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PA­RADE: The Ballston Spa Busi­ness & Pro­fes­sional As­so­ci­a­tion’s an­nual Ballston Spa Hol­i­day Pa­rade and Tree Light­ing takes place, Fri­day, De­cem­ber 7. The step off time is 6:30 pm, pro­ceed­ing on Mil­ton Av­enue and end­ing in Wiswall Park on Front Street with Santa light­ing the Christ­mas tree. After light­ing the vil­lage Christ­mas tree, Santa Claus heads to Ballston Spa Na­tional Bank on Front Street where he vis­its with kids of all ages. Bring a new, un­wrapped toy to do­nate to Toys For Tots along the pa­rade route. The pa­rade head­lines a hol­i­day-themed “First Fri­day”, Ballston Spa’s sig­na­ture monthly event. Ballston Spa High School singers and mu­si­cians and Union Fire Com­pany band mem­bers per­form car­ols on the street cor­ners. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www. CHRIST­MAS IN CAM­BRIDGE WEEK­END: Mr. and Mrs. Claus ar­rive at 6 p.m. on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 7, for the an­nual light­ing of the Christ­mas tree in Me­mo­rial Park in Cam­bridge. Lo­cal shops will have ex­tended hours as sales in many lo­ca­tions and eggnog, cook­ies and treats in se­lected shops. For more in­for­ma­tion visit cam br id geny cham­ber. com or email cam­bridgecham­[email protected] CLIFTON PARK SE­NIOR COM­MU­NITY CEN­TER; The Cen­ter’s Di­a­betes Sup­port Group meets on the first Fri­day of each month, fa­cil­i­tated by Saratoga County Pub­lic Health Ser­vices. This month’s meet­ing fea­tures Shan­non Lawler from the Alzheimer’s As­so­ci­a­tion. 11 a.m. – noon, 6 Clifton Com­mon Court, Clifton Park. Call 518-383-1343 for more in­for­ma­tion. EM­PIRE STATE YOUTH ORCHES­TRA JAZZ CON­CERT: Hear the ESYO Youth Jazz Orches­tra and the ESYO Reper­tory Jazz Orches­tra in con­cert on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 7, at 7:30 p.m. at Guilder­land High School, 8 School Road, Guilder­land Cen­ter. Adults $10, stu­dents/se­niors $5. To pur­chase tick­ets, please visit:­grams/ con­certs-events. GAVIN PARK TREE LIGHT­ING: En­joy the mag­i­cal light­ing of a Colorado Blue Spruce tree in Gavin Park, Wilton, on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 7. A va­ri­ety of hol­i­day dec­o­ra­tions will adorn the park, and the fire depart­ment will bring Santa so he can visit the chil­dren and pro­vide a hol­i­day sur­prise (while sup­plies last).

