Monday, November 23, 2009

Pigeon Party!

If you haven't read this book to your kids, may I suggest that you do. This thing is reaching 'Pat the Bunny' status (mmm... I can smell the flowers now) and who doesn't like a talking pigeon? Actually, come to think about it, I don' know, the whole 'flying rat' thing, but this one has a certain je ne sais quoi and you have got to give him some credit for being just so darned persistent. Anyway, here is your chance to see the bird, the myth, the legend on stage. This one is worth the drive to beautiful, downtown Hudson.

From the site:

Pigeon Party!
Big Wooden Horse Theatre, England

Thanksgiving Weekend!
Saturday, November 28, 10 a.m. & Noon

Mo Willems pigeon is back and ready to party! Squeezing all the fun of the first three Pigeon books into one raucous production, this lively show for children 3 and up is full of fun, feathers, laughter and excitement and features original music and lots of audience participation. Performances take place at the Montgomery C. Smith Intermediate School Theatre, Hudson. $5 children, $10 adults.
To buy tickets, go here...or you could just wing it (get it??? wings, pigeons...awesome) and buy them at the door.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Discount at Parent Teacher Store in Latham

Heard from a very reliable source...The Parent Teacher Store in Latham will be having a sale on everything tomorrow. 20% off of all the edu-ma-cational doo-dads you can get your hands on.

Here's the site (which they have apparently not updated since before June).

It is located at 515 Troy-Schenectady Road in Latham. (518)-785-6272

Thanks, Leanne!

On a totally unrelated note, does anyone remember when Toys R Us used to have those contests where the winner would get 5 minutes in the store to grab anything they wanted. Do they still do that? I used to dream that was me and would walk through the store mapping the route I would take if I won.

Delmar Open Studios

Visit the studios of Liz Vigoda and Loretta Fontaine this weekend and get a behind the scenes look at how they create their jewelry and pottery. They will be offering studio tours, demonstrations, refreshments, and a wide array of new and special sale pieces. (Sounds like a good place to pick up some holiday gifts). Liz also offers classes for adults and homeschoolers.

From the website:

November 21 & 22, 2009 10 am-6pm

DELMAR OPEN STUDIOS 2009, An opportunity to peer into the creative spaces of two studios in Delmar, NY, and to buy local art from the source! With a background in architecture, studio jeweler Loretta Fontaine creates award-winning fine artisanal jewelry in sterling silver and 14K gold with miniature original photography. Liz Vigoda’s ( high-fired ceramics are influenced by her studies in anthropology, with exquisite hand painted surfaces celebrating culture and history. 10% of Liz’s sales will benefit the Schenectady Free Clinic, and 10% of Loretta’s sales will benefit The Ben Fund, in honor of Benjamin Stowell.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Free Kindermusik Demonstration

Gulp.... I am remiss in my posting, but hopefully am back on the proverbial Big Wheel.

Here's a little something that might suit your fancy.. a little bit of short notice, but I know you all like to live in the moment.

Free Kindermusik demonstration class on November 18th at 10 am at the Albany JCC. (oops. that IS really short notice, I thought is was at night. Anyway, I tried).

You need to pre-register, so if you think you'd like to go, send an e-mail to the address below.

Here's more info on the class.

Kindermusik by Josalyn
Age: Newborn to 3 years
Schedule: Wed., 10-10:45am
Offered: Jan. 20, 2010-May 12, 2010

Kindermusik is an interactive, adult-participatory, "whole child" development program that uses music and body movement classes and a carefully crafted At-Home Materials Kit to build a strong foundation in the six core areas of early learning: cognitive, language, social, emotional, physical and musical. Call 269-1093 or email to register.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

New Pottery Studio at the Albany Art Room

The Albany Art Room is opening a new pottery studio and YOU are invited.

A grand opening ceremony will take place on Friday the 6th (1st Friday) from 5-9 with a ribbon cutting at 5pm. ( you think they will have a pair of those really big scissors?)

There will also be demonstrations, tours, and refreshments.

My friend Janine is one of the instructors, so when you go, tell her Dawn sent you... You won't get anything for it, but haven't you always wanted to do that?

More details:

Pottery Open Studio
Sat 10-5, Sun 10-1
for adults and kids 9 + up
Use of wheels in open studio is
limited to people taking classes or
people with previous experience
and approval from an Albany
Art Room pottery instructor.

Advanced Open Studio
T-F 11-6, Sat. 10-5, Sun 10-1
(except for when there are classes scheduled)
Open studio for experienced
and approved potters
(must get approval from one
of our pottery instructors)

$7/hour (min.1 hour for clay work)
Clay: $2/lb.
Glazing Fee: $3/piece, $5/lg piece
(minimum open studio time:
15 minutes for glazing)
Albany Art Room
457 Madison Ave.
Albany, NY 12210

518.527.6218 (cell)

The Hungry Caterpillar...LIVE

The Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia is back at the Egg with their interpretation of the Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle favorites. I saw this performance when they came here two years ago. My then two year old sat through the whole thing, no problem (with the help of some snacks and her blankie), but it is very appropriate for children who are familiar with the book(s). If you are worried your little person can't sit through a theatrical experience, don't be. The audience is filled with the goldfish cracker eating set chattering through the whole thing and no one seems to mind.

November 7th at 11:00 am at the Egg.
$15 a ticket. (I know, kind of pricey for a puppet show, but it's really something worthwhile).

From their website:
Three whimsical tales by Eric Carle - "The Very Hungry Caterpillar", "Little Cloud" and "The Mixed-Up Chameleon" brought to life with the magic of black light and original music by the award winning Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Put that bite sized Snickers bar down....

and step away from your kids' trick or treat bag. I don't know about you, but all 'dieting' rules get thrown out the window when there is a surplus of candy in my house. And with two fully functioning trick-or-treaters in my house the amount has doubled this year. I have to keep reminding myself that just because the bars are smaller does not mean that I can eat three times as much (she types as she opens another peanut butter cup).

Here is a link with some suggestions on what to do with all the extra Halloween candy. It might be helpful for all of you, but as far as I'm concerned, there will be no 'extra' candy by tomorrow afternoon. Just extra wrappers.

Simpler Living: 5 things to do with extra Halloween candy
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