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Postpartum depression affects the whole family, but the illness can be treated.

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hen you become a parent for the first time, you soon realize the importance of finding friends in the same boat. You want to know that other people are dealing with projectile poop or copious spitup. Or that their babies aren’t sleeping through the night yet, either. But that isn’t necessarily your only criterion for parent friends. Maybe you want to hang out with other stay-at-home mothers, or you want to bond with your baby during a yoga class. Maybe you want to meet working mothers who struggle with the concept of “balancing” work and family. Whatever kinds of parent-friends you’re seeking, they’re almost certainly out there. Wendy Loughlin writes about some of the ways new moms make friends in her article on page 22, and we have a comprehensive list of local support groups on page 24. Because, as you can tell, this month Family Times is all about the babies. Articles and columns address the challenge of preparing a grownup meal when you have a newborn (page 16); the decision to have a second child after a first is born with Down syndrome (page 12); the trick of holding onto your children’s past while appreciating their present (page 20); the adjustment to one’s work identity after becoming a mom (page 30); and the treatment of postpartum depression (page 6). Plus, Tammy DiDomenico profiles Central New York infertility specialist Dr. Rob Kiltz (page 8). And we have photos of some of the winners of the 2013 Besties, our readers’ picks competition (page 26). Our Besties winners were announced in the July issue. You can find the list at www.familytimes.biz. Finally, there are numerous calendar events to peruse in search of special ways to celebrate the last full month of summer. Enjoy!

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In No Mood for a Baby How women can cope with postpartum depression


newborn, but if the fears are present, she should confide in someone she trusts.) For women dealing with postpartum depression there are several things to keep in mind: Postpartum depression is absolutely treatable. Talk to your physician about your symptoms and treatment options. If needed, certain medications are safe for nursing mothers. Don’t assume you have to give up breastfeeding in order to get better. Let family and friends know what is going on. Often extended family and friends can tell something is wrong but don’t know what. Fears of stigma or negative reactions may cause a mother to attempt to hide her postpartum depression. Seek assistance from those close to you. They are great resources, and now is the time you need them. Cut yourself some slack. You are exhausted and irritable, the laundry isn’t done and the house is a © Monkey Business Images | Dreamstime.com mess. Not what you envisioned when thinking about the arrival of your baby. Caring for a newborn is tiring under normal circumstances; doing it while depressed can feel like it requires superhuman strength. Not measuring up to your own expectations, or what you perceive as others’ expectations, can result in guilt. Guilt can be a crippling emotion and can stand in the way of improvement. Remind yourself that having a child requires constant reworking of routines and expectations. Be flexible in your thinking, even when it pertains to yourself. For fathers, watching their spouse struggle with depression can be baffling and frightening. Fathers may initially not understand why their wife isn’t as happy and excited as they are. Sometimes fathers recognize there is a problem before their partners do. The book Beyond the Blues: Understanding and Treating Prenatal and Postpartum Depression and Anxiety (Moodswings Press) by Shoshana S. Bennett and Pec Indman includes a chapter

he birth of a baby is a joyous occasion for a family. When postpartum depression becomes part of the experience it can be confusing and frightening. Many women experience feelings of depression in the weeks following giving birth. The “baby blues” are considered normal and clear up on their own in about two weeks without any intervention. By contrast, postpartum depression can start anytime within one year of delivery and doesn’t fade away within a few weeks. Risk factors include prior depression or anxiety, a stressful pregnancy or delivery, lack of social support and financial stress. Symptoms of postpartum depression are the same as major depression and also include intense worry about the baby, negative feelings about the baby, or a fear of harming the baby. (Researchers report new mothers rarely actually harm their


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devoted to fathers and partners of postpartum women. Some highlights of the chapter include: Keep in mind postpartum depression is no one’s fault. You, as her partner, can’t “fix” this. Your job is to be supportive and help her get treatment. Be sure to take care of yourself. It’s important for fathers to take breaks and seek out support from family and friends. Trying to do it all can lead to depression in the partner. It’s not personal. One of the symptoms of postpartum depression is irritability. Your wife may be short-tempered and emotionally distant. While it’s good to be empathetic, don’t allow yourself to be a “verbal punching bag.” That type of dynamic becomes its own problem. Lower your expectations. Cooking, cleaning and caring for a newborn are unrealistic for any new mother, even if not depressed. If she feels guilty about not being able to handle everything, remind her it’s a joint responsibility, not just her job alone. The baby is the priority. The dishes can wait. Split the night shift. A full sleep cycle requires a minimum of five hours of uninterrupted sleep. Adequate sleep is essential in combating depression. Postpartum depression affects older children as well. Watching their mother struggle can be scary for children. This isn’t the mother they know. Much of their father’s attention may be taken by helping with the baby and focused on his wife’s treatment. Reassure older children that although things are tough at the moment, they will get better. Arrange for help in childcare from friends and family. They are often glad to take older children for overnights or daytime outings. This gives the older sibling some time away from the household, focused on having fun. Dealing with postpartum depression affects the entire family. Seeking the proper support and treatment is important. Be patient and remind yourself it will get better. p Cary and Tonja Rector are married and live with their children in Manlius. Cary is a licensed mental health counselor and Tonja is a licensed marriage and family therapist. Consult your own health care provider before making decisions affecting your family’s well-being. To comment on this article, write to editorial@familytimes.biz.

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obert Kiltz figures he has assisted in the conception of approximately 10,000 babies over the past 20 years. Some of those children and their parents gather at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse every summer for a reunion of sorts. “I’m just amazed when I see all those families,” says Kiltz after completing his day at the CNY Fertility Center in Syracuse, one of three offices. “It’s humbling.” Kiltz, 57, opened the center in 1995 after relocating to Skaneateles from California—where, as a young physician specializing in obstetrics and gynecology, he completed a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. In opening CNY Fertility, Kiltz established the first in vitro fertility, or IVF, program in Central New York. The process involves removing one or more eggs from a woman’s ovaries—or using eggs donated from a third party— and fertilizing them with her partner’s sperm in a laboratory. The fertilized egg or eggs are then transferred into the woman’s womb, or into that of a surrogate, after a few days. Although intrigued by the scientific and technical aspects of advanced reproductive technologies, Kiltz has always been more interested in the personal side of treatment. “As an obstetrician, I loved delivering babies,” he says. “Today, I enjoy the connection with the patients the most—helping them understand the process.” Over the years, Kiltz has learned more about the benefits of taking a holistic approach to health care. When appropriate, Kiltz incorporates nontraditional therapies into patient care, and he is a staunch believer in the importance of the mind/ body connection and its role in human fertility. “When I first started practicing, I’m not sure I understood how important people’s attitudes were,” he says. “But I have definitely had patients who made changes to their approach, and their positive attitudes overcame scientific challenges.” Kiltz says while he has also seen the benefits of positive thinking, embracing faith, and letting go in his own life, he does not see these approaches as a substitute for evidence-based medicine. “Most people still prefer a shot, surgery, or a pill,” he says. “They want to know 8

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what to do. These other factors, such as belief or faith, I talk about that and offer it up. I believe my job is to share what I think helps so many. Maybe my job is to help you understand that some things are simpler than we think.” Kiltz, who also founded and directs the CNY Healing Arts Wellness Center and Spa in Syracuse, notes that therapies such as yoga and acupuncture have been used for centuries. He advises patients to reduce stress and incorporate practices that help them reduce negative thoughts. Kiltz gets inquiries from all over the world, and sometimes patients’ problems can be helped with a single consultation. “Sometimes, fertility is less about what we do, and has much to do with what we think about,” he says, adding that patients who come to him are often stressed about

their situations. When the body is stressed, it triggers a fight-or-flight response that, over time, becomes damaging. “Reducing stress helps many people with health issues.” “That which we fight always fights back,” Kiltz says. “But I work to share this as part of our Western approach, not instead of.” Kiltz says while many of his patients are women who are experiencing fertility problems due to the age or health of their eggs, there are plenty of males with fertility issues. Anatomical and genetic factors can also cause infertility. When Debby Bedell and her husband, Joe, met Kiltz in 2005, they had a unique situation. Joe had a son from a previous relationship, and they had conceived a son together. During that pregnancy, Debby

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developed HELLP syndrome, a potentially life-threatening form of pre-eclampsia. She was advised not to carry another baby. “We were planning to adopt when my cousin approached me and asked to be our surrogate,” says Bedell, responding by email. “She truly wanted to do this for us knowing how badly I wanted another baby. We went to Dr. Kiltz, not knowing much about fertility, and were convinced that he was the answer to our dreams after first meeting with him.” Bedell’s cousin, Leigh, lived in Florida, but was able to come to New York for the treatments. “She started the fertility drugs to prepare her uterus and I did the drugs to produce the eggs,” Bedell recalls. “When it came time for the in-vitro, Leigh flew up to Syracuse. … We put in three (embryos) as advised and prayed and prayed for one to take.” Bedell got her wish, and then some. “We found out that Leigh was carrying three babies by six weeks (gestation) and we were thrilled!” she says. “(We were) overjoyed, a little nervous but grateful beyond words! It was a difficult emotional journey. . . we were concerned for Leigh’s health and the health of the babies, as multiple births can be very complicated, but Dr. Kiltz was very reassuring from the beginning and extremely supportive throughout.” At 34 weeks, Leigh delivered and the Bedells were proud parents of three more sons. Each weighed slightly less than 6 pounds. The boys—Jake, Alex and Brendan—are now 7 years old. Bedell says that while she and her husband considered the increased possibility of having multiple babies through IVF, there is no way to be completely prepared for triplets. They simply embraced the situation, got the babies on a strict schedule, and took help from friends and family. They have no regrets. “I love my boys more than life,” says Bedell, who’s in her early 40s. She shared her story in the book Raising Triplets: Our Journey From Surrogacy Through Age Two (Outskirts Press) in 2011. A sequel is due out this summer. The Bedells had much going for them in terms of their relationship with their surrogate, and their own reproductive health. And while IVF is becoming a fairly common medical practice, Kiltz admits that there are many reasons why patients typically see it as a last resort in a long journey with infertility. “There are physical, financial and emotional side effects to everything we do,” he says, Indeed, IVF is still very expensive; a single procedure costs at least $10,000. In New York state, insurance companies are required to provide coverage for drugs to

