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Inside july Vol.21 Number 7

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Twenty Under Twenty

RECOGNIZING TWENTY IMPRESSIVE AND INSPIRATIONAL YOUTHS IN THE ROCHESTER COMMUNITY

in this issue 8 | P ublisher’s Note 30 | Book Nook Fizz, Boom, Read! Books About Science 32 | Parenting TEENS & TWEENS Teens and Sleep 34 | Your Family HEALTH Sleeping Cool When It's Sizzling 36 | Your Family HEALTH How to Avoid Common Mistakes and Stay Safe During the Summer 46 | Calendar of Events • Family-Friendly Events • Summer Fairs and Festivals • Noteworthy in our Community • Library Events • Ongoing Events & Exhibits

more features

22 26 39 Make the Most of Take to the Water! Family Fitness A-Z Your Visit to the Farmers' Market

// KAYAKING FUN FOR ALL AGES

on the cover HARRISON SMITH & GRANT SMITH PHOTO BY: CL!X

GUIDE INSIDE

Twenty Under Twenty Honors 10 Health & Fitness Issue 22, 26, 32, 34, 36, 38-45 Kayaking for the Whole Family 26 Family Fitness A-Z 39 Visiting the Farmers' Market 22 138 Things to do This July 46 Tips for Summer Sleep 32, 34

HEALTH & MEDICAL PROVIDERS GUIDE PAGES 38-45

this month's contributors MICHELLE SHIRK is an attorney, freelance writer and proud mother of one. She writes about family, travel and seasonal events for parenting publications across the United States. [Page 22]

SUSAN HENNINGER is a contributing writer to Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent Magazine and the mother of three teenage boys. She lives in upstate NY. [Page 26] DEENA VIVIANI is a Rochester-based Young Adult Services Librarian who writes reviews for VOYA

and the RACWI Newsletter. [Page 30]

conscientious parent just like you. [Page 32]

MYRNA BETH HASKELL is a monthly contributor to Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent Magazine who lives in Salt Point, NY. She is the author of LIONS and TIGERS and TEENS: Expert advice and support for the

MALIA JACOBSON is an award-winning health and parenting journalist and mom of three. Her latest book is Sleep Tight, Every Night: Helping Toddlers and Preschoolers Sleep Well Without Tears, Tricks, or

Tirades. [Page 34] SANDRA GORDON is an award-winning freelance writer who delivers expert advice and the latest developments in health, nutrition, parenting and consumer issues. [Page 36]

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[ publisher’s note ]

By Barbara Melnyk

remarkable youth I

t is amazing how quickly the first half of this year has gone by. Though it feels like only days ago, it was last fall that when we met with colleagues and local advisers to discuss how we could celebrate our 20th anniversary of publishing this magazine. The result was the “Twenty Under Twenty” Honoree Program that would shine a spotlight on the hard-working, talented, and generous youth born in the two decades since our magazine was founded. Thanks to the support of local businesses, our judges and the incredible support of Dresden Engle and her team, the “Twenty Under Twenty” Program was launched.

WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND?  I would love to hear from you! send me an email to mail@GVParent.com

From a young pig farmer who mentors young 4-H members to a teen member of the U.S. Ski Team and the youngest member of the U.S. Deaf Swim Team, Rochester area youths are quite impressive — which is what the judges of the “Twenty Under Twenty” honors realized as they poured over more than 100 nominations for this first-time award program. Nominations were placed by siblings, parents, directors of non-profit programs, and school

coaches, teachers, and counselors. The volunteer judges were area leaders and professionals in each of the categories.

The honorees were recognized in an award ceremony on Wednesday, May 21 at the Strasenberg Planetarium, but in this issue we are excited to bring you the profiles of each of these remarkable youth. We congratulate them on making the Rochester area proud. You can also find all the profiles and information about the “Twenty Under Twenty” Program on our website at rocparent.com/20under20. Plus, stay tuned for plans for next year’s honoree program.

Barbara

On a sad note, just as we were going to press with this month's issue I learned that William, the son of one of our area parents and a supporter of GVP, had tragically passed away at the age of 5. Our hearts and thoughts are with the Katawazi family. We wish them strength in this difficult time. One never knows when tragedy strikes. Give your kids a hug tonight!

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PUBLISHER Barbara Melnyk mail@GVParent.com EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Jillian Melnyk editor@GVParent.com ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Cynthia Goldberg Ken Stevens MAGAZINE LAYOUT & DESIGN Jillian Melnyk graphics@GVParent.com CALENDAR EDITOR Sandy Citarella calendar@GVParent.com DISTRIBUTION MANAGER Sandy Citarella Basic subscription rate: $25/year. Send subscription inquiries and changes to address below. Copyright 2014, by GVP, Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction without permission is strictly prohibited. Distribution of this magazine does not necessarily constitute an endorsement or necessarily reflect the opinions of this publication.

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As our magazine celebrates its 20th

anniversary this year, we are in turn recognizing 20 impressive and inspirational youths, ages 5 to 19, who were born during our two decades of serving families throughout the Greater Rochester Area. More than 100 nominations were received in the categories of Arts, Athletics, Community Service, and Innovation, and the decisions were difficult for our judges. We thank all of the families and educators and community leaders who took time to nominate the many creative, kind, talented, and hard-working children and teens of our community. We also thank you for letting Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent be a part of your family. Please join us in congratulating our 20 honorees!


Andrew Bontrager

Community Service / Age: 15 / Hometown: Darien / School: Alexander High School ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Andrew is a “driven, intelligent, motivated, kindhearted, and inspirational young man.” He is a high school student as well as a farmer who is very active in the Wyoming County 4-H swine program. He cares for pigs from birth to adulthood and shows his pigs locally and nationally, traveling as far as Kentucky and Indiana. Andrew is ranked second in New York State for the scholastic portion of the competition and is in The U.S. Achievement Academy yearbook. He is dedicated to learning all he can about raising top breed-of-show pigs and often helps his fellow 4-H members by delivering piglets,

cleaning pens, and sharing his knowledge with younger 4-H children. At school, Andrew is on the high honor roll and is a member of the drama club and the tennis team. WHAT THE JUDGES HAD TO SAY

“Stories that Andrew’s older sister shared in his nomination illustrate for us a mature and dedicated 15-year-old, who cares for his pigs and piglets with warmth and compassion. And along the way he continually educates himself as to best practices and then passes this knowledge on to young 4-H members. Paying it forward. Very nice.”

Peter Carosa

Innocation / Age: 16 / Hometown: Honeoye Falls / School: Honeoye Falls-Lima High School ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Peter is an Eagle Scout, a member of the National High Honor Society, and captain of his school’s Robotics Team. He also is the student representative on the Honeoye Falls-Lima District Teaching Learning and Technology Committee. Peter has been described as a “problem solver, passionate leader, and inspirational visionary.” Proof of this is the creation of the online HFL Sports Network, which televises live athletic events. For this project he worked with available electronic

equipment and Internet connections and recruited fellow students to play key roles as producers and camera operators. Now the athletes’ families worldwide can see them in action. WHAT THE JUDGES HAD TO SAY

“Peter proves that through collaboration, hard work, and persistence, anything is possible. And also that the head of the robotics team can also be a football player and produce a sports TV show. Take that, teen stereotypes. Well done, Peter!”

Zachery Cove

Athletics / Age: 18 / Hometown: Pittsford / School: Denison University ACCOMPLISHMENTS

WHAT THE JUDGES HAD TO SAY

Zachery attends Denison University where he was named a 2014 All Ohio Championship winner and is a student mentor and a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. He also is a Level 1 North Eastern Division Certified ski instructor and is scuba-certified with the American Dive Institute. In high school Zachery was a varsity letterman and “All County” track and field athlete, receiving the honors in 2011, 2012, and 2013. He received Pittsford Pride recognition five times.

“Zachery is an athlete who was decorated for his hard work and ability in high school and now, in college he is on the road to earning as many accolades. From track to skiing and scuba-diving, he is a talented and well-rounded athlete and deserving of this honor.”

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Jaima DeWitt

Community Service / Age: 13 / Hometown: Lima / School: Honoeye Falls-Lima Middle School ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Jaima is a compassionate girl who is dedicated to the betterment of human society. She understands that the actions of a single person can give hope to many and make a difference in the lives of others. She actively volunteers at a local food pantry, a downtown mobile food kitchen, and at her church as a nursery helper. Jaima also possesses a larger world vision and personally sponsors a child in Kenya through the World Vision Organization and has helped to raise money for the

Ugandan Water Project. WHAT THE JUDGES HAD TO SAY

“It is a amazing that one girl can have such a large vision and big heart — to help the homeless of our community as well as animals in need, while at the same time doing what she single-handedly can to help people in Kenya and Uganda. What an inspiration you are, Jaima!”

Emma Doughty

Athletics / Age: 12 / Hometown: Hilton / School: Rochester School for the Deaf ACCOMPLISHMENTS

WHAT THE JUDGES HAD TO SAY

Emma is a member of the Greece Marlins swim team and is the youngest member of the U.S. Deaf Swim Team. She recently competed in the Deaf International Short Course Swimming Championships where she broke three United States Deaf records and won 12 medals. Emma embraces challenges because she understands the connection between effort and achievement.

“Learning about Emma and her successes makes me smile. I am sure we will continue to see Emma’s name in the news as she continues to triumph, in and out of the pool. Her future looks as bright as the shiny medals she will continue to win.”

Todd Elliott Jr.

Arts / Age: 18 / Hometown: East Irondequoit / School: East Ridge High School ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Todd is an honor-roll student who is viewed as a kind, caring and compassionate person who is strong in his faith. He uses his varied talents to inspire and encourage youth to stay on the correct path in life and to believe in themselves and their talents. He does this through video as well as song, as a youth director with Young Performers. He is a singer and songwriter and recently released his first national recording project titled “God is My Muscle” and recently was ranked in first place by Houghton College for the

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spoken-word presentation of his original poem “Protect This House.” WHAT THE JUDGES HAD TO SAY

“Todd is a role model for youth, using his talents to encourage, inspire, and educate others, through songs and poems he has written. He sees obstacles as opportunities and as one of his nominators stated, 'he has God-given talents and he uses them for good.’”


Raymond Feng

Arts / Age: 12 / Hometown: Pittsford / School: Calkins Road Middle School ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Raymond is a high honor-student who plays piano and violin and also is a competitive swimmer and winner of national math competitions. As a pianist, he made his orchestral debut with the Ashdod Symphony Orchestra in Italy at the age 11, and recently performed with Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra after winning the concerto competition. Raymond has been won national and international competitions and in the Rochester area, performs solo piano con-

certs at senior living facilities and often serves as the concertmaster for his school concerts. WHAT THE JUDGES HAD TO SAY

“Between his science and math successes, his athletic abilities, and his sharing of musical talents with the community and abroad, Raymond is an impressive youth. He epitomizes the terms ‘well-rounded’ and 'hard-working.’’’

Trina Langsenkamp

Arts / Age: 19 / Hometown: Penfield / School: The Ohio State University ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Trina is a talented artist, writer, and photographer who recently earned the 2014 Emerging Eminence Award at The Ohio State University, where she is studying art education and is president-elect of the student organization for future educators. Before college she created several videos and digital art projects for school events. She welcomes camaraderie and collaboration in her creations, in which she weaves talent and imagination. Trina is currently overseas, where she is living a

long-time dream of studying the culture of Zimbabwe and South Africa. WHAT THE JUDGES HAD TO SAY

“Trina seems to have the unique qualities of being both a team-player and a leader. Her future students will be very lucky to learn from such a versatile and talented art instructor.”

Matthew Kemp

Arts / Age: 17 / Hometown: Fairport / School: Fairport High School ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Matthew has had lead roles in several musicals at Fairport schools and as a member of the Roc City Singers. He is a member of his school chorus and the Fairport Drama Club, where he helps coach other students for auditions and rehearsing. In his hometown he works with the teen program as a lead student asset facilitator, using his acting skills to coach teens in role playing related to healthy and positive living. Last summer, he was one of 32 students across the state to earn admission to the New York Sum-

mer School of the Arts and locally has appeared in productions with JCC CenterStage and Geva. On June 19 Matthew will be in Washington, D.C. to earn the Congressional Award Gold Medal, the highest honor for youth in recognition of hundreds of hours of service in their communities. WHAT THE JUDGES HAD TO SAY

“It is evident Matthew is a natural leader at school and in his community, in addition to the mastery he shares on stage.”

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Hannah McIntee

Community Service / Age: 12 / Hometown: Honeoye Falls / School: Honeoye Falls-Lima Middle School ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Hannah is a high honor-roll student and an athlete who is also dedicated to community service. When she was in 3rd grade Hannah started “Nickels for Nick” to raise money for the Make a Wish Foundation after seeing the joy that the organization brought to her uncle who was battling Leukemia. In addition, she has volunteered at Foodlink and at cat shelters, sewn dresses for girls in Third World countries, planted town flower boxes, and helped organize a Halloween

party for the residents of a homeless shelter for women and their children. WHAT THE JUDGES HAD TO SAY

“Hannah understands the value of community involvement. She is a very generous girl with a big heart and is surely an inspiration to others.”

Kylie Montague

Community Service / Age: 6 / Hometown: Avon / School: Avon Elementary School ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Kylie volunteers at the Avon Senior Nutrition Program, serving beverages and meals and creating placemats specifically designed for each senior. While it may be intimidating for a child to befriend strangers, Kylie becomes their friend during the first visit and brings joy to their day by way of her friendship and smiling, youthful face. She assures her parents that she can do this volunteering on her own and readily foregoes “kid stuff” to spend time with the seniors. She enjoys gymnastics, for which she has won

blue ribbons, and at school Kylie has been named the student of the month for the trait of generosity. WHAT THE JUDGES HAD TO SAY

“If only all of our seniors had a friend like Kylie to brighten their day. While other 6-year-olds are playing kickball or games on an iPad, Kylie is serving food and sharing smiles. I’m sure her parents are very proud and her friends think she’s pretty cool.”

Rebecca Murray

Community Service / Age: 15 / Hometown: Penfield / School: Penfield High School ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Rebecca is a recipient of the Girl Scout Silver Award and is actively working to obtain the Gold Award. Rebecca has performed more than 150 hours of volunteer service for children’s programs at the local library and recreation department. In an effort to encourage elementary-aged children to read, she has written approximately 40 book reviews, which are available for children to access at the library. Rebecca has collected and sorted close to 2,000 books and donated them to inner-city youth programs. And when

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she learned that there was no longer a local cooking camp for elementary-aged children, she created her own non-profit organization to provide the service. WHAT THE JUDGES HAD TO SAY

“Rebecca’s insight into how to encourage children to read and also cook and experiment is clever and unique. From her library work to her efforts with her Scout troop, our community is fortunate to have Rebecca’s creative and generous spirit in action.”


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Niels Rasmussen

Innovation / Age: 15 / Hometown: Pittsford / School: Pittsford Mendon High School ACCOMPLISHMENTS

WHAT THE JUDGES HAD TO SAY

Niels is an inquisitive, creative, and self-motivated high-honors student and athlete. For years he has been a student in his school’s double-accelerated math program. As part of a recent geometry project, Niels reviewed more than 100 proofs of the Pythagorean Theorem in an attempt to prove the theorem by looking at it through a different lens. His teacher said he “marvels” at Niels’ creativity and ingenuity.

“Niels brings unique and dynamic perspectives to his classroom and learning environments. He has a hunger for knowledge and I, for one, am excited to see what he will accomplish as he continues to feed his scholarly knowledge and innate curiosity.”

