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4 • Editor’s Note 6 • Kids These Days
Mothers and daughters confront the body-image challenges of their times.
10 • Health Qs
A pediatric dentist encourages early checkups and, yes, flossing.
12 • Because I Said So
Neil Davis wants parents to put down their cameras.
14 • A Full Plate
A professional baker mixes running a business with raising kids.
Capture a Moment
Reid (on left), 3, and Evan, 4, lick frosting off beaters in their North Syracuse kitchen in these photos taken by their mother, Jessica Woodburn.
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unning a successful business requires a lot of help: from customers, from employees, from spouses. Cyndi Kelder knows this and talks about it in the story on page 14. She is the proprietor of Mrs. Kelder’s Cakes, a 3-year-old bakery in the village of Manlius.
Like Mrs. Kelder’s Cakes, Family Times is a business that requires a lot of support; in this month of February, when Valentine’s Day falls, I’d like to express my appreciation, even affection, for the many people who have helped make this magazine possible—for nearly 15 years. Our community includes: all the staffers here at 1415 W. Genesee St., who, among other jobs, sell advertising, keep the books, design the pages, photograph the people, and deliver this magazine to newsstands; freelance writers like this month’s contributors Tammy DiDomenico (page 10), Maggie Lamond Simone (page 6), Laura Livingston Snyder (page 18) and Neil Davis (page 12); advertisers, who for the first time are all listed in an index on page 28, and who provide the revenue to make this possible; and readers, who support us by perusing the articles, attending the events, and talking to us and to others about what they read. Without all of those people, and more, there would be no monthly magazine, so I want to express my deep regard for everyone who is or ever was a part of this enterprise. I don’t say it every month, but every month I am, indeed, grateful for the chance to be part of this magazine and our community. Happy Valentine’s Day!
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I also tried to refuse a change in my post-cancer medication—knowing the current dose could have caused a heart attack—because I was afraid I would gain weight. I’ve struggled with body image issues my entire life; I, too, wonder when I’ll be able to stop caring.
“We’re slowly learning how unrealistic perceptions of beauty can damage a girl’s psyche. We’re learning that instead of only telling girls they’re beautiful, we should also tell them they’re smart, or funny, or good readers.” My daughter, at 16, is a walking paradox. She is smart, funny and compassionate. She’s a fearless speaker about mental health issues—while struggling with anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder. I’ve spent most of her life trying not to let her see me struggle, and reminding her how beautiful she is so she would never doubt it. THINKSTOCK ILLUSTRATION
But by continually affirming her beauty, I could have unwittingly been stressing the importance of looks over person: the opposite of what I wanted to do. That she seems at home in her own skin, I know, is despite rather than because of me.
Can we unpack our body-image baggage? BY MAGGIE LAMOND SIMONE
We have three generations of some pretty amazing women in my family. My mother raised six children, was the middle school secretary for 20 years, and then became a certified lifeguard—which she still is, at age 78. She has led, and continues to lead, a productive, at times challenging, always fulfilling life. In her youth she was tall, slender, strawberry blond, with gorgeous skin. She’s slightly shorter now, slender, with snow white hair and still-gorgeous skin. She is one of the most beautiful women I’ve ever known. 6
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She also still weighs herself every day, wonders if her arms are too flabby, if she’s thin enough, pretty enough. She has never thought her body was good enough, and at 78 she is still asking, sadly, “When am I going to stop caring?” I’ve done many things of which I’m very proud as well. I’ve been a teacher for more than a decade. I earned a black belt in karate as an adult. After quitting drinking over 25 years ago, I became the writer I always knew I could be. I married a good man and have two amazing children. At 55, I’ve led, and continue to lead, a good life.
My mother’s generation saw the rise of new standards of beauty promoted by television shows, movies, magazines and advertisements. Those standards led to the introduction of both fad and lifelong diet programs, ever-changing hairstyles and fashions, trends in fitness—all encouraging the constant quest for unrealistic beauty. They continued through my generation, when idealized beauty became normal— while remaining physically unattainable. We’re slowly learning how unrealistic perceptions of beauty can damage a girl’s psyche—and a boy’s expectations. We’re learning that instead of only telling girls they’re beautiful—which so many of us do out of sheer habit—we should also tell them they’re smart, or funny, or good readers. They need to know they are loved for all of who they are, not just how they look. It’s challenging, I know, but words matter. We also need to help children discern real life from fiction, which is not always
easy when they’re constantly exposed to the images that bombard them on TV, tablets, computers and cell phones. Some content creators are beginning to understand that impact and are using more realistic body types for their advertising campaigns, which will go a long way toward assuring young girls— and boys—that beauty is not tied to a particular body type or hair color or skin color. Negative body image has a long, long shelf life. It dampens any joy we might feel, anything positive we achieve, preventing us from ever truly knowing happiness. Consciously or not, our body image is on our minds 24/7, and while my mom and I laugh together as we compare pant sizes and weights these days, there is always, always the underlying query: “When am I going to stop caring?” I hope there will come a day when that question is answered for my mother, a day when she can measure her self-worth by the lives she’s affected and the joy she’s brought, rather than an unattainable vision of how she thinks she should look. I hope there will come a day when it’s answered for me, too. And I hope there will never come a day in my daughter’s life when the question is even asked. Maggie Lamond Simone is an award-winning writer and mother of two living in Baldwinsville. Reach her at email@example.com.
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A Practice with Teeth
Pediatric dentist Michael Quigley encourages early checkups—and, yes, flossing BY TAMMY DiDOMENICO
egular dental checkups are not commonly listed among most adults’ “favorite things,” but oral health is profoundly important. And it is best learned early. Michael Quigley, a dentist with Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics For All Ages in Fayetteville, is one of many local dentists who recommend establishing strong dental care routines for young children as early as possible.
