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hy do we care about sportsmanship? Isn’t winning everything?

To me, the essence of sportsmanship is self-control and thinking about others. Yes, I want my sons to work hard; yes, I want them to be competitive. But learning good sportsmanship will serve them throughout life— not just on the playing field. Aaron Gifford’s story on sportsmanship gives plenty of reasons for parents to pay attention to the values espoused by their kids’ sports organizations (page 12). Sportsmanship also comes into play in Linda Lowen’s column; in her case, it involves competition between spouses (page 16). On the other hand, one-upmanship among parents can get out of control, as Deborah Cavanagh describes on page 8. Also in the March issue, Chris Xaver has some ideas for healthy snacks, and a recipe for a bit o’ Irish stew to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (page 24). Speaking of St. Patrick’s Day, staffers from Family Times and sister publication the Syracuse New Times are participating in the Syracuse St. Patrick’s Day parade on Saturday, March 15, noon, in downtown Syracuse. Come on down—or at least wish us good luck for fine weather. And Family Times holds its annual Summer Fun and Camp Fair on April 5, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the State Fairgrounds; read the more about the event on page 21. It’s going to be a good time, and a great way to plan your family’s summer in just one day. We hope to see you there!

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Addressing Teen Dating Violence Parents can help sons and daughters in unhealthy relationships


an I talk to you for a minute?” asks a worried-looking mother after her daughter’s therapy session. “Please wait for me in the car,” she says to her 17-year-old. “We are very concerned about her relationship with her boyfriend,” she tells the therapist after her daughter has left. “We think he may have pushed her during a recent argument. He seems to be jealous of her other friends and activities. She defends him and makes excuses. We don’t know what to do.” Here’s what the therapist says: Teens are new at dating and what happens during those first experiences can have a big impact. Patterns for adult relationships can be laid down during adolescence. When abuse or violence is part of that experience, it often results in both short-term and long-term difficulties such as poor academic performance, depression and increased use of alcohol and drugs. 6

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Dating violence among teens is more widespread than most adults think. In 2011, 9.4 percent of high school students nationwide reported being hit, slapped or physically hurt on purpose by their boyfriend or girlfriend in the previous 12 months, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Teens are also unlikely to report these events to an adult. Relationship violence is usually perceived as an issue for girls and the focus is on educating young women about how to stay safe. Yet the vital piece of educating sons is overlooked. Males perpetrate the majority of relationship violence; therefore, parents need to talk to their sons about healthy relationships as much as they talk to their daughters. Prevention is possible only when both sons and daughters are educated about the issue. Dating violence often starts with things such as teasing and name calling. These

Dating violence can take several forms: Emotional: Threats, name-calling, bullying, humiliation and isolation from friends and family. Physical: Pushing, hitting, choking and slapping. Sexual: Being forced into sexual activity. Stalking: When one person engages in repeated intimidating behavior that frightens the victim. interactions have an undercurrent of control and anger. It’s not mutual back-and-forth or good-natured in tone. This can lead to more serious situations such as stalking, physical assault and sexual assault. As with all violence, it tends to worsen over time. Teen dating violence can occur in person or, in cases of emotional abuse and stalking, electronically through texting or postings on social media sites.

Warning signs a teen is in a potentially violent relationship: 1. Falling grades 2. Changes in mood—more withdrawn and quiet 3. Isolation from friends and activities 4. Defending or excusing angry or belittling behavior exhibited by a boyfriend or girlfriend Signs a teen might be the aggressor in an abusive relationship: 1. Constant checking in on the boyfriend or girlfriend’s activities and whereabouts 2. Jealous or possessive speech or actions 3. Controlling 4. Frequently losing one’s temper 5. Putting down the boyfriend or girlfriend’s other friends and attempting to restrict time spent with them

Parents can also be aware of the atmosphere of the dating relationship. As the relationship continues, does your teen go from happy and excited to anxious, withdrawn and unsure? Listen for clues about her interactions and any indications of abuse or violence. Talk with her about healthy relationships. Let him or her know that when a person is in a healthy relationship, that person feels better about himself or herself when around a partner, not worse. If you are concerned your teen may be experiencing dating violence, talk about the warning signs and voice your concerns. Reassure her she isn’t doing anything wrong and isn’t in trouble. If you aren’t sure if there has been violence in the relationship, make it clear she has a choice about dating this person but don’t insist they break up. You don’t want to create a situation where the relationship continues in secret. Provide opportunities for them to socialize under supervision, such as watching movies at your house. Let her know you are available to support her if needed. If you know for sure your adolescent has been abused, seek medical attention if needed and contact the authorities. Steps need to be taken to ensure her safety, and this means involving the police. Assure her she has done nothing wrong; comfort and console, don’t lecture or condemn. Despite your parental instincts, do not confront the abusive teen on your own. These confrontations can get out of hand and make a bad situation even worse. Let the authorities handle it. Focus on your child and providing support and love. If you suspect your teen is behaving in unhealthy or abusive ways toward his girlfriend, address it immediately. Talk with him about signs of dating violence and let him know what you observe. Let him know if the relationship has him feeling frustrated and un-cared for, he has a choice to break up. Explain he cannot control someone else’s behavior and trying to do so leads to unhealthy relationships. Expecting a relationship to resolve feelings of insecurity can lead to controlling behaviors, frustration and anger. Adolescents need guidance, education and support from parents in order to develop healthy relationship patterns. Adults’ relationship experiences can help your teen learn to navigate their own dating issues. Cary and Tonja Rector are married and live with their children in Manlius. Cary is a licensed mental health counselor and Tonja is a licensed marriage and family therapist. Family Times March 2014


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Life in the Fast Lane Do I want to spend my life driving my kids to activities? It took me years to realize Amanda’s progress did not hinge on joining every possible program, that she reached her milestones when she was ready, and not because of one more class or therapy session. When we started eliminating unnecessary programs, the pressure slowly released.

What will my kids remember of their childhood? Will it be the meaningful discussions we had while driving to and fro? Or will it be my constant refrain: “Will you get moving into the car or we are going to be late!”

Amanda now chooses her own activities. She is still learning new skills: doing the backstroke the length of the pool; walking independently across a balance beam; learning to sing. These are pursuits that make her happy.

