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inside Vol.22 Number 5

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Let's Go Glamping!

glamour camping comes to the finger lakes

in this issue 6 | what's online 8|e ditor's note 10 | buzzworthY 22 | Your family Make the Most of Your Pick-YourOwn Berry Bounty 24 | Y our family 10 Last Minute Tips Before Day Camp Begins 26| Book Nook Every Hero Has a Story our family 28 | Y Apps that Connect Your Family and Nature 30 | e ducation 9 Tips to Kick Off the School Year Right

more features

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Birth of a Calf

visiting the dairy cow birthing center at the new york state fair

The Benefits of After School Activities

alendar of Events 52 | C

on the cover

78 | five places Fantastic Waterfalls

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guide inside

After school & weekend activity guide

this month's contributors

found in the Finger Lakes region. [Page 12 & 16]

Sue Henninger is a monthly contributor to Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent who enjoys writing about the unique people, places, and events that can be

Sarah Yale is a nature-loving, working, writer mom, whose children are learning to love the natural world, and to do their part now and in the future, to sustain and preserve the

Glamour Camping in the Finger Lakes Visiting the Dairy Cow Birthing Center 10 Tips Before Day Camp Begins Apps That Connect Your Family & Nature After School & Weekend Activity Guide 282 Things to Do in July & August Benefits of After School Activities

planet. [Page 22] Denise Morrison Yearian is the former editor of two parenting magazines and the mother of three children and three grandchildren. [Page 24]

Deena Viviani is a Rochester-

based Young Adult Services Librarian who writes reviews for VOYA and the RACWI Newsletter. [Page 26] Carolyn Jabs, M.A., raised three computer savvy kids including one with special needs. She has been writing Growing Up Online

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for ten years and is working on a book about constructive responses to conflict. [Page 28] Freelance journalist, Christa Melnyk Hines always loved the back-to-school season as a child and still does. Her two boys don't share her

enthusiasm. [Page 30] Gayla Grace writes, speaks, and coaches on parenting and stepfamily issues. As a mom to five, she loves to find after school activities her children enjoy. [Page 32]

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online

july + august

what you can find at www.RocParent.com Summer is here! Our website is chock-full of awesome ideas to celebrate the season. From outdoor adventures to the ultimate summertime bucket list, there will be no boring days in sight.

hello, baby! Our newest "Baby" at GVP is the new website RocBabyOnline.com. This website is specifically designed for Rochester area expectant and new parents. Visit this engaging site to find lots of baby-related information, advice, activities, resources, articles and more for you and your baby.

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festival season is here! Check out area festivals conveniently online with direct links to the festival websites for details and more information. Don’t miss out on the large variety of celebrations and activities that continue into September.

get ready for the school year It's summer now, but before you know it the kiddos will be heading back to the classroom. We have loads of tips and articles to help you prep, including back to school shopping, fun lunch ideas, getting into a sleep schedule and more.

after school activity guide

Looking for afterschool programs? We've got you covered – from sports activities to performing arts and educational enrichment, let our After-School Activity Resource Guide help you find the perfect activities for your kids.


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editor's note

By Jillian Melnyk

have an awesome summer

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

ummer is here! There are so many amazing and awesome things to do in the Rochester area during the summer – from berry picking or camping, to visiting the New York State Fair – so much happens during the months of July and August. We've loaded this issue with tons of events, activities, and ideas to keep your family happy and entertained during these summer months. Our mission here at Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent is to offer you great ideas for things you can do with your family in the area, particularly letting you know about hot new stuff and places you may not have known about before. If you're looking for something different and unique, our goal is to bring it to you. That's why this month we're excited to feature two articles about great new things to see and do this summer – Glamour Camping in the Finger Lakes and Visiting the Dairy Cow Birthing Center at the New York State Fair. Both are quite unique experiences and sure to engage your family. It makes us smile when we hear from our readers that they "never know about that before" or are excited to take a trip to a destination we've suggested. We love helping your family stay active and get out in the community. If you have a suggestion of a cool place we should feature and share with our readers, please let us know! We are always on the hunt for great new family-friendly locations in the area. Send an email to our editor at Editor@GVParent.com We hope you have an inspiring and fun-filled summer! See you in September!

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buzzworthy in town

Lollypop Farm Awarded a 4-Star Rating

Annual Contest Lets People Choose Best Libraries Four million visitors a year, that’s the number of visits people made to libraries in Monroe County. In the age of online access, people still flock to local libraries and the huge range of services they provide. Here are this year’s winners:

Pictured left to right are Librarian Susan Sullivan with Elena Anderson, Kaori Roberts and Olivia Hamil

Best public library: Arnett Branch/Rochester Public Library Best school library: Greece Craig Hill Elementary School Library Best special library: Werner Medical Library, Rochester Regional Health System, Rochester General Hospital For more information about the winning libraries visit the RRLC website at http://rrlc.org.

The Strong and Ritsumeikan University Form Partnership The Strong and Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan are collaborating on the study of video game history and on efforts to preserve video games. For their first collaboration, the museum and the university will develop an exhibit celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Nintendo Entertainment System, slated to open at The Strong later this fall. The exhibit will explore the history of the console’s development and introduction, showcase artifacts from The Strong’s world-renowned collections, feature never-before-seen interviews with the NES hardware developer Masayuki Uemura, and include playable games, such as Super Mario Bros. and Duck Hunt. The exhibit will be included with general museum admission fees.

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Lollypop Farm received this top rating from Charity Navigator, an independent nonprofit evaluator of charities that bases its ratings on financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency. This award offers the public reassurance that Lollypop Farm is a nonprofit that is handling its contributions responsibly. Lollypop Farm is also recognized as a Better Business Bureau (BBB) Accredited Charity. Visit www.lollypop.org for more information or tour Lollypop Farm located at 99 Victor Rd., Fairport 14450 during regular business hours.

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Lucille O’Neal has a compelling life story; she endured poverty, rejection, abuse, addiction, and raised her children as a single mom. In addition to being an active parent and grandparent, Lucille is involved in numerous youth-oriented and community projects. Of course, she is also the mother of one of the greatest athletes of all time — Shaquille O’Neal! Lucille O’Neal will share her life story candidly — and often humorously —during the Luncheon. Touching on her years of spiritual unrest and mental welfare, she’ll be sharing her struggles and disappointments against the backdrop of her sweetest memories and proudest accomplishments.

Information & Tickets Be a Table Captain

Invite your friends and colleagues to join you at your very own table! Table of 10: $600 |Tickets: $60

Sponsorship Opportunities Available

For more information or to purchase your table, contact the YWCA of Rochester & Monroe County today. 585-368-2261, www.ywcarochester.org

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// feature story //

words susan henninger

Let's go glamp ing!

glamour camping comes to the finger lakes

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hen most people think of camping they imagine roughing it – sleeping on the ground and braving the lack of facilities. But a new trend has entered into the market and we're excited – Glamping has arrived in the Finger Lakes Region.

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Glamour and Camping?

plan a visit

Firelight Camps Glamping is all about camping 1150 Danby Road, Ithaca without having to rough it. (406) 823-0142 “You sleep outside under the Info@firelightcamps.com stars, but in a canvas safari tent www.firelightcamps.com that’s fully furnished and has all of the amenities and services of a regular hotel, including a bar, breakfast, and a concierge," enthuses Emma Frisch, co-owner of Firelight Camps in Ithaca. "It’s like a hotel built out of tents!” Emma, her husband Bobby Frisch, and their business partner, Kyle Reardon, opened Firelight Camps last summer. So far it’s been an ideal situation, allowing them to weave their love of camping and the outdoors into a hospitality-oriented business. “It’s a growing market,” Emma says, confessing that the first night she and Bobby spent in one of their luxury tents their thought upon waking was, “This might be the end of camping for us!” She adds, “It’s unexpected how well-rested and comfortable you are. People can even sleep in as opposed to when you are up at 6:00 am in a regular campground!”

One of Emma’s favorite parts of owning Firelight Camps is when she gets to walk her guests to their spacious tent, with a real floor, for the first time. They’re still envisioning a traditional campsite, she explains, so when they see the comfortable bed with high thread count sheets and fluffy pillows and the expansive deck with rocking chairs surrounded by a lush, green forest, they’re filled with awe. Several of the tents are dog-friendly and all the balconies are childproof. For your convenience, the glampground’s website features a suggested packing list so you won’t arrive missing any essential items. Though there is WiFi in the reception tent, the sleeping tents are “off the grid,” allowing families to unplug and truly escape the noise and constant demands of technology and social media. A frequent worry of wannabee campers, is the campground bathrooms. Banish the fear at Firelight Camps! The Spa Bathhouse is heated and features hot showers, flush toilets, and a sauna.

A Campground that Cares

Firelight Camps is no fly-by-night outfit. The three owners put a lot of thought into their mission statement and their business’s impact on their guests and the surrounding land. The campground has four main tenets they adhere to. To reinforce their commitment to environmental preservation all the paths are lit with a low, fairy-type lighting, the tents are spaced far enough continued >>> Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent • July/August 2015

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apart that people can enjoy all Wide Awake Bakery for breads, the sounds of nature, and Red Jacket for jams, and the bar closes early so Krums Corners Bakery guests can sleep peacefor granola. We want to People can fully. Additionally, support local business even sleep in as the Frisch’s used whenever we can,” opposed to when you “green” materials she emphasizes. and good forest are up at 6:00 am in a management pracregular campground." What to Do tices to construct Firelight Camps – Emma Frisch, co-owner the tents. When sewelcomes families of Firelight Camps lecting their location with children of all in Ithaca for the glampground, ages to try this unforthey approached the gettable outdoor expeWiggins family, who own rience. Emma observes that, La Tourelle Resort and Spa on for younger children, glamping is Danby Road in Ithaca, not only because like sleeping in a “big fort in the woods”! they’re amazing to work with, but because Kids of all ages will love the morning and they’re good stewards of their land. evening campfires (with homemade marshConnection is also important to the mallows and s’mores, naturally!) adjacent proprietors of Firelight Camps and they to the hospitality tent. Adults will appresee their hospitality tent and fire pit as ciate the nightly Happy Hour, featuring places for guests of all ages to meet new wine, beer, and spirits from the Finger friends and spend time with old ones. A Lakes region. If you’re feeling energetic, a final goal is immersion in the Finger Lakes bocce court is popular for any age and the way of life. As Firelight Camps Director glampground has plenty of quieter spaces of Culinary, Emma (a past finalist on to read or play board games. Another fun Food Network) is exceptionally qualified family activity is the guided Wild Edibles to provide this. Breakfast foods are fresh Hike in scenic Buttermilk Falls State Park, and often seasonal. “We use places like led by local foraging expert, Sarah Kelsen.

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Additionally, it’s possible to hike from Firelight Camps down to Buttermilk where there’s a lifeguarded swimming hole at the foot of the waterfall. "Even the most blasé of teens will be intrigued by glamping," Emma asserts. “It’s such a hot, trendy thing to do. They’ll be excited to be the first in their group to try it and then be able to tell everyone else what it was like. It’s luxury chic!”

Summer Camps for Kids and Adults

This summer, Firelight Camps will be partnering with several local groups to offer their guests an even more stimulating experience. For kids, there will be two different day camps, Primitive Pursuits and Seed the Table. Primitive Pursuits teaches young people useful wilderness skills, like fire-building and plant identification, showing them how to make the most of the forest in a lively interactive environment. Seed the Table is a Cornell Cooperative Extension Program where kids will have the opportunity to harvest vegetables from a garden, go to farmers’ markets, and eat at a swanky restaurant. At the end of the week they’ll showcase a dish they learned how to make at camp for their parents.


Campers will be transported to and from the activities and lunch will be provided. Older teens will enjoy more independent activities like renting paddleboards, kayaks, or canoes or simply sunbathing on one of the areas nearby beaches. While the kids are keeping busy, Firelight Camps will be offering culinary tours to adults, run by Experience the Finger Lakes. If you prefer to set your own pace, Emma recommends you check out the myriad of historical, cultural, and outdoor attractions in the Ithaca area.

Make 2015 “The Year of the Glamper”!

