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Soundbytes Fundraiser

Saratoga Soundtrack’s Open Mic Fundraiser Featuring a multitude of talents: guitar/singer duos, soloists, poets, comedians, piano/vocalists, quartets, acoustic, rock, a cappella and more. It will be held on Friday, October 27 at 7 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus, located at 50 Pine Road, Saratoga Springs. A $10 (suggested donation) including participants.  Interested in performing? Email your name or group name and contact information with a brief description of your talent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by October 20. 

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 to 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. 

Great Fall Festival and Giveaway

A free event for the whole family. We will have kid’s activities, games, and family fun contests. There will also be a petting zoo, great food free cider and donuts, a chili cook-off, bounce houses, and much more. The festival will take place at New Life Fellowship Church, located at 51 Old Gick Rd., Saratoga Springs, on Saturday, October 28 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. For more information, visit www.newlifeinsaratoga.org or call 518-580-1810. 

Fall Celebration

Saratoga Chamber Players opens its 31st regular season with a fall celebration featuring piano and flute on Sunday, October 29 at 3 p.m. in Filene Hall on the Skidmore campus.  Works to be heard of Beethoven, Hersant, Weinberg and Dvorák  present instrumental combinations of viola and cello, flute and piano, and piano quartets. Prize winning musicians include Artistic Director & ASO concertmaster, Jill Levy; Michael Roth, Associate Concertmaster of the NY City Ballet Orchestra; cellist Eliot Bailen, Artistic Director of the Sherman Chamber Festival & principal cello of the NY Chamber Ensemble; Susan Rotholz, principal flute of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra; and pianist Benjamin Hochman, winner of the 2011 Avery Fisher Career Grant. For complete bios of the musicians, information on the entire season and to purchase tickets go to

http://www.saratogachamberplayers.org/events/category/2017-2018-concert-season/

Fundraiser for After the Fire

“The Not Too Far From Home Comedy Tour” will perform at the Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge #161, 1 Elks Lane, Saratoga Springs on Friday, November 3 at 8 p.m.   Aaron David Ward, Tom Anzalone and Steven Rogers will provide the laughs at this fundraiser for After the Fire.  For advance tickets at $15, contact Maureen Smith at 518-581-1823, or tickets will be available at the door for $20. Come and join us for an evening of fun, and to help support After the Fire.

Corks, Forks and Brews

Raise a glass to support Saratoga Center for the Family at “Corks, Forks & Brews.” In its 5th year, this crowd favorite will take place on November 3, from 6 – p.m., at the newly renovated Saratoga Springs Holiday Inn, located at 232 Broadway in Saratoga Springs. Guests will sample wine, beer, spirits, and food from vendors such as Adirondack Winery, Shmaltz Brewing, Pick Six, Stella Pasta Bar, and more – all while supporting SCFF’s programs. This year’s event is underwritten in part by the Center’s generous community sponsors, including Platinum Sponsors D.A. Collins and Vahanian & Associates. Tickets are $65 per person and may be purchased at www.saratogacff.org/event/corks or by calling 518-587-8008. Saratoga Center for the Family is a nonprofit agency that has served Saratoga County and beyond for over 40 years. Their offerings include outpatient mental health services, school-based therapy programs, the Harriet M. West Child Advocacy Center, and education and prevention classes. The agency serves all families in need, regardless of their ability to pay. To learn more about Saratoga Center for the Family’s programs, staff, and board of directors – you can find them on Facebook or visit www.saratogacff.org.

Arts, Crafts and Gift Fair

The Malta Department of Parks and Recreation will be hosting their annual Arts, Crafts and Gift Fair on Saturday, November 4 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Malta Community Center located at 1 Bayberry Drive, just off Route 9, ½ mile north of Routes 9 and 67. Over 60 vendors will be on hand for your holiday shopping pleasure. This highly attended show has free admission and free parking. Call the center at 518-899-4411 for additional information.

Annual Church Garage & Bake Sale

Indoor, rain or shine.  Saturday, November 11, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.  No early birds admitted.  All proceeds benefit church youth group activities.  The sale will take place at the Presbyterian-New England Congregational Church, located at 24 Circular St., Saratoga Springs.  Something for everyone:  Antique, vintage, gently used, new.  Furniture, linens, housewares, books, CDs, toys, collectibles, appliances, jewelry, much more.  No clothing or computers.  Bring a box to fill!  Plus home-made cakes, pies and cookies.  Come early for the best selection; come back again after 2 p.m. for the half-price sale. 

Book Fair Benefit

Barnes & Noble is hosting a book fair to benefit the Adirondack Folk School at their Saratoga Springs location. It’s Barnes & Noble’s way of giving back to the community.  A portion of the proceeds from your purchases will benefit AFS at no additional cost to you.  Come out and visit us on Saturday November 18 or make your purchases through Barnes & Noble online (www.bn.com) from November 18-23.  Please use book fair ID 12082640 for all online purchases. Share the news with friends and family far and wide and help raise money for the Adirondack Folk School. Barnes & Noble is located at 50 Wilton Square, Saratoga Springs, NY. 

Holiday Cheer Bus Trip 

The Olde Saratoga Seniors is hosting a bus trip to New York Mills, NY at the Twin Ponds Golf & Country Club.  The club will feature a Xmas show staring Vincent Talarico, who sells out in Atlantic City.  Don’t miss your chance to enjoy an afternoon of Holiday Cheer with a delicious lunch included.  This event will take place on Wednesday, November 29.  Cost will be $48 per person.  Please mail check to PO Box 60, Schuylerville, NY 12871.  For further information, contact Pat at 518-338-2329. Deadline will be November 8.

Community Emergency Corps and Toys for Tots

During this upcoming holiday season Community Emergency Corps of Ballston Spa will again be an official drop off point for donations for the Toys for Tots program sponsored by the United States Marine Corps. For 2017, we will again be partnering with the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office to broaden the scope of our support for the national Toys for Tots campaign. We have already started to receive donations and will be accepting toys at our station at 78 Thompson St., Ballston Spa, until December 15.  New, unwrapped toys, games, books, puzzles, sport balls, dolls, snow toys, and anything for kids from infant to teens are all appreciated. Stuffed toys are the only exception. You can drop them off anytime, days or evenings. If we are not at the building due to answering emergency calls, we hope you will return at another time with your contribution. As a reminder, toys collected in this area are redistributed right back into this area to those in need. In addition, we encourage folks to bring toys to donate during the annual Santa Parade in Ballston Spa on December 1. Step off is at 6 p.m. For further information or if you have any questions, feel free to contact Ray Otten, Executive Director of CEC, at 518-885-1478.

Bus Trip to New York City

Come celebrate Christmas in NYC on December 6. See the Rockefeller tree, browse holiday windows, get some Christmas shopping done or see a show. Bus trips and excursions are open to the public, regardless of age. Bring your friends, family or grandkids. For more information call the Saratoga Senior Center at 518-584-1621. 

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