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September 13, 2022

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Anne McKenna, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – Western & Central NY Chapters

Talk Saves Lives: An Intro to Suicide Prevention

Talk Saves Lives is AFSP’s standardized, 45-60-minute education program that provides participants with a clear understanding of this leading cause of death, including the most up-to-date research on suicide prevention, and what they can do in their communities to save lives. Participants will learn common risk factors and warning signs associated with suicide, and how to keep themselves and others safe.



October 11, 2022

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Jurij Kushner, Master Gardner, Cornell Cooperative Extension 

Putting the Garden to Bed 

This seminar covers the things you should do in the fall whether you have an annual or perennial garden to help ensure a successful garden the next year.



November 8, 2022

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Jen Haefele, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, RDN Jen

Health at Any Size

You want to be healthier and make better food choices and yet you feel stuck because you're busy, stressed, and if you hear "meal prep" one more time you'll scream. Sound familiar? Join this presentation to discuss simple strategies for improving your physical health, emotional well-being, and how to nourish your body with a crazy schedule. 



December 13, 2022

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Kristina Mossgraber, Chief Operating Officer, NAMI Rochester 

This Is What Mental Health Awareness Looks Like

This introductory presentation covers basic mental health and mental illness vocabulary, myths, common barriers to treatment, signs vs. symptoms, and the warning signs of suicide. The session ends with a 15-30-minute discussion and question/answer period. 



January 10, 2023

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Andrea Colline, Outreach Coordinator, Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Rochester

Defeating Your Debt

It's estimated that the average American household owes almost $10,000 in credit card debt alone, representing minimum payments of almost $400 a month. Covering strategies for negotiating interest rates, negotiating settlements, and developing repayment plans, this class empowers consumers to take charge of their debt and work towards a debt-free lifestyle.



February 14, 2023

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Debra Ortiz-Pardi, Senior Outreach Manager, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children 

Keeping Children Safer Online with NetSmartz

Fill your child safety toolbox at this presentation. Learn about the risk factors children face while online and best practices for parents and guardians to help safeguard their children, along with prevention and reporting resources. 



March 14, 2023

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Johanna Bond, LMHC, Perspectives Mental Health Counseling 

Writing for Wellness 

Writing offers an intimate opportunity to express various parts of the self. Using different techniques such as mindful writing, letter writing from different points of view, and the creative production of a full project using prompts, writing for wellness creates space to access emotions more deeply. In this workshop, time is spent on several writing prompts as well as reflecting on the use of writing practices to enhance overall wellness.



April 11, 2023

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Amy Cavalier, Advocate, Buy Nothing Movement 


Feeling overwhelmed by clutter and obligations at home or at work? Finding it difficult to maintain a work/life/family balance? Do you have closets and dressers filled with clothes but nothing to wear? When things in life aren't adding up, start subtracting. Learn how minimalism can help you take back your power, do more with less, save money and better be able to determine between needs and wants. Presenter Amy Cavalier is an advocate of the Buy Nothing movement in Monroe County and former leader of the Rochester Minimalists.



May 9, 2023

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Chelsea Peckham, Infant-Toddler Specialist, Childcare Council, Inc. 

Supporting Families through Difficult Conversations with Children

This workshop covers identifying what makes conversations with children tough, reviews practical strategies to guide parents and families through tough talks, and suggests relevant resources such as publicly available resources and support available in your community. 



June 13, 2023

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Andrea Colline, Outreach Coordinator, Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Rochester

Protecting your financial information

Identity theft is one of the most pervasive crimes in our nation. It impacts individuals from all walks of life and is typically carried out by a person that is known to the victim. Criminals are continually developing new ways of farming sensitive personal information to carry out their crimes. In this ever-changing landscape of electronic transactions and information sharing technology, it's vital that we continually learn what measures we need to take to remain safe. This class lays the groundwork for what we need to do to combat identity thieves.