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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Is YOUR child lead safe?

October 25-31, 2009 is National Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Week. The Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning, along with our community partners, has scheduled three FREE blood lead testing events which take place on Monday October 26, Thursday October 29, and Friday October 30. Times and locations are detailed in the attached flyer.

Please take a moment this week to make sure your child has been test for exposure to lead as well as making sure your home is safe from lead hazards. If you don’t have children, spread the word to those who do.Go to the Coalition’s website at www.leadsafeby2010.org to get information about scheduling a FREE lead inspection of your house or apartment . You can also learn about the EPA’s new Renovation, Remodeling & Painting Rule ("Be Proactive, not Reactive--Renovate Right!") which goes into effect next April.

Help Spread the Word! Put the following as a status update on your Facebook page: October 25-31, 2009 is National Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Week. Go to www.leadsafeby2010.org for information on FREE blood lead tests and scheduling a FREE inspection of your house or apartment for lead paint hazards.

Thank you!

"Coalition plans free screenings for lead," Democrat & Chronicle
http://www.democratandchronicle.com/article/20091024/NEWS01/910240334/ 1003/Coalition-plans-free-screenings-for-lead

Elizabeth McDadeProgram CoordinatorCoalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning
(a partner of the Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency)
1150 University Ave.
Rochester, NY 14607
(585) 256-2267 x125

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever does.” Margaret Mead


FREE Blood Lead Testing Events for
National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

Monday October 26 Anthony Jordan Health Center
82 Holland St. (off Hudson Ave.)
3‐7:30 PM

Thursday October 29 WIC Health Link (Upper Falls)
9‐11:00 AM, 1‐2:00 PM, 3:30‐5:30 PM

Friday October 30 TOPS Friendly Market
710 Lake Avenue
3‐6:00 PM


For information call Joseph Hill at 256-2267 or 415-1860

Sunday, October 18, 2009

2009 Cycle of Violence Series

ATTENTION: Parents, Teens, Educators and Community Members.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS: October 27, 2009 from 6:30-8:30 pm
RSVP: On or before Wednesday, October 21 to mailto:/RSVP@uwrochester.org
LOCATION: Medaille Residence Hall, Nazareth College campus map
This event is free and open to the public.
HOST: The Rose and Joseph Denaro Interfaith Center
for the Study of Genocide and Violence Prevention

Keynote Speaker: Michael Green, Monroe County District Attorney
Debra Martin, Assistant Attorney General in Charge of the

Rochester Regional Office of the New York State Attorney General
Tiffany H. Lee, Assistant United States Attorney and Coordinator, Project Safe Childhood
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, New York Branch:
Pam Weaver, Director, Community Education and
Debra L. Ortiz-Pardi, Community Educator and Coordinator, Teen Programs
Dr. David Broadbent, Pediatrician
Dr. Esther Denaro Maltese, Program Facilitator, http://www.denarocenter.org/

Join us! Take a pro-active stand for our families and our community!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Library's Summer Reading Program - Sign Up NOW!

I copied this from the library's website, and I believe this info also applies to the Lyell Branch as well!!!!

Go to your local library this summer!!! The books are waiting to be read and enjoyed!!!


Monday June 22 through August 6, 2009

Gates Public Library: 1605 Buffalo Road, 247-6446

Do you love to dance, sing, paint or take part in other creative pursuits?
The Gates Public Library wants to help you flex your creative muscles this summer!

Contract to read at least 10 minutes per day, keep track of your reading on a calendar of activities, and earn raffle tickets for a variety of prizes.

Sign up begins June 22 and ends July 10.

The summer reading program is open to children aged 3 (with parent) to 12.

The last day of the program is August 6.


Here's How It Works:

1. Kids read any eight (8) books of their own choosing.

2. Kids use the Summer Reading Journal to tell us their favorite part of each book. A parent/guardian signs the journal when it's complete. You can also get a Spanish-language Reading Journal.

3. Children bring their completed Reading Journal to a Barnes & Noble store between May 26th & September 7th, 2009.

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 available stock.
No special orders.
Limit of one (1) form per school-age child (grades 1-6), please.
Incomplete forms will be ineligible for free books.

