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New This Issue! Thank goodness we never even had to put the bikes away this winter because now that the weather is getting nicer by the day, we’re ready to roll right into spring! I’m so ready to say NO to parkas and YES to pedicures! Goodbye to my fur-lined boots in favor of my rain-ready wellies. After school boredom will soon be replaced with backyard adventures! Spring is coming and I am ready to embrace it.

- With lots of ways to get you psyched for spring, this issue includes our annual summer camp guide. Summer camps are popular and families plan way in advance. Start your research on page 27. - Looking for some fun and educational

activities the whole family will enjoy? Page 42 has five fabulous options for spring day trips.

- Jodie Fitz returns with some fun

in the kitchen! Three great recipes starting on page 24.

- You asked tricky questions and our experts answered! Advice from Dr. Jennifer Smitkin and dietitian Christine Sloat on page 22-23.

- Parenting expert Dr. Randy Cale is a brand new SaratogaMama magazine contributor and we are always grateful for his practical parenting suggestions that actually WORK! I’ve been reading Dr. Cale for years so it’s an honor to have him right here. Check out his article on page 40. - Also new this issue, ADORE ALERT!

This section features some of our favorite local designers, artisans and businesses starting on page 10. Do you think we should feature YOU in our next #AdoreAlert? Send me an email! colleen@saratogamama.com and show off your stuff. All this and lots more so grab a coffee or tea and thumb through. I promise there’s something that will educate, inspire, or entertain you.

Happy Spring My Friends! Your feedback is so important to me so feel free to email with a question for me or our experts, a comment, an idea, an AdoreAlert item, or simply to say hello. Colleen@saratogamama.com Oh, and don’t forget to have your kiddo enter our coloring contest on page 67!

- Colleen

Our Cover

Photographer Keira Lemonis’s casual shoot with little Billy was precisely the carefree vibe we were seeking for our spring cover. We love his Hess truck (we all have at least one somewhere!) and we all know kids that just love playing in the dirt! Check out more of Keira’s photography in our Adore Alert section starting on page 10. 4 | SaratogaMama | Spring 2016

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Owner/Publisher Chad Beatty Editor-in-Chief Colleen Pierre General Manager Robin Mitchell Managing Editor Jan Snedaker Creative Director Alyssa Jackson Advertising Chris Bushee Jim Daley Cindy Durfey Graphic Design Alyssa Jackson Morgan Rook Photography Keira Lemonis Thinkstock.com Published by Saratoga TODAY Newspaper Five Case Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 tel: (518) 581-2480 SaratogaTODAYNewspaper.com SaratogaMama is brought to you by Saratoga TODAY Newspaper, Saratoga Publishing, LLC. Saratoga Publishing shall make every effort to avoid errors and omissions but disclaims any responsibility should they occur. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means without prior written consent of the publisher. Copyright © 2016, Saratoga TODAY Newspaper

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10 #AdoreAlert 56 Spring Fashion Essentials 64 Spring Horoscope

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Building Optimism, Happiness & Positive Emotions In Your Home Logical Consequences Get the Look For Less!

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Northshire's Book Recommendations Spring Favorites with Jodie Fitz Taking Education out of the Classroom

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2016 Summer Camp Guide Spring Events Coloring Contest

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Our Contributors... Lauren Agius

Dr. Randy Cale

Jane Fairchild

Lauren Agius is an assistant to the Residential Services and Corporate Compliance Departments at AIM Services Inc. She is also one of the agency’s major grant writers. AIM Services, Inc., located in Saratoga Springs, is an organization dedicated to supporting the “power of potential” in people with disabilities, including those with traumatic brain injuries. Since she was a child, Lauren has been an avid writer of poetry, short stories, essays and songs. Her four year old son, Jack Dillon, attends pre-school at St. Clement’s Regional Catholic School. Lauren can be reached via email at laurenragius@gmail.com.

Dr. Cale is a Clifton Park-based parenting expert, author, speaker and licensed psychologist who offers practical, no-nonsense parenting advice for all ages. His website, terrificparenting.com, features hundreds of articles and dozens of parenting products that will help you achieve your goal of happier children and a peaceful home. Additionally, Dr. Cale also works with couples and provides individual counseling. He writes for many Capital Region publications including The Saratogian, The Record and The Community News. Submit questions to DrRandyCale@gmail.com and follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

Jane is a locally based Astrologer. She started studying astrology at the age of 13 but took a detour by way of corporate America for 25+ years and to raise her sons, always keeping up her "star studies." Outside of guiding people of all ages on the virtues of their birth chart you'll find her setting up her telescope on her 8 acre rural home in Rensselaer County. You can catch up with her at womaninthemoonastrology.com

Dr. Jennifer Smitkin

Jan Snedaker

Theresa St. John

Dr. Jennifer Smitkin is a Licensed Psychologist, Certified School Psychologist, and owner of Psychology Wellness Practice, PLLC in Latham, NY. Dr. Smitkin provides evaluations, therapy, and consultations for children, adolescents, adults and families. Her practice is unique in its focus on health and wellness.

Jan Snedaker received a communication degree from Ithaca College and after switching gears for a while to become a special education teacher, she is following her passion; returning to her roots as a freelance writer and the creative director at SaratogaMama. Jan resides in Clifton Park with her husband and two adorable children.

Theresa is a freelance travel writer and photographer based in Saratoga Springs, New York. Even though history was not on her radar while in high school, she has a deep interest in all things historical now. She has been on assignment for several magazines and is published in both print and on-line venues. Last year she traveled to Ireland on assignment, which, she states " was a trip of a lifetime." She is the proud mom to two young men and Nonnie to 6 rescued dogs, 2 Chinchillas and a bird. Life is good, she says.

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Jodie Fitz

Elizabeth Jarosz

Christine Sloat

Jodie Fitz is the creator and personality of the Price Chopper Kids Cooking Club and currently travels in a six-state region cooking with children to encourage taste testing fun through a hands-on cooking experience. She is a wife, mother of three and currently authors several monthly columns. You can always find what she’s up to in her kitchen at jodiefitz.com.

Elizabeth treasures spending quality time with her family reading, using creativity, playing games, and enjoying the outdoors. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree and a Masters of Education. Elizabeth worked as a graphic designer before she followed her passion for teaching, and then took time to stay home and raise her young family. Now back in the classroom, Elizabeth teaches special education. Elizabeth resides in Clifton Park with her husband and four spirited children.

Christine Sloat, MS, RD, CDN Christine is a Registered Dietitian and owner of Nutritious Notions LLC. She provides individualized nutrition guidance at her office in Latham, NY, as well as contracts with the Capital EAP to provide benefits to their members. Christine is the Registered Dietitian for Stewart's Shops and serves as an Adjunct Professor at The Sage Colleges in the Nutrition Department.

S.K. Parker Ward Sarah is the catalyst behind social media consultancy Kathleen Palmer Media & is also an adjunct marketing professor. A vintage-wearing, coffeeloving wordsmith, you'll usually find her triple screening to catch up on the latest trends in media and technology, or about town somewhere in the Northeast with her husband and two daughters. Follow the fun @SKParkerWard.

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#adore

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We wanted to show love to some exceptional local designers, artists, and businesses.These 'must-have' items will be your most treasured pieces for the spring. #AdoreAlert Nadine Medina Designs Inspired Jewelry

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adine Medina is a self-taught jewelry designer based in Troy, NY. Mixing textures, throwing in a hint of rebellion or whimsy, and using unexpected bling are a few of her favorite design elements. Often times citing her love of things “rough around the edges”, asymmetrical, or just plain unmatched, you get a sense of just where she’s coming from. And, just like you, her collections are always evolving and growing. This beautiful Howlite arrow is nestled in gold-plated brass and suspended from raw brass on a 32" black/ gold brass chain. A show-stopper necklace that commands compliments every time I wear it. “Designs That Make a Simple White Tee Feel More Like a Party Dress.”

Shop: www.nadinemedinadesigns.com Anchor No. 5 Boutique (Troy)

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Her Idea -

Custom Canvas or Wood Art

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ocal mom and artist Amy Baringer was seeking a creative outlet and a respite from the daily grind of being a busy mom of two. She started painting custom pieces for friends and family. Soon that small hobby turned into a business, and Her Idea was born.

Her Idea is hand-painted custom art on your choice of canvas or wood. These special, one-of-a-kind pieces are a perfect way to commemorate a special occasion, addition to the family, or to honor a special child. You choose your theme, colors, quote and Amy will bring your idea to life. I adore how our print turned out and it is proudly displayed on our mantle.

Shop: www.Etsy.com/shop/HerIdea

or call (518) 681-7987

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Tidy Thyme -

100% plant-based cleaning and home products

Tidy Thyme carries a full array of 100% plant-based cleaning and home products. The products are free from preservatives, dyes and fragrances. They are PETA approved vegan and cruelty free. Tidy Thyme’s array of products includes surface and glass cleaners, scrubbing powder, linen and room sprays, soy candles, mom and baby products and even a yoga mat cleaner. Owner and founder Michelle Boyle was inspired to start Tidy Thyme after losing her beloved childhood caretaker to cancer and realizing that the ingredients in both traditional and many popular “green” products contained ingredients that were questionable and known carcinogens. Tidy Thyme actually make cleaning enjoyable because their products are beautifully packaged, essential-oil scented and super effective.

