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Many communities have already held their pyrotechnic displays, but you can still catch fireworks to celebrate the Fourth of July in several places across Erie and Niagara counties. The shows start after sunset, which will be 8:57 p.m. Tuesday, July 4 Amherst - 10 p.m., Over Lake LaSalle at University at Buffalo's North Campus Boston - 10 p.m., Boston Town Pa…

Art

1) Ellicottville Summer Music Festival, 3 p.m. June 30 through July 3 at Holiday Valley Resort (6557 Holiday Valley Road, Ellicottville). Tickets are $40 per major show and can be purchased here; prices for shows at other participating venues vary. Commentary: Fall Fest and ski season aren't the only times of the year to visit Ellicottville; the summer music festival in…

Attractions

Seven local country, rock and blues bands will perform Sunday at a music and art event at Silo City, to benefit the Sportsmen's Americana Music Foundation. The "bike and kayak friendly" event will be held at 100 Silo City Row along the Buffalo River from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m.. Tickets will be $7 for adults, with no admission fee for children. Works of local artists will b…

Health and Fitness

Canalside has become the center of the summer outdoor fitness craze in Western New York, but those who don’t often frequent the downtown Buffalo waterfront won’t be left in the cold in the coming weeks. Independent Health will continue to sponsor Fitness in the Parks group fitness classes in several counties. State parks have a slate of hikes, kayaks and other event…

Festivals

1) Taste of Diversity, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 24 on Grant Street between Auburn and Lafayette. It's free to attend, and food tickets may be purchased on site. Commentary: It's World Refugee Awareness Month, which fits snugly with Saturday's street event along Grant. Browse craft vendors, try food from all over the world, enjoy cultural expression through dance and music…

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Set against the backdrop of the stunning Niagara Gorge, the Village of Lewiston is a historic community of one square mile on the Niagara River that prides itself on its walkability. Center Street is the hub of the picturesque village and a great place to spend the entire day or just a few hours before or after an event. During the popular Lewiston Art and Jazz festival…

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Taste of Buffalo pre-sale food ticket vouchers are on sale now at participating Tops Markets. The 34th Taste of Buffalo returns to Delaware Avenue and Niagara Square in downtown Buffalo, July 8-9, beginning both days at 11 a.m. You also can plan ahead and take advantage of the Family Freebie. Through July 9, buy a $50 pre-sale food ticket voucher and get a coupon good f…

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Looking for a unique way to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, family reunion or company milestone in August? (Or the fact the kids will be going back to school soon?) The Erie County Agricultural Society is accepting reservations for its picnic shelter program during the 178th Erie County Fair, Aug. 9 -20 at the Hamburg Fairgrounds. Shelter reservations are on a first…

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It's a hallmark of life here in Western New York: We bite off more than we can chew. That's what happened to us here at The News, striving to complete our list of 100 Things Every Western New Yorker should do at least once. Several weeks ago, we asked for suggestions of additional ideas for the list. We needed two more, because there were two of our 100 that had pr…

Health and Fitness

A 5K run, yoga classes and meditation are on tap in the Outer Harbor on Saturday during the first Chase the Sun Yoga Festival. Love in Motion Yoga co-owners Kate Rogers and Kathleen Engelhardt came up with the idea for the festival, which will start at 9 a.m. with the run. “We had this idea of doing a 5K, having a recovery yoga class after the 5K and giving people …

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Here's how you can celebrate Western New York's rich bounty of music, art, food, ethnic traditions, agriculture and civic pride this summer. SKIP to July | August | September JUNE June 16: Strawberry Social. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. First Congregational UCC, 132 N. Main St., Evans. Food, refreshments, raffles. June 16: Colorblock Interactive Festival. 5 to 9 p.m. Artspace Buf…

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1) Kerfuffle, 12:30 (gates), music at 1:30 to 10 p.m. June 17 at Canalside (44 Prime St.). Tickets are $35 in advance and can be purchased here. Commentary: When we saw Alternative Buffalo radio host Brandi tweet out a picture of Ben & Jerry's Truffle Kerfuffle ice cream in advance of Saturday's show, our sweet-tooth was sparked and our fondness rekindled for the mu…

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Oh, Canada! How many times, on our 100 Things journey, have we toasted our friendship with you? At KeyBank Center, we braved the raucous rivalry between the Buffalo Sabres and the Toronto Maple Leafs. We explored Toronto and Crystal Beach, Ont. And on the Miss Buffalo, we gazed up at the Peace Bridge, the stately symbol of peace between our two nations. Today we …

Food and Drink

1) Taste of Country, gates at 4:30 p.m., concert at 6 on June 10 at Coca-Cola Field (275 Washington St.). Tickets are $29 and can be purchased here. Commentary: Strong lineup for WYRK's Taste of Country this year, and it's well-balanced to boot. Rascal Flatts headlines the show, while solid openers include Justin Moore, Randy Houser and Michael Ray, plus local performer…

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There are many amazing events in the area all summer long. So many things to do, but as a mom, I always wonder which ones are kid friendly. I'm assuming other parents wonder the same thing when they hear about a cool event; kids or no kids? The East Aurora Music Festival is coming up from 2 p.m. to midnight on June 10. I made some calls and did some research and here's …