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The Healthy 10: This week's wellness events include New Year's day yoga, ice skating

New Year's Day yoga and ice skating, a Thursday blood drive that can get you a free weeklong pass to the Jewish Community Center fitness facilities in Amherst and a Saturday health fair are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to starting the new year right when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. To see this week’s complete calendar, click here.


2018 New Year's Day Yoga: Lite Up Your Intentions. 10 a.m., Creative Wellness, 726 Main St., third floor, East Aurora. Registration required at $15 (class passes accepted).

Ice skating: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today, 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 1 to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, 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. For more info, visit; also public skates on the covered ice surface run from 1 to 2:20 p.m. today, Saturday and Sunday, 7 to 8:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Healthy Zone Rink, 41 Riley St. in East Aurora.; $5 to skate and $3 to rent skates; BlueCross BlueShield members receive $1 off by presenting their insurance card. For more info, including a calendar of events,


Pickleball: 6:30 p.m., St. Peter’s Lutheran Church and School, 4169 Church Road, Lockport. For new and seasoned players. $3.

US TOO prostate cancer support: 7 p.m., Room 301, Veterans Administration Medical Center, 3495 Bailey Ave. Call 834-9200, Ext. 5169 for more info.

Intro to acupuncture: 8:30 p.m., 1001 Lafayette Ave. Learn about acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine. For info, visit $15.


Yoga: 10 a.m., Martha Mitchell Center, 175 Oakmont Ave.; also 4 p.m., Bird’s Nest, 64 Fillmore Ave., 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

Women’s Lymphedema education and support: 5:45 to 7 p.m., Sheridan Surgical meeting room, 4510 Bailey Ave., Amherst.


Blood drive: 9:30 a.m., Jewish Community Center Benderson Family Building, 2640 N. Forest Road, Amherst. Give blood and receive a one-week JCC guest pass, plus your name will be entered into a drawing for three half-hour personal training sessions and a one-hour massage. For more info, call 688-4033.


Winter markets: Holiday Market on Bidwell, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., St. John’s Grace Episcopal Church, 51 Colonial Circle. Features about 20 vendors, including local farmers, food producers and artisans. For more info, visit; also Winter Market at Horsefeathers. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Horsefeathers Building, 346 Connecticut St.

New Year, New You!: Health and Wellness Fair, noon, North Park Academy, 780 Parkside Ave. Free.


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