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inside Vol.22 Number 7

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Striving for STEM

the importance of teaching kids science, technology, engineering and math

in this issue 6 | what's online 8 | editor's note  uzzworthY 10 | b  our family / holidays 21 | Y 11 Creative, Non-Toy Gifts for Kids 26 | Y  our family / ACTIVITIES Celebrating Trains and Model Railroads 28| Book Nook Festival Favorities 30 | HEALTH Helping Children Sleep Well During the Holidays 32 | EDUCATION Homework Headquarters – 6 Study Stations that Spell School Year Success 40 | C  alendar of Events + November Events + December Events + Parents' Night Out + Holiday Events 62 | five places Cut Your Own Christmas Tree

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education guide

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] Alyssa Chirco writes about parenting and family life for publications across the country. Despite

more features

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Eating Healthy During the Holidays (And All Year Long)

on the cover 328 Things to Do in November 7 December Visiting Seneca Falls Eating Healthy During the Holiday (And All Year Long) Non-Toy Gifts for Kids Tips for Sleeping Well During the Holidays Study Stations for School Success Striving for STEM Where to Cut Your Own Christmas Tree

her best efforts, her children still prefer to do their homework at the kitchen table every evening. [Page 21 & 32] John Boccacino is a Rochester native and contributing writer to

Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent Magazine. [Page 23] Deena Viviani is a Rochester-based Young Adult Services Librarian who writes reviews for VOYA and the RACWI

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Newsletter. [Page 28] kathi nevin Kathi Nevin is a freelance writer who has raised three children in the Finger Lakes region. [Page 26]

Malia Jacobson is an award-winning health and parenting journalist and mom of three. [Page 30]

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november + december what you can find at www.RocParent.com

The Holidays are here! Our website is chockfull of awesome ideas to celebrate the season. From preparing for the holidays, connecting with family and friends, getting out at the first sight of snow and more there are no boring days in sight!

Do You Have your Weekend Planned? For busy parents who are looking for the best of what's happening each weekend, we have a brand new calendar section, Weekend Plans - 5 Reasons to Leave the House This Weekend, where you will find 5 hand-selected upcoming events your family is sure to enjoy. We hope this makes your weekends a little more fun and less hectic.

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Holiday Cooking

From recipe ideas for Thanksgiving dinner, to special and easy treats for the holidays, to hosting the perfect party, our Family Kitchen and Holiday Activity sections will help to fill the house with sweet smells of gingerbread and more.

GET OUTDOORS! The days may be shorter and colder, but that is no reason to feel you have to hiberate indoors for the next 5 months. From hiking, sleding, skiing and checking out all the holiday activities, we have the round-ups to prove there is plenty to do. So bundle up and enjoy!

Searching for Santa

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


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editor's note

By Jillian Melnyk

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he holiday season is here! For some, you have looked forward to this season all year long, for others, the holidays can conjure up dread – hectic households packed with people, kids clambering for new toys, events you can't miss. Relax! Seriously, give yourself a break this holiday season. Sure, there is a ton to see and do, but it's important to slow down and actually enjoy what you're participating in.

what’s on your mind?  Email our Publisher, Barbara: mail@GVParent.com Email our Editor, Jillian: editor@GVParent.com

Holiday gift giving (which should be a pleasant experience) can also quickly turn into a high-stress and high-pressure situation. Don't let it. Instead of stressing that you're not going to get your kid the new "hot" toy, simplify and try some of the great non-toy suggestions in our article on page 21. Because in the end, it isn't about how many toys are under the tree, but the fun you have and the memories you create as a family. Happiest of Holidays!

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buzzworthy in town

A Parent's Night Out can help Support the Seneca Park Zoo Society! One Cubic Foot, the Seneca Park Zoo Society initiative to assess the biodiversity and health of the Genesee River, came to life this summer as photographer David Liittschwager and his team documented and identified every species that moved in

and out of a one-cubic-foot frame set into the river. This fall, a program of My Genesee Events will explore the results of this initiative through public lectures, social events and other activities. Now through December 31, a portion of the proceeds

from the Genesee Brew House’s Pilot Brewer Tasting Bar will benefit the Seneca Park Zoo Society’s One Cubic Foot initiative. Flights cost $2 and the Tasting Bar is open Monday through Saturday 11 am to 8 pm and Sunday noon to 8 pm.

Sustainable Play Kitchen at the Niagara Aquarium This new exhibit, donated by the Grace Episcopal Church in Lockport, features a kitchen play set that teaches children how to make smart, ecological and sustainable food choices. Using everyday items as models, children learn that virtually everything in their world can be recycled or have a second life. Toys can be given to others instead of thrown away or even repurposed into other useful items. The play kitchen itself shows that even when buying food in the market, there are smart choices to be made regarding sustainability

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and packaging as well as how the scraps and leftovers can be used either for garbage, compost or recycling. Teaching children to make thoughtful choices at home will resonate throughout the world. The lesson here - for adults, as well as children - is that what you do in your neighborhood really does affect the animals and people beyond your own corner and the world! Aquarium of Niagara, 701 Whirlpool Street, Niagara Falls 14301, 716-285-3575 www.aquariumofniagara.org


Boy Scout Project Restores Boating Museum Doors

Thanks to Eagle Scout candidate Gabriel Barone, the iconic doors of the Finger Lakes Boating Museum are undergoing restoration. The massive doors of the old Taylor Wine building are a well-known fixture on Pleasant Valley Road in Hammondsport, but weather and time have taken a toll. Under the supervision of his Scout Master, Tom Mitchell, and with technical help from professional restoration expert Jeff Ingersoll, Gabriel took the restoration on as his Eagle Scout project. When asked why he chose this particular project he said, “I decided to do a project for the Boating Museum because it is fairly new and there is so much to do. I chose the doors because they are the face of the building. People use them as a backdrop for photographs on special occasions. Restoring them will benefit both the Museum and the community.” According to Scout Master Mitchell, only 1 out of about 204 Scouts advance to the rank of Eagle Scout. To advance to Eagle rank, a Scout must demonstrate organizational and leadership skills by planning and executing a community project, that has been presented to and approved by a special Board of Scout leaders.

Find more online For even more Buzzworthy and Local News, be sure to check the Community section on our website for the lastest news and information for your family.

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// feature story //

words susan henninger / photography henry law

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ho doesn’t love a holiday movie, especially one that’s chock full of life lessons and memorable characters? For 69 years, Frank Capra’s, It’s a Wonderful Life (1946), has been a seasonal staple for countless generations of family members. The movie, based on the short story, “The Greatest Gift,” by Phillip Van Doren Stern, tells the story of George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) who, one Christmas Eve, finds himself contemplating jumping off the Bedford Falls town bridge rather than having to face financial ruin. A guardian angel is sent down to intervene. The angel shows George how many lives he has impacted in positive ways through his actions, and how badly things would have turned out in his hometown if he had never been born. With this timely epiphany, George sees that his life really has been wonderful and he rushes home to celebrate with his wife Mary (Donna Reed) and children.

seneca falls

Fact or Fiction?

The film’s director always claimed that Bedford Falls was a compilation of many small towns. However, for years, residents and visitors alike have speculated about the undeniable similarities between the fictitious Bedford Falls and the Finger Lakes town of Seneca Falls. For example, in 1917, a distraught young woman threw herself off of the town bridge. She was rescued by young Antonio Varacalli, who jumped into the water and towed her to the safety of the canal bank, only to drown himself. Not only that, but both Seneca Falls and Bedford Mills were mill towns, both have streets lined with Victorian homes, and both have large Italian populations. Director Capra is also reputed to have visited Seneca Falls while writing the script for the movie. While there he even got a haircut from the local barber!

Get Ready for a Wonderful Winter Weekend!

Paying homage to the movie, each year the picturesque waterside town hosts an It’s a Wonderful Life celebration the second week in December. The event has been running in its current form for over a decade and

there’s a good reason for that. Chris Podzuweit, Director of the Seneca Falls Visitor Center, and secretary for the It’s a Wonderful Life Committee, says that people come from near and far to spend the weekend fully immersed in activities commemorating the classic holiday film. Locals get in on the celebratory mood as well. Shop windows are decorated in the spirit of the movie, there’s a free gingerbread house decorating area for kids, and horse and carriage rides meander through the town all three days of the festival. During the celebration, there is a multitude of special events each day. Friday’s highlights include a Christmas tree lighting ceremony, carol singing, and a huge bonfire at People’s Park on Water Street. If you’d rather be indoors, the Gould Hotel (formerly known as the Clarence Hotel) hosts a casual “Welcome Stars” reception that evening as well. If your family can only make it to one day of the festival, Saturday may be your best bet. According to Chris, there will be something for everyone to enjoy from Saturday morning until after dark. "A float-filled parade at 1:30 is always fun for families," he asserts, and the arrival of Santa on a firetruck at the tail end of it is guarcontinued >>>

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The Grand Marshall and other dignitaries ride the horse-drawn wagon in the It's a Wonderful Parade. Free horsedrawn wagon rides are offered throughout the Festival. Photo by Henry Law

Seneca Falls Postmaster Dawn Waldron stamps the special "Bedford Falls Station" holiday postmark on hundreds of envelopes during the It's a Wonderful Life Festival. Photo by Henry Law

The "Bridge" – seneca Falls . . . The Real Bedford Falls. Photo by Henry law

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VISITING

It’s A Wonderful Life Festival December 11, 12, and 13, 2015 Seneca Falls, New York For a complete schedule of events visit: www.therealbedfordfalls.com

Karolyn "Zuzu" Grimes and Carol "Janie" Coombs outside The Seneca Falls It's A Wonderful Life Museum. Photo by Henry Law

It’s A Wonderful Life Museum 32 Fall Street. Seneca Falls (315) 568-5838 www.wonderfullifemuseum.com Open Tuesday-Saturday 11am to 4pm Free admission

anteed to thrill the younger set. Following his grand entrance, Santa will be stationed at the North Pole for the remainder of the weekend for kids to share their gift lists and have their photos taken with him. Everyone loves festival food and the Taste of Bedford Falls, hosted by local restaurants and eateries, gives adults and children

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the chance to sample all sorts of delicious treats. There’s a fee for this event, held under a tent in -- where else? – “Bailey’s Park.” As the day draws to a close, there’s even an opportunity to work off your meal! The It’s a Wonderful Run 5K is one of Saturday’s highlights for people of all ages. The Run/Walk begins at dusk (4:40pm) at the historic bridge which many believe was the inspiration for the bridge scenes in the movie. The course continues past the decorated Christmas tree display, the shops of downtown Seneca Falls, and the festively-illuminated historic village homes. In Chris’s opinion, with up to 4,000 entrants, some in costume, the race is really quite spectacular. “People are cheering on the sidelines; it’s definitely something you’ll remember,” he notes. If your family is still wide awake after all this excitement, you can stop by the Community Center for the “Swing by the Moon” Saturday night dance competition.


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Chris says that one of the biggest thrills for festival attendees is meeting the Bailey sisters from the movie, Karolyn Grimes (Zuzu) and Carol Coombs (Janie), as well as Donna Reed’s real-life daughter, Mary Owen. The celebrities are often present at the movie’s screenings, held throughout the weekend at the old Mynderse Academy on North Park Street, where they enthusiastically sign autographs and talk about what it was like to be part of the movie's cast. “This film has had such an impact on so many,” Chris says. “To hear Karolyn talk about what the movie has meant to her, and to people all over the world, is incredibly touching.” You also won't want to miss the production, "Merry Christmas George Bailey!" by the Seneca Community Players. This unique show is a 1947 radio adaptation of “It’s a Wonderful Life” just as Lux Radio performed it back then, including sound effects, live music, and commercials. For those who want to know more about the radio theatre, the actors can be found strolling the streets of Seneca Falls in between performances. Fittingly, given the significance of bells in the movie, the festival concludes early Sunday evening with the ringing of the church bells. Anyone can request to have a bell rung in memory of someone important to them by filling out a form in advance on the festival's website. “It’s a fantastic way to end the weekend,” Chris adds. “You can hear the bells all over town.” If you aren’t able to attend the It’s a Wonderful Life festival this December but would like to learn more about the movie and Seneca Falls, you can visit The Seneca Falls It’s a Wonderful Life Museum, aptly housed in what was once a portion of the first movie theater in town.  Sue Henninger is a contributing writer to Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent Magazine. Contact her at www.fingerlakeswriter.com

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eating healthy during the holidays (and all year long)

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ccording to a 2010 study, children with obesity are more likely to put on a few extra pounds than children of normal weight during the holiday season. But watching what you eat – and monitoring how many cookies your kids are having – can create added stress during an already-stressful holiday season. That’s why pediatrician Steve Cook and pediatric nutrition specialist Donna Quinzi say not to go overboard worrying about your holiday diet. Instead, establish some healthy ground rules that are in place in your house all year round.

