{Local} Black Friday Saratoga Springs

26 Nov

10358570_1586518774909910_5127496481789934585_nYou won’t have to go to the big box stores this Black Friday for incredible savings. You’ll find them in the local boutiques and shops in the downtown area of Saratoga Springs!  You don’t have to wait until Small Business Saturday to shop local! On Black Friday, November 28th over 15 stores/restaurants in downtown Saratoga are opening up at 6am and offering progressive savings of 50% from 6 to 7am, 40% from 7 to 8am, 30% from 8 to 9am and 20% throughout the rest of the day.

Businesses on Church Street, Broadway, Phila Street, Caroline Street, Congress Street, Lake Avenue and Henry Street will welcome you in with savings you’ll be happy you woke up early for.  Black Friday Saratoga participating stores will be designated with a window sign, sandwich board and balloons in front of their businesses. The first early morning shoppers who make a purchase in each business will get a complimentary Black Friday Saratoga shopping bag, filled with special offers from local businesses, courtesy of Stewart’s Shops, the Saratoga Regional YMCA, and Network Saratoga.


Aggie Mullaney, 454 Broadway
Crafters Gallery, 427 Broadway
Halfmoon Cellars, 24 Caroline Street
Impressions of Saratoga, 368 Broadway
iRun LOCAL, 18 Congress Street
Lifestyles of Saratoga, 436 Broadway
Mingle on the Avenue, 30 Lake Avenue
Miss Scarlett Boutique, 19 Phila Street
Park Side Eatery, 42 Phila Street
Piper Boutique, 441 Broadway
Spa Fine Art, 376 Broadway
Saratoga Botanicals, 80 Henry Street
Saratoga Saddlery, 460 Broadway
Saratoga Sundress, 493 Broadway
A Silver Breeze, 516 Broadway
Spoken Boutique, 27 Church Street
Yellow Boutique, 491 Broadway

If you’d like more information about the Black Friday shopping event, please go to http://www.blackfridaysaratoga.com Wednesday, November 26 or facebook.com/blackfridaysaratoga.

Fall Leaf Arrangement Workshop at the Children’s Museum at Saratoga 11/26

25 Nov

leavesKids are home tomorrow for Thanksgiving break, and you need an activity? Spots are still open for the Fall Leaf Arrangement Workshop on Wednesday, November 26th from 10:30 to 11:15am at the Children’s Museum at Saratoga! This class is free with museum admission but pre-registration is required. Kids will meet in the art room to learn about the life cycle of trees and will create a fun fall decoration by tie-dying leaves that will “grow” on a branch – a perfect addition to your fall decor!  To pre-register please call the museum at (518) 584-5540.  Space is limited!

Holiday Class Lineup at Healthy Living Market and Cafe

25 Nov


I am loving the Holiday Schedule at Healthy Living Market and Cafe’s Learning Center! Get the info here and then register on their site or call them at (518) 306 4900 but hurry up, these will fill up fast!

DIY with Christina Davis: Stollen & Overnight Panettone Saturday, December 6th 1–2pm.  Pull up a stool at the Demo Counter for a unique and intimate class with Demonstration Coordinator Christina Davis while she prepares two holiday bread favorites from Germany and Italy: Stollen & Overnight Panettone! In this one-hour demo-style class, students will learn a variety of techniques involved in crafting these two very special breads, celebrated for their slightly sweet flavors and speckle of tasty dried fruits, culminating in a sampling of the delicious end results! This Demo-style class is Free; pre-registration is required.

AM Preschool Chefs: Holiday Cookies Wednesday, December 10th 10–11am. This favorite kid-friendly pastime will get the Learning Center treatment as Chef Shannon helps your preschool bakers make a variety of beautiful holiday cookies from beginning-to-end.  The kids will measure, mix, and roll out gingerbread cookies, and have a blast decorating them!  Plus, they’ll also be making some fun candy cane cookies!  This class is great for kids ages 3-5; all kids must be accompanied by an adult (adult admission free). $20/ child. There is also a second class the same day from 1-2pm.