treat infertility, but the IVF process is not covered. Kiltz doesn’t portray IVF as a solution for all patients. “There are many people who don’t succeed with us,” he admits, adding that depression, anger, fear and worry are common side effects when procedures do not result in pregnancy. Kiltz helps these patients move past that and toward acceptance or another means of The Bedell triplets: Jake, Alex and Brendan, age 7 family-building. “It’s no wonder this is such such personal matters “He was sensitive, an emotional issue,” he says. “Our image ethical and educating throughout our of ourselves is built into so much of this. process and my complications that came Childbearing and family building is a very up during the process,” she says. “He is an basic need, and when it is not met, it can amazing man who I am grateful to every be very difficult.” day of my life.” Aside from the financial and medical The challenges and dilemmas surroundpressures that fertility treatments such as ing IVF are unlikely to be resolved in the IVF can place on patients, there are also ethical and societal factors. Typically, sever- near future, but Kiltz believes he is doing what he was meant to do. He approaches al eggs are harvested and fertilized during each day with a smile and does what he a single IVF cycle. Patients do not always wish to implant all the embryos that result. can to spread that positive energy. This puts them in the uncomfortable posi“I say every day that I’m the luckiest tion of having to decide what to do with guy alive,” he says. “Who wouldn’t love the embryos that are not implanted. Kiltz a job that involves building families? I’m says he encourages patients to donate honored to be involved in helping people these embryos to other patients, but that’s to do that.” p a decision only they can make. Also, since it is rare for all transferred Award-winning writer Tammy DiDomenico embryos to survive, doctors often implant lives in DeWitt with her husband and two several in a single cycle, increasing a wom- sons. an’s chance of multiple births and low birth weights. As a man of deep faith, Kiltz says he has no personal conflict with these issues. “I see all of this as being not much different than the ethical issues in our day-to-day life,” he says. “We approach this in a very loving way,” he says. “We are dealing with human life. On the other hand, I don’t believe it is my responsibility to take on other people’s burdens. It’s a challenge to respect other people’s autonomy, but at the same time, we always want to be good stewards of what we do.” Bedell says Kiltz’s character is a big part of what makes him so appealing as a physician—particularly one who deals with Family Times August 2013


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ur decision to have a second child was made before we were married. On a road trip to the Saratoga Springs Jazz Festival my fiancé, Brian, and I, with multiple hours to kill, tried to address life’s big issues. We discussed where we wanted to live. What our job ambitions were. And, of course, how many children we each wanted to have. I quickly set Brian’s expectations to an appropriate level. He came from a family of five children. If he was looking for a similar number of offspring, he was marrying the wrong girl. I was still trying to wrap my brain around one. We happily settled on two. I was 31 when I became pregnant with our first. I was given options for prenatal testing: alpha-fetoprotein test (AFP), amniocentesis, and high-level ultrasound. My OB/GYN sent me home with a folder stuffed with pamphlets and I readied myself for another “life conversation.” The AFP was non-invasive and performed at week 15 of pregnancy. There was no risk associated with it. We agreed to the AFP but opted out of the amniocentesis because I was young and healthy. We felt confident following the AFP with an ultrasound. We did not want to know the sex of the baby but were told that physical anomalies could be detected. Our AFP came back normal. Our ultrasound looked fine. No one was concerned. Everything seemed to be going as planned.

nurturing, acceptance and inherent learnAnd then Amanda was born three ing. We asked: Should we deny Amanda weeks early, with Down syndrome, a gapthis opportunity because we were afraid? ing hole in her heart and an abnormal narrowing of the central air passages, or We believed we should put our children airway stenosis. first—and then the answer was obvious. I talked to my doctor about prenatal testWe began an odyssey of hospital stays, ing. We decided to forgo both the AFP doctor appointments, therapies, and supblood test and amniocentesis. Studies port groups. It took us three years to get have shown the inaccuracies of the AFP, to a place where we felt she was medicalwhich our previous experience confirmed. ly stable. Yes, she had a tracheostomy to The amniocentesis was invasive and had assist with breathing, but we had maninherent risk. The results didn’t matter. We aged to stay out of intensive care for well were of the same mind—that we would over a year. not terminate a pregnancy regardless of Our life, which had been on “hospital the test results. hold,” was finally able to swing into full gear. We RV’d cross country. We day-tripped to the beach. We went to restauOur vision of family had always included rants. Amanda entered premore than one child. We saw, through a school. We were living our support group for families of children with version of a normal life. Thus we began contemplating Down syndrome, the benefit of sibling child No. 2. interaction, including compassion, nurturing, We had been married acceptance and inherent learning. nine years; I was 35 and Brian was 36. We wondered: Could we handle another I knew couples who had received their child with special needs? Was it fair to diagnosis of Down syndrome prenatally. Amanda to add another child to the famWhen you have a diagnosis, but no baby, ily? Was our marriage strong enough to all your focus is on the diagnosis. The bear whatever might come? Internet is friend and foe. Hours can be Our vision of family had always includspent researching the possible issues that ed more than one child. We saw, through come with a diagnosis. a support group for families of children When my daughter was born, what with Down syndrome, the benefit of sibkept me centered amid all the worrying ling interaction, including compassion,


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diagnoses was . . . my daughter. I could not imagine having all that information without having a baby to hold. With a baby in my arms, I could look at her beautiful face. I could snuggle her sweet body. I could push away all the fears of what might or might not be. Because I am tall, with a long torso, I was able to hide “Baby Bubba,” as we called it, for quite some time. But eventually our decision to add to our family became apparent. I had not expected censure. Maybe I was naïve. Family members voiced concern: “Are you sure you are up for this?” “Your life was just settling down, didn’t you want to enjoy that for a while?” “Was this planned?” But it was the strangers who threw me for a loop. They would see me with Amanda in the grocery store or on the playground and ask questions or make assumptions. “Did you know with your first?” “You are going to be tested, aren’t you?” “You are certainly going to have your work cut out for you.” “My, aren’t you brave.” Others simply showed their disapproval on their faces. I wanted to tell them you can never know what might happen. Sitting in

the hospital for two years, we saw what brought other families there for treatment: children suffered terrible accidents, babies with no diagnosis developed life-threatening diseases. Given the option, would the parents of those children have changed their life plan? Does anyone ever ask that question? My second pregnancy—thankfully—was uneventful. Curious as to the sex, we did opt for an ultrasound. We were rewarded with a three-legged salute. Baby Bubba was a boy. It was 6:30 a.m. when we left for the hospital the day Jason was born. I tiptoed into Amanda’s bedroom to give her a kiss on the cheek. My baby girl would no longer be the baby. This was the last time I would see her as my only child. I wondered, would she love her baby brother, or would she be mad she had to share her world? We would soon find out. Our life as a family of four was about to begin. p Deborah Cavanagh lives in Manlius with her husband and two children. She has written for local organizations supporting children and adults with special needs and publishes the blog www.momofmanyneeds.com.

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e’ve all been there. Tired. Heck, not tired, exhausted. Babies demand so much from us. Rushed and ragged, we tend to let ourselves go while we take care of our little ones. But we just can’t do that. Anyone who has flown has heard the flight attendant say, “You have to put on your own oxygen mask before you start helping others.” It’s the same at home, in our kitchens: We need to eat well in order to be there for our little ones. Easier said than done, I know. So let me share with you how I did it and how I’ve helped the new families in my life (great gift idea) do the same. It’s called a vacuum sealer. Nope, I’m not getting any endorsements from any companies. I’m simply telling you how I made my life much easier (and economical) from the time my son was little—and I still benefit from the process today. I cook and prepare once, and we eat for weeks (sometimes months) afterward. When I know life is going to get away from me, I make up meals that I know will freeze well and are easily warmed. Some of my favorites include roasts, chicken cacciatore and soups. And because I never 16

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know when I’ll be able to eat these items, I freeze them into both individual and family-sized portions. Do you have a friend who loves to cook? If so, invite him or her to pick up the groceries and join you, then split the costs and the food. No one in your area? What about having your groceries delivered? I know it sounds expensive, but compared with eating out, and eating foods with too much salt, fat and sugar, it’s a bargain. Or order groceries online and have someone pick them up for you. So when do you make these items? If the baby is napping, that’s a good time. But if you need to nap then, wait until you have help. Or, better yet, put the baby in a swing, bring it into the kitchen, and have that precious angel coo along directions to you as you create these amazing meals. I prefer vacuum bags to zip bags and plastic containers because they remove the air and help prevent freezer burn. Items can stay in the freezer for months. And that’s just one part of my multitasking process. Rather than just making one item, I make several at once; that way I leave the kitchen with several meals for the same

amount of time in the room. Here’s an example. Before I start my chicken cacciatore I put a couple of sweet potatoes and a roast seasoned heavily with garlic, pepper and a little salt in the oven. No need for fresh herbs—dried spices are fine. In fact, they’re a new parent’s best friend. I also tuck a spaghetti squash in the oven, too. I prefer that to pasta with my chicken cacciatore. While the oven does most of the work I start the chicken. Save time and energy by using boneless, skinless thighs (breasts if you are trying to lose the baby weight, but I find thighs are so much more flavorful and moist). My recipe calls for onion and peppers, but they don’t have to be freshly sliced. There are two ways I shortcut this in a rush: either from the salad bar at the grocery, or the diced version in the freezer section. As Americans, we only eat onethird of the recommended daily amount of vegetables each day. So, while they might not be fresh from the farm, frozen vegetables are sometimes actually “fresher” than some we get at the store because they are picked the moment they are ripe and then flash-frozen. I use them without apologies.


Chicken Cacciatore Ingredients 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs 2 teaspoons olive oil 1 cup diced, frozen onion (or fresh if you prefer) ½ cup diced, frozen red pepper ½ pound sliced mushrooms (find pre-sliced at the grocery store) 1 teaspoon minced garlic (find this pre-minced in the produce aisle) ½ cup dry white wine (no worries, the alcohol will evaporate) or substitute ½ cup low-sodium chicken stock 1 can (14 ½ ounces) petite diced tomatoes and juice 3/4 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning Red pepper flakes (optional; if you like it hot) Heat the oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Brown the chicken (in batches so you don’t overcrowd the pan) on both sides (approximately 3 minutes per side) and remove. Stir in onion and pepper until the vegetables begin to soften. Add the mushrooms. Once they soften, stir in the garlic (don’t rush this step as garlic turns bitter when it browns). Add in the liquids, seasonings and tomatoes. Stir. Place the chicken back in the pan, cover, and simmer approximately 20 minutes, or until the chicken juice runs clear when pierced with the tip of a knife. I like this served over spaghetti squash.


