Mamatoga November Calendar

novcal1 The Saturday Club Balloon Rockets is today at the Children's Museum at Saratoga from 10am to 12pm. Free with museum admission. Today is the LAST DAY to enjoy Ellms Family Farm for the 2014 season, opening at 10am. Bring the kids and enjoy many of the fun activities while having their homemade apple cider donuts or fresh kettle corn!

The Tang’s series of nine Family Saturday programs accompany work in their exhibitions. Reservations can be made one week before each week’s program by calling the Tang’s Visitor Service Desk at 518-580-8080. Today's activity is Tubular Art. After discussing Taylor Davis’s sculpture Da, can ye no tell and André Cadere’s sculpture Untitled in I was a double, kids will make sculptures using tubes as the base, then adding colors and textures.

2 A Concert of Hope is today from 3 to 5pm at Saratoga Springs High School. This one-of-a-kind concert, featuring the Music Company Orchestra, the Mendelssohn Club, and the Joytones, will benefit the Alzheimer's Association of Northeastern New York. This show features music the entire family can enjoy - light classical, popular, and standards. Advance tickets are available on-line for only $15 for adults and $6 for students and children under age-18 ($18 & $8 at door). Call them at 518-280-2783 for more information.

3 Toddler Story Time is today at the Saratoga Springs Public Library from 9:30 to 9:50am. Incorporating elements of The Very Ready Reading Program, these storytimes are geared towards children ages 24-42 months old and will include stories, music, and participation. Children ages 24-42 months old may register. Children attend this with a parent or caregiver. Siblings are welcome.

Also at the Saratoga Springs Public Library is Common Core Explained, from 6:30 to 8pm. Join SSPL Librarian and professional consultant Mary Ratzer, author of "RX for the Common Core" and two new releases, "Think Tank Library: Brain-Based Learning Plans for the Common Core K-5" and "6-12." Mary explains, through slides and anecdotes, the rationale behind common core and illustrates how its principles can be applied to help children think rather than simply memorize. Call them at 584-7860 X305 for more information.

4 It's Election Day! To find your polling location or check your voter registration status, click here.

Tickets go on sale today for the Jeff Kinney, Diary of a Wimpy Kid author event at Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs (which will be taking place on November 13th). Kids can meet bestselling author Jeff Kinney during a one-of-a-kind roadtrip and book signing for Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, the 9th book in the blockbuster series! This will be a ticketed event for up to 800 people. To make this a fun and safe event, everyone in line will be required to have a ticket (no exceptions!). Nobody will be admitted to the event without a ticket. Tickets will be available on a first come, first served basis. Tickets will go "on sale" on November 4th, by phone (518-682-4200) or in their Saratoga store only. Sorry, no web sales. Click here for more info.

Tuesday for Tots is today at the Children's Museum at Saratoga. This is a special time for the younger visitors to gain preschool readiness skills in a fun and social environment. Join them anytime between 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm for play-dough, crafts, games, and friends! Enjoy a different theme each week, this week's theme is Veteran's Day.

5 Lego Club is today at the Saratoga Springs Public Library from 6:30 to 8pm. Children in grades K-5 are welcome to participate. Parents and caregivers are also welcome to attend. Kids will use their imaginations to create buildings, creatures, and other objects. This program will not include Lego robotics. There is no registration for this program. Lego Club will meet the first and third Wednesday of each month.

Preschool Chefs: Cranberry Muffins at Healthy Living Market and Cafe from 10-11am.Thursday, November 6th · 10:00–11:00am  It’s time to go crazy for cranberries!  Join them for their latest installment of “Eat, Cook, Learn” and discover just how many ways there are to eat a cranberry.  Kids will enjoy reading Wendy and Harry Devlin’s Cranberry Thanksgiving and then they’ll do a taste-test between dried and fresh cranberries.  Your kids will then be cooking up some of the book’s scrumptious cranber-rific recipes, including homemade cranberry sauce and deliciously tart cranberry bread. This class is great for kids ages 3-5; all kids must be accompanied by an adult (adult admission free). $20/ child. Register here or call them at (518) 306 4900. ps There's also a second session of this class from 1-2pm!

