Weekly Feature

2017-05-18 / Entertainment

Special Events

fri. 19

Civil War Living History Day — Civil War Living History Day will transport families back in time to the 1860s to discover and explore American history. More than just a battle re-enactment, the goal of the event is to immerse participants into the culture of the era through demonstrations and hands-on activities, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, May 19, at the Fairgrounds Gaming and Raceway, 5600 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg; $. 649-3900, www.the-fairgrounds.com

fri. 19 & sat. 20

BECBG Great Plant Sale — Join the volunteers and staff of the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens for their annual plant sale, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, May 19 and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at the Botanical Gardens’ administration building, 2655 S. Park Ave., Buffalo; Free to attend. 827-1584, www.buffalogardens.com

fri. 19-sun. 21

Nickel City Con — Presented by Dave & Adam’s, Buffalo’s premier comic convention will feature new celebrities and artists including William Shatner (“Star Trek,” Saturday only), Joe Montana, Billy Dee Williams, Sam Jones (“Flash Gordon,” “Ted” movies), James Rolfe, the “Angry Video Game Nerd,” renowned animators Tom Cook (“Scooby Doo,” “He-Man”), Phil Ortiz (“The Simpsons”), and Mike Toth (Disney Animation Studios), along with Q&A panels, photos and autographs, video game tournaments, board games, Cosplay costume contests, and more, Friday, May 19, through Sunday, May 21, at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, 153 Franklin St., Buffalo; $. 855-5555 or 855-5534 (Event Information Line). www.nickelcitycon.com

GemStreet USA Show — For the first time at the Buffalo show, Great Opals from Raleigh, North Carolina, will showcase its rare opal fossils, high quality rough and finished loose opals from

around the world, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 19 and 20, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, May 21, at the Fairgrounds Gaming and Raceway, 5600 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg; $. 649-3900, www.the-fairgrounds.com

sat. 20

NT Cash Mob — A Cash Mob is a grassroots event where a large group of people assemble at a local business on a set date and time to make a positive impact on local merchants, presented by the Oliver Street Merchants Association, 8 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at Partners Tavern, 756 Oliver St., North Tonawanda. 523-0068

Krolicks Chicken BBQ — Presented by the WNY Railway Historical Society, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at the Williamsville Depot, 86 S. Long St., Williamsville. There will also be a garage sale, book sale and plant sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 20, and Sunday, May 21.

Military-Themed Train Rides — New York & Lake Erie Railroad and Love, Inc., will offer two scheduled train trips to the Village of South Dayton’s restored Erie Railroad Depot as part of the many festivities planned for the Rediscover Gowanda Weekend, 1 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at the Gowanda train station, 50 Commercial St., Gowanda; $. 532-3541

Precious Paws Hot Dog Sale — All proceeds benefit Precious Paws Rescue in North Tonawanda, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at the Valu Home Center, Delton Plaza, 4262 Delaware Ave., Tonawanda.

Queen City Roller Girls — Come watch the Furies/Sirens doubleheader vs. the Ohio Roller Girls, 2 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at Buffalo RiverWorks, 359 Ganson St., on the shore of the Buffalo River, Buffalo; $. www.qcrg.net/tickets

sat. 20 & sun. 21

Express Yourself Quilt Show — Presented by the Twin City Quilters and will feature 100-plus member quilts, vendors, boutique, raffle quilt, basket raffle and more, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday,

May 20, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, May 21, at the Wheatfield Community Center, 2790 Church St., Wheatfield; $.

sun. 21

Basket Raffle & Chicken Dinner — Annual event presented the Seneca-Babcock Community Center will feature theme baskets, gift certificates, sports memorabilia and arts and crafts, door open at 12:30 and drawings begin at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 21, at the Seneca-Babcock Community Association, 1168 Seneca St., Buffalo. 822-5094

Parkside Tour of Homes — 19th annual event presented by Parkside Community Association will feature a former zombie house that has been meticulously restored to its Victorian-era glory, 88 Greenfield St, along with other homes, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 21; $. www.parksidebuffalo.org

thurs. 25

Cooks for Books — Brighton Place Library’s biggest fundraiser of the year will feature fabulous food by celebrity chefs from local restaurants, along with live and silent auctions, 6 p.m. Thursday, May 25, at Banchetti by Rizzo’s, 550 N. French Road. 332-4375, brightonplacelibrary@gmail.

ongoing: now-May 19

A Fair Day’s Work: The Role of the Union in the Steel Plants — The exhibit will examine the integral and often misunderstood role the unions played in the steel industry in WNY, on display through Friday, May 19, at the Steel Plant Museum of Western New York, located in the Heritage DiscoveRy Center, 100 Lee St., Buffalo. 821-9361

now-May 21

Decorators’ Show House — Presented by the Junior League of Buffalo and featuring 37 area decorators, artists and landscapers revealing their work, through Sunday, May 21, at the August Feine House, located at 766 Ellicott Street in downtown Buffalo; $. www.jlbuffalo.org

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