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March 2019 Events

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Saturday, March 2

Pancake Breakfast. 9 a.m.-noon; also March 9, 16, 23 & 30. Pancakes, sausage, coffee or juice. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $3-$5/breakfast; $4/vehicle for admission. (315) 638-2519.

Dr. Seuss Birthday Breakfast. 10 a.m.-noon. Kids can enjoy Cat-in-the-Hat Smoothies, red-and-blue waffles, and sausages. They’ll also get to make crafts and play games. Cross of Christ Church, 8131 Soule Road, Liverpool. $5/person. (315) 622-2843.

It’s Maple Syrup Time. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sundays, 1-4 p.m.; March 2-31. A visit to the demonstration sugarbush will introduce families to the heritage of sugaring and the production of maple syrup at six different stations. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $4/vehicle. (315) 638-2519.

Read Across America Activities. 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday includes a chance to read to a dog from Paws of CNY; listen to Dr. Seuss stories; take part in STEAM activities (1-3 p.m.); or see how to draw the Cat in the Hat (3 p.m.). Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Pups ‘n Pages. 11 a.m.-noon; also March 16 & 30. All ages of participants can come read to or just hang out with a dog. NOPL Cicero, 8686 Knowledge Lane, Cicero. Free. (315) 699-2032.

Rice Creek Ramble. 11 a.m.; also March 9, 16 & 30. People of all ages (kids under 17 must be accompanied by an adult) can go on an informative, family-friendly walk. Rice Creek Field Station, 193 Thompson Road, 1 mile south of SUNY Oswego’s main campus, Oswego. Call to check trail conditions the morning of the hike: (315) 312-6677. oswego.edu/ricecreek.

Beauty and the Beast. 12:30 p.m. In the Magic Circle Children’s Theatre presentation, children in the audience help teach the Beast kindness and good manners. Audience members are encouraged to dress up as a fairy tale character and become part of the royal court. Spaghetti Warehouse, 689 N. Clinton St., Syracuse. $6. Reservations recommended: (315) 449-3823.

Butler-Sheehan Irish Dancers. 2:30 p.m. School-age troupe performs traditional Irish dance in costume. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1940.

Sunday, March 3

Sunday Funday. 2-4 p.m.; Sundays, through April 14. All ages of visitors can explore the galleries, see art making, hear stories, and play games. Everson Museum of Art, 401 Harrison St., Syracuse. $8/general admission; free/under 12. (315) 474-6064. everson.org.

Monday, March 4

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.

Hour of Code for Teens. 4-5 p.m. Pick an activity and work on your coding skills. NOPL North Syracuse, 100 Trolley Barn Lane, North Syracuse. Free. (315) 458-6184.

Monday Funday. 4:30-5:30 p.m.; also March 11, 18 & 25. Children ages 5-12 can make a craft, something different each week. Maxwell Memorial Library, 14 W. Genesee St., Camillus. Free.
maxwellmemoriallibrary.org. (315) 672-3661.

Tuesday, March 5

First Steps. 9:30-10 a.m.; also March 12, 19 & 26. 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.

Baby Storytime. 10:30-11 a.m.; also March 12, 19 & 26. Babies, up to age 2, 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.

Paper Tigers. 5-8 p.m. City residents can see the documentary that depicts how one principal changed his school’s approach to discipline to help students overcome reactions to trauma. Syracuse Stage, 830 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. Registration required: www.syracusecityschools.com/parentuniversity.

Family Trivia Night. 6 p.m. Bring family and friends for an hour of trivia, using questions provided by the library’s Google Home Mini. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Registration requested: oflibrary.org. (315) 492-1727.

Wednesday, March 6

Read, Sing, Play Storytime. 10:30-11 a.m.; also March 13, 20 & 27. Children of all ages, accompanied by caregivers, can enjoy this storytime. Central Library, KidSpace (Level 2), 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

Conversation with Jaime Alicea. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; also March 19 & 20. Talk to the Syracuse schools superintendent and learn what’s happening in the district. Refreshments served. Spanish Action League, 700 Oswego St., Syracuse. Free. www.syracusecityschools.com.

