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Picky eaters like mix-and-match salads Smart ways to talk to kids about alcohol Whiling away the summer at the family camp

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20 In the Driver’s Seat Parents can usher their teens into a safe future behind the wheel.


Editor’s Note


The Recipe Doctor

Kids like salad—if you take it apart.



Kids These Days

A few stray hormones don’t bother Maggie Lamond Simone.

Summer Events Calendar Happenings in July, August and September.


Family 16 Atypical Summer at camp on the shores of Lake Ontario.

Moments 26 Teachable Parents must step aside so children can learn to do stuff for themselves.

Matters 32 Family Talk about alcohol with your kids.





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Road Rules

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Guide of Central New York

issue No. 134



ew topics cause as much parental anxiety as the prospect of our teens driving—or getting rides with other teenage drivers. The fact is that cars can be dangerous, and the only way for a teenager to learn to handle one is to get behind the wheel. Fortunately, parents have a lot of influence over how well their kids learn the rules of the road, according to Wendy Loughlin’s story in this issue, starting on page 20. Likewise, June is a month of parties. For older kids, parties often include alcohol. Learning to handle the presence of alcohol is a life lesson you can help your kids learn; Cary and Tonja Rector explain how on page 32. Summer also means fruits and vegetables—and trying to get our kids to eat them. Chris “The Recipe Doctor” Xaver has an idea: deconstructed salads (page 6). Deborah Cavanagh writes about her family’s tradition of traveling to their camp on the shore of Lake Ontario (page 16). Meanwhile, Emma Kress has a slew of good reasons to start—early—getting children to do for themselves, even if it’s hard and messy (page 26). And Maggie Lamond Simone describes a day in the life of a mother whose fluctuating hormones make household organization an oxymoron (page 8). We’ve also got our annual Summer Events Calendar, with a look ahead at things to do in July, August and September in Central New York. Enjoy!

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Don’t Call It ‘Salad’ Sometimes vegetables just need a new look


love early summer! Warm days and cool nights. It’s either because we live in Central New York or because I’m part feline, but I love to linger a little longer when the sun is shining, extending the days into evening on the deck. And one of the best parts of summer in our region is our fresh produce. But like many of you, often the last thing I want to do is cook when the weather is warm. That’s why I love a great summer salad! However, trying to get your kids to eat a salad without fussing can be a challenge— until you start thinking like a kid. Kids love finger foods. They like things they can dip. Think how much they enjoy nuggets. So, now that we’re in their heads, we can see how a salad turns them off. The food is “touching” and all mixed together. The trick is to choose your summer veggies and then make them special. I use cookie cutters on the cucumbers. Slice them fairly thin and make sure to use English cucumbers, which are virtually seedless. Then, hand them to the kids and have them punch out shapes. Fun food is food they will eat. And if I have them in the kitchen helping me, they’re not only more likely to eat whatever we create, they are proud of our creations. They’ll tell others what they’ve made and attempt to get them to “try” it too. It’s amazing how quickly you can turn around those picky eaters if you include them in the preparations. 6

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My little ones like baby carrots, so we started there. Of course, if you prefer full-size carrots, slice them into long, thin ribbons. Then we opened a jar of baby corn. Baby corn can be found fresh, frozen and jarred. (If using jarred, make sure you rinse well to reduce sodium.) Even though dark leafy veggies pack a bigger nutritional wallop, corn isn’t candy. Baby corn has plenty of vitamins B6, C, folate, potassium and fiber. Corn is what we chose for our deconstructed salad; you can choose whatever vegetables your kids enjoy. Celery is often a favorite. Shelled edamame (soybeans) is something my kids enjoy. Just thaw, don’t cook. A half-cup serving of edamame has the same fiber content as four slices of whole wheat bread. Also, it’s filled with protein—11 grams for just 120 calories—and supplies 10 percent of a day’s recommended allowance of iron and vitamin C. If your kids don’t like edamame, what about substituting sweet peas? Fresh or frozen, both will work. I put shelled walnuts on my salad plate. The perfect size for nibbling, walnuts are also high in protein and fats—the “good” fats, the omega 3s that both we and our children need in our diets. An ounce of walnuts (about nine pieces) has 18 grams of fat, plus four grams of protein, two of fiber and lots of antioxidants. In other words, they’re not just crunchy; they’re packed with the very things our little ones need to grow.

While kids love dipping, what they typically want to dip into is little more than fat or sugar. Ketchup is filled with so much sugar, it takes away from the benefits of the tomatoes. The dip our kids love (and— who am I kidding—I love) is filled with sour cream and saturated fats. My version of a sugar- and fat-free dressing offers the same sweetness our kids love in ketchup without the sugar. My ranch dressing recipe uses low-fat sour cream, an olive oil-based mayonnaise and fat-free buttermilk. Making your own salad dressing is really fast and simple, and it uses ingredients we typically have in our pantries. It also allows you to adjust the seasonings to your family’s tastes and reduce sodium and sugar. I mix my salad dressings in a Mason jar and then use it to store and pour. If you hand the jar to a kid, he or she becomes the mixologist and will want to try the concoction. I prefer not to think of this as deception or trickery, rather another tool in our box for tackling healthy eating. Don’t forget, you can try these strategies with “picky” adults too! p 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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Veggies of your choice: Baby carrots

½ cup light sour cream (or you can use plain Greek yogurt)

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Cherry or grape tomatoes

1 teaspoon sea salt Dash paprika ½ teaspoon chili powder ½ teaspoon celery seed ½ teaspoon dry mustard ½ teaspoon onion powder ½ teaspoon garlic powder


¼ teaspoon garlic powder 1 tablespoon dried dill ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon pepper Shake together well.


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o what’s it like,” asked a younger friend, “going through menopause while your kids are going through puberty?” I pondered this for a moment. “Well, I thought that being an older first-time mom would be rough when the kids got to this age,” I said, “because between menopause and puberty, the three of us would be sharing a common hormonal plane of existence. But I have found that if we can all just stay focused and patient, it all works out. “For example, I got up this morning as usual, wearing a different shirt than I’d started in the night before . . . a drier one. I headed downstairs, right to the coffee, because my daughter gets all angst-y when I pry my eyelids open with toothpicks. I took a sip and got right to making

heat, I went to my computer to check lunches. My kids are thankfully pretty preFacebook. I saw the bills on my desk, dictable in this area; I spread the jelly on realized they were due and got my wallet his roll and slapped on some turkey and out of my purse. My cell phone tumbled wrapped it up, followed by her peanut out, dead, and I took it to the butter and mustard. charging station on the count“I then put his sandwich er next to the sink. in her lunchbox and vice Between “First, of course, I had versa, which evened menopause and to move the breakitself out when I put fast dishes, which the lunchboxes in puberty, my two kids I loaded into the the wrong backand I share a common dishwasher. I startpacks. hormonal plane of ed running the hot “The kids got on water before turning their buses and I existence. But I have found it on, because that’s got ready to work. that if we can all just stay what I’m supposed to I started by taking do (I remembered!). focused and patient, it out the frozen cookie However, since it takes a dough and turning on all works out. few minutes to get hot, I the oven. Since it takes used the time to gather my about five minutes to pre-

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daughter’s detritus from the counter into a pile to take upstairs. As I headed up to her room, I noticed some dirty clothes on her floor. I headed to the laundry baskets in my room, put her stuff down on my dresser, and emptied the baskets of the clean clothes that had evidently taken up residence in them. “Passing by the kids’ bathroom to deliver their clothes led me to the bathroom cleaner under the sink. While cleaning, I tried their acne medication to see if it worked better than mine and decided to swap. Heading back to my own bathroom, I realized I hadn’t even gotten dressed yet. I set down the acne supplies on the dresser next to the girl’s pile and pulled out some clothes. I threw my pajamas in the laundry basket. “When I got the basket downstairs, I turned off the water running in the sink and went to the laundry room, sadly remembering that laundry soap was on my grocery list. I checked the clock and had time for the store, grabbed my purse and headed out. Halfway there I realized the list did not head out with me, but

then again, neither did my wallet, which was on my desk with my bills. I headed home. I was thrilled to realize I was just in time to pick up my son from piano. Early, in fact. “I arrived at the piano instructor’s and idled in the driveway. After a minute his piano teacher came outside, looking a little panicked. ‘He left,’ she said. ‘Didn’t he make it home?’ Then I realized I wasn’t early at all, but in fact 20 minutes late. He called me at that moment and said he had walked. “Once home, I looked around. The oven was on, the cookies not made. The bills lay on the desk, lonely and neglected, with the checkbook, unopened. The cell phone was not charged. The dishwasher was loaded but not turned on. The dirty laundry was still dirty, what with being out of laundry soap. My bedroom dresser was now cluttered with tween-girl-stuff and acne supplies. The boy was home, looking only somewhat miffed, God love him. “So,” I said, pausing for a moment. “What was the question?” p

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July JULY 4-6

Syracuse Jazz Fest. The 31st annual event features 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 is free; parking costs $5. www.syracusejazzfest.com.

