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Family vauled 9.29.04 

Hum a few bars

Okay, I admit it. I'm a sheet-music junkie. For years I've purchased it. All kinds. Jazz, show tunes, classical pieces, sacred music, and popular tunes alike. I am particularly fond of vocal scores that allow the contralto in me to break out with attitude. Over the past few years, however, more and more of the collection is making its way to others who find it useful more often than I.

Besides, because I'm now married to a trained singer, my bursts of Broadway are usually confined to private moments. I'm not concerned, though. Sheet music and scores galore are readily available in the Eileen Reidman Art & Music Division at the downtown Central Library, where staff can help unearth thousands of songs via the Doremi database.

Doremiis an index to popular songs in the library's songbook holdings. The database indexes musical scores containing popular music --- both vocal and instrumental --- that encompasses Broadway tunes, pop, rock, jazz, blues, country, folk, international, traditional, and children's songs. It does not index vocal or instrumental classical music.

First created as a card index in the 1920s, Doremi was computerized in 1993. The current version contains 80,041 citations to 44,543 songs. Songs can be searched using title, composer, lyricist, some major languages, and alternate titles. One of only a handful of song-indexed, library databases in the nation, Rochester's Doremi is one valuable resource!

--- Carolyn Schuler

This week for families:

Folding and Flying Paper Airplanes Sun, Oct 3. Central Library, 115 South Ave, 2-3:30 p.m. Free.

Hispanic Month Events Wednesdays, cooking classes, ages 6-15, South Avenue Community Center, 900 South Ave, 4-5:30 p.m. 428-6015 | Tuesdays, cooking classes, all ages, Avenue D Recreation Center, 200 Ave D, 5:30-7 p.m. 428-7934 | Wed, Sept 29, piñata making party, City Hall Atrium, 30 Church St, 12-2 p.m. | Family Hispanic Heritage Night, Wed, Oct 6, Edgerton Community Center, 41 Backus St, 5-7:30 p.m. 428-6769 | Family Hispanic Heritage Dinner, Wed, Oct 6, Danforth Community Center, 200 West Ave, 6-8 p.m. 428-7860

Interfaith Forum Essay Contest Deadline: Oct 29. Theme: Building community, bridging our differences, grades 9-12. Info:

Nick Page Sat, Oct 2. Interactive family concert, Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 N Plymouth Ave, 7 p.m. Free.

RMSC Strasenburgh Planetarium 657 East Ave. Pink Floyd Laser: Sat 9 p.m.; A Trip to Saturn and Pluto: Sat 1 p.m.; Pulse: A Stomp Odyssey: Wed-Fri 4 p.m.; Sat 2, 3, 4, 8 p.m.; Sun 1, 2, 3, 4 p.m.; I See the Sky: Sat 9:30 a.m.; The Sky Tonight: Sat 10:30 a.m.; Tix: $4-$7. 271-1880

Rochester Museum and Science Center 657 East Ave. Surprise! It's Science, through May 2005. | Rochester's Frederick Douglass, through January 2006. | Live Science! demos and theater, Wed-Fri 3:30 p.m.; Sat 2, 3, 4 p.m.; Sun 1:30, 2:30, 3:30 p.m. Sat 3 p.m. show sign-interpreted. | Ongoing exhibits include: AdventureZone, Carlson Inquiry Room, At the Western Door. | Hours: Mon-Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun 12-5 p.m. Tix: $5-$7. 271-1880,

Seneca Park Zoo 2222 St Paul St. Genesee Trail Blazers, Tues, Oct 5, ages 3-4, 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. $18. | Hours: daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tix: $5, $4 seniors, $2 kids. 467-9453,

Strong Museum 1 Manhattan Square. Monday Kicks, Mon, Oct 4, ages 2-6, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Included with admission. | Tuesdays for Tots, Tues, Oct 5, 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. $5-$7. 263-2701 ext 314 | Long-term exhibits include National Toy Hall of Fame, Can You Tell Me How To Get To Sesame Street? and Super Kids Market. Hours: Mon-Thurs 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun 12-5 p.m. Tix: $7; $6 seniors, students; $5 children. 263-2700

The gift of you

When a new baby arrives, parents are inundated with tiny pastel clothes and noisy hunks of plastic. While the thought really is what counts, some thoughts are probably better than others.

A sling, which allows hands-free holding, is ideal for new parents. They can cuddle a newborn and make a sandwich, brush teeth, or get mail. Slings help moms do more, and are easier to carry than bulky car seats.

Wooden and natural toys have unmistakable appeal: they're classic, they're heirloom quality, and are environmentally sound. Simple toys stimulate the imagination more than their battery operated kin.

For clothing, think practical. Bigger sizes, gender-neutral colors, and natural fibers are a hit. Include gift receipts; Junior might have a growth spurt and sprout out of your carefully chosen gift. And babies never have enough socks or pajamas.

Food delivery, a gift certificate to the local laundry, and housekeeping services help parents adjust and focus more of their energy on their newborn. Some stylists make house calls to frazzled moms.

Give new parents the gift of you. Arrange to spend some time with the family and wash dishes, do laundry, or take older siblings out for an afternoon (call first). Offer to mow the lawn or vacuum. Hold the baby while mom takes a shower, or simply drop off a home-cooked meal. Pick up some groceries, or just lend a supportive ear. Sometimes the smallest gestures are the most meaningful.

--- Dawn Straight (

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