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.

Jay Rogoff “Venera: Poems”

SARATOGA SPRINGS–On Thursday, April 17 at 7 pm, Northshire Bookstore Saratoga will host a poetry reading and book signing with award-winning poet Jay Rogoff, author of Venera.

Venera, Jay Rogoff’s fifth book of poetry, explores varieties of love both sacred and profane—parent and child, husband and wife, saint and deity, lover and lover. A husband consoles his wife when she is wakened by an imaginary child; another man daydreams of his kindergarten crush. Mary at the Annunciation, stunned by Gabriel’s inhuman beauty, contemplates her decades of purity stretching ahead, while in the seven-sonnet poem “Laughter,” Abraham’s fear of God perplexes his love for Isaac. Drawing on the natural world, personal intimacy, and the imagination as evoked in visual art and biblical narrative, Rogoff’s poems detail our drive to both acts of veneration and submission to Venus’s sensuous power.

Rogoff VENERAJay Rogoff has published four previous books of poetry: The Art of Gravity, The Long Fault, How We Came to Stand on That Shore, and The Cutoff: A Sequence, which won the Washington Prize for Poetry. Other honors include the Robert Watson Poetry Award for his chapbook, Twenty Danses Macabres, and a Pushcart Prize. His poems and criticism appear in many magazines, and he also writes regularly about dance for The Hopkins Review, Ballet Review, and The Saratogian. He teaches at Skidmore College.

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.