Especially Kid-Friendly Rochester Restaurants

I found this very helpful dining list at:

***Please call ahead to verify each restaurant's participation before you head out!***

Especially Kid-Friendly Restaurants that provide extra-special pricing or free kids meals.

Aja Noodle Co.
2602 Elmwood Ave, Brighton, NY 585-244-1052
*Changing table: W
42 Perinton Hills, Fairport, NY 585-377-7000
*Changing table: W
Kids eat free every Tuesday night: 1 free kids meal with each adults' entree!
Note from reader: The food there is not super spicy, so it's "safe" to take the little ones, and fun to go out for something a little different.

Two locations: Henrietta (585) 427-7420
Penfield-Webster (585) 697-2006
Directions to either location: http://www.bazilrestaurant.com/directions.htm
Mondays, kids eat free 4:30pm-10:00pm.

Denny's Restaurant
Denny's offers free kids meals on Tuesday and Saturday nights
911 Jefferson Road, Rochester, NY, 585-424-3670
*Changing tables: M/W
1659 Penfield Road, Penfield, NY, 585-586-5510
*Changing tables: M/W
4820 South Lake Road, Brockport, NY, 585-637-0420
*No changing tables
2800 Monroe Avenue, Rochester, NY, 585-271-3510
*No changing tables
7503 Main Street Fishers, Victor, NY, 585-924-9270
*Changing tables: M/W
765 East Ridge Road, Rochester, NY, 585-266-7260
*No changing tables
4835 West Henrietta Road, Brighton, NY, 585-334-2910
*No changing tables
2890 West Ridge Road, Rochester, NY, 585-225-8350
*Changing tables: M/W
2235 Buffalo Road, Rochester, NY 585-247-1870
*No changing tables

The Distillery
3 convenient locations (directions noted at bottom of homepage: www.thedistillery.com)
1142 Mt. Hope Ave., Rochester - (585) 271-4105
*Changing tables: W
3010 Winton Road South (Brighton/Henrietta) - (585) 339-3010
*Changing tables: W
300 Paddy Creek Circle (Greece) - (585) 621-1620
*Changing tables: W
Tuesday Night Kids Eat FREE! Order any “Off The Grill” Entrée, get one Kid's meal for FREE. *Dine-in only, available 5pm-9pm Tuesdays, for kids 10 and under, not valid with coupons or other promotions/discounts, one FREE KIDS MEAL with each OFF THE GRILL Entrée ordered per table per visit. Sign up for newsletter to receive all of the latest Distillery News, Information, Promotions, Specials and Members-only Coupons emailed directly to your in-box.

International House of Pancakes
556 Jefferson Road, Henrietta, NY 14623-3228, (585) 292-0380
*Changing tables: M/W
Fridays, 2 kids eat free with one paying adult.

Moe's Southwest Grill
1100 Jefferson Road, #26, Henrietta, NY 14623-3228, (585) 424-6637
3246 Monroe Ave, Pittsford, NY 14534, (585) 267-7880
1044 Ridge Road, Webster, NY 14580, (585) 872-7800
Kids eat free every Monday after 4 pm... one free kids meal per purchase of an adult entree, kids 12 and under only.

T. C. Hooligan's
Greece Ridge Center Mall, Rochester, NY (585) 225-7180
809 Ridge Road, Suite E, Webster, NY (585) 671-7180
Kids 10 and under eat free on Tuesdays 4pm-8pm.

Tully's: Great Food and Good Times
1225 Jefferson Road, Henrietta, NY 585-272-8900
Kids pay what they weigh on Wednesdays: For each full-price adult entree, up to two kids 10 and under "pay what they weigh" on Wednesdays until 9pm. There are balloons for the kids, and an arcade.
*Changing tables: W

1890 South Clinton Ave, Henrietta, NY, 14618 585-271-1440
Kids eat free Sunday nights.
*Changing tables: ?

Fun and (Mostly) Free Ideas for Summer Family Fun

I copied this from

Fun and Mostly Free Ideas for Summer Family Fun
In the Rochester, NY area
By Elinor Hickey

Hit the Trails in Perinton

Hit the trails in Perinton and get rewarded: Hiking is a great escape anyway, but Perinton Wegmans is highlighting local trails as part of its Family Wellness initiative. Wegmans has positioned trail markers along many local trails in Perinton, and will give you treats for completing them. Pick up a passbook at the Perinton Wegmans near the service desk for each of your kids. The books list the trails, include a map of each route, and provides spots for trail rubbings. Complete 6 hikes (with your rubbings as proof) and you will get a free tee shirt and coupon for a free product from Wegmans. Complete 10 hikes and you'll receive a $5 Wegman's gift card. Note for those with little hikers: The maps show where the markers are located, and some are not deep down the trails (and good for little feet). More information is available in the passbooks.

