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Inside june Vol.21 Number 6

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Goodbye Family Vacation?

HOW TO HAVE A FAMILY VACATION WITH YOUR TEENAGER

in this issue 6|R ocParent.com On the Web in June 8 | Publisher's Note 18 | Parenting TEENS & TWEENS Creative Ways to Celebrate Your Teen's High School Graduation

more features

20 | Your Family Tips for Parents Sending Their Child to Camp 22 | Book Nook Black and White and Read All Over

10 First Commencement //

THE FIRST GRADUATION OF THE ROCHESTER EARLY COLLEGE INTERNATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL

24 | Your Family Tips for How Fathers Can Connect With Their Girls 30 | Calendar of Events • Family-Friendly Events • Summer Events • Fairs, Festivals & Summer Fun • Noteworthy in our Community • Library Events • Ongoing Events & Exhibits

this month's contributors SUSAN HENNINGER is a contributing writer to Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent Magazine and the mother of three teenage boys. She lives in upstate NY. [Page 10]

KAREN HIGMAN is a Rochester-based freelance writer and a consultant to local non-profit agencies. [Page 14] BETH N. DAVIS Beth N. Davis writes from Silver Spring, MD where she and her husband are raising

on the cover 144 Things to do this June Fairs & Festivals Guide Dads & Grads Issue 10, 18, 24, Travel with Teens

their four children (including three young daughters). [Page 24] JANINE QUEENIN is is a writer, mom and social secretary for two kids aged 11 and 9. She and her daughter are ready for summer camp (mostly her daughter). [Page 20]

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DEENA VIVIANI is a Rochester-based Young Adult Services Librarian who writes reviews for VOYA and the RACWI Newsletter. [Page 22]

in Salt Point, NY. She is the author of LIONS and TIGERS and TEENS: Expert advice and support for the conscientious parent just like you. [Page18]

MYRNA BETH HASKELL is a monthly contributor to Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent Magazine who lives

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[ publisher’s note ]

By Barbara Melnyk

dads,grads & summer!

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t's official! I finally put away the snow shovel and pulled out the yard toys. While I had anticipated that May would be a really great month, there were a few days where I worried about stowing away the snow shovel in fear of jinxing things. June is finally here and it's time for a bit of winter amnesia and to yell out "I LOVE Rochester weather!!"

WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND?

This June's issue is all about grads, dads and summer fun. Father's Day is June 15th, we don't want to forget about all the great dads out there. Check out our article on page 24 for tips from Beth Davis on how dads can connect with their daughters. Our calendar also features a handful of special events just for Father's Day. Have a child graduating this year? Myrna Beth Haskell offers creative ways to celebrate your teen’s high school graduation without all the stress.

or scheduling trips to the summer festivals to stock up on cotton candy and lemonade, we have it here! Rochester has so many options that you and your family will definitely not be bored. So head outside and enjoy this wonderful weather.

Happy Summer!

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But most of all, this issue is about summer and all that is available. Whether you are traveling with your teen, sending your child off to camp for the first time, still searching out the perfect summer program

I would love to hear from you! send me an email to editor@GVParent.com

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Rochester Early College

International High School

By Susan Henninger

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first learned about the Rochester Early College International High School (RECIHS) from my good friend Tammy Tuttobene, the school's senior secretary. I’ve been following

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the new high school’s progress with both amazement and admiration and I’m delighted to share what Principal Marlene Blocker, the teachers and support staff and, most importantly,

RECIHS’s students have been able to accomplish in just four short years.


Every graduation ceremony and every high school graduate is special. But for the teens in RECIHS’s Class of 2014 and Blocker, it’s an especially bittersweet milestone. This will be the first graduating class for the school which was founded in 2010, and Blocker has known some of the students since first grade when she was principal of Rochester’s Francis Parker School No. 25. In fact, it was this position, coupled with the city’s high school graduation statistics, that ultimately led her to RECIHS. “Every year I’d look at the newspaper in July and I’d notice how many of my sixth graders never made it out of high school,” she notes. “I saw so many schools that were high-functioning at the elementary level and I wanted to create that same structure at a high school level so the older kids could continue to succeed as well.” When the Rochester City School District applied to have an Early College International High School in Rochester, Blocker met with the superintendent and jumped at the opportunity to become principal of RECIHS. In February 2010, she went on the road to visit other Early Colleges to observe and replicate their “best practices” and by September of that same year, RECIHS was ready to open its doors.

What types of qualities does Blocker look for in prospective students?

Academically, she wants to be sure that they are committed to both graduating high school and going on to college. Socially, she wants teens that will embrace diversity and lift each other up, rather than tearing each other down. Personally, she collects information on their family structure and family members’ educational backgrounds. Her favorite question to ask is “Describe the perfect high school experience you feel you would need to be successful.”

What does a typical day at RECIHS look like?

The morning begins just like a day in many of the city’s public schools, Blocker explains. Kids arrive at the Wilson Academy on Genesee Street – RECIHS is currently located on the third floor of the building. Students are greeted by Blocker and head off to breakfast, after which they take classes in required subjects like English, Government, and Physical Education. The routine branches off in the afternoon when the three-way partnership between local colleges, RECIHS, and the Asia Society kicks in. Many of the teens catch a bus to either Monroe Community College’s (MCC) Damon City Center downtown campus or the Brighton Campus where they take two classes, one core requirement and one class of their own choosing. St. John Fisher also offers RECIHS students (at no cost to them) the opportunity to enroll and take classes on their campus. The Asia Society infuses international content into the teens’ daily schedules. Blocker says they can regularly Skype people in countries like Ghana and Columbia and that over the past four years, she’s also been able to send six kids to China’s Beijing University. Having a college credit component is crucial to the school’s success, Blocker adds, because this requirement acts as a transitional bridge between high school and college. Blocker notes that statistics show that students who earn 20 college credits during high school are more likely to succeed in college. Because they’ve already experienced college-level classes and what it feels like to be on campus, they’re less likely to CONTINUED >>> Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent • June 2014

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stumble when they first get to colContinuing Growth lege and they also arrive with The school has also blossomed the mindset that they are socially. “Our senior class capable of achieving has embraced the social a college education. challenges this school Our students “Our students presents,” Blockleave here both college leave here both er says proudly. college and and career-ready. These “They are acceptcareer-ready,” ing of diversity. kids have the skills and Blocker asserts. We have kids disposition to be successful “These kids from all different anywhere.” have the skills countries here, and disposition special education – MARLENE BLOCKER, ROCHESTER to be successEARLY COLLEGE INTERNATIONAL and regular eduful anywhere.” HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL cation kids, and gay RECIHS teachers and straight kids. This and staff also help is a place where all kids teens with their college feel accepted, not ostracized.” applications, getting references, Adults in the teens’ home environand financial aid. Additionally, this year ments play an important role in the success marked the establishment of a chapter of of RECIHS as well. Blocker and her staff the National Honor Society at the school. encourage significant others to attend as Blocker says that they are all thrilled that many school events as they can. “We also twenty-two students are eligible (with a ask them to review the students’ grade re4.35 weighted grade point average) to be ports that we send home every two weeks, part of this prestigious group, along with to promote peaceful problem-solving at being able to tick off another one of the home and in school, and to push their kids goals they set when establishing RECIHS. to excel,” Blocker elaborates, adding that many of her students are first generation

high school graduates and will be the first in their family to go to college. When RECIHS opened, 92 students were enrolled in the school. Though 18 have left since then, Blocker expects a high percentage of the members of the class of 2014 to graduate, either in June or August, with a high school diploma. “The kids here understand that the payoff will come down the road, that getting a good education will open doors for them and give them more choices in life,” she states. So far college acceptances for RECIHS students have poured in from schools like Howard University, Florida Institute of Technology, and Penn State. Blocker plans to track the progress of her students through the College Clearinghouse database. Nineteen-year-old Shaun Carrington has never regretted his decision to enroll in RECIHS. “It’s the best school I’ve ever been to,” he says. “It’s for kids who want to learn and know that it’s not up to others to give us an education. We have to want it and take it ourselves.” As part of the first graduating class, he only has one suggestion for improvement. “We should get our own building,” he declares. “So we can have more kids, more counselors, and our own school identity.” As a CONTINUED >>>

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second semester senior, Shaun GRADUATION: is taking his physical education IF YOU GO requirement, along with Piano and Western Civilization and WHEN: June 27, 2014 Modern History at MCC. He plans to enter MCC in the fall, TIME: 6:00 pm majoring in therapy, with a WHERE: Monroe Comminor in music and his potenmunity College auditoritial career goal is to become a um (Brighton Campus) music therapist. Like any high school senior, Shaun has mixed FURTHER emotions about graduation. INFORMATION: “I’ll be free from high school www.rcsdk12.org/ and there will be new people Domain/5508 at college but college will be more of a demand (on me),” he says admitting, “I’m nervous. What if I fall or trip up? I don’t want to leave Mrs. Blocker. She accepts me and gave me the confidence to be myself.” Coincidentally, I happened to interview Blocker on a personal milestone of her own, her 50th birthday. This allowed me an inside glimpse of just how much her efforts to make a high quality education available to all Rochester-area teens are appreciated, not only by adults but by her students as well. Her office was overflowing with birthday cakes, balloons, and cards and a list of 50 reasons why she was so wonderful adorned her wall. Throughout our talk, students came and went, freely dispensing both birthday wishes and hugs. Amongst all the accolades, Blocker retains a sense of humility. “I came from poverty, had reduced school lunch, and had parents who, though they didn’t have much formal education, instilled values in me,” she notes. “You don’t need money to be successful; you just need a good support network. My staff believes that they’re not only here to teach, but to care for and support all of these kids.”

What are Blocker’s wishes for the Class of 2014?

Blocker has three aspirations for her graduates. She hopes “that they are prepared to be successful in the next phase of their life, be it college or work; that they will be upstanding citizens who work to be part of the solution, not part of the problem; and that they extend warmth to others that they come into contact with throughout their lives.” Like many in the audience, she’ll probably need Kleenex. “It will be hard for me to keep my composure,” she admits. “The first group is always special. The pride and love I have for these kids will be bursting out of me.” Luckily, RECIHS now has four grades of 75-100 teens so there will be plenty more students for her and the other school professionals to inspire and encourage. As graduation draws near, Principal Blocker has no regrets about the career choice she made. “I’m the luckiest person in the world!” she asserts.  Sue Henninger is a monthly contributor to Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent who enjoys writing about the unique people, places, and events that can be found in the Finger Lakes region. Contact her at www.fingerlakeswriter.com

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goodbye family vacation? HOW TO HAVE A FAMILY VACATION WITH YOUR TEENAGER

By Karen Higman

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very family has its unique traditions, but among the most common is the annual family vacation. There have been numerous movies based on the subject, from National Lampoon’s “Family Vacation” to the dysfunc-

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tional relatives in “Little Miss Sunshine.” Whether your own family unit is more like the Griswolds or the Hoovers, one thing is for sure: the dynamic changes as the kids get older.


Understanding the Difference Between Picky and Problem

Part of our daily role as parents is discerning whether a situation is a disaster waiting to happen, something that can be dealt with easily, or simply an annoyance that we can safely ignore. The first time your teenager voices a negative opinion about going on family vacation may seem traumatic for you, but this is no different than any other disagreement. The first step is to ascertain if your teenager is complaining just because he is moody or disagreeable, or if he has a legitimate concern over leaving town, such as missing time at a summer job. It is best to bring the subject of vacation time up with your teenager as early as possible so that any actual scheduling conflicts can be addressed in time to resolve them. Another bonus of planning ahead is that it gives you time to discuss the vacation with your teen when they are at a good point, not when they are already stressed about final exams, applying for summer jobs, or spring social activities such as a prom. Laurence Sugarman, MD, a Rochester-based behavioral pediatrician with Easter Seals Diagnostic & Treatment Center, cautions that teenagers are often impulsive and prone to changing their minds at the last minute. “Teens act this way, in part, to test the parent,” explains Dr. Sugarman, who spent many years in private practice. “It is not necessarily conscious manipulation, but they can throw a monkey-wrench on the best laid plans. To the extent possible, be prepared by building in some flexibility with departure and arrival dates and other trip details that could change at the last minute.”

Separating Fantasy from Reality

Parents often have fond memories of vacationing with their child and they view the potential end of this tradition as yet another reminder that their child is growing up. This can cause sadness, which in turn makes parents dig in their heels about changing or ending their traditional family vacation. Try not to put too many expectations on your trip; be realistic and view the trip as just another opportunity to spend time together — not the only opportunity. Just like the holiday season, if you expect everything to be perfect, then you are bound to be disappointed. Try to focus on why you have such good memories of past vacations. Was it because you were in a special place or you were all doing an activity that you enjoy? Perhaps it was because you weren’t at work and the guilt or sadness you may have felt about being separated from your young child was no longer present. Take some time to think about the motivation behind family vacation. Open yourself to the possibility that you still may be able to capture what’s important to you, even if it no longer comes packaged in a week-long trip to an isolated cabin or a fully-scheduled sightseeing tour of a far-away destination. This could mean that you and your family opt to vacation over a weekend rather than taking a longer trip or even enjoy a series of day trips. The important thing is that you get to spend time together.

“Family” May Not be Just on Television

Parents know that controversy often arises when you try to separate your teenage child from their friends. This is usually the number one reason why teens no longer want to spend vacation time with their families. As you approach this potentially sensitive topic with your teenage child, give serious consideration to the type of vacation atmosphere you, or you and your spouse, desire. Make sure that you discuss it before you talk to your child so that you can be clear about rules and expectations. Serious considCONTINUED >>> Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent • June 2014

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the suggestion, including costs and the pros and cons.”

