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may/june 2015

Vol.22 Number 4

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Making Connections

how local moms are building friendshps, sharing ideas & finding online communities

in this issue 6 | what's online 8|e ditor's note 10 | b uzzworthy in the community 24 | Your family Kids Go Tech-Free at Camp 56| Book Nook Teen Book Festival Greats 58 | Your family How Kids Can Help Save the Honey Bees 60 | Your family 10 Tips for Planning a Successful Summer

more features

12 Take to the Trail!

visiting the finger lakes museum trail

62 | Calendar of Events •F amily-Friendly Events • Summer Fairs & Festivals

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guide inside

child care resources & providers guide

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

found in the Finger Lakes region. [Page 12 & 22] john boccacino is monthly contributor to Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent Magazine. He reported on sports and local news for more than

Growing Green celebrating agriculture & asparagus at good life farm

on the cover

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this month's contributors

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Summer Fairs & Festivals 74 How Kids Can Help Honey Bees 58 Going Tech-Free at Summer Camp 24 Plan for an Awesome Summer 60Child Care Guide 54 Visiting the Finger Lakes Museum Trail 12 How Moms are Connecting Online 16 265 Things to Do in May & June 62

6 1/2 years with the Democrat and Chronicle newspaper. He is currently the Director of Sports Information for Keuka College. Boccacino is a Brighton native who currently resides in Webster. [Page18]

Ashley Talmadge is a freelance writer who lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two young sons. Her work has appeared in dozens of parenting publications throughout the U.S and Canada. [Page 26]

Deena Viviani is a Rochester-based Young Adult Services Librarian who writes reviews for VOYA and the RACWI Newsletter. [Page 28]

Sarah Yale is a nature-loving, working, writer mom, whose children are learning to love the natural world, and to do their part now and in the future, to sustain and preserve the planet. [Page 30]

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may + june

what you can find at www.RocParent.com

The weather is warmer and we are beginning to turn our thoughts to summer. Each day the excitement grows as we watch the summer birds flock to our feeders and witness the early sprouts erupting in our gardens. Here are some exclusive online projects and ideas to get your summer off to a great start.

garden time How does your garden grow? Check out these gardens, tempt your senses with fragrant floral aromas and let your eyes feast upon some of the most extraordinary gardens in our area. Then take some ideas home to incorporate into your own flower garden and enjoy the beauty in your own backyard.

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follow the trail Let our interactive guide help you plan a trip along the Finger Lakes Museum Trail. Check out what each museum offers and where it's located so your family can plan for an awesome travel experience and see what our Finger Lakes area museums have to offer!

stories and more! Our online calendar lists a wide variety of local storytime opportunities. From visiting The Strong Museum for Storytime Club to enjoying free stories at Lollypop Farm and area libraries, there’s a storytime that’s right for you and your kids.

get ready for summer camp

Visit our camp section for information about area overnight camps, day camps and more. We also have a collection of helpful articles about choosing a camp, packing for camp, summer camp tips for parents and more that will get you and your kids get ready for a summer to remember.


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editor's note

By Jillian Melnyk

the buzz about bees

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ometimes when I watch or read the news, I am reminded that I'm just tiny and small in this great world. It can be a humbling reminder, but also a discouraging one. But then I remember that the littlest acorn can turn into the greatest oak. And if all of us little acorns grow, we can turn into a great forest. What I'm saying is, sometimes it feels hard for just one person to make a difference, but it's possible. Especially if we all take action together.

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The news is often filled with doom and gloom, particularly where our environment is concerned. Rather than focus on the negatives, I would rather offer positives. For example, take the honey bees. There's no denying that they are in peril. But rather than sit on the sidelines, there are simple things that I can do (that all of us can do) to help them, like planting native flowers in our yards and gardens. If each of us take small steps like this, we can create big change. It's an important lesson to remember for ourselves and to impart onto our children. This summer, think about it while you hike with your family, plant your garden, and enjoy your family's favorite summer activities. No matter how little you are, there is power in teamwork and together we can create change. We are great oaks. Cheers!

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buzzworthy in town

Get onboard for ROC Transit Day!

The Hippest Trip in America – June 18th! This grassroots campaign is organized by Reconnect Rochester to encourage Rochesterians to use public transit and go car-free for a day. Ask your employer if they are participating and request your free all-day fare card. And to make things a bit more fun, if you ride the bus on ROC Transit Day, you can use your fare card to redeem exclusive deals and offers at participating shops and businesses! Check out all the special events and activities at www.roctransitday.com including the $500 City-wide Treasure Hunt, a Ride with the Rex Rhino, $500 Street Dance Competition and more.

check out the chicks Seneca Park Zoo continues its role as a national leader in building the population of African penguins in conservation care. The six chicks hatched in January are a testament to the success of the Zoo’s breeding programs. There are currently 43 penguins in the Zoo’s flock: 21 males, 13 females and nine unknown…that’s right unknown. The best way to determine the sex is by DNA testing and the Zoo staff is waiting until the young penguins are older to take a feather sample. But you don’t have to wait to see these amazing penguins; head over to the Seneca Park Zoo and visit the chicks!

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Garth Fagan honored with Wayne State Apple Award

Garth Fagan, a Wayne State University alumnus, has been chosen as the 2015 recipient of the Apple Award, given out by the Wayne State University College of Fine, Performing, and Communication Arts Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance. Previous recipients of the Apple Award include Neil Simon, Carol Channing, Marvin Hamlisch, Tom Skerritt, Elaine Stritch, Mandy Patinkin, and Patti Lupone, among others. Garth Fagan has been honored with numerous awards, including the prestigious 1998 Tony Award, England’s 2000 Laurence Olivier Award, and Australia’s 2004 Helpmann Award for his choreography in Walt Disney’s The Lion King.

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// feature story //

words susan henninger

take to the trail! visiting the finger lakes museum trail

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o matter where you are in the Finger Lakes region, you will find someone or something that has impacted our nation,” observes Cynthia Kimble, President of the Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance (FLTA). “We are the home of Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, and women’s rights. Film began here with George Eastman; Mark Twain wrote epic novels here and Glenn Curtiss invented here.” She elaborates, “Our museums teach us about what’s in our backyards and why it’s important to everyone, not just those who live here.”

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What’s a Museum Trail?

FLTA, one of the oldest destination marketing organizations in the nation, is currently running a “beta test,” the Finger Lakes Museum Trail. From January 2015 to June 15, 2015, nine diverse Finger Lakes museums, located in urban and rural areas, are participating in this endeavor which is designed to increase both the number of visitors to the individual museums and the length of overnight stays in the region. The Finger Lakes (FL) Museum Trail is the result of a partnership between FLTA in Penn Yan and the Steuben County Conference and Visitors Bureau in Corning and, according to Cindy, the response has been positive thus far.

Family Benefits

The “connectivity” of the Finger Lakes Museum Trail makes it easy for families to use. Not only that, but visiting the places they’ve learned about during the school year, in a museum setting, deepens children's understanding of their country’s

history and gives them the chance to learn more about topics they’re interested in. Traversing the Trail also gives families the opportunity to explore the natural beauty and interesting geography of the Finger Lakes Region in ways they might not have before. “It’s a great way to shake off the winter we’ve had,” Cindy says. “What family couldn’t use a quick get-away before the pressures of the end of the school year, with all its exams and activities, rushes in on them?” If these reasons haven’t convinced you, then here’s mine. Making time to check out as many of the Finger Lakes museums that you can now will give you plenty of ideas for rainy days or when friends and family are visiting during the summer months.

What the Museums are Saying

The Strong Museum of Play was invited into the FL Museum Trail as one of the core partners of the Rochester-metro area and Vice President of Marketing and Com-


learn more

Finger Lakes Museum Trail www.fingerlakes.org/things-to-do/ museum-trail 309 Lake Street, Penn Yan NY 14527

PARTICIPATING MUSEUMS & DISCOUNTS

George Eastman House 900 East Avenue, Rochester 585-271-3361 • EastmanHouse.org $1 off Adult admission The Strong National Museum of Play 1 Manhattan Square, Rochester 585-263-2700 • MuseumofPlay.org $1 off general admission with valid museum trail partner receipt Historic Palmyra 132-140 Market Street, Palmyra 315-597-6981 • HistoricPalmyrany.com $1 off admission

Brick Tavern Museum of the Schuyler County Historical Society 108 N Catherine Street, Montour Falls 607-535-9741 • SchuylerHistory.org 20% off research fees. 20% off books and other gift store items

National Soaring Museum

traveler,” she asserts. munications, Suzanne SelThe Museum Trail des, couldn’t be happier. hopes to offer a shared “We’re a ‘strong’ anNo matter learning experience chor to bring people where you are in the to the region,” she among all age Finger Lakes groups and The observes. As upregion, you will find Strong definitely state New York’s fits the bill. “The largest cultural atsomeone or something Strong used to be traction, Suzanne that has impacted explains that The called a kids' or our nation." children’s museum, Strong likes to be collaborative but we’re a lot more – Cynthia Kimble, President than that,” Suzanne and lend support by of the Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance says. “Play is ubiquihelping to drive visitors tous!” She adds that The to the smaller museums. Strong's interactive exhibits “We have over half a million guests every year,” she notes. “This encourage different generations to reminisce together and to talk about play, [the Museum Trail] is a great idea because there are so many tourism opportunities as- games, and toys from various perspectives, putting visitors from birth to 99 years old sociated with it.” Additionally she believes on a level playing field. “Are we intergenthat a trail like this invites domestic and erational? Absolutely!” she declares. When international visitors as well as residentsto asked why local families might want to take spend more than a single day in the different parts of the Finger Lakes Region. “We advantage of this Museum Trail pilot program, Suzanne notes, “I think families will are providing a quality experience for the

Chemung County Historical Society 415 E. Water Street, Elmira 607-734-4167 • ChemungValleyMuseum.org $1 off admission International Motor Racing Research Center 610 S. Decatur Street, Watkins Glen 607-535-9044 • RacingArchives.org 20% discount on all sales. Finger Lakes Boating Museum 8231 Pleasant Valley Road, Hammondsport 607-569-2222 • FLBM.org 10% discount on entry fee or an item from the ship’s store Glenn H. Curtiss Museum 8419 State Route 54, Hammondsport 607-569-2160 • GlennHCurtissMuseum.org Special Discount Rate of $7 for participating individuals National Soaring Museum 51 Soaring Hill Drive, Elmira 607-734-3128 • SoaringMuseum.org Purchase one adult admission, get second one at half price

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be curious about where they live and excited The Strong to learn more about used to be called a the environment kids or children’s they live in. Now is a great time to museum, but we’re take a road trip, a lot more than that. either close to Play is ubiquitous!" home or a little further away. You – Suzanne Seldes, Vice President of Marketing can see the back roads and Communications of the Finger Lakes but at the strong still be home in time to meet all your responsibilities at the end of the school year.” There’s more! “If the pilot is effective, folks from the Southern Tier part of the region may also realize that they can head north and see what museums are there, ultimately stopping in Rochester,” Suzanne says. For Suzanne, the Trail doesn’t only offer exposure to the museums, though they are clearly the focal point. Collaborating around the “richness of the region” is a natural partnership for educational organizations, she maintains, adding that a regional trail like this is powerful for New York State as a whole. Not only does it introduce people to the unique nonprofit museums in our area, but it showcases Finger Lakes vineyards, parks, and overnight accommodations too. South of Rochester you’ll find Harris Hill in Elmira, home to another Finger Lakes Museum Trail member. The National Soaring Museum (NSM) is one of only two museums in the United States (and four or five in the world!) devoted to motorless flight and the history, science, and technique of soaring. When Ron Ogden, Director of Marketing and Development, was approached by FLTA to be a part of the beta test, his response was, “Yes please!” He notes that the museum tries to take advantage of every strategic opportunity offered, particularly those that allow it to leverage its small budget and limited services. “We can’t compete but we can collaborate to some extent,” he notes, adding that there’s nothing more diverse than a museum highlighting this type of aviation. The low-stress nature of gliding makes it a perfect

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fit for this part of the state, where says. “Many of our sailplanes the attitudes and pursuits tend were built by dedicated to be more relaxed, Ron individuals and are a contends, observing combination of sciMany of our that being associated ence, technology, with the Finger and engineering, sailplanes were built by Lakes name, now combined with dedicated individuals and recognized worldhuman expresare a combination of wide, will greatly sion.” NSM science, technology, benefit NSM. has lots of fun “It’s good for us and educationengineering and human because, try as we al programs for expression. might, it’s hard to youth, includget the word out ing overnight – Ron Ogden, Director of Marketing and Development about what we offer. visits and summer at the national We’re located on a camp, and many soaring museum hill, away from everykids, ages 14-17, are thing,” he explains. He’d actively involved in learnlike to see more attention to exing to fly. May and June are panding the Canadian market down to the an especially good time to visit Harris Hill Southern Tier and feels that an ongoing because the gliders resume flying again in partnership with a Museum Trail would April. Young people can see their peers of facilitate this. Canadian tourists could stop both genders in flight while learning more in Rochester and then make their way about the history of aviation, which can be south, Ron says, touring the rural areas to inspiring for all ages. experience “all our charms.” NSM is a wonderful resource for families because it gets kids' attention off of their electronic devices. “I hope young people will visit us and see that there’s something beyond the Twitterverse,” Ron

How to Participate

Passports are available in the brochures which can be found at each museum location. Visitors who make it to at least five of the museums by mid-June can submit a stamped passport to any museum or mail it to FLTA. This will enter you in a drawing for an overnight stay for two in a local bed and breakfast, a definite incentive for busy parents! Once the pilot program has ended, organizers will count things like the number of brochures picked up from the racks and the number of discounts asked for. Given this, if upstate families would like to see this type of trail continue on into the future, then this spring is the perfect time to go to as many of the museums as you can. “It’s a unique experience that’s only available for one and a half more months,” Cindy emphasizes.  Sue Henninger is a contributing writer to Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent Magazine. Contact her at www.fingerlakeswriter.com

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arents often face questions in the days, weeks and months after the arrival of their baby. What if my baby isn’t sleeping through the night? How much sleep is enough? What kind of baby formula is best? How long should I breast feed? For generations, whenever new mothers and fathers had questions about raising their children, they would turn to the familiar for advice: family members, friends, and neighbors. Nowadays, there are more resources than ever for new parents when it comes to addressing their parenting questions, and in the technological age, it’s no surprise that a majority of those new sources are online.

Thanks to the internet many area parents feel comfortable turning to online connections to answer their parenting questions, seek advice from fellow parents, and to bond over the joys (and frustrations) of parenthood.

