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INSIDE Vol.21 Number 11

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Rethinking Thanksgiving With Perry Ground

in this issue 8|W  HAT'S ONLINE 10 | EDITOR'S NOTE 24 | EDUCATION Sleep, Science & Smarter Kids 28 | BOOK NOOK Get Ready for the Fest 30 | PARENTING: TEENS & TWEENS When Teens Travel Without Parents 34 | PARENTING Dealing With Grief During a Time of Joy 36 | YOUR FAMILY: GOING GREEN Earth-Friendly Gift Wrap Alternatives

more features

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// COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS AND THE ROCHESTER CHILDREN'S BOOK FESTIVAL

40 | CALENDAR OF EVENTS • Family-Friendly Events • Holiday Events & Exhibits • Holiday Performances • Library Events 62| FIVE PLACES Finding the Ultimate Christmas Tree

this month's contributors 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 & 23]

VICKI SCHULTZ is a member of Rochester Area Children’s Writers & Illustrators and a coordinator for the Rochester Children’s Book Festival. [Page 18] DEENA VIVIANI is a Rochester-based Young Adult Services Librarian who writes reviews for VOYA and

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OUR HOLIDAY ISSUE

209 Things to Do in November & December Rethinking Thanksgiving When Your Teen or Tween Travels Alone Eco-Friendly Gift Wrap Alternatives Dealing with Loss During the Holidays Holiday Events & Exhibits Capturing Country Life in Cayuga County

the RACWI Newsletter. [Page 28] MYRNA BETH HASKELL is a freelance writer and frequent contributor to Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent Magazine who lives in Salt Point, NY. [Page 30]

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GAYLA GRACE is a freelance journalist with a his, hers, and ours family who loves to encourage stepfamilies through her website at www.StepparentingWithGrace.com. [Page 34]

LARA KRUPICKA is a parenting journalist and mom of three who keeps plenty of old maps and Altoid tins on hand for gift wrapping. [Page 36]

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ONLINE

november & december WHAT YOU CAN FIND THIS MONTH AT WWW.ROCPARENT.COM

Your Holiday Headquarters SEASONAL FUN

Whether you're looking for winter fun activities, home decorating tips, where to find the perfect cut-yourown Christmas Tree or local events, check out out our selection of Seasonal Fun Ideas under the Things to Do tab. Have a suggestion for the site? Tell us at Mail@gvparent.com

HANGIN' WITH ROCPARENT.COM ON PINTEREST

Join rocparent.com on Pinterest as we celebrate the holidays! THANKSGIVING FEAST Sure, you have your favorites and go-to recipes for Thanksgiving, but if you're looking for something new, check out our boad full of Thanksgiving recipes. HOLIDAY DIY Deck the halls... from holiday cooks to holiday decorating our Holiday DIY Pinterest board has you covered! FIND US AT www.pinterest.com/gvparentmag

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HOLIDAY COOKING

From recipe ideas to hosting the perfect party, our Family Kitchen section will help to fill the house with sweet smells of gingerbread and more. > FamilyKitchen

MOVIE REVIEWS

Not only do we bring you reviews of the latest movies, but also suggestions for winter and holiday classics on DVD. Grab the popcorn and snuggle up to a winter family night. > Reviews

SEARCHING FOR SANTA

Wondering where Santa may be? Our winter round-up of area Santa locations will help you locate jolly Old Saint Nick.

Giveaways

The holiday mean MEGA giveaways! This month we'll have museum passes, concert tickets, stage shows, an American Doll and more!

 Enter to win at www.rocparent.com/giveaways-deals


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EDITOR'S NOTE

By Jillian Melnyk

celebrate the moment

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

very year it seems like the holiday season starts sooner and sooner. This year, it was mid-October when I spotted the season's first Christmas decorations at Wegmans. (I bypassed them on my way to load up on Halloween candy.) I used to moan and complain when I saw decorations out early… after all, I just wanted to celebrate the moment and enjoy my autumn season. Couldn't I at least get through Halloween before thinking about Christmas stockings?

I like to plan ahead (you have to in the magazine business), but sometimes too much planning can make you miss what's right in front of you. That's why I didn't even stop to look at the sparkly and shiny Christmas stuff. As this holiday season approaches, remember to savor the moments and celebrate the now. Planning is important, of course, but once you've planned and organized

and planned some more, remember to actually enjoy what you're doing, rather than thinking about what you have to do next. This past year was a milestone for us – a huge THANK YOU to our readers, advertisers, and writers for helping us celebrate our 20th year of publishing. See you in 2015!

jillian

This month, we're bringing you a combined November/December issue. Our calendar is loaded with holiday events and activities so you can be sure not to miss your favorite Santa visits, holiday performances, and festive activities. We will continue to add additional holiday activities to our online calendar, so be sure to follow us there at www.RocParent.com

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// FEATURE STORY //

WORDS SUSAN HENNINGER

rethinking

thanksgiving WITH PERRY GROUND

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e all think we know the true Thanksgiving story. But do we really? "Probably not," says Perry Ground, Turtle Clan (Onondaga Nation) member, cultural educator, and professional Native American storyteller. In fact, Perry suggests that what most Americans have learned about the Thanksgiving holiday is a combination of fabrication, myth, and history, that over the centuries, has become accepted as the truth.

The winners write the history books and this holiday, created out of thin air, is a good example. This happens a lot to Native Americans, even though we are indigenous Americans.”

the initial idea of a Perry is Project “First ThanksgivCoordinator ing” began with a for the Nasingle paragraph, tive American about a one-time Resource Center event, in a letter in the Rochester – PERRY GROUND, TURTLE CLAN written by Edward City School Dis(ONONDAGA NATION) MEMBER, trict. Every autumn Winslow, who parCULTURAL EDUCATOR, & PROFESSIONAL NATIVE took in the 1621 feast. he found that he was AMERICAN STORYTELLER Though there definitely hearing a lot of questions was a meal, shared by two difrom students, parents, and verse groups of people, the occasion teachers in the district about was probably quite different than the one the Native American role in the ThanksAmericans continue to celebrate today. Based giving holiday. This was both amusing and troubling to him. “People think all Native on his discoveries, Perry came up with a talk, Americans are the same,” he says. “But it was “Rethinking Thanksgiving,” that he offers to schools and community groups. Where the Wampanoags that would have been at does he go to share his knowledge? “Wherthe first New England feast. My tribe (which ever I’m asked to go!” he says, laughing. For belongs to the Haudenosaunee Confederacy in New York State) wasn’t even present in Perry, it’s one more way to educate others about authentic Native American history and that part of the country.” Eventually these questions piqued culture. He believes there’s still a general perception that Native Americans are “frozen” Perry’s interest enough to research how, and in the past like storybook characters, when, where, the story of the first Thanksgiving in reality, Native peoples all over the country celebration came from. He discovered that CONTINUED >>>

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have continued to evolve and a student in the 1970s. For example, change over time just like until Perry’s talk, she had never the non-Natives around heard of Edward Winslow’s them. letter and was eager to Kim Carshare this historical I knew that ey-Bolzner is a tidbit with her fourth some of what I was taught fourth grade graders. When one in elementary school myself Special Educhild asked, “Why was a fallacy. Just because it’s cation teacher did they lie to written down in history books at the John us?” Kim gave the doesn’t mean it’s absolutely James Audubon question careful School #33 in consideration. “It true. ” Rochester. The was simply misin–KIM CAREY-BOLZNER, FOURTH GRADE curriculum for formation,” she says. SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER AT her grade focuses “There was a meeting, THE JOHN JAMES AUDUBON on New York State but it was never actually SCHOOL #33 IN ROCHESTER history, which includes called Thanksgiving. But the Haudenosaunee, so she the idea of two different culwas eager to attend Perry’s talk tures coming together and sitting last November. “I knew that some of down and breaking bread with each other what I was taught in elementary school myself is huge!” Perry agrees that American history is was a fallacy,” she explains. “Just because it’s frequently written more subjectively than obwritten down in history books doesn’t mean jectively. “The winners write the history books it’s absolutely true. The oral and storytelling and this holiday, created out of thin air, is a traditions that are so tied into the Haudenogood example. This happens a lot to Native saunee culture are ours as well. ThanksgivAmericans, even though we are indigenous ing is a perfect example of this.” Kim adds Americans,” he asserts. that some of the information she and other For his presentation, Perry opens by teachers impart to their students today is com- giving the audience a Thanksgiving quiz, pletely different from what she was taught as which highlights just how little most Ameri-

PERRY RECOMMENDS

• Plimoth Plantation website: www.plimoth.org • Thank you Sarah by Laurie Halse Anderson • Giving Thanks by Jake Swamp (http://video.nhptv. org/video/2365105563/)

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cans actually know about the history surrounding the popular holiday. “I can’t believe I didn’t know that” and “I’m learning that everything I thought I knew for a fact is fiction,” are the two most common reactions he gets from adults and students as they attempt to answer questions about the Pilgrims, Native Americans, the “First Thanksgiving” feast, and “The American Holiday of Thanksgiving.” Kim admits that she only got 17 out of 34 answers correct. “I was shocked,” she says. “I’m someone who loves, and teaches, history. I really learned a lot from taking it.” Getting a less-than-perfect score actually makes sense, Perry emphasizes, because we all tend to accept the things we learn from our teachers, parents, and other adults as true, so the erroneous information and stories associated with Thanksgiving are passed on from generation to generation. Another faulty description of a Thanksgiving holiday came from the Chronicles of Pilgrim Fathers written in 1841 by Reverend Alexander Young, Perry says. Based on the erroneous assumptions made in that book, more books and magazine articles were subsequently written about the “First Thanksgiving Feast.” Since mass media back in those days was the print industry, Perry notes, a historically inaccurate story, reprinted over and over, would eventually become accepted as the truth. The inaccurate story was even visually reinforced by famous artists like N.C. Wyeth with his painting, “The Thanksgiving Feast.” But it was Sarah Josepha Hale, editor of a book called Northwood and a magazine called “Goodey’s Lady’s Book," who ultimately defined Thanksgiving customs in people’s minds. With a persistent letter-writing campaign, she managed to persuade President Lincoln in 1863 to formalize the Thanksgiving holiday by proclaiming a National Day of Thanksgiving the CONTINUED >>> Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent • November/December 2014

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last Thursday in November. Many of the traditions Americans still practice today, such as the special foods that are eaten and the festive centerpiece on the table, were inspired by Ms. Hale. This is one of Kim’s favorite parts of the talk. “Sarah Hale was the Martha Stewart of her day,” she says. “We have someone in every time period who wants to get creative with nature and make things nice for others.” Unfortunately, turkey probably wasn’t even on the original menu. When the English and Wampanoag met for dinner, Perry says, they most likely ate venison and either duck or goose. Potatoes weren’t served either, though there may have been Jerusalem artichokes! Every president after Lincoln issued a similar Thanksgiving proclamation until 1941 when Congress passed a law declaring Thanksgiving a legal holiday. Perry has come to believe that what people may be really asking him as that November Thursday approaches is twofold; how Native American feel about the Thanksgiving holiday and if Native Americans celebrate Thanksgiving the same as everyone else. The answer is both “yes” and “no” he responds. For him, as a Native American, there are really two separate concepts: “Thanksgiving” (upper case) and “thanksgiving” (lower case). "The Thanksgiving story is an American tradition and the holiday is a big part of our national identity," he notes adding, “Our country is huge [geographically] and very diverse but Thanksgiving is the one holiday that, no matter what state you live in, you will likely be celebrating the very same way as other Americans all over the United States.” He believes that the national holiday, with its emphasis on family, food, and fun, is a truly important day in the United States and that people’s holiday traditions, whether based in fact or fiction, are important and meaningful to them so they should celebrate in whatever way suits them best. This includes Perry and his family as well. “Come that Thursday in November, we eat turkey and potatoes and watch parades and football just like everyone else,” Perry says. “It doesn’t matter what your religion or ethnicity is. Thanksgiving is for everyone who wants to celebrate it.” As a Native American, Perry embraces and practices the philosophy that giving thanks shouldn’t only be done on a single day each year. He explains that historically Native Americans didn’t have a calendar so they set aside certain times of year to give thanks (like during the Green Corn or Harvest times) rather than choosing a specific date. There’s also a “Thanksgiving Address” that is spoken aloud whenever Native Americans get together for social, religious, or political reasons. “It gives thanks for everything in the world around us. It’s a way to bind ourselves together so our minds are one with each other and the world around us,” he elaborates. Can all Americans have the best of both worlds and celebrate Thanksgiving the fourth Thursday in November while giving thanks all year long? “I would hope so,” Perry says. “Being thankful every day promotes better stewardship and understanding of the world around us.” Kim hopes adults and kids will try to hear Perry’s talk this fall, especially those who are open to different views or consider themselves lifelong learners. “Perry gets the information out there, gets people talking, and starts conversations,” she says. For further information on “Rethinking Thanksgiving”, contact Perry Ground at Perry.Ground@rcsdk12.org .  SUE HENNINGER is a monthly contributor to Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent who enjoys writing about the unique people, places, and events that can be found in the Finger Lakes region. Contact her at www.fingerlakeswriter.com

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// FEATURE STORY //

WORDS VICKI SCHULTZ

bringing books to life COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS & THE ROCHESTER CHILDREN'S BOOK FESTIVAL

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hen children meet the people behind the pages of their favorite books, wonder and excitement fuel a day filled with learning. At the Rochester Children’s Book Festival (RCBF), authors explain to kids how ideas become stories, illustrators demonstrate how characters are brought to life, and children leave clutching self-made crafts and books signed especially for them — mementoes that will reinforce their love of reading throughout the year. Our volunteers and sponsors make sure the magic lasts beyond a single day by giving back to kids all year long.