Shop: www.tidythyme.com Green Conscience (Saratoga) Anchor No. 5 Boutique (Troy)

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Peonies + Twine - Burlap Art

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ara Watro's Etsy shop, Peonies + Twine makes me think of something soft and pretty mixed with the perfect amount of weathered accents and before even seeing her merchandise, I was fairly certain I would covet something from her shop. As a fan of farmhouse décor I am always searching for decorations that will bring that rustic but gentle look into my home so I anxiously awaited the arrival of a burlap sign created by Lara. I was not disappointed. Inspired by the antique shops in Ballston Spa, Lara loves taking items that alone appear old, weathered, or plain and pairing them with things that are beautiful and delicate to create brand new works of art. This stay-at-home mother of two has taken her passion and turned it into a business where she can share her creations and ideas with others who have an adoration of unique home décor. Price Range: under $20

Shop: Etsy.com/shop/PeoniesandTwine

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Queen Bee Designs by Erin Leather and Bead Bracelets

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wo years ago Erin Glock entered a class at A Bead Just So in Ballston Spa wanting to unleash her creative side and walked out ready to start her own business creating custom-made leather and bead bracelets. Queen Bee Designs by Erin offers unique, beautiful leather bracelets adorned with a variety of details including semi precious and metal beads. With over 40 colors to choose from, customers can create their own designs or choose from the many different varieties offered both online and in local shops. Queen Bee bracelets can be layered for a dressier look or worn alone for a more casual appearance. With prices ranging from $24 to $44, these bracelets are an affordable way to accessorize yourself and your friends.

Shop: www.queenbeedesignsbyerin.com Anchor No. 5 Boutique (Troy) Vischer Ferry General Store

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Twill, Give Where You Live -

Organic cotton blankets with a cause

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will, a local start-up, sells 100% organic cotton blankets made in the USA; for every one purchased, one is given to a local child in need. Twill’s mission is to help children facing life threatening illnesses, temporary hardships and/or homelessness. As a consumer you have the ability to purchase a Twill Throw, Twill Child and/or Twill Tote Bag. Whether you choose to buy this for yourself or give it to a loved one, you will be providing one to a local child in need. Twill blankets just plain feel good.! In addition to being a soft and cozy ‘family favorite’ blanket, their mission just makes us feel warm on the inside too.

Shop: www.mytwill.com

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Rosebud Johnnies -

Hand Sewn/Crocheted Goods

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ocal mama Jessica Fernandez started Rosebud Johnnies in 2009 as a way to make some extra income to help support her family. Her focus is on handcrafted crocheted and sewn items for kids and adults, too. We especially love the Yarnster, with its adorable face, huggable body and vibrant colors. This little guy will fast become your child’s new best friend. To see Jessica's unique creations checkout her Rosebud Johnnie's page on Facebook and follow her on Instagram @rosebudjohnnies.

Shop: Send your custom requests and questions

to rosebudjohnnies@gmail.com or call her for information or an appointment at (516) 209-9747.

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Cobble Hill Farm ApothecaryFarm-fresh soap & skincare

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he story behind Cobble Hill Farm Apothecary is as romantic as the name itself. Husband and wife team, John and Staci dreamt of a simple life in an old farmhouse living off the land and creating as many products from scratch as possible. After years of gifting family and friends with their homegrown creations including soaps, lotions, and deodorants, John and Staci turned their dreams into reality in 2013 when they made their coveted products available to the public and officially founded Cobble Hill Farm Apothecary. Although best known for their soap, which smells amazing and lathers up thick and creamy, Cobble Hill also makes facial toners, oils, and skin soothing salves which are 100% handmade from start to finish and never contain harmful chemicals. Cobble Hill Farm Apothecary offers a safer, affordable alternative to the chemical laden skincare found in many stores.

Shop: You can try the many natural skin care products created by John and Staci at www.cobblehillfarmapothecary.com and year round at the Spa City Farmers Market in Saratoga Springs every Sunday. Many items under $10.

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SPRING Book Recommendations from Northshire Bookstore

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Fairy Houses... Everywhere! By Barry and Tracy Kane

Spend fifteen minutes constructing a fairy house in the back yard for your toddler to discover, and you'll cast a spell of enchantment over all outdoors.

Muddy Boots: Outdoor Activities for Children, by Liza Gardner Walsh A book full of activities to embrace dirt, mud, sand and water! Scavenger hunts, mud painting, cloud watching and much more.

The Kids' Guide to Exploring Nature,

by the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Full of tips on finding and identifying wildlife throughout the year. For young naturalists, naturally.

The Stick Book: Loads of Things You Can Make Or Do With a Stick by Jo Schofield and Fiona Danks

Camp Granny: 130 Green Projects by Sharon Lovejoy

From the author of the popular Roots, Shoots, Buckets and Boots, a book full of wonder-filled activities to turn an hour, a day, a weekend into a lifelong memory. 20 | SaratogaMama | Spring 2016

This book is just what the title says, which a full range of age-appropriate activities for little kids to young teens with knife-wielding privileges. This and all the books will be great for older siblings and/or baby-sitters to learn fun things to do outside with the younger ones.

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Ask

A Dietician

Christine Sloat, MS, RD, CDN Christine is a Registered Dietitian and owner of Nutritious Notions LLC. She provides individualized nutrition guidance at her office in Latham, NY, as well as contracts with the Capital EAP to provide benefits to their members.

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What are your thoughts on multivitamins for kids? Is it a good idea and if so, can you recommend some specific brands?

Great question! I always tell clients to do their best to meet nutritional needs through foods rather than supplements. That being said, kids (and adults!) can be picky eaters and tend to eat many of the same types of foods each day. If you are concerned that your child isn’t getting the nutrients they need, a multivitamin is not a bad idea. Because the risk of “over-doing” it with multivitamins is small, a daily vitamin can assist to cover your bases in preventing any harmful vitamin or mineral deficiencies that impact growth and development. Unfortunately supplements are not subjected to the same regulations that we expect in our food.

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This means that you don’t always get what you pay for. My suggestion: Buy from a brand name, such as Centrum or One a Day Kids. These companies have a reputation to protect and will be more honest on their labels.

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We’re a busy family and always on the go. If we absolutely must opt for fast food, what are some of the best options for us?

The main issue of concern with fast food is that most choices provide excess sodium, saturated fat and calories with minimal vitamins, minerals and fiber. Because we tend to stop at these restaurants when we are rushing, it is important to do your homework ahead of time. Most places will list nutrition information online or in store; look for favorites with the lower amounts of sodium and saturated fat.

Here are some ideas to get you started: Panera- Offers options with ample amounts of protein and fiber for a reasonable amount of calories. Kids meals also come with yogurt for added calcium. The cons: Watch out for sodium! Chipotle- The Kid’s Chicken and Cheese Quesadilla provides healthy amounts of protein, and iron. It is served with a side of beans and a carton of milk for fiber and calcium. The cons: This choice is still high in sodium! McDonalds- Skip the Happy Meal and order your child (and yourself!) a Grilled Chicken Sandwich or Grilled Chicken Salad. Ask for the dressing to be served on the side to cut back on sodium and saturated fat. The cons: The sandwich provides very little fiber, and neither comes with a toy for the kiddos!

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My teenage son didn’t make the sports team he had tried out for and to make matters worse, most of his friends did. How can I encourage and help him through this?

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When this type of disappointment occurs, there are two mindsets that can be adopted: Fixed or growth. In the fixed mindset, your son’s fate is essentially locked in – he was born with what he has, and his life path will follow suit. Applied here, the fixed mindset would say that the dream of playing on this particular sports team cannot be

achieved, and that your son should move on to something better suited to his strengths. Adopting a growth mindset, however, would transform this situation from a rejection to a challenge, from “I just don’t have what it takes” to “I’ll have to work harder than I expected.” If playing this sport as a team remains a goal of your son’s, now is the time to model a healthy, growth-focused mindset. Discuss the outcome as an opportunity for growth SaratogaMama.com

rather than a highlight of his weaknesses. Resist the urge to immediately redirect him along another path. Encourage him to take steps in line with the growth mindset, for example, asking the coach for feedback on areas in which improvement is needed, offering to assist the coaching staff as an opportunity to learn more and stay involved, investing the time and energy into additional practice time, or pursuing the sport with another team opportunity in the community. Make no promises about an outcome. After all, the growth mindset is invested in the process and not the product. That is, help focus your son on enjoying the challenges and excitement of learning, fine tuning, and playing the sport, regardless of whether or not the end product looks exactly as he had imagined. In the end and with the right mindset, your son will maintain his love of the sport, likely improve on his skills as a result of the process, and become more resilient when life throws him a curveball. Enjoy the journey! For more, check out Mindset by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D.

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I’m trying to plan some fun family outings this spring and I’m struggling finding something that will please everyone. I love museums but my husband and kids are bored at the mere thought. My husband would prefer a hike in the Adirondacks but that won’t be as enjoyable for me. Help us find a happy medium!

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Fun family outings? What a great idea! In reality, though, it is difficult

Dr. Jen Dr. Jennifer Smitkin is a Licensed Psychologist, Certified School Psychologist, and owner of Psychology Wellness Practice, PLLC in Latham, NY.

to find an activity that each family member will find fun. Don’t be discouraged, though. You are all individuals with unique preferences, and the definition of “fun” is vague at best and very much subjective. It might be best to first drop the notion that there exists a definite activity that will please everyone. Rather, focus on the opportunity for each family member to share their interests with one another. For this, I recommend each family member write down their personal, enjoyable family activity and “pick from a hat.” If, for example, your museum activity is chosen, your family outing would be to the museum. To incorporate the interests of other family members, though, perhaps you could create a scavenger hunt for your family to complete while at the museum. The winner of the scavenger hunt could even choose the next family outing. The idea here is that, although it would be ideal for the outing itself to contribute to the sense of excitement and fun shared as a family, the real objective is to enjoy being together as a family. Understanding why each family member enjoys certain activities is essential to this goal, so when your children or husband suggest something that seems less desirable, learn about why they are so jazzed about it! Spring 2016 | SaratogaMama | 23


Sweet & Savory For Spring By Jodie Fitz

Here are three crowd-pleasing recipes for the spring. Mint chocolate chip pancakes that are perfect for St. Patty’s, a protein-packed breakfast that can use up the leftover hard-boiled Easter eggs, and a fruit and dip recipe that would make any mom melt on Mother’s Day. Enjoy the beautiful weather and have fun in the kitchen!

