Health and wellness

parkinson’s Support: 12:30 to 2 p.m. Sunday, Memorial Medical Center Auditorium, 621 10th St., Niagara Falls. For Parkinson’s Disease patients and their family members, friends and caregivers. This month’s meeting will be a potluck luncheon. Call Lynda at 478-5569 for more details.

project runway: A new program to prevent and reduce substance abuse among girls and women 14 to 25 years of age has scheduled three public sessions to increase awareness and seek public input. The sessions will take place in Niagara Falls from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday at Cataract Elementary School, 6431 Girard Ave.; July 11 at the Niagara Falls Boys & Girls Club, 725 17th St.; and July 25 at the Doris Jones Family Resource Building, 3001 Ninth St. Funded by the Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation, Project Runway aims to increase community awareness of the issues surrounding substance use and abuse by girls and young women and to train health care professionals, including physicians, to effectively evaluate and treat those who use alcohol and drugs. For more information, call Sarah Obot at 278-4516.

Breast cancer support: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 723A, Mount St. Mary’s Hospital, 5300 Military Road, Lewiston. For info, call Kathy at 754-4719 or Joyce at 434-5081.

summer health talk: Free luncheon presentation, “Keeping Cool for Summer,” will focus on the prevention and treatment of heat-related illnesses. Dr. Bianca Belli, of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center’s Family Medicine Residency Program, will lead the talk at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in Crestwood Commons Patio Homes & Apartments, 2600 Niagara Falls Blvd., Wheatfield. A light lunch will be served. Call 278-4604 to register.

spine surgery talk: 4 p.m. Tuesday, Autumn View Health Care Facility, 4650 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg. Endoscopic Neurosurgery & Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Dr. Elad Levy, and Dr. Jody Leonardo, from the University at Buffalo Neurosurgery Department, will speak about minimally invasive surgical methods, their benefits to patients and the procedures that can be performed. Free. Register by calling 648-2450.

hiv testing day: The Niagara County Department of Health will acknowledge National HIV Testing Day at its Sexually Transmitted Disease clinic on Wednesday. Nearly 1.2 million Americans are living with HIV, and almost one in five don’t know they are infected. The CDC recommends that all adults and adolescents be tested at least once in their lifetime and individuals who practice more risky behaviors should be tested more frequently. Free and confidential HIV testing and counseling is offered from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday at the Niagara County Department of Health STD clinic, first floor of the Trott Access Center, 1001 11th St., Niagara Falls.

memory cafe: 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, the Clubhouse Bro’s Family Restaurant, 3386 Niagara Falls Blvd., North Tonawanda. A $5 dinner is available, which includes beverages and desserts provided courtesy of the Clubhouse, activity material provided by Peregrine’s Landing Senior Community. The idea is to bring together people with Alzheimer’s disease, their caregivers and trained professionals in a non-institutional setting where they can have refreshments, food, entertainment, group activities and network with peers who are experiencing the same thing. Call 474-3089 to confirm your attendance.


summer walking: The Schofield Adult Wellness Center, 3333 Elmwood Ave., Town of Tonawanda, invites community members to join its free summer walking program, which kicks off at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday and continues at the same time Wednesdays through Aug. 7. Call 995-3851 to register. More information is also online at

walking on Wednesdays: Noon Wednesday, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. Walks start in Kaminski Park outside Roswell Park Cancer Institute and take a different route each week through September.

yoga class: Gentle Restorative Yoga, 6 p.m. Wednesdays through the summer at Body Glyphix Studio, 12377 Big Tree Road, Wales Center; $10 drop-in, free for anyone with cancer. For more info, visit


Elmwood-Bidwell farmers’ market: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. today and every Saturday through mid-December, Elmwood Avenue and Bidwell Parkway. For more info, visit

Earth Bowl Festival fundraiser: 4 to 7 p.m. next Saturday, Riverside-Salem Environmental Sanctuary, 3449 W. River Road, Grand Island. Second annual fundraiser for the World On Your Plate annual forum and conference on food and sustainable living, which will be held at Daemen College Oct. 11-12. Choose a hand-thrown bowl made by Buffalo Clayart artisans, fill it with vegetarian goodies provided by the WOYP Committee folk & friends, listen to three musical groups, take a walk through the adjacent woods and more. Cost is $40 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under. Register online at; or send a check made out to “Riverside-Salem UCC/DC” with a “memo” to “Earth Bowl,” to Riverside-Salem UCC, P.O. Box 207, Grand Island, NY 14072-0207. You can also pay at the event. For more info, call 773-1426 or 839-8524.


star lights: 8 to 11 p.m. next Saturday, rain or shine, Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Pkwy.; VIP ticket holders may enter at 7 p.m. Includes wine and cheese tasting, and stargazing. Instructors from the Whitworth-Ferguson Planetarium at Buffalo State will lead astronomy-related activities throughout the building. Guests can view 3-D images of Mars, measure the distance between planets in the solar system, touch a meteorite and learn what to look for in the night sky this summer and fall. Free messages also will be offered. Guests must be 21 or over; cost is $40, though members get $5 off with valid member ID number. Buy tickets online at or by calling 896-5200, Ext. 385.