Monday, April 14-Thursday, April 17

Monday, April 14

-          BALLSTON SPA at Abigail’s Place at 11:00AM-1:00PM is Easter Sundaes for $5/pp

-          SARATOGA at the Saratoga Springs Public Library at 11:00AM-12:00PM is Spring Into Break with Vanessa Trien for FREE

-          SARATOGA at 53 Spring St at 4:00PM-5:00PM is Culinary Kids! A Fun Way to Learn Healthy Eating Habits for $12

-          SARATOGA at Northshore Bookstore at 3:00PM is children’s author Stephen Swinburne “Sea Turtle Scientist” for FREE

Tuesday, April 15

-          CLIFTON PARK at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library at 6:00PM is Natural Solutions to Neck Pain, Headaches and Migraines for FREE

-          SARATOGA at Skidmore College at 7:00PM-8:30PM is “Tiny: a story about living small” film screening for FREE

-          RENESSLEAR at Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center at 7:00PM is Full Pink Moon Hike for FREE

-          ALBANY at Capital City Gastropub at 5:00PM-8:00PM is Left Hand Brewing Company Tasting

-          SCHENECTADY at Proctors at 12:00PM is MVP Free Noontime Organ Concert Series http://www.proctors.org/events/organ-4-15

Wednesday, April 16

-          SCHENECTADY at Schenectady Public Library is REELS Film Series: Saving Mr. Banks

-          ALBANY at the Henry Hudson Planetarium at 11:00AM is Stars of the Pharaoh for $3

-          ALBANY at Albany Marriott at 10:00-4:00PM is the Albany Times Union Job Fair for FREE

-          TROY at CNSE CMOST at 3:00PM-3:30PM is Science Story Time for $5

-          SARATOGA at 53 Spring St at 6:00PM-7:00PM is Sports Nutrition: Fuel Up for Maximum Results for $10

-          LAKE LUZERNE at Adirondack Folk School at 7:00PM-8:30PM is Open Spinning Night (Donations Welcome) for FREE

Thursday, April 17

-          FORT EDWARD at Glens Falls National Bank at 10:00AM-4:00PM is Fort Edward Community Appreciate Day for FREE

-          SARATOGA at Saratoga Botanical at 12:00PM-1:30PM is Healing Waters of Saratoga: Digestion for FREE

-          SARATOGA at Saratoga Olive Oil at 2:30PM is Healthy Cooking with Kids feautirng Jodie Fitz for $5

-          SARATOGA at Javier’s at 5:00PM-7:00PM is Saratoga Mingles- Happy Hour for Single Professionals for FREE

-          GUILDERLAND at the Foundation of NYS Nurses at 5:00PM-7:00PM is Authors of “Nurses in War”

-          ALBANY at the Washington Ave Armory at 8:00PM is Verge Campus Spring Tour featuring Krewella

-          ALBANY at The Linda at 7:00PM is Food for Thought- Tiny- $8

-          ALBANY at The Palace at 7:30PM is BB King with Special Guests Rhett Tyler & Early Warning http://www.palacealbany.com/EventsandTickets/EventTickets/event.aspx?eid=1765c900-dc8d-4d8d-8e86-54be3f1c616d

ONGOING

-          ALBANY (Until April 19) at various Albany locations is Albany Word Fest

Friday, April 11- Sunday, April 13

Friday, April 11

-          ALBANY at the Times Union Center at 7:00PM is Albany Devils Hockey

-          ALBANY at The Linda at 9:00PM is Rocky Horror Picture Show for $10

-          TROY at EMAC at 6:00PM-10:00PM is 25: An Initiate: kneel path dweller beams http://empac.rpi.edu/events/2014/spring/25-initiate-kneel-path-dweller-beams

-          TROY at EMPAC at 8:00PM is The Artist Theater Program http://empac.rpi.edu/events/2014/spring/artist-theater-program

-          SCHENECTADY at Proctors at 7:00PM is 3rd Annual Gospel Jubilee http://www.proctors.org/events/gospel-2014

-          SCHENECTADY at Proctors at 7:30PM is Party Horns NYC http://www.proctors.org/events/party-persiflage

