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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. 

Free Lunch

The Malta Ridge United Methodist Church, located at 729 Malta Avenue Extension, in Malta Ridge, will hold its monthly Free Lunch on Saturday, November 11, 2017. Lunch will be served at no charge from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  All are welcome.   For additional information or directions please call the Church at 518-581-0210.

24th Annual Big Bake Sale

The 24th Big Bake Sale will be held at St. Mary’s Church, located at 167 Milton Ave., in Ballston Spa, after the Saturday and Sunday masses. Raffle tables will be available with lots more to choose from. Proceeds will be sent to Fr. Giordano Belanich, director of the Cardinal Stepinac Children Center orphanage in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and to wherever the need is the greatest for the children there. Haiti is a major, humanitarian catastrophe. Food is scarce, starving children are commonplace. These people are in desperate need for help. Baked items for this sale will be greatly appreciated and can be left at the school before all the Saturday and Sunday Masses on November 11 and 12. Monetary donations, payable to St. Mary’s Church can be sent to Josie Uhlinger, 7 E. Grove St., Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or call her at 518-885-9620. To sponsor or adopt an orphan or a family, contact Fr. Belanich, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call him at 201-745-1145. 

Hester Street

A portrait of the Jewish immigrant experience at the turn of the 20th Century comes to Saratoga Jewish Community Arts on November 12 at 7 p.m. at Temple Sinai, located at 509 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Hester Street, a small, independent film from 1975, is one of the first films to deal with the complexities of American Jewish identity. Much of the dialogue is delivered in Yiddish with English subtitles. All the characters have one thing in common - one day, they took a chance to start over, to leave their past behind, to move to an absolutely, new unknown world with a different language, customs, traditions, and rhythm of life. They did this to try to survive and succeed and not to lose their unique identity. Hester Street brings into focus the struggles and transformations of the Jews who settled in the Lower East Side and tried to reconcile the ordered values they brought with them alongside the diverse opportunities they found. The film presentation will be followed by a panel discussion and dessert reception. A $5 donation is requested. For information or reservations, please call 518-594-8730, option 2 or http://www.saratogajewishculturalfestival.org/contact or see us on Facebook.

Paperback Sale

The Friends of Saratoga Springs Public Library are having a 25-cent used paperback sale on November 14 and 15. Open to the public, it’s held in the Dutcher Community Room from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Get some great reads for the winter ahead. Cash, credit cards and checks accepted. Library is located at 49 Henry St. in downtown Saratoga Springs. For questions, call the Friends Book Shop at 518-584-7860, ext. 333. 

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.

Vendor Fair

Stillwater United Church, located at 747 Hudson Ave, is holding a Vendor Fair on Saturday, November 18 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the church’s Fellowship Hall. Some of the vendors include LuLaRoe, Tupperware, Usborne, Halfmoon Massage, Books by Darrin Renner, Old Saratoga Naturals, One Hope, Norwex, Thirty-One, LipSense and many more. Get a jump-start on your holiday shopping and shop local. Lunch will be available. Free Admission and handicap accessible. Call 518-664-7984 for more information.

Havurah Vatik

Rabbi Kenneth Blatt, spiritual leader of Congregation Shaara Tfille, located at 84 Weible Avenue in Saratoga Springs, will present a program on “Roosevelt and the Jews”. Rabbi Blatt has long had an interest in history, especially in the relationships between U.S presidents and American Jews. In this presentation he draws on a wealth of research to explore President Roosevelt’s close working relationship with Jewish advisors, contrasted with ambivalent policies regarding Jewish immigration and the effects of Nazi policies. A catered lunch follows the program. We need your RSVP by November 15. Call the Temple Sinai Havurah Vatik reservation line at 518-584-8730, ext. 4. Let us know if you plan to attend the luncheon, need to cancel your reservation, need transportation or you can provide transportation for another member.  All Saratoga area seniors 55 plus are welcome.

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. We 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. Folks may bring toys to donate during the annual Santa Parade in Ballston Spa on December 1. Step off is at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Ray Otten, Executive Director of CEC, at 518-885-1478.

Ballston Spa Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting

The Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association’s annual Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting takes place, Friday, December 1. The step off time is 6:30 p.m., proceeding on Milton Ave. and ending in Wiswall Park on Front St. with Santa lighting the Christmas tree.  The parade has become a hometown-style holiday tradition, with fire trucks, floats, animals, kids and Santa parading down the main street of the village.  The Holiday Parade is a true community event so parade participants are welcome.  If your organization, group or business would like to take part in the parade that night, go to www.ballston.org to register, or contact Ellen Mottola at the BSBPA office 518-885-2772 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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. 

Breakfast with Santa

Come have breakfast with Santa on December 9 from 8 - 10:30 a.m. at the American Legion, located at 23 Pleasant St., Ballston Spa. Make some crafts and sit on Santa’s Lap to tell him what your wish is for Christmas. All Village children are invited to join us at this event. 

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