Quigley, himself a new parent to 1-year-old Lilliana, recommends many of the traditional features of dental care for his youngest patients. As a certified pediatric dental specialist, he is also committed to making their initial forays into routine dental care as comfortable as possible. Michael Quigley
Quigley has been with Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics since 2012. He recently spoke with Family Times about the importance of establishing good care habits. (This interview has been edited and condensed.) It is commonly recommended that children have their first dental visit around age 2. What would warrant a visit before that? Michael Quigley: Actually, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that the first dental visit be after the first tooth erupts and no later than 12 months of age. This allows the pediatric dentist an opportunity to provide oral hygiene counseling for parents, assess and provide counseling regarding the child’s fluoride exposure, provide dietary counseling related to oral health. The main goal of a first dental visit is prevention. It is much easier to prevent dental problems in children than it is to treat them once they’ve occurred. What are you looking for during a typical first visit? MQ: Typically, a complete clinical and oral examination is performed to assess the child’s growth and development and diagnose any possible pathology. This can be completed with the 10
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child in the dental chair alone, or on the parent’s lap. Are dental X-rays required every year for young children? MQ: The frequency of X-rays should be determined by the child’s history, clinical findings and susceptibility for oral disease. For caries detection, some high-risk patients may require X-rays more frequently than once per year. Are pacifiers as bad for dental structure development as parents are often led to believe? MQ: Non-nutritive sucking habits (pacifier or finger) are considered normal in infants and young children under 3 years of age. They can, however, have a significant negative impact on oral growth and development. To prevent this, it is recommended that parents help their children to stop sucking habits by age 36 months or earlier. Some parents seem, perhaps, a little less concerned about the care of their children’s’ “baby teeth” than their “permanent teeth.” MQ: Dental decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease. It is five times more common than asthma, four times more common than obesity, and 20 times more common than diabetes. It is transmissible: It can be passed from tooth to tooth and even from person to person. Tooth decay is painful. Untreated decay can lead to infections and tooth loss. It compromises the child’s ability to eat well, sleep well, and function well at home and at school. Baby teeth help guide the adult teeth into position. Early loss of baby teeth leads to problems during the transition from baby teeth to adult teeth, requiring orthodontic intervention and possibly even future removal of adult teeth. I am a devoted flosser; my children are not. Reports released last year suggest I may be wasting my time encouraging them. What is your advice on this? MQ: The bottom line is that dental decay and gum disease develop when plaque is allowed to build up on and in between teeth and along the gum line. Brushing and flossing have been shown to remove this plaque. I can usually tell instantly if the patient is a
regular flosser based on the health of their gums. I floss daily, and I recommend my patients to do the same. Are fluoride rinses necessary for most children? MQ: Fluoride rinses are a great tool in the prevention and treatment of dental decay, but they may not be appropriate for all children. Very young children, who have not mastered the ability to “spit,” are at risk for swallowing fluoride. Children who are at a low caries risk and use fluoridated toothpaste may not need a fluoride rinse. What about sealants? MQ: Dental sealants are great, and not just for kids! I recommend them for patients of all ages who have teeth with deep pits/ grooves. They cover up the grooves and prevent plaque, bacteria and food debris from accumulating. This prevents decay. Children are being referred to orthodontic specialists at very young ages. What has prompted this? MQ: Orthodontics not only straightens crooked teeth but can also guide the growth and development of the patient’s face and jaws. Many jaw growth discrepancies and asymmetries can be detected at a very early age. Pediatric dentists begin preliminary orthodontic evaluations as soon as the child has teeth. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have their first orthodontic evaluation no later than 7 years of age.
What about the popularity of sport drinks? Some parents still consider them to be healthier alternatives to soda, but most contain a lot of sugar. MQ: I have noticed a huge correlation between sports drinks and dental decay, but I will expand that to include fruit juice as well. Sugary beverages can be extremely damaging to teeth. They are very acidic and have high levels of simple sugars that the cavity-causing bacteria love. This combination leads to erosion of the tooth enamel and progression of decay. Most of my patients that experience rampant decay are routine juice/soda/sports drink consumers. What is the most common piece of dental advice you give to your young patients, and their parents? MQ: Brush a minimum of twice daily and floss at least once daily before bed. Limit simple sugar intake. Drink lots of water! It helps the mouth to recover from the acid attack experienced after eating a meal and helps to wash food debris out of your mouth. If you play a sport, wear a mouth guard—even if it’s not required. Most dental injuries occur in sports where mouth guards are not mandatory. Ask questions, and talk with your dentist. We really do want to help you! Award-winning writer Tammy DiDomenico lives in DeWitt with her husband and two sons.
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Maybe it’s time to put down the camera (or phone) | BY NEIL DAVIS JR.
icture this: Your child earns a new Scout badge, lands a triple Lutz or nails that tough violin solo—but you don’t photograph it. No, really. You don’t record a video you can pretend you will someday watch. You don’t capture an image that surely would garner a bevy of online likes and comments. In fact, your phone stays in your pocket or purse the entire time. Instead, you sit there and soak in the moment, enjoying your child’s accomplishment in full-color, high-definition reality. Many of you, having read that, broke out in a sweat and said, “Why would I do that?” You’re right now combing through Facebook to ensure that every piece of your history is labeled with searchable hashtags. Don’t worry. I promise you that all your memories are still there, exactly as they appear in your subconscious, in reverse chronological order and washed with a warm, pretty Valencia filter. Over the past decade, advances in phone technology have transformed the world of photography, putting everyone only a few screen taps away from a seemingly professionally edited image. Aim. Click. Crop. Share. 12
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Instantly, any occasion can be memorialized in electronic glory. For the most part, this has been a blessing. But the simplicity of apps has left few excuses for not Instagramming every single event in our children’s lives, forcing parents to ask, “If we don’t photograph it, did it even happen?” I, too, have fallen victim to this trend. I started taking pictures in the late 1980s on a used Canon film camera. (For anyone young reading this, “film” is sort of like pixels except it cost money and took hours longer to process than the nanosecond your phone takes.) Early on, I honed my artistic sensibilities on dogs and trees. I would spend a half-hour lining up the perfect shot, hitting the shutter only after the lighting promised a magical result. Then, in 2002, my daughter was born, her early years coinciding with the explosion of digital photography. Suddenly, I could shoot a few dozen photos in the time it took her to eat one Cheerio. I began documenting her every waking moment (and some of her sleeping ones), having no idea what I had gotten myself into.
