Outdoor winter activities, and allergy support and tai chi indoors are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. To see this week’s complete calendar, click here. As the weekend approaches, also read our outdoor winter in WNY story in Refresh.
Cross-country skiing: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today to Friday; also 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Reinstein Woods, 93 Honorine Drive, Cheektowaga. Snowshoes and limited number of cross-country skis for rent at $5 and $8. Infant/toddler sleds also can be rented for $5. Call the education center at 683-5959 to check weather conditions. For more information, visit reinsteinwoods.org.
Taijiquan (tai chi): Improve postures, build strength, refresh the mind at 6 p.m. Monday, 9:30 a.m. Friday, Peaceful Water Health and Fitness, 1914 Colvin Blvd., Town of Tonawanda. Try two classes for $20. For more info, visit peacefulwaterhealth.com.
Allergy support: Greater Buffalo Food Allergy Alliance meets at 7 p.m., Cleveland Hill Fire Hall, 440 Cleveland Drive (near Harlem Road), Cheektowaga. Meetings include a discussion around a relevant food allergy related topic as well as support discussion. Every meeting closes with discussion of “positive experiences.” For more info, visit gbfoodallergy.org.
Jumping class: 6:30 p.m., Fit Happenz, 485 Cayuga Road, Entrance B, Cheektowaga. For more info, visit fithappenzllc.com; sign up on the fitness center’s mindbody app. $10. Drop-ins welcome if space allows.
Recovery International support: 7 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island; also 11 a.m. Saturday, Fourteen Holy Helpers School, 1339 Indian Church Road. For adults needing help with depression, panic attacks, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder or anger management. Visit recoveryinternational.org or call 694-0104 for info on all Western New York meetings.
Ice skating: Generally 3 to 7 p.m. today and Thursday, 1 to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Ice at Canalside, Main at Scott streets. $6 for ages 13 and over, $4 for those 6 to 12, free for children 5 and under. Seasonal passes available. BlueCross BlueShield of WNY members with a membership card get $1 off. $4 skate rentals; $5 during special holiday hours. Hours may vary depending on weather conditions; there will be special weekday Feb. 18 to 24. For more info, visit canalsidebuffalo.com.
New mom support: 5 p.m. , Creative Wellness, 726 Main St., third floor, East Aurora. Led by Molly McDermott of Creative Motherhood, this program is designed to provide a safe and open environment to discuss feelings about being a new mom. Preregistration required at creativewellnessgroup.com. Free.
Ice skating: Public skates on the covered ice surface run from 7 to 8:45 p.m. today and Saturday; also 1 to 2:20 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Healthy Zone Rink, 41 Riley St., East Aurora.; $5 to skate and $3 to rent skates; BlueCross BlueShield members receive $1 off by presenting their insurance card. For more info, including a calendar of events, visit thinkrink.org.
Self-Defense for Women: 11:30 a.m. next Saturday, Buffalo Barre, 5843 Transit Road, Amherst. For more info, visit buffalobarre.com. Free.
Cross-country skiing: Buffalo Nordic Ski Club President James Klein also hosts free learn to cross-country ski lessons for the public that start at 10 a.m. every snowy Sunday, Rose Garden in Delaware Park. To sign up or learn more, visit buffalonordic.org.