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The Healthy 10: Ice skating, holiday fare on tap this week

Ice skate, help raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County, or take a last look at the Festival of Lights at the Erie County Fairgrounds this week. These are among the WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region.


Festival of Lights: 5 to 9 p.m. today through Saturday, Erie County Fairgrounds, 5600 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg. Light displays, holiday magic shows and the Tops Friendly Markets Winter Wonderland. $25 carload admission. For more info, visit

Christmas Caroling with Katie Ann: 6 to 8 p.m., Spot Coffee, 1 Delaware Road, Kenmore. A children’s Christmas CD will be available and free with any monetary donation to Roswell Park Cancer Institution. For more info, visit


Introduction to Meditation: 5:45 to 8:15 p.m.,  Creative Wellness Group, 726 Main St., third floor, East Aurora. Preregistration required at $50.

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.


The Ice at Canalside will be open this week for pre-Christmas skating. (Mark Mulville/News file photo)

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

Mental health support: National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Buffalo & Erie County family support groups meet at 7 p.m. at both St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4007 Main St. (near Eggert Road), Eggertsville and BestSelf Behavioral Health, 3176 Abbott Road, Orchard Park.

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


Hip Hop Toy Drive: 6 p.m. Thursday for those 18 and older, Stamps The Bar, 98 Main St., City of Tonawanda. $5 with donation, $10 general cover. Winter wish list includes clothing, lip balm, tissues, lotion, school supplies, gift cards, games and toys. All donations and proceeds will go to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County.

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

Kidney Foundation of Western New York support: 6 p.m., Erie County Medical Center Dialysis Center, 462 Grider St. All kidney dialysis patients, all types of organ transplant recipients, living donors, donor families, family members, and supporters are welcome.


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