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inside Vol.22 Number 6

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Parents' Weekend 101

your guide to your first parents' weekend with your college freshman

in this issue 6 | what's online 8 | editor's note 10 | buzzworthY 28| Book Nook Books for Hispanic American Heritage Month 30 | Y  our family Lunch Packing... From Dread to Do-able 32 | MODERN MOM The Mother of Invention 34 | SPECIAL PARENT Fun Places to Take Your Child with Special Needs

more features

16 20 What Parents Should Raising Readers Know About Food Allergies

34 | YOUR FAMILY Party Perfect - Fun Foods for Halloween 44 | C  alendar of Events + September Events + October Events + Parents' Night Out + Halloween Events 62 | five places Apple Picking

this month's contributors Sue Henninger is a monthly contributor to Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent who enjoys writing about the unique

people, places, and events that can be found in the Finger Lakes region. [Page 12] Sarah mead is a coordinator for the Rochester Children's Book Festival. [Page 20]

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Get a Job?

at home & the rochester children's book festival

what to consider before your teen gets an after-school job

on the cover 190 Thing to do in September & October Food Allergies - What Parents Should Know Raising Readers Books for Hispanic American Heritage Month Where to go Apple Picking Parents' Weekend 101 Fun Places to Take Your Child With Special Needs

JUlianne pierce is a free-

lance writer focusing on health, parenting and pets. Originally from the Rochester area, she now resides in New York City.

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Deena Viviani is a Rochesterbased Young Adult Services Librarian who writes reviews for VOYA and the RACWI Newsletter. [Page 28]

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heather lee leap is a freelance

writer and mother of three small girls with disproportionately large appetites. [Page 30]

Regina Buttner is a mother

Rochester, NY. [Page 32]

kathi nevin

Kathi Nevin is a freelance writer who has raised three children in the Finger Lakes region. [Page 34]

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september + october what you can find at www.RocParent.com

Fall is here! Our website is chockfull of awesome ideas to celebrate the season. From outdoor adventures to the ultimate fall fun, there are no boring days in sight!

Do You Have your Weekend Planned? For busy parents who are looking for the best of what's happening each weekend, we have a brand new calendar section, Weekend Plans - 5 Reasons to Leave the House This Weekend, where you will find 5 hand-selected upcoming events your family is sure to enjoy. We hope this makes your weekends a little more fun and less hectic.

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Parents' Night Out There is a lot to do in the Greater Rochester area for your kids, but how about something for you? Our new calendar category, Parents' Night Out, offers you an opportunity to see what's happening that's not exactly kid-stuff. Check out the offerings from entertaining RBTL shows, ZooBrew and so much more. Scan and search quickly and then head out for a well-deserved grown-up evening.

Apple Picking & More! Many area farms that offer apple picking also offer additional entertainment such as hayrides, pony rides, yummy apple treats, ice cream and much more. Our roundups of fall activities will give you all the info you need to have a fantastic fall.

start the school year right

The kids are back in school and you're past the start-of-school-year bustle. But what now? How do you stay on track and keep up the energy level? Our Education section of our website has informative and helpful articles about teacher meetings, homework help, school lunch ideas and more to help you continue to make the school year great.


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editor's note

By Jillian Melnyk

leave the judgement at the door

S what’s on your mind?  Email our Publisher, Barbara: mail@GVParent.com Email our Editor, Jillian: editor@GVParent.com

omething I've heard recently from my new-parent friends is that they often feel judged. Whether it's by family (siblings, parents and in-laws), or a friend, or a complete stranger, sometimes parents are so bombarded with advice (often unsolicited) that it can be easy to feel like you're doing it wrong. You know the types of questions: You let your kid eat sugar? You breastfed until your kid was three? You let him play with your iPad? You let your kid walk to the park alone? They come with a certain eyebrow raise and look of shock and sometimes even a "I would never let my kid do that." It's judgment. And it should be banished. We all do things that we look back on later and realize are mistakes. But that's part of parenting. Simply, it's just part of life. Can we stop shaming parents into feeling like they aren't adequate and they are raising their kids wrong? As we step into fall, and start to think about holidays and times to give thanks that are not too far off on the horizon, this is a good time to start banishing judgment. The next time you want to raise your eyebrow at a friend's parenting move, stop and think before you speak. After all, isn't that we teach our kids to do?

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buzzworthy in town

The Aquarium of Niagara Welcomes Three New & Exceptional Marine Mammals Mia is a six-year-old California sea lion rthat was escued in 2014 by the Marine Mammal Care Center in San Pedro, CA. Mia was found malnourished and had to be treated for pneumonia. While going through critical care at the Marine Mammal Center, Mia gave birth to a healthy pup, Isabel, in June 2014. Because of the on-going care provided by the Marine Mammal Care Center, Mia was eventually able to care for Isabel. Both Mia and Isabel were deemed non-releasable by the National Marine Fisheries because of their mutual dependence on human care. In May Mia and Isabel arrived at the Aquarium of Niagara where both continue to receive care, attention and love from the Aquarium staff. To see Mia, her pups and all the marine animals visit the Aquarium of Niagara, 701 Whirlpool Ave., Niagara Falls, 14301, www.aquariumofniagara.org

WXXI’S Homework Hotline received Award of Excellence

Fully Accessible Treehouse at Rochester Rotary Sunshine Campus

Homework Hotline, WXXI-TV’s statewide homework-help show, received the Award for Outstanding Program or Series Designed for Children from the New York State Broadcasters Association (NYSBA). Homework Hotline is a live call-in TV show, where kids get help with homework problems right on the air. Designed for children in grades four through 12, it provides the tools students need to succeed in school and supports academic achievement across a variety of NYS Learning Standards. Teachers from the Rochester Teachers Association take the calls at Dial-A-Teacher and send them to WXXI studios in Rochester, where host teachers, who are experts in subjects across the curriculum, are standing by ready to help kids work through their homework assignments live on television. The program airs during the school year Monday through Thursday at 5:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV and on PBS stations throughout New York State.

A new, fully accessible treehouse for children with paralysis and other physical challenges is officially open at Rochester Rotary Sunshine Campus in Rush. Now children of all abilities are able to experience the joy of viewing the world from a treehouse. The treehouse is the latest amenity at Rochester Rotary Sunshine Campus, which is a resource for children and adults across the Finger Lakes region. The facility hosts summer camps held by Rochester Rotary, as well as by the American Diabetes Association, AutismUp, Camp Haccamo, Camp Joy, Heritage Christian Services, Mary Cariola Children’s Center, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Reach for the Stars, and Volunteers of America. The Treehouse Guys, a nationally renowned firm that has constructed accessible treehouses across the country, designed and built the treehouse. Camp Sunshine is located at 809 Five Points Road, Rush, 14543, https://sunshinecampus.org

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Mail entries to: Roc & GV Parent Sesame Street Coloring Contest PO Box 25750, Rochester, NY 14625

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// feature story //

words susan henninger

parents'

weekend 101 Your guide to your FIRST PARENTS’ WEEKEND WITH YOUR COLLEGE FRESHMAN

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or years you’ve chronicled your child’s milestones, diligently recording his first steps, first lost tooth, and first school award. Now, as you prepare to visit your college freshman this September or October, it will be your turn to experience a “first.” On Parents’ Weekend you’ll suddenly find yourself spending time with your son or daughter on their turf. This role reversal can be exciting, and a little daunting, for moms and dads.

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WHAT TO EXPECT

No two Parents’ Weekends are exactly the same. I’ve had the pleasure of attending them at three very different universities and each had its own distinct approach to the annual event. The first college emphasized two activities: drinking and football. If you weren’t interested in either, you were on your own! Since that was my first experience on the campus, I was at a loss, but quite impressed by my son’s ability to put together a slate of activities that allowed me to get a real feel for the school and the surrounding area. The second school’s event was a three-day parental extravaganza. They offered a plethora of free classes and programs for us to attend throughout the weekend, special meals, and football game tickets, complete with a set of blue and white pompoms to wave enthusiastically. This attention to detail made parents feel like valued partners-in-education, rather than simply anonymous tuition-paying adults. The third college fell somewhere in between, with a focus on the entire family, including younger siblings. The three of us took a highly enjoyable bus trip with a group of other families to a local orchard where we picked apples, sampled cider, and selected pumpkins and gourds. The rest of the time we spent on our own, which gave us plenty of unstructured time to reconnect. I’d be lying if I said that any of the weekends with our freshman sons went exactly as I had imagined. But, in the end, it didn’t matter. What did matter was the sense of pride I felt seeing that the boys we’d raised from infancy were now young men, fully capable of living independent lives.

TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL PARENTS’ WEEKEND Follow the Leader

Visit the school’s Parents Weekend webpage before you arrive to get a general sense of the different activities the college will be offering. However, I’d recommend leaving it up to your freshman to decide how she wants to structure her time with you. Encourage her to order or pick up any necessary tickets beforehand (of course you can offer to pay!) for all of you. Have a backup plan of one or two activities to suggest if your son or daughter seems totally stymied by the notion of being in complete control of the social scene. If they aren’t interested in any of your ideas just sit back and enjoy your new role as a guest rather than the event coordinator.

Immerse Yourself

Just for this weekend acclimate to the college lifestyle. If your teen decides to oversleep the first day you’re there, don’t immediately start calling and texting, convinced that they’re wasting precious minutes of your time together (especially if you’ve traveled a long distance to get to the college). Entertain yourself by reading a book or the local newspaper, introducing yourself to other parents at similar loose ends, or by taking a walk and exploring the campus. If you feel like you need more time together, you can always stay up past your normal bedtime that night. In my experience, flexibility is the key to a successful Parents’ Weekend! continued >>> Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent • September/October 2015

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Eat a few meals in the student dining hall. These days, with international food stations and healthy salad bars, there’s guaranteed to be something you like there. Not only that, but you’ll get a sense of what the students are eating and who your son or daughter spends mealtime with. Eating on campus is a fantastic opportunity to sit down and have good conversations with your freshman’s new friends or just listen as they all talk around you. By sitting quietly I learned how my sons felt about things like pledging fraternities, certain professors, and weekend activities without having to ask myself.

Stay Positive

Complement your student’s show of initiative whenever possible. If he selects a good restaurant to take you to, be sure to mention how much you liked the food. If he chooses a fun activity, let him know that you enjoyed it. I especially appreciated how all my boys took the time to introduce me to their new roommates, friends, and professors when we encountered them. Conversely, keep mum about issues or pet peeves that were problematic when

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your college freshman still lived at home. Above all, don’t make negative comments about the condition of your teen's dorm room. It’s his living space, and how he cleans it and decorates it is now up to him. If you really feel like something crucial is missing (i.e. reading lamp or trashcan) offer to take him shopping before you leave. If he's not interested, let it go.

Sharing is Caring

Take as many photos as you can without being annoying! This will help the folks back home feel connected to your freshman and keep them up-to-date on what they’re up to. A bonus is finding out some unique facts or stories about the university to tell friends and family. With your student, share some news from home, but keep the primary focus on the here and now. Ask as many questions as they’ll tolerate about classes, how they get along with their advisor, and what a typical day looks like.

Keep the Weekend in Perspective

Try not to elevate your short visit to a vacation or holiday status where, “If everything isn’t perfect the whole weekend will be ruined!” Trust me on this one – it won’t. Despite its name, Parents' Weekend isn’t about you alone. It’s really a unique opportunity to learn firsthand how your teen is functioning away from home by spending a weekend with her. Though initially you may feel like a fish out of water, you’ll all get used to your changing roles over time. Understand that things will not go smoothly every minute of the weekend. Tempers can flare, you may both revert to your parent/child roles, or you and your teen may be tired or just plain out of sorts with each other. Don’t panic if your freshman seems to regress between Friday and Sunday. Some kids are so overwhelmed after a month of being in a completely new situation that, just like when they were small, they need a safe place where they can let out all of their anxiety and fears. Who better to provide that place than their parents, who have seen them at their worst and continue to love and support


them regardless? It often seemed to me that what newly-independent college students need most is your expressed belief that they have the skills to weather any situation they might find themselves in. My oldest son confirmed this when he told me that the four most valuable words his dad and I ever said to him during his college years were “You’ll figure it out.”

Just for You

Before you say your goodbyes, buy a university t-shirt, sweatshirt, or baseball cap at the college bookstore. I purchased something at each of my boys’ schools and I’d put it on every time I found myself missing them. Like the “blankie” or stuffed animal your child used to cling to in unfamiliar territory, your new possession, combined with your memories from Parents Weekend, will help you feel like you’re still connected to your son or daughter. No matter how grown up they’ve become!  Sue Henninger is a contributing writer to Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent Magazine. Contact her at www.fingerlakeswriter.com

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ver the last several decades, food allergies among children have risen, with peanut allergies quadrupling over the last 20 years. A recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine has reshaped what many physicians are recommending to their patients. Dr. Kirsi Jarvinen-Seppo, director of the Center for Food Allergy at UR Medicine’s Golisano Children’s Hospital, spoke to us about what parents should be aware of.

