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Missed out on The Nutcracker? Here's another chance! Plus the Saratoga Santa AND the Grinch, a fab holiday concert, the Wizard of Oz and a great chance for the kids to have fun while you do some last minute shopping!

1. Take the whole family to see The Wizard of Oz at the Home Made Theater, dramatized from the story of L. Frank Baum. After a strange tornado hits her farm in Kansas, Dorothy finds herself over the rainbow in the land of the Munchkins. She must journey to see the Wizard of Oz in hopes of finding her way back home, but is told to stay away from the Wicked Witch of the West. Her path takes her to fantastic places, meeting endearing friends - the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Lion - along the way. Performances take place: Dec.14th - 7:30 p.m., Dec.16th - 1:00 p.m. and Dec. 15th - 1:00 p.m. & 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 Adults and $12 Children (age 12 & under) Call (518) 587-4427 for tickets.

2. Miss out on tickets for the Saratoga City Ballet presentation of "The Nutcracker"? For those still wanting to experience the show check out the Nutcracker Open Dress Rehearsal on Thursday, December 13 at 6pm. They will be opening dress rehearsal to the public for a reduced price. All seats are general admission. Tickets are first come first served. This is a working rehearsal and there may be stops and starts in the program. A professional photographer will also be in and around the audience. Audience photography is strictly prohibited. Tickets (sold at door only): $10 CASH ONLY. Box office opens at 5:15 pm.

3. Do you need more time to finish shopping or wrapping presents before the holidays arrive? Feel free to bring your school-aged kids for a film, craft, & snack on Friday, December 14th at the Wilton Wildlife: Fun Nature Film, Craft, and Snack Activity from 6-8:30pm! Minimum registration for this program is 5 children and the maximum is 20 children. Preregistration is required for all events at least one business day in advance of the actual event. Please contact them at info@wiltonpreserve.org or (518) 450-0321 for more information. If Saratoga Springs School District cancels classes due bad weather, programs will also be cancelled.

4. See the Grinch AND Santa on Saturday! First up check out the Walgreens photo event with The Grinch from 11am to 2pm on Saturday at the Walgreens on Route 50 where they will be hosting their annual photoshoot with the Grinch. You'll receive a free 4x6 photos with The Grinch and there will be milk and cookies, a coloring contest and other prizes! Call 580-8850 for more details.

Also on Saturday, The Saratoga Santa is back at The Winery! From 10:45am to 12:45pm get your picture taken with the Saratoga Santa! Snack on complimentary cookies and cocoa as you listen to live Christmas carols by Pat Decker! The Saratoga Winery & Tasting Room is located at 462 Route 29 West, Saratoga Springs. Admission is free. For more information visit: http://www.thesaratogawinery.com/

5. On Sunday, December 16th check out the Winter Classical Concert Series from 3-4:30pm at the Arthur Zankel Music Center Skidmore College. Presented by Maestro Gioacchino Longobardi, Conductor, and The Saratoga Springs Youth Orchestra. Tickets: $15 adults, $10 seniors, $5 students $5 children. Sponsored By SEFCU. For More Information Call: 518-580-5321.

Lots of live music and chances to give back to some great local organizations, plus a fun way to help me celebrate the Holiday Issue, the Santaland Diaries and more!

1. Check out David Sedaris' THE SANTALAND DIARIES Directed by Adam Fitzgerald at Home Made Theater! Jonathan Whitton (Backstage Bistro & MAC Award Winner) returns to HMT in the outlandish - and true - chronicle of David Sedaris' experience as a worker in Macy's Santaland. A blisteringly funny glimpse at the crass commercialization of Christmas during the height of the holiday crunch, Sedaris' cult-classic has become a "pseudo-bi-annual" HMT tradition. For adults who like their humor with a wallop of wicked. (This production contains Adult Language). Performances on Dec. 13 & 16 - 7:00 P.M. Dec. 15 - 8:00 P.M. General Admission $18. For more information, contact HMT at 587-4427

2. This Thursday head over to Irish Times where guest bartenders Sonny and Julie Bonacio and Gary DiCresce will be serving up drinks from 6-10pm! 20% of food and drink tabs and all tips go to Saratoga Sponsor-A-Scholar!

