Electronics Recycling Day at SPAC 2020

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Get rid of the old electronics you have sitting around and even help a local Saratoga Non-Profit Organization. There is a recycling day on October 24th 2020, here in Saratoga!

October 24th 2020
9am – 12:00 noon
SPAC Parking lot

Sponsored by Sustainable Saratoga, which is an amazing group doing wonderful things right here in Saratoga Springs and the surrounding area.

So the recycling event with be $5 to enter the recycling areas at SPAC . Think of it as you are giving a $5 donation and getting in for free. All the funds they raise will be put toward their local projects and advocacy, so we don’t mind donating to them.

They are creating a drive thru for recycling, where you stop off at different places to drop off your different old, unusable items.

There is a complete list on the Sustainable Saratoga site and below are some highlights.

Monitor and TV Recycling

Monitors and TVs cost money to recycle. Yes, there are companies who will take them, take them apart and recycle whatever parts and pieces they can. But that all costs money.

What does that mean for us?

It will cost us all $20 each for monitor and TV recycling. As a non-profit, it wouldn’t be fair to have them pick up the cost for recycling TVs. If you don’t want to spend $20 per TV to recycle it, it’s ok. We have a few places that already recycle e-waste for free.

E-Waste Recycling / Electronics Recycling

This recycling day IS a great place to drop off all of your other electronics and this is FREE! Computers, DVD players, Game Systems, phones… They will also take kitchen appliances like coffee makers, toasters, and microwaves. And BIG things like washers and dryers.

I can’t wait to go and see all the cool stuff people with be bring to recycle!

Recycling Day: Everyone Welcome

There is no limitations on who can attend the recycling day at SPAC. You do not need to live in the area, everyone is welcome!

Come from far and wide to bring your e-waste / electronics recycling for all the corners of your home. With only a $5 entrance fee, it is so worth the cost and effort to Get Rid of Old, Dusty, Crusty, E-Waste!

More to Recycle

No need to stop at e-waste recycling. Recycling day at SPAC is for all sorts of items. And they don’t have to be destroyed or broken. Be sure to check out the list for all the different things you can recycle.

See you at SPAC on Saturday October 24th, 2020! We’ll be there! Goodbye piles of e-waste!

Best Place to Return Cans and Bottles in Saratoga Springs

Redeemable bottles and cans help landfills just store garbage.

Redeemable bottles and cans help landfills just store garbage.

It is important to return cans and bottles because it is a great way to keep them out of the landfills. And it helps that we can make a little money too. If you are like us, you wait to return your bottles until you have 12 garbage bags full taking up all the space in the garage.

So where do can you take all those bags bottles to return in the Saratoga Area?

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Guide to Restaurants in Saratoga Springs NY

Huge list of Restaurants in downtown Saratoga Springs

With so many choices for food and drinks in downtown Saratoga Springs, it’s hard to make a decision on where to go. I hope this list of all the restaurants, cafes, drinks places, bars, desserts places, and all the spots to go to fill your belly, will help you pick out the place to try or revisit today!

“What should we do for dinner?” Next is the Google search, which did give some restaurants in Saratoga. But what I did NOT find was a web site with quick links to food places sites in Saratoga.

So, I decided to make one.

Here are the restaurants in Saratoga Springs including links to web sites, Facebook pages and yelp reviews.

What restaurants do you go to in Saratoga Springs? Are there any missing from the list? Let us know in the comments below.

Thanks for reading! I hope this helps!  :o)

Musical Instrument Supplies, Rentals and Repair in Saratoga Springs

Find information about music supplies, sheet music and buying, renting, and repairing musical instruments in the Saratoga Springs area.

Both of my kids play instruments in the school band, and of course instruments frequently need maintenance. Child #1 plays the flute and Child #2 plays the Tenor Sax.

Of course, I start every search online, so I went to Google. In Saratoga Springs there are two places that come up in Google, Saratoga Guitar and Music Center and Cole’s Woodwind Shop, I have visited both.

Saratoga Guitar has two Saratoga locations, 75 Weibel Ave and 480 Broadway LL10. Don’t let the name fool you, Saratoga Guitar does much more than guitars. I have purchased last minute supplies when they still had the West Ave location for the Sax, including reeds and 2 mouthpieces so far.

Saratoga Guitar is THE place to go for instrument rentals it used to be at the 60 West Ave location. I was there the other day while a young lady was excitedly receiving her clarinet. They provide area schools with band and orchestra rentals.

