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For more than a quarter century, the Kids Escaping Drugs Renaissance Campus required young people trying to recover from addiction to stay on-site at all times in a residential program. The nonprofit agency didn’t have a reintegration program allowing residents a chance to go to school, work or volunteer off the West Seneca campus, and come back nightly to take stock of…

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If you prefer the fresh smell of balsam to a candle and cutting down your own tree at a farm instead of grabbing a pre-cut from a pop-up lot, it's time to look at your options. Here is a list of spots where you can cut your own tree and, in some cases, buy a gift and grab a hot cocoa. Closing dates are listed when available; otherwise businesses report they will stay op…

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Imagine you're curled up in bed with a cup of hot cocoa and then glance over at your fun-sized Christmas tree. Suddenly, the stressful thought that the holiday season is flying by rushes over you. You start to think of all the fun things you could do. Pretty much the whole holiday season is stuffed into four short weeks in December, from music to family parties to chees…

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Fountain Plaza will be again be illuminated with the holiday spirit during festivities for the annual tree lighting. The festive tradition starts at 5 p.m. Saturday with free ice skating at Rotary Rink. At 6 p.m., the countdown begins to the tree lighting and fireworks display. Afterward, kids can enjoy amusement rides and a visit with Santa from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Duke's D…

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St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral will offer an interfaith experience next weekend with Rabbi Alex Lazarus-Klein of Temple Shir Shalom. The event starts at 10:15 a.m. Sunday during the weekly service in the historic church at Church and Pearl streets. It will mark both the first Sunday of Advent and first night of Hanukkah. To honor this rarity, Lazarus-Klein will bl…

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Judging by the abundance of holiday concerts every year, it appears people are as happy to give the gift of music as they are to receive it. Whether it’s a local church group performing Handel’s “Messiah” or national music stars like Jim Brickman and Trans-Siberian Orchestra who make a Christmas concert an annual tradition, music is the holiday gift that keeps on giving…

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The World's Largest Disco, running Saturday in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, is the weekend's biggest event, but alas, it sells out well in advance every year, with 2018 no exception. But if you're looking to fill out your weekend or battle the FOMO of a disco-less year, here are several other Buffalo-area activities worth considering as part of this week's "Th…

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One of the last things people want to hear during the holidays is that they need to lose weight and exercise more. Still, there are several steps you can take to maintain weight, boost your energy during the coming weeks, and start or continue habits that will help you start the new year right. “I try to counsel people if they’re overweight to change their habits just a…

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See live reindeer, hop aboard the Upstate Farms Express and meet Santa all while checking out one million lights that will illuminate the Hamburg Fairgrounds during the annual Fairgrounds Festival of Lights The lights will be switched on for the opening of the 14th year of the festival on Nov. 23. It runs from 5 to 9 p.m. weekends through Dec. 16, with an expanded sched…

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Molly Furminger spent an hour stretching, twisting and turning Monday night at the new and expanded Danceability studio – and why not? The 5-year-old with Down Syndrome also regularly camps, swims and skis. "Her mom and dad let her try everything,” said Molly’s grandmother, Judy Ferrentino, who, like Molly, lives in Clarence. It’s an approach that dance studio co-…

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The Winter Festival of Lights will hosts its first Cascades of Fire: International Fireworks Competition starting this weekend in Niagara Falls, Ont. Fireworks teams from around the world will present an 18-minute pyrotechnic display synchronized to music starting at 9 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, as well as Nov. 16 and 17. Team Canada will close the series at the …

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The Familial Cancer Society of Western New York will host a craft beer and wine tasting fundraiser from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday at Tewksbury Lodge, 249 Ohio St., along the Buffalo River waterfront. Andrea Whitmarsh – the third generation in her family to have the BRCA 2 gene mutation, which raises the risk of breast and other cancers – led the effort to found the organizati…

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The Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling show will bring popular international star athletes and up-and-comers to Buffalo for an event at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 in Buffalo RiverWorks (359 Ganson St.). In addition to Christopher Daniels, SoCal Uncensored and Castle, here’s who else is scheduled to appear. Jay Lethal: The veteran Ring of Honor star and current champion is …

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Ring of Honor has come a long way since its humble beginnings as a starting point for young wrestlers to become a viable destination for the athletes as the second biggest wrestling promotion in the United States. ROH returns to Buffalo for a joint event with New Japan Pro Wrestling on Nov. 9 at Buffalo RiverWorks. When ROH debuted in 2002, it quickly became known as th…

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Artisans from Buffalo and far beyond gathered in the Hamburg Fairgrounds Event Center and surrounding buildings on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, for Christmas in the Country, which runs through Nov. 4. See who scoured for gifts of all kinds.