3. On Friday night from 6-8 come help me celebrate the Holiday Issue of Mamatoga Magazine at Comfort Kitchen! Pick up your copy of the Holiday Issue, have some tots and a holiday drink!

4. Check out ''Jingle Shelves'' Presented By Saratoga Guitar and 100.3 The Point on Friday from 6:30-10pm at Saratoga City Music Hall, 474 Broadway above City Hall. A non-perishable food item or new, unwrapped gifts and stocking stuffers for teens gets you in! The musicians are donating their time for this event because they wanted to do something for the community that would get their peers involved in giving back. Instead of charging admission to the show, concert-goers can bring a non-perishable food item for Franklin Community Center's busy pantry to get them in the door. Plus, one lucky audience member will win a guitar courtesy of Saratoga Guitar.

5. On Sunday, December 16th at 5pm enjoy the Halos n' Holly Dinner Theater at Prime at Saratoga National. See a performance by Enchante Cabaret while enjoying a 3 course dinner. The $66 admission fee includes the performance, 3 course prix-fixe menu, house wine service, soda and gratuity. Reservations are required for all guests, call (518) 583-4653 to make yours today.

Lots of holiday fun, a fabulous free party to raise money for the Franklin Community Center, Restaurant Week and more!

1. Wednesday, November 28th will be the Festival of Trees Preview Reception from 6-8pm and reservations are required. Get a sneak peek at over 250 trees, wreaths and centerpieces decked out for the holidays before the Festival of Trees opens to the general public. 'Unwrap the Magic' is a great way to beat the crowd and donate to a great cause! While the Festival of Trees is a family-friendly event, the preview reception is geared towards adults with sumptuous appetizers and wine provided by Longfellows and Olde Bryan Inn and live entertainment by local musicians. $60 donation to benefit Catholic Charities of Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties. Call 587-5000 for reseravations. For More Information Call: (518) 587-5000.

2. Too much turkey this past weekend? Check out Simple Steps To Work off Holiday Food Overload at the Saratoga Springs Public Library on Thursday November 29th from 12 to 1pm. The average American consumes an extra 600 calories per day between Thanksgiving and New Year's, which can translate into several pounds and inches. Michael Lapolla, exercise physiologist (BS in Exercise Science, Ithaca College) and owner of Saratoga Health and Wellness Center, will talk about fitness, show some helpful exercise routines, and field questions from the audience. For More Information Call: 518-584-7860. Admission is free.

3. The 8th Annual Saratoga Restaurant Week starts this Friday! Running from November 30- December 6th get a 3-Course dinner for just $10, $20 or $30 at participating Saratoga County restaurants during Saratoga Restaurant Week! Start off with your choice of an appetizer or salad, then choose from a menu of sumptuous entrees, and top it off with a decadent dessert! Plus some participating restaurants are offering lunch specials for just $5 or $10. Saratoga Restaurant Week is the perfect time to get out and try new restaurants in the Spa City!

4. I'm loving this free party to benefit the Franklin Community Center, the 'CameraPhone' fundraiser at Pink Raven Tattoos! On Saturday, December 1st from 5-8 check out the exhibit of Instagram and phone photos, running from Dec. 1 to 31 at Pink Raven Tattoos, 55 Beekman St. in Saratoga Springs. The opening reception is a benefit for the Franklin Community Center, and prints of all the images will be sold for $10 to benefit the nonprofit (yours truly has a photo in the show)! The business also will donate 20 percent of every gift card sold in the name of Franklin Community Center to the organization from Dec. 1 through Dec. 31st.

5. On Sunday at the Saratoga Springs Public Library is the Adult & Teen Gingerbread House Workshop from 2:30 to 4pm, admission is free. Who says gingerbread house making is just for kids? Residents of Saratoga Springs School District may register in person in the Children's Room or by calling 518-584-7860, option 3. For More Information Call: 518-584-7860 opt. 3.

Holiday Edition #1! Festival of Trees, Saratoga Tree Lighting Ceremony, Victorian Street Walk, Breakfast with Santa and the Nutcracker Brunch with Saratoga City Ballet, get all the details and make your plans now for this fantastic family holiday fun!

