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5 things to do this April

If you’ve felt cooped up for the last four months, we’ve got the cure. From a Cabin Fever Beer and Wine Festival to an ’80s throwback party, these events will have you shaking your isolation blues and doing the Robot in no time.

April 7: Around the World with the BPO

Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo
Admission: $9-$14

Young people will be exposed to music from across the globe without leaving their seat at this energetic concert that includes a piece with Spanish flair from Ravel, a Viennese number from Mozart, and “Land of Superstition” from the movie “Africa.” Show starts at 2:30 p.m. but be sure to pop into the Mary Seaton Room at 1:30 p.m. for free activities like an instrument zoo, crafts, book circle and fossil fun. (885-5000;

April 13: VIP Going Back to the ’80s with The Nerds Gone Wild

The Cove Seafood & Banquets, 4701 Transit Road, Depew
Admission: $25 ($5 cover for band only)

Break out the leg warmers, parachute pants and Members Only jackets; it’s time to dress up and get down for a good cause. Fun includes ’80s trivia, attendance by our own Buffalo Boy George, raffles, games and costume contests including one for best ’80s movie-themed group. This VIP event to benefit The Hope Project of WNY runs 5-8 p.m. and ticket price includes open bar, pizza and a sweet treat from Paula’s Donuts. The Nerds take the stage at 8:18 p.m. and will stop in before the show for a few photo opps. (810-9156;

April 20: Rockin’ Easter Egg Hunt Charity Event

Harlem Road Park, 211 Harlem Road, West Seneca
Admission: Hunt for one egg for $3; two eggs for $5; four eggs for $10. Raffle tickets and cupcakes sold separately.

Hop on down to this second annual event, emceed by WKBW’s Rebecca Thornburg. Redeem a painted rock for each egg you find, mingle with superheroes from the Justice League of WNY and princesses from A Dream Is A Wish Entertainment, enter exciting basket raffles, and snack on delicious cupcakes from Sassi Cakes food truck. All proceeds from the hunt will benefit five local children who are battling life-threatening illnesses. Festivities run 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (799-7115;

April 27: Cabin Fever Beer and Wine Festival

Buffalo Ski Center, Tamarack Lodge, 7414 State Road, Colden
Admission: $30 presale; $40 day of event

The ski season may be over, but you can still head to the slopes for this 4th annual festival featuring tastings from over 20 breweries, wineries and distilleries. Enjoy live music, a shot at some great door prizes, and a wide selection of raffle and auction items. Take home your Cabin Fever tasting glass from this 21+ event that runs 4-7 p.m. Fare from the Colden Country Inn will be available onsite for purchase separately. (941-5654;

April 27 – May 19: Decorators’ Show House

288 Lincoln Parkway, Buffalo
Admission: $20 presale; after April 26, $25

See how local designers and craftsmen have professionally redecorated and restored the three-story, arts-and-crafts-style Palmer Centennial House. Many of the fabulous room fashions will be available for purchase at the end of this bi-annual event presented by The Junior League of Buffalo and The Buffalo News. Hours are Thursday and Friday 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Sunday noon-4 p.m. Open Mondays and Tuesdays for private tours only. Show House is not wheelchair accessible. Proceeds will benefit a significant community project. (884-8865;

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