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Please note: Mistakes happen. To confirm event details, call the sponsoring organization’s phone number or visit the website.

Saturday, April 29

Party for the Planet. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Celebrate Earth Day and learn about the zoo’s efforts to sustain biodiversity. See animal demonstrations and keeper talks. Rosamond Gifford Zoo, 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse. $8/person, plus zoo admission: $8/adults; $5/age 62 & up; $4/ages 3-18; free/age 2 and younger. (315) 435-8511. rosamond
giffordzoo.org.

Arbor Day at the Mansion House. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Learn to identify trees in a nature scavenger hunt, build a birdfeeder, find out about maple syrup production and see a professional arborist climbing trees. Oneida Community Mansion House, 170 Kenwood Ave., Oneida. Free admission; some activities extra. (315) 363-0745. oneidacommunity.org.

Cast and Crew Tryouts for Teens. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. See April 1 listing.

Little Red Riding Hood. 12:30 p.m. See April 8 listing.

Sounds of Sweden. 2 p.m. Listen to Toby Weinberg and Stefhan Ohlstrom play music from Sweden on fiddles and keyed fiddle. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. (315) 435-3636.

Perler Bead Creations. 3 p.m. See April 1 listing.

Bishop Grimes Fundraising Dinner. 6-10 p.m. The Bishop Grimes Parent Organization hosts a dinner and silent auction. 6653 Kirkville Road, East Syracuse. $40/person. Tickets: MBelge@syrdiocese.org or (315) 314-7157.

Sunday, April 30

Step Up 4 Kids. 7-noon. A Kids Fun Run, 5K and children’s activities help raise money for the McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center, in honor of National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Sawmill Creek Shelter, Willow Bay, Onondaga Lake Park, Liverpool. $30-$35/5K; $15/Kids Fun Run. mcmahonryan.org.

 

Saturday, April 29

Party for the Planet. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Celebrate Earth Day and learn about the zoo’s efforts to sustain biodiversity. See animal demonstrations and keeper talks. Rosamond Gifford Zoo, 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse. $8/person, plus zoo admission: $8/adults; $5/age 62 & up; $4/ages 3-18; free/age 2 and younger. (315) 435-8511. rosamond
giffordzoo.org.

Arbor Day at the Mansion House. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Learn to identify trees in a nature scavenger hunt, build a birdfeeder, find out about maple syrup production and see a professional arborist climbing trees. Oneida Community Mansion House, 170 Kenwood Ave., Oneida. Free admission; some activities extra. (315) 363-0745. oneidacommunity.org.

Cast and Crew Tryouts for Teens. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Teens ages 14-19 can audition for paid roles in a touring production of From the Back of the Bus, a theater show about the impact of racism on teens; prepare a monologue and a song to perform. Prospective paid crew members will be tested on video and sound equipment. Show performed in New York City and other locations, July 10-Aug. 18. The Media Unit, 327 Montgomery St., Syracuse. (315) 478-8648.

Little Red Riding Hood. 12:30 p.m. The Magic Circle Children’s Theatre presents an interactive, comic version of the tale, in which children in the audience help Little Red Riding Hood foil the Wolf and then become witnesses at his trial, giving their version of events. Spaghetti Warehouse, 689 N. Clinton St., Syracuse. $6. Reservations recommended: (315) 449-3823.

Sounds of Sweden. 2 p.m. Listen to Toby Weinberg and Stefhan Ohlstrom play music from Sweden on fiddles and keyed fiddle. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. (315) 435-3636.

Perler Bead Creations. 3 p.m. Make some spring-themed Perler bead creations. Soule Branch Library, 101 Springfield Road, Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5320.

Bishop Grimes Fundraising Dinner. 6-10 p.m. The Bishop Grimes Parent Organization hosts a dinner and silent auction. 6653 Kirkville Road, East Syracuse. $40/person. Tickets: MBelge@syrdio
cese.org or (315) 314-7157.

Sunday, April 30

Step Up 4 Kids. 7 a.m.-noon. A Kids Fun Run, 5K and children’s activities help raise money for the McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center, in honor of National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Sawmill Creek Shelter, Willow Bay, Onondaga Lake Park, Liverpool. $30-$35/5K; $15/Kids Fun Run. mcmahonryan.org.

