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The girls whack the guys with pussy willows and the guys fire squirt guns at the girls. Or is it the other way around? That's just the first quandary that confounds the uninitiated every year when Dyngus Day rolls around. Thousands partake in the celebration, which takes place on Easter Monday and centers in the neighborhood around Broadway and Fillmore where the Pol…

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Looking to celebrate Dyngus Day in true Buffalo style? You have choices. (Note: This list contains a few highlights. A comprehensive list is available here and on dyngusday.com.) The parade Starts at 5 p.m. in front of Corpus Christi Church and heads down Broadway to Fillmore and then down Memorial Drive. ••• Pussy Willow Pass Cost: $10. Good for $2 admission to …

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Spring is here, outdoor ice skating and cross-country skiing – at least in most parts of the region – is behind us, and signs of the season are reflected in this week's WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. Events include the opening of the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park, a …

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Leaders in the regional cerebral palsy community will host a National CP Awareness Day celebration rally from 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday in front of the Electric Tower, 535 Washington St. The gathering will be part of an larger effort to light buildings and other structures green to CP Awareness Day. “We’ll serve up lemonade for a toast, hand out green beads and green glow s…

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Going to a trampoline park requires a leap of faith. Especially if you're a grown-up. I felt funny, heading for Get Air Buffalo Trampoline Park in Cheektowaga. I had bounced on trampolines before, if not exactly recently. A friend had a trampoline, and I had a great time bouncing on it with her little kids. But isn't that who trampolines are for? Kids? Well, I tol…

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Outdoor skating season will draw to a close this week. This is the last week of outdoor public skating at The Ice at Canalside, as well as at the Healthy Zone Rink in East Aurora. Skating, a free yoga class and a presentation about how to plant more native plants in your yard or garden are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutriti…

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The internet be darned. Books live. Many of them live right here in Buffalo, at Old Editions Book Shop & Cafe. It is one of the nation's great bookstores. It is amazing considering its size how it has floated around. Owner Ron Cozzi founded it in 1976 on Hertel Avenue, and then it went to Allentown, then to University Heights, and currently is in downtown Buffalo…

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You know those ice bikes you see gliding around the ice at Canalside? They are moving into the fast lane. Made only in Buffalo, they can now be found in Rochester, Vancouver, British Columbia, and, most recently, in Green Bay, Wis., at the request of the Green Bay Packers. They have been celebrated by National Geographic. But how many of us here have experienced this…

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With Canada in their name, two new residents of the Buffalo Zoo should feel right at home in a community that embraces Tim Hortons and ice hockey. The zoo this weekend introduced to the public two female Canada lynx, 10-month-old sisters named Rosie and Hazel. They arrived in November from the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport, Conn., where they were born in April, and they r…

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The number of riders using Reddy bikeshare nearly tripled last year, according Shared Mobility Inc., the parent corporation of the Buffalo bikesharing service, and its partner, Independent Health. “While the numbers from 2016 don’t reflect a full season, we are still incredibly excited about the interest and participation during the past year,” said Jennifer White, mark…

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Why go to the Buffalo Zoo this time of year? Two reasons. First, admission is just $5, across the board, through February. And parking is free. Second, you will see the winter differently. The tropical animals will be inside, and you may share in their tropical comfort. The animals who are outside are there because they want to be. Because they love it. Luna th…

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We're getting to that time of year again. The time of year when Buffalo starts looking less like a beautiful snow globe and more like a salt-smudged wasteland. Those pretty, cheery Christmas lights are gone. Hawaii and Florida are looking pretty good. Or a Caribbean cruise -- or a Gulf coast getaway, or --- or --- But what if you can't get away? You'll have to enj…

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Multicolored lights will bathe the Botanical Gardens' three Victorian glass domes and connecting greenhouses for the next three weeks. But that's only one of the senses.  The eighth annual "Lumagination" also brings together music, sound effects, theatrical design and interactive displays to the indoor nature attraction's sedate environment for this year's theme, "Under…

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The Buffalo Museum of Science has a fine permanent resident in Stuffy. He is a figure of a bison that came to the Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences in 1895 and even presided for a few years over Central Terminal. But the museum's true mascot is even more impressive. That would be the huge Alaskan grizzly bear donated by Amherst physician Dr. Joseph K. Link, who sho…

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A new addictions group will meet, Larkinville will throw its annual ice festival and there will be chances to ice skate outdoors and watch Disney skaters at KeyBank Arena this week. 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 …