I was sucked into the vortex of scheduled activities and competitive craziness when my first child, Amanda, was born with Down syndrome. Before long, we’d leaped into a pool of therapies, early intervention programs and support groups. I joined play programs and Mommy and Me music classes—and I started comparing my child to others. Deficits were glaring. Is little Johnny actually shaking his rattle to the beat of the music while my child is still just banging on the drum willy-nilly? Did little Marshal actually use a proper pincer grasp on those Cheerios? I started asking if I was helping my daughter reach her potential. I saw others looking for additional professional support and wondered if I should do the same. 8

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When Amanda was 4 ½, her brother, Jason, was born. His early years were, dare I say, easy. I was amazed at how naturally he held a crayon with three fingers. He mastered the monkey bars by age 2. He spoke in complete sentences before he was 3. How astonishing was typical development!

Facebook and seemingly every parent was posting their child’s perfect instrument or voice score at the New York State School Music Association. At soccer, I’d overhear discussions of conditioning training and skill sleep-away camp. I thought I could resist. I would not go nuts with private music lessons. You would not see cones for soccer drills in my basement. I remind myself that I can say “no.” No, my son is not going to join the YMCA conditioning class. If he really wants to get in shape, he can run around the block. I must be realistic about my son’s abilities and needs, and I have to set limits.

I learned this lesson with Amanda, right? We, as a family, need to relax. Spend time together. Maybe we should take a yoga And then the whirlwind began whispering class to help us find harmony and inner my name. Before long there was Mommy and peace. I could sign us all up! Wait, what Me preschool, followed by recreational soccer am I saying? and instrument lessons. All good, it seemed. All opportunities to observe other children. Deborah Cavanagh lives in Manlius with her husband and two children. She has written for I fell off the wagon. local organizations supporting children and adults Next thing I knew I was hearing about with special needs and publishes the blog www. Henry, invited to the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. Or I’d open



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“What the freak?” protested the boy on whom the foul was called. The coaches, astounded by their player’s reaction, immediately intervened. Angry No. 4 shut his mouth and the referee resisted his urge to send the player off. A few seconds later that same player scored a goal, celebrated with his teammates on the pitch and jubilantly ran to the bench. Instead of congratulating the player on tying the score, his coaches reminded him about his conduct seconds earlier. No. 4 stopped smiling and appeared to show genuine for his disrespectful actions. 12

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Call it a learning moment in preadolescent sportsmanship. But in other instances, teaching kids and their parents about respect and dignity for their opponents and the referee can be more complicated. Consider these moments of infamy: • A pair of 11-year-old hockey players started throwing punches during a game at a Syracuse rink earlier this season. • During an indoor soccer game in Baldwinsville last year, a 10-year-old goalkeeper smiled at the opposing coach after making a save on a free kick. The coach said, “What are you (expletive) looking at?” The boy burst into tears. • During the outdoor season for a girls’ recreational soccer program in Canastota, two years ago, a conflict between two under-12 players spread from school, to the playground, to the practice field at

which both girls played on the same team. The harassment eventually sucked in the two girls’ mothers, who got into a shouting match at one game, and league organizers had to step in and talk the team’s coach out of quitting the organization. Let the players play, coaches coach, referees referee and parents cheer. Sounds simple enough. And yet, youth athletic organizations are being forced to write rules to make sure players, parents and coaches behave. Nowhere is this more apparent than in ice hockey. Locally, many youth hockey organizations supplement USA Hockey’s recommendations and standards for controlling bad behavior by players, coaches and parents, says Terry Walton, vice president and discipline committee chairman of the Syracuse-based Valley Youth Hockey Association. If a player gets a game misconduct (thrown out of the



wo 10-year-old soccer players were scrapping for a loose ball along the boards at the Central New York Family Sports Center in Baldwinsville on a freezing December Saturday afternoon. When the boy in the green jersey fell to the ground, the referee awarded a free kick to his team.

remainder of the game by the referee) for fighting, mouthing off to a referee, or a malicious slash or check, members of the committee take him or her behind closed doors and try to counsel the player about sportsmanship, fair play and safety. The same committee also deals with coaches who verbally abuse referees. As for dealing with unruly spectators, Valley and other local youth hockey organizations keep red coats at the rink. When a spectator sees someone approaching the stands in that red coat, he should quiet down or expect to be asked to leave, Walton says. There have been games, he added, where a referee had to stop play until police arrived to escort enraged parents out of the rink.

Valley Youth Hockey Association players at Meachem Ice Rink

Valley also has a “24-hour rule,” where parents are asked to wait a day before contacting a coach about their child’s playing time or other concerns related to a game or practice. Walton, who played baseball growing up and didn’t get involved with hockey until his son started playing, says Valley’s Little League baseball and lacrosse programs are much easier “to keep civil.” “Hockey has a much longer season and it’s a totally different culture,” Walton says. “Compared to when I was growing up, sports are more competitive, there’s more emphasis on the kids being good at sports as opposed to just playing for fun, and there’s more interest in scholarships, which is driven by the parents. We have to pound it (sportsmanship) into everyone, and we’re not always successful.” Walton’s efforts appear to be working: At the halfway point of the 2013-2014 season there were five game misconducts by players, down from 15 at this time three years ago. On the hardwoods, Jamesville-DeWitt Youth Athletic Association (JDYAA) enjoys a reputation for developing good players with great attitudes. Notable alumni include former Syracuse University stars Andy Rautins and Brandon Triche as well as current SU center DaJuan Coleman. Sue Edson, program co-director, board member and coach, says the organization requires all players, parents and coaches to acknowledge a code of conduct when registering online. “We keep it simple,” she says. “They should just concentrate on playing the game, and let everything else around them happen. Just focus on improving yourself.” Coaches tell the parents and players what is required for a participant to move up to the next skill level. The goal is to

Soccer at Central New York Family Sports Center in Baldwinsville move lower-skilled players to the middle level, and the middle kids to the highest level. Dirty play and mouthing off to referees, other players and coaches won’t get you there, Edson says. Jamie Frank, basketball coach, referee and former board member and age group director, says JDYAA avoids problems by responding to inappropriate behavior with swift, harsh actions. If a parent causes problems at a game, chances are he will never be considered for a coaching or referee post. “We don’t mess around,” Frank says. The last major incident Frank could recall took place about 10 years ago, when the coach for a team of fifth- and sixth-graders continually screamed at a referee. The coach was ejected and removed from the league.