The problem began without warning. Sadie innocently stole a peanut from a bowl and popped it into her mouth. I reacted with the same panic any parent would have, worried that she could choke, develop an allergy or, worse yet, go the rest of her life without having a permanent record of the moment. The days of her childhood suddenly seemed numbered. I had missed photographing her very first peanut, and I was not going to let another cherished memory slip by unsaved. From then on, I adopted a rational approach, shooting everyday events as if I was her personal team of paparazzi. She would work on a puzzle or try on socks, and the room would echo with camera clicks. With participation in social media, my anxiety has only worsened. The pressure has never been greater for parents to chronicle their children’s lives and post every image. The albums in my parents’ attic tell a more succinct story, showing the true highlights of my own childhood. A shot of me in my baseball uniform is followed by one from my birthday. I’m sure I did something noteworthy between Halloween
and Christmas morning, but my parents didn’t feel a need to photograph it. Maybe they were onto something. Every parent today comes armed with a camera and often very little restraint. It might sound crazy to some, but the fact that you can take a photo does not always mean that you should take a photo. My daughter’s dance competitions have opened my eyes. At many of them, photography is not permitted, granting me the opportunity to take in what is happening around me. There’s no aiming, clicking or posting. I just watch and listen, focusing my senses instead of my lens. Parents in the audience get immersed in the moment, absorbing the wonder of three-dimensional, non-pixelated images.
Reality can be stunningly vivid. I encourage all parents to try it sometime. Put down your phone and just let an event happen, even an important one. Watch your child score a goal or receive an award with your eyes, not through a fourinch screen. You might find that the photos left untaken will become the most memorable. Neil Davis works at Bristol-Myers Squibb and lives in Liverpool with his daughter, Sadie, age 15. He most recently published a short story called “The Surface Below” in the Summer 2016 issue of the journal The First Line.
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A professional baker mixes running a business with raising kids | BY TAMMY DiDOMENICO
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hen you walk into Mrs. Kelder’ s Cakes, a compact, tidy bakery located in the heart of the village of Manlius, the attention to detail is palpable. The cookies and cupcakes in the front case are exquisitely decorated and inviting. The bistro tables are hand-painted with designs by the owner’s neighbor. The building itself embodies the vintage charm that Manlius locals love. Certainly, customers might think, the owner—Cyndi Kelder—was born to bake. And definitely, they could assume, her bakery is the fulfillment of a lifelong goal. But they’d be wrong. “Probably, honestly, truth be told. . . I hate baking,” Kelder admits after a long day of filling special orders for holiday cookies and cupcakes. “I’m always artsy in what I do. So I saw this more as a creative outlet. I don’t like the mixing and the baking, but I love to decorate. The baking is just so I can come up with a canvas.” Kelder, who worked for a decade as an athletic trainer for the Fayetteville-Manlius School District before opening Mrs. Kelder’s Cakes in 2013, says her interest in baking developed gradually. She made
cakes for family events, and then gradually started bringing treats to school. The students enjoyed the sweets, and word of mouth spread. “My practice cakes would go to school,” Kelder recalls with a laugh. “High school kids will eat that up like nobody’s business. Then, I stopped practicing.” Kelder has since made a name for herself by applying her artistic eye to every order. Her frostings are exquisitely colored and carefully applied, and her ability to turn almost any idea into a specialty cake has made her bakery the go-to place for those seeking the ultimate birthday treat. “We try to make everything a treat for the eyes as well as the palate,” Kelder says. When she made the decision to make baking her business, Kelder spent a lot of time developing her recipes. She could use mixes and pre-cracked eggs or substitutes, like other specialty bakers do. But Kelder thought it was important to develop fresh, signature recipes that would draw repeat customers. Her chocolate cake and sugar cookie recipes were early hits, while her red velvet recipe took more time to formulate. Currently, she has about 17 choices in the bakery case every day. “Everything is made fresh, within hours of you picking it up,” Kelder adds. She often has flash “Happy Hour” sales on weekday evenings, when everything in the case is $1.
Kelder, an Ohio native, opened her storefront at a point in her life when few women would choose to do so. She was stepping away from a successful career while adding to her growing family. She and her husband, Derek, live in Fayetteville with their three children: daughters Mackenzie, 10, and Morgan, 8 and son Max, 4, who was just a year old when the bakery opened. Kelder credits her family— and Derek in particular—for supporting her, as the business often pulls her away from the household routines. Kelder says her career shift was never about being unhappy in her previous job. (She made local headlines in 2011 for saving the life of a young athlete who was critically injured on the lacrosse field.) “I was happy doing what I was doing,” Kelder says. “But the support I had from the FM community helped me to take this leap. Opportunity knocked, and it just felt like the next thing to do.” The location for Mrs. Kelder’s Cakes was also a factor: It’s a beloved older building on a strip of East Seneca Street that is home to another thriving newer business (Ironwood) and a local landmark (Manlius Art Cinema). The Kelders did just enough work to bring out the building’s character, preserving its historic charms. Locals were thrilled by the prospect of a new tenant that was not a chain restaurant or another drugstore franchise. continued on page 16
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continued from page 15 “I’m privileged to be a part of this community,” Kelder says. “This is a great group of small businesses here in the village. This bakery has been very loved since Day One. It’s nice to have that kind of support for small businesses here. We have never paid for advertising, and we can’t keep up with the demand.” Shannon Allen has been a regular customer since the bakery opened in 2013. “I live in Manlius, so I love to support local businesses whenever I can,” she says. “I will go to Mrs. Kelder’s a couple of times a month.” Each Christmas, Allen orders a specialty gingerbread house from Kelder for an annual cookie exchange. “She blows me away with how gorgeous they are,” Allen says. With six children, Allen has also become a regular patron of Kelder’s birthday cupcakes—and every family member has a favorite. Allen enthusiastically recommends Kelder to others. “She is very easy to work with and has an amazing talent for decorating no matter what it is: cake, cookie cake, cookies or cupcakes. She makes great sweets!” Syracuse resident Debra Ryan met Kelder in 2014 when she hosted a cookie decorating party for a family birthday celebration. Ryan had been looking for a baker who could make a “classic birthday cake.” “Mrs. Kelder set up cookies, frosting and decorations for the girls and they had a great time. At the end of the party she presented each girl with a perfectly decorated cupcake topped with a little penguin, and it was that classic birthday cake I had been looking for,” Ryan recalls. “Every birthday since then, and any time I need a specialty cake, I call Mrs. Kelder. She does such a wonderful job! I have recommended her to everyone I know and they love her cakes and cupcakes too.” While Ryan does not live in Manlius, “I think it’s important to Cyndi Kelder relies on her husband, Derek, to help her manage life with children Morgan, left, Mackenzie and Max.
