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Farmers' markets – indoor and out – a kidney bean cookoff, and a seminar for breast cancer survivors that focuses on their relationships 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. x MONDAY Swing dancing. 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, Polis…

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Mayo Alanen danced eight years ago on ABC-TV's smash hit "Dancing with the Stars" with actress Lisa Rinna, as well as fellow professional dance instructors Kym Johnson and Anna Demidova. He has taken the ballroom dance circuit by storm during the last year with a different partner, Lauren Walier, a 20-year-old college freshman with cerebral palsy and deep Western New Yo…

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Fans of "Dancing With the Stars" will get an up-close look at all the moves that made the ABC show such a hit with fans. “Dancing with the Stars: Live! – Light Up The Night,” coming to town at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21 at Shea's Performing Arts Center, will showcase all the dance moves you see on the show being performed by dancers on Season 25. Performers include Lind…

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September is join-up month for the Polish Heritage Dancers of Western New York. The children’s group for ages 4 to 8 starts practice at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8. The youth group for ages 9 to 12 begins at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 11 and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11 for teens and adults. There is especially a need for males of all ages, said Michelle Kisluk. All practices take plac…

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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 …

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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…

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Shirley Carnall’s family wasn’t sure what to make of it five years ago when she joined the Buffalo Outdoor Meetup group. “My dad put it this way: ‘You’re meeting people online and going into the woods with them?’” Carnell was in her late 40s when she clicked on Meetup.com and gained access to dozens of groups for hundreds of outings. It was a welcome…

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WNY Refresh will publish its annual cover story about outdoor summer fitness June 24. It will include a listing of related daily, weekly and special events.. Those planning such events who would like to be included in the listing should email the following information to refresh@buffnews.com by June 19: Name of the event, a short description of the fitness or family act…

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Easton Jordan has seen Lauren Walier only twice, but she already has made a powerful impression. When the two spoke last month, 5-year-old Easton showed Walier a video of him using his walker without a sling to hold himself up – one of his latest milestones. "He continually tells people, 'One day, I won't need a wheelchair. I won't need a walker. I will run across …

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Greater Allentown First Fridays. 6 p.m. Allentown. Free. Come to Allentown on the first Friday of every month to take part in a celebration of the culture to be found in one of Buffalo's most seminal districts. Food, music, art...you can find it all in Allentown. Periphery. 6 p.m. Waiting Room, 334 Delaware Ave. 853-5483. waitingroombuffalo.com. $20-$25. Progressive met…

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Plant Nite. 7 p.m. Resurgence Brewing Company, 1250 Niagara St. 381-9868. resurgencebrewing.com. Free. Express your love of plants and nature as well as fine beer - and all the tools are provided for you. "1984." 7:30 p.m. Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, 341 Delaware Ave. 854-1694. hallwalls.org. $5-$8. This screening of the film adaption of George Orwell's classic …

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Like many seeming overnight sensations who have a substantial body of work behind them,  tap dance darling Michelle Dorrance earned her way to the many accolades she has received and is still receiving including the 2015 MacArthur Genius Grant Fellowship. The Fellowship rocketed the North Carolina-native and her company Dorrance Dance to international prominence. Prior…

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Self-doubt and the fear of failure are the uncomfortable partners in the creative process of many dance choreographers. Choreographic icon Paul Taylor described feeling mild terror when starting a new dance work because of self-doubt. Another plagued by it is 2015 Emmy Award-winner (and six-time Emmy Award-nominee) Travis Wall of TV’s "So You Think You Can Dance" fame. …

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Two deservedly prominent Western New York arts organizations - the BPO and Lehrer Dance – combined for an impressive concert at the University at Buffalo's Center for the Arts with a program that combined old and new into a nearly seamless whole. While the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is used to being a heavyweight on the scene, this event was built around Jon Lehre…

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1) Blizzard Ball, 8 p.m. Feb. 25 in Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum (453 Porter Ave.). Tickets are $60 and can be purchased here. Commentary: The Allentown Association presents a party to celebrate Buffalo's resilience against historic winter storms, coinciding with the 40th anniversary of the Blizzard of '77. While the open bar from 8 to midnight, two DJs and foo…