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Community Briefs 1.16.15

Saratoga Casino and Raceway Blood Drive

Saratoga Casino and Raceway is once again kicking off the new year by giving back to the community with its eighth annual Blood Drive with the American Red Cross. Employees, staff and members of the local community are urged to give blood on Monday, Jan. 26 from noon to 6 p.m. inside Vapor at 342 Jefferson Street in Saratoga Springs. All presenting donors will receive a $5 DD Card*, as part of the “Dunkin’ Donors Make a Difference” Campaign with Dunkin’ Donuts. Additionally, all presenting donors will also receive a $10 voucher to Lucky Joe’s restaurant in the casino. Local blood donors are needed all year long to ensure a stable blood supply for patients in need. Walk-ins are always welcome, but donors are asked to make an appointment by downloading the new Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Saratoga Frozen Springs Classic

Games of the second annual Saratoga Frozen Springs Classic pond hockey tournament will take place Feb. 6-8 at the Saratoga Spa State Park. All games are played four-on-four, round robin style. Games shall be 40 minutes long consisting of two 20-minute halves with a two-minute break between halves. Register your team today at www.saratogafrozenspringsclassic.com.

Over-30 Basketball at Gavin

Grab your sneakers and get ready for Over-30 Basketball! Designed with the mature, basketball-playing crowd in mind, the Over-30 Basketball Program is for adults, ages 30 and over. This is a drop-in activity which runs Mondays, 8-10 p.m. now through May 19. The weekly fee is $5 per person (cash only), and a maximum of 20 players can participate on any given night. Any questions, please contact the park office at (518) 584-9455.

Tables Available for Monthly Indoor Craft and Garage Sale

On Sunday, Jan. 25, from 11-3 p.m., the popular Elks Ladies Auxiliary Indoor Craft and Garage Sale starts the new year at Saratoga-Wilton Elks Club off Maple Avenue on Elks Lane.  Admission is free with over 40 vendors; parking is great, bargains galore, lunch, books, household items, sports equipment, hand-made items, clothing,  jewelry, party vendors, and just about anything you can imagine may be found here.  New vendors are signing up every month. Rain or shine the sales go on and it is a fun activity the entire family enjoys.  Come browse, visit, eat, or just get out of the house with a friend.  All proceeds go to our local charities.  All markets are held the fourth Sunday of each month: next sales are Feb. 22, March 22, and April 26. Tables are $15 for an 8-foot table; call (518) 289-5470 for information. 

Gavin Park Pickleball

Come on down to Gavin Park and join the fun playing the net court game of pickleball. This game is played by 2 or 4 people on a badminton-sized court using wood, or composite paddle racquets and a plastic, poly baseball with or without holes. No commitment required. Drop-in registration takes place in the park office, Mondays- Friday, now through April. Session fee is $3 per person, per visit, 9:15-11:15 a.m. Any questions, contact the park office at (518) 584-9455.

Saratoga Winterfest 5K Snowshoe Run/Walk

The Saratoga Winterfest 5K Snowshoe Run/Walk will be held on Sunday, Feb. 1 at 11 a.m. in the Saratoga Spa State Park. The Camp Saratoga 8K Snowshoe Race will be held on Sunday, Feb. 15 at the Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park. Camp Saratoga will begin at 10:30 a.m. and is a qualifier for the U.S. National Snowshoe Championship. Go to www.saratogastryders.org to download an application or link to online registration at www.active.com. A limited supply of Dion Snowshoes will be available at a $5 rental charge. Email Laura Clark at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve a pair or phone (518) 581-1278. For information about the entire Dion Snowshoe Series and for snow updates visit www.runwmac.com.

Office of the Aging Looking for Volunteers

Are you 55 and over and looking for a volunteer opportunity? Saratoga County Office of the Aging is looking for kitchen volunteers to assist with serving meals for the Senior Nutrition Program. There is a current need at the Saratoga Senior Center. This opportunity is flexible to fit into your schedule, Monday-Friday availability between 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Call Billie Jo at the Saratoga County Office for the Aging for more details on this volunteer opportunity at (518) 884-4100.

Military Service Ceremonies

The Saratoga National Cemetery Honor Guard Association provides military burial service ceremonies for all branches of service at the Saratoga National Cemetery. We are always looking for veterans to join us, no matter what branch you served in (male or female) you must have been honorably discharged. You can choose which day of the week (Monday-Friday) that you want to be there. For information go to our web site www.snchga.com or contact the Cemetery Administration Office 200 Duell Road in Schuylerville. Call (518)-581-9128 for more information.

