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Every summer, the Buffalo Niagara region, Rochester and southern Ontario are transformed into holy ground for fans of comics, sci-fi, fantasy, anime, manga, horror and other delightful forms of entertainment. If geekdom and fan-love were a religion, then it’s time to get ready to worship. Here are this summer’s offerings: Nickel City Con When: 3 to 8 p.m. May 17, 1…

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Welcome to summer – geek style. Nickel City Con – which has become the unofficial kickoff to summer for local pop culture fans in only three short years – returns May 17 to 19 to the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Since debuting as a two-day convention in 2016, NCC has expanded to three days of all things pop culture: comic book artists, cosplay contests, gaming …

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We have another name for summer in the Buffalo area: We call it festival season. From one-day neighborhood lawn fetes and carnivals where you know everyone, to the large multiday events that attract hundreds of thousands, festivals are happening every week throughout the summer. To help you plan out these rites of summer, Gusto will again be publishing its annual Festiv…

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The Care Connection Lactation and Wellness Center will host its third annual Diaper Drive to help families who can use a lift when it comes to their young kids. One in three caregivers experience diaper needs for their children, according to the National Diaper Bank Network, and because they are considered a hygiene item, diapers aren’t covered through government progra…

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GObike Buffalo is about a lot more than fun and games. The nonprofit that oversees Slow Roll Buffalo and the Skyride has become the go-to grassroots biking organization since it rolled onto the scene in 2008 with a dream to build “a thriving, dynamic and connected Buffalo” by promoting biking and other alternative transportation in the region. To chase that mission, …

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The most avid bikers in the region ride year-round but May marks the official start of bicycling season for most. A calendar of events shows why. Slow Roll Buffalo: The fifth year of free, inclusive, Monday evening community bike rides starts at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Hostel Buffalo-Niagara, 667 Main St., and continues every week through October. The roughly 10-mile rides …

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Lewiston Council on the Arts seeks creative high school student artists to participate in the 35th annual KeyBank Chalkwalk Competition. The chalk-drawing event will be held Aug. 10 during the Lewiston Art Festival. The festival will pay homage to the 50th anniversary of Woodstock and the Summer of Love, focusing on the cultural revolution that changed art, music and…

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Megan Hardy was so pleased with the doula who helped her through the delivery of her first child last year that she became one. "The doula knew the physical comfort measures, so my husband could focus on attentiveness to me," said Hardy, whose daughter Ella recently celebrated her first birthday. A doula also provides emotional comfort – as well as informational supp…

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The life of someone who receives a kidney donation changes within days. Their color and energy returns. Their itching stops. Those once forced to go on dialysis no longer need be tethered to a blood filtration machine as often as three times a week. The turnaround becomes even more pronounced for those who receive a new kidney from a living donor. The recovery tends …

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Leading groups in the regional bicycling community will debut a short film, "Buffalo by Bike," at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Community Beer Works, 520 7th St., on the West Side. “It's a little six-minute film which was funded through the I Love New York program to really highlight Buffalo and bicycle tourism opportunities in the city,” said Justin Booth, executive director of …

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Those who watch others work through the stretches, poses and meditation that come with yoga only see part of an ancient practice that has grown during the Buffalo resurgence. The most ardent practitioners in the region – whether instructors or students – also know it has the power to help them better navigate the twists and turns of life. Its physical nature forces o…

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Marisa Stani got her license to teach Zumba at age 16 – before she even got her driver’s license – though she wasn’t that excited about the prospect at first. “One day, my mother popped into a class, and said afterward, ‘You have to try it, you're going to love it; it's dancing and a workout,’ ” Stani recalled. “I'm like, ‘I don't work out at all,’ so she dragged me int…

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Despite the inevitability of death, many find it difficult to talk about the kind of ending they would prefer if given the choice. Should powerful drugs, major surgeries, ventilators or feeding tubes be part of the process? How much money should be spent to extend life, even if only for a few days or months, or if the potential complications of survival could be seve…

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Coming up with fun school break activities for teen or preteen kids can be challenging, especially if you want to do something different than the usual go-tos like arcades, trampoline parks or mall shopping. During midwinter break, I took two creative and curious suburban 15-year-olds on an Art in the City adventure, and perhaps it will inspire you to do something simil…