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The Barrel Factory hosted a tasting of local breweries and distilleries (and fare) to benefit Habitat for Humanity Buffalo on April 12.

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No matter the weather, the sights and scents of the season fill the Buffalo Botanical Gardens - along with Tibetan inspired gratitude flags during their Spring Flowers Exhibit, which runs until April 8.

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The latest from Steven Spielberg and the home release of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” make for a fascinating week for movie lovers. But the must-see is— believe it or not — “Paddington 2,” which just arrived on digital. Pick of the week: “Ready Player One” Two years ago, my then-six-year-old son decided he’d like to be Indiana Jones for Halloween, and I was thrilled. As a …

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Toys “R” Us may be closing forever, but that doesn’t mean you have to grow up. Just look local. Whether you live in the city, Northtowns, or Southtowns, there’s a neighborhood toy store that channels childhood magic…arguably much better than the large big box store experience ever could. The TreeHouse 793 Elmwood Ave. In the middle of Elmwood Village, the TreeHous…

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Seated in the 17th floor conference room of the law offices of Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman overlooking downtown Buffalo, attorney Amy Habib Rittling is preparing to do something she’s very uncomfortable with — talk about herself. Habib Rittling, a Buffalo native and graduate of SUNY Buffalo Law School, is far more comfortable extolling the virtues of others. Whether …

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From a beach glass festival to a feast in celebration of Shakespeare in Delaware Park, these events remind us that summer in WNY is just around the corner. Or simply take advantage of the nicer weather to get out there and try a hot new restaurant from among all the cool independent eateries popping up. April 10: Kokedama Hanging Gardens Buffalo and Erie County Botanical…

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Over the past four decades, no one has positively impacted Western New York youth and youth sports more than Dick Gallagher. At 77 years old, he’s well past the age of retirement. But there’s still nothing else he’d rather be doing with his time. “I’ve been very fortunate in my life to do some wonderful things,” Gallagher said. “And I will keep going as long as I can.” …

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Immigrants and refugees have arrived on America’s shores seeking opportunity since the early 1600s. And for the last 100 years, they have turned to the International Institute of Buffalo to help them start a new life in our little corner of the world. Initially a program serving foreign-born women, the organization now welcomes thousands of men, women and children each …

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An energetic life force fills Marina Mukandala. When she teaches Baptiste style yoga at Mind Body Flow, her small East Amherst studio, she evokes a blend of cheerleader, life coach and preacher. Her clear voice encourages students by name (even first-timers); she includes everyone in her uplifting patter, exhorting, “Yes, yogi!” Mukandala lives and breathes the themes o…

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Cindi McEachon does not mess around. She is frank, direct and will punctuate a passionate deposition against institutional apathy with the occasional well-selected swear word, blue eyes smiling politely all the while. She’s tireless, because she has to be. McEachon is the executive director of Peaceprints of Western New York, a non-profit organization that helps people …