Welcome to the quickest way to learn the week’s most exciting local events. This weekly event round-up is sponsored by The Ithaca Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Crazy for You, the Musical

The show has the can-do spirit of a classic Broadway musical but with a modern spin. The female lead is a fierce, independent woman whose choices include not only which man to pick but whether she wants a man at all. With mistaken identities, dancing cowboys and multiple love interests, Crazy for You is a joke- and dance-filled good time for the whole family

Location: State Theatre

Date: 1/8/2016-1/10/2016

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Gaming Unplugged

It’s time for teens to take over the Southworth Library with fun board games, card games and pizza! Play your favorite game or learn to play a new one.

Location: Southworth Library

Date: 1/8/2016

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World’s Largest Ski & Snowboard Lesson

Come out and learn to ski or ride to help break a world record! Greek Peak Mountain Resort is a year-round destination offering skiing, outdoor adventure, an indoor water park, spa and lodge.

Location: Greek Peak

Date: 1/8/2016

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Toivo is a six piece band from Trumansburg, N.Y. playing Finnish, Tex-Mex, and original music suited to the traditional dances of the Finger Lakes Region – waltzes, schottisches, polkas, mazurkas, two-steps, hambos and reels.

Location: Finger Lakes Cider House

Date: 1/8/2016

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Delicate Watercolors

Opening reception for the new exhibit, “A Celebration of Life: Delicate Watercolors” by Wilma Gilmore (1933-2015). Willie was an avid gardener and long-time volunteer at Cornell Plantations. These delicate paintings were found in a drawer after her passing. They came as a surprise even to her family and close friends. Her husband said, “Perhaps Willie saw the paintings as metaphor for life: blossoming, then fading and dying, as we all do, with youth, maturity, and finally, passing on. It is our good fortune that Willie’s last flower creations, the paintings, her Celebration of Life, are ours to enjoy, forever.”

Location: Nevin Welcome Center, Cornell Plantations

Date: 1/9/2016

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Gill Landry of Old Crow Medicine Show

Gill Landry is a singer-songwriter, multi- instrumentalist, adventuresome photographer, rubber tramp gentleman, self-taught painter, shade tree mechanic, and then some. After cutting his musical teeth in New Orleans and chewing up half of America, he started writing songs about it; interpreting life from the curb up. This album is one that anyone can relate to and will want to listen to, over and over.

Location: The Dock

Date: 1/10/2016

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Sciencenter Free Sunday

Come check out the new exhibit “Attack of the Blood Suckers!” where you will explore the science of what bites you through hands-on activities. Invent contraptions that move at the Reinvention Station. Admission is free so bring the whole family!

Location: Sciencenter

Date: 1/10/2016

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Gardens of South India

Join Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County for this winter weekend travel talk with Dan Klein, who will share slides and stories of his trip to various gardens in India.  Slide talk followed by refreshments and socializing.

Location: CCE-Tompkins Education Center

Date: 1/10/2016

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Rachmaninoff’s Vespers

The Ithaca Community Chorus and Chamber Singers, under the direction of Gerald Wolfe, will give a performance of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Vespers. The Vespers is seen as the greatest musical achievement of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Location: St. Paul’s Methodist Church

Date: 1/16/2016

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Ithaca Underground Fundraiser 2016

Ithaca Underground kicks off its 2016 fundraising efforts on to support a full year of event programming with an evening of performances, showcasing innovative local rock, ska, funk, and circus. Featured performances by Anna Coogan, Scopes Monkey Trial, Circus Culture, Mary and Billy from Madder Rose, & Viva Mayhem.

Location: The Haunt

Date: 2/19/2016

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The Weekly Gem

The weekly gem will highlight a special Ithaca location that the Ithaca & Tompkins County Visitor’s Center thinks you really need to see!

Homegrown Skateshop

Homegrown is the only skateboarder owned and operated shop serving the Ithaca area since 2005. The shop was also actively involved in the construction of the Ithaca Skate Park that opened in 2014. Homegrown has teamed up with Nike on a collaboration for a SB Dunk High Premium shoe. The aesthetics draws on the Ithaca’s wooded terrain and natural beauty.

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Mike Blaney

Mike Blaney is the executive director and co-founder of The Ithaca Voice.