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After you’re done with this meal, repackage it into another. Dice the remaining roast to mix with frozen stew vegetables. Cover with a low-sodium broth to create an easy soup. Thicken with instant tapioca if you prefer a stew. Even your chicken cacciatore can be made into a soup, too. Add chicken or vegetable stock, and a few noodles (whole wheat) to create another completely different meal. Finally, when I freeze soup, I first put it in a container that is wider on top than it is the bottom. Then, I freeze solid. I briefly dip the container in a sink of warm water (to loosen, think: big ice cube) and then pop into my freezer vacuum bag. Voila: four meals in less than 40 minutes of prep time. Even busy parents can make time for good food. After all, parents have to eat, too. Chris Xaver, Ph.D., is a local TV and radio personality with three children and five grandchildren. Her healthy lifestyle show, The Sweet Life, is airing on public television stations nationwide. Family Times August 2013



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Kids These Days

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Growing Pains A mother sees her babies in her children’s faces


very time I see a baby these days, I can’t help thinking of my own. They both have their father’s gorgeous blue eyes and my light, light skin. The boy, our firstborn, is serious, calm, thoughtful and fully engaged, analyzing everything he sees. The girl, our youngest, is high-energy, excitable and somehow appealingly self-centered. They are, respectively, not unlike their father and me. Except that they are so much more. I see him challenging himself, always, to learn more, try more, do more; his self-motivation drives him toward independence even as he spontaneously stops for a hug. And I see her arranging her world in a way that will be comfortable, a way that is compatible with her need for order and happy endings. Her sense of self is a constant source of amazement—envy, sometimes—to me as her mother.

That is what I saw when they were born, 14 and 12 years ago, and I still see it today . . . although now I have to tip my head back to look up at the boy, and the girl and I can share clothes. They’ve been changing before my eyes, but my eyes are sometimes too close to them to notice. The changes our kids go through—those life-altering, memory-distorting phases of life—are so subtle as to be imperceptible to those of us in their immediate orbit until one day you see a newborn, or a toddler, or a kindergartner, and you stop and think, wait a minute. Where did that go? I wasn’t ready for that part to be over! Please! One more day! One more minute! One more second! But in the end, it’s one more memory. And I’m finding that as time marches on, the memories become fuzzier, until they become one-dimensional photographs in

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my head. The images are being stored further and further from retrieval, probably to make room for the myriad other memories being made every day. The one constant about children, ironically, is change. When they were first born, for example, we formed a mutual adoration society; I was completely focused on them, and they on me. They could feel every ounce of the love I was sending, and I could feel theirs, because we were always together. We felt it through constant contact; it seemed in those early years, there was always a baby in my arms, on my hip, or clinging to my leg. That kind of one-on-one time is much more elusive these days; just last week I was secretly thrilled—ecstatic!—to be accompanied in the grocery store by my son. And there are times I could swear my daughter, Miss Independence, pretends she’s not feel-

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ing well just so she can feel justified in letting me pamper her a little. And I am thrilled to do so. Our children’s journey to adulthood is like childbirth, in a way; you don’t forget the idea of the pain, but you do forget, to an extent, the actual, physical pain. It fades with time. That’s how baby memories are. We will never forget the idea of our babies— each phase, each stage—but the exactness of their being in those phases will fade. The feel of their skin; the sound of their giggle; the smell of their poopy diapers. God help me, I even miss that, because it was an intrinsic part of their beings, the ones that came out of me and have been slowly but surely stepping away ever since. We have to let those memories fade, or we would forever be nostalgic for the babies that our children once were, which would cause us to miss their growing up. And we don’t want to miss that, because each new phase is just as special, just as momentous as the last. Each first now—first date, first car, first job—will be just as memorable as their first tooth, first step, or first word. Because the truth is, whether they’re newborn, heading to kindergarten, conquering high school, leaving home or having kids of their own, one thing will never change. Our children will always be our babies. p Maggie Lamond Simone is an award-winning writer and mother of two living in Baldwinsville. Reach her at maggiesimone@verizon.net.

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Friends With Babies Bonding with other new moms By Wendy Loughlin

Tracy Duerr at MOMS Club:

“My kids have made some great friends, and I look forward to play dates, too.”


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“When you get to the point of birth and it goes completely opposite of how you envisioned, it can be a little disappointing,” she says. To deal with that disappointment, Beach turned to her mom tribe: that group of women a mother can connect with for answers, advice, support and even commiseration—the ones who “get it.” Beach, a teacher who lives in Hastings, found her mom tribe when, seeking relief from back pain, she enrolled in a prenatal yoga class through MamaBirth Yoga last year. “In addition to what I was doing for my body, I was able to connect with all these wonderful women who were going

through the same things I was going through at the same time,” she says. “I didn’t even know I was going to need that.” The women—many of whom, like Beach, were having their first child—compared notes, swapped stories and asked each other questions as they navigated the experience of being pregnant. As the women started having their babies, they also shared birth stories, which helped Beach deal with her own birth experience. “Hearing the weekly birth stories over many weeks in prenatal yoga helps you to learn that every birth story is unique,” she says. “I felt I was better prepared to deal

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Jessica Beach (in blue tank top) says, “Some people may think, ‘Oh, I have friends and family, I don’t need a group of mom friends.’ But it’s nice to have support from people who don’t already know you; they offer you a nonjudgmental point of view.”

with an unexpected birth (experience).” The group also helped her cope with her feelings about her C-section. “It was important for me to have my family for support, but the kind words of encouragement from my fellow yoga mamas really helped to lift my spirits.” Beach continues to see many of the women in a postnatal yoga class with her baby, now 6 months old. They also get together outside of class, and text each other with questions. “Some people may think, ‘Oh, I have friends and family, I don’t need a group of mom friends,’” says Beach. “But it’s nice to have support from people who don’t already know you; they offer you a nonjudgmental point of view. I never saw myself as that person who was going to talk about the poopy diapers and breastfeeding and all that stuff, but with a mom group you are 100 percent free to talk about it.”

MamaBirth Yoga instructor Sarah Oakley says that kind of support is crucial. “As a mother, especially a first-time mother, it is so easy to second-guess what you are doing,” she says. “Our own mothers, friends with older children and our partners, while still very important in our support system, are not in the midst of this massive transformation in the same way. So often the issues aren’t really so big, but rather just a simple validation and true understanding from someone who ‘gets it’ 100 percent.” Oakley, who also offers classes for couples and mothers, encourages her students to socialize and get together outside class to form stronger bonds. “The beauty in building friendships around being a mother is that you get to experience the journey together—the joys and challenges—and you grow together. The beauty in old friends and your family is

that they get to witness this change within you and help rekindle the things you loved pre-mothering. Both are important and both help you find your center and strength as a mother.” Oakley’s MamaBirth Yoga classes are held at various locations around Syracuse, including Lotus Life Yoga Center and Basic Baby at Shoppingtown Mall, both in DeWitt. (A detailed schedule can be found at www.mamabirthyoga.com.) Pam Lundborg, whose children are 5 years and 8 months old, found her tribe through her oldest daughter’s daycare center, Children’s Beginnings on South Clinton Street in Syracuse. A newspaper reporter and editor at the time, Lundborg found camaraderie with the other working moms. “Daycare moms are a self-editing group: They’re all career women,” she says. “There are different challenges to being a working mom as opposed to a stay-at-home mom. These women could relate to my particular stresses and worries.” Children’s Beginnings director Crystal Barclay echoes that sentiment, noting the particular need for working mothers to find support among other moms. “Working moms can often feel disconnected and distracted by a lot of other obligations,” she says. “Sometimes it is harder for them to plan things with other families because work gets in the way. It is important that they still create those bonds with families and feel part of their child’s early development.” Barclay says parents are able to visit the center during the day, which leads to friendships, especially among new moms. The

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center also holds regular spaghetti dinners, where family members can meet and socialize. Lundborg says discussing everything from breastfeeding to the effects of new parenthood on marriage helped her gauge whether the things she was experiencing were “normal or out of whack.” She was also able to turn to her mom friends for support when she struggled with maternity leave issues after the birth of her second child. “To have friends who will listen to me and give me an honest opinion is incredibly important.” Lundborg says the mothers she met at daycare also became a professional support system for her, providing guidance as she contemplated going to law school and making a career change. “Thirty or 40 years ago, networking opportunities were found on the golf course and at the country club; now it’s playgrounds and daycare centers,” she says. She recently secured a position at a Syracuse law firm with help from her mother friends. Lundborg notes that fellow mothers sympathize with the emotions that go along with parenthood. “My law school friends understand the fear of failing an exam; my mom friends understand the fear of seeing your kid fall off the monkey

bars and not move for a few minutes,” she says. “Having a connection with people who understand the feelings I’m feeling is an outlet I really need in my life.” Tracy Duerr was a new parent when she discovered the MOMS Club (MOMS stands for “Moms Offering Moms Support”) after a neighbor with older children recommended she join the group. Duerr, a stay-at-home mother of three, ages 5, 3 and 7 1/2 months, joined the now-defunct MOMS Club of Cicero when her oldest child was 7 months old, and later joined the East Side chapter when she moved to Manlius two years ago. “Making friends for yourself and your kids is hard,” she says. “My kids have made some great friends (through the MOMS Club), and I look forward to play dates, too, because it’s a social interaction for me.” In fact, social connections are important enough to be included on a list of five “protective factors” that child and family experts say help children and their caregivers thrive. (Other factors include parental resilience, knowledge of parenting and child development, concrete support in times of need, and children’s social and emotional competence, according to the Center for the Study of Social Policy.) This need for support groups was one of

the driving factors behind the Community Cafés, an initiative of the National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds. In Tompkins County, the Cornell Cooperative Extension runs a version of the program. Invariably, says Nancy Potter, an extension issue leader with CCE who works on the program, parents and other caregivers voice the need for connections with each other. “It doesn’t matter who you are, how much education you have or what your socioeconomic status is,” she says. “It really is about how you connect with people.” Through the Community Café program, parents have found ways to connect, including regular play groups, a listserv, and a website, Ithaca Family Fun, that one mother started to collect information about family-friendly activities in the area. In the rural community of Groton, a group of parents set up a support group for families of special needs children. Creating this “critical mass,” Potter says, led to more resources; providers now travel to Groton to connect with parents. Another mother, Yael Saar of Ithaca, founded Mama’s Comfort Camp (www. mamascomfortcamp.com). The site, which includes a private Facebook group with 850 members, provides mothers with a safe space to discuss aspects of parent-

La Leche League. Second Saturday of the month, 10-11 a.m. Mother-to-mother breast feeding support and advice group. Café 407, 407 Tulip St., Liverpool. 623-0555. lllusa.org/.

MOMS Club. Call for meeting dates and times, summer meeting dates vary. Activities for stay-athome parents and their children throughout the Syracuse area. 449-4312.

