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Slow Roll in Buffalo and as part of the Ride for Roswell, Zumba at Sunset Beach, and lots of outdoor classes across the region 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 Towne blood drive: The Towne auto dealers plan several blood drives in coming weeks including one from noon…

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Some of the most rare and vintage automobiles in the world are about to descend on Buffalo. They're coming for the 2018 Great Race, which will bring more than 120 antique cars and possibly tens of thousands of onlookers to the Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum on June 23. It's there, at the corner of Seneca and Michigan streets, that the 2,300-mile Great Rac…

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Chris Berman likes long shots and underdogs. The longtime ESPN sportscaster is a Bills fan, after all. On Tuesday, Berman will get behind another – the BFLO Hall of Fame Experience, which calls for the creation of a museum featuring three local halls of fame dedicated to sports, music and broadcasting. Proponents have worked on the project since 2010, but with only $…

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Slow Rolls on the waterfront and Tonawanda, a Superhero run and walk in Delaware Park, and a 5K in Alden are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. MONDAY Memorial Day on the waterfront: The Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park will be the place to be today. The park is op…

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Outdoor fitness classes, health-related author talks and healthy food truck options have become popular fare as Larkin Square has ramped up its wellness offerings during the last six years. Visitors welcome better weather with free use of Hula-Hoops, pickleball courts and a mini-golf course in the revitalized neighborhood several blocks east of downtown. Larkin Square l…

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History is hot in Buffalo. You need water to cool it down. Which is where the Buffalo River History Tours come in. They are as much a part of Buffalo's waterfront as the big Labatt beer cans. The River Queen, the tour's original craft, holds 48 passengers and handled many of the tours before Memorial Day. Now that summer is in full swing, the main tour boat is the Ha…

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It's a puzzle Buffalonians see the world differently. Every once in a while, something happens that makes us stand out, wherever we happen to be. Such an event occurred not long ago when the Commuter Puzzle -- the crossword carried by The Buffalo News and other newspapers across the country -- carried a clue that had special relevance to us. Thanks to Buffalonian Bob A…

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As one of the most successful pro wrestlers ever, Hulk Hogan staged thousands of last-minute comebacks to overcome his opponents in the ring. Now as rumors swirl of Hogan returning to the WWE, the wrestling hall of famer hopes to complete his biggest comeback yet. Hogan will appear May 19 as part of Nickel City Con. The three-day pop-culture convention will be held May 18 …

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East Aurora is famous for native sons like Millard Fillmore, Roycroft movement founder Elbert Hubbard, and inaugural Buffalo Sabres owner Seymour Knox, in addition to being the birthplace of Fisher-Price toys and home to the corporate headquarters of Moog. But all I could think about as I took the 20A exit off the 400 and down-shifted into the quaint village was where I…

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Tiny museums are usually something you visit on vacation. You are excited to discover them when you’re away. At home, you pass them and say that someday, you will visit. Maybe you'll stop in when friends are in town. Maybe -- Just go. These micro-museums, as I found myself calling them, can be magical. They make you feel like a tourist in your own hometown. It does t…

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Buffalo has so many museums that now we need one more. We need a museum of museums. The sheer number of the little museums scattered around Western New York could relate to our tendency in Buffalo to decentralize ourselves. We have tons of police departments, school districts, towns, hamlets and villages. Also, here in Buffalo we like to hoard -- er, collect -- thing…

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Niagara Falls, Ont., has its own wild wings. Thousands of them, in countless different colors. They are all fluttering around at the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory. Opened in 1996, the conservatory has more than 2,000 tropical butterflies from more than 60 different species, flying about in a climate-controlled greenhouse. Since butterflies have short life span…

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Darien Lake will give a sneak preview of the Tantrum today, its first new roller coaster in a decade. The $5 million ride is still under construction, but the coaster's first and biggest steel loop is already in the air, and crews are working to finish the rest. The ride starts off with a nearly 100-foot vertical climb followed by a 97-degree drop. The ride features …

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Like a drive-in theater, a roller rink is something to treasure. Especially an old-time roller rink, with a genuine wooden floor. Such a paradise is the Rainbow Rink in North Tonawanda. It was opened in 1949 by two couples, Elmer and Mary Batt and Herbert and Ella Bale. It is currently owned by the Bales' grandson, Maurice Cooper, along with his wife and son. They al…