What can you tell us about the recent rise in peanut and other food allergies?

The prevalence of food allergy among children is between 6 and 8 percent. In adults, it’s lower, mostly because some food allergies are outgrown by adulthood. But there is data suggesting that there has been a significant increase in peanut allergies. Peanut allergies are now four times as prevalent as they were in the early 90’s.

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Why has it risen so quickly?

We can’t say for certain. But there was a recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine which showed that children who were initially classified as high-risk for peanut allergies were much more likely to actually develop those allergies if they avoided peanuts entirely. So it’s possible that avoiding peanuts in the early years of life – which was the recommendation of the old official feeding guidelines – actually contributed to the rise in peanut allergy. But this probably isn’t the


whole picture and it’s likely that there are other factors contributing to the increase seen. For the general population – if you child is not considered high-risk for peanut allergies – it’s reasonable to suggest that peanuts should be introduced by one year of age. The recommendation is to breastfeed for 4-6 months, exclusively if possible, and supplementing with formula if necessary. At that point, you can start Dr. Kirsi Jarvinen-Seppo, director introducing solid of the Center for Food Allergy at foods in addition to UR Medicine’s Golisano Children’s breastfeeding. Peanuts Hospital shouldn’t be the first thing that’s introduced – you may start with pureed fruits and vegetables, and oatmeal or rice cereal. But soon after, you may move on to meat, wheat, egg, fish, and peanuts. Basically, you want them eating all common table foods by 1 year of age. For children who are considered high risk for peanut allergies – this includes infants who have already displayed allergies to other foods, or have severe eczema, or have a family history of peanut allergy – revised feeding recommendations reflecting the new study findings haven’t been released yet. The interim consensus document also leans toward early introduction of peanuts for infants at high-risk for peanut allergy, but before doing so, the child should first be evaluated by an allergy specialist to see when they should start trying certain foods.

You mentioned breastfeeding – why is that important?

The relationship between food allergy and breastfeeding hasn’t been well established and the data is pretty scarce. But there’s more data accumulating that suggest breastfeeding may prevent or postpone the development of asthma or eczema. Both of those are related conditions. Breastfeeding is also recommended for reasons unrelated to allergy.

What about a mother’s diet when she’s pregnant or breastfeeding? Can that play a role?

There really is no evidence to support that avoiding specific foods is going to prevent a food allergy, so that’s not an approach that is recommended. Mothers should be eating as varied a diet as they can to make sure they’re getting all their nutrients.

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What about other common allergens, like eggs, wheat, and cow’s milk?

Eggs and wheat can be introduced between 4 and 12 months of age. There is no data suggesting the right time to introduce these foods in infants at high-risk of allergy, yet. Pure cow’s milk shouldn’t be introduced until one year of age, for reasons unrelated to allergy, although yogurt may be introduced prior to age 1 year.

What if a child already has an allergy? Can it be cured?

Unfortunately, right now, there’s little that we can do to cure food allergy. The good news is that many food allergies are outgrown. If your child is allergic to cow’s milk or eggs, chances are, he'll eventually outgrow it. For those patients, we tend to reassess them on an annual basis. Peanut allergies, however, are not typically outgrown. Only 20-25 percent of children do go on to outgrow it. There are currently research studies that are testing experimental approaches to see if immunotherapy – also known as desensitization – could treat food allergy. But so far, even these studies haven’t shown immunotherapy to be fully curative in most cases, although it can protect against reactions from accidental ingestions, especially to those to small and trace amounts in food.

What do you tell parents once their child is diagnosed with an allergy?

We have a lengthy discussion about many aspects of management of food allergy. First, we talk about diet and what needs to be avoided – about whether or not to avoid products that say “May contain peanuts,” for example. We talk about food substitutes, like soy or certain hypoallergenic baby formulas, that can be used instead of whatever the child can’t eat. And our clinic uses a multidisciplinary team approach, so patients also consult with dieticians to help make their menus. Some patients may also need to be evaluated by a gastroenterology specialist. We also talk about how to manage food allergy in daycares, schools, and on play dates, and recommend that you simply bring your own food everywhere to avoid accidents. We also address how to manage acute reactions, review how medications are administered and when to start switching responsibility from caretaker to child in managing reactions. And we provide emergency action plans, in writing, to caretakers, daycares and schools that outline what needs to happen if a child is exposed. We also review the natural history of specific food allergy and the plan for going forward in terms of retesting. 

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words sarah mead

raising readers at home & the rochester children's book festival

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www...just one more chapter? Please?� Most parents will agree, this is music to our ears. In a world full of electronic devices and distractions, raising readers can be challenging. As a busy Mom of three small children, I am always looking for new ways to give books a special place in my children's lives. That's why, with over 40 authors and illustrators, the Rochester Children's Book Festival is always on our family calendar for November. This free family festival started 19 years ago and highlights authors and illustrators, some of whom are native to the Rochester area and others who travel to Rochester from around the country.

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How to Raise Readers

Read to your children daily. Have a set time and stick to it. Just like brushing teeth or bath time, making reading a daily habit is an important gift you can give your children. And you can make it fun by reading in silly voices! Ask your children to read to you daily. Even before you think they really can, there are so many pre-reading strategies they are working on. Pre-readers can 'read' from memory and create their own stories based on illustrations. This exposure also develops reader directionality from left to right. Make a date to visit your local library for story time. Put it on the calendar each week and let your kids look forward to it. Try out new libraries! Stop and ask questions about the book you are reading together. Discuss the books your child is reading on his own or in school. Make books accessible. Keep a book basket in the car and another in the garage to set out during outdoor play. Keep books in your purse or diaper bag to pull out at restaurants, doctor visits, etc. Set the example. Let your children see you read for pleasure, even for a few minutes every day. Bonus points if it's a book with real pages! At the grocery store, ask for help reading labels. Pre-readers can help too. “I need to find the milk. What does milk start with? M? Oh, good. Let's look for the M together!” Help your children make fun book reports using craft materials or film them reporting on camera. Many elementary teachers have some form of DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) time. You can incorporate this into your day by choosing a time when everyone – adults included – grabs a book and finds a comfy spot. For that half hour, no noise, no phones, no tv – just the quiet hush of turning pages. This would be a perfect way to wind down before bedtime or after a hectic day at school. Make a list of your favorite childhood books. Find them in the library or bookstore and share them with your children. They will love them even more knowing that they were an important part of Mom or Dad's childhood.

Visiting the Rochester Children's Book Festival

After making the short drive over to Monroe Community College, we follow the signs around campus to the R. Thomas Flynn Campus Center building. My kids love to start out downstairs at Busy Bookworm Place. This room is filled with free crafts for children to make and take home. The best part is, each craft is inspired by a book from one of the invited authors or illustrators. When we're done, we head upstairs to the Author Mall to meet the authors and illustrators who created continued >>> Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent • September/October 2015

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the books on which our crafts to us. We can't wait to see who will are based. Last year we be there this year! (Hint: He's couldn't wait to find a furry, red monster and SAVE James Howe and my one year old is going THE DATE show him our to flip when she meets Bunnicula ears him!) Rochester Children's Book Festival, and face paint! Another November 7th (10am-pm) This year we'll outstanding aspect be sure to find of the Festival is the Alyssa Capucilli Author and IllusVisit www.RCBFest.com for and congratulate trator Presentations schedule of events and see who her on the 20th on the craft of writing will be presenting and reading at anniversary of and illustrating. There the Festival this year. her popular Biscuit are so many to choose series. from throughout the day. Each child in our We love to listen to an author family picks out a new book and talk about where her idea came from or has it signed! The kids love to ask quesabout his childhood in the Rochester area. tions, and the authors and illustrators are Watching illustrators draw our favorite always so kind and enjoy taking the time characters is the best! Sponsors of the Festito tell stories about their work. Presentval host tables of information about various ing Sponsor, Liftbridge Book Shop, is an agencies in the Rochester community and independent book store located in Brockare full of fun freebies. There is a special port, New York. After we browse all of the corner where Literature Loving Dogs author tables, we head over to Read-to-me and their handlers sit patiently and listen Corner. We have heard firefighters, police as children read to them. There is just so officers, Curious George, and even Amelia much for children and adults to enjoy at Bedelia herself make guest appearances this free family festival. there. It is so exciting to sit and listen as our Festival Directors, Kathleen Blasi and favorite authors and celebrity readers read Elizabeth Falk, who have raised readers of

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their own, are committed to raising readers in our community. As directors and authors, they work all year with a committee of volunteers, to provide one memorable day for readers of all ages to come and celebrate books. Kathleen and Elizabeth are the 2015 recipients of the New York State Reading Association's Literacy Award. The Rochester Area Literacy Council nominated the festival directors for this prestigious award and continue to be sponsors of the Festival. See you in November! 

Sarah Mead is a coordinator for the Rochester Children's Book Festival.


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words julianne pierce

get a job? what to consider before your teen gets an after-school job

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part-time job can give teens their first real taste of independence, both personally and financially. However, juggling education, extracurricular activities and a work schedule can be overwhelming for many adolescents. How do you know if your teenager is ready to balance the demands of school with employment?

A job requires a certain level of maturity. Adolescents who work during the school year must know how to prioritize and manage time effectively — skills not every teen (or adult) can master. If your teenager is having trouble keeping up academically or already overwhelmed with school activities, then it’s probably not the right time to add a job to the mix. For self-reliant students who manage their schedules well, a part-time position is worth considering. Take an honest look at how your son or daughter is handling household and academic obligations. “Do they deal with their responsibilities at home, both to the family and in terms of their schoolwork?” asks Judi Smetana, PhD, a professor of psychology at the University of Rochester. “Do they do the chores they’re expected to do, follow curfew, get their homework done without a lot of pushing? All those things are signs of maturity.”

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Your teen should understand that a job is a major time commitment. This could mean making sacrifices, such as limiting time spent on social media or missing out on activities with friends. “There are trade-offs,” Dr. Smetana says. It’s important to establish ground rules before your son or daughter begins working. Stress that schoolwork has to remain the top priority. When will homework get done? Is there a specific gradepoint average that needs to be maintained to keep the job? Decide together how the paycheck will be spent. “I think it would be really smart of parents to say that some of it should be put aside for things like college, for the future,” Dr. Smetana says. Create a budget and set goals for spending and saving. Teenagers need structure and support, so make your expectations clear upfront and praise them often for the effort.

How many hours a week can your teen handle?

grades and substance abuse problems. Dr. Smetana agrees with those findings. “Part-time Take some jobs, particularly time to research in things like When school is companies to ensure they the fast food in session, New industry, York State law are the right fit and flexible actually have a allows minors enough to allow a student negative effect ages 14 and 15 to also focus on school and on teenagers,” to work up to extra-curricular activities." she says. eight hours per So how day on week– Karen Loughlin, much is too ends (between human resources manager much? Jerald 7 am and 7 pm). at Wegmans Food Markets Bachman, the lead Employees ages 16 author of the Michand 17 are permitted igan study, says teens to work four-hour shifts on should limit their weekly most weekdays and up to eight part-time job schedule to 15 hours hours per day, Friday through Sunday or less. Previous research published in The (between 6 am and 10 pm). B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & PolLegally, adolescents can work a icy showed that grades actually improved maximum of 28 hours per week during among high school seniors who worked up the school year, but what can your teen to 15 hours per week, but the GPA steadily realistically handle? A study conducted declined as the student added additional by the University of Michigan found that hours. high school students who worked long hours were more likely to suffer from poor

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What kind of work is best?

Many local businesses depend on teenagers to fill part-time slots. Positions in restaurants, supermarkets, retail outlets and movie theaters are popular options, but before your teen commits, make sure the situation is a good fit. Some questions to answer before your son or daughter accepts a job include: • How late is the establishment open? • Will your teenager be alone at any point? • Is an adult staff member always available? • Consider safety, will there be duties performed or equipment used that might be unsafe? • Does your teen have a reliable way to get to work? • What benefits does the employer offer (such as college scholarship opportunities or a letter of recommendation for college applications)? “Take some time to research companies to ensure they are the right fit,” says Karen

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Loughlin, a human resources manager at Wegmans Food Markets, “and flexible enough to allow a student to also focus on school and extra-curricular activities.”

What are employers looking for?