PLANNING TIPS FOR TEEN TRAVEL There are ways to keep the peace and truly enjoy time together, but it will take some effort on your part. Keep in mind that this is YOUR vacation too, and parents deserve a break as much as their children. 1. Consider including your teenage child in travel planning. The more input that your teen has in where you are going or what you are doing, the more he will enjoy the experience. If you’ve selected a few places where you would like to go, ask them if they have a preference. Or parents can select the site for the vacation, but ask their teen to help them chose activities or even plan an entire day of the trip. 2. If you are including your teen in trip planning, decide ahead of time what the appropriate limits are for their component and communicate that clearly. Dr. Sugarman suggests not rejecting your teen's suggestion immediately, even if it seems farfetched. Instead, “try to treat your teen maturely and ask her to fully research

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3. Don’t over-schedule activities or set expectations that you know may cause problems, like starting your day at 6:00 am. Other than the actual travel itself, such as a plane’s departure time, try not to push anyone’s limits when it comes to lack of sleep or hunger. They may be teenagers, but they get as tired and cranky as toddlers. 4. If your finances will allow you to book a larger space, do it. Nothing puts teenagers on edge more than being crowded into rooms with their parents or younger siblings. Sometimes it’s a better option to go to a more modest location or take a shorter trip rather than piling into one small hotel room. Consider looking at residence hotels that tend to be bigger or even renting a vacation house or condominium. That will give you more flexibility with space and cooking options. 5. Remember that your teenager thinks she is more mature than she probably is, so you still need to be the adult and use your judgment. If your older child wants to participate in an activity away from the family, such as a “teen club” at a resort or on a cruise ship, or an outing at a nearby attraction, think about safety first and go over the plan in detail. Supervised activities are often fine, but if you aren’t comfortable, then don’t let them go.

eration needs to be given to any request to include anyone other than family in your vacation plans. For example, what if your child requests that a friend accompany you on vacation or even a boyfriend or girlfriend? According to Marybeth Bond, National Geographic writer and author of the blog www.GutsyTraveler.com, think twice before you answer. “Your teen may be more happy with a friend in tow, but be aware that you will have less communication and quality time with your child, who will be leaving your home and your influences very quickly,” says Bond. “When you invite another teen, you are assuming full responsibility for all of their actions and accidents. Ask yourself how well you know your child’s friend and whether or not they party, what are their personal habits, and even whether they are picky eaters.” An easier issue to tackle is the use of devices such as cell phones or computers so that your teen does not feel isolated from her friends while you and your family are away from home. Bond sees no upside to forbidding them to stay in touch, as long as parents set the guidelines. Some suggestions may include no calling, emailing or texting during meals or other specific times during the day. Compromise on this subject usually wins out; ultimatums may end in disappointment for everyone. Traveling with a teenager can be a great experience because they may be more open to adventure or trying new things, but compromise is the key to creating new fond memories.  Karen Higman is a Rochester-based freelance writer and a consultant to local non-profit agencies.


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[ parenting teens & tweens ]

By Myrna Beth Haskell

pomp and circumstance

creative ways to celebrate your teen’s high school graduation without all the stress

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ith my daughter’s graduation day looming, I can’t help but reminisce about my son’s big day almost two years ago. We were so excited. Our first born child was about to begin a new chapter in his life, and we were prepared to celebrate in style. The big party would take place at our home a few hours after the ceremony’s conclusion. We were extremely organized and prepared. We set up the backyard the day before, and we decided to cater the event to save time and to avoid unnecessary stress. After the ceremony, our proud family members and close friends packed into a half-dozen cars to head back home. I was chatting with my daughter’s godmother when she casually asked who brought my daughter. Panic quickly set in because I had no idea. Fifteen minutes later, we found an exasperated, sixteen-year-old waiting impatiently at the entrance to an almost empty parking lot. Even though I thought we had everything under control, the inevitable chaos of the occasion had caught up with us.

Whether you intend to plan a big bash or celebrate in another way, take in every detail of this special day which symbolizes the infinite possibilities the future holds for your graduate.

Party Time Tips Parties can send the calmest of parents into a tailspin, so preparation is key. TIMING: If your party will be on graduation day, it is probably best to plan several hours after the ceremony. You will have time to regroup or change

your clothing. Options: Plan the party on a different weekend or host a “graduation eve” or “open house” get-together. FOOD: Unless you have relatives willing to prepare casseroles ahead of time, a catered event will ease the stress. Be sure to order at least a week in advance. Finger desserts served buffet style (in lieu of cutting a large cake) is a simple alternative. New trend: Party-size pizzas – simple and inexpensive. SERVICE: Consider hiring one or two servers, so you can

enjoy the celebration. Sometimes restaurants will provide servers at a reasonable cost for customers with large orders. Money saver: Young teens in your neighborhood might be willing to work for a “tip.” PARTY PHOTOS: Photo booths provide instant fun and party favors (take-home snapshots) for your guests. Other options: Purchase a few instant cameras and leave them out on tables for guests to capture special moments. Solicit help from your younger kids who will likely enjoy taking random

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photos. Create a poster-size collage of the best party photos for your graduate's dorm room wall. ACTIVITIES: Outdoor options might include volleyball, badminton, KanJam (a Frisbee game), your own miniature golf game, water balloon toss, or tug of war. If it rains, don’t fret. Plan activities that can be enjoyed indoors as well. Guess the teacher: Put teachers’ names on cards and tape them on graduates’ backs. Other guests offer clues until the graduates guess correctly. Jar of M&Ms: Ask graduates to guess the number of M&Ms in their school color/colors. Winner takes home the jar.

In lieu of a Bash A party isn’t for everyone. Some folks plan a special activity or trip to commemorate the occasion. Think out of the box: • For girls: Day at the spa • For guys: Several tickets (he’ll want to bring friends) to his favorite sporting event • Road trip to the graduate’s place of birth • If available at your teen’s school, purchase a commemorative paver or plaque to be displayed for years to come

Lose the Stress You want your teen to remember that you were all smiles on her graduation day, so be sure you address potential stress triggers. “Graduation day marks a major life passage,” says Jean Fitzpatrick, LP, a marriage and individual therapist based in New York City. “It’s natural for parents to feel the pang of knowing that their child is growing up and becoming more independent. Focus on staying in the moment

don't break the bank • Consider dual hosting. Share costs with another family. • Print your own invitations. • Skip the rentals. Borrow extra tables/chairs from neighbors. • Borrow decorations from last year’s graduates. • Bake cupcakes in lieu of ordering a cake. Decorate with tiny grad hats on toothpicks. • Skip the DJ. Play party selections from an iPod hooked up to wireless speakers.

and enjoying the day’s events together,” she suggests. Jeffrey Guterman, PhD, a Florida-based licensed mental health counselor and author of the best-selling book Mastering the Art of Solution-Focused Counseling, Second Edition (American Counseling Association, 2013), points out, “If parents are excessively stressed, it can help to encourage them to tap into their own natural effective coping skills. I encourage parents to think about what has worked effectively for them in the past when dealing with stressful situations.” If you plan well, accept help when it’s offered, and focus on your teen, graduation day will garner a lifetime of precious memories. Just don’t forget the Kleenex!  Myrna Beth Haskell is a freelance writer and monthly contributor to Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent Magazine who lives in Salt Point, NY. She is the author of LIONS and TIGERS and TEENS: Expert advice and support for the conscientious parent just like you (Unlimited Publishing LLC). Visit www.myrnahaskell.com.

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[ your family ]

By Janine Queenin

the first year of summer camp blues

tips for parents to stay positive and worry-free while your child attends camp

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fter months of searching for the right camp, filling out reams of paperwork, and cramming a month’s worth of clothes and personal items into a 34"x18" trunk, opening day at camp has arrived. Your camper is nervous and a little excited. You, on the other hand, are freaking out.

The first summer at sleep away camp is a big deal. My own daughter had never spent more than few nights away from home before she set off for two weeks at a beautiful lake in northern New England. As we drove to camp, my mind was an internal battlefield. Was I making the right decision sending her away? Will she be safe? Make friends? The camp was beautiful and after a smooth check-in she said goodbye and ran off to greet her new cabin mates. I was a wreck. Worrying is part of a parent’s job description. A little anxiety about camp is fine and easy to hide. Big anxiety is bad for you and your camper and could ruin the experience for everyone. Here are five tips to stay calm and positive while your child is away at camp.

Spend Time Together Before Camp To beat the blues, do some work up front, before opening day. The two weeks leading up to camp is rushed, but find some one-on-one time together and make the most of it. A simple lunch date or

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a few long walks to talk about concerns will ease anxiety for both parties. If time allows, plan a family summer vacation or weekend away. Siblings may feel anxious and upset about a separation from a brother or sister and canceling the annual trip to the beach will make it worse. Creating new memories as a family will help ease everyone's anxiety.

Breath (Try Not to Cry) If your camper is anxious at drop off, mom or dad losing it in the lunch line won’t help. Have faith and confidence in the camp director and counselors. You’ve done your homework selecting the camp; it’s time to trust the experts who run the place. Before you leave, meet the nurse, the camp counselors, and the folks who work in the kitchen, whoever and whatever it takes to make you feel better. When it is time to leave, kiss, hug and go. Don’t fuss or secretly stalk the cabin to make sure everything’s OK (not that I’ve ever done that). Stop for an ice cream on the way home, it will make you feel better.


Keep Busy An idle mind is a worried mind. If the school year is usually full of driving duties and kid’s activities, you’ll have free time. Use the downtime to get outside and exercise, even if it’s just a walk around the block. Catch up on your household To Do list. Paint the bathroom or the chair you bought at a yard sale last summer. How about a romantic dinner with your spouse, or a girl’s night with friends? This freedom won’t last, make the best of it. If you still have a child (or children) at home, use camp time to plan some fun outings and special one-on-one time. Pursue activities that your older, camp-going child deemed too babyish. The younger child will appreciate the attention.

Write Letters (But not everyday) My daughter’s camp banned electronics and phone contact between parents and campers. The only communication was via the US Postal Service. Our postal worker and I became great friends that summer as I lurked around the mailbox waiting for a letter. To combat homesickness, leave a letter with the camp office before you leave camp. It will be delivered in the first few days and provide some needed reassurance. Provide your camper with self-addressed stamped envelopes for a faster response. Kids know when parents are upset; keep letters light and positive. Ask other family members or friends to write; the camper will feel missed and loved, but not overwhelmed by mom’s anxious (but trying-to-be-positive) prose.

Best Thing Ever – Online Pictures Many of today’s camps are online and update pictures each day. It’s a lifesaver for worried parents. For two weeks, I obsessively checked the camp’s website searching for a glimpse of my daughter. Sweet relief came with pictures of her smiling face, having fun, with her arm around a new friend. Before I knew it, camp ended and we headed home. She was exhausted and happy to see me. When I asked about camp next year, she replied with an emphatic “Yes!” Maybe it’s time to take up a new hobby?  Janine Queenin is a writer, mom and social secretary for two kids aged 11 and 9. She and her daughter are ready for summer camp (mostly her daughter). Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent • June 2014

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[ book nook]

By Deena Viviani

Black and White and Read All Over

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enguins and pandas and raccoons, oh my! See the world in black and white with tales about critters who are colorful in their own ways.

MORE READS Ready to read something red? Try these: PICTURE BOOKS Little Red Writing Written by Joan Holub & Illustrated by Melissa Sweet Red Sings From the Treetops Written by Joyce Sidman & Illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski

MIDDLE GRADE Will in Scarlet by Matthew Cody Seeing Red by Kathryn Erskine

YOUNG ADULT Red by Alison Cherry Scarlet by A. C. Gaughen Scarlet by Marissa Meyer Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

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Xander’s Panda Party

Written by Linda Sue Park & Illustrated by Matt Phelan Clarion, 2013, hardcover, $16.99, Ages 3-6

Xander is the only panda at the zoo, so he can’t have a panda party – or can he? No one likes to be left out of the fun, and in rhyming text Xander makes sure to invite everyone. This sweet story is punctuated with facts about animal classifications and ends with an author’s note of animal trivia.

Mr. Wuffles!

By David Weisner Clarion, 2013, hardcover, $17.99, Ages 3-6 Aliens, ants, and ladybugs all become friends with a common enemy: Mr. Wuffles the cat! In this nearly wordless picture book, the Caldecottwinning author uses his signature imagination to bring these characters to life. The hilarious alien and ant speech bubbles and spot-on kitty characteristics will have readers of all ages smiling through this original story.

Z is for Moose

Written by Kelly Bingham & Illustrated by Paul O. Zelinksy Greenwillow Books, 2012, hardcover, $16.99, Ages 3-6 When A is for apple and B is for ball, Moose can’t wait for M and his time to shine. Zebra calls for Mouse instead, so Moose sabotages the rest of the alphabet book! Fortunately for him, in the end Zebra decides that Z can be for Moose, too. This funny ABC book will have readers laughing and hoping that Moose can find a place to fit in.

Little Penguin: The Emperor of Antarctica

Written by Jonathan London & Illustrated by Julie Olson Marshall Cavendish, 2011, hardcover, $17.99, Ages 4-7 An egg has hatched! The Little Emperor of Antarctica begins life as a chick keeping warm beneath his father’s blubber where he’s perched on his webbed feet. Soon he learns to swim and fish, and four years later the Little Emperor will be the father. This non-fiction picture book is enhanced with illustrations that give each bird personality. An author’s note provides more details on the life cycle of these birds for those whose emperor penguin curiosity has grown.


