Friday, July 21
Decoda - Skidmore Chamber Music Student Interactive Performance
Skidmore College, 815 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs 9 – 10:30 a.m.
This interactive performance is designed for young children. The Decoda & Skidmore Chamber Music Institute is sponsored, in part, by the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation. Free admission.
Guided Walking Tours – History, Legends, Lore and More
Saratoga Heritage Area Visitor Center, 297 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 10:30 a.m.
This tour celebrates Saratoga’s Victorian era and the classic Victorian stroll, a high society must to see and be seen. Join us as we stroll through Congress Park, take the waters and hear the stories of our most colorful characters, beloved monuments and treasured artwork. Tours will run Monday through Saturday through September 4 (September 9 – October 2 tours will be Saturday only). The cost is $8.00 per person, children under 12 are FREE. Reservations are not required. For more information, contact the Saratoga Heritage Area Visitor Center at 518-587-3241.
Heather Preusser “A Symphony of Cowbells”
Northshire Booksore, 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 10:30 a.m.
Join us for a special story time with picture book author Heather Preusser, as she shares her new book “A Symphony of Cowbells.” Petra just loves spring in Gimmelwald. Each season she and her family lead their prize dairy cows into the pastures to graze and each cow wears her own jin-gling, jangling, clanging bell. What a symphony! But when Petra’s favorite cow, Effie, loses her bell the whole herd is out of harmony and refuses to move. Will Petra be able to find Effie’s bell before it’s too late? With charming illustrations, this whimsical story is sure to delight children and adults alike. For more information and other events visit www.northshire.com.
Saratoga Race Track Opening Day
267 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs, 11 a.m.
Get ready for another thrilling season of racing in Saratoga Springs.
Saturday, July 22
Tang Family Saturdays
Tang Teaching Museum, Skidmore College, 815 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, Noon – 4 p.m.
Wackey Wagons - we will look at and discuss Phil Frost’s sculpture of a wagon in the exhibition: If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day: Collections of Claude Simard, then make wagons out of cardboard, markers, spools, and even use wite-out as paint, just as Phil Frost did on his. Reserva-tions are highly encouraged. Free and open to the public. Suitable for children ages 5 and up along with their adult companions, the Family Saturday programs are fun and educational. For more in-formation call 518-580-8080.
11th Annual Wine, Beer, Hard Cider and Food Tasting
Schuyler Yacht Basin, 4 – 7 p.m.
This popular event features a variety of local wines, beers and hard ciders, as well the wares of more than 20 local eateries. This is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Schuylerville Lions Club. All of the proceeds raised each year go directly back into the community, supporting local schools, camp scholarships, fire and rescue squads, the local food pantry (SAFER), and families in need of eyeglasses, hearing aids and other support - in addition to helping local organizations such as Camp Abilities of Saratoga and Hudson Crossing Park. The cost for this event is $25 per per-son at the gate/door. For more information, call Tara LaFave at 518-695-3040.
Arthur Zankel Music Center, Skidmore College, 815 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 7:30 p.m.
Selected Shorts will be performed live as part of Skidmore College’s Stewart’s Signature Series. The stories are described as “spellbinding short stories by established and emerging writers which take on a new life when they are performed by stars of the stage and screen.”
Sunday, July 23
26 Annual Hat Contest
Saratoga Race Course, 267 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs
The “crowning” achievement of opening weekend, visitors will go head-to-head for prizes in the annual Hat Contest. Categories will include one designated for children, one for the most fashiona-ble millinery and one for the most creative headwear. The contests will take place after the second, third and fourth races of the afternoon. Prizes are provided by Hatsational by DEI.
Dharma Meditation with Pierre Zimmerman
One Big Roof, Center for Mindful Practices, 538 Maple Avenue, Saratoga Health & Wellness Building, Saratoga Springs, 9-10:15 a.m.
Weekly meditation followed by short discussion. All contemplative traditions honored. By dona-tion. For more information call 413-992-7012 or visit www.oneroofsaratoga.com.