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Cook and Quinzi, of UR Medicine’s Golisano Children’s Hospital, spoke to us about ways that parents can encourage healthy eating in their children. With a solid set of household rules in place, it’s OK to say “yes” when your kid asks for that second slice of pumpkin pie.

With Thanksgiving and Christmas around the corner, do you have any tips about how families can try to have a healthier diet? Cook: Well, first of all, we’ve always had holidays and they’ve almost always included food in some way. Since they’ll always be part of our lives, I actually don’t think it’s good to be super-focused on what’s happening with your diet during these times. Holidays can be stressful,


Whole Wheat Ginger Snaps

(25 min., 60 servings)

Ingredients 1 cup butter or tub-style margarine 1 ½ cups white sugar 2 eggs, beaten 1 cup molasses 4 cups whole wheat flour 1 tablespoon baking soda 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 tablespoon ground ginger 1 ½ teaspoons ground nutmeg 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon 1 ½ teaspoons ground cloves 1 ½ teaspoons ground allspice 1 cup white sugar for decoration Directions (Prep – 10 min., Cook – 15 min., Ready in – 25 min.) 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets. 2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter or tub-style margarine and 1 ½ cups of sugar until smooth. Mix in the eggs, and then the molasses. Combine the whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and allspice. Stir the dry ingredients into the molasses mixture just until blended. 3. Roll the dough into small balls, and dip the top of each ball into the remaining white sugar. Place the cookies about two inches apart on the cookie sheets. 4. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, until the tops are cracked. Cool on wire racks.

and if you’re being hyper-vigilant about what you’re eating, that will create more stress. But a bigger reason not to place too much emphasis on holiday diet is that the eating habits you have in place the other 350 days a year are far more important in terms of maintaining a healthier weight. If your family is following habits that are already in place, those habits will carry over into the holidays without any extra effort. Quinzi: If there’s something to remember that’s holiday-specific, it’s that it’s best to just not go overboard. I mean that in terms of eating, of course, but also in menu and/or dessert preparation, because I often see people do too much. Two types of cookies might be plenty, but if you make five different kinds, well, a lot of people are going to want to try all five. Having access to all that variety can sometimes result in overeating, so instead of going over the top, just pick a couple favorites and go with those.

How does a family create healthy, year-round habits?

Cook: “Family” is the operative word there. When I talk to parents, I tell them that if you’re going to start adjusting your family’s eating habits, you have to do it for everyone – all of the kids and the parents, too. You may only have one child struggling with his weight, but don’t tell him that he can’t have potato chips while allowing your other kids to eat them. Instead, get rid of continued >>> Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent • November/December 2015

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Whole Wheat Pumpkin-Applesauce Muffins (40 min., 12 servings)

Ingredients 2 cups whole wheat flour 1 teaspoon baking powder ¼ teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice 2/3 cup brown sugar, firmly packed 1/3 cup white sugar ¼ cup canola oil ½ cup applesauce ½ cup canned pumpkin 1/3 cup buttermilk 2 eggs, slightly beaten ¼ cup golden raisins (optional) ¼ cup chopped walnuts (optional) Directions (Prep – 20 min., Cook – 15 min., Ready in – 40 min.): 1.Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease 12 muffin cups, or line the cups with paper muffin liners. 2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and pumpkin pie spice; set aside. Combine the brown sugar, white sugar, oil, applesauce, pumpkin, buttermilk, and beaten eggs and mix until well blended. Pour the pumpkin mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until combined. Fold in the raisins and walnuts, if desired. 3. Divide the batter evenly in the prepared muffin pan. Bake in the preheated oven for about 15 to 20 minutes until the tops bounce back when lightly pressed or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool the muffin pan on a wire rack for five minutes before removing the muffins from the pan.

the potato chips entirely. It’s important that you don’t restrict food or create stigmas around it, because research is showing us that children in those environments end up more likely to develop eating disorders or over-eating behaviors. That’s why removing the potato chips from the house entirely is a better route. Then you’re not restricting them because there’s nothing there to restrict, and you can still buy a bag once in a while as an occasional treat. Also, if you’re distracted while you’re eating, you’re going to mindlessly eat more – much more than you would have eaten if you had been paying attention to every bite. So I use a system of five ONLYs to make things easier. • ONLY eat in the kitchen or the dining room. This way you’re not distracted by a television or computer, which can cause you to mindlessly overconsume. Eating in front of the TV is where a lot of extra servings can creep into your diet. • ONLY eat sitting down. Don’t stand and walk around with food, because you’ll inevitably be distracted by something. • ONLY eat out of a cup or off a plate, not directly from the package. This makes it easier to measure portions and you won’t find yourself accidentally polishing off an entire sleeve of cookies. • ONLY be eating while you’re eating. Don’t be doing some-

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thing else. You can sit at a table and eat while talking to someone, but don’t flip open your tablet and start flipping through Facebook, because that’s the same as sitting in front of a television. You’re going to get distracted and overeat. • ONLY eat when you’re hungry. Ask yourself “Am I really hungry? Or does there just happen to be food here in front of me?” This can go a long way in preventing mindless eating. When you have these rules in place year-round, they are much easier to enforce during holiday time. You won’t have to worry about the family sitting down in front of the football game with a big spread of food on the coffee table, because, “Oh, we don’t eat in the living room – we only eat in the kitchen.” And people can go have their meals and snacks in there and then come back.

That makes sense, but food and eating together is still such a big part of the holiday tradition for so many families.

Cook: Trust me, I’m not out to ruin holidays for people. Everyone should be able to share a big meal – or that special holiday dessert – with their family. But if eating together is a big part of your family tradition, then go a step further and bring the family together beforehand to focus on the preparation of the food. That way, everyone is pitching in, and the joy comes from making the cookies all together, rather than just wolfing them down when grandma pulls them out of the oven. Quinzi: Yes, this is definitely the right approach. The focus should not be on the food, but rather family traditions that encourage activity. Treats should be a normal part of one’s everyday life – in moderation, of course – and not the center of the holidays. So prepare meals and desserts together, go run in a Turkey Trot as a family, walk together to find the perfect Christmas tree, go caroling, take a walk around the neighborhood to see the different lights – these are all great family-fun alternatives to focusing on food. Also, here are a few healthy recipes you can make together as a family! 

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your family holidays

By Alyssa Chirco

thinking outside the (toy) box

11 Creative, Non-Toy Gifts for Kids

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he holiday season’s hottest toys have hit the shelves and children around the world are eagerly adding these coveted items to their holiday wish lists. But how many new toys do our children actually need?

If you are tired of spending your hard-earned money on presents that get played with briefly and then tossed aside, keep in mind that toys are not the only type of gift that parents can place beneath the Christmas tree. When doing your holiday shopping this year, try thinking outside the proverbial toy box. You will discover many creative, non-toy gift ideas sure to surprise and delight children of all ages. A Membership When you invest in season passes or annual memberships, your kids get to visit the places they love all year long. Choose from favorite local destinations and activities like the Seneca Park Zoo, The Strong Museum or Rochester Museum and Science Center. An Experience Instead of buying a gift card to yet another store at the mall, why not give a gift certificate or voucher for an experience

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or activity your child would enjoy? Consider options like bowling, ice skating, horseback riding, paint your own pottery, or indoor rock climbing. Or fill a bucket with tokens from a nearby arcade and promise to visit over the holiday break from school. A Subscription Popular children’s magazines like Highlights and Cricket help build literacy skills – and they also encourage kids to read for fun. Give your child one copy for Christmas, and then watch his eyes light up each time a new issue arrives in the mail or

becomes available for download. Tickets Tickets to a sporting event like a hockey or football game make a great gift for a tiny sports fan, especially when accompanied by a team jersey. Not into sports? Encourage your kids to embrace the arts with tickets to a play, symphony or ballet. Many troupes offer short, interactive performances geared specifically toward children. A Coupon Book Why not turn the tables on those handmade coupon

Lessons or classes From weekly art instruction, dance or karate lessons to a special, parent-child cooking class, kids love the opportunity to learn new things. Wrap up an item they can use for their lessons – perhaps a new leotard for dance or a personalized apron for cooking – to place under the tree. books that kids love to give as gifts? Design a book of your own featuring coupons your children will be excited to redeem. Possible coupon ideas


Non-Toy Stocking Stuffers

Wondering how to fill those stockings? These fun (and useful) non-toy items all make excellent stocking stuffers: • Card games like Uno and Go Fish • Gift cards or certificates • Art supplies • Small craft kits • Candy and gum • Homemade treats • Packets of flavored hot chocolate • A plastic snow globe • Sudoku puzzles • Mad Libs • Scented chap stick or lip gloss • Holiday socks or hair bows

• Activity pads • Small coloring books • Bubble bath • Stickers • Temporary tattoos • A new toothbrush • Band aids featuring a favorite character • A pack of balloons • Mittens • Jewelry • Nail polish • A CD of children’s songs • Batteries

include: • A “Get Out of Chores Free” pass • An ice cream date with Mom or Dad • A “Technology Ticket” for extra time using an electronic device • A chance to stay up 30 minutes past bedtime

her with a new set of bedding beneath the Christmas tree. Include accessories like curtains and pillows, and also some paint swatches so she can choose a new color for her walls.

A Homemade Gift Basket Instead of buying one large gift, make a themed gift basket comprised of smaller gifts related to something your child enjoys. Raising an avid reader? Build a Book Basket filled with books, bookmarks, a book light and a gift certificate to a local bookstore. Have a movie buff on your hands? Build a Family Movie Night Basket filled with DVD’s, boxes of movie theater candy and, of course, popcorn. A Shopping Spree For the teen or tween who wants a new wardrobe, a special shopping spree can be a much appreciated gift. Plan to spend an entire day together trying on outfits, having lunch and enjoying some quality, one-on-one time. A Bedroom Makeover Your daughter may have loved her princess bedroom a few years ago, but does the room reflect her interests now? If she is ready for a change, surprise

A Pet Give your children the gift of responsibility this year by surprising them with a pet of their very own. Start small with a low-maintenance pet like a fish or a hamster. Keep costs down by asking relatives to give your kids the necessary accessories – such as food, cages and pet toys – as presents. A Gift that Gives Back Not ready to bring an animal into your home? Make a donation to the World Wildlife Fund at www.worldwildlife. org and you can adopt one in your child’s name. Or buy a new pair of TOMS shoes as a Christmas gift and a second pair will automatically be donated to a child in need. When you give a gift that gives back, you also give your children one of the best gifts of all: a reminder that Christmas is about far more than just the presents – toys or not – beneath the tree.  Alyssa Chirco is a freelance writer of parenting topics.

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echnology has become a focal point in area schools, with everyone from kindergarteners through high school seniors receiving some classroom instruction on laptop computers, tablets, and iPads during their school day. All across the country, more and more school districts are trying to place an added emphasis on STEM-based learning. Instead of gearing a child’s education around the older staples of reading, writing, and arithmetic, educators have shifted their philosophies to incorporate more science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) into the curriculum. And with good reason.

According to the latest figures released by the Bureau of Labor, STEM jobs account for more than 10 percent of the total jobs in the country, and many of them pay their workers close to double the average US salary. The same data revealed the average wage for STEM occupations was $85,579. "The shift toward STEM learning is designed to help American youths be better prepared to one day enter into the workforce of lucrative STEM-based occupations," says Susan Steron, director and co-owner of Sylvan Learning, which has five locations across Rochester and Buffalo. As more and more Americans are trying to identify which job sectors will provide them with the most job security and compensation moving forward, the need to produce qualified students into STEM-based positions is gaining steam among educators and parents alike. “We’re seeing that in our world, the need for STEM-focused graduates who can come into the job market and who possess

We’re seeing skills at an early age? certain STEM-fothat the need for By preparing lesson cused skills is only plans that help growing,” says STEM-focused graduates students gain an Chandra McKenwho can come into the job zie, assistant prounderstanding of market and who possess science, technolvost for academic certain STEM-focused skills ogy, engineering, affairs at RIT, and is only growing." and mathematics also the director while engaging of the Kids on – Chandra McKenzie, assistant Campus program, the students in fun, provost for academic affairs at RIT & director entertaining activia four-week summer of Kids on camp that offers STEMties. At Sylvan, through Campus the institution’s Sylvan based instruction for stuEdge program, the certified dents from fifth through twelfth instructors offer robotics and comgrade. “That doesn’t mean humanities puter coding classes among the after school and the social sciences don’t have demand, but a lot of our industries are STEM-relatclassroom offerings. Steron says that more than 600 stued and we need to develop programs that dents in kindergarten through high school assess the needs of industry and produce receive instruction in Sylvan’s Edge prostudents who have those skills. We need to gram. The program started in 2014 “out introduce the STEM skills when students of necessity because we recognized that are in middle school or younger.” students need to embrace these essential So how are educators trying to entice students into learning the STEM-based STEM skills for a successful future,” Steron continued >>> Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent • November/December 2015

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adds. “Sylvan Edge is an “We teach children to deattempt to work with stuvelop a wide array of these dents to embrace 21st STEM skills based on Century skills while that singular expeStudies show developing a love of rience of building that if students don’t science, technola Lego robot,” develop a love of STEM ogy, engineering Steron says. “It’s by the fourth grade, the and math in an engaging likelihood of them an authentic, activity and our participating in a hands-on way. students are Studies show learning about STEM-based field in the that if students STEM while future is very limited." don’t develop a having fun and – Susan Steron, director love of STEM by learning about and co-owner of the fourth grade, the specific science and Sylvan Learning likelihood of them engineering terms. participating in a They do everything STEM-based field in on their own and it’s the future is very limited. We want amazing to see what young kids can kids to think that science and math are design. They have so much fun with the cool, and we teach our classes using that hands-on design and they all work together philosophy.” as a team to problem solve. Plus they learn To get students introduced to robotics, the right vocabulary so they can accurately Steron says the students start off building talk about what they’ve designed and how with a recognizable toy: Lego building it works. Our students think and reflect on bricks. Using online software, the students what they are learning.” build and design a pattern for a robot Beginning in July, for a four-week made of Lego, incorporating motors, gears stretch each summer nearly 200 students and technology to hook children at an early attend RIT’s Kids on Campus summer age while making it a fun activity. The camp. The program began 16 years ago students must display a working knowledge as a computer camp, but has expanded to of engineering, technology, and math in incorporate 19 different workshops ranging order to create a fully-functioning robot. from creative coding with Java to video When they’re finished, they have built a game design to cyber security. Students robot they can be proud of while learning receive four hours of instruction and invaluable skills that will serve them well in hands-on work using the same computers, school. labs and studios that RIT students use.

