Puppet Show at Congress Park Friday 5/29

26 May

19121_1111438112215492_3686057308229788052_nTake the kiddos to an outdoor puppet show this Friday, May 29th at Congress Park where Wild Apple Puppetry will be performing The Ugly Duckling at 10:30am. Meet near the carousel, fingers crossed for some duck sightings! Cost is $3 per person (infants are free).

Feeding the ducks: Bring seeds, pumpkin seeds, or grapes cut in half instead of bread for the ducks.

For more info, find Wild Apple Puppetry on facebook here.

Mark Your Calendars: Learn to Swim Registration June 13th

20 May

11146560_10153257452448088_7830535910710076747_nLearn to Swim at the Saratoga Spa State Park is back! Did you miss the first registration? No problem! They have one more registration day coming up on Saturday, June 13th from 11am-1pm at the Saratoga Spa State Park Administration Building.

Who: Any child between the ages of 5 and 12
Where: Victoria Pool
When: Monday – Friday, July 13 – 24, 2015, between 8a.m. and 10a.m.
Cost: $45 per student.

Bring:
1. Payment (cash or check)
2. Medical information
• Child’s guardian’s name, address and phone number
• Child’s doctor’s name, address and phone number
• Child’s insurance information (name of company and ID number)
• List of any allergies or special conditions
• Date of last tetanus shot
• List of medications being taken

For more information, call 518.584.2000 x116.

Cantina’s Cocktails for a Cause: Benefits Pediatric Emergency Services at Saratoga Hospital

11 May

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Who says the Cantina Kids Fun Run is only fun for the kiddos? Cantina also has a really great kick off party on Wednesday, May 27th from 6 to 9pm at Cantina (430 Broadway) that the adults can enjoy to help raise funds for Pediatric Emergency Services at Saratoga Hospital.

Why should you go to this party? The money raised at this event will go toward something that is vital to every single parent in our community, making the Pediatric Emergency Services at our hospital the best they can be. No one wants to wind up in the ER with their child, but if you do, you want them to have the best care, and this fundraiser is all about making that happen.

Plus, Cantina makes is fun to raise money, with an open bar and complimentary appetizers and music by DJ Trumaster, all for just $100 a ticket. This is always such a fun event every year, and is only open to the first 100 guests, Pre-Registration is required (ps, you can also enter to win a couple tickets right here!)

To pre-register go to CANTINACOCKTAILS@EVENBRITE.COM Or Send Your Name , Email Address And Check Payable To Saratoga Hospital Foundation/Cantina Cocktails To : Saratoga Hospital Foundation/Cantina Cocktails, 211 Church Street Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

For more info call 518.583.8340 or go to CANTINACOCKTAILS.EVENBRITE.COM

**$75 Of Your Donation Is Tax Deductible!**

Cool Camp Alert: Saratoga Film Academy (Open House TONIGHT 5/6)

6 May

Screen-Shot-2015-02-20-at-7.34.09-AM-e1428576558774-300x223The Saratoga Film Academy is inviting all parents to attend an “Open House” presentation, Wednesday, May 6th, 6pm-7pm located at the Saratoga Independent School, 459 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Parents can come meet the Founder, learn about the school, and see what the students are producing in class.  Come learn about the awesome new opportunity being offered to the young students of the Saratoga Springs area and the Capital District!

At the “Open House,” Founder, Jon Dorflinger will be presenting on:

The beginning of Saratoga’s first film school for students ages 8-18 years
The student films produced in class
The benefits students will gain from filmmaking classes
The classes and summer programs currently offered
“The art of filmmaking is a difficult endeavor that requires hours of practice like playing a sport or an instrument,” said Dorflinger.  “The experience of learning the process of filmmaking and it’s techniques as grade school, middle school, or high school students will instill innovation, problem solving, and project development/management skills that can be applied across all fields of study.”

For more information about the event email: jdorflinger@me.com or call: (310) 801-5642.

For more information about classes and summer programs click here.

Saratoga Reads Community Celebration Day 5/2

1 May

247650_10151442957062846_270782149_nSaratoga Reads Community Celebration Day is Saturday, May 2nd at Saratoga Springs Public Library. Saratoga Reads will wrap up its 11th year of community programs with a series of activities designed to motivate and inspire young readers. The day, open to the public free of charge, will run from 11am to 4pm at the Saratoga Springs Public Library.

