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If your life is anything like mine, Happy Hour is SO five years ago.  It's just not always feasible with life and kids.  However, planning a girls night or guys night out once in a while is necessary.  If and when you do get the chance to get the h#ll out of dodge, let me give you an excellent option: Happy Hour at Prime at Saratoga National.  Prime is the perfect setting with beautiful views, upscale setting, fancy coctails, great servers, and fabulous food. 
On Thursday nights, Prime hosts local music superstar (and personal friend) Garland Nelson.  If that's not enough, enjoy 2 for 1 coctails and appetizers.  Mama's, start planning a girls night and get your groove, drink, and eats on at Prime. 
Details: Happy Hour at Prime, Thursdays from 6:30-9:30pm
Enjoy live music by the Garland Nelson duo and 2 for 1 coctails and appetizers

I know I mentioned this in Monday's post, but I am really excited about the benefit concert Saturday at Northern Lights. 
It kicks off at 3pm and runs until 9pm, but you can stop by and/or leave whenever you (or your kids) feel like it.  As a reminder, the $10 admission (free for kids under 10) goes directly to the local charity To Love a Child.  

Come see Garland Nelson and Soul Session; Captain Squeeze and the Zydeco Moshers, Vivid and Cryin’ Out Loud.   There will be a bounce house, food, a bake sale, raffles and face painting for the kids. 

Northern Lights is located on Route 146 in Clifton Park. 
For more information, call 396-9082.  

On Thursday the 28th, head to the Saratoga Library’s Book Bag Shop for their annual 10 cent paperback sale.  You can’t afford not to buy a book!  Hours are 10am – 4pm. 

Also while you’re there: 
9:30-9:50am: Toddler Story Time, for children ages 24-42 months with a parent or caregiver.
10:15-10:45: Preschool Story Time, for children ages 42 months to 5 years.

For more information, call: 584-7860

The Malta Community Center just put out their Spring 2010 activities brochure.  If you live in Malta you’ll get one in the mail, but in case you don’t, download the PDF here 

I’m bummed that my complaining fell on deaf ears about the Tot Open Gym.  It used to be a drop-in open gym time for ages 18months - 3years on Monday morning from 9:30-11am for $3, no registration required.  Now they have shortened the time to 45 minutes, 9:00-9:45am, and you have to purchase a block of 4 consecutive weeks for $12.  I don’t know about you, but to get the kids out the door for just 45 minutes (that’s if you make it there at 9!), and to have to commit for 4 weeks and prepay is NOT a good idea.  

On the bright side, they have added a Family Open Gym time on Saturday morning from 9am-10am which is FREE starting in March!  I’ll remind you again about those free open gym times when we get closer to March.      

I wanted to give you ample notice about an event on Saturday that I think you will love.  I’ve mentioned them before, but local charity To Love a Child out of Clifton Park is teaming up with Northern Lights (concert venue in Clifton Park) to host a Haiti benefit concert on Saturday, January 30th. 

The event will take place at Northern Lights, Route 146 Clifton Park and runs from 3pm-9pm.  Tickets are just $10 and all proceeds benefit To Love a Child.  Oh, and children under 10 are free! 

As if that weren’t enough, here are the awesome bands that are going to be performing:  Garland Nelson and Soul Session; Captain Squeeze and the Zydeco Moshers, Vivid and Cryin’ Out Loud.   There will be a bounce house, food, a bake sale, raffles and face painting for the kids. 

Buy your tickets at the box office anytime this week, or just show up on Saturday!  For more information, call 396-9082. 

Get out your snowsuits, sleds, and snowshoe's and take a drive over to the Saratoga National historical Park (AKA Saratoga Battlefield) tomorrow and hit up the Frost Faire '10!  There will be snow tubing on "The Big Hill", horse and carriage rides, a warming tent, nature hike, bonfires and Revolutionary War soldier demonstrations!  Where else can you get all of that excitement? 
Where: Saratoga National Historical Park
for detailed directions, click here
When: Saturday, January 23, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Phone: 664-9821

This Saturday, January 23rd, meet people from 17 preschools in the Saratoga/Ballston Spa area and learn about their programs, all in one place!  The Preschool Fair is free to attend and runs from 10:00am-12:00pm at the Saratoga Springs Public Library on 49 Henry Street.  The event is not listed on the library's website, but if you need more information, you can call 518-587-2224.    

The Ballston Spa Library is another nice play to go with the kids.  While certainly not as state-of-the-art as the Saratoga or Clifton Park libraries, the BSpa library is still a good option to consider if you're looking to get out of the house. 

No registration is needed for story times and the schedule is as follow: 
Wednesday at 1 pm Ages 3-5 yrs.
Thursday from 10:00-10:45 Ages 3-5 yrs
Friday from 10:00-10:45 Ages 18 mo.-3 yrs
Wednesday at 10:00 Ballston Babies ages 6-18 months old

This Saturday, January 16th at the New York State Museum in Albany enjoy Sundaes at the Museum
Time:  2pm-3pm
Location: Student Center in the NYS Museum
Cost: $1/museum member,  $2/non-member

The New York State Museum is a great place to take the kids.  Albany is a bit of a drive, but an incentive like ice cream makes it a little sweeter :-)