Health and wellness

ALS support: Buffalo education and awareness meeting for ALS Association Upstate N.Y. Chapter, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dent Tower, 3980 Sheridan Drive, Amherst.

Parkinson’s Caregiver Support: Group meets from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, fifth floor UBNS administrative offices, Dent Tower, Amherst. Discuss concerns that might be impacting your ability to manage and cope as a family member/caregiver; an opportunity to meet others experiencing similar concerns and help problem-solve and reduce the stress you may be feeling. The group regularly meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month but will meet one week early due to the holidays. For more info, contact Mary Ellen at 833-5389.

Brain injury support: For individuals who have sustained a mild to moderate brain injury, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Headway of WNY, 2635 Delaware Ave; (enter at Suite B); Rural Communities group, 6:30 to 8 p.m., DeGraff Memorial Hospital, 445 Tremont St., North Tonawanda.

Diabetes support: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Room 723A, Mount St. Mary’s Hospital, 5300 Military Road, Lewiston. For information, call Marie at 745-7149.

Medication safety and disposal: Free talk open to the public starts at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Schofield Adult Wellness Center, 3333 Elmwood Ave., Town of Tonawanda. Learn about taking the correct medications, at the right time, and consistently, and find out about drug-food-supplement interactions. Presented by Mobile Pharmacy Solutions. Reservations are requested and may be made by calling 995-3851 or online at


Tai chi: Exercise for seniors, 10 and 10:45 a.m. Monday and Friday, West Seneca Senior Center, 4620 Seneca St., West Seneca, one mile east of Union Road. For more info, call 675-9288. Free for Erie County residents.

Yoga: Slow (foundational) Vinyasa yoga at 6 p.m. and restorative yoga at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Shakti Yoga, 133 Grant St.; one-hour classes cost $10 each, no registration required. Visit or email for more info.

Tai Chi: With Bob White in North Tonawanda. 11 a.m. Monday, DeGraff Community Center, 139 Division St.; wear loose comfortable clothes, beginners welcome. Cost is $5 per class.

Dance Moves: 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, St. John’s Grace Church, 51 Colonial Circle. Inspired therapeutic group classes increase your flexibility, tone your muscles, improve your posture and make you feel better. Cost is $8 per class. For more info, email or call 574-5503.

Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance. 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Tosh Collins Senior Center, 35 Cazenovia St.; free. Call 828-1093 or email for more info.

PILATES: 9 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday, Karyn Kelly Dance Studio, Main Street at Transit Road, in the Transitown Plaza, behind T.J. Maxx, Clarence. Cost $6 per drop-in class. For more info., visit or call 866-3735.

Essentrics: Strengthens the muscles in an elongated position to help increase agility, speed of movement, relief of pain and prevention of injuries, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, 861 Brighton Road, Town of Tonawanda. Cost is $10 per class; bring own mat. For more info, email, call 604-7536 or visit

Yoga: Family yoga, open to families with children ages 5 to 11, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, and Hatha yoga, all levels, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Stevenson Elementary School, 3745 Ransomville Road, Ransomville. These are free classes sponsored by the Town of Porter. Email for further information.

DIAPHRAGMATIC BREATHING WORKSHOP: 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Buffalo Spine and Sports Medicine, Room 100, 100 College Parkway, Amherst. Designed to educate those with breathing problems about the benefits from ongoing physical therapy, yoga and pain management. Cost is $15; register 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

Winter Market at Horsefeathers: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, first floor and lower level of the Horsefeathers Market & Residences, 346 Connecticut St.; wide variety of local products including fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, wine, biscotti, cookies, homemade dog treats, jams, soaps, chocolates and pasta.

Green Cuisine: 7 p.m. Monday, Epiphany United Church Of Christ, 9365 Clarence Center Road, Clarence Center. Registered dietitian Klara Carson will discuss natural and holistic ways to address digestive issues and eat cleanly, as well as a few vitamins and herbs that can promote healing within the digestive tract.


Young Audiences Second Saturday Series: Suzie the Singing Elf holiday show, with Susie Rozler, 1 to 2 p.m., Ring of Knowledge, main floor Central Library, One Lafayette Square. Free. Suitable for all ages.