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Every Person Influences Children will offer a free, eight-week parenting workshop starting Jan. 11 at Sisters of Charity Hospital. “Incredible Years – Parents and Babies,” a set of evidence-based programs for parents and babies, will run from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays at the hospital, 2157 Main St. The workshop is designed to teach parenting skills for parents of childr…

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1) Downtown ball drop, 10 p.m. in Roosevelt Square, downtown Buffalo (on East Huron between Main and Washington). Free to attend. Commentary: If you like fresh air and people-watching, a trip to the Electric Tower and Roosevelt Square makes the most sense for celebrating New Year's Eve. Expat sensation Caitlin Koch returns home for a show before midnight, when the ep…

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First Night Buffalo. 5 p.m. Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, 153 Franklin St. Ring in the New Year with an all ages friendly event featuring entertainment and family fun. 855-5555. $10-$12. Clue Year's Eve. 6 and 9 p.m. at the Screening Room Cinema Cafe, Boulevard Mall, 1265 Niagara Falls Blvd. Early event has screening of the movie "Clue" at 7 p.m. and champagne toas…

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Once the ball drops so do our good-intended resolutions. Yep, Christmas is barely over and the commercials are already running non-stop for weight-loss, gym memberships, financial advisers. They're all ready to help us. Or maybe help themselves. At any rate,  my resolutions rarely work out, and I know I'm not alone. I've read that roughly 80 percent of Americans make re…

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New Year’s Eve is a night of celebration with enough entertainment choices to enjoy it any way the mood strikes you. Whether you prefer activities for the entire family to enjoy, want to be in the middle of the action when the ball drops downtown or prefer to stay in with friends and family, the night is yours to ring in 2017. Here are a few ideas. RING IN THE NEW…

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Buffalo and Niagara Falls will host family-friendly events on New Year’s Eve. The Independent Health Foundation will present First Night Buffalo from 5 to 10 p.m. New Year’s Eve at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. The 28th annual alcohol-free, family celebration entertainment, educational programing, rides and amusements. New attractions this year include Dueli…

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Tommy Gun! The 15th annual tribute to Joe Strummer and The Clash. 8 p.m. The Waiting Room, 334 Delaware Ave. Six bands return to pay tribute to the punk rock legacy of The Clash. 853-5483. $10-$12. Pre/Post Every Time I Die Christmas Show Party 4 p.m. to close Allen Burger Venture, 175 Allen St. Celebrate with Every Time I Die and try two exclusive ETID themed beers. 76…

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If you have questions about taking the family to see the new animated film "Sing," you can relax. As I wrote in my review, the film is  "vibrant, fresh and deliriously fun for kids, parents, and anyone who understands the passions that drive us to, well, sing." Here is a look at the film from a parent's perspective. What’s the ideal viewing age? “Sing” checks every b…

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"Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells." 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Theatre of Youth, 203 Allen St. Children’s book character Junie B. Jones comes to life in a tale of Christmas giving. 884-4400. $26-$28. Read review here. "A Christmas Story: The Musical." 2 p.m. Shea’s Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St. Classic Christmas film adapted into a rollicking festive musical…

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In his masterpiece, "Walden," Henry David Thoreau described the allure of the Walden Galleria at Christmas time. “Live in each season as it passes," he wrote. "Breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.” How right he was. Even on a recent weekday, the glistening, 1,600,000-square-foot mall was brimming with t…

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Baby, it's cold outside. And babies, of course are tiny, fragile and need the most protection from the chill. That being said, those heavy, bulky coats might be even more dangerous to your baby and small children, than the elements. That is why experts are reminding parents of some very important information concerning your children and their car seats. New York State P…

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When you think of an art museum filled with priceless works of art, you might think it would be a little - I don't know - maybe stuffy? But, not the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. At least I've never felt that way, and I've been bringing my kids there for many years. The staff is always so friendly. They want to engage children, they'd love to create art lovers, future memb…

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Keri Chentfant, an English Language Arts seventh-grade teacher is one of the regulars at a hot new dining spot at Lackawanna High School run by five special needs students. “This is the best group of workers we’ve got right here,” said Chentfant, who favors the healthy breakfast wraps and lunch specials at The Lunch Box Garden Fresh Cafe, tucked into a former faculty lo…

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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 submissions…

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1) SantaCon Buffalo, 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10 in six bars along Chippewa Street. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here, while attendees must check in to receive a wristband at VENU (75 W. Chippewa St.). Commentary: If you see a peculiar-yet-jolly mass of characters strolling down Chippewa on Saturday afternoon, don't be surprised. The annual SantaCon is a merry bar…