Ladies Night Out: Holiday Appetizer Party Friday, December 12th 5–8pm.  In this festive class, you’ll become a Hostess with the Mostess and gather new ideas for fabulous holiday parties! The night will start in Divine Wines, sampling some magnificent wines that are perfect for any holiday gathering and then move on to the classroom to create a few fun and festive appetizers, beginning with an amazingly versatile blue cheese dip that’s so phenomenal it’ll probably become part of every menu you plan! You’ll also make an incredible truffled steak tartare, scrumptious figs filled with vanilla crème fraiche and topped with pomegranates and pistachios, and Chef Shannon will show you how to take basic stuffed mushrooms and make them elegant and unforgettable.  You’ll walk away from this class inspired and more than prepared to plan your next holiday party! This Hands-on  class is $60/pair.

Preschool Chefs with Go Kids: Hot Chocolate and Shortbread Cookies Tuesday, December 16th 10–11:30am. Kids will learn some measuring skills and then blend and scoop a perfect hot chocolate mix.  They’ll also make shortbread cookies that are perfect for dunking! While the cookies bake and hot chocolate cools a bit, they’ll go out and play with the folks from Go Kids!  Finally, they’ll come back to the Learning Center and reward themselves with their very own hot chocolate and cookies.  And good news for parents: there will be extra hot chocolate mix and cookies coming home with your child that would make excellent holiday gifts!  This class is great for kids aged 3-5; all kids must be accompanied by an adult (adult admission free). $30/child.

Kids Evening Class: Teacher Gifts (While YOU Shop!) Thursday, December 18th 6–7:30pm.  The holidays are right around the corner and what could be more helpful than finishing your shopping while your kids make their own Teacher Gifts?!  In this extra-special and super-fun class, kids will learn how to make hot chocolate mix, chocolate-dipped pretzels, and caramel popcorn- all while you shop!  By the time you come back to collect your little ones, their tummies will be full and they’ll have their teacher gifts ready to go.  This class is an amazing opportunity for both you AND your tot!  This class is great for kids aged 6-12; (adult admission free). $25/child.

Kids in the Kitchen: New Year’s Eve Snacks Monday, December 29th 12–2pm. Adults shouldn’t be the only ones eating delicious food on New Year’s Eve! In this fun and interactive class, kids will get into the New Year’s Eve spirit by making some kid-approved, super-tasty, holiday-friendly snacks like some festive popcorn, pizza bites (with or without pepperoni!), chocolate puff pastry twists, and a gooey, bubbly hot cheese and bacon dip!  This class is sure to get your kiddo ready to ring in the new year right alongside you!  This class is great for kids aged 6-12; all kids must be accompanied by an adult (adult admission free). $25/child.

Food Art for Kids with ASD Saturday, December 27th 11am–12pm. This is our first session of an exciting partnership between Healthy Living Market and Creative Kids Café that will provide some very special classes for some very special kids! Food art is an exciting way for kids on the autism spectrum to express their creative side through a multi-sensory classroom experience. This sensory-integrative class is designed to encourage kids to be curious about their food and they’ll explore with different scents, textures, and colors, through the various means of baking, painting, and decorating. Please note that they can accommodate any food sensitivities or allergies. This class is great for kids of all ages on the autism spectrum; all kids must be accompanied by an adult (adult admission free). $15/child.


Order Your Letter from Santa TODAY & Support the Children’s Museum at Saratoga

24 Nov

santaGetting mail is so exciting for little kids to begin with, now imagine how excited they’ll be to get a letter from Santa! This is such a cute idea, AND you’ll be helping to support our local Children’s Museum at the same time! Simply fill out the online order form here to send your little one a personal letter from Santa himself! It’s a gift they will never forget! Just $5 per letter!

Order information: To order just click here and fill out their online order form. Letters ordered by 11/30/14 will be mailed out on 12/01/14. Letters ordered after 12/01/14 will be  mailed upon receipt of order.  No orders will be accepted after 12/19/14.

