13th Annual Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association Fall Festival

The free Fall Festival, a celebration of autumn and Halloween, will kick off on October 25 at 10 a.m. at the Farmers’ Market with a ribbon cutting by special guest Mayor Joanne Yepsen. They will announce the winner of the “What Fall Means to You” coloring contest and the winner of the Giant Pumpkin Guess the Weight Contest. Little Elvis will be there to start things off followed by interactive drumming for children and Coffee Sack Races.

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1st Annual Balloon Walk to benefit the Wesley Community

Support The Wesley Community at the 1st Annual Balloon Walk on October 4 at 9:30 a.m. at The Wesley Community campus at 131 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs.

Participants will walk a 1-mile or a .25-mile course, collecting colorful balloons along the route to create a parade of color.  In addition, a hot-air balloon will be on The Wesley Community campus near the Community Garden area (weather permitting).

All registered participants will receive a 1st Annual Balloon Walk t-shirt.  Fun family activities and food will also be available for registered participants.  Registration is $20 for adults, $15 for children, and is available online at www.theballoonwalk.com.  Check in and registration begins at 8:30 a.m.  The Walk is presented by Medline.

The Wesley Community cares for more than 700 seniors and people with disabilities from throughout the area.  For information, call691-1420 or visit www.theballoonwalk.com.

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Illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi “Naked!”

SARATOGA SPRINGS–On Friday, May 2 at 10:30 am, Northshire Bookstore Saratoga will host reading and interactive drawing demonstration for children with Debbie Ridpath Ohi, illustrator of Naked!

Naked! is a hilarious new book about a boy who refuses to wear clothes, from comedian Michael Ian Black and illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi, the team that brought you I’m Bored, a New York Times Notable Children’s Book. Ohi, whose “smart cartoony artwork matches Black’s perfect comic timing” (The New York Times Book Review), has created illustrations that showcase the antics of an adorable little boy who just doesn’t want to get dressed.

Debbie Ridpath OhiDebbie Ridpath Ohi writes and illustrates books for young people. Her illustrations appear in I’m Bored, and in the latest editions of Judy Blume’s novels. She is the author and illustrator of the forthcoming picture book Where are My Books? She is the founder of Inkspot, one of the first online writing communities.

For more information on this or other events, call 518-682-4200 or 1-855-339-5990, or visit the Northshire Bookstore website at www.northshire.com.