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Ice dreams

Disney celebrates 100 years with skating extravaganza at Times Union Center

According to Walt Disney, anything is possible if you just believe, and that may not be far from the truth as one of the stars from Disney on Ice’s latest show to hit the Times Union Center explains.

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One for the books

Colleagues praise retiring Voorheesville Library Youth Services director’s passion and creativity

Connecting with young readers of all ages is what attracted Joyce Laoisa to Voorheesville Public Library around 16 years ago. Although a library’s role has changed over time, her mission to inspire children remained steadfast.

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Girl Scouts make fabric flowers for seniors

Gathering one of the first to involve almost all Bethlehem troops

Delmar costume designer Amelia Dombrowski taught the girls how to make fabric flowers.

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Bethlehem students making connections

Ricky the Robot teaches Glenmont first graders about technology

The Glenmont Elementary School teacher Peter Rawitsch has been introducing robotic technology to first graders for more than 25 years.

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Capital District Parent Pages 2013 Holiday Gift Guide

Our affordable gift picks for families!

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Burn off that bird

Local events let people run, walk or dance away those Thanksgiving calories

With Thanksgiving a few days away, some people are looking for ways to keep themselves off the couch and the calories at bay.

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Busy bodies

A new gym in Colonie aims to get kids active

Cold weather and early nightfall are not good enough excuses to keep children from participating in physical activities.

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Thanks comes naturally

Thacher Nature Center holds annual celebration connecting families to natural gifts

Fast approaching is the mad dash to retail stores for once-a-year deals on the hottest merchandise, but there’s one event coming up that allows people to slow down and connect with nature before the big feast that kicks off the holiday season.

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Ballroom dancing hits Slingerlands

Elementary kids get their kicks at after school program

Slingerlands Elementary students are now being given the opportunity to learn how to ballroom dance through a new program being offered after school called Dance Crazy Kids.

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All the trimmings close to home

Give thanks to area farmers, businesses by buying local ingredients

A bounty of area businesses and markets make shopping local for all the ingredients of a customary Thanksgiving dinner a relatively easy task.

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It’s a small world

Nano Family Fun Day exposes young minds to tiny technology that has a big impact

Explaining the concept of nanotechnology can be a complex and potentially boring lesson for a group of elementary-aged kids.

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Leashing in school safety

District plans to bring in K9 for locker searches; prior school shooting almost attempted

Guilderland school officials are implementing several measures to address safety issues, but the one attracting the most attention involves man’s best friend.

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A mermaid's tale

V’ville middle schoolers’ latest production is a team effort

Auditions for this year’s middle school production of “The Little Mermaid Jr.” began in early September when 60 students showed up to sing and read lines. By the end of the audition, 60 students remained.

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Lyle’s lessons

A crocodile to entertain, teach youngsters in Steamer No. 10 production

“Cinderella” taught children to never give up, “Charlotte’s Web” contained lessons on friendship and humility and “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” taught kids about the consequences of lying.

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Festival for the minds

MiSci to hold Super Science Weekend, Dudley Observatory kicks off activities

Realizing the richness of the area’s science offerings will be a simple calculation at an upcoming inaugural science festival.

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Grounds for fun

Volunteers, donations help make Menands School playground a reality

A community came together to rebuild the playground at Menands School, adding a kickball field and replacing the former, bee-infested wooden play structure with new equipment.

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Paint is dry at new artistic haven

Albany Art Room reopens at new location, owner committed to staying in city

Finding a permanent home for a local business catering to artists of all ages ended up taking much longer than watching paint dry.

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We have a winner!

Other entries still have a shot at being on the Parent Pages cover

The winner of the Capital District Parent Pages cover contest drawing has been announced.

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Send us your recipes and win!

Share your Thanksgiving traditions with The Spotlight

We are looking for reader-submitted recipes for our Nov. 13 Thanksgiving Lifestyle edition.

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Rail Trail expansion underway

Three-mile section in New Scotland to open this fall, Albany portion eyed for 2015

Enhancements to two bridges along the Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail are progressing, and a three-mile section of the trail through New Scotland is expected to open next month.

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