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MAY/JUNE 2016

INSIDE Vol.23 Number 3

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This Land Is Our Land VISITING NATURE CENTERS, WILDLIFE REFUGES & RAISING THE NEXT GENERATION OF CONSERVATIONISTS

in this issue 8|E DITOR'S NOTE 20| BOOK NOOK A New Home 28| EDUCATION & DEVELOPMENT Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Daycare 32 | C ALENDAR OF EVENTS + May Events + June Events + Summer Fairs & Festivals 46 | FIVE PLACES Farm Fresh

special insert AFTER PAGE 32 | SUMMER LIBRARY INSERT

more features

16 Climb Out the Darkness – RAISING AWARENESS FOR POSTPARTUM

HELP YOUR KIDS

DISORDERS

Free programs for children and teens

on the cover 225 Things To Do in May & June Get Outdoors! Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Daycare Raising Awareness for Postpartum Depression Test Anxiety and Kids Summer Fairs & Festivals

Summer Reading Programs 2016

SUE HENNINGER is a monthly contributor to Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent who enjoys

WHAT IT IS & HOW TO

DEPRESSION & PARINATAL MOOD

at libraries in the Monroe County Library System

this month's contributors

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writing about the unique people, places, and events that can be found in the Finger Lakes region. [Page 10]

JOHN BOCCACINO is a Rochester native and contributing writer to Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent Magazine. [Page 16]

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DEENA VIVIANI is a Rochester-based Young Adult Services Librarian who writes reviews for VOYA and the RACWI Newsletter. [Page 20]

SANDRA GORDON is an award-winning freelance writer who delivers expert advice and the latest developments in health, nutrition, parenting and consumer issues. [Page 28]

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EDITOR'S NOTE

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By Jillian Melnyk

for the birds L WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND?  Email our Publisher, Barbara: mail@GVParent.com Email our Editor, Jillian: editor@GVParent.com

ast spring I took an early morning birdwatching class. I got up much earlier than usual (before the sun even rose), and headed out to meet a local group of birdwatchers. It was an amazing experience but it also made me think about how much nature is around us that we rarely pay attention to during our daily lives. All of these birds I was seeing and watching were doing extraordinary things right in my own backyard each and every day. Once I started to watch and pay attention, I noticed that it was pretty incredible. This year, I watched a family of mourning doves build a nest near my home and raise their babies. And currently, a robin is sitting on a nest that she built on my back porch and waiting for her babies to hatch. Sometimes we just need to tune in to that natural frequency – to take some time to look around and observe. In this issue we feature a great article about visiting nature parks and wildlife refuges where your family can get in touch with the natural world and see some of that greatness that surrounds us. If we don’t teach our kids to love and care for nature, who will protect it when we are gone? This summer, I encourage you to put down your devices – even just for a little while – and get out and explore the natural world the old fashioned way. You never know what you might encounter or learn.

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WORDS SUSAN HENNINGER

This Land is Our Land VISITING NATURE CENTERS, WILDLIFE REFUGES & RAISING THE NEXT GENERATION OF CONSERVATIONISTS

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pring and summer are the perfect time for families to hit the road and leave all of their responsibilities (and devices) behind! These day trip suggestions will take you to three different types of land conservation areas, each of which offers multiple ways to connect with the natural world.

Where to Go Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge

Families may have seen Montezuma from a distance while driving east on the New York State Thruway and wondered what it was all about. Why not make this the year you find out? According to Visitor Services Manager Andrea VanBeusichem, the refuge was established in 1938 in response to a significant change in the landscape which impacted many native species. Connecting Seneca and Cayuga lakes to the Erie Canal changed the hydrology of the area, draining away most of the water and forcing wildlife and birds to seek out new homes. In response to this, the National Park Service purchased the nearly seven thousand

acres that is now Montezuma and restored the area to its natural state. A designated Audubon Important Bird Area, the refuge is in the middle of one of the most active flight lanes in the Atlantic Flyway, giving migratory birds and waterfowl a place to rest, nest, and feed. Andrea recommends that families begin their day in the Montezuma Visitor Center. There you can pick up a map and get oriented to the park, check out the taxidermy displays, watch the osprey cam live-streaming, and find out if there is anything special going on at the Refuge that day. The Visitor Center offers “Nature Backpacks” (free to use for the day) to their young guests, complete with field guides and binoculars. Then head back to your car and take the three-mile Wildlife Drive along the main pool. Keep your eyes open for all

types of birds, muskrat, deer, mink, rabbits, and an occasional beaver. For maximum viewing pleasure, Andrea suggests you stay in the car which, like a blind, allows parents and kids to observe the refuge residents without disturbing their daily routines. Once you’ve taken the drive, stretch your legs on one of the refuge’s trails. South Spring Pool is well-suited for younger children offering an easy walk with diverse scenery. If they’re slow and quiet, kids might spot woodpeckers, Red-winged Blackbirds, Great Blue Herons, or frogs. Older kids will enjoy the slightly more challenging Esker Brook Trail. Don’t forget to take advantage of the viewing towers and platforms! Montezuma offers one of the best chances to see Bald Eagles in the wild, Andrea says, and there’s a map in the VisCONTINUED >>>

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MONTEZUMA NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

THE GREAT SWAMP CONSERVANCY

MONTEZUMA NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

BEAVER LAKE NATURE CENTER

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What's the Difference? Conservancy Land conservancies are community-based, nonprofit organizations dedicated to the permanent protection and stewardship of natural and working lands for the public good. Land conservancies help landowners and communities provide services like water quality protection, wildlife habitat, and outdoor recreation. National Wildlife Refuge The National Wildlife Refuge System refers to public lands and waters set aside to conserve and protect America's fish, wildlife and plants. These areas are managed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. Nature Center A nature center is an organization with a visitor or interpretive center, usually located within a protected open space. It’s designed to educate people of all ages about nature and the environment.

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BEAVER LAKE NATURE CENTER

itor Center marking their locations. The eagles sit on their nests in the early spring and the young eaglets will evolve into fledglings during summer, an inspirational sight for people of all ages!

Beaver Lake Nature Center Founded in 1970, Beaver Lake Nature Center (BLNC) is part of the Onondaga County Park system. The park’s mission is “to foster local and global stewardship

of nature through diverse recreational and educational opportunities” and the Nature Center offers numerous outdoor activities, along with 400 programs, each year. Naturalist Meg Valovage came to BLNC as a SUNY Cortland intern and never left! With her love of recreation and her desire to teach people about the outdoors, she was instantly drawn to the 2,000 acre, all-seasons Baldwinsville park. “There’s something really special about this place,” she explains. Between school


groups and summer camps, more than10,000 kids visit BLNC each year, but it’s just as much fun for individual families, Meg notes and the warmer months are a good time to see migratory birds and to meander through the cool, quiet woods. Your first stop should be the Visitor Center to pick up a map. Be sure to ask the friendly volunteers or naturalists if there are any special trail conditions to be aware of or any “pop-up” nature walks scheduled for that day. Like Montezuma, BLNC has backpacks for kids to use during their visit, which include a Junior Naturalist Vest, guaranteed to enhance your family photos! The Center also has exhibits, a Wildlife Viewing Room, and a Children’s Room that has quiet activities like books, puppets, and nature videos and games, making it a perfect place for children to rest and recharge between outdoor activities. There are two ways to enjoy this park, by water or by land. Beaver Lake is 200 acres and no motorized boats are allowed. Kayaks and canoes can be rented from 9am-3:30pm for $10/boat and Meg highly recommends that families try this mode of transportation. “Seeing things from the water gives you a whole different view of nature,” she explains. Trails range in length from the popular Bog Trail, which is about a mile long, to the three-mile Lake Loop Trail. All the trails showcase different habitats, including forests, meadows, pond, and wetlands and there are plenty of opportunities for sharp eyes to spot turtles, frogs, snakes, and various other birds and animals. MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW! BLNC’s 39th Annual Golden Harvest Festival will be held September 10 and 11, 2016. It’s a popular old-time country festival, complete with a pie-eating contest, musical acts, a children’s midway, and a juried arts and crafts show.

The Great Swamp Conservancy

Executive Director Marilyn “Rusty” Patane has been part of the Great Swamp Conservancy (GSC) in Canastota from its founding in 1996. “I grew up on a family farm,” she says. “The unspoken message from my parents was that it was our job to be stewards of this earth.” When she became aware that the wetlands around her were rapidly disappearing or being filled in for development, it was cause for concern. “Most species have to rely on the wetlands at some point in their lives,” she explains. With this in mind, Rusty and other dedicated volunteers formed a 501 (c) (3). Working tirelessly with local landowners who were similarly interested in restoring or improving their property, the group acquired 6,000 acres (the most acreage ever put in the wetlands program in the nation!) in the Lenox and Sullivan townships. These restoration efforts also provided GSC with a wonderful opportunity to educate area residents about land conservation through public meetings, many of which included the government scientists, biologists, and engineers who were assisting with the project. GSC’s West Side Trail is recommended for younger children. It’s about a mile and they’ll be able to see turtles, frogs, and all types of birds, especially on sunny days. For older kids, the East Side Trail (across the street from the Visitor Center) is a 5K loop that traverses through fields, forest, and beaver ponds. There are maps on the front porch of the Visitor Center if you arrive before it opens or after it closes, which are the CONTINUED >>> Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent • May/June 2016

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DON'T MISS THESE! The Federal Duck Stamp Art Exhibit will be on display at the GSC from July 19-30 in the Visitor Center. Duck hunters must buy a stamp each year during hunting season so, since the 1930’s, the Federal government has held an art contest for the stamp design. Most of the money that’s raised goes to wetland restoration. “Hunters are some of the best conservationists around,” Rusty asserts, adding that the artwork is magnificent. On Saturday, August 6, local fisherman, outdoor enthusiast, and author, Spider Rybaak will be holding a free fishing workshop for children from 11am-1pm at the Gorman Children’s Fishing area at nearby Simpson Park. Rybaak enjoys fishing and young people and families look forward to his visit every year. Since 2016 is “Year of the Monarch” Rusty also encourages parents to visit the GSC website to see when Education Coordinator Julie Sherlock Fishman will be holding programs featuring the colorful butterfly.

