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Decorated trees will be raffled off

LAKE LUZERNE — The Hadley-Lake Luzerne Historical Society will host a “Hanging of the Greens Small Trees Event” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Kinnear Museum of Local History, 51 Main St. There will be a raffle of theme-decorated 18- to 24-inch miniature trees. Some themes include “kitchen,” “Adirondack Wilderness,” “Victorian Era,” “Country,” “Birds,” “Fun in the Snow,” “Ho-ho Santa,” “A Stitch in Time,” “Tea Time” and “Sportsman.” It costs $5 for six chances.

Skidmore Cares serves those in need

SARATOGA SPRINGS — For the 13th consecutive year, members of the Skidmore College community are joining together through the Skidmore Cares community service program. The program was founded in 2006 by Skidmore President Philip A. Glotzbach and his wife, Marie Glotzbach, in an effort to bring staff and families together in a meaningful way during the holiday season. They reached out to the Skidmore community to raise donations of food, provisions and school supplies to assist those in need in Saratoga County. Since that time, the Skidmore community has donated more than $90,000 in monetary gifts and more than 28,000 items to nonprofit agencies throughout Saratoga County.

Nearly 150 Skidmore faculty and staff members, along with representatives from 10 Saratoga-based community service agencies, attended an energetic kickoff luncheon recently on campus. This year, contributions will benefit Shelters of Saratoga, Franklin Community Center, Mary’s Haven, Wellspring, Corinth Central School District, The Latino Advocacy Program, Salvation Army, Saratoga Center for the Family, Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council and Saratoga Springs City School District PATHS.

In Saratoga County, 7 percent of households fall under federal poverty guidelines. An additional 21 percent are considered “struggling,” according to the United Way.

Holiday decorating contest to be held

WARRENSBURG — All businesses and residences are encouraged to get in the spirit and decorate for the 30th Christmas in Warrensburgh celebration on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 2. Join the town and “Deck the Halls” this holiday season. The contest is sponsored by Warrensburgh Beautification Inc. and the Warrensburgh Historical Society, in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce and the town.

Categories include: Christmas in Warrensburgh Theme: “Thirty Years of Music, Magic & Memories”; Old Fashioned; and Creative Lighting. Deadline for nominations is Dec. 5. Judging is Dec. 7. Submit nominations to P.O. Box 312, Warrensburgh, NY 12885 or email to taawhalen@yahoo.com.

Christmas Bazaar set in North Creek

NORTH CREEK — The North River Methodist Church will be hosting a Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Tannery Pond Community Center in North Creek. The event will have unique, beautiful, one-of-a-kind gifts, including jewelry, Christmas ornaments, baked goods, knit, crochet and sewn items, mittens, slippers, pillows, table runners, hand-painted cards, ornaments, slates and cutting boards. There will be a finger food lunch by donation.

Proceeds will benefit the North River United Methodist Church. For more information, contact Roxy Freebern 518-251-4129.

Pet adoption event slated for holidays

QUEENSBURY — FACT Animal Rescue will be at the Queensbury Petco, 756 Upper Glen St., from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday with cats looking for their forever homes. There will be discounted adoption fees as well as a holiday goodie bag with every adoption.

You can also sponsor a kitty for Christmas. Canned and dry food, litter and cleaning supplies are always in demand. The discounted fee will be honored all month.

For more information on the event, to volunteer or to view available adoptees, go to www.factanimalrescue.com or find the group on Facebook or email FACTAnimalRescue@outlook.com.

Adoption requires an application, veterinary reference, home visit and adoption fee. They are always looking for fosters and volunteers to assist in their efforts.

ECHO Pantry dinner to be potluck event

ROCK CITY FALLS — Simpson United Methodist Church, 1089 Rock City Road, Rock City Falls, will be host to this year’s Ecumenical Community Helping Others Food Pantry Potluck Dinner and fundraiser from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2. A brief non-denominational service begins at 4 p.m. with the meal following in the fellowship hall at 4:30 p.m. All in the community (churched and unchurched) are welcome to bring a dish to pass and enjoy a meal and fellowship together. A love offering basket will be available to benefit the ECHO Food Pantry.

