Health and wellness

Fibromyalgia Awareness: Support group meets from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Julia Boyer Reinstein Library, 1030 Losson Road, Cheektowaga. Those with fibromyalgia or family and friends are welcome. For more info, contact Dana Mang at 207-1827 or Gail Potter at

Breast Cancer Support Group: To You It’s All About Cancer, education and support for and by breast cancer patients and survivors, HSBC Community Room, Heart Center of Niagara, second floor, 571 10th St., Niagara Falls. Call 957-8255 for information.

Breast cancer Support: Breast Cancer Network of Western New York will hold its monthly educational meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Bella Moglie building, 3297 Walden Ave., Depew, just east of Transit Road. Osteopath Dr. David Dougherty will speak at 6:30 p.m. about uterine cancer. For reservations, email or call 864-0056. Following the meeting, at 8 p.m., a professional support group will be held.

Alzheimer’s Support: Group meets at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Our Lady of Peace Nursing Care Family Room, 5285 Lewiston Road, Lewiston. For more info, call 298-3735.

Memory care support: General support group at 3 p.m. Wednesday and daughter’s support group at 5 p.m. Wednesday, both at Harris Hill Nursing Facility, 2699 Wehrle Drive, Clarence. For more info, contact Sarah Pietrowski at 632-3700 or visit

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.

Fillmore District Fall Prevention pilot program: The City of Buffalo’s “B-Well” Program will lead a fall prevention pilot program that will target older adults in the Fillmore District. Residents, leaders and businesses who would be willing to help plan this initiative are invited to attend the following meetings: 10 a.m. to noon Thursday and Feb. 25, Valley Community Center, 93 Leddy St. Contact Phil Haberstro at 851-4052 with questions. Thursday’s meeting replaces the Jan. 28 meeting that was canceled because of severe weather.

Kidney support: Disease education free to the community, 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Suburban Dialysis Center, 1542 Maple Road, Amherst. Learn how kidneys function and the causes of chronic kidney disease; how medications, diet and nutrition work together to help keep you healthy; and how to manage related health conditions including diabetes and hypertension. To register, call 636-3300 or visit

Stroke support: Group meets from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, fifth-floor Rehabilitation Medicine wing, Buffalo General Medical Center, 100 High St.; for info, call 859-5280 or 859-7110.

Hip surgery talk: Patient education seminar featuring Dr. Nicholas Violante, who will speak about total hip replacement, 6 p.m. Thursday, Excelsior Orthopaedics main campus, 3925 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. Free. RSVP to Lisa Laski by email at or phone 250-6409

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

Parkinson’s support: National Parkinson’s Foundation of WNY will hold its monthly support group meeting for people with Parkinson’s disease, family members and caregivers, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Congregation Shir Shalom, 4660 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. For more info, call 689-1559.

Mental Health support: National Alliance on Mental Illness in Buffalo & Erie County hosts an educational meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, St. Paul Lutheran Church, 4007 Main St., Eggertsville. Dr. Yogesh Bakhai, clinical director of psychiatric services at Erie County Medical Center, will update visitors on the Center for Excellence in Behavioral Health at ECMC.

Breast cancer screening: For women age 40 and older who are without health insurance, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. next Saturday, Sisters of Charity Hospital Piver Center for Women, Main Street at Humboldt Parkway. Includes a free mammogram, as well as free blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose screenings. Through the Erie County Cancer Services Program, eligible participants may also qualify for free follow-up testing and treatment if needed. Participants must meet eligibility requirements and appointments are necessary. For more info or to schedule an appointment, contact Catholic Health’s HealthConnection at 447-6205.


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: 11 a.m. Monday, DeGraff Community Center, 139 Division St., North Tonawanda; 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.

Arthritis foundation exercise classes: 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, Ken-Ton Presbyterian Village, 3735 Delaware Ave., Kenmore; free and open to the public. To register and for info, call 874-6070.

Throw Smart: Learn how pitch count and mechanics contribute to shoulder injuries in adolescent athletes, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Southtowns Family YMCA, 1620 Southwestern Blvd., West Seneca. Free and open to the public. Presented by Buffalo Rehab Group. For more info, call 674-9622.

Self-defense class: 1 p.m. Wednesday, Schofield Adult Wellness Center, 3333 Elmwood Ave., Town of Tonawanda. The instructor, Manuela “Mannie” Ceglinski, has more than 25 years of martial arts experience. The program is free and open to the public. Reservations are requested and may be made by calling 995-3851 or online at

Gentle Restorative Yoga: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Body Glyphix Studio, 12377 Big Tree Road, Wales Center; $12 drop-in fee, free for anyone with cancer. For more info, visit

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. Thursday, St. John Lutheran Church, 6540 Main St., Williamsville; $10 per class, bring own mat. For more info, email, call 604-7536 or 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.

Nutrition Talks: Talk entitled, “Is Stress Making You Fat?,” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and talk entitled “Living Without Diabetes: Former Diabetics Speak Out,” 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Positive Health and Wellness, 1416 Sweet Home Road, Suite 7, Amherst. Both talks free. Reservations required by calling 833-1664.


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; Christina Brown, from the Community Music School in Buffalo, will share tales with music, movement and sing-along. At least one adult must accompany a child. Free for aquarium members, $10 for adults; $6.50 for children; and free for 2 and under. No reservations are needed. For more information, call 285-3575, Ext. 206.

Swamp creatures: New educational exhibit featuring animals from the world’s wetlands opens today and runs through May 11, Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory, 2405 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls, Ont. Admission charged. For more information, visit and click on attractions.

Postpartum Breastfeeding Class: For moms and babies, 1 p.m. Wednesday, Room 249, Mount St. Mary’s Hospital, 5300 Military Road, Lewiston. For info and registration, call 298-2618.

Family Days: Noon to 3 p.m., next Saturday, Healthy Zone Fieldhouse, Ralph C. Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park. Families can partake in interactive drills and games at the Bills’ indoor practice facility. Sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of WNY. For more info, visit

moonlight snowshoe tour: 5 to 8 p.m. next Saturday, Griffis Sculpture Park, Mill Valley Road Site in East Otto, off Route 219 between Springville and Ellicottville. Cost is $50 a person and includes snowshoe rental, live entertainment by the Pine Fever band, food and beer. Reservations are required by calling 667-2808. Tickets also are available online at Proceeds go to the Ashford Hollow Foundation’s Arts and Education Program.