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Healthy choices: Family friendly New Year's Eve celebrations among week's Top 10

Family friendly New Year’s Eve celebrations, fun activities for kids and gentle exercise to prepare for the new year are among this week’s WNY Refresh Top 10 Calendar Picks of the Week.

If you still look to set a New Year’s Resolution, I also recommend you take a look at my story from the holiday weekend about coming up with workable goals here.

Meanwhile, some healthy choices for this week:


Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS): 9 a.m., Highland Hose Firewall, 1 George Nalo Parkway, Evans. Annual dues of $32; weekly fee of $1. Also at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Cheektowaga Recreation Center, 2600 Harlem Road, Cheektowaga. For more info, call 895-4414.

Little Tikes Mini-Nature Camp: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd. Storytime, crafts and outdoor investigation. $8; $4 per additional child with same adult. Must register in advance at

Yoga: 10 a.m., the Dale Center, 33 Ontario St., Lockport. Bring your own yoga mat and towel. For info, call 433-1886 or visit $5. Also slow (foundational) Vinyasa yoga. 6 p.m., Shakti Yoga, 133 Grant St. $10; and 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Shakti Yoga, For more info, visit or call 884-9642. $12.

Polar Activities: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily through Sunday, Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway. Biodiversity exhibit, Penguin Shuffle Race, Polar Habitat Game and take-home snowflake craft. Admission charged. For more info, visit

Explore & More Fun Week: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Thursday, Explore & More Children’s Museum, 300 Glead Ave., East Aurora. Programs, sponsored by M&T Bank, include Shadow Plan on Monday, STEM Science Fun on Tuesday, Exploring the Northern Lights on Wednesday and Mixing Light & Color on Thursday. Programs are drop-in and included in museum admission. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during holiday break (noon to 5 p.m. Sunday). For more info, visit


Zumba Gold with Jaime: 9:15 a.m., and same time Thursday. St. George’s Church, 2 Nottingham Terrace. Low-impact dance fitness for beginners and older adults. For more info, call 574-9303; also Zumba chair class at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday at St. Easy-to-follow dance fitness moves in a seated position, for all ages and abilities. All classes $5.

Swing dancing: 7 p.m., Polish Cadets Hall, 927 Grant St. Progressive and beginner lessons, followed by a Lindy Fix. For info, visit $5.


Frosty Family Fun Days: 2 to 3:30 p.m., and same time Saturday, Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd. Hands-on indoor and outdoor activities. $5. Must register in advance at


First Night Buffalo: 5 to 10 p.m., Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, 153 Franklin St. Jeff Musial, the Animal Guy, a Bubble Black Light Party, American Ninja Warrior Training, Laser Maze, Family Fitness Challenge and Toddler Zone are part of the family fun. There is free parking in the Main Place Mall and Fernbach ramps, as well as at the University at Buffalo South Campus, Main Street and Bailey Avenue, where you can hop Metro Rail for a trip downtown. First Night tickets cost $10 (children 2 and under are free) in advance and are available Wegmans; tickets at the door cost $12. For more info, visit

Dennis DeYoung

Dennis DeYoung

Ring in the New Year: Concert starts at 8 p.m., Queen Victoria Park near Murray Hill, Niagara Falls., Ont., with Candian rock artists Down with Webster, followed by former Styx lead singer Dennis DeYoung, and Tom Chocrane and Red Rider. For more info, visit


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