Health and wellness

Bariatric Surgery Support Group: For people who have had weight loss surgery and those who are considering it, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Memorial Medical Center Auditorium, 621 10th St., Niagara Falls. Call 278-4402 for information.

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

fall prevention: Talk by Meghan Schobert, from Reliant Medical Equipment & Supply and Seneca Health Care Center, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, West Seneca Senior, 4620 Seneca St.; learn how to prevent falls inside and outside of the home. RSVP by Tuesday at 828-0500.

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

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.

kidney education: Learn how kidneys function and the causes of chronic kidney disease, as well as how medications, diet and nutrition work together to help keep you healthy; 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Eggertsville-Snyder Public Library, 4622 Main St., Snyder. To register, call 523-9604 or visit

Long-term care: Panel discussion involving local experts on long-term care issues and solutions will talk about “Long-Term Care: Choices in a Changing World, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Clarence Public Library, 3 Town Place, Clarence. Contact Leah Hughes at 406-2526 or">

parkinson’s support: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Congregation Shir Shalom, 4660 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. Group exercise will be led by Ann O’Neil Merritt, tai chi, aqua chi and meditation instructor at the Northeast YMCA. For more info, call 689-1559.

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

Diabetes education: “Taking Control,” with Mary Ellen Willen, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Room 249, Mount St. Mary’s Hospital. This program will help diabetics learn ways to control blood sugar. For registration and info, call Deb Hoffman at 298-2297.

“Rockin’ Diabetes Away”: Diabetes awareness, education, refreshments and entertainment, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Hard Rock Café, 333 Prospect St., Niagara Falls. Call 285-2382.


tai chi: Exercise for seniors, 10 and 10:45 a.m. Monday and Friday, West Seneca Senior Center, 4620 Seneca St., West Seneca. 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 Ave., Town of Tonawanda. Cost is $10 per class; bring 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, Stephenson Elementary School, 3745 Ransomville Road, Ransomville. These are free classes sponsored by the Town of Porter. Email 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

Winter Market at Horsefeathers: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., first floor and lower level of the Horsefeathers Market & Residences, 346 Connecticut St.; variety of local products, including fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, wine, biscotti, cookies, homemade dog treats, jams, soaps, chocolates and pasta. Musical entertainment from 10:15 a.m. to noon today by Porcelain Train.

Nutrition for cancer survivors: 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Independent Health Family YMCA, 150 Tech Drive, Amherst. Call 839-2543 to register. Participants will learn the importance of a nutritionally sound diet and the benefits of physical activity in improving quality of life and potentially reducing the risk of cancer recurrence. Supported by Roswell Park Cancer Institute, SUNY Buffalo State and YMCA Buffalo Niagara.

Postpartum Breast-feeding Class: For moms and babies, 1 p.m. Wednesday, Mount St. Mary’s Hospital, 5300 Military Road, Lewiston. For registration and room location information, call 298-2618 or 298-2385.

bereavement support: “Staying Strong – Remembering Nutrition,” featuring dietician Phyllis Leffler, 5 p.m. Wednesday, Harris Hill Nursing Facility, 2699 Wehrle Drive, Williamsville, for anyone coping with grief, sadness or loss. Call 632-3700 or visit


Women’s Respite benefit: Dinner and basket raffle to benefit the Women’s Respite Program, which provides getaways at Stella Niagara in Lewiston for low-income mothers and those dealing with cancer, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. today, St. Leo Catholic Church Hall, 885 Sweet Home Road, Amherst. Tickets cost $8 for adults; $7 for children, seniors and veterans.

helpmates: “Life Changes” group for helping people through a time of loss, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Peace House, Salem Lutheran Church, 271 Whitfield Ave. For more info, call 824-2787.

family finances: “Protecting Your Most Important Asset – Your Family,” 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Schofield Adult Wellness Center, 3333 Elmwood Ave., Town of Tonawanda. Certified financial planner Les Robinson will discuss why a plan for extended care must be discussed with a financial professional; developing a plan to protect your family and finances; and what will pay for that plan. Free and open to the public. For reservations, call 995-3851 or visiting

homegrown book series: “Trying to Catch the Wind,” by Josef Ferri, noon Thursday, Downtown Central Library, 1 Lafayette Square.

Getting around WNY: “Tales and Trials of Transportation,” a talk by Susan LoTempio, who has held several editing positions at The Buffalo News, 1 to 3 p.m. next Saturday, Museum of disABILITY History, 3826 Main St.; part of the Person First Forum speaker series, which explores the challenges people with all types of disabilties face when they need accessible public transportation in Western New York.