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Healthy Choices: New yoga, diabetes education series, Polar Bear Swim this week

A new diabetes prevention class, indoor walking and a chilly Lake Ontario swim are among the WNY Refresh Top 10 Calendar Picks of the Week:


International Folk Dance: 10 a.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, 695 Elmwood Ave. Instruction by Martha Malkiewicz with half-hour advance class at 11 a.m. For info, call 816-5049. $2.


Chair yoga: 9:45 a.m., and same time Thursday, Living Breath Yoga, 7703 Niagara Falls Blvd, Niagara Falls. Yoga flow class with chairs for stability. Great for all ages and physical abilities. For info, visit $10.


Yoga: 5:30 p.m., Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave. Gentle hatha yoga designed for all ages and fitness levels. For more info, visit $100 series starts this week and through May 11, or pay $15 per class.


Be Active Erie County Walks: 8:30 a.m., Boulevard Mall, 730 Alberta Drive. Mini-Wellness Lane runs from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m.; walks go from 9:15 to 10 a.m.

Diabetes prevention program: 9:30 a.m., Dale Association, 33 Ontario St., Niagara Falls. A 16-week program for people who are at high risk for developing Type 2 diabetes starts this week. To register, call 278-1900. Free.


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.

Yoga: 10 a.m., Resurrection Church Community Room, 1609 Genesee St., at Doat Street. Free for all ages and abilities; a snack will be served afterward. Supported by the church and the nonprofit Yogis in Service. For more info, visit

Challenges of Awakening. “Love vs. Fear”: 1 p.m., Clarence Hollow Wellness, 10946 Main St., Clarence. Talk on challenges we face coping with day-to-day negativity, and changing our thoughts from fear-based to love. For info, call 572-2096. $25.


Olcott Polar Bear Swim for Sight: 2 p.m., Krull Park, Olcott; to register, visit

Forever Young fundraiser to raise blood clot awareness: In memory of Paul Englert Jr., who died in 2013 at age 19 of a pulmonary embolism, 1 to 5 p.m., Clarence Fire Hall, 10355 Main St., Clarence. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit National Blood Clot Alliance. Event includes children’s baskets, face painting, a balloon artist (from 1 to 3 p.m.) a silent auction, raffle items, 50/50 raffle and a talk by a local pulmonologist about blood clots. Tickets, available at the door, are $20 and include pizza and a beverage. Children 12 and under are free. For more information about tickets or to donate or volunteer, call Denise Englert at 949-1006 or email


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