ARISE and Ride at the Farm, July 27

Sterling Renaissance Festival. Enjoy a familyfriendly version of an Elizabethan village, with street theater, minstrels, rides, games, jousts, comedy and turkey legs (the era’s food-on-the-go). Special events include Family Weekend (July 6 &7), with discounts on the second ticket purchased, and Pirate Invasion (July 27 & 28). Saturdays and Sundays only. Tickets: $25.95, adult; $15.95, ages 5-12; free, age 4 and younger. Off Route 104A, Sterling. (800) 879-4446.


Canoe Beaver Lake. 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 per family. Registration is required; call 638-2519.

Syracuse Nationals. 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. (Buy tickets in advance and pay $12 for adults, $6 for kids.) State Fairgrounds. $17, adults; $8, children. (800) 753-3978. www. rightcoastcars.com.

JULY 13 & 14


Gem, Mineral, Fossil and Jewelry Show. The annual show put on by the Gem and Mineral Society of Syracuse features hands-on educational 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, children under 12. 672-5328. www.gmss.us.

JULY 13 & 27, AUG. 10 & 24

Sterling Renaissance Fair, July 6-Aug. 18

JULY 9, 16, 23 & 30

Pops in the Park. The four-week series takes place on Tuesdays in July and offers samples of music in styles from blues 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.

JULY 10-AUG. 14

Little Gather. 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. The shows are included with admission: $15 for adults; free for age 19 and younger. (800) 732-6845.


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Summer Street Hockey Series. The Syracuse Crunch introduces kids age 14 and younger to the sport of street hockey. (Sneakers, stick and helmet are required.) Pay $10 per event. NBT Bank Stadium, 1 Tex Simone Drive, Syracuse. Register at 473-4444, Ext. 33.

Onondaga Lake Park Skate Jam. $10 to participate; preregistration is recommended. 453-6712.


Tie Dye at LPL. Kids from preschool age to teens can bring a clean, cotton item (or pair of socks) to tie dye (no large items!) at Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Tie dye materials are provided. The event is free, but preregistration for the popular program is required: Call 457-0310 or visit lpl.org. Wild Berry Ice Cream Hike. Search for raspberries and blackberries to pick, then make some ice cream with them. Beaver Lake Nature Center, East Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $5 per person. Register at: 638-2519.

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Penguin Palooza. 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. Advance admission is $15 ($17 at the door)—required for both children and adults; it’s free for age 2 and under. Call 435-8511 to register or for more information.

JULY 17-21

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

JULY 19-21

St. Elias Middle Eastern Cultural Festival. Sample Arabic food and culture, including young people dancing and a souk selling crafts and pastries. St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church, 4988 Onondaga Road, Syracuse. Free admission. 488-0388. www.steliasny.com.

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Oswego Harborfest. A children’s parade, 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. 343-6858.

JULY 26 & 27

Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival. Jazz, blues and wine. As part of the Scholastic Festival segment, students perform with national guest artists. Clinton Square, downtown Syracuse. Free admission. 479-5299.

AUG. 3

Stage of Nations Blue Rain Eco-Fest. Get a chance to experience Haudenosaunee culture—including Smoke Dance competitions and live music—and sample Native American food. At the Blue Rain EcoFest, see an exhibition of eco-friendly products and services. Hanover Square, Syracuse. Free admission. 422-7011.

AUG. 4

Canine Carnival. Pet-related vendors, rescues, demonstrations and more. Money raised benefits the Priscilla Mahar Animal Welfare Fund (www.pmawf.org). Wegmans Good Dog Park, Onondaga Lake Park, Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool. Free admission. 451-7275. Bavarian Fest. An event filled with German food and drink, folk dancing and music. Long Branch Park at Onondaga Lake Park, Longbranch Road, Liverpool. Free. bavarianclubalmenrausch.org/.

AUG. 8-11, 15-18

Shakespeare-in-the-Park. The Syracuse Shakespeare Festival presents The Winter’s Tale, a tragedy in its first half and romantic comedy in its second half, with each half performed on alternate nights. Enjoy the free show on the lawn at the Thornden Park amphitheater. Bring your own blankets, lawn chairs and picnics. Call 476-1835 or visit www.syrsf.org for more information.

AUG. 8-31

Skaneateles Festival. Chamber music by the lake, with Hilary Hahn Francois james photo and many other performers. The Shakespeare-in-the-Park, Aug. 8-11, 15-18 free Family Fest performance takes place on Aug. 21 at the First Presbyterian Church, 97 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles, and open workshops with students of all ages and levels Arts and Crafts Festival. Nearly 200 artists, enteroccur on Aug. 28 with musicians from A Far Cry at the tainers and craftspeople display and sell their work same location. Other concerts and events take place in Columbus Circle in Syracuse. 422-8284. in various Skaneateles locations. Some events require paid admission. For more details, call 685-7418 or visit www.skanfest.org.

JULY 26-28


Syracuse New Times and Family Times Street Painting. Embellish squares of sidewalk with chalk and compete for prizes on Montgomery Street near City Hall in Syracuse—or just watch the artists in action. There’s also a Syracuse New Times paper box painting contest, for those interested in a spot of environmental art. The rain date is July 28. Free for spectators. Participants: $10 for age 17 and younger; $20 for adults; $25 for masters. Add $5 for registering after July 12. 422-7011. www.syracusenewtimes.com. ARISE and Ride at the Farm. Cycle 12 or 25 miles, or just take in the farm festival fun (including games, a bounce house, a petting zoo, hay rides and pony rides) in a benefit for ARISE at the Farm, 1972 New Boston Road, Chittenango. Child care for kids under 14 is available for parents who are cycling. The cost is $30 per cyclist; $5 for farm festival only. 671-2909.

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AUG. 10

CNY Scottish Games. Join a clan, if just for a day, and enjoy Scottish and American food, pipes and drums, dance performances and varied athletic competitions. Long Branch Park, Liverpool. Admission is $10 for adults; $7, seniors; $4, ages 5-12; free, age 4 and younger. 463-8876.

AUG. 17

Asian Elephant Extravaganza. Learn all about the zoo’s elephants while observing them in action; playing games; and doing crafts and activities. Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse. Free with zoo admission: $8, adult; $5, senior; $4, ages 3-18; free, age 2 and under. 435-8511.

AUG. 22-SEPT. 2

New York State Fair. Life’s rich pageant—complete with midway rides, circus (and farm) animals, greasy (and some healthy) foods, works of art and great people-watching opportunities—can be found at the fair. New York State Fairgrounds. $10, general; free, age 12 and younger. Parking: $5. (800) 475-FAIR.

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Westcott Street Cultural Fair. Check out the musical and dance performances, the craft vendors and the food in one of Syracuse’s funkiest neighborhoods. Children’s performances and activities take place at the Petit Branch library on Victoria Place. Westcott Street between Concord and Dell streets, and on side streets, Syracuse. Free. 703-6848. Westcott Street Cultural Fair, September 15 www.westcottstreetfair.org.

SEPT. 6 & 7

Irish Festival. Be Irish for a couple of days in this celebration that focuses on music and dance. Clinton Square, downtown Syracuse. Free admission. 473-4330.

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Sept. 7 & 8

Golden Harvest Festival. Arts and crafts, live music, storytelling, a petting zoo, puppet and magic shows, and seasonal foods for sale like fresh pie, corn on the cob and apple cider. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $5, adult; $1, ages 6-17; free, age 5 and under. 638-2519.