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two times the birds and animals are most active. Don’t forget to stop at the Anne V. Pickard Wildlife Overlook, a pull-off with a panoramic view of the surrounding wetland. Over 183 species of birds live in or visit the Great Swamp and spring is prime viewing time. “They fly over us and think it looks like a marvelous place to rest and nest,” Rusty says proudly, adding that the one of the most important bird sightings in recent years was the Cerulean Warbler, a bird who has experienced declining numbers in recent years.

Why Visit? For parents that enjoy nature and getting their kids outdoors in a safe place where they can “run, romp, and be children,” GSC is definitely worth the drive. Rusty adds, “We need the younger generations to feel a connection to nature so they will want to protect it and care for it.” Meg believes that a visit to Beaver Lake will be well worth it. “It’s a neat chance for families to disconnect, get back to the basics, and enjoy nature as a family,” she says, noting that doing something

active and healthy together in the fresh air is an added bonus of the day trip. “If kids learn to care for the environment and the world around them now, as adults they’ll be more in tune with their environment and make positive decisions such as volunteering in a nature center like this one, being part of an Earth Day cleanup, or even planting a garden in the town they live in,” she adds. Montezuma can be a meaningful day trip, Andrea notes, because it gives kids the chance to form some positive memories of fun times outdoors while they’re still young and impressionable and they don’t take things for granted the way adults tend to. The wildlife refuge is a perfect place to instill a love of nature in children that, with any luck, they’ll carry with them throughout their lives. “Hopefully as adults they’ll act in ways that support nature and conservation, both in their personal lifestyle and in the way they vote,” she concludes.  Susan Henninger is a mother of three and contributing writer to Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent Magazine. She lives in upstate NY. Contact her at sue@fingerlakeswriter.com or online at www.fingerlakeswriter.com


Visiting Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge 3395 US Route 20 East, Seneca Falls (315) 568-5987 www.fws.gov/refuge/montezuma Trails are open from dawn to dusk and there is no admission charge. Visitors can bring a picnic lunch or visit one of the nearby stores for refreshments. There are bathrooms both in the Visitor Center and on the property and a well-stocked gift shop.

Beaver Lake Nature Center 8477 East Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville (315) 638-2519 www.onondagacountyparks.com/parks/ beaver-lake-nature-center Trails are open from 7am to 8pm in the warmer months and park admission is $4/car (free for veterans and active military). There are restrooms, a picnic area, and a gift shop there. Please note that BLNC does not permit swimming, hunting, fishing, grills, or dogs and it’s a “carry-in/carry-out” park.

The Great Swamp Conservancy 8375 North Main Street, Canastota (315) 697-2950 www.greatswampconservancy.org Trails are open from dawn to dusk and there is no admission charge, though donations are much appreciated. Families are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch and spend the day. There are restrooms and a gift shop in the Visitor Center (open Tuesday-Saturday from 10am to 3pm.). Dogs are allowed on a leash. Don’t miss the Osprey nesting platform.

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// FEATURE STORY //

WORDS JOHN BOCCACINO

climb out of the darkness RAISING AWARENESS FOR POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION & PERINATAL MOOD DISORDERS

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iving birth to a child is supposed to be a joyous occasion, one that celebrates the miracle of childbirth and the sanctity of life. But what happens if, following this life-altering event, instead of feeling pride

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and exuberance over their new bundles of joy, mothers instead experience feelings of panic, fear, and depression? For the one in five mothers who will experience postpartum depression (just one of the perinatal mood disorders),

following birth can become a stressful time of isolation, despair, and anxiety.


While family members and friends are celebrating the new arrival, a woman who suffer from postpartum depression can feel trapped by her depression. And this depression goes against everything our society values when it comes to raising a family. After all, how can a new mother feel lost, alone, and hopeless in the presence of her new, wide-eyed baby? The answer, according to Dr. Erin Stronach, varies on a case-by-case basis. “There’s no way to know who is likely to suffer from postpartum depression and who won’t, but research has shown there are several groups of women more at risk for depression,” says Stronach, a clinical psychologist who runs an independent practice and has been working with postpartum depression cases for five years. “Women under the age of 30 are more at risk, as are those with low levels of education and income. Also mothers who already have young children in the home are more likely to experience postpartum depression than others. All of these women have fewer resources, economically, socially, in every way.” Symptoms of postpartum depression can appear immediately following childbirth or even as long as one year after delivery. Symptoms can include restlessness, irritability, withdrawing from loved ones, feeling lost or hopeless, difficulty concentrating, a lack of interest in previous hobbies or activities, and, in extreme cases, suicidal thoughts. Abby Cantwell is one of the roughly 600,000 women in the United States who experience postpartum depression each year. After her son, Max (now three years old) was born, Cantwell began experiencing anxiety and symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Normally an anxious person, Cantwell’s anxiety skyrocketed following childbirth. She started asking herself questions like: "Would Max think I was his mother? Would he be able to identify with me?" Soon afterwards, Cantwell began experiencing feelings of numbness, whether she was around Max or not. While she was still able to provide care for Max, her anxiety prevented her from getting back on a normal sleep cycle. During a trip to visit her mother in the Adirondacks, Cantwell’s depression hit a new low as she soon entered a four-month stretch where she was “constantly stuck in a world of anxiety, with massive, severe, and intrusive thoughts about hurting hersef,” Cantwell recalls. “The feeling was a nightmare and it was indescribable. That was my breaking point and it took everything in my power to be able to function every day. At one point I stared at a bottle of pills as a solution and I was so exhausted that I thought about CONTINUED >>> Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent • May/June 2016

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Stronach, as well as takending it all. But it was fleeting and I’m very ing medication for her glad I didn’t go down anxiety. If more Cantwell has that path. At that since organized point I realized I people can have this a postpartum needed help, but conversation about the it’s hard asking depression walk dangers of postpartum for help when called Climb Out depression, fewer people of the Darkness, you’re a new which this year mom. No one will have to go through will occur June 18 tells you this can this alone." at Greece Canal happen to you Park. The walk is and I didn’t realize – DR. ERIN STRONACH, CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST there was help free to attend and offers mothers and fathers available.” the chance to learn about Turning to her local organizations and health computer, Cantwell began providers who offer support services. searching for support groups, but didn’t find anything based in Rochester. The goal of the walk is to raise awareness She did a Google search for postpartum of maternal mental health, emphasizing depression and came across the nationthe importance of education, support, and recovery for all perinatal mood disorders al Postpartum Progress website, www. and anxiety. The event is conducted in postpartumprogress.com. There, Canpartnership with Postpartum Progress’s twell found relief when she learned she annual climbs across the country as well wasn’t alone in her struggles. “It was really as in Canada, Australia, and the United comforting to read stories of other mothKingdom. The event will include activities ers who had the same thoughts I did and for children and a raffle and will provide know I wasn't alone,” says Cantwell, who free educational resources including a new soon after began therapy sessions with Dr.

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mother checklist. All proceeds from the event will go to Postpartum Progress. “That’s why I volunteer now, to let everyone know that postpartum depression is a possibility following childbirth. If everyone can know that there are resources available to them, it could really help other women from going to the very dark place that I went to,” Cantwell says. “At the first signs of trouble, a mother can realize that these feelings are totally normal and that she's not a horrible person. There are steps you can take to prevent this from spiraling out of control.” Information and registration for the climb can be found at: www.crowdrise. com/abbycantwell-cotd2016/fundraiser/ abbycantwell. Among the groups of women most likely to experience postpartum depression are those who either had difficulty conceiving or had to undergo fertility treatments in order to give birth. “The toughest critics of these new mothers are the women themselves,” Stronach says. “They desperately want to enjoy their babies and they are frustrated at themselves for not being over the moon after giving birth. They feel like they’re being cheated and missing out on


MARK YOUR CALENDAR WHEN Saturday, June 18th, 2016, 11am-2pm WHERE Greece Canal Park, Towpath Shelter (241 Elmgrove Rd. Roc, NY 14626) WHAT Postpartum Progress’ Climb Out of the Darkness® is the world’s largest event raising awareness of maternal mental illnesses like postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety & OCD, postpartum PTSD, postpartum psychosis, bipolar/ peripartum onset, and pregnancy depression and anxiety. Rochester's Climb will be a rockin' good time filled with a nature walk, raffle drawing of local artisan goods and other prizes, coloring therapy, and much more! 100% of funds raised are donated to Postpartum Progress. LEARN MORE http://postpartumprogress.org/climb-out-of-the-darkness

what everyone else tells them is the happiest moment of their lives. They think something is wrong with them if they’re not perfectly happy all of the time. It’s excruciating.” While the notion of postpartum depression can be terrifying to new mothers, Stronach says there are plenty of support groups and ways to seek help. “If more people can have this conversation about the dangers of postpartum depression, fewer people will have to go through this alone,” says Stronach, herself a mother. “There is hope and there are effective treatments available, and women need to get connected and reach out to one another for help. Through your OBGYN or your pediatrician you can undergo routine screenings for postpartum depression that will show, statistically-speaking, who is more likely to experience depression. As awful as postpartum depression is, it is temporary and there are treatments available. To be a part of that hopefulness during these trying times is really rewarding for me.” According to Stonach, treatments include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), interpersonal psychotherapy, and antidepressant medications, all of which are extremely effective treatment methods. Cognitive treatments include helping women identify ways to think of themselves in a kinder, gentler light and channeling the unhelpful thoughts into more positive ways of thinking. Stronach says there’s also a behavioral component that focuses on self-care items like getting enough sleep, eating well, enjoying enough bonding time with the newborn, and reconnecting with family, friends, hobbies and activities that the mother enjoyed prior to pregnancy. For more information, including a list of area psychologists, visit the Genesee Valley Psychological Association’s website, www.gvpa.net/home.php.  John Boccacino is a regular contributing writer to Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent Magazine.

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BOOK NOOK

By Deena Viviani

a new home

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ur country is made up of people from all over the world! Read about families who left their homes in search of a different life, and discover some ways to welcome the “new kids” to your neighborhood. For more resources, visit www.imyourneighborbooks.org.

MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU! GET YOUR STAR WARS BOOKS HERE: MIDDLE GRADE Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure By Cecil Castellucci and Jason Fry Origami Yoda series By Tom Angleberger Star Wars: A New Hope – The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy By Alexandra Bracken Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back – So You Want To Be a Jedi? By Adam Gidwitz Star Wars: Return of the Jedi – Beware the Power of the Dark Side! By Tom Angleberger Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded By Pablo Hidalgo Star Wars: The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary By Pablo Hidalgo YOUNG ADULT Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Lost Stars By Claudia Gray

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Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale

By Duncan Tonatiuh Abrams, 2013, hardcover, $16.95, Ages 4-8 After papá does not return from El Norte when he says he will, Pancho Rabbit accepts the help of Coyote to find him. Hand-drawn and digitally collaged artwork make for interesting illustrations in this picture book full of double meanings. The author succeeds in expressing the yearning of family for each other when someone is away.

I’m New Here

By Anne Sibley O’Brien Charlesbridge, 2015, hardcover, $16.95, Ages 3-5 Maria, Jin, and Fatimah have just started school in the United States. They express their struggles with understanding the new language, writing in English letters, and not fitting in. Approaching other kids and taking risks to connect, they make friends and learn from each other.

When Christmas Feels Like Home

Written by Gretchen Griffith & Illustrated by Carolina Farias Albert Whitman, 2013, hardcover, $16.99, Ages 4-8

Eduardo is sad to leave his country, but mami and papi assure him the United States will feel like home soon. Once there, he plays football and fútbal with his new classmates, learns English and teaches others Spanish, and sees that kids are still kids no matter where they live. Warm illustrations complete this promising story.

Two White Rabbits

Written by Jairo Buitrago, Illustrated by Rafael Yockteng, & Translated by Elisa Amado Groundwood Books, 2015, hardcover, $18.95, Ages 4-8 A young girl travels with her papá via raft, train, and

truck to reach their new home. This picture book provides a sensitive treatment of traveling through storms and soldiers to reach a better life. An end note asks an important question of the reader about freedom, refugees, and human rights.

Look Both Ways in the Barrio Blanco

By Judith Robbins Rose Candlewick, 2015, hardcover, $16.99, Ages 9-12 Jacinta is proud to have Miss, a local news anchor, as her mentor through the youth rescue center. But Jacinta also misses her Mama who returned to Mexico and fears for


her family as they live illegally in the United States. With honest and raw emotions, Jacinta's story shows a clear distinction between the poor and middle classes, and that no one's life is just as it seems on the surface.

Until I Find Julian

By Patricia Reilly Giff Wendy Lamb Books, 2015, hardcover, $16.99, Ages 9-12 After Julian moves illegally to the United States for work and then goes missing, his brother Mateo crosses the Mexican border to find him, vowing not to return without answers. Mateo and his new friend Angel are brave, resourceful kids with heart. This thin novel has reluctant reader appeal with its short chapters and cut-to-the-chase scenes.

A Long Walk to Water

By Linda Sue Park Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011, paperback, $7.99, Ages 10-14 Nya, a present day Sudanese girl, must walk two hours each way to fetch water for her family. Salva, a Sudanese boy in 1985, becomes a refugee, seeking his family after war tears apart his home. As time passes and their stories intersect, Salva makes his way to the United States and gives back to his home. This bestselling novel is based on a true story that you have to read to believe.

The Secret Side of Empty

By Maria E. Andreu Running Press, 2014, hardcover, $16.95, Ages 14-18 M.T. has a best friend, boyfriend, good grades, and loving mother, but she is an illegal immigrant. Is there any point to her future if she cannot live fully in the United States? The secret burdens that M.T. endures are heavy and heartbreaking, yet illustrative of the real world. Fortunately, M.T. has friends she can turn to and a story that ends with hope.  Deena Viviani is a Young Adult Services Librarian who writes reviews for VOYA and the RACWI Newsletter. Read more reviews on her blog www. deenaml.livejournal.com or send her a note at DeenaViviani@hotmail.com – she loves to hear from readers!

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test anxiety WHAT IT IS & HOW TO HELP YOUR KIDS

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est anxiety strikes students of all ages, from primary school through college. As the season for final exams approaches, we asked an expert how parents can help their children cope with the nervousness, sleep loss, and loss of confidence that test-taking can produce. Laura Henrichs

Cardella, MD, a UR Medicine psychiatrist who is board-certified in Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, says parents should know that their attitude and actions can help relieve their children’s nervousness or greatly add to it. Here are some ways to help your child get through exam season with less anxiety and the best possible performance.

What are the signs test anxiety?

Test anxiety can manifest in many different ways. There is a spectrum of how it is displayed in children, from an overwhelming need to be perfect with schoolwork to intractable avoidance of school work. The child may have an underlying belief that they are just not good enough. Anxiety in general can also cause physical, emotional, and cognitive symptoms. Physical symptoms include sleep difficulties, restlessness, sweating, shaking, shortness of breath, headaches, and stomach aches. Emotional symptoms include worry, irritability, and helplessness. Common cognitive symptoms include difficulty concentrating, forgetfulness, and negative thinking.

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Is a little bit of exam stress normal, even healthy? When does it become a real issue?

Anxiety is a motivator. Too little anxiety, and there is little motivation to study or do homework. However, too much anxiety can be paralyzing. Students with test anxiety can under-perform on tests or hand in their assignments late. Sometimes, they can even be labeled as lazy, unmotivated, or having Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Some anxiety is helpful. There is a large sweet spot right in the middle in which some anxiety can sharpen your mind, focus attention and motivate us to study.

Is it worse in boys or girls, or is it less about gender and more about personality type? Test anxiety is quite common. Studies have found that it is present in about 40 percent of students. They have found higher rates of test anxiety in females, students with disabilities, and minority students. Certainly, if a student has an anxious temperament, or a pre-existing anxiety disorder, they are more likely to have test anxiety.

What do parents do (unintentionally) to make the problem worse?

Studies have shown that parental pressure, as opposed to parental support, can increase test anxiety. Parental support includes helping the child prepare for a test and encouraging the child to trust in her ability to accomplish her academic tasks. In contrast, parental pressure includes behavior such as pushing the child to work more intensely in school, setting unrealistically high expectations, and criticizing academic performance.

With all the emphasis on Common Core and aptitude tests, is the problem worse now than it was in past generations? That certainly is the perception. While there has been a long tradition of high-stakes testing in New York State, the new testing requirements in English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics, combined with the initiation of Common Core and teacher evaluations based on the results of these tests, has been thought to increase anxiety to a new level. However, test anxiety is not a new problem – it has been studied for decades.

What steps can a parent/child take to address the anxiety?

The good news is that test anxiety is very treatable. I would suggest that a student use the following strategies to take control of the anxiety, instead of allowing the anxiety to take control. • TALK WITH THE TEACHER. Make sure your child understands what is going to be on the test and knows how to prepare. Often, students with anxiety worry more about the format of the test than the actual material. Recommend to your child that it can be helpful to let the teacher know that he is anxious when he takes tests. The teacher may have suggestions to help relieve the stress. CONTINUED >>> Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent • May/June 2016

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• ESTABLISH REGULAR STUDY AND PRETEST ROUTINES. Figure out what works for your child and follow these steps every time. Having a system in place provides consistency, which will ease stress levels and help preparation. • FIND A RELAXATION TECHNIQUE THAT WORKS. There are many to choose from, including deep breathing; progressive muscle relaxation (where you tense up your muscles and then consciously relax them); meditation; and focused imagery (where you imagine a peaceful scene). Suggest to your child that she try them all out, pick the one that works best for her and practice as much as she can. Just like the need to practice an instrument or a sport, it will not work perfectly the first time around, but the more you practice, the better it will work. There are many that can be done without anyone even noticing, like deep breathing. Show your child how he can use this technique when he sits to take the exam and during the exam as well. • EAT HEALTHY. It is very important to eat healthy and regularly when studying. Studying and snacking often go hand in hand. However,

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choosing the right food to snack on can make a big difference. Foods that are high in sugar might give a quick boost, but soon after, energy levels dip and your child might feel even more tired than she was before the snack. Many older students rely on coffee, which can actually work against them. Caffeine can cause difficulty falling asleep and fragmented sleep. It can also make your teen feel jittery or anxious. Snacks high in protein, such as nuts and cheese, can help maintain a more balanced level of alertness. The morning of the exam, make sure your child eats a hearty breakfast, including protein and complex carbohydrates. • GET TO SLEEP! Sleep is one of the most important activities a child can do for his brain and body. Teenagers need at least nine hours of sleep a night and younger children need even more. Many children are just not getting enough sleep. Chronic sleep deprivation can cause difficulties with attention, memory, and mood, not to mention low energy, increased susceptibility to illness, and increased risk of accidents. A well-rested brain is able to study more efficiently and remember the test material better. It is much better to stretch the studying out over days and weeks as opposed to those last-minute,

sleep-depriving cram sessions. If your child has difficulty falling asleep, recommend that she try the relaxation techniques that she has been practicing. Also, make sure your child stays away from screens and bright lights an hour or two before bedtime. These can make it more difficult to fall asleep and get good-quality sleep. • HAVE A POSITIVE MINDSET. A positive attitude toward studying and test-taking will bring better results. Understand that anxiety can actually improve test scores. In fact, a study was conducted in which test-takers were told those with anxiety would do better on a test, and they did. Take control of the test, instead of letting the anxiety control you. Recommend to your child that when he gets the test in hand, to turn it over, take some deep breaths, and silently say, “I know this. I am the boss of this test. I can do this.” • ASK FOR HELP. If the above steps are not enough, talk with your primary care provider about the possibility of your child seeing a therapist. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is an evidence-based, proven treatment method for anxiety. 


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EDUCATION

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f you’ll be returning to work after your baby is born, you probably know that open daycare spots can go faster than ice cream melts on a hot day. Still, for your child’s wellbeing and your own peace of mind, it pays to get picky. "Starting a few months before you’re ready to return to work, visit three to five daycare programs,” says Kris Murray, author of The Ultimate Childcare Marketing Guide and a consultant to the childcare industry. To narrow your selection, here are the top questions Murray suggests asking daycare providers that can help you know if you’ve found the right place – or if you need to keep looking.

