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Inside may Vol.21 Number 5

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Turning to the Crowd

HOW AREA PARENTS, ORGAniZATIONS & SCHOOLS ARE TURNING TO CROWDFUNDING TO RAISE MONEY FOR THeiR PROJECT OR CAUSE

in this issue 6 | RocParent.com On the Web in May 8 | Editor’s Note 24 | Book Nook Spring is in the Air

more features

26 | Parenting Teens & Tweens Are You a Cool Parent? 40 | C alendar of Events • Family-Friendly Events • Mother's Day Celebrations • Noteworthy in our Community • Library Events • Ongoing Events & Exhibits

10 Waterloo Remembers //

visiting the birthplace of memorial day

20 Solve the Child Care

Conundrum // how to choose care for your child

on the cover guide inside

124 Things to do this May Celebrating Memorial Day in Waterloo Turning to the Crowd Are You a Cool Parent? Child Care Providers Guide

child care providers guide

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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]

john boccacino is monthly contributor to Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent Magazine. He reported on sports and local news for more than 6 1/2 years with the Democrat and Chronicle newspaper. He is currently the Director of Sports Information for

Keuka College. Boccacino is a Brighton native who currently resides in Webster. [Page 14] Beth Fournauf is a freelance writer and mother of two. [Page 20]

Deena Viviani is a Rochester-based Young Adult Services Librarian who writes reviews for VOYA and the RACWI Newsletter. [Page 24] Myrna Beth Haskell is a monthly contributor to Rochester & Genesee Valley

Parent Magazine who lives in Salt Point, NY. She is the author of LIONS and TIGERS and TEENS: Expert advice and support for the conscientious parent just like you. [Page 26]

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[ publisher’s note ]

By Barbara Melnyk

renewal & rembrances

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love the month of May. After what seemed like an eternity of winter – complete with constant reports of polar vortexes – May finally starts to bloom and reminds us of all that is beautiful in the renewal of the seasons. It is also a month of rememberances as we celebrate both Mother's Day and Memorial Day this month. Sadly, both of my parents passed away a long time ago, but this is one of the months that bring back a lot of memories. With five siblings, things were tight but we always found creative ways to honor Mom on Mother's Day. I think, however, my slightly older brother trumped us all by giving Mom a single rose EVERY year for Mother's day. The guy was cheap, but effective. Nevertheless, it was a way to make her day special and isn't that what all moms deserve? The month also closes with Memorial Day. My dad served in WWII and, together with my uncles, was proud of his role. He belonged to the VFW, marched each year in the Gates Memorial Day parade and handed out poppies infront of the local grocery store on Buffalo Road. To this day, I can't pass a vet selling paper poppies without making a purchase and thinking of my dad. Whether you knew someone who served in the armed forces or is serv-

ing now, be sure to talk to your kids about what it means to support our country. Also, did you know that Waterloo, just east of us, is the birthplace of Memorial Day? Waterloo has even made it into the Guinness Book of World Records when, on May 29, 2000, when 25,898 flags flew in the village! Check out the article by Susan Henninger starting on page 10 and consider a fun trip to this historial place. Lastly, are you thinking about child care options for your child? May is our annual child care guide issue filled with a variety of local options. Plus our article Solve the Child Care Conundrum by Beth Fornauf explains pros and cons of various programs.

Enjoy the weather. Miss you, Mom & Dad!

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waterloo remembers visiting the birthplace of memorial day By Susan Henninger

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he Village of Waterloo, in the heart of the Finger Lakes region, is known far and wide as the “Birthplace of Memorial Day,” says Jane Shaffer, who has co-chaired Waterloo’s Celebrate Commemorate May weekend for fifteen years. According to Jane, the community event is a great way to bring attention to a national holiday. Patriotic Waterloo has even made it into the Guinness Book of World Records when, on May 29, 2000, there were 25,898 flags flying in the village!


"What families can expect to experience in Waterloo May 2326th isn’t a festival or a carnival; rather it’s a hometown event with a good dose of family fun," Jane elaborates. Memorial Day offers a time to celebrate the liberties we might not have without the sacrificies of those who served in the military, and it is also the perfect time to commemorate and acknowledge the significance of those who gave their service and their lives to keep America free.

What to Do

If you’re only able to make it to Waterloo for a day, Saturday may be your best bet as the day is chock full of activities and entertainment for parents and kids. The old-fashioned parade begins at 11am and travels down Main Street – veteran groups are the foundation of the procession and there will be many chances to clap your hands and wave flags for them. You’ll also see floats made by youth and adult organizations, the Finger Lakes Drum and Bugle Corp, the popular Rochester brass band, The Hit Men, along with plenty of fire trucks and antique cars. Jane says the parade is a great way to begin to teach younger children about the concept of patriotism. Marchers disperse at Lafayette Park and kids will find all sorts of excitement there. Kids Korner, organized by local youth organizations like Girl Scouts and 4-H, is perfect for toddlers and youth to about age 10. What makes The Korner so appealing is that the games and activities are led by other children and are usually a “simple kind of fun” without a lot of “bells and whistles." There’s basketball, bowling, and Tic Tac Toe Toss, which are inexpensive (proceeds go to the sponsoring club) and allow kids to win small prizes to take home with them. Children of all ages can have their faces painted and enjoy entertainment like the always-popular Nels Creman, InJest, who delights his audience with juggling and acrobatics. Daffy Dill the clown, who is in Kids Korner both Saturday and Sunday, is a personal favorite of Jane’s. ”Daffy Dill is a wonderful lady who has a great time interacting with the kids and making balloon animals,” she enthuses. Another attraction in Kids Korner is the Wegmans Zoomobile from the Seneca Park Zoo, which is always a hit with the younger set. Zoo representatives bring three or four animals, some soft and furry, others scaly and slippery, for children to look at, pet, and ask questions about. Celebrate Commemorate also offers the opportunity to learn more about our nation’s history through a visit to the Civil War encampments which are in Waterloo throughout the weekend. With everyone in costume, encampments are a truly authentic way to travel back in time and learn more about life in previous centuries. Civil War era games like cricket, (which kids may have heard about but never seen played before), musket cleaning demonstrations and cannon firiings are just a few of the activities you can see. Another opportunity that might be of interest to parents and kids is taking a ride on a canal boat to learn more about New York’s waterways and the lock system. There are also miniature horse and carriage rides that are perfect for small fry or guided horse and carriage tours for older kids and adults. Last, but not least, before heading home Saturday night don’t forget to catch the thrilling fireworks display off of Oak Island once darkness has descended. Jane explains that the Celebrate Commemorate committee’s goal is twofold – not only to ensure that local kids undercontinued >>> Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent • May 2014

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Backup Plan

Can’t make it to Waterloo to celebrate over the holiday weekend? For 148 consecutive years the Village has commemorated Memorial Day on May 30, no matter what day of the week it falls on (Friday this year). Local veterans' organizations hold a parade and ceremonies in honor of those men and women who served, and are still serving, today. Or you can plan a visit to the National Memorial Day Museum to learn more about the history of the holiday and how Waterloo became the Birthplace of Memorial Day. The Main Street museum (suggested donation) is open mid-April through mid-December; visit www.wlhs-ny.org for its hours of operation.

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stand and respect the historical significance of their hometown, but to integrate as many young people as possible into the Memorial Day activities. Committee members acknowledge that they won’t be around forever, and that it’s important for them to pass Waterloo’s heritage on to its youth so they’ll be motivated to assume leadership for Celebrate Commemorate when their time comes. In pursuit of this goal, Celebrate Commemorate’s committee members run a program called Creative Expressions in the Waterloo schools, beginning in kindergarten. Jane explains that every year, there is a contest where kids can use all types of artistic expression and media to show what Memorial Day means to them, including collages, drawings, and essays. The winners are recognized in an assembly and their creations are on display at Lafayette Park during Memorial Day for others to read, view, and be inspired by. Additionally, middle school children complete a patriotic project in their “advisement” class each year which is also displayed at the park. Other students help with setup and cleanup for Celebrate Commemorate or volunteer for some of the event’s committees throughout the year, all things Jane believes will increase their sense of pride in and stewardship of the Birthplace of Memorial Day.

“We hope we’ve established a high-quality community event that continues for generations to come,” she declares.

A Few Important Details

Celebrate Commemorate is held rain or shine. Admission is free, though there may be a minimal fee for some of the games and activities. There’s lots of free parking in the village and plenty of food is available from vendors and at local restaurants. Two alternate ideas for refreshments with a local flavor include a stop at the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail booth or a visit to the Cornell Cooperative Extension tent that offers information about nutrition and hourly cooking demonstrations. One of last year’s guest chefs was Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (mother of two young boys) who grilled healthy summer vegetables for families to sample. For a complete schedule of events go to www.waterloony.com/Mday2013.html  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


Highlights of Waterloo Activities

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SATURDAY, MAY 24th & SUNDAY, MAY 25th • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Breakfast Buffet @ American Legion or Waterloo VFW Civil War Living History Camp: Visit the Blacksmith, Signal Corp, Artillery, Cavalry, Infantry, Civilians and Historians Civil War Cricket : Learn and Play Live Cannon Firing Demonstrations Arts & Craft Shows Kids’ Korner Celebrate Parade (Saturday @ 11am) Nutrition & Cooking Programs Water Activities and Rentals Many Musical Performances (Including Civil War Era Music) Horse & Wagon Rides Miniature Horse & Wagon Rides Finger Lakes Water Adventures Boat Tours Civil War Cricket: Civilians vs Soldiers Historical Wagon Tours Finger Lakes Mounted Drill Team Children’s Entertainment throughout the Day Theodore Roosevelt Speaks Tea & Talk with Pres. Abraham Lincoln: Get to Know Him Pictures & Autographs: President Abraham Lincoln, President Theodore Roosevelt Children’s Civil War Era Games & Crafts Patriot Pizza Eating Contest Campfires Fireworks!! (Saturday @ 9:30pm) 5K Run (Sunday @ 9am) Musket Cleaning & Working Demonstration Tour American Civil War Memorial Classic/Antique Car & Woodie Car Shows Wegmans Zoomobile (Sunday)

MONDAY, MAY 26th • •

Memorial Day Veterans Biker Rally National Memorial Day Museum

Friday, May 30th OFFICIAL MEMORIAL DAY VETERANS SCHEDULE! • •

Full Military Services at Area Cemeteries Memorial Day Parade @6pm

For a complete schedule of events go to www.waterloony.com/Mday2013.html

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turning to the

crowd how area parents, organizations & schools are turning to crowdfunding to raise money for their project or cause By John Boccacino

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hen people think of fundraising efforts, most tend to think of children and their parents going door-to-door selling cookies for a local Boy Scout or Girl Scout troop, athletes holding car washes to raise money for a planned spring break trip, or calling in to your local PBS station to support their latest line of original programming. But there’s a new wave of fundraising that is

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helping local organizations, schools and parents raise more money and awareness for their causes like never before. It’s called crowdfunding. Crowdfunding basically relies on the internet to put parents, church lead-

ers, teachers and coaches in touch with a virtual community of potential donors willing to help out a local cause. Instead of relying on a few sizeable donations, crowd funding allows participants to raise money through numerous smaller donations from a large collection of donors.


