Prenatal and Mommy & Me Yoga Class Starting this Saturday 10/25

22 Oct

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Calling all expecting and new mamas, there is a new prenatal yoga and Mommy & Me class starting this Saturday at Rise Yoga & Movement Arts Center, taught by Camacha Wolfer.

Camacha: “I love being pregnant and every day am in complete and utter awe at the wonder of my body and how it is adapting to nurture this new life inside of me. But I wasn’t expecting the changes to my mind, the changes to my soul. Through my yoga practice, I feel so connected to our baby, taking time to breathe deep into my belly every day and making sure I do everything in my power to calm my stress, tension and anxiety in order for this to be the most blissful place for our baby to grow. Mostly, I want to offer this class in order to meet other mums that are expecting, I don’t know any one else who is having a baby right now and would love the chance to meet some new people, share stories, tips and start a support network for each other. Much love to all the mama’s out there!”

The class will run on Saturdays starting Oct. 25th from 4 till 5pm at Rise Yoga & Movement Arts Center on Broadway, (above Kilwins and Northshire Bookstore on the second floor), cost is $10 and you can just drop in, no registration necessary. I can’t wait to try this class out with my little Talley! xoxo

Halloween Fun at the Spa City Farmers Market this Sunday 10/26

22 Oct

246998_652651318185893_1973394322638500841_nGet the Halloween Costumes ready for Sunday at the Spa City Farmers Market from 10am-3pm! They want to close out this fabulous 2014 summer season with a spooky good time before they head back inside the Lincoln Baths in the beginning of November.

Kids can enjoy Trick or Treating at the market, plus lots of fun activities: Making sparkling slime with Crystal, Pumpkin passing game with musical guest, Ben Rounds, Balloon Gal Jenny and her fun balloon creations, Apple Cider Doughnuts on a string, and best dressed pooch! The dog that wins receives a $10.00 gift certificate to The Lazy Dog Cookie Co., Inc.

The Spa City Farmers Market runs from 10am-3pm and is located at the Lincoln Baths at Saratoga Spa State Park, 65 South Broadway & 99 South Broadway in Saratoga Springs (by the South Broadway entrance to the park in the big white building).

Take Part in the Adirondack Trust Company Autumn of Giving Match Campaign in October

20 Oct

logoComing up this Wednesday is a great event at Longfellows, An Evening of Autumn of Giving to help raise money for the Adirondack Trust Company Community Fund, part of their Autumn of Giving Match Campaign taking place through the end of October here in our community. I had an opportunity to chat with Joan Taylor, the ATC Community Fund Chair about the campaign and how we can all help contribute.

Joan: The first Autumn of Giving Match Campaign was conducted in October of 2013 to create increased awareness of the Adirondack Trust Company Community Fund, an independent charitable organization established in 2009, and to encourage community donations to the portion of the Fund that is dedicated to supporting the work of local charities through the annual Lend-A-Hand Grant program. The work of our nonprofits is vital to maintaining the health and vitality of our community, and is in a large part responsible for the quality of life we all enjoy.

The 2013 Autumn of Giving Match Campaign was embraced by the community and over $39,000 was raised in donations, which was in turn matched by the The Adirondack Trust Company for a total benefit of over $78,000. The 2014 Match Campaign runs October 1 through 31. The Advisory Committee which is made up of Community- minded volunteers, over sees both the ATC Community Fund and the Campaign.  We are looking to build on last year’s  success and raise a minimum of $40,000 in donations form generous, philanthropic  individuals and businesses in our community to benefit the Community Fund. Again Adirondack Trust Will match ALL donations given in the month of October.

The funds that are raised during the Match Campaign are placed in the Community Fund Account that is dedicated to supporting our local charities. The goal is twofold: to both grow the fund into an enduring source of financial support for our local charities, and at the same time to grow the total amount that is awarded annually to these charities via the Communities Fund Lend-A-Hand Grant Program. As a result of last year’s successful Autumn of Giving Campaign, $42,500 In grants was awarded  to 17 very deserving local charitable organizations. This represented a significant increase from previous year’s grant totals which averaged about $11,000.

We really look at how best the dollars can be spent to make a difference for the good of our community, and we subsequently follow up with grant recipients to make sure that project goals were successfully achieved. With that said, our recipients span all different areas of charitable need, and vary from grass roots, almost all volunteer groups to well established organizations.

