Two talks by national nutrition experts, tips on planning a healthy garden and a weekend walk to raise awareness and funds to prevent colon cancer are among the top 10 Refresh Calendar Picks of the Week.
Green Cuisine – Sustainable Gardening: 7 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, 6320 Main St., Amherst. Carol Sobczak and Sandra Warner present tips for gardening without pesticides or artificial fertilizers.
Kidney assessment screening: 10:30 a.m. to noon, Valley Community Center, 93 Leddy St. Anyone 18 years of age or older who has high blood pressure, diabetes, kidney disease, or a family history of these diseases is eligible. Registration is preferred, but walk-ins welcome. Call 512-7918 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Free.
Effective Communication: Helping Families and Professionals Work Together. 4 p.m., Harriet Ross Tubman School 31, 212 Stanton St. Learn how to improve communication skills to effectively work with professionals who work with children who have a learning challenge or a disability. For more info, call 332-4170.
Substance abuse awareness panel: 6 p.m., Arts & Media Auditorium, Niagara County Community College, 3111 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn. Parking available in Lot 1. Several leaders in the substance abuse field will be part of this free discussion.
University Express lecture: “Aging in Place,” by Cynthia Caterham, architect and interior designer. 12:30 p.m., SCENe/Concord Senior Center, 40 Commerce Drive, Concord. Free.
10th Annual Saxon Graham Lecture: “Diet Data and Disease – Truth or Consequences?” Talk by registered dietitian Linda Van Horn, professor in the Division of Nutrition, Department of Preventive Medicine, and associate dean for faculty development, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, 144 Farber Hall, UB South Campus.
Health and wellness fairs: Health and Wellness Celebration, 8:30 a.m., Waterfront Elementary School 95, 95 Fourth St.; Working Towards Our Best Health, health screenings, well care, insurance information, mammograms on site and more, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., True Bethel Baptist Church, 907 E. Ferry St.; Family Health Fair, 11 a.m., Grand Island Senior High School, 1100 Ransom Road, Grand Island. All are free.
Undy 5K Run and 1-Mile Fun Walk: Included with the race registration is a pair of signature Undy Run/Walk boxers, although participants are encouraged to get creative with their style choice and team spirit. The goal is to spark much needed conversations about the colon cancer. Register in advance for the walk or run at undyrunwalk.org; on-site registration begins at 7:30 a.m. in advance of the 9 a.m. start.
"A New Approach to Disease": Workshop hosted by Clarence resident Jessica Meyers Altman, the Garden Fresh Foodie, and Dr. Thomas Campbell, co-author of "The China Study," University at Buffalo medical school grad, family doctor in suburban Rochester and co-founder of the year-old University of Rochester Program for Nutrition in Medicine, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Windsong Medical Park Community Room, 55 Spindrift Drive, Williamsville. Cost is $15; register under the “Healthy Cooking Classes” tab at gardenfreshfoodie.com, by phone at 983-8965 or by email at email@example.com.
Prostate cancer fundraiser: To honor Michael Mayne, who died last July, 2 to 6 p.m., Alfred J. Jurek post 1672, 655 New Road, East Amherst. Basket raffle, silent auction, prostate cancer awareness info. Tickets, $20 per person or $35 per couple, available presale by calling 688-0328 or at the door.
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