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MARCH 2020


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Courage Coins encourage children to speak up, OCPL offers tech packs.



March is the perfect time to catch a basketball game at the PressRoom Pub.



We look at some of the myths and controversies surrounding soy.



Running clubs help students build self-esteem, form lifelong habits.



The 2020 event will be held on May 9 at the NYS Fairgrounds.




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The date is set for Kids Expo 2020! This year’s event will be held on May 9 at the Horticultural Building at the NYS Fairgrounds, and will feature entertainment, exhibitors and the return of monster trucks! There is more information on page 18. You can also check our Facebook page, facebook. com/FamilyTimes, for updates. We hope to see you there! Did you know that March recognizes music in schools and nutrition? Janelle Rozzano talks to a music teacher at Oswego Middle School in our Educator of the Month feature (page 9), and Molly Morgan debunks some of the myths and controversies surrounding soy (page 14). For many, myself included, March also means college basketball. For this month’s Treat Yourself, I headed downtown to the PressRoom Pub to watch the Syracuse men host Duke (spoiler: it was almost as good as being at the Carrier Dome). Read more on page 12. Are you starting to make plans for spring break? Why not stay local? Chad Putney outlines 10 day trips you can take with your family on page 22. Family Times readers also weigh in on their favorite spring break activity/ destination (page 8). Also in this issue: The Running Clubs at St. Mary’s School and Holy Family School are helping students build self-esteem and form lifelong habits (page 16). And, in the 315 Bulletin on page 10, you can read about tech packs and a new local non-profit organization that is encouraging students to speak up. We hope you enjoy the March issue!

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Krazy Train performs at the 2019 Kids Expo. The 2020 event will be held on May 9 at the NYS Fairgrounds. A preview, and more photos from last year’s event, can be found on page 18.


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You work with the chorus at Oswego Middle School. Have you always taught music? Yes, I have been teaching music for 23 years. I went to Nazareth College for music education and then moved on to SUNY Brockport for a degree in interdisciplinary arts, which includes dance, theatre and art, as well. I have taught in all education levels, from pre-k to 12th grade. I was inspired to teach music by my own musical experiences and the different music educators that I had; my Hornell High School teachers Patti Piper (music) and Tim Berardi (theatre and English). Tell us about the Con Brio Vocal Ensemble that you head. It’s an extracurricular select audition chorus. We use it as a means to keep jazz, the old standards and Broadway tunes alive. It consists of seventh and eighth graders who perform at various events throughout the community. We perform at nursing homes, sporting events and museums. Every year we do a “Cabaret Night” dessert theatre. We manage to turn the orchestra room into a restaurant with waiters and everything. Do you approach students that you think may be a good fit for the Con Brio program or do they come to you? It is open to anyone in chorus to audition. We like to keep it balanced among seventh and eighth graders. The group has ranged from 18-40 people. How do you incorporate the characteristics of The Positivity Project – which encourages positive character strengths – into teaching music? Music is so many different things. I teach general music education as well, which gives me the opportunity to teach students to respect and understand different cultures. Music can be seen in many different ways and it allows us to explore our humanity.

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Being that there are less positions per school, what advice would you give to those pursuing music education to stand out? I would advise that they be open to exploring and teaching all aspects of music. So many people spend most of their time learning one genre, for example classical music. It is important to have an understanding of all areas of music. The more knowledge and experience you have, the more you can bring to your students.

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Addressing the Digital Divide Onondaga County families can check out more than books at their local library. Tech packs are now available at branches throughout the county, and there are plans to add more. Each tech pack includes a Chromebook and internet hotspot (with chargers), as well as a guide, and patrons are able to check them out for three weeks. Last winter, with a pilot program already in place at a few branches, County Executive Ryan McMahon announced that the county would invest $100,000 to purchase more packs. According to Christian Zabriskie, executive director of the Onondaga County Public Libraries, there were 20 tech packs in circulation prior to McMahon’s initiative, and that number rose to 175 when the additional packs were delivered in late summer/early fall of 2019. “When we’re looking at the issue of poverty and we’re looking at barriers to help people get out of poverty, certainly technology and the digital divide showed up as a consistent theme,” McMahon says. “This was something that we could immediately help do, get in circulation, to address that digital divide.” During his State of the County address in February, he announced that the county plans to invest an additional $150,000 into the program Zabriskie says the packs have been “wildly popular” since their addition. “We have waiting lists for them still, which just means that we’re cycling through them really quickly and trying to get them out so as many people as possible can access them,” he adds. “I don’t want people to have the impression that if they put themselves on the list then it’s going to be a long time before they’re able to get it, but none of them are sitting on the shelf. These things are coming in and going right back out again very quickly.” Zabriskie – who previously worked at libraries in Yonkers and Queens before joining OCPL in January – has been impressed with the progress of the program. “It’s a really effective way of addressing some issues around the digital divide, particularly regarding family access to the internet and what that can look like,” he says. “I think this is a very powerful and visceral response to issues of access and connectivity for families in the county.” —COURTNEY KLESS