Tipp Hill Music Festival. A celebration of the neighborhood’s rich heritage, with live music, entertainers, kids’ activities (including a “learn how to plant a tree” session) and food. Pass Arboretum, across from the Avery, Salisbury and Whittier avenues Burnet Park entrance, Syracuse. www.tipphillmusicfest.org.

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Central New York Tomatofest. Join the celebration of tomato season’s end—with crafts for sale, activities for kids, terrific food, and fresh produce. Proceeds benefit local food agencies. Emerson Park Pavilion on Owasco Lake, Auburn. $3, adults; $1, age 10 and under or free with the donation of a canned good. 252-2225. www.cnytomatofest.org.

SEPT. 29

Jewish Music and Cultural Festival. Kosher food, ethnic arts and crafts, music, dancing and all kinds of activities for children. Jewish Community Center campus, 5655 Thompson Road, DeWitt. Free admission. 682-8489.

SEPT. 13-15

La Festa Italiana. Listen to musicians play Italian pop, watch bocce players compete in the tournament, and sample pasta and pastries that will make you swoon. In front of Syracuse City Hall, downtown Syracuse. Free admission. 463-5134. www.festaitaliana.bizland.com.


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Fort Rickey Children’s Discovery Zoo. Open daily, June 22-Sept. 20; additional open days in September and October. Animals from around the world, plus domestic animals such as chickens and sheep. Route 49, 3 miles west of Rome. 336-1930. www. fortrickey.com.

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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, East Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. Admission is $3. For more information, call 638-2519. Parkway Sundays. July 14 through Aug. 18, 9 a.m.-noon. Skate, walk, bike or jog along the 2-mile stretch while Liverpool’s Onondaga Lake Parkway is closed to motorized vehicle traffic. To get to the Salt Museum parking area, take Lake Drive or Willow Street in Liverpool, or use Old Liverpool Road to gain access to the park. Free. 453-6712. Junior Fishing Program. Saturdays, through Sept. 28. A fishing program for ages 7 to 15 features a banquet at the end of the season at which trophies are awarded for largest fish caught. The cost is $10 for the season. Webster Pond, 2004 Valley Drive, Syracuse. For more information, call 727-2922 or visit www.websterpond.org. Time Out to Fish. June 17-July 19. A chance for senior citizens, people with disabilities and children with special needs to fish for rainbow trout. Groups of five to 20 people. All equipment and bait supplied. Carpenter’s Brook Fish Hatchery, Route 321, Elbridge. $3 per person. Registration is required at 689-9367.

Santa’s Workshop. Open daily, June 25-Aug. 31, plus additional weekends and seasonal events. Timeless fantasy village features rides, live reindeer and a chance to meet the jolly old elf himself. Route 431, 324 Whiteface Memorial Highway, North Pole. (518) 946-2211. www.northpoleny.com.

Water Safari Enchanted Forest. Rides and attractions. Opens for the season June 12; last day is Sept. 2. 3183 Route 28, Old Forge. 369-6145. watersafari.com. Sylvan Beach Amusement Park. Traditional park with 21 rides, on the east shore of Oneida Lake, 112 Bridge St., Sylvan Beach. Check out the Screamer speedboat thrill ride. Open through September, plus Halloweekends in October. 762-5212. www.sylvanbeachamusementpark.com. Darien Lake Theme Park Resort. Theme park and water park open daily through Sept. 2. Lots of entertainment throughout the summer including a newly upgraded nightly laser and water show called “Ignite the Night.” Exit 48A off Thruway, 9993 Alleghany Road, Darien Center. (585) 599-4641. www.darienlake.com. Seabreeze Amusement Park. Open daily June 20Sept. 2. Water park and amusement park overlooks Lake Ontario. End of 590 N., Rochester. All attractions dependent on weather. (585) 323-1900. www.seabreeze.com. facebook.com/Darienlake

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Canoeing & Kayaking. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; on weekends and holidays, through June 23; June 21-Sept. 2, daily. Paddle around Beaver Lake searching for beaver lodges, turtles and herons. Beaver Lake Nature Center, about 3 miles west of Baldwinsville off Route 370. $8 for first hour of rental, $2 for each additional 30 minutes. $3 admission per vehicle. Call to check conditions: 638-2519. Drive-In Movies. Family-friendly flicks at Auburn’s Finger Lakes Drive-In (1064 Clark Street Road, Aurelius; 252-3969; www.fingerlakesdrivein.com) and the Midway Drive-In, (2475 Route 48, Minetto; 343-0211 or 593-0699; www.midwaydrivein.com). Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. NBT Bank Stadium, off Park Street, Syracuse. $4-$20. 474-7833. Auburn Doubledays Baseball. Falcon Park, 130 N. Division St., Auburn. Home opener is June 17. $5-$8. 255-2489. Ryder Park Butterfly House. Learn about the life stages of these flying flowers. 5400 Butternut St., DeWitt. Free admission. Call ahead weekdays: 446-9250.

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Going to Camp Four-score and counting summers on Lake Ontario’s shore


n 1932 my great-uncle Sam bought what would become our family summer camp. The property fronts the Salmon River with a view of the Selkirk Light House. A walk out the back yard, through the sand, leads you to a semi-private beach on Lake Ontario. Back in the days before air conditioning, Uncle Sam and Aunt Lena escaped the heat and humidity of the Syracuse summer by spending weekends by the water. Having no children of their own, they often took my father and his sister along. During World War II gas rationing, my dad recalls: “We would save gas stamps so we could make the drive out and back every weekend. Uncle Sam stopped at Vads Bait Shop on North Salina Street on his way home from his dental office to pick up hellgrammites and bass bugs for fishing. Starting with a trip to Columbus Bakery on Pearl Street in Syracuse, we would buy multiple loaves of fresh Italian bread. “With that heavenly aroma filling the Buick Roadmaster, Uncle Sam would drive north along Route 11 through small towns and past dairy farms. My sister and I would look for cows in the pastures. Standing cows meant sunshine, fishing and beach time. Cows lying down brought the omen of rain. “Our last stop was the Colosse Cheese Factory between the towns of Mexico and Parish. They had wheels and wheels of every kind of cheese imaginable. The woman behind the counter would play along and allow me to sample all of the different types before I would

choose the extra sharp Cheddar every time. With bread, cheese and bait in the car we would head to the only place I ever wanted to be.” My dad continued camp trips as an adult. Summers in the 1970s, my parents would pile my brother, sister and me in the back of our green Ford pickup truck and we’d head out on Route 81 north. A cab over the truck bed created a soundproof barrier between my parents and us. Three kids rolling around, singing, being silly, beating the bejesus out of each other, untethered in the back of a truck. Our only stop was the Brewerton Bait Shop. Worms and perch minnows were purchased in hopes of hours of successful fishing, either by dock or boat. The sky at the Central Square exit gave our lake weather prediction. Gray skies meant gloominess, while sunshine brought loud songs of celebration. We would exit at Pulaski and drive to Port Ontario. A flashing light at the intersection of Lake Road on Route 3 signaled our last turn. Once we saw the white wall dividing the road from the docks in front of the Selkirk Lighthouse, we had arrived. We loved that white wall. Dad would park the truck in the lot after launching our boat. Motoring across the river at five miles an hour so as not to create a wake seemed to take an eternity. We’d dock in front of Aunt Lena and Uncle Sam’s camp and joyously hop out of the boat. Whatever the length of the stay, we would always plead to stay longer, never wanting camp time to end. My mom and dad inherited Uncle Sam and Aunt Lena’s camp in the 1990s. It is now their home during the summer months. My husband Brian and I drive our two children, Amanda and Jason, out to visit for weekends and evenings when possible. Snacks are packed. Backpacks are filled with books, iPods and DSes for the one-hour ride. Fishing, boogie boarding and swimming gear is thrown in the back of our Chevy Traverse. We drive on Route 81 heading north. We

