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Healthy choices: GMO talk, vegan cooking series, parent workshops among Refresh top 10 picks of week

Quality eating tips, yoga and Zumba, and help for parents and caregivers of children with special needs are among the top 10 health, fitness, nutrition and family life picks of the week from the WNY Refresh calendar.


Caregivers support: 7 p.m., Trinity Old Lutheran Church, 3445 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. For anyone providing primary care for another person. For more info, visit


Skills for Effective Parent Advocacy: Parent advocacy workshop on special education will help parents and caregivers walk away with improved advocacy skills needed to effectively speak up for their child’s needs, 6 p.m., Parent Network of WNY, 1000 Main St. RSVP at 332-4170, by email at or online at Free.

GMO presentation with Eveline Hartz: 7 p.m., Amherst Main Library at Audubon, 350 John James Audubon Parkway, Amherst. Throughout the world, 64 countries label genetically engineered foods and many ban them. Not in the U.S.; register at 689-4922. Free.


Zumba Fitness with Lisa B: 4:30 p.m., Parkdale Elementary School, 141 Girard Ave, East Aurora. Also, Zumba Gold with Lisa B class offered at 3:45 p.m. Thursday in the same location. Sign up for either class at; For more info, call 687-2352.

Your Hidden Food Sensitivities Are Making You Fat: Chiropractor John Zilliox presentation is at 6:30 p.m., Positive Health and Wellness, 1408 Sweet Home Road, Suite 3, Amherst. There are common foods that may cause cravings and other symptoms. Learn how to lose weight and gain years of vitality. For more info, call 689-3629. Free.


Go Red Day for Women at the EOC: American Heart Association event takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., University at Buffalo Educational Opportunity Center, 555 Ellicott St.; free blood pressure screenings and learn more about the center and its programs.

Healthy Cooking with chef Jessica Altman: Three-class, hands-on series starts at 6:30 p.m., Buffalo Spine and Sports Medicine, 100 College Parkway, Amherst. Heart Health Month cooking and recipes that are plant-based and gluten-free. Register at $150.


Tourette Syndrome and Associated Disorders in the Classroom: Workshop topics for families and caregivers, include coping with challenging behaviors, and advocacy strategies, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Museum of disAbility History, 3826 Main St.. Call 629-3626 to register. $40 for professionals and parents, $10 for students.

Little Pretzels Yoga: Yoga for kids, 9 a.m., Power Yoga Buffalo, 758 Elmwood Ave. To sign up or for more info, visit $10.

Snowshoe patrol and winter life at the fort: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Old Fort Niagara, northern end of the Robert Moses Parkway near Youngstown. Families are invited to experience mid-18th century winter life at the fort with activities that include a snowshoe patrol. Admission is charged. Visit or call 745-7611.


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