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On the anniversary of one of the most profound days in American military history, two of Buffalo's major companies gave a serious boost to a major military monument that is on track to open downtown next year. M&T Bank and Delaware North announced Friday, Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, a $200,000 joint grant to the African American Veterans Monument, a first-of-its-k…

Festivals

It's full-steam ahead into the holiday season. The Buffalo area will light up this weekend through a wealth of tree lightings, holiday fundraisers and artisan markets. Here are some of the top events for this weekend. 1. Canalside holiday celebration and tree lighting, 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 30 at 44 Prime St. Free to attend, while ice skaters can receive $1 off by donating e…

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After spending time with relatives on Thanksgiving, many found the perfect day-after release at Canalside. Line up one of your favorite siblings or cousins, go as fast as you can, and bash into them with your ice bumper car. "Awesome," said 8-year-old Ethan Marranca, part of the very first session of ice bumper cars at Canalside. "I bumped into my cousins like more t…

Buffalo

Benderson Development Co. hopes to release more details in a few months about its plans for a parcel of Canalside at the corner of Washington and Scott streets, now that the utilities underneath the paved lot are being relocated as part of a larger project nearby. The Sarasota, Fla.-based developer, whose roots are in Buffalo, has been planning to erect a multistory, mi…

Buffalo

The city agency that oversees the Buffalo Building Reuse Project is considering extending two low-interest loans totaling $1.5 million to a pair of separate redevelopment projects by Nick Sinatra and Scott Croce. The two projects – Sinatra's Heritage Point on the South Aud Block of Canalside and an Allentown redevelopment by Croce's LeoStrong – are each seeking $750,000…

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Cleveland-born rapper Machine Gun Kelly set social media ablaze with the release of his diss track, "Rap Devil," last week, where he committed roughly five minutes to an elaborate take-down of Eminem. What was most surprising, though, was that one of the two backdrops in the controversial music video - which had 65 million views as of Wednesday night - is Buffalo's DL&a…

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Patrick Lynn has been a producer with "American Idol" for the entire 16-year run of the groundbreaking television show. This year, he successfully lobbied to have the singing competition show hold auditions in Buffalo for the first time. Western New York definitely impressed the judges. "We had a monster turnout today," Lynn said Sunday. "We couldn't be happier." …

Health and Fitness

Some of the top outdoor fitness instructors at Canalside will return to the downtown waterfront park this weekend for one last summer hurrah. “We talked about it and said, ‘Let's end with a big splash,’ ” said Maureen Hanagan, manager of community relations with BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, which sponsors health and fitness activities at Canalside. The E…

Food and Drink

Princess Jasmine ate saucy chicken wings at Allentown bar-restaurant Gabriel’s Gate next to her arch-nemesis Jafar, who preferred the beef on weck. It sounds like the beginning of a way-too-specific joke. But Lissa deGuzman and Jonathan Weir, respective Jasmine and Jafar in "Aladdin," which finishes up its Buffalo stop on the tour Aug. 19 in Shea’s Buffalo Theatre (646 …

Attractions

The revitalization of Buffalo was on full display last weekend during National Dance Day. Cynthia Cadwell Pegado — a dance instructor who specializes in working with those who have Parkinson's disease — led a joyous group in marking the celebration on the boardwalk at Canalside. Several of her students with Parkinson's were there. So were Buffalo Public School studen…

Business

The fourth annual Canalside Auto and Boat show will get underway Friday, with a mix of new automobiles, RVs, trailers and boats on display. The free show will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. The show is produced by the Niagara Frontier Automobile Dealers Association, Anchor Marine and Canalside.

Health and Fitness

For generations, the phrase “I’m bored” has been a familiar childhood refrain during summer – but kids today belong to the first generation that can easily fill time sitting and gazing at a smartphone or computer screen. It’s not enough anymore for a parent to say, “It’s not my job to entertain you.” Today, they have to add “and you’re not getting on your phone – go fig…

Education

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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A friendly bull, a playful elf and a cowardly lion will all make appearances as part of the Tuesday Movie Series at Canalside. The free family series opens July 10 with "Ferdinand," an animated tale inspired by the beloved book "The Story of Ferdinand" by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson. Movies start at 6 p.m. You are allowed to bring blankets, chairs and refreshments. …

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It can be easy to forget that, less than a decade ago, the Buffalo expanse that would become Canalside consisted of an excavated canal and cobblestone. No free Thursday night concerts with the likes of the Tragically Hip, Public Enemy or Father John Misty. No yoga, Zumba and waterbikes. No extended boardwalk or public art, and more importantly, nowhere to get a relaxing…