After the monthly lecture, join us for a buffet lunch of soup, sandwiches, and dessert followed by a presentation and lively discussion. Fridays, 11:15 AM- 12:45 pm in the Franciscan Center Board Room. Reservations are requested at least one week prior.


The Future of Meat and Dairy: Cell-Based/Plant-Based Technologies

11:15 – 12:45 PM, Friday, January 21

Discover how food science innovations have the potential to revolutionize modern food production and consumption systems, as well as address health, sustainability, and ethical concerns. Participants explore plant-based meats, cultivated (cell-based) meats, and “animal-free” dairy and egg technologies, taking an in-depth look at the science behind their production and discussing benefits with a vision for a more sustainable, healthy, and compassionate food system.

Seasoned educator Selina Jones is a passionate presenter who has been with the Educated Choices Program since 2017.


Building Neighborhoods: The Past Decade

11:15 – 12:45 PM, Friday, Feb. 18

In 2010, the Lucas County Land Bank was created. It was tough economic times. But the Land Bank offered new and powerful tools to revitalize abandoned properties and spur hope at a time when hope was hard to find. It would bring stability to neighborhoods – those that had suffered for years and those with fresh struggles. And it worked!

Shantaé Brownlee has been with the Land Bank Since 2012. She serves in senior leadership and oversees core operations and community engagement efforts.


Creation of the Glass City River Wall

11:15 – 12:45 PM, Friday, March 18

Glass City River Wall Managers Christina Kasper and Nicole LeBoutillier share the inspiration, process, challenges and determination to bring the nation’s largest mural to life. From concept to completion, learn how a dream to beautify the landscape of Toledo turned into a movement to lift the community through the power of storytelling.


Writing Your Memories: One Story at a Time

11:15 – 12:45 PM, Friday, April 8

Have you been reflecting lately on what you’ve done with your life? Have you been thinking about sharing some of your life experiences with the next generations? Does the thought of trying to “get it all down” leave you daunted? Come to this engaging workshop to get inspiration and practical advice for writing stories from your life.

Experienced biographer and published author, Stephanie Kadel Taras, Ph.D., will be your guide as you explore themes from your life and learn simple storytelling techniques. You’ll leave with a long list of writing prompts to keep you going on your memoir goals. No previous writing experience required.