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The Healthy 10: Expanded Canalside skating hours, First Night Buffalo this week

Ice skate all week at Canalside, snowshoe or take an introductory tai chi class on Wednesday and round out the week – and year – at First Night downtown. 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.


Ice skating: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. today through 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 during the next week. Hours may vary depending on weather conditions. For more info, visit

Meditation & Yoga as Christian Spiritual Practice: 7 p.m., St. Mary’s Elementary School gym, 2 St. Mary’s Hill, Aurora and St. Joseph streets, Lancaster. Free, though donations are accepted, with all proceeds going to the parish. For more info and class dates, call Diane Zwirecki at 683-6445, Ext. 24 or email

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.


Catherine Cook-Cottone founded Yogis in Service, which leads three free yoga classes weekly. (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

Frozen Forest Snowshoe Walk: 10:30 a.m., Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Cheektowaga. Explore the beauty of winter woods and learn how to identify local trees on this guided walk. Registration required by calling 683-5959. Snowshoe rental $5; $2 for Friends of Reinstein Woods members.

Taoist tai chi: Free open house, 7 p.m.; also 10 a.m. Saturday, Taoist Tai Chi Society of USA, 968 Kenmore Ave. For info, visit


Holiday Market on Bidwell: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., St. John’s Grace Episcopal Church, 51 Colonial Circle. For more info, visit; also Winter Market at Horsefeathers. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Horsefeathers Building, 346 Connecticut St.

Introduction to Acupuncture: Holistic health event, noon, 1001 Lafayette Ave. For more info, visit $15.

Battle @ Buffalo: 7 p.mrefr, Verve Dance Studio, 910 Main St. (above Hyatt’s Art Store). Monthly competition to encourage the development of young dancers in a supportive environment and provide a place for the community to learn, share and support the dance community. $5 to watch and $6 to battle.


First Night Buffalo returns to the downtown convention center on Sunday. (Sharon Cantillon/News file photo)

First Night: 5 p.m. Sunday, Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, 153 Franklin St. Family friendly, alcohol-free event with a host of activities including face-painting Double Black Light Dance Party, basketball challenge, Jeff Musial – The Animal Guy, Ninja Warrior Academy, toddler zone, and amusement and inflatable fun. Culminates with a balloon drop at 9:30 p.m. Tickets cost $12 if purchased online at and for $15 at the door starting at 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Children 2 and under are free.


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