Cantina Kids Fun Run Registration Now OPEN!

21 Apr

Eighth-annual-cantina-run-graphic-event-pageRegistration is now open online for The Cantina Kids Fun Run taking place on Sunday, May 31, 2015
in Congress Park in Saratoga Springs. This athletic event is for kids up to age 12 and will be held in beautiful Congress Park, located in downtown Saratoga Springs. Participants can choose between the 1/4 Mile Course, a short loop recommended for kids ages 7 and under, and the 1 Mile Course, recommended for kids ages 8-12. Parents and strollers are welcome! Click here to register now!

Registration Details
Entry fee: $15 early bird registration on or before May 19. $20 after that date and on race day.
Early bird registrants (on or before May 19) are guaranteed a t-shirt (children only).
Parents running with children must also pay and register.
Pre-registration closes May 26. Day of registration is open 8 to 8:45am.

This family-friendly event supports children’s healthcare at Saratoga Hospital.
For more information on the Cantina Kids Fun Run and the programs it supports, read their Cantina Kids Fun Run Fact Sheet 2015.

Simplicity Parenting With Kim John Payne M.ED MAY 15

15 Apr


Mark your calendars for a public lecture that will inspire anyone who holds children dear to their heart to Simplify… Toys, Clothing, Meals, Bedtimes, Schedules & Filter Out the Adult World on May 15th from 7-9pm at the Saratoga Springs High School Library (1 Blue Streak Blvd).

Kim John Payne is the author of the #1 best selling book Simplicity Parenting. He is an Australian who has, for 27 years, worked throughout the world as a counselor, consultant/ researcher and educator of both children & adults. Visit his website at

Sponsors for this Event:
Geyser Road PTO • Dorothy Nolan HSA • Division Street PTA • Waldorf School of Saratoga • Apple Blossom Bunch Pre-K • Four Seasons • Green Conscience Northshire Bookstore • Healthy Living Market

Parents, students, teachers and community members are invited to attend.

Crafterina Book Event at the National Museum of Dance SAT APR 18

14 Apr

603780_10152818950723811_7204855170865715445_nHead to the National Museum of Dance on Saturday, April 18th at 2pm for a meet and greet with Vanessa Salgado, author of children’s book “Crafterina,” the story of a young dancer who uses her savvy crafting skills to create a world of ballet outside of dance class. Free event & open to the public.

Girl Scout Dance Party & Cookie Sale {open to public} Sat. 4/18

14 Apr

11037901_10152745271937548_7338655242401051234_oJust $5 a ticket for this fun event for kids ages 5-12! Click the photo above for more info!

Mamatoga Spotlight: Musical Endeavors

13 Apr

the(1)Amanda Bywater is the founder of Musical Endeavors: Piano, Wind Band Instrument and Conducting Lessons for children. I recently chatted with Amanda about Musical Endeavors and what she offers. Read on to see if Musical Endeavors is the right note for your musical kiddo.

Amanda: I have a Bachelor’s of Science in Music Education, and a Masters of Arts in Education with a concentration in Wind Conducting from Hofstra University. I studied music education and conducting with Dr. Peter Boonshaft, author of ‘Teaching Music With Passion’. I studied clarinet with Naomi Drucker, wife of Stanley Drucker, the 1st chair of the NY Philharmonic for 60 years and Co-Director of the American Chamber Ensemble, and I studied piano and organ with Andrew Andela, a concert organist whose performances include concerts at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. I have been performing on piano and organ at church services since the age of 12, and have been teaching since receiving my first job at 19 at my alma mater, St. Francis Preparatory School in Queens, NY. After graduating with my Bachelors in 1996 I began teaching at the Copiague Middle School on Long Island in 1997. My students’ performances have included Walt Disney World, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City, Giants Stadium and at the Aqueduct for Pope John Paul II. My former students in Copiague went on to be NY State Marching Band Champions in 2002, 2003, 2005, and 2006, and became USSBA Marching Band Champions from 2002-2006, performed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, and in the Nicholas Cage movie, ‘Lord of War’. I relocated to the Capital Region in 2002 and worked as a Band Director for the Hoosic Valley Jr/Sr High School, and performed as a guest conductor for the Saratoga Springs Youth Orchestra’s Wind Ensemble in 2004.

In 2005-2006 my daughters were born 11 months apart; my second child was born premature and had significant lung issues at birth.  I felt I could not be the mother and the JR/SR High School Band Director I wanted to be at the same time, and decided to leave Hoosic Valley and stay home and raise my children. Students from Hoosic Valley inquired about studying clarinet with me privately to get ready for college auditions, and I began teaching woodwind instruments and piano privately at my home in the evening. I really enjoyed this outlet, and I found a balance for my work and family life.  I decided to put up a few business cards in the community center and at the pediatrician’s office, and Musical Endeavors was created! 8 years later I now have 30+ students including piano, conducting and woodwind students, and I now have a waiting list for the fall of 2016. My intention is to let parents know about my business so I can bring the joy of learning music to as many families as possible.