Monday, May 1

Gaming for Adults with Special Needs. 1:30-3 p.m. Wii and board games available. Caregivers must remain in the room. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Craftastic Critters. 4:30 p.m.; also May 8, 15 & 22. Kids in preschool through grade 2 can drop into the Fab Lab and make a craft. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.

Yoga for Everyone. 6-7 p.m.; also May 8 & 22. A class of gentle yoga for all. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1940.

Multiple Moms Mingle. 6 p.m. Monthly meeting of mothers and expectant mothers of multiples. Tully’s, 2943 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse. Reserve if you wish to attend: multiplemomsmingle@gmail.com.

Tuesday, May 2

Little Muses. 10 a.m.; also May 9, 16 & 23. Children from infants to age 5 can practice the skills they need for school success, by reading, dancing and playing. Mundy Branch Library, 1204 S. Geddes St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3797.

Storytime. 10 a.m.; also May 9, 16, 23 & 30. Toddlers and preschoolers can enjoy stories, songs, dance, finger plays and crafts. White Branch Library, 763 Butternut St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3519.

Yoga Storytime. 10:30 a.m.; also May 16 & 30. Kids ages 3 to 6 and parents can learn yoga and literacy skills in a session that features puppets, stories, songs and breathing exercises. Participants must wear socks; mats provided. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: (315) 637-6374. fflib.org

Homeschool Hang Out. 1-3 p.m. Homeschoolers can get together to watch movies and play games. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Seed Bombs. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Participants age 12 and up can learn how to beautify Syracuse’s abandoned lots with a mixture of flower seeds and newspaper pulp. Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

Wednesday, May 3

First Steps. 9:30 a.m.; also May 10, 17, 24 & 31. Children who are good walkers, up to age 3, can with a caregiver take part in a program with music, movement, crafts and more. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.

Baby Storytime with Signs. 10:30 a.m.; also May 10, 17, 24 & 31. Babies and caregivers can take part in a language-building program that teaches and reinforces six basic signs. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.

Read, Sing, Play Storytime. 10:30-11 a.m.; also May 10, 17, 24 & 31. Preschoolers and caregivers can take part in an interactive storytime. Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

Storytime. 10:30 a.m.; also May 10, 17, 24 & 31. Toddlers, preschoolers and their caregivers can hear stories, sing, dance and more. Paine Branch Library, 113 Nichols Ave., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5442.

Let’s Pretend: I’m a Raccoon. 1 p.m.; also May 10. Children ages 3-5 learn about an animal that lives at Beaver Lake by acting out how the animal behaves. Each program includes a craft and outdoor activities. The May 10 program is about snapping turtles. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $5/child; $4/vehicle. Registration required: (315) 638-2519.

Homeschool STEAM Club. 2:30-4:30 p.m. Young people can learn about science, technology, engineering, art and music through hands-on activities and experiments. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. Registration required: lpl.org.

Creation Club Junior. 4 p.m.; also May 17. Kids in grades 3-5 can learn skills for using technology for everything from 3D printing to game design. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.

Teen Geeks. 6-8 p.m.; also May 17. Teens can hang out, eat snacks, and play a game or do another activity at each week’s session. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Thursday, May 4

Craft Club. 5:15 p.m.; also May 11 & 18. Kids age 5 and up can make unique items with a variety of materials. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3395.

A Star Wars Celebration. 4-5:30 p.m. Kids ages 6-12 can make Star Wars-themed crafts, play the Lego Star Wars video game on the Xbox One and have some galactic snacks. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

May the 4th Be With You. 4 p.m. Visitors of all ages can celebrate Star Wars with books, crafts, activities and more. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. Registration required: (315) 446-3578.

Teen Writer’s Guild. 4-5 p.m.; also May 11 & 18. Middle and high school students can take part in writing workshops featuring constructive feedback, brainstorming sessions and support. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.

May the 4th. 6:30 p.m. Kids ages 4-14 can celebrate Star Wars Day with crafts and activities. Salina Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Free. (315) 454-4524. salinalibrary.org.

Friday, May 5

Full STEAM Ahead Storytime. 10:30 a.m. Children ages 3-5 can hear a story related to science, technology, engineering, art and math—and then do an experiment. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. Registration required: (315) 446-3578.

