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New Year's Day yoga and ice skating, a Thursday blood drive that can get you a free weeklong pass to the Jewish Community Center fitness facilities in Amherst and a Saturday health fair are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to starting the new year right when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. To see this week’s c…

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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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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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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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A renowned sculpture was relocated and unveiled Tuesday on Buffalo's Outer Harbor, adding to the number of public artworks displayed on the city's waterfront. "Flat Man," a 30-foot steel sculpture created in 1963 by the late Larry Griffis Jr., is now located on the Greenway Nature Trail near the water's edge. The sculpture was originally installed at Griffis Sculpture P…

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Buffalo's summer festival season is nearly over, but not before Tailor Made can make its much-awaited debut. The freshman music festival is set to kick off its inaugural run at 1 p.m. Sept. 2 at Canalside (44 Prime St.). Brainchild of the crowd-funding company Fanbassador, the voter-driven hip-hop and EDM festival, which is set to include performances from Travis Sc…

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Fitness at Canalside has drawn more than 20,000 participants to the Buffalo harborfront during the last year and a half. This week is the last time this year's fans of free outdoor exercise can add to those ranks. As summer comes to a close, residents in the region can look forward to trading in their sneakers for skates at the ice at Canalside, said Kate Schrum, a comm…

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The New York State Health Foundation has plowed about $150 million into efforts to improve health care across the Empire State during the last 11 years, including better primary care, more access to mental health services and programs that support post-9/11 veterans. Much of that money has been used to help treat chronic disease that crashed down on state residents, oft…

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Independent Health's Fitness in the Parks classes close out the summer season this week. Meanwhile, Canalside outdoor classes – presented by BlueCross Blue Shield of Western New York – will stretch into Labor Day weekend. All of these classes are free and all are welcome to participate. Below is a complete listing of remaining classes. * Independent Health classes…

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Reddy Bike is offering a promotion through the rest of the biking season, which ends in November. Memberships are half price. The special is in honor of the bikes' one-year anniversary. Online at reddybikeshare.socialbicycles.com, use the promo code BUFFALOBYBIKE2017, and you will receive a 50 percent discount. Portland, Ore., is also celebrating a one-year annive…

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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to moral and social philosopher Eric Hoffer, “The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.” . . . COMING CLEAN – “Germs Are Gross” is the theme for this week’s edition of EPIC Storytime at Canalside in downtown Buffalo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday. Special guest will be local magician Paul Antonio, who will…

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A Saturday paddle festival, two bike rides and a pair of kickboxing classes 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: Meet at 5:30 p.m., roll at 6:30 p.m., Colored Musicians Club, 145 Broadway. Ten-mile guid…

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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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OLAF FUB SEZ: A thought from comedian Phyllis Diller, born on this date in 1917, “I want my children to have all the things I couldn’t afford. Then I want to move in with them.” . . . GROWING INTEREST – Volunteers from Home Depot on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Amherst will be guests for this week’s EPIC (Every Person Influences Children) Storytime program from 11 a.m. to …