December 13 – December 19, 2019

Friday, December 13

Kids Night Out
Lake Avenue Elementary School, 126 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Come support the Saratoga High School Girls Swim and Dive team at our Kids Night Out fundraiser.  Drop your children off and go to dinner or get some holiday shopping done. Only $10 per kid -- all school-age children welcome. Snacks and drinks for sale for $1 each. Babysitting and activities provided by the Saratoga High School Girls’ Varsity Swim and Dive Team: Games, Legos, arts and crafts, movies. No pre-registration necessary—just sign your child in at the main entrance. Questions? Contact Paul Benzon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Saturday, December 14

Academy for Lifelong Learning Barnes & Noble Book Fair 
Barnes & Noble, Wilton Square, 3029 State Rte. 50, Saratoga Springs | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Greet Academy members at the door and receive an Academy voucher. For more information about the Academy for Lifelong Learning at or call Jeff Shinaman at 518-587-2100, ext. 2390.

Defensive Driving Class
Saratoga Springs United Methodist Church, 175 Fifth Ave., Saratoga Springs | 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

New York State approved. Save 10% on your base auto insurance for the next three years and receive up to 4 points off your driving record according to New York State Department of Motor Vehicle guidelines. December fee special $28. Class size is limited. A portion of the fee goes to Saratoga Springs United Methodist Church. Registration required and can be made by calling Ray Frankoski at 518-286-3788. 

Travel with Saratoga Arts to Spain
Saratoga Arts, 320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs | 11:30 a.m. 

Saratoga Arts is sponsoring a tour to Spain May 11-20, 2020 and invites you to a trip overview for “Spain: A Treasure Chest of Wonders” Explore one of Spain’s best kept secrets on this trip that begins in the north where you can discover the Basque Country with a visit to Bilbao and the seaside town of San Sebastián. On the way south to Madrid revel in the vistas and vineyards of the Rioja Region and the historic city of Segovia with its Roman ruins and medieval old town. Then on to the bustling metropolis of Madrid, whose highlights include a visit to its Royal Castle and the famous Prado Museum. From there we will enjoy an excursion to the famed city of Toledo, the city of three cultures: Jewish, Muslim and Christian. A special bonus is an overnight in one of Spain’s paradors, a historic building transformed into a hotel.  The trip price is $3399 land only, double occupancy. For additional information, go to, Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Mary at 607-387-3322.

9th Annual Members Juried Exhibition – Opening Reception
Saratoga Clay Arts Center’s Schacht Gallery, 167 Hayes Rd., Schuylerville | 5 – 7 p.m.
The opening reception is always a wonderful community event, as many exhibiting artists are from the region. The exhibition will feature ceramic sculpture, utilitarian and decorative works by 18 artists and SCAC Members, selected from a national call for entry by guest juror Leigh Taylor Mickelson. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free. The exhibition will go through Jan. 18. 

Ballston Area Senior Monthly Dance
Milton Community Center, 310 Northline Rd., Ballston Spa | 7 - 10 p.m.
The dance is open to the public. Peaceful Country Band will be providing the music. Come and enjoy the fun and dance the night away. Member are asked to bring a snack to be shared. There is a $5 entrance fee for non-member. Check out our web page, If schools are closed the Center will be closed for the day. 

Sunday, December 15

Dharma Meditation
Saratoga Health & Wellness Building, 538 Maple Ave, Saratoga Springs | 9 - 10:15 a.m.

By donation. Drop-ins are welcome.

Help Pack Boxes for your Military
891 Route 9, Wilton | 1 – 3 p.m.

We need help packing boxes for our men and women serving our country. This will be the last one before Christmas and we would like to get out as many as we can. We are also at Walmart on Rte. 9 in Queensbury this Sunday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. collecting items. 

Celebrate Jane Austen’s Birthday 
The Inn at Saratoga, 231 Broadway, Saratoga Springs | 1 p.m.

The Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) is hosting the annual celebration of Jane Austen’s birthday. This year’s festivities include a free raffle ticket for Austen-related items and an Afternoon High Tea with scones, biscotti, finger sandwiches, green salad, fresh strawberries and cream, and, of course, Jane’s Birthday Cake.  A participatory group reading of reviews and comments about Jane Austen’s novels rounds out the celebration. The cost is $30 for JASNA members and $35 for non-members. Reserve your place by making a payment.  Make check payable to JASNA NYS Capital Region and send to:  JASNA, NYCR, c/o Nancy Duell, 56 Fifth St., Glens Falls, NY 12801. For additional information, contact Nancy at 518-321-1887 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Monday, December 16

Wellness Walk 
Wilton Wildlife Preserve, 80 Scout Rd., Gansevoort | 11 a.m.

Come enjoy nature with others looking to get outside every month. The walk is geared towards gentle exercise and is for participants at basic fitness levels. Call for more information. If needed, snowshoes will be available for rental 30 minutes before the program; free for members and $3 for non-members. If there is no snow, the program will take place without snowshoes. Registration is appreciated by calling 518-450-0321.

Tuesday, December 17

Lake Bonita Hike 
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center, 605 Old Saratoga Rd., Gansevoort |  2 – 4 p.m.
This hike has a couple ups and downs that travel around Lake Bonita. It’s about 2+ miles and has some beautiful views of the Lake. Keep your eyes peeled and you will see some lovely rock outcroppings and maybe some neat wildlife. Registration is required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office.

Wednesday, December 18

Guided Mindful Meditation
Saratoga Springs Public Library, Susman Room, 49 Henry St., Saratoga Springs | 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Take a break from the daily grind and clear your mind. Led by professionals from One Roof Holistic Health Center. Sessions are free and open to the public and will be held on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Everyone is welcome! No registration required.

Thursday, December 19

Horse Explorers
The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, 191 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs
10:30 – 11:15 a.m. | A hands-on series intended to creatively educate children about horses by developing age-appropriate skills in art, literacy, science and math.  Recommended for ages 3-6, the program will be staffed by the Museum’s educators. Free admission.

Upcoming Meetings

Monday, December 16

Parkinson’s Support Group Meeting
Wesley Health Care Center, Woodlawn Commons, 2nd floor, 156 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs
2 p.m. | Free and open to anyone with Parkinson’s Disease, family members and friends. Guest Speaker: Jennifer Runkel, director of outpatient therapy at the Wesley Health Center. For more information call Kevin McCullough 518-222-4247.

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