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Healthy choices: Tips for expectant and new moms, workshops for families with challenges among programs this week

Workshops for expectant and new moms, programs for families facing drug or disability challenges and a refugee health summit are among the WNY Refresh Top 10 Calendar picks of this week:


Senior Yoga Fit: 10 a.m., and same time Wednesday, Jewish Community Center Benderson Family Building, 2640 N. Forest Road, Amherst. Nonmembers can participate by purchasing a 10-class pass for $59. For info, call Ann Vorburger at 204-2070 or email

Green Cuisine: 7 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church of Amherst, 6320 Main St., Amherst. Roundtable discussion on cleaning without chemicals.


Confronting the Opioid Epidemic: “Law Enforcement and Public Health Strategies,” 6 to 8 p.m., Butler Auditorium in Farber Hall on the UB South Campus, Main Street and Bailey Avenue. Led by Erie County Health Commissioner Gale Burstein; District Attorney Michael Flaherty; John P. Flickinger, group supervisor for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; Dan Rinaldo, drug intelligence officer, NYNJ High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas; and Cheryl Moore, a registered nurse with the Erie County Health Department who will demonstrate how to administer naloxone (Narcan). Open to the public, tickets are $5, with free admission for high school, college and medical students with valid ID. Net proceeds will be donated to “Kids Escaping Drugs.”

Individualized Education Program primer: 6 p.m., Parent Network of WNY 1000 Main St. What is an Individualized Education Program (IEP). Who writes it? What does individualized mean? In this workshop, participants will learn about the parts of an IEP, receive tips and tools to become more involved in the planning process. RSVP at 332-4170 or email

Holistic Lecture Series: “Sound Healing with Tibetan Singing Bowls,” 7 p.m., Amherst Main Library at Audubon, 350 John James Audubon Parkway, Amherst. Register by calling 689-4922. Free.


Effective communication workshop: 5 p.m., Boys and Girls Club of the Northtowns, 16 Peter St., Town of Tonawanda. Improve communication skills to work with professionals who work with children who have a learning challenge or disability.


Diabetes prevention program: 16-week program for people who are at high risk for developing Type 2 diabetes will begin at 9:30 a.m., The Dale Association, 33 Ontario St., Niagara Falls. To register, call 278-1900. Free.


WNY Refugee Health Summit: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., University at Buffalo Educational Opportunity Center, 555 Ellicott St. Keynote speaker is Issam Smeir, a mental health counselor who has worked around the world. Morning programs are free; the afternoon session costs $10, though scholarships are available. To register and for more info, visit

Beyond the Bump: Workshops and ideas for expectant and new mothers, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Hyatt Regency Buffalo. Ann Douglas, author of “The Mother of all Pregnancy Books,” will lead three seminars titled, “Your Top 10 Pregnancy and Birth Worries,” “Sleep Solutions for Babies and Toddlers,” and “The Truth About Newborns.” Preregistration for the event is required. To order tickets or for more information, visit Tickets cost $25 per person, $40 for a pair, or $15 a person for a group of six or more.

Pulmonary Hypertension support group: Noon, Dent Neurological Institute, 3980 Sheridan Drive. Fire safety in the home, especially with oxygen use. Free.


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