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Winter Adventures Series


Get Out, Be Active, Discover Nature, and Take a Breath of Fresh Air!

Enjoy the great outdoors. Have a blast at the Lakeside Winter Celebration! Trade your boots in for snowshoes! Enter a winter photo contest! Have fun, get in shape or just make some new friends along the way. The 2013-14 Winter Adventures program, is brought to you by the Bureau of RecreationWegmans and MVP Healthcare.

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Ice-SkatersSavor winter with outdoor and indoor ice skating

Outdoor Ice Skating
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park at Manhattan Square,
353 Court St., 428-7541
Open Skate: Mon.-Fri., 12:00-1:30 p.m., 3:40-5:10 p.m., 5:30-7:00 p.m., also Tues-Thurs. 7:20-8:50 p.m. (if not rented)
Adult Skate: Mon.-Fri., 1:50-3:20 p.m.

Indoor Ice Skating
Genesee Valley Park, 131 Elmwood Ave., 428-7889
Open Skate: Sun., 2:30-3:45 p.m. ,Mon.-Fri., 12:00-1:15 p.m., Sat., 5:00-6:15 p.m.
Adult Skate: Tues.-Thurs., 10:30-11:45 a.m., Fri. 10:00-11:15 a.m.

Fees for both indoor & outdoor skating:
17 & under-$2,
Season Pass for MLK
Memorial Park-$60,
Season Pass for
Genesee Valley-$125.

City rinks offer winter season activities including figure skating lessons, broom ball, ice hockey & more. Group rentals available.


Snow Cheap Trail Race Series

Wednesdays: Dec. 18, Jan. 8, Jan. 15, Jan. 22, Feb. 5, Feb. 19, Mar. 5
6:45 p.m., registration, 7:15 p.m., race start

The Snow Cheap Trail Race Series is a fun filled Winter trail series held Wednesday Nights from December through Marchin Cobbs Hill Park, Rochester, NY. Everything you loved about the Dirt Cheap Series now for the winter. Low price, crazy fun, great vibe, and tons of value.

Meet at Lake Riley Lodge, Norris Dr. & Culver Rd., Cobb’s Hill Park. Preregistration required no later than 6:45pm on the day of the race. Races will be held snow or no snow, snoweshoes or no snowshoes. Headlamps are required for all races. Post-race party, door prizes and fun!

PRICES: One Race- $12.00; Entire Series- $50.00. For more details and to register, please visit www.FleetFeetRochester.com.

Snowshoes for rent at Fleet Feet Sports, 2210 Monroe Ave., 732-1090 and the City of Rochester Bureau of Recreation, 400 Dewey Avenue, 428-6755. Limited rentals available, so be sure to reserve in advance.

Shivering Shutters Winter Photography ContestSS_web

The deadline for entry has passed. We received  a ton of amazing winter photos and are in the process of selecting the best of them for our upcoming show. Many thanks to everyone who entered.

Calling all photographers amateur and professional alike. Enter your work in the first ever Shivering Shutters Winter Photography Competition. Any photograph that depicts a winter motif and first printed or produced from November 2013 through February 2014 is eligible. Selected by a jury of distinguished local photographers, the winning entries will be publicly displayed, assuring important exposure for your outstanding work.

Urban Gardening is Growing!

Improve your gardening knowledge this winter!

WEDNESDAY SERIES: A monthly speaker series taking place in collaboration with Cornell Cooperative Extension. All talks will take place at the Cornell Cooperative Extension offices at 249 Highland Avenue. Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Dec. 18,  Gardening with Native Plants
Jan. 15,  Homeopathy and Herbal Medicine
Feb. 19,  Cut Flower Production
Mar. 19,  Spring Garden Tips
Apr. 16,  Rochester’s Horticultural History

SATURDAY SERIES: An exciting line-up of speakers covering a wide range of topics.

