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Every Person Influences Children (EPIC) has launched its Storytime Series at Canalside for the summer. The M&T Bank-sponsored program will offer weekly programming to children up to age 8 and their families from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday through Aug. 29. The series aims to create a positive and fun environment while promoting reading and a healthy lifesty…

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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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July 6-8: Queen of Heaven Carnival. 6 to 11 p.m. July 6, noon to 11 p.m. July 7 and noon to 9 p.m. July 8. Queen of Heaven Church, 4220 Seneca St., West Seneca. Food, games, carnival rides, music and beer tent. qofhcarnival.com July 6: Scharfest. 5 p.m. Scharf’s German Restaurant, 2683 Clinton St. This sixth annual event is held under the tent, Oktoberfest style, with G…

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At a meat raffle, you get more than a chance at steaks and sausage. You get a chance to step back to the Paleo era. Surely this entertainment dates to prehistoric times. Folks gather in a hall, quaff ale, and spend cash on raffle tickets in hopes of winning steaks, pork loins and sausage. Meat raffles originated, so scholars say, in Britain's pubs. Over the las…

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Yes, there are the public pools, the beaches and the splash parks, but where can you go to stay cool if you don't want to don a bathing suit? Here are a few options. Hit the ice at HarborCenter. In the immortal words of Andre 3000, "What's cooler than being cool? Ice cold." Check the public skate and open hockey schedule at rectimes.com/harborcenter, or take in anoth…

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It’s almost the Fourth of July, and what better way to celebrate your freedom than to risk burning your house down? Just kidding. I’m not here to talk about whether fireworks are appropriate or safe, or whether they should be featured at your cookout. It’s not my place to say whether you should abstain out of respect for skittish pets, sick neighbors or veterans with po…

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Build-A-Bear Workshop has opened a new location at the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls and it is very different from its other store at Walden Galleria. The new store is a "concourse shop," a new store format which is basically a kiosk that sits open to each hallway of the mall's main concourse near the food court. The first 20 people at the store's grand opening Sa…

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Amy Schule understands the challenges that can come with kids and summer. More places to drop off and retrieve children, often at less convenient times. Messier homes to clean. More worries about how sons and daughters are spending time while parents are at work. "My husband and I feel like we've had two families: our poor older kids, who we were a mess with, and the…

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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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It wasn't an easy six months for the Catholic Charities Appeal, but on Tuesday when diocesan officials announced they exceeded their goal of $11 million, the immediate reaction was relief. “When we launched this year’s appeal back in January we knew it would be a challenge, but none of us knew just how big of a struggle it would be,” said Bishop Richard J. Malone. Th…

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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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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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One thing Buffalo and Western New York don't lack? Summer festivals. Here's a look at what's coming through September. Skip to July  |  August  |  September JUNE June 15: Buffalo River Festival. 6 p.m. Buffalo River Fest Park, 249 Ohio St. Family event with live music, games, craft vendors, concessions and historical waterfront memorabilia and photos. June 16: Buff…