Secret Pizza Party

One Cool Friend

Combine the deliciousness of a hot pizza with the fun of a party and you’ve got this picture book! Sneaky Raccoon loves pizza more than anything, and he risks being swept away by brooms to get his paws on a slice time and time again. But if he disguises himself as a human, maybe, just maybe, this time he can order a pie all for himself. Come hungry to this tasty treat of a book.

Who says a boy can’t have a pet penguin? Not Elliot’s dad – unless he meant Elliot could have a toy penguin? With ingenious solutions to housing a Megellanic penguin in his bedroom, from cooling him down to providing him a swimming pool, Elliot could pull it off! This Caldecott winner might just convince readers to get an exotic pet. Or at least visit the zoo.

Written by Adam Rubin & Illustrated by Daniel Salmieri Dial, 2013, hardcover, $16.99, Ages 3-6

Written by Toni Buzzeo & Illustrated by David Small Dial, 2012, hardcover, $17.99, Ages 4-7

Deena Viviani is a Rochester-based Young Adult Services Librarian who writes reviews for VOYA and the RACWI Newsletter. Read more reviews on her blog www.deenaml.livejournal.com or send her a note at DeenaViviani@hotmail.com – she loves to hear from readers!

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[ your family ]

By Beth N. Davis

darling daughters tips for how dads can connect with their girls

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oung girls need strong male role models in their lives. When a father shows a genuine interest in his daughter and treats her with respect, he sends her the message that all men should treat her in a similar manner. And they should. Dads want the best for their little girls and when they connect with their darling daughter, they are gifted with the opportunity to give their girl the best parts of themselves. Whether you know a dad who needs a hand up building his relationship with a little lady or are a father working to reconnect with their teenager, here are a few quick tips for dad.

Get Involved Do you come home after work and immediately turn on the TV or flip on your iPad? Perhaps you don’t get home until after your kids are in bed. Whatever the case, now is the time to re-evaluate your priorities. By getting involved with at least one aspect of your daughter’s life, you will see a change in how connected the two of you are. Coach her soccer team. Have dinner with the family a few times a week. Get to know the other dads in her social circle. Making the time to get involved is a great first step.

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own mother) will speak volumes to your little girl about how men treat women and what she should expect in the future. A good rule of thumb is to always treat your wife the way you want your daughter’s future husband to treat her. You may not know it, but she is watching you for cues on how to behave with men.

Carve Out One-on-one Time Daddy/daughter dates are one of the best things you can do to connect with your daughter. Plan ahead, but be sure to include her in the process. If you make this special time a weekly or monthly occurrence, you will fall into a rhythm that makes you more relatable and easier to talk to. This is when she will start confiding in you and letting you into her world.

Hug Her No matter how old your daughter gets, never stop showing her affection. Hugs may not seem welcome when your teenager is giving you the cold shoulder, but studies show that the teenage years are the most formative time for

a young girl’s self-esteem. She needs those hugs.

Tune in to the Details Girls today have a lot going on and parents can sometimes be clueless to the details of their daughters’ lives. Do you know who her close friends are? What books she is reading? What TV shows and celebrities she is interested in? Tuning in to the little details of your daughter’s life will make her feel like an important part of your world.

Follow Up

Ten Great Dates for Dads and Daughters Looking for a few ideas for a great father/daughter date? Try one of these favorites on for size: • • • • • • • • •

Dinner The Movies Bowling Ice Cream Picnic in the park Hiking Shopping Mini Gold Playing video games at home together Seeing a play at the theater

If your daughter comes to talk to you about a problem, check in with her about it after the fact. Nothing says “I care” more than interested follow up on previous discussions. Follow up lets her know that you were listening to her and will make her more likely to confide in you in the future.

and you are looking to repair a distant relationship, connect with her today and you will both enjoy the benefits of a strong relationship for years to come. 

Whether your daughter is young and you are working to lay a foundation for the future or she is a teenager or older

Beth N. Davis writes from Silver Spring, MD where she and her husband are raising their four children (including three young daughters).


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Summer Camps & Activities

THINKING ABOUT SUMMER? Time to think about camps and summer programs for the kids as they transition for the summer. No way that kids will say “I’m bored!” when they view our annual Camp Guide and online list of programs. www.RocParent.com/camp 2014 summer camp & activity guide

Generations Child Care • 13 Genesee Country Village & Museum • 13 RIT - Girls Engineering & RoboCamp • 24

Camp Stella Maris • 2 Genesee Waterways Center • 14

RIT - Margaret's House • 24

4-H Camp Bristol Hills • 3 Girl Scouts of Western NY • 14

RIT - Kids on Campus Academy • 25

A Magical Journey Thru Stages • 3 Greece Community Education • 15

Rochester Fencing Club • 26

Alfred University Summer Programs • 4 Harley School • 15 Allendale Columbia School • 4 Hidden Valley 4-H Camp • 16

Rochester Museum & Science Center • 26

Banners Childcare • 5 Hochstein School of Music & Dance • 16

Rock Ventures • 27

Bears Outdoor Play Products • 5 JCC Camps • 17

Ruckus Dance Alliance • 27

Best Foot Forward • 6 Lollypop Farm • 17

Seneca Park Zoo • 28

Camp Hickory Hill • 7

Making Friends through American Sign Language (ASL) • 18

Seneca Waterways Council Boy Scouts of America • 29

Camp Haccamo • 6

Camp Invention • 7

Mary Therese Friel Modeling Camp • 18

Summer Write @ Writers & Books • 29

Centauri Summer Arts Camp •8

Master Kim's Taekwondo • 19

Swing Kingdom Playsets • 30

Child Care Council, Inc • 8

Mathnasium of Penfield • 19

City of Rochester • 9

MCC - Summer College for Kids • 20

Cornell University Sports School •9

Midtown Athletic Club • 21

Trinity Montessori School • 30 Timothy Draper Center for Dance Education • 31 Turin Swim and Sports Club • 32

Created By Us • 10

Nazareth College Science Camp • 20

Doodle Bugs! Children's Centers • 10

Patty Flowerday School of Fitness & Dance • 22

Twelve Corners School Age Program • 32 U of R - Summer Sports Camps • 33

Drama Kids International • 11 Pittsford Dance Studio • 22

VistaTeach Instructional Services • 34

Eastman Community Music School • 11 Fitzsimmons Dance Factory • 12 Friendship Children's Center, Inc • 12

Railroad Junction Summer Day Camp • 23

Wegmans Teen Culinary Camp • 34

RBTL - Summer Stars • 23

YMCA of Greater Rochester • 35

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june events

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

ROC Transit Day // June 19

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o car-free on June 19th and use one of Rochester's Regional Transit Service (RTS) buses! Anyone with a transit fare card can show it for exclusive deals and offers at dozens of participating shops, restaurants, museums and other fun destinations. Rochester area employers can request free all-day bus passes for their employees. Volunteers will give away gift certificates, local event tickets and other fun prizes to random bus riders. Listen or dance to music buskers on Main and Broad Streets while you wait for your bus. You might catch a ride with Rex the Rhino to tour Sahlen's Stadium at 8:30am at Monroe YMCA or kick up your heels at the Sidewalk Swing Dance from 4:30-6:30pm at the Central Library. There is even a $500 Treasure Hunt starting at 8am. To find this jackpot you'll need to use the bus system, walk or bike and follow the clues.

Where: All RTS routes When: Thursday, June 19 For More Info: www.ROCtransitday.com

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Anglers of all ages are invited to participate in this classic event on Canandaigua Lake. $1000, $700 and $300 grand prizes for largest trout as well as division awards for Lake, Brown and Rainbow Trout. NYS fishing license required. Monies raised benefit Camp Good Days & Special Times, Mercy Flight Central, and Naples Hospeace House. $20/person. Pre-registration required. Fishing hours: 7am-7pm Sat./5am4pm Sun. Fish weigh-ins: 8am-8pm Sat./8am4pm Sun. North End and South End Weigh Stations. Award ceremony at 5pm on Sunday. 394-4400. www.canandaiguachamber.com

Visit the magical world of fairies. Meet Fairy Houses author Tracy Kane who will introduce you to these sprites. Build a fairy house or dress up like a pixie. Hochstein's Scholarship Flute Choir provides ethereal musical backdrop at 1pm on Saturday and Hochstein's Little Singers perform at 1pm on Sunday. 11am-4pm each day. Included with museum admission. The Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Sq, Rochester, 14607. 263-2700. www.museumofplay.org

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Demonstrations, discussions and activities on a wide variety of outdoor related topics from canoeing and camping to bicycling and backpacking. Test paddle kayaks and canoes. Check out the newest gear from local vendors. Meet representatives of local outdoor clubs and organizations. Take a guided hike. Music provided by the Golden Link Folk Singing Society. Free. 9am-4pm. Mendon Ponds Park beach area. 414-1725. www.adk-gvc.org/expo


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01 * Sunday Bugging Out! Learn all about your favorite creepy crawly creatures while exploring the characteristics of insects and other “bugs.” Live animals, crafts, and hands-on activities are all part of the fun! Included with admission. 10:30am-3:30pm. Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo. 716-896-5200. www.sciencebuff.org FREE * Granger Open House Tour season begins. Travel back in time as a knowledgeable docent leads you through the Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum. Listen to stories of the four generations of Grangers who lived in this magnificent home from 1816-1930. 1-5pm. Granger Homestead & Carriage Museum, 295 N. Main St., Canandaigua. 394-1472. www.grangerhomestead.org Red Wings vs Gwinnett Kids can Run The Bases with Spikes & Mittsy after the game. Family Bulletin Day (Fans receive $1 off any ticket by presenting a publication from any church, house of worship, civic, or nonprofit group). Knot Hole Kids’ Club. Free RW Legends Card Strips. Varies by seat. 1:05pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Way, Rochester. 454-1001. redwingsbaseball.com Tinker to Evers to Chance World premiere by Mat Smart and directed by Sean Daniels. A story about second chances and the redeeming power of baseball. Last performance. $30 and up. 7pm. Fielding Nextstage, Geva Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd, Rochester. 232-GEVA (4382). www.gevatheatre.org

02 * Monday Storytime Club: Summertime Tales Readings of classic children’s tales - two sittings. Have your Storytime Club passport stamped once during each visit. Collect five stamps and receive a free children’s book! This month: Summertime Tales. Included with admission. 10:30 & 11:30am. The Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Sq., Rochester. 263-2700. www.museumofplay.org Red Wings vs Gwinnett Kids Eat Free (The first 500 kids 12 & under receive a hot dog, soda & snack item). Pre-Game Autograph Booth. Season Seat Holder Redemption Game. Varies by seat. 7:05pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Way, Rochester. 454-1001. redwingsbaseball.com

03 * Tuesday Wolf Day Part of the zoo’s Animal Conservation Series, aimed at raising awareness about the plight of some of our planet’s most threatened species. Learn about the plight of wolves and the threats to its habitat. Learn ways to protect this species. Included with admission. 10am-4pm. Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St. Paul St., Rochester. 336-7200. www.senecaparkzoo.org

05 * Thursday “Wish You Were Here” Lecture Award-winning photographers Peter and Chase Guttman share stories and images from their global adventures. They discuss their separate journeys in image making - Peter works exclusively with film, and Chase with digital - and their evolving partnership. $6/adult; $3/student; Free to museum members. 6pm. Dryden Theatre, George Eastman House, 900 East Ave., Rochester. 271-3361. eastmanhouse.org Edible Herbal Landscapes Workshop Create your own miniature edible landscapes. Choose from at least 60 herb varieties, plus strawberries, greens, annuals & flower seeds. In partnership with Rochester Civic Garden Center. Kids with adult welcome. Registration required. $15. 7-8:30pm. Wayside Garden Center, 124 Pittsford-Palmyra Rd. (1 mile East of Lollypop Farm), Macedon. 473-5130. FREE * Hochstein at High Falls: Mambo Kings Part of the noontime outdoor summer concert series. Explosve blend of Afro-Cuban rhythms and jazz improvisations. BBQ Kick-off with Chelsey’s Restaurant - free tapas to 1st 50 in audience. Rain location: High Falls Center. 12:10pm. Granite Mills Park at High Falls, 60 Browns Race, Rochester. 454-4403. www.hochstein.org

06 * Friday FREE * Animal Tales Drop-In Storytime Snuggle up on a fluffy pillow and enjoy an animal-themed story or two and a humane education component. Great way to introduce the wonders of animals to the little ones of the family. Held every Friday in the Learning Center. 11:30am. Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Rd., Fairport. 2231330 x173. www.lollypop.org FREE * Cat in the Hat Visits Storytime Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat will be a special guest at this storytime! Listen to stories, sing songs, make a craft, and visit with one of most beloved of storybook characters. Ages: 2-5. 7pm. Barnes & Noble Pittsford, Pittsford Plaza, 3349 Monroe Ave, Rochester. 586-6020. bn.com Retro Roller Skating Night The ice has been replaced with concrete and the DJ is spinning the hits of the past 40 years - the days of disco and four wheels are back! Every other Friday night through the month of July come

National Learn to Row Day: June 7: Brighton Rowing Club invites boys and girls entering grades 7-12 to experience rowing. Start in the boathouse, learn the basics and practice indoor rowing on the erg. Then hit the water in an “eight” with an experienced coxswain (weather permitting). Free. Reserve your 1-hour slot. 10am-2pm. Genesee Rowing Club Boathouse. Genesee Valley Park, 99 Elmwood Ave. www.brightoncrew.org

out for some family friendly roller skating. $7; roller skate rental is $4. 7-9pm. Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex, 2700 Brighton Henrietta Townline Rd., Rochester. 4244625. www.billgraysiceplex.com Strawberry Social & Bar-B-Q Come join us for an old fashioned Strawberry Social featuring Sticky Lips Bar-B-Q! 3:30-7pm. Christ the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 100 N Winton Rd, Rochester. 482-2018. cgslutheran.org

