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Real food
Ready to include more fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet? It doesn’t get fresher than produce grown locally. To get you thinking about this year’s harvest, Feb. 26 is National CSA Sign-Up Day. In the buying model known as community-supported agriculture, consumers buy a share of the harvest from a local farm or farm group. Local options abound, including Sunscape Farms, Wild Hill Farm, Kirby’s Farm Market, PeaceWork Organic, Wickham Farms, G and S Orchards, and Good Food Collective. Bon appetit! localharvest.org/csa

Stars in your eyes
Curious about what lies beyond? The Spring Adult Astronomy Series at Rochester Museum & Science Center kicks off Feb. 24.

The first in the series looks at how artists such as Vincent Van Gogh depicted the stars—and how modern astronomers have reconstructed what we see in their works.

Here’s the rest of the lineup:

  • March 2: Eclipses in the Near Future—Rochester’s next eclipse is Aug. 21, 2017. Get tips on what to watch for.
  • March 9: Pluto and Other Small Objects in our Solar System—After an 85-year wait, Pluto and its moons are surprising scientists.
  • March 16 and 23: A History of Planetariums, parts one and two—From German roots to Japanese and American innovations.
  • April 6: Mysteries of History—Where do the names of constellations come from?
  • April 13: Digital Astronomy for Everyone—The best websites and free or cheap software for computers, tablets and phones.
  • April 20: Selecting a Landing Site on Mars—Nick Warner, SUNY College at Geneseo professor, is a member of the team charged with choosing a landing site for NASA’s next Mars landing mission. rmsc.org

Gridlock Sam to speak
The man who coined the term “gridlock” will speak in Rochester Feb. 24.

Reconnect Rochester is bringing Samuel Schwartz, former traffic commissioner of New York City, to give a talk at 6:30 p.m. in the Little Theatre. He is one of the leading transportation experts in the country and a columnist for the New York Daily News.

His firm, Sam Schwartz Transportation Consultants, has worked on projects ranging from the Second Avenue subway expansion project in New York City to Chicago bike and pedestrian plans. The firm recently produced a plan for the redesign of Rochester’s East Main Street near the Auditorium Theatre, Rochester Public Market and Main Street Armory.

Schwartz’s new book, “Street Smart: The Rise of Cities and the Fall of Cars,” chronicles the history of urban transportation in the U.S. In it, Schwartz recounts his 1950s Brooklyn childhood, working as a New York City cab driver and his career in transportation for the city. reconnectrochester.org

SPORTS and  REC
Ganondagan’s 13th annual Native American Winter Games and Sports, to be held Feb. 27, will include a new activity: snowboat racing.

Traditionally, Seneca people made these 18-inch-long solid wooden “boats” and raced them down hills for fun—much like scouting’s pinewood derby. They made channels in the snow, one for each boat, then released them four at a time down the snowy hills.

There will be a few boats to try during the festival, but visitors can download instructions at http://bit.ly/1PIBs9Z to make their own to bring along.

The winter games include activities for all ages: snowshoeing with free rentals, dog sled demonstrations, storytelling in the bark longhouse, the traditional game of snowsnake and a chance to make a birdseed feeder in Seneca Art & Culture Center.

“This is always an extremely popular day,” says Meg Joseph, Friends of Ganondagan executive director. “This is an important opportunity for us to share the unique culture of the Seneca and Haudenosaunee people who first lived in this area.”

A suggested donation of $10 per family includes admission to the art and culture center, which opened in 2015. Activities run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ganondagan.org

Strong Museum’s Happiest Hour for adults 21 and over returns Feb. 24 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Check out the museum’s exhibits, including classic arcade and video games. Tickets are available online. museumofplay.org

WEEKEND BESTBETS

1 “American Idol” Season 4 semifinalist and Broadway star Natalie Weiss takes the stage Feb. 20 in the Callahan Theatre at the Nazareth College Arts Center. The show is co-produced by Rochester Broadway Theatre League and the Nazareth College Theatre and Dance Department. Weiss has gained an international following from her performance videos and popular web series, “Breaking Down The Riffs.” rbtl.org, naz.edu

2 Tyler Perry’s musical comedy, “Madea on the Run,” is coming to Rochester’s Auditorium Theatre Feb. 20. Tyler Perry stars as Madea, the brash matriarch who in this musical is in trouble again with the local authorities. ticketmaster.com

3 The Good Pointe Society, Rochester City Ballet’s young professionals group, plans a Masquerade Ball Feb. 20 at Artisan Works. Highlights include complimentary wine and beer, hors d’oeuvres and dancing to music by DJ Flex. All proceeds benefit the performances, educational programs and outreach activities of Rochester City Ballet. artisanworks.net, rochestercityballet.org

4 New York Wine & Culinary Center in Canandaigua is partnering with Genesee Country Village & Museum on Feb. 21 for “Chocolate: From Bean to 18th-Century Beverage” and “Chocolate Cocktails.” Museum interpreter Pat Mead will use American Heritage Chocolate to create two chocolate cocktails. nywcc.com

5 Jerry Seinfeld brings his stand-up comedy show to the Rochester Auditorium Theatre for two shows Feb. 19. The early show is sold out, but there are still tickets for the later show. ticketmaster.com, rbtl.org

2/19/2016 (c) 2016 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email [email protected]

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