Harrison Smith

Athletics / Age: 16 / Hometown: Pittsford / School: USSA Team Academy ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Harrison is an aerial skier, currently living at the Lake Placid Olympic Training Facility and the Utah Olympic Park in Park City, Utah. He trains 5 to 6 days per week all year long (on snow and water) while attending school at night and keeping a 3.95 GPA. He was the youngest male skier to compete at the World Cup event prior to the Sochi Olympics. Harrison is the current North American Grand Prix Champion and this spring became an official member of the United States Ski Team (Freestyle, Aerial Divi-

sion). He is working toward representing the United States of America at the 2018 and 2022 Winter Olympics. WHAT THE JUDGES HAD TO SAY

“Harrison is one of Rochester’s rock stars, who gets their start in our community and goes on to wow the entire world with their talents. I am impressed with the commitment he and his family have made to his sport and I will be among the many in Rochester cheering him as he continues in his career, with the Olympics in sight.”

Peter Smith

Arts / Age: 17 / Hometown: Perinton / School: Fairport High School ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Peter has performed lead roles in several musicals with Fairport schools and A Magical Journey Through Stages. He is a member of the Roc City Singers Show Choir, his high school chorus, a cappella choirs, Senior High All County Chorus, and also the Fairport Drama Club. He also trains outside of school in voice, musical theater, and ballet. Peter’s stage talents are versatile, from playing the characters of Shrek and the Beast to Chino in West Side Story and George Bailey in

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It’s A Wonderful Life. WHAT THE JUDGES HAD TO SAY

“It is clear Peter is focused on making the most of his performance talents and is putting all his energy into what he loves, working hard to make his dreams come true.”


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Jack Sullivan

Community Service / Age: 10 / Hometown: Pittsford / School: Allen Creek Elementary ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Jack is the founder of Catherine’s Peace Team (CPT). He formed this organization to honor the memory of his cousin, Catherine Violet Hubbard, whose young life was cut tragically short by the events at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. CPT is dedicated to spreading a message of peace and kindness as well as keeping Catherine’s memory — and her love for animals — alive. Jack and CPT raise funds to assist the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary, which will be established in Newtown. In addition to a recent teen dance in March, one of the many CPT fundraisers was a “Peace Party” that raised $45,000 via silent and live auctions, with Jack serving as the auctioneer.

CPT was named locally as the Outstanding Youth Volunteer Fundraiser Group and Jack has met with Congresswoman Louise Slaughter and White House officials at the White House to talk about the efforts of Catherine’s Peace Team. WHAT THE JUDGES HAD TO SAY

“I am very touched and impressed by Jack’s ability to bring children together in the face of a senseless tragedy to take positive steps toward keeping his cousin’s memory alive and supporting her love for animals and the sanctuary being built in her honor. Jack, you are brave and generous and I applaud you and wish you luck in all your future efforts.”

Amanda Turner

Athletics / Age: 12 / Hometown: Pittsford / School: Calkins Road Middle School ACCOMPLISHMENTS

WHAT THE JUDGES HAD TO SAY

Amanda has been an equestrian rider since the age of 5. She excels as a competitive rider. Three years ago, she was the champion, in her division, at the Professional Horseman’s Association. Amanda has continued her success, as a member of the Interscholastic Equestrian Association. Last year she received the highest point total of any rider, qualifying her for the regional championship. This year she qualified for the regional championship and also competed in the zone championship in Pittsburgh.

“Amanda is a shining example of the outstanding youth we have in our community. A decorated equestrian champion even before she’s a teenager … very impressive!”

Thank You to our Volunteer Judges

Dr. Bradley Paxton, patent holder and CEO of Advanced Document Imaging Kara Phillips, fitness instructor Paul J. Olcott, teacher; Hillside Family of Agencies Allison Roberts, professional actress and artist Freyda Schneider, executive director, TYIKES Children's Theatre

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Jeremiah and Joshua West

Community Service / Jeremiah West, Age: 6 / Joshua West, Age: 9 / Hometown: Greece / School: West Academy ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Brothers Jeremiah and Joshua have written a book titled Champions of Change / Live to Give. Their caring and compassionate nature has inspired children around the world (as far away as Malaysia) to become “change agents” in their own communities “by doing little deeds that have a huge impact.” Their desire is to make the world a better place by giving back to their community and to those who are less fortunate,

and the have recruited other children to join their efforts. Recent projects include hosting a holiday party for the homeless; donating a shipment of books to Tanzania; hosting a Kidpreneur Fair where they gave away 100 book bags and passes to the National Museum of Play; helping a child with autism write a book; and organizing a “fun run” to raise money for a child suffering from cancer.

Robert Zielinski

Community Service / Age: 17 / Hometown: Pittsford / School: Pittsford Sutherland High School ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Robert is a well-rounded honor student and scholar athlete who understands the importance of giving back to his community. He volunteers as a student tutor in math and reading, and his work with the Rochester Youth Baseball Coalition has been instrumental in providing equipment to leagues who serve less-fortunate children in our community — expensive equipment they would have gone without. Robert took it upon himself to plan, organize, and facilitate a used baseball-equipment drive and executed all steps from soliciting organizations

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for donations and setting up drop-off sites, working with many adults he never before met but has since inspired and impressed. He was skillful in identifying and overcoming obstacles and did so with a great sense of humility. WHAT THE JUDGES HAD TO SAY

“Robert is an inspiring young man. He is gifted as an athlete and also is a generous young man, who has selflessly paid-it-forward using the fortunes life has brought him, from opportunity to talents.”

WHAT THE JUDGES HAD TO SAY

“These brothers are role models to us all. They remind us that we all can be change agents to make the world a better place, one little deed at a time. Joshua and Jeremiah truly are champions.”


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FARMERS' MARKET

By Michelle Shirk

ummer has arrived, and with it longer days, warmer weather and is prime season for many area farmers’ markets. These markets provide shoppers with easy access to fresh seasonal produce, delicious baked goods, locally made craft items and more. However, to those accustomed to simply grabbing their tomatoes and potatoes from supermarket shelves, the idea of wandering through food-filled stalls while interacting with complete strangers can be intimidating. Fear not – whether you’re preparing for your first trip to a local market or heading further afield, these tips will help ensure a successful visit!

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Time your trip.

Farmers’ market offerings typically change as the season progresses. In other words, unlike at the supermarket, you should not expect to see asparagus and strawberries from May through October. If you are interested in a particular fruit or vegetable, do a little research to find out when it will be available and plan accordingly. The best time of day to visit the farmers’ market depends on your personal situation. If you are a


nervous first-timer heading to a small neighborhood market, you may be best served by showing up an hour or so after the market opens. By then, there will probably be enough other shoppers to allow you to “blend in” while still taking advantage of cool temperatures and well-stocked booths. In contrast, a large, popular market will likely be bustling regardless of the time, so consider arriving at the very beginning of the day to avoid long lines. Of course, if you are visiting a market that features prepared foods, you may wish to schedule your trip to coincide with breakfast or lunchtime!

Gather intel.

It’s certainly possible to enjoy visiting a farmers’ market without any advance knowledge of its offerings. However, you can save time and confusion by having at least a general idea of the venue’s set-up, the parking situation, and what type of wares will be offered for sale. Many farmers’ markets offer websites or Facebook pages that will help you prepare for your visit. If you can’t find the information you seek online, try asking friends and coworkers who have been to the market which specific vendors or products they recommend.

Pack the right gear.

It’s nice, but not necessary, to have a sturdy market basket to tote your purchases. A reusable grocery bag or backpack will also do the job. If you live more than a short distance from the market, bring a cooler filled with ice to help you safely transport items that should be kept cold. You may also want to pack a bucket or sturdy vase in case you come across a bouquet of flowers you can’t live without. Finally, cash remains the currency of choice for many vendors, so be sure to stop by your bank and pick up some small bills.

Ask questions.

In day-to-day life, sales pitches often seem to come with a catch, so you may initially feel wary of friendly vendors. Try to turn off this way of thinking at the farmers’ market, where chatting with sellers while considering whether to purchase their wares is de rigueur. The folks staffing the booths are often the very same ones responsible for growing or preparing the food being sold, so feel free to ask them any questions you may have about food safety, ingredients or other concerns. They may even be able to provide interesting recipe ideas or serving suggestions for their products.

Maximize your return on your investment.

Once you get your precious haul home, don’t let it go to waste! Promptly pick up any additional ingredients necessary to prepare meals using the produce, meats and cheeses you bought at the market. If you find yourself stumped about what to do with your purchases, consider preparing delicious fajitas, shish kabobs, salads or a stir-fry to use up a lot of perishables quickly. Then, fill a vase with your farmers’ market flowers, pour yourself a glass of farmers’ market apple cider and enjoy your fresh, seasonal meal!  Michelle Shirk is an attorney, freelance writer and proud mother of one. She writes about family, travel and seasonal events for parenting publications across the United States. CONTINUED >>> Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent • July 2014

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TO MARKET, TO MARKET

YOUR GUIDE TO ROCHESTER AREA FARMERS' MARKETS BRIGHTON FARMERS' MARKET

WHEN: Sundays, 9am-1pm, through October 26 / WHERE: Brighton High School Parking Lot, 1150 Winton Rd. / FOR MORE INFO: 269-8918, www.brightonfarmersmarket.org

CANANDAIGUA FARMERS' MARKET

WHEN: Saturdays, 8:30am12:30pm, through October 25 / WHERE: Parking lot between Lafayette Ave. & Mill St. (East side of S. Main St.) / FOR MORE INFO: canandaiguafarmersmarket.com

CHILI FARMERS' MARKET

WHEN: Saturdays, 8am–1pm, through October 25 / WHERE: Chili Paul Plaza, 3240 Chili Ave. / FOR MORE INFO: 889-4680

FAIRPORT FARMERS' MARKET WHEN: Saturdays, 7am-noon, through November 22 / WHERE: 58 S. Main St. (behind the Bank of America) / FOR MORE INFO: 223-0313, village.fairport.ny.us

FOODLINK FARMERS' MARKET

WHEN: Wednesdays 11am-2pm, through September 3 / WHERE: St. Mary’s Place, Between Woodbury St. & Court St. Cash, debit and EBT are all accepted. / FOR MORE INFO: 328-3880 x113, foodlinkny.org

GREECE RIDGE MALL FARMERS’ MARKET

WHEN: Thursdays & Saturdays, 9am–3pm, through October 25th / WHERE: Ridge & Long Pond Rds., Sears Parking Lot / FOR MORE INFO: 225-1140

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IRONDEQUOIT FARMERS' MARKET

WHEN: Thursdays, 4-8 pm, through October / WHERE: Behind Irondequoit Town Hall, 1280 Titus Ave. at King's Highway / FOR MORE INFO: 336-6070, irondequoit.org

MENDON FARMERS' MARKET

WHEN: Tuesdays, 4-7pm, through October 14 / WHERE: Mendon Fireman's Field, 101 Mendon Ionia Rd. (Route 64) / FOR MORE INFO: 624-9590, www.cibi-d.com market.php

MONROE VILLAGE FARMERS' MARKET

WHEN: Wednesdays, 4-7pm, through October 15 / WHERE: Blessed Sacrament Church Parking Lot, 730 Monroe Ave. at Oxford Intersection / FOR MORE INFO: www.monroevillagefarmersmarket.org

NORTH CHILI FARMERS' MARKET

WHEN: Saturdays, 8am–1pm, through October 25 / WHERE: United Methodist Church parking lot, 2200 Westside Dr., Ogden / FOR MORE INFO: 293-0841

PENFIELD FARMERS' MARKET WHEN: Sunday 9am–1pm, through December 28 / WHERE: 1801 Fairport Nine Mile Point Rd. / FOR MORE INFO: 377-1982

PITTSFORD FARMERS' MARKET

WHEN: Tuesdays and Saturdays, 9am-1 pm, through November / WHERE: 3400 Monroe Ave. / FOR MORE INFO: 733-8104 visit townofpittsford.org/stands_ markets for a list of other markets and stands in the Pittsford area

RUSH FARMERS' MARKET

WHEN: Thursdays, 3-6:30pm, through November 6 / WHERE: Rush United Methodist Church, 6200 Lima Rd. / FOR MORE INFO: 533-2170

SCOTTSVILLE FARMERS’ MARKET

WHEN: Wednesdays, 4-7pm, through September 24 / WHERE: Scottsville American Legion #367, 61 Main St. / FOR MORE INFO: 889-3981, www.scottsvilleny.org

VICTOR FARMERS' MARKET

WHEN: Wednesdays, 3-7pm, through October 29 / WHERE: Victor Village Hall Parking Lot, 60 E. Main St. / FOR MORE INFO: 730-3981, victorldc.org

WEBSTERS JOE OBBIE FARMERS' MARKET

WHEN: Saturdays 8am-1pm, through November 1 Also, starting June 18, Wednesday 2-6pm / WHERE: Webster Towne Center, Holt Rd. (Kohl's/Target Plaza) / FOR MORE INFO: 315-5898703, www.villageofwebster.com

ROCHESTER PUBLIC MARKET WHEN: Tuesdays & Thursdays 6am-1pm, and Saturdays 5am3pm. 52 weeks a year. Also come additional event days. / WHERE: 280 North Union St., approximately three blocks north of East Main St. / FOR MORE INFO: www. cityofrochester.gov/publicmarket

SOUTHWEDGE FARMERS' MARKET

WHEN: Thursdays, 4-7pm through October 16 / WHERE: 100 Alexander St. at S. Clinton (Parking Lot at Boulder Coffee)


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take to the water! KAYAKING FUN FOR ALL AGES

By Susan Henninger

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amily fitness really can be fun! My first experience with kayaks was when my mom enrolled my oldest son and nephew in the Genesee Waterways Center’s Youth Kayak Camp at Lock 32. The week was so successful that the next year she signed up two more grandsons! The boys loved being 26

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out on the water, prompting my husband and me to invest in three primary colored kayaks of our own, a decision we’ve never regretted. There are many diverse waterways in New York State to take advantage of and the durable boats can be used from April to November, making them an almost year-

round activity. However, as with any water sport, it’s important to know what you’re doing. Luckily, our area boasts fantastic options to gain some basic skills, and a little experience, before you set out on your own.


ROCHESTER’S WONDERFUL WATERWAYS!

GWC SUMMER EXTRAS 10th Annual Lockapalooza (August 16-17, 2014) is a summer kayak festival that’s definitely worth attending. “Nowhere else in this area will you see these types of kayaking demonstrations and competitive races,” Cindy notes. “It’s a wonderful place to see all the possibilities of the sport.”

