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Outdoor yoga classes to hit Niagara Square

The Buffalo Common Council last month waived the fee and approved permission for the Buffalo Athletic Club to host free outdoor yoga classes at Niagara Square.

The classes, open to the general public and BAC members, are designed to promote health and wellness downtown.

Yoga classes will run from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays from June 24 through Aug. 29. On evenings it rains, classes will move nearby into the Downtown BAC at 69 Delaware Ave.

The BAC also has plans to put up a donation box to benefit Women & Children’s Hospital.

MHA website posting mental health tips

The Mental Health Association in Niagara County is promoting May is Mental Health Month by posting a daily wellness tip on Facebook and Twitter in keeping with the theme, “Pathways to Wellness.”

One in five Americans has a mental health condition and they are treatable, says Cheryl Blacklock, executive director of the MHA in Niagara County. “The … initiative helps remind us all that we can make a difference in our own mental health,” she said. Those interested in the daily tips can visit mhanc.com and link to MHA’s Facebook and Twitter feeds. For a printout of the daily tips for those without computer access, call 433-3780 during weekday business hours.

Wine, yoga on tap at Jackson Triggs

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ont. – Hotel Yoga and Fitness Inc. is hosting another season of Vineyard Yoga at Jackson-Triggs.

Treat yourself to a day of yoga, food, wine pairings and a tour of one the top wineries in the region.

The agenda: 11 a.m. – A yoga class, for all levels, in the open air amphitheater near the vineyard; 12:30 p.m. – Three-course meal with wine pairings (meals can be modified according to allergies and sensitivities). A private tour of the winery also is planned. The sessions take place on Sundays (May 26, June 30, July 21, Aug. 25 and Sept. 15). Cost is $50; reserve by email at alana@hotelyoga.ca or call (647) 998-9942.

Tour de Cure honors Lockport youth

The American Diabetes Association, Western New York Chapter, has named Vincent Harrer of Lockport its Youth Ambassador for the 2013 Tour de Cure, a bicycle ride and fundraiser which takes place June 8 along Lake Ontario.

Vincent, a fourth-grader at DeSales Catholic School, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 7 years old. An avid athlete, who is a member of the DeSales swim team, also plays soccer and lacrosse. Vincent rode six miles in last year’s tour, raising nearly $3,000. He also rode in the 2011 Tour. The race starts at Niagara County Community College in Sanborn. To register or for more information, visit diabetes.org/buffalotour.