Thursday, 02 January 2020 13:53

1.3.20 - 1.9.20

Saratoga Springs Area Preschool Fair
Sponsored by the Waldorf School and Saratoga Springs Public Library, a free community event. Many preschools will be participating to answer all your questions! Join us in the H. Dutcher Community Room at the Saratoga Springs Public Library on Saturday, January 11 from 10 a.m. to Noon.  For more information, contact: 518-587-2224. 

Annual Moonlight Ski and Snowshoe
Join us at the popular and highly anticipated Annual Moonlight Ski and Snowshoe at Camp Saratoga on Scout Rd. in Gansevoort. Luminaries will glow along 2.5 miles of groomed trails. Along the way you will find fields and forests, warming bonfires, and plenty of hot chocolate! The terrain is suitable for all levels and ages and includes a smaller one-mile loop. Snowshoes will be available on a first-come first-served basis in the I.P. Winter Lodge off Parking Lot #2. The rental fee is $5/ person. During the Moonlight Ski there will be a bake sale of homemade goodies in the Winter Lodge, so stop in for some treats and to warm up. Parking will require registration tickets and will be directed by WWPP. This event is weather permitting. Please call 518-450-0321 for more information or if you are interested in volunteering for this event. We will be issuing free parking passes again this year to make sure that we can accommodate the number of participants. Search eventbrite.com to register for tickets.

Dining with Diabetes
A program for people with diabetes or prediabetes and their family members is being offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension at the Clifton Park/Halfmoon Library, Mondays, January 13, 20 and 27, 1 - 2:30 p.m., and at the Saratoga Springs Library, Thursdays, January 16, 23 and 30, Noon - 1:30 p.m.  Register at the library website: cphlibrary.org, or sspl.org. These free programs are sponsored by the CPH Library and the Saratoga Springs Lions Club respectively. Participants will learn how to fit carbohydrates into a healthy menu, effectively use food labels, choose meals at a restaurant and adopt other healthy habits to help manage diabetes through healthy eating. Recipe demonstration and samples provided. For program details call Diane Whitten at Cornell Cooperative Extension, 518-885-8995.

“Fun Fitness” Luncheon
Join us on Tuesday, January 14 from noon – 2 p.m. at Longfellows Restaurant, Rt 9P, Saratoga Springs. Special Feature: Kathy Scherer from “Go for Fitness” will share ideas on how to stay healthy and fit in the New Year. Speaker: Mary Elsasser from Schenectady talks about “My Picture Isn’t Finished Yet.” Menu: Lemon Chicken or Pasta Primavera. $19 Inclusive.  Reservations necessary by January 9. Call Ellie at 518-584-3779 or Anita at 518-583-4043. Presented by Saratoga Christian Women’s Connection. 

9th Annual Chili Bowl Fundraiser
Saratoga Clay Arts Center is pleased to announce its 9th Annual Chili Bowl Fundraiser, to be held at the Center on Saturday, January 25 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Osteria Danny will be returning this year to defend their title of “Best Chili” for the 3rd time.  In addition, SCAC welcomes local restaurants Sweet Mimi’s, Solevo, Morrissey’s, and Urban Roots to the competition. Guests purchase tickets to enter, choose a handmade bowl, enjoy live music and participate in the chili taste testing. A portion of the proceeds benefit the local cancer non-profit organization To Life.  More information is available on our website saratogaclayarts.org.

2020 Cabin Fever Luncheon
The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women’s constitutional right to vote. The amendment states that the right of citizens to vote “shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” Join Cabin Fever at Saratoga National Golf Club on January 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a celebration and dynamic discussion of the largest expansion of democracy in the history of our country. This year’s event will feature the meaningful turning points and key women shaping the suffrage movement - and what it means for key issues facing women today. Taking the form of a fireside chat, the discussion features four distinguished speakers in a forum moderated by the president of SISC, Tammy Arquette. Cost is $75. For tickets, visit soroptimistsaratoga.org/cabinfeverattend

Southern Saratoga Art Society Exhibits
Artists and members of the Southern Saratoga Art Society will be exhibiting throughout the area during 2020.  Please try to visit these venues and support the arts in Southern Saratoga County.  For the month of January Clifton Park Senior Community Center, 6 Clifton Common Blvd. is hosting 6 artists in the Center Gallery.  David Mayack, Mary Mochrie, Neil Sergott, Jean Skanes, Tess Stoklosa and Grace Rogan will be exhibiting in an eclectic mix of artwork. For the months of January and February: Mechanicville Library, 190 N. Main St., will host artist Faith Weldon. Catskill-Hudson Bank, 2452 Route 9, Malta is hosting artist William Daisak, and Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Library, 2 Lawmar Lane, will host a variety of artists and members of SSAS. For further information about SSAS visit our webite: southernsaratogaartist.com

Ballston Area Seniors Chorus
We are looking for new members who enjoy singing. We are a fun group who rehearse a program which we then take out to local nursing and rehabilitation homes, who are always delighted to sing with us.  We rehearse on Mondays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.  at the Milton Community Center. Come and join us.

Social Activities for Seniors
If you’re over 55, a long-time or new resident in the area and looking to meet active seniors, check out the Ballston Area Senior Citizens (BASC).  BASC sponsors many activities at the Milton Community Center located at 310 Northline Road, Ballston Spa.  Residents from surrounding communities are welcome to join.  Programs and activities include Festive Dinners, dances with live bands, “pickin’ sessions”, bus trips, weekly luncheons, exercise classes, chorus, crafts, etc.  Stop in any Thursday at 11 a.m. and join us for lunch.  Yearly membership fee is $10. Call Barb Broderson, Membership Secretary at 518-885-4229 or visit www.ballstonareaseniors.com for additional information.

Tax Assistance Volunteers
TaxAide, the free income tax assistance program sponsored by the AARP Foundation and the IRS, is seeking volunteers for the coming tax season. Volunteers answer questions, prepare and file returns for low to moderate income taxpayers and seniors from February 1 to April 15 at various sites in the Capital District.  Volunteers typically participate one day per week, with flexible schedules to accommodate volunteer availability. No experience required, but computer experience is helpful for tax counseling.  Volunteers who do not wish to prepare returns are also needed to greet taxpayers and confirm appointments. Training is provided for all positions. Volunteers may be reimbursed for a moderate level of necessary travel expenses. For more information on how you can join our team in Saratoga, Warren and Washington counties, contact Communications Coordinator Gail Carroll, 518-541-3173 at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  For further information, visit www.nytaxaide.org 

Southern Saratoga Art Society Exhibits
Members of SSAS are exhibiting at various venues throughout the area for the month of December.  Stop in and see these exhibits and support the arts in Southern Saratoga County.  For further information about SSAS visit the website:  southernsaratogaartist.com Burnt Hills Library, 2 Lawmar Lane, Burnt Hills, is hosting four artists, Deb Hutchins, Valerie Woodward, Judy Loucks and Carol Winterton. Mechanicville Library, 190 N. Main Street, is showing the works of artist Frank Coletta. Catskill-Hudson Bank, 2452 State Route 9, Malta, hosting artist, Eva Marie Loucks. Zion Evangelical Luthern Church, 153 Nott Terrace, Schenectady, is showing the work of artists Rebecca Jenkins and Patricia Wade

Transportation Drivers Needed
RSVP- Retired Senior Volunteer Program, helps recruit volunteers age 55 and older for many opportunities throughout Saratoga County. We are currently looking for Transportation Drivers to take seniors to and from medical appointments. We provide the vehicle, gas, and trip details with directions. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity or hearing about the MANY other volunteer opportunities, please call Billie Jo 518-884-4110.

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