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Refresh Calendar for April 20 to 27 events

Health and wellness

Meeting: Parkinson’s Disease Support Group, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center Auditorium, 621 10th St., Niagara Falls. Call 478-5569 for information.

Transcendental Meditation: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Audubon Branch of the Amherst Library, 350 John James Audubon Parkway, Amherst. Free. Register by calling at 689-4922.

Prevent falls: “Six Steps to Better Balance Program,” 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Schofield Adult Wellness Center, 3333 Elmwood Ave., Town of Tonawanda. Dr. Betty Perkins-Carpenter, nationally renowned expert on fall prevention and former Olympic diving coach, will lead the program. Free and open to the public. Reservations are requested. Call 995-3851 or visit

Rock-A-Thon: To benefit Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center; 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday in the hospital’s upper lobby, 621 10th St., Niagara Falls. Sponsored by the Medical Center Auxiliary. For information, call 278-4159.

Jewelry Sale: “House of Nacre” jewelry and more, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, the Waterfall by the Gift Shop, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, 621 10th St., Niagara Falls. Sponsored by the Medical Center Auxiliary.


earth day run: Green Buffalo Runner hosts the 4.22 Mile Run (and walk) in Delaware Park at noon today. Immediately following the race, all runners and spectators are encouraged to join with the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy for the planting of the Green Buffalo Runner – Earth Day 2013 commemorative tree. Students 18 and under run free. Registration and more information can be found at

Tai chi open house: See how Taoist Tai Chi Society Buffalo Branch can improve your health, noon to 1 p.m. next Saturday, 968 Kenmore Ave. For more info, call 876-7218, email or visit


Gardening workshop: “Urban Mushrooming” workshop, 2 p.m. today, Urban Roots garden center, 428 Rhode Island St. Free. Call 362-8982 to register.

gluten free support: WNY Gluten Free Diet Support Group will meet from 10 to 11:30 a.m. today, dining hall at Mount Mercy Academy, Red Jacket Parkway and Abbott Road. After a presentation by nutritionist Ann Klein, a small group support session will be held for the newly diagnosed. For more info, visit or call 636-6021.

Green Cuisine: 7 p.m. Monday, Epiphany Church, 9365 Clarence Center Road, Clarence Center. Featured will be “A Sense of Wonder” a movie about Rachel Carson’s love of the natural world and her fight to defend it. All are welcome. Call 741-9477 with questions. Suggested donation is $2.

Nutrition for Seniors: Learn about important foods needed to help maintain health as we get older, preventing nutrition-related diseases, nutrient/calorie needs, weight management and physical activity and specific food groups to encourage and limit, 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, Independent Health Family Branch YMCA, 150 Tech Drive, Amherst. Space is limited. To register, visit or call 631-8701. Free.

Honeybee Festival: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. next Saturday, Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave. The vendors and demonstrations are available to all visitors at no charge. Tickets for the lectures cost $5 for students; $10 for members and master gardeners; $15 for nonmembers. For more information, visit


Benefit: “Heart of the City: A Benefit for the American Heart Association,” 3 p.m. Sunday, Sportsmen’s Tavern, 326 Amherst St., near Grant Street. Featuring a silent auction and live entertainment. Suggested donation is $5.

Family fun concert: The Hill Brothers perform at 3 p.m. Sunday in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 4007 Main St., Eggertsville. An ice cream social follows. The event is free and open to the public. A free-will donation will be collected.

Knox farm bus tour: Reservations due Monday for the Niagara Falls Historic Preservation Society visit April 29 to the Junior League Decorator Show House at Knox Farm in East Aurora. Participants will meet the bus at 8:45 a.m. at the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center in Niagara Falls and return to the Falls by 3:30 p.m. Call 282-7530, Ext. 3, for reservations. Tickets cost $65 and include the bus, lunch and the show house private tour.

Guided bird walks: 8 to 10 a.m. Friday, Sunday, May 3, 5, 17 and 19. Walks begin and end at the Forest Lawn chapel. Cost is $10 and no reservations are required. For more information, visit or call 885-1600.

Healthy Kids day: YMCA locations across the region will offer a variety of events from 1 to 5 p.m. next Saturday to help families form healthier habits. For a detailed schedule of events, visit or visit the nearest YMCA Buffalo Niagara branch.

Birdwatching hike: Hosted by the Western New York Land Conservancy, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. next Saturday at the Niagara Escarpment Preserve on Leete Road in Lockport. Free and open to the public, but attendees must register in advance by calling 687-1225 or emailing

earth day sculpture contest: Winners announced 3 p.m. next Saturday, Power Vista, Lewiston. Participants can bring in sculptures made with recyclable materials up until and including next Saturday. Winner will receive a Discovery Pass for four to the Niagara Falls State Park. Free. For more information, contact the Niagara Project Power Vista at 286-6661 or email