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Healthy choices: Microbiome Week, PTSD film and talk among top 10 picks

Microbiome Week lessons, a special showing about veterans and PTSD, and a meditation and relaxation session are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family in the region.


Senior Yoga Fit: 10 a.m.; and same time Wednesday, Jewish Community Center Benderson Family Building, 2640 N. Forest Road, Amherst. Nonmembers can participate by purchasing a 10-class pass for $59. For info, call Ann Vorburger at 204-2070 or email

Tobacco cessation course: Weekly, five-week class starts at noon, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Elm and Carlton streets. Those who attend will receive a nicotine assessment, professional cessation guidance, group support, relaxation strategies, relapse prevention, medication referrals and free nicotine replacement medication. Those interested must register by calling 845-8667. Free.

Health and Wellness Career Fair: For those interested in working in the health and wellness field, 4:30 to 8 p.m., SUNY Buffalo State Butler Library, 1300 Elmwood Ave. Included keynote speakers at 5:30 p.m., panel presentation at 6:15 p.m. and Q&A at 7:30. Bring a resume. Free parking and admission.

Microbiome Week: The University at Buffalo Community of Excellence in Genome, Environment and Microbiome (GEM) program will host several free public programs during Mind Your Microbiome and Get Smart About Antibiotics Week. The aim is to educate the community about the microbes that live in and on our bodies – including the large number of good bacteria that keep us healthy, and the few bad bacteria that cause infections and make us ill. They include, “Antimicrobial Resistance: A Pharmacy and Public Health Perspective,” 6:30 p.m. Monday, 190 Kapoor Hall on the UB South Campus, Main Street at Bailey Avenue; a Fermentation Fair featuring a workshop to sample fermented foods and learn how microbes impact our gut and colon health, 10 a.m. Tuesday, 17 Norton Hall on the UB North Campus, Amherst; “Diversity of the Skin Microbiome,” 9:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 18, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, at Elm and Carlton streets. Learn more at


Senior resource fair: 10 a.m. to noon, Town Square for Aging, 2710 N. Forest Road, Getzville. Topic is “Tune-up Home, Car and Self for Winter.” Free.

Innisfree Ceili Dance Group: 7:45 p.m., Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road. For more info, contact, call 627-5966 or visit $1 donation.


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.

Yoga: 4 p.m.; also 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

“Thank You for Your Service”: Compeer of Greater Buffalo will host a special screening of this award-winning film about veterans and PTSD, followed by a Q&A session, starting at 7:30 p.m., AMC Maple Ridge 8, 4276 Maple Road, To purchase tickets ($13.50 each, plus $2.00 service fee), contact Tina Caviness at 883-3331 or email


Taoist tai chi: Free open house 10 a.m., Taoist Tai Chi Society of USA, 968 Kenmore Ave. Demonstrations, talk to instructors, learn about beginner class time. For info, visit, email or call 876-7218.

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