Weekend STUFF TO DO Thurs. Nov 21-Sun. Nov 23

20 Nov



  • Join in the fun at the 2nd Annual Lighted Tractor Parade in Downtown Greenwich tonight! Choose your favorite tractor as they parade down historic downtown Greenwich. These tractors are sure to catch your eye as each one must have a minimum of 1,000 lights! And each tractor with a float/trailer must have a minimum of 2,000 lights! They will truly be a sight to see! (6:30pm)


  • Head to Northshire Bookstore on Broadway in Saratoga Springs today for Spanish Language Story Time with Senora Gloria of Capital Region Language Center at 10:30am on their Children’s Floor. Free and open to the public!
  • Wiggle and Giggle is today at the Children’s Museum at Saratoga from 11:15am to 12pm. This is a special time for younger children to learn what they can do with their bodies through guided free play. Together, care takers and the museum foster the physical development of children in a social and creative environment. Kids can crawl through tunnels, walk the balance beam, roll balls, toss bean bags, and make music with all kinds of instruments. This week’s theme is basketball.
  • Support The Children’s Museum at Saratoga while enjoying a wonderful Italian meal thanks to the Italian Community Center, Principessa Elena Society of Saratoga Springs tonight from 5-7pm. Menu to include: Italian Wedding Soup, Ziti w/ sauce, Meatballs w/ sauce, Sausage, Peppers, & Onions, Salad, Bread & Butter, Dessert, Coffee, and Tea. Seniors eat for $8, adults for $9, children ages 5-12 for $5, children under 5 eat for FREE, and all take-out dinners will be $10. Meals can be purchased at the dinner or tickets can be purchased in advance at the Museum. Just stop by the front desk or call the museum at (518) 584-5540 to purchase meal tickets over the phone via credit card. Also, at the dinner The Children’s Museum will be hosting a craft table where children can make a pasta necklace! All proceeds to be donated to The Children’s Museum at Saratoga. Hope to see you there!


  • There is a free breakfast with Santa to welcome Santa’s arrival to the Clifton Park Center for the holidays today from 8-10am! Registration is required and the event fills up fast, so call 371-SHOP to reserve your spot today!
  • FREE  Yoga in the Atrium: Gentle Vinyasa Flow at Healthy Living Market and Cafe today from 8:30–9:30am.  Join Melissa for a gentle yoga class that’s appropriate for all ages and all experience levels; it’s a very easy and relaxing class, and a great stress reliever. This Yoga class is FREE, but pre-registration is required. Register here or give them a call at (518) 306 4900.
  • The Tang’s series of nine Family Saturday programs accompany work in their exhibitions. Reservations can be made one week before each week’s program by calling the Tang’s Visitor Service Desk at 518-580-8080. Today’s activity is the 12th Annual Potato Turkey Festival! Come to their 12th Annual Make-a-Turkey-Out-of-a-Potato Festival where kids will make holiday centerpieces out of potatoes, pipe-cleaners, feathers, and beads. Create a fantastic bird sculpture to decorate your table!


  • Head to Northshire Bookstore on Broadway in Saratoga Springs today for an Artsy Afternoon at 2pm! Kids will read “A Turkey for Thanksgiving” by Eve Bunting and make a Thanksgiving-inspired collage craft to take home. This program is suitable for children ages 4-14 with adult helper. Free and open to the public, on their Children’s Floor.
  • Little Folks Concert: Fiddlefire! is today from 2 to 4pm at Caffe Lena – 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs. This Little Folks Concert is Free thanks to generous support from Stewart’s Shops. Reaching more than one million children via numerous TV and radio performances in his native Canada, Parents’ Choice Award Winner Chris McKhool has been hailed as a “Children’s musical star” (National Post) and “Canada’s greatest eco-troubadour for young people” (Mississauga Living Arts Centre). A champion of environmental issues and inter-cultural exchange, Chris uses his fiddle & a collection of rarely seen instruments to lead young audiences on a journey through the rhythms and melodies of all the places he has travelled: the Canadian Arctic, Indonesia, France, England, Cuba, Peru, Guatemala, Costa Rica and the Indian Himalayas. Presented in an interactive style to engage kids, FiddleFire! gets the audience clapping, laughing and singing songs in an energetic and eclectic mixture of world music. Call them at 1-800-838-3006 for more info.