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WHAT ACTIVITIES WILL MY CHILD DO? The code word to listen for is “curriculum.” With emerging research about early brain development, top childcare programs aren’t glorified babysitters. They’re full-featured learning environments, even at the infant level because learning starts from birth. “There are all sorts of age-appropriate curriculums

available now, from baby sign language in an infant room to early reading, nature, science, art, technology and drama programs for toddlers,” Murray says. Each program is typically organized into themes. If the theme is insects, for example, your toddler might be asked to dress up as his favorite bug for the drama unit, paint a bug for the art unit and learn about insects in the computer

lab for the technology unit. To you though, it may all just look like fun and games. But that’s the idea. “Children learn best through play,” Murray says. WHAT’S THE TEACHER TO CHILD RATIO? It’s important for your child to get plenty of attention, especially the younger she is. Babies and toddlers 12 months old and younger need an adult


child care providers guide to child ratio of no more than 1:4 (one adult per four infants). For toddlers 12 to 28 months old, the ratio should be 1:3, one instructor per three children. Small class sizes of 10 to 12 children or less is preferred too. Even if there are plenty of adults to children, a larger group of toddlers can feel chaotic. WHAT’S YOUR POLICY ABOUT UNANNOUNCED VISITS? The best answer is, “No problem. We have an open door policy.” Impromptu parent visits should always be welcome, Murray says. After signing your child up, you should be able to drop by anytime. HOW WILL I KNOW WHAT MY CHILD DID ALL DAY? Some daycare centers will distribute a daily activity sheet detailing what each child experienced that day, such as what she had for snack and how often her diaper was changed. Even better is paperless communication. Many daycare centers offer e-mail or texting messages two to four times daily. It’s a big plus. Imagine sitting in a meeting and getting a text from your child’s daycare or preschool with a video or photo of a picture he just painted. “Real time streaming helps you stay connected to your child’s day,” Murray says. When you pick your child up, you can say “Look at the cute pictures I got from you today” and talk about them together. WHAT ARE THE QUALIFICATIONS OF YOUR CAREGIVERS? “Ask for a list of the teachers which includes the number of years of experience they’ve had in the field, their degree

(in early childhood education for the lead teacher) or the training they’ve had,” Murray says. Lead teachers should also have five to seven years of experience. With practice comes the competence to handle challenging issues, such as fighting and other behavioral problems or potty training in a toddler program. ARE DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP HOURS FLEXIBLE? If you work from home sometimes or need a half-day help here and there, look for a daycare option that works with your nontraditional schedule. Daycare that’s less than fulltime is a growing trend. “For a monthly membership fee, many daycare centers will allow you to drop off your child whenever you want,” Murray says. WHAT’S THE SECURITY SITUATION LIKE? Most childcare programs are safer than they were five years ago. Some now, for example, have biometrics at the entrance. Instead of punching in a code at the door, you’re be required to place your finger on a pad to enter the building. “Stricter regulations on safety and background checks are now required in many states,” Murray says. When touring a daycare center, ask whether the children are monitored by a secure webcam. Is the feed distributed to the director’s office so there’s oversight of what’s happening in the classroom? (Good.) Can you have access to the feed as well? (Double good.) Not only does camera surveillance provide peace of mind because you can see what’s going on, it allows you to engage in your child’s day (“I saw you help Sam pick up CONTINUED >>> Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent • May/June 2016

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child care providers guide his crayons. That was so nice of you.”) “You get to spy with a positive purpose,” Murray says. HOW OFTEN DO THE KIDS GET TO GO OUTSIDE? Beyond extremely hot or cold weather, “there’s no excuse for children not to get outside every day,” Murray says. Your childcare center should support the full health of the child, which includes spending time in nature and being active. WHAT’S YOUR DISASTER RECOVERY AND EMERGENCY POLICY? If there’s a fire or disaster at the school, you want to know that teachers have been properly trained to respond quickly and effectively to get every child out. Every teacher should be

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trained in CPR too. ASK YOURSELF: AM I COMFORTABLE WITH THE ENVIRONMENT? After you’ve narrowed it down to your top picks, spend an hour or two observing a classroom when the kids are awake (not at nap time). What’s the vibe? The daycare center should feel open and warm-hearted. Teachers should look like they’re happy to be there and engaged with the children. If you get a good feeling about the place, chances are your child will like it too because he’ll pick up on your satisfaction. Finally, confirm your selection by finding out what everyone else has to say. Review testimonials from other parents on

the daycare center’s Facebook page and review sites such as Yelp. “Sometimes there are disgruntled employees or an occasional unhappy parent,” Murray says. If you see 10 great reviews and one negative one, you’re probably fine. Look for a preponderance of positive.”  Sandra Gordon is an award-winning freelance writer who delivers expert advice and the latest developments in health, nutrition, parenting and consumer issues.


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CALENDAR

MAY & JUNE EVENTS

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

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aking the family to baseball games has been one of the most enjoyed activities of summer and is considered by most people as the “national pastime.” But Red Wings Baseball is more than just an opportunity to watch a baseball game; it also provides special activities and promotions throughout the season.

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Each game is packed with family-friendly activities and every home game has the Pre-Game Autograph Booth. Every Sunday is Knot Hole Kids’ Club Day, every Monday is Kids Eat Free Day and every Friday and Saturday you and your family will enjoy the post-game fireworks! Each day of the

week that a home game is played, will offer special activities. Don’t miss out, put Red Wings Baseball on your calendar today! Of course promotions are subject to change, so always check the website for details.

WHERE Red Wings Baseball Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Silver Way, Rochester 14608 ADMISSION $9- $13 Check website for special offers. DATES & HOURS Check the website for game days and hours. Last home game is September 2, 2016. MORE INFO 454-1001 www.redwingsbaseball.com


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ond class of the World Video Game Hall of Fame will be announced at a special ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Included with general museum admission fees. 10am. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607. 263-2700. museumofplay.org

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06 * Friday Animal Tales Story Time at Lollypop Farm Snuggle up on a fluffy

pillow and enjoy an animal-themed story or two and a humane education component. It’s a great way to introduce the wonder of animals to the little ones of the family. Held every Friday in the Indoor Barn Classroom. 11am - Noon. Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Rd., Fairport 14450. 223-1330 x 173. lollypop.org/education

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Mom’s Day Edition of Friday Family Night with Michaels! Make mom a special card or arts & crafts to take home for Mother’s Day! 5pm - 7pm. Mall at Greece Ridge Center, 271 Greece Ridge Center Drive, Rochester 14626. www.themallatgreeceridge.com/

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Enjoy the game with family and friends. Check the website for game day specials and promotions. 7pm. Rochester Rhinos

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ence the breadth and depth of RIT through interactive presentations, hands-on demonstrations, exhibitions, and research projects set up throughout campus. Free and open to the public! 10am - 5pm. Rochester Institute of Technology, 1 Lomb Memorial Dr., Rochester 14623. 475-7202. www.rit.edu/imagine/

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RMSC Rain Barrel Workshop

Create your own rain barrel and bring it home. Everything is supplied but the rain. Learn how using rain barrels can protect this precious natural resource...water. 11am - Noon. Rochester Museum and Science Center, 657 East Ave., Rochester 14607. 271-4320. www.rmsc.org

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Saturday nights from dark till about 10 p.m. when weather in downtown Rochester is favorable and volunteer telescope operators are available. 7:30pm. Strasenburgh Planetarium, 657 East Ave., Rochester 14607. 697-1945. www.rmsc.org/ StrasenburghPlanetarium R

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Build, craft, invent, play and make event. The Faire will showcase a diverse mix of makers, ranging from tech enthusiasts to crafters, homesteaders, scientists, garage tinkerers and inventors. 10am - 4pm. Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo 14211. 716-896-5200. makerfairebuffalo.com/

Wildflower Hike Look for and identify the many different species of wildflowers. Discover which wildflowers are native or invasive to this area, and how they benefit humans and animals. From the rare Spreading Globeflower to the near-perfect red, white and painted 10am. Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Rd., Naples 14512.

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Bringing awareness about the dangers of secondhand smoke while raising money for the Golisano Children’s Hospital. Free admission, bounce houses, music, face painting, crafts, and local food trucks. Noon - 6pm. Ellison Park, 395 Rich’s Dugway Road, Penfield 14625. 736-2254. Purelungsclothing.com

Friends Fest (Craft & Trunk Sale) Entertainment, Raffle, Food

Festival will celebrate the importance of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex for birds that migrate thousands of miles along the Atlantic Flyway. The Montezuma Wetlands Complex is a globally significant Important Bird Area th... 10am 3pm. Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89 , Savannah 13146. 315-365-3580.

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Vendors, Crafts & Trunk Sale Bargains. On the Irondequoit Town Hall Campus. All sellers need to pre-register to reserve their spot. Applications for sellers can be printed off the Irondequoit Public Library’s website. 10am - 3pm. Irondequoit Town Hall, 1280 Titus

Flower City Days @ the Public Market Flower City Days

at The Market are a paradise for novice and experienced gardeners who want to cultivate gardens guaranteed to earn them bragging rights. 8am. Rochester Public Market, 280 N. Union St., Rochester 14605. 428-6907. www.cityofrochester.gov

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Mother’s Day at GCVM

Celebrate Mother’s Day during the museum’s opening weekend with FREE admission for all moms! The village comes alive for the spring season as we honor moms during our opening weekend! All moms are admitted for free on this day, as we take a l... 10am - 4pm. Genesee Country Village and Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Rd., Mumford 14511. 294-8218. www.gcv.org

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leave his swamp to pursue a dream of stardom, Kermit the Frog makes a long and funny journey to Hollywood. Along the way, he makes friends with Fozzie Bear and the Great Gonzo and finds love in the arms of Miss Piggy. 2pm. Dryden Theatre, 900 East Ave., Rochester 14607. 271-3361. www.eastman.org R

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Featuring Glinka, “Overture to Russlan and Ludmilla”; Mussorgsky, “Night on Bald Mountain”; Tyzik, “A Call to Worship”; Bernstein, “Symphonic Dances from ‘West Side Story’”; Elgar, “’Nimrod’ from Enigma Variations”. Tickets-$5. 3pm. Hochstein School of Music & Dance in Rochester, 50 N. Plymouth Ave., Rochester 14614. 454-4596. www.hochstein.org

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Monday Kicks for Ages 2 to 6 Playful learning activities designed

for 2- to 6-year-olds. This Month: Let’s Move - Get moving with activities and games that promote healthy play and eating. Included with general museum admission fees. 10am - 2pm. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607. 2632700. museumofplay.org

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS • LOCAL FAMILY-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES Field, 1 Morrie Silver Way, Rochester 14608. 454-1001. redwingsbaseball.com

