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Staff and volunteers from the state Department of Environmental Conservation will gather from noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 8 at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, in Depew to lead participants in a winter boot camp. The schedule of events begin at 12:30 p.m. when Erie County park rangers plan winter wildlife survival hikes. At 1 p.m., DEC forest rangers demonstr…

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Ice skating is a beloved winter pastime and public skates are the perfect way to sharpen your skills, hang out with friends, have a romantic evening, or just embrace the season. With so many local rinks to choose from, it can be hard to decide which one is right for you – so we’re going to make it easier. Here are some of the best ice rinks around, with some important i…

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The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's just announced 2020-21 season is stuffed to the brim with classics, new works, pops programs and returning favorites. On the surface, the lineup appears to be doing what any competitive orchestra in a market like ours should be doing – offering a little bit of something for everyone and walking the tightrope between the wholly artist…

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Every direction heading outside of the City of Buffalo offers opportunities for winter hiking, from wild to manicured and densely traversed to more remote. Here are six hikes, each 30 minutes or less from the center of downtown. Each hike is designed to be between 2 and 4 miles, duration depending on weather conditions, and the time spent stopping to enjoy the views. As…

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There’s plenty to love about winter in the region, including the following sites, events and organizations focused on family and wellness. BUFFALO PROPER Festivals Larkinville Ice Festival: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. next Saturday, Jan. 25, in the square and nearby. Free family-friendly event includes outdoor activities, games, carriage rides and more. Parking is free. For more …

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It can be a challenge to embrace healthy activities during winter in the region, especially when running, biking and the outdoor fitness classes of summer seem so distant. At the dreariest of times, hibernation looks to present a much better option. Still, with a little vitamin D and some thoughtful consideration, the coming weeks can mean more than binge-watching Ne…

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Baby Toni, 7 months old, is experiencing her first Buffalo winter. But unlike the humans that toss her fish, she’s far from bundled up. After all, Toni – a California sea lion – doesn’t need gloves or mittens for the weather. Her flippers are just fine diving in water as she zips around in her pool and strikes a pose for cameras. Toni is just one of the delightful…

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The holidays are a busy time of year – shopping, parties and all that kind of holiday activity – so now that the much calmer January has dawned, here is a suggestion for a nearby hike with easy access. It would be a great place to take the kids if they need to get out for some fresh air. Bruce Kershner, the late local environmentalist, called Reinstein Woods Nature Pres…

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The most commonly accepted understanding of "the holiday season" extends from Thanksgiving until at least New Year’s Day (depending on your college football interests). It encompasses more than one month of every year and when executed to its utmost, requires all celebrants to ignore the reasons for every responsible decision they’ve made throughout the previous 11 months.…

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Families who attend First Night Buffalo on New Year’s Eve will find familiar attractions that they’ve experienced during previous installments over three decades, including carnival rides, bounce houses, live animals and a dance party. Organizers helping the Independent Health Foundation bring off the 31st annual drug- and alcohol-free event also wanted to mix thing up …

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Celebrate the end of the decade with a bang. New Year's Eve events are as wide-ranging as they are abundant, from free to flashy, outdoor to indoor. Here are some of the marquee events for Dec. 31. First Night Buffalo, 5 to 10 p.m. at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center (153 Franklin St.); firstnightbuffalo.org. Tickets are $15 in advance; kids ages 2 and younger get …

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Plan on parking before you get to Main Street in East Aurora the evening of Dec. 21, because the entire stretch between Olean and Riley streets will be taken over by the village's 47th annual Carolcade from 7 to 8 p.m. Before and after, check out all the shops, not just the must-see Vidler's, and enjoy the caroling (song sheets provided) plus hot cocoa, doughnuts and Sa…

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The holidays are a special time for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, which continues its celebration of the season with "JoAnn's Classical Christmas" and, for kids, the "Jingle Bell Jam" at Kleinhans Music Hall (3 Symphony Circle), plus a free public performance (no tickets required) at 1 p.m. Dec. 14 in the lobby of the M&T Gold Dome Building downtown (1 Fountain P…