7 Kids story time today at Northshire Bookstore 10:30am, free and open to the public, on their Children's Floor.

Movement and Dance with Lili Loveday is today from 4:30 to 5:15pm at the Saratoga Springs Public Library for children in grades K-3, this workshop gives participants the chance to dance and express themselves through creative movement and music. Call them at 584-7860 to register.

8 The Holiday Reindeer Open House is today from 2 to 4pm at the Saratoga Springs Public Library. Kids can meet & greet Bob & Wendy Smith's live reindeer and 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. For all ages. No registration required. Free and open to the public.

The Tang’s series of nine Family Saturday programs accompany work in their exhibitions. Reservations can be made one week before each week’s program by calling the Tang’s Visitor Service Desk at 518-580-8080. Today's activity is Mirror Image Art. Kids will explore Sarah Cain’s two-part artwork Separated at Birth in I was a double, then by cutting one sheet of cardstock to use as a stencil for the other, they will make two images that are the mirror inverse of each other.

9 Puppet People is today at the National Museum of Dance, 99 South Broadway in Saratoga Springs. Cost is $10-$15. Puppet People will be returning to the Dance Museum's School of the Arts Studios performing, "The Wizard of Oz", and a puppet-making workshop will follow at 12:30 pm. Cost is $10 for the show & $15 for the workshop. Bring a brown bag lunch to eat during the break from 12:00-12:30 pm, beverages will be provided.  Walk-ins are welcome - space is limited. For more information call them at 584-2225 ext 3001.

At Northshire Saratoga today there is Saratoga Teens: Pizza Party with the authors of the Futures & Fairy Tales Group at 5pm. This is a free event - but space is limited. Registration required at the store, by phone at 518-682-4200 or by email at rperson@northshire.com.   Join them for a pizza party with the authors of the Futures and Fairy Tales Group Tour.  Three authors of great fiction for young adults will join us for a pizza dinner and great conversation about writing and about their books.

10 Registration begins today for the Teen/Adult Gingerbread House Workshops at the Saratoga Springs Public Library. For teens in grades 7-12, teachers, parents and scout leaders. Saratoga Springs School District residents ONLY may register in the Children's Room or by phoning 584-7860 X305.

11 Did you pre-order your turkey yet? Healthy Living Market and Cafe sources their turkeys from three local, family owned and operated farms from our region – Misty Knoll Farm, Stonewood Farm and Buckley Farm. These talented farmers grow with the most responsible practices and process their birds just days before the holiday so that your Thanksgiving turkey is fresh and never frozen.

12 Preschool Storytime it today at the Saratoga Springs Public Library from 10:15 to 10:45am. Incorporating elements of The Very Ready Reading Program, these preschool storytimes are geared towards children ages 42 months - 5 years old and will include stories, music, and participation. Children ages 42 months - 5 years old may register. Children attend this preschool program independent of a parent or caregiver.  Call them at 584-7860 for more information.

13 Tickets will be on sale November 4th for today's Jeff Kinney, Diary of a Wimpy Kid author event at Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs from 4-6pm. Kids can meet bestselling author Jeff Kinney during a one-of-a-kind roadtrip and book signing for Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, the 9th book in the blockbuster series! This will be a ticketed event for up to 800 people. To make this a fun and safe event, everyone in line will be required to have a ticket (no exceptions!). Nobody will be admitted to the event without a ticket. Tickets will be available on a first come, first served basis. Tickets will go "on sale" on November 4th, by phone (518-682-4200) or in their Saratoga store only. Sorry, no web sales. Click here for more info.

Corks, Forks & Brews is tonight from 6 to 10pm at Saratoga National Golf Club to benefit the Saratoga Center for the Family. Cost: $100; $75 if 35 years old or younger. Join them for a savory wine, beer & food event where you will sip and sample a variety of select wines, craft brews and culinary delights at Saratoga National, while enjoying music by Gravity. Absolutely loved this event last year and can't wait to go again! Click here for tickets.

14 Shelters of Saratoga is holding an Open House and Donation Drive today from 4 to 7pm. Help Shelters of Saratoga kick off Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. Tour the shelter, learn how they are working to end homelessness in the Greater Saratoga region and enjoy complimentary refreshments graciously donated by local establishments. Bring a food or in-kind donation or sign up to volunteer and be entered to win a $50 gift card from Henry Street Taproom.