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, March 7

Trading Card Games. 2:30-4:30 p.m. Staffers from TCGplayer teach and play Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokemon and Magic: The Gathering with participants ages 12-18. Central Library, Community Room (Level 1), 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

Friday, March 8

Teen Open Art Space. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Use provided art supplies to make something, or bring a project from home to work on. NOPL Brewerton, 5440 Bennett St., Brewerton. Free. (315) 676-7484.

Master Ventriloquist Performance. 7 p.m. David Pendleton makes audiences believe anything can talk, bringing to life four dolls, including a sweet dog and an albino vulture named Vern. Sponsored by Family Life Ministries of Bath. Auburn Alliance Church, 630 N. Seward Ave., Auburn. $10/advance; $13/door. (800) 927-9083. www.fln.org/tickets.

Saturday, March 9

VEX IQ Robotics Championship. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Students in grades 4-8 compete in teams to get robots to complete tasks. 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.

Saturday Story Morning.10-11 a.m. Children from 18 months to 6 years old, accompanied by caregivers, can enjoy stories, finger plays and songs. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1940.

Big Tree Hike. 10 a.m.-noon. Chidren ages 5-15, accompanied by an adult, can look at the diverse habitats at the nature center while seeking the biggest and oldest trees. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $9/person. Register: www.baltimorewoods.org. (315) 673-1350.

Family Train Day. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. See trains running on a large indoor layout and on loops on the floor. Check out a kids’ play area as well. Sponsored by the Central New York Large-Scale Railway Society. The Commons, Driver’s Village, 5885 Circle Drive E., Cicero. Free. http://www.cnylsrs.net/.

Paws to Read. 10:30-11:30 a.m.; also March 16. 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.

Drumcliffe Irish Dancing. 11 a.m. Drumcliffe Irish Arts students perform a dancing show. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. (315) 492-1727. oflibrary.org.

Beauty and the Beast. 12:30 p.m. See March 2 listing.

Science Saturday. 2 p.m. Children can find out about keystone species and how they affect different ecosystems. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3636.

Sunday, March 10

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME STARTS

Irish Celebration. 2-4 p.m. Hear traditional Irish music (2-2:45 p.m.), see Irish dancing (3-3:30 p.m.), make themed crafts. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374.

Monday, March 11

American Girl Celebration. 6 p.m. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and other holiday traditions from America’s past. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Registration required: oflibrary.org. (315) 492-1727.

Mama Worriers. 6-7:30 p.m. Therapist Stephanie Straub helps parents figure out what’s normal, what’s not, and what to do about the weight of worries. Presented by CNY Doula Connection. CNY Healing Arts, 195 Intrepid Lane, Syracuse. Free. Registration recommended: (315) 707-8097.

Tuesday, March 12

Drop In Crafts. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Make seasonal crafts with provided materials. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free.  (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Teen MOPS. 5-7 p.m.; also March 26. 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.

Wednesday, March 13

Blanket Making Party. 2:30 p.m. In this program for ages 11-17 (though patrons of all ages are welcome), make fleece blankets to give to homeless and displaced youth. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1940.

Kids Book Club. 4:30-5:30 p.m. Students in grades 2-5 can talk about what they’re reading and eat snacks. Maxwell Memorial Library, 14 W. Genesee St., Camillus. Free. maxwellmemoriallibrary.org. (315) 672-3661.

Teen Tabletop Games at Dunkin’. 6-8 p.m. Teens can play board games and eat snacks in the Dunkin’ Donuts community room. Presented by Liverpool Public Library. Dunkin’ Donuts, 105 Second St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. http://www.lpl.org.

Thursday, March 14

Teen Writing and Drawing Group. 3:30-5 p.m. Teens can explore writing, drawing, and a variety of other creative pursuits. Snacks provided. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3636.

Teen Open Mic. 6:30-8 p.m.; also March 28. Teens get five minutes on stage to give a poetry reading, sing, dance, or give another performance. NOPL Cicero, 8686 Knowledge Lane, Cicero. Free. (315) 699-2032.