The whole fam­ily will en­joy cos­tumed char­ac­ters like Frosty, Ru­dolph and mag­i­cal elves, as well as live hol­i­day mu­sic, movies, crafts, light re­fresh­ments and more. 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., 10 Lewis Drive, Wilton. For more in­for­ma­tion call 518-584-9455. HIS­TORY MU­SEUM GALA: The Saratoga Springs His­tory Mu­seum’s 13th an­nual Hol­i­day Gala, with hon­orary chair­per­sons Michael and Marci Phin­ney, takes place on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 7, from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. at the His­toric Can­field Casino. Longfellow’s Restau­rant pro­vides sump­tu­ous din­ner sta­tion and a silent auc­tion makes hol­i­day giv­ing a breeze. Ad­vance tick­ets $75, $80 at the door, ju­nior/ mem­ber tick­ets $65. For more in­for­ma­tion visit http://www. sarato­gahis­­i­day­gala-at-the-lake­house. JAMES HOWARD KUNSTLER: Pop­u­lar blog­ger, au­thor and speaker James Howard Kunstler, a Green­wich res­i­dent for the past six years, is the fea­tured speaker at the Bat­tenkill Con­ser­vancy’s Win­ter Hol­i­day Fundraiser, “Our Down­towns – Our Bat­tenkill,” on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 7. Kunstler’s talk,”A River Runs Through It,” is an ode to Bat­tenkill Con­ser­vancy’s mis­sion and its an­nual river fes­ti­val. 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., Gather, 103 Main Street, Green­wich. Space is lim­ited. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 518-677-2545 or email [email protected]­tenkill­con­ser­ SANTA’S PLAYLAND: Quick Re­sponse Restora­tion hosts its an­nual Santa’s Playland Open House on De­cem­ber 7 and De­cem­ber 8 from 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. at 2077 Route 9, Round Lake. Guests can visit with Santa, take a ride on horse drawn wagon or hop aboard a trac­tor drawn train ride. Re­fresh­ments of hot choco­late, cof­fee and cook­ies are served. The event is com­pletely free to the pub­lic. SARATOGA FILM FO­RUM: “Wildlife,” a film that has noth­ing to do with an­i­mals, star­ring Carey Mul­li­gan and Jake Gyl­len­haal. 7:30 p.m., Springs Street Gallery, 110 Spring Street, Saratoga Springs. Gen­eral ad­mis­sion $10, stu­dents with ID and Film Fo­rum mem­bers $8. Doors open 30 min­utes be­fore show­time. For more in­for­ma­tion and ad­vance ticket sales visit www. Saratoga Film Fo­rum. WIN­TER DANCE CON­CERT: Skid­more Col­lege’s Win­ter Dance Con­cert fea­tures the

Skid­more premier of Paul Tay­lor’s “Runes,” the cul­mi­na­tion of a three-week res­i­dency with mem­bers of Tay­lor2, a six-dancer en­sem­ble es­tab­lished by the late Paul Tay­lor. 8 p.m., Skid­more Dance The­ater. Adults $12, se­niors $9, stu­dents $5. For more in­for­ma­tion call 518-580-5383. Satur­day, Dec. 8

BIKE GIVE­AWAY: Bikeatoga holds its an­nual Hol­i­day Kids Bike Give­away on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 8, at the Bikeatoga work­shop in Saratoga Springs. Ap­prox­i­mately 60 bikes will be given away to chil­dren through age 17. Par­ents or guardians of chil­dren who are in need of a free bi­cy­cle must call the Bikeatoga phone line at 518-290-0065 and leave a voice­mail. You will re­ceive a re­turn call with an ap­point­ment for Satur­day, De­cem­ber 8, and di­rec­tions to the Bikeatoga Work­shop. The Give­away is by ap­point­ment only, and a par­ent or guardian must be present. BREAK­FAST WITH SANTA: The Ballston Spa Busi­ness & Pro­fes­sional As­so­ci­a­tion presents their an­nual Break­fast with Santa on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 8, from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. in the gym­na­sium of St. Mary’s School, 40 Thomp­son Street in the Vil­lage of Ballston Spa. Pan­cake break­fast will be pro­vided cour­tesy of the Ea­gle Matt Lee and Union Fire Com­pa­nies. Chil­dren and fam­i­lies will en­joy ac­tiv­i­ties, live per­for­mances and a chance to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. $5 per per­son; no reser­va­tions nec­es­sary. More in­for­ma­tion can be found at www.ballston. org. CAM­BRIDGE FINE ART TOUR: Travel to the Vil­lage of Cam­bridge on “Christ­mas in Cam­bridge” week­end and visit six lo­cal artists in five lo­ca­tions on the Cam­bridge Val­ley Fine Art Tour from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. While in Cam­bridge visit the numer­ous restau­rants, shops and gal­leries and take part in Christ­mas in Cam­bridge events around the vil­lage. For more in­for­ma­tion about the artists and a map to their lo­ca­tions, visit www. cam­bridgeval­le­ CHRIST­MAS AT THE FORT: The Fort Plain Mu­seum’s an­nual Christ­mas at the Fort will be held on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 8, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Events in­clude the de­but of mu­seum chair­man Norm Bollen’s new book, “Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton and the Mo­hawk Fron­tier,” a lo­cal au­thor book fair, colo­nial Christ­mas mu­sic by the Li­aisons Plaisantes, from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. and

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