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Thunderbirds take flight at Air Show

The 2014 Rochester International Air Show, featuring the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and several of the world's top aerobatic performers, is Saturday and Sunday at the Greater Rochester International Airport. The sharply choreographed, drill-style ground ceremony kicks off the flying demonstration. As the jets take to the skies and fly only a few feet from wingtip to wingtip, the crowd gets a glimpse of the awesome skills and capabilities that all fighter pilots must possess. The solo pilots integrate their own loud and proud routine, exhibiting some of the maximum capabilities of the F-16 Fighting Falcon. Gates will open at 9 a.m. to the general public and will close at 6 p.m. The show is held from roughly 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There are rehearsals Thursday and Friday. Go to

All aboard for Diesel Day
The Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum in Rush plans to highlight the diesel locomotive on Sunday during Diesel Day. All tours begin at the New York Museum of Transportation, 3395 East River Road, Rush, where visitors will not only see and hear a collection of restored vintage diesels but also ride behind these kings of the rails. Visitors will have a chance to meet the crews and see what's under the hood of these fascinating machines. The 2-mile round trip trolley excursion connects to a diesel train, linking the New York Museum of Transportation with the Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum's country depot and railroad equipment collection. Admission is $8 to $10. The museum has extended hours to 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for Diesel Day. Go to for details.

LPGA in full swing at Monroe
The world's best women golfers are in Pittsford this week for the Wegmans LPGA Championship at Monroe Golf Club. It's one of the four majors on the LPGA Tour. The tournament began today and wraps up Sunday, with closing ceremonies at 7 p.m. If you're heading over to Monroe this weekend, click here for spectator tips. For leaderboards and other details, visit

On the big screen
"The Giver" centers on a young man who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. He begins to spend time with The Giver, who is the sole keeper of all the community's memories. Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep star. "The Expendables 3" reunites the team as they come face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson), who years ago co-founded The Expendables. It stars Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham and Jet Li. Damon Wayans Jr. and Jake Johnson (from TV's "New Girl") star in "Let's Be Cops," about two struggling pals who dress as police officers for a costume party and then become neighborhood sensations. Find movie times.

Cheers to cool cars
The Genesee Brew House is teaming up with classic car owners from Rochester and the surrounding area for its second annual Beers and Gears from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. It's free and open to those 21 and older. Highlights include live music, raffle items and barbecue. Go to

Ukrainian Festival
The Ukrainian Festival will have its 42nd run this weekend at St. Josaphat's Ukrainian Catholic Church on East Ridge Road in Irondequoit. The church's festival was established in 1973 as an effort to introduce Ukrainian arts and crafts, food. music and dance to the Greater Rochester community. The festival offers tradition Ukrainian foods such as varenyky and stuffed cabbage rolls. It kicked off today and runs through Sunday. Go to

Family-friendly golf event for a good cause
The Red Tie Society will hold its second annual Clubbin' for a Cause on Friday. It's a family-friendly event with outdoor golf activities at Eagle Vale Golf Club in Fairport to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Rochester. The activities will include kids putt-putt, foot golf, moving-target shooting, longest drive, closest-to-the-pin shooting and more. Auction items include a round of golf at Oak Hill East, an iPad Mini, an overnight stay at the Strathallan, a lottery ticket basket and a Finger Lakes Date Night package (with VIP experience at Lady Antebellum at CMAC and $100 gift certificate to the New York Wine and Culinary Center). Go to

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