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Holiday Crafternoon

Do you love to craft? Come to Ballston Spa Public Library on Friday, November 17 at 3 p.m. to create a one-of-a-kind Thanksgiving centerpiece. This free event is open to people ages 13 and up. Registration is required, limit 20. To register call 518-885-5022 or stop in today. Ballston Spa Public Library is located at 21 Milton Ave. (Rt. 50). For more information call, stop in or visit, www.ballston.sals.edu 

Kids Night Out

Drop the kids off on Friday, November 17, 6 - 9 p.m., at The Children’s Museum, located at 69 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, for a fun-filled evening so you can go downtown for a date-night, get some errands done, or even just relax. Thanksgiving themed activities and crafts. Your child will get to play in our hands-on exhibits, enjoy a pizza dinner, socialize, and party. Our community room will be transformed and filled with fun. For a fraction of what you would pay for a babysitter, your kids will have twice as much fun. Children must be potty-trained. Pre-registration required, ages 4 and up. $20 per child ($15 for each additional child). Registration is required no later than Tuesday, November 14. Space is limited, if interested call the Museum at 518-584-5540.

Benefit for Gabby Wright

Gabby Wright from Glens Falls, is a 26-year-old girl who was born with spina bifida. She is paralyzed from the waist down. On Friday, November 17, Donny “Elvis” Romines will be performing at the Saratoga Wilton Elks, located at 1 Elks Ln., in Saratoga Springs. Tickets are $20 at the door. There will be raffles, 50/50, food available and a cash bar. Doors open at 6 p.m. All proceeds to help Gabby’s parents get a wheelchair van with a lift. 

Kids Fun Night 

Saratoga Springs students in grades K-5 are invited to Kids Fun Night, featuring open gym, crafts, games, and activities, on Friday, November 17, from 7-9 p.m. at Maple Avenue Middle School on Route 9. This fundraiser is hosted by the Saratoga Springs High School Boy’s Cross-Country and Track & Field teams. Coaches, athletes, and athletes’ parents supervise all activities. $10 per child; snacks/drinks available for purchase. More information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A Musical Shabbat Service & Deli Dinner

Congregation Shaara Tfille, located at 84 Weibel Ave. in Saratoga Springs, invites the community to a Musical Shabbat Service on Friday, November 17 at 7:30 p.m. Rabbi/Cantor Kenneth Blatt will conduct and perform a program that features a variety of music from Broadway, modern Israeli compositions, traditional liturgical prayer songs, Cantorial pieces and melodies from the American Songbook adapted for the Jewish Sabbath. He will be accompanied by keyboardist Michael Clement. There will be a Deli Dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m.  The cost is $18 for adults, children 14 and under $7. RSVP by November 14 by contacting 518-584-2370 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Book Fair Benefit

Barnes & Noble is hosting a book fair to benefit the Adirondack Folk School. 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 Sq., Saratoga Springs, NY. 

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.

Pocahontas

Malta Spotlighter’s Theatre Troup, directed by Elyse Young, presents “Pocahontas”, featuring a combination of 35 children, teen and adult actors weaving their story on the Malta Community Center stage the weekend before Thanksgiving. The show will be presented on Saturday, November 18 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and again on Sunday, November 19 at 2 p.m. Featuring beautiful music, impressive scenery and costumes.This musical of Native American legend and lore depicts a retelling of Pocahontas befriending the Jamestown settlers and forestalling trouble between her people and the English.  Advanced tickets are $10 until November 17 and can be purchased in person the Malta Community Center, One Bayberry Dr., Malta or online at www.MaltaParksRec.com.  Door tickets and any seats purchased after November 17 will be $15. Also, a limited number of free tickets with adult purchase are still available through a grant from Stewarts Holiday Match. Call the Malta Community Center for additional information at 518-899-4411.

Breakfast and “The Jews and First World War – Unleashing the Dogs of War” 

Congregation Shaara Tfille, located at 84 Weibel Ave. in Saratoga Springs, invites the entire community to join them for Breakfast and an Adult Education discussion on “The Jews and First World War – Unleashing the Dogs of War” on Sunday, November 19 at 10 a.m.  The cost is $10 per adult and $5 for children under 13.  For more information or to make reservations by Thursday, November 16, contact 518-584-2370 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

Havurah Vatik

On Tuesday, November 21, Rabbi Kenneth Blatt, spiritual leader of Congregation Shaara Tfille, located at 84 Weible Ave. 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 will follow. We need your RSVP by November 15. Call 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. Saratoga area seniors 55 plus are welcome.

Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group

Join us for our first meeting of the Saratoga County Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) Support Group.   The meeting will be held Wednesday, November 29, from 5 – 6:30 p.m. at the Health and Fitness Center, 2nd floor, 6 Care Ln., Saratoga Springs. The support group is free and open to IPF patients, their family members, friends and caregivers.  IPF is a rare condition that causes scar tissue to grow inside the lungs. It is estimated that IPF affects approximately 100,000 people in the United States. The cause of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis is unknown.  The Saratoga County support group will meet regularly, and meetings will typically feature an educational presentation as well as discussion with others affected by IPF. For more information contact Marie or Susan at the Health and Fitness Center at 518-886-5676.

Climate Watch

National Audubon Society Program Manager, Zach Slavin will present “Climate Watch” on Wednesday, November 29, as part of the monthly program of the Southern Adirondack Audubon Society.  The program will be held in the Christine McDonald Community Room of the Crandall Library in Glens Falls, NY. The free program will start at 7 p.m. and is open to the public. For more information visit www.southernadirondackaudubon.org. 

Community Emergency Corps and Toys for Tots

During this upcoming holiday season Community Emergency Corps of Ballston Spa will be an official drop off point for donations for the Toys for Tots program sponsored by the United States Marine Corps. We will be partnering with the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office. Toys will be accepted 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. Toys will be redistributed right back into this community 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, 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..

Southern Saratoga Artists’ Society Exhibit

The Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library will be exhibiting the work of members of the Southern Saratoga Artists’ Society from December 1 through December 29 during regular library hours.  For more information, visit www.southernsaratogaartist.com

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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