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Through a digital storytelling workshop, students created, designed and executed the layout of a book, using digital cameras to take the necessary photos, and then outlining which photos and text would appear where in the book. Students can also create three-dimensional objects, design their own video games, and learn about the dangers of computer hackers and malware. Utilizing another popular activity among youths and teenagers — video games — programs such as Sylvan and RIT’s Kids on Campus summer camp aim to educate students about how video games are designed and coded, focusing their instruction more on software design and not on how to beat a certain stage or level. “Technology is infused within our programs and if students have fun while learning about STEM, that’s what it’s all about,” says McKenzie. “Adults can get carried away hammering home the importance of STEM-based learning as opposed to teaching students about the interesting aspects of the material. When our students are learning, they don’t necessarily know they’re learning about STEM but they do know they like what they’re learning as they work on a new project. Our philosophy is to lead them to STEM and let the students make the discovery themselves.” 

John Boccacino is a Rochester native and contributing writer to Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent Magazine.


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By Kathi Nevin

celebrating trains and railroads Medina railroad museum

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ailroading is a fascinating subject – November is National Model Railroad Month so now is the perfect time to take a ride on a train or visit one of our area's many train museums.

Model railways in museums highlight daily life from different time periods and recreate history. There is nothing like a ride on a vintage train to experience a step back in time. It will delight young and old and you will be surprised how different the scenery can look from a railcar. As a hobby, railroading can teach kids about history, geography, STEM

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(science, technology, engineering and math), and so much more. Additionally, there are lots of books and movies about trains and magazines for train enthusiasts. You can even join a model railroad club. The Rochester Model Railroad Club (www.rocmrrc.com) is a not-forprofit organization dedicated to the education and preservation of railroading, both model and full size. Their website lists local train shows and other events. Members can help get your railroading hobby on track!  Kathi Nevin is a frequent contributor to Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent Magazine.

learn more • www.rocmrr.com Local information and membership opportunities for model railroad enthusiats. Their Annual Open House is held on the first weekend of March. • www.railmuseums.com Online resource for railroad museums worldwide. • www.greatesthobby.com Provides information and inspiration to become a model railroad hobbyist. • www.nrma.org Includes information about national, regional, local memberships, as well as upcoming conventions and shows.


where to visit Edgerton Model Railroad Room Edgerton Recreation Center, 41 Backus Street, Rochester, NY, www.edgertonmodelrailroadclub.com Relive the days when trains frequented the Rochester area. This historic model train room is a must-see! Featuring four seasons, the landscape has something for everyone. The Railroad Room is open on the last Saturday of each month, from 11am to 2pm. Additionally, the room will be open from 11am to 2pm with an expanded holiday schedule on November 28, December 5, 19, 28, 29, 30. New York Transportation Museum Open Sundays from 11am to 5pm. 6393 East River Road, Rush NY, www.nymtmuseum.org The museum's exhibit spaces feature a collection of antique trolley cars, a steam locomotive, fire truck, ambulance, operating model railroad, many other vehicles, and numerous exhibits of photographs and artifacts pertaining to local transportation history. Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum 282 Rush Scottsville Road, Rush, NY, rgvrrm.org Over the last fifty years, the Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum has preserved more than 40 pieces of historic railroad equipment along with their 1909 Erie Railroad passenger station to bring Rochester's rich railroading heritage to life.

Western New York Railway Historical Society Train & Toy Show www.trainweb.org/wnyrhs/trainshow.htm You won't want to miss the orgniaztion's 34th Annual Greater Buffalo Train & Toy Show on November 21 & 22 at the Event Center on the Fairgrounds in Hamburg, NY. The event includes a family-friendly "Kid Play Zone" and more than 400 tables full of model trains, collectibles, train books, and much more.

Medina Railroad Museum 530 West Avenue, Medina NY, railroadmuseum.net The Medina Railroad Museum includes an ever-growing number of exhibits and interactive displays demonstrating how the railroad influenced our culture, industry, and history. Artifacts on display range from tools used in the construction of the railroads, to the chinaware used on the lavish dining cars of famous trains. From lanterns to locks, you will see every aspect of the railroad industry, past and present. During the holidays families can book tickets to ride the Polar Express! Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent • November/December 2015

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book nook

By Deena Viviani

Festival Favorites

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he Rochester Children’s Book Festival (www.rochesterchildrensbookfestival.com) kicked off its 19th year on November 7th. Whether you got in on the action or missed it this time around, check out these books written and illustrated by the stellar lineup. They make great holiday gifts, too!

MORE READS BY RCBF AUTHORS AND ILLUSTRATORS picture books The Buk Buk Buk Festival By Mary Jane and Herm Auch Pig Kahuna: Who’s That Pig? By Jennifer Sattler The Sky Is Falling! By Mark Teague early readers Biscuit Goes Camping Written by Alyssa Satin Capucilli & Illustrated by Pat Schories Middle Grade Diary of a Mad Brownie By Bruce Coville Middle School: Just My Rotten Luck and Public School Superhero By James Patterson & Chris Tebbetts The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place By Julie Berry young adult Also Known As Elvis By James Howe non-fiction Frederick’s Journey: The Life of Frederick Douglass Written by Doreen Rappaport & Illustrated by London Ladd X Why Z: Your Body By Mark Schulman & James Buckley Jr. Why’d They Wear That? Fashion as the Mirror of History By Sarah Albee

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By Jeff Mack Philomel, 2015, hardcover, $16.99, Ages 3-5 Is it possible for a book to be funny and poignant if it contains just two words? In this picture book the answer is “Yes!” The adorable illustrations of Gorilla, who tries to share his book with a boy who only wants to watch TV, say the rest.

You Nest Here With Me

Written by Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple & Illustrated by Melissa Sweet Boyds Mills Press, 2015, hardcover, $16.95, Ages 3-8 The prolific Jane Yolen teamed up with her daughter Heidi to write this picture book. The spot-on rhyming text makes it perfect for bedtime, and the colorful illustrations of birds make it beautiful. Learn some extra bird facts, too!

Quest

By Aaron Becker Candlewick, 2014, hardcover, $15.99, Ages 4-8 This wordless picture book showcases two heroes who use their crayons and imaginations to save the king after he gives them a map. Turn the pages and guess what they’ll draw next to

complete each adventurous task. The stunning sequel to the Caldecott Honor winner, Journey.

Marilyn's Monster

Written by Michelle Knudsen & Illustrated by Matt Phelan Candlewick, 2015, hardcover, $15.99, Ages 4-8 All the other kids have monsters, so how come Marilyn’s monster hasn’t chosen her yet? This picture book, where monsters are coveted rather than feared, touches on trends, jealousy, and following one’s own path. Watercolor illustrations depict a variety of friendly monsters and show readers that true friends find each other even if it takes time.

Scary Tales: Swamp Monsters

Written by James Preller & Illustrated by Iacopo Bruno Feiwel & Friends, 2015, hardcover, $15.99, Ages 7-10 Twins Chance and Lance want a pet, so they take an egg from the nearby swamp and plan to keep the monster that hatches… until its mother comes looking for it. Black-and-white drawings accent this early chapter book with the right mixture of scary and fun. Another hit from the author of the Jigsaw Jones series.

The Misadventures of Salem Hyde: Dinosaur Dilemma

By Frank Cammuso Amulet, 2015, hardcover, $14.95, Ages 8-10


Salem tells Whammy she doesn't want to do her science project on boring dinosaurs...but what if they came alive? Using her magic, Salem causes chaos at the Natural History Museum and makes a new friend along the way. This girl and her dog will make readers laugh out loud in a hit graphic novel series.

Chasing Freedom: The Life Journeys of Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony

Written by Nikki Grimes & Illustrated by Michele Wood Orchard Books, 2015, hardcover, $18.99, Ages 8-12 Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony were born in the same year and fought for equal rights, so what would they have said over tea in 1904? Using historical facts and symbolic acrylic and oil paintings, Grimes and Wood imagine the conversation between these strong women who also share a Rochester, NY connection. A beautiful picture book for older readers.

Fort

By Cynthia DeFelice Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 2015, hardcover, $16.99, Ages 8-12 Wyatt builds a fort with his friend Augie near his western New York summer home, but when the local bullies catch sight of it, Wyatt and Augie must defend their territory and their honor. Wyatt’s voice is authentic in this middle grade novel of adventure, friendship, and unlikely heroes.  Deena Viviani is a Young Adult Services Librarian who writes reviews for VOYA and the RACWI Newsletter. Read more reviews on her blog www.deenaml. livejournal.com or send her a note at DeenaViviani@hotmail.com – she loves to hear from readers!

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health

By Malia Jacobson

silent nights helping children sleep well during the holidays

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arents’ holiday wishes are simple: children tucked snug in bed, dreaming of sugar plums. But for families with small children, the winter holidays aren’t always sleep-friendly. From late-night parties and holiday travel to school performances and visiting relatives, the holiday season is packed with sleep disruptions. Unfortunately, this can leave children tired and cranky during holiday celebrations — just when parents are looking forward to relaxed family time. Happily, parents can support sounder sleep during this hectic time of year, and doing so can make the holidays more enjoyable for all family members, says Charles Shubin, MD, pediatrician with the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. Here's how to keep holiday nights silent and restful so kids can enjoy a merry season. Tuckered-out traveler When holiday travel spans the nighttime hours, plan ahead for a smooth bedtime on the airplane or in the car. An onthe-go bedtime routine should mimic your child’s at-home bedtime routine, says Michael Hobaugh, MD, PhD, president of the medical staff at La Rabida Children’s Hospital in Chicago. Familiar bedtime rituals serve as cues for sleep, easing a child into peaceful slumber. “Bring a child’s regular pajamas, toothbrush, storybooks, and anything else

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used in the bedtime routine at home,” Hobaugh says. “On an airplane, go to the bathroom and brush teeth and wash up, and read bedtime stories as usual. This serves as a transition to bedtime and helps children understand that it’s time to sleep.”

Sleepy scene It’s not Similarly, if a holiday fair to ask children to trip has your fammiss out on the excitement ily sleeping at a of the holidays, but you hotel or relative’s don’t want them to stay home, create a awake to the point of familiar sleep exhaustion either." scene for your child by bringing – Gary Feldman, MD, medical a few bedroom eldirector of the Stramski ements from home, Developmental Center at Miller Children’s like a special blanket, Hospital pillow, nightlight, even a special framed photo for bedtime the nightstand. Children crave reduces the stress of travel and routine and familiarity, says helps children fall asleep more Shubin. Travel means new facquickly and wake less often. es and new places, which can equal stress and poor sleep for little ones; surrounding a child with familiar comforts at

Cabin fever Don’t expect children to bed down easily at night when they’ve spent the day cooped up in a vehicle or airplane, particularly if they’ve been napping during the trip, says Hobaugh. Kids need around 60 minutes of physical activity per day to help prepare for restful sleep at night. Take every opportunity to let kids burn off energy en-route; walk up and down airplane aisles, do a loop around the airport terminal when switching planes; on car trips, stop at a rest stop and


allow kids a 15-minute play break every 90 minutes. Comfort cues When kids sleep fitfully in the winter, check the temperature. During the winter, bedrooms are flooded with stale, dry, overheated air — this is especially true in hotel rooms — and parents often dress children in footed fleece pajamas, pile on warm blankets, and dial up the heater in an attempt to keep kids cozy at night. This can backfire, because sleeping in a room that’s too hot can result in poor-quality sleep and nightmares; per the National Sleep Foundation, sleeping in an overheated bedroom is a contributing factor in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). The ideal temperature for sleep is on the cooler side: around 20 degrees Celsius or 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Dry, heated air can worsen coughing and snoring; some children may benefit from a bedroom humidifier to ease nighttime breathing.

