West Charlton United Presbyterian Church, 1331 Sacandaga Road, Amsterdam (corner of Routes 147 & 67) will hold its annual Rummage Sale on Friday, May 19 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday, May 20 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The sale will include clothing, books, household items, children’s toys, and many other items.
Annual Senior Luncheon
Come join the fun Mardi Gras theme luncheon on Friday, May 19 at the Saratoga Springs City Center located at 522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. 11 a.m. This event is for seniors age 60 and over. The lunch is served at noon. Menu is bourbon chicken, scalloped potatoes, green bean creole, dinner roll, mini king cake and beverages. No take outs. No animals allowed. We will have live music, door prizes, and a raffle. Get your tickets now while they are still available. Tickets are required to attend and will not be sold at the door. Tickets are available Office for the Aging for $4 each. Please call for details 518-884-4100.
Thrill to the drama of a fiery and dynamic performance of Mendelssohn’s masterpiece “Elijah” with the Burnt Hills Oratorio Society and Orchestra. Joining BHOS is special guest Auriel Camerata. This gripping retelling of the famous biblical story brings to life some of the most dramatic moments in the Old Testament. The story starts with the curse of a three-year drought and ends with the Prophet Elijah’s ascent to heaven on a fiery chariot. This epic choral work will be sung in English, with projected subtitles to enhance the excitement of the drama. The performance is Friday, May 19, at 7:30 p.m. at the Zankel Music Hall, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs. Burnt Hills Oratorio Society is a non-profit community chorus whose goal is to nourish our community with the transformative power of music. Tickets can be purchased at the Society’s website www.BHOS.us, by phone 518-416-4060, or at the door the day of the performance.
Ryan’s Run 5K Run/Walk
The 11th Annual Ryan’s Run will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017, 9 a.m. Join us for a family friendly 5K held at the Saratoga Springs State Park, supporting families affected by Malignant Infantile Osteopetrosis (MIOP) and working toward an improved cure. Online registration will close on Wednesday, May 17. http://www.curemiop.org/.
Genealogy and Local History
Heritage Hunters of Saratoga County will meet on Saturday, May 20 at 1 p.m. at the Town of Saratoga Town Hall, corner of Rt. 4 and Rt. 29 in Schuylerville. Kathleen Handy, Microcomputer Training Specialist for the Saratoga Springs Public Library, will lead the program; “Bringing Your Genealogical Findings to Life.” Her goal is to help attendees transform their research and memorabilia into appealing forms suited to younger generations who will carry it on. Kathy will explain technology changes over the years and demonstrate how to convert precious treasures into things like Power Point and Movie Maker type presentations, as well as videos and still images with text or captions, family cookbooks and T-shirts for family reunions. Attendees are asked to bring samples of what has been done in their families to bring family history to life and to preserve it. Public is welcome. For information call 518-587-2978.
Saratoga Hospital Wag n’ Walk (dogwalk)
Saratoga Hospital Wellness Committee is holding this event to support Estherville Animal Shelter. Estherville is a “NO KILL” facility in Saratoga County. They’ve been helping and abandoned pets for over 65 years. The event will take place in Congress Park off Broadway under a pavilion, across from the visitor center on May 20. Registration starts at 9 a.m. followed by the walk through the park at 9:30 a.m. Cost is $10 per family. Mail checks payable to Saratoga Hospital Wellness committee to Holly Drew Moore 1 West Ave., Suite 135 Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.
Challenges and Promise of an Aging America
The White House recently announced that May has been designated as “Older Americans Month,” and on May 20 Sister M. Peter Lillian will be making an appearance in Saratoga Springs at the Saratoga Presbyterian-New England Congregational Church at 24 Circular St., in the Sanctuary at 4 p.m. We have been fortunate in having Sister Peter agree to a Saratoga engagement as she is in great demand as a speaker on aging issues. As Director of the Avila Institute of Gerontology in upstate NY, Sister Peter has been truly dedicated to the task of researching any and all current information pertaining to aging issues and the implications of those findings for policy makers, programs such as Medicare and Social Security, health care providers, and especially for families and individuals who will find themselves in the role of care-givers.
Cookbook Sampler Dinner
The Malta Ridge United Methodist Church will hold its Cookbook Sampler Dinner on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at the Church located at 729 Malta Avenue Extension, in Malta Ridge. Assorted items prepared from recipes in our recent 200th Anniversary cookbook will be served from 4 - 6:30 p.m. You will be able to select from various choices sufficient to complete a whole meal. Donation is $10 for adults, $50 children 6-12 and under 5 free. For additional information or directions please call the Church at 581-0210.
Plants and More Sale
Ancient Forests and Champion Trees
Fred Breglia will present a talk, “Ancient Forests and Champion Trees” on Wednesday, May 24, at the Saratoga Springs Public Library on Henry Street, Saratoga Springs. The program is offered as part of the monthly program of the Southern Adirondack Audubon Society. The program starts at 7 p.m. and is free to the public. For more information, visit www.southernadirondackaudubon.org.
Music & Mingling Event “Kicks Off the Saratoga Season”
The 7th Annual Music & Mingling event to benefit the Adult & Senior Center of Saratoga is scheduled for Thursday, June 1, from 7 - 10:30 p.m. at the Saratoga Polo Fields. This dynamic party kicks off the summer season with all proceeds supporting the Center’s programs. This is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Adult & Senior Center of Saratoga. This non-residential community center serves over 1,500 members by providing a fun and nurturing social environment with support services and programs tailored to adults and seniors. Don’t miss one of the best parties of the season! Admission is $125 (after May 30 the price increases to $150) and includes all food, entertainment and an open bar! Tickets may be purchased at www.saratogaseniorcenter.org or by calling the Center at (518) 584-1621.
