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The Healthy 10: American Ninja Warriors and outdoor fitness galore in WNY this week

Take a Zumba class on Sunset Bay Beach, participate in two Slow Roll bike rides this week or launch into four days of "American Ninja Warrior" events at Buffalo RiverWorks. These are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region.


Towne blood drive: The Towne Automotive group will host a Unyts blood drive from noon to 5 p.m. at Towne Ford, 3535 Southwestern Blvd., in Orchard Park. Schedule an appointment at (enter sponsor code 0002230) or call 662-6512, Ext. 2405. Walk-ins welcome; photo ID needed to donate.

Slow Roll Buffalo: These free rides are twice as nice this week. Riders can start to gather at 5:30 p.m. for a 10-mile guided excursion that starts at 6:30 at Masten Park on Best Street. There’s also an Eden Pedal Party starting at 7 p.m. Friday at the American Legion Post at 2912 Legion Drive in Eden. Both rides are suitable for all ages and abilities. First-time riders should register at Helmets are mandatory.


Zumba at the Beach: Sunset Bay Beach Club is presenting outdoor Zumba classes at 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays this summer. If it’s chilly or raining, classes will be held inside the Beach Club at 1028 South Shore Drive in Hanover. Classes cost $5 each; punch cards are available for five classes for $20. For more info, visit

Fitness in the Parks: Take a Pilates class at 10 a.m. in Stiglmeier Park, 810 Losson Road, Cheektowaga, one of 500 free outdoor classes in 23 parks across the region as part of this Independent Health-sponsored summer series led by YMCA-certified instructors. No registration is required. For a schedule of each class or more information, visit

Summer brings dozens of outdoor fitness classes to WNY

Depression and anxiety support: Depression and anxiety are common challenges. Those who struggle at times don't have to do so alone. This peer support group meets at 2 p.m. in the Mental Health Association of Erie County headquarters, 999 Delaware Ave. For more information, email

Keys to Sleep Health: Having trouble sleeping this summer? Learn how to get better shut-eye, and how a good night’s rest is important to all of us, at 6:30 p.m. in this free event in the Catholic Health Administrative & Regional Training Center, 144 Genesee St.

American Holistic Nurses: Nurses and anyone else looking to improve their self-care is welcome to attend this meeting at 7 p.m. in the Kenmore Mercy Hospital Community Room, 2950 Elmwood Ave., Town of Tonawanda. The gathering will include a discussion about sessions attended earlier this month during the annual international Holistic Nurses Conference, which took place in Niagara Falls. For more information, email


Holistic Alliance of WNY: Reiki will be the topic of this gathering, which is open to all at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Curtin Funeral Home, 1340 Union Road, West Seneca. Deborah Rose, the presenter, has studied various types of healing energies over the years.


River Warrior: Isaac Caldiero, the first “American Ninja Warrior” champion, will be among those on hand from today through Sunday for those who want to compete in similar obstacle course challenges and others who want to watch. The event includes $10 family fun runs from noon to 5 p.m. today and Friday, and kid and adult competitions Saturday and Sunday. The fun unfolds at Buffalo RiverWorks, 359 Ganson St. Caldiero will break down his historic win on this evening. Friday evening features a free autograph session and meet-and-greet with Caldiero, as well as other Ninja Warrior notables from the hit NBC television show including Mega-star and Maggi Thorne. VIP training on the competition course with the stars costs $35. For more info and to register for competiton, visit

Ninja Warrior gym for kids coming to Lancaster

Summer City Fitness: LaLa from La’Movement will lead a dance fitness class at 10 a.m. Saturdays through Sept. 1 at the foot of the Martin Luther King Jr. statue in MLK Park, Fillmore and North Parade avenues. Free fresh fruit and water provided. For more info, visit Sponsored by Mayor Byron Brown and BlueCross BlueShield of WNY.


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