07 * Saturday 33rd Annual Canandaigua Lake Trout Derby Classic event for local fisherman and fundraiser for Camp Good Days & Special Times, Mercy Flight Central & Naples Hospeace House. Prizes for anglers. Entry forms at area sporting outlets & Canandaigua Chamber of Commerce. NYS fishing license required. Entry Fee: $20. 8am-8pm. Canandaigua Lake, . 394-4400. www.canandaiguachamber.com FREE * 3rd Annual Walk With Me and 5K Run Register to help raise funds for Easter Seals New York programs including the Kessler Center, Diagnostic and Treatment Center, and Community Based Services. Featuring family activities, post-walk picnic, a 1.5 mile walk and, new this year, a 5K run. 10am. Genesee Valley Park, Roundhouse Gazebo, 99 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester. 957-9247. www.walkwithme.org/rochester Breeding Bird Hike See and hear neotropical songbirds like the

yellow warbler, Baltimore oriole, & scarlet tanager, and waterfowl such as the trumpeter swan, pied-billed grebe & common gallinule along a 2-mile walk over flat terrain. Bring binoculars or borrow from center. $6/adult; $4/child; $20/family. 1:30-3pm. Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savanna, 13146. 315-365-3580. ny.audubon.org/montezuma FREE * Cat in the Hat Visits Storytime Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat will be a special guest at this storytime! Listen to stories, sing songs, make a craft, and visit with one of most beloved of storybook characters. Ages: 2-5. 11am. Barnes & Noble Pittsford, Pittsford Plaza, 3349 Monroe Ave, Rochester 14618. 586-6020. bn.com Fairy House Magic Meet “Fairy Houses” author Tracy Kane, learn how to build a fairy house, dress up like a pixie, and more. Enjoy an ethereal musical performance by Hochstein Scholarship Flute Choir at 1pm. Included with admission. 11am-4pm. The Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Sq., Rochester. 263-2700. www.museumofplay.org FREE * GGH Kids: Art Alive! Come discover living art at this week’s fun, free event. Suggested for ages 4-12, but “kids” of all ages are welcome! Ages: 4-12. 11am. Grossmans Garden & Home, 1801 Route 250 (1 mile north of Route 441), Penfield. 377-1982. www.grossmans.com FREE * National Learn-toRow Day Middle and High Schoolers come out and challenge

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calendar of events • local family-friendly activities yourself to a real workout! Brighton Rowing Club members teach you how to row on the erg and then on the water in an 8-person shell. Sign up for your 1-hour session. 10am-2pm. Genesee Rowing Club Boathouse, Genesee Valley Park, 99 Elmwood Ave, Rochester. www.brightoncrew.org Pittsburgh Riverhounds at Rochester Rhinos Bark at the Park! Fans can bring their dogs to the Rhinos game. Also over a dozen vendors promoting active lifestyles with pets, adoptions and social activities for owners & pets. varies by seat. 7:05pm. Sahlen’s Stadium, 460 Oak St, Rochester. 454-KICK (5425). www.rhinossoccer.com Raptors! Experience first-hand the techniques used by Hawk Creek’s handlers to enrich the lives of over 85 raptors and other animals, and have a chance to participate yourself. A fun and informative behind-the-scenes look for all ages. $12/adult; $10/ veteran, senior; $8/child; $28/family pass; Free/child under 4.. 11am-4pm. Hawk Creek Wildlife Center, 655 Luther Road, East Aurora, 14052. (716-652-8646. www.hawkcreek.org FREE * Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma Annual walk to raise funds and awareness for scleroderma research and patient support. To date there is no known cause or cure for this devastating autoimmune disease. Route is about 1.5 miles. Raise $250

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and receive free gift. 9am. Seneca Park - Longhouse Shelter, 2222 St. Paul St., Rochester. 800-867-0885. www.SclerodermaTriState.org Zoobilation A Night to Shine Silver Anniversary evening includes food, a celebratory toast, a signature drink, wine, beer and tasting trail, live music and the opportunity to bid on desirable live and silent auction items. A quarter century of animal appreciation. $125 and up. 5:45pm. Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St Paul St, Rochester. 336-7200. www.senecaparkzoo.org

08 * Sunday 33rd Annual Canandaigua Lake Trout Derby See June 7. Entry fee: $20. 8am-4pm. Canandaigua Lake. 394-4400. www.canandaiguachamber.com Fairy House Magic Meet “Fairy Houses” author Tracy Kane, learn how to build a fairy house, dress up like a pixie, and more. Be charmed by Hochstein Little Singers at 1pm. Included with admission. 11am-4pm. The Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Sq., Rochester. 263-2700. www.museumofplay.org Horticulture Tour Walk Rochester’s greatest example of Romantic landscape design as your tour guide discusses Mount Hope’s amazing & interesting plant life. The importance of the renowned Ellwanger & Barry nursery will be highlighted. Refreshments.

$7/person; Free/members & children under 16. 10am. Mount Hope Cemetery, North Gatehouse (opposite Robinson Dr.); 791 Mt. Hope Avenue, Rochester. 461-3494. fomh.org Second Sunday Family Tour Young friends and their families are invited to enjoy a story and a short tour. Included with admission. 2pm. Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave, Rochester. 276-8942. mag.rochester.edu

09 * Monday Monday Kicks: Let’s Move, Let’s Play Playful, learning activities designed especially for 2-6 year olds, one Monday each month. This month’s theme is Let’s Move, Let’s Play. Included with admission. 10am-2pm. The Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Sq., Rochester. 263-2700. www.museumofplay.org

10 * Tuesday Reel Mind Series: Of Two Minds This film explores the extraordinary lives, struggles and successes of three unique and compelling people living with Bipolar Disorder in America today. It puts a human face on the illness. Discussion to follow. $8/ticket. 7pm. Cinema Theatre, 957 S. Clinton Ave, Rochester. 444-3664. www.reelmindfilmfest.org

12 * Thursday FREE * Hochstein at High Falls: Plymouth Brass Quintet Part of the noontime outdoor summer concert series. Bring your own seating & lunch, or pick up a lunch at the many area restaurants. Quintet performs a variety of musical styles including classical, jazz, and show tunes. Rain location: High Falls Center. 12:10pm. Granite Mills Park at High Falls, 60 Browns Race, Rochester. 454-4403. www.hochstein.org Red Wings vs Lehigh Valley Fan 4-Pack (Get four reserved seat tickets, four hot dogs, four 12-oz. drinks, and a yearbook for only $32/$36 day of game - save $15 off regular prices). Pre-Game Autograph Booth. Meet Former Met & Yankee Darryl Strawberry. Varies by seat. 7:05pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Way, Rochester. 454-1001. redwingsbaseball.com

13 * Friday Animal Tales Drop-In Storytime Snuggle up on a fluffy pillow and enjoy an animal-themed story or two and a humane education component. Great way to introduce the wonders of animals to the little ones of the family. Held every Friday in the Learning Center. 11:30am. Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Rd., Fairport. 223-1330 x173. www.lollypop.org


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Celebrating DAD

father's day events 08 * Sunday “You’re a Star” Father’s Day Frame Your dad is a star... and now he’ll have the frame to prove it. Decorate a picture frame for Dad using a variety of polymer clay stars. $10/project. 1-2:30pm. Perinton Community/ Aquatic Center, 1350 Turk Hill Rd, Fairport. 223-5050. www.perinton.com

RMSC Garden Tour

June 14: Explore six beautiful local gardens and see a pallet of plants and trees. Look for birds and butterflies. Gardens can be visited in any order. Silent auction, garden paintings and refreshments available at the Susan Keith garden on Lafayette Parkway. $18 in advance; $20 at the door. Tickets available online at RMSC and other area locations. Saturday, 10am-4pm. 225-0455. www.rmsc.org FREE * Art and Treasure Sale Buy gently used antiques, artwork, jewelry, china, porcelain, silver, crystal, fine linen and small furniture items. Sponsored by the Gallery Council to benefit Memorial Art Gallery. Garage sale is celebrating 20 years! 10am-5pm. Memorial Art Gallery Cutler Union, 500 University Ave, Rochester. 276-8942. mag.rochester.edu/calendar Mischief, Murder & Mayhem Tour Meet some of Mount Hope Cemetery’s permanent residents who bent, broke, or enforced the law during this 2-hour presentation. Refreshments following the tour. $7/person; Free/members & children under 16. 7pm. Mount Hope Cemetery, North Gatehouse (opposite Robinson Dr.); 791 Mt. Hope Avenue, Rochester. 461-3494. fomh.org Red Wings vs Lehigh Valley PreGame Autograph Booth, presented by Hillside Family of Agencies. Free Chris Colabello Jersey Drawstring Bags (1st 2,000 kids). Post-game fireworks. Gates open early at 5:30pm. Varies by seat. 7:15pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Way, Rochester. 454-1001. redwingsbaseball.com

14 * Saturday FREE * Adirondack Mountain Club’s Outdoor Expo Over 60 workshops for hiking, canoeing, kayaking, backpacking, camping, bicycling & many other outdoor skills. Test the latest in kayaks and canoes on the pond. Take a hike. Food, crafts, demos, music and more. 9am-4pm. Mendon Ponds Park Beach Area, . 414-1725. www.adk-gvc.org/expo Animal Birthdays: Snow Leopard Celebrate the birthdays of Kaba and Princess, the snow leopards at the zoo! “Happy Birthday” song and treats for the birthday animals at 2pm. Touch table station. Bring a gift to the party - check the website for suggestions. Included with admission. 1-3pm. Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St Paul St, Rochester. 336-7200. www.senecaparkzoo.org FREE * Art and Treasure Sale see 6/13. 10am-5pm. Memorial Art Gallery Cutler Union, 500 University Ave, Rochester. 276-8942. mag.rochester.edu Frederick Douglass Tour The life of Frederick Douglass & his contributions to the American Anti-Slavery Movement, David Anderson, PhD, community scholar in residence, Nazareth College. Refreshments following the tour. $7/person. 6:30pm. Mount Hope Cemetery, North Gatehouse (opposite Robinson Dr.); 791 Mt. Hope Avenue, Rochester. 461-3494. fomh.org

14 * Saturday FREE * Father’s Day Storytime A special storytime celebrating Dads featuring “The Mighty Dads,” a new construction picture book by James Dean and Joan Holub. The book is an adoring dedication to hardworking fathers & the ways they teach their children to follow in their tracks. 11am. Barnes & Noble Pittsford Plaza, 3349 Monroe Ave, Rochester. 586-6020. Little Chef Cooking Class Father’s Day Feast Hands-on cooking class. Kids - bring dad, grandpa, or a favorite uncle and treat them to a feast prepared by you. $12. Ages: 4-8. 10am-12pm. Tops Cooking School, Corner of Maiden Ln & Mt Read Blvd, Rochester. 6635449. www.topsmarket.com

15 * Sunday Father’s Day - Trolley & Diesel Rides Enjoy a 2-mile round trip trolley excursion that connects to a diesel train, linking the New York Museum of Transportation with the Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum’s depot & railroad equipment collection. $2 off for Dads accompanied by child. $10/adult; $8/youth 3-17 & seniors. 11am-5pm. New York Museum of Transportation, 6393 East River Rd, Rush. 533-1113. nymtmuseum.org

Line Rd, Penfield. 377-3276. www.wickhamfarms.com Father’s Day Barbecue Celebrate the most important men in your life (or simply spend the day with loved ones). Enjoy lawn games, swimming, Dixieland jazz and free draft beer for dad. $25/person; $12/ children 5-12. 12-4pm. Inns of Aurora, 391 Main St, Aurora 13026. 315-364-8888. www.innsofaurora.com Father’s Day Car Cruise Fun for the whole family! Enjoy an afternoon of classic cars and motorcycles, music, food, and more. Sign up to showcase your wheels. Included with admission. 12-4pm. Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, 151 Charlotte Street, Canandaigua. 394-4922. www.sonnenberg.org Father’s Day Prison City Rambler’s Car Show Tradition since 1991, showcasing over 650 cars & handing out 66 trophies! Featuring car corral, vendors, flea market, food, music, 50/50 raffle & more. Registration required for cars wishing to participate. Donations of canned goods accepted at admission. Fee for parking. 8am-4pm. Emerson Park, 6914 East Lake Rd, Auburn 13021. 315-253-5611. www.prisoncityramblers..com Red Wings vs Lehigh Valley Free blue baseballs (1st 1,200 fans); free water bottles (1st 1,000 fans). For Father’s Day kids can play catch with Dad on the field and Run The Bases with Spikes & Mittsy after the game. Family Bulletin Day. Pre-Game Autograph Booth. Varies by seat. 1:05pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Way, Rochester. 454-1001. redwingsbaseball.com

Father’s Day at Wickham Farms Treat Dad to a day of fun on his special day. Each father who visits with his children receives admission, 2-scoop ice cream cone, jumping pillow pass and mini golf -- all free! Batting Cages extra. Included with admission. 10am-9pm. Wickham Farms, 1821 Fairport Nine Mile

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librarY PROGRAMS & ACTIVITIES

02 * Monday

FREE * Start Your Family Tree SStart researching your roots and grow your family tree. Feel free to bring your own laptop. Space is limited, no registration required. 6:30-7:30pm. Walworth-Seely Public Library, 3600 Lorraine Dr., Walworth. FREE * Teen Writing Group Calling all teens in grades 7-12 - do you like to write? Join your peers on the first and third Monday of every month to write, share, edit, laugh, and write. 6-7:30pm. Henrietta Public Library, 455 Calkins Rd., Henrietta. 359-7092. www.hpl.org

03 * Tuesday

FREE * Teen Advisory Board Come and be a part of the Teen Advisory Board. For kids in grades 7-12. This month’s activity includes stuffing the Summer Reading Folders. Pizza too! No registration required. 6-8pm. Henrietta Public Library, 455 Calkins Rd., Henrietta. 359-7092. www.hpl.org

04 * Wednesday

FREE * Beginning Quilting & Beyond Whether you’re new to quilting or have some experience, all welcome. 6:30-8:30pm. Henrietta Public Library, 455 Calkins Rd., Henrietta. 359-7092. www.hpl.org

05 * Thursday

FREE * Baby and Toddler PlayTime Parents are invited to bring their babies and toddlers to the Children’s Center to enjoy a variety of fun and early literacy activities. 11am-12pm. Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County, 115 South Ave, Rochester. 428-8150. www.libraryweb.org FREE * CSA Harvest Share Programs Learn about community-supported agriculture programs (CSAs) from Bill and Debbie Wickham from Wickham Farms. 7-8:30pm. Henrietta Public Library,455 Calkins Rd., Henrietta. 359-7092. www.hpl.org FREE * Gazebo Concert Series: Perinton Concert Band Bring

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your lawn chair & enjoy live band music. In the event of rain, concert will be cancelled. 7-8pm. Vincent Kennelly Park Gazebo, Fairport Village Landing. 223-5050. www.fairportlibrary.org

09 * Monday

FREE * Music and Movement for Preschoolers Have fun at this interactive music program incorporating creative movement especially for toddlers and preschoolers. Ages: 2-5yrs. 10:15-10:45am. Henrietta Public Library, 455 Calkins Rd., Henrietta. 359-7092. www.hpl.org FREE * Start Your Family Tree Start researching your roots and grow your family tree. Feel free to bring your own laptop. Space is limited, no registration required. 6:30-7:30pm. Walworth-Seely Public Library, 3600 Lorraine Dr., Walworth.