Bringing the Festival to City Students

Get Caught Reading at the Rochester Children's Book Festival!

unteers participate year after year because they WHEN: Saturday, November 15th, love sharing their 10am-4pm WHERE: Monroe passion with Community College COST: FREE! such thoughtful, Local author inquisitive kids. Vivian Vande ASL interpreters provided by Altrusa InternaVelde founded the RIT/NTID tional, a local service RCBF 18 years ago, www.RCBFest.com organization and and she now organizes long-time RCBF sponsor the free Festival-To-Go a long-time RCBF sponsor, program for kids who might makes the Festival-To-Go even more not otherwise have access. “We impactful by donating books to the schools’ recognize that these are the formative libraries. years when children are trying to settle for themselves whether reading is something fun to do, or simply something grown-ups Giving Back Through Cominflict on them,” Vande Velde says. She munity Partners recruits volunteers from Rochester Area The Rochester Children's Book Children’s Writers & Illustrators (RACWI) Festival also reaches into the community to to share their knowledge and enthusiasm forge partnerships. The RCBF is proud to with K-6 students at one or two Rochester be one of the outstanding literacy programs City Schools each year. The presentations supported by the Friends & Foundation of are fun and informative, designed to win the Rochester Public Library. Each year, over even the most reluctant readers. VolCONTINUED >>>

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Navigating the Fun, Step-by-Step

From the moment you cross the threshold of Monroe Community College’s Flynn Campus Center, you’ll be transported into a book lover’s dream. A smiling volunteer will hand you a schedule/map, your guide to the fun. On your way to the stairs, you’ll pass Genesee Valley & Rochester Area Parent Magazine’s Busy Bookworm Place, where children can make adorable, book-themed crafts to take home. Upstairs, you’ll find activities and giveaways at the sponsor tables that line the lobby and hallways. Consult your schedule and choose from topics like “Creating Characters” by Erin Dionne in Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Presentation Place, or “Liars and Storytellers” by Aaron Starmer in the Brighton Room. If you’d like to attend a picture book reading, head straight to WXXI Read-To-Me Corner, and keep an eye out for that Big Red Dog at 2:20. Now you’re ready to enter the hub of excitement: the MCC & 292-BABY Mall, where authors and illustrators are stationed with their book displays, ready to personalize your titles of choice. You can chat and laugh with your favorite authors and meet new ones as their books catch your eye. Take your selections through the Lift Bridge Book Shop line, and enjoy your new treasures for years to come. Hundreds of families will interact with over 40 authors and illustrators in one magical day. Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent • November/December 2014

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Award-winning author and illustrator Yangsook Choi is new to the RCBF this year. She is sponsored by Love the Children of Rochester, an organization that connects Korean adoptees and adoptive families locally. Choi’s picture books have received the International Reading Association’s Children’s Book Award, appeared on the ALA Notable Book list, and been rated “Best of the Best” by the Chicago Public Library.

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Influenced by her Korean background, Choi’s stories are culturally rich and beautifully illustrated. They include: This Next New Year (Korean/English Bilingual,) The Name Jar, Landed, Behind the Mask, and Good-bye, 382 Shin Dang Dong. Join Choi at 1:30 on Festival day for a Chinese dragon drawing workshop in the Brighton Room.

some of the Festival’s earnings are reinvested into the Foundation to support innovative programming, expansion of collections, and improvements to the library year-round. The Festival also partners with 292-BABY, a communication network that provides parents and caregivers the resources to help every local child reach his full physical, cognitive, and emotional potential. Jim Coffey, founder of 292-BABY and Professor of Visual and Performing Arts at Monroe Community College (MCC), has long been a champion of the Festival. He and the leadership at MCC recognize the connection between early literacy and later success in college. They became hosting sponsors of the RCBF seven years ago, providing the spacious high-tech environment that has enabled the Festival to achieve its award-winning level of excellence. Visit www.292BABY.org for information on topics from preconception through age three development.  VICKI SCHULTZ is a member of Rochester Area Children’s Writers & Illustrators and a coordinator for the Rochester Children’s Book Festival.


HAPPY 25TH BIRTHDAY, FIVE LITTLE MONKEYS! The Rochester Children’s Book Festival is pleased to welcome author and illustrator Eileen Christelow on the 25th anniversary of her best-selling picture book, Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed. With a rhythmic beat, fun phrasing, and hilarious illustrations, children enjoy counting along as these mischievous monkeys get scolded by the doctor, one by one. Christelow has published nine additional “Five Little Monkeys” adventures for children, and a stage production based on the series has toured nationally. Her trip to the RCBF is sponsored by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Other books by Christelow include: Vote!, What Do Authors and Illustrators Do?, Letters From a Desperate Dog, The Desperate Dog Writes Again, and The Great Pig Escape (based on a true story.) Many of her books have been named Children's Choice Books of the Year by the Children's Book Council and the International Reading Association. Join Christelow at noon on Festival day as she reads Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed in WXXI Read-To-Me Corner.

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// FEATURE STORY //

WORDS SUSAN HENNINGER

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here’s a hidden gem in the Finger Lakes region: it’s an unassuming agricultural museum at the end of Owasco Lake that you could potentially drive past without even realizing it. But that would definitely be a mistake, as it's chock full of artifacts, and offers information about rural life that is still relevant today.

The History

Timothy Quill, Director of the Ward W. O’Hara Agricultural and Country Living Museum in Auburn, explains that Ward O’ Hara was a man who wore many hats in Cayuga County over the years. He was a local crop and dairy farmer, a farm implement dealer, a writer with a weekly newspaper column and author of several books. Not only that, but Ward loved to collect farming equipment and household items from days gone by. In fact, he would frequently offer to trade farmers the new equipment he was selling for some of their old-fashioned CONTINUED >>>

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models that had caught his eye. Eventually Ward’s collection outgrew his home in Aurelius and, in the 1970s, he turned to bartering once again, asking the Cayuga County Legislature if he could repurpose the old 4-H pavilion in Emerson Park into an agricultural museum so he could share his history-laden items with the general public. Today, part of the Museum is still located in the original structure but, as its collections have continued to grow, it has needed to expand and in forty years there have been six new additions. The most recent addition is the Dr. Joseph F. Karpinski Sr. Educational Center which has greatly increased the amount of room available to student and community groups.

Agricultural History is Important!

“The number one source of income in Cayuga County is still agriculture,” Tim notes. He grew up on a dairy farm himself with a herd of thirty to forty cows. “There’s not as many small farms now; they are larger these days,” he observes. “It’s very interesting to compare how farming was back then with how it is now.” Some people prefer to get their

a lot of the items we have in information about life in the the museum,” he says. He country in writing and the Museum has fantastic adds that taking time to The number talk to the volunteers resources just for them. one source of income All the articles from offers a wonderful way in Cayuga County is for kids, teens, and Ward O’ Hara’s newsstill agriculture. ” paper column, "The adults to interact with the older generation Storyteller," published –TIMOTHY QUILL, DIRECTOR while hearing firstin the Auburn Citizen OF THE WARD W. O’HARA AGRICULTURAL AND for years, are stored in hand stories about life COUNTRY LIVING MUSEUM on the farm. binders in the museum. IN AUBURN Visitors can quickly lose themselves in Ward’s stories and books about farming, country households in the early 1900s, and rural What You’ll See There issues. The museum is also home to a reWard may have passed away in 1997 but search library where people of all ages are his love of collecting and sharing lives on. welcome to peruse the historic materials. If One donation housed in the Museum the present-day farming life is more your that’s worth noting is a special collection family’s style, Tim notes that Ward’s son, of John Deere model tractors donated by Ted O’Hara, and grandson, Kelly O’Hara, Roger Monrow, a local barber who had still own his original farm, Oakwood Dairy, amassed a significant number of them which now boasts a herd of 2,000 heifers over the years. Many handmade wooden and offers farm tours. replicas of farm equipment, crafted by Volunteers are crucial to the success Sennett resident and farmer Norm Riley, of any organization. According to Tim, are on display as well. Other items come the Museum has a group of dedicated and from all over the area. “We still get a lot of knowledgeable ones. “Many of our volundonations from the general public,” Tim teers are retired schoolteachers or farmers explains. “If we can incorporate them into so they have stories about, actually using, our collection, we do. If not, we refer them

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IF YOU GO

Ward W. O’Hara Agricultural and Country Living Museum WHERE: 6880 Rt. 38A (East Lake Road), Auburn, NY 13021 FORE MORE INFO: (315) 252-7644, www.cayugacounty.us/LivingWorking/ParksandTrails/AgMuseum.aspx COST: Free Parking and Admission (donations accepted)

DON’T MISS THESE HOLIDAY EVENTS!

Festival of Trees: An American Tradition (December 1-23, 2014) This is the second year for this free, month-long event. Various community organizations decorate Christmas trees in a variety of themes. The result is a spectacular display of more than forty real and artificial trees of all sizes. Over 1,800 visitors came to see the trees last year and Tim declares that the festival will be even bigger and better this year! Christmas Open House (December 14, 2014) The second Sunday in December, Auburn-area museums hold complimentary holiday open houses. At the Museum, families will be able to take horse-drawn wagon rides and Model T rides (weather permitting). For more country fun, music will be performed by the Junior Grange members and various games will be played all afternoon. Refreshments, including hot cider, popcorn, and a cookie decorating activity, will be available. There aren’t any lines to wait in and it shouldn’t be too crowded inside, Tim says, adding, “We are so large, there’s plenty of room for people to spread out.” Tim, the staff, and the volunteers encourage everyone to take a December drive and experience an old-time country Christmas at the Ward W. O’Hara Agricultural and Country Living Museum!

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to other museums.” Visitors are allowed to touch almost everything in the museum. For the youngest children, there is an exhibit with two 4x4 foot elevated areas filled with wood pellets and farm equipment that Tim claims can keep youngsters occupied for hours. This area also includes three sets of toy trains to assemble and take apart and a number of farm animal puzzles. For older kids, there’s a “Kids Theatre” consisting of four movies that depict modern farming equipment and contemporary farms. Additionally, there are eight monitors, each of which highlights one of the different parts of the museum, including the blacksmithing and woodworking shops, the one-room schoolhouse, and the general store. Just push a button and someone like the blacksmith will give a short presentation about what he’s doing and why he’s doing it. While exploring this “path to the past” families will have the opportunity to see all sorts of farm and home implements that revolutionized the American way of life in exhibits such as the "Creamery," "Veterinarian’s Office," "One Room Schoolhouse," and "Old Home Kitchen," "Colonial Parlor," and "Bedroom." On the grounds of the museum you’ll find an outbuilding that houses some of the larger pieces of farming equipment. According to Tim, there are a few things in the museum that families might not see elsewhere, like the Outhouse Exhibit, which is always intriguing to kids! And, as with the seasonal farming calendar, there are two rooms: a spring/summer display that includes cultivators, plows, and drills, and a fall/ winter room with hay making machines, logging equipment, and devices for ice harvesting. The 1800s dollhouse display is popular, as is the working steam engine and maple sugar house. Plus, there are a few “modern” items from the 1900s, which children today may not be familiar with like typewriters and rotary phones. “There’s something for everyone in our museum!” Tim says enthusiastically. Families should allow at least two hours to browse through the museum. Tim recommends that they conclude their visit with a trip to the gift shop. “We have lots of unique items in there,” he says. “There are homemade jams and jellies, some of Norm Riley’s toys, puzzles, and regional cookbooks.”  SUE HENNINGER is a monthly contributor to Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent who enjoys writing about the unique people, places, and events that can be found in the Finger Lakes region. Contact her at www.fingerlakeswriter.com

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BOOK NOOK

By Deena Viviani

get ready for the fest

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lanning to attend the Rochester Children’s Book Festival on November 15th? Get ready by checking out these books by participating authors and illustrators! Ror a complete listing and event details, visit www.rochesterchildrensbookfestival.com.

MORE READS

So many authors and illustrators will be at RCBF! Here’s a sampling of a few more of their works: PICTURE BOOKS Ann and Nan are Anagrams Written by Mark Shulman & Illustrated by Adam McCauley Balancing Act By Ellen Stoll Walsh Pig Kahuna By Jennifer Sattler Saturday is Dadurday By Robin Pulver Xander’s Panda Party Written by Linda Sue Park & Illustrated by Matt Phelan MIDDLE GRADE Always October By Bruce Coville I Kill the Mockingbird By Paul Acampora Nightmareland By James Preller One Plus One Equals Blue By M. J. Auch The Riverman By Aaron Starmer

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Tap Tap Boom Boom

Written by Elizabeth Bluemel & Illustrated by G. Brian Karas Candlewick Press, 2014, hardcover, $16.99, Ages 3-6 Rain taps, thunder booms, lightning flashes – quick, find cover! The characters on this city street come together in a subway stop as they wait out the storm. Illustrations of people mixed with cityscape photographs make for a lively storytelling experience. Readers who are afraid of thunderstorms may be less so after checking out this onomatopoeic picture book.

