Saratoga County Restaurant Week is back for a second year.  It starts this Friday, March 18th and ends on Sunday, March 27th.   During this 10-day celebration of Saratoga County restaurants, you’ll find three course fixed price meals for $20.11 at a variety of participating restaurants in Saratoga County.  Here's the list of all participating restaurants.  
It's a good way to experiment with a new place!  Let me know where you go.  Bloomers and Bentley's Tavern are two Malta spots to consider! 

Looking for a special way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day but don't have a sitter lined up for the pub crawl?  Check out these St. Patrick’s Day Programs at the Round Lake and Malta Library this week!  Sounds exciting right?  Actually, we went to the libraries New Year's Eve program for kids at the Clark House in Round Lake and it was quite fun!  RSVP's are not required but always appreciated. 

St. Pats Toddler Story Time:  Wednesday, March 16 at 4pm at Clark House in Round Lake, 518-899-2285
St. Pats Story, Game, and Craft: Thursday, March 17 at 10:45am at the Malta Branch (suitable for ages 2-6), 518-682-2495

This week is the Pass It On Children's Consignment sale in Albany!  The public days are Wednesday, March 16th to Saturday, March 19th.  Check the website for info if you are a expecting or a first-time parent.  You can register and shop a day early. 

You'll find a huge selection of gently used clothes, toys, books, gear, etc. 
Admission: Free
Days/Times:  Wednesday, March 16th  9am-8pm
Thursday, March 17th  9am-5pm
1/2 Price Day ( 2 Days!)  Friday, March 18th  9am-5pm AND  Saturday, March 19th  8am-12pm

Location:  Albany Academy Field House, 135 Academy Road, Albany, New York 12208 (detailed directions here)
Cash, credit cards are accepted, no checks.

We made it to Friday!  We started with snow on Monday and now just lots of rain.  I hope everyone's house stays dry.  We'll be at the Saratoga Library tomorrow for Jack and the Beanstalk and maybe see some of you there! 
After, plan on hitting up the Spring Soiree from 1-4 at Saratoga Unitarian Church. 
Also, don't forget to enter the Peacock's Crafty Heart Giveaway!

Have a wonderful weekend! 
I've mentioned this before, but in addition to MaltaMama, I am also the managing editor for Our Towne Ballston Spa and Our Towne Saratoga.  The March issues are out right now and they have an Irish flair.  I'm especially proud of my Our Towne Saratoga because I delved into some West Side Saratoga history and uncovered some neat things about the Dublin neighborhood.  If you're out and about in Saratoga (Hannaford and the Library are two pickup spots), pick one up or check out the online version

Looking for a St. Patrick's Day activity?  The Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library has a program this Sunday for ages 3-8. 
Wear something green - come sing, hear stories, and MAYBE meet a real live leprechaun!! This is a drop-in program for families with children ages 3-8; no registration is necessary.
Location: Program Room A-D & CAR
Contact Number: 371-8622
Presenter: Diane Payette

At last years opera
Opera Saratoga, (formerly Lake Goerge Opera Company) is presenting another Opera-to-Go Education Program with the first performance starting this Saturday in Saratoga.  Last year we went and saw Opera Saratoga's Three Little Pigs performance and it was fantastic.   This is something I highly recommend doing with kids as it exposes them to a different style of music, helps them develop an appreciation for the arts, and is just all around educational.  If that's not enough, the performance is free (they do accept donations)! 
“Jack and the Beanstalk” set to the music of Sir Arthur Sullivan. In this adaptation the characters discover that “You must treat other people the same way you would want other people to treat you!”   
Free Public Performances:
Saratoga Springs Public Library - March 12th 11:00am
New York State Museum - March 19th  2:00pm
Albany Institute of History and Art - Saturday, March 26th at 11:00am
Schenectady Civic Players - April 2nd 2:30pm
Charles R/ Wood Theater in Glens Falls - April 9th at 11:00am

I know it seems miles away, but Friday night at Colonie Center is a Cabin Fever event featuring Radio Disney and a scavenger hunt in the mall.  Up for grabs are prizes including day passes to the Rudy A. Ciccotti Family Recreation Center, a weekend getaway to the Great Escape Indoor Lodge & Water Park, and other prizes and gift card surprises. 

Has anyone been to the Ciccotti Center yet?  I've been meaning to go for about a year now and sadly have not made it.  The place looks super nice and if we lived closer, I'd probably have a membership there.  As an aside, I think their website is very sleek and nicely done.  Malta Community Center should take note.  WHEN I go, I will give my full report here. 
My blankets from Peacock's Crafty Heart
I'm excited to announce an awesome giveaway that I know you will love from Peacock's Crafty Heart.  I had received and reviewed some of this mama's stuff last week and we are absolutely loving our blankets!  Now I am happy to announce your chance to win...
In honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday, Peacock's Crafty Heart is giving away a large blanket (baby-to-toddler) with Dr. Seuss modern designer fabric (100% cotton) in Black & White, backed with ultra soft cuddly minky in Red (unisex design). Perfect for snuggling up with your favorite Dr. Seuss book. The blanket will come with a complimentary matching BB (blanket bag) so you can take your blanket anywhere!

Here's how to enter! (3 chances in total)

1.  Visit Peacock's Crafty Heart on Etsy and leave a comment with your favorite pattern  - 1 Entry

2.  'Like' both MaltaMama and Peacock's Crafty Heart on Facebook and leave another comment here - 1 Entry

3.  A bonus entry for adding Peacock's Crafty Heart as a favorite seller on Etsy and leave a comment here that you have done so - 1 Entry 

Enter until 8pm EST on Sunday, March 20th.   Winner will be chosen using Random.org.  Good luck!

This Sunday, March 6th from 1-5pm is Girls Day Out at The Saratoga Winery.  Enjoy chair massages from Kaivalya Spa, jewelry making with Dragon Fly Design, complimentary snacks, wine specials, Miche handbags and more! 
Send dad or sitter to StarFish at the library, and go to the winery! 

The library seems an unlikely venue to enjoy a 'rock concert', but this Sunday, prepare yourselves for StarFish in Saratoga Library's Dutcher Community Room.  StarFish is a 5-piece rock band for kids.  They perform original classic-rock based tunes with kid-friendly lyrics.  They call themselves 'the greatest rock band in the world...for kids'.  I love the concept and am eager to hear the execution! 

Sunday, March 6th, Saratoga Springs Public Library
2-3pm, Dutcher Community Room
This is a drop-in program (no registration required) for ages 4 and older (but I hear they are not ID'ing at the door, haha).