Cindy Stachowski is the executive director for the Genesee Waterways Center (GWC), a nonprofit organization that’s been encouraging aquatic recreation for people of all ages in the Rochester area since Travel through the Locks is a 1986. The Center has new “outrigger adventure” two facilities, a boatGWC will be offering this sumhouse headquartered at mer where families can paddle the Genesee Valley Park from the Genesee Valley Park and Lock 32 on Cloboathouse through the locks to ver Street in Brighton. Schoen Place in Pittsford and Cindy is especially proud back! of GWC’s ingenuity in turning an unused spillway on the Erie Canal IF YOU GO into an opportunity GENESEE WATERWAYS for whitewater kayakCENTER ing adventures. “It’s a (585) 328-3960 unique partnership with geneseewaterways@gmail.com the NYS Canal Corpohttp://geneseewaterways.org ration,” she elaborates. “Nowhere else in New SOUTHERN TIER KAYAKS York State can you find (607) 220-3642 this type of manmade www.stktours.com course.” Or find them on FaceBook Lock 32 requires (www.facebook.com/pages/ kids to be at least 10 Southern-Tier-Kayak-Toursyears old and to know LLC/229219290468078) how to swim, making it a great, and considerably more challenging, opportunity for tweens and teens. Skills that participants will learn during the week include things with intriguing names like wet-exits (getting out of the kayak after you flip it over), peel outs, and eddy turns. For kids who want to boost their kayaking abilities, these basics serve as the foundation for more advanced activities like white water slalom racing and recreational river running. Clinics also include games that enhance kayaking proficiency and reinforce water safety practices. Once kids have taken the Level One class, they can advance to Level Two or Three which focus on helping them become more comfortable and competent with any type of situation they might face on the water. For those who prefer to “go it alone,” private kayak instruction is also available for $70/hour. According to Cindy, Lock 32 attracts many older students through word-of-mouth referrals. “Teens love the clinic,” she notes, “Splashing around with your friends is addictive!” Another plus - both she and the instructors see dramatic changes in kids’ self-esteem and confidence levels as the week goes on. Some novice kayakers prefer calmer water and the assurance that it’s unlikely they’ll tip over unless they want to! At the Genesee Valley Park Boathouse location families can enroll in a rowing, sculling or outrigger canoeing course or use their canoes and flat-water kayaks. For families who feel more comfortable with an experienced person close by, guides are available to accompany you. Cindy adds that many groups like

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SOUTHERN TIER PADDLING – AS GOOD AS IT GETS!

SARAH AND AARON MYERES OF SOUTHERN TIER KAYAK

to rent GVP’s outrigger canoe, which has two hulls that are connected together and looks similar to a catamaran, making it incredibly stable. With a trained “steersperson” in the boat at all times, no paddling experience is necessary; you just need to be able to swim and to know how to relax and have fun. It can hold up to eight paddlers so people often reserve it for group activities or special occasions. GWC also

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collaborates with SportsNet, a program of the Rochester Rehabilitation Center. The Boathouse location has 600 feet of accessible, ADA-compliant docks, adaptive equipment, and a Hoyer lift so adults and kids of all abilities can try their hand at the popular water sports.

Last August I discovered another fantastic kayaking opportunity for families with younger children. Owned by an enthusiastic couple, Aaron and Sarah Myers, who have two decades of experience leading river trips with groups of all ages and skill levels, Southern Tier Kayak’s (STK) summer trips include Paddle the Pallisades (Chemung River), Sample the Susquehanna, and Chenango Charm. Each day tour has its own unique features and river conditions, as do the evening paddles the Myers’ have begun to offer this summer. Additionally, STK has partnered with the “Friends of the Chemung River Watershed” (www.chemungriverfriends.org) to provide four family-oriented educational tours as part of the “River Rangers Program.” Each tour highlights a different aspect of the Chemung River, ranging from its history to the wildlife that calls the river home and the recreational opportunities the river provides. The Meyers' goal is to provide a fun recreational experience for people who don’t have the equipment, the means, or the knowledge and courage to go out on their own. According to Aaron, “Our trips are a great option for families with young CONTINUED >>>


THREE REASONS TO KAYAK THIS SUMMER IT’S AFFORDABLE According to Cindy, GWC rates are low enough for people to purchase a season’s pass or to just come a few times. The Center also offers coupons on Groupon. No special equipment is necessary and all necessary equipment is included in the price. STK’s trips are also reasonably priced and, judging by comments on their social media sites and my own experience, well worth the investment. YOU’RE DOING SOMETHING INTERACTIVE, RATHER THAN PASSIVE, AS A FAMILY Kayaking isn’t like going to the movies or a baseball game. It’s a hands-on sport that requires active participation and concentration at all times. Despite this, kayaking is a low-impact sport, Cindy observes. Paddling the boat improves your strength and flexibility without leaving you exhausted and discouraged. Though it may be challenging at first, it’s extremely rewarding once you get the hang of it. KAYAKING PROVIDES A BREAK FROM THE INTENSITY OF DAILY LIVING Spending time in upstate New York’s beautiful outdoor landscapes is something everyone in our area should take advantage of, Cindy says, adding that being on the water can be both exhilarating and meditative. In Aaron’s opinion, one long-term benefit of kayaking the rivers of the Southern Tier is that people who make paddling a regular part of their lives will often begin to feel a connection to the waterways and surrounding lands. Additionally, they may become invested in seeing these unique natural resources protected and maintained for generations to come. kids as we can accommodate all abilities.” They have several styles of kayaks to choose from – including singles and tandems. This year Aaron says they’ve added kayaks specifically sized for smaller paddlers. Each trip caters to any level of kayak experience and Sarah and Aaron expertly navigate between the faster and slower paddlers so no one ever feels left behind or unattended. Another plus is their website, which features a helpful checklist on “preparing for your trip,” which covers things like how to dress for the weather and what to bring in the boat. Kayaking with STK gives families a chance to learn new things about a river’s ecology by asking questions about what they see from the boats or simply by turning over rocks to unveil what lives underneath on one of the snack break stops the Myers’ build into their trips. Opportunities abound to see wildlife like bald eagles, kingfishers, ospreys, interesting insects, and animals on the river tours too. If your youth, scouts, church, or home school group has a particular interest, the couple is happy to arrange an educational kayak tour to your specifications. They’ll even guide wedding parties and family reunions! It’s not only about education with the Myers’ though. During their summer tours Aaron and Sarah provide everyone with a water blaster. “No matter if you’re 8 or 88 years old, splashing around and squirting each other on the river during a hot summer day turns everyone into a kid!” Aaron asserts.  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. Contact her at www.fingerlakeswriter.com

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[ book nook]

By Deena Viviani

fizz, boom, read!

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eeling scientific? You’re in luck! New York State’s Summer Reading Program is encouraging families to check out books that combine science, creativity, and imagination. Visit your local library to see how you can spark a reaction!

MORE READS

Check out the book lists on www.summerreadingnys.org or pick up one of these tales of science fiction: PICTURE BOOKS Boy + Bot Written by Ame Dyckman & Illustrated by Dan Yaccarino Doug Unplugged by Dan Yaccarino The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot Written by Margaret McNamara & Illustrated by Mark Fearing

Electrical Wizard: How Nikola Tesla Lit Up the World

Written by Elizabeth Rusch & Illustrated by Oliver Dominguez Candlewick Press, 2013, hardcover, $16.99, Ages 8-12 Move over, Thomas Edison – Nikola Tesla has an illustrated biography of his own! Edison might be credited with inventing the light bulb, but Tesla discovered AC power, lit the Chicago World’s Fair with electricity, and harnessed the might of Niagara Falls to provide homes all the way to Buffalo with electricity. Read all about this brilliant man’s mechanical mind and decide for yourself who to crown as the king of electricity.

Zathura by Chris Van Allsburg MIDDLE GRADE Aliens and UFOs by Lori Hile Bot Wars by J. V. Kade Numbered! by David Lubar Tesla’s Attic by Neal Shusterman & Eric Elfman YOUNG ADULT All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill Dangerous by Shannon Hale Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith Jekel Loves Hyde by Beth Fantaskey Linked by Imogen Howson

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Gravity

By Jason Chin Roaring Brook Press, 2014, hardcover, $16.99, Ages 3-6 What goes up must come down thanks to the power of gravity! Brightly illustrated objects float into space before falling back to earth aside perfectly attuned text. This non-fiction picture book is accessible to early readers and offers extra facts for those who want to learn more. You won’t find Sandra Bullock between the covers, but it’s still a weightless winner for space enthusiasts.

Weathering and Erosion (That Rocks!)

By Maria Nelson Gareth Stevens Publishing,

2014, hardcover, $22.60 Ages 5-8 How did the Grand Canyon form? Do glaciers carve out lakes? Are weathering and erosion good for the planet? This 24-page book in the That Rocks! series covers these topics and more with color photos and glossy pages. Includes a glossary of important terms for budding geologists who will be excited to watch the earth move under their feet.

Seed to Plant

By Kristin Baird Rattini National Geographic, 2014, paperback, $3.99 Ages 6-8 Isn’t it amazing how the tini-

est seed can grow into a giant tree? Learn how in this volume of the popular National Geographic Reader series. The high quality photographs and magazine style layout encourage readers to watch their own plants grow. Dig into this book, then dig into the dirt!

The Race to the Moon: An Interactive History Adventure By Allison Lassieur Capstone Press, 2014, paperback, $6.95, Ages 8-12

Choosing your own adventures are back with the You Choose series! Learn what it was like to be an engineer for the space program in the 1950s or to be an astronaut


on a spaceship. Each job and story path comes with real life consequences that can veer off in dangerous or delightful directions. Bring history to life with whatever path you choose.

Chasing the Storm: Tornadoes, Meteorology, and Weather Watching

By Ron Miller Twenty-First Century Books, 2014, hardcover, $33.26, Ages 10-15 Future meteorologists: this book is for you! Tornadoes and other types of major storms are covered in this non-fiction work full of photographs, diagrams, interviews with storm chasers, and science experiments that use household items. It also offers ways for readers to participate in safe weather reporting from home. Get involved and be one step ahead for your next science project!

How to Fake a Moon Landing: Exposing the Myths of Science Denial By Darryl Cunningham Abrams, 2013, hardcover, $16.95, Ages 12-18

Did humans really land on the moon? Does chiropractic medicine actually work? Is climate change for real? These questions and more are explored in this book that strives to show the importance of the scientific method. The resources and cited references are helpful for students doing reports on these topics. Best of all? It’s in comic book style!

Genetics: Breaking the Code of Your DNA Written by Carla Mooney & Illustrated by Samuel Carbaugh Nomad Press, 2014, hardcover, $21.95, Ages 12-18

Want to blame your parents for your bad eyesight or big feet? How about thanking them for your perfect height and super intelligence? Now you can! Learn about DNA, RNA, and how genes are passed from parents to children. This book includes helpful side-bars, comic strips, and experiments you can do at home that make learning fun. Genetics, here you come!  Deena Viviani is a Rochester-based Young Adult Services Librarian. 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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[ parenting teens & tweens ]

By Myrna Beth Haskell

teens and sleep

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used to feel like a broken record. Every evening, I would call down the hall toward the light that remained on in my daughter’s bedroom, “Are you heading to bed yet?” This was because my daughter was typically up past 11:30 pm.

Why did this disturb me? She needed to rise slightly after the birds – around 6:00 am. Typically she was aggravated, cranky, and just plain miserable when the sun came up. You would think that an eighteen-year-old could get her act together, knowing that each and every morning she would regret the alarm. At the time, her schedule was definitely a catalyst – advanced placement courses, two honor society schedules, volunteer work, athletics, and scholarship applications to finish. She didn’t seem to have enough hours in her day. With freshman year in college on the horizon, another chaotic schedule is likely, so getting into a regular sleep schedule should be at the top of her list. What’s a parent to do when they realize their teen is on a downward spiral due to lack of sleep? How much sleep should she be getting anyway?

Inadequate Sleep Cycles According to the National Sleep Foundation, teens should be getting approximately 9 ¼ hours of sleep per night to function at their best. However, teens also tend to stay up late and sleep late on the weekends. This causes irregular sleep patterns. Staff members at the Mayo Clinic also write about the irregularity of adolescent sleep cycles. “Puberty changes a teen's internal clock, delaying the time he or she starts feeling sleepy — often until 11 pm or later. Staying up late to study or socialize can disrupt a teen's internal clock even more.” Robert S. Rosenberg, DO, FCCP, medical director of The Sleep Disorders Centers

of Prescott Valley and Flagstaff, Arizona and author of the newly released book Sleep Soundly Every Night, Feel Fantastic Every Day (Demos Health, June 2014), says “Recent surveys have shown that only 15% of teenagers get 8 ½ hours or more of sleep.” Why are so many teenagers functioning on an inadequate amount of sleep? Experts say that part-time jobs and extracurricular activities, in addition to school schedules, contribute to fewer hours of sleep. Teens also spend time on social networking sites before bed, which can affect their ability to fall asleep. Nadav Traeger, MD, director of Pediatric Sleep Medicine at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester

Medical Center in NY, clarifies that the amount of sleep a teen needs will vary somewhat by age and individual needs. “If a teen has no symptoms that may be related to insufficient sleep, then I would assume that he/ she is getting the amount of sleep needed.”

Consequences A lack of sleep can lead to negative consequences, including drowsy driving which can be extremely dangerous. Traeger says that teens who get insufficient sleep may be presented with various issues. “The possible symptoms include: increased tendency for sleeping during the day, decreased school performance, decreased attention, restlessness

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or hyperactivity, moodiness, memory problems, behavioral problems, and propensity for clumsiness or accidents.” A lack of sleep can also severely affect a teen’s athletic performance. Rosenberg points to a recent study conducted at Stanford University which involved baseball, basketball and football teams. “Athletes demonstrated improved performance when they were encouraged to sleep ten hours, or at least one more than they had been sleeping.” Rosenberg advises parents to watch for the following behaviors. If your teen is exhibiting these behaviors, it is likely that he is not getting enough sleep: • Sleeps late on weekends • Falls asleep when not actively engaged in something • Has trouble waking up for school • Moodiness • Increased agitation and irritability

Encourage Better Sleep Habits Sleep is important for tissue repair and strengthening muscles, explains Rosenberg, so parents should help their teens find solutions that will help them get a better night’s sleep. Rosenberg instructs parents to encourage teens to cut down on extracurricular activities that go well past dinner times. “Educate your teen about the value of sleep with regards to athletics and academics,” he says. “Let them know that during sleep a lot of important things are taking place, such as memory consolidation for not only facts, but also operational memories, such as how to swing a bat or how to shoot a basketball.” Traeger suggests that parents persuade teens to practice good sleep habits. “The main habits that will promote good sleep quality are: using the bed for sleeping only, sleeping only in own bed (not the couch, etc.), having little variability in the sleep-wake

Additional tips are provided by the National Sleep Foundation • Keep a sleep diary: Use to determine how much sleep you need to feel good during the day. •N aps: Keep these short and not too close to bedtime. eep your bedroom cool, •K quiet, and dark. void caffeinated drinks •A (coffee, tea, soda and chocolate) late in the day. Nicotine and alcohol also interfere with sleep. •K eep a consistent sleep schedule. This will help keep your body in sync with its natural patterns. •D on’t eat, drink, or exercise within a few hours of your bedtime. •A void TV, computer, and the telephone within an hour before bed.

schedule (including weekends), exercising regularly (as long as it is not too close to bedtime), and getting sufficient exposure to daylight during the day.” Teens should begin good sleep habits at least two weeks prior to the first day of school to get themselves on the right track. For parents: Practice what you preach so that teens understand sleep is important at any age.  Myrna Beth Haskell is a freelance writer and monthly contributor to Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent Magazine who lives in Salt Point, NY. She is the author of LIONS and TIGERS and TEENS: Expert advice and support for the conscientious parent just like you (Unlimited Publishing LLC). Visit www.myrnahaskell.com.

