Outdoor fun and fitness, free indoor yoga and barre classes, and a mental health first-aid class that will help adults help young people struggling with behavioral or substance abuse challenges are among the top picks of the week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region.
Holistic Lecture Series: “Posture Matters: Quick and Easy Tips to Pain Free & Healthy Living,” with chiropractor Tammy Bialek, 7 p.m., Amherst Main Library at Audubon, 350 John James Audubon Pkwy, Amherst. Free.
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 canalsidebuffalo.com.
Go Red for Women: 6 p.m., Buffalo Barre, 5843 Transit Road, Amherst. Yoga class to raise awareness for women about heart disease. For more info, visit buffalobarre.com. Free.
Alden Winterfest: Today and Saturday at various sites across the village starting with food trucks, fireworks and other activities in Alden Town Park. Events on Saturday include a pancake breakfast, adult and kids games, coloring contest, horse and buggy rides, free ski rentals, dog sled demos, a soup and chili cook-off, Dance with the Diva Show Band and wine tasting. For more info, visit facebook.com/AldenWinterfest.
Give Kids a Smile Day: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., University at Buffalo South Campus, Squire Hall. Dental school students and staff will treat children ages 2 to 18 who may not have a dentist, may not be able to visit a dentist on a regular basis or may not have the resources to pay for dental care. Children will get exams, cleanings, fluoride treatments, X-rays and fillings or extractions as needed that day. Registration is required by calling 829-2780 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth Mental Health First Aid: 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Feb. 10, Lincoln Memorial United Methodist Church, 641 Masden Ave. Two-day course teaches adults how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance abuse, disruptive behavior disorders and eating disorders. Lunch will be provided. Register at lincolnyouthmhfa.eventbrite.com. Free.
Learn to Cross-Country Ski: 10 a.m., Reinstein Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Cheektowaga. A limited number of cross-country skis for rent. For more information, visit reinsteinwoods.org. Lesson is free.
Winter Warm Up – Yoga for Cyclists and Friends: For women only, 2 to 4 p.m., Love in Motion, 1250 Niagara St. Free. For more info, visit campuswheelworks.com.
Pop-Up Park: 3:30 to 6 p.m., Packard Court Community Center, 4200 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls. Includes snowman-building contests, snow painting and more outdoors, as well as hot chocolate, healthy snacks, and activities indoors. These events are hosted by the Create a Healthier Niagara Falls Collaborative, in partnership with the Niagara Falls Housing Authority. Free.
Cross-country skiing: Buffalo Nordic Ski Club President James Klein hosts free learn to cross-country ski lessons for the public that start at 10 a.m. every snowy Sunday, Rose Garden in Delaware Park. To sign up or learn more, visit buffalonordic.org.