Big Mean Mike

Written by Michelle Knudsen & Illustrated by Scott Magoon Candlewick Press, 2012, hardcover, $15.99, Ages 3-6 Big Mean Mike the dog has a reputation to keep up, one that hanging out with tiny fuzzy bunnies may ruin. The problem? The tiny fuzzy bunnies won’t leave him alone! Will they soften him up with their cuteness after all? Adorable cartoon-like illustrations compliment this tough and soft story.

The Pet Project: Cute and Cuddly Vicious Verses

Written by Lisa Wheeler & Illustrated by Zachariah OHora Atheneum, 2013, hardcover, $16.99, Ages 5-8 Our heroine wants a pet, but Mom and Dad say she must research to find the right fit for

her. She journeys from a farm to a zoo to the woods and ends with a fascinating conclusion. Clever rhyming poems about specific animals add to the overarching story. A delight from cow to skunk.

Frogged

By Vivian Vande Velde Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014, paperback, $6.99, Ages 8-12 Princess Imogene kisses a frog so he will turn back into a prince. The problem? The prince is a rude troublemaker and Imogene becomes a frog in return! This retold fairy tale with a non-traditional princess is peppered with great humor. A clean middle-grade read.

Manhunt

By Kate Messner Scholastic, 2014, hardcover, $16.99

When priceless artwork is stolen from museums across the globe, Henry and his two Junior Jaguar Society friends fly from Boston to Paris to save the Mona Lisa. This third book in the SJS series is another action-packed global adventure that fans of mysteries without a body count will enjoy.

Breathing Room

By Marsha Hayles Square Fish, 2013, paperback, $7.99, Ages 10-14 It is 1940 and tuberculosis is in the air – and Evvy’s lungs. Her family sends her to Loon Lake Sanatorium where she makes friends, experiences loss, and learns about herself as she fights to recover. This novel is interspersed with photos of TB memorabilia that gives an additional dimension to the historical period. A beautiful, haunting read.


Love Monster

By Rachel Bright Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012, hardcover, $16.99, Ages 3-6 Cutesville is made up of fluffy bunnies, squishy kitties, cuddly puppies – and a googly-eyed monster. Monster leaves town and searches high and low for a place where he fits in until finally, when he is about to give up, he finds a furry face like his own. Readers will want to hug the Love Monster and make him feel less alone no matter how pointy his toenails.

Ollie and the Science of Treasure Hunting

By Erin Dionne Dial, 2014, hardcover, $16.99, Ages 10-14 After he and his best friend solve an art heist in Boston, Ollie is sent to Wilderness Camp on the Boston Harbor Islands for two weeks until the media frenzy dies down. Once there he becomes known for his ability to find things and is embroiled in a hunt for a buried pirate treasure. Between his asthma, glasses, and lack of swimming skills, thirteenyear-old Ollie is an unlikely outdoorsy hero who the reader

will root for. Also check out the prequel, Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking.

All the Truth That’s In Me

By Julie Berry Viking, 2014, paperback, $9.99, Ages 12-18 Four years ago, Judith was kidnapped by a man who cut out her tongue. Two years later, she was returned and shunned by her family and neighbors. Now she watches the kidnapper's son, her childhood friend, speechless, yet with so much to say as the mystery of another girl's death remains unsolved.

The historical setting’s atmosphere conveys this unique story. Highly recommended to older teens and adults in search of amazing storytelling.  DEENA VIVIANI is a Rochester-based Young Adult Services Librarian. Read more reviews on her blog www.deenaml.livejournal. com or send her a note at DeenaViviani@hotmail.com – she loves to hear from readers!

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his past spring break, my son traveled to England, Brussels and Germany with some friends. This was not the first time he had traveled solo, but it was his first time overseas. My son is mature and quite worldly for his age, but that didn’t stop me from being worried sick. He seemed to have everything in check, including a current passport and EMV card (credit card with security chip). He even applied for Global Entry which allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers entering the US.

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to communicate via email. I waited with bated breath for those notes. As I peered at a photo of my son in front of Big Ben, I felt a pride like no other. Here was my nineteen-year-old taking advantage of his youth and exploring places I had yet to visit myself. His trip concluded sans glitches and with a multitude of publication-worthy photos and stories about all of the fascinating people he had met along the way. Most parents fret over their children traveling solo, but detailed plans and regular communication before and during his absence will ease your mind.

Readiness Parents should ask themselves the following questions when considering sending their teen off unattended: • In general, does he handle new situations well? • Would she panic if an unavoidable change to travel

plans (e.g. delayed or cancelled plane) occurs, or will she remain calm? • Is he generally cautious and aware of safety issues and potential health issues? • If traveling by car: Does she demonstrate safe vehicle handling and good decision-making skills? Does she consistently avoid distractions (e.g. cell phone usage, eating while driving, distractions from passengers)? Does she have a good sense of direction and stellar map skills? No matter how mature or prepared, your teen still needs your guidance. “The fact is that controls do act as a source of unacknowledged security for teens," says Susan Kuczmarski, EdD, parenting expert and award-winning author of The Sacred Flight of the Teenager: A Parent’s Guide to Stepping Back and Letting Go (Book Ends Publishing, 2004). "Total responsibility for one’s life, or trip in this case,

Winter and Spring Break Travel Safety Tips

Perhaps your teen will be traveling with friends to a distant location during winter or spring break. There are many travel guidelines you should go over with your teen before she seeks respite from her college workload. Here are just a few: • Legal drinking age at your location? NEVER drink and drive (Inebriation = poor judgment, even for those not behind the wheel). • Be sure to use licensed cabs/vans for transportation. • Research food/water safety prior to travel. • Road trips: Use buddy system and take breaks from driving. • Check crime rates and tourist safety information before traveling.


Additional travel tips provided by Jay Fitter, lMFT:

• Wear comfortable clothing. • Don’t wear expensive jewelry. • Use a money belt which can be concealed underneath clothing. • Don’t carry excessive amounts of cash – bring a credit card. • Use downtime wisely (waiting in airports, etc.): catch up on schoolwork or reading • Don’t break the law. Smoking weed in a foreign country can land you in prison, even for miniscule amounts.

is a scary thing. He cautions that It brings male teens can stress, and also be tarGive them the opportunity to come up teens gets. “Teen with ideas as you put travel have males are plans in place. Reach an enough targets agreement together as to going for scam what to do in different on in artists and situations.” their predators, lives to too,” he – KUCZMARSKI, EDD, bear the continues. PARENTING EXPERT AND AWARD-WINNING full brunt Therefore, AUTHOR of worrying parents should about what is remind their teens best for them. They still that they should only need support, guidance, and request help or guidance from direction, as infuriating as this company employees (e.g. train is for them.” conductor) or security perParents should work sonnel and should not engage collaboratively with their teen strangers by communicating to develop travel plans and any their plans or any type of percontingency plans. This way sonal information, no matter your teen will know that you how friendly that stranger may trust his judgment, and he will seem. take ownership of the rules you set together. Kuczmarski sugFor Younger Teens gests, “Give them the opportu- If your young teen (ages nity to come up with ideas as thirteen to fifteen) must take you put travel plans in place. public transportation alone Reach an agreement together (e.g. plane, bus, train), to visit as to what to do in different a relative at a distant location situations (e.g. plane is late, for the holidays, for example, person meeting them doesn’t be sure to check the compashow up, weather delays, etc.)” ny’s “unaccompanied minor” Jay Fitter, LMFT, a family policies. For instance, United therapist, parenting expert, Airlines only allows you to and author of Respect Your Chiluse their “Unaccompanied dren: A Practical Guide to Effective Minor Service” for nonstop Parenting (iUniverse, 2010), flights. Also, some bus lines do warns that teens traveling not allow children under the alone are easy targets for sexage of sixteen to travel solo. ual predators or adults looking Therefore, it is imperative that to take advantage of a teen’s parents check all guidelines inexperience and youth. “For ahead of time. female teens, never get into Enlist a relative or friend a conversation with someone to meet your child at the of the opposite sex,” he says. airport, bus terminal, or train

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station upon their arrival. Be sure that your child has this person’s number and a contingency plan if she does not show up for any reason.

Overseas Travel Traveling overseas can raise additional concerns due to language and cultural differences. Keen research and savvy planning are imperative in this case. Not all teens can make this leap. Trust your intuition when it comes to allowing your teen to travel solo overseas. In my son’s case, he did all of the planning on his own and then communicated his plans to us prior to his departure. The following is a list of tips and advice from my son, Trevor Haskell: • Have an organized travel plan for visiting sights. Without one, you will lose valuable time at the destination trying to figure out what to do. • Alert all your credit card companies that you are traveling and specify the exact dates you will be away. Failure to do so will likely trigger account freezes and the inability to access funds. • Change currency before you go. Although convenient, airport and hotel currency exchange rates will likely be a rip-off. • Make extra copies of all your travel documents. Put copies in separate parts of your luggage. • Write down the phone number and address of the US Embassy or Consulate nearest your destination. If you lose your passport or need any kind of emergency assistance, people at the Embassy or Consulate will be able to help you. Check the following website for US Embassies or Consulates near your destination or for travel warnings and alerts: www.usembassy.gov.  MYRNA BETH HASKELL is a freelance writer and frequent contributor to Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent Magazine who lives in Salt Point, NY. She is the author of LIONS and TIGERS and TEENS: Expert advice and support for the conscientious parent just like you (Unlimited Publishing LLC). Visit www. myrnahaskell.com.

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PARENTING ALL AGES

By Gayla Grace

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aughter filled the house. Thankful to have my parents in town, we feasted on delicious food and good company. But then I noticed my teenage stepson's face. I knew he was having a hard day. Holidays would never be the same for him after losing his mother to cancer. I imagined how he must feel – it didn't seem fair. My parents were approaching 80 years old and we enjoyed long days and rich company together. My stepson would never have those days with his mom again.

Not all holiday seasons are joyful. The year we learned my husband's job would end after the first of the year was a tough season. I didn't care about celebrating and the expense of gift-giving when our money supply was about to end created ongoing stress. That year, I spent most of my time avoiding those with holiday cheer. Holidays have a way of resurrecting grief from difficult happenings. According to the 2011-12 National Survey of Children's Health, nearly half of America's children will have suffered at least one childhood trauma before the age of 18. When we see others celebrating the joy of the season, memories flood our heart, reminding us of the tragedy we want to forget. If you or your child is grieving this holiday season,

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Give yourself or your child permission to grieve. Don't act as if nothing's happened and try to go along with the celebration of the season. Recognize that grief, with heightened emotions and unpredictable behavior, will surround every aspect of holiday festivities. Creating a "new normal" for the holidays takes time and will only happen after one has been allowed to grieve the "old normal."

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Offer grace freely.

Cherish the good days.

The first year after my stepson lost his mother in August, I anticipated a rocky holiday. But what I didn't anticipate was how difficult the next year, and the next year, and the next would be. I learned to allow him the freedom to go along with family celebrations if he wanted, or retreat to his room when he needed. I didn't take it personally when he chose to withdraw or lash out on days I was especially cheery. Offering him the gift of grace was the best gift anyone could give him during that time.

There will be good days and bad, high times and low. Embrace the good days and celebrate the season. Choose your favorite holiday festivity and make time to enjoy it. Don't wait! You might not have many joy-filled moments but the ones you do have can help carry you through the hard ones. If you notice your grief-filled child having a good day, suggest a special activity or ask what he or she would like to do to celebrate the season. Don't let the good days slip by without intentional effort toward a festive


activity, even if it's as simple as making holiday cookies.

Don't overextend yourself or your child. Leave your options open so you can attend the Christmas party or other celebration if you feel like it that day, or stay home without obligation. Be sensitive to whether your child wants to participate when friends invite him over or ask him to join their party. Unstable emotions create tension-filled days that are best spent at home, surrounded by those you love.

Remember: there will be better days ahead. When you want to bury your head in your bed covers, remind yourself there's hope for a new tomorrow. Hard times don't last forever, and time helps heal our wounds. Look forward to fresh beginnings as a new year approaches. Difficult circumstances create hard times for us and our children that become magnified at the holidays. We may not always feel joyful during the season. But with the right attitude and resolve to make it through, we can seek to find joyful moments this holiday season that will carry us into a new year with new beginnings and better days ahead.  GAYLA GRACE is a freelance journalist with a his, hers, and ours family who loves to encourage stepfamilies through her website at www.StepparentingWithGrace.com.