Morning after When children stay up later than normal, parents may be tempted to let them “sleep it off” the following morning, says Hobaugh. But allowing children to sleep in hours later than normal can throw off that night’s bedtime, resulting in a routine that’s off-kilter for days. The morning after an exciting holiday party, let children sleep in up to 30 minutes later than normal, and accept that they’ll be tired that day. Plan for an appropriately early bedtime that evening; a good night’s sleep will help children bounce back from party-induced overtiredness quickly — and help everyone enjoy all the season has to offer.  Malia Jacobson is an award-winning health and parenting journalist and mom of three. Her latest book is Sleep Tight, Every Night: Helping Toddlers and Preschoolers Sleep Well Without Tears, Tricks, or Tirades.

Bedtime bend Attending a long-awaited holiday party that you don’t want your child to miss? It’s OK to bend bedtime rules on special occasions, says Gary Feldman, MD, medical director of the Stramski Developmental Center at Miller Children’s Hospital in Long Beach, California. “It’s not fair to ask children to miss out on the excitement of the holidays, but you don’t want them to stay awake to the point of exhaustion either,” he says. Keep the party fun for all, and a child’s daily routine intact, by altering a child’s bedtime slightly without completely disregarding it. For children under ten, set a “party” bedtime up to an hour later than a child’s normal bedtime. Bend bedtime by two hours or more, and you may be asking for a meltdown.

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education

By Alyssa Chirco

homework headquarters 6 Study Stations That Spell School Year Success

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omework may not be your child’s favorite part of the school year, but it’s no secret that completing those after-school assignments can lead to academic success. Help the students in your household develop good study habits and tackle their homework with confidence by creating at least one of these well-stocked study stations within your home.

A Desk in the Bedroom This option is ideal for students who need a designated work space away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the family. While a bedroom desk may not be the best choice for students who need homework help or frequent reminders to stay on task, it works well for both older students and self-motivated learners. Consider a high loft bed with a desk underneath when floor space is at a premium. A Family Work Zone Some families designate an entire room in their house as a family work zone, and equip the space with computers and printers, as well as a table or desk for writing and big, comfy chairs for reading and studying. Art and craft supplies are often found here too, since these rooms are designed with both creativity and produc-

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tivity in mind. Kids who like company while doing homework thrive in this kind of environment, since siblings are often close by working on projects of their own. Loft spaces, basements, attics and spare bedrooms all lend themselves to becoming a family work zone with the right furniture and accessories. A Central Command Center Love the idea of a family work zone, but don’t have the space? A small desk in the kitchen or family room can serve as a work space for the whole family too, especially when there are cabinets for storage either above or below. Think about where you keep items like calendars, school papers and the family computer in your home. You probably already have a central command center of sorts; stash some


The Well-Stocked Study Space

What kinds of supplies should you keep on hand so students can complete their homework quickly and efficiently? At the very least, try to stock your study space with the following: • Pencils • Erasers • Pencil Sharpener • Pens • Notebook Paper • Crayons or Colored Pencils • Colored Markers • Glue or Glue Sticks • Calculator • Ruler

Not necessary, but helpful, especially for older students: • Computer • Printer/Copier • Flash Drive • Highlighters • Index Cards • Graph Paper • White-Out • Stapler • Dictionary • Thesaurus

scissors, pens, paper and glue sticks there, and you have a simple study station ready to go.

And with this option, you enjoy the added bonus of easy cleanup and out-of-the-way storage, since the cart can be rolled right back into an inconspicuous closet or alcove once homework is completed.

A Multi-Purpose Office Mom or Dad’s home office can easily double as your family’s homework headquarters. Standard office supplies will already be on hand, and it is a room that has already been designed with work in mind. For younger students, clear a space on the desk or tuck a small table and chair into a corner of the room so they can work on their assignments while you work on yours. To make this arrangement work with older students, consider assigning designated office hours so every member of the family knows when he or she can expect to use the space. A Rolling Homework Cart Need some flexibility in your life? Keep in mind that a homework center doesn’t have to be stationary. Invest in a rolling homework cart and students can do homework almost anywhere in the house. Notebooks, file folders, writing supplies, paper and even laptops and printers can be stored on these carts, especially if you invest in one with at least three shelves.

The Kitchen Table Despite objections from parents, the kitchen table remains a popular homework spot. There’s just something so appealing (and convenient) about spreading your books and papers across the very surface where your family eats dinner every evening. If this is the study space your kids insist on using, keep it clutter-free by insisting that supplies are stored elsewhere and try to limit other household distractions during homework hours. Creating a designated study space within your home, whether simple or elaborate, sends the message that your family values both homework and education. It’s one of the easiest – but most important – things you can do to help your children achieve school year success.  Alyssa Chirco writes about parenting and family life for publications across the country. Despite her best efforts, her children still prefer to do their homework at the kitchen table every evening. Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent • November/December 2015

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Educational Resources Guide Time to do YOUR homework and find the best educational programs, public and private schools in the area.

After-school Enrichment Family Enrichment Montessori Programs Nursery & Preschools Private Schools - Elementary - High School Special Learning & Tutoring

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calendar

nov & dec events

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

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Christmas Carol, the beloved tale by Charles Dickens, once again comes to life on the Geva stage this holiday season. The excitement builds as Scrooge is visited by a series of ghosts on Christmas Eve who remind him who he was and what he might yet become. He finally learns the true meaning of the season and that it’s never too late to make a new start. This famous tale of redemption for the most despised man in London will awaken your heart and rekindle your spirit in this critically acclaimed adaptation. This family holiday tradition continues through Sunday, December 27. Check the Geva website for dates and times and although this production is recommended for families, children under five are not permitted in the theatre. Make sure A Christmas Carol is on your list this holiday season.

WHERE Geva Theatre, 75 Woodbury Boulevard, Rochester, 14607 ADMISSION Adults: $25 - $55.50, Child (5-12yrs) - $10 DATES & HOURS Runs through December 27th MORE INFO Box Office: 232-4382, www.gevatheatre.org

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10 * Tuesday ZooClass for 2-year-olds: Perfect Parrots In this month’s

Veteran’s Day Ceremony Pittsford Annual ceremony honoring

all those in our armed services. An American Legion event. 11 AM. Port of Pittsford, 22 North Main Street, Pittsford 14534. www.townofpittsford.org R

Geva Presents - The Lion A true story of love, loss, family loyalty, and the redemptive power of music.Writer/ performer Benjamin Scheuer shares his gripping coming-of-age musical journey from boyhood to manhood, through pain and healing. Ages 13 and up. 7 PM. GEVA Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd., Rochester 14607. 232-4382. www.gevatheatre.org

ZooClass, meet some positively perfect parrots. Come learn all about what makes these beautiful birds so special! All classes last 45 minutes and include a story, a visit from a live animal, songs, Motown the Musical See and a craft. 10 AM - 11 AM. Seneca Nov. 10 7PM Park Zoo, 2222 St Paul Street, Rochester 14621. 336-7213. senecaparkzoo.org R

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American St. Nick - Film The documentary tells the remarkable true story of a handful of American soldiers who during the chaos of war, help bring Christmas back a small Luxembourg town, and unknowingly create a holiday tradition that continues to this very day. 6 PM - 8 PM. Little Theatre, 240 East Avenue, Rochester . interactive.wxxi.org/ highlights/2015/09/american-st-nick R

Motown the Musical It began as

one man’s story… became everyone’s music… and is now Broadway’s musical. MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul. 7 PM. Rochester Broadway Theatre, 885 East Main Street, Rochester 14605. 222-5000. www.rbtl.org

11 * Wednesday Canandaigua Treaty Day Treaty

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Home School Nature Series– Bird Friendly homes What can

story reading and art viewing experience is for children 2 to 5 with accompanying adult. $5 per adult (children free). Preregistration recommended. 11 AM - Noon. Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave., Rochester 14607. 276-8959. mag.rochester.edu

Femfessionals Rochester BraDazzle 2015 Dazzle with a Purpose.

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Get Ready for the Nutcracker Geva Presents - The Lion. and A Christmas Carol Storytelling, See Nov. 11 7 PM

Annual Stars and Stripes 5K VeteRun Lace up your running shoes

and come to Mendon Ponds Park on Veterans Day to honor veterans. This race is a fun, family-friendly event that raises money to support Honor Flight Rochester and other local veterans groups. 11 AM. Mendon Ponds Park, 95 Douglas Road, Honeoye Falls 14472. www.veterun5k.com/

Join the inquisitive, lovable little monkey —star of books, movies and the award-winning PBS TV show— as he helps his friend, Chef Pisghetti, cook meatballs for All-You-Can-Eat Meatball Day. JCC Hart Theatre, 1200 Edgewood Ave., Rochester 14618, 461-2000, www.tykestheatre.org

Art and Story Stroll This hour-long

day Commemoration includes Native American art and craft sale, the Treaty Walk, Commemoration Ceremony and guest speakers. 10 AM - 6 PM. Canandaigua Primary School, 96 W. Gibson Street, Canandaigua 14424. www.ganondagan.org

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Femfessionals Rochester would like to personally invite you to come for the 1st Annual Celebrity Bra-Dazzle Fashion benefiting the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester (BCCR). 5 PM - 10 PM. Radisson Hotel Rochester Riverside, 120 East Main Street , Rochester 14604. bradazzlerochester.com

dance, and theater presented in conjunction with upcoming performances of The Nutcracker, featuring members of the Rochester City Ballet, and A Christmas Carol. Included with general museum admission fees. 11 AM - 2 PM. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607. 263-2700. www.museumofplay.org/

TYKEs Curious George: The Golden Meatball

you do to make your house more bird friendly? Meet at the MAC to find out! You will go home with bird seed ornaments, window clings and plenty of ways to make your home into a bird paradise! $8/student 10 AM - Noon. Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89 , Savannah 13146. 315-365-3588. ny.audubon.org/ montezuma

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Farm, 99 Victor Rd., Fairport 14450. 223-1330. lollypop.org

Fair Blvd, Syracuse 13209. www.RetroGameCon.com/tickets/

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Sensory Friendly Films - The Peanuts Movie The program

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Stages Presents - Annie Jr.

Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, Annie, the worldwide phenomenon, was the winner of seven TONY Awards including Best Musical and is now adapted for young performers in Annie JR. 7 PM. Auditorium Theatre, 885 E. Main St., Rochester 14605. 935-7173. mjtstages.com/shows/ onstage.html

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pillow and enjoy an animal-themed story or two and a humane education component. Great way to introduce the wonder of animals to the little ones of the family. Held every Friday in the Learning Center. 11 AM. Lollypop

RetroGameCon 2015 Come

experience over 71,000 square feet of gaming this year! Be brought together with game enthusiasts, retailers, artists, and celebrities to buy, sell, trade, discuss, and most importantly, play games! A family friendly event! 10 AM - 8 PM. New York State Fairgrounds, 581 State

provides a special opportunity for families to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment. The auditoriums dedicated to the program have their lights up, the sound turned down. 10 AM. AMC Webster 12 Movie Theatre, 2190 Empire Blvd., Rochester 14580. www.amctheatres.com

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“Snapshots from the Korean War” At this talk, you

can hear the story of how the granddaughter of one of the pictured veterans helped Mrs. PerkinsCarpenter start a project with the Democrat and Chronicle and Kodak Alaris to share the photos with a wider audience. 10 AM. Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County, 115 South Ave., Rochester 14604. koreanwar.democratandchronicle. com R

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calendar of events • local family-friendly activities In Another Galaxy Weekend

Come dressed as your favorite science fiction character and meet members of the 501st Legion (Vader’s Fist) and the Rebel Legion. Pose for pictures in the dress-up area, get a temporary tattoo, make crafts, and play sci-fi arcade games. 11 AM - 4 PM. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607. 263-2700. www.museumofplay.org

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itive, lovable little monkey —star of books, movies and the award-winning PBS TV show—as he helps his friend, Chef Pisghetti, cook meatballs for All-You-Can-Eat Meatball Day. Next show starts at 2pm. 11 AM. JCC Hart Theatre/CenterStage, 1200 Edgewood Avenue, Rochester 14618. 461-2000. jccrochester.org/programs-services/ by-type/arts-culture/tykes R

RMSC Live Animal Show Visitors

can enjoy special live animal shows every weekend during the duration of the Frogs: A Chorus of Colors exhibition in the Riedman Gallery. The Wildlife Defenders will present their live animals and also discuss environmental concerns. Noon - 2 PM. Rochester Museum and Science Center, 657 East Ave., Rochester 14607. 697-1942. www.rmsc.org

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15 * Sunday 6th Annual Lots to the Tots

Come enjoy holiday shopping with 40 local vendors, entertainment by local musician Travis Fitch, silent auctions, raffles, door prizes, a variety of complimentary appetizers, deluxe coffee station and available bar service. Presale tickets $8. Noon - 4 PM. Lake Shore Country Club, 1165 Greenleaf Road, Rochester 14612. 967-3905. www.lotstothetots.com R

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In Another Galaxy Weekend See Nov. 14 1 PM - 4 PM

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Motown the Musical

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Animal Tales - Drop-In Storytime

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RPO - Blast Off to Space

Celebrate 50 years of space exploration with NASA imagery and out-ofthis-world favorites including Holst’s The Planets and selections from Apollo 13, Star Wars, Star Trek, and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial! 2 PM. Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs St., Rochester 14604. 454-2100. rpo.org

Fridays, November 13-December 18 11:30am - 12:30pm Snuggle up on a fluffy pillow and enjoy an animalthemed 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. Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Rd., Fairport 14450, 223-1330, www.lollypop.org

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Animal Birthdays - African Elephant All parties go from 1 to 3

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

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Create A Critter Let your imagi-

nation run wild as you create a critter using an eclectic spread of craft materials gathered from nature. Hot glue and your creativity will put it all together. Pre-registration is required $5/person, $10/family. 1 PM - 2 PM. Genesee County Park, 11095 Bethany Center Rd., East Bethany 14054. 344-1122. www.co.genesee.ny.us/departments/ parks

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Motown the Musical See Nov. 10 2PM & 8PM.