Trying to land a first job can be intimidating and many adolescents are uncertain how the process works. Typically, the first step is filling out an application, in person or through the company website. Candidates are then contacted for an interview, by phone, in person or both. “We look for people (no matter their age) who are enthusiastic, show a desire to learn and grow, and want to serve others,” says Loughlin. That first interview can be a nerve-wracking experience, but preparing ahead can boost confidence. Loughlin advises having a family member, friend or teacher help the student prepare. “Practice the basics, like maintaining good eye contact and speaking with confidence,” she says. Discuss some of the skills your teen can share with a hiring manager, such as commitment (good grades), teamwork (athletics) or

public service (community activities). Every adolescent is different, and ultimately the decision to let your son or daughter accept an after-school job is a personal one. Take the time to discuss what type of position would be best, and set an appropriate limit on the number of hours worked each week. Check in regularly to confirm your teen is not overwhelmed by the demands of school, activities and a job. Quantity and quality – the amount of time spent working and the type of employment -- play the biggest roles in a positive work experience. 

Julianne Pierce is a freelance writer focusing on health, parenting and pets. Originally from the Rochester area, she now resides in New York City.


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book nook

By Deena Viviani

Celebra con Libros Buenos!

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ispanic American Heritage Month kicks off on September 15th! Read some books that feature Hispanic characters, authors, and illustrators to honor those who have helped make our country what it is today.

more reads

September 13th is Grandparents’ Day! picture books Baking Day at Grandma’s Written by Anika Denise & Illustrated by Christopher Denise How to Babysit a Grandma Written by Jean Reagan & Illustrated by Lee Wildish Noodle Magic Written by Roseanne Greenfield Thong & Illustrated by Melo So Middle Grade Bayou Magic By Jewell Parker Rhodes Gone Crazy in Alabama By Rita Williams-Garcia A Handful of Stars By Cynthia Lord Home Is the Place By Ann M. Martin If You Find This By Matthew Baker Lucky Strike By Bobbie Pyron My Secret Guide to Paris By Lisa Schroeder Tell Me By Joan Bauer

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Green Is a Chile Pepper

Written by Roseanne Greenfield Thong & Illustrated by John Parra Chronicle Books, 2014, hardcover, $16.99, Ages 3-5 In rhyming stanzas, this concept book showcases a vivid rainbow of colors. Learn the hues’ names in both English and Spanish. A glossary of Spanish words and phrases is in the back for an extra vocabulary building opportunity.

Viva Frida

By Yuyi Morales Roaring Brook Press, 2014, hardcover, $17.99, Age 3-5 With sparse text in a mix of English and Spanish, this unique biographical picture book about a Mexican painter is worthy of its Caldecott Honor and Pura Belpré Award. Photographs of the author’s puppets and paintings give every page a three-dimensional look and lots of kid appeal. Additional author notes about Frida and her self-portraits are included.

Last Stop on Market Street

By Cyndi Marko Written by Matt de la Peña & Illustrated by Christian Robinson

G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 2015, hardcover, $16.99, Ages 4-8 After church every week, CJ and Nana take the bus to Market Street. CJ wonders why his family doesn’t have a car, an iPod, or lunch at home. As he rides, Nana and the other bus passengers show CJ how to see what’s beautiful in the every day experiences of his life. Colorful illustrations and a story with meaning make this picture book a winner. Check out the author’s novels for teens, too!

The Gumazing Gum Girl! Chews Your Destiny By Rhode Montijo Disney Hyperion, 2013,

hardcover, $14.99, Ages 5-8 Gabby Gomez loves chewing gum… until her Mom bans her from it. She sneaks one more piece and becomes Gum Girl when a giant bubble pops over her head, and she uses her stretchy new power to save lives. This comic book/chapter book hybrid is set up for a sequel; hopefully there will be a book two about this snappy character.

Emma Is On the Air: Big News!

Written by Ida Siegal & Illustrated by Karla Peña Scholastic, 2015, hardcover, $16.99, Ages 6-8 Emma Perez is an eight-yearold whose ambition is to be a


famous newscaster. When her classmate Javier almost bites into a worm in his cafeteria hamburger, Emma has a breaking story to report. With lots of voice and Spanish phrases, fans of Ivy & Bean will love Emma!

Zapato Power: Freddie Ramos Stomps the Snow

Written by Jacqueline Jules & Illustrated by Miguel Benítez Albert Whitman, 2014, hardcover, $14.99, Ages 6-8 In this fifth book in the Zapato Power series, Freddie Ramos has a new pair of super shoes that act like snow blowers on his feet! Can he use them to stop a purse snatcher in a March snowstorm? The line drawings and large font will appeal to early chapter book readers who like super heroes… and may want to be one themselves.

Saving Baby Doe

By Danette Vigilante G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 2014, hardcover, $16.99, Ages 10-15 Lionel and his best friend Anisa find an abandoned newborn baby girl and are desperate to keep her out of foster care. But in order to do that, Lionel needs to make money and takes a risky job. Will it be enough? The characters in this novel’s Brooklyn neighborhood truly look out for one another. High stakes and smooth writing make this book a winner.  Deena Viviani is a Young Adult Services Librarian who writes reviews for VOYA and the RACWI Newsletter. Read more reviews on her blog www.deenaml. livejournal.com or send her a note at DeenaViviani@hotmail.com – she loves to hear from readers!

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your family activities

By Heather Lee Leap

lunch packing

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elcome to autumn, when the days get cooler, kids head back to school and parents everywhere commit themselves to packing nutritious, delicious lunches their kids will love. Until reality sets in. Then life and schedules and parenting fatigue begin to undermine our good intentions.

Lovingly-packed lunches that go uneaten, the specter of time spent at the kitchen counter or the need to stick to a budget can wear away the strongest resolve. This year, let us bolster your determination with answers to some of your most troubling lunch-packing questions. How can I get my kids to eat more of what I pack? • Invite your children to create a list of favorite foods, and don’t forget to ask how they like them prepared. You may think your kids hate carrots, when in fact they only dislike them raw and are willing to gobble them up when served steamed. • Cut fruit such as apples into wedges. A child confronted with a whole apple will take a few bites and toss the rest. Smaller bites are less daunting which will result in your child eating more over the

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course of the day and won’t hurt wiggly teeth. •G  o for variety. Small quantities of different foods will have more appeal than a large amount of one thing. •B  e strict. After school, require your kids to finish their lunches before preparing a snack.

How can I save time when packing lunches? •S  tore all of your lunch-packing equipment in one location. Designate one drawer for all sandwich and snack containers, wraps or bags, thermoses and stray water bottles. •A  ssign one color or style of storage container to each

child. This helps if you provide kids with different foods, or prepare them differently. You can pack in advance and not have to re-open containers to determine the recipient. You’ll also know at a glance who is, or is not, eating his lunch each day. •K  eep frequently used, non-perishable lunch items in the same cupboard, ideally on the same shelf. Even


better, store them in a tub that you can pull off the shelf in one move and bring to the counter. • When storing leftovers after dinner, determine what can be packed in tomorrow’s lunch. As you put food away, divide portions directly into single serving containers, one for each child. • Reserve a shelf in the refrigerator for lunches. In the morning, grab items from the shelf and pop them into lunch boxes. • Recruit your children to pack their own lunches. You will save time while they learn responsibility and a necessary life-skill. How can I make lunch-packing more affordable? • Always include leftovers. Beans, steamed vegetables and grain or pasta salads hold up well and taste good cold. Soups, stews and other main-dish meals can be heated in the morning and placed in a thermos. • Buy in bulk and repackage food into individual servings. Don’t limit this concept to snack foods. Buy the family-sized tub of yogurt and serve it in half-cup sized containers. • Avoid processed, pre-packaged lunch foods. Not only are they expensive, they contain excess sodium and chemicals that your kids don’t need. • Invest in reusable containers, bags and wraps. Finally, resist the pressure to have every meal be a work of art. Instead, keep your goals modest and manageable. And when you feel your lunch-packing momentum begin to flag, pull out this list as a reminder to streamline your system. Chances are your organizational structure and planning have begun to deteriorate. Take a breath. You can do it.  Heather Lee Leap is a freelance writer and mother of three small girls with disproportionately large appetites.

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modern After-school & Weekend Activity Guide mom

By Regina Buttner

the mother of invention

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y ten-year-old son Brendan agonizes over his Halloween costumes for weeks in advance. This summer, after watching all six Star Wars episodes, he decided to dress up as Darth Vader for Halloween, and started assembling his costume in August.

Last year, he spent a month painstakingly sewing an old red tablecloth into a sheath, to be worn as a bottle of ketchup. The year before, he refused to get his hair cut for the entire summer so he would look like Harry Potter by October. I recall the Halloween when Brendan was four, and I dressed him as a fireman. His grandmother had recently sent him a yellow raincoat in a size 6, “so he can grow into it.” I rolled the sleeves up twice and pulled on his red rubber rain boots. On his head, I placed a plastic fireman’s hat that he had been given at our local fire station’s open house. A miniature fireman stood before me, ready to trick-or-treat! The fireman’s costume held up for three more years, with minor variations as Brendan grew. When he was five, I replaced his outgrown rain boots with black snow boots, and rolled his sleeves down a notch. At age six, another unrolling of the sleeves and a new pair of gloves upgraded the costume for another year’s use. But when I produced the yellow raincoat yet again the

following Halloween, sevenyear-old Brendan rebelled. The sleeves hung a good two inches above his wrists, and the boots pinched his feet. “No, Mom,” he said firmly. “I don’t want to be a fireman again!” He wanted the deluxe Batman costume, which retailed for $49.99. The price was not in my budget, and making the costume myself was beyond my creative skills. I tried to wheedle Brendan into sticking with the fireman. “Just one more time, buddy,” I pleaded. “We’ll make it the best fireman’s costume ever!” My son gazed skeptically at me. “We’ll add some cool stuff!” I said in desperation. Brendan’s face perked up at the possibility. I racked my brain. How do you accessorize a fireman’s costume? Adding a breathing mask or an oxygen tank was obviously impractical. Then it hit me — an axe! I found a plastic axe in the party supply store, next to a Tin Man costume. It was lightweight and flimsy, and its blunt edge posed no danger of causing an accidental dismemberment. And it was only

$5.95! Brendan was thrilled. “Awesome!” he said, brandishing the axe over his head. I intercepted it on the downswing and told him The Rules Of The Axe: No swinging it at people or pets. No chopping other people’s property. That Halloween, Fireman Brendan trick-or-treated with a cowboy, a football player, and the Incredible Hulk. From my front step, I could spot his bright yellow coat bobbing down the sidewalk, reflecting brightly under the streetlights. Children’s laughter echoed down the street. I handed out candy to little princesses

and super heroes with a light heart — my son was pleased with his costume, and having a good time with his friends. Brendan returned home that evening hefting a tattered pillowcase stuffed with candy. The axe dragged at his side, the handle bent at a ninety-degree angle. He brought his booty into the living room to count, sort and eat as fast as possible. “This was the best Halloween ever, Mom!” he said, dropping the battered axe to the floor and collapsing on the couch in a happy heap.  Regina Buttner lives in Rochester, NY.

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special After-school & Weekend Activity Guide parent

By Kathi Nevin

uniquely fun fun places to take your child with special needs

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ooking for some new family activities to do with your child with special needs? There are many good learning, therapeutic and developmental programs for children with special needs in our area, but most require a commitment to several classes or sessions. Sometimes you just want to go out for an evening or afternoon of fun. Here are a few suggestions.

Spend some time in a “reel” movie theater AMC Webster 12 Movie Theatre has a variety of services for people with special needs. The Webster theatre, in partnership with The Autism Society, offers AMC Sensory Friendly Films on a monthly basis. The program provides a special opportunity for families to enjoy films in a safe and accepting environment where the lights are up and the sound turned down. Audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing! In addition assistive listening devices are available for all movies. Since not all titles are made available by studios with captions and/ or audio descriptions, use the theatre finder guide online for the appropriate icon to locate sight- and sound-assistive show times or call the theater. The theatre is wheelchair accessible and even offers plush recliner seats. Whether amplifying the audio, receiving narration about what’s happening on screen, using closed captioning to follow the dialogue, or attending a special sensory friendly showing,

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AMC Webster 12 has services to help make every film just right for you. AMC Webster 12 2190 Empire Blvd Webster 14580 Guest Services: 671-0941 www.amctheatres.com/ movie-theatres/rochester/ amc-Webster-12 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Make a family art project If you don’t mind getting a little messy, The Magic Paintbrush Project at the Pieters Family Life Center has just the thing. Families with special needs children are welcome to create art and have fun at specially designed workshops. At the Family Group Painting Workshop, for example, families get to create a floor-size canvas painting in a unique way alongside other families. No art experience is necessary! Check out the Pieters Family Life Center website to find out more about this and other family workshops that offer a unique focus on Ability. A

typical workshop lasts about an hour and can include paint, clay, colorful papers, movements, communication, music and activities that are designed around you and your child’s needs. Each family will receive at least one piece of art created during their session. Pieters Family Life Center The Magic Paintbrush Project 1025 Commons Way Rochester 14623 487-3500 www.pietersfamilylifecenter.org •••••••••••••••••••••••••••

Take a walk in the park Mendon Ponds Park has many recreational areas and a special sensory garden for people with visual or physical disabilities. Sharon’s Sensory Garden, located behind the Nature Center, has a diverse selection of plants, highlighting color, texture, fragrances, and form. Visitors are invited to touch, tear, and smell the plant life. The garden flowerbeds are raised and pathways through the garden are properly graded for visitors in wheelchairs. Plant listings and labels are in Braille and raised lettering to help educate visitors. For ad-


ditional information, please call Mark Quinn at 753-7286. In addition to the sensory garden, Mendon Ponds Park is home to Wild Wings where permanently injured eagles, owls, hawks, falcons, and other "raptors" unable to survive in the wild are displayed for viewing. Visit the website and discover what else the park has to offer.