Sharing Experiences

When Liz Hendricks of Fairport was pregnant with her son, Andrew (now 2 ½ years old), she My blog remembers her is based on my doctors talking about what experiences, and I don’t she could sugar coat the truth. I put expect with my story out there hoping her pregnancy it will help other parents." using medical terms that were – Liz Hendricks, founder of not the easiest to Truth Teller Mom understand. Her (http://truthtellermom.com) girlfriends tried to help her understand what the pregnancy process would be like, but Hendricks says that while they tried to help, everyone ended up sugarcoating the experience, leaving out potential pitfalls that could occur during birth. Hendricks did her research on topics like what happens once your water breaks, but she readily admits that despite her research, she was not prepared for getting sick during delivery or having her child end up in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) after delivery. Shortly after Andrew's birth, Hendricks started her own parenting blog, Truth Teller Mom (http://truthtellermom.com) to share her experiences with fellow parents. “Before I had my son I rarely read blogs, but now that’s all I read," says Hendricks. "I feel more comfortable learning from other people's actual experiences, what they’ve gone through, andwhat they would recommend." What does she blog about? “My blog is based on my experiences, and I don’t sugar coat the truth," she says. "I put my story out there hoping it will help other parents, and it has evolved into a do-it-yourself blog with helpful tips for other mothers. I became a stay-at-home mom, and I use the blog to share money-saving tips, pass along recipes that are healthy, and post anything that might help out another parent. I’m putting my whole life out

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there for others with the hope you’re vulnerable and willing that people can benefit to put it all out there, other from helpful hints or parents can truly benefit strategies I’ve learned from the experience. The freedom along the way.” After all, they’re to ask any question I Hendricks going through the want, to not be judged for says that her blog same issues as me; asking the question and receives approxthey just don’t feel imately 1,000 comfortable talking to be able to receive the impressions a about it. That’s advice I need for my son month from site where my blog is so important." visitors, usually from comes in.” the Rochester and – melissa osburn Syracuse areas. HenFinding dricks says one of her most Community impactful posts concerned her Parenting sure has changed with son, Andrew, needing speech therapy. the invention of the internet, says Melissa She says that she was honestly describing Osburn, mother of Porter, a 10-month-old what her son was going through with his boy. While Osburn admits that there are speech delay, and as she was blogging some issues with seeking parenting advice about his experiences, many parents took online (people hiding behind their comthe time to chime in and thank her for so ments being among the biggest), she says candidly detailing her experiences. having a 24/7 parenting resource has been Hendricks says that while others might a tremendous blessing. feel ashamed that their children had to Porter had a habit of not sleeping seek speech therapy, she was not. After through the night, so Osburn went online all, why would she feel embarrassed over to see how other parents handled this delihelping her son conquer one of life’s many cate situation. She says that many parents obstacles? “I would never be ashamed of told her to let him scream and cry in his my child and I was totally surprised by the crib by himself for three straight nights, outpouring of support,” she says. “When

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and afterwards, he would have no problem sleeping through the night. Osburn’s maternal instincts originally had trouble just sitting back and letting Porter cry the night away. However she heeded their advice, and sure enough, after day three, Porter was sleeping like a baby. “The freedom to ask any question I want, to not be judged for asking the question and to be able to receive the advice I need for my son is so important,” says Osburn. “A lot of people might be afraid to ask for advice, they might think their question is stupid or they might be wrong, but it’s great having this free forum to swap ideas, recipes and clothing. Knowing that others are going through what you are going through is reassuring.” For Alissa Johnson, a mother of two, Hannah (4) and Alexander (2), one of the biggest issues she sees being discussed online is how to cope with post-partum depression following the birth of a child. Johnson belongs to a private Facebook support group consisting of mothers across the country. There, she has said these mothers feel comfortable discussing post-partum depression and other relevant topics in a judgment-free zone. “You can feel like you’re a bad mother for having post-partum depression, but people will come out


and support you by saying you’re not a bad mother and that you’re not alone,” Johnson says. "It’s a great support group and there are mothers across the country in different time zones, so there’s always someone online to chat with and answer your questions. I’ve learned so much from so many different moms in these groups. They’ve helped me understand parenting and it has definitely enhanced my skills.”

Sharing More Than Just Ideas

Beyond seeking advice, area mothers and fathers have turned to the internet as a marketplace for such essential baby items as clothing, toys and cribs, freely buying and selling these items other parents while also offering advice on raising a child. As babies grow, they outgrow clothing at a rapid pace. At a time when everybody is trying to save money, it can be expensive for parents to be constantly replacing shirts, pants, and shoes. As a way to help out their fellow parents, many Rochesterians sell their gently used children’s clothing at a discount on one of the many popular Facebook groups designed for this purpose. “The Rochester Area Moms Swap Facebook group is fantastic," says Osburn. "You can barter with other moms for what you’re looking for, or you can get maternity clothes, children’s clothing and toys for very cheap." “It’s great because kids grow out of things so quickly. You don’t want to throw their clothes away if there’s a chance you will need them again for your second or third child or if someone else can use them," Osburn adds. "I post things on there as my son grows out of them and it helps out other area parents. You wash the clothes or the toys, make them look like new and then it goes to the next child. You can get items in excellent condition without spending a lot of money.”

Building Friendships

Sometimes, these online connections even blossom into real-world friendships. Jessica Keipper, of Chili, is a proud mother of Kara (2) and Kiley (4). She frequently uses the Rochester Area Moms Swap Facebook group to acquire new clothing for her children, while also donating Kara and Kiley’s gently-used clothing to an area family. While the online chats with members of the Rochester, NY Mommies Facebook page proved beneficial for helping with Keipper’s parenting questions, she says a bigger impact has been the in-person social outings that developed between herself and other area moms. “I was a teacher before I became a mother, and as a stay-at-home mom you feel like you don’t have a purpose, per se. But thanks to Facebook, there’s a group of us who get together during the week and hang out,” says Keipper, who serves as a chapter manager of Rochester Mommies. “We’re all moms and it’s nice to get out and talk with others who are going through the same things I am. We’ll go to Panera Bread and do a coffee hour, or take classes at a YMCA together. We’ll get all of our families together and visit the Strong Museum of Play for play dates. Before the holidays, we did a cookie decorating party at my house where these moms brought their children over and we decorated Christmas cookies. What started as a Facebook friendship has turned into real friendships and now we talk more in person than we do on Facebook.”  John Boccacino is monthly contributor to Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent Magazine. He reported on sports and local news for more than 6 1/2 years with the Democrat and Chronicle newspaper. He is currently the Director of Sports Information for Keuka College. Boccacino is a Brighton native who currently resides in Webster.

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growing green celebrating agriculture & asparagus at good life farm

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elissa Madden and Garrett Miller met working at a farm in Brooktondale. Given this, it was only natural that the two would eventually purchase their own sixty-nine acres of land on the west side of Cayuga Lake. Melissa describes Good Life Farm as a perennial-based, certified organic farm that offers a full-diet CSA (Community Supported Agriculture farm). Some foods they grow or raise themselves and others come from their partner producers. What makes Good Life Farm unique is that their farming is done entirely with horses and it soon becomes clear that the two farmers value their animals as much as the crops they grow.

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In fact, one of Melissa’s favorite parts of life on the farm is watching the interaction between the animals and plants. “The movement of animals around the farm gives me great joy and also helps the farm,” she says. One example she gives is their turkeys, who create fertilizer and act as pest controllers. Four years ago, wanting to share their love of farming with others, Garrett and Melissa came up with the idea of holding an unusual spring festival at Good Life Farm. “We wanted a way to say ‘yes’ to people,” Melissa explains. “We had lots of individuals who were asking to come and tour the farm so we thought ‘let’s do it with a big group’. We wanted to let people have access to the farm in a casual, friendly way, where they could just wander around.” A secondary goal was to bring the greater community together in a way that honors and highlights other area farms that Good Life works with. They purposely choose a date in the early spring months (when many CSAs haven’t yet opened for the season) to hold their one day celebration that’s dedicated to a long green-stemmed vegetable with tiny, scalelike leaves.

Asparaganza!

Once you learn a little more about this edible member of the Lily family, it’s easy to see why so many people enjoy asparagus. My husband insists that there’s nothing else that tastes like it, with its delicate flavor and subtle undertones. The versatile vegetable can be cooked in a variety of ways We wanted (microwaved, stirto let people have fried, or steamed), access to the farm in a eaten raw, frozen, casual, friendly way, or canned. It’s a where they could nutrient-dense food, rich in folic acid, pojust wander around." tassium, fiber, and a – melissa madden, host of other vitamins. good life farm On the other end of the scale, it’s low in sodium and has no cholesterol or fat. In other words, there’s nothing not to like about it! Melissa and Garrett grow approximately two acres of asparagus, spread out between rows of orchard trees. According to Melissa, “It’s pretty and conducive to fun! Our farm is a great setting for this type of experience.” She believes that Asparaganza is worth a Saturday drive from Rochester because it’s an opportunity for the whole family to do activities they may never have tried before. “You can spend a whole day here and have a robust, well-rounded experience,” she assures me. Plus Asparaganza offers a rare opportunity to experience a single vegetable in multiple ways. Delicious, healthy foods, prepared by local chefs, all featuring asparagus will be available all day. For dessert try Cayuga Creamery’s novel taste treat, asparagus ice cream, which Melissa describes as creamy, with just a hint of asparagus. “If you like pistachio or green tea ice cream, you might enjoy trying it,” she says. Children's activities vary from year to year but the Mushroom Log Inoculation can always be counted on. This nocharge activity involves inserting plugs of shitake mushrooms into maple logs, which families can then take home. Another do-it-yourself souvenir is the silk-screen Asparaganza t-shirts which kids can make. Entertainment abounds throughout the afternoon, with lots of danceable music from several bands

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to the music. Spending the day on a performing in a variety of styles. working farm allows families to There’s even a house band, see where food comes from Toivo, which Melissa and who’s growing it. It also describes with great You can showcases a career that young fondness as a “Finger spend a whole people may not be aware is Lakes Finnish Favorite” day here and have accessible to anyone, not just that performs for free a robust, well-rounded those born into a farming each year. As a small experience." family. Melissa and Garfarm, the two farmers rett, who also teach college need to rely heavily on – melissa madden, students about permaculture, community sponsorships good life farm are happy to share their story to pull off their popular about acquiring Good Life Farm spring event. “It’s expensive with their visitors. "There are lots of to organize and there’s no entry opportunities for creative faming" she says, fee,” Melissa notes, adding that they ask people they work well with for help and that "but it’s definitely not something you just wake up one morning and decide to do. Farming is a the answer is almost always affirmative. In the business and involves much more than simply past, community members and businesses have owning some land or animals." By the time she offered financial assistance along with skilland Garrett purchased the bare cornfield with based help for things like publicity, food, and no buildings or power, which is now Good Life erecting tents. Farm, Melissa had already spent eight years working on other farms and completed an Who Should Attend? apprenticeship. There’s something for all ages, Melissa says. Asparaganza isn’t only for kids either! Younger kids will enjoy the hours of organized Parents will enjoy workshops like “Asparagus games with other children and the horse and Canning” and attending the grand opening wagon rides. Teens love Asparaganza too as celebration of the Finger Lakes Cider House (ofthey’re encouraged to come with friends and ficially opening at Good Life Farm on May 1). can wander around snacking and listening

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Good Life Farm 4017 Hickock Road, Interlaken (607) 351-3313 www.thegoodlifefarm.org Asparaganza Saturday, May 23 3pm until dark Free admission and activities (fee for food, drink, and cider tasting) Regular summer hours Saturday-Monday and Thursday: 11am-6pm Friday: 11am-10pm Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays

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What makes Finger Lakes hard cider so special? It’s made from organic apples, Melissa notes, and the rule of thumb is that the uglier they are, the better quality juice they make. The Finger Lakes is a wonderful area to grow both heritage and new varieties of fruit because, not only is the soil great and the climate ideal for growing, but there’s a fantastic group of cidery owners who are committed to producing a high quality, champagne-style product. Local cideries in this new collaborative venture include, Eve’s Cidery, Redbyrd Orchard Cider, Black Diamond Farm, South Hill Cider, and Good Life Farm.

No Pets Please!

Since Good Life is a working farm where many animals, furred and feathered, make their home, no visiting pets are permitted. “We want to have a safe environment for everyone that comes,” Melissa explains.

More Fun on the Farm!

Melissa and Garrett have another exciting way for families to experience life on the farm. This summer they plan to host regular “Fridays at the Farm,” a sort of “welcome to the weekend” where a pop-up style restaurant will offer fresh and affordable dinner items. Additionally, there will be CSA pickup, organized farm tours, horse and wagon rides, and musical entertainment from late afternoon until 10 pm. Other days of the week, visitors can use a provided map to take a self-guided tour of the farm.  Sue Henninger is a contributing writer to Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent Magazine. Contact her at www.fingerlakeswriter.com

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By Ashley Talmage

going tech-free at camp Kids Unplug & Make Lifelong Connections

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n our world of constant connectivity, some might argue that kids shouldn’t be expected to “unplug” for weeks on end. And yet most overnight summer camps are still tech-free zones. Why? Recent studies reveal there are good reasons for taking a tech break. And seasoned camp directors are privy to a little known fact: Kids actually enjoy it. Erec Hillis, boys’ camp director at Camp Champions, says, “Many of our campers actually thank us for the opportunity to put away their phones for a while. Some of them say that it is exhausting to try to keep up with all the demands of being available 24/7, and that camp is a welcome break.” Nonetheless, it can be daunting to think about letting the smartphone, iPad, and laptop go untouched for the camp session. And parents may feel just as anxious as their kids. After all, we’re used to communicating with our children whenever and wherever the notion strikes. What to do?

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First of all, it helps to know why most camps remain unplugged. Kevin Gordon, director of Camp Kupugani outside of Chicago, says, “Because the whole point of our camp is to enjoy nature, facilitate communication, and empower children by developing those skills, we don’t allow cell phones or iPods, which diminish interpersonal interaction.” Gordon says there’s solid evidence to support this view, and points to a recent study from UCLA in which a group of sixth graders unplugged for five days at an outdoor camp.

