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.

Cider + Cheese Saturday!

Let’s celebrate the magnificent pairing that is cheese and cider! The Finger Lakes Cider Week and Finger Lakes Cheese Alliance come together to share their best pairings to expand your mind and get your taste buds tapping. Nothing goes better with Finger Lakes cider than Finger Lakes cheese!

Location: Finger Lakes Region

Date: 10/08/2016

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Mind the Gap

Mind the Gap highlights British soul singers: Dusty Springfield, Petula Clark, Amy Winehouse, and Adele. Dominating the U.S. and UK charts since the 1960’s, these soul sisters have a catalogue of music filled with timeless soul. Mind the Gap celebrates the legacy, the nostalgia, and the indelible mark they have made in the music world.

Location: Hangar Theatre

Date: 10/7/2016-10/8/2016

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Friends of Tompkins County Public Library Book Sale

Held twice a year, the Friends of the Library Book Sale support the Tompkins County Public Library and the Finger Lakes Library System. About 250,000 items are sold during each sale, ranging from children’s books to adult fiction to music and movies. Collector’s Corner is a special area with unique items of interest.

Location: 509 Esty St, Ithaca, NY 14850

Date: 10/8/2016-10/25/2016

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Brown Bear, Brown Bear (and other Treasured Stories)

A Brown Bear, A Caterpillar And A Moon: Treasured Stories By Eric Carle, will bring together old favorites and new friends. Featuring evocative music, stunning visual effects and innovative puppetry, the triple-bill highlights three of Eric Carle’s most beloved tales.

Location: State Theatre

Date: 10/09/2016

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Greater Ithaca Art Trail Open Studio

Take a drive through beautiful fall foliage with artist studios as your destination. You’ll find painters, photographers, printmakers, sculptors, a blacksmith, and fiber artists. You’ll also find artists who work with gourds, wood burning, micrography, and letterpress. Not only do you get to see artwork, but you also see where artists create.

Location: Throughout the Ithaca area

Date: 10/8/2016-10/16/2016

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Real Estate

Atlas, the new album by New Jersey’s Real Estate, is a triumph of highly evocative, perceptive songwriting and graceful, precise musicianship, Atlas carefully refines, and ultimately perfects, the brilliantly distinct artistic vision that made previous albums so beloved.

Location: The Haunt

Date: 10/12/2016

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Scarecrow Jubilee

Come celebrate autumn with hands-on harvest activities for all ages, including scarecrow making, live music, stories, apple-tasting, and much more. Pumpkins will be for sale, and kid-safe carving tools provided on site.

Location: Ithaca Children’s Garden

Date: 10/15/2016

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Pet Expo

Bring your furry friend to meet other pets and explore resources from pet friendly businesses in the area! The event is free to attend, but SPCA Annex will happily accept donations to keep their furry friends happy and healthy.

Location: The Shops at Ithaca Mall

Date: 10/15/2016

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Precious Nonsense

With songs by Gilbert and Sullivan, Precious Nonsense is a backstage/onstage tour de force for seven players packed with mistaken identities, romantic entanglements and gender-bending role playing. Fun for the whole family!

Location: Kitchen Theatre

Date: 10/16/2016-11/6/2016

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Apple Picking, Pumpkin Hunting, and Fresh Cider!

Everyone is invited to the kickoff of high apple season at Indian Creek Farm this weekend! You can pick 10 kinds of apples, drink fresh cider, eat hot donuts, and enjoy all the free attractions: wonderful views and a playground with a swing set, giant sandbox, ping pong and everybody’s favorite Apple Mountain!

Location: Indian Creek Farm, 1408 Trumansburg Road

Date: Now through October

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The Weekly Gem

The weekly gem will highlight a special Ithaca location that the Ithaca & Tompkins County Visitor’s Center thinks you really need to see!

Littletree Orchards

A cup of hot cider is a treat when the weather is nippy. And you can enjoy sipping a cup while helping Littletree Orchards press on Super Cider Sundays. Learn about how apples, peaches, cherries and berries grow. Discover the secrets of the orchard and its history with a member of the Littletree Family and feed the magical Koi fish!

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