Liverpool Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS). First and third Wednesdays of the month, 9 a.m.-noon, September-May. Share information and support with other mothers of children ages newborn to 5 years. Free child care. Check Facebook for summer dates. Northside Baptist Church, 7965 Oswego Road, Liverpool. 652-3160. www.facebooks.com/ northsidebaptistmops.

Moms and Kids of Skaneateles. Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; September-June. Playdates throughout the summer. Co-op group for children ages 4 months-5 years enables mothers and children to build strong friendships. www. momsandkidsofskaneateles.com. Email: jenbutler13@hotmail.com.

Su pport Grou ps Camillus Babysitting Co-Op. Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Members trade babysitting in a safe, organized setting while children socialize. Christ Community Church, 3644 Warners Road, Camillus. 487-0763 CNY Autism Society of America. First Thursday of the month, October-May, 7-9 p.m. Support group for people and families dealing with autism. Dates can vary, contact for updates. Free. Jowonio, 3049 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. 447-4466. http://cnyasa.org/. Down Syndrome Association of CNY. Call for meeting times. Meetings, library access, special events and other support for adults living or working with a child with Down syndrome. 6824289. www.dsaofcny.org. Food for the Parent’s Soul. Call for meeting times. Support and education group for parents. Requests for topics parents would like to talk or learn more about are welcome. Free. PEACE Inc. 93 Syracuse St./Route 48, Suite 700, Baldwinsville. 638-1051. ICAN of Syracuse. Third Tuesday of the month, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Local chapter of International Cesarean Awareness Network. Group aims to prevent unnecessary cesareans through education, providing support for cesarean recovery and promoting VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean). Dates subject to change. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall, 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. 663-6752. reewebs.com/icanofsyracuse/.


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Liverpool Teen MOPS. Second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, 4-6 p.m. Teen MOPS provides a faith-based, supportive, and nonjudgmental environment where teen mothers can come together with others who are in a similar life situation. Through the relationships formed at Teen MOPS, young moms gain confidence, learn about mothering, and grow personally. 604 Oswego St., Liverpool. liverpoolteenmops@gmail. com. www.facebook.com/pages/Liverpool-TeenMOPS/139131929612152. Mommy and Me of CNY. Contact for meeting times. Volunteer, nonprofit organization for parents with preschoolers and children up to age 10. Enjoy educational stimulation, community awareness and social interaction. $28 annual dues; many free or low-cost activities. 558-3480. mommynmecny.com.

Mothers of Preschoolers Chittenango (MOPS). Second and fourth Thursdays of the month, 9-11:30 a.m. Mothers of children and newborns up to age 5 are welcome to discuss parenting topics and share support while child care is provided. CrossRoads Community Church, 1751 Fyler Road, Chittenango. 687-7625. Multiple Moms Mingle. First Wednesday of the month, 6:30 p.m. For mothers of young twins, triplets and more. Please register beforehand. Ruby Tuesday, 3220 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. 308-0277. North Syracuse Mothers of Preschoolers. First and third Tuesday, September-May. Mothers of children and newborns up to age 5 are welcome to discuss parenting topics and share support while child care is provided. North Syracuse Baptist Church, 420 Main St., North Syracuse. 458-0271.

ing and find support from other women. Those who live in Ithaca and the surrounding areas (Saar estimates this group at about 330 women, including members from Syracuse) also get together for support group meetings, social events and impromptu outings, such as trips to the local library. Saar, who has two children, originally began fostering connections between mothers after her own protracted battle with postpartum depression. In 2010, she started PPD to Joy, a blog to tell her personal story and reach out to other women dealing with the same issues. But she discovered a greater need. “I got to know mothers in real life who had healed from PPD but were still struggling with normal motherhood,” she says. “It became clear to me that a support network that deals with the continuum of the mothering experience, that provides a space to talk about PPD but is not limited to that, was important.” As a result, she started Mama’s Comfort Camp in March 2012. It’s important for mothers to be able to acknowledge that mothering, while full of joy, can also be incredibly difficult, Saar says. “Many women feel incompetent. They are ashamed about feelings of regret, feeling sometimes like they just want to run away. Motherhood can be like one big web of feeling like you’re not enough—and you don’t want your friends to know that, or even your mom.” That’s where the mom tribe comes in, she says. “Having a group of women who you feel safe with normalizes those feelings. If you realize you’re not the only one having these thoughts or going through these things—that’s huge.” p Wendy Loughlin is a mother of two living in Fayetteville.

Nurturing and Empowering Mamas and Their Families Group. Monthly meetings. CNY Doula Connection, a network of independent doulas, runs this group for new or expectant parents to discuss a variety of topics concerning parents and their newborns. All meetings are free unless otherwise stated. Basic Baby, Shoppingtown Mall, 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. 427-7885. cnydoulaconnection.com. Postpartum Depression Support Group. Call for meeting times. Share your story and find support and healing; please register beforehand. Women’s Information Center, 601 Allen St., Syracuse. 5465075 or ppdtherapy@yahoo.com. Syracuse Moms Meetup Group. See website for meeting times. Meet up with moms with babies and young children. Moms.meetup.com/2012.

Do you have a Central New York support group that serves parents? Email the group’s name, meeting days and times, location (with street address), phone number and website (if available) to editorial@familytimes.biz and we’ll post the information online and in a future issue of Family Times.

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Introducing The 2013 Besties Winners


epresentatives of some of Family Times’ Besties Readers’ Picks competition winners stopped by the office last month to collect their awards and get their photos shot by Michael Davis. We’d like to thank everyone who voted in the 2013 competition for showing their support for these local organizations.


Kim Coons and her sales representative, Holly Timian

The Face Paint Lady: Melody

Wilkinson (right), with her sales representative Gina Fortino

Bluebird Music Together:

Carol Bryant

GiGi’s Playhouse:

Jared Okun and Kayla McKeon


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Five Star Martial Arts:

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Basic Baby Education Center & Shop: Josh Fox

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Curtain Climbers: Patty

Dattolo, her Chihuahua, Nina, and sales representative Lesli Mitchell

CopperTop Tavern: John Stapleton and Adam Gasiorowski

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Betty Stellakis and Mary Martin

Liverpool Public Library:

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Team Feidt Jim Munger, Ayden Munger, Michaela Baratta, Jim McGarvey, Kris Munger, Brittany Fahey, Tyler Jean, Theron Feidt and Tyler Toomey

Jon Bidwell and Jason Nolan

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Jeff Groesbeck, Hannah Weiler, Osman Borcilo, Nihad Mehmedovic, Dan Madsen and Shawn McDonald Jeff Sgarlata

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Ernie Karlson, Kim Andrello, Jim Andrello and Dan Burns (not pictured: Jessica Landon)

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am a working mother. It’s a mantle I assumed nearly six years ago, and yet sometimes it still surprises me. It may be that I always thought of a working mother as a woman who had it all figured out. I’d had a 10-year career by the time my first child was born. My job was often stressful and all-consuming, demanding 100 percent of me—and I let it. I worked late, and on weekends. My mind wandered to thoughts of work even when I was on vacation. I was a perfectionist. I never said no to a task, never shirked a responsibility, never missed a deadline. My drive brought me a fair amount of career success, and a huge amount of stress. I discovered I was pregnant at the beginning of one of the most demanding periods of my professional life. As always, I let my job overtake me, allowing the familiarity of pressure and deadlines and hard work eclipse the unfamiliarity of a first pregnancy: exhaustion, food aversions, that almost supernatural fluttering in the belly. My story, during those months, was all about work, with pregnancy as a footnote. When a late sonogram revealed that my baby was over nine pounds and breech, my doctor scheduled a cesarean section for the next week. I worked until 8 o’clock the night before the procedure. It was only on the drive home that the reality of impending motherhood truly sank in. The following day, I saw the face of my baby girl for the first time, and everything changed. Fast forward three months. I returned to work, armed with a framed photo of my daughter and little else. In a daze, I looked around my office, still strewn



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with papers and other signs of my former life. And then I began to cry. Granted, I was sleep-deprived. I was hormonal. I was 25 pounds overweight and still wearing maternity pants. But the main reason for my emotion was that when I stepped into my office, it didn’t feel like mine. I remembered the woman who used to work there, who devoted so much mental and emotional energy to her job, but she seemed like a stranger; I couldn’t fathom having that much to give anymore. Now motherhood also demanded 100 percent of me, and I found myself facing the task of figuring out how to do twice as much—and do it perfectly. This is what today’s working mothers understand (with irony) as “having it all”: the brass ring our mothers’ generation fought so hard for as they skirted the housewife title and joined the work force. We’ve learned that having it all is impossible, and yet on some level we keep trying to get there, thinking if we just push harder, we can reach the brass ring. So I pushed, and everything became a blur. At work, I thought about home. At home, I thought about work. I juggled

the Boppy and the laptop while nursing; I surreptitiously jotted down lists of things to do (clean, laundry, pediatrician) during meetings. I never felt fully present in either place. And then there was the guilt, permeating everything. I never did get my groove back. But I found a new one. Slowly, steadily, out of the haze of those first few months, a new person emerged: a career woman who is also a mother, a mother who also has a career. There is a line between the two, but it’s a blurry one at times. No one can give 200 percent. At first, this realization felt like failure, or at least, resignation. My habit was to give everything I had to my job, and my instinct was telling me to give everything I had to my child. But I couldn’t work any harder—so, as the cliché holds, I had to work smarter. I’m still a perfectionist, but now I accept that perfect isn’t always achievable. I still don’t miss deadlines, but now I am more realistic about setting those deadlines. I still have dueling to-do lists (one for work, one for home) running in my head, but now I know how to prioritize. I still

pour myself into my work, but I have also learned to say no when I need to. And something else happened, too. Amazingly, despite the fact that becoming a working mother felt like taking on two jobs at once, I have discovered a better version of my professional self. Because just as the demands of home sometimes encroach on my work life, something else spills over as well: joy. Motherhood opened up a whole wellspring of happiness inside me that I never knew existed, and it put everything else, my career included, into context. After my daughter was born, life made sense. Not long ago, a colleague who’d just had her first baby asked me for the secret to being a working mother. I told her she would get the hang of it. I told her to be kind to herself. I told her to focus on the important things. And I told her there is no secret: It’s really hard. But it’s also really wonderful. Understanding that is the closest I’ve come to having it all figured out. p Wendy Loughlin is a mother of two living in Fayetteville.






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Friday, Aug. 2 Juggling Program. 2 p.m. See the amazing

antics of Gravitational Bull Juggling with Dave and Kyle Fultz. NOPL at North Syracuse, 100 Trolley Barn Lane, North Syracuse. Free. Registration required: 458-6184. www.nopl.org.

