challenging event by breaking it down into seven more manageable pieces. Areas of worry that frequently accompany real estate will be identified and simple solutions presented. Participants will learn tools to successfully handle all aspects of this potentially thorny real-life problem.

Michael Olear Town of Tonawanda Senior Center
Health and Wellness

1:00 PM
Sex in the Garden…

The birds, the bees, & botany! Learn what really goes on in our gardens. You'll never look at gardens the same old way again!

Jane Vohwinkel Cheektowaga Senior Center
Natural Sciences

1:00 PM
Spanish 101

We'll learn the fundamentals of the Spanish language. This will include basic greetings in Spanish and introducing yourself so you can be prepared for everyday interactions and travel!

Esmeralda Sierra Tosh Collins Senior Center
Humanities

1:00 PM
The Ten Most Influential Films

Learn about the historical, technical, and artistic context for this (personal) top ten list of the most influential films in movie history. How did these ten films, discussed in chronological order, change the way movies were made.

Nowicki, Alan Town of Aurora Senior Center
Humanities

1:00 PM
What is Memory & How to Keep It

Partially interactive, this class will show components of memory creation. We'll demo a few simple memory exercises, and discuss the role of new medications to ward-off dementia. You'll gain a few tricks to improve memory and hurdle those "senior moments."

Thomas Rosenthal Autumnwood Senior Center
Science and Medicine

2:00 PM
Ernie Pyle, War Correspondent: the "G.I.'s Best Friend"

Ed Brodbeck will tell us about Pulitzer Prize winning American journalist Ernie Pyle. Pyle was a World War II correspondent who is best known for his stories about ordinary American soldiers during the war. He was among the best-known American war correspondents. His syndicated column was published in 400 daily and 300 weekly newspapers nationwide. Come hear real stories about World War II soldiers as they are re-told by Ed Brodbeck.

Ed Brodbeck Amherst Senior Center
History

1 PM
Early 1900s Society & Culture

We'll take a look at Individuals involved in education, politics, entertainment, sports, religion, social welfare, and white-collar companies of Western New York, including retail, newspapers, hospitality, and other businesses, along with philanthropists that benefited our community.


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History

10:00 AM
Kleinhans Music Hall

Anyone who has spent time in Buffalo has likely heard that the acoustics of Kleinhans Music Hall are amongst the finest in the world. Dating from 1940, Kleinhans was designed by Eliel Saarinen, an architect of international reputation, working with an acoustical consultant. Based on original research in Kleinhans' archives, this talk will explore the acoustical design and the ultimate acoustic results which perhaps surprisingly fell short of what they had desired. We'll also discuss elements of acoustical planning and recent changes to the hall's design.

Denise Prince Cheektowaga Senior Center
History

10:00 AM
Remembering Buffalo's Yesteryear Restaurants

Step back in time to when the Park Lane was a converted mansion on Gates Circle, Liberace was gaining popularity courtesy of the DiGuilio-family-owned 31 Club, The Cloister was the place to be seen, and you were spun around, albeit lightly, as you enjoyed a beverage at Chez Ami. Both memories and taste buds will be revived!

Marla Bujnicki Grand Island Golden Age Center
History

10:30 AM
You're NOT for ART!

Chronicling the endearing and diverse artistic journey of "unknown" yet cherished octogenarian - artist Sylvia Fahey-Kleindist. YNFA! celebrates the essence of art as a lifelong pastime, irrespective of fame or commercial success. This is a documentary film screening followed by a filmmaker Q&A.

Costello, Lukia West Seneca Senior Center
Humanities

12:45 PM
History of the Town / Village of Springville

Come see the collection of old photos, books, maps and artifacts that we have to share.

J. Hawkins Concord Senior Center
History

1:00 PM
Early 1900s Society & Culture

We'll take a look at Individuals involved in education, politics, entertainment, sports, religion, social welfare, and white-collar companies of Western New York, including retail, newspapers, hospitality, and other businesses, along with philanthropists that benefited our community.

Rick Falkowski City of Tonawanda Public Library
History

1:00 PM
Unlocking the Secrets to Affordable & Fresh Veggies & Fruits

We'll navigate the aisles with practical tips and strategies to help you make the most of your grocery budget while enjoying a variety of nutritious produce. Learn how to identify seasonal bargains, interpret labels, and take advantage of sales and promotions.

Janice Nowak Dorothy J. Collier Community Center
Health and Wellness

1:30 PM
Myths & Facts on Climate Change

With all the misinformation, learn the truth about climate change in Western New York and what Erie County is doing to take action.

Tracy Skalski Orchard Park Senior Center
Natural Sciences

2:00 PM
The Art of Marc Chagall

Marc Chagall: Floating Figures, Goats, & Violins You may be familiar with this artist's works but not know much about his pivotal testimony of Jewish culture in Belarus pogroms in the 20th century, or exile to America! Chagall's colorful renditions of life in his village were the inspirational settings for the Fiddler on the Roof story and musical.

Jean Serusa Amherst Senior Center
Humanities

2:00 PM
Understanding & Coping with Depression

In this "uplifting" class we'll discuss ways to identify and cope with depression, and how it may impact us and those around us.

Mark O'Brien Akron Senior Center
Science and Medicine

2:00 PM
What is a Trust & Do I Need One?

An explanation of the two major kinds of trusts and the pros & cons of having one.

Valerie Stanek Elma Public Library
Law and Finance

4:00 PM
Acrylic Painting 101

Unleash your creativity and embark on a colorful journey! This class provides a fun and accessible introduction to the versatile medium of acrylics. Whether you're looking to unwind, explore a new hobby, or simply enjoy the therapeutic benefits of art, this class is designed for you. No prior painting experience is required—just bring your enthusiasm, and we'll provide the rest.

Lisa Saunders Clarence Senior Center
Health and Wellness

10:30 AM
Acrylic Painting 101

Unleash your creativity and embark on a colorful journey! This class provides a fun and accessible introduction to the versatile medium of acrylics. Whether you're looking to unwind, explore a new hobby, or simply enjoy the therapeutic benefits of art, this class is designed for you. No prior painting experience is required—just bring your enthusiasm, and we'll provide the rest.

Lisa Saunders West Side Community Services
Health and Wellness

10:30 AM
Balance is Key!

Join us for a guide to fall prevention.

Eric Weisansal Schiller Park Senior Center
Health and Wellness

10:30 AM
Bourbon in Buffalo & Beyond

A class for bourbon and whiskey enthusiasts, those interested in the process of distilling, as well as the history of bourbon and distilling in Buffalo and the United States. Class will include lecture/media portion and discussion/question period.

Joe Mattimore Orchard Park Senior Center
History

1:00 PM
The Sullivan Family of Waterloo, Iowa

While three American families lost five or more children in battle, the Sullivan family is the only one to lose them on the same day. Our Fletcher-class destroyer honors the family, but come to learn about the more human side to the story.

Shane Stephenson City of Tonawanda Public Library
History

1:15 PM
Cannabis: Navigating Use Safely and Responsively

A presentation on the basics of Cannabis, focusing on NYS laws, storage and disposal information, and safer use recommendations. 

Sadie Rifan Akron Senior Center
Current Events

1:30 PM
Reopening of the Colored Musicians Club

It's a new day, a new chapter for Buffalo's Colored Musicians Club. Come learn about all the exciting improvements happening to this Buffalo landmark!

George Scott Orchard Park Senior Center
Current Events

2:00 PM
Drum 4 Health

We will introduce you to the magic, fun, & healing power of recreational music-making with handheld drums. No prior experience needed—just bring your enthusiasm! Allow two hours for class. Class size limited to 25.

Carolyn Zimmerman Clarence Senior Center
Health and Wellness

1:00 PM
Two Wives of Millard Fillmore

Abigail Powers Fillmore and Caroline Carmichael McIntosh Fillmore looked alike, but were very different. Come meet the ladies who flank President Millard Fillmore at Forest Lawn.

Rachelle Francis Central Library
History

10:30 AM
Dreamwork & Dream Interpretation

Do you want to deepen your appreciation for the role dreams play in your personal growth and transformation? Do you want to gain the skills needed to understand your dreams better? In this workshop you will learn about the tools and techniques for remembering and capturing dreams. You will receive an overview of theories and techniques of working with your dreams. We'll talk about the role of symbols, dictionaries, and archetypes in dreams and provide you with techniques to interpret your dreams.

