Friday, June 30
“History, Legends, Lore and More” – Guided Walking Tour 2017 Season
Saratoga Heritage Area Visitor Center, 297 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 10:30 a.m.
A 90-minute walking tour that concentrates on historic Congress Park and the colorful characters that helped make Saratoga what it is. This guided tour of legends and lore will walk you through history while providing an opportunity to sip the famous mineral waters as you stroll through Victorian Congress Park. Rain or shine. Cost is $8 adults, children under 12 are free. No registration required. July 1 to September 4, tours will run Monday through Saturday. September 9 to October 21 tours will be Saturdays only For more information, call 518-587-3241.
Saturday, July 1
Northshire Bookstore, 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 3-4 p.m.
Signing Only - John Ostwald - War Sacrifice and Coming Home. For years, the author has worked with Soldier’s Heart, a national non-profit organization whose mission is to transform the emotional, moral, and spiritual wounds that often result from war and military service. A percent of the proceeds from the sale of this work benefit Soldier’s Heart. Please note that this is a signing only. There will be no formal author presentation. For more information and other events visit www.northshire.com.
Sunday, July 2
Dharma Meditation with Pierre Zimmerman
One Big Roof, Center for Mindful Practices, 538 Maple Avenue, Saratoga Health and Wellness Building, Saratoga Springs, 9-10:15 a.m.
Weekly meditation followed by short discussion. All contemplative traditions honored. By donation. For more information call 413-992-7012 or visit www.oneroofsaratoga.com.
Wealth and Wellness: Franklin Square
NW Corner of Division St. and Broadway, Franklin Square, Saratoga Springs, 10:30 a.m. – Noon
Carrie Woerner, NYS Assemblywoman and former Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation Executive Director, will lead a tour through the architecturally rich historic Franklin Square area. $5 for SSPF members | $8 non-members. Tours are rain or shine. Allow 90 minutes.
Requires walking and standing and covers varied terrain. For tour meeting location information and to preregister, please call 518-587-5030, or visit our website www.saratogapreservation.org.
Car and Truck Show
American Legion, 34 West Ave., Saratoga Springs, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Open to all makes and models. Registration $15 day of the show. Awards are embroidered car jackets - 30 in total and they are custom sized on day of event. Offering dash plaques, registration givebacks and music by DJ Andy. Enjoy food by the Legion with shade in the pavilion. Benefit to homeless Veterans. Spectators are free.
Free Summer Lawn Workshop
Brookside Nursery, 824 State Route 67, Ballston Spa, 2 p.m.
The heat of the summer is coming. Is your lawn prepared to survive long, hot summer days? Learn how to keep your lawn green so your lazy days of summer aren’t spent on a crunch lawn We’ll also discuss grub control, mowing height and mole control. In addition we will have a fun lawn project- Grow a Grass Head for the kids.
Summer Concert Series
Congress Park, Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 7 – 8:30 p.m..
Gather your friends and family and join us for this free summer concert series. Concerts will happen on Sunday evenings in July and Tuesday evenings in August. Performances take place at the War Memorial, Rain location: Heritage Area Visitor Center. This week’s performance is by Betsy and the ByeGons.
Monday, July 3
All-American Afternoon with Benjamin Franklin
The Children’s Museum at Saratoga, 69 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, Noon – 2 p.m.
Bring the kids to join in an afternoon of stories, kids crafts, and historic games. We start at the museum and parade ourselves to Congress Park. Feel free to bring your own picnic lunch or snack to enjoy while listening to Ben read his favorite children’s stories. Part of the Saratoga Springs All-American Celebration.
Tuesday, July 4
Kids Fun Run of the Firecracker 4
Saratoga Springs City Center, 522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 10:40 a.m.
Children ages 12 and younger and those of all abilities regardless of age are invited to this ½ mile Fun Run of the Official Firecracker 4 Race, starting at the City Center and ending at Congress Park. It is a run, not a race. Children of all abilities are encouraged to participate and parents are encouraged to run with their child. Strollers are welcome. Please no dogs. Leading the race will be two tandems from Camp Abilities Saratoga, a service project of the Saratoga Springs Lions Club, which benefits children and teens who are blind or visually impaired. $5 registration on-line at https://firecracker4.com/registration/ until July 3rd or in person before 9:30 a.m.on the 4th.
Wednesday, July 5
Guided Mindful Meditation
Saratoga Springs Public Library, Susman Room, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Take a break from the daily grind and clear your mind with guided Mindful Meditation led by professionals from One Roof Holistic Health Center. Sessions are free and open to the public, and will be held on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 518-584-7860 ext. 205.
Caffe’ Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, Sign ups 7 p.m.
Caffè Lena will present poetry readings by David Eye and Richard Hoffman. An open reading will follow. Readings will start at 7:30 p.m. The host for the event will be Carol Graser and the cost is $5. Free for students. For more information, call 518-583-0022, or visit www.caffelena.org.
Concert: Skidmore Jazz All-Stars
Arthur Zankel Music Center, Skidmore College, 8 p.m.
Featuring Brandon Lee (trumpet), Dick Oatts (saxophone), Michael Dease (trombone), Bill Cunliffe (piano), Peter Bernstein (guitar), David Wong (bass), and John Riley (drums).
$8 adults, $5 senior citizens and Skidmore community, free for students and children. For tickets go to www.skidmore.edu/zankel. For more information call 518-580-5321
Thursday, July 6
Open Pond Hours at Delegan Pond
Wilton Wildlife and Preserve, Scout Rd., Parking Lot 1, Wilton, 10 a.m. – Noon
Drop in anytime between 10:00 and noon to discover the aquatic wildlife found at Delegan Pond. Use our dip nets to search for critters including frogs, salamanders, tadpoles, crayfish, and insects. For more information visit www.wiltonwildlifepreserve.org.
Scholastic Summer Reading Road Trip
Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St., Saratoga Springs, 2 – 4 p.m.
Join us for a “pop-up” reading festival co-presented by Northshire Bookstore, the Saratoga Springs Public Library and Scholastic Books! At this reading road trip stop, kids and families will enjoy a fun afternoon of reading activities including:An author visit and book signing with Adele Griffin, Sandra Magsamen, and Tod Olson; an activity station filled with reading activities; giveaway tables and a prize wheel; costume characters including: Clifford the Big Red Dog® and Geronimo Stilton. For more information visit www.northshire.com.
New York City Ballet Musicians and Friends
Saratoga Arts, 320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 4 - 5 p.m.
Luellen Abdoo, Artistic Director - Dvorak, Piano Quintet in A Major Schubert Octet in F Major Performers include members of the NYC Ballet Orchestra Suggested donation: $7. (Additional donations welcome and appreciated)
Free Concert in the Park
Wiswall Park, Front St., Ballston Spa, 6 – 8 p.m.
The Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association is proud to once again present its free Concerts in the Park series. This week’s featured concert is North and South Dakotas.
Concert Fundraiser: Jon Batiste and Stay Human
Arthur Zankel Music Center, Skidmore College, 8 p.m.
Led by innovative musician Batiste, the Colbert show’s house band presents a fundraiser for a jazz scholarship. Co-sponsored by Stewart’s Signature Series. $30 general admission. For tickets go to www.skidmore.edu/zankel. For more information call 518-580-5321