The Courage to Speak up One afternoon in 2018, Jecenia Bresett’s son came into the house crying. He was being bullied on the bus and had retaliated. Bresett went outside to speak to the bus driver. “She said that my son came up to her and was upset, and the kid that was bullying him came up to her as well and said that my son punched him. She knew from my son’s personality that it was out of his character,” she says. “The bus driver agreed to move my son’s seat. I told her that my son is shy and I will give him something to give her as a sign to communicate that he needs help.” That would eventually lead to the creation of the Courage Coins. The coins – which Bresett says are 1.75” in diameter with a carabiner clip to put on a backpack – feature the phrase ‘Can we talk?  on them. Each coin comes with a poem that details how children can use them for topics such as depression, anxiety, bullying, abuse, and really anything important that a child needs to talk about. Vobress Inc., the non-profit organization that was established to produce them, recently dropped off some Courage Coins at an elementary school in Liverpool, and Bresett says they are also working with a pediatrician’s office in Liverpool and the Syracuse Parks and Recreation department. The organization launched in September of 2019.  “If you receive a Courage Coin, it’s a child’s way of saying, ‘I need help’ without drawing attention to themselves,” Bresett says. “At the same time, it gives parents, educators, bus drivers, law enforcement, etc. the opportunity to teach children how to have better lines of communication. Not only do we want someone to ask, ‘OK, what’s the problem?’ but to also help the adult teach a child better coping skills or help find the resources they may need. On the flip side, if a child reports that they are being bullied, finding out the reason why the child feels the need to bully…Helping the bully rehab their behavior is fixing the problem instead of managing it by sending the bully home for suspension. The bully will continue to cause problems again to the same child or even to another and usually the abuse escalates.” Bresett hopes the Courage Coins inspire parents to take a step back, create open lines of communication and ultimately move relationships forward with their child(ren).  





“Everybody is in a hurry,” she says. “If I would have just stopped and said, ‘Why? Why do you need me to pick you up? Why do you not want to get on this bus?’ I think he would have told me. The child bullying my son was acting out due to his parents going through a divorce. By the intervention between myself and the bus driver, we learned of what was really going on for both children.”

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Are you a basketball fan? Catch a game at the PressRoom Pub. BY COURTNEY KLESS


arch has always been one of my favorite months for one reason: college basketball.

Though my bracket predictably falls apart in the first round every year, there is nothing quite like an upset. I’m still talking about the time my alma mater, UMBC, defeated top-seeded Virginia, and that was two years ago. But I also happen to be a lifelong Syracuse University basketball fan, so this month’s Treat Yourself was a no-brainer. One recent Saturday night, I ventured downtown to the PressRoom Pub to watch the Orange host Duke. First opened in April 2018, the pub’s name (and décor) is inspired by the building’s roots – the Syracuse Herald-Journal was once housed there. There is free parking in front of the

PressRoom Pub, but they will also validate parking up to $5 in the lots across the street. Owner Tom Hornstein recommends that fans arrive at least two hours early, more if it’s a big game (it was). We heeded his advice, and were able to grab a table with a prime view of a TV, but the pub filled up quickly as the 8:00 p.m. tip approached. Though I attended a game at the Carrier Dome years ago, I usually prefer the comfort of my apartment to large crowds. This experience may have changed my mind. There are games – including shuffleboard and basketball – that you can play while you’re waiting for the game to start, or you can enjoy some appetizers, which is what we did (the pretzel sticks with maple mustard are a must-try). Once the game started, fans collectively cheered when Syracuse scored a point and groaned when it missed a shot or turned the ball over, adding to the excitement of the game. “It’s almost as good as being at the Dome,” Hornstein says. I agree. It’s definitely more fun watching a game with fellow Orange fans.

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Understanding Soy

There are many myths and controversies surrounding the legume | BY MOLLY MORGAN


hat delivers quality protein, omega-3 fats, omega-6 fats, potassium, magnesium, iron and B-vitamins? It’s soy, a nutrient-rich legume (also called edamame) that is consumed around the globe. Today, it has expanded from just a soy bean or tofu into a wide collection of foods, including soy milk, soy sauce, tempeh, veggie burgers, soy protein powder and more. Over time, soy has had a lot of confusion and controversy surrounding it. That confusion stems from several factors. Some studies on soy are done on animals, but soy is metabolized differently by animals. There are also many different types of soy foods and products, and they are not all created equally. Let’s look at some of the most common soy myths and provide up-to-date facts and research.

All soy or soy products are the same. False. Part of the confusion around the safety of soy is that there are many different types of soy foods and products, including fermented soy foods, non-fermented soy foods and soy ingredients. Fermented soy foods include: natto, miso, tempeh, soy sauce and fermented tofu. Non-fermented soy foods include: soy nuts, soy milk, edamame, soy flour and tofu. There are also soy-based ingredients, such as soybean oil, soy lecithin and soy protein powder. Yet, when research is done on a soy product, the sharing of the results tends to boil down the whole group of foods and products as “soy,” rather than focusing on the specific food or product that was studied. This is important because not all foods that contain soy are the same; some ingredients are more processed than others and do not contain plant-based estrogens (known as phytoestrogens).

All soy is GMO (genetically modified organism). False. There are many soy foods made from soybeans or soy ingredients that are non-GMO. If you buy soy foods or products that are USDA certified organic, this will ensure that they exclude GMOs, as USDA organic regulations exclude them.


