I want to hear from YOU!

Hi, there!

I'd love to hear from you to know if I am supplying enough info for you!

Is there something else that you'd like to see me add to this LONA-KIDS page?

Just drop me a line when you can.
I know finding a free moment isn't easy when the little ones are around! :)

Mommy, and loyal LONA neighbor!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

EARN A FREE BOOK THIS SUMMER! (for kids in grades 1 - 6)


Summer Reading with Andrew Clements - Kids can earn a free book when they read 8 books this summer

Here's How It Works:

1. Kids read any 8 books.

2. Kids use the
Summer Reading Journal to tell us

their favorite part of each book.

A parent/guardian signs it when it's complete.


3. Children bring their completed journal to a
Barnes & Noble store

between May 29th & September 2nd, 2008.

Nearest Location, and Hours Of Operation:

Barnes & Noble Booksellers
Mall at Greece Ridge Center
330 Greece Ridge Center Drive
Rochester, NY 14626

Sun 10-6,
Mon-Sat 9-10

4. We'll give them a coupon for a FREE book!

They choose from a list of exceptional paperback titles.*

* Eligible books will be listed on the coupon.

Choices must be made from eligible stock.

No special orders.

Limit of 1 form per school-age child (grades 1-6), please.

Incomplete forms will be ineligible for free books.


I hope that EVERY CHILD in the Lyell-Otis area accepts this challenge, reads the 8 books, and receives their new FREE BOOK, courtesy of Barnes & Noble!

I'd love it if the kids would write/email to tell me which stories they liked the best! We'll even publish the children's messages/comments right here on the LONA-KIDS page!

Our children are smart, bright, and deserve the BEST! Read to your child, and let your child read to you! Reading - what a great way to brighten up a rainy summer day!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Catch the Reading Bug at Monroe County Libraries


KIDS' PLACE:  http://www2.libraryweb.org/index.asp?kids=1&orgid=46


Catch the Reading Bug at Monroe County Libraries

readingbug1The reading bug is on its way to catch you this summer at libraries throughout Monroe County. Free programs for all ages will be offered through July and August and many of them are listed here by library. The programs listed here will be updated as the summer goes on, but this is not a complete list. Contact your local library for a complete list of programs being offered in your neighborhood.

Most of our libraries are offering summer reading programs for children, teens and adults using the theme "Catch the Reading Bug." Contact your local library for specific information on how you and your family can participate.

Lyell Branch Library

  • July 9, 2:30 pm - Kids Crafts - Every Wednesday from July 9-August 13. No registration required.
  • July 10, 2:30 pm - Wii Party - Play Wii Sports or Mario Party. For ages 10-16. No registration is required.

Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County

  • July 10, 2:30 pm - Catch the Reading Bug with Bruce Weaver & Friends - Ventriloquist Bruce Weaver and his zany team of entomologists explore the wonderful world of bugs. For all ages. Program is located in the Kate Gleason Auditorium.



These are some websites that might help keep little ones entertained (and learning) on a rainy day!


~ Pam, LONA's PR Coordinator, and Mommy to an active and brilliant 4 year old! :)


School House Rock Videos and Lyrics: http://www.sqooltools.com/edvideos/shr/master.html

Starfall: http://www.starfall.com/

Thomas the Tank and Friends:    www.thomasthetankengine.com
Spot the Dog:     www.funwithspot.com



Free Family Film Festival
When school's out, kids around the country visit selected Regal theatres for the Free Family Film Festival. It's a fun-filled nine weeks of movies for kids and parents. Since 1991, Regal has provided this service to the community, and best of all it's FREE!
Selected G & PG movies start at 10AM each Tuesday and Wednesday during the festival. First-come, first-served seating is limited to theatre capacity. The Free Family Film Festival is safe, lots of fun and a great way for kids to spend a weekday morning in the summer.

Henrietta Stadium 18
525 Marketplace Drive
Rochester ,NY 14623


07/01/2008-07/03/2008 Clifford's Really Big Movie (G)
Surf's Up (PG)
07/08/2008-07/10/2008 Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (G)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (PG)
07/15/2008-07/17/2008 Charlotte's Web (G)
Evan Almighty (PG)
07/22/2008-07/24/2008 Arctic Tale (G)
Water Horse: Legend Of The Deep (PG)
07/29/2008-07/31/2008 Curious George (G)
Nancy Drew (PG)
08/05/2008-08/07/2008 Wallace And Gromit (G)
Nanny McPhee (PG)
08/12/2008-08/14/2008 Everyone's Hero (G)
08/19/2008-08/21/2008 Pirates Who Don't Do Anything - Veggie Tales (G)
Happy Feet (PG)
08/26/2008-08/28/2008 Mr. Bean's Holiday (G)
Alvin And The Chipmunks (PG)

Check for regular Movies and Showtimes


Greece Ridge Stadium 12
176 Greece Ridge Center Drive
Rochester ,NY 14626


07/01/2008-07/02/2008 Mr. Bean's Holiday (G)
07/08/2008-07/09/2008 Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (G)
Evan Almighty (PG)
07/15/2008-07/16/2008 Polar Express (G)
Happy Feet (PG)
07/22/2008-07/23/2008 Wallace And Gromit (G)
Surf's Up (PG)
07/29/2008-07/30/2008 Arctic Tale (G)
Nanny McPhee (PG)
08/05/2008-08/06/2008 Curious George (G)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (PG)
08/12/2008-08/13/2008 Pirates Who Don't Do Anything - Veggie Tales (G)
Open Season (PG)
08/19/2008-08/20/2008 Clifford's Really Big Movie (G)
Water Horse: Legend Of The Deep (PG)
08/26/2008-08/27/2008 Charlotte's Web (G)
Bee Movie (PG)