Wii and Game Fun. 3 p.m.; also May 12, 19 & 26. Children age 5 and up can play on the Nintendo Wii or enjoy an assortment of board games while they wait. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3395.

Popcorn Fridays. 3:30-4:30 p.m.; also May 12, 19 & 26. Young people ages 12-18 can enjoy popcorn and games in the TeenSpace. Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. Register at onlib.org/calendar. (315) 435-1900.

Parade of Baskets. 4-7 p.m. Raffle of themed baskets and gift cards benefits programs at the elementary school. Hot dogs, hamburgers and other food will be sold. Grimshaw Elementary School cafeteria, 5957 Route 20 W., LaFayette. Free admission. (315) 677-3152.

Saturday, May 6

Public Fishing. 9:30-11:30 a.m.; also May 13 & 20. Families and individuals can come for a morning of fishing; bait, rods and reels provided. Volunteers are on site to help beginners. (Fishing license not required.) Carpenter’s Book Fish Hatchery, 1672 Route 321, Elbridge. $5/person. Registration required: (315) 689-9367.

TCGPlayer and Friends. 10 a.m.; also May 13 & 20. Kids age 12 and up can play trading card games like Yu-Gi-Oh!, Pokemon and more in this informal group, to which new players are always welcome. Mundy Branch Library, 1204 S. Geddes St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3797.

Fun with Science. 10 a.m. Kids can learn about vision from two neuroscience graduate students and then, if they wish, stay to watch the dissection of a cow’s eye at the end of the program. (Participants may leave before the dissection if they wish.) Paine Branch Library, 113 Nichols Ave., Syracuse. Free. Registration required: (315) 435-5442.

Wildlife Festival. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Families can learn about nature through presentations with live birds of prey, mammals, amphibians and reptiles. There will also be puppet shows, crafts, food for sale, and more. Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 Route 89, Savannah. $5/person; $20/family. (315) 365-3588.

Chess at Betts. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; also May 13 & 20. Players or beginners of all ages can play on provided chess sets. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1940.

Beethoven’s Got Talent. 10:30 a.m. A Symphoria concert explores the music and life of Beethoven in a program created for children. Inspiration Hall, 709 James St., Syracuse. $15/adults; $10/senior citizens; free/age 18 and under. (315) 299-5598, Ext. 1.

Paws and Books. 10:30-11:30 a.m.; also May 20. Children ages 5-12 can read a story to Cooper, a trained, lovable dog certified as a Canine Good Citizen. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Toddlers’ Tango. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Toddlers and preschoolers can have fun in this music and movement class. Salina Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Free. Registration required: (315) 454-4524. salinalibrary.org.

Tails to Tell. 11 a.m.; also May 20. Kids ages 5-12 can read a story to a lovable, trained animal from Paws of CNY. Mundy Branch Library, 1204 S. Geddes St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3797.

Star Wars Spectacular. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Participants of all ages are invited to wear costumes, play trivia games, vote for the best villain, learn Jedi light saber technique and more. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Scavenger Hunt. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Kids ages 5-12 can pick up clues for a library book scavenger hunt, with a prize for everyone who completes the challenge. Mundy Branch Library, 1204 S. Geddes St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3797.

Little Red Riding Hood. 12:30 p.m. See April 29 listing.

Ukulele Workshop. 1-2 p.m. Beginners age 12 and up can learn ukulele fundamentals from Pat Doherty. Participants should bring an instrument or call in advance to see if the library has one available. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Student Art Reception. 2-4 p.m. Meet artists and browse the exhibit of nature-themed artwork by K-12 students from local school districts. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. (315) 673-1350. baltimorewoods.org.

Sciencenter Showtime. 2 p.m.; Saturdays. An interactive presentation explores different aspects of science each week. This month’s topics include: coding, robotics, asteroid exploration, and chemistry. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/ages 2-64; $7/seniors, age 65-plus; free/under 2. (607) 272-0600. sciencenter.org.

Open Chess. 2-4 p.m.; also May 13 & 20. Players of all levels can meet up with others and play with provided boards, or bring their own. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3636.

