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MAY 2017 | ISSUE NO. 181


EDITOR May is a special month for Family Times: The first issue came out in May 2002, so the magazine is 15. I am very grateful to all of the people who have made this milestone possible, including our contributing writers, staffers, advertisers and readers.

In honor of our birth month, we have an article about how to have an outstanding birthday party. Read all about it on page 6. Of course there’s another special occasion to celebrate: Mother’s Day takes place on May 14, so Chris Xaver shares a recipe for a luscious cheesecake that is no less than a mom deserves (page 14). Linda Lowen, meanwhile, surveyed a bunch of fellow mothers to find out what they really want on their special day (page 10.) Tammy DiDomenico wrote the cover story, a profile of the quintet of high school students who won this year’s JCC Battle of the Bands. The members of Posted talk about how they’re learning to be a musical group while planning for their futures on page 18. In this issue, we also have a brand-new craft feature called Create; we hope you’ll be inspired to make something pretty yourself after you read it (page 16). Enjoy!

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Planning a Birthday Bash Tips and tricks for a successful celebration | BY LAURA LIVINGSTON SNYDER


ow do you celebrate a kid’s birthday? Whether you are an old-time minimalist like myself, or someone who goes all out, we all want a memorable get-together.

choose to discreetly have only a few friends over. The daughter of my colleague Perrine is in an elementary school that encourages all-girl or all-boy parties. This makes the list more manageable.

Here are tried-and-true ideas and suggestions from my own “kitchen cabinet” of experts to help make your child’s special day fun for everyone.

Some schools encourage birthday kids to invite all the students in a classroom to avoid hurt feelings. Another friend, Gretchen Klaehn, is a firm believer in this: “It can get expensive, but not everyone will be able to make it anyways. I just don’t like anyone being left out.”

First, you’ve got to plan. Here are some things to think about. Who’s coming? This can get tricky with school-aged children. Some have directories of classmates’ contact information, for those who 6

On the other hand, my coworker Bambi warns of “over-inviting.” One year she invited everyone from every activity her daughter was involved in. They all showed up: A sleepover with 20 girls made for a very loud night.


Invitations. According to the mothers I consulted, old-fashioned paper invitations are still favored over emailed or phoned ones, especially for milestone birthdays like turning 5 or 10. Most say they’re more apt to remember a party if there’s a piece of paper or a card. Bambi believes paper invitations are more appropriate for friends, but she sends texts to family. My friends have seen good intentions become epic fails. There was a woman who invited through Facebook Event. She’ll never do that again: Guests either got the wrong day or time, or they forgot about it completely. Leaving it up to the continued on page 8

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Food. Think simple. Oftentimes guests will eat whatever is offered, so I feel a responsibility to offer healthy choices like pretzels and hummus. Wash and cut veggies ahead of time for snacks that are quick and easy to replenish. Incorporating a theme can lead to great ideas. Jen, a mother of two, one year creatively arranged her fruit-tray items to look like ninjas for her son’s party. Different kinds of sliders can be perfect for little hands, and kids love them. And anything that can be precooked, like pulled pork in a slow cooker, can be a help. For a morning party, serve breakfast pizza, muffins and fruit. Activities under $50. Jen has hosted a Scooby-Doo party, where each child was wrapped in toilet paper like a mummy. The kids enjoyed doing this to each other, and cleanup wasn’t bad, either. She gave the mystery gang silly string and sent them outside to “shoot” the invisible monsters in the yard and trees. Zoinks! My husband’s aunt Colleen once had a lady come to her son’s party with a truck full of reptiles. Each was taken out separately, so the children could hold the animal while they learned about its history and habitat. It was a great way to instill respect for small creatures. For those warm birthday evenings, buy water balloons, squirt guns and glowstick jewelry to cool down with water “laser” tag. A campfire, s’mores and ghost stories round out the night. Piñatas are still popular and can fit most themes. Supervision is required! They can also be quite heavy, so consider where they’re being hung. My former schoolmate Glen Merrill found out the hard way that there’s a stuffing limit: “We invited the entire kindergarten class and bought the largest piñata we could find. I was still worried that it wouldn’t hold enough goodies for all the kids, so I unsealed it and stuffed it with more loot and candy. Did you know if you overfill a piñata you can beat on it until everything is powder, and it still won’t break?” 8

$100 to $200. Accommodating a large crowd doesn’t need to break the bank. Face painting always goes over well with both boys and girls, especially with their favorite cartoons. Rent a costume and have a character come to life. One parent I know of dresses up like Spider-Man each year. He gets to geek-out and have a blast playing with the kids. How about a drive-in? Collect large boxes from businesses or grocery stores, and use scissors and paint to turn them into kid-sized “cars.” My brother Jim fogs his yard ahead of time to cut down on mosquitoes. Inexpensive projectors can be purchased or they can be rented by the day from places like Target (5 percent off for cardholders). Specify pajamas as attire and make popcorn. Use the side of a shed or house for the movie screen. Or—with planning and help from friends—hold a scavenger hunt or carnival. There are thousands of ideas online for both. Tailor it to be modest or elaborate. Buy small toys from places like Oriental Trading Company and use them for treasures and prizes. Another coworker, Danielle, once hired an ice cream truck: My dream come true! She reserved it a few months ahead of time and could specify the sweets offered to keep the cost in check. Truck owners can be made aware of dietary restrictions, too. Over $200. Make a princess’ dream come true with a castle bounce house. Or maybe a slip and slide. These daylong rentals are set up and taken down for you. They also tire the kids out with good old-fashioned play. Sumo wrestling is another fun idea. These costumes come in both child and adult sizes. Sometimes going with a professional is the best choice under the circumstances. When my coworker Laurie was on bedrest with her second pregnancy, she needed help to make her daughter’s birthday special. She hired a tea party. It came complete with racks of dresses, shiny jewelry, a silver tea set and petit fours. An assistant did all the work and she was able to enjoy everything from the couch. For all the effort and anticipation, however, some things just don’t go as planned. Entertainers such as magicians and costumed characters can be a great idea, but keep in mind the age of the child.


