The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY)

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This calendar is being regularly updated to reflect all event cancellati­ons and postponeme­nts. However, it is recommende­d that readers contact event organizers before they attend. For the most updated version of the calendar, please visit saratogian.com. Thursday, Nov. 26

BLOOD DRIVE: An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held from 7a.m. to noon on Thursday, Nov. 26at the Everett Road Blood Donation Center, located at 33Everett Rd. in Albany. More informatio­n is available online at www.redcrossbl­ood.org.

Friday, Nov. 27 TROY NIGHT OUT:

Last Friday of every month from 5 to 9p.m. in downtown Troy. Troy Night Out is a monthly late evening that regularly draws thousands of people onto the streets of downtown Troy to shop, dine and explore. Attendees are able to enjoy countless art openings, music performanc­es, fine restaurant­s as well as unique boutiques of all varieties. For more informatio­n visit www. downtowntr­oy.org.

BLOOD DRIVE: An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held from 7a.m. to 3p.m. on Friday, Nov. 27at the Everett Road Blood Donation Center, located at 33Everett Rd. in Albany. More informatio­n is available online at www. redcrossbl­ood.org.

BLOOD DRIVE: An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held from 1to 6p.m. on Friday, Nov. 27at the Poestenkil­l Fire Dept., located on Rt. 355in Poestenkil­l. More informatio­n is available online at www. redcrossbl­ood.org.

Saturday, Nov. 28 HAM DINNER:

South Glens Falls United Methodist Church, located at 15Maplewoo­d Parkway in South Glens Falls, is having a HamDinner on Saturday, November 28th from 4:30-6:00pm. This dinner will be a drive-thru/ pick-up dinner we will not be serving sit down meals inside. Dinners will be bagged and delivered to your car. We will have the full meal available with a Homemade dessert . Ham Dinner with scalloped potatoes, vegetable, Navy bean soup & carrot cake for dessert. We will not be able to take special requests. We will be taking pre-orders & dinners will be $12. We are also offering delivery service. Our phone # is 518-7931152.

ARTISAN MARKET: The beloved “Artisan Market” at Brookside Museum will be returning in 2020, running from “Small Business Saturday”

Nov. 28through Dec.24 at at 6Charlton St. in Ballston Spa. The market will feature only handcrafte­d products created by local artisans. Everything from natural soaps and lotions to unique ornaments and jewelry to scrumptiou­s syrups and eatables – quite simply the best our community has to offer. The 2020 hours are noon to 4p.m. on Thursdays, 11a.m. to 6p.m. on Fridays, 11a.m. to 5p.m. on Saturdays and 11a.m. to 4p.m. on Sundays. All money raised by the Artisan Market will fund Saratoga County History Center public programmin­g and collection maintenanc­e, ensuring that future generation­s of Saratogian­s, as well as people from around the world, will be able to learn about and enjoy our amazing, historic region.

BLOOD DRIVE: An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held from 8:30a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28 at Heritage Baptist Church, located at %0St. Rita Lane in Cohoes. More informatio­n is available online at www. redcrossbl­ood.org.

BLOOD DRIVE: An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held from 8a.m. to 1p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28at Hope Lutheran Church, located at 470Winter St. Ext. in Troy. More informatio­n is available online at www.redcrossbl­ood. org.

BLOOD DRIVE: An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held from 7a.m. to 3p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28at the Everett Road Blood Donation Center, located at 33Everett Rd. in Albany. More informatio­n is available online at www.redcrossbl­ood.org.

COHOES SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY:

The Cohoes Local Developmen­t Corporatio­n and the City of Cohoes present Cohoes Small Business Saturday. Features include Cohoes Restaurant Wing Wars (11am-2pm), Eat in the Street (11am-9pm), and shopping at retail shops and in an open airmarket. All will take place on Remsen Street, which will be closed to traffic. Join us to support small business and kick off the holiday season. More informatio­n is available online at www.ci.cohoes.ny.us.

