Tomorrow night is First Friday in Ballston Spa and the very last outdoor movie in Wiswall Park (weather permitting), Alice in Wonderland.  What a neat film to see on an outdoor screen!  There will be live music at Coffee Planet and the Whistling Kettle.   

The Hoopla!
What's the Hoopla?  Aside from being a pretty cool name, The Hoopla is actually a neat family event all about celebrating healthy choices.  This Saturday, October 2nd from 11am-4pm, attend The Hoopla at the Victoria Pool Promenade (In the Saratoga State Park) and enjoy a day of activities, games, lectures, workshops, demonstrations, food and fun.  Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.  There will be lots of neat exhibits and presentations about healthy living. 

The full schedule is here, so you can pick and choose your events.  My personal picks are Native American Storytelling and Dance at 11am, Sack Races on the green at 1pm, BreakBeats (Skidmore group) at 2pm as well as catching some of the Open Jam Session on the green (bring your own instruments!).  Minus the kids I would probably do more of the workshops but the music/games will be more fun with kids.  Hope to see you there!      

Saratoga Library  518-584-7860   Registration is required unless noted

Toddler Story Time
(24-42 months):  Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays: 9:30-9:50am
                                                 Wednesdays: 9:30-9:50am or 11:00-11:20am
                                                 (Beginning the week of September 20 - week of November 29)

Saturday Family Story Time
(ages 2-5):  Saturdays 11:30am-12:00pm, September 25-November 20
  **No registration necessary for this program. 

Preschool Story Time
(42 months-5yrs): Tuesdays, Thursdays: 10:15-10:45am
                                                       Wednesdays: 10:15-10:45am or 2:00-2:30pm
                                                       (Beginning the week of September 20 - week of November 29)

Preschool Story/Music Program
(42 months-5yrs): Mondays: 10:15-10:45am  &  Tuesdays 2:00-2:30pm
                                                                     (Beginning the week of September 20 - week of November 29)

Library Babies
(An informal playgroup for babies under 24 months):
                        Fridays September 24-December 3. Drop in between 10:30am and noon                       
                        Saturdays September 25-November 20. Drop in between 10:00am and 11:00am
**No registration necessary for this program.
I love taking my kids to the library on any day, but it's always nice to catch one of the scheduled story times and activities!  Below is a list of the upcoming story times for Ballston Spa, Round Lake and Malta.  I have listed the phone numbers so you can give a quick call before heading out.   

Ballston Spa  518-885-5022
All drop-in programs, no registration required.  A short playtime follows the program.  
3-5yrs:  Thursdays from 10-10:45am
18mo-3yrs: Fridays from 10-10:45am

Round Lake  518-899-2285
Story times start the first week of October and are as follows:
Toddler Story Time:  Tuesdays at 10:30am (10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9)
Preschool Story Time: Thursdays at 2:00pm (10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/18,)  
Baby & Me: 1st and 3rd Tuesday at 11:15am (10/5, 10/19, 11/2, 11/16)  

Malta Branch  518-682-2495
Toddler Story Time:  Thursdays at 11:15am   (10/7, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/18)
Preschool Story Time: Wednesdays at 10:30am  (10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10)
                                  & Thursdays at 2:15pm   (10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/18)
I've mentioned before that I am a board member of local charity To Love A Child.  This organization is fantastic and is doing some pretty amazing things to improve the lives of children in impoverished nations like Haiti and Zimbabwe, as well as programs for children here in the states.  In any case, next week we are having a charity Bunco tournament next Tuesday, September 28th at 7pm at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Fire Department (Old Rte. 146/Fire Road)  The cost is $25 and proceeds benefit To Love A Child.  No prior Bunco experience is necessary!  I have no idea what Bunco even is, so I'm glad rookies are welcome :-)  Hors d’oeuvres, desserts, wine, coffee & soda will be served. 

Please pass this along to moms, grandmothers, neighbors, friends and anyone else who may be interested.  Email Michele Brobston: shel3179@msn.com to RSVP or if you have questions.   