When you need supplies for your instruments from reeds to neck straps, mouthpieces to cleaning supplies, Saratoga Guitar is the place to go. The saxophone things we need are always in stock, which is awesome because buying a mouthpiece on the way to the band concert can be stressful!
Saratoga Guitar sells the band books of sheet music the kids need for school. They also have a large stock of sheet music to play for fun! If they DON’T have the sheet music you need, they can ORDER it for you.

Child #1 needed some maintenance on her flute as well as a good cleaning. The people at Saratoga Guitar recommended calling Bill at Cole’s Woodwind Shop right on Phila Street and it is the perfect place. Bill repaired and cleaned the flute in just a few days and at an affordable price. They were able to give me an estimate up front so I knew exactly what would be done and how much it would cost.

Check out the photo page of Cole’s Woodwind web site to see all sorts of famous musicians who love Bill’s work. SPAC hosts so many types of musical performances and Bill looks like the go to guy for instrument repair. There are pictures with musicians from the New York Philharmonic to the Dave Matthews Band. Bill Cole has a fascinating story and has repaired instruments from the Saratoga Springs High School band and the famous band Chicago.

Thanks to Saratoga Guitar and Music Center and Cole’s Woodwind Shop, my kids have all the supplies they need to have fun playing their instruments. Repair and maintenance right here in Saratoga is convenient and easy.

Have you experienced the customer service at these locations? Tell us about it in the comments below. Where do you go for instrument needs in the area? Is there anywhere else?

Thanks for reading. I hope this helps!  :o)

5 More Places to Find Pokemon in Areas Surrounding Saratoga Springs

There are Pokemon spawning in areas around Saratoga Springs, NY. Don’t just stick to the downtown Saratoga area, head out to towns outside of Saratoga Springs.

Pokemon Go was intended to get people out and walking. And another benefit of the super active game is to get out exploring areas you may have never been to before. It’s exciting to drive to a place known for awesome or rare Pokemon.

Here are some places you may not have tried yet, but cool Pokemon show up there often.

Saratoga Spa State Parksaratoga-spa-state-park-sign

If you are looking for Bulbasaurs and Machops, get yourself to the Saratoga Spa State Park. Bulbasaurs are spawning all over including the entrance off South Broadway. Multiple Machops can be caught in the parking lot for the Gideon Putnam Hotel and the drop off circle in front of the hotel. (Don’t linger though, as I’m not sure how happy the hotel is with Poke Trainers hanging out in front of their hotel). Keep wandering the park because Bulbasaurs have been spawning behind the Automobile Museum and you can catch them while just driving and walking around the park.

Ballston Spa

Head to Ballston Spa and be sure to drive down Front Street. There are 3 Pokestops close together near Milton Ave and Front Street. Be sure to drive all the way to the end of Front Street to the little building that houses a spring. There are 2 Pokestops, one is a walking trail and the other is the Old Iron Spring. Especially when Lured, Magicarps, Polywags, Goldeens and Starus have been caught while walking around the area. While you are there, check out the Gym at the Saratoga County Historical Museum, team ownership changes frequently.

Wilton Place Plaza

There is a great Pokemon spawning place on Route 50 in Wilton, just outside Saratoga Springs. Wilton Place Plaza is home to Chipolte, Hattie’s Chicken Shack, Five Guys, AT&T, Sports Clips, Aspen Dental, and more. As you pull in you will see a road that connects this plaza with the Market 32 plaza. As you pull into the Market 32 parking lot you will see some cool Pokemon. Tauros, Meowth, Ghastly, and even Squirtle have been caught there. This isn’t a good place for walking because it is a parking lot, so please be careful.

Saratoga Lake

Dratini and Dragonair were caught right on Route 9p, which runs alongside Saratoga Lake. Not only is it a scenic drive along the water, but some interesting Pokemon spawn there too. Drive slowly as the road is curvy, but you never know what Pokemon you may find.

Lake George

There are plenty of souvenir shops and mini-golf places in Lake George. Did you know that Magicarps hang out in Lake George too? As you walk around the main street area make sure you head down Beach Road. It runs between the lake and Fort William Henry. Magicarps, Horseas, Goldeens and other water type Pokemon can be found. And while you are there, be sure to check out the supernatural Mystery Spot in Lake George right near the Visitors Center.

Where have you been catching Pokemon? Any new places where you found rare and cool Pokemon? Let us know in the comments!

Thanks for reading. I hope this helps!  :o)