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Being selfish is not a bad thing—at all

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The problem of the sexy mama

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8 Family Jam

Mixing music, kids and other stuff into a life that rocks.

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Editor’s Note

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Show and Tell

Storytime

Linda Lowen delves into the problem of the MILF.

Family 10 Atypical A “selfish” mother is a happy mother, according to Deborah Cavanagh and friends.

Moments 14 Teachable Parents can help their kids

Summer Fun and Camp Fair 2013 in photos.

achieve the lasting learning that starts from the inside.

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moment Parker Wall, age 6, is a member of the Syracuse Challengers Baseball League. He was photographed by his mother, Tracy, at a Syracuse Sky Chiefs fund-raiser at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Liverpool. Information about Challengers events can be found at http://challengerfieldofdreams.org. To submit a photo for our Capture a Moment feature, visit www.familytimes.biz and click on the “Submissions” tab.

10 Matters 16 Family Knowing about sex and relationships helps protect kids from sexual abuse.

Recipe Doctor 20 The Sugar has crept into all kinds of foods. What can parents do?

These Days 28 Kids Teens do not have to feel isolated by their differences.

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Family Fun Calendar Events Advertiser Index Camp ..................... 12-13, 26-27 Learn ................................ 18-19 Party ................................. 30-31 Practice ................................. 32 Backpack Directory............... 46 Family Times May 2013

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Redefining Motherhood

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e thought of calling this the “This Is Not Your Mother’s Mother’s Day Issue.” Mother’s Day (May 12) is often associated with honoring a kind of self-sacrifice that many of us moms in the trenches don’t aspire to. In this issue of the magazine, we offer some ideas about motherhood that don’t involve martyrdom. For example: Maureen Henesey has managed to pursue a serious interest in music and being in bands while raising children (two, plus a third expected in June) and working (conventional) jobs. Read about Maureen and two other musician mothers in the story on page 22. Is it selfish to do something just for the love of it, when mothers have so many other demands on their time? Deborah Cavanagh, mother of two kids, one with special needs, thinks selfishness is actually a good thing. In her column this month she talked to three mothers to find out what they do for fun (page 10). Lastly, Linda Lowen investigates what it means to be a MILF, the partially unprintable acronym that claims to separate the mothers who are worth having sex with from the ones who aren’t (page 8). But there’s more than mothers in this May issue: photos from Family Times’ Summer Fun and Camp Fair; a look at sugar’s stealthy increase in what our kids eat and drink; strategies for helping your kids avoid sexual abuse; ideas for fostering motivation; words of comfort for teens who feel different; and our calendar of events, full of spring activities.

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PUBLISHER/OWNER Bill Brod Editor in chief Reid Sullivan MANAGING EDITOR Bill DeLapp Photographer Michael Davis OFFICE COORDINATOR/CIRCULATION MANAGER Christine Scheuerman DESIGNERS Meaghan Arbital, Caitlin O’Donnell, Briana Viel SENIOR DESIGNER AND WEBMASTER OF FAMILY TIMES Briana Viel Contributors Deborah Cavanagh, Tammy DiDomenico, Eileen Gilligan, Emma Kress, Linda Lowen, Cary Rector, Tonja Rector, Maggie Lamond Simone, Chris Xaver ADVERTISING CONSULTANTS Gina Fortino (ext. 115) GinaFortino@syracusenewtimes.com Lesli Mitchell (ext. 140) LMitchell@syracusenewtimes.com Joseph Monkofsky (ext. 112) Jmonkofsky@syracusenewtimes.com

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Subscribe to Family Times by mail and receive 12 issues for only $20. Call (315) 472-4669 to order. On the cover: Maureen Henesey, a member of two local bands, is joined by her sons, Luke, 6, and Matthew, 4. Inside: Maureen and two other local mothers have made music a priority in their lives. Jessica Novak tells their stories starting on page 22. Michael Davis photos. Briana Viel design. Correction: Our April story on disabled children and animals, and the accompanying sidebar, “The Price of a Service Dog,” contained errors related to 4 Paws for Ability Inc. and the Stearns family, who are raising money to acquire and train a service dog for their son, who has autism. The Stearns family lives in Cicero (not Clay). 4 Paws for Ability requires nine to 11 months to train each dog once funds are secured to acquire the animal. Once the dog is fully trained, the dog receives an additional two weeks of intensive training with the person who will use it. Alec Stearns, age 8, will use the dog at home and when he’s out in the community; the dog will not accompany him to school, as the article stated. Each animal and its training cost $22,000, Christina Stearns said in an email. 4 Paws for Ability requires families raise $13,000 of that price through benefits and other activities. As of early April, the family had raised $9,500 through fund-raisers and its website, https://sites.google.com/site/alec4paws/home.

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n the second year of the Summer Fun and Camp Fair at the State Fairgrounds Horticulture Building—and ninth year of the event itself—Family Times welcomed hundreds of visitors eager to check out the exhibitors’ tables. Dozens of summer programs, camps, destinations and other businesses captured the interest of parents gathering information about how they and their kids want to spend the warm-weather months.

1. Madison Mayer, age 6, with her father, Chris 2. Party Pals’ Mickey and Minnie wait for visitors 3. Open Hand Theater’s giant puppet (operated by Vladimir Vasyagin) works the crowd 4. East West Team Martial Arts students give a demonstration 5. Nick Longo of Stop the Hate, Spread the Hope talks about bullying 6. A worker at Rohe Farms/Summer on the Farm introduces a chick

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“No photos!” I barked as I held my newborn for the first time, arrogant as any Hollywood A-lister swarmed by paparazzi. But who was I kidding? Hair hanging in greasy strings, eyes bloodshot from pushing during labor—I was far from red carpet material and it was only my husband trying to take our first mother-child photo. But motherhood isn’t a beauty contest, right? Inside the fitting room I tried on my first skirted bathing suit. It was late August and my post-pregnancy baby flab hadn’t gotten the message that it was supposed to be long gone. My extended family was planning a Labor Day picnic at Verona Beach State Park, and I still couldn’t fit into my pre-pregnancy clothing. Seeing myself in the mirror, I felt the urge to moo. But motherhood isn’t a beauty contest, right? For 99.9 percent of human history, it hasn’t been. But all that changed with the rise of the MILF. If you’ve never heard of it, MILF is an acronym for Mother I’d Like to Fornicate with. (That’s not the actual F word, but this is a family magazine.) And people are taking her seriously. Really. Go visit the card section at Target during the

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ou look hot!” a woman said as she passed me on the hiking trail at Chittenango Falls. She eyed my tight tank top and even tighter shorts as I sat on a park bench taking a breather. I nodded gamely. I’d been hearing that a lot from strangers. Walking across the parking lot after an appointment with my OB/GYN, pushing my cart at the grocery store. Everywhere I went women, men, even teenagers would tell me I looked hot. Then their brows would crease and they’d add, “Are you all right? Can I help you? Maybe get you something?” Of course I looked hot. It was early June with temperatures in the low 90s and I was dripping with sweat. I was 16 days past my due date, 60 pounds above my pre-pregnancy weight, and my ankles had gone missing weeks ago. My too-tight clothing was as snug as a straightjacket and I was so big Goodyear wanted me to fly over next year’s Super Bowl. I looked so hot I was a walking public service announcement for the warning signs of heat stroke. But motherhood isn’t a beauty contest, right?