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Kallas, M.D., Ph.D., an infectious diseases specialist and professor of Medicine at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, for this panel discussion about the unfolding Zika virus situation. As the warm summer season approaches, ... 7pm - 9pm. Eisenhart Auditorium - Rochester Museum and Science Center, 657 East Avenue, Rochester 14626. www.urmc.rochester. edu/news/story/4554/community-talk-on-zika-virus-features-infectious-disease-expe R

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11 * Wednesday Redwings vs Gwinnett Braves

Let’s go out to the Ball Game! Watch as the Rochester Redwings take on their rivals, enjoy the action and check out the website for game updates. 7:05pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Silver Way, Rochester 14608. 454-1001. redwingsbaseball.com

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long story reading and art viewing experience is for children 2 to 5 with accompanying adult. $5 per adult (children free). Pre-registration recommended; call the Creative Workshop, 585.276.8959. 11am - Noon. Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave., Rochester 14607. mag.rochester.edu

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Every year the Aquarium hosts a can’tbe-missed food and wine sampler pairing and this year the event will be May 12th! There will be food, wine, music, prizes and a lot of fun. Mark your calendar now! 6pm. Aquarium of Niagara, 701 Whirlpool St., Niagara Falls 14301. 716-285-3575. www.aquariumofniagara.org

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twins? If so, this group is for you! Prospective members warmly welcomed. Please visit the website for details regarding this month’s meeting. 7pm - 9pm. Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 48 Perrin Street , Rochester 14450. www.grmotc.com

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13 * Friday Geva Presents - The May Queen 7:30 pm. See May 5 Ballet on the Edge Join Rochester City Ballet (RCB) for a magnetic performance of riveting work, including one of RCB’s favorites from the past and premieres from other contemporary ballet choreographers. 8pm. Nazareth College Arts Center, 4245 East Ave., Rochester 14618. 389-2170. artscenter.naz.edu

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a fluffy pillow and enjoy an animal-themed story or two and a humane education component. It’s a great way to introduce the wonder of animals to the little ones of the family. Held every Friday in the Indoor Barn Classroom. 11:30am - 12:30pm. Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Rd., Fairport 14450. 2231330 x 173. lollypop.org/education

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14 * Saturday Saturday Night Telescope Viewing See May 7. Ballet on the Edge Join Rochester City Ballet (RCB) for a magnetic performance of riveting work, including one of RCB’s favorites from the past and premieres from other contemporary ballet choreographers. 8pm. Nazareth College Arts Center, 4245 East Ave., Rochester 14618. 389-2170. artscenter.naz.edu

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Post-Game Fireworks. Let’s go out to the Ball Game! Watch as the Rochester Redwings take on their rivals, enjoy the action and check out the website for game updates. 7:05pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Silver Way, Rochester 14608. 454-1001. redwingsbaseball.com

GREATER ROCHESTER TEEN BOOK FESTIVAL O ver the past ten years, the Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival has been an opportunity for public and school librarians to dedicate an event solely to teens, to encourage reading some of the best titles aimed at young adults, and to offer a place where readers can interact with award-winning authors. The Teen Book Fest demonstrates the value of teens within our literary communities and focuses attention on the authors who write for them.

The Teen Book Fest is free and open to everyone, but seating preference will be given to teens at all of the author sessions.

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Enjoy the game with family and friends. Check the website for game day specials and promotions. 6:05pm. Rochester Rhinos @ Sahlen Stadium, 460 Oak St., Rochester 14608. 454-3000. www.rhinossoccer.com

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feeling knowing we’re all helping real families. 10am. Seneca Lake State Park, 1 Lakefront Drive, Geneva 14456. www.marchforbabies.org

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what a sea star feels like? Or, maybe learn how a lobster eats? Find out and learn even more fun facts when you come on Saturdays for this half-hour session. 9:30am, 1pm & 1:45pm. Aquarium of Niagara, 701 Whirlpool St., Niagara Falls 14301. 716-285-3575 x209. www.aquariumofniagara.org

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for Day Out With Thomas includes the train ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, as well as a variety of Thomas & Friends themed entertainment, including Storytelling and Video Viewing, 9am - 6pm. Medina Railroad Museum, 530 West Ave., Medina 14103. 798-6106. railroadmuseum.net/dowt-2016

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Fly in and celebrate beloved nanny Mary Poppins! Meet and take photos with Mary Poppins, make a mini kite to take home, and decorate your own unique Mary Poppins hat. See what is stowed in Mary Poppins’ carpetbag. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607. 263-2700. museumofplay.org

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Let’s go out to the Ball Game! Watch as the Rochester Redwings take on their rivals, enjoy the action and check out the website for game updates. 1:35pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Silver Way, Rochester 14608. 454-1001. redwingsbaseball.com

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15 * Sunday March for Babies It promises to

be a fun day out with people who share our passion for improving the health of babies. There’ll be family teams, company teams and people walking with friends - it’s a great

17 * Tuesday Tiny Tots Concerts: Alien Encounter The Rochester

Philharmonic Orchestra is pleased to announce the 2015-2016 series of Tiny Tots Concerts for pre-schoolers and kindergartners. This 40-minute concert, Alien Encounter, will introduce children to the orchestra. 9:45am. and 11:15 am Franklin High School, 950 Norton Street, Rochester 14621. www.rpo.org

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Rochester City Ballet (RCB) for a magnetic performance of riveting work, including one of RCB’s favorites from the past and premieres from other contemporary ballet choreographers. 2pm. Nazareth College Arts Center, 4245 East Ave., Rochester 14618. 389-2170. artscenter.naz.edu/ R

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sion fees. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607. 263-2700. www. museumofplay.org

16 * Monday Storytime Club: Pet Tales

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS • LOCAL FAMILY-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES 19 * Thursday Museum of Glass Free Admission Free admission to the

Corning Museum of Glass. Held every third Thursday until October 2016. 5pm - 8pm. Corning Museum of Glass, 1 Museum Way, Corning 14830. 866-468-7386. museumofglass.org

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20 * Friday ROPEX Stamp Show ROPEX 2016 Stamp Show and Coins. May 20-22, Canandaigua Civic Center, 250 North Bloomfield Rd, Canandaigua 14424. Hours 11-6, 10-5, 10-3. $2 admission Fri & Sat, free Sunday, youth free, free parking. Sponsored by the Rochester Philatelic Ass... 10am - 5pm. Greater Canandaigua Civic Center, 250 N Bloomfield Rd, Canandaigua 14424. 752-6178. www.rpastamps.org/ ropex.html

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21 * Saturday Understanding Lakes and Oceans Learn the impact humans

have on lakes, streams, rivers and oceans. Find out how you can protect ecosystems and their waterways, and learn how all species rely on water for life. Enjoy activities and demonstrations for all ages. Free with Zoo Admi... 10am - 4pm. Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St Paul Street, Rochester 14621. (585) 336-7214. senecazoo.eagledream-hosting.com/ event/understanding-lakes-andoceans/2016-05-21/

Saturday Night Telescope Viewing See May 7.

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Geva Presents - The May Queen 7:30 pm. See May 5

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Perinton Bike Rodeo Learn how to ride your bike safely this summer at the Perinton Bike Rodeo! Perinton

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Recreation and Parks is teaming up with Liberty Mutual to provide this free family friendly event on Saturday, May 21 from 10am to noon. The event will be held in... 10am - Noon. Perinton Community Center, 1350 Turk HIll Road, Town of Perinton 14450. 2235050. www.perinton.org

Princess Breakfast Enjoy Breakfast, Sing-A-Longs, Back 40 admission, goody bag and meet and greet with our 2 Princesses!! A ticket is required for each guest attending. Cost: $15.00 per person ages 2 and up. 9am - 11am. Long Acre Farms, 1342 Eddy Road, Rochester 14502. 315-986-4202. longacrefarms.com R

Day Out With Thomas A ticket for Day Out With Thomas includes the train ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, as well as a variety of Thomas & Friends themed entertainment, including Storytelling and Video Viewing, 9am - 6pm. Medina Railroad Museum, 530 West Ave., Medina 14103. 798-6106. railroadmuseum.net/dowt-2016/

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Nature-seekers listen for morning birdsong and spot spring birds along the trails. Hikers might come across Black-Throated Blue Warbler or an Indigo Bunting. 8am. Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Rd., Naples 14512.

Wildflower Hike Look for and identify the many different species of wildflowers. Discover which wildflowers are native or invasive to this area, and how they benefit humans and animals. From the rare Spreading Globeflower to the near-perfect red, white and painted 10am. Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Rd., Naples 14512.

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to be whisked away to paradise. The Color Run Tropicolor™ World Tour has more fun, more sun and even more color for you and your friends to experience together and it’s coming to Rochester! 8am - Noon. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Silver Way, Rochester 14608. thecolorrun.com/locations/ rochester/

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22 * Sunday Flower City Days @ the Public Market Flower City Days at The Market are a paradise for novice and experienced gardeners who want to cultivate gardens guaranteed to earn them bragging rights. 8am. Rochester Public Market, 280 N. Union St., Rochester 14605. 428-6907. www.cityofrochester.gov/

March for Babies It promises to be a fun day out with people who share our passion for improving the health of babies. There’ll be family teams, company teams and people walking with friends - it’s a great feeling knowing we’re all helping real families. 9am. Genesee Valley Park, R


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Dryden Kids - Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) 5/22 -

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Fifteen-year-old Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) must rescue her baby brother from an otherworld ruled by the Goblin King (David Bowie, who also performs several songs). 2pm. Dryden Theatre, 900 East Ave., Rochester 14607. 271-3361. www.eastman.org

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23 * Monday Storytime Club: Pet Tales

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

them bragging rights. 8am. Rochester Public Market, 280 N. Union St., Rochester 14605. 428-6907. www.cityofrochester.gov/

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Game! Watch as the Rochester Redwings take on their rivals, enjoy the action and check out the website for game updates. 7pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Silver Way, Rochester 14608. 454-1001. redwingsbaseball.com/

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up on a fluffy pillow and enjoy an animal-themed story or two and a humane education component. It’s a great way to introduce the wonder of animals to the little ones of the family. Held every Friday in the Indoor Barn Classroom. 11am - Noon. Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Rd., Fairport 14450. 223-1330 x 173. lollypop.org/ education

