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Refresh Mondays starts today at Canalside + Scott’s top 10 calendar picks

Starting today, WNY Refresh will help you find more ways to improve your health and wellness this summer with a new Canalside event: Refresh Mondays.
The Buffalo News and the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo have joined forces to share helpful information – and weekly guest speakers – each Monday through August at the Buffalo NewsRoom  at Canalside, the pocket park at Scott and Washington streets tucked between HarborCenter, The News, the Courtyard by Marriott and the old Aud site.
Of course, WNY Refresh Editor Scott Scanlon wanted to include that today in his weekly picks of 10 health and wellness, fitness, nutrition or family events you may want to consider this week:


Alzheimer’s support: 10 a.m., East Side Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 62 Prospect St., Warsaw; 7 p.m., Elderwood Village, 5271 Main St., Williamsville (for men only); also at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Life Transitions Center, 1140 Delaware Ave., 6 p.m. Tuesday, Heathwood Assisted Living, 815 Hopkins Road, Amherst; 7 p.m. Thursday, Grove Street Christian Church, 85 Grove St., City of Tonawanda; 1 p.m. Friday, The Pines Healthcare Rehabilitation Center, Machias Campus. For more info, visit or by calling 1(800) 272-3900.

Refresh Mondays: Helpful health and wellness information will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Philip L. Haberstro, executive director of the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo, will speak at 12:30 p.m. about creating healthy communities and provide information about how to get and stay healthy. The VA Medical Center will provide health care information for veterans, including diabetes prevention and treatment. Those interesting in learning more about Refresh Mondays can visit or contact Megan Dearing by email at or by phone at 849-3432.
Boot camp: 6 p.m. Monday, ADPRO Sports Training Center, Ralph Wilson Stadium, 1 Bills Drive, Orchard Park. Free.

Barre Centric: 7 p.m. Monday, Canalside. Class combines principles of ballet, yoga, and Pilates to tone and strengthen core and other muscle groups. Free.


Taoist Tai Chi: The Taoist Tai Chi Society brings its act outdoors at 9 a.m. (and same time Thursday) at Canalside. Free.

Zumba: 10 a.m. (and same time Thursday), Cheektowaga Town Park, Harlem Road and Greenleaf Lane, between shelters 12 and 13; park behind the library. Free.

Kidding Around Family Yoga: 3 p.m., Canalside. Families can learn easy yoga poses along with breathing techniques used in yoga. Storytelling will be incorporated to make it more kid-friendly. Bring your own yoga mat.


Stand-Up Paddleboard Yoga: Marie Phillips teaches classes at 7:30 p.m. (and same time Friday) at Canalside, as well as 10 a.m. Thursday, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday at Beaver Island State Park, Grand Island. For more information and rates, visit


[BN] Chess: Chess coach Michael A. McDuffie of the Archangel 8 Chess Academy will offer free chess from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., The Buffalo NewsRoom at Canalside, Scott and Washington streets. Challenge a friend to a lunchtime match and learn expert tips from McDuffie. Free.


Power Yoga: 6 p.m. (and 10 a.m. Saturday), Canalside. This form builds on foundations for patience with the emphasis on alignment of posture, physical conditioning and breathing. Power yoga does not follow a set series of poses, so classes can vary widely. Cardio is a focus. Free.


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