1) Shamrock Run, 8 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. race start March 12 in Old First Ward Community Center (62 Republic St.). $35 online registration can be purchased here. Packet pickup is from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 11 at the race location.
Commentary: Here's one sign that we're sprinting toward spring: the 8k Shamrock Run, which is usually cursed for a rainy, cold Saturday, should be far more balmy than usual. You're encouraged to wear green and get creative in your costumes; if you're not a runner, it costs $10 to enter the post-race beer tent. For now, take a look at last year's gallery here.
Commentary: This '60s-themed party downtown is in honor of the memory of Kali Korzelius, who was a powerful local advocate for (and example of) fighting brain cancer after suffering from the disease herself. She died Sept. 26, 2012, at the age of 27.
Proceeds from the event benefit the young adult program of Roswell Park Cancer Institute, and the admission cost covers two hours of open bar, plus food and dessert stations. The Sabres and Bills are sponsors, so expect quality merchandise on the docket for the raffles.
Peruse Don Nieman's photo gallery from last year's Love Fest.
3) Indoor Street Fair, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 12 in Tri-Main Center (2495 Main St.). Free to get in, although there's a cost for food and game tickets.
Commentary: The schedule below may help you narrow your itinerary, but part of the fun of an indoor street fair (OK, I've never been to an indoor street fair) is the ability to explore a host of different activities in this 600,000-square-foot facility.
From juggling to locally created video games to an entire walkway devoted to chalk art, there's plenty to do to fill an afternoon.
Commentary: Williamsville-based cupcake caterer Something Sweet Cupcake -- which whips up flavors like bourbon apple pie, Greek yogurt chocolate and chocolate red wine -- is a major part of a fundraiser at Resurgence that will benefit Compass House of Buffalo.
The admission price includes appetizers, cupcakes and two cocktails crafted by Resurgence, which -- altogether -- should meet your sugar quota for the next several weeks.
Commentary: Climbing three floors of stairs at work can be exhausting, but what about climbing 37 floors' worth? If you muster enough physical energy and mental fortitude, this accomplishment is within your reach, and it's likely more fulfilling than spending your money on the stairclimber machine at the gym.
Don't be embarrassed that you're slower than the firefighters charging up the stairs in full gear -- they save lives; you're just there for a workout and to support the American Lung Association. Browse Don Nieman's gallery from the 2015 Fight for Air Climb.
Commentary: I'll readily admit it -- "Light On" was a catchy song (that I probably illegally downloaded off LimeWire in 2008. Sorry, David.).
I haven't kept up with Cook's material since his post-"American Idol" breakout, but News contributor Kris Kielich asked the musician thought-provoking questions about his indie release, how he deals with fame and how his bad decisions somehow worked out. Judging from excited comments from Cook fans below the interview, it's worth a read.
Commentary: For me, one of the insightful parts of Mark Ciemcioch's interview with Kinane was the section about how comedians approach Twitter.
Sure -- it's a free space to test out jokes, but it's also an easy way to deter possible fans with failed attempts. I guess it makes me think twice about trying to be funny on social media. The mascot anecdote was pretty amusing, too.
8) Holiday Valley Winter Carnival, Village Parade in Ellicottville; 10 a.m. until late March 12; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 13 in Ellicottville.
Commentary: It's a big weekend in ski country, as the Ellicottville Mardi Gras parade (6:30 p.m. March 12) is one of the major perks of a festival that also involves a hot-dog cookout, a wine and cheese party, as well as a Mardi Gras costume parade.
Yes, Mardi Gras is usually celebrated on Fat Tuesday, so Ellicottville is being a little rebellious here. You can find the weekend's full schedule here.
9) The Slums, M.A.G.S. and more, 8 p.m. March 11 in Dreamland (387 Franklin St.). $5 cover charge.
Commentary: Here's your weekly dose of local music -- The Slums, a conglomerate of former members of The Malones, Scales, Strangers, and The Boy and His Machine, is the headliner, while fellow local artist M.A.G.S. also pops up on the bill as well.
10) Amid/In WNY Part Seven, 8 to 11 p.m. March 11 in Hallwalls (341 Delaware Ave.). Free to attend.
Commentary: This is your last chance! The purpose of Amid/In WNY is to capture a sense of the region's contemporary art, selected carefully (202 studio visits!), if not particularly thematically, by curators Kyle Butler, John Massier and Rebecca Wing.
Email Ben Tsujimoto, who probably should cut down on his sugar intake, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Story topics: Amid/In WNY/ Buffalo events/ Buffalo races/ David Cook/ ellicottville/ Elliott Douglas/ Helium Comedy Club/ Holiday Valley/ Indoor Street Fair/ kyle kinane/ Love Fest/ M.A.G.S./ Old First Ward Community Center/ Pearl Street Grill and Brewery/ Shamrock Run/ Tri-Main Center