To get you in the Fall spirit, Riverview Orchards is having Harvest Days this Friday and Saturday.  The orchards are located in Clifton Park on 660 River Road. The event is sponsored by the Rotary of Shenendehowa in conjunction with Riverview Orchards and the Mohawk Towpath Byway. 

Friday from 6-9pm and Saturday from 10am-9pm, there will be events and activities for the whole family followed by fireworks on Saturday.   Activities Include: hay rides, games, live music, food, bounce house, craft vendors, storytelling and more.  Riverview Orchards does have a website, but there's no information about the Harvest Days on the site.  This sounds like a great kick-off to Fall event!   

 This weekend is the major Adirondack Balloon Festival in Glens Falls.  Friday night from 5-10pm downtown Glens Falls is having a fun, family-friendly block party featuring live bands, classic cars, kids activities, and fireworks at dark.  Glen Street will be closed and the stores will all be open late.  This may be the last time to see fireworks this season!  There are some really neat stores in Glens Falls two of my favorites being Dog Ate My Homework and Kismet.  Both have unique and cool stuff for kids and adults and they will be open late on Friday.  Block parties are fun and I'm sure this will be a neat event to attend. 

My postpartum body stinks.  Nothing fits, nothing looks right and I don't have the time, money or energy to buy a whole new wardrobe.  I used to love shopping for clothes but lately it has become more like shopping for groceries.  A quick scan of the rack, a split-second yay or nay, grab and go on to the next item.  

I have a pair of jeans from Forever 21 that are old but they miraculously still fit and I love them.  I went online to see if they had anything remotely similar and felt like the geek trying to sit with the cool kids at lunch.  I had no business perusing the pages of skinny jeans or imagining walking while wearing the studded 'babe' boots.  I did discover that they have a sister store called Love 21 which is for the more 'mature' crowd.  Their prices are good and the clothes are stylish without being juvenile.  Love 21 even has maternity clothes which would have been nice to know a few months ago! Right now you can get free shipping using the code: MISSYOU10.  While it doesn't make my postpartum body any easier to dress, at least I can shop for a few moderately trendy items without breaking the bank, or entering a store!

Did you know?  American Eagle has a cool line for kids Newborn-5 yrs called 77Kids. Now enjoy free shipping and returns!  Cute stuff.  What's your favorite place to shop for yourself?  What about kids?  For me: Gap & Gap! 

A couple neat classes are starting this week for the little one's at Malta Community Center.  Having taken them both, I highly recommend!  Tuesdays from 9:30-11am there's Toddler Time (15-36 months), and that starts this week.  Also starting this week is Makin' Music (18mos.-4yrs), Wednesdays from 9:30-10:30.  They both have spots available.  Toddler Time is basically a big gym with tons of toys for the kids to go nuts and play for the first half.  Second half is story time, music and snack.  This is very relaxing and not very structured (in a good way!).  Makin' Music is definitely a more structured environment with group songs, stories, instruments, marching, etc.  It also ends with snack time.  You can't go wrong with either! 
Two new free classes for parents are also starting this week, Tot University and Parents of Pre-Schoolers.  They both start Tuesday and cover lots of interesting topics pertaining to raising children.  Tot is from 11-11:30 and Pre-Schools is from 10-11am.  Only problem is only kids under 1 are able to attend.  I'd love to do the Tot University, but I'm not sure what to do with my tot during that time!  Too bad it wasn't offered in the evening.   

View the Fall Activities Guide for details on all the course offerings and the registration form. 
This Sunday, September 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. bring your family to the First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa for a fun Fall Festival.  There will be food, ice cream, games, and a bounce house for the kids.  This is a FREE event and we invite everyone to come by and enjoy some food and fun.  Parking is available in the church lot and on the street.

202 Milton Ave. Ballston Spa, NY 885-8361 http://www.fbcballstonspa.org