Health and wellness
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); Women’s Peer Support. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at same location.
Living with Diabetes: Four-session diabetes self-management education program, 9:30 a.m. to noon Monday, Wednesday and Dec. 9 and 11, Mary C. Dyster Community Education Room, Memorial Medical Center, 621 10th St., Niagara Falls. Preregistration is required by calling 278-4102.
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.
Affordable Care Act talk: Learn more about the ACA at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the North Tonawanda Public Library, 505 Meadow Drive, North Tonawanda. Free and open to the public. No advance registration required. For more info, call the library at 693-4132.
Prostate support: The US TOO! Prostate Cancer Support Group meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Room 301 at the VA Hospital, 3495 Bailey Ave., This informal information meeting is free to the public and you do not have to be a veteran to attend. For more info, call 834-9200, Ext. 5169 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday or the group’s hotline at 743-7595.
Stress reduction: Talk entitled, “Make the Mind-Body Connection,” 2 p.m. Wednesday, Schofield Adult Wellness Center, 3333 Elmwood Ave. Town of Tonawanda. Program discusses relaxation techniques that can be used to relieve symptoms and control stress. Free and open to the public. Reservations are requested and may be made by calling 995-3851 or online at schofieldcare.org. Presented by BlueCross BlueShield of WNY.
Breastfeeding Class: Learn about the benefits of breastfeeding from a certified lactation consultant, 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Mary C. Dyster Women’s Pavilion, Memorial Medical Center, 621 10th St., Niagara Falls. To register, call 278-4623.
Fibromyalgia Support: Group meets from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Study Group Room, Amherst Main Library at Audubon, 350 John James Audubon Parkway, Amherst. All those with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome or similar concerns are welcome, as are family or friends. For more info, contact the Arthritis Foundation at (800) 870-1771.
Holiday Bazaar: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, main lobby, Mount St. Mary’s Hospital, 5300 Military Road, Lewiston, features food, raffles and vendors. Sponsored by the St. Francis Guild.
Fibromyalgia Support: 1 p.m., next Saturday, Room 249, Mount St. Mary’s Hospital, 5300 Military Road, Lewiston. For more information call Lisa at 298-5481
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 www.shaktibuffalo.com or email email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com for 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 carlaspilates.com or call 866-3735.
Essentrics: Strengthens the muscles in an elongated position creating to help increase agility, speed of movement, relief of pain and prevention of injuries, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, 861 Brighton Ave., Town of Tonawanda. Cost is $10 per class; bring own mat. For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 604-7536 or visit yourfitguru.com/joykelley.
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 email@example.com for further information.
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 elmwoodmarket.org.
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.
High Tunnel School: Offered to area vegetable and fruit farmers to meet the growing “Eat Local” demand, emphasizing warm-season management and production skills that lead to profitability and adoption of winter farming techniques, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County, 420 E. Main St., Batavia. Growers can sign up for either day of the school, but are highly encouraged to attend both days. Preregistration with payment is required by Sunday to reserve a seat. Register online at cvp.cce.cornell.edu or contact Vivian Flynn at (315) 536-5123.
Science Museum fundraiser: Tickets for the Buffalo Museum of Science’s Beerology fundraising event will go on sale Sunday. Learn about the science of beer and have your science on tap from 7 to 10 p.m. March 8. Guests can sample brews, and enjoy home brewing demonstrations and presentations on other beer-related topics. The event is for adults 21 and over only; cost is $35 for museum members and $40 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased online at sciencebuff.org or by calling 896-5200, Ext. 359. Designated driver tickets are also available for a reduced price, and can be purchased by phone only.
Caregiving talk: Staff from the Erie County Caregiver Resource Center will discuss caregiving challenges and solutions for today’s seniors and those who help them, 7 p.m. Monday, Trinity Old Lutheran Church, 3445 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. Learn about adaptive equipment, support groups, and programs and services so vital to caregivers. Free. Call the church office at 836-4868 if you plan to attend so that the speaker can be prepared with an adequate number of handouts.
Old Falls Street Outdoor Tree Lighting: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Old Falls Street, Niagara Falls. The event begins with the arrival of Santa Claus to the Falls. After a brief outdoor ceremony, the public will be invited inside the Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls to enjoy live music by the Celtic Circle Ceilidh Band, a visit by Old Falls Street’s mascot – Walter Falls – children’s face painting, a balloon artist, and complimentary doughnuts, hot chocolate and coffee. Guests also will be able to tour the conference center’s new photography exhibit, “Snapshots: Roaming the Niagara Frontier,” by Niagara Gazette photojournalist James Neiss. Various vendors will also be on hand for those who are looking to purchase unique holiday gift items and nonperishable food items will be collected toward the 4th Annual Stuff-a-Bus Food Drive.
tree of hope lighting ceremony: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Kaminski Park and Gardens on Roswell Park Cancer Institute campus. This free, family-friendly event will honor of all who are touched by cancer, and feature ice sculpting, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, live music and the annual gingerbread house raffle. The event will culminate with the lighting of the Tree of Hope by a cancer survivor from Carly’s Club for Kids & Cancer Research in WNY. An animated light show, which will display more than 30,000 energy-efficient LED lights, orchestrated to holiday music – will continue to run every 30 minutes from 5 to 8 p.m. daily after the ceremony until Jan. 2. Guests should register to attend Tree of Hope by Monday. Call (877) ASK-RPCI (275-7724) or go to roswellpark.org/treeofhope. Free parking will be available in the institute’s on-campus parking ramp, Carlton at Elm streets.
Holiday Happenings: Niagara Wine Trail event Friday, next Saturday and next Sunday, and Dec. 13-15. Each winery on the trail will hand out nutcracker-themed ornaments to ticket holders. Learn more and purchase tickets at NiagaraWineTrail.org.
A Queenston Holiday: 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Laura Secord Homestead, 29 Queenston St., Queenston, Ont. Learn more about Laura Secord’s life as you explore her historic home, from her American roots to how she became associated with chocolate. Admission is $9.50 (Canadian) for adults; $6.25 for children 6-12. Crafts, snacks and warm beverages are included. For more info, call (905) 262-4861.
A McFarland Christmas: Victorian holiday house tour and open house, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, next Saturday and Dec. 8, 15927 Niagara Parkway, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.; In partnership with the Garden Club of Niagara and the Rotary Club of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Rotary tour tickets cost $25; individual admission to the McFarland House is $5 for adults; $3.75 for children 6-12. More info, visit mcfarlandhouse.com.
Book talk: Dr. James Pilc will conduct a free book talk, group guided meditation, book and CD signing at 7 p.m. Friday, New World Gifts, 5655 Main St., Williamsville. Earlier this month, Pilc released his first CD, “Guided Meditation: A Path to Peace.” For additional events, to purchase books, CDs and digital downloads and for more information, visit jamespilcmd.com.
bereavement support: 10 a.m. next Saturday, Garden Gate Health Care Facility, 2365 Union Road, Cheektowaga. The program, entitled “Sharing Holiday Memories & Traditions,” is for anyone coping with grief, sadness or loss. For more info, call 668-8100.