Mint Chocolate Chip Pancakes 1 cup spinach, fresh baby leaf 4 oz. cinnamon applesauce 1 egg 3 tablespoons raw sugar 1 cup milk 1 1/2 cups all-purpose, unbleached flour

1 tablespoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 - 2 drops mint or peppermint extract 3/4 cup mini dark chocolate morsels

Directions:

Place the spinach, applesauce, egg, sugar, milk, flour, baking powder, salt, vanilla & mint extracts into a blender. Blend the ingredients until the spinach is fully blended into the batter and the batter has turned green. There should not be any leafy green. Stir in the chocolate morsels. Cook the pancakes over medium to low heat on a griddle pan that has been coated with non-stick cooking spray. 24 | SaratogaMama | Spring 2016

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Directions:

Grilled Egg & Cheese Sandwich 2 slices oat bran bread 1 hard-boiled egg 3 tablespoons sharp cheese, shredded

1/8 teaspoon dry mustard 1/8 teaspoon paprika Black pepper Butter

Peel the hard-boiled egg and slice. Stir the dry mustard, paprika, a pinch of black pepper and the shredded cheese together. On one of the slices of bread lay out the slices of egg. Top the egg with the shredded cheese and add the other slice of bread to create a sandwich. Toast the sandwich in a grilled cheese fashion on a frying pan with a very thin coating of butter. Cook the sandwich over low heat on one side until it’s toasted, flip and cook the other side until it is also toasted. Be certain the cheese is fully melted before serving. These sandwiches are great for breakfasts on the run or lunch time fun.

Strawberry Rose Buds Fresh Strawberries Cookie or Lollipop Sticks Floral Tape

Green construction paper Green Styrofoam Block Marker

Directions: The whipp ed topping ca n be substitute d with Greek Van illa Yogurt.

Lemony-licious Dip 2 oz. whipped topping 1/3 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt 1 tablespoon lemonade concentrate, frozen SaratogaMama.com

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract Fold the whipped topping, vanilla yogurt, lemonade concentrate and vanilla together. Serve chilled.

Rinse the strawberries and slice off the greens so that you have a flat edge to the strawberry. The strawberries will serve as our rose buds in the garden. Cut leaves with a stem out of the construction paper. Wrap the stem with the floral tap and stop about ¾ of the way up the stem to insert the leaf and continue the wrapping leaving a portion of the stick exposed for the strawberry. Top the stick with the strawberry and place it into the foam base. It isn’t necessary but you can create grass from construction paper and add it to the Styrofoam block. Cookie or Lollipop Sticks: I typically purchase the 8, 6 and 4 inch sticks to create a staggered garden affect. You can also use wooden skewers if preferred. Spring 2016 | SaratogaMama | 25


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2016 Summer

is creeping up and it’s time to start thinking about summer camps!

Our Saratoga Summer Camp Guide highlights some excellent area options! SaratogaMama.com

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Gavin Park, Wilton, NY www.townofwilton.com (518) 584-9455 WILTON RECREATION CAMP AT GAVIN PARK Wilton Recreation offers a full-day Summer Camp Program for children entering 1st through 9th grade, which runs from 9a.m. to 3p.m., June 28th through August 12th. Our camp offers a fun-filled schedule of daily onsite activities, themed events, as well as exciting trips for those campers registered for off-site adventures. Daily onsite activities include arts and crafts, sports, playground fun, and other organized group games. This year’s scheduled field trips include: Fun Spot, Saratoga Country Fair, Magic Forest, and at least two swimming days per week at nearby pools and beaches and much more (trips are based on space and availability). Campers may also register for swim trips only, which means they will enjoy onsite fun for three days and join off-site campers twice per week. As per State Health Department regulations, the camp provides certified lifeguards that

travel with the groups. These lifeguards supervise the swimmers in conjunction with the State Park Lifeguards and facility usage lifeguards. All campers registered for swimming and water trips are swim tested. Campers are then partnered with, and swim near, a fellow camper who has the same swimming ability. Once waterside, camp staff members conduct buddy checks every 15 minutes (campers leave the water and report to their counselors). All staff members stand in and around water during swimming activities to assist with supervision. With available pre-camp and post-camp care, working parents can ensure their children are having fun in a safe environment before and after the camp’s regular hours. Space is limited. Parents who register their children for before camp care can drop off their registered campers as early as 8a.m. and for after camp care can pick them up as late as 5:30p.m. Busing is available for Wilton residents who register for regular camp hours. Camp registration is for Wilton Residents ONLY and begins on March 7th. Registration is open until camp capacity is reached, or May 27th, whichever comes first. There are no refunds for fees or deposits related to summer camp. Space is limited and registration must be done in person at Gavin Park, 10 Lewis Drive, Saratoga Springs NY. Camp registration forms are available at www.townofwilton.com or can be picked up at the park office, weekdays 9a.m.-5p.m. Any questions, please call (518)-584-9455.

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Skidmore College offers a variety of programs for children of all ages during the summer months www.skidmore.edu/summer (518) 580-5596 SPORTS CAMPS CAMP NORTHWOODS

Skidmore’s day camp for children entering grades 1-6, offers an exciting program of sports, cultural arts, nature study and relaxed play. Our goal is to provide a variety of fun activities that happily challenge the imagination, intellect, and body. The camp's home base is Falstaff's Pavilion on the Skidmore College campus, but campers frequent the Williamson Sports Center, Schick Art Gallery, Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, and Zankel Music Center. The daily enrichment activities led by the experienced staff are supplemented by weekly field trips to recreational and historical sites, and visits by special guests. Children will also enjoy arts and crafts, ceramics, games, hiking, and daily swim time. One and two-week sessions are available from June 27-August 12.

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Skidmore College also offers a wide array of Sports Camps from June through August for children of all ages. Choose from baseball, lacrosse, swimming, basketball, soccer, softball, volleyball and field hockey. Children learn the concept of teamwork while acquiring the necessary skills for his or her sport of choice. Adults, novice or experienced, can participate in a rowing program offered throughout the spring, summer and fall at the Boat House located on beautiful Fish Creek. All other programs are held on the Skidmore Campus at the Sports and Recreation Center and/or the adjacent fields.

For more information, or to register: www.skidmore.edu/summer/camps-and-sports or call Camp Northwoods at 518-580-5596 or Skidmore Summer Sports Camps 518-580-8061.

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When school is out the fun begins! WSWHE BOCES Summer camps offer youngsters an opportunity to participate in a wide variety of fun and educational classes.

F. Donald Myers Education Center 15 Henning Road & SUNY Adirondack Wilton Campus JULY 11- 15; JULY 18 - 22; JULY 25 - 29, 2016 Three weeks of summer camps at the F. Donald Myers Center include full or half day sessions:

• A World of Art will take participants on a journey of creative projects from around the globe. • Experiment with a variety of materials – whiteboard, cut paper, sand, 3D objects, clay and puppet characters – to become familiar with animation techniques and the process of stop motion animation in Animation Antics. • Campers can find their own personal style through guided drawing activities in Adventures in Drawing: Dream, Doodle & Draw. • Culinary Camp introduces the young chef to baking and international cuisine. • Combining the fun of summer camp and the enrichment of language immersion, campers of all ages will be exposed to Chinese Language and Culture. • Mad Science of the Capital District will introduce younger campers to Claws, Codes and Constellations or Chemicals, Cells & Crime!

AUGUST 1 - 5, 2016 - STEM ACADEMY CAMP at SUNY Wilton Adirondack will immerse the campers in all things STEM:

• Creative Filmmaking provides a hands-on learning experience on how to make Hollywood movies. • Discover the world of Forensic Science as campers explore some favorite experiments with Mr. Biss. • Campers will develop an understanding of what elements of technology and art come together to make a computer game successful in Computer Game Design. • Mad Science of the Capital District will bring fun and exciting science explorations to the younger campers while older campers can learn about about ecology in An Introduction to Ecology and Field Natural History.

JULY 11 - AUGUST 19, 2016 SRYA THEATER ARTS SUMMER CAMP

Saratoga Springs School District, WSWHE BOCES and C-R Kids have united to offer a summer arts program like no other in the area.

• SRYA Sprouts Camps Ages 4 – 6 Going into Kindergarten. Through storytelling, theatre games, on-your-feet fun and more, these camps will inspire and create excitement in the math, science, nature, technology or history in before starting their kindergarten year. • SRYA Kids Camps Ages 6 – 12 Grades 1st – 5th. Experience the thrill of being part of a full-scaled, fully designed show under the guidance of highly skilled teaching artists. • SRYA Juniors Camps Ages 12 – 15 Grades 6th – 8th. Campers experience intensive training to understand the actor’s process from auditions, to the creation of believable and sustainable characters, to the final performance. • SRYA Teens Camps Ages 14 – 18 Grades 9th – 12th. A complete immersion in the world of theatre. Students take creative risks in each class and rehearsal, and to support one another through the artistic process. Students then flourish both individually and as a member of the artistic ensemble. Teens have access to audition seminars, improvisational workshops, and special master classes and will also travel to NYC to witness a Broadway show and have the opportunity to meet the show’s creative team and actors. Join in the fun! Register early to insure you don't miss out!

