Thursday, 16 January 2020 13:59

1.17.20 - 1.23.20

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. 

Kids Gala
Join the Saratoga Automobile Museum for our first annual Kids Gala on Saturday, January 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. We will have a DJ with dancing, games, and crafts! The evening will also include pizza, ice cream, and an outstanding cupcake and candy bar! Formal attire encouraged. You don’t want to miss this red carpet event! Pre-register before the event for discounted ticket rates: Children under 12-years-old are $20 and adults $10. Day of tickets will be $25 for children under 12 and $15 for adults. 

Saratoga Central Catholic School’s Winter Gala 2020
Our Gala is open to all, tickets must be purchased in advance. The Gala will take place on Saturday, January 25 from 6 -11 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, located at 232 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. An enjoyable evening of cocktails, dinner and dancing with fun raffles, a photo booth, and a live auction. Open bar: 6-10 p.m. Plated dinner, live auction, raffles and music provided by Cool Cat Entertainment. This year we have brought back our 50/50 Raffle. You could win up to $12,000. Saratoga Central Catholic School appreciates your generosity and support. The Winter Gala directly benefits our students through improvements and enhancements. For more information or to purchase tickets and/or raffle tickets, please visit our website at saratogacatholic.org.

Indoor Craft & Garage Sale
On Sunday, January 26, from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. the popular Elks Ladies Auxiliary Indoor Craft and Garage Sale at the Saratoga-Wilton Elks Club will be held at 1 Elks Lane in Saratoga Springs. Admission is free with over 40 vendors; great parking, bargains galore, and lunch. We offer household items, sports equipment, hand-made items, clothing, jewelry, party vendors, pet supplies, food treats, and just about anything you can imagine. New vendors are signing up every month. Snow or rain, the sales go on and it is a fun activity the entire family enjoys. Browse, visit, eat, or just get out of the house with a friend. All proceeds go to local charities. Markets are held the fourth of each month except December, May, June, July, and August. Next sale dates are February 23 , March 22, and April 26. 8’ table and chairs are just $15; call Linda at 518-289-5470 for more information or to sign up for a table(s).

Chowderfest
Join us for a day of live music, family-friendly activities and, of course, a wide variety of chowders. Come enjoy samples of chowder from local restaurants in Saratoga Springs at the 22nd Annual Saratoga Chowderfest on February 1, from 11 a.m.  – 4 p.m. Once you taste them all, you can vote for your favorite. Part of Winterfest, Chowderfest is one of the area’s most highly anticipated events of the year and the perfect activity for a cold winter’s day. Stroll through downtown Saratoga and purchase a $1 cup (3 oz. serving) of chowder from as many participating establishments as you’d like. Some restaurants will be offering classic varieties, while some may be serving original, unique concoctions. Traditionally, over 80 vendors participate, including Saratoga County’s best restaurants and caterers. Chowderfest is organized by the Saratoga Convention & Tourism Bureau. For more information visit www.discoversaratoga.org/chowderfest

AARP/TaxAide Services
The AARP TaxAide program will begin providing free tax preparation services for low-and-moderate income residents in Saratoga, Washington and Warren Counties.  The TaxAide program is sponsored by the AARP Foundation in cooperation with the IRS. TaxAide preparers are trained in federal and state tax regulations and are certified by the IRS. Free tax preparation services will be available from February 1 through April 15.  To find the location nearest you, go to www.aarp.org/findtaxhelp or call 1-888-227-7669 for assistance. 

