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 his leg. The surgery took place on January 2, followed by more chemotherapy and eventually he will need 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.
Kids Night Out: Winter Wonder
Drop the kids off Friday, January 19 from 6-9 p.m. at the Children’s Museum, located at 69 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, for a fun-filled evening so you can go on a date-night, go see a movie or just relax. Your children will get to play in our hands-on exhibits, enjoy a pizza dinner, socialize, and party. Our community room will be transformed and filled with fun Winter-themed activities and crafts. Children must be potty-trained. This program is for children ages 4 and up. Cost is $20 per child ($15 for each additional child). Pre-registration required by calling 518-584-5540.
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 https://soroptimistsaratoga.org/events/cabin-fever. \
Genealogy and Local History
Heritage Hunters of Saratoga County will meet on Saturday, January 20, at 1 p.m. at the Town of Saratoga Town Hall, corner of Routes 4 and 29 in Schuylerville. Professional genealogist, Lisa Dougherty, will lead an informative session about the fundamentals of DNA tests. Lisa will include DNA basics, results that you can expect to get, the truth about DNA myths, and how to interpret ethnicity estimates. Learn how to make the most of a DNA test. Public is welcome. For information call 518-587-2978.
Take a Friend Snowmobiling
Curious about snowmobiling? Love the sport? Either way we want to see you at “Take a Friend Snowmobiling” on Saturday, January 20, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Take a fun, safe snowmobile ride starting at the Dix Bridge located on the scenic Hudson River/Champlain Canal Lock 5. Kids can ride on a sled operated by a parent, guardian, or an experienced club member. Those aged 18+ will be introduced to and instructed on the proper operation and safety of a snowmobile prior to being guided on a controlled ride by club members. Check out trail grooming equipment and talk with club members to learn more about the sport and trail system. Hot beverages and snacks provided. Hudson Crossing Park is located on the Hudson River just outside of Schuylerville. For more information and other events, visit www.hudsoncrossingpark.org.
Hudson Crossing Park’s Annual Winterfest
Saturday and Sunday, January 20 and 21. Free for all and something for everyone. Suit up…and have some “Just-ice League” level fun. The event will feature: Ice Harvest Demonstrations, Ice Experiments with the Schuylerville Public Library, Ice Fishing Demonstration with
Saratoga Tackle and Ed Skorupski, Cold Water Rescue by Schuyler Hose, Washington County Draft Animal Association wagon rides, Crazy Hat Head Contest, Sledding, Snow Sculptures Challenge, The “Fur-Bowl”: Dress to impress in your furs (real or faux!) and try outdoor bowling sponsored by Olde Saratoga Bowl. Stay warm at the Warming Tent Sponsored by Amerigas. Hudson Crossing Park is located on the Hudson River just outside of Schuylerville. For more information, visit www.hudsoncrossingpark.org.
Enhance Your Figure Event
On Tuesday, January 23 at 6 p.m., Steven Yarinsky, MD, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon specializing in cosmetic medicine, will host an evening of education about body shaping options. The event will feature SculpSure® and truSculpt® 3D noninvasive no downtime fat removal, and LipoPerfection® Liposuction options. Body Contouring is designed to contour shape and reduce areas of diet and exercise resistant fat deposits and is not a weight loss technique. Are you no more than 20 pounds above your ideal body weight for your height and have fullness in your abdomen, hips, waistline, thighs, arms, “bra bumps” or a double chin? Do you work out but still have unwanted fat deposits? Want to better fit your clothing and bathing suit? You may be a great candidate for Liposuction or non-invasive, no down-time fat reduction treatments. Meet Dr. Yarinsky and our Medical Spa Staff at our 7 Wells Street office to learn about your options to shape your figure. Plus, receive a mini-consult that evening and event only promotional discount. R.S.V.P is necessary: Limited Seating, you must call us to reserve your spot before Monday January 22. Call 518-583-4019.
Bird Research at the Albany Pine Bush
The Southern Adirondack Audubon Society will present the January 2018 program titled “Bird Research at the Albany Pine Bush” at the Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs, on Wednesday, January 24 at 7 p.m. This free program is open to the public. The speaker for the program will be Amanda Dillion who is the Field Ecologist and Entomologist at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. Ms. Dillions’ talk will focus on the rarity of species that call the Pine Bush home and the effort that is underway to learn more about the APBP birds and bird communities that has earned the preserve designations as both an Audubon Important Birding Area and a NYS-DEC Bird Conservation Area.