1. Don't miss the Festival of Trees in Saratoga, running from Thursday, November 29th through Sunday, December 2nd at the Saratoga Springs City Center. A fun filled family event, you can come see the beautifully decorated trees, wreathes and other holiday items on display for visitors to purchase and admire. Santa himself will also be stopping by from time to time for pictures!

2. One of the best holiday traditions in town, the Saratoga Tree Lighting Ceremony, will take place in front of Putnam Wine, 435 Broadway, Saratoga on Wednesday, November 28th at 7pm! Santa and Mrs. Claus will make an appearance, arriving by horse drawn carriage, and kids will get a chance to visit with them! There will be free hot chocolate and cookies with music by Star 101.3 radio. But don't forget the most important part-the tree lighting! Afterward head to the Saratoga Festival of Trees! For more info call (518) 581-7550.

3. The Victorian Street Walk, a quintessential Saratoga holiday tradition, is Thursday, November 29th. Downtown Saratoga closes to traffic and all of Broadway is blanketed in Victorian holiday magic each year the Thursday after Thanksgiving for the annual Saratoga Springs Victorian Streetwalk from 6-10 pm. There will be all types of entertainers working the crowds at the Victorian Streetwalk in downtown Saratoga Springs. Musicians, singers, magicians, and other performances will delight young and old alike. Santa will welcome visits from children at his special cottage, and kids can get up close and personal with his real-life team of reindeer right down the street! Carolers stroll the sidewalks dressed in elegant period costumes and free hot beverages and treats will be served at numerous locations around downtown. There will be over 50 venues with entertainment, and best of all, everything is free and open to the public! The CDTA, will be running free shuttle buses every 20 minutes from the Empire State College parking lot at 111 West Ave and the Oklahoma track (just off Exit 14 of I-87) and the Weible Avenue Skating Rink parking lots on the east side of Saratoga Springs to downtown, bringing carloads of people to and from the Victorian Streetwalk from 4:30 until 10:30 PM.

4. Saturday, December 1st is Family Day at the Saratoga Festival of Trees from 11am to 6pm Sponsored by Mamatoga favorite Healthy Living Market and Cafe! Tickets for the Festival of Trees are $8 Adults; $5 Seniors; $3 Children over 10; Children under 10 are free. There will be Breakfast with Santa with seatings at 8, 9:30 SOLD OUT and 11am which costs $8 per person (kids 12 months and under are free). Sundaes with Santa seating is at 12:30pm and Santa's Workshop is open from 8am - 2pm. Advanced reservations are required, call 518-587-5000 to make yours today!

5. The Saratoga City Ballet Nutcracker Brunch is on Sunday, December 2nd at The Vista at the Van Patten Golf Club in Clifton Park from 11:30-2pm. Join Saratoga City Ballet Company on December 2nd at 11:30 AM as they journey to the Land of the Sweets for a ballet brunch and a performance of Act II of the Nutcracker. Highlights include special appearances by Clara, the Nutcracker Prince, and the Mouse Queen, beautiful costumes, emerging young artists from the Saratoga City Ballet, live music, and delectable food and fun for the whole family! Tickets are $25 per person and can be ordered here.

Help Gaffney's celebrate thirty years, the H.O.P.E. Gala, Taylor's Heroes Rock of Ages, live music at the Winery and a chance to get started spinning! Details here!

1. Gaffney's 30th Anniversary Celebration is this Thursday, November 8th starting at 7pm! Join them at Gaffney's for their 30th Anniversary Celebration! 30 years as one of Saratoga Springs' premiere hot spots is a milestone to celebrate and they intend to do it right! This is sure to be a great evening out with free hot & cold hors d'oeuvres, champagne bar and great live music! This is more than your ordinary celebration, it's a Blast From The Past! Alumni bartenders will be on duty catching up with old friends and making some new ones. These generous Gaffney Alumni have volunteered to donate the tips they make to the DVRC of Saratoga County! What could be better than having a great time, all the while knowing you are helping a great cause? Entertainment starts at 7:00 and includes Garland Nelson, Rick Bolton & The Dwyer Sisters, Justin Joyner & Play Dough and Many More!

