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The public is invited to try the YMCA Buffalo Niagara for free Saturday through June 8, and if a person joins they pay no join fee. The Y includes six branches – the Southtowns Family Y in West Seneca, Delaware and William-Emslie branches in Buffalo, the Ken-Ton Y in the Town of Tonawanda, the Independent Health Family Y in Amherst, and the Lockport branch in the Town o…

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Well-behaved dogs are welcome at most outdoors festivals, on many patios with water bowls and inside many parks. But what's in it for them? Leftover Taste of Buffalo scraps (hopefully) and being marveled at and baby-talked to by strangers. At the following dog-related events in June, dogs aren't an afterthought. The vendors cater to them (and you, with beer and wine)…

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Larkin Square and Hydraulic Hearth will close Seneca Street between them from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday for a public block party all are welcome to attend. More than 40 vendors – including artisans and food trucks – will participate in the gathering. Free lawn games will be part of the fun along with acrobats from The Bird’s Nest, Mapleview Alpacas and puppies from Queen …

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Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy announced a season of park events that include movie nights, walking tours, Bark in the Park and more. See the schedule of events, and buy tickets, at bfloparks.org/summer2019. Highlights include: West Side Bike Tours: The rides roll from 2 to 4 p.m. the fourth Saturday of each month, through August, from Rich Products, 1 Robert R…

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Maid of the Mist will open its 2019 season at 9 a.m. today, with boats departing every 15 minutes for close-up views of the base of Niagara Falls. “As one of North America’s longest running tourist attractions, we are looking forward to once again welcoming guests from around the world,” said Christopher M. Glynn, president of Maid of the Mist Corp. Maid of the Mist …

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With six months of events packed into three over the summer, music is somewhere nearly every night. But what about live outdoor music for families? Having children doesn’t make you yearn for Tragically Hip covers any less than when you were traipsing from show to show untethered to responsibility, so what are parents to do? Thankfully, there are plenty of kid-friendl…

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This summer checks nearly every box on the kid geek must-list. “Star Wars”? Spider-Man? Japanese animation? Check, check, check. Take a look at some new films, a few annual events and a little baseball. Studio Ghibli Fest May, July, and August at the Regal Elmwood (2001 Elmwood Ave.) and Regal Transit (6707 Transit Road) One of the most delightful cinematic develop…

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Every summer, the Buffalo Niagara region, Rochester and southern Ontario are transformed into holy ground for fans of comics, sci-fi, fantasy, anime, manga, horror and other delightful forms of entertainment. If geekdom and fan-love were a religion, then it’s time to get ready to worship. Here are this summer’s offerings: Nickel City Con When: 3 to 8 p.m. May 17, 1…

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Welcome to summer – geek style. Nickel City Con – which has become the unofficial kickoff to summer for local pop culture fans in only three short years – returns May 17 to 19 to the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Since debuting as a two-day convention in 2016, NCC has expanded to three days of all things pop culture: comic book artists, cosplay contests, gaming …

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We have another name for summer in the Buffalo area: We call it festival season. From one-day neighborhood lawn fetes and carnivals where you know everyone, to the large multiday events that attract hundreds of thousands, festivals are happening every week throughout the summer. To help you plan out these rites of summer, Gusto will again be publishing its annual Festiv…

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The Care Connection Lactation and Wellness Center will host its third annual Diaper Drive to help families who can use a lift when it comes to their young kids. One in three caregivers experience diaper needs for their children, according to the National Diaper Bank Network, and because they are considered a hygiene item, diapers aren’t covered through government progra…

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GObike Buffalo is about a lot more than fun and games. The nonprofit that oversees Slow Roll Buffalo and the Skyride has become the go-to grassroots biking organization since it rolled onto the scene in 2008 with a dream to build “a thriving, dynamic and connected Buffalo” by promoting biking and other alternative transportation in the region. To chase that mission, …

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The most avid bikers in the region ride year-round but May marks the official start of bicycling season for most. A calendar of events shows why. Slow Roll Buffalo: The fifth year of free, inclusive, Monday evening community bike rides starts at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Hostel Buffalo-Niagara, 667 Main St., and continues every week through October. The roughly 10-mile rides …

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Lewiston Council on the Arts seeks creative high school student artists to participate in the 35th annual KeyBank Chalkwalk Competition. The chalk-drawing event will be held Aug. 10 during the Lewiston Art Festival. The festival will pay homage to the 50th anniversary of Woodstock and the Summer of Love, focusing on the cultural revolution that changed art, music and…

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Megan Hardy was so pleased with the doula who helped her through the delivery of her first child last year that she became one. "The doula knew the physical comfort measures, so my husband could focus on attentiveness to me," said Hardy, whose daughter Ella recently celebrated her first birthday. A doula also provides emotional comfort – as well as informational supp…