According to Emma, the glampground is a wonderful summer vacation destination for Rochester-area families. “Ithaca’s very different from Rochester and it’s the perfect distance away. It’s far enough from home to make it feel like a real vacation but it doesn’t take a lot of planning or time to get there. You can just jump in your car and drive!” She notes that there are a multitude of ways that families can try glamping, either during the summer months or for a fall weekend. Several families can glamp together, hanging out in a natural setting without all the stress that traditionally falls on the host family. The glampground is also an ideal place for reunions, where family members can reconnect in a peaceful setting. And, just for you busy moms, Firelight Camps offers a Girls Getaway for Four! Regardless of how you decide to give glamping a try, Emma and her partners envision Firelight Camps as a “base camp” where their guests can relax, rejuvenate, and recharge after a busy day exploring what the Finger Lakes region has to offer. “It’s an experience you’ll always remember,” Emma promises. “This region is ripe for both the culinary movement and outdoor appreciation.”  Sue Henninger is a contributing writer to Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent Magazine. Contact her at www.fingerlakeswriter.com

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words susan henninger

it all begins with the birth of a calf visiting the Dairy Cow Birthing Center at the New York State Fair

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here is nothing more miraculous than watching a new life emerge into the world. It’s something everyone should have the chance to witness at least once in a lifetime. With the debut of the Dairy Cow Birthing Center (DCBC) at the New York State Fair two years ago, Rochester-area families can now be part of this unforgettable experience.

Spending a morning or afternoon in the DCBC reminds us that Mother Nature moves at her own pace and that sometimes really awesome things are worth the wait. I volunteered at the DCBC last year and I will never forget the growing anticipation I felt as each phase of the black and white, 1,600 lb. Holstein’s labor progressed. Several hours went by like minutes and, when the small hooves finally appeared, there was a visible gasp from all of us who had been patiently watching and waiting. With a few final pushes a damp black and

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white calf popped out, unceremoniously landing on a pile of hay. After a vigorous licking from his mother’s rough tongue, he tried valiantly to stand on his shaky legs, collapsing several times much to our delight. Once Mom was done cleaning him up, little Boeheim was taken to a separate pen where he was fed her colostrum from a super-sized bottle.

What Exactly is a Dairy Cow Birthing Center?

The Dairy Cow Birthing Center is an interactive exhibit at the New York State Fair where visitors of all ages can get up close and personal with area dairy farmers and their cows. Six New York State farms, all with large herds that milk over 1,000 cows a day, journey to the Fair to share both the birthing process and information about farming with fairgoers during the twelve days that the Fair runs. The cows’ labor is induced the day before they travel so the DCBC volunteers, medical staff, and farmers know approximately when they’ll be calving and there are three live births to look forward to each day.

In 2014, thirty-six calves were born, including one stillborn and one set of twins. Jessica Ziehm, Executive Director of New York Animal Agriculture Coalition and Birthing Center Organizer, explains that another thing that makes this exhibit memorable is the 300-plus volunteers who take time to share their passion for all things dairy with kids and adults. About half of these volunteers are farmers and the other half are involved an agriculture-related business, making the wealth of knowledge under the DCBC tent absolutely phenomenal. Dick Wright, a third generation dairy cow farmer with a Dairy Science degree from SUNY Cobleskill, is the DCBC’s herdsman. Dick has spent most of his life farming, working three dairy farms, one of which was founded by his grandfather in Duchess County (near Poughkeepsie) in 1934. In 1987 his family moved to Stanley in Ontario County and founded Ellbank Farm, which they ran until Dick semi-retired in 2004. In 2006, he became a Holstein classifier, one of only 22 in the country and, in 2014, he took on the


usually someone on the responsibility of “herdCenter’s microphone who sperson” for the NY It’s a chance is well-qualified to answer State Fair exhibit. to talk one-on-one with a all types of questions “I was excited famer or a veterinarian or and explain what’s and a little someone else who has made happening in the tent concerned,” as well as back on the he confessa career out of agriculture, a farm. He especially es. “I hadn’t person who is there to give enjoys seeing the milked a cow you accurate, up-to-date volunteers, the farmers, or delivered a information." and the public (with calf in ten years, varying degrees of farmbut they told me – Mel Chesbro, Agriculture ing knowledge) interacting it’s just like riding Manager for the on the floor, in the bleachers, a bicycle; it would all new york state Fair or leaning against the railing. come back to me.” The “There is no such thing as a dumb herdsman is responsible for question,” he says. “We take all kinds!” feeding grain and hay to the mothThough the DCBC is unusual and exciters-to-be, keeping the pens clean, and general ing for many families, for Dick and the other cow care, as well as assisting a cow’s owners farmers it’s simply life, encapsulating what and the veterinarian with the birthing process. they do every day for their large herds. “We can have between four and ten cows calving Learning About every day,” he explains. But even though it’s Life on the Farm a commonplace sight to him, he still gets a Families can find out anything and everything kick out of seeing how enthralled the younger they ever wanted to know about farming and spectators become as the birth progresses. “It’s cows at the DCBC. According to Dick, there’s a thrill for them to see a live birth,” he says.

When & Where

• Dairy Cow Birthing Center New York State Fair, Syracuse • August 27-September 7 • Open from 10am-10pm (9pm on Labor Day)

For further information visit: www.nyanimalag.org www.nysfair.org

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“The mat by the birthing pen the power of social media to is packed with kids and make the dairy cow exhibit they’ll sit there watching even more accessible It’s a thrill for hours sometimes.” to the public. Postfor [kids] to see a live He notes, with a ing regular updates chuckle, that the on Facebook and birth. The mat by the human mothers in Instagram and birthing pen is packed the grandstand oftweeting frequently, with kids and they’ll sit ten seem to identiusing the “udder there watching for hours fy with the laboring miracles” hashtag, sometimes." cow. “They feel her Jessica proudly pain, remembering reports that they – Dick Wright, a third the pain of their own received an impressive generation dairy childbirth experience,” three and a half million cow farmer he speculates. impressions. Dick waxes enOne of the most frequent thusiastic about the text system questions those staffing the DCBC that was introduced in 2014 as well. hear is “Why isn’t the calf allowed to Families who were there for the beginning nurse?” Dick and Jessica explain that this of labor could opt to visit other parts of the is to both ensure the calf’s health and to Fair and receive a text when the calf was make sure the newborn is getting enough about to emerge so they didn’t miss it. He high-quality nourishment. “You never believes that this increased the DCBC’s know what germs might be on the cow’s visibility without being overwhelming for teats,” Dick observes. “And we want to either the cows or the volunteers. Anothmake sure that the baby gets two bottles er goal of partnering the real and virtual worth of milk right away, one about an worlds was to generate an awareness of hour after the birth and the other shortly New York dairy farming and to form afterwards." relationships with the public that would To expand the DCBC’s reach, last continue throughout the year once the Fair year Jessica and her colleagues leveraged was over.

Why Visit?

Not only is the DCBC free, fun, and educational, it also attracted over 213,000 visitors last year, receiving enthusiastic accolades at the State Fair exit poll. “It’s where the farmer meets the city folk at the watering hole,” Mel Chesbro, Agriculture Manager for the Fair, notes. “You can go on the Midway twelve hours a day, every day of the Fair. But a calf is born only at a specific moment in time. If you’re not there, you miss it.” She adds, “It’s real life, not a video or television show. It’s a chance to talk one-on-one with a famer or a veterinarian or someone else who has made a career out of agriculture, a person who is there to give you accurate, up-to-date information.” For Mel this educational aspect of the DCBC is invaluable for children and adults alike. “It’s important that we understand all that goes into that glass of milk you drink,” she declares. “Many people don’t realize that for a cow to produce milk she has to have a calf first. That’s why this initial step is so important.” The DCBC is also a place where the public can witness firsthand the positive relationship between farmers and their cows. No matter what the size of their farm, dairymen and women are invested in continued >>>

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taking excellent care of their animals, Mel says, noting, “What you put into the care of the cows is what you get back and everyone wants healthy calves and high-quality milk.” Dick agrees. “It’s important that people are able to understand that our livelihood consists of taking good care of our cows," he says. "We want people to see our concern for the animals we raise and the sacrifices we make to care for them as well as to understand the outside factors we, as farmers, struggle with, like the uncertainty of weather and the price of milk.”

Unforgettable Moments

One of Dick’s favorite DCBC stories features a tween. “She was kind of standing back so I went over to talk to her," he recalls. "She’d never seen a live birth before. Her mom and grandmother were there with her and they told me this young girl wanted to be a veterinarian. I introduced her to the female vet on duty and she was thrilled. You’d have thought I’d introduced her to the President of the United States!” Dick pauses for a moment and you can almost hear him smiling. “I bet she will be a vet when she grows up!”  Sue Henninger is a contributing writer to Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent Magazine. Contact her at www.fingerlakeswriter.com

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your family activities

By Sarah Yale

from fresh to frozen visiting a pick-your-own fruit farm and storing your bounty for months to come

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mm, fresh fruit, yummy smoothies, yogurt fruit parfaits, frozen fruit pops, chocolate dipped fruit, homemade jam, pies, and the list goes on. There is so much you can do with seasonal fresh fruit. The best thing is, you can easily freeze fresh fruit to enjoy later on in the year. Plan Your Pick Maybe you don’t have the time or space to grow your own strawberries, cherries, raspberries, blueberries or tree fruit. However, an outing to a nearby pick-your-own or you-pick farm is fun for the whole family. You will need to call or go online to find out what fruit is available to pick right now, and when the farm is open, which can change with the heat, storm threats and fruit ripeness. Ask if they are a certified organic farm or if they use pesticides. Plan to bring a delicious picnic lunch in a cooler and lots of water for hydration. Kids love a picnic and the special occasion treats you surprise them with. Have the family wear comfortable old clothes, hats and sneakers or shoes. No one has to look squeeky clean in photos, getting dirty is part of the fun. To save time, put sunscreen on before you leave home, and reapply every few hours. Take note of the farm rules when you arrive. The staff will give you instructions on how to pick the fruit from the plants. Many farms offer a variety of pick-your-own fruits

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Things you’ll want to bring to a pickyour-own farm: • Picnic lunch • Water • Sunscreen • Hats • Sunglasses • Bug spray • Hand wipes • Knee pads if needed • Lawn chairs • Camera • Beach buckets or containers with handles

and vegetables depending on when they are ripe. Find out the costs, forms of payment accepted, and if they have restroom facilities. Hayrides, food and other activities may also be available, so bring plenty of money with you. Freeze It Up Freezing fresh fruit is easy and does not take much time. If you opt to wash fruit before freezing, make sure it is thouroughly dry before popping it into the freezer. Wet fruit will get freezer burn much faster than dry fruit. Peaches, pears, nectarines, apples and other

tree fruits can be sliced or cut into chunks prior to freezing. Properly stored fruit can last 6-12 months in the freezer. Cut parchment paper to fit the tray. Make room in the freezer for the tray. Place berries or fruit on the parchment paper covered tray, leaving a little space between each item. Freezing fruit on parchment paper will help keep the berries or fruit from sticking together or to the tray.

supplies you will need to freeze fruit: • Baking sheet or freezer safe trays • Parchment paper • Plastic bags or freezer containers • Marker for labeling and dating containers

After the fruit is frozen, transfer it to plastic bags or freezer


containers. Fill containers completely. Squeeze air out of plastic bags to help prevent freezer burn. Label the containers with the type of fruit and the date. Store them in the freezer to enjoy whenever you want delicious fresh tasting fruit. When you want some fruit, remove what you need from the container and thaw to room temperature or in the refrigerator. Put the unused fruit back in the freezer right away. After thawing, be sure to wash the fruit if it was frozen without being rinsed. Consider picking some extra fruit to donate to your local food pantry or soup kitchen. Call ahead to find out what they need. You can also bake pies, muffins or other desserts for them. Children who give back to the community when they are young will grow up with a strong sense of care and concern for the welfare of others. Enjoy! Great news! The kids will love eating the fruit even more

because they picked it themselves. And of course children enjoy baking and concocting food. They will take ownership while consuming vitamins and antioxidants without complaining.  Sarah T. Yale is a mom and a writer whose children love outdoor family adventures, exploring, learning and creating. fast fruit smoothies serves 2

Ingredients • 2 cups thawed fruit, one or more varieties • 2 cups of milk, skim milk, rice milk or almond milk • ½ teaspoon of vanilla • 1-2 cups of crushed ice Put all of the ingredients in the blender and puree until smooth. Serve in cold or frosted glasses. To frost glasses, get them wet and place in the freezer until frosty looking. Garnish with a couple of pieces of fruit. Beautiful, nutritious and delicious!

where to go Green Acre Fruit Farm

3460 Latta Road, Rochester, New York 14612 585-234-0252, http://greenacreupick.com Blueberries will be ready mid July to late August. Join the Green Acre Farm mailing list... when it's ripe and ready, they will contact you!