15 Mamatoga Magazine's Holiday Edition will be available today! Check back for all you need to do the holidays Saratoga Style! xoxo

The Polar Express is back! Click here for more info and for tickets, and click here for Finn and Levy's Polar Express review!

The Tang’s series of nine Family Saturday programs accompany work in their exhibitions. Reservations can be made one week before each week’s program by calling the Tang’s Visitor Service Desk at 518-580-8080. Today's activity is Glittering Geodes. Kids will look at and discuss Erika Verzutti’s geode-like sculptures in her solo exhibition Mineral, then make their own geodes out of Model Magic clay, beads, rhinestones, and more, inspired by her work.

Saratoga Reads is doing a Book Fair at Barnes & Noble on Saturday, November 15th from 10am - 3pm.  There will be a Thanksgiving Story Time and craft at 11am and an American Girl Tea and Craft at 1pm. They will be raffling off a full-sized "Isabelle" American Girl doll for anyone who attends the Book Fair between 10am - 3pm. They will also have Saratoga Reads signature drinks in the Café, a lollipop tree and a prize wheel throughout the entire event. This Book Fair is being held during Native American Heritage month as this year's winning book, "The Round House" by Louise Erdrich, and its junior companion books have Native American themes.

16 The Nutcracker Tea is today at SPAC and this year there are three seatings! Click here to get tickets now, they are going fast!

The Petite Retreat is the Adirondack Region’s premier luxury baby experience! This exclusive, educational day at Longfellows in Saratoga Springs will be filled with interactive booths, speakers, demo classes, a stroller terrain track, a child drop off area, deluxe attendee totes and more! Grab your ticket here before they sell out!

17  Kids After School Kitchen: Authentic Thanksgiving is today at Healthy Living Market and Cafe from 4:30 to 5:30pm. Ever wonder what the Native Americans and Pilgrims really ate on the very first Thanksgiving feast? You may be surprised to find out turkey wasn’t on the menu! In this fantastic and informative class, your kids will be chopping, mixing, and cooking their way through some delicious authentic Thanksgiving dishes.  Students should come ready to learn, ready to cook, and definitely ready to eat!  This class is great for kids aged 6-12; all kids must be accompanied by an adult (adult admission free). $30/child. Register here or give them a call at (518) 306 4900.

18 The Parent/Child Bookclub is today at the Saratoga Springs Public Library from 6:30 to 7:30pm. Please join them as they partner with Northshire Bookstore to offer a Parent/Child Book Club. If your children are between the ages of 7-12 they can join you or a favorite adult to talk about some great books (classics and contemporary), please register with Rachel Person at rperson@northshire.com. The group will meet once a month at the library (usually the 3rd Tuesday of the month).

Tuesday for Tots is today at the Children's Museum at Saratoga. This is a special time for the younger visitors to gain preschool readiness skills in a fun and social environment. Join them anytime between 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm for play-dough, crafts, games, and friends! Enjoy a different theme each week, this week's theme is Native Americans.

19 Lunch and Learn: Thanksgiving Stuffing, Two Ways is at Healthy Living Market and Cafe today from 11:30am to 1pm.  Thanksgiving stuffing: so simple, so vital to the meal, and so many different ways to make it memorable! In this special mid-day class, Chef Instructor Shannon Beckwith will lead participants in creating two very different but equally delicious stuffing recipes. This Hands-on class is $20; pre-registration is required.  Register here or give them a call at (518) 306 4900.

20 Preschool Chefs: Flavored Popcorn Snacks is today from 10 to 11:30am. In this super corn-y class, kids will be learning all about popcorn! Kids will examine corn kernels and find out how they get from being corn on the cob to our very favorite movie snack. They’ll then pop some of the magical, versatile corn on the stove and flavor it with some honey, molasses, and just a touch of cinnamon to make a healthy version of caramel corn! While the popcorn finishes in the oven, they’ll go out to the atrium and have some fun with Go Kids, heading back to the classroom afterward to much their healthy and yummy snack!  This class is great for kids aged 3-5; all kids must be accompanied by an adult (adult admission free). $30/child. Register here or give them a call at (518) 306 4900.

21 Wiggle and Giggle is today at the Children's Museum at Saratoga from 11:15am to 12pm. This is a special time for younger children to learn what they can do with their bodies through guided free play. Together, care takers and the museum foster the physical development of children in a social and creative environment. Kids can crawl through tunnels, walk the balance beam, roll balls, toss bean bags, and make music with all kinds of instruments. This week's theme is basketball.