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FREE * Baby and Toddler PlayTime Parents are invited to bring their babies and toddlers to the Children’s Center to enjoy a variety of fun and early literacy activities. 11am-12pm. Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County, 115 South Ave, Rochester. 428-8150. www.libraryweb.org FREE * Civil War Reenactment In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, meet local reenactors as they present what soldier and civilian life was like in the 1860’s. Learn about Union and Confederate uniforms, weapons and women’s clothing. 7-8:30pm. Henrietta Public Library, 455 Calkins Rd., Henrietta. 359-7092. www.hpl.org FREE * Gazebo Concert Series: 198th Army Band Bring your lawn chair & enjoy live music by a Fairport favorite band. In the event of rain, concert will be cancelled. 7-8pm. Vincent Kennelly Park Gazebo, Fairport Village Landing. 223-5050. www.fairportlibrary.org

16 * Monday

FREE * Start Your Family Tree Start researching your roots and grow your family tree. Feel free to bring your own laptop. Space is

limited, no registration required. 6:30-7:30pm. Walworth-Seely Public Library, 3600 Lorraine Dr., Walworth. FREE * Storytime with Miss Anne at Wegmans A special storytime that includes songs, rhymes, and simple sign language. Designed for children of all ages and their caregivers. No registration required. Ages: 6-12yrs. 10am. Calkins Road Wegmans - Market Café, 745 Calkins Rd., Henrietta. 359-7092. www.hpl.org FREE * Teen Writing Group Calling all teens in grades 7-12 - do you like to write? Join your peers on the first and third Monday of every month to write, share, edit, laugh, and write. 6-7:30pm. Henrietta Public Library, 455 Calkins Rd., Henrietta. 359-7092. www.hpl.org

18 * Wednesday

FREE * Beginning Quilting & Beyond Whether you’re new to quilting or have some experience, all welcome. 6:30-8:30pm. Henrietta Public Library, 455 Calkins Rd., Henrietta. 359-7092. www.hpl.org

19 * Thursday

FREE * Baby and Toddler PlayTime PParents are invited to bring their babies and toddlers to the Children’s Center to enjoy a variety of fun and early literacy activities. 11am-12pm. Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County, 115 South Ave, Rochester. 428-8150. www.libraryweb.org FREE * Gazebo Concert Series: Genesee Valley Orchestra & Chorus Bring your lawn chai & enjoy live pops music for a summer evening. In the event of rain, concert will be cancelled. 7-8pm. Vincent Kennelly Park Gazebo, Fairport Village Landing. 223-5050. www.fairportlibrary.org FREE * Viva Espana! Librarian Christine Simons talks about the exquisite country of Spain - vibrant Madrid, ancient Cordoba, medieval Toledo, Flamenco Dancing Seville, and more. 7-8:30pm. Henrietta Public Library, 455 Calkins Rd., Henrietta. 359-7092. www.hpl.org

21 * Saturday

FREE * Spark A Reaction Teen Summer Reading Program Volunteer Registration Program. Teens who want to volunteer over the summer must attend this meeting. 12-1pm. Henrietta Public

Library, 455 Calkins Rd., Henrietta. 359-7092. www.hpl.org FREE * Toddler Dance Party Come with your caregiver and dance your sillies out to your favorite tunes! No registration required. Ages: 18mos-4yrs. 10:15-10:45am. Henrietta Public Library, 455 Calkins Rd., Henrietta. 359-7092. www.hpl.org

23 * Monday

FREE * Start Your Family Tree Start researching your roots and grow your family tree. Feel free to bring your own laptop. Space is limited, no registration required. 6:30-7:30pm. Walworth-Seely Public Library, 3600 Lorraine Dr., Walworth.

24 * Tuesday

FREE * Lego Club Have fun building with Lego at the library! Bricks provided - bring your imagination. Ages: 6-12yrs. 4-4:45pm. Henrietta Public Library, 455 Calkins Rd., Henrietta. 359-7092. www.hpl.org

25 * Wednesday

FREE * It’s Magic, Of Course Ted Burzynski entertains with magic and humor. Fun for the whole family! 3-4pm. Henrietta Public Library, 455 Calkins Rd., Henrietta. 359-7092. www.hpl.org FREE * Teen Game Night Hang out with your friends at HPL’s monthly Teen Game Night! Play games and enjoy refreshments. No registration required. 6:308pm. Henrietta Public Library, 455 Calkins Rd., Henrietta. 359-7092. www.hpl.org

26 * Thursday

FREE * Gazebo Concert Series: New Horizons Bring your lawn chair & enjoy live music on a summer evening. In the event of rain, concert will be cancelled. 7-8pm. Vincent Kennelly Park Gazebo, Fairport Village Landing. 223-5050. www.fairportlibrary.org

30 * Monday

FREE * Scary, Twisted and Urban Tales Chilling, thrilling storytelling by the Genesee Storytellers! For ages 12 and up. 6:30-7:15pm. Monroe Branch Library, 809 Monroe Ave, Rochester. 428-8277. www.libraryweb.org


calendar of events • local family-friendly activities FREE * GGH Kids: Plantable Greeting Cards Come and make this unique card for that special someone. Suggested for ages 4-12, but “kids” of all ages are welcome! Ages: 4-12. 11am. Grossmans Garden & Home, 1801 Route 250 (1 mile north of Route 441), Penfield. 377-1982. www.grossmans.com Montezuma Birding Van Tour Migrating songbirds and raptors are on their breeding grounds and raising their young. Hop in the van for an excursion to Montezuma’s backcountry birding hotspots. Bring your camera and binoculars! $13.50/ adult; $8/child. 8-11am. Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savanna, 13146. 315-365-3580. ny.audubon.org/ montezuma Red Wings vs Lehigh Valley PreGame Autograph Booth, presented by Hillside Family of Agencies.Free Red Wings Caps (1st 2,000 fans). Post-game fireworks. Gates open early at 5:30pm. Varies by seat. 7:05pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Way, Rochester. 454-1001. redwingsbaseball.com Rochester Baseball Pioneers Tour The Rochester Baseball Historical Society leads this 2-hour walk about the first men who played baseball in Rochester. Learn all about how the game evolved. Refreshments following the tour. $7/person; Free/ members & children under 16. 10am. Mount Hope Cemetery, North Gatehouse (opposite Robinson Dr.); 791 Mt. Hope Avenue, Rochester. 461-3494. fomh.org FREE * Shakespeare by the Brook: As You Like It This adaptation performed by actors from Redhouse Arts Center of Syracuse. Great excuse to get outside & enjoy a warm summer night. Family-friendly event. Bring chairs & blankets. Performance moves to Tiffany Chapel (Spa Apt) if it rains. 2-3:30pm. Spa Apartments, 11 E Main St, Clifton Springs (West Lawn). 315-462-8200. cliftonspringschamber.com Webelos Workshop: Outdoorsman The perfect place for cub scouts to connect with nature! Scouts learn the true meaning of being an outdoorsman during this outdoor program! Scouts learn several skills. $7/scout. 1-3pm. Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savanna. 315-365-3580. ny.audubon.org/montezuma Women’s Council Garden Tour Enjoy a tour of six spectacular residential gardens in the Rochester area. Refreshments at the Susan Keith Garden on Lafayette Parkway along with silent auction and garden paintings. Gardens can be visited in any order. Rain or shine. Benefits RMSC. $18/advance ($20/at door). 10am-4pm. Various locations listed on ticket, Rochester area. 225-0455. www.rmsc.org

15 * Sunday FREE * 11th Annual Wildflowers & Wine In partnership with the Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. Scheduled bus tours of the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, wildlife displays, arts & crafts vendors, food, live music and more. 11am-4pm. Montezuma Winery, 2981 Auburn Rd, Seneca Falls. 315-568-8190. www.montezumawinery.com FREE * Art and Treasure Sale (Bargain Day) see 6/13. 12-3pm. Memorial Art Gallery Cutler Union, 500 University Ave, Rochester. 276-8942. mag.rochester.edu

16 * Monday Red Wings vs Pawtucket YMCA Appreciation Night with free Red Wings Replica Jersey Pillows (1st 1,500 fans). Kids Eat Free (The first 500 kids 12 & under receive a hot dog, soda & snack item). Pre-Game Autograph Booth. Season Seat Holder Redemption Game. Varies by seat. 7:05pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Way, Rochester. 454-1001. redwingsbaseball.com

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

18 * Wednesday FREE * MARSH Volunteer Event Restore, protect and enhance wildlife habitat on nearly 50,000 acres. Volunteers will remove European frogbit from the waterways at Howland’s Island. Bring your own canoe/kayak or borrow one from the center. Lunch provided. 9am-1pm. Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savanna. 315-365-3580. ny.audubon.org/montezuma Red Wings vs Pawtucket Wings Wednesday (Look for the discount coupon in preceding Tuesday’s Democrat &Chronicle). Pre-Game Autograph Booth. Meet former Red Sox and Expos pitcher Bill “Spaceman” Lee. Varies by seat. 7:05pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Way, Rochester. 454-1001. redwingsbaseball.com

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calendar of events • local family-friendly activities 19 * Thursday Art & Story Stroll A story reading and art viewing experience. Creative Workshop instructor Ericka Simmons reads “The Trip” by Ezra Jack Keats. For children ages 2 to 5 with an adult. $5/adult; children free. 11am. Memorial Art Gallery Cutler Union, 500 University Ave, Rochester. 2768971. mag.rochester.edu FREE * Hochstein at High Falls: Dady Brothers Part of the noontime outdoor summer concert series. Versatile duo and talented troubadours. Bring a seat and lunch - or pick one up at an area restaurant. ROC Transit Day - show bus pass to receive free t-shirt. Rain location: High Falls Center. 12:10pm. Granite Mills Park at High Falls, 60 Browns Race, Rochester. 454-4403. www.hochstein.org Red Wings vs Pawtucket Fan 4-Pack (Get four reserved seat tickets, four hot dogs, four 12-oz. drinks, and a yearbook for only $32/$36 day of game - save $15 off regular prices). Pre-Game Autograph Booth. Knot Hole Kids’ Club Game. Varies by seat. 1:05pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Way, Rochester. 454-1001. redwingsbaseball.com ROC Transit Day Leave your car at home, use public transit, and show your RTS fare card at participating shops and restaurants for exclusive deals & offers. Free prizes, street

musicians and even Rex the Rhino. Employers can request all-day passes for employees. All day. RTS Bus Routes. www.ROCtransitday.com

20 * Friday FREE * Animal Tales Drop-In Storytime Snuggle up on a fluffy pillow and enjoy an animal-themed story or two and a humane education component. Great way to introduce the wonders of animals to the little ones of the family. Held every Friday in the Learning Center. 11:30am. Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Rd., Fairport. 223-1330 x173. www.lollypop.org Dayton Dutch Lions at Rochester Rhinos Family Night & Kick-off Summer Night. Sponsors promote summer camps and all the events & opportunities for families to enjoy the Rhinos & Rochester this summer. varies by seat. 7:35pm. Sahlen’s Stadium, 460 Oak St, Rochester. 454-KICK (5425). www.rhinossoccer.com Retro Roller Skating Night The ice has been replaced with concrete and the DJ is spinning the hits of the past 40 years - the days of disco and four wheels are back! Come out for some family friendly roller skating. $7; roller skate rental is $4. 7-9pm. Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex, 2700 Brighton Henrietta Townline Rd., Rochester 14623. 424-4625. www.billgraysiceplex.com