In addition, the league belongs to a co-op with other youth basketball organizations, for which parents can’t referee games in their own school district. For each grade level, there’s a director who attends most games. As for dealing with disrespectful or dirty players, coaches are encouraged to pull the kids out and talk to them about their actions. Even complaining about not getting a pass from a teammate is unacceptable, Frank says. “Your demeanor on the court is very important,” says Frank, whose daughter, Maddie, plays on the J-D girls’ varsity team. “You never know who may be watching you. Everyone knows teachers talk to each other and coaches talk to each other.” continued on page 14 Family Times March 2014


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Brantley and Parks and Recreation director Chris Abbott cannot recall there ever being a problem at practices or games. Brantley’s 10-year-old son, Jaylen, currently plays in the league. Brantley says he doesn’t coach his son’s team and has not refereed his games; he’s enjoyed the boy’s basketball progress purely as a spectator and loves what he’s seen so far.


“He always has a smile on his face,” Brantley says. “Sure, he wants to win. But he’s not crying after he loses—he’s still smiling.”

Shaking hands after a game at CNY Family Sports Center In Syracuse, the city’s Parks and Recreation Department offers winter co-ed basketball through age 12. Recreation Supervisor, Jesse Brantley, says league personnel manage to keep the more competitive hoopsters happy while preserving the league’s core mission of instruction and fun. They’ve accomplished this by balancing the teams and rotating players within the four quarters of each game so kids get the full experience.

“The skills level is mixed in some quarters,” Brantley says, “and in some quarters the more skilled kids play together while the less skilled ones play together the next quarter.” All parents and players sign a code of conduct. The player’s obligation includes a player/teammate contract that stipulates: “Play fair, respect and help others. Be positive.”

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At the Central New York Family Sports Center in Baldwinsville, manager Jeff Knittel took several actions within the past year to cut down on problems with players, coaches and parents. A “zero tolerance” policy there gives employees discretion to eject unruly participants or spectators. Knittel patrols the stands near both fields during games and immediately confronts parents who yell at the referee, players or coaches. If a parent is ejected, Knittel lets the appropriate coach know. If there is a player known for causing problems, a center employee will be assigned to keep an eye on him or her. Last year, two coaches in the 16- to 17-year-old soccer league engaged in a fistfight and are no longer welcome at the center. That was around the same time the

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coach of a 10-year-old boy’s team muttered the expletive to the opposing player. Knittel got between the coach and the boy’s father, and asked the club to suspend the coach for a few games. On another occasion, Knittel had to intervene when a group of under-16 girls and a mother harassed an opposing player because they thought she was faking an injury sustained during a game.

sports. It promotes recreation-level soccer but prepares and encourages kids to advance to higher levels. Volunteers post signs at the fields reminding everyone to stay positive and have fun. Spectators can ceremoniously issue “cards” to their counterparts on the sidelines as a lighthearted reminder to leave the negative attitude at home. For the under8 age groups, they don’t even keep score.

can be a difficult concept for children to grasp between the ages of 8 and 12. Their ability to take the perspective of others begins to emerge, but it takes years to develop fully.

Still, more than 90 percent of the soccer games played at the center these days finish without incident, Knittel says, noting that the zero tolerance approach is working.

“Last year, two coaches got

But there is also a social component, Carter says. At sporting events, parents set examples that are deeply imprinted on their children. If they behave poorly, their kids may follow suit years later. It’s also crucial for parents to be engaged and involved with their child’s activities.

into a fight at the CNY Family Sports Center and are no longer welcome there.”

“The emotional component—the elation of winning—diminishes the ability to think about the perspective of another person,” he says.

“When I was playing, we played just as intense as the kids do now, but maybe we just had more respect for other people,” says Knittel, who started for Syracuse University’s men’s soccer team in the mid-1990s and has coached youth, high school and college teams. “The biggest change has been on the parents’ end. It’s so competitive now. Kids are specializing in one sport when they are 8 or 9, and the parents put a lot of pressure on them.”

“AYSO focuses more on the good of the game, not so much on the game that’s being played that day,” says Vicky Anton, commissioner of the Canastota district. She grew up in soccer-crazy England but is still astounded by some of the sideline behavior she’s witnessed over the years.

American Youth Soccer Organization, or AYSO, which has chapters in several areas of New York state, has worked hard to counter the stigma often attached to competitive

Aaron Gifford is an award-winning Bruce Carter, a child psychology professor writer who lives in Cazenovia with his at Syracuse University, says sportsmanship wife and two children.

“We were allowed to lose,” she says. “Kids today aren’t expected to learn how to lose.”

“It’s the difference of saying ‘they won’ instead of ‘we won,’ Carter says. “Separate yourself from it. Parents need to see that it’s not the parents’ win or loss. Talk about feelings, reactions. Don’t just direct them how to behave—or worse, ignore it. Help your kids navigate these experiences in proper context.”

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Anyone who’s familiar with Dogfight will have recognized that I’m talking about actual, not metaphorical, balloons that figure in the game. And we do love to play games. My daughter Em witnessed this when she came home from college for a long holiday weekend. She chalked it up to the shifts that occur in an empty nest marriage. When couples find themselves with an abundance of free time, their behavior often changes. That first night she kept her mouth shut. But on Saturday and Sunday, when she saw him shoot me down a half-dozen times—and me clobber him twice—she approached us in the family room. “Is this going on every night? Has it become a habit? Do I have to live with it from now on?” I wouldn’t look her in the eye. Instead, I concentrated on the TV screen. “It’s just 16

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something that happened once you left home. I don’t think it’s a problem.” “You’re acting like kids.” “Hey, it’s our lives. We do what we want now.” I waved her off, but it was too late. Once he saw I’d become distracted, my husband swooped in, took out my last balloon, and sent my plane into a death spiral. “Thanks a lot.” I tossed Em the remote. “Your turn to lose to Dad. If you don’t like Dogfight, we could all play Frisbee golf. That’s our favorite.” This is married couple romance in the Wii and Xbox age. My husband and I are old enough to remember dropping quarters into arcade machines to play video games, so a home gaming console that provides unlimited bowling, tennis, golf and Frisbee is a thrill that never wears off. On weekends we watch recent films on streaming video via Amazon, or binge on three episodes of a favorite Netflix series. When we’re short on time, we spend a half-hour on the Wii, flying biplanes and shooting at the balloons that keep us aloft until one of us crashes and the other wins. Now that the kids are gone, every night is date night.