Saturday, April 12

-          ALBANY at the Times Union Center at 5:00PM is Albany Devils Hockey

-          ALBANY at Colonie Center at 11:00AM-1:00PM is the B95 Annual Easter Egg Hunt for FREE

-          ALBANY at The Palace at 7:30PM is ASO- Scheherazade

-          ALBANY at 340 Whitehall Rd at 11:30AM-1:30PM is Zumbathon to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for $15

-          ALBANY at the New York State Library at 12:30PM is a Walking Tour of Local History and Genealogy for FREE

-          ALBANY at the Washington Ave Armory at 5:00PM-9:00PM is Albany All Stars Roller Derby for $12 at the door

-          CLIFTON PARK at Clifton Park Center Mall at 11:00AM-1:00PM is an Egg-cellent Easter Event

-          SARATOGA at Saratoga State Park at 8:00AM is 5K Furry Fun Run- DOGS WELCOME!

-          SARATOGA at Vapor at 9:00PM is Sights and Sounds featuring DJ Element

-          QUEENSBURY at SUNY Adirondack at 10:00AM is Glens Falls Rotary Club Annual 5K Race for $20

-          TICONDEROGA at Fort Ticonderoga at 10:00AM is Third Annual Garden & Landscape Symposium

-          LAKE GEORGE at the Georgian Resort at 5:30PM-8:30PM is Adirondack Winery’s 6th Annual Anniversary for $27

-          BALLSTON SPA at Ballston Spa High School at 6:45PM is FREE Monthly Classic Film- “Airplane”

-          ALBANY at The Egg at 8:00PM is Jon Anderson http://www.theegg.org/event/jon-anderson

-          SCHENECTADY at Proctors at 7:30PM is  8th Step- Lou & Peter Berryman http://www.proctors.org/events/8th-step-berryman

-          SCHENECTADY at Proctors at 8:00PM is Kathy Griffin http://www.proctors.org/events/kathy-griffin

Sunday, April 13

-          ALBANY at the Times Union Center at 5:00PM is Albany Devils Hockey

-          ALBANY at The Palace at 3:00PM is America’s Test Kitchen LIVE!

-          ALBANY at The Egg at 7:30PM is Jesse Cook http://www.theegg.org/event/jesse-cook

-          GLENS FALLS at Glens Falls Civic Center at 5:00PM is Phantoms vs. Utica

-          QUEENSBURY at West Mountain at 8:30AM-4:00PM is Last Day of the 2013-2014 Season

ONGOING

-          COHOES (Until April 13) at the Cohoes Music Hall at 8:00PM is Sweeney Todd

-          LATHAM (Until April 13) at Holiday Inn Express & Suites at 6:00PM is Sherlock Holmes & the Art of Murder for $69 (Murder Mystery Dinner)

-          ALBANY (Until April 19) at various Albany locations is Albany Word Fest

-          TROY (Until April 13) at Russell Sage at 8:30AM-3:00PM is Slavery and the Underground Railroad

Monday, March 31- Thursday, April 3

Monday, March 31

-          ALBANY at the Sidney Albert Albany JCC at 4:30PM-6:00PM is a Model Passover Seder for 413 prepaid reservation

-          SCHENECTADY at Proctors at 1:30PM, 4:30PM & 7:30PM is Shawshank Redemption, part of the Film 100 series

Tuesday, April 1

-          SARATOGA at Saratoga City Center at 10:00AM-4:00PM is Saratoga Job Fair: “The Career Building Expo”

-          SCHENECTADY at Schenectady County Community College at 6:00PM-10:00PM is Food for Thought and All That Jazz for $100/pp

-          TROY at EMPAC at 7:00PM is Gordon Hall http://empac.rpi.edu/events/2014/spring/other-words/gordon-hall

Wednesday, April 2

-          ALBANY at The Egg at 7:30PM is Carolina Chocolate Drops http://www.theegg.org/event/carolina-chocolate-drops

-          LATHAM at Saratoga Paint and Sip at 7:00PM-9:00PM is Albany Skyline for $38

-          EAST GREENBUSH at the EG Community Library at 7:00PM-8:00PM is Alzheimer’s Conversations About Dementia for FREE