21 * Saturday Animal Birthdays: California Sea Lion Celebrate the birthdays of California Sea Lions, Lily, Marina & PJ! “Happy Birthday” song and treats for the birthday animals at 2pm. Touch table station. Bring a gift to the party - check the website for suggestions. Included with admission. 1-3pm. Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St Paul St, Rochester. 336-7200. www.senecaparkzoo.org Birding and Boating on Cayuga Lake Enjoy the first day of summer for a relaxing canoe/kayak paddle on the north end of Cayuga Lake. Watch songbirds & raptors soar in the air and swim on the water; see bald eagles & osprey in their nesting areas. Bring your own canoe/kayak or rent. $8/child without rental, $13.50/adult without rental, $25/solo kayak rental, $40/canoe rental (maximum 2 adults plus 1 child). 1-4pm. Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savanna. 315-365-3580. ny.audubon.org/montezuma FREE * GGH Kids: Wormery & Composting This week’s fun, free event for youngsters is:. Suggested for ages 4-12, but “kids” of all ages are welcome! Ages: 4-12. 11am. Grossmans Garden & Home, 1801 Route 250 (1 mile north of Route 441), Penfield. 377-1982. www.grossmans.com

In Death as in Life Institutional Plots Rochester History Series: Part 1. The stories behind many of Mount Hope’s plots purchased by churches, schools, charitable organizations, veteran groups and other institutions. $7/ person; Free/members. 11am. Mount Hope Cemetery, Cemetery Office, South Entrance (opposite Distillery Restaurant);1133 Mt. Hope Avenue, Rochester. 461-3494. fomh.org War of 1812 Bicentennial & Jane Austen Weekend Remembering the “Forgotten” War of 1812 with re-enactors offering insight into the impact of the conflict on the region. Also a special focus on Jane Austen (“Pride & Predjudice”) and the Regency Era, exploring its fashions and fascinations. Included with admission. 10am-4pm. Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Rd., Mumford. 538-6822. www.gcv.org

22 * Sunday 25th Anniversary Cruise Celebrating the 25th season that the Canandaigua Lady has been cruising on Canandaigua Lake. Enjoy the Organ Grinder performance by Tim Wagner & view a short documentary on Roseland Park. $22/adult; $15/ child (add $3 to guarantee upper level access). 4:30-6:30pm. The Canandaigua Lady, 205 Lakeshore

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calendar of events • local family-friendly activities Dr, Canandaigua 14424. 396-7350. www.steamboatlandingresort.com EquiTrails Ride, run, stroll or roll 5K Trail Run, 1 Mile Family Fun Run/ Walk/Roll Stroll, 25 Mile Bike Ride. Support EquiCenter’s mission to foster personal growth of individuals with disabilities, at-risk youth, veterans & families thru equestrian therapeutics. Preevent: $25/individual (Free/Military); $35/Family (50% 0ff/Military Families). 9am-3pm. EquiCenter, 3247 Rush Mendon Rd, Honeoye Falls 14472. 624-7772. www.equicenterny.org Jewish Roots Tour Explore the enormous contribution of Rochester’s Jewish community with guide Joel Elliot during this walking tour of Mount Hope Cemetery. Refreshments following the tour. $7/person; Free/ members & children under 16. 10am. Mount Hope Cemetery, Cemetery Office, South Entrance (opposite Distillery Restaurant);1133 Mt. Hope Avenue, Rochester. 461-3494. fomh.org FREE * Summer Solstice Fairy Gardens Workshop Choose your plants to create your own fairy garden or miniature landscape--using perennials, annuals, herbs, and seeds. Deocorate with decor, mosses, glass, stone and more. Soil and instruction is free. Pay only for what you use. 2-4pm. Wayside Garden Center, 124 Pittsford-Palmyra Rd. (1 mile East of Lollypop Farm), Macedon. 223-1222 x100. www.waysidegardencenter.com War of 1812 Bicentennial & Jane Austen Weekend Remembering the “Forgotten” War of 1812 with re-enactors offering insight into the impact of the conflict on the region. Also a special focus on Jane Austen (“Pride & Predjudice”) and the Regency Era, exploring its fashions and fascinations. $17.50/adult; $11.50/ youth (4-16); $14.50/senior or student with ID; Free/members. 10am-4pm. Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Rd., Mumford 14500. 538-6822. www.gcv.org

24 * Tuesday Reel Mind Series: My Name is Alan & I Paint Pictures This film chronicles the life of a man afflicted with Paranoid Schizophrenia and his desire to be a great painter, while battling delusions and auditory hallucinations. Examines how mental illness intertwines with artistic creation. Discussion to follow. $8/ticket. 7pm. Cinema Theatre, 957 S. Clinton Ave, Rochester. 444-3664. www.reelmindfilmfest.org

25 * Wednesday FREE * Food Truck Rodeo Dozens of food trucks converge at the Rochester Public Market for an evening of local food, local brew and local music. Enjoy the Reggae beat of the group, Out of the Blue. 5-9pm.

Rochester Public Market, 280 N. Union St, Rochester. 428-6907. www.cityofrochester.gov/foodtruckrodeo FREE * MARSH Volunteer Event Part of a larger effort to restore, protect and enhance wildlife habitat on nearly 50,000 acres. Volunteers will remove European frogbit from the waterways at Howland’s Island. Bring your own canoe/kayak or borrow one from center. Lunch provided. 9am-1pm. Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savanna, 13146. 315-365-3580. ny.audubon.org/ montezuma

26 * Thursday FREE * Hochstein at High Falls: Steve Grills & the Roadmasters Part of the noontime outdoor summer concert series. Bring your own seating & lunch, or pick up a lunch at the many area restaurants. Serving straight up blues, with “reverence and taste.” Rain location: High Falls Center. 12:10pm. Granite Mills Park at High Falls, 60 Browns Race, Rochester. 454-4403. www.hochstein.org

27 * Friday FREE * Animal Tales Drop-In Storytime Snuggle up on a fluffy pillow and enjoy an animal-themed story or two and a humane education component. Great way to introduce the wonders of animals to the little ones of the family. Held every Friday in the Learning Center. 11:30am. Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Rd., Fairport 14450. 223-1330 x173. www.lollypop.org FREE * PajamaRAMA Storytime! Jump into your cozy jammies, bring your favorite stuffed friend and come to the Hundred Acre Woods for bedtime stories, songs and treats! Last Friday of every month. 7pm. Barnes & Noble Webster, 1070 Ridge Rd, Webster. 872-9710. bn.com Report Card Cruise The Magic Guy performs and makes balloon creations. One Kid Rides Free with the Purchase of One Adult Ticket. Please bring report card. $22/adult; $15/ child. 2:30-4:30pm. The Canandaigua Lady, 205 Lakeshore Dr, Canandaigua 14424. 396-7350. www.steamboatlandingresort.com

28 * Saturday Birding & Boating on CayugaSeneca Canal Enjoy a canoe/kayak paddle on the Cayuga-Seneca Canal through the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. Raptors, shorebirds and songbirds soar around the forests and wetlands adjacent to these tranquil waters. Bring your own canoe/ kayak or rent. $8/child without rental, $13.50/adult without rental, $25/solo kayak rental, $40/canoe rental (maximum 2 adults plus 1 child). 1-4pm. Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savanna, 13146. 315-

HEP KIDS jazz music and fun

JUNE 28: A day of fun and music for families with children ages 2-12 with an emphasis on jazz. Dance classes, jazz instrument petting zoo, rhythm drum jam, arts & crafts, face painting, hair chalking, photo booth and more. $10/family maximum. 10am-1pm. Hochstein School of Music & Dance, 50 N. Plymouth Ave. 454-4596. www.hochstein.org 365-3580. ny.audubon.org/montezuma

$400,000. Your own backyard or camping facility. www.nwf.org

Charlotte Eagles at Rochester Rhinos It’s the annual Rhinos Hall of Fame Night. Watch for the list of inductees and former players who will be in attendance. varies by seat. 7:35pm. Sahlen’s Stadium, 460 Oak St, Rochester. 454-KICK (5425). www.rhinossoccer.com

HEP KIDS Jazz Music & Fun Bring your kids to enjoy jazz music, learn about instruments & create musical crafts. 3 half hour jazz-influenced programs and activities plus jazz instrument petting zoo, hair chalking, photo booth, dance classes, rhythm drum jam and more. $5/ adult; $3/child; $10/family. Ages: 2-12. 10am-1pm. Hochstein School of Music & Dance, 50 N. Plymouth Ave, Rochester. 454-4596. www.hochstein.org

Edgerton Model Railroad Club Layout Tour Historic preservation in miniature. The last Saturday of each month the P.A.L. Model Railroad Heaven is open for visitors. Since 1950 the four O Gauge train layouts, depicting each season in Rochester, have been meticulously updated & maintained. 11am-2pm. Edgerton Recreation Center, 41 Backus St., Rochester. 428-6769. edgertonmodelrailroadclub.com FREE * GGH Kids: Patriotic Rockets This week’s fun, free event will surely get you ready to celebrate the 4th of July . Suggested for ages 4-12, but “kids” of all ages are welcome! Ages: 4-12. 11am. Grossmans Garden & Home, 1801 Route 250 (1 mile north of Route 441), Penfield. 377-1982. www.grossmans.com FREE * Great American Backyard Campout Spend an evening outside enjoying the wonders of nature AND help make a difference for wildlife by pledging to campout. National Wildlife Federation board members will donate $2 for every person that participates - up to

Red Wings vs Norfolk Pre-Game Autograph Booth. The ZOOperstars! perform during the game. Free Team Photos (1st 5,000 fans). Post-game fireworks. Varies by seat. 7:05pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Way, Rochester. 454-1001. redwingsbaseball.com Rochester & the Legendary Erie Canal Tour The Erie Canal made Rochester a boom town, New York State the Empire State, and fueled westward expansion. Meet some of Mount Hope Cemetery’s famous and less famous people and their important connections to this legendary waterway. $7/person; Free/members & children under 16. 11am. Mount Hope Cemetery, North Gatehouse (opposite Robinson Dr.); 791 Mt. Hope Avenue, Rochester 14620. 461-3494. fomh.org

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calendar of events • local family-friendly activities 29 * Sunday Red Wings vs Norfolk Free Red Wings Hero Card Giveaway (1st 2,000 fans 18 & under) Family Bulletin Day. Pre-Game Autograph Booth. Meet Dora The Explorer before & during the game, posing for pics with the kids. Kids can Run The Bases with Spikes & Mittsy after the game. Varies by seat. 1:05pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Way, Rochester. 454-1001. redwingsbaseball.com Rochester Theater Organ Society Concert David Gray presents a concert on the mighty Wurlitzer theater organ. $15/adult (free for RTOS members);Free/12 and under and students with ID.. 2:30pm. Auditorium Theater, 885 E. Main St., Rochester. 234-2295. rtosonline.org Subway Sunday On June 30, 1956, the last passengers were carried on the Rochester Subway. See a special tribute to the underground Rochester fleet. Take the trolley & diesel train over to neighboring Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum. Included with admission. 11am-5pm. New York Museum of Transportation, 6393 East River Rd, Rush. 533-1113. nymtmuseum.org

Seat Holder Redemption Game. Varies by seat. 7:05pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Way, Rochester. 454-1001. redwingsbaseball.com

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

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FREE * Animal Tales Drop-In Storytime Snuggle up on a fluffy pillow and enjoy an animal-themed story or two and a humane education component. Great way to introduce the wonders of animals to the little ones of the family. Held every Friday in the Learning Center. 11:30am. Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Rd., Fairport. 223-1330 x173. www.lollypop.org

Red Wings vs Norfolk Kids Eat Free (The first 500 kids 12 & under receive a hot dog, soda & snack item). Pre-Game Autograph Booth. Season

Red Wings vs Lehigh Valley Pre-Game Autograph Booth, presented by Hillside Family of Agencies. Post-game fireworks. Varies by seat.

7:15pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Way, Rochester. 454-1001. redwingsbaseball.com Retro Roller Skating Night The ice has been replaced with concrete and the DJ is spinning the hits of the past 40 years - the days of disco and four wheels are back! Every other Friday night through the month of July come out for some family friendly roller skating. $7; roller skate rental is $4. 7-9pm. Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex, 2700 Brighton Henrietta Townline Rd., Rochester. 424-4625. www.billgraysiceplex.com Holiday Special Tour of Mount Hope Cemetery Two-hour leisurely walk of approximately one mile on paved roads and uneven terrain. Refreshments following the tour. $5/person; Free/members & children under 16. 2pm. Mount Hope Cemetery, North Gatehouse (opposite Robinson Dr.); 791 Mt. Hope Avenue, Rochester. 461-3494. fomh.org

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

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calendar of events • local family-friendly activities 06 * Sunday FREE * Center Stage at Center Park: Paulson Baker Band A collection of Folk, Contemporary and Light Rock Music interlaced with humor. Be moved by the sounds of bass guitar, guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin and percussion. 6-8pm. Center Park, 1350 Turk Hill Rd, Fairport. 223-5050. www.pbgband.com Red Wings vs Buffalo Doubleheader (two 7-inning game) Game 2 makeup of 4/5 ppd. Family Bulletin Day. Knot Hole Kids’ Club Game. PreGame Autograph Booth. Bark in the Park - bring your dog & enjoy the game together. Run The Bases with Spikes & Mittsy after the game. Varies by seat. 4:05pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Way, Rochester. 454-1001. redwingsbaseball.com

07 * Monday Red Wings vs Buffalo Kids Eat Free (The first 500 kids 12 & under receive a hot dog, soda & snack item). Pre-Game Autograph Booth. Season Seat Holder Redemption Game. Varies by seat. 7:05pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Way, Rochester. 4541001. redwingsbaseball.com