What at first disgusted Em became her favorite “aren’t my parents goofy” story. When a college friend came to stay for Thanksgiving, Em ushered her into the family room. The sight of two old relics waving their circa 2006 Wii remotes was a ROFLMAO moment. “They do this every night. Aren’t they cute?” Em’s sarcastic tone didn’t hide her obvious happiness that her parents still know how to have fun together. Almost every child witnesses the tensions in the relationship between parents, hard as we try to hide them. The responsibilities of real-life love—diapers and bills, long days and longer nights, the non-stop cycle of putting food on the table and cleaning up after each other— bear no resemblance to Disney romance. Couples know you can’t build a life together without mutual trust, respect and dependability. But that day-to-day stuff never reads as romantic. When the fun appears to be gone—when Mom and Dad don’t goof off or laugh with each other—it can seem as if the love has gone out of the marriage. How to add it back in? Our kids might suggest jewelry, chocolates, flowers and



y husband likes to burst my balloon. This frustrates me to no end. If I don’t deflect him, he usually shoots me down. This happens so often I’d be totally demoralized if I hadn’t already come to terms with one simple fact: It’s good for our relationship.

Ask a single friend what she or he values in a partner. Chances are you won’t hear  ‘plays well with others.’ We don’t prize playfulness, and we should.

other trappings of affection. After all, moms on TV tear up over these presents and then dispense kisses. But it’s not stuff that matters. It’s time and attention. No one tells children the essential truth about romantic relationships: that the same root emotions they feel for their best friends are what make a marriage successful. Having fun and expressing playfulness are essential to a long-term partnership. Ask a single friend what she or he values in a partner. Chances are you won’t hear “plays well with others.” We don’t prize playfulness, and we should. Adult responsibility typically crowds out most forms of play other than play between parent and child. If play does occur, it happens offsite, away from home: bunco or girls’ night out, golf, basketball or poker night with the guys. But when the kids are away and parents are finally free to play, what we learn in the process can be the glue that cements the relationship. I’m a happier person now that my husband and I make time to play. Thanks to Wii bowling and board games like Scrabble and Boggle, we spend much more time together. In between turns we talk, poke fun at each other, share inside jokes. Like the benefits of exercise, which last throughout the day, the benefits of play extend beyond time spent in competition and gaming. I find myself laughing hard—gasping to catch my breath—at least once a day at something my husband has said. I know this makes him feel good. Often couples split when the children leave home. I know why. When there’s only the two of you, with no distractions, you have to like each other to really love each other. My husband is competitive, but when we play I see the good sport in him. He’s a cheerful loser and a victor who doesn’t gloat. Even if we weren’t married, I’d want him on my team. The fact that we are married makes me appreciate that I picked a winner. So laugh all you want, Em. Take photos of your parents and post them on Instagram with snarky captions. I know you’re smart enough to realize what our silly grins are saying. The family that plays together, stays together. And your dad and me—we’re playing for keeps. Linda Lowen writes for, teaches at the Downtown Writer’s Center and is co-producer and co-host of Take Care, a health and wellness radio show on WRVO. She lives in Syracuse with her husband and two college-age daughters, who go by Jaye and Em in her writing.

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hat’s your go-to March food? Is it green eggs and ham? Corned beef and cabbage? Lucky Charms? After all, that little leprechaun tells us they’re “magically delicious”!

And then there’s March Madness. With so many basketball games on television, there are lots of chances to have friends or neighbors over and distract ourselves from our wintry weather. What’s your favorite TV nosh? Mine used to be horrible: chips, dips, chicken wings, pizza. These days, my family and I still have those foods, but I “fake” them out. For example, pizza without a crust, or chicken wings made from chicken tenders that I bake in the oven without breading. My grown-up dips include hummus and my “chips” are now cucumber slices and baked wontons. (Check out my recipes: TheSweetLifewithChrisXaver.) At our house, it’s all about reducing sugars. I have kids in my life, too; I’m not telling you to try something they won’t like. They’ll love it, if they can help make the snacks. I’ve learned that’s key. Ask them to help you in the kitchen and they’ll try more foods.

March On! Irish stew is perfect for this time of year

So since we’re in the midst of March, I thought we should enjoy some traditional fare. Although everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, you don’t have to be Irish to enjoy my Irish stew. While the traditional dish often calls for lamb, many Americans aren’t that familiar with it. Lamb is lean, and grass-fed lamb is often exceptionally lean. As a general rule, three ounces of lamb has just 175 calories and less than 10 grams of fat. And lean lamb often comes in at just eight grams of total fat, three of which are saturated fats. If you’re planning to make this recipe and want the leanest lamb, use loin or shank pieces.


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Beef can also be lean, too. For stew, I would recommend chuck, which is considered a lean cut but has enough marbling in it to keep your stew meat from becoming tough. The great thing about making this stew in the slow cooker is that it’s a much more moist way of cooking than in the oven. As long as you don’t lift the lid, all the moisture remains in the pot and keeps this dish melt-in-your-mouth tender. Instead of potatoes, I use turnips in this dish to lower the sugar content. No one in your family will know they are eating turnips if you don’t tell them because the stew’s “gravy” flavors the vegetables. Why turnips? In 3.5 ounces, turnips have six grams of carbohydrates compared with potatoes’ 17 grams. And turnips are lower in calories: 28 calories in that serving vs. potatoes’ 77. Starting to fall for the humble turnip, aren’t you? And to keep the stew from becoming “sweet,” I encourage you to use plain old yellow onions instead of the sweeter Vidalia variety. In this long-cooking stew, the yellow onion just holds up better and imparts that savory flavor this dish demands.

