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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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Families are invited to bring their children for free photos with Santa Claus at the Bon-Ton. The Bon-Ton will host Santa Fest in all of its stores' children's departments from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and again on Dec. 16. Guests are welcome to photograph their children with Santa or have a photo taken by the store. There will also be free make-and-take activities…

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Poinsettias aren't shy. They sport names like Luv U Hot Pink, Ruby Frost and Advantage Red. And at the annual Poinsettia Show at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens (2655 South Park Ave.), they don't just command center stage, filling the atrium under the big glass dome. They demand total control. They are everywhere. Follow them, and you discover a new wor…

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If you feel stressed these days, join the crowd. The vast majority of Americans surveyed in recent years say the ho, ho, ho of the holidays often gets up and goes. More time demands, spending worries and commercialism make it so. Busy work schedules with more time off, changes in family dynamics and remembrances of lost loved ones often add to the burden. "The hol…

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When it comes to mental illness, perceptions in Western New York aren't much different than elsewhere in the United States. Members of the Erie County Anti-Stigma Coalition found that out last year when they polled 400 county residents. Slightly more than half said they wouldn't reach out for mental health resources or services because "People will think I'm not norm…

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1) SantaCon Buffalo, 1:30 to 6 p.m. Dec. 9 in 11 bars in the downtown Buffalo area, mostly on Chippewa. Cost is $11.54 online or $10 in-person at D'Arcy McGee's or VENU. Must be 21+ to take part. Commentary: Few sights scream "the holidays" like hundreds of Santas frolicking around the Chippewa District, bouncing jovially from bar to bar. Each costumed Santa is asked to…

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We're making a list and checking it twice. And we would like to invite you to join us. Because when the Christmas season ends, we don't want to have any regrets. The holidays are hectic. The days fly by. Too often, we don't have time to do the things we wanted to do. To bask in the beauty of a Christmas tree, say. To hear one of our town's magnificent choirs. To enjo…

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Jugglers and jumpers. A limbo queen. Ninja training. First Night Buffalo, the family-friendly New Year's Eve party to be held in downtown Buffalo, will feature activities and entertainment for all ages, organizers said Tuesday during their preview of this year's lineup. The alcohol- and drug-free event, in its 29th year, will run from 5 to 10 p.m. Dec. 31 in the Buff…

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Ice skating at the waterfront, yoga, Zumba and tai chi at several locations, and a holiday healing service in Williamsville 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 Farm-to-table seasonal supper: Pop-up restaurant event, Union Bl…

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Families are invited to start the New Year with the free Christmas Bird Count for Kids starting at 9 a.m. Jan. 6 at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve in the Town of Cheektowaga. The event, sponsored by the state Department of Environmental Conservation and Reinstein Woods, offers children ages 8-16 and their adult companions a chance to see who can find the most birds dur…

Health and Fitness

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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A yuletide or two ago, covering the 100 Things Every Western New Yorker should do at least once, we did our Christmas shopping on Elmwood Avenue. This year, we're hitting Hertel. Make no mistake, we'll find time for Elmwood too. You can't stay away. But Hertel Avenue, the jewel of North Buffalo, increasingly clamors for attention. The fun begins in earnest this weeke…

The daylong "Holiday in the Village" is Saturday in Williamsville and it includes special activities throughout the village. Photos with Santa are from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the historic Water Mill on Spring Street, where horse and wagon rides will also be offered. Stuff your stockings "trick-or-treat style" from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at merchants throughout the villag…

Free, family-friendly holiday events in Buffalo are scheduled in the following Council districts. Delaware: 1st Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony for Hertel, 5:45 p.m. Thursday at St. Margaret's Church, 1395 Hertel Ave. Pictures with Santa and holiday music from the Buffalo Seminary Semachords. Masten: Christmas Bazaar, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday at True Bethel …

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Niagara Falls plans to jingle all the way through the three Saturdays – leading up to Christmas weekend with a new holiday celebration downtown that will feature a variety of free activities Saturday, Dec. 9 and Dec. 16. A Candlelight Stroll will launch Jingle Falls USA at 4:30 p.m. Saturday from the steps of Niagara Falls City Hall, 745 Main St. The procession will lea…