Gabrielle Michalek Orchard Park Senior Center
Health and Wellness

1:00 PM
Is Your Estate Plan at Odds with Your Financial Plan?

How to make your estate plan and financial plan work together, and what happens if they don't.

Valerie Stanek City of Tonawanda Public Library
Law and Finance

1:00 PM
What's in a Name: How a Wild West Legend Lent his Name to the Buffalo Bills

Ever wonder where the Buffalo Bills got their name? There were never American bison in our area, so where did the name come from? Join Erie County Historian Douglas Kohler for a look at the myth & legend of "Buffalo Bill"Cody & how his exploits gave us the name of our beloved Bills!

Douglas Kohler Town of Evans Senior Center
History

1:30 PM
A Young Woman's Remembrances of the Civil War

Judy Buzby will take on the voice and costume of her Great-Great-Aunt Harriet to tell you of Hattie's remembrances of the exciting events that occurred during the Civil War. She was 10 years old when the War started and she reminisces about her family life, the soldiers, how she met Lincoln, and other important people from that time. This information comes from Harriet Chapin Barnard's memoirs, which Judy found when she was doing genealogical research.

Judy Buzby Northwest Amherst Community Center
History

1:30 PM
Sex in the Garden…

The birds, the bees, & botany! Learn what really goes on in our gardens. You'll never look at gardens the same old way again!

Carol Ann Harlos Orchard Park Senior Center
Natural Sciences

1 PM
Balance is Key!

Join us for a guide to fall prevention.


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Health and Wellness

10:00 AM
Last Wills & Testaments, Powers Of Attorney & Trusts: Protection from Probate & Nursing Home Costs

This course is taught by an Elder Law attorney and focuses on making sure you are afforded the most independence in decision making during your lifetime. We will discuss the ins and outs of basic estate planning, advance directives and protection of assets including avoidance of costly and time-consuming legal proceedings upon death and preservation of assets in the event of the need for long-term care during life.

Jean Harris Clarence Senior Center
Law and Finance

10:00 AM
Understanding & Coping with Depression

In this "uplifting" class we'll discuss ways to identify and cope with depression, and how it may impact us and those around us.

Mark O'Brien
Science and Medicine

10:30 AM
Unlocking the Secrets to Affordable & Fresh Veggies & Fruits

We'll navigate the aisles with practical tips and strategies to help you make the most of your grocery budget while enjoying a variety of nutritious produce. Learn how to identify seasonal bargains, interpret labels, and take advantage of sales and promotions.

Michelle Werneiwski Schiller Park Senior Center
Health and Wellness

1:00 PM
Backyard Wildlife

Learn tricks to encourage wildlife into your backyard! We'll also explore the do's & don'ts, the best backyard wildlife to attract, and why these critters are so important to have around.

Greg Bittner Clarence Senior Center
Natural Sciences

1:00 PM
Balance is Key!

Join us for a guide to fall prevention.

Eric Weisansal Cheektowaga Senior Center
Health and Wellness

1:00 PM
Have an Old Artifact? Learn How to Research It!

Have a small object or found something of interest around the house? Let's take a look and determine if it has value. Bring in your object or just come to learn what to look for.

Hawkins, Jolene Town of Aurora Senior Center
History

1:30 PM
Laughter Yoga Wellness

Join Caren, a Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher for 12 years, to experience the fun, interactive world-wide practice of Laughter Yoga Wellness. Mind, body, and spirit are engaged as participants combine laughter exercises with yoga breath,gentle stretching, childlike playfulness and positivity. All done to experience stress relief, joy, well-being, and connection. No yoga experience needed. Dress comfortably & layered. Most exercises can be done seated if necessary but bring a mat or towel to sit on. Allow two hours for class. Class size limited to 25.

Caren Kolerski Eden Library
Health and Wellness

2:00 PM
Identity Theft & Credit

Let's talk about ways to ensure your identity is protected, how to avoid identity theft and why you should review your credit report on a regular basis. Have you reviewed your credit report recently?

Jennifer Andres Elma Public Library
Law and Finance

2:00 PM
Perceptual Illusions: Seeing is Believing!

In this class, we will discuss the perceptual process and look at how our beliefs and imagination influence our understanding of what we see. This includes a fun sampling of optical illusions and other visual examples of how our eyes play tricks on us.

John Harrigan Amherst Senior Center
Current Events

5:30 PM
Irish & the Erie Canal

The Erie Canal was intended to be built with local labor, however the further west they went the labor force dwindled. The canal was completed with the help of poor, unpopular, and unruly Irish immigrants. This presentation chronicles the issues and scope of the Irish intrusion.

Mike McCarthy Akron Senior Center
History

10:00 AM
Microbiology for the Non-scientist, Part 2

Now that we have covered bacteria & the effect they have on food, we will cover the processes that manufacturers follow that make food safe to ship, store, & eat.

John Shields Cheektowaga Senior Center
Science and Medicine

10:30 AM
We Didn't Start the Fire

There are 119 historical references by Billy Joel—thoughts important enough to put into the 1989 hit song. Some events are obvious, while some are obscure. Take a step back in time to look at the historic events. At the end of this program, we will take a look at what was left out of the song. We will also talk about the events from 1989 to present that should be mentioned if another song is written.

Wiater, Theresa West Seneca Senior Center
Humanities

1:00 PM
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 and useful resources will be available.

Anna VanDien
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Science and Medicine

1:00 PM
Dreamwork & Dream Interpretation

Do you want to deepen your appreciation for the role dreams play in your personal growth and transformation? Do you want to gain the skills needed to understand your dreams better? In this workshop you will learn about the tools and techniques for remembering and capturing dreams. You will receive an overview of theories and techniques of working with your dreams. We'll talk about the role of symbols, dictionaries, and archetypes in dreams and provide you with techniques to interpret your dreams.

Michalek, Gabrielle West Seneca Senior Center
Health and Wellness

1:00 PM
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.

Sr. Peggy Gorman Lancaster Senior Center
History

1:00 PM
Prevent Falls with a Home Safety Inventory

Participants will receive an abridged copy of the Home Safety Self-Assessment Tool developed by the Occupational Therapy Geriatric Group at the University at Buffalo. There will be a discussion of the various components of the tool as well as suggestions for use in a house or apartment. Older adults and their caregivers are encouraged to attend this together. In addition, practical suggestions for removing excess accumulation from the home will also be provided.

Michael Olear Hamburg Senior Community Center
Health and Wellness

2:00 PM
Drum 4 Health

We will introduce you to the magic, fun, & healing power of recreational music-making with handheld drums. No prior experience needed—just bring your enthusiasm! Allow two hours for class. Class size limited to 25.

Carolyn Zimmermann Tosh Collins Senior Center
Health and Wellness

2:00 PM
Half a Century of Working Women

From Irish immigrants arriving on ships to "Rosie the Riveter" building warplanes, women have helped shape our city and beyond. Whether managing the world's largest box company or running a nightclub on Michigan Avenue, Buffalo women have not shied away from hard work and entrepreneurship. We'll meet some of the amazing women, focusing on the period 1900–1950.

Cheryl McDonald Amherst Senior Center
History

2:00 PM
Healthy Relational Communication

The benefits of positive relationships are supported by healthy communication. This course will review the core advantages of social relations, while offering strategies that encourage positive communication. In doing so, we will highlight the fundamental communication methods that create, maintain, and grow strong relationships.

John Harrigan Baptist Manor
Health and Wellness

1 PM
Buffalo Area Scandals: Genesee River Killer

In the late 1980s, some 60 miles away in Rochester, a serial killer was on the loose. Women disappeared over a two-year period, with authorities looking everywhere to find a suspect. Learn who was responsible—and how it could have been prevented.


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Humanities

10:00 AM
Treatment Options for Prostate Cancer & Understanding Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA)

What is PSA? What are Gleason scores and how are they determined? This class will include the basic facts and discuss what support is available for those with prostate cancer. It will also include information for family or friends. Instructor Bill will also discuss treatment options and side-effects.

