Virtual Lecture Series - Fall 2021

Thursdays at 7pm on Zoom

*Registration required


10/14    Seasonal Eating

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Seasonal Eating will introduce participants to the benefits of seasonal eating, explain what seasonal eating is and provide recipes for seasonal meals and side dishes.

Christine Zellers is the Family and Community Health Science County Agent in Cape May County, New Jersey for Rutgers Cooperative Extensions where she educates the community on wellness, nutrition, and fitness.  She has extensive experience collaborating with partners to create healthy food environments in the areas of Policy, Systems and Environmental Change.  In addition to community health policies, Zellers works to educate residents on topics to improve their overall health and prevent chronic disease with a holistic approach to a well-lived quality lifestyle that includes physical activity, a nutrient dense diet, and quality sleep.



10/21    Decoding the Mysteries of Cats, or Why Cats Do What They Do

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Feline Behaviorist, Stephen Quandt, most recently the Feline Behavior Coordinator for the Animal Care Centers of NYC ( and of the has created a feline behavior webinar for the public that explains cat behavior from the perspective of the evolutionary and adaptive forces that help shape their lives.

This webinar will cover:

- Cats' relationship to hunting and resting through the Cycle of Predation that can lead to "drive-by" ankle biting, play aggression, early morning wake up, and food aggression as examples

- Their sense of identity in being a predator or being prey on the Confidence Scale that can lead to similar behaviors but can also result in fearful cats, victimized cats (cat on cat aggression), fear aggression and redirected aggression

- Their relationship with us as influenced by the Mother/Kitten Relationship that they experienced with their mother cat and that connects them to us through food needs, attention seeking, and their status with their most favored and/or least favored people

- And finally the relationship between Hunger, Appetite, Metabolism and Exercise to all the above!

This presentation will be followed by a Q&A.




11/4    Women’s Suffrage in the U.S.

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It took activists and reformers many decades to win the right to vote for women in the United States and on August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was finally ratified. Join Active Minds® as we tell the story of women’s right to vote in the United States 100 years later. We will highlight the role of Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and others as well as discuss current issues around gender equality in our political process and leadership.

This program is being brought to you by Ocean City Free Public Library and Active Minds®.  Expanding lives and minds with community based educational programs.



11/11  Veterans Day

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Veterans Day originally honored the military personnel who served in WWI. Currently the holiday celebrates the contributions of all living U.S. veterans, of which there are over 20 million. Join Active Minds® as we explore the significance of this holiday and the issues and contributions of those who have served our country in war and peacetime.

This program is being brought to you by Ocean City Free Public Library and Active Minds®.  Expanding lives and minds with community based educational programs.



11/18   Four Seasons at Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge

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Attendees will discover the 47,000-acre Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, located along the Atlantic Flyway. Birds visit the refuge throughout the year to rest, feed, and breed. The refuge is located on the Atlantic flyway and is a stopping point for migrating birds year-round.  Over 80 percent of the refuge is wetlands, extending from Oceanville to Brick.  Learn what you can find and when at New Jersey’s largest refuge.

Susan Puder has been a serious nature and wildlife photographer for over 30 years, using Nikon equipment. Her work has been exhibited in New York City and throughout New Jersey, winning many photo competitions, including the New Jersey Federation of Camera Club’s TOPS in New Jersey. Her work was displayed in the New Jersey Photography Forum 25 Year Retrospective at The Trenton City Museum and the Watchung Arts Center in 2019.  She is a Field Contributor to Nature Photographer Magazine, with articles published in eight issues.  She is both a judge and presenter for the New Jersey Federation of Camera Clubs.

Susan is a dedicated environmentalist who supports the preservation of open lands and wildlife. As an avid birder, she started the Southern Ocean Birding Group, located at the Tuckerton Seaport in Tuckerton, New Jersey, and is a board member of the Friends of Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge.  New Jersey Birds and Beyond is her first published book.  Her work can be viewed at her website




12/2    Plant-Forward Cooking: Nourish Yourself with the Goodness of Plants

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Plant-forward dishes are vibrant and delicious, and they can nourish us in many ways.  With this versatile and sustainable approach to food, you don't necessarily have to exclude meat, but rather allow plants to take center stage.  In this class you will learn to incorporate more vegetables, beans, fruits, whole grains, and other plants into your meals through satisfying recipes, methods of preparation, and practical lifestyle strategies.

Vanessa Young is a cooking instructor, writer, and educator known for her artful approach to food and wellness topics and her focus on seasonal meals.  From butchers to bakers, her family is a long line of self-taught and professional chefs.  With her artistic sensibility and kitchen wisdom, she helps home chefs become more versatile in their approach to food, often reigniting their passion for cooking through private and community classes.  As the founder of Thirsty Radish (, she shares recipes and inspires a creative approach to life in and out of the kitchen




12/9  How to Be an Environmentally and Socially Conscious Consumer

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An environmentally or socially conscious consumer will think whether consumption is necessary, then once they decide to buy, they look at who is providing the product and how the product impacts each environment touched in its creation and delivery. Conscious consumerism is when buying practices are driven by a commitment to making purchasing decisions that have positive social, economic, and environmental impact. In other words, it’s a movement whereby consumers vote with their dollar by buying ethical products, avoiding unethical companies, and sometimes not purchasing at all.

In this session you will see examples (including tools developed at Rutgers University) and learn ways to have a positive impact on the economy, society and the environment!

Presented by Dr. Kevin Lyons: Associate Professor, Supply Chain Management Department and Director, Public Private Community Partnerships, Rutgers Business School

Dr. Lyons’ research includes the integration of sustainability, diversity and inclusion criteria into Supply Chain, procurement, and contracting processes and operations to promote economic development and positive social determinants of health outcomes. He developed the Supply Chain Environmental Archeology research program/lab, which involves the archeological study of climate change and environmental impacts via the supply chain, big data analytics, risk assessment, decision analysis as well as product end-of-life and new product innovation research. He is the principal investigator for Newark Anchor Collaborative Research Institute, the New Jersey Economic Development Off-Shore Wind Port Purchasing Disparity Study, the Jersey City Purchasing Disparity Study, and the Mandela Washington Fellows Program. Previously, Dr. Lyons was the Chief Procurement Officer at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and he is an U.S. Air Force Veteran.



12/16  Creating Christmas: How a Centuries Old European Celebration Became Something Uniquely American

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By the mid-1600’s, the centuries old European celebration of Christmas was such a drunken, bawdy, public affair that the early Puritans arriving in America put an immediate ban on any Christmas celebrations in their Godly communities. New York newspapers in the early 1800’s illustrate that Christmas was far from a silent night and instead was a night of crime and terror. How then did the Christmas holiday become such a treasured tradition of gift giving, Santa Claus, family feasts, and domestic bliss?

Join historian and archivist Mickey DiCamillo as he explains how the holiday was tamed, domesticated, and transformed into something uniquely American.