Find a Treasure

Essentially, you get your children each a stamp, a notebook, and an ink pad. Then, using the magic of the Internet, you print out directions to finding letterboxes, which are tupperware boxes hidden in public spots that usually contain a guestbook and handmade stamp. When you find the box, the kids make a copy of their stamp in the guest book and make a copy of the hidden stamp in their own book. Then, everything from the box goes back to its original hiding place for others to find. Most letterboxes are relatively easy to find and as any treasure, part of the magic is not letting anyone else around see the discovery. There are boxes all over Fairport -- including 3 within a few steps away of the fish hatchery. To get started, review the directions at letterboxing.org Updated information on hidden boxes is at http://atlasquest.com. Letterboxes are hidden all over the United States, so you can even incorporate a search into your next vacation. We recently took 12-year-old cousins on a letterboxing expedition and their response was "This is cool, can we come again?"

Discover Someplace New

In the summer, I feel the need to get the kids out and away from the house, but then get in a rut (you can only visit Lollipop farm so many times!). That is, until I discovered the book 101 Places You Gotta See Before You're 12! by Joanne O'Sullivan. Think of this book as the perfect idea generator, as it lists all different types of places to go and explore - just to say you've been there. Along with all the great suggestions are lists of actual places and resources. My 7-year-old and I are working on a list right now of the types of places we'll try to see this summer (a lighthouse, an artist studio, a living museum, a landfill). Barnes and Noble on Monroe Ave carries some copies, and they're also available online. I've heard that another book by the same author, 101 Things You Gotta Do Before You're 12! is also great -- it's on our "to get list" and is available online.

See a Movie for Free

Regal Cinemas is continuing its tradition of offering free movies for children on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings throughout the summer. Usually, the theater features one free PG movie for the teens and a G movie for the younger ones. Get a copy of the Regal Cinemas Free Movie schedule here .

Free Family Film Festival

REG’s Free Family Film Festival is Now Showing!

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. Tickets for our 2009 Free Family Film Festival are exclusively available at select theatres’ box office on the day of the show.

Henrietta Stadium
18525 Marketplace Drive
Rochester ,NY 14623

07/07/2009-07/09/2009 The Tale Of Despereaux (G) Igor (PG)
07/14/2009-07/16/2009 Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (G) Alvin And The Chipmunks (PG)
07/21/2009-07/23/2009 Space Chimps (G) Firehouse Dog (PG)
07/28/2009-07/30/2009 Everyone's Hero (G) Robots (PG)

08/04/2009-08/06/2009 Horton Hears A Who (G) City Of Ember (PG)
08/11/2009-08/13/2009 Rugrats: The Movie (G) Nim's Island (PG)
08/18/2009-08/20/2009 Charlotte's Web (G) Akeelah And The Bee (PG)
08/25/2009-08/27/2009 Mr. Bean's Holiday (G) Madagascar 2: Escape To Africa (PG)

Greece Ridge Stadium
12176 Greece Ridge Center Drive
Rochester ,NY 14626

07/07/2009-07/08/2009 Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Veggie Tale Movie (G) Kung Fu Panda (PG)
07/14/2009-07/15/2009 The Tale Of Despereaux (G) Igor (PG)
07/21/2009-07/22/2009 Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (G) Alvin And The Chipmunks (PG)
07/28/2009-07/29/2009 Space Chimps (G) Firehouse Dog (PG)
08/04/2009-08/05/2009 Everyone's Hero (G) Robots (PG)
08/11/2009-08/12/2009 Horton Hears A Who (G) City Of Ember (PG)
08/18/2009-08/19/2009 Rugrats: The Movie (G) Nim's Island (PG)
08/25/2009-08/26/2009 Charlotte's Web (G) Akeelah And The Bee (PG)