Eastview 13
70 Eastview Mall Drive
Victor ,NY 14564


07/01/2008-07/02/2008 Everyone's Hero (G)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (PG)
07/08/2008-07/09/2008 Clifford's Really Big Movie (G)
Nanny McPhee (PG)
07/15/2008-07/16/2008 Arctic Tale (G)
07/22/2008-07/23/2008 Curious George (G)
Evan Almighty (PG)
07/29/2008-07/30/2008 Mr. Bean's Holiday (G)
Alvin And The Chipmunks (PG)
08/05/2008-08/06/2008 Charlotte's Web (G)
Nancy Drew (PG)
08/12/2008-08/13/2008 Wallace And Gromit (G)
Surf's Up (PG)
08/19/2008-08/20/2008 Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (G)
Water Horse: Legend Of The Deep (PG)
08/26/2008-08/27/2008 Pirates Who Don't Do Anything - Veggie Tales (G)
Happy Feet (PG)

Check for regular Movies and Showtimes


“Movies in the Bowl” is a FREE family-focused outdoor event at Monroe County’s Highland Park Bowl every Thursday night, starting at dark, from July 3 to August 14, 2008. The schedule of movies is as follows:

July 3 – 1776 (1972) Rated G

July10 – Shrek the Third (2007) Rated PG

July 17 – Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007) Rated PG

July 24 – The Polar Express (2004) Rated G “Christmas in July Screening”

July 31 – Bee Movie (2007) Rated PG

August 7 – Horton Hears a Who! (2008) Rated G

August 14 – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) Rated PG-13


“Movies at the Beach” is a FREE outdoor event at Monroe County’s Ontario Beach Park every Tuesday evening, starting at dark, from July 8 to August 12, 2008. The schedule of movies is as follows:

July 8 – Jaws (1975) Rated PG

July 15 – Batman Begins (2005) Rated PG-13

July 22 – Elf (2003) Rated PG “Christmas in July Screening”

July 29 – The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008) Rated PG

August 5 – Nancy Drew (2007) Rated PG

August 12 – The Simpson’s Movie (2007) Rated PG-13 

~ Peace (and Popcorn), from your wonderful LONA PR Gal, Pam  :)


Date: 6/30/2008

Registration for the first session of the City’s FREE “Summer Swim Academy” continues through Thurs, July 3. The classes teach youth ages 6-18 and will be offered 9:30 a.m. - 12 noon, Mon.--Thurs., July 7--24 at ten locations throughout the city.

Participants must register in-person at any one of the following swimming locations for remaining openings:

Summer Swim Academy locations offering Levels* 1 through 5:
• Adams Street Community Center (School #3), 85 Adams St., 428-7266
• Franklin High School, 950 Norton St. (entrance #13 in back), 428-6755 or 428-7888
• East High School, 1801 E. Main St. (athletic entrance in front), 428-6755 or 428-7888
• Genesee Valley Park, 131 Elmwood Ave., 428-7888
• Thomas Jefferson High School, 1 Edgerton Park (rear entrance #8) 428-6755
• Dr. Freddie Thomas High School, 250 Scio St., 428-7888
• Wilson Foundation Academy, (McCree Way Entrance), 200 Genesee St., 428-7888

Summer Swim Academy locations offering Levels 1 and Level 2 only:
• Avenue D Community Center, 200 Ave. D, 428-7934
• Flint Street Community Center, 271 Flint Street, 428-7001
• Durand Eastman Beach, 1250 Lakeshore Blvd., Lot A

*Levels offered in the program include:
• Recruits: Level I: (Water Exploration): No previous instruction
• Seamates: Level II: (Primary Skills): Floats and puts face into water
• Boatswains: Level III (Stroke Readiness): Dives into deep water and swims 25 yards
• Navigators: Level IV: (Stroke Development): Swims 25 yards, crawl and backstroke
• Skippers: Level V: (Stroke Refinement): Swims 50 yards, crawl and backstroke

Call 311 (outside the city of Rochester call 428-5990) or 428-7888 for further information. Automated information is available by calling 428-6767. Learn more about City’s recreation programs by visiting www.cityofrochester.gov.


Date: 6/30/2008

The opening of East High School’s pool, 1801 East Main St., originally scheduled for today, has been delayed until Mon., July 7 due to a minor mechanical problem.

City Recreation pool staff will be available in the East High lobby during regular pool hours, M-TH, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., to provide information and register youth for swim lessons. Visitors will be directed to other City-staffed pools for the week.

These locations include:
• Benjamin Franklin High School, 950 Norton St.
• Dr. Freddie Thomas High School, 250 Scio St.
• Thomas Jefferson High School, 1 Edgerton Park
• Wilson Foundation Academy at Madison, 200 Genesee St. (McCree Way entrance)

For more information, call 311 (outside the city of Rochester call 428-5990).