I believe that all children are born loving to learn.  My job as their music teacher is to keep that spark of loving to learn alive, and to channel that enjoyment through music.  I provide a fun and respectful environment where children learn to read music notation and learn to understand the basics of music theory which assists them with learning to read and decipher patterns in music more easily. Through this method they gain confidence in themselves and their own abilities, and once they begin reading notation they are also able to choose music that they wish to learn while continuing their music education through lesson books.  I believe in students’ autonomy and having them participate in their own learning.  I teach music ranging from Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” to Scott Joplin’s “Maple Leaf Rag” to Claude Debussy’s “Clare de la Lune”.  As an educator I believe that motivating students to learn is just as important as teaching the subject itself.  I have always been passionate about music, and I have had wonderful teachers along the way.  They kept my spark of loving to learn alive and passing along this gift of music is my life’s work.

I begin teaching children ages 4+ that wish to learn piano and I begin teaching children ages 7+ for wind instruments such as clarinet and saxophone. My summer program includes all band instruments to support the local public school music programs. During the school year I have availability during the day for homeschooled children and afternoons after school available. I do travel to homes depending on where students are located in order to fill my schedule with as many students wishing to learn music as possible.

Parents can expect their child to receive an excellent music education that develops confidence in their children and their abilities.  Students participate in a weekly 30 minute lesson and are encouraged to consistently practice throughout the week to make the most of their parent’s investment.  I provide a sibling discount for families that wish to enroll multiple children.  All students are encouraged to perform in 2 recitals each year scheduled in December and May.  I am also a NYSSMA adjudicator, and students that wish to participate in the New York State School Music (NYSSMA) Festival are always well prepared.

To contact Amanda, reach her at 928-2434 or, and find her on facebook here.

Open House at North Country Horses Sat. 4/18

13 Apr

11159946_10153197470653695_2274262700980003681_nHave you or your child wanted to try horseback riding? North Country Horses is opening their doors for you to come check them out on Saturday, April 18th from 12-3pm! Their NCH IEA Team will be giving pony rides, doing demonstrations, painting faces, pony painting, with food and more. The event is free and open to the public to attend. Donations will be accepted for the pony rides, and all proceeds go to support their Middle and High School Riding Team.

Read more about North Country Horses here in Mamatoga Magazine, and to get more info on their summer camp for kids (this is the camp my little rider goes to), click right here.

Lower Pricing from Healthy Living Market and Cafe

10 Apr

Big news for Healthy Living Market and Cafe! They are excited to announce that they have dropped pricing on several of their most popular lines and products over the last several months as it strives to continue to offer a premier grocery experience at the fairest prices possible. These new lower price offerings show the store’s commitment to value while never sacrificing on quality.

In addition to savings throughout the store, Healthy Living will still offer its weekly/monthly sales and coupon program and popular 3-day sales. In fact, this weekend the grocer will be offering 50% off its entire line of Nature’s Path products from Friday through Sunday (April 10-12).

“Over the past year, we have worked incredibly hard to make sure our pricing is both competitive and aggressive in the local market. With confidence we can now say that Healthy Living has many staple grocery items along with speciality, wine, vitamins and supplements and most other store departments at lower prices than many of our local competitors,” said Eli Lesser-Goldsmith, Co-Owner of Healthy Living Market and Cafe. “We invite both new guests and regulars to come in to compare apples to apples, cereal to cereal, vitamin C to vitamin C, (bad grocery store pun) with our competition. I think people will be pleasantly surprised by what they find.”

Guests will now experience great deals on brands such as WestBrea and Eden canned beans; Annies Homegrown and Back to Nature products; body care lines including Alba Botanicals and Dr. Bronners; and dairy and frozen brands’ Amy’s and Cascadian Farms. Well-known wine producers like Bogle, Cakebread and New York’s own Limerick Lane wines are offered at the lowest prices in the area.

Popular low priced items:
Annie’s HomeGrown Mac & Cheese: $2.49
Almond Breeze Almond Milk: $2.79
Eden 15oz Canned Beans: $2.49
Food For Life Brown Rice Bread: $4.99
Alexia Hashbrowns: $2.99
Seventh Gen Laundry Detergent: $12.99
Dogfish Head Aprihop (seasonal 4-pack): $8.99
Ballast Point Even Keel Session IPA Cans: $10.99
Stone IPA 6-pack: $9.99
1911 Cider 6-pack: $9.49
Limerick Lane 1910 block Zin: $48.99
Limerick Lane Zin: $32.99
Limerick Lane Grenache/Syrah: $35.99
Bogle Essential Red: $10.99
Cakebread Chardonnay: $41.99
Martinelli Pinot Noir Bella Vigna: $39.99

Click here to go right to their sales page to stay in the loop!


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