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Healthy choices: Cooking classes, dining fundraiser, tai chi and yoga classes among top picks of week

Learn to cook healthy food, dine out for a good cause, and move with yoga or fitness classes with some of the 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., Schofield’s Mondello Wellness & Family Center, 3333 Elmwood Ave., Town of Tonawanda. For more info, visit First class free; each susequent class $2.

Lupus Patient Orientation: 6:30 p.m., Lupus Alliance of Upstate New York office, 3871 Harlem Road, Cheektowaga. All who are affected by lupus and related autoimmune diseases and looking for information and support are welcome, including family members and caregivers. This meeting will be led by Abby McCarville, an active member of the state and Western New York Physician Assistant societies and member of the board of the Lupus Alliance. Current information and literature will be shared and there will be time for questions and discussion. For information and reservations contact the Lupus Alliance office at 835-7161, Ext. 2. Free.

Tops Cooking School: “Beans for a Better Heart,” 6 to 8:30 p.m.; also “Springtime Baking,” 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Tops Market, 3980 Maple Road, at North Bailey Avenue, Amherst. Registered dietitians will lead participants through an evening of information and sampling of delicious recipes. Classes are subject to run based on enrollment and open to adults; children 16-17 years old may come accompanied by an adult. For more info, visit


Restaurant fundraiser: Bonefish Grill, in the Boulevard Mall, Amherst, and Lombardo Ristorante, 1198 Hertel Ave., will provide 20 percent of their proceeds today and Thursday to Headway of Western New York. Headway, a nonprofit affiliate of People Inc., provides resources, support groups, recreational programs, training and educational programs to survivors and caregivers of brain injury. The fundraising event, which takes place during National Brain Injury Awareness Month, will help Western New Yorkers with brain injuries and other disabilities have access to advocacy, resources and support so they may live as independently as possible. Patrons of the two restaurants can use event information cards provided or let their server know they are dining to support Headway of WNY. For more information, visit or call 408-3100.

Incredible Years – Parents and Babies: 5 p.m., Every Person Influences Children (EPIC), 1000 Main St. Free parenting workshop designed for parents to learn skills and strategies on how to enhance their baby’s development. For more info, visit


Donatello, Michelangelo, Leonardo and Raphael star in "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows," from Paramount Pictures, which was filmed in part in Buffalo, (Nickelodeon Movies and Platinum Dunes)

Niagara Parks Commission movie night: “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows,” 7 p.m., Old Fort Erie Visitor Centre, 350 Lakeshore Road, Fort Erie. $5. For more info, visit


Diabetes prevention program: 9:30 a.m., John Duke Senior Center, 1201 Hyde Park Blvd., Niagara Falls. A 16-week program for people who are at high risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. To register, call 278-1900. Free.


Yoga By Bonnie: Adult yoga at 8:15 a.m. and express yoga at 9:30 a.m., Neglia Conservatory of Ballet, Tri-Main Building, Suite 600, 2495 Main St. For more info, visit $10-$15.

Elmwood Village Winter Market: 9 a.m. to noon, 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.


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