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Celebrating CNY

Guide of Central New York

issue No. 135

PUBLISHER/OWNER Bill Brod Editor in chief Reid Sullivan MANAGING EDITOR Bill DeLapp Photographer Michael Davis


he Family Times Besties awards are our way of shining a light on what’s great about Central New York. Our readers’ picks competition has 30 categories, and it’s a lot. So, starting on page 22, we announce the third annual Besties winners, who are among the reasons CNY is a great place to live. But we have another reason to be in love with CNY: It’s a short drive to Ithaca sights (and eats). Eileen Gilligan and her family went the extra miles to hit some of that area’s top spots and report back on page 6. The July issue also has: Chris Xaver’s take on how to grill the right way (page 10); a profile of an author who’s also a local librarian (page 18); a piece by a librarian about how graphic novels can lure in readers (page 29); Linda Lowen’s ode to summer living on the back porch (page 14). Finally, Cary and Tonja Rector write about using exercise to manage anxiety and depression (page 17). We hope there’s enough here to encourage you to take full advantage of summer in CNY. Enjoy!

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aterfalls, hands-on science and homemade ice cream: the perfect ingredients for a true summer vacation daytrip. And it’s all just about an hour away in Ithaca. For some reason, many Central New Yorkers, me included, don’t head to Ithaca often enough to experience all the child-friendly activities available. Start the day with the scenic drive south on Interstate 81 to Route 13 South, the main drag into Ithaca, a historic college town with plenty of room for visitors in the summer. The Sciencenter will soon appear on your left. Allow 90 minutes to two hours to explore all the hands-on exhibits. Children as young as 2 can try the water, foam blocks and air station among others in “Curiosity Corner,” for ages up to 4. Even my “big kids” at 11 and 12 enjoyed the water gates damming game, an astronaut exhibit and the Bernoulli blower airstream that can balance a ball, all spread throughout the museum. This summer’s special exhibit is called Roll, Drop, Bounce, which includes 12 colorful, interactive stations that demonstrate the properties of movement and physics. We were there on a drizzly day but went outside anyway to climb around and investigate the play area, a.k.a. Emerson Science Park. In good weather, you can try Galaxy Golf ($3 per game), which mixes math and science principles at each of the 12 miniature golf holes. Then, it’s time for lunch. I heartily recommend Ithaca Bakery for bagels, soup, salads, coffee and dessert (of course). Get it to go if you want to picnic at one of the area’s parks located on Cayuga Lake. I like the Taughannock Falls State Park. Picnic tables, a concession stand, playground and public bathrooms are available for a lunch time of boat-, bird- and people-watching along the lake. After lunch, we packed up and walked across the road to the “gorge-ous” side of the park where there’s also another parking lot. Here, three easily walkable trails lead to and around two waterfalls. We tried the South Rim trail, which had plenty of tree cover and ran right along the Taughannock Creek and Taughannock Gorge for 1 mile. (Find a park map here: http://www.visitithaca.com/files/ TaughannockFallsStatePark.pdf) On the way back, we crossed into the gorge to pick up the Gorge Trail, the shortest trail at three-quarters of a mile, which allowed us to walk through some shallow parts of the creek and 6

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over lots of rocks and stones in the gorge. In July the water was not deep or running much, so it was very safe for venturing in and we were following others. But always check each day’s conditions. If you still have energy and not-yetcranky kids, head back to the city of Ithaca for some bird watching or art viewing. Follow the signs to Sapsucker Woods, located north of Cornell University’s campus on the other side of Cayuga Lake from the Taughannock Falls. The chirping of birds should draw you to Cornell University’s Lab of Ornithology and the visitor center, where more interactive exhibits of sound and video await. Watch through giant windows as the birds frolic in the bird-feeding garden; then borrow some binoculars and venture onto one of the short trails through the Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary. From one-third to three-quarters of a mile, the trails are just the right length for little legs. Take along

a checklist of birds and see which ones you can spot. The center also features world-renowned art. Speaking of art, another nearby stop is the Johnson Museum of Art, perched atop Libe Slope on Cornell University’s campus. Just stopping in the I.M. Peidesigned building for a breath of air conditioning can provide a picturesque break from outdoor hiking and touring. And admission is free. Look up to the 12,000 white LED lights that dance across the ceiling of the Mallin Sculpture Court, check out the extensive views of Cayuga Lake and then head outside into the Morgan Garden, a Japanese-style, dry-landscape garden. Next to walking near the falls, my favorite stop of the day is at Purity Ice Cream, which is located on the corner of Cascadilla Street and Route 13, not far from the Sciencenter. This old-fashioned ice cream parlor features a dozen home-

made flavors and some baked goods, such as cupcakes and muffins. Ideally the sugar rush will fade just in time for the kids to sleep for most of the way home. OK, so a second trip might be needed next month. This time, start with the Museum of the Earth and its new exhibit on glaciers. Kids can crawl through an “ice cave” (yes, it’s fake; we build our own here in winter) as they learn how glaciers are formed and move. That should help keep the whole family cool in August. As part of the Paleontological Research Institution, most of the museum is filled with the exhibit A Journey Through Time, which displays a variety of objects, from microfossils to giant Ice Age animals. You can’t miss the Hyde Park mastodon skeleton, which was just excavated and displayed in this century, or the skeleton of the now-extinct right whale. Inspired children can also search for fossils in the fossil lab. continued on page 8

Museum of the Earth: Check out the skeleton of the now-extinct right whale (above). Purity Ice Cream (right): Sample one of the home-made flavors.

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The Hangar Theatre (above): Kiddstuff shows this season include A Year with Frog and Toad and The Wiz.

After examining the Earth, it’s time for laughs at The Hangar Theatre, located at 801 Taughannock Blvd. You probably saw it on the way to Taughannock Falls. Located in a renovated airport hangar, the company’s Kiddstuff matinees offer plays or musicals for children: With Two Wings, a tale about Icarus; A Year with Frog and Toad, which includes tap dancing in the woods by the duo; James and the Giant Peach, in which the book comes to life; and The Wiz, another musical version of The Wizard of Oz adapted for children. The shows end around lunchtime, so take your picnic lunch to Buttermilk Falls State Park, which is located just south of the city. If driving Route 13 South to Buttermilk Falls, plenty of the usual restaurants may delight children as well: Friendly’s, McDonald’s, etc. Mareike Larsen, who lives 25 minutes outside Ithaca, prefers to take kids to Buttermilk Falls instead of Taughannock. Buttermilk is closer to the city and offers more quick hikes near waterfalls and swimming possibilities, she says. Kids can swim in a small lake or pool, race to the playground or hike through a wetland or gorge. Plan to take your time here and enjoy. If you have any energy left, the Cornell Plantations offer enough options to fill another half of the day. Oswego parents Jason and Rebecca Zenor pushed the stroller through the Botanical Gardens in May, which he thought was fun. And the kids? “They don’t necessarily appreciate nature’s beauty just yet,” he says. He hopes that will change when their boys are older than 2 and 4. “They liked the Sciencenter better because it’s more hands on.” Twelve different gardens make up the Botanical Gardens, including the poisonous plants garden, which may intrigue some youngsters and pet lovers. This garden is designed to show visitors and Cornell’s veterinary students some of the plants that are toxic to animals (and sometimes humans as well). The Plantations also include the Arboretum, which provides more nature trails for hiking. Children may also want to check out the looming statues in the Sculpture Garden. With so much to do at the Plantations, a website can help parents plan their visit: http://www.cornellplantations.org/visitor-info/ plan-your-visit. After all this planning, if the kids decide they don’t want to join you in Ithaca, don’t despair. Plenty of shops await the unencumbered parent in downtown Ithaca Commons, several blocks of renovated buildings, artist galleries, restaurants (like the world-famous natural foods Moosewood Restaurant) and more. Perhaps that’s something to look forward to for another day or even when the kids are back in school. p Eileen Gilligan, an award-winning writer and mother of two, lives in Baldwinsville.