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[ your family health]

By Malia Jacobson

Sleeping Cool When It's Sizzling hot weather sleep help for comfortable, safe summer snoozing

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o your kids go on a sleep strike during the summer — fighting bedtime, snoozing fitfully, and waking several times a night parched, miserable, and complaining of bad dreams? The warm summer weather may be to blame. While sunny summer skies are great for daytime play, there’s nothing fun about a too-hot bedroom at night. Warm temperatures can seriously harm nighttime sleep by disrupting the body’s natural sleep cycle, says Robert S. Rosenberg, DO, medical director of the Sleep Disorders Centers of Prescott Valley and Flagstaff, Arizona. Body temperature is an important component of healthy sleep, he notes. “As we fall asleep, our core body temperature drops to initiate sleep. During REM sleep, we lose the ability to regulate our temperature. So a warm room may be especially disruptive during REM sleep.” The ideal room temperature for sleep is between 65 and 68 degrees, says Rosenberg. When the temperature creeps higher, expect sleep problems like trouble falling and staying asleep, restlessness, and irritability. Sleeping in a room that’s too hot is a common cause of night awakenings and nightmares, and some studies link warm sleep environments to an increased risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). So when it comes to kid’s bedrooms, cool rules. Here’s how to keep your child's sleep-

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ing space from sweltering, even if indoor air conditioning isn’t an option.

Cool zone Zoned temperature control with a thermostat in each bedroom is ideal, says Rosenberg. But there’s no need to revamp your entire heating and cooling system. Keep a small digital room thermometer on your child’s shelf or dresser; some are especially designed for this purpose and change color when the room is too hot.

Crisp and cool Ditch soft, fuzzy sleep surfaces. Opt for simple cotton sheets to keep things cool. Fleece sheets, flannel sheets, and sheepskins trap heat, which can lead to an uncomfortably warm sleep environment.

Night light A room that that’s darker stays cooler. To keep the sun’s rays from turning your child’s room into a sauna, keep the curtains closed when no one’s in the room, and invest in light-blocking blackout curtains.

Turndown service Heaps of blankets are unnecessary and potentially unsafe for little ones; the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends against loose blankets for babies. If your toddler or child likes to fall asleep under a blanket, sneak into the bedroom to turn down the heavy blanket before you go to sleep.

Fan-tastic Ceiling fans are an inexpensive way to promote better sleep, keeping a room 15 to 20 degrees cooler. They can also promote safer sleep, because bedroom fans have been asso-

ciated with a reduced risk of SIDS, says Wendy Sue Swanson, MD, pediatrician with Seattle Children’s Hospital. A few hours before bedtime, use fans to blow warm air out of the room, and consider keeping a fan circulating at night.

Bunk up Warm air naturally rises, so the top bunk in a bunk bed is often overly warm. Blast hot air away with a box fan placed on top of a dresser or high bookshelf. In some cases, a fan may not help enough, and the top bunk may stay too hot for comfortable sleep. On especially hot nights, a top bunkee may need to


temporarily relocate to a cooler sleeping space — even the floor (kids love indoor campouts!).

Cool heads prevail A dip in the tub after dinner can make for a better bedtime (if kids are outside all day during the summer, they probably need the scrub-down, anyway). Don’t skip the hair wash; a damp, cool head may actually help your child sleep — according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, cooling the brain is an effective treatment for insomnia.

Pajama-rama Give pajama drawers a warm-weather makeover and stash fleece footie PJs away. Summer sleepwear should be lightweight and breathable; think cotton tanks, tees, and shorts. Babies who are swaddled can go pajama-less during the summer with just a diaper under the swaddle.

Frozen Stash a tumbler or sippy cup full of ice water on your child’s nightstand for middle-of-the-night sipping. For an icy treat, store pillowcases in the freezer and slip a fresh, cold cover on your child’s pillow at bedtime. Take note: A child who is too hot at night may not say that she’s too hot. Instead, she may awaken in the middle of the night confused, upset, or thirsty. That’s why it’s important to monitor bedroom temperature and take steps to keep things cool, says Swanson. A little room-cooling prepwork can help children sleep more soundly, so they’ll be rested and ready for all summer has in store.  Malia Jacobson is an award-winning health and parenting journalist and mom of three. Her latest book is Sleep Tight, Every Night: Helping Toddlers and Preschoolers Sleep Well Without Tears, Tricks, or Tirades

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[ your family health]

By Sandra Gordon

Summer Safety Slip-ups

how to avoid common mistakes & stay safe during the summer

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o big deal, you think, so what if my child doesn’t want to wear his helmet? He can go for a bike ride without it just this once. Or you get caught up in conversation at a pool party instead of keeping an eye on your toddler. It’s no surprise that accidents happen, even when we’re trying to be careful. But because we’re outside more and the days are longer, summer can be an especially dangerous time. According to SafeKids Worldwide, there’s an 89 percent increase in children drowning in the summer months and a 45 percent surge in bike-riding deaths.

Fortunately, turning your child’s summer into a safety zone is a matter of making a few precautionary tweaks. Here are some small risks you might be taking that can lead to big problems, and our top tips for avoiding them. SLIP-UP: TOSSING CHARCOAL AFTER A BBQ. Cleaning out the grill and disposing of coals in a remote section of your yard or campground or at the beach may seem like a good idea because it’s far away from everyone. Trouble is, kids run all

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over the place in the summer and they’re often barefoot. “Charcoal can get up to 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit,” says John Drengenberg, the consumer safety director at Underwriters Laboratories, in Northbrook, Illinois. Even if the coals don’t look hot, they can retain their heat for hours. And it only takes a moment’s contact with a scorching coal to seriously burn a child’s delicate foot. PLAY IT SAFE: Whether you’re at home, at the beach or camping, cool down hot coals before disposing of them. Douse them with a garden hose or a bucket of water after cleaning out the grill. SLIP-UP: LEAVING YOUR CHILD IN THE CAR Each year, 38 children die from heat stroke after being left unattended in motor vehicles, according to Kidsandcars.org. The inside of a car can heat up quickly — to as high as 122

degrees Fahrenheit in less than 20 minutes on an especially hot day. Moreover, young children overheat faster than adults because they’re less able to regulate their body temperature. PLAY IT SAFE: Never leave your child in the car, even with the windows “cracked,” or even just for a few minutes. And keep in mind that a change in routine or a bad night’s sleep can easily lead to the unthinkable — driving to work with your sleeping baby in the car and forgetting that it’s your day to drop her off at daycare. To help you remember that your baby is in the car, put a soft toy in the front seat. Or secure something you need, such as a purse or backpack, in the backseat near your baby. Also, get in the habit of checking to make sure that everyone has exited the car when you get to your destination and lock car doors when you leave so a curious toddler can’t climb in your

car when you’re not looking. Keep your car keys out of your child’s reach too. SLIP-UP: KEEPING TIKI OIL WITHIN YOUR CHILD’S REACH. Toddlers and older kids are drawn to anything that looks like juice. Tiki oil, which is used more in the summer to light tiki torches, comes in different colors, such as purple, blue and red, and can easily be upturned and ingested. Another common mistake parents of young children make: “They’ll pour gasoline for the lawn mower into a smaller container, like a measuring cup, and leave that sitting around,”says Rose Ann Soloway, RN, a clinical toxicologist at the National Capital Poison Center in Washington, D.C. In addition to being poisonous, “Kids can swallow it or breathe it into their lungs, causing aspiration pneumonitis, which can be fatal,” Soloway says.


PLAY IT SAFE: Store tiki oil in its original container out of your child’s sight and reach, in a locked cabinet just like you do medicine and vitamins. The same goes for gasoline, charcoal lighter fluid, antifreeze and windshield wiper fluid. These containers don’t have child-resistant caps, which a determined toddler may be able to override anyway. If you believe your child has something potentially poisonous, call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222. You’ll be connected with a nurse, physician or pharmacist at a local center who is specially trained in recognizing and treating poisoning. Do this instead of heading directly to a hospital emergency room or call 911 — you’ll get the fastest advice on how to handle the situation. SLIP-UP: ASSUMING SOMEONE ELSE IS WATCHING THE KIDS. “At pool parties, many parents assume somebody else is

watching. Mom assumes Dad is watching while Dad assumes Mom is watching and it’s easy to get distracted,” says Phyllis F. Agran, MD, MPH, professor emeritus of pediatrics at the UCI School of Medicine, in Irvine, California. Even a few unsupervised minutes in the water can be deadly for a young child. PLAY IT SAFE: Assign a supervisor. One of you needs to be officially on duty and concentrating on your child. At pool parties with children present, designate a supervisor and make it clear by saying to your spouse, for example, “Okay, you’re on duty while I’m chatting with our friends.” But don’t think it’s enough to make your older kids, who are having fun too, keep an eye on your younger ones. Make that supervisor your spouse or another adult. SLIP-UP: LETTING YOUR OLDER CHILD RIDE HIS BIKE WITHOUT A HELMET.

Studies show that kids ages 11 to 15 tend to wear helmets less often than younger ones. PLAY IT SAFE: Be on helmet patrol. A bike helmet can reduce the risk of bicycle-related traumatic brain injury by up to 88 percent. So, of course, you’ll want to make sure everyone — you included — is protected with a properly fitted helmet whenever you ride. Keep on your older child to always wear one. SLIP-UP: KEEPING THE WADING POOL FILLED. “Young kids can drown in an inch of water or less,” says Drengenberg, so don’t think the water in your child’s baby pool is harmless. PLAY IT SAFE: “Dump the wading pool when you’re done with it,” Drengenberg says. “And turn it upside down so it doesn’t catch rain water.” In fact, empty all outdoor containers of water after use, including five-gallon buckets and insulated coolers; they’re a formidable drowning hazard.

SLIP-UP: LEAVING YOUR MEDICATION ON THE HOTEL NIGHT STAND. “When we’re traveling, it’s often much easier for youngsters to get into things that might be safely stored at home,” says Soloway. We stow medication and vitamins in suitcases, on night stands – places that are accessible to children, she says. PLAY IT SAFE: If you don’t have access to a locked cabinet, store your medication and vitamins out of your child’s reach just like you would at home. Lock your medication in your suitcase or store it on a high shelf. Do the same at Grandpa and Grandma’s house, too, and do a safety check. Make sure any medication or vitamins they take aren’t accessible to your child.  Sandra Gordon is an award-winning freelance writer who delivers expert advice and the latest developments in health, nutrition, parenting and consumer issues.

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Health, Wellness & Fitness Guide

family fitness

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By Jillian Melnyk

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eeping fit isn't just good for your health, it can be loads of fun and a great way to bond as a family. Here are a few ideas on how to work fitness into your family's summer routine.

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Have you ever dreamed of running away with the circus? Now you can! Aerial arts is a fun new fitness craze that lets you and your young ones learn acrobatics – which is both fun and great for the body. TRY: Aerial Arts Rochester.

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Bounce! Perfect for rainy days or when you want to escape the heat, indoor play

areas will keep kids active for hours. TRY: Bounce-it-Out, Jump Club, or Kango Play Center.

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Classes are a great way to get your muscles moving. Plus, with the help of an instructor and other class attendees, you'll stay motivated. Check out classes at your local gym/fitness center or try a place that specializes in specific activities like a dance or yoga studio.

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Host a dance party in your living room. Create a playlist of favorite tunes and get dancing!

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Explore nature. The Rochester area boasts an exceptional variety of parks and hiking trails. Strap on your hiking boots and go for a walk. Engage kids buy creating a list of wildlife and plants to spot during your hike. TRY: Mendon Ponds Park, Corbett's Glenn, Cumming Nature Center, or Durand Eastman Park.

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Get festive! Rochester's summers are filled with festivals. Spend the day wandering through the Corn Hill neighborhood at the Corn Hill Arts Festival (July 12 & 13) or enjoy an afternoon by the canal during the Spencerport Canal Days (July 26 & 27). A day's worth of walking will help you burn off some of that delicious festival food. (For a full list of upcoming summer festivals, check out pages 58 & 59.)

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Working in the garden is not only a rewarding experience, but it burns up calories too! If you haven't had a chance to start your garden yet this season, try planting herbs which will grow quickly, letting you quickly reap the rewards of your hard work.

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Go hunting! Create a scavenger hunt through your house, backyard, or neighborhood – it will keep kids active for hours.

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Stay in. Does an overly hot or rainy day have you cooped up in the house? That doesn't mean you should plop down on the couch and forget about

fitness. Create an indoor obstacle course, do a fitness video, or design indoor games to stay active. PS: Cleaning and chores burn calories too – recruit the kids for a summer organizing, cleaning, or household DIY project.

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Jump for joy. Indoor trampoline parks are loads of fun. TRY: Skyzone.

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Whether you’re a pro at hitting the waters or a kayaking newbie, summer is the perfect time to paddle. Learn more about area kayaking on page 26.

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Leisure time exercise. Being active doesn't have to mean sweating away for hours on the elliptical. Think about how your family can integrate fitness into leisure activities. For example, instead of going to the farm market one week, opt for a pick your own fruit farm. TRY: Brown's Berry Patch, Green Acre Farm, or Whittier Fruit Farm. Going out for ice cream on a hot night? Include a stroll along the canal or around your neighborhood while you enjoy your treat.

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Meet up. Need fitness motivation? Join an exercise group. Either find a group of like-minded friends to meet up for fitness a few times a week or join an established group. TRY: Mom's in Motion or Fit4Mom.

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Outdoor play. Good old fashion playing can burn up calories quickly. Encourage kids to imagine, explore, and have fun. Create an obstacle course, build a fort, or invent imaginative games.

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Play fetch. Fido needs exercise too! Toss a ball around the yard, run, and have fun.

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Quickie fitness. Have a few minutes so spare? Between work, chores, and errands take a few minutes for your health. Stretch, do sit-ups, or get in a few jumping jacks. Set an alert on your phone as a reminder to get up and get active.

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Run (or walk) for a cause -not only will you have fun and be active, you'll be supporting a good cause too. If you've never run a race before, now is the perfect time to start training. Check out Couch to 5K training programs online. TRY: Jungle Jog 5k and Seneca Park Mile on July 20th.

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Overwhelmed. Hopeless. Exhausted. These are just some of the symptoms of depression. But you can get better. Find out how. Call the Mental Health Association at 585-423-1572, or visit www.youcangetbetter.org. depression. it’s not whatyou think.

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Use the stairs. When faced with the choice of an elevator/ escalator versus stairs, opt for walking! You can also get a few extra steps in each day by parking further away from the entrance of the mall or grocery store.

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Vacations are a great time to get active. When vacationing, try to work some health-minded activities into your trip such as a hike, city tour, or bike tour.

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Walk around the block. Start your morning or end your evening with a stroll around the neighborhood.

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Get extreme! You may not be ready to scale a mountain, but you can try your hand at rock climbing (safely and supervised) at Rock Ventures. Parents looking to spice up their fitness regime might enjoy trying an extreme fitness program like CrossFit.

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Slide, baby, slide. Rochester has a bevy of playgrounds. You likely have a family favorite, but try checking out a playground you've never visited before. TRY: Maplewood Park.

Yoga has health benefits for both kids and adults. Whether you're looking to grow strong, relax, or get your body in balance, there's something for all ages and abilities. TRY: PeaceFull Kids, Flower City Yoga, or Breathe Yoga.

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Take a tour. Rochester is full of history, why not walk and learn at the same time? Try a guided tour of Mount Hope Cemetery or a self-guided tour of the High Falls and Brown's Race Historic District.