What is Crowd Funding?

Utilizing websites such as Kickstarter (www.Kickstarter.com), Go Fund Me (www.gofundme.com), Indiegogo (www.indiegogo. com) and RocketHub (www.rockethub.com), individuals looking to crowd fundraise create their own website/profile page for their cause. This profile section usually details the important background information of a fundraising campaign, including who benefits from the donations, what the money will go towards and why this fundraising effort is happening. Oftentimes, people seeking help with their fundraising efforts will post videos and photographs to their page, letting potential donors see exactly how important this cause is to them. Additionally, these pages help create a compelling marketing message that will, hopefully, inspire observers to back their cause. Each campaign clearly lists a stated donation goal, the amount of money the group aspires to raise, as well as how long the fundraising project will last. Once the project has launched, each day is counted down while the money raised is tallied up to allow potential donors and site visitors to easily track and follow the success of the fundraising effort. In Rochester, there are hundreds of organizations, schools and individuals who have turned to crowd funding as a reliable and safe way to both get the word out about their cause or project and successfully raise money for their effort. Here are the stories of how four Rochester organizations/individuals turned to crowd funding.

the Guild Team taken at their winter planning retreat

Lots of Food: Healthier Food Choices for Rochester’s Less Privileged

Patty Love co-founded Lots of Food in March of 2013, with a goal of using her expertise in permaculture to educate and empower Rochester residents with the ability to grow abundant and tasty food that will “heal our land spaces while inspiring hope for social change and sharing pride in recreating Rochester as the ‘ Edible Flower City ’,” Love says. Love and a team of volunteers set about teaching residents about growing their own healthy food items in 11 public food forest gardens that could both provide nutritious food options while instilling pride in their community. Realizing that many residents lacked either the discretionary income, the awareness of how to grow their own healthy foods, or both, Love has been educating these residents through classes she teaches through the Rochester Permaculture Center, a program of Seeking Common Ground. To support the development of the public food forest garden at the Montgomery Neighborhood Center, Love created a fundraising page on KickStarter, and set a fundraising goal of $2,500 that would cover the requisite continued >>> Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent • May 2014

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BEFORE YOU LAUNCH A CAMPAIGN Do your research. Each site operates differently and has different rules. (For example, on KickStarter you only receive money if your project is fully funded.) Think about incentives. Some projects offer incentives and rewards for donors such as first-runs of new products, donor recognition, and more. Set goals. What do you want to achieve and why? Who do you want to reach? Create a timetable. Plan your launch date and a reasonable deadline. How long do you want your campaign to run? If you're offering rewards, when will you send them out to donors? Give yourself enough time to prepare, plan, execute and follow up.

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gardening materials and supplies, as well as succeed in our efforts.” community education classes and a winter The biggest tip Love had for anyone children’s program that teaches gardening, plotting a future crowd funding effort: “Make hand crafting, and relationship building skills. the incentives easy to create and deliver, and “Crowd funding gives people a way to also plan to spend 40 or more hours creating be part of a community by a video and on writing and editing your giving money, receiving fundraiser campaign.” an incentive, and then For more information on the getting updates Lots of Food fundraising effort, on the project,” visit www.kickstarter.com/ Crowdfunding says Love, projects/1523519243/ gives people a way to who serves lots-of-food-garbe part of a community as program den-at-montgomby giving money, director for ery-neighborreceiving an incentive, Lots of Food, hood-cen?ref=city a program of and then getting updates Seeking ComClass Trips For on the project." mon Ground. Deserving City “There is also a – Patty Love, Founder School Students of Lots of Food sense of comA pair of teachers at the World munity that comes of Inquiry School No. 58 turned from giving what you to GoFundMe to help defray the costs can and then inviting of their planned school trips to New York your friends to join in and cheer City and Washington, DC Gabrielle Graves, the project on while others step up to help an eighth-grade teacher at the school, and cross the funding goal line. We funded 143 Jennifer Wagner, a fifth-grade teacher, were percent of our goal! I learned that it was a lot searching for ways to help make their field more work and time to initiate and complete trips more cost-friendly for their deserving a KickStarter campaign than I imagined it students. Knowing that Rochester is among would be, but it was also very rewarding to the poorest cities in the country, and that not


jennifer wagner's 5th grade class at world of inquiry school no. 58

all parents could afford the cost of sending their son or daughter to New York or Washington for an educational and fun class trip, both teachers decided to set up GoFundMe pages. Graves and her students are scheduled to visit the nation’s capital from June 4 to the 6. The field trip is usually a rite of passage for most suburban students in Monroe County, but such trips can be an expensive luxury for many of Graves’ families. In fact, Graves believes that her classroom is the only one in the Rochester City School District that makes the annual pilgrimage to DC to study the history of America. Earlier this year, her students already had inspired similar fundraising programs by helping raise more than $7,000 for Going Bald for Bucks. That initiative, where a handful of teachers and students had their heads shaved or their hair significantly cut, was used as part of the school’s community service project and helped teens living with cancer. So when it came time to fundraise for her class’s field trip, Graves didn’t hesitate in turning to GoFundMe for help. “Many of our students have never been out of Rochester or out of the state, which makes our ability to take these students so important,” says Graves, who adds that her biggest tip for crowd funding is to share the fundraising page as often as possible on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. “These kids have worked hard this year and the least I could do is help raise money for them. The benefits of GoFundMe are that more people are willing to donate because it requires so little of them. They can donate and not have to worry about following up to get a candle or other item or service for their donation. I have been blown away by the support of so many. … To have a successful campaign, you need to really believe in what you’re raising money for, and know that people will support your cause because they believe in you too.” In just one month, Graves’ efforts have netted her $1,775 towards her goal of $3,500. The fundraiser continues until June, and Graves is confident that her fundraising goal will be met. In the history portion of her class, Wagner’s students have been learning about immigration and the industrialization of the United States around the turn of the 20th century. After studying the impact of human rights from that era, including whether those new American citizens had their rights either upheld or violated by the policies of the time, Wagner wants her students to visit New York to observe just what life was like for new citizens. The overnight field trip is scheduled to include a trip to Ellis Island — where most immigrants landed after their arduous journeys from European countries — as well as a visit to an actual tenement house where these immigrants could have lived once they settled into America. Melding the educational experience of a textbook continued >>> Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent • May 2014

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with this real-world experience, Wagner Dollars for Dionna’s knew how important her planned field trip Specialized Therapy was to the class’s education. Dionna Zupparo’s life was forever Wagner started a changed on November 2, 2011. GoFundMe site that has At the time, Zupparo was raised $645 towards just 14 years old and I have her goal of $1,000. had her sights set on learned that you She posted winning a sectional photos of her don’t always have to swimming chamstudents hard sell something to have a pionship for her at work in the successful fundraiser, and high school swim classroom, team at Greece that some people actually hoping poArcadia. During prefer to not buy any more tential donors the course of stuff, but just want to would be inthe competition, spired to give support a good cause.” immediately after seeing following her – Jennifer Wagner, that her students warm up activities, fifth-grade teacher at weren’t merely Zupparo suddenly did World of Inquiry seeking a free ride School No. 58 not feel well and fell to to New York. “We the ground. She suffered have had contribua debilitating stroke, and instead tions from as far away as Kansas. of worrying about whether she could tame Parents, families, friends, neighbors and the rest of the field and claim a swimming even school board members have stepped championship, her parents were not sure if up and made donations,” says Wagner. “I Zupparo would ever walk or talk again. have learned that you don’t always have to Unable to speak, eat or have the use of sell something to have a successful fundthe right side of her body, Zupparo’s future raiser, and that some people actually prefer was bleak, but that didn’t stop the dynamic to not buy any more stuff, but just want to teenager from dedicating herself fully to support a good cause.” her rehabilitation efforts. Since the stroke, For more information on Graves’ Zupparo has fought hard in her recovery efforts, visit www.gofundme.com/6nand is able to walk (with the assistance of a wngk. For more information on Wagner’s device) and is slowly regaining her speech. fundraiser, visit www.gofundme.com/ But the rehabilitation efforts have been WOIS5thgradeNYC. costly to Zupparo’s parents, Nash and Roxanne Zupparo. So Dave and Sue Wilson, longtime friends of the Zupparos, decided

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to lend their hand to the cause, and Sue started a Go Fund Me site designed to raise the required money ($17,000) to allow Dionna Zupparo to receive specialized therapy at the Taub Clinic on the University of Alabama campus. “Nash and my husband, Dave, were best friends and roommates from their college days at Alfred University, so we wanted to do whatever we could to help Dionna and her family during their time of need,” says Sue Wilson, whose efforts have raised nearly $1,400 in less than a month. “I never expected to get as many donations over $50 as we have, and those are from extremely generous folks who have never even met Dionna, but they feel compelled to help out this special young woman. And one of the great parts of GoFundMe is, there’s an easy way to send out a thank you note as soon as a donation has come in. The site is easy to set up and very user-friendly.” Wilson adds that the therapy available at the Taub Clinic should help Dionna gain more use of the right side of her body. For more information on the Dollars for Dionna’s Specialized Therapy fundraiser, visit http://www.gofundme.com/ dollarsfordionna2  John Boccacino is monthly contributor to Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent Magazine. He reported on sports and local news for more than 6 1/2 years with the Democrat and Chronicle newspaper. He is currently the Director of Sports Information for Keuka College. Boccacino is a Brighton native who currently resides in Webster.


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solve the child care conundrum By Beth Fornauf

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aycare, and nannies, and au pairs, oh my! There are a myriad of childcare choices available to families today, but figuring out which option is best is no easy task. Parents of young children have a particularly difficult job, because care providers for children under two are not as prevalent as those for older children. Because babies have more needs than older children, they require a higher level of care – that translates to higher costs for care centers and parents. Deciding on the right care setting for your little one is a big decision, requiring careful thought, research and planning. Before you decide which option is best for you, consider the following factors.

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Money

Parents know that childcare will be expensive, but few are prepared for the shock of the actual dollar amount – even for those seeking part-time care. Looking at the total cost of child care per month can be scary. But stay calm. This is an important investment, so re-examine your family finances before making any decisions. Determine a monthly range that your family can afford. For example, if you figure you can spend around eight hundred dollars per month, are you prepared to spend nine hundred if a certain month has an extra week? Will you be able to spring for incidentals such as field trips and fundraisers? Always give yourself a cushion for unexpected tuition changes, occasional nights out (and hiring a babysitter), or little odds and ends that arise.

