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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 Daughters or any of their events, contact Regent Aileen Thomas at 518-583-2905. Holiday Book Fair The Saratoga Springs Public Library/ Saratoga Reads is holding a holiday book fair at Barnes and Noble on Saturday, December 17. Friends of the Library volunteers will be on hand to wrap purchases for free. A children’s story time will take place at 10 a.m. along with holiday face painting from 10 a.m.- Noon, and a day long coloring contest. Barnes and Noble will donate a portion of the day’s sales to help fund Saratoga Reads programming. Annual Christmas Cookie Sale The cookie sale will take place on December 17 at Christ the Savior Orthodox Church, located at 349 Eastline Rd., Ballston Lake, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Select from a variety of home baked cookies. Fill your container with your choice for $10. The church is located ½ mile south of Stewart’s Shop at the intersection of Eastline Rd. and Rt. 67 west of the Northway. Believe 2016 The Dance Factory of Saratoga Springs proudly presents “Believe 2016” on Saturday, December 17 at 1 p.m. at Schuylerville High School. Tickets are available at the studio, Wilton Mall and at the door. We support the Saratoga County Animal Shelter and Hendrick Boards. This production features festive music and dance in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and hip hop, dancers three years old and up. For more information call 518-523-1433. Celebrate Chanukah with Sylvia Fletcher and her Magic Trunk Congregation Shaara Tfille and The Jewish Community Center of Saratoga Springs, located at 84 Weibel Avenue in Saratoga Springs, will have a Chanukah Celebration on December 18 at 11 a.m. Entertainment will feature professional Ventriloquist, Comedian and Actress Sylvia Fletcher and her Magic Trunk. Sylvia dazzles her audiences with her amazing talent, lively unforgettable characters, inanimate objects and voice illusions. Her performances and show is a production that incorporates her hilarious, intriguing world of comedy that is described as “VENTASTIC”. The festivities include a dairy luncheon featuring latkes, children performing and lighting the Menorah. The cost is $10 per person over age 16; free for children under 16. Reservations by Wednesday, December 14 to 518-584-2370. Christmas Bird Count Area birders and nature enthusiasts are invited to join Southern Adirondack Audubon Society (SAAS) members in the 117th Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count. Birders of all skill levels are needed. Non-birders are welcome to help spot birds or keep team records. Most of the birding is done from the car although some teams may need to walk along trails or in area parks. The Christmas Bird Count is a good way to get to know area birders and increase your skills. The Saratoga Christmas Bird Count will be held on Sunday, December 18. Contact Jean Holcomb for more information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For details: http://www.lglc.org/events-and-programs/ Tens of thousands of volunteers will participate in more than 2,000 individual counts throughout the Americas from mid-December to early January. The information becomes a valuable addition to the U.S. government’s natural history monitoring database. Senior Trip to Christmas Show The Olde Saratoga Seniors are 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. Havurah Vatik Hannukah Celebration Join local musicians on Tuesday, December 20, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. of the Adirondack Klezmer Band for their second rollicking celebration of the Hannukah festival. Instrumentalists Al Wadler, clarinet; Bob Orban, trumpet; Jim Fuchs, sax; Ray Rabl, drums; Barbara Rosoff, violin; Neil Herr, guitar; and Amy Mix-Sargent, keyboard/piano will treat us to traditional melodies and dances of Eastern Europe: the “voice of the Jewish heart.” A festive catered lunch featuring Latkes follows the program. RSVP 518-584-8730, ext. 4. Holiday Celebration at the Senior Center Celebrate the Holidays on December 20, 3 – 5 p.m. with mixing, mingling, entertainment, food and friends. Pay $2 at sign up. The event is sponsored by Centers Health Care. There will be music & dancing by Steve Keller, light fare, photos by Walgreen’s, a visit from Santa Claus and more. The Adult & Senior Center of Saratoga Springs is located at 5 Williams St., Saratoga Springs. For more information call 518-584-1621. First Night Saratoga 2017 - A Night of Magic As one of the oldest and largest First Night celebrations in the country, First Night is the most affordable, accessible, family-friendly, safe and exciting way to spend New Year’s Eve in the region. On Saturday, December 31 join over 15,000 revelers as Saratoga Art’s hosts over seventy regional and touring performing groups in thirty venues throughout Historic Downtown Saratoga Springs. Starting with the 5K road race at Skidmore College at 5:30 p.m., culminating with the fireworks in Congress Park at midnight and packed full of live music, dance, comedy, and magic in between. This event will be a highlight of your outgoing year. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $20 for adults, kids under $12 are free with a paying adult. Saratoga Winterfest and Camp Saratoga Snow Shoe Races The Saratoga Winterfest 5K Snowshoe Run/Walk will be held on Sunday, February 5 at 11 a.m. in the Saratoga Spa State Park. Camp Saratoga 8k Snowshoe Race will be held on Saturday, February 18 at the Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park at 10:30 a.m. Go to www.saratogastryders.org to download an application or link to online registration at www.active.com. A limited supply of Dion Snowshoes will be available at a $5 rental charge. Email Laura Clark at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve a pair or phone 518-581-1278. For information about the entire Dion Snowshoe Series and for snow updates visit www.dionwmacsnowshoe.com 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% 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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