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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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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…

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Nanette Pohle often finds the greatest meaning in foster parenting when it's time to give babies back to authorities so they can be returned to parents, who've addressed their troubling circumstances. Many of these babies were born addicted to drugs. They're irritable, clingy, and comforted only by the swaddling of Pohle, her husband Kevin, and their two daughters, Gret…

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Lights on four iconic structures in Buffalo will go blue at dusk on Tuesday to help raise awareness about the importance of foster care. “In Erie County alone, there are over 900 children age birth to 21 who are part of our foster care system,” said Carolyne DeFranco, president and CEO of Gateway Longview, who is also a foster and adoptive mother. “As our city lights up…

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This month’s most hottest release has been preceded by months of breathless fan anticipation. The cast is as star-heavy as any film in recent memory, and the storyline boldly original. I’m of course talking about Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs.” Wait, did you think I meant “Avengers: Infinity War”? That’s a biggie, too, but “Isle” is the real must-see. Must-see of the month…

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New Orleans might not be the first place that comes to mind for a family vacation, but if you’re looking for something different, add it to your list. Last April, we visited during Easter break with my sister and cousin’s families (kids ages 10, 12, 15, 17) for a change of pace from a Florida routine. New Orleans has a vibe all its own. While it might have a reputati…

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An inspiring weight loss story, a gem and mineral show at the Erie County Fairgrounds, and Saturday health fairs in Amherst and Orchard Park are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. MONDAY Spring into Health: Rachel Miller lost more than 120 pounds, became a holistic health coach and p…

Every Person Influences Children (EPIC) will offer a series of free, intensive parenting programs through the rest of this year with help from a grant received from the Peter C. Cornell Trust through the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo. The sessions are interactive, engaging and led by a trained facilitator. Group discussions, which are confidential, focus on a…

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A young widow who had to pick up the pieces of her life after her husband died from cancer. A lawyer who has successfully addressed depression. A couple with a son who has autism who opened two gyms so all children could embrace their playful sides together. These are among the hundreds of real stories, about real people in Western New York, that have been contain…

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Life has changed in the five years since Darcy Thiel wrote "Bitter and Sweet: A Family’s Journey with Cancer." Her husband, Tim Colvin, has been gone for more than seven years now, after his death from late-stage gallbladder cancer at age 48. Their son, David, is 15, and has discovered his father's passion for hockey. And Thiel is walking her father through the la…

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Ice skating continues on two cooled outdoor rinks, a new yoga series starts at the Erie County Botanical Gardens and the 40th annual Shamrock Run rounds out the WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. TUESDAY Parkinson’s caregiver support: 3 p.m., Weinberg Campus, 2700 N. Forest Road, Amherst; …

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It's winter break in the region and there is plenty for families to do when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events. Holistic health events in Amherst, Depew and West Seneca, a new exhibit in Niagara Falls, Ont., and a "Snowga" class in Lockport are among our top 10 healthy picks of the week. MONDAY Wild Ontario exhibit: Today is Family Day in Canada…

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A trio of long-distance running races whose routes include the Erie Canal towpath in Lockport – one of them a 100-miler – a "Snow Roll" Buffalo bike ride, and a presentation on gluten-free eating are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. MONDAY Cross-country skiing: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. …

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Every Person Influences Children (EPIC) has received $5,000 from the Kelly for Kids Foundation. The donation will fund two EPIC car seat safety events this year, including a car seat safety class, a car seat safety checking station, and the replacement of any damaged, recalled or expired car seats, as well as the distribution of car seats to those who don’t have one for…