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Fire Up the Grill A mix of meats makes everyone happy


took a very unscientific poll of the kids in my world to find out what foods they love on the grill. And guess what? Everyone liked something different. Allie, 13, prefers chicken. Charlotte, who’s 9, loves steak. Bryce, age 7, is a hamburger guy, and Ryan is 6 and loves hot dogs. So my recommendation for your summertime barbecue is a mixed grill! Make everyone happy. I’ll tell you how I do it. For my chicken, I prefer thighs. Bone in. First, it holds them together. Second, it adds umami, that fifth taste, along with sweet, salty, bitter and sour. The bone flavors the meat and is easily discarded. And speaking of discarded, I use a paper towel to remove the chicken skin before I marinate it in the Cornell Barbecue Sauce and grill it. That’s because I don’t want to eat the skin, nor do I want the kids to have the extra fat. And removing the skin helps keep down the grill flare-ups too. Steaks rock on the grill. Nothing says summer like a steak. Just keep in mind, a serving of steak is only three ounces, about the size of a deck of cards. There are many cuts of beef that are considered lean; one of my faves is sirloin. With just two grams of saturated fat per serving, it’s considered “extra lean.” And there’s recent news about eating lean meats like beef, pork and skinless chicken that have stearic acid. Eating lean beef actually improves cholesterol levels, according to a report in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 10

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Bottom line: That could mean a reduction in heart disease. Don’t forget you don’t need to cook your steak to 160 degrees. Using your meat thermometer, pull your steak at 135 degrees and let it rest. The outside will be a nice seared brown with a warm pink center. Time to make the burgers. I put them on the grill third so they’ll time out with the longer-cooking meats. The key to a great burger is to pat your patty as little as possible. Shape it and leave it alone. I use a decent amount of pepper for flavor and a sprinkle of salt. Not too much. Then, put your patties on when the chicken is about halfway done. And then— leave them alone. Do not press the burger down with the spatula. That squeezes out all the wonderful juice and makes the burger dry. Also, don’t flip it for at least two or three minutes depending on the heat of your grill. Your goal is to flip it once during cooking. If you have a meat thermometer, use it. Pull the burgers when the meat reaches 155 degrees and let it rest. It will increase off the grill to the safe zone of 160 degrees. And that leads me to the safe zone. What exactly is it, and why should we care? Well, it’s all about E. coli. Beef that is ground and sold in bulk or comes prepackaged likely originated at a large slaughterhouse and was made from dozens of different animals. To make sure you and your family are truly safe, buy from a grocer or butcher who grinds the

beef from one piece of steak or a roast. Cooking the meat to 155 and allowing it to rise to 160 degrees will kill any bacteria remaining in the meat. I, too, prefer a medium burger, but will only have it when I am sure of where the meat came from. You only have to read the 2009 New York Times article entitled “The Burger That Shattered Her Life” by Michael Moss to know why. Anyway, I digress. I love burgers, and serve them at all our cookouts. I just buy a roast and either grind it at home, or, if I’m in a rush, I ask the butcher to grind it for me. Hot dogs, our other grill favorite, is a simple process for us. I prefer Applegate uncured turkey dogs (with 40 calories, 3.5 grams of fat, 260 milligrams of sodium). I’d like to take a moment to explain what “uncured” means. Cured hot dogs have an extended shelf life. But that’s done by adding nitrates. And some experts believe nitrates can cause cancer. While I don’t know if that’s accurate, I do know it’s easy enough to buy uncured hot dogs and not have to worry about it. So, it’s a simple process. Whether beef, poultry, pork or a mix, the hot dogs on our grill are always uncured and typically on sale! 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.


Cornell Barbecue Sauce This dish was created in the 1940s by Cornell professor emeritus Bob Baker to encourage people to eat more chicken. The recipe is so well known, I wouldn’t dare change it one iota. This is exactly the way it was printed in a Cornell Cooperative Extension brochure.

Ingredients 3 pounds skinless chicken thighs, bone-in 1 cup cooking oil 1 pint cider vinegar 3 tablespoons salt (less if you’re watching your sodium) 1 tablespoon poultry seasoning 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1 egg

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For the marinade: Beat the egg. Then add oil and beat again. Add other ingredients; then stir. The recipe can be varied to suit individual tastes. This marinade makes enough for 10 chicken halves. Leftover sauce can be kept in a glass jar and stored in the refrigerator for several weeks. Marinate chicken in the sauce for at least two hours. This is a deviation from Bob Baker’s original recipe. He developed his sauce as a sauce, not a marinade. I use it as both. “Like” us on Facebook and share pictures of you and your family trying our recipes!

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hen looking at a new home, most people focus on the kitchen. On HGTV, couples ooh and aah over granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Not us. My family would never make the cut for an HGTV show because we’re all about the back porch. I know we’re impractical. You can count on one hand the warm-weather months in Central New York. Light, temperature and atmospheric changes make being outdoors risky. Yet spaces wide open to the elements invite romance and magic more readily than indoor spaces. The transitional area where restless nature pushes into tame human habitats is dynamic and unpredictable. And that’s where you’ll find us roosting every May through September. The screened back porch becomes my hus-

band’s home office. I go out there for morning coffee and inspiration for my various writing projects. The girls like napping on the wrought-iron settee or rocking on the porch swing. It’s one room we don’t mind sharing and don’t fuss over. On the back porch, things get dusty, pillows fade and small holes appear. Are they spots worn by time or chewed by mice? It doesn’t matter. We play Boggle, gin rummy, sometimes Scrabble. We hear the soothing notes of the waterfall tumbling from the small upper pond to the big lower one and watch for birds. Robins, cardinals, finches, even mourning doves enter the shallows, flap their wings and send water droplets dancing. (Keep your granite and stainless steel. Digging a backyard pond was the best home improvement we’ve ever made.)

Our back porch overlooks a wooded backyard, a back deck and a recently built pergola already heavy with wild grape vines. When we first moved into the house, my friend Dana spotted a twisted length of brown bark under the existing deck. She pulled it out into the sunlight and wove the spiral tendrils in and out of the deck railings, saying, “Every year, tuck the vines back into the railings and they’ll really take off.” Dana was right. They became so cumbersome my husband built the pergola to contain them. They’ve since exploded into a canopy of shifting green leaves, filtering sunlight and giving us tiny grapes too sour for eating but still tempting to try. Those vines are tough. Dana’s three boys and my two girls used to trample them under foot, but they’ve survived. Dana wasn’t so fortunate. We lost her to pancreatic cancer 10 years ago. On the back porch there’s one floorboard that’s a little warped and a little stained. Our dog Dusty used to lie there her last summer, underneath the settee where my husband worked for hours with his laptop on his knees. Those final months her back legs failed and incontinence was a problem, so she lived out there and we kept her as comfortable as we could. We knew that when the cold weather moved in, we’d have to put her to sleep. We have photos of my now college-age daughters as little girls, sitting on the floor with Dusty, petting her, cuddling her and stroking her head. The back porch is hidden enough to make it feel private. It’s witnessed confessions and tears, laughter and embarrassed

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daughter lived there with friends during her sophomore year of college. Last year, a free-form hanging sculpture made of garbage bags, coat hangers, cable ties and LED string lights took up residence. A design project my younger daughter created during her freshman year at art school, it suits the back porch. At night we plug it in and it looks like an undersea creature floating above our homey collection of cast-offs. Objects come and objects go. So do people. The back porch welcomes them all. No judgment, just acceptance. Martha Stewart will never feature our back porch in her magazine. You’ll never see it in Design*Sponge or any decorating blog that celebrates home-grown design. But someday when the kids are grown and we put our house on the market, long after granite and stainless steel go the way of harvest gold and avocado green, that back porch will still be a selling feature. And just like last time, the porch swing goes with us. p

admissions of things we could have done better. We may lie in bedrooms, air our dirty laundry in the basement and sugar coat in the kitchen, but the truth seems to win out on the back porch, even when it’s hard and it hurts. The back porch is a refuge, a place to be alone and a place to come together. On nights that it’s too hot to sleep, if you wander downstairs and step out there you’ll probably see someone else awake, sitting in the darkness trying to catch a stray breeze. The back deck is newer and gets the full morning sunlight, but we aren’t out there as much. The back porch is screened in and much smaller, but the four of us manage to fit somehow. An old bench from the church we were married in functions as a narrow coffee table. The porch swing from our first house found a new home here. (The buyers tried to keep it but it was non-negotiable. What’s a porch without a porch swing?) The wrought-iron outdoor furniture my mother found at a yard sale in Utica lives here. I used to sew new covers for the pillows every three or four years; now I just throw a flat sheet over them, tuck the edges in, and it’s good enough. Two director’s chairs that sat on either side of a glass-topped table relocated to the front porch of a house in Chicago; my older