Flexibility

While flexibility in the workplace is fairly common, especially for parents of young children, it isn’t yet an option everywhere. When you decide on a child care solution you also need to take into account your

work schedule. What will happen if your child gets sick? Are you able to leave work early or arrive late? Also consider schedule conflicts. Daycare centers may close on certain holidays when you have to work. A babysitter or nanny may get sick at the last minute and not be able to make it. Create a realistic back-up plan that you, your family and your employer can live with so you aren’t scrambling to handle surprises that may pop up.

Expertise

No one is going to care for your child in exactly the same way you do. Even if you have family members or the most agreeable babysitter in the world, there are bound to be some differences. And that’s not a bad thing. Kids need to learn to adapt to different people’s personalities and preferences, while also expressing their own. Just make sure your expectations for behavior and meeting basic needs are consistent. The reality is, expertise with young children is not easy to come by. Laws vary by state regarding teacher-student ratios for children under two; as a result, many daycares don’t accept infants. When you find a person

or center that feels right, ask about the experience of individuals who will interact with your child. What are their educational backgrounds? How long have they worked with kids of this age? Are they certified in infant First Aid/CPR? Parents need to weigh how important these things are to them, and determine their deal-breakers.

Health

Most pediatricians will tell you that the average child gets between four and eight colds per year. This doesn’t seem so bad, but when you realize that most of them will happen between late fall and early spring, and that a “cold” can last up to two weeks, it may start to feel like your child is perpetually sick. As a result, you are constantly stressing, missing work, or scrambling for last minute care. If your child is cared for in a setting with other children, chances are she’ll have a few unexpected visits to the doctor, or at best, a very runny nose. While the general consensus is that the first year in a daycare-type setting is the worst for sicknesses, the ailments don’t end after that. If your child is particularly sensitive to continued >>>

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Child care center/daycare

Nanny or babysitter

family member

AU PAIR

a hybrid

What it looks like: Your child attends a group childcare setting with other children of a similar age. Pros: Child care centers have strict regulations set forth by most states, so the staff is usually certified in First Aid/CPR, and the child-caregiver ratio is low. Many centers also require their caregivers to complete an early childhood certification program, so they are trained in working with young children. Cons: Your child will probably contract more than her fair share of viruses, especially her first year. Because there are several children per adult, your child may have to adjust to a group schedule of feeding and napping that may differ from the one at home.

What it looks like: Your child receives care from an individual in your home. Pros: Your child has the undivided attention of a caregiver in a safe, familiar place. It also makes maintaining a feeding and napping schedule easy. Cons: Lack of socialization. As your child gets older, you may want him to interact with other babies or toddlers, not just adults, to learn about sharing, taking turns, etc.

What it looks like: A grandparent, aunt or uncle, or other family member cares for your child in your home or theirs. Pros: Family members have a personal relationship with your child, so it’s probably the closest thing to having you there. Cons: If your family member doesn’t agree with your way of doing things, they may do what worked for their kids. They may feel more comfortable doing their own thing without consulting you.

What it looks like: Au pairs are typically young female nannies who live in your home and work up to forty hours per week caring for your children. Pros: Because most au pairs come to America from another country, they introduce new cultural perspectives and ideas to your children. If you go through an organization like Au Pair in America or Interexchange, the candidates are pre-screened. Often the overall cost is less per hour than traditional baby-sitters or nannies. Cons: Having someone enter your home (and your lives) for a year is a big commitment. You need to make sure you and your family are prepared for this. Most au pairs commit up to one year, so you’ll have to repeat the process again next year.

What it looks like: A combination of any of the options listed above. Pros: You can customize care to meet your needs, and possibly save money. Your child gets to experience different settings, and learns to socialize with a variety of people. Cons: Change can be confusing for children, and if your hybrid schedule isn’t regimented, your child’s routines (eating, sleeping, etc.), may suffer.

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seasonal illnesses, you may want to find a temporary one-on-one care solution, or review the sanitation procedures at the daycare. If you have a nanny, find out upfront if she is comfortable caring for a sick child. You don’t want to find out on your way out the door that your babysitter doesn’t know how to take a temperature or is nervous about giving medicine.

Philosophy

This is probably the single most important aspect when choosing childcare for young children. Because your child will be spending a lot of time with his caregiver, he’ll be learning a lot of behavioral and problem solving cues. You need to figure out how the caregiver’s philosophy on learning, setting limits, and maintaining schedules matches up with your own. This can be tricky regardless of what type of care you have. Make a point of observing your child in the setting for an hour or so before committing. You can also ask his teacher or babysitter how they handle certain situations like tantrums and conflicts. The conversation may be awkward, but at least you’ll know if you are on the same page. Finding quality care is possible if parents do their homework. Take a good long look at each of these areas before making a commitment. But don’t stop there. Revisit these topics periodically to make sure your child care solution is meeting your child’s needs and making sense for your family.  Beth Fornauf is a freelance writer and mother of two.

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[ book nook]

By Deena Viviani

spring is in the air

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he grass is growing, the trees are budding, and the flowers are opening. Take a spring break in the garden with these reads!

more reads Additional books to put some spring in your step: Picture Books Let It Rain by Maryann Cocca-Leffler What Not to Give Your Mom on Mother’s Day by Martha Seif Simpson Randy Riley’s Really Big Hit by Chris Van Dusen

easy reader Springtime in Bugland by David A. Carter

Middle Grade Clementine and the Spring Trip by Sara Pennypacker Mudville by Kurtis Scaletta Tails of Spring Break by Anne Warren Smith

Young Adult Prom & Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg Ditched by Robin Mellom It’s Our Prom (So Deal With It) by Julie Anne Peters

I’d Know You Anywhere, My Love By Nancy Tillman Feiwel and Friends, 2013, hardcover, $17.99, Ages 3-6

Mother’s child pretends to be a rhinoceros and father’s little one is a fox! No matter what shape the child takes, mother and father can always recognize a smile, a laugh, or a kiss. Baby animals abound in this tender picture book told in rhyming stanzas. Children will love pretending to be different critters as they read along with this sweet story that is perfect for Mother’s Day.

Split! Splat!

Written by Amy Gibson & Illustrated by Steve Björkman Scholastic, 2012, hardcover, $16.99, Ages 3-5 Rain pip pop pats and drip drop taps against the windows, but that’s no reason to stay indoors! There are umbrellas to twirl, puddles to jump, and mud to squish between your toes. This sing-songy story that brightly illustrates fun in the rain, mud, and sun will make readers yearn for a spring shower.

Animals In My Backyard: Earthworms

By Aaron Carr AV2 by Weigl, 2014, hardcover, $12.95, Ages 3-5

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Get up close and personal with earthworms! This introductory non-fiction volume gives readers information about a worm’s body, senses, and locomotion, complete with detailed photographs. Additional facts in the end pages provide grown-up readers with more wormy goodness to share. Fans of this book will know loads about their crawly friends when they spring out of the dirt.

the stands? Read this poetic non-fiction picture book and learn how it is all that and more! Accessible illustrations and baseball terminology provide entertainment and basic facts to elementary school enthusiasts. Take this one out to the ballgame!

Baseball Is…

Lily is in over her head. Not only did she join the Baking Bookworms mother-daughter book club when she has no baking skills whatsoever, but she also promised to host a Sweet Thirteen party and audition for the school’s Spring Fling with her band. Will she be able to do it

Written by Louise Borden & Illustrated by Raúl Colón Margaret K. McElderry, 2014, hardcover, $17.99, Ages 6-8 What is baseball? A spring sport, a piece of American history, or a ball caught in

Frosting and Friendship

By Lisa Schroeder Aladdin, 2013, hardcover, $15.99, Ages 8-12


all? This middle grade novel taps into tween truths about family and friendships – and includes two bonus recipes!

Dangerous Girls

By Abigail Haas Simon Pulse, 2013, hardcover, $16.99, Ages 14-18 For Anna, spring break in Aruba should be about partying in the sun, laying on the beach, and spending time with her boyfriend. What it shouldn’t be about is her best friend’s murder. Soon Anna is standing trial in a foreign country, pleading for her innocence while the rest of the world is sure of her guilt. This page-turning young adult courtroom drama is full of twists and turns, and motives and lies. Recommended to older teen readers who are open to the darker side of paradise – and spring break. 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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[ parenting teens & tweens ]

By Myrna Beth Haskell

are you a cool parent? finding the best way to stay on the same page as your teen

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ave you watched Mean Girls (SNL Studios, 2004) with your teen daughter? There is a memorable line in the movie when Mrs. George states, “I’m not like a regular mom. I’m a COOL mom.” Of course, Mrs. George is a caricature of a mom trying too hard to be “one of the girls.” She makes mocktails for “happy hour,” wears skimpy clothing, and allows her daughter to occupy the master bedroom suite. Are “cool parents” more in tune with their teens? What does it really mean to be a "cool parent?"

A cool parent is someone who can relate to teens but still establishes a position of respect and authority. A cool parent might occasionally forego a night out with her spouse so her teen can invite friends over for pizza. She might shake her thing to the latest version of Just Dance (Wii video game) with her teen daughter and her girlfriends. However, it’s not so cool – and will likely embarrass her teen – if she suddenly de-

cided to talk like a rap artist or wear a string bikini during her teen’s backyard pool party.

Cool Parents are Truly Connected Cool parents know that the key to staying on the same page as their teenagers is to stay involved and interested in their dreams and goals. Ilene Val-Essen, PhD, author of Bring Out the Best in Your Child and Your Self: Creating a Family Based on

Mutual Respect (Quality Parenting, 2010) and creator of the "Quality Parenting Program” (www.qualityparenting.com), believes that teens want to stay connected with their parents even though, at times, it seems that they prefer their own world. “Respect is the link,” she explains. “Respect yourself, your children, and those with whom you interact.” She says that teens will be naturally drawn to parents who are powerful role models. Christina G. Hibbert, PsyD, a clinical psychologist, mother of six, and author of This is How We Grow (Oracle Folio Books, 2013), points out, “One of the worst things parents can do is try to be their teen’s friend. They have plenty of ‘cool’ friends. Instead of trying to be like your teen, focus on being open to your teen. Do activities with them that they enjoy. Make time to listen whenever they need you. ”

Grace Malonai, PhD, LPCC, a psychotherapist specializing in parenting and family relationships, explains, “It is common for people to think that in order to connect with their teens they need to get down on a teen’s level by wearing similar clothing or talking the lingo. However, parents are older and different than their teens, and trying to look and sound like them may seem fake. Parents can connect with teens by being authentic and empathetic.” Parents should be aware of the latest teen trends, both good and bad. Educate yourself about new social networking sites, music, movies, as well as anything illicit or unhealthy teens might be exposed to. You can’t advise your teen if you don’t know what is going on. Staying connected with your teen also means that you are familiar with his current circle of friends and his social activities.

Want to share your ideas? Upcoming topic: Tips to encourage your teen to have healthy sleep habits. Send your full name, address, & brief comments to: myrnahaskell@gmail.com or visit: www.myrnahaskell.com

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Allow your teen to have friends over regularly so you can get to know them on a more personal basis. Take your teen on regular outings, and spend time doing something your teen loves, even if it makes the hairs on your arm stand tall (e.g. waiting for the first car on a hyper coaster, etc.).