Bill Krellner Cheektowaga Senior Center
Current Events

12:00 PM
What is AI (Artificial Intelligence) & What Does it Mean to You?

AI has been the subject of movies and science fiction for a hundred years. It's here today. Is that good news or bad? And what does that mean to you? We will see a demonstration of AI in action and discuss what the technology can do right now. We will also ponder what this means for our future.

Dave Stott Autumnwood Senior Center
Technology

12:45 PM
Stop the Bleed

In life, you are more likely to use "Stop the Bleed" skills than CPR skills. Stop the Bleed is a grassroots national awareness campaign that trains and encourages bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.

Pati Anni Concord Senior Center
Health and Wellness

1:00 PM
Buffalo Area Scandals: Genesee River Killer

In the late 1980s, some 60 miles away in Rochester, a serial killer was on the loose. Women disappeared over a two-year period, with authorities looking everywhere to find a suspect. Learn who was responsible—and how it could have been prevented.

Gadzo, Ryan Town of Aurora Senior Center
Humanities

1:00 PM
Every Marker Tells a Story

This class is a walk-through the Black Rock historic markers and the stories behind them. From waterworks like the Jubilee Springs to changing times and changing markers like Unity Island. Bonus: a sneak-peek at the stories behind some historic homes & buildings.

Mary Ann Kedron City of Tonawanda Public Library
History

1:00 PM
Universal Design for Aging in Place

Empower yourself or your loved ones to live independently and comfortably in their own homes through innovative and inclusive approaches to creating living spaces that cater to the needs of individuals as they age.

Krista Macy Hamburg Senior Community Center
Health and Wellness

2:00 PM
History of the Herschell Spillman Motor Company

Calling all automobile enthusiasts! From 1901 to 1924 more than 200,000 engines were built at the North Tonawanda plant for cars, boats, trucks and farm tractors. Join us for a history of the Herschell Spillman Motor Company, their products, and the legacy they left behind.

John Dombrosky Eden Library
History

2:00 PM
The Ten Warning Signs of Alzheimer's

Learn to recognize common signs of Alzheimer's in yourself & others, as well as next steps to take—including how to talk to your doctor.

Chelsea Toralski Amherst Senior Center
Science and Medicine

4:00 PM
What Your Survivors Need to Know

You have prepared a will, completed an advanced directive, & delegated the power of attorney. Your estate planning is in order. Then, you suffer a significant health event, leaving you incapacitated, or you pass on. Your survivors will often face the task of picking up the pieces without knowing critical information about you. In this presentation, we will discuss what details & documents to gather, how to organize and store this information, and when to review it. Note: Estate, financial planning and legal advice, are not part of this presentation.

James Bardot Akron Senior Center
Law and Finance

6:00 PM
The Olympics

This year the Summer Olympic Games will be held in Paris, France. The modern-day Olympics continue to inspire and awe people around the world. But, did you know that in 776 BC and continuing for 600 years, the Olympic Games were held in Greece? What were the ancient Olympics and why did they end in 394 AD? Who regenerated the modern-day Olympics and what traditions are carried on to honor the ancient games?

Theresa Wiater Amherst Senior Center
Current Events

1 PM
Michelangelo: Creator of Giants

This presentation is an overview of Michelangelo's life with an examination of many of his most famous works, including the Pieta, David, & Sistine Chapel.


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Humanities

1 PM
Two Wives of Millard Fillmore

Abigail Powers Fillmore and Caroline Carmichael McIntosh Fillmore looked alike, but were very different. Come meet the ladies who flank President Millard Fillmore at Forest Lawn.


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History

10:30 AM
Cannabis: Navigating Use Safely and Responsively

A presentation on the basics of Cannabis, focusing on NYS laws, storage and disposal information, and safer use recommendations. 

Sadia Rifah Northwest Amherst Community Center
Current Events

10:30 AM
Spanish 101

We'll learn the fundamentals of the Spanish language. This will include basic greetings in Spanish and introducing yourself so you can be prepared for everyday interactions and travel!

Esmerlda Sierra West Side Community Services
Humanities

11:30 AM
Irish & the Erie Canal

The Erie Canal was intended to be built with local labor, however the further west they went the labor force dwindled. The canal was completed with the help of poor, unpopular, and unruly Irish immigrants. This presentation chronicles the issues and scope of the Irish intrusion.

Michael McCarthy Tosh Collins Senior Center
History

11:30 AM
Irish & the Erie Canal

The Erie Canal was intended to be built with local labor, however the further west they went the labor force dwindled. The canal was completed with the help of poor, unpopular, and unruly Irish immigrants. This presentation chronicles the issues and scope of the Irish intrusion.


Register
History

1:00 PM
Michelangelo: Creator of Giants

This presentation is an overview of Michelangelo's life with an examination of many of his most famous works, including the Pieta, David, & Sistine Chapel.

Alan Nowicki Lancaster Senior Center
Humanities

1:00 PM
Two Wives of Millard Fillmore

Abigail Powers Fillmore and Caroline Carmichael McIntosh Fillmore looked alike, but were very different. Come meet the ladies who flank President Millard Fillmore at Forest Lawn.

Rachelle Francis City of Tonawanda Public Library
History

1:15 PM
The Olympics

This year the Summer Olympic Games will be held in Paris, France. The modern-day Olympics continue to inspire and awe people around the world. But, did you know that in 776 BC and continuing for 600 years, the Olympic Games were held in Greece? What were the ancient Olympics and why did they end in 394 AD? Who regenerated the modern-day Olympics and what traditions are carried on to honor the ancient games?

Theresa Waiter Akron Senior Center
Current Events

2:30 PM
Cryptocurrency 101

Whether you're a curious beginner or looking to deepen your understanding, this course is designed to demystify the complexities of digital currencies. You will learn the fundamentals, explore the revolutionary concept of decentralized finance and how it challenges traditional systems, and gain insights into cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, and others. We'll also cover essential topics such as wallet management, securing your digital assets, and the basics of blockchain transactions.

Adam Goldfarb Clarence Senior Center
Law and Finance

2:30 PM
Cryptocurrency 101

Whether you're a curious beginner or looking to deepen your understanding, this course is designed to demystify the complexities of digital currencies. You will learn the fundamentals, explore the revolutionary concept of decentralized finance and how it challenges traditional systems, and gain insights into cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, and others. We'll also cover essential topics such as wallet management, securing your digital assets, and the basics of blockchain transactions.


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Law and Finance

1 PM
Buffalo Area Scandals: Genesee River Killer

In the late 1980s, some 60 miles away in Rochester, a serial killer was on the loose. Women disappeared over a two-year period, with authorities looking everywhere to find a suspect. Learn who was responsible—and how it could have been prevented.


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Humanities

10:30 AM
Bawdy Buffalo

From the Canal Days of the 1800's where vice, crime and "ladies of easy virtue" all resided - to the Prohibition years where speakeasies, bootleggers and a beer-brewing mayor all helped quench a thirsty city. An entertaining presentation into the seedier side of Buffalo's history.

Marla Brjnicki Orchard Park Senior Center
History

10:30 AM
Understanding & Coping with Anxiety

In this "low stress" class, we'll discuss types of anxiety, how anxiety may impact us, and ways to cope.

O'Brien, Mark West Seneca Senior Center
Science and Medicine

11:00 AM
Mastering the Magic: iPad & iPhone Settings 101

Welcome to the ultimate crash course in unraveling the mysteries of your iPad and iPhone settings! Whether you're a tech novice or an aspiring wizard, join us as we demystify the enchanting world of Apple's settings. In this class you will learn the art of swipes, pinches, and taps to move effortlessly between screens. You will also discover the wonders of Control Center, your gateway to quick access and magical shortcuts.

Brendan Chella Delavan Grider Community Center
Technology

1:00 PM
Buffalo Area Scandals: Genesee River Killer

In the late 1980s, some 60 miles away in Rochester, a serial killer was on the loose. Women disappeared over a two-year period, with authorities looking everywhere to find a suspect. Learn who was responsible—and how it could have been prevented.