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By cary and tonja Rector

The Workout Prescription An exercise habit can alleviate anxiety and depression


ou just can’t go wrong with exercising and emotional health. Several times each week we talk with our clients about the importance of the habit of exercise. Research clearly demonstrates aerobic exercise is helpful in treating anxiety and depression. It also helps reduce stress and maintain overall emotional health. People experiencing anxiety quickly feel symptom reduction once they start exercising. Those feeling depressed have low energy and find it hard to begin an activity, which makes developing the exercise habit more difficult. The benefits make it well worth pursuing. Here are some techniques to make starting an exercise habit easier. Start small. Make small changes you can sustain over years, not weeks. Build these changes into your lifestyle—such as taking a walk after dinner, climbing the stairs whenever possible, parking farther away so you have to walk a bit to get to work or the store. All you need to get started is 20 minutes a day. Build it into your life’s routines. All-or-nothing thinking is your nemesis. Beware of labeling things black and white, good or bad, all or none. The mentality that only a killer workout is worth doing will do you in: “I only have time for a 10-minute walk before work today. It’s not worth it, I’ll start exercising tomorrow.” Something is always better than nothing. Just do it. Don’t wait to get in the mood to exercise. Just go through the motions of getting to the gym and don’t overthink it. Once you get started you may find you are not so tired after all. Don’t exercise just to lose weight. Developing the aerobic exercise habit is something you do to take care of yourself. You are developing a new lifestyle that has all kinds of benefits, which may include the side effect of losing weight. Less stress, better emotional health and the overall good feeling that accompanies regular exercise are the real goals. Use community supports and resources. The East Area Family YMCA in Fayetteville is near our office and a convenient place for us to exercise, so we are familiar with what it offers. It’s a beautiful facility with an incredible number of programs available for all ages. The environment is welcoming and friendly with

a staff culture of positive support. The Central New York area also provides several parks and walking trails easily accessed for both summer and winter exercise. Onondaga Lake Park and Green Lakes State Park are two great resources. Keep it simple. You don’t need to invest in expensive exercise equipment. Walking only requires a comfortable pair of shoes. If you prefer to use equipment, consider joining the YMCA or a local gym. These facilities have hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of equipment at your disposal. The YMCA has a sliding scale and scholarships for people whose income might be a barrier to better health. Go back to an activity you used to enjoy and invite a friend. Returning to an activity you liked in the past is a great way to introduce exercise into your daily life. Having a workout buddy makes exercise more fun and provides support and encouragement. Knowing someone is planning to meet you for an activity makes it harder to skip out. Set a goal or learn something new. Some people do better if they have a specific goal they are working toward. Sign up for a charity walk or run. Learn to swim, master a new yoga position or take on your first triathlon. But remem-

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ber, reaching the goal is a way for you to establish and continue your new habit, not a time to retire! Research indicates good or bad habits can be contagious. Think of setting a good example for your family group. Limiting your child’s “electronic time” is a way to encourage more physical activity. Think positive. You build on positives, not negatives. Worry and negative thinking are a waste of your psychological energy. Work to put a stop to it by substituting positive, encouraging thoughts. Every small change you make gets you closer to better emotional health. It takes 21 days to develop a new habit. Why not take the next 21 days and invest in your emotional health? If you find a small change your can incorporate into your daily life and build from there, you can’t go wrong. p Cary and Tonja Rector are married and live with their children in Manlius. Cary is a licensed mental health counselor and Tonja is a licensed marriage and family therapist. Consult your own health care provider before making decisions affecting your family’s well-being. To comment on this article, write to editorial@familytimes.biz.

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Buried in a Book Librarian Erin Butler reads, recommends and writes stories


rin Butler has always had an appreciation for good stories—especially those with a twist of spooky. She wrote her first one in kindergarten—about witches. Later, Butler wrote poetry and was fascinated by the work of R.L. Stein, bestselling author of The Goosebumps series and other books. As a student at Syracuse University she envisioned a career as a school librarian—helping young people develop their own love of books. Today, she is a librarian with the Onondaga County Public Library’s Central Branch in downtown Syracuse, where she often works with young readers. And with the publication of her first book, Blood Hex (Evernight Teen), she is a newly minted author. Released this spring, Blood Hex is a mix of paranormal, romance and historical fiction. Butler, 30, says the road to publication was not an easy one. “Blood Hex was the first book I tried to write, and I rewrote it, I don’t know … about 10 times,” she says with a laugh. “I learned that 75 percent of being a writer is doing revisions.” Butler, of Fulton, started writing Blood Hex at her antique spinet desk in 2009. The story was inspired, in part, by Butler’s interest in Mother Shipton, a British prophetess who died in 1561. It took a year for her to complete a draft. When she decided to start submitting it for publication, she revised it yet again and started work on another project. “Submitting manuscripts is not for the faint of heart,” Butler says. “But I will say you kind of get used to the rejection. I must have sent Blood Hex out to over 100 agents.” She juggled the process with her library duties and spending time with her busy family. Husband Thomas Moore, stepson Tyler, and dog Maxie are her biggest supporters. Moore doesn’t mind when she is on a roll with her writing and doesn’t want to stop to cook dinner or fold the laundry. And he shared Butler’s joy when, last year, Blood Hex was picked up by Evernight. But Butler admits that Tyler, 15, isn’t exactly a fan—yet. Blood Hex’s romantic storyline has greater appeal with young female readers. According to Kara Greene, who handles media relations for the OCPL, Blood Hex is currently available for loan through the 18

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library system, including on a shelf at the Central branch. In April, hot on the heels of her initial success, Butler signed a three-book deal with a smaller publisher: Entangled. The deal was based on the strength of her second book, How We Lived. Butler describes this book as a “college-age contemporary romance.” It’s due out this summer. “Writing that book was a totally different experience than with my first one,” Butler says. “I actually wrote it in six days. The

whole process was easier and I think I sold it five days after I started sending it out.” Butler has been a librarian with OCPL since 2011. For much of that time she has worked with teens and young adults, assisting with programming and ordering for that demographic. While her role has changed in recent months, Butler says her fascination with literature for that age group has not. And being a writer herself, Butler has extra insight into what is popular with teen and young adult readers. michael davis photo

“Submitting manuscripts is not for the faint of heart,” Erin Butler says. “But I will say you kind of get used to the rejection. I must have sent Blood Hex out to over 100 agents.” “Because I write, I’m more easily in touch with what’s coming out on the market,” she says. What has been most difficult, she admits, is figuring out what preteen and early-teen boys like to read. She loves discovering young, independent authors who explore topics more interesting to the guys. In her work with OCPL, she worked hard to improve male participation in her reading clubs. “I try to talk to as many teen guys as I can,” she says. “I usually steer them to graphic novels, non-fiction, stuff like that. The current interest in zombies and vampires has drawn some male readers.” Butler says suspenseful stories, based on technology and how it is used, are gaining appeal with boys. She expects this genre to grow over the next few years. Butler’s admiration for the authors whose books she recommends at OCPL is unabashed, making the buzz of being a newly published author even sweeter. She recently enjoyed an impromptu book signing at Daddy Ed’s Restaurant in Mexico while having lunch with her parents. Butler’s parents are regulars at the popular eatery and had kept the staff updated on the trials of getting her first book published. In May, Butler did a blog tour, which enabled her to communicate directly with potential readers. “It’s basically doing guest posts on various blogs,” she explains. “Readers can give feedback, which is pretty cool. That’s one thing I really like about being a writer today: The Internet enables you to have an interactive exchange with the people who read your book.” Butler’s next two books for Entangled Publishing are written and ready to go, but that doesn’t mean her writing desk is gathering dust. On a recent day off from the library, she was back at it—cell phone off, the world on hold, as she worked on a new idea. “If I get to be a full-time writer, that would be my dream,” Butler says. “But being a librarian is a very good second choice. At least I get to be around books all the time. Having two jobs I really like is pretty awesome.” p Award-winning writer Tammy DiDomenico lives in DeWitt with her husband and two sons.