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YOUR FAMILY GOING GREEN

By Lara Krupicka

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here's nothing like the fun of tearing at colorfully wrapped gifts to make a celebration exciting for a kid. The mere sight of a bow-bedecked box can elicit shrieks of delight. And no wonder – a study by Daniel Howard of Southern Methodist University found that, due to positive association, recipients automatically feel more favorably about owning a gift when it has been wrapped. Which may also explain why the tradition of disguising gifts is such a long-standing one. Some date it back to 105 AD in China. But for the environmentally-conscious, this practice can be cringe inducing. How do you delight your kids during the holidays and still care for the earth? Try one of the following options:

The Sunday Funnies For years thrifty folks have used full-color Sunday comics pages for wrapping gifts. The large newsprint pages fit most smaller packages, or you can use multiple spreads for a larger box. Save each week's

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funnies to build up your wrapping stash. Or simply grab the current Sunday funnies from your recycling bin.

Outdated Maps Did you know that your car's door pockets and glove box can be sources of gift wrap? Cull any outdated maps and move them to your gift wrap bin. After a road trip, instead of discarding any maps collected, keep them to have on hand for the next celebration. The bright color and larger

Reuse shopping bags or kraft paper from online purchases as a gift wrap alternative. Tie with string and leave plain or decorate with stamps, markers or stickers. size pages make for great gift coverings, especially for guys. Or add a decorative touch to any present by cutting maps into strips and winding them around a pen or pencil to create curls. Then tape a group of curls to the top of a wrapped package.

Retail Shopping Bags Ever since Hallmark introduced the first handled paper gift bag in 1987, Americans have favored presenting gifts in decorative bags. Instead of

buying bags specifically for gifts, why not use the cute shopping bags from retail chains you frequent? American Girl and Vera Bradley's shopping bags with their vibrant glossy colors and braided handles make especially nice alternatives for purchased gift bags. Be selective about which shopping bags you recycle and save the best for wrapping gifts. When a gift-giving occasion arises, take a few minutes to cover the company logo or


name on the bag with stickers or decorative paper scraps. Add tissue, or for an even greener filler use shredded paper, such as the shiny pages of last month's magazine. Tie on a tag or add a card, and you're set.

Empty Altoids Tin Care for a mint? If you have an Altoids lover in your household, you have on hand the perfect gift card container. Simply wipe out the powdery residue from an empty Altoids tin. Then paint the top and sides with a layer of acrylic craft paint, glue on some cardstock, write your greeting and insert the gift card. For a two-in-one gift, decorate the top with a refrigerator magnet instead - it will stick readily to the metal tin.

Fabric Think outside of the box by using fabric to cover a gift. The Japanese originated the use of a fabric wrap during the Edo period (1608-1868). Furoshiki, as the colorful reusable cloth wrappers are called, began as a means for carrying personal items to the public baths, before being adopted as an all-purpose wrap. Create your own furoshiki out of any available cloth. Wrap a hand towel around bath toys. Buy a bandana in the recipient's favorite color. If you sew, pull scraps from your fabric bin and secure with a long fabric strip tied in a bow. You could also use the wrapping as a gift itself – try wrapping a gift in a new scarf, then you have two gifts in one!

Paper Grocery Bags Next time you buy groceries, ask the bagger to use one or two paper bags in place of plastic or your reusable cloth bags. Kraft paper grocery bags can be cut open and turned inside out. Then have your children color a design on it, or stamp images to decorate before taping around a gift.

Reuse Packaging When you receive a gift wrapped in traditional gift wrap, make all attempts to save the wrap, and any ribbons or bows, for later. If you have particularly voracious gift un-wrappers, teach them how to unwrap gently to save packaging for later. Sometimes items purchased online come with kraft paper for padding which can be easily smoothed out and saved.

Treasure Hunt Instead of wrapping your gift, tuck a clue written on paper in a small bow-topped box instead. Create a series of clues, each one hidden in a location prompted by the previous clue. At the final location, hide the gift. This works especially well for large and oddly-shaped gifts that are difficult to wrap or consume large amounts of paper. Keep your eyes open for other alternatives to traditional paper gift wrap. After all, even sheets and rolls of gift wrap originated as an alternative to customary wrappings. In 1917 the Hall Brothers' stationery store ran out of tissue sheets commonly used for wrapping gifts. As a quick solution, they brought out decorative French envelope lining papers from their manufacturing plant and offered them for 10 cents a sheet. Customers loved them and bought out the supply, both that year and the next. Thus Hallmark started the business of gift wrap, which has expanded now to a nearly $3 billion dollar industry. Have fun trying new earth-friendly methods for packaging your gifts. You may surprise and amuse yourself as much as your recipient.  LARA KRUPICKA is a parenting journalist and mom of three who keeps plenty of old maps and Altoid tins on hand for gift wrapping.

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CALENDAR

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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!

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National Toy Hall of Fame Celebration

Enjoy a weekend of toy-filled revelry in conjunction with the 2014 National Toy Hall of Fame toy induction. Expect a day of fun for the entire family. Included with general museum admission fees. Sat. 10am-5pm, Sun. 11am – 4pm. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Sq., Rochester 14607, 263-2700, www.museumofplay.org

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Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

The spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller music. Join in the 30th Anniversary celebration of Mannheim Steamroller Christmas. Don’t miss this ultimate holiday tradition from the #1 Christmas music artist in history! 7:30pm. Auditorium Theatre, 885 E. Main St., Rochester 14605, 222-5000, www.rbtl.org

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Bristol Mountain New Year’s Eve Celebration Ring in the New Year at Bristol Mountain. The New Year's Eve Celebration will kick off in late afternoon in the Main Lodge with live music, bounce house, arts and crafts table and a balloon artist to create balloon animals for the kids. Between 10:15pm and 10:30pm, the anticipation builds as the first torch of the Ski Patrol Torch Parade crests the summit. When the last torch bearer reaches the base enjoy a spectacular fireworks display by Young Explosives. 9am – 10:30pm. Bristol Mountain, 5662 Route 64, Canandaigua, NY 14424, 374-6000, www.bristolmt.com


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05 * Wednesday Guided Museum Tour Led by a museum staff member or docent, these fun-filled, fact-filled tours are a great way for visitors of all ages to discover the museum’s treasures. 716-693-1885. 1 PM. Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda 14120. www.carrouselmuseum.org R

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

Heart Gallery Opening In honor of National Adoption Month, Children Awaiting Parents (CAP) will host the annual Heart Gallery exhibit at The Strong, National Museum of Play with special guest speaker Regina Calcaterra and CAP’s new Executive Director, Charles Reaves. 232-5110. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607. www.childrenawaitingparents.org

Happy Birthday, Mr. Sax A bicentennial celebration of the birth of the saxophone’s inventor. Vertex Saxophone Quartet: Chisato Eda Marling, soprano saxophone; Kristin Nicole Bayer, alto saxophone; Mark Kraszewski, tenor saxophone; Nancy Boone-Bahr, baritone saxophone. Noon. 454-4403. Hochstein School Shoe Factory Art Co-op Exhibit of Music & Dance in Rochester, 50 N. - Sirens & Seahorses Everyone’s Plymouth Ave., Rochester 14614. favorite finned females and their seahorse sidekicks will be on display in a variety of art forms. The fishy 06 * Thursday subject matter inspired 39 artists Annual Monopoly Tournament to from Rochester and out-of-state to Benefit Gilda’s Club This event is a create original art work. Free. timed, 90 minute game and the event 732-0036. 6 PM - 9 PM. Shoe will feature 2 free drinks with ticket Factory Art Co-op, 250 N. purchase, a cash bar, passed appeGoodman Street, Studio 212, tizers, table prizes, raffle prizes, a real Rochester 14607. jail for hitting “Go To Jail” and much www.shoefactoryarts.com more! 6 - 10 PM. Rochester Club Ballroom, 120 East Avenue, 08 * Saturday Rochester 14604. www.gildasclubrochester.org Creative Family Storybook Workshop Free. Little ones and Art and Story Stroll Creative their families will love participating Workshop instructor Carol Kase reads in hands on creative arts activithe classic Little Golden Book ties. 383-1999. 10 AM. Spectrum Chicken Little. $5 per adult (children Creative Arts, 3300 Monroe Avenue, no charge); call to preregister. Rochester 14618. 276-8971. 11 AM - 12 PM. www.spectrumcreativearts.org Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave., Rochester 14607. Cumming Nature Center - Just www.mag.rochester.edu a Hike Enjoy a long, leisurely walk before winter sets in. This hike is National Toy Hall of Fame meant for those who want some Induction The 2014 toy honorees are great exercise without a lot of chatrevealed at a public ceremony that ter. Not meant for young children. takes place in the National Toy Hall No charge RMSC Members. $3 per of Fame. Included with general muse- person or $10 per family. 271-4320. um admission fees. 263-2700. 10 AM - 11 AM. Cumming Nature 10 AM. Strong National Museum Center, 6472 Gulick Rd., Naples of Play, One Manhattan Square, 14512. www.rmsc.org Rochester 14607. www.museumofplay.org Fall Bazaar Featuring crafts, a Christmas booth, attic treasures Voices of Autumn Maryellen Giese (including toys), books for all ages, directs Hochstein Singers and Youth costume jewelry, and baked goods. Singers. Solo vocal students from Lunch is available with several homeVoice Dept. also in recital. 454-4403. made entrees & desserts. 225-1880.

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Sunshine SINGERS Children age 4-12 with Down syndrome will perform. 454-4403. 2 PM - 3 PM. Hochstein School of Music & Dance in Rochester, 50 N. Plymouth Ave., Rochester 14614.

TYKEs Presents: Fly Guy and Other Stories This brand new musical brings to life seven of the most popular and charming children’s books. Fly Guy has met his match, and her name is Fly Girl. Best enjoyed by boys and girls ages 4 and up. Next show at 2pm. 461-2000. 11 AM. JCC Hart Theatre, 1200 Edgewood Avenue, Rochester 14618. www.tykestheatre.org

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Performing arts are a staple of the holiday season – sit down, relax and enjoy performances of these holiday-themed shows. A CHRISTMAS CAROL Geva Theatre // November 26 – December 27 On Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by a series of ghosts who remind him who he was and what he might yet become. He learns the true meaning of the season and that it’s never too late to make a new start. The famous tale of redemption for the most despised man in London will awaken your heart and rekin-

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dle your spirit in this critically acclaimed adaptation. Please note: children less than 5 years are not permitted in the theatre. THE NUTCRACKER RPO // November 28-30 Start off your holiday season with the magical toy soldiers, sparkling snowflakes, and mischievous mice of The Nutcracker. This full-length, live-music performance,

featuring the dancers of the Rochester City Ballet, is sure to dazzle and warm your heart. BABES IN TOYLAND Kodak Center for Performing Arts // December 6-14 There may not be a Christmas this year! Barnaby, the miser of Mother Goose Village, threatens to foreclose the mortgage on the Old Woman’s ‘Shoe,’ but her children

know what to do. They venture to Toyland to ask the Master Toymaker for help. Why? Because the Master Toymaker can do anything! Join Contrary Mary, Tom-Tom, Little Bo Peep, Boy Blue and their friends for a delightful and heartwarming holiday adventure!


CALENDAR OF EVENTS • LOCAL FAMILY-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES RPO PRESENTS HANDEL'S MESSIAH RPO // December 13 Be moved by Handel’s ever-glorious and timeless classic, featuring the powerful “Hallelujah” chorus. The Rochester Oratorio Society and RPO join forces to fill Kodak Hall with beautiful refrains this holiday season. THE SNOWMAN RPO // December 14 Make special memories this holiday season with two classic stories. The heartwarming tale of The Snowman is brought to life on the big screen, complete with live orchestra accompaniment. And, the RPO will conjure up the true meaning of the season with a reading of Dr. Seuss's beloved tale, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! MOSCOW BALLET’S SPECTACULAR GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER RBTL // December 15 Moscow Ballet’s spectacular Great Russian Nutcracker is the must-see event this holiday season! Celebrate the beloved Christmas tradition with the whole family as 40 world-class Russian artists bring this classic to life. Experience Tchaikovsky’s master score this Christmas with the magic of larger than-life-puppets, a growing Christmas Tree and super-sized Matrushka dolls! MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS RBTL // December 17 MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS by Chip Davis has been America’s favorite holiday tradition and this year marks the 30th Anniversary of the group’s annual tour. Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features the beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller

along with dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. The spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller music. Join in the 30th Anniversary celebration of Mannheim Steamroller Christmas. Don’t miss this ultimate holiday tradition from the #1 Christmas music artist in history! Experience the Magic! GALA HOLIDAY POPS RPO // December 1921 It’s Rochester’s most popular holiday musical tradition — Gala Holiday Pops! Celebrate the joy of the season as the RPO and beloved Festival High School Chorale perform your favorite carols. THE NEW YORK STATE BALLET NUTCRACKER Callahan Theater at Nazareth College Arts Center // December 20 & 21 Join New York State Ballet (NYSB) for their magical rendition of The Nutcracker, the classic fairy tale centered on a German family's Christmas Eve celebration – and a dreamland filled with a cast of fanciful characters. Get swept away in the holiday spirit with Tchaikovsky's unforgettable music and the breathtaking dancing of NYSB.