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Call the WSWHE BOCES Enrichment Resource Center at (518)581-3585 or email:giftedresources@wswheboces.org Visit www.wswheboces.org/summercamps to register or www.syracamps.org for Theater Arts Camps 30 | SaratogaMama | Spring 2016

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459 Lake Ave, Saratoga Springs NY 12866 www.siskids.org • 518-583-0841 siskids.org Come play with us this summer! Program Dates: July 5 to August 19, 2016. Program Hours: Half-day program - 9 AM to 12 PM Full-day program – 9 AM to 3 PM Before Care available starting at 8:30 AM Whether exploring the past or designing the future, the summer enrichment experience at Saratoga Independent School is sure to engage and excite children ages 3 to 8 years old. Our morning program themes change from week to week with topics for all interests. Campers will spend time with a variety of teachers, including physical education and art teachers, alongside themebased exploration. If a half day isn’t

quite enough, stick around for the afternoon. We are offering a less structured afternoon with water play, board games, and opportunities for personal expression. Our staff is fully committed to providing a nurturing, respectful, and exciting summer for your child. Make this a summer to remember at Saratoga Independent School!

2016 WEEKLY CAMP THEMES: • Holiday a day Week 1: July 5 - 8 • Kitchen Chemistry Week 2: July 11 - 15 • Dino Discovery Week 3: July 18 - 22 • Virtual Travel Week 4: July 25 - 29 • Ocean Life Week 5: August 1 - 5 • Simple Machines Week 6: August 8 - 12 • Performing Arts Week 7 – August 15 - 19 For more detailed descriptions of the weekly themes, please visit our website: www.siskids.org/programs/ summer-programs. SaratogaMama.com

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St. Clements School, 231 Lake Ave. & Skidmore College, North Broadway saratogachildrenstheatre.org • 518-580-1782 For children who have a passion for performing arts, Saratoga Children’s Theatre summer camp is a dream come true. Saratoga Children’s Theatre offers performance camps for ages 4-18 years. At Saratoga Children’s Theatre we hire dedicated professionals that will enhance your child’s awareness for the arts while enjoying a great summer camp experience, while enhancing your child’s self esteem. More more information and to read staff bio’s please visit www.saratogachildrenstheatre.org Before and After Care will be available for all camps

RISING STARS CAMPS (4-6 YEARS)

These stars-to-be will learn to explore their creativity through music, storytelling, movement, and arts. Both fun and educational, we have created our Rising Stars program to provide a warm and nurturing environment, giving campers the opportunity to gain a wonderful introduction to the theatrical arts. New this summer we will be offering half day and full day camps for the Rising Stars. RISING STARS will offer 7 sessions July 4-8, 2016: FROZEN full day July 11-15, 2016: Summertime Fun half day July 18-22, 2016: Doc McStuffins full day July 25-29, 2016: Fun on the Farm half day August 1-5, 2016: Disney Magic full day August 8-12, 2016: Squirm August 15-19, 2016: Go Fish All rising stars camos are one week 9am-4pm full day, 9am-12noon half day.

SCT KIDS CAMPS (7-10 YEARS)

Campers will learn all aspects of performance, and will have the opportunity to perform their show at the end of camp and they are open to the public. Campers will perform on stage at St. Clements Auditorium, Saratoga Springs. Camp hours are 9am-4pm; KIDS camps are 1 or 2 weeks. NEW this summer is 1 Play and 2 week camps July 4-15, 2016 (Musical): The Tale of Pocahontas and John Smith July 18-29, 2016 (Musical): Annie August 1-12, 2016 (Play): Pan August 15-19 2016 (Musical): Jedi

SCT JUNIOR CAMPS (10-13 YEARS)

Campers will learn all aspects of performance, and will have the opportunity to perform in a show at the end of camp and they are open to the public. Campers will be educated in theater performance. NEW this summer is a 1-week Triple Threat camp and 3-2-1 Action camp for children who want to hone in on their acting skills. Campers will perform on stage at St. Clements Auditorium, Saratoga Springs. Camp hours are 9am-4pm. June 27-July 8, 2016: High School Musical Jr. July 11-15, 2016: Triple Threat July 18-29, 2016: Glee

SCT TEEN TROUPE CAMPS (13-18 YEARS)

Campers will learn all aspects of performance, and will have the opportunity to perform in 4 shows at the end of camp at Skidmore College JBK Theater. Campers will have Master classes with Theater Professionals during their camp experience. NEW this summer is a one-week Audition Prep camp. Camp hours are 9am-4pm Camp will be held at St. Clements School for the first 2 weeks, the third week of camp is at Skidmore College. July 4 to July 23, 2016: Grease Performances Location: Skidmore College’s JBK Theater

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Registration Begins: February 29 City Residents March 21 Non City Residents at the Recreation Center

(518) 587-3550 ext. 2300 www.SaratogaRec.com Camp Saradac, located at the Saratoga Springs Recreation Center, is a NYSDOH licensed full day summer camp for children ages 5-15. Our camp offers exciting weekly field trips, creative recreational and educational programs, arts & crafts, weekly swimming, and themed weeks. Camp activities are designed to promote fun and fitness while providing opportunities for campers to grow. Last season’s favorites: the Saratoga County Fair, the Great Escape, Tri-City Valley Cats and of course our weekly visits to the Peerless Pool will all be a part of our 2016 field trip line-up. Check our website for a complete schedule of all of our field trips.

Saratoga Springs Recreation Center 15 Vanderbilt Ave, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 (518) 587-3550 ext. 2300 RecReservations@saratoga-springs.org Find us on Facebook at Saratoga Springs Recreation Dept. SaratogaMama.com

The 2016 Summer Camp runs Monday through Friday from 8:45am to 4:45pm starting June 27th and continues through August 19th. Parents love the convenience of our before and after care program. Children who are registered may be dropped off at 7:30am and picked up as late as 6:00pm. Registration is on a first come, first served basis so please don’t wait. Camp registration f or m s a re av ai l a bl e at www.saratogarec.com or can be picked up at the Recreation Center. If you have any questions, please contact us. See you this summer!!! Spring 2016 | SaratogaMama | 33


The Saratoga Film Academy www.saratogafilmacademy.com The Saratoga Film Academy’s summer camps provide a hands-on, project based learning experience in video and narrative film production for students 8-18 years old. This dynamic learning experience uses Hollywood insider knowledge on how to develop students’ technical skills to assist them in expressing their artistic voices. These limited enrollment, project based classes provide more individual attention and mentoring that caters to the individual’s needs and skill levels. Whether an individual is just beginning or on the verge of winning an oscar, students will find the classes challenging and intellectually rewarding. All classes are helmed by SFA’s founder, filmmaker, writer, and teacher Jon Dorflinger who has six years of Hollywood experience and is a NYS certified English Language Arts Teacher. Jon combined his passion for teaching and his passion for filmmaking and launched SFA in March of 2015. This will be SFA’s second summer and there are a variety of exciting classes. There is a return of the greatest hits from last year, like Stop-Motion Animation, YouTube Video

Production, and The Director’s Class. There are several new classes added to the slate. The Female Voice, an all-girls class that focuses on empowering young girls. Sketch Comedy is great for the improv acting enthusiasts. Creative Filmmaking, is the perfect introduction to the craft. Finally, Feature Film Screenwriting provides young writers a step-by-step approach to completing a first draft of a 90-100 page screenplay. SFA film students go through process of producing their projects like professionals by engaging in four phases of production; writing/development, pre-production, production, and post production. Producing film projects promotes life-long skills such as project management, strategic planning, communication, and creative problem solving. To learn more and register for summer camps visit www.saratogafilmacademy.com.

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Supporting a child’s imagination fosters a life-long love of learning

Empowerment camps for boys and girls Monday, July 18th ­ Friday, July 22nd This camp empowers girls ages 7­12 to BELIEVE in themselves and speak their truth!

A private pre-school for children ages 2-5 in Saratoga Springs

Join Us at Camp Beagle Sign-up now for our Summer Camp for children ages 3-5 June - August More information available at beagleschool.com SaratogaMama.com

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Into Loving Hands A Local Film at the Heart of Life

A locally filmed documentary aims to connect with families who encounter unexpected pediatric needs while reminding everyone of the power of leading with your heart. BY

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n an evening in late 2012, filmmaker Victoria Kereszi sat in her Troy, New York apartment pouring over footage while her daughter played at her feet. The buzz of her phone interrupted her thoughts as well as her daughter’s tea party and, though she had no idea at the time, was about to set in motion a series of life-changing events that would span more than four years.

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The voice on the other end was that of Michelle Doyle, a local midwife with whom Victoria had filmed only a few weeks before. Rebecca Williams, and her 2-and-a-half-year-old son, Malcolm, had sat chatting in Michelle’s office with Victoria’s camera conspicuously pointed at them from one side. Rebecca was at one of her first prenatal visits and had agreed to be part of a short commercial that would chronicle her midwifery experience. saratogaTODAYnewspaper.com


"It is my hope that everyone that views this film will come away with three things: an abiding respect for the complex choices that parents, and health care providers, especially midwives, make every day, a sense of awe and wonder for life in all of it's forms, and an enduring experience of their own beating, dancing, loving heart”

-K. Michelle Doyle, Local Care Midwifery PLLC Michelle’s voice came through the phone with an unusual quiet. “The ultrasound showed some serious complications,” she began, “I’m going to let Rebecca explain, if she wishes, but wanted to let you know that we may have to stop filming.”

