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The Healthy 10: Winter Break bustles with new wildlife exhibit, Snowga and more

It's winter break in the region and there is plenty for families to do when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events. Holistic health events in Amherst, Depew and West Seneca, a new exhibit in Niagara Falls, Ont., and a "Snowga" class in Lockport are among our top 10 healthy picks of the week.


Wild Ontario exhibit: Today is Family Day in Canada and Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo has helped create a new exhibit for families that will be through April 29 in the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory, 2565 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls, Ont. Access to the temporary exhibit that features wildlife familiar in these parts is included with regular admission of $15 for adults, $9.75 for children 6 to 12, free for children 5. For more info hours and events, visit

Familial cancer support: 7 p.m., St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 68 Eagle St., Williamsville. For those with a family history of cancer. For more info, visit


US TOO prostate cancer support: 7 p.m., Sisters of Charity Hospital – St. Joseph Campus Community Room, 2605 Harlem Road.Call 834-9200, Ext. 5169 for more info.

Holistic Alliance of WNY: 7 p.m., Curtin Funeral Home, 1340 Union Road, West Seneca. Meeting will include a presentation entitled “Blue Salve: Become an active participant in your healing process,” about how to use hypnosis and visualization techniques to make your mind-body communication even stronger. Free.

Holistic Health Series: “Natural, Holistic Alternatives for Healing Lyme Disease & Other Chronic Illnesses," 7 p.m., Audubon Branch Library, 350 John James Audubon Parkway, Amherst. Ariel Wachowski, a lifelong competitive athlete, talks about her experience and how she has rebounded from it. For more info, call 689-4922. Free.


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Memorial Medical Center population health forum: Hospital officials seek input on improving patient experience and service availability, 4 p.m., Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, first-floor auditorium, 621 10th St.

Adrian Starks appearances: The Seattle-based international motivational speaker and author, and founder Of Champion Up, has two talks scheduled this week in the region, including "Remembering The Champion Within" from 6 to 8:30 p.m. today, Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant, 3785 South Park Ave., Blasdell. $30 includes dinner, with a portion of ticket proceeds to benefit the Child Life Department at John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital. Tickets available here or Illio DiPaolo’s. Sparks also will give a talk entitled "How to Develop the Champion Within" at 1 p.m. Saturday, Golden Light Practitioners, 5451 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg. For more info and to register for that talk, visit $40.


Snowga: 9:45 a.m., Kenan Center House Gallery, 433 Locust St., Lockport. For more info, visit 433-2617. $12-$15.


Earth-Spirit Expo: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; also 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, The Grapevine Banquets, 333 Dick Road, Depew. Meet energy workers, doctors and massage therapists, learn more about green living and alternative healing. For more info, visit $7 for one-day, $10 two-day admission. Includes lectures.

Brewski: Noon to 3 p.m., Knox Farm State Park, 434 Buffalo Road, East Aurora; 2.5-mile dog and family friendly ski event with beer stations followed afterward for the first 250 registrants by a free glass at 42 North Brewing Company of a small-batch Hot Cocoa Stout. Register in advance for $20 at; or pay $30 on-site.

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