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Healthy choices this week: Yoga and wine, Irish dancing, and battling addiction

Addressing addiction, as well as a yoga-wine-art mixer and Messfest at the Buffalo Science Museum are among the Refresh Top 10 Calendar Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family life in Western New York.


Spring health fair: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Main Cafeteria on the second floor of the Niagara County Community College Wellness Center Student Center, 3111 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn. Students, employees and the public are welcome. Educational information, health screenings, services, and giveaways. Blood pressure and spinal screenings, and information about health insurance enrollment and smoking cessation. Chair massages and more. Free. For more info, call 614-6275. Hosted by the NCCC Wellness Center.


“Confronting the Opioid Epidemic”: Presentations will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. each Tuesday through the rest of the month in Butler Auditorium in Farber Hall on the UB South Campus, starting this Tuesday. Open to the public, tickets are $5 for each night with free admission for high school, college and medical students with valid ID. Net proceeds will be donated to “Kids Escaping Drugs. This week’s topic: “The History and Science of Opioid Addiction,” led by David Herzberg, UB associate professor of history and author of “Happy Pills in America: From Miltown to Prozac;” Ken Leonard, director of UB’s Research Institute on Addictions; and Peter Thanos, senior research scientist at the institute.

“Issues on Incapacity and Decision-Making in the Elderly”: First of three-part education workshop series by Network in Aging, noon, Hospice Buffalo, 225 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga. For more info, visit or call 829-3217. $15-$30.

Holistic Lecture Series: “Qigong,” 7 p.m., Amherst Main Library at Audubon, 350 John James Audubon Parkway, Amherst. Will include doing some Qigong moves. Register by calling 689-4922. Free.


Gentle yoga: 9:15 a.m., West Side Community Services, 161 Vermont St. Gentle mat classes. For info, email or call 510-7457. $10.

Community Hope Night: To support those struggling with addiction, and their loved ones, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Centerpointe Church, 56 Burlington Ave., Depew. Kids Escaping Drugs, Horizon Health Services, People Against Trafficking Humans Inc., the Depew Police Department and Restoration Church representatives will be on hand.

The Innisfree Ceili Dance Group: 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road. For more info, contact, call 627-5966 or visit $1 donation.


Holistic Happy Hour: “Yoga, Art & Wine,” 6 to 9 p.m., Osteopathic Wellness Medicine of WNY and Yoga Parkside, 235 S. Elmwood Ave., Suite 120. Launch of a new Friday evening program series starts with a restorative yoga class and continues with an art exhibit and meet-and-greet with the artist. Register at or by calling 626-6301. $30.


Farmers’ Markets: Get ready for Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday at the North Tonawanda Farmers Market. 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., also Tuesday and Thursday, Robinson Street near Payne Avenue, North Tonawanda; at the Elmwood-Bidwell Winter Market. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., SUNY Buffalo State Buckham Hall, 1300 Elmwood Ave.; and at the Horsefeathers Winter Market. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 346 Connecticut St.

Messfest: 10 a.m . to 4 p.m., Buffalo Museum of Science, Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway. Ooey, gooey, sticky and fun includes a celebration of International Pi Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in which kids 17 and under will try to recite as many digits of the Pi sequence as they can remember. Also add your touch to the Messfest Mural, dip your hand into an oobleck, and enjoy a Magic Sand Box, Bubble Wrap Mess, Digestion Demo, Density Playground, Powder Paint Hat Making, Invisible Ink Demo, Glow in the Dark Mess and “What’s that Scat!” Admission charged, For info, call 896-5200. Buy tickets online at

Water in Motion aqua fitness class: 10 a.m., Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo, 2640 N. Forest Road, Amherst. Nonmembers can purchase a 10-class pass for $59. For more info, contact Eric Poniatowski at eponiatowski@jccbuffalo.orgor 886-3172, Ext. 411.







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