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TABLE OF CONTENTSWelcome Letter. 5Class Locations. 6How To Register. 7Class Listings By TopicCurrent Events. 8History. 9Humanities. 13Law & Finance. 18Natural Sciences. 20Science & Medicine. 22Wellness & Personal Enrichment. 243
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CLASS LOCATIONSAkron Senior Center5691 Cummings RoadAkron 14001Phone: 716-542-6645Concord Senior Center40 Commerce DriveSpringville 14141Phone: 716-592-2764Orchard Park Senior Center4520 California RoadOrchard Park 14127Phone: 716-662-6452Amherst Senior Center370 John James Audubon Pkwy.Amherst 14228Phone: 716-636-3051Delavan GriderCommunity Center877 E Delavan AvenueBuffalo 14215Phone: 716-896-7021Schiller Park Senior Center2057 Genesee StreetBuffalo 14211Phone: 716-895-2727Autumnwood Senior Center1800 Clinton StreetBuffalo 14206Phone: 716-826-7895Baptist Manor276 Linwood AvenueBuffalo 14209Phone: 716-881-1120 ext. 5Cheektowaga Senior Center3349 BroadwayCheektowaga 14227Phone: 716-686-3930Central Library1 Lafayette SquareBuffalo 14203Phone: 716-858-8900City of TonawandaPublic Library333 Main StreetCity of Tonawanda 14150Phone: 716-693-5043Clarence Senior Center4600 Thompson RoadClarence 14031Phone: 716-633-5138Eden Library2901 E Church StreetEden 14057Phone: 716-992-4028Elma Public Library1860 Bowen RoadElma 14059Phone: 716-652-2719Grand Island GoldenAge Center3278 Whitehaven RoadGrand Island 14072Phone: 716-773-9682Hamburg SeniorCommunity Center4540 Southwestern Blvd.Hamburg 14075Phone: 716-646-0665Lancaster Senior Center100 Oxford AvenueLancaster 14086Phone: 716-685-34986Tosh Collins Senior Center35 Cazenovia StreetBuffalo 14220Phone: 716-822-4532 ext. 0Town of Aurora Senior Center101 King Street, Suite AEast Aurora 14052Phone: 716-652-7934Town of TonawandaSenior Center291 Ensminger RoadTonawanda 14150Phone: 716-874-3266West Seneca Senior Center4620 Seneca StreetWest Seneca 14224Phone: 716-675-9288West Side Community Services161 Vermont StreetBuffalo 14213Phone: 716-884-6616
HOW TO REGISTER FOR A UNIVERSITY EXPRESS CLASS1) Read through the catalog to see what interests you.All University Express classes are free and either in-person or virtual using Webex. Virtual classesare marked with a laptopsymbol. Some classes may be recorded and posted on ourwebsite at a later date.2) Register for the classes that interest you.Virtual Classes: Visit our website to register for the classes you want to virtually attend. You'llreceive an email confirming your registration status after registering. You can call our office ifyou don't have internet access.In-Person Classes: Call the location where the in-person class is offered and reserve your spotahead of time. Some locations may be showing our virtual livestreams. Visit our website fortheir full schedules.3) Make sure you have the right technology.You can access the virtual classes from your smartphone, tablet, or computer. You may alsophone in if you’d just like to listen to the presentation. Visit our website or call for moreinformation.4) Participate in the classes you registered for!Virtual Classes: Once your registration is accepted, you'll receive email reminders before theclass(es) start that you can join from. Visit our website for instructions on how to join a class.In-Person Classes: Make sure you called the location ahead of time to register. Be sure tofollow all safety guidelines at the location you are attending.Website: erie.gov/universityexpress Phone: 716-858-76057
