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The Puppet People Present: “A Christmas Carol”

A Charles Dickens holiday classic, this show features beautiful handcrafted marionettes, shadow puppets, gorgeous masks, lavish costumes, vivid sets, a professional soundtrack that includes many holiday favorites, and a giant 9-foot parade puppet. The show will be on December 28 at the Saratoga Springs Public Library in the H. Dutcher Community Room at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Pick up free tickets in the children’s room.  For children ages 5 and up. For more information and other events at the library, visit www.sspl.org. 

20th Annual First Night Saratoga 5K Run

Begin the First Night celebration right by joining the run before the huge New Year’s event. 

Start and finish on the beautiful Skidmore campus. Limited to 1,500 Runners: Due to the overwhelming success of this run, there will be no day of race registration. All registered runners will receive a limited edition First Night Saratoga moisture-wicking shirt. All race finishers will receive a commemorative First Night Saratoga medal.  Registration is $30.  Entry fees are nonrefundable and non-transferable. Run your race for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society with Team in Training. The run begins at 5:30 p.m. To register, visit www.zippyreg.com/online_reg/reg2017.php?e=980. 

First Night Saratoga 2018 - Light Up the Night

First Night Saratoga is New York’s largest New Year’s event outside of NYC. As one of the oldest and largest First Night celebrations in the country, First Night is the most affordable, accessible, family-friendly, safe and exciting way to spend New Year’s Eve in the region. On Sunday, December 31 join over 15,000 revelers as Saratoga Arts hosts dozens of regional and touring performing groups in thirty venues throughout Historic Downtown Saratoga Springs. Starting with the 5K road race at Skidmore College at 5:30 p.m., culminating with the fireworks in Congress Park at midnight, and packed full of live music, dance, comedy and magic in between, this event will be a highlight of your outgoing year. Cost is $20 for adults. For more information, visit www.saratoga-arts.org. 

New Year’s Eve Free Cab Rides

Free Cab Ride Home program is a service that has been provided for over a decade in an effort to reduce the incidents of drinking and driving in the communities they serve, especially during celebratory times. Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP, provides free cab rides home to those who have been drinking, on a “no-questions asked” basis. Free Cab Ride Home Areas: Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Saratoga Springs, Amsterdam, Fulton and Montgomery County, Utica, Plattsburgh, NY, Burlington, VT and Springfield, MA. This service has provided thousands of safe rides home since its inception and will continue to keep our communities safe this New Year’s Eve. To get your free cab ride home simply call our toll-free number 1800LAW1010 or 1.800.529.1010.

Rifle Competition 

Fish Creek Rod and Gun Club will start a 22-caliber rifle competition at the club house. You will need to bring your own rifle and ammunition. First shoot will be Tuesday, January 2, 2018, starting at 7 p.m. and will continue every Tuesday for the month of January. For information contact the club house at 518-695-3917. 

Call for Local Folk or Irish Performers

Come audition for an opportunity to showcase your talent during our annual “Café Malta,” an intimate coffee house at the Malta Community Center on Saturday evening, March 10, 2018.  We are looking for talented musicians, vocalists, small acoustic bands, storytellers and/or dancers. Each acoustic act selected will play a short 10-15-minute set. Auditions are by appointment only the week of January 2-7, 2018.  Contact Elyse Young, Artistic Director, at 518-899-4411 x 305 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details or to schedule an audition.  We are also looking for 3-4 talented teen or adult singing waiters or waitresses to help serve dessert and coffee and perform an opening number. 

Hattie’s 18th Annual Mardi Gras Benefit

Hattie’s 18th Annual Mardi Gras Soiree to benefit AIM Services, Inc. On Saturday, January 13 from 6 – 10 p.m., get ready to dance along to music by Soul Sessions and Garland Nelson, enjoy delicious treats by Chef Jasper Alexander, and experience the “New Orleans of the north” with us! For details and to attend this event, visit AIM Services, Inc.’s website and scroll down to Upcoming Events. AIM Services, Inc. is dedicated to supporting the “power of potential” in people of diverse abilities. Through community-based services, advocacy, and education, dedicated professionals focus on supporting people in achieving their personal goals, while promoting a sense of self-confidence and independence. The event will be held at the Canfield Casino, 25 E. Congress St., Saratoga Springs. Cost is $100 per person. To register, visit www.formsmarts.com/form/1wm2?mode=h5. 

Benefit Spaghetti Dinner 

Danny MacMillan, a 12-year-old from Schuylerville, was diagnosed with E-Wing Sarcoma Cancer. Danny started chemotherapy and underwent surgery to remove the mass. After further testing they discovered cancer cells in the muscle tissue and it was decided that it would be best to amputate the leg. The surgery is scheduled for January 2, followed by more chemotherapy and eventually a prosthetic leg. This has taken a big toll on the family emotionally and financially. The dinner will be held on January 19, from 5 – 8 p.m. at Schuylerville Elementary School cafeteria. Tickets are $10 per adult, $5 for children 4-13 years old and children under 4 free. Dinner will include spaghetti, salad, bread, drinks and desserts, take out also available.  We will also have raffles and a 50/50 drawing. If you are unable to make the dinner but would like to donate to the MacMillan Family, they have an account set up at Glens Falls National Bank, set up under the name “Team DanDan Benefit.” This is the only legitimate account for Danny MacMillan.

2018 Cabin Fever Luncheon

Soroptimist International of Saratoga County (SISC) is excited about our 2018 Cabin Fever event, themed, ‘Talk About It,’ as we narrow our focus on human trafficking. A $32 billion annual industry, modern day trafficking is a type of slavery that involves the transport or trade of people, for work. The luncheon will be held on Saturday, January 20 at 11 a.m. at the Saratoga National Golf Club, located at 458 Union Ave., in Saratoga Springs. Cost is $75. For more information or to register visit www.soroptimistsaratoga.org/events/cabin-fever. 

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