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Readers name award winners in 30 categories By Reid Sullivan


or the third year, Family Times gave Central New York readers a chance to choose their favorite businesses, nonprofits, destinations and services to receive awards. This year, many hundreds visited the website to name the most deserving organizations and places in 30 categories. Every year campaigning is encouraged; Family Times wants readers to voice their 22

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support in as big a way as possible. We were gratified to see a gigantic uptick in the number of voters visiting the website. That’s as it should be, in our eyes: The award winners (and other vote getters) deserve your enthusiastic support because they’re what make CNY a great place for families to live and grow. If your nominee didn’t win this year,

you should know that the competition in certain categories was quite stiff. We wish we had the space to list every organization that got a vote. Alas, we don’t. But it’s not too late to start campaigning for the 2014 Besties. And now, it’s time to announce the winners of the 2013 Besties Readers’ Picks awards!

Celebrations and Eating Out Best birthday cakes and cupcakes Wegmans

Locations in Syracuse, DeWitt, Onondaga, East Syracuse, Liverpool, Cicero and Auburn. www.wegmans.com.

Best breakfast spot Stella’s Diner

110 Wolf St., Syracuse. 425-0353. www.stellasdinersyracuse.com.

Best party place

KidzClub Indoor Play and Party Place 219 Route 57, Phoenix. 695-2211. www.kidzclubfun.com.

* The Face Paint Lady. 466-2314. www.nyfacepaintlady.com. * Hundreds of fans of the Face Paint Lady (aka Melody Wilkinson) wrote the business into this category in the absence of an appropriate category for party entertainers.

Best ice cream place

Gannons 1525 Valley Drive (469-8647), 4800 McDonald Road (475-1250), 401 S. Salina St., Syracuse. www.gannonicecream.com.

Best lunch place

Panera Bread Five locations, in Syracuse, DeWitt, Fayetteville and Cicero. www.panerabread.com.

Best dinner place

CopperTop Tavern 7777 Brewerton Road, North Syracuse (458-1999), and 3380 Milton Ave., Syracuse. (488-1222). www.coppertoptavern.com.

Destiny USA Off Hiawatha Boulevard, 9090 Destiny USA Drive, Syracuse. 466-6000. www.destinyusa.com.


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Best dance or gymnastics program

Tawn Marie’s Dance Centre 1216 Morgan Road, Liverpool. 457-3151. www.tawnmaries.com.

Best after-school program

GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Awareness Center 5885 E. Circle Drive, Suite 250, Cicero. 288-7529. www.gigisplayhouse.org/syracuse/.

Best summer program or camp

Five Star Martial Arts Sugarwood Plaza, 7575 Buckley Road, North Syracuse. 935-5874. www.fivestarkarate.com.

Best performing arts program for young people

Tawn Marie’s Dance Centre 1216 Morgan Road, Liverpool. 457-3151. www.tawnmaries.com.

Best town library or library branch

Liverpool Public Library 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. 457-0310. www.lpl.org.

Best sports program for kids Impact Martial Arts and Fitness (See below)

Best martial arts program

Impact Martial Arts and Fitness Impact Martial Arts—Team Feidt, 8075 Oswego Road, Liverpool (622-5425), and Great Northern Mall, 4155 Route 31, Clay. www.teamfeidt.com. Impact Martial Arts—Team Manlius, 315 Fayette St., Manlius. 682-0012. www.martialartsmanlius.com. Team Andrello—Impact Martial Arts and Fitness, 318 First St., Liverpool 51-0960), and 80 Smokey Hollow Road, Baldwinsville (857-0203). www.teamandrello.com. Team DeWitt—An Impact Martial Arts School, 3206 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. 446-7082. www.impactdewitt.com. Team Sgarlata—An Impact Martial Arts School, 5612 Business Ave. (214-0249), and Lakeshore Heights Plaza (699-9898), Cicero. www.teamsgarlata.com. 24

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Outings Best kid-friendly museum, zoo or attraction

Rosamond Gifford Zoo 1 Conservation Place, Burnet Park, Syracuse. 435-8511. www.rosamondgiffordzoo.org.

Best family day trip

Strong National Museum of Play 1 Manhattan Square, Rochester. (585) 263-2700. www.museumofplay.org.

Best local beach for families

Green Lakes State Park 7900 Green Lakes Road, Fayetteville. 637-6111. http://nysparks.state.ny.us/parks/172/details.aspx.

Best CNY playground

Wegmans Playground at Onondaga Lake Park Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool. 451-7275. www.onondagacountyparks.com.

Best annual CNY festival or fair

New York State Fair State Fairgrounds, Geddes. 487-7711. www.nysfair.org.

Best family amusement or water park


Enchanted Forest Water Safari 3183 Route 28, Old Forge. 369-6145. www.watersafari.com.

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Best kid-friendly hair salon Snip-its Haircuts for Kids

5663 E. Circle Drive, Cicero, in the Lowe’s/Marketplace Plaza. 452-5437. snipits.com.

Best early childhood program or preschool

Bluebird Music Together Classes offered in Camillus, Auburn and Skaneateles. 440-2547. www.bluebirdmusictogether.yourvirtuoso.com.

Best free or cheap place to play indoors

Great Northern Mall children’s play area “tree” 4155 Route 31, Clay. 622-3011. greatnorthernmall.com.

Best place to buy healthy items for babies

Basic Baby Education Center & Shop Shoppingtown Mall, 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. 632-6110. www.basicbabyshop.com.

Best CNY parents’ support group

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Small Wonders Daycare Infant • Toddler • Preschool • UPK Open 7:30 a.m. — 5:30 p.m. Monday - Friday • NYS certified & experienced teachers • Early literacy curriculum focus • Bright, engaging, integrated setting • Supportive child/teacher ratios • Nurturing and caring environment • Indoor & outdoor motor areas • Breakfast, lunch & afternoon snack • Syracuse City UPK classrooms FREE 8-1 with option for extended daycare www.elmcrest.org • Please contact Gretchen at 446-3220 or by email at Glee@elmcrest.org for enrollment information.

Shopping Best clothing store for kids Curtain Climbers Consignment 1288 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. 428-1153. curtainclimbers.biz.

Best secondhand store

Curtain Climbers Consignment (See above)

Best bookstore

Barnes & Noble 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt (449-2948) and 3956 Route 31, Clay (622-0370). www.barnesandnoble.com.

Best toy store

Toys “R” Us Great Northern Mall, I-480 and Route 31, Clay. 652-8697. www.toysrus.com.

Thanks for voting for Besties!

Best mall or shopping center

Destiny USA Off Hiawatha Boulevard, 9090 Destiny USA Drive, Syracuse. 466-6000. www.destinyusa.com.