Saratoga Chamber Players Concert
Saratoga Chamber Players’ season continues, on Sunday January 28 at 3 p.m. in Filene Hall on the Skidmore campus with a concert of music for piano and violin featuring Margaret Kampmeier and Jill Levy. The January program will include sonatas of Beethoven, Messiaen, and Elgar as well as Bartok’s Rhapsody no. 1. The concert will be followed by a Meet-the-Musician reception. Tickets are $20 adult, $18 seniors, $15 students - available at the door or on-line at http://www.saratogachamberplayers.org/events/category/2017-2018-concert-season/
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 AARP TaxAide program is sponsored by the AARP Foundation in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service-IRS. AARP TaxAide counselors are volunteers who are trained in state and federal tax regulations, and are certified by the IRS to provide tax preparation services. Tax preparation services will be available from February 1 through April 15. To find the location nearest you, go to www.aarp.org/findtaxhelp. Then call the listed phone number to schedule an appointment. If you do not have access to the internet, call 1-888-227-7669 for assistance.
Fifth Annual Chocolate Festival
The Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association and the First Friday business participants are excited to present our Fifth Annual Ballston Spa Chocolate Fest on First Friday, February 2, 2018 from 6 to 9 p.m. in downtown Ballston Spa. Visitors will be able to sample the variety of chocolate offerings at designated Sweet Spots throughout the Village. Samples are a minimal cost of $1. In addition to Chocolate Fest, there will be a variety of First Friday activities going on in our local businesses, including art gallery openings, live music, artist demonstrations, and special promotions and sales just in time for Valentine's Day. For a full listing of participating businesses, chefs, and activities, please visit Ballston.org.
Beauty and the Beast
Come be our guest on Friday, February 2 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, February 3 at 1 and 7 p.m. and on Friday, February 9 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, February 10 at 1 and 7 p.m. as Maple Avenue Musical Club presents Beauty and the Beast. The performances will take place in the Henry C. Trombley Auditorium at the Maple Avenue Middle School located at 515 Maple Ave., Saratoga Springs. All tickets are $5; doors open 30 minutes prior to the performance.
The Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau presents the 20th Anniversary Chowderfest on Saturday, February 3 at 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. in downtown Saratoga Springs. For more information visit www.discoversaratoga.org/chowderfest.
Annual Sweetheart Dinner Dance
The Saratoga/Wilton Ladies Auxiliary #161, is holding their annual Sweetheart Dance on Saturday, February 10 at the Elks Lodge, 1 Elks 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 7-9 p.m., and entertainment and dancing from 9 to midnight. This year’s Valentine raffles will again benefit the local Code Blue Shelter initiative. We will have several raffle baskets with different themes and gifts offered; included will be our very popular Lottery Basket. Cocktail hour will feature a specialty drink surprise. Entrée choices are Prime Rib, Pork Loin with stuffing and gravy, or Vegetarian Risotto with eggplant, sun-dried tomatoes and zucchini; all served with salad, potatoes, rolls and vegetable. Buffet style dessert of Strawberry Shortcake will complete the menu. You and your special Valentine will have a great evening with an outstanding band and dinner for the reasonable price of $34 per person. Seating is limited; reservations opened to the public on January 12, 2018. Checks, cash or credit card will be accepted as payment. Ensure a “special evening” and give Penny a call now at 518-587-7597 to make your reservation and payment. Deadline is February 4 for reservations, if we still have seating available. I’m sure this evening will delight you and your “Special Valentine.”
Broadway Cabaret Dinner Theatre
A Grand Night for Singing – Experience the fun of a New-York style cabaret dinner theatre as the Burnt Hills Oratorio Society presents the immortal songs of Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, and Lorenz Hart. Set in the elegant Vista Ballroom at the Van Patten Golf Club in Clifton Park, treat yourself to a sumptuous Chef’s Buffet, followed by a choral cabaret featuring dozens of the greatest hits by America’s favorite composers. Due to popular demand, BHOS is offering two performances, Saturday, February 10 at 5 p.m., and Sunday, February 11, at 1 p.m. Seating is limited and the last day to purchase tickets is February 2. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit our website at www.BHOS.us or call 518-416-4060.
Wanted: Folks 55+ to Enjoy BASC Social Activities
If you're over 55, a long-time or new resident in the area and looking to meet "young" 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 the Town of Milton, Village of Ballston Spa, Town of Ballston and other area municipalities are welcome to join BASC. Programs and activities include festive dinners, dances, Pickin' Sessions, bus trips, pot luck luncheons, crafts, movies, chorus, cards, bingo, billiards, Osteo Busters and Stretch and Fit exercise classes. Over 75 members attend the weekly Thursday pot luck luncheons which are often followed by speakers or other entertainment. Stop in around 11 a.m. any Thursday. Be our guest for your first pot luck lunch and learn more about BASC. Yearly membership fee is $10. Call Barb Broderson, Membership Chair, 518-885-4229 or visit www.ballstonareaseniors.com for additional information and to view our newsletter.