Here is how you can help contribute, and remember that you must participate in October to do double the good and get the match dollars:

  • Online Donations can be made by using the Donate Now Tab on the ATC Community Fund’s website or the Make the Match App on the ATC Community Fund’s Facebook page.
  • Donations can also be mailed to: ATC Community Fund, Attn: Kim Gallo, 31 Church St. Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.
  • There are also 20 local business and media partners who are generously offering promotions to the public during the month of October. Patronage of these great businesses also generates a donation to the Community Fund. A list Of business partners can be found on the ATCCF.org web page or is available at bank offices.
  • Attend their Evening of Autumn of Giving to be held October 23rd at Longfellows, tickets are just $25, click here for more info.

WEEKEND Stuff to Do 10/17-10/19

17 Oct

wknddinoDid you enter yet to win a custom portrait from Your Toy Portrait?! Hurry up, ends Friday!

Mamatoga is going digital! Click here to learn more about the upcoming Holiday Issue!


FRIDAY

  • Discover corn maze fun for young and old, pumpkin patches for pick-your-own-pumpkins, and old-fashioned activities for Fall family fun at Ellms Family Farm!  Wonderful outdoor fun and awesome apple cider donuts create memories and family traditions when you visit Ellms Family Farm. Browse their pick-your-own-pumpkin patch and choose that special pumpkin, ride on their MooMooChooChoo, or jump on the Jumping Pillow – an Ellms Family Farm favorite!  Take a leisurely break and have fun on their scenic trolley ride, or just sit and relax in the comfort of their inviting farm market setting! New this year–pan for gemstones at Ellms Mining Company, climb on their new Tire Climb and grab some irresistible kettle corn as you enjoy the farm! For more information, call: (518) 884-8168, or email: info@ellmsfarms.com with your questions.
  • The Katrina Trask Consignment Sale is this weekend! I absolutely love this sale, don’t miss it, get the info here!
  • Check out the Haunted House and Hayride at Gavin Park this weekend and next weekend, October 17, 18, 24 & 25 – Haunted House & Hayride and the Hayride Only on October 31st. Details: 5-10pm, 4pm to 6pm is For “Little Screamers”!Games, Costume Judging, Bounce House, Refreshments, and other Ghoulish Fun! All events run rain or shine, cost for the Hayride and Haunted House is $10, ask for special family rates too! For more information please call 260-9922 or 729-9417. All proceeds will benefit Operation Adopt a Soldier & Veterans. Sponsored by John Vincek, John Ariel Farms & The Town of Wilton.

SATURDAY

  • The Wellness Department at Healthy Living Market and Cafe invites you to their “School’s in Session” Weekend Event.  On both Saturday and Sunday October 18th and 19th, their Learning Center and Wellness Department will team up with some of Saratoga’s best health professionals and local vendors.  The weekend’s focus:  Parents and kids of all ages staying healthy. Topics will include: Flu and cold prevention, Total body wellness for the heart, joints and brain, The healthiest Fall eating plans, All-natural herbal approaches for everyday living and more. This Wellness Weekend Fair is FREE, click here for more info and schedule.
  • Head to Wilton Mall for their Kids club: Pumpkin Party today from 1- 3pm in the food court with fun for all. They will have small pumpkins for painting, games, music brought to you by B95.5 and more!
  • Today at the Children’s Museum at Saratoga they are having their Saturday Club: Beyond the Bark from 10am – 12 pm. Program is free with museum admission.
  • Also on the 18th is the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs Autumn Festival and Open House from 11am-3pm featuring sheep shearing, black smithing, cider pressing, butter making, face painting, pumpkin carving, storytelling and puppet shows, live music and more, click here for more info.
  • Today is the Family Celebration Weekend at the Tang Museum at Skidmore College from noon to 1:30pm featuring Wanderful Graphic Alphabet Art. Drop in to make some Graphic Alphabet art using stamps and stencils, inspired by Kate Rosen’s huge painting Wanderful! in I was a double.  No reservations required for this week’s program – come anytime between 12 and 1:30 and bring the whole family!

