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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1

Skin Care Awareness – 11am-1pm. A circle discussion on skin care with topics including: quality of skincare choices, triggers for eczma, rosacea, acne, sun damage and sunscreen usage. By donation to benefit Wellspring of Saratoga. Bodywork Professionals, 11 Spring St, Saratoga Springs. RSVP requested: 518-557-5514.

Crafting Class – 7-9pm. Make an energy basket to gift or keep. Adorn sage bundles with petals, make calming bath salts, write an inspiring note with embellishments. Limited to 10 participants. $45 (crystals and other items will be available to purchase for an additional cost). Held at AdventuringSouls.Guru, 1 Alton Rd, Albany. Register on Facebook or call 518-650-3943.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2

DIY Heating Pads with Essential Oils and Herbs – 10-11am. This is a make and take workshop for everyone. All materials are included and essential oils will also be available for purchase. $20. Limited to 10 participants. Sisters of the Earth Healing Studio, 189 Rebisz Rd, Broadalbin. Register on Facebook or call 518-365-9251.

The Era of Aquarius – 11am-1pm. Public talks. Presented by Capital Region Gnosis Center. Discover the pearl of gnosis within–short meditation included. All are welcome. Saratoga Springs Public Library Glasby Room. RSVP: 518-390-5014 or 518-742-6198.

Make Your Own Elderberry Syrup – 4pm. In this workshop, herbalist, Megan Brown will be discussing the benefits of elderberry syrup for winter wellness. Make and take a bottle for personal use. $25. Spirit Tree Connections, 987 New Loudon Rd (Rte 9), Latham/Cohoes. Register online or call 518-362-8383.

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2

Nourish: An Evening of Sound Meditation, Cacao and Community – 7-9pm. Focus on letting go of the energies of 2017 and prepare for 2018 by bathing in the healing energies of sound meditation through the bliss of a cacao ceremony. $20. Elevate 518 Studio, 407 Albany Shaker Rd, Loudonville. Register on Eventbrite or call 518-703-7335.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3

35the Annual Troy Victorian Stroll – 11am-5pm. The streets of historic downtown Troy will come alive with holiday splendor for this annual festival. Enjoy a day of shopping, dining, family activities, music and more. Visit Jeans Greens for a wonderful festive event. Enjoy harp music by Dawn Danis and shop for holiday treasures. Info: 518-479-0471.

Yoga & Ayurveda Self-Care Practices – 2:30-5:30pm. With Linda Tipke. Improve health, develop inner energy, find balance in life by discovering the doshas and enjoy a 30-minute Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra experience. $20-$25. The Yoga Lily, 1 Barney Rd, Ste 222, Clifton Park. Info/register: 518-744-5565

MONDAY, DECEMBER 4

Medical Thermography Open House – 6pm. Visit the space, see the camera, meet the friendly staff, and ask questions. Free. 2 Chelsea Place, Clifton Park. Preregister on Facebook or 518-983-6564.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5

Goddess Power Workshop – 6:30pm.With Rachel Garret. Learn the history and what each of the Goddesses represent; what crystals, essential oils foods and affirmations are associated with each to help raise the energetic vibration. Participants will learn to personally connect to the power of the Goddess with all the tools and information taught in this workshop. $25/class. Spirit Tree Connections, 987 New Loudon Rd (Rte 9), Latham/Cohoes. Register online or at 518-362-8383.

Crafting Class: Diffuser Bracelet – 7-8:30pm. Includes assorted beads, lava beads, cording, white gift box and 1 ml bottle for essential oil. While crafting, learn about essential oils. Limited to 10 participants. $20 for 1 bracelet or $35 for 2. (includes filling bottle with a choice of essential oil). Held at AdventuringSouls.Guru, 1 Alton Rd, Albany. Register on Facebook or call 518-650-3943.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6

Night of Tea and Beauty – 6-8pm. Come and sample herbal teas and healthy food samplings and learn about natural beauty routines from Antoinette DiMascio, owner of Antoinette’s Apothecary handcrafted beauty and lifestyle products. $10. Vitality Health Center, 3441 Amsterdam Rd, Glenville. RSVP requested: 518-372-4706.

Making Holiday Gifts With Essential Oils – 6-7pm. Get gift giving ideas, sample some homemade beauty products made with essential oils, and receive recipes for making products at home. Free. Registration required: Joan Bender, Food & Mood Coaching, Delmar, 518-461-9507.

Simple Reiki Share – 6-8pm Open to all level of reiki practitioners. Receive 1 time and will be giving 2 times in half-hour sessions. $15. Limited to 6 practitioners. Register by 12/5. Gina’s Reiki Healing & Education Center, 229 Washington St, Saratoga Springs. Call/text to register: Gina, 518-791-6565.

Essential Oils and Pets Class – 6:30pm. Help pets stay healthy, happy and live longer using natural products that are safe, effective and non-toxic, As people improve their own health naturally, they’re increasingly seeking to care for their pets in the most natural way possible. Free. EMBRACE, 1023 Rte 146, Clifton Park. Register: Lynn Gelman, 518-727-2054.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7

Weight Loss Breakthrough – 11am. There is so much more to sustainable weight loss than calorie counting. Discover the factors beyond nutrition and exercise that block weight loss and learn how to finally start making progress. Complimentary private health session with Jill Byron, Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. Register at 518-859-8789.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9

Yoga/Crystal Singing Bowls & Pyramids by Cheryl Beckmann – 9:15-10:30am. Unique Hatha Yoga class infused with Native American flute and crystal singing bowls. Leave feeling rejuvenated and at peace. $15 walk-in, $10 students. The Woman’s Club of Albany, men welcome too, 725 Madison Ave, Albany. Info: 518-810-7646.