-          SARATOGA at The Lounge at Javier’s at 7:00PM is Speed Dating for FREE

-          SCHENECTADY at Proctors at 8:00PM is Jim Belushi & the Chicago Board of Comedy http://www.proctors.org/events/belushi

Thursday, April 3

-          ALBANY at Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza is Author Janet Mock comes to Albany

-          ALBANY at the NYS Museum at 5:30PM is The 2014 “Time Tradition Trinity” Annual Gala Celebration for $75/pp

-          SCHENECTADY (Apr 3-4) at Congregation Gates of Heaven at 9:00AM-4:00PM is Finding Sacred Common Ground: Three Abrahamic Traditions for $165

-          GLENS FALLS (Apr 3-6) Charles R. Wood Theater is Four Play: The Musical for $30

-          SARATOGA (Apr 3-4) at Mountainmen Outdoor Supply Company at 9:00AM-6:00PM is Saratoga Paddlefest for FREE

-          BALLSTON LAKE at 2:00PM at 175 Lake Rd is GRAND OPENING of Villago Restaurant

-          TROY at EMPAC at 7:30PM is Playtime http://empac.rpi.edu/events/2014/spring/door-ajar/playtime

Friday, March 14- Sunday, March 16

Friday, March 14

-          INDIAN LAKE at 3:00PM is St Patrick’s Parade and Weekend Celebration

-          OLD FORGE on Main Street at 5:00PM is the St. Paddy’s Parade

-          GLENS FALLS at JP Brunos at 5:30PM is Funkalicious for FREE

-          GLENS FALLS at Wood Theater at 7:30PM is Jim Brickman: The Love Tour

-          LAKE GEORGE at Adirondack Winery at 6:00PM-8:00PM is Sip & Savor: Wine & Cheese Pairing at Adirondack Winery for $25

-          SARATOGA at Vapor at 8:00PM is Vapor Live!

-          SARATOGA at The Saratoga Winery at 6:00PM-10:00PM is St. Paddy’s Bash for FREE

-          VOORHEESVILLE at Voorheesville School Performing Arts Center  at 6:30PM-8:30PM is SteveSongs (From PBS Kids) Family Concert for $10

-          SCHENECTADY at Proctors at 3:00PM-5:00PM is Pi Day for FREE

-          SCHENECTADY at Proctors at 8:00PM is MOPCO-Theatresports http://www.proctors.org/events/mopco-mar-14

Saturday, March 15

-          ALBANY at the Times Union Center at 5:00PM is Albany Devils Hockey

-          ALBANY at Irish American Heritage Museum at 10:15AM-1:00PM is Children’s Author Book Reading : Derek Mulveen

-          ALBANY at Westfall Village at 10:30AM-8:00PM is Annual 5K Kilt Run and 1K Shamrock Shuffle

-          ALBANY at The Palace at 7:00PM is The Straits with The Refrigerators http://www.palacealbany.com/EventsandTickets/EventTickets/event.aspx?eid=92e12c77-16aa-4c0f-b66d-ac34086dfd0a

-          ALBANY, Downtown starting at 2:00PM is the 64th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

-          ALBANY at The Egg at 8:00PM is Cassandra Wilson http://www.theegg.org/event/cassandra-wilson

-          SCHENECTADY at Katie O’Byrnes is Kegs and Eggs (8AM) followed by a block party (6PM)

-          SCHENECTADY at Pinhead Susan’s at 2:00PM is a block party

-          SARATOGA at Putnam Den at 8:30PM is Country Music Night: Chelsea Cavanaugh, Bobby McGrath & Decadence for $8

-          SARATOGA at Saratoga Casino and Raceway at 9:00PM is Sights and Sounds

-          GLENS FALLS at Wood Theater at 7:00PM is Beach Party Boys and the Jersey Kid for $30

-          WILTON at Wilton Mall at 1:00PM-3:00PM is Wilton Mall Kids Club: St. Paddy’s Fun for FREE

Sunday, March 16

-          ALBANY at The Egg at 3:00PM is “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” http://www.theegg.org/event/going-bear-hunt

-          ALBANY at the Times Union Center at 5:00PM is Albany Devils Hockey

-          ALBANY at the Albany Corning Preserve at 12:00PM is Catch the Leprechaun 5K

