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Healthy Choices: Shamrock Run and more this week

Open ice skating, a cabin fever hike and the first big 5K run of the year are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family in the region.


Tai chi: Noon, DeGraff Community Center, 139 Division St., North Tonawanda. Improve balance, relieve mild muscle and joint discomfort, and reduce tension and stress with authentic instruction. $5; five classes for $20.


Free cancer information session: “Because of YOU: How the American Cancer Society Touches and Saves Lives,” 2 p.m. Tuesday, Eagle Crest, 100 Weiss Ave., West Seneca. Reservations requested emailing or calling 689-6982, Ext. 65255. Free.

Open ice skating: 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday;  also Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, The Ice at Canalside, Scott and Main streets. Hours may vary depending on weather conditions. Visit for more information.  $6 for ages 13 and over: $4 for 6-12; free for 5 and under. Skate rentals costs $5 (toddler size 9 to an adult 13); locker rental costs $3. Show your BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York membership card and receive a $1 off skate admission and $1 off skate rental discount.

New advances in treating back pain: “Is Minimally Invasive Surgery Right For You?” 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Millennium Hotel, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. Free dinner program features Catholic Health physicians.


Women’s Lymphedema education and support: 5:45 p.m., Sheridan Surgical meeting room, 4510 Bailey Ave. Amherst.


Prostate support: 7 p.m.. First Floor Community Room, Sisters of Charity Hospital – St. Joseph’s Campus, 2605 Harlem Road, Cheektowaga. For more info, call 834-9200, Ext. 5169.


Meditation Basics: Children’s playshop, 9 a.m., My Garden of Healing, 2770 Main St., Newfane. For more info, vist First child $10, second child $5, third child free.

Shamrock Run: 8K run starts at noon, near the Old First Ward Community Center, 62, Republic St., Old First Ward. Register at $30 through Wednesday, $35 thereafter. Proceeds benefit the community center.

Cabin Fever Breakout: Guided trail walk, 10 a.m. to noon next Saturday, Buckhorn Island State Park, East River Road, Grand Island. To register, call 549-1050. Free.

Contra dancing: Queen City Contra Dancers teach lessons at 7:30 p.m., followed by dancing at 8 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, Elmwood Avenue at West Ferry Street. Cost is $10; $8 for members; $6 for students and free for children under 12. For more info, visit or call 997-9423.


Twitter: @BNrefresh, @ScottBScanlon

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