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Healthy Choices: Take a yoga class, strum a guitar, hit the library

Yoga, learning more about the guitar and discovering what winter life was like during the pioneer days 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.


Open skating: During daylight hours as weather allows, Akron Falls and Como Lake county parks, 44 Parkview Drive, Akron, and 2220 Como Park Blvd., Lancaster, respectively. Free but must bring your own skates. Visit or call 858-8513 for winter sports and activities updates. Also, open skating at Reservoir and DeVeaux Woods state parks – which flank each other and the Robert Moses Parkway near the Niagara River Whirlpool Rapids in Niagara Falls. They offer free ice skating at their rustic rinks, weather permitting. Skate rentals are unavailable. Both rinks are open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Call 284-5778 for more info.

Alzheimer’s support: 2 p.m., Peregine’s Landing, 101 Sterling Drive, Orchard Park. Information about the 30-plus group meetings that take place across the region is available by visiting the chapter’s website at or by calling (800) 272-3900.

As the Spirit Moves you yoga: 5 p.m., Winery at Marjim Manor, 7171 E. Lake Road, Newfane. Bring your own yoga mat. For more info, call the winery at 778-7001. $10. Prepay for five classes and get the sixth free.


Open ice skating: 3 to 7 p.m., as well as same time Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday,  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.

Recovery International support: 7 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island; also 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.


Catherine Cook-Cottone helps lead free yoga classes Wednesdays and Sundays in the Resurrection Church Community Room. (Buffalo News file photo)

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.

Yoga: 4 p.m., as well 10 a.m. Saturday, Resurrection Church Community Room, 3 Doat St., at Genesee Street. 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

"Guitar – The Instrument that Rocked the World: New temporary exhibit at the Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway, includes an interactive 47-foot guitar and other hands-on exhibits. Enjoy the exhibit for extended hours on Wednesdays. Admission is charged. For more info, visit


“Take Your Child to the Library Day”: Many of the 37 branches in the Buffalo & Erie County Library System will celebrate the day with special activities. Visit the calendar on the website or call 858-8900 for more information on a related event nearest you.

Winter Life at the Fort: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Old Fort Niagara, northern end of the Robert Moses Parkway, near Youngstown. Families are invited to experience mid-18th century winter life at the fort with activities that include a 2 p.m. snowshoe patrol. Admission is charged. Visit



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