-          CLIFTON PARK at the Upstate Concert Hall at 8:00PM is Juicy J with special guests Travis Scott

ONGOING

-          SCHENECTADY (March 13-16) at Proctors is Finnegan’s Farewell http://www.proctors.org/events/finnegans-farewell-2014

-          SCHENECTADY (March 11-16) at Proctors is The Book of Mormon http://www.proctors.org/events/bom

-          SARATOGA (March 13- March 15) at Saratoga Casino & Raceway the Harness Racing 2014 Season Begins

-          GLENS FALLS (March 14- 16) at Glens Falls Civic Center at 10:00AM is NYSPHSAA Basketball Championships for $10

-          LAKE GEORGE (March 15-16) is Sham “Rock” the Block for FREE

-          ALBANY (March 15-16) at the Albany Ramada Plaza at 9:00AM-3:00PM is Albany Sports Card & Memorabilia Show for $2

-          ALBANY (March 14- April 13) at the Capital Repertory Theatre is Gypsy: A Musical Fable

“Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured”

B.K.S. Iyengar

For the past year, I’ve gotten into fitness. I’m not a gym-junkie and actually though I like my gym, I prefer different ways of working out. Luckily for me, Girlnetic found me and has given me the opportunity to try new workouts that I wouldn’t have normally went for by myself. Last year, among other things I did a bit of Crossfit and learned that though I see how incredibly fit it can make you, that style just isn’t for me. Recently, they picked up again by trying out a new workout each Sunday. Two weeks ago, I signed up for my first hot yoga class at The Hot Yoga Spot Albany.

Hot Yoga Spot

Credit: Hot Yoga Spot Facebook

I saw on their website that they were located in Stuyvesant Plaza and for the life of me, I couldn’t find it. Drive to the part where you find Different Drummers and Jean Paul Spa and it’s right behind that with its own parking lot. I showed up with just some water and everything else was provided by the studio. I hadn’t been to a yoga studio in a really long time so I was pretty clueless but thankfully the girl at the front desk answered all of my questions.

I grabbed myself a mat, yoga block, yoga strap, towel, my water and placed the center of my mat on a sticker and was ready to go. The instructor started with a quote about how we should be more open to new experiences. Not necessarily say “Yes” to everything but be more open to doing things that may make you have to go out of your way a little bit which ironically is what I was doing.

You are very close to the people around you which at first may seem daunting but you really only need the space of your mat so unless you’re sharing a mat, you’ll be fine. The instructor then began to call out yoga moves by name. I had no idea what any of them where but I was in a beginner’s class so I noticed I wasn’t the only one looking at everyone else for direction. If you can’t reach the floor for certain poses, you use the block so you can really adjust for your skill level. The instructor also comes around to help your positioning so that, with practice, you can perfect it.

What obviously makes this different from other yoga places is the heat. I’m not usually a fan of heat but I found this very cleansing. It wasn’t so hot that I couldn’t handle it but I was sweating! It was a comfortable, enjoyable heat and made for a great detox. The end of the session we did a semi-meditation where we focused on our breath and body position. The hour seemed to speed by but that was a great relaxing way to leave the class- breathing in the heat and warming your insides. I loved it all! That particular studio is a little far for me to frequent as much as I’d like but they have other locations that can be found on their website. Have you done hot yoga? What was your experience like? What kind of workout have you always wanted to try?

MONDAY, MARCH 3- THURSDAY, MARCH 6

Monday, March 3

-          SCHENECTADY at Proctors at 3:30PM & 7:00PM is Film 100, The American Film Institute Essentials Presents: My Fair Lady http://www.proctors.org/events/100-my-fair-lady

-          ALBANY at The Arts Center of the Capital Region at 7:00PM is Memories from the Sixties Generation for FREE

-          FORT EDWARD at Fort Edward School at 6:00PM-7:00PM is Zumba for $10

-          EAST GREENBUSH at East Greenbush Wellness Center at 6:30PM is Eat Well, Sleep Well, Move Well & Think Well for FREE

-          TROY at Russell Sage College, Bush Memorial Hall at 7:00PM is Women’s History Month Kickoff for FREE

-          SARATOGA (Though March 5) at Skidmore at 8:00PM is Middletown ($12/GA and $8 students/seniors)