FOR SHOW TIMES AND TICKET INFORMATION: RBTL: www.rbtl.org RPO: www.rpo.org GEVA: www.gevatheatre.org NYSB: www.newyorkstateballet.org Kodak Center for Performing Arts: www.kodakcenter.org or www.rapatheatre.org

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LUCKY DIAZ AND THE FAMILY JAM BAND SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9 2PM The group combines clever lyrics with fresh pop beats to create catchy indie tunes that explore the wonder and joy of childhood. Nazareth Arts Center, 4245 East Ave., Rochester 14618, 389-2170, www.artscenter.naz.edu

09 * Sunday Crescent Trail Hike Guided Hike organized and hosted by the Crescent Trail Association. Adults, teenagers, and children supervised by an adult are welcome to participate. 234-1621. 1 PM - 3 PM. Crescent Trail, E. Jefferson Road, Fairport 14450. www.perinton.org/Departments/ parks/hikingctha/ R

Fly Guy and Other Stories This brand new musical brings to life seven of the most popular and charming children’s books. Fly Guy has met his match, and her name is Fly Girl. Best enjoyed by boys and girls ages 4 and up. Next show at 461-2000. 2 & 4:30 PM. JCC Hart Theatre, 1200 Edgewood Avenue, Rochester 14618. www.tykestheatre.org R

Golden Legacy Family Day These events for all ages feature hands-on art activities, music and dance demonstrations, storytelling, and a variety of cultural displays. Suggested donation $5 per family. 276-8900. Noon 5 PM. Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave., Rochester 14607. www.mag.rochester.edu R

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Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra Fall Concert Works by Finzi, Tchaikovsky, Rossini, and Enescu. Casey Springstead directs this full orchestra of students from grades 7-12. Featuring Doleen Hood, Hochstein Piano Faculty. $5 door admission. 454-4403. 3 PM - 4 PM. Hochstein School of Music & Dance in Rochester, 50 N. Plymouth Ave., Rochester 14614. R

Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band The group combines clever lyrics with fresh pop beats to create catchy indie tunes that explore the wonder and joy of childhood. 389-2170. 2 PM. Nazareth College Arts Center, 4245 East Ave., Rochester 14618. www.artscenter.naz.edu R

National Toy Hall of Fame Celebration A weekend of toyfilled revelry in conjunction with the 2014 National Toy Hall of Fame toy induction. Included with general museum admission fees. 2632700. 11 AM. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607. www.museumofplay.org R

Second Sunday Family Tour Our youngest friends and their families are invited to enjoy a story and a short tour. Included


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children of all ages and their caregivers. Storytime will take place in the Market Café. 359-7092. 10 AM. Wegmans Calkins Road, 475 Calkins Road, Rochester 14623. www.hpl.org R

Holistic Moms Network Meeting Veteran Nurse Practioner, Sandra Miceli, will focus on children’s health and allergies and how to help heal them in a safe and natural way. Sandra will examine the immune system, probiotics, nutrition and prevention of allergies in children. 6 PM - 8 PM Christ Episcopal Church, 36 South Main Street, Pittsford 14534. www.hmnrochester.homewebs.com R

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

11 * Tuesday Canandaigua Treaty Day Public events will be led by Master of Ceremonies Peter Jemison, manager of the Ganondagan State Historic Site. At 1:30 p.m., a parade led by Haudenosaunee Chiefs will depart from the Canandaigua Primary School. 742-1690. 10 AM - 6 PM. Canandaigua Primary School, 96 W. Gibson Street, Canandaigua 14424. R

MOMS Club of Penfield-East Rochester-Brighton Offers support and socialization for both at-home and working moms and their children. 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. R

Wegmans Storytime with Miss Anne This program will include stories, songs, rhymes, and simple sign language. Designed for

RBTL Presents-Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat One of the most enduring shows

of all time, Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son. Get your tickets now. 222-5000. 7 PM. Rochester Broadway Theatre, 885 East Main Street, Rochester 14605. www.rbtl. org

12 * Wednesday Books & Bites Teen Book Club Enjoy pizza and discuss books! The group meets at Great Northern Pizza on the second Wednesday of each month. Please register. 359-7092. 6 PM - 7 PM. Great Northern Pizza, 1918 Monroe Ave., Rochester 14618. www.hpl.org R

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Stars and Stripes 5K VeteRun Lace up your running shoes and come to Mendon Ponds Park on Veterans Day to honor veterans at the Stars and Stripes 5K VeteRun. This race is a fun, family-friendly event that raises money to support Honor Flight Rochester and other veterans groups. 11 AM. Mendon Ponds Park, 95 Douglas Road, Honeoye Falls 14472. www.veterun5k.com R

Veteran’s Day American Legion Rayson-Miller Post 899 The public is welcome and encouraged to attend this moving tribute, which includes a presentation of colors, the placement of wreaths, a rifle salute and the playing of Taps. . 11 AM. Port of Pittsford, 22 North Main Street, Pittsford 14534. www.townofpittsford.org R

Ithaca Flute Duo Featuring Elizabeth Shuhan and Juliana Pepinsky. Female composers/ arrangers: Jeanne Baxtresser, Jasmine Choi, Elizabeth Shuhan, Katherine Hoover and Nicole Chamberlain 454-4403. 12 PM. Hochstein School of Music & Dance in Rochester, 50 N. Plymouth Ave., Rochester 14614. R

RBTL Presents-Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat One of the most enduring shows of all time, Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son. Get your tickets now. 222-5000. 7 PM. Rochester Broadway Theatre, 885 East Main Street, Rochester 14605. www.rbtl.org R

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS • LOCAL FAMILY-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES 13 * Thursday Almost Maine “Almost Maine” is a magical, funny, heart-warming story of love in the frozen woods of Maine. As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky couples find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. 475-6254. 7 - 9 PM. Robert F. Panara Theatre @ NTID, 52 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester 14623. www.ntid.rit.edu/theatre/ R

RBTL Presents-Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son. Get your tickets now. 222-5000. 7 PM. Rochester Broadway Theatre, 885 East Main Street, Rochester 14605. www.rbtl.org

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

Bubblefest at the Buffalo Museum of Science A day-long celebration of everything bubbles and offers family-friendly activities and demonstrations, including bubble crafts, demonstrations, activities and the popular Tekno Bubble Dance Room. 716-896-5200. 10 AM - 4 PM. Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo 14211. www.sciencebuff.org R

Guided Museum Tour Led by a museum staff member or docent, these fun-filled, fact-filled tours are a great way for visitors of all ages to discover the museum’s treasures. 716-693-1885. 1 PM. Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda 14120. www.carrouselmuseum.org

WEST SIDE STORY SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22 - 30 West Side Story explores the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds. The members of the Sharks, from Puerto Rico, are taunted by the Jets, a Caucasian gang. Kodak Center for Performing Arts, 200 West Ridge Road, Rochester 14615, 325-3366, www.kodakcenter.org

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

RBTL Presents-Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son. Get your tickets now. 222-5000. 8 PM. Rochester Broadway Theatre, 885 East Main Street, Rochester 14605. www.rbtl.org R

15 * Saturday 18th Annual Rochester Children’s Book Festival This will be a magical day packed with activities, presentations, and meeting those who write and illustrate books for children, tweens and teens. Busy Bookworm offers craft activities and author and illustrator presentations. 10 AM 4 PM. Monroe Community College, 1000 East Henrietta Rd, Rochester 14623. www.rochesterchildrensbookfestival.com R

Animal Birthdays - African Elephant Sing “Happy Birthday” song and treats for the birthday animals at 2 pm. Touch table station. Bring a gift to the party - check the website for suggestions. Included with admission. 336-7200. 2 PM -

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Haudenosaunee Days Celebrate Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) culture, past and present, with native artisans from the local community. Learn about jewelry making, quillwork, and basket making from local Haudenosaunee artists. Included with museum admission. 697-1942. 12 PM - 4 PM. Rochester Museum & Science Center, 657 East Ave., Rochester 14607. www.rmsc.org R

In Another Galaxy Weekend Come dressed as your favorite science fiction movie character. Pose for pictures in the dress-up area, get a temporary tattoo, make crafts, and play sci-fi arcade games. Included with general admission. 263-2700. 10 AM - 4 PM. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607. www.museumofplay.org R

Magic Paintbrush Project Enjoy a messy painting workshop where each family will get to create a canvas painting in a unique way. Any family with a child with special needs is welcome to join us and work alongside other families creating art and having fun. 487-3500. 10 AM - 11 AM. Pieter’s Family Life Center, 1025 Commons Way, Rochester 14623. www.pietersfamilylifecenter.org R

November Sensory Friendly Time Staff turns down the noise, turns off flashing lights, and shuts off the air compressors so people with sensory processing challenges can enjoy the museum. The museum also offers quiet areas where participants can sit, relax, and regroup. 315-4259068. 5 PM. MOST - Museum of Science and Technology, 500 S.

Franklin Street, Syracuse 13202. www.most.org R

RBTL Presents-Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat One of the most enduring shows of all time, Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son. 2 and 8pm. 222-5000. Rochester Broadway Theatre, 885 East Main Street, Rochester 14605. www.rbtl.org R

16 * Sunday Almost Maine “Almost Maine” is a magical, funny, heart-warming story of love in the frozen woods of Maine. As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky couples find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. 475-6254. 2 PM - Robert F. Panara Theatre at NTID, 52 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester 14623. www.ntid.rit.edu/theatre/

for Tots. 967-3905. Noon - 4 PM. Lake Shore Country Club, 1165 Greenleaf Road, Rochester 14612. www.facebook.com/lotstothetots R

Cirque Peking The National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China is one of the most acclaimed acrobatic troupes in China. The company is known worldwide for its unique and spectacular stunts that seem to defy human anatomy, physics, and gravity. 389-2170. 7 PM. Nazareth College Arts Center, 4245 East Ave., Rochester 14618. www.artscenter.naz.edu R

In Another Galaxy Weekend Come dressed as your favorite science fiction movie character. Pose for pictures in the dress-up area, get a temporary tattoo, make crafts, and play sci-fi arcade games. ncluded with general museum admission fees. 263-2700. Noon - 4 PM. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607. www.museumofplay.org

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Annual Lots to the Tots Fundraiser Shop among vendors, enjoy complimentary finger foods, dessert and coffee. Silent auctions, Chinese Raffles and door prizes. 100% of the proceeds go to local Marine Toys

RBTL Presents-Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat One of the most enduring shows of all time, Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing


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RMSC Haudenosaunee Days Celebrate Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) culture, past and present, with native artisans from the local community. Learn about jewelry making, quillwork, and basket making from local Haudenosaunee artists. Included with museum admission. 697-1942. Noon - 4 PM Rochester Museum & Science Center, 657 East Ave., Rochester 14607. www.rmsc.org

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Richard Strauss - A 150th Birthday Tribute Tigran Vardanyan, violin; Doleen Hood, piano. Featuring the Sonata for Violin and Piano. 454-4403. 12 PM. Hochstein School of Music & Dance in Rochester, 50 N. Plymouth Ave., Rochester 14614.

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. 223-1330. 11 AM - 12 PM. Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Road, Fairport . www.lollypop.org

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Shopping Event at the The Strong Museum Don’t miss a grown-ups only evening of shopping, music, prizes, and refreshments after closing time at the National Museum of Play at The Strong. 263-2700. 5 PM - 8 PM. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607. www.museumofplay.org R

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17 * Monday Storytime Club Have your Storytime Club passport punched once during each visit. Collect five punches and receive a children’s book! This month: Be Thankful. Included with general museum admission fees. 263-2700. 10 AM - 11 AM. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607. www.museumofplay.org

What Moms Want - at the Perinton Community Center Moms, here is a program just for you while your child is at school. Join other moms and learn and discuss these topics below. Make new friends, socialize and enjoy time for yourself…you deserve it! Topic is “Cooking and Couponing” . 9 AM. Perinton Community Center, 1350 Turk HIll Road, Rochester 14450. www.perinton.org/Departments/ parks/hikingctha/ R

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22 * Saturday Gilda’s Club Heroes Ball Heroes Ball: Celebrating the Power of Hope, Courage & Commitment honors those in the Rochester community making an impact in the lives of men, women, teens, and children affected by cancer. 423-9700. 6 PM. RIT Conference Center, 5257 W. Henrietta Rd., Henrietta 14467. www.gildasclubrochester.org R

HFL Nordic Ski Swap and Sale Used cross country equipment, demo equipment, and clothing will be available in the cafeteria. New Nordic equipment and clothing from ski shops around New York State will be available in the gym. 9 AM - 1 PM. Honeoye Falls-

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RAPA Presents-West Side Story West Side Story explores the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds. The members of the Sharks, from Puerto Rico, are taunted by the Jets, a Caucasian gang. 325-3366. 7 PM. Kodak Center for Performing Arts, 200 West Ridge Rd., Rochester 14615. www.kodakcenter.org R

23 * Sunday Annual Mad Hatter’s Tea Party & Holiday Fashion Show RCN’s 8th Annual Mad Hatter’s Tea Party & Holiday Fashion Show in memory of Linda Klein is a fundraiser you won’t want to miss! Tickets are : $50 each 473-2858. 2 PM - 5 PM. Country Club of Rochester, 2935 East Ave., Rochester 14610. www.rcn4kids.org R

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BUBBLEFEST AT THE BUFFALO MUSEUM OF SCIENCE NOVEMBER 15 A day-long celebration of everything bubbles and offers familyfriendly activities and demonstrations, including bubble crafts, demonstrations, activities and the popular Tekno Bubble Dance Room. 10am-4pm. Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo, 14211 716-896-5200, www.sciencebuff.org RAPA Presents-West Side Story West Side Story explores the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds. 325-3366. 2 PM. Kodak Center for Performing Arts, 200 West Ridge Rd., Rochester 14615. www.kodakcenter.org

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YMCA Turkey Classic Race & Fun Run After the race, we hold an awards ceremony for you, awarding over 40 prizes. And of course, the YMCA will be serving their long-standing pre-Thanksgiving feast! Register today. 341-3263. 9 AM. Southeast YMCA, 111 East Jefferson Road, Rochester 14534. www.ywcarochester.org R

24 * Monday Storytime Club Have your Storytime Club passport punched once during each visit. Collect five punches and receive a children’s book! This month: Be Thankful. Included with general museum admission fees. 263-2700.