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Stages Presents - Annie Jr. See Nov. 13 2PM & 6PM

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Geva Presents - The Lion See Nov. 11 3PM & 7PM

TYKEs Curious George: The Golden Meatball See Nov. 14 2PM & 4:30PM

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9th Annual Mad Hatter Tea Party and Holiday Fashion Show Fashion Show provided by

Jane Morgan’s Little House of Aurora, Exciting raffle prizes and dozens of items at the silent auction, Proceeds Benefit RCN’s Annual Children’s Fund. 2 PM - 5 PM. Country Club of Rochester, 2935 East Ave., Rochester 14610. 473-2858. www.rcn4kids.org R

Geva Presents - The Lion See Nov. 11 3PM & 7PM

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16 * Monday Storytime Club: Holiday Traditions Readings of classic

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

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Saturday Night Laser Shows

The new solid-state lasers put brighter and more intense color than ever before among the stars inside the Planetarium dome, accompanying great songs on a top-quality sound system. Radiohead Laser 8:15pm | Pink Floyd Laser 9:30pm 8 PM.

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Le Leche League Come and get your breastfeeding questions answered by Leaders who have personal experience and training in breastfeeding. No pre-registration or fee for attending. Babies and young children welcomed. 6 PM - 8 PM. Ogden Farmer’s Library,

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My Genesee - Lecture The

Audubon Society will host a lecture at the Brighton Memorial Library entitled “My Genesee: What we have learned from One Cubic Foot in the Genesee River” which is free and open to the public. 7 PM. Brighton Memorial Library, 2300 Elmwood Ave., Rochester 14618. 336-7200. www.senecaparkzoo.org R

17 * Tuesday ZooClass for 3-year-olds: Animal Sounds Start your child

out in the Zoo’s Learning through Animal Series to learn some of the important lessons through the help of our animals! This month learn about the symphony of sounds you might hear in the animal world. 10 AM - 11 AM. Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St Paul Street, Rochester 14621. 336-7213. senecaparkzoo.org

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ZooClass for 4 and 5-yearolds: Radical Reptiles Reptiles

might sound scary but when you meet them up close in this month’s ZooClass you will be amazed with the Zoo’s scaly friends! Class includes visits from live animals, Biofact discovery, songs, and crafts. 11 AM - Noon. Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St Paul Street, Rochester 14621. 336-7213. www.senecaparkzoo.org

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Geva Presents - The Lion See Nov. 11 7 PM

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18 * Wednesday Self-Care Workshop for Moms Learn some wonderful ways

to take care of yourself so that you can be 100% present not only for your children, but for your other roles. $22 JCC member: $16 Call 461-2000 to register. Price includes lunch. Noon. JCC Hart Theatre/ CenterStage, 1200 Edgewood Avenue, Rochester 14618. 461-2000 ext 232. www.jccrochester.org R


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Amerks vs Toronto The Rochester

Americans are celebrating their 60th Anniversary season in 201516 and are now in the AHL Eastern Conference. Don’t miss a minute of the action as they celebrate the history of the organization and renew longtime rivalries. 7 PM. Blue Cross Arena, 1 War Memorial Square, Rochester 14614. 1-855-GO-AMERKS. www.amerks.com

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Animal Tales - Drop-In Storytime See Nov. 13 R

ZooClass for 4 and 5-yearolds: Radical Reptiles See Nov. 17

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19 * Thursday CPR/AED Training Course

Come for the upcoming CPR/AED course. To register call today or sign up directly through the website. 5 PM - 9 PM. CardiacLife Training Center, 349 West Commerical Street, Suite 1400, East Rochester 14445. 286-3811. cardiaclife.net/cpr-certification-ny R

RPO Presents Romeo and Juliet Star-crossed lovers and feud-

ing families come to life in a blistering musical drama that captures all the innocence and simmering brutality of Shakespeare’s timeless tale. 7 PM. Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs St., Rochester 14604. 454-2100. www.rpo.org

Sunset Birding Van Tour Join

MAC education staff for a van tour to see dozens of ducks, geese and swans as they settle into Montezuma’s marshes for a good nights rest. Fee: $8/child; $13.50/adult, $35/family. 2 PM - 4 PM. Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89 , Savannah 13146. 315-365-3588. ny.audubon.org/montezuma R

Sesame Street Live Enjoy

another delightful tour featuring your favorite Sesame Street characters. Join the fun and make a memory with your friends and family! Tickets are on sale now - don’t miss out on this family friendly show. 7 PM. Auditorium Theatre, 885 E. Main St., Rochester 14605. 222-5000. www.rbtl.org

Geva Presents - The Lion See Nov. 11 7 PM

Amerks vs Bridgeport The Rochester Americans are celebrating their 60th Anniversary season in 2015-16 and are now in the AHL Eastern Conference. Don’t miss a minute of the action as they celebrate the history of the organization and renew longtime rivalries. 7 PM. Blue Cross Arena, 1 War Memorial Square, Rochester 14614. 1-855-GO-AMERKS. www.amerks.com R

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21 * Saturday 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-Lima Middle School, 619 Quaker Meeting House Road, Honeoye Falls 14472.

Mike Super: Magic & Illusion

America’s favorite mystifier—and a top-12 finalist from "America’s Got Talent"—returns to the Arts Center for an encore performance. 8 PM. Nazareth College Arts Center, 4245 East Ave., Rochester 14618. 3892170. artscenter.naz.edu R

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Saturday Night Laser Shows See Nov. 14

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22 * Sunday Annual Turkey Classic 5-Mile Race & 1-Mile Fun Run 100% of proceeds benefit the Annual Campaign, helping families in the local community. You may also register the day of, simply come to the event 30 minutes prior to the race start time. 8 AM. Southeast YMCA, 111 East Jefferson Road, Pittsford 14534. 341-3263. rochesterymca.org/turkeyclassic

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Sesame Street Live

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RMSC Live Animal Show

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Geva Presents - The Lion See Nov. 11 3PM & 7PM

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See Nov. 10 AM, 2PM & 5:30PM

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calendar of events • local family-friendly activities 23 * Monday Wegmans Storytime with Miss Annalise

Join Miss Annalise at the Calkins Road Wegmans for a special storytime! This program will include stories, songs, rhymes, and fun! Designed for children of all ages and their caregivers. Storytime will take place in the Market Cafe. 10 AM. Wegmans Calkins Road, 475 Calkins Road, Rochester 14623. 359-7092. hpl.org R

Storytime Club: Holiday Traditions

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24 * Tuesday Chasing Shadows This fall, watch top athletes

as they chase storms, snow, big lines and their dreams on mountains across the world in WARREN MILLER ENTERTAINMENT’s 66th snow sports film, CHASING SHADOWS. Winter starts with Warren Miller. 7 PM. Auditorium Theatre, 885 E. Main St., Rochester 14605. 222-5000. www.rbtl.org

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25 * Wednesday Amerks vs Syracuse The Rochester Americans are celebrating their 60th Anniversary season in 2015-16 and are now in the AHL Eastern Conference. Don’t miss a minute of the action as they celebrate the history of the organization and renew longtime rivalries. 7 PM. Blue Cross Arena, 1 War Memorial Square, Rochester 14614. 1-855-GO-AMERKS. www.amerks.com R

26 * Thursday Chosen Turkey Trot 5k Fun Run/Walk

Get ready to Feel the Burn Before the Bird! The Chosen Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run & Walk takes place in Canandaigua on Thanksgiving Morning. This is an un-timed, family fun event! 9 AM - Noon. Baker Park, 265 Buffalo Street, Canandaigua 14424. 919-2191. ontarioarc.org/event/chosen-turkey-trot R

27 * Friday Free youth admission day at the Zoo To

help you enjoy your Zoo adventure even more, the Zoo hosts select special admission days. On these days you receive one free youth admission with one paid adult. This offer is good during regular Zoo hours. 10 AM - 3 PM. Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St Paul Street, Rochester 14621. 336-7213. www.senecaparkzoo.org R

Animal Tales - Drop-In Storytime

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Movie: The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water You won’t miss a single second

of The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. This movie is rated PG so it is suggested a parent or guardian attend with the child. 2 PM - 3 PM. Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County, 115 South Ave., Rochester 14604. 428-8150. www.libraryweb.org R

Amerks vs St. John’s The Rochester Americans are celebrating their 60th Anniversary season in 2015-16 and are now in the AHL Eastern Conference. Don’t miss a minute of the action as they celebrate the history of the organization and renew longtime rivalries. 7 PM. Blue Cross Arena, 1 War Memorial Square, Rochester 14614. 1-855-GO-AMERKS. www.amerks.com R

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Heart Gallery Display Closing at The Strong Open your heart.

Open your home. That’s the message Children Awaiting Parents (CAP) seeks to impart at The Judge Wagner 2015 Heart Gallery, a display of more than 20 photographs of children in need of adoptive families. 10 AM - 5 PM. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607. 263-2700. www.museumofplay.org/

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In Another Galaxy Weekend

Saturday & Sunday, November 14 & 15 Come dressed as your favorite science fiction character and meet members of the 501st Legion (Vader’s Fist) and the Rebel Legion. Pose for pictures in the dress-up area, get a temporary tattoo, make crafts, and play sci-fi arcade games. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Sq., Rochester 14607, 263-2700, www.museumofplay.org

28 * Saturday Layout Tour and Train Show

Historic preservation in miniature. Layout tour is free. There is a fee for the Train Show in the Ballroom. 11 AM - 2 PM. Edgerton Recreation Center, 41 Backus Street, Rochester 14608. 428-6769. edgertonmodelrailroadclub.com

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RMSC Live Animal Show

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Saturday Night Laser Shows See Nov. 14

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29 * Sunday RMSC Live Animal Show

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Garth Fagan Dance Celebrate

internationally acclaimed Garth Fagan Dance’s 45th anniversary with premieres by Garth Fagan and Norwood Pennewell, as well as spectacular revivals from the company’s repertoire. 7 PM. Nazareth College Arts Center, 4245 East Ave., Rochester 14618. 389-2170. artscenter.naz.edu/

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Author Jan Brett to visit Webster Jan Brett will be visiting

and introducing her new book, THE TURNIP. She will be giving a book talk and an illustration demonstration at each signing. get your tickets now. 5 PM. Wegmans - Eastway, 1955 Empire Blvd, Webster 14580. 671-8290.

