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By Megin Potter | Local Briefs

Motherless Daughters Gathering

On Saturday, May 13 at Noon, there will be a gathering for women who have lost their mothers at the Presbyterian New England Congregational Church, 24 Circular St. Saratoga Springs. This event, on the Saturday before Mother’s Day, came about in response to the book Motherless Daughters by Hope Edelman and provides a time for women to come together, to honor and remember their mothers. Participants are welcome to bring a photo or another memento of their mother to share. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 518-584-6091.

Garden Treasures and Other Pleasures

Come to the ticket kick-off event for the Saratoga Soroptimist Secret Gardens Tour scheduled for July 9.  Sunnyside Gardens is hosting a Wine and Cheese party on May 12 at 5:30 – 8 p.m. located at 345 Church St., Saratoga Springs. Open to the public, a wonderful opportunity to stroll through bountiful greenhouses, preview new hand-picked gardening favorites, and sip flavorful wines and enjoy delicious cheeses. Buy your tickets for the Secret Gardens Tour and enjoy a fun-filled event with your friends.  Please register with your name and number of guests at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Cerebral Palsy Fundraiser 

 On Friday, May 12, party with friends and the Classic 60’s Rock Band, “The Shames”, at the Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge from 6 to 10 pm.  The cost for this evening is $20 paid at the door or in advance by calling Judy at 518-587-5568.  A delicious picnic meal is included in the ticket price.  A cash bar, 60’s attire contest, games and raffle baskets will be available to add to your enjoyment.  We hope many join us to help raise donations to assist the Cerebral Palsy Fund. 

Havurah Vatik 13th Anniversary Event

On Tuesday, May 16 we will be celebrating the 13th Anniversary of Havurah Vatik with a Cuban Fiesta from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Cuba is all the rage for tourism these days, and its Jewish communities, alive and well, make for a fascinating focus on yesterday’s and today’s Cuba.  We will welcome Rabbis Linda Motzkin and Jonathan Rubenstein, leaders of the Temple Sinai 2016 tour, plus travel guide Rhona Koretzky Forman, recently back from a trip to Cuba.  You’ll see slides of many fascinating aspects of Cuba, from city scenes and Jewish sites, to art and music.  A catered  lunch of Cuban specialties follows the program. Call the Temple Sinai Havurah Vatik reservation line at 518-584-8730, ext. 4.   We need your RSVP by May 10.

Take Control of your Chronic Condition

The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program is an amazing evidence-based workshop created by Stanford University enabling those living with chronic disease to regain control of their lives. Topics covered include: medication management, dealing with stress and difficult emotions, nutrition, exercise, pain and fatigue management, effective communication skills, problem solving and decision making skills. Participants will receive a free book entitled “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions.”  This free 6 week workshop series will meet from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Clifton Park Senior Community Center located at 6 Clifton Commons Blvd. on Wednesdays beginning May 17. Participants are welcome to join in the Saratoga County Congregate 60+ dining program at noon courtesy of Saratoga County Office of the Aging. Please register by noon one day in advance by calling 518-383-1343 and ask for the kitchen. Menu information is available upon request. Please call Jen Buscema at 518-884-4110 for more information and to register for the workshop. 

Annual Senior Luncheon

Come join the fun Mardi Gras theme luncheon at the Saratoga Springs City Center located at 522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. 11 a.m.  This event is for seniors age 60 and over. The lunch is served at noon. Menu is bourbon chicken, scalloped potatoes, green bean creole, dinner roll, mini king cake and beverages.  No take outs. No animals allowed. We will have live music, door prizes, and a raffle. Tickets are required to attend and will not be sold at the door. Tickets are available now and can be purchased until May 5 at the Office for the Aging for $4 each. We also have several locations with ticket sales available throughout Saratoga County. Please call for details 518-884-4100.  

