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A cross between tennis, badminton and ping-pong, pickleball originated at the home of Washington congressman Joel Pritchard in the 1960s when he and a friend were forced to improvise with random sports equipment. The most widely accepted theory of the name’s origin is that the family dog, Pickles, would often scamper off with the ball. Whatever the source, the name — an…

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When you’re a single mom pursuing a college education — and often holding down a job at the same time — it’s not uncommon to get derailed by the unexpected, like a sudden lack of childcare or a surprise expense. That’s why the Western New York Women’s Foundation (WNYWF) launched a holistic program to help low-income single mothers obtain associate degrees in high-demand…

Whether your idea of the perfect send-off to winter is hitting the ice and slopes or gearing up for spring home improvements and gardening, these indoor and outdoor events pack plenty of fun for both the cold weather enthusiast and those who would just as soon hibernate. Feb. 11: A Valentine Romance Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo Add some real roma…

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The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, says Nissin Berg, the Orthodox Jewish owner of Nissan’s Kosher Deli, is not so much about food as it is about making sure that children are instilled with the holiday’s sense of tradition and happiness; it is also known as the Festival of Lights. In heavily accented English — Berg came to Buffalo in 1996 as a refugee from his native Latvi…

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‘Tis the season to be jolly, dazzled and thoroughly entertained. These events are sure to put you in the spirit – not to mention help you get a leg up on your holiday shopping and decorating. Here’s to making the most of the most wonderful time of the year. Through Nov. 30: Festival of Trees Hyatt Regency Buffalo The Hyatt Regency Buffalo is transformed into a winte…

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Pat Woyshner loves the holiday season. As the owner of Woyshner’s Flower Shop, a Lackawanna mainstay since 1960 when she opened it with her late husband Jack, she’s surrounded by flowers and festive décor year round. But the winter holidays — especially Christmas — hold special meaning for her. For 16 years, Woyshner was part of a team of floral designers who helped dec…

Buffalo’s annual public Kwanzaa celebrations may not garner as much attention as other area traditions, but organizers say the local festivities rank among the best in the country. Samuel Radford III, a community activist and chairman of the Buffalo Kwanzaa committee, says that the local celebrations routinely draw hundreds of visitors and pack venues to capacity. The f…

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It didn’t matter that it was a rainy, dreary day in South Buffalo. One look at Janette Shaver, 93, and Lucy Hoffnagle, 95, can brighten anyone’s day. The two volunteer their time at the gift shop at Mercy Hospital in South Buffalo. Born two years apart — Hoffnagle in 1921 and Shaver in 1923 — the two have been friends since they started working together at Niagara Mo…

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Sprinkled cookies. Bedazzled sweaters. Pandora-served tunes by Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby and the Muppets. All are now expected at every holiday party, and all have helped solidify the standard expectation for what your planned gathering should look and sound like. Suggestion: This year, haul those expectations to the curb like a dead Christmas tree. Winter in Wester…

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Whether it’s French-inspired cooking demonstrations or craft cocktails made from locally distilled gin, Western New York offers a world of opportunity to have fun this fall. Get out there and enjoy the crisp air and these cool events. Oct. 21: Buffalonia 500 Seneca Atrium, Buffalo Hop on down to the happening Hydraulics District for this fundraiser to benefit the Ma…

Some of Buffalo’s hottest Halloween parties are right around the corner, so ditch those boring old witch hats for something more creative. After all, there are costume contests to win. Here’s a rundown of some of Buffalo’s most popular Halloween parties: Saturday, Oct. 22, 10 a.m.—4 p.m.: Spooktacular New York Power Authority’s Niagara Power Project Power Vista, 5777 L…

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The story of Homer and Raven Ford echoes a familiar chord for a pair of young Buffalo repats — they met while working together at the former Bistro Europa, had their first date on Dyngus Day in 2008 and left several months later for work in Rhode Island and later New York City. In 2015, they returned to the Queen City. Eager to give back to the community where they got the…

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Now in its second year, the WNY Children’s Book Expo (WNYCBE) got a little help from a big-time author. In 2014, James Patterson donated over a million dollars to independent bookstores across the country, and Monkey See, Monkey Do children’s bookstore in Clarence received $8,500. Bookstore owner Kim Krug and her mother Kathleen Skoog used that seed money to rent Kleinh…

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As children, most of us are taught not to run away from our problems. Now one local organization is teaching young girls to run through them. Girls on the Run, a 20-year-old national program with chapters around the country, came to Buffalo in 2010 following a conversation between running buddies Meghan Cavanaugh, program director, and Katie Joyce, council director, abo…

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“Personality begins where judgment ends.” “Be a voice, not an echo.” “Lift someone up.” These are some of the rallying points put forth by Gracie & Cameron, a new local clothing line designed for teenage girls. Launched by best friends and East Amherst moms Corey Lazzaro and Jessica Colvin, the messages are meant to infuse some positivity into the trying years of ad…