What’s the Buzz? Communication is the key to all successful relationships. Teens don’t always talk to their parents about what is going on, but parents must keep trying to break that barrier. Malonai, recommends, “Listen to your teen with all that you have, and make sure you are available when the time is right.” She also advises parents to show interest in their teen’s feelings without using accusatory language. For instance, a parent might say, “The words in that song tell a sad story, yet you are smiling. This makes me curious.” She explains that empathetic listening takes practice but is necessary. Val-Essen advises, “Wear an antenna! Show an interest in their world. Also, share openly about the meaningful aspects of your day to create an atmosphere where exchange is natural.” “Know what is happening in their lives and who is important in their lives. Even if they seem bothered by your questions, keep asking,” Hibbert says. “They need you more than they will admit, and they want you to be interested in them.” “Cool parents are parents teens can be proud of," says Val-Essen. "Parents engaged in meaningful activities – those that keep them alive and passionate about life – are cool parents teens admire.” Being a cool parent shouldn’t mean

“Cool Parent” Dos and Don’ts • D o don a walking dead costume for Halloween • Don’t drink alcohol in front of your teen and his friends • Don’t serve alcohol to your teen and his friends • D o try water skiing with your teen • Don’t mimic teenager banter on social networking sites • Do host an (alcohol-free) party for your teen and her friends at your house, but don’t leave the premises

you morph into a middle-aged adolescent. Instead, it should mean that you haven’t forgotten what it is like to be carefree and you can still find your sense of humor. Perhaps it means that you understand your teen is changing and you embrace those changes and his need for more independence. However, at the same time, you still insist that he follows a set of rules and expectations. Now, that’s cool!  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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Child Care, Montessori & Preschool Providers Guide Whether you need a full day care program, after-school services or in-home care, this guide gives a vast array of services and options available. Child Care Centers Child Care Resources Montessori Programs Preschool & Nursery Schools

www.RocParent.com/directories/child-care Allendale Columbia School Pre-Primary Program

519 Allens Creek Rd., Rochester, 14618 585-641-5344 admissions@allendalecolumbia.org www.allendalecolumbia.org Now well into its second century, Allendale Columbia is a leading independent co-ed school for students in nursery through grade 12. Here, learning goes far beyond books and tests. We have the freedom to dig deeper so students can question more, discuss, debate, and question again so they develop critical thinking skills and become effective problem solvers. Our faculty connects knowledge to real life so our students can make more sense of the world–and their place in it.

Rich Beginnings Child Care Center 601 Edgewood Ave Rochester, New York 14618 244-3650 www.richbeginnings.com

We are a wonderful center with an excellent reputation! Care starts at 6 weeks to 12 years old. Both our full day Kindergarten (9-2:30) and Pre-K program ( 9:00 -12:00) have wrap-around care available. Our theme-related Summer camp is a lot of fun! Call for a tour today!

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Margaret’s House Child Care Center at RIT

112 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, 14623 475-5176, Voice/TTY www.rit.edu/studentaffairs/margaretshouse

Come to visit our center and see our excellent staff in action – a high quality fun-filled environment for children to learn and grow! Infants through preschool, a full-day Kindergarten, and innovative summer program activities for grades 1-4.

YMCA of Greater Rochester 585-546-5500 rochesterymca.org/childcare

Innovative youth programs are offered for children 6 weeks-12 years old including preschool, upk, and before and after school enrichment. They are centered around nine research-based core components such as tutoring and mentoring, college and career exploration, 21st century skills, service learning, family engagement, and more! Our focus is on the intellectual, social/emotional, and physical development of youth. Financial assistance is available.


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Summer Camps & Activities

Thinking Summer?

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

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.

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

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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

JCC Camps • 17

Ruckus Dance Alliance • 27

Bears Outdoor Play Products • 5 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

Trinity Montessori School • 30

City of Rochester • 9

MCC - Summer College for Kids • 20

Cornell University Sports School •9

Midtown Athletic Club • 21

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

Railroad Junction Summer Day Camp • 23

Wegmans Teen Culinary Camp • 34

Friendship Children's Center, Inc • 12

RBTL - Summer Stars • 23

YMCA of Greater Rochester • 35

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Calendar

may events

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

Military Heritage Day // May 17

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n honor of Armed Forces Day, view demonstrations of patriotic music, uniforms, equipment, and collectibles spanning our region’s more than 225 year history. On hand will be some of the area’s leading experts on military history and the involvement of western New Yorkers in America’s wars. Meet and interact with re-enactors of the French & Indian War, the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, and World War II. Where: Genesee Country Village & Museum,1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford, 14511 When: Saturday, May 17, 10am-4pm Cost: $16.50/Adult; $13.50/Student with ID; $10.50/Youth (4-16); Free/Under 4. Free admission for all active military and veterans for this special program in honor of Armed Forces Day. For More Info: Call 538-6822 or visit www.gcv.org

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Innovation & Creativity Festival

Imagine RIT: Innovation & Creativity Festival Imagine your future and plan your day at the festival. Here's a unique way to get started: Print out a game board or pick one up at the event. Then visit one or more exhibits shown on the game board. Show your game board to any welcome tent volunteer as you exit the festival and automatically receive an Imagine RIT badge. For each block of three exhibits you visit, receive one ticket to enter a drawing to win a RIT Prize Pack ($50 value). Come check it out. May 3 10am-5pm. Free. Takes place throughout RIT’s campus off Jefferson Road, Henrietta. 475-2411 www.rit.edu/imagine

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Lilac Festival

Kick off Rochester's festival season with the 116th annual Lilac Festival. Some of this year's concert headliners include the Skycoasters, Duke Jupiter and the Original Wailers. Check out the schedule so you don't miss any of the fun. Help to break a Guinness World Record, watch the Lilac Parade, lace up for the Lilac Run, check out the shopping, or sign up for wine & chocolate tasting. It all takes place at Highland Park 10:30am-8:30pm Daily. Admission is Free. www.rochesterevents.com

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Teen Book Festival

Here's an event especially for teens! Come out and talk with award-winning authors and get their autographs; take a writing or illustration workshop; meet 4 self-published teen authors; hang out with your peers who like to read; have lots of fun! The authors arrive around 8:45am - come cheer for them and watch the parade. FREE. 8:45am-5pm. Nazareth College, main entrance at Shults Center, 4245 East Ave., Rochester 14618. Contact StephanieS@tbflive.org with questions or www.tbflive.org


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01 * Thursday Red Wings vs Louisville 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. 7:05pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Way, Rochester. 454-1001. RedWingsBaseball.com Sankofa African Dance & Drum Ensemble Celebrating life through the rhythms of Afro/Caribbean/Latin cultures with dance, drumming and singing. Featuring the Rochester Oratorio Society and Dancer/Drummer/Choreographer Fana Bangoura. $16/General; $11/ Senior, Alumni, Faculty & Staff; $8.50/ Student. 7:30pm. Hartwell Dance Theater, College of Brockport, Kenyon Street, Brockport. 395-2787. fineartstix.brockport.edu

02 * 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 * Geneva Night Out Arts and cultural event in downtown Geneva on the first Friday of every month. Art openings, exhibits and showcases hosted by local businesses & galleries. Selfguided maps listing activities on website. 5-8pm. Downtown Geneva. www.genevanightout.org Red Wings vs Louisville Pre-Game Autograph Booth, presented by Hillside Family of Agencies. Varies. 7:05pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Way, Rochester. 454-1001. RedWingsBaseball.com Sankofa African Dance & Drum Ensemble See May 1. 7:30pm. Hartwell Dance Theater, College of Brockport, Kenyon Street, Brockport. 395-2787. fineartstix.brockport.edu SOTA presents: Legally Blonde This fresh, fun and effervescent musical comedy teaches life-lessons that go beyond the color of our hair. $5-$9. 7pm. School of the Arts, 45 Prince St., Rochester, 14607. 242-7682. www.sotarochester.org Weepeats Spring Event Children’s Consignment Event for you to buy and sell quality, name-brand, like-new children’s items. Over 1700 registered consignors. Find Baby Gear, clothing from preemie to preteen, books, toys, furniture, and more. Every item is pre-

screened. $5 admission entire weekend (kids free). 9am-6pm. The Dome Fair & Expo Center, 2695 E. Henrietta Rd., Henrietta 14467. www.weepeats.net

03 * Saturday 8th Annual Wildlife Festival Live animal presentations, food, music, kid’s games & activities, guided canoe trips, bird watching and over 40 vendors & exhibitors provide a special day for nature enthusiasts. The theme for this year’s event is “Celebrating Important Bird Areas.” $4/adult; $2/school-age child; free/kids 4 & under. 10am-3pm. Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savanna, 13146. 315365-3580. ny.audubon.org/montezuma Celebrate May Day Delight in a special family program to learn about the traditional Maypole dance and make a May basket to give to someone you love. $3/person; $10/family (Free for RMSC members). 10am-12pm. Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Rd., Naples, 14512. 374-6160. www.rmsc.org FREE * Fiber Arts Festival Come celebrate 12 years of creativity! Demonstrations of floor loom, rigid heddle, inkle, table and tapestry loom weaving as well as spinning, tatting, and other techniques. Learn about upcoming fiber arts classes. Kids can try their hand at weaving. 1-4pm. Weaving and Fiber Arts Center, Studio 1940, Piano Works Mall, 349 West Commercial St., East Rochester 14445. 703-6253. www.weaversguildofrochester.org FREE * Imagine RIT: Innovation & Creativity Festival Experience the future! Discover nearly 400 interactive presentations, exhibits, research projects, hands-on demonstrations and live performances. 10am-5pm. RIT Campus, Rochester Institute of Technology, 1 Lomb Memorial Dr., Rochester 14623. 475-2411. www.rit.edu/imagine Kaleidescopika (The Art of Unfolding) This electrifying new work featuring LehrerDance & Cordis Quartet combines the most thrilling elements in contemporary performing arts: athletic dance; cirque-type acrobatics & aerial artistry; an emotional musical score; & a multimedia backdrop. $25$40. 8pm. Callahan Theater, Nazareth College, 4245 East Ave., Rochester 14618. 389-2170. artscenter.naz.edu Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein IT’S ALIVE! From the creators of the record-breaking Broadway sensation “The Producers” comes the outrageous new musical based on Mel Brooks’ 1974 classic comedy masterpiece. $26 (JCC Members $24); $18/student. 8pm. CenterStage Theatre, The Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester, 1200 Edgewood Ave., Rochester 14618. 461-2000. jccrochester.org/ Polar Bear Awareness Day Part of the zoo’s Animal Conservation Series,

Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein

May 3-18: A wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Frankenstein legend, your favorite characters are all there including Dr. Frankenstein (that’s Fronkensteen) attempting to complete his grandfather’s masterwork, his oddly shaped helper Igor (that’s Eye-gor), his curvaceous lab assistant Inga, his incredibly self-involved fiancé Elizabeth and, of course, the monster himself. $26 (JCC Members $24); $18/student. Check for times. Hart Theatre, JCC, 1200 Edgewood Ave., Rochester 14618. 461-2000. jccrochester.org aimed at raising awareness about the plight of some of our planet’s most threatened species. Come learn about polar bears and act on their behalf and spread the word to others. Included with admission. 10am-4pm. Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St. Paul St., Rochester 14621. 336-7200. www.senecaparkzoo.org Red Wings vs Louisville PreGame Autograph Booth, presented by Hillside Family of Agencies. Varies. 1:05pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Way, Rochester. 454-1001. RedWingsBaseball.com Sankofa African Dance & Drum Ensemble See May 1. 2pm & 7:30pm. Hartwell Dance Theater, College of Brockport, Kenyon Street, Brockport. 395-2787. fineartstix.brockport.edu Sonnenberg Spring 5K Run/ Stroll Race or walk, as you wish, around the Sonnenberg Gardens and Canandaigua VA Hospital grounds. The spring flowers and flowering trees will be putting on a wonderful show. Proceeds benefit operational expenses at Sonnenberg Gardens. $20 pre-registration; $25 day of race. 9am. Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, 151 Charlotte Street, Canandaigua 14424. 394-4922. www.sonnenberg.org SOTA presents: Legally Blonde See May 2. $5-$9. 7pm. School of the Arts, 45 Prince St., Rochester, 14607. 242-7682. www.sotarochester.org Weepeats Spring Event See May 2. $2 (kids free). 9am-4pm. The Dome Fair & Expo Center, 2695 E. Henrietta Rd., Henrietta 14467. www.weepeats.net

04 * Sunday Asian Pacific American Heritage Family Day This funfilled annual celebration includes family art activities, music and dance, cultural displays, guided tours and storytelling. $5 suggested family donation. 12-5pm. Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave, Rochester 14607. 276-8900. mag.rochester.edu/calendar Erie Canal Celebration Concert The Brockport Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Jonathan Allentoff, is joined by the Brockport Youth String Orchestra, Vocalist William Hullfish, Narrator Bill Andrews & the Golden Eagle String Band to present an afternoon of musical tributes. $3 suggested donation. 4pm. College of Brockport, Seymour College Union Ballroom, Residence Dr., Brockport 14420. 402-8126. www.brockportsymphony.org Live Bug Encounters With the assistance of a Museum “Bugologist,” get an up-close view of living bugs. Hold a hissing cockroach in your hand, examine the many legs of a millipede, and investigate the clever way some beetles protect themselves from predators. Included with admission. 12-2pm. Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo 14211. 716-896-5200. www.sciencebuff.org Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein See May 3. 2pm. Hart Theatre, The Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester, 1200 Edgewood Ave., Rochester 14618. 461-2000. jccrochester.org

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calendar of events • local family-friendly activities Mount Hope Cemetery Tour Two-hour leisurely walk of approximately one mile on paved roads and uneven terrain. Learn about local history, famous people (Susan B. Anthony & Frederick Douglass), horticulture, geology, architecture, symbolism & more. Sundays thru October 26. $5/person; Free/members & children under 16. 2pm. Mount Hope Cemetery, North Gatehouse (opposite Robinson Dr.); 791 Mt. Hope Avenue, Rochester 14620. 461-3494. fomh.org Red Wings vs Louisville Knot Hole Kids’ Club Game. 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). Pre-Game Autograph Booth. Varies. 1:05pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Way, Rochester. 454-1001. RedWingsBaseball.com Sankofa African Dance & Drum Ensemble See May 1. 2pm. Hartwell Dance Theater, College of Brockport, Kenyon Street, Brockport. 395-2787. fineartstix.brockport.edu SOTA presents: Legally Blonde See May 2. $5-$9. 5pm. School of the Arts, 45 Prince St., Rochester, 14607. 242-7682. www.sotarochester.org

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Spring Fest: The BIG Event Culmination of a week-long celebration featuring a different food specialty daily- from Gluten Free to Vegan. Samplings, product demonstrations, information sessions, gift basket raffles, prizes, music, and much more! $1 donation to All4Pets of Western NY. 6:30-8:30pm. Lori’s Natural Foods Center, 900 Jefferson Rd., Rochester 14623. 424-2323. www.lorisnatural.com FREE * Weepeats Half Price Sale Children’s Consignment Event for you to buy and sell quality, namebrand, like-new children’s items from over 1700 registered consignors. Find Baby Gear, clothing from preemie to preteen, books, toys, furniture, and more. Every item is pre-screened. 9am-12pm. The Dome Fair & Expo Center, 2695 E. Henrietta Rd., Henrietta 14467. www.weepeats.net

05 * Monday Monday Kicks: Spring Into Action Playful, learning activities designed especially for 2-6 year olds, one Monday each month. This month’s theme: Spring into Action! Included with admission. Ages: 2-6. 10am-2pm. The Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Sq., Rochester, 14607. 263-2700. www.museumofplay.org

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09 * Friday

Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein See May 3. 7pm. CenterStage Theatre, The Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester, 1200 Edgewood Ave., Rochester 14618. 461-2000. jccrochester.org/

Animal Tales Drop-In Storytime See May 2. Held every Friday in the Learning Center. 11:30am. Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Rd., Fairport 14450. www.lollypop.org

Montezuma Birding 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. 9-11am. Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savanna, 13146. 315-365-3580. ny.audubon.org/montezuma Twilight Tour of Mount Hope Cemetery This 75-minute tour includes information about some of the locals buried in the cemetery as well as local history, architecture and more. Mostly paved roads, some uneven terrain. Every Thursday through August 14. Refreshments following the tour. $5/person; Free/ members & children under 16. 6:30pm. Mount Hope Cemetery, North Gatehouse (opposite Robinson Dr.); 791 Mt. Hope Avenue, Rochester 14620. 461-3494. fomh.org

Day Out with Thomas: The Thrill of the Ride Tour 2014 Take a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, star of the popular Thomas & Friends series. Meet Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway, and enjoy a day of Thomas-themed activities including arts & crafts, storytelling and more. $19 ages 2 & up. 10am-4pm. Medina Railroad Museum, 530 West Ave., Medina 14103. 798-6106. www.railroadmuseum.net 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 14623. 4244625. www.billgraysiceplex.com FREE * Rochester Lilac Festival Opening Day! Live music, children’s entertainment and more. 10:30am-8:30pm. Highland Park,


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10 * Saturday Advanced Dissection Discoveries New monthly series investigating and exploring the inner workings of organisms around us. This month is dissecting grass frogs. Due to the use of sharp instruments, participants must be 8 years or older & accompanied by an adult. Space is limited. $13 ($10 members) with admission. 11am-12:30pm. Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo 14211. 716-8965200 x338. www.sciencebuff.org FREE * Craft Show & Bake Sale & Silent Auction All proceeds benefit MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers). Crafts, Concessions, Silent Auction, Bake Sale and Community Craft Show all rolled into one event. 9am-4pm. Lakeshore Community Church, 3651 Latta Rd., Rochester 14612. 392-5253. dbedient75@hotmail.com Day Out with Thomas: The Thrill of the Ride Tour 2014 See May 9. $21 ages 2 & up. 9:15am-4:45pm. Medina Railroad Museum, 530 West Ave., Medina 14103. 798-6106. www.railroadmuseum.net Fashion Show The Park Ridge Auxiliary hosts the 6th Annual Fashion Show to raise funds for Unity Health System. Fashions by Chico’s modeled by Auxiliary Members. $28. 11am. Rochester Airport Marriot, 1890 W. Ridge Road, Greece. 861-8104. spenna415@gmail.com Hometown Heroes Meet an EMT, firefighter, and police officer. See a performance by Allendale Columbia students celebrating the hero in everyone. Included with admission. 11am-4pm. The Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Sq., Rochester, 14607. 263-2700. www.museumofplay.org FREE * MARSH Volunteer Event Volunteers of all ages are welcome to enhance forest habitat for birds and other wildlife by participating in a native tree planting project. Tools provided; you provide the elbow grease. Free lunch. 9am-1pm. Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savanna, 13146. 315-365-3580. ny.audubon.org/montezuma Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein See May 3. 8pm. CenterStage Theatre, The Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester, 1200 Edgewood Ave., Rochester 14618. 461-2000. jccrochester.org/ Rain Barrel Workshop Create your own rain barrel and bring it home. Everything supplied but the rain! $25. 11am-12:30pm. Rochester Museum & Science Center,

657 East Ave., Rochester 14607. 697-1942. www.rmsc.org FREE * Rochester Lilac Festival Lilac Parade Day ! Begins at 10:30am at South Avenue at Science Parkway and travels down South Avenue to Highland Avenue ending at Goodman Street. 10:30am-8:30pm. Highland Park, 1440 South Ave., Rochester 14620. 473-4482. www.rochesterevents.com

11 * Sunday Day Out with Thomas: The Thrill of the Ride Tour 2014 See May 9. $21 ages 2 & up. 9:15am-4:45pm. Medina Railroad Museum, 530 West Ave., Medina 14103. 798-6106. www.railroadmuseum.net Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein See May 3. 2pm. CenterStage Theatre, The Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester, 1200 Edgewood Ave., Rochester 14618. 461-2000. jccrochester.org/ FREE * Rochester Lilac Festival Live music, children’s entertainment, and more. Take in the gardens and smell the lilacs. 10:30am-8:30pm. Highland Park, 1440 South Ave., Rochester 14620. 473-4482. www.rochesterevents.com RPYO Musical Friendships Music Director David Harman’s final concert with the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Performance will include concerto competition winners as well as works by Saint-Saens, Villa-Lobos and Elgar. $10/adult; $5/student & senior. 3pm. Hale Auditorium, Roberts Wesleyan College, 2301 Westside Dr., Rochester 14624. 4542100. www.rpo.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 14607. 276-8900. mag.rochester.edu/calendar

12 * Monday Rochester Lilac Festival See May 11. 10:30am-8:30pm. Highland Park, 1440 South Ave., Rochester 14620. 473-4482. www.rochesterevents.com Storytime Club: Spring Fling 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: Spring Fling! Included with admission. 10:30 & 11:30am. The Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Sq., Rochester, 14607. 263-2700. www.museumofplay.org

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Disney's Beauty and the Beast

May 13-18: Experience the romance and enchantment of Disney’s classic musical love story filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers. Tickets start at $32.50. Recommended for ages 5 and up. Auditorium Theatre, 885 East Main St., Rochester. 222-5000. www.rbtl.org

13 * Tuesday RBTL presents Beauty and the Beast Disney’s smash hit Broadway musical returns to Rochester. Classic tale of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, a young prince cursed by an enchantress. The Beast must learn to love and be loved to break the spell. $32.50 and up. 7pm. Auditorium Theater, 885 E. Main St., Rochester, 14605. 222-5000. www.rbtl.org Red Wings vs Columbus 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. 7:05pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Way, Rochester. 454-1001. RedWingsBaseball.com Rochester Lilac Festival Children’s entertainment and more. 10:30am-8:30pm. Highland Park, 1440 South Ave., Rochester 14620. 473-4482. www.rochesterevents.com

14 * Wednesday FREE * MARSH Volunteer Event Volunteers of all ages are welcome to experience Montezuma’s backcountry by participating in a garlic mustard pulling project at Howland’s Island. Tools provided; you provide the elbow grease. Free lunch.

