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What to do this November: Full CNY family events calendar.

Looking for things to do in Central New York this October? Our events calendar has everything to keep your kids entertained and on the move this fall!

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Sunday, Oct. 28

Spooky Science. Noon-4 p.m. Visit the Sciencenter in costume for tricked-out exhibits, spooky activities and eerie demonstrations. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Free admission. (607) 272-0600. sciencenter.org.

Monday, Oct. 29

Halloween Party. 4 p.m. Children age 2 and up can come in costume, hear spooky stories, make crafts, eat snacks, and go trick-or-treating through the library. Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville, 5110 Jamesville Road, Jamesville. Free. Registration required: (315) 446-3578. CLDandJ.org.

Tuesday, Oct. 30

Monster Madness. 2:30 p.m. Kids ages 5-12 can make monster slime and book marks, among other activities. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Wednesday, Oct. 31
Halloween

Trick or Treat at the Library. 5-8:30 p.m. Take a break at the library for giveaways and a cup of cider. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. lpl.org. (315) 457-0310.

All Hallows’ Eve Teen Trivia. 6-8 p.m. Teens can test their knowledge of horror, and make fake and edible blood. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. lpl.org. (315) 457-0310.

Thursday, Nov. 1

Math Tutoring. 3-4 p.m.; also Nov. 8, 15 & 29. Teens and adults can ask a volunteer questions, bringing in examples of the math problems with which they need help. Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

Marshmallow Sugar Skulls. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Teens and adults can celebrate Day of the Dead by decorating marshmallow fondant sugar skulls from a 3D printed mold. Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

Teen Writer’s Guild. 4-5 p.m.; also Nov. 8, 15 & 29. Students in grades 6-12 can take part in a creative workshop, writing in a variety of genres. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Register: fflib.org. (315) 637-6374.

Friday, Nov. 2

Play to Learn. 10 a.m.; also Nov. 16 & 30. Children ages 1-4, accompanied by an adult, can hear stories, sing and play. Siblings are welcome. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Free to Be. 10:30-11:15 a.m. Children ages 3-6 (though younger siblings are welcome) can sing along to a live guitar and explore early acting techniques. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.

Sharing Nature. 1 p.m.; also Nov. 9 & 16. Preschoolers, accompanied by an adult, can discover nature with walks, games and crafts. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $7/person; $20/3 sessions. Parking: $4/vehicle. Preregistration required: (315) 638-2519.

Dungeons & Dragons for Beginners. 2:30-4:30 p.m. Teens and adults can learn to play D&D with volunteers from local company TCG Player. Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

Holiday Craft. 3 p.m. Tweens and teens can make a holiday craft, Mason jar soup mix. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. Registration required: (315) 435-3636.

Robotics Club. 3:30 p.m.; also Nov. 9, 16 & 30. Kids ages 10-15 can design, build and program robots using Lego Mindstorms kits. White Branch Library, 763 Butternut St., Syracuse. Free. Registration recommended: (315) 435-3519.

Saturday, Nov. 3

Squishing of the Squash. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. When Halloween’s over, zoo animals get a chance to play with and squish some pumpkins. Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse. Admission: $8/adults; $5/senior citizens; $4/children; free/age 2 and younger. (315) 435-8511. rosamondgiffordzoo.org.

NYS Model Train Fair. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; also Nov. 4. One of the Northeast’s premier model train shows, with dozens of vendors and numerous operating layouts. Sponsored by the National Railway Historical Society’s Central New York chapter. State Fairgrounds, Geddes. $10/age 16 & older; free/age 15 and under. (315) 451-6551. modeltrainfair.com.

Paws and Books. 10:30 a.m.; also Nov. 17. Kids ages 5-12 can read a story to Cooper, a trained Canine Good Citizen. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Paws to Read. 10:30-11:30 a.m.; also Nov. 10, 17 & 24. Kids can read to a friendly dog from Paws Inc. of CNY. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Rice Creek Story Hour. 11 a.m. Elementary-aged children, especially, will enjoy tales of animals’ wild ways and how humans relate to the natural world; all ages are welcome. Rice Creek Field Station, SUNY Oswego, Thompson Road, 1 mile south of Route 104, Oswego. Free. (315) 312-6677. oswego.edu/rice-creek/.

