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    WNY Walks! Summit

    10:00 am-4:00 pm
    June 13, 2019-June 14, 2019
    Buffalo Grand Hotel
    120 Church St, Buffalo, NY 14202

    Come explore walking, walkability, and more at the WNY Walks! Walkability Summit! The event will address challenges and resources regarding walking and walkability in the WNY Region including rural, urban, and suburban neighborhoods.

    Thursday June 13th

    9:00 AM Registration Opens

    10:45 AM-12:00 Noon Presentation- University at Buffalo: Make the Hooks Neighborhood Walkable Again (Optional Session/Open to the Public)

    Break- explore downtown, grab lunch

    1:00-2:00 PM Summit Opens: Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ian Thomas of America Walks

    2:15-4:15PM Breakout Action Session- Participate in a Facilitated Team Brainstorming Session; choose rural, urban or suburban walkability

    5:00 PM Community Walk/Explore the Hook’s Neighborhood

    Friday June 14th

    9:00 AM Walk & Open Registration

    10:00 AM-12 Noon Networking Kurfuffle- Engage with Community Organizations to learn about initiatives, network, and build your social capital

    Break- Networking Lunch

    1:00-2:00 PM Keynote Speaker: Amanda O’Rourke, CEO of 8-80 Cities

    2:00-3:00 PM Breakout Action Plan Workshop- Build on prior brainstorming session and create action plan to address walking and walkability in WNY neighborhoods

    3:00-4:00 PM Presentations of Breakout Action Plans

    4:00-5:00 PM Summit Social Event, Initial Meeting of WNY Walks! Community Advocacy Consortium

    5:00-6:00: Summit Closing/Community Walk in the Hook’s Neighborhood

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    2:00 pm-3:00 pm
    June 15, 2019

    Grab some delicious eats from Fresh Catch and join in on the discussion for how to live a more earth-conscious life, being mindful of waste.


    For more info or to register visit here.

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    Night Nation Run

    3:30 pm-8:00 pm
    June 22, 2019
    Outer Harbor
    225 Fuhrmann Boulevard Buffalo NY 14203

    The Night Nation Run is the World’s 1st Running Music Festival an ultimate blend of a Music Festival and a Fun Run. Experience a music filled course with Live DJs, Light Shows, Bubble Zones, Neon and Black Lights. Cross the finish line into an Epic Main Stage After Party featuring Top Headliner DJs.

    To date over 1 million people across the World have become a member of the Night Nation©!

    Celebrate Life. Celebrate friends and family. Celebrate Music. Run with the Night Nation!


    • Race Packet
    • Glow Necklace
    • Free Giveaways
    • Admission to Official After After Party
    • The best night of your life!
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    Health & Wellness Expo

    10:00 am-4:00 pm
    June 29, 2019
    Buffalo Riverworks
    359 Ganson Street
    Your Health Wealth & Happiness explores the truth and facts within and beyond the confines of your health, personal wealth, and individual happiness.

    We have one goal; to bring you the information you need to live a healthy, wealthy, and happy life.

    Your Health, Wealth & Happiness (Your HWH) is excited to announce our first ever Health & Wellness Expo at Buffalo Riverworks!

    Admission is FREE to all the public!

    At the Expo will be:

    An array of health & wellness vendors
    Healthcare Networking
    Free Health Screenings
    Other Opportunities
    & More


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