ECHO includes volunteers from St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Milton Eagles Volunteer Fire Department in Rock City Falls, Simpson UMC, Old Stone Church Baptist Church and Middle Grove United Methodist Church. The pantry is located at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 771 Route 29, Rock City Falls. To donate, make a check payable to ECHO Food Pantry and send c/o Simpson UMC, P.O. Box 79, Rock City Falls, NY 12863. With food pantry questions, call 518-885-4877; Dec. 2 ECHO dinner questions, contact Pastor Glenn at 518-461-1295.

Fair Trade Market Expo in Saratoga

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The fifth annual Saratoga Fair Trade Market Expo will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Saratoga Springs City Center, up the escalator on the second floor. Admission to the expo, as always, is free.

The Fair-Trade Market Expo is an easy way for the community to skip the crowded malls for a day and lend a hand up to artisans in the developing world, giving them the opportunity to earn an honorable living for themselves and support their families. Everything on sale at the market has been made under fair trade conditions, meaning the artisans and producers received fair compensation for their labor, enjoyed safe workplaces and created their goods using environmentally friendly practices.

This year’s market will feature 20 vendors and projects including several vendors with roots in Saratoga Springs. These vendors include Mango Tree Imports, The Bosnian Handcraft Project, AOET Uganda, The Giving Circle, Seeds for Peace, and Every Basket Counts. Some of the unique products that shoppers will be seeing are beautifully crafted jewelry, African market baskets, children’s character hats, silk scarves, toys, and table linens. Also, they will find handmade quilts from Vietnam, baskets and handbags from Africa and Asia, slippers and jewelry from Bosnia, hand carvings from the Holy Land and much more. If you are looking for that perfect one-of-a-kind gift, this is the perfect opportunity.

Live music is being provided by Rich Clements and Jon Tario. There will be a free scavenger hunt all day with prizes for kids. The expo is hosted by New Life Fellowship Church and The Bosnian Handcraft Project, 51 Old Gick Road, Saratoga Springs. For more information about the expo, email Mary Jo Kowalewski at saratogafairtrade@gmail.com.

Saratoga Hospital volunteers honored

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Hospital Volunteer Guild has once again been named “Auxiliary of the Year” by the Healthcare Association of New York State for the guild’s fundraising and charitable contributions through its Treasures Consignment Boutique and Thrift Shop.

HANYS presented its 2018 Auxiliary and Volunteer of Year Awards at the end of October during its 52nd annual Conference for Healthcare Auxiliaries and Volunteer Leaders. It was the third such honor for Saratoga Hospital Volunteer Guild, which also received the award in 2008 and 2012.

Located at 60 West Ave., Treasures Consignment Boutique and Thrift Shop is operated by the guild and earns about $160,000 per year. In addition to selling recycled clothing and other items, through its voucher and outreach programs, Treasures partners with more than 35 community service agencies in the greater Saratoga region. Last year, Treasures provided recycled clothing and other essentials, valued at over $90,000, to more than 600 clients of these agencies.

Christmas craft and bake sale in Wilton

WILTON — There will be a Christmas Craft and Bake Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Trinity United Methodist Church,155 Ballard Road, Wilton. The church is handicap accessible. Homemade crafts, needlework, jewelry, homemade goodies, cookies, breads, fudge and gifts are available. Call Carolyn at 518-306-4243 to register.

VFW bake sale and lunch set in Hadley

HADLEY — The VFW Post 5836 will be having a bake sale, crafts by Marion Lanouette, soup and half a sandwich ($4.50) and basket raffles from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Rockwell Street.

Christian illusionist to visit area church

BOLTON LANDING — Ashton Blackwell, star of the TV show “Where Magic Happens,” will be performing at the Bolton Community Church at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at 5 Horicon Ave. Ashton Blackwell utilizes his talents to engage communities throughout the country to rally around their neighbors in need. Compelled by the desire to encourage communities of true compassion, Blackwell makes use of his vast experience in the art of illusion to reveal the magic that happens, and the hope that ignites, when neighbors come together to help one another. Learn more at WhereMagicHappensTheShow.com. The event is free.

Festival of Trees and Gala planned

GLENS FALLS — Enjoy a winter wonderland of beautiful trees and decorations at the 27th annual North Country Festival of Trees from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 at The Queensbury Hotel, 88 Ridge St. All events benefit Prospect Center, a division of the Center for Disability Services.