To a toddler, clowns can be very scary. And all animals are unpredictable, especially ponies, who may not feel inclined to walk on party day. Dessert. Gone are the days of plain bakery cakes. My friends and acquaintances said make-yourown sundaes are a crowd pleaser. This choice offers control for those with allergies. Kids love cupcakes and cakes made from small molds, like footballs or crowns. They also enjoy decorating their own cupcakes, but be aware: This can get messy. Danielle advises thinking twice about dark frostings like blues and reds since what will be on the cupcake will also be on the child. Laurie avoids gluten by making a refreshing and sweet watermelon “cake” instead. Gifts and goodies. Should you encourage gifts for the birthday boy or girl? Presents are usually expected but not always. Several of my friends have been asked to donate to a cause instead of giving a gift. Colleen’s kids were asked to bring an item for Wanderers’ Rest Humane Association. This got the birthday kid and guests excited about contributing to animals in need instead of focusing on excesses. Another request was for a donation to the American Cancer Society because a sibling was going through chemotherapy. Although invitations may specify “no gifts,” some guests may buy something small anyway. My friend Amy has twins who have their parties together. In this case, she asks the guests to bring only one present. Goodie bags are controversial: Kids love them, parents don’t. Some offer bags for those under age 8 because after that they do craft projects to take home. Others would rather get candy or one really nice thing, like a reusable cup, than a lot of unusable toys. Every child’s birthday is special. Now, more than ever, there are endless ways to make memories and party in the house. Laura Livingston Snyder is a writer and mother of four who lives in Cicero. She blogs at


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other’s Day is a day of celebration, but there’s a ritual element as well. Most follow a similar pattern: breakfast in bed, cards store-bought or handmade, flowers, chocolates, and dinner out. If you’re a mom you probably smile and say “Thank you” even during moments that aren’t to your liking. It’s not about me, you tell yourself. Don’t complain. They mean well. Millions do, but it comes at a cost. In May 2016, reported estimates from the National Retail Federation on what Americans planned to spend on Mom: on average $172.22. That’s a total of $21.4 billion. The top five expenditures were greeting cards, flowers, personal services (spa, facial, massage), special outings (a meal or activity), and jewelry. If moms nationwide could be honest without hurting anyone’s feelings, many would say, “Don’t waste your money”— because it’s rarely stuff that Mom wants. 10


I reached out to real-life area moms of all ages and stages for a reality check. In an email with the subject line “What do YOU really want for Mother’s Day?” I asked two dozen women from their 20s through their 70s for their thoughts. Although I tried to nail them down with phone calls, those who responded did so via emails sent late at night or early in the morning—the only free time they had. The short answer to what moms really want is time: more time with family, more time for themselves. Nearly every answer below reflects that wish. From new mothers to grandmothers, here are eight opinions from area women. Emily Bragdon Emily learned she was pregnant at the same time as she started a new career as a dental assistant. Her daughter was born in August 2016 so, as Emily writes, this is “my first Mother’s Day as a mom. At this point, I’m confident my baby loves me—

she’s seen me at my absolute worst and still gives me the best smiles. I don’t need a day to be worshiped. Mother’s Day this year to me celebrates my joining of the sisterhood that motherhood is.” Cathy Tripiciano Like many working moms, Cathy prioritizes work/life balance as she and her husband raise their 3-year old son. That means juggling three jobs: adjunct professor at Cayuga Community College, social media manager for entertainment industry clients in Los Angeles, and managing director of Auburn Media Regional Access television. Cathy’s email reflected her wish for the simplest of things: peace and quiet and a moment to catch her breath. “For Mother’s Day I would like nothing. I would like to be able to enjoy nothingness without guilt or anxiety. No dishes, no toys to be picked up, no food to make, no laundry, no work, no deadlines, and no obligations. Just a moment to do nothing. In that moment of nothingness the whirlcontinued on page 12

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wind of motherhood can rest and so can my mind. Also a HOT cup of coffee!” Terri Cook A former project engineer with Lockheed Martin, Terri is the mother of two young men, but for 15 years she thought her younger son was her daughter. She shares that story in a book co-written with her husband, Allies and Angels: A memoir of our family’s transition. For Terri, who recently moved back to Syracuse, family is what matters. “For Mother’s Day I would love nothing more than to spend the afternoon with both of my sons (and their significant others), my grandson and my husband. I don’t want to cook, clean, or prepare for the visit; I just want to show up and enjoy our time together. I don’t need a fancy meal, or chocolate or flowers or jewelry. Pizza, or other takeout, is fine with me.” Lisa Brown A humorist, educator and mother of three daughters, Lisa is a lifelong resident of Syracuse. For Mother’s Day, she’s not asking for much—just one of the following: “A willingly given back and/or foot rub; someone to do one week of grocery shopping; have others cook for a day; receive a letter or poem or story or artwork that somehow reflects how the giver feels about our relationship/life/history together.” Carole Horan Another lifelong resident of Central New York, Carole landed in Syracuse in her late teens and never left. She’s the mother of seven, grandmother of nine, a writer, photographer and activist who now makes her home on the Near West Side. Carole says, “I always wanted, and still do want, time with my kids. When they 12


