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Lackawanna Community Fun Days will kick off with a Resource and Wellness Fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25, in the Lackawanna Public Library, 560 Ridge Road. Health screenings will be available from many health and wellness service providers. An awards dinner at 6 p.m. Aug. 25 at Lucarelli's Banquet Center, 1830 Abbott Road, will salute Assemblywoman Cry…

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…

The top eight drum corps in the world are expected to add 2.4 million steps on Sunday during the 50 million step “Walking to Wellness Initiative” in Western New York. The 20th annual Drums Along the Waterfront – Tour of Champions event returns at 7 p.m. to New Era Field in Orchard Park. Drum corps scheduled to compete include the reigning world champion Bluecoats …

Officially, it's called the Gentner Commission Market. Affectionately, it's known as the Springville Auction. But no title could begin to do justice to this year-round Wednesday tradition. At the Springville Auction, you could imagine yourself back in 1939, when the market was organized by farmers Raymond Gentner and Norbert Kessler. Heck, you could imagine…

Who says you need to pay full admission to the Erie County Fair? We've got 10 ways to get discounts – if not free – admission to the 178th edition of the Fair, which opens Aug. 9 at the Hamburg Fairgrounds. Regular admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors ages 60 and older but here are ways to save. Advance tickets. Save on the regular gate admission price by …

The ALS Association Upstate New York Chapter will host its annual Buffalo Walk to Defeat ALS Saturday at Coca-Cola Field. Registration is required and starts at 9:30 a.m.; the walk kicks off at 11. All are welcome to participate and funds raised will support care services programs, research, advocacy and building awareness for the regional ALS Association. Amyotro…

Dog Ears Bookstore & Café in South Buffalo has partnered with People Inc. to offer the Enlightenment on Wheels program. Through the program, People Inc. clients living in local group homes can fill out a form and Dog Ears will send them two books every other week, perpetuating the reading process and keeping their minds fresh. “The program allows us to ensure …

Three weeks after Kristina Gassman learned that her 4-year-old daughter's debilitating exhaustion and mysterious bruises were symptoms of leukemia, she walked out of the Buffalo Ronald McDonald House on West Ferry Street with her two sons. It was morning, and they were on their way to spend the day with Claira at Women & Children's Hospital a couple of blocks away. …

You don't have to ask John Strates to imagine what would have happened at the Erie County Fair if the tornado that took down 50 trees and caused up to $3 million damage to the fairgrounds blew through just three weeks later, after the fair opened. "You can just look at the Labor Day storm of the New York State Fair. You can take it from that. Your answer is right there,…

Summer is flying by, so don't miss out on the many free activities in the area. Here's a guide to a free family-friendly event for every day in August. Aug. 1  Movies at Canalside. Enjoy a family movie outdoors. Lawn chairs and picnics are welcome; concessions will be available. This week's movie, starting at about 8:30 p.m., is the adorable feature "Trolls." Au…

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…

Things have changed since the first time Tracy Hurley and her family attended the FARE Food Allergies walk six years ago. “One out of every 13 kids has food allergies, so more people are touched by it directly now. Maybe a nephew or a niece, or brother, sister or a classmate has it, so I think people are understanding it more. The millennials have grown up with it now…

Reddy Bike is offering a promotion through the rest of the biking season, which ends in November. Memberships are half price. The special is in honor of the bikes' one-year anniversary. Online at reddybikeshare.socialbicycles.com, use the promo code BUFFALOBYBIKE2017, and you will receive a 50 percent discount. Portland, Ore., is also celebrating a one-year anni…

A nonprofit health insurer for those eligible for Medicaid, Child Health Plus (CHP), Essential Plan, and other government-sponsored programs will host a pop-up event focused on summer safety Thursday at its downtown office. The free event will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at YourCare Health Plan, 446 Main St., near Lafayette Square. Community organizations that w…

The 8th annual Glen Park Art Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday in Williamsville, on Glen Avenue, behind Glen Park and the Williamsville Water Mill. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. The event includes live street performers and music. Over 140 vendors and artists will display their works at this year’s festival. A pre-festival concert from Seren…