thurs. 16-tues. 21
Lumagination — A captivating and interactive exhibit that will transform the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens with light, sound and imagination, Thursday, Feb. 16, through Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo; $. 827-1584, www.buffalogardens.com
Basket Raffle — Featuring baskets, 50/50 raffles, big raffle items and food, 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at Spruce Elementary School, 195 Spruce St., North Tonawanda; $.
Valentine’s Dance — Dance to live music from Party Hounds, 8-11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Lt. Col. Matt Urban VFW Post, 3741 Walden Ave., Lancaster; $. 681-8387
QCRG’s Lake Effect Furies Chili Cook Off — The Queen City Roller Girls’ internationally ranked team is hosting its annual Chili Cook Off, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at Appliance Associates of Buffalo, 200 Amherst St., Buffalo; $. Email email@example.com to enter your chili. www.qcrg.net
Cupid’s Undie Run — A “brief” (a mile-ish) fun run and party to kick neurofibromatosis in the butt by benefiting the Children’s Tumor Foundation and neurofibromatosis research. The party starts at noon Saturday, Feb. 18, with the race at 2 p.m. The starting line will be at Big Ditch Brewing Co., 55 E. Huron St., Buffalo; $. www.cupidsundierun.org/city/ buffalo-new-york
Meat Raffle — To benefit the West Seneca East Baseball Program, 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at The Chicken Coop, VFW Post 8113, 299 Leydecker Road, West Seneca; $. 949-3746
sat. 18 & 19
Be Mine With Wine — Spend the weekend with your sweetheart sampling wine paired with chocolates from a local chocolatier, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, and noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19. Visit niagarawinetrail.org/mine-wine/ for locations.
WNYRHS Winter Train & Toy Show — The Western New York Railway Historical Society presents their 26th annual show and sale with more than 400 tables in two buildings, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, at the Fairgrounds Event Center, 5600 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg; $. Proceeds benefit the preservation and restoration projects of the WNY Railway Historical Society throughout WNY. 621-9360, www.wnyrhs.com
Nickel City Chef — Featuring Nickel City Chef Edward Forster of The Workshop and challenging chef Ross Warhol of Oliver’s, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, at Artisan Kitchens and Baths, 200 Amherst St., Buffalo; $. www.nickelcitychef.com
thurs. 23-sun. 26
WNY Home & Garden Expo — 2-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23; noon-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25; and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at the Event Center and Expo Hall of the Fairgrounds Gaming and Raceway, 5600 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg; $. 649-3900, www.the-fairgrounds.com
ongoing: now-May 19
A Fair Day’s Work: The Role of the Union in the Steel Plants — The exhibit will examine the integral and often misunderstood role the unions played in the steel industry in WNY, on display through Friday, May 19, at the Steel Plant Museum of Western New York, located in the Heritage DiscoveRy Center, 100 Lee St., Buffalo. 821-9361