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This week we've got a fabulous horse show to check out, Field Day Friday, showing the State Park some love, a family friendly benefit supporting Wildwood Programs and more!

1. The Saratoga Springs Horse Show starts this Wednesday, May 2nd! Held at Yaddo and the Saratoga Racecourse from 8am to 5pm admission is $3 per person. Formerly known as the St Clement's Horse Show, this new horse show will be held May 2-6th and May 9-13th. Check out the new classes being added to the show, especially the TAKE 2 program introducing thoroughbred race horses into a second career. For More Information Call: (518) 584-1226.

2. Friday, May 4th will be Field Day Friday--3:00 - 4:30 pm at the Children's Museum at Saratoga. Cost is free with admission, drop-in. Field Day Friday will have all the bests of field day activities. Stop in and jump some rope, toss bean bags, help create a giant hopscotch, hula hoop until you drop, and participate in other fun and physical activities! 
Note: In the case of inclement weather, we will cancel the program. Please call ahead to ensure this program is running. Call 518-584-5540 for more information.

3. Saturday, May 5th is I Love My Park Day at Saratoga Spa State Park. From 9am to noon come join the Friends of Saratoga Spa State Park in celebrating I Love My Park Day, an exciting new statewide event to improve and enhance New York's parks and historic sites and bring visibility to the entire park system and its needs. Our park will host a family friendly volunteer event taking place at the SPAC parking lot, located by the "Sundial". The event will start at 9 AM and last until 12 PM and will involve a park-wide spring cleaning. All ages are welcome to help out and to participate in this park-wide event! To Register call (518) 584-2535.

4. Also on Saturday head to the Wilton Mall for Mom and Kids Day from noon to 4pm. Performances by 12 year old Matthew Boyce as Elvis the King, 12 year old Anthony Gargiula and the AG Dance Crew and music and games with Sound Control DJ's. Also Great Escape Timbertown characters, make Mother's Day cards for mom, free photos with Star 101.3 FM's Twinkle the Bear and enter to win great prizes- a deluxe motorcoach trip for four to the Bronx Zoo from AAA Northway, tickets to the Fresh Beat Band at SPAC, Regal movie passes and tickets to Taste of Home Cooking School at the Saratoga Springs City Center. For More Information Call: 899-3000. Admission is free.

5. On Sunday, May 6th check out WILDWOODstock at the Parting Glass Pub from noon to 9pm. This is the 5th Annual Benefit Concert and Auction for Wildwood Programs. All ages are welcome (Kids 12 & Under FREE) Get tickets at The Parting Glass. Music by OLIVIA QUILLIO, HOLLY & EVAN, ThE BLiSTeRz, BRIAN GIBNEY BAND, ERIN HARKES BAND, BETH ZAJE, THE CITY NEVER SLEEPS, ROB SKANE 3. Cost: $5 Presale/$10 Door (Kids 12 & Under FREE). For More Information Call: 518-339-2758.

A how to on going green at home, free acupuncture, theater, fundraising, and...DERBY DAY!

1. On Monday from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM head to the Saratoga Springs Public Library for Green Homes, Healthy Families. Regardless of whether you own your home or you are renting, learn what steps you can take before conception, during pregnancy, and while raising your family that will make your home healthier as well as minimize your impact on the environment. Registration is required, call 584-7860 opt. 3

2. Have you ever wanted to try acupuncture? Try it for FREE at the Acupuncture Studio Grand Opening on Tuesday, May 1st from 9am to 7pm. The new location, at 5 Warren Street in Glens Falls will be celebrating the opening with free acupuncture all day! For More Information Call: 518-615-0505.

3. Also on Tuesday, at 7pm check out 8 (A Staged Reading) at the Filene Music Building Recital Hall at Skidmore College. A student cast from Skidmore College is making the case for marriage equality. The Skidmore Theater Department and AIDS Benefit partner with the Periclean Honors Forum to present the kickoff event to Academic Festival 2012. Come see a staged reading of "8," a new documentary play by Dustin Lance Black about the federal case for marriage equality. Following the performance, stick around for a Q&A with Skidmore faculty and members of Skidmore's Pride Alliance to learn more about the fight for equality.