SUNDAY

  • Calling all princesses! Join in for a fun filled event this Sunday, October 19 from 11am-1 pm at Saratoga Paint & Sip on Henry Street, and celebrate the release of “A Pumpkin for a Princess.” Come dressed in your best princess outfit and have your photo taken on the cover of the book, just like a real princess. You’ll have a chance to meet the illustrator, Tracy Mello and the author, Vicki Addesso Dodd and have her sign the book personally just for you. Books will be available at the event. There will be face painting and a special make your own princess crown craft for kids to keep. Enjoy complimentary Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. You can even enter a raffle to win a custom made Elsa from “Frozen” princess gown! Partial proceeds from the sale of this book support the CR Wood Cancer Center at Glens Falls Hospital. Free and open to the public.
  • Head to the Home Made Theater at the Spa Little Theater for a performance of The Addams Family! The weird, wonderful Addams family comes to life in this bright, comically macabre new musical. Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday, Pugsley, Fester and the whole gang are brought to “life” thanks to the authors of Jersey Boys. Morticia and Gomez want to continue living amongst death, pain and suffering, but there’s a change in plans when Wednesday falls in love with Lucas, a boy from a “normal” family. Many strange things happen on the night Lucas and his family come to visit. Frightful fun for all ages! Performance Dates & Times: October 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 & 25 – 8pm and October 19 & 26 – 2pm.

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Gavin Park Haunted House & Hayrides Oct. 17th, 18th & 24th, 25th

16 Oct

6C263B10-68AF-4CEE-A4CAD013144E1134_carouselimageCheck out the Haunted House and Hayride at Gavin Park this weekend and next weekend, October 17, 18, 24 & 25 – Haunted House & Hayride and the Hayride Only on October 31st.
Details:

5-10pm, 4pm to 6pm is For “Little Screamers”!

Games, Costume Judging, Bounce House, Refreshments, and other Ghoulish Fun!

All events run rain or shine, cost for the Hayride and Haunted House is $10, ask for special family rates too! For more information please call 260-9922 or 729-9417.

All proceeds will benefit Operation Adopt a Soldier & Veterans. Sponsored by John Vincek, John Ariel Farms & The Town of Wilton

13th Annual Saratoga Downtown Business Association Fall Festival on Saturday, October 25th

16 Oct
560593_326576924108343_142396949_nMark your calendars for this great community event on Saturday, Oct 25th from 10am to 5pm, it’s the 13th Annual Saratoga Downtown Business Association Fall Festival! Admission is free, bring the whole family to celebrate the fall season in beautiful downtown Saratoga Springs with fun and games. All the kids dress up in their costumes, and bring a bucket for trick or treating at the shops along Broadway! Events this year include:
  • Face painting
  • Rock climbing wall
  • Children’s costume parade
  • Pumpkin races
  • Music performances
  • Magic shows
  • Trick or treating
  • Petting zoo
  • Cupcake decorating
  • Pony rides
  • And more!

The 2014 Saratoga Fall Festival is proudly brought to you by the Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association and many fine sponsors. All entertainment is free and open to the public. We just love this event every year, the kids love the pumpkin rolling and the costume parade is just too cute. Add this to your calendar today and make it a Halloween tradition for your family too! For further information, contact the Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association at (518) 587-8635.

WEEKEND Stuff to Do {Plus Columbus Day!} Oct. 10th-13th

9 Oct

WKNDFRIDAY 

  • Head to Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga this morning at 10:30am for a Story Time & healthy snack from Healthy Living Market! Free and open to the public.
  • Why Do Leaves Change Colors? is the topic at Saratoga Spa State Park today at 10:30am. Join them for a science experiment where you will discover why leaves change colors in the fall while also creating a fall themed craft. This program is recommended for ages 10 and under. Fee is $3 per person or $5 per family. Registration is required. Please call 518-584-2000 Ext. 150 to register.
  • Discover the best local evening family Halloween Hayrides! Ellms Family Farm offers a fun experience for all ages, with Halloween hayrides throughout the month of October on Friday and Saturday evenings. Their hayride is designed for all ages – especially for those up to age 9 (not haunted!). The leisurely hayride will go past Halloween scenes in the woods with a midway stop for some cider and a fresh apple cider donut. This provides a wonderful outdoor family activity for all! Halloween Hayrides:  Fri./Sat. evenings Oct. 4 – Oct. 26. Click here for more info.

Mummy hot dogs, so cute…

  • Tonight from 6 to 8pm is a great Food Demo at Saratoga Olive Oil, 484 Broadway in Saratoga Springs. Chef Dan Spitz is back!  Chef has created a wonderful menu.  He has utilized some of our unique fall flavors at Saratoga Olive Oil Co and creating his own fall inspired dishes!  Come join us for an exciting, fun and educational evening that will be sure to leave you wanting more! Get your tickets today – they go fast! Tickets are $20/person. Only seating For 30. Call (518) 450-1308 for more information.
  • Head to the Home Made Theater at the Spa Little Theater for a performance of The Addams Family! The weird, wonderful Addams family comes to life in this bright, comically macabre new musical. Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday, Pugsley, Fester and the whole gang are brought to “life” thanks to the authors of Jersey Boys. Morticia and Gomez want to continue living amongst death, pain and suffering, but there’s a change in plans when Wednesday falls in love with Lucas, a boy from a “normal” family. Many strange things happen on the night Lucas and his family come to visit. Frightful fun for all ages! Performance Dates & Times: October 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 & 25 – 8pm and October 19 & 26 – 2pm.

