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Lewiston's 50-member community chorus, the Lewiston Choraleers, will be singing in the season throughout the coming week with concerts in four different venues. All shows are open to the public; tickets are $5 and the door (children 12 and younger get in free). The Choraleers perform at 2 p.m. Nov. 30 at St. John de LaSalle Catholic Church (8477 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Fa…

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The return of Arie, an 11-year-old California sea lion, to the Aquarium of Niagara was marked by flipper claps from her fellow sea lions and a rousing welcome from staff and visitors. Arie, who first came to the aquarium in 2009, had been on a breeding loan since 2016 at the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago, where she gave birth to a male pup, said Gary Siddall, executive dire…

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You see things differently when you take a new trail or path, even if you are looking at the same mighty river. We have hiked the Devils Hole-Whirlpool trail into the Niagara Gorge on the American side in all seasons and often wondered whether Canadians saw the gorge as we did. They don’t. Hiking into Canada’s Niagara Glen, as they call it, is a vastly different expe…

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The Great Performances Series at SUNY Buffalo State brings two shows to the Rockwell Hall Performing Arts Center stage this weekend. Kim Waters, master of the jazz saxophone, performs at 8 p.m. Nov. 22, accompanied by his daughter keyboardist Kayla Waters. Waters is a founding member of the Sax Pack and has built his reputation on compositions that blend R&B and jazz f…

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Holiday shopping is stressful for so many reasons: the crowds, the parking, the mall madness. Even once you get inside, it's not over because then you have to find a unique – or at least – useable gift. Too often, we make the easy choice and get gift cards. But, let's face it, that's pretty impersonal. Out of ideas? We're here to help. Starting this week nearly right up…

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This hike is perfect for youngsters, but adults can enjoy it too. DeVeaux Woods State Park is a perfect place to introduce young children to the outdoors and nature. It is a short, easy hike with enough surprises and natural wonder to keep the young ones interested, and you can make it longer or shorter to suit your needs. It is located within the Niagara Falls city …

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Children in the 21st century spend free time a lot differently than Dave Bauer did in the 1960s, “when your parents let you out the door and they let you play in your neighborhood.” Society has changed a lot for kids during the last half-century, including a growing reliance on organized sports and a growing dependence on computer technology. Bauer, 68, a retired ear…

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Some stand in front of the water feature, fixated, for up to half an hour. Some push to the front of the line, no matter how many others stand in the way. Some beam over a hands-on exhibit one minute – and pitch a fit the next. None of it matters when kids with autism have exclusive run at Explore & More – The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Children’s Museum at Canalside durin…

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Rosemary Maloney-Hoffman is undeterred. She still believes in magic, even as the rest of Western New York is taking down the last soggy, windblown remnants of Halloween. Throughout her life, magic has transcended seasons. Certainly, it explains why Rosemary would join her parents in dressing up as clowns each year for Halloween while she was growing up in Cheektowaga. O…

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Buffalo's Biggest Halloween Bash set the mood for spooky season, serving as a fantastic source for costume ideas and reminding how creepy/bizarre this tradition can be. We're only getting started. The schedule hits full bore this weekend, with a bevy of annual Halloween events - from ultra creepy to ultra heavy to ultra '90s - lined up for Buffalo-area haunts (get it?).…

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You've got your pumpkins, picked your apples and made the traditional stops to the Great Pumpkin Farm, Pumpkinville or the MAiZE in Wheatfield. What else is there to do to get you in the Halloween spirit? Plenty. From ghost walks and tours, to a seance, horror movies and "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" on screen and stage, here is a sampling of other holiday happenings. …

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Band members of the Afro-Semitic Experience put their differences front and center in performances that celebrate their shared love of music, and that love will be on display in two Buffalo performances this week. The group will be part of the service at 7 p.m. Friday at Temple Beth Zion, 804 Delaware Ave., and at 7:30 p.m. Saturday it will perform in the Montante Cultu…

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Kevin Campbell was 5 years old when he was introduced to the original “Jurassic Park” movie. Like all kids crazy about dinosaurs, he watched in awe as they came to life before him. Fast forward about 17 years to the recent day when Campbell, now a member of the touring production of “Jurassic World Live Tour” first came face-to-face with a life-sized Tyrannosaurus rex f…

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Sports fans show their colors in many ways. Some fans paint their faces, some fans paint their garage doors, and some fans, like Buffalo artist A.J. Fries, make actual paintings. Starting Oct. 18 at the Buffalo History Museum, Buffalo Bills fans can get a look at "Superfan!," a dozen Fries paintings inspired by the museum's Greg D. Tranter Collection of Buffalo Bills it…

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BB&G Charities might not be a name you know yet - but it's one you can get behind. It stands for Building, Believing & Giving and it's a local group that strives to give underprivileged children the chance to experience "the joy and positive developmental benefits of supervised activities and camping experiences." That happens through various charity events like…