Soy increases breast cancer risk. False. The controversy around soy and breast cancer is largely because soy contains plant-based dietary estrogens, which have an estrogen effect on the body. Higher levels of estrogen in the blood are linked to an increased risk of breast cancer in women later in life. How is plant-based estrogen different? A big difference is that the plant compounds in soy exert a mild estrogen-like effect on the body. Another piece of the controversy surrounding soy and breast cancer comes from a study with rodents that had a soy-supplemented diet. The study found that soy increased breast cancer in rodents. Yet, remember, animals metabolize soy differently than humans, so the data can’t be directly transferred or correlated to humans. But research has found that there are positive, and even protective, benefits to including soy foods in your eating routine. For example, the Shanghai Women’s Health Study (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2009) found that women who consumed a high amount of soy foods consistently during adolescence and adulthood had a substantially reduced risk of breast cancer. Additionally, three studies that looked at a combined total of 9,000 breast cancer survivors found that eating soy lowered the risk of the reoccurrence of breast cancer, even in women with estrogen receptor-positive tumors. The protective benefits of soy could be in part due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Some soy foods or products are better to consume than others. True. It is best to mostly consume nutrient-rich soy in the form of whole foods like edamame, roasted soybeans, tofu (bean curd), tempeh or soy milk. There is limited research on the impact of concentrated soy isoflavones and supplements (such as soy protein powder) on the health of men or women, and it is best to limit and avoid soy protein powder.


Tips on Incorporating Soy into your Eating Routine When adding soy, focus on including mostly soy foods and beverages like edamame, tofu or soy milk. Minimize highly-processed forms of soy, such as soybased chicken nuggets or other meat substitutes. Edamame Look for shelled or unshelled (in the pod) edamame in the produce or freezer section of the grocery store.

Tofu Cooking tofu for the first time may seem intimidating, but when you learn quick and easy ways to enjoy it, it can be a great addition to your eating routine. Think of tofu as a blank canvas – it does not have much flavor and it will take on the flavors of what you cook it with. Look for tofu in the produce section or “health food” refrigerated sections at the grocery store. There are different textures of tofu: extra-firm, firm, silken (soft). Extra-firm tofu is great for marinating, firm tofu works well for adding to stir-fry and silken is best to stir into dishes or sauté with vegetables to have as an “egg-like” scramble.

Soy Milk You can drink soy milk in place of regular milk or even use it in smoothies. One cup of soy milk has 8 grams of protein. There are many different flavors of soy milk; opt for those that are unsweetened to avoid added sugar.

Edamame Preparation tips: Steam the edamame until they are warmed through, then lightly sprinkle with sea salt and serve as a side dish or appetizer for a protein and fiber boost. You can also place the edamame on a baking sheet and sprinkle with a light drizzle of olive oil and garlic powder. Roast at 425 degrees for 15-20 minutes until they are lightly toasted. Finish with a little salt and cracked pepper.

Tofu Preparation tips: Remove extra-firm tofu from its package and place on clean towels or paper towels to absorb the liquid. Cut into 1-inch cubes and marinade in Italian dressing for 30 minutes. Next, cook the cubes of tofu in a skillet and turn throughout the cooking process until they are lightly browned. Serve on a whole grain roll with a drizzle of Italian dressing.

Smoothie Recipe: Blend 1 cup of unsweetened chocolate soy milk with one frozen banana (peel removed) and 2 tablespoons of creamy peanut butter. Blend until icy and smooth.

The bottom line is that whole soy foods can have beneficial effects on the body, likely because of the fiber, protein, nutrients and plant compounds they provide. Yet, as with most anything, if incorporating some soy foods is good, it does not mean that more is better.

Molly Morgan is a registered dietitian and author of three books. She lives in the Southern Tier area with her two children and husband. Visit her website at creativenutritionsolutions.com.



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veryone knows that exercise is good for the body, but it’s good for the mind and soul, too. Students at St. Mary’s School in Cortland and Holy Family School in Syracuse have seen the benefits firsthand, as both schools have running clubs that promote physical fitness, emotional well-being and character building.

Promoting Female Self-Esteem St. Mary’s offers a program based on Girls on the Run (girlsontherun.org), a national nonprofit that “works to encourage pre-teen girls to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games.” This 10-week program for third to sixth grade girls is under the direction of second grade teacher Theresa Smith and fourth grade teacher Marisa Gobel, who both enjoy running. Girls on the Run begins each spring at St. Mary’s in anticipation of an end-of-the-school-year 5K. “Most of the girls think they’ll never be able to run that far, but, by the end of the year, that sense of accomplishment is just great to see,” said Smith. “It gives them goals and helps build self-esteem.” The program is not just about running, however. Girls on the Run also focuses on service projects, conflict management, peer pressure and other issues girls in their tween years are navigating. “We work our Catholic values into the activities we do during the Girls on the Run meetings,” said Smith.

The club meets from November through May. Often, the younger children buddy up with the older students for encouragement. Twenty-five laps around the gym equals one mile, and the students enjoy tracking their progress. At the end of the school year, students receive a certificate of achievement for their accomplishments. Those students who can’t attend the morning session have the option to work with Hoag during gym classes. While no formal 5K is in place for the end of the school year, some of the children participate with their families in community activities like the Good Samaritan Run, which raises money for Christian Health Services of Syracuse, and Paint Westvale Purple, which supports a number of local nonprofits. “I like the idea that kids are finding something that they like to do,” said Isbell, who last fall completed the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington D.C. “It keeps them active, and running is a self-motivating thing as you work to beat your own record. Best of all, it’s forming good habits for life!” —CAROLINE K. REFF

At the end of this school year, the girls plan to participate in the national Girls on the Run organization’s 5K at Onondaga Community College.