Graphic Novel and Comic Book Club. 2:30 p. m. Teens can discuss books (this month, Alan Moore’s Watchmen series), use the books to inspire their own graphic novels, and eat pizza. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Comic Jam. 3-4:30 p.m. Participants age 12 and up can celebrate Free Comic Book Day by creating their own comics, learning how to write stories, sketch thumbnails and develop characters. Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

Sunday, May 7

Book Signing with Kim Edwards. Noon-2 p.m. Kim Edwards, contributing author for Chicken Soup for the Soul: Best Mom Ever!, will sign copies. Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. (315) 449-2948.

Moto-Inventions. 1-2 p.m.; Sundays in May. Tinker with recycled materials and electricity to make whirling, moving machines to take home. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/ages 2-64; $7/seniors, age 65-plus; free/under 2. (607) 272-0600. sciencenter.org.

Cinco de Mayo Party. 2-4 p.m. Kids ages 5-10 can celebrate the Mexican holiday, make a luchador mask and more. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. Registration required: (315) 446-3578.

Chemsations. 2 p.m.; also May 21. Local high school students demonstrate chemical reactions with color changes, bubbles and light. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/ages 2-64; $7/seniors, age 65-plus; free/under 2. (607) 272-0600. sciencenter.org.

Afternoon Tea. 2 p.m. Guests can enjoy teas, children’s tea or juice, and an assortment of sweets and savories. Event held outdoors unless the weather is inclement. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $25/person; $4/vehicle. Registration required: (315) 638-2519.

Monday, May 8

Paws to Read. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Readers can work with therapy dog Mollie for 15 minutes. Salina Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Free. Registration required: (315) 454-4524. salinalibrary.org.

Comfort Measures During Labor. 6 p.m. Bring a yoga mat or blanket and a partner to this session on touch and massage that can help soothe discomfort during labor. Presented by CNY Doula Connection. CNY Healing Arts, 195 Intrepid Lane, Syracuse. Free. Registration recommended: (315) 395-3643.

Rainbow Salt Jars. 4 p.m. Children age 4 and up can use table salt and colored chalk to make rainbow salt jars to take home. Paine Branch Library, 113 Nichols Ave., Syracuse. Free. Registration required: (315) 435-5442.

Tuesday, May 9

Signing Storytime. 10:30 a.m.; also May 23. Children ages 3-6 can learn six to seven signs that correspond to the week’s story. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.

Teen MOPS. 4-6 p.m. Pregnant women or young mothers, ages 13-21, with children under 6 enjoy a faith-based program with fun, food and activities while their children are cared for by the childcare program. Liverpool First United Methodist Church, 604 Oswego St., Liverpool. Free. Call or text: (315) 569-2542 or (518) 441-3690. LiverpoolTeenMOPS@gmail.com.

Wednesday, May 10

L’Arche Plant Sale. 2-7 p.m.; through May 14. Purchase annual and perennial plants, cut flowers and candles in this benefit for L’Arche Syracuse. Shop City Plaza, Teall Avenue and Grant Boulevard, Syracuse. (315) 479-8088.

Teen Anime Night. 6-8 p.m. Teens can come and talk about anime. Cosplay is okay, but library staff must approve. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Thursday, May 11

L’Arche Plant Sale. 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; through May 14. See May 10 listing.

Free to Be. 10:30-11:15 a.m. Children from infants to age 6 can take part in this early childhood music and acting class with live guitar music, creating unique lyrics. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.

Trail Tales. 1 p.m.; also May 25. A naturalist reads stories to children ages 3-5 and then leads them on a trail walk. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $4/vehicle. 638-2519.

Teen Trading Card Game Day. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Young people ages 12-18 can join TCG Player, a local company, for an afternoon of games and prizes. Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. Register at onlib.org/calendar. (315) 435-1900.

Friday, May 12

L’Arche Plant Sale. 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; through May 14. See May 10 listing.

Saturday, May 13

L’Arche Plant Sale. 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; through May 14. See May 10 listing.

Sciencenter Summer Exhibition Opening. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. With Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body, learn why your nose runs, where warts come from, and why your body produces so much “gunk.” Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/ages 2-64; $7/seniors, age 65-plus; free/under 2. (607) 272-0600. sciencenter.org.