were younger we would go on hikes, go to the Everson, go on picnics if warm enough. As they got older, sometimes we would do projects around my house and have a meal together. Time was always what I wanted, more than cheesy Hallmark cards or knickknacks.” Fran Reed Fran grew up in Marcellus and now lives in Rochester, but still returns for Mother’s Day with her own mother, who resides in Skaneateles. Fran is a medical editor who telecommutes from home, enabling her to work and parent her 11-year-old daughter. She writes, “I want to preface by saying I am not someone who is usually big on formalities. (My husband and I don’t even exchange cards for our anniversary or Valentine’s Day.) However, I am very particular about Mother’s Day (and to a lesser extent my birthday), and I expect my family to dote on me. My perfect Mother’s Day consists of a nice homemade breakfast, cards and presents from my husband and daughter, not having to do any chores, and getting to spend time with my mom. I appreciate her more than ever now that I’m a mom, and I don’t want to take for granted time we have together on earth.” Monica Gebell A teacher and writer in Rochester, Monica has become something of an expert on moms, motherhood and Mother’s Day. She is co-director of Listen to Your Mother Rochester, an organization that gives local women across the country the opportunity to share tales of motherhood through live stage performances in their respective communities. For the past five years Monica has heard hundreds of women audition with their stories, and it’s shaped her own Mother’s Day wishes into a unique and intensely personal vision: “I want someone to say to me that I’m beautiful no matter what my hair looks like or how tight my pants are. I want someone to hand me a plane ticket to San Francisco to see a friend I haven’t seen since before I had kids. I want someone to rent me a room in a motel under a pseudonym that sounds like a rock star’s name so that I can read a book in peace, and without anyone calling for me to make them a snack. I want a night’s sleep to last for more than four uninterrupted hours. I want a massage that lasts for two uninterrupted hours. I want a manicure. I want someone to hug me and tell me

that selflessness is really worth it, that the people you love appreciate that my body literally aches . . . for them (I know this will likely not happen). I want someone to walk into my classroom on a busy day with flowers. I want to feel beautiful for the first time in six years. I want to road trip with my mom, Joni Mitchell, Patti Smith, and some good friends who love to cuss, drink bourbon, and wake up late to just-made coffee. I want someone to tell me to stop beating myself up. I want to stop living with mother guilt.” Linda Lowen Yes, I’m including myself. Becoming a mother has been the greatest accomplishment of my life, but it carries burdens of worry, fear, concern and focus that no woman can lay aside once she becomes responsible for a child. For Mother’s Day, I want to have one experience—however brief—that strips away every sense of responsibility, maturity and caution, and returns me to a pure, absolute and childish state of wordless joy. As an adult, I’ve felt this a handful of times: under a canopy of fireworks at Disney World that turned the nighttime sky white, at the foot of Niagara Falls bombarded by water spray and air currents so fierce they muffled my shouts and knocked me off my feet, and in the Pacific Northwest in a temperate rain forest where trees 200 feet tall dwarfed me. I want to feel awe and wonder, surprise and delight; I want to giggle and smile until my face aches. I want to unearth the child buried deep in my mother-self, and carry just enough of her back to the surface so that I never forget what it’s like to feel young. This is what I want for Mother’s Day, and for every other day of the year as well. Linda Lowen teaches at the Downtown Writer’s Center and is co-producer and co-host of Take Care, a health and wellness radio show on WRVO. She lives in Syracuse with her husband and two college-age daughters.



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Mothers Deserve . . . Cheesecake! It’s the least you can do for the moms in your life | BY CHRIS XAVER


f Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy! Well that’s the way it should be, at least on Mother’s Day. Twenty-four hours, or 1,440 minutes. That’s not too much to ask from a family, is it? For all that mothers do? If you’re reading this magazine, chances are you have young ones in your life in one way or another. And if you’re a mom, you might be that sandwich generation. Not that you need to make sandwiches—which I’m sure you are making plenty! The sandwich generation is sandwiched between their children and their parents. Perhaps you’re the daughter taking care of your kids, and you may have parents or other older relatives who need you, too. (If you don’t yet, trust me, you’re just a few years from it. And when it happens, it comes fast and furious, just like in the movies.) So on Mother’s Day for 86,400 seconds, let’s celebrate “us” while we celebrate our moms, too. What about a multigenerational brunch with all the moms in your life coming together? I’m not alone in thinking mothers need to be honored with a special day. Mother’s Day is celebrated in 46 countries around 14

the world. Most folks give their moms a card and some flowers.

means a family or friends came together to celebrate.

My favorite gift from my son was when he was little and made cards in elementary school. Those small presents from the heart are still the most charming gifts we can ever receive. Even though he’s now 29, I just peeked back at my eldest son’s early work. My mother just moved; as we were about to leave her home of 14 years, someone asked if anyone knew what was in a cabinet 12 feet up in the air with no knob or handle. When we pried it open, there was a shoebox, filled with my son’s early artwork. I was charmed. His cursive signature was so carefully penciled in on the dotted-line paper. (As an adult, his signature is a scribble.)

As a mother many times over—biological, stepmother, grandmother and surrogate—I realize what I really want for Mother’s Day doesn’t come wrapped in a bow. It doesn’t grow in the ground or get delivered by a florist. What I want for Mother’s Day is really so simple: It’s to be loved. To be recognized for not being a friend when I need to be a parent; for cleaning up messes when a child (no matter what age) was sick. I want them to know that even though they’re growing, they will always get “advice” (it comes with the job title) because they will always be our kids. And no matter what, we will always love them, to the moon and back!

This year for Mother’s Day, I want to set the table with all the kids’ artwork. Forget the fancy table settings. No centerpieces for us. Those handprints, drawings, ceramics and painted pieces are their love notes to us. This Mother’s Day I want to be reminded that perfection doesn’t mean the table is perfectly set, with the napkins properly placed and silverware polished to a shine. It means little hands helped make the meal—and perhaps big ones, too. It

From one mother to another: Happy Mother’s Day, Ladies! You deserve to be revered for at least 24 hours!


Chris Xaver, Ph.D., is a local TV and radio personality with a blended family consisting of five children ranging in age from teens to adults.

