Children's Writing Workshop at Northshire Bookstore 2/16

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Children's book author Janine De Tillio Cammarata will present a special writing activity for kid readers & writers on Saturday, February 16th at 1:00 p.m at Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs.  She is the author of The Puzzle Quests: Saving Atlantis.  Saving Atlantis is the second book in The Puzzle Quests’ series of adventures that span across time and generations. 

About The Puzzle Quests: Saving Atlantis:
Rose can’t imagine swimming in the state championships without her teammate Luke. It’s been two months since she had to say goodbye to him in the land of Dragonia, and Rose fears she has lost her connection to him. Before she loses all hope, Rose and her growing band of knights are summoned to Dragonia to fulfill a quest. They must work together to save the mermaid, Natalia, before her home in Atlantis is destroyed.

This perilous adventure tests Rose’s courage and fighting skills as she is lulled by mystical sirens and attacked by unknown enemies. When Rose becomes impatient and attempts to save this fragile world on her own, her team is thrown into danger. The safety of Atlantis and her friendships are compromised. Will Rose see the value of working as a team before she is trapped in Dragonia forever?

Janine De Tillio Cammarata is a graduate of the College of Saint Rose (’88, ’93) in English Literature with a concentration in Medieval Literature. She is the award winning author of What Makes Them Amazing: Inspiring Stories of Young Adults Fighting Cancer.  Cammarata is a member of The Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators. She teaches creative writing and journaling workshops to all ages from elementary school, middle grade, high school, and adults.

As president and co-founder of Nick’s Fight to be Healed Foundation, Inc. Janine spends much of her time running this foundation that is very close to her heart. It was formed in memory of her son, Nick, who passed away from Leukemia in October 2008. Nick’s Fight to be Healed Foundation financially and emotionally supports local pediatric cancer patients, as well as the young adult cancer community. Nick’s Round Table is a teen advisory group which helps other teens during their cancer journey. 





Project Cameron's Story Bookraiser Party at Northshire Bookstore 2/18

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Enjoy craft projects, face painting, and a visit with Elmo on Monday, February 18th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m at Northshire Bookstore at the Project Cameron's Story Bookraiser Party.  Presented by Project Cameron's Story, join the party to celebrate their goal of giving books to every parent of a premature baby upon admission to the NICU's at Albany Medical Center, St. Peter's Hospital Bellevue Women’s Center, Stony Brook University Hospital, Golisano Children’s Hospital, UHS Wilson Hospital, Crouse Hospital, NY Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Hospital, Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, NY Presbyterian Weil Cornell Hospital, and the special care unit at Glens Falls Hospital.

From February 16th to the 20th you can buy books at Northshire Bookstore to donate to Project Cameron's Story,  Northshire Bookstore will also donate a percentage of purchases made to the organization.

The goal of Project Cameron's Story is to support the bonding of parents with their premature babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), through the use of children's literature and storytelling. We strive to empower parents to form unique and profound connections with their babies within an environment that is often uncertain and intimidating. Our mission is to place a brand new, quality, children's book in the hands of every parent of a premature baby upon admission to the NICU's at Albany Medical Center, St. Peter's Hospital Bellevue Women’s Center, Stony Brook University Hospital, Golisano Children’s Hospital, UHS Wilson Hospital, Crouse Hospital, NY Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Hospital, Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, Millard a rollicking adventure story about growing up and the things we share that make us human.

Fillmore Suburban Hospital, NY Presbyterian Weil Cornell Hospital, and the special care unit at Glens Falls Hospital. Project Cameron's Story is committed to providing information regarding the benefits of this type of bonding and continues to seek ways to encourage parents to utilize this as one important way to interact with their new little one.

Northshire Bookstore is located at 424 Broadway in Saratoga Springs. For more events during school break click the image below to see the Mini City School Break Guide!





Northeast Ballet Company Auditions: 2019 Young Artists Festival (grades 5-12)

This Saturday, February 9th, Northeast Ballet Company will be holding auditions for children in grades 5-12 for the 2019 Young Artists Festival. We spoke to Darlene Myers, the Director and Founder Northeast Ballet and Myers Studio about the auditions and the Young Artists Festival.

Darlene Myers: We were asked to participate in the first annual YAF last season , in part due to our close, long term ongoing relationship with both organizations. Northeast Ballet has worked with Empire State Youth Orchestra and SPAC for over 2 decades in this region.  I enjoy working with SPAC mostly because of the people. Elizabeth Sobol has taken the arts in our region to another level of professionalism and attention to detail, with an eye on our youth. This is the reason why Northeast Ballet chose to honor her at our annual gala this season.

Dennis Moench is also of note, he was the driving force behind YAF last season and did an outstanding job . I cannot praise him and his staff enough, he is fabulous!

The Young Artists Festival fits into all our of mission statements and is such a creative seed that Elizabeth Sobol is able to nourish and watch grow for many years to come.

Our Junior Company for this year for the YAF will consist of dancers chosen from the open auditions we are holding on Saturday February 9th for dancers in grades 5-12, the style of dance pieces will be from modern to jazz to Pointe work so we encourage dancers who are adept in any or all of these styles to audition, and there is an opportunity to perform in more than one piece. 

