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Healthy choices this week: Elmwood Village market debuts; Makers Fair at science museum

Tinkering at the Buffalo Science Museum, free fitness classes at Daemen College and the start of the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market are among the WNY Refresh Top 10 Calendar Picks of the week when it comes to events related to the region’s health, fitness, nutrition and family time.


Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS): 9 a.m. Monday, Highland Hose Firehall, 1 George Nablo Parkway, Evans. Also at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Tonawanda Zion Church, 15 Koenig Circle, Town of Tonawanda; 9 a.m. Wednesday, Cheektowaga Recreation Center, 2600 Harlem Road, Cheektowaga; 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Northwest Buffalo Community Center, 155 Lawn Ave.

Hope After Heartache – Tools for Living with Loss: Grief support, 4 p.m., St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church, 157 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga; also 7 p.m. Tuesday, Mount Olivet Cemetery, 4000 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore. For info, call 873-6500 or email


Get Movin’ Inclusive Exercise Program: The last week, 12:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, Academic and Wellness Center, Room 117, Daemen College, 4380 Main St., Amherst. Free for those 18 and over of all abilities offered by Daemen Nursing and Physical Therapy departments.

Mammography information session: 5:30 p.m., Windsong Radiology Group, 55 Spindrift Drive, Williamsville. Free community event will highlight the importance of annual breast screening for women 40 and older. “The recently published American Cancer Society breast screening guidelines have caused significant confusion for many women,” Dr. Anna Chen, Windsong director of women’s imaging, said in a news release. “In order to reduce the confusion Windsong invites mothers, daughters, sisters and friends to learn more about Windsong’s recommendations for breast screening. These breast screening recommendations mirror the Society of Breast Imaging and the American College of Radiology’s guidelines for women over the age of 40 to be screened annually.
Melissa Holmes of WGRZ-Channel 2 will be on hand to introduce a dedicated group of women who have helped educate women across the region about the importance of annual breast cancer screening and the benefits of early detection.


Free respite care: 10:30 a.m., Trinity Old Lutheran Church, 3445 Sheridan Drive (near Sweet Home Road), Amherst. For people caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s or any form of dementia. For registration information, visit Read a related Refresh story here.

Chronic disease self-management program: Weekly six-week program starts at 1 p.m., Calvin Richards Community Center, 7000 Lockport Road, Town of Niagara. Workshop for people with limiting health conditions. Register by calling 278-1900. Free.

Tinnitus support: 3:30 p.m., Hearing Evaluation Services, 2733 Wehrle Drive, Amherst. Call 633-3344 to reserve a spot.


Elmwood Village Farmers Market: Market will debut for the season from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and run Saturdays through November at Elmwood Avenue and Bidwell Parkway.

Meditation Basics – Children’s playshop: 9 a.m., My Garden of Healing, 2770 Main St., Newfane. For more info, visit First child $10, second child $5, third child free.

Mini Maker Faire: To celebrate creativity, invention and the do it yourself spirit, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway. The museum will showcase a diverse mix of Makers at the event, ranging from tech enthusiasts to crafters, homesteaders to scientists and garage tinkerers to kids who design and build interesting items. Included in regular admission, which can be purchased at the door or online in advance at


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