General admission is $7; $5 for seniors; and $3 for children 12 years of age and under.

Breakfast with Santa will be from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 2, and will include a full meal and a holiday keepsake for guests. Tickets are $13.

The North Country Festival of Trees includes many activities for the entire family — a Children’s Wonderland, visits with Santa, decorated trees and wreaths and unique, handmade items created by area artisans for gift-giving or home in the Holiday Boutique.

The Festival Gala, which will be from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, is an evening of fine cuisine, spirits and entertainment by the Radio Junkies and pianist Matt Donnelly. As part of the fundraising event, decorations, including trees, wreaths, gifts and home goods, will be available for purchase. Tickets are $75 per person, with a Corporate Table for 10 at $900 and Honorary Chairperson tickets at $100 per person.

Prospect Center, a division of the Center for Disability Services, serves children and adults with developmental disabilities and those at-risk. Its programs and services include CloverPatch Preschool, the Langan School at Prospect Center, Adult Day Habilitation and a residential program for adults with disabilities. Prospect Center provides services to 1,200 individuals and families in Warren, Washington, northern Saratoga, Hamilton and Essex counties. For information, go to www.prospectcenter.com or call 518-832-6124.

Cutshall-King to sign his new book

GLENS FALLS — Author and historian Joseph Cutshall-King will discuss and read excerpts from his new book, “Over My Shoulder,” a collection of his columns from The Post-Star from 1994 to 1997, from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday at The Chapman Museum, 348 Glen St.

Between 1994 and 2003, Joseph Cutshall-King wrote his “Over My Shoulder” column for The Post-Star, weaving together local history, commentary and personal memories. The author will sign copies of his book, which is available for purchase in the museum shop. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 518-793-2826.

Nativities on display in South Glens Falls

SOUTH GLENS FALLS — The Parks-Bentley Place display “Nativities Across the Empire,” featuring crèches from countries in the Victorian-era British Empire, will open from 1 to 4 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until Dec. 16 and again on Dec. 28 and 29 at 53 Ferry Blvd. Evening openings will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 14 and 28.

The exhibit includes nativities and artifacts depicting Christmas customs celebrated by the countries. Other countries which surrounded the British Empire are also on display as well as a room of volunteer favorites. Each of the rooms is beautifully decorated for Christmas.

The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. There are special rates for children’s groups. Contact Nancy at 518-636-3856 to schedule a tour for groups of 10 or more. Check out information on the Historical Society website at parksbentleyplace.org.

Group to hold an audition workshop

SCHUYLERVILLE — The Schuylerville Community Theater will be holding an Audition Workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at the Saratoga Town Office Building, corners of routes 29 and 32 in Schuylerville. This workshop is designed for those interested in auditioning for Schuylerville Community Theater’s spring musical, “Baby,” or for those interested in improving their audition skills.

Director/Choreographer Bonnie Thomas, Director Garrett West and Musical Director Carol Hawks will offer their insight to a successful audition.

The workshop will cover script reading and vocal and dance auditions. There is no cost for this workshop, but pre-registration is required; an application is available online at www.scttheater.org or contact Director Bonnie Thomas at thomasbpc@hotmail.com or 518-798-5984 to register. Space is limited, so registration will be on a first come, first serve basis. Must be 16 years old or older.

Japan is destination for Armchair Travel

QUEENSBURY — The Hudson Falls Free Library hosts its final Armchair Travel program of the year at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Frank and Erin Steinbach of Queensbury will talk about their visit to Japan a year ago with their son, Frankie, who is in the Air Force and stationed in the small northern town of Misawa.

They were able to explore the island nation and have great photos and stories to share. There will be a Q&A after the free presentation. No registration is required. Call 518-747-6404 for more information.

Elks will host a memorial service

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge 161 will conduct its annual Memorial Service at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at 1 Elk Lane.

The public is invited to attend the ceremony honoring 17 members that died this past year as well as attend a light reception to follow. More information may be obtained by calling Mark Phillips, chairman, at 518-584-7464.

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Hometown is compiled by Gretta Hochsprung. If you’d like to let her know about an upcoming event, email ghochsprung@poststar.com or call 518-742-3206.

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