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.

Downtown Ithaca BINGO!

Pick up a card at any downtown retail location or business or print out the bingo card linked below. By picking up a card at a downtown location, you can instantly collect a FREE bumper sticker. Shop downtown to fill up your squares and check them off as you go. We’ll make it even easier to win by including a few social media squares on the bingo cards!
Date/time: Through June 2015
Location: Downtown Ithaca
Site: http://www.downtownithaca.com/dia/ithacabingo.html

Birds and Blossoms: Bird Walk in the Arboretum

In collaboration with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Cayuga Bird Club, Cornell Plantations presents a series of Friday morning bird walks in the Newman Arboretum. Walks will be held rain or shine. Pre-registration is not required.
Date/time: May 15, 8-9am
Location: Meet by the Sculpture Garden @ F.R. Newman Arboretum off Caldwell Road.
Site: http://www.discoverytrail.com/happening/events.php

Swimming in the Shallows by Adam Bock

A brilliant comedy for five humans and one shark! Check out a great show at the Kitchen Theater this weekend.
Date/time: May 15-17, various times each day
Location: Kitchen Theater
Site: http://www.kitchentheatre.org/swimming_shallows.html

2015 Game Design Showcase

Save your tokens for the arcade and be the first to play dozens of new video games for free at the annual Cornell Game Design Initiative Showcase. The showcase is open to the general public and will feature both PC and mobile games created for various classes and independent studies over the past year at Cornell. Visitors are encouraged to actively play the games and vote for their favorite.
Date/time: May 15, 4-7pm
Location: Cornell Campus, 242 Carpenter Hall
Site: https://www.facebook.com/events/1632579410289209/

Running to Places Theatre Company – The Wizard of Oz @ State Theatre

Running to Places (R2P) is a youth community theatre company that brings together middle & high school students from across the area. This weekend is “The Wizard of Oz!” with the story of Dorothy and her dog Toto. She meets an interesting group of characters who all hope the Wizard of Oz will help them, before the Wicked Witch of the West catches up with them.
Date/time: May 15-17, various times each day
Location: State Theatre
Site: http://stateofithaca.com/events

Sciencenter Showtime! Moo to You

Enjoy an interactive demonstration from local scientists, teachers and students every Saturday at Sciencenter Showtime! This month meet animals who live in Cascadilla Creek, learn how milk gets from the cow to your house, watch the exciting power of electricity, and discover how DNA makes each person unique. The show in included with admission.
Date/time: May 16, 2pm
Location: Sciencenter
Site: http://www.sciencenter.org/calendar.html

Ithaca College Commencement

Celebrate this weekend and hear Olympic gold medalist Meghan Musnicki deliver the main address at Ithaca College’s 2015 Commencement ceremony. A member of the U.S. national rowing team for the past five years, she earned the gold in the women’s eight event at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. No tickets are required for Butterfield Stadium, but seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Live television coverage of Commencement begins at 9am on cable channel 16.
Date/time: May 17, 9am
Location: Butterfield Stadium
Site: http://www.ithaca.edu/commencement

Ed Clute @ Bar Argos

A native of Watkins Glen, New York, Ed Clute has been playing piano since the age of three. He attended the Batavia School for the Blind where he learned how to read Braille music. Enjoy the music with a handcrafted cocktail at Bar Argos!
Date/time: May 19, 6-8pm
Location: Bar Argos
Site: http://argosinn.com/event/ed-clute/2015-05-19/

Ithaca Festival 2015 – Better Together

Start your summer with Ithaca Festival! Music, art, entertainment, and food all come together in this annual celebration. Buttons are on sale now for $5 at the Ithaca Visitors Centers (Downtown on the Commons at at 904 East Shore Dr.) or you can purchase one at several participating retailers across town.
Date/time: May 28-31
Location: Downtown Ithaca
Site: http://ithacafestival.org/

Ithaca Gorges Half Marathon

Now is the time to register and start training! The Inaugural Ithaca Half Marathon is a whole new way to see the sheer beauty that is Ithaca, NY. Challenge yourself while rewarding your senses with the fresh smell of nature trails and the cool mist of the waterfalls.
Date/time: June 14 at 8:00am
Location: The Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce 904 East Shore Drive
Site: https://www.facebook.com/events/1517174715211571/

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Mike Blaney

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