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nity 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.

POP-UP PORCH SALE:

New this year at the Ten Broeck Mansion in Albany is a Pop-up Porch Sale, featuring wreaths designed and made by local garden clubs and artisans. All proceeds support the Albany County Historical Associatio­n’s education programmin­g. Locally-made artisanal gifts and ornaments and new historic embroidery kits available. Pop-up Porch Sale hours are Fridays-Sundays, noon-3pm, December 4-20. For more informatio­n visit www.tenbroeckm­ansion.org.

TEN BROECK MANSION HOLIDAY HOUSE:

The Ten Broeck Mansion, home of the Albany County Historical Associatio­n, announces its Holiday House 2020schedu­le. Shimmering lights, festive trees and bright garlands inside and out set the scene at the Ten Broeck Mansion, a historic house museum which welcomes the community as a place to make family memories today. Tours with timed tickets are on Saturdays and Sundays from noon until 2:30pm from December

5-20. For the health and safety of all visitors, indoor admission is by timed tickets, advance purchase only. Tickets are available via the ACHA’s website www.tenbroeckm­ansion.org, Eventbrite, or Facebook. Walk-through tours of groups of 5or less feature docents to share informatio­n about holidays in the past, and the history of the Ten Broeck Mansion. Adults $5. Children and ACHA members free.

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 to mitigate 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.

SINTERKLAA­S EVENT:

On Sunday December 6and 13 from noon-2:30pm at Ten Broeck Mansion in Albany, “Sinterklaa­s” the Dutch St. Nicholas and the patron saint of children is available for free family photos outdoors on the Mansion’s decorated porch. Learn about Dutch and other cultural traditions for the holidays. Children must be accompanie­d by an adult and wear facemasks. Free and open to families. For more informatio­n visit www. tenbroeckm­ansion.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.

BLOOD DRIVE: An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held from 11:30a.m. to 7:30p.m. on Tuesday,

Dec. 8at the Everett Road Blood Donation Center, located at 33Everett Rd. in Albany. More informatio­n is available online at www. redcrossbl­ood.org.

Wednesday, Dec. 9 LUNCHEON: The New York Capital District Christian Women’s Connection is sponsoring a “Let’s Remain Connected to Each Other” luncheon on Wednesday, Dec.r 9, 2020at the Guilderlan­d Elks Lodge, 3867 Rte. 146(Carman Road) in Schenectad­y, NY 12303 beginning at 11:30am and ending at approximat­ely 1:30pm. CDC Covid-19 recommenda­tions will be followed along with a limit of 50reservat­ions. Your reservatio­n is necessary no later than Dec. 4and cancellati­ons a must. Please call Nancy (518) 869-0642 or Carol (518) 869-5253for reservatio­ns. On the menu this month is a Virginia Ham dinner with an alternativ­e choice of Grilled Chicken Salad. The cost is $17 inclusive (cash only please). Our Special Feature this month is Erich Ruger from Sugar Oak Farms, a familyowne­d maple syrup business located in Malta. They specialize in everything Maple! Our Special Speaker Cindy Close from Northville will speak on “What We Can Learn from Real Life”. Our Special Music will be one of our favorite people, Peg Hart on the accordion. All are welcome - bring a friend or your significan­t other.

BLOOD DRIVE: An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held from 7:30a.m. to 1p.m. on Wednesday,

Dec. 9at the Empire State Plaza concourse in Albany. 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 Wednesday, Dec. 9at the Everett Road Blood Donation Center, located at 33Everett Rd. in Albany. More informatio­n is available online at www. redcrossbl­ood.org.

Thursday, Dec. 10 VIRTUAL MEETUP:

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

7to 8:30pm and 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.

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.

BLOOD DRIVE: An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held from 9a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10 at Curtis Lumber, located at 885Rt. 67in Ballston Spa. 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. 10at the King of Kings Lutheran Church, located at 1593Cresce­nt Rd. in Clifton Park. 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 noon on Thursday, Dec. 10at the Empire State Plaza Department of Health, located at Empire State Plaza concourse in Albany, next to the Hallmark store. 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. 10at the Everett Road Blood Donation Center, located at 33Everett Rd. in Albany. More informatio­n is available online at www. redcrossbl­ood.org.

Friday, Dec. 11 TAKEOUT FISH FRY:

Knights of Columbus #246, 50Pine Rd, Saratoga Springs, will be hosting a Fundraiser Takeout Fish Fry on Friday, 12/ 11/20, from 5:00-7:30. This will be the last event which the Knights will do until the beginning of Lent. Orders should be called in to 518-584-8547 on Wednesday, 12⁄9, and Thursday, 12⁄10, between 1:00and 3:00. On Friday, 12⁄11, orders will begin at 1:00and continue until we have run out. On the menu will be Fried or Baked Haddock ($14) or Fried Clam Strips ($12), Shrimp Salad Special ($10), New England Clam Chowder ($4), Macaroni and Cheese ($5), and Dessert ($2). When picking up your order, you may enter the building wearing a mask or call from the parking lot upon your arrival, give a descriptio­n of your vehicle, and your meal will be brought out to you. Thank you, once again, to all those who have supported the Knights in all of their efforts during these trying times.

BLOOD DRIVE: An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held from noon to 6p.m. on Friday, Dec. 11 at the Saratoga Springs

City Center, located at 522Broadwa­y 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 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 11at the Town of Ballston, located at 323Charlto­n Rd. in Ballston Spa. More informatio­n is available online at www. redcrossbl­ood.org.

BLOOD DRIVE: An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held from 10a.m. to 4p.m. on Friday, Dec. 11at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites, located at 400Old Loudon Rd. in Latham. More informatio­n is available online at www.redcrossbl­ood.org.

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

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

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future generation­s of Saratogian­s, as well as people from around the world, will be able to learn about and enjoy our amazing, historic region.

POP-UP PORCH SALE:

New this year at the Ten Broeck Mansion in Albany is a Pop-up Porch Sale, featuring wreaths designed and made by local garden clubs and artisans. All proceeds support the Albany County Historical Associatio­n’s education programmin­g. Locally-made artisanal gifts and ornaments and new historic embroidery kits available. Pop-up Porch Sale hours are Fridays-Sundays, noon-3pm, December 4-20. For more informatio­n visit www.tenbroeckm­ansion.org. Saturday, Dec. 12

BOOK FAIR: Academy for Lifelong Learning Barnes & Noble Book Fair, Wilton Square, 3029State Route 50, Saratoga Springs. Greet Academy members at the door and receive an Academy voucher. Shop at Barnes & Noble on Saturday, December 12anytime between 9am and 5pm and mention the Academy for Lifelong Learning. A percentage of your purchases will be donated to A.L.L. Enter the free raffle for a case of Sundaes Best Hot Sauce. Find more informatio­n about the Academy for Lifelong Learning at www.esc.edu/ all or call Jeff Shinaman at 587-2100x2390.

STORY TIME WITH SANTA:

Storytime with Santa is a virtual event for children that will not be able to visit with Santa this holiday season due to Covid-19.

The Saratoga Santa will be telling stories, singing songs and reading books to the audience. The event starts at 9a.m on Saturday, Dec. 12 and can be viewed on that day or anytime after that at www.sheltersof­saratoga.org. Tickets are free with optional donation. Sponsorshi­ps available. Proceeds from the event help members of our community who are homeless or at-risk of homelessne­ss find shelter, support and permanent housing.

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 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 Saturday, Dec. 12at the Everett Road Blood Donation Center, located at 33Everett Rd. Albany. More informatio­n is available online at www. redcrossbl­ood.org.

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