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Healthy choices: Walks, Friday Rick Jenneret appearance among WNY Refresh top picks of the week

Bike to Work Week events. A weekend appearance by Buffalo Sabres NHL Hall of Fame play-by-play announcer Rick Jeanneret at Canalside. The start of organized walks around the region. There were so many options that could be part of a packed WNY Refresh Top 10 Calendar Picks of the week, we decided to give you a dozen.


Slow Roll. Slow Roll Buffalo launched its second season of free rides last week with more than 2,000 bikers. Riders gather at 5:30 p.m. and rides start at 6:30 sharp. Each runs 8 to 10 miles over about 90 minutes. Bikers up to age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. This week’s ride starts outside the Oakk Room, 1435 Main St.


Bike Trains: Four are scheduled this week for Bike to Work Week, including one from 5 to 7 a.m., one that will leave Riverside Park at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday and two on Friday, Bike to Work Day. Most of the rides are paired with a bicycle breakfast, so bicyclists get discounts, or free coffee and
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Join WNY Refresh Editor Scott Scanlon on three wellness walks in the coming months, including one on Wednesday.

Join WNY Refresh Editor Scott Scanlon on three wellness walks in the coming months, including one on Wednesday.


Refresh Family Wellness Walk: Refresh Editor Scott Scanlon and Phillip L. Haberstro, executive director of the Wellness Institute of Western New York, will lead this half-hour walk, which starts at noon outside the Buffalo Niagara Visitor Center, 403 Main St., at Washington Street, down to Canalside and back. Free


Veterans Forum & Resource Fair: 12:30 p.m., The Dale Center, 33 Ontario St., Lockport. Topics include VA health care, pension, burial, compensation, dementia care, and Thank-A-Vet program. Free and open to the public.

Laugh For No Reason: Laughter club to relieve stress and lift your spirits, 6:30 p.m., Mount Olivet Cemetery, 4000 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore. Exercises may be done seated or standing. Free, though reservations are required by calling Nancy Weil at 873-6500.


Relay for Life of Buffalo inaugural walk. Jeanneret – who endured 33 radiation treatments and several bouts of chemotherapy after he was diagnosed with Stage 3 throat cancer in the summer of 2014, and has been cancer-free for 18 months – will be “honorary survivor” from 5 p.m. to midnight at this American Cancer Society fundraiser. The sports broadcast legend will share some encouraging words as part of the 6 p.m. opening ceremony of the relay, then help lead other survivors on the first lap. The public is welcome to attend. Learn more about this and other relay events at


SkyRide: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., includes 10- or 25-mile rides through the city, including over the Skyway. Register at

Be Active Erie County Park Walk: Registration starts at 9 a.m., walk at 9:40 a.m., Akron Falls Park, Cummings Lodge, 44 Parkview Drive, Akron. Free.

South Buffalo Awareness/Remembrance Walk for Hope: To raise awareness and proceeds for individuals and families impacted by depression and/or addiction, register from 9 to 10:30 a.m., walk starts at 11 a.m. next Saturday, Cazenovia Park. While the walk is free, those who can afford it are asked to make a donation of $5 to $10 per person. A commemorative walk T-shirt will be included for each individual donation of $15 or more. Online registration closes Friday at

Health Live! “Jump Into the Healthy Zone”: 10 a.m., Healthy Zone Rink, 41 Riley St., East Aurora. Health screenings, organic foods, wellness and fitness info. Free.


Walks for a cause: Walk for Kids starts at 11 a.m. at Daemen College, 4380 Main St., Amherst, and will benefit Kids Escaping Drugs (register here); the Hospice Memorial Walk will start at 11 a.m. in Canalside, to benefit Hospice Buffalo (register here).


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