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Erin Szwajda discovered yoga after her mother, Nancy Ward, was diagnosed five years ago with multiple sclerosis. "I was on a quest to help my mother and fell in love with the practice myself," said Szwajda, of Hamburg, who became a yoga instructor about two years ago after receiving her training at the Himalayan Institute of Buffalo. She will be among two dozen instr…

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Outdoor yoga, salsa dancing and biking are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. MONDAY Summer yoga: The Winery at Marjim Manor, 7171 E. Lake Road in Newfane, will host a yoga class at 5 p.m. and it will be tailored to those who attend. If attendees prefer, it can be held outside. Call …

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John Kent has carved his place in the rough and beautiful Ellicottville hills. "Thirty years ago, I came here and plowed the ground for this myself," Kent said, while gesturing toward the large rodeo ring enclosed by what looks like a few miles of steel piping. "It has grown every year." A tall, imposing man with a penetrating gaze, Kent is owner and architect of…

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Slow Roll times two, yoga in the Elmwood Village and Zumba on the beach are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. MONDAY Fitness in the Parks: Take a Pilates class at 10 a.m. in Stiglmeier Park, 810 Losson Road, Cheektowaga, one of 500 free outdoor classes in 23 parks across the region …

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I've been going to Lewiston regularly since moving to Buffalo in 1990. Yes, it was Artpark that drew me first, its broad roster of concerts appealing to my eccentric musical taste, running the gamut from jazz to heavy rock, R&B to folk, and nearly everywhere in between. It didn’t take me long to ascertain a sort of "sub-vibe" in the region, however. On its surface, …

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You slogged through the latest Western New York winter sitting around the house, binge-watching TV and using your treadmill as a clothes hanger. Or you did use that treadmill – almost daily – during the mostly indoor months, or tackled the same fitness class or circuit training session routinely, wishing you could expand your exercise horizons and enjoy more time with frie…

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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 …