-          CLIFTON PARK at Upstate Concert Hall at 7:00PM is Fifth Harmony with Talia Denis for $22 day of show

Tuesday, March 4

-          ALBANY at The Egg at 7:30PM is Gaelic Storm for $28 http://www.theegg.org/event/gaelic-storm

-          SARATOGA at Chianti Ristorante at 6:30PM-9:00PM is Cooking School Veneto Region for $49/pp

-          TROY at EMPAC at 7:00PM is Zackery Belanger http://empac.rpi.edu/events/2014/spring/zackery-belanger

-          CLIFTON PARK at Upstate Concert Hall at 7:00PM is Bring Me the Horizon with Of Mice and Men for $24 day of show – SOLD OUT

Wednesday, March 5

-          NISKAYUNA at Niskayuna Co-Op Nursery School at 12:30PM-1:30PM is the Niskayuna Co-Op Nursery School Open House

-          LATHAM at Saratoga Paint and Sip at 6:00PM is Pint Sized Picasso for $28

-          SARATOGA at Saratoga Botanicals at 6:30PM-7:30PM is Skin Conditions Workshop for FREE

-          GLENS FALLS at the Crandall Library at 7:00PM-8:30PM is Bloggin Mamas for FREE

-          CLIFTON PARK at Upstate Concert Hall at 6:30PM is The Wonder Years with Defeater, Citizen and Modern Baseball for $18

Thursday, March 6

-          ALBANY at The Egg at 7:30PM is Paul Byrom http://www.theegg.org/event/568

-          ALBANY at Albany JCC at 5:30PM-8:00PM is the Albany JCC Purim Carnival for FREE

-          ALBANY at Capital City Gastropub at 5:00PM-8:00PM is Nine Pin Cider Works for FREE

-          CLIFTON PARK at Shenendehowa Adult Community Center at 6:30PM-8:00PM is Cross Country Ski Lessons for $12

-          EAST GREENBUSH at Hawthorne Ridge at 10:00AM-12:00PM is Alzheimer’s : The Savvy Caregiver for FREE

-          SARATOGA at the Public Library at 2:00PM is NY Relay Presents Captioned Telephone Service for FREE

-          TROY at EMPAC at 7:30PM is Orpheus http://empac.rpi.edu/events/2014/spring/door-ajar/orpheus

-          SCHENECTADY at Brown School at 6:00PM-8:00PM is Brain Burst- A Community Night Featuring the Brain for FREE

-          SCHENECTADY at Proctors at 7:30PM is The Apes Were Drinking Whiskey http://www.proctors.org/events/apes-whiskey

ONGOING

-          ALBANY (Until March 9) at the New York State Museum is 60 from the 60s, Photography Gallery

-          SARATOGA (Though March 5) at Skidmore at 8:00PM is Middletown ($12/GA and $8 students/seniors)

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24- THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27

Monday, February 24

-          ALBANY at The Palace at 7:00PM is Labyrinth

-          ALBANY at The Linda at 7:00PM-8:00PM is The Great Debate- Resolved for FREE

-          ALBANY at Albany Walk IN Care at 11:00AM is the Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting for FREE

-          SCHENECTADY at Proctors at 3:00PM, 4:30PM, 6:00PM & 7:30PM is Film 100, The American Film Institute Essentials Presents: Duck Soup http://www.proctors.org/events/100-duck-soup

-          LAKE GEORGE at Town Park is the Northern Lake George Ice Fishing Tournament

-          TROY at Bush Memorial Hall, Russell Sage at 7:00PM is the Black History Month Keynote Address for FREE

Tuesday, February 25

-          ALBANY at The Egg at 8:00PM is Zappa Plays Zappa http://www.theegg.org/event/zappa-plays-zappa

-          TROY at EMPAC at 12:00PM is Ellen Esrock http://empac.rpi.edu/events/2014/spring/detail-view/ellen-esrock

-          TROY at EMPAC at 7:30PM is Future is Not What It Used to Be http://empac.rpi.edu/events/2014/spring/filmmaker-focus/future-not-what-it-used-be

-          TROY at Troy Hilton Garden Inn at 9:00AM-2:00PM is Women’s Courage Workshop for $285

