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Healthy choices: Bike rides, 5Ks top this week's WNY wellness options

Early week bike rides, and two 5Ks and fundraising bike ride next weekend, are among the 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. xxx


Slow Roll Memorial Day Ride: Meet at 5:30 p.m., ride at 6:30, Buffalo Naval Park, Canalside. Roughly 10-mile guided ride for all ages and abilities. Free. First-time riders should register at


Respiratory health talk: 12:15 p.m., Dale Association, 33 Ontario St., Lockport. The Educational Respiratory Wellness Program, by Middleport Family Health Center, is designed for people with asthma, COPD, sleep apnea or other respiratory issues and their loved ones. For more info, visit 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


Meditation and relaxation: 11 a.m., Karuna Yoga Buffalo, 5225 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. Learn and practice traditional meditation to cultivate joy, happiness, relaxation, concentration and skill in everyday living. For more info, visit


Jack H. Wisby Jr. Veterans Memorial Walkway Ceremony: To honor veterans who have died, 11:30 a.m., VA Western New York Healthcare System, 222 Richmond Ave., Batavia, New York. Four veteran graduates of the PTSD program also will have their names added to the walkway, joining 51 other veterans who have been honored since it was unveiled in 2006. “The camaraderie amongst veterans is strong,” said Caryn Dilandro, program manager. “That bond carries years after veterans have graduated from PTSD treatment. This walkway and ceremony is one of the many ways our VA community honors, and advocates for, the hard work it takes in recovery from PTSD.” Following the ceremony, the annual picnic will take place. All are welcome.

Race for Scholarships: Alden Scholarship Foundation’s 12th annual 5Krun and walk at 6 p.m. Friday, 13190 Park St., Alden, outside Alden High School; kid’s fun run at 5 p.m. at Alden Town Park. After-party will coincide with “Taste of Alden” and include a family friendly kids’ zone, basket raffle, 50/50 split,  beer tent, and live music by The Yesterday Band. For more info and to register, visit the calendar page at or On-site registration at the high school runs from 3 to 6:15 p.m.

Boys Run On 5K: 7 p.m. race for students who have participated in the Boys Run On program, as well as those of all ages from the general public, Buffalo Harbor State Park (formerly Small Boat Harbor), 1111 Fuhrmann Blvd. This event will be timed for the general public but the goal of the BRO Program is for the boys to make it across the finish line supporting each other as they go, so program participants will not be timed. Registration on site from 5 to 6:30 or in advance at


Taoist tai chi: Free open house 10 a.m., Taoist Tai Chi Society of USA, 968 Kenmore Ave. Demonstrations, talk to instructors, learn about beginner class time. For info, visit, email or call 876-7218.

Tour De Cure: Cycling fundraising event to benefit the American Diabetes Association, noon, 101 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls. To register and for more info, visit

Camp Happiness: Register by today for this camp designed for developmentally disabled residents of Niagara County, which will run from June 26-30. Register by calling 434-4050, Ext 424 or on the “Resources and Camp Information” tab at


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