C U R R E N TThe Balance of Power in South AsiaOn the Horizon in Buffalo& Erie CountyHow does America balance the power grid in South Asiato protect its interests? Can we bet on India or Pakistan orBangladesh or all of them?We’ll talk about the status of current projects and what wecan look forward to seeing and experiencing in WesternNew York.Instructor: Faizan Haq, Communication Department Faculty,SUNY Buffalo State; Founding President, Western New YorkMuslimsMonday, November 7Instructor: Patrick Kaler, President / CEO, Visit Buffalo NiagaraThursday, October 610:30 a.m.What is Mental Health?The War in UkraineMental health is just as important as physical health. We’lltalk about mental well-being, mental illness, and ways toget help.This talk about the ongoing conflict in Ukraine will befocused on not only the military conflict and the tragicconsequences for the population there, but also its broadergeopolitical and economic impact.Instructor: Mark O’Brien, LCSW-R, Commissioner, Erie CountyDepartment of Mental HealthInstructor: York Norman, PhD, Professor, Department ofHistory & Social Studies Education, SUNY Buffalo StateFriday, November 4Wednesday, October 26Friday, November 1811 a.m.Schiller Park Senior Center, 895-2727 to register1 p.m.Town of Aurora Senior Center, 652-7934 to registerFriday, November 182 p.m.Clarence Senior Center, 633-5138 to register6:30 p.m.Elma Public Library, 652-2719 to registerUSS The Sullivans: MovingForward After Her Sinking1 p.m.Clarence Senior Center, 633-5138 to registerFriday, December 92 p.m.Amherst Senior Center, 636-3051 to registerOrchard Park Senior Center, 662-6452 to registerWednesday, October 5E V E N T SCome learn about the theories behind the historic WWIIdestroyer’s sinking threat and the extraordinary teamassembled to save her. You’ll also learn about plans for thefuture “Fletcher-class” destroyer.10:30 a.m.Orchard Park Senior Center, 662-6452 to registerInstructor: Shane Stephenson, Director of MuseumCollections, Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park;Owner, Archives in the BuffThe CloudThe Cloud is everywhere! But what is “The Cloud”? Howdoes it work? Learn this and more about one of the mostimportant Internet-based technologies around.Friday, October 28Instructor: Buffalo & Erie County PublicLibrary’s TechKnow LabConcord Senior Center, 592-2764 to registerWednesday, October 26City of Tonawanda Public Library, 693-504312:30 p.m.Monday, October 311 p.m.1 p.m.Clarence Senior Center, 633-5138 to registerFriday, November 4Friday, November 4Orchard Park Senior Center, 662-6452 to register10:30 a.m.Thursday, November 10Grand Island Senior Center, 773-9682 to registerTuesday, November 91:30 p.m.2 p.m.Elma Public Library, 652-2719 to register10 a.m.Hamburg Senior Community Center, 646-0665 to registerMonday, November 28Friday, November 18Cheektowaga Senior Center, 686-3930 to register2 p.m.Amherst Senior Center, 636-3051 to registerMonday, November 28Wednesday, December 7Akron Senior Center, 542-6645 to register10 a.m.Wednesday, December 7Cheektowaga Senior Center, 686-3930 to registerClarence Senior Center, 633-5138 to register810 a.m.2 p.m.1 p.m.