When all is said and done, don't forget to catch your zzzz's. Having a good night's sleep is essential. (Learn more about healthy sleep on pages 32 & 34.) .  Jillian Melnyk is the Editor of Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent Magazine. Contact her at Editor@ GVParent.com


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

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nce again the Corn Hill Historic District will host this annual festival which includes over 400 original artists, the Emerging Artists Expo, four stages of continuous music, food and family fun for all ages. Don't miss the Fairy Houses Tour, an exhibit of whimsical habitats crafted from natural materials for the fairies. Learn how to make one for your home! The Corn Hill Arts Festival is volunteer run and is officially recognized as one of the top 200 festivals by Sunshine Artist Magazine. The 2014 Corn Hill Arts Festival has something for everyone! WHERE: Corn Hill Neighborhood, South Fitzhugh Street and surrounding streets, Rochester, 14608 / WHEN: Saturday, July 12, 10am-6pm, Sunday, July 13, 10am-5pm / COST: Free! / FOR MORE INFO: cornhillartsfestival.com

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Come out for the 25th running of this popular fundraiser through Lower Seneca Park and past the Zoo's animals. Fun for the whole family: Jungle Jog: 8:30am, Seneca Park Mile: 9:45am, Kids' Fun Run (ages 1-7): 10:30am. Preregistration required. Sunday July 20, 8:30am, Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St Paul Street, Rochester. 336-7200. senecaparkzoo.org

Make a day trip to Oswego for the 2014 Harborfest which commemorates the bicentennial of the “Battle of Fort Oswego” from the War of 1812. Enjoy activities for the entire family including Tall Ships, music, children's activities, crafts, and midway rides. Use the Park and Ride parking areas located at SUNY Oswego to make moving around the harborfest easier. Friday-Sunday, July 25-27, times vary. Oswego NY Harbor area. 315-3436858. www.oswegoharborfest.com

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01 * Tuesday Red Wings vs Norfolk Knot Hole Kids’ Club Game. Fan 4-Pack (Get four reserved seat tickets, four hot dogs, four 12-oz. drinks, and a yearbook for only $32/$36 day of game - save $15 off regular prices). Pre-Game Autograph Booth. Tickets vary by seat. 1:05pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Way, Rochester. 454-1001. redwingsbaseball.com

02 * Wednesday Herschell Carrousel: Free Wednesday The Carrousel Museum has a series of Free Wednesdays, sponsored by local businesses, scheduled for the summer of 2014. On each Free Wednesday, admission to the museum will be free from Noon until 4 PM. Rides will be 50 cents each. 12-4pm. The Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, 180 Thompson Street, North Tonawanda, NY. 716-693-1885. www.carrouselmuseum.org FREE * Wegmans Concerts by the Shore Enjoy the cool breezes and the sounds of DADY BROTHERS OLD TIME BAND. Bring your chairs or blankets for comfortable seating. Refreshments are available in the park. Bring a picnic supper or frequent one of Charlotte’s many restaurants. 7-9pm. Ontario Beach Park, 4800 Lake Ave., Rochester 14613. 865-3320. www.ontariobeachentertainment.org

04 * Friday FREE * 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 wonders of animals to the little ones of the family. Held every Friday in the Learning Center. 11:30am. Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Rd., Fairport 14450. 223-1330 x173. www.lollypop.org Red Wings vs Lehigh Valley Pre-Game Autograph Booth, presented by Hillside Family of Agencies. Post-game fireworks. Tickets vary by seat. 7:15pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Way, Rochester. 454-1001. redwingsbaseball.com Retro Roller Skating Night The ice has been replaced with concrete & the DJ is spinning the hits of the past 40 years - the days of disco and four wheels are back! Every other Friday night during the month of July come out for some family friendly roller skating. $7; roller skate rental is $4. 7-9pm. Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex, 2700 Brighton Henrietta Townline Rd., Rochester. 424-4625. www.billgraysiceplex.com

FREE * RPO PRESENTS: Independence Day Concert. On the Main Street Bridge in downtown Rochester (followed by fireworks). 9pm. www.rpo.org Tour of Mount Hope Cemetery Two-hour leisurely walk of approximately one mile on paved roads and uneven terrain. Refreshments following the tour. $5/person; Free/members & children under 16. 2pm. Mount Hope Cemetery, North Gatehouse (opposite Robinson Dr.); 791 Mt. Hope Avenue, Rochester. 461-3494. fomh.org

05 * Saturday Red Wings vs Lehigh Valley Fan 4-Pack (Get four reserved seat tickets, four hot dogs, four 12-oz. drinks, and a yearbook for only $32/$36 day of game - save $15 off regular prices). Pre-Game Autograph Booth. Post-game fireworks. Tickets vary by seat. 7:05pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Way, Rochester. 454-1001. redwingsbaseball.com

06 * Sunday FREE * Center Stage at Center Park: Paulson Baker Band A collection of Folk, Contemporary and Light Rock Music interlaced with humor. Be moved by the sounds of bass guitar, guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin and percussion. 6-8pm. Center Park, 1350 Turk Hill Rd, Fairport. 223-5050. www.pbgband.com Red Wings vs Buffalo Doubleheader (two 7-inning games) Game 2 makeup of 4/5 ppd. Family Bulletin Day. Knot Hole Kids’ Club Game. Pre-Game Autograph Booth. Bark in the Park - bring your dog & enjoy the game together. Run The Bases with Spikes & Mittsy after the game. Tickets vary by seat. 4:05pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Way, Rochester. 454-1001. redwingsbaseball.com Trolley and Track Car Rides Enjoy a 2-mile round trip trolley ride connecting to an open-air track car ride, linking the NYMT with the Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum’s country depot and railroad equipment collection. $10/adult; $8/youth 3-17 & seniors. 11am-5pm. New York Museum of Transportation, 6393 East River Rd, Rush. nymtmuseum.org

07 * Monday Red Wings vs Buffalo Kids Eat Free (The first 500 kids 12 & under receive a hot dog, soda & snack item). PreGame Autograph Booth. Season Seat Holder Redemption Game. Tickets vary by seat. 7:05pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Way, Rochester. 454-1001. redwingsbaseball.com

08 * Tuesday Red Wings vs Buffalo Fan 4-Pack (Get four reserved seat tickets, four hot dogs, four 12-oz. drinks, and a

A Trip to Mars and Saturn

July 1- Aug 30: Could there have been life in our solar system? Journey through space to discover signs of past life. At the end of the show, preview the summer night’s sky with the Planetarium’s mighty star projector. Recommended for ages 6 years to adult and lasts for 60 minutes. Tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, college students with ID, and ages 3–18. The Strasenburgh Planetarium, 657 East Avenue, Rochester. 697-1945. www.rmsc.org

yearbook for only $32/$36 day of game - save $15 off regular prices). Pre-Game Autograph Booth. Tickets vary by seat. 7:05pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Way, Rochester. 454-1001. redwingsbaseball.com

09 * Wednesday FREE * Concert at the Shore with the RPO Bring your chairs or blankets for comfortable seating. Refreshments are available in the park. Bring a picnic supper or frequent one of Charlotte’s many restaurants. 7:30pm. Ontario Beach Park, 4800 Lake Ave., Rochester 14613. www.rpo.org GEVA Presents: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee A musical that follows six over-achieving and awkward adolescents on their quest for the spelling championship of a lifetime.This clever and heartwarming coming-of-age tale also invites volunteers from the audience to participate in each performance. Tickets start at $41.50. 7:30pm. GEVA Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd, Rochester, NY 14607. 232-4382. www.gevatheatre.org Herschell Carrousel: Free Wednesday See July 2. 12-4pm. The Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, 180 Thompson Street, North Tonawanda, NY. www.carrouselmuseum.org

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for our listing of area July 4th events!

Red Wings vs Buffalo Wings Wednesday (Look for the discount coupon in preceding Tuesday’s D & C). Pre-Game Autograph Booth. Tickets vary by seat. 7:05pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Way, Rochester. 454-1001. redwingsbaseball.com

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calendar of events • local family-friendly activities 10 * Thursday GEVA Presents: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee See July 9. Tickets start at $41.50. 7:30pm. GEVA Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd, Rochester, NY. 232-4382. www.gevatheatre.org FREE * Hochstein at High Falls: Fred Vine & Brian Williams Part of the noontime outdoor summer concert series. Bring your own seating & lunch, or pick up a lunch at the many area restaurants. Traditional blues & captivating songs on the bottleneck slide guitar and bass. Rain location: High Falls Center. 12:10pm. Granite Mills Park at High Falls, 60 Browns Race, Rochester. 454-4403. www.hochstein.org

11 * Friday Cosequin Stuart Horse Trials A competitive event held annually for top international as well as local riders and their horses, testing partnership and athletic prowess in the triathlon of equestrian sport: dressage, cross country, and stadium jumping. Parade of adoptable dogs from Lollypop Farm 10am-12pm. Food & equestrian-themed vendors. Parking fee $10/day, or $25/all three days. 8am-conclusion. Townline and Murray Roads, Victor. www.stuarthorsetrials.org

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FREE * Animal Tales Drop-In Storytime See July 4. 11:30am. Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Rd., Fairport. 223-1330 x173. www.lollypop.org GEVA Presents: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee See July 9. Tickets start at $41.50. 8pm. GEVA Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd, Rochester, NY 14607. 232-4382. www.gevatheatre.org Rhinos vs FC Dallas Reserves It’s Men’s Health Night. Special game jersey will be auctioned off to help raise awareness and funds for Prostate Cancer. Tickets vary by seat. 7:35pm. Sahlen’s Stadium, 460 Oak St, Rochester. 454-KICK (5425). www.rhinossoccer.com Summer Science Festival: Hometown Heroes Superman and Batman have nothing on them! Meet local heroes from the military as well as first responders such as firefighters, police officers and EMTs, and learn how you can be a hero! Included with admission. First responders show badge for free admission.. 12-4pm. Rochester Museum & Science Center, 657 East Ave., Rochester 14607. 271-4320. www.rmsc.org

12 * Saturday Cosequin Stuart Horse Trials See July 11. 8am-conclusion. Townline and Murray Roads, Victor. www.stuarthorsetrials.org GEVA Presents: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee See July 9. Tickets start at $41.50. 3:30 and 8pm. GEVA Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd, Rochester, NY 14607. 232-4382. www.gevatheatre.org FREE * GGH Kid: Butterfly Feeders Learn how to attract butterflies to your garden. Suggested for ages 4-12, but “kids” of all ages are welcome! 11am. Grossmans Garden & Home, 1801 Route 250 (1 mile north of Route 441), Penfield, 14526. 377-1982. www.grossmans.com Pixar in Concert The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra will perform a program full of visually stunning clips and memorable scores from each of Pixar’s 14 feature films including Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc. and Brave. Tickets range $19-$69 ($19 for those under 18 yrs.). 7pm. Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 433 East Main St. Rochester, NY. 454-2100. rpo.org Red Wings vs Scranton/WB Star Wars Night & Jersey Auction. Free Red Wings Drawstring Backpacks (1st 1,000 fans 18 & under); Free

Bobby Grich Magnets (1st 2500 fans). Pre-Game Autograph Booth. Postgame Fireworks. Tickets vary by seat. 7:05pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Way, Rochester. 454-1001. redwingsbaseball.com Rochester’s Prosperous and Penniless Tour Stroll paved flat-surfaced Grove Avenue. Learn about the many notable families buried in beautiful mausoleums and artistic family plots. Refreshments following the tour. $7/person; Free/members & children under 16. 10am. Mount Hope Cemetery, Cemetery Office, South Entrance (opposite Distillery Restaurant);1133 Mt. Hope Avenue, Rochester. 461-3494. fomh.org Serendipity Walk (MODERATE PACE) Enjoy a guided walk and have an adventure exploring areas of the property that are typically not accessible to the public. Experience different types of terrain, including wet areas. Proper footwear is encouraged. Requested donation: $3/person, $10/family, Free/members. 10am-12pm. Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Road, Naples, NY 14512. 374-6160. www.rmsc.org/CummingNatureCenter Summer Science Festival: Hometown Heroes See July 11. Included with admission. First responders show badge for free admission. 12-4pm. Rochester


calendar of events • local family-friendly activities Museum & Science Center, 657 East Ave., Rochester 14607. 271-4320. www.rmsc.org Trains at Twilight - Saturday Special Enjoy an evening at an old-time “trolley park” with calliope music. Authentic trolley connecting to a diesel train for an extended ride down to the Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum and return. Light refreshments. $10/adult; $8/ youth 3-17 & seniors. 4-9pm. New York Museum of Transportation, 6393 East River Rd, Rush. 533-1113. nymtmuseum.org

musical concepts. $5/child; adults free. Ages: 3-6. 9:45am & 11:15am. Newark High School, 625 Peirson Ave., Newark 14513. 454-7311, ext. 235. rpo.org

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Fairy Houses Display Flutter over to see a whimsical display of the 10 winning fairy houses from the 46th Annual Corn Hill Arts Festival. Display will be available until Sunday, July 27. Included with admission. Regular museum hours. The Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Sq., Rochester, 14607. 263-2700. www.museumofplay.org

Cosequin Stuart Horse Trials See July 11. Wegmans Kids Day Scottish Highland Games for Kids: 9am-12pm. Parking fee $10/day. 8am-conclusion. Townline and Murray Roads, Victor. www.stuarthorsetrials.org

GEVA Presents: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee See July 9. Tickets start at $41.50. 7:30pm. GEVA Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd, Rochester, NY 14607. 232-4382. www.gevatheatre.org

GEVA Presents: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee See July 9. Tickets start at $41.50. 2pm. GEVA Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd, Rochester, NY 14607. 232-4382. www.gevatheatre.org Red Wings vs Scranton/WB Knot Hole Kids’ Club Game. Family Bulletin Day. Pre-Game Autograph Booth. Kids can Run The Bases with Spikes & Mittsy after the game. Tickets vary by seat. 1:05pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Way, Rochester. 454-1001. rochesterredwings.com SECOND SUNDAY FAMILY TOUR Our youngest friends and their families are invited to enjoy a story and a short tour. Included in Gallery admission. 11am-5pm. The Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave, Rochester NY 14607. 276-8900. www.mag.rochester.edu Trolley and Track Car Rides See July 6. $10/adult; $8/youth 3-17 & seniors. 11am-5pm. New York Museum of Transportation, 6393 East River Rd, Rush. nymtmuseum.org

14 * Monday FREE * Family Education: Twenty Minutes Ten simple techniques, based on scientific research, to communicate more effectively with your child. DVD followed by facilitated discussion. For parents of children of all ages. Refreshments provided. 10am-12pm. Mental Health Association Family Support Services, 320 North Goodman Street, Suite 202, Rochester. 325-3145, ext.137. www.mharochester.org Mr. Butterman’s Neighborhood Concert Part of the RPO’s annual Tiny Tots Concert series for preschoolers/kindergartners. Introduces children to the instrumental families of the orchestra as well as basic

16 * Wednesday Garden Vibes Concert Series The Eastman House presents live music in the Terrace Garden by The Ginger Faye Bakers. Bring blankets, chairs, and a picnic, or buy from catered concessions on-site. Gates open at 5pm. Advanced tickets available. $10 adults; $6 members; $5 youths (ages 13-18); and free to children ages 12 and under. 6-8pm. The George Eastman House, 900 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607. www.eastmanhouse.org GEVA Presents: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee See July 9. Tickets start at $41.50. 7:30pm. GEVA Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd, Rochester, NY 14607. 232-4382. www.gevatheatre.org Wegmans Concerts by the Shore Enjoy the cool breezes and the sounds of THE COUPE DEVILLES (Party Band). Bring your chairs or blankets for comfortable seating. Refreshments are available in the park. Bring a picnic supper or frequent one of Charlotte’s many restaurants. 7-9pm. Ontario Beach Park, 4800 Lake Ave., Rochester 14613. 865-3320. www.ontariobeachentertainment.org

17 * Thursday FREE * Hochstein at High Falls: Ruddy Well Band Part of the noontime outdoor summer concert series. Bring your own seating & lunch, or pick up a lunch at the many area restaurants. Americana, folk, and rock genres with robust harmonies and high energy driving rhythm. Rain location: High Falls Center. 12:10pm. Granite Mills Park at High Falls, 60 Browns Race, Rochester. 454-4403. www.hochstein.org

