8 Places to Learn Something New

It's a new year and like many people do, it's a time for new goals and resolutions. What would you like to accomplish this year, where do you want to improve? If you're looking for change or something new and refreshing, why not learn something new? Our city is full of businesses and organizations dedicated to the arts and education.

Check out these 8 places to learn something new this year in ROC:

1. Flower City Arts Center

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Formerly known as Genesee Center for the Arts & Education, the Flower City Arts Center is a great place for adults and kids alike to learn about the arts with hands-on classes. From letterpress, paper making and pottery, to photography, digital arts, book binding, there are a lot of options to improve a passion you already have or start a new one.

2. Hoopla, City Library

If you're a resident in a city neighborhood, you're in luck. Check out Hoopla, this service offered FREE through the Rochester Public Library (to city residents ONLY!) gives library card holders access to ebooks, audio books, movies and more, accessible right from your desktop browser, to your mobile phone through the Hoopla app. Check out our recent post on the service for more information: Hoopla for Snow Days & Lazy Days. We can say from experience we have already really enjoyed taking advantage of all of the audio books available.

And even if you don't have access to Hoopla, your local library is full of resources, books, and classes to take advantage of.

3. Amore by Wegmans

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A great place to hone cooking skills is from a place that makes great food. Why not take a cooking class from a restaurant? In 2016, Amore Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar, located at the East Ave Wegmans, launched a series called Eat, Drink & Learn (check out our post). Keep an eye out for classes throughout the year including Pasta Making, Mozzarella Making, Gnocchi, Risotto and more. Check out the class schedule.

4. 540WMain Communiversity

540WMain is a grassroots non-profit (501(c)(3) community school and event space. They offer classes and programs focused around diversity & inclusion, historic preservation, sustainability and more. With their main location at 540 W. Main Street, they will be opening a second satellite location at The Yards in February focusing on the arts and wellness. Check out the website for a list of all of their classes and events.

5. Rochester Brainery

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Don't have time to sign up for a series of classes? Try taking a class (or ten) at Rochester Brainery in NOTA. If you've got a few hours to spare the Brainery offers classes from business, to arts, gardening, cooking, history, photography, jewelry making, and more.

6. George Eastman Museum

If photography is your passion, why not improve and hone your skills at a place dedicated to the life and dreams of George Eastman and educating the community and world on photography, film and much more, the George Eastman Museum? Did you know that they offer photography workshops throughout the year, ranging from one day to five days in length? If you've ever wanted to learn more about the history of photography and difference methods of developing film, check it out.

7. Creative Workshop @ the MAG

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Located at the Memorial Art Gallery, the Creative Workshop is another great place for adults and children to learn the arts. Ceramics, jewelry making, painting, sketching, weaving, there's even art appreciation classes. See all of the class offerings online.

8. Studio 34 Creative Arts Center & Gallery

Studio 34 is located on Elton Street in NOTA and offers classes at all levels in different areas of glass work, jewelry, photography, clay and more. Private lessons and group lessons are also available.

What places are we missing? Where do you head when you want to learn something new?

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The Hack-A-Thon You Don't Want to Miss

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Do you love to learn new things, no matter how random they may be?

Well, we've come across something you may be interested in, on Earth Day the Central Library is holding the Life Hack-A-Thon: A How-To Festival.

If you're like us, you probably just said to yourself... "what is that?" Well, you're in luck, we've got all of the details for you:

1. The Date & Time

Most importantly, you'll need to know WHEN it is, so you don't miss it. This event will be taking place on Saturday, April 22nd, from 11am-2pm at the Central Library (both the Bausch & Lomb Public Library Building and the Rundel Memorial Building).

2. What is it?

This is a "How-To Festival", a 3 hour event (you can go for as long as you'd like, 3 hours is not required), where you can learn a variety of things like how to play the ukulele, be an urban chicken farmer, how to make wine at home, how to fix a flat bike tire, origami, and so much more.

And, if you're up for the challenge, you can learn up to 25 things in 3 hours.

3. Where to Go & When:

The library has provided not only the SCHEDULE, but also a MAP to find all of the workshops, so you can be prepared before you go. A lot of the workshops are happening multiple times so take a look and see which ones you'd be interested in.



Ready to learn?

Details: Website, Workshop Schedule, Map

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7 Reasons why EAT, DRINK & LEARN is Wegmans' Best Kept Secret

Here in Rochester, most of us know that Wegmans is the best grocery store around. Those may be tough words to swallow for some of you who swear by Trader Joe's or Tops Friendly Markets (and by goodness, we hear ya!), but I am purely referring to the 2016 honor of being named the Best Grocery Chain in America.

It's certainly hard to argue against a distinction like that.

And we all know that when our friends and family come from out of town, one of the first things they want to do is "...go to Wegmans!" and we're happy to oblige thinking that we can get some our grocery shopping done at the same time. 

