Health and wellness
community health fair: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, East High School, 820 Northampton St., off Fillmore Avenue. More than 35 health care agencies will offer screenings and wellness tips. UNYTS – Donate Life will be on-site for anyone who wants to donate blood. Free. Door prizes, food and drinks available. Bounce house and face-painting for children. Sponsored by the Buffalo Board of Education and East High School’s Health Occupation Training program. Call 816-4520 or 308-8344 for more info.
PUlse analysis: Get a snapshot of your cardiovascular system for arterial stiffness, blood flow, heart strength and more, 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, the Body Glyphix Studio, 12377 Big Tree Road (Route 20A), Wales Center. FDA cleared, no needles, three-minute procedure costs $30. To prepay and preregister, call 652-7805.
Support Group: Breast-feeding support group meeting, 12:30 p.m. Monday, Mary C. Dyster Community Education Room, Memorial Medical Center, 621 10th St., Niagara Falls. Sponsored by the Community Health Worker Program. For information, call 278-4623.
health care decisions day: Odd Fellow & Rebekah Rehabilitation & Health Care Center and Niagara Hospice are leading an effort to highlight the importance of advance health care decision-making. Niagara Hospice will provide information and tools for people to talk about their wishes with family, friends and health care providers, and to execute written advance directives in accordance with state laws during an open house from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at 104 Old Niagara Road, Town of Lockport. Free. Preregistration is recommended by calling 434-6324, Ext. 3049.
wellness talk: “Honoring Your Body’s Intelligence: Craniosacral Therapy and Reconnective Healing,” 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Audubon Branch of the Amherst Library, 350 John James Audubon Parkway. Find out about craniosacral therapy, a light-touch approach that helps release tension in tissues surrounding the central nervous system, and reconnective healing, a comprehensive spectrum of vibrational frequencies with the power to catalyze healing. Register by calling at 689-4922.
LIVING WELL TALK: The Schofield Adult Wellness Center, 3333 Elmwood Ave., Town of Tonawanda, will host a presentation on “Living Well and Loving Life,” at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. The program, presented by the Erie County Department of Senior Services, will explore finding and doing what you love, exploring healthy eating, enjoying exercise, keeping your mind sharp, and how small changes make a big difference in enjoying a healthy, pleasurable life. Free and open to the public. Reservations are requested and may be made by calling 995-3851 or online at www.schofieldcare.org.
Pharmacy Myths: A few popular myths about some commonly used medications and treatments will be dispelled while others will be confirmed at this session from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, in Independent Health Family Branch YMCA, 150 Tech Drive, Amherst. Free, but space is limited. To register, visit www.independenthealth.com or call 631-8701.
Science Café: “What’s So Funny About Stress?” 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo. The museum of Science and Independent Health present the museum’s latest Science Café adult happy hour, featuring informal presentations, a Laughter Lab, cash bar and the museum’s exhibits and science studios. Explore the negative and positive effects stress can have on your health with psychologist Bill Reynolds before learning how to laugh your stress away with Nancy Weil, founder of the Laugh Academy. Hang out in the Laughter Lab between presentations to experiment with the health benefits of laughter. Admission is free for museum members or $5 for nonmembers, payable at the door or in advance at the museum website, sciencebuff.org. Open to adults 21 and over.
Future of Health care: Learn about the basics of the Affordable Care Act, key federal plans, the new consumer experience in 2014 and more, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Independent Health Family Branch YMCA, 150 Tech Drive, Amherst. Free. Space is limited. To register, visit www.independenthealth.com or call 631-8701.
First Line Therapy Seminar: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Brain and Spine Center, 400 International Drive, second floor, Amherst. Jo Ann Colosimo, nurse practitioner, talks about a therapeutic lifestyle change program that targets the underlying cause of many health problems. FLT is a 12-week supervised weight loss program. The informational session is free. Preregistration is required. Call 631-3555, Ext. 368.
weight control Seminar: “Taking Control of Your Weight and Your Life,” with Drs. Dang Tuan Pham and Bala Thatigotla, 5:30 p.m. Monday, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center Auditorium, 621 10th St., Niagara Falls. Free. Call 278-4400 to register.
Race for the cure kickoff: The 8th Annual Komen Western New York Race for the Cure Kickoff Luncheon begins at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in the Hyatt Regency Buffalo, 2 Fountain Plaza, with basket raffles and Komen merchandise at the Promise Shop, along with “pink” drinks. Attendees are encouraged to wear pink. The noon luncheon will feature recognition of 2013 race sponsors; presentation of the 2013-14 Komen WNY Grant recipients; some race rah-rah, inspiring words from local people who have embraced the cause and an announcement. Tickets are $30 and full tables of eight are available. For more information, contact 332-2481 or visit komenwny.org. Hosted by BlueCross BlueShield of WNY.
earth day run: Green Buffalo Runner hosts the 4.22 Mile Run (and walk) at noon next Saturday in Delaware Park. Top 25 finishers will receive a complimentary Green Buffalo Runner T-shirt and water bottle. Immediately following the race, all runners and spectators are encouraged to join with the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy for the planting of the Green Buffalo Runner–Earth Day 2013 commemorative tree. Students 18 and under run free. Registration and more information can be found at greenbuffalorunner.org.
Food and wine pairings: Several wineries along the Niagara Wine Trail will pair their wines with local and healthy foods today and Sunday. Tickets include food samples, wine tasting and a commemorative wine glass from the first winery. They can be purchased for $35 during the event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. More info at NiagaraWineTrail.org.
CHocolate TALK: The Lewiston Council on the Arts’ new Discovery Series features Susanne Schillings, pastry chef and owner of Exclusively Schillings, at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the historic Lewiston Opera Hall, 732 Center St., Village of Lewiston. Learn about the history of chocolate, as well as the various types and applications. The first half of this presentation is in lecture format, and the second half includes a hands-on demonstration. Refreshments will be available. Reservations are not required, but seating is limited so come early. Free to art council members; $5 for nonmembers. For more information call 754-0166.
GRASSROOTS GARDENS: The spring lead gardener meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Grassroots Gardens office in the Tri-Main Building, 2495 Main St., Suite 408. Lead gardeners and other community gardeners enrolled with the nonprofit cooperative are invited to attend this meeting to receive garden binder updates, review policies and hear about the new garden incentive program.
gluten-free support: WNY Gluten-Free Diet Support Group will meet from 10 to 11:30 a.m. next Saturday, in the dining hall at Mount Mercy Academy, Red Jacket Parkway and Abbott Road, South Buffalo. After a presentation by nutritionist Ann Klein, a small group support session will be held for the newly diagnosed. Wegmans donates a bag of gluten-free grocery items for those newly diagnosed who participate in the small session. For more info, visit buffaloglutenfree.org or call 636-6021.
Gardening workshop: “Urban Mushrooming” workshop, 2 p.m. next Saturday in Urban Roots garden center, 428 Rhode Island St.; free. Call 362-8982 to register.
museum tour: 2 p.m. Sunday, Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University, 5795 Lewiston Road, Lewiston; 40-minute tour includes overview of the museum’s current exhibitions. Meet your docent at the reception desk. Reservations are not necessary. Donations welcome.
Prenatal Exercise and Nutrition: Participants will learn how to stay active and eat right during pregnancy at this session, 9:15 to 10 a.m. Monday, in Independent Health Family Branch YMCA, 150 Tech Drive, Amherst. Space is limited. To register, visit www.independenthealth.com or call 631-8701. Free.
Book Fair: “Books R Fun” sale. Books and more, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Auditorium C, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, 621 10th St., Niagara Falls. Sponsored by the Medical Center Auxiliary.