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hat are graphic novels and why should your children read them? A graphic novel is a book-length comic book; it uses words and sequential artwork to tell a story. (Manga is simply the Japanese word for “comic” and describes a style of art that originated in Japan.) I promise you that children and teens reading graphic novels is a good thing. First, reading graphic novels involves reading. Reading develops language skills, which lead to improved English ability, which leads to better school performance. Second, reading graphic novels can help improve social interactions. By layering the text and the graphics together, the reader understands the emotion the character is displaying through his or her verbal discourse, body language, facial expression and position in relation to the other characters. Understanding how the body and

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face display emotion and then recognizing that in others is the foundation of successful interpersonal communication. So, graphic novels are good for both academic and social growth. Last, graphic novels are an excellent way to entice reluctant and challenged readers to pick up a book. Vocabulary can be inferred from the illustrations, and passages that might be thick with descriptions and settings are easily understood through the combined use of prose and art. So now the question is how to determine which graphic novels are the right ones. Depending on your child’s age and your family’s background, you may feel that certain content would be unsuitable. There are three things that I recommend: If you are concerned, read it first. I recommend this to any parent who is concerned about what their children read. This way you can evaluate for yourself if your

child will understand or enjoy the content. Reading reviews of material is not always helpful since the reviewers may hold completely different values and beliefs. Skip ahead. Since graphic novels contain a lot of graphics, it is pretty easy to determine the type and nature of the book simply by flipping through the pages and glancing at the pictures. Ask your local school or public librarian. They manage these collections and can give you a few titles to start with based on your criteria. Since I am a librarian, I will give you a few titles to help you and your child get started with reading graphic novels. I am not listing the more popular superhero novels (like Spider-Man and Superman) simply because there are so many different series and each one is targeted to a different demographic. It would take a few pages to cover it well.

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Binky series by Ashley Spires. In this series, Binky is a cat with a dream: to become a space cat, blast into space and fight aliens. Luke on the Loose by Harry Bliss. A young boy’s fascination with pigeons soon erupts into a full-blown chase around Central Park, across the Brooklyn Bridge, through a fancy restaurant, and into the sky. Owly series by Andy Runton. In this series Owly, a kind and lonely owl, helps and then befriends a worm and then a pair of hummingbirds in nearly wordless stories.


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Babymouse by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm. Babymouse is a series about a sassy young mouse who dreams of glamour, excitement, adventure, straight whiskers, being queen of the world, and, of course, being invited to Felicia Furrypaws’ oh-so-exclusive party.

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Dragon Ball Z by Akira Toriyama. This manga series is about a character named Goku who trains in martial arts while searching for the seven mystical orbs known as Dragon Balls.

Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke. Zita finds a small package in a meteoroid crater and is suddenly catapulted into another world. When she dons her superhero cape, she becomes a heroine in this strange land.

Lunch Lady series by Jarrett J. Krosoczka. In this series, Lunch Lady and her assistant, Betty, right wrongs and investigate mysteries. Lego does a few great graphic novel series for children including Lego Ninjago and Lego Star Wars.

Cardboard by Doug TenNapel. A simple birthday gift of a cardboard box turns into something more when a boy and his father discover that whatever they make out of the cardboard is capable of coming to life!

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A Wrinkle in Time the Graphic Novel by Madeleine L’Engle and Hope Larsen. This is an excellent adaptation of the classic novel into a graphic novel format.

Bone series by Jeff Smith. The adventure starts when cousins Fone Bone, Phoney Bone and Smiley Bone are run out of Boneville and later get separated in the wilderness, meeting monsters and making friends as they attempt to return home.

Drama by Raina Telgemeier. Drama abounds on and off stage in this hilarious take on school theater productions. Also recommended by this author: Smile.

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Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto. This is a very popular manga series. The village is at peace and a troublemaking kid named Naruto is struggling to graduate from Ninja Academy. His goal may be to become the next Hokage, but his true destiny will be much more complicated. Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi. This popular manga series is about teenage girls who magically transform into heroines named for the Moon and planets. They are the reborn defenders of a kingdom that once spanned the solar system.

Olympians series by George O’Connor. Each volume of this series highlights the myths and legends of an individual Olympian god or goddess. p Margaret Portier, director of innovative family services at the Fayetteville Free Library, runs Creation Club, a digital group for middle school students, is a certified First Lego League coach, and lives in Fayetteville with her two cats. Family Times July 2013


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Jamesville Balloonfest. 4-11 p.m.; through

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 7 p.m. Cheer the

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

Saturday, June 29

June 30. Amusement rides daily; balloon flights, weather permitting. Live music acts and arts and crafts fair. Jamesville Beach Park, Apulia Road, Jamesville. Admission: $10/general; free/age 12 & under (some attractions additional cost). 7039620. www.syracuseballoonfest.com.

Free Fishing Weekend. Families can fish

City of Syracuse Independence Day Celebration. 5 p.m. Families can enjoy an

Ride and Run for the Rescue. 7 a.m.-2

afternoon of activities and hear a concert by the Stan Colella Orchestra. The festivities conclude with a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. over the Inner Harbor, Kirkpatrick and Solar streets, Syracuse. Free. 473-4330.

First Day Sterling Renaissance Festival, July 6

without a license. Carp Tournament Saturday: $10/adult; $5/child. Family Fishing Derby Sunday: $2/adult; $1/child. Willow Bay at Onondaga Lake Park, Liverpool. Preregistration required at Onondaga Lake Park. 458-7998.

p.m. Be active—whether bike riding (2-62 miles), walking (2 miles) or running (5k)—and collect donations to raise money for Rescue Mission’s charitable work. After the action, enjoy food, activities and entertainment for all ages (registration: 6-7 a.m.) Long Branch Park, Longbranch Road, Liverpool. Registration fee/$35-$50 day of event. 701-3891.www. ridefortherescue.org.

Jamesville Balloonfest. 9 a.m.-

Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 Route 89, Savannah. $12.50/adult without rental; $7.50/child without rental; $25/solo kayak rental; $40/canoe rental (holds 2 adults and 1 child). 365-3588.

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 7 p.m. Vs. Rochester Red Wings. See June 28 listing.

Sunday, June 30 Free Fishing Weekend. See June 29 listing. Jamesville Balloonfest. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. See June 28 listing.

Songs and Stories from the Hudson to Erie. 1-3 p.m. Balladeer Linda Russell brings to

life songs of some of New York’s waterways with hammered dulcimer, pennywhistle, guitar and limberjack in a family-friendly program. Erie Canal Museum, 318 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse. Free. 4710593.

Wee Ones Fun Fair. 1-5 p.m. More than 25 vendors featuring child and family products; pony rides and face painting; music and dance demos. North Syracuse Community Center, 700 S. Bay Road, North Syracuse. Free admission. 457-0970. Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 5 p.m. Vs. Rochester Red Wings. See June 28 listing.

11 p.m.; through June 30. See June 28 listing.

Monday, July 1

Bibletoons Storytime. 11 a.m.

Maker Monday. 11 a.m.-noon. Kids entering

H. Erin Nelson appears at a storytime featuring her book Bibletoons. Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 449-2948.

Aladdin. 12:30 p.m.

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

Birding and Boating Series. 1:30-4:30 p.m. Paddle a canoe or kayak to the north end of Cayuga Lake and watch songbirds and raptors. Bring a kayak or canoe, or rent one.

grades 1-5 can learn how to make a pie pan tambourine; parental supervision encouraged. Weekly series explores various materials with which to make things. Times vary. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: 637-6374. www.fflib.org.

Flow Circus. 2 p.m. Paul Miller performs a

comedy, juggling and magic show for all ages. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 446-3578.

Maker Monday for Teens. 3:30-5 p.m.

Teens entering grades 6-12 can experiment with apps like Loopsy to learn how to create music. Bring an instrument if you have one. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: 637-6374. www.fflib.org/ teen.

Tuesday, July 2 No-Sew Sock Animals. 2 p.m. Teens in grades 6-12 can make a creature out of a spare sock. Salina Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Free. Register: 454-4524. www.salinalibrary.org. continued on page 34

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Frog Catching Party, July 20 & 27

field); petting zoo with snakes, ferrets and more (1-3 p.m., FM Baseball Field); and fireworks (9:30 p.m.). Arkie Albanese Ave. and other locations, Manlius. Free. 682-7887. manliusvillage.org/ recreation.

Syracuse Jazz Fest. 4-11 p.m.; through July

6. The 31st annual event features fireworks on the first day at 9 p.m. and headliners the Doobie Brothers (July 4), the Grandmothers of Invention (July 5) and Taylor Dayne (July 6) at 9:30 each night. CNY high school ensembles take the stage starting at 3 p.m. on July 5 and 6. Jamesville Beach Park, Apulia Road, Jamesville. Admission: free. Parking: $5. www.syracusejazzfest.com.