Sunday, Nov. 29 ARTISAN MARKET:

The beloved “Artisan Market” at Brookside Museum will be returning in 2020, running from “Small Business Saturday” Nov. 28through Dec.24 at at 6Charlton St. in Ballston Spa. The market will feature only handcrafte­d products created by local artisans. Everything from natural soaps and lotions to unique ornaments and jewelry to scrumptiou­s syrups and eatables – quite simply the best our community has to offer. The 2020 hours are noon to 4p.m. on Thursdays, 11a.m. to 6p.m. on Fridays, 11a.m. to 5p.m. on Saturdays and 11a.m. to 4p.m. on Sundays. All money raised by the Artisan Market will fund Saratoga County History Center public programmin­g and collection maintenanc­e, ensuring that future generation­s of Saratogian­s, as well as people from around the world, will be able to learn about and enjoy our amazing, historic region. BLOOD DRIVE: An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held from 7a.m. to 3p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 29at the Everett Road Blood Donation Center, located at 33Everett Rd. in Albany. More informatio­n is available online at www.redcrossbl­ood.org.

Monday, Nov. 30 BLOOD DRIVE:

An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held from 7a.m. to 3p.m. on Monday, Nov. 30at the Everett Road Blood Donation Center, located at 33Everett Rd. in Albany. More informatio­n is available online at www.redcrossbl­ood.org. BLOOD DRIVE: An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held from 1to 6p.m. on Monday, Nov. 30at the Desmond Hotel, located at 660Albany Shaker Rd. in Albany. More informatio­n is available online at www.redcrossbl­ood.org.

Tuesday, Dec. 1 CATHOLIC DAUGHTERS MEETING:

The Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court McLaughlin #422, will hold it’s monthly meeting on Tuesday, December 1st at the Knights of Columbus, 50Pine Road, Saratoga Springs. Members will gather at 6:00pm for social time and the meeting will begin at 6:30pm. December’s meeting focuses on Toys For TOGA. Members will be bringing toys to be donated to the Toys For TOGA program. New members are always welcome to attend a meeting and join the court in their activities and camaraderi­e. We follow all Covid-19protocol. Please join us.

BLOOD DRIVE: An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held from 11:30a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 1at the Everett Road Blood Donation Center, located at 33Everett Rd. in Albany. More informatio­n is available online at www.redcrossbl­ood.org.

Wednesday, Dec. 2 FESTIVAL OF TREES:

Catholic Charities of Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties invites the local community to unwrap the magic of the holiday season at their 25th annual fundraiser - The Festival of Trees - on Wednesday, Dec. 2through Sunday, Dec. 6, at the Saratoga Springs City Center. With COVID-19 precaution­s in place, the Festival will once again showcase beautifull­y decorated trees, wreaths and other holiday and gift items for purchase. Festival proceeds will benefit the programs of Catholic Charities of Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties. New this year, the community will also be able to view and purchase trees online at https://give.classy.org/ festivaltr­ees. Hours vary as follows: Wednesday 5-7pm; Thursday 4-9pm; Friday 2-6pm; Saturday 12-6pm; and Sunday 11-2pm. Tickets are $8per person, $5for Seniors, $3for ages 10-18 and free for anyone 10and under when accompanie­d by an adult. The Festival will go on without traditiona­l group activities, such as Breakfast with Santa. Instead, various “Santa Experience­s” are available for interested families. Children will receive a letter or video call from Santa or parents can purchase a

DIY Christmas Cookie Kit to decorate at home. Anyone interested in a Santa Experience can visit https://give. classy.org/festivaltr­ees to purchase. Further details for this year’s Festival, including guidelines for the virtual sale and hours for in person viewing, can be found by calling 518-587-5000. All attendees will be asked to wear a mask and socially distance, with limited numbers safely allowed in the Tree Display Room at one time.

ROAST BEEF DINNER:

Saratoga– Wilton Elks Lodge # 161present­s a Roast Beef Dinner for curbside pickup 4:30- 6p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2at 1Elks Lane, Rt. 9, Saratoga Springs. Call 518-584-2585Monday or Tuesday between 10a.m. and noon to place an order. Roast Beef, mashed potatoes, roll, salad, vegetable, gravy. Dinner for two is $25. Cash only.

COMFORT FOR THOSE WHO MOURN:

This is a 6-week non-denominati­onal Christian grief support group for all those grieving the death of a loved one. We will meet in person using Covid guidelines for safe distancing in the Great Room at St Luke’s on the Hill, 40McBride Rd., Mechanicvi­lle (located off Pruyn Hill Rd in the Town of Halfmoon). Wednesdays from 4:30-6:00pm October 21- December 2, 2020. You may register by phone at 518-664-4834or email dcylynne@gmail.com. For further informatio­n visit stlukesont­hehill.org/events.

BLOOD DRIVE: An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held from 1 to 6p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2at the Waterford Emergency Team, located at 122First Ave. in Waterford. More informatio­n is available online at www. redcrossbl­ood.org.

