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Healthy choices: Slow Roll, family walk, used book sale among WNY wellness options this week

Biking, walking, dancing and more are part of this week’s Top 10 WNY Refresh Picks of the Week when it comes to activities tied to health, wellness, nutrition, fitness and family life.


Slow Roll: Riders gather at 5:30 p.m. and ride starts at 6:30 sharp outside Tri-Main Center, 2495 Main St. Bikers up to age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.


Dance: De-stress Through Dance. 6 p.m., Canalside; also, Hip Hop with Shawniece. 5 p.m. Wednesday, Canalside. Both outdoor classes are free.


EPIC Storytime: 10 a.m. to noon, Canalside. Theme will be Fit ‘n’ Fun, focusing on healthy eating and exercise, and feature local children’s author Lisa Abbott, writer of “I Dig Figs.”

Kidney Smart classes: 2 p.m., Buffalo General Medical Center, 100 High St.; also 6 p.m. Thursday, Orchard Park Dialysis, 3801 Taylor Road, Orchard Park. Register at Free.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS): 5 p.m., Lancaster Municipal Building Room 215, 5423 Broadway, Lancaster.


Used book sale: Thousands of traditional, video and audio books will be for sale for 50 cents each from Thursday to Saturday at the downtown Central Library, 1 Lafayette Square, on the second floor next to the Milestones of Science exhibition. Early-bird admission preview with first choice runs 8:30 to 11 a.m. and costs an additional $5 donation for admittance. Other hours run 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Navigating Alzheimer’s Disease & Other Dementia – Considering Decision-Making from a Human Service Perspective: 1 p.m., The Dale Center, 33 Ontario St., Lockport. Presentation by Julia Szprygada, director of education and training for the Alzheimer’s Association, WNY Chapter. For more info, call 433-1886. Free.


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 a wellness walk Saturday at Ellicott Creek Park in the Town of Tonawanda.

WNY Refresh Wellness Fair and Walk: Yoga, kid fitness and a walk suitable for almost everyone will be part of a free family event hosted by WNY Refresh and the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo. The event – which will run from 9 a.m. to noon at Ellicott Creek Park Shelter 14, 1 Ellicott Creek Drive, Town of Tonawanda –  also includes information to promote better health, healthy choices and healthier family relationships. Dr. Joanne Wu – a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist, and owner of Fit2BWell Fitness – will lead a yoga class at 9 a.m.; the guided walk, led by Refresh Editor Scott Scanlon and Wellness Institute Executive Director Philip L. Haberstro, will start at 10 a.m. At 11 a.m., Exercise Like the Animals founder Jerry Turcotte will lead children through a fitness regimen based on movements of their favorite animals.

Touch a truck: Noon to 5 p.m., Old Falls Street Middle Block, Niagara Falls. This year’s event will once again incorporate the annual “Stuff-a- Bus” food and toiletry drive, benefiting Community Missions of the Niagara Frontier. Guests are asked to bring donations of nonperishable food items and new toiletries. In addition to the NFTA bus, vehicles from the Niagara Falls Police and Fire departments, the City of Niagara Falls, State Parks Police, Rural Metro Ambulance, Niagara County Sheriff’s Canine Unit and more are expected. Imagination Playground and its new “LEGO Wall,” and the Exercise Like the Animals program will also be featured from 1 to 4 p.m. Free. For more info, visit or

Performance Nutrition Seminar: Noon, Kenmore Barbell & Fitness, 1530 Military Road, Town of Tonawanda. Comprehensive performance nutrition seminar presented by Krissy Mae Cagney. $20. Tickets can be purchased in person or at


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