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

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

10 * Thursday FREE * Hochstein at High Falls: Fred Vine & Brian Williams Part of the noontime outdoor summer concert series. Bring your own seating & lunch, or pick up a lunch at the many area restaurants. Traditional blues & captivating songs on the bottleneck slide guitar and bass. Rain location: High Falls Center. 12:10pm. Granite Mills Park

at High Falls, 60 Browns Race, Rochester. 454-4403. www.hochstein.org

11 * Friday FREE * Animal Tales Drop-In Storytime see 7/4. 11:30am. Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Rd., Fairport. 223-1330 x173. www.lollypop.org Cosequin Stuart Horse Trials 25th anniversary 3-day event! Competition this day includes Dressage for all levels. Parade of adoptable dogs from Lollypop Farm 10am-12pm. Food & equestrian-themed vendors. parking fee $10/day, or $25/all three days. 8am-conclusion. , Townline and Murray Roads, Victor. www.stuarthorsetrials.org FC Dallas Reserves at Rochester Rhinos It’s Men’s Health Night. Special game jersey will be auctioned off to help raise awareness and funds for Prostate Cancer. varies by seat. 7:35pm. Sahlen’s Stadium, 460 Oak St, Rochester. 454-KICK (5425). www.rhinossoccer.com

12 * Saturday Cosequin Stuart Horse Trials 25th anniversary 3-day event! Competition this day includes Cross Country for all levels & Show Jumping for upper level divisions (CIC1* and CIC2*). Parade of adoptable dogs from Lollypop Farm 10am-12pm. Food & equestrian-themed vendors. parking fee $10/day. 8am-conclusion, Townline and Murray Roads, Victor. www.stuarthorsetrials.org FREE * GGH Kid: Butterfly Feeders Learn how to attract butterflies to your garden. Suggested for ages 4-12, but “kids” of all ages are welcome! Ages: 4-12. 11am. Grossmans Garden & Home, 1801 Route 250 (1 mile north of Route 441), Penfield, 14526. 377-1982. www.grossmans.com Red Wings vs Scranton/WB Star Wars Night & Jersey Auction. Free Red Wings Drawstring Backpacks (1st 1,000 fans 18 & under); Free Bobby Grich Magnets (1st 2500 fans). PreGame Autograph Booth. Postgame Fireworks. Varies by seat. 7:05pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Way, Rochester. 454-1001. redwingsbaseball.com Rochester’s Prosperous and Penniless Tour Stroll paved flat-surfaced Grove Avenue. Learn about the many notable families buried in beautiful mausoleums and artistic family plots. Refreshments following the tour. $7/person; Free/members & children under 16. 10am. Mount

Hope Cemetery, Cemetery Office, South Entrance (opposite Distillery Restaurant);1133 Mt. Hope Avenue, Rochester. 461-3494. fomh.org Trains at Twilight - Saturday Special Enjoy an evening at an old-time “trolley park” with calliope playing. Authentic trolley rides connecting to a diesel train at Midway for an extended ride down to the Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum and return. Light refreshments. $10/ adult; $8/youth 3-17 & seniors. 4-9pm. New York Museum of Transportation, 6393 East River Rd, Rush. 533-1113. nymtmuseum.org

13 * Sunday Cosequin Stuart Horse Trials 3-day event! Competition this day includes Show Jumping for beginner thru intermediate. Scottish Highland Games competition: 9am-5pm; Wegmans Kids Day - Highland Games for Kids: 9am-12pm. Parade of adoptable dogs 10am-12pm. parking fee $10/day. 8am-conclusion, Townline and Murray Roads, Victor. www.stuarthorsetrials.org Red Wings vs Scranton/WB Knot Hole Kids’ Club Game. Family Bulletin Day. Pre-Game Autograph Booth. Kids can Run The Bases with Spikes & Mittsy after the game. Varies by seat. 1:05pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Way, Rochester. 454-1001. redwingsbaseball.com

14 * Monday FREE * Family Education: Twenty Minutes Don Murray proposes ten simple techniques, based on scientific research, to communicate more effectively with your child. DVD followed by facilitated discussion. For parents of children of all ages. Refreshments provided. 10am-12pm. Mental Health Association Family Support Services, 320 North Goodman Street, Suite 202 Rochester. 325-3145, ext.137. Mr. Butterman’s Neighborhood Concert Part of the RPO’s annual Tiny Tots Concert series for preschoolers/ kindergartners. This performance introduces children to the instrumental families of the orchestra as well as basic musical concepts. $5/child; adults free. Ages: 3-6. 9:45am & 11:15am. Newark High School, 625 Peirson Ave., Newark. 454-7311, ext. 235. rpo.org

newsworthy in our community

Spreading Free Smiles

On Saturday, May 17th, with the help of more than 30 volunteers, Dr. Sarah J. Smith, DDS hosted their first annual Dentistry for the Heart Event where they provided free dental care (including fillings, cleanings and extractions) to more than 50 people in the Rochester area. Dentistry From The Heart is a registered non-profit organization that provides free dental work for those in need. In the past nine years, Dentistry From The Heart events have contributed more than $8 million in free dentistry and helped more than 45,000 patients across the country. To learn more or get involved, visit www.dentistryfromtheheart.org.

Celebrating 95 years

On Saturday, May 17th, Boy Scout Troop #19 — known as Tay House — celebrated 95 years of scouting adventure and character-building with a picnic at Mendon Ponds Park. Nearly 50 boys, ages 11-18, from Rochester, Pittsford, Penfield, Brighton, Henrietta and Victor are currently members of the troop. They follow the legacy of prestigious Tay House alumni, including J. Taylor Howard, who organized the building of the troop’s signature cabin built during the Great Depression, and recent Rochester Mayor Thomas Richards. The troop, founded in 1919 and based at an historic cabin built by the troop in Rochester’s Cobb Hills Park, is one of the oldest active troops in the U.S., having originated just nine years after the incorporation of the Boy Scouts of America.

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JUNE 6 – 12 FINGER LAKES PLEIN AIRE COMPETITION & FESTIVAL JUNE 5-8. . See June 5. SULFUR SPRINGS FESTIVAL JUNE 6-7 Features arts & crafts, live musical acts, games and activities for kids, lots of food, a parade at 6pm on Saturday evening, and much more. Friday: 4-8pm Saturday: 9am-9pm. Main Street, Downtown Clifton Springs, NY. www.sulphurspringsfestival.com

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FAIRPORT CANAL DAYS JUNE 6-8 Chicken BBQ on Friday, 4:30-9pm. Arts and crafts festival with a variety of artisans, food vendors, children’s activities. Canal Night with live band on Sat. Sat 10-6pm, Sun 105pm Main Street, Fairport along the Erie Canal. www.fairportcanaldays.com

MAY 30 – JUNE 5 ROCHESTER GREEK FESTIVAL – MAY 29-JUNE 1 Opa! Live entertainment, dancing, traditional Greek food, children’s activities and church tours. 11am11pm. Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, 962 East Ave, Rochester. 244-3377. www.rochestergreekfestival.org MENDON FIRE DEPARTMENT CARNIVAL – MAY 29-31 Rides, games, food, live music, BBQ dinners on Thurs and Fri, Fireworks on Thurs, huge parade @ 6:30pm Sat. Presented by the Mendon Volunteer Firefighters. 1-5pm The Mendon Fire Department Firemen’s Field, 101 Mendon Ionia Road, Mendon. 585-624-1738. mendonfd.us ST. RITA’S 60TH ANNUAL FIESTA – MAY 30-31 Family-oriented event: Rain or Shine! Delicious Food, Kids’ Attractions, Many Rides, Carnival

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Games, Raffle, and on Saturday, a Pancake Breakfast and 5K Run and Fitness Walk: 8:30am. Friday: 5-10pm. Sat: 2-10pm St. Rita Church, 1008 Maple Drive, Webster. 671-1100. saintrita.org FINGER LAKES PLEIN AIRE COMPETITION & FESTIVAL JUNE 5-8 Watch 45 talented artists from across the country paint the beauty of Canandaigua & the Finger Lakes region. Thur & Fri all day. Quick Draw Competition & Community Paint Out Competition for cash prizes. Awards to follow each event. Sat 9:30-11:30am & 1-3pm. Downtown Canandaigua. Exhibition & Sale Sun 12-4pm. Sonnenberg Gardens Carriage House, 151 Charlotte St, Canandaigua. 394-0030. www.fingerlakespleinair.com

19TH WARD COMMUNITY SQUARE FAIR - JUNE 7 Food, crafts, music, kids’ games, clowns, carriage rides and more. Pancake Breakfast: 8-10am, Lunch Grill: 10am ‘til the food is gone, Parade: 12:30-1:30pm, Booths open 10am-4pm. 8am-4pm. Aberdeen Square Park (Aberdeen & Post Avenue), Rochester. www.19wca.org HAMLIN WHEEL FEST - JUNE 7 Great music, entertainment and family fun! Food and crafts. Lots of activities for kids. Swap Meet, Silent Auction. 10am - 6pm. Hamlin Fireman’s Field, 1521 Lake Rd. (Rte. 19), Hamlin. www.hamlinny.org THE FAST & THE FURRIEST 2014 - JUNE 7 Annual road races, dog walk, and pet festival to help raise funds and awareness for Rochester Animal Services. Live music, exhibitors, vendors and a variety of activities. Don’t miss the pet contests, 10K & 5K races, and clinics. 7am - 2pm. Verona Street Animal Society, 184 Verona St., Rochester, 727-2533. www.cityofrochester.gov/ OLDE-THYME RHUBARB FESTIVAL & CLASSIC CAR CRUISE-IN - JUNE 7 Celebrate the rhubarb harvest season with rhubarb specialties incuding chili, pie, and crisp. Enter the rhubarb stalk throwing or hula

hoop contests. Sample fruit, grape and honey wines and spirits. Take a stroll down memory lane and view classic cars from the “good old days.” Food, music, rhubarb, wine and more. 12-4pm. Montezuma Winery & Hidden Marsh Distillery, 2981 Auburn Rd, Seneca Falls. 315-568-8190. www.montezumawinery.com STREET MACHINES OF ROCHESTER OUTDOOR AUTO SHOW - JUNE 8 Antiques, classics, street machines, race cars, modified trucks, street rods and motorcycles, street vendors, food, entertainment and much more. 9am-4pm. Badgerow Park, 1120 Latta Rd., Greece. www.streetmachinesofrochester.com 81ST BLOSSOM FESTIVAL JUNE 8 Traditional German Festival featuring German food, beverages and entertainment. 12-7pm. Admission: $5 donation (children 16 & under free). Camp Lima, 375 Pond Road, Lima (Factory Hollow Rd. South, off Routes 5&20, between Lima and West Bloomfield - follow signs). 754-1988. blossom.fest@yahoo.com. GENEVA MUSIC FESTIVAL JUNE 9-21 The 8 performances cover a broad range of genres and eras. Rhythmic tango, classical chamber music, majestic organ recitals, and ventures in new music are among the many styles the Festival programs. Most concerts $15/ adult, youth 16 & under free. Times and venues vary. 315-521-1623. genevamusicfestival.com

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ANNUAL ALBION STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL JUNE 13-14 A festival full of fun, food, handmade crafts, activities, a Saturday morning parade and an afternoon turtle race, not to mention strawberries galore. Fri: 11am9pm, Sat: 10am-8pm. Court House Square, Main St (Route 98), Albion. 589-7727. albionstrawberryfestival.com ANNUAL ALLENTOWN OUTDOOR ART FESTIVAL JUNE 14-15 Enjoy the beauty of Buffalo’s weather in June, the charm and


calendar of events • local family-friendly activities uniqueness of the Allentown area and the quality of the art and crafts presented by over 400 juried exhibitors. 11am-6pm. Allentown Historic Preservation District, Buffalo. www.allentownartfestival.com KEUKA ARTS FESTIVAL - JUNE 14-15 This fine art and skilled craft show is held annually, only a few blocks from downtown Penn Yan. The event is free and will feature live entertainment and activities for families. 10am-5pm. Penn Yan Keuka Lake Outlet Trail, Penn Yan. 315-531-9232. keukaartsfestival.com MAPLEWOOD ROSE FESTIVAL - JUNE 14-15 A city-wide block party on the Driving Park Bridge! Includes children’s activities, live music, Perennial Swap, Rose Garden Tours and more. Fireworks display Saturday over the Lower Gorge. Sat: 10am-10pm. Sun: 11am-5pm. Maplewood Rose Garden, Lake and Driving Park Ave., Rochester, 428-5990 or 311. www.maplewood.org/rose-festival/

JUNE 20 – 26 ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL - JUNE 20-28 Celebrate the 13th edition of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, featuring 1200 musicians gathered from around the world to perform in more than 250 concerts! Area High School Bands perform also. 4:30-11pm. Downtown Rochester. www.rochesterjazz.com SPLASH INTO SUMMER OUTDOOR CARNIVAL - JUNE 21 A Summer Street Fair with a ton of fun games and activities for the whole family as well as delicious food. Admission to the aquarium is separate. 3-7pm. Aquarium of Niagara, 701 Whirlpool St, Niagara Falls. 716-285-3575. www.aquariumofniagara.org WAR OF 1812 RE-ENACTMENT - JUNE 21-22 The historic village comes to life with re-enactors portraying shopkeepers, housewives, merchants and soldiers amidst the sounds of fifes and drums; cannons and muskets; and Austen-era music and dancing. 10am-5pm. Free with admission. Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Rd., Mumford. 538-6822. www.gcv.org

JUNE 27 – JULY 3 ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL - JUNE 20-28. See June 20. CELTIC FAIRE - JUNE 28 The Celts in Western New York played a major role in shaping the history of the Genesee Country. Come celebrate the culture, history and traditions of the Scots and Irish through music, dance and authentic food. Bring your lawn chair and camera. 10am-4pm. Included with admission. Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Rd., Mumford. 538-6822. www.gcv.org 10th ANNUAL CHERRY FESTIVAL - JUNE 28 -29 Enjoy cherry picking, wine, live music, food, arts and crafts vendors, children’s games, hay rides, and fun for the whole family. 9:30am-6pm. Varick Winery & Vineyard, 5102 State Route 89, Romulus. 315-549-8797. www.varickwinery.com.

