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Not to rush the seasons, but Christmas is roughly 58 days away. If this sends a wave of panic through you, don’t worry. We’re here with tips and tricks to get your list checked off…with a Western New York focus. Boutiques or bust At the (mostly) locally owned shops on the Elmwood strip and on Hertel Avenue, you can shop for–and find—one-of-kind items. Doubly local…

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Whether you celebrate the city at an artist walk or head to the hills for a bonfire at Holiday Valley, there’s plenty to fill your fall fun calendar. Enjoy the crisp autumn days of WNY and get a jump on your holiday shopping while you’re at it. Nov. 8: Taste of Technology Admiral Ballroom at the Marin, 237 Main St., Buffalo Bytes and bites collide at this fundraising …

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The Food Bank of WNY distributes 15 million pounds of nutritious, fresh and shelf-stable food each year to its 318 partner hunger-relief agencies throughout the region. In any given month, the Food Bank and its partners assist as many as 43,000+ households. In this season when food is the center of so many family gatherings, we asked CEO Tara Ellis a few questions. You…

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Tail wags for aisles Daisy’s Doghouse on Hertel and Norwalk Avenues is a pet boutique for local dog owners on the hunt for something a little different. You could also say it’s Lisa Samar’s pet project. Samar opened shop in 2015 after 25 years with Great Arrow Graphics. Or maybe it’s her pet’s pet project: Her longhaired Akita, Daisy, is the store’s namesake. “I…

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Smell the crisp air, hear the crunch of leaves underfoot, and get out there and embrace all things autumn in Western New York. Whether you have young kids who prefer meandering through the pumpkin patch or want a leaf-peeping weekend away in Ellicottville, there are activities for all ages, often at the same venue. The Great Pumpkin Farm Fall Festival Weekends through Oc…

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“Calm is a super power,” Rachna Clerci, Rainbow Kids-certified yoga teacher, tells her students in the yurt — a tall, traditional tent originating from Central Asia. Located at Healing Waters Center for Yoga in East Aurora, the yurt roots in a lush green nature reserve, surrounded by wildflowers and the rushing waters of Cazenovia Creek. Mini yogis (“yoginis”) stand ins…

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You’ve heard of checkers, Parcheesi and Backgammon, but what about Clumps, Cribbage and Reversi? Buzz, Old Sledge or Stops? These were popular games people played during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Now, because of the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site, you can play them, too. The TR Site is resurrecting these and many other board, card and “parlor” games from the…

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Unicorn drinks and foods have been all the rage, but what if rainbows and sparkles aren’t for you? This Halloween season, try some drinks, foods and sweets from the dark side of the dish. 1. Black “Black” is a drink made with bentonite clay, lemon, agave, activated charcoal and filtered water intended as a before-bed cleanse. The lemon flavor dominates the slightly chalk…

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Watching Erin Lalley-Bauer thoughtfully craft a wreath is to witness pure creativity at work. The owner of Fern Croft Floral has cultivated a reputation for her fresh, inventive creations — her style an effortless ode to the natural beauty that surrounds us. Here, she proves just how dynamic sustainable design can be by creating a wreath for both fall and winter from th…

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What do Octo Mom, Snookie and Mayhem from the Allstate commercials all have in common? They were once very popular Halloween costumes. If these seem like random choices, it’s because they are. But some people, like Dave DeJac of DC Theatricks in Buffalo and Mike Smilanich of George and Company in Williamsville, have made it their business to track costume trends. Bot…

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Author, researcher, storyteller and supernatural historian Mason Winfield is the founder of Haunted History Ghost Walks. He has written or edited 14 books, and most recently appeared on Travel Channel’s “Mysteries at the Museum.” His September release, “The Rose Witch,” is a study of Western New York’s ethnic supernatural lore and traditions. His newest book, the second no…

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Marge and Linda Hastreiter didn’t set out to go into the business of ghost busting. “We moved here under the pretense that it would remain a museum honoring the Lovejoy neighborhood with an emphasis on railroad and military history,” Linda Hastreiter explained. The mother-daughter duo moved to the Iron Island Museum at 993 Lovejoy Street from down the road in 2000. It h…

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Tarot card readings have always been a popular activity, but now people are looking to learn the art for themselves. “Really it’s a tool to drop deeper into yourself and take a look at what’s going on in your subconscious,” said Laurel Flynn, an intuitive tarot reader and abundance coach. “In terms of learning it, it’s definitely a big trend now.” Flynn said stores l…

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When a bunch of strangers sit down to spend an afternoon together, certain topics of conversation are typically verboten — like politics and death. But for one group in Buffalo, the latter is the whole reason for gathering. Death Café Buffalo, the new, local affiliate of an international movement with chapters in 56 countries, is a discussion group where people get toge…