Do this: BOO Your Neighbors! {love this!}


SATURDAY

  • Hayride and Horses is today from 10am to 4pm at Olde Saratoga Farms, 522 Route 32 North, Schuylerville. Cost: $5.00 per person, Kids under 4 FREE. Bring your Family and Friends and enjoy a hayride overlooking the fall foliage of the Green Mountains. Take a Pony Ride or get lost in their hay bale maze. Bring an old shirt, pants and hat and make your own scarecrow. Enjoy home made baked goods, chili, apple cider and hot chocolate.
  • The Saturday Club: Roller Coasters is at The Children’s Museum at Saratoga today from 10am to 12pm. Stop in for their new weekend program! Every Saturday kids 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 info.
  • The Saratoga International Flavorfeast is happening today! From 11am to 4pm, travel the streets of downtown Saratoga Springs while you feast on flavors from various countries in the inaugural Saratoga International Flavorfeast, click here for more info.
  • From Scratch Club is having a Food Swap at Healthy Living Market and Cafe today from 4-6pm. This food swap group, FSC Swappers, is a place where home cooks, gardeners, foragers, food preservationists, DIY enthusiasts and bakers come to swap their homemade food & drink products and garden bounty. Participants come from all over the Capital Region, Hudson Valley and North County to sample items, get inspired, make new friends and of course, swap loot! This Food Swap is FREE; pre-registration is required. Register and find out more information here.

SUNDAY

  • The Saratoga Rugby Incorporated Annual “Run 4 a Reason” 5k Run and Walk will be held at the Saratoga Spa State Park on Sunday, October 12th, and the race will start at 10 am. This event will raise money for To Life, a local non‐profit that provides free breast cancer education and support services in a 10‐ county region, as well as for SRI’s Youth Scholarship Fund and SRI Member Clubs. This year they will also be adding a 1⁄4‐mile and a 1‐mile “Fun Run” for kids. Awards will be given for top qualifiers of the 5k and all kids Fun Run participants will receive a ribbon. Click here for more info. Please bring a canned good on race day for the Franklin Community Center.
  • Children’s Porch Chat: ”Solomon Northup” is today at 12pm at the Grant Cottage State Historic Site. Born in Minerva in July of 1808, Solomon Northup was the son of an emancipated slave, Mintus Northup, who had taken the last name of his former owners. Olomon wed Anne Hamption in 1829. They had three children and moved to Fort Edward. In 1841, when winter was coming to a close, Solomon was offered a job playing for what he believed would be a traveling circus. He was deceived and sold into slavery. His freedom was secured when a friend and lawyer, Henry B. Northup facilitated his freedom. In 1854, his autobiography, 12 Years a Slave, which depicted the worst and the best of human nature was published. Clifford Oliver will bring Solomon Northup to life for young Grant Cottage visitors. For More Information Call: 518-584-4353. Admission is free.
  • A Taste of History is on tap at the Saratoga Spa State Park today at 10am. Savor a taste of history as you saunter through the park and sip from several of their natural mineral springs! During this one hour tour, patrons will experience some of the most outstanding architecture, geology and natural history in Saratoga Springs. This program costs $3. Registration is required. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 116 to register.

MONDAY

Columbus Day {no school!}

  • The Pinewood Derby is today from 10:30am – 3:30pm at The Children’s Museum at Saratoga, $15 non – members, $13 for members. Pre – registration is required, 30 maximum/class. Ages 6+. They will be offering design classes followed by a race. Each child will get a car, a design class, and winners will claim a trophy! Runners up will get goody bags! Is your child under 6? Don’t worry, they will have fun car activities for them included in regular Museum admission!

How cute is this Halloween Hot Cocoa? Love it!

  • Also today is the Nature Scavenger Hunt and Leaf Mobiles from 11am – 12:30pm with the Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park. They will be partnering with the Saratoga Springs Public Library for this fun program!  The program includes a walk from the Library to Congress Park for a nature scavenger hunt.  With the items found, kids will return to the library to assemble a nature mobile.  Preregistration is required through the library. Please contact Laura Clark at (518) 584-7860, opt. 3.

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