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In a large bowl, mix cream cheese with sugar and stevia until just smooth. Stir in cream, and mix in the eggs, one at a time, just enough to incorporate. Next add sour cream, vanilla, orange juice and flour, only mixing until smooth. Pour into prepared crust. Bake in preheated oven for one hour. Turn the oven off, and let cake cool in oven with the door closed for 5 to 6 hours; this prevents cracking. Chill in refrigerator until serving. I put a sign on the oven door so no one opens it. In fact, I’ve put a lock on it before, and police tape! If the door opens, it releases the heat and ruins this process. The door must remain closed. When ready to serve, spread the topping on. Garnish with berries or slices of orange. Serves 12.








have always made it a point to spend time with my kids doing something creative. Not only does it give us time away from TVs and tablets, it gives us time together. Rock painting is one of my favorite inexpensive and easy crafts to do with kids, plus they make great gifts. First you need rocks. You can purchase smooth, round and oblong river rocks at the craft store, or you can go on a nature walk in your yard or at your favorite park and find some uniquely shaped stones to paint. Imagining what your rock could become is part of the fun.



MATERIALS • Acrylic paint: A basic set of colors including black and white. • Acrylic brushes: It is good to select different sizes. For starters, a size 6 filbert, a size 4 round, a 1/4-inch angular and a size 0 round (for the finer details) are good to have. • Clear acrylic glaze: To give the rocks a protective layer against the elements if displayed outside or to give indoor rocks a nice sheen. The glaze is available in either aerosol spray or liquid form to paint on the rocks. It is best to use the liquid form as it adheres best and you can use it indoors without fear of fumes. • Toothpicks: These work great for tiny details or dots. • A cup of water: To rinse brushes. • Paper plates: To use as your artist palettes. • Parchment paper: To set the rocks on to dry. • Paper towels: For clean up. • Newspaper or a plastic tablecloth from the dollar store: To protect your work surface. • Pencil: To sketch out your design on your rock. • Fine point sharpie marker: For outlining and detail.

Tip: If your rocks are dirty or muddy, make sure to wash them off before priming them.


1. Cover your work area with either old newspapers or a disposable plastic tablecloth. 2. Set out all your brushes, paints and rinse cup.

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The members of Posted are: lead singer Nate Murphy, drummer Sam Hayduke, guitarist Dan Wrona, drummer Josh Winoski and bassist Riley Burns.

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hen the members of the Marcellus-based band Posted took the stage at the Jewish Community Center of Syracuse on Jan. 14 to compete in the annual Battle of the Bands, they had a clear goal in mind. “Stage presence,” bassist Riley Burns says with an assured smile. “We knew we had to interact with the audience,” adds guitarist Dan Wrona, “and let people see how we really enjoy interacting and playing off of each other.” It was Posted’s second time competing, (last year they placed third), and they were ready to show what a difference a year had made. With a carefully crafted set of covers and originals, the classic-rock influenced quintet bested the other eight bands in the competition to win a $200 cash prize and a free recording session. Wrona credits the band’s numerous followers, who turned out in force to support 18

Posted that night. “We fed off that energy from the crowd, which was great.” The JCC has hosted the competition for 15 years. It’s Central New York’s biggest battle of the bands competition for high school students. The win was yet another milestone for the young band, formed four years ago. At the time, all were active in their middle school music programs. The band was originally a short-term project, formed for a school talent show.

gling paying gigs with SAT prep and parttime jobs. They also have something of an in-house mentor in Dan’s father, drummer Greg Wrona, a veteran of the local music scene and a current player in the band Red Spider. Since Posted rehearses at a nicely appointed space in the basement of the Wrona home, it’s not unusual for Greg Wrona to take in a few songs and offer some pointers. “He’s our ears,” Murphy says. “He knows what things should sound like.”

“We played ‘Counting Stars,’ the One Republic song,” Wrona recalls. “We actually had a trumpet player and a keyboard player. They ended up leaving the band shortly after that show. Being a beginner band, we learned really quickly that we wouldn’t be able to incorporate trumpet into a lot of stuff.”

All the boys cite Marcellus High School band director Michael Cirmo as a key cheerleader, and say the support of their parents has been critical for keeping the band together this long. Parents have served as roadies, sound mixers, webmasters and, perhaps most importantly, reality checkers.

Now high school juniors, Wrona, Burns, singer Nate Murphy, and percussionists Sam Hayduke and Josh Winoski are jug-

“Oh, our parents never sugarcoat it,” Murphy says. “They tell us when there is something we need to work on.”


owner gets good business and everyone has a good time.” The musicians say they have no plans to disband after graduating next year. They hope to continue playing shows during college breaks. But they realize that Posted will soon be taking a back seat to other life goals. Wrona and Burns say they expect that they will always play music in some way. Hayduke says he will make an effort to continue drumming and may minor in music in college. Murphy, who has become a fixture in Marcellus High School musical productions, is considering studying vocal performance or music education. TAMMY DiDOMENICO PHOTO

“I think all of us will want to continue playing in some way,” Burns says.

Members of Posted rehearse in the basement of the Wrona home. Each member brings diverse musical interests to Posted. Hayduke has a keen interest in jazz, Winoski leans toward classical, while Murphy developed his vocal chops with choral music, show tunes and Frank Sinatra songs. Wrona, also a jazz fan, says his dad’s love of classic rock was another influence. “My dad played in a band with Sam’s uncle, and they played a lot of jazz,” Wrona says. “Sam and I both grew up with a lot of classic rock and jazz.” When he was small, Hayduke kept beats with anything he could get his hands on until he got his first drum kit. “I remember going to Chinese restaurants and I would take the chopsticks and start playing on everything,” he says. “I’ve liked the band Rush since I was 5, mostly because Neil Peart was a crazy drummer and I looked up to him,’” Hayduke continues. “But since I was little I was always more geared toward playing jazz. I started listening to more classic rock after I got in the band.” Winoski adds that in addition to his love of classical, he became interested in West African drumbeats at an early age. “It’s unusual, but that’s what I was drawn to.” As far as current influences, the guys agree on songwriters John Mayer, Ed Sheeran and Ryan Adams, and jazz-funk fusionists Snarky Puppy.