C U R R E N TEverything You Ever Wantedto Know About MarijuanaWhy Public Health MattersWhat role does Public Health and Preventive Medicineplay in your life? What should you know to maximize yourbenefits from these two sciences? Let’s discuss.We’ll discuss the new marijuana law, the various forms ofmarijuana, differences between CBD and THC, and thebenefits and dangers associated with each.Instructor: Lito Gutierrez, MD, Member, NYS Public Health &Health Planning CouncilInstructor: Erie County Department of HealthThursday, October 20Saturday, October 86 p.m.12:30 p.m.Concord Senior Center, 592-2764 to registerFriday, November 4The Evolution ofUnderstanding Grief11 a.m.Schiller Park Senior Center, 895-2727 to registerThursday, November 17Join us to unpack the history of diagnosing grief, thecontroversy surrounding “Prolonged Grief Disorder,” andthe various ways our world is already responding.1 p.m.Hamburg Senior Community Center, 646-0665 to registerInstructor: Anna VanDien, LCSW, Coordinator, WilsonSupport Center and Hospice Bereavement ServicesVetting Your SourcesTuesday, October 4What is fake news? How do you spot wrong information?Where does it run most rampant?10:30 a.m.How Erie County Serves YouInstructor: Ryan Gadzo, MPA, Research Analyst, Erie CountyDepartment of Senior ServicesTuesday, November 2911 a.m.Central Library, 858-8900 to registerAmherst Senior Center, 636-3051 to registerTuesday, October 25E V E N T SWondering how county government works? Join us for aninformational session on what Erie County can do for you!1 p.m.Instructor: Angela Marinucci, Esq., Commissioner,Erie County Department of Senior ServicesClarence Senior Center, 633-5138 to registerWednesday, December 7Football 1012 p.m.Amherst Senior Center, 636-3051 to registerLearn the basics of the game so you can enjoy watchingyour favorite team this season. Bring your questions!Instructor: Ryan Gadzo, MPA, Research Analyst, Erie CountyDepartment of Senior ServicesMonday, October 310:30 a.m.H I S T O R YSilo CityPreservation BasicsBuffalo was once known as the Grain Milling and MaltingCapital of the World. Learn about this time in history andwhat is happening now to transform some of Buffalo's flourmills and grain storage silos.Learn an overview of the history of historic preservationand discuss the different types of historic designationsthat exist at the local, state, and national levels.Instructor: Christiana Limniatis, Director of PreservationServices, Preservation Buffalo NiagaraInstructor: Harry Meyer, Docent & Lecturer of WNY History &ArchitectureWednesday, October 12Wednesday, November 91 p.m.10:30 amOrchard Park Senior Center, Contact Linda 662-6452Clarence Senior Center, 633-5138 to register9
H I S T O R YPlanes, Pianos, & ParaphernaliaInfluential Buffalo Women inthe 19th & 20th CenturyThe little corner of the City of Buffalo known as Black Rockand Riverside has been home to some major industries some you would never have expected.A review of historic and influential women from Buffaloand WNY who influenced area society and culture, whileworking in various fields during the 1800 & 1900s.Instructor: Mary Ann Kedron, MBA, PhD, BOD Black RockHistorical SocietyFriday, November 4Instructor: Rick Falkowski, Author; Historian; Founder of theBuffalo Music Hall of Fame10:30 a.m.Monday, October 24Akron Senior Center, 542-6645 to registerFriday, December 21 p.m.Akron Senior Center, 542-6645 to register10:30 a.m.Friday, November 4West Side Community Services, 884-6616 to register1 p.m.City of Tonawanda Public Library, 693-5043 to registerThursday, November 10Presidents in Buffalo: Unusual& Unknown StoriesTuesday, November 15Considering Buffalo’s rich and unique Presidential history,you will be surprised at how many unusual, unknown, andeven weird stories abound. Some may be controversial;others “believe it or not.”WNY’s German HeritageGermans were one of the earliest immigrant groups toarrive in Western New York. From farms to breweries, theyleft a lasting impact on the culture of our region.1 p.m.City of Tonawanda Public Library, 693-5043 to registerMonday, October 17Instructor: Doug Kohler, Erie County Historian1:30 p.m.Wednesday, October 12Orchard Park Senior Center, 662-6452 to