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support local businesses, especially when it’s someone like Mrs. Kelder,” says Ryan, who’s a particular fan of the chocolate cake with buttercream frosting. “She has always been very accommodating and it’s been a pleasure to be her customer.” Today, Kelder manages her schedule to maximize her time at home. Most of the baking is done in the morning, and then she goes home when her older children return from school. Derek, who graduated from FM High School, picks up the evening routine so Kelder can return to the bakery to finish sales or meet with clients. Last summer, Derek logged a lot of hours at the bakery, too. “My husband is a rock star,” Kelder says. “He has his full-time job and does a lot at home because I’m never there. He wakes up and does all their lunches, does the laundry. When I am not there, I feel like he’s got it under control. He’s a good egg.” Mackenzie has recently begun to help with some of the baking (“She is very good at cracking the eggs, and I use a lot of them”), and Morgan has contributed some design ideas. Young Max has yet to find his role in the family business, which is fine with his mom for now. “I’m very big on hygiene, so I haven’t let him do anything in here yet,” Kelder says knowingly. Kelder plans to keep the business small enough so that she can still be involved in every aspect of it. But the one area where she would like to expand is delivery capability. Currently, the bakery has been limited to wherever the Kelders can drop off themselves. It’s not uncommon for Derek to make a cake or cupcake delivery on the way to his own business meetings. “Delivery service—that would be the next step,” Kelder says. Despite her neat-as-a-pin storefront, Kelder admits that being a small business owner has brought its share of behind-thescenes turmoil.
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A Picnic Party
Turn up the heat and invite the whole gang | BY LAURA LIVINGSTON SNYDER
ight about now you and your kids are probably a bit sick of winter. (I know I am.) What if your son wants to wear his favorite tank top? I’ve got the perfect occasion: a picnic. Yes, a picnic! Indoors, of course. Why not give this a try? Here’s how.
Invite friends and family. Announce this party the old-fashioned way by sending colorful invitations a week or so in advance. If luau-themed ones aren’t available, choose stock with lush greens, sunny yellows or Caribbean blues. Create the illusion of warmth with tropical stickers, available in craft stores. Have the kids draw palm trees, beaches and butterflies. Make sure to say that the dress code is shorts and T-shirts. And it’s not a picnic without wildlife, so encourage younger children to bring a stuffed animal. (For once the sunscreen can be left in the drawer.) Come up with a fair-weather menu. The drink list (if you’re inviting responsible friends over age 21) could include margaritas or mojitos, or non-alcoholic equivalents. Impress everyone with fruity concoctions with coconut and umbrellas, or stick to lemonade and iced teas. Get creative by freezing different flavors of Powerade in ice cube trays to perk up clear sodas. For food, concentrate on warm-weather favorites like macaroni 18
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and potato salads, baked beans, garden salads (splurge on organic because it’ll most likely be the only flavorful kind this time of year), hot dogs and hamburgers. Don’t forget condiments like pickles and relishes, too. Desserts like key lime pie or chocolate peanut butter icebox pie are bound to be refreshing with the heat. Set the scene. Decorate your house with beach towels, lawn chairs or any other summer paraphernalia you dig up. Print out and hang some photos from warm-weather vacations. Before the party, put out any old photo albums you’ve got to prompt tales of summers gone by. Jack up the temps and spin some tunes. Prepare your house about an hour before guests arrive by turning up the thermostat, at least to 75. Now the shorts make sense and the snow outside the windows can be ignored. Scoot chairs to the side and put some blankets on the floor. Put together playlists that remind us of lazy summer days. (See suggestions in the sidebar.) Better yet, get the party started by holding a dance contest, with the most popular songs of summer. Play games. Since swimming is out, have fun with indoor games. Board games can work, and actual outdoor games are an option if you adjust them. (I know I’d like my house to remain standing after the party.) Here are a few ideas.
Going on a Picnic: This is a memory game. Have everyone sit in a circle on the floor. One person starts by saying, “I’m going on a picnic and I’m bringing. . . ” The next person repeats the phrase, continuing it with the object the person before is bringing before saying what he or she will bring. This becomes more difficult as the list grows. The winner is the person who remembers the most.
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Hats Off: This involves tossing ping-pong balls into various hats tacked onto a cardboard base. The winner is the one who can score the most in three minutes. Plastic Bowl Sock Toss: Set up mixing bowls in a line, labeling them 10, 20, 30, 50 and 100, with the farthest bowls earning the most points. Use balled-up socks for each turn try to see who can get to 500 first.
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Throw and Clap: Throw a soft ball up in the air and count how many times you can clap before you catch it. Grill with gusto. Go ahead and dig out and use your grill! The smell of barbecued foods will help lift everyone’s spirits. If you’re not willing to go that far, you can still make some great barbecue using your broiler. Enjoy your friends and family. A small party can remind everyone that spring is just around the corner. And if it isn’t, well, at least you won’t need any bug spray.
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Here are some ideas for your picnic or beach party playlist. “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” (Justin Timberlake) “Want to Want Me” (Jason Derulo) “All About That Bass” (Meghan Trainor) “Happy” (Pharrell Williams) “Summer” (Calvin Harris) “Problem” (Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea) “Cheerleader” (OMI) And some older classics to mix in: “Summertime” (DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince) “Hot Fun in the Summertime” (Sly and the Family Stone) “Surfin’ Safari” (Beach Boys) “Wipeout” (Surfaris) “Saturday in the Park” (Chicago) “In the Summertime” (Mungo Jerry)
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Full STEAM Ahead Storytime. 10:30-11:30
a.m. Children ages 3-5 can hear a story related to science, technology, engineering, art and math— and then do an experiment. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. (315) 446-3578.
