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The Healthy 10: Support mental health, cancer research, those with AIDS this week

The American Cancer Society will hold a Friday fundraiser and two important fundraising walks will take place on the weekend. These are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in Western New York.


Tibetan Sound Healing: Join Matt Overfield and experience the healing sounds of Tibetan singing bowls and chimes starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Santosha Holistic Center, 22 Lafayette Blvd., Amherst. Cost is $15. For more info, visit

Zumba Class with Marcia: 6 p.m., Christ United Methodist Church, 350 Saratoga Road, Amherst. For more info, visit $6.


Back care and arthritis workshop: This workshop will teach a gentle approach to yoga that can alleviate and help manage back pain and arthritis. It starts at 11:30 a.m. at Creative Wellness Group, 726 Main St., third floor, East Aurora. The cost is $30. For more info, visit

Is Joint Replacement Surgery Right for Me?: This Catholic Health-hosted dinner program starts at 5:30 p.m. in the Millennium Hotel, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. Area residents may attend two free such dinner programs each year. Admission for each additional program is $20 and includes dinner. To register, call 447-6205.


Women’s self-defense seminar: A free seminar to help women protect themselves and their loved ones will start at 7 p.m. at Master Gorino’s Tae Kwon-Do, 839 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. For more info, visit

Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue support group: This group welcomes those with Fibromyalgia, chronic pain and chronic fatigue. It will start at 7 p.m. in the Audubon Branch Library, 350 John James Parkway, Amherst.


Derby Dash: This pre-Kentucky Derby party will benefit the American Cancer Society. It will run from 6 to 9 p.m. in The Foundry Suites, 1788 Elmwood Ave. Tickets are available at the door for $75 and admission includes cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. The party is hosted by Brett Alan and Liz Mantel of WYRK-FM.


Kids yoga: A six-week series for children ages 7 to 11, led by Alexandra Smith, will  start at 9 a.m. at Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, 688 Abbott Road, South Buffalo. Participants will learn different poses while playing games, reading stories and listening to music. The cost is $80 per student for the series; yoga mats are provided. For more info, visit

26th annual AIDS Walk Buffalo: The walk will start at 10:30 a.m. at Hoyt Lake in Delaware Park. All funds raised will benefit the HIV programs and services at Evergreen Health. This year’s theme, “How Far We’ve Come,” will serve to remind the community about the progress made in medical advancements and therapies. Registration begins at 9 a.m., the opening ceremony will start at 10 and a post-walk awards ceremony and free picnic lunch will follow the walk. To register or for more info, visit


March for Babies: Thousands of families and local business leaders will be at Canalside for this walk to benefit the March of Dimes.vThose interested in starting a team or participating can visit It’s also possible to register the day of the march at 9 a.m.; the walk will begin at 11 a.m. The 2018 Buffalo Ambassador Family will be represented by 7-year-old Teresa Malecki, born in 2011 at 23 weeks, weighing 1 pound, 4 ounces. Today, she and her parents, Lauren and Kerry Malecki, are dedicated to fighting for the health of all moms and babies.


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