Health and wellness

stress reduction: “Introduction to Mindfulness Training for Stress Reduction,” 9:30 to 11 a.m. today and May 25, or 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Independent Health Family Branch YMCA, 150 Tech Drive, Amherst. To register, visit or call 631-8701. Free.

mended hearts: Cardiac rehab support group, 10 a.m. today, Buffalo Cardiology & Pulmonary, second floor, 6460 Main St., Amherst.

STROKE AWARENESS Fair: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, John Duke Senior Center, 1201 Hyde Park Blvd., Niagara Falls. Free. Health screenings, displays, guest speakers, door prizes, demonstrations and refreshments. Pine Pharmacy will offer complementary pharmaceutical safety reviews. Attendees should bring their prescription and over-the-counter medicines in their original containers for a pharmacist’s review.

deep brain stimulation workshop: Monday, Sterling Medical Park, 200 Sterling Drive, Suite 300, Orchard Park. Free. To help patients and families learn about the benefits and risks of DBS therapy from the DBS staff team at the University at Buffalo Movement Disorders Center. To make an appointment, call 218-1020.

Breast cancer support: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Bella Moglie building, 3297 Walden Ave., Depew. Topic: “Stress Reduction Thru Tai Chi, Yoga and Qi Gong.” Demonstration of each. Free. All are welcome. For information on the meeting or quality of life classes, visit

health reform forum: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wick Social Room, Daemen College, 4380 Main St., Amherst; will focus on what the Affordable Care Act means for health care professionals. Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale R. Burstein and several other regional health care leaders are panelists. Free to all college students, $20 for others. All must preregister at

Uniform Sale: “Buffalo Scrubs,” top name brand scrubs, lab coats, shoes and more, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Memorial Medical Center Auditorium B, 621 10th St., Niagara Falls.

Medicare info: Get an overview of Independent Health’s Medicare Advantage plan options from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Independent Health Family Branch YMCA, 150 Tech Drive, Amherst. Space is limited. To register, visit or call 631-8701. Free.

diabetes management:, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Room 249, Mount St. Mary’s Hospital, 5300 Military Road, Lewiston. To register, call 298-2297.

ostomy support: Niagara Frontier Ostomy Association, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 2311 George Urban Blvd., Depew. Call 741-3853 or 751-2083 for more information.

pain management: Dr. Hans Koritz will give a free lecture on “Photo-Medicine” treatment for chronic pain issues including migraines, sinusitis and more, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Harlem Road Community Center, 4255 Harlem Road, Amherst. Reservations are required by calling 868-3968.

BRAIN INJURY Support: “Diminished Memory – Stories from Those Who Have Been There,” Thursday in the Gates Vascular Institute. For more information and to RSVP, email Lucia at Sponsored by the Western New York and Finger Lakes Chapter of the Brain Aneurysm Foundation.

Palliative Care Awareness: 9 a.m. to noon Friday, main lobby, Mount St. Mary’s Hospital, 5300 Military Road, Lewiston. Dr. Pirouz Fakhraei will speak at 10 a.m.


yoga dance: 1:30 p.m. today, Shakti Yoga, 133 Grant St.; fun, high-energy class with Yoga-based dance and movement. Cost is $15. For more information, email or visit

move for a cause: 7:45 p.m. Friday, Buffalo Yoga, 2495 Main St., Suite 418, $15 suggested donation. Play, move and dance while raising funds for an East Side fall prevention program for senior citizens. For more information, email or call 882-0772.


Medicinal Gardens: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens, South Park. Educational presentations and displays about prevention, identification and treatment of arthritis and osteoporosis; botanical displays of plants from which current medications are derived and future medications are being researched. Admission charged.


Elephant Run: 4K run, 1K walk and Little Peanuts Stampede for children age 10 and under, to benefit the Marcena Lozano Donate Life Scholarship Fund awarding organ transplant recipients, 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Marcy Casino, Delaware Park. Kids crafts and games, bounce house, Zumba, food and more. Cost is $20 to $25. To register, visit

Good for the Neighborhood: Free bike helmets for kids are available at the Independent Health Foundation’s Good for the Neighborhood program from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, West Side Community Services, 161 Vermont St. Event also includes farmers market and free health screenings. For more information, call 635-4959.

m&T Third fridays: Giants of Buffalo: Sports. Former Bills Booker Edgerson and Edward J. Rutkowski, and others will talk about great moments in Buffalo sports, 6 p.m. Friday for cocktail reception, followed by program from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Buffalo History Museum, Elmwood Avenue and Nottingham Terrace. Free for museum members, Buffalo Broadcasters Association, Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame and Buffalo Music Hall of Fame with membership card; $10 general admission.

run with the rapids: 5K race, registration starts at 7;30 a.m. next Saturday at 101 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls; race starts at 9 a.m. To register, visit or call 278-2111. Prepayment can be made online at; cost is $25, or $45 for a pair, before the race, $30 on site.

Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis: next Saturday, Como Park. For registration and other information, contact Keri Sikora at or 839-2796.

spring into health: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. next Saturday, outside Blessed Sacrament Church, 1029 Delaware Ave. Free health screenings and health information, child car restraint fittings, stress management tips and other valuable info. If it rains, the event will move into Catholic Academy of West Buffalo, 1069 Delaware Ave.