There is no audition fee !

For the YAF performance this year, the audience can expect to view a group of very talented committed young dancers who are passionate about dance and wish to share their passionate .

Northeast Ballet is known for their talent of gathering dancers and producing a creative and unique  production, getting the best from their dancers and sharing it with the audience. This, I hope, will be one thing we will bring to SPAC on June 2nd.

New York City Ballet principal dancer and ground-breaking choreographer Lauren Lovette to set piece on local youth as guest choreographer for Northeast Ballet Company. Open auditions to be held in Schenectady February 9th.

New York City Ballet principal dancer Lauren Lovette

New York City Ballet principal dancer Lauren Lovette

Lauren Lovette has graced the Capital District with her performing for nearly a decade. Performing both with New York City Ballet at their summer home at the Saratoga Performing arts Center as well as the leading Role of Sugar Plum Fairy in Northeast Ballet Company’s The Nutcracker at Proctors Theatre in Schenectady. It is with great excitement that we announce her further involvement in our community and the artistic development of the youth.

Open auditions are being held for youth grades 5-12 on February 9th, 2019 form 12:00- 2:30PM at Northeast Ballet Company Studios, located at 418 Liberty St. Schenectady, NY. This presents local youth with the opportunity to work with a world-renowned choreographer as well as collaborate with local youth musicians and artists as part of Young Artist Festival at SPAC on Sunday, June 2nd, 2019.

Local youth interested in this unique opportunity to work with world-class dancer/choreographer, Lauren Lovette, and perform on the SPAC mainstage surrounded by other local youth should attend auditions on February 9th, 2019 form 12:00- 2:30PM at Northeast Ballet Company Studios, located at 418 Liberty St. Schenectady, NY. There is no audition fee. Visit the event page here for more information.

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Northeast Ballet Company Auditions: 2019 Young Artists Festival (grades 5-12)

This Saturday, February 9th, Northeast Ballet Company will be holding auditions for children in grades 5-12 for the 2019 Young Artists Festival. We spoke to Darlene Myers, the Director and Founder Northeast Ballet and Myers Studio about the auditions and the Young Artists Festival.

Darlene Myers: We were asked to participate in the first annual YAF last season , in part due to our close, long term ongoing relationship with both organizations. Northeast Ballet has worked with Empire State Youth Orchestra and SPAC for over 2 decades in this region.  I enjoy working with SPAC mostly because of the people. Elizabeth Sobol has taken the arts in our region to another level of professionalism and attention to detail, with an eye on our youth. This is the reason why Northeast Ballet chose to honor her at our annual gala this season.

Dennis Moench is also of note, he was the driving force behind YAF last season and did an outstanding job . I cannot praise him and his staff enough, he is fabulous!

The Young Artists Festival fits into all our of mission statements and is such a creative seed that Elizabeth Sobol is able to nourish and watch grow for many years to come.

Our Junior Company for this year for the YAF will consist of dancers chosen from the open auditions we are holding on Saturday February 9th for dancers in grades 5-12, the style of dance pieces will be from modern to jazz to Pointe work so we encourage dancers who are adept in any or all of these styles to audition, and there is an opportunity to perform in more than one piece. 

There is no audition fee !

For the YAF performance this year, the audience can expect to view a group of very talented committed young dancers who are passionate about dance and wish to share their passionate .

Northeast Ballet is known for their talent of gathering dancers and producing a creative and unique  production, getting the best from their dancers and sharing it with the audience. This, I hope, will be one thing we will bring to SPAC on June 2nd.

New York City Ballet principal dancer and ground-breaking choreographer Lauren Lovette to set piece on local youth as guest choreographer for Northeast Ballet Company. Open auditions to be held in Schenectady February 9th.

New York City Ballet principal dancer Lauren Lovette

New York City Ballet principal dancer Lauren Lovette

Lauren Lovette has graced the Capital District with her performing for nearly a decade. Performing both with New York City Ballet at their summer home at the Saratoga Performing arts Center as well as the leading Role of Sugar Plum Fairy in Northeast Ballet Company’s The Nutcracker at Proctors Theatre in Schenectady. It is with great excitement that we announce her further involvement in our community and the artistic development of the youth.

Open auditions are being held for youth grades 5-12 on February 9th, 2019 form 12:00- 2:30PM at Northeast Ballet Company Studios, located at 418 Liberty St. Schenectady, NY. This presents local youth with the opportunity to work with a world-renowned choreographer as well as collaborate with local youth musicians and artists as part of Young Artist Festival at SPAC on Sunday, June 2nd, 2019.

Local youth interested in this unique opportunity to work with world-class dancer/choreographer, Lauren Lovette, and perform on the SPAC mainstage surrounded by other local youth should attend auditions on February 9th, 2019 form 12:00- 2:30PM at Northeast Ballet Company Studios, located at 418 Liberty St. Schenectady, NY. There is no audition fee. Visit the event page here for more information.

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