“We listen to a lot of stuff that’s not on the radio,” Wrona says. Despite being a group of busy teenagers, Posted has maintained a fairly regular rehearsal schedule and work often on original material. Burns says including originals in their JCC set may have given Posted another slight edge over the other bands in the competition. It also didn’t hurt that the band has plenty of experience playing live. Posted recently completed its third year playing the Rock and Bowl series at Marcellus Lanes, which features live music every other weekend from November through February. Their biggest gig was performing before 700 last May at a Boy Scout camporee event. Murphy laughs when he recalls the band preparing for those first sets at Marcellus Lanes. They were offered that gig shortly after their talent show reveal. “We had to work so hard to get enough songs ready to fill a two-hour slot,” he says. “It was crunch time. We were really driven at that point.” These days, a Posted show could include anything from The Who’s “Baba O’Riley,” to “Let’s Go Crazy” by Prince. The members of Posted credit their longevity to the fact that they were always “friends first.” “When I look back on my high school years, I’ll think of playing the Rock and Bowl with my best friends,” Murphy says. “We cram that place and it’s great. The

Posted plans to use one of its Battle of the Bands prizes, a full day of recording time at More Sound Recording in Syracuse—one of the event sponsors—this summer. They hope to record a full album of original material. “We have five or six originals ready to go, but we really want to have nine or 10,” Wrona says. “We are trying to round out our sound. We want the recording to be kind of a timeline of our existence.” Murphy and Wrona both expressed gratitude to the JCC for sponsoring an event that offers exposure and opportunities. For new bands, Murphy says, those opportunities are crucial. “My advice to other young bands is to just get out there and play out,” he says. “Getting out of your rehearsal space and playing in front of real people is important.” It’s also important for band members to have fun, Burns says, and play for the enjoyment of interacting musically. “When we play, we respond to what the crowd is doing, and the feedback. But we play for ourselves, too.” By the way, the band’s name is not a reference to the social media culture that its members have grown up in. Wrona says the inspiration actually came from a piece of land that he and Winoski used to play on—a short walk from their suburban homes, but seemingly a world away. The boys would build forts and chase frogs. Until one day. . . “Well, we went there and we noticed that someone had put up a sign: ‘Posted. No Trespassing.’ We couldn’t go there anymore.” Award-winning writer Tammy DiDomenico lives in DeWitt with her husband and two sons.



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Saturday, April 29 Party for the Planet. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Celebrate Earth Day and learn about the zoo’s efforts to sustain biodiversity. See animal demonstrations and keeper talks. Rosamond Gifford Zoo, 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse. $8/person, plus zoo admission: $8/adults; $5/age 62 & up; $4/ages 3-18; free/age 2 and younger. (315) 435-8511. rosamond Arbor Day at the Mansion House. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Learn to identify trees in a nature scavenger hunt, build a birdfeeder, find out about maple syrup production and see a professional arborist climbing trees. Oneida Community Mansion House, 170 Kenwood Ave., Oneida. Free admission; some activities extra. (315) 363-0745. Cast and Crew Tryouts for Teens. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Teens ages 14-19 can audition for paid roles in a touring production of From the Back of the Bus, a theater show about the impact of racism on teens; prepare a monologue and a song to perform. Prospective paid crew members will be tested on video and sound equipment. Show performed in New York City and other locations, July 10-Aug. 18. The Media Unit, 327 Montgomery St., Syracuse. (315) 478-8648. Little Red Riding Hood. 12:30 p.m. The Magic Circle Children’s Theatre presents an interactive, comic version of the tale, in which children in the audience help Little Red Riding Hood foil the Wolf and then become witnesses at his trial, giving their version of events. Spaghetti Warehouse, 689 N.



Clinton St., Syracuse. $6. Reservations recommended: (315) 449-3823. Sounds of Sweden. 2 p.m. Listen to Toby Weinberg and Stefhan Ohlstrom play music from Sweden on fiddles and keyed fiddle. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. (315) 435-3636.


into the Fab Lab and make a craft. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374. Yoga for Everyone. 6-7 p.m.; also May 8 & 22. A class of gentle yoga for all. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1940.

Perler Bead Creations. 3 p.m. Make some spring-themed Perler bead creations. Soule Branch Library, 101 Springfield Road, Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5320.

Multiple Moms Mingle. 6 p.m. Monthly meeting of mothers and expectant mothers of multiples. Tully’s, 2943 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse. Reserve if you wish to attend:

Bishop Grimes Fundraising Dinner. 6-10 p.m. The Bishop Grimes Parent Organization hosts a dinner and silent auction. 6653 Kirkville Road, East Syracuse. $40/person. Tickets: MBelge@syrdio or (315) 314-7157.

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Sunday, April 30 Step Up 4 Kids. 7 a.m.-noon. A Kids Fun Run, 5K and children’s activities help raise money for the McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center, in honor of National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Sawmill Creek Shelter, Willow Bay, Onondaga Lake Park, Liverpool. $30-$35/5K; $15/Kids Fun Run.

Monday, May 1 Gaming for Adults with Special Needs. 1:30-3 p.m. Wii and board games available. Caregivers must remain in the room. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl. org. Craftastic Critters. 4:30 p.m.; also May 8, 15 & 22. Kids in preschool through grade 2 can drop

Little Muses. 10 a.m.; also May 9, 16 & 23. Children from infants to age 5 can practice the skills they need for school success, by reading, dancing and playing. Mundy Branch Library, 1204 S. Geddes St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3797. Storytime. 10 a.m.; also May 9, 16, 23 & 30. Toddlers and preschoolers can enjoy stories, songs, dance, finger plays and crafts. White Branch Library, 763 Butternut St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3519. Yoga Storytime. 10:30 a.m.; also May 16 & 30. Kids ages 3 to 6 and parents can learn yoga and literacy skills in a session that features puppets, stories, songs and breathing exercises. Participants must wear socks; mats provided. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: (315) 637-6374. Homeschool Hang Out. 1-3 p.m. Homeschoolers can get together to watch movies and play games. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. Seed Bombs. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Participants age 12

and up can learn how to beautify Syracuse’s abandoned lots with a mixture of flower seeds and newspaper pulp. Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.


