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WNY Refresh Calendar: Top 10 health and wellness picks of the week

Refresh Editor Scott Scanlon recommends these WNY health, fitness, nutrition and family events as his top calendar picks of this week:


Exercise Like The Animals: Fitness classes for kids at 11:30 a.m. and noon today through Friday, Canalside. Also for the last time this summer from 9:30 to 11 a.m. today through Thursday at River Fest Park, Ohio and Moore streets. For more info, visit

Refresh Mondays: Dan Roelofs, an owner of Arden Farm, and organic farm outside East Aurora, will be the featured speaker as Refresh Mondays continues from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Buffalo NewsRoom at Canalside, the pocket park at Scott and Washington streets. Roelofs, great-grandson of Roycroft Movement founder Elbert Hubbard, will talk at 12:30 p.m. about healthy eating, the subject this weekend’s WNY Refresh cover story package.  In the event of bad weather, her talk will be moved to the first floor of The Buffalo News across Washington Street.

Boot camp: 6 p.m., on the field for the last time this summer at Ralph Wilson Stadium, 1 Bills Drive, Orchard Park. Or if Zumba more your style try it at 6 p.m., Bassett Park, Klein and Youngs roads, Amherst. (Zumba also is same time and place Friday.)


Luncheon eye education program:  ““All You Ever Wanted to Know On How the Eye Works from Cataracts to Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma and Floaters,” with Dr. Clause Fichte, 11:30 a.m., Elderwood Residences at Wheatfield Community Center, 2600 Niagara Falls Blvd. Light lunch served. Free; call 278-4604 to register.

Massachusetts Avenue Project’s Mobile Market: 4 to 7 p.m. at the MAP Farm Stand, 389 Massachusetts Ave; also at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Gerard Place, 515 Bailey Ave; 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, FLARE, 307 Leroy Ave; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Harmac Medical Products, 201 Bailey Ave.’ 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Elim Christian Fellowship, 70 Chalmers Ave; and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, the Salvation Army, 960 Main St.


Dementia Care Conference: Alzheimer’s Association of Western New York hosted, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., John Duke Senior Center, 1201 Hyde Park Blvd., Niagara Falls. Family members who provide care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia are encouraged to attend. Free; registration is required by calling (800) 272-3900.

Planet Hoop: 7 p.m., front yard of the Burchfield Penney Art Center, SUNY Buffalo State, 1300 Elmwood Ave.; interactive hoop performance re-creates the solar system. For more info, visit


Breastfeeding Family Fun Walk and Healthy Baby Festival: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Colvin Avenue and Amherst Street entrance, Delaware Park. Includes children’s activities, games, education, community resource tables and prizes. Hosted by Catholic Charities Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program. Free; no registration required. For more info, call 218-1484, Ext. 2411.


Chair massage: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Friday and next Saturday, noon to 8 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, The Canals on the Old Aud Site, next to the remote control boats. Cost is $2 per minute.

Walk to Defeat ALS: 11 a.m. next Saturday, Agassiz Circle entrance to Delaware Park. Tribute ceremony to those living with ALS starts at 10:30 a.m. Hosted by the ALS Association Upstate New York. For info or to donate, visit or call 860-1947.

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