use the Central Square exit to predict the weather. The kids count the exits until we get to Tinker Tavern Road, a shortcut we use now that we can park in front of camp. An Amish farmhouse with a produce/ pie stand is of particular interest. Road apples are counted. Horse-and-buggies are marveled at. Young children dressed in unfamiliar attire are waved to in hopes of getting a friendly nod or wave in return. Our bait store of choice these days is Woody’s Tackle and General Store in Port Ontario. Jason takes charge of the Styrofoam bucket nestled between his feet filled with bass minnows. His job: to make sure no little fishy bodies end up on the floor of the car. As we drive on Pine Grove Road we turn off all electronic noise-making devices. Voices are kept to a whisper. Selkirk Shores State Park woods surround us as we look for deer, fox or any other critters that might be lurking. Rounding the last turn, we get our first glimpse of Lake Ontario. Are there foamy white caps? Is the lake like glass? We drive down a private dirt road, waving to fishermen crossing with their catch, small children in bathing suits, ducks and geese. With camp to our left and the Salmon River on the right, we park in front of our destination. I see the look on my dad’s face as he watches his grandchildren fishing by early morning light on the docks. Pleading to go for boat rides on the lake when it is choppy, waves breaking over the bow, soaking hair and clothes. Running barefoot through the sand from one shady spot to the other so their feet don’t burn. Skipping flat rocks found along the shore line. Sitting by bonfires at night, telling ghost stories. The same things he did as a kid. The same things I did as a kid. The simple things that make camp special. The one place all of us would rather be. I am sure somewhere Aunt Lena and Uncle Sam are smiling. p Deborah Cavanagh lives in Manlius with her husband and two children. She has written for local organizations supporting children and adults with special needs and publishes the blog www.momofmanyneeds. com.

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weet sixteen” isn’t always so sweet for parents. For many, the thought of their child learning to drive is frightening—and for good reason. Car accidents are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens, claiming about 3,000 lives a year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). When Carol Melendez’s three oldest children were learning to drive, she was well aware of the statistics—and she was scared. “I was scared they would get into accidents, scared they would hurt other drivers, scared other drivers would hurt them, scared they would not pay attention to the road, that they would text while driving or horse around with their friends,” says Melendez, of Warners. “Honestly, I have never gotten over my fears about my kids driving, and the oldest is now 24 years old.” But she and her husband took the same approach to teaching their children to drive that they have taken throughout parenthood: They got involved. “We talked to them about our fears,” says Melendez, who has one child currently learning to drive. “We made them enroll in driver’s ed. We took them out driving, and we tried to set a good example when we were driving. All of those things helped.” And that’s the good news: Despite the statistics, parental involvement can make a difference. According to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, 89 percent of teenagers say their parents are the big-

gest influence in encouraging safe driving. “The more experience new drivers get with their parents, the safer they will be when they go out on their own,” says Bob West, a driver education instructor at Manlius Pebble Hill School. “Spend time and give them many hours behind the wheel.” But setting aside that time can be difficult. “Time is a big factor,” says Melendez. “Everyone is busy with work, school or other activities. Having the time to devote to driving when you are not in a hurry to get somewhere is a challenge. And letting a child who is learning to drive get behind the wheel when you’re in a hurry is not a good idea!” Still, spending dedicated time focused on driving is crucial to a teen’s preparation, and can have the added benefit of giving parents peace of mind, as Lisa Bordonaro discovered when teaching her son to drive. “I went driving with him and made sure he knew the rules of the road, and knew what he was doing,” says Bordonaro, of DeWitt. “I wanted to make sure I knew he was ready, and that he knew he was ready.” And it’s not just about teens logging driving hours with their parents as passengers. The state DMV says young drivers are also less likely to be involved in an accident if their parents set rules and monitor their activities. Karen Kloepfer of Onondaga Hill, whose son and stepdaughter turned 16 within a

month of each other, says her children had to abide by rules in order to be allowed to take their driver’s tests—and to continue driving once they earned their licenses. “We don’t allow them to have more than one friend in the car at a time, they have to be back by certain time. . . As long as they follow the rules they can drive.” Parents might also consider signing a “contract” with their teen. A written agreement between parent and child— spelling out expectations, restrictions, rules, privileges and consequences related to driving—can help hold a teen driver accountable and reduce risky driving behaviors, according to the New York State Department of Health. West says modeling good driving behavior is also key. “Teen drivers learn from example, and a parent must set a good one,” he says. “I have seen my students drive fast and I question them about why they do this. They say their parents drive fast and they think it is acceptable.” Driver’s education classes can also be helpful in fostering safe driving habits in teens. West says it’s the most important first step for a new driver, and parents seem to agree. Kris Ellithorpe’s 16-year-old daughter is currently enrolled in the program at MPH. “My advice to parents would be to definitely put your child in driver’s ed,” says Ellithorpe, of Cazenovia. “You try your hardest to teach them right and wrong, but my daughter taking this class gives her all continued on page 22

“We have always talked about the other issues that come along with driving, even before our daughter started driving,” says Kris Ellithorpe, pictured with her daughter Maddy, age 16.

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sorts of new and different information that neither I nor my husband would think of teaching her. She is teaching my husband and me things we never knew were against the law. I truly believe she is ready to drive.” Kloepfer enrolled both of her children in the driver’s education program at Onondaga Community College. She said it was a big commitment of time and money, “But I think it was really good because they were taught by a professional. It’s well worth the money if you can afford it.” Parents may also see lower insurance rates if their licensed teen has completed driver’s education. Many parents believe drinking and driving is the predominant cause of unsafe driving among teens, but several other factors also put them at risk. According to the CDC, teens are more likely than adult drivers to speed, to underestimate dangerous situations on the road and to fail to wear a seatbelt. Teenage boys are about twice as likely to die in an accident as teenage girls. Distracted driving is also a major issue, says West. “The greatest problem is distractions when they have their friends in the car. Parents should limit the number of friends in the car until they get more expe-

rience. They should discuss all distractions, and this goes beyond cell phones. New cars today are filled with electronic devices that encourage drivers to take their eyes off the road.” Ellithorpe, who also has a younger child, says she and her husband have found it helpful to discuss these factors. “We have always talked about the other issues that come along with driving, even before our daughter started driving,” she says. “That has always been very important to us in teaching our children, even starting now with our 13-year-old.” Most parents will also invariably face the prospect of their children riding in cars driven by their teenage friends. “It is hard watching your kids get into a car with someone you watched them grow up with,” says Melendez. “I have always been open with my kids’ friends and I tell them all, every time they leave the house, ‘Be careful, make good choices, every action has a repercussion.’” Kloepfer says she is lucky because she feels her children’s friends are responsible and trustworthy, but that if one of them had a friend she believed to be reckless, “I would have no problem saying, ‘You’re not going in the car with them.’” That’s the right approach, according to West. “Parents must know who their kids are riding around with and question their friends’ driving habits,” he says. “I stress peer pressure, and how they must get out of the car if their safety is compromised.” In response to the dire statistics about teen driving, most states have adopted graduated driver licensing laws, intended to provide new drivers with an opportunity to learn and develop their skills gradually and in low-risk settings. New York state implemented such a law in February 2010 (see information in box). According to the CDC, graduated driver licensing laws have reduced the rates of car accidents and fatalities on

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the road, and parental understanding of and enforcement of the laws is important. Still, many states—including New York— could expand and improve the laws. For example, West says he would like to see students required to drive for one year with a permit before taking their driver’s test. The learning continues even after teens get their license, although parents may feel less involved. “I was a nervous wreck the day of my son’s road test,” says Bordonaro. “Now that he has his license, I don’t have control anymore.” Still, parents can continue to talk to their teens about safe driving habits, and ensure that rules are being followed. Parents can also monitor their minor child’s driving record through a program called Teen Electronic Event Notification Service (TEENS), offered by the state Department of Motor Vehicles. The program notifies parents of drivers under age 18 if tickets, traffic violation convictions, driver’s license suspensions and certain accidents occur. Parents can also petition to withdraw their child’s license via the DMV’s Withdrawal of Consent form. (More information is available at www.dmv.ny.gov.) In the end, like so much of parenting, teaching teens to drive requires patience, trust and letting go. “They’re going to make mistakes. They’re learning,” says Melendez. “You have to be calm and patient with them. Talking to them about responsibility and expectations and trusting them with what you teach helps. And listening to them!” Ultimately, with involvement and guidance from their parents, most teens will be ready for the responsibility of driving on their own—whether or not their parents feel ready. “I think letting go is the hardest part,” says Bordonaro. “You have to trust that they’re going to be OK. But you wait for that car to pull into the driveway. You just want to know they’re home safe.” p Wendy Loughlin is a mother of two living in Fayetteville.