This group showed marked improvement in their ability to accurately read nonverbal emotional cues when compared to a control group of same-age students who hadn’t yet been to camp. While the researchers did not dismiss the value of technology as a communication and learning tool, they concluded that “digital screen time, even when used for social interaction, could reduce time spent developing skills in reading nonverbal cues of human emotion.” It is through face-to-face encounters that kids gain the

ability to see another’s perspective, and develop empathy. They learn to cooperate and contribute. All this is important in the cultivation of lasting friendships. In his book, Homesick and Happy: How Time Away from Parents Can Help a Child Grow, psychologist Michael Thompson contends it is because campers spend so much time together, that “camp friendships grow so quickly and deeply.” The camp environment itself inspires face-to-face interaction. Campers eat, sleep, and play in proximity to one another. Hillis says, “Kids want


to interact with one another… Camp allows kids to be near enough to each other so that they don’t need their phones. They can just walk over and start a conversation.” Still, it’s a good idea to prepare your child for the tech-free experience. You may simply inform him of the “no electronics” rule, and express your confidence in his ability to abide by it. Hillis reminds parents not to commiserate with a child who seems reluctant to give up his device. Just remind him that all campers will follow the same rules, and that the camp has good reasons for being tech-free. As Hillis says, “We simply want kids to be comfortable in knowing that they can turn the phone off for a period of time and perhaps enjoy life even more richly, rather than feeling that they are missing out on something.” Gordon recommends experimenting with a tech break of a day or two, sometime before the start of camp. “Do it as a family and recognize how (after perhaps an initial shock), it's actually fun and you feel more connected as people!” He also suggests discussing how your camper can deal with homesickness, and how you’ll keep in touch without devices. Many camps now offer one-way email; parents send email, which is then printed and delivered to campers by the staff. However, Gordon favors old-fashioned snail mail, and says email, “ though easier for the parent to send, is generally not as appreciated by the camper.” In fact, experts like Thompson recommend letter-writing as the primary form of communication between parent and camper. In Homesick and Happy , he writes that “the time spent between sending and receiving a letter is a valuable opportunity for both parent and child to think about one another without

having to do anything with or for each other.” He believes a child cannot become independent without spending time away from parents, and warns that “minute-by-minute contact with parents undermines the sense of separation.” So don’t be the parent who slips an extra phone into your child’s duffel! Gordon acknowledges that being disconnected from screens is more difficult for parents than for campers. “ It's also a different experience (and harder), since the parent is in their same world, while the camper is busy in a new environment,” he says. Yet parents would do well to practice some tech “downtime” for the duration of the camp session. Thompson writes, “My advice: Stop the emails, just send one or two packages per summer and give yourself a break from checking the camp’s online photos. Go buy some stamps and write a long letter or two or nineteen.” During the weeks at summer camp, your child will make new friends. Everyday she’ll eat, bunk, play, and share adventures with them. She’ll have heart-to-hearts. Face-to-face. True, she may use social media to stay in touch with her camp friends throughout the year. But memories of the things they did together — tipping the canoe, singing by the fire, playing pranks on the counselors — will create the strongest of bonds. She’ll yearn for next summer when she can ditch the smartphone and wrap her arms around her forever friends. Face-to-face.  Ashley Talmadge is a freelance writer who lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two young sons. Her work has appeared in dozens of parenting publications throughout the U.S and Canada.

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Child Care, Montessori & Preschool Providers Guide Whether you need a full day care program, after-school services or in-home care, this guide gives a vast array of services and options available. Child Care Centers Child Care Resources Montessori Programs Preschool & Nursery Schools

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Margaret’s House Child Care Center at RIT

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

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

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

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

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Monroe County Library System

Visit www.libraryweb.org Free summer programs for children and teens at your local library in Monroe County!

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Free programs at all libraries in the Monroe County Library System A s an avid reader and

patron of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County, I encourage you to visit your local library and read during the summer months. I’m proud to be a sponsor of this year’s Summer Reading Program, and invite you to register for the summer reading program at your local library. Your commitment to reading will make you eligible to win various prizes, including a family four pack of tickets to the Seneca Park Zoo!

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When children read what they enjoy, they learn to love reading and become better readers. The free summer programs at your public library will help your child keep reading and have fun all summer long. For more information on how you can help your children find books they will love, ask a children’s or young adult librarian!


Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County CHILDREN’S CENTER

115 South Avenue, Rochester 428-8150

Arnett Branch Library

Brighton Memorial Library

310 Arnett Boulevard

2300 Elmwood Avenue

428-8214

Superhero Training Academy Summer Reading Kickoff Monday, June 29 11:00am - 4:00 pm All ages

Drawing with Superheroes Presented by Chris Pallace Wednesday, July 1 4:00pm Ages 12 and under

Gravitational Bull Monday, July 6 10:30-11:30am All ages

Wild Wings Live Bird of Prey Demonstration Wednesday, July 8 4:00pm All ages

The King and the Storytellers: Puppet Show with The Hourglass Theater Monday, July 13 10:30-11:30am All ages Superhero Workshop with Art Force Five Monday, July 20 10:30am-12:00pm All ages A Morning with RW Magic Monday, August 3 10:30-11:30am All ages

Seneca Park ZooMobile Wednesday, July 22 4:00pm All ages What Goes into a Book? We will find out the answer when Chris Pallace, the author of “Joey and Johnny, the Ninjas: Get Mooned”, visits the library. Wednesday, July 29 4:00pm All ages

784-5300

Summer Reading Kickoff Friday, June 26 10:00-11:30am Infant – age 12 Amazing Magic Joe Monday, June 29 10:30-11:15am Ages 3 and up Miss Nina’s “Sha Doo Be Doop” Sing-Along Monday, July 20 10:30-11:15am Ages 2–6 Hourglass Theater Puppet Show Monday, July 27 10:30-11:15am Ages 3 and up A Night of Family Magic with Steve Ingraham Thursday, July 30 7:00-8:00pm All ages

Hello Cello Kids will get musical with this fun and interactive program! Wednesday, August 12 4:00pm Ages 12 and under

*Programs with an asterisk are funded in part by the Family Literacy Grant awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services. No registration required, except where noted

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BrockportSeymour Library

Charlotte Branch Library

Chili Public Library

161 East Avenue, Brockport

3557 Lake Avenue

3333 Chili Avenue

637-1050

428-8216

889-2200

Summer Reading Kickoff Party Saturday, June 20 11:00am-1:00pm All ages

Summer Reading Kickoff with Charlie and Checkers Friday, June 26 3:30-5:00pm All ages Registration required

Superhero Yoga with Rochester Yoga Preschool Thursday, July 2 10:00am Ages 3-5 with an adult Registration required

Wild Wings Bird of Prey Demonstration* Monday, June 29 10:30-11:30am All ages Registration required

Learn to Be an Environmental Hero Tuesday, July 14 2:00-3:00pm Ages 5 and up Registration required

Me, the Superhero with Mary Beth Dolan Monday, July 13 1:30pm Ages 5 and up Registration required

Learn to Be a Recycling Hero Tuesday, July 21 2:00-3:00pm Ages 5 and up Registration required

It’s Magic, of Course with Ted Burzynski Monday, July 20 10:00am All ages (Family Program) Registration required

Make a Fast Friend with Greyhound Adoption of Greater Rochester Saturday, July 11 10:00-11:00am All ages Special Concert with Miss Nina Thursday, July 23 10:30-11:15am All ages

Learn to Be a Water Hero Tuesday, July 28 2:00-3:00pm Ages 5 and up Registration required Summer Reading Party with Magician Richard McClendon* Tuesday, August 4 3:00-4:00pm All ages Registration required

omnipresent Puppets Presents “Puss in Boots” Thursday, July 30 7:00pm All ages (Family Program) Registration required Annual Truck Show Thursday, August 13 10:00am All ages (Family Program)

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East Rochester Public Library 317 Main Street East Rochester

Fairport Public Library

30 Perinton Hills (Temporary location)

Gates Public Library

Fairport

247-6446

Programs held at 20 Village Landing

586-8302

Reptile Guys Monday, June 29 2:00-3:00pm All ages Magic Show with Magic Joe Thursday, July 9 5:00-5:40pm All ages Cartooning with Chris Pallace Friday, July 17 2:00-3:00pm Ages 10 and up Spinning Tops with Don olney Friday, July 24 2:00-3:00pm All ages Traveling Campfire with Richard Merritt* Friday, August 7 2:00-3:00pm All ages

223-9091

“Rattlesnake Red” Puppet Show Tuesday, June 23 10:30-11:15am All ages Registration required Sing-Along Fun with Missy Reed Tuesday, June 30 10:30-11:15am All ages Registration required Nick the Magician Tuesday, July 7 10:30-11:15am Ages 3 and up Registration required Miss Nina: Singing and Dancing Tuesday, July 21 7:00-7:45pm All ages Registration required The Wondermakers Tuesday, July 28 10:30-11:15am Ages 4 and up Registration required

902 Elmgrove Road

Charlie and Checkers Friday, June 26 10:30—11:30am, All ages Registration required The Wondermakers Thursday, July 16 6:30-7:15pm, All ages Registration required Amazing Magic Joe! Thursday, July 23 6:30-7:10pm, All ages Registration required Rattlesnake Red’s “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys” Thursday, July 30 6:30-7:15pm, All ages Registration required Gravitational Bull Thursday, August 6 6:30-7:15pm, All ages Registration required

Greece Public Library 2 Vince Tofany Blvd. 225-8951

Miss Nina Concert Wednesday, July 22 6:30-7:15pm All ages

No registration required, except where noted

Tie-Dye Thursday, July 23 1:30-3:00pm All ages

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Hamlin Public Library

Henrietta Public Library

Highland Branch Library

1680 Lake Road, Hamlin

455 Calkins Road

971 South Avenue

964-2320

Reading Kickoff with the Amazing Magic Joe Tuesday, June 30 10:00-11:00am Hamlin Town Hall 1658 Lake Road, Hamlin All ages Tie-Dye Wednesday, July 8 1:00-3:00pm Bring a prewashed 100% cotton item of clothing All ages Meet a Deputy and His K-9 Partner Wednesday, July 22 1:00-2:00pm All ages Heroes olympics Wednesday, August 5 1:00-2:30pm All ages Summer Reading Finale with The Reptile Guys Wednesday, August 12 1:00-2:00pm Hamlin Town Hall 1658 Lake Road, Hamlin All ages

359-7092

Superhero Songs and Stories with Topher Holt Monday, June 29 11:00-11:45am All ages Registration required Reptile Guys Wednesday, July 8 3:00-3:45pm All ages Registration required It’s Magic, of Course Thursday, July 23 3:00-3:45pm All ages Registration required

428-8206

Amazing Magic Joe Thursday, July 9 1:30-2:10pm All ages Beach Party Songs and Stories with Missy Reed Music Thursday, July 16 10:30-11:15am Ages 2-8 Seneca Park ZooMobile Backyard Habitat Wednesday, July 29 3:30-4:15pm Ages 5-10 Registration required

Tales for Tails Read to a Dog Day Friday, July 31 1:00-2:00pm All ages

Seneca Park ZooMobile Going, Going, Saved! Wednesday, August 5 3:30-4:15pm Ages 8-13 Registration required

Meet Elephant and Piggie Monday, August 10 1:00-2:00pm All ages Registration required

Pajama Party Songs and Stories with Missy Reed Music Thursday, August 6 10:30-11:15am Ages 2-8

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Irondequoit Public Library

Irondequoit Public Library

McGraw Branch - East

Evans Branch - West

2180 Ridge Road East

45 Cooper Road 336-6062

336-6060

Every Hero Has a Story: Summer Reading Program June 19-July 31 Pre-school to grade 5 Registration required Caricaturist Dave ‘Bippy’ Boyer* Friday, June 26 10:00am-12:00pm All ages History Houses: American Girl Kit Wednesday, July 8 10:30-11:30am Ages 6 and up Wild Wings Revealing Raptors Tuesday, July 7 2:00-3:00pm Ages 5 and up

Lincoln Branch Library 851 Joseph Avenue 428-8210

Dunk a Librarian! Saturday, June 20 10:00am–12:00pm All ages

Amazing Magic Joe Tuesday, July 7 10:15–11:00am All ages

Superhero Storywalk Monday, June 29 10:00am-8:00pm Ages 5 and up

Wild Wings Live Bird of Prey Demonstration Tuesday, July 14 12:30-1:30pm All ages

Superhero Sleepover for Stuffed Animals Thursday, July 2 6:30-7:30pm Ages 4 and up Registration required

Seneca Park ZooMobile Super Adaptations Wednesday, July 22 10:30–11:30am All ages

Make Your own Cape Thursday, July 23 1:00–2:00pm Grades K-6 Registration required

Magician Richard McClendon RW Magic Tuesday, August 4 10:30-11:30am All ages

Harry Potter Birthday Party Friday, July 31 1:00-2:00pm All ages Registration required

Gravitational Bull Wednesday, August 5 10:30–11:15am All ages

No registration required, except where noted

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Lyell Branch Library

Maplewood Community Library

Mendon Public Library

956 Lyell Avenue

1111 Dewey Avenue

22 North Main Street Honeoye Falls

428-8218

Every Hero Has a Story Summer Reading Kickoff with Charlie and Checkers Friday, June 26 1:00pm All ages Superhero You! Crafts with Deb Coller Wednesday, July 8 2:00pm Ages 4-12 Registration required Limited to 25 participants Every Hero Has a Story: Multicultural Folktales Presented by Wondermakers Tuesday, July 14 1:00-1:45pm All ages Creativity is the ultimate Super Power! with the Art Force Five Monday, July 20 2:00pm All ages

428-8220

624-6067

Seneca Park ZooMobile: Going, Going, Saved! Tuesday, June 30 1:00-2:00pm Ages 3-12

Magic Joe Presents Every Hero Has a Story* Thursday, June 25 6:45-7:30pm Ages 3 and up

BINGo FuN! Wednesday, July 22 2:00-4:00pm Ages 5-12

Butterfly Gardens Monday, June 29 11:00-11:45am Ages 4 and up

Juggling with Dave Fultz Monday, July 27 1:00-2:00pm Ages 3-12

Superhero Scrap Art Thursday, July 16 2:00-4:00pm Ages 4 and up (Children 6 years and younger with adult)

Draw Yourself as a Superhero! David Boyer Monday, August 3 1:30-3:00pm Ages 8-12 Registration required Magic with Richard McClendon Wednesday, August 5 12:00-1:00pm Ages 3-12

Topher Holt Presents “Superhero Songs and Stories” Tuesday, August 11 2:00pm All ages

Superhero Drawing Workshop with Chris Pallace Tuesday, July 21 10:30am-12:00pm Ages 7 and up ($5 per participant) Registration required Butterfly Release Monday, August 10 11:00am-12:30pm Ages 4 and up

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Monroe Branch Library 809 Monroe Avenue 428-8202

Magic Show with Steve Ingram Wednesday, July 8 7:00-7:45pm, All ages Seneca Park ZooMobile Amazing Adaptations Saturday, July 18 12:00-12:45pm, Ages 6-12 Mask Making with Debbie Coller Wednesday, July 22 2:00-3:00pm, Ages 10-18 Music with Miss Nina Wednesday, July 22 2:00-3:00pm, All ages

Newman Riga Library 1 Village Park, Churchville 293-2009

Monroe County Sheriff K-9 unit Tuesday, July 14, 3:00pm All ages

Ogden Farmers’ Library

Parma Public Library

269 ogden Center Road Spencerport

7 West Avenue, Hilton

617-6181

392-8350

The Amazing Magic Joe! Monday, June 29 2:00-2:50pm All ages Registration required

Drop Everything and Read Summer Reading Kickoff Monday, June 29 10:00am-1:00pm All ages

Every Story Has a Hero with Deb Coller Monday, July 20 1:00-2:00pm Ages 4-12 Registration required

The Amazing Magic Joe Thursday, July 9 11:00-11:40am All ages Music and Stories with Miss Nina* Monday, July 20 2:00pm All ages

Music with Miss Nina Tuesday, July 21 2:00-3:00pm All ages Registration required

There’s a Hero at Your Library Moreland the Magician Friday, August 7 11:00am-12:00pm All ages