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Parenting Village Summer Bash

July 20: A FREE fun-filled family-friendly festival that allows parents and children to connect with one another while simultaneously learning about the many wonderful family related businesses and organizations our community has to offer. Bounce house, face painting, photo booth, mini-classes, food trucks, drum circle, and more. 2-6pm at Rothfuss Park in Penfield. RSVP on Facebook or visit www.ourparentingvillage.org

GEVA Presents: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee See July 9. Tickets start at $41.50. 7:30pm. GEVA Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd, Rochester, NY 14607. 232-4382. www.gevatheatre.org

18 * Friday FREE * Animal Tales Drop-In Storytime See July 4. 11:30am. Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Rd., Fairport. 223-1330 x173. www.lollypop.org Eastside District YMCA 18th Annual District Golf Tournament Proceeds will provide financial assistance for children to attend YMCA summer camps and for families to afford YMCA child care, as well as life-changing programs and services in the Eastside communities. $150 per golfer.. 9am Registration, 11am start. Greystone Golf Club, 1400 Atlantic Ave., Walworth, NY 14568. 341-4022. rochesterymca.org/eastsidegolf GEVA Presents: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee See July 9. Tickets start at $41.50. 8pm. GEVA Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd, Rochester, NY 14607. 232-4382. www.gevatheatre.org

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Retro Roller Skating Night See July 4. $7; roller skate rental is $4. 7-9pm. Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex, 2700 Brighton Henrietta Townline Rd., Rochester. 424-4625. www.billgraysiceplex.com Summer Science Festival: Medical Marvels Test your brain with mind games, learn about the circulatory system and make fake blood. Visit with health professionals from across the community and discover what they do to help keep us healthy. Included with admission. 12-4pm. Rochester Museum & Science Center, 657 East Ave., Rochester 14607. 271-4320. www.rmsc.org

19 * Saturday Family Fun: Build a Fairy House Have fun while learning how to construct a fairy house using all natural materials. Bring your camera because the houses will become part of the nature center! This is a project for children of all ages. Requested donation: $3/person, $10/family, Free/members. 10am-12pm. Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Road, Naples. 374-6160. www.rmsc.org/cummingnaturecenter GEVA Presents: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee See July 9. Tickets start at $41.50. 3:30 and 8am. GEVA Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd,


calendar of events • local family-friendly activities Rochester, NY 14607. 232-4382. www.gevatheatre.org FREE * GGH Kids: Potpourri Come and make your own potpourri. Suggested for ages 4-12, but “kids” of all ages are welcome! 11am. Grossmans Garden & Home, 1801 Route 250 (1 mile north of Route 441), Penfield. 377-1982. www.grossmans.com HAIRSPRAY, the Musical Based on the popular film of the same name, Hairspray explores the impact on 1962 Baltimore when a plus sized dancer decides it’s time to end race segregation on television. JCC Member: $24, Non-Member: $26/$18 students. 8pm. Hart Theatre, JCC CenterStage, 1200 Edgewood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618. 4612000. www.jccCenterStage.org Of the People, By the People, For the People Rochester History Series: Part 2. Learn about politics and government throughout Rochester’s history. $7/person; Free/members. 11am. Mount Hope Cemetery, Cemetery Office, South Entrance (opposite Distillery Restaurant);1133 Mt. Hope Avenue, Rochester. 461-3494. fomh.org Rhinos vs Wilmington Hammerheads Christmas In July. The stadium will be all decorated for Christmas. Santa Claus, his reindeer and his elves will make a special appearance. Tickets vary by seat.

7:05pm. Sahlen’s Stadium, 460 Oak St, Rochester. 454-KICK (5425). www.rhinossoccer.com Summer Science Festival: Medical Marvels See July 18. Included with admission. 12-4pm. Rochester Museum & Science Center, 657 East Ave., Rochester 14607. 271-4320. www.rmsc.org Wonders of Water Discover all the connections the Zoo has to the region’s water supplies through docent-run stations and demonstrations to explore connections to climate change and water quality globally. Included with Admission. 10am-4pm. Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St. Paul St., Rochester 14621. 336-7200 www.senecaparkzoo.org

20 * Sunday FREE * Parenting Village’s 2nd Annual Summer Bash! Parents and children connect with one another while learning about the many wonderful family-related businesses and organizations our community has to offer. Bounce house, face painting, photo booth, mini-classes, food trucks, drum circle, and much much more! 2-6pm. Rothfuss Park, 1648 Five Mile Line Rd., Penfield. 270-1832. www.ourparentingvillage.org

Baseball Day - Trolley & Diesel Rides What’s more American than trains & baseball? See Spikes, the Rochester Red Wings mascot, and enjoy a 2-mile round trip trolley excursion that connects to a diesel train that links to the Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum. $10/adult; $8/youth 3-17 & seniors. 11am-5pm. New York Museum of Transportation, 6393 East River Rd, Rush. 533-1113. nymtmuseum.org GEVA Presents: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee See July 9. Tickets start at $41.50. 2 and 7pm. GEVA Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd, Rochester, NY 14607. 232-4382. www.gevatheatre.org HAIRSPRAY, the Musical See July 19. JCC Member: $24, NonMember: $26/$18 students. 2pm. Hart Theatre, JCC CenterStage, 1200 Edgewood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618. 461-2000. www.jccCenterStage.org Jungle Jog 5K & Seneca Park Mile The 25th running of this fundraiser takes runners of all ages and abilities through beautiful Lower Seneca Park & past the Zoo’s animals. Three different runs with different start times: 5K, Mile & Kids’ Fun Run (ages 1-7). 5K Award Ceremony at 10am. $25/ Jungle Jog 5K; $15/Seneca Park Mile; Free Kids’ Fun Run. 8:30am, 9:45am & 10:30am. Seneca Park

Zoo, 2222 St Paul St, Rochester. www.senecaparkzoo.org

22 * Tuesday GEVA Presents: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee See July 9. Tickets start at $41.50. 7:30pm. GEVA Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd, Rochester, NY 14607. 232-4382. www.gevatheatre.org

23 * Wednesday GEVA Presents: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee See July 9. Tickets start at $41.50. 7:30pm. GEVA Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd, Rochester, NY 14607. 232-4382. www.gevatheatre.org HAIRSPRAY, the Musical See July 19.. JCC Member: $24, NonMember: $26/$18 students. 7pm. Hart Theatre, JCC CenterStage, 1200 Edgewood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618. 461-2000. www.jccCenterStage.org Herschell Carrousel: Free Wednesday See July 2. 12-4pm. The Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, 180 Thompson Street, North Tonawanda, NY. www.carrouselmuseum.org

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calendar of events • local family-friendly activities Wegmans Concerts by the Shore Enjoy the cool breezes and the sounds of THE SKYCOASTERS (Party Band). Bring your chairs or blankets for comfortable seating. Refreshments are available in the park. Bring a picnic supper or frequent one of Charlotte’s many restaurants. 7-9pm. Ontario Beach Park, 4800 Lake Ave., Rochester 14613. 865-3320. www.ontariobeachentertainment.org

24 * Thursday GEVA Presents: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee See July 9. Tickets start at $41.50. 7:30pm. GEVA Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd, Rochester, NY 14607. 232-4382. www.gevatheatre.org HAIRSPRAY, the Musical See July 19. JCC Member: $24, Non-Member: $26/$18 students. 7pm. Hart Theatre, JCC CenterStage, 1200 Edgewood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618. 461-2000. www.jccCenterStage.org FREE * Hochstein at High Falls: Mikaela Davis Part of the noontime outdoor summer concert series. Bring your own seating & lunch, or pick up a lunch at the many area restaurants. Indie harpist accompanied by drums & percussion, guitar & sitar. Rain location: High Falls Center. 12:10pm. Granite Mills Park at High Falls, 60 Browns Race, Rochester 14614. 454-4403. www.hochstein.org

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25 * Friday FREE * Animal Tales Drop-In Storytime See July 4. 11:30am. Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Rd., Fairport 14450. 223-1330 x173. www.lollypop.org GEVA Presents: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee See July 9. Tickets start at $41.50. 8pm. GEVA Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd, Rochester, NY 14607. 232-4382. www.gevatheatre.org FREE * PajamaRAMA Storytime! Jump into your cozy jammies, bring your favorite stuffed friend and come to the Hundred Acre Woods for bedtime stories, songs and treats! Last Friday of every month. 7pm. Barnes & Noble Webster, 1070 Ridge Rd, Webster 14580. 872-9710. Red Wings vs Indianapolis Pre-Game Autograph Booth. Free NASCAR Mini-Cars (1st 2,500 fans). Post-game fireworks. Tickets vary by seat. 7:15pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Way, Rochester. 454-1001. redwingsbaseball.com Summer Science Festival: Amazing Artists Explore your artistic side and try your hand at drawing comic book heroes or create a new character with simple materials and your imagination. Talk with local artists about their work. Included with admission. 12-4pm. Rochester Museum & Science Center,

COSEQUIN STUART HORSE TRIALS

July 11-13: A competitive event held for riders and their horses. Sunday, July 13 is Wegmans Kids' Day with kids’ versions of Highland Games during 9am-noon. Also Lollypop Farm Adoptable dog parade at noon. Admission is free. Parking $10 a car. Cosequin Stuart Horse Trials, Murray Road in Victor. www.stuarthorsetrials.org


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26 * Saturday Christmas in July This historic village will showcase the various activities, crafts and food preparation that engaged Victorians in their quest for a well-prepared-for holiday. Included with admission. 10am-4pm. Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Rd., Mumford. 538-6822. www.gcv.org Edgerton Model Railroad Club Layout Tour Historic preservation in miniature. The last Saturday of each month the P.A.L. Model Railroad Heaven is open for visitors. Since 1950 the four O Gauge train layouts, depicting each season in Rochester, have been meticulously updated & maintained. 11am-2pm. Edgerton Recreation Center, 41 Backus St., Rochester, 14608. 428-6769. edgertonmodelrailroadclub.com GEVA Presents: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee See July 9. Tickets start at $41.50. 3:30 and 8pm. GEVA Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd, Rochester, NY 14607. 232-4382. www.gevatheatre.org FREE * GGH Kids: Pet Snacks Come make something for your favorite pet. Suggested for ages 4-12, but “kids” of all ages are welcome! 11am. Grossmans Garden & Home, 1801 Route 250 (1 mile north of Route 441), Penfield, 14526. 377-1982. www.grossmans.com HAIRSPRAY, the Musical See July 19. JCC Member: $24, Non-Member: $26/$18 students. 8pm. Hart Theatre, JCC CenterStage, 1200 Edgewood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618. 461-2000. www.jccCenterStage.org Pioneers, Reformers & Heroes Tour Rochester was home to a number of major contributors in the shaping of early New York. Learn about their lives and the importance of their contributions during this 2-hour tour with Patricia Corcoran. Refreshments following the tour. $7/person; Free/ members & children under 16.10am. Mount Hope Cemetery, North Gatehouse (opposite Robinson Dr.); 791 Mt. Hope Avenue, Rochester 14620. 461-3494. fomh.org Red Wings vs Indianapolis PreGame Autograph Booth. Famous Chicken performs during the game. Following the game, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra will entertain fans. Post-Concert Fireworks. Tickets vary by seat. 6:05pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Way, Rochester. 454-1001. redwingsbaseball.com Sensory Friendly Films: Planes: Fire & Rescue The Autism Society has teamed up to bring families affected by autism and other disabilities a special opportunity to

enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment. $6.50. 10am. AMC Webster 12 Movie Theatre, 2190 Empire Blvd., Webster, NY 14580. 671-0941. http://www. amctheatres.com/movie-theatres/ amc-loews-webster-12 Summer Science Festival: Amazing Artists See July 25. Included with admission. 12-4pm. Rochester Museum & Science Center, 657 East Ave., Rochester 14607. 271-4320. www.rmsc.org

27 * Sunday GEVA Presents: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee See July 9. Tickets start at $41.50. 2pm. GEVA Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd, Rochester, NY 14607. 232-4382. www.gevatheatre.org HAIRSPRAY, the Musical See July 19. JCC Member: $24, Non-Member: $26/$18 students. 2pm. Hart Theatre, JCC CenterStage, 1200 Edgewood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618. 461-2000. www.jccCenterStage.org Red Wings vs Indianapolis Family Bulletin Day. Pre-Game Autograph Booth. Kids can Run The Bases with Spikes & Mittsy after the game. Tickets vary by seat. 1:05pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Way, Rochester. 454-1001. redwingsbaseball.com Rhinos vs Orlando City Lions Recreational Soccer Tournament Pre-game (55 teams) & Men’s & Women’s Adult League Championships for Rochester District Soccer League Post Game. Tickets vary by seat. 4:05pm. Sahlen’s Stadium, 460 Oak St, Rochester. 454-KICK (5425). www.rhinossoccer.com Trolley and Track Car Rides See July 6. $10/adult; $8/youth 3-17 & seniors. 11am-5pm. New York Museum of Transportation, 6393 East River Rd, Rush. nymtmuseum.org

28 * Monday Red Wings vs Indianapolis Meet Baseball Hall of Famer, former Twin and Pirate Bert Blyleven. Autograph signing 6-6:40 & 7:15-8pm. Kids Eat Free (The first 500 kids 12 & under receive a hot dog, soda & snack item). Pre-Game Autograph Booth. Season Seat Holder Redemption Game. Tickets vary by seat. 7:05pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Way, Rochester. 454-1001. redwingsbaseball.com Rochester Red Wings Meet and Greet Meet a player from the Rochester Red Wings and receive his autograph. Included with admission. 11am-noon. The Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Sq., Rochester, 14607. 263-2700. www.museumofplay.org

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Wednesday Afternoons at the Movies: Each week, the Children's Center of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County will be showing a FREE movie! You won’t want to miss any of these awesome movies! For more information, contact: The Children's Center of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County, 115 South Ave, Rochester. 428-8150. www.libraryweb. org, or go to www.rocparent.com

01 * Tuesday FREE * Makey Makey! Makey Makeys allow you to turn the whole world into a keyboard! The possibilities are endless. Registration required. For ages 8-12. 2-3pm. Henrietta Public Library, 455 Calkins Rd., Henrietta. 359-7092. hpl.org

03 * Thursday FREE * Gazebo Concert Series: Lester Funk Bring your lawn chair, sit by the canal and enjoy traditional and modern live jazz. In the event of rain, concert will be cancelled. 7-8pm. Vincent Kennelly Park Gazebo, Fairport Village Landing. 223-5050. www.fairportlibrary.org FREE * JESTER JIM With no more than a trunk full of props, he will have you cracking up in your seat with his juggling, balancing, and beatboxing. 10:30am. Irondequoit Public Library-Evans Branch, 45 Cooper Road, Rochester. 336-6062. www.libraryweb.org

07 * Monday FREE * Music and Movement for Preschoolers Kids ages 2-5 will have fun at this interactive music program incorporating bells, shakers, rhythm sticks, boomwackers, and creative movement! Registration required. 10:15-10:45am. Henrietta Public Library, 455 Calkins Rd., Henrietta. 359-7092. hpl.org

09 * Wednesday FREE * The Science of Slime Do you like Slime? Come and learn how to make slime and study science at the same time! For ages 10-18. Registration required.12-3pm. Henrietta Public Library, 455 Calkins Rd., Henrietta. 359-7092. hpl.org

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Bring your lawn chair, sit by the canal and enjoy live jazz favorites. In the event of rain, concert will be cancelled. 7-8pm. Vincent Kennelly Park Gazebo, Fairport Village Landing. 223-5050. www.fairportlibrary.org

