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Healthy choices: Veteran health, underage drinking talk, meditation

A town hall-style meeting on underage drinking, two gatherings about veterans’ health care and a new meditation opportunity are among the Top 10 WNY Refresh Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family.

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Slow Roll: Riders gather at 5:30 p.m. and ride starts at 6 sharp, Olivencia Community Center, 261 Swan St. Bikers up to age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, visit


Tai Chi: 11 a.m., SCENe/Concord Senior Center, 40 Commerce Drive, Concord. For more info, visit Free.

MAP Mobile Market: 4 to 6 p.m., Massachusetts Avenue Project Farm Stand, 389 Massachusetts Ave.; as well as 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Gerard Place, 2515 Bailey Ave.; 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, West Side Community Services, 161 Vermont St.; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Moot Community Center, 292 High St.; 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Elim Christian Fellowship, 70 Chalmers Ave.; and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Salvation Army, 960 Main St. The market will accept cash, credit cards and WIC market checks, as well as Double Up Food Bucks.


Meditation and relaxation: 11 a.m., Karuna Yoga Buffalo, 777 Maple Road, Amherst. Learn and practice traditional meditation to cultivate joy, happiness, relaxation, concentration and skill in everyday living. For more info, visit $17; use code FOCUS for $10 off your first six-week session.

Veterans benefit events: 1 to 3:30 p.m., Veterans Administration Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 15 Commerce St., Springville, as well as 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, VA clinic, 1234 Abbott Road Lackawanna. Info on VA health care and other veterans benefits. New Veterans seeking enrollment and access to VA health care are encouraged to bring their DD-214 discharge papers, and tax information from 2015. The good news for enrollment-eligible Veterans is that VA health care coverage meets the Affordable Care Act’s health care standards. Both clinics will also provide flu vaccines and take photos for VA identification cards for eligible veterans. For more info, call 592-2409 for VA Springville CBOC or 821-7815 for Lackawanna CBOC.

Yoga: 4 p.m., as well as 10 a.m. Saturday, Resurrection Church Community Room, 3 Doat St., at Genesee St. Free for all ages and abilities; a snack will be served afterward. Supported by the church and the nonprofit Yogis in Service. For more info, visit

Underage drinking town hall meeting: 6:30 p.m., Hilbert College Swan Auditorium, 5200 South Park Ave., Hamburg. Event focused underage drinking prevention will include presentations by Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon and Hamburg Town Justice Carl Morgan. Sponsored by the Town of Hamburg Drug Free Communities Coalition and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. For more information, call 826-2226.


Good for the Neighborhood: 5 to 6:30 p.m., Doris Jones Family Resource Building, 3001 9th St., Niagara Falls. Free pumpkins for children who attend, while supplies last. Face painting will also be available, as well as healthy trick-or-treating and a farmers’ market. Participants will be able to receive a free health screening for blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose level. Everyone who obtains a health screening at the event will receive a prize. There will also be an opportunity to earn an additional prize for having screening results in a healthy range. Participants also can bring any old or unwanted medication in the form of a pill, liquid or patches and it will be safely disposed of on site. You do not need to be an Independent Health member to attend.


Headway of Western New York Walk, Run and Wheel 5K: Registration starts at 8:30 a.m.; walk time starts at 9:30 a.m., LaSalle Park Pavilion area, Porter Avenue and AmVets Drive. Proceeds benefit Headway of WNY, an affiliate of People Inc., which supports those living with or call 408-3110. Those who registered for the original date in September can move registration to the new date or have the cost refunded.

Kidney talk: “Your Kidneys and You,” noon to 12:45 p.m., Eggertsville-Snyder Library, 4622 Main St., Snyder. Learn how to prevent and best address kidney disease. RSVP)by calling (585) 598-3963, Ext 373. Hosted by Northeast Kidney Foundation. Free.


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