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Tomato justice in Sterling

They say those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it. Like that's a bad thing. At the Sterling Renaissance Festival, repeating history is fun.

            Want to relive a time when scores were settled by men on horseback wearing what looks like twice their body weight in armor? A time when women's career options were limited to washer wench or serving wench? Sure! I'd even relive middle school to get a roasted turkey leg for lunch.

            The great thing about the Renaissance Festival is that it's part history lesson, part family therapy session. Where else can you meet Queen Elizabeth I, enjoy such authentic Elizabethan pastimes as the Mud Beggar Show, and work out your frustrations with other family members while having a pillow fight on a log?

            If you're fortunate enough to have a jaded teen, I recommend Tomato Justice. She can hurl tomatoes at a wisecracking convict locked in the stocks. My kids find this endlessly entertaining. Clearly, it's the Renaissance equivalent of Play Station 2.

            Adults footing the bill for all this merriment and revelry will have ample opportunities to enjoy themselves, too. And we're not just talking about admiring the wenches. Personally, I plan to visit the tarot readers. But I won't need a psychic to tell me I'll be taking an exciting trip. I already know I'll be visiting artisans' row for some shopping.

            Visit the 28th annual Sterling Renaissance Festival Saturdays and Sundays until August 15th. Information: www.sterlingfestival.com, 800-879-4446.

--- Linda Kostin (www.junkstorecowgirl.com)

This week for families:

Arts in Action Program Full scholarships available for Hochstein's summer arts camps. 454-4596, www.hochstein.org

City Summer Kids Club Mon-Fri through Sept 3. For ages 6-10, various recreation centers, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $50 per week. 428-6767, www.cityofrochester.gov

Comic Book Swap Thurs, July 15. Wood Library, 134 N Main St, Canandaigua, 7-8 p.m. Free. 394-1381

Cool Kids Thurs, July 15: The New Trendsetters, 7-9 p.m. | Fri, July 16: Majestic Birds of Prey, 7-8 p.m. | Sagawa Park, Main and Erie Sts, Brockport. Free. 637-3984

Henrietta Public Library Toddler storytime, Wed, July 14 and 21, 10:30-11 a.m. | Celebrate the Erie Canal with NYS Heritage Music, Wed, July 14, 2-3 p.m. | Preschool storytime, Thurs, July 15, 10:15-10:45 a.m. | Storytime, Thurs, July 15, 5-year-olds, 11-11:30 a.m. | Movie, Fri, July 16, ages 4 and up, 2 p.m. | Family pajama storytime, Mon, July 19, for ages 2-8, 7 p.m. | Jumbles, Tues, July 20, grades 1-3, 10:30-11:30 a.m. | Mr. Beau The Clown, Wed, July 21, 2-3 p.m. 455 Calkins Rd. 359-7093

Arnett Branch Library Princess Pam, Wed, July 14, storytelling, 2:30 p.m. | New Life Music, Wed, July 21, 2:30 p.m. | Arnett Branch Library, 310 Arnett Blvd. 428-8114

RMSC Strasenburgh Planetarium 657 East Ave. A Trip to Saturn and Pluto, Saturdays 1 p.m. | The Sky Tonight, Sat 10:30 a.m. | I See The Sky, for ages 3-5, Sat 9:30 a.m.| The Beatles Laser, Sat 10 p.m. | Reserve seats. Tix: $4-$7. See "Movies" section for large-format film showings. 271-1880

Rochester Museum and Science Center 657 East Ave. Surprise! It's Science, through May 2005. | Body Carnival: the Science and Fun of Being You, ongoing. | Rochester's Frederick Douglass, through Jan 2006. | Live Science Demos, Wed-Fri 3:30 p.m., Sat 2, 3, 4, Sun 1:30, 2:30, 3:30. | Hours: Mon-Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun 12-5 p.m. Tix: $5-$7. 271-1880, www.rmsc.org.

Seneca Park Zoo 2222 St Paul St. Snakes and Friends Day, Sat, July 17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Moonbeam2Earth Project, Sat-Sun, July 17-18, 3 p.m. | Hours: daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tix: $5, $4 seniors, $2 kids. 467-9453, www.senecazoo.org.

Strong Museum 1 Manhattan Square. Summertime Musical Fun, Wed-Fri, July 14-16. | 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

Summer Food Service Program Free lunch and breakfast for kids under 18, Mon-Fri, various sites. Call for registration and info. 428-7872, 325-1440

Volunteers of America Universal Pre-K Programs Openings available, for 4- and 5-yr-olds, free to city residents, 100 State St or 214 Lake Ave, 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. 647-1344, 263-3103

Youth Talent Event Thurs, July 15. 19th Ward Community Association, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Community Garden, Thurston Rd and Ravenwood Ave, 6 p.m. 328-6571

The politics of truth

The Master said, even when walking in a party of no more than three I can always be certain of learning from those I am with. There will be good qualities that I can select for imitation and bad ones that will teach me what requires correction in myself. --- The Analects of Confucius, Book VII.21

            Why do you see the speck in your neighbor's eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? --- Matthew 7:3

            The political season provides a great test for parents. Campaigns devolve into horse races, and as we approach the finish line, we throw off the handicap of nuance for the speed of over-simplified dichotomies. With blinders on, I stubbornly pound at my opponent's hard-headedness, vilify his slanderous nature, and cut off dialogue with someone who refuses to consider another view. In short, I become the mirror image of what I detest. And my child learns either to emulate my hypocrisy or to define hypocrisy by pointing to a picture of me.

            Our children learn adult ways not primarily through instruction, but observation. Forget the lectures. Watch what your kids hear from the backseat or witness at the dinner table. Model enlightenment. Humbly accept and carefully consider opposition. Don't root truth on from your sideline. Root truth out side-by-side with your opponent.

            That by which one sees the one indestructible Reality in all beings, not separate in all the separate beings --- know thou that knowledge to be pure. --- Bhagavad Gita XVIII.20

--- Rev. Corey Keyes