4. On Thursday head to the Saratoga Automobile Museum for Child's Play 3, the 3rd annual fundraiser of the Karen & Gary Dake Foundation for Children. Funds raised at this event will go toward the purchase of adaptive equipment and services for a local child with disabilities. Ticket price includes food and drinks (soda, beer and wine) with catering by Lily and the Rose. From 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM, cost is $75. For More Information Call: 518-226-0252.

5. Saturday is DERBY DAY! It's the Kentucky Derby, and you can catch all the excitement at Saratoga National's Derby Party! Starting at 4pm, they will have drink specials, their Full Menu & Food Stations Available, 6.5 by 12 foot Outdoor screen, Soul Session Live, Derby Fashions by Frivolous plus Free Wi-Fi to place your bets! Dinner reservations encouraged, this event is sure to sell out! Valet Parking will be provided! For More Information Call: (518) 583-4653.

This week brings us Cooking School, a fabulous Saratoga Reads! Event, a not-to-miss NPR performance, the kLaVoy5k and a Plant Swap, I can't wait!

1. On Tuesday, April 24th at 7pm head to Chianti Il Ristorante at 18 Division Street in Saratoga Springs for Lazio Cooking School with Chef Fabrizio. Chianti Il Ristorante's energetic and whimsical Executive Chef Fabrizio Bazzani leads you on a culinary journey through the Italian region of Lazio as part of Chianti's Tour of Italy with his new Lazio inspired Cooking School. Spend an evening with family, friends, exciting wines, hand-crafted cuisine and a menu that never disappoints. Explore the region of Lazio and learn tips from a master while you sip wine and watch a fantastic meal prepared from start to finish by Chef Fabrizio. For more information call (518) 580-0025. Cost is $49 per person.

2. On Thursday, April 26th Saratoga Reads! Presents A Conversation with David Lacks at 7pm at the Janet Kinghorn Bernhard Theater at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs. David Lacks is the son of Henrietta Lacks, the woman featured in Saratoga Reads! book choice for this year, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Lacks and another Lacks family member will be here for an onstage discussion and informal Q&A session moderated by Joe Donahue of WAMC's "The Roundtable." In his appearances, Sonny shares with audiences what it meant to find out -- decades after the fact -- that his mother's cells were being used in laboratories around the world, bought and sold by the billions. There will be a book signing after the event. More information visit: or call 580-8008. Admission is free.

3. I can't wait for this event since I'm an NPR junkie! On Friday, April 27th and Saturday April 28th starting at 7:30 the nationally syndicated NPR program Selected Shorts presents short stories performed live by actors of stage and screen at Crandall Public Library, 251 Glen Street in Glens Falls. "Audience Favorites" on Friday, April 27th features readings by Dana Ivey (recently seen onscreen in The Help), Broadway Star Myra Lucretia Taylor (Nine), and Shorts host Isaiah Sheffer. "Unusual Couples" on Saturday, April 28 features readings by Jill Eikenberry and Michael Tucker (long time leads of the hit TV series L.A. Law), along with Shorts host Isaiah Sheffer. Cost is $10. Reservations are required and it is starting to fill up already so call now! For more information call (518) 792-6508 x 285.

4. Also on Saturday is the 5th Annual kLaVoy 5k, an annual run/walk that helps raise awareness about organ & tissue donation. All proceeds raised go directly to The Center for Donation & Transplant - Donate Life. It will start at 8am at the warming hut area in the Saratoga Springs State Park. Race packet pick up and onsite registration at 6:30am. On-site registration is $25. Early registration is $20 to walk or run, free for 7 and under to walk. Free t-shirts to the first 200 registrants! If you would like more information on this event or would like to interview the Race Director contact Tonya Pellegrini at (518) 928-5808 or

