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The Healthy 10: Slow Roll Buffalo, Elmwood Village Farmers Market start new seasons this week

Slow Roll Buffalo starts its fourth season this this week, Food Truck Tuesdays keeps rolling and the Elmwood Village Farmers Market starts its 20th season. These are among the WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region.


Slow Roll Buffalo: All are welcome to Slow Roll's opening ride of the season. Riders can start to gather at 5:30 p.m. for a 10-mile guided excursion that starts at 6:30 outside the Electric Tower, 535 Washington St., hits several major streets in and near downtown, and ends back where it started, with an after-party at Big Ditch Brewing Company at nearby 55 E. Huron St. About that time, the Electric Tower will be illuminated in orange to mark the start the Slow Roll season, which will run through October. More than 100 volunteers will look to make sure bicycle riders are safe and that nobody gets left behind. Each ride is suitable for all ages and abilities. First-time riders should register at You also can found a schedule there for the coming weeks. All riders are required to wear helmets. Free.

Think BIG – The Artists of Autism Services: The exhibition opened over the weekend at Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University, 5795 Lewiston Road, Lewiston. Most works were created on-site at the museum by artists with autism. The works will be on display through early next year. The Castellani Art Museum has a free admission policy. For more information, call 286-8295.


Depression and anxiety support. The Mental Health Association of Erie County, 999 Delaware Ave., will host a peer support group at 2 p.m. Tuesday, For more info, email

Food Truck Tuesday: This popular outdoor event runs from 4:30 to 8 p.m. in Larkin Square, 745 Seneca St. Dozens of food trucks from across the region will be there, each serving at least one healthy choice. For more info, visit

Western New York Affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network: Lynne Jakubowski last summer.
Body copy rag: PanCAN ( bolsters research and provides support for patients and families. Those who want to join the effort are welcome to gather at 7 p.m. Wednesday at St. Gregory the Great Parish, 200 St. Gregory Court, Amherst, or email


Walk on Wednesdays: The Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo will lead a 30-minute walk at noon each Wednesday of May starting and ending at Buffalo Niagara Visitor Center, Washington and Clinton streets downtown. The walks are free and all are welcome.

Spring Yoga: The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, at 2655 South Park Ave. in South Buffalo, will host its last gentle Hatha yoga class of its spring season at 5:30 p.m.; the class costs $15 but is free to eligible BlueCross BlueShield of WNY members. It's led by Leanne Oldenbrook, from Oasis Yoga and Wellness. Register by phone at 864-1194, email at or online at Sponsored by Mercy Hospital. Summer classes at the Botanical Gardens will start June 6.


Farmers' market season is right around the corner. The Elmwood Village Farmers Market starts for the season on Saturday.

Elmwood Village Farmers Market: Opening day of the market’s 20th season will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Elmwood Avenue at Bidwell Parkway. The outdoor market will take place every Saturday, rain or shine, through Nov. 24. The Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association, Master Gardeners, and WNY Library Resource Council’s Committee on Health Information Access will be among special guests this week. For more info, visit

Diaper Drive: Diapers are considered a hygiene item, so their cost isn’t covered through government assistance programs. With that and Mother’s Day in mind, the Care Connection Lactation and Wellness Center will host its second annual Diaper Drive. The drive will benefit Every Bottom Covered (, a Western New York diaper bank designed to help parents who can use a lift when it comes to the cost of diapers. All disposable diapers from newborn to size 6, including open packages, will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. next Saturday at the center, 3991 Harlem Road, Amherst. For more information, call 725-6370.

Taoist tai chi  free open house: This special open house runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Taoist Tai Chi Society of USA, 968 Kenmore Ave. It includes the chance to talk with instructors, try a mini-class and enjoy light refreshments. For more info, visit, email or call 876-7218.


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