month of May. You’ll see there are “Happy MILF Day” cards. The idea of mothers as sex objects upends everything we’ve been led to believe. Motherhood has always been a sacred institution. For centuries, only saints and angels outshone the lady with the baby. Stroll through any art museum around the globe and you’ll see gilded paintings of prim madonnas and somber babes giving testimony to the sexlessness of mothers. Even when a breast is exposed it reads as religious rather than raunchy. Motherhood has always offered women an umbrella of protection and acceptance

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beatific grace. She no longer sought out carnal love because motherly love was enough. In contrast, the MILF is comfortable being both a mother and a sexual object—and she’s proud of both roles. So in many ways the MILF is a kick in the pants for the rest of us. She reminds us that we shouldn’t see ourselves as old and dried up and physically unappealing once children enter our lives. There’s merit in taking care of ourselves, in not settling for that skirted bathing suit or continuing to “eat for two” when we’re long past nursing. This is not to say that motherhood should be a beauty contest in which we are pressured to strut our stuff. But neither should it be an excuse to give up on ourselves and stand in the wings for the rest of our lives. Just because we’re mothers doesn’t mean we can’t still turn heads and make hearts flutter. If we can embrace our dual lives as moms and sexual beings, that sort of self-acceptance is very, very hot. Stacey’s mom isn’t the only one who’s still got it going on. p Linda Lowen writes for MSN.com, teaches at the Downtown Writer’s Center and is co-producer and co-host of Take Care, a health and wellness radio show on WRVO. She lives in Syracuse with her husband and two daughters.

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have always loved tennis. I watched John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg as a kid. I roomed with tennis players at Le Moyne College and was their most vocal and consistent fan. I encouraged my children to learn the sport. So it made sense a few years ago when I told the pro at Drumlins Tennis Club I wanted to give lessons a try. After all, my children, Amanda, who has Down syndrome, and Jason, were in school all day. Amanda’s type 1 diabetes and celiac disease were being managed. I had a few spare hours a week. My husband, Brian, would be happy I was taking up a sport. We, as a family, had the funds. I remembered a piece Erma Bombeck penned years ago called “God Chooses a Mom for a Disabled Child.” Midway through the column, as God explains his choice to an angel, he says, “‘She has just enough selfishness.’ The angel gasps, ‘Selfishness? Is that a virtue?’ God nods. ‘If she can’t separate herself from the child occasionally, she’ll never survive.’” But spending money on something just for me seemed extravagant. Taking up an activity with no “kid factor” seemed self-indulgent. Balancing typical and special needs motherhood felt all-encompassing. Medical challenges, school program meetings, therapy appointments, sports practices, volunteer efforts and homework left me exhausted. Did I want to do something just for me? Yes. It was time. And here are three other moms who felt the same way. Angela Knittel lives with her husband, Karl, son, Michael, 22, and 14-year-old twins Marie, who is typical, and Mandy, who has a dual diagnosis of Down syndrome and autism. Angela started scrapbooking when her twins were 3. A friend from her daughter’s preschool invited her to a Creative Memories party. With her new tools she started her first project, a book commemorating her nieces’ senior year. A scrapper was born. Since then she has continued to collect supplies and attend scrapbooking weekends and evenings. A single project begun on a whim has grown into a passion. “My husband, Karl, has sports,” Angela says. “This is my thing.” She attends National Scrapbooking Weekends and evenings out when she can. They are like mini-retreats. 10

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“No husband, no kids, and a room full of women. You can get a massage, win prizes, listen to music and drink wine. We stay up all night in our PJs, share ideas, laugh and scrap.” Angela finds pleasure in watching her family looking through the books she has created. She knows they will be cherished while providing faces, names and a history with every page. “It is a stress reliever. As a typical mother and mother of a child with special

needs, when you are focusing on pictures, you are focusing on happy times. I am doing this for my kids as well as myself. It is a keepsake for them so they have memories of their childhood. They will know family that is no longer here.” Tina Cosentino lives with her husband, Jamie, and sons, Matthew, 30, Darius, 15, who has Down syndrome, Sam, 13, and Lucas, 11. A few years back she started tinkering in the kitchen. She knew she wanted to

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make food from her home and local growers. She read how preservatives and packaged foods affect allergies, weight, skin and attention span. She researched how to can, pickle and freeze. She started gardening. She saw the impact the changes had on her family. “I try as much as I humanly can to buy local food and cook all meals from scratch. You take a few ingredients and put them together to make a meal that everybody loves and appreciates. It validates me as a person and a mom.” What started out as a healthy hobby has become a way of life. Tina spends at least two hours a day with food. She finds her time in the kitchen therapeutic. “Life is demanding, with three sons at home. I also work as a home nurse. Cooking lowers my blood pressure and raises my endorphins. The repetitive motions required bring a sense of calm. I can turn off my brain and just cook.” Tina co-hosts a monthly food swap where people come together with homemade dishes to share. She enjoys what everyone brings to the table in both food and conversation. Cheri Iannotti lives with her husband, Lee, and children Gabriella, 17, who has Down syndrome, Dante, 13, and Tori, 8. She started cycling after a hip injury prevented her from participating in high-impact activities like running, zumba or even walking. A friend recruited her to join a ride for missing and exploited children. She started by taking a few classes. Last June she bought a road bike and has not looked back. “I prefer riding outside with a number of friends I have met over the course of the last year. These folks have been my encouragement, voice of reason, and the break I need from the day-to-day life of being a mother—not to mention a mother of a child with Down syndrome.” Cheri used to run for exercise as it was a quick way to get a workout. She felt funny taking two hours a day to go to a gym and take a class. She now realizes that taking care of her health is teaching her children the importance of doing the same for themselves. In addition, it is OK to take time for the things you enjoy in life. “As I have gotten older I have decided that it is all right for me to give myself permission to do something I want to do. This is like therapy. It is my quiet time, my chance to reflect on events in my life without interruptions. I have a social life away from the kids when I ride with my group of friends.” I have been taking tennis lessons for three years now. The women I play with understand family challenges, and they offer insight and support. They also know sometimes you just need to bash a ball around the court to feel better. My family now all own racquets. We play doubles together during the summer. They like to hear about my matches and come watch me play. Each one of us mothers looked initially to do something for ourselves. By separating from our families, we have brought them closer together. And isn’t that what all mothers strive for? 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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he best way to get kids to be successful in school and life is to build up intrinsic motivation. This is the drive that comes entirely from the individual, as opposed to outside forces such as parents, grades or status. If a student works only for the “A”, he’ll never find the joy in learning for its own sake. If a child cleans her room only for the allowance, she will begin to expect money whenever she helps out around the house. The problem, of course, is that it’s a lot easier to threaten to take away a privilege for bad behavior or to reward good behavior. We’re all overworked and overwhelmed, and extrinsic motivators— rewards—get the job done quickly. Unfortunately, the research suggests that the more we use extrinsic motivators, the less likely we are to build intrinsic motivation in our children.