Irish Stew 2 pounds lean meat (lamb or beef), cut into chunks Scant amount of flour for dredging 2 pounds turnips, peeled and cut into chunks 2 onions, finely diced (see accompanying note) 1 teaspoon dried thyme 1 bay leaf 2 garlic cloves, minced Salt and pepper to taste 1 quart low-sodium beef broth Pat meat dry and dredge in flour. Brown in nonstick pan. (Don’t crowd the meat pieces, or they will steam.) Layer turnips, onions, seasonings and garlic on the bottom of a slow cooker. Top with the browned meat. Pour half of the broth over it. (Add more broth later if a thinner stew is desired.) Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours or high for 3 to 5 hours. When meat is tender, stew is done.

This wonderful winter stew should not be relegated to just a traditional St. Patrick’s Day meal! It deserves a repeat performance on any cold day, and using turnips instead of potatoes lowers the carbs and sugars while retaining the flavor and texture. Chris Xaver, Ph.D., is a local TV and radio personality with three children and five grandchildren. Her healthy lifestyle show, The Sweet Life, is airing on public television stations nationwide.




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FRIDAY, FEB. 28 Sesame Street Live: Can’t Stop Singing. 7 p.m.; through March 2. Sesame Street becomes a musical montage when Elmo gets his hands on Abby Cadabby’s magic wand. Landmark Theatre, 362 S. Salina St., Syracuse. $23.05-$34.55. (800) 745-3000. Syracuse Crunch. 7 p.m. The American Hockey League team faces the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. War Memorial, 800 S. State St., Syracuse. $16-$20, plus applicable processing fees. 473-4444.

SATURDAY, MARCH 1 Teeny Yogini. 10-10:45 a.m. A family yoga class for children ages 2 ½ to 6 and a parent or other special adult. Willow Health and Wellness Center, 3090 Belgium Road, Baldwinsville. $15/adult & child; $20/family. Register: 622-3423. Family Train Day. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. See trains on the permanent layout and running in loops on the floor. Also, Thomas and Friends trains. Presented by the Central New York Large-Scale Railway Society. The Commons, Driver’s Village, 5885 E. Circle Drive, Cicero. Free. 451-3199. Sound of Nature. 10:30 a.m. This Symphoria Young People’s Concert features music from Beethoven Symphony No. 6 and works by other composers inspired by nature. Mulroy Civic Center, 411 Montgomery St., Syracuse. $11.50-$29. 2995598.

Toddlers’ Tango. 11 a.m. Little ones can take part in creative music and dance using props and instruments. Central Library, Galleries of Syracuse, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-1900. Lego Movie Building Event. 11 a.m. Children age 4 and up can build a scene from the movie. Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. Registration required: 449-2948. A World of Puppets. 11 a.m. Rolande Dupre of Purple Rock Productions performs “Spinning Straw into Gold,” the Rumpelstiltskin story. International Mask and Puppet Museum, 518 Prospect Ave., Syracuse. $8. Reserve: 476-0466. The Royal Ball. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; also March 2. Come in costume and be transported to a fairy tale world where you can play games, make crafts, try on chain mail, and meet the Fairy Godmother in person. Strong National Museum of Play, 1

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Calendar Manhattan Square, Rochester. Admission: $13.50/ general; free/younger than 2. (585) 263-2700. Sesame Street Live: Can’t Stop Singing. 11:30 a.m. & 3 p.m.; through March 2. See Feb. 28 listing. Sleeping Beauty. 12:30 p.m. The Magic Circle Children’s Theatre presents an original version of the fairy tale, in which children in the audience help the Prince save Sleeping Beauty from her jealous sister’s spell. Children can dress up as fairy tale characters to enhance their fun. Spaghetti Warehouse, 689 N. Clinton St., Syracuse. $5. 449-3823. Jazz on Demand. 2 p.m. A trio of musicians from CNY Jazz performs in an interactive concert based on audience members’ choices of flash cards indicating titles, tempo and style. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. 435-5326. GiGi’s Playhouse International Gala. 6 p.m. Bloom author Kelle Hampton speaks; Amy Robbins is emcee; music provided by Mere Mortals. A fund-raiser for GiGi’s Playhouse. Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Syracuse, 6301 Route 298, Carrier Circle, East Syracuse. $85. 288-PLAY. Syracuse Crunch. 7 p.m. Vs. Adirondack Phantoms. See Feb. 28 listing.


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MONDAY, MARCH 3 Dr. Seuss Storytime. 3 p.m. In honor of Dr. Seuss’ March 2 birthday, a special storytime for kids ages 2-5. Central Library, Galleries of Syracuse, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-1900.

Moto-Inventions. 1-2 p.m.; Sundays in March. Tinker with recycled materials and electricity to make whirling, moving machines. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Free March 2; other days, admission: $8/adults; $7/seniors; $6/ages 3-17; free/ under 3. (607) 272-0600.

Secret Science Club. 3:30-5 p.m.; also March 17. Students in grades 6-9 can read a science fiction book and do experiments based on science, technology and themes in the book. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: 637-6374.

The Royal Ball. 1-4 p.m. See March 1 listing.


Drumcliffe Irish Arts. 2 p.m. A performance for all ages that includes Irish dancers, Gaelic poetry and fiddle playing. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 446-3578. Pinocchio. 3 p.m. Theatre IV presents a musical version of the tale of Gepetto and his wooden son. Palace Theater, 19 Utica St., Hamilton. $5. 824-1420.

Pancake Party. 10:30 a.m. Kids age 2 and up can hear stories, do a craft and make pancakes. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. Registration required: 446-3578. Creation Club. 3:30-5 p.m.; Part 2 on March 18. Students in grades 6-9 will explore the possibilities for making 3D models from 2D pieces. Fay-

etteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: 637-6374. Craftastic Critters. 4:30-5:30 p.m.; also March 11, 18 & 25. Kids ages 5-10 can drop in to make a different craft each week. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. 637-6374.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5 Yoga for Everyone. 6-7 p.m.; also March 10, 17, 24 & 30. Gentle yoga. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. Registration required: 435-1940. Teen Geeks. 6-8 p.m. Kids in grades 7-12 can hang out, play games, eat snacks and create. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. 457-0310. Multiple Moms Mingle. 6:30 p.m. Monthly meeting of mothers and expectant mothers of multiples. Ruby Tuesday, 3220 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Reserve: 308-0277. continued on page 28



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THURSDAY, MARCH 6 Preschool Storytime. 10:30 a.m.; also March 13, 20 & 27. Children ages 3-5 can hear stories, sing songs and enjoy finger play. Soule Branch Library, 101 Springfield Road, Syracuse. Free. 435-5320. A Tour of Spring’s Night Sky. 7 p.m. The CNY Observers teach participants about the constellations and how to navigate the night sky using them. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. 457-0310.