Morning Runs Form Lifelong Habits While Holy Family School’s running club is not as formal as St. Mary’s, it is just as effective. Under the guidance of kindergarten teacher Christine Isbell and physical education teacher Kevin Hoag, both boys and girls in kindergarten through grade 6 come in at 7:00 a.m., before school starts, for a half-hour session held in the gymnasium.


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he second weekend of February, Triton Robbins competed in a monster truck event in Virginia. The weekend before, he was in Georgia. The next weekend, he was heading to Alabama, followed by trips to South Carolina and Georgia to close out the month. So how does the high school senior balance driving his monster truck, Krazy Train, with school and other activities? “It’s a lot of work to keep everything straight,” he says. “I’m actually interning every Monday and Friday at my house to fix these trucks and keep them running every weekend.” Krazy Train will return for the Family Times’ annual Kids Expo on May 9, 2020 at the NYS Fairgrounds. Triton is a second-generation driver. His father, Bob Robbins, has been involved with monster trucks for nearly 20 years, and used to tour with Monster Jam. “I’ve been dragging him on the road for his whole life, so that’s where he probably got [that interest] from,” Bob says. Triton began driving Krazy Train in May of 2018. He was just 16 years old at the time. “The first time I drove it, I actually ripped off a wheel,” he says. 18


“It was a lot of fun to drive, but a little frustrating coming out with a new truck and breaking it.” For Triton, Krazy Train is a family affair. Bob and his wife Kim are the owners, and younger brother, Montana, is the crew chief of the family’s two monster trucks (Bob says Montana will eventually take over as the driver of Plane Krazy, which they added to their lineup earlier this year). The family competes almost year-round – the season began in late January and will run until December. “That’s why we do it; it’s a family business,” Bob says. “It keeps our family together.” Bob is currently driving Plane Krazy, even competing against Triton at several recent events. “It’s been a lot of fun since I’ve been watching him drive forever, since I was a little kid,” Triton says. “Like I told him, the only reason why I’m wrenching on it when it breaks is so that I can get back out there and beat him again.” But he says the best part of driving Krazy Train has always been interacting with the fans. “We wouldn’t be able to do it if no one came out and attended the shows,” Triton says.


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Kids Expo 2020 On May 9, the family’s trucks will be on hand for a live demolition outside the Horticulture Building. Families can catch plenty of other entertainment inside throughout the day, including cheerleading, dance and magic performances. This year’s event will again feature numerous activities (henna, petting zoo), vendors (Usborne Books, Mary Kay) and exhibitors (schools, after school activities, summer camps and more). The Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department, New York State Police and Syracuse Police Department will also be in attendance, along with several food vendors.

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Destinations in a Day

These area attractions offer history, adventure and more | BY CHAD PUTNEY


etting out of town after a brutal Central New York winter is often top of mind for many of us. We’re ready to put away our snow shovels and indulge ourselves and our loved ones in the sun and sand. However, for many families, getting away during spring break can present insurmountable logistical challenges. It can be difficult for some parents to get time off during the school break, the cost of travel during peak times makes affordability a factor for others, and the crowds at popular destinations can be enough of a reason to stay home. Fortunately, we live in an area that is rich with opportunity to explore places previously unknown, and, by the time April finally gets here, the weather is often cooperative. Here are 10 day trips that you can enjoy over spring break with your family:



Corning Museum of Glass This is the perfect day trip for families, and with free admission for visitors aged 17 and under, it can be a budget friendly option too! In addition to thousands of one-of-a-kind pieces of artwork on display, there are more than 20 live glass blowing demonstrations daily. Perhaps most appealing, especially for young visitors, is the opportunity to make your own glass. Location: 1 Museum Way, Corning. More information: cmog.org.

Strong Museum of Play Located in Rochester, the Strong Museum of Play offers a number of permanent, interactive displays as well as ever-changing visiting displays. Now through May 10, museum patrons can experience the Lost World of Dragons, which includes several moving dragons, a virtual flight simulation and much more. Location: One Manhattan Square Dr., Rochester. More information: museumofplay.org.



Baseball Hall of Fame Baseball enthusiasts will love visiting the National Baseball Hall of Fame in beautiful, historic Cooperstown. With more than 40,000 meticulously preserved and displayed artifacts of America’s favorite pastime, visitors young and old will marvel at both the history and evolution of this popular sport. Location: 25 Main St., Cooperstown. More information: baseballhall.org.

The Farmers’ Museum While in Cooperstown, make sure to plan a stop at The Farmers’ Museum. Opened in 1944 and with more than 23,000 artifacts today, The Farmers’ Museum offers a history lesson of rural America. The sprawling property is peppered with live demonstrations and hands-on learning experiences for visitors of every age. Make sure to plan a stop at the gift shop and the carousel. Location: 5775 State Highway 80, Cooperstown. More information: farmersmuseum.org.




Howe Caverns Open every day for spring break, Howe Caverns offers visitors a 90-minute walking and boat tour that takes place 156 feet underground. Explore and learn about caves that are six million years old and a constant 52 degrees. If you’re looking for a more individualized experience, Lantern Tours are available on a limited basis with reservations. Location: 255 Discovery Dr., Howes Cave. More information: howecaverns.com.


Cascades Indoor Waterpark at Greek Peak Kept at 84 degrees, Cascades Indoor Waterpark is the perfect place to get away from the responsibilities of daily life. Perfect for all ages, the waterpark offers day passes for access to their indoor and outdoor pools and hot tubs, multiple slides, a wave pool and many other fun water attractions. Location: 2177 Clute Rd., Cortland. More information: greekpeak.net.