Yet while they opted to continue with the pregnancy, they were soon dealt another painful reminder that some decisions are simply out of our hands: a fetal echocardiogram indicated multiple defects of the baby’s heart. Even if he made it through birth, he would survive only minutes.

Victoria hung up uncertain, distracted, distressed.

Joey’s life – as he was now being called – would be fleeting.

In the following days, Rebecca confirmed that they had, in fact, received the painful indication something was wrong with their baby's heart and brain, and further testing was under way. “It’s ok to keep filming,” she’d said with little reason more than gut feeling.

A deep sense of grief struck Rebecca’s heart as she began to grapple with her child’s mortality. But as Victoria kept filming, no longer capturing only a midwifery experience and instead attempting to archive one child’s short-lived existence, she noticed a shift.

The following weeks were an emotional rollercoaster as the William’s attempted to navigate the healthcare system, their own beliefs and society – all with cameras rolling. Subsequent testing indicated Down Syndrome, at which point they were faced with the decision of whether to continue with the pregnancy. Though resolutely pro-choice, both Rebecca and Chris, Rebecca’s husband, felt that what they had been given was a gift.

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Two ultrasounds indicate severe heart defects and brain anomalies

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Rebecca begins prenatal care with K. Michelle Doyle

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Rebecca’s grief gave way to something even more profound, a deep sense of acceptance and peace. “She stopped thinking with her head,” says Victoria, “And when she listened to her heart, she realized on some fundamental level that she had to live right here, right now in this very moment because that was what mattered. Every moment mattered.”

March 2013 Joey is born!

November 2012

Echocardiagram indicates heart defects are fatal

October 2012

Amniocentesis leads to a Down Syndrome diagnosis

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December 2013

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Into Loving Hands becomes destined for a full length film

1st heart surgery at Albany Medical Center

Joey's last inpatient discharge from all post-op complications

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2nd heart surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital

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Filming continues with Joey medically stable

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“Having supportive providers made an incredible difference for us during this pregnancy, there was no one ‘telling’ us what to do,” Rebecca recalls effervescently, “Instead, Michelle and everyone involved gave us information which empowered us to make choices. Once we were given the space to do that, the magic happened. We were able to breathe, to feel what our path was - there was no space for logic, just heart.”

Afterward:

It was witnessing this shift first-hand and experiencing the impact it had on her own life that prompted Victoria to approach Rebecca about allowing the film to again morph into something bigger – into a full length film that could offer perspective not only to parents facing their own child’s healthcare nightmare, but to anyone with the weight of today’s endless, fastpaced demands.

In March of 2013, Rebecca gave birth to Joseph “Joey” Jude Williams, a 7 lb 5 oz baby who took one breath and then another and will soon be celebrating his 3rd birthday. He has Down Syndrome and has undergone two open heart surgeries, but has been considered medically stable since April 2014. Despite dramatic changes to their life, the Williams consider every moment with Joey a true gift and continue to share the power of in-the-moment living with other families, including those affected by special needs and other unique pediatric health issues.

“What’s so incredible about this story and what has carried the filming beyond Joey’s birth is that there are really powerful messages anyone can walk away with,” Victoria says with her natural optimism, “Yes, it is especially meaningful for parents in a similar situation, but it’s a great reminder for everyone to slow down, appreciate what we have, and to approach others with an open heart because you truly never know what they may be facing.”

Into Loving Hands chronicles the Williams’ entire journey to date, from that initial midwifery visit to the OR of Boston Children’s Hospital to ongoing cardiology and early intervention appointments, and hopes to act as a bridge from isolation for other families who encounter similar experiences. Surprisingly, 1 in 33 children born in the US are affected by birth defects. Both Rebecca and Victoria also hope the film will spark dialogue about the importance of unbiased, supportive healthcare teams in both reproductive and pediatric care. Please visit their fundraising campaign on the online Generosity platform to watch the trailer and support the film’s production!

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The Children’s Museum Annual Birthday Bash A hoppin’ happening adult evening to benefit

The Children’s Museum at Saratoga inspired by the classic children’s book The Tale of Peter Rabbit

Saturday, March 12, 2016 6:00pm—10:30pm Saratoga National Golf Club Cocktail Attire Suggested

·Seated Dinner ·Silent Auction ·Live Music by Dancing Dream: an ABBA Tribute Band from NYC Tickets: ·$85 per person ·$150 per couple

Call 584-5540 or Visit cmssny.org/birthday

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Building optimism, HAPPINESS &

positive emotions Dr. Cale is a Clifton Parkbased parenting expert, author, speaker and licensed psychologist who offers practical, no-nonsense parenting advice for all ages. His website, terrificparenting.com, features hundreds of articles and dozens of parenting products that will help you achieve your goal of happier children and a peaceful home.

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hat if you could inoculate your children from any suffering and struggles that inevitably come with life? If such a vaccine existed, who would ignore it? I suspect we would all be on board. As a psychologist working with families in crisis, I see children living lives of abundance, yet they are still miserable, anxious and angry. Others just complain, whine and create constant drama, sucking the happiness from others in the home (these are the children needing such a vaccine!) However, there is a way of raising children that dramatically and lastingly enhances their ability to avoid suffering and misery.

Inoculate against misery by building optimism & happiness In recent years, psychological research has given considerable attention to the ‘condition’ of happiness and optimism. In the not so distant past, psychologists generally believed that happiness was worth the effort only because…well, we like being happy. It feels good. In fact, happiness feels very good. However, we now know that happiness and optimism bring much more than just good feelings. It is like the ultimate vaccine against misery and suffering, but that is only the beginning. Happy children (and adults) tend 40 | SaratogaMama | Spring 2016

to be more open, more accepting, more resourceful under stressful conditions, more resilient and much more satisfied with life. Interestingly, we used to believe that happiness would follow success. Thus, it went something like this, “Work hard son, and one day you can really relax and be happy.” Now we know this to be absolute bunk. In reality, the message should be this: “Be happy son, and success will find you.” Happy students, in any stage of life, are the more productive students. Happy adults inevitably seem to find success in their lives. Happy managers have teams that outperform grumpy managers. These general findings are replicated over and over. And yet, it still gets better: happiness infuses health into our lives, as we will take fewer sick days, have fewer serious illnesses and live much longer. There is nothing but a massive win for our families when we infuse everyone with happiness. But how do we do this?

Secret #1 Model Optimism and Happiness This is the essential starting point. We can only give away what we truly own, and happiness is unquestionably one of the key traits worth owning. We need to discover (if we haven’t found this already) how to be truly happy IF we want our children to be happy. saratogaTODAYnewspaper.com


I find many parents try to fake happiness. Inside they are miserable, and yet they try to hide this from their children and assume all is well, even when it’s not. Should they show their misery? Of course not. But it does call for more serious work and effort. In other words, hiding misery is only teaching children how to hide their misery. Get serious about being a model for happiness and optimism, so that you speak from a place of authenticity. This is remarkably powerful in helping children find happiness.

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Please note that this is both an inside and an outside game. In your head, you can stalk this sacred ground of happiness by incessantly ignoring those weeds. Instead, you can turn your attention to the seeds in your life. Of course, you also want to do this with your children, using the exact same formula.

The happy parent is teaching HAPPINESS even when she is not trying to teach.. & this is the magic.

But let’s be clear: this happiness is like sacred ground. It has to be stalked, hunted, explored and then defended daily with ongoing efforts. It is not simply something you stumble upon, then own. You must work for it, and nurture it daily. This all begins with a strong, conscious decision to choose happiness for the sake of your family, and yourself.

By obsessing on seeds of happiness, gratitude and effort, we find that children change their behavior dramatically. They become happier and more content, while working harder.

Is this easy? No, of course not. If it were, everyone would have done it. But let’s be clear: it is worth the effort for you and your family. There is certainly more on this topic, but consider this the most fundamental starting point and test a full immersion into this for 30 days. When you do, you won’t ever turn back.

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Let the magic begin When we are able to model happiness, many ingredients of parenting success will follow. Happiness brings less judgment, which means less reaction. More happiness means that we don’t battle with kids who are miserable, which produces less conflict and anger. More optimism translates to finding solutions rather than getting stuck in repetitive negative patterns. Most importantly, perhaps, the optimistic parent is incessantly modeling a view that embraces growth and learning. Each moment is there to learn from, not to resist. Dinner conversations are different. The drive to the game is different. Bedtimes are different. In fact, the happy parent is teaching happiness even when she is not trying to teach… and this is the magic.

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Seeds or weeds: You must choose

Let’s consider this: Mom…Dad…you become what you think about most. And your children become what you engage the most. The common ingredient here is attention. What is getting your repeated attention? Is it a ‘weed’ or a ‘seed’? Weeds are the negative thoughts, the ugly comments, the dramatic emotions, the whining and incessant complaints (whether in your head or in your home). Weeds are also harsh judgments, disrespect and any negative behavior. Do you engage them in your brain, and keep feeding them with your energy? Do you do the same with your children’s negative moments (arguing, fighting, reminding) and focus on what you don’t like and don’t approve of? If so, you will see that these moments just keep growing. The weeds of negativity can explode out of control. But remember, you do have a choice. You can go against the lifetime habits you have developed and can turn toward the seeds of happiness, gratitude, optimism and kindness. SaratogaMama.com

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Taking education out of the classroom: 5 places the entire family will enjoy together Time is so precious today and time spent with family can be almost impossible to manage. Having fun and learning something new together at the same time doesn't have to be a rare thing, though. Take the lessons out of the school and board room for a day or two. Pack a lunch, grab the kids and go learn about the wonderful world around you. Here are a few ideas to get you started. STORY & PHOTOS BY

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Adirondack Wildlife Refuge & Rehab Center

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hese days, more and more people are involved with learning about wildlife, the environment and ecosystem. This doesn't have to be boring, and certainly won't be, if you take a day trip to The Adirondack Wildlife Refuge and Rehab Center, located in Upstate New York.