BLOOD DRIVE: An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held from 11:30a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2at the Everett Road Blood Donation Center, located at 33 Everett Rd. in Albany. More informatio­n is available online at www.redcrossbl­ood.org.

BLOOD DRIVE: An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held from noon to 6p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2at at American Red Cross of Eastern NewYork, located at 33 Everett Rd. in Albany. More informatio­n is available online at www.redcrossbl­ood.org.

BLOOD DRIVE: An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held from 7:30a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2 at the Empire State Plaza concourse in Albany. More informatio­n is available online at www.redcrossbl­ood.org.

Thursday, Dec. 3 FESTIVAL OF TREES:

Catholic Charities of Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties invites the local community to unwrap the magic of the holiday season at their 25th annual fundraiser - The Festival of Trees - on Wednesday, Dec. 2through Sunday, Dec. 6, at the Saratoga Springs City Center. With COVID-19 precaution­s in place, the Festival will once again showcase beautifull­y decorated trees, wreaths and other holiday and gift items for purchase. Festival proceeds will benefit the programs of Catholic Charities of Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties. New this year, the community will also be able to view and purchase trees online at https://give.classy.org/ festivaltr­ees. Hours vary as follows: Wednesday 5-7pm; Thursday 4-9pm; Friday 2-6pm; Saturday 12-6pm; and Sunday 11-2pm. Tickets are $8per person, $5for Seniors, $3for ages 10-18 and free for anyone 10and under when accompanie­d by an adult. The Festival will go on without traditiona­l group activities, such as Breakfast with Santa. Instead, various “Santa Experience­s” are available for interested families. Children will receive a letter or video call from Santa or parents can purchase a

DIY Christmas Cookie Kit to decorate at home. Anyone interested in a Santa Experience can visit https://give. classy.org/festivaltr­ees to purchase. Further details for this year’s Festival, including guidelines for the virtual sale and hours for in person viewing, can be found by calling 518-587-5000. All attendees will be asked to wear a mask and socially distance, with limited numbers safely allowed in the Tree Display Room at one time.

VIRTUAL MEETUP: The League of Women Voters of Saratoga County will hold two Virtual Meetups on Thursday Dec. 3from

7to 8:30pmand Thursday Dec.10 from 1:30to 3 pm to examine the state of Healthcare in New

York State prior to joining Leagues across the state in reaching a state position on Healthcare and the Financing of Healthcare in January. These meetings are open to the public to attend either or both meetings. Meetups are a way for us to come together virtually to explore, understand and advocate for issues that matter to us and they are focused on our members and their interests. We are open to the public so invite a friend to register for the event. Please register under events on the League website, (www.lwvsaratog­a.org). After registerin­g, you will receive an email containing informatio­n and a link to join this meeting on Zoom.

The beloved “Artisan Market” at Brookside Museum will be returning in 2020, running from “Small Business Saturday” Nov. 28through Dec. 24at 6Charlton St. in Ballston Spa. The market will feature only handcrafte­d products created by local artisans. Everything from natural soaps and lotions to unique ornaments and jewelry to scrumptiou­s syrups and eatables – quite simply the best our community has to offer. The 2020hours are noon to 4p.m. on Thursdays, 11a.m. to 6p.m. on Fridays, 11a.m. to 5p.m. on Saturdays and 11a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. All money raised by the Artisan Market will fund Saratoga County History Center public programmin­g and collection maintenanc­e, ensuring that future generation­s of Saratogian­s, as well as people from around the world, will be able to learn about and enjoy our amazing, historic region.

BLOOD DRIVE: An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held from 10a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3at Saratoga Hospital, located at 211Church St. in Saratoga Springs. More informatio­n is available online at www.redcrossbl­ood.org.

BLOOD DRIVE: An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held from 11:30a.m. to 7:30p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3at the Everett Road Blood Donation Center, located at 33Everett Rd. in Albany. More informatio­n is available online at www. redcrossbl­ood.org.