2. H.O.P.E.'s 10th Anniversary Gala is this Friday, November 9th starting at 6:30pm at Prime at Saratoga National. Homes for Orphaned Pets Exist (HOPE) is celebrating it's 10th anniversary with a fundraising gala with dinner, live & silent auctions, dancing & live music by SPECIAL DELIVERY. James Tedisco, Benita Zahn and Brian Shapiro, NY State Director of the Humane Society of the United States will be keynote speakers. Cost is $80 (cost of a cat spay/neuter at HOPE's Low-Cost Clinic). For More Information Call: 518-428-2994.

3. Rich Ortiz is LIVE at The Winery on Friday from 6-9pm. Kick off your weekend at the Winery! Sip handcrafted wine as you listen to local favorite...Rich Ortiz! Grill 64 will be firing up their signature Wood Fired Pizzas to compliment your favorite wine! No Cover! For More information visit: http://www.thesaratogawinery.com/

4. Taylor's Heroes Rock of Ages Birthday Bash is on Saturday, November 10th at Universal Preservation Hall starting at 7pm. This great night of fun includes live music from The Refrigerators, huge silent auction, free wine and beer for the first hour, rock star makeup and temporary rock tattoos, great food stations, photo-booths, roaming photographers and dancing! The organization is called Taylor's Heroes in honor of Taylor Miller who died in June 2010 while serving our country in Afghanistan. The event is scheduled for Veteran's Day weekend, Taylor would have been 22 on Veterans Day. Money raised helps to fund fitness and nutrition classes for kids age 10-18 in Saratoga.Tickets are $65 in advance, $75 at the door and $45 for ages 18-29. For More Information Call: 518-894-1658.

5. Begin to Spin is this weekend at Saratoga Cycling Studio, 24 Hamilton Street in Saratoga Springs! Free for first time riders, 40 minutes include bike set-up, explanation of the Spinning program and a short ride to get you comfortable on the bike and ready for your first class. While all of their classes are appropriate for beginners, this might help you to get started! For More Information Call: 518-812-1616.

Toddler story time, Family PJ story time, a chance to meet some other local moms and some holiday fun with Fall centerpieces and the Holiday Reindeer Open House, get the details here!

1. Toddler Story Time is Thursday, November 8th from 9:30-9:45 at the Saratoga Springs Public Library. Admission is free for this interactive program designed to foster a love of stories, as well as encourage the development of pre-literacy skills. Children ages 24-42 months and their parent or caregiver will be introduced to stories, rhymes, and songs that they can enjoy together. (Crawshaw Story Room). For More Information Call: 518-584-7860 opt. 3.

2. Family PJ Story Time is also on Thursday at the Saratoga Springs Public Library from 6:30-7pm. Get cozy in your comfy jammies, snuggle with your favorite stuffed animals and listen to some bedtime stories. For kids, parents, grandparents and caregivers. No registration necessary. (Crawshaw Story Room). Contact the library at 518-584-7860 for more details.

3. Mall Playtime with Toga Tots is Thursday from 10:30-11:30am at the Wilton Mall Play Area. Join Toga Tots at the Mall Play Area for a little time out of the house. The horse-themed area in front of JC Penney, is full of soft structures and bench seating for moms. It is great for crawlers, up through toddlers. If you have littler ones in the carrier, you can always join in for mom time! Admission is free.

4. Head to the Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park: Camp Saratoga for Wilton Wildlife: Fall Centerpieces on Friday, November 9th at 4pm. Fall is here and in it's prime! Come take a nature walk and collect acorns, pine cones, and other goodies to use in your very own fall centerpiece. For More Information Call: 518-450-0321. Admission is free.

5. Head back to the Saratoga Springs Public Library from 2-4pm on Saturday for their Holiday Reindeer Open House! Meet & greet Bob and Wendy Smith's live reindeer. Listen to author Bruce Hiscock read from his book "The Big Caribou Herd," show slides of his Alaskan travels, draw reindeer, and make reindeer antlers. No registration needed. For More Information Call: 518-584-7860 opt. 3, admission is free.