So what do we do? How do we raise children who are motivated to learn, contribute to our society and considerate of others? Set parenting goals. Start by thinking about the values, traits and skills you want your child to have as a grown-up. What’s most important to you? Perseverance? Kindness? Empathy? As you create your list, you’ll begin to see what really matters to your family. This is how teachers plan their year. It’s much easier to create learning experiences when you have some goals in mind. Nurture curiosity. Curious kids love to learn, and kids who are intrinsically motivated are curious. Pay attention to your child. If he begins to express an interest in animals, get him a subscription to a magazine like National Geographic Kids, take him to the zoo or volunteer at an animal

shelter. When you plan family activities, try to feed his interests. Develop relationships. Research suggests that we’re more likely not to require rewards when we feel connected to the people involved in the task. If rooms need to get clean, you might create some family time where that’s what everyone does. Perhaps make a game out of who can find the most items in unusual places (socks under the couch cushions), or blast music and dance your way through. Then, when you’re all finished, you can do something fun together. If social studies is your daughter’s least favorite subject, perhaps set up a regular study date with a good friend and turn memorizing dates into games they play for popcorn. Build perseverance. Several years ago, Carol Dweck, a renowned Stanford psychologist, conducted research that

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tined to fail, he won’t want to do the task. shifted the way people saw praise and If he struggles with a subject, then try to ability. Praising kids for their intelligence find someone to help him—the teacher, a didn’t seem to have a positive effect on tutor, an older sibling or a relative. Perhaps their performance. In fact, it limited their you and his teacher can work together to success because students began to see break overwhelming tasks into small, mantheir intelligence as a piece of luck or ageable chunks so that a series of small happenstance; it wasn’t something in successes will their control. lead to one They saw their big success at ability as fixed, If a student works only for the ‘A,’ the end. But rather than as he’ll never find the joy in learning for it’s equally something that important to could evolve its own sake. If a child cleans her find opporand develop. room only for the allowance, she will tunities to But when their teach him to effort or hard begin to expect money whenever push through work was recshe helps out around the house. moments of ognized, kids frustration to believed that build up his their success perseverance. Remind him (as you already was in their control. Include opportunities have) that you are proud of him and love for children to build their perseverance. him unconditionally. Remind him of all of When you do give praise, praise effort, the great folks who have failed repeatedly dedication and hard work. only to succeed spectacularly. Strengthen competence. One of the Allow for kid choice. I believe autonbiggest killers of motivation is failure or fear of failure. If a child feels that he is des- omy and independence are the biggest

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motivators for people. If children feel a sense of independence around their actions and learning, they become intrinsically motivated. When they choose the experience, they have a vested interest in getting something out of it. When they pursue the things that intrigue them, they will necessarily stay motivated to learn and persevere. Most of all, when they feel trusted by the adults in their lives to make these choices, they develop their confidence. Enjoy. We never want to do something that isn’t fun. Look back over your list of what you value. Create interesting experiences that will foster those particular qualities. Model them with your own behavior. Most of all, dream up fun ways to make this journey to adulthood as loving and enjoyable as possible—for all of you. 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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ew situations make parents feel more vulnerable than thinking about how to protect their children from sexual abuse and sexual assault. As child and family therapists, the aftermath of sexual abuse and sexual assault is something we deal with regularly. Understanding an issue helps guide parenting decisions. One of the first steps to a better understanding of sexual abuse and sexual assault is to be clear about the realities. There are many misconceptions about sexual abuse, and media coverage can contribute to these misperceptions. Below are some facts about the issue and things for parents to think about and discuss with their children. Researchers estimate that one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually assaulted before age 18. In two-thirds of assault cases, someone known to the victim is the perpetrator; 38 percent of rapists are a friend or acquaintance. Fortyfour percent of rape victims are children and teenagers. Sexual assault or abuse is far more common than most people would guess. In order for abuse to occur there must be an inequity of power. Power can be in the form of authority, physical stature or age. Children are easy victims.

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They do not possess power and in our society are taught to respect adults and do as they ask. Most sexual abuse involving children is not physically coercive. The more skilled the sexual perpetrator, the less physically coercive they are toward their victims. The majority of sexual abuse is perpetrated by someone the victim knows and sexual abuse of children most often takes place in the context of a relationship. The perpetrator is someone the child trusts. Sexual abuse betrays this trust. Children assume that people who care for them are not going to cause them harm or emotional upset. Young children don’t understand the betrayal until they are older and have a greater understanding of what happened to them. This betrayal of trust is one of the most troubling emotional and psychological aspects of abuse. Sexual offenders are not a homogeneous group. They could be a single parent’s boyfriend, a coach, teacher, relative or older child. Often they appear perfectly normal and trustworthy. Realizing most sexual offenders do not fit a stereotype can help sharpen your awareness of situations that pose a potential risk. For example, boundaries regarding sleeping arrangements at family gatherings are often not considered when it comes to groups of children. Are kids of various ages, both boys and girls, all sleeping together in one room? Adults who are not married or in a relationship would not usually share a room, and the same boundaries can apply to children. Sexual abuse always has an element of secrecy. Secrecy enables

the offender to avoid consequences and maintain access to the victim. The offender manipulates the child in order to maintain secrecy and these manipulations can vary widely. The manipulations range from the child receiving privileges, gifts or adult attention, to threats of harm to a family member. A child may be threatened that no one will believe her if she discloses the abuse, or she may be told she and not the perpetrator will be taken away from her family and punished. A child’s disclosure of sexual abuse, for this reason, should involve professionals who are able to help provide protection for the child. A sexual offender can become very desperate concerning the possibility of disclosure and may attempt to escalate his coercion to stop a child from disclosing the abuse. Rarely do sexual offenders accept responsibility for their actions. It is not uncommon for the offender to deny any involvement or to blame the victim. Participation does not equal consent. Children are not able to give consent for sexual activity. Young children who experience sexual abuse may become more emotionally distraught as they become older and realize how much they were betrayed by someone they thought cared for them. The more closely related


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the offender is to the child, the greater the sense of betrayal and the greater the psychological impact. Parents need to educate children about sex and sexuality. The public schools offer sex education programs; however, school programs’ content varies greatly. This is too important a topic to not participate in as a parent. For young children, begin by identifying body parts and talk about private parts. Initially this may be uncomfortable for parents. There are many great children’s books on this topic you can read to help guide you. After talking about body parts and private parts, begin talking about good touch, bad touch and importantly, secret touching. There is no evidence that sexual knowledge leads to precocious sexual activity. In fact, the more accurate the knowledge your child has, the more power he possesses. This is not a one-time communication, but an ongoing process. As children become older, talk about relationship issues. Discuss with adolescents the type of relationship they want before engaging in intimate sexual contact. Sex doesn’t prove anything about a relationship and sex can have adult consequences. Talk about consent. Consent is based on choice and is possible only when there is equal power within a relationship. Giving consent is an active process, not a passive one. Adolescent girls can learn assertiveness and develop the ability to say “no.” Adolescent boys should hear about male responsibility, personal values and