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9am-1pm. Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savanna, 13146. 315-365-3580. ny.audubon.org/montezuma RBTL presents Beauty and the Beast See May 13. Auditorium Theater, 885 E. Main St., Rochester, 14605. 222-5000. www.rbtl.org Red Wings vs Columbus Wings Wednesday (Look for the discount coupon in preceding Tuesday’s Democrat & Chronicle). PreGame Autograph Booth. Varies. 7:05pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Way, Rochester. 454-1001. RedWingsBaseball.com FREE * Rochester Lilac Festival Children’s entertainment and more. 10:30am-8:30pm. Highland Park, 1440 South Ave., Rochester 14620. 473-4482. www.rochesterevents.com

15 * Thursday Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein See May 3. 7pm. CenterStage Theatre, The Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester, 1200 Edgewood Ave., Rochester 14618. 461-2000. jccrochester.org RBTL presents Beauty and the Beast See May 13. 7pm. Auditorium Theater, 885 E. Main St., Rochester, 14605. 222-5000. www.rbtl.org


calendar of events • local family-friendly activities Red Wings vs Columbus 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. 3:35pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Way, Rochester. 454-1001. RedWingsBaseball.com

RBTL presents Beauty and the Beast See May 13. $32.50 and up. 7pm. Auditorium Theater, 885 E. Main St., Rochester, 14605. 2225000. www.rbtl.org

FREE * Rochester Lilac Festival Children’s entertainment and more. 10:30am-8:30pm. Highland Park, 1440 South Ave., Rochester 14620. 473-4482. www.rochesterevents.com

Red Wings vs Columbus Free Red Wings Legends Card Strips (1st 1,000 adults 21 & over). Post-game Fireworks. Knot Hole Kids’ Club Game (See website for details). Pre-Game Autograph Booth. Varies. 7:05pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Way, Rochester. 454-1001. RedWingsBaseball.com

Twilight Tour of Mount Hope Cemetery See May 8. $5/person; Free/members & children under 16. 6:30pm. Mount Hope Cemetery, North Gatehouse (opposite Robinson Dr.); 791 Mt. Hope Avenue, Rochester 14620. 461-3494. fomh.org

FREE * Rochester Lilac Festival Live music, children’s entertainment, and more. Stroll the grounds and smell the lilacs or visit the pansy bed. 10:30am-8:30pm. Highland Park, 1440 South Ave., Rochester 14620. 473-4482. www.rochesterevents.com

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Animal Tales Drop-In Storytime See May 2. Held every Friday in the Learning Center. 11:30am. Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Rd., Fairport 14450. www.lollypop.org

Cranks, Catalysts & Collisions with History: Part A Dennis Carr descibes a collection of people you probably never heard of that greatly influenced major events in American and global history during this 2-hour presentation. Refreshments following the tour. $7/person; Free/members & children under 16. 6:30pm. Mount Hope Cemetery, North Gatehouse (opposite Robinson Dr.); 791 Mt. Hope Avenue, Rochester 14620. 4613494. fomh.org

Day Out with Thomas: The Thrill of the Ride Tour 2014 See May 9. $19 ages 2 & up. 10am-4pm. Medina Railroad Museum, 530 West Ave., Medina 14103. 798-6106. www.railroadmuseum.net

Day Out with Thomas: The Thrill of the Ride Tour 2014 See May 9. $21 ages 2 & up. 9:15am-4:45pm. Medina Railroad Museum, 530 West Ave., Medina 14103. 798-6106. www.railroadmuseum.net Eastman House Plant Sale Add some Rochester history to your garden. Buy perennials and woody plants that have been grown from seeds, divisions, cuttings, and offshoots from George Eastman House gardens at our spring plant sale. Members get early access at 9am. 10am-3pm. George Eastman House, University Ave. entrance, Rochester 14607. 2713361. eastmanhouse.org Finger Lakes Celtic Games & Festival Besides a large gathering of Clans, this year’s festival includes Highland Games, Celtic musicians, dancers, exhibits, pipe bands, kids activities, food, and vendor of all sorts. Free Celtic concert from 7-8:30pm. Kids under 12 free. 9:30am-8:30pm. 4925 Collett Rd., Shortsville 14548. flcelticfest.webs.com FREE * Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival Meet all of your favorite or soon-to-be-favorite authors. Kicks off with an author parade led by the Eastridge High School Lancers Drum-Line. Author presentations all day. Special autographing session at the end of the

day. 8:45-5pm. Nazareth College, 4245 East Ave., Rochester 14618. 223-9091. www.tbflive.org Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein See May 3. 8pm. CenterStage Theatre, The Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester, 1200 Edgewood Ave., Rochester 14618. 461-2000. jccrochester.org/ Military Heritage Day In honor of Armed Forces day, view demonstrations of patriotic music, uniforms, equipment, and collectibles showcasing the importance of the military in the lives of western New Yorkers from the birth of our nation through the modern day. Included with admission; Free/active military & veterans. 10am-4pm. Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Rd., Mumford 14500. 538-6822. www.gcv.org FREE * Penfield Safety Fair Child seat safety checks (weather permitting), bike safety clinic, free child IDs, and much more. Sponsored by Penfield MOMS Club and Penfield Recreation. 10am-12pm. Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Rd., Penfield. 340-8655. momspenfield@yahoo.com RBTL presents Beauty and the Beast See May 13. $32.50 and up. 1 & 7pm. Auditorium Theater, 885 E. Main St., Rochester, 14605. 2225000. www.rbtl.org

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calendar of events • local family-friendly activities Red Wings vs Toledo Free Red Wings Magnets (1st 2,500 fans). Free Red Wings Legends Card Strips (1st 1,000 adults 21 & over). PreGame Autograph Booth. Varies. 7:05pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Way, Rochester. 454-1001. RedWingsBaseball.com Rochester City Ballet’s Cinderella Magical in its scope and a visual treat for all ages, this is an experience that makes the beauty and artistry of ballet accessible for children and adults alike. Come see this classic fairy tale come to life! $50-$65. 2 & 7:30pm. Nazareth College Arts Center, Callahan Theater, 4245 East Ave., Rochester, 14618. 389-2170. artscenter.naz.edu FREE * Rochester Lilac Festival Live music, children’s entertainment, and more. 10:30am-8:30pm. Highland Park, 1440 South Ave., Rochester 14620. 473-4482. www.rochesterevents.com Wildlife Defenders- Animal Adaptations See live native and exotic species and learn about wildlife conservation. Presented by members of Bridges for Brain Injury Inc. who share their personal injury and rehabilitation stories and discuss the importance of safety and prevention practices. Included with admission. 11am & 1pm. Rochester Museum & Science Center, 657 East Ave., Rochester 14607. 2714320. www.rmsc.org

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Wildlife Food Trees - Evergreens, Oaks, Beech Join Dave Gotham on a woodland walk highlighting trees. Discuss the benefits these trees have on wildlife and explore the effects of forestry options on animals and birds. $3/person; $10/family (Free for RMSC members).. 9:30am-12pm. Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Rd., Naples, 14512. 374-6160. www. rmsc.org World Turtle 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. Come learn about turtles and act on their behalf and spread the word to others. Included with Admission. 10am-4pm. Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St. Paul St., Rochester 14621. 336-7200. www.senecaparkzoo.org

18 * Sunday Day Out with Thomas: The Thrill of the Ride Tour 2014 See May 9. $21 ages 2 & up. 9:15am-4:45pm. Medina Railroad Museum, 530 West Ave., Medina 14103. 798-6106. www.railroadmuseum.net Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein See May 3. 2pm. CenterStage Theatre, The Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester, 1200 Edgewood Ave., Rochester 14618. 461-2000. jccrochester.org/

Cinderella

May 17 & 18: Come see the familiar story brought to life. This family favorite is complete with gorgeous sets, brilliant costumes, exquisite dancing, and comical moments. Magical in its scope, Rochester City Ballet’s Cinderella is a visual treat for all ages. May 17, 2pm & 7:30pm & May 18, 2pm. Nazareth College Arts Center, 4245 East Avenue, Rochester 14618. Box office: 3892170 (mention “GlassSlipper” and receive 20% off ticket price) www.rochestercityballet.org


calendar of events • local family-friendly activities Mount Hope Cemetery Tour See May 4. $5/person; Free/members & children under 16. 2pm. Mount Hope Cemetery, North Gatehouse (opposite Robinson Dr.); 791 Mt. Hope Avenue, Rochester 14620. 461-3494. fomh.org

23 * Friday Animal Tales Drop-In Storytime See May 2. 11:30am. Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Rd., Fairport 14450. www. lollypop.org

Rochester City Ballet’s Cinderella See May 17. $50$65. 2pm. Nazareth College Arts Center, Callahan Theater, 4245 East Ave., Rochester, 14618. 389-2170. artscenter.naz.edu

Montezuma Birding Hike Montezuma’s forested habitats are coming to life with dozens of neotropical songbirds like the cerulean warbler, wood thrush, and rose-breasted grosbeak. Enjoy a 2-mile hike over uneven terrain on Howland’s Island area to see and hear these birds. $4/child; $6/adult; $20/family. 6:30-8:30pm. Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savanna, 13146. 315-365-3580. ny.audubon.org/montezuma

FREE * Rochester Lilac Festival Live music, children’s entertainment, and more. 10:30am-8:30pm. Highland Park, 1440 South Ave., Rochester 14620. 473-4482. www.rochesterevents.com

Retro Roller Skating Night See May 9. $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

RBTL presents Beauty and the Beast See May 13. $32.50 and up. 1 & 6:30 pm. Auditorium Theater, 885 E. Main St., Rochester, 14605. 222-5000. www.rbtl.org

The Bird Watcher Tour The early bird catches the worm! Join Genesee Valley Audubon Society members as they seek out migratory birds visiting Mount Hope Cemetery. Approximately 2-hour walking tour. Refreshments. $7/person; Free/ members & children under 16. 8am. Mount Hope Cemetery, North Gatehouse (opposite Robinson Dr.); 791 Mt. Hope Avenue, Rochester 14620. 461-3494. fomh.org

19 * Monday Red Wings vs Toledo Kids Eat Free (The first 500 kids 12 & under receive a hot dog, soda & snack item). Pre-Game Autograph Booth. Varies. 7:05pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Way, Rochester. 454-1001. RedWingsBaseball.com Storytime Club: Spring Fling See May 12. Included with admission. 10:30 & 11:30am. The Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Sq., Rochester, 14607. 263-2700. www.museumofplay.org