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But did you know that the East Ave Wegmans, and more specifically, Amore Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar, offers classes on a range of subjects that combines eating, drinking, learning, and of course, the freshest of Wegmans' ingredients? 

Who knew!? Amore's EAT, DRINK & LEARN series is a well-kept secret, unintentionally, of course. The reason being is that most classes sell out in no time making it darn-near impossible to get a seat for the class. For those who do, you're in for a treat. 

Before we let you in on this secret and the 7 Reasons why Eat, Drink & Learn is Wegmans Best Kept Secret, we'd like to thank Wegmans and the amazing team at Amore for inviting us to take part in their recent Fresh Pasta Making class and for squeezing us in.

1. You Will Have Plenty To EAT...

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A food related class would not be, well, anything, without something to munch on. That's just how this class started off, with plenty of delicious appetizers (and a glass of sparkling rosé to wash it down).

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The eating, however, did not end there. With this being a pasta class we were happy to enjoy some delicious dishes made right in the class by our teacher, Head Chef at Amore, Chef Pasquale Sorrentino. 

2. You Will NOT Go Thirsty...

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Not only was this a pasta making class, but also a pasta and wine pairings tasting. Each entree made in the class was paired up with a red or a white wine.

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Amore Restaurant Manager Michael Posella shared a bit of his knowledge and experiences from the restaurant, and what made a good pairing to the Italian cuisine while the dishes were being prepared. 

3. You Will LEARN...

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Naturally, if you're taking a class, you hope to walk away having learned something. We can tell you that's just what will happen here. We learned how temperature and humidity can affect your pasta, what it should look like and feel like as you're making it through its various stages, and how just how truly rewarding it is to make your own pasta by hand. 

One of the best things about these classes is that Amore makes a point to keep the ingredients simple and accessible, meaning that all ingredients can be found in Wegmans stores so you don't need to be a head chef to find them. 

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While participants watch and take good class notes, of course, there were plenty of opportunities for volunteers to step up and put the apron on themselves. Chef Pasquale and Team encourage as much participation from the class as possible. 

4. You'll Take Food Home

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All the fresh pasta and gnocchi made in the class was divided up for attendees to take home. We had enough to make dinner (and have leftovers) the next night.

5. You Will Meet Other Foodies...

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Class sizes are relatively small, anywhere between 15-30 people, and unlike high school, your classmates all chose to be there. That means that you all share a love for food, for learning, and for good drink. If you can't get a conversation with a stranger started about any of those things, then get out of the kitchen. No, really, get out of the kitchen. 

6. Amore isn't just an East Ave Wegmans Eatery

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The class may not have taken place in the restaurant (only steps away in the East Ave Wegmans' conference room), but it was certainly hosted and taught by Amore's Head Chef, Pasquale Sorrentino.

Chef Pasquale was born in Italy and lived there until 2003 when he moved here to marry his wife (a Webster native). Prior to Amore, he'd been a chef at both 2 Vine and Branca.

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Now back to Amore, consider it a restaurant that just so happens to share a parking lot and entrance with a grocery store.

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Did you know the pasta served in the restaurant is made fresh right in the kitchen? It is! Though, we are assuming that the gluten free pasta served is their Wegmans brand Gluten Free pasta, which we've heard is quite delicious too.

7. You'll Feel Special Being In-The-Know...

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Just like the website says "Check back frequently for updates...." these classes fill so quickly you'll want to stay ahead of the game and make sure to reserve your spot once the classes are announced - do not hesitate!

You may even want to sign up for Wegmans Fresh News email to stay in-the-know.

It just so happens that Amore recently announced 2 more classes. Though we're sure by the time this is published they will already be sold out! #betterlucknexttime

More photos from the night:

Amore has also just launched a new summer menu so go check it out!

Amore by Wegmans:


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Best Ways to Keep or Break Your New Year's Resolutions

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Let's be honest, when January kicked off, we were all pretty gung-ho about the New Year. "This year will be different. This year I'll eat better and work out more. This is the year."

Yes, we've all been there and we sure do start strong. Sometimes good practices turn into habits...and sometimes they don't. February is almost over and the year presses on...so where are you with your New Year's resolutions - steadfast, barely holding on, or long gone?

All judgement aside from us, here are some of the best ways we found to keep - and break! your New Year's Resolutions in the city.


EAT AT HOME! Cooking at home is a great way to eat healthy - especially since you see everything that goes into your food. Shop LOCAL at the Public Market, Hart's, or Abundance Co-op and enjoy the comfort and quiet of your own home.

Why yes, that bowl is bigger than your face! Don't force yourself to finish it, take half home. And, if it was a delicious meal, you'll get to enjoy it twice... what's not to love? Pictured above is the quinoa beef kabob bowl at Saha Med Grill on University. Quinoa, grilled veggies and beef kabobs. Don't devour the entire thing (and the soup or salad it comes with) and this could help you keep your diet resolutions...