Becker Farms

3760 Quaker Road, Gasport, New York 14067 716-772-2211, www.beckerfarms.com Picking times and dates are subject to change due to weather and availability of fruit Please call ahead for the most up to date picking conditions.

G and S Orchards

825 Atlantic Ave. (Route 286), Walworth, New York 14568

315-524-3823, www.gandsorchards.com The website and phone are updated daily with what's available for picking.

Burnap's Farm

7277 Maple Avenue, Sodus, New York 14551 315-483-4050, http://burnapsfarm.com Burnap's Farm offers pick-yourown raspberries, sweet cherries, and strawberries through the summer.

Gro-Moore Farms

2811 East Henrietta Road, Henrietta, New York 14467 359-3310, www.gromoore.com Pick Your-Own fields in Rush, where you can hand select and pick every single berry exactly the size, color and ripeness you prefer offers lots of family fun. Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent • July/August 2015

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your family activities

By Denise Yearian

ten last minute tips before day- camp begins

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amp season is upon us. Before sending your child to day camp, here are 10 last-minute suggestions.

FILL ‘ER UP. Bring one bottle of water that has been cooled in the refrigerator and a second one that has been in the freezer. As the day wears on, the frozen water will melt and provide cool refreshment for your child. Spray bottles are a great idea too. They keep the face and body cool in the hot sun. IT’S A SCORCHER! Apply sunscreen to your child’s skin before he leaves home and send the tube along for later reapplication. Avoid sending tanning lotion with little or no SPF, or sunscreen that contains glitter as it can reflect light and cause sunburn. Consider sending along a hat for extra protection. BUG OFF! If your child is going to be out in a natural environment, he should wear insect repellent. Look for a lotion form that is safe for children; avoid sprays. When camp is over, follow up with a tick check.

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ALL DECKED OUT. One thing camp directors always see is children coming with the wrong dress. Some kids want to pick out their own clothes, but if they have chosen black jeans and a dark t-shirt, it may not be the best option. Dress your child for comfort, safety and appropriate temperatures. Proper shoes are important too, particularly if he is playing outside. Avoid strappy sandals and flip flops; opt for tennis shoes.

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rather than playing with electronics. If these items are brought, they may be confiscated and returned at the end of the day in hopes your child gets the message.

Talk with your child about the activities planned. If she cannot participate because of health reasons, make sure you (not your child!) inform the camp.

PILLS, PAINS AND OTHER PROBLEMS. All camps have forms for parents to list any medications that their children are on. But if you take your child off a medication for the summer, the camp needs to know that too, because it could cause an extreme change in behavior. Allergies are another issue to make counselors aware of, be it insect- or food-related. Equally important, share other concerns with camp staff, such as if your family is going through a divorce or has experienced a recent death, as this might affect how your child interacts throughout the day. Camps look out for the physical and emotional needs of a child, so the more information you provide, the better equipped they will be.

GETTING TO KNOW YOU. Find out if there is an open house where you can meet the staff and see the facility prior to camp. If not, make other arrangements to introduce yourself to those who will be caring for your child. It is important for the camp directors and counselors to know you so they can keep you informed on how things are going for your child at camp.

HELP IS ON THE WAY! Having an emergency contact person is vital. Even more important is that the designated person knows you have written her name down. Every year camps have situations where they call the emergency contact person and she was not informed she was designated as such. Before listing a person’s name on the form, let her know first.

Finally, encourage your child to enjoy the experience. Mark the first day of camp on the family calendar and do a countdown. Help your child develop a checklist of items needed. And don’t forget to share your own camp stories. Remind your child to do his best, obey the rules, be respectful of others and have a great time!  Denise Morrison Yearian is the former editor of two parenting magazines and the mother of three children and three grandchildren.

BEEF YER’ BRAIN. Read the materials the camp gives you — policies, procedures and planned activities. If you know what to expect and what is expected of you, things will run much more smoothly. Most camps have a weekly schedule so parents know what the upcoming activities are. Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent • July/August 2015

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book nook

By Deena Viviani

Every Hero Has a Story

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ummer Reading is here! Stop by your local library to sign up for this free program, and read books that tie into the New York State themes of Every Hero Has a Story (ages birth-12) and Unmask! (ages 13-18). Need suggestions? Try some of these tales starring heroes of all kinds.

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In search of real life role models? Look to the heroes below: picture books The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch Written by Chris Barton & Illustrated by Don Tate Queen of the Diamond: The Lizzie Murphy Story By Emily Arnold McCully Middle Grade The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights By Steve Sheinkin Presidential Misadventures: Poems That Poke Fun at the Man in Charge Written by Bob Raczka & Illustrated by Dan E. Burr Young Adult F.D.R. and the American Crisis By Albert Marrin Laughing at My Nightmare By Shane Burcaw Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek By Maya Van Wagenen Positive By Paige Rawl with Ali Benjamin Pure Grit: How WWII Nurses in the Pacific Survived Combat and Prison Camp By Mary Cronk Farrell This Star Won't Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl Written by Esther Earl, Lori Earl, Wayne Earl, with an Introduction by John Green

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My Grandma’s a Ninja

Written by Todd Tarpley & Illustrated by Danny Chatzikonstantinou NorthSouth Books, 2015, hardcover, $17.95 Ages 4-6 Grandma may wear pearls, but don’t let that fool you. She still flies down zip lines, demonstrates karate, and impresses the kids at show-and-tell…until her ninja moves pop their soccer ball. Maybe having a ninja grandma isn’t so great? The humorous ending makes readers want a ninja grandma of their own…or maybe they already have one?

Hero Dad

Written by Melinda Hardin & Illustrated by Bryan Langdo Two Lions, 2010, hardcover, $12.99, Ages 3-5 Combat boots, parachutes, and night vision goggles are some of the tools this dad uses for his job in the armed forces. Simple text and illustrations of American soldiers make this picture book a great choice for young children with someone close to them in the military.

Kung Pow Chicken: Heroes on the Side

By Cyndi Marko Scholastic, 2014, paperback, $4.9, Ages 5-7 Gordon and his little brother have secret identities: Kung Pow Chicken and sidekick Egg Drop! In New Yolk

City, Ticklebeak and his Bad Eggs have escaped from jail, kidnapped other sidekicks, and must be stopped by our heroes who are anything but chicken. The puns throughout this chapter book are hilarious, and the comic book style gives readers lots to look for on each page. Don’t miss books 1-3 in this series!

El Deafo

By Cece Bell Amulet, 2014, paperback, $10.95, Ages 8-12 At age four, Cece gets sick and loses her hearing. As she grows up and changes schools, meets new teachers, and makes new friends, she figures out how to take her hearing aids from an embarrassment to a superpower. This memoir in comic for-

mat is full of relatable experiences no matter what one's ability or disability.

The Shadow Hero

Written by Gene Luen Yang & Illustrated by Sonny Liew First Second, 2014, paperback, $17.99, Ages 12-18 At the age of nineteen, Hank inherits his father's shadow spirit and becomes The Green Turtle, a masked superhero who fights for justice in Chinatown. This comic featuring a reluctant hero is easy to follow and wonderfully illustrated. A fabulous story with life and depth about the first Chinese superhero to grace American comics.


The Lies We Tell Ourselves

By Robin Talley Harlequin Teen, 2014, hardcover, $17.99, Ages 12-18 It is 1959, and Jefferson High School in Virginia is mandated to desegregate. Sarah, a black student who is attending Jefferson for the first time, and Linda, a white student who is convinced that “separate but equal” is the way schools should be, are forced to be partners in French class. Prejudice, fear, anger, and finally love surround the two young women as they navigate their senior year of high school. This is an important, emotional story about our nation’s history that deserves to be read and remembered.

What Remains

By Helene Dunbar Flux, 2015, paperback, $9.99, Ages 12-18 After a car accident, Cal is severely injured and his best friend Lizzie is dead. What remains? Lizzie’s heart, now beating in Cal’s chest, gives him a second chance at life. Organ donors and those who perform these operations are the backstory heroes in this novel of friendship, love, and hope.  Deena Viviani is a Young Adult Services Librarian who writes reviews for VOYA and the RACWI Newsletter. Read more reviews on her blog www.deenaml.livejournal.com or send her a note at DeenaViviani@hotmail. com – she loves to hear from readers!

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By Carolyn Jabs

Apps that Connect Family and Nature

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ccording to a recent study from the Nature Conservancy, 82% of American parents feel that spending time in nature is “very important” to a child’s development, second only to reading. Despite that sense of priority, 65% of parents in Brazil, China, France and Hong Kong as well as the United States, regard lack of time outdoors as a serious problem. The Children and Nature Network has compiled research connecting what it calls “nature deficit disorder” to attention problems and diminished awareness of the senses as well as physical inactivity and obesity. Ironically, both of these organizations responded to this problem by developing websites. Naturerocks.org , a partnership between the Nature Conservancy and Disney, offers a rich collection of activities that will get kids outdoors to engage with the natural world, as well as an interactive map that points families toward beaches, campgrounds, aquariums and zoos. The Children and Nature Network has a list of nature clubs for families. (childrenandnature.org/movement-direc-

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tory) Admittedly, going online in order to strengthen your family’s connection with the great outdoors may seem counter-intuitive. Yet, in our wired age, it makes no sense to ignore the many websites and apps that promise to inspire and support a deeper involvement with the world beyond the screen. Read on for a list of apps that are free and functiona on both Android and Apple platforms unless otherwise noted.

merlin bird app

Where to Go Yes, you can explore the natural world in your own backyard or in the park down the street, but when you have the urge for a bigger adventure, these apps can guide you. NatureFind pinpoints all sorts of places where families can satisfy an appetite for exploration. In addition to nature centers and natural history museums, the website provides descriptions and directions for zoos, botanical gardens and wildlife refuges. A mobile version makes it easy to find activities on the go. (naturefind.com) Oh, Ranger! Parkfinder provides concise information about city, state and national parks. A menu of activities allows you to search for parks where your family can pursue your favorite pastimes from bicycling, boating and birdwatching to camping, caving and climbing. (ohranger.com)

All Trails is a source for comprehensive information about 50,000 trails in the US and Canada. In addition to information about level of difficulty and scenery along the way, you’ll have access to comments from other hikers. The basic app is free. For $50 a year, you can get very detailed maps produced in a partnership with National Geographic. (Alltrails.com) Knowing What You’re Looking At Learning to identify living things is very satisfying, especially for children in elementary school. Many wonderful field guides are available as paid apps, and you may want to invest if your child shows an interest. To test the waters, try these apps which are both free and child-friendly. Merlin Bird App was produced by the scientists at the Cornell Ornithological Lab. The app encourages children to observe carefully and zero in on a bird’s identity by answer-


ing five simple questions about appearance and behavior. (merlin.allaboutbirds.org) TreeBook is an app that includes photos, drawings, descriptions and range maps that will help kids identify the most common trees in North America. (tree-app.com) Mywildflowers.com is a website run by a wildflower enthusiast. A very simple key prompts kids to answer questions about flower color and shape, as well as blooming season, leaf shape and plant size. The National Parks Field Guide is an app crammed with photos that will make it easier to spot the flora and fauna typical of each national park. In addition to wildflowers and trees, the app covers birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. (wild.enature.com/apps) Get Involved A number of apps encourage users to take the next step and become citizen scientists, reporting their observations and taking action to preserve threatened species and habitats. Project NOAH (Networked Organisms and Habitats) encourages wildlife lovers, young and old, to take photos of what they see and upload them online. The photos help scientists track wildlife populations. Additonally, a global community stands ready to help your child identify unknown plants and animals. (projectnoah.org)

to make regular field notes. Specific questions encourage children to notice seasonal changes for plants, birds and other creatures. Those observations become part of a database which helps scientists track changes in growing season and migration patterns. (usnpn.org) iNaturalist, an app and a website, is the brain child of college students who wanted people to be able to share the photos of the animals, reptiles, birds, insects, and plants that they were already taking. Their ambitious goal is a “living record of life on Earth that scientists and land managers could use to monitor changes in biodiversity, and that anyone could use to learn more about nature.” Younger kids may need help in uploading photos and other information, but they will have the satisfaction of knowing that they are contributing to a massive database that records life on the planet. (inaturalist.org) Of course, none of these apps are ends in themselves. Instead, think of them as bridges that will connect the virtual world in which most kids spend muchw of their time and the natural world where there are miracles waiting to be discovered.  Carolyn Jabs, M.A., raised three computer savvy kids including one with special needs. She has been writing Growing Up Online for ten years and is working on a book about constructive responses to conflict. Visit www.growing-up-online.com to read other columns.