-          QUEENSBURY at SUNY Adirondack at 6:30PM-8:30PM is Homework Help for Parents $15

-          SARATOGA at National Museum of Dance at 4:00PM is Dancing through It: Personal Memoir by Jenifer Ringer (donation)

-          SCHENECTADY at Schenectady Day Nursery at 12:00PM-1:00PM is an Open House for FREE

-          CLIFTON PARK at Upstate Concert Hall at 8:00PM is The Sword with Big Business and O Brother for $17

Wednesday, February 26

-          ALBANY at The Hollow (formerly Bayou) at 6:00PM-9:00PM is Hopslam Bottle Party for FREE

-          ALBANY at Overit at 6:00PM is Conjure: Albany Symphony’s Grammy Win Celebration

-          SARATOGA at Hilton Garden Inn at 6:30PM-8:30PM is Adult CPR Class for $60/pp

-          LAKE PLACID at Lake Placid Center for the Arts at 7:30PM is Oscar Nominated Shorts: Animated $6

-          SCHENECTADY at Proctors at 7:30PM is The Sing Off Live Tour http://www.proctors.org/events/sing-off

Thursday, February 27

-          SARATOGA at The Paddock Lounge at 6:00PM is a Bachelor/Bachelorette Auction

-          SARATOGA at Putnam Den at 9:00PM is Conspirator w/ Digital Sharma for $18

-          LATHAM at The Century House at 6:00PM-8:00PM is The Warmth of Wine for $50

-          COHOES at Cohoes Music Hall at 7:00PM is Little Mermaid Jr.

-          LAKE PLACID at Lake Placid Center for the Arts at 7:30PM is Oscar Nominated Shorts: Live Action $6

-          MALTA at DiDonna’s South Shore Restaurant at 8:00PM-10:00PM is Comedy for Worthy Warriors Fundraiser for $5 donation

ONGOING

-          SCHENECTADY (Feb 27-March 2) is QFEST 2014 http://www.proctors.org/events/qfest-2014

-          SCHENECTADY (Feb 24- Mar 2) Schenectady Restaurant Week

-          SARATOGA (FEB 27-MAR 2) at Saratoga Central Catholic at 7:00PM is Bye Bye Birdie

-          ALBANY (Until March 9) at the New York State Museum is 60 from the 60s, Photography Gallery

“Everyone is like a butterfly, they start out ugly and awkward and then morph into beautiful graceful butterflies that everyone loves.”

DREW BARRYMORE

Every time I go to the Schenectady MiSci museum it always reminds me of when I was a kid. I remember taking field trips there when I was younger, each time amazed that some of the things presented were invented in my town! When I was younger it was just called the Schenectady Museum but relatively recently they began calling it the Museum of Innovation and Science (MiSci).

I think the reason it took me so long to go back was because I always saw this museum as a kid’s museum but I was wrong. I went with two other twenty-somethings and it was like we were kids again. MiSciButterflies1The wonder for interactive science doesn’t stop at any particular age. You walk through the museum and see the history of Schenectady and how it became known as the “Electric City.” You get to experiment with static, magnets, electricity and its crowning glory- the planetarium.

Sign up for their email newsletter and you’ll be able to keep track of the special presentations they have, fun for any age! I remember the last time I went to the museum, I was in college looking to become a Computer Science major and they had a chat from guys who were working on a version of Guitar Hero (which was HUGE at the time) and I got to chat about an internship even though I ended up changing majors. From February 15- March April 19th their special feature are butterflies. Discover Monarchs, Black Swallowtails, Painted Ladies, Spicebush Swallowtails, and Tiger Swallowtails flying all around you! Most of the butterflies were still in their chrysalis which is similar to a cocoon but I learned today that refer to the moth cycle.

First, while waiting in line you learn about the butterfly growing process and then it’s time to go into the indoor butterfly house where you’re surrounded by live butterflies! IMG_2839There are a few rules: you’re not allowed to touch them since you could damage their wings and don’t be afraid because (as I know first-hand) they may land on you while you’re in there. I ended up with a butterfly friend while I was in there, it was awesome to be able to see one up close and personal.

