This week's lineup touches several different areas – from more chances to relish the Botanical Gardens' Lumagination exhibition to events based on mindfulness, hay bale tossing and "brass house."
It's all a little offbeat, frankly, but still worth a peek.
5 big events
Gift Gathering for Sweet Expectations, 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29 at Hydraulic Hearth (716 Swan St.).
Consider this an "event before the main event." FeedMore WNY, the new combo of Meals on Wheels and the Food Bank, will accept gifts, valued at $25 or above, to raffle and auction off at its inaugural Sweet Expectations event in May. Light refreshments will be provided at Hydraulic Hearth.
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The band's bio on Iron Works' event page labels TMZ as "fanatical," while Yes! Weekly calls the band's sound "sonic chaos." The swirl of musical genres comes courtesy of a trumpet, baritone saxophone and a drummer, who's nicknamed King of Sludge. Yes, it's that wild.
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Crafting for a Cause for Hospice Buffalo, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27 at City of Tonawanda Public Library (333 Main St., Tonawanda). No cost.
Receiving a heartfelt, handwritten card will never go out of style. Bring the family to the Tonawanda library and join forces with Caring Crafters of WNY in writing and decorating letters for patients and families of Hospice, which provides care for those battling chronic illness.
Supplies will be provided, as well as card templates.
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In a world riddled by anxiety, depression and other forms of mental illness, coping mechanisms are necessary. One is mindfulness, a nonjudgmental awareness of the present moment intended to pull a person away from the mind's distractions.
Part of the Mindfulness Alliance's mixer is a chance to solve a Chartres-style indoor labyrinth, in addition to learning about the program and mingling.
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WNY Farm Show at Hamburg Fairgrounds, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30 at 5600 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg. Free admission. Continues through Feb. 1.
"Farmer strength" isn't something developed in a gym. But it's on full display at the Farm Show at mini events such as the hay bale toss, each day at noon in men's, women's and pee wee divisions.
A strong and local vendor lineup will be present every day, while Saturday's Lumberjack Classic should draw a flannel-adorned crowd.
[Photos: Look around a previous WNY Farm Show]
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Happy hour central
Lumagination happy hours at Botanical Gardens (continued), 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 29-30 at 2655 South Park Ave. Admission is $15.50 for adults (discounts available). Continues through end of February on specific dates.
The new Lumagination exhibition, with a "Mysterious Minerals" theme, is intentionally scheduled at night, when the intricately designed display mesmerizes most. Check out an abundance of Smiles from the launch party.
YNPN of Greater Buffalo at Nine29, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 929 Elmwood Ave. Free, but must RSVP.
Enjoy light appetizers and a cash bar in the former Mezza while learning about the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network's local chapter. Sharing ideas and making like-minded friends is one of the spices of life! (So is cardamom). RSVP here.
Cellino Plumbing's fundraiser for Journey's End, 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30 at World of Beer (One Walden Galleria). Free.
How many plumbers can boast more than 5,000 Facebook followers? Cellino Plumbing can. Its fundraiser is for local refugee resettlement organization Journey's End.
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Grab bag of more things to do this week
• Solo Social: Wine Party for Singles at Revolution Gallery
• Celebration of Mentoring by Big Brothers Big Sisters
• Salsa Night at Pucho Olivencia
• Buffalo Vegan Drinks at Wurlitzer Pizza Co.
• Buffalo Film Seminars' "City Lights" at Dipson Amherst Theatre
SOLD OUT: Trampled by Turtles at Tralf Music Hall
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5 events to look forward to this weekend
• Barrel Jam at 42 North Brewing
• Buffalo Golden Gloves at RiverWorks
• Respect: Tribute to Aretha Franklin in Kleinhans
• The Music of the Eagles in Kleinhans
• Daniela. first anniversary party on Forest Avenue
COMING UP: Gusto Vinyl Happy Hour appreciates the Cars' self-titled debut.