In the Loop February 14, 2020 Edition

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ttend a Town Hall Meeting at the Saratoga Library with Carrie Woerner. Assemblywoman Woerner will share an update on the Governor’s Budget Proposal, and field comments about constituent priorities. The meeting will take place at the Saratoga Springs Public Library on Wednesday, February 19 at 6:30 pm. Additional meetings will be held at the Moreau Community Center (February 18, 6:30pm); and TheStrand Theater in Hudson Falls (February 20, 6:30pm). If you are unable to attend any of these, please reach out to Assemblywoman Woerner’s office to set up a meeting at (518) 584-5493 or

One more week to comment on Saratoga’s UDO (Unified Development Ordinance). The UDO is designed to bring together land use regulations and policy documents in a coordinated, user-friendly document consistent with the 2015 Comprehensive Plan. The changes could increase residential density and raise allowable downtown building heights, according to the Times-Union, while ratifying thecontroversial revisions to city zoning to allow expansion of Saratoga Hospital in a residential neighborhood. Access the draft UDO and comment link here.

The public comment period has been extended to February 21. There will also be a Q&A open house session at the Rec center on Tuesday, February 18 at 5:30 pm.

SSDC endorses Tonko, Woerner. At its January 25 meeting, the Saratoga Springs Democratic Committee voted by acclimation to endorse Paul Tonko for U.S. Congress in the 20th District, and Carrie Woerner for New York Assembly District 113. Joe Seeman, who is running for New York Assembly District 112, spoke at the meeting but did not request an endorsement as his prospective district is outside Saratoga Springs. Joe and a number of other highly qualified dems were subsequently endorsed at theSaratoga County Democratic Committee meeting on January 29, as we reported two issues ago. Congratulations to all our democratic candidates; now let’s get to work on their campaigns!

Upcoming Events:

Here’s something to do each day of the coming week:

Friday, February 14, 5:00 pm through Sunday, February 16 at 800 pm. Dance Flurry is here! Come dance all weekend to almost every kind of music you can think of… tango, contra, English country, jitterbug, Pan-Celtic, Zydeco and much much more. The full weekend schedule is here. Tickets for day or night sessions, all day Saturday or Sunday or the entire weekend are available at the Ticket Sale Table inthe City Center Lobby. NO CREDIT CARDS; pay with cash, check or money order only. More ticket information is here. If you are looking for a good mid winter break, this is your chance to sweat out your winter blues. At the Saratoga Springs City Center, 522 Broadway.

Friday, February 14, 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Valentines Parents Night Out at the Y. Take your sweetheart out on a date and let the Saratoga Springs YMCA watch the kids. We will be serving pizza, snack and a drink. If you pack P.J.’s, we will gladly dress your child before pick-up. Children will enjoy bounce house, games, crafts and play. $18 Per child members/$36 non-members. For ages 1-10. The Saratoga Springs YMCA is at 290 West Ave.

Friday, September 14, 7:00 pm. Ensemble Connect at the Zankel. A group of the finest young professional classical musicians based out of Carnegie Hall celebrates its 13th year at Skidmore College. The concert program will include MOZART: Piano Trio in G Major, K. 496; TJ COLE: Silver, Blue (NY Premiere commissioned by Carnegie Hall); and FRANCK: Piano Quintet in F Minor. $8 adults, $5 seniors/Skidmore, free for students and children. The Zankel Music Center is on the campus at Skidmore College, 815 N. Broadway.

Saturday, February 15, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. Winter Wilderness Survival Walkabout at Ndakinna.Adults and teens will spend a full day under the instruction of Jim Bruchac, Ndakinna Director and co-author of Scats & Tracks of The Northeast. The first two hours in the morning is spent indoors going over animal track identification and basic survival skills. Following lunch, the afternoon is spent outdoors applying these skills at a nearby wilderness area. Dress for the weather and bring a bag lunch; snowshoe rental available. $75 per person standard level/$100 donation level. The Ndakinna Education Center is at 23 Middle Grove Road in Greenfield Center.

Saturday, February 15, 6:00 – 9:00 pm. Cameron’s Story Annual Bookraising.
The goal of Project Cameron’s Story is to give books to every parent of a premature baby upon admission at 10 upstate hospitals. Buy a book and donate it plus enjoy arts and crafts, a scavenger hunt, face painting, cookie decorating and visits with Elmo, Peppa Pig and Scooby Doo. More information on Project Cameron’s Story is here. At Barnes & Noble Saratoga, Wilton Square 3029 opposite Home Depot.