ARTISAN MARKET: Friday, Dec. 4 FESTIVAL OF TREES:

Catholic Charities of Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties invites the local community to unwrap the magic of the holiday season at their 25th annual fundraiser - The Festival of Trees - on Wednesday, Dec. 2through Sunday,

Dec. 6, at the Saratoga Springs City Center. With COVID-19 precaution­s in place, the Festival will once again showcase beautifull­y decorated trees, wreaths and other holiday and gift items for purchase. Festival proceeds will benefit the programs of Catholic Charities of Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties. New this year, the community will also be able to view and purchase trees online at https://give.classy.org/ festivaltr­ees. Hours vary as follows: Wednesday 5-7pm; Thursday 4-9pm; Friday 2-6pm; Saturday 12-6pm; and Sunday 11-2pm. Tickets are $8per person, $5for Seniors, $3for ages 10-18 and free for anyone 10and under when accompanie­d by an adult. The Festival will go on without traditiona­l group activities, such as Breakfast with Santa. Instead, various “Santa Experience­s” are available for interested families. Children will receive a letter or video call from Santa or parents can purchase a DIY Christmas Cookie Kit to decorate at home. Anyone interested in a Santa Experience can visit https://give. classy.org/festivaltr­ees to purchase. Further details for this year’s Festival, including guidelines for the virtual sale and hours for in person viewing, can be found by calling 518-587-5000. All attendees will be asked to wear a mask and socially distance, with limited numbers safely allowed in the Tree Display Room at one time.

TAKEOUT ROAST BEEF DINNER:

Knights of Columbus #246will be hosting a Fundraiser Takeout Roast Beef Dinner on Friday, December 4th, from 5:00-7:30 at 50Pine Rd, Saratoga Springs. Meals will include 8oz. each of tender Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes with Gravy, a Vegetable, Salad, and Rolls for $15.00each. Because of the planning involved, orders must be called in ahead of time. At our last event, we ended up running out of food, and individual­s who waited to call at the last minute were unfortunat­ely not able to be accommodat­ed. Call-in hours will be on Wednesday, 12⁄2, Thursday, 12⁄3, and on Friday, the day of the event, between the hours of 1:00 and 4:00or until we run out. To place your order or for questions, please call 518-584-8547. Thank you once again for your continued support of this and all of our events, which help us to continue our work in the community.

TREE LIGHTING & HOLIDAY PARADE: The Ballston Spa Business and Profession­al Associatio­n is making every effort to keep the holiday spirit alive even if COVID-19 restrictio­ns to large gatherings require a different approach to the celebratio­ns. On Friday, December 4at 6-6:30pm, Santa will light the village Christmas tree from the bucket of a fire truck in Wiswall Park. The tree lighting will be live-streamed on the BSBPA Facebook Page. For those who may choose to come to the park, New York State COVID-19 social distancing and mask requiremen­ts will be followed. Following the tree lighting, residents should be sure to peek out their front windows or stand at the end of their driveways as Santa will parade through neighborho­ods in the village, along with the Ballston Spa Police and Fire Department­s and Community Emergency Corps’ ambulance collecting Toys for Tots. The approximat­e route and times will be posted closer to the parade date on the BSBPA Facebook Page. The BSBPA sponsors a downtown holiday window decorating contest, which inspires some beautiful displays in shop windows along the main streets. Additional­ly, the village-sponsored annual holiday community art project “5,278Points of Light”, under the direction of local artist Mark Blech, will feature hand-painted banners displayed on lampposts throughout the village and an ornament decorating competitio­n. So never fear, Santa is coming to town, there will be a tree lighting and whimsical community made decoration­s. Village shop windows will be decorated, and good cheer will abound. For more informatio­n, visit www.ballston.org.

The beloved “Artisan Market” at Brookside Museum will be returning in 2020, running from “Small Business Saturday” Nov. 28through Dec.24 at at 6Charlton St. in Ballston Spa. The market will feature only handcrafte­d products created by local artisans. Everything from natural soaps and lotions to unique ornaments and jewelry to scrumptiou­s syrups and eatables – quite simply the best our community has to offer. The 2020hours are noon to 4p.m. on Thursdays,

ARTISAN MARKET:

11a.m. to 6p.m. on Fridays, 11a.m. to 5p.m. on Saturdays and 11a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. All money raised by the Artisan Market will fund Saratoga County History Center public programmin­g and collection maintenanc­e, ensuring that future generation­s of Saratogian­s, as well as people from around the world, will be able to learn about and enjoy our amazing, historic region.

TAKE OUT GOLUMPKI DINNER:

Take Out Dinner! Latham-Colonie Knights of Columbus, 328Troy Schenectad­y Rd, Latham, N.Y. 12110On Friday, December 4, serving from 4:30pm to 6:30pm, Jeannine LaRose’s “Famous Golumpki Dinner”! Cost is $12.00per person. Menu; Golumbki, Kielbasa, German Potato Salad, Rye Bread and Dessert. Please Call 5188923750­to reserve your dinner (please indicate pick-up time). Social distancing and masks required!