Teen Murder Mystery. 6 p.m. Kids age 10 and up can follow clues to find out who is killed in the library and why; refreshments served. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. Registration required: 446-3578. Shrek the Musical. 8 p.m.; also Aug. 3. Professional actors and participants in the Red House’s music and drama camp perform in the musical about fairy tale characters in the land of Duloc. Red House Arts Center, 201 S. West St., Syracuse. $25/adults; $10/under 12. 425-0405.

Saturday, Aug. 3 Canine Carnival. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Pet-related

vendors, rescues, demonstrations and more, all where the dogs love to go. Benefit for the Priscilla Mahar Animal Welfare Foundation. Wegmans Good Dog Park, Onondaga Lake Park, Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool. Free admission. www. pmawf.org.

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Aladdin. 12:30 p.m. The Magic Circle Children’s Theatre presents an original, interactive version of the familiar tale. Children in the audience can dress up as a fairy tale character and help Aladdin find the magic lamp and win the princess’ heart. Spaghetti Warehouse, 689 N. Clinton St., Syracuse. $5. 449-3823.

Sunday, Aug. 4 Bavarianfest. Noon. An event filled with Ger-

man food and drink, folk dancing and music. Long Branch Park at Onondaga Lake Park, Longbranch Road, Liverpool. Free. 447-3268. www. bavarianclubalmenrausch.org/.

Public-Education Book Signing. 1-4 p.m.

Lee Kronert, author of Don’t Blame the Messenger, will discuss and sign copies of the book. Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 449-2948.

Monday, Aug. 5

Sciencenter Showtime. 2 p.m. Learn about memory and play memory games. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/adults; $7/ seniors; $6/ages 3-17; free/under 3. (607) 2720600.

Reinforce a love of stories and language through books, music, movement and hands-on activities. NOPL at Brewerton, 5473 Library St., Brewerton. Free. Registration required: 676-7484. www.nopl. org.

Shrek the Musical. 2 & 8 p.m. See Aug. 2

Maker Monday: Puppet Lab. 11 a.m.-1


Canine Carnival, Aug. 3

Summer Storytime. 10:30 a.m.; also Aug. 12.

p.m. Kids entering grades 1-5 can learn how to make a puppet that looks like their favorite storybook character. Weekly series explores various materials with which to make things. Times vary. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: 637-6374. www.fflib.org.

Bubblemania. 1 & 6 p.m. See Bubbleman Doug Rougeux. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. Registration required: 457-0310.

August 2013 Breastfeeding Support Group, Aug. 6

Teen Magnet Making. 6 p.m. Students in grades 7-12 can learn to make awesome superhero magnets to take home. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. Registration required: 4570310. lpl.org. Home Learners’ Association Open House. 6:30-

8:30 p.m. Secular homeschool group provides information about programs, co-op, teachers, field trips and more. There’ll be a craft activity, and a movie for kids age 8 and older. St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, 5108 W. Genesee St., Camillus. Free. Reservations preferred: 217-1241 or hlacny@gmail.com.

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 7 p.m. Cheer the

hometown Minor League Baseball team as they face the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. NBT Bank Stadium, 1 Tex Simone Drive, Syracuse. $8/adults; $4/children; $20/ behind-home-plate seats. Parking: $5. 474-7833. © Vitalinko | Dreamstime.com

Monday Fundays. 1 p.m.; Mondays, through Aug. 26. Series of activities, crafts and demonstrations is designed to capture the culture of the Erie Canal; children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Erie Canal Museum, 318 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse. $5/child. 471-0593. eriecanalmuseum.org. Maker Monday: Stop-Motion Movie Lab. 3:30-5 p.m. Kids entering grades 6-12 can

Wednesday, Aug. 7 Candy Sushi. 1 p.m. Kids age 9 and up can make candy sushi that looks like real sushi (without the fish) using various edible ingredients; materials provided. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. Registration required: 446-3578. Cooking By the Books. 2 p.m. Kids ages

learn how to make stop-motion movie using library iPads, digital cameras and its green screen. Weekly series explores various materials with which to make things. Times vary. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: 637-6374. www.fflib.org.

7-11 can make no bake recipes inspired by children’s books. Materials provided. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. Registration required: 457-0310.

Tuesday, Aug. 6

who have reported on five books can win prizes and eat some pizza at this end-of-summer-readingprogram party. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. 435-5326.

Breastfeeding Support Group. 11 a.m.-

Prizes and Pizza for Teens. 2 p.m. Teens

noon. Nursing mothers can share their experiences. Basic Baby, Shoppingtown Mall, 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. Registration preferred: 632-6110.

Puppets with Pizazz. 2 p.m. Nancy Sander

Create Fabric Tote Bag. 2 p.m. Kids ages

Multiple Moms Mingle. 6:30 p.m. Month-

performs the folk tale “Aladdin” with her puppets. Central Library, Galleries of Syracuse, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-1900.

cussion. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. $75. Registration required: 4921727. www.oflibrary.org.

MOMS Club of Syracuse-East. 9:30 a.m.

Gathering for local kids and moms. Manlius United Methodist Church, 111 Wesley St., Manlius. Free. 289-5990. momsclubofcuseeast.webs.com/.

Parent/Child Stay & Play. 10-11 a.m. Parents spend an hour with their children ages 15 months-4 years. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. 457-0310. MOST Science Program. 11 a.m. An interactive science show from the Museum of Science and Technology digs into the world of soil. Program available this summer at area branch libraries; check websites for details. Paine Branch Library, 113 Nichols Ave., Syracuse. Free. 4355442. End of Summer Reading Party. 11 a.m.

Participants receive certificates and then enjoy an ice cream social. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-1940.

Walk Like an Egyptian. 1-3 p.m. Learn about the ancient Egyptians: Walk like them; make a Lego pyramid; and more. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: 637-6374. Zoo to You. 2 p.m. Kids in preschool through

grade 5 can learn about animals by seeing some of those from the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, introduced by an animal educator. Salina Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Free. Register: 454-4524. www. salinalibrary.org.

Craft Workshop. 3-5 p.m. For kids ages 8-15. Camden Library, 57 Second St., Camden. $15/ materials included. Register: (347) 450-1099. http://urbanhobbies.com.

Shakespeare-in-the-Park. 5:30 p.m.;

through Aug. 18. The Syracuse Shakespeare Festival presents The Winter’s Tale, a tragedy in its first half and romantic comedy in its second half, with each half performed on alternate nights. Bring your own blankets, lawn chairs and picnics. Thornden Park amphitheater, Syracuse. Free. 4761835. www.syrsf.org.

Stargazing. 7 p.m. The Syracuse Astronomical Society presents an introduction to the night sky, including ways to learn the constellations and information about meteor showers, satellites and more. Beaver Lake Nature Center parking lot, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $2. Registration required: 638-2519. Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 7 p.m. Vs. Pawtucket Red Sox. See Aug. 6 listing.

9-12 will create fabric tote bags. Materials provided. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. Registration required: 457-0310.

ly meeting of mothers and expectant mothers of multiples. Ruby Tuesday, 3220 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Reserve: 308-0277.

Friday, Aug. 9

Puppets with Pizazz. 3 p.m. Nancy Sand-

Stan Colella All-Star Youth Band. 6:30

The Secret Garden. 10 a.m. The Hampstead

er performs the folk tale “Aladdin.” Program available at other Central New York libraries this summer; check library websites for details. Soule Branch Library, 101 Springfield Road, Syracuse. Free. 435-5320.

Creation Club. 3:30-5 p.m.; also Aug. 27. Middle-schoolers will develop skills to create and edit videos, podcasts, images, 3D models and more using library software and hardware to share books they love with the community. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: 637-6374. www.fflib.org/teen.

p.m. A concert for all ages. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-1940.

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 7 p.m. Vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. See Aug. 6 listing.

Thursday, Aug. 8 Babysitter’s Training. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Young

people ages 11-15 can gain the knowledge and confidence to care for infants and school-age children through video, hands-on training and dis-

Stage Company presents a theatrical version of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s tale of an orphan who goes to live with her gloomy uncle. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration preferred: 492-1727. www.oflibrary.org.

Shakespeare-in-the-Park. 5:30 p.m.; through Aug. 18. See Aug. 8 listing.

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 7 p.m. Vs. Paw-

tucket Red Sox. Fireworks follow this game. See Aug. 6 listing.

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Saturday, Aug. 10 Summer Street Hockey Series. 9 a.m.;

also Aug. 24. The Syracuse Crunch introduces kids age 14 and under to the sport of street hockey. Sneakers, stick and helmet required. $10/session. NBT Bank Stadium, 1 Tex Simone Drive, Syracuse. Registration required: 473-4444, Ext. 33.

and unusual athletic competitions. Long Branch Park, Longbranch Road, Liverpool. $10/adults; $7/ seniors; $4/ages 5-12; free/age 4 and younger. 463-8876.

Sciencenter Showtime. 2 p.m. Learn how

Real Diaper Circle Meeting. 10-11 a.m. Group discusses subjects related to cloth diapers. Basic Baby, Shoppingtown Mall, 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 632-6110.

Basics to Babywearing. 3-4 p.m.; also Aug. 24. Overview of carriers at shop and instruction on how to use them. Basic Baby, Shoppingtown Mall, 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. Registration preferred: 632-6110.

The Secret Garden. 10 a.m. The


Hampstead Stage Company presents a theatrical version of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s tale of an orphan who goes to live with her gloomy uncle. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 446-3578.

Smart Play. 10:30 a.m.-noon; also Aug.

Summer Street Hockey Series, Aug. 10

CNY Scottish Games. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Enjoy

Scottish and American food and immerse yourself in culture of pipes, clans, drums, dancers

trees get water up to their leaves. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/adults; $7/seniors; $6/ages 3-17; free/under 3. (607) 272-0600.

Assault City Roller Derby Double-Header Bout. 5 p.m. Assault Squad

of Syracuse’s all-women, flat-track roller derby league takes on Little Steel Derby Girls. At 7 p.m., the Battery Brigade faces Babes of Wrath. Baldwinsville Ice Arena, 2725 W. Entry Road, Baldwinsville. $10/advance; $12/door; free/age 10 & under. 307-0705. www.assaultcityrollerderby.com.

21 & 27. Children age 5 and under can explore a free-play environment that promotes discovery, creativity and the development of early literacy skills. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. 637-6374. www.fflib.org.

Shakespeare-in-the-Park. 5:30 p.m.;

Aladdin. 12:30 p.m. See Aug. 3 listing.

Sunday, Aug. 11

Barefoot Hike. 1-3 p.m. Join Barefoot

Bob for a half-mile barefoot hike along the Valley Trail over grass, wooden bridges, leaves and soil; not for families with strollers. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $8/individual; $25/family. Register: 673-1350.

through Aug. 18. See Aug. 8 listing.

