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Healthy Choices: End the year with fitness and time with family

End the year on a strong note with a health class, support group or family friendly New Year’s Eve celebration, all 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.


Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS): 9 a.m., Highland Hose Firehall, 1 George Nablo Parkway, Evans; also 6 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 149 Broad St., City of Tonawanda; 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Tonawanda Zion Church, 15 Koenig Circle, Town of Tonawanda; 9 a.m. Wednesday, Cheektowaga Recreation Center, 2600 Harlem Road, Cheektowaga; 5 p.m. Wednesday, Lancaster Municipal Building Room 215, 5423 Broadway, Lancaster; 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Northwest Buffalo Community Center, 155 Lawn Ave.

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

Pilates: 6 p.m., Lifestyle Health and Fitness, 80 Clinton St., Room 211, City of Tonawanda. For more info, visit $5. Also at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Karyn Kelly Dance, 4223 Transit Road, Amherst. For info, email $6.


Swing dancing takes place Tuesday evenings in Buffalo. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News file photo)

Meditation & Yoga as Christian Spiritual Practice: 7 to 8 p.m., St. Mary’s Elementary School cafeteria, 2 St. Mary’s Hill, Aurora and St. Joseph streets, Lancaster. Free, though donations are accepted, with all proceeds going to the parish. For more info and class dates, call Diane Zwirecki at 683-6445, Ext. 24 or email

Recovery International support: 7 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island; 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Clarence Public Library, 3 Town Place, Clarence. For adults needing help with depression, panic attacks, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder or anger management. Visit or call 694-0104 for info on 10 Western New York meetings.

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


Healthy Living class: 10 a.m., St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 205 Longmeadow Road, Amherst. $5 monthly dues.

Medicaid and Child Health Plus info session: BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York and the Rural Outreach Center will host an enrollment-assistance session from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the ROC, 730 Olean Road, East Aurora. Call 331-4844 for more information or to set up an appointment.

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.


Family friendly New Year’s Eve: 4 to 10 p.m., The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls, 101 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls. Dance, sing karaoke, enjoy a bounce house and petting zoo and an indoor snowball fight before the ball drop at as 10 p.m. nears. Presale tickets are $6 for guests aged 4 and over; kids 3 and under are free. Tickets are $8 at the door. For more info, visit; also First Night Buffalo, 5 to 10 p.m., Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. The 28th annual alcohol-free, family celebration includes entertainment, educational programing, rides and amusements and reaches its crescendo at 9:45 p.m. with a performance national touring act, Reza Illusionist, followed by a countdown with a balloon drop. Tickets are $12 at the door; children aged 2 and under are free. Free parking is available at the Fernbach and Main Place Mall parking ramps. Hosted by the Independent Health Foundation.


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