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The Fourth of July is still two months away, but Cheektowaga officials are already planning the annual Independence Day parade. "The Independence Day parade is synonymous with Cheektowaga," said Town Supervisor Diane Benczkowski. "We are thankful for our past participants and have already reached out to them to take part once again, but we are also seeking new bands, gr…

It's beginning to look a little bit like summer. Two festivals, the first Slow Roll of the season and Downtown Wellness Walks 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 Cherry Blossom Festival: 430 to 6:30 p.m. Campus House Cher…

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…

Thousands of families and local business leaders will join forces Sunday at Canalside for the March for Babies, the nation’s oldest fundraising walk, which helps the March of Dimes support newborns, including the most vulnerable, across Western New York. Those interested can sign up at marchforbabies.org. to start a team with co-workers, family or friends; or make …

Want the opportunity to run around outside in your underwear for a good cause? The annual 5K Undy Run/Walk – to support the fight against colon cancer – will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday in Delaware Park. Hundreds of participants will don silly boxers and briefs during the race – mostly over their shorts or sweats – to benefit the Independent Health Foundati…

Rob Jones lost his wife in 2013, six years after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Colleen Jones was 53. She told her husband she wasn't afraid to die but didn't want to leave their loved ones behind. Beverly Jasinski was diagnosed with breast cancer nearly four years ago, seven months after her husband died from colon cancer. Marcia Heaney has survived more than…

One in five Americans experiences a mental illness in a given year and nearly one in two is likely to experience at least one during the course of a lifetime. Half of those with substance use disorders have co-occurring mental illnesses. So common, yet so troubling, is that many of these people suffer in silence and don't reach out for help. Michelle Scheib has an idea …

Almost two years ago, we published a gallery of experiences that current residents and expats should have under their belts. How many these 100 things, in no particular order, have you checked off your list? http://buffalonews.com/2017/04/28/100-things-need-two-more/ 1. Bowl a few games at Voelker's Lanes on Amherst Street near Elmwood. Think "bowling alley" and wha…

Slow Roll Buffalo will launch its third season on Monday with a ride to and from Niagara Square. The basic structure of Slow Roll will continue to be the same for the next six months: Free, guided, round-trip bicycle rides will start at 6:30 p.m. Mondays, from various spots in and around Buffalo. Rides of about 10 miles will be open to cyclists of all ages and skill …

Jack Hanna knows how to do this. He's been zipping all day, from a speech in Tucson to a layover in Houston with a flight delay that had him running to the gate to catch his flight to Florida. Now he’s finally landed, relaxed in a car and on his phone. But his voice is still racing. “Do you record this?” he asks. “I talk fast. Do you want me to talk slower?…

The U.S. Surgeon General and other health and wellness leaders hope you'll consider burning off 90 to 120 calories during lunchtime today – by walking. Today is National Walk at Lunch Day, when all Americans who are able are encouraged to take a 30-minute walk. “Walking is the grand slam of physical activities,” said Philip L. Haberstro, executive director of …

YMCA Buffalo Niagara will host its annual Healthy Kids Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in all eight of its Western New York branches. Events are designed to inspire children to stay physically and intellectually active all summer long. The free event, open to the public, includes family fitness classes, healthy snacks, arts and crafts, bounce houses, sports and g…

'80s Themed Skating Party. 5 p.m. Rainbow Roller Rink, 101 Oliver St., North Tonawanda. 693-1100. rainbowrink.com. $5. The Oliver Street Merchant's Association holds monthly cash mobs to bring recognition to locally owned businesses in Tonawanda. This month, strap on your skates and wear your best '80s fashion to this party celebrating all things '80s. It's free for no…

Babies & Bumps, a convention designed to prepare new and soon-to-be parents for all aspects of having and raising a baby, will host its second annual Buffalo event next Saturday at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo. The event – which runs from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 2 Fountain Plaza – will bring together nearly 60 organizations that cater to pregnant women, new parents …