registerFriday, November 1810:30 a.m.Orchard Park Senior Center, 662-6452 to register1 p.m.Wednesday, October 19Akron Senior Center, 542-6645 to registerMonday, December 510 a.m.Cheektowaga Senior Center, 686-3930 to registerInstructor: Bren Price, Retired Educator; Trustee of the BuffaloPresidential Center; Explore Buffalo Master DocentMonday, October 31 p.m.Hamburg Senior Community Center, 646-0665 to register10 a.m.Cheektowaga Senior Center, 686-3930 to register2 p.m.Tuesday, October 25Baptist Manor, 881-1120 ext. 5 to register5:30 p.m.Akron Senior Center, 542-6645 to registerWednesday, November 23Women in the Civil War1 p.m.Clarence Senior Center, 633-5138 to registerWe’ll discuss two extraordinary women who posed as menand saw combat during the Civil War. You’ll learn abouttheir experiences and about others who were medicalproviders and spies.Instructor: Ed Brodbeck, Reenactor, ImpressionistHistory: Civil War – World War IIThursday, October 62 p.m.Elma Public Library, 652-2719 to registerThursday, October 27healthy tip2 p.m.Eden Public Library, 992-4028 to registerPeople are less likely to have pain when shovelingif they lift using their leg muscles, shovel in a squatposition, and avoid bending/twisting their spine.10
H I S T O R YWho Was That Man?History of the ADAWho was that man who jumped onto the limousine afterJFK's shooting? Learn about Clint Hill's tenure with theKennedy Administration and the book he later wrote.The Americans with Disabilities Act is a significant pieceof legislation. We’ll examine the conditions that led to itscreation, the protections it provides, and the opportunitiesfor continued advocacy.Instructor: Theresa Wiater, Retired Teacher, Clarence CenterElementary SchoolTuesday, October 11Instructor: Frank Cammarata, MPA, Executive Director,Office for People with Disabilities, Erie County1 p.m.Cheektowaga Senior Center, 686-3930 to registerThursday, December 1Thursday, October 13Amherst Senior Center, 636-3051 to register11 a.m.2 p.m.Autumnwood Senior Center, 826-7895 to registerMonday, November 71 p.m.Buffalo’s Gilded Age MansionsTown of Tonawanda Senior Center, 874-3266 to registerMonday, November 14At the turn of the 1900s, Buffalo was the eighth largest cityin the United States. Learn more about this large populationof millionaires who hired world-renown architects toshowcase their wealth.1 p.m.City of Tonawanda Public Library, 693-5043 to registerWednesday, November 161 p.m.Clarence Senior Center, 633-5138 to registerInstructor: Instructor: Doug Kohler, Erie County HistorianTuesday, November 291 p.m.Tuesday, November 11 p.m.Town of Aurora Senior Center, 652-7934 to registerClarence Senior Center, 633-5138 to registerHow Buffalo Gave Wingsto the WorldBuffalo Scandals: The Murderof the White WitchPeople usually think of steel or grain as being the mainindustries of Buffalo back in the day, but they don’t comeclose to aviation. Learn about the single largest industrythat Buffalo has ever had.Journey through one of the “Crimes of the Century” inBuffalo which many lifelong Western New Yorkers havenever heard of. Uncover a love triangle, hear messages fromthe other side, and see landmarks from right here in ourbackyard.Instructor: Chuck Banas, Urban Designer & CommunityActivistTuesday, October 11Instructor: Ryan Gadzo, MPA, Research Analyst, Erie CountyDepartment of Senior Services6 p.m.Monday, October 31Amherst Senior Center, 636-3051 to registerFriday, November 410:30 a.m.10: 30 amOrchard Park Senior Center, 662-6452 to registerSaturday, December 3History of the Royal MailShip Carpathia2 p.m.Central Library, 858-8900 to registerThe RMS Carpathia will forever be historically tied to theTitanic and her sinking. Many people know the story ofher rescuing the Titanic survivors, but she also went belowthe waves for wholly other reasons, only six years after theTitanic sank.Instructor: Shane Stephenson, Director of MuseumCollections, Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park;Owner, Archives in the Buffhealthy tipFriday, December 9Stock your kitchen with foods that deliver on bothflavor & health. Keep fresh and frozen produce, beans,and whole grains on-hand to help you feel your best.Amherst Senior Center, 636-3051 to register112 p.m.