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 6:30 p.m. Vs.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs. Fireworks follow the game. See June 28 listing.

Valley IronPigs. Fireworks follow the game. See June 28 listing.

Saturday, July 6 First Day Sterling Renaissance Festival.

Saturdays & Sundays, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; through Aug. 18. Enjoy a family-friendly version of an Elizabethan village, with street theater, minstrels, rides, games, jousts, comedy and turkey legs (the era’s food-on-the-go). $25.95/adult; $15.95/ages 5-12; free/age 4 & younger. Off Route 104A, Sterling. (800) 879-4446. www.sterlingfestival.com.

Boardwalk Arcade Exhibit Opening. 10

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

Thursday, July 4 INDEPENDENCE DAY Manlius Independence Day Celebration. 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Traditional events include the Stickley Chair Race (9:30 a.m., in front of Swan Pond); parade (10 a.m.); Family Fun Zone (11 a.m.-7 p.m., baseball field); contests and prizes (noon-3 p.m., Fayetteville-Manlius baseball


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Boardwalk Arcade Exhibit Opening.

Noon-5 p.m. See July 6 listing.

Sciencenter Moto-Inventions. 1-2:30

Monday, July 8

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 7 p.m. Vs. Lehigh

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

Sunday, July 7

Syracuse Jazz Fest. 3-11 p.m.; through July 6. See July 4 listing.

Wednesday, July 3

all-women, flat-track roller derby league takes on Green G-Stars. At 7 p.m., the Battery Brigade faces the Derby Debutantes. Baldwinsville Ice Arena, 2725 W. Entry Road, Baldwinsville. $10/ advance; $12/door; free/age 10 & under. 3070705. www.assaultcityrollerderby.com.

Zumba Fun. 10:30 a.m. Teens can join this fun

fitness class. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. 435-5326.

dle-schoolers will develop skills to create and edit videos, podcasts, images, 3D models and more using library software and hardware to share books they love with the community. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: 637-6374. www.fflib.org/ teen.

Assault City Roller Derby Double-Header Bout. 5 p.m. Assault Squad of Syracuse’s

p.m.; Sundays in July. Invent contraptions that can move using recycled materials and electricity. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/ adults; $7/seniors; $6/ages 3-17; free/under 3. (607) 272-0600.

Friday, July 5

Creation Club. 3:30-5 p.m.; also July 30. Mid-

Syracuse Jazz Fest. 3-11 p.m. See July 4 list-


a.m.-8 p.m.; also July 7. Boardwalk Arcade offers the chance to learn about the history of resorts such as Coney Island and Atlantic City, in all their beeping, blipping, vibrant glory. During opening weekend, see street entertainers including stilt walkers, jugglers and living statues. Strong National Museum of Play, 1 Manhattan Square, Rochester. Admission: $13/general; free/younger than 2. (585) 263-2700.

Sciencenter Showtime. 2 p.m. Explore con-

sumer products from the past, present and future. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/ adults; $7/seniors; $6/ages 3-17; free/under 3. (607) 272-0600.

Mama Pajama’s Playhouse. 11 a.m.-noon. Stories and songs in this interactive show help kids ages 3-8 learn about the places of New York State. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 446-3578. Monday Fundays. 1 p.m.; Mondays, through

Aug. 26. Series of activities, crafts and demonstrations is designed to capture the culture of the Erie Canal; children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Erie Canal Museum, 318 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse. $5/child; $30/child, eight sessions. 4710593. eriecanalmuseum.org.

Dig into Dirt. 2 p.m. An interactive science

show from the Museum of Science and Technology digs into the world of soil. NOPL at Brewerton, 5473 Library St., Brewerton. Free. Registration required: 676-7484. www.nopl.org.

Tuesday, July 9 Teen Zumba. 11 a.m. Teens can try the aerobic fitness program that’s inspired by various styles of Latin American dance. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-1940. Java Programming for Teens. 2 p.m. Learn basic commands to start programming. For teens in grades 6-12. Salina Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Free. Register: 454-4524. www.salinalibrary.org.

Moreland the Magician. 2 p.m. See some

great tricks by David Moreland as his character, “Klondike Dave,” searches the library for hidden treasure. Program also available at other county libraries; check the events listings at onlib.org. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-3395.

Geronimo Stilton Party. 2-3 p.m. Kids age 6 and up can do crafts and other activities tied to the popular book series. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. Registration required: 446-3578. Pops in the Park. 7 p.m.; also July

16, 23 & 30. The four-week series offers samples of music in styles from blues

July 2013 to Motown to pops. Kids can take part in special activities. Onondaga Park gazebo, next to Hiawatha Lake, Upper Onondaga Park, Roberts Avenue, Syracuse. Free admission. 473-4330.

Paper Crafts. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Craft workshop for ages 8-15. Williamstown Library, 2877 Route 17N, Williamstown. Free. Register: (347) 4501099. Email: services@urbanhobbies.com.

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 7 p.m. Vs. Buffalo

Symphoria Concert. 8 p.m. Orchestra per-

Bisons. See June 28 listing.

Wednesday, July 10 Little Gather. 11 a.m.; Wednesdays in July

and August. Summer series for age 3 and up introduces little ones to the museum with storytelling, music and magic shows. The first show of the season is called “Super Scientific Circus—The Science of Magic” and sheds entertaining light on principles related to reflection, magnetism and more. Corning Museum of Glass, 1 Museum Way, Corning. Admission: $15/adults; free/age 19 & younger. (800) 732-6845.

forms music from Broadway and the movies under the direction of Travis Newton. Village Green, Route 12B, Hamilton. Free. 299-5598, Ext. 201.

Friday, July 12 Sharing Nature Summer Camp. 10-11:30 a.m.; Fridays through Aug. 9. See July 11 listing for details.

Music & Face Painting. 1 p.m. Kids age 3

and up can have musical fun with Donna Butterfield, and get their faces painted. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration preferred: 492-1727.

Puppets with Pizazz. 2 p.m.

Little Gather, July 10

Puppeteer Nancy Sander prerforms the show “Aladdin.” DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 4463578.

Anniversary Pirate Party. 4-8 p.m. Celebrate the third anniversary. Kids can come dressed as a pirate or borrow a costume. Giveaways, character visits and more. KidzClub Indoor Play & Party Place, 219 Route 57, Phoenix. $8/ child (age 8 and under). 695-2211.


Zoo to You. 2 p.m. Meet some of the animals that live at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo. Central Library, Galleries of Syracuse, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-1900.

Star Party. 9-11 p.m. Participants can see the

Milky Way and deep space objects through telescopes. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $8/individual; $25/ family. Register: 673-1350.

Thursday, July 11 MOMS Club of Syracuse-East. 9:30 a.m.

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

Sharing Nature Summer Camp. 10-11:30 a.m.; Thursdays through Aug. 8. Preschoolers, each accompanied by an adult, can hike, play games and do crafts. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $7/session; $30/5 sessions. Registration required: 638-2519.

Summer Crafts. 2 p.m.; Thursdays, through

Aug. 22. Make a different craft every week. For age 5 and up. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration required: 492-1727.

Gem, Mineral, Fossil & Jewelry Show.

10 a.m.-6 p.m.; also July 14. The annual show put on by the Gem and Mineral Society of Syracuse features hands-on education exhibits and demonstrations—including soapstone carving, jewelry making for kids and a sluice—plus gems, fossils and minerals for sale. SRC Arena, Onondaga Community College, 4585 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Admission: $6/adults; free/under 12. 672-5328. www.gmss.us.

Clifford Visits Storytime. 11 a.m. Clifford himself turns up at this storytime that features tales by Norman Bridwell. Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 449-2948. Perusing with Pups. 11 a.m.-noon. Children

ages 6-10 can spend 10 minutes reading a book to a dog from Sunshine Friends. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration required: 492-1727. www.oflibrary. org.