The New York State Museum Open Tuesday-Sunday, the museum showcases art, science and history in over 100,000 square feet. The museum is both the oldest and largest state museum in America. With more than a dozen permanent exhibits from Bird Hall to Black Capital and Fire Engine Hall to Ice Ages, as well as rotating exhibits, there is no shortage of sights to see and knowledge to glean from a visit to this incredible museum. Admission is free though a donation is gladly accepted. Location: 222 Madison Ave., Albany. More information: nysm.nysed.gov.

Sciencenter The Sciencenter in Ithaca is another wonderful, hands-on, interactive learning museum for visitors of all ages. With more than 250 exhibits on topics from astronomy, weather, sustainability and live animal exhibits, as well as seasonal outdoor adventures, the Sciencenter offers curious minds hours of entertainment and education. Location: 601 1st St., Ithaca. More information: sciencenter.org.



The Wolf Mountain Nature Center While only open on Sunday afternoons until the summer, The Wolf Mountain Nature Center provides visitors an opportunity to view wolves, foxes and coyotes in their large outdoor habitats. Choose between a self-guided or a one-hour docent tour of this 64-acre facility that is home to 25 different animals. Location: 562 Hopkins Crandall Rd., Smyrna. More information: thewolfmountainnaturecenter.org.

Mountain Ridge Adventure While a confirmed reopening date for the 2020 season has not yet been set, we do know the park will reopen in April, and this is a must experience day trip! Located in Schenectady, this park offers aerial adventures such as Tarzan swings, cargo nets and a zip-line adventure, among other attractions. Explore nature as you’ve never experienced before from up to 70 feet above the ground. Location: 300 Weatherwax Rd., Schenectady. More information: mountainridgeadventure.com.

Whether indoors or out, high up in the treetops or deep below the earth’s surface, adventure and excitement awaits on any one of these or other day spring break day trips. Where will your adventures take you?

Chad Putney is a Spanish teacher and fitness enthusiast who lives with his family in North Syracuse. He blogs at: getfitby40.com.



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SUNDAY, MARCH 1 STEM Storytime. 10:30-11:30

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4 Crafter-Noon. 3-5 p.m.; also March 11, 18 & 25. Attendees of all ages can create a different craft each week. Seymour Library, 176 Genesee St., Auburn. Free. (315) 252-2571. seymourlibrary.org.

CNY Young Naturalists. 4:45-5:45 p.m.

Women in STEM Showcase. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.;

also March 8. Learn more about female scientists throughout history with hands-on activities and a special display. 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.

a.m.; also March 8, 15, 22 & 29. Children ages 2-6 can take part in a session that encourages the scientific spirit through stories, music and play. Museum of Science and Technology (MOST), 500 S. Franklin St., Armory Square, Syracuse. $5/ child (non-members). (315) 425-9068. most.org.

Children ages 5-12 can learn about local wildlife. Held on the first Wednesday of the month. Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. (315) 435-1900. onlib.org. and talk about anime. Cosplay is okay, but library staff must approve. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

PAWS to Read. 10:30-11:30 a.m.; also March 14



International Women’s Day Breakfast.

Gaming for Adults with Special Needs.

Teen Anime Night. 6-8 p.m. Teens can come

Lego Free Play. 3:30-7:30 p.m.; also March 12, 19

1:30-3 p.m. Adults with special needs can play Wii games and board games; caregivers must remain in the room. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

& 26. Children of all ages can build their own masterpiece. Maxwell Memorial Library, 14 Genesee St., Camillus. Free. (315) 672-3661. maxwellmemoriallibrary.org.

Dr. Seuss Crafts. 3-4:30 p.m. Create crafts to

Minute to Win It. 6–7:30 p.m. Attendees grades

celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Maker Pop-Up. Through March 15. Make a handprint fish to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S Salina St., Syracuse. (315) 435-1940. onlib.org.

TUESDAY, MARCH 3 Pancake Party. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Children ages

2-5 can enjoy pancakes and pancake-themed stories. Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville, 5110 Jamesville Rd., Jamesville. Free. Registration required: CLDandJ.org. (315) 446-3578.

Tuesday Crafternoons. 3:30-7 p.m.; also March

10, 17 & 24. Children ages 3-10 can drop in to make a craft. Maxwell Memorial Library, 14 Genesee St., Camillus. Free. (315) 672-3661. maxwellmemoriallibrary.org.

Harlem Wizards. 7 p.m. The visiting basketball

showmen play a team of Skaneateles community members in a benefit for the Skaneateles Elementary PTC. Skaneateles High School, 49 E. Elizabeth St., Skaneateles. $15-$35/adult admission; $10/students. harlemwizards.com.



5-8 can compete in 60-second games to win a prize. NOPL Cicero, 8686 Knowledge Ln., Cicero. Free. Registration required: (315) 699-2032. nopl.org.


SATURDAY, MARCH 7 Pancake Breakfast. 9

a.m.-noon; also March 14, 21 & 28. Pancakes, sausage, coffee or juice. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Rd, Baldwinsville. $3-$5/breakfast; $5/vehicle for admission. (315) 638-2519.

It’s Maple Syrup Time. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2

p.m.; Sundays, 1-4 p.m.; Through March 29. A visit to the demonstration sugarbush will introduce families to the heritage of sugaring and the production of maple syrup at six different stations. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Rd, Baldwinsville. $5/vehicle. (315) 638-2519.