H I S T O R YTwo Presidents & Their History:Abraham Lincoln & Ulysses S. GrantCoast Guard History: HowSeptember 11th Shaped theModern-Day Coast GuardPresident Abraham Lincoln and General Ulysses S. Grantdidn't meet often in person. Still their mutual respect andtrust grew deep over the final year of the Civil War astogether they steered America and its armies through themost turbulent period in the nation's history.Learn about the history of the Coast Guard dating back to1790 when an act of Congress created what we now knowas the Coast Guard. We'll then focus on the Coast Guard’scoordinated efforts of merchant ships, tugboats and ferriesto help evacuate victims and deliver supplies in the daysfollowing the September 11th attacks through present time.Instructors: Ed Brodbeck, Reenactor, ImpressionistHistory: Civil War – World War II; David Kreutz, Member,The Association of Lincoln Presenters (ALP)Wednesday, November 9Instructor: Andre Clansy, Lieutenant Junior Grade, U.S. CoastGuard2 p.m.Amherst Senior Center, 636-3051 to registerFriday, October 21Monday, November 21Orchard Park Senior Center, 662-6452 to register1:30 p.m.10:30 a.m.Friday, November 4Orchard Park Senior Center, 662-6452 to register2 p.m.Amherst Senior Center, 636-3051 to registerBuffalo Scandals: The Dark Sideof Buffalo’s Elmwood AvenueDr. Roswell Park (18521914), Renaissance ManMillionaires in the early 1900s were preoccupied withmoney, sex, and alcohol. Hold on to your hat as we go backin time to examine it all!Learn about the rich and full life of the brilliant Dr. RoswellPark as well as his many contributions to his adopted city ofBuffalo. Dr. Park’s work contributed to the advancement ofcancer research and treatment nationally and internationally.Instructor: Ryan Gadzo, MPA, Research Analyst, Erie CountyDepartment of Senior ServicesFriday, October 7Instructor: Cynthia Schwartz, Director, Alliance FoundationAmbassador Program, Roswell Park Comprehensive CancerInstitute1 p.m.Town of Tonawanda Senior Center, 874-3266 to registerWednesday, October 121 p.m.Wednesday, October 5Town of Aurora Senior Center, 652-7934 to registerFriday, October 14Lancaster Senior Center, 685-3498 to register1 p.m.Thursday, November 3Clarence Senior Center, 633-5138 to registerFriday, October 212 p.m.2 p.m.Eden Public Library, 992-4028 to register2 p.m.Amherst Senior Center, 636-3051 to registerWednesday, October 26Wool, Woad, Buffalo to Bruges10 a.m.Cheektowaga Senior Center, 686-3930 to registerWednesday, October 26Join us for a short history of wool making in Bruges,Belgium and how it relates to Buffalo and our experienceshere. We'll also look at how natural dyes like indigo andthe plants that create them (like Woad) are woven into ourcommunity.1:30 p.m.Akron Senior Center, 542-6645 to registerWednesday, November 211 a.m.Lancaster Senior Center, 685-3498Thursday, November 10Instructor: Mary Ann Kedron, MBA, PhD, BOD BRRAlliance Inc.1 p.m.Thursday, October 20City of Tonawanda Public Library, 693-5043 to registerMonday, November 141:30 p.m.Orchard Park Senior Center, 662-6452 to register1210:30 a.m.
H I S T O R YThe Legacy of 9/11 TerrorismThe Making of the TeslaLegacy CorridorWe'll discuss why the terrorist hijackers who participatedin this Al-Qaeda attack radicalized, and what could havepossibly been done to prevent another such heinous actfrom occurring in the future. Discussion will reference thedocudrama The Hamburg Cell.More than a century and a quarter ago, Buffalo becamethe first city on the planet to be powered by AC electricitythrough the genius of Nikola Tesla. Learn about the groupthat created the Nikola Tesla Legacy Corridor right here inWestern New York, the epicenter of Tesla’s work.Instructor: York Norman, PhD, Professor, Department ofHistory & Social Studies Education, SUNY Buffalo StateWednesday, November 9Instructor: Francis S. Lestingi, PhD, Professor Emeritus ofHistory of Science & Physics, SUNY Buffalo State; President& Co-Founder, Buffalo Niagara Nikola Tesla Council, Inc.1 p.m.Clarence Senior Center, 633-5138 to registerMonday, October 31:30 pmOrchard Park Senior Center, 662-6452 to registerThursday, November 31 p.m.City of Tonawanda Public Library, 693-5043 to registerH U M A N I T I E SF. Scott Fitzgerald & JayGatsby’s Gold CoastThe Mystery of the Mona Lisa: ANew Look at an Old MasterpieceThe mansion in this novel is based on the extravagantestates of Long Island’s famed Gold Coast. Mother and sonwill paint a picture of what inspired Fitzgerald’s masterpiece.We'll first review the newest high-tech research that revealsthe most intricate details of the world’s most famousportrait