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her. They just had no idea they were giving her too much sugar. What happened to water? When we fill our kids’ sippy cups, we should fill them with water. What they really need is hydration, not a sugary treat. And my tirade isn’t just about juice. It’s about snacks, meals and all kinds of foods. In my house, juice is out of the question. As are sugared drinks (think Kool-Aid and the like). We have water and milk. And not chocolate or strawberry milk. Milk as Mother Nature intended. And yes, I get pushback from a 6- and 9-year-old who are used to having flavored milks. But it doesn’t have to be all or nothing; if you want to serve chocolate milk, there

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tein of traditional yogurts, which equals staying power as a snack. Plus, the thicker, strained product is lower in sodium, carbs and sugars. Cereal is another place where sugars turn what can and should be a healthier option into a “treat” with as much sugar as a candy bar. And it’s not just the chocolate or brightly colored cereals. As adults, we need to read labels. If a cereal has more than five grams (about one teaspoon) of sugar per serving, we should buy a different type. In fact, in my house, when the kids ask for ketchup, I tell them they’re asking for sugar. The basic recipe for most ketchups is one-third sugar. And kids like to eat it by the quarter cup, not the teaspoon. Same with tomato sauce. Sugar. Corn syrup is a cheap thickener and balances the acidity in the sauce. So pizza sauce, prepared jarred spaghetti sauce and the Chef Boyardee brand of mushy pasta in a can weighs in at 10 grams (two teaspoons) of sugar per serving. There are healthier choices: All of the major food producers make reduced-sugar brands. They are worth seeking out. Let me show you how it all adds up. Recent studies from the American Heart Association recommend women have no more than six teaspoons of sugar a day, and men no more than nine. Sounds like a lot to work with, but when you think a single soda contains eight to 10 teaspoons of sugar, you can see the danger. Obesity, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and even cancer have been linked to blood-glucose levels. As the adults, we must seek out these potential disease-causing land mines in our children’s diets. Preschoolers consume fewer calories than adults, approximately 1,200 to 1,400 calories a day. So their sugar consumption shouldn’t be more four teaspoons of added sugar a day. Preteens and teens shouldn’t have more than eight teaspoons a day. And yet an AHA study indicates children ages 1 to 3 are already consum-

RECIPE

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Directions

8 cups water

Combine water, oats and cinnamon in a 5- or 6-quart slow cooker.

2 cups steel-cut oats, (do not use old-fashioned, rolled or quick-cooking oats in this recipe) 1 stick of cinnamon (or 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon) Handful of almonds or walnuts (optional) ¼ cup sliced fresh fruit (blueberries or bananas are my choice) Stevia (optional) Find these Chris Xaver recipes and others on our Pinterest page at: pinterest.com/familytimescny

ing 12 teaspoons of sugar a day. But hold onto your hat. Four- to 8-year-olds are eating and drinking 21 teaspoons a day! And it’s much worse by the time they hit high school, when that number skyrockets to 34 teaspoons of added sugar a day. Our kids are addicted to sugar. No, they’re not dipping into the sugar bowl, they’re getting all those extra teaspoons in their foods. So, yes, I call my TV show The Sweet Life, not because I’m pushing sugary foods, but for the opposite reason: Changing recipes and paying attention to the hidden sugars in your diet can make your whole life a little bit sweeter and healthier. So I challenge us all to start with breakfast. Instead of pouring a bowl of sugary cereal and topping it with milk (more sugar), or toast and jam, or a toaster tart, let’s make a batch of good, old-fashioned oatmeal. Not the type that comes pre-

Set to low. Let cook overnight and enjoy in 7 to 8 hours. Spoon into a serving bowl and top with your choice of nuts, fruit and a teaspoon or two of stevia per serving. Makes 8 single-cup servings. Note: Steel-cut oats cook up like little pearls. They’re chewier and taste nuttier than the oatmeal I grew up with. “Like” us on Facebook and share pictures of you and your family trying our recipes!

mixed with sugar in an instant package, but the kind you cook yourself. Yes, oatmeal is a carb (sugar), but it’s also a whole grain. Add fresh fruit (think: blueberries), cinnamon and, for a bit of sweetness, a little stevia (a sugar-free, natural alternative). I also put almonds or walnuts in my bowl because I like the crunch and the extra protein. Because oatmeal has both soluble and insoluble fiber, it helps maintain blood-sugar control by slowing our digestion. Plus, slowly digesting foods make us feel fuller longer! That’s why oatmeal graces my breakfast table most mornings. 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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o one ever said being a musician was easy. But when female band members become mothers, it becomes much harder to keep a place for music in their lives. Three Central New York mothers have found a beat that blends their families and their music, one gig at a time. Often, they’ve depended on their music to keep them sane during trying times, brought their children to shows, and have even discovered that combining music and motherhood was their saving grace.

Maureen Henesey is mother to Luke, 6, and Matthew, 4, and is expecting her third child, a girl, in June. Henesey’s last pregnancy was difficult, so she is staying at home until this baby arrives, but in ordinary circumstances she’s also an occupational therapist aide at Crouse Hospital in the summers on the acute care floors and a member of two bands, Mere Mortals and the Easy Ramblers. “I like to be busy,” says Henesey, 36, who sings, writes, plays mandolin and guitar, and books and maintains social media for the bands. She and her husband, Michael, plan their schedules six to eight months in advance to account for all of their commitments. “(Music is) just a great outlet.” Henesey especially needed that outlet when her younger son was born 14 weeks premature. She spent 100 days traveling to see him at the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Crouse Hospital. “It was really dramatic and stressful,” she says of

Leila Dean and her son, Collin

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the period she spent visiting her son and performing with Mere Mortals. “They were trying to replace me and I said, ‘No! This is the only normal thing I’ve got!’ It was a ridiculous time and I was grateful.” She got started performing with bands in the late 1990s when she was at a Soul Mates concert and said, “I could do that.” She hopped on stage for a few songs and got a call a few weeks later inviting her to join them. Although Soul Mates didn’t last long, that stint led to an invitation in 2000 to join Mere Mortals, a cover band she still performs with today.

Henesey joined the Easy Ramblers four years ago when Eddie Zacholl was putting together a group to perform on a Tipperary Hill Music Festival compilation CD and asked Henesey to participate. After the recording was done and well received, Zacholl, Dann Mather and Henesey decided to keep the project going. In 2011 the group won a Syracuse Area Music Award (Sammy) for Best Country album and is currently working on a second CD. “Creatively, to participate in the process of making music has been awesome,” Henesey says of her time with the Easy Ramblers. “It’s been a cool experience. And the Sammy was so totally unexpected. They announced us and we waited like 30 seconds and I was like, ‘Wait. . . We won!” One of the most gratifying parts of playing in bands, Henesey says, is watching her sons starting to get into music themselves. “I appreciate it more because they appreciate it,” she says. Matthew has been known to hop up on stage with his mother for shows, and Henesey likes to show off videos of family jams where the boys play toy instruments. “The most rewarding thing of everything I do is being a mom,” she says. “Michael is wonderfully supportive. I’ll bring the kids to a show, we’ll high-five and he’ll take them home. I think the fact that I can have an outlet like that, creatively. . . I’m very lucky for that.”