Paws to Read. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Kids can read to one of three friendly dogs from Paws Inc. of CNY. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Fishing Class. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Kids of all ages can learn how to fish with Spider Rybaak. Live bait and lures will be used; bait and tackle are provided. Those over age 16 must have a valid New York state fishing license. Oneida Fish Hatchery, 3 Hatchery Road, off Route 49, Constantia. Free. srybaak@yahoo.com.

Drop In Family Games. 1-4:30 p.m. Children age 5 and up and caregivers can play board games (or Duplos, for younger kids). Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Talk & Signing with Shanelle Benson Reid. 1 p.m. Shanelle Benson Reid will talk about her manual Empowered for Success, which is designed to help students develop academic skills and apply them in multiple settings. Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. (315) 449-2948.

Seussical Kids. 2 p.m. Front Row Players, a theater program for adults of all abilities, perform a musical based on the stories of Dr. Seuss. Eastern Hills Bible Church, 4600 Enders Road, Manlius. $10. (315) 663-8390. frontrowplayers.org.

Lego Club. 2-4 p.m. Children ages 6-12 can do some Lego building, with snacks, beverages and Legos provided. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Mother’s Day Cards. 3-4:30 p.m. Participants age 12 and up can create custom cards with the library’s mini printing press. Supplies provided, but bring your own to personalize your cards. Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

Sunday, May 14

L’Arche Plant Sale. 9 a.m.-noon. See May 10 listing.

Mother’s Day Garden Tour at Sycamore Hill. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Enjoy over 250 acres of landscaped gardens and ponds (filled with koi fish), 500,000 flowering bulbs and 700 flowering trees and shrubs. A benefit for Baltimore Woods Nature Center. Sycamore Hill Gardens, 2130 Old Seneca Turnpike, Marcellus. $12/general; free/age 8 and under. (315) 673-1350. baltimorewoods.org

Mother’s Day Buffet. 11:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. seatings. Skyline Lodge, Highland Forest, Route 80, 3 miles east of Fabius. $22.95/adult; $12.95/ages 5-11; free/under 5. Registration required: (315) 677-3303.

Monday, May 15

Teen Minecraft. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Teens in grades 6-12 can hang out and play Minecraft on a library server. Salina Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Registration required: (315) 454-4524. salinali
brary.org.

Tuesday, May 16

Drop In Crafts. 9:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Use provided materials to make seasonal crafts. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Wednesday, May 17

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Thursday, May 18

Minecraft Nights. 6-8 p.m. Children of all ages can play Minecraft with others. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. Registration required: lpl.org.

Friday, May 19

Toddler Dance Party. 10:30 a.m. Children from 18 months to 5 years of age (and caregivers) can dance, play with musical instruments, enjoy bubbles and more. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. (315) 446-3578.

Pet Partners Reading. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Children can sign up for a 10-minute session and read to a dog from Pet Partners of CNY. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: (315) 637-6374. fflib.org

Arthur Visits Storytime. 7 p.m. Kids can put on pajamas and enjoy a storytime with Marc Brown’s beloved aardvark, Arthur. Bring a camera or cellphone to take a photo of the special guest. Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. (315) 449-2948.

Star Party. 8:30-10:30 p.m. (Backup date: May 20.) Opportunity to see a large number of galaxies, star clusters, Jupiter and possibly Saturn through telescopes. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. (315) 673-1350. $9. baltimorewoods.org.

Saturday, May 20

Komen CNY Race for the Cure. 8-11:30 a.m. Ceremony, activities and a 5K run and a run/walk raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research; opening ceremonies at 8 a.m. State Fairgrounds, Geddes. Registration: $35-$40/adult; $20/age 12 and under. (315) 472-6162.

South Otselic Fishing Heritage Day. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Fishing clinics for beginners, educational activities, guided tours of the hatchery, live animals from the Binghamton Zoo, live music and more. Locations around the hamlet including the State Fish Hatchery and Otselic Town Park, South 
Otselic. Free admission. (315) 653-7490. ovfish.org

Homeschool Open House. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Homeschooling families and those considering it can meet and learn about educational opportunities. Providers of extracurriculars such as sports, choir, drama and more will also attend. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Salamander Search. 10:30 a.m.-noon. Lift logs and roll over rocks in search of red-back, two-line and dusky salamanders while learning about their habitats and other features. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $9. (315) 673-1350. baltimorewoods.org.

