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The Airport Bridge Club continues offering extra points at all of its games during the coming week. The Bridge Center of Buffalo will have extra-point charity games Tuesday, April 3, through next Saturday, April 7. *  *  * The Buffalo Spring Sectional Tournament will be held Friday, April 13, to Sunday, April 15, in the Main-Transit Fire Hall, 6777 Main St., Amherst, wit…

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Love stripes? Saturday could be your day. Last year J.Crew named March 31 National Stripes Day. Sure, the retailer made up the holiday – stripes are very big at J.Crew (including on earrings and frames on sunglasses) – but, then again, who needs a special day to cheer all things striped? This is especially true this time of year when stripes celebrate spring any day you…

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As I wrote in this column last week, natural habitat is almost gone, replaced or degraded by human development and by invasive species. One direct result is an unprecedented rate of species extinction (up to 1,000 times normal rate) with implications we can barely grasp. Native insect plant-eaters are central to a complex food web (supporting birds, fish, amphibians and mo…

YOUNG ADULT Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi; Simon & Schuster, 391 pages ($17.99) Ages 14 and up. Two lonely, damaged souls emerge from their solitude to connect - almost entirely by text message - in this whip-smart, hilarious and poignant love story, the debut novel  by Mary H.K. Choi, a culture correspondent for "Vice News Tonight" on HBO. The novel unfolds, i…

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The latest edition of Books for Kids kicked off on a gloomy Tuesday morning, but inside the Salvation Army's Mitchell Owen Community Center, the faces of smiling children brightened the day. More than 2.8 million books have been distributed in Western New York during more than two decades of the annual fund drive. Sponsors of the event gathered at the community center t…

Home and Style

Jean Marie and her sister, Nancy Patrus, live in a 1,100-square-foot ranch in the Town of Hamburg. Marie (her real last name), 71, is a retired medical massage therapist. Patrus, 65, was a barber. They grew up in Pittsburgh. Marie later lived in Arizona, while Patrus remained in their hometown. Living together in their retirement years is the best, Marie said. “When …

Hundreds of gowns were donated Saturday during a Colvin Cleaners Gowns for Prom drive at Reeds Jenss locations. The drive was held to collect more gowns for the 13th annual Gowns for Prom Program, which is also supported by the Allstate Foundation and KISS 98.5. The goal is to provide a cleaned and tailored gown to every girl in Western New York who otherwise could not …

Books

This weekend, around the world, readers who love JRR Tolkien's work – especially The Lord of the Rings – will celebrate a Tolkien Reading Day, in Tolkien's honor. In one of the more unlikely episodes in my life, the England-based international Tolkien Society credits me with being the founder of the event. It's kind of a wonderful and surprising story, but this is absol…

Lifestyles

  The Bridge Center of Buffalo will hold a Vernal Equinox Celebration and Open Game at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 25. *  *  * The Airport Bridge Club continues offering extra points at all of its games during the coming week. *  *  * The Buffalo Spring Sectional Tournament will be held Friday, April 13, to Sunday, April 15, in the Main-Transit Fire Hall, 6777 Main St…

Gardening

Have you made plans to celebrate spring by heading out to Plantasia, the garden and landscape show? It’s happening March 22-25 at the Fairgrounds Event Center and Artisan Hall in Hamburg. This year’s theme is “Cityscapes into the Night.” Among the highlights: • Landscaped theme gardens that I read cover 15,000 square feet ‑ that’s more than the area of three basketba…

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Whether it’s entertaining a crowd around their supersized kitchen island or enjoying coffee for two in their third-floor bedroom suite, Sandra and Paul Wilkins are surrounded by the things they love: artwork, books, movies, music and a view out their windows of a revitalized Main Street that once looked more like a ghost town. No longer. And the Wilkinses have been part…

Gardening

Last weekend the Western New York Land Conservancy and Erie County Master Gardeners hosted the leading American spokesperson for ecological health, Douglas Tallamy. His messages are crucial for everyone, but he was speaking largely to audiences who already care about ecology and environmental issues. It’s my job to tell you about it – and your job to help me and professor …

GRAPHIC NOVEL New Shoes by Sara Varon; First Second, 205 pages ($17.99) ... From the creator of the acclaimed "Robot Dreams, "Bake Sale, "Odd Duck" and "Sweather Weather" comes another adorable, wondrously imaginative tale, set in a village in the Amazon rainforest, of friendship, community and venturing out of your comfort zone. Francis the donkey is the best shoemaker…

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It's a tossup between baseball and boxing. Considering that we're in basketball's championship season, maybe we should make it a jump ball between them. The question is: Which sport--baseball or boxing--has engendered the greatest contributions to American literature? Some would rush to nominate baseball, "the great American game," on the strength of truly great nove…

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Molly Dohm and her husband, Mike Allen, live in a three-bedroom, 2½-bath home in East Amherst. Married in 2016, they are the home's second owners. Here is how Dohm described the house in an email to The Buffalo News Home & Style section for our Home of the Week online feature: “My husband and I purchased our first home two years ago and have truly loved decoratin…