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Outdoor fitness events at Canalside will spill into Labor Day weekend but Independent Health Fitness in the Parks classes in favorite outdoor spots across the region will take place in the coming days. They are among family, fitness, health and wellness, and nutrition events in the next week in Western New York. FAMILY
 Family Fun Day. Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, next…

When you’re a mom, you come last. Dead last. Eating meals. Showering. Getting dressed. Going to the bathroom. Everything. Every. Single. Thing. Dead. Last. So you adjust.  You learn to deal with it. You move quickly, accept that you'll barely have time to put on your shoes, let alone mascara. So, you deal. I had a morning like that not too long ago. It was …

Well, it's official. I am completely unafraid of heights. The first thing I said when I stepped outside onto the narrow metal platform 1,168 feet above the ground wasn't, "Oh my God. What was I thinking?" It was, "It's raining!" I'd waited two months for this day, ever since my inspired husband handed me an envelope for my birthday and said, "I just want to say, this…

Make this a summer to remember by stepping outside your comfort zone. Skydiving is the classic dare. One option is WNY Skydiving, which operates out of the Pine Hill Airport, 4906 Pine Hill Road, Albion. Be brave and your instructors will take care of the rest. You should set aside an entire day for training and, ultimately, jumping. The cost is $219 a person, $199 a p…

An outdoor film, outdoor fitness and the heart of the Erie County Fair are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. MONDAY Erie County Fair: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. today through Sunday (midway hours 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.), Erie County Fairgrounds, 5600 McKinley Parkway. Special events include $5 a…

Theodore Roosevelt was president and the Lusitania was getting ready for its maiden voyage, when the Prince family of Gowanda held its first family reunion in 1908. That started a tradition that would continue for 110 years. Revolutionary War veteran Job Prince and his wife, the former Rhoda Kibbe, had 10 children. Prince, who is buried in Reynolds Road Cemetery in S…

Boston, New York City and Portland, Ore., are often heralded for their community walkability. Batesville, Ark.; Birmingham, Ala.; and Albert Lea, Minn.? Not so much. But those three communities are among those that have signed on to the principles of America Walks, a national organization that advocates safety and community well-being when it comes to pedestria…

Here are five activities in Western New York that can help you get out and walk: 1. Walking on Wednesday: Brisk, 30-minute walk at noon Wednesdays through August, Kaminski Park outside Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Elm and Carlton streets. 2. Building a Healthy Buffalo Community Panel: The Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo will host a presentation by Buffalo Cit…

It's "Jurassic Park." It's "Into the Woods." It's something you won't find anywhere else, that's for sure. The Griffis Sculpture Park, sprawled over about 400 acres between Ashford Hollow and East Otto, radiates weird dreaminess. Birds -- you think they're birds, anyway -- are ingeniously poised atop high sticks. You can see them from the road. You can also see a crowd …

Denise Fargino was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis three years ago, about the time her daughter Melissa started a job as a bartender at SkyBar. "We knew for years that something was wrong," Melissa Fargino said. "She went from walking 3 ½ miles a day to barely being able to walk down her driveway and back." The younger Fargino felt alone and disoriented by the dia…

Grab your best (four-legged) friend and head to Bark Bash for a day of fun and activities for humans and animals. The second annual event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 12 at Knox Farm State Park. Dress your dog in a costume for the chance to win prizes; shop the more than 50 vendors for pet-friendly (and human friendly) gifts and supplies. Take part in the “Country C…

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…