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Healthy choices: Healthy options at Food Truck Tuesdays tops week's events

The launch of Food Truck Tuesdays – including healthy options – at Larkin Square, a talk by a world reknown specialist in transgender surgery, and a special day of science fun for kids of all ages are among the Top 10 WNY Refresh Calendar Picks of this week.


Transgender talk: “MD-Culture Wars on Two Fronts: Transgender Medicine and Surgical Correction of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), 7:30 p.m., University at Buffalo Student Union Theatre, North Campus. Dr. Marci Bowers, world renowned gender reassignment surgeon, will speak. Free.


Daemen College Refugee Health Fair: 2 to 6 p.m., Jewish Family Service of Buffalo and Erie County, 70 Barker St. More than 60 students and faculty will provide screenings for blood pressure, blood sugar, vision, heart and lungs, and ear, nose and throat to the city’s refugee population. Interactive exercise stations along with information on nutrition, dental health, herbal medicines, diabetes, and other health topics will also be provided by Daemen students. Free. Co-sponsored by the Daemen Center for Sustainable Communities and Civic Engagement, the college’s Physician Assistant Studies and Nursing departments, and Jewish Family Service.

Food Truck Tuesdays: Starts for the season from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Larkin Square, 745 Seneca St. Dozens of food trucks from Buffalo and  Rochester will be on hand and each will carry at least one healthy option (look for the red sticker). Live music on The Boardwalk will feature Ten Cent Howl. Parking is free Larkin Development Group lots. Guests are welcome to bring a folding chair or picnic blanket but pets, smoking or bringing outside food and beverages is prohibited. Sponsored by Independent Health and First Niagara.

Introduction to Mental Health: 6 p.m. workshop, Parent Network of WNY, 1000 Main St., Room B. Learn about types of mental illness, the causes, treatments and services available in school, at home and in the community. RSVP by calling 332-4170 or emailing Free.


“Positive Steps” Health and Wellness Fair: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Central  Library, 1 Lafayette Square. The fair, which is free and open to the public, includes a 10 a.m. tai chi class as well as line dancing, mindfulness and meditation sessions, a talk by Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein on opiate awareness, health screenings, chair massages and healthy sliders for lunch. Kelly Marie Showard will talk at 10:30 a.m. about mental health well-being in the Ring of Knowledge. Philip L. Haberstro, of the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo, will lead a downtown walk at 1 p.m. Free.

Parkinson’s support: Young Onset group meets from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., followed by a general support meeting at 6:30 p.m. for those with Parkinson’s, family members and caregivers, St. John Evangelican Lutheran Church, 3512 Clinton St., West Seneca. For more info, call 449-3795.


Eating Disorders Anonymous: 9:30 a.m., WNY Counseling and Stress Management Center, 388 Evans St., first floor, Amherst; 6 p.m. Wednesday, Clarifen Center, 1412 Sweet Home Road, Suite 1, Amherst. For more info, call 380-4035 or email

Wild n’ Weird: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Buffalo Museum of Science. Guests will get up close with exotic creatures and learn intriguing facts about them. Biodiversity, the newest permanent Science Studio, will highlight the unique physical and behavioral adaptations of animals across the globe. Jeff Musial’s Nickel City Reptiles & Exotics Traveling Zoo will be on hand from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the museum also will host Vertebrate Zoology Tours in its collections area. The event is included with general museum admission and free for science museum members.

Run for Smiles: Fifth annual 5K, 10 a.m. outside Harriman Hall on University at Buffalo South Campus, Main Street at Bailey Avenue. Race proceeds go to programs that allow dental students to provide free and low-cost care in local, national and international areas in need of dentists. Registration is $20 until Thursday and $25 after that. For more information and to register, visit

Yogis in Service: The nonprofit yoga educational group will celebrate the grand opening of its East Side brick and mortar studio at 10 a.m. with a yoga class open to all, Resurrection Lutheran Church, 3 Doat St. The grand opening will run till 1 p.m. and also include demonstrations by Acro Yoga Buffalo and Carlos “B-Boy Gage” Duenas, live drumming, a DJ and refreshments. YIS runs on donations that cover the cost of classes, insurance and maintaining the website,


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