5. Last week I did a Food Swap, this weekend there is a Plant Swap! Are you ready for something new in your garden? Need to divide your perennials? Would you like to make a new flower bed but hate to throw out perfectly good plants? Do you like finding new or unusual specimens? If so, come to Emeritus at Landing of Queensbury at 10am to set up and peruse the selection. Please bring all labeled plants, cuttings, bulbs or rhizomes repotted or packaged in ready to go condition. Exchanging will begin promptly at 10:30. Plants that exchange well are as follows: Bearded Iris, Siberian Iris, Hosta, Daylilies, Lily of the Valley, Astilbe, Bee Balm, Peony, Tansy, Hen-n-Chicks, Bleeding Heart, Sedum, Columbine, Lilacs, Coral Bells/Foam Flower, Mint, Cat Mint, Chives, Sage & Lavender. Cornell Cooperative Extension will be on site to provide free soil sample testing. Plants will be for sale as well. For more information contact Polly Karling or Erin Gryniak at 518-793-5556.

This week there is a walk for the animals, Pinkalicious, a carnival and so much more, check it out!

1. Join H.O.P.E. on Saturday, April 28th, 2012 for their 9th Annual Walk for the Animals. This walk welcomes both the two-legged guardians and their four-legged friends for a day of fun and exercise. For each paid registration, you will receive a free tote bag, tee shirt or sweatshirt, along with a professional photo of you and your pet! Great Escape tickets will also be on sale at the walk: $22.50-lowest price of the season, tickets at the gate are $49.99. Good thru mid-June. For more information call (518) 428-2994.

2. Also on Saturday, check out Pinkalicious the Musical! Based on the popular children's book, Pinkalicious the Musical is a sweet play about just desserts. The show finds it title character craving anything and everything pink! The characters are bright and friendly and the story is delightfully wacky. The show is totally enjoyable, a perfect length and is a fantastic way to introduce children to the wonder of theater and seeing a show performed live. The show begins at 2pm, cost is $10 or $5 for children 12 and under. The show will be at the Saratoga Arts Center, 320 Broadway in Saratoga Springs.

3. Saturday you can also have an opportunity to check out the The Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs at their Early Childhood Programs Open House. From 10 to noon at the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs you can meet faculty, staff, parents, and students. Tour their two different Early Childhood locations and view student academic and artistic work. Early Childhood Center- 212 Lake Avenue and Forest Kindergarten- 45 Kaydeross Avenue West. Admission is free, for more information call or email 587-2224/

4. On Sunday, April 29th from noon to 4pm head to Skidmore College Intramural Gymnasium where an Autism Awareness Information Day and Carnival will be presented by ASPIRe N.Y., Inc, Saratoga Bridges Inc. & The Parent Network of the Capital. The event will be sponsored by the Skidmore College Psychology Department in cooperation with Senator Roy McDonald and will have carnival games, a bounce house and fun for the whole family! Presenters attending will have information on Recreational Programs, Summer Camps, Technological Apps for Autism, School Programs: Pre-K through College and Therapeutic Programs. Admission is free.

5. Also on Sunday, the Saratoga Springs Public Library is holding Reconnecting with Nature: A Program for Parents and their Children from 1 to 3:30pm. For children ages 3-9 and their parents or caregivers. Meet in the Crawshaw Story Room and then walk as a group to Congress Park to collect sticks and other items to make a twig vase. Shabana Hoosein of Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park will also be on hand to answer any nature-related questions and assist with the project. Please bring a small glass or plastic jar for each child participating. Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Space is limited so register in the Children's Room or by calling 584-7860, option 3.

Some great ways to celebrate Earth Day, a Mad Hatter Tea Party and more is on tap for the kids this week, check it out!

1. On Wednesday, April 18th at 11am head to Saratoga Spa State Park for an Earth Day Scavenger Hunt! Spend the morning outdoors enjoying nature while going on a plant and animal themed scavenger hunt. Participants will receive a check list of items to find and then work as a team to find everything on the list. Once the scavenger hunt is complete participants are invited to make an Earth Day craft. Appropriate for ages 5-8. Fee is $3 per person or $5 per family. Registration: Required. Call (518) 584-2000 ext 150 for more information.

2. It is Homeschool Friday at go! where children discover the world on Friday, April 20th. This week will be Recycled Bottlecap Mosaics. Cost: $5 museum admission plus $5 program fee; Ages 5-12 Registration required by April 18th. Join artist Kimberly Leahey to celebrate Earth Day by making mosaics from recycled bottlecaps! Call 518-793-2773 for details and registration.