JULY 4 – JULY 10 See July 4th events and activities at RocParent.com RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL JULY 5-AUG 17, WEEKENDS ONLY An authentic English Renaissance village is created every Sat. and Sun. through August 17 with continuous live entertainment, old world rides, games, artisans, and food. 10am-7pm. 15385 Farden Rd, Sterling, NY. 800-879-4446. www.SterlingFestival.com YATES COUNTY FAIR - JULY 8-12 Exhibits, tractor pulls, jousting, family activities, food, games, contests and live entertainment. 10am-11pm. 2370 Old Route 14A, Penn Yan. 315-536-3830 www.yatescountyfair.org BIG RIB BBQ & BLUES FEST JULY 10-13 This weekend event will have Rib masters from across the USA serving a full menu of delicious barbeque specialties and 20 musical performances by blues bands. 11:30am-10pm. Admission: lunchtime-free. $10 after 3pm. 12 & under: free. Highland Park Festival Site, Highland and South Park Ave., Rochester. 473-4482. www.mybigrib.com

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JULY 18 – 24

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

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

BIG RIB BBQ & BLUES FEST JULY 10-13. See July 10. GENESEO AIRSHOW - JULY 11-13 “The Greatest Show on Turf” is the theme of this year’s airshow. Featuring World War II war birds, as well as other classic aircraft. (gates open daily at 6am.) Military re-enactments, displays and food. 6am-dark. $20, under 12yrs. Free. Geneseo Airport, Big Tree Lane off Route 63, Geneseo. 243-2100. www.1941hag.org HILL CUMORAH PAGEANT JULY 11, 12, 15-19 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. 315-5975851. www.hillcumorah.org THE CANANDAIGUA LAKEMUSIC FESTIVAL - JULY 11-20 10th Anniversary Season. Subscribe to one or all four of the ticketed formal concerts at FLCC Concert Hall with pre-concert chat. Plus 10th Anniversary Celebration at Sonnenberg Gardens and Classical Blue Jeans Concert at The Lodge at Bristol Harbour Resort. There are 3 free Pop-Up Concerts as well as a free 30 minute Children’s Concert. Times and venues vary. www.lakemusicfestival.org

THE CANANDAIGUA LAKEMUSIC FESTIVAL - JULY 11-20. See July 11. HILL CUMORAH PAGEANT JULY 15-19. See July 11. HEMLOCK “LITTLE WORLD’S” FAIR - JULY 15-19. See July 15. FESTA ITALIANA - JULY 17-19 Arts and Crafts, live entertainment, food, children’s activities and more. Italian American Community Center, 150 Frank DiMino Way. 594-8882. www.iaccrochester.org MACEDONIAN FESTIVAL JULY 18-20 Folk music, food, performances and costumes and activities that are representative of both the past and present of Macedonian culture. St. Dimitria Macedonian Orthodox Church Grounds, 235 Telephone Rd., W. Henrietta. 334-6675. www.macedonianfest.com DOWNTOWN CANANDAIGUA ARTS & MUSIC FESTIVAL JULY 18-20 Artists, crafters, food vendors and sponsors gather on Main Street in Canandaigua for this annual rite of summer. The Kids Korridor offers hands on activities for kids and live entertainment on the family stage. Fri 12-7pm, Sat & Sun 10am-5pm. Downtown Canandaigua. www.canandaiguaartfestival.com

CORN HILL ARTS FESTIVAL JULY 12 - 13 Enjoy the Historic Corn Hill Neighborhood, Free Admission. Experience 400+ Original Artists, 4 Stages of Live Music, Food & Family Fun. Also this year: The Fairy Houses Tour! 10am-6pm Corn Hill District, Rochester. CornHillArtsFestival.com

CHALK WALK & ARTS FEST JULY 19 Includes sidewalk chalk art, live music, and a juried arts and crafts show and sale. Watch featured chalk artists starting at 9am outside Dansville Library. 9am-5pm. Historic downtown district of Dansville. 335-6920. www.dansvillechamber.com

FINGER LAKES LAVENDER FESTIVAL - JULY 12-13 Stroll through fragrant fields. Harvest your own bouquet of fresh lavender. Many artistic and culinary delights. 9am - 5pm. Lockwood Lavender Farm, 1682 West Lake Road, Skaneateles, NY 13152. www.fingerlakeslavenderfestival. blogspot.com

CIVIL WAR RE-ENACTMENT JULY 19-20 Hundreds of re-enactors recreate Civil War life in 1863 with two battles daily and townsfolk offering concerts and vignettes depicting civilian life during the war. 10am5pm. Free with admission. Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Rd., Mumford. 538-6822. www.gcv.org

HEMLOCK “LITTLE WORLD’S” FAIR - JULY 15-19 Amusement rides, 4-H events, harness racing, food, concerts, demolition derbies, truck pulls, talent show & more. 9:00ammidnight. $9-$12. Free parking. 7370 Water St., Hemlock. 3673370. www.hemlockfair.org

ORLEANS COUNTY FAIR JULY 21-26 “The Greatest Little Fair in WNY”. Hands on activities and free entertainment as well as the many exhibits will leave you with more choices than you can imagine. Orleans Co Fairgrounds, 12690 Route 31, Albion 14411. www.orleans4-hfair.com

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JULY 15-19

AUGUST 1 – 7

AUGUST 8 – 14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GREATER ROCHESTER GERMAN FESTIVAL - AUG 8-9 German food, drinks, dancing, crafts and cultural displays and children’s activities. Fri: 6-11pm, Sat: 7-11pm. Spencerport Fireman’s Field, Spencerport. 4267835. www.rochestergerman.com

2014 LIMA CROSSROADS FESTIVAL - AUG 2 Pancake Breakfast, vendors, children’s activities, car cruise and show, games, contests, and the annual bed race. 9am-10pm. Main St., Routes 5 & 20, Lima. Limafest.org

ONTARIO COUNTY FAIR JULY 22-26 Amusements, rides, games, rodeo, horse drawn wagon rides, 4-H displays, auto racing, food and activities. Ontario County Fairgrounds, 2820 County Rd 10, Canandaigua. 394-4987. www.ontariocountyfair.org OSWEGO HARBORFEST - JULY 24-27 Enjoy activities for the entire family, music, crafts, midway rides. Concerts held in many parks. Children’s activities. Use the Park & Ride parking areas located at SUNY Oswego, Rt. 104 West. www.oswegoharborfest.com

JULY 25 – 31 RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL JULY 5-AUG 17, WEEKENDS ONLY. See July 5. ORLEANS COUNTY FAIR JULY 21-26. See July 21. ONTARIO COUNTY FAIR JULY 22-26. See July 22. OSWEGO HARBORFEST - JULY 24-27. See July 24 NATIVE AMERICAN DANCE & MUSIC FESTIVAL - JULY 26-27 Traditional dancers, musicians, storytellers, and artists sharing their cultural heritage, crafts and arts. Also popular children and adult workshops. 10am-6pm. Ganondagan State Historic Site, 1488 State Rd. (Rte. 444) Victor, 14564. 742-1690. www.ganondagan.org

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SPENCERPORT CANAL DAYS JULY 26-27 Arts & Crafts, live music, children’s activities, incl. games & face painting, classic car show, wine tasting, and the Canaligator Race. Union St., Downtown Spencerport. spencerportcanaldays.com WATERFRONT ART FESTIVAL JULY 26-27 Juried items on display & for purchase. Handmade crafts, cottage industry products & artwork by 170 artists. Enjoy cool, outdoor breezes & ample shade. 10am-5pm. $3. 12 & under free. Kershaw Park (Lake Shore Dr.), Canandaigua, 14625. 671-9102. www.waterfrontartfestival.com LIVINGSTON COUNTY FAIR JULY 30 - AUG 2 Harness Racing, Tractor pulls, demolition derby, horse show, 4-H displays, rides, food and activities. Livingston County Fairgrounds, 310 Leicester St., Caledonia. 538-2168. livingstoncountyfair.org MONROE COUNTY FAIR JULY 31 - AUG 3 Carnival rides, games, 4-H displays and competitions, music, local foods and drinks. mcfair.com PHELPS SAUERKRAUT FESTIVAL - JULY 31 - AUG 3 Family Fun for all ages. Arts & Crafts, Kraut Idol, Cabbage Bowling, 20K Road Race, a Giant Parade, Live Music, Mustang Rally Car Show, and a fantastic Fireworks Display. Fireman’s Field, Ontario St., Phelps. 315-548-2222. http://phelpsny.com/

PARK AVE SUMMER ARTS FEST - AUG 2-3 A 1.25 mile route filled with unique shopping, food & entertainment, arts & crafts, as well as three stages of musical acts. Parking in area lots & on side streets. No pets. 10am6pm. Park Avenue (Alexander to Culver), Rochester, 473-4482. www.rochesterevents.com 22nd ANNUAL GLORIOUS GARLIC FESTIVAL - AUGUST 2-3 Browse the 30+ vendors, tour the vineyards and see the winery. Enjoy live music, cooking demos, great food and award-winning, hand-crafted wine. Free admission & parking. 11am-5pm. Fox Run Vineyards, 670 State Rte 14, Penn Yan. 800-636-9786. www.foxrunvineyards.com PAGEANT OF STEAM - AUG 6-9 Display of antique farm equipment dating back to early 1900’s, parades, tractor pulls, flea market, live music, displays, demos & food. 8am-8pm. Pageant Fair Grounds, Gehan Rd. off Rt. 5 & 20 E, Canandaigua. 315-331-4022. www.pageantofsteam.org WALNUT HILL CARRIAGE DRIVING COMPETITION AUG 6-10 Pittsford countryside comes alive with the magic and romance of an earlier era - a time when the Horse and Carriage reflected the quality of life and influenced the pace and scope of occupational and social activities. 8am-5pm. Walnut Hill Farm, 397 West Bloomfield Rd, Pittsford. 385-2555. www.walnuthillfarm.org

FINGER LAKES RIESLING FESTIVAL & CANANDAIGUA ROTARY PIER FESTIVAL AUGUST 9-10 Benefiting the Canandaigua YMCA & charities of the Canandaigua Rotary. Riesling wine and NYS craft beer, seminars, cooking demonstrations, an arts & crafts fair, live music and local farmers market. Festival events Sat & Sun 10am-5pm. Activities for children of all ages. Sat 4pm free concerts, Flint Creek & Taran. 9:30pm fireworks. Canandaigua City Pier and the New York Wine & Culinary Center, 800 S. Main St, Canandaigua. 899-3226. rieslingfestival.com BROCKPORT SUMMER ARTS FESTIVAL - AUG 9-10 Events will include the popular Duck Derby; over 100 artists and craftspeople, great music and food and activities for kids. 10am-6pm. Main Street, Brockport. www.brockportartsfestival.com CARIFEST - AUG 9 Featuring some of the Caribbean’s finest in food, music, and arts and crafts. The annual costume parade highlights the traditional carnival spirit of the Caribbean. The parade starts at 11am at Liberty Pole Way, continuing down Main Street, Rochester. 1-10pm. Riverside Festival Site, Court St. and Exchange, Rochester. www.rwifo.com WAYNE COUNTY FAIR - AUG 11-16 Exhibits, Farm animals, food vendors, rides and live entertainment. Fun for the entire family. No pets. $5, ages 6-16: $3; ages 5 & under: FREE. 10am-10pm. Wayne County Fair Grounds, 250 W. Jackson St. Palmyra. www.waynecountyfair.org UKRAINIAN ARTS & CRAFT FESTIVAL - AUG 14-17 The Festival has offers tradition Ukrainian foods, dance, Arts and Crafts. The Ukrainian Stage offers a variety of entertainment including Traditional Ukrainian Folk Dancers


calendar of events • local family-friendly activities and Singers. St. Josaphats, 940 Ridge Road East, Rochester. 266-2255. www. rochesterukrainianfestival.com

AUGUST 22 – 28

AUGUST 15 – 21

OLD TIME FIDDLER’S FAIR AUG 16-17 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

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

NEW YORK STATE FAIR - AUG 21-SEPT 1. See August 21.

AUGUST 29 – SEPTEMBER 4 NEW YORK STATE FAIR - AUG 21-SEPT 1. See August 21. NEW YORK STATE FESTIVAL OF BALLOONS - AUG 29-SEPT 1 Hot Air Balloons, Arts & Crafts Vendors, live entertainment, food, rides, children’s games and activities. No pets. 6am to dusk. Dansville Municipal Airportentrance on Maple St., Dansville, 14437, 335-2076. www.nysfob.com

SEPTEMBER 5 –11 SEPTEMBER 26 CLOTHESLINE ARTS FESTIVAL - SEPT 6-7 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 GREENTOPIA FALL FESTIVALSEPT 9-13 Ecofest on the weekend 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

SEPTEMBER 12–18 GREENTOPIA FALL FESTIVALSEPT 9-13. See September 9.

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WILDLIFE FESTIVAL SEPTEMBER 27-28 See more than 50 exhibitors and vendors. Get hands on experience in outdoor activities and with rare and exotic animals.10am-5pm. Niagara Power Vista Visitors Center, 5777 Lewiston Rd, Lewiston. 716286-6661. www.nypa.gov/vc/niagara.htm NAPLES GRAPE FESTIVAL SEPT 27-28 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 CIVIL WAR ENCAMPMENT SEPTEMBER 26-27 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

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