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Arts at the Gardens will debut their newest event this weekend, a VIP Champagne Brunch. Located at the Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, patrons can indulge in tastings from Black Button while enjoying live music from Ade Adu. Bottomless mimosas are on the menu, as well as exclusive art offerings. Brunch begins at 11 a.m. on Aug. 20. sonnenberg.org

BEST BETS

1. Get ready for a rare siting on Aug. 21. A solar eclipse is hitting the sky and Rochester will get 70 percent coverage at mid-eclipse. Visit the Strasenburgh Planetarium on Solar Eclipse Day at the Rochester Museum & Science Center to see the moon’s shadow cover more than half the sun. rmsc.org

2. Celebrate summer’s conclusion with Tasting on the Terrace at the Del Monte Lodge Renaissance Rochester Hotel & Spa in Pittsford on Aug. 23. Featured at the tasting is Ravines Wine Cellars from Keuka Lake. In addition to the wine, Del Monte is also offering food from Erie Grill and live music. eventbrite.com

3. Networking gets a fun twist with Causewave’s Summer Smash. Dubbed “corporate challenge goes to the beach,” there will be music, team-building games, a scavenger hunt competition, prizes and food trucks. Summer Smash will be at Ontario Beach Park on Aug. 24 at 2 p.m. causewave.org

4. Come out to the Strong National Museum of Play to learn about the history of the ball. The round, bouncing type of ball. From a life-sized billiards game to an air-powered ball fountain, there is a wide range of activities at the “Have a Ball” exhibit for the whole family. museumofplay.org

5. Ben Morey and The Eyes will headline the George Eastman Museum’s Hidden Garden Concert this Saturday. The local indie folk musician has recorded over a dozen albums, and with The Eyes he is accompanied by an orchestra of up to 30 players. eastman.org

Hits performed at Hochstein 

The Hochstein School of Music & Dance will host a free concert for the public on Sunday.

The Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra are collaborating for the Summer Pops Concert. Conducted by Paul Shewan, professor of conducting and trumpet at Roberts Wesleyan College, the Pops concert is set to perform hits from Broadway musicals and blockbuster movies. The HYSO and the RPYO will play sections from Rodgers and Hammerstein, “Star Wars,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” Bizet’s “Carmen” and more.

In addition to the combination of orchestras, Amanda Meldrum, vocal soloist, will sing Ella Fitzgerald’s “A-Tisket, A-Tasket” in celebration of what would have been Fitzgerald’s 100th birthday. Meldrum is heavily involved in the music and performance community as a board-certified music therapist, rehabilitation therapist, private voice instructor and a youth musical theater director.

The HYSO consists of nearly 80 local students from grades seven to 12. The group has performed at Carnegie Hall and has toured internationally, including Italy, France and England. In 2018, the HYSO will visit Portugal and Spain.

The RPYO is comprised of approximately 100 local middle and high school student musicians. Formed in 1970, the RPYO was created to “provide highly enriching musical ensemble experiences to very accomplished young musicians from varied backgrounds.” Akin to the HYSO, the RPYO has also toured in different countries, including Germany, Canada and Eastern European nations and has performed in Carnegie Hall.

The Summer Pops Concert begins at 3 p.m. hochstein.org

SPORTS  &  REC

Full Moon Vista Bike & Sport will host the Rochester Twilight Criterium Saturday.

A crit is like a bicycle race, but it’s not a typical race. It focuses on high-paced racing on a short, closed loop circuit. Because of the small course, spectators will have an excellent view of the race.

Criteriums are shorter and more technically challenging than a typical road race with an abundance of turns at high speeds. Cyclers in the race don’t have as much time to strategize a move that will put them ahead, so competitors are more likely to push themselves and take a risk to get ahead of the pack.

Described as “Nascar on two wheels,” criteriums generate a dynamic atmosphere. Over 100 cyclists will race at speeds over 30 mph.

For those who aren’t into hard-core bike racing, there will be a beer garden on the interior of the course as well as food trucks to satisfy any foodie. Visitors will also have the opportunity to run a mile to bring extra energy to the event.

The first crit came to Rochester in 2004, and that year there was only one other notable Twilight Criterium in the United States. By 2007, the Union Cycliste Internationale had upgraded the local event to the highest level of professional cycling.  rochestercrit.com

(c) 2017 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-363-7269 or email [email protected].

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