Redwings vs Charlotte Knights Post-Game Fireworks. Let’s

go out to the Ball Game! Watch as the Rochester Redwings take on their rivals, enjoy the action and check out the website for game updates. 7:05pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Silver Way, Rochester 14608. 454-1001. redwingsbaseball.com

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28 * Saturday Orchestra in the Pines Sit

back and watch the trees sway in the wind as the Finger Lakes Symphony Orchestra performs among our red pine stand. Local wineries and farms will provide food for tasting. Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Rd., Naples 14512. www. rmsc.org/cumming-nature-center

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25 * Wednesday Redwings vs Indianapolis Indians Let’s go out to the Ball

Game! Watch as the Rochester Redwings take on their rivals, enjoy the action and check out the website for game updates. 7:05pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Silver Way, Rochester 14608. 454-1001. redwingsbaseball.com

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26 * Thursday Geva Presents - The May Queen 7:30 pm. See May 5 Redwings vs Indianapolis Indians Education Day - Drawstring

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Bag Giveaway. Let’s go out to the Ball Game! Watch as the Rochester Redwings take on their rivals, enjoy the action and check out the website for game updates. 11:05am. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Silver Way, Rochester 14608. 454-1001. redwingsbaseball.com R

27 * Friday Flower City Days @ the Public Market Flower City Days at The Market are a paradise for novice and experienced gardeners who want to cultivate gardens guaranteed to earn

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family and friends. Check the website for game day specials and promotions. 6:05pm. Rochester Rhinos @ Sahlen Stadium, 460 Oak St., Rochester 14608. 454-3000. www. rhinossoccer.com

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Saturday Night Telescope Viewing See May 7.

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Let’s go out to the Ball Game! Watch as the Rochester Redwings take on their rivals, enjoy the action and check out the website for game updates. 1:35pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Silver Way, Rochester 14608. 454-1001. redwingsbaseball.com/ R

animal constellations Strasenburgh Planetarium, 657 East Ave., Rochester 14607. www.rmsc.org/ StrasenburghPlanetarium

Saturday Night Telescope Viewing See May 7.

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June 02 * Thursday CPR/AED Training Course

Come join us for a CPR/AED course at our training location in East Rochester. We are an American Heart Association training site that provides BLS certification for the medical professional or HeartSaver certification for the lay rescuer. Classe... 5pm 9pm. CardiacLife Training Center, 349 West Commerical Street, Suite 1400, East Rochester 14445. 286-3811. cardiaclife.net/cpr-certification-ny R

03 * Friday Animal Tales Story Time at Lollypop Farm Snuggle up on

a fluffy pillow and enjoy an animal-themed story or two and a humane education component. It’s a great way to introduce the wonder of animals to the little ones of the family. Held every Friday in the Indoor Barn Classroom. 11:30am - 12:30pm Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Rd., Fairport 14450. 223-1330 x 173. lollypop.org/education

Shrek the Musical JR Performance Best Foot Forward’s

talented theater students will perform Shrek the Musical JR at Jefferson Rd School in Pittsford,NY Friday, June 3rd @ 6pm Saturday, June4th @ 2pm Tickets available at the door. 6pm - 7pm. Jefferson Road School, 15 School Lane, Pittsford 14534. 727-2438. www.bestfootforwardkids.com

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Penguin Weekend Your Zoo is a leader in African penguin husbandry. Learn what we are doing to save this important species and its ecosystem. Enjoy penguin-themed activities, biofact touch-tables and an interpreter-led penguin feeding. Free with Zoo Admission. 10am - 4pm. Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St Paul Street, Rochester 14621. (585) 336-7214. senecazoo. eagledream-hosting.com/event/penguin-weekend/2016-06-04/ R

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and pet festival to help raise funds and awareness for Rochester Animal Services. Live music, exhibitors, vendors and a variety of activities. Don’t miss the pet contests, 10K & 5K races, and clinics. 7am - 2pm. Verona Street Animal Services, 184 Verona Street, Rochester 14608. www.cityofrochester.gov/TheFastandTheFurriest

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RMSC Rain Barrel Workshop

Create your own rain barrel and bring it home. Everything is supplied but the rain. Learn how using rain barrels can protect this precious natural resource...water. 11am - Noon. Rochester Museum and Science Center, 657 East Ave., Rochester 14607. 271-4320. www.rmsc.org

Rochester Lemonade Day The Strong will a host lemonade stand run by a group of Monroe County youth who participated in the Rochester Lemonade Day program organized by Rochester Institute of Technology’s Center for Urban Entrepreneurship (CUE). 11am - 4pm. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607. 263-2700. museumofplay.org

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05 * Sunday Dryden Kids - The Dark Crystal 6/05 - In a distant galaxy

and ancient past, orphan Jen, a Gelfling, begins a heroic journey to restore a missing shard to the Dark Crystal. If he fails, the evil birdlike lizards Skekses will control the universe. 2pm. Dryden Theatre, 900 East Ave., Rochester 14607. 271-3361. www.eastman.org

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06 * Monday Redwings vs Buffalo Bisons

Let’s go out to the Ball Game! Watch as the Rochester Redwings take on their rivals, enjoy the action and check out the website for game updates. 7:05pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Silver Way, Rochester 14608. 454-1001. redwingsbaseball.com/

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learning activities designed for 2- to 6-year-olds. This Month: Garden Science. Explore the wonders of nature through stories and engaging hands-on activities about plants and seeds. Included with general museum 10am - 2pm. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607. 263-2700. museumofplay.org

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07 * Tuesday Redwings vs Buffalo Bisons

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS • LOCAL FAMILY-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES 09 * Thursday Art & Story Stroll This hour-long story reading and art viewing experience is for children 2 to 5 with accompanying adult. $5 per adult (children free). Pre-registration recommended; call the Creative Workshop, 585.276.8959. 11am - Noon. Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave., Rochester 14607. mag.rochester.edu

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10 * Friday Redwings vs Toledo Let’s go out to the Ball Game! Watch as the Rochester Redwings take on their rivals, enjoy the action and check out the website for game updates. 7:05pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Silver Way, Rochester 14608. 454-1001. redwingsbaseball.com

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11 * Saturday Saturday Night Telescope Viewing

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The Force at Play Exhibit Opening

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science experiments with RMSC staff and volunteers in exhibit galleries. • Live Science Shows - Discover fiery explosions and extreme temperatures through live performances on the Bausch Auditorium stage.

WHERE Rochester Museum and Science Center 657 East Avenue, Rochester, 14607

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science-fiction books, toys, movies, and video games have captured people’s imaginations and shaped the way they play. meet and pose for pictures with members of the 501st Legion as they stroll through the museum. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607. 263-2700. museumofplay.org

Redwings vs Toledo Let’s go out to the Ball Game! Watch as the Rochester Redwings take on their rivals, enjoy the action and check out the website for game updates. 7:05pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Silver Way, Rochester 14608. 454-1001. redwingsbaseball.com

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WHEN Saturdays, Sundays and School Breaks COST Included in regular admission MORE INFO

• S cience On a Sphere® Presentations Engage in the wonders of our planet and beyond as you experience scientific data in three dimensions on our giant globe.

Learn how the Star Wars movie franchise revolutionized play and playthings in the exclusive The Force at Play—a companion exhibit to Rockets, Robots, and Ray Guns. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607. 263-2700. museumofplay.org

Show times are subject to change. Call 6971942 to confirm. To request an interpreter for the deaf and hardof-hearing, please call at least two weeks in advance: 697-1942.

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12 * Sunday Rockets, Robots, and Ray Guns Exhibit Opening ​Learn about the ways that science-fiction books, toys, movies, and video games have captured people’s imaginations and shaped the way they play. meet and pose for pictures with members of the 501st Legion as they stroll through the museum. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607. 263-2700. museumofplay.org

Redwings vs Toledo Let’s go out to the Ball Game! Watch as the Rochester Redwings take on their rivals, enjoy the action and check out the website for game updates. 1:35pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Silver Way, Rochester 14608. 454-1001. redwingsbaseball.com

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Street Machines Outdoor Auto Show

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Antiques, classics, street machines, race cars, modified trucks, street rods and motorcycles, street vendors, food, entertainment and much more. 9am-4pm. Badgerow Park, 9am.

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movie franchise revolutionized play and playthings in the exclusive The Force at Play—a companion exhibit to Rockets, Robots, and Ray Guns. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607. 263-2700. museumofplay.org

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

13 * Monday Storytime Club: Summertime Fun Readings of classic children’s

tales at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Have your Storytime Club passport punched once during each visit. Collect five punches and receive a free children’s book! Included with general museum admission fees. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607. 2632700. www.museumofplay.org/

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17 * Friday Home School Nature Series - Aquatic Critter Just how small

are aquatic critters? Homeschooled children ages 5 to 12 will use microscopes to identify pond and marsh macroinvertebrates and learn how important they are to the wetland habitats. Bring your water boots and be prepared to have f... 10am - Noon. Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89 , Savannah 13146. 315-365-3580. Ny.audubon.org/montezuma R

18 * Saturday Borneo & Health In Harmony Weekend Explore the diverse and

fragile Bornean ecosystem, where wild relatives of our orangutans, Kumang, Denda and Bella, live. Learn about the impact our conservation partner, Health In Harmony, is having on both Bornean wildlife and human communities... 10am 4pm. Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St Paul Street, Rochester 14621. 336-7214. senecazoo.eagledream-hosting.com R

Closing - Face of Earth The

latest and most beautiful photos of Earth, taken by Commander Scott Kelly during his year aboard the International Space Station, Strasenburgh Planetarium, 657 East Ave., Rochester 14607. www.rmsc. org/StrasenburghPlanetarium

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Redwings vs Columbus Let’s

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15 * Wednesday Redwings vs Columbus Let’s

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16 * Thursday Redwings vs Columbus Let’s

go out to the Ball Game! Watch as the Rochester Redwings take on their rivals, enjoy the action and check out the website for game updates. 1:35pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Silver Way, Rochester 14608. 454-1001. redwingsbaseball.com

Museum of Glass Free Admission Free admission to the

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Corning Museum of Glass. Held every third Thursday until October 2016. 5pm - 8pm. Corning Museum of Glass, 1 Museum Way, Corning

Wake Park is the only cable wake boarding park in the northeast. Our sponsor Liquid Force is hosting the Free For All event which allows guests to learn wake boarding free of charge on Saturday, June 18th. Other free activities include... 10am - 5pm. Roseland Wake Park, 250 Eastern Boulevard , Canandaigua 14424. 393-WAKE (9253). www.roselandwakepark.com

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family and friends. Check the website for game day specials and promotions. 6:05pm. Rochester Rhinos @ Sahlen Stadium, 460 Oak St., Rochester 14608. 454-3000. www. rhinossoccer.com

Saturday Night Telescope Viewing See May 7.