Saturday, Jan. 28 Dr. King Community Celebration. Noon-4
p.m. Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his commitment to civil rights and social justice, with workshops, performances, a maker hall and more. Nottingham High School, 3100 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. Registration required: (315) 435-6275. scsdparentuniversity.com.
Cinderella. 12:30 p.m. The Magic Circle Chil-
dren’s Theatre presents an original, interactive version of the tale, in which children can attend the royal ball and try on Cinderella’s slipper. Audience members are invited to dress up in their best finery. Spaghetti Warehouse, 689 N. Clinton St., Syracuse. $6. Reservations recommended: (315) 449-3823.
Duct Tape Projects. 2-4 p.m. Ages 5-12 can use duct tape to make wallets, bags, phone cases and more. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326. 20
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Stop Motion Animation. 2 p.m. Kids age 7 and
up can use objects such as Legos or toy animals to create a short animated movie with an iPad Mini 4. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3395.
Baby Storytime with Signs. 10:30 a.m.; also Feb. 8 & 15. Babies and caregivers can take part in a language-building program that teaches and reinforces six basic signs. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: (315) 637-6374. fflib.org. Teen Photography Club. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Young people ages 12-18 can use provided equipment to shoot photographs—outside, if the weather permits. Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. Registration required: (315) 435-1900. onlib. org/events/calendar. Bishop Grimes Open House. 5:30-7 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 31 Homeschool Chess Club. 1-2:30 p.m. Homeschooling children (or their parents) who love or want to learn to play chess can gather in the Sargent Meeting Room. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.
Wednesday, Feb. 1 Preschool Play and Learn. 9:30 a.m.; also Feb.
8, 15 & 22. Kids can hear stories, sing songs, recite rhymes and take part in activities. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3395.
First Steps. 9:30 a.m.; also Feb. 8 & 15. Children
who are good walkers, up to age 3, can with a caregiver take part in a program with music, movement, crafts and more. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.
Learn about programs at the Catholic high school. Bishop Grimes, 6653 Kirkville Road, East Syracuse. (315) 314-7157.
Teen Geeks. 6-8 p.m.; also Feb. 15. Teens can
hang out, eat snacks, and play a different game or do another activity at each week’s session. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.
Thursday, Feb. 2 Free to Be. 10:30-11:15 a.m. Children from
infants to age 6 can take part in this early childhood music and acting class with live guitar music. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.
Hazard Chess Club. 5-7 p.m.; also Feb. 16. Play chess or come learn the rules. Game boards and pieces provided. Those under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.
can use their imaginations and discover new crafting techniques. For age 5 and up. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3395.
Moonlight Skiing and Snowshoeing. Until 9 p.m.; nightly, through Feb. 5. Venture onto Beaver Lake’s 10 miles of trails (if the snow cover is adequate) lit by the moon. Hot chocolate and other refreshments available at the visitor center. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. Admission: $4/vehicle. (315) 638-2519. Holy Family Open House. 6:30-8 p.m. Learn
more about this Catholic school. Holy Family School, 130 Chapel Drive, Syracuse. (315) 4878515. holyfamilyschoolsyr.org.
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Saturday, Feb. 4 Bishop Grimes Scholarship/Entrance Exam. 7:45 a.m. Bishop Grimes, 6653 Kirkville
Road, East Syracuse. Preregistration recommended: (315) 314-7157.
Sunday, Feb. 5
Wild Things. 10:30 a.m. A Symphoria concert explores the stories, sights and sounds of animals and other wild things in a program created for children under the age of 6. Inspiration Hall, 709 James St., Syracuse. $15/adults; $10/senior citizens; free/age 18 and under 18. (315) 299-5598, Ext. 1.
Tinker with recycled materials and electricity to make whirling, moving machines. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/general admission, ages 2-64; $7/age 65 & older; free/under 2. (607) 272-0600. sciencenter.org. (607) 272-0600. sciencenter.org.
Guided Moonlight Snowshoe Hike. 7 p.m.;
also Feb. 4. Explore the woodlands and frozen marshes on snowshoes with a guide; space limited. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $5/snowshoe rental; $4/ vehicle. Registration required day of hike: (315) 638-2519.
Rice Creek Ramble. 11 a.m.; also Feb. 11 & 18. People of all ages (kids must be accompanied by a caregiver) can go on an informative, family-friendly walk. Rice Creek Field Station, 193 Thompson Road, 1 mile south of SUNY Oswego’s main campus, Oswego. Call to check trail conditions the morning of the hike: (315) 312-6677. oswego.edu/ ricecreek. Ukelele Workshop. 1-2 p.m. Beginners age 12 and up can learn ukelele fundamentals from Pat Doherty. Participants should bring an instrument or call in advance to see if the library has one available. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.
Sciencenter Showtime. 2 p.m.; also Feb. 11, 18
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Chemsations. 2 p.m.; also Feb. 19. Local high school students demonstrate chemical reactions with color changes, bubbles and light. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/general admission, ages 2-64; $7/age 65 & older; free/under 2. (607) 272-0600. sciencenter.org.
Black History Month Toddler Storytime. 10:30 a.m. Children ages 2-5, accompanied by a caregiver, can learn about Garrett Morgan, who invented the stop light. Read books, play games and make a stop light-themed snack. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.
& 25. See an interactive presentation on a different aspect of science each week. This month’s topics include chemistry and fossils. Sciencenter, 601
Craftastic Critters. 4:30-5:30 p.m. Kids in preschool through grade 2 can drop into the Fab Lab and make a craft. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.
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Story Quilts of Vanessa Johnson. 2 p.m. Enjoy a storytime for all ages and get a chance to see the story quilts of Vanessa Johnson. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3395.
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Cinderella. 12:30 p.m. See Jan. 28 listing.
Teen Murder Mystery. 6-8 p.m. Young people in grades 6-12 can join fellow sleuths to discover who is killed in the library and why; a prize goes to the top detective. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. Registration required: (315) 446-3578.
