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.

Jake Shimabukuro

Known for his energetic strumming on the ukulele, Jake’s performance incorporates elements of thoughtful, sophisticated arrangements with spontaneous, improvised passages. He’s combined the sounds of classic ukulele with modern rockers to create a sound that’s distinct and unique, but still firmly grounded in Hawaiian tradition.

Location: The Hangar Theatre

Date: 4/15/2016

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Tough Turtle

Challenge yourself at this year’s Tough Turtle adventure obstacle race, a 5K designed to push your body, challenge your wit, and deliver the mud. Climb, sprint, crawl and slide through the course along the Cayuga Waterfront and Black Diamond Trails on the south shore of Cayuga Lake. All proceeds benefit the Ithaca Children’s Garden.

Location: Ithaca Children’s Garden

Date: 4/16/2016

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Presented by the Comic Book Club of Ithaca, ITHACON 41 is a classic comic book convention where you can peruse tens of thousands of collectible comics and meet special guest artists and writers. Other highlights include cosplay, classic anime films, gaming tournaments, and a Charity Geek Trivia competition.

Location: Emerson Suites, Ithaca College

Date: 4/16/2016-4/17/2016

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Let’s Drink to Clean Drinking Water!

Come on out for happy hour at The Westy in support of the Finger Lakes Land Trust’s Six-Mile Creek Protection Project! Land Trust staff will provide information about the project and answer any questions you might have.

Location: The Westy

Date: 4/20/2016

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This Changes Everything

This film takes a look at seven communities around the world, with the proposition that we can seize the crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better. The film screening and panel discussion kicks-off the Climate Solutions Fair, which takes place on April 23rd in Press Bay Alley.

Location: Cinemapolis

Date: 4/21/2016

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Hangar Aces Red Event

Support the Hangar Theatre and get ready for a night like no other! Get a behind the scenes look while hanging out in the dressing rooms, enjoy a complementary drink, and cut loose with dancing on the Hangar Stage.

Location: The Hangar Theatre

Date: 4/23/2016

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24th Annual Wine & Herb Festival

Enjoy local cuisine infused with fresh herbs that pair perfectly with wine! Ticket holders will receive a souvenir wine glass, a garden plant and carrier, as well as a potted herb or veggie from every participating winery along the way.

Location: Cayuga Lake Wine Trail

Date: 4/22/2016-4/24/2016 and 4/9/2016-5/1/2016

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4-H Duck Race & Color Splash Run

Come watch 3,400 bright yellow ducks tumble over Cascadilla Falls. Follow your ducks as they race down Cascadilla Creek and cheer them on to the finish line! The 5K and 3K Fun Runs/Walks will take place along the Cayuga Waterfront Trail. There will be a color splash component along the route where participants are be splashed with non-toxic bursts of color!

Location: CCE-Tompkins Education Center

Date: 4/24/2016

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Evening Wildflower Walk

Tour the woodland pathways and plant habitats of the Mundy Wildflower Garden, an 8-acre natural plot of land covered with naturalistic gardens. Early spring is the ideal season for education in natural history and the identification of wildflowers, including Dutchman’s breeches, trillium, bloodroot, and Solomon’s seal.

Location: Cornell Plantations

Date: 4/27/2016

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Spring Writes Literary Festival

The four day festival features more than 30 literary themed events, all happening in downtown Ithaca. Events include workshops, panel discussions, a storytelling competition, comedy open mic, and Literary Jeopardy!

Location: Downtown Ithaca

Date: 4/28/2016-5/1/2016

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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!

Old Mexico

Old Mexico is a relatively new, family-run restaurant in Ithaca serving the full Mexican experience. The restaurant and cantina offer traditional Mexican fare, and the full bar features margaritas, Mexican and domestic beers, and several dozen tequilas. Each weekday they have a different special promotion, so come on down and see what all the fuss is about!

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Mike Blaney

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