Have you walked with a wolf? I have and the experience was amazing! The timber wolf, Cree, is the center of attention here, walking with a leash, along the one mile education trail through the woods with visitors, while Steve Hall talks about nature and the integral part it shares with wildlife. This isn't a petting zoo, but you can get close to some pretty cool animals. Some are here for rehabilitation, eventually released back into the wild, while others remain on the 50 acres of woodland, not able to care for themselves any longer. Depending on when you go, there might be many different kinds of owl, falcons, hawks, black bears, bobcats, arctic fox and other large animals found in the Adirondacks that you can learn about. It's a great experience for everyone, something you'll talk about long after you leave. SaratogaMama.com

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Fort Ticonderoga & The King's Garden 1 hour 49 min.

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efinitely a family destination, Fort Ticonderoga overlooks the Green Mountains of Vermont and boasts stunning views of Lake Champlain. America made history here and you can experience much of it's legacy by immersing yourselves in the interactive Fort and gardens.

You can march to the beat of the Fife and Drum Corps, join in with the soldiers to help with the myriad of duties they'd have been assigned to each day, even go on a family scavenger hunt during your visit. Feeling crafty? You can step into the tailoring or shoemaking shops and try your hand at the trade. Gather around young men in period clothing, watch as they load their muskets and talk to you about life in Ticonderoga and the proper way to fire the weapon, if you'd lived during the revolution. You can hike up the Carillon Battlefield Trail, take part in an Archeology Quest, have tons of fun exploring a seasonal corn maze that's been designed in the shape of the fort itself! There are many exhibits that you can wander through, alone or on a tour. Each will be a wonderful learning experience, made fun by involving you in each aspect of American history. Later, a walk through the King's Garden will be an experience you won't want to miss. Watch soldiers work in typical Garrison gardens, growing food that would have been shared among the troops. Take your time learning about the colorful flowers and healthy plants that grow there. Listen to the tour guides explain the timeline of a family that lived on the historic grounds at one time. Fort Ticonderoga is the only place in America that uses history and tells a new story every single year. In 2015, the theme was '1756: THE FRONT LINE OF NEW FRANCE.' Who knows what they have in store for the 2016 season. Why not call and find out?

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Howes Cavern

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magine it; You're standing in the study of an old Victorian home and there's a life-like mannequin talking to you and your family. 'His' name is Lester Howe and he tells you about the mysterious discovery he and his cow 'Millicent' made of the cave fondly nick-named 'The Blowing Hole.'

head lamps and flashlights afterwards, to keep as souvenirs. Outside, the afternoon is full of fun, at Howe's High Adventure. You can zip-line, climb a 25 foot high rock wall, then roll down the hill in Howe's H2OGO ball.

You enter an old elevator that whisks you down, 156 feet underground to be exact! When the doors open you marvel at the sight in front of you. Caves, six million years in the making.

Budding prospectors will enjoy mining here. Pan for gemstones in the water of mining sluices. Who knows? You could get lucky and find garnets,rose quartz,emeralds and other gorgeous stones, once the water washes away the dirt to reveal them.

Take one of four tours and learn about stalactites, stalagmites and flowstone, while you wander through this living cave. On Sundays, you can take the Family "Flashlight Tour" then bring home the

You can purchase a Geode in the Gemstone and Mining building, then try your hand at cracking it open to see what's inside.

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It will be an amazing day of learning for everyone, smiles guaranteed.

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Fort William Henry Lake George, New York

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tep back in time, you'll land in the hardships of living at a wilderness outpost during the struggles between the British and French during the late 1700's.After an introduction to the fort's history and a lengthy tour led by both men and women, you'll be able to describe what it was like to live in that tumultuous time of shaping America yourself.

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Watch soldiers load and fire muskets out in the courtyard. Learn how they fired canons out over the land, hoping to protect the Fort and gain some footage in the war.

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Children will learn how to be part of the King's Army, dressing in period clothes, marching out into the main area of the fort and firing a musket of their own. There are Ghost tours, lessons on archaeology and a museum shop you can wander through to buy a trinket or two. Speaking of archaeology, Fort William Henry has some pretty neat artifacts. Many people aren't aware of the importance of the French and Indian War right here in Lake George. In fact, four skeletal remains are in the 'Crypt,' suspected victims of the 1757 massacre at the stronghold.

Prospect Mountain Lake George, New York

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The gorgeous mountain is at the foothills of the Adirondacks. It boasts one of the most breathtaking views over the town of Lake George. On a clear day, up at the peak, you can see 100 miles of spectacular landscape surrounding you.

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You'll discover the ruins of the Bullwheel and remains of the Old Cable Railway, that once brought visitors to the top of the mountain for an overnight stay at the famous hotel 'Prospect Mountain House.' The nature hike is approximately 4 miles roundtrip, with well-marked trails and the fresh air will bring out the best in you. You can be a novice to make the trip, taking your time with children as you make your way to the summit. If you choose to drive up The Veteran's Memorial Highway instead, the curving road is 5.5 miles to the top, with 3 scenic stops that offer stunning views over the Lake Region.

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Logical Consequences:

Making Sure the Punishment

Fits the Crime

As I went to throw my tissue into the bathroom garbage, I saw a yellowish liquid covering the bottom of the can. Dread filled my mind as I thought, ‘That’s not what I think it is, is it?’ It was! My young son calmly and proudly admitted that he urinated in the garbage to test his aim. For a split second I stood in disbelief. Holding back my laughter and the urge to shriek, “gross,” I took a deep breath, knelt down to his eye level, and explained that, although I admire his curiosity, we have a toilet for a reason. Then I slipped latex gloves over his tiny hands and he cleaned the garbage can. A logical consequence for an unexpected action. BY

Elizabeth Jarosz

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ith four young children I need to expect the unexpected. “Never a dull moment”, is my motto. But as a parent I find it easier dealing with the seemingly innocent and harmless situations like the one mentioned above. It is the daily grind of children not listening, using hurtful hands or unkind words combined with my constant nagging, punishments and consequences that used to wear me down. A typical reaction to bad behavior was to throw a consequence or punishment at the child that was decided in a moment of anger or frustration, causing the child to become upset and frustrated as well. Voices were raised, the child got angrier and lost sight of the original offense and a power struggle ensued. Once the dust settled everyone was frustrated and exhausted, and no lesson was learned. Isn’t the point of discipline to teach a child to do better next time? In my experience as a teacher, there’s a hierarchy of authority in the school system, a team for problem solving,

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behavior plans in place, and the students leave at the end of the day, giving all involved a time to reflect. Being a parent is different; I had an internal struggle knowing I could do better, but getting too caught up in the moment to do so. I had to find a way to be more efficient, fair and calm when it came to disciplining my children. So I did what I do, I researched, read, and talked with other parents. The idea of ‘natural consequences’ was one I related to most because of its simplicity and rationale; face the natural consequence of your decision. For example, don’t wear a coat outside in the cold, get sick; don’t throw dirty clothes in the laundry, no clean clothes. Some of the natural consequences that I read sounded fantastic, others had a delayed outcome I knew I would not have the patience to wait for, and some just seemed unsafe (you don’t wear a bike helmet, you hurt your head). Then I came across the idea of ‘logical consequences’. Logical consequences are adult structured learning opportunities. Like natural consequences, there is still a saratogaTODAYnewspaper.com


link between the original action and the result but the consequence is controlled rather than left to nature. According to psychologist Jane Nelson’s research, logical consequences must be related, respectful, and reasonable. When implementing logical consequences, Amy McCready, founder of Positive Parenting Solutions, advises that the consequence must be revealed to the child ahead of time. This way the child can make a choice between the appropriate behavior and the consequence. Unless the child knows the consequence ahead of time, the parent will become the ‘bad guy’. The child should also be expected to repeat the consequence back to you to ensure it’s understood. The child makes the choice from that point forward. No reminders needed, just a simple, “I see you’ve decided to vacuum the couch”, or “I see you’ve decided to go to bed early tomorrow”.

With homework to sign, dinner to prepare, boo boos to kiss, diapers to change, and so much more it becomes difficult to respond logically to situations that arise in the moment. The key for me is to have some preset consequences already in my mind. Some of the logical consequences that my family has put into place include:

Stay up past bedtime: Stand on couch: Spit in car:

My children also have daily family responsibilities. The logical consequences for these include:

Laundry:

Dishwasher:

Feed Dog:

Until complete, you don’t earn the privilege of clean clothes, towels, washcloths Until complete, you don’t earn the privilege of clean dishes, bowls, cups, utensils Until the dog eats, you don’t earn the privilege of eating the family’s food

This system only works if the children are aware of these consequences. If a new situation occurs, we have a chat about why the behavior is not acceptable, the logical consequence is presented, and our children repeat it back to show understanding. From that point forward, it’s a family rule. Parenting is a constant work in progress. Logical consequences have given me more confidence as a parent and have given my children more responsibility and ownership of their choices allowing for the daily grind to be less stressful and much more enjoyable.