No worries, if one fancies you, you can ask one of the museum employees and they’ll take care of it for you. Be sure to take tons of pictures because this is going to be the most amount of butterflies you have ever seen in one space. If you’re interested in doing something similar, they have instructions available on how to create your own butterfly garden as well as beginner kits to buy in the store.

For a chilly afternoon, the museum was a great place to go. There’s so much to do and to look at, time flies and you don’t even realize you’re learning! The museum is open Monday-Saturday 9AM-5PM and Sundays 12PM-5PM so you have plenty of time to take it all in. They also have a membership option if you want to be in “the know” of upcoming features and get special member previews.

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Monday, February 17-Thursday, February 20

Monday, February 17

-          ALBANY at The Egg at 8:00PM is 3 Doors Down Acoustic http://www.theegg.org/event/three-doors

Tuesday, February 18

-          ALBANY at the NYS Museum at 11:00AM, 1:00PM and 3:00PM is Starlab

-          ALBANY at the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Services at 7:00PM is Africana Film Festival for FREE

-          WARRENSBURG at Cornell Cooperative at 1:00PM-3:00PM is 4-H “Mini” Winter Carnival for FREE

-          SARATOGA at Ole Saratoga Brewing Co. at 5:00PM-8:00PM is Beer Week Kick-Off Party for $25

-          LAKE PLACID at The Olympic Center at 7:00PM are the Harlem Globetrotters for $18

Wednesday, February 19

-          ALBANY at the Times Union Center at 8:00PM is Kanye West- Yeezus Tour

-          ALBANY at the NYS Museum at 11:00AM, 1:00PM and 3:00PM is Starlab

-          ALBANY at the NYS Museum at 1:00PM-3:00PM is Mad Science Museum: How Flowers Changed the World

-          ALBANY at the NYS Museum at 1:00PM-3:30PM is Everything’s Coming Up Roses!

-          SARATOGA at The Children’s Museum at 9:30AM-3:30PM is Educator Day!

-          SARATOGA at Boca Bistro at 7:00PM-9:00PM is Dogfish Head Beer Dinner for $65/pp

Thursday, February 20

-          ALBANY at The Palace at 7:00PM is Rodney Carrington: Laughter’s Good

-          ALBANY at The Linda at 7:00PM is Food for Thought- Nothing Like Chocolate for $8

-          ALBANY at the Italian Heritage Museum at 7:30PM is Dante’s Divine Comedy

-          ALBANY at The Egg at 8:00PM is Jim Jefferies http://www.theegg.org/event/jim-jefferies

-          TROY at EMPAC at 7:30PM is The Short Films of George Lucas & Arthur Lipsett http://empac.rpi.edu/events/2014/spring/door-ajar/short-films-george-lucas-arthur-lipsett

-          SCHENECTADY at Van Dyck at 7:00PM is Colleen Pratt and Friends for FREE

-          SARATOGA at The Irish Times at 8:00PM is Brothers Flynn Live

-          SARATOGA at Saratoga Springs City Center at 7:00PM is Beer Week Hey Jude Tribute for $15

-          SARATOGA at the Saratoga Springs Public Library at 6:30PM-7:30PM is Campfire Stories and Songs for FREE

-          CLIFTON PARK at Shenendehowa Adult Community Center at 6:30PM-8:00PM is Cross Country Ski Lessons for $12

ONGOING

-          SCHENECTADY (Feb 18-23) at Proctors is Sister Act http://www.proctors.org/events/sister-act

-          SCHENECTADY (Feb 17-19) at Proctors is All is Lost http://www.proctors.org/events/all-lost

-          SARATOGA (Feb 18-22) Saratoga Beer Week http://saratogabeerweek.com/events-around-town/

-          ALBANY (Until March 9) at the New York State Museum is 60 from the 60s, Photography Gallery

Jess, Where Have You Been?

Hopefully you’ve been wondering just that- where HAVE I been? Let me give you a little bit of insight into what I’ve been up to for the past couple of months. I had a rough patch where I found myself about to turn 25 and I didn’t know what I was doing. My relationship was rocky, I was unsure about my future and I’m about to realize first-hand what a quarter-life crisis is. I came to the realization that I’m still young and this is the perfect time in my life to figure myself out and get out of this constant rut I was in. I started off with the Vent Fitness Challenge.