Ryan Gadzo Akron Senior Center
Humanities

1:00 PM
Understanding the Future Cost of Long-Term Care

This is crucial for effective financial planning. As you age, the likelihood of needing long-term care increases, and the increasing cost of care expenses has a significant impact on your finances. Understanding and preparing for the future cost of care requires a comprehensive approach that considers both healthcare needs and financial resources. By taking proactive steps, you can better navigate potential challenges and safeguard your financial well-being in the years to come.

Les Robinson City of Tonawanda Public Library
Law and Finance

1:00 PM
Using Revocable Trust to Manage Assets

We'll discuss how a revocable trust can be used to avoid a probate proceeding upon death, and how it can be used to protect assets from Medicaid and long-term care costs

Dan Schueller Autumnwood Senior Center
Law and Finance

1:30 PM
Outsider Art: What is it?

A short history with hands-on art-making (emphasis on Judith Scott). Bring an object with you to wrap. Class size limited to 20.

Marsha Mis Northwest Amherst Community Center
Humanities

1:30 PM
Future of America as a World Power

Welcome to a captivating exploration of the geopolitical frontier! Join us in unraveling the intricate tapestry of "The Future of America as a World Power." In this class, we will embark on a thought-provoking journey through the challenges, opportunities, and transformative forces shaping the destiny of the United States on the global stage.

Fazian Haq Orchard Park Senior Center
Current Events

4:00 PM
What Your Survivors Need to Know

You have prepared a will, completed an advanced directive, & delegated the power of attorney. Your estate planning is in order. Then, you suffer a significant health event, leaving you incapacitated, or you pass on. Your survivors will often face the task of picking up the pieces without knowing critical information about you. In this presentation, we will discuss what details & documents to gather, how to organize and store this information, and when to review it. Note: Estate, financial planning and legal advice, are not part of this presentation.

James Bardot Lancaster Senior Center
Law and Finance

10:00 AM
Hands-Only CPR

This class will teach you the skills needed to perform hands-only CPR on adults and infants. This is not a certificate course, but you will leave knowing that you can save a life. Class size limited to 10.

Pati Aine Guzinski Clarence Senior Center
Health and Wellness

10:30 AM
Qigong for Stress Relief

Qigong, while not well known locally, is quickly becoming popular for its ability to help people deal with stress and anxiety while being gentle and nurturing. The slow rhythmic movements along with guided imagery and visualizations, helps the body,mind and emotions! It's easy to do, and not complicated to learn and can be adapted to be done by everyone! Allow two hours for class. Class size limited to 25.

Jill O'Hara Schiller Park Senior Center
Health and Wellness

1:30 PM
We Didn't Start the Fire

There are 119 historical references by Billy Joel—thoughts important enough to put into the 1989 hit song. Some events are obvious, while some are obscure. Take a step back in time to look at the historic events. At the end of this program, we will take a look at what was left out of the song. We will also talk about the events from 1989 to present that should be mentioned if another song is written.

Theresa Wiater Eden Library
Humanities

2:00 PM
New York State Census Records are The Bomb!

Many genealogists use the U.S. Federal Census, but did you know that New York State took ten extra censuses between 1825 and 1925? The details they contain surely make the other states envious. Learn how to explore these records.

Rhonda Hoffamn Amherst Senior Center
History

6:00 PM
Backyard Wildlife

Learn tricks to encourage wildlife into your backyard! We'll also explore the do's & don'ts, the best backyard wildlife to attract, and why these critters are so important to have around.

Greg Bittner - Park Rangers Amherst Senior Center
Natural Sciences

1:00 PM
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

We owe immense gratitude to Henrietta Lacks for her 1951 contribution to science that continues to help in the battle against cancer. But did she know? Did she give consent? Was she compensated? Only after twenty years did her family learn of the existence of the HeLa immortalized cell line, taken from Mrs. Lacks after she died of cancer. Learn how this event led to privacy and patients' rights policies.

Theresa Wiater City of Tonawanda Public Library
Humanities

2:00 PM
Beer Styles & Culture

What separates an IPA from a Lager? How is a Sour Ale made? Learn what makes each beer style unique, and the beer culture/country that made it popular.

Tim Herzog Amherst Senior Center
Humanities

2:00 PM
History of the Herschell Spillman Motor Company

Calling all automobile enthusiasts! From 1901 to 1924 more than 200,000 engines were built at the North Tonawanda plant for cars, boats, trucks and farm tractors. Join us for a history of the Herschell Spillman Motor Company, their products, and the legacy they left behind.

John Dumbrosky Elma Public Library
History

4 PM
Climate Change: What is it & will it affect me?

Learn about the changing climate in Western New York and the simple changes we all can make to reduce the impacts we will feel. Also learn about what the County is doing to partner with the community to take action.


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Natural Sciences

4:00 PM
Climate Change: What is it & will it affect me?

Learn about the changing climate in Western New York and the simple changes we all can make to reduce the impacts we will feel. Also learn about what the County is doing to partner with the community to take action.

Tracy Skalski Clarence Senior Center
Natural Sciences

1 PM
Cannabis: Navigating Use Safely and Responsively

A presentation on the basics of Cannabis, focusing on NYS laws, storage and disposal information, and safer use recommendations. 


Register
Current Events

10:00 AM
We Didn't Start the Fire

There are 119 historical references by Billy Joel—thoughts important enough to put into the 1989 hit song. Some events are obvious, while some are obscure. Take a step back in time to look at the historic events. At the end of this program, we will take a look at what was left out of the song. We will also talk about the events from 1989 to present that should be mentioned if another song is written.

Theresa Wiater Grand Island Golden Age Center
Humanities

10:30 AM
General Healthy Eating for Older Adults

Fueling your body with nutritious food shouldn't be a chore. Learn how to get started with a plan that works for your life. Good nutrition is important at every stage of life. But to stay active and independent as you grow older, it's essential. Not only does a healthy diet give you the energy you need to tackle your daily to-do list, it can also lower your risk for chronic health problems. Think of food as your secret healthy-aging superpower. But what should a day of healthy eating really look like? It turns out that eating well is not as complicated as it might seem. This simple guide has everything you need to know about good nutrition for healthy aging, plus tips to turn your diet around—starting today.

Carly Hansen, RDN, CDN, IBCLC, Excelsior Northwest Amherst Community Center
Health and Wellness

10:30 AM
Kleinhans Music Hall

Anyone who has spent time in Buffalo has likely heard that the acoustics of Kleinhans Music Hall are amongst the finest in the world. Dating from 1940, Kleinhans was designed by Eliel Saarinen, an architect of international reputation, working with an acoustical consultant. Based on original research in Kleinhans' archives, this talk will explore the acoustical design and the ultimate acoustic results which perhaps surprisingly fell short of what they had desired. We'll also discuss elements of acoustical planning and recent changes to the hall's design.

Denise Prince Orchard Park Senior Center
History

1:00 PM
Cannabis: Navigating Use Safely and Responsively

A presentation on the basics of Cannabis, focusing on NYS laws, storage and disposal information, and safer use recommendations. 

Sadia Rifah Lancaster Senior Center
Current Events

1:30: PM
Understanding & Coping with Depression

In this "uplifting" class we'll discuss ways to identify and cope with depression, and how it may impact us and those around us.

Mark O'Brien Orchard Park Senior Center
Science and Medicine

2:00 PM
Buffalo Then & Now: What Building Was There 100 Years Ago?

In this compare-and-contrast presentation, see what the sites of some of your favorite Buffalo buildings looked like one hundred years ago! This presentation will show what various locations around the Queen City looked like in 1918, juxtaposed with their 2018 appearance. You'll be surprised by how much the city has changed, and in some ways remains the same!

Chuck Lachiusa (Suzanne Ernst) Akron Senior Center
History

10:00 AM
Eating Better on a Budget

Join us as we explore nutrition labels, smart shopping tips, and budget-friendly recipes that empower you to make nutritious choices within your means.

Michelle Werneiwski Grand Island Golden Age Center
Health and Wellness

10:30 AM
Posture & Neck Pain

Unlock secrets of relieving discomfort and achieving optimal alignment. Practical techniques, ergonomic principles, and mindful exercises to transform your posture and bid farewell to neck pain.