Yoga Story Time Friday, July 31 11:00-11:45am Ages 3-5 Registration required Merry-Go-Round Playhouse Monday, August 3 11:00am-12:00pm All ages Registration required

Animal Meet & Greet with Wildlife Defenders Monday, August 17 2:00-3:00pm All ages

Adventures in Chemistry Tuesday, July 21, 3:00pm All ages Hero from a Jail Cell! Tuesday, July 28, 3:00pm All ages Firetruck! Tuesday, August 4, 3:00pm All ages No registration required, except where noted

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Penfield Public Library

Pittsford Community Library

Rush Public Library

1985 Baird Road, Penfield

24 State Street, Pittsford

5977 E. Henrietta Road, Rush

340-8720

Superhero Songs and Stories with Topher Holt Thursday, July 2 11:00–11:45am For children of all ages and their families Registration required Amazing Magic Joe and His Superhero Magic Show Thursday, July 9 3:30–4:15pm For children of all ages and their families Registration required Captive Life Forms Presents Exotic Animals Show Friday, July 10 3:30-4:15pm Ages entering grades K-6 Registration required Miss Nina’s Super Sing-Along Concert Thursday, July 23 3:30-4:15pm For children of all ages and their families Registration required

248-6275

Children’s Book Swap Tuesday, June 30 11:00am-12:00pm All ages Stories and Songs with Jay Stetzer Wednesday, July 8 2:00pm All ages Teresa Wood of History Houses Presents: Hero from a Jail Cell! Thursday, July 30 2:00pm All ages The Wondermakers Present: Every Hero Has a Story Friday, August 14 2:00pm All ages Tales for Tails (Read to Therapy Dogs) Monday, August 17 10:00-11:30am All ages

omnipresent Puppet Theater Presents “Puss in Boots” Thursday, July 30 3:30-4:15pm For children of all ages and their families Registration required

533-1370

Summer Reading Kickoff It’s Magic, of Course with Ted Burzynski Monday, June 29 7:00-8:00pm All ages Seneca Park ZooMobile Going, Going, Saved! Tuesday, July 21 2:00-3:00pm All ages

Scottsville Free Library

28 Main Street, Scottsville 889-2023

Make a Superhero Cape* Saturday, June 27 11:00-11:45am Ages 4-12 Registration required It’s Magic, of Course! Saturday, August 22 11:00-11:45am, All ages

Mumford Branch Library

883 George Street, Mumford 538-6124

It’s Magic, of Course!* Wednesday, June 24 6:30-7:15pm All ages

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Sully Branch Library 530 Webster Avenue 428-8208

Drum workshop with Topher Holt* Tuesday, June 30 3:00-4:00pm All ages Registration required Hourglass Theater Puppet Show Monday, July 13 2:00-3:00pm All ages Seneca Park ZooMobile Thursday, July 23 2:00-3:00pm All ages RW Magic Monday, August 3 2:00–3:00pm All ages Hip Hop Academy with Dance Connection Thursday, August 13 1:00-2:00pm Ages 12 and under Registration required

Phillis Wheatley Community Library 33 Dr. Samuel McCree Way 428-8212

Summer Reading Jumpstart Party Wednesday, July 1 3:30-5:00pm Ages 2-11 Dave Boyer, Caricaturist Wednesday, July 8 2:00-4:00pm Ages 4-11 Batphile Bats Saturday, July 18 12:00-1:00pm Ages 2-11 I’m a Superhero! Interactive Storytelling with Topher Holt Thursday, August 13 3:00-4:00pm Ages 4-9 Registration required Call 428-8260 to register Summer’s End Ice Cream Social Wednesday, August 19 3:30-5:00pm Ages 2-11

Webster Public Library Webster Plaza, 980 Ridge Road, Webster 872-7075

Summer Kickoff Party with Special Guest Bad Kitty!* Monday, June 22 6:30-8:00pm All ages

Winton Branch Library 611 Winton Road North 428-8204

Every Hero Has a Story Magic Show with Amazing Magic Joe Saturday, June 20 12:00pm Ages 3-13 Genesee Storytellers Every Hero Has a Story Wednesday, July 8 1:00pm Ages 5-12 Storytelling and Music with Miss Nina Friday, July 24 11:30am Ages 2 up “Puss in Boots”, Presented by omnipresent Puppet Theater Thursday, July 30 11:30am Ages 2 up Magician, Richard McClendon Monday, August 3 6:00pm All ages

No registration required, except where noted

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TEEN PRoGRAMS 2015 Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County 428-8451

STEM Stomp! Wednesdays in July, 3:00-4:00pm No registration required Super Slam! Presented by Break Through Program Thursday, July 16, 3:00-4:00pm No registration required Freeze Out! Presented by RMSC Tuesday, July 28, 3:00-4:00pm No registration required Intro 2 Cosplay: Create Heroically! Tuesday & Wednesday August 4-5, 4:00-5:30pm No registration required

Arnett Branch Library 428-8214

Teen Summer Reading Kickoff Party Get pizza and giveaways when you sign up for summer reading! Thursday, June 25 4:00pm Ages 13-18 No registration required

Brighton Memorial Library 784-5300

Teen Summer Reading Kickoff Party Friday, June 26 10:00-11:00am Ages 13 - 17 No registration required Teen Summer Reading Friday, June 26-Thursday, August 13 Ages 13 - 17 Registration required Library Learning Lab Tuesday, June 30; Tuesday, July 21 Monday, August 10 10:30am-12:30pm Ages 13 - 17 Registration required Teen Beading Thursday, July 16 2:00-3:00pm Ages 13 - 17 Registration required Teen End of Summer Reading Movie Event Thursday, August 20 6:30-8:30pm Ages 13 - 17 Registration required

Charlotte Branch Library 428-8216

Junior DaVincis Arts & Crafts Club Thursdays, July 2, 16, 23, 30 & August 6, 3:30-4:30pm Ages 10-16 Registration required Draw Superheroes with Kevin Serwacki! Thursday, July 9, 2:00-3:30pm Ages 10-18 Registration required

Chili Public Library

889-2200

Minecraft Madness Matinee Mondays, June 29-August 3 3:00-4:00pm Ages 4-18, No registration required Nerds Unite Wednesdays, July 1-August 5 3:00-4:00pm Ages 12-18, Registration required Family Movies Wednesdays, July 1-August 5 10:00am-12:00pm For families, Registration required Superhero Gadgets Thursday, July 9, 2:00-3:00pm Ages 12-18, Registration required Hero vs. Villains Headband Competition Friday, July 31, 3:00-4:00pm Ages 12-18, Registration required

Fairport Public Library 223-9091

Chess with Rochester Chess Center Thursdays, June 25 – July 30 6:00-7:00pm All ages, Registration required Makeup Workshop with Eva Jewel Wednesday, July 8, 2:00-3:30pm Ages 13-18, Registration required Teen Driver Boot Camp Wednesday, July 15, 3:00-4:00pm Ages 15-18 and parents Registration required Teen Cookie Taste-Off Wednesday, July 22, 3:00-4:00pm Ages 11-18, Registration required Duct Tape Wrist Bands Friday, July 24, 2:00-3:30pm Ages 11-18, Registration required

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Gates Public Library

Irondequoit Public Library - East Helen McGraw Branch

247-6446

Decorated Cupcakes Tuesday, June 23 6:30-7:30pm Ages 9-18, Registration required T-Shirt Painting Tuesday, June 30 6:30-7:30pm Ages 9-18, Registration required Tween Crafts Tuesdays, July 7, 21 and Aug. 4, 18 6:30-7:30pm Ages 8-13, Registration required Fingerprint Comics Tuesday, July 28 6:30-7:30pm Ages 9-18, Registration required Shrink Dinks Tuesday, August 25 6:30-7:30pm Ages 9-18, Registration required

Greece Public Library 225-8951

Minecraft Madness for Teens Monday, June 29 2:00-4:00pm Ages 12-18 No registration required One of a Kind Masks Monday, July 27 3:00-4:00pm Ages 12-18, Registration required

336-6060

Henrietta Public Library 359-7092

Superhero Summer Reading Program Kickoff Party Saturday, June 27 10:00am-12:00pm All ages No registration required

Pow! Bam! Read! Summer Reading Program June 19-July 31 Grades 6-12, Registration required Beginning Crochet Thursdays, July 2-30 3:30-4:30pm Ages 9 and up, Registration required Fingerprint Comics Monday, July 13 2:00-3:00pm Ages 10-18, Registration required

Superheroes vs. Villains Wednesday, July 1 2:00-3:00pm Ages 10-18, Registration required

Three-Dimensional Bookbinding Monday, July 20 2:00-3:30pm Ages 10-18, Registration required

Marvelous Magnets Tuesday, July 14 2:00-3:00pm Ages 10-18, Registration required

Irondequoit Public Library - West Pauline Evans Branch

Teen Game Night Wednesday, July 29 6:30-8:00pm Ages 10-18, No registration required

336-6062

Comic Book Creation Lab Wednesday, August 5 2:00-3:30pm Ages 10-18, Registration required

Dunk a Librarian! Saturday, June 20 10:00am–12:00pm All ages, No registration required

Highland Branch Library 428-8206

LEGO League Informational Meeting Tuesday, June 30 6:00-7:00pm Ages 9-14, Registration required

Caricatures with David Boyer Wednesday, July 1 3:00-5:00pm Ages 8-15, Registration required

Villains Party Tuesday, July 7 6:30-7:30pm All ages, Registration required

Henna Rising Wednesday, July 22 3:00-4:30pm Ages 8-16, Registration required

Paint the Library! Wednesday, July 15 1:00-3:00pm All ages, No registration required Harry Potter Birthday Party Friday, July 31 1:00-2:00pm All ages, Registration required Teen programs continued on next page

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TEEN PRoGRAMS 2015 Lincoln Branch Library

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Mendon Public Library

Hometown Heroes Series: Rural Metro EMT Wednesday, July 1 1:00-3:00pm All ages, No registration required

Chalk the Walk Saturday, June 27 11:00am Ages 9 and up, No registration required Rain date 6/29 at 6:00pm

Superhero Drawing Workshop with Chris Pallace Tuesday, July 21, 10:30am-12:00pm Ages 12 and up ($5 per participant) Registration required

Superhero Caricatures with Caricaturist Dave ‘Bippy’ Boyer Tuesday, July 7 1:00-3:00pm Grades 5-12, Registration required

Stay Smart, Stay Safe Monday, July 6 2:00pm Ages 13 and up, Registration required

Glass Painting Tuesday, August 4, 7:00-8:30pm Ages Teens and Adults (Must purchase glass item) Registration required

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Hometown Heroes Series: Fire Department Wednesday, July 8 1:00-3:00pm All ages, No registration required Hometown Heroes Series: Police Department Wednesday, July 15 1:00-3:00pm All ages, No registration required Design Your Superhero Mask! Wednesday, July 22 1:00-3:00pm Grades 6-12, No registration required Comic Drawing Workshop Wednesday, August 12 1:00-3:00pm Grades 7-12, Registration required Every youth who attends will receive a sketch pack.

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Young Ladies, Defend Yourself! Thursday, July 16 2:00pm Ages 13-18, Registration required Limited to 15 participants Mask-erade Ball Monday, August 10 6:00-8:00pm Ages 13-18, Registration required

Maplewood Community Library 428-8220

Summer Book Club Every Thursday, July 2 - August 27 3:00-4:00pm No registration required Artistic Ambitions: Shrinky-Dink Jewelry Tuesday, July 14 3:00-4:00pm Registration required Movie Night Tuesdays: July 21 & August 18 4:00-6:00pm No registration required

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Mask Making with Deb Coller Wednesday, July 22, 2:00-3:00 pm Ages 10-18, No registration required Superhero Snacks with Liz Bauld Friday, August 7, 4:00-5:00pm Ages 10-18, No registration required

Ogden Public Library 617-6181

Babysitter’s Training Tuesday, July 7 9:00am-2:00pm Ages 11 and up Registration and $50 fee required Tie-Dye Tuesday, July 14 11:00am-2:00pm All ages, Registration required Superhero Jewelry with Deb Coller Tuesday, July 20 11:00am-12:00pm Ages 11 and up, Registration required

Game Day Tuesday, July 28 3:00-5:00pm No registration required

Liz Bauld Super Snacks Cooking Program Tuesday, July 28 11:00am-12:00pm Ages 11 and up, Registration required

Arts & Crafts Day Tuesday, August 4 3:00-5:00pm No registration required

Superhero Soap Making Tuesday, August 4 11:00am-12:00pm Ages 11 and up, Registration required

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Sully Branch Library

Board Game Tournament Friday, July 10 1:00-2:00pm Ages 12-18, Registration required

Fingerprint Comics Tuesday, July 28, 3:30-4:30pm Ages 13-18, Registration preferred

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Comic Book Decoupage Box Tuesday, July 14 1:00-2:00pm Ages 12-18, Registration required Superhero Wall Art Thursday, July 23 1:00-2:00pm Ages 12-18, Registration required Chalk Board Speech Bubble Tuesday, July 18 1:00-2:00pm Ages 12-18, Registration required Top Chef: Hero Snacks Monday, August 3 1:00-2:00pm Ages 12-18, Registration required

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(Penfield continued) Iron Chef: Mug Cakes Wednesday, July 22 7:00-8:30pm Grades 6-12, Registration required Heroes & Villains Trashion Show Wednesday, August 5 7:00-8:30pm (Modeling participants arrive at 6:30pm) Grades 6-12, Registration required All ages may watch the show.

Pittsford Community Library 248-6275

Penfield Public Library 340-8720

Wizard Rock Concert with Tonks and the Aurors, Tianna and the Cliffhangers, and Kirstyn Hippe Wednesday, June 24 4:00-5:30pm Grades 6-12 may register in advance. All ages allowed on day of show, if space permits. Gaming Tournament: Super Smash Bros Brawl and Guitar Hero Wednesday, July 8 7:00-8:30pm Grades 6-12, Registration required Personal Safety and Self-Defense Wednesday, July 15 7:00-8:30pm Grades 6-12, Registration required

Movie with MuVChat Wednesday, July 1 11:00am-1:00pm Grades 6-12, Registration required Making Masks Thursday, July 9 1:00-2:00pm Grades 6-12, Registration required Drawing Superheroes Wednesday, July 22 1:00-2:30pm Grades 6-12, Registration required National Teen Lockout Friday, July 31 7:00-9:00pm Grades 6-12, Registration required Cupcake Contest Wednesday, August 5 2:00-3:00pm Grades 6-12, Registration required

Registration is required for teen programs, except where noted.

Zumba Friday, July 17, 3:00-3:45pm Ages 13-18, Registration preferred Graphic Novel and Comic Book Character Design with Shawn Conn Friday, August 14, 2:00-3:30pm Ages 13-18, No registration required “Cooking with Collin” with Executive Chef Collin Reid Friday, July 24, 4:00-5:00pm Ages 13-18 No registration required

Phillis Wheatley Community Library 428-8212

Teen Weekly Make and Takes Superhero Magnets Week of July 13 – 17 Daily, 3:00-5:00pm Ages 13-17, No registration required Comic Book Heroes Duct Tape Crafts Week of July 20 – 24 Daily, 3:00-5:00pm Ages 13-17, No registration required Create your own Superhero Temporary Tattoo Week of July 27 – 31 Daily, 3:00-5:00pm Ages 13-17, No registration required

Winton Branch Library 428-8204

How to Draw Superheroes with Chris Pallace, Artist Thursday, July 23 2:00pm Ages 12-17 Registration required Space is limited.

