Friday, December 1
Stretch Your Budget Christmas Sale ?
Old Stone Church,
159 Stone Church Road, Ballston Spa | 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Held also on Saturday. Shop for your Christmas Gifts for a donation and enjoy a cup of coffee, hot chocolate, and cookies. The sale is for families who need gifts for their own family. No dealers. Call 518-885-4034 Ann for questions.
Wreath Ceremony ?
Veteran’s Memorial, Low St., Ballston Spa | Noon
Tea and Talk: Holiday Memories
Galway Public Library,
2112 East Street, Galway
3 - 4 p.m. | Adult program. Please bring your favorite holiday ornament or decoration, and be prepared to share a special holiday recollection. Tea and light refreshments will be served. Registration is requested at 518-882-6385.
Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting ?
North Side of Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa | 6:30 p.m. Brightly decorated floats, fire trucks and community groups will be parading through the village. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will arrive on the back of an Eagle-Matt Lee Fire Company truck to light the tree in Wiswall Park. Volunteers for the Toys for Tots campaign will be on hand to collect donations of new, unwrapped toys from spectators along the parade route as well as at the tree lighting. The Business Association is also hosting First Friday. Many businesses and shops will be open during the parade offering a variety of treats and activities such as hot cocoa bar, hot chowder, free parking and more.
Opening Reception: Near and Far
Spring Street Gallery,
Saturday, December 2
Holiday Sale ?
Old Saratoga Reformed Church, Pearl and Burgoyne Streets, Schuylerville
8 a.m. – 2 p.m. | New and gently used Christmas items will be available for a donation. There will be a basket raffle, a bake sale, and much more. For more information, call the church office at 518-695-3479, 9 a.m. - noon, Monday - Friday.
Waldorf Winter Faire ?
Waldorf School, 62 York Ave., Saratoga Springs | 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. This event will be open to the public! This winter celebration will expand on our long-standing tradition of the Waldorf School Angel Room. There will be craft vendors, food, and ticketed crafts.
Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair ?
Come shop for those great holiday gifts this year at Saratoga Wilton Elks,
1 Elks Lane, Saturday, Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Sunday, December 3
A Community Christmas Music Concert ?
Old Saratoga Reformed Church, Burgoyne and Pearl Streets, Schuylerville | 3 p.m. Featured will be area choirs and local musicians. A free will offering will be taken, to benefit the community Caring and Sharing Program, which helps children in need in the Schuylerville School District. Refreshments will follow the concert. The church is handicapped friendly. All are welcome! For more information, call 518-695-3479.
Monday, December 4
Jigsaw Puzzle Challenge ?
Clifton Park Halfmoon
Public Library, 475 Moe Rd., Clifton Park | 6:30 p.m.
A two-hour Jigsaw Puzzle competition to see which team can complete a 500-piece puzzle the fastest. The library will provide puzzles and prizes! Recommended for ages 12 and up. Registration required. 518-371-8622. www.cphlibrary.org
Galway Preservation Society Program
Galway Town Hall, 5910 Sacandaga Rd, Galway | 7 p.m.
The December program will be given by Chris Carola, former Albany based Associated Press reporter and history buff on Saratoga County Veterans of World War II. Chris has done extensive research on the experiences of Saratoga County WWII veterans after discovering a scrapbook in the Saratoga Room of the Saratoga Springs Public Library documenting stories of local men and women who served our country during the Second World War. Our programs are always open to the public, free of charge. If you choose, annual family or household membership is available for $10 per year. Please join us to learn more about Saratoga County’s WWII Veterans.
Tuesday, December 5
The Catholic Daughters of the Americas Meeting
Knights of Columbus, 50 Pine Rd, Saratoga Springs | 5:45 p.m.
Court McLaughlin #422 Members gather for recitation of the Rosary, followed by refreshments until 6:30 p.m. when the meeting will begin. Members will be bringing donations for Toys for Toga. CDA is one of the oldest and largest organizations of Catholic women in the Americas. Please join us. Any questions? Contact our Regent Lucille Koch by phone or text at 516-319-4577.
Wednesday, December 6
Stuffed Shells Dinner Take Out
Saratoga-Wilton Elks Club,
1 Elks Lane, Saratoga Springs
4:30 – 6 p.m. | Take out only. Call Monday or Tuesday between 10 a.m. – Noon to place an order. 518-584-2585. Menu: stuffed shells, meatballs, sweet sausage, tossed salad, garlic toast. Cost: $15 per dinner. (Cash only).
Gavin Park Tree Lighting Ceremony ?
Gavin Park, 10 Lewis Rd., Saratoga Springs | 6 p.m.
Take pictures with Rudolph, Frosty, and Santa’s Elves as they roam the park. At 6:15 lighting of the tree and at 6:30 Santa arrives. Say hello to Santa and get your picture taken with him. Coffee, hot chocolate, cookies and treats will be provided.
Family Holiday Trivia Night ?
Galway Public Library,
2112 East St., Galway, 6 – 8 p.m.
Participants 12 years of age to adult are welcome to team up and shar their holiday knowledge for a chance to win a prize. Please register by calling 518-882-6385.
310 Northline Rd.
Ballston Spa | 6:30 - 9 p.m. Open to the public, free admission, and ample free parking. Doors open 6 p.m. All acoustic musicians who enjoy playing country/western, folk, gospel & bluegrass are welcome to participate. If you don’t play, become part of the audience, and enjoy the music. Bring a snack to share. Beverages provided. Call 518-885-4229 with questions.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs | 7 p.m. A poetry reading by James Schlett. An open mic poetry reading will follow. Doors open for sign-ups at 6:30 p.m. The host for the event will be Carol Graser and the cost is $5 general, free for students. The featured reading will also be live streamed. You can find a link for the livestream at caffelena.org. 518-583-0022.
Thursday, December 7
Cascading Caregiver Crisis
Saratoga Senior Center,
290 West Ave., Saratoga Springs
1 p.m. | Bob Semenza, whose wife, Marie, suffered from Parkinson’s disease, which he wrote about in his book, “Times with Marie…And Parkinson’s” will conduct a reading of a section of his book followed by a presentation of his personal caregiver journey, and the challenging issues which so many in a similar role will be, or presently are, facing. Limited copies of his book will be available for purchase.
Exhibit: Messages from Survivors
Ballston Spa Public Library,
21 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa
6 p.m. | One Family’s Holocaust Legacy and inspiration talk with Holocaust survivor, Ivan Vamos. The exhibit produced by The Memory Project Productions, Inc., is built on 40 years of filming a family of Holocaust survivors in the Bronx, Miami, and a bungalow colony in the Catskills between 1962 and 2016. The exhibit consists of six short videos that introduce the Holocaust through powerful personal stories of a family of Holocaust survivors. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 518-885-5022 or visit bspl.sals.edu.
Retracing Our Steps: The French-American Joint Reconnaissance Tour in Winter of 1780-1781
Saratoga National Historical Park Visitor Center Theater, 648 Route 32, Stillwater | 6:30 p.m.