Nature's Notebook takes a different approach to observation. Your family can sign up to record changes in a specific site such as a favorite park or your own backyard. Then use the app

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By Christa Melnyk Hines

start smart 9 Tips from Teachers to Kick Off the School Year Right

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chool bells will soon ring once again. Whether that comes as music to your ears or a bittersweet reminder that the free-spirited summer days are over, check out these tips from the pros to help you and your child enjoy a smart, happy start to school.

Push the re-set button. A week or two before school starts ease back to regular bedtime and morning routines. Nudge kids back into the habit of daily reading if they've slacked off and play math games to review. "Think about re-setting structure at home and what changes need to happen so it's not a total shock to everyone's system," says Christine Vohs, a second grade teacher. "Anything that you can create that allows for structure and your child's ownership for success is going to send them to me in a better frame of mind to learn for the day." Plan ahead for hectic mornings by gathering healthy, simple-to-prepare breakfast ideas packed with nutrients and protein. Wall calendars with activities color-coded for each family member and daily checklists for each child can help establish expectations and keep your family organized. Build anticipation. Got a youngster who is bummed to head back to

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school? Stay upbeat. Remind him of the subjects that spark his curiosity that he'll learn about in the coming year, whether that's cursive writing, multiplication or a special grade-level project. "Talk to your children about friends they haven't seen all summer and about new kids joining their class," says first grade teacher Megan Jasperson. "This is sure to get them excited for the school year to begin." Show support. "Avoid teasing your child by saying things like 'you got the meanest teacher in school!' or acting as if you're overjoyed to be sending your child back to school because this can make him wonder why you're so eager to be away from him," says Becky DeNoon, a third grade teacher. Instead, offer encouragement and support. Remind him that it's normal to feel disappointed about summer break coming to a close, but that you're excited to see how much he'll learn and grow during the coming months.

Be prepared. Peruse school supply lists carefully and read the handouts the school issues to ensure that your youngster has everything she needs on the first day of school. "Kids feel embarrassed on the first day when they aren't prepared," Jasperson says. Reduce uncertainty. Often kids feel nervous about unknowns like transitioning to a teacher they don't know, a

new school or a different set of classroom rules. Take advantage of any back-to-school or orientation events that your school offers to help your apprehensive scholar familiarize herself with the classroom, meet classmates and connect with the teacher before school starts. Knowing what to expect and where to go on the first day will ease some of a child's anxieties.


Seek out friendly faces. If you've recently moved or switched schools, look for other families with children your child's age to arrange a playdate or to meet for frozen yogurt. Some schools also feature parent Facebook pages. Hop on and ask if anyone would like to get together at the park before school begins. Many parents love to help welcome new families. And these efforts will lessen first day jitters when your youngster knows she'll recognize a few familiar faces when she gets there. Have an adolescent heading into middle school? Encourage him to join after-school clubs and activities. His involvement will help him form connections with peers who share his interests, says Traci Keeler, a sixth grade math teacher and eight grade volleyball and track coach. Create a homework spot. Designate an area in your home that's conducive to focus and concentration and where you can easily jump in to provide assistance when necessary. While purchasing school supplies, also stock a homework caddy or station with scratch paper, pens, pencils, erasers, markers, highlighters and anything else that Junior will need

to complete his homework. Build partnerships. Maintaining open communication and partnering with your student's teacher is key to a successful school year. "You know your child best and your insights into your child are helpful to us," Vohs says. Introduce yourself to the teacher and tell her the best ways she can contact you. In turn, remember that teachers care about their students' best interests. Vohs speaks for many of her colleagues when she says: "I hope parents will trust me to make the best possible decisions for their child while he or she is with me." Get involved. Help your children start seeing school as an extension of their home life by volunteering periodically. Most kids get a kick out of seeing their parents during the school day, whether they volunteer in the cafeteria, library or the classroom. Unable to volunteer at school? Ask the teacher what you can do to help from home.  Freelance journalist, Christa Melnyk Hines always loved the back-to-school season as a child and still does. Her two boys don't share her enthusiasm. Christa is the author of Happy, Healthy & Hyperconnected: Raise a Thoughtful Communicator in a Digital Word.

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After-school & Weekend Activity Guide

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tudies indicate that kids involved in after school programs have higher achievement and attendance rates, are less prone to depression and burnout, and experience dropout less often. They also keep children safe and protect them from risky and negative behavior. They're the perfect solution to supervised fun and time away from technology while parents are at work. After school activities require parental coordination and resources to be successful. However, the benefits outweigh the costs.

Opportunity to Explore New Interests

After school programs provide options kids don't have inside a school building during normal school hours. Whether a child is interested in chess, bowling, piano, or cheerleading, there's an after school program to accommodate. Kids gain confidence as they learn new skills and interact with others from varying backgrounds, which carries over into academia.

Exercise

Lack of exercise is a contributing factor to childhood obesity, which continues to climb at alarming rates. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood obesity has more than doubled in the past 30 years. We can help stop this cycle through after school programs. When our kids develop a routine that includes exercise, it benefits them the rest of their lives. After school programs offer a fun and entertaining

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After-school & Weekend Activity Guide environment for all kinds of exercise and encourages healthy habits in the process.

Improved Social Skills

Children left alone after school neglect face-to-face relationships and often spend too much time with technology. Interaction with caring adults and older teens who volunteer at after school programs offers time to mingle with others, improving social skills in the process. Leisurely time in a casual setting opens the door for adults to influence good choices and positive behavior in a non-threatening environment. It teaches healthy relational skills as kids watch adults model them.

Better Achievement with Challenging Subjects

When a child is struggling in math, a foreign language, or another arduous subject, after school tutoring provides the answer for success. When our daughter's achievement in an upper level math class plummeted in high school, we began tutoring with a patient instructor. Meeting twice a week after school provided encouragement and better understanding for the subject and gave our daughter confidence for the weekly tests that had intimidated her. We located her tutor through the recommendation from another student, but tutors can also be found through the school, the local newspaper, or even social media.

Time Management Techniques

Learning to prioritize activities and manage time accordingly is a great skill for every child to obtain. When kids

participate in after school programs, they're forced to learn how to manage their activities and allow adequate time for homework. Balancing extracurricular demands with everyday school requirements teaches discipline and self-restraint that carries over into adulthood.

Camaraderie and Leadership Skills

After school programs help kids feel they belong, which improves self-confidence and self-esteem. When we re-located to a new state, our elementary-aged son found friends with similar sports interests which helped him adjust to a new town and enjoy camaraderie with others. As kids move through junior high and high school, they can gain leadership skills through after school groups such as student council, the school yearbook staff, future business leaders, or speech and debate clubs, to name a few. If given the opportunity to help choose after school programs, kids are more vested in the activities. Experimenting with a variety of options to find a good fit and continuing to seek out new opportunities as children mature allows for greater success. Although the coordination of after school programs requires intentional effort, the encompassing benefits reach beyond the endeavors. 

Gayla Grace writes, speaks, and coaches on parenting and stepfamily issues. As a mom to five, she loves to find after school activities her children enjoy.

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calendar

july & august events

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

IT’s All Happening at the Seneca Park Zoo WHERE Seneca Park Zoo 2222 St, Paul St., Rochester 14621 ADMISSION Cost through October 31: Adults (12-62)-$12, Youth (3-11)-$9, (2-younger)-free, Seniors (63+)-$11 DATES & HOURS Hours through October 31: 10am – 4pm. MORE INFO 336-7200 www.senecaparkzoo.org

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here is so much happening at the Zoo this summer and you won’t want to miss a thing! Whether you plan to visit for a day of family fun or to attend a special event, the Seneca Park Zoo has so much to offer. Events include celebrating animal birthdays, stage shows and animal encounters as well as exciting fundraisers.

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Check out some of the zoo’s newest arrivals including two female African elephants Moki and Chana, and of course the baby penguins. The Zoo also has added a new member to their Sea Lion family, a 9-year-old California sea lion named Boomerang. The annual Jungle Jog & Seneca Park Mile

fundraiser is planned for Sunday, July 19. The course takes runners of all ages and abilities through beautiful lower Seneca Park, the Zoo and past some of the Zoo animals. Register online or in person the day of the race from 6:30–8am; check the website for more details. The Zoo also offers a variety of summer fun

learning opportunities for your kids with informational plaques about each animal and their habitat and special conservation programs. So take a walk on the wild side and visit the Seneca Park Zoo this summer.


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09 * Thursday Swashbucklers and Scallywags Discover an ocean of adventure and learn to talk like a pirate, walk the plank, create a sea captain’s hat, and more. Included with general museum admission fees. 10 AM - 5 PM. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607. 263-2700. www.museumofplay.org

& Murray Roads, Victor 14564. 859254-8123. www.stuarthorsetrials.org

Swashbucklers and Scallywags See July 09

Tales and Tails Story Time Story

hour with farm animal visitor! Come for stories and meet a new farm animal friend. The event is free of charge and open to the public, but no buses please. No registration is required. 11 AM. Wickham Farms, 1821 Fairport Nine Mile Point Road, Penfield 14526. 377-3276. www.wickhamfarms.com

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

pillow and enjoy an animal-themed story or two and a humane education component. Great way to introduce the wonder of animals to the little ones of the family. Held every Friday in Hochstein at High Falls Concert the Learning Center. 11 AM - Noon. Series - The Dady Brothers Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Rd., Rochester Always a crowd pleaser, the Dady 14450. 223-1330. www.lollypop.org Brothers are a versatile duo -- playing Foolish Friday at RMSC The sky the fiddle, mandolin, guitar, bodhran, is falling! No, it’s a watermelon falling banjo, uilleann pipes, harmonica, from the Strasenburgh Planetarium and even pennywhistle. Noon - 1 PM. tower. See drops, flops and other High Falls District, 81 Browns Race, Rochester 14614. www. facebook.com/ fun physics in action! 1pm and 3pm. Included with admission. 1 PM. hochsteinhighfalls. Rochester Museum and Science Center, Throwback Thursday at RMSC 657 East Ave., Rochester 14607. What lies deep in the vaults of the 697-1942. www.rmsc.org RMSC? Come and find out! Learn about different cultures, see fascinating objects Movies in the Park - Chili Enjoy and discover Rochester’s past. 1pm and each of these themed “mini events” before the movie starts at sunset. All 3pm. Included with admission. 1 PM. Rochester Museum and Science Center, events are free so bring the whole family! This week: The movie Home. 7 657 East Ave., Rochester 14607. PM - 9 PM. Union Station Park, 3720 697-1942. www.rmsc.org Union Station Rd, Town of Chili 14514. Story Time - Irondequoit 889-4680. www.townofchili.org Farmer’s Market Meet by the RPO at Geneseo: Summer Blacksmith’s Shop. Feel free to bring Spectacular with Fireworks a blanket or lawn chairs. 4 PM. Irondequoit Farmers’ Market, 1280 Titus Summer Spectacular with Fireworks takes place with post-concert fireworks Ave., Rochester 14617. 336-6060. (rain location: Wadsworth Auditorium). www.irondequoitlibrary.org Tickets at the door will be $12/$6. Red Wings vs Buffalo Bisons 8 PM. SUNY Geneseo, 1 COLLEGE Check the website for promotions and CIRCLE, Rochester 14454. 454-2100. to purchase tickets. Kids age 4-12 can www.rpo.org be signed up by a parent/legal guardian for the Knot Hole Gang Kids’ Club. A membership is $20 per child. 7 PM. Red Wings Baseball - Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Cosequin Stuart Horse Trials Silver Way, Rochester 14608. 454-1001. www.redwingsbaseball.com See July 10

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RPO at Temple B’rith Kodesh

The fundraiser will feature rising Pittsford Mendon High School senior and pianist Vivian Yu, the Rochester Philharmonic League’s 2015 Young Artist Auditions’ Special Award Winner. 7 PM. Temple B’rith Kodesh, 2131 Elmwood Ave, Rochester 14618. 244-7060, ext. 227. www.rpo.org

History in Plain Sight Stroll

paved, flat-surfaced Grove Avenue. Learn about many notable families buried in beautiful mausoleums and artistic plots. Meet-Cemetery Office at South Entrance. $7 per person. 10 AM. Mount Hope Cemetery, 1133 Mount Hope Avenue, Rochester . 461-3494. www.fomh.org

Flavors of Rochester The 2015

series will illuminate and celebrate the Market’s and the Greater Rochester community’s colorful cultural and ethnic Cosequin Stuart Horse Trials diversity! 10 AM - Noon. Rochester There are numerous close-up vantage Public Market, 280 N. Union St., points, spectators witness the sport’s athletic power and grace from just a few Rochester 14605. 428-7282. feet away. $5 per person, per day; free www.cityofrochester.gov/ for children 12 and younger. Parking is free. 8 AM. Stuart Horse Trials, Townline