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Craft Club. 5:15 p.m.; also Feb. 16 & 23. Children
Yoga for Everyone. 6-7 p.m.; also Feb. 13 & 27. A class of gentle yoga for all. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1940. Multiple Moms Mingle. 6:30 p.m. Monthly
meeting of mothers and expectant mothers of multiples. Tully’s, 2943 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse. Reserve if you wish to attend: email@example.com.
Tuesday, Feb. 7 GarageBand 101. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Partic-
ipants age 12 and up can learn about GarageBand, including the basics of recording, producing and mixing. Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.
Homeschool Hang Out. 1-3 p.m. Homes-
choolers can get together to watch movies and play games. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.
Drop In Craft and Storytime. 4:15-5 p.m.; also Feb. 14 & 28. Children ages 4-8 and their families can listen to stories and do crafts. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org. Holy Cross School Open House. 5:30-7
p.m. Learn about the school’s pre-K through sixth-grade options. Holy Cross School, 4200 E. Genesee St., DeWitt. (315) 446-4890. hcschooldewitt.org.
Father Daughter Valentine Ball. 6:30-8:30
p.m. Fathers and daughters (age 3 and older) can enjoy a memorable evening, with dancing, magicians, a gift bag, and a light snack of cookies and soft drinks. Space is limited and reservations are required. A benefit for Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Party dresses for girls, business formal or tuxedos for fathers. Art and Home
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Center, New York State Fairgrounds, Geddes. $60/father & daughter; $25/additional daughter. Reservations required: (315) 464-4416. foundationforupstate.org/fdvb.
Book and Bake Sale. 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Baked
Wednesday, Feb. 8 Teen Storytime. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Young people ages 12-18 can hear Linda Sue Park’s “A Long Walk to Water” read aloud. Participants can bring blankets and pillows to get comfortable. Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900. Creation Club Junior. 4 p.m.; also Feb. 22. Kids in grades 3-5 can learn skills for using technology for everything from 3D printing to game design. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.
Thursday, Feb. 9 Teen Writer’s Guild. 4-5 p.m.; also Feb. 16.
Middle or high school students can participate in writing workshops that emphasize constructive feedback, brainstorming and support. Writers in all genres, from poetry to nonfiction essays, are welcome. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.
goods, and used books, DVDs, audiobooks, puzzles, CDs and more will be for sale. A $2 allyou-can-fit-in-a-bag sale takes place 1:30-3 p.m. Northern Onondaga Public Library at Cicero, 8686 Knowledge Lane, Cicero. (315) 699-2032. nopl.org.
Family Train Day. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Kids can see trains running on a large indoor layout and loops on the floor. There’s also a play area. Sponsored by the Central New York Large-Scale Railway Society. The Commons, Driver’s Village, 5885 Circle Dr. E., Cicero. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org. cnylsrs.net. Winter Hibernation Festival. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. See the fossil and winter hibernation exhibits; go cross-country skiing or snowshoeing; or take part in sledding, crafts, games and other activities. Great Swamp Conservancy, 3.5 miles off I-90, Exit 34, 8375 N. Main St., Canastota. Suggested donation: $4/adults; $1/under 12; $8/family. (315) 697-2950. greatswampconservancy.org. Paws and Books. 10:30-11:30 a.m.; also Feb. 25.
Kids ages 5-12 can read to Cooper, a trained dog certified as a Canine Good Citizen. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.
Cinderella. 12:30 p.m. See Jan. 28 listing.
Friday, Feb. 10 Star Party. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Get a chance to view a penumbral lunar eclipse, when the moon passes through the earth’s partial shadow and turns a dim brown color. Also see the winter skies through telescopes. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $9. Register: (315) 673-1350. baltimorewoods.org.
Gnomeo and Juliet. 1:30 p.m. Celebrate Valentine’s Day early with a lawn gnome version of Romeo and Juliet. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1940. Irish Hooley. 4-9:30 p.m. School’s event features music, Irish dancing, activities for kids, auctions and raffles. Holy Family School, 130 Chapel Drive, Syracuse. $8/adults; $6/seniors; $3/children; $20/
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Sled for Red Derby. 4-8 p.m. Teams construct cardboard sleds (raising a minimum of $250 in donations) and compete in the derby. A tubing party, with hot chocolate, food, and beer and wine sampling after the competition. Event raises money for ACR Health’s youth prevention and other programs. Four Seasons Gold & Ski Center, 8012 E. Genesee St., Fayetteville. $15/tubing party admission. (800) 475-2340. ACRHealth.org. Sensory Friendly Time. 5:30-7:30 p.m. MOST
staffers turn down the noise, turn off the flashing lights and shut off the air compressors so people with sensory issues can enjoy the museum. The museum also offers quiet areas where participants can sit, relax and regroup. Museum of Science and Technology (MOST), 500 S. Franklin St., Armory Square, Syracuse. Museum admission: $12/adults; $10/seniors and ages 2-11. (315) 425-9068. most. org.
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p.m. Women can learn how to chart their cycles for birth control or to achieve pregnancy. Presented by CNY Doula Connection. CNY Healing Arts, 195 Intrepid Lane, Syracuse. Free. Registration recommended: (315) 395-3643.
Owl Night Long. 6 p.m. Learn about the habits of owls, then hike or snowshoe into the woods in search of these nocturnal birds. Beaver Lake Nature Center, Route 370, Baldwinsville. $2/program fee; $4/vehicle, admission. Registration required: (315) 638-2519.
Tuesday, Feb. 14 VALENTINE’S DAY
Stuffed Animal Storytime. 6:30-7 p.m. Chil-
dren ages 2-5 can wear pajamas and bring a stuffed animal to a storytime with songs and a craft. NOPL at North Syracuse, 100 Trolley Barn Lane, North Syracuse. Free. (315) 458-6184. nopl.org.
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Thursday, Feb. 16 Terrific Thursdays for Homeschoolers.
11 a.m. In a program for homeschooling students in kindergarten to grade 5, children can explore board games and their educational benefits. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. Registration required; list names and ages of those attending: (315) 446-3578.