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

Free Youth Admission Days at the Zoo On select days in October, November and December, enjoy one free youth admission with the purchase of one adult admission. Perfect for non-members, parent meet-up groups, and Zoo members with


CALENDAR OF EVENTS • LOCAL FAMILY-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES out-of-town guests, too. 336-7212. 10 AM. Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St Paul Street, Rochester 14621. www.senecaparkzoo.org R

RAPA Presents-West Side Story West Side Story explores the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds. The members of the Sharks, from Puerto Rico, are taunted by the Jets, a Caucasian gang. 325-3366. 7 PM. Kodak Center for Performing Arts, 200 West Ridge Rd., Rochester 14615. www.kodakcenter.org R

29 * Saturday RAPA Presents-West Side Story West Side Story explores the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds. The members of the Sharks, from Puerto Rico, are taunted by the Jets, a Caucasian gang. 325-3366. 7 PM. Kodak Center for Performing Arts, 200 West Ridge Rd., Rochester 14615. www.kodakcenter.org R

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

30 * Sunday RAPA Presents-West Side Story West Side Story explores the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds. The members of the Sharks, from Puerto Rico, are taunted by the Jets, a Caucasian gang. 325-3366. 2 PM. Kodak Center for Performing Arts, 200 West Ridge Rd., Rochester 14615. www.kodakcenter.org R

December 01 * Monday FREE Community Drum Circle Music enthusiasts of all ages can come together to play in this interactive Jam Sesh! The FREE Community Drum Circle is held the first Monday of every month. 383-1999. 6 PM - 7 PM. Spectrum Creative Arts, 3300 Monroe Avenue, Rochester 14618. www.spectrumcreativearts.org R

National Toy Hall of Fame Closes National Toy Hall of Fame Closes for Renovations. All other exhibits are open. 263-2700. 10 AM. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607. www.museumofplay.org R

Storytime Club Have your Storytime Club passport punched once during each visit. Collect five punched and receive a children’s book! This month: Winter Wonderland. Included with general museum admission fees. 2632700. 10 AM - 11 AM. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607. www.museumofplay.org

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ROC The Day The Rochester community’s 24-hour giving extravaganza. Add you donation today. Choose. Give. Matter. Together we can support hundreds of local not-for-profits doing great work to make our community awesome. www.roctheday.org R

Taste and Tour Black Button Distilling The boys at Black Button Distilling will offer two tours (6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.), as well as the opportunity to try a few of their signature creations. Black Button will donate 10% of bottle sales back to the Junior League of Rochester. 385-8590. 6 - 8 PM. Black Button Distilling, 85 Railroad Street, Rochester 14609. www.jlroch.org R

05 * Friday Animal Tales - Drop-In Storytime Snuggle up on a fluffy pillow and enjoy an animal-themed story or two and a humane education component. Great way to introduce the wonder of animals to the little ones of the family. Held every Friday in the Learning Center. 223-1330. 11 AM - 12 PM. Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Road, Fairport . www.lollypop.org

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS • LOCAL FAMILY-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES Annual Winter Dance Gala Hochstein’s annual dance showcase with Ballet, Flamenco, LatinCaribbean, Modern, Tap and more. 454-4596. 7 PM. Hochstein School of Music & Dance, 50 N. Plymouth Ave., Rochester 14614. www.hochstein.org

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Montezuma Raptor Van Tour We’ll head out in the van to look for elusive Short Eared Owls, hunting hawks and more! Participants are encouraged to bring their camera and binoculars. Expect to walk short distances. Fee: $8.00/child; $13.50/adult. 315-365-3588. 2 - 4 PM. Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Rochester 13146. www.audubon.org R

06 * Saturday Play Pals Exhibit Opening Weekend Role-play in a life-size dollhouse, go on adventures at the action figure play station, and tend to teddy bears and other stuffed animals at the animal hospital. Included with general museum admission fees. 263-2700. 10 AM - 5 PM. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607. www.museumofplay.org R

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Play Pals Exhibit Opening Weekend Role-play in a life-size dollhouse, go on adventures at the action figure play station, and tend to teddy bears and other stuffed animals at the animal hospital. Included with general museum admission fees. 263-2700. 1 - 5 PM. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607. www.museumofplay.org R

08 * Monday Monday Kicks for Ages 2 to 6 Playful learning activities designed for 2- to 6-year-olds, one Monday a month. Included with general museum admission fees. Delight in wintertime stories & activities-Let It Snow. 263-2700. 10 AM - 2 PM. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607. www.museumofplay.org R

09 * Tuesday MOMS Club of Penfield/East Rochester/Brighton Offers support and socialization for both at-home and working moms and their children. Open to all moms who live in Penfield or are in the Penfield, East Rochester and Brighton School Districts. 10 AM. R

RBTL Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists! 222-5000. 7 PM. Auditorium Theatre, 885 E. Main St., Rochester 14605. www.rbtl.org R

10 * Wednesday Books & Bites Teen Book Club Enjoy pizza and discuss books! The group meets at Great Northern Pizza on the second Wednesday of each month. Please register. 359-7092. 6 PM - 7 PM. Great Northern Pizza, 1918 Monroe Ave., Rochester 14618. www.hpl.org R

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists! 222-5000. 7 PM. Auditorium Theatre, 885 E. Main St., Rochester 14605. www.rbtl.org R

11 * Thursday Art and Story Stroll Creative Workshop instructor Aubrey Donovan reads the classic Little Golden Book The Poky Little Puppy. $5 per adult (children no charge); call to preregister. 276-8971. 11 AM - 12 PM. Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave., Rochester 14607. www.mag.rochester.edu R

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


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Magic Paintbrush Project Enjoy a messy painting workshop where each family will get to create a canvas painting in a unique way. Any family with a child with special needs is welcome to join us and work alongside other families creating art and having fun. 487-3500. 10 AM 11 AM. Pieter’s Family Life Center, 1025 Commons Way, Rochester 14623. www.pietersfamilylifecenter.org R

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

15 * Monday Storytime Club Have your Storytime Club passport punched once during each visit. Collect five punched and receive a children’s book! This month: Winter Wonderland. Included with general museum admission fees. 263-2700. 10 AM - 11 AM. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607. www.museumofplay.org R

17 * Wednesday What Moms Want - at the Perinton Community Center Moms, here is a program just for you while your child is at school. Join other moms and learn and discuss various topics. Make new friends, socialize and enjoy time for yourself…you deserve it! Topic: “Parenting Resources” Cost: $6. . 9 AM - 10 AM. Perinton Community Center, 1350 Turk HIll Road, Rochester 14450. www.perinton. org/Departments/parks/hikingctha/ R

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This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jawdropping transformations and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists! Get your tickets now. Auditorium Theatre, 885 East Main St., Rochester 14605, 222-5000 or 800-745-3000, www.rbtl.org

13 * Saturday Creative Family Storybook Workshop Free. Held the second Saturday of every month for our Creative Family Storybook Workshop series! Little ones and their families will love participating in hands on creative arts activities. 383-1999. 10 - 11 AM. Spectrum Creative Arts, 3300 Monroe

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Doug and Gary’s 25th Anniversary Reunion Concert Join award-winning hometown kid-rockers Doug & Gary, the Happy Pirates, as they reunite for one day only to celebrate 25 years of performing! Doug & Gary are sure to get your entire family sing-

14 * Sunday Crescent Trail Hike Guided Hike organized and hosted by the Crescent Trail Association. Adults, teenagers, and children supervised by an adult are welcome to participate. 234-1621. 1 PM - 3 PM. Crescent Trail, E. Jefferson Road, Fairport 14450. www.perinton.org/ Departments/parks/hikingctha/

The Fresh Beat Band The show will feature Kiki, Marina, Twist and Shout performing the band’s greatest hits including “Bananas,” “Here We Go” and a remixed version of “Great Day,” plus new songs including the pop classic, “Walk Like An Egyptian.” 222-5000 or 800-7453000. Auditorium Theatre, 885 E. Main St., Rochester 14605. www.rbtl.org R

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Second Sunday Family Tour Our youngest friends and their families are invited to enjoy a story and a short tour. Included in Gallery admission. 276-8900. 2 PM. Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave., Rochester 14607. www.mag.rochester.edu R

19 * Friday Animal Tales - Drop-In Storytime Snuggle up on a fluffy pillow and enjoy an animal-themed story or two and a humane education component. Great way to introduce the wonder of animals to the little ones of the family. Held every Friday in the Learning Center. 223-1330.

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Ceilidh Connection Enjoy this unique concert by Ceilidh Connection, an ensemble of Scottish small pipes playing tunes and dances from the Lowlands and Highlands of Scotland. Please register. 3597092. Henrietta Public Library R

No-Cook Iron-Chef: Vegetable Edition For ages 9 - 18 who love food! Participants will be assigned to teams and then the friendly competition will begin. The finished vegetable creations will be taste tested by a panel of judges. Registration is required and prizes will be awarded. 247-644 Gates Public Library R

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10 * Monday Discovering George Eastman – a Kodak Moment Discover George Eastman as Steve Piper combines the history of photography with the life of the man known as “the father of popular photography and inventor of motion-picture film”. Please register. 359-7092. Henrietta Public Library R

Game Day No school today? Enjoy an afternoon of fun and games at the library! No registration is required. 889-2200. Chili Public Library R

Pajama Story Time Enjoy stories, songs, activities and a craft. This is a family program for all ages and pajama wear is optional! 247-6446. Gates Public Library R

Tween Tech Lab - Makey-Makey Play pac-man on your computer using a banana, turn your friends into a drum machine, write an email using candy! The possibilities are endless. For ages 8-12. Please register. 359-7092. Henrietta Public Library R

07 * Friday First Friday Films Enjoy a short film and popcorn on the first Friday of each month! All ages, no registration. 247-6446. Gates Public Library R

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Spy Training Academy Learn how to decipher codes, navigate a laser obstacle, and master the art of disguise. Please register to ensure your spot in our Spy Training Academy. This program is designed for ages 7-12. 359-7092. Henrietta Public Library R

13 * Thursday Batman’s Birthday Bash Batman is turning 75 and we’re going to celebrate! Join us for Batman themed food, activities, and giveaways! Registration Required. 336-6062. Irondequoit Public Library-Evans Branch R

Legos Club Hear a story, then build with our Legos! For ages 5 - 12, and registration is required. 2476446. Gates Public Library R

Preschool Science-time Enjoy a science themed storytime and handson activities. Designed for ages 3-6. Please register. 359-7092. Henrietta Public Library R

Scrap Art with Mary Jane Wenner Exercise your imagination and make your own scrap art project. All supplies will be provided. Registration required. 585-889-2200. Chili Public Library R

The Geriactors Wisdom from a Park Bench So much can happen on a park bench, and so much can be observed! Enjoy a collection of scenes and songs that cover everything from pigeons to the meaning

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15 * Saturday Emmie The Reading Dog Storytime Emmie, an adorable Shetland sheepdog, loves to hear stories! Bring your own book or pick one from the library. No registration required. 336-6062. Irondequoit Public Library-Evans Branch R

Family Science Day at The Arnett Branch Library Kids and their grownups can meet with scientists and get hands on scientific experiences in a fun informal setting. 4288214. Arnett Branch Library

Tail Waggin’ Tutors Animals are ideal reading companions because they create a relaxed and comfortable environment. The Tail Waggin’ Tutors program allows kids to practice reading to calm, well-trained dogs. 428-8150. Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County

20 * Thursday Drop In Family Craft The library will provide everything you need to be creative as a family. Come and enjoy some family crafting time! No registration. 247-6446. Gates Public Library R

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17 * Monday PJ Storytime This program will include stories, songs, fingerplays, and puppets. Kids are welcome to come in their PJ’s and bring a stuffed animal! For all ages. 359-7092. Henrietta Public Library R

18 * Tuesday Children’s Book Club If you like reading, talking about books and having fun this is the place to be! We will play games and make crafts based on last month’s book ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. This program is designed for readers ages 8-12. Please register. 3597092. Henrietta Public Library R