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Slam bedroom door:

Spill something: Get out of chair during dinner: Don’t brush teeth: Violate terms re: electronic use Break something: Refuse to wear a bike helmet:

Tired, therefore need to go to bed early the next night Dirty couch, therefore you vacuum the couch Dirty car, therefore you clean inside of car Not safe, therefore you don’t earn privilege of a door for a day (Yes, my husband has calmly walked over and taken a door off the hinges) Makes a mess, therefore clean it up Not safe or polite, therefore stand and don’t earn the privilege of a chair Dirty teeth, therefore no snacks or sweets the next day Forfeit privilege of that electronic the next day Help fix it or pay for replacement Not safe, therefore when you won’t wear a helmet, then you don’t earn privilege of riding

Hurtful words:

People won’t want to be around you, therefore parent walks away making sure not to give attention to negative behavior (reflect with child after de-escalated)

Hurtful hands:

People won’t want to be around you, therefore give attention to the victim and walk away with the knowledge that people deserve to be treated with respect (when child de-escalates, reflect and help child decide how to “right their wrong” to make the other person feel better)

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Lauren Agius

Battlefield My childhood was full of adventure and a close connection and relationship with the earth. I grew up in the countryside of Maryland. Children to a stay at home incredible old hippie of a mother, my brother, sister and I foraged with her for grape vine with which we learned to weave baskets. We ran barefoot on our many acres of land with the neighbor’s farm animals that always escaped to our grasses. When we moved to Saratoga, we bought Brown’s Beach, and our lives were rarely indoors. After working in the summer days, our evenings we were in the water; skiing, tubing, and swimming. My connection to the water is deep and I am at peace on my boat floating or playing on the beautiful lakes that surround us in New York.

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Thinking back on the years of my life in Saratoga, my mind brings me to Yaddo, the Saratoga Battlefield and to Roger’s Rock on the north end of Lake George. Our family reached a point where, because we attended Catholic School our entire lives, we changed from Sunday mass to Sunday adventures. I now understand that when I am walking through the woods or sitting on the water with family and loved ones, or simply and often alone, it is then that my God and my spirit are most in touch with one another. In the year that I have lived in this world without my mother, I have found that the only times I have truly felt close to her, and sure of her undying existence, is when I have travelled those places where we once walked together. We leave pieces of ourselves in those places where we feel that God and Spirit connection. We need only visit these areas to feel close to the ones we love and have lost. I now bring my son to these special places and we carry the tradition of sharing our lives together in the presence of natural beauty. All these spots to which I travel, these are the living scrapbooks through which I surf to remember and to feel alive.


I will tell them stories of the times spent with the ones they didn’t get to meet. I will visit with them the settings of the stories of my own and listen closely to the beauty that is quietly whispered there. We will laugh and cry and experience and our lives will be deeply rooted to these special locations.

My parents gave me so much by creating these customs. They loved so deeply the natural worlds they took us to visit and enjoy, that it is there they will forever be imprinted. I will sit on the shores of Roger’s Rock for as many years as I can with my son and family and continue to weave the fabrics of the practices and recollections with which we identify.

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I urge all parents to create these memories with your families. It is a comfort and peace that you will give yourself and your children. My mother doesn’t live on in the playrooms we visit, but she certainly whips through the dunes and glides on the waves as I chase my son down the beach at her favorite ocean front. I remember my younger days with my father not at the gym playing basketball, but rather on the winding roads and trails as I hike and walk through my life at the Saratoga Battlefield.

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I laugh at the memories brought forth from the scenery and simple environment at Yaddo. I walk the Skidmore trails and remember walking there with my pregnant belly with my mother. I breathe more deeply as I hike the Adirondacks, remembering the grumpy days when my parents forced us to hike miles up a mountain. I hope that families add to their lives by creating relationships and traditions with the world outside; it waits to hold you and your family and keep safe the memories you leave. They never die. I offer the following places to visit that bring forth some of the greatest splendor I have ever witnessed. At times, I yearn to get to them, to absorb their beauty and to feel the company of times gone by; my story.

I urge all parents to create these memories with your families. It is a comfort and peace that you will give yourself and your children."

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COLORS OF

2016:

Rose Quartz By Jan Snedaker & Colleen Pierre

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his spring as we shed our puffy cocoons and welcome the warm sun back into our lives we will do so with a calming sense of order and peace. At least that is what the creators of the Pantone color of the year hope to instill upon us with a combination of the tranquil rose quartz and serenity, a cool and soothing pastel blue. These colors are a far cry from the dark and brooding Marsala of last year. They seem to reflect the desperate need in our current world to step away from the chaos and stress and free us to bask in the light of all that is good in life. This may seem like a lot to ask of fashion but the truth is fashion has always been a representation of the times. From the bell bottoms made famous by hippies in the 70’s to the shoulder pads, parachute pants, bold patterns and colors found in the 80’s, to the toned down ripped jeans and flannel shirts of the 90’s, fashion has always been a reflection of the social, economical, political, and cultural changes in our society. It makes sense that at a time where technology and social media has made our lives move way faster than our bodies and minds are used to, the fashion world would try to help us find some balance amidst the chaos. This spring being fashionable is easy. Rose quartz and serenity are meant to be highly wearable, mixed and matched, and thrown on without effort. They are the neutrals of color and match so many different tones and shades. From the streets to the gym to the workplace there is something for everyone to wear. Busy moms will love adding these colors through accessorizing with the latest trends including comforting scarves to keep you warm on those cooler spring days to the mini bags that are popping up everywhere as clutches and crossbody styles. Fabrics are lighter, softer, and meant to flow. Relax, meditate, turn off your phone and enjoy a lingering moment smelling the roses and enjoying some peace and serenity.

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Le Pen in Periwinkle

Accessories Lavender Dots Washi Tape

Pastel iPhone Case Apple

JVC Earbuds Amazon

Braided Headband H&M

Waterlily Tote Bag Le Sportsac

Water Bottle BKR

I Am Very Busy Planner Amazon

Vista Blue Wallet Kate Spade

Bangle Set Ippolita Gold

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Rose Quartz Nail Wrap in Rose Quartz Confetti

Skinny Coil Bracelet Lola Accessory Boutique Saratoga Springs

Jamberry

Vintage Glam Watch Ted Baker

Brow Bar Aviator Sunglasses Express

Fringed Earrings Noonday

Rebecca Minkoff 'Regan' Satchel Nordstrom

Orchid Boots Kamik

Seasonal Classics TOMS

Amuse Bouche Lipstick Textured-weave Jacket

BITE BEAUTY

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Serenity

'Arianna' Flat Michael Kors

Chambray Eyelet Shorts Gap

Adrift Necklace Noonday

Darci Closed-Toe Wedge Michael Kors

Cross town Trench Coat L.L.Bean

Nail Wrap in Serenity Stripe Jamberry

Tippi Sweater J.Crew

Turquoise Feather Necklace Lucia Boutique Saratoga Springs

'Roshe Run' Sneaker Nike

Downtown Tote Mini Petunia Pickle Bottom

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Kids

Spring Graphic Tee Gap

Glitter Toe Sneakers The Children's Place

Bow Headband Gymboree

Light Wash Skinny Jeans Old Navy

High Tops H&M

Striped Polo Shirt Janie and Jack

Graphic Tee Old Navy

Rocker Jean Crazy 8

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Patterned Scarf H&M

Duppioni Dress Gymboree

Plaid Suspenders Gymboree

Linen Shirt J.Crew

Boys Aviator Sunglasses J.Crew

Plaid Shorts Old Navy

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SATURDAY, MARCH 12

2016 CHILDREN'S MUSEUM 6TH ANNUAL BIRTHDAY BASH

2016 SATURDAY MARCH 5 AND SUNDAY, MARCH 6

ADIRONDACK SPORTS AND FITNESS SUMMER EXPO Don't miss the annual Adirondack Sports & Fitness Summer Expo at the Saratoga City Center on March 5 at 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. & March 6, at 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The show will feature everything you need for running, cycling, triathlon, paddling, hiking, healthy living and travel, with 125 exhibitors, great sales on gear (even ski gear!), plus clothing and footwear, paddling demos, seminars and clinics, 25-foot rock climbing wall, and fun family activities! Don’t miss out on this free event. For more information visit www.adksports.com.

SUNDAY, MARCH 6

ROBOT DEMONSTRATION & THE MARTIAN MOVIE After reading The Martian by Andy Weir, Two Towns-One Book (TTOB) 2016 Community Read, of course you want to see the Golden Globe winning movie starring Matt Damon. Shenendehowa’s first Aerospace Science class will astound you with a robot they constructed followed by a showing of the movie everyone is talking about! Free Admission. Registration is recommended. Please call the Clifton Park – Halfmoon Public Library, 475 Moe Rd. Clifton Park, 1 p.m. (518) 371-1121.

FRIDAY, MARCH 11

SARATOGA YMCA’S 2016 ANNUAL CAMPAIGN PARTY Join us at Prime at Saratoga National, located at 458 Union Ave., in Saratoga Springs from 6:30-9:30 p.m. for the YMCA’s Annual Campaign Party. Guests will enjoy complimentary food and spirits, while dancing to the tunes of the Garland Nelson Ensemble at Prime at Saratoga National. There will also be a silent auction and wine pull, if you’re feeling lucky! Proceeds from this event benefit our 2016 Annual Scholarship Campaign: Mission 443, which ensures that everyone can participate at the YMCA regardless of their ability to pay. The number 443 represents the Y’s goal of scholarships we would like to provide in 2016. Cost is $100. For more information call (518) 583-9622.

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The Children’s Museum’s Annual Birthday Bash is at Saratoga National Golf Club from 6:00 – 10:30 p.m.. As in years past, it promises to be an entertaining evening with a particularly fun children’s book theme. We ask you to support the Children’s Museum Annual Bash by joining the Honorary Committee with a donation of $175 per person. As a member of the Honorary Committee, you will receive a ticket to the event and be recognized in the party invitation and in event material. The Museum and all its programs (including STEM and Autism focused activities) could not survive without the money raised at this event from caring individuals like you. For more information visit www.cmssny.org.

