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The Western New York Doulas are a loosely knit, five-member group of women with a total of 20 children. And one on the way. “A lot of people looking to start a family want to know what their options are,” said Jenny Beam, 30, of North Tonawanda, who is expecting her fifth child in June. Beam is among the doulas who will throw a public baby shower next weekend …

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…

Frank Lloyd Wright called Buffalo millionaire Darwin Martin the best friend he ever had. A Western New Yorker following The News' 100 Things list can top that claim. To us, Darwin Martin is family. One warm September day, we visited Graycliff, the summer home he commissioned from Wright in the late 1920s. Martin, who had overcome a poor childhood to work his way…

Can't you feel it? The warm air on your skin. The sun beating down on your face. The smell of flowers. Birds singing. Frogs croaking. OK, you get it. I have spring fever - big time - and my kids do, too. So, now that spring is officially here (despite lingering snow on the ground), we have some fun must-dos. Treat our animal friends. We love this. We take a string,…

Tai chi, spring walks and a chance to get your hands dirty at the Buffalo Museum of Science are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family in the region. To see this week’s complete calendar, click here. MONDAY Taijiquan (tai chi): Improve postures, build strength, refresh the mind at 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.; also…

Lots of places, including Niagara Falls and Lackawanna, claim to put on the "World's Shortest Parade" for St. Patrick's Day. Lackawanna and Niagara Falls offered their versions of this annual minute march Friday. Other paltry processions happen across the United States and in Ireland. Some of these slight spectacles are measured in paces. Others by the number of c…

Toronto and Buffalo have met once before on our 100 Things journey. One unruly night at KeyBank Center, we explored the friendly but raucous rivalry between the Buffalo Sabres and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Now, we explore Toronto itself. It's a funny place, Toronto. Going there, you know you're in a foreign country. The people don't look like us. Their houses don't …

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…

If you're in town for the NCAA with March 17 free, you've got the luck of the Irish. March 17 is St. Patrick's Day, and Buffalo is world-famous for its celebrations. The big Sunday parade isn't until March 19, but the actual feast day has its own festivities. This year it falls on a Friday, the start of the weekend. And on top of that, if you're Catholic, you don…

Itching to hit a few? Ready to show your little one why you love golf so much? Teach them a thing or two? OK, maybe you just want to get your kids interested in something besides video games. Either way, you can head over to The Dome, the year-round indoor golf establishment on Wehrle Drive. I know what you are thinking, my kids are too young. That's what I thought, …

Melissa Abel has seen a shift in the dreams and desires of older folks since she became program director at the Amherst Center for Senior Services in 2001. “Years ago, we would offer health programs,” she said. “It could be on arthritis, breast cancer, anything, and we’d get hardly anybody coming. They were such taboos. Now, we can’t offer enough of them. Peop…

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…

Folks from Ireland used to talk about the Auld Sod. They meant the old country, the land of their roots. Buffalo has its own Auld Sod. It lies in the Valley and the Old First Ward, neighborhoods near downtown where the Irish originally settled. This was where the Irish held their earliest St. Patrick's Day parades. Proud Hibernians in long coats and stovepipe hat…

What’s better than reading a healthy cookbook? Eating one. The Western New York Book Arts Center will host its ninth annual Edible Book Festival from 3 to 6 p.m. April 1 and invites competitors for its 100 percent edible book competition. Entries will be exhibited, documented, judged and eaten. Prizes will be awarded. Festivities include basket raffles, bookmaki…