Mendelssohn’s Elijah 

Thrill to the drama of a fiery and dynamic performance of Mendelssohn’s masterpiece “Elijah” with the Burnt Hills Oratorio Society and Orchestra. Joining BHOS are special guests Auriel  Camerata. This gripping retelling of the famous biblical story brings to life some of the most dramatic moments in the Old Testament. The story starts with the curse of a three-year drought and ends with the Prophet Elijah’s ascent to heaven on a fiery chariot.  This epic choral work will be sung in English, with projected subtitles to enhance the excitement of the drama. The performance is Friday, May 19, at 7:30 p.m.  at the Zankel Music Hall, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs. Burnt Hills Oratorio Society is a non-profit community chorus whose goal is to nourish our community with the transformative power of music. Tickets can be purchased at the Society’s website, by phone 518-416-4060, or at the door the day of the performance.

Ryan’s Run 5K Run/Walk

The 11th Annual Ryan’s Run will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017, 9 a.m. Join us for a family friendly 5K held at the Saratoga Springs State Park,  supporting families affected by Malignant Infantile Osteopetrosis (MIOP) and working toward an improved cure. Online registration will close on Wednesday, May 17. 

Saratoga Hospital Wag n’ Walk (dogwalk)

Saratoga Hospital Wellness Committee is holding this event to support Estherville Animal Shelter. Estherville is a “NO KILL” facility in  Saratoga  County. They’ve been helping abandoned pets for over 65 years. The event will take place in Congress Park off Broadway under pavilion, across from the visitor center on May 20. Registration starts at 9 a.m. followed by the walk through the park at 9:30 a.m. Cost is $10 per family.  Mail checks payable to Saratoga Hospital Wellness committee to Holly Drew Moore 1 West Ave., Suite 135 Saratoga Spgs, NY 12866

Yankee Game Bus Trip

Notre Dame Visitation Church Renovation Committee is hosting a Yankee Game Bus Trip on Saturday, August 12.  It will be Yankees vs Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Cost is $130 per person which includes unlimited food and Pepsi products from 1st inning through 5th inning of game.  Bus will leave Wilton Mall at 11 a.m. Tickets on sale now, first come, first serve. Tickets are non-refundable. Game time is 4 p.m. Contact Pete Healy at 518-421-2956.

If You Can Stand the Heat

Become a Kitchen Helper for The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Saratoga County’s Office for the Aging.  If you are over the age of 55, love working with seniors, and enjoy prepping and serving food, then this unique volunteer opportunity is for you.  Kitchen Helpers assist with meal preparation and serving for the Senior Nutrition Program in locations throughout Saratoga County.  Training is provided, hours are flexible, and volunteers can assist Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.  Please contact Jen Buscema at 518-884-4110 if you are interested in lending a helping hand.

Are You a Senior Who Needs a Volunteer’s Help?

Would your life be easier if somebody from our volunteer program was willing to help with your grocery shopping or could come by to visit you because you are alone a lot? Maybe you are trying to juggle a job, children and could use help with an elderly parent.  Since 1996 Care Links of Southern Saratoga County has offered free services to 60+ seniors in Clifton Park, Halfmoon, Malta, Mechanicville, and Ballston with visiting, shopping, transportation, respite, and chores.   To learn how to take advantage of the support from a caring volunteer, contact Care Links, 518-399-3262.

Administrative Specialist Volunteer Needed

AARP Tax-Aide, a national volunteer organization that provides free income tax preparation to low-to-middle income families, is seeking help to fill a key volunteer position that will oversee administrative activity to support the organization’s Eastern New York region. The volunteer position of Administrative Specialist (ADS) would be a member of the State Management Team for AARP Tax-Aide and be responsible for the implementation and maintenance of all administrative procedures, and assist District Coordinators with their administrative responsibilities. Applicants for the ADS position should be organized, detail-oriented, and computer literate. No knowledge of tax preparation is required, and extensive training will be provided.  There are three broad areas of responsibility:  Training the District Coordinators (DC) in the policies and procedures for administration of AARP Tax-Aide. 

Maintaining records required for the requirements of the program.  Providing administrative assistance to leaders and volunteers as needed.  For more information regarding the position, please contact Dave Weaving at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;

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