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Animal Tales at Lollypop Every Friday July - August Snuggle up on a fluffy pillow and enjoy an animalthemed story or two and a humane education component. A great way to introduce the wonder of animals to the little ones of the family. Held every Friday in the Learning Center. Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Rd., Fairport 14450, 223-1330, www.lollypop.org

Cumming Nature Center - Build a Fairy House/Elf fortress This is a project for

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children of all ages. Learn how to construct a fairy house using all natural materials. Bring your camera because the houses will become part of the nature center. Plan on getting dirty! 11 AM Noon. Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Rd., Naples 14512. 374-6160. www.rmsc.org York Museum of Transportation recreates an evening at an oldtime “trolley park” with the happy sound of the calliope providing the background for authentic trolley rides through the rolling hills. 4 PM. New York Museum of Transportation, 6393 East River Rd, Rush 14586. 533-1113. www. nymtmuseum.org

Ibero Annual Gala The

Ibero’s Annual Gala and Hispanic Scholarship Recognition Awards event is the signature fundraiser. This year’s keynote speaker for the gala will be Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto, the Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico. 5 PM. Riverside Convention Center, 123 East Main Street, Rochester 14604. . www.iaal.org

Community Garage Sale

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

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Literacy Train Day In addition to all of the wonderful things the museum has to offer, from 11-2, the gallery will be set up with special activities for the kids. 11 AM - 2 PM. New York Museum of Transportation, 6393 East River Rd, Rush 14586. 533-1113. www.nymtmuseum.org R

Mineral ID Day Curious about

a crystal? Well, bring them to the Museum of the Earth on the second Sunday of each month, as The Finger Lakes Mineral Club will be on hand with special equipment and experts to identify rocks and minerals for Museum visitors. 1 PM

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13 * Monday Fairies and Elves View an award-

winning display of fairy houses from The Corn Hill Arts Festival Fairy House Tour, make an insect craft, try on a pair of butterfly wings, and more. 10 AM - 5 PM. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607. 263-2700. www.museumofplay.org

Mayhem Mondays at RMSC

Start the week off with a bang... literally! See wild explosions including bursts of lightning in Electricity Theater. 1pm and 3pm. Included with admission. 1 PM. Rochester Museum and Science Center, 657 East Ave., Rochester 14607. 697-1942. www.rmsc.org

Holistic Moms Network July Meeting Nurturing Your Spirit

through Joy, Self-care and Reflection with Sue Staropoli. As mothers, fathers, or caregivers, we are focused on caring and doing for others often neglecting our own self-care. 6 PM - 8 PM. Christ Episcopal Church, 36 South Main Street, Pittsford 14534. . www.chapters.holisticmoms.org/ chapters/ny-rochester/

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Open Late at the Zoo The

zoo will have extended hours once again this summer for eight Tuesday evenings filled with special programs and FUN! Regular admission rates apply. 10 AM - 8 PM. Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St Paul Street, Rochester 14621. 336-7200. www.senecaparkzoo.org

Fairies and Elves See July 13 Take Away Tuesdays at RMSC

Explore science through completing hands-on activities that you can make and take home with you! 1pm and 3pm. Included with admission. 1 PM. Rochester Museum and Science Center, 657 East Ave., Rochester 14607. 697-1942. www.rmsc.org

Movies at the Beach: Jaws

Pre-show fun starts at 7pm with live music from Rock-It Science, then trivia at 8:30pm (with prizes) and the movie starts at dark. This year’s movie is the original Jaws. 7 PM. Ontario Beach

Fairies and Elves See July 13 Little Gather: Doc Possum

In this theatrical presentation, Doc writes about the story of glass and often incorporates objects from the Museum’s collection into his song lyrics. 11 AM - Noon. Corning Museum of Glass, 1 Museum Way, Corning 14830. 607-438-5429. www.cmog.org

Wildlife Wednesday at RMSC

Encounter live animals up close. Meet critters from the RMSC as well as animals from organizations across the community. 1pm and 3pm. Included with admission. 1 PM. Rochester Museum and Science Center, 657 East Ave., Rochester 14607. 6971942. www.rmsc.org

Wegmans Concerts by the Shore - Greece Jazz Band & Mr. Mustard Enjoy the cool breeze

and a free concert. Refreshments available in the park, bring a picnic supper and a blanket for a family fun evening. 7 PM - 9 PM. Ontario Beach Park, 4800 Lake Ave., Rochester 14613. 865-3320. www.ontariobeachentertainment.org

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Hochstein at High Falls Concert Series - Talking Underwater Always a crowd

pleaser, Talking Underwater aims to play sad songs to make audiences feel better. Noon - 1 PM. High Falls District, 81 Browns Race, Rochester 14614. . www.facebook.com/ hochsteinhighfalls

Throwback Thursday at RMSC

See July 09

Story Time - Irondequoit Farmer’s Market See July 09 Movies in the Park: Madagascar Pre-show fun starts

at 7pm with live music from “JAVA” and the movie starts at dark. Movie is Madagascar. 7 PM. Highland Park, 1440 South Ave., Rochester 14620. www.monroecounty.gov/parks

Red Wings vs Lehigh Valley IronPigs Check the website for

promotions and to purchase tickets. Kids age 4-12 can be signed up by a parent/legal guardian for the Knot Hole Gang Kids’ Club. A membership is $20 per child. 7 PM. Red Wings Baseball - Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Silver Way, Rochester 14608. 4541001. www.redwingsbaseball.com/


calendar of events • local family-friendly activities Wonders of Water Just how important is water in our everyday lives? Docents are available with touch table stations and biofacts, and to answer questions. Free with Zoo admission. 10 AM - 4 PM. Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St Paul Street, Rochester 14621. 336-7200. www.senecaparkzoo.org R

Of the People, By the People, For the People Learn about

politics and government throughout Rochester’s history. Meet-Cemetery Office at South Entrance. $7 per person. 11 AM. Mount Hope Cemetery, 1133 Mount Hope Avenue, Rochester . 461-3494. www.fomh.org

Rochester Rhinos vs Charlotte Independence Enjoy the game

Stuart Horse Trials July 10 - 12

Tales and Tails Story Time

See July 10

Animal Tales - Drop-In Storytime See July 10 ZooBrew Experience the wildest

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

Red Wings vs Lehigh Valley IronPigs Let’s Play Ball! RPO

at Frontier Field. Fireworks follow the Monroe County-sponsored concert, and admission is free with game ticket. Check the website for promotions and to purchase tickets. 6 PM. Red Wings Baseball Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Silver Way, Rochester 14608. 454-1001. www. redwingsbaseball.com/

Movies in the Park - Chili See

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18 * Saturday

Jungle Jog and Seneca Park Mile This long-standing fundraiser

Civil War Re-Enactment

Museum visitors will time-travel to the year 1864, exactly 150 years ago, with the sounds of muskets, cannons, and horses’ hooves beating the ground. Battle times are 11:30pm and 2pm. 9 AM - 4 PM. Genesee Country Village and Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford 14511. 538-6822. www.gcv.org

takes runners of all ages and abilities through beautiful lower Seneca Park, the Zoo and past some of the animals. All proceeds benefit the Zoo. 6:30 - 8 a.m. Registration. 8 AM. Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St Paul Street, Rochester 14621. 336-7200. www.senecaparkzoo.org

Civil War Re-Enactment See July18

Sensory Friendly Film Minions Featuring: Minions- The

auditoriums dedicated to the program have their lights up, the sound turned down and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing! 10 AM. AMC Webster 12 Movie Theatre, 2190 Empire Blvd., Rochester 14580. 671-0941. www.amctheatres.com/programs/ sensory-friendly-films

Flavors of Rochester The 2015 series will illuminate and celebrate the Market’s and the Greater Rochester community’s colorful cultural and ethnic diversity! 10 AM - Noon. Rochester Public Market, 280 N. Union St., Rochester 14605. 4287282. www.cityofrochester.gov/

KIDSdays at Eastview Mall See July 14

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

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Community Garage Sale See

Fairies and Elves See July 13

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Open Late at the Zoo

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Red Wings vs Gwinnett Braves

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

with family and friends. Kid’s Day Rex the Rhino Birthday Celebration! 7 PM. Sahlen’s Stadium, 460 Oak St., Rochester 14608. 454-3000. www.rhinossoccer.com

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

There are numerous close-up vantage points, spectators witness the sport’s athletic power and grace from just a few feet away. $5 per person, per day; free for children 12 and younger. Parking is free. Townline & Murray Roads, Victor 14564, 859-254-8123, www.stuarthorsetrials.org

Mayhem Mondays at RMSC

See July 13

Red Wings vs Lehigh Valley IronPigs Check the website for

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

20 * Monday Wild, Wild West Ride in for a

wild west adventure. Sift for gold, search for outlaws, and practice lasso skills. Included with general museum admission fees. 10 AM - 5 PM. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607. 263-2700. www.museumofplay.org

See July 14

Take Away Tuesdays at RMSC See July 14

Red Wings vs Gwinnett Braves

22 * Wednesday Senior Sojourn Discover the signs of summer as Shariee Edersheim, “Mrs. E,” lead’s the way on an informative and easy hour-long walk to marvel at the beauty of the outdoors. 9 AM - 10 AM. Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Rd., Naples 14512. 374-6160. www.rmsc.org R

Wild, Wild West See July 20 Wildlife Wednesday at RMSC See July 15

Wegmans Concerts by the Shore - Skycoasters Enjoy the

cool breeze and a free concert. Refreshments available in the park, bring a picnic supper and a blanket for a family fun evening. 7 PM - 9 PM. Ontario Beach Park, 4800 Lake Ave., Rochester 14613. 865-3320. www.ontariobeachentertainment.org

Red Wings vs Gwinnett Braves

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

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calendar of events • local family-friendly activities Free Movie: Paddington Grab your lawn chairs and blankets and head to the Center Park Amphitheater for a night of free family entertainment. This is a family event and no alcohol or tobacco will be permitted. Concessions will be available. Movie begins at dusk. 7 PM. Perinton Community Center, 1350 Turk HIll Road, Town of Perinton 14450. 223-5050. www.perinton.org

23 * Thursday

After-Hours Village Tours Led by museum experts, these exclusive tours of just 20 people illuminate buildings and spaces with special access to upstairs, downstairs and behind barriers that are above and beyond the day-to-day experiences offered within the historic village. 5 PM - 6 PM. Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Rd., Mumford 14511. 538-6822. www.gcv.org Movies in the Park - Chili

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Identification Series-Summer Wildflowers CNC naturalist Shariee

Edersheim guides visitors on a two-part journey into the wonderful world of wildflowers and ferns. Edersheim also provides a brief explanation of the use of field guides. 11 AM - Noon. Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Rd., Naples 14512. 374-6160. www.rmsc.org

Red Wings vs Gwinnett Braves Check the website for promotions and to purchase tickets. Kids age 4-12 can be signed up by a parent/legal guardian for the Knot Hole Gang Kids’ Club. A membership is $20 per child. 11 AM. Red Wings Baseball - Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Silver Way, Rochester 14608. 454-1001. www.redwingsbaseball.com

Throwback Thursday at RMSC

See July 09

Story Time - Irondequoit Farmer’s Market See July 09 Movies in the Park: Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure Pre-show fun starts at 7pm with live music from Rock-It Science and the movie starts at dark. Movie is Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure. 7 PM. Highland Park, 1440 South Ave., Rochester 14620. www.monroecounty.gov/parks

24 * Friday Wild, Wild West See July 20

Family Fun: Secrets of Lilliput

Take a hike in the woods. Search for pixiecups and tiny British soldiers. Run your fingers through a miniature forest. Hold tiny earthworms and bugs. Plan on dirty! 11 AM - Noon. Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Rd., Naples 14512. 374-6160. www.rmsc.org

Tales and Tails Story Time

See July 10

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25 * Saturday Cubby Chase 10K - 5K Color Mile Run Whether you run or walk

come and support charities that make a real difference for children: The Autism Center at Ontario ARC and Geneva General Child Care. Check-in: 7-8:15am. 7 AM. Geneva General Child Care Center, 196 North Street, Rochester 14456. 315-787-4190. www.cubbychase5k10k.org

Party Madagascar Join the Zoo’s

docents as they put on a unique, spectacular party celebrating the rich culture and biodiversity of Madagascar. 10 AM. Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St Paul Street, Rochester 14621. 336-7200. www.senecaparkzoo.org

