09/30-10/02 Weekend Insider Roundup

Hello hello,

The sun is out and the weekend is here. Welcome to this perfect fall Friday and let's hope the weather holds out for some of the great, outdoor activities going on in and around Saratoga Springs this weekend. But, even if we do get a little more damp weather, there's always plenty of indoor Oktoberfest drinking to be had! This week's top pick: The Native American festival going on Saturday and Sunday at SPAC - enjoy one of the last big events at SPAC for the season and check out traditional dancing, drumming, craft demos and more starting at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday!




Bid on some one-of-a-kind household decorations
  • Wilton Applebee's Auction for Charity. Running from now until 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 2, Applebee's in Wilton is holding a silent auction of all its decor with proceeds benefiting the Northeastern N.Y. chapter of the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Famous for its intricate wall hangings, sports memorabilia, celebrity photos and local collectibles, Applebee's is getting rid of it all in preparation for a renovation of the Wilton chain. Guests can place their bids with the manager on duty all weekend and will be notified if they win on an item. This is definitely a unique opportunity and the perfect holiday shopping idea for that special someone that's always impossible to buy for. Get down to Applebee's and check out the selection before it's gone! Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar, 3 Lowes Drive, Wilton. Until 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct, 2. Business hours. (583-2606). FREE to enter.

Get informed at a new documentary screening

  • Screening of New Documentary "Tony", by Invisible Children. Invisible Children, an organization dedicated to creating sustainable peace for families in Uganda, releases its latest documentary film, "Tony." The film tells the story of a boy growing up in the war in Uganda - a war that continues to this day and has caused countless deaths of innocents and resulted in the displacement of families as well as the recruitment of innocent child soldiers. You'll hear the firsthand account of one survivor and learn how you can help Ugandan families and children who's lives have been turned upside down by the 23-year long war between the Lord Resistance Army and the Ugandan Government. Chilling, but critical - "Tony" is an educational and informative look inside the lives of people living in Uganda.  Palamountain Hall, Gannett Auditorium, Skidmore College, 815 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Friday, Sept. 30. 7 p.m. (580-5000 www.skidmore.edu). FREE.


 Rock out for breast cancer

  • Rocktoberfest for Breasts V. It's Oktoberfest...for charity! Head to Stillwater this Saturday to ring in October with an afternoon full of music, live entertainment and food and drinks. Some acts include: DJ Clockwork Octopus, the Zookeepers and Rusty Old Guys. Kids activities run from 12 to 4 p.m. and other highlights include a Chinese auction and a grand fireworks display. All proceeds go to the Michele Fund to support breast cancer research and other local organizations. Stillwater American Legion Post 490, Lave Avenue, Stillwater. Saturday, Oct. 1. 12 to 10 p.m. (664-4499 www.themichelefund.com) $20 donation

Celebrate our country's first citizens

  • Saratoga Native American Festival. The outdoors entertainment at SPAC isn't over for the season just yet. Gather friends and family this weekend to come celebrate all things traditional at the Native American Festival. The festival kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday morning with an opening address and continues with a showcase of traditional dancers, singers and performers. Other highlights include drumming, dancing, kids' activities and a variety of food, beverage and craft vendors will set up on site both days. Vendors will also be giving free demos of craft skills such as basket weaving and mask making. The number one pick for the weekend!  Saratoga Performing Arts Center, 108 Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Springs. Saturday Oct. 1 & Sunday, Oct. 2. (583-1440 www.saratoganativefestival.com). $10 Adults, $7 Seniors, $5 Children under 12.


Join a 5K community walk/run

  •  The Greno Industries Run For The ROC 5K Run and Community Walk. Sponsored by the Saratoga Hospital Foundation, the Greno Industries Run for the ROC raises funds for patient programs and services at the Mollie Wilmot Radiation Oncology Center. For the kids, there will also be a separate "Lil' Derby Dash" race for kids at the Saratoga Flat Track beginning at 10:15 a.m. After the race you can relax and enjoy live music and complimentary refreshments. Prizes go to top three male runners, top three female runners and top runners in each age group. The first 400 to register receive a free race T-shirt as well. Saratoga Race Course, 267 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs. Sunday, Oct. 2. (583-8779 www.saratogahospitalfoundation.org). $25 Registration


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