Michael Massaro Orchard Park Senior Center
Science and Medicine

11:00 AM
Stop the Bleed

In life, you are more likely to use "Stop the Bleed" skills than CPR skills. Stop the Bleed is a grassroots national awareness campaign that trains and encourages bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.

Patti Aine Guzinski Delavan Grider Community Center
Health and Wellness

12:45 PM
Android Basics

This class will give Android rookies (and those who just want to learn more) a crash-course in how to use these popular phones. We'll walk through some tips and tricks to customize your phone, optimize your settings, and make the most of apps and widgets. Please allow two hours for this class.

Chella, Brendan West Seneca Senior Center
Technology

1:00 PM
U.S. Naval War Production During WWII

The U.S. Navy constructed over 110,000 ships, craft, & vessels for the two-ocean war during World War II. Learn how American shipyards ramped-up production via the 70% Act to defeat enemies on both sides of the world.

Shane Stephenson Town of Evans Senior Center
History

1:30 AM
Opioid Epidemic: Overview & Narcan Training with Certificate

The Office of Harm Reduction provides free Narcan and harm reduction tools, and also educates the community members about the current situation of opioid epidemic, and how to address the growing death rate from opioid overdose. The training aims to educate community members about the signs of an overdose, how to administer Narcan (medication that can reverse the effects of opioids), and how to access EMS. The training seeks to raise awareness and a greater understanding of the urgent need for action, and to empower community members to save lives.

Sadia Rifah Northwest Amherst Community Center
Health and Wellness

1:30 PM
Exploring Our Night Sky: Late Spring & Early Summer

Late spring and early summer bring warmer temperatures for viewing the night sky. You will learn about well-known constellations such as Leo and Scorpius as well as asterisms such as the Teapot and the Big Dipper, and some of the brighter stars. We will also discuss when and where to see the planets.

Kevin Williams Orchard Park Senior Center
Natural Sciences

10:00 AM
Spanish 101

We'll learn the fundamentals of the Spanish language. This will include basic greetings in Spanish and introducing yourself so you can be prepared for everyday interactions and travel!

Esmeralda Sierra
Humanities

10:30 AM
The Olympics

This year the Summer Olympic Games will be held in Paris, France. The modern-day Olympics continue to inspire and awe people around the world. But, did you know that in 776 BC and continuing for 600 years, the Olympic Games were held in Greece? What were the ancient Olympics and why did they end in 394 AD? Who regenerated the modern-day Olympics and what traditions are carried on to honor the ancient games?

Theresa Wiater Schiller Park Senior Center
Current Events

2:00 PM
Meditation for Beginners

Meditation offers well-known benefits, from reducing stress and anxiety to improving sleep and lowering blood pressure, but getting started can feel overwhelming. In this session, we'll discuss why meditation works and practice some techniques you can easily incorporate into your day.

Jennifer Johnson Amherst Senior Center
Health and Wellness

10:00 AM
Everything you need to know about Electric Vehicles

Learn everything you must know before getting an electric vehicle.

Reed Braman Cheektowaga Senior Center
Natural Sciences

10:30 AM
Mindfulness

Want to learn about mindfulness but don't know where to start? This program will teach you what it means to be mindful, its purpose and benefits, and how to incorporate it into your daily routine. You will also participate in several mindful relaxation exercises.

Vazquez-Aradio, Betsy West Side Community Services
Science and Medicine

10:30 AM
The Olympics

This year the Summer Olympic Games will be held in Paris, France. The modern-day Olympics continue to inspire and awe people around the world. But, did you know that in 776 BC and continuing for 600 years, the Olympic Games were held in Greece? What were the ancient Olympics and why did they end in 394 AD? Who regenerated the modern-day Olympics and what traditions are carried on to honor the ancient games?

Theresa Wiater Orchard Park Senior Center
Current Events

1:00 PM
Android Basics

This class will give Android rookies (and those who just want to learn more) a crash-course in how to use these popular phones. We'll walk through some tips and tricks to customize your phone, optimize your settings, and make the most of apps and widgets. Please allow two hours for this class.

Chella, Brendan Town of Aurora Senior Center
Technology

1:00 PM
Erie County Park History

Learn the history of the five main heritage parks of Erie County's Parks System! This class includes information on Chestnut Ridge, Emery, Ellicott Creek, Como Lake and Akron Falls parks.

EC Park Rangers Town of Tonawanda Senior Center
History

1:00 PM
Identity Theft & Credit

Let's talk about ways to ensure your identity is protected, how to avoid identity theft and why you should review your credit report on a regular basis. Have you reviewed your credit report recently?

Jennifer Andres Hamburg Senior Community Center
Law and Finance

1:00 PM
Strengthening the Canine-Human Relationship

A dog's friendship is like no other. But did you ever wonder why they do some of the things they do? Join us for this class to better understand your furry friend. (Instructor plans to bring a few dogs to class for demonstrations.)

Dawn Bellere Tosh Collins Senior Center
Current Events

2:00 PM
Bourbon in Buffalo & Beyond

A class for bourbon and whiskey enthusiasts, those interested in the process of distilling, as well as the history of bourbon and distilling in Buffalo and the United States. Class will include lecture/media portion and discussion/question period.

Joe Mattimore Amherst Senior Center
History

2:00 PM
Drum 4 Health

We will introduce you to the magic, fun, & healing power of recreational music-making with handheld drums. No prior experience needed—just bring your enthusiasm! Allow two hours for class. Class size limited to 25.

Carolyn Zimmerman Baptist Manor
Health and Wellness

2:00 PM
Qigong for Stress Relief

Qigong, while not well known locally, is quickly becoming popular for its ability to help people deal with stress and anxiety while being gentle and nurturing. The slow rhythmic movements along with guided imagery and visualizations, helps the body,mind and emotions! It's easy to do, and not complicated to learn and can be adapted to be done by everyone! Allow two hours for class. Class size limited to 25.

Susanne Rosinski Elma Public Library
Health and Wellness

6:00 PM
The Sullivan Family of Waterloo, Iowa

While three American families lost five or more children in battle, the Sullivan family is the only one to lose them on the same day. Our Fletcher-class destroyer honors the family, but come to learn about the more human side to the story.

Shane Stephenson Grand Island Golden Age Center
History

1:00 PM
Cool Tools for Genealogy

Join us to learn about some cool tools that will help make your family history research easier and fun.

Rhonda Hoffman Dorothy J. Collier Community Center
History

1:00 PM
Gardening on a Dime in Less Time

Reducing your costs and improving efficiency in your garden.

Lyn Chimera City of Tonawanda Public Library
Natural Sciences

1:00 PM
Tips for Tough Conversations about Dementia

Know someone experiencing changes in memory, thinking, & behavior? Learn tips & strategies for difficult but important conversations about changes that may be related to dementia.

Chelsea Torgalski Hamburg Senior Community Center
Science and Medicine

2:00 PM
What is Fostering?

The SPCA Serving Erie County's Foster Care Program provides care for animals not yet ready for adoption. Volunteers care for animals in their own homes, providing animals that are underweight, underage, sick, or injured giving them the time they need to grow or heal so they may become adoptable. Our foster care program saves thousands of lives each year and there is always a need for foster care volunteers. We discuss the importance of fostering for those not quite old enough for adoption, what the commitment consists of, and how to get started.

SPCA Staff Amherst Senior Center
Health and Wellness

5:00 PM
Mosquitoes, Ticks, & Fleas! Oh My!

An introduction to vector-borne diseases and implications for public health. Specific diseases of importance will be examined, including Lyme disease & West Nile virus, with a focus on disease description & treatment, risk factors, and personal preventive measures.

Shauna Zorich Akron Senior Center
Science and Medicine

6:00 PM
The Sullivan Family of Waterloo, Iowa

While three American families lost five or more children in battle, the Sullivan family is the only one to lose them on the same day. Our Fletcher-class destroyer honors the family, but come to learn about the more human side to the story.

Shane Stephenson Amherst Senior Center
History

1 PM
John F. Kennedy: A Celebration of the Life & Legacy of One of America's Most Iconic Leaders

In this inspiring class we will delve into the captivating journey of JFK's life, from his upbringing to his presidency, exploring his unwavering dedication to public service, his visionary leadership, and his enduring impact on the nation and the world. We'll pay homage to his courage, charisma, and commitment to justice, inspiring a new generation to embrace his timeless ideals of hope, unity, and progress. Ephemera from JFK's tenure in the presidency will also be presented.


