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Healthy Choices: Holiday fitness, last Elmwood-Bidwell farm market of season among Top 10

Holiday week fitness classes, the last Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers’ Market of the season and a chance to get lower-cost health insurance are among the WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family in the region.


Zumba Gold: 1 p.m., as well as Wednesday and Friday, Independent Health Family Branch YMCA, 150 Tech Drive. Included in YMCA membership or as part of the Silver Sneakers program, in which costs vary by insurance carrier. For more info, call 839-2543.

Health insurance open house: 1 to 4 p.m., Amherst Chamber of Commerce, 400 Essjay Road, Suite 150, Williamsville. The Chamber offers health insurance for individuals, sole proprietors, and small groups through BlueCross BlueShield of WNY, Independent Health and Univera.  It can also write insurance from different carriers within a single business. By recently partnering with United Healthcare, the chamber has expanded its insurance offerings to include Essential Plan options which are income based, and can have little or no premiums. Individuals unable to attend the open house may call the chamber at 632-6905 to schedule an appointment.

Jingle, Jazz and Joy: 6 p.m., Good Shepherd Community of Faith Church, 187 Southside Parkway. Gentle movements to seasonal tunes, sharing a brief time reconnecting with the joy of the season.

Pilates: 6 p.m., Lifestyle Health and Fitness, 80 Clinton St., Room 211, City of Tonawanda. For more info, visit $5.

“Whole Person Healthcare”: Presentation by Dr. Leeland Jones, 7 p.m., Trinity Old Lutheran Church, 3445 Sheridan Drive (near Sweet Home Road), Amherst. For more info, visit Free.


Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS): 6:15 p.m., Tonawanda Zion Church, 15 Koenig Circle, Town of Tonawanda. $2; also 9 a.m. Wednesday, Cheektowaga Recreation Center, 2600 Harlem Road, Cheektowaga. For more info, call 895-4414; 5 p.m. Wednesday, Lancaster Municipal Building Room 215, 5423 Broadway, Lancaster.

Enhancing adult relationships: 7:30 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 2640 N. Forest Road, Amherst. A small group workshop setting that explores the joys and trials of adult relationships. $25; JCC member discount of $18.

Swing dancing: 7:45 p.m., Polish Cadets Hall, 927 Grant St. Beginner swing dance followed by a social dance. No partner or dance experience necessary. For info, visit


Water in Motion aqua fitness class: 10 a.m., Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo, 2640 N. Forest Road, Amherst. Nonmembers can purchase a 10-class pass for $59. For more info, contact Eric Poniatowski at or 886-3172, Ext. 411.

Elmwood Village Farmers Market: Last day of the season, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Elmwood Avenue at Bidwell Parkway. The market, which shifts its name to the Elmwood Village Winter Market, will return to Buckham Hall on the SUNY Buffalo State campus, 1300 Elmwood Ave., on Dec. 3 and will continue to run there from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays through mid April. For more information, visit


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