FRIDAY, MARCH 18

VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR PARTY Northshire Bookstore, 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 10:30 a.m. The Very Hungry Caterpillar himself will be our guest star for story time fun and a photo opportunity. Bookseller Jennifer and Senora Gloria from Capital Region Language Center will read the story in English and in Spanish (no previous foreign language experience necessary) and we'll present a caterpillar craft. Our friends from Healthy Living Market & Café will be on hand to serve a tasty treat. For more information, visit www.northshire.com.

MARCH 19-20 & APRIL 2-3 MAPLE WEEKEND 2016

Every spring, the members of the New York State Maple Producers Association invite families and friends into their “sugar houses” to experience the world of pure NY maple syrup. Located at approximately 160 farms and museums across New York State, Maple Weekend offers a delicious, fun-filled outing that has a little something for all maple-lovers to taste and experience. Join us this year March 19-20 and April 2-3 for sugar house tours, samples, activities and much more. Visit www.NYSMaple.com for more information.

SATURDAY, MARCH 26

BLUE NEEDS YOU 8K RUN The run begins at 8:30 a.m. at High Rock Park, Saratoga Springs.The Blue Needs You 8K Run, presented by Fingerpaint, is a community celebration of Code Blue Saratoga, a regional organization providing temporary respite for individuals experiencing homelessness during hazardous winter weather. The event includes: 8K Competitive Run (USATF Certified) $30 early registration (by March 11) /$35 late, 400 meter Kids Fun Run – free, Race Day Cheer Squad – Support friends and family by participating in the Cheer Squad. A $10 donation gets you a Cheer Squad tee and helps us raise critical funds for Code Blue Saratoga. As a participant you have the opportunity

to make a difference in the lives of individuals who are living on the streets. We hope you will join us this year and that you’ll Run for Blue. To register, visit www.codeblueneedsyou.org.

SATURDAY, APRIL 2

BABYSITTING COURSE AT GAVIN PARK

Adirondack Health & Safety will be presenting a child and babysitting course at Gavin Park! This course is open to girls and boys, ages 10 and up. Participants will learn the basics of CABS (Child and Babysitting Safety), along with CPR and first aid. The course runs from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday April 2nd. Pre-registration is required. Cost for Wilton Residents is $60, Saratoga Springs School District Residents is $65, and all others is $70. Questions may be answered by calling the park office at 518-584-9455.

SATURDAY, APRIL 16

PEPPERTREE RESCUE'S 9TH ANNUAL FURRY FUN RUN

Join us for the 9th Annual Furry Fun Run a Run/ Walk for people and dogs. This great fundraiser to benefit Peppertree Rescue will take place at the Warming Hut off the scenic Avenue of the Pines in Saratoga State Park. The Furry Fun Run was the first 5k in the area to welcome dogs on a certified 5K course and it is a do not miss event. If you are not up for running walkers are always welcome too. Day-of-registration is $35 so do not forget to register online before April 14 - registration is just $25 until March 16, then it is $30 online! Shirts are available to purchase through March 25. Proceeds of this event go to benefit the dogs of Peppertree Rescue and support the work the rescue does. Visit Peppertree.org to learn more about our organization.

SATURDAY, MAY 14 AND SUNDAY, MAY 15

6TH ANNUAL WINTER RAPTOR FEST Experience the wonder of flight as free-flying hawks and falcons demonstrate the physics of flight, habitat adaptations, and more at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Greenwich 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Fun and educational Live Bird of Prey programs introduce you to the owls, hawks and falcons of the Washington County Grasslands Important Bird Area, including some of our most endangered species. See and learn about endangered Short-eared Owls, threatened Northern Harriers, Bald Eagles, Ospreys, Snowy Owls, American Kestrels and many other owls, hawks and falcons. Great kids' activities like horse-drawn sleigh/wagon rides, crafts & games, local food vendors and more. For more information visit ibafriends.org or winterraptorfest. com. $10 for For a c Adults, $5 for events omplete li st and a kids 12 ctivitie of Sarato s, visit g aMam and under. a.com

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Spring

By Jane Fairchild, Woman in the Moon Astrology

ARIES Child

TAURUS Child

GEMINI Child

The adventurous ram of the zodiac takes to road trips like a camel on a walk in the desert. Your young Aries has the heart of a real pioneer, so introduce them to an activity that gets their heart beating fast. Both the boys and girls of this sign enjoy the thrill of any fast-paced excursion you take them on. Let them take charge of the GPS or map. Their rich, fertile imagination will be working overtime to come up with where the buried treasure is located. Howe Caverns or the Herkimer Diamond Mines might be a perfect start.

Whatever activity you are planning, be sure and get the approval of “the boss” – you know, your little Taurus the Bull! Remember when you were bringing him home from the hospital and he wouldn’t put his arms and legs in the powder blue layette that Grammy knitted? It took two of you to get that accomplished. That was your first warning, only to be repeated. They are easy going by nature but they can’t be pushed. Since they react positively to harmonious colors and sounds bring them to a pottery class or paint studio like Creative Corks or Saratoga Paint and Sip.

Your quick-moving and talking Gemini needs to explore. They enjoy a good mental challenge that can hold their interest. Books and movies that go along at a quick pace is a start, and a museum will always appeal to their inquisitive nature. Gemini rules the hands so activities that engage their ambidextrous abilities is perfect. Remember you are raising a future surgeon, dentist or jeweler.

CANCER Child

LEO Child

VIRGO Child

March 21 - April 19:

April 20 - May 21:

May 22 - June 21:

June 22 - July 22:

July 23 - August 22:

August 23 - September 21:

The person who said, “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach” had to be a July-born Cancerian. They live to eat and eat to live. They are fascinated by the ingredients that go into each dish that’s put in front of them. I've never met a Cancer who doesn’t enjoy being in a kitchen or restaurant. Don’t be surprised if your little crab asks to speak with the chef of the restaurant – of course, she has to know if the cheese in her ravioli was either cow or goat cheese!

Your little lion/lioness enjoys the sound of applause. Whether they are on stage themselves or in the audience, it’s where they prefer to be. Broadway tickets for the family could break the bank but since we are surrounded by many theatrical playhouses and movie theaters, you’re in luck. Check out a show with Saratoga Children’s Theatre or go see a high school or middle school production. Leo is all about the grand scale. Surely you’ve noticed their leadership abilities that even the neighborhood kids give homage to. There is a bit of royalty in them, you know!

Quiet, exacting, and nervous little Virgo loves to tend to the details in their life. They find nature to be fascinating. Watch them when they are outside and you may catch them studying a bird in flight and then quickly run in the house to their computer to find out more about the mechanics of how they do that. A trip to the Bronx zoo could be exasperating because they would want to study each and every animal they see. Of course it’s the same loveable kid who wouldn’t eat the mashed potatoes you cooked until every little lump was smoothed out. Perfection is a goal worth striving for in their eyes.

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LIBRA Child

SCORPIO Child October 23 - November 21:

November 22 - December 21:

It can be a challenge looking for activities to do with your little Libra. That’s because most Libras have a hard time making a decision. They can see both sides of any situation, so making a wrong choice is not an option. Libra is the sign of the scales of justice – tilting in a constant up and down motion – one side to the other. Presenting them with two possible activities to choose from is the best route to take. Because they are so socially aware they will want to include a friend or two to come along. Most Libras have artistic and musical inclinations so concerts and live stage plays are a perfect fit.

These little detectives of the zodiac love to seek and find. Anything they can put under a microscope to figure out how it works appeals to them. Nothing would make your Scorpio happier or keep them occupied than If it were Halloween every day. Science fiction, ghost stories, costume dress up, and magic games could be an everyday occurance for them. These physically sturdy kids can benefit greatly from running, jumping and climbing – it burns off the intensity that they often feel inside and builds up in them.

These honest, happy-go-lucky kids have “adventure” for a middle name. Whether they travel by train, plane or automobile or just in their minds, they love the trip just the same. The phrase, “curiosity killed the cat” was said with your Sagittarian in mind. Their day begins and ends with a question on their minds. They have a keen love for sports and team spirit. Competition and cooperation go hand in hand. Solo sports of downhill and waterskiing call on their love of competition with themselves.

CAPRICORN Child

AQUARIUS Child

PISCES Child

September 22 - October 22:

SAGITTARIUS Child

December 22 - January 20:

January 21 - February 19:

February 20 - March 20:

The mature, wiser than his/her years sign of the zodiac is your little goat. When they play dress up in your clothes and pretend to be you, for a second you may find yourself thinking they could drive to the store and pick up milk. They possess the qualities of a business executive even from a young age. A trip to Wall Street could be in order and would have them talking for months about the experience. But don’t let their serious side fool you. They still need to be kids that run and jump and play games. Building a tree house is a good head start to building their empire.

Oh the wonder of the little water bearer! These independent, stubborn little inventors are charged up like an electrical wire. They are channeling the brilliant impulses of the universe. More astronauts are born under the sign of Aquarius. Family outings could consist of visiting a farm, museum or restaurant. The outcome would be the same- your little inventor would come away excited. He would either come up with an invention for a new plow for the farmer and would eat the restauranteur out of food. Told you they were a wonder!!

These little romantic poets are life’s healers. They know from a young age that they were born to make it a better world. Ecology, medicine and any of the sciences have appeal. Visiting a food bank or a food kitchen could be a good start. They are caretakers of those people or animals that can’t fend for themselves. Since they have a vivid imagination and love of fantasy, a trip to a museum for adults or children would keep them interested for hours. Explore their love of books and encourage their own rich and fertile minds to create stories of their own.

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