WEEKEND Stuff to Do: Nov 14th-16th

14 Nov

weekendIt’s the WEEKEND! I am busy busy getting the Holiday Issue of Mamatoga Magazine put together for you guys and I can’t wait to share it with all of you. In the meantime, there are some great events going on locally for you and the kiddos to check out. To see the full November calendar click right here, and have a great weekend everyone! xoxo


  • Saratoga Teens! Check out this event at Northshire Bookstore today at 4pm: Don Bredes, author of “Polly and the One and Only World”. From Don Bredes, author of Hard Feelings, an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults, a New York Times Notable Book, and a 20th Century Fox feature film, comes his new young adult fantasy, Polly and the One and Only World.  Polly and the One and Only World is set in a much-diminished future America called the Christian Protectorates, a poor country ravaged by coastal flooding, drought, and cataclysmic social upheaval, the story features 15-year-old Polly Lightfoot, a maiden witch of rich heritage and tender ability in the craft. His short stories, essays, and book reviews have appeared in a variety of publications, including The New York Times Sunday Magazine, The Los Angeles Times Book Review, and Paris Review.
  • Shelters of Saratoga is holding an Open House and Donation Drive today from 4 to 7pm. Help Shelters of Saratoga kick off Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. Tour the shelter, learn how they are working to end homelessness in the Greater Saratoga region and enjoy complimentary refreshments graciously donated by local establishments. Bring a food or in-kind donation or sign up to volunteer and be entered to win a $50 gift card from Henry Street Taproom.


  • The Tang’s series of nine Family Saturday programs accompany work in their exhibitions. Reservations can be made one week before each week’s program by calling the Tang’s Visitor Service Desk at 518-580-8080. Today’s activity is Glittering Geodes. Kids will look at and discuss Erika Verzutti’s geode-like sculptures in her solo exhibition Mineral, then make their own geodes out of Model Magic clay, beads, rhinestones, and more, inspired by her work.
  • The Saturday Club: The Wind Tunnel is at the Children’s Museum at Saratoga today from 10am to 12pm. Every Saturday will focus on a new topic that will be both educational and fun! Topics will include magnets, making catapults, puzzles, board games, and more! Call (518) 584-5540 for more information.
  • There is a Book Fair today at the Barnes and Noble on Route 50 in Saratoga Springs from 10am to 3 pm to benefit Saratoga Reads! Purchases made will benefit Saratoga Reads if customes simply MENTION Saratoga Reads at THE REGISTER or provide a voucher that will be available at our greeting table throughout the day. Join them for an 11am Thanksgiving Story Time & Craft, at 1pm there will be an American Girl Tea, Story and Activities time, and all day activities including a chance to win a full-sized Isabelle, 2014 Girl of the Year, American Girl doll. Stop by the Greeting Table for a sweet treat and to discover facts and information about the color meanings symbolism of the North American Native Indians. Spin the Prize Whee for a chance to win small prizes and gift cards throughout the day.


  • The Nutcracker Tea is today at SPAC and this year there are three seatings! Click here to get tickets now, they are going fast!
  • The Petite Retreat is the Adirondack Region’s premier luxury baby experience! This exclusive, educational day at Longfellows in Saratoga Springs will be filled with interactive booths, speakers, demo classes, a stroller terrain track, a child drop off area, deluxe attendee totes and more! Grab your ticket here before they sell out!

Leadership & Mentoring for Girls {Grades 6-12}

10 Nov

Screen Shot 2014-11-10 at 5.47.17 PMHave you heard of Girl Talk? Our area now has a local chapter of this non-profit organization, Girl Talk (www.mygirltalk.org), an international non-profit peer-to-peer mentoring program with a very simple premise: high school girls mentor middle school girls to help them deal with the issues they face during their formative early teenage years. Their mission is to help young teenaged girls build self-esteem, develop leadership skills and recognize the value of community service. Since 2002, the organization has served more than 40,000 girls in 43 states and 7 countries.

Through weekly chapter meetings facilitated by high school Girl Talk leaders, Girl Talk helps middle schools learn from their peer mentors and better understand and address the issues they face. In doing so, the girls develop confidence, leadership skills and compassion. Girl Talk provides the curriculum of life lessons used to facilitate the discussions at no charge.

Girl Talk’s program is twofold: high school leaders have the opportunity to share their experiences as positive role models. And middle school girls have the chance to learn that they are not alone in the issue they face and that understanding, kindness and compassion can be the foundation for better relationships with others. Research consistently reveals that grades 5-8 are the most formative years of a young person’s life. Girl Talk also helps women become stronger leaders in the work place and more effective as parents.

Click the flyer above to learn more about how to get your daughter involved locally. They meet every Wednesday night from 6-7:15, upstairs at the Burnt Hills United Methodist Church. Each week a different leader discusses a topic of choice and it is open to any girl in the capital region in grades 6-12.


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