The overarching theme of the event stems from the Saratoga Reads book of choice for the year, The Round House, by Louise Erdich, and related junior companion books selected to engage young readers. All of the Saratoga Reads books this year are centered on contemporary Native American life.

The schedule for the day is below. All activities take place in the Saratoga Springs Public Library.

11am – 11:30am – Preschool Craft, Susman Room
11:30am – 12pm – Bead Craft (Grades 3+), Susman Room
12pm – 3pm – Living Museum with Mike Dickinson (in Native American Character), Entire Library
1:30pm – 2:30pm – Visit by Author Cynthia Leitich Smith, Community Room
3pm – 4pm – Storytelling with Joe Bruchac

Independent Bookstore Day at Northshire Bookstore Saturday 5/2

30 Apr

IBD-hi_res_vertBookstores across the nation are preparing for Independent Bookstore Day, a country-wide celebration of books and independent bookstores on May 2nd. From Bend to Brooklyn, book lovers should mark their calendars for this special day of literary parties. And right here in Saratoga Springs, Northshire Bookstore has some great activities planned for the big day.

They will be selling exclusive books and art pieces created just for Independent Bookstore Day 2015. These items will be available only at participating IBD bookstores, only on May 2.

In addition, they’ve got a great party planned!

10 am – 5:00 pm: Literary Trivia – test your book knowledge! Answer one of their trivia questions correctly to win a prize!

10 am – 5:00 pm: Enter their Swoon Reads 10 Word Love Story contest! Vote for your favorite story. The winner will be announced at their Swoon Reads author event on May 18.

10 am, while supplies last: Breakfast treats courtesy of Healthy Living Market & Cafe

11:00 am: Dr. Seuss Story Time with local authors – hear local children’s book authors read their favorite Dr. Seuss Story!

11:30 am – 12:00 noon: Photo Station with The Cat in the Hat!

12:00 noon: Storybook Character Parade & costume contest led by The Cat in the Hat

12:30-1:00 pm: Photo Station with The Cat in the Hat!

2:00-5:00 pm: Complimentary light refreshments courtesy of 9 Miles East

3:00-5:00 pm: The Poet Is In: a group of local poets will staff a booth modeled on The Doctor Is In, the one Lucy dispensed advice from in the Peanuts comic strip. They will spontaneously write poems for anyone requesting one: in the moment, from their hearts, a poetry writing improv with human prompts. If you would like a poem written just for you, all you have to do is present yourself at The Poet Is In booth, and one of the poets will write it, “write” then and there, in that inspired moment! The 5¢ Lucy jar will be out for Free Will donations which will benefit Northshire Bookstore’s Book Angels program, getting new books to children who might not otherwise receive them at Christmas.

This event is free and open to the public. Northshire Bookstore is located at 424 Broadway in Saratoga Springs.

Katrina Trask Consignment Sale PRESALE PASS Giveaway! ***GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED***

22 Apr

1385971_610166925709727_2050503037_nThe Katrina Trask Nursery School Spring Consignment Sale is Friday and Saturday and I have FREE Friday Pre-Sale Passes to give away! The Pre-Sale pass gives you the chance to shop the sale before it opens to the public: PRESALE time is Friday, April 24th from noon to 3pm. I have 2 sets of 2 Presale Passes each to give away, to enter simply comment below and two winners will be chosen at random tomorrow by 5pm.

The sale opens to the public on Friday, April 24th • 3PM-8PM with the Half-price sale: Saturday, April 25th • 9AM-1PM.

The sale has a TON of Kids’ Spring and Summer clothes and accessories, toys, books, infant and baby gear, maternity wear and more! I go to this sale EVERY year and stock up on everything the kids need for spring and summer, it is really a not to miss sale!

The sale is located at the American Legion on 34 West Ave., Saratoga Springs. Proceeds benefit Katrina Trask Cooperative Nursery School ktnurseryschool.org • ktconsignmentsale@yahoo.com • 584-8968 Cash Only (ATM Available) • Rain or Shine

***This giveaway is now closed and the winners have been notified via email. Thank you to everyone who entered!***

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