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Healthy Choices: Ice skating, Auto Show wellness fair among top choices

Outdoor ice skating, family planning presentations at the Central Library, and "Wellness Lane" at The Buffalo Auto Show 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 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 – 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.

Kevin Juliano, left, and his wife, Zoe Huang, lead a Taijiquan (tai chi) classes several times a week at their business, Peaceful Water Health and Fitness, in the Town of Tonawanda. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News file photo)

Taijiquan (tai chi): Improve postures, build strength, refresh the mind at  9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.; also at 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday, Peaceful Water Health and Fitness, 1914 Colvin Blvd., Town of Tonawanda. Try two classes for $20. For more info, visit

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


More open ice skating: 3 to 7 p.m.; also same time Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and next 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.


Wellness Wednesday: Program entitled, “Healthy Relationship + Planning = Healthy Family,” 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Central Library, 1 Lafayette Square. Don’t make important decisions in the dark. Find out how you can make informed choices about safer sex and family planning with help from the Family Planning Center.


Phil Haberstro, executive director of the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo, will be among those on hand to pass along healthful tips during The Buffalo Auto Show. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News file photo)

Wellness Lane: At the Buffalo Auto Show, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. today through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Board Room adjacent to room 106, first floor of the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, 153 Franklin St. Free blood pressure and bone density screenings, as well as resources courtesy of the Erie County Department of Health, Catholic Health, Buffalo Sunrise Rotary, Explore Buffalo, and the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo.

Menopause-heart health connection: Catholic Health physicians discuss menopause and heart health at a dinner event, 5:30 p.m., Grapevine Banquets, 333 Dick Road, Depew. Register at Free.


Dance Cardio: 6:45 p.m., Buffalo Barre, 5843 Transit Road, Amherst. Instructional dance class set to upbeat pop music for women of all fitness levels. For more info, visit $5-$20.


Gluten-free diet support: 10 a.m., Mount Mercy Academy, 88 Red Jacket Parkway, South Buffalo. Includes talk on finding gluten-free whole grains. For more info, visit

We Can: 1 p.m., The Genesis Center, 2161 Seneca St., South Buffalo. Peer-run group for teens struggling with mental health disorders and drug and alcohol addiction. For more info, visit


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