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There is one place in Buffalo where the stars always line up right. Since the 1960s, the planetarium at Williamsville North High School has been orienting us to the stars in the heavens. Recently refurbished, it is state of the art, up to any video presentation or light show. Its resident celebrity, nicknamed Jake, goes back to the '60s. Jake is a kind of globe that sit…

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A yoga class for seniors at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, a talk in Amherst about plant-based eating, and a pair of fundraisers to support kids and seniors are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. MONDAY Zumbini: This early childhood music and movement program for newborns to age 4, w…

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Health experts will address the continuing opioid abuse problem throughout Buffalo-Niagara at a public forum Thursday in Maryvale High School in Cheektowaga. Officials from the Erie County Health Department, Maryvale Schools, WNY United Against Drug and Alcohol Abuse, the Cheektowaga Police Department and the Cheektowaga Town Board are scheduled to speak. State Assem…

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Like a drive-in theater, a roller rink is something to treasure. Especially an old-time roller rink, with a genuine wooden floor. Such a paradise is the Rainbow Rink in North Tonawanda. It dates to 1949, when Herbert and Ella Bale built it, using winnings from the Irish Sweepstakes. It is still owned by their family, who now also own Rainbow Skateland in Lockport. …

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Don't toss those old bills and records. Mark Earth Day the right way by shredding your paper records from 9 a.m. to noon on April 21 at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve. The Federal Trade Commission recommends shredding receipts, credit offers, insurance forms, physicians statements, checks and similar documents you no longer need. There will be a limit of six copy…

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The April weather could be better, but two 5Ks are on the schedule this week, along with opening night of Food Truck Tuesdays and a Walking to Wellness event at the Central Library. These are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. TUESDAY Food Truck Tuesday: This week includes opening ni…

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"Come help raise money and celebrate life." So reads the invitation to a benefit for Jen Hineman Mitchell, who faces a tough road after being diagnosed in February with stage 2 breast cancer. Mitchell, 34, lives in Lancaster with her husband, George, and their 4-year-old son. She is recovering from her second surgery and is about to begin aggressive chemotherapy. …

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When you're a doula, getting text messages with intimate questions from expectant or new moms comes with the territory. "A photo of poopy diapers with a new mom asking, 'Is this normal?," Tara Withey said. "We're approachable," Elizabeth Carey added. "One mom was having very bad sciatica and I said, 'You really should see a prenatal chiropractor; this is who I recomm…

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When the ice boom is lifted, it's spring. Even if it doesn't feel like it, we have, at last, the cold, hard proof. So has it been since 1964, when the boom was installed. The boom, in case you're new here, is a series of 15- to 30-foot long steel pontoons stretching 8,800 feet across Lake Erie at the mouth of the Niagara River. Its job is to keep ice from floating from …

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The girls whack the guys with pussy willows and the guys fire squirt guns at the girls. Or is it the other way around? That's just the first quandary that confounds the uninitiated every year when Dyngus Day rolls around. Thousands partake in the celebration, which takes place on Easter Monday and centers in the neighborhood around Broadway and Fillmore where the Pol…

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Looking to celebrate Dyngus Day in true Buffalo style? You have choices. (Note: This list contains a few highlights. A comprehensive list is available here and on dyngusday.com.) The parade Starts at 5 p.m. in front of Corpus Christi Church and heads down Broadway to Fillmore and then down Memorial Drive. ••• Pussy Willow Pass Cost: $10. Good for $2 admission to …

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The best known bounty hunter in the galaxy is coming to Buffalo. Actor Jeremy Bulloch, who plays the popular bad guy Boba Fett in multiple "Star Wars" movies, is the newest addition to Nickel City Con, being held May 18 to 20 in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Bulloch will be on hand all three days to meet fans, sign autographs and have photos taken. He is joi…

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The Hippity Hop Chocolate Stop, a community event for residents of Cheektowaga, will not happen this season after years of doling out free Easter treats to children. The decision to cut the annual chocolate giveaway was made by the Youth and Recreational Services Department, said Supervisor Diane Benczkowski. "The event cost us $3,000, and we have to cut spending," B…

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The latest edition of Books for Kids kicked off on a gloomy Tuesday morning, but inside the Salvation Army's Mitchell Owen Community Center, the faces of smiling children brightened the day. More than 2.8 million books have been distributed in Western New York during more than two decades of the annual fund drive. Sponsors of the event gathered at the community center t…