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Donations sought for yoga camp for teen girls

A local medical practice and nonprofit are looking for public support as they launch a six-week therapeutic yoga camp for teen girls diagnosed with cancer.

The camp will run from 10 a.m. to noon for six consecutive weekends starting next Saturday. Buffalo Spine and Sports Medicine – along with Melina’s White Light – seek donations to offset the cost of the program. Any remaining funds will be donated to Kaely’s Kindness, a program that provides support to young people with cancer.

“Being a teenage girl in today’s world is rough enough. Being a teenage girl with cancer in today’s world is close to unbearable,” said Melina’s White Light president Lisa Rinolo. “The camp is intended to bring girls with similar stories together in a place that offers healing in many forms.”

Melina’s White Light is an all-volunteer childhood cancer foundation working in memory of Melina Riniolo, who lost her fight with neuroblastoma at age 13.

Class activities include yoga, creative arts and lunch for all of the girls who attend. For more information, call Donna Manquen at 650-3101; donations can be mailed to Buffalo Spine and Sports Medicine, 100 College Parkway, Suite 100, Williamsville, NY 14221 or online at

Power, beauty of Niagara Falls re-created in shows this weekend

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. – Theater performers – backed by 33,000 gallons of water, a 100-by-35-foot screen of mist and laser lights – will re-create the power of Niagara Falls this weekend at three free nightly shows in Queen Victoria Park.

Onguiaahra (ON-GEY-AIR-RAW), or “Thunder of Waters,” is the First Nation word used to describe the beauty and power of the falls, and inspired the production, which takes place at 7:15, 8:15 and 9:15 p.m. today, Sunday and Monday. After the shows, the park – at the foot of Murray Hill below the Skylon Tower – will be the best place to be for a 10 p.m. fireworks display.

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