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Healthy choices: Anti-bullying event, Kelly Tough 12K on tap this week

An anti-bullying play, the opening of a West Seneca farmers’ market and the Kelly Tough 12K are among the WNY Refresh Top 10 Calendar Picks of the Week.


Living Well at Any Age Health & Wellness Conference: 7:30 a.m., Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, 225 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga. Presentation and conversation around aspects of health and life balance with guest speakers. $20.


Mental health forum on aging: Doctors, pharmacists, nurses, social workers, community service providers and others who care for the aging population are welcome to a conference that focuses on mental health from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., American Legion Post 1451, 6525 Ward Road, Sanborn. Eileen Trigoboff, director of program evaluation at Buffalo Psychiatric Center, will be keynote speaker for the Coalition of Agencies in Service to the Elderly (CASE) spring professional networking conference, entitled “Shining the Light on Mental Health.” Following her address, there will be a discussion of current mental health issues specific to senior care. Speakers will include Mental Health Association of Niagara County Executive Director Cheryl Blacklock and Community Education Team member Heather Jones. Registration, which includes breakfast and lunch, costs $20. To register, visit or contact Colleen Osborn at or 523-6179.


West Seneca Main Street Marketplace: Opens for the season from 4 to 7:30 p.m., Union Road and Main Street, next to West Seneca Town Hall. The outdoor venue will feature up to 25 vendors selling a wide variety of local products. For updates on participating vendors, visit Main Street Marketplace, West Seneca on Facebook. One local community group will host an informational table at the market each week. Local entertainment will also be featured. Opening day also will feature several members of the Buffalo Bandettes from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.; the market will also add a Family Fun Zone this season, featuring large games to be enjoyed by visitors of all ages. Games will include oversized “connect four,” Jenga and Checkers, a bean bag toss and Hula Hoops.

Mental health support: 7 p.m., National Alliance on Mental Illness in Buffalo & Erie County educational meeting. St. Paul Lutheran Church, 4007 Main St., Amherst. Guest speaker will be Timothy Logsdon, from Inner Quest Counseling Services, who will talk about understanding addiction and how it impacts families.


Bully Free 5K: Lorraine Elementary School in South Buffalo will soon host its fourth annual road race and 1-mile walk. The 1-mile walk starts at 6:15 p.m. in front of Lorraine Elementary; the 5K begins at 6:30 p.m. An after-party includes live music, a basket raffle, 50/50 drawing and prizes. Proceeds will be used for anti-bullying education and bully prevention programs at Lorraine Elementary. Register online on the Bully Free 5K link at or the “Its Your Race” mobile app. All students get a discounted rate. The first 200 registered runners will get a free T-shirt.


Kelly Tough 12K and 1.2-Mile Fun Walk: Registration starts at 7:30 a.m., race starts at 9, , Jim Kelly Boulevard, Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park. For more information, visit

Western New York VisionWalk: 9 a.m., Canalside, 44 Prime St., to benefit the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Register under “Upcoming Events” at

Relay for Heroes: 9 a.m., Stransky Athletic Complex, 2885 Clinton St., West Seneca. Day of family fun to honor and assist local military veterans; $25 per team to participate in relay. Register at Other activities free.

Kid’s theater: “Have You Filled A Bucket Today? The Play,” 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., the Marie Maday Theatre, Lyons Hall, Canisius College, 2001 Main St. Peaceful Schools and 3rd Act Theatre will present the play, written by Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead and based on Carol McCloud’s award-winning books; well-suited for pre-K through fifth-graders. The play uses humor, heart, and larger-than-life characters to teach students the concepts of bucket filling and bucket dipping. This theatrical adaptation is a fun and effective way to teach students how to treat each other with kindness and respect. Peaceful Schools has been touring this production in more than 60 schools in the Central New York area since 2013 and in 2015 expanded to Western New York with a second touring cast. A portion of all proceeds will be donated to Child & Adolescent Treatment Services, a nonprofit organization dedicated to treating children ages 3 to 21 with mental health challenges. Tickets cost $12 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under, available at and at the door.

Medicinal Garden: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave.; included with admission.


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