Christmas in July Watch as holly

berries are made from sealing wax and dried peas, or try your hand at making a seasonal sweet bag or other Christmas items. 10 AM - 4 PM. Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Rd., Mumford 14511. 538-6822. www.gcv.org

Pioneers, Reformers & Heroes

Rochester was home to a number of major contributors to the shaping of early New York. Learn about their lives and the importance of their contributions. Meet-North Gatehouse, 791 Mount Hope Avenue. $7 per person. 10 AM. Mount Hope Cemetery, 1133 Mount Hope Avenue, Rochester . 461-3494. www.fomh.org

Native American Dance & Music Festival Traditional dancers,

Parenting Village Summer Bash / Sunday, July 26

(2-4pm)

Attendees will be thrilled to learn about new resources, and local businesses are able to make personal connections with potential customers and clients. Rothfuss Park, 1648 Five Mile Line Rd., Penfield 14526, www.ourparentingvillage.org/bash

Flavors of Rochester

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Layout Tour and Train Show

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

musicians, storytellers,and artists sharing their culture heritage, crafts and arts featuring popular children and adult workshops. Free festival parking is available at Fireman’s Field off Maple Ave. in Victor and free shuttle. 10 AM 6 PM. Ganondagan State Historic Site, 1488 State Route 444, Victor 14564. 742-1690. www.ganondagan.org

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Super Saturdays Carnival at Eastview Mall Step right up and

learn about new resources, and local businesses are able to make personal connections with potential customers and clients. 2 PM - 6 PM. Rothfuss Park, 1648 Five Mile Line Road, Penfield 14526. www. ourparentingvillage.org/bash/

enjoy games, prizes and FUN along the Eastview Midway. 11am - 3pm. Don't miss the magic show in Main Court starting at 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm. 11 AM - 3 PM. Eastview Mall, 7979 Pittsford Victor Rd., Victor 14564. 223-3693. www.eastviewmall.com

Community Garage Sale See July 12

Native American Dance & Music Festival See July 25 Parenting Village Summer Bash Attendees will be thrilled to

Rochester Rhinos vs Charleston Battery Enjoy the

game with family and friends. Annual Soccer Day in Rochester. NYSWYSA Festival. 4 PM. Sahlen's Stadium, 460 Oak St., Rochester 14608. 454-3000. www.rhinossoccer.com

RPO at Nazareth College

RPO at Nazareth College will be held in Callahan Theatre at Nazareth College Arts Center. Tickets, required for the free Nazareth concert, will be available by phone only. 7 PM. Nazareth College Arts Center, 4245 East Ave., Rochester 14618. 454-2100. www.rpo.org

27 * Monday Super Sleuths Museum guests

hone their detective skills as they investigate a crime scene and try to find the culprit. Make a disguise, crack codes, and test your brain power with tangrams and mind games. Included with general museum admission fees. 10 AM - 5 PM. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square,


calendar of events • local family-friendly activities Rochester 14607. 263-2700. www. museumofplay.org

Mayhem Mondays at RMSC

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28 * Tuesday KIDSdays at Eastview Mall See July 14

Movies in the Park: The Sound of Music Pre-show fun

starts at 7pm with live music from "The Krazy Firemen" and the movie starts at dark. Movie is The Sound of Music. 7 PM. Highland Park, 1440 South Ave., Rochester 14620. . www. monroecounty.gov/parks

Super Sleuths See July 27

31 * Friday

Open Late at the Zoo

Super Sleuths See July 27

Take Away Tuesdays at RMSC

See July 10

See July 14

Tales and Tails Story Time

See July 14

Animal Tales - Drop-In Storytime See July 10

29 * Wednesday

Foolish Friday at RMSC

International Tiger Day Learn

about the threats tigers face in their fight against extinction. Docents are available with touch table stations and biofacts, and to answer questions. Free with Zoo admission. 10 AM - 4 PM. Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St Paul Street, Rochester 14621. 336-7200. www.senecaparkzoo.org

Super Sleuths See July 27

Robin Pease "Blue is the Color of the Sky" Dressed in full regalia,

with flute, song, dance, story, and sign language, Robin Pease of Kulture Kids performs the story of a Hidatsa Native American woman who was given a special blue glass beaded belt...and then lost it. 11 AM - Noon. Corning Museum of Glass, 1 Museum Way, Corning 14830. 607-438-5429. www.cmog.org

Wildlife Wednesday at RMSC See July 15

Food Truck Rodeo It’s fun on four

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

Wegmans Concerts by the Shore - Dady Brothers Enjoy

the cool breeze and a free concert. Refreshments available in the park, bring a picnic supper and a blanket for a family fun evening. 7 PM - 9 PM. Ontario Beach Park, 4800 Lake Ave., Rochester 14613. 865-3320. www. ontariobeachentertainment.org

30 * Thursday Super Sleuths See July 27

Throwback Thursday at RMSC

See July 09

Story Time - Irondequoit Farmer's Market See July 09

See July 10

Red Wings vs Syracuse Chiefs

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

august 01 * Saturday Flavors of Rochester The 2015 series will illuminate and celebrate the Market's and the Greater Rochester community's colorful cultural and ethnic diversity! 10 AM - Noon. Rochester Public Market, 280 N. Union St., Rochester 14605. 428-7282. www.cityofrochester.gov/ Laura Ingalls Wilder Days

Celebrate the stories of one of the most popular writers of 19th-century frontier life with Laura Ingalls Wilder Days. An autograph session will be held at the Town Hall - from 2pm to 4pm each day of the event with actress Hersha Parady. 10 AM - 4 PM. Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Rd., Mumford 14511. 538-6822. www.gcv.org

History in Plain Sight Explore

Rochester's architects and builders. Meet-Cemetery Office at South Entrance. $7 per person. 11 AM. Mount Hope Cemetery, 1133 Mount Hope Avenue, Rochester . 461-3494. www.fomh.org

Red Wings vs Syracuse Chiefs

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

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03 * Monday

Community Garage Sale

Dancing with The Strong Put on dancing shoes and groove to the beat. All week long, take part in daily dancing and movement activities. 10 AM - 5 PM. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607. 263-2700. www.museumofplay.org

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

Laura Ingalls Wilder Days See Aug. 01

Red Wings vs Syracuse Chiefs

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

Mount Hope Cemetery Tour

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

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Mayhem Mondays at RMSC

Start the week off with a bang... literally! See wild explosions including bursts of lightning in Electricity Theater. 1pm and 3pm. Included with admission. 1 PM. Rochester Museum and Science Center, 657 East Ave., Rochester 14607. 697-1942. www. rmsc.org

04 * Tuesday KIDSdays at Eastview Mall

Free carousel rides all day. From 4pm – 7pm families can enjoy a craft, entertainment (face painter, balloon artist) and bounce activity for kids. All free, in the Main Court. 10 AM. Eastview Mall, 7979 Pittsford Victor Rd., Victor 14564. 223-3693. www.eastviewmall.com

Open Late at the Zoo The

zoo will have extended hours once again this summer for eight Tuesday evenings filled with special programs and FUN! Regular admission rates

apply. 10 AM - 8 PM. Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St Paul Street, Rochester 14621. 336-7200. www.senecaparkzoo.org

with admission. 1 PM. Rochester Museum and Science Center, 657 East Ave., Rochester 14607. 697-1942. www.rmsc.org

Dancing with The Strong

Wegmans Concerts by the Shore - The Invictas Enjoy

See Aug. 03

Take Away Tuesdays at RMSC

Explore science through completing hands-on activities that you can make and take home with you! 1pm and 3pm. Included with admission. 1 PM. Rochester Museum and Science Center, 657 East Ave., Rochester 14607. 697-1942. www.rmsc.org

05 * Wednesday Dancing with The Strong

See Aug. 03

Bubbling and Juggling! with BubbleMan Doug Rougeux

BubbleMan Doug Rougeux will give a fantastic performance featuring giant soap bubbles, music, juggling, and more! Clap and dance along as Doug shows off his slick moves with hits and rocking oldies. 11 AM - Noon. Corning Museum of Glass, 1 Museum Way, Corning 14830. 607-438-5429. www.cmog.org

Wildlife Wednesday at RMSC

Encounter live animals up close. Meet critters from the RMSC as well as animals from organizations across the community. 1pm and 3pm. Included

the cool breeze and a free concert. Refreshments available in the park, bring a picnic supper and a blanket for a family fun evening. 7 PM - 9 PM. Ontario Beach Park, 4800 Lake Ave., Rochester 14613. 865-3320. www.ontariobeachentertainment.org

06 * Thursday Dancing with The Strong

See Aug. 03

Throwback Thursday at RMSC What lies deep in the vaults

of the RMSC? Come and find out! Learn about different cultures, see fascinating objects and discover Rochester’s past. 1pm and 3pm. Included with admission. 1 PM. Rochester Museum and Science Center, 657 East Ave., Rochester 14607. 697-1942. www.rmsc.org

07 * Friday Dancing with The Strong

See Aug. 03

National Silver Ball Tournament It’s time when the

Swamp Frogs and the Pondfeilders,


calendar of events • local family-friendly activities Center, 657 East Ave., Rochester 14607. 697-1942. www.rmsc.org

Geneva Night Out Art openings, exhibits, and showcases hosted by local businesses and galleries allow visitors to explore the creative energy and dynamic range of local art in all its forms. 5 PM - 8 PM. Downtown Geneva, , Geneva 14456. www.genevanightout.org RMSC After Dark: Lights Out

Celebrate the International Year of Light at our 21 and over party, RMSC After Dark: Lights Out. Experience the Museum like you've never seen it before. 7 PM - 11 PM. Rochester Museum and Science Center, 657 East Ave., Rochester 14607. 697-1942. www.rmsc.org

Laura Ingalls Wilder Days Saturday & Sunday, August 1 & 2 (10am-4pm)

Celebrate the stories of one of the most popular writers of 19th-century frontier life with Laura Ingalls Wilder Days. Event runs 10 am-4 pm, with an autograph session being held at the Town Hall - from 2pm to 4pm each day of the event with actress Hersha Parady. Included with admission. Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford 14511, 538-6822, www.gcv.org Resolutes 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. 10 AM - 4 PM. Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Rd., Mumford 14511. 538-6822. www.gcv.org

Tales and Tails Story Time

Story hour with farm animal visitor! Come for stories and meet a new farm animal friend. The event is free of charge and open to the public, but no buses please. No registration is required. 11 AM. Wickham Farms, 1821 Fairport Nine Mile Point Road, Penfield 14526. 377-3276. www. wickhamfarms.com

08 * Saturday Flavors of Rochester

See Aug. 01

Celebrate Penguins Weekend

Celebrate penguins by learning how the Zoo has become a leader in African penguin breeding, as well as an active participant in assisting penguins in their natural range. Docents are available with touch table stations and biofacts. 10 AM - 4 PM. Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St Paul Street, Rochester 14621. 336-7200. www.senecaparkzoo.org

National Silver Ball Tournament

Animal Tales - Drop-In Storytime Snuggle up on a

See Aug. 07

Foolish Friday at RMSC The

Explore the American Revolution as told through the lives of veterans buried in Mount Hope Cemetery. The tour covers action that took place in New York State. Meet-North Gatehouse, 791 Mount Hope Avenue. $7 per person. Noon. Mount Hope Cemetery, 1133 Mount Hope Avenue, Rochester . 461-3494. www.fomh.org

fluffy pillow and enjoy an animalthemed story or two and a humane education component. Great way to introduce the wonder of animals to the little ones of the family. Held every Friday in the Learning Center. 11 AM - Noon. Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Rd., Rochester 14450. 2231330. www.lollypop.org sky is falling! No, it’s a watermelon falling from the Strasenburgh Planetarium tower. See drops, flops and other fun physics in action! 1pm and 3pm. Included with admission. 1 PM. Rochester Museum and Science

The Revolutionary War Tour

09 * Sunday Community Garage Sale See Aug. 02

Celebrate Penguins Weekend

See Aug. 08

National Silver Ball Tournament See Aug. 07 Woodland Walks with Ron Walker The approximately a 1.5-

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

Rochester Rhinos vs Richmond Kickers Enjoy the game with family and friends. Check the website schedule for promotions. 5 PM. Sahlen's Stadium, 460 Oak St., Rochester 14608. 454-3000. www.rhinossoccer.com

10 * Monday Story Book Stars Come dressed

as your favorite literary character and meet stars from your favorite storybook classics each day such as Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, and the Mad Hatter. Included with general museum admission fees. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Sq., Rochester 14607, 263-2700, www.museumofplay.org

Mayhem Mondays at RMSC

See Aug. 03

HMN Rochester's First Ever Swap Plan to bring clean, gently

used clothes, toys, and small household items you no longer need. Bring items, take items, or both! Please take items that you will use (not sell) and that no item brought is broken, damaged, or not re-useable. 6 PM - 8 PM. Christ Episcopal Church, 36 South Main Street, Pittsford 14534. www.chapters.holisticmoms.org/ chapters/ny-rochester/

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Racers: The Thrill of Driving Games

Closing September 7, 2015

11 * Tuesday KIDSdays at Eastview Mall See Aug. 04

Story Book Stars See Aug. 10

Animal Tales - Drop-In Storytime See Aug. 07

Take Away Tuesdays at RMSC See Aug. 04

12 * Wednesday

Experience a guided hike with no specific agenda. We’re going where the wind blows us, and observing and exploring who’s doing what. 11 AM - Noon. Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Rd., Naples 14512. 374-6160. www.rmsc.org

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WHERE National Museum of Play at The Strong One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607 WHEN Through September 7 MORE INFO 263-2700 www.museumofplay.org

Tales and Tails Story Time

See Aug. 07

See Aug. 04

Blowing with the Wind at Cumming Nature Center

games such as Motor Race and Touring: The Great Automobile Card Game, which pits players against each other in an imaginary road race across the United States. Note: Playable machines in Racers: The Thrill of Driving Games require purchased tokens. Money collected from the sale of tokens helps maintain these original artifacts.

