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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 Lane, 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. 

Jazz Concert

Capital District Jazz is excited to announce the next event in its monthly concert series, Jazz at the Spring: Co-leaders saxophonist Adam Siegel, one of the Capital Region’s brightest young players, and pianist Galen Pittman with their quartet explore the music of Lennie Tristano.  The concert will be held at Spring St Gallery, 110 Spring St., Saratoga Springs, on Thursday, November 30,  at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. To get your tickets online visit,  www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3101252. For more information, call 518-587-6433. 

Community Emergency Corps and Toys for Tots

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 that night, 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 the Society’s website: southernsaratogaartist.com. 

Breakfast with Santa

The Ballston Spa Business & Professional Association (BSBPA) is once again presenting the annual Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 2, from 8-11 a.m. in the gymnasium of St. Mary’s School, 40 Thompson St., in the Village of Ballston Spa. A delicious pancake breakfast will be provided courtesy of the Eagle Matt Lee and Union Fire Companies.   Children and their families will enjoy activities, live performances and a chance to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus.  Cost for the breakfast is $5 per person and reservations are not necessary. All proceeds will go to support community events and village beautification. A portion of the proceeds from the breakfast will go to support the youth programs at St. Mary’s Parish.  We will also be collecting unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots, so please bring a toy to donate if you would like. 

Gifting the Adirondacks Holiday Fair

The community is invited to the Folk School to share some holiday goodies and a cup of something warm to ward off the Adirondack chill. It’s your chance to shop for some of the amazing items made by our instructors and other local artisans. The “big room”, as well as our gift shop, are brimming with decorations and gifts, snacks and good cheer. Please stop by on December 2 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. and end our very fine 2017 season while we raise a toast to new things ahead for 2018! The school is located at 51 Main St., Lake Luzerne. For more information call 518-696-2400 or visit www.adirondackfolkschool.org. 

2017 Saratoga Fair Trade Market Expo

Fight against worldwide poverty while getting all your holiday shopping done in one location, on Saturday, December 2, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Saratoga Springs City Center. A beautiful array of handcrafted gifts fairly traded from around the world. There will be live music by local music teacher/musician Jon Tario and a free scavenger hunt all day with prizes for kids.  Come shop with purpose and joy. Free Admission. Hosted by New Life Fellowship Church and The Bosnian Handcraft Project. For more information call 518-580-1810.

Elvis Blue Christmas Concert and Dinner

The Saratoga Children’s Theatre announces their Blue Christmas Fundraiser, on Saturday, December 2 at the Saratoga Music Hall. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a light dinner (included), and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Raffle baskets and 50/50 raffle will be available.  Help support Saratoga Children’s Theatre during this night of music and fun. Come see this two-act reproduction of Elvis on tour, featuring multi award winning Elvis Tribute Artist, Mathew Boyce, and his 28-piece Suspicious Mind Orchestra. Tickets: $40 for adults, $35 for seniors, and $15 for students. For more information and tickets, please visit ww.saratogachildrenstheatre.org or call 518-430-7423.

Korean War Veterans Association Christmas Party and Meeting

The Christmas party/meeting of Ch. 60 Korean War Veterans Association will be held at noon on December 5 at the Log Jam restaurant, located in the outlets, South of Lake George. We will be ordering off the menu.  Hosts are Patti and Gene Slavin. Please call the Slavin’s at 518-793-2358 with your reservations by December 3.  The December raffle will be awarded, and entertainment will be provided.  All veterans who served anywhere during the Korean War or in Korea at any time, spouses, widows, family and friends are all eligible to attend.  For further information or an application to join the organization, please contact Comm. Roger Calkins at 518-584-3037.  Annual dues are $10 for veterans and $5 for associates.

Poetry Readings

On Wednesday, December 6, Caffè Lena will present poetry readings by Marilyn Zembo Day and Leslie Neustadt.   An open reading will follow. Doors open for sign-ups at 7 p.m. and the readings will start at 7:30 p.m. The host for the event will be Carol Graser and the cost is $5, free for students. Caffè Lena is located at 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs. For more information, call 518-583-0022, or visit www.caffelena.org. 

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. 

4th Annual Snow-A-Palooza

Join us on Thursday, December 7, at 4 p.m. at the Malta location of Bryant & Stratton College located at 2452 Route 9, Suite 201, Malta. This event is free and includes a craft room, cookie decorating room, game room, refreshments and a visit from Santa on his Red Fire Engine courtesy of Round Lake Fire Department. In addition, there will be a silent auction with various items donated by local businesses and not-for-profits to help raise funds to support the Toys for Toga, the Ballston Area Community Center, and the Mother Teresa Academy Cancer Awareness Fund.  For more information on volunteering and/or donating please contact Melyssa Wall at 518-437-1802 ext. 280. 

Breakfast with Santa

Come have breakfast with Santa on December 9 from 8 - 10:30 a.m. at the American Legion, located at 23 Pleasant St., Ballston Spa. Make some crafts and sit on Santa’s Lap to tell him what your wish is for Christmas. All Village children are invited to join us at this event. 

Brown Bag Lunch Lecture

Saratoga Mineral Baths: Not Just for Saturday Nights, presented by Charlie Kuenzel. Free and open to the public, no registration required.  The programs take place from 12-1 p.m. in  the H. Dutcher Community Room, Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St., Saratoga Springs. For more information, call 518-587-3241 or visit, www.SaratogaSpringsVisitorCenter.com or www.DiscoverSaratoga.org.

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