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The imposing, 40-foot-high sledding hill at Canalside is artificial. But everything else about the Snowzilla ride at Championship Village is real: The bitter-cold weather, the liability waivers that all riders have to sign and the 4-second plunge that is thrilling kids and former kids alike this week. "You're never too old to have fun," said Brandon Palmer, of Buffal…

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Ice skate all week at Canalside, snowshoe or take an introductory tai chi class on Wednesday and round out the week – and year – at First Night downtown. These 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. TUESDAY Ice skating: 10 a.m. to 10 …

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Christmas Eve is a time of peace and reflection. And then there is the 4 p.m. Christmas Eve vigil Mass. It is the Super Bowl of the liturgical calendar. Convenient for families with kids, it is the most widely attended Mass for Christmas. This Christmas Eve, the faithful face a fresh distraction: The Bills vs. the Patriots. As congregations start tackling "O Co…

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To get to the Festival of Lights at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, follow the star. The star shines in Lewiston, at the corner of Swann and Creek Roads. Turn when you see it, head down Swann, and drive for a little bit. There is no missing it, trust me. When I made the trip, on a Monday at around 6 p.m., it was dark, and snow was swirling. I worried I'd missed it, when -- …

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A motorcycle crash figures into the story of how Grace Guest House came to be in South Buffalo. Retired U.S. Marine Corps Gunny Sgt. David Celej nearly died in the 2013 crash in North Carolina. His father, who lives in Western New York, stayed in a hospitality house near the hospital where Celej spent several weeks recovering. The father returned to work and raved about…

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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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Ice skate, help raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County, or take a last look at the Festival of Lights at the Erie County Fairgrounds this week. These are among the WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. MONDAY Festival of Lights: 5 to 9 p.m. today through Saturday, Erie County…

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Don Vidler thinks the weather will be perfect for the 45th annual Carolcade in front of Vidler's 5 & 10 in East Aurora on Saturday. He also thinks there will be more people this year than last year, when the Carolcade tried to set a Guinness World Record for the largest caroling event outdoors. The unofficial count from last year, when it was cold and rainy, is 2,30…

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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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Everybody's waiting for the man with the bag -- and, finally, he's here. John Morris Russell, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra principal pops conductor, is known as Mr. Christmas, for reasons that rapidly become evident at his annual Holiday Pops. Morris, who also is the music director for the Cincinnati Pops, collects Christmas music. He loves to fill his programs with curi…

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Meet some doulas, take a free yoga class and enjoy the lights at the Erie County Fairgrounds this week. These 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 Meet the Doula Night: 7 to 8 p.m., Creative Wellness Group, 726 Main St., thir…

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Sometimes, the holiday season can pass us by in a blur. One minute you’re shopping for a Thanksgiving turkey, the next thing you know, you’re taking down your Christmas tree. But in between are many fleeting moments that you and your family can fill with seasonal fun. There’s no place more magical than Western New York when it comes to making lasting holiday memories. …

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This is not only the most wonderful time of the year, it's the most Buffalo time of the year. Let's celebrate that in our holiday shopping. Museums, galleries, even hospitals have decked their gift shops for your shopping pleasure. Treat yourself to a stop at one of them. The reasons are many. First, it's fun. You might not have two hours to devote to perusing …

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The Niagara Parks Commission has announced several special events and activities for the holiday season, including the Winter Festival of Lights. “Niagara Parks’ Aura: Let it Glow” will feature several illumination-themed events for visitors that involve millions of lights throughout Niagara Parks. The displays will fan out from the centerpiece of the festival, Queen…

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Karl Shallowhorn has flourished during the last three decades. Great marriage. Successful professional career. Wide circle of friends. It's been a far cry from the years that followed his first psychotic episode in February 1981. Shallowhorn was 18, struggling through his second semester at General Motors Institute, and seeking solace in alcohol and other drugs. …