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Health and Wellness

10:30 AM
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.

Sister Peggy Gorman Schiller Park Senior Center
History

10:30 AM
The Guaranty Building

The Guaranty Building, completed in 1895, is recognized as one of the masterpieces of Louis Sullivan, an important 19th-century American architect, acknowledged today as the "Father of the Skyscraper."

Harry Meyer Northwest Amherst Community Center
History

11:30 AM
Remembering Buffalo's Yesteryear Restaurants

Step back in time to when the Park Lane was a converted mansion on Gates Circle, Liberace was gaining popularity courtesy of the DiGuilio-family-owned 31 Club, The Cloister was the place to be seen, and you were spun around, albeit lightly, as you enjoyed a beverage at Chez Ami. Both memories and taste buds will be revived!

Marla Bujnicki Tosh Collins Senior Center
History

1:00 PM
History of North Tonawanda Amusement Co's

Join the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum for the history of the four North Tonawanda Amusement Companies, their products, and the legacy they left behind.

Marissa Seib Lancaster Senior Center
History

1:00 PM
John F. Kennedy: A Celebration of the Life & Legacy of One of America's Most Iconic Leaders

In this inspiring class we will delve into the captivating journey of JFK's life, from his upbringing to his presidency, exploring his unwavering dedication to public service, his visionary leadership, and his enduring impact on the nation and the world. We'll pay homage to his courage, charisma, and commitment to justice, inspiring a new generation to embrace his timeless ideals of hope, unity, and progress. Ephemera from JFK's tenure in the presidency will also be presented.

Assemblyman Rivera Hamburg Senior Community Center
Health and Wellness

1:15 PM
What is a Trust & Do I Need One?

An explanation of the two major kinds of trusts and the pros & cons of having one.

Valerie Stanek Akron Senior Center
Law and Finance

1:30 PM
Brews & Bites: the Art of Perfect Pairing

Just like wine is paired with different foods, you can do the same with beer selections. Join us to learn how!

Tim Herzog Orchard Park Senior Center
Humanities

1:00 PM
Fossils of Western New York

Uncover the past and explore the ancient history of Western New York with Penn Dixie Fossil Park & Nature Reserve, ranked the #1 fossil park in the US in a 2011 independent study. Learn what animals lived in this region 380 million years ago, how the Earth has changed since, and what those fossils look like today.

Penn Dixie City of Tonawanda Public Library
Natural Sciences

10:30 AM
Cooking with the Commish: Angela's Appetizers for Summer Parties

Join our favorite commish in an exciting culinary adventure as she guides you through the art of crafting delectable summer party appetizers. You'll discover secrets behind creating light & flavorful starters that are perfect for warm-weather gatherings. Angela will share her expertise on selecting fresh seasonal ingredients that will be sure to elevate your appetizer game. Unleash your creativity and impress your guests with appetizers that capture the essence of summer in every bite.

Angela Marinucci Baptist Manor
Health and Wellness

1:00 PM
Stop the Bleed

In life, you are more likely to use "Stop the Bleed" skills than CPR skills. Stop the Bleed is a grassroots national awareness campaign that trains and encourages bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.

Pati Aine Guzinski Clarence Senior Center
Health and Wellness

2:00 PM
Buffalo Then & Now: What Building Was There 100 Years Ago?

In this compare-and-contrast presentation, see what the sites of some of your favorite Buffalo buildings looked like one hundred years ago! This presentation will show what various locations around the Queen City looked like in 1918, juxtaposed with their 2018 appearance. You'll be surprised by how much the city has changed, and in some ways remains the same!

Chuck Lachiusa Eden Library
History

2:00 PM
Laughter Yoga Wellness

Join Caren, a Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher for 12 years, to experience the fun, interactive world-wide practice of Laughter Yoga Wellness. Mind, body, and spirit are engaged as participants combine laughter exercises with yoga breath,gentle stretching, childlike playfulness and positivity. All done to experience stress relief, joy, well-being, and connection. No yoga experience needed. Dress comfortably & layered. Most exercises can be done seated if necessary but bring a mat or towel to sit on. Allow two hours for class. Class size limited to 25.

Caren Kolerski Clarence Senior Center
Health and Wellness

2:00 PM
Qigong for Stress Relief

Qigong, while not well known locally, is quickly becoming popular for its ability to help people deal with stress and anxiety while being gentle and nurturing. The slow rhythmic movements along with guided imagery and visualizations, helps the body,mind and emotions! It's easy to do, and not complicated to learn and can be adapted to be done by everyone! Allow two hours for class. Class size limited to 25.

Susanne Rosinki/Jill O'Hara Amherst Senior Center
Health and Wellness

1 & 2:30 PM
Hands-Only CPR

This class will teach you the skills needed to perform hands-only CPR on adults and infants. This is not a certificate course, but you will leave knowing that you can save a life. Class size limited to 10.

Pati Aine Guzinski Tosh Collins Senior Center
Health and Wellness

1:00 PM
The Olympics

This year the Summer Olympic Games will be held in Paris, France. The modern-day Olympics continue to inspire and awe people around the world. But, did you know that in 776 BC and continuing for 600 years, the Olympic Games were held in Greece? What were the ancient Olympics and why did they end in 394 AD? Who regenerated the modern-day Olympics and what traditions are carried on to honor the ancient games?

Theresa Wiater Lancaster Senior Center
Current Events

1:00 PM
Happenings on Delaware Avenue

Buffalo's well-known Avenue was the site of some of the city's lesser known stories. These include the start of Statler's hotel legacy, the second crime that took place at the PanAm after the McKinley assassination, and the whereabouts of the illegitimate son that Grover Cleveland allegedly fathered. Memorabilia will also be shared.

Marla Bujnicki Lancaster Senior Center
History

1:00 PM
Spirit of Buffalo Women in Arts & Entertainment

Historic and influential women from Buffalo and Western New York in arts and entertainment, including musicians, actresses, authors and artists from the early 1800s to current times.

Rick Falkowski Town of Evans Senior Center
History

1:15 PM
Effective Communication

Explore ways that 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.

Chelse Torgalski Akron Senior Center
Science and Medicine

10:00 AM
Cancer Education Services

Join us for education about breast, cervical, and colorectal health—including screening services to eligible uninsured and under-insured men & women. Instructors will be giving-out FREE colorectal screening kits to those ages 45–75 that qualify.

Lisa Milewski
Science and Medicine

1:00 PM
Ernie Pyle, War Correspondent: the "G.I.'s Best Friend"

Ed Brodbeck will tell us about Pulitzer Prize winning American journalist Ernie Pyle. Pyle was a World War II correspondent who is best known for his stories about ordinary American soldiers during the war. He was among the best-known American war correspondents. His syndicated column was published in 400 daily and 300 weekly newspapers nationwide. Come hear real stories about World War II soldiers as they are re-told by Ed Brodbeck.

Ed Brodrick Town of Aurora Senior Center
History

1:00 PM
Hands-Only CPR Refresher Course

"Use it or lose it" is often quoted when it comes to learning a new skill. This is certainly true for CPR skills. If you have taken a hands-only CPR class and/or a stop the bleed class, this session is for you. This class will offer the chance to practice the hands-on skills learned in previous classes, including compressions, AED use, tourniquet application, etc. Note that this is NOT a Hands-Only CPR or Stop the Bleed class. Everyone is encouraged to register for the initial classes first, as this class is for those who have successfully taken the class before. Class size limited 15.

Pati Aine Guzinski Clarence Senior Center
Health and Wellness

2:00 PM
Crafting Family Legacy: a Guide to Creating Your Family Memories Book

In this class, you'll learn the essential steps to create a captivating family memory book that will be treasured for generations to come. From gathering and organizing historical photographs to documenting personal anecdotes and significant milestones. We'll guide you through the process of curating a narrative that truly reflects your family's legacy.