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First Steps. 9:30 a.m.; also May 10, 17, 24 & 31. Children who are good walkers, up to age 3, can with a caregiver take part in a program with music, movement, crafts and more. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374. Baby Storytime with Signs. 10:30 a.m.; also May 10, 17, 24 & 31. Babies and caregivers can take part in a language-building program that teaches and reinforces six basic signs. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: (315) 637-6374. Read, Sing, Play Storytime. 10:30-11 a.m.; also May 10, 17, 24 & 31. Preschoolers and caregivers can take part in an interactive storytime. Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

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Thursday, May 4 Craft Club. 5:15 p.m.; also May 11 & 18. Kids age 5 and up can make unique items with a variety of materials. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3395. A Star Wars Celebration. 4-5:30 p.m. Kids ages 6-12 can make Star Warsthemed crafts, play the Lego Star Wars video game on the Xbox One and have some galactic snacks. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

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May the 4th Be With You. 4 p.m. Visitors of all ages can celebrate Star Wars with books, crafts, activities and more. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. Registration required: (315) 446-3578. Teen Writer’s Guild. 4-5 p.m.; also May 11 & 18. Middle and high school students can take part in writing workshops featuring constructive feedback, brainstorming sessions and support. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374. May the 4th. 6:30 p.m. Kids ages 4-14 can celebrate Star Wars Day with crafts and activities. Salina Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Free. (315) 454-4524.

Friday, May 5 Full STEAM Ahead Storytime. 10:30 a.m. Children ages 3-5 can hear a story related to science, technology, engineering, art and math—and then do an experiment. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. Registration required: (315) 446-3578. Wii and Game Fun. 3 p.m.; also May 12, 19 & 26. Children age 5 and up can play on the Nintendo Wii or enjoy an assortment of board games while they wait. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3395.

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30-Calendar can celebrate Free Comic Book Day by creating their own comics, learning how to write stories, sketch thumbnails and develop characters. Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

Sunday, May 7 Book Signing with Kim Edwards. Noon-2 p.m. Kim Edwards, contributing author for Chicken Soup for the Soul: Best Mom Ever!, will sign copies. Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. (315) 449-2948.


Moto-Inventions. 1-2 p.m.; Sundays in May. Tinker with recycled materials and electricity to make whirling, moving machines to take home. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/ ages 2-64; $7/seniors, age 65-plus; free/under 2. (607) 272-0600.

Comic Jam, May 6

Popcorn Fridays. 3:30-4:30 p.m.; also May 12, 19 & 26. Young people ages 12-18 can enjoy popcorn and games in the TeenSpace. Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. Register at calendar. (315) 435-1900. Parade of Baskets. 4-7 p.m. Raffle of themed baskets and gift cards benefits programs at the elementary school. Hot dogs, hamburgers and other food will be sold. Grimshaw Elementary School cafeteria, 5957 Route 20 W., LaFayette. Free admission. (315) 677-3152.

Saturday, May 6 Public Fishing. 9:30-11:30 a.m.; also May 13 & 20. Families and individuals can come for a morning of fishing; bait, rods and reels provided. Volunteers are on site to help beginners. (Fishing license not required.) Carpenter’s Book Fish Hatchery, 1672 Route 321, Elbridge. $5/person. Registration required: (315) 689-9367. TCGPlayer and Friends. 10 a.m.; also May 13 & 20. Kids age 12 and up can play trading card games like Yu-Gi-Oh!, Pokemon and more in this informal group, to which new players are always welcome. Mundy Branch Library, 1204 S. Geddes St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3797. Fun with Science. 10 a.m. Kids can learn about vision from two neuroscience graduate students and then, if they wish, stay to watch the dissection of a cow’s eye at the end of the program. (Participants may leave before the dissection if they wish.) Paine Branch Library, 113 Nichols Ave., Syracuse. Free. Registration required: (315) 435-5442. Wildlife Festival. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Families can learn about nature through presentations with live birds of prey, mammals, amphibians and reptiles. There will also be puppet shows, crafts, food for sale, and more. Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 Route 89, Savannah. $5/person; $20/family. (315) 365-3588. Chess at Betts. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; also May 13 & 20. Players or beginners of all ages can play on provided chess sets. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1940. Beethoven’s Got Talent. 10:30 a.m. A Symphoria concert explores the music and life of Beethoven in a program created for children. Inspiration Hall, 709 James St., Syracuse. $15/adults; $10/senior citizens; free/age 18 and under. (315) 299-5598, Ext. 1. Paws and Books. 10:30-11:30 a.m.; also May 20. Children ages 5-12 can read a story to Cooper, a trained, lovable dog certified as a Canine Good Citizen. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee



St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326. Toddlers’ Tango. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Toddlers and preschoolers can have fun in this music and movement class. Salina Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Free. Registration required: (315) 4544524. Tails to Tell. 11 a.m.; also May 20. Kids ages 5-12 can read a story to a lovable, trained animal from Paws of CNY. Mundy Branch Library, 1204 S. Geddes St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3797. Star Wars Spectacular. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Participants of all ages are invited to wear costumes, play trivia games, vote for the best villain, learn Jedi light saber technique and more. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 4570310. Scavenger Hunt. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Kids ages 5-12 can pick up clues for a library book scavenger hunt, with a prize for everyone who completes the challenge. Mundy Branch Library, 1204 S. Geddes St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3797. Little Red Riding Hood. 12:30 p.m. See April 29 listing. Ukulele Workshop. 1-2 p.m. Beginners age 12 and up can learn ukulele fundamentals from Pat Doherty. Participants should bring an instrument or call in advance to see if the library has one available. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. Student Art Reception. 2-4 p.m. Meet artists and browse the exhibit of nature-themed artwork by K-12 students from local school districts. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. (315) 673-1350. Sciencenter Showtime. 2 p.m.; Saturdays. An interactive presentation explores different aspects of science each week. This month’s topics include: coding, robotics, asteroid exploration, and chemistry. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/ages 2-64; $7/seniors, age 65-plus; free/under 2. (607) 272-0600. Open Chess. 2-4 p.m.; also May 13 & 20. Players of all levels can meet up with others and play with provided boards, or bring their own. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3636. Graphic Novel and Comic Book Club. 2:30 p. m. Teens can discuss books (this month, Alan Moore’s Watchmen series), use the books to inspire their own graphic novels, and eat pizza. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326. Comic Jam. 3-4:30 p.m. Participants age 12 and up