Heritage Garden Club Plant Sale
The Heritage Garden Club of Saratoga Springs is sponsoring an herb, perennial plant and garden decor sale, Saturday June 3, from 9 to 1:00 on the corner of Bryan St. and East Ave. just off No. Broadway in Saratoga Springs. There will be many varieties of herbs, perennial plants suited for zone 4 as well as garden accents available for sale.
Hearts for the Arts
The Adirondack Folk School will be hosting its 8th annual dinner dance and silent auction event, Hearts for the Arts, on Saturday, June 3. The fun will begin at 6 p.m. with a cocktail hour and cash bar at the Great Escape Lodge in Queensbury. Our fabulous silent auction will be open all evening and there will be dancing to the sounds of John Kribs and the Trophy Husbands, a full 3-course dinner and a ‘scavenger hunt’ with a grand prize, raffles and awards. Our patron of the arts award will be presented to the Honorable Robert Blais, mayor of Lake George. Please call the Folk School at 518-696-2400 for reservations and dinner choices by May 26. The cost for this fundraiser is $65 per member of the school, and $75 for not-yet-members. We hope to see you there.
Spring Fashion Show
Please join the Ballston Area Seniors at the Town of Milton Community Center, located at 310 Northline Rd. Ballston Spa, NY on June 7 at 6 p.m. for the Spring Fashion Show, Presented by Christopher Banks C J Banks Fashions. Cards, games, refreshments and drinks included. Donation is $5.
Get Your Rack Back Cocktail Gala
Enjoy an evening of great food and entertainment on Saturday, June 10 from 7 – 11:30 p.m. at the Excelsior Springs at the Marriott, located at at 47 Excelsior Ave., Saratoga Springs. The event is hosted by, actor/comedian Greg Aidala to benefit families affected by cancer in Upstate NY. GYRB holds this fundraising gala each year in order to raise money to provide area cancer patients with meal delivery, gas, grocery and restaurant gift cards as well as medical copay assistance. Come out for a night of fun to help local families! You’ll have an opportunity to win a week’s stay in Cape May NJ just for attending as well as other door prizes! Early Bird ticket pricing is until May 15. Cost is $100 per person or $1000 for a table of 8. The evening includes a champagne reception, great food, a drink ticket and wonderful entertainment. Purchase tickets at: Gyrb6gala.eventbrite.com
Open Forge Night with Steve Gurzler
Get an introduction to the art of blacksmithing by visiting Adirondack Folk School on any of our Open Forge nights for an amazing demonstration on Wednesday, June 21. 6:30 p.m. by Expert smith Steve Gurzler. Observing the demonstration is free and open to the public. For those who want to try their hand at blacksmithing and forge an item at open forge, there is a $20 fee to cover the cost of materials, and safety precautions must be followed – including hard shoes with no open toes, long pants, goggles (supplied) and gloves (supplied). For more information visit www.adirondackfolkschool.org.
Join Cub Scouts Now and Take Part in Summer Fun
Yankee Game Bus Trip
Notre Dame Visitation Church Renovation Committee is hosting a Yankee Game Bus Trip on Saturday, August 12. It will be Yankees vs Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Cost is $130 per person which includes unlimited food and Pepsi products from 1st inning through 5th inning of game. Bus will leave Wilton Mall at 11 a.m. Tickets on sale now, first come, first serve. Tickets are non-refundable. Game time is 4 p.m. Contact Pete Healy at 518-421-2956.
If You Can Stand the Heat
Become a Kitchen Helper for The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Saratoga County’s Office for the Aging. If you are over the age of 55, love working with seniors, and enjoy prepping and serving food, then this unique volunteer opportunity is for you. Kitchen Helpers assist with meal preparation and serving for the Senior Nutrition Program in locations throughout Saratoga County. Training is provided, hours are flexible, and volunteers can assist Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Please contact Jen Buscema at 518-884-4110 if you are interested in lending a helping hand.
Are You a Senior Who Needs a Volunteer’s Help?
Would your life be easier if somebody from our volunteer program was willing to help with your grocery shopping or could come by to visit you because you are alone a lot? Maybe you are trying to juggle a job, children and could use help with an elderly parent. Since 1996 Care Links of Southern Saratoga County has offered free services to 60+ seniors in Clifton Park, Halfmoon, Malta, Mechanicville, and Ballston with visiting, shopping, transportation, respite, and chores. To learn how to take advantage of the support from a caring volunteer, contact Care Links, 518-399-3262.
Administrative Specialist Volunteer Needed
AARP Tax-Aide, a national volunteer organization that provides free income tax preparation to low-to-middle income families, is seeking help to fill a key volunteer position that will oversee administrative activity to support the organization’s Eastern New York region. The volunteer position of Administrative Specialist (ADS) would be a member of the State Management Team for AARP Tax-Aide and be responsible for the implementation and maintenance of all administrative procedures, and assist District Coordinators with their administrative responsibilities. Applicants for the ADS position should be organized, detail-oriented, and computer literate. No knowledge of tax preparation is required, and extensive training will be provided. There are three broad areas of responsibility: Training the District Coordinators (DC) in the policies and procedures for administration of AARP Tax-Aide.