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Healthy choices: Slow Roll, art and yoga, last week for Fitness in the Parks

Free outdoor exercise classes start to wind down in the coming days, the last week for the Independent Health Fitness in the Parks program. Taking a last class – or more than one – are among the WNY Refresh top calendar picks of the week when it comes to the four core areas of Refresh: health, fitness, nutrition and family life.

See a listing of more Fitness in the Parks classes in the complete Refresh Calendar here or at

Free outdoor classes at Canalside run through Labor Day. See that schedule at

Other outdoor classes will linger through September. See the Refresh Calendar in Saturday editions of The Buffalo News or at to keep up with those.

Meanwhile, here are our choices for this week.


Angela Marchitte, of West Seneca, participated in the first Fitness in the Parks yoga class this season. The last free outddoor classes will end Saturday.

Angela Marchitte, of West Seneca, participated in the first Fitness in the Parks yoga class this season. The last free outddoor classes will end Saturday.

Slow Roll: Riders gather at 5:30 p.m. and ride starts at 6:30 sharp on Monday at Front Park, 121 Porter Ave. Slow Roll has weekly bicycle rides scheduled through Oct. 17. For more info, visit

Fitness in the Parks: Last week of free outdoor classes include a bootcamp, 6 p.m., on the field at New Era Field, Abbott Road at Southwestern Boulevard, Orchard Park; and yoga at 5:30 p.m., Larkin Square pickleball courts, 745 Seneca St., and 6 p.m. in Westwood Park, 175 Pavement Road, Lancaster. Other classes this week include cardio kickboxing at 6 p.m. Friday, Basset Park bandstand, 359 Klein Road, Amherst, and at 11 a.m. Saturday in Goehle (Widewaters) Marina, Cold Springs Road North and Lake Avenue South, Lockport.

Balance – The Art of Mind and Body: With Power Yoga Buffalo, 6:30 p.m., Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 1285 Elmwood Ave. Enjoy an evening of yoga and art. For more info, visit $25.

Green Cuisine: 7 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, 6320 Main St., Amherst. Geri Hens will present on “GMO, Herbicide Health Implications for Bees, Pollinators and Local Ecosystem.” For more info, visit


Zumba Kids Jr.: Last day is 10:45 a.m., St. George’s Church, 2 Nottingham Terrace. For more info, call 574-9303. $10.

Family yoga: 11 a.m.; also noon Wednesday, Canalside; Free.


Nutrition talk: 12:15 p.m., Templeton Landing, 2 Templeton Terrace. Dr. Scott Darling will speak about performance enhancing drugs and nutrition. For more info, visit Free.


Yoga for seniors: 9 a.m., Clarence Senior Center, 4600 Thompson Road, Clarence. Call 633-5138 for more info. $5.

Friday Night Lights: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Aquarium of Niagara, 701 Whirlpool St. One admission fee lets you come and go as many times as you want, and use the upstairs deck for fireworks over Niagara Falls at the end of the night. There will be entertainment all day and night. Starting at 6 p.m., there will be drinks and food for sale by the Culinary Arts Institute at Niagara Falls, music by Peter Green and Brian Beaudry, contests, raffles, an added sea lion show and touch tanks. For admission costs and more info, visit


Yoga On The Green: 9 a.m., Village of Kenmore Farmer’s Market, Kenmore Municipal Green, Delaware Avenue at Delaware Road, Kenmore. Suggested donation $5-15; for more info, visit or


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