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Monroe County Library System CENTRAL LIBRARY oF RoCHESTER AND MoNRoE CouNTY 115 South Avenue, Rochester Children’s Center........... 428-8150 Teen Central................ 428-8451 General Info................ 428-7300

HAMLIN PuBLIC LIBRARY......964-2320 1680 Lake Road, Hamlin

ARNETT BRANCH .............428-8214 310 Arnett Boulevard, Rochester

HIGHLAND BRANCH............428-8206 971 South Avenue, Rochester

PENFIELD PuBLIC LIBRARY...340-8720 1985 Baird Road, Penfield

BRIGHToN MEMoRIAL LIBRARY. .......................784-5300 2300 Elmwood Avenue

IRoNDEQuoIT PuBLIC LIBRARY HELEN MCGRAW BRANCH - EAST...............336-6060 2180 Ridge Road East

PITTSFoRD CoMMuNITY LIBRARY..........................248-6275 24 State Street, Pittsford

BRoCKPoRT—SEYMouR LIBRARY ........................637-1050 161 East Avenue, Brockport CHARLoTTE BRANCH ........428-8216 3557 Lake Avenue, Rochester CHILI PuBLIC LIBRARY........889-2200 3333 Chili Avenue EAST RoCHESTER PuBLIC LIBRARY.........................586-8302 317 Main Street, East Rochester FAIRPoRT PuBLIC LIBRARY...223-9091 30 Perinton Hills, Fairport

HENRIETTA PuBLIC LIBRARY..........................359-7092 455 Calkins Road

PAuLINE EVANS BRANCH - WEST..............336-6062 45 Cooper Road

oGDEN FARMERS’ LIBRARY....617-6181 269 ogden Center Road, Spencerport PARMA PuBLIC LIBRARY......392-8350 7 West Avenue, Hilton

RuSH PuBLIC LIBRARY........533-1370 (Rush Town Hall) 5977 E. Henrietta Road, Rush

LINCoLN BRANCH..............428-8210 851 Joseph Avenue, Rochester

SCoTTSVILLE FREE LIBRARY..........................889-2023 28 Main Street, Scottsville

LYELL BRANCH..................428-8218 956 Lyell Avenue, Rochester

MuMFoRD BRANCH.........538-6124 883 George Street, Mumford

MAPLEWooD CoMMuNITY LIBRARY..........................428-8220 1111 Dewey Avenue, Rochester

SuLLY BRANCH.................428-8208 530 Webster Avenue, Rochester

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MENDoN PuBLIC LIBRARY.....624-6067 22 North Main Street, Honeoye Falls

GATES PuBLIC LIBRARY.......247-6446 902 Elmgrove Road

MoNRoE BRANCH ..............428-8202 809 Monroe Avenue, Rochester

GREECE PuBLIC LIBRARY.....225-8951 2 Vince Tofany Boulevard

NEWMAN RIGA LIBRARY.......293-2009 1 Village Park, Churchville

BARNARD CRoSSING BRANCH......................663-3357 2808 Dewey Avenue

WEBSTER PuBLIC LIBRARY..........................872-7075 Webster Plaza, 980 Ridge Road, Webster PHILLIS WHEATLEY CoMMuNITY LIBRARY.........428-8212 33 Dr. Samuel McCree Way, Rochester WINToN BRANCH .............428-8204 611 Winton Road North, Rochester

The Monroe County Library System would like to thank these organizations for donating prizes for the 2015 Summer Reading Programs:

Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library

Summer Reading is supported in part by a Family Literacy Grant awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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2015 summer camp & activites

Thinking Summer? Time to think about camps and summer programs for the kids as they transition for the summer. No way that kids will say “I’m bored!” when they view our annual Camp Guide and online list of programs.

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book nook

By Deena Viviani

Teen Book Festival Greats

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he Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival (TBF) is celebrating its tenth year on May 16th! Get ready for this huge event with over thirty authors by checking out some of their books. For more information on TBF, visit www.teenbookfestival.org.

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Here are more must-know titles by TBF stars: Middle Grade The Misfits series By James Howe The Sisters Grimm series By Michael Buckley Young Adult Crank By Ellen Hopkins Eighth Grade Bites By Heather Brewer Feed By M. T. Anderson Monument 14 series By Emmy Laybourne Rot & Ruin series By Jonathan Maberry Someone Like You By Sarah Dessen Stuck in Neutral By Terry Trueman Unwind series By Neal Shusterman The Warrior Heir By Cinda Willimas Chima You By Charles Benoit

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The Body in the Woods

By April Henry Henry Holt, 2014, hardcover, $16.99, Ages 10-16 Alexis, Nick, and Ruby join a search and rescue team for different reasons, but when they discover a dead girl, they must come together to find the killer before he finds them. The three distinct points-of-view make for a fast read and good introduction to this new mystery series.

Atlantia

By Ally Condie Dutton, 2014, hardcover, $18.99, Ages 12-18 Rio is a Siren in the underwater world of Atlantia, a place built years ago by those Above when the air turned toxic. Rio plots to join her sister Above until secrets are revealed about their world that put her kind in danger. The dreamy voice of this novel adds to its atmosphere and makes it a solid standalone dystopian novel.

Exile

By Kevin Emerson Katherine Tegen Books, 2014, hardcover, $17.99, Ages 12-18 Summer Carlson loves PopArts Academy, the L.A. high school where she seeks out new musical talent to manage. When she takes on vocalist Caleb Daniels,

the son of a rock star who left behind clues to his infamous lost tracks, she is sure she can take his band to the top. Summer's voice is catchy and smart in this fun story about the L.A. music scene.Â

The Living

By Matt de la PeĂąa Ember, 2015, paperback, $9.99, Ages 12-18 Shy joins the crew of a luxury cruise ship the summer before his senior year. Then the Big One hits the west coast and a tsunami destroys the ship. If Shy survives the ocean, will he be able to survive the other survivors? From page one, this novel grips its readers with tension, and the ending is satisfying and sets up a promising sequel.

Talon

By Julie Kagawa Harlequin Teen, 2014, hardcover, $17.99, Ages 12-18 Ember and her brother are young dragons of Talon, training to fit in with humans in a California beach town. There, Ember meets Garret, a dragonslayer, and Riley, a rogue dragon, who make her question her allegiances to Talon and what they stand for. An entertaining read for light fantasy fans with forbidden romance and a love triangle.


The Boy in the Black Suit

By Jason Reynolds Atheneum, 2015, hardcover, $17.99, Ages 14-18 Matt is still grieving for his mother who died of cancer when his dad winds up in the hospital. He gets a job at the local funeral home, taking solace in the sadness of others, until he meets Love, a girl who helps him heal. The dialog and voice in this novel are authentic and the characters are lovable. A great story about loss, love, family, and friendship.

I Was Here

By Gayle Forman Viking, 2015, hardcover, $18.99, Ages 14-18 Cody’s best friend, Meg, committed suicide while off at college, so Cody sets out to discover why. She digs into Meg’s old emails and learns about a disturbing group to which she belonged. This sad, truthful look at depression and is honest and raw.  Deena Viviani is a Rochester-based Young Adult Services Librarian.

like books?

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By Sarah Yale

the buzz how kids can help save the honey bees

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ummer is a great time to adopt an important cause. The world honey bee population has been declining since 2006. Scientists are working hard to figure out why so many bees are dying and multiple causes may be to blame including pesticide use, viruses, parasites and insufficient food supply. Commercial food producers and people all over the world depend on honey bees to pollinate plants to grow food for humans and animals. In school, children learn that we are all responsible for the future sustainability of our ecosystem and our planet. Kids have the power to create awareness, to educate others, and to help reestablish endangered species.

What Kids Can Do • Learn about honey bees. Check out books from the library and research honey bees on the internet. Study pictures to be able to recognize honey bees and other bee species. • Look for honey bees in your yard and garden, at the park or at camp. Take pictures without getting too close. You can enlarge the photos to get a closer look. Appreciate bees while they are at work pollinating. Give them plenty of space and do not try to kill them.

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• Plant native flowers in gardens, public gardens and flower pots. Honey bees are attracted to purple, blue, white and yellow flowers. Herbs, flowering fruit and vegetable plants will also nourish honey bees. • Provide water for the honey bees to drink. They need to be able to stand near the edge of the water to drink or bathe. A shallow plastic dish of water with flat rocks in it will work. Honey bees will stand on the rocks to reach the water. Use

a clear or light color bowl to keep the water from overheating.

Websites About Honey Bees National Honey Board: www.honey.com

• Honey bees love clover. Plant clover and if possible leave a meadow area of uncut grass in your yard. Let clover grow in your yard along with grass. Do not kill it with pesticides. Pesticides kill beneficial plants and bugs, and they pollute the soil. Use organic weed killers such as vinegar.

USDA: www.usda.gov

• Talk it up. Spread the word about encouraging honey bees

Natural Resources Defense Council: www.nrdc.org Bee Friendlier: http://bee-friendlier.com The Xerces Society: www.xerces.org/pollinator-resource-center This website offers comprehensive information about planting native plants that will support local pollinators.


Flowers To Attract Honey Bees Wildflowers Dandelions Asters Cosmos Lilacs Clover Wisteria Zinnia Marigolds Geraniums Black-eyed Susan Sunflower Hyacinth Snowdrops Tulips

Flowering Plants To Attract Honey Bees Tomatoes Cucumbers Melon Squash Flowering broccoli Berries Pumpkins Peppers Herbs To Attract Honey Bees Basil Chives Lemon Balm Mint Sage Thyme Rosemary Lavendar Fennel Bee Balm

in your community. Share about honey bees at camp or school. Make a poster, project, or webpage to educate people. • Make flyers on your computer to educate people about attracting honey bees, by providing a habitat for them with flowers, plants and accessible water. Tell people not to use pesticide. Have kids color the flyers by hand with crayons or markers, or use computer clip art. Put the flyers in neighbor’s mailboxes and post around town on bulletin boards at the library, the town hall and the grocery store. Mail flyers to your local and state government officials, and to newspapers.

Great Lakes Region Native Plants to Attract Honey Bees Wild Lupine Butterfly Milkweed Dotted Mint Purple Coneflower Purple Prairie Clover Great Blue Lobelia Beebalm Wild Bergamot To find more native plants visit Xerces.org

honey. Honey can be used in place of sugar in recipes. Try baking with honey, yum! Honey bees are our friends. We need them to pollinate our flowers, plants and our nation’s food crops. Honey bees are very important to our environment and our planet.  Sarah Yale is a nature-loving, working, writer mom, whose children are learning to love the natural world, and to do their part now and in the future, to sustain and preserve the planet.

• Visit a beekeeping farm to learn more about harvesting honey. Look in books and online for images of beekeeping. Maybe your family will become interested in picking up beekeeping as a hobby. • Buy local or US-made honey, rather than imported Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent • May/June 2015

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By Beth N. Davis

ready, set, summer! 10 Tips for Planning a Successful Season

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ays full of fun and sunshine. Evenings filled with fireflies and s’mores. Whether your children are in camp while you work, home with you or engaged in another combination of activities, the structure of the summer day, and the ultimate success of the season, falls to you.

Whether your goal is to help your child bridge an achievement gap, have him acquire a new skill or simply get some extra help around the house, planning for a successful summer is entirely within your reach. Here are 10 tips to get you started. Give Yourself Time Planning out a fun and productive summer for your family won’t happen overnight. You need to give yourself time to make a plan. If you start before summer vacation kicks off, you will maximize the potential of your ideal activities actually happening. Frantic, last minute planning will cause you undue stress.

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Set Goals The potential to fritter away long, hot, lazy days is incredibly tempting and the time will fly by without anything to show for it if you don’t set goals. Whether you have one child or five, be sure to sit down with each one to discuss their ideas as well as your expectations for the summer. Set three to five concrete goals for each member of your family and be sure to check progress weekly. Let Your Kids Decompress Once summer has kicked off, give your kids a little bit of breathing room. They have been in a classroom for six plus hours each day and they have

earned a break. Before you begin the weekly schedule of activities that you have planned, give your kids a weekend to just relax. It will help ease the transition into the new season and allow you to get started on a good foot. Change Up House Rules Whether your kids are in camp or at home, it’s time to reboot your house rules. Account for things like bedtimes for younger kids, whether older children are allowed to have friends over while you are out and any chores the kids are expected to do. All responsible parties, your spouse and any supplemental child care, should be aware of the expectations and rules.

Prepare for Projects Ahead of Time When you plan to teach your five year old to swim or produce a scale model of the Eiffel Tower out of popsicle sticks with your seventh grader, you have to have the materials and the know how to get it done. When setting your goals and planning activities, be sure that you know what it will take to meet each goal. Don’t set yourself up for failure when success is just a few mouse clicks away. Shop Once a Week Sit down and make a schedule of all of the activities, projects, playdates, chores and obligations you have for a given week. Make up a meal plan


that flows with your schedule and figure out exactly what you need from which stores. Once you have your list, choose the most convenient day for your errands and knock them out in one morning or afternoon. Once you’ve done the front end work, be sure to stick with your plan as best you can. This strategy will save you time, money and the frustration of being out of popsicle sticks when you go to construct that Eiffel Tower. Organize to Fit Your Needs When school gets out, be sure that you have all of the materials and supplies you will need for the day to day. Do an inventory check and if you’re missing items, put them on your shopping list. Gather things that will be used together into a central location and be sure that the essentials are at hand and easy to retrieve. Set things up so that the kids can help themselves as much as possible. It may be summer, but you are not their servant. A little organization will go a long way. Team Up With Childcare If you are home with your kids in the summer, chances are that you are going to need a break. Talk to other moms in your community, particularly the ones who have similarly aged children, and see if you can set up a kid swap. You watch their kids for an afternoon and they return the favor. No babysitter costs and you get the chance to do your errands in peace.

just hang around the house, enjoy the presence of your family. You, like your children, need some breathing room during the summer. Reassess Weekly Making a plan is only the first step in having a successful summer. The most important step is to reassess what you’re doing each week and make sure that you change the things that are causing you and your family problems. If there is a childcare swap that never seems to pan out, move on from it. If you failed to account for the rain that washed out three of your planned pool days last week, make a backup plan for this week. The school year is coming to a close. It is time to get your family ready for a fun and successful summer. Planning and working towards a success takes some planning and a little bit of work on the front end, but your family will thank you as they experience the best summer yet.  Beth N. Davis writes from Rockville, MD where she and her husband are raising their four children.

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

Batter up!