11 * Friday FREE * CHRISTMAS IN JULY Can’t get enough Christmas? Come enjoy a Christmas story, decorate some cookies and make a Christmas craft. Registration required. 1pm. Irondequoit Public Library-Evans Branch, 45 Cooper Road, Rochester. 336-6062. www.libraryweb.org FREE * Reptile Guys Join us at the library while the Reptile Guys introduce some very exotic animals. You may even get to hold a snake! All ages. Registration required. 12:301:30pm. Henrietta Public Library, 455 Calkins Rd., Henrietta. 359-7092. hpl.org

12 * Saturday FREE * READER RABBIT Chloe is a real rabbit who loves to hear stories! Bring your own book to read to her, or choose one from the library.10:30am. Irondequoit Public Library-Evans Branch, 45 Cooper Road, Rochester. 336-6062. www.libraryweb.org

14 * Monday FREE * Blue Ridge Country Ramblers Outdoor Concert This bluegrass band will perform on the Public Library lawn. Refreshments will be served. Families encouraged to attend! Popcorn and lemonade will be served. 7-8:30pm. Henrietta Public Library, 455 Calkins Rd., Henrietta. 359-7092. hpl.org FREE * Lilly at the Library Kevin Henkes’ beloved character Lilly will be visiting the library! Come hear stories, make a craft, and get your picture taken with Lilly. Registration required. 2-3pm. Henrietta Public

Library, 455 Calkins Rd., Henrietta. 359-7092. hpl.org

15 * Tuesday FREE * MUSICAL MORNING WITH TOM SIELING Enjoy participatory, humorous children’s songs that are guaranteed to engage everyone. All songs include parts for the whole family. No registration required. 11am. Irondequoit Public Library-Evans Branch, 45 Cooper Road, Rochester. 336-6062. www.libraryweb.org

16 * Wednesday FREE * Children’s Musician Tom Sieling Take a Stomp Through the Swamp! Be entertained with humorous participatory kids’ songs for the whole family. Registration required. 11am-12pm. Henrietta Public Library, 455 Calkins Rd., Henrietta. 359-7092. hpl.org FREE * LEGO ACTION CONTRAPTIONS Use the library’s special Lego kits to build things like Squeezeclaw Grabbers and Wall Rocket Racers! We will display completed contraptions. Ages 5+. Registration required. 11am. Irondequoit Public LibraryEvans Branch, 45 Cooper Road, Rochester. 336-6062. www.libraryweb.org

17 * Thursday FREE * Gazebo Concert Series: Spectra In the event of rain, concert will be cancelled. 7-8pm. Vincent Kennelly Park Gazebo, Fairport Village Landing. 2235050. www.fairportlibrary.org FREE * Science Fun! Learn about science through hands-on experiments! For ages 8-12. Registration required. 2-3pm. Henrietta Public Library, 455 Calkins Rd., Henrietta. 359-7092. hpl.org

19 * Saturday FREE * Toddler Dance Party Come with your caregiver and dance your sillies out to your favorite tunes! 18 months-4 years old. No registration required. 10:1510:45am. Henrietta Public Library, 455 Calkins Rd., Henrietta. 359-7092. hpl.org

22 * Tuesday FREE * Lego Club Have fun building with Lego at the library! We will provide the bricks and challenge participants to be creative! Ages 6-12. Registration required. 4-4:45pm. Henrietta Public Library, 455 Calkins Rd., Henrietta. 3597092. hpl.org

24 * Thursday FREE * Gazebo Concert Series: Dady Brothers In the event of rain, concert will be cancelled. 7-8pm. Vincent Kennelly Park Gazebo, Fairport Village Landing. 223-5050. www.fairportlibrary.org FREE * Omnipresent Puppet Theater Presents ‘The Three Little Pigs’ The OmniPresent Puppet Theater will be performing with a special cameo from Red Riding Hood’s grand-mother! Recommended for ages 3 and up. Registration required. 11am-12pm. Henrietta Public Library, 455 Calkins Rd., Henrietta. 359-7092. hpl.org FREE * Robot Storytime and Craft Join us for a robot themed storytime and craft! Designed for kids ages 3 and up but all are welcome! No registration required. 2-3pm. Henrietta Public Library, 455 Calkins Rd., Henrietta. 3597092. hpl.org

25 * Friday FREE * Family Bingo Kids and their caregivers are invited to play bingo at the library. We’ll play & give out lots of prizes! All ages. No registration required. 2-3pm. Henrietta Public Library, 455 Calkins Rd., Henrietta. 359-7092. hpl.org

26 * Saturday FREE * EMMIE THE READING DOG She loves to hear stories! Bring your own book or pick one from the library. No registration required. 10:30am. Irondequoit Public Library-Evans Branch, 45 Cooper Road, Rochester. 3366062. www.libraryweb.org

28 * Monday FREE * AIRIGAMI In this stage show combining math, science, and art, balloons are used to construct a Rube Goldberg-style mousetrap intended to solve the problem of a mouse on the loosFor grades K-6. No registration required. 6:30pm. Irondequoit Public Library-Evans Branch, 45 Cooper Road, Rochester. 3366062. www.libraryweb.org FREE * Build a Racetrack! Kids are invited to zoom over to the Henrietta Public Library and ‘start their engines’ for this program. They will have fun designing their own racetracks and racing their cars. Each child will receive a matchbox car to use with his or her racetrack. Ages: Ages 3-12. 3-4pm. Henrietta Public Library, 455 Calkins Rd., Henrietta. 3597092. hpl.org


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Red Wings vs Lehigh Valley Fan 4-Pack (Get four reserved seat tickets, four hot dogs, four 12-oz. drinks, and a yearbook for only $32/$36 day of game - save $15 off regular prices). Pre-Game Autograph Booth. Tickets vary by seat. 7:05pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Way, Rochester. 454-1001. redwingsbaseball.com

FREE * Hochstein at High Falls: Nimrod Wildfire Part of the noontime outdoor summer concert series. Bring your own seating & lunch, or pick up a lunch at the many area restaurants. A “trans-genre” sound, infused with country, reggae, and jazz. Rain location: High Falls Center. 12:10pm. Granite Mills Park at High Falls, 60 Browns Race, Rochester 14614. 454-4403. www.hochstein.org

30 * Wednesday FREE * Food Truck Rodeo Dozens of food trucks converge at the Rochester Public Market for an evening of local food, local brew and local music. Enjoy the the R&B sound of the group, Fat City. 5-9pm. Rochester Public Market, 280 N. Union St, Rochester. 428-6907. www.cityofrochester.gov/ foodtruckrodeo

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Herschell Carrousel: Free Wednesday See July 2. 12-4pm. The Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, 180 Thompson Street, North Tonawanda, NY. www.carrouselmuseum.org

Summer Science Festival: Fitness Futures Create your own sports team logo and test your endurance on an obstacle course while learning about the heart and why a healthy heart rate is so important. Included with admission. 12-4pm. Rochester Museum & Science Center, 657 East Ave., Rochester 14607. 271-4320. www.rmsc.org

Red Wings vs Lehigh Valley Camp Day with special group discounts and box lunches available for summer camp groups. Wings Wednesday (Look for the discount coupon in preceding Tuesday’s D & C). Pre-Game Autograph Booth. Tickets vary by seat. 7:05pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Way, Rochester. 454-1001. redwingsbaseball.com

FREE * 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 wonders of animals to the little ones of the family. Held every Friday in the Learning Center. 11:30am. Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Rd., Fairport 14450. 223-1330 x173. www.lollypop.org

Wegmans Concerts by the Shore Enjoy the cool breezes and the sounds of GREECE CHORAL SOCIETY and GREECE JAZZ BAND. Bring your chairs or blankets for comfortable seating. Refreshments are available in the park or bring a picnic supper. 7-9pm. Ontario Beach Park, 4800 Lake Ave., Rochester 14613. 865-3320. www.ontariobeachentertainment.org

Rhinos vs Charleston Battery It’s Summer Fun Night. Pre-game concert and raffle prizes for trips to area attractions. Enjoy post-game fireworks. Tickets vary by seat. 7:35pm. Sahlen’s Stadium, 460 Oak St, Rochester. 454-KICK (5425). www.rhinossoccer.com

Boardwalk Arcade

Now-Sept 7: All summer long, journey through seaside amusements and play a variety of carnival games. Win tickets and prizes. Laugh at your distorted reflection in silly fun-house mirrors and then step right up to an oversized beach cut-out for an unforgettable photo opportunity. Young children can dig right in for creative play with beach toys right at the Boardwalk Arcade shoreline. Admission: age 2 and older $13.50, under age 2 free, members free. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester. 263-2700. www.museumofplay.org

02 * Saturday Summer Science Festival: Fitness Futures See Aug 1. Included with admission. 12-4pm. Rochester Museum & Science Center, 657 East Ave., Rochester 14607. 271-4320. www.rmsc.org Animal Birthdays: African BlackFooted Penguin The entire flock of these penguins are celebrating! “Happy Birthday” song and treats for the birthday animals at 2pm. Touch table station. Bring a gift to the party

- check the website for suggestions. Included with admission. 1-3pm. Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St Paul St, Rochester 14621. 336-7200. www.senecaparkzoo.org FREE * GGH Kids: Sun Prints Use the sun’s rays to make your own art. Suggested for ages 4-12, but “kids” of all ages are welcome! 11am. Grossmans Garden & Home, 1801 Route 250, Penfield, 14526. 377-1982. www.grossmans.com

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calendar of events • local family-friendly activities History in Plain Sight Rochester History Series: Part 3. Learn about Rochester’s architects and builders against the backdrop of Mount Hope. $7/person; Free/members. 11am. Mount Hope Cemetery, Cemetery Office, South Entrance (opposite Distillery Restaurant); 1133 Mt. Hope Avenue, Rochester 14620. 461-3494. fomh.org Laura Ingalls Wilder Days Celebrate the writings of one of the most popular writers of 19th-century frontier life, and learn more about Laura’s ties to Western New York. $17.50/adult; $11.50/youth (4-16); $14.50/senior or student with ID; Free/members. 10am-4pm. Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Rd., Mumford. 538-6822. www.gcv.org

03 * Sunday Trolley and Diesel Rides Enjoy a 2-mile round trip trolley excursion that connects to a diesel train, linking the NYMT with the Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum’s country depot and railroad equipment collection. $10/adult; $8/ youth 3-17 & seniors. 11am-5pm. New York Museum of Transportation, 6393 East River Rd, Rush. nymtmuseum.org Laura Ingalls Wilder Days See Aug 2. $17.50/adult; $11.50/youth (4-16); $14.50/senior or student

with ID; Free/members. 10am-4pm. Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Rd., Mumford. 538-6822. www.gcv.org

06 * Wednesday Wegmans Concerts by the Shore Enjoy the cool breezes and the sounds of THE INVICTAS. Bring your chairs or blankets for comfortable seating. Refreshments are available in the park. Bring a picnic supper or frequent one of Charlotte’s many restaurants. 7-9pm. Ontario Beach Park, 4800 Lake Ave., Rochester 14613. 865-3320. www.ontariobeachentertainment.org

07 * Thursday FREE * Hochstein at High Falls: The Jane Mutiny Part of the noontime outdoor summer concert series. Bring your own seating & lunch, or pick up a lunch at the many area restaurants. Serving up alternative blues. Rain location: High Falls Center. 12:10pm. Granite Mills Park at High Falls, 60 Browns Race, Rochester 14614. 454-4403. www. hochstein.org

08 * Friday FREE * Animal Tales Drop-In Storytime See Aug 1. 11:30am.

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calendar of events • local family-friendly activities Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Rd., Fairport 14450. 223-1330 x173. www.lollypop.org National Silver Ball Tournament It’s time when the Swamp Frogs, the Pondfeilders, and Grangers and other vintage nines gather at Genesee Country Museum for three days of ginger matches, played by 1866 rules-no gloves or protective equipment allowed. Included with admission.. 10am-4pm. Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Rd., Mumford. 538-6822. www.gcv.org Summer Science Festival: Aerodynamic Adventures From planes and helicopters to birds and insects, learn all about the ability to fly high. Test your paper airplane skills and learn about what makes butterflies so special. Meet live birds and talk with their handlers. Included with admission. 12-4pm. Rochester Museum & Science Center, 657 East Ave., Rochester 14607. 271-4320. www.rmsc.org

09 * Saturday Animal Birthdays: Meercat Lookout, Malik and Tracker are celebrating! “Happy Birthday” song and treats for the birthday animals at 2pm. Touch table station. Bring a gift to the party - check the website for suggestions. Included with admission. 1-3pm. Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St Paul St, Rochester14621. 336-7200. www.senecaparkzoo.org FREE * GGH Kids: Seed Mosaics Get creative with seeds and make a work of art. Suggested for ages 4-12, but “kids” of all ages are welcome! 11am. Grossmans Garden & Home, 1801 Route 250 (1 mile north of Route 441), Penfield, 14526. 3771982. www.grossmans.com National Silver Ball Tournament See Aug 08. Included with admission.. 10am-4pm. Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Rd., Mumford. www.gcv.org Rhinos vs Orange Cunty Blues Rochester International Soccer Tournament Finale - 24 area national teams compete for the Copa Rochester Title. Tickets vary by seat. 7:05pm. Sahlen’s Stadium, 460 Oak St, Rochester. 454-KICK (5425). www.rhinossoccer.com

Gatehouse (opposite Robinson Dr.); 791 Mt. Hope Avenue, Rochester 14620. 461-3494. fomh.org

10 * Sunday National Silver Ball Tournament See Aug 8. Included with admission. 10am-4pm. Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Rd., Mumford. www.gcv.org Trolley and Track Car Rides Enjoy a 2-mile round trip trolley ride connecting to an open-air track car ride, linking the NYMT with the Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum’s country depot and railroad equipment collection. $10/adult; $8/youth 3-17 & seniors. 11am-5pm. New York Museum of Transportation, 6393 East River Rd, Rush. nymtmuseum.org

11 * Monday Red Wings vs Durham Kids Eat Free (The first 500 kids 12 & under receive a hot dog, soda & snack item). PreGame Autograph Booth. Season Seat Holder Redemption Game. Tickets vary by seat. 7:05pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Way, Rochester. 454-1001. redwingsbaseball.com

12 * Tuesday Red Wings vs Durham Fan 4-Pack (Get four reserved seat tickets, four hot dogs, four 12-oz. drinks, and a yearbook for only $32/$36 day of game - save $15 off regular prices). Pre-Game Autograph Booth. Tickets vary by seat. 7:05pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Way, Rochester. 454-1001. redwingsbaseball.com

13 * Wednesday Garden Vibes Concert Series The Eastman House presents live music in the Terrace Garden by Samantha Fish. Bring blankets, chairs, and a picnic, or buy from catered concessions on-site. Gates open at 5pm. Advanced tickets available. $10 adults; $6 members; $5 youths (ages 13-18); and free to children ages 12 and under. 6-8pm. The George Eastman House, 900 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607. 271-3361. www.eastmanhouse.org

Summer Science Festival: Aerodynamic Adventures See Aug 8. Included with admission. 12-4pm. Rochester Museum & Science Center, 657 East Ave., Rochester 14607. www.rmsc.org

Red Wings vs Durham Wings Wednesday (Look for the discount coupon in preceding Tuesday’s D & C). Pre-Game Autograph Booth. Tickets vary by seat. 7:05pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Way, Rochester. 454-1001. redwingsbaseball.com

The Revolutionary War Tour Tour guides recount the story of the American Revolution through the lives of veterans buried in Mount Hope Cemetery. The approximately 2-hour presentation highlights the actions of the war that took place in New York State. Refreshments. $7/person; Free/members & children under 16. 12pm. Mount Hope Cemetery, North

Wegmans Concerts by the Shore Enjoy the cool breezes and the sounds of KRAZY FIREMEN. Bring your chairs or blankets for comfortable seating. Refreshments are available in the park. Bring a picnic supper or frequent one of Charlotte’s many restaurants. 7-9pm. Ontario Beach Park, 4800 Lake Ave., Rochester 14613. 865-3320.