FRIDAY, MARCH 7 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. Museum of Science and Technology (MOST), 500 S. Franklin St., Armory Square, Syracuse. Cost: $5. 425-9068, Ext. 2143.

SATURDAY, MARCH 8 Junior Café Scientifique. 9:30-11 a.m. The Technology Alliance of Central New York presents a talk by a Manlius Pebble Hill student who explains how she decided to become a scientist and pursue a career in research. Talk geared toward middle school students, who must be 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: Animal ABCs. 10:30 a.m. A Rosamond Gifford Zoo staffer gives a presentation that features live animal visitors, including an Eastern screech owl. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. 435-5326. Little Makers. 10:30-11:30 a.m.; also March 11. Read a story about a topic, then make something based on the book. For ages 5-8. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: 637-6374. Spot Visits Storytime. 11 a.m. Storytime features Where’s Spot and other books by Eric Hill, with a special appearance by Spot. Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 449-2948.

A World of Puppets. 11 a.m. Tom Knight performs “Library Boogie,” using puppets such as Henry the Magician and Allie the Alligator. International Mask and Puppet Museum, 518 Prospect Ave., Syracuse. $8. Reserve: 476-0466.

Syracuse Crunch. 3 p.m. Vs. Binghamton Senators. See Feb. 28 listing.

Animal ABCs. Noon. A Rosamond Gifford Zoo staffer gives a presentation that features live animal visitors, animal artifacts and other fun; best for birth to age 5, accompanied by an adult. White Branch Library, 763 Butternut St., Syracuse. Free. 435-3519.

Drop-In Playtime. 10 a.m.-noon. The library puts out toys including blocks and trains and kids from birth to age 5 (accompanied by a caregiver) can play. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 446-3578.

Sleeping Beauty. 12:30 p.m. See March 1 listing. Moreland the Magician. 2 p.m. David Moreland performs a family-friendly show at a benefit for the Marcellus Parent Nursery School. Event also includes a bake sale, raffles and face painting. KCH Heffernan Elementary School gym, 2 Learners Landing, Marcellus. $5. 673-4395. Monster Truck Show. 2-5 p.m. (pit party); 7 p.m. (show). Grave Digger, Avenger, Scooby-Doo and other trucks perform stunts at Monster Jam. Fans attending the pit party can meet drivers, get autographs and take photos. Carrier Dome, Syracuse University, Syracuse. Pit party pass: $10. Show general admission: $25-$32/adults; $10$12/ages 2-12. (800) 745-3000.

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the nitrogen cycle. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/adults; $7/seniors; $6/ages 3-17; free/under 3. (607) 272-0600. Let the Children Sing. 3 p.m. Syracuse Children’s Chorus concludes a daylong festival with a concert. West Genesee High School, 5201 W. Genesee St., Camillus. $15-$22. 478-0582. Syracuse Crunch. 7 p.m. Vs. Rochester Americans. See Feb. 28 listing.

SUNDAY, MARCH 9 DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME BEGINS Butler-Sheehan Irish Dancers. 2 p.m. Schoolage troupe performs in traditional costume. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-1940. Chemsations. 2 p.m.; also March 23. High school students demonstrate chemistry reactions such as disappearing ink and dry ice. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/adults; $7/seniors; $6/ ages 3-17; free/under 3. (607) 272-0600.


TUESDAY, MARCH 11 Drop In for Crafts. 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Children from preschoolers to those in grade 6, with a caregiver, can make seasonal crafts with provided materials. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. 457-0310. Teen MOPS. 4-6 p.m.; also March 25. 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. 5692542. Rubber Band Fun for Tweens. 4-5 p.m. Kids ages 9-12 can make jewelry, motors and musical instruments from rubber bands. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. Registration required: 457-0310. Little Makers. 5:30-6:30 p.m. See March 8 listing.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12 Anime Night. 6-8 p.m. Teens in grades 7-12 can watch and discuss anime and take part in related contests and games. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. Registration required: 457-0310.

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Calendar SmartPlay. 10:30 a.m.-noon. Children age 5 and younger can take part in a play experience designed to encourage discovery, creativity and early literacy skills. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. 637-6374. Trail Tales. 1 p.m.; also March 27. A naturalist reads a story to children ages 3-5, then leads the group on a hike themed to match the stories. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $3/vehicle. 638-2519. Teen Tech Week. 5:30 p.m. Kids ages 11-19 can make short live action and animated films. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. 435-5326.


Sciencenter Showtime. 2 p.m. Play games to learn how memory works. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/adults; $7/seniors; $6/ ages 3-17; free/under 3. (607) 272-0600. Syracuse Crunch. 7 p.m. Vs. Hamilton Bulldogs. See Feb. 28 listing.

SUNDAY, MARCH 16 JCC Purim Carnival. Noon-4 p.m. Games, inflatable bounce houses, prizes, food and raffles for preschoolers and school-age children. Children are encouraged to wear costumes, a Purim custom. Jewish Community Center of Syracuse, 5655 Thompson Road, DeWitt. Free admission; charge for games and activities. 445-2360.

Leprechaun Treasure Hunt. 5-8 p.m. Kids age 8 and under can search for treasure, have their faces painted and more. KidzClub Indoor Play and Party Place, 219 Route 57, Phoenix. $10/child. 6952211.

Get Animated Cartoon Weekend. 1-4 p.m. See March 15 listing.

Syracuse Crunch. 7 p.m. Vs. Hershey Bears. See Feb. 28 listing.



