Back to school with books
September reading picks for parents and kids.
Time to get in the game
Back-to-school activity involves all the preparations of a major holiday. The shopping, the planning and the conversations all center on the child’s need to get off to a great start.
The Crossings will come alive with food, music, crafts and fun for the entire family
The Crossings of Colonie will soon be full of fall cheer at the annual Colonie Harvest Fest, which will feature a full day of entertainment, crafts and food.
Pine Bush’s after-school explorations fuel for minds, good for bodies
With 3,200 acres of a globally-rare ecosystem in the backyard of the Capital District, kids are putting down the iPad and discovering what the outdoors has to offer.
Agreement inked that sets stage for largest public school solar project in state
Educators in the South Colonie Central School District think the future is looking bright when it comes to the electricity bill.
Library opens new worlds
This summer, the summer between pre-K and kindergarten, has been one that has seen the most growth in my children. This is their sixth summer, and after looking at photo albums and thinking about past summers, I have come to the realization that this may be one that will stand out in my mind the longest.
Shaker Heritage Society holds annual craft fair Sept. 7 and 8
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, on Saturday, Sept. 7, and Sunday, Sept. 8, nearly 100 regional craftsmen will bring their goods to the Shaker Historic Site at 25 Meeting House Road in Colonie.
This year’s Old Fashioned Sunday to mark three decades running
Rolling into its 30th year, the Friends of the Pruyn House-sponsored Old Fashion Sunday will provide a free, family-fun afternoon reflecting an early-to-mid-19th century feel on the grounds of the historic site.
Dave & Buster’s opens in Crossgates Mall featuring food, drinks, sports and a lot of games
As you walk towards the flashing lights beaming from the “Million Dollar Midway” at Dave & Buster’s, it’s hard not to feel like a kid again.
Caber tossing, pipes and culture on tap at Scottish Games
The hills of Altamont will come alive with the sounds of bagpipes on Saturday when The Scottish Games, a two-day festival and celebration of all things Scottish, begins.
Monster munchies are wicked fun
Not only does my family love the fruits and veggies of summer, we also like playing with our food!
A Spotlight reporter spends time behind the wheel sizing up some high-speed go-karts
Fastrax Raceway, located in Crossgates Commons, features go-karts that go beyond traditional speeds associated with open-air racing machines, and the media was invited to see just how fast that meant on Tuesday, Aug. 6.
Altamont Fair’s museums are the star attraction for volunteers, history lovers
Every year, the Altamont Fair draws thousands of people with its flashier facets, from the newest rides to a destructive demolition derby. But for a slew of volunteers, the main attraction is one that flings you back in time.
Growers say it’s back to business after last year’s poor apple crop
The New York State Apple Association is expecting the upcoming yield of the state’s official fruit to be strong given “near-perfect” growing conditions bolstered production to typical levels.
Three-county event marks 120th year, offers more than thrill rides and good eats
The Altamont Fair is opening its gates and welcoming patrons for its 120th year on Tuesday, Aug. 13, featuring many of the popular attractions people look forward to every year, with some new ones mixed into the three-county celebration as well.
Guilderland reopens rock-climbing wall housed in historic barn to public
The Guilderland Rock Adventure Barn, or GRAB, reopened to the public last month after closing its doors several years ago following waning interest. Public use of GRAB is limited to Friday from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. until the end of August.
Event to feature hayrides, raffles, music, fresh produce and more
Spotlight News will once again be sponsoring Family Day at the Capital District Farmers Market in Menands.
On summer weekends, the Double M in Ballston Spa feels a lot like the Wild West
Step through the gates at the Double M Rodeo in Ballston Spa on any Friday or Saturday evening in July and August and you will feel like you stepped into the Wild West.
National event marks 30th anniversary connecting police to community
The Guilderland Police Department Community Service Unit is hosting the local Night Out, which is the nationwide event’s 30th anniversary, on Tuesday, Aug. 6, from 6 to 10 p.m., at Tawasentha Park.
AT&T stores, Valley Cats partner for texting and driving simulator
In an effort to demonstrate the dangers of distracted driving, local AT&T locations teamed up with the Tri-City Valley Cats to spread the company’s “It Can Wait” campaign.