Dungeons & Dragons. 6:30 p.m. All ages of participants can take part in a planning session for a D&D group at the library. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Registration requested: oflibrary.org.
(315) 492-1727.

Friday, March 15

See Ongoing Events

Saturday, March 16

St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Noon-3 p.m. Celebrate Irish culture with the moving spectacle of dancers, pipers and floats. Parade begins at Clinton Square, proceeds on South Salina Street and concludes at the intersection with Onondaga Street, Syracuse. Free. syracusestpatricksparade.org.

Beauty and the Beast. 12:30 p.m. See March 2 listing.

Peter Pan. 6 p.m.; also March 17. A Syracuse City Ballet performance of the story about the boy who doesn’t want to grow up and his adventures in Neverland. Crouse Hinds Theater, Oncenter, 411 Montgomery St., Syracuse. $20-$75 (plus fees). (315) 435-2121. www.syracusecityballet.com.

Family Dance. 6:30-7:30 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, March 17

ST. PATRICK’S DAY

Peter Pan. Noon & 4 p.m. See March 16 listing.

Drumcliffe Irish Dancers. 2:30-3:30 p.m. Drumcliffe Irish Arts transports audience members to Ireland through dancing, music and literature. Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville, 5110 Jamesville Road, Jamesville. Free. Registration recommended: CLDandJ.org. (315) 446-3578.

Monday, March 18

Homeschooling 101 for Parents. 7-8:30 p.m. Homeschooling parents hold a curriculum sampler night at this month’s session. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free.  (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

What Makes a Star. 7-8:30 p.m. Syracuse Astronomical Society member Tyler Beagle talks about star formation and classification. If the sky is clear, participants will go outside to look through telescopes. Baldwinsville Public Library, 33 E. Genesee St., Baldwinsville.

Tuesday, March 19

Conversation with Jaime Alicea. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; also March 20. Talk to the Syracuse schools superintendent and learn what’s happening in the district. Refreshments served. Northside CYO, 527 N. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. www.syracusecityschools.com.

Wednesday, March 20

FIRST DAY OF SPRING

Conversation with Jaime Alicea. 11 a.m.-noon. Talk to the Syracuse schools superintendent and learn what’s happening in the district. Refreshments served. Syracuse Northeast Community Center, 716 Hawley Ave., Syracuse. Free. www.syracusecityschools.com.

Game Day. 3:30-5 p.m. Tweens and teens can play board games such as Monopoly, Scrabble, Chess and others. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3636.

Safe Place to Game. 4-6 p.m. Young people ages 7-18 can learn and play trading card games: Pokemon, Magic: The Gathering and Yu-Gi-Oh. Maxwell Memorial Library, 14 W. Genesee St., Camillus. Free. maxwell
memoriallibrary.org. (315) 672-3661.

Messy Art for Teens. 6-7 p.m. Different supplies are provided each month for teens to make art with. NOPL North Syracuse, 100 Trolley Barn Lane, North Syracuse. Free. (315) 458-6184.

Teen Video Game Night. 6-8 p.m. Teens can play games in the Dunkin’ Donuts community room. Snacks will be served. Presented by Liverpool Public Library. Dunkin’ Donuts, 105 Second St., Liverpool. Free.  (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Thursday, March 21

Meet Moose & Friends. 4 p.m. Local news personality Laura Hand brings her certified therapy dog Moose to the library. Animals and educators from the Rosamond Gifford Zoo will also be there. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Registration requested: oflibrary.org. (315) 492-1727.

Friday, March 22

Toddler Dance Party. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Children ages 18 months-5 years can come play musical instruments, enjoy bubbles, and dance their sillies out. Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville, 5110 Jamesville Road, Jamesville. Free. (315) 446-3578. CLDandJ.org.

Origami for Teens. 4-5 p.m. Learn to create beautiful origami to take home. NOPL Brewerton, 5440 Bennett St., Brewerton. Free. (315) 676-7484.

Saturday, March 23

PAW Patrol Live. 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.; also March 24. No job is too big, no pup is too small in this live music-filled production based on the Nickolodeon animated series. Landmark Theatre, 362 S. Salina St., Syracuse. $20-$35 (plus fees). (800) 745-3000. ticketmaster.com.