& 21. Kids can read to a friendly dog from PAWS Inc. of CNY. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org. 10:30 a.m.-noon. Lisa Saka will be the keynote speaker for this women-only event. 275 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free (donations encouraged). Please RSVP by March 5: cnyriseladies@gmail.com.

Rice Creek Rambles. 11 a.m.; also March 21

& 28. People of all ages (kids under 17 must be accompanied by an adult) can go on an informative, family-friendly walk. Rice Creek Field Station, 193 Thompson Rd, 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.

Saturday Matinee. 2:30 p.m. Watch a showing of The Addams Family. Recommended for ages 7 and up. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. (315) 435-1940. onlib.org.

SUNDAY, MARCH 8 DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME STARTS Sunday Funday. 2-4 p.m.; weekly, through April

5. All ages of visitors can explore the galleries, see art making, hear stories, and play games. Everson Museum of Art, 401 Harrison St., Syracuse. $8/ general admission; free/under 12. (315) 474-6064. everson.org.

MONDAY, MARCH 9 Homeschool Family Fun. 1-2:15 p.m.

Homeschooling parents and kids can take part in a casual hangout with games and crafts. Maxwell

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Monday Matinee. 2-3:50 p.m. Watch a showing

Attendees ages 11-18 can explore outer space and more. Space is limited. Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. (315) 435-1940. onlib.org.

Virtual Reality Expedition. 2:30 p.m.

of A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. Manlius Public Library, 1 Arkie Albanese Ave., Manlius. (315) 682-6400. manliuslibrary.org.

Anxiety in Pregnancy & Postpartum. 6-7:30 p.m. Licensed

play board games and eat snacks. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Master Social Worker Stephanie Straub will lead a discussion on maternal mental health. Presented by CNY Doula Connection. CNY Healing Arts, 195 Intrepid Ln., Syracuse. Free. Registration recommended: (315) 707-8097.

THURSDAY, MARCH 12 St. Patrick’s Day Storytime. 10:15 a.m. Also includes a craft. Recommended for ages 3-5. Fairmount Community Library, 406 Chapel Dr., Syracuse. Free. (315) 487-8933. fairmountlibrary.org.

TUESDAY, MARCH 10 STEAM Cars. 4:30-5:30 p.m. Children ages 5-12

The Buzz About Bees. 7-8 p.m. Learn more

can use a kit to create a car. Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. (315) 435-1900. onlib.org.

STEAM Rainbow Challenge. 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Teen Tabletop Games. 6-8 p.m. Teens can

about honey bees from Ron Lindsay, a local beekeeper. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Children ages 7-12 can design and build a rainbow for the leprechaun. NOPL North Syracuse, 100 Trolley Barn Ln., North Syracuse. Free. 315-4586184. nopl.org.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11 Drop-In LEGO Challenge. 2-8 p.m. Children of all ages can test their building skills through a series of LEGO building challenges. Fairmount Community Library, 406 Chapel Dr., Syracuse.

Trading Card Game Players. 10-11 a.m.

Attendees ages 12 and up can play trading card games such as Pokémon and Magic. Mundy Branch Library, 1204 S. Geddes St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3797. onlib.org.

Pi Day Celebration. 10

a.m.-5 p.m. Activities, pie and more. 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.

Maple Syrup Story Hour.

11 a.m. Children ages 4 and up can enjoy a maple syrup-themed story. Rice Creek Field Station, 193 Thompson Rd, 1 mile south of SUNY Oswego’s main campus, Oswego. Call to sign up: (315) 312-6677. oswego.edu/ricecreek.

Pi Day Celebration. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Children

ages 10 and up can celebrate Pi with crafts, pie making and more. Manlius Public Library, 1 Arkie Albanese Ave., Manlius. Registration required: (315) 682-6400. manliuslibrary.org.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Noon. Celebrate

Irish culture with the moving spectacle of dancers, pipers and floats. Parade begins at Clinton Square, proceeds on South Salina Street and concludes at the intersection with Onondaga Street, Syracuse. Free. syracusestpatricksparade.org.


Cinderella. 2 & 6 p.m.; also March 15. Watch as

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St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. 2-4 p.m. The

event will feature music from Syracuse Irish Session (2-2:45 p.m.), dancing from the Johnston School of Irish Dance (3-3:30 p.m.) and more. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.

Cinderella. 2 p.m.; See March 14 listing.

MONDAY, MARCH 16 Teen Crafts. 4-5 p.m. Young people grades 6-12 can create their own zipper pouch. NOPL North Syracuse, 100 Trolley Barn Ln., North Syracuse. Free. Registration required: (315) 458-6184. nopl.org.

Homeschooling 101 for Parents. 7-8:30

p.m. This month’s topic is year-end evaluations. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

can come read to or just hang out with a dog. NOPL Brewerton, 5440 Bennett St., Brewerton. Free. 315-676-7484. nopl.org.


Build A Model Rocket - Beginners Class. 1-3 p.m. Members of the Syracuse Rocket Club will show attendees of all ages how to build a model rocket. Materials will be provided. Walt’s HobbyTown, 2 Dwight Park Dr., Syracuse. $5/ person. Reservations required: (315) 453-2291.

Pups ‘n Pages. 6-7 p.m. All ages of participants

Shamrock Piñatas. 4-5 p.m. Young people in

grades 6-12 can take part in a different program each week. During this week’s session, create a piñata for St. Patrick’s Day. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.