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Super Hero Saturday Your Super Hero Training Day includes: Fun interactive training stations, Back 40 activities, Power boosting lunch, goody bag and a visit from our Surprise Superhero!! A ticket is required for each guest attending. 11am - 1pm. Long Acre Farms, 1342 Eddy Road, Rochester 14502. 315986-4202. longacrefarms.com R

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS • LOCAL FAMILY-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES War of 1812 & Jane Austen Weekend June 18 & 19, 10:00 AM

to 4:00 PM each day. The Historic Village comes to life with the sounds of fifes, drums, cannons and muskets from War of 1812 reenactors; Jane Austen-era music, dancing, and fashions will also be showcased. Reenactors... 10am - 4pm. Genesee Country Village and Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Rd., Mumford 14511. 294-8218. www.gcv.org R

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

Rochester Rhinos vs Pittsburgh Enjoy the game with

family and friends. Check the website for game day specials and promotions. 6:05pm. Rochester Rhinos @ Sahlen Stadium, 460 Oak St., Rochester 14608. 454-3000. www.rhinossoccer.com

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other stars? Do these systems have planets like Earth? Real discoveries are pouring in. We seem closer than ever to finding a planet like Earth. Strasenburgh Planetarium, 657 East Ave., Rochester 14607. www.rmsc. org/StrasenburghPlanetarium

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29 * Wednesday Redwings vs Pawtucket Red Sox Check the website for promotions

and to purchase tickets. Kids age 4-12 can be signed up by a parent/ legal guardian for the Knot Hole Gang Kids’ Club. A membership is $20 per child. 1:35pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Silver Way, Rochester 14608. 454-1001. www.redwingsbaseball.com

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26 * Sunday Redwings vs Louisville Let’s

go out to the Ball Game! Watch as the Rochester Redwings take on their rivals, enjoy the action and check out the website for game updates. 1:35pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Silver Way, Rochester 14608. 454-1001. www.redwingsbaseball.com

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30 * Thursday Redwings vs Syracuse Chiefs

Let’s go out to the Ball Game! Watch as the Rochester Redwings take on their rivals, enjoy the action and check out the website for game updates. 7:05pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Silver Way, Rochester 14608. 454-1001. www.redwingsbaseball.com

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23 * Thursday CPR/AED Training Course

Come join us for a CPR/AED course at our training location in East Rochester. We are an American Heart Association training site that provides BLS certification for the medical professional or HeartSaver certification for the lay rescuer. 5:30pm - 9:30pm. CardiacLife Training Center, 349 West Commerical Street, Suite 1400, East Rochester 14445. 286-3811. cardiaclife.net/cpr-certification-ny R

24 * Friday Redwings vs Louisville Let’s

go out to the Ball Game! Watch as the Rochester Redwings take on their rivals, enjoy the action and check out the website for game updates. 7:05pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Silver Way, Rochester 14608. 454-1001. redwingsbaseball.com

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25 * Saturday Redwings vs Louisville Let’s

go out to the Ball Game! Watch as the Rochester Redwings take on their rivals, enjoy the action and check out the website for game updates. 7:05pm. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Silver Way, Rochester 14608. 454-1001. redwingsbaseball.com

Surviving in the Wild Come and see how animals use unique adaptations to survive in their natural ranges. There will be docent-run biofact touch-tables and hands-on activities suitable for the entire family. Free with Zoo admission. 10am - 4pm. Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St Paul Street, Rochester 14621. 336-7214. senecazoo.com R

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27 * Monday Redwings vs Pawtucket Red Sox Check the website for promotions

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

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July 01 * Friday Redwings vs Syracuse Chiefs

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04 * Monday Independence Day Celebrate America’s greatest national holiday the 19th-century way! Pomp, music and merriment are all part of the day’s July 4th festivities, highlighted by the swearing in of new American citizens on the steps of the Town Hall. 10am - 4pm. Genesee Country Village and Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Rd., Mumford 14511. 294-8218. www.gcv.org Redwings vs Buffalo Bisons

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06 * Wednesday Rochester Rhinos vs Cincinnati Enjoy the game with

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09 * Saturday Build a Fairy House/Elf fortress Construct a fairy house using

all natural materials. The houses will become part of the nature center. Plan on getting dirty! For children of all ages. 11am - Noon. Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Rd., Naples 14512. www.rmsc.org/cumming-nature-center

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10 * Sunday Rochester Rhinos vs Orlando Enjoy the game with family and friends. Check the website for game day specials and promotions. 6:05pm. Rochester Rhinos @ Sahlen Stadium, 460 Oak St., Rochester 14608. 454-3000. www.rhinossoccer.com

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fourth of july events Visit us online at www.RocParent.com

for a complete listing of area July 4th events!

FIND MORE! FOR MORE CALENDAR EVENTS AND PLACES TO GO, CHECK OUR WEBSITE WHERE YOU WILL FIND: Access to events by month and day Review events by selection of library, storytimes, free events, sports, outdoor fun and more... New events posted weekly

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS • LOCAL FAMILY-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES

MAY 6 – 17 ROCHESTER LILAC FESTIVAL - MAY 6 - 15 A wonderful 10-days of glorious flower gardens and lilac bush splendor, great music, exhibits, juried art and craft show and sale and special programs. Check out the complete list of children’s program performances on the RocParent. com website. 10:30am-8:30pm. Free admission. Highland Park, 1440 South Avenue, Rochester 14620. www.lilacfestival.com

MAY 28 – JUNE 4 ST. RITA’S ANNUAL FIESTA – June 3-4 Family-oriented event: Rain or Shine! Delicious Food, Kids’ Attractions, Inflatables, Raffle, and on Saturday, a 5K and 10K Race: 8:30am. Friday: 5-10pm. Sat: 2-10pm St. Rita Church, 1008 Maple Drive, Webster. 671-1100. www.saintritawebster.org ROCHESTER GREEK FESTIVAL – June 2-5 Opa! Live entertainment, dancing, traditional Greek food, children’s activities and church tours. 11am-11pm. Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, 962 East Ave, Rochester., 244-3377. www.rochestergreekfestival.org MENDON FIRE DEPARTMENT CARNIVAL – June 2-4 Rides, games, food, live music, BBQ dinners on Thurs and Fri, Fireworks on Thurs, huge parade at 6:30pm Sat. Presented by the Mendon Volunteer Firefighters. 1-5pm The Mendon Fire Department Firemen’s Field, 101 Mendon Ionia Road, Mendon. 585-624-1738. www.mendonfd. org

THE FAST & THE FURRIEST 2015 - JUNE 4 Annual road races, dog walk, and pet festival to help raise funds and awareness for Rochester Animal Services. Live music, exhibitors, vendors and a variety of activities. Don’t miss the pet contests, 10K & 5K races, and clinics. 7am - 2pm. Verona Street Animal Society, 184 Verona St., Rochester, 727-2533. www.cityofrochester.gov 19TH WARD COMMUNITY SQUARE FAIR - JUNE 4 Food, crafts, music, kids’ games, clowns and more. Pancake Breakfast: 8:30-10am, Lunch Grill: 10am ‘til the food is gone, Parade: 11am, Booths open 10am-4:30pm. 8am-4:30pm. Aberdeen Square Park (Aberdeen & Post Avenue), Rochester. www.19wca.org

JUNE 5 - 11 FAIRPORT CANAL DAYS - JUNE 3-5. See June 3 FINGER LAKES PLEIN AIRE COMPETITION & FESTIVAL - JUNE 7-12 Fabulous outdoor painting competition! Watch 45 talented artists from across the country paint the beauty of Canandaigua & the Finger Lakes region. Thursday & Friday all day. Quick Draw Competition & Community Paint Out Competition for cash prizes. Awards to follow each event. Sat 9:30-11:30am & 1-3pm. Downtown Canandaigua. Exhibition & Sale Sun 12-4pm. Sonnenberg Gardens Carriage House, 151 Charlotte St, Canandaigua. 394-0030. www.fingerlakespleinair.com

Penn Yan. 315-531-9232. www.keukaartsfestival.com

JUNE 12 - 18 FINGER LAKES PLEIN AIRE COMPETITION & FESTIVAL - JUNE 7-12. See June 7 ANNUAL ALLENTOWN OUTDOOR ART FESTIVAL - JUNE 11-12. See June 11 KEUKA ARTS FESTIVAL - JUNE 11-12. See June 11. STREET MACHINES OF ROCHESTER OUTDOOR AUTO SHOW - JUNE 12 Antiques, classics, street machines, race cars, modified trucks, street rods and motorcycles, street vendors, food, entertainment and much more. 9am-4pm. Badgerow Park, 1120 Latta Rd., Greece. www.streetmachinesofrochester.com WAR OF 1812 & JANE AUSTEN WEEKEND - JUNE 18-19 The historic village comes to life with re-enactors portraying shopkeepers, housewives, merchants and soldiers amidst the sounds of fifes and drums; cannons and muskets; and Austen-era music and dancing. 10am-4pm. Free with admission. Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Rd., Mumford. 538-6822. www.gcv.org BLOSSOM FESTIVAL - JUNE 12 Traditional German Festival featuring German food, beverages and entertainment. 11am-7pm. Admission: $5 donation (children 16 & under free). Camp Lima, 375 Pond Road, Lima (Factory Hollow Rd. South, off Routes 5&20, between Lima and West Bloomfield - follow signs). 880-8239. blossom.fest@yahoo.com.