Get Ready For A Summer of Baseball 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, 2015. MORE INFO 454-1001 www.redwingsbaseball.com

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special activities and promotions throughout the season. 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.


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04 * Monday Storytime Club: In Bloom 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. 10 - 11 AM. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607. 263-2700. museumofplay.org R

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Community Day Enjoy FREE admission at the Museum of the Earth and Cayuga Nature Center during the Community Day Celebration. Spend a day with the family filled with science and nature exploration! 10 AM - 5 PM. Museum of the Earth, 1259 Trumansburg Road, Ithaca 14850. 607-273-6623. priweb.org R

Flavors of Rochester The 2015 series will illuminate and celebrate the Market’s and the Greater Rochester community’s colorful cultural and ethnic diversity! 10 AM - 12 PM. Rochester Public Market, 280 N. Union St., Rochester 14605. 428-7282. www.cityofrochester.gov/ R

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free creative arts learning! The monthly workshop series for family continues with this class designed especially for over flat terrain will provide excellent young learners. Jam-packed with origopportunities to hone visual and audio inal music, creative movement and art. identification skills of songbirds and Registration required. 10 AM - 11 AM. waterfowl. Bring binoculars or borrow. Fee*: $4/child; $6/adult; $20/family. 9 Spectrum Creative Arts, 3300 Monroe AM. Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 Avenue, Rochester 14618. 383-1999. State Route 89 , Savannah 13146. 315- www.spectrumcreativearts.org 365-3580. ny.audubon.org/montezuma Just a Hike This hike is a five-mile hike, at a moderate pace, without Animal Tales - Drop-In Storytime Snuggle up on a fluffy pil- stopping, talking, or identifying. It is meant for those who want some great low and enjoy an animal-themed story or two and a humane education compo- exercise without a lot of chatter. Free for nent. Great way to introduce the wonder RMSC members. $3 per person or $10 of animals to the little ones of the family. per family. 10 AM - 11 AM. Cumming Held every Friday in the Learning Center. Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Rd., Naples 14512. 697-1942. rmsc.org 11 AM - 12 PM. Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Rd., Rochester 14450. 223-1330. Junior League of Rochester’s lollypop.org Annual Home Tour Join the Junior Listen To Your Mother LISTEN TO League for our 2015 Home Tour in YOUR MOTHER is a show that consists the Village of Fairport. Featuring five historic homes, each decorated by a of local writers reading their pieces about motherhood and all of the highs professional designer and florist. Ticket and lows that go along with it. The event price will be $25. 10 AM - 3 PM. Towpath Cafe, 6 N Main Street, Village is full of laughter, tears and a sense of community. 7 PM. Memorial Art Gallery, of Fairport 14450. 385-8590. www.jlroch.org/home-tour 500 University Ave., Rochester 14607. listentoyourmothershow.com/rochester/ March For babies March for STAGES presents Jekyll & Hyde Babies! Join family teams, company the Musical An evocative tale of two teams and people walking with friends for a great cause: making a differmen – one a doctor, passionate and ence for real families right here in romantic – the other, a terrifying madour community. Register at 9am. 10 man; and two women - one, beautiful AM. Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion and trusting –the other, beautiful and trusting only herself. Both women in love State Historic Park, 151 Charlotte St., Canandaigua 14424. 286-5864. with the same man. 7 PM. A Magical www.marchofdimes.org Journey Thru Stages, 875 E. Main St, Rochester 14605. 935-7173. STAGES presents Jekyll & Hyde mjtstages.com the Musical See May 08. 2pm & 7:30pm.

A Day Out with Thomas

Birding Walk A 2-mile long walk

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Dryden Kids - Kes: Tickets for Dryden Kids screenings are $8 for general admission, $6 for members, students, and children 12 years old and under, with a maximum $25 family. 2 PM. Dryden Theatre, 900 East Ave., Rochester 14607. dryden.eastmanhouse.org

11 * Monday Monday Kicks for Ages 2 to 6 Playful learning activities designed

for 2- to 6-year-olds. This Month: Garden Science. Included with general museum admission fees. 10 AM - 11 AM. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607. 2632700. museumofplay.org R

Holistic Moms Network May Meeting Learn the “Essentials”

of Using Essential Oils and What It Means to Be a Nationally Certified Aromatherapist with Mindy MacLaren. Through this Q&A style seminar, Nationally Certified Aromatherapist Mindy MacLaren will answer your questions. 6 PM - 8 PM. Christ Episcopal Church, 36 South Main Street, Pittsford 14534. 955-3687. hmnrochester.homewebs.com/ R

Redwings vs Toledo Mud Hens Check the website for pro-

motions and to purchase tickets. 7 PM. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Silver Way, Rochester 14608. 454-1001. www.redwingsbaseball.com

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calendar of events • local family-friendly activities 12 * Tuesday RPO-Tiny Tots Concerts

This 40-minute concert, Building Community, will introduce children to the instrumental families of the orchestra, as well as some basic musical concepts. Advance reservations required. Next concert at 11:15am. 9 AM. Roberts Wesleyan College, 2301 Westside Drive, Rochester 14624. 454-7311 x 235. rpo.org R

MOMS Club of Penfield-East Rochester-Brighton Open to all moms who live in Penfield or are in the Penfield, East Rochester and Brighton School Districts. Meets the second Tuesday of every month. 10 AM - 11 AM.

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Redwings vs Toledo Mud Hens Check the website for promo-

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

orchestra, as well as some basic musical concepts. Advance reservations required. Next concert at 11:15am. 9 AM. Temple B’rith Kodesh, 2131 Elmwood Ave, Rochester 14618. 454-7311 x 235. rpo.org R

Redwings vs Toledo Mud Hens Check the website for promo-

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

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14 * Thursday RPO-Tiny Tots Concerts

This 40-minute concert, Building Community, will introduce children to the instrumental families of the orchestra, as well as some basic musical concepts. Advance reservations required. Next concert at 11:15am. 9 AM. Franklin High School, 950 Norton Street, Rochester 14621. 454-7311 x 235. rpo.org

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13 * Wednesday RPO-Tiny Tots Concerts

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Struttin’ For A Cause Fashion Show All proceeds benefit the breast

health Patient Navigation Program at Thompson Health. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased online. Special guest appearance by Mrs. New York of America, Jessica Lahr. 7

PM. Canandaigua Academy, 435 East Street, City of Canandaigua 14424. www.countryewe.com R

Redwings vs Lehigh Valley IronPigs Check the website for

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

15 * Friday Annual Ride for Missing Children The Ride for Missing

Children is led by law enforcement and takes participants on a loop of Monroe County, stopping at targeted area schools where NCMEC/NY representatives will lead a mini student rally. 7 AM - 5 PM. Unity Health System Total Sports Experience, , Rochester . 242-0900, ext. 3328. ride.missingkids.com

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Redwings vs Lehigh Valley IronPigs Check the website for

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

16 * Saturday Teen Book Festival The Tenth

Annual Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival is free and open to everyone, but seating preference will be given to teen readers at all sessions! No registration is needed...just come and enjoy the day! 9 AM - 5 PM. Nazareth College - Shults Center, 4245 East Ave., Rochester 14618. www.teenbookfestival.org/

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RPO-Tiny Tots Concerts

This 40-minute concert, Building Community, will introduce children to the instrumental families of the orchestra, as well as some basic musical concepts. Advance reservations required. 9 AM. Wolk Children’s Center at the Jewish Community Center, 1200 Edgewood Avenue,

A Day Out with Thomas See May 09.

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Finger Lakes Celtic Festival

Annual Highland Games, Clan Gathering, History, Heritage, Music, Dance and More Festival! Become a Facebook fan to join in the many conversations Celtic enthusiasts have


calendar of events • local family-friendly activities beauty in the aviation creations that dub him the “Father of Flight.” 11 AM - 5 PM. Rochester Museum and Science Center, 657 East Ave., Rochester 14607. 697-1942. rmsc.org R

Rochester City Ballet - Peter and the Wolf See May 16 11am

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Mother’s Day Birding and Natural Spa See M. 9 AM - 11

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AM. Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89 , Savannah 13146. 315-365-3580. ny.audubon.org/montezuma

Redwings vs Lehigh Valley IronPigs Check the website for

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

Geology of the Finger Lakes

Learn how Mother Nature made the Finger Lakes. Admission to the Museum is free for members and $5 for nonmembers. Light refreshments will be served. 3 PM. Finger Lakes Boating Museum, 8231 Pleasant Valley Road, Hammondsport 14840.

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Last day to explore the secrets of da Vinci’s most famous “Mona Lisa,” test the engineering behind his innovative machines and observe whimsical beauty in the aviation creations that dub him the “Father of Flight.” RMSC, 657 East Ave., Rochester 14607, 697-1942, www.rmsc.org

every week. Be sure to visit often to see all the lates 9 AM - 8 PM. Finger Lakes Celtic, 4925 Collett Rd, Shortsville 14548. flceltic.com

istration required. 2 PM. Nazareth College Arts Center, 4245 East Ave., Rochester 14618. 389-2170. artscenter.naz.edu

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Buggy Bonanza Unearth the

fascinating world of bugs and plants. View specimens and unusual flora, talk with entomology experts, play nature-inspired games, and more. Enjoy half-price admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden (while supplies last). 10 AM - 8 PM. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607. 263-2700. museumofplay.org

Redwings vs Lehigh Valley IronPigs Check the website for

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

Meet experts and presenters from our community in the field of optics and photonics. Enjoy special live science and Electricity Theater shows themed especially for the International Year of Light. 1 PM - 3 PM. Rochester Museum and Science Center, 657 East Ave., Rochester 14607. 697-1942. rmsc.org R

Rochester City Ballet - Peter and the Wolf This captivating

ballet performed by the Rochester City Ballet will delight audiences of all ages, who will enjoy familiar music, vibrant costumes, and beautiful choreography. Pre-performance activity is free to ticket holders; reg-

Storytime Club: In Bloom 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. 10 AM - 11 AM. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607. 263-2700. museumofplay.org R

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

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Flower City Days See May 9.

Art and Story Stroll This hour-

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Go Green Recycle Rally Go

Green! Recycle Rallies give members of the community the opportunity to recycle larger items such as televisions, computers, monitors, DVD players, microwaves and video game systems. 10 AM. Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St Paul Street, Rochester 14621. 336-7219. senecaparkzoo.org R

RMSC Exhibit Closing-Da Vinci the Genius Last day to

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Orangutan M.O.M. Weekend See M. 10 AM - 4

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PM. Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St Paul Street, Rochester 14621. 3367213. senecaparkzoo.org R

Mad Hatter Mother Day’s Tea See M. 10 AM - 11 AM.

Walworth-Seely Public Library, 3600 Lorraine Dr., Walworth 14568. 315-986-1511. www. walworthlibrary.org R

Mother's Day Tea See M. 1 PM - 4 PM. Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, 151 Charlotte St., Canandaigua 14424. 394-4922. sonnenberg. org R

10 * Sunday Orangutan M.O.M. Weekend See M. 10 AM - 4

PM. Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St Paul Street, Rochester 14621. 3367213. senecaparkzoo.org R

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Mother's Day Events

long story reading and art viewing experience is for children 2 to 5 with accompanying adult. $5 per adult (children free); preregister 11 AM - 12 PM. Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave., Rochester 14607. 276-8971. mag.rochester.edu

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Mother of Twins Club Meeting

Come meet other twin mothers experiencing the same joys and challenges of raising multiples. Prospective members are warmly welcomed. 7 PM - 9 PM. Laurelton Presbyterian Church, 335 Helendale Road, Rochester 14609. www.grmotc.com

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Mother's Day at Wickham Farms Wickham Farms

See M. 10 AM - 9 PM. Wickham Farms, 1821 Fairport Nine Mile Point Road, Penfield 14526. 3773276. www.wickhamfarms.com R

Mother’s Day: A Celebration of Chocolate

See M. 10 AM - 4 PM. Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford 14511. 538-6822. gcv.org R

Mother's Day Cruises on the Canandaigua Lady!

See M. 10 AM. Canandaigua Lady, 205 Lakeshore Drive, Canandaigua 14424. 396-7350. www.CdgaBoatCruises.com R

Mother's Day Open House - Ontario County Historical Society See M. 11 AM - 3 PM.

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Animal Tales - Drop-In Storytime See May 08.

Arts & Crafts Show, the Wheels on Main Street, Live Stage Family Friendly Entertainment, Strolling Entertainers, Delicious Food Concessions, 5k Race, Bike Rally, Train Tours. Visit website for complete schedule. 10 AM - 5 PM. Downtown Waterloo, Main Street, Town of Waterloo 13165. waterloony.com

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23 * Saturday Plain and Fancy Lawn and Bake Sale Plans include a bake sale

and an antique and collectibles sale, proceeds from which go to Women’s Council. 9 AM - 2 PM. Granger Homestead & Carriage Museum, 295 N. Main St., Canandaigua 14424. 394-1472. grangerhomestead.org

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Identification Series-Woodland Flowers Uncover the wonders of the

outdoors during a three-part journey. Shariee Edersheim, the senior naturalist, guides you into the wonderful world of wildflowers and trees. Edersheim also provides a brief explanation of the use of field guides. 10 AM - 11 AM. Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Rd., Naples 14512. 697-1942. rmsc.org

Animal Birthdays - Amur tiger

All parties go from 1 to 3 p.m., with a “Happy Birthday” song and treats for the birthday animal at 2 p.m. There will also be a docent-run touch table station available at each birthday party. 1 PM - 3 PM. Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St Paul Street, Rochester 14621. 336-7213. senecaparkzoo.org

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Birding and Boating on Cayuga Lake Explore the waterways of this globally significant Important Bird Area and watch songbirds and raptors soar in the air and swim on the water. Bring your own canoe/kayak or rent a boat from us. Pre-paid reservations are required. 1 PM - 4 PM. Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89 , Savannah 13146. 315-365-3580. ny.audubon.org/ montezuma

Fairy House Magic at The Strong / June 13 & 14

the Penfield Amphitheater Veterans Memorial Park. 10 AM. Penfield Amphitheater Veterans Memorial Park, 3100 Atlantic Avenue, Penfield 14526.

