Health and wellness
Northeast Kidney Foundation: The organization will hold a post-holiday party for the Western New York renal community from noon to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Millennium Hotel, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. Free to all dialysis and transplant patients; $20 for all others. For more info and to RSVP, call 512-7918 or visit healthykidneys.org.
Bariatric Surgery Support Group: For people who have had weight loss surgery and those who are considering it, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Memorial Medical Center Auditorium, 621 10th St., Niagara Falls. Call 278-4402 for info.
Smoking Cessation Class: Learn the keys to kicking the habit, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday and Jan. 27, Earl W. Brydges Library, 1425 Main St., Niagara Falls. Sessions will be facilitated by Community Health worker Cassandra Jackson and Heather Bashaw of Roswell Park Cancer Institute. For information or to register, call 278-4604.
Smoking Cessation Class: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Room 723A, Mount St. Mary’s Hospital, 5300 Military Road, Lewiston; presented by Elyse Updegraff, Cardiac Center office manager. Education is provided on smoking cessation tools, nicotine replacement therapy and living a healthy lifestyle. For more information and registration, call 298-2734.
Breast Cancer Support: To You It’s All About Cancer, education and support for and by breast cancer patients and survivors, 6 p.m. Monday, HSBC Community Room, The Heart Center of Niagara, second floor, 571 10th St., Niagara Falls. Call 957-8255 for info.
Breast cancer support: Breast Cancer Network of Western New York monthly meeting, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Bella Moglie building, 3297 Walden Ave., Depew. Topic will be “Understanding Mammograms, MRI’s, CAT and Bone Scans.” For reservations, email email@example.com or call 864-0056. Following the meeting, a professional support group will be held at 8 p.m. Also, open to survivors are “Quality of Life Classes For Survivors.” For more info, visit bcnwny.org
Prenatal Class: Three-session series of classes to prepare expectant parents for childbearing and parenting starts from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Mary C. Dyster Community Education Room, Memorial Medical Center, 621 10th St., Niagara Falls. Continues Jan. 21 and 28. To register, call 278-4433.
Schizophrenia support: Group meets from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Mental Health Association of Erie County, 999 Delaware Ave; for ages 18 and over. For more info, call 886-1242, Ext. 310.
lupus support: Group meeting, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Lupus Alliance of Upstate New York office, 3871 Harlem Road, Cheektowaga. For all newly diagnosed lupus patients, their families and friends.
Fertility Care: “Natural Family Planning” intro sessions teach how contemporary methods of natural family planning, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Room 249, Mount St. Mary’s Hospital, 5300 Military Road, Lewiston. Preregistration is required by calling 298-2385.
Prostate support: US TOO! Niagara Region Prostate Cancer Support Group meets at 7 p.m. Thursday in Room 723A, Mount St. Mary’s Hospital, 5300 Military Road, Lewiston. For information and registration, call Gene at 695-1736.
Kidney support: Group meets at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the Eggertsville-Snyder Public Library, 4622 Main St., Snyder. Learn how kidneys function and the causes of chronic kidney disease; how medications, diet and nutrition work together to help keep you healthy; how to manage other related health conditions including diabetes and hypertension. Free. To register, call 523-9604 or online: kidneysmart.org/class.
Tai chi: Exercise for seniors, 10 and 10:45 a.m. Monday and Friday, West Seneca Senior Center, 4620 Seneca St., West Seneca, one mile east of Union Road. For more info, call 675-9288. Free for Erie County residents.
Yoga: Slow (foundational) Vinyasa yoga at 6 p.m. and restorative yoga at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Shakti Yoga, 133 Grant St.; one-hour classes cost $10 each, no registration required. Visit www.shaktibuffalo.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Tai Chi: With Bob White at 11 a.m. Monday in DeGraff Community Center, 139 Division St., North Tonawanda; wear loose comfortable clothes, beginners welcome. Cost is $5 per class.
Back and spine wellness: Achieve stronger bones and back pain relief through a gentle restoration of core strength and posture, find relief for your joint pain through a program that encourages freeing joint movement and strengthens your joint supporting muscles with low stress and low impact. The weekly six-class sessions, which cost $100 for the series, start 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. Monday in Orchard Park, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday in Williamsville in Buffalo Spine and Sports Medicine locations. For more info, visit buffspine.com/therapeutic-yoga.
Dance Moves: 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, St. John’s Grace Church, 51 Colonial Circle. Inspired therapeutic group classes increase your flexibility, tone your muscles, improve your posture and make you feel better. Cost is $8 per class. For more info, email email@example.com or call 574-5503.
Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance. 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Tosh Collins Senior Center, 35 Cazenovia St.; free. Call 828-1093 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
PILATES: 9 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday, Karyn Kelly Dance Studio, Main Street at Transit Road, in the Transitown Plaza, behind T.J. Maxx, Clarence. Cost $6 per drop-in class. For more info., visit carlaspilates.com or call 866-3735.
Essentrics: Strengthens the muscles in an elongated position creating to help increase agility, speed of movement, relief of pain and prevention of injuries, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, 861 Brighton Ave., Town of Tonawanda. Cost is $10 per class; bring own mat. For more info, email email@example.com, call 604-7536 or visit yourfitguru.com/joykelley.
Gentle Restorative Yoga: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Body Glyphix Studio, 12377 Big Tree Road, Wales Center; $12 drop-in fee, free for anyone with cancer. For more info, visit bodyglyphix.com.
Winter Market at Horsefeathers: Resumes 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today after a two-week holiday break, first floor and lower level of the Horsefeathers Market & Residences, 346 Connecticut St.; wide variety of local products including fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, wine, biscotti, cookies, homemade dog treats, jams, soaps, chocolates and pasta.
Nutrition and pain talk: On dietary supplements and pain management, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Amherst Public Library Audubon Branch, 350 John James Audubon Parkway. Learn about the role of fish oil, magnesium, proteolytic enzymes and vitamin D as components of a multidisciplinary approach to chronic pain. Other topics of discussion will include herbal alternatives to over-the-counter NSAIDS (i.e. ibuprofen, naproxen), as well as the rationale for taking the supplement NAC in conjunction with acetaminophen. Presented by Dr. Sanford Levy, an internist in practice in Amherst who specializes in integrative and holistic medicine.
Weight Loss: Spa400 at InvisionHealth will host a free seminar at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at 400 International Drive, Williamsville, entitled “New Year, New You,” to discuss its medically supervised weight loss program, which may be covered by your insurance. Preregistration is required by calling 565-5708.
Pledge to Service and Recognition Ceremony: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Buffalo City Hall, Niagara Square. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration is an opportunity to recognize groups and individuals around the city who continue to contribute to the community through their service deeds. The event also serves as a call-to-action for residents to become more involved and engaged in their communities through service. Recognition ceremony starts at noon. Contact Event Coordinator Jamil Crews, at 851-5672 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Bereavement support: 5 p.m. Wednesday at Harris Hill Nursing Facility, 2699 Wehrle Drive, Lancaster and Seneca Health Care Center, 2987 Seneca St., West Seneca. The program will discuss the importance of taking time for personal renewal and rejuvenation during the grieving process. Those interested in attending the group at Harris Hill can call 632-3700 and those interested in the group at Seneca can call 828-0500. For more information about bereavement and support groups held throughout the remainder of the year, visit mcguiregroup.com.