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friend told me she started saying “yes” to her kids more. She had noticed she almost always said “no” whenever her kids asked to do something, often without really thinking about the question. Sometimes, I catch myself going down a similar “automatic no” path. Much of the time, it’s a response born of tiredness rather than what’s best for my children. Saying “yes” often allows them to be more independent. And that’s a very good thing. What are the ways we can build independence in kids from toddlers to those in middle school? Let them struggle. It’s hard to watch my children falter and not want to step in—whether they’re spreading peanut butter or resolving a conflict on the playground. Mix foot-tapping impatience with mother-hen protectiveness and I’ve got a nice set of reasons to swoop in and save the day. Ultimately, though, I’d only escape this one issue on this one day. What about next week? Next year? Sure, we can offer help as we reflect on situations after they’ve happened. But we need to step off before we step in. Encourage. My 2-year-old son’s phase of “I want to do it” was unexpectedly followed by one of “I can’t do it.” Perhaps this is because he’s a younger sibling. While I tried to hang back, his sister rushed in with a quick fix, eager to demonstrate both her love for him and her own capabilities. After a time, we all decided to say: “You can do it” or “Sometimes things take time.” Soon, he stopped saying “I can’t” and started saying “I can.” Develop good habits. What age-appropriate chores can your child complete? You might be surprised at how much she can do. Toddlers can hang up their coats, put away their shoes and scoop food into the dog’s dish. Let those tasks become regular “jobs.” As your child grows, she can take on more tasks such as raking leaves, folding laundry or cooking dinner. Shrink your stuff. Don’t outfit your house in expensive child-sized items. But do get down on the ground and look at the space through their eyes. When we child-proof, we think about what we should remove from their reach. However, what should we place within their grasp? In your entry way, hang a coat hook lower on the wall. In the kitchen, place your child’s bowls where he can reach them. On the first shelf in the fridge, place peeled carrots so that he can get himself a healthy snack. Permit bad choices. If your middle school student puts up a fight about studying for a test on Monday and spends the whole weekend with her friends, remind her of what might happen Monday, explain how you might study, and then

let go and let her fail. Middle school is a great time for this experimentation. First of all, early teens test out how to separate from their parents as their friends become more important. But it’s also a time that’s hidden from college applications. As far as college is concerned, life starts in ninth grade. Of course, what happens prior to ninth grade matters. But don’t panic over one failed test. Rather, it’s an opportunity for a calm talk about choices and consequences. Ask questions and paraphrase. Instead of giving answers, ask questions. Toddlers often ask the same questions on each page of a favorite book. Instead of providing answers, ask, “What do you think?” As your child describes a struggle he has, ask questions and sum up his thoughts. Paraphrasing can be a surprisingly powerful tool for validating emotions and sorting out options. And the strategy allows him to provide answers instead of you. This builds self-confidence and independence as he realizes that he is more resourceful than he knew. Assess problem areas. Does your daughter consistently forget her lunch or

lose her coat? Does she play enthusiastically but become “too tired” when it’s time to clean up? If the lack of responsibility comes from forgetfulness, build memory. Ask her to write a checklist by the front door on yellow paper. (Yellow aids memory.) If the cause is resistance, make a list of the jobs of each family member. Everyone in the house contributes to the family in different ways but sometimes that’s hidden from children. Allow for choice. When your children are young, offer simple choices: “It’s warm today. Do you want to wear sneakers or sandals?” Be clear about expectations but allow for flexibility. Perhaps your schoolage child would like to focus on homework after a half-hour of outside play. Be clear about the amount of money he has for clothes, but let him choose the clothes within those parameters. When your child has a suggestion for a different way to do things, listen, explore the options, and be open to ideas. When your child chooses the experience, he has a vested interest in getting something out of it. Play free. In our highly scheduled world, it’s hard to find pockets of free time between soccer practices, swim lessons,

art classes and homework. Scale back on planned activities to allow for free play— without you. As your daughter amuses herself or organizes a game in the back yard with her friends, she develops skills that build independence, confidence and sustained attention. I vividly remember the day each of my children entered the world—and yet here they are, years later, walking, talking and creating. Just as they learned to crawl before they walked, I need to set up opportunities for them to flex their independent muscles. I need to say “yes” to nurturing independence. One day, they’ll have to pay bills, cook dinners and fix things—by themselves. They’ll have to negotiate relationships with their children, bosses and spouses. As they feel trusted and supported by us, their confidence and capability will bloom. And I won’t still be doing their laundry when they’re 30. p Emma Kress, a teacher at Cicero-North Syracuse High School, has held a variety of educational posts at levels from pre-K to 12th grade. Send comments about this article to editorial@familytimes.biz.



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he summer season is here. It’s an exciting time for teens. Prom, senior ball, graduation—there’s a lot to celebrate. And while parents are happy to see their teen enjoy the activities of high school, they also worry about drinking, especially this time of year. The concern is legitimate. Each year 5,000 people under age 21 die in alcohol-related accidents and 190,000 teenagers visit emergency rooms for alcohol-related injuries. Alcohol impairs judgment, which can result in risky behaviors like drinking and driving, sexual activity or violence. Youth who drink are more likely to be victimized or carry out a physical assault. It’s the stuff of parental nightmares. Drinking alcohol is ingrained in our culture. People who have been drinking are often portrayed as entertaining in movies, television and even family stories. Given the level of acceptance in our society, teens are going to be curious and want to try alcohol. A distinction is often made between alcohol and other “drug” problems. Alcohol is a drug. It is the No. 1 drug of abuse, causing more problems for individuals and families than all other drugs combined. Half of all seventh through 12th graders drink, one-fifth of them drink weekly, and one-third of teens rode with a drinking driver in the last year. Not every teen who tries alcohol becomes dependent or addicted. Pay attention to warning signs that include academic or behavioral problems at school (including skipping classes), changes in groups of friends, or less interest in activities and personal appearance. Finding alcohol or evidence of alcohol use is a red flag not to be dismissed. What else? Let your teens know you expect them to abstain from alcohol. Get involved in the details of their social plans. Where are they going, who will be there (will there be adult supervision), how will they get there (who is driving)? And set a curfew and check-in time. Try to be aware of who they are spending time with and where. Some adult households allow drinking or offer little supervision. Think about the role model you are setting surrounding alcohol use. One of every four teenagers is trying to deal with the tremendous problems created from adult alcohol addiction in their families. Are you are modeling alcohol as a way 32

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to cope or the primary activity in social gatherings? Establish a code word. When kids begin to socialize without direct adult supervision, it’s a good idea to establish a code word. They can use the code word to let parents know they need to leave the situation they are in. For example, if your word is “cupcakes,” your teen can say or text, “Mom, I don’t feel like making cupcakes tomorrow like I said I would.” If your teen uses the code word, the agreement is you will immediately pick him or her up, no questions asked. Use of a code word gives teens a way to exit a bad situation without lengthy or embarrassing explanations to parents. Ask your teen to use the code word if he has been drinking or if his driver has been drinking. Let him know if he is in this situation, getting home © Vlue | Dreamstime.com safely is the first priority. ty volunteer provides a sense of belonging. Help them feel grown up. Many schools offer after-school clubs and Adolescents often want to feel grown up activities for a wide variety of interests. and complain that parents treat them like Talk to them. The culture of teenage “little kids.” Parents can involve teens in and young adult drinking has changed. decision-making about family activities and There is more binge drinking than when take their input seriously. Teens can also parents were teens. This focus on consumbe given more responsibility for decisions ing large amounts of alcohol in a short about their own lives and then live with amount of time is risky. Teens’ bodies can the consequences, both good and bad. quickly become overwhelmed. Teens may Learning to make small decisions in life not understand the risks or recognize the prepares you for the bigger ones. signs of someone with alcohol poisoning. Teach positive coping skills. Our That friend “sleeping it off” could be in society often looks to outside sources to serious trouble. Alcohol served as shots, help us feel better. Alcohol is one of those infused into Jell-O or whipped cream sources. Feeling down, stressed, irritaallows a teen to consume at a much highble? Have a drink. Parents can help chiler rate than drinking from a beer bottle. dren and teens develop skills for dealing Teenage drinking is a concern of every with those feelings more constructively. Promote activities such as exercise, a warm parent with an adolescent. Equipped with coping skills and good communication shower or engaging in a hobby to cope with parents, teens are more likely to make with negative feelings. better choices when faced with decisions Encourage a variety of interests. about alcohol use. p One reason teens try alcohol is to have a group they belong to. Group identity is Cary and Tonja Rector are married and very important during adolescence. If no live with their children in Manlius. Cary is a other group fits, they can become part licensed mental health counselor and Tonja of the party crowd. Parents can encouris a licensed marriage and family therapist. age kids to pursue their interests and get Consult your own health care provider before involved with positive peer groups. Focus on their strengths and help them find ways making decisions affecting your family’s well-being. To comment on this article, write to develop those areas. Having an identity as an artist, athlete, musician or communi- to editorial@familytimes.biz.