St. Daniel Harvest Festival. Noon-9 p.m. Activities include kids’ games and crafts; bake sale; casino games; raffles; and a performance by Elvis impersonator Tom Gilbo (5-6 p.m.). St. Daniel School gymnasium, 3004 Court St., Syracuse. Free admission. (315) 454-4946.

Sleeping Beauty. 12:30 p.m. In the Magic Circle Children’s Theatre presentation, children in the audience can help the very nearsighted Prince figure out why Sleeping Beauty falls asleep every time she hears her name. Spaghetti Warehouse, 689 N. Clinton St., Syracuse. $6. Reservations recommended: (315) 449-3823.

Ukulele for Beginners. 1-2:30 p.m. Pat Doherty teaches a class for newcomers to the ukulele. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

DIY Day. 2:30 p.m. Kids ages 5-12 can make autumn candle holders from jars and other materials; all supplies provided. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Sunday, Nov. 4

NYS Model Train Fair. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. See Nov. 3 listing.

Monday, Nov. 5

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

Crafting for a Cause. 6:30 p.m. Participants make stars out of retired American flags to be given to veterans at the VA Hospital. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration requested: (315) 492-1727. oflibrary.org.

Tuesday, Nov. 6

ELECTION DAY

Sip of Color. 2 p.m. Children can take part in an afternoon of painting, bringing their creations home when they’re done. White Branch Library, 763 Butternut St., Syracuse. Free. Registration required: (315) 435-3519.

Wednesday, Nov. 7

Read, Sing, Play Storytime. 10:30-11 a.m.; also Nov. 14, 21 & 28. Share the love of books with children of all ages. Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

Early Learners Storytime. 11 a.m.-noon; also Nov. 14 & 28. Children ages 2-4, with an accompanying adult, can enjoy stories, interactive rhymes, songs and a craft. Salina Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Free. (315) 454-4524. salinalibrary.org.

Thursday, Nov. 8

Junior Home School Nature Series. 10 a.m.-noon. Homeschool students ages 5-10 can learn, with hands-on activities, how to enjoy nature while protecting wildlife and habitats. Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 Route 89, Savannah. $8/class. Preregistration & payment required: (315) 365-3588. http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma.

Smartplay. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Children age 6 and under can explore a free-play environment that promotes discovery, creativity and the development of early literacy skills. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.

Trail Tales. 1 p.m.; also Nov. 29. Children ages 3-5, accompanied by a caregiver, can hear some stories and go on a trail walk. Beaver Lake Nature Center, Route 370, Baldwinsville. $4/parking. (315) 638-2519.

Trading Card Games. 2:30-4:30 p.m. Young people ages 12-18 can join TCG Player for games and prizes. Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

Open Late Til 8. 4-8 p.m. Half-price admission and hands-on science activities, featuring a Thanksgiving theme. Museum of Science and Technology (MOST). 500 S. Franklin St., Armory Square, Syracuse. Half-price admission: $6/adults; $5/seniors and ages 2-11. (315) 425-9068.

Girls Who Code. 7 p.m.; also Nov. 30. Girls age 10 and up can learn about the library’s new computer science club at this information session. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration required: (315) 492-1727. oflibrary.org.

Friday, Nov. 9

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Saturday, Nov. 10

CNY Bridges Build ’Em & Bust ’Em. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Teams of up to three students in grades 4-12 can build bridges out of balsa wood and see them broken to test the bridges’ strength. Museum of Science and Technology (MOST), 500 S. Franklin St., Armory Square, Syracuse. Free for student teams taking part in the competition. Admission: $12/adults; $10/ages 2-15. (315) 425-9068.

Mini Childbirth Education. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Participants and support people will learn what to expect during labor, including stages of labor, medications used during labor, interventions, and comfort measures. Lombardi Chiropractic, 1116 Upper Lenox Ave., Oneida. Free. Registration required: (607) 483-8284.

