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Most of the world sees steam locomotives only in movies. Here in Western New York, we have one of our own. And it's blowing its whistle. All aboard! The Arcade & Attica Railroad, celebrating its 100th anniversary, is our personal short line railroad. Its steam engine, a beauty built in 1920, leads passenger excursions Wednesdays and weekends. The journey beg…

Following is a weekly listing of upcoming public events for those interested in health, fitness, nutrition and family support. The Buffalo News is now accepting more community events than ever for an expanded online calendar. If you would like your event included, submit the information two weeks in advance online at BuffaloNews.com/submit. Mail, fax and email submission…

Two Frank Lloyd Wright historic site-inspired yoga classes the season's first salsa class in Delaware Park (depending on the weather) and a state pickleball tournament in Amherst are among the WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. To see this week’s complete calendar, click here. MONDAY …

Jill Nykkei wanted to take up adult ballet 20 years ago when friends encouraged her to try a 10-week belly dancing class instead. “As a child, I did the regular Western New York things most little girls do: ballet, tap, jazz, riding lessons,” said Nykkei, a trained graphic design-advertising specialist who fell so hard for the dance form that she started her own stu…

Michael Peirro III predicted Friday afternoon that a Dirty Bird sandwich will be one of his biggest hits this weekend when Mineo & Sapio Street Eats rolls in to the Taste of Buffalo – even though the reduced sodium chicken Italian sausage sandwich is a healthy option he'll be required to carry. "Our Chicken in the Grass, which won third place in the Healthy Option…

Our ships have come in. The USS The Sullivans, the USS Little Rock and whimsically christened USS Croaker have been watching over Western New York since Independence Day 1979. These warships, the cornerstone of the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park, led the resurgence of Buffalo's waterfront. "The anchor tenant," quipped Terry McGuire, who is on the pa…

Following is a weekly listing of upcoming public events for those interested in health, fitness, nutrition and family support. The Buffalo News is now accepting more community events than ever for an expanded online calendar. If you would like your event included, submit the information two weeks in advance online at BuffaloNews.com/submit. Mail, fax and email submission…

The WNY Book Arts Center will host its annual Buffalo BookFest Saturday. The free festival – which will run from noon to 5 p.m. at the center, 468 Washington St. – is dedicated to printing and the book arts. It will highlight the region’s most talented craftspeople, artisans and writers. Highlights will include steamroller printmaking, bookmaking, letterpress c…

Visitors attending the Fourth of July festivities at Canalside must pass through a security inspection upon entry beginning at 4 p.m., Buffalo police announced Monday. The entrance will be located on Marine Drive and re-entry is allowed. No bags, backpacks, string bags, outside food or beverages, weapons, selfie sticks or other dangerous items will be allowed inside the…

Slow Roll will be twice as nice this week, and joins Taste of Buffalo and an outdoor movie in Niagara Falls among the WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. To see this week’s complete calendar, click here. MONDAY Fourth of July Carnival: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; also 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday, W…

Bob D. McFarland never served in the military but his life’s work has revolved around veterans. McFarland, of South Buffalo, worked for three decades as a licensed practical nurse with VA medical centers in Batavia and Buffalo. After his retirement, he became chief docent in 2012 at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park (buffalonavalpark.org). He be…

Of all the places I visited last summer while doing research for a travel guide, one of the most “backroads” places we visited was the Shawangunk Mountain Scenic Byway in the Catskill Mountains, about a six-hour drive from Buffalo. This route, which was designated a scenic byway in 2006, has four distinct sections. While it is possible to drive the almost 90-mile by…

Following is a weekly listing of upcoming public events for those interested in health, fitness, nutrition and family support. The Buffalo News is now accepting more community events than ever for an expanded online calendar. If you would like your event included, submit the information two weeks in advance online at BuffaloNews.com/submit. Mail, fax and email submission…

Seven local country, rock and blues bands will perform Sunday at a music and art event at Silo City, to benefit the Sportsmen's Americana Music Foundation. The "bike and kayak friendly" event will be held at 100 Silo City Row along the Buffalo River from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m.. Tickets will be $7 for adults, with no admission fee for children. Works of local artists will b…

Canalside has become the center of the summer outdoor fitness craze in Western New York, but those who don’t often frequent the downtown Buffalo waterfront won’t be left in the cold in the coming weeks. Independent Health will continue to sponsor Fitness in the Parks group fitness classes in several counties. State parks have a slate of hikes, kayaks and other event…