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Story Book Stars See Aug. 10

on’t miss this oneof-a-kind racing experience! If you haven’t checked it out yet or you have and still crave more time behind the wheel, head on over to The Strong before the exhibit moves along. You will enjoy starting your engine and zipping through the evolution of driving games, beginning with the electromechanical Motorcycle (1974), all the way through arcade classics such as Pole Position 2 (1983), Out Run (1987), Cruisn’ USA (1994), and Mario Kart GP 2 (2007). Then learn about the history of racing games as you view unique artifacts, including early card and board

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BubbleMan Doug Rougeux will give a fantastic performance featuring giant soap bubbles, music, juggling, and more! Clap and dance along as Doug shows off his slick moves with hits and rocking oldies. 11 AM Noon. Corning Museum of Glass, 1 Museum Way, Corning 14830. 607-438-5429. www.cmog.org

Wildlife Wednesday at RMSC See Aug. 05

Wegmans Concerts by the Shore - Krazy Firemen Enjoy

the cool breeze and a free concert. Refreshments available in the park, bring a picnic supper and a blanket for a family fun evening. 7 PM - 9 PM. Ontario Beach Park, 4800 Lake Ave., Rochester 14613. 865-3320. www.ontariobeachentertainment.org

End of Summer Bash Enjoy a cookout style lunch and musical entertainment. Win prizes, play games, try a new craft, bounce in an inflatable and much more! For more information, contact your neighborhood R-Center. Noon - 4 PM. Edgerton Recreation Center, 41 Backus Street, Rochester 14608. 428-6769. www.cityofrochester.gov Foolish Friday at RMSC See Aug. 07

ZooBrew Experience the wildest

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

Red Wings vs Scranton/WB

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

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Identification Series-Ferns

CNC naturalist Shariee Edersheim guides visitors on a two-part journey into the wonderful world of wildflowers and ferns. Edersheim also provides a brief explanation of the use of field guides. 11 AM - Noon. Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Rd., Naples 14512. 374-6160. www.rmsc.org

Teddy Bear Picnic Children

can bring their favorite friend to our Teddy Bear Picnic!! It’s an afternoon of games, crafts, stories and treats right here at the museum! $6.00/ person. 11 AM - 2 PM. Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda 14120. 716-693-1885. www.carrouselmuseum.org

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Family Fun: Walk on the Wild Side Amble through streams

and underbrush. Crawl on the ground and over logs. What on Earth is going on? Come and find out. Expect to get dirty and a little wet! 11 AM - Noon. Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Rd., Naples 14512. 374-6160. www.rmsc.org

The Ice Cream Tour Learn about the making and selling of ice cream, one of Rochester's earliest businesses. You'll be treated to a dish of special ice cream. Meet-Cemetery Office at South Entrance. $7 per person. 1 PM. Mount Hope Cemetery, 1133 Mount Hope Avenue, Rochester . 461-3494. www.fomh.org Rochester Rhinos vs Wilmington Hammerheads

Enjoy the game with family and friends. Go Green Night! Recycle & Re-use. Check the Rhinos website for details. 7 PM. Sahlen's Stadium, 460


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Jugglers and Jokesters

Red Wings vs Scranton/WB

Take Away Tuesdays at RMSC

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

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19 * Wednesday Jugglers and Jokesters See Aug. 17

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guided hike on and off the trails. Discover how the RMSC Cumming Nature Center is affected by the heat. 11 AM - Noon. Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Rd., Naples 14512. 374-6160. www.rmsc.org

Red Wings vs Scranton/WB

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16 * Sunday Community Garage Sale

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

17 * Monday Jugglers and Jokesters

Enjoy daily strolling and “popup” performances by Flower City Vaudeville. Make a silly oversized—or undersized!—hat to take home, learn jokes, read poems and tongue twisters, and more. Included with general museum admission fees. 10 AM - 5 PM. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607. 263-2700. www.museumofplay.org

Mayhem Mondays at RMSC

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Red Wings vs Buffalo Bisons

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

18 * Tuesday KIDSdays at Eastview Mall See Aug. 04

Red Wings vs Buffalo Bisons

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

Open Late at the Zoo See Aug. 04

See Aug. 05

Red Wings vs Buffalo Bisons

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

Wegmans Concerts by the Shore - Brass Taxi Enjoy the

cool breeze and a free concert. Refreshments available in the park, bring a picnic supper and a blanket for a family fun evening. 7 PM - 9 PM. Ontario Beach Park, 4800 Lake Ave., Rochester 14613. 865-3320. www.ontariobeachentertainment.org

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Family Fun: Secrets of Lilliput

Take a hike in the woods. Search for pixiecups and tiny British soldiers. Run your fingers through a miniature forest. Hold tiny earthworms and bugs. Plan on dirty! 11 AM - Noon. Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Rd., Naples 14512. 374-6160. www.rmsc.org

Tales and Tails Story Time

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Animal Tales - Drop-In Storytime See Aug. 07 The Great American Backyard Burger Festival The three-day event will bring local professional and amateur hamburger chefs together, with an amateur chef competition for the title of “Best Backyard Burger of Rochester.” Free daily until 5 p.m. and then $3 per person after 5 p.m. Noon

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Foolish Friday at RMSC Aug. 07

22 * Saturday Flavors of Rochester

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Snakes and Friends Day Tour

the Zoo and meet New York reptiles and amphibians at various stations. Docent touch tables will show you the difference between turtles and tortoises and teach you about the Zoo’s conservation efforts. 10 AM - 4 PM. Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St Paul Street, Rochester 14621. 336-7200. www.senecaparkzoo.org

First Responders' Day

The museum will celebrate First Responders' Day with free admission for all first responders—and their immediate families—with appropriate ID. They are the first responders, the everyday heroes. 10 AM - 4 PM. Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Rd., Mumford 14511. 538-6822. www.gcv.org

23 * Sunday Community Garage Sale See Aug. 02

Autumn Preparation - Plants and Animals Come on a hike

to discover how the nature center’s plants and animals prepare for the changing of seasons. 11 AM - Noon. Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Rd., Naples 14512. 374-6160. www.rmsc.org

The Great American Backyard Burger Festival See Aug. 21

Woodland Walks with Ron Walker See Aug. 09

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25 * Tuesday KIDSdays at Eastview Mall See Aug. 04

Open Late at the Zoo See Aug. 04

Take Away Tuesdays at RMSC Build a Fairy House/Elf Fortress This is a project for children

of all ages. Learn how to construct a fairy house using all natural materials. Bring your camera because the houses will become part of the nature center. Plan on getting dirty! 11 AM - Noon. Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Rd., Naples 14512. 374-6160. www.rmsc.org

Rolling Thunder: A Food Truck Wonder Rolling Thunder: A Food

Truck Wonder is an all-ages culinary collision with over 20 food trucks, local buskers and bands featuring activities for the whole family. You won’t want to miss this! 11 AM - 6 PM. Ellison Park, 395 Rich's Dugway Road, Penfield 14625. www.rollingthunderfestival.com

The Great American Backyard Burger Festival See Aug. 21 Lost Secrets Tour Examine the symbols, inscriptions and funerary art that expressed 19th century views of life, death and immortality. MeetCemetery Office at South Entrance. $7 per person. Noon. Mount Hope Cemetery, 1133 Mount Hope Avenue, Rochester . 461-3494. www.fomh.org Rochester Rhinos vs Harrisburg City Islanders Enjoy the game with family and friends. I Love Rochester Night! Check the Rhinos website for details. 7 PM. Sahlen's Stadium, 460 Oak St., Rochester 14608. 454-3000. www.rhinossoccer.com

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26 * Wednesday Senior Sojourn at Cumming Nature Center Discover the signs of summer as Shariee Edersheim, “Mrs. E,” lead’s the way on an informative and easy hour-long walk to marvel at the beauty of the outdoors. 9 AM - 10 AM. Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Rd., Naples 14512. 374-6160. www.rmsc.org

Wildlife Wednesday at RMSC See Aug. 05

Food Truck Rodeo It’s fun on

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

Wegmans Concerts by the Shore - Ruby Shooz Enjoy the

cool breeze and a free concert. Refreshments available in the park, bring a picnic supper and a blanket for a family fun evening. 7 PM - 9 PM. Ontario Beach Park, 4800 Lake Ave., Rochester 14613. 865-3320. www. ontariobeachentertainment.org


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Red Wings vs Syracuse Chiefs

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

28 * Friday A Day at the Nature Center Exploring Different Habits For

Mayhem Mondays at RMSC / Mondays, August 3,10,17 & 24 (1-3 pm)

Start the week off with a bang...literally! See wild explosions including bursts of lightning in Electricity Theater. 1pm and 3pm. Included with admission RMSC, 657 East Ave., Rochester 14607, 697-1942, www.rmsc.org

kids of all ages! Parental supervision is required. Please plan to get dirty and wet. Bring a lunch, watch a DVD or take a hike in between activities. 11 AM - 2 PM. Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Rd., Naples 14512. 374-6160. www.rmsc.org

Tales and Tails Story Time

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Animal Tales - Drop-In Storytime See Aug. 07 Foolish Friday at RMSC See Aug. 07

After-Hours Village Tours August Led by museum experts,

these exclusive tours of just 20 people illuminate buildings and spaces with special access to upstairs, downstairs and behind barriers that are above and beyond the day-to-day experiences offered within the historic village. 5 PM - 6 PM. Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Rd., Mumford 14511. 538-6822. www.gcv.org

Red Wings vs Syracuse Chiefs

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

29 * Saturday Stop the Trafficking-End the Cycle 5K Run/1 Mile Walk

Packet Pick Up & Registration 7am 7:45am. 5K Run: 8am 1 Mile Walk: 8:45am Awards Ceremony: 9:30am. To benefit Angels of Mercy, Inc. 7 AM. Meridian Centre Park, 2025 South Winton Road, Rochester 14618. www. runsignup.com/Race/NY/Rochester/ StoptheTraffickingEndtheCycleRunWalk

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Woodland Walks with Ron Walker See Aug. 09

Animal Birthday -Rhino A birthday celebration for Bill, the white rhino! There will also be a docentrun touch table station available at each birthday party. 10 AM - 3 PM. Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St Paul Street, Rochester 14621. 336-7200. www.senecaparkzoo.org

Rochester Rhinos vs Saint Louis FC Enjoy the game with family

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Serendipity Walk - Moderate Pace Enjoy a guided walk and have

an adventure exploring areas of the property not typically accessible to the public. Visit a pioneer cemetery and an 18th century house foundation. Experience different types of terrain, including wet areas. 11 AM - Noon. Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Rd., Naples 14512. 374-6160. www.rmsc.org

Layout Tour and Train Show

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

The Civil War Tour Explore

the war's after effects on medicine, religion, warfare, family life, and more. Meet-Cemetery Office at South Entrance. $7 per person. 2 PM. Mount Hope Cemetery, 1133 Mount Hope Avenue, Rochester . 461-3494. www.fomh.org

Red Wings vs Pawtucket Red Sox Check the website for promotions

and to purchase tickets. Kids age 4-12 can be signed up by a parent/ legal guardian for the Knot Hole Gang Kids' Club. A membership is $20 per child. 7 PM. Red Wings Baseball - Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Silver Way, Rochester 14608. 4541001. www.redwingsbaseball.com