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Wednesdays,” a free monthly series of programs for aspiring and current business owners. Each month seasoned professionals offer guidance on start-ups, procurement opportunities, legal considerations, marketing, record keeping and more. 10 AM - Noon. Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County, 115 South Ave., Rochester 14604. www3.libraryweb.org

03 * Thursday RMSC Science on the Edge Lecture Enjoy a lecture, museum

exploration and meeting with the speakers in a unique after hours experience. Seating is limited, pre-registration is highly encouraged. Chiara Borelli: Is climate change real or is it just a myth? 6 PM. Rochester Museum and Science Center, 657 East Ave., Rochester 14607. 697-1942. www.rmsc.org R

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

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

Amerks vs Toronto The Rochester Americans are celebrating their 60th Anniversary season in 201516 and are now in the AHL Eastern Conference. Don’t miss a minute of the action as they celebrate the history of the organization and renew longtime rivalries. 7 PM. Blue Cross Arena, 1 War Memorial Square, Rochester 14614. 1-855-GO-AMERKS. www.amerks.com R

05 * Saturday Sensory Friendly Films - The Good Dinosaur The program

provides a special opportunity for families to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment. The auditoriums dedicated to the program have their lights up, the sound turned down. 10 AM. AMC Webster 12 Movie Theatre, 2190 Empire Blvd., Rochester 14580. www.amctheatres.com

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Build, Drive, Go Exhibit Opening Explore vehicles of all

sorts, from trucks and trains to cranes and boats. Design a race track, build skyscrapers with LEGO bricks, play I-Spy with dollhouses, use computer programs to design a town, work at a construction site and more. 10 AM 8 PM. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607. 263-2700. www.museumofplay.org/

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ZooClass for 2-year-olds: Lovable Lizards in this month’s

addition to the Zoo’s two-year-old class meet some scaly friends, the lizards! Once your child gets an up close encounter with these critters, they will

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calendar of events • local family-friendly activities fall in love with the lovable lizards! All classes last 45 minutes. 10 AM 11 AM. Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St Paul Street, Rochester 14621. 3367213. senecaparkzoo.org R

ZooClass for 3-year-olds: Animal Opposites Smooth or

spiny, big or small, hard shell or furry? There are opposites all around us in the animal world. Bring your child to the Zoo and experience some opposite animals up close! All classes last 45 minutes. 11 AM - Noon. Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St Paul Street, Rochester 14621. 336-7213. senecaparkzoo.org

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RMSC Live Animal Show

Visitors can enjoy special live animal shows every weekend during the duration of the Frogs: A Chorus of Colors exhibition in the Riedman Gallery. The Wildlife Defenders will present their live animals and also discuss environmental concerns. Noon - 2 PM. Rochester Museum and Science Center, 657 East Ave., Rochester 14607. 697-1942. www.rmsc.org R

ZooClass for 4 and 5-yearolds: Awesome Amphibians

This month bring your child to the Zoo to learn what makes frogs and their friends so cool! It is bound to be a hopping good time! Class includes visits from live animals, Biofact discovery, songs, and crafts. 1 PM. Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St Paul Street, Rochester 14621. 336-7213. senecaparkzoo.org R

Garth Fagan Dance

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Build, Drive, Go Exhibit Opening See Dec. 05 Noon - 5PM

free children’s book! Included with general museum admission fees. 10 AM - 11 AM. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607. 2632700. museumofplay.org R

08 * Tuesday ZooClass for 2-year-olds: Lovable Lizards See Dec. 05 R

09 * Wednesday Amerks vs Utica The Rochester

Americans are celebrating their 60th Anniversary season in 201516 and are now in the AHL Eastern Conference. Don’t miss a minute of the action as they celebrate the history of the organization and renew longtime rivalries. 7 PM. Blue Cross Arena, 1 War Memorial Square, Rochester 14614. 1-855-GO-AMERKS. www.amerks.com

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10 * Thursday Art and Story Stroll This hour-

long story reading and art viewing experience is for children 2 to 5 with accompanying adult. $5 per adult (children free). Preregistration recommended. 11 AM - Noon. Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave., Rochester 14607. 276-8959. mag.rochester.edu

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RMSC Science on the Edge Lecture Enjoy a lecture, museum

exploration and meeting with the speakers in a unique after hours experience. Seating is limited, pre-registration is highly encouraged. John O’Donnell, MS, PhD Candidate: Are we wired to think or just thinking of wires? 6 PM. Rochester Museum and Science Center, 657 East Ave., Rochester 14607. 697-1942. www.rmsc.org R

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RMSC Live Animal Show

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Garth Fagan Dance

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

for 2- to 6-year-olds. This Month: Wonderful Wintertime. Included with general museum admission fees. 10 AM - 2 PM. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607. 263-2700. museumofplay.org R

Storytime Club: Winter Wonders Readings of classic chil-

dren’s tales at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Have your Storytime Club passport punched once during each visit. Collect five punches and receive a

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11 * Friday Home School Nature Series– Feederwatch Find out how birds live through the winter and if it’s up to you to make sure they survive! Fee: $8/student 10 AM - Noon. Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89 , Savannah 13146. 315-365-3588. ny.audubon.org/ montezuma

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Sesame Street Live

Friday - Sunday, November 20 - 22 Enjoy another delightful tour featuring your favorite Sesame Street characters. Join the fun and make a memory with your friends and family! Tickets are on sale now - don’t miss out on this family friendly show. Rochester Broadway Theatre League, 885 East Main St., Rochester 15605, 222-5000, www.rbtl.org

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18 * Friday

RMSC Live Animal Show

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Storytime Club: Winter Wonders See Dec. 07 R

15 * Tuesday ZooClass for 3-year-olds: Animal Opposites See Dec. 05 R

ZooClass for 4 and 5-yearolds: Awesome Amphibians

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17 * Thursday

Animal Tales - Drop-In Storytime See Dec. 04 R

ZooClass for 4 and 5-yearolds: Awesome Amphibians

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Amerks vs Hartford The

Rochester Americans are celebrating their 60th Anniversary season in 2015-16 and are now in the AHL Eastern Conference. Don’t miss a minute of the action as they celebrate the history of the organization and renew longtime rivalries. 7 PM. Blue Cross Arena, 1 War Memorial Square, Rochester 14614. 1-855-GO-AMERKS. www.amerks.com

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RMSC Science on the Edge Lecture Enjoy a lecture, museum

exploration and meeting with the speakers in a unique after hours experience. Seating is limited, pre-registration is highly encouraged. Dr. Stephen Polly: Physics of Photovoltaics. 6 PM. Rochester Museum and Science Center, 657 East Ave., Rochester 14607. 6971942. www.rmsc.org

19 * Saturday Reindeer Run Sprint over to

The Strong and get into the action at the fourth annual Reindeer Run, a unique, family-friendly foot race. Fees apply. 7 AM. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607. 2632700. www.museumofplay.org/

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calendar of events • local family-friendly activities RMSC Live Animal Show

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Amerks vs Albany The Rochester Americans are celebrating their 60th Anniversary season in 2015-16 and are now in the AHL Eastern Conference. Don’t miss a minute of the action as they celebrate the history of the organization and renew longtime rivalries. 7 PM. Blue Cross Arena, 1 War Memorial Square, Rochester 14614. 1-855-GO-AMERKS. www.amerks.com R

20 * Sunday RMSC Live Animal Show

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24 * Thursday

school—in the Super Fab Lab and on the playground. Included with general museum admission fees. 11 AM. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607. 263-2700. www.museumofplay.org R

RMSC Live Animal Show

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Amerks vs Utica The Rochester

Americans are celebrating their 60th Anniversary season in 201516 and are now in the AHL Eastern Conference. Don’t miss a minute of the action as they celebrate the history of the organization and renew longtime rivalries. 7 PM. Blue Cross Arena, 1 War Memorial Square, Rochester 14614. 1-855-GO-AMERKS. www.amerks.com

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Free youth admission day at the Zoo To help you enjoy your

Zoo adventure even more, the Zoo hosts select special admission days. On these days you receive one free youth admission with one paid adult. This offer is good during regular Zoo hours. 10 AM - 3 PM. Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St Paul Street, Rochester 14621. 336-7213. www.senecaparkzoo.org R

26 * Saturday Science Fun with Sid the Kid School Break Week Discover

and investigate everyday science questions around Sid’s home, and at

27 * Sunday RMSC Live Animal Show

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Science Fun with Sid the Kid School Break Week

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Amerks vs Hartford The

Rochester Americans are celebrating their 60th Anniversary season in 2015-16 and are now in the AHL Eastern Conference. Don’t miss a minute of the action as they celebrate the history of the organization and renew longtime rivalries. 5 PM. Blue Cross Arena, 1 War Memorial Square, Rochester 14614. 1-855-GO-AMERKS. www.amerks.com

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28 * Monday Science Fun with Sid the Kid School Break Week

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RMSC Live Animal Show School Break Week

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29 * Tuesday Science Fun with Sid the Kid School Break Week

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anniversary of Bugs Bunny, who first sauntered onto the screen in Tex Avery’s 1940 A Wild Hare and, in that unforgettable New York accent, asked, “What’s up, doc?” 2 PM. Dryden Theatre, 900 East Ave.,

RMSC Live Animal Show School Break Week

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Let’s Celebrate- Disney on Ice! It’s one colossal party on ice,

with all your favorite Disney friends at Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! 7 PM. Blue Cross Arena, 1 War Memorial Square, Rochester 14614. 758-5300. www.bluecrossarena.com R

31 * Thursday Free youth admission day at the Zoo See Dec. 24 R

Science Fun with Sid the Kid School Break Week

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Bugs Bunny - Dryden Kids Theatre This year marks the 75th

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RMSC Live Animal Show School Break Week

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30 * Wednesday Science Fun with Sid the Kid School Break Week

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RMSC Live Animal Show School Break Week

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Montezuma Raptor Van Tour

Hop in the Montezuma Audubon Center van for an excursion to Montezuma’s premier birding locations to encounter snowy owls, short-eared owls, bald eagles, roughlegged hawks and more! 3 PM - 6 PM. Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89 , Savannah 13146. 315-365-3580. ny.audubon. org/montezuma

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Parents' Night Out

Events Worth Hiring a Babysitter

event at the Genesee Brew House Pilot Brewery Tasting Bar. Learn more about One Cubic Foot and the Genesee while enjoying small-batch brews and contributing to the initiative. 5 PM - 6 PM. Genesee Brew House, 25 Cataract St, Rochester 14605. 3367200. www.senecaparkzoo.org R

19 * Thursday MAGthursdays At this weekly event, visit the museum (half price admission from 5 to 9 pm), listen to live music, and enjoy wine, beer and food for purchase. No reservation necessary! 5 PM - 8 PM. Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave., Rochester 14607. 276-8900. www.mag.rochester.edu R

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Geva Presents RED At the height

Geva Presents RED See Nov.

of his career, famed abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko struggles with a series of grand-scale paintings for New York’s Four Seasons restaurant. Rothko must confront his personal demons or be crushed. 7 PM. GEVA Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd., Rochester 14607. 323-4382. www.gevatheatre.org

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11 * Wednesday Geva Presents RED

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12 * Thursday Geva Presents RED See Nov. 10 7 PM

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13 * Friday RPO-Swing is the Thing Jumpn-jive with the fancy footwork of swing dance and "rock around the clock" with jukebox hits of the '50s as world-class dancers strut their stuff onstage with the RPO. 8 PM. Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs St., Rochester 14604. 454-2100. rpo.org R

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Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company

Critically acclaimed, cross-cultural contemporary dance by an AsianAmerican choreographer who seamlessly blends dynamic American modern dance with graceful Chinese classical arts. 8 PM. Nazareth College Arts Center, 4245 East Ave., Rochester 14618. 389-2170. artscenter.naz.edu

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Keeper staff as they present works of art by their favorite Zoo residents. All proceeds from the sale support animal enrichment, keeper development and your Zoo’s conservation efforts. 7 - 10 PM. Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St Paul Street, Rochester 14621. 3367200. www.senecaparkzoo.org

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15 * Sunday Geva Presents RED See Nov. 10 2 PM

17 * Tuesday Community Development Event Rochester Young Professionals

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Rochester Street Films Through short film clips and community discussion moderated by Rachel Barnhart (WROC-TV) we will explore “the future of transportation” in and around Rochester—in particular, walking, biking, & public transit. 6 PM - 8 PM. Little Theatre, 240 East Avenue, Rochester.

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Geva Presents RED

Art Social ather your friends for a fun, quick art experience in a unique setting. While you’re here, purchase food and drink and enjoy live music. No experience needed and all materials provided. Fee: $13. 6 PM - 7 PM. Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave., Rochester 14607. 276-8900. mag.rochester.edu

December 03 * Thursday Garth Fagan Dance Celebrate

internationally acclaimed Garth Fagan Dance’s 45th anniversary with premieres by Garth Fagan and Norwood Pennewell, as well as spectacular revivals from the company’s repertoire. 8 PM. Nazareth College Arts Center, 4245 East Ave., Rochester 14618. 389-2170. artscenter.naz.edu

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07 * Monday Christmas Around the World -Lake Ontario Wine Trail

Celebrate the season with festive wine and food pairings from around the world! Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased online in advance or at your starting winery. This is a self guided tour, you get to choose where to start and end. 11 AM - 6 PM. Lake Ontario Wine Trail, 4287 Jersey Road, Williamson 14589. 315-589-8861. www.lakeontariowinetrail.com

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17 * Thursday MAGthursdays At this weekly event, visit the museum (half price admission from 5 to 9 pm), listen to live music, and enjoy wine, beer and food for purchase. 5 PM - 8 PM. Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave., Rochester 14607. 276-8900. www.mag.rochester.edu R

19 * Saturday Wine and Wings Raptor Tour

The tour will stop at a The Montezuma Winery for tastings and to learn how vineyards and Important Birds Areas happily exist side by side. Must be 21+. Fee $20/adult, includes tasting fee. 1 PM - 4 PM. Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah 13146. 315-3653588. ny.audubon.org/montezuma

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27 * Sunday Big Wigs Rochester's favorite drag duo Mrs. Kasha Davis and Aggy Dune are back by popular demand to ring in the new year with dead on impersonations of your favorite musical divas. 2 PM. JCC Hart Theatre/ CenterStage, 1200 Edgewood Avenue, Rochester 14618. 461-2000. jccrochester.org/events/ R

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Performing arts are a staple of the holiday season – sit down, relax and enjoy performances of these holiday-themed shows. Miracle on 34th Street: The Musical

RAPA - Kodak Center for Performing Arts // November 21-29 A holiday classic from Meredith Willson, the writer, of the musical theater classic The Music Man! Based on the movie of the same name, Miracle On 34th Street tells the story of a single mother, Doris Walker, who doesn’t want her six-year old daughter Susan’s head filled with romantic notions. Their neighbor Fred Gailey tries to woo Doris by charming Susan and taking her to see

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Santa Claus at Macy’s, where Doris works. However, when it turns out that Macy’s Santa may in fact be the real Kris Kringle, a wave of love spreads across New York City that melts even the most cynical hearts.