Toddlers’ Tango. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Toddlers and preschool-aged children, accompanied by an adult, can take part in this music and movement class. Salina Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Free. Registration required: (315) 454-4524.

World of Puppets. 11 a.m. See a kid-friendly puppetry performance called “Sleeping Beauty’s Magical Frog: The Untold Story.” Open Hand Theater, Suite No. 3, Shoppingtown Mall, 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. $5. (315) 476-0466. openhandtheater.org.

Rice Creek Rambles. 11 a.m.; also Nov. 17 & 24. Explore trails, woods and wetlands with a naturalist on a family-friendly hike. Those under 17 must be accompanied by an adult. Rice Creek Field Station, SUNY Oswego, Thompson Road, 1 mile south of Route 104, Oswego. Free. Call day of to check trail conditions: (315) 312-6677. oswego.edu/rice-creek/.

Sleeping Beauty. 12:30 p.m. See Nov. 3 listing.

International Games Week. 2 p.m. Young people ages 12-18 can celebrate by playing board and card games from around the world. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Dinosaurs Dig. 2 p.m. Field paleontologists Mike and Roberta Straka lead an interactive session on dinosaur bones. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. Registration required: (315) 435-3636.

The College Experience. 2 p.m. A panel of college students and recent graduates offer advice about classes, life and graduation. White Branch Library, 763 Butternut St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3519.

Sunday, Nov. 11

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Monday, Nov. 12

Tween Cooking. 2-3 p.m. Kids ages 9-12 can make food to take home. Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. Registration required: (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Homebirth Information. 6-7:30 p.m. Meet homebirth midwife Julie Carlson and learn about her experience and vision. Presented by CNY Doula Connection. CNY Healing Arts, 195 Intrepid Lane, Syracuse. Free. Registration recommended: (607) 483-8284.

Tuesday, Nov. 13

First Steps. 9:30-10 a.m.; also Nov. 20 & 27. 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. 10:30-11 a.m.; also Nov. 20 & 27. Babies and caregivers can share rhymes, songs, stories and signs in this language-building program. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.

Homeschool STEAM Club. 1:30-3 p.m. Homeschoolers ages 5-11 can learn with hands-on activities. Parents and siblings welcome. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Lights on the Lake Stroll. 5-9 p.m. Special two-mile walking preview of annual wonderland of illuminated holiday scenes at Onondaga Lake Park, Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool, before it opens to vehicles only. Visitors may stroll some or all of the trail. Holiday characters will be on the trail. Parking at Griffin Visitor Center, Salt Museum or Willow Bay lots. $2/donation for adults. (315) 453-6712.

Teen MOPS. 5-7 p.m.; also Nov. 27. 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. (315) 569-2542.

Family Trivia Night. 6:30 p.m. Participants of all ages can answer questions posed by the library’s Google Home Mini. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration requested: (315) 492-1727. oflibrary.org.

Wednesday, Nov. 14

Lights on the Lake Dog Walk. 5-9 p.m. Dogs are welcome for this special walking preview of the annual illuminated holiday wonderland, including holiday characters. Walkers can cover as much of the two-mile stretch as they wish. Refreshments for humans and dogs available for sale. Onondaga Lake Park, Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool. Parking at Griffin Visitor Center, Salt Museum or Willow Bay lots. $2/donation. (315) 453-6712.

Teen Geeks. 6-8 p.m.; also Nov. 21. Teens can play board games in the first session of the month and video games in the second. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Thursday, Nov. 15

Teen Book Club. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Young people ages 12-18 will discuss Jason Reynolds’ Long Way Down. Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

Opening Night Lights on the Lake. 5-10 p.m., daily; through Jan. 6. Drive through the annual light extravaganza featuring two miles of life-size displays, themed sections, new attractions, and a grand finale. Onondaga Lake Park, Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool. $10/car, Monday-Thursday; $20/car, Friday-Sunday. (315) 453-6712.