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band, the CXtec Dinosaurs, in 2007. She was working at the company when others in the band heard that she played the instrument. It wasn’t a question of whether or not she’d play: Dean was told she was in. She played with the group for the Red Cross Battle of the Bands competition for three years as well as other functions throughout the year before leaving the company in 2011. But the music didn’t stop there. Dean played with rock-pop group Just a Memory from 2011 until their recent hiatus and is working on several studio projects with musicians from Syracuse, Utica, Cortland and Rochester. She plays violin, sings, writes and was in charge of booking shows for the band while working in sales at Infinite Technology Solutions and raising her son, Collin, who is 7. Her husband, Kevin Dean, is a drummer for the local rock groups Brand New Sin and Hobo Graffiti. “If we didn’t have Google Calendars, I think we’d be screwed,” Leila Dean says, laughing. Also, she adds, “If we didn’t have my mother and mother-in-law, we would not be doing this.” “I think the fact that I can still share that (music) with people is what I love most,” she says. “Music’s not just an internal thing, it’s something I can share with everybody and that I can keep doing that with all the other stuff going on makes me feel good and brings me some happiness.”

Ashley Cox and her daughter, Chloe, at home (this page), and at Hammond Jammin’ in February (opposite page)

One of Dean’s favorite parts of the band gig included touring with Just a Memory, and meeting new people all along the East Coast. “I’m a big people person,” she says. “Doing this has opened a lot of doors for me, which is really amazing. I never thought I’d be someone who books bands, but I do and I’ve gotten to meet a ton of amazing musicians from all over the Northeast that I don’t think I would have been able to meet before.” Collin hasn’t started music lessons, but Dean sees them in the near future. He’s shown signs of solid rhythm and singing in tune, and he loves to dance. Putting together the pieces of the schedule and figuring out how to get around in the family’s one car can be a challenge, but Dean encourages other musician parents to stay involved in the scene. “Make sure you have a great support base,” she warns. “If you don’t have that team behind you, it’s impossible. But if you do, just do it. Don’t be afraid to do it. You’ll end up bitter. Find a way. There’s always time. Even when there’s no time—there’s time.”

Dressed in a studded black leather jacket and bright floral dress, Ashley Cox slips the coat off and says, “I’ll take off the rock and focus on the mom.” Then she laughs, and corrects herself: “No, I’m both. I’ve been doing it for 18 years.”

Cox, 39, is best known locally as a singer, songwriter and pianist, although she also plays guitar. She’s performed as a solo artist, with her band Professional Victims and with her father, Jimmy Cox, one of the best Hammond B3 organ players in the area. But becoming a mother really launched her as a musician, she says. “For me, I didn’t have the guts or even the ambition, the purpose, until I was a mother,” she says. “And then, after that, I thought, ‘I can do anything.’” Cox grew up playing music. Family jams were common in her household and her mother’s maiden name was even Musick. Her grandfather taught her how to play piano, pushing piano drills in the most loving way. “I had always played music for fun, but not professionally,” Cox says. “I hadn’t thought to go up and play shows.” She became more serious about music when she began dating a guitarist who would become the father of her daughter, Chloe. They met through mutual music-loving friends and Cox taught herself to play guitar in order to win more of his attention. “When he’d come over, I could be like, ‘Hey, look what I can do. I could teach you a few things if you want,’” she says. “A little bit of it was to get the attention from the boys.” At 21, Cox gave birth to Chloe. Although Cox was living with Chloe’s father at the time, the relationship didn’t last. Becoming a single mother changed her outlook on her music. “It fed the heartache, fed the songwriting,” she says. “It fed my desire to keep busy and do something wonderful with my life. Being a single mom at 21 was not something I ever saw in my future, but it ended up being the most amazing blessing I ever could have asked for. That kind of independence. That I can do anything. Writing those songs and knowing that they connected with other people, other women especially. They encouraged me to do it and keep going.”

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With the help of family and friends, Chloe would travel with her mother to shows as much as possible. “When I was on stage, I had friend musicians side stage who were right there with her,” she says. But mostly Cox kept the fact that she was a single mother private. “I never really wanted to talk about having a daughter. Whether or not I was judged wasn’t the point. It’s such a big, personal part of my life and I didn’t want it out there. But now that she’s out and older. . . I can’t emphasize enough how much a part she is of my happiness. She is my biggest pride and joy.” Chloe, now 18, has a job at the Guitar Center on Erie Boulevard and plays a variety of instruments including guitar, piano and ukulele, and she sings. Chloe’s father remains an important part of his daughter’s life, and he and Cox maintain a healthy, supportive relationship, Cox says. Cox married Professional Victims bandmate Shawn Sullivan in 2010, and the spontaneous music making in her house now reminds her of her childhood. “We’re in the best place we’ve ever been in,” she says. “There’s lots of love and lots of music.”

Cox smiles as she puts her coat back on. She admits it wasn’t always easy trying to fit all the parts of her life together. But these days her band is on track, she’s got a steady job at CXtec, she’s achieved a harmonious family life, and she’s even giving competitive running a try, with her first 5K in May. Cox is also upbeat in her advice to others who might want to combine music and raising children. “Anybody, no matter what age, whatever they are, wondering if they’re ready, financially stable—stop,” she says. “Just know that, sure, kids need a lot, but I never planned on having a kid growing up at 21 years old, but I did it. It wasn’t easy, but I could still do it and pursue my dreams and even find out what it is I wanted to do. I never knew growing up. But in 100 ways, my life changed for the better because I had my daughter. If it wasn’t for her, I’m not sure that I’d be here now.” p Jessica Novak is a writer living in Syracuse.

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Saturday, April 27 Healthy Kids Day. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Demonstra-

tions, information displays by health and safety organizations, play and educational activities aim to help families live healthier lives. Oneida Family YMCA, 701 Seneca St., Oneida (363-7788), and Rome Family YMCA, 301 W. Bloomfield St., Rome (336-3500). Free.

Public Fishing. 9:30-11:30 a.m.; also May 4,

11, 18 & 25. Families can come for a morning of fishing; bait, rods and reels provided. Carpenter’s Book Fish Hatchery, 1672 Route 321, Elbridge. $5/ person. Registration required: 689-9367.

Healthy Kids Day. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. See above for description. North Area Family YMCA, 4775 Wetzel Road, Liverpool. Free. 474-6851.

Autism Awareness Walk. 10 a.m. Pledges

and donations are welcome but not required to participate. Presented by the Central New York chapter of the Autism Society of America. Long Branch Park, Longbranch Road, Liverpool. Free. 447-4466.

postpartum bodies, minds and spirits while bonding with their babies in a playful, healing and strengthening class. Basic Baby, Shoppingtown Mall, 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. $15/drop-in; $60/ five classes. (406) 570-3549. www.mamabirthyoga.com.

