A trio of long-distance running races whose routes include the Erie Canal towpath in Lockport – one of them a 100-miler – a “Snow Roll” Buffalo bike ride, and a presentation on gluten-free eating are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region.
Cross-country skiing: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today to Friday; also 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Reinstein Woods, 93 Honorine Drive, Cheektowaga. Snowshoes and limited number of cross-country skis for rent at $5 and $8. Infant/toddler sleds also can be rented for $5. Call the education center at 683-5959 to check weather conditions. For more information, visit reinsteinwoods.org.
Gentle yoga: For beginners, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Life’s Gifts Unfolded, 856 Ridge Road, Lackawanna. For more info, visit lifesgiftsunfolded.com. $15, or five classes for $65.
Better Birth Connection: 6:30 p.m., the Fountain Wellness Center, 8469 Sheridan Drive, Clarence. WNY Doulas’ clients and those interested in learning more about its variety of services. Topic is comfort measures. For more info, email [email protected] Free.
Holistic Health Series: “Breaking Down the Gluten-Free Diet: Fact versus Fiction,” 7 p.m., Audubon Branch Library, 350 John James Audubon Parkway, Amherst. Dietitian and nutritionist Andrea Langston will talk about how a diagnosis of celiac disease changed not only her diet, but her career. For more info, call 689-4922.
Ice skating: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. today through Sunday, Ice at Canalside, Main at Scott streets. $6 for ages 13 and over, $4 for those 6 to 12, free for children 5 and under. Seasonal passes available. BlueCross BlueShield of WNY members with a membership card get $1 off. $4 skate rentals; $5 during special holiday hours during the next week. Hours may vary depending on weather conditions. For more info, visit canalsidebuffalo.com.
Sparks of Hope recovery support: 7 p.m. second and fourth, Hamburg United Methodist Church, 107 Main St., Hamburg. For families dealing with addiction. Talk, share and listen; learn coping strategies.
BestSelf Recovery Jam: 5:30 to 7 p.m. BestSelf Recovery Community, 69 Linwood Ave., with special guest Jim Candytree performing an acoustic set. For those in recovery and their loved ones. Free.
Winter Beast of Burden: 25-, 50- and 100-mile runs start…\