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This Months Feature Story

Teaching kids about spending, saving and more

By Charles McChesney

To discover the value of a dollar—or several—young people need opportunities to learn about saving, spending, borrowing, and how to balance their needs and wants.


Enchanted Beaver Lake

Credit: Michael Davis Photo (2007)

Enchanted Beaver Lake features more than 500 jack-o-lanterns and luminaria that light the way along two magical trails at the Beaver Lake Nature Center, Route 370, Baldwinsville. There’s also face painting, fortune telling and treats. The annual event runs from Thursday, Oct. 26, through Sunday, Oct. 29, 6 to 8:30 p.m. each night. Advance reservations, including parking, are required. Admission is $3 per person; it’s free for kids under 3. Parking costs $5. Call (315) 638-2519 for reservations and information.

For more events in October, take a look at the calendar.






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The Cool and the Colorful

Schweinfurth Art Center

205 Genesee St., Auburn. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Two exhibits—Quilts=Art=Quilts and Traditions Made Modern: Wedding Ring Quilts by Victoria Findlay Wolfe—are up through Jan. 3. Admission to exhibits is $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens, and free for those under age 12. (There is no admission charge to visit the gift shop on its own.) For more information, call 255-1553 or visit

Michael Davis photos

Cubebot, Mini, $9

Cubebot, Large, $15

Playing Card Set, $15

Backgammon, $25

Checkers/Chess, $25

Kikkerland Samu Windup Toy, $24


The Museum of Science and Technology (MOST)

500 S. Franklin St., Armory Square, Syracuse. Open Wednesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (and also Mondays and Tuesdays during school vacations). Admission to the exhibit hall costs $10 for adults, $8 for children ages 2 to 11, and $8 for age 65 and older. To learn about special holiday events in December, such as the Polar Express Pajama Party, see the calendar in this issue. For more information, call
425-9068 or visit

Art & Motion Dolphin, $12.99

Thick Slab, Dyed, $14.50

Plush Cobra, 12 inches, $16.99


Everson Museum of Art

401 Harrison St., Syracuse. Open Sunday, Wednesday and Friday, noon to 5 p.m.; Thursday, noon to 8 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Suggested donation for the galleries is $5. Admission during the Festival of Trees, Dec. 4 through 13, is $5, free for children under 10. Call 474-6064 for information, or visit

Todd Conover Necklace, $175

Wire Person, $27.98

Roly Poly Push Toys Mommy and Baby Dinosaur, $16.98

Pottery, $35