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.

Ithaca Loves Teachers Winter Recess

Winter Recess, now in its 10th year, is a celebration of pre- through K-12 classroom teachers and school district employees in the region. Ithaca will come together for a week to celebrate educators with entertainment, activities, family fun and discounts throughout the Tompkins County community.

Location: Ithaca/Tompkins County

Date: 2/12/2016 – 2/21/2016

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Fade to Winter

Featuring jaw-dropping action from Alaska, Iceland, British Columbia, Japan, Colorado, Italy, and New England, this film captures the spirit of nine skiers who go to great lengths for the sport that they love. Regardless of weather, conditions, or the effort required to get there, “a bad day of skiing still beats a good day at work.”

Location: State Theatre

Date: 1/22/2016

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Wild Child

Song after song, town after town, they’ll wear their hearts on their sleeves, addicted to the rush that only comes when thousands of strangers know all your secrets and sing them back to you, because they’re their secrets, too. Wild Child’s third album Fools is an ambitious collection of lush pop that takes sad stories and transforms them into an ebullient love letter to the power of music and the art of living with yourself.

Location: The Haunt

Date: 1/22/2016

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Ithaca Children’s Garden Winter Sprouts

Chase your cabin fever away with stories of the natural world in winter, and the promise of spring – then dig in to a great hands-on project. For children ages 2-5 and their families.

Location: Just Be Cause Center

Date: Thursdays in January and February

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The Blind Spots

This all original, five-piece moxy rock band from Ithaca, NY is getting better and better, with its solid-as-a-rock rhythm section, eclectic library of vintage keyboard sounds, bold and inventive electric guitar stylings, electrifying lead vocals from force of nature Maddy Walsh who continues to reach new heights at every show, and uplifting, infectious songs that leave audiences humming.

Location: The Dock

Date: 1/23/2016

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Baker Pet Talks: Pet Health Tips from Cornell Experts

Get useful pet health tips from Cornell’s experts in veterinary science and medicine in interactive presentations. Learn about the canine flu, feline heart disease, pet allergies and more.

Location: The Baker Institute for Animal Health

Date: 1/28/2016

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People’s State of the Union Storytelling Event

The President delivers the State of the Union address each year. What if we could supplement the President’s stories with our own stories? The People’s State of the Union is an invitation to do just that. We the People will reflect in our own communities, on the condition of our culture and the state of our union locally, nationally, globally.

Location: The History Center

Date: 1/28/2016

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Winter Village Bluegrass Festival

Now in its 6th year, the Winter Village Bluegrass Festival continues to bring the best acts in bluegrass music to Ithaca and the Finger Lakes. This year the focus is on young, progressive bluegrass bands – Front Country, the Lonely Heartstring Band, and the Molly Tuttle Band.

Location: La Tourelle and the Hangar Theatre

Date: 1/29/2016-1/31/2016

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Peter and the Starcatcher

Peter and the Starcatcher is a swashbuckling, musical adventure! This grown-up’s prequel to Peter Pan is an innovative theatrical extravaganza featuring a dozen actors playing over 100 unforgettable characters.

Location: Kitchen Theatre

Date: 1/31/2016-2/21/2016

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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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14th Annual Mardi Gras

Travel winery to winery along the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail to sample their Mardi Gras-inspired dish and sip their fine wines. You’ll also take home a recipe card featuring that dish, beads and a chance to win a prize at each winery!

Location: Cayuga Lake Wine Trail

Date: 2/20/2016-2/21/2016

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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!

Istanbul Turkish Kitchen

Istanbul Turkish Kitchen offers Ithaca’s only authentic, delicious Turkish cuisine. Their unique menu boasts mouth-watering, exotic meat & vegetarian selections prepared for you fresh, in-house, every day. Try them for your next meal, and be transported by the tastes, smells and sights of Istanbul for a one-of-a-kind dining experience.

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Mike Blaney

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