Health and wellness
medicare talk: 10 a.m. to noon Monday, Findley Lake Community Center, 2883 North Road, Findley Lake; 10:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Masonic Lodge, 321 E. Main St., Fredonia; and 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, Mount Vernon Place, Jamestown. Designed to answer questions that include: What am I supposed to do with all this mail? What does it all mean? Can someone help me understand all the Medicare changes for 2014? Hosted by the Chautauqua County Office for the Aging.
Living with Diabetes: Two-session program of self-management education, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, Mary C. Dyster Community Education Room, Memorial Medical Center, 621 10th St., Niagara Falls. Preregistration is required by calling 278-4102.
Smoking Cessation Class: Learn the keys to kick the habit, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Earl W. Brydges Library, 1425 Main St., Niagara Falls. Sessions will be facilitated by Community Health Worker Cassandra Jackson and Heather Bashaw of Roswell Park Cancer Institute. For information or to register, call 278-4604. Also, Oct. 14, 21 and 28.
Alzheimer’s Support: Group meets at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Our Lady of Peace Nursing Facility Family Room, 5285 Lewiston Road, Lewiston. Call 298-3735 for info.
Taking Charge of Your Diabetes: All-day class from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mount St. Mary’s Hospital, 5300 Military Road, Lewiston, Room 249. Preregistration is required by calling 298-2297.
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 visit mcguiregroup.com.
end of life decision-making: “Advance Directives: Who, What, Where and Why?,” a talk by Dr. Timothy E. Quill, professor of Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine, 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Wick Center at Daemen College, 4380 Main St., Amherst. Free and open to the public.
kidney disease education: 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 other related health conditions including diabetes and hypertension, 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Eggertsville-Snyder Public Library, 4622 Main St., Snyder. Free. To register, call 523-9604 or visit kidneysmart.org/class
parkinson’s support: Northtown Support Group meets at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Congregation Shir Shalom, 4660 Sheridan Drive, Williamsville. “Operation Karaoke” will be hosted by Kelly Richardson and Jennifer Lam from the Speech-Language Department of UB. For additional information, call 689-1559.
Earth-Spirit Expo: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. next Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 13, Best Western (Formerly Holiday Inn), 515 S. Transit St., Lockport. Whole life expo includes info on green living, alternative healing, massage, spirituality and organic products. $5 admission. For more info, visit Earth-SpiritExpo.com
disabilities film festival: and speaker series, next Saturday; 2 and 7 p.m. screenings of “The Joy of Drumming,” Dipson Amherst Theatre, 3500 Main St., and panel discussion from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Museum of disABILITY History, 3826 Main St., led by University at Buffalo historian and disability studies scholar Mike Rembis.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
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 more info.
Elmwood-Bidwell farmers market: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. today and every Saturday through mid-December, Elmwood Avenue and Bidwell Parkway. Students from D’Youville’s School of Pharmacy will hold a flu shot clinic during today’s market. Free blood pressure and body mass index screenings, along with medication counseling, also will be available. For more info, visit www.elmwoodmarket.org.
cooking help: “Cooking for 1 or 2,” 2 p.m. Wednesday, Schofield Adult Wellness Center, 3333 Elmwood Ave., Town of Tonawanda. Learn tips for planning your meals, shopping and stocking your pantry, downsizing your favorite recipes and using your leftovers. Presented by a registered dietitian from the Erie County Department of Senior Services Stay Fit Dining Program, the talk is free and open to the public. Reservations are requested and may be made by calling 995-3851 or online at schofieldcare.org
GLUTEN-FREE eating: Learn about the benefits of a gluten-free diet in a workshop presented by healthy eating coach Julie Fusani, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Williamsville South High School, Room 105. Cost is $15. Register by calling 626-8080.
comics fest: noon to 5 p.m. today, Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Branch Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave.; free. Included is a 12:30 p.m. showing of the documentary “White Scripts and Black Supermen,” followed at 1:45 p.m. by a lecture from writer, illustrator and University at Buffalo Associate Professor John Jennings.
day of remembrance: 3 p.m. Sunday, Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Drive, Town of Lockport, for families, volunteers and staff. Held in memory of Niagara County residents who have passed while under Niagara Hospice car from July 1 to Dec. 31, 2012. Families are asked to make reservations by calling 280-0768 and indicating how many family members will attend.
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, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, 621 10th St. To register, call 278-4623.
Expectant Parent Class: 7 p.m. Wednesday and Oct. 23, Mount St. Mary’s Hospital, 5300 Military Road, Lewiston, Room 249. Covers changes of pregnancy and fitness, labor, birth and relaxation techniques, as well as Cesarean birth and recovery period, your newborn infant and breastfeeding. Tours are given during each series. For more info, call 298-2618.
school supplies: Free school supplies will be available at the Independent Health Foundation’s Good for the Neighborhood program from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Westminster Community Charter School, 24 Westminster Ave.; open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees need not be members of Independent Health, but a child must be present to receive the free supplies. The giveaway is rescheduled from August, when it was cancelled due to a fire at the school. The free giveaway is available while supplies last. For more info, call 635-4959.
HELPMATES: Support group for those who have lost a significant other through separation, divorce or death, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Salem Lutheran Church, 10 McClellan Circle, (McKinley Parkway at Whitfield Avenue), South Buffalo. For more info, call 824-2787.
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.
Shout it Out Pink: Gospel celebration and concert. Hear the testimonies of breast cancer survivors and celebrate their successes, 6 p.m. Friday, Doris W. Jones Family Resource Building, 3001 Ninth St., Niagara Falls. Call 285-2382 for info.