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Text: Center at High Falls, 60 Browns Race (325-2030): Historic district, touring and learning center with orientation to Rochester for groups. Attractions: Original Mill Raceway, Archaeology Site & Giant Waterwheel,"Laser, Light & Fireworks Spectacular!" offered weekends through mid-October, holidays. West viewing deck overlooking High Falls, plus Pont de Rennes Foot Bridge, Granite Mills Park, gift shop. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tues-Sat; noon-4 p.m. Sun.

Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Rd, Mumford (538-6822; "Autumn Fest: A Celebration of the Earth," Sept. 22. "Farm Ways," farm-related activities and 19th century agriculture, Sept. 28-29. Baseball Playoffs, 19th century teams play in Silver Baseball Park, Sept. 28-29. Agricultural Society Fair, Oct. 5 & 6. "Apples, Apples, Apples," Oct. 12-14. "An American Halloween," 19th century-style celebration, Oct. 26-27. "Yuletide in the Country," 19th-century style holiday celebrations, Dec 6-8, 13-15, 20-22; call for info. Regular admission: $12.50; $9.50 seniors and students; $7 ages 4-16; free to children 3 and under and members.

George Eastman House, 900 East Avenue (271-3361; "Picturing What Matters: An Offering of Photographs," through Jan. 20. Day of Remembrance with free admission, Sept. 11; Candlelight Vigil, 7 p.m. Sept. 11. Artist Serge Bromberg lectures, 8 p.m. Sept. 13. Continuing exhibitions: "The Pencil of Nature," "Through the Lens," "George Eastman in Focus," "Historical Timeline of Photo Imaging." Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues-Sat; until 8 p.m. Thurs; 1-5 p.m. Sun. $8; $6 seniors; $5 students; $3 ages 5-12; free for children 4 and under.

Nazareth College Arts Center, 4245 East Ave (389-2170): The Jungle Book, Nov. 23-24; Dec. 14-15. The Mouse and the Motorcycle, Feb. 15, 2003. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, May 31, 2003. Call for ticket info.

The Nutcracker, Michael Butterman, conductor, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra with the Rochester City Ballet, Bach Children's Chorus, 2 & 7 p.m. Nov. 29, 30, Dec. 1. Eastman Theatre.

Rochester Children's Theatre, School of the Arts, 45 Prince St (271-7870): Cirkus Inferno, Oct. 19-20. Jack and the Beanstalk, Oct. 26-Nov. 10. Hansel and Gretel, Nov. 30-Dec. 8. Circo Comedio with juggling master Monsier Saucier, Jan. 11, 2003. Show Queen, Jan. 25-Feb. 9, 2003. Ramona Quimby, March 15-30, 2003. Stuart Little, April 5-27, 2003. One Family/ One Planet, May 10, 2003. Call for ticket information.

Rochester Museum & Science Center, 657 East Avenue (271-1880; 32nd Annual Holiday Bazaar, 150 exhibitors, crafts, art, books, jewelry; all proceeds benefit RMSC: Nov. 22-24; $3. Children under 12 admitted free. Fall exhibits: "ExploraZone 2," and "Picture Us!" On-goin exhibitions: "AdventureZone," "At the Western Door," "Raceways." RMSC Players present Live Science Demos (3 and 4 p.m. Weds-Fri) and Live Theater Vignettes (1 and 3 p.m. Sat-Sun), free with museum admission. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon-Sat; 12-5 p.m. Sun. $7; $6 seniors/students; $5 ages 3-18; free to children under 3.

RMSC Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Rd, Naples (374-6160; 900-acre environmental education center, six miles of themed trails, visitor center, nature gift shop. Naples Arts Network Exhibit, through Nov. 3. "Make a Scarecrow Family Activity," Sept. 21, 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19. Mushroom Festival, 12-4 p.m. Sept. 29. Harvest Days, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 28-29. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Weds-Sun; closed Mon-Tues. $5; $3 seniors and students; $2 children K-12.

RMSC Strasenburgh Planetarium, 657 East Avenue (271-1880; "Ocean Oasis," Mexico's Sea of Cortes and the Baja California desert, through Dec. 22. Iliana Ortega Bacmeister visits with slide show, Oct. 14. "Hubble and Chandra: Deep Into the Night," through Nov. 23. Star shows: "The Galaxy and Beyond," "I See the Sky," "The Sky Tonight." Call for show times.

Sonnenberg Gardens, 151 Charlotte Street (394-4922): Car Rally at Sonnenberg, Sept. 21. Haunted Gardens, Oct. 4-30.Festival of Lights, Nov. 22-Jan. 4. Call for information.

Strong Museum, 1 Manhattan Square (263-2700; Face to Face: Dealing with Prejudice and Discrimination, Oct. 5-Jan. 5, 2003; Jeremy's Story, Oct. 5-Jan. 5, 2003; Geo-Zoooom!, through Jan. 12, 2003; Global Shoes, through Dec. 1. Super Kids Market Expansion, exhibit space doubling in size in October, 2002 (exact date TBD). On-going exhibits: The Strong Museum Express,Making Radio Waves; Kids Stuff: Great Toys from our Childhood; TimeLab; Can You Tell Me How to get to Sesame Street?; Kid to Kid; What's Hot in History? Special events: Deaf Awareness Day, Sept. 27. Exhibit opening with special activities for Face to Face, Oct. 5-6. Tuesdays for Tots and Wednesdays for Tots fall series; details TBA. Halloween Party, with costumes, trick-or-treating in the museum, Oct. 25-27. Pre-schoolers' Halloween Party, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 31. Grand opening celebration, Super Kids Market Expansion, with family activities, Sat. Nov. 16-Sun., Nov. 17. "My Toddler and Me," early morning music, movement, crafts program for toddlers; preregistration required; 8-10 a.m. Sat., Nov. 23. Hanukkah Party scheduled for the first week in Dec., date/time TBD. "Holiday Cheer," performances and craft activities, Sat-Sun, Dec. 14-15, 21-22. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon-Thurs; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Fri; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat; 12-5 p.m. Sun. $6; $5 seniors, students, children 2-17; children under 2 free.

SUNY Geneseo, Kuhl Gymnasium (245-5873): Cirque Sublime, 8 p.m. Nov. 2. Cll for ticket information.

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  • Festivals

    Agricultural Society Fair, Genesee Country Nature Center, 1410 Flint Hill Rd, Mumford (538-6822, A country fair, 19th-century style, with food, livestock and crafts. Oct. 5-6.

  • Art

    Local 1570 Gallery, Valley Manor, 1570 East Avenue (442-8470): "Art for the Soul," with work by Eve Bothelho, Coral Dalton, M. Wendy Gwirtzman, Raphaella McCormack; opening reception, 6-8 p.m.

  • Literature and lectures

    30th Annual Rochester Book Fair, benefits the University of Rochester Libraries: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 21, the Student Life Center, St. John Fisher College, 3690 East Avenue.

  • Theater

    Blackfriars Theatre, 28 Lawn St (454-1260; Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit, Oct. 5-26. Dirty Blonde, Dec. 7-29, with performances Dec. 31.

  • Classical music

    Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Text: Philharmonic Series(454-2100): All concerts at 8 p.m. in Eastman Theatre; pre-concert chats at 7 p.m.

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