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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.
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.
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.
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.
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’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.
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.
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.
The Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center will host its annual Smokey Bear Day on the Columbus Day Holiday, Monday Oct. 14, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Smokey Bear will come to the Discovery Center for a fun-filled day of activities and displays to teach visitors about wildfire prevention and the use of prescribed fire as an important management tool in the Pine Bush Preserve.
Tales spooky, silly and sublime
Get ready to fall for these great books.