Jolene Hawkins Amherst Senior Center
Humanities

5:30 PM
Drum 4 Health

We will introduce you to the magic, fun, & healing power of recreational music-making with handheld drums. No prior experience needed—just bring your enthusiasm! Allow two hours for class. Class size limited to 25.

Carolyn Zimmermann Akron Senior Center
Health and Wellness

6:00 PM
What Your Survivors Need to Know

You have prepared a will, completed an advanced directive, & delegated the power of attorney. Your estate planning is in order. Then, you suffer a significant health event, leaving you incapacitated, or you pass on. Your survivors will often face the task of picking up the pieces without knowing critical information about you. In this presentation, we will discuss what details & documents to gather, how to organize and store this information, and when to review it. Note: Estate, financial planning and legal advice, are not part of this presentation.

James Bardot Amherst Senior Center
Law and Finance

1 & 2:30 PM
Stop the Bleed

In life, you are more likely to use "Stop the Bleed" skills than CPR skills. Stop the Bleed is a grassroots national awareness campaign that trains and encourages bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.

Pati Aine Guzinski Tosh Collins Senior Center
Health and Wellness

10 AM
Qigong for Stress Relief

Qigong, while not well known locally, is quickly becoming popular for its ability to help people deal with stress and anxiety while being gentle and nurturing. The slow rhythmic movements along with guided imagery and visualizations, helps the body,mind and emotions! It's easy to do, and not complicated to learn and can be adapted to be done by everyone! Allow two hours for class. Class size limited to 25.


Register
Health and Wellness

10:00 AM
Qigong for Stress Relief

Qigong, while not well known locally, is quickly becoming popular for its ability to help people deal with stress and anxiety while being gentle and nurturing. The slow rhythmic movements along with guided imagery and visualizations, helps the body,mind and emotions! It's easy to do, and not complicated to learn and can be adapted to be done by everyone! Allow two hours for class. Class size limited to 25.

Susanne Rosinski Cheektowaga Senior Center
Health and Wellness

10:30 AM
The Sicily I Know

This large island at the tip of Italy's "boot" was the pit-stop of the Mediterranean. Neanderthal caves, Greeks, Moors, and Norman conquests formed a long and unique culture to the region. The presenter (Vincenza) shares colorful stories through art and research about her four grandparents and a trip up volcano Mt. Etna—which is now erupting again! Come be famigghia for an hour!

Jean Serusa Orchard Park Senior Center
Humanities

10:30 AM
The Spirits of Aging: by Betty Accordino

Sitting in front of her make-up mirror, an older woman having trouble accepting her own aging is visited by five spirits: Acceptance, Gratitude, Imagination, Now, & Growth (A.G.I.N.G.).

The Brainstormers West Side Community Services
Humanities

1:00 PM
Buffalo Area Scandals: Genesee River Killer

In the late 1980s, some 60 miles away in Rochester, a serial killer was on the loose. Women disappeared over a two-year period, with authorities looking everywhere to find a suspect. Learn who was responsible—and how it could have been prevented.

Ryan Gadzo Town of Tonawanda Senior Center
Humanities

1:00 PM
Cancer Education Services

Join us for education about breast, cervical, and colorectal health—including screening services to eligible uninsured and under-insured men & women. Instructors will be giving-out FREE colorectal screening kits to those ages 45–75 that qualify.

Lisa Milewski Lancaster Senior Center
Science and Medicine

1:00 PM
Hidden History

This presentation will cover a six significant historical events kept out of public knowledge. We will go over incidents & narratives, which will seem fantastical in some situations, but are part of our history, like it or not. We will look at the largest man-made non-nuclear explosion in history, weather control and modification, the most deadly nuclear accident in the US, and much more.

John Horan Cheektowaga Senior Center
History

1:00 PM
Instacart

Have you ever wanted to learn how to grocery shop on your phone while watching television? We have the class for you! This class will teach you how to set-up Instacart on your device and also how to use the app. Please allow two hours for this class.

Chella, Brendan Town of Aurora Senior Center
Technology

2:00 PM
Diamonds and Emeralds and Rubies, Oh My! 

Come learn the secrets other jewelers do NOT want you to know! For most people, buying a piece of jewelry is an act of trust. Educating yourself can be hard; there are significant variations in jewelry designs—metals, size & quality of stones, workmanship, and degree to which sellers will stand behind their product. So, it always comes back to trust! Join us for the facts on jewelry—as well as some creative ideas about old pieces you no longer wear—from one of WNY's best jewelers.

Barbara Oliver Amherst Senior Center
Current Events

6:00 PM
Buffalo's Murals

In the last several years, there has been an explosion of murals in Buffalo. They come in all shapes and sizes and are all over the region. Explore Buffalo has several tours by bicycle and on foot that explore some of these. This talk is designed to give you an overview of the locations, artists, and wide variety of murals around town.

Margaret Logan Grand Island Golden Age Center
History

10:00 AM
Navigating the Challenges of Long-Term Care

Finding your way through the complexities of long-term care can be daunting. From choosing the nursing home or assisted living facility, to managing costs and ensuring quality of care, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. This class is designed to provide individuals and their advocates with the information they'll need to help achieve the best outcome possible.

Susan Fenster Cheektowaga Senior Center
Law and Finance

12:00 PM
Spanish 101

We'll learn the fundamentals of the Spanish language. This will include basic greetings in Spanish and introducing yourself so you can be prepared for everyday interactions and travel!

Esmeralda Sierra Autumnwood Senior Center
Humanities

1:00 PM
What is Memory & How to Keep It

Partially interactive, this class will show components of memory creation. We'll demo a few simple memory exercises, and discuss the role of new medications to ward-off dementia. You'll gain a few tricks to improve memory and hurdle those "senior moments."

Tom Rosenthal Dorothy J. Collier Community Center
Science and Medicine

1:15 PM
The Sullivan Family of Waterloo, Iowa

While three American families lost five or more children in battle, the Sullivan family is the only one to lose them on the same day. Our Fletcher-class destroyer honors the family, but come to learn about the more human side to the story.

Shane Stephenson Akron Senior Center
History

2:00 PM
Brews & Bites: the Art of Perfect Pairing

Just like wine is paired with different foods, you can do the same with beer selections. Join us to learn how!

Tim Herzog Amherst Senior Center
Humanities

6:00 PM
Horns, Hooch, & Hoods: Buffalo in the 1920's: Author Rosanne Higgins' Newest Book Discussion

In the latest installment of the Orphans and Inmates series, the Colored Musicians' Club, Prohibition and the arrival of the Ku Klux Klan in Buffalo form the backdrop of Maude Travers' latest supernatural adventure back in time.

Roseanne Higgins Amherst Senior Center
Humanities

10:30 AM
Books & Censorship: History Repeats Itself

Books have been censored throughout history. Different eras have seen various methods of silencing dissent. We'll look at some of these occurrences along with the current situation, particularly in places where librarians and teachers feel under siege. The ALA (American Library Association) documented more book bans in 2022 and 2023 than in any other time period since they began compiling data 20 years ago. Where is this happening? Which books are most likely to be cited? Why now?

Linda Drajem Orchard Park Senior Center
Humanities

11:30 AM
History of Buffalo Roadways: from Footpaths to Roundabouts!

Our area has come a long way from the unexplored wilderness it was at the end of the Revolution in 1783! Western New York is home to two major east-west transcontinental highways—Interstate 90, the longest route in the Interstate Highway System, and U.S. Route 20, the longest road in the older U.S.-Numbered Highway System and also the longest road in America. Join us to learn more fascinating history about our Buffalo roadways.

Kenneth Kuminski Tosh Collins Senior Center
History

11:30 AM
History of Buffalo Roadways: from Footpaths to Roundabouts!

Our area has come a long way from the unexplored wilderness it was at the end of the Revolution in 1783! Western New York is home to two major east-west transcontinental highways—Interstate 90, the longest route in the Interstate Highway System, and U.S. Route 20, the longest road in the older U.S.-Numbered Highway System and also the longest road in America. Join us to learn more fascinating history about our Buffalo roadways.


Register
History

1:00 PM
Internet Basics

With the Internet, it's possible to access almost any information, communicate with anyone else in the world, and do much more. If you are new to the Web or are looking to improve your Internet skills, our Internet Basics class has you covered. Please allow two hours for this class.