Vacation Bible School
South Glens Falls United Methodist Church 15 Maplewood Parkway, in South Glens Falls. 6 – 8 p.m.
We will have a Beach Party theme this year . The bible school will be held from Sunday, July 23 through Thursday, July 27 4 year olds through 5th grade are welcome. We hope to see you and bring a friend.
Summer Concert Series
Congress Park, Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 7 – 8:30 p.m..
Gather your friends and family and join us for this free summer concert series. Concerts will hap-pen on Sunday evenings in July and Tuesday evenings in August. Performances take place at the War Memorial, Rain location: Heritage Area Visitor Center. This week’s performance is by Hot Club of Saratoga.
Monday, July 24
Fifth Annual Hay, Oats and Spaghetti
Bravo! Restaurant, 3246 Rt. 9, Saratoga Springs, from 6 - 9 p.m.
All proceeds will benefit the Saratoga Springs-based TRF, a 501 (c)(3) non -profit that is the world’s oldest and largest Thoroughbred rescue organization. Its signature program is TRF Second Chances, which uses ex-racehorses to teach life and vocational skills to inmates in prisons in 9 different states. Tickets for “Hay, Oats & Spaghetti” are $85 and reserved seating is available. Ticket prices include beer, wine and a sumptuous Italian buffet that will be served from 6 p.m. -.9 p.m. Additionally, there will be a raffle of select signature items. Renowned local photographer Skip Dickstein will be on site to photograph the evening’s events.
For more details or to reserve tickets please call 518-226-0028 or visit http://www.trfinc.org/event/hayoats2017/
The Camp Saratoga 5K Trail Series
Camp Saratoga, Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park, 80 Scout Rd., Gansevoort, 6:15 p.m.
Tuesday, July 25
Once Upon a Porch
The Childrens’ Museum at Saratoga, 69 |Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 1 p.m.
For children 2-5 years old. Join us for an afternoon of storytelling while sitting on our beautiful porch. Free with museum admission.
Wednesday, July 26
Malta Summer Concert Series
Shenantaha Creek Park, Malta 6 – 8 p.m.
The Zucchini Brothers will be performing. Often called “The Beatles of Kids’ Music, the three za-ny brothers offer a musical of stir-fry styles to tap your feet to. Contact 518-899-4411 or www.MaltaParksRec.com for further details.
Thursday, July 27
Ceremony and Luncheon to Commemorate the End of the Korean War
Korean War Memorial, Crandall Park, Glens Falls, 11 a.m.
Immediately following the short ceremony, the luncheon will be held at the Ambrosia Restau-rant, just off Exit 19 of the Northway. Hosts will be Gene and Patti Slavin. For reservations, please call the Slavins at 518-793-2358 by July 25. All servicemen who served anywhere during the Korean War or in Korea at any time, spouses, widows, relatives and friends are welcome to attend. New members are always welcome. For further information or for an application to join the organization, please contact Comm. Roger Calkins at 518-584-3037.
Free Concert in the Park
Wiswall Park, Front St., Ballston Spa, 6 – 8 p.m.
The Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association is proud to once again present its free Concerts in the Park series. This week’s featured concert is The Bluebillies.
The Queen of Katwe Movie Event
Spa Little Theater (19 Roosevelt Avenue, Saratoga Springs, 7 – 10:30 p.m.
”The Queen of Katwe”, a 2015 film, tells the real-life story of Phiona Mutesi, an impoverished young girl from Uganda. Phiona and her brother crossed paths with Robert Katende, who recog-nized that the slum kids he worked with weren’t going to compete in sports. He decided to teach them chess – a game that equalizes issues of class, education and income and transcends language. Soon, Katende realized Phiona had a very special gift, when she began to beat him.The event in-cludes the film, chess for kids and adults, and information about the Giving Circle’s important pro-gram. Robert Katende, Chess Coach that the film is based on, to Skype in for discussion. Pro-ceeds of the event will fund the maintenance and expansion of their Chess program in Uganda, benefiting many young children, from early school age to high school.