FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8
17th Annual Santa’s Playland Open House
2077 Rt. 9, Round Lake
5:30 – 9 p.m.
The event continues to be free to the public with visits from Santa and friends, horse and wagon rides along with rides on the Quick Express trains and free refreshments. Due to the growing popularity, the event offers offsite parking at the Sysco foods parking lot and Corpus Christi parking lots. There will be signs for offsite parking. You can also visit their website or Facebook for additional details.
Saratoga Springs History Museum Holiday Gala
1 E. Congress St., Saratoga Springs
6:30 - 11 p.m.
The Holiday Gala features great music, great food and great shopping. Joining the event this year is the Accents, one of Saratoga Springs most celebrated bands that will play hot tunes as you dance the night away. Longfellow’s Restaurant, provides sumptuous dinner stations and the Silent Auction makes holiday gift giving a breeze. All proceeds will support the museum’s ongoing educational projects, materials and events. Tickets are $65 in advance, $55 for museum members, $55 for those 40 and under, and $70 at the door. Tickets can be purchased by calling 518-584-6920 or saratogahistory.org.
Tango Fusion Open House
Newberry Music Hall
388 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
New students may take a complimentary Salsa class. For more information go to www.tangofusiondance.com or call 518-932-6447.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9
Breakfast with Santa
23 Pleasant St., Ballston Spa
8 – 10:30 a.m.
Sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary. Come have breakfast, do some crafts and sit on Santa’s lap. Tell him what you wish for. Village children welcome.
22nd Annual Holiday Breakfast – Jerusalem: The Heart of the World
25 E. Main St., Cambridge
9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
This year Hubbard Hall celebrates a city at the heart of the Holidays: Jerusalem. Come taste the fla-vors and hear the music and dancing from the wonderful mix of cultures that calls this city home. It’s a city that holds the spirit of three major religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Seats are limited, so make sure to reserve early. $12 General Admission/$7 Students.
Defensive Driving Class
First Baptist Church
45 Washington St., Saratoga Springs
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
New York State approved. Save 10% on your base auto insurance for the next three years and receive up to 4 points off your driving record according to New York State Department of Motor Vehicle guidelines. Fee $35.00. Bring a friend and fee is $30.00 each. A portion of the fee goes to First Baptist Church. Registration required and can be made by calling Ray Frankoski at 518-286-3788.
Barnes & Noble Book Fair to benefit the Academy for Lifelong Learning
Barnes & Noble, Wilton Square
3029 State Route 50, Saratoga Springs
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Shop a book fair to benefit the Academy for Lifelong Learning with a portion of the proceeds from your purchases going to A.L.L. Stop by the Academy tables for a voucher to give to the cashier when checking out. Grab a free raffle ticket for a $50 gift card to B&N. Don’t miss the gift wrapping station where volunteers will be happy to wrap your gifts for free. Come out and visit us or make your purchases online at www.bn.com/bookfairs from December 9-14. Please use book fair ID# 12074506 for all online purchases. Share the news with friends and family and shop B&N on December 9. For more Academy information, go to
Tang Family Saturdays
Tang Teaching Museum, Skidmore College
815 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs
2 – 3:30 p.m.
Image Transfer Art - We will look at Njideka Akunyili Crosby’s artwork and discuss her mixture of painting, collage, and photo transfer in each piece. We will then learn to use transfer techniques to make our own images. Free and open to the public. Suitable for children age 5 and up along with their adult companions. Reservations are highly encouraged. For additional information and reservations, or to be added to our Family Saturday e-mail list, please call the Tang’s Visitor Service Desk at 518-580-8080.
Dinner Theater: The Call of Christmas
South Glens Falls United Methodist Church, 15 Maplewood Parkway, South Glens Falls, 3 and 6 p.m. Experience the Christmas Story like never before. Advance sale tickets $10 or at the door $12. Seating is limited so make your reservation early, 518-793-1152.
Ballston Area Senior Monthly Dance
Milton Community Center,
310 Northline Rd., Ballston Spa, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
There is a $5 entrance fee for non-member. The dance is open to the public and ample free parking. Members are asked to bring a snack to be shared. Peaceful Country Band will be providing the music. Come and enjoy the fun and dance the night away. Check out our web page, www.ballstonareaseniors.com.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10
Fish Creek Rod and Gun Club
Rt. 32, south of the Village of Victory
Will be cooking breakfast and will continue on the second Sunday of each month all year. Eggs cooked to order, bacon, sausage, toast (white or wheat), pancakes (regular, blueberry, buckwheat, apple cinnamon), French toast, home fries, orange juice, coffee, tea, hot chocolate. Cost: adult $8, child $4. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 518-695-3917.
Consciousness-Raising Book Discussion
156 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs
Join us for a spiritual book discussion. All are welcome, whether or not they’ve read. This month’s selection is the essays “Life After Death” and “Reincarnation” from the book Power Through Constructive Thinking by Emmet Fox. Hosted by Albany-Saratoga Spiritual Adventures. For more information, visit www.newthoughtnewyork.org or
MONDAY, DECEMBER 11
Nature Arts Hour
Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park
Scout Road, Parking Lot 1, Wilton
This monthly program is for our youngest explorers (ages 3-6 years old) where we use children’s love of nature to teach simple concepts. Adults are expected to attend. This is an outdoor program so please come dressed for the weather. We will go on a short walk, do a simple nature craft, and have a healthy snack. Preregistration is required 518-450-0321.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12
Christ the Savior Church
349 Eastline Rd., Ballston Lake
Pick-up 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Saratoga Springs Democratic Committee Holiday Party
Principessa Elena Society Hall
13 Oak Street, Saratoga Springs,
4:30 – 7 p.m.
Join committee members, elected officials, friends and supporters for fellowship, abundant food and celebration. $25 per person. Call 518-810-8663 for more information.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13
Saratoga Wilton Elks
1 Elks Ln., Rt. 9, Saratoga Springs
4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
New England Clam Chowder, your choice of broiled or fried fish, roasted potatoes, baked macaroni and cheese, vegetable, coleslaw, rolls and butter, dessert, coffee and tea. Donation Requested: $12 adults, $11. Seniors (62 years) and Military (Active or Retired) with ID Card, $8 Children 5-12. Children under 5 Free, $12 All Take-outs. Cash bar available. Call 518-584-2585 for more information.
Ballston Area Seniors Pickin’ Sessions
Milton Community Center
310 Northline Rd., Ballston Spa
6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Free to the public, ample parking and please bring a snack to share. Amateur/ professional musicians, Check out our web page, www.ballstonareaseniors.com
Glee-covery Holiday Concert
Dee Sarno Theater
320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14
Science Explorers – Candy Cane Science
The Children’s Museum at Saratoga
69 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs
Drop-in, ages 3 and up. Join us for this popular weekly program where we discover the different ways in which science is all around us. For other events visit www.cmssny.org.