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The Healthy 10: 100-mile run, 'Snow Roll,' gluten-free talk on tap this week

A trio of long-distance running races whose routes include the Erie Canal towpath in Lockport – one of them a 100-miler – a "Snow Roll" Buffalo bike ride, and a presentation on gluten-free eating are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region.


Cross-country skiing: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today to Friday; also 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Reinstein Woods, 93 Honorine Drive, Cheektowaga. Snowshoes and limited number of cross-country skis for rent at $5 and $8. Infant/toddler sleds also can be rented for $5. Call the education center at 683-5959 to check weather conditions. For more information, visit

Gentle yoga: For beginners, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Life’s Gifts Unfolded, 856 Ridge Road, Lackawanna. For more info, visit $15, or five classes for $65.


Better Birth Connection: 6:30 p.m., the Fountain Wellness Center, 8469 Sheridan Drive, Clarence. WNY Doulas’ clients and those interested in learning more about its variety of services. Topic is comfort measures. For more info, email Free.

Holistic Health Series: “Breaking Down the Gluten-Free Diet: Fact versus Fiction,” 7 p.m., Audubon Branch Library, 350 John James Audubon Parkway, Amherst. Dietitian and nutritionist Andrea Langston will talk about how a diagnosis of celiac disease changed not only her diet, but her career. For more info, call 689-4922.


Ice skate this week on a frosty day at Canalside. (Sharon Cantillon/News file photo)

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

Sparks of Hope recovery support: 7 p.m. second and fourth, Hamburg United Methodist Church, 107 Main St., Hamburg. For families dealing with addiction. Talk, share and listen; learn coping strategies.


BestSelf Recovery Jam: 5:30 to 7 p.m. BestSelf Recovery Community, 69 Linwood Ave., with special guest Jim Candytree performing an acoustic set. For those in recovery and their loved ones. Free.

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Winter Beast of Burden: 25-, 50- and 100-mile runs start at 10 a.m., 718 Market St. Lockport. For more info and to register, visit Registration closes at 11:59 a.m. Wednesday.

Winter Woods Battle: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Old Fort Niagara, foot of the Robert Moses Parkway, Youngstown. A day of re-enactments and demonstrations including fur trading, shelter building, fire starting, weaponry, foodways, winter games, artisans and snowshoeing (or hiking) to a battle in the woods. Complimentary hot chocolate with the re-enactors. Everything is included with regular admission to the fort, which is $12 for adults, $8 for children ages 6-12. Free for children ages 5 and under and Old Fort Niagara Association members. For more info, visit

Snow Roll: Meet at noon, ride at 12:30 p.m., from Sports City Pizza Pub, 1407 Niagara St. For more info, visit

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