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Healthy choices: WNY Refresh top 10 picks of the week include tai chi, Hamburg wellness challenge

A new wellness challenge with $1,000 in prizes at two Hamburg fitness centers, a new High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) class in Cheektowaga and tai chi options in Buffalo and the Town of Tonawanda are among this week’s healthy WNY Refresh Top 10 Calendar Picks of the Week.

See the entire calendar here.


Taijiquan (tai chi): 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., as well as 6 p.m. Thursday, 9:30 a.m. Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday Peaceful Water Health and Fitness, 1914 Colvin Blvd., Town of Tonawanda (try two classes for $20.

Senior fitness: Classes include Senior Yoga Fit, 10 a.m., and same time Wednesday, Jewish Community Center Benderson Family Building, 2640 North Forest Road, Amherst (For info, call 204-2070); free tai chi for seniors, 10:15 a.m., and same time Friday, West Seneca Senior Center, 4620 Seneca St., West Seneca; yoga for seniors, 10:45 a.m., and same time Wednesday, West Side Community Services, 161 Vermont St.; $2; as well as Zumba for seniors, 11 a.m., Richmond-Summer Senior Building, 337 Summer St.; $2.


Alzheimer’s support: 4 p.m., HighPointe on Michigan, 1031 Michigan Ave.; also 6 p.m., Hoag Library, 134 South St. Albion; 7 p.m., St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 2239 West Creek Road, Newfane; 7 p.m. Thursday, Grove Street Christian Church, 85 Grove St., City of Tonawanda. Info about the 30-plus group meetings across the region is available by visiting or by calling (800) 272-3900. Also, wives’ support, 3 p.m. Wednesday; daughter’s support group to follow at 5 p.m., Harris Hill Nursing Facility, 2699 Wehrle Drive, Clarence. For info, call 632-3700.

Breast Cancer Network Of WNY support group: 6 p.m. Tuesday. Bella Moglie Building, 3297 Walden Ave, Depew. Dr. Nicoleta Voian of Roswell Park Cancer Institute will speak on the topic, “Genetics and Breast Cancer.” For more info, visit

Essential oils talk: Naturopathic doctor and registered aromatherapist Timothy Miller talks about how to use essential oils in our daily lives for health, wellbeing, stress and relaxation, 7 p.m., Randall Memorial Baptist Church, 6301 Main St., Amherst.


Mental health support: National Alliance on Mental Illness in Buffalo & Erie County educational meeting, 7 p.m., St. Paul Lutheran Church, 4007 Main St., Amherst.


Taoist tai chi free open house: 10 a.m., Taoist Tai Chi Society of USA, 968 Kenmore Ave. Demonstrations, talk to instructors, learn about beginner class time. For info, visit, email or call 876-7218.

Absolute Fitness Wellness Challenge: 10 a.m., Southtowns Fitness Center and Town of Hamburg Recreation Center, 23 Lake St. and 4540 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg; $1,000 in prizes. Improve mobility, flexibility, muscular strength/endurance, aerobic fitness, lose body fat or improve cardiovascular health. For more info, visit and

Winter markets: Elmwood-Bidwell Winter Market, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., SUNY Buffalo State Buckham Hall, 1300 Elmwood Ave.; also Horsefeathers Winter Market, same times and day, 346 Connecticut St.

High Intensity Interval Training: New class starts at 10:30 a.m., Harlem Road Community Center, 4255 Harlem Road, Amherst. For info, call 631-7200.


Twitter: @BNrefresh, @ScottBScanlon

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