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Healthy choices: Drug take-back, autism awareness, healthy eating among picks of week

A prescription drug take-back day, two inspiring events designed to raise awareness about autism, and healthy nutrition options 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.


Food Truck Tuesday: The popular event is in back in Larkinville from 5 to 8 p.m., Larkin Square, 745 Seneca St., and Flying Bison Brewing Co., 840 Seneca St. Up to 28 trucks a week will be featured, each serving at least one healthy option. Live music on The Boardwalk at Larkin Square is also part of the fun. Free parking in the Larkin Development Group lots. Guests are welcome to bring a folding chair or picnic blanket; pets, smoking and outside food or beverages are prohibited. For more info, visit


Oh, So Vein!: “How Vascular Health is Connected to How You Feel,” free dinner program at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, The Classics V, 2425 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. Reservations required by calling 447-6205.

Eat healthy to live healthy: Weekly eight-week class starts at 6:30 p.m. in the new Creative Wellness Group, 726 Main St., third floor, East Aurora. Learn how to lose weight, eat healthy and change your lifestyle. For more info, visit $200.


Tinnitus support: 7 p.m., University at Buffalo Center for Hearing and Deafness, 144 Farber Hall, UB South Campus, Main Street at Bailey Avenue. This month’s talk is “Mindfulness-Based Tinnitus Stress Reduction in a Group Setting.” For more info, call 829-5291 or email


The University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions will host a Narcan training class for first responders and others on Friday. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News file photo)

Narcan training talk: 10 a.m., Research Institute on Addictions, UB Downtown Campus, 1021 Main St. Janie Simmons, an ethnographer and principal investigator with National Development and Research Institutes Inc., and an affiliated researcher with the Center for Drug Use and HIV Research at New York University, will discuss naloxone and the computer-based, overdose-prevention training modules she developed as training for potential bystanders and police officers, firefighters and EMTs. RIA seminars are free and open to the public. For more info, call 887-3301 or visit

Million Hearts health screenings: Noon to 2 p.m., Friendship Baptist Church, 402 Clinton St. Free blood pressure and other health screenings offered by Millennium Collaborative Care, Greater Buffalo United Ministries and the University at Buffalo School of Nursing.

Film showing: The Museum of disABILITY History Film and Speaker Series will feature “Life, Animated,” 7 p.m. Friday, North Park Theatre, 1428 Hertel Ave.; a short film discussion with a question and answer session will follow the film, the heartwarming and inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man with autism who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate. Co-presented by Autism Services of Western New York. Admission tickets are $7.50 each and will be available at the North Park box office on the day of the show. For more info, visit or call 629-3626.


Prescription drug take-back: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Kenmore Mercy Hospital, 2950 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore; Mercy Ambulatory Care Center, 3669 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park; Mount St. Mary’s Hospital, 5300 Military Road, Lewiston; and Sisters of Charity Hospital – St. Joseph Campus, 2605 Harlem Road, Cheektowaga. Controlled substances and expired, unusable, unwanted household prescriptions or over-the-counter medicines will be accepted. Bring medications in the original labeled container but blacken out personal information.

Autism Walk: 10 a.m. next Saturday, Summit Center, 150 Stahl Road, Amherst. Take a 4-mile walk from the center along the Amherst Bike Path and back, or a half-mile walk around Summit grounds. A picnic follows. For more info and to register, visit

Coloring for adults: 2 to 4 p.m. next Saturday,  Central Library West Room, 1 Lafayette Square. Free, all materials are provided and no registration is required.


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