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On Tuesday, August 25th, there will be a coming together of local artists and musicians to support a charity that plans to build a school for impoverished children in Uganda. 

As restorative justice programs across the country continue to gain national attention, our very own Skidmore College has recently launched a program that will advance the movement's implementation and principles. 

One of the largest suicide prevention walks in the country, Walk for R.I.T.A.has once again moved to a larger venue due to the increase in participation. While the walk isn't for a few more months, fundraising efforts will begin later this month. 

Photo courtesy of Walk for R.I.T.A.'s Facebook page
Hockey fans, assemble! NYRA will welcome one of the most iconic trophies in the world of sports on Monday, August 10th to help raise funds for the Double H Ranch

Governor Cuomo recently announced that over $350,000 is available to help veterans and low-income families take part in the FreshConnect Checks Program. This program increases the power of food stamps at participating farmers markets, so that everyone can access fresh, healthy and locally grown food. Fortunately for those who utilize the program in the area, Saratoga Farmers Market is a participant! 

While there is an extensive amount of parking throughout Saratoga Springs, it seems to always be a challenge to grab a good spot, especially during the summer. However, a new app may help ease our woes when it comes to getting a parking spot in downtown Saratoga.

The Gazebo Stage Young Artist Series is back at SPAC this summer! Don't miss the chance to watch the young stars of tomorrow from two prestigious summer music programs perform before 8:00 PM performances by the New York City Ballet and The Philadelphia Orchestra

Saratoga Springs is already known for its vibrant performing arts scene, but a recently announced partnership seeks to expand it even more. Universal Preservation Hall, a former church that has hosted a variety of events since the early 2000's, is teaming up with one of the Capital Region's most prominent venues, and this partnership will certainly be beneficial for all parties.

Did you know that the Oscar winning film '12 Years A Slave' is based on the autobiography of Solomon Northrup who was born in Minerva and later lived in Saratoga Springs? Northrup worked as a free man at several Saratoga hotels, including the Grand Union as a stand-out violinist before he was captured and sold into slavery in Louisiana.

The great-great-great granddaughter of Northrup, Melissa Howell of Seneca Falls, is petitioning President Obama to posthumously award the former Saratoga Springs man the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Having been a frequent visitor and now, a recent resident to Spa City, I truly believe there is nothing more that could be added to make Saratoga even more wonderful than it already is. However, the latest addition may just prove me wrong. A waterfront park on Saratoga Lake that has been in the works for some time now has set its opening date for July 9th.

One of the progress photos viewable on Saratoga-Springs.org

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