Fishing Class. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Kids of all ages can learn how to fish with Spider Rybaak. Live bait and lures will be used; bait and tackle are provided. Those over age 16 must have a valid New York state fishing license. Lake Neatahwanta pier, Route 3, Fulton. Free. srybaak@yahoo.com

Little Red Riding Hood. 12:30 p.m. See April 29 listing.

Perler Beads Design Craft. 2:30 p.m. Children age 6 and up can create Perler bead magnets. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. Registration recommended: (315) 435-1940.

Sunday, May 21

Syracuse Chargers Rowing Club High School Regatta. 8 a.m. SU Boathouse, Long Branch Park. Parking at Long Branch Park, Longbranch Road, Liverpool. Free for spectators. (315) 453-6712.

Monday, May 22

Memorial Day Storytime. 10:30 a.m. Children ages 2-5, with caregivers, will hear stories and make cards to send to military men and women stationed abroad. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Teen Book Club. 4:30 p.m. Teens can join the club, meet new people, have a snack and discuss a book. Paine Branch Library, 113 Nichols Ave., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5442.

Tuesday, May 23

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Wednesday, May 24

Minecraft Mania. 2:30-4:30 p.m. Children age 10 and up can make original art to take home and can build their own virtual world on the Xbox 360. Mundy Branch Library, 1204 S. Geddes St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3797.

Paw Patrol Party. 4 p.m. Children age 2 and up can celebrate those neighborhood rescue dogs and enjoy stories, crafts and more. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. Registration required: (315) 446-3578.

Teen Trading Card Game Night. 6-8 p.m. Teens in grades 7-12 can play trading card games such as Pokemon or Magic in a program in collaboration with Syracuse-based company TCGPlayer. There will be some premade decks, or participants can bring their own. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Thursday, May 25

Teen Book Club. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Young people ages 12-18 will read and discuss Kenneth C. Davis’ In the Shadow of Liberty, an examination of American slavery through the true stories of five enslaved people. Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

Origami. 4 p.m.; also May 26. Participants ages 6-12 can learn the art of paper folding; all supplies provided. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Friday, May 26

Bad Kitty on Stage. 7 p.m.; through June 17. Gifford Family Theatre performs a show based on the character Bad Kitty, star of the series by Nick Bruel. Coyne Center for the Performing Arts, Le Moyne College, 1419 Salt Springs Road, Syracuse. $15/adult; $10/child. (315) 445-4200. giffordfamily
theatre.org

Saturday, May 27

Chinese Language Program Registration. 9 a.m.-noon. Students in grades 3-12 can register for the three-week StarTalk Chinese Language and Culture Academy Summer Program. SUNY Oswego, 2 Clinton Square, Syracuse. Free. (315) 312-2270. startalkcny.org.

North Syracuse Family Festival. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Annual festival features crafters, music, and games for children, among other activities. Lonergan Park, 524 S. Main St., North Syracuse. Free. facebook.com/NorthSyracuseFamilyFestival.

Bad Kitty on Stage. 2 p.m.; through June 17. See May 26 listing.

Sunday, May 28

Memorial Day Watchfire. Dusk-8 p.m. Veterans and non-veterans gather for a watchfire ceremony and lighting of a pyre to honor those who have served the nation. Watchfire Park (between Routes 690, 695 & State Fair Boulevard), State Fairgrounds, Geddes. Free. cnyvva103.org/watchfire.html.

Monday, May 29

Memorial Day

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Tuesday, May 30

Homeschool Chess Club. 1-2:30 p.m. Homeschooling children (or their parents) who love or want to learn to play chess can gather in the Sargent Meeting Room. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Wednesday, May 31

Teen Dungeons and Dragons. 6-8 p.m. Teens in grades 7-12 can take part in a fast-paced dungeon crawl with characters created for the event and provided materials and dice. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. Registration required: lpl.org.

Congratulations, You’ve Graduated! 7-9 p.m. Chris Kennedy of CNYWorks discusses searching for the first job after high school or college, with advice on resumes, interviews and career assessment. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

 

 

 

 

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