On tap for this week we've got a chance to support Saratoga PLAN with some drinks with friends, a Day of the Dead Party, live music at the Winery, the fabulous Horses and Harvest Fall "Fun" Raiser at Druthers and a One Stop Holiday Shop and Fashion Show, get all the details here!

1. This Thursday Go Green for PLAN at the Irish Times from 6-8pm. Come enjoy a cocktail with friends and support Saratoga P.L.A.N. in the process. From 6-8 pm all tips and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Saratoga P.L.A.N. Don't miss this great opportunity for fun and fundraising! For More Information Call: 518-587-5554.

2. On Friday, November 2nd head to the Day of the Dead Party at Pink Raven Tattoos from 5-8pm. "Girl Paintings," art by Hannah Antalek, will be shown in November at Pink Raven Tattoos, 55 Beekman St. in Saratoga Springs and an opening reception and Dia de los Muertos party will be held from 5 to 8pm in the gallery and tattoo studio. Free desserts and sangria, plus raffles for free prizes! For More Information Call: 886-8724.

3. Also on Friday check out Pat Decker LIVE at The Winery! From 6-9pm at The Saratoga Winery & Tasting Room, 462 Route 29 West, Saratoga Springs Wine down with handcrafted wine and live music by Pat Decker...Friday, November 2nd from 6-9 pm! Enjoy a wood fired pizza, salad, and dessert to compliment your favorite wine by Grill 64! No Cover Charge! For More information visit: http://www.thesaratogawinery.com/

4. This Saturday is the Horses and Harvest Fall "Fun Raiser" to benefit Camp TLC (Together Living a Challenge) at Druthers 4 to 7pm. Hosted by Honorary Chairs Mayor Scott Johnson and his wife Julie, this will be the place to be Saturday with a fantastic fall afternoon of live music, telecasting of the Breeder's Cup Day races, fall beers and specialty drinks, and of course, a chance to celebrate the success of Camp 2012 as they begin plans for a bigger and better Camp in 2013! Outside at Druthers guests will enjoy sitting by one of the many fire pits watching all of the Breeder's Cup races on the large screen televisions, Lisa Symons Burke will be there showcasing her Stella and Dot Holiday Line and donating 20% of the proceeds to Camp TLC. Camp TLC (Together Living a Challenge) is a "on the move" mobile recreational program that provides a week of summer camp to children living in isolating circumstances such as shelters, hospitals, or in foster care. Camp TLC not only provides a week of summer camp but launching in 2013, year round programming. Tickets are just $50 and can be purchased at http://harvestandhorses.eventbrite.com/

5. On Sunday check out the One Stop Holiday Shop to benefit The Prevention Council at Longfellow's this Sunday, November 4th from 12-3pm. Part fashion show (I'm going to be one of the models along with my family!), part gourmet luncheon, and part holiday retail extravaganza, the One Stop Holiday Shop will showcase an eclectic mix of fall, winter, and holiday clothing and gifts from local boutiques while raising money for a good cause. A select group of specialty retailers have reserved retail tables at the event, selling everything you could need for the holiday season and beyond, including host & hostess gifts, clothing and accessories, books, specialty items, and jewelry. Guests are invited to shop at the retail tables throughout the day, both before and after the fashion show takes place. During the fashion show, they will have an opportunity to indulge their taste buds with gourmet hors d'oeuvres and a 3-course, fall-inspired luncheon. They'll also have an opportunity to buy raffle tickets for a chance to win one of several amazing door prizes. All funds raised at the One Stop Holiday Shop will go to support the vital and life-saving work of the Prevention Council. For More Information Call: 518-581-1230.

Lots of Halloween fun, even if the weather doesn't cooperate! We've also got the Little Mermaid, Warren Miller's "Flow State" and a Fall Fun Day at North Country Horses!

1. Some Halloween fun for the little ones at the Preschool Tea at Abigail's Tea & Tiaras on Wednesday, October 31st from 10-11:30am. Preschoolers are invited to Abigail's for an Interactive Halloween Story, Mini-lesson, Take-home story souvenir, Craft, Tea & Treat and Relaxation Time. Parents are always welcome to stay. They will offer a special coupon for Iron Roost Cafe good for that day. Cost: $15. For More Information Call: 518-885-6080.