St Patrick’s Day Story Time. 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Listen to stories and create St. Patrick’s Daythemed crafts. NOPL North Syracuse, 100 Trolley Barn Ln., North Syracuse. Free. (315) 458-6184. nopl.org.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18 Taste Test Challenge. 2:30 p.m. Attendees ages 10-16 can try to identify the name brand cookies, soda and chips. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. (315) 435-1940. onlib.org.

Nature Club. 6-6:30 p.m. Children ages 5-12 can learn about planting a spring garden as part of the library’s new club. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Spring first day of

Trail School. 10 a.m.-noon. Search for animals

blending in. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Rd., Marcellus. $9. Register: baltimorewoods.org. (315) 673-1350.

FRIDAY, MARCH 20 Time for Tots Playgroup. 9:30-10:45 a.m.

Education playgroup for children ages 18 months-5 years and their caregiver. Stories, songs, arts and crafts, and more. Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, 8131 Soule Rd., Liverpool. $3/family. Registration recommended: (315) 622-2843. NYCrossofChrist.org/Tots.

Star Party. 7-9:30 p.m. Look for Venus. Backup

date: March 21. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Rd., Marcellus. $9 (non-members). Register: baltimorewoods.org. (315) 673-1350.



SATURDAY, MARCH 21 Spaghetti Dinner. 3-6:30 p.m.

The fundraiser for The CanTeen will also include a dessert raffle. Cicero Senior Center, 5924 Lathrop Dr, Cicero. Advance tickets (available at The CanTeen, Senior Center or Cicero Parks and Rec office): $5; Door: $8. (315) 699-1391.

Into the Sugar Bush. 1-2:30 p.m. Attendees

ages 10 and up can learn about the history and process of maple sugaring. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Rd., Marcellus. $9 (non-members). Register: baltimorewoods.org. (315) 673-1350.


iments and display their results. Projects available for viewing by the public after judging. SRC Arena, Onondaga Community College, 4585 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. (315) 425-9068.

Fairmount Community Library Storytimes.


TUESDAY, MARCH 31 3D Illusion Art Drawings. 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Children ages 5-12 can learn how to make a drawing 3D. Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. (315) 435-1900. onlib.org.

ONGOING EVENTS 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: $5/ vehicle. (315) 638-2519.


Great Swamp Conservancy Nature Trails.

TUESDAY, MARCH 24 Bubble Towers. 4:30-5:30 p.m. Children ages

5-12 can learn how to turn bubbles into a tower. Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. (315) 435-1900. onlib.org.

Easter Crafts. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Attendees can

create one of three Easter crafts. NOPL North Syracuse, 100 Trolley Barn Ln., North Syracuse. Free. (315) 458-6184. nopl.org.

for times. Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville, 5110 Jamesville Rd., Jamesville. Free. Registration recommended: CLDandJ.org. (315) 446-3578.

Daily, dawn to dusk. Throughout the year, visitors can grab their walking shoes and explore 4.5 miles of well-groomed, flat trails. 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. (315) 697-2950.

Little Movers (good walkers ages 1-3): Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:15 a.m. Music is Magic (ages 1-5): Mondays, 11:15 a.m.; Preschool Storytime & Craft (ages 3-4): Thursdays, 10:15 a.m. Fairmount Community Library, 406 Chapel Dr., Syracuse. Free. (315) 487-8933. fairmountlibrary.org.

Liverpool Public Library. Lapsit Story Time

(ages 2 and under): Tuesdays, 10:15-11 a.m. Sing Along Friends Story Time (ages 2-5): Thursdays, 10:15-11:15 a.m. Family Story Time (ages 5 and under): Fridays, 10:15-11:15 a.m.

Maxwell Memorial Library Storytimes.

Stories with Sally (under age 3): Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5): Tuesdays, 10:30-11 a.m. Maxwell Memorial Library, 14 Genesee St., Camillus. Free. (315) 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. (315) 472-6343, Ext. 208.

NOPL Brewerton Storytimes. Birth-24

months: Mondays, 9:30-10 a.m. Ages 2 and up: Mondays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. NOPL Brewerton, 5440 Bennett St., Brewerton. (315) 676-7484. nopl.org.

NOPL Cicero Library Storytimes. Ages

2-3: Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 10-11 a.m. Ages 3-5: Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-noon. NOPL Cicero, 8686 Knowledge Ln., Cicero. Free. (315) 699-2032. nopl.org.


NOPL North Syracuse Library Storytimes. Birth-age 3: Wednesdays, 10-11 a.m. Ages 3-5: Thursdays, 11 a.m.-noon. NOPL North Syracuse, 100 Trolley Barn Ln., North Syracuse. Free. (315) 458-6184. nopl.org.

Board Game Day. 2:30 p.m. Attendees ages

10-16 can play Uno, Candy Land and more. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. (315) 435-1940. onlib.org.

Onondaga Free Library Storytimes. Baby


trails and parking are free and open every day from dawn to dusk. Interpretive Center open MondayFriday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; closed Sundays. 4007 Bishop Hill Rd., Marcellus. (315) 673-1350.

Storytime (age 2 and under): Tuesdays, 11 a.m. Family Storytimes (age 2 and older): Wednesdays & Thursdays, 11:15 a.m. Wiggleworms (toddlers and preschoolers): Wednesdays, 10:15 a.m. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration required: (315) 492-1727. oflibrary.org.


