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Growing a bit bored with pools and playgrounds? Maybe it’s time to get outside and enjoy something a bit different than swimming or climbing. Western New York has plenty of fine places for family-friendly outdoor activities, and the five below are near the top of the list. Best of all? All of the options here guarantee that your little ones will end up exhausted, and r…

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Dr. Sara K. Berkelhamer, a neonatologist, expressed disappointment with the recent news that a U.S. delegation tried to water down an international call to encourage more breastfeeding. She did so both professionally and personally. Berkelhamer – attending physician for neonatology and medical director of respiratory therapy at John R. Oishei Children's Hospital – ga…

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David and Sarah Bentley don't mind saying this: They look better today than they did on their wedding day nearly nine years ago – and so do Sarah's parents, Steve and Debbie Hoffman. All four were overweight on that momentous occasion, and continued to gain weight for several years afterward. The Hoffmans said they were fooled into thinking that the processed "health…

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Just about every day, my daughter Sloane turns to me and asks, “How many days until my birthday?” So we ask Alexa, who tells us we’ve got something like 87 days to go, and Sloane turns to me with her eyes wide and her mouth agape. “Is that a lot?!” she asks, hoping it’s not. Remember when we used to look forward to our birthdays all year long? We used to dream abo…

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Outdoor yoga and Zumba classes, boot camp on the field where the Buffalo Bills play football, and two health fairs are among the Healthy 10 picks this week when it comes to wellness, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region.. MONDAY Slow Roll Buffalo: Niagara Square, outside Buffalo City Hall, is the starting and ending point of this weekly seasonal bike ri…

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To rehabilitate the image of a business, it sometimes can be wise to seize an opportunity where another competitor recently failed. After a rowdy crowd of roughly 1,300 – all anxious to take advantage of Build-A-Bear's pay-your-age special – caused chaos in the Walden Galleria and warranted attention from the Cheektowaga police Thursday, national chain Chuck E. Cheese's…

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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…