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The Healthy 10: Doulas, free yoga and Festival of Lights on tap this week

Meet some doulas, take a free yoga class and enjoy the lights at the Erie County Fairgrounds this week. These 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.


Meet the Doula Night: 7 to 8 p.m., Creative Wellness Group, 726 Main St., third floor, East Aurora. Meet the Creative Motherhood Doula team and learn about pregnancy and birth doula services, postpartum doula services, support groups, childbirth education, placenta encapsulation, breastfeeding support and more. Free. Preregistration is required at


Recovery International support: 7 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island; also 11 a.m. Saturday, Fourteen Holy Helpers School, 1339 Indian Church Road. For adults needing help with depression, panic attacks, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder or anger management. Visit or call 694-0104 for info on all Western New York meetings.


Yoga: 10 a.m., Martha Mitchell Center, 175 Oakmont Ave., and 4 p.m., Bird’s Nest, 64 Fillmore Ave.; also 10 a.m. Saturday, Gross Motor Room at True Bethel Baptist Church, 907 E. Ferry St.  Free for all ages and abilities; a snack will be served afterward. Supported by the church and the nonprofit Yogis in Service. For more info, visit

Ice skating: 3 to 7 p.m.; same time Thursday, 1 to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Ice at Canalside, Main at Scott streets. $6 for ages 13 and over, $4 for those 6 to 12, free for children 5 and under. Seasonal passes available. BlueCross BlueShield of WNY members with a membership card get $1 off. $4 skate rentals; $5 during special holiday hours. Hours may vary depending on weather conditions; there will be special weekday hours Dec. 24 to Jan. 1 and Feb. 18 to 24. For more info, visit


Introduction to Meditation: 6 p.m., Buffalo Barre, 5843 Transit Road, Amherst. For more info, visit $20.


The Festival of Lights takes place at the Erie County Fairgrounds the next two weekends.

Panic Holiday Marketplace:  4 to 8 p.m.; also 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, WNY Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St. Will include more than 40 local vendors local vendors who handmake unique, quality housewares, pottery, knitwear, accessories and more. Free admission. For more info, visit or call 348-1430.

Festival of Lights: 5 to 9 p.m.; same time Saturday and Sunday, Erie County Fairgrounds, 5600 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg. Light displays, holiday magic shows and the Tops Friendly Markets Winter Wonderland. $25 carload admission.

Old Falls Street will ring in the holidays the next three Saturdays


Free car seat safety check: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Mercy Hospital, 565 Abbott Road, South Buffalo. To be conducted by certified car seat technicians on the first floor of the Mercy parking ramp, with additional activities and refreshments in the Marion Professional Center. Please bring all children who ride in a car seat to this event. Registration is required by calling 447-6205 or online at

December Healing Salon: 4 to 6 p.m., Creative Wellness Group, 726 Main St., third floor, East Aurora. Candlelit event focused on healing through being together. We will create a mandala to commemorate the upcoming Winter Solstice and journey deep within the inner wilderness through a guided meditation and a chakra-based dance. Suggested donation $10-$25. Preregistration required at

Castle by Candlelight: Visit the 18th-century French Castle, decked out for the holidays, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Old Fort Niagara, foot of the Robert Moses Parkway, Youngstown. Music, crafts, demonstrations and living history merrymakers are part of the experience. Tickets will be available only at the door for $10; children aged 5 and under are free. Visitors are encouraged to dress for the weather, wear walking footwear and bring a flashlight. For more info, visit

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