Friday, Nov. 16

Stories with Donna B. 10 a.m. Donna Butterfield tells stories and leads children age 3 and up in songs and dances. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration requested: (315) 492-1727. oflibrary.org.

Toddler Dance Party. 10:30 a.m. Children age 18 months to 5 years, accompanied by caregivers, can dance, play musical instruments and enjoy bubbles. Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville, 5110 Jamesville Road, Jamesville. Free. CLDandJ.org. (315) 446-3578.

Saturday, Nov. 17

Jingle Bell Run. 9:30 a.m. A festive, 5K run raises awareness and funds for the Arthritis Foundation. Long Branch Park, Long Branch Road, Liverpool. Donations. (518) 456-1203 or hbarcomb@arthritis.org.

Sleeping Beauty. 12:30 p.m. See Nov. 3 listing.

Family Dance. 6:30 p.m. People of all ages can take part in fun and simple dances to live music. United Church of Fayetteville, 310 E. Genesee St., Fayetteville. $2/adults; $1/teens & kids. syracusecountrydancers.org/community-dance/.

Sunday, Nov. 18

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Monday, Nov. 19

First Day Erie Canal Museum Gingerbread Gallery. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; daily through Jan. 6. (Closed Nov. 22.) In this magical village, see more than 30 creations made with gingerbread, candy and pretzels, with a special theme of the Erie Canal and its vessels. Erie Canal Museum, 318 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse. $7/adults; $5/seniors; $2/age 12 & under. (315) 471-0593. eriecanalmuseum.org.

Teen Minecraft. 3-4:30 p.m. Students in grades 6-12 can hang out and play on the library’s server. Salina Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Free. Registration required: (315) 454-4524. salinalibrary.org.

Family Coding Night. 6:30 p.m. Families with children age 5 and up can discover new gadgets, sequence new codes, and engineer designs. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration required: (315) 492-1727. oflibrary.org.

Homeschooling 101 for Parents. 7-8:30 p.m. Parents can learn methods for teaching different grade levels. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Tuesday, Nov. 20

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Wednesday, Nov. 21

Game On. 2 p.m. Kids, teens and families can play board and card games and on the Xbox One. Snacks and beverages provided. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Thursday, Nov. 22

Liverpool Turkey Trot. 9 a.m. 5K and 5 mile run leave from the Griffin Visitor Center and follow the East Shore Trail, Onondaga Lake Park, Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool. $5-$30. (315) 451-7275.

Friday, Nov. 23

Opening Day Dickens’ Christmas in Skaneateles. Noon-4 p.m.; also Saturdays & Sundays through Dec. 24. More than 50 Victorian characters, including the author of A Christmas Carol himself, fill the village of Skaneateles, on Genesee, Jordan and Fennell streets. Free. (315) 685-0552. skaneateles.com.

Erie Canal Museum Gingerbread Gallery Grand Opening. 5-9 p.m. Cookies and cocoa all night, and the music of Merry Mischief following the tree lighting in Clinton Square. Erie Canal Museum, 318 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse. $7/adults; $5/seniors; $2/age 12 & under. (315) 471-0593. eriecanalmuseum.org.

Clinton Square Tree Lighting Ceremony. 6:30 p.m. The annual lighting of the 50-foot-plus Norway spruce takes place following an evening of music and an appearance by Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus. Downtown Syracuse. Free. (315) 473-4330. syracuse.ny.us.

Cirque Musica Holiday. 8 p.m. Acrobats, aerialists, hijinks and more in a show called “Wonderland,” performed to music by a live symphony orchestra. Landmark Theatre, 362 S. Salina St., Syracuse. $51-$61 (plus fees). landmarktheatre.org.

Saturday, Nov. 24

Holiday Crafts for Kids. 10 a.m. Children of all ages can learn to make their own crafts using materials found in nature. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $6/person. Admission: $4/vehicle. Registration required: (315) 638-2519.

Dance Performance. 11-11:45 a.m. Some 30 dancers from Guzman’s Dance Studio perform a story based on Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Atrium, Shoppes at Towne Center, Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-0401.