22 FREE  Yoga in the Atrium: Gentle Vinyasa Flow at Healthy Living Market and Cafe today from 8:30–9:30am.  Join Melissa for a gentle yoga class that’s appropriate for all ages and all experience levels; it’s a very easy and relaxing class, and a great stress reliever. This Yoga class is FREE, but pre-registration is required. Register here or give them a call at (518) 306 4900.

The Tang’s series of nine Family Saturday programs accompany work in their exhibitions. Reservations can be made one week before each week’s program by calling the Tang’s Visitor Service Desk at 518-580-8080. Today's activity is the 12th Annual Potato Turkey Festival! Come to their 12th Annual Make-a-Turkey-Out-of-a-Potato Festival where kids will make holiday centerpieces out of potatoes, pipe-cleaners, feathers, and beads. Create a fantastic bird sculpture to decorate your table!

23 Little Folks Concert: Fiddlefire! is today from 2 to 4pm at Caffe Lena - 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs. This Little Folks Concert is Free thanks to generous support from Stewart's Shops. Reaching more than one million children via numerous TV and radio performances in his native Canada, Parents' Choice Award Winner Chris McKhool has been hailed as a "Children's musical star" (National Post) and "Canada's greatest eco-troubadour for young people" (Mississauga Living Arts Centre). A champion of environmental issues and inter-cultural exchange, Chris uses his fiddle & a collection of rarely seen instruments to lead young audiences on a journey through the rhythms and melodies of all the places he has travelled: the Canadian Arctic, Indonesia, France, England, Cuba, Peru, Guatemala, Costa Rica and the Indian Himalayas. Presented in an interactive style to engage kids, FiddleFire! gets the audience clapping, laughing and singing songs in an energetic and eclectic mixture of world music. Call them at 1-800-838-3006 for more info.

24 Thanksgiving Pies Made Easy is today from 5:30 to 8pm.  Do you have a love-hate relationship with pie (as in love eating it, hate making it)?  Is it one of your favorite parts of the meal but feel mystified by its creation?  Chef-Instructor Shannon Beckwith has heard this sentiment before and she has good news for you: it’s WAY easier to bake pie than you’d think!  In this class, students will discover a fool-proof method for making pie crust that’s guaranteed to work time and time again and you’ll put the crusts you make to work by creating three surprisingly simple and crowd-pleasing Thanksgiving pies: Mile-High Apple, Velvety Smooth Pumpkin Pie, and sweet, crunchy Maple Pecan Tassies.  By the time you leave the class, the intricacies of pie will be totally demystified and you’ll have a love-love relationship with this culmination of the Thanksgiving dinner! This Hands-on Class costs $30. Register here or give them a call at (518) 306 4900.

25 Tuesday for Tots is today at the Children's Museum at Saratoga. This is a special time for the younger visitors to gain preschool readiness skills in a fun and social environment. Join them anytime between 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm for play-dough, crafts, games, and friends! Enjoy a different theme each week, this week's theme is corn.

26 Alphabet Soup is today at the Children's Museum at Saratoga from 10:30 to 11am. At Alphabet Soup, each week kids will learn a new letter of the alphabet through crafts, games, stories, songs, and more. This multidimensional language experience is a fun way to reinforce early literacy skills in preschoolers !

27 The Christopher Dailey Turkey Trot is today, the race starts at 8:30am on Broadway in Saratoga Springs,  just a few blocks south of the Saratoga Hotel. Click here for registration info!

28 Busy Bees: Baby Toddler Open Play Group is today from 9:30 to 10:45am, free with admission at the Children's Museum at Saratoga. MUST be birth - 24 months. This play group has been designed exclusively for their youngest visitors and their caregivers. They will provide the space and activities for you to create an environment that fosters early childhood development in a social setting. Meet new families, make new friends, and lasting memories!

29 Paws4Reading is today from 2 to 3pmat the Saratoga Springs Public Library. These pooch partners are certified therapy dogs who are happy to sit quietly and listen appreciatively to any story your child wishes to read. Dates are subject to change. Please call them at 584-7860 X305 on the day of the program to schedule a 10-minute appointment.

30 The yummiest cold weather drink recipe ever... xoxo