It's beginning to look a little bit like summer. Two festivals, the first Slow Roll of the season and Downtown Wellness Walks are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. To see this week’s complete calendar, click here.
Cherry Blossom Festival: 430 to 6:30 p.m. Campus House Cherry Blossom Fusion Party, with special events continuing through Saturday, with a noon to 3 p.m. Music Day, Japanese Garden in Delaware Park. For more info, visit buffalocherryblossomfestival.org.
Slow Roll Buffalo: Season three launch, meet at 5:30 p.m., roll at 6:30 p.m., Niagara Square. Roughly 10-mile guided ride for all ages and abilities. Free. First-time riders should register at slowrollbuffalo.org.
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“Stand Corrected:” Presentation and question-and-answer session about lower back pain and surgical and conservative treatment options, in partnership with UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, 5:30 p.m., GreenField Health and Rehabilitation Center auditorium, 5949 Broadway, Lancaster. To RSVP, visit standcorrected.eventbrite.com or call 684-0202, Ext. 1809. Complimentary refreshments will be served. Free.
Food Truck Tuesday: 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 larkinsquare.com.
Prostate cancer support: Dr. Michael Hanzly will speak to the US TOO prostate cancer support group at 7 p.m., VA Medical Center, 3495 Bailey Ave., Room 301. Hanzly will talk about advances in robotic surgery and more. The public is welcome; you need not be a veteran to attend.
Downtown wellness walks: Noon, Buffalo Niagara Visitor Center. For more info, visit CreatingHealthyCommunities.org, call 851-4052 or email BeActive@City-Buffalo.org.
Parkinson’s caregiver support: 1 p.m., St. John's Lutheran Church, 3512 Clinton St., West Seneca. For info, visit npfwny.org; also at 11 a.m. Friday, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, 621 10th St., Niagara Falls, will host a support group for those with Parkinson's and their loved ones.
Vascular health screening: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mount St. Mary’s Hospital, 5300 Military Road, Lewiston. Make an appointment for screening to include carotid artery disease, abdominal aortic aneurysm, peripheral arterial disease, blood pressure, cholesterol, Body Mass Index and pulse oximetry. Screenings open to those over 50 who smoke or have one or more of the following medical conditions: high blood pressure, diabetes, heart/leg ailments, family history of heart disease or prior stroke. Registration required by calling 447-6205.
Mental health conference: “The Mental Health Needs of Immigrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers” conference for professionals, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. next Saturday. Conference includes specialists, refugee speakers and more. Buffet lunch included. For more info and to register, visit pawny.org. Presented by the Psychological Association of WNY, University at Buffalo Department of Psychiatry and the Immigrant and Refugee Research Institute in the UB School of Social Work.
Boom Days: Noon to 10:30 p.m., Silo City Row, 200 Childs St. Family-friendly festival includes food trucks, workshops, crafts, performances, grain elevator tours for kids, outdoor screening of the Kentucky Derby and live music after 6 p.m., fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Free admission.
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