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Caring Kids. 1 p.m. Children in first grade and

Postnatal Mama and Baby Yoga. 11 a.m.-

3-4:15 p.m. Pregnant women can prepare their bodies and minds for labor, birth and mother-

also April 28. In conjunction with the Lego Travel Adventure exhibit, get a chance to take part in a Lego brick-building contest with your family, or meet Greg Hyland, the person behind some of the animation and packaging for Lego products. Strong National Museum of Play, 1 Manhattan Square, Rochester. Admission: $13/general; free/ younger than 2. (585) 263-2700.

12:15 p.m. Mothers of infants can restore their

up, accompanied by a parent, will make fleece blankets for cancer patients at local radiology and oncology centers in this event sponsored by Stupid Dumb Breast Cancer. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. $5 suggested donation for materials. Preregistration required: 637-6374.

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May 2013 hood with Sarah Oakley. CNY Healing Arts Center, 195 Intrepid Lane, Syracuse. $15/drop-in; $60/five classes. (406) 570-3549. www.mamabirthyoga. com.

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 7 p.m. Cheer the

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

Sunday, April 28 CNY SPCA Six-Legged 5K. 8:30 a.m. Run a

5K with your best canine friend at your side and help the Central New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Saw Mill Creek Shelter, Onondaga Lake Park, Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool. $20-$30/minimum donation. 446-1444. www.cnyspca.org.

Healthy Kids Day. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. See April

27 listing. Southwest YMCA, Onondaga Community College campus, 4584 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse, and East Area Family YMCA, 200 Towne Drive, Fayetteville. Free. 474-6851.

Bountiful Baskets Silent Auction. 11:30

a.m.-1:30 p.m. Erwin Nursery School auctions gift baskets to raise money for its universal pre-kindergarten program. Children will also give a concert. Erwin First United Methodist Church, 920 Euclid Ave., Syracuse. Free admission. 472-5580.

Best of the Brick Weekend. Noon-5 p.m. See April 27 listing.

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 2 p.m. Vs. Durham Bulls. See April 27 listing.

Monday, April 29 Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 7 p.m. Vs. Durham Bulls. See April 27 listing.

Tuesday, April 30 Bullying Conference. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Par-

ents and professionals can learn about the role of bullies, victims and bystanders in this conference on breaking the cycle of violence; featured presenter Barbara Coloroso, author and educator. Drumlins Country Club, 800 Nottingham Road, Syracuse. $85-$95/professionals; $55-$65/parents. Preregistration required: 472-4404; KohlsAutism. com.

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. Noon. Vs. Durham Bulls. See April 27 listing.

Wednesday, May 1 Pizza and Early Literacy Storytime. 6

p.m.; also May 8. Children ages 3-5 can take part in programs that include traditional storytimes, computer activities and physical activities for a fun and engaging experience. Pizza and juice included. Children’s World, Central Library, Galleries of Syracuse, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-1900.

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

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

Thursday, May 2 Storytime. 10:30 a.m.; also May 9, 16, 23 & 30. A lively mix of stories, songs and rhymes for parent and child. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-1940.

Origami for Tweens. 4 p.m. Kids ages 9-12

can explore the ancient art of paper folding. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. Registration required: 457-0310. lpl.org.

Peter Pan. 8 p.m.; through May 11. Royal

Shakespeare Company version of J.M. Barrie’s rarely produced original fantasy uses a cast of professional and local actors and those with developmental and physical disabilities. Red House Arts Center, 201 S. West St., Syracuse. May 2 preview: $12.50; regular tickets: $10-$20. 362-2785. theredhouse.org.

Museum of Play, 1 Manhattan Square, Rochester. Admission: $13/general; free/younger than 2. (585) 263-2700.

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.

Wildlife Festival, May 4

Friday, May 3 CNY Prevention Conference. 8 a.m.-2:30

p.m. One-day conference for people who work with youth addresses topics such as changing families, skill building with teens, and cyberbullying and the law. DoubleTree Hotel Syracuse, 6301 Route 298, East Syracuse. $70. 471-1359. www.cr-prc.org.

Polka Tot Children’s Consignment Sale.

3-7 p.m.; through May 5. Maternity, baby, toddler and pre-teen items. Great Northern Mall, 4155 Route 31, Clay. 884-5063. www.polkatotsale.com.

Peter Pan. 8 p.m.; through May 11. See May 2 listing.

Saturday, May 4 Polka Tot Children’s Consignment Sale.

8 a.m.-7 p.m.; through May 5. See May 3 listing.

Mommy & Me Rummage Sale. 9 a.m.-1

p.m. Maternity, infant, toddler and children’s clothing, toys, books, games, outdoor gear, bedding and more. Liverpool Elks Lodge No. 2348, 3730 Cold Springs Road, Baldwinsville. 558-3480.

Tiffany Heitkamp Walk for Wishes. 10

a.m. Registration at 9 a.m. Walk to benefit the Central New York chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. SRC Arena, Onondaga Community College, 4585 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Pledges. 475-9474.

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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.

Monarch Butterflies and You. 10-11 a.m.

Play Minecraft. 1-2 p.m.; also May 23. People of all ages can build worlds and fight off monsters with friends, new or old. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. 637-6374. www.fflib.org.

Wildlife Festival. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Families can

Family Movie Matinee. 2 p.m. See Disney’s North Avenue Irregulars, about the zany hijinks of church ladies trying to bring down a gambling ring. Rated G. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 446-3578.

Learn simple steps to create a monarch way station and how to provide for the needs of other butterflies as well. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $8/individual; $25/family. Register: 673-1350. learn about nature through live birds of prey programs; conservation-related puppet shows; canoe excursions; and activities such as making bluebird boxes. There’ll also be a bounce house, a stained glass craft, a backyard bass fishing game, and live music. Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 Route 89, Savannah. $3/adults; $1/children; free/age 4 & younger. 365-3588.

Literature Live. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; also May 5,

11, 12, 18 & 19. Meet characters in this weekend series that features storybook character appearances. May 4 &5: Frog and Toad. May 11 & 12: Max. May 18 & 19: Papa Bear. Strong National

Sciencenter Showtime. 2 p.m. Discover

what it takes to build a robot. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/adults; $7/seniors; $6/ages 3-17; free/under 3. (607) 272-0600.

Assault City Roller Derby. 5 p.m. Vs. Hudson Valley Horrors. Baldwinsville Ice Arena, 2725 W. Entry Road, Baldwinsville. $12/door ($2 off if dressed up as undead); free/age 10 & under.

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307-0705. www.assaultcityrollerderby.com.

Peter Pan. 8 p.m.; through May 11. See May 2 listing.

Star Party. 8:30-10:30 p.m. Bring a blanket and watch the Eta Aquarids meteor shower, and Saturn and Jupiter, too (weather permitting; backup date: May 5). Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $8/individual; $25/family. Register: 673-1350.

Assault City Roller Derby, May 4

Sunday, May 5 Polka Tot Children’s Consignment Sale.

9 a.m.-3 p.m. See May 3 listing.

Insect Creations. 11 a.m. Kids ages 6-12, with an adult, will learn about insects on a walk with a naturalist. Back inside, kids will find out about insect anatomy and make an insect to take home. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $9/child; $3/vehicle. Reservations required: 638-2519.

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Syracuse Children’s Chorus Concert. 4

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Monday, May 6 Steampunk Club. 3:30-5 p.m.; also May 20.