30 * Sunday Community Garage Sale See Aug. 02

Wilderness Walk Vigorous Pace Bring your sense of adventure

for a hike off the beaten path with nature center staff. Enjoy the outdoors as you explore areas of the property not usually accessible to the public and discover fascinating tales of the region's history. 11 AM - Noon. Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Rd., Naples 14512. 374-6160. www.rmsc.org

Red Wings vs Pawtucket Red Sox Check the website for promotions

and to purchase tickets. Kids age 4-12 can be signed up by a parent/ legal guardian for the Knot Hole Gang Kids' Club. A membership is $20 per child. 1 PM. Red Wings Baseball - Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Silver Way, Rochester 14608. 4541001. www.redwingsbaseball.com/

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

05 * Saturday Flavors of Rochester The 2015 series will illuminate and celebrate the Market's and the Greater Rochester community's colorful cultural and ethnic diversity! 10 AM - Noon. Rochester Public Market, 280 N. Union St., Rochester 14605. 428-7282. www.cityofrochester.gov/ R

Story Book Stars at The Strong / Monday-Friday, August 10-14 Come dressed as your favorite literary character and meet stars from your favorite storybook classics each day such as Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, and the Mad Hatter. Included with general museum admission fees. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Sq., Rochester 14607, 263-2700, www.museumofplay.org

Animal Birthdays - Lion All

parties go from 1 to 3 p.m., with a "Happy Birthday" song and treats for the birthday animal at 2 p.m. There will also be a docent-run touch table station available at each birthday party. 1 PM - 3 PM. Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St Paul Street, Rochester 14621. 3367213. www.senecaparkzoo.org

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07 * Monday Exhibit Closing: Boardwalk Arcade Last Chance to step into

a scene reminiscent of 19th- and early 20th-century resorts such as Coney Island and Atlantic City, where Americans from across the nation flocked for good old summertime fun. Included with museum admission. 10 AM - 5 PM. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607. 263-2700. www. museumofplay.org

Racers: The Thrill of Driving Games Exhibit Closing! Exhibit

Closing - Explore America’s long fascination with the need for speed. Start your engine and zip through the evolution of driving games. 10 AM. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607. 263-2700. www.museumofplay.org

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RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL - JULY 4-AUG 16, 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

RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL - JULY 4-AUG 16, WEEKENDS ONLY. See July 4.

YATES COUNTY FAIR - JULY 7-11 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 GENESEO AIRSHOW - JULY 10-12 “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 HILL CUMORAH PAGEANT - JULY 10, 11, 14-18 Outdoor drama based on the Book of Mormon. Hollywood 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

HILL CUMORAH PAGEANT - JULY 10, 11, 14-18 See July 10 THE CANANDAIGUA LAKE MUSIC FESTIVAL - JULY 16-26 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 FESTA ITALIANA - JULY 16-18 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 17-19 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. 3346675, www.macedonianfest.com

CORN HILL ARTS FESTIVAL - JULY 11 - 12 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. www. CornHillArtsFestival.com

DOWNTOWN CANANDAIGUA ARTS & MUSIC FESTIVAL - JULY 17-19 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

FINGER LAKES LAVENDER FESTIVAL JULY 11-12 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

CIVIL WAR RE-ENACTMENT - JULY 18-19 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. 10am-5pm. Free with admission. Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Rd., Mumford. 538-6822, www. gcv.org

YATES COUNTY FAIR - JULY 7-11. See July 7.

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THE CANANDAIGUA LAKEMUSIC FESTIVAL - JULY 16-26. See July 16. HEMLOCK “LITTLE WORLD’S” FAIR - JULY 21-25 Amusement rides, 4-H events, harness racing, food, concerts, demolition derbies, truck pulls, talent show & more. 9:00am-midnight. $9-$12. Free parking. 7370 Water St., Hemlock. 3673370. www.hemlockfair.org ONTARIO COUNTY FAIR - JULY 21-25 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 23-26 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 NATIVE AMERICAN DANCE & MUSIC FESTIVAL - JULY 25-26 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. 7421690. www.ganondagan.org SPENCERPORT CANAL DAYS - JULY 25-26 Arts & Crafts, live music, children’s activities, incl. games & face painting, classic car show, wine tasting, and the Canaligator Race. Union St., Downtown Spencerport. www. spencerportcanaldays.com WATERFRONT ART FESTIVAL - JULY 25-26 Juried items on display & for purchase. Handmade crafts, cottage industry products & artwork by 170 artists. Enjoy cool, outdoor breezes & ample shade. 10am-5pm. Kershaw Park (Lake Shore Dr.), Canandaigua, 14625. 671-9102. www.waterfrontartfestival.com

July 27 - Aug 2 RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL - JULY 4-AUG 16, WEEKENDS ONLY. See July 4. ORLEANS COUNTY FAIR - JULY 27-AUG 1 “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.orleans4hfair.com


calendar of events • local family-friendly activities PHELPS SAUERKRAUT FESTIVAL - JULY 31 - AUG 2 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. http://phelpsny.com/ CHALK WALK & ARTS FEST – AUG 1 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 LIMA CROSSROADS FESTIVAL – AUG 1-2 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. www.Limafest.org PARK AVE SUMMER ARTS FEST - AUG 1-2 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. 10am-6pm. Park Avenue (Alexander to Culver), Rochester, 4734482. www.rochesterevents.com ANNUAL GLORIOUS GARLIC FESTIVAL AUG 1-2 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. 800636-9786. www.foxrunvineyards.com

August 3 - 9 RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL - JULY 4-AUG 16, WEEKENDS ONLY. See July 4. PAGEANT OF STEAM - AUG 5-8 Display of antique farm equipment dating back to early 1900’s, parades, tractor pulls, flea market, live music, displays, demos & food. 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 5-9 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 MONROE COUNTY FAIR - AUG 6-9 Family carnival rides, games, 4-H displays and competitions, music, live entertainment, local foods and drinks. Visit the website for daily events. www.mcfair.com

corn hill arts festival FINGER LAKES RIESLING FESTIVAL & CANANDAIGUA ROTARY PIER FESTIVAL - AUG 8-9 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 NY Wine & Culinary Center, 800 S. Main St, Canandaigua. 899-3226. www.rieslingfestival.com BROCKPORT SUMMER ARTS FESTIVAL AUG 8-9 Events will include the popular Duck Derby; over 100 artists and crafts-people, great music and food and activities for kids. 10am-6pm. Main Street, Brockport. www.brockportartsfestival.com CARIFEST - AUG 8 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

August 10 - 16 RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL - JULY 4-AUG 16, WEEKENDS ONLY. See July 4. WAYNE COUNTY FAIR - AUG 10-15 Exhibits, Farm animals, food vendors, rides and live entertainment, talent show, cooking demos and more. Fun for the entire family. No pets.

10am-10pm. Wayne County Fair Grounds, 250 W. Jackson St. Palmyra. www.waynecountyfair.org UKRAINIAN ARTS & CRAFT FESTIVAL AUG 13-16 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. www.rochesterukrainianfestival.com MOUNT MORRIS ITALIAN FEST - AUG 15-16 Arts, crafts, traditional Italian food, live entertainment. This 2-day event sponsors the famous local “IDOL” contest! Main St, Mount Morris. www.mountmorrisitalianfest.com OLD TIME FIDDLER’S FAIR - AUG 15-16 Fiddlers of all skill levels are invited to perform onstage. Visit all the stages where all ages, styles and experience play. Free workshops. 10am-5pm. Free with admission. Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Rd., Mumford. 538-6822. www.gcv.org

August 17 - 23 RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL - JULY 4-AUG 16, WEEKENDS ONLY. See July 4. LIVINGSTON COUNTY FAIR – AUG 19 22 Harness Racing, Tractor pulls, demolition derby, horse show, 4-H displays, rides, food and activities. Livingston County Fairgrounds, 310

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Leicester St., Caledonia. 538-2168. www. livingstoncountyfair.org

August 24 - 30 NEW YORK STATE FAIR - AUG 27-SEPT 7 New York State’s largest annual event; an exciting mix of big-name entertainment, mouthwatering 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. 800-475-FAIR. www. nysfair.org

August 31 – September 6 NEW YORK STATE FAIR - AUG 27-SEPT 7. See AUG 27. NEW YORK STATE FESTIVAL OF BALLOONS - SEPT 4-7 Hot Air Balloons, Arts & Crafts Vendors, live entertainment, food, rides, children’s games and activities. No pets. 6am to dusk. Dansville Municipal Airport- entrance on Maple St., Dansville, 14437, 335-2076. www.nysfob.com

September 7 - 13 NEW YORK STATE FAIR - AUG 27-SEPT 7. See AUG 27. CLOTHESLINE ARTS FESTIVAL - SEPT 12-13 Enjoy family art activities and visit the museum, food vendors, live entertainment and more. Rain or shine! 10am-6pm. $5 (MAG members $4) 10 and under free if accompanied by an adult Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave. 276-8900. www. mag.rochester.edu

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WILDLIFE FESTIVAL - SEPTEMBER 26-27 See more than 50 exhibitors and vendors. Free event. Get hands on experience in outdoor activities and with rare and exotic animals.10am-5pm. Niagara Power Vista Visitors Center, 5777 Lewiston Rd, Lewiston. 716-286-6661. www.nypa.gov/vc/niagara.htm CIVIL WAR ENCAMPMENT - SEPTEMBER 25-26 Step back to a time in U.S. history when the country was divided. Experience 1860’s camp life with cannons, period costumes, infantry drills & hands-on activities. Fri 2-4:30pm, Sat 9am-4:30pm. Granger Homestead, 295 N Main St, Canandaigua. 394-1472. grangerhomestead.org NAPLES GRAPE FESTIVAL - SEPT 26-27 The grapest festival in the land! Arts and Crafts, wine tasting, food, Grape pie contest, family entertainment, live music. Please leave pets at home. Naples High School Grounds, Naples, NY www.naplesvalleyny.com

September - Date To Be Abbounced GREENTOPIA FALL FESTIVAL- SEPT Early September check the website for upcoming details. The festival includes green vendors, a farmer’s market, how-to’s, an alternative fuel vehicle show, a kids’ zone, a fashion show, mouthwatering organic and local food, wine and beer tastings, and all kinds of live music. The High Falls District, Rochester. 287-5560. www.greentopiafest.com

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5 Places to Enjoy

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pstate New York offers some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the nation, from small cascades to thundering waterfalls that drop hundreds of feet. Whether you choose to visit the majestic Niagara Falls or the calming cascades of LeRoy Falls, you will be moved by their natural beauty. Pack a picnic lunch, wear your hiking shoes and gather the kids to visit any of these fabulous waterfalls. Don't forget your camera! Remember to make sure you and your children stay together on approved walking paths and follow all park rules.

Corbett’s Glen Nature Park 165 Park Lane, Rochester 14625 www.nyfalls.com

Follow Allens Creek as it tumbles over the first of three small waterfalls in the Glen. This 52-acre parcel includes 2 miles of 8 ft. wide trails, a boardwalk area, a deck viewing area and a seating area that overlooks Postcard Falls.

County Line Falls

Johnson Hill Road & Route 15A, Hemlock, 14466 www.nyfalls.com County Line Falls is actually two waterfalls, an upper and a lower, in a drainage tributary to Hemlock Lake. The trail to the waterfalls is generally unmowed, tall grass. The area contains the two undeveloped Finger Lakes, Hemlock and Candice.

LeRoy Falls Mill Street, LeRoy 14482 www.nyfalls.com

Spanning nearly 200 feet across Oatka Creek, both the natural waterfall and the man-made dam are the centerpieces of Le Roy, a village of roughly four thousand, that grew up around the water power provided by the creek.

Niagara Falls State Park City of Niagara Falls, 14302 www.nyfalls.com

This park is very family-friendly with great hiking paths and beautiful views of the American Falls, Horseshoe Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and the Niagara River. Bring a picnic lunch and plan to stay awhile. The visitor center is at 332 Prospect St.

For more information about area waterfalls visit www.nyfalls.com/waterfalls This website also offers suggestions for a safe experience, www.nyfalls.com/articles/general/waterfall-safety

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Paper Mill Falls Paper Mill Road, Avon 14414 www.nyfalls.com

This former mill site is now a community park. The waterfall has a jagged edge and free-falls from the caprock and then rumbles through a multi-level cascade. Two bridges cross the creek including the picturesque Paper Mill Bridge featured above.


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