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Virtual Classes

Welcome to our virtual registration page!

You may register for classes individually below. You will receive an email confirming your registration status after you register. This email will contain the information you need to join the class. 

This semester we will be livestreaming classes from several senior centers and we are very excited. This option is still new for us, so we ask that you please be patient and understanding if issues arise!

Check back regularly to see if we have added any classes to the schedule!

Date - Time Topic Course Description Instructor Location Category Instructor

1 PM
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?


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Humanities

11:30 AM
Western New York Firsts (and a Couple of Seconds!)

Take this fun journey through Western New York history with various facts and stories about the people, inventions, and accomplishments that were first done in our area.


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History

2 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.


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History

1 PM
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!


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Humanities

1 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.


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History

10 AM
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.


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Health and Wellness

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
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."


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Science and Medicine

10 AM
What Happens After We Flush?

Learn how sewer systems are critical for protection of public health and environment. We’ll also cover how they support our economy.


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Natural Sciences

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

1 PM
Basics of Medicaid & Long-Term Care: Protecting & Preserving Assets

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


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Law and Finance

10 AM
iPhone Photography Tips

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


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Technology

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 AM
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."


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Science and Medicine

10 AM
Propaganda Images in Art & Advertising:

Seniors are aware of increased pharmaceutical marketing in our world, but would you like to know how these ads work? We will Look back at early ads (asthma cigarettes?) and the ways in which they grabbed our attention. We'll learn to decipher more subtle message techniques in mass media today. How we see and respond is the human factor. This hour will be a useful eye-opener!


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Humanities

10:30 AM
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.


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Technology

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

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.


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History

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

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

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

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!


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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.


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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

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!


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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

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

1 PM
Balance is Key!

Join us for a guide to fall prevention.


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Health and Wellness

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.


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Science and Medicine

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

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

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.


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History

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

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

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. 


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Current Events

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.


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Health and Wellness

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.


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History

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.


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History

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.


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Current Events