3. On Saturday, April 21st from 1-4pm you're invited to a Mad Hatter Tea Party celebrating the Grand Opening of Anastasia Photography's new Boutique Studio in Saratoga Springs. Anastasia Photography specializes in children, family and newborn photography. Light refreshments, entertainment for the kiddos, session giveaways and specials! Stop on by to meet Anastasia and see the new studio! For More Information Call: 518-852-6034

4. Also on Saturday celebrate Earth Day at Skidmore! Starting at noon head to the Case Green at Skidmore for the Environmental Action Club's Earth Day Celebration. There will be free food, good music, and lots of tables - with activities including tie dye, henna, potting of plants, and more!

5. Another fun way to celebrate Earth Day is at the Children's Museum at Saratoga. From 2 - 3:30pm head to the Museum and make a pet rock. They will provide supplies to make your new friend and all you have to do is bring a special rock to decorate! Call 518-584-5540 for more information.

This week there are a bunch of fun ways to support some great local organizations, some wine tastings, a film screening and more!

1. On Tuesday, April 17th from 7-9pm The Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs and Children & Nature present: "Mother Nature's Child" Growing Outdoors in the Media Age Film screening and discussion at the Saratoga Springs Public Library. There will be a panel discussion to follow with panelists; Andy Fyfe of Saratoga PLAN, Cindy Wian of Children and Nature, Alane Ball Chinian of Saratoga Spa State Park, and Carly Lynn of The Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs Forest Kindergarten. Moderated by J. Eva Nagel, PhD.

2. On Thursday, April 19th check out Saratoga Rowing Association's Annual Silent Auction Celebration at Longfellow's Restaurant from 6-9pm. Bring your family and friends out for a night of wonderful food, live music, engaging conversation, & great deals! Get to know fellow rowers, other parents, alumni, coaches and community members in a festive setting while enjoying live music and delicious hors d' oeuvres including: bacon wrapped dates stuffed with goat cheese and coconut breaded chicken strips with raspberry melba sauce, a carving station with fresh turkey, homemade gravy, stuffing and cranberry sauce; the Chef's spring seasonal table featuring fresh hand-picked fruit and salad selections of the season. This year's event includes silent and live auctions, boat dedications and a media show! Cost: $40 per person $70 per couple. For More Information Call: 518-587-6697.

3. On Friday starting at 6pm enjoy an evening of fine dining, live music and dancing at The Spring Ball Presented by St. Clement's Alumni Association. Held at the Canfield Casino, Congress Park, Saratoga Springs. The evening begins with a cocktail hour from 6:00- 7:00 pm. and the fun continues all night long with hors d'oeuvres, full dinner & dessert provided by Hattie's Restaurant, a cash bar, and live entertainment by the Audiostars! For More Information Call: (518) 584-7350

4. On Saturday, April 21st you can head to the Saratoga Automobile Museum's First Annual Start to Finish Wine Tasting. The event will feature over 80 international wines and the Museum's current exhibit, Porsche: 60 Years of Speed and Style. Start to Finish will be catered by DZ Restaurants, offering a special menu as a preview to their upcoming restaurant, Boca Bistro. From 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the Saratoga Automobile Museum, 110 Avenue of the Pines Saratoga Springs. Cost is $50. For More Information Call: 518-587-1935.

5. Also on Saturday from 7 to 10pm join them at the Inn at Saratoga for the 3rd annual ASPIRe N.Y. Wine and Beer Tasting. Sample Fine Italian Wines and the ales of Davidson Brothers Brewery. Enjoy the magic and splendor of The Inn at Saratoga while supporting ASPIRe N.Y.'s programs for teens and adults with autism! Cost is $35 per person; $20 designated drivers. For More Information Call: 518-932-4356.

Rachel Ray, Brubeck Brothers, Baby Expo and more! Check out all the events on offer this week!