SULFUR SPRINGS FESTIVAL - JUNE 3-4 Features arts & crafts, live musical acts, games and activities for kids, lots of food, a parade at 6pm on Saturday evening, and much more. Friday: 4-8pm Saturday: 9am-9pm. Main Street, Downtown Clifton Springs, NY. www.sulphurspringsfestival.com

ANNUAL ALBION STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL - JUNE 10-11 A festival full of fun, food, handmade crafts, activities, a Saturday morning parade and an afternoon turtle race, not to mention strawberries galore. Fri: 11am-9pm, Sat: 10am-8pm. Court House Square, Main St (Route 98), Albion. 589-7727. www.albionstrawberryfestival.com

FAIRPORT CANAL DAYS - JUNE 3-5 Chicken BBQ on Friday, 4:30-9pm. Arts and crafts festival with a variety of artisans, food vendors, children’s activities and live music. Wine, chocolate and cheese tasting on Saturday and Sunday. Sat 10-6pm, Sun 10-5pm Main Street, Fairport along the Erie Canal. www.fairportcanaldays.com

ANNUAL ALLENTOWN OUTDOOR ART FESTIVAL - JUNE 11-12 Enjoy the beauty of Buffalo’s weather in June, the charm and uniqueness of the Allentown area and the quality of the art and crafts presented by over 400 juried exhibitors. 11am-6pm. Allentown Historic Preservation District, Buffalo. www.allentownartfestival.com

ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL - JUNE 24-JULY 2 Celebrate the 15th edition of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, featuring 1200 musicians gathered from around the world to perform in more than 250 concerts! Area High School Bands perform also. 4:30-11pm. Downtown Rochester. www.rochesterjazz.com

HAMLIN WHEEL FEST - JUNE 4 Great music, entertainment and family fun! Food and crafts. Lots of activities for kids. Swap Meet, Silent Auction. Crafts from 10am - 6pm. Festival through 10pm. Hamlin Fireman’s Field, 1521 Lake Rd. (Rte. 19), Hamlin. www.hamlinny.org

KEUKA ARTS FESTIVAL - JUNE 11-12 This fine art and skilled craft show is held annually, only a few blocks from downtown Penn Yan. The event is free and will feature live entertainment and activities for families. 10am-5pm. Penn Yan Keuka Lake Outlet Trail,

CELTIC FAIRE - JUNE 25 The Celts in Western New York played a major role in shaping the history of the Genesee Country. Come celebrate the culture, history and traditions of the Scots and Irish through music, dance and authentic food. Bring your lawn chair and camera. 10am-4pm. Included with

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JUNE 19 – 25 WAR of 1812 & JANE AUSTEN WEEKEND - JUNE 18-19. See June 18


CALENDAR OF EVENTS • LOCAL FAMILY-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES admission. Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Rd., Mumford. 538-6822. www.gcv.org ANNUAL CHERRY FESTIVAL - JUNE 25-26. Enjoy cherry picking, wine, live music, food, arts and crafts vendors, children’s games, hay rides, and fun for the whole family. 9:30am-6pm. Varick Winery & Vineyard, 5102 State Route 89, Romulus. 315-549-8797. www.varickwinery.com.

JUNE 26 – JULY 2 ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL - JUNE 24-JULY 2. See June 24. ANNUAL CHERRY FESTIVAL - JUNE 25-26. See June 25. RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL - JULY 2-AUG 14, WEEKENDS ONLY An authentic English Renaissance village is created every Sat. and Sun. July 2 through August 14 with continuous live entertainment, old world rides, games, artisans, and food. 10am-7pm. 15385 Farden Rd, Sterling, NY. 800-879-4446. www.SterlingFestival.com

JULY 10 – 16

THE CANANDAIGUA LAKEMUSIC FESTIVAL - JULY 16-26. See July 16.

RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL - JULY 2-AUG 14, WEEKENDS ONLY. See July 2.

CIVIL WAR RE-ENACTMENT - JULY 16-17. See July 16.

JULY 3 – 9

NATIONAL WARPLANE MUSEUM AIRSHOW – JULY 9-10. See July 9.

FESTA ITALIANA - JULY 16-18. See July 16.

See July 4th events and activities at www.RocParent.com

CORN HILL ARTS FESTIVAL - JULY 9-10. See July 9.

HILL CUMORAH PAGEANT - JULY 8-9, 12-16 Outdoor drama based on the Book of Mormon. Hollywood special effects, and a costumed cast of over 650 provide a spectacular show. 9pm. The Hill Cumorah, Highway 21 between the villages of Palmyra and Manchester. 315-597-5851. www.hillcumorah.org

FINGER LAKES LAVENDER FESTIVAL JULY 9-10. See July 9.

MACEDONIAN FESTIVAL - JULY 22-24 Folk music, food, performances and costumes and activities that are representative of both the past and present of Macedonian culture. St. Dimitria Macedonian Orthodox Church Grounds, 235 Telephone Rd., W. Henrietta. 334-6675, www.macedonianfest.com

NATIONAL WARPLANE MUSEUM AIRSHOW – JULY 9-10 “The Greatest Show on Turf.” Featuring World War II war birds, as well as other classic aircraft and activities for children. Gates open daily at 7am. Military re-enactments, displays and food. 7am-dark. $25, under 12yrs. Free. Geneseo Airport, 3489 Big Tree Lane off Route 63, Geneseo. 243-2100. www.nationalwarplane.org CORN HILL ARTS FESTIVAL - JULY 9-10 Enjoy the Historic Corn Hill Neighborhood, Free Admission. Experience 400+ Original Artists, 4 Stages of Live Music, Food & Family Fun. Also this year: The Fairy Houses Tour! 10am-6pm Corn Hill District, Rochester. www.CornHillArtsFestival.com FINGER LAKES LAVENDER FESTIVAL JULY 9-10 Stroll through fragrant fields. Harvest your own bouquet of fresh lavender. Many artistic and culinary delights. 9am - 5pm. Lockwood Lavender Farm, 1682 West Lake Road, Skaneateles, NY 13152. www. fingerlakeslavenderfestival.blogspot.com

YATES COUNTY FAIR - JULY 12-16 Exhibits, tractor pulls, jousting, family activities, food, games, contests and live entertainment. 10am-11pm. 2370 Old Route 14A, Penn Yan. 315-536-3830 www.yatescountyfair.org THE CANANDAIGUA LAKE MUSIC FESTIVAL - JULY 15-24 11h Anniversary Season. Subscribe to one or all of the ticketed formal concerts at FLCC Concert Hall with pre-concert chatTimes. Venues vary. www.lakemusicfestival.org FESTA ITALIANA - JULY 16-18 Arts and Crafts, live entertainment, food, children’s activities and more. Italian American Community Center, 150 Frank DiMino Way. 594-8882. www.iaccrochester.org CIVIL WAR RE-ENACTMENT - JULY 16-17 Hundreds of re-enactors recreate Civil War life in 1863 with two battles daily and townsfolk offering concerts and vignettes depicting civilian life during the war. 10am-4pm. Free with admission. Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Rd., Mumford. 538-6822, www.gcv.org

JULY 17 – 23 RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL - JULY 2-AUG 14, WEEKENDS ONLY. See July 2.

DOWNTOWN CANANDAIGUA ARTS & MUSIC FESTIVAL - JULY 17-19 Artists, crafters, food vendors and sponsors gather on Main Street in Canandaigua for this annual rite of summer. Bristol Mountain Mobile Aerial Adventure Park and kids activities. Fri 12-7pm, Sat & Sun 10am-5pm. Downtown Canandaigua. www.canandaiguaartfestival.com. HEMLOCK “LITTLE WORLD’S” FAIR - JULY 19-23 Amusement rides, 4-H events, harness racing, food, concerts, demolition derbies, truck pulls, talent show & more. 9:00am-midnight. $12$14, children 3 and under free. Free parking. 7370 Water St., Hemlock. 367-3370. www. hemlockfair.org ONTARIO COUNTY FAIR - JULY 26-30 Amusements, rides, games, rodeo, horse drawn wagon rides, 4-H displays, auto racing, food and activities. Ontario County Fairgrounds, 2820 County Rd 10, Canandaigua. 394-4987. www. ontariocountyfair.org OSWEGO HARBORFEST - JULY 28-31 Enjoy activities for the entire family, music, crafts, midway rides. Concerts held in many parks. Children’s activities. Use the Park & Ride parking areas located at SUNY Oswego, Rt. 104 West. www.oswegoharborfest.com

HILL CUMORAH PAGEANT - JULY 8-9, 12-16. See July 8.

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FIVE PLACES TO GET FRESH FRUIT, VEGETABLES & MORE!

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une is National Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Month – head over to one of these local farm stands where you can find locally grown produce, homemade products, and lots of fun activities that the kids are sure to love. Also be sure to check out our website, www.RocParent. com for more listings on area farm markets and community supported agriculture.

Gro-Moore Farms

2811 E. Henrietta Road, Henrietta, NY 14467 359-3310 www.gromoore.com You’ll find locally grown farm fresh fruits and vegetables, plants, garden tools, pottery, or supplies in the greenhouse and delicious goodies and favorite farm products in the farm market filled with gourmet treats including local cheeses and specialty foods.

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Kirby’s Farm Market

9739 Ridge Road West, Brockport, NY 14420 637-2600 http://kirbysfm.com In the seasonal market you’ll find fresh fruits and vegetables straight from their field to your table. In season during May and June are asparagus, rhubarb, strawberries, peas, beets, kale, lettuce, chard and much more. They also have a greenhouse full of plants and gift shop with country décor, unique finds and work from local artisans.

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Powers Farm Market

161 Marsh Road, Pittsford, NY 14534 586-4631 www.powersfarmandmarket.com Along with its top-quality Powers-grown produce, the market is also famous for its delicious baked goods, jams, jellies, honey, beautiful flowers and plants and unique, one-of-a-kind gifts and treasures.

Robb Farms

800 Gallup Road, Spencerport, NY 14559 352-0814 www.robbfarms.com Opens in July. For over 100 years, the Robb family has been growing quality fruits and vegetables on their farm in Western New York. Today this 300-acre farm is home to more than 19 varieties of apples, 12 varieties of peaches, blackberries, blueberries and more! You can also find specialty items in the market including honey, maple syrup and hormone and antibiotic free, farm raised beef and pork.

Watt Farms Country Market

3121 Oak Orchard Rd Route 98, Albion, NY 14411 589-8000 www.wattfarms.com This farm includes more than 40,000 bearing fruit trees specializing in growing a variety of excellent summer tree fruits and apples. The farm boasts a small retail market and a cold storage for over 60,000 bushels of apples, an ice cream shoppe, Orchard Express Train and train station, and an animal enclosure.


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