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Healthy choices: Tai chi, spring walks and Messfest among Top 10 picks of week

Tai chi, spring walks and a chance to get your hands dirty at the Buffalo Museum of Science 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.


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

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.


Gentle yoga: 4:30 p.m.; also same time Thursday, Shakti Yoga, 133 Grant St. For more info, visit or call 884-9642. $12.

Retired teachers and educators sought: To become part of the Dog Ears Bookstore family and improve literacy in the region. The nonprofit community bookstore, at 688 Abbott Road in South Buffalo, will host an informative and exploratory gathering for those interested at 6 p.m. For more info, visit or call 823-2665.


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


Good for the Neighborhood: 5 to 6:30 p.m., Doris Jones Family Resource Building, 3001 Ninth St., Niagara Falls. Program will focus on nutrition, showcasing the free vegetable everyone gets for attending, and there will be a raffle for items that include cutting boards and a crock pot. Those who get health screenings will win a prize.


Knox Farm State Park in East Aurora will host a spring walk on Saturday. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News file photo)

Community Wellness Health Fair: 9 p.m. to noon, Christ United Methodist Church, 350 Saratoga Road, Amherst. Blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol and glaucoma testing, as well as weigh-ins will be available. Info on dental education, diabetes, nutrition and physical activity will be available. Sponsors include the Amherst Lions Club and Kaleida Health Community Outreach. Free.

Elmwood Village Winter Market: 9 a.m. to , Buckham Hall, SUNY Buffalo State, near the Grant Street side of campus along Rockwell Road. Free parking will be available during market hours; Lot R-13 is recommended for convenience. At 11 a.m., senior Molly Lawler will lead fitness classes in the Buckham Hall atrium at the Rees Street entrance. Participants are asked to bring a bottle of water and yoga mat. Classes are free though a goodwill offering is appreciated. The Whitworth Ferguson Planetarium in Buckham Hall on the Buffalo State campus is also open on Saturdays during the market. Visit for more information.

Messfest: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway. Ooey, gooey, sticky and fun involving the “Professor of Mess” and science experiments including elephant toothpaste, Mentos fountains, liquid nitrogen explosion and the Bernoulli toilet paper shooter, as well as a Messtacular! stage show. Each show lasts about 40 minutes, is priced at $5 for nonmembers and $3 for members, and will take place at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30, 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. Admission to Messfest is included with general museum admission. For more info, call 896-5200 or visit

Spring walks: State Parks will sponsor two, from 1 to 3 p.m., at Earl W. Bridges Artpark State Park, 450 S. Fourth St., Lewiston. To register, call 754-4375; the second is at Knox Farm State Park, 437 Buffalo Road, East Aurora. Search for tell-tale signs of the new season in the fields and forest. To register, call 282-5154. Both walks are free.


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