SATURDAY, MARCH 15 Kids Create Rainbows. 10:30 a.m. Children age 6 and older can listen to a St. Patrick’s Day story, learn about the holiday and paint their own rainbow. Wear old clothes! Paine Branch Library, 113 Nichols Ave., Syracuse. Free. 435-5442. Get Animated Cartoon Weekend. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; also March 16. Talk to animators, pose for pictures with popular cartoon characters such as Bugs Bunny and try out some animation skills; in conjunction with the Animation exhibit. Strong National Museum of Play, 1 Manhattan Square, Rochester. Admission: $13.50/general; free/younger than 2. (585) 263-2700. St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Noon-3 p.m. The 32nd incarnation of the annual celebration of all things Irish begins at South Salina Street and Clinton Square and concludes at the intersection with Onondaga Street, Syracuse. Free.

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TUESDAY, MARCH 18 Frozen Sing-Along. 4:30 p.m. Celebrate the release of the Frozen DVD with singing and other activities. Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. Registration required: 449-2948.

Sleeping Beauty. 12:30 p.m. See March 1 listing.


Balloon Twisting Workshop. 1 p.m. Join a fun workshop on balloon twisting. Central Library, Galleries of Syracuse, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-1900.

Hands-on Learning Event. 4:30 p.m. A Leap Reader interactive reading adventure for children ages 4-8. Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. Registration required: 449-2948. continued on page 30


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FRIDAY, MARCH 21 Toddler Dance Party. 10:30 a.m. Kids ages 18 months-5 years old, with caregivers, can dance with their friends. There will be musical instruments, bubbles and more. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 446-3578. DIY Marble Runs for Tweens. 2-3 p.m. Kids ages 9-12 can work in teams or alone to create tunnels for marbles and small cars. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. Registration required: 457-0310.

SATURDAY, MARCH 22 Baldwinsville Youth Fair. 10 a.m.-noon. Child care centers, sports groups and others provide information, and entertainment is provided. C.W. Baker High School cafeteria, 29 E. Oneida St., Baldwinsville. Free. 635-5999. NanoDays. Noon-4 p.m. Explore nanoscale science and technology at the interactive Nano exhibition, with more than 30 activities. NanoDays Showtime (2 p.m.) explores how fuel cells generate clean power for cars and buses. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Free admission. (607) 272-0600. Sleeping Beauty. 12:30 p.m. See March 1 listing. Jazz on Demand Live. 2 p.m. During improvised portions of the show, audience members can suggest songs or styles in this performance for all ages. White Branch Library, 763 Butternut St., Syracuse. Free. 435-3519. Teen Steampunk Jewelry. 2-4 p.m. Kids in grades 7-12 can learn jewelry designs and make some of their own; participants can keep what they create. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. Registration required: 4570310. Syracuse Crunch. 7 p.m. Vs. Albany Devils. See Feb. 28 listing.

SUNDAY, MARCH 23 See Ongoing Events

MONDAY, MARCH 24 Snap N Play. 4-8 p.m. Children age 8 and under can play, and they can be photographed with a baby animal such as a bunny or chick. KidzClub Indoor Play and Party Place, 219 Route 57, Phoenix. $8-$11/child; $5/photo CD. Registration required for photos: 695-2211. www. KidzClub

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26 Birth Basics. 6:30-8 p.m. If you’re pregnant, bring your questions to this meeting hosted by the CNY Doula Connection. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 395-3643. Bedtime Stories. 6:45-7:15 p.m. Children ages 3-6 (or older) can hear stories, even in their PJs, before going home to bed. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-1940. Syracuse Crunch. 7 p.m. Vs. St. John’s IceCaps. See Feb. 28 listing.

THURSDAY, MARCH 27 See Ongoing Events

Syracuse Crunch. 7 p.m. Vs. Binghamton Senators. See Feb. 28 listing.

SUNDAY, MARCH 30 CNY Science and Engineering Fair. 7:45 a.m.-3 p.m. Students in fourth-12th grades conduct research projects and display their results at the event formerly known as the Greater Syracuse Scholastic Science Fair. SRC Arena, Onondaga Community College, 4585 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. 425-9068. Breakfast with the Bunny. 9-10 a.m. & 11 a.m.noon. Hop on over to the zoo and enjoy a buffet meal with the Easter Bunny, plus face painting and more. Rosamond Gifford Zoo, 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse. $16/person (including zoo admission). Reservations required: 435-8511, Ext. 113.

Syracuse Crunch. 7 p.m. Vs. Adirondack Phantoms. See Feb. 28 listing.

St. Baldrick’s Day. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Participants get their heads shaved for donations toward childhood cancer research. Kitty Hoynes Irish Pub & Restaurant, 301 W. Fayette St., Syracuse. Donations. 424-1974.




Kidsignment Sale. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Shop for gently used children’s clothing, toys and gear; sale benefits the Fayetteville Free Library. Across from Rite Aid, Shoppingtown Mall, 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. 637-6374. CNY Baby Expo. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Information and services for new and expecting parents, with more than 75 vendors, a car seat check and entertainment including balloon art and face painting. Presented by Basic Baby. Shoppingtown Mall, 3659 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free admission. 256-0116. Sleeping Beauty. 12:30 p.m. See March 1 listing. Sciencenter Showtime. 2 p.m. Learn where insects live, what they eat and how to recognize them. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/adults; $7/seniors; $6/ages 3-17; free/ under 3. (607) 272-0600.

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ONGOING EVENTS It’s Maple Syrup Time. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sundays, 1-4 p.m.; March weekends. 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 Road, Baldwinsville. $3/vehicle. 638-2519. Pancake Breakfast. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-noon; through March 29. Pancakes, sausage, coffee or juice. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $3-$5/breakfast; $3/ vehicle. 638-2519. KidsArt Exhibit. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5


Syracuse Crunch. 7 p.m. Vs. Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton Penguins. See Feb. 28 listing.

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March 2014 Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Sundays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission at all rinks: $3/adults; $2/ age 12 and under and age 55 and older; $3/skate rental. 423-0129.