Today) Family Fun Night at

Area museums and the zoo are

special needs and their families

bounce their sillies out at this indoor playground with several big inflatables, plus an obstacle course, arcade games and snack bar. This activity group meets the second Wednesday of each month from 5:30-7:30pm and is open to families with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), their siblings, friends and supporters ages 0-10 years old. Check out MATT’s website (www.managingautism.org) for registration information and for other events including parent groups for Dads and Moms who have children diagnosed with ASD.

many amenities for guests with special needs which can usually be obtained with a phone call. Many places, such as Sky Zone Trampoline Park in Rochester, feature sensory friendly events where distractions and noise are dialed down, but you will need to check online or call for specific dates and times. Similarly, dance and theater groups such as the Rochester City Ballet and TYKES on occasion present special sensory friendly performances to young audiences. Another resource to check out is Adapted Recreation Services (www.adaptedrecreation. org), a small local not-for-profit organization that partners with community fitness centers, municipal recreation programs and disability-oriented services in the greater Rochester region to provide programs and resources for people with

opportunities in the community. Several different activities are offered each season and enrollment is limited, so register early.

Bounce-It-Out. The kids to participate in recreational universally accessible and offer After-school &can Weekend Activity Guide

Mendon Ponds Park (park office) 95 Douglas Road, Honeoye Falls 14472 Park bordered by Clover Street on the west and Pittsford-Mendon Center Road on the east www2.monroecounty.gov/ parks-mendonponds.php ••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Bounce the night away If you are looking for a fun and active night out with the family, sign up for a MATT (Managing Autism Together

MATT Family Fun Night at Bounce-It-Out 3300 Monroe Ave #200 Rochester 14618 267-7777 www.managingautism.org •••••••••••••••••••••••••••

With a little planning, you can have a wonderful time out with your special needs child and make memories that are sure to last!  Kathi Nevin is a freelance writer who has raised three children in the Finger Lakes region.

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your family celebrations

After-school & Weekend Activity Guide

party perfect

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t’s that time of year – jack-o-melon carving time! Watermelon carvings are a fun and different way to show off your spookiest Halloween faces.

Throwing a Monster Mash has never been more fun, and this watermelon carving makes the ultimate centerpiece as the head of Frankenstein. Then round out your party menu with these kid-friendly Watermelon Glazed Meatballs and let the spooktacular celebrating begin. Before you start carving, check out a few helpful carving tips and tricks: • The whole watermelon should be at room temperate when you carve to make cutting and slicing easier. Then chill the watermelon after cutting and before serving. • Cut a small, thin, flat piece from the bottom of the watermelon before carving. This will provide a flat base, making the watermelon more stable when carving. • Draw the design on the watermelon rind with a fine/ medium point waterproof marker or a sharp pencil before you cut. • Use a sharp knife with a pointed tip – the sharper the knife, the easier and cleaner the cuts will be.

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Head of Frankenstein • Oblong shaped seedless or seeded watermelon • Honeydew melon • Large kitchen and paring knives • Melon baller • Green dry erase marker • Straight pins or toothpicks • Chocolate wafer cookies, large and mini sizes • Black edible sugar sheets or construction paper • Black licorice strings • Pair of chop sticks • Chocolate covered mini donuts • Spooky decorations

For more wicked watermelon carving inspiration, visit www.watermelon.org/ Carvings

Wash watermelon under cool running water and pat dry. On cutting board, place watermelon on its side and cut 1/2 to 3/4 inch from each end, creating a sturdy base and top portion of carving. Stand watermelon upright.

Scoop out a good amount of red fruit from top of watermelon with melon baller, also using a melon baller scoop a generous portion of honeydew to make fruit salad. Refill top portion of watermelon with balls of watermelon and honeydew.

From ends that were cut off, draw nose with dry erase marker and use paring knife to cut it out. Attach to watermelon using straight pins or toothpicks. For eyes peel two large and two small chocolate wafer cookies in half. Using sturdy toothpicks or straight pins, attach large cookies with white icing facing out from watermelon and attach small


black cookie portion to white icing to create Frankenstein's pupils. Cut black edible sugar sheets or construction paper half length wise then make zig zag cuts to create hair; attach this to top of watermelon using straight pins.

and stitches randomly on face. Three-quarters down watermelon on each side of face, insert a chopstick and attach a chocolate covered mini donut to each chopstick to resemble screws in Frankenstein's neck. Complete carving with additional spooky decorations.

Use straight pins to attach black licorice to create mouth

Watermelon Glazed Meatballs Serves: 6 to 8 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 24-36 frozen prepared mini meatballs 1 cup watermelon puree (instructions below) 1 cup prepared barbecue sauce Heat oil in large heavy saute pan over medium high heat or electric skillet set on 325°F. Saute meatballs until browned and hot. Reduce heat to low. To make the watermelon puree, remove seeds from fresh watermelon and cut into large chunks. Place in a blender and process until smooth and well pureed. Mix together barbecue sauce and watermelon puree. Pour over meatballs and simmer for a few minutes. Serve hot.  Find more Hallowee recipies and party ideas at www.RocParent.com

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After-school & Weekend Activity Guide Looking for enrichment programs and what to do with the kids after-school or on the weekends? Here is an array of activities for children after the final bell rings. After School Programs & Child Care Art Instruction Dance Programs Drama & Theater Enrichment, Special Learning & Tutoring Music Programs Sports & Athletics Classes and Programs

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calendar

sept & oct events

Activities • Exhibits • Theater • Storytelling • Shows • Family Fun • Outdoor Adventures Parenting Programs • and lots more for families to do in & around Rochester!

High-Tech Toy Halls of Fame Exhibit at The Strong WHERE National Museum of Play at The Strong One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607 ADMISSION $13.50 Age 2 and older Free for members and children under 2 DATES & HOURS Monday–Thursday: 10am–5pm Friday & Saturday: 10am- 8pm Sunday: 12pm–5pm MORE INFO 263-2700 www.museumofplay.org

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Jim Henson, and Ole Kirk Christiansen (creator of LEGO). Imagine climbing the dramatic exhibit staircase across from a giant, oval window decorated to look like a checker board. On the ascent, marvel at LED lights dancing overhead and view a gallery of 21 portraits of classic toys, some that move and interact with guests in humorous ways. Then check out the digital Jack-in-the-Box

that displays animated toy characters from the National Toy Hall of Fame, including Barbie, G.I. Joe, and Mr. Potato Head. On the staircase landing or from above it, you will be able to use cranks, pulleys, and cords to interact with an oversized kinetic toy sculpture made up of building blocks, balls, a toy race track, and more. A 20-foot wide mobile hanging over the atrium beckons to be manipulat-

ed and rotated by one of three air cannons. There is so much to do and explore so head out the The Strong museum today and immerse yourself in play.


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01 * Tuesday New York State Fair Arts and

crafts, vendors, live entertainment, food, rides, children’s activities, games, animals and much more. “Dollar Day” on Labor Day including dollar admission, dollar rides and dollar food and drink specials. 8 AM - 10 PM. New York State Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Blvd, Syracuse 13209. www.nysfair.org

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Games for Children -Tethered Balloon Rides - Continuous Entertainment. Arts and craft vendors, food and a car show. Entrance Fee $5.00 per person - Children under 12 Free 6 PM. Dansville Municipal Airport, Maple Ave Entrance, Dansville 14437. 335-2076. www.nysfob.com

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the website for promotions and to purchase tickets. Kids age 4-12 can be signed up by a parent/legal guardian for the Knot Hole Gang Kids’ Club. A membership is $20 per child. 7 PM. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Silver Way, Rochester 14608. 454-1001. www.redwingsbaseball.com R

02 * Wednesday New York State Fair See Sept. 01 Redwings vs Scranton/WB Check the website for promotions and to purchase tickets. Kids age 4-12 can be signed up by a parent/legal guardian for the Knot Hole Gang Kids’ Club. A membership is $20 per child. 7 PM. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Silver Way, Rochester 14608. 454-1001. www.redwingsbaseball.com/

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beautiful Ring of Fire. For details and tickets visit the website. 9 AM. Canandaigua Lady, 205 Lakeshore Drive, Canandaigua 14424. 2335019. www.cdgaboatcruises.com

Friday, September 18, 5-9pm

Walk on the Wild Side Traipse through streams and underbrush, and crawl on the ground and over logs as you explore what on Earth is going on in nature! 10 AM - 12 PM. Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Rd., Naples 14512. 697-1962. www.rmsc.org

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Flavors of Rochester The 2015 series will illuminate and celebrate the Market’s and the Greater Rochester community’s colorful cultural and ethnic diversity! 10 AM - 12 PM. Rochester Public Market, 280 N. Union St., Rochester 14605. 428-7282. www.cityofrochester.gov

A theatrical performance of mind-and-body-bending choreography and vibrant interactive characters, Grounded Aerial uses the dimensions of each performance space to craft site-specific dynamic shows never to be duplicated anywhere else. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park at Manhattan Sq., Rochester 14607, 957-9837, www.rochesterfringe.com

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with a “Happy Birthday” song and New York State Fair See Sept. 01 treats for the birthday animal at 2 p.m. Outdoor Movies at State Street There will also be a docent-run touch Join The Mall for a free screening of one table station available at each birthday of your favorite movies, starting at 8pm. party. 1 PM - 3 PM. Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St Paul Street, Rochester 14621. Plus, there will be samples from stores, 336-7213. www.senecaparkzoo.org giveaways and more! It happens every Thursday night on State Street, now RMSC Saturday Night Laser thru September! 8 PM. Greece Ridge Shows Dave Matthews Laser, Thanks Mall, 271 Greece Ridge Center Drive, to its pure wavelengths, laser light Rochester 14626. 585-225-1140 provides an intense color sensation www.themallatgreeceridge.com/events whether faint or dazzlingly bright. Children under age 5 are not admitted to this show. 8 PM. Strasenburgh Planetarium, 657 East Ave., Rochester New York State Fair See Sept. 01 14607. 271-1880 or 271-4320. www.rmsc.org Tales and Tails Story Time Story hour with farm animal visitor! Come for stories and meet a new farm animal friend. The event is free of charge and open to the public, but no buses please. NYS Festival of Balloons See Sept. 04 6 AM - 6 PM. No registration is required. 11 AM. Wickham Farms, 1821 Fairport Nine New York State Fair Mile Point Road, Penfield 14526. 377See Sept. 01 3276. www.wickhamfarms.com Dryden Kids - Mary Poppins R

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pillow and enjoy an animal-themed story or two and a humane education component. Great way to introduce the wonder of animals to the little ones of the family. Held every Friday in the

This charming musical is set in London during the progressive era and resolves many of the period’s social concerns— suffrage, class antagonisms, and child labor—in a manner possible only at Disney. Appropriate for all ages. 2 PM. Dryden Theatre, 900 East Ave.,

Woodland Walks with Ron Walker The approximately a 1.5-

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mile walk will last 60-75 minutes. Hiking boots and binoculars are recommended. Meet at the Flint Hill Admission area to begin your adventure. 2 PM - 3 PM. Genesee Country Village and Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford 14511. 538-6822. www.gcv.org

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This tour consists of a two-hour leisurely walk of approximately one mile on paved roads and uneven terrain. Admission: $5 per person, members and children under 16 free when accompanied by a paying adult. 2 PM. Mount Hope Cemetery, 791 Mt. Hope Avenue, Rochester 14620. 461-3494. www.fomh.org R

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New York State Fair

where Americans from across the nation flocked for good old summertime fun. Included with museum admission. 10 AM - 5 PM. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607. 263-2700. www.museumofplay.org

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Exhibit Closing - Explore America’s long fascination with the need for speed. Start your engine and zip through the evolution of driving games. 10 AM. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607. 2632700. www.museumofplay.org

Hop Picking Party Genesee Country Museum will host its second annual Hops Picking Party on Labor Day, with an event that harkens back to the days when hops growing was king. 10 AM 4 PM. Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Rd., Mumford 14511. 538-6822. www.gcv.org R

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10 * Thursday Winds Waves and Wines Fundraiser This fundraiser is

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calendar of events • local family-friendly activities taste wines and foods from 25 the best wineries and restaurants. Tickets are $75 each or $130 for a pair of tickets. 6 PM - 9 PM. Aquarium of Niagara, 701 Whirlpool St., Niagara Falls 14301. 716-285-3575. www.aquariumofniagara.org