A Christmas Carol

Geva Theatre // November 25 – 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 rekindle your spirit in this critically acclaimed adaptation. Please note: children less than 5 years are not permitted in the theatre.

The Nutcracker

RPO // November 25-29 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.

Motown Experience Christmas & Hits Tour RAPA - Kodak Center for Performing Arts // December 3 A World Class vocal group assembled from former members of The Temptations, The Contours & The Capitols featuring dazzling choreography and harmonies for an unforgettable show with hits and Christmas music.


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Irving Berlin’s White Christmas

Coney Island Christmas

Gala Holiday Pops

RBTL // December 3 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 worldclass 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!

JCC CenterStage - December 5 - 20 A delightful holiday show for people of all ages and all faiths, this new play from Pulitzer Prize-winner Donald Margulies weaves together nostalgia, music, merriment, and multi-holiday pageants. When a young Jewish girl is cast to play the role of Jesus in her school Christmas play, her immigrant parents struggle to balance their holiday traditions with their new role as Americans.

NYSB The Nutcracker NYSB // December 11- 13 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. When a young Jewish girl is cast to play the role of Jesus in her school Christmas play, her immigrant parents struggle to balance their holiday traditions with their new role as Americans.

Home Alone

RPO // December 12 Experience this holiday favorite as never before, on the big screen with live orchestral accompaniment! With a charming and delightful score by John Williams, Home Alone is holiday fun for the entire family. Macaulay Culkin stars as Kevin McCallister, an 8-year-old boy who’s accidentally left behind when his family leaves for Christmas vacation, and who must defend his home against two bungling thieves.

RBTL - Auditorium Theatre // December 15 - 20 This holiday season discover the perfect gift for everyone on your list! Start with a timeless tale of joy and goodwill, fill it with classic Irving Berlin songs, top it off with glorious dancing and lots of snow. The show is full of dancing, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written! Give everyone the gift they’re dreaming of with this merry and bright holiday musical. RPO // December 18-20 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.

Snowkus Pocus

Nazareth College Arts Center // December 19 Pre-performance holiday activities in the lobby: 6 p.m. Free to ticket holders; pre-registration is required. Cirque-tacular Entertainment’s holiday show. Journey with award-winning host and magician Eric Walton to a magical winter wonderland of circus spectacle and icy derring-do. Gaze in awe as the Nutcracker Guard juggles snowflakes and balances icicles. Marvel at the ballerina in her living snow globe. Be blown away when the North wind battles Jack Frost in an epic and humorous snowball fight. Feel the warm glow of winter’s end as the aerial acrobatic snow ballet melts your heart. Magic and spectacle abound in the whimsical world that is Snowkus Pocus, where cirque meets ballet for snow-y, blow-y family fun for ages 4 to 104. 

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 TYKEs - JCC CenterStage: www.jccrochester.org Nazareth College Arts Center: http://artscenter.naz.edu/

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Science Fun with Sid the Kid School Break Week Discover

and investigate everyday science questions around Sid’s home, and at school—in the Super Fab Lab and on the playground. Included with general museum admission fees. 11 AM - 2 PM. Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester 14607. 263-2700. www.museumofplay.org/ R

Let’s Celebrate- Disney on Ice! It’s one colossal party on ice,

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02 * Saturday RMSC Live Animal Show Visitors can enjoy special live animal shows every weekend during the duration of the Frogs: A Chorus of Colors exhibition in the Riedman Gallery. The Wildlife Defenders will present their live animals and also discuss

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Michael DuBois’ Solo Circus

Another weekend of amazing magic, juggling and circus/sideshow stunts. Rochester area native Michael DuBois has performed his ever-evolving SOLO CIRCUS at resorts all over the world. Next show at 2pm & 7:30pm. 11 AM. JCC Hart Theatre/ CenterStage, 1200 Edgewood Avenue, Rochester 14618. 461-2000. jccrochester.org/events/

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08 * Friday Amerks vs Hershey The

Rochester Americans are celebrating their 60th Anniversary season in 2015-16 and are now in the AHL Eastern Conference. Don’t miss a minute of the action as they celebrate the history of the organization and renew longtime rivalries. 7 PM. Blue Cross Arena, 1 War Memorial Square, Rochester 14614. 1-855-GO-AMERKS. www.amerks.com

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03 * Sunday RMSC Live Animal Show Visitors

can enjoy special live animal shows every weekend during the duration of the Frogs: A Chorus of Colors exhibition in the Riedman Gallery. The Wildlife Defenders will present their live animals and also discuss environmental concerns. Noon - 2 PM. Rochester Museum and Science Center, 657 East Ave., Rochester 14607. 697-1942. www.rmsc.org R

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10 * Sunday Amerks vs Syracuse The Rochester Americans are celebrating their 60th Anniversary season in 2015-16 and are now in the AHL Eastern Conference. Don’t miss a minute of the action as they celebrate the history of the organization and renew longtime rivalries. 5 PM. Blue Cross Arena, 1 War Memorial Square, Rochester 14614.

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RMSC Exhibit Closing - a Chorus of Colors Discover fas-

cinating living frogs, each adapted ingeniously for survival in locations around the world. Observe a large collection of rare and unusual frogs up close and in seldom-seen detail. Each frog has a story of its own. 11 AM - 5 PM. Rochester Museum and Science Center, 657 East Ave., Rochester 14607. 271-1880 or 271-4320. www.rmsc.org

19 * Tuesday The Wizard of Oz Opening Night January 19 - 24 “We’re off

to see….” The most magical adventure of them all. This new production of The Wizard of Oz is an enchanting adaptation of the all-time classic, totally reconceived for the stage. Developed from the ever popular MGM screenplay, this production contains the beloved songs from the Oscar®-winning movie score, RBTL’s Auditorium Theatre in Rochester Tickets will be available at ticketmaster.com, 800.745.3000 and the Box Office. R


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holiday events 14 * Saturday Christmas Vendor and Craft Show A holiday vendor and craft

show offering a variety of home crafted products. Come and begin your Christmas shopping. Over 45 exhibitors expected. 9 AM - 4 PM. Ontario Recreation Center, 6551 Knickerbocker Rd, Ontario 14519. 315-524-5886. www.waynecountytourism.com/events/ november

Santa Arrival Party at Marketplace Mall Join Santa for

horse drawn carriage rides at the East Entrance, followed by story time with milk & cookies in Center Court. 11 AM - 1 PM. Marketplace Mall, 1 Miracle Mile Dr, Rochester 14623. 475-0757. www.themarketplacemall.com

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Christmas with Santa at Springdale Farm

Saturdays, November 28, December 5 & 12 Join Santa and Mrs. Claus at Springdal Farm for a country breakfast of pancakes and sausage. After breakfast, enjoy Springdale Farm’s petting zoon, children’s holiday crafts and holiday music. Breakfast seatings at 9, 10, 11 a.m.& noon. Springdale Farm, 700 Colby St., Ogden 14559, www.springdalefarm.org

12 * Thursday Opening Day - Festival of Trees Get into the Holiday Spirit

at the Granger Homestead Festival of Trees. Adults $5, Seniors and Members $4, Students $1 K-12 and under age 5 - no charge. 1 PM - 7 PM. Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum, 295 N. Main St., Canandaigua 14424. 394-1472 www.grangerhomestead.org

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Opening Day - Christkindl Market This event held on the

lawn of the majestic Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum in a series of decorated, heated tents brings together over 130 regional artisans and unique food vendors. 3 PM - 8 PM. Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum, 295 N. Main St., Canandaigua 14424. 394-1472. www.grangerhomestead.org

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that age-old experience. 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. Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Rd., Mumford 14511. 538-6822. www.gcv.org

22 * Sunday Horn Choir “Kick off the Holidays” All concerts are free

for Breakfast with St. Nicholas. 9 AM - Noon. Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Rd., Mumford 14511. 538-6822. www.gcv.org

Breakfast with Santa - RAPA

Join Santa and his helpers for a light breakfast, music, and a little bit of magic before heading to 2pm performance of Miracle on 34th Street. Tickets are on sale until November 26. Noon - 1 PM. Kodak Center for Performing Arts, 200 West Ridge Rd., Rochester 14615. www.rapatheatre.org

Polar Express Pajama Party

Come dressed in holiday-themed pajamas to enjoy activities, hot chocolate, a visit with Santa, and a viewing of The Polar Express. Among the activities are making crystals, making whistles, and making (and eating) liquid nitrogen ice cream. 5 PM - 8 PM. MOST - Museum of Science and Technology, 500 S. Franklin Street, Syracuse 13202. 315-425-9068 ext. 2132. www.most.org

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28 * Saturday Breakfast with St. Nicholas

Enjoy the children’s Breakfast with St. Nicholas. Take a picture with an authentic 19th-century Saint Nick—and share a hot meal with him on this brisk morning. Reservations are required

30 * Monday Gingerbread House Program Celebrate the upcoming Christmas holiday season by making your own gingerbread house! Liz Bauld will be on hand to supply materials and give instructions. There are two sessions; one at 6pm and one at 7:30pm. 6 PM - 7 PM. Gates Public Library, 902 Elmgrove Rd, Rochester 14624. 2476446. www.gateslibrary.org


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December 01 * Tuesday Candlelight Night - Pittsford

An annual 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. 5 PM - 9 PM. Downtown Pittsford, Main Street, Pittsford 14534. www.townofpittsford.org

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Park Avenue 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 PM - 9 PM. Park Ave, Park Ave, Rochester 14607. www.park-avenue.org

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker Celebrate

the beloved Christmas tradition with the whole family as 40 worldclass Russian artists bring this charming classic to life. Experience Tchaikovsky’s master score this Christmas with the magic of larger than-life-puppets. 7 PM. Auditorium Theatre, 885 E. Main St., Rochester 14605. 222-5000. www.rbtl.org

Motown Experience Christmas & Hits Tour A World Class vocal group assembled from former members of The Temptations, The Contours & The Capitols featuring dazzling choreography and harmonies for an unforgettable show with hits and Christmas music. 7 PM. Kodak Center for Performing Arts, 200 West Ridge Rd., Rochester 14615. 4540073. www.rapatheatre.org

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Christmas Crafts for Kids

Mini Gingerbread House Ages

Children of all ages can create two (2) Christmas crafts at the Library. This is a family Christmas holiday event. 10 AM - 11 AM. Greece Public Library, 2 Vince Tofany Blvd, Rochester 14612. 225-8951. www.greecepubliclibrary.org

Festival of Lights in Clifton Springs Annual Tradition Continues With Free Horse Drawn Wagon Rides Food & Shopping Specials Visits with Santa Claus Performances by Midlakes students Ice Sculpting Dickens Carolers Treats from Merchants. 5 PM - 8 PM. Downtown Clifton Springs, , Village of Clifton Springs 14432. 315-462-8200. www.cliftonspringschamber.com

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3 and up. Children and their adult will create a miniature Gingerbread House. Register now. 10 AM - 11 AM. Greece Public Library, 2 Vince Tofany Blvd, Rochester 14612. 225-8951. www.greecepubliclibrary.org

Holiday Homecoming at Eastman House Festive displays,

live music, refreshments, family activities, and a visit with Santa. Bring your cameras. Incl. w/ museum admission, $3 for children 5–12. No reservations needed. No discounts or passes. 5 PM - 8 PM. George Eastman House, 900 East Ave., Rochester 14607. 271-3361. www.eastman.org

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family will be treated to music, holiday costumed characters and the magic of little ones seeing Santa to get in the holiday spirit! Enjoy the holiday parade, free ice skating and activities. 4 PM - 8 PM. Liberty Pole Plaza, 230 E. Main Street, Rochester 14604. 428-5990. www.cityofrochester.gov