Brendan Chella Lancaster Senior Center
Technology

1:30 PM
Diamonds and Emeralds and Rubies, Oh My! 

Come learn the secrets other jewelers do NOT want you to know! For most people, buying a piece of jewelry is an act of trust. Educating yourself can be hard; there are significant variations in jewelry designs—metals, size & quality of stones, workmanship, and degree to which sellers will stand behind their product. So, it always comes back to trust! Join us for the facts on jewelry—as well as some creative ideas about old pieces you no longer wear—from one of WNY's best jewelers.

Barbara Oliver Orchard Park Senior Center
Current Events

12:45 PM
iPad & iPhone Basics

Once you have an iPad or iPhone, your next step should be learning about the physical features of the device and the accessories that come with it. This includes the different buttons and ports, how to turn the device on and off, how to charge the battery, and the importance of protecting the screen. This class teaches the IPhone & IPad only. Please allow two hours for this class.

Chella, Brendan West Seneca Senior Center
Technology

10:00 AM
Acrylic Painting 101

Unleash your creativity and embark on a colorful journey! This class provides a fun and accessible introduction to the versatile medium of acrylics. Whether you're looking to unwind, explore a new hobby, or simply enjoy the therapeutic benefits of art, this class is designed for you. No prior painting experience is required—just bring your enthusiasm, and we'll provide the rest.

Lisa Saunders
Health and Wellness

10:30 AM
Spring Clean Your Way to a Safer Kitchen

Explore ways to keep your food safe via proper food handling, preparation and storage, as well as how to keep your kitchen clean and your pantry free from sources of contamination.

Leanne Bajus Schiller Park Senior Center
Health and Wellness

1:00 PM
Meditation for Beginners

Meditation offers well-known benefits, from reducing stress and anxiety to improving sleep and lowering blood pressure, but getting started can feel overwhelming. In this session, we'll discuss why meditation works and practice some techniques you can easily incorporate into your day.

Johnson, Jennifer Town of Aurora Senior Center
Health and Wellness

10:30 AM
A Puerto Rican Cooking Fiesta

Embark on a flavorful journey through the vibrant culinary traditions of Puerto Rico in a cooking class led by a dynamic duo—Assemblymember Rivera and his beloved mom, Esther Rivera! With hands-on guidance and heartwarming anecdotes, you will be transported to the sun-kissed shores of the Caribbean, to learn the soulful essence of Puerto Rican cuisine. Get ready to savor the spices, sizzle with excitement, and create unforgettable recipes in this delicious celebration of food, family, and culture. Buen provecho!

Assemblyman Rivera West Side Community Services
Health and Wellness

12:00 PM
They Call Me Korney: The True Story of Buffalo's Korney Gang

Set in Buffalo during Prohibition, this true story involves a group of Polish East Side gangsters. Korney Kwiatkowski leads the gang that robs and kills its way to the front pages—and a surprise ending.

Michael Rizzo
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History

1:00 PM
Reopening of the Colored Musicians Club

It's a new day, a new chapter for Buffalo's Colored Musicians Club. Come learn about all the exciting improvements happening to this Buffalo landmark!

George Scott Dorothy J. Collier Community Center
Current Events

2:00 PM
You're NOT for ART!

Chronicling the endearing and diverse artistic journey of "unknown" yet cherished octogenarian - artist Sylvia Fahey-Kleindist. YNFA! celebrates the essence of art as a lifelong pastime, irrespective of fame or commercial success. This is a documentary film screening followed by a filmmaker Q&A.

Lukia Costello Amherst Senior Center
Humanities

10:30 AM
All About Amphibians & Their Struggles to Survive

A very interesting class, even for those who don't know much about amphibians. We'll explore the diversity of amphibians on Earth today, as well as their Devonian-era origins.

Penn Dixie Schiller Park Senior Center
Natural Sciences

10:30 AM
Books & Censorship: History Repeats Itself

Books have been censored throughout history. Different eras have seen various methods of silencing dissent. We'll look at some of these occurrences along with the current situation, particularly in places where librarians and teachers feel under siege. The ALA (American Library Association) documented more book bans in 2022 and 2023 than in any other time period since they began compiling data 20 years ago. Where is this happening? Which books are most likely to be cited? Why now?

Grand Island Golden Age Center
Humanities

12:45 PM
Mastering the Magic: iPad & iPhone Settings 101

Welcome to the ultimate crash course in unraveling the mysteries of your iPad and iPhone settings! Whether you're a tech novice or an aspiring wizard, join us as we demystify the enchanting world of Apple's settings. In this class you will learn the art of swipes, pinches, and taps to move effortlessly between screens. You will also discover the wonders of Control Center, your gateway to quick access and magical shortcuts.

Chella, Brendan West Seneca Senior Center
Technology

1:00 PM
How Black Rock & Its Harbor Played a Part in Shipbuilding, Transport of Salt, & the Civil War

As a stop on the Erie Canal and now the site of the 100-year-old lock in the Niagara River, there is still much to say about this historic corner in Buffalo. Join us to learn all the facts!

Mary Ann Kedron; Town of Evans Senior Center
History

10:30 AM
Discussion Session about Diversity in Western New York

Instructor May Shogan will address misconceptions about refugees and immigrants and explore how they add to the region's diversity, vibrancy, and economy.

May Shogan Schiller Park Senior Center
Current Events

1:00 PM
Cooking with the Commish: Angela's Appetizers for Summer Parties

Join our favorite commish in an exciting culinary adventure as she guides you through the art of crafting delectable summer party appetizers. You'll discover secrets behind creating light & flavorful starters that are perfect for warm-weather gatherings. Angela will share her expertise on selecting fresh seasonal ingredients that will be sure to elevate your appetizer game. Unleash your creativity and impress your guests with appetizers that capture the essence of summer in every bite.

Angela Marinucci West Seneca Senior Center
Health and Wellness

2 PM
Meet the Two Charlies: Burchfield & Penney

Buffalo’s very own Burchfield Penney Art Center holds the largest public collection of works by Charles E. Burchfield (1893–1967), as well as an archive of more than 10,000 pages of handwritten journals, 25,000 drawings, and other ephemera

Mary Kozub, Director of Education, Burchfield Penney Art Center Amherst Senior Center
Humanities

2:00 PM
Cooking with the Commish: Angela's Appetizers for Summer Parties

Join our favorite commish in an exciting culinary adventure as she guides you through the art of crafting delectable summer party appetizers. You'll discover secrets behind creating light & flavorful starters that are perfect for warm-weather gatherings. Angela will share her expertise on selecting fresh seasonal ingredients that will be sure to elevate your appetizer game. Unleash your creativity and impress your guests with appetizers that capture the essence of summer in every bite.

Angela Marinucci Amherst Senior Center
Health and Wellness

10:30 AM
University Express The Book Club

NEW this semester, a special UE The Book Club meeting with local author Rosanne Higgins moderating along with our Book-Lover-In-Chief (& our favorite commish) Angela Marinucci. Our discussion will be on the book "Orphans & Inmates" which has a historical Buffalo setting. Join us this one time, or come to join our Book Club, which meets monthly. All are welcome! Book Summary: In the spring of 1835, at the pier of Buffalo's Canal District, the "most dangerous square mile" in developing America, 17-year-old Ciara Sloane steps onto land, alone, save for her younger sisters, orphaned at sea on the voyage from Ireland. Turned away by her only family on this side of the Atlantic, Ciara is admitted to the almshouse, along with her younger sisters, as the nursemaid, charged with bringing order to the chaos that is the children's ward. With the help of the Christian Ladies Charitable Society, led by the formidable Mrs. Farrell, and the compassionate and charming Dr. Michael Nolan, Ciara is able to transform the children's ward from a place of loneliness and despair to one of optimism and hope.

Angela Marinucci & Roseanne Higgins Northwest Amherst Community Center
Current Events

10:30 AM
Vetting Your Sources

Working as the research analyst, Ryan has to make sure the sources of the data are truthful and accurate. This class will show you how to spot false information, and tips to find accurate information for the topics that pique your interests.

Ryan Gadzo
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Current Events