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Rochester Celtic Festival The festival will feature international headliners, regional and local favorite Irish musicians, Irish dancing and food. Saturday night activities will include an Irish mass at Saint Mary’s Church. 5 PM - 10 PM. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park at Manhattan Square, 353 Court Street, Rochester 14607. www.rochestercelticfestival.com R

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12 * Saturday Bike MS: Roc the Ride

Experience the best cycling the city of Rochester has to offer while raising money to put an end to MS forever! Fully-supported routes ranges from the 10-mile “Foodie Tour” with tastings at downtown hot spots to the 100-mile ride. 7 AM - 7 PM. Genesee Valley

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Admission is only $3 for adults, $2 for Sr. citizens, $1 for kids 6-14 and 5 and under are free. Parking is free and handicapped accessible. It is sponsored by the Macedon Center Fire Dept. and the Macedon Center United Methodist Church. 8 AM. Macedon Center Firemans Field, 2481 Canandaigua Road, Macedon 14502. www.macedoncenterfire.org

Glorious Grape Day The event will feature wine tastings, grapes, and grape treats. Check the website for details. 9 AM - 6 PM. Varick Winery, 5102 State Route 89, Romulus 14541. 549-8787. www.varickwinery.com R

Wildflower Hike Explore CNC

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looking for and identifying the many different species of wildflowers. Discover which wildflowers are native or invasive to this area, and how do they benefit humans and animals. 10 AM - 12 PM. Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Rd., Naples 14512. 697-1962. www.rmsc.org

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realistic, Jenkins’ work is a reflection of the organic movement and dynamism that exists in nature, mimicking the kinetic qualities of

matter in its purest form. A visual eruption of brushstroke, print, pattern, color and texture. 10 AM. Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Rd., Naples 14512. 697-1962. www.rmsc.org

Clothesline Arts Festival

the Bristol Hills and the valley below. This is truly a unique opportunity for all ages to view Mother Nature. 12 PM - 4 PM. Bristol Mountain, 5662 Route 64, Canandaigua 14424. 3746000. www.bristolmountain.com

Rochester Celtic Festival

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Experience all-day live entertainment, sample food from some of Rochester’s favorite vendors, enjoy free family art activities, visit the museum, and of course, browse and buy original artwork throughout the grounds. 10 AM - 6 PM. Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave., Rochester 14607. 276-8900. www.mag.rochester.edu

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This community festival celebrated everything great about Victor! Bands, games, festival food and Food Trucks, music, magician,kids activities and clowns. 10 AM - 5 PM. Downtown Victor, , Victor 14564. 742-1476. www.victorchamber.com

Roads Less Traveled By

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Discover 19th century Rochesterians, pivotal leaders, entrepreneurs and heroes, whose stories have not previously been told. Meet- North Gatehouse, 791 Mount Hope Avenue. $7 per person. 11 AM. Mount Hope Cemetery, 1133 Mount Hope Avenue, Rochester . 461-3494. www.fomh.org

Bristol Mountain Fall Sky Rides Ride the Comet Express

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chairlift to the summit of Bristol Mountain for a tranquil 15-20 minute ride providing breathtaking views of

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Susan B. Anthony Tour

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Discover reformers Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass and other Rochester women and men who fought for rights for women and African Americans. Meet- North Gatehouse, 791 Mount Hope Avenue. $7 per person. 1 PM. Mount Hope Cemetery, 1133 Mount Hope Avenue, Rochester . 461-3494. www.fomh.org

Rochester Rhinos vs Toronto FC II Enjoy the game with family and

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friends. Back to School Night - Roc Craft Beverage Event. Check the Rhinos website for details. 7 PM. Sahlen’s Stadium, 460 Oak St., Rochester 14608. 454-3000. www.rhinossoccer.com

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13 * Sunday Community Garage Sale

Treasures await you and bargains abound...the sheer number and variety of items available at these sales defy easy description. But whatever you consider the right stuff, you have a good chance of finding


calendar of events • local family-friendly activities reservations are required. 11 AM. New York Museum of Transportation, 6393 East River Rd, West Henrietta 14586. 533-1113. www.nymtmuseum.org

Bristol Mountain Fall Sky Rides See Sept. 12

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Woodland Walks with Ron Walker See Sept. 06

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dynamic shows never to be duplicated anywhere else. 5 PM - 9 PM. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park at Manhattan Square, 353 Court Street, Rochester 14607. 957-9837. www.rochesterfringe.com

Tales and Tails Story Time

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Animal Tales - Drop-In Storytime See Sept. 04

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14 * Monday Storytime Club: ABCs and 123s Readings of classic children’s

tales at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Have your Storytime Club passport punched once during each visit. Collect five punches and receive a free children’s book! Included with general museum admission fees. 10 AM. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607. 263-2700. www.museumofplay.org

Holistic Moms Network Meeting Bond with your little one

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James and the Giant Peach: The Musical Saturday, September 19-26 When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their tree, he discovers a magic potion that launches a journey of enormous proportions. Tickets $16, kids 12 and under $8. RAPA at the School of the Arts, 45 Prince St.,Rochester 14607, 325-3366, www.rapatheatre.org it at Community Garage Sales and Superfleas. 8 AM. Rochester Public Market, 280 N. Union St., Rochester 14605. 428-6907. www.cityofrochester.gov/garagesales

Macedon Lumberjack Festival See Sept. 12

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Artists Row Artists Row is not just your average art show. With over 180 new and emerging artists the focus is on unique and one of a kind art that cannot be found at any other summer arts fair. 9 AM - 4 PM. Rochester Public Market, 280 N. Union St., Rochester 14605. 325-5058. www.cityofrochester.gov/ R

Flower City Down Syndrome Network Buddy Walk

whole family’s experience. 10 AM - 4 PM. Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St Paul Street, Rochester 14621. 336-7213. www.senecaparkzoo.org

Free youth admission day at the Zoo To help you enjoy your

Zoo adventure even more, the Zoo hosts select special admission days. On these days you receive one free youth admission with one paid adult. This offer is good during regular Zoo hours. 10 AM - 4 PM. Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St Paul Street, Rochester 14621. 336-7213. www.senecaparkzoo.org

Clothesline Arts Festival

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Antique Fire Trucks Pumpers,

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hook-and-ladders, fire engines… they’ll all be there to kick off the museum’s annual Fall Foliage ride season. These beautifully restored fire trucks are proudly displayed by the Genesee Valley Antique Fire Apparatus Association. 11 AM - 5 PM. New York Museum of Transportation, 6393 East River Rd, West Henrietta 14586. 533-1113. www.nymtmuseum.org

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Grandparents day at the Zoo

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To help you enjoy your Zoo adventure even more, the Zoo hosts a special Grandparents day with activities and an admission deal to enhance the

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16 * Wednesday Fine Tastings for Al Sigl Community Funds raised help

over 50,000 children and adults with special needs in our community served by Al Sigl Member Agencies. This event sold out in 2014, so please be sure to reserve your spot today! 5 PM - 8 PM. Locust Hill Country Club, 2000 Jefferson Rd., Pittsford 14534. 4424102 x 8944. www.alsigl.org R

17 * Thursday Toy Halls of Fame Ribbon Cutting The new state-of-the-art

Toy Halls of Fame exhibit is revealed at a public ceremony. Included with general museum admission fees. (The museum will close at 3 p.m.) 10 AM. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607. 263-2700. www.museumofplay.org

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The Buddy Walk is a 1 mile stroll that promotes awareness of, and celebrates, the many accomplishments and abilities of infants, children, teens, and adults with Down syndrome. Registration & Activities begin at 9:30 AM, walk begins at 11 AM. 9 AM. Webster Thomas High School, 800 Five Mile Line Road, Webster 14580. 7667973. www.firstgiving.com/fcdsn/ fcsdn-buddy-walk-2015

as you learn the techniques of Infant Massage from Nina Neu from Flower City Yoga. The loving touch of parents not only comforts and soothes infants, it may also bring relief to fussiness, gas, colic, and constipation. 6 PM - 8 PM. Christ Episcopal Church, 36 South Main Street, Pittsford 14534. www. chapters.holisticmoms.org/chapters/ ny-rochester/

the beauty of autumn in western New York State from the window of an authentic 88-year-old electric trolley car. Trolleys depart every half hour starting at 11:30 a.m., and no

RPO Season Opener

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Showcasing the orchestra itself, this musical kaleidoscope includes four unforgettable sonic showpieces: Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Tchaikovsky’s Francesca da Rimini, and Barber’s Adagio for Strings. 7 PM. Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs St., Rochester 14604. 454-2100. www.rpo.org R

18 * Friday Friday on the Fringe Grounded Aerial A theatrical

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performance of mind-and-bodybending choreography and vibrant interactive characters, Grounded Aerial uses the dimensions of each performance space to craft site-specific

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19 * Saturday Annual Back to School 5K and Fun Walk Join the 2nd Annual

Back to School 5K and Fun Walk to benefit Holy Childhood. Meet at the Roundhouse Pavilion beginning at 8:30 a.m., the 5K and Fun Walk starts at 10:00 a.m. After the event enjoy food, fun and games at the post-race party! 8 AM. Genesee Valley Park, 99 Elmwood Ave., Rochester 14611. 3593710 ext. 169. www.holychildhood. org/5kandfunwalk

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introduce you to the African elephants and give tours of the beautiful Elephant Barn. Docent touch tables will allow you to get your hands on some amazing elephant bio-facts and artifacts. 10 AM - 4 PM. Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St Paul Street, Rochester 14621. 336-7200. www.senecaparkzoo.org

Blowing with the Wind Guided hike with no specific agenda going where the wind blows us, Observing and exploring who’s doing what. 10 AM - 12 PM. Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Rd., Naples 14512. 697-1962. www.rmsc.org R

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German Heritage Day Through food, performances and a look at our shared history, Genesee Country Village & Museum salutes our German ancestors with German Day. 10 AM - 4 PM. Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Rd., Mumford 14511. 538-6822. www.gcv.org

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Toy Halls of Fame Exhibit Opening Experience the new,

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cutting-edge Toy Halls of Fame exhibit and discover five themed areas— imagine, create, build, move, and compete—where guests go hands-on with the toys beloved by generations. 10 AM - 8 PM. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607. 263-2700. www.museumofplay.org

RIT Student Honors Show Many of the works in the Honors Shows continue to garner multiple festival screenings and awards. Free event. 11 AM. Little Theatre, 240 East Avenue, Rochester . www.rochesterfringe.com R

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Form, Function & Mount Hope Cemetery Mount Hope Cemetery

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calendar of events • local family-friendly activities Rochester’s design legacy. Meet- North Gatehouse, 791 Mount Hope Avenue. $7 per person. 12 PM. Mount Hope Cemetery, 1133 Mount Hope Avenue, Rochester . 461-3494. www.fomh.org

James and the Giant Peach: The Musical When James is sent

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by his conniving aunts to chop down their tree, he discovers a magic potion that launches a journey of enormous proportions. Tickets $16, kids 12 and under $8. 2 PM. School of the Arts, 45 Prince St., Rochester 14607. www.rapatheatre.org/

Cuisine for a Cure A roaring 20’s fundraising ball hosted by the American Cancer Society with presenting sponsor Mass Mutual Financial Group, Buffalo. Honoring 2015 honoree President & CEO of Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Candace S. Johnson, PhD. 6 PM - 11 PM. Statler City, 107 Delaware Ave , Rochester 14202. 224-4919. www.cuisineforacure.org R

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Comedy ensues as the magic tricks don’t go as planned. The show morphs between film and live performance with an original score by Andrew Alden. Fun for all ages. 7 PM. Little Theatre, 240 East Avenue, Rochester . www.rochesterfringe.com

Rochester Rhinos vs New York Red Bulls Enjoy the game with family

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and friends. Fan Appreciation Night, Check the Rhinos website for details. 7 PM. Sahlen’s Stadium, 460 Oak St., Rochester 14608. 454-3000. www.rhinossoccer.com

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21 * Monday Storytime Club: ABCs and 123s See Sept. 14

Foodlink's Festival of Foods

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Sample the best food and drink in Rochester and the Finger Lakes at Foodlink’s annual Festival of Food. Enjoy over 100 local restaurants, wineries, breweries, bakeries and more. All proceeds benefit Foodlink. 6 PM - 9 PM. Rochester Public Market, 280 N. Union St., Rochester 14605. www.foodlinkny.org

James and the Giant Peach: The Musical See Sept. 19 7 PM

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22 * Tuesday College Fair at Eastview Mall

The annual college fair at Eastview, organized by the Victor-Farmington Kiwanis, will be held around the mall. 7 PM - 9 PM. Eastview Mall, 7979 Pittsford Victor Rd., Victor 14564. www.eastviewmall.com

