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FAMILY Halloween showing. Of the classic silent film, “Phantom of the Opera,” 8 p.m. Friday (Oct. 27), with live organ music, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 724 Delaware Ave. Organist and Choirmaster Garrett Martin will accompany the film with an improvised score. Guests are invited to wear Halloween costumes to this family-friendly event. Free. Healthy Minds E…

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A celebration of the rich history of Corpus Christi Church will take place  Oct. 29 as the community gathers to mark the 110th anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone. A Mass celebrated in English and Polish will begin the day at 11 a.m. It will be followed with a talk by historian Martin Ederer, who will describe the laying of the cornerstone. A short film will…

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"New Kid," opening at the Theatre of Youth, wants to show us the immigration experience from the inside out. And so the play throws us a twist. Only Nick, the "new kid" -- who comes from an undisclosed country just called "Homeland" -- speaks in intelligible English. The people who surround him in his new land all speak what sounds like gibberish. The play is especiall…

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Buffalo Harbor State Park, located at the southern end of the Outer Harbor, seems inconspicuous despite its 190 acres of rolling waterfront land. But New York State spent $15 million on the park since it acquired the land in 2013, and now 240,000 people a year are visiting it, according to the state. The park is now home to a nautical-themed playground, 1,000-slip mari…

Buffalo's intimate, rococo Kavinoky Theatre is nestled in a beautiful hall on the campus of D'Youville College -- a hall some have whispered is haunted. Is it really? Find out when you are invited to look around, and enjoy haunting readings as you do so. You'll meet Mary Shelley reading from "Frankenstein," as well as other departed authors, and a surprise visitor. Literar…

Festivals

A family night out with a Halloween costume giveaway and cooking demonstrations will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, at Catholic Charities of Buffalo, 75 Caldwell Place in Lackawanna. More than 30 providers including BlueCross BlueShield, Journey’s End Refugee Services, Child Care Resource Network, Best Self, YourCare Health Plan, Erie County Department of…

Dog Ears Bookstore & Literary Arts Center in South Buffalo is offering an after-school program for students in grades 3-7 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Each day targets a different set of skills, including ELA homework assistance, reading comprehension,  vocabulary enrichment, test-taking strategies, study skills and more. Bishop Timon …

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Cancer prevention events, gentle yoga, and a Slow Roll that leaves from the Buffalo Irish Center 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 Crucial Catch Day: Several Buffalo Bills alumni will participate in a health fair from no…

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Theatre of Youth likes to say that it speaks to children about their "wonders and their worries," Artistic Director Meg Quinn says. The latter will be on the minds of their audiences in coming weeks as TOY presents "New Kid," a nearly hourlong play in which a mother and child from a different country, who speak a different language, come to America to start a new life. …

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Andrea Whitmarsh pushes her daughters on the swing set in the backyard, brushes their hair and tucks them into bed at night with the same joy other mothers feel in similar moments. She also harbors worries, far less familiar, that her girls will one day grow up to face a life dogged in part by cancer fears. The concern is based on experience. Like her mother befor…

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The lengthening shadows, the early darkness, the scent of cinnamon, it can all mean only one thing. The year is turning into a pumpkin. Embrace it. We brag about our seasons here in Buffalo, and now is the time to celebrate that. Find a big orange gourd, throw your arms around it, heft it up and haul it home. Sure, you can find pumpkins at any supermarket. But for be…

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FAMILY Making Strides Walk. 10 a.m. Saturday, Canalside. A similar event will take Oct. 22 in Jamestown. Register at MakingStridesWalk.org/Buffalo. “Bunnicula”. Family-fun Halloween performances of the silly, slightly spooky adventure about the vampire pet bunny, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and Oct. 28 and 29, Theatre of Youth, Allendale Theatre, 203 Allen St. Fo…

Education

Every Person Influences Children (EPIC) is offering a free parenting skills workshops for parents of children under age 1 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays for eight weeks, starting Nov. 1. The "Incredible Years Parents and Babies" workshops --  conducted at EPIC, 1000 Main St., Buffalo -- are designed to teach parents skills to enhance their children's social, emoti…

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Slow Roll on and around Hertel Avenue, dine out to help those with HIV, and rock on to fight leukemia and other cancers this week. Those events are among the 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 Slow Roll Buffalo: 5:30 p.m., roll at …

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Kids love to dress up for Halloween, so here's a great opportunity for them to wear their costume over and over. Hey, maybe you won't feel so bad about spending a small fortune on it or taking months to make it from scratch. Or if your kids are like mine, they can't make up their mind and end up with more than one costume. Here are eight events that are fun, family-f…