Sunday, Feb. 12 Sweet Treats. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. A variety of animals will receive heart-shaped treats including popsicles made with juice and fruits, meat patties and more. Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse. Admission: $4/ adults; $2.50/seniors; $2/ages 3-18; free/age 2 & younger. (315) 435-8511. Montessori Open House. 2-4 p.m. Find out about the school that serves ages 3 through 12 with its preschool and elementary education based on Montessori philosophy and methods. Montessori School of Syracuse, 155 Waldorf Parkway, DeWitt. (315) 449-9033. mssyr.org.
Teen MOPS. 4-6 p.m.; also Feb. 28. Pregnant women or young mothers, ages 13-21, with children under 6 enjoy a faith-based program with fun, food and activities while their children are cared for by the childcare program. Liverpool First United Methodist Church, 604 Oswego St., Liverpool. Free. Call or text: (315) 569-2542 or (518) 441-3690. LiverpoolTeenMOPS@gmail.com.
Maker Club. 3:30-5 p.m. Children age 7 and up
Signing Storytime. 10:30 a.m.; also Feb. 28.
Children ages 3-6 can learn six to seven signs that correspond to the week’s story. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.
(under 10 must be accompanied by an adult) can use basic supplies to design and build a tower that twirls. NOPL at Cicero, 8686 Knowledge Lane, Cicero. Free. Registration required: (315) 699-2032. nopl.org.
Annual Auto Expo. 4-9 p.m.; through Feb. 19.
See new models and concept cars from the Syracuse Auto Dealers Association in 135,000 square feet of show space. Sunday, Feb. 19, features
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special activities for families. Convention Center, 500 S. State St., Syracuse. $9/adults; $7/seniors; $3/under 12; free/under 5. (315) 474-1041.
Book Folding for Teens. 4:30 p.m. Young
people ages 13-19 can learn the art of book folding with provided supplies. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 4355326.
Friday, Feb. 17
Family Movie Matinee. 2 p.m. See Queen of Katwe, a film based on the true story of Phiona Mutesi, a Ugandan girl whose world changes after she is introduced to chess. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3395.
Homeschooling 101 for Parents. 7-8 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 19 Annual Auto Expo. Noon-5 p.m. See Feb. 16
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See Feb. 16 listing.
Clifford Visits Pajama Storytime. 7 p.m.
Kids can wear pajamas and enjoy a storytime with everyone’s favorite big red dog. Don’t forget your camera! Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. (315) 449-2948.
Monday, Feb. 20
Yoga Storytime. 10:30 a.m. Kids ages 3 to 6
and parents can learn yoga and literacy skills in a session that features puppets, stories, songs and breathing exercises. Participants must wear socks; mats provided. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: 637-6374. fflib.org.
Junior Café Scientifique. 9:30-11 a.m. The
Annual Auto Expo. Noon-9 p.m.; through Feb. 19. See Feb. 16 listing.
Cinderella. 12:30 p.m. See Jan. 28 listing. Sun Party. 1-3 p.m. Observe the sun through
specially filtered telescopes and see what it looks like up close. Also see daytime views of Venus and the moon. (Backup date: Feb. 19.) Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $9. (315) 673-1350. baltimorewoods. org.
Telling the Harlem Renaissance. 2 p.m.
People age 12 and up can hear the legends, songs, stories and poems of the Harlem Renaissance. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. (315) 435-3636.
Minecraft Party. 1-2:30 p.m. Kids ages 6-12 can play Minecraft on the Xbox One, make Minecraft crafts and have some themed snacks. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.
Geek Girl Day. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Girls can learn
about science, technology, engineering and mathematics with hands-on projects. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.
February Break Week at the MOST. Open
daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., through Feb. 24. Take part in hands-on activities and learn about science through exhibits on the human body, geology, nanotechnology and more. Museum of Science and Technology (MOST), 500 S. Franklin St., Syracuse. Museum admission: $12/adults; $10/seniors and ages 2-11. (315) 425-9068. most.org.
Winter Wonders Week. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.;
daily through Feb. 24. Various special break-week activities, including a chance to try snowshoeing
Parents of homeschoolers can learn about library databases, apps and other resources to supplement in-home teaching. Bringing a laptop or tablet is recommended. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. Registration required: lpl.org.
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Saturday, Feb. 18 Technology Alliance of Central New York presents a talk by Charles Driscoll of Syracuse University, who will discuss water-borne pathogens. Talks are aimed at middle school students, who must accompanied by an adult. Attendees can visit the exhibits after the presentation. Museum of Science and Technology (MOST), 500 S. Franklin St., Armory Square, Syracuse. Free. Register by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
(weather permitting, daily at 10 a.m.), build a snow cave (Feb. 24, 10 a.m.), learn about winter animals (daily, 1:30 p.m.); and more. All activities are weather dependent. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $4/vehicle. $5/hour snowshoe rental. (315) 638-2519.
African Percussion Ensemble. 4 p.m. All ages can enjoy the rhythms of Gahu, Gota and Bagr Bine, performed by the Onondaga Community College African Percussion Ensemble. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326. I am Black History. 5:30 p.m. Learn ways to
record and celebrate your own history in a session led by Brenda Billins Muhammad. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3395.
Family Fun Night. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Play with Legos and take part in other fun family activities. NOPL at North Syracuse, 100 Trolley Barn Lane, North Syracuse. Free. (315) 458-6184. nopl.org.
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Wednesday, Feb. 22 Cinderella. 12:30 p.m. See Jan. 28 listing. Favorite Books from Famous People. 2 p.m. Listen to some of the favorite stories of Oprah Winfrey, LeBron James, Michael Jordan and Beyonce. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3395. Fuze Coding and Maker Club. 2 p.m. Kids ages 11-14 can take part in
this introduction to microcomputers, learning to put a computer together. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. Registration required: (315) 446-3578.
Stop-Motion Animation Videos. 2 p.m. Kids ages 6-12 can make a short animated video with provided supplies. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. Registration required: (315) 435-5326. Drop In Legos. 3-8 p.m. Kids can play with Legos and younger children can put together Duplos. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.
Teen Cooking and Trivia. 6-8 p.m. Teens can cook and eat grilled cheese
sandwiches, then challenge their friends to trivia. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. Registration required: lpl.org.