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 7 p.m. Vs. Pawtucket Red Sox. See Aug. 6 listing.

Shakespeare-in-the-Park. 2 p.m.; through Aug. 18. See Aug. 8 listing.

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 5 p.m. Vs. Pawtucket Red Sox. See Aug. 6 listing.

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Mama Pajama’s Playhouse. 2 p.m. A fun,

Make Your Own Comic. 1-3 p.m. Students entering grades 6-12 can learn how to make their own comics, graphic novels or manga. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: 637-6374.

Family Fest Program. 11 a.m. Elinor Freer

interactive music show for ages 3-8. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 446-3578.

Star Party: Perseid Meteor Shower. 9-11

p.m. Participants can view one of the year’s best meteor showers through telescopes as well as see Neptune and Uranus. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $8/individual; $25/family. Register: 673-1350.

The Wiggles, Aug. 20

Everything Disney. 2-3 p.m. Kids ages 5-9 can dress as a Disney character, make crafts, play Pin the Tail on Eeyore, and more. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. Register: 457-0310. lpl.org.

and David Ying talk about how composers have “recycled” materials in their music, and then children will have a chance to transform a recycled material into a musical instrument and take it home. Presented by the Skaneateles Festival. First Presbyterian Church, 97 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles. Free. 685-7418.

Puppets Tell a Story. 1 p.m. As a naturalist

reads a story about wildlife, children act it out using puppets from the Children’s Room. Beaver Lake Nature Center parking lot, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $3/vehicle admission. Registration required: 638-2519.

Anime Night. 6-8 p.m. Teens can watch and discuss anime on the large screen. Also there are drawing contests, refreshments and games. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. 457-0310. lpl.org.

Thursday, Aug. 15 Anime Club for Teens. 4 p.m.

Teens can meet other fans, share their favorite books and check out the library comics. NOPL at Brewerton, 5473 Library St., Brewerton. Free. Registration preferred: 676-7484. www.nopl.org.

Shakespeare-inthe-Park. 5:30 p.m.; through Aug. 18. See Aug. 8 listing.

CNY SPD Parent Connections Meeting. 7 p.m. The support

group for parents of children with sensory processing disorders holds its monthly meeting. A guest speaker will discuss evaluations. Beacon Baptist Church, 4800 Route 31, Clay. Free. 247-4195.

Friday, Aug. 16 NOPL Big Sale. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; also Aug. 17. Find deals on used books, media, computers and electronics. Sale benefits Northern Onondaga Public Libraries. NOPL at Cicero, 8686 Knowledge Lane, Cicero. 699-2032.

Toddler Dance Party.

10:30 a.m. Children ages 18 months-5 years can play musical instruments and dance with their friends and caregivers. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 446-3578.

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Shakespeare-in-the-Park. 5:30 p.m.; through Aug. 18. See Aug. 8 listing.

Dr. Seuss’ ABC Storytime. 11 a.m. Kids ages

3-7 can hear Dr. Seuss’ ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book, take part in activities and have some cookies. Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 449-2948.

Charlotte’s Web. 7 p.m.; through Aug. 18.

See the full-length theatrical adaptation of the E.B. White book about Wilbur, Charlotte and their special friendship. CNY Arts Center, State Street United Methodist Church (Park Street entrance), 357 State St., Fulton. $8/general; free/under 5. Reservations recommended: 592-3373. www.CNYArtsCenter.com.

fire in the raku kiln. Kids can play with clay and take home their work. Presented by Syracuse Ceramic Guild. Stone Quarry Hill Art Park, 1 mile east of village off Route 20, Stone Quarry Road, Cazenovia. $5/adults; free/children. 655-3196.

Blueberry Jam. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Music festival

features entertainment on two stages, with kids’ entertainment including the Songflower Man and the Twin Magicians, plus wagon rides, blueberry picking, cow train rides, playgrounds and more. Critz Farms, 3.5 miles south of Route 20 on Route 13, Cazenovia. $10/advance; $15/door; $3/ages 5-11; free/under 5. 662-3355. theblueberryjam.

Aladdin. 12:30 p.m. See Aug. 3 listing. Jack the Giant Slayer Movie. 1:30 p.m. In

Saturday, Aug. 17 listing.

this PG-rated flick, a young farmhand unwittingly opens a gateway to a fearsome world of giants. Central Library, Galleries of Syracuse, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-1900.

Asian Elephant Extravaganza. 10 a.m.-

Charlotte’s Web. 2 p.m.; through Aug. 18.

4:30 p.m. Learn all about the zoo’s resident pachyderms and others of their kind with activities and demonstrations. Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse. Free with zoo admission: $8/adult; $5/senior; $4/ ages 3-18; free/age 2 and under. 435-8511.

Pottery Fair. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; also Aug. 18. Visitors can see the work of more than 30 ceramic artists and glaze a piece of pottery and watch it

See Aug. 16 listing.

Sciencenter Showtime. 2 p.m. See the

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August 2013 Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 7 p.m. Vs. Indianapolis Indians. See Aug. 6 listing.

Tuesday, Aug. 20

Sunday, Aug. 18

The Wiggles. 6:30 p.m. The group—including the first female Wiggle—performs new music from their DVD Taking Off! as well as old favorites.

Kickball Tournament. 9:30 a.m., registra-

tion; 11 a.m., tournament. Participants (age 16 and up) can play to benefit the Dream Factory of Syracuse; spectators of all ages can view the competition. Syracuse Kickball Park, 7192 Oswego Road, Liverpool. Registration: $25. 313-4543. bit. ly/dfkickball.

They’re joined by regulars including Dorothy the Dinosaur and Captain Feathersword. Mulroy Civic Center, 421 Montgomery St., Syracuse. $15-$60 (plus service charges). 435-2121.

Community Sew: Little Dresses for Africa. 6:30-8 p.m. Families (with kids age 10

and up) can help make dresses for young girls in Africa, enabling them to have proper attire to attend school. Bring one new or gently used pillowcase for each dress; other materials provided. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. 6376374. littledressesforafrica.org.

Pottery Fair. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. See Aug. 17 listing.

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 7 p.m. Vs. Indianapolis Indians. See Aug. 6 listing.

Shakespeare-in-the-Park. 2 p.m.; through Aug. 18. See Aug. 8 listing.

Charlotte’s Web. 2 p.m.; through Aug. 18.

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See Aug. 16 listing.

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 5 p.m. Vs. Indianapolis Indians. See Aug. 6 listing.

Everything Disney, Aug. 13

Monday, Aug. 19 Brown Cow and Book Swap Day. 2-3 p.m. Young people can bring gently used books for children and teens to swap. Also they can drink a root beer float. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. 457-0310. lpl.org.

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 7 p.m. Vs. Indianapolis Indians. See Aug. 6 listing.




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Dr. Seuss’ ABC Storytime, Aug. 16

Wednesday, Aug. 21 Family Fest Concert. 11 a.m. Hear festival

performers play music that sounds like nature. Presented by the Skaneateles Festival. First Presbyterian Church, 97 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles. Free. 685-7418.

Maker Faire. Noon-4 p.m. If you made

something cool and want to show it off, here’s the place; stay to answer questions. NOPL at Cicero, 8686 Knowledge Lane, Cicero. Registration required: 699-2032. www.nopl.org.

Smart Play. 5:30-7 p.m.; also Aug. 27. See

show from the Museum of Science and Technology digs into the world of soil. Mundy Branch Library, 1204 S. Geddes St., Syracuse. Free. 4353797.

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 7 p.m. Vs. Charlotte Knights. See Aug. 6 listing.

Friday, Aug. 23 New York State Fair. 8 a.m.-midnight; through Sept. 2. See Aug. 22 listing.

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 7 p.m. Vs. Char-

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lotte Knights. See Aug. 6 listing.

Thursday, Aug. 22

Saturday, Aug. 24

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New York State Fair. 8 a.m.-midnight; through Sept. 2. See Aug. 22 listing.

a.m.-midnight; through Sept. 2. Enticing eats, thrilling rides, big-name entertainment—not to mention the Sand Sculpture, and exhibits showcasing arts, crafts, agricultural products and all manner of farm animals. New York State Fairgrounds, Geddes. Admission: $10/general; free/age 12 and younger. Parking: $5/car; $3/motorcycle. (800) 475-FAIR. www.nysfair.org.

MOST Traveling Science Program. 2 p.m. An interactive science

Outdoor Adventure Day. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Outdoor and hands-on learning activities for kids and adults—including fishing, archery, forestry, live animal displays and a climbing wall. Sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension Jefferson County. Natural Resources Permit Building, between Great Bend and Wheeler Sack Army Airfield, off Route 26, Watertown. Free. 788-8450. www.ccejefferson.org. Aladdin. 12:30 p.m. See Aug. 3 listing.

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• Pre-K (full & 1/2 day options) • Full Day Kindergarten & 1st - 6th Grades • Technology & Art Classes • Foreign Language Program • Instrumental & Voice Lessons • After School care (3-6pm) • PTA Sponsored Family Events

August 2013 Basics to Babywearing. 1-2 p.m. See Aug. 10 listing.

Solar Party with Bob Piekiel. 1-3 p.m.

New York State Fair, Aug. 24-Sept. 2

Every 11 years the sun peaks in its cycle of solar activity. With special telescopes, see sunspots, solar prominences and magnetic storms clearly and safely. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $8/individual; $25/ family. Register: 673-1350.

Sciencenter Showtime. 2 p.m. Find out

about optics, including how light can be bent and focused. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/adults; $7/seniors; $6/ages 3-17; free/ under 3. (607) 272-0600.

Carseats to Boosters. 2-3 p.m. Learn about seat and booster installation and best practices. Car seat inspections available after the class, weather permitting. Basic Baby, Shoppingtown Mall, 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 632-6110.

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 7 p.m. Vs. Charlotte Knights. See Aug. 6 listing.

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Shakespeare-in-the-Park, Aug. 8-11 & 15-18

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 5 p.m. Vs. Charlotte Knights. See Aug. 6 listing.

Monday, Aug. 26 New York State Fair. 8 a.m.-midnight; through Sept. 2. See Aug. 22 listing.

Tuesday, Aug. 27 New York State Fair. 8 a.m.-midnight; through Sept. 2. See Aug. 22 listing. Smart Play. 10:30 a.m.-noon. See Aug. 10 listing.

Creation Club. 3:30-5 p.m. See Aug. 6 listing.

Wednesday, Aug. 28 New York State Fair. 8 a.m.-midnight; through Sept. 2. See Aug. 22 listing.

