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WNY Refresh Healthy Choices: Stave off sugar and keep fit during the holidays

Help fight off sugar, stay in shape and cope with loss during the holidays with some of the following pre- Christmas week Top 10 WNY Refresh Calendar Picks of the Week. Also look for more tips Saturday in the next edition of Refresh:


Pilates: 9 a.m., Karyn Kelly Dance, 4223 Transit Road, Amherst. Same time and place Thursday. $6. Also. 9 a.m. Wednesday and Friday, Clarence Hollow Wellness, 10946 Main St., Clarence. For info, visit $8 for those classes.

Mental health support: REACH support. 7 p.m., Elderwood Village, 5271 Main St., Amherst. For concerned relatives and friends of those who suffer from mental illness. For more info, call 901-1696. Also, NAMI group support meetings take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday at both St. Paul Lutheran Church, 4007 Main St., Amherst; and at the same time at Lake Shore Behavioral Health, 3176 Abbott Road, Orchard Park.


Alzheimer’s support: 6 p.m., Hamburg Wesleyan Church, 4999 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg. Also  6 p.m. Wednesday Mount St. Mary Hospital, 5300 Military Road, Lewiston; 7 p.m. Wednesday, Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St., Batavia; 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Fluvanna Community Church, 3363 Fluvanna Ave., Jamestown. Information about the 30-plus group meetings that take place across the region is available by visiting or by calling (800) 272-3900.

Tips for controlling sugar over the holidays: 7 p.m., Amherst Main Library at Audubon, 350 John James Audubon Parkway, Amherst. Karen Marie Calandra, local author of “Lose the Sugar, You’re Sweet Enough” discusses reducing sugar cravings, losing weight and transforming health. Register at 689-4922. Free.

Hope After Heartache – Tools for Living with Loss: 7 p.m., Mount Olivet Cemetery, 4000 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore. For info, call 873-6500 or email Also in the Northtowns, Helpers Along the Way grief support group will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, 1540 Maple Road, Amherst. For info, call 568-3777.


Yoga: 5:30 p.m., Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Lackawanna. For info, visit $15.


Argentine Tango: 7 p.m., Gypsy Parlor, 376 Grant St. Free lessons with dancing after.


Taoist tai chi: Free open house 10 a.m., Taoist Tai Chi Society of USA, 968 Kenmore Ave. Demonstrations, talk to instructors, learn about beginner class time. For info, visit, email or call 876-7218.

Elmwood-Bidwell Winter Market: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., SUNY Buffalo State Buckham Hall, 1300 Elmwood Ave. For more info, visit; also, same time, Horsefeathers Winter Market, 346 Connecticut St. Features over 15 diverse vendors.


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