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Life has changed in the five years since Darcy Thiel wrote "Bitter and Sweet: A Family’s Journey with Cancer." Her husband, Tim Colvin, has been gone for more than seven years now, after his death from late-stage gallbladder cancer at age 48. Their son, David, is 15, and has discovered his father's passion for hockey. And Thiel is walking her father through the la…

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David Blaine's 36-date North American tour includes a stop in downtown Buffalo at 8 p.m. July 8 in Shea's Performing Arts Center (646 Main St.). Following the success of his breakthrough television special "Street Magic" in 2007, the revolutionizing illusionist-turned-death-defying endurance artist went on to deliver a number of high-profile events including "Buried Ali…

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The internet be darned. Books live. Many of them live right here in Buffalo, at Old Editions Book Shop & Cafe. It is one of the nation's great bookstores. It is amazing considering its size how it has floated around. Owner Ron Cozzi founded it in 1976 on Hertel Avenue, and then it went to Allentown, then to University Heights, and currently is in downtown Buffalo…

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Ice skating continues on two cooled outdoor rinks, a new yoga series starts at the Erie County Botanical Gardens and the 40th annual Shamrock Run rounds out the WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. TUESDAY Parkinson’s caregiver support: 3 p.m., Weinberg Campus, 2700 N. Forest Road, Amherst; …

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You know those ice bikes you see gliding around the ice at Canalside? They are moving into the fast lane. Made only in Buffalo, they can now be found in Rochester, Vancouver, British Columbia, and, most recently, in Green Bay, Wis., at the request of the Green Bay Packers. They have been celebrated by National Geographic. But how many of us here have experienced this…

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It's winter break in the region and there is plenty for families to do when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events. Holistic health events in Amherst, Depew and West Seneca, a new exhibit in Niagara Falls, Ont., and a "Snowga" class in Lockport are among our top 10 healthy picks of the week. MONDAY Wild Ontario exhibit: Today is Family Day in Canada…

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It's the "it" baby shower gift for Buffalo buffs this winter: A bison-covered swaddling cloth. Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw, a frequent tweeter, debuted his newborn, 7-pound, 13-ounce son, Maksym Roman, on Twitter, expertly wrapped like a burrito in the fashionable muslin swaddling blanket. Also wearing the blanket with style was Jack Archer Lipinczyk…

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A trio of long-distance running races whose routes include the Erie Canal towpath in Lockport – one of them a 100-miler – a "Snow Roll" Buffalo bike ride, and a presentation on gluten-free eating are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. MONDAY Cross-country skiing: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. …

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Every Person Influences Children (EPIC) has received $5,000 from the Kelly for Kids Foundation. The donation will fund two EPIC car seat safety events this year, including a car seat safety class, a car seat safety checking station, and the replacement of any damaged, recalled or expired car seats, as well as the distribution of car seats to those who don’t have one for…

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On Valentine's Day, it's time for a treat. Winter-weary Western New Yorkers owe it to ourselves to go to a flower shop. It doesn't have to be for romantic reasons. You can choose flowers for family, friends or simply yourself. And you don't have to break the bank. A single bloom can do the trick. "I can't tell you how many customers come in once a week, usually older…

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There are certain questions that strike fear in the hearts of parents and grandparents: “Can I get a toy?” “Can we listen to KidzBop?” “What else is for dinner?” And, of course, there’s this pearl: “What are we doing over mid-winter break?” Mid-winter break is a far trickier proposition than spring break, which for most schools will run from the end of March into early …

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Two weekend road races, cross-country skiing opportunities and an early week flu shot clinic in Niagara Falls are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. MONDAY Cross-country skiing: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today to Friday; also 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Reinstein Woods, 93 Honorine Drive, Che…

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Why go to the Buffalo Zoo this time of year? Two reasons. First, admission is just $5, across the board, through February. And parking is free. Second, you will see the winter differently. The tropical animals will be inside, and you may share in their tropical comfort. The animals who are outside are there because they want to be. Because they love it. Luna th…

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Sure, the weather is chilly, but the Buffalo Zoo (300 Parkside Ave.) shines the spotlight on cold-weather animals, such as Luna, the female polar bear, A.J. the anteater and more.

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We're getting to that time of year again. The time of year when Buffalo starts looking less like a beautiful snow globe and more like a salt-smudged wasteland. Those pretty, cheery Christmas lights are gone. Hawaii and Florida are looking pretty good. Or a Caribbean cruise -- or a Gulf coast getaway, or --- or --- But what if you can't get away? You'll have to enj…