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The 10: Bucket List Bash, Make-A-Wish Gala, Party in the Park

1) Unyts Bucket List Bash, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 22 in Statler City (107 Delaware Ave.). Tickets are $40 at the door or $30 presale.

Commentary: If you have a hankering to try something new and adventurous, the local non-profit procurement (organ, tissue, eye) organization gives you a taste of Vegas, a chance to meet a psychic, enjoy a Star Wars-themed photo op (there'd better be a Wookie AND an ewok), get a henna tattoo, try a local beer and spirit and much more, all without leaving the grandeur of the Statler. The full list of stations can be found here.

[Browse a photo gallery from the 2015 Bucket List Bash]

A bird's-eye view of the 2015 Bucket List Bash in Statler City. (Don Nieman/Special to The News)

A bird's-eye view of the 2015 Bucket List Bash in Statler City. (Don Nieman/Special to The News)

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2) Wild n' Weird, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 23 in Buffalo Museum of Science (1020 Humboldt Pkwy.). The event is included with regular museum admission, although Jeff Musial's live show is an additional cost.

Commentary: Nickel City Reptiles and Exotics founder Jeff Musial -- a recognizable name across the U.S. who happens to work out of Buffalo -- will bring his collection of crazy creatures, as well as perform two live animal shows at noon and 2 p.m. in the National Geographic 3D Cinema. These mini-events are $4 for museum members and $5 for everyone else.

One other note: WNY Herpetological Society will have its tortoise, Tinkerbell, on the premises. She seems like a real handful.

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3) Party In the Park, 6 p.m. April 22 in Marcy Casino (199 Lincoln Pkwy.). Tickets are $30 in advance or $40 at the door.

Commentary: An Earth Day fundraiser for Groundwork Market Garden, a start-up urban farm at 1698 Genesee St., will be held in tandem with restaurateur Mike Shatzel and his Allen Street eatery ABV.

Live music from the Fredtown Stompers, as well as raffles, beer from 12 Gates Brewing Company and ample lawn games should create a lively atmosphere.

A butterfly lands in Groundwork Market Garden, an urban farm on Genesee Street. (via Groundwork Market Garden's Facebook page)

A butterfly lands in Groundwork Market Garden, an urban farm on Genesee Street. (via Groundwork Market Garden's Facebook page)

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4) Elmwood Village Sip 'n' Shop, 6 to 9 p.m. April 22 on Elmwood Avenue. Free to take part.

Commentary: Participating boutiques in the Elmwood Village are Anna Grace, Urban Luxury and Leisure, Her Story, Fern + Arrow and ShoeFly, with potentially more to come.

It's a good chance to shop local for spring fashion or simply to browse, enjoy beer or wine and stroll around the commercial district.

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5) Butter Block pop-up at Nickel City Cheese and Mercantile, 10 a.m. to noon April 23 at 423 Elmwood Ave. Admission is free, but you have to buy the desserts.

Commentary: Local e-commerce bakery Butter Block -- which often collaborates in nearby events -- holds a brief pop-up on Saturday on Elmwood. Head to Nickel City Cheese for one of Jill Gedra Forster's beloved breakfast sandwiches and grab a raspberry toaster strudel or another sweet from Butter Block.

The brioche bomb, upper left, from Butter Block, is a favorite out of Public Espresso's pastry case on Fridays. (Lizz Schumer/Special to The News)

The brioche bomb, upper left, from Butter Block, is a favorite out of Public Espresso's pastry case on Fridays. (Lizz Schumer/Special to The News)

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6) Silent Glow's Silent Disco, 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. April 23 in DNIPRO Ukrainian Center (562 Genesee St.). Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here.

Commentary: Want to tune out the world and welcome in the beats of local DJs? Silent Glow attendees will receive a pair of wireless headphones upon arrival, giving them the chance to toggle between three different channels of music throughout the evening. It's an ambitious concept and would be interesting to see in practice.

Lights and lasers lend visual stimuli, and the culturally rich Ukrainian Center is an intriguing setting.

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7) Flying Bison 16th anniversary, noon to 4 p.m. April 23 in Flying Bison Brewing Company (840 Seneca St.). It's free to enter, but tickets (at the venue) are $20 for food, live music and two drink tickets, or $15 for food and live music.

Commentary: The Buffalo area now has a wealth of fledgling breweries, but none can trump the history of Flying Bison, dramatically saved from bankruptcy by F.X. Matt in 2010 and has persevered through today. Read Kevin Wise's most recent Beer Matters to hear from Flying Bison founder Tim Herzog about the brewery's history.

While staple beers like Aviator Red, Buffalo Lager and Rusty Chain are expected, Polonia Pils is a newer Flying Bison brew that will be available, and "bockwurst" from Spar's European Sausage Shop and warm "Aviator Red" soft pretzels from Mazurek's Bakery are worthy beer-infused sustenance.

Friends hang out inside Flying Bison during Buffalo's Groundhog Day festivities. (Chuck Alaimo/Special to The News)

Friends hang out inside Flying Bison during Buffalo's Groundhog Day festivities. (Chuck Alaimo/Special to The News)

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8) Make-A-Wish Evening of Wishes gala, 5:30 p.m. April 23 in the Hyatt Regency (2 Fountain Plaza). Tickets are $200 apiece or $2,000 for a table of 10.

Commentary: The upscale dinner-and-dancing party raises money to support Make-A-Wish, which helps realize dreams for children with life-threatening medical conditions.

[See photos from the 2015 Make-A-Wish Evening of Wishes]

Cocktails, live music from Hit-n-Run and a silent auction get the event underway, while one of the previous Make-A-Wish recipients, Nathan, will speak about his experience later in the evening. 97 Rock's Larry Norton and WIVB's Jacquie Walker will emcee the festivities.

Smiles at the 2015 Make-A-Wish Foundation Evening of Wishes. (Cody Osborne/Special to The News)

Smiles at the 2015 Make-A-Wish Foundation Evening of Wishes. (Cody Osborne/Special to The News)

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9) Walk a Mile In Her Shoes, 11 a.m. registration, 1 p.m. walk outside Crisis Services (2969 Main St.). Sponsorship information can be found here.

Commentary: You might want to tape your ankles, guys; Walk A Mile In Her Shoes features men walking a mile in high heels -- no easy feat, even for some ladies -- for this charitable event.

It's hosted by Crisis Services, which provides response and support for women who've survived rape, sexual abuse, domestic violence, family violence and elder abuse, and Sunday's event lets you get outside for a good cause.

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10) Lowest of the Low and Willie Nile, 7 p.m. April 22 in Town Ballroom (681 S. Main St.). Tickets are $32 and can be purchased here. Solo show: 8 p.m. April 23 in Leopard Lounge (in Town Ballroom).

Commentary: Canadian rocker Ron Hawkins is a familiar name to Buffalo music fans, as much for his posterity (three decades!) as his unrelenting solo and group work. News contributor Michael Farrell had a chance to interview Hawkins to see what's new in the artist's career, and this weekend brings two chances to see him in action.

The Friday show benefits the Food Bank of Western New York.

Ron Hawkins of Lowest of the Low performs at Canalside in 2011. He will perform twice this weekend in Buffalo. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News file photo)

Ron Hawkins of Lowest of the Low performs at Canalside in 2011. He will perform twice this weekend in Buffalo. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News file photo)

Email Ben Tsujimoto, who wants to see a headphone-wearing tortoise in high heels eating a pastry, at btsujimoto@buffnews.com

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