1370 Eastview Mall Drive
Victor ,NY 14564

07/07/2009-07/08/2009 Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (G) Alvin And The Chipmunks (PG)
07/14/2009-07/15/2009 Space Chimps (G) Firehouse Dog (PG)
07/21/2009-07/22/2009 Everyone's Hero (G) Robots (PG)
07/28/2009-07/29/2009 Horton Hears A Who (G) City Of Ember (PG)
08/04/2009-08/05/2009 Rugrats: The Movie (G) Nim's Island (PG)
08/11/2009-08/12/2009 Charlotte's Web (G) Akeelah And The Bee (PG)
08/18/2009-08/19/2009 Mr. Bean's Holiday (G) Madagascar 2: Escape To Africa (PG)
08/25/2009-08/26/2009 Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Veggie Tale Movie (G) Kung Fu Panda (PG)

* I found this info at:

** My own note: the movies are free, but the snacks/popcorn are not!!

Another FYI:There is some sort of "Movie Pack" for kids which has a kid size (regular human size) fountain drink, along with a small portion of popcorn and a small-ish amount of candy (I think it was a Nerds Rope) - which is pretty reasonable for about $5.

I didn't know this previously, and I ordered a medium drink and a medium popcorn, as we were going to share, and I could've SURFED on the huge drink, and filled a pillow with all the popcorn! Plus, I think these two items came to around $12! (This was last year, and I can't remember the exact amounts, sorry!)

Free Outdoor Summer Movies

Movies at the Bowl
July 2nd - August 13
Times: 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location: Highland Park Bowl

Movies in the Bowl is a FREE family-focused outdoor event at the Highland Park Bowl every Thursday night, starting at dark, from July 2 to August 13, 2009.

The schedule of movies is as follows:
July 9 – Madagascar Escape 2 Africa (2008) Rated PG
July 16 – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001) Rated PG
July 23 – A Christmas Story (1983) Rated PG “Christmas in July”
July 30 – Hotel for Dogs (2009) Rated PG
August 6 – The Goonies (1985) Rated PG
August 13 – Kung Fu Panda (2008) Rated PG

Movies at the Beach
July 7 - August 11
Times: 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location: Ontario Beach Park

Movies at the Beach is a FREE outdoor event at Monroe County’s Ontario Beach Park every Tuesday evening, starting at dark, from July 7 to August 11, 2009.

The schedule of movies is as follows:
July 7 – Jaws (1975) Rated PG
July 14 – Iron Man (2008) Rated PG-13
July 21 – Fred Claus (2007) Rated PG “Christmas in July”
July 28 – Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) Rated PG
August 4 – Batman: The Dark Knight (2008) Rated PG-13
August 11 – 007: Quantum of Solace (2008) PG-13

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Lyell Branch Library INFO

Lyell Branch Library
Holiday Closings

Location: At 956 Lyell Avenue, the Lyell Branch Library is in the northwest sector (3) of Rochester.

Bus Service: Rochester Transit Authority bus #3

Branch Manager: Martin Steinhauser

Programs: "Safe to Be Smart" Program - Activities and services geared toward youth. Project Research Internet Assistance

Services: Meeting Room: The Lyell meeting room holds 49 and is available to non-profit groups. Please call the Branch Manager at 428-8218 for additional details.

Computers: There are nine public computers; seven are connected to the Internet.

Branch News

Branch Profile


Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County
Contact: Children's Center
Address: 115 South Ave.Rochester, NY 14604-1896
Phone: 585-428-8150
Web: libraryweb.org/central/
Email: ChildRef@libraryweb.org

Monday, February 2, 2009- Rochester, NY
Event Title: Meet the Moose and an Amerks Hockey Player
Time: 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Friday, February 20, 2009- Rochester, NY
Event Title: Enchanted Kingdom Puppet Show
Time: 2:30 - 3:30 pm

Saturday, March 7, 2009- Rochester, NY
Event Title: Pig Out on Reading
Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Click here: Kids Events - Monroe County (NY) Library System
or copy and paste:

Free Tutoring Available at the Monroe Branch Library!