Sciencenter Showtime. 2 p.m. Check out

sound-related demos and hands-on activities. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/ adults; $7/seniors; $6/ages 3-17; free/under 3. (607) 272-0600.

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 7 p.m. Vs. Lehigh Valley IronPigs. See June 28 listing.

Symphoria Concert. 8 p.m. Orchestra

performs music from Broadway and the movies under the direction of Travis Newton. Beard Park, Franklin Street & Route 257, Fayetteville. Free. 299-5598, Ext. 201.

Sunday, July 14 First Day of Parkway Sundays. 9 a.m.-

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

Gem, Mineral, Fossil & Jewelry Show. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. See July 13 listing.

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 2 p.m. Vs. Lehigh Valley IronPigs. See June 28 listing.

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 7 p.m. Vs. Buffalo Bisons. See June 28 listing.

helmet required. $10/one session. NBT Bank Stadium, 1 Tex Simone Drive, Syracuse. Registration required: 473-4444, Ext. 33.

Saturday, July 13 Canoe Beaver Lake.

9 a.m. A naturalist leads a canoeing tour of the lake for kids in grades 1 through 5 and accompanying adults. Get a chance to see northern water snakes, painted turtles, great blue herons and other wildlife. Beaver Lake Nature Center, East Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $15/family. Register: 638-2519.

Penguin Palooza.

5:30-8:30 p.m. You’re invited to a wild party for kids of all ages. There’ll be entertainment, ice cream tastings and animal demonstrations like seeing the penguins being fed. Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse. $15/ advance admission; $17/door; free/age 2 & under. Register: 435-8511.

Summer Street Hockey Series. 9 a.m.; also

July 27. The Syracuse Crunch introduces kids age 14 and under to the sport of street hockey. Sneakers, stick and

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Monday, July 15

Elephant and Piggie Party. 2 p.m. Celebrate the

series of children’s books by Mo Willems with craft making, game playing, and a chance to get a picture taken with Piggie and Gerald. NOPL at Cicero, 8686 Knowledge Lane, Cicero. Free. Registration required: 699-2032.

Maker Monday: Kids Can Cook.

1-1:40 p.m. or 2-2:40 p.m. Price Chopper’s Jodie Fitz helps kids entering grades 1-6 and their families make a snack. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: 637-6374. www.fflib.org.

Smart Play. 5:30-7:30

Tuesday, July 16

p.m.; also July 24. Children age 5 and under can explore a free-play environment that promotes discovery, creativity and the development of early literacy skills. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. 637-6374. www.fflib.org.

Craft Buffet. 10-11 a.m. Children age 5

and under can choose a favorite craft to make at the library or at home. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. 637-6374. www.fflib.org.

Puppets with Pizazz. 11 a.m. Nancy

Sander tells the tale of “Aladdin” with her puppets. Program also available at other county libraries; check the events listings at onlib.org. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-3395.

Wednesday, July 17 Nana’s Garden Crafts. 3

p.m. Make a small zen garden and a bird feeder; for age 5 & up. Weather permitting, the program will take place outdoors. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration required: 492-1727.

Cake Decorating for Teens. 2 p.m. A

professional cake decorator demonstrates how to prep a cake for decorating and teaches some basic skills. For teens in grades 6-12. Salina Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Free. Register: 454-4524. www.salinalibrary.org.

Valley Field Days. 6-11 p.m.; through July 21.

Presented by Valley Men’s Club at, event features carnival rides, live music and fireworks on July 20. Meachem Field, West Seneca Turnpike and Midland Avenue, Syracuse. Free admission. 492-3530.

Thursday, July 18 Valley Field Days. 1-11 p.m.; through July 21. See July 17 listing.

Dig Into Dirt. 2 p.m. All ages will appreciate this show about the properties of dirt, presented by the Museum of Science and Technology. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 446-3578. Craft Workshop. 3-5 p.m. For kids ages 8-15. Camden Library, 57 Second St., Camden. $15/ materials included. Register: (347) 450-1099. http://urbanhobbies.com.

Moreland the Magician. 3 p.m. As “Klondike Dave,” performer David Moreland digs deep for the library’s treasures. Mundy Branch Library, 1204 S. Geddes St., Syracuse. Free. 435-3797.

Teddy Bear Storytime and Sleepover. 6

p.m. Kids can bring a stuffed animal to storytime, then leave the toy at the library to spend the night. The next day the child can pick up his animal and find out what he was up to. Beauchamp

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July 2013 Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. Registration required: 435-3395.

St. Elias Middle Eastern Cultural Festival, July 19-21

CNY SPD Parent Connections Meeting.

7 p.m. The support group for parents of children with sensory processing disorders holds its monthly meeting. This month’s meeting is “Parents Night Out.” Location to be determined. Free. 247-4195.

Friday, July 19 Syracuse Nationals. 8 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; through July 21. Get a look at thousands of hot rods, classic and custom cars and trucks; check out the model car show or visit the craft area. Personalities from the History Channel’s American Pickers will appear at the event. Fireworks at 9:30 on July 19 and 20. State Fairgrounds, Geddes. $17/adults, gate; $8/children, gate. (800) 753-3978. www. rightcoastcars.com. YogaKids. 1 p.m.; also July 26. Midge Regier

leads a yoga class for ages 4-10; mats provided. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration required: 492-1727.

Valley Field Days. 1-11 p.m.; through July 21.

pastries. St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church, 4988 Onondaga Road, Syracuse. Free admission. 488-0388. www.steliasny.com.

St. Elias Middle Eastern Cultural Festival. 4-10 p.m.; through July 21. Sample Arabic

Saturday, July 20

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Family Nature Club Blueberry Picking. 10-11:30 a.m. Families can pick blueberries and

through July 21. See July 19 listing.

Saturday, July 27th

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Create art on the streets and win cash and prizes!

Re-create your favorite piece of classical artwork in chalk

p.m. Onondaga Lake Park Skate Park, Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool. $10; preregistration recommended. 453-6712.

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Valley Field Days. 1-11 p.m.;

through July 21. See July 17 listing.

Sciencenter Showtime. 2

p.m. Explore and build electric inventions. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/adults; $7/ seniors; $6/ages 3-17; free/under 3. (607) 272-0600.

Sensory Friendly Time at the MOST. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Pre-

sented by CNY SPD Parent-Connections, it’s a chance for children with sensory processing disorders to experience the museum. MOST (Museum of Science & Technology), 500 S. Franklin St., Syracuse. $8/adults; $7/ages 2-11 and senior citizens. 425-9068. www.most.org.

See July 19 listing.

Valley Field Days. 1-9 p.m. See July 17 listing.

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 5

p.m. Vs. Rochester Red Wings. See June 28 listing.

Monday, July 22 Grandparent/Grandchildren’s Fishing Days. 9:30-

11:30 a.m.; 1:30-3:30 p.m.; Mondays through Fridays, through Aug. 9. Grandparents can enjoy quality time with their grandchildren; prizes awarded for largest fish each michael davis photo session. Bait and poles provided. Carpenter’s Brook Fish Hatchery, learn about the importance of land management 1672 Route 321, Elbridge. $3/child; free/accompafrom Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge ranger nying adult. Register: 451-6249. Tasha Daniels. SG&S Farm, 10252 Shortcut Road,

Loki Grrl Rescue. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Family festi-

val and adoption event held by Loki Grrl Dog Rescue includes games and a chance to meet adoptable dogs. NOPL at North Syracuse, 100 Trolley Barn Lane, North Syracuse. Free. 458-6184. www.nopl.org.

Aladdin. 12:30 p.m. See June 29 listing.


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Tie Dye at LPL. 1-2:30 p.m. Kids from preschool age to teens can bring a clean, cotton item (or pair of socks) to tie dye (no large items!). Tie dye materials are provided. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. Register: 457-0310. lpl.org. Wild Berry Ice Cream Hike. 1:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 21 St. Elias Middle Eastern Cultural Festival. Noon-7 p.m.