Nurturing & Empowering Mamas.

6:30 p.m. This month’s meeting is a yoga class for mothers. Basic Baby, Shoppingtown Mall, 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 263-8749.

Summer Fun Days at

Mystical Acres Children ages 6-14 years

Summer Camps for children who do best in small groups of no more than 10 children & are aimed at increasing self-esteem, confidence & social skills.

August 7-9: Let’s Relax and Play

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Sunday, Sept. 1

New York State Fair. 8 a.m.-midnight;

New York State Fair. 8 a.m.-midnight;

Friday, Aug. 30

Monday, Sept. 2

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New York State Fair. 8 a.m.-midnight;

through Sept. 2. See Aug. 22 listing.

Saturday, Aug. 31 New York State Fair. 8 a.m.-midnight; through Sept. 2. See Aug. 22 listing.

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offers G- and PG-rated flicks at three area cinemas for $1 admission. Selections include The Three Stooges, Coraline, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days and more, changing each week. Shoppingtown Mall 14, 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt; 449-2001; Destiny USA 17, Destiny USA Drive, Syracuse; 4665680. www.regmovies.com.

Salt Museum. Weekends, 1-6 p.m.; through Oct. 13. Onondaga Lake Park, Liverpool. Free. 453-6712. Reading Treasure Hunt. Daily, 7:30 a.m. to

ONGOING EVENTS Grandparent/Grandchildren’s Fishing Days. 9:30-11:30 a.m.; 1:30-3:30

p.m.; Mondays through Fridays, through Aug. 9. Grandparents can enjoy quality time with their grandchildren; prizes awarded for largest fish each session. Bait and poles provided. Carpenter’s Brook Fish Hatchery, 1672 Route 321, Elbridge. $3/child; free/ accompanying adult. Register: 689-9367.

Summer Movie Express. Tuesdays &

Wednesdays, 10 a.m.; through Aug. 21. Regal Entertainment Group

dusk; July 1-Aug. 31. During park hours, kids can get clues at the front desk and hunt for boxes of reading-level-appropriate short stories to discover and read out in the woods at Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. Admission: $3/vehicle. 638-2519.

Canoeing & Kayaking. Daily, through Sept.

2; weekends: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., weekdays: 9 a.m.3:30 p.m. Paddle around Beaver Lake searching for beaver lodges, turtles and herons. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $8/first hour of rental; $2/additional halfhour. $3 per vehicle. 638-2519.

Onondaga Lake Skate Park. 10 a.m.-8

p.m.; daily (weather permitting), through Labor Day. The 16,900-square-foot skate park is open for BMX, skateboards and inline skates. Helmets and signed waivers are required. Onondaga Lake Skate Park, Onondaga Lake Park, Onondaga Lake Parkway. $3. 453-6712. continued on page 44


Get Back to School Faster. • Petting areas, animal presentations, maternity ward

Five Star Urgent Care offers $30 school and sports physicals. Our professional staff will provide you quality care without the wait, saving you time and money.

• Giant softplay maze-tubes, tunnels, slides, ballcrawl

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Onondaga County Beaches. Hours vary

throughout the season. Jamesville Beach Park, 4110 West Shore Manor, Jamesville. Oneida Shores Park, 9400 Bartell Road, Brewerton. $4/ vehicle, Monday-Thursday; $6/vehicle, Friday-Sunday & holidays. 435-5252 (Jamesville) or 676-7366 (Oneida). www.onondagacountyparks.com.

Parkway Sundays. 9 a.m.-noon; Sundays, July 14-Aug. 18. Skate, walk, bike or jog along 2-mile stretch as Liverpool’s Onondaga Lake Parkway closes to vehicular traffic. Take Lake Drive or Willow Street in Liverpool to the Salt Museum, or use Old Liverpool Road. Free. 453-6712. Downtown Syracuse Farmers’ Market.

Tuesdays, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; through Oct. 8. Farmers and produce dealers offer vegetables, fruit, nuts, flowers, baked goods and more for sale. Clinton Square, Syracuse. 422-8284. www.downtownsyracuse.com.

$25.95/adult; $15.95/ages 5-12; free/age 4 & younger. Off Route 104A, Sterling. (800) 879-4446. www.sterlingfestival.com.

Pottery Barn Kids Storytime. Tuesdays, 11 a.m. Hear a story, make a craft. Pottery Barn Kids, Destiny USA, 10028 Destiny USA Drive, Syracuse. 423-5215. Great Swamp Conservancy Natural Trails. Daily, dawn to dusk.

Visitors can grab their walking shoes (or snowshoes) and explore 4.5 miles of wellgroomed, flat trails. Open year round. Trails feature a 900-foot boardwalk, osprey nesting platform, and wetland and grassland restoration areas. The area is a stop for many migratory waterfowl and songbirds; other wildlife include muskrats and beavers. Great Swamp Conservancy, 3.5 miles off I-90, Exit 34, 8375 N. Main St. Canastota. Free. 697-2950.

Monday Fundays. Mondays, 1 p.m.; July 8-Aug. 26. Series of activities, crafts and demonstrations is designed to capture the culture of the Erie Canal; children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Erie Canal Museum, 318 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse. $5/child; $30/child, eight sessions. 471-0593. eriecanalmuseum.org.

Hiking trails and parking are free and open every day from dawn to dusk. Interpretive Center open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; closed Sundays. 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. 673-1350.

Sterling Renaissance Festival. Saturdays

Barnes & Noble Storytimes. Thurs-

& Sundays, 10 a.m.-7 p.m; July 6-Aug. 18. Enjoy a family-friendly version of an Elizabethan village, with street theater, minstrels, rides, games, jousts, comedy and turkey legs (the era’s food-on-the-go).

Grandparent/ Grandchildren’s Fishing Days, through Aug. 9; see Ongoing Events

Baltimore Woods Nature Center.

days, 10 a.m. Join a storytime for toddlers and preschoolers that’s features a book, songs and coloring. Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 449-2948.

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August 2013 Maxwell Library Storytimes. Storytimes and book groups for all ages. Call for dates and times. Maxwell Memorial Library, 14 Genesee St., Camillus. Free. 672-3661. Northeast Community Center Library Storytimes. Preschool storytimes with rhymes

and occasional games; youngsters learn group listening and participation skills. Call for times. Northeast Community Center Library, 716 Hawley Ave., Syracuse. Free. 472-6343, Ext. 208.

DeWitt Community Library. Library offers hundreds of free programs for parents and children. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. 446-3578. Fayetteville Free Library Storytimes.

(Excluding holidays.) First Steps: (Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m.) for children who are good walkers. Cuddletime: (Thursdays, 11:30 a.m.) for babies not yet walking and an adult. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. 637-6374.

Petit Branch Library Storytimes. Tues-

days, 10:30 a.m. Toddler and preschooler storytime for children ages 18 months-5 years and caregivers. Includes stories, rhymes, finger plays and songs. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. 435-3636.

Wegmans Playground. Boundless Play-

ground for children (and parents) of all ages and

abilities includes accessible swings, slides, bridge and more, including special section just for the tiniest tykes. Onondaga Lake Park, Route 370, Liverpool. Free. 451PARK.

Weekend Afternoon Walks. Saturdays and Sun-

days, 1:30 p.m. Nature discovery hike every Saturday and Sunday with different topics each weekend. Beaver Lake Nature Center, about 3 miles west of Baldwinsville off Route 370. $3 per vehicle. 638-2519.

Syracuse Go Club. Every Monday, 7-10 p.m. Wegmans sit-down dining area, 6789 E. Genesee St., Fayetteville. Club devoted to the ancient Chinese game of Go; players of all ages. Free. 479-9073. CNY Regional Market . Saturdays, 7 a.m.-2

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p.m. (year-round); Thursdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (May through November only). Shop seasonal produce, meat, fish, poultry, eggs, specialty foods and more on display throughout covered sheds; heated shops of Regional Market Commons feature gift and unique items including

jewelry, paintings and home decor. Also, flea market, Sundays, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. 2100 Park St., Syracuse. 422-8647. continued on page 46

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Cayuga Agricultural Museum. Route 38A, Emerson Park, Auburn. Free. 253-5611. Antique farm life on display.

Corning Museum of Glass. 1 Corning Glass Center, Corning. Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $14/adults; free/age 19 and under. (607) 937-5371. Ongoing: You Design It, We Make It: Glassblowers choose from among designs submitted by young visitors and create that work on the spot.

Cortland Children’s Museum. 8 Calvert

St., O’Heron Newman Hall, SUNY Cortland campus. (607) 753-5525.

Erie Canal Museum. 318 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; closed holidays. Free. 471-0593. Interactive exhibit: Work the Weighlock. The Stonecutters: Exhibit reveals the fascinating world of the stonecutters and quarrymen who built the 83 locks and 18 aqueducts along the 363-mile Erie Canal. Everson Museum of Art. 401 Harrison St.

Tuesday-Friday, Sunday, noon- 5p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $5 donation. 474-6064. World-class museum includes Children’s Interactive Gallery designed to acquaint beginning art viewers with basic art principles, with areas dedicated to portraiture, hands-on activities, and a classroom.

Onondaga Lake Skate Park; see Ongoing Events

Farmers’ Museum. Lake Road, Route 80,

Cooperstown. $11/adults; $9.50/seniors; $5/age 7-12; free; age 6 & under. (888) 547-1450.

Fort Rickey Discovery Zoo. Route 49, three

miles west of Rome. Daily 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $9.95/ adults, $6.95/children; $8.50/seniors. 336-1930. Animal presentations of the exotic and native alike.

H. Lee White Museum and Maritime Center. W. First St., Oswego. Monday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $7/adult; $3/teen; free/age 12 & under. 342-0480. Exhibits highlight more than 400 years of maritime history. Vessels on display include: New York State Derrick Boat 8 from the Canal System, schooner Ontario and Eleanor D, the last U.S. commercial fishing vessel to work Lake Ontario.

International Boxing Hall of Fame.

Thruway Exit 34, Canastota. Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $4/adults, $3/seniors, $3/youths. Ages 6 and younger free. 697-7095.

Jamesville Museum. East Seneca Turnpike, under the steeple in the village center. Sunday, 2-4 p.m. Free. 469-1914.