2. Also on Wednesday there are two indoor "Mall-o-Ween" celebrations. One at the Aviation Mall and one at the Wilton Mall, both from 5-7pm with trick-or-treating, candy, music, giveaways and costume contests!

3. Have a little girl that loves the Little Mermaid? Check out The Little Mermaid, Jr. on Friday, November 2nd at 7pm at Saratoga Music Hall, 474 Broadway in Saratoga Springs. Twenty-eight local children from Saratoga Children's Theatre will be performing The Little Mermaid Junior, a musical based on the Hans Christian Andersen classic and the Disney film. Performances will be held on Friday, November 2 at 7 PM and Saturday, November 3 at 3 PM and 7 PM. Tickets: Adults $10, Children $7. For More Information Call: 518-580-1782.

4. On Saturday check out the Movie Showing and Benefit - Warren Miller's "Flow State" at Maple Ave Middle School in Saratoga Springs at 7pm. This is an Alpine Sport Shop event to benefit the Saratoga Springs High School Ski Team and the Double H Ranch Adaptive Winter Sports Program. The movie will be shown at the Maple Avenue Middle School.

5. On Sunday, November 4th North Country Horses will be having their 3rd annual Fall Fun Day at their new indoor facility at 384 Jewell Road in Gansevoort from 9am to 4pm. A fun full day of horseback riding with events like Egg-on-a-Spoon, Carrot Trail, Barrel Run and Pony Says. Ribbons, prizes and snacks for all who participate. Call Amanda for more information. 441-5959 or email northcountryhorse@yahoo.com. Cost is $60 per rider.

Get in the Halloween spirit with the family this week! Start out with some after school nature activities, then get into full festive gear with a Halloween parade, a Halloween Bash, some family friendly Halloween Hayrides and the Fall Festival in Saratoga, I can't wait!

1. The Wilton Wildlife After School Workshop is this Tuesday, October 23rd at the Saratoga Springs Public Library from 4:30-5:15. Join educators from the Wilton Wildlife Preserve for a 4-week series of fun afterschool nature-related activities. For students grades 3-5. Free admission. For More Information Call: 518-584-7860 opt. 3.

2. The 6th Annual Clifton Park Halloween Parade is this Friday, October 26th at 4:30pm. Looking for a Halloween event that's appropriate for all ages? Dress up in your Halloween costume and bring your entire family to the Clifton Park Halloween Parade! The parade will begin at 4:30 p.m. and will take place at the Clifton Common. NorthStar Church will be sponsoring this event with free hot dogs, chips and drinks after the parade. Line up begins at 4:15pm. There will also be free food, pony rides, a bounce house,fire truck demos and festive family fun! Rain Site: Shenendehowa Adult Community Center for parade, crafts & goodies. For More Information Call: (518) 371-6667.

3. The Fourth Annual Children's Guide Halloween Bash is also on Friday from 6-8pm at The Ciccotti Center in Colonie. Bring your kids out in costume for some Halloween Fun! Trick or treat with over 25 vendors! There will be candy, games, bounce zone, scavenger hunt and more! Terrific and safe Halloween fun for kids from infants to 8. Only $4 per child. Your kids will love the chance to get in their costumes early. This year make Halloween an all day event. For More Information Call: (518) 281-4722.

4. Check out the Haunted Hayride at Gavin Park in Wilton on Friday and Saturday this week. Cost: $8.00 (10 & under $5.00) Rain or shine! 5:00pm-6:00PM hayride is for the younger kids. All proceeds will benefit: Operation Adopt A Soldier, Inc. For More Information Call (518) 587-8010 or (518) 232-4526.

5. One of my favorite downtown events, the 2012 Saratoga DBA Fall Festival in Saratoga Springs is this Saturday, October 27th from 10am to 5pm. The Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association, Special Assessment District, and Star 101.3 are proud to present the 11th Annual Fall Festival in downtown Saratoga Springs on Saturday, October 27th, 2012, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Fall Festival provides free entertainment and activities including Radio Disney, magic shows, trick or treating, arts & crafts, and more! All entertainment is free and open to the public.

