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The 2017 Saratoga Showcase of Homes 

Celebrating 22 years of exceptional homes, this annual fall tradition will once again run over three beautiful weekends this September 23-24 and September 30 - October 1 at various locations throughout Saratoga County, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This year will have a total of 18 new home locations on display in Saratoga County. Tickets to visit all these homes is $20. For more information, visit www.saratogashowcaseofhomes.com.

Blessing of the Animals, Fall Festival

The New Skete Monasteries, located at 273 New Skete Rd, Cambridge, invite you and the animal you love to their annual blessing of the animals on September 30, in celebration of the Feast of Saint Francis.  Arrival starts at 2 p.m., blessing service is at 3:30 p.m.  Refreshments of the season to follow.  All animals must be on a leash or in a secure pen at all times for the safety of the participants and other animals.  Free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.newskete.org or call 518-677-3928 ext. 214.

Support Local Veterans’ Needs

Saturday, September 30, Saratoga Springs Knights of Columbus will host the Annual Dinner and Auction to support local veterans’ needs.  The Fundraiser donates all proceeds to Stratton VA Medical Center, Saratoga War Horse, and Ballston Spa Homeless Shelters for Vets.  This event will take place at Knights of Columbus Home, located at 50 Pine Rd., Saratoga Springs.  Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m.  Chinese Auction closes at 7:30 p.m., Silent Auction closes at 8:30 p.m. Thousands of dollars of donated auction items offered during dinner.  Dinner tickets One for $20, Two for $36, Table of 10 for $140.  Dinner is Caesar salad, rolls, roast pork loin and gravy, roast beef and gravy, penne and broccoli in garlic oil, mashed potatoes, green beans, carrots, applesauce, and a variety of desserts.  For more information call Lavern Utter at 518-584-0034 or the Knights Hall at 518-584-8547. 

“Downsizing” - An invitation to Seniors and Family and Friends of Seniors

After age 50 people like to prepare for approaching retirement and the “golden”years of leisure by downsizing - now the kids have flown the coop and the mortgage is as good as paid off, there is no need to be maintaining such a large house. A smaller house is cheaper to buy or rent or run plus it makes traveling after retirement easier and makes the transition to residential homes much simpler as less clutter means less hassles with moving and storage. It can be an emotional roller coaster but there are many ways to approach this conversation and to prepare for this complex process. Join us on Sunday, October 1, for lunch at noon and a presentation from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, located at 149 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs. The presenter will be Antoinette Wallace, Executive Director Coburg Village OT/L, MBA, LNHA. This Program is free, including a light lunch, register in advance with Laura Stewart at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 518-584-0904 press 4. Sponsored by The Lutheran Care Network/Coburg Village and Good Samaritans/Wheat Ridge Ministries. 

Canines Crossing at the Park

Working dogs and their trainers will be featured at the Canines Crossing at the Park event on Sunday, October 1, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Community members are invited to Hudson Crossing Park (just north of Schuylerville)  to watch demonstrations of working dogs, including search and rescue dogs, canines that detect low blood glucose, water dogs, guide dogs and canines used by the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The event will also include storytelling, a presentation on safe hiking with your dog, food from Revolution Café, face-painting and more. In addition, Hudson Crossing Park will present an award package in its dog of the year contest; entries can be submitted on the park’s website.  Attendees are asked to enjoy the demonstrations without bringing their own canines. A $5 donation is suggested. For more information on this event, please go to www.hudsoncrossingpark.org, call (518) 350-PARK (7275) or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Apex Solar is the corporate sponsor for this event.

Autumn Jewels Art Show

The Southern Saratoga Artists’ Society is accepting submissions for its 21st Annual Art Show.  It will be held from October 2 to November 20th at the Clifton Park Senior Community Center, 6 Clifton Common Blvd., Clifton Park with a reception and award presentation on Monday, October 16.  This show is open to all area artists, watercolors, acrylics, pastels, oils, photography and 2-dimensional framed artwork. First, Second and Third place awards are $100, $50 and $25.  Ribbons and honorable mention will also be awarded.  Entry applications are available on-line at the website: southernsaratogaartist.com Applications must be received with a $10.00 fee by Monday, September 18, 2017 and mailed to chairperson: Judy Loucks, 32 Royal Oak Drive, Clifton Park, NY 12065. 

Falling Leaves 5K

Register for the Falling Leaves 5K in Ballston Spa October 7, at 10 a.m. Start and finish at Kelley Park on Ralph St., Ballston Spa. This race benefits VCHC – Veterans and Community Housing Coalition program earmarked for the Vet House and Guardian House for male and female homeless Veterans in Ballston Spa. Kids fun run (Free) will be held after the 5K with each participant receiving a ribbon. Stay for delicious baked goods and an opportunity to win gift certificates to local businesses. Local businesses have donated over $1,000 in gift certificates for our after-race drawing for those who have registered for the 5K. Pre-registration is $25 and day of race registration cost is $30. Long sleeved T shirts guaranteed to the first 200 registrations

Parking is available at the village pool. Applications and online registration at 

http://www.ballstonspaumchurch.org/falling-leaves-5k-run.html  or

http://www.active.com/ballston-spa-ny/running/distance-running-races/falling-leaves-5k-and-fun-run-2017?int

12th Annual Memorial Walk

Angel Names Association (ANA) will hold its 12th Annual Memorial Walk on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at the Saratoga State Spa Park in Saratoga Springs.  The walk is being held in recognition of National Pregnancy Loss and Infant Death Awareness month.  Registration begins at 12 pm and the walk will follow at 1:15 pm.  The day includes children’s activities, light refreshments and prizes.  Everyone is welcomed to attend this uplifting, free family event to walk and raise awareness of stillbirth, pregnancy loss and infant death. For additional information, visit www.angelnames.org, contact Michelle Mosca at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/angelnamesassociation/.

Ballston Area Senior Citizens Annual Bazaar

The Bazaar takes place on Saturday, October 28, at Milton Community Center, located at 310 Northline Rd., Ballston Spa. 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a Country Store, Pie Table, a 50/50 raffle, a quilt raffle, baskets for silent auction, books and puzzle table and more for you to see.  Our Café will be in full swing, with a nice variety of hot and cold foods. Over 35 Vendors and Crafters showing off their wares for your shopping pleasure, and get you in the Holiday Spirit think Christmas, it is just around the corner.  Put us on your calendar, bring family or friends spend the day and have fun. More information contact: Ballston Area Seniors at 518-885-6740. Check out our web page, www.ballstonareaseniors. 

DEA Medication Take-Back Day

Got Drugs? From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on October 28, 2017 you can get rid of your unused medications at various drop sites around Saratoga County. Moreau Community Center, 144 Main St., S. Glens Falls; Moreau EMS, 1583 Route 9, Moreau; Saratoga Hospital ER, 211 Church St., Saratoga Springs; Saratoga Springs Police, 474 Broadway, Saratoga Springs; Ballston Spa Police, 30 Bath St., #1, Ballston Spa; Malta Community Center, 1 Bayberry Dr., Malta; Round Lake Fire Department, 13 Curry Rd., Round Lake; CVS Mechanicville and MPD, 12 S. Central Ave., Mechanicville; Clifton Park Halfmoon EMS, 15 Crossing Blvd., Clifton Park; NY State Police Clifton Park, 5 Municipal Plaza 1, Clifton Park. 

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