Middle-schoolers can explore the topic through discussions of young adult steampunk novels and hands-on experiments based on themes in some books. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: 637-6374. www.fflib.org/teen.

Art Exhibit Opening Reception. 6:30 p.m. Erwin Nursery School and Universal Pre-K Budding Artists Exhibit by children ages 3-5, taught by local artist Andrea Buckvold. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. Free. 435-3636.

Bedtime Stories: Pond Life. 6:30 p.m. Kids

age 2 and up (with a caregiver) can hear stories about ponds and the cool creatures that call them home. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration preferred: 492-1727. www.oflibrary.org.

Tuesday, May 7 Mama Pajama’s Playhouse. 12:30 p.m. See the live, interactive musical story show that celebrates spring. Fairmount Community Library, 406 Chapel Drive, Syracuse. 487-8933.

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Creation Club. 3:30-5 p.m.; also May 28.

Middle-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, May 8 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.

I’m a Beaver. 10 a.m.; program also available

May 11. Kids ages 3-5, with an adult, will learn about animals by acting out how they behave. There will also be a craft and outdoor activities. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $5/child; $3/vehicle. Reservations required: 638-2519.

Friends, Flowers & All That Jazz. 5:308:30 p.m. Fund-raiser to benefit Jowonio School features savory food samples, spirits, live music and a silent auction. Stickley, Audi & Co. Showroom, 300 Towne Drive, Fayetteville. $30/person for single; $25/person for 2 or more people. Reservations recommended: 445-4010, Ext. 215. michael davis photo

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The Dragonslayers. 7 p.m.; through May 12.

Syracuse Children’s Theatre presents Bruce Coville and Angela Peterson’s musical. Mulroy Civic Center, 411 Montgomery St., Syracuse. $17.50/adults; $15/students & seniors; $10/age 12 & under. 4325437. www.SCTKids.com.

Peter Pan. 8 p.m.; through May 11. See May 2 listing.

Thursday, May 9 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. momsclubsyreastny.tripod.com/.

Peter Pan. 8 p.m.; through May 11. See May 2 listing.

Richard Mickelson Book Signing. 6-8 p.m. Author of The Wizard of Oz, Where Is He Now?

signs copies of the book. Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 449-2948.

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

The Dragonslayers. 7 p.m.; through May 12.

Peter Pan. 8 p.m.; through May 11. See May 2

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Toddler Dance Party. 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Library Farm Family Fun Day. 10 a.m.noon. Plant sunflowers and pumpkins in the community garden at Northern Onondaga Public Library at Cicero, 8686 Knowledge Lane, Cicero. Free. Registration required: 699-2032. nopl.org.

See May 8 listing.

Kids ages 18 months-5 years (with a caregiver) can dance, play musical instruments and blow bubbles. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 446-3578.

First Lego League. 3:15 p.m. Monthly meet-

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The Dragonslayers. 10 a.m., 2:30 & 7 p.m.; through May 12. See May 8 listing.

ing for library’s Lego League team. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: 637-6374. www.fflib.org.

Literature Live. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. See May 4

The Dragonslayers. 7 p.m.; through May 12.

Make a Craft. 11 a.m. Kids age 4 and up

See May 8 listing.

listing.

can make a fun craft. Children’s World, Central Library, Galleries of Syracuse, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-1900.

Monarch Butterflies and You, May 4

Curious George Visits Storytime. 11 a.m. This storytime

features a Curious George tale and a visit by Curious George himself. Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 449-2948.

Star Wars Adventure. 2 p.m.

Kids age 5 and up can go an an adventure featuring Yoda yoga, light sabers, Chewbacca fortune telling, and more. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration required: 4921727. www.oflibrary.org.

Sciencenter Showtime. 2

p.m. Challenge a robot to a game of checkers, and meet robots that can cook pancakes and make ice cream. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/adults; $7/ seniors; $6/ages 3-17; free/under 3. (607) 272-0600.

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 2 p.m. Vs. Norfolk Tides. See April 27 listing.

Peter Pan. 2 & 8 p.m. See May 2 listing.

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Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 7 p.m. Vs. Columbus Clippers. See April 27 listing.

Symphoria Horn Section Concert. 2 p.m. Featuring Jon Garland, Paul Brown, Julie Bridge and Stephen Laifer. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. 415-8635.

Chemsations. 2 p.m. High school students demonstrate chemistry reactions such as disappearing ink and dry ice. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/adults; $7/seniors; $6/ages 3-17; free/under 3. (607) 272-0600. The Dragonslayers. 2 & 7 p.m. See May 8 listing.

Garden Tour at Sycamore Hill. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Enjoy over 250

acres of landscaped gardens and ponds, 500,000 flowering bulbs and 700 flowering trees and shrubs. A benefit for Baltimore Woods Nature Center. Sycamore Hill Gardens, 2130 Old Seneca Turnpike, Marcellus. $5/advance, through May 4; $10/adults; free/children under 8. 673-1350. www.baltimorewoods.org.

Literature Live. Noon-5 p.m. See May 4 listing.

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 2 p.m. Vs. Norfolk Tides. See April 27 listing.

Monday, May 13 Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. Noon. Vs. Norfolk

Thursday, May 16 Terrific Thursdays.

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. In this session of the series for homeschooling families, kids from preschool on up can do age-appropriate exploration of fairy tales. Kids in grade 3 and up can read Adam Gidwitz’s book A Tale Dark and Grimm. Additional children in the group can take part in activities in a separate room. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. Registration required (including names and ages of all children attending): 446-3578.

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 7 p.m. Vs. Columbus Clippers. See April 27 listing.

Friday, May 17 FFL Kidsignment Sale. 1-7 p.m.; through May 19. Consignment sale of children’s clothing and toys to benefit Fayetteville Free Library. Shoppingtown Mall, 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. 637-6374. bus Clippers. See April 27 listing.

TACNY Junior Café Scientifique. 9:30-11

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

FFL Kidsignment Sale. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; through May 19. See May 17 listing. Literature Live. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. See May 4 listing.

Young People’s Concert. 10:30 a.m. Sym-

phoria performs a concert of music about animals, including Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Flight of the Bumble Bee.” Open Hand Theater and dancers from the Ballet and Dance Center are also featured. Crouse Hinds Theater, Oncenter, 411 Montgomery St., Syracuse. $15-$25. 435-2121. www.oncenter.org.

Big Rig Day. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Kids and families can climb behind the wheels of a fire truck and other large vehicles provided by area companies and organizations. Presented by the City of Syracuse Parks and Recreation Department. Burnet Park, Coleridge or Avery Avenue entrance, Syracuse. Free admission; small fee for some activities. 473-4330, Ext. 3006. www.syracuse.ny.us/parks. 1:30 p.m. In this movie by Peter Jackson, follow Bilbo Baggins as he’s swept into a quest to reclaim the Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the dragon Smaug; rated PG-13. Children’s World, Central Library, Galleries of Syracuse, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-1900.

