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Refresh Calendar for April 6 to 13 events

Health and wellness

REVERSE RAFFLE: YWCA Tonawandas is holding its second annual Reverse Raffle from 7 to 10 p.m. today in the Knights of Columbus Hall, 755 Erie Ave., North Tonawanda. Tickets, which are $100 each, cover admission for two with complimentary snacks, wine, beer and soft drinks. A limited number of tickets will be sold.

The grand prize of $5,000 will be won by the holder of the last raffle ticket drawn. Additional side raffles, “second chance” door prizes and a 50/50 split also will be featured. Proceeds will support services provided by the YWCA. Call 692-5580 for more information and to buy tickets.

Niagara Home & Garden show: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Scotiabank Convention Centre, 6815 Stanley Ave., Niagara Falls, Ont. Show includes seminars with experts, gourmet food and wine pairs, live cooking demonstrations and extensive shopping in the Art, Gift and Gourmet Centre. Also includes a Home Improvement Alley, with windows, doors, sun rooms and more; gardens, landscapes and water features; flower and plant sales; the latest in kitchen and bath trends; and pools, spas and outdoor living and hardscapes as well as garden and building supplies. Returning is the interactive kid’s zone. Children also will have the opportunity to enjoy a live Birds of Prey show, courtesy of the Canadian Raptor Conservancy. Admission is $8 for adults 17 and older; $5 for seniors 65 and older; and free to those under 17. For more information, visit

Smoking Cessation Class: Learn the keys to kicking the habit, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday and April 15, 22 and 29, Earl W. Brydges Library, 1425 Main St., Niagara Falls. Sessions will be facilitated by Community Health Worker Cassandra Jackson and Heather Bashaw of Roswell Park Cancer Institute. For information or to register, call 278-4604.

Breast cancer support: The Breast Cancer Network of Western New York will hold its monthly educational meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Bella Moglie building, 3297 Walden Ave., just east of Transit Road, in Depew. Registered nurse Mary Ellen Ross, from Roswell Park Cancer Institute, will speak about clinical trials. For reservations, call Daria at 894-8135 or email For further information, call Sharon Faraci at 759-1176. For those interested, following the meeting, at 8 p.m., a professional support group will be held. Also, open to breast cancer survivors are classes in the arts, exercise, knitting and more, as well as noon Brown Bag lunch group, also at the Bella Moglie building. For more info, visit

Prostate Cancer Support: US TOO! meets from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in Room 301 at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 3495 Bailey Ave., and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the first-floor Community Room at Sisters Hospital, St. Joseph Campus on Harlem Road, Cheektowaga.

Home run for Hospice Tournament: Four area schools have teamed up to raise money for Niagara Hospice Tuesday and Wednesday. Lewiston-Porter High School, 4061 Creek Road, Lewiston, will host the varsity games at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, with Lew-Port playing Depew and Starpoint matching up against Wilson. The winners will play a championship game at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday at the same site; the losers will play a consolation game. The junior varsity games will be held at Wilson High, 280 Lake St., at same times. Players also will compete to sell the most sponsorship baseball cutouts of their school logo for $1 each. For information, call Maureen Rizzo at the Niagara Hospice Alliance at 280-0728.

Breastfeeding Class: Learn about the benefits of breast-feeding from our certified lactation consultant, 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Mary C. Dyster Women’s Pavilion, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, 621 10th St. To register, call 278-4623.

Volunteer training: With the Niagara Hospice Alliance, 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Niagara Falls Conference and Event Center, 101 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls. The second session is scheduled at 5 to 9 p.m. May 14 and 15 at the Niagara Hospice administrative building, 4675 Sunset Drive, Lockport. The Power of One campaign illustrates how one hour a week from one volunteer can result in many lives changed, including that of the volunteer. For more information about volunteer opportunities and to complete an application, contact the Niagara Hospice Alliance at 280-0748 or email More organization information can be found at

Manage Stress: Learn to identify stress sources and get tips to manage stress and achieve better work-life balance at “Stress Management: Achieving Balance in Your Busy Life,” 5:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Independent Health Family Branch YMCA, 150 Tech Drive, Amherst. Space is limited. To register, visit or call 631-8701. Free.

parkinson’s support: Northtown Parkinson’s Support Group will hold its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Congregation Shir Shalom, 4660 Sheridan Drive, Williamsville. Donna Fessel, a registered dietitian, will speak on healthy eating.


5K RUN/WALK: The Friends of the Night People’s 10th annual Putting Hunger on the Run 5K Race and Walk will take place at 10 a.m. Sunday at D’Youville College’s College Center, 320 Porter Ave. Registration is 8 a.m. Race commences at Niagara and Vermont streets. The entry fee is $20. For information, call Nicole Gawel at 884-5375, Ext. 202 or email: or visit


HEALING POWER OF FOODS: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Audubon Branch of the Amherst Library, 350 John James Audubon Parkway, Amherst. Healthy eating habits, adequate sleep, stress management and regular physical activity are some tools to help our body to heal itself. They can help to prevent and sometimes reverse some chronic diseases. Dr. Parisima Sobhani, an independent consultant in the field of wellness, will speak. Register by calling 689-4922.

Food and wine pairings: Several wineries along the Niagara Wine Trail will pair their wines with local and healthy foods Friday, next Saturday and April 14. Tickets include food samples, wine tasting and a commemorative wine glass from the first winery. They can be purchased in advance for $30 at or $35 during the event, which runs from noon to 5 p.m. Friday and April 14 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. next Saturday. Pairings include assorted olive oils from D’Avolio at Arrowhead Spring Winery in Cambria; vineyard chicken salad at Schulze Vineyards in Newfane; Tuscan vegetarian pasta at The Winery at Marjim Manor in Burt; and offerings from Sweet Sixteen Cafe in Lockport at Long Cliff Winery in Sanborn.

Our daily bread: at 5:30 a.m. and noon next Saturday on WKBW-TV Channel 7, during the April episode of “Our Daily Bread,” the Rev. Paul D. Seil, show host, gains insight into healthy eating from nutritionist Jennifer Turesky, of Sisters Hospital in Buffalo.


Spring Fling for Alzheimer’s: starts at noon Sunday in The Forvm on Maple Road, Maple Ridge Plaza, Maple and Sweet Home roads, Amherst. Special performances by Buffalo Brass, Jack Civiletto, Segay the Caribbean Crooner, My Cousin Tone, Weissman’s Aces, the Luke Ciminelli Quintet and others. Organizers also plan a silent auction and basket raffle. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance online at or by calling Maple Entertainment at 831-3271. Proceeds to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association, Western New York chapter.

PERFORMANCE: Niagara Presbyterian Church is hosting Sheldon Rhodes, a Christian magician with Jest Kidding, from Michigan, at 7 p.m. Sunday at 3712 Military Road, Niagara Falls. A free-will offering will be taken. The community is invited to a share a dish dinner at 6 p.m. Contact Gary Ashby at 297-4363 for more information.

Aging and disability talk: The Schofield Adult Wellness Center, at the Schofield Residence Nursing Facility at 3333 Elmwood Ave. in the Town of Tonawanda, will host a presentation on “Living with a Disability & Growing Older,” at 1 p.m. Wednesday. Do you know someone who lives with a disability? Do you live with one? Do you know someone who is getting older? Is it you? Come hear a comedic take on both situations by Candice Tortorice, a local resident who knows that to deal with disability and aging, you have to have a sense of humor. The program is free and open to the public. Reservations are requested and may be made by calling 995-3851 or online at