Health and wellness
Smoking cessation: Smoking Cessation, a four-week program, meant to give the motivation, strategies and tools needed to help you kick the habit, from 12:15 to 1 p.m. Wednesdays starting next week, Independent Health Family Branch YMCA, 150 Tech Drive, Amherst. Space is limited. To register, visit www.independenthealth.com or call 631-8701. Free.
Postpartum Breastfeeding Class: For moms and babies, 1 p.m. Wednesday, Room 249, Mount St. Mary’s Hospital, 5300 Military Road, Lewiston. For information and registration, call 298-2618 or 298-2385.
Health care: Join a RedShirt for Medicare 101 and get an overview of Independent Health’s Medicare Advantage plan options, 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday and April 25, Independent Health Family Branch YMCA, 150 Tech Drive, Amherst. Space is limited. To register, visit www.independenthealth.com or call 631-8701. Free.
senior housing and health care fair: 9 a.m. to noon next Saturday, Episcopal “D” House, 1064 Brighton Road, Town of Tonawanda. For more information, contact Lois Tripp, parish nurse, by email at LJT203@yahoo.com or phone at 839-5868.
MS Support Group: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Room 249, Mount St. Mary’s Hospital, 5300 Military Road, Lewiston. For information, contact Megan at 634-2573, Ext. 70502 at the National MS Society.
UNYTS Blood Drive: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Room 249, Mount St. Mary’s Hospital, 5300 Military Road, Lewiston. To schedule an appointment, call Karen at 298-2144. Walk-ins are welcome.
Fibromyalgia Support: 1 p.m. next Saturday, Room 249, Mount St. Mary’s Hospital, 5300 Military Road, Lewiston. For more information, call Lisa at 298-5481.
Wellness and Nutrition: Healthy Habits Weight Loss Classes: “Finding Food Close to Home, Should I Eat This or That?” 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays starting next week at Westminster Community Charter School, 24 Westminster Ave.; 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays starting April 9 at West Side Community Services, 161 Vermont St.; and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays starting April 15, at the Doris W. Jones Family Resource Building 6001 Ninth St., Niagara Falls. To register, call 635-4959. Free. Presented by Independent Health Foundation.
Fun run: Registration will begin at 11 a.m. and the race will begin at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Westwood Park Pavilion on Pavement Road in Lancaster. The day will include a fun run, with activities and healthy food to follow. This event will is open to all kids for free. For more information, call 345-1629 or the Lancaster Youth Bureau at 683-4444.
KIDS Exercise: Exercise Like The Animals (A to Z) Open House, 9:30 to 11 a.m. next Saturday, Church of the Good Shepherd Church Hall, 96 Jewett Parkway. Learn the foundation for a series of exercises designed for kids by Jerry Turcotte, a certified aerobics instructor. For more information, call Turcotte at 310-4234.
YWCA exhibit: YWCA of WNY has launched its second annual archive exhibit, “YW’s Working Women,” which will be displayed through April 9 at the Larkin at Exchange Building, 726 Exchange St., and from April 12 to 30 at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site, 641 Delaware Ave.
SEASTER EGG HUNT: Aquarium of Niagara’s annual egg hunt will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the Whirlpool Street attraction in Niagara Falls. Kids will check out the various salt and freshwater tanks on both levels. SEAster egg hunters, accompanied by a parent, will receive a special form to keep track of their finds. Prizes include plush animals, candy and more. The SEAster Bunny will hop around throughout the day. Regular admission of $10 for adults, $6 for children and free for 2 and under. Aquarium members are free every day. For more information, call 285-3575, Ext. 206.
Eggs and Butterflies: Easter Egg Scramble, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today, Sunday and Monday at Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory, 2405 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls, Ont. Children will be encouraged to look for letters hidden throughout the conservatory to spell a secret phrase and earn the chance to win a grand prize gift basket. While at the conservatory, visit the new Venom Exhibit, a hands-on, interactive show that includes tarantulas, scorpions, highly poisonous toads, rattlesnakes, vipers and one of only two king cobras on display in Canada. Conservatory admission is $13.50 (Canadian) for those age 13 and over; $8.80 children 6 to 12; and free for children 5 and under.
widows support: 1:30 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, YWCA Tonawandas, 49 Tremont St., North Tonawanda. For women experiencing loss of a husband or companion. Light refreshments are available. Free. This is a safe place to listen and share with people who understand, find out what strategies can work to comfort and help, learn from informative speakers and ask questions. Contact Nicole Ennett at 692-5580 to register.
Elder law: The Schofield Adult Wellness Center, at the Schofield Residence Nursing Facility, 3333 Elmwood Ave., Town of Tonawanda, will host a presentation on “Elder Law 101” at 2 p.m. Wednesday. Attorney Bruce Reinoso, a partner with Magavern Magavern and Grimm, will cover an overview of elder law issues, including powers of attorney, health care proxies, wills, trusts, Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act and Family Health Care Decisions. The program is free and open to the public. Reservations are requested and may be made by calling 995-3851 or visiting www.schofieldcare.org.