Barktober Fest at Lollypop Farm

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23 * Wednesday

Saturday, September 26, 8am - 1pm

College Fair Colleges will have

informational booths throughout the mall. Here is your chance to visit with college staff to learn more about the opportunities available. 6 PM - 8 PM. Marketplace Mall, 1 Miracle Mile Dr, Rochester 14623. . www.themarketplacemall.com

Barktober Fest is Lollypop Farm’s annual walk and 5-mile race located at Egypt Park and Lollypop Farm to raise funds to support the vital services and programs that help homeless and abused pets in our community. Egypt Park and Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Rd., Fairport 14450, 223-1330, www.lollypop.org

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RMSC Saturday Night Laser Shows See Sept. 05

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20 * Sunday Artist Row See Sept. 13 RMSC Exhibit Closing - Make it Fly Dive into a hands-on exploration

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of the inventive process! A dark storm is approaching! Build a device that can fly in a storm and shimmer through the darkness. 11 AM - 5 PM. Rochester Museum and Science Center, 657 East Ave., Rochester 14607. 271-1880 or 271-4320. www.rmsc.org

Fall Foliage by Trolley

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Bristol Mountain Fall Sky Rides See Sept. 12

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Toy Halls of Fame Exhibit Opening See Sept. 19

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12 PM - 5 PM

Lehigh Valley Railroad Open House A large collection of historical

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24 * Thursday RMSC Fantastic Findings Garage Sale A "next to new" sale,

Fantastic Findings features china, crystal, silver, lamps, jewelry, linens, art, toys and other fantastic treasures and collectibles. 9 AM - 4 PM. Rochester Museum and Science Center, 657 East Ave., Rochester 14607. 244-2074. www.rmsc.org

Art Social ather your friends for a fun, quick art experience in a unique setting. While you’re here, purchase food and drink and enjoy live music. No experience needed and all materials provided. Fee: $13. 6 PM - 7 PM. Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave., Rochester 14607. 276-8900. www.mag.rochester.edu R

James and the Giant Peach: The Musical See Sept. 19 7 PM

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Outdoor Movies at State Street See Sept. 03

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Encampment to see living history at its finest. This annual event is co-sponsored by the Granger Homestead and Reynolds Battery L, 1st New York Light Artillery. Check website for updates and hours. 2 PM - 4 PM. Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum, 295 N. Main St., Canandaigua 14424. 394-1472. www.grangerhomestead.org

YMCA Gala and Auction Come for the 6th Annual YMCA Gala and Auction on September 25, 2015 at the Italian American Community Center. Enjoy an elegant evening filled with silent and live auctions, dinner, and live music. 6 PM. Italian American Community Center, 150 Frank DiMino Way, Rochester 14626. www.rochesterymca.org/event/ wsdgala

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artifacts from the Lehigh Valley Railroad is on display at the museum. The gift shop will be open. Rail historians will give presentations at some of the open houses. 1 PM - 3 PM. Lehigh Valley Railroad Museum, 8 East High Street, Rochester 14548. 289-9149. www.lvrrhs.org

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25 * Friday RMSC Fantastic Findings Garage Sale See Sept. 24 9 AM - 4 PM

Tales and Tails Story Time

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Animal Tales - Drop-In Storytime See Sept. 04

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Woodland Walks with Ron Walker See Sept. 06

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Civil War Encampment Visit

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Come out to enjoy a radiant evening benefitting the Rochester Museum & Science Center! Guests will discover the science of light and optics and celebrate the vital role this colorful world plays in making bright futures a reality. 6 PM. Rochester Museum and Science Center, 657 East Ave.,

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Farm's annual walk and 5-mile race located at Egypt Park and Lollypop Farm to raise funds to support the vital services and programs that help homeless and abused pets in our community. 8 AM - 1 PM. Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Rd., Fairport 14450. 223-1330 x139. www.lollypop.org/bfest

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RMSC Fantastic Findings Garage Sale See Sept. 24 9 AM - 2 PM

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9 AM - 4 PM

Fern Identification Did you know

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that CNC is home to many different types of Ferns, and each is unique in its own way? Come explore and discover their beauty and benefits. 10 AM - 12 PM. Cumming Nature


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Sensory Friendly Films - HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA

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The program provides a special opportunity for families to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment. The auditoriums dedicated to the program have their lights up, the sound turned down. 10 AM. AMC Webster 12 Movie Theatre, 2190 Empire Blvd., Rochester 14580. www.amctheatres.com

Living History Event at Ganondagan Witness the

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landmark re-enactment of the 1669 arrival of French explorer LaSalle and the Seneca people in the town of Ganondagan. Participate in exciting Colonial games and activities and view the works of artisans. 10 AM - 4 PM. Ganondagan State Historic Site, 1488 State Route 444, Victor 14564. 742-1690. www.ganondagan.org

Kids and Trucks KIDS & TRUCKS is a family-friendly event that allows children and adults to experience all different kinds of trucks up close – they can even crawl into the cab and beep the horn! 10 AM - 5 PM. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Silver Way, Rochester 14608. 295-1000. www. childrensinstitute.net/kids-and-trucks

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Naples Grape Festival Enjoy

wine, food, arts, crafts and local/ regional music. Bake a pie for the World's Greatest Grape Pie Contest and sample every thing "grape" that the valley has to offer. 10 AM - 5 PM. Naples High School, Route 21 South , Naples 14512. www.naplesgrapefest.org/

Smithsonian Museum Day The Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum will participate in the Annual Museum Day presented by Smithsonian magazine. To obtain your ticket for Museum Day, go to the website and fill out and print your ticket. 10 AM. Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda 14120. www.smithsonian.com/museumday R

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Museum will be among more than 1,500 museums across the country that are offering FREE admission (after applying online) on Museum Day Live! 10 AM - 4 PM. Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Rd., Mumford 14511. 538-6822. www.gcv.org

Wildlife Festival There's

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something for everyone at this weekend-long, admission-free family-fun celebration. Returning this year-Liberty the Bald Eagle and other raptors, including a young Eurasian eagle owl. 10 AM - 5 PM. Niagara Power Vista Visitors Center,

5777 Lewiston Rd., Lewiston 14092. 716-286-6661. www.nypa.gov/vc/ NYPAsWildlifeFestivals.htm

Super Saturdays - Let's Get Wild! You’ve seen him on Rachel

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Ray, The Tonight Show, and Conan O’Brian, and on Saturday, September 26th, wildlife expert Jarod Miller and some of his animal friends - are coming to Eastview! 11 AM - 2 PM. Eastview Mall, 7979 Pittsford Victor Rd., Victor 14564. www.eastviewmall.com

Layout Tour and Train Show Historic preservation in

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miniature. Layout tour is free. There is a fee for the Train Show in the Ballroom. 11 AM - 2 PM. Edgerton Recreation Center, 41 Backus Street, Rochester 14608. 428-6769. www. edgertonmodelrailroadclub.com

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Corners and at Route 250. Pumpkin Chunkin', Juggler Alex Rozanov will entertain between pumpkin launches. Bring a chair! Chainsaw Wood Carving Demonstration: Free to watc, Face Painting: $1. 11 AM - 3 PM. Wickham Farms, 1821 Fairport Nine Mile Point Road, Penfield 14526. www.wickhamfarms.com

Bristol Mountain Fall Sky Rides See Sept. 12

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Amazing Magic Joe Amazing Magic Joe is back for his second straight year at the Fringe, with a

brand new show featuring jawdropping magic and non-stop laughter that’s fun for the entire family. $12, children - $6. 12 PM. GEVA Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd., Rochester 14607. www.rochesterfringe.com

James and the Giant Peach: The Musical See Sept. 19 2 PM

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27 * Sunday Lift Bridge Regatta Fairport Crew Club to use the North Bank Pavilion from 6:00 A.M. until 6:00 P.M. during the 11th Annual Lift Bridge Regatta. The dock masters are directed to have all boats docked on the south side of the canal that day. 6 AM - 6 PM. Downtown Fairport, Main Street, Fairport 14450. www.village.fairport.ny.us/

Community Garage Sale

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Living History Event at Ganondagan See Sept. 26

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Kids and Trucks See Sept. 26

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10 AM - 3 PM

Naples Grape Festival

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Wildlife Festival See Sept. 26

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Fall Foliage by Trolley

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RBTL Presents Newsies Tuesday, October 6 Sunday, October 11

They delivered the papers, until they made the headlines…Direct from Broadway comes NEWSIES, the smashhit, crowd-pleasing new musical from Disney. Age Recommendation: 6+. Rochester Broadway Theatre League, 885 East Main St., Rochester 15605, 222-5000, www.rbtl.org

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calendar of events • local family-friendly activities Bristol Mountain Fall Sky Rides See Sept. 12

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Hispanic/Latino American Heritage Family Day All ages

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are invited to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with family art activities, music and dance performances, tours, and storytelling. Suggested donation $5 per family. 12 PM - 5 PM. Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave., Rochester 14607. 276-8900. www.mag.rochester.edu

MAG Highlights Tour This docent-led tour of the collections is included in Gallery admission. 1 PM. Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave., Rochester 14607. www.mag.rochester.edu

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Annual Weinfest Traditional German food, beverage and entertainment. Glass of Wine, Beer or Soft Drink, Hungarian Goulash, Spaetzle, Red Cabbage, Dessert and Coffee. 1 PM - 7 PM. Camp Lima, 375 Pond Road, Lima 14485. 582-1494. R

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30 * Wednesday Food Truck Rodeo It’s fun on four wheels with over 30 vendors serving up their unique cuisine! Just about everything and anything that is served from the back of a truck can be found at Food Truck Rodeo. 5 PM - 9 PM. Rochester Public Market, 280 N. Union St., Rochester 14605. www.cityofrochester.gov/

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live runway auction! Local business owners strut the runway while the audience bids on items everyone wants and needs - all to benefit women’s #1 health concern. 5 PM - 7 PM. Strathallan Hotel, 550 East Avenue, Rochester 14607. 371-3119.

Diabetes Self Management Class Free class that will give you

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October 01 * Thursday Art Social ather your friends for a fun, quick art experience in a unique setting. While you’re here, purchase food and drink and enjoy live music. No experience needed and all materials provided. Fee: $13. 6 PM. Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave., Rochester 14607. 276-8900. www.mag.rochester.edu R

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exploration and meeting with the speakers in a unique after hours experience. Seating is limited, preregistration is highly encouraged. Dr. Carl Hagen: Discovery of the God Particle: A Brief History 6 PM. Rochester Museum and Science Center, 657 East Ave., Rochester 14607. 697-1942. www.rmsc.org R

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into a hands-on exploration of the inventive process! Engineer the Erie Canal: Create an efficient “stump puller” to yank out tree trunks and make way for the canal. 9 AM - 5 PM. Rochester Museum and Science Center, 657 East Ave., Rochester 14607. 271-1880 or 271-4320. www.rmsc.org

Animal Tales - Drop-In Storytime Snuggle up on a fluffy

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pillow and enjoy an animal-themed story or two and a humane education component. Great way to introduce the wonder of animals to the little ones of the family. Held every Friday in the Learning Center. 11 AM. Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Rd., Fairport 14450. 223-1330. www.lollypop.org

Ithaca Apple Festival Apples, local produce, fresh baked goods, family entertainment at every turn, games, rides, prizes and live performances on two stages. The pedestrian mall is the epicenter of the festival and the gateway to a nostalgic journey to harvest season fun. 12 PM - 6 PM. Downtown Ithaca, 14850. www.downtownithaca.com

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Cloverwood Hosts Annual Antiques Appraisal Day Each

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attendee can bring up to three items for a verbal appraisal. Appraisal for each item costs $10 at the door (cash or check only). All proceeds will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Rochester. Registration is required. 1 PM - 4 PM. Cloverwood Senior Living, 1 Sinclair Drive, Pittsford 14534. 248-1100.