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Great Swamp Conservancy Nature Trails. Daily, dawn to dusk. Visitors can grab their walking shoes (or snowshoes) and explore 4.5 miles of well-groomed, flat trails. Open year round. Cross-country skis ($4/day) and snowshoes ($3/ day) for rent. Trails feature a 900-foot boardwalk, osprey nesting platform, and wetland and grassland restoration areas. The area is a stop for many migratory waterfowl and songbirds; other wildlife include muskrats and beavers. Great Swamp Conservancy, 3.5 miles off I-90, Exit 34, 8375 N. Main St. Canastota. Free. 697-2950. 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. 673-1350. Barnes & Noble Storytimes. Thursdays, 10 a.m. Join a storytime for toddlers and preschoolers that’s features a book, songs and coloring. Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 449-2948. Maxwell Library Storytimes. Storytimes and book groups for all ages. Call for dates and times. Maxwell Memorial Library, 14 Genesee St., Camillus. Free. 672-3661. Northeast Community Center Library Storytimes. Preschool storytimes with rhymes and occasional games; youngsters learn group listening and participation skills. Call for times. Northeast Community Center Library, 716 Hawley Ave., Syracuse. Free. 472-6343, Ext. 208.

continued from page 30 p.m.; Saturday, noon-3 p.m.; through April 5. Numerous types of media by nearly 300 budding CNY artists displayed. Earlville Opera House, 18 E. Main St., Earlville. 691-3550. City of Syracuse Ice Skating. Through March 30 at indoor rinks; weather permitting, through March 11 at Clinton Square. The Department of Parks, Recreation and Youth Programs offers skating at these locations. Meachem Rink (121 W. Seneca Turnpike). Open skating: Tuesdays-Fridays, 12:15 to 3:15 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays. 7:15 to 10 p.m. Call in advance as some hockey


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games interfere with open skate hours: 492-0179. Sunnycrest Rink (698 Robinson St., near Henninger High School). Open skating: Mondays and Tuesdays, 12:15 to 4:30 p.m.; Wednesdays, noon to 5:30 and 7:15 to 10 p.m.; Thursdays, noon to 4:30 p.m.; Fridays, noon to 4:30 and 7:15 to 10 p.m.; Saturdays, 1:45 to 6:45 p.m., 7 to 8:15 p.m. and 8:30 to 10 p.m.; Sundays, 1:30 to 5:30 p.m., 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. and 8:45 to 10 p.m. $2/adults; $1/children and seniors; skate rental: $3. Call in advance; hours subject to change: 473-4696. Clinton Square Ice Rink. Mondays-Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fridays and school breaks, 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.;

DeWitt Community Library. Library offers hundreds of free programs for parents and children. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. 446-3578. Fayetteville Free Library Storytimes. (Excluding holidays.) First Steps: (Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m.) for children who are good walkers. Fabulous 4s and 5s: (Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.) for preschoolers to get skills to prepare for reading. Terrific 2s and 3s: (Wednesdays,10:30 a.m.) kids can learn letters, sounds and words. Cuddletime: (Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.) for babies not yet walking and an adult. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. 637-6374.

Calendar Petit Branch Library Storytimes. Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. Toddler and preschooler storytime for children ages 18 months-5 years and caregivers. Includes stories, rhymes, finger plays and songs. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. 435-3636. 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: $3 per vehicle. 638-2519. Syracuse Go Club. Every Monday, 7-10 p.m. Wegmans sit-down dining area, 6789 E. Genesee St., Fayetteville. Club devoted to the ancient Chinese game of Go; players of all ages. Free. 479-9073. Regional Market Farmers’ Market. Saturdays, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. (year-round). Shop seasonal produce, meat, fish, poultry, eggs, specialty foods and more on display throughout covered sheds; heated shops of Regional Market Commons feature gift and unique items including jewelry, paintings and home decor. Also, flea market, Sundays, 7 a.m.3 p.m. 2100 Park St., Syracuse. 422-8647.

and 18 aqueducts along the 363-mile Erie Canal. Everson Museum of Art. 401 Harrison St. Tuesday-Friday, Sunday, noon- 5p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $5 donation. 474-6064. World-class museum includes Children’s Interactive Gallery designed to acquaint beginning art viewers with basic art principles, with areas dedicated to portraiture, hands-on activities, and a classroom. International Boxing Hall of Fame. Thruway Exit 34, Canastota. Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $4/adults, $3/seniors, $3/youths. Ages 6 and younger free. 697-7095. H. Lee White Museum and Maritime Center. W. First St., Oswego. Monday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $7/adult; $3/teen; free/age 12 & under. 342-0480. Exhibits highlight more than 400 years of maritime history. Vessels on display include: New York State Derrick Boat 8 from the Canal System, schooner Ontario and Eleanor D, the last U.S. commercial fishing vessel to work Lake Ontario.


International Mask and Puppet Museum. 518 Prospect Ave., Syracuse. Fridays by appointment. First two Saturdays of the month, 10 a.m.noon (October-April). 476-0466. Permanent collection includes masks, marionettes, shadow puppets and more.

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

Museum of Science and Technology (MOST). 500 S. Franklin St., Armory Square, Syracuse. Tuesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Museum admission: $10/adults; $8/seniors and ages 2-11. IMAX admission only: $10/adults; $8/children and senior citizens; (473-IMAX). Planetarium

(only available with museum admission): $2. 4259068. Hands-on science center features the Bristol Omnitheater, Science Playhouse, Earth Science Discovery Cave, Technotown, and Flight and Space Exhibit. Silverman Planetarium shows “Zoo in the Sky,” for kids under age 8, Saturdays, Sundays and school holidays, 11:15 a.m.; “Seasonal Sky” Saturdays, Sundays and school holidays, 3:15 p.m. Onondaga Historical Association Museum. 321 Montgomery St., Syracuse. Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Donation. 428-1864. Syracuse’s only comprehensive local history museum, with exhibits on architecture, local industries, transportation and more. Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park. 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse. Daily, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $8/adults; $5/senior citizens; $4/children; free/age 2 and younger. 435-8511. Ongoing attractions include Humboldt penguins. Sciencenter. 601 First St., Ithaca. Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Admission: $8/adults; $7/seniors; $6/ages 3-17; free/ under 3. (607) 272-0600. Inspires people of all ages to discover the excitement of science through exhibits and programs. Strong National Museum of Play. 1 Manhattan Square, Rochester. Admission: $13.50; free/younger than 2. (585) 263-2700. Permanent exhibits include National Toy Hall of Fame with inductees such as alphabet blocks, Barbie, Crayola crayons, G.I. Joe and the ever-versatile cardboard box. Also, super-sized kids’ market and more; lunch available at Bill Gray’s Skyliner Diner.

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