Jan. 11, Gardening With Youth, 12-1 p.m. Sully Branch Library,530 Webster Avenue
Jan. 25, Raising Urban Chickens, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Phillis Wheatley Library, 33 Dr. Samuel McCree Way
Feb. 8, Ecological Gardening, 12 p.m.-1 p.m. Maplewood Branch Library, 1111 Dewey Avenue
Feb. 22, Composting 101, 11 .am.-12 p.m. Winton Road Branch Library, 611 N. Winton Road
Mar. 1, Seed Saving, 11 am-12 p.m. Monroe Branch Library, 809 Monroe Avenue

Lakeside Winter Celebration

Join us at Ontario Beach Park for an outstanding winter celebration, including the 4th Annual Lake Ontario Wine Festival.

Saturday, Feb. 8, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
• Lake Ontario Wine Festival
• Chilly Chili Challenge
• Horse-Drawn Carriage
• Dog Sled Demo
• Outdoor Children’s Games
• Snow Sculpture Contest

Sunday, Feb. 9th, 12 p.m.-4 p.m.
• 14th Annual Polar Plunge (Fundraiser) for the Special Olympics
• Frostbiter’s Sailboat Racing
• Winter Hike: Turning Point Park @ 1p.m.

For a schedule of activities go to: www.cityofrochester.gov/wintercelebration 


Saturday City Snowshoe Hikes

We’ll provide the snowshoes, and (hopefully) nature will provide the snow. Learn the basics and enjoy a new winter activity. Even if there isn’t snow, we will go for a hike and play games. Look for the Rec on the Move truck at many of these
activities. Saturdays, 1 -3 p.m.

Dec. 28, Edgerton Community Center, 41 Backus Street
Jan. 11, Adams Street Community Center, 85 Adams Street
Jan. 25, Avenue D Community Center, 200 Avenue D
Feb. 1, South Avenue Community Center, 999 South Avenue

Try snowshoeing out on your own at any time:Snowshoe Rentals - City Recreation, 400 Dewey Ave., 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Mon.-Fri. except holidays, $10 per weekend, $25 for families. 


Sunday Park Hikes

Explore all the outdoors has to offer. Bring your family & friends for a wonderful winter hike. Snowshoes will be available for the hike at no charge. Sundays, 1-2:30 p.m.:

Jan. 12, El Camino Trail, meet at the playground at Clifford Ave. and Conkey Ave.
Jan. 26, Seneca Park, meet at the Seneca Zoo Parking Lot (off St. Paul Street)
Feb. 2, Highland Park, meet in front of Conservatory
Feb. 9, Lakeside Winter Celebration hike from Port Terminal building to Turning Point Park, meet outside terminal entrance.


Winter In Washington Grove

Saturday, January 11, 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
Winter is a tough time, for you... and for plants and animals! Naturalist Peter Debes of the Friends of Washington Grove will uncover some signs of
life and secrets of survival in the woods, and help you learn to recognize some of its old-timers by “barking up” some trees. Meet at the Nunda entrance to the Washington Grove, off Cobb’s Hill Drive. Dress for the weather. Hand warmers suggested. Cancelled if there are high winds.


Winter Wonderland Event

Friday, Feb. 21, from 1 p.m.-3 pm at Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park.
Winter Wonderland Event, hosted by Rec on the Move. Open to the Public, free of charge. Activities to include ice skating, snowman building contest, indoor crafts & free hot chocolate/snacks.


Passport to Family Wellness

Next time you are at Wegmans, look for the “Passport to Family Wellness” brochure. Inside the brochure you will find information about trails in the region.


The Rochester Public Market

280 N. Union Street, Open: Tuesday & Thursday, 6 a.m.-1 p.m. & Saturday, 5 am-3 p.m.

New this winter: Food Truck Sno-deo, Sunday, Feb. 16, 12-4 p.m. Great food, winter family activities and more!

Watch for the return of the market shuttle in the spring. www.cityofrochester.gov/publicmarket 


Earth Explorers

A year-round environmental education program in the recreation centers, connecting youth to nature. Find out more about the Earth Explorers program at your neighborhood recreation center.

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