The Saratoga Winterfest 5K Snowshoe Run/Walk
Held on Sunday, February 2 at 11 a.m. in the Saratoga Spa State Park. Registration ends on January 30. Go to www.saratogastryders.org to download an application or link to online registration at www.runsignup.com . A limited supply of Dion Snowshoes will be available at a $5 rental charge.  Email Laura Clark at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve a pair or phone 518-581-1278. For information about the entire Dion Snowshoe Series and for snow updates visit www.dionwmacsnowshoe.com

Seventh Annual Chocolate Festival
Chocolate Fest is taking place on First Friday, February 7, from 6-9 p.m.  Area restaurants, bakeries, and chefs will compete to showcase their talents  by preparing sample sized chocolate offerings in up to 3 categories: Dessert (Sweet), Savory, and Chocolate Beverage. These chocolate treats will be judged by a panel of our First Friday Fanatics as well our visitors in Fan Favorite competition. Visitors can pick up a ballot form at any participating business and head to their favorite “Sweet Spot” shops, restaurants, and chefs to sample a $1 chocolate taste. While savoring these chocolate treats, visitors will enjoy a variety of activities going on throughout the Village, including art gallery openings, live music, artist demonstrations, and special promotions and sales just in time for Valentine’s Day. A complete list of events can be found at ballston.org.

Camp Saratoga 8K Snowshoe Race
Snowshoe race on February 8 will be held at Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park, located at 80 Scout Rd. in Gansevoort. Age 65 and Over and 12 and under. Free lunch for athletes, volunteers and guests. Go to www.saratogastryders.org to download an application or link to online registration at www.runsignup.com . A limited supply of Dion Snowshoes will be available at a $5 rental charge.  Email Laura Clark at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve a pair or phone 518-581-1278. For information about the entire Dion Snowshoe Series and for snow updates visit www.dionwmacsnowshoe.com

Annual Sweetheart Dance
The Saratoga/Wilton Elks Ladies Auxiliary, is holding their annual Sweetheart Dance on Saturday, February 8; at the Elks Lodge, 1 Elk Lane in Saratoga Springs. By popular demand, the Band GRAVITY will be our entertainment for the night. The evening begins with cocktails/appetizers from 6-7 p.m., dinner 7 p.m., and entertainment from 9 p.m. - midnight. This year’s Valentine raffles will again benefit the local CODE BLUE Shelter initiative. The Ladies will be raffling off wonderful baskets that they create with donations from the community and our generous Auxiliary members; including our popular Lottery Basket. This year’s entree choices are Prime Rib, Chicken Parmesan or Risotto (with eggplant, sun-dried tomatoes & zucchini), served with tossed salad, rolls, and corn. Strawberry Shortcake will be served buffet style all for only $35 per person. Cocktail hour will feature a specialty drink surprise. You and your special Valentine will have a great evening with dinner and “GRAVITY” to entertain with lots of dancing from 9-12 for the reasonable price of $35 per person. Reservations are on a first come first serve basis with seating limited. RSVP to Barb Ash 518-584-0694, cell 518-879-8713 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your entrée choice, number of guests and method of payment. Checks, cash, and credit cards are accepted.

February Break Drama Camp
February Break Drama Camp at the Malta Community Center is now open to students ages 7-15. All campers will be involved in character selection, costuming, acting and performing our work for invited guests the last day of class. Older actors will also have the opportunity to learn backstage and stage management skills (if interested). Camp also includes theater games, crafts, acting skills and fun. This camp, headed by Malta’s Artistic Director Elyse Young, runs Tuesday – Friday, February 18 - 21 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Call the Malta Community Center at 518-899-4411 for additional information or register online at www.MaltaParksRec.com.

Bus Trip to Niagara Falls 
Still seats available for the Olde Saratoga Seniors Bus trip to Niagara Falls, two nights three days on Thursday, May 28 - Saturday, May 30. Package includes round trip transportation, 2 nights accommodations at the Sheraton Niagara Falls, 2 breakfast buffets, 2 dinners, 1 is a dinner theater, admission to the Herschel carousel factory, 1 ride on the carousel, 1 day of local Guide service, admission to the Niagara adventure theater, admission to the maid of the mist.  Stop at Seneca Casino, stop at the Niagara power Vista, and baggage handling.  Price for double two people in room, two beds $588 each. Total payment due by March 31 but must sign up as soon as possible.  For an itinerary and additional price for one, three or four people per room, contact Pat Temple, 518-338-2329.

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 10:30-11:30 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.

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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