Wegmans Playground. Boundless Playground

Petit Branch Library Storytimes. Tuesdays,

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. (315) 451-PARK.

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. (315) 435-3636.

Peanut Butter Jelly Time. Thursdays, 5 p.m.

Regional Market Farmers’ Market. Saturdays,


SATURDAY, MARCH 28 Pokémon Open Play. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Kids ages

8-12 of all interest and experience levels can bring cards (or use provided decks) to play with experts from TCGPlayer. Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville, 5110 Jamesville Rd., Jamesville. Free. (315) 446-3578. CLDandJ.org.

Be the Scientist. Noon-4 p.m. Explore the activ-

ities of a materials scientist. 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.

Roisin Academy of Irish Dance. 2:30-3:30

p.m. The Roisin Academy of Irish Dance performs. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1940. onlib.org.

SUNDAY, MARCH 29 CNY Science and Engineering Fair. 8 a.m.-3

p.m. Students in fourth-12th grades conduct exper-



Baltimore Woods Nature Center. Hiking

Members of the community can join in making more than a hundred bagged lunches to hand out to the hungry and homeless in downtown Syracuse. The Road, 4845 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. (315) 218-6066. wholelygroundsattheroad.org.

Barnes & Noble Storytimes. Thursdays, 10

a.m. Join a storytime for toddlers and preschoolers that features a book, songs and coloring. Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. (315) 449-2948.

Central Library Storytimes. Read, Sing, Play! Storytime (all ages): Wednesdays, 10:30-11 a.m. Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. (315) 435-1900. onlib.org.

Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville Storytimes. Call or visit the website

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Parents’ Night Out

Calendar listings are

THURSDAY, MARCH 12 Blue Man Group. 7:30 p.m.; also March 13, 14 & 15. The Blue Man Group, known


for its drumming and comedy, will perform five shows in Syracuse. Landmark Theatre, 362 S. Salina St., Syracuse. $35-$69 (plus fees). landmarktheatre.org.

SATURDAY, MARCH 14 That Comedy Show. 8 p.m. The show will feature three TV comedy writers: Paul

Kozlowski, Mark Brazill and Joel Madison. Auburn Public Theatre, 8 Exchange St., Auburn. $12-$15 (plus fees). (315) 253-6669. auburnpublictheater.org.

Send information about your family-friendly event to: CourtneyK@family timescny.com. Listings are due by March 4 for the April issue.

SATURDAY, MARCH 21 Syracuse Crunch. 7 p.m. Watch as the city’s AHL team hosts the Utica Comets.

Upstate Medical University Arena, 515 Montgomery St., Syracuse. $16-$20 (plus fees). syracusecrunch.com.

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Creative Writing July 6 – 10

Film July 6 – 17

Vocal Jazz July 6 – 10

Strings July 20 – 24

Theatre July 6 – 17

Musical Theatre July 27 – 31

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Family Times provides informative and inspiring articles for parents with children of all ages, from infants to teens. The Family Times Community Guide helps families find fun and educational things to do in Central New York, including a list of local events and deals. What is the Community Guide?

Why should I use it?

The Family Times Community Guide is a directory of local businesses listed by category. It is designed to be a quick reference for Family Times readers to find resources here locally in Central New York. Other than business listings, readers will find local events, local deals, job postings, as well as articles about local businesses.

Use it to find resources in our community. Check out the monthly deals to see what restaurants, entertainment venues, services and other businesses have to offer.

If I am a business owner, how can I get listed?

Is there anything else I should know?

Visit familytimescny.com and select “Community Guide.” From there, you’ll see a button in the top right-hand corner to get listed. Any business in CNY can create a basic listing to be found by Family Times readers under their own category. If a business would like to post events, offer deals, post jobs and more, there are sponsorship opportunities starting as low as $30 per month.

Download the Family Times App from Google or Apple store for quick and easy access from your mobile device. By downloading the app, you can stay connected to Family Times throughout the month and we will be able to push out deals and events that are most interesting to you!

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Alexander & Associates......................................................21


Bluebird Music Together.....................................................25


Canterbury Stables.................................................................5

Youth Classes ages 4-12

Alternative Minds of CNY...................................................3

Tues - Thurs 4:30 - 5:30 pm

Crouse Hospital ................................ 7, Inside Front Cover

$45 /MONTH

The Dance Studio CNY........................................................9

Adult Classes 13 and up

Famous Artists......................................................................31

Tues - Thurs 5:45 - 7:15 pm

$65 /MONTH

Faith Heritage School..........................................................19

Women Self Defense

Flamingo Bowl...................................................................... 5,8

Saturday 10am - 12pm

Gifford Family Theatre........................................................30

$45 /MONTH

The Good Samaritan 5K.....................................................31 Hematology/Oncology Associates ..................................27 Hospice of CNY....................................................................26 Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse................................................5 Jewish Community Center.................................................26 Kids Expo................................................................................13


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La Fleur De Beaute.................................................................3 New Hope Family Services..................................................9 The New School...................................................................25 North Syracuse Central Schools......................................25 OptionZero............................................................................31 Pediatric Associates................................................................9 Smith Housewares & Restaurant Supply ��������������������������9 St. Josephs Hospital.............................................................. 11 St. Mary’s Academy..............................................................25 Upstate Medical University......................... 29,Back Cover Wanderers Rest....................................................................19 Weiss, Savedoff & Ciccone...................................................3




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