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Friday, May 31 Gifford Family Theatre Preview Performance. 6:30 p.m. Members of the

Canoeing and Kayaking at Beaver Lake; see Ongoing Events

group will give a reading from Mo Willems’ Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, as well as sing songs from the play based on the book. Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 449-2948.

Oz-Stravaganza. Through June 2. Costume

contest, kids fun run. Parade on Saturday, 2 p.m. Various locations, Village of Chittenango. 6873471. www.oz-stravaganza.com.

Saturday, June 1 Promise Walk for Preeclampsia. 8:30 a.m. (registration); 9:30 a.m. (opening ceremonies); 10 a.m. (walk). Walk aims to raise awareness of preeclampsia and related hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. Willow Bay at Onondaga Lake Park, 7199 Onondaga Lake Trail, Liverpool. $25/day-of adult registration; $10/under age 13. 491-1025. www.promisewalk.org/syracuse.

Rocket Team Challenge. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Rockets designed, built and launched by teams of students in grades 4-12 blast off and compete for awards. Sponsored by the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology and Syracuse University’s L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science. Skytop Field, South Campus, Syracuse University, Syracuse. Free. 425-9068. www.most.org. Family Fishing Day. 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Learn to fish with Department of Environmental Conservation staff. Carpenter’s Brook Fish Hatchery, Route 321, Elbridge. Free. Registration required: 689-9367.

Oz-Stravaganza. Through June 2. See May 31


Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical. 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.; through June 15. The Gifford Family Theatre presents a musical by Mo Willems and Michael Silversher that features a stuffed animal’s first trip to the laundry, a little girl’s first words and a daddy’s first time dealing with a “boneless” child. Coyne Center for the Performing Arts, Le Moyne College, 1419 Salt Springs Road, Syracuse. $15/ adults; $10/children. Advance tickets: 445-4200.

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.

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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.

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St. Sophia’s Greek Cultural Festival. 5-10 p.m.; through June 9. See June 6 listing.

Cicero Community Festival. 5-11 p.m.; also June 8. Annual event features live entertainment, a cruise night (Friday); and a kids zone, midway rides, parade (Saturday, noon), farmers’ market and fireworks Saturday. Field behind Sacred Heart Church, 8229 Brewerton Road, Cicero. Admission fee/Friday. Free/Saturday. 622-2249. www.cicerofestival.com.

Luau Family Fun Night. 5-8 p.m. Face paint-

ing, balloon animals and leis included with admission. KidzClub Indoor Play & Party Place, 219 Route 57, Phoenix. $10/child. 695-2211.

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical. 7 p.m.; through June 15. See June 1 listing.

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

Syracuse Regional All-American Soap Box Derby, June 8 Sciencenter Showtime. 2 p.m. Drink bub-

bles and make colors to learn about carbon dioxide. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/adults; $7/seniors; $6/ages 3-17; free/under 3. (607) 272-0600.

Sunday, June 2 AIDS Walk/Run. 8:30 a.m. (registration); 10

a.m. (walk/run). 5k fund-raising walk and 10k timed run, plus food, drinks and prizes. Event benefits AIDS Community Resources. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $25/minimum funds raised. (800) 475-2430. www.aidswalkcny.com.

Knowledge Lane, Cicero. $1.50/sundae. 699-2013. www.nopl.org.

St. Sophia’s Greek Cultural Festival. 5-9 p.m.; through June 9. Learn about Hellenic culture with festival food, music, dancing, a children’s booth and more. Sample delicious Greek pastries, some of which are only available for the festival, or take a stroll through the Greek Village. St. Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Church, 325 Waring Road, DeWitt. Free admission. 446-5222. Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 7 p.m. Cheer

Oz-Stravaganza. See May 31 listing.

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

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Friday, June 7

Create Your Own Avatar. 4-5 p.m. Kids

Taste of Syracuse. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; also June 8. Sample foods from area restaurants and wineries and hear live music. Clinton Square, downtown Syracuse. Free admission; $1/samples. 471-9597. www.tasteofsyracuse.com.

ages 9-12 can visit the websites that allow you to make your own online avatar. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. Registration required: 457-0310. lpl.org.

Tuesday, June 4 Creation Club. 3:30-5 p.m.; also June 25. Mid-

Saturday, June 8 Paige’s Butterfly Run. 7 a.m. (registration).

Annual event features Caterpillar Crawl (9:45 a.m.), 40-foot scramble for children age 5 and younger, as well as a fun walk/run (10 a.m.). McLane 5K certified and timed race takes place at 9 a.m. Proceeds benefit Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. James M. Hanley Federal Building, 100 S. Clinton St., Syracuse. Free/Caterpillar Crawl; $40/5K run registration. 635-0099. www.paigesbutterflyrun.org.

Syracuse Regional All-American Soap Box Derby. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Boys and girls ages

8 to 17 compete to qualify for the All-American Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio. Corner of Stolp Avenue and Geddes Street, Syracuse. Free for spectators. 382-7629. www.syracusesoapboxderby.org.

Arise and Ride for Ramps. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

A kids’ bike ride around Fort Ontario, a 5k run, a four-hour motorcycle ride, chicken barbecue, bounce house and games. Event raises money so volunteers can build ramps for families in need across Oswego County. Fort Ontario, 1 E. 4th St., Oswego. $30/registration. 342-4088, Ext. 206. http://rideforramps.org.

Arts Festival. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Talent competi-

tions in several age categories, plus original art on display and for sale. CNY Arts Center, 357 State St., Fulton. 592-3373. continued on page 40

Taste of Syracuse, June 7 & 8

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.

Wednesday, June 5 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.

Thursday, June 6 Ice Cream Social. 4-8 p.m. Enjoy a strawberry or chocolate sundae at this annual party. Northern Onondaga Public Library at Cicero, 8686

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Peterboro Civil War Weekend. 10 a.m.-8

p.m.; also June 9. Experience the mid-1800s, with re-enactors filling the village (and going into battle at 2 p.m. each day), period music, children’s games, and wealth of historical detail. Hamlet of Peterboro, Peterboro Road, Peterboro. $7/adults; $3/ages 6-12; free/age 5 & under. 280-8828. http://civilwarweekend.sca-peterboro.org.

Literature Live: Very Hungry Caterpillar. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; also June 9. Meet characters

in this weekend series that features storybook character appearances. Also, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (Saturday only), learn about the art of building fairy houses and create your own. Strong National Museum of Play, 1 Manhattan Square, Rochester. Admission: $13/general; free/younger than 2. (585) 263-2700.

for $5) bring attention to cross-cultural understanding. Inner Harbor, Solar and Kirkpatrick streets, Syracuse. Free admission. 449-3552.

St. Sophia’s Greek Cultural Festival.

Lake Park, Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool. $20/day-of registration. (800) 867-0885.

EMS Kayak Days. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Visitors can

See June 7 listing.

try out a variety of kayak models, ask questions of experienced Eastern Mountain Sports staff, and consider purchasing boats and accessories at a discount. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $3/vehicle. 638-2519.

