1 ART OF NANCY LANE: Bristol artist Nancy Lane's exhibit currently on display at Wood Library in Canandaigua — for which an opening reception will be 6-9 p.m. Thursday, March 15 — focuses on her fine art paintings of landscapes and portraits. Lane is known as a professional and prolific picture book illustrator, with work published in more than 25 children's books and featured in a Wood Library exhibit in 2011. She has turned in recent years to fine art, studying painting with nationally renowned artists to further her skills in oil painting, plein art painting and portraiture — with a painting winning best of show in the Rochester Art Club's Fall Member Exhibition last year. The current show, extending though April 27, features recent oils, watercolors and charcoal drawings, with many of the landscapes from the Canandaigua area. The exhibit is in the third-floor Ewing Community Room at the library, 134 N. Main St., Canandaigua.
2 TASTE FOR A CAUSE: The offerings of area eateries, wineries, distilleries and breweries can be enjoyed Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Rochester Institute of Technology during the "Taste for a Cause" fundraiser, with proceeds benefiting Jewish Family Service of Rochester. (Vegetarian options will be available.) There's more than just a feast for the palate, though: Astronaut Don Pettit's Stellar Space Photography exhibit will be on display — he's a veteran of two extended stays aboard the International Space Station. There will also be a silent auction and live music by Katy Wright. The event is in the University Gallery of RIT, 1 Lomb Memorial Drive, Henrietta. Tickets: $50-$60. Details: www.jfsrochester.org
3 SWAP MEETS FOR RADIO FLYERS, BIKERS: Both bikers and radio-controlled model enthusiasts have days to mark on their calendar this weekend, with swap meets in East Bloomfield and Canandaigua. The Canandaigua Sky Chiefs R/C model flying club will hold a swap meet and auction from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at Rhonda's Auction/Peddlers Antique Shop, 6980 state Routes 5 and 20, East Bloomfield, with doors opening at 9 a.m. and the auction starting at 11:30 a.m. All R/C equipment and models are welcome at the event, which also includes 50/50 raffles, door prizes and a snack bar. Admission: $5 (free for women and ages 11 and younger). Then on Sunday, The Inn on the Lake, 770 S. Main St., Canandaigua will house the Motorcycle Swap Meet, where bikers can shop for motorcycle parts, accessories and jewelry, and view the Traveling Memorial Wall for Fallen Bikers. Food, beverages and free parking are available at the event, sponsored by ABATE of NY, Ontario County Chapter. Admission: $5 (free for ages 16 and younger).
4 THINK SPRING, GARDENERS: It's springtime, and for many that means thoughts turn to gardening. A Think Spring Make and Take Workshop is set for 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 17, at Cornell Cooperative Extension, 480 N. Main St., Canandaigua, presented by a group of Master Gardeners and designed for individuals or families. Five hands-on projects to make and take home include shamrock planting, seed starting, candy crafting, making a snack and propagating plants. Admission: $5 per person, including all materials, handouts, demonstrations and five final products to take home. Register at 585-394-3977, ext. 427; or email email@example.com with a name, address, phone number and number attending.
5 MAPLE WEEKENDS: New York is the country's second biggest maple syrup producer, and area farms are offering a look at their operations — and offering up some pancake breakfasts with their syrup — March 17-18 and March 24-25 for Maple Weekends. Among area venues planning open houses and breakfasts are Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Road, Naples (breakfast 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., open house 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.); Kettle Ridge Farm, 515 Log Cabin Road, victor (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.); Schoff's Sugar Shack, 1064 Willis Hill Road, Victor (open houses 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., breakfast one day only, March 25 at Thirsty Turtle); Stoney Ridge, 625 County Road 28, Farmington (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.); and Wohlschlegel's Naples Maple Farm, 8064 Coates Road, Naples (breakfast 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., open house 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Find locations and details at https://mapleweekend.nysmaple.com.