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Warren announces Annual Winter Adventures Series

Mayor Lovely Warren has announced Rochester’s 2015 Annual Winter Adventures Series, which will be provided by the city’s bureau of recreation, and sponsored by MVP Healthcare.

“Here in Rochester, we do not hibernate in the winter, we go out and embrace it,” Warren said. “The city’s winter recreation programs offer a wide range of events, and activities, for everyone to stay active and have fun during the winter months.”

The programs the series will offer have been listed below.

In addition, Warren said interested individuals may visit for additional information, or call the bureau of recreation at (585) 428-6755 for a complete list of winter recreation information.

Recreation Winter Guides are also available at any city library ranch, R-Center or the Public Market, officials said.

Saturday Garden Talks
Improve your gardening knowledge this winter. Talks take place at various Rochester Public Libraries around the city. The following talks are held on Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Jan. 10
Gardening in a Warmer World: Climate Change and Your Garden.
Monroe Library, 809 Monroe Ave.

Feb. 21
Do-It-Yourself Container Gardens for your Outdoor Garden.
Lyell Library, 956 Lyell Ave.

Feb. 28
Getting Started in the Garden.
Phyllis Wheatley Library, 33 Dr. Samuel McCree Way.

Snowshoe Events & Winter Fun
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, 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Jan. 10
Campbell Street R-Center, 524 Campbell St.

Jan. 31
Avenue D R-Center, 200 Ave. D.

Feb. 21
Flint Street R-Center, 271 Flint St.

Feb. 28
South Avenue R-Center, 999 South Ave.

Weekend Park Hikes
Explore all the outdoors has to offer. Bring your family and friends for a wonderful winter hike. Dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear.

10 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 11
El Camino Trail, meet at Conkey Corner Park (corner of Clifford and Conkey)

10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 17
Washington Grove/Cobbs Hill Park (meet at the top of Reservoir Rd.)

10 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 1
Seneca Park, meet at the Seneca Zoo Parking Lot (off of St. Paul St.)

1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7
Turning Point Park, meet at Ferry Terminal Building.

Snow Cheap Trail Race Series
A fun filled winter trail series held Wednesday Nights from December through February in Cobb’s Hill Park. 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 in Cobb’s Hill Park, Norris Dr. and Culver Rd. Pre-registration required no later than 6:45 p.m. on the day of the race. Races will be held snow or no snow. Headlamps are required for all races. Post-race party, door prizes and fun!
Wednesdays: Dec. 17, Jan. 7, Jan. 21, Feb. 4, Feb. 18, and March 4.
Registration: 6:45 p.m. Races Start: 7:15 p.m.
Prices: One Race: $12; $65 if registering from Dec. 18 to Jan.21. Visit for additional details, or to register.

Winter in Washington Grove
Winter is tough if you live outdoors. How do plants and animals survive it? They have a lot of neat strategies. Naturalist Peter Debes of the Friends of Washington Grove will lead you on a scavenger hunt for signs of life and secrets of survival in the woods. If we’re good observers, we will spot a few creatures in this old-growth forest at Cobb’s Hill Park. Adults and children eight and older. Meet at the top of the Reservoir Road, Cobb’s Hill Park by the pine trees. Dress for the weather. Binoculars useful. Hand warmers will be available. Cancelled if there are high winds. 10a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 17.

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.

Snowshoe Rentals
Snowshoeing is a great family-friendly activity! Adult and youth snowshoes available for rent through the city’s department of recreation and youth services at 400 Dewey Ave.

Rates: $10 per weekend/per person. Rent two pair, get the third free of charge. Call (585) 428-8820 for additional information, or to reserve snowshoes.

Ice Skating

Genesee Valley Ice Arena
The GVP Sports Complex, located at 131 Elmwood Ave., hosts a newly renovated ice arena perfect for all ages. The arena is available for open skating as well as sports programs including a youth hockey club, adult ice hockey leagues, and speed skating. Book your next skating party too. The arena will remain open until April 4. Adults interested in leagues should call (585) 428-7888.

2014-15 Ice Arena Schedule:

Open Skate
Monday through Friday, 12:00 p.m. to 1:15p.m.
Saturday, 5:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.
Sunday, 2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Adult Skate (Ages 18+)
Tuesday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. (except during school recesses)
Sunday, 9:45 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Ice Skating Rink
This ice skating rink, located at 353 Court St., in the heart of downtown is the perfect place for a family outing. Skaters will enjoy a warming shelter, with a heated floor and a fireplace. The rink is also available for rent. The skating season will run through March 14. (weather permitting).

2014-15 Rink Schedule:

Open Skate
Monday through Friday: 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.; 3:40 p.m. to 5:10 p.m.; 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.; and 7:20 p.m. to 8:50 p.m. (On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, rink rentals may preclude open skate in this time slot.)
Saturday: 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., 1:50 p.m. to 3:20 p.m., 3:40 p.m. to 5:10 p.m., 7:20 p.m. to 8:50 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., 1:50 p.m. to 3:20 p.m., 3:40 p.m. to 5:10 p.m., 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Adult Skate (Ages 18+)
Monday through Friday, 1:50 p.m. to 3:20 p.m. (except during school recesses)