Halloween is almost here and there are some incredibly fun events to check out this week! First up there is an exciting Chefs Auction event, an informative talk about how to pay for college, a Beer Dinner at Prime plus a Masquerade Ball, plus a chance to run for your life (and a great cause) in the rUNDEAD 5k! Get all the details here and make your plans!

1. On Tuesday, October 23rd from 6 to 10pm head to Vapor Nightclub at Saratoga Casino and Raceway for the Signature Chefs Auction For March of Dimes in Saratoga. For those whose passion is food, or for those who just enjoy a good meal, this is the event for you. The culinary expertise of Saratoga Springs all in one place, preparing their signature dish! Not only will guests taste some amazing food - any of the chefs dishes that they may want - but guests will also be in the amazing atmosphere of Vapor, the nightclub of Saratoga Raceway! After an evening of great food and auctions the night ends with an "Iron Chef" Competition with emcee Dan Eaton, Cooking at Home YNN. Remember, this is all for a good cause: the March of Dimes March for Babies, a foundation dedicated to raising money for researching issues that effect newborns, and supporting programs to help mothers reach full term. So come out to Vapor and let your generosity flow as freely as the food and wine! Tickets cost $65 per person. For More Information Call: (518) 453-0474.

2. Also on Tuesday from 6:30-8pm is How To Pay For College Without Going Broke at the Saratoga Springs Public Library. Pierce Mahar of Educational Funding Specialists explains how to make college affordable by developing a financial plan, increasing tax deductions, maximizing financial aid, and negotiating awards. For More Information Call: 518-584-7860 opt. 3.

3. At Prime at Saratoga National on Thursday, October 25th at 6:30pm they are having a Beer Dinner featuring Brooklyn Brewery. The Beer Dinner will give guests a chance to try multiple different types of beer with a large selection of food. For example, try the Brew House Cobb Salad with some Brooklyner Weisse or a House Seasoned Coulotte Steack with Brooklyn Ghost Beer. Tickets cost $75 and reservations must be made. All guests must be 21 or older and is sure to be a great time with great food and beer! For More Information Call: (518) 583-4653.

4. Head to Saratoga National Golf Club on Friday, October 26th for the Halloween Masquerade Gala to Benefit NCMEC. Have you ever wanted to attend a real masquerade ball? Well this is your chance! Saratoga's Annual Halloween Masquerade Gala will be a delightful night of costume, great food, awards and entertainment! Tickets are $175 event ticket and the event goes to benefit the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, NY Branch. This Halloween Masquerade Gala is proof that Halloween is "all about the children" whether missing or out trick-or-treating this October, and the night even features entertainment from local high school bands! Call 518-587-7771 to RSVP today!

5. Get ready to run for your life (and a fantastic cause) on Sunday, October 28th at Saratoga Springs State Park for the rUNDEAD 5k! The rUNDEAD is a 5k trail run to support Special Olympics New York. What are the obstacles on this run?... Zombies. Each runner will start off with a flag belt and three flags. These flags represent your lifelines. Zombies throughout the course will be attempting to take these one at a time. If you finish the race with at least one flag, you've survived, BUT if zombies have taken all your flags you can complete the race, but will not be eligible for awards. Individuals can participate as either runners or zombies. Zombies: Running not exciting enough for you? Be a zombie! Each zombie will be transformed in our "mob Tent" the day of the event! Registration begins at 7:30am and the race is at 9:30am. Bring your own attire and let us make you into the undead. The cost to participate as a zombie is $15 re-registered or $20 day of (if there are still openings). Zombies can sign up as individuals or teams. Each zombie receives their official transformation, a rUNDEAD race t-shirt, participation in race day festivities and the thrill of the chase. ALL AGES WELCOME! Cost for runners is $30 pre-registration and $35 day of. Click here to register.

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Jenny Witte has lived in the Saratoga Springs area for the past four years and has three children. In addition to being the Mamatoga founder she also teaches children's yoga and loves horseback riding.