1. On Thursday, April 12th at 7pm America's favorite chef returns to Lake George to help raise money for a great cause! Don't miss the 10th annual Rachael Ray Student Scholarship and Benefit at the LGHS Auditorium, 381 Canada Street, Lake George, NY. Cost is $25. For More Information Call: (518) 668-5452 ext 1019.

2. On Friday, April 13th you can check out the Brubeck Brothers Quartet, including Chris Brubeck (bass and bass trombone), Dan Brubeck (drums), Chuck Lamb (piano), and Mike DeMicco (guitar). The quartet's creative technique and improvisation can be heard in their uncompromising music, which reflects their dedication to melody, rhythm, culture, and the spontaneous spirit of jazz. 8pm at the Arthur Zankel Music Center Ladd Concert Hall.

3. This Saturday, April 14th from 8am to 7pm The Pilates Institute (37 Henry St. Suite 202, Saratoga Springs) is having a FREE demo day! They are welcoming their new instructor, Arielle Bernard, who has completed 600 hours of training with Romana's Pilates. Arielle will be teaching 30 minute private lessons and 30 minute group classes throughout the day from 8am-7pm. Choose between a one-on-one session or a group class for your chance to get familiar with the method, the equipment, the studio, and the instructor! Call 518-290-0250 to reserve your spot!

4. Also on Saturday from 10am to 2pm the Saratoga Independent School (459 Lake Avenue Saratoga Springs) is offering an educational Baby & Toddler Expo that will include several informational presentations and exhibits from capital region businesses. And while you're there you can pick up a copy of Mamatoga Magazine! For More Information Call: (518) 583-0841.

5. At the Parting Glass Pub on Saturday at 7pm there will be a fundraiser for Equine Advocates. Cost is $10 and the event will include a raffle which will include 2 sets of Box Seats for this Summer's Saratoga meet, as well as a golf foursome & dinner for 4 at Saratoga National Golf Club, along with a 50-50 raffle. All donations welcome. This event is open to the public and 100% of proceeds raised will go to Equine Advocates.

Lots to check out during this school break week! Start at the go! Museum and finish up at the Children's Museum at Saratoga for their Wizarding Workshop with tons of fun in between!

1. On Tuesday, April 10th check out School Break Spring Celebrations: Ukrainian Pysanky Designs at go! Where Children Discover The World, 89 Warren St. in Glens Falls. The program runs from 10am till 12pm and the recommended ages are 5-12. Kids will learn to design and paint pysanky, traditional Ukrainian Easter eggs. Cost: $5 museum admission fee and includes the program, registration recommended. Call 518-793-2773 for details and registration.

2. Also on Tuesday, from 2-3pm at the Saratoga Springs Public Library the Schenectady Theater for Children presents Androcles and the Lion. For More Information Call: 518-584-7860 opt. 3. Admission is free.

3. On Wednesday, April 11th from 9am to 3pm The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls has Design it/Build it - A Terrific Toy Emporium. Take an artistically magical journey with instructor Joel Jacko, BOCES Project Enrich. Build a complete toy store; create a variety of toys, displays, advertizing, and signage in the Art Studio. Learn the use of tools and mechanical engineering skills. Limit: 12. Call 518-792-1761, ext. 27 for registration and details. $45 members; $55 non-members; $10 materials fee. For More Information Call: 518-792-1761

4. On Thursday, April 12th head to the Wilton Wildlife Preserve for their Field Ecology Walk from 1-2pm. For more information call 518-450-0321.

5. Join them on Friday, April 13th at the Children's Museum at Saratoga for their Wizarding Workshop! Drop in any time from 1 - 2:30 pm and explore the wizarding world of Harry Potter! Kids will make their own wands with different magical cores, brew a strong (tasty and sugary) truth potion, and decorate Marauders Maps. $3 per child, pre-registration required. Appropriate for kids ages 6 - 12.

For the Top FAB Five this week I want to highlight all of the fabulous Easter brunch and dinner options happening around town! There are so many great spots to choose from and you are guaranteed to have a fantastic Easter meal no matter which one you choose!