Teen/Adult Acting and Performance Academy

Join Malta’s Artistic Director Elyse Young in a new acting and performance class to improve you acting skills during the cold winter months. The class runs for nine weeks from now through March 18 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. (skip February 18). She is looking for teen and adult actors and actresses to work on monologues of their choice and scenes from classics like “Importance of Being Earnest” or “Skin of Our Teeth”. There are many great character roles to “sink your teeth into”, so call the Malta Community Center at (518) 899-4411 or visit www.maltaparksrec.com for more information.

Adult Sports and Fitness Opportunities in the Ballston Spa Schools

The Ballston Spa Community Education Program is currently offering adult sports from 8-10 p.m. with co-ed Indoor Soccer and co-ed volleyball held on Mondays and men’s basketball on Wednesdays. A 10-week session begins the week of Jan. 5and requires a $30 fee for school district residents. The popular Walk About program provides a safe, indoor walking course for those interested in a low impact fitness activity. The program continues through April when school is in session. A $15 registration fee is required for this program and non-residents are charged $18 to participate. Walkers may join the program at any time throughout the session. Pre-registration is required and fees are due at the beginning of each course. Those interested may register for courses by mail or in-person at the District Office, 70 Malta Avenue. Additional information regarding any of the courses offered is available online at www.bscsd.org or by calling 884-7195, ext. 1329.


Ballston Spa School District Offers Community Swim Opportunities

The Ballston Spa Aquatics Program is currently offering opportunities for public use of the pool during adult lap swimming sessions, from 6-7 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings and on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6-7 p.m. A family/open swim is also offered on Saturday afternoons from noon to 2 p.m. Additional opportunities are offered throughout the year, including adult Aqua Cardio classes and a Learn-To-Swim program. The Community Swim Program is open to district students, families and community members. District residents need to show identification and pay a $1 entrance fee to utilize the pool. Non-residents are admitted, as space allows, for a $2 fee. The pool is closed during school vacations, emergency cancellations (i.e. snow days or early dismissals) and when school activities necessitate closure. Information is available online at www.bscsd.org, by clicking on the aquatics/pool button on the left side of the homepage. For more information, please contact the pool office directly at (518) 884-7150, ext. 2324.

Register at Academy for Lifelong Learning
Spring class registration forms are now available for the Academy for Lifelong Learning (A.L.L.). Registration starts Jan. 26. With 23 classes including two speaker series starting the week of April 6 and running through June 4, there is something for everyone! A sampling of classes—which typically meet for two hours once a week for eight weeks and are led by volunteers- include: Photo Workshop, Spring Birding, Gothic Fiction, Economics for Beginners, Seeking Spirituality, Ancient Israel, Justice, Learning to story tell, Saratoga Sandplains, Conflicts in the Bible Part 2, Hollywood, Painting Lab, Writers Circle, Hikes at Moreau State Park, Military Medicine, and Wildflower Identification. Look for the new Spring Term Class Registration and Membership Application packet in area libraries, the Academy office at 111 West Avenue or on the website at www.esc.edu/all. Annual membership (through June) is $50. The first two eight-week classes or speaker series are $50 each with each additional class at $25. For more information, contact the Academy office at (518) 587-2100, ext. 2415.

Glenville Seniors Plan Bermuda Cruise

The Glenville Senior Center, 32 Worden Road, will hold an Informational Night on Tuesday, Jan. 27for their planned 7 Night Bermuda Cruise on the Norwegian Dawn sailing June 12.  Cruise will depart from Boston with a three-day stayover in Kings Wharf, Bermuda.  Sign in starts at 6:30 p.m. Presentation will held begin at 7 p.m. Refreshments and Prize Drawings will be offered. Call the Glenville Senior Center (518) 374-0734 to register for the presentation.

‘Café Malta’ Auditions

Join featured folk and blues artists Annie & the Hedonists! and showcase your talent during this yearly event! We are looking still looking for one or two more talented musicians, small acoustic bands, storytellers and/or dancers to perform in a casual setting on an intimate stage at the Malta Community Center on March 7. Auditions will be by appointment only.  (Performance quality video may also be accepted.) Contact Elyse Young, Artistic Director, at (518) 899-4411, ext. 305 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule an audition.

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