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Planting a school garden into elementary school activities can teach about nutrition while boosting physical activity and exercise. A two-year Cornell University study of 12 elementary schools in New York state found that children at schools with gardens were more physically active at school than before their schools had gardens. What’s more, children who gardened at school were substantially less sedentary at home and elsewhere than their counterparts. With nearly one in three American children overweight or obese, school gardens could be a simple, low-cost way to get kids more active, said environmental psychologist Nancy Wells, professor of design and environmental analysis in Cornell’s College of Human Ecology. The Cornell research team used surveys and accelerometers worn by children for three consecutive school days on four separate occasions to measure changes in kids’ physical activity during the school day. In addition, surveys captured children’s general activity and sedentary patterns – including time at home. Learning in a garden induced children to be “significantly more physically active” compared to an indoor class, said Beth Myers, a doctoral student in the field of design and environmental analysis who assisted with the study. On average, children sat for 84 percent and stood for 10 percent of an indoor class. During garden lessons, kids moved about much more, sitting for only 15 percent of the time, with the majority of their time spent standing, walking and kneeling. Wells, who has studied how access to nature boosts kids’ mental and physical health, said the findings show that “school gardens are an effective way to begin to nudge kids toward their 60 minutes of daily activity,” a level recommended by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and promoted by First Lady Michelle Obama’s national “Let’s Move” campaign.

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YATES COUNTY FAIR - JULY 8-12. See July 8.

JULY 18 – 24

BIG RIB BBQ & BLUES FEST JULY 10-13. See July 10.

RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL JULY 5-AUG 17, WEEKENDS ONLY. See July 5.

HILL CUMORAH PAGEANT JULY 11, 12, 15-19 Outdoor drama based on the Book of Mormon. Special effects, and a costumed cast of over 650 provide a spectacular show. 9:15pm. The Hill Cumorah, Highway 21 between the villages of Palmyra and Manchester. 315-597-5851. www.hillcumorah.org

NATIVE AMERICAN DANCE & MUSIC FESTIVAL - JULY 26-27

THE CANANDAIGUA LAKEMUSIC FESTIVAL - JULY 11-20 10th Anniversary Season. Subscribe to one or all four of the ticketed formal concerts at FLCC Concert Hall with pre-concert chat. Plus 10th Anniversary Celebration at Sonnenberg Gardens and Classical Blue Jeans Concert at The Lodge at Bristol Harbour Resort. There are 3 free Pop-Up Concerts as well as a free 30 minute Children’s Concert. Times and venues vary. www.lakemusicfestival.org

JULY 4 – JULY 10 See July 4th events and activities at RocParent.com RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL JULY 5-AUG 17, WEEKENDS ONLY An authentic English Renaissance village is created every Sat. and Sun. through August 17 with continuous live entertainment, old world rides, games, artisans, and food. 10am-7pm. 15385 Farden Rd, Sterling, NY. 800-879-4446. www.SterlingFestival.com YATES COUNTY FAIR - JULY 8-12 Exhibits, tractor pulls, jousting, family activities, food, games, contests and live entertainment. 10am-11pm. 2370 Old Route 14A, Penn Yan. 315-536-3830 www.yatescountyfair.org

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BIG RIB BBQ & BLUES FEST JULY 10-13 This weekend event will have Rib masters from across the USA serving a full menu of delicious barbeque specialties and 20 musical performances by blues bands. 11:30am-10pm. Admission: lunchtime-free. $10 after 3pm. 12 & under: free. Highland Park Festival Site, Highland and South Park Ave., Rochester. 473-4482. www.mybigrib.com

JULY 11 – 17 GENESEO AIRSHOW - JULY 11-13 “The Greatest Show on Turf” is the theme of this year’s airshow. Featuring World War II war birds, as well as other classic aircraft. (gates open daily at 6am.) Military re-enactments, displays and food. 6am-dark. $20, under 12yrs. Free. Geneseo Airport, Big Tree Lane off Route 63, Geneseo. 243-2100. www.1941hag.org

CORN HILL ARTS FESTIVAL JULY 12 - 13 Enjoy the Historic Corn Hill Neighborhood, Free Admission. Experience 400+ Original Artists, 4 Stages of Live Music, Food & Family Fun. Also this year: The Fairy Houses Tour! 10am-6pm Corn Hill District, Rochester. CornHillArtsFestival.com FINGER LAKES LAVENDER FESTIVAL - JULY 12-13 Stroll through fragrant fields. Harvest your own bouquet of fresh lavender. Many artistic and culinary delights. 9am - 5pm. Lockwood Lavender Farm, 1682 West Lake Road, Skaneateles, NY 13152. www.fingerlakeslavenderfestival. blogspot.com HEMLOCK “LITTLE WORLD’S” FAIR - JULY 15-19 Amusement rides, 4-H events, harness racing, food, concerts, demolition derbies, truck pulls, talent show & more. 9:00ammidnight. $9-$12. Free parking. 7370 Water St., Hemlock. 367-3370. www.hemlockfair.org

THE CANANDAIGUA LAKEMUSIC FESTIVAL - JULY 11-20. See July 11. HILL CUMORAH PAGEANT JULY 15-19. See July 11. HEMLOCK “LITTLE WORLD’S” FAIR - JULY 15-19. See July 15. FESTA ITALIANA - JULY 17-19 Arts and Crafts, live entertainment, food, children’s activities and more. Italian American Community Center, 150 Frank DiMino Way. 594-8882. www.iaccrochester.org MACEDONIAN FESTIVAL JULY 18-20 Folk music, food, performances and costumes and activities that are representative of both the past and present of Macedonian culture. St. Dimitria Macedonian Orthodox Church Grounds, 235 Telephone Rd., W. Henrietta. 334-6675. www.macedonianfest.com DOWNTOWN CANANDAIGUA ARTS & MUSIC FESTIVAL JULY 18-20 Artists, crafters, food vendors and sponsors gather on Main Street in Canandaigua for this annual rite of summer. The Kids Korridor offers hands on activities for kids and live entertainment on the family stage. Fri 12-7pm, Sat & Sun 10am-5pm. Downtown Canandaigua. www.canandaiguaartfestival.com CHALK WALK & ARTS FEST JULY 19 Includes sidewalk chalk art, live music, and a juried arts and crafts show and sale. Watch featured chalk artists starting at 9am outside Dansville Library. 9am-5pm. Historic downtown district of Dansville. 335-6920. www.dansvillechamber.com CIVIL WAR RE-ENACTMENT JULY 19-20 Hundreds of re-enactors recreate Civil War life in 1863 with two battles daily and townsfolk offering concerts and vignettes depicting civilian life during the war. 10am5pm. Free with admission. Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Rd., Mumford. 538-6822. www.gcv.org


calendar of events • local family-friendly activities ORLEANS COUNTY FAIR JULY 21-26 “The Greatest Little Fair in WNY”. Hands on activities and free entertainment as well as the many exhibits will leave you with more choices than you can imagine. Orleans Co Fairgrounds, 12690 Route 31, Albion 14411. www.orleans4-hfair.com ONTARIO COUNTY FAIR JULY 22-26 Amusements, rides, games, rodeo, horse drawn wagon rides, 4-H displays, auto racing, food and activities. Ontario County Fairgrounds, 2820 County Rd 10, Canandaigua. 394-4987. www.ontariocountyfair.org OSWEGO HARBORFEST - JULY 24-27 Enjoy activities for the entire family, music, crafts, midway rides. Concerts held in many parks. Children’s activities. Use the Park & Ride parking areas located at SUNY Oswego, Rt. 104 West. www.oswegoharborfest.com

JULY 25 – 31 RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL JULY 5-AUG 17, WEEKENDS ONLY. See July 5. ORLEANS COUNTY FAIR JULY 21-26. See July 21. ONTARIO COUNTY FAIR JULY 22-26. See July 22. OSWEGO HARBORFEST - JULY 24-27. See July 24 NATIVE AMERICAN DANCE & MUSIC FESTIVAL - JULY 26-27 Traditional dancers, musicians, storytellers, and artists sharing their cultural heritage, crafts and arts. Also popular children and adult workshops. 10am-6pm. Ganondagan State Historic Site, 1488 State Rd. (Rte. 444) Victor, 14564. 742-1690. www.ganondagan.org SPENCERPORT CANAL DAYS JULY 26-27 Arts & Crafts, live music, children’s activities, incl. games & face painting, classic car show, wine tasting, and the Canaligator Race. Union St., Downtown Spencerport. spencerportcanaldays.com WATERFRONT ART FESTIVAL JULY 26-27 Juried items on display & for purchase. Handmade crafts, cottage industry products & artwork by 170 artists. Enjoy cool, outdoor breezes & ample shade. 10am-5pm. $3. 12 & under free. Kershaw Park (Lake Shore Dr.), Canandaigua, 14625. 671-9102. www.waterfrontartfestival.com

LIVINGSTON COUNTY FAIR JULY 30 - AUG 2 Harness Racing, Tractor pulls, demolition derby, horse show, 4-H displays, rides, food and activities. Livingston County Fairgrounds, 310 Leicester St., Caledonia. 538-2168. livingstoncountyfair.org MONROE COUNTY FAIR JULY 31 - AUG 3 Carnival rides, games, 4-H displays and competitions, music, local foods and drinks. mcfair.com PHELPS SAUERKRAUT FESTIVAL - JULY 31 - AUG 3 Family Fun for all ages. Arts & Crafts, Kraut Idol, Cabbage Bowling, 20K Road Race, a Giant Parade, Live Music, Mustang Rally Car Show, and a fantastic Fireworks Display. Fireman’s Field, Ontario St., Phelps. 315-548-2222. phelpsny.com

8am-8pm. Pageant Fair Grounds, Gehan Rd. off Rt. 5 & 20 E, Canandaigua. 315-331-4022. www.pageantofsteam.org WALNUT HILL CARRIAGE DRIVING COMPETITION AUG 6-10 Pittsford countryside comes alive with the magic and romance of an earlier era - a time when the Horse and Carriage reflected the quality of life and influenced the pace and scope of occupational and social activities. 8am-5pm. Walnut Hill Farm, 397 West Bloomfield Rd, Pittsford. 385-2555. www.walnuthillfarm.org RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL JULY 5-AUG 17, WEEKENDS ONLY. See July 5.

AUGUST 8 – 14

AUGUST 1 – 7

RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL JULY 5-AUG 17, WEEKENDS ONLY. See July 5.

LIVINGSTON COUNTY FAIR JULY 30 - AUG 2. See July 30.

PAGEANT OF STEAM - AUG 6-9. See August 6.

PHELPS SAUERKRAUT FESTIVAL - JULY 31 - AUG 3. See July 31.

WALNUT HILL CARRIAGE DRIVING COMPETITION AUG 6-10. See August 6.

MONROE COUNTY FAIR JULY 31 - AUG 3. See July 31.

GREATER ROCHESTER GERMAN FESTIVAL - AUG 8-9 German food, drinks, dancing, crafts and cultural displays and children’s activities. Fri: 6-11pm, Sat: 7-11pm. Spencerport Fireman’s Field, Spencerport. 426-7835. www.rochestergerman.com

2014 LIMA CROSSROADS FESTIVAL - AUG 2 Pancake Breakfast, vendors, children’s activities, car cruise and show, games, contests, and the annual bed race. 9am-10pm. Main St., Routes 5 & 20, Lima. Limafest.org PARK AVE SUMMER ARTS FEST - AUG 2-3 A 1.25 mile route filled with unique shopping, food & entertainment, arts & crafts, as well as three stages of musical acts. Parking in area lots & on side streets. No pets. 10am6pm. Park Avenue (Alexander to Culver), Rochester, 473-4482. www.rochesterevents.com 22nd ANNUAL GLORIOUS GARLIC FESTIVAL - AUGUST 2-3 Browse the 30+ vendors, tour the vineyards and see the winery. Enjoy live music, cooking demos, great food and award-winning, hand-crafted wine. Free admission & parking. 11am-5pm. Fox Run Vineyards, 670 State Rte 14, Penn Yan. 800-636-9786. www.foxrunvineyards.com PAGEANT OF STEAM - AUG 6-9 Display of antique farm equipment dating back to early 1900’s, parades, tractor pulls, flea market, live music, displays, demos & food.

FINGER LAKES RIESLING FESTIVAL & CANANDAIGUA ROTARY PIER FESTIVAL AUGUST 9-10 Benefiting the Canandaigua YMCA & charities of the Canandaigua Rotary. Riesling wine and NYS craft beer, seminars, cooking demonstrations, an arts & crafts fair, live music and local farmers market. Festival events Sat & Sun 10am-5pm. Activities for children of all ages. Sat 4pm free concerts, Flint Creek & Taran. 9:30pm fireworks. Canandaigua City Pier and the New York Wine & Culinary Center, 800 S. Main St, Canandaigua. 899-3226. rieslingfestival.com BROCKPORT SUMMER ARTS FESTIVAL - AUG 9-10 Events will include the popular Duck Derby; over 100 artists and craftspeople, great music and food and activities for kids. 10am-6pm. Main Street, Brockport. www.brockportartsfestival.com

CARIFEST - AUG 9 Featuring some of the Caribbean’s finest in food, music, and arts and crafts. The annual costume parade highlights the traditional carnival spirit of the Caribbean. The parade starts at 11am at Liberty Pole Way, continuing down Main Street, Rochester. 1-10pm. Riverside Festival Site, Court St. and Exchange, Rochester. www.rwifo.com WAYNE COUNTY FAIR - AUG 11-16 Exhibits, Farm animals, food vendors, rides and live entertainment. Fun for the entire family. No pets. $5, ages 6-16: $3; ages 5 & under: FREE. 10am-10pm. Wayne County Fair Grounds, 250 W. Jackson St. Palmyra. www.waynecountyfair.org UKRAINIAN ARTS & CRAFT FESTIVAL - AUG 14-17 The Festival has offers tradition Ukrainian foods, dance, Arts and Crafts. The Ukrainian Stage offers a variety of entertainment including Traditional Ukrainian Folk Dancers and Singers. St. Josaphats, 940 Ridge Road East, Rochester. 266-2255. rochesterukrainianfestival.com

AUGUST 15 – 21 RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL JULY 5-AUG 17, WEEKENDS ONLY. See July 5. WAYNE COUNTY FAIR - AUG 11-16. See August 11. UKRAINIAN ARTS & CRAFT FESTIVAL - AUG 14-17. See Aug 14. MOUNT MORRIS ITALIAN FEST - AUG 16-17 Arts, crafts, traditional Italian food, live entertainment. This 2-day event sponsors the famous local “IDOL” contest! Main St, Mount Morris. www.mountmorrisitalianfest.com NEW YORK STATE FAIR - AUG 21-SEPT 1 New York State’s largest annual event; an exciting mix of big-name entertainment, mouth-watering food, captivating exhibits and thrilling attractions. Continues through September 1. 8am-10pm. advance sale tickets available, 12 & under free. Empire Expo Center, 581 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse. 800475-FAIR. www.nysfair.org

AUGUST 22 – 28 NEW YORK STATE FAIR - AUG 21-SEPT 1. See August 21.

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