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Last year, about this time, I decided to focus a little more on my health. I not only joined a gym but I took it head on. I got a personal trainer (Luke at the Niskayuna location is the best, by the way) and signed up for the challenge. Every Thursday at 6:00PM I found myself surrounded by some of the best people to workout with and if it wasn’t for those people and their positive attitude, I probably wouldn’t have stuck with it and come as far as I have today. Vent Fitness has a couple of locations, one in Niskayuna (if you see me there, say hello!), one in Clifton Park, one in Latham and their new beautiful location in Guilderland that’s officially opening February 23rd. Once a week, Luke and Christina would kick my butt with intense workouts, like a bootcamp kind of thing. I ended up losing about 10 pounds and I felt great. I made some great friends (GO TEAM GREEN!) and had a blast while making myself feel better.

I couldn’t stop. I found myself obsessed with fitness and I got in my head that I was going to start conquering the one thing I always stayed away from- running. I signed up for my first 5K and that was it, no turning back. The Schenectady Strawberry Festival 5K in June 2013 was a lovely run through Old Niskayuna. I had no idea what I was doing in terms of training and the weather was just starting to get warm so I lived on the treadmill. When it came time to run outside though, I wished I’d actually run in the outdoors. Strawberry5KWas my time fantastic? Not at all but I did it, I ran my first 5K and though I was incredibly nervous beforehand, one down and a bunch more to go.

A month later, I ran the Silks vs Stains 5K in Saratoga on July 20th. It was the hottest day of the summer and I spent it running around the Saratoga Race Course. I shaved 2 minutes off of my 5K time just by running outside more. I decided that I was going to run a 5K/month so I did some research and got to registering. Next, the Schenectady ARC 5K on August 9th through Central Park. September I got really ambitious. I did the Color Me Rad 5K at the Altamont Fairgrounds on Sept 21st. That was a blast! There wasn’t much color as I expected, just color blasting every mile or so but the after party made the whole thing worth it. You stand by the stage and they throw color bags so you can just throw them in the air! I can’t wait for that again! It’s great too because if you’re not a runner, don’t worry about it. The race isn’t timed and there’s enough space even if you wanted to walk the whole thing. The next day, I did the Dunkin Run by the Albany JCC. It probably wasn’t a great idea to do two 5Ks in a row but I didn’t really run Color Me Rad so I figured it couldn’t really hurt. The course was pretty flat, except for a small uphill about three-quarters of the way though and there were Dunkin Donuts goodies waiting at the end!

October I took a break from 5Ks and started my focus on another kind of working out, spinning. Spin Revolution is a great spinning place that has a location in Clifton Park and another in Loudonville. Spinning seemed a little intimidating at first but I ended up adding it into my weekly schedule twice a week. The best part of spinning is that each class is your own, you put in the amount of work you want. If you’re having a rough day, don’t put up the resistance each time or if you’re feeling extra energetic, add it on. I’ve been to a few of the instructors and each has a completely different style so try a few out until you find someone you like. You get to workout in a place with great energy and great music, you don’t even realize an hour has gone by and you’ve burned 600-1000 calories per class! There are no memberships so you pay per class or pay for an unlimited amount for a particular amount of time.

Of course, I couldn’t keep away from running. I took part in the Last Run 5K on December 14th. It was one of the coldest runs but really fun. LastRun5KWe ran through Holiday Lights in the Park in Washington Park in Albany. The race started with fireworks and ended with bagels. The start of the race took a little longer because of the amount of people to get through but once everyone dispersed, I continued on my way in 8 degrees. You’d think I’d learn, right? Nope, my most recent run was the Polar Cap in Lake George a few weeks ago on February 1st. I had run 5K after 5K but this was my first 4miles! My goal is to run a 10K by the end of the year and I’m on my way!

I have great things coming up too- the Freihofer’s 5K Run, Gravity Yoga classes at Good Karma Studio where I’ll soon become a student and a lot of great activities with my friends at Girlnetic. Nothing’s stopping me now and now that I’ve got a good hold on what I’m doing at 25, I’m back and feeling better than ever! What are some cool workouts you’ve done? Fun 5Ks coming up?

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