20 * Tuesday Red Wings vs Toledo 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. 1:05pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Way, Rochester. 454-1001. RedWingsBaseball.com

22 * Thursday Twilight Tour of Mount Hope Cemetery See May 8. 6:30pm. Mount Hope Cemetery, North Gatehouse (opposite Robinson Dr.); 791 Mt. Hope Avenue, Rochester 14620. 461-3494. fomh.org

24 * Saturday FREE * Celebrate Commemorate Memorial Day See Our Article on Page 10. Waterloo Celebrates. Starts 8:30am. Lots of Family-friendly Activities all day including a "Kids' Korner". Parade starts 11am. Fireworks at 9:30pm. Village of Waterloo, 13165. 315539-9131. www.waterloony.com Birding and Boating on the Seneca River Join us for the first canoe/kayak paddle of the season on the Seneca River. Bird songs rain down from the tree canopy while you enjoy paddling the tranquil waters around Howland’s Island. Bring your own canoe/kayak or rent one. $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. 315-3653580. ny.audubon.org/montezuma Boardwalk Arcade Exhibit Opening Step right up and celebrate seaside amusements reminiscent of 19th- and early 20th-century resorts such as Coney Island and Atlantic City. Play your way through an all-new gallery of pinball machines. Included with admission. 11am-4pm. The Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Sq., Rochester, 14607. 263-2700. www.museumofplay.org FREE * Macroinvertebrate Mayhem If your kids like to catch frogs and other slimy creatures, come meet the many spineless critters that live in the wetlands. 11:30am-12:30pm. Seneca Meadows Wetlands Preserve, Black Brook Rd., Seneca Falls 13148.. (315)539-5624. senecameadows.com

Celebrating Mom 09 * Friday FREE * A Tea Party for Mommy & Me Children 3-5 years old are invited to celebrate with their special ladies: Mommy, Grandma, etc. at our tea party. Join us for tea, lemonade, and cookies while the Children’s Librarian, Mrs. Ferris, shares a special story or two. 1-2pm. Wood Library, 134 N. Main St., Canandaigua 14424. 394-1381 x304. woodlibrary.org

Wedding Traditions in Ontario County.” Exhibit explores area weddings from 1790-1990 as reflected in the special gowns, outfits, accessories, photographs and life stories. Treat for all the Moms. 12-3pm. Ontario County Historical Museum, 55 North Main St., Canandaigua 14424. 394-4975. ochs.org

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Mother’s Day - Special Admission Take your mother to Sonnenberg where she will get in for only $1! 1-4pm. Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, 151 Charlotte Street, Canandaigua 14424. 394-4922. www.sonnenberg.org

Mother’s Day Birding and Natural Spa Spend some time with Mom and Mother Nature! Make a luxurious body scrub from natural ingredients, then head out on the bird trail to see if you can spot the elusive Cerulean Warbler. $8/adult; $6/child; $25/family. 2:30-4pm. Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savanna, 13146. 315-365-3580. ny.audubon.org/montezuma

Mother’s Day at Genesee Country Village & Museum Treat Mom to a special day in the historic village. Celebrate the role of mothers throughout the 19th century. Festivities focus on fashion and chocolate. Included with admission; Free/all Mothers. 10am-4pm. Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Rd., Mumford 14500. 538-6822. www.gcv.org

Orangutan M.O.M. 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. Come learn about the orangutans and act on their behalf and spread the word to others. Included with Admission. 10am-4pm. Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St. Paul St., Rochester 14621. 336-7200. www. senecaparkzoo.org

Mother’s Day Cruise on the Lady Treat your Mother to a cruise on the Canandaigua Lady Paddle Wheel Boat this Mother’s Day. One Mother rides free with the purchase of one adult ticket. The Canandaigua Lady Boat is a 19th century replica of a double-decker steamboat. $18/adult; $13/child; $3/guarantee upper level access. 10:30am, 12:30 & 2:30pm. The Canandaigua Lady, 205 Lakeshore Drive. 396-7350. www.steamboatlandingresort.com

Saturday Mother’s Tea An elegant, high tea at the mansion featuring fruit cup, scones, tea sandwiches, breads, assorted sweets and teas for ages 4 -104. Music from Mary Thompson’s own piano. $30/adult ($25 for members); $18/ youth (4-12). 1-4pm. Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, 151 Charlotte Street, Canandaigua 14424. 394-4922. www.sonnenberg.org

11 * Sunday “Mothers in Art” Tour In honor of Mother’s Day, this docentled tour highlights works in the collection that celebrate motherhood. Included with admission. 1pm. Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave, Rochester 14607. 276-8900. mag.rochester.edu/calendar FREE * Exhibit Opening: Special Mother’s Day Event “Tying the Knot: 200 Years of

FREE * Mother’s Day Special Tour Two-hour leisurely walk of approximately one mile on paved roads and uneven terrain in Mount Hope Cemetery. Refreshments following the tour. 2pm. Mount Hope Cemetery, North Gatehouse (opposite Robinson Dr.); 791 Mt. Hope Avenue, Rochester 14620. 461-3494. fomh.org

18 * Sunday Red Wings vs Toledo Celebrate Mother’s Day - Kids can play catch with Mom on the field after the game. Knot Hole Kids’ Club Game (See website for details). Kids can run the bases with Spikes & Mittsy after the game. Family Bulletin Day (See May 4). Pre-Game Autograph Booth. Varies. 1:05pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Way, Rochester. 454-1001. RedWingsBaseball.com

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Semiannual Used Book Sale Friends of HPL Book Shoppe invite you to expand your personal library. Prices: $1 for hardcovers and $.25 for paperbacks. 2-8pm. Henrietta Public Library, 455 Calkins Rd., Henrietta. 359-7092. www.hpl.org

FREE * Beginning Quilting 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

03 * Saturday Semiannual Used Book Sale Friends of HPL Book Shoppe invite you to expand your personal library. Prices: $1 for hardcovers and $.25 for paperbacks. 12-5pm. Henrietta Public Library, 455 Calkins Rd., Henrietta. 359-7092. www.hpl.org

FREE * Homeschool Hour Connect with fellow homeschoolers at the library! We’ll provide the stories, games, and crafts; you bring ideas and resources to share! All ages. No registration required. 11am-12pm. Henrietta Public Library, 455 Calkins Rd., Henrietta. 359-7092. www.hpl.org

08 * Thursday

Semiannual Used Book Sale Friends of HPL Book Shoppe invite you to expand your personal library. Special $3-a-bag sale day! 10am-5pm. Henrietta Public Library, 455 Calkins Rd., Henrietta. 3597092. www.hpl.org

Trinket Boxes Decorate favor size paper boxes using a variety of items from flowers to ribbon to stickers and stamps. Perfect to hold a little Mother’s Day Gift. All supplies provided. $10 supply fee. 6:308:30pm. Henrietta Public Library, 455 Calkins Rd., Henrietta. 3597092. www.hpl.org

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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

FREE * Daniel Bennett, Saxophonist Critically acclaimed Manhattan-based saxophonist Daniel Bennett performs a special “Rochester CD Release” concert, celebrating his newest album, “Clockhead Goes to Camp.” A Mother’s Day treat. 2:30-5pm. Henrietta Public Library, 455 Calkins Rd., Henrietta. 359-7092. www.hpl.org

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06 * Tuesday FREE * Baby Signing Time Join Signing Time instructor Niki Orbaker for the 4 session sign language series for children 18-36 months and their parents/caregivers. Participation in any of the previous series is not a prerequisite. 11am. Wood Library, 134 N. Main St., Canandaigua 14424. 394-1381. woodlibrary.org FREE * Teen Advisory Board Come and be a part of the Teen Advisory Board. For kids in grades 7-12. No registration required. 6-7pm. Henrietta Public Library, 455 Calkins Rd., Henrietta. 359-7092. www.hpl.org

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FREE * SAT Practice Test This is an official, full length practice test from College Board, the makers of the SAT. This is a perfect way for students to see how they will do on one of these tests with real testing conditions. For students in grades 9-12. 10am-2pm. Henrietta Public Library, 455 Calkins Rd., Henrietta. 359-7092. www.hpl.org

FREE * Teen Volunteer Program Do you have community service hours to complete? Register to come and help out at the library to earn 2 hours towards your community service requirement. You must register in order to attend and earn the volunteer hours. 12-2pm. Henrietta Public Library, 455 Calkins Rd., Henrietta. 359-7092. www.hpl.org

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FREE * Slave Experience and Underground Railroad Join Jerry Bennett as he traces the journey of slaves from ship to auction block and from plantation to the Underground Railroad’s routes to freedom. Maps, songs, books, handouts, stories and visual aids. 6:30-8:30pm. Henrietta Public Library, 455 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

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FREE * Beginning Quilting 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

FREE * Baby Signing Time Join Signing Time instructor Niki Orbaker for the 4 session sign language series for children 18-36 months and their parents/caregivers. Participation in any of the previous series is not a prerequisite. 11am. Wood Library, 134 N. Main St., Canandaigua 14424. 3941381. woodlibrary.org

15 * Thursday FREE * Anger Management: Handling Our Emotions Earl Greene, a Nationally Certified Anger Management Specialist, discusses the causes of anger and provides alternatives to violent outbursts and abusive behavior. 6:30-8:30pm. Henrietta Public Library, 455 Calkins Rd., Henrietta. 359-7092. www.hpl.org FREE * Meet Olivia! Come meet a storytime favorite pig! Enjoy an Olivia story, make a pig craft, and have your picture taken with Olivia herself! Ages: 2-6. 6:30pm. Irondequoit Public Library-Evans Branch, 45 Cooper Rd., Rochester 14617. 336-6062. www.irondequoitlibrary.org

16 * Friday FREE * Meet Olivia! Come meet a storytime favorite pig! Enjoy an Olivia story, make a pig craft, and have your picture taken with Olivia herself! Ages: 2-6. 11am. Irondequoit Public Library-Evans Branch, 45 Cooper Rd., Rochester 14617. 336-6062. www.irondequoitlibrary.org

FREE * Emmie the Reading Dog Emmie, an adorable Shetland sheepdog, loves to hear stories! Bring your own book or pick one from the library. No registration required. Ages: 2-6. 10:30am. Irondequoit Public Library-Evans Branch, 45 Cooper Rd., Rochester 14617. 336-6062. www.irondequoitlibrary.org

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22 * Thursday FREE * All Things Weather in Rochester Come talk and listen to Scott Hetsko, Chief Meteorologist, CBM NWA Seal WROC-TV/WUHF-TV discuss all things weather in Rochester. You’ll learn a lot from this question and answer style program. 7-8:15pm. Henrietta Public Library, 455 Calkins Rd., Henrietta. 359-7092. www.hpl.org