1. At Prime at Saratoga National enjoy Easter brunch and dinner. Their Easter Brunch Buffet is from 10:30am - 2:30pm and the dinner buffet is from 3:30pm - 6:00pm. Brunch will include an omelet and eggs Benny station and a carving station. The dinner menu will include Sliced Roast Leg of Lamb, Truffle Macaroni and Cheese and Oven Baked. For More Information Call: (518) 583-4653.

2. Come celebrate Easter at Gideon Putnam's annual Easter Brunch. Enjoy great food and the Easter Bunny is a sure bet! Cost is $39.95 for adults. Adults with Unlimited Bloody Mary or Mimosa: $44.95. Children Ages 6-12: $15.95. Children 5 and Under: Free of Charge. Reservations are required. For More Information Call: (518) 226-4706.

3. The Turf Club is also having an Easter brunch from 10am till 2pm. Join them for fresh baked scones, home made muffins, apple butter, omelettes, frittatas and more! They buy local and will have a wide range of choices to make your Easter a special one. For More Information Call: 584-5051. Reservations Requested.

4. From 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM Longfellow's is having a delicious Easter dinner. Cost is $29 for Adults, $14 for Children 3-12. Their grand buffet will have a chef's table carving station, classic favorites and so much more! For More Information Call: (518) 587-0108.

5. Join them at Sperry's for Easter Brunch or Dinner. They will be offering their regular Brunch and Dinner menu along with Easter specials such as Honey Glazed Ham with a Cherry Pineapple Glaze, Roasted Saddle of Spring Lamb with a Garlic, Lemon Rosemary Demi Glace and more! Please call (518) 584-9618 to make a reservation.

It's the Easter Egg Hunt Edition! There are Egg Hunts all over our area, check them out and have some Easter fun!

1. First up, on Saturday, April 7th from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM head to the Annual Easter Bunny Breakfast to benefit local community projects put on by the Clifton Elks Club (Mac Elroy Rd, Clifton Park). Cost: is $6.00 for adults, $3 ages 6-12 and free for children 5. Enjoy breakfast, beverages, photos with the Easter bunny (nominal charge applies), Easter Egg hunt, 50/50 raffle, and other fun activities for the kids. Don't miss the chocolate fountain!

2. Also on Saturday is the 4th Annual Great Schuylerville Egg Hunt! Held at Schuylerville High School (14 Spring Street, Schuylerville) there will be 3 egg hunts for 3 age categories beginning with Birth to 4 year olds at 11:00am. Grades K-2 will be at 11:15 am. Grades 3-6 will be at 11:30 am. They will have over 10,000 eggs, face painting, a jumphouse, and a visit from Daisy the Clown and the Easter Bunny. Plus it is all free! In case of rain, the hunt will be held in the High School Gym. For More Information Call: (518) 695-6069

3. On Saturday at Afrims Sports (636 Albany Shaker Rd, Albany) you can bring the kids to The Children's Guide Annual Easter Egg Hunt! From 10am to 12pm. There will be 3 egg hunt times and in each egg hunt there will be one field for children 5 and younger and the other field will be for children 6 and older. All eggs are empty, kids will collect the eggs and turn them in for candy bags- this way all kids get the same amount of candy no matter if they get 1 egg or 5! Cost is $4 per child, there is no pre-registration for this event, just come the day of!

4. Up in the Queensbury area? Head to The Dome at the Adirondack Sports Complex for an Easter Egg-stravaganza presented by Vantage Pointe Community Impact. Starting at 1pm kids can hunt for Easter Eggs inside "The Dome", with much more entertainment included! Cost is free with a requested canned goods donation in support of their local Food Pantry
Share. For More Information Call: 518-792-1971

5. Last but not least, Extra Innings in Ballston Spa is having a FREE Easter Egg hunt and Vendor Shopping Spree on Saturday, Apr 7th from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Admission is free, and the schedule is: 9:30am ages 18mo-2years; 10:00am ages 2-4years; 10:30am kids ages 5-8years. Games, contests, candy for all! Vendor shopping spree from 9am-12:00pm: Stella & Dot, 31 Gifts, Tupperware, Scentsy, Swiss Just, Tastefully Simple. For More Information Call: 518-885-1100.

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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.