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Farmers' markets, a bike ride and several hikes are among 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 Clinton Bailey Farmers & Flea Market: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; same time other weekdays, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, …

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…

Stacie Bliss will start nursing school in the spring, something that seemed improbable 18 years ago when doctors at Women & Children's Hospital sent her home for the holidays fearing it might be her last Christmas. Instead, doctors confirmed come the January afterward that her acute lymphoblastic leukemia was in the early stages, and knocked out her cancer in one ro…

The Canadian side of Niagara Falls is famous for its view. And rightly so. The roar, the colored lights, the wide-eyed tourists from all over the world -- where do you find words for it? How do you describe Clifton Hill? On this famed tourist promenade, people from all over the world gather to goof off. Arcade games abound. Carnival barkers bawl from the funhouses. "…

The No. 1 kids toy in the world is going live - and it’s starting right here. “Shopkins Live! Shop It Up” is the world premiere theatrical production that brings those tiny Shopkins characters - grocery store items with personality - to full-sized life. Music and videos accompany the show at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts. A…

To Shakespeare, the play's the thing. In Buffalo, the party is. Buffalo is a theater town second to none. We are famous for our wealth of theaters -- probably more per capita than any other burg our size. Live theater in Buffalo has a devoted, passionate audience. But for one evening, reality eclipses the stage. Curtain Up!, which takes place this year Sept. 15…

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…

Slow Roll is twice as nice this week, most fitness classes move indoors and Food Truck Tuesday rolls on several more weeks. These 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 Slow Roll Buffalo: 5:30 p.m., roll at 6:30 p.m., LaS…

Delaware Park has two circles. They are like two sides of the same Buffalo nickel. The more famous is the Ring Road, which loops around the golf course. Buffalonians of all stripes get together there to walk it off, amid car stereos, personal stereos and noisy games of soccer. It's a kick. But Frederick Law Olmsted, the park's designer, would prefer that you take the…

A spike in asthma symptoms and flare-ups among children who have asthma started this week and is expected to continue through September, according to primary care doctors and a review of past claims data and public health records by Univera Healthcare. “An increase in the number of children’s asthma-related medical visits, asthma attacks and hospitalizations occurs …

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…

Nearly 85 percent of parents in Western New York believe their children should regularly be involved in sports, yet only 16 percent of school-aged kids in the region get the hour of daily physical activity recommended by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The disparity is among the more striking findings in a "State of Play" report issued this summ…

Don't put your swim suit away just yet. Swimming will be allowed at Beaver Island State Park for two extra weekends past Labor Day this season, state officials announced Thursday. The beach on Grand Island will be open for swimming from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sept. 9 and 10 and Sept. 16 and 17. "New York is home to some of the world's most unparalleled state parks a…

Summer can be a fun, exciting and care-free time for kiddos. And, unfortunately, it's winding down quickly. It'll be back to the books for kids shortly and that means it's transition time. My sweet Emma is heading off to kindergarten and I am a wreck wondering how she will go from this beautiful summer of sleeping in and hanging out, to a rigid schedule of reading, writing…

Fitness at Canalside has drawn more than 20,000 participants to the Buffalo harborfront during the last year and a half. This week is the last time this year's fans of free outdoor exercise can add to those ranks. As summer comes to a close, residents in the region can look forward to trading in their sneakers for skates at the ice at Canalside, said Kate Schrum, a com…