Health and wellness

Health fair: 9 a.m. to noon today, Amherst Senior Center, 370 John James Audubon Parkway, Amherst. More than 80 health providers will offer screenings, services, education and other preventive measures for a variety of health conditions. Hosted by Assemblyman Ray Walter.

buffalo walk to defeat als: 11 a.m. today, Agassiz Circle entrance of Delaware Park, off Parkside Avenue. Register at 10 a.m. before the race.

Fibromyalgia Support Group: 1 p.m. today, Room 249, Mount St. Mary’s Hospital. For more information, call 298-5481.

“Living with Diabetes”: Four-session program, 9:30 a.m. to noon Monday, Wednesday and Aug. 12 and 14, Mary C. Dyster Community Education Room, Memorial Medical Center, 621 10th St., Niagara Falls. Preregistration is required by calling 278-4102.

griefshare: Support group for adults coping with the death of a loved one, 6 p.m. Tuesday, S-6 Conference Room, Memorial Medical Center, 621 10th St., Niagara Falls. Call 278-4604 or 433-3780 to register. Free.

Prostate support: The US TOO! Prostate Cancer Support Group meets at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month in Room 301 of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 3495 Bailey Ave. This informal information meeting is free to the public and you do not have to be a veteran to attend. For information, call 834-9200, Ext. 5169, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday or the group’s hotline at 743-7595.

Lupus Support Group: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Room 723A, Mount St. Mary’s Hospital, 5300 Military Road, Lewiston. For information, call (800) 300-4198.

fall prevention: Meghan Schobert, from Reliant Medical Equipment & Supply, and Seneca Health Care Center will host a free seminar about fall prevention from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. Thursday in the Town of Aurora Senior Center, 101 King St., East Aurora. RSVP by Tuesday by calling 828-0500.


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 at, by calling 408-3071 or by email at .

tai chi: With Bob White, 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Porter-on-the-Lake Park, Porter. From Lake Road, turn north on Dietz Road. Free. Wear loose clothing. Sponsored by Village of Porter Recreation Department. For more info, email

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. Wednesday. Call 995-3851 to register. More information is also online at

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

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


Elmwood-Bidwell farmers’ market: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. today and every Saturday through mid-December, Elmwood Avenue and Bidwell Parkway. For more info, visit

breast-feeding walk: Catholic Charities Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program hosts a walk in conjunction with World Breast-feeding Week from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, starting at the Ring Road entrance to Delaware Park. Meet others who are breast-feeding and mingle with providers of breast-feeding and nutrition services. No registration is necessary. Call 332-3304 for more information.

Breast-feeding Class: Learn about the benefits of breast-feeding from a certified lactation consultant, 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Mary C. Dyster Women’s Pavilion, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, 621 10th St. To register, call 278-4623.


Chalkfest: noon to 6 p.m. today and Sunday, Main Street between West Huron and Mohawk streets; 6-by-6-foot squares for judging are all taken, but many more squares are available for those who want to express themselves. Vendors and music will be part of the fun, including Differential Flava Crew at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Hosted by the 500 Block Association of Main St.

simcoe days events: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., events today through Monday during the Canadian holiday weekend at the Niagara Parks Commission’s Mackenzie Printery, 1 Queenston St., Queenston, Ont. Learn how the nation’s oldest printing press helped John Graves Simcoe shape the province of Upper Canada. Cost is $5 for those 13 and older, $3.75 for ages 6 to 12, and free for 5 years and under. Free parking is available on site. For $20.12 (adults and children) visitors can explore all four of the commission’s Heritage Trail attractions: Old Fort Erie, Laura Secord Homestead, McFarland House and the Mackenzie Printery. The pass also includes discount coupons for Fort George, the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory and Sir Adam Beck Power tours.

meth talk: Practical help in preventing methamphetamine use will be offered at 7 p.m. Monday at Lifetree Café, 1570 Niagara Falls Blvd., at Glenalby Road, Town of Tonawanda. Movie, snacks and beverages will be available free. Call 689-4806 or email for more info.

Summer Fun Club: 11 a.m. Tuesday, West Room of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Central Library, 1 Lafayette Square. 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 should call 858-7192 to register.

free school supplies: As part of Independent Health Foundation’s Good for the Neighborhood program, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Westminster Community Charter School, 24 Westminster Ave., while supplies last. Open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees need not be members of Independent Health, but a child must be present to receive the free supplies. The supply giveaway is part of a back-to-school theme at the Good for the Neighborhood event, which also includes activities for children, a free farmers’ market with fresh fruits and vegetables, a healthy cooking demonstration by the Westminster Kitchen and free healthy food samples. In addition, the event features free health screenings for blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol and body mass index, as well free vision screenings provided by Davis Vision.

night at the races: To benefit the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, next Saturday, Holland Motorsports Complex, Glenwood Road, Holland. Children 15 and under who read two books receive free admission; adults receive a $5 admission coupon. Stop at any of the 37 public library branches for more info and tickets.