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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Share your Thanksgiving traditions with The Spotlight
We are looking for reader-submitted recipes for our Nov. 13 Thanksgiving Lifestyle edition.
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.
Guilderland schools librarians help parents and students become cyber savvy
Guilderland Central School District librarians hosted on Thursday, Oct. 17, a program titled “Cyber Smart: Succeeding in a Digital World,” a series of workshops featuring interactive presentations containing tips for using online tools and accessing district resources.
District allowed 46 seniors to drop P.E. class this year under state regulations
Some Bethlehem High School students were given the opportunity to opt out of physical education class this year in a new pilot program that could potentially be expanded to help cut costs for the district.
Guilderland’s Trick-or-Treat Street offers festive indoor activities for local families
Guilderland High School is preparing to host its 10th annual Trick-or-Treat Street Saturday, Oct. 26. The event will see the school’s halls, cafeteria and gymnasium transformed into a Halloween haven.
Choices are theirs to make
In many ways the choices of my life have led me to be the mother that I am today.
Meal a mix of kitsch and crabs
What do you do when the kids are longing for the carefree spirit of summer? When the memories of sand castles are starting to fade? The Family Chow decided to head to Joe’s Crab Shack to see if we could recreate a summer vibe while wallowing in buckets of seafood and melted butter.
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Halloween party options
As we turn the calendar and start prepping for Halloween — and all the parties that seem to come with the season — I am offering a few fun entertaining ideas that are quick, easy and affordable.