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Swazzle Dazzle

Puppet show aims to inspire through musical tale and colorful characters

Two twin brothers from Southern California who grew up admiring Jim Henson’s “The Muppets” are now following in his footsteps as they travel across the country with their handmade puppets.

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The wings of winter

Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center event highlights birds that don’t fly south when the weather gets cold

While many people think most, if not all birds fly south for the winter, all you have to do is take a look out the window and see that quite a few feathered friends have hung around the Capital District through the snow and bitter cold.

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Traditional tunes with an energetic twist

On Saturday, Jan. 18, Old Songs in Voorheesville will be presenting the April Verch Band.

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Making good at Curtain Call

Contemporary play makes regional debut at local theater

The play “Good People,” written by Pulitzer Prize-winning David Lindsay-Abaire and directed by Chris Foster, is making its regional debut at the Curtain Call Theatre in Latham, with performances taking place through Feb. 8.

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A spirited soiree

In its fifth year, Wine & Dine for the Arts supports the arts one culinary masterpiece at a time

It is a no secret that New York City, Montreal and Boston all have their share of famous restaurants, theaters and entertainment hotspots, but what some people don’t realize is that those same very things can be found right here in our own backyard.

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Sinbad steps out

Comedian to make a stop in Troy

The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall kicks off the New Year with a visit from the stand-up comedian and actor Sinbad.

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‘War Horse’ ticket sales benefit veterans

Proctors donates to local nonprofit Saratoga WarHorse

The National Theatre of Great Britain’s epic “War Horse,” winner of five 2011 Tony Awards, including Best Play, will make its premiere at Proctors, Jan. 15-19.

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Embracing the absurd

Guilderland native pens first book with a cast of zany characters and adventures

More than a decade after a local man started writing a book in college, he dusted off the novel of absurd comedy to see the words finally make it to the printed page.

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New captain at the helm of Reel Seafood Co.

Daughter purchases restaurant, plans updates

The New Year is bringing some big changes to a seafood restaurant that has been operating on Wolf Road in Colonie the past three decades.

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Bethlehem Library home to new 3D printer

New technology one of the first in the area

Those with the Upper Hudson Library System can have access to the printer for free.

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Local projects win big in REDC awards

Rail Trail comes closer to being completed; arts venues receive grants

Nearly $83 million will flow to the Capital Region through the latest round of Regional Economic Development Council awards, and nearly 30 projects in Albany County nabbed funding. Most of them focused on highlighted projects, but several local priorities were also granted funding.

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Firehouse fitness

Shaker Road offers exercise classes for all ages, but without participation, the program could fold

Fitness classes at Shaker Road firehouse aim to involve everyone from children to seniors, but without more participation, their future is uncertain.

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Crossgates expansion clears another hurdle

Rendering unveiled alongside revised site plan; World of Beer coming to mall

Crossgates Mall developers heeded concerns of Guilderland Planning Board members and revised its site plan to more clearly show impacts of the proposed two-story addition, along with a more attractive exterior design.

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Recipes ripe with tradition

In an effort to raise money for needed repairs and upgrades to St. Peter Armenian Apostolic Church in Watervliet, the congregation’s women have compiled hundreds of family recipes into a new cookbook.

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Safety program gets cars fitted for the road

CarFit helps older drivers stay safe behind the wheel

CarFit volunteers converged at Westmere Fire Department on Wednesday, Dec. 4, to make seniors aware about vehicle safety equipment and to fit cars to each individual. Information is given to enhance driver safety, too, along with recommending certain items that can be purchased to make driving safer.