Clove Orange Craft For ages 8 to 13, with all materials provided. Registration is required. Stop in to sign up or call or go online. 2476446. Gates Public Library R

Lego Club Have fun building with Lego at the library! We will provide the bricks and challenge participants to be as creative as possible! For ages 7-12. Please register. 3597092. Henrietta Public Library R

19 * Wednesday American Girl Club Kids ages 7-12 are invited to join in celebrating all things American Girl! Read an excerpt from a book, make a craft, and learn! Please register. 3597092. Henrietta Public Library R

Tail Waggin’ Tutors Book-loving dogs are coming to the library to listen to children read stories. Reading to calm, trained dogs who love to listen is a great way for children to build confidence reading out loud. 428-8214. Arnett Branch Library

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Homeschool Hour Hang out with other homeschoolers in the community room. Play games, make crafts, and have fun! 359-7092. Henrietta Public Library R

22 * Saturday Science Saturdays- Insects Don’t be surprised if you see a tarantula, giant hissing cockroach, or a millipede. Learn about their region, habitat, diet, and more. For ages 10-18. Please register. 359-7092. Henrietta Public Library R

24 * Monday Teen News Tonight (TNT) Sparks will fly when teens share great ideas. This program counts toward community service hours. TNT is held the 4th Monday of each month. Please register. 359-7092. Henrietta Public Library R

25 * Tuesday Journal Making Deb Coller will teach you how to make a journal where you can jot down all sorts of things, from dreams and recipes to doodles and wishes. Materials to create your own unique masterpiece will all be provided. Registration is required. 247-6446. Gates Public Library R

Thanksgiving Floral Arranging Create a beautiful Thanksgiving Centerpiece with Jackie Enright from Enright Florist! $15 supply fee. Please register. 359-7092. Henrietta Public Library R

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04 * Thursday Gingerbread House Creations TOPS cooking school will be supplying all that is needed to create a one-of-a-kind gingerbread house. Registration is required-2 sessions 6pm or 7:30pm. 247-6446. Gates Public Library

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16 * Tuesday Sequin Ball: Tween Craft For ages 8 - 13, all materials are provided. Registration is required. 247-6446. Gates Public Library R

17 * Wednesday Holiday Craft Fair For ages 8 to 18. Create up to 6 different holiday/ winter themed crafts during this 2 hour program. Great last minute gifts for the holidays! Registration is required, and all materials are provided. 247-6446. Gates Public Library R

Lego Lab If you love Legos then this is the place for you! Each month kids will be challenged to build a specific type of structure and then display their work for all to see.This program is best for children five and older. 428-8150. Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County R

18 * Thursday Drop In Family Craft The library will provide everything you need to be creative as a family. Come and enjoy some family crafting time! No registration required. 247-6446. Gates Public Library R

09 * Tuesday Junior Friends Library volunteers ages 9 - 16 who meet year-round and help the library with book sales, programs, and decoration, among other fun things. We also get involved with community service activities. Meetings are the second Tuesday of each month. 247-6446. Gates Public Library

29 * Monday Candy Sushi For ages 9 to 18; put a different spin on “sushi”, make some sushi candy! We will also be making origami boxes to hold our sushi creations. Registration is required and all materials are provided. 247-6446. Gates Public Library

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11 * Thursday Legos Club Hear a story, then build with our Legos! For ages 5 -12 and registration is required. 247-6446. Gates Public Library R

12 * Friday Preschool Dance Party Dance up a storm at our fun Friday party! For ages 1 - 5 with a caregiver. 2476446. Gates Public Library R

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20 * Saturday Lego Castle Adventure SchoolBreak Week Begins Get creative and construct your own paper brick to take home. Try your hand strategy games that have challenged people for centuries including Red Dragon, Nine Men’s Morris, puzzles, and an oversized game of chess. 263-2700. 10 AM - 5 PM. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607. www.museumofplay.org R

Reindeer Run Sprint over to The Strong and get into the action at the third annual Reindeer Run, a unique, family-friendly foot race. The all-ages run is downtown Rochester’s only winter 5K event and includes a half-mile kids’ race. Fees apply. 263-2700. 8 AM. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607. www.museumofplay.org R

24 * Wednesday Free Youth Admission Days at the Zoo On select days in October, November and December, enjoy one free youth admission with the purchase of one adult admission. Perfect for non-members, parent meet-up groups, and Zoo members with out-of-town guests, too. 336-7212. 10 AM. Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St Paul Street, Rochester 14621. www.senecaparkzoo.org R

26 * Friday Animal Tales - Drop-In Storytime Snuggle up on a fluffy pillow and enjoy an animal-themed story or two and a humane education component. Great way to introduce the wonder of animals to the little ones of the family. Held every Friday in the Learning Center. 233-1330. 11 AM - 12 PM. Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Rd., Rochester 14450. www.lollypop.org R

27 * Saturday RMSC Holiday Science & Technology Days Join local scientists and local organizations to explore hands-on activities. Meet live animals, learn how to help protect the environment and try your hand at experiments in engineering, chemistry and more! 271-4320. 12 PM - 4 PM. Rochester Museum & Science Center, 657 East Ave., Rochester 14607. www.rmsc.org R

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30 * Tuesday RMSC Holiday Science & Technology Days Join local scientists and local organizations to explore hands-on activities. Meet live animals, learn how to help protect the environment and try your hand at experiments in engineering, chemistry and more! 271-4320. 12 PM - 4 PM. Rochester Museum & Science Center, 657 East Ave., Rochester 14607. www.rmsc.org R

31 * Wednesday Exhibit Ends - Passenger Pigeons at RMSC This is your last chance to see the Passenger Pigeon exhibit. Don’t miss out. 271-4320. 8 AM 5 PM. Rochester Museum & Science Center, 657 East Ave., Rochester 14607. www.rmsc.org R

Free youth admission days at the Zoo Enjoy one free youth admission with the purchase of one adult admission. Perfect for non-members, parent meet-up groups, and Zoo members with out-of-town guests, too. 336-7212. 10 AM. Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St Paul Street, Rochester 14621. www.senecaparkzoo.org

CITY OF ROCHESTER NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31: 7 - 10 PM Three events: indoor bounce houses and DJ at the Convention Center, outdoor ice skating at Martin Luther King Jr Park, and then fireworks downtown at 10pm. Families can do all three events or pick what they’d like. Riverside Convention Center, 123 East Nain St., Rochester 14604, www.cityofrochester.gov/NYE/

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January 02 * Friday Animal Tales - Drop-In Storytime Snuggle up on a fluffy pillow and enjoy an animal-themed story or two and a humane education component. Great way to introduce the wonder of animals to the little ones of the family. Held every Friday in the Learning Center. 233-1330. 11 AM - 12 PM. Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Rd., Rochester 14450. www.lollypop.org R

10 * Saturday TYKEs Presents - Solo Circus This show is best enjoyed by boys and girls ages three and up. SOLO CIRCUS is a fast-paced, variety show for all ages featuring amazing magic, juggling, circus/sideshow

11 * Sunday TYKEs Presents - Solo Circus This show is best enjoyed by boys and girls ages three and up. SOLO CIRCUS is a fast-paced, variety show for all ages featuring amazing magic, juggling, circus/ sideshow stunts and audience interaction. 2 PM and 4:30pm (ASL interpreted) 461-2000 JCC Hart Theatre, 1200 Edgewood Avenue, Rochester 14618. www. tykestheatre.org/ R

12 * Monday Dating After Divorce How do you know when you are ready to date? How do you talk to your children about your social life? Learn at this helpful workshop as you navigate this new journey. Member: $15 non JCC member: $18 includes lunch. 461-2000 ext 232. 12 PM. Jewish Community

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Painting with a Purpose at Painting With A Twist By popular demand, the Junior League is excited to announce its first social painting night! Try your hand at the sip-and-painting craze while supporting the JLR, which will receive 50% of the profits from this event. 278-3565. 7 PM - 9 PM. Painting with a Twist, 1276 Fairport Rd, Fairport 14450. www. jlroch.org R

13 * Tuesday RBTL Presents PIPPIN PIPPIN is Broadway’s high-flying, death-defying hit musical! Full of extraordinary acrobatics, wondrous magical feats and soaring songs from the composer of Wicked, PIPPIN will lift you up and leave you smiling. 222-5000. 7 PM. Rochester Broadway Theatre, 885 East Main Street, Rochester 14605. www.rbtl.org R


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holiday events 11 * Tuesday Get Ready for The Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol Storytelling, dance, and theater presented in conjunction with upcoming performances of The Nutcracker, featuring members of the Rochester City Ballet and A Christmas Carol, featuring actors from Geva Theatre Center. Included with admission. 10 AM 4 PM. 263-2700. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607. www.museumofplay.org

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Lunch with Santa at the Carrousel See Santa at the Carrousel! Come join him for lunch and tell him all of your Christmas wishes. $10 per person. Activities, including games, crafts, snacks, carrousel rides and a special music performance. 11 AM - Noon. 716-693-1885. Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda 14120. www.carrouselmuseum.org R

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CITY OF ROCHESTER LIBERTY POLE LIGHTING AND HOLIDAY KICKOFF SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6: 4:30-8:30PM Listen to music from PrimeTime Brass and help the Mayor and Santa Claus, his friends, and other costumed characters light the Liberty Pole. Then, join in a festive and fun family parade. Fireworks, free ice skating, and free arts and crafts. Starts at Sibley Tower, 25 Franklin St., Rochester 14604, www.cityofrochester.gov/libertypolelighting/

07 * Friday Sweet Creations Opening Day This presentation of dozens of cleverly designed and decorated gingerbread creations will be on view throughout the museum. The show continues through December 17. 10 AM - 5 PM 271-3361. George Eastman House, 900 East Ave., Rochester 14607. www.eastmanhouse.org

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Christkindl Market Dinner & Dance Buffet dinner, dance the night away with the Skycoasters from 7-10pm. $35 per person. 5 PM. 394-1472. Granger Homestead & Carriage Museum, 295 N. Main St., Canandaigua 14424. www.grangerhomestead.org R

Granger Homstead Festival of Trees Opening Day With over one-hundred items displayed each year, the Granger Homestead is a holiday wonderland. Visitors from all over the region will come to the Festival of Trees. Adults $5, seniors and members $4, K-12 $1, under 5 no charge. 1 - 7 PM. 394-1472. Granger Homestead & Carriage Museum, 295 N. Main St., Canandaigua 14424. www.grangerhomestead.org R

22 * Saturday Preparing for the Holidays Activities will include tastings; soap making; sausage stuffing; smoking meats and other meat preserving; candle making; wool spinning; gift making and more! 10 AM - 4 PM. 538-6822. Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Rd., Mumford 14511. www.gcv.org R

29 * Saturday Breakfast with St. Nick The Meeting Center will be decorated for the season and serving a kid-delicious breakfast in addition to the encounter with the 19th-century style Jolly Old Elf. Each child will receive a 19th-century treat from Santa. 1 PM. 294-8218. Genesee Country

December 02 * Tuesday Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells All of the students in Room One are happily creating the perfect holiday party. Except how is Junie B. supposed to enjoy anything when she has drawn the name of her arch nemesis, Tattletale May, for her Secret Santa Gift! 10 am, 2pm & 7pm shows. 315-781-5483. Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca Street, Geneva 14456. www.thesmith.org R

Pittsford Candlelight Night Holiday celebration in the Village of Pittsford featuring live music, carolers, horse-drawn wagon rides, visits with Santa and the lighting of village Christmas trees. Many merchants offer holiday treats and special sale items as well. 4 - 9 PM. Downtown Pittsford, Main Street, Pittsford 14534. www.townofpittsford.org R

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04 * Thursday Park Ave Holiday Open House Outdoor festivities throughout the evening from Alexander Street to Culver Road include performances of holiday music, horse-drawn wagon rides, hot roasted chestnuts, holiday characters with candy cane treats, and so much more. 5 - 9 PM. www.park-avenue.org R

05 * Friday Festival of Lights in Clifton Springs Victorian-era downtown is transformed into a winter wonderland! Free horse-drawn wagon rides, refreshments, live entertainment, shopping and dining specials, kids activities, tours of the historic Tiffany Chapel, street vendors, and visits with Santa 5 8 PM. Downtown Clifton Springs, Village of Clifton Springs 14432. www.cliftonspringschamber.com/ R

Living Nativity: A Night in Bethlehem An outdoor walk through 5 dramatized scenes of the very first Christmas. Runs continuously throughout the evening. Warm up inside with crafts, games & refreshments. Free, family friendly fun for all ages. 6 - 8 PM. 872-2660. Crossroads Community Church, 1188 Jackson Road, Webster 14580. www.crossroads-community-church.org/ R

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07 * Sunday Holly Trolley Visit to Santa’s North Pole “Holly Trolley Visit to Santa’s North Pole” departs from the New York Museum of Transportation at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. (tickets will be sold on line) 533-1113. New York Museum of Transportation, 6393 East River Rd, Rush 14586. www.nymtmuseum.org R

08 * Monday Holistic Moms Network Meeting Relax, Rejuvenate and Share Some Holiday Treats! It’s a Yoga/ Meditation Fusion Night with Catina Richardsen! Bring your favorite holiday treat to share and take a much-needed time-out. 6 8 PM. Christ Episcopal Church, 36 South Main Street, Pittsford 14534. www.hmnrochester.homewebs.com/ R