Explore the mysterious miniature world of fairies, create magical dwellings, meet a woodland fairy, dress up like a pixie, and more. Included with general museum admission fees. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Sq., Rochester 14607, 263-2700, www.museumofplay.org

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Memorial Day ParadePittsford Traditional patriotic parade

Memorial Day Celebration - Penfield Celebration begins at

Arts & Crafts Show, the Wheels on Main Street, Live Stage Family Friendly Entertainment, Strolling Entertainers, Delicious Food Concessions, 5k Race, Bike Rally, Train Tours. Visit website for complete schedule. 10 AM - 5 PM. Downtown Waterloo, Main Street, Town of Waterloo 13165. waterloony.com

fun with a variety of board games, as well as Hopscotch and Toss Across. Calling all gamers! The Children’s Center of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County is inviting families with children of all ages. 10 AM - 4 PM. Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County, 115 South Ave., Rochester 14604. 428-8150. www.libraryweb.org

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Flower City Days See May 10.

through the village center honoring our veterans and those serving in the armed services, featuring a variety of marching bands and community groups. 10 AM. Downtown Pittsford, Main Street, Pittsford 14534. townofpittsford.org

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27 * Wednesday Food Truck Rodeo It’s fun on four

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

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30 * Saturday Exhibit Opening: Boardwalk Arcade Step into a scene reminis-

cent of 19th- and early 20th-century resorts such as Coney Island and Atlantic City, where Americans from across the nation flocked for good old summertime fun. Included with museum admission. 10 AM - 8 PM. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607. 263-2700. museumofplay.org

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Serendipity Walk Enjoy a guid-

ed walk with Edersheim and have an adventure exploring areas of the property not usually accessible to the public. Free for RMSC members. $3 per person or $10 per family is requested for the general public. 10 AM - 11 AM. Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Rd., Naples 14512. 697-1942. rmsc.org

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Community Labyrinth Walk The

Community Labyrinth Walk includes music and opportunities for free energy work, and either chair massage or Oneness Blessing. The event is free. Donations are appreciated to help cover expenses. 7 PM - 9 PM. First Unitarian Church of Rochester, 220 South Winton Road, Rochester 14610. 392.3601.

MOMS Club-Annual Garage & Bake Sale MOMS Club of

Webster/Ontario-Items for sale: baby/ toddler gear, clothing, toys, books, play equipment and housewares. Bake Sale proceeds benefit the Ontario Food Pantry. 10 AM - 1 PM. Ontario Recreation Center, 6551 Knickerbocker Rd, Ontario 14519. R

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Explore America’s long fascination with the need for speed. Start your engine and zip through the evolution of driving games. 10 AM - 8 PM. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607. 263-2700. museumofplay.org R

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Celebrate Memorial Day in Waterloo The Arts & Crafts Show,

the Wheels on Main Street, Live Stage Family Friendly Entertainment, Strolling Entertainers, Delicious Food Concessions, 5k Race, Bike Rally, Train Tours. Visit website for complete schedule. 10 AM. Downtown Waterloo, Main Street, Town of Waterloo 13165. 315-539-9131. www.waterloony.com R

Rochester Rhinos vs FC Montreal Enjoy the game with

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Racers: The Thrill of Driving Games Exhibit Opening See

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Granger Homestead Open House Free admission today! Tour

season begins. Travel back in time, listen to stories of the four generations of Grangers who lived in this magnificent home. 1 PM - 5 PM. Granger Homestead & Carriage Museum, 295 N. Main St., Canandaigua 14424. 394-1472. grangerhomestead.org

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June 01 * 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. 10 AM. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607. 263-2700. museumofplay.org R

02 * Tuesday Wolf Day at the Zoo Learn why

wolves are important to the ecosystem. Docents are available with touch table stations and biofacts, and to answer questions. Free with Zoo admission. 10 AM - 4 PM. Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St Paul Street, Rochester 14621. 336-7200. senecaparkzoo.org

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04 * Thursday Bay View’s Kids Marathon

Anyone ages 5-12 who are up to the challenge of completing a full-length marathon (26.2 miles) over the course of 5 weeks are welcome to participate! 5 PM - 7 PM. Bayview YMCA, 1209 Bay Road, Webster 14580. 671-8414. rochesterymca.org R

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. 7 PM. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Silver Way, Rochester 14608. 454-1001. www.redwingsbaseball.com

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

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

pillow and enjoy an animal-themed story or two and a humane education component. Great way to introduce the wonder of animals to the little ones of the family. Held every Friday in the Learning Center. 11 AM - 12 PM. Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Rd., Rochester 14450. 223-1330. lollypop.org R

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. 7 PM. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Silver Way, Rochester 14608. 454-1001. www.redwingsbaseball.com R

06 * Saturday Fast & Furriest Dog Walk & Pet Fest Runners and Walkers are

encouraged to fundraise individually or as a team.The pet festival will feature live music, food trucks, sponsor giveaways, vendors, pet contests, and a variety of activities for you, your family and your pets. 8 AM. Verona Street Animal Services, 184 Verona Street, Rochester 14608. www.vsas.org/event.html

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19th Ward Community Square Fair The day begins with a pancake

breakfast while vendors and volunteers setup for the day and a parade through the streets to the event site starts at 12:30. 8 AM. Aberdeen Square Park, 330 Post Ave, Rochester 14619. www.l19wca.org R

Annual Family Walk All families

are invited to join CAP for a day of fun at the beach to celebrate with the super heroes of adoption and bring awareness to the need for families for waiting foster youth. 10 AM - 2 PM. Ontario Beach Park, 4799 Lake Ave., Rochester 14612. 232-5110. www.ChildrenAwaitingParents.org

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Beyond The Bump Come for

Rochester’s premier event for new and expectant moms! This year’s event will feature 70+ organizations that cater to you and your baby, as well as seminars, demos, and workshops. Advanced registration is required. 10 AM - 2 PM. DoubleTree Hotel Rochester, 1111 Jefferson Rd, Rochester 14623. beyond-the-bump.com/

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Flavors of Rochester The 2015

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Zoobilation! Zoobilation is the

Zoo’s gala fundraising event. A Step Into Africa will be closed today in preparation for the event. 6 PM - 11 PM. Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St Paul Street, Rochester 14621. 336-7200. senecaparkzoo.org R

Redwings vs Scranton/WB

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

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Flower City Days 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. 8 AM 2 PM. Rochester Public Market, 280 N. Union St., Rochester 14605. 428-6907. www.cityofrochester.gov

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Hunter Derby For lovers of horses, history, philanthropy and fun: Welcome to the inaugural USHJ Hunter Derby at the Genesee Country Village & Museum. 10 AM - 4 PM. Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford 14511. 538-6822. gcv.org R

Opening Day NYS Train Museum Enjoy a 2-mile round trip

vintage trolley excursion that connects to a diesel train, linking the NY Museum of Transportation (NYMT) with the Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum‘s restored country depot and railroad equipment collection. 11 AM - 5 PM. New York Museum of Transportation, 6393 East River Rd, Rush 14586. 533-1113. nymtmuseum.org

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Check the website for promotions and to purchase tickets. Kids age 4-12 can be signed up by a parent/legal guardian for the Knot Hole Gang Kids’

Club. A membership is $20 per child. 1 PM. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Silver Way, Rochester 14608. 454-1001. www.redwingsbaseball.com R

Kid-Friendly MatineeGoodbye, My Lady Dryden Kids -

Goodbye, My Lady: Tickets for Dryden Kids screenings are $8 for general admission, $6 for members, students, and children 12 years old and under, with a maximum $25 family. 2 PM. Dryden Theatre, 900 East Ave., Rochester 14607. dryden.eastmanhouse.org R

08 * Monday Monday Kicks for Ages 2 to 6

Playful learning activities designed for 2- to 6-year-olds. This Month: Let’s Move, Let’s Play. Included with general museum admission fees. 10 AM - 2 PM. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607. 263-2700. museumofplay.org

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Redwings vs Indianapolis Indians Check the website for pro-

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

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Fiesta Fun! Celebrate all your hard

work with a fiesta! Come for Spanish Language bingo, snacks, and a craft. For ages 5 and up. Younger siblings welcome with a caregiver. 4 PM. East Rochester Public Library, 317 Main Street, East Rochester 14445. 5868302. www3.libraryweb.org R

Redwings vs Indianapolis Indians Check the website for pro-

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

10 * Wednesday Redwings vs Indianapolis Indians Check the website for pro-

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

12 * Friday Tales and Tails Story Time See

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Transform yourself into a runway model with glamorous outfits and consult with The Strong’s fashion guru extraordinaire, Kiki. Included with general museum admission fees. 10 AM - 8 PM. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607. 263-2700. museumofplay.org R

Identification Series-Trees

Uncover the wonders of the outdoors during a three-part journey. Shariee Edersheim, the senior naturalist, guides you into the wonderful world of wildflowers and trees. Edersheim also provides a brief explanation of the use of field guides. 10 AM - 11 AM. Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Rd., Naples 14512. 697-1942. rmsc.org R

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Flavors of Rochester

A birthday celebration for Kaba & Princess, the snow leopards! There will also be a docent-run touch table station available at each birthday party. Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St. Paul Street, Rochester 14621, 336-7200, www.senecaparkzoo.org

Animal Tales - Drop-In Storytime See June 05.

13 * Saturday

Daddy Daughter Dance This is

you ever wanted to just try a canoe or kayak but didn’t know where to go? Here’s your chance. Demonstrations, discussions and activities will be offered all day on a wide variety of outdoor related topics. Held at the beach at Mendon Ponds Park 9 AM - 4 PM. Mendon Ponds Park, 95 Douglas Road, Honeoye Falls 14472. www.adkgvc.org/expo

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a must do for Daddys and their little girls! Tickets are $30 per pair, $10 each additional ticket. Lite refreshments, music, dancing and a photo to remember the night are included in the ticket price. 6 PM - 8 PM. Long Acre Farms, 1342 Eddy Road, Rochester 14502. 315-986-4202. www.longacrefarms.com R

mysterious miniature world of fairies, create magical dwellings, meet a woodland fairy, dress up like a pixie, and more. Included with general museum admission fees. 10 AM. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607. 263-2700. museumofplay.org See June 06.

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Bird Watching Hikes A 2-mile

long walk over flat terrain will provide excellent opportunities to hone visual and audio identification skills of songbirds and waterfowl. Next hike: 3-4pm. Fee*: $4/child; $6/adult; $20/family. 1 PM - 2 PM. Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89 , Savannah 13146. 315-365-3580. ny.audubon.org/montezuma R

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Animal Birthday - Snow Leopard A birthday celebration for

Kaba & Princess, the snow leopards! There will also be a docent-run touch table station available at each birthday party. 1 PM - 3 PM. Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St Paul Street, Rochester 14621. 336-7200. senecaparkzoo.org R

Rochester Rhinos vs Louisville City FC Enjoy the game with family and friends. 7 PM. Sahlen’s Stadium, 460 Oak St., Rochester 14608. 454-3000. www.rhinossoccer.com

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14 * Sunday Community Garage Sale

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

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Crescent Trail Hike Stacey Estrich, Perinton Parks Director will lead you on an Insect/Wildlife Adventure Hike suitable for all ages, trail will be flat. A half way point will be available for those stopping early and a large loop for the adventurous hikers. 1 PM. White Brook Nature Center, 250 Aldrich Road, Fairport 14450. 234-1621. R

16 * Tuesday Redwings vs Scranton/WB

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

17 * Wednesday Birding and Boating on Cayuga Lake Explore the water-

ways of this globally significant Important Bird Area and watch songbirds and raptors soar in the air and

Please Note:

Dates and times for all calendar and ongoing events are subject to change. Please call the numbers provided or visit their website to confirm event information.

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Boardwalk Arcade

swim on the water. Bring your own canoe/kayak or rent a boat from us. Pre-paid reservations are required. 1 PM - 4 PM. Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89 , Savannah 13146. 315-365-3580. ny.audubon.org/montezuma R

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20 * Saturday Kicks 4 Kids National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, NY (NCMEC/NY) will host its second annual charity kickball tournament. All proceeds from admission and raffles will benefit the center. Several food and beverage trucks will also attend. 8 AM - 5 PM. Genesee Valley Park, 99 Elmwood Ave., Rochester 14611. www.kicks4kidsevent.org R

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culture. From playing games to taking family photos with beach props and cut-outs, the exhibit offers something for everyone. Boardwalk Arcade will be available for fun until September 7, 2015. So pack up the kids and head to the Boardwalk Arcade for some old-fashioned fun.

ROC Transit Day-Street Dance Competion ROC Transit

Day is a grassroots campaign organized by Reconnect Rochester to encourage Rochesterians to use public transit and go car-free for one day. Check the website for complete schedule of events. 12 PM - 2 PM. Downtown Rochester, Rochester 14607. www.roctransitday.com

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Super Hero for Conservation Weekend Celebrate Father’s Day

weekend at the Zoo and learn what it takes to become a super hero for conservation. Free with Zoo admission. 10 AM - 4 PM. Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St Paul Street, Rochester 14621. 336-7200. senecaparkzoo.org R

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Drop in Tour of Lollypop Farm The tour runs approximately 30 minutes, and gives visitors a bit of history of Lollypop Farm as well as a sneak peek at what happens behind the scenes at the shelter. Every Saturday at 1:00 p.m. 1 PM. Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Rd., Rochester 14450. 223-1330. lollypop.org

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Redwings vs Louisville Bats

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

19 * Friday Tales and Tails Story Time

WHEN May 30 - September 7 WHERE National Museum of Play at The Strong One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607 COST Free with museum admission

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Lollypop’s Over-the-Top Petacular Spectacular This

year’s event is a wondrous evening where you can bid in the silent auction, sample our take on green eggs and ham, compete for awe-inspiring live auction items, enjoy a fun and delicious dinner, and dance the night away to The Skycoasters. 6 PM. Hyatt Regency, 125 E Main St., Rochester 14604. 223-1330. lollypop.org R

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21 * Sunday Community Garage Sale See June 14.

24 * Wednesday Food Truck Rodeo It’s fun on

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

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Super Hero for Conservation Weekend See June 20. 12-5pm.


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is $10. Sale opens at 6 pm; enjoy live music and tapas, beer & wine for purchase starting at 5 pm. 6 PM - 8 PM. Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave., Rochester 14607. 276-8910. mag.rochester.edu R

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wildlife by pledging to campout. 10 AM - 11 PM., www.nwf.org R

Discover Madagascar Day

Celebrate Madagascar’s amazing biodiversity. Docents are available with touch table stations and biofacts, and to answer questions. Free with Zoo admission. 10 AM - 4 PM. Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St Paul Street, Rochester 14621. 336-7200. senecaparkzoo.org

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Illumination: The World of Light and Optics exhibit

Explore the behavior and properties of light and optics technology with new eye-catching visuals and handson exhibits. 9 AM - 5 PM. Rochester Museum and Science Center, 657 East Ave., Rochester 14607. 697-1942. rmsc.org

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Birding and Boating on Cayuga Lake Explore the water-

ways of this globally significant Important Bird Area and watch songbirds and raptors soar in the air and swim on the water. Bring your own canoe/kayak or rent a boat from us. Pre-paid reservations are required. 1 PM - 4 PM. Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89 , Savannah 13146. 315-365-3580. ny.audubon.org/montezuma

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Redwings vs Charlotte Knights Check the website for

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

27 * Saturday Art & Treasures Sale Art &

Treasures is the place to buy gently used antiques, artwork, jewelry, china, porcelain, silver, crystal, fine linen and small furniture items. Continues Saturday and Sunday. Free. 9 AM - 4 PM. Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave., Rochester 14607. 276-8910. mag.rochester.edu

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Celtic Faire Come and celebrate

the culture, history and traditions of the Scots and Irish through musical performances, dance demonstrations and an array of authentic food and drinks! 10 AM - 4 PM. Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford 14511. 538-6822. gcv.org R

Family Fun: Secrets of Lilliput

Search for pixie cups and tiny British soldiers and run your fingers through a miniature forest. Plan on getting dirty hands, knees and bottoms! 10 AM - 11 AM. Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Rd., Naples 14512. 697-1942. rmsc.org R

Great American Backyard Campout Families all across the

country will head outside for a little old-fashioned camping fun. Spend an evening enjoying the wonders of nature and help make a difference for

Animal Birthday -Sea Lions A birthday celebration for our California sea lions! There will also be a docentrun touch table station available at each birthday party. 1 PM - 3 PM. Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St Paul Street, Rochester 14621. 336-7200. senecaparkzoo.org R

Redwings vs Charlotte Knights Check the website for

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

Rochester Rhinos vs Pittsburgh Riverhounds Enjoy

the game with family and friends. 7 PM. Sahlen’s Stadium, 460 Oak St., Rochester 14608. 454-3000. www.rhinossoccer.com

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28 * Sunday Community Garage Sale See June 14.

