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Healthy choices: Parenting classes, smoking cessation course, Pilates among top picks of week

Helpful parenting and caregiving classes, help to stop smoking and the 15th annual Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center Rock-a-thon are among the Top 10 WNY Refresh Calendar Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family-related events across the region.


Pilates: Carla Baran leads classes at 10 a.m., Clarence Hollow Wellness, 10946 Main St., Clarence and 9 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday in Karyn Kelly Dance studio, 4223 Transit Road, Amherst. Cost is $8 and $6, respectively. For info, visit

Alzheimer’s caregiver support: The Western New York Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association has begun a free series of classes to support caregivers. It will feature an opportunity to hear from others who are facing the same challenges, help develop a caregiving plan, and provide advice on how to develop and work with a care team. A separate program will be held for care partners and family members. The series continues from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday and April 18 at the chapter offices, 2805 Wehrle Drive, Suite 6, Amherst. Registration is required by calling (800) 272-3900.

Tobacco cessation course: New five-week tobacco cessation course next week starts

6 to 7:30 p.m. and will continue for five Mondays in a row, Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Those who attend the classes will receive a nicotine assessment, professional cessation guidance, group support, relaxation strategies, relapse prevention, medication referrals and free nicotine replacement medication. Those interested must register by calling 845-8667.


Stewards of Children trainings: Free programs offered by the Child Advocacy Center of Niagara on evidence-informed child sexual abuse prevention, recognition, and intervention training. Sessions are open to anyone interested in protecting children from sexual abuse and may be of particular interest to youth serving organizations, parents, educators, childcare providers and faith centers, 2:30 to 5 p.m. or 5:30 to 8 p.m., Niagara Falls Public Library, as well as 2:30 to 5 p.m. or 5:30 to 8 p.m. April 20 in the DeGraff Hospital Community Room in North Tonawanda. Registration is required online using the Classes & Events page at or by calling 285-0045.


What to do about challenging behavior in the home and community: 6 p.m., Stanley Makowski School 99, 1095 Jefferson Ave.

Sexuality – Having the Conversation: 7 p.m., Frontier Education Center, 5120 Orchard Ave., Hamburg.


Hospital Auxiliary 15th Annual Rock-a-thon: 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Memorial Medical Center, 621 10th St., Niagara Falls. Elected officials, community leaders and others will rock to raise money for equipment purchases for the hospital. This year’s rock-a-thon is dedicated to the memory of Helen Smith, who founded the event.


Mindful families program: 10 a.m. to noon tailored to parents and preschool-aged children, and same time April 23 tailored for parents and children in grades K-5, Olean Meditation Center, 2275 Dugan Road, Olean. Participating families are asked to register no later than Wednesday by calling 491-3178 or emailing For more info, visit
Dialogues on disABILITY Speaker Series: Artist Nancy Hall, who is paralyzed from the neck down, will give a talk entitled, “All Things Are Possible,” 2 to 3:30 p.m., Museum of disABILITY, 3826 Main St. $6 for adults, $3.50 for seniors, students and human services employees.

Ivy League Psychics Fair:  1 to 7 p.m., Seneca Hose Fire Hall,

2801 Seneca St., West Seneca. $1 admission, with proceeds going toward Scleroderma awareness. For more info, visit


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