Sciencenter Showtime. 2 p.m. Explore

Titletown Street Festival. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Noon-10 p.m.; through June 9. See June 6 listing.

Cicero Community Festival. Noon-11 p.m.

science and engineering while visiting exhibits assembled by local students. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/adults; $7/seniors; $6/ ages 3-17; free/under 3. (607) 272-0600.

Bounce houses, petting zoo, music, carnival games and more. Canal Street, Canastota. $10/ wristbands (ride all day). (973) 896-5282.

Taste of Syracuse. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. See June

Sunday, June 9

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical. 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.; through June 15. See June 1 listing.

Peterboro Civil War Weekend. 7 a.m.-5

Family Fun in the Summer Sun. Noon5 p.m. Vendors display a variety of products and provide information on services. Donations accepted for the Anthony L. Pavia IV Fund to help support a 3-year-old and his family with medical needs and other expenses. North Syracuse Community Center, 700 S. Bay Road, North Syracuse. Free admission. 210-0125.

Duck Race to End Racism. Noon-4 p.m.

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Literature Live: Very Hungry Caterpillar. Noon-5 p.m. See June 8 listing.

7 listing.

Lots of children’s entertainment and games, and a harbor filled with rubber ducks (sponsor a duck

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

p.m.; see June 8 listing.

a.m. (registration); 10 a.m. (walk). Walk raises funds and awareness for scleroderma research and patient support. Bay View Tent Area, Onondaga

Cherry Festival, June 22 & 23

St. Sophia’s Greek Cultural Festival.

Noon-4 p.m. See June 6 listing.

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

Monday, June 10 Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 7 p.m. Vs. Pawtucket Red Sox. See June 6 listing.

Tuesday, June 11 First Day Downtown Syracuse Farmers’ Market. 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Tuesdays through

Oct. 8. Farmers and produce dealers offer vegetables, fruit, nuts, flowers, baked goods and more for sale. Clinton Square, Syracuse. 422-8284. www.downtownsyracuse.com.

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. lpl.org.

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 10:30 a.m. Vs. Pawtucket Red Sox. See June 6 listing.

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Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 7 p.m. Vs. Toledo Mud Hens. See June 6 listing.

Saturday, June 15 TACNY Junior Café Scientifique. 9:30-11

a.m. The Technology Alliance of Central New York talk this month focuses on how waste becomes power. MOST (Museum of Science and Technology), 500 S. Franklin St., Syracuse. Free. Reservations required: jrcafe@tacny.org.

Seneca River Day. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Festivities including live music, model boat displays and demos, bounce houses, pony rides, the Anything That Floats contest (4 p.m.), the Great Seneca River Duck Race (7 p.m.), and fireworks (9:30 p.m.). Mercer Park, Baldwinsville. 470-2107. www.rotarydistrict7150.org/Baldwinsville.htm. Animal Enrichment Day. 10 a.m.-4:30

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

Thursday, June 13 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/.

Smart Play 10:30 a.m.; also June 29. Children

ages 2-6 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. Registration required: 637-6374. www.fflib.org/teen.

Wild Thing Visits Storytime. 11 a.m. Wild

Mud Hens. See June 6 listing.

Thing visits this storytime featuring Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are. Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 449-2948.

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Medieval Times. 5-8 p.m. Visit different

stations and learn about daily life in medieval Europe, courtesy of the Barony of Delftwood, part of the Society for Creative Anachronism. Topics include the arts and sciences, and defense. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. 457-0310. lpl.org.

p.m. Animals get special toys and treats in a day showcasing the enrichment program, designed to elicit their natural behavior and enhance their well-being. Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse. Admission: $8/ adults; $5/seniors; $4/ages 3-18; free/age 2 and younger. 435-8511.

Homemade Ice Cream Fridays. 5-7 p.m.;

also June 21 & 28. Buy an ice cream cone made with fruit of the season and go on a guided hike at Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $2/program & ice cream; $3/ vehicle. Reservations required: 638-2519.

Dance-O-Rama. 5:30-8:30 p.m. A fami-

ly-friendly party where kids of all ages can dance to DJ music and bubble machine while parents can buy a drink and food. MOST (Museum of Science and Technology), 500 S. Franklin St., Syracuse. $5/general; free/age 2 & under. 425-9068. www.most.org.

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical. 7 p.m.; through June 15. See June 1 listing.

Knuffle Bunny:

a.m. & 2 p.m. See June 1 listing.

Juneteenth. Noon-10 p.m. Celebration of African-American culture and the end of slavery begins with a parade starting at the Dr. King Elementary School on Raynor Street, then taking State and Salina streets to conclude at Clinton Square, where the festival begins, with dance and band performances. Clinton Square, downtown Syracuse. Free. 863-0808. Aladdin. 12:30 p.m. See June 1 listing. Sciencenter Showtime. 2 p.m. Discover

some of the insects of Cascadilla Creek. Be prepared to be outside. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/adults; $7/seniors; $6/ages 3-17; free/under 3. (607) 272-0600. continued on page 42

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

JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge. 6:25 p.m. Onondaga Lake

takes on Green Mountain Derby Dames. At 7 p.m., the Battery Brigade faces the Rock-ABetty Bruisers. Baldwinsville Ice Arena, 2725 W. Entry Road, Baldwinsville. $12/door; free/age 10 & under. 307-0705. www. assaultcityrollerderby.com.

Parkway in Liverpool will be closed 1-9 p.m. for the annual event. Old Liverpool Road will remain open. $32/registration. 446-6285.

Wednesday, June 19

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 7 p.m.

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Vs. Toledo Mud Hens. Fireworks follow this game. See June 6 listing.

Thursday, June 20

Sunday, June 16

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 focuses on sensory diets for the summer, with an occupational therapist. Beacon Baptist Church, 4800 Route 31, Clay. Free. 247-4195.

Father’s Day Canoe Tour.

8:30 a.m. Fathers, grandfathers, favorite uncles or even mothers will enjoy this early morning paddle to look for blue herons, painted turtles and other wildlife. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $15/program (including canoe rental); $3/vehicle. Registration required: 638-2519.

Father’s Day Strawberry Fest. Noon4 p.m. Enjoy ice cream, homemade biscuits, whipped cream and strawberries. Fathers accompanied by kids eat free. Take a tour of the 1856 building on your visit. $3.50-$4. Octagon House, 5420 W. Genesee St., Camillus. 488-7800. Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 2 p.m. Vs. Toledo Mud Hens. See June 6 listing.

Wild Thing Visits Storytime, June 15

Friday, June 21

Monday, June 17 See Ongoing Events


Tuesday, June 18

1-4 p.m.; through June 23. Books, movies and more for sale. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Preview (Friday) admission: $5. 637-6374.

Preview of FFL Book Sale.

Drop In for Legos. 3-8 p.m. Children ages

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June 2013 Syracuse Polish Festival. 4-10 p.m.; through June 23. Live music, exhibits, children’s entertainment and amusement rides, Miss Polonia and scholarship awards, and Polish food. Clinton Square, downtown Syracuse. Free admission. 687-1076. www.polishscholarshipfund.com. Game of S.K.A.T.E. 4:30-6:30 p.m. A contest

in which skateboarders vie with opponents, one on one, to perform various skateboard tricks, earning a letter for failing each time. Onondaga Lake Skatepark, Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool. $1. 453-6712.

23. Festival’s activities include picking of cherries (sweet and sour); a petting zoo and carnival games; hay rides; and baked goods, ice cream, cheese and crafts for sale. Cobblestone Farm Winery & Vineyard, 5102 Route 89, Romulus. Free admission. 549-8797. cobblestonefarmwinery.com.

Boardwalk Arcade Exhibit Opening.

10 a.m.-8 p.m.; also June 23. 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. Strong National Museum of Play, 1 Manhattan Square, Rochester. Admission: $13/general; free/younger than 2. (585) 263-2700.

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World Refugee Day.

Noon-4 p.m. A commemorative and festive event to remember the struggles refugees have endured, with cultures from around the world represented with food, singing, dancing and traditions. Hanover Square, Syracuse. 473-4330.