28 * Wednesday 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

29 * Thursday FREE * Don Newcomb Band Don and his band play classic rock-and-roll and country standards to entertain you. 7-8:30pm. Henrietta Public Library, 455 Calkins Rd., Henrietta. 3597092. www.hpl.org


calendar of events • local family-friendly activities FREE * Women’s Council Plain and Fancy Lawn & Bake Sale Bake sale and an antique and collectibles sale, proceeds from which go to Women’s Council. Vendor spots available at $20 each. 9am-2pm. Granger Homestead & Carriage Museum, 295 N. Main St., Canandaigua 14424. 394-1472. www.grangerhomestead.org

25 * Sunday FREE * Celebrate Commemorate Memorial Day See Our Article on Page 10. Waterloo Celebrates. Starts 8am. Lots of Family-friendly Activities all day including a "Kids' Korner". Village of Waterloo, 13165. 315-5399131. www.waterloony.com Brush with Nature: Plein Air Tradition in American Landscape Painting A fascinating look into the American Plein Air Art Movement. Learn more about what excited and challenged outdoor artists from the mid 1800’s until today. Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival pre-event lecture by Valerie Balint, Associate Curator from Olana. Included with admission. 2pm. Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Avenue, Rochester 14607. 276-8900. www.fingerlakespleinair.com Mount Hope Cemetery Tour See May 4. 2pm. Mount Hope Cemetery, North Gatehouse (opposite Robinson Dr.); 791 Mt. Hope Avenue, Rochester 14620. 461-3494. fomh.org Rochester Theater Organ Society Concert Richard Hills 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, 14605. 234-2295. rtosonline.org

26 * Monday Holiday Special Tour of Mount Hope Cemetery See May 4. $5/ person; Free/members & chil-

dren under 16. 2pm. Mount Hope Cemetery, North Gatehouse (opposite Robinson Dr.); 791 Mt. Hope Avenue, Rochester 14620. 461-3494. fomh.org Red Wings vs Syracuse Turn Back the Clock Day with $5 tickets in all three seating levels & 50-cent hot dogs. Knot Hole Kids’ Club Game (See website for details). Kids Eat Free (The first 500 kids 12 & under receive a hot dog, soda & snack item). Pre-Game Autograph Booth. $5. 1:05pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Way, Rochester. 454-1001. RedWingsBaseball.com

27 * Tuesday Red Wings vs Syracuse 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. 7:05pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Way, Rochester. 454-1001. RedWingsBaseball.com

28 * Wednesday FREE * MARSH Volunteer Event See May 10. Free lunch. 9am-1pm. Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savanna, 13146. 315365-3580. ny.audubon.org/montezuma Red Wings vs Syracuse Wings Wednesday (Look for the discount coupon in preceding Tuesday’s Democrat & Chronicle). Pre-Game Autograph Booth. Varies. 7:05pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Way, Rochester. 454-1001. RedWingsBaseball.com

29 * Thursday Montezuma Birding Van Tour Spring migration season is in full swing and migrating songbirds are on the move. Hop in the van for an excursion to Montezuma’s birding hotspots where dozens of warbler, vireo, thrush and sparrow species can be seen and heard. Bring your camera! $13.50/

Day Out with Thomas - The Thrill of the Ride Tour 2014 May 9,10,11,16,17 & 18: Thomas the Tank Engine is waiting to take aspiring engineers and their families on a magical train ride. Come meet his friend, the railway controller Sir Topham Hatt, have fun in the Imagination Station, and much more. Tickets include admission to the museum. Trains depart every 45 minutes; each ride is 25 minutes long. Medina Railroad Museum, 530 West Avenue, Medina 14103. 798-6106. www.railroadmuseum.net

adult; $8/child. 6-9pm. Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savanna, 13146. 315-3653580. ny.audubon.org/montezuma Red Wings vs Syracuse Education Day (Call for school group info). 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. 11:05am. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie

Way, Rochester. 454-1001 ext. 3057. RedWingsBaseball.com Twilight Tour of Mount Hope Cemetery TSee May 8. $5/person; Free/members & children under 16. 6:30pm. 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 30 * Friday Animal Tales Drop-In Storytime See May 2. 11:30am. Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Rd., Fairport 14450. www.lollypop.org FREE * Celebrate Commemorate Memorial Day Waterloo is credited with being the Birthplace of Memorial Day and on this Official Memorial Day, the 148th consecutive observance is held. Veterans march to Maple Grove Cemetery at 10:30am; traditional parade down Main Street at 6pm and more. Starts 8:30am. St. Mary’s Cemetery, Maple Grove Cemetery, Main Street, Lafayette Park, Village of Waterloo, 13165. 315539-9131. www.waterloony.com Red Wings vs Gwinnett Postgame Fireworks presented by New York’s 529 College Savings Direct Plan. Pre-Game Autograph Booth, presented by Hillside Family of Agencies. Varies. 7:05pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Way, Rochester. 4541001. RedWingsBaseball.com

31 * Saturday 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 14211. 716-896-5200. www.sciencebuff.org Devour Rochester Emerging gourmands and full-fledged foodies alike are invited to explore the offerings of more than 40 food artisans, wineries, breweries, distilleries and epicurean purveyors from around the region. Live jazz, classes, demos and more. $25. 2-9pm. Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave, Rochester 14607. 276-8900. devourrochester.com Edgerton Model Railroad Club Layout Tour Historic preservation in miniature. The last Saturday of each month the P.A.L. Model Railroad Heaven is open for visitors. Since 1950 the four O Gauge train layouts, depicting each season in Rochester, have been meticulously updated & maintained. 11am-2pm. Edgerton Recreation Center, 41 Backus St., Rochester, 14608. 428-6769. edgertonmodelrailroadclub.com Red Wings vs Gwinnett Postgame Fireworks presented by New York’s 529 College Savings Direct Plan. Pre-Game Autograph Booth, presented by Hillside Family of Agencies. Varies. 7:05pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Way, Rochester. 4541001. RedWingsBaseball.com Susan B. Anthony & Women’s Rights Tour Victoria Schmitt explains the women’s right movement as told through the lives of Susan B. Anthony and other Rochester suffragettes

during this 2-hour presentation. Refreshments following the tour. $7/person; Free/members & children under 16. 2pm. Mount Hope Cemetery, North Gatehouse (opposite Robinson Dr.); 791 Mt. Hope Avenue, Rochester 14620. 461-3494. fomh.org Zinc Monument Tour Zinc or “white bronze” grave markers hit their peek popularity around 1890. No longer available, they played a vital role in the evolution of grave markers. Learn all about them from guide Don Hall. Refreshments following the tour. $7/person; Free/members & children under 16. 11am. Mount Hope Cemetery, Cemetery Office, South Entrance (opposite Distillery Restaurant);1133 Mt. Hope Avenue, Rochester 14620. 461-3494. fomh.org

June 01 * Sunday Bugging Out! See May 31. 10:30am-3:30pm. Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo 14211. 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 14424. 394-1472. www.grangerhomestead.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, 14607. 263-2700. www.museumofplay.org

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. Come learn about wolves and act on their behalf and spread the word to others. Included with admission. 10am-4pm. Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St. Paul St., Rochester 14621. 3367200. www.senecaparkzoo.org

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calendar of events • local family-friendly activities 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 14607. 271-3361. eastmanhouse.org

06 * Friday Animal Tales Drop-In Storytime See May 2. Held every Friday in the Learning Center. 11:30am. Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Rd., Fairport 14450. www.lollypop.org FREE * Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival Watch juried artists paint “all day” - rain or shine - throughout the Canandaigua area. 8am-5pm. Canandaigua Lake area, . 2768900. www.fingerlakespleinair.com Retro Roller Skating Night See May 9. 7-9pm. Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex, 2700 Brighton Henrietta Townline Rd., Rochester 14623. 4244625. www.billgraysiceplex.com FREE * Sulphur Springs Festival Celebrating Clifton Springs and its history, the festival is family fun for all ages! Friday activities include a Wine Crawl (6-8pm) and music by Waterside Acoustics on the porch of Foster Cottage (5-8pm). 5-8pm. Clifton Springs 14432. www.sulphurspringsfestival.com

07 * Saturday 33rd Annual Canandaigua Lake Trout Derby Classic event for local fisherman and fundraiser for Camp Good Days & Special Times, Mercy Flight Central, and Naples Hospeace House. Prizes for anglers. Entry forms available at area sporting outlets and the Canandaigua Chamber of Commerce. $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 14620. 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 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, 14607. 263-2700. www.museumofplay.org Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival Full day of outdoor painting in and around downtown Canandaigua. Includes Quick Draw competition from 9:30-11:30am by juried-in artists & Community Paint Out competition for the public from 1-3pm. Prizes. Preview Party Gala - call for ticket information. Free for spectators; Cost for Paint Out and Gala. 9am-9pm. Canandaigua Lake area, . 2768900. www.fingerlakespleinair.com 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, 14526. 377-1982. www.grossmans.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 behindthe-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 and receive free gift. 9am. Seneca Park - Longhouse Shelter, 2222 St. Paul St., Rochester 14621. 800- 867-0885. www.SclerodermaTriState.org Sulphur Springs Festival Festivities continue with Car Show, Musical Line-up, Pie Eating Contest, Dunking Booth, Professional & Amateur Soapbox Derby and Victorian Fashion Show. Vendors, games for the kids and food. Duck Derby at 4:30pm followed by the Finale Parade at 6pm. 5-8pm. Clifton Springs 14432. www.sulphurspringsfestival.com

noteworthy

in our community babysitter training for teens

Young teens and adolescents ages 11 and older interested in providing babysitting services can take advantage of a nationally recognized program at Child Care Council. The Council, now a registered Safe Sitter® teaching site, offers a comprehensive babysitting training program that prepares graduates to handle emergencies when caring for younger children and equips them with the tools needed to stay home alone safely. Safe Sitter aims to reduce the number of avoidable and unintentional deaths among children being cared for by young teen babysitters, by learning infant and child choking rescue, American Heart Association standards for rescue skills, and first-aid techniques from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Participants also learn how a child’s age affects how to care for them, how to prevent problem behavior, how to run their own babysitting business, as well as online and cellphone safety. “Injuries are the leading cause of death in children up to age 5, so it is imperative that babysitters know more than just the child care basics,” said Child Care Council CEO Barbara-Ann Mattle. “Students who complete the rigorous Safe Sitter program at Child Care Council gain confidence and learn how, why and where injuries can happen so they can be prevented.” Child Care Council is offering the training program in Monroe, Livingston and Wayne counties. Upcoming course dates include: • July 9, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Monroe County (at the Council’s main office at 595 Blossom Road, Suite 120, in Rochester) • August 25, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Livingston County (at the Council’s branch office at 3513 Thomas Drive, Suite 4 in Lakeville) • November 11, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Monroe County (at the Council’s main office at 595 Blossom Road, Suite 120, in Rochester) For more information about the program, contact Linda Lane, Safe Sitter site coordinator at Child Care Council at 585.654.1223 or at l.lane@childcarecouncil.com. To register, contact Linda Stilson at 585.654.4794 or atl. stilson@childcarecouncil.com. Have a noteworthy item of community news? share it with our editor at editor@gvparent.com Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent • May 2014

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