Polar Express Pajama Party

Come dressed in holiday-themed pajamas to enjoy activities, hot chocolate, a visit with Santa, and a viewing of The Polar Express. Among the activities are making crystals, making whistles, and making (and eating) liquid nitrogen ice cream. 5 PM - 8 PM. MOST - Museum of Science and Technology, 500 S. Franklin Street, Syracuse 13202. 315425-9068 ext. 2132. www.most.org

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Meet the New York State Ballet (NYSB) Nutcracker cast and the magical Sugar Plum Fairy, make SugarPlum tiaras and wands. Take pictures with the Nutcracker cast. Come dressed in tutu or princess costume. Refreshments and cupcakes. 1 PM - 2 PM. Ballet Prestige, 1855 Monroe Avenue, Rochester 14618. 704-1903. www.newyorkstateballet.org

favorite Varick Winery products (with holiday savings!) while the kids meet Santa! Free admission; $4.00 to sample six wines, fair is complimentary. 9 AM - 6 PM. Varick Winery, 5102 State Route 89, Romulus 14541. 315-549-8797. www.varickwinery.com

Sensory Friendly Polar Express Pajama Party This is a

special Sensory Friendly party reserved for people with sensory processing issues and their families. During the Sensory Friendly party, the IMAX sound system is turned down, the doors are left open for visitors. 5 PM - 8 PM. MOST - Museum of Science and Technology, 500 S. Franklin Street, Syracuse 13202. 315-425-9068 ext. 2132. www.most.org

RPO - Home Alone Experience this holiday favorite as never before, on the big screen with live orchestral accompaniment! With a charming and delightful score by John Williams, Home Alone is holiday fun for the entire family. 7 PM. Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs St., Rochester 14604. 454-2100. rpo.org

13 * Sunday Last Day - Festival of Trees Last day to enjoy the Festival of Trees. Adults $5, Seniors and Members $4, Students $1 K-12 and under age 5 - no charge. 1

PM - 5 PM. Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum, 295 N. Main St., Canandaigua 14424. 394-1472. www.grangerhomestead.org

14 * Monday Santa Golf and Bowling Bowl

and play a round of golf among the Santas at the library and make a related craft. Register now. 9 AM 10 AM. Greece Public Library, 2 Vince Tofany Blvd, Rochester 14612. 2258951. www.greecepubliclibrary.org

19 * Saturday Skate with Santa Families will have an opportunity to skate the ice to popular holiday music and holiday decor. Santa will be on the ice and provide all children an opportunity to give him their holiday wishlist. 2 PM - 5 PM. Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex, 2700 Brighton-Henrietta TL Rd., Rochester 14623. 424-4625. www. billgraysiceplex.com/specialevents

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Snowkus Pocus - Holiday Show Journey with award-winning

host and magician Eric Walton to a magical winter wonderland of circus spectacle and icy derring-do. Magic and spectacle abound in the whimsical world that is Snowkus Pocus, where cirque meets ballet. 7 PM. Nazareth College Arts Center, 4245 East Ave., Rochester 14618. 389-2170. artscenter.naz.edu

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New Year’s Eve Celebration Rochester Free - Join family and

friends to ring in the New Year! There’s a DJ Dance Party with Jimmy C’s Music Machine, giant bounce houses, obstacle course, airbrush tattoos, photo booths, caricature artists, magician, clowns and more! 7 PM - 10 PM. Riverside Convention Center, 123 East Main Street, Rochester 14604. 428-5990. www.cityofrochester.gov/

New Year’s Eve at Bristol Mountain Ring in the new year

cutting a swath through the mountain snows. Skiing under the lights while you wait to ring in the new year is an exciting way to spend the last day of the year. A torchlight parade headlines the evening with skiiers. 10 PM. Bristol Mountain, 5662 Route 64, Canandaigua 14424. 374-6000. www.bristolmountain.com

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holiday events and exhibits vendors. Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum, 295 N. Main St., Canandaigua 14424. 394-1472. www.grangerhomestead.org

Miracle on 34th Street: The Musical Nov 21 - 29. Based on the

movie of the same name, Miracle On 34th Street tells the story of a single mother, Doris Walker, who doesn’t want her six-year old daughter Susan’s head filled with romantic notions. Kodak Center for Performing Arts, 200 West Ridge Rd., Rochester 14615. 2540073. www.rapatheatre.org

Holidays at the Market Sundays, November 29, December 6, December 13 9am - 3pm The event features dozens of vendors with art, crafts, decorations, holiday food delicacies, gifts and stocking stuffers. Take advantage of a wide selection of holiday trees, wreaths and fresh garlands. Families can visit with Santa and take a free horse-drawn carriage ride, decorate cookies, and more! Rochester Public Market, 280 North Union St., Rochester 14605, 428-6907, www.cityofrochester.gov Wreath Display & Auction at Eastman House Nov

3 - 29. Wreaths designed by local florists and garden clubs are on view in the Colonnade and available for purchase in a silent auction. George Eastman House, 900 East Ave., Rochester 14607. 271-3361. www.eastman.org

Sweet Creations at Eastman House Nov 7 - Dec

16. This year marks the 20th anniversary of Sweet Creations— the exquisite display of dozens of cleverly designed and deliciously decorated gingerbread houses and objects located throughout the museum. George Eastman House,

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Festival of Trees Nov 12 -

Dec 13. Get into the Holiday Spirit at the Granger Homestead Festival of Trees. Adults $5, Seniors and Members $4, Students $1 K-12 and under age 5 - no charge. Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum, 295 N. Main St., Canandaigua 14424. 394-1472. www.grangerhomestead.org

Christkindl Market Nov 12 - 15. This event held on the lawn of the majestic Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum in a series of decorated, heated tents brings together over 130 regional artisans and unique food

Holiday Laser Shows Nov 21 Jan 3, 2016. A mix of festive holiday music from classical and pop traditions accompanies unique visual effects and choreographed laser light among the Planetarium stars. Strasenburgh Planetarium, 657 East Ave., Rochester 14607. 697-1942. www.rmsc.org/ StrasenburghPlanetarium RPO and Rochester City Ballet Presents The Nutcracker Nov

25, 27, 28 & 29. Come and enjoy the magical tale of The Nutcracker to life with Tchaikovsky’s enchanting music performed live by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. See what makes this classic a yearly tradition and the perfect way to begin the holiday season! Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs St., Rochester 14604. 454-2100. rpo.org

Geva Presents -A Christmas Carol Nov 25 - 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. GEVA Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd., Rochester 14607. 232-4382. www.gevatheatre. org

Christmas with Santa at Springdale Farm Nov 28, Dec

5 & 12. Join Santa and Mrs. Claus at Springdal Farm for a country breakfast of pancakes and sausage. After breakfast, enjoy Springdale Farm’s petting zoon, children’s holiday crafts and holiday music. Breakfast seatings at 9, 10, 11 a.m.& noon. Springdale Farm, 700 Colby Street, Ogden Center 14559. 349-2090. www. springdalefarm.org

The Polar Express Nov 28 - Dec

20. The weekend rides are one hour long, round trip. There is a short stop at the North Pole to pick-up Santa. Your ticket includes museum admission and everyone will enjoy the huge model-train layout. 11:45am, 1pm, 2:15pm, 3:30pm, 4:45pm & 6pm. Medina Railroad Museum, 530 West Ave., Medina 14103. 798-6106. www.railroadmuseum.net

Holidays at the Market Nov 29, Dec 6 & 13. Holidays at the Market features a festive mix of holidayoriented vendors with art, crafts, decorations, holiday food delicacies, gifts, stocking stuffers, carriage rides with Santa, and much much more. 9 AM - 3 PM. Rochester Public Market, 280 N. Union St., Rochester 14605. Yuletide in the Country Dec 4 - 20. Journey back through time on a guided tour of the historic village to meet characters from the past as they celebrate Christmas. Enjoy music, dancing and tree lighting as you visit village homes and businesses. Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Rd., Mumford 14511. 538-6822. www.gcv.org Holiday Pet Photos Dec 5-6 & 12. Celebrate the season with a festive portrait of you and your pet. Reserve your photo session today! 10 AM - 5 PM. Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Rd., Fairport 14450. 223-1330 ext 139. www.lollypop.org Coney Island Christmas Dec 5 - 20. A delightful holiday show for people of all ages and all faiths, this new play from Pulitzer Prize-winner Donald Margulies weaves together nostalgia, music, merriment, and multi-holiday pageants. JCC Hart Theatre/CenterStage, 1200 Edgewood Avenue, Rochester 14618. 461-2000. jccrochester.org Holly Trolley Train Rides Dec 6, 13 & 20. Santa may still use reindeer power, but sometimes he joins you to enjoy a ride on the authentic 88-yearold electric trolley car, recalling another time when families rode trolleys from their rural homes to do their holiday shopping in the city. 11 AM. New York Museum of Transportation, 6393 East River Rd, West Henrietta 14586. 5331113. nymtmuseum.org


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NYSB The Nutcracker Dec 11, 12 & 13. 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. RIT Panara Theatre, 52 Lomb Memorial Dr, Rochester 14623. 704-1903. www.newyorkstateballet. org Breakfast with Santa at the Zoo Dec 12-13 & 19-20. You and

your family can enjoy a magical “sleigh” ride to the Rocky Coasts Gallery where your children can meet Santa at their own pace and enjoy a hot breakfast. Seating times: 8:30, 10, and 11:30 a.m. Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St Paul Street, Rochester 14621. 336-7200. www.senecaparkzoo.org

Christmas Celebration at the Aquarium Dec 13 & 19. Receive

a special present from Santa between 9 am and 11 am but the whole day will be packed with festive activities and special programs. All for regular admission. 9 AM - 5 PM. Aquarium of Niagara, 701 Whirlpool St., Niagara Falls 14301. 716-285-3575. www. aquariumofniagara.org

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas Dec 15 - 20. This

holiday season discover the perfect gift for everyone on your list! Start with a timeless tale of joy and goodwill, fill it with classic Irving Berlin songs, top it off with glorious dancing and lots of snow. RBTL Auditorium Theatre, 885 E. Main St., Rochester 14605. 2225000. www.rbtl.org

RPO - Gala Holiday Pops Dec 18 - 20. Jolly, joyous, and not-tobe-missed! Put some ho-ho-ho in your holiday with Rochester’s most cherished tradition. From festive favorites to heartwarming carols, the RPO’s holiday extravaganza is guaranteed to brighten your season. Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs St., Rochester 14604. 4542100. www.rpo.org

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Eastview Mall, 7979 Pittsford Victor Rd., Victor 14564. 2234420. www.eastviewmall.com

Marketplace Mall, 1 Miracle Mile Dr, Rochester 14623. 475-0757. www.themarketplacemall.com

Mall at Greece Ridge Center

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By Carol Harvey

oh, christmas tree!

choosing & cutting your own christmas tree

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hether your idea of the perfect Christmas tree is a Charlie Brown version or one more like the Griswold family tree, you can find your ideal specimen. And cutting 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. 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 if one is not provided. Many farms wrap the trees and supply cords, but you might want to bring your own straps to secure your tree to your car. Remember to call the farm or store before you go to confirm their supply, their hours and which attractions or winter activities are available.

Aman's Nursery

750 Alderman Road Palmyra, 14522 315-945-5559 www.christmastreesny. org/custom/amans/ Friday-Sunday: 9am-dark Aman's Nursery offers choose and cut Christmas trees (saws are provided), precut trees, and wreaths. Plus you can visit with Santa and enjoy wagon rides, food and drinks.

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Morgan Hill Tree Farm

299 Morgan Hill Road Scottsville, 14546 889-4998 www.morganhilltreefarm.com Weekends: 10am-4pm, Thanksgiving-Christmas Find your perfect tree from the abundant selection including Douglas Fir, Balsam Fir, and Blue Spruce trees. You may cut your own (saws provided), or ask one of the staff members who will be happy to assist you.

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Swagler's Christmas Trees 6360 Fairport Road East Rochester, 14445 586-5346

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10am-9pm after Thanksgiving Swagler's offers 10 Christmas tree varieties to choose from. Cut your own or select one already cut. Tree wrapping, tree stands, wreaths and more are available.

Windy Meadow Tree Farm

1215 West Sweden Road, Brockport, 14420 637-2773 www.windymeadowtreefarm.com Fridays: Noon- 4:30pm, Weekends: 9am-4:30pm, after Thanksgiving Bring your whole family out for a traditional Christmas experience... choosing the perfect tree! Enjoy free hot chocolate and cookies in the gift shop and browse the selection of wreaths and other holiday decorations.

Woody Acres

1530 Harris Road Penfield, 14526 872-2759 www.woodyacresfarm. blogspot.com Mon-Fri: 12:30-5pm, Weekends: 9am-5pm Breathe in the clean air and indulge in the smell of a freshly cut tree. Grab your camera, invite your family and friends, and make some holiday memories at Woody Acres! Wagon rides and hot cocoa at the gift shop will complete your day.


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