by Leonardo Da Vinci. Then we'll practice sketchingfaces! Materials provided and beginners welcome!Instructors: Linda Drajem, PhD, Retired English Teacher &Current Memoirist; Christopher Drajem, Writer & EducatorThursday, November 17Instructor: Jean Serusa, BS, MS, CertifiedNew York State Art Educator2 p.m.Tuesday, October 11Elma Public Library, 652-2719 to register6:30 p.m.Clarence Senior Center, 633-5138 to registerMonday, October 24The Thanksgiving AddressWe’ll discuss the significance of this Haudenosauneetradition and what it teaches us.Where the Crawdads SingInstructor: Pete Hill, Special Initiatives Director, NativeAmerican Community Services of Erie & Niagara Counties,Inc. (NACS)Thursday, November 3The novel by Delia Owens is intriguing because of its twotime lines: the marsh, where a young girl lives after beingabandoned by her mother; and the murder investigation ofa local celebrity.10:30 a.mInstructor: Jim Banko, Retired Teacher, Buffalo Public SchoolsWilliam Who?Wednesday, October 12Dive into learning about who Shakespeare was in his timeand the true stories that inspired some of his greatest works.10 a.m.Cheektowaga Senior Center, 686-3930 to registerWednesday, October 19Instructor: Gabriella McKinley, Education & CommunityOutreach Coordinator, Shakespeare in Delaware ParkMonday, November 1410:30 amOrchard Park Senior Center, 662-6452 to register12:30 p.m.Concord Senior Center, 592-2764 to registerWednesday, November 910 a.m.Town of Aurora Senior Center, 652-7934 to registerCheektowaga Senior Center, 686-3930 to register131 p.m.
H U M A N I T I E SDolls & SocietyCoiled BasketryA discussion forum covering doll collecting, doll making,and how dolls have historically impacted society.In Part I, we'll journey through the history of basketrytechniques focusing on the traditional COIL method, usedby Gullah sweet grass artists, Native Americans, and othertraditional sources. We'll also learn how to start a basket. InPart II, we'll share our progress and learn how to finish ourbaskets.Instructor: Lisa Jacobs-Watson, Local Doll CuratorFriday, October 711 a.m.Delavan Grider Community Center, 896-7021 to registerThursday, November 174 p.m.Instructor: Jean Serusa, BS, MS, CertifiedNew York State Art EducatorAmherst Senior Center, 636-3051 to registerPart I: Friday, October 7Part II: Friday, October 14The Development of the Herofrom Odysseus to Harry PotterBaptist Manor, 881-1120 ext. 5 to registerPart I: Friday, October 18Part II: Friday, October 21We’ll examine the evolution of the concept of the hero inthree basic phases: the classic hero, the modern hero, andthe contemporary hero.Teachings of the “Good Mind”2 p.m.We’ll share traditional, cultural messages of theHaudenosaunee people that help us to carry a “GoodMind” and promote respect, kindness, endurance, andcompassion.Amherst Senior Center, 636-3051 to registerFriday, November 181 p.m.Cheektowaga Senior Center, 686-3930 to registerInstructor: Pete Hill, Special Initiatives Director, NativeAmerican Community Services of Erie & Niagara Counties,Inc. (NACS)Vampires, Werewolves,Witches, & Other DangerousCreatures of the NightThursday, December 8Cultures throughout history have believed dangerous beingsroam in search of human victims. We’ll look at examples ofsuch beliefs and explanations for them.We'll discuss the perceptual process and look at how ourbeliefs and imagination influence our understanding ofwhat we see. This includes a fun sampling of optical illusionsand other visual examples of how our eyes play tricks on us.1 p.m.West Seneca Senior Center, 675-9288 to registerInstructor: John Harrigan, PhD, Professor, SUNY ErieWednesday, November 2Mark Twain LIVE!2 p.m.Amherst Senior Center, 636-3051 to registerMike Randall celebrates his 50th year of performing as "TheGreat Man Himself." In this 60 minute presentation, Mr.Twain will be sharing some of his wisdom, gathered duringhis many adventures out West and around the world.Monday, November 73 p.m.Lancaster Senior Center, 685-3498 to registerMonday, November 141 p.m.Delavan Grider Community Center, 896-7021 to registerInstructor: Mike Randall, PerformerCorrected Date:Saturday, November 1210:30 a.m.Perceptual Illusions: SeeingIs or Is Not BelievingInstructor: Phillips Stevens, PhD, Associate Professorof Anthropology Emeritus, University at BuffaloTuesday, October 1810 a.m.10 a.m.Schiller Park Senior Center, 895-2727 to registerInstructor: Robert Butler, PhD, Professor Emeritus, CanisiusCollegeWednesday, October 52 p.m.2 p.m.Wednesday, November 30Cheektowaga Senior Center, 686-3930 to register2 p.m.Central Library, 858-8900 to register141 p.m.