Thursday, Feb. 23 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. 10:15-11:15 a.m. Infants to age 5 and caregivers can enjoy a session of reading, writing, singing and more. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org. Cooking Up Literacy. 2 p.m. Kids ages 5-13 can cook one of Michelle Obama’s healthy recipes, Cauliflower Mac n Cheese. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. Registration required: (315) 435-3395. K’Nex Bridge Building Competition. 2 p.m. Kids ages 6-12 can see who can build the longest and most stable bridge. Compete by yourself or with friends. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.
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Friday, Feb. 24 Model Magic Monster Mania. 2 p.m. Children
ages 6-12 can make a pet monster out of Model Magic. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.
Video and iMovie Basics. 2:30-4 p.m. Participants age 12 and up can learn how to use a Canon DSLR camera and lights, and how to start their own iMovie project. Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900. Teen Mystery Afternoon. 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Participants ages 12-18 can solve the Mystery of the Stolen Library Book. Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. Registration required: (315)435-1900. onlib.org/events/calendar.
Saturday, Feb. 25
Cinderella. 12:30 p.m. See Jan. 28 listing. Wade Live Comedy and Magic. 2-3 p.m.
See a show filled with comedy, magic and tons of audience participation. NOPL at Brewerton Library, 5440 Bennett St., Brewerton. Free. (315) 676-7484.
Lego Batman Movie Event. 4 p.m. Kids can
put their detective skills to the test with themed activities. Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. Registration required: (315) 449-2948.
Sunday, Feb. 26 Model Train Show. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Operating
train layouts and displays, the whole Thomas the Train gang, and dealers selling train items. Presented by the Syracuse Model Railroad Club. Eastwood American Legion Post 1276, James Street and Nichols Avenue, Syracuse. $4/adult; $2/age 12 and under; $12/family max. (315) 706-7580. syracusemodelrr.org.
Mammal Tracking Workshop. 10:30 a.m.12:30 p.m. Participants of all ages can learn the basics of tracking and trace identification, then head outside to see what the animals have been up to. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $9. Register: (315) 673-1350. baltimorewoods.org.
Monday, Feb. 27
Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Celebration. 11 a.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 28
Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday (March 2) with special activities. Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. (315) 449-2948.
Rice Creek Story Hour. 11 a.m. Elementa-
ry-age children (kids must be accompanied by a caregiver) can hear tales of nature and animals’ wild ways. Rice Creek Field Station, 193 Thompson Road, 1 mile south of SUNY Oswego’s main campus, Oswego. Call to check trail conditions the morning of the hike: (315) 312-6677. oswego.edu/ ricecreek.
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Pancake Party. 10:30 a.m. For age 2 and up:
pancakes, stories and a craft. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. Registration required: (315) 446-3578.
Homeschool Craft & Storytime. Noon-1
p.m. Homeschoolers ages 4 to 8 and their families can hear stories and make crafts. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 4570310. lpl.org.
ONGOING EVENTS CNY Scholastic Art Awards. 9 a.m.-7 p.m., weekdays; 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturdays & Sundays; through March 3. See over 1,000 award-winning artworks by CNY junior and senior high school students. Whitney Applied Technology Center, Onondaga Community College, 4585 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. For group visits: email email@example.com or call (315) 498-7212. Try Snowshoeing. Saturdays & Sundays, 12:30 p.m.; through Feb. 26. Receive instructions and go on a short snowshoe hike. Only offered when snow conditions are acceptable. Beaver Lake Nature Center, Route 370, Baldwinsville. $5/program fee; $4/vehicle, admission. Registration required at 8 a.m. the day of the hike; call (315) 638-2519. Horsedrawn Wagon or Sleigh Rides. Satur-
days & Sundays, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; through Feb. 26. Twenty-minute ride into the woods at Highland Forest. Rides take place weather permitting. Highland Forest, 1254 Highland Park Road (off Route 80), Fabius. $6/person; $3/age 5 & under. (315) 683-5550.
Snow Leopard Days. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m, daily; Jan. 2-Feb. 28. Half-price admission at the zoo. Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse. Admission in January & February: $4/adults; $2.50/age 62 & up; $2/ages 3-18; free/age 2 and younger. (315) 435-8511. Ongoing attractions include Humboldt penguins. Weekend Walks With a Naturalist. Saturdays and Sundays, 2 p.m. Nature discovery hike with different topics each weekend. Beaver Lake Nature Center, Route 370, Baldwinsville. Admission: $4/vehicle. (315) 638-2519.
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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. (315) 446-3578.
Northeast Community Center Library Storytimes. Preschool storytimes with rhymes
Baltimore Woods Nature Center. 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. Snowshoe rental: $5/day. 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. (315) 673-1350.
Fairmount Community Library Storytimes. Little Movers (good walkers ages 1-3): Mondays & Wednesdays, 10:15 a.m. Preschool Storytime (early literacy skill development): Mondays, 11:15 a.m.; Wednesdays, 1 p.m. Small Steps (unstructured play for ages 0-2 years): Tuesdays, 10:15 a.m. Baby Talk (rhymes and more for ages 3 months-15 months): Thursdays, 10:15 a.m. Creative Kids (stories and crafts for preschoolers): Thursdays, 11:15 a.m. Fairmount Community Library, 406 Chapel Dr., Syracuse. Free. (315) 487-8933.
NOPL at Brewerton Storytimes. Age 2 and older: Mondays, 10:30-11 a.m. and 1-1:30 p.m. NOPL at Brewerton Library, 5440 Bennett St., Brewerton. Free. (315) 676-7484.
Barnes & Noble Storytimes. Thursdays, 10
a.m. Join a storytime for toddlers and preschoolers thatâ€™s features a book, songs and coloring. Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. (315) 449-2948.
and occasional games; youngsters learn group listening and participation skills. Call for times. Northeast Community Center Library, 716 Hawley Ave., Syracuse. Free. (315) 472-6343, Ext. 208.
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dler Story Hour: Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 10-11 a.m. Preschool Story Hour: Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-noon. NOPL at Cicero Library, 8686 Knowledge Lane, Cicero. Free. (315) 699-2032.
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