Cohocton Fall Foliage Festival Spaghetti Dinner & Salad

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Bar – Presbyterian Church, Fall Foliage Soccer Tournament at Sports Complex and Way-Co Football Game – Homecoming. 4 PM - 7 PM. Downtown Cohocton, 15 Main Street,


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Genesee Trail Day at the Zoo Saturday, October 3, 10am - 4pm

Follow New Horizons to the former ninth planet! Since its discovery in 1930, Pluto has been just a dot among the stars. This is the very first visit to Pluto by a spacecraft from Earth. 10 AM. Strasenburgh Planetarium, 657 East Ave., Rochester 14607. 271-1880 or 271-4320. www.rmsc.org

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Learn about this area’s Native American history and our local conservation actions during Genesee Trail Day. The Zoo’s clan animals are also highlighted with stations at their exhibits. Free with Zoo admission. Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St. Paul Street, Rochester 14621, 336-7200, www.senecaparkzoo.org

looking for and identifying the many different species of wildflowers. Discover which wildflowers are native or invasive to this area, and how do they benefit humans and animals. 10 AM - 12 PM. Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Rd., Naples 14512. 697-1962. www.rmsc.org

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Walk A Mile In My Shoes

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Time to break out your stilettos! Join the Walk A Mile In My Shoes to raise awareness and dollars to support survivors of dating and domestic violence in our community. 10 AM - 12 PM. Ontario Beach Park, 4799 Lake Ave., Rochester 14612. 232-5200 x 230. www.classy.org/ rochester/events/walk-mile-myshoes-2015/e50069

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family, cook up your famous fruit preserves, make your shopping list and head to the fair on Saturday and Sunday, Oct 3-4—the highlight of the harvest season. 10 AM - 4 PM. Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Rd., Mumford 14511. 538-6822. www.gcv.org

Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum Anniversary Come

winning PBS KIDS TV series Sid the Science Kid to life. Opening weekend only, guests can make a microphone craft, meet and take photos with Sid! Included with general museum admission fees. 10 AM - 8 PM. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607. 263-2700. www.museumofplay.org

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variety of items available at these sales defy easy description. But whatever you consider the right stuff, you have a good chance of finding it at Community Garage Sales and Superfleas. 8 AM - 2 PM. Rochester Public Market, 280 N. Union St., Rochester 14605. 428-6907. www.cityofrochester.gov/garagesales/

Go Green Recycle Rally Seneca Park Zoo is committed to leading recycling efforts within the community. Items collected: electronics and all home goods, including clothing, shoes, kitchen items, bikes and more. There is no cost for recycling items. 10 AM - 4 PM. Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St Paul Street, Rochester 14621. 336-7200. www.senecaparkzoo.org R

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RMSC “Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia” Closes Huge,

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thundering beasts darken the sky as they tower over you in the Star Theater dome. Never before seen in Rochester, this documentary-style film transports you to the dinosaurs’ world with computer graphics. 11 AM. Strasenburgh Planetarium, 657 East Ave., Rochester 14607. 271-1880 or 271-4320. www.rmsc.org

Fall Foliage by Trolley Enjoy the beauty of autumn in western New York State from the window of an authentic 88-year-old electric trolley car. Trolleys depart every half hour starting at 11:30 a.m., and no reservations are required. 11 AM. New York Museum of Transportation, 6393 East River Rd, West Henrietta 14586. 533-1113. www.nymtmuseum.org

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to join the celebration of the 100th anniversary of this very special event. There will be guided tours throughout the day, carvers and restoration experts onsite for demonstrations and to answer your questions and entertainment. 10 AM

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delivered the papers, until they made the headlines…Direct from Broadway comes NEWSIES, the smash-hit, crowd-pleasing new musical from Disney. Age Recommendation: 6+ 7 PM. Rochester Broadway Theatre, 885 East Main Street, Rochester 14605. 222-5000. www.rbtl.org R

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balloon artists, including Larry Moss and Kelly Cheatle of Airigami, create a large balloon sculpture to help celebrate the 16th annual Balloons Around the World event. Included with general museum admission fees. 10 AM - 5 PM. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607. 2632700. www.museumofplay.org

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as the Guest Speaker. She may be the mother of one of the greatest athletes of all time, but Lucille O'Neal is much more than "Shaquille O'Neal's mom." 12 PM - 1 PM. Riverside Convention Center, 123 East Main Street, Rochester 14604. 368-2261. www.ywcarochester.org

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unicycles and more! Join in on the fun as the RMSC turns into a 3-ring spectacular with special performers and awesome hands-on fun for the whole family. Joe Showers Juggling Shows! 1-3pm. 11 AM - 3 PM. Rochester Museum and Science Center, 657 East Ave., Rochester 14607. 271-1880 or 271-4320. www.rmsc.org

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activities including.: Apple & Pumpkin picking, bounce house, pony rides, Make your own scarecrow, face painting, live music and much more. 10 AM - 2 PM. Morgan's Farm Market, 3821 Cory Corners Road, Marion 14505.

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surrounds us, but was discovered only 50 years ago. Plunge into the deep autumn night to see how the “cosmic microwave background” tells us about the early Universe. 10 AM. Strasenburgh Planetarium, 657 East Ave., Rochester 14607. 271-1880 or 271-4320. www.rmsc.org

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lose their leaves in the autumn; and explore how animals prepare for winter. 10 AM - 12 PM. Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Rd., Naples 14512. 697-1962. www.rmsc.org

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unicycles and more! Join in on the fun as the RMSC turns into a 3-ring spectacular with special performers and awesome hands-on fun for the whole family. Airplay: Cool Tricks and Big Fun-1-3pm. 11 AM. Rochester Museum and Science Center, 657 East Ave., Rochester 14607. 2711880 or 271-4320. www.rmsc.org

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raise funds to help our Rochesterarea family, friends, and neighbors fighting this terrible disease. 100% of the proceeds from this event goes to local charities supporting those diagnosed with breast cancer. 9 AM - 4 PM. Mendon Ponds Park, 95 Douglas Road, Honeoye Falls 14472. .www.towpathbike.com/

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unicycles and more! Join in on the fun as the RMSC turns into a 3-ring spectacular with special performers and awesome hands-on fun for the whole family.Magical John: Defying Reality -1-3pm. 11 AM - 3 PM. Rochester Museum and Science Center, 657 East Ave., Rochester 14607. 271-1880 or 271-4320. www.rmsc.org


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Discover how the Sneetches learned to set aside their differences and live together in harmony, an important message in today's world—told and illustrated by the ever-engaging Dr. Seuss with music by Lorenzo Palomo. 2 PM. Hochstein School of Music & Dance, 50 N. Plymouth Ave., Rochester 14614. 454-2100. ww.rpo.org

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unicycles and more! Join in on the fun as the RMSC turns into a 3-ring spectacular with special performers and awesome hands-on fun for the whole family. Flower City Vaudeville: 1-3pm. 11 AM - 3 PM. Rochester Museum and Science Center, 657 East Ave., Rochester 14607. 2711880 or 271-4320. www.rmsc.org

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exploration and meeting with the speakers in a unique after hours experience. Seating is limited, preregistration is highly encouraged. Caroline Kilmer: Green Infrastructure: Solutions to Stormwater Pollution 6 PM. Rochester Museum and Science Center, 657 East Ave., Rochester 14607. 697-1942. www.rmsc.org R

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fascinating living frogs, each adapted ingeniously for survival in locations around the world. Observe a large collection of rare and unusual frogs up close and in seldom-seen detail. Each frog has a story of its own. 9 AM - 5 PM. Rochester Museum and Science Center, 657 East Ave., Rochester 14607. 271-1880 or 2714320. www.rmsc.org

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quality crafts from over 40 artisans, Exquisite gift items for all occasions, Raffles, door prizes, drawings, and food, Complimentary child care, Featuring the Irondequoit Art Club and FCTT Hi-Railers. 9 AM - 3 PM. Maplewood Family YMCA, 25 Driving Park Ave., Rochester 14613. www.rochesterymca.org/ maplewoodcraftshow

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The program provides a special opportunity for families to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment. The auditoriums dedicated to the program have their lights up, the sound turned down. 10 AM. AMC Webster 12 Movie Theatre, 2190 Empire Blvd., Rochester 14580. www.amctheatres.com

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Fall Foliage Tour Enjoy the variety and beauty of Mount Hope Cemetery's trees in autumn. Meet- North Gatehouse, 791 Mount Hope Avenue. $7 per person. 12 PM. Mount Hope Cemetery, 1133 Mount Hope Avenue, Rochester . 461-3494. www.fomh.org

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Cumming Nature Center Fall Fest Families can make their own

scarecrow, carve a pumpkin, and enjoy a Leaf Peeper walk. Bring old clothes to dress your scarecrow and a pillowcase to make a head. Pumpkin included. Reservations Appreciated! 1 PM - 4 PM. Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Rd., Naples 14512. 697-1962. www.rmsc.org

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Exhibition Tour: Art for the People Enjoy a docent-led tour of

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Art for the People: Carl W. Peters and the Rochester WPA Murals. Included in MAG admission. 1 PM. Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave., Rochester 14607. 276-8900. www.mag.rochester.edu

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of historical artifacts from the Lehigh Valley Railroad is on display at the museum. The gift shop will be open. Rail historians will give presentations at some of the open houses. 1 PM - 3 PM. Lehigh Valley Railroad Museum, 8 East High Street, Rochester 14548. 289-9149. www.lvrrhs.org

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Nintendo and trace the evolution of its groundbreaking Nintendo Entertainment System. Enjoy juggling and magic tricks by Magical John featuring Nintendo’s iconic video game characters on Saturday at 11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m. 10 AM - 8 PM. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607. 263-2700. www.museumofplay.org

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YWCA Empowering Women Luncheon

Wednesday, October 11, Noon- 1:30pm Featuring Lucille O’Neal as the Guest Speaker. She may be the mother of one of the greatest athletes of all time, but Lucille O’Neal is much more than “Shaquille O’Neal’s mom.” Riverside Convention Center, 123 East Main St., Rochester 14604, 368-2261, www.ywcarochester.org

investigative reporter as you search for colorful pieces of the missing rainbow. Travel through various habitats. Bring a small bag to collect a few objects to take home to reconstruct the rainbow. 10 AM - 12 PM. Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Rd., Naples 14512. 697-1962. www.rmsc.org

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exploration and meeting with the speakers in a unique after hours experience. Seating is limited, preregistration is highly encouraged. Molly Jaynes, PhD candidate: Playing an instrument changes your brain. 6 PM. Rochester Museum and Science Center, 657 East Ave., Rochester 14607. 697-1942. www.rmsc.org

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Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy ®, featuring the music of Japanese video game composer Nobuo Uematsu, makes it Rochester/RPO debut. The Strong is a presenting partner for this global entertainment phenomenon. 7 PM. Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs St., Rochester 14604. 454-2100. www.rpo.org R

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hidden world under the sea, immerse yourself in Disney magic as live music and video bring your favorite movie memories to life! 8 PM. Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs St., Rochester 14604. 454-2100. www.rpo.org

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Image Me Liferesults Find your inner super hero. Create fun, make friends, gain insight, deepen connections. Kids and parents will find confidence, be who you are, mindfulness, responsibility, closer relationships, peace and joy. 9 AM - 5 PM. Webster Holiday Inn Express ,

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novel—reminiscent of a 1930s radio play—about three fearless heroes who set out to save humanity from an evil, alien force. 8 PM. Nazareth College Arts Center, 4245 East Ave., Rochester 14618. 389-2170. www.artscenter.naz.edu/ R

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28 * Wednesday Food Truck Rodeo It’s fun on four wheels with over 30 vendors serving up their unique cuisine! Just about everything and anything that is served from the back of a truck can be found at Food Truck Rodeo. 5 PM - 9 PM. Rochester Public Market, 280 N. Union St., Rochester 14605. www. cityofrochester.gov/

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november 01 * Sunday Seneca Park Zoo - New Hours From November 1 to March

31, the Zoo's hours are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. You may stay on Zoo grounds until 4 p.m. The Zoo Members may enter at 9:30 a.m. 10 AM - 3 PM. Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St Paul Street, Rochester 14621. 3367200. www.senecaparkzoo.org

Fall Foliage by Trolley Enjoy the beauty of autumn in western New York State from the window of an authentic 88-year-old electric trolley car. Trolleys depart every half hour starting at 11:30 a.m., and no reservations are required. 11 AM. New York Museum of Transportation, 6393 East River Rd, West Henrietta 14586. 533-1113. www.nymtmuseum.org

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or victim? The Three Pigs: innocent or at fault? The Jurors, Miss Muffet,

Bo Peep, Cinderella and HumptyDumpty: solid citizens or characters with a past? Perfect fit for Halloween celebrations! 2 PM. Kodak Center for Performing Arts, 200 West Ridge Rd., Rochester 14615. 325-3366. www. rapatheatre.org R

02 * Monday Monday Kicks for Ages 2 to 6

Playful learning activities designed for 2- to 6-year-olds. This Month: Playing with Science. Included with general museum admission fees. 10 AM - 2 PM. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607. 263-2700. www.museumofplay.org

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05 * Thursday RMSC Science on the Edge Lecture Enjoy a lecture, museum

exploration and meeting with the speakers in a unique after hours experience. Seating is limited, preregistration is highly encouraged. Ganondagan Completion of a Dream: The Seneca Art & Culture Center. 6 PM. Rochester Museum and Science Center, 657 East Ave., Rochester 14607. 697-1942. www.rmsc.org R

06 * Friday Animal Tales - Drop-In Storytime Snuggle up on a fluffy

pillow and enjoy an animal-themed story or two and a humane education component. Great way to introduce the wonder of animals to the little ones of the family. Held every Friday in the Learning Center. 11 AM. Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Rd., Fairport 14450. 223-1330. www.lollypop.org R

07 * Saturday Annual Rochester Children’s Book Festival This will be a magical day packed with activities, presentations, and meeting those who write and illustrate books for children, tweens and teens. Busy Bookworm offers craft activities and author and illustrator presentations. 10 AM - 4 PM. Monroe Community College, 1000 East Henrietta Rd, Rochester 14623.

www.rochesterchildrensbookfestival.com For a complete schedule of events, check out page 43 of this issue. See you there!

