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Things to do this April

From a beach glass festival to a feast in celebration of Shakespeare in Delaware Park, these events remind us that summer in WNY is just around the corner. Or simply take advantage of the nicer weather to get out there and try a hot new restaurant from among all the cool independent eateries popping up.

April 10: Kokedama Hanging Gardens

Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo

Add a little sleek style to any room with these trendy pot-less arrangements. Translating to “moss ball” in Japanese, the levitating houseplants are tied together with string, and to the practice of bonsai. Prepare to get dirty at this Botanical Gardens Make It, Take It workshop, and bring gloves and a box for transporting. Starts at 6 p.m. (827-1584; Buffalogardens.com)

Admission: $50, general; $45, members


April 14: Fabulous Feast

The Atrium @ Rich’s, 1 Ferry St., Buffalo

Enjoy a splendid evening of mirth and merriment as Shakespeare in Delaware Park celebrates their upcoming summer production of King Lear. Raise a mug and enjoy an open-bar cocktail hour followed by a five-course, Elizabethan-style meal. There will also be silent and ticket auctions, games of chance, swordplay and more. Don’t miss this royal event that runs 6-10 p.m. Must RSVP by March 30. (856-4533; Shakespeareindelawarepark.org)

Admission: SDP members - $90/person, $170/couple; non-members - $110/person, $210/couple


April 14-15: Buffalo Beach Glass and Coastal Arts Festival

The Fairgrounds Events Center, 5820 South Park Ave., Hamburg

Used in everything from bracelets to backsplashes, sun-catchers to stained glass, the sea glass phenomenon has caught on with beachcombers and landlubbers alike. Join beach glass, coastal, rustic and boho artisans, jewelers and collectors from across the U.S. and Canada who share their finds and creations. The two-day event includes a lecture series, live music and a “shard” contest with cash prizes. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (833-224-5277; Glassingmagazine.com/festival)

Admission: $6 general


April 16-22: WNY Local Restaurant Week

Various restaurants across WNY

Support locally owned and operated eateries at this event that has become the largest independent-only restaurant week concept in the country. Whether you’re trying out the latest hot spots or making yourself comfortable at your old standbys, Local Restaurant Week invites you to “savor the flavor” and dine outside the national chain box. Visit website for specific deals and participating restaurants.

Cost: Many deals are $20.18, $30.18 and $40.18, but specific pricing and inclusions vary.


April 27: Bucket List Bash

Statler City, 107 Delaware Ave., Buffalo

Ever wanted to win big in Vegas, walk the red carpet, eat your way around the world or be a game show contestant? This is your chance to check these and many more experiences off your “to do in my lifetime” list. Admission to this happy hour event that benefits Unyts and raises awareness about organ donation includes 13 stations, as well as food, beer and wine. Attendees will also enjoy live music, 50/50 raffle and silent auction. Party runs 5:30-8:30 p.m. and is a 21 and over event. (512-7921; Unyts.org)

Admission: $35 pre-sale; $45 at the door

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