10 * Wednesday A Cup of Good Cheer The annual celebration of the season! Featuring Madrigalia with Cary Ratcliff, Music Director. Noon. 454-4403. Hochstein School of Music & Dance in Rochester, 50 N. Plymouth Ave., Rochester 14614. R

06 * Saturday City of Rochester Liberty Pole Lighting and Holiday Kickoff Listen to music from Prime Time Brass and help the Mayor and Santa Claus, his friends, and other costumed characters light the Liberty Pole. Then, join in a festive and fun family parade. Fireworks, free ice skating, and free arts and crafts. 4 - 8 PM. Sibley Tower Building, 25 Franklin St., Rochester 14604. www.cityofrochester.gov/ libertypolelighting/ R

Create a Critter Make great gifts or ornaments using nuts, seeds, twigs, bark, etc. A great activity for families. $5/adult and one child ($3/additional child) Pre-registration required. 10 AM -

13 * Saturday Holiday Concert of Young Singers Hochstein Singers, Youth Singers and Little Singers. 3 - 4 PM. 454-4403. Hochstein School of Music & Dance in Rochester, 50 N. Plymouth Ave., Rochester 14614. R

RPO Presents Handel’s Messiah Be moved by Handel’s ever-glorious and timeless classic, featuring the powerful “Hallelujah” chorus. The Rochester Oratorio Society and RPO join forces to fill Kodak Hall with beautiful refrains this holiday season. 7 PM. 454-2100. Kodak Center for Performing Arts, 200 West Ridge Rd., Rochester 14615. www.rpo.org

Sensory Friendly Polar Express Pajama Party This day’s party is reserved for people with sensory processing challenges. During the Party, the IMAX sound system is turned down, the doors are left open for visitors who need to take a break from the stimulation. 5 - 9 PM. 315-425-9068. MOST - Museum of Science and Technology, 500 S. Franklin Street, Syracuse 13202. www.most.org

30 * Tuesday Kwanzaa Family Day These events for all ages feature handson art activities, music and dance demonstrations, storytelling, and a variety of cultural displays. Suggested donation $5 per family. Noon - 5 PM. 276-8900. Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave., Rochester 14607. www.mag.rochester.edu R

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Sonnenberg Gardens Christmas Gala Ball The Great Hall and Drawing Room will be cleared for dancing and music for the cocktail hour. Heavy hors d’oueuvres and light desserts available plus a cash wine bar. Black tie or better attire. Call for pricing. 4 - 9 PM. 394-4922. Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, 151 Charlotte St., Canandaigua 14424. www.sonnenberg.org R

15 * Monday Great Russian Nutcracker Experience Tchaikovsky’s master score this Christmas with the magic of larger than-life-puppets, a growing Christmas Tree and super-sized Matrushka dolls! 7 PM. 222-5000. Auditorium Theatre, 885 E. Main St., Rochester 14605. www.rbtl.org

17 * Wednesday Mannheim Steamroller Christmas The spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller music. Join in the 30th Anniversary celebration of Mannheim Steamroller Christmas. Experience the Magic! 7 PM. 222-5000. Auditorium Theatre, 885 E. Main St., Rochester 14605. www.rbtl.org

RMSC Kwanzaa: Celebration Kwanzaa: Celebration of Family, Community and Culture. Location: Bausch Auditorium. Included with admission. 2 - 5 PM. 271-4320. Rochester Museum & Science Center, 657 East Ave., Rochester 14607. www.rmsc.org R

31 * Wednesday Bristol Mountain New Year’s Eve Celebration Celebrate with fireworks, a torchlight parade, and live music. There are family activities and arts and crafts in the Rocket Lodge. A great way for the whole family to ring in the New Year. Noon. 374-6000. Bristol Mountain, 5662 Route 64, Canandaigua 14424. www.bristolmt.com R

City of Rochester New Year’s Eve Celebration 3 events: indoor bounce houses and DJ at the Convention Center, outdoor ice skating at Martin Luther King Jr Park, Start at 7 PM and then fireworks downtown at 10 PM. Families can do all three events or pick what they’d like. . Riverside Convention Center, 123 East Main Street, Rochester 14604. www.cityofrochester.gov/NYE/

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RMSC HOLIDAY BAZAAR FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21-SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23 The Annual Holiday Bazaar showcases more than 200 artists and features various creative items including jewelry, glass, woodwork, clothing, ceramics, and holiday gifts. The bazaar also features food for purchase and a used book sale. Rochester Museum & Science Center, 657 East Ave., Rochester 14607, 697-1942, www.rmsc.org

Sweet Creations Nov 7 - Dec 17. This presentation of dozens of cleverly designed and decorated gingerbread creations will be on view throughout the museum. The show continues through December 17. 271-3361. George Eastman House, 900 East Ave., Rochester 14607. www. eastmanhouse.org Granger Homestead Christkindl Market Nov 14 16. A series of three decorated, heated tents and brings together over 130 regional artisans and unique food vendors. $6, single day ticket or $10 for a multi-day pass. Children 12 and under, no charge. Back again is our Elf School, taught by local elves 394-1472. Granger Homestead

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RMSC Holiday Laser Show Nov 21 - 23. This year’s family holiday spectacular is 100 percent music, bringing favorite holiday songs back-to-back without a break, choreographed with dancing laser light among the stars of the Planetarium sky. 697-1942. Strasenburgh Planetarium, 657 East Ave., Rochester 14607. www.rmsc. org/StrasenburghPlanetarium/ Schedule/ Annual Holiday Bazaar Arts and Crafts Sale Nov 21 - 23. Sale featuring ceramics, jewelry, glass, woodwork, photography,

Polar Express at Medina Railroad Nov 22 - 23. All First Class passengers receive their own Polar Express ceramic souvenir cocoa mug and whipped cream topping on their cocoa! The ride is one hour long. Rides continue at 3:45pm, 5pm & 6:15pm. 798-6106. Medina Railroad Museum, 530 West Ave., Medina 14103. www.railroadmuseum.net R

Geva Presents-A Christmas Carol Nov 26 - Dec 27. On Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by a series of ghosts who remind him who he was and what he might yet become. He learns the true meaning of the season and that it’s never too late to make a new start. 232-4382. GEVA Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd., Rochester 14607. www.gevatheatre.org R R

RPO Presents The Nutcracker Nov 28 - 30. Start off your holiday season with the magical toy soldiers, sparkling snowflakes, and mischievous mice of The Nutcracker. Delight to Rochester’s only full-length, live-music performance that is sure to dazzle and warm your heart. 454-21 Kodak Center for Performing Arts, 200 West Ridge Rd., Rochester 14615. www.rpo.org R R R

Polar Express Pajama Party Nov 29 -, Dec 6. Enjoy a holiday tradition with the MOST’s Polar Express Pajama Party. For the ninth consecutive holiday season, the MOST is bringing back “The Polar Express” on the six-story IMAX® domed theater. 315-425-9068. MOST - Museum of Science and Technology, 500 S. Franklin Street,

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Holidays at the Market Nov 30 - Dec 14. Take advantage of the largest selection of holiday trees, wreaths and fresh garlands found in Western New York.Bring the children to Holidays at the Market for a visit with Santa and free horse-drawn sleigh rides! 428-6907. Rochester Public Market, 280 N. Union St., Rochester 14605. www.cityofrochester.gov R

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Yuletide in the Country Dec 5 - 6 Journey back through time on a guided tour of the historic village to meet characters from the past as they celebrate Christmas. Using the historic village as its canvas, tour guides will lead guests through the snow-covered streets in the year 1849. Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford 14511. www.gcv. org R

Eddie the Elk and the Twelve Days of Christmas Dec 6 - 7. Enjoy this fun holiday favorite performed by the amazing RMSC Players! Rochester Museum & Science Center, Bausch Auditorium. 271-4320. www.rmsc.org R

Evergreen Express Visit to Santa’s North Pole Dec 6 & 20. “Evergreen Express Visit to Santa’s North Pole” departs from the Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum depot. (tickets sold on line) 533-1113. New York Museum of Transportation, 6393 East River Rd, Rush 14586. www.nymtmuseum.org R

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RMSC Carol with the Coils Dec 6 - 27. Enjoy some fun holiday sing-alongs with our “singing” Tesla coils and a special performance of “Carol of the Coils.” Location: Electricity Theater 271-4320. Rochester Museum & Science Center, 657 East Ave., Rochester 14607. www.rmsc.org R

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Breakfast with Santa at the Zoo Dec 13, 14, 20, 21: This year enjoy breakfast with family and friends while watching the sea lions and polar bears. Each child will have a chance to sit with Santa, share their wish list and take home a goodie bag. Buy your tickets early. Seatings at: 8:30, 10, 11:30am. Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St Paul Street, Rochester 14621. www.senecaparkzoo.org R

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Holly Trolley Rides Dec 13 - 14. - “Holly Trolley Rides” at the New York Museum of Transportation, open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with trolley rides departing throughout the day every 30 minutes beginning at 11:30. (no reservations required) 533-1113. New York Museum of

RPO Presents The Gala Holiday Pops Dec 19 - 21. It’s Rochester’s most popular holiday musical tradition—Gala Holiday Pops! Celebrate the joy of the season as the RPO and beloved Festival High School Chorale perform your favorite carols. 454-2100. Kodak Center for Performing Arts, 200 West Ridge Rd., Rochester 14615. www.rpo.org R

The Nutcracker Dec 20 - 21. The performance will also feature several family-friendly activities preand post-performance including a

“Sugar Plum Party” hosted by the Sugar Plum Fairy herself, feats of amazement from Magician Brian, and a Christmas carol sing-a-long. 389-2170. Nazareth College Arts Center, 4245 East Ave., Rochester 14618. www.boxoffice.naz.edu RMSC The Night Before Christmas Dec 21 Not the typical “silent night” in this fun approach to a traditional tale. Location: Bausch Auditorium. Next show at 3pm. 271-4320. Rochester Museum & Science Center, 657 East Ave., Rochester 14607. www.rmsc.org

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oh,Christmas Tree FIVE AREA PLACES FOR CHOPPING THE ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS TREE

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utting your own Christmas tree can make a great family outing and the beginning of a wonderful holiday tradition. Not only do you get the thrill of finding the exact tree you want but you know it’s going to be very fresh. Many tree farms offer wagon or sleigh rides and refreshments to add to the festivities. What a great way to start your holiday season! Before you drive to the tree farm you might want to do some research on the kind of tree you will want. There are many varieties and each has its own special look. Also choose where the tree will be placed in your home and measure the area. Take a tape measure with you to make sure the tree you select will fit in your home. You’ll want to measure the trunk, too, to make sure it will fit in your tree stand. Bring gloves (to protect your hands from sap and spiky needles) and a sharp handsaw. Many farms wrap the trees and supply cords, but just in case you might want to bring your own straps to secure your tree to your car. Make sure you and your kids are dressed for the weather pack a thermos of hot chocolate, throw on some holiday car tunes and start your tree cutting adventure.

Aman’s Nursery

750 Alderman Road, Palmyra, NY 14522 315-945-5559 http://christmastreesny.org/custom/ amans Friday-Sunday, Beginning November 23rd, 9am until dark. All of Aman's Christmas trees are trimmed yearly, and they provide baling at no extra charge. Also pick up your wreath or potted trees, cones, boughs and more!

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Darling's Tree Farm

2051 County Rd 23, Clifton Springs, NY 14432 315-548-3419 www.darlingtreefarm.com Friday-Sunday, 9am-4pm If you would like to take advantage of the temperate fall weather or get a jump start on the holidays, there are tree tags available for your use. You can use their sleds to bring your tree up for shaking, baling and loading into your vehicle.

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Franke's Nursery and Tree Farm

3700 Boss Road Extension, Marion NY 14505 315-926-5907 www.frankesnursery.com 9am-5pm Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday beginning November 29th Franke's provides the hand-saws, and their staff will bale the tree of your choice. They will also drill a stand-hole in the trunk to fit our specially designed "better balance" stands. Varieties include Fraser Fir, Balsam Fir, Concolor Fir, Turkish Fir, White Pine and Colorado Spruce growing in the adjacent fields. They also offer some pre-cut trees available including Douglas Fir.

Victor Christmas Tree Farm

Wilbert's Christmas Tree Farm

The Victor Christmas Tree Farm is a small family operated tree farm that specializes in fresh cut and cut your own locally grown Christmas trees.

Wilbert's Tree Farm is a family owned and operated tree farm. Their Nativity Scene has been displayed for nearly 30 years and is considered a statewide attraction. See Santa's sleigh and flying reindeer and take your picture by the Giant Candy Cane. They offer complimentary stand installation as well. There is a life sized Nativity Scene featuring sheep, goats and a donkey. Animal food is available to feed the animals.

1619 Murray Rd. Victor, NY 14564 924-2079 www.victorchristmastreefarm.com

1321 Salt Rd, Webster, NY 14580, 872-1287 www.wilbertstreefarm.com Open 8am-8pm after Thanksgiving


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