Friends of the Creek Annual Meeting
SARATOGA SPRINGS — On March 6, the group Friends of the Kayaderosseras (FOK) will hold its annual meeting at 7 p.m. in the Gideon Putnam Room of the Saratoga Spa State Park administration building. There will be signs pointing the way to the meeting.
The Kayaderosseras Creek is connected by water to New York City, an international trade hub, and is more ecologically threatened than most other places by invasive species.
Laurel Gailor will be the featured speaker. She works for Cornell Cooperative Extension in Ballston Spa and she is a foot soldier in the fight against unwanted organisms in the Saratoga environment. Gailor is the current coordinator of the Capital/Mohawk PRISM organization that works to manage invasive species. Gailor has been involved in education, management and control efforts for decades.
She will explain what is considered as an invasive species, how they get here, why they are a problem, and some of the key ways to manage them. After a brief overview, the focus will be on aquatic and stream edge species that are particularly troubling to the Kayaderosseras. The public is invited to attend.
In addition to the featured speaker, the FOK will elect officers, present awards, and review the activities of the hands-on environmental organization. Perhaps the most important part of the Meeting is the Open Forum where members and the general public may suggest new projects, point out areas of concern, and help point the organization in new directions.
Northshire Bookstore Events
SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Saturday, March 4 at 7 p.m., there will be a presentation from memoirist Eve Schaub, author of the staff favorite “Year of No Sugar,” as she shares the story of her long battle with clutter and her new book related to that battle.
On March 7 at 4:30 p.m., Northshire Bookstore combines forces with the Greater Capital Region Teacher Center to present “Uncommon to the Core,” an evening of professional development, featuring a variety of new titles for kids, teens and teachers.
Author and bookseller Jennifer Armstrong will discuss visual literacy and share an array of picture books. Teacher and bookseller Bonnie Winchester will share a variety of texts for teens. Additional booksellers with education experience will share their favorite new books for classroom use. Professional Development certification is available, and light refreshments will be served.
Both events are free, but pre-registration is encouraged for the March 7 presentation. For more information, call 518-682-4200 or visit www.northshire.com.
Family Fun at Gavin Park
WILTON — Temple Sinai, with a grant from the Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York, will host its annual Community Purim Carnival for the public on Sunday, March 12, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Christopher Dailey Gym at Wilton’s Gavin Park.
Purim is a holiday celebrating a biblical story about overcoming racism and oppression. It is traditionally celebrated with costume and revelry, and has been called “the Jewish Mardi Gras.” It is the biggest party of the Jewish year. Families and children from the community are welcome to join this program for youngsters of all faiths.
The schedule of events at Gavin Park includes games, bounce houses, children’s crafts, and a photo-booth from 2 to 4 p.m., plus a community dance party with DJ (and prizes) from 3:30 to 4 p.m.
Admission is free. Activity tickets are fifty cents each (all games are one ticket and all rides are two tickets). There also will be discount wristbands for unlimited games and rides. Popcorn and other refreshments will be available for purchase.
Temple Sinai is a Reform Jewish synagogue, located in the historical district of downtown Saratoga Springs. For more information about the carnival, contact Temple Sinai at 584-8730 and select option 2.