Be the Scientist. Noon-4 p.m. Explore the activities of a mathematician with hands-on activities. Museum of Science and Technology (MOST). 500 S. Franklin St., Armory Square, Syracuse. Museum admission: $12/adults; $10/seniors and ages 2-11. (315) 425-9068.

Sleeping Beauty. 12:30 p.m. See Nov. 3 listing.

Kids Create. 2 p.m. Children of all ages can make a wiggly worm puppet. White Branch Library, 763 Butternut St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3519.

Polar Express Pajama Party. 5-6 p.m. Children can take part in interactive activities and visit with Santa Claus. Then they can see The Polar Express in the six-story IMAX theater (6 p.m.). Museum of Science and Technology (MOST), 500 S. Franklin St., Armory Square, Syracuse. $15/party and movie ticket. (315) 425-9068. most.org.

Sunday, Nov. 25

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Monday, Nov. 26

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Tuesday, Nov. 27

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Wednesday, Nov. 28

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Thursday, Nov. 29

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Friday, Nov. 30

Time for Tots Playgroup. 9:30-10:45 a.m. Education playgroup for children ages 18 months-5 years and their caregiver. Stories, songs, arts and crafts, and more. Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, 8131 Soule Road, Liverpool. $3/family. Registration recommended: (315) 622-2843. NYCrossofChrist.org/Tots.

Festival of Trees Opening Day. Noon-5 p.m.; through Dec. 9. (Open during museum hours: Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m.; Wednesday, noon-5 p.m.; Thursday, noon-8 p.m.; Dec. 9, noon-9 p.m.) See beautifully decorated trees, wreaths and other displays, donated by local individuals and organizations. Everson Museum of Art, 401 Harrison St., Syracuse. $8/person. (315) 474-6064. everson.org.

Kids Minecraft. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Kids in grades 3-5 can hang out and play on the library’s server. Salina Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Free. Registration required: (315) 454-4524. salinalibrary.org.

Girls Who Code. 3:30 p.m. Girls age 10 and up can learn about the library’s new computer science club at this information session. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration required: (315) 492-1727. oflibrary.org.

Manga Mania Book Club. 4 p.m. Young people ages 12-18 will read and discuss manga and have snacks. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Syracuse City Ballet Nutcracker. 7 p.m.; also Dec. 1 & 2. Syracuse City Ballet artists and children perform the tale of a young girl who ventures into an enchanted world after saving a dashing prince. Mulroy Civic Center, 411 Montgomery St., Syracuse. $20-$75 (plus fees). (315) 435-2121. syracusecityballet.com.

Saturday, Dec. 1

Holiday Pancake Breakfast. 9 a.m.-noon. Eat a tasty meal including pancakes, sausage and a beverage, and get a chance to see Santa. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $3-$5/person. Admission: $4/vehicle. (315) 638-2519.

Family Film. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. See A Muppet Christmas Carol. Included with admission. Everson Museum of Art, 401 Harrison St., Syracuse. $8/person. (315) 474-6064. everson.org.

Sleeping Beauty. 12:30 p.m. See Nov. 3 listing.

Syracuse City Ballet Nutcracker. 1 & 6 p.m.; also Dec. 2. See Nov. 30 listing.

Harry Potter in Concert. 7:30 p.m.; also Dec. 2. See the movie Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets while Symphoria performs John Williams’ score. Landmark Theatre, 362 S. Salina St., Syracuse. $41-$71 (plus fees). ticketmaster.com.

Sunday, Dec. 2

Syracuse City Ballet Nutcracker. 10 a.m. (sensory-friendly performance) & 2 p.m. See Nov. 30 listing.

Teddy Bear Tea. 1-3 p.m. Refreshments, live entertainment, art activities, and the Teddy Bear Parade. (An event of the Everson Museum of Art.) Grand Ballroom, Marriott Syracuse Downtown, 100 E. Onondaga St., Syracuse. $25 (includes Festival of Trees admission). Reservations required: everson.org/FOT18. (315) 474-6064.

Harry Potter in Concert. 1 p.m. See Dec. 1 listing.

