Health and wellness

Parkinson’s caregiver support: 3 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dent Towers, fifth-floor UBNS administrative offices, 3980 Sheridan Drive Amherst. For more information, contact Mary Ellen at 833-5389.

Roads to Wellness: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Audubon Branch Library, 350 John James Audubon Parkway, Amherst. Registered nurse and Reiki master Jill O’Hara will talk about illness, healing, traditional medicine’s strengths and limitations. Call 689-4922 to register.

Healing power of meditation: Free workshop takes place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Daemen College Library, Room 101, 4380 Main St., Amherst. Register by calling the Cancer Wellness Center at 694-1395.

Kidney Disease Education: Learn how to manage kidney-related health conditions including diabetes and hypertension, 6 p.m. Thursday, Northtowns Dialysis Center, 4041 Delaware Ave., Town of Tonawanda. To register, call 871-8103 or visit

Kidney Support: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, SNI Cattaraugus Health & Wellness Center, 36 Thomas Indian School Drive, Irving, Those with kidney disease, kidney transplant patients and their families are welcome to attend. For more info, call 725-4328 or email

Bosom Buddies of WNY: Breast cancer survivor support group meets at 10 a.m. next Saturday, Nativity Lutheran Church, 970 E. Main St., East Aurora, just west of Route 400. Program will focus on laughter yoga. For more info, call 652-4985.

relay for life: American Cancer Society Elma & Surrounding Communities group hosts 2014 kick-off and awards ceremony, 10 a.m. next Saturday, Iroquois High School cafeteria. Team captain’s folders will be distributed, see the 2013 event video, register your team for this year. Call 472-1343 for info.

Alternative Health & Wellness Expo: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. next Saturday, Complete Wellness Arts and Science Center, 1515 Kensington Ave.; free. Learn more about massage therapy, chiropractic, nutritional supplements, light therapy, exercise, meditation, acupuncture, juicing, healthy cooking and more. For more, visit

The Earth-Spirit Expo: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. next Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 2, Michaels Banquet Facility, 4885 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg. Learn about energy workers, green living, alternative healing, massage, organic products and more. Cost $5. For more info, visit

Free health screenings: 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. next Saturday, Heart Center of Niagara, Walnut Avenue at 10th Street, Niagara Falls. Screenings including ejection fraction, which measures how efficiently blood is pumped out of the heart, EKGs, carotid Doppler readings, blood pressure testing, body mass index screening. A light luncheon will be provided. For information, call 278-4569. Sponsored by Buffalo Heart Group.


Physical activity working group: Group devoted to improving after-school physical activity seeks more members; meets at 10 a.m. Monday, United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, 742 Delaware Ave.


Green Cuisine: Wheatgrass grower Christine Henderson, who sells sprouts at the Colden and Holland farmers’ markets, will talk about her work and eating a raw living food diet, 7 p.m. Monday, Unitarian Universalist Church, 6320 Main St., Williamsville.

organic food talk: 2 p.m. Wednesday, Schofield Adult Wellness Center, 3333 Elmwood Ave., Town of Tonawanda. Free and open to the public.

Nutrition seminar: “Hidden Dangers of Sugar,” 7 p.m. Thursday, Niagara Falls Hypnosis Center, 7820 Porter Road, Niagara Falls. Talk will focus on why people continue to eat sugar even with knowledge of the health dangers. Free; registration required by calling 940-8963.

Buffalo cuisine competition: Bring your favorite Buffalo-style foods; we’ll taste all and judge the best; noon Wednesday, Peregrine’s Landing, 101 Sterling Drive, Orchard Park. Public welcome; RSVP to Kim Schoen at 352-2828.


Storytelling at the Aquarium: 11:30 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. today, second-level Community Room, Aquarium of Niagara, Niagara Falls State Park, Niagara Falls; The Wondermakers, a traveling troupe, will perform fables and folktales. At least one adult must accompany a child. Admission charged, no reservations are needed.

Grief share: Support for those who’ve lost a loved one, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Mental Health Association in Niagara County, 36 Pine St., Lockport.