Health and wellness
Breast Cancer Support: Group meets at 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 434-5081.
Celiac Support: For the newly diagnosed will meet at 10 a.m. next Saturday Mount Mercy Academy, 88 Red Jacket Parkway. Information will be provided on purchasing gluten-free food products, managing your gluten-free kitchen, eating out safely, and more. No admission fee or reservation required to attend. Further info can be obtained by calling 636-6021 or visiting buffaloglutenfree.org, home of the WNY Gluten Free Diet Support Group.
Soccer Shots: Summer soccer program for kids ages 2 to 8, 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturdays and 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sundays and 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays in Delaware Park. Each session is 30 minutes long and costs $11. The program offers children a noncompetitive introduction to sports. Registration information is available www.soccershotsbuffalo.com, by calling 408-3071 or by email at email@example.com .
tai chi: With Bob White, 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays through Aug. 6 at Porter-on-the-Lake Park, Porter. From Lake Road, turn north on Dietz Road. Free. Wear loose clothing. Sponsored by Town of Porter Recreation Department. For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pilates: 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday classes through July with Ana Salgado, Memorial Medical Center Auditorium A, 621 10th St., Niagara Falls. Bring a water bottle and towel. Exercise mat optional. Cost is $8 per class for adults, $3 for seniors and students with ID. Call 215-0723 to register.
summer walking: The Schofield Adult Wellness Center, 3333 Elmwood Ave., Town of Tonawanda, invites community members to join its free summer walking program, 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 7. Call 995-3851 to register. More information is also online at www.schofieldcare.org.
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 bodyglyphix.com.
outdoor yoga: Yoga at Porter-on-the-Lake, 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 28 at the park; from Lake Road, turn north on Dietz Road. Free. For more info, email instructor Monica Zucco at email@example.com.
standup paddleboarding: Demonstration of the new fitness opportunity brought to Western New York by City of Light Fitness, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Green Lake, 200 North Lake Drive, Orchard Park. Anyone is interested in taking an Introductory SUP lesson at Green Lake is asked to call 866-3747 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2-mile walk: Let’s Move Buffalo walk, 2200 Main St., presented by Rapha Family Medicine. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and walk starts at 10 a.m. next Saturday; cost is $5 per person or $30 for groups or organizations. Prizes and activities for children, with a post-walk celebration. To help with sponsorship or for info, call 200-4122.
paddles up niagara: The Niagara River Greenway Commission hosts its eighth annual “Paddles Up Niagara” along the southeast shore of Grand Island next Saturday. The noncompetitive paddle starts at the Little Beaver Launch site in Beaver Island State park, heads to the East River Marsh site and returns to Little Beaver, a nearly 5-mile journey. The day begins with a Poker Run at 7 a.m., launching at East River Marsh around Strawberry Island, followed by a Paddle Fair at 8:30 a.m. During the Paddle Fair, businesses from the Town of Grand Island will be on hand to give the public an opportunity to “Discover Grand Island” and an opportunity to try out canoes and kayaks. “Paddles Up Niagara 2013” will begin after a traditional Native American Departure Ceremony at 11:30 a.m. All of the day’s activities are free, including registration for Paddles Up Niagara, except for a lunch fundraiser and tour of the Historic River Lea Site; a prepaid donation of $14 is required for that. Normal state park entrance fees will apply. Upon entering Beaver Island State Park, participants should take the first right toward the Sledding Hill or Little Beaver for parking and launching. To receive or download registration forms for Paddles Up Niagara or for more information, visit niagaragreenway.org or call 773-5361.
Elmwood-Bidwell farmers market: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. today and every Saturday through mid-December, Elmwood Avenue and Bidwell Parkway. Today, the nonprofit Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo and its partners will offer free health-related information, resources and fun. Organizations and services on hand will include the Eat Well Live Well Challenge, Catholic Health System, Swing Buffalo, the Erie County Department of Health, a massage therapist, acupuncturist and chiropractor. For information on the Wellness Institute, visit CreatingHealthyCommunities.org. For info on the market, visitelmwoodmarket.org.
wine and culinary festival: Noon to 7 p.m. next Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. July 28, Academy Park, Center Street, Village of Lewiston. Wine tastings and educational seminars, cooking presentations and entertainment. Advance tickets cost $25 until 9 p.m. Friday and can be purchased at niagarawineandculinaryfestival.com. Tickets include a wine tasting ticket valid for one tasting of three wines at each participating winery both days of the festival, and a souvenir wine glass (while they last). Festival tickets do not include food, which may be purchased directly from the local vendors. Advance online ticket sales will also receive $5 in coupons toward wine purchases at the festival, and save $5 off the gate price of $30.
Gospel Festival: Seventh annual Good News Gospel Festival and Health Fair, noon to 6 p.m. today, Legends Park, 11th Street at Whitney Avenue, Niagara Falls. An afternoon of live gospel music along with health screenings and healthy living information. Food and beverage vendors will be available. Sponsored by the City of Niagara Falls, Niagara Falls Redevelopment Corp., the Main Street Business & Professional Association and Memorial Medical Center. Call 285-2382 for information.
Free family saturdays: Noon to 4 p.m. today and next Saturday, Artpark’s Outdoor Amphitheater, Portage Road, Lewiston. The Niagara University Repertory Theatre will perform both weeks, along with special guests. Other activities include “Make and Take” workshops, an artisan market. Free. Sponsored by Catholic Health.
breastfeeding walk, picnic: Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center’s Community Health Worker Program and the Healthy Moms-Healthy Babies Coalition will celebrate the benefits of breastfeeding with a community picnic, breastfeeding walk and baby shower Tuesday at Hyde Park. The event will promote breastfeeding awareness, child safety, prenatal and maternal health, and good old-fashioned summer fun. Registration will begin at 10:45 a.m. at the Hyde Park wading pool. A one-mile Breastfeeding Walk led by the Niagara County Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program will begin at 11 a.m. and will be followed by a picnic and baby shower sponsored by the March of Dimes and the Family & Children’s Service of Niagara-Healthy Families Niagara program. Free. In case of rain, the event will be held in the Oasis Shelter at Hyde Park. For more information, call or text Memorial’s Community Health Worker Program at 278-4623 or 278-4509.
Summer Fun Club: 11 a.m. Tuesday, West Room of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Central Library, 1 Lafayette Square. Also July 30 and Aug. 6. Groups of six or more should call 858-7192 to register.
preschool reading: Miss Nancy’s “Hold My Hand” preschool story hour, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, West Room of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Central Library, 1 Lafayette Square. Groups of six or more call 858-7192 to register.
Aging program: Seneca Health Care Center, 2987 Seneca St., will host a free seminar, “A Plan for Aging – Understanding the Rising Costs of Health Care,” at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Jennifer Jurek, a certified financial planner from Sgroi Financial, will speak about prudent financial planning for you and your loved ones. The seminar will include a lecture and question and answer session, followed by refreshments. RSVP at 828-0500.
Siblings Class: “Let’s Celebrate Big Brother/Big Sister,” 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Room 249, Mount St. Mary’s Hospital, 5300 Military Road. Lewiston. Designed for children ages 3 to 8 to help them prepare for the arrival of a new baby. Preregistration is required by calling 298-2145.
buffalo bookfest: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. next Saturday, WNY Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St.; daylong festival is dedicated to printing and the book arts. It will feature an artists’ market and a complete schedule of adult and kid-friendly hands-on demonstrations of the book arts, including steamroller printmaking. Free. Demonstrations include papermaking, printmaking for kids, paper marbling, letterpress, lino-cuts, bookbinding and more. Lloyd Taco Truck will be on hand from noon to 3 p.m.