ONGOING EVENTS

Lights on the Lake. 5-10 p.m., daily; Nov. 15-Jan. 6. Drive through the annual light extravaganza featuring two miles of life-size displays, themed sections and a grand finale. Onondaga Lake Park, Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool. $6/car, Mondays & Tuesdays with Wegmans Shoppers Club card. $10/car, Monday-Thursday; $20/car, Friday-Sunday. (315) 453-6712.

Erie Canal Museum Gingerbread Gallery. Daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Nov. 19-Jan. 6. (Closed Nov. 22, Dec. 25 & Jan. 1.) Dec. 24 & 31: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. See a fantastical village of houses, boats and more, built with gingerbread, candy, crackers and other edible items. Erie Canal Museum, 318 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse. $7/adults; $5/seniors; $2/age 12 & under. (315) 471-0593.

Peanut Butter Jelly Time. Thursdays, 5 p.m. Members of the community can join in making more than a hundred bagged lunches to hand out to the hungry and homeless in downtown Syracuse. The Road, 4845 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. (315) 218-6066. wholelygroundsattheroad.org.

Weekend Walks With a Naturalist. Saturdays and Sundays, 2 p.m. Nature discovery hike with different topics each weekend. Beaver Lake Nature Center, Route 370, Baldwinsville. Admission: $4/vehicle. (315) 638-2519.

Great Swamp Conservancy Nature Trails. Daily, dawn to dusk. Throughout the year, visitors can grab their walking shoes and explore 4.5 miles of well-groomed, flat trails. Trails feature a 900-foot boardwalk, osprey nesting platform, and wetland and grassland restoration areas. The area is a stop for many migratory waterfowl and songbirds; other wildlife include muskrats and beavers. Great Swamp Conservancy, 3.5 miles off I-90, Exit 34, 8375 N. Main St., Canastota. Free. (315) 697-2950.

Baltimore Woods Nature Center. Hiking trails and parking are free and open every day from dawn to dusk. Interpretive Center open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; closed Sundays. 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. (315) 673-1350.

Maxwell Library Storytimes. Storytimes and book groups for all ages. Call for dates and times. Maxwell Memorial Library, 14 Genesee St., Camillus. Free. (315) 672-3661.

Northeast Community Center Library Storytimes. Preschool storytimes with rhymes and occasional games; youngsters learn group listening and participation skills. Call for times. Northeast Community Center Library, 716 Hawley Ave., Syracuse. Free. (315) 472-6343, Ext. 208.

NOPL Brewerton Storytimes. Babies 3 months-24 months: 9:30-10 a.m. Age 2 and up: Mondays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. NOPL Brewerton, 5440 Bennett St., Brewerton. (315) 676-7484.

NOPL Cicero Library Storytimes. Toddler Story Hour: Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 10-11 a.m. Preschool Story Hour: Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-noon. NOPL Cicero, 8686 Knowledge Lane, Cicero. Free. (315) 699-2032.

NOPL North Syracuse Library Storytimes. Birth-age 3: Wednesdays, 10-11 a.m. Ages 3-5: Thursdays, 11 a.m.-noon. NOPL North Syracuse, 100 Trolley Barn Lane, North Syracuse. Free. (315) 458-6184.

Onondaga Free Library Storytimes. Baby Storytime (age 2 and under): Tuesdays, 11 a.m. (not Nov. 20). Family Storytimes (age 2 and older): Wednesdays & Thursdays, 11 a.m. (not Nov. 21 or 22). Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. (315) 492-1727.

Petit Branch Library Storytimes. Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. Toddler and preschooler storytime for children ages 18 months-5 years and caregivers. Includes stories, rhymes, finger plays and songs. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. (315) 435-3636.

Regional Market Farmers’ Market. Saturdays, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. (year-round); Thursdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (May through November only). Shop seasonal produce, meat, fish, poultry, eggs, specialty foods and more on display throughout covered sheds; heated shops of Regional Market Commons feature gift and unique items including jewelry, paintings and home decor. Also, flea market, Sundays, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. 2100 Park St., Syracuse. (315) 422-8647.

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