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Syracuse Polish Festival. Noon-10 p.m.; through Everson Community Day. Noon-3 p.m. Design

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FFL Book Sale. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; through June

your own baseball cap to take home, dig into clay and create your own vessel , build a creepy bug, or dress up in costume and get your photo taken in the photo booth. Activities for the whole family. Everson Museum of Art, 401 Harrison St., Syracuse. Free. 474-6064.

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

p.m. Presented by CNY SPD Parent-Connections, it’s a chance for children with sensory processing disorders to


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Lonergan & Heritage Parks (Village of North Syracuse) July 1 - August 16 9:30am-3:00pm (Mon.-Fri.) Ages: 5-14 years Cost of 7 week program: $135/child for Village residents, $275/child for non-residents

Supervised by a trained staff and held in a park setting. Daily activities include sports/games, arts & crafts, field trips & theme days. Contact the Parks & Recreation office for further information at 458-8050.

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Sunday, June 23

Moreland the Magician. 2 p.m. Moreland

See June 21 listing.

the Magician gives a 45-minute show that combines puppetry, comedy and audience participation; recommended for school-age children. NOPL at Brewerton, 5473 Library St., Brewerton. Free. Registration required: 676-7484. www.nopl.org.

Boardwalk Arcade Exhibit Opening.

Teens, Books and Pizza. 6 p.m. Those in

Cherry Festival. 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. See

June 22 listing.

Syracuse Polish Festival. Noon-5 p.m.

grades 7-12 can share their ideas about a book while enjoying some pizza. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. Registration required: 457-0310. lpl.org.

Noon-5 p.m. See June 22 lisitng.

FFL Book Sale. 1-4 p.m. See June 21 listing. Free admission.

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 7 p.m. Vs.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. See June 6 listing.

Monday, June 24 Beyond Monopoly Game Club. 6-8 p.m.

Wednesday, June 26

People of all ages can play board games including Scrabble and Chess, and also games such as Magic the Gathering or Yu Gi Oh (participants should bring their own cards). Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. 457-0310. lpl.org.

Wild Berry Ice Cream Hike. 1:30 p.m. 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.

Tuesday, June 25

Reptiles to the Max. 2-3 p.m. Kids in

grades K-6 can meet some reptile visitors introduced by the Reptile Lady. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. Registration required: 457-0310. lpl.org.

The Bubbleman. 2 p.m. Doug Rougeux

creates beautiful bubbles in a show for all ages. NOPL at North Syracuse, 100 Trolley Barn Lane, North Syracuse. Free. Registration required: 4586184. www.nopl.org. Camp Beaver Lake ad copya.pdf




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June 2013 Thursday, June 27 Junior Gardeners. 10 a.m. Kids age 7 and up

can plant and tend two raised beds and work on garden-related projects such as creating a worm composting bin. NOPL at Cicero, 8686 Knowledge Lane, Cicero. Free. Registration required: 699-2032. www.nopl.org.

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

Friday, June 28 Dinosaur Science with Museum of the Earth. 1 p.m. Kids

ages 4-8 can discover the clues scientists use to reconstruct dinosaurs and other animals. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration required: 492-1727. www.oflibrary.org.

Jamesville Balloonfest. 4-11

p.m.; through 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). 703-9620. www.syracuseballoonfest.com.

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

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.

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

Saturday, June 29 Free Fishing Weekend. Families can fish

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.

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

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Jamesville Balloonfest. 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; through June 30. See June 28 listing.

Bibletoons Storytime. 11 a.m. 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. See June 1 listing. 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. 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.

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Sciencenter Showtime. 2 p.m. Check out

hands-on activities that demonstrate everyday physics. 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. Rochester Red Wings. See June 6 listing.

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

Wee Ones Fun Fair. 1-5 p.m. More 25 ven-

dors 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 6 listing.


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Salt Museum. Weekends, 1-6 p.m.; through

Oct. 13. Onondaga Lake Park, Liverpool. Free. 453-6712.

Canoeing & Kayaking. Weekends, 9 a.m.-

4 p.m.; through June 23. Daily, June 24-Sept. 2, weekends: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., weekdays: 9 a.m.3:30 p.m. Paddle around Beaver Lake searching for beaver lodges, turtles and herons. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $8/first hour of rental; $2/additional halfhour. $3 per vehicle. 638-2519.

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

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

Onondaga County Beaches

Onondaga County Beaches. Hours vary

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

Downtown Syracuse Farmers’ Market.

Tuesdays, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; June 11-Oct. 8. Farmers and produce dealers offer vegetables, fruit, nuts, flowers, baked goods and more for sale. Clinton Square, Syracuse. 422-8284. www.downtownsyracuse.com.

Pottery Barn Kids Storytime. Tuesdays, 11

a.m. Hear a story, make a craft. Pottery Barn Kids, Destiny USA, 10028 Destiny USA Drive, Syracuse. 423-5215.

Great Swamp Conservancy Natural Trails. Daily, dawn to dusk. Visitors can grab

their walking shoes (or snowshoes) and explore 4.5 miles of well-groomed, flat trails. Open year round. Cross-country skis and snowshoes for rent for $3/day. 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. 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. www.onondagacountyparks.com


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Northeast Community Center Library Storytimes. Preschool storytimes with rhymes

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

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

(Excluding holidays.) First Steps: (Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m.) for up to age 3 who have graduated from Cuddletime. Cuddletime: (Thursdays, 11:30 a.m.) for babies not yet walking and an adult. Twos and Threes: (Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.) for children ages 2-3. Preschool Stories and a Craft: (Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.) stories and a craft, for ages 2 ½-5. Kiddie Café: drop in (Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-noon) for puzzles, kids’ music, snacks and crayons, for ages 2-5. Family Lego Café: drop in (daily, 3-5 p.m.) for Legos, snacks, games and more. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. 637-6374.

Petit Branch Library Storytimes. Tues-

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

Wegmans Playground. Boundless Play-

ground for children (and parents) of all ages and abilities includes accessible swings, slides, bridge and more, including special section just for the tiniest tykes. Onondaga Lake Park, Route 370, Liverpool. Free. 451-PARK.

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

June 2013 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); Thursdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (May through November only). Shop seasonal produce, meat, fish, poultry, eggs, specialty foods and more on display throughout covered sheds; heated shops of Regional Market Commons feature gift and unique items including jewelry, paintings and home decor. Also, flea market, Sundays, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. 2100 Park St., Syracuse. 422-8647.

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

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

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

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

acuse. Wednesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Mondays and Tuesdays for national holidays and schoolbreak weeks. Museum admission: $8/adults; $7/ seniors and ages 2-11. IMAX admission only: $9.50/ adults; $7.50/children and senior citizens; addition-

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

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

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

Onondaga Historical Association Museum. 321 Montgomery St., Syracuse. Wednesday-Fri-

day, 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-Satur-

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

Sims Store Museum. 5750 Devoe Road, off

Route 690 (in Camillus Erie Canal Park), Camillus. Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. (May through October). Replica of canal store features exhibits, early photos and maps. Also, narrated canal-boat tours available (Sundays, 1-5 p.m.; $3/ adult, $1.50/ages 5-11) as well as biking, hiking, fishing and playground along 7-mile stretch of Erie Canal Park. 488-3409.

Onondaga Lake Skate Park

Beaver Lake Nature Center www.onondagacountyparks.com

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events Angela’s Place Craft Fair

June 15, 9a-4p. Liverpool Fire Dept. #1 Over 25 vendors. Face-painting, children’s games, raffles, children’s make & take gift, Father’s Day cakes, door prizes. Jeff the Magic Man w/balloon sculptures @230p.


6/9/13 12-5pm North Syracuse Community Center There will be lots to see, do, and purchase at this local event in support of local vendors, business, and families. Donations are also being accepted for THE ANTHONY L. PAVIA IV FUND, or can be mailed to: 5094 Constitution Lane Lpool NY 13088

Wee Ones Fun Fair

June 30, 1p-5p N. Syr.Community Center Pony rides,face painting, princess story time Over 20 Child/Family Vendors Register to Receive your FREE swag bag PipLinEvents.com/WeeOnesFunFair.html


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SCT Summer 2013 Theatre Camps

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