A garbage plate a day will not keep the doctor away. Rochester (and Nick Tahou's) is home to the "Garbage Plate". This classic has grown from more than just burgers or dogs over fries/homefries, mac salad, and beans, to Italian sausage, chicken fingers and more, oh and don't forget the hot sauce. But according to Wikipedia, Health.com has named the Garbage Plate the "fattiest food in the state of New York".

Burgers smothered in cheese, topped with onion strings, mac & cheese, pulled pork, fries, and more, that's what you'll find at Bunga Burger Bar. But, don't despair, their menu has "lighter fair": turkey burgers, black bean burgers, salmon burgers, and portobello mushroom burgers. You will also find 2 salads on the menu, but alas, they are covered in Caesar dressing & cheese, or blue cheese and buffalo wing sauce. These may not be on the New Year's Resolution diet either...

Apparently, all of our break-your-resolution food ideas involved burgers... and Furoshiki's Ramen Burger makes the list with their ramen buns. Though we will say, it is topped with tomatoes, lettuce, and avocado with a side salad. Maybe this won't won't break your diet after all.


We've written about the Downtown Fitness Club before, because of their stellar memberships starting at $5 a month. For what we spend out to eat and on coffee, we can probably spare $5 a month to get fit, right?

Maybe you need the appropriate gear first. Head over to Fleet Feet in the Culver Road Armory and stock up on all the essentials. Maybe a new outfit will inspire you to hit the gym more often.


Amore's latest happy hour deal is sure to delight those who want to eat out and save money. Tuesday thru Thursday, 4-7pm, sit in their wine bar area and get $5 pizzas - that's half price! And enjoy their happy hour drink specials. Heading out on a Monday? Well, that's Flight Night with its own set of deals. Great food and drinks for a steal.

Did you know tickets for a Monday movie showing at The Little Theatre are only $5? Compared to national chains where tickets can cost $10-15 dollars, you can't go wrong. And if you're a fan of strange or offbeat movies, check out their MONDO MOVIE Series on Friday night's, these screenings are also only $5.


If your resolution was to save money, then spending it would be the opposite. What better way to splurge and indulge than on high quality, American made clothing at the new BENRUS in the Culver Road Armory. This military inspired company fits perfectly with the history of the Armory which was built in 1918.


Maybe your goal this year is to learn something new. Check out the offerings at Genesee Center for the Arts & Education if you're looking for something creative to tackle. You'll find paper making, bookbinding, letterpress classes, a community darkroom, classes for all ages, pottery and so much more.

Maybe you don't have days or weeks to commit to something new, try Rochester Brainery. Learn something new in 2 hours for a price tag you can afford. Classes range from topics on technology and crafts, to architecture and languages. Maybe you're on the opposite end of the spectrum and you have something to share with others - why not teach a class? You'll even make a few bucks in the process.

And don't forget about this thing called a LIBRARY, it lets you borrow books, audio books, dvd's and even art with just the swipe of a library card! Check out the Central Library's new media center while you're at it!

So, whatever your goals and dreams may be - stick to it! And remember it's not bad to splurge every once in a while. Happy resolution keeping.... or breaking!

Stefanie is co-Founder and Editor of the Rochesteriat. She isn't really one for writing resolutions so it's safe to safe she hasn't kept... or broken any! Find her with a camera & phone in hand, taking photos for @theRochesteriat on Instagram. Follow along on Twitter.

National Museum of Play: leave the "real world" behind



Once upon a time you were a kid, but now you're a grown adult. Somewhere along the way you stopped playing and became so focused on work. Well, you don't have to be a kid or have kids to go to the Museum of Play. Trust us, we know! And, for that matter, maybe you DO have kids, so naturally, this is for you too!

Have you ever walked into Wegmans and wanted to play on the register? You can here: Wegmans Super Kids Market Wegmans Super Kids MarketOr maybe this would interest you more, gain superpowers with your favorite comic book characters:

National Museum of Play Comic Books

Or if you just want to escape to a tropical oasis, especially in the winter, check out the Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden:

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If you still can't imagine what you'd do there, check out their list of things to see and do... I'm sure you'll find something to do in 150,000 square feet of exhibit space!

National Museum of Play Hours: Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Here are some great offers from the Museum: Are you a college student? The museum offers two-for-one general admission to students with current college ID! (Both students must present valid ID.)

Or there's an Active Duty Military Discount: The museum offers a $2 discount on general admission fees to active-duty military personnel (Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, and Navy) and his or her immediate family members who present appropriate and valid identification.

Go, be free, and play like there's no one watching!

Website: http://www.museumofplay.org/ 585-263-2700

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