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Healthy Choices: Zumba, tai chi and ice skating part of the weekly mix

Fitness classes, healthier eating help and ice skating are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family in the region. To see this week’s complete calendar, click here.


Zumba: 11 a.m., Richmond-Summer Senior Building, 337 Summer St. $2. Also, Zumba Gold, 1 p.m. Monday, 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. Also Zumba Gold, 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, Thursday. St. George’s Church, 2 Nottingham Terrace. For more info, call 574-9303. $5. Also Zumba Gold With Jaime chair class. 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, St. George’s Church, 2 Nottingham Terrace. $5.

Tai chi: 11:30 a.m. ; also 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jewish Community Center Benderson Family Building, 2640 N. Forest Road, Amherst. For more info, call 204-2070.

Food Addicts in Recovery: 7 p.m. Christ United Methodist Church, 350 Saratoga Road, Amherst. Also 7 p.m. Wednesday, Room 3043, Kenmore Mercy Hospital, 2950 Elmwood Ave., Town of Tonawanda; 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Room 109, Wesleyan Church of Hamburg, 4999 McKinley Parkway.


Ice skating at Canalside is a popular winter pastime. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News file photo)

Alzheimer’s support: 1 p.m., Allegany County Office for the Aging, 6087 State Route 19, Angelica; also 1 p.m. , Clarence Library, 3 Town Plaza, Clarence; 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Fredonia Place, 50 Howard St., Hanover.

Gentle yoga: 4:30 p.m.; also same time Thursday, Shakti Yoga, 133 Grant St. For more info, visit or call 884-9642. $12. Also 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, West Side Community Services, 161 Vermont St. For info, call 510-7457. $10. Also Yoga Relax. 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Karuna Yoga Buffalo, 777 Maple Road, Amherst. For more info, visit $17.

Open ice skating: 3 to 7 p.m.; same time Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, The Ice at Canalside, Scott and Main streets. Hours may vary depending on weather conditions. Visit for more information.  $6 for ages 13 and over: $4 for 6-12; free for 5 and under. Skate rentals costs $5 (toddler size 9 to an adult 13); locker rental costs $3. Show your BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York membership card and receive a $1 off skate admission and $1 off skate rental discount.

Hope After Heartache: Tools for Living with Loss: 7 p.m., Mount Olivet Cemetery, 4000 Elmwood Ave., Town of Tonawanda. For info, call 873-6500.

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


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


Laughter Yoga: 6:30 p.m. , Many Haha’s Laughter Yoga Club, 546 Eggert Road. For more info, visit Free for all ages and abilities.


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