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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…

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Thanksgiving is a time for feasting, for enjoying the comforts of home. From family to football, from pumpkin pie to the mighty green bean casserole, there's plenty to keep us content. But let's talk turkey. At some point, you will need to get out. Wouldn't it be fun, with all the expats and relatives back on the scene, to celebrate things that are going well in our…

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There's one thing to do once you walk away from that turkey. And that is to get in the rest of your recommended 10,000 daily steps. One way to do that is shopping. Do Black Friday, but with a twist -- by thinking local. Grab deals at Elmwood Avenue's Black Friday With Boutiques from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 24. In the Village of Hamburg, Green Friday features specials Nov. 2…

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Boulevard Mall will hold "sensory-friendly" visits with Santa Claus for children with special needs. It will provide time with Santa in a more calm environment, which is less stressful for children with special needs such as those on the autism spectrum. The special hours will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. on Sunday and from 9 to 11 a.m. on Dec. 3. Photo packages w…

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Friday, a coalition of private and public agencies in Central New York held an annual National Adoption Day celebration in Syracuse. The Nicholas J. Pirro Convention Center was packed with at least 1,000 people as 52 families finalized adoptions with Family Court judges from seven upstate counties. Peter Robinson, a Niagara County court officer, sang "America the Beauti…

Health and Fitness

Jennifer Bardrof squeezed in lots of stuff in the spring of 2016, during the weeks she helped move her family from the Florida Gulf Coast back to her native Western New York: The Goofy, a 10K run followed by a half-marathon at Disney World; landing a new job as a substitute teacher; buying a new house. She didn't have time to bother with the flu-like symptoms that dogge…

Health and Fitness

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. FAMILY Buffalo Living Tour…

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Marine Sgt. Jo Ann Ortiz was inside Toys R Us in Hamburg when she fulfilled her childhood dream. Armed with a gift card purchased by the Marines' Toys for Tots campaign, the mother of two bought $32,700 worth of holiday presents that will be distributed to children through The Buffalo News Neediest fund. Ortiz, born in San Benito, Texas, did not have much as a chi…

Family

The Buffalo Nordic Ski Club will sponsor a open house from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13 in the Wick Center of Daemen College, 4380 Main St., Amherst. The event will feature waxing clinics,  an instructional video and an array of clothing and equipment from area ski shops. The Buffalo Nordic Ski Club offers free cross-county skiing lesson to all members. The …

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It's the most Buffalo time of the year. Spirits soar as we warm up for the Turkey Trot, one of the 100 Things every Western New Yorker should do at least once. And for the World's Largest Disco, another adventure on our bucket list. Friends and relatives flock in from out of town, craving wings and beef on weck. Thanksgiving is in the air. It's fun to celebrate this …

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Children whose families may not have been able to afford a hat will be getting a NFL logo knit hat, courtesy of New Era, which donated more than 1,000 of the caps to be distributed in the Colvin Cleaners Coats for Kids drive. Colvin Cleaners officials said they are confident there will be enough winter wear for its second distribution from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov…

Business

Ann Maghran and her stalwart volunteers with the Women & Children's Hospital Family Advisory Council spent the last 8½ years working in a tidy, windowless, hard-to-find corner on the first floor. Their mission dovetailed with the Family Resource Center they helped Kaleida Health create: provide resources, encouragement and respite for families with a child in need …

Attractions

A Polar Stop with toy train layouts provided by local model railroad clubs, a building competition with canned goods to benefit the Food Bank of Western New York, and Kandy Kane's Holiday Magic Show are among the new sights this year at the Fairgrounds Festival of Lights at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg. The 13th annual festival opens from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Frid…

Town of Tonawanda

The holidays begin on Dec. 1 when Santa Claus arrives at the Village Green in front of the Kenmore/Town of Tonawanda Municipal Hall, 2919 Delaware Road. The free event begins at 6:30 p.m. with hot chocolate and doughnuts, trivia and prizes and caroling. Santa arrives by fire truck at 7 p.m. to light the tree and will receive visitors inside the Municipal Building. The e…

Local News

A local nonprofit that works to help children in other other countries is holding a fundraising movie event on Sunday, Dec. 3 at the Screening Room in Amherst. The theater at 880 Alberta Drive is showing the holiday favorite "Home Alone" during its Family Movie Matinee at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and include the film, pizza, popcorn and a photo with Santa Claus. There…