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Healthy choices: It's beginning to look more like summer WNY event-wise

The weather could be better but it will continue to look more like summer this week when it comes to the top health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. To see this week’s complete calendar, click here.


Slow Roll Buffalo: Meet at 5:30 p.m., roll at 6:30 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Park, East Parade Avenue. Roughly 10-mile guided ride for all ages and abilities. Free. First-time riders should register at


Campus WheelWorks outing: 6 p.m., Campus WheelWorks, 744 Elmwood Ave. Five categories range from fast-paced, 30-mile course to a shorter “ice cream ride.” Bike helmet mandatory. For information on this and other excursions, visit


Philip L. Haberstro, executive director of the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo, will lead a noontime walk Wednesday on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News file photo)

Downtown wellness walks: Noon Wednesday, Buffalo Niagara Visitor Center alongside Lafayette Square. For more info, visit, call 851-4052 or email


Party at the Beech: 6:30 to 8 p.m., Beechwood Homes, 2235 Millersport Highway, Getzville. Gift-gathering party is to benefit the 2017 Auction and Food Extravaganza, a fundraiser for the Beechwood/Blocher Foundation Living Care Fund. Attendees are asked to bring a gift card for a store or restaurant (minimum $25 value) to be used for Auction gifts and baskets. Food, wine, beer and desserts from local restaurants will be provided. Casual attire is encouraged. Reservations are requested by calling Eileen at 810-7371 or through email at

Meditation programs: Two-part presentation and discussion led by sensei Geoffrey Shugen Arnold. “The Importance of Meditation within a Time of Compassion” will be held from 7 to 9 p.m.; “The Importance of Compassion within a Time of Meditation,” at the same time Friday, Episcopal Diocese of WNY Ministry Center, 1064 Brighton Road, Town of Tonawanda. An introduction to Buddhist meditation will be offered before each lecture from 6:15 to 6:50 p.m. For more info, visit or email $15 donation requested for each session.


Stars, Stripes and Songs: For caregivers and loved ones with dementia, 4 to 5:30 p.m., Catholic Charities’ Older Adult Services Office, 128 Wilson St., behind St. Stanislaus Church. Will feature a patriotic theme and include live music, a photo montage reminiscent of patriotic days of yore, and an indoor picnic. Register by Tuesday by calling 858-2022 or emailing Presented by the Western New York Alzheimer’s Caregiver Partnership and the Erie County Department of Senior Services.

Holistic Alliance of WNY: 7 p.m., Sisters of Charity Hospital – St. Joseph’s Campus Community Room, 2605 Harlem Road, Cheektowaga. Dr. Sanford Levy, an internist, will talk about his self-pay specialty practice of integrative and holistic medicine. The focus of his practice is both wellness care and the treatment of a variety of chronic health conditions with lifestyle changes and dietary supplements.

Dialogues on disABILITY Speaker Series: “History, Mystery, Neglect and Hope – A Complete Perspective on the J.N. Adam Memorial Hospital,” 7 to 9 p.m., Historic Hollywood Theater, 39 W. Main St., Gowanda. Free. Panel discussion covering the grand beginning of the J.N. Adam Memorial and its place in medical, historical and architectural relevance, its compelling allure, and the legal battles to determine ownership and landlord responsibility. Additionally, the book "J.N. Adam Memorial Hospital: Her Inside Voice," by Char Szabo-Perricelli, will be highlighted. A question and answer session will be held with the panel, which includes Deb Harris, grant writer for Historic Preservation Projects; Michael Kuzma, senior legislative assistant to Fillmore District Council Member David A. Franczyk; Char Szabo-Perricelli, artist/photographer and author; Douglas Platt, curator for the Museum of disABILITY History; and Jody Shaw, Town of Perrysburg historian/curator of the Historical Museum in Perrysburg. For more info, or to register, email David Mack-Hardiman at or call 629-3626.


The former Elmwood- Bidwell Farmers Market is now called the Elmwood Village Farmers Market. (John Hickey/Buffalo News file photo)

Elmwood Village Farmers Market: Opening day of the season for one of the region's most popular farm markets, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Elmwood Avenue at Bidwell Parkway. Each week, three different community groups will host an informational table at the market including West Side Community Services, United Healthcare, and The Friends of the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter next week. For more info, visit

South Park Community Carnival: 9 a.m. to noon, South Park High School, 150 Southside Parkway. Includes a bounce house, games, arts and crafts, and other family-fun activities, including a special storytime presented by Every Person Influences Children (EPIC), and an appearance by Sabretooth and Clifford the Big Red Dog. Includes free breakfast at 9 a.m. and free lunch at 11:15 a.m., as well as giveaways throughout the day. Register for a car seat safety check by calling. 332-4130.


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