Manlius Historical Society. Office and Research Center at 109 Pleasant St., Manlius. 682-6660. Call for hours. Museum at Smith and Scoville streets, Manlius. Open Saturdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

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August 2013 Syracuse. Tuesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Museum admission: $8/adults; $7/seniors and ages 2-11. IMAX admission only: $9.50/adults; $7.50/children and senior citizens; additional show, $5/adults; $4/children and senior citizens (473-IMAX). Combo museum and single-admission IMAX tickets: $12/adults; $10/children and seniors. Planetarium (only available with museum admission): $2. 425-9068. Hands-on science center features the Bristol Omnitheater, Science Playhouse, Earth Science Discovery Cave, Technotown, and Flight and Space Exhibit. Silverman Planetarium shows “Zoo in the Sky,” for kids under age 8, Saturdays, Sundays and school holidays, 11:15 a.m.; “Seasonal Sky” Saturdays, Sundays and school holidays, 3:15 p.m.

Octagon House. 5420 W. Genesee St., Camil-

lus. Sundays and some holidays, 1-5 p.m. Weekdays by appointment. Free tours. 488-7800. House on the National Register of Historic Places and complete with 1856 kitchen and six stories restored to 1856-1900 style.

Onondaga Historical Association Museum. 321 Montgomery St., Syracuse. Wednes-

day-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Donation. 428-1864. Syracuse’s only comprehensive local history museum, with exhibits on architecture, local industries, transportation and more.

Bubblemania, Aug. 5

Oswego Railroad Museum. 56 W. First St., Oswego.

Open Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. Saturdays & Sundays, noon-5 p.m. $2/age 12 & older; $1/ages 6-11; free/age 5 & younger. 342-0028.

Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park. 1 Conservation

Place, Syracuse. Daily, 10 a.m.4:30 p.m. $8/adults; $5/senior citizens; $4/children; free/age 2 and younger. 435-8511. Ongoing attractions include Humboldt penguins. michael davis photo

Museum of Science and Technology (MOST). 500 S. Franklin St., Armory Square,

Sciencenter. 601 First St.,

Ithaca. Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Admission: $8/adults; $7/seniors; $6/ages 3-17; free/under 3. (607) 272-0600. www.sciencenter.org. Inspires people of all ages to discover the excitement of science through exhibits and programs.

Seward House. 33 South St., Auburn.

Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Admission: $8/adults; $7/seniors; $5/students with identification; free/under 6. 252-1283. Designated National Historic Landmark was the home of William Henry Seward, governor of New York, state

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Shacksboro Schoolhouse Museum. Caton

Street, McHarrie Park, Baldwinsville. Wednesday-Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. 638-2452.

Shakowi Cultural Center. Route 46, Oneida.

Syracuse Astronomical Society Observatory. Open Friday-Saturday, weather permitting. Strong Road, Tully. Free. 422-4503, 4929118.

363-1424. Daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Ongoing: Oneida Culture: The Living Past, highlighting the knowledge of Oneida Nation elders on subjects ranging from corn to early medicine; Oneida Industries, life-size plaster figures engaging in different crafts; The Oneida Art of Basketry.

Harriet Tubman Home. South Street Road,

Canal Boat Tour and Sims Store Museum. 5750 Devoe Road, off Route 690 (in Camillus

Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $2 suggested donation. 252-0339. Historic Victorian buildings featuring mosaic floors, carved oak furniture and the glass work of Louis Tiffany.

Erie Canal Park), Camillus. Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. (May through October). Replica of canal store features exhibits, early photos and maps. Also, narrated canal-boat tours available (Sundays, 1-5 p.m.; $3/adult, $1.50/ ages 5-11) as well as biking, hiking, fishing and playground along 7-mile stretch of Erie Canal Park. 488-3409.

Skaneateles Historical Society. The Creamery, 28 Hannum St., Skaneateles. Friday-Saturday, 1-4 p.m. 685-1360.

Auburn. Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, call ahead. 252-2081. Dwelling of the heroine of the Underground Railroad.

Willard Memorial Chapel/Welch Memorial Building. 17 Nelson St., Auburn.

Women’s Rights National Historical Park. 136 Fall St., Seneca Falls. Daily, 9 a.m.-5

p.m. Closed national holidays. 568-2991. History of the women’s rights movement.

Canal Boat Tour and Sims Store Museum; see Ongoing Events

Strong National Museum of Play. 1

Manhattan Square, Rochester. Admission: $13; free/younger than 2. (585) 263-2700. Permanent exhibits include National Toy Hall of Fame with inductees such as alphabet blocks, Barbie, Crayola crayons, G.I. Joe and the ever-versatile cardboard box. Also, super-sized kids’ market and more; lunch available at Bill Gray’s Skyliner Diner.


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Send information about your family-friendly event to: Family Times calendar, 1415 W. Genesee St., Syracuse; fax to 422-1721; or email to editorial@familytimes.biz. Include date and time of event, location, price and phone number for publication. We give priority to low- or no-cost events open to the community. For consideration, listings are due by Aug. 9 for the September issue.

My child would never gamble

wanna BET? Gambling is dangerous. What might seem like harmless fun at first can become an obsession; it’s addictive and can lead to other risky behaviors. More than financial health is at risk.

Will Your Child Be Prepared for Kindergarten?

The JCC Program Helps Ensure TheEarly JCCChildhood Early Childhood Program the Answer will be YES! Ensures the Answer will be YES! • NYS approved curriculum that aligns with the Common Core Standards and the Early Learning Guidelines • Physical education, music and library programming • Promotes sharing, cooperation and learning through play • Half-day options available • Early and late care available for preschoolers


It’s not just nickles and dimes...

To schedule a tour please call 445-2040 ext. 120 School Year 2013-2014 STARTS September 3rd! 5655 Thompson Rd, DeWitt • 315.445.2040 • www.jccsyr.org

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Ilene Layow


Teaching Artist, Owner

In Onondaga County 46% of students in grades 7-12 reported gambling last year.

Kids that gamble are: more likely to drink

Art Classes Home Schoolers Art Classes 14 Sessions Sept. – Dec. Fusing Register by August 15th For special discounts

Home Schoolers, Adults, Teens and Kids Painting • Drawing Wheel Throwing • Hand Building • Glass

Afterschool, Evenings & Saturdays New classes start continuously... Call to set up a personal program

Ladies Night, Birthday, Bridal Parties & Scout Badges

more likely to smoke more likely to be in trouble with the law


(315) 471–1359



Jewelry, Gifts, Serving Pieces, Glass, Ceramics, Drawings, Paintings

126 Doll Parkway, Syracuse

For more information contact:


Residential & Commercial Individual, Family, Pets & House Create Your Own or Shop for…


Gallery hours by appointment.

(315) 345-4576

Register by 8/15 for any Fall program -

10% off

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To advertise call 472-4669 and press 2. August Issue Deadline: August 16, 2013


activities body recognition class

movement. music. instruments. imagination. We will explore the motions of our bodies with dance. For children 8 mos.-5 yrs old. Birthday parties available. Call Tamar @ 446-2750 or www.toddlerstango.com

educational services

Canada Drug Center


is your choice for safe and affordable medications. Our licensed Canadian mail order pharmacy will provide you with savings of up to 75 percent on all your medication needs.Call today 1-800-316-9743 for $10.00 off your first prescription and free shipping.

from home. *Medical, *Business, *Criminal Justice, *Hospitality. Job placement assistance. Computer available. Financial aid if qualified. SHEV Authorized. 800-494-3586 www.CenturaOnline.com

Marriage & Family Therapist Emily Souve, M.A., LPMFT CNY Marriage & Family Therapy Place Emily.souve@yahoo.com/315-454-2454

after school



3rd Annual MEDITERRANEAN FESTIVAL St. George Orthodox Church 350 Higby Road, New Hartford, 13413 Celebrate summer’s end with 2 days of delicious, fresh, foods: grilled kebabs, hummus, baklava, tabbouleh, sundaes, grape leaves, rice pudding & more. Bring family and friends to enjoy traditional dance & music, raffle, prizes, children’s games, and bouncy house. Sept.7 & 8: Sat. 12-8p, Sun. 12-4p

6-8 weeks ACCREDITED. Get a diploma. Get a job.1-800-264-8330 www.diplomafromhome.com.

services DirecTV - Over 140 channels only $29.99

a month. Call Now! Triple savings! $636.00 in Savings, Free upgrade to Genie & 2013 NFL Sunday ticket free!! Start saving today! 1-800-270-9140.

Done Right Cleaning

“Like you, we don’t consider it done until it’s Done Right” references and insured Office 315-676-3816 Cell 315-427-3427 www.done-right-cleaning.com.

financial services Register NOW for 2013-2014 season! Be a part of the world’s most played sport in a non-competitive outdoor league. Saturday games at Barry Park or nearby. 1st child $95/ Addt’l child $90 K-8th Grade. Includes fall & spring play with full uniform. www.eastsidesoccer.org

health & Wellness

Cut your STUDENT LOAN payments in HALF or more

Even if Late or in Default. Get Relief FAST Much LOWER payments. Call Student Hotline 855-372-7845.



Cut payments by up to half. Stop creditors from calling. 855-464-8136

SPRING SPECIALS! Highlights-10 foils for $20 Men’s Mondays $7 cuts Women’s shampoo, cut & blow-dry $35 Mon-Sat 9a-6p 3056 Burnet Ave. 315-214-4722

automotive $18/Month Auto Insurance - Instant Quote - Any Credit Type Accepted - Get the Best Rates In Your Area. Call (800) 869-8573 Now.


24 hr. Response - Tax Deduction UNITED BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION Providing Free Mammograms & Breast Cancer Info 888-717-6051.

birthday parties Carl’s Balloon Creations

Balloon twisting for any occasion. 315-469-3149 315-741-9947 cdickhut@yahoo.com


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What’s in our Back Pack Giveaway? The Wiggles Taking Off! Tuesday, August 20th • 6:30PM 4 Tickets • Crouse Hinds Theater To enter: Send all contact information to promotions@familytimes.biz with “Wiggles” in the subject line. Entry deadline August 13, 2013

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A Puppet Workshop about Autism

Interested in a performance? KidSpeak is an interactive puppet workshop that helps children and adults understand learning style differences, especially in children with autism spectrum disorders. It is designed for children ages 6 to 9 in school and community settings.


FOR MORE INFO: Margaret L. Williams DEVELOPMENTAL Evaluation Center 315.427.4404 www.KohlsAutism.com

KOHLS Autism

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Fall Musical Theatre Camp

Summer 2013 Theatre Camp - August Sessions Two Age Groups - GRADES 1 - 5 & GRADES 6 - 12 Session 4 - August 5 - August 16 Session 5 - August 19 - August 30

Mon - Fri - 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Early Drop-off Available

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Family Times August 2013  

We are an award-winning magazine with staff-written news, feature stories and artwork that inform and inspire Central New York parents and t...

Family Times August 2013  

We are an award-winning magazine with staff-written news, feature stories and artwork that inform and inspire Central New York parents and t...