H U M A N I T I E SEarly Buffalo Music & EntertainmentEasy Acrylic Painting on CanvasA look back to the beginning of Buffalo’s entertainmenthistory, starting at Canal Street to early theaters, concerthalls, vaudeville houses, big band nightclubs and music priorto the advent of Rock N Roll.Learn a quick and easy way to create an abstract flower oncanvas using acrylic paints and a spoon. With just a fewacrylic colors, you can create a beautiful, unique, and one ofa kind abstract flower on canvas in no time!Instructor: Rick Falkowski: Author; Historian; Founder of theBuffalo Music Hall of FameInstructor: Lisa Saunders, Senior Account Clerk,Erie County Department of Senior ServicesFriday, November 18Tuesday, October 252 P.M.5:30 p.m.Clarence Senior Center, 633-5138 to registerBaptist Manor, 881-1120 ext. 5 to registerWednesday, November 92 p.m.Lancaster Senior Center, 685-3498 to registerWNY Hispanic HistoryThursday, December 1Hispanics have been part of the fabric of the Western NewYork community since the late 1800s and early 1900s. We’lllearn about the contributions of Hispanic Americans andcelebrate this Hispanic heritage and culture.6 p.m.Amherst Senior Center, 636-3051 to registerClassical Witchcraft,Inherently HumanInstructor: Esmeralda Sierra, MPA, President, HispanicHeritage Council of WNY Inc.West Side Community Services, 884-6616 to registerJoin us to learn the many meanings of “witchcraft,” andidentify the 14 attributes which describe the near-universalconcept of a really terrible being.The Music of Your LifeInstructor: Phillips Stevens, PhD, Associate Professorof Anthropology Emeritus, University at BuffaloWednesday, October 19th10:30 a.m.Let’s take a trip down memory lane. We’ll listen to anddiscuss hits from the 50s, 60s, and 70s, and reminiscetogether.Tuesday, October 11Instructor: Richard Derwald, Musician; AuthorClarence Senior Center, 633-5138 to registerThursday, October 20Friday, October 281 p.m.1 p.m.Akron Senior Center, 542-6645 to registerWednesday, November 211 a.m.Schiller Park Senior Center, 895-2727 to registerWhat am I Looking At?12:30 p.m.This is a course in art history and appreciation! It will providethe perfect introduction for a museum trip or a virtual visitso you know what you are looking for and looking at.Concord Senior Center, 592-2764 to registerMonday, November 711 a.m.Delavan Grider Community Center, 896-7021 to registerFriday, November 18Instructors: Jean Serusa, BS, MS, CertifiedNew York State Art Educator1 p.m.West
What is Mental Health? Mental health is just as important as physical health. We'll talk about mental well-being, mental illness, and ways to get help. Instructor: Mark O'Brien, LCSW-R, Commissioner, Erie County Department of Mental Health Friday, November 4 2 p.m. Clarence Senior Center, 633-5138 to register Friday, November 18 11 a.m.