Trolleys and Track Cars Enjoy a 2-mile round trip vintage trolley excursion that connects to an openair track car ride, linking the NY Museum of Transportation with the Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum‘s restored country depot. 11 AM - 5 PM. New York Museum of Transportation, 6393 East River Rd, Rush 14586. 533-1113. nymtmuseum.org R

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calendar of events • local family-friendly activities Redwings vs Charlotte Knights Check the website for

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

29 * Monday 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. 7 PM. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Silver Way, Rochester 14608. 4541001. www.redwingsbaseball.com RR

30 * Tuesday What Were They Thinking? Display Closing Display Closing:

Explore some of the oddest, wackiest, and most puzzling toys of all time in the new What Were They Thinking? The display is included with general museum admission fees. 10 AM. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607. 263-2700. museumofplay.org R

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

July 01 * 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 PM. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Silver Way, Rochester 14608. 4541001. www.redwingsbaseball.com RR

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and new Music Director Ward Stare for an evening of patriotic favorites, including Sousa’s The Stars and Stripes

Beyond the Bump June 6, 10 am - 2pm Come for Rochester’s premier event for new and expectant moms! This year’s event will feature 70+ organizations that cater to you and your baby, as well as seminars, demos, and workshops. Advanced registration is required.. DoubleTree Hotel Rochester, 1111 Jefferson Rd, Rochester 14623. beyond-the-bump.com


calendar of events • local family-friendly activities Forever and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. The evening concludes with a stunning fireworks display over the CMAC lawn. 8 PM. FLCC - CMAC, 3355 Marvin Sands Dr, Canandaigua 14424. rpo.org

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Independence Day at Genesee Country Village & Museum The rousing traditions that, early on, turned July 4 into America’s greatest national holiday, still flourish in this year’s grand celebration of Independence Day at Genesee Country Village & Museum. 10 AM - 4 PM. Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford 14511. 538-6822. gcv.org

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Rochester Subway Day Trains

Enjoy a 2-mile round trip vintage trolley excursion that connects to a diesel train, linking the NY Museum of Transportation with the Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum‘s restored country depot. 11 AM - 5 PM. New York Museum of Transportation, 6393 East River Rd, Rush 14586. 533-1113. nymtmuseum.org R

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$20 per child. 1 PM. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Silver Way, Rochester 14608. 454-1001. www.redwingsbaseball.com

Redwings vs Lehigh Valley IronPigs Check the website for promotions and to purchase tickets. Kids age 4-12 can be signed up by a parent/legal guardian for the Knot Hole Gang Kids’ Club. A membership is

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

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07 * Tuesday Open Late at the Zoo The zoo

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

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Redwings vs Buffalo Bisons

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

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May 8 – 17 ROCHESTER LILAC FESTIVAL - MAY 8 - 17 No better way to kick off the festival season than with 10 days of fun and flora. Discover the gardens, musical programs, exhibits and special events. 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 Ave., Rochester 14620, www.lilacfestival.com

May 28 – June 4 MENDON FIRE DEPARTMENT CARNIVAL – MAY 28-30 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 ST. RITA’S ANNUAL FIESTA – MAY 28-30 Family-oriented event: Rain or Shine! Delicious Food, Kids’ Attractions, Many Rides, Carnival Games, Raffle, and on Saturday, a Pancake Breakfast and 5K Run and Fitness Walk: 8:30am. Friday: 5-10pm. Sat: 2-10pm St. Rita Church, 1008 Maple Drive, Webster. 671-1100, www. saintritawebster.org ROCHESTER GREEK FESTIVAL – MAY 28-31 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

19TH WARD COMMUNITY SQUARE FAIR - JUNE 6 Food, crafts, music, kids’ games, clowns, carriage rides and more. Pancake Breakfast: 8-10am, Lunch Grill: 10am ‘til the food is gone, Parade: 12:30-1:30pm, Booths open 10am-4pm. 8am-4pm. Aberdeen Square Park (Aberdeen & Post Avenue), Rochester. www.19wca.org HAMLIN WHEEL FEST - JUNE 6 Great music, entertainment and family fun! Food and crafts. Lots of activities for kids. Swap Meet, Silent Auction. 10am - 6pm. Hamlin Fireman’s Field, 1521 Lake Rd. (Rte. 19), Hamlin. www. hamlinny.org THE FAST & THE FURRIEST 2015 - JUNE 6 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 FINGER LAKES PLEIN AIRE COMPETITION & FESTIVAL - JUNE 10-14 Watch 45 talented artists from across the country paint the beauty of Canandaigua & the Finger Lakes region. Thur & Fri all day. Quick Draw Competition & Community Paint Out Competition for cash prizes. Awards to follow each event. Sat 9:30-11:30am & 1-3pm. Downtown Canandaigua. Exhibition & Sale Sun 12-4pm. Sonnenberg Gardens Carriage House, 151 Charlotte St, Canandaigua. 394-0030. www.fingerlakespleinair.com

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FINGER LAKES PLEIN AIRE COMPETITION & FESTIVAL - JUNE 10-14. See June 10

SULFUR SPRINGS FESTIVAL - JUNE 5-6 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 12-13 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. 5897727. www.albionstrawberryfestival.com

FAIRPORT CANAL DAYS - JUNE 5-7 Chicken BBQ on Friday, 4:30-9pm. Arts and crafts festival with a variety of artisans, food vendors, children’s activities. Canal Night with live band on Sat. Sat 10-6pm, Sun 10-5pm Main Street, Fairport along the Erie Canal. www.fairportcanaldays.com

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STREET MACHINES OF ROCHESTER OUTDOOR AUTO SHOW - JUNE 13 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

ANNUAL ALLENTOWN OUTDOOR ART FESTIVAL - JUNE 13-14 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 KEUKA ARTS FESTIVAL - JUNE 13-14 This fine art and skilled craft show is held annually, only a few blocks from downtown Penn Yan. The event is free and will feature live entertainment and activities for families. 10am-5pm. Penn Yan Keuka Lake Outlet Trail, Penn Yan. 315-531-9232. www.keukaartsfestival. com MAPLEWOOD ROSE FESTIVAL - JUNE 13-14 A city-wide block party on the Driving Park Bridge! Includes children’s activities, live music, Perennial Swap, Rose Garden Tours and more. Fireworks display Saturday over the Lower Gorge. Sat: 10am-10pm. Sun: 11am-5pm. Maplewood Rose Garden, Lake and Driving Park Ave., Rochester, 428-5990 or 311. www.maplewood. org/rose-festival/ WAR OF 1812 RE-ENACTMENT - JUNE 13-14 The historic village comes to life with re-enactors portraying shopkeepers, housewives, merchants and soldiers amidst the sounds of fifes and drums; cannons and muskets; and Austen-era music and dancing. 10am-5pm. Free with admission. Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Rd., Mumford. 538-6822. www.gcv.org BLOSSOM FESTIVAL - JUNE 14 Traditional German Festival featuring German food, beverages and entertainment. 12-7pm. Admission: $5 donation (children 16 & under free). Camp Lima, 375 Pond Road, Lima (Factory Hollow Rd. South, off Routes 5&20, between Lima and West Bloomfield - follow signs). 754-1988. blossom.fest@yahoo.com.

June 19 – 25 ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL - JUNE 19-27 Celebrate the 13th edition of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, featuring 1200 musicians gathered from around the world to perform in more than 250 concerts! Area High School Bands perform also. 4:30-11pm. Downtown Rochester. www.rochesterjazz.com


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June 26 – July 2 ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL - JUNE 19-27. See June 19. CELTIC FAIRE - JUNE 27 The Celts in Western New York played a major role in shaping the history of the Genesee Country. Come celebrate the culture, history and traditions of the Scots and Irish through music, dance and authentic food. Bring your lawn chair and camera. 10am-4pm. Included with admission. Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Rd., Mumford. 538-6822. www. gcv.org ANNUAL CHERRY FESTIVAL - JUNE 27 -28 Enjoy cherry picking, wine, live music, food, arts and crafts vendors, children’s games, hay rides, and fun for the whole family. 9:30am-6pm. Varick Winery & Vineyard, 5102 State Route 89, Romulus. 315-549-8797. www.varickwinery.com.

July 3 – 9 See July 4th events and activities at www.RocParent.com RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL - JULY 4-AUG 16, WEEKENDS ONLY An authentic English Renaissance village is created every Sat. and Sun. through August 17 with continuous live entertainment, old world rides, games, artisans, and food. 10am-7pm. 15385 Farden Rd, Sterling, NY. 800-879-4446. www.SterlingFestival.com YATES COUNTY FAIR - JULY 7-11 Exhibits, tractor pulls, jousting, family activities, food, games, contests and live entertainment. 10am-11pm. 2370 Old Route 14A, Penn Yan. 315-536-3830 www.yatescountyfair.org

July 10 – 16 RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL - JULY 4-AUG 16, WEEKENDS ONLY. See July 4. YATES COUNTY FAIR - JULY 7-11. See July 7. GENESEO AIRSHOW - JULY 10-12 “The Greatest Show on Turf” is the theme of this year’s airshow. Featuring World War II war birds, as well as other classic aircraft. (gates open daily at 6am.) Military re-enactments, displays and food. 6am-dark. $20, under 12yrs. Free. Geneseo Airport, Big Tree Lane off Route 63, Geneseo. 243-2100. www.1941hag.org HILL CUMORAH PAGEANT - JULY 10, 11, 14-18 Outdoor drama based on the Book of Mormon. Hollywood special effects, and a costumed cast of over 650 provide a spectacular show. 9:15pm. The Hill Cumorah, Highway 21 between the villages of Palmyra and Manchester. 315-597-5851. www.hillcumorah.org

CORN HILL ARTS FESTIVAL - JULY 11 - 12 Enjoy the Historic Corn Hill Neighborhood, Free Admission. Experience 400+ Original Artists, 4 Stages of Live Music, Food & Family Fun. Also this year: The Fairy Houses Tour! 10am-6pm Corn Hill District, Rochester. www. CornHillArtsFestival.com

July 17 – 23

FINGER LAKES LAVENDER FESTIVAL JULY 11-12 Stroll through fragrant fields. Harvest your own bouquet of fresh lavender. Many artistic and culinary delights. 9am - 5pm. Lockwood Lavender Farm, 1682 West Lake Road, Skaneateles, NY 13152. www. fingerlakeslavenderfestival.blogspot.com

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

THE CANANDAIGUA LAKEMUSIC FESTIVAL - JULY 16-26 10th Anniversary Season. Subscribe to one or all four of the ticketed formal concerts at FLCC Concert Hall with pre-concert chat. Plus 10th Anniversary Celebration at Sonnenberg Gardens and Classical Blue Jeans Concert at The Lodge at Bristol Harbour Resort. There are 3 free Pop-Up Concerts as well as a free 30 minute Children’s Concert. Times and venues vary. www.lakemusicfestival.org FESTA ITALIANA - JULY 16-18 Arts and Crafts, live entertainment, food, children’s activities and more. Italian American Community Center, 150 Frank DiMino Way. 594-8882. www.iaccrochester.org

RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL - JULY 4-AUG 16, WEEKENDS ONLY. See July 4. HILL CUMORAH PAGEANT - JULY 10-18. See July 10.

FESTA ITALIANA - JULY 16-18. See July 16. MACEDONIAN FESTIVAL - JULY 17-19 Folk music, food, performances and costumes and activities that are representative of both the past and present of Macedonian culture. St. Dimitria Macedonian Orthodox Church Grounds, 235 Telephone Rd., W. Henrietta. 3346675, www.macedonianfest.com DOWNTOWN CANANDAIGUA ARTS & MUSIC FESTIVAL - JULY 17-19 Artists, crafters, food vendors and sponsors gather on Main Street in Canandaigua for this annual rite of summer. The Kids Korridor offers hands on activities for kids and live entertainment on the family stage. Fri 12-7pm, Sat & Sun 10am-5pm. Downtown Canandaigua. www. canandaiguaartfestival.com CIVIL WAR RE-ENACTMENT - JULY 18-19 Hundreds of re-enactors recreate Civil War life in 1863 with two battles daily and townsfolk offering concerts and vignettes depicting civilian life during the war. 10am-5pm. Free with admission. Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Rd., Mumford. 538-6822, www.gcv.org

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id you know that without flowers many plants would not be able to reproduce, and many insects would not be able to get enough protein or carbohydrates to survive? There are so many wonderful things about flowers and flower gardens that you and your family can enjoy and discover together. Here are some places where you can literally stop and smell the flowers. Whether you plan to start a flower garden and need to purchase plants or you just want to enjoy a day filled with lovely smells and colorful flowers, take time to relax and treasure the beauty. You will be amazed what it can do for your well-being.

Sonnenberg Gardens

George Eastman House Gardens

Lamberton Conservatory

900 East Ave., Rochester 14607 271-3361 www.eastmanhouse.org

171 Reservoir Ave., Rochester 14620 753-7270 www2.monroecounty. gov/parks-conservatory

In addition to spacious lawns, eight flower gardens, and five greenhouses, the estate also features an orchard, a poultry yard, stables, pastures, a rolling east vista, and a magnificent home. The west garden and rock garden are accessible without Museum admission.

Located in Highland Park, the Lamberton Conservatory displays exotic flowers and foliage plants from around the world in lush tropical settings. Special events and exhibitions of far off floral wonders continued to delight generations of Rochesterians.

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Maplewood Garden

Maplewood and Seneca Parkway Rochester 14613 428-5990 www.cityofrochester. gov/maplewoodpark/#rosegarden2 Located in the northwest quadrant of the city, Maplewood Park is one of two original parks laid out by Frederick Law Olmsted to highlight the Genesee River. Breathtaking scenic views make this park a must-see spot in Rochester.

Rochester Public Market 280 N. Union St., Rochester 14605 428-6907

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. Plants and flowers can be purchased during the growing season.

Sonnenberg Gardens

151 Charlotte St., Canandaigua 14424 394-4922 www.sonnenberg.org Much of the signature floral design and landscaping seen today at our nine formal gardens bears the imprint of philanthropist Mary Clark Thompson, who brought home ideas and art from her many trips to European and Asian locales.


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