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Healthy choices: Bikes, a group walk, family fundraisers

Early week bike rides, midweek fundraisers, and meaningful weekend events 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.


Slow Roll Buffalo: Meet at 5:30 p.m., roll at 6:30 p.m., Massachusetts Avenue Park, near Shields 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

LGBTQ caregivers support: This new group starts this week, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Pride Center of Western New York, 200 S. Elmwood Ave. Additional meetings will take place the third Tuesday of each month at the same time and place. Read a related WNY Refresh story here.


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

Opioid crisis talk: 7 p.m., St. Pius X Catholic Church, 1700 North French Road, Getzville. Dr. Richard Blondell, professor of family medicine and vice chairman of addiction medicine at the University at Buffalo’s Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, will give a free talk on the opioid problem, some basics, treatment, measuring success and how prevention is the answer, as well as five things you can to do prevent addiction among your children. See a related story here.


Cocktails in the Courtyard: Wine, beer, cheese and shopping party, 6:30 p.m., The Foundry, 1738 Elmwood Ave., to benefit Every Person Influences Children (EPIC). $50 presale; $60 at the door; $70 VIP. Buy tickets at  or by calling 332-4130 or

Headway of Western New York Spring Gala: To benefit those with brain injuries, 6 p.m. Thursday, Rich’s Atrium, 1 Robert Rich Way. Includes hors d’oeuvres, open and cash bar, more than 100 raffle baskets, silent auction, dinner and live music. $55 through Wednesday, $60 on the day of the event. To buy tickets, visit or call 408-3117.


Walk of Hope: 1.5-mile walk and post-walk rally to raise awareness and comfort for families who have loved ones who have struggled with mental illness and addiction, or lost someone to suicide, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cazenovia Park, South Buffalo. The event will feature family activities, music, food trucks, a theme-basket raffle and silent auction, as well as information to help families deal with challenge related to the walk’s mission. Registration is free, but donations are encouraged. The first 300 people who give $15 or more will receive a commemorative T-shirt. Walkers can preregister at by May 13. Registration on the day of the event will start at 9 a.m. Read a related Refresh story here.

Wellness on the Waterfront: Youth Peer Program of the Mental Health Association of Erie County youth-focused social event to promote mind-body healthy living, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Outer Harbor, 225 Fuhrmann Blvd. Event next weekend looks to help young people better communicate their health issues, decrease misperceptions surrounding mental health illness, and make wellness and community resources more available. Those who attend can enjoy activities such as lawn games and make-your-own self-care kits. They can create a “Spotlight on Strengths” photo board poster. The event also will feature a group yoga session, a drum circle with Carolyn Zimmerman and, at 3 p.m., a “Speak Out Celebration” in which attendees will share artistic messages representative of understanding, living with and overcoming a mental health diagnosis. There will be live music at 2 p.m. featuring Among the Wolves, and several interactive educational stations. For more info, email or call 886-1242, Ext. 345, or visit Wellness on the Waterfront is sponsored by Youth M.O.V.E National.


Brunch for Bumps: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Hotel @ The Lafayette, 391 Washington St. Doulas and other specialists will give moms-to-be and new moms more tools to address challenges that come with pregnancy, delivery and postpartum care.Register at The $20 cost includes brunch. For a related Refresh story, click here.


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