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Healthy Choices: Chillabration, other outdoor fitness among 10 picks of the week

Outdoor winter fun and fitness – including a four-day winter festival at Canalside – are among the WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family in the region. To see this week’s complete calendar, click here.


Mary Ann Drake leads diabetes education classes at the Southtowns Family Branch YMCA. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News file photo)

As the Spirit Moves you yoga: 5 p.m., Winery at Marjim Manor, 7171 E. Lake Road, Newfane. Bring your own yoga mat. For more info, call the winery at 778-7001.

Diabetes prevention programs: 6:45 p.m., Delaware Family YMCA; 7 p.m., Independent Health Family Branch YMCA, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, William-Emslie Family YMCA. Twelve-month prevention program is designed for those diagnosed with prediabetes or who are at risk of developing diabetes. The program includes 16 weekly, one-hour sessions covering diet, exercise, and behavior modification (plus access to the Y). The participants meet monthly for continued support and maintenance. A referral from your physician is preferred. You do not need to be a member of the YMCA to be eligible. Fees are covered in full for most participants with BlueCross BlueShield of WNY. Independent Health members pay a $50 registration fee. Self-pay cost is $320. Grants available for eligible participants whose insurance will not cover the program. For more info, including classes at other YMCA Buffalo Niagara branches, visit


Tai Chi for Better Balance: 10:30 a.m., Tosh Collins Senior Center, 35 Cazenovia St. For info, call 828-1093. $3.


Zumba: 10:30 a.m., Town of Tonawanda Senior Center, 291 Ensminger Road, Tonawanda. Preregister through the center office at 874-3266. $3.


“Your Child Can Go to College”: 4:30 to 6 p.m. YWCA, 32 Cottage St., Lockport. Talk to let parents know that no matter their educational background and economic situation, college for their children is more attainable than they may think. No registration necessary. Hosted by Every Person Influences Children (EPIC).


Chillabration: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; also same time Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday and Jan. 16, Canalside. Events include a Native American snow snake, petting zoo, ice sculptures and carvings, amusement rides, fire dancing, a vendor market. Dinosaur Skate from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday includes dinosaur-themed children’s crafts, activities T-Rex skaters on-ice. A Bonspiel tournament takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. For more info, visit

Ice skating: Public skates from 7 to 8:45 p.m.; also 1 to 2:20 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 7 to 8:45 p.m. Saturday, Healthy Zone Rink, 41 Riley St., East Aurora. For more info, visit $5; children 4 and under free with paying adult. Skate rental costs $3.


Elmwood Village Winter Market: 9 a.m. to noon, Buckham Hall, SUNY Buffalo State, near the Grant Street side of campus along Rockwell Road. Free parking will be available during market hours; Lot R-13 is recommended for convenience. Participating vendors include Alpine Made, Angel Cakes By Evin, Barrel + Brine, Belleview Farm, Biscotti for Everybotti, Blue Table Chocolates, Carla’s Crumby Creations, Darling Bee, Fetch! Gourmet Dog Treats, First Light Farm & Creamery, Go Veggies, Kindred Kreek Alpaca Farm, LynOaken Farms, Native Offerings Farm, Plato Dale Farm, Public Espresso + Coffee, and Rooted Locally. Buffalo State’s Department of Health, Nutrition & Dietetics will participate in the market and will offer health and nutritional information and 11 a.m. exercise classes. Senior Molly Lawler will lead classes in the Buckham Hall atrium at the Rees Street entrance. Participants are asked to bring a bottle of water and yoga mat. Classes are free though a goodwill offering is appreciated. A Tabata workout will be featured this week. The Whitworth Ferguson Planetarium in Buckham Hall also open on Saturdays during the market. Visit for more information.

Snowshoeing 101: 10:30 a.m., Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Cheektowaga. Learn the basics of snowshoeing before going on a guided snowshoe walk. Snowshoe rental $5; $2 for Friends of Reinstein Woods members. Registration required by calling 683-5959.


Buffalo Nordic Ski Club President Jim Klein leads cross-country lessons Sunday morning in Delaware Park when there's adequate snow on the ground. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News file photo)

Buffalo Nordic Ski Club: Club President James Klein hosts learn to cross-country ski lessons for the public that start at 10 a.m. every snowy Sunday at the Rose Garden in Delaware Park. To sign up or learn more, visit The website also has a lengthy list of trail sites across the region.


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