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Mayo Alanen danced eight years ago on ABC-TV's smash hit "Dancing with the Stars" with actress Lisa Rinna, as well as fellow professional dance instructors Kym Johnson and Anna Demidova. He has taken the ballroom dance circuit by storm during the last year with a different partner, Lauren Walier, a 20-year-old college freshman with cerebral palsy and deep Western New Yo…

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The Buffalo Zoo will tackle pollution prevention in an effort to help students learn about the challenge of plastic bags in the environment through the use of art. More than 80 teachers of classrooms K-12 were introduced to the program during a recent development day at the Zoo that stressed the sheer quantity of disposable plastics used and discarded each day. "Sc…

The third annual WNY Children’s Book Expo will bring 40 well-known authors to Buffalo schools next month. The expo kicks off with KidsLit Week from Saturday to Nov. 10. During that time, nearly 40 internationally acclaimed authors will visit area schools, libraries, museums and cultural venues to inspire a love of books in students from Pre-K through middle school. Th…

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Buffalo Choral Arts Society will be performing "A Salute to Our Armed a Forces" at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, in St. John Vianney Church, 2950 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park. The 110-voice choir directed by Marcia A. Giambrone will perform an array of patriotic songs and music that celebrate American spirit including "Star Spangled Banner," "God Bless America" and the "Ba…

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The elongated, oval-shaped Days Park has adorned a block of Allentown with green space since the mid-19th century. But when the park and the area around it fell into disarray a century later, it took a concerted effort mounted by residents to bring the park back. Earlier this month, the City Park Alliance, an independent, nationwide organization dedicated to urban pa…

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The last Slow Roll Buffalo of the season, a Halloween candy for cash proposition for kids, and indoor fitness classes 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 Slow Roll Buffalo Biketoberfest: Last free ride of the summer/fall s…

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You know a giant scary monster can hatch out of a tiny egg? That's the story of Frightworld, America's Screampark. It began 16 years ago as a back yard haunted house. Every year, it grew. Now, still locally owned, it boasts five houses of horrors: the Eerie State Asylum; Camp Massacre; Grind House; Insanity; and the dreaded Night Stalkers. Horror connoisseurs rate Frig…

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I’ve always loved fall. Everything about it. It’s no longer the beginning of the school year, and it’s not quite the hustle and bustle of the Christmas holiday. (Regardless of what the big-box stores seem to think.) Fall is that time between where things are kind of chill; where you’re not exactly running around like a mad-person. Not all the time, anyway. I feel l…

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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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The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is getting in the Halloween spirit with a unique twist on the holiday. Children in costume and families living near the campus are invited to learn about medical research while playing Halloween games from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, in the University at Buffalo Downtown Gateway building, 77 Goodell St. The free party will featur…

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It is almost the witching hour -- but not quite. The weekend before Halloween offers a wealth of chances to celebrate this dark and atmospheric time of year with style and a touch of elegance. Here are some options to consider. This is the perfect time of year to try something different. Supernatural rumors swirl around the Buffalo Central Terminal, a place of awe-i…

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The last farmers' markets of the season take place in several locations this week, the second-last Slow Roll Buffalo of the traditional bike season hits the road on Genesee Street, and Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. They 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 …

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Photo bugs can cash in on the fall foliage display by entering a contest sponsored by Erie County Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry. “Outdoor enthusiasts will have opportunities over the next few weeks to capture images of their favorite sights in our Erie County parks and share them on the parks website and via social media. The top three submissions wi…

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When it comes to weight gain, we are about to enter the danger zone. Halloween is the first obstacle in these parts when it comes to greater eating and drinking temptations. Coupled with temperatures that are about to sink, and you have a combination that's enough to make the health-conscious scream. http://buffalonews.com/2017/10/19/want-better-health-better-weight-…

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Ryan Gurnett landed a string of data entry and customer service jobs after college, and the hot flashes, queasy stomach and extreme fatigue he struggled with since high school intensified. Pain came and went in various parts of his body. He started to fall asleep on drives to and from work. By the time he hit 30, it wasn’t a matter of if he would have to stop working,…