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The History and Current Status of Medicare and Obamacare The Saratoga Torch Club celebrates the anniversary of its series of fascinating monthly presentations on Thursday, December 1, 2016. Dee Stulc, M.D., will present The History and Current Status of Medicare and Obamacare. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. For information and reservations, contact President , Gerald Stulc, M.D., at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Ballston Spa Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting Capture the spirit of our genuine, small town holiday tradition, as the village of Ballston Spa rings in the season with this annual celebration on Friday, December 2. Enjoy holiday floats, marching groups, musicians and carolers, animals, fire trucks and more. Parade step off is at 6:30 p.m. sharp at old South Street School and will proceed down Milton Avenue. Santa himself officially lights the village Christmas Tree at Wiswall Park at approximately 7:45 p.m.. Saratoga Fair Trade Market Expo There will be about a dozen vendors offering exquisite items from all over the world: jewelry, textiles for the home, baskets, clothes, handbags, purses, scarves, children’s products, and more. Mayan Hands, Mango Tree Imports, Women’s Peace Collection, Amani ya Juu, and Freeset, all fair trade businesses will be present, as well as several small projects like the Bosnian Handcraft Project, that provide training and markets to people for whom it’s nearly impossible to find employment in the countries where they live. Our Fair Trade Expo provides people in our region with opportunities to buy great gifts at the same time that they empower the producers all over the world! The Market will be held at the Saratoga Springs City Center on December 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. Holiday Art Show and Sale Artists from our center and the community will be showcasing their work at the Saratoga Springs Senior Center located at 5 Williams Street in Saratoga Springs on December 3 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The exhibition will include works in drawing, painting, ceramics and more. All artwork is for sale. Free and open to the public. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Center. Come and support the Center and our talented members. Benefit for Debbie Collin On May 26, 2015 Debbie, was diagnosed with ALS and has had a very rapid and steady progression through the stages of this disease. She requires mechanical assistance to breathe and cough and mobility is limited. On top of the many emotional challenges the family must face, wheelchair ramps, assist bars and a new shower are just the beginning changes necessary for her home to be habitable. Medicine, supplements and food that Debbie also requires is quite costly. In short, monetary assistance would greatly ease the burden for Debbie and her family as she battles this horrible disease. Debbie was a long-time member of the West Mountain Ski Patrol. They have offered to donate the time and facility to hold this benefit. Come join the Collin family and countless supporters for this benefit to support Debbie and the local ALS chapter on December 4 at West Mountain Ski Center. Cost is $15. Hot dogs and Hamburgers and entertainment are planned as well as a silent auction of prizes including a weekend package at Mirror Lake Inn. All proceeds from this event will be donated to Debbie and the ALS local chapter. Please contact Gigi Barrett (Debbie’s sister) 518-798-3376 for more information or to RSVP. Monthly Meeting Catholic Daughters of America The Catholic Daughters of America, Court #422, will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, December 6 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 50 Pine Road, Saratoga Springs. Members gather at 6 p.m. for refreshments and social time, with the meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. Members are asked to bring donations for the Shelters of Saratoga. Items needed are: seasonal clothing, winter boots, coats, underwear, socks, men’s belts, personal care items (razors, shaving cream, toothbrushes, toothpaste), pantry items (pop top canned goods, high protein snacks, milk, coffee, fresh meat, fruit, vegetables), gift cards. New members are always welcome. For more information call 518-583-2905. Holiday Elves On December 8 volunteers from Merick + Co. will be coming to The Saratoga Senior Center from 8-11 a.m. to help assist with wrapping gifts, writing holiday cards and online shopping. There will also be holiday cookie and tree decorating. Then join us from 4-5 p.m. for more festivities with the staff from Fingerpaint. Free for members. For more information call 518-584-1621. Breakfast with Santa There will be Breakfast with Santa on December 10, at the American Legion Henry Cornell Post 234, 23 Pleasant St., Ballston Spa, from 8 - 10:30 a.m. A Fairytale Christmas Carol-The Musical Malta Spotlighter’s Theatre Troupe presents “A Fairytale Christmas Carol-The Musical,” on Saturday, December 10 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 11 at 2 p.m. This fun musical will charm you with its cast of storybook characters in all the leading roles, and a great musical score telling the story of the classic Christmas Carol in a new and clever way. Wonderful entertainment for the whole family presented at the Malta Community Center, One Bayberry Drive, Malta. Free tickets for the first 50 children registered (accompanied by a registered adult) courtesy of Stewarts Holiday Match. Additional sponsors include Global Foundries-Malta Foundation and Adirondack Trust Company. Tickets are $10 advanced and $15 at the door (if available). For more information please contact Elyse Young, Artistic Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 518-899-4411 or visit www.maltaparksrec.com. Adult Christmas Party On Friday, December 16 the Catholic Daughters are invited to attend the Knights of Columbus Adult Christmas Party from 6 -10 p.m. Limited tickets are available, call 518-584-8547 for information. Children’s Christmas Party On Saturday, December 17 the Knights of Columbus will hold their Children’s Christmas party from 9 a.m. - Noon. The Catholic Daughters will be providing crafts and rabbits for the children to pet and take their picture with. For more information about the Catholic Daughter’s or any of their events, contact Regent Aileen Thomas at 518-583-2905. Senior Trip to Christmas Show The Olde Saratoga Seniors is hosting a trip to the Hall of Springs, Saratoga Springs for a Christmas Show with Jimmy Mazz and a luncheon on Tuesday, December 20. Bus will leave American Legion at 10:15 a.m. and return approximately 4 p.m. Cost is $39 per person. Any questions, call Mary LaMora at 518-584-7986. Mail checks to PO Box 60, Schuylerville, NY 12871. Anyone is welcome. Options to Pay for College Concerned about paying for college? College costs are rising at unprecedented rates; Are you properly prepared to handle the expense of higher education? Join us at the Saratoga Springs Public Library’s Susman Room for an informal meeting every first and third Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m. to discuss different options to pay for college education. Receive $1000 credit towards your personal Scholars Tuition Rewards* program for attending. *As recognized by U.S. News and World Report (7 Ways to Save for Children’s Education- September 2014). Clearance Sale Second Hand Rose Thrift Shop, 116 Broad St., in Schuylerville is having a 10 percent off of holiday items over $1.00. This sale will continue until December 31, after January 1 there will be a shop-wide inventory clearance sale. The shop is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and beginning on November 25 shop hours will be extended to Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. until December 31. Listen to our ad on Froggie 100.3 FM. Like us on Facebook. Volunteers are needed and appreciated. Our proceeds, after expenses, are given back to community service organizations. For more information, please call Second Hand Rose Thrift Shop at 518-695-4640. Seeking Tax Assistance Volunteers TaxAide, the free income tax assistance program sponsored by the AARP Foundation and the IRS, is seeking volunteers for the coming tax season. TaxAide volunteers answer questions, prepare and file returns for low to moderate income taxpayers and seniors from February 1 to April 15 at various sites in the Capital District. Volunteers typically participate one day per week, with flexible schedules to accommodate volunteer availability. No experience is required, but computer experience is helpful for tax counseling. Volunteers also needed to greet taxpayers, review documents, confirm appointments by phone, or assist with computer hardware/software matters. Training is provided. For more information contact Gail Carroll, 518-541-3173 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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