Smart Play. 10:30 a.m.-noon. See July 16 list-


Traveling Farm. 2 p.m. Meet farm animals including a miniature horse, sheep, calf, goat and others from Smoke Ridge Organics. NOPL at North Syracuse, 100 Trolley Barn Lane, North Syracuse. Free. Registration required: 458-6184. www.nopl.org.

Syracuse Nationals. 8 a.m.-3

St. Elias Middle Eastern Cultural Festival. Noon-10 p.m.; through July 21. See July 19

Wednesday, July 24

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 7

p.m. See July 19 listing.

Frog Catching Party. 10:30-noon; also July 27. Children and parents can learn how to catch and release frogs at Phillips Pond. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $8/person; $25/family. Register: 673-1350.

ville Bats. See June 28 listing.

Search for raspberries and blackberries to pick, then make some ice cream with them. Beaver Lake Nature Center, East Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $5. $3/parking. Register: 638-2519.

p.m. Vs. Rochester Red Wings. Fireworks follow the game. See June 28 listing.

Weedsport. Pay for blueberries; bring your own container. Register: 568-5987, Ext. 229.

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

Make a Robot Hand. 2 p.m. Kids age 7 and up can make a robotic hand using materials found around the house. Central Library, Galleries of Syracuse, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. Registration requested: 435-1900. Bubblemania. 6:30 p.m. Doug Rougeux creates bubbles, does tricks and tells silly stories. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 446-3578.

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 7 p.m. Vs. Louisville Bats. See June 28 listing.

Night Buggin’. 8:30-10 p.m. Learn about

night insects; bring a flashlight. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $8/individual; $25/family. Register: 673-1350.

Thursday, July 25 Little Scientists: Math Rocks. 10-11:30 a.m. or noon-1:30 p.m. Kids entering grades 1-6 can experiment with measurements of all kinds: distance, volume, mass and more. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: 637-6374. www.fflib.org.

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

Bicycle Safety Day. 2 p.m. Kids can learn how to have fun and stay safe. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. 435-5326.

Tuesday, July 23

Oswego Harborfest. 5-11:30 p.m.; through July 28. A children’s parade (July 26, 1:30 p.m., Breitbeck Park to Franklin Square), crafters, rides, and music in the parks (including a family stage) and along the shores of Lake Ontario; don’t miss the fireworks over the harbor. Free admission. 3436858. www.oswegoharborfest.com.

ville Bats. See June 28 listing.

Hoopnotica. 2 p.m. Teens can learn hula hoop tricks; hoops provided. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-1940. The Secrets of Soil. 2 p.m. In this Museum of Science and Technology program, kids can learn what creatures live in the soil and why people need it too. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. 435-5326. Harborfest Children’s Gala. 6-7:30 p.m.

An old-time-themed carnival with arts and crafts, snacks, a scavenger hunt and more. Breitbeck Park Food Court, Oswego. $5/ticket. 343-6858. www. oswegoharborfest.com.

Symphoria Concert. 8 p.m. Orchestra per-

forms music of Rossini and Sousa, as well as from Broadway and the movies under the direction of Travis Newton. Allyn Ice Arena, 97 State St., Skaneateles. Free. 299-5598, Ext. 201.

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 7 p.m. Vs. Louisville Bats. See June 28 listing.

July 2013 Stage of Nations Blue Rain Ecofest, July 26 & 27

Friday, July 26 Arts and Crafts Festival. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.;

through July 28. Nearly 200 artists, entertainers and craftspeople make their mark on Columbus Circle in Syracuse. 422-8284.

Oswego Harborfest. 11 a.m.-midnight; through July 28. See July 25 listing.

Moreland the Magician. 2 p.m. David

Moreland introduces a new character, “Klondike Dave,” a gold prospector from the Old West, who’s sure there’s treasure buried at the library. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 446-3578.

Stage of Nations Blue Rain EcoFest.

5-10 p.m.; also July 27. Get a chance to sample Haudenosaunee food and experience live music and dance demonstrations. At the Blue Rain EcoFest see an exhibition of eco-friendly products and services. Hanover Square, Syracuse. Free admission. 422-7011.

George “The Animal” Steele. 7 p.m. For-

mer wrestler signs copies of his book, Animal, and talks about how he balanced his wrestling life with his real one as Jim Myers, a high school teacher and coach. Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 449-2948.

Film Under the Stars. 8:30 p.m. Hands-on

art activities begin the evening, and when it’s dark enough watch Toy Story projected onto the side of the Everson Museum of Art. Bring lawn chairs and snacks. 401 Harrison St., Syracuse. Free. 474-6064.

Saturday, July 27 Syracuse New Times and Family Times Street Painting. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Artists of all

ages embellish squares of sidewalk with chalk and compete for prizes. Rain date is July 28. Montgomery Street near City Hall, Syracuse. Free for spectators. Participants: $10/age 17 and younger; $20/adults; $25/masters. Add $5 after July 12. 422-7011. www.syracusenewtimes.com.

ARISE and Ride at the Farm. 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Cycle 12 or 25 miles, or just take in the festival fun (including games, a petting zoo, hay rides and more) in a benefit for ARISE at the Farm, 1972 New Boston Road, Chittenango. Child care for kids under 14 available for parents who are cycling. $30/cyclist; $5/farm festival only. 6712909. http://ariseandride.org.

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Library Book Sale. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; also July

28. Thousands of books for sale, for children and adults. Cazenovia Public Library, 100 Albany St., Cazenovia. 655-9322. www.cazenoviapubliclibrary. org.

Arts and Crafts Festival. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; through July 28. See July 26 listing.

Camping Out. 11 a.m. Kids ages 4-7 can rec-

reate a turn-of-the-century camping trip at the library with the help of a staffer from the Adirondack Museum. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration preferred: 492-1727.

601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/adults; $7/ seniors; $6/ages 3-17; free/under 3. (607) 2720600.

Sunday, July 28 Arts and Crafts Festival. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. See July 26 listing.

Library Book Sale. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. See July 27 listing.

Oswego Harborfest. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. See July 25 listing.

Oswego Harborfest. 11 a.m.-midnight;

through July 28. See July 25 listing.

Stage of Nations Blue Rain EcoFest. Noon-11 p.m. See July 26 listing.

Aladdin. 12:30 p.m. See June 29 listing. Sciencenter Showtime. 2 p.m. Learn how grasses, trees and other plants can be used to make bioenergy and bioproducts. Sciencenter,

Moreland the Magician, July 9, 18 & 26

Monday, July 29 See Ongoing Events

Tuesday, July 30 Electric Monsters. 2 p.m. Using basic sewing

and electronics, kids will create a plush monster and learn to create a circuit that lights a small LED bulb. For teens in grades 6-12. Salina Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Free. Register: 454-4524. www.salinalibrary.org.

Party at the Pond. 1 p.m. Adults and children can take a peek at the Wildlife Pond with a naturalist. Beaver Lake Nature Center, East Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. Admission: $3/ vehicle. Register: 638-2519.

Wednesday, July 31 Dinosaurs vs. Dragons. 2 p.m. Storyteller

Robin Bady explores the question of whether dinosaurs were dragons from long ago. Central Library, Galleries of Syracuse, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-1900. continued on page 40 GARY HODGES OF JON REIS PHOTO + DESIGN

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ONGOING EVENTS Summer Movie Express. Tuesdays &

Wednesdays, 10 a.m.; through Aug. 21. Regal Entertainment Group offers G- and PG-rated flicks at two area cinemas for $1 admission. Selections include The Three Stooges, Coraline, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days and more, changing each week. Shoppingtown Mall 14, 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt; 449-2001; Destiny USA 17, Destiny USA Drive, Syracuse; 466-5680. www.regmovies.com.

Reading Treasure Hunt. Daily, 7:30 a.m. to

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

Calendar listings are free! Send information about your family-friendly event to: Family Times calendar, 1415 W. Genesee St., Syracuse; fax to 422-1721; or email to editorial@familytimes.biz. Include date and time of event, location, price and phone number for publication. We give priority to low- or no-cost events open to the community. For consideration, listings are due by July 5 for the August issue.


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