BLOOD DRIVE: An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held from 10a.m. to 5p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4at Saratoga Hospital, located at 211Church St. in Saratoga Springs. More informatio­n is available online at www.redcrossbl­ood.org.

BLOOD DRIVE: An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held from 8a.m. to 2p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4at Quad Graphics, located at 2056Duplai­nville Rd. in Saratoga Springs. More informatio­n is available online at www.redcrossbl­ood.org.

BLOOD DRIVE: An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held from noon to 6on Friday, Dec. 4at the Vischer Ferry Fire District, located at 360Rivervi­ew

Rd. in Rexford. More informatio­n is available online at www.redcrossbl­ood.org.

Saturday, Dec. 5 FESTIVAL OF TREES:

Catholic Charities of Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties invites the local community to unwrap the magic of the holiday season at their 25th annual fundraiser - The Festival of Trees - on Wednesday, Dec. 2through Sunday,

Dec. 6, at the Saratoga Springs City Center. With COVID-19 precaution­s in place, the Festival will once again showcase beautifull­y decorated trees, wreaths and other holiday and gift items for purchase. Festival proceeds will benefit the programs of Catholic Charities of Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties. New this year, the community will also be able to view and purchase trees online at https://give.classy.org/ festivaltr­ees. Hours vary as follows: Wednesday 5-7pm; Thursday 4-9pm; Friday 2-6pm; Saturday 12-6pm; and Sunday 11-2pm. Tickets are $8per person, $5for Seniors, $3for ages 10-18 and free for anyone 10and under when accompanie­d by an adult. The Festival will go on without traditiona­l group activities, such as Breakfast with Santa. Instead, various “Santa Experience­s” are available for interested families. Children will receive a letter or video call from Santa or parents can purchase a DIY Christmas Cookie Kit to decorate at home. Anyone interested in a Santa Experience can visit https://give. classy.org/festivaltr­ees to purchase. Further details for this year’s Festival, including guidelines for the virtual sale and hours for in person viewing, can be found by calling 518-587-5000. All attendees will be asked to wear a mask and socially distance, with limited numbers safely allowed in the Tree Display Room at one time.

BLOOD DRIVE: An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held from 8a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 5at Stillwater United Church, located at 747Hudson Ave. in Stillwater. More informatio­n is available online at www. redcrossbl­ood.org.

ARTISAN MARKET:

The beloved “Artisan Market” at Brookside Museum will be returning in 2020, running from “Small Business Saturday” Nov. 28through Dec.24 at 6Charlton St. in Ballston Spa. The market will feature only handcrafte­d products created by local artisans. Everything from natural soaps and lotions to unique ornaments and jewelry to scrumptiou­s syrups and eatables – quite simply the best our community has to offer. The 2020hours are noon to 4p.m. on Thursdays, 11a.m. to 6p.m. on Fridays, 11a.m. to 5p.m. on Saturdays and 11a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. All money raised by the Artisan Market will fund Saratoga County History Center public programmin­g and collection maintenanc­e, ensuring that future generation­s of Saratogian­s, as well as people from around the world, will be able to learn about and enjoy our amazing, historic region.

Sunday, Dec. 6 FILM DISCUSSION:

Saratoga Jewish Community Arts, with a generous grant from the Jewish Federation of Northeaste­rn NY, presents the Zoom panel discussion of Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story on December 6, 2020, at 7 p.m. Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story is available for rental or viewing on most major video platforms and will be discussed on Dec. 6at 7p.m. Registrati­on is required at email address sjca.sjcf@gmail.com for the Zoom link. Followwww. saratogaje­wishcultur­alfestival. Facebook and www. saratogasi­nai.org.

FESTIVAL OF TREES:

Catholic Charities of Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties invites the local community to unwrap the magic of the holiday season at their 25th annual fundraiser - The Festival of Trees - on Wednesday, Dec. 2through Sunday,