Sunday, February 16, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.  Spa City Farmers Market’s Annual Chili Cookoff. Taste chili prepared by vendors and the Saratoga Springs Fire and Police Departments, and vote for the winner. The SSFD is hungry for victory after losing for the first time last year to the SSPD. And Back Stretch Barbecue, last year’s vendor winner, has retired so the field is wide open! Which bowl of red will reign supreme? That’s up to YOU! The Spa City Farmer’s Market happens every Sunday at the Lincoln Baths building, 65 S. Broadway.

Monday, February 17 through Friday, February 21, 10:00 am – noon each day. Saratoga Bridges February Break Program. A fun recreational and creative arts program for special needs children ages 8-15 including art, music, healthy snacks and much more. No cost to families. Staff and volunteers will supervise activities; parents are encouraged to stay with their child. For more information or to request a registration form, please contact Sarah Slagle at (518) 587-0723 ext. 1254 or email 16 Saratoga Bridges Blvd in Ballston Spa.

Monday, February 17 through Wednesday, February 19, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm each day. Winter Break Horse Camp in Schuylerville. Children 5 and up can experience country and farm life, animal husbandry, horse safety and riding protocols, playing in the hay tent, building forts, playing farm games and making new friends. $75/day. Call or text Gil at (518) 577-0449 for questions or to reserve your spot. Olde Saratoga Farm, 522 Route 32N in Schuylerville.

Tuesday, February 18, 10:00 am – noon. Design your own video game. Create your own video game using laptops, circuit boards and coding. Author and instructor Kathy Ceceri will lead the group in thedesign process. For students in grades 7-12. Please register online, in-person, or by calling (518) 584-7860, ext. 305. At the Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St.

Tuesday, February 18, 7:00 pm. Saratoga Springs City Council Meeting. Show your support for participatory government by attending a city council meeting. Agenda for each meeting is published inadvance on the city website. City Council meetings are held in the temporary City Hall at the Rec Center, 15 Vanderbilt Ave.

Wednesday, February 19, 6:00 – 9:00 pm. Western NY Wednesday Garbage Plate Pop-up. As part of Toga Beer Week, leading western NY breweries will take over the taps and Comfort Kitchen will offer a Rochester-style Garbage Plate! At Pint Sized, 489 Broadway.

Wednesday, February 19, 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Collecting Latinidad. Join us for a conversation between Ariana Curtis, curator of Latinx Studies at The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture, and Bernardo Rios, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Skidmore College, about thechallenges involved in sharing a museum collection that reinterprets the traditional Eurocentric narrative. Free and open to the public. At the Tang Teaching Museum on the Skidmore College campus, 815 N. Broadway.

Thursday, February 20, noon – 1:00 pm. Awkward Archives Vol. 3: Strange and True Stories from Saratoga. Join Librarian Caitlin Sheldon as she highlights some of the funny, weird, unusual, and interesting stories and photos that can be found in the historical archives of the library. No registration required. At the Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St.

Thursday, February 20, 6:30 – 8:30 pm. General Meeting, Saratoga Immigration Coalition. A network of civic groups, faith communities and concerned individuals, SIC seeks to foster, through support, education and advocacy, a community that is welcoming to all immigrants without regard to legal status. Get involved or find out more by coming to the general meeting. Contact: or (518) 306-1313. At Nolan House at the Presbyterian New England Congregational Church, 24 Circular St.

Local news and happenings:

Stewart’s Shops ditching plastic bags. Those sturdy Stewart’s bags are about to become history, according to News10. Starting March 1, customers will have to bring in their own bags or else be charged five cents for a paper bag. They can also buy a reusable bag for 99 cents.

Local SUNYs team up to offer degrees. SUNY Adirondack in Queensbury and SUNY Empire State College announced Wednesday that Adirondack’s business students who get their associate’s degrees can transition directly into bachelor’s programs at SUNY Empire, according to WNYT News. The schools say there are two goals: make sure the area workforce is ready to fill jobs, and make it easier for area students to enter and complete degree programs without traveling long distances. “We’re doing it on thestudent’s terms,” said Jim Malatras of SUNY Empire. He points out that college enrollment is down around the country and partnering with other schools to remove obstacles makes sense. Adirondack and Empire are partnering on five business degrees to start, including accounting, marketing, and business administration.