Sciencenter Showtime. 2 p.m. Meet some

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bus Clippers. See April 27 listing.

a.m.-4 p.m. Fishing clinics for beginners, games and educational activities, guided tours of the hatchery, displays, live music and more. Locations around the hamlet including the State Fish Hatchery and Otselic Town Park, South Otselic. Free admission. 653-7490.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

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

Tides. See April 27 listing.

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trained canines and learn tips and tricks for teaching your own. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/adults; $7/seniors; $6/ages 3-17; free/under 3. (607) 272-0600.

a.m. Ceremony, activities and a 5k run and a run/walk raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research; registration at 7:30 a.m. State Fairgrounds, Geddes. Registration: $30-$40/adult; $20/age 18 & under; $15/under 12. 472-6162.

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Sunday, May 19 Great Strides Walk. 9 a.m. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Central New York Chapter presents a three-mile walk to raise money for CF research and therapeutics development. Inner Harbor, Kirkpatrick and Solar streets, Syracuse. Pledges encouraged but not required. 463-7965. www.cff. org/great_strides.

Young People’s Concert, May 18

FFL Kidsignment Sale. 9 a.m.-noon. See May

17 listing.

Charity for Children Run/Walk. 9:15 a.m. A kids fun run at 9:15, and 5k run/walk and 8k run on a certified course, both at 10 a.m., benefit Charity for Children. $20-$40/adult registration; $5/child registration. Green Lakes State Park, Fayetteville234-1443. Literature Live. Noon-5 p.m. See May 4 listing.

Monday, May 20 American Girl. 6 p.m. Children ages 8-12 can

explore the time periods of the American Girls through crafts, games and food. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration required: 492-1727. www.oflibrary.org.

Beyond Monopoly Game Club. 6-8 p.m. People of all ages can play board games includ-

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May 2013 ing 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.

Big Rig Day, May 18

Tuesday, May 21 Drop In for Legos. 3-8 p.m. Children ages

5-11 can build with Legos provided by the library. Parents welcome. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. 457-0310. lpl.org.

Inclusive Education Talk. 7 p.m. Tom Bull of Syracuse University’s School of Education talks about inclusion, advocating for your child and other related topics. Sponsored by the Down Syndrome Association of CNY. GiGi’s Playhouse, Driver’s Village, 5885 E. Circle Drive, Cicero. Free. 278-0056.

Wednesday, May 22 Teens, Books and Pizza. 6 p.m. Those in

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.

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will get them ready for slumber. Best for ages 3-6 but all are welcome. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-1940.

Bedtime Stories, May 22

Aladdin. 12:30 p.m. See May 4 listing. Monsters, Inc. 1 p.m. Get ready for the sequel by seeing the 2001 movie. Northern Onondaga Public Library at Cicero, 8686 Knowledge Lane, Cicero. Free. Registration requested: 699-2032. www.nopl.org.

Sciencenter Showtime. 2

p.m. Examine the life stages of insects. Get a chance to handle larvae and nymphs. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/adults; $7/ seniors; $6/ages 3-17; free/ under 3. (607) 272-0600.

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical. 2

p.m.; through June 15. See May 24 listing.

Memorial Day Concert. 2:30-3:30 p.m. Stan

Play Minecraft. 3-5 p.m. See May 4 listing.

Friday, May 24 Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical. 7

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. Advanced tickets: 445-4200.

Saturday, May 25 North Syracuse Family Festival. 11 a.m.-5

p.m. Annual festival features many activities for children, including a bounce house, giant slide and obstacle course; face painters; a Teddy Bear parade for ages 2-6 (1:30 p.m.); and more. Lonergan Park, 524 S. Main St., North Syracuse. Free. 458-0375.

Colella Orchestra performs in this tribute to fallen heroes. Palace Theater, 2384 James St., Syracuse. Free. 473-4330.

Memorial Day Watchfire. Dusk-8 p.m. Veterans and non-veterans gather for a watchfire ceremony and lighting of a pyre to honor those who have served the nation. Watchfire Park (between Routes 690, 695 & State Fair Boulevard), State Fairgrounds, Geddes. Free. 468-5898.

Monday, May 27 MEMORIAL DAY

LaFayette Outreach Benefit. 8 a.m.-noon.

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 7 p.m. Vs. Gwinnett Braves. See April 27 listing.

Thursday, May 30 Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 7 p.m. Vs. Gwinnett Braves. See April 27 listing.

Friday, May 31 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 Saturday, 2 p.m. Various locations, Village of Chittenango. 333-2286. www.oz-stravaganza.com.

ONGOING EVENTS 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.

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

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May 2013 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.

caregivers. Includes stories, rhymes, finger plays and songs. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. 435-3636.

Wegmans Playground. Boundless Playground 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.

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.

Regional Market Farmers’ Market. Sat-

urdays, 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 Cayuga Agricultural Museum. Route 38A, Emerson Park, Auburn. Free. 253-5611. Antique farm life on display.

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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

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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.

Cortland Children’s Museum. 8 Calvert

St., O’Heron Newman Hall, SUNY Cortland campus. (607) 753-5525.

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.

Farmers’ Museum. Lake Road, Route 80, Cooperstown. $11/adults; $9.50/seniors; $5/age 7-12; free; age 6 & under. (888) 547-1450. Fort Rickey. Route 49, three miles west of

Rome. Daily 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 19-June 21. $9.95/adults, $6.95/children; $8.50/seniors. 336-

1930. Giant softplay maze tubes, tunnels, slides, ballcrawl, plus a petting zoo, pony rides, and animal presentations of the exotic and native alike.

Manlius Historical Society. Office and

Research Center at 109 Pleasant St., Manlius. 682-6660. Call for hours. Museum at Smith and Scoville streets, Manlius.

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; additional 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., Camillus. 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.

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Onondaga Historical Association Museum. 321 Montgomery St., Syracuse.

Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Donation. 428-1864. Syracuse’s only comprehensive local history museum, with exhibits featuring architecture, local industries, trasnportation and more.

Oswego Railroad Museum. 56 W. First St., Oswego. Open Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. Saturdays & Sundays, noon-5 p.m. $2/age 12 & older; $1/ages 6-11; free/age 5 & younger. 806-2193. Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park.

1 Conservation Place, Syracuse. Daily, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $8/adults; $5/senior citizens; $4/children; free/ age 2 and younger. 435-8511. Ongoing attractions include Humboldt penguins.

Sciencenter. 601 First St., Ithaca. Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Admission: $8/adults; $7/seniors; $6/ages 3-17; free/under 3. (607) 272-0600. www.sciencenter. org. Inspires people of all ages to discover the excitement of science through exhibits and programs.

Seward House. 33 South St., Auburn. Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Admission: $8/adults; $7/seniors, $5/students with identification; free/under 6. 252-1283. Designated National Historic Landmark was the home of William Henry Seward, governor of New York, state

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Strong National Museum of Play. 1 Manhattan Square, Rochester. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Admission: $13; free/younger than 2. (585) 263-2700. Permanent exhibits include National Toy Hall of Fame with inductees such as alphabet blocks, Barbie, Crayola crayons, G.I. Joe and the ever-versatile cardboard box. Also, super-sized kids’ market and more; lunch available at Bill Gray’s Skyliner Diner.

Harriet Tubman Home. South Street Road,

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