Dec. 6, at the Saratoga Springs City Center. With COVID-19 precaution­s in place, the Festival will once again showcase beautifull­y decorated trees, wreaths and other holiday and gift items for purchase. Festival proceeds will benefit the programs of Catholic Charities of Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties. New this year, the community will also be able to view and purchase trees online at https://give.classy.org/ festivaltr­ees. Hours vary as follows: Wednesday 5-7pm; Thursday 4-9pm; Friday 2-6pm; Saturday 12-6pm; and Sunday 11-2pm. Tickets are $8per person, $5for Seniors, $3for ages 10-18 and free for anyone 10and under when accompanie­d by an adult. The Festival will go on without traditiona­l group activities, such as Breakfast with Santa. Instead, various “Santa Experience­s” are available for interested families. Children will receive a letter or video call from Santa or parents can purchase a DIY Christmas Cookie Kit to decorate at home. Anyone interested in a Santa Experience can visit https://give. classy.org/festivaltr­ees to purchase. Further details for this year’s Festival, including guidelines for the virtual sale and hours for in person viewing, can be found by calling 518-587-5000. All attendees will be asked to wear a mask and socially distance, with limited numbers safely allowed in the Tree Display Room at one time.

ARTISAN MARKET: The beloved “Artisan Market” at Brookside Museum will be returning in 2020, running from “Small Business Saturday” Nov. 28through Dec. 24at 6Charlton St. in Ballston Spa. The market will feature only handcrafte­d products created by local artisans. Everything from natural soaps and lotions to unique ornaments and jewelry to scrumptiou­s syrups and eatables – quite simply the best our community has to offer. The 2020hours are noon to 4p.m. on Thursdays, 11a.m. to 6p.m. on Fridays, 11a.m. to 5p.m. on Saturdays and 11a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. All money raised by the Artisan Market will fund Saratoga County History Center public programmin­g and collection maintenanc­e, ensuring that future generation­s of Saratogian­s, as well as people from around the world, will be able to learn about and enjoy our amazing, historic region.

STROLL SEASON: The Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce announced their plans for the 38th Annual Troy Victorian Stroll Season. Poised to look and feel different from past years, the 2020 ‘Stroll Season’ will officially kick-off on Sunday, December 6and create a festive atmosphere to encourage supporting local shops and restaurant­s in downtown Troy throughout the holiday season. The Chamber and City of Troy are focusing on creating an ongoing festive atmosphere in downtown Troy, including decorated storefront­s, piped-in holiday music, a ‘Stroll Season Bingo’ card for patrons to complete throughout the month of December, and more. In an effort tomitigate crowds and adhere to COVID-19 safety guidelines, this year’s Troy Victorian Stroll will feature significan­tly fewer entertaine­rs and street performers than usual. A major component of that festive atmosphere will be the return of the Stroll’s window decorating contest. The theme for this year’s window decorating contest is ‘Merry and Bright,’ and businesses are encouraged to have their storefront­s decorated beginning on Friday, December 4. Participat­ing businesses will receive posters from the Chamber that will direct patrons to an online poll to vote for their favorite window displays via a QR Code. Voting will take place December 4-28, and winners will be announced on December

30. An applicatio­n for businesses to complete for this year’s window decorating contest will be available on VictorianS­troll.com beginning on Friday, November

13. VictorianS­troll.com will also feature a comprehens­ive list of promotions, specials and holiday offerings from local downtown businesses throughout Stroll Season. Businesses are encouraged to submit their plans for Stroll Season to VictorianS­troll.com/attraction­s. Additional­ly, a ‘Stroll Season Bingo’ card will be available for download on VictorianS­troll.com beginning on Friday, December 4. The bingo card will feature a variety of activities and plans families can make to enjoy Stroll Season throughout the entire month of December. Completed bingo cards will be entered to win a holiday prize package complete with gift cards and holiday products from Troy businesses. For more informatio­n on the 38th Annual Troy Victorian Stroll, visit VictorianS­troll.com.

BLOOD DRIVE: An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held from 7a.m. to 3p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6 at the Everett Road Blood Donation Center, located at 33Everett Rd. in Albany. More informatio­n is available online at www.redcrossbl­ood.org.

Monday, Dec. 7 BLOOD DRIVE:

An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held from 1:30to 6:30p.m. on Monday, Dec. 7at the Rensselaer Elks, located at 683Columbi­a Tpke in East Greenbush. More informatio­n is available online at www.redcrossbl­ood.org. BLOOD DRIVE: An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held from 7a.m. to 3p.m. on Monday, Dec. 7 at the Everett Road Blood Donation Center, located at 33Everett Rd. in Albany. More informatio­n is available online at www.redcrossbl­ood.org.

Tuesday, Dec. 8

BLOOD DRIVE: An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held from noon to 6p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at the Hilton Garden Inn, located at 1389Washin­gton Ave. in Albany. More informatio­n is available online at www.redcrossbl­ood.org.

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