Cinco de Mayo Party. 2-4 p.m. Kids ages 5-10 can celebrate the Mexican holiday, make a luchador mask and more. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. Registration required: (315) 446-3578. Chemsations. 2 p.m.; also May 21. Local high school students demonstrate chemical reactions with color changes, bubbles and light. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/ages 2-64; $7/ seniors, age 65-plus; free/under 2. (607) 272-0600. Afternoon Tea. 2 p.m. Guests can enjoy teas, children’s tea or juice, and an assortment of sweets and savories. Event held outdoors unless the weather is inclement. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $25/person; $4/vehicle. Registration required: (315) 638-2519.

Monday, May 8 Paws to Read. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Readers can work with therapy dog Mollie for 15 minutes. Salina Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Free. Registration required: (315) 454-4524. Comfort Measures During Labor. 6 p.m. Bring a yoga mat or blanket and a partner to this session on touch and massage that can help soothe discomfort during labor. Presented by CNY Doula Connection. CNY Healing Arts, 195 Intrepid Lane, Syracuse. Free. Registration recommended: (315) 395-3643. Rainbow Salt Jars. 4 p.m. Children age 4 and up can use table salt and colored chalk to make rainbow salt jars to take home. Paine Branch Library, 113 Nichols Ave., Syracuse. Free. Registration required: (315) 435-5442.

Tuesday, May 9 Signing Storytime. 10:30 a.m.; also May 23. Children ages 3-6 can learn six to seven signs that correspond to the week’s story. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374. Teen MOPS. 4-6 p.m. Pregnant women or young mothers, ages 13-21, with children under 6 enjoy a faith-based program with fun, food and activities while their children are cared for by the childcare program. Liverpool First United Methodist Church, 604 Oswego St., Liverpool. Free. Call or text: (315) 569-2542 or (518) 441-3690.

Wednesday, May 10 L’Arche Plant Sale. 2-7 p.m.; through May 14. Purchase annual and perennial plants, cut flowers and candles in this benefit for L’Arche Syracuse. Shop

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Teen Anime Night. 6-8 p.m. Teens can come and talk about anime. Cosplay is okay, but library staff must approve. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310.

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Thursday, May 11 L’Arche Plant Sale. 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; through May 14. See May 10 listing. Free to Be. 10:30-11:15 a.m. Children from infants to age 6 can take part in this early childhood music and acting class with live guitar music, creating unique lyrics. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 6376374. Trail Tales. 1 p.m.; also May 25. A naturalist reads stories to children ages 3-5 and then leads them on a trail walk. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $4/vehicle. 638-2519. Teen Trading Card Game Day. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Young people ages 12-18 can join TCG Player, a local company, for an afternoon of games and prizes. Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. Register at (315) 435-1900.

Friday, May 12 L’Arche Plant Sale. 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; through May 14. See May 10 listing.

Saturday, May 13 L’Arche Plant Sale. 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; through May 14. See May 10 listing. Sciencenter Summer Exhibition Opening. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. With Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body, learn why your nose runs, where warts come from, and why your body produces so much “gunk.” Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/ages 2-64; $7/seniors, age 65-plus; free/under 2. (607) 272-0600. Paws to Read. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Kids can read to one of three friendly dogs from Paws Inc. of CNY. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. Fishing Class. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Kids of all ages can learn how to fish with Spider Rybaak. Live bait and lures will be used; bait and tackle are provided. Those over age 16 must have a valid New York state fishing license. Oneida Fish Hatchery, 3 Hatchery Road, off Route 49, Constantia. Free. Drop In Family Games. 1-4:30 p.m. Children age 5 and up and caregivers can play board games (or Duplos, for younger kids). Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. Talk & Signing with Shanelle Benson Reid. 1 p.m. Shanelle Benson Reid will talk about her manual Empowered for Success, which is designed to help students develop academic skills and apply them in multiple settings. Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. (315) 449-2948.

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Seussical Kids. 2 p.m. Front Row Players, a theater program for adults of all abilities, perform a musical based on the stories of Dr. Seuss. Eastern Hills Bible Church, 4600 Enders Road, Manlius. $10. (315) 663-8390. Lego Club. 2-4 p.m. Children ages 6-12 can do some Lego building, with snacks, beverages and Legos provided. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

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Mother’s Day Cards. 3-4:30 p.m. Participants age 12 and up can create custom cards with the library’s mini printing press. Supplies provided, but bring your own to personalize your cards. Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

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32-Calendar Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. Registration recommended: (315) 435-1940.

Sunday, May 21 Syracuse Chargers Rowing Club High School Regatta. 8 a.m. SU Boathouse, Long Branch Park. Parking at Long Branch Park, Longbranch Road, Liverpool. Free for spectators. (315) 4536712.


Monday, May 22 Memorial Day Storytime. 10:30 a.m. Children ages 2-5, with caregivers, will hear stories and make cards to send to military men and women stationed abroad. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Salamander Search, May 20

L’Arche Plant Sale. 9 a.m.-noon. See May 10 listing.

Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: (315) 637-6374.

Mother’s Day Garden Tour at Sycamore Hill. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Enjoy over 250 acres of landscaped gardens and ponds (filled with koi fish), 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. $12/general; free/age 8 and under. (315) 673-1350.

Arthur Visits Storytime. 7 p.m. Kids can put on pajamas and enjoy a storytime with Marc Brown’s beloved aardvark, Arthur. Bring a camera or cellphone to take a photo of the special guest. Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. (315) 449-2948.

