Exercise on New Era Field, take a yoga class at the Botanical Gardens or hear a world-renown meditation expert in the region this week. 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.
Slow Roll Buffalo: Riders can start to gather at 5:30 p.m. for a 10-mile guided excursion that starts at 6:30 outside Varsity Theatre, 3165 Bailey Ave. Slow Rolls are suitable for all ages and abilities. First-time riders should register at slowrollbuffalo.org. Helmets are mandatory.
Fitness in the Parks: This free slate of 500 outdoor classes in 23 parks across the region includes the first class of its outdoor season on the New Era field at 6 p.m. today, 1 Bills Drive, Orchard Park. Park in Lot 2 and enter at Gate 2. The classes all are sponsored by Independent Health and led by YMCA-certified instructors. No registration is required. For a schedule and more info, visit independenthealth.com/fitpark.
Refuge from Chaos: This support group is for those whose loved ones are in active addiction. It starts at 6:30 p.m. in St. James United Church of Christ, 76 Main St., Hamburg.
Mental health clinic open house: Dr. Ann Marie Sullivan, commissioner of the state Office of Mental Health, will be guest speaker at 11 a.m. for the opening of a permanent new Zoar Valley Clinic, 49 S. Water St. in Gowanda. The 9,500-square-foot mental health clinic replaces a temporary nearby clinic that was half its size. The Buffalo Psychiatric Center will continue to manage health services at the new clinic, as it did in the temporary digs. The clinic will offer a wide range of community-based behavioral health services for adults, children and adolescents living in southern Erie County and the Southern Tier communities. The new site will offer traditional services and a Family Care program which provides residential support. A community mobile services team also will operate from the site. Tour the site after Sullivan speaks.
Spring Yoga: Gentle Hatha yoga series starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., South Buffalo. The classes are led by Leanne Oldenbrook from Oasis Yoga and Wellness. Register by phone at 864-1194, email at email@example.com or online at cmyoga.com. The classes are sponsored by Mercy Hospital. Cost is $100 per 10-week series or $15 per class; it's free to eligible BlueCross BlueShield of WNY members.
Buffalo Barre Light: This total body, low-impact class uses the ballet barre for strength, flexibility and balance. It's for beginners and starts 5 p.m. at Buffalo Barre, 5843 Transit Road, Amherst. Class also runs at 9 a.m. Sunday. Register at buffalobarre.com.
Mindfulness and meditation lecture: Joseph Goldstein, co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society and the Barre Center for Buddhist studies, who has studied and practiced meditation since 1967 under the guidance of eminent teachers from India, Burma, and Tibet, will provide insights into mindfulness and meditation from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Gaylord/Cary Meeting Rooms at the Resource Studies Center of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, 665 Elm St. Goldstein's talk is free and open to the public. Organizers ask that you register at roswellpark.org/calendar.
Discounted mini-golf: Adventure Landing. At 2400 Sheridan Drive in the Town of Tonawanda, marks its 55th year in operation today and Sunday by charging $5.50 for a game of golf and $5.50 for 40 tokens for its arcade. For more information, including hours, call 245-7324 or visit adventurelanding.com.
Talk and Walk: A 10 a.m. talk featuring Phil Haberstro, executive director of the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo, and several others familiar with the planning efforts on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, will precede an 11 a.m. walk on the campus. This free event starts and concludes at the Central Library, 1 Lafayette Square.
Colton’s Cause Memorial Benefit: Like heart disease or cancer, addiction is a chronic, often deadly disease, affecting about 10 million Americans each year, according to the National Survey of Drug Use and Health. The family of Colton Lasker understands this all too well. His mother, Rebecca Barnell, and sisters, Stephanie and Shayna, founded the nonprofit group Colton’s Journey to Liberation last June, a year after Colton died from complications of heroin addiction. He was 23. The foundation was designed to provide greater education and awareness about addiction, and connect individuals, families and friends struggling with it to find open, supportive resources dedicated to recovery. To that end, the group will present a Colton’s Cause Memorial Benefit from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Erie County Fairgrounds, 5600 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg. Tickets cost $20 and are available at cjtol.com. The website also includes a long list of resources for those struggling with addiction, and their families. Proceeds will be donated to programs that include Kids Escaping Drugs (Renaissance House), Unyts (Colton was an organ donor), and The World Through Your Eyes Inc.