Pokemon Open Play. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Kids ages 8-12 of all interest and experience levels can bring cards (or use provided decks) to play with experts from TCGPlayer. Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville, 5110 Jamesville Road, Jamesville. Free. CLDandJ.org. (315) 446-3578.

Rice Creek Story Hour. 11 a.m. Elementary-age children (kids must be accompanied by a caregiver) can hear tales of nature and animals’ wild ways. Rice Creek Field Station, 193 Thompson Road, 1 mile south of SUNY Oswego’s main campus, Oswego. (315) 312-6677. oswego.edu/ricecreek.

Beauty and the Beast. 12:30 p.m. See March 2 listing.

Maple Sugaring. 1-2:30 p.m. Explore the sugar bush, learn about the making of maple syrup, and take part in storytelling around the campfire; age 5 and up. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $9/person. Register: www.baltimorewoods.org. (315) 673-1350.

Sensory Friendly Time. 5:30-7:30 p.m. With noise turned down and flashing lights turned off, those with sensory issues can enjoy the museum more calmly. Museum of Science and Technology (MOST), 500 S. Franklin St., Armory Square, Syracuse. $5. (315) 425-9068.

Sunday, March 24

JCC Purim Carnival. Noon-4 p.m. Games, inflatable bounce houses, and face painting for preschoolers and school-age children, plus prizes, food and raffles. Children are encouraged to wear costumes, a Purim custom. Free admission; charge for games and activities. Jewish Community Center of Syracuse, 5655 Thompson Road, DeWitt. (315) 445-2360. www.jccsyr.org.

Monday, March 25

Art Making for Teens. 6-7 p.m. An Everson Museum of Art educator guides hands-on art activities. NOPL Cicero, 8686 Knowledge Lane, Cicero. Free. Registration required: nopl.org. (315) 699-2032.

Wednesday, March 27

Peeps Pudding Cups. 2:30 p.m. Young people ages 10-16 can make pudding cups with provided ingredients. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1940.

Adoption Informational Meeting. 5-7 p.m. A representative of Family Focus Adoption Services will describe the program and talk about adoption. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 807-5189. www.familyfocusadoption.org.

Thursday, March 28

Teen Book Club. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Discuss Chris Colfer’s The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell, and have refreshments. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3636.

Kids Can Cook. 4-4:45 p.m. Children in prekindergarten through grade 2 can make food from simple no-cook recipes. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: fflib.org. (315) 637-6374.

Pajama Story Hour. 6:30 p.m. Children can wear pajamas, hear a story and make a craft. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3636.

Friday, March 29

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.

Tigris Shrine Circus. 7 p.m.; through March 31. The spectacle features high-wire acts, bears, camels, and clowns. Toyota Coliseum, State Fairgrounds, Geddes. Presale tickets: $15/adult; $10/child; free/under 5. www.circussyracuse.com.

Saturday, March 30

Tigris Shrine Circus. 10 a.m., 2:30 & 7 p.m.; through March 31. See March 29 listing.

Be the Scientist. Noon-4 p.m. Explore the activities of a botanist. 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.

Beauty and the Beast. 12:30 p.m. See March 2 listing.

Puzzle Swap & Social. 2-4 p.m. Visitors of all ages can bring used puzzles to swap for different ones. Refreshments will be served. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. (315) 492-1727. oflibrary.org.

Sunday, March 31

CNY Science and Engineering Fair. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Students in fourth-12th grades conduct experiments and display their results. Projects available for viewing by the public after judging. SRC Arena, Onondaga Community College, 4585 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. (315) 425-9068.

Tigris Shrine Circus. 1 & 5 p.m. See March 29 listing.

ONGOING EVENTS

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. Snowshoe rental: $5/day. 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. (315) 673-1350.

Wegmans Playground. Boundless Playground for children (and parents) of all ages and abilities includes accessible swings, slides, bridge and more, including special section just for the tiniest tykes. Onondaga Lake Park, Route 370, Liverpool. Free. (315) 451-PARK.

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