RMSC Haudenosaunee Days

Learn first-hand about the tradition of making cornhusk dolls, jewelry, bead work and baskets from local Haudenosaunee artists as they bring the traditions of their culture to life through their art. 11 AM - 3 PM. Rochester Museum and Science Center, 657 East Ave., Rochester

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08 * Sunday RMSC Haudenosaunee Days See Nov. 02

09 * Monday Storytime Club: Holiday Traditions Readings of classic children’s tales at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Have your Storytime Club passport punched once during each visit. Collect five punches and receive a free children’s book! Included with general museum admission fees. 10 AM. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607. 263-2700. www.museumofplay.org

11 * Wednesday Canandaigua Treaty Day Treaty day Commemoration includes Native American art and craft sale, the Treaty Walk, Commemoration Ceremony and guest speakers. 10 AM - 6 PM. Canandaigua Primary School, 96 W. Gibson Street, Canandaigua 14424. www.ganondagan.org

FIND MORE! For more calendar events and places to go, check our website where you will find: Access to events by month and day Review events by selection of library, storytimes, free events, sports, outdoor fun and more... New events posted weekly

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Hear tales of some of the cemetery’s permanent residents who bent, broke, or enforced the law. MeetCemetery Office at South Entrance. $7 per person. 12 PM. Mount Hope Cemetery, 1133 Mount Hope Avenue, Rochester . 461-3494. www.fomh.org

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27 * sunday Pumpkin Hollow at GroMoore Farms Pumpkin Hollow

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historic village as its canvas, costumed tour guides will lead guests by lantern-light through the darker recesses of the village to re-discover literary tales that Western New Yorkers were reading some 150 years ago. 6 PM - 9 PM. Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Rd., Mumford 14511. 538-6822. www. gcv.org

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Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum Spooktacular The

annual spook-free Halloween party is great for even the youngest members of the family! So put on your favorite costume and come for games, crafts, snacks – and carrousel rides! There will be entertainment – make sure you’re here. 5 PM - 8 PM. Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda

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or victim? The Three Pigs: innocent or at fault? The Jurors, Miss Muffet, Bo Peep, Cinderella and HumptyDumpty: solid citizens or characters with a past? Perfect fit for Halloween celebrations! 7 PM. Kodak Center for Performing Arts, 200 West Ridge Rd., Rochester 14615. 325-3366. www. rapatheatre.org

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Grand Torch Light Tours Tour groups depart every 12 minutes, 6:00 p.m. thru 9:30 pm. MeetNorth Gatehouse, 791 Mount Hope Avenue. No parking in the cemetery. Park along Robinson Drive. 6 PM. Mount Hope Cemetery, 1133 Mount Hope Avenue, Rochester . 461-3494. www.fomh.org

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Jack-O-Lantern Jog 5K Mark your calendar & register today for the Jack-O-Lantern 5k & Kids Fun Run. It’s an event the entire family will enjoy. 9 AM. Canandaigua YMCA, 32 North Main Street, Canandaigua 14424. 394-6866. www. canandaigua-ymca.org R

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for Halloween and Trick or Treat in a safe, fun indoor environment throughout the mall. 11 AM - 1 PM. Marketplace Mall, 1 Miracle Mile Dr, Rochester 14623. www. themarketplacemall.com

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Haunted Garden Stroll

Halloween Walk. Hear strange Sonnenberg tales from the last 126 years that willave you in goosebumps!. Be ready for spooky characters during the walk. 12 AM. Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park, 151 Charlotte St., Canandaigua 14424. 394-4922. www.sonnenberg.org

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This family-friendly event has over 25 entertainers and trick or treat tables. Each registrant will get a t-shirt, breakfast and the happy feeling of supporting adults and children with special needs by Al Sigl Member Agencies. 8 AM. Eastview Mall, 7979 Pittsford Victor Rd., Victor 14564. 442-4102 x 8944. R

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treat than to solicit candy in the safe and comfortable atmosphere at the Genesee Country Village. Enjoy an autumn afternoon strolling the streets of the historic village and visiting with townsfolk in modern costumes! 12 PM - 4 PM. Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Rd., Mumford 14511. 538-6822. www. gcv.org R

Dryden Kids - The Witches

This delightful fantasy, based on a book by Roald Dahl, features creature effects by the great Jim Henson. Appropriate for all ages. 2 PM. Dryden Theatre, 900 East Ave., Rochester 14607. . www.dryden. eastmanhouse.org/

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All aboard the Halloween Special! Children and their parents are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes and join us for a special day at the transportation museum. Trick-or-treating will be in the museum trolley cars. 11 AM. New York Museum of Transportation, 6393 East River Rd, West Henrietta 14586. 5331113. www.nymtmuseum.org

RAPA Presents-The Trail of the Big Bad Wolf See Oct. 23

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Family Halloween Fest A free family friendly Halloween party with trick-or-treating, games, activities, prizes, music and more. 2 PM - 5 PM. St. John Fisher College, 3690 East Ave, Rochester 14618. www. townofpittsford.org/

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Parents' Night Out Ongoing Sept - Oct Monty Python’s Spamalot

Check Dates and Times on Website This outrageous musical parody tells the legendary tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. Embarking on their quest to find the Holy Grail, the Knights’ shenanigans include flying cows, beautiful show girls, killer rabbits, and more! 7 PM. GEVA Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd., Rochester 14607. 232-4382. www.gevatheatre. org

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Check Dates and Times on Website At the height of his career, famed abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko struggles with a series of grand-scale paintings for New York’s Four Seasons restaurant. Rothko must confront his personal demons or be crushed. 7 PM. GEVA Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd., Rochester 14607. 323-4382. www.gevatheatre.org

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ZooBrew Experience the wildest happy hour in

town. Roam Zoo grounds. Listen to live music. Enjoy food and drinks. Price includes admission to the Zoo and live music. Food and beverages are available to purchase. Beverages may be purchased with cash only. 5 PM. Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St Paul Street, Rochester 14621. 336-7200. www.senecaparkzoo.org

12 * Saturday LobsterFest Gala Mark your calendar now for this one-of-a-kind evening in the village complete with fabulous food, live and silent auctions, and live music. This is a perfect opportunity to enjoy the museum in the beautiful light of a late summer’s eve. 5 PM - 9 PM. Genesee Country Village and Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford 14511. 294-8252. www.gcv.org

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or older to attend. Tickets can be purchased at RMSC Welcome Center or by calling. Registration strongly encouraged. 7 PM - 11 PM. Rochester Museum and Science Center, 657 East Ave., Rochester 14607. 697-1942. www.rmsc.org

06 * Friday

Victor Manuelle - Que Suenen Los Tambores Victor Manuelle has sold more than

six million records worldwide, two million of them in the US and Puerto Rico. He’s had four RIAAcertified multiplatinum albums, six platinum, and six gold. 8 PM. Auditorium Theatre, 885 E. Main St., Rochester 14605. 222-5000. www.rbtl.org

Bill Maher For more than twenty years, Bill

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Maher has set the boundaries of where funny, political talk can go on American television. 7 PM. Auditorium Theatre, 885 E. Main St., Rochester 14605. 222-5000. www.rbtl.org

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Mike Epps Real Deal Tour Sold out shows, nationwide tours, big screen hits and the thrill of a hip hop audience eager to watch Mike Epps own the stage has him ready to bring his new tour, The Real Deal Tour, to Rochester. Special guest, comedian Earthquake. 7 PM. Auditorium Theatre, 885 E. Main St., Rochester 14605. 222-5000. www.rbtl.org Faithfully: A Tribute to the Music of Journey Faithfully: A Symphonic Tribute to

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the Music of Journey. “Don’t Stop Believin,’ “ “Faithfully,” “Any Way You Want It,” “Open Arms,” and more--all backed by the RPO! 8 PM. Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs St., Rochester 14604. 454-2100. www.rpo.org

Play Ball at The Strong - An Adult Event Attend Rochester’s most playful gala

for grown-ups only—the Play Ball! Explore the museum while enjoying great entertainment, live and silent auctions, delicious food, and creative cocktails. 6 PM. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607. 263-2700. www.museumofplay.org

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This musical stage play peeks into the house next door of a family and their struggles with secrets, pain, love and loss. 7 PM. Auditorium Theatre, 885 E. Main St., Rochester 14605. 222-5000. www.rbtl.org

Thodos Dance Chicago Breathtaking contemporary dance, including mixed repertory and “A Light in the Dark”—a story ballet based on the lives of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan. 8 PM. Nazareth College Arts Center, 4245 East Ave., Rochester 14618. 389-2170. www.artscenter.naz.edu/

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Toddler Trick or Treat at The Strong

Halloween activities and prizes for the littlest trick-ortreaters. Meet favorite storybook characters, dance to Halloween tunes, and play games. Included with general museum admission fees. 10 AM - 2 PM. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607. 263-2700. www. museumofplay.org/

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Bright Start Gala Come to celebrate the

critical importance of early education and highquality child care in ensuring children get a bright start to the future. 6 PM - 9 PM. RIT Conference Center, 5257 W. Henrietta Rd., Henrietta 14467 654-4720, www.childcarecouncil.com/

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Little ghosts and goblins will enjoy donuts, cider, live entertainment by the always entertaining Nik Lite, and trick-or-treating around the mall (at participating stores). The party starts in the Main Court. 11 AM - 1 PM. Eastview Mall, 7979 Pittsford Victor Rd., Victor 14564. www.eastviewmall.com

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and events that will help you ring in the Halloween season in style. Enjoy a special magic show from The Amazing Magic Joe, get messy with glowing slime and other fun hands-on activities. 11 AM - 3 PM. Rochester Museum and Science Center, 657 East Ave., Rochester 14607. 271-1880 or 2714320. www.rmsc.org

Halloween at Wickham Farms Trick-ortreat around the farm. (FREE), Costume parade at 1:30 p.m. (FREE), Giant pumpkin drop at 1:45 p.m. A tractor to pick up and drop the giant carved pumpkin. Come watch it smash! Face painting $1. 12 PM - 2 PM. Wickham Farms, 1821 Fairport Nine Mile Point Road, Penfield 14526. 377-3276. www. wickhamfarms.com

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ooking for something fun and active to do with the entire family this fall? Visit a local orchard and go apple picking! Everyone will get lots of fresh air and there will be tasty fruit to bring home and incorporate into all kinds of healthy treats. Along with apple picking, many of the orchards offer picnic areas, pony rides and special weekend activities including games, rides and mazes. Your family will go home after a day of fun with memories and great tasting locally grown apples. Who knows – you may have started a new fall tradition!

The Apple Farm

1640 State Route 444 Victor, 14564 924-3420

Green Acre Fruit Farm 3460 Latta Road Rochester, 1412 234-0252

www.thevictorapplefarm.com

www.greenacreupick.com

Open 10am-6pm daily

Starting Tuesday after Labor Day, open daily 9am-5pm

You will find organic and natural food, 11 varieties of apples that are available for picking throughout the season late August through the end of October. Take the wagon ride to the orchard, pick your own apples, and then enjoy a game of disk golf and other activities.

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Twenty-two varieties of apples at the farm ensure that you can find an apple for every taste and method of preparation. Check the website to see ratings for your favorite apples for eating, baking and storing and for picking dates. Pumpkins are available from September through October as well.

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Lagoner Farms 6895 Lake Avenue Williamson, 14589 315-589-4899

www.lagonerfarmscsa.com

Saturday-Sunday: 10am-4pm During the months of September and October, Lagoner Farms invites you and your family to pick apples all weekend long. Step into a decorated backyard and onto a hayride to begin your journey of family fun. You can even grab lunch at the Market CafĂŠ. You don't want to miss the fall fun activities, so check the website and join the email list.

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Whittier Fruit Farm

www.morgansfarmmarket.com

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Tuesday-Friday: 10am6pm Saturday: 9am-5pm Sunday: 10am-5pm

Monday-Friday: 12-7pm Saturday-Sunday: 10am-5pm

You can visit this U-Pick farm daily for seasonal apples and pumpkins. Special event highlights include tractor-pulled wagon rides to the orchard, U-pick apples and a small petting zoo. Check the website for event details.

Unlike many fruit farms in the area, Whittier Fruit Farm has trees that are just the right height for a "pick your own" farm. You will find 32 different varieties of apples in a fairly compact area. You also can buy apples already picked in the store.

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Rochester NY's Premier Parenting Publication. This issue focuses on Back-to-school, After-school opions and Fall Fun activities. Plus calend...

Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent Sept /Oct 2015  

Rochester NY's Premier Parenting Publication. This issue focuses on Back-to-school, After-school opions and Fall Fun activities. Plus calend...