Mother’s Day Buffet. 11:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. seatings. Skyline Lodge, Highland Forest, Route 80, 3 miles east of Fabius. $22.95/adult; $12.95/ages 5-11; free/under 5. Registration required: (315) 677-3303.

Star Party. 8:30-10:30 p.m. (Backup date: May 20.) Opportunity to see a large number of galaxies, star clusters, Jupiter and possibly Saturn through telescopes. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. (315) 673-1350. $9.

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Saturday, May 20

Teen Minecraft. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Teens in grades 6-12 can hang out and play Minecraft on a library server. Salina Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Registration required: (315) 454-4524. salinali

Komen CNY Race for the Cure. 8-11:30 a.m. Ceremony, activities and a 5K run and a run/ walk raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research; opening ceremonies at 8 a.m. State Fairgrounds, Geddes. Registration: $35-$40/adult; $20/age 12 and under. (315) 472-6162.

Tuesday, May 16

South Otselic Fishing Heritage Day. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Fishing clinics for beginners, educational activities, guided tours of the hatchery, live animals from the Binghamton Zoo, live music and more. Locations around the hamlet including the State Fish Hatchery and Otselic Town Park, South Otselic. Free admission. (315) 653-7490.

Drop In Crafts. 9:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Use provided materials to make seasonal crafts. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 4570310.

Wednesday, May 17 See Ongoing Events

Thursday, May 18 Minecraft Nights. 6-8 p.m. Children of all ages can play Minecraft with others. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 4570310. Registration required:

Friday, May 19 Toddler Dance Party. 10:30 a.m. Children from 18 months to 5 years of age (and caregivers) can dance, play with musical instruments, enjoy bubbles and more. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. (315) 446-3578. Pet Partners Reading. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Children can sign up for a 10-minute session and read to a dog from Pet Partners of CNY. Fayetteville Free



Homeschool Open House. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Homeschooling families and those considering it can meet and learn about educational opportunities. Providers of extracurriculars such as sports, choir, drama and more will also attend. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 4570310. Salamander Search. 10:30 a.m.-noon. Lift logs and roll over rocks in search of red-back, two-line and dusky salamanders while learning about their habitats and other features. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $9. (315) 673-1350. Fishing Class. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Kids of all ages can learn how to fish with Spider Rybaak. Live bait and lures will be used; bait and tackle are provided. Those over age 16 must have a valid New York state fishing license. Lake Neatahwanta pier, Route 3, Fulton. Free. Little Red Riding Hood. 12:30 p.m. See April 29 listing. Perler Beads Design Craft. 2:30 p.m. Children age 6 and up can create Perler bead magnets. Betts

Teen Book Club. 4:30 p.m. Teens can join the club, meet new people, have a snack and discuss a book. Paine Branch Library, 113 Nichols Ave., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5442.

Tuesday, May 23 See Ongoing Events

Wednesday, May 24 Minecraft Mania. 2:30-4:30 p.m. Children age 10 and up can make original art to take home and can build their own virtual world on the Xbox 360. Mundy Branch Library, 1204 S. Geddes St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3797. Paw Patrol Party. 4 p.m. Children age 2 and up can celebrate those neighborhood rescue dogs and enjoy stories, crafts and more. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. Registration required: (315) 446-3578. Teen Trading Card Game Night. 6-8 p.m. Teens in grades 7-12 can play trading card games such as Pokemon or Magic in a program in collaboration with Syracuse-based company TCGPlayer. There will be some premade decks, or participants can bring their own. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310.

Thursday, May 25 Teen Book Club. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Young people ages 12-18 will read and discuss Kenneth C. Davis’ In the Shadow of Liberty, an examination of American slavery through the true stories of five enslaved people. Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900. Origami. 4 p.m.; also May 26. Participants ages 6-12 can learn the art of paper folding; all supplies provided. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Friday, May 26 Bad Kitty on Stage. 7 p.m.; through June 17. Gifford Family Theatre performs a show based on the character Bad Kitty, star of the series by Nick Bruel. Coyne Center for the Performing Arts, Le Moyne College, 1419 Salt Springs Road, Syracuse. $15/adult; $10/child. (315) 445-4200. giffordfamily


Saturday, May 27 Chinese Language Program Registration. 9 a.m.-noon. Students in grades 3-12 can register for the three-week StarTalk Chinese Language and Culture Academy Summer Program. SUNY Oswego, 2 Clinton Square, Syracuse. Free. (315) 312-2270. North Syracuse Family Festival. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Annual festival features crafters, music, and games for children, among other activities. Lonergan Park, 524 S. Main St., North Syracuse. Free. Bad Kitty on Stage. 2 p.m.; through June 17. See May 26 listing.

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Sunday, May 28 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.

Monday, May 29 MEMORIAL DAY See Ongoing Events

Tuesday, May 30 Homeschool Chess Club. 1-2:30 p.m. Homeschooling children (or their parents) who love or want to learn to play chess can gather in the Sargent Meeting Room. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310.

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Teen Dungeons and Dragons. 6-8 p.m. Teens in grades 7-12 can take part in a fast-paced dungeon crawl with characters created for the event and provided materials and dice. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. Registration required: Congratulations, You’ve Graduated! 7-9 p.m. Chris Kennedy of CNYWorks discusses searching for the first job after high school or college, with advice on resumes, interviews and career assessment. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310.

ONGOING EVENTS Onondaga County Beaches. Fridays-Sundays and Memorial Day, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; May 27-June 11. Jamesville Beach Park, 4110 West Shore Manor, Jamesville. Oneida Shores Park, 9400 Bartell Road, Brewerton. $7/vehicle. (315) 435-5252 (Jamesville) or (315) 676-7366 (Oneida). Webster Pond Fishing. Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon (kids), Sundays, 8 a.m.-noon (adults). Seasonal fishing sponsored by the Anglers Association of Onondaga. Webster Pond, 2004 Valley Drive, Syracuse. Donations. (315) 727-2922. web


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