Holiday Herbal Gift Giving Workshop – 10am-12pm. In this hands on workshop, explore the benefits of a wide variety of natural ingredients and then put that knowledge to work by creating natural body care products that can be made and given to family and friends. Bath bombs, peppermint foot cream, peppermint lotion bars, peppermint and eucalyptus shower melts. $25. Limited to 10 participants. Sisters of the Earth Healing Studio, 189 Rebisz Rd, Broadalbin. Register on Facebook or call 518-365-9251.

Atlantis – 11am-1pm. Public talks. Presented by Capital Region Gnosis Center. Discover the pearl of gnosis within–short meditation included. All are welcome. Saratoga Springs Public Library, Glasby Room. RSVP: 518-390-5014 or 518-742-6198.

Nature’s Body Care Essential Oils DIY Class – 11am. Make and take home a personal gift or one to give a loved one. Additional natural hand made products available for purchase. $10 and up. Held in Clifton Park. Free. Preregister: 518-983-6564.

Why Plant-Based Wellness? – 6:30pm-7:30pm. Learn how plant-based wellness consulting services from GreenGut Wellness can empower one to live a healthier, more vibrant life. Half-hour presentation with half-hour Q&A. Free. Online. Grab a spot now: 518-545-8370.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 11

Gluten Free Living – 2-6pm. Diagnosed with Celiac Disease or a gluten sensitivity? Join Joan Bender, Author of Gluten Free Alchemy, for a 30-min consultation to answer questions about eating and living gluten-free. Food & Mood Coaching, Delmar. Register/appointment (required): 518-461-9507.

Advanced Reiki Chakra Class – 6pm. Explore the human energy field and the chakras. Taught by Reiki Master, Lynn Gelman. Experience a meditation to awaken and enliven the chakras; learn advanced healing techniques and how to assess the chakras with hand scans and pendulums. Prerequisite: Reiki Level II. BYO pendulum to class. $50. EMBRACE, 1023 Rte 146, Clifton Park. Register (call or text): Lynn Gelman: 518-727-2054.

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 11

Learn About The Patch Test – 7pm. Join Dr. Joseph S. Gulyas for an informative evening discussing the benefits and uses of The Patch Test. Free. Northeast Spine & Wellness, 306b Grooms Rd., Clifton Park. RSVP requested: 518-371-4800. For more information, visit WellAdjustedForLife.com.

Contemplating Divorce? – 7-8:30pm. “Should I or shouldn’t I?” Learn to better navigate this time and decision, explore what is involved and what to do first. Time for questions and answers. Led by Certified Divorce Coach, Marie Marhan Dropkin from Support in a Storm. Register: 518-423-2525.

Soul to Soul Meditation – 7-8pm. With Lisa Brown. This meditation will help when dealing with difficult personalities during stressful holiday gatherings. $10. Held at AdventuringSouls.Guru 1 Alton Rd,Albany. Info/questions: 518-650-3943.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12

Blending Essential Oils – 6pm. Learn the fine art of creating a blend aromatically pleasing and accomplish the desired therapeutic outcome. Held in Clifton Park. Free. Preregister: 518-983-6564.

Oils of the Ancient Scripture – 7-8pm. With Glory-Anne Jones. Take a step back in time with 10 of the most significant oils from the bible. Part history, part prayer, part scent, part modern day uses all covered in class. An excellent way to prepare spiritually for Christmas. Free. Held at AdventuringSouls.Guru 1 Alton Rd, Albany. Info/questions: 518-650-3943.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13

Reiki Sample Day – 9am-3pm. Experience a 30-minute reiki session with an experienced reiki teacher who will also answer some basic questions about what reiki is and how one can benefit from receiving a full session or taking a Reiki I class. $30. Gina’s Reiki Healing & Education Center, 229 Washington St, Saratoga Springs. Register/appointment (required): call/text Gina, 518-791-6565.

Gear Up Your Business for a Better New Year! – 12pm-2pm. Start the New Year with the perfect corporate wellness plan. Learn how simple lifestyle changes empower employees to be healthier and more productive. $15 First floor conference room, Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce, 90 4th St., Troy. Register: 518-545-8370

C.A.N.! (Cancer Approached Naturally) Group – 6pm. Yes! It’s possible! Get some hope and resources. Everyone welcome. Free. Clifton Park. Preregister on Medical Thermography’s Facebook page or call 518-983-6564.

Holiday Mingle Make-n-Take: Essential Oils Gifts and Stocking Stuffers! – 6:30pm. A fun night out connecting with other women in the community. Light refreshments and holiday cheer to share. Make 3 special gifts and take them home for personal use or as gifts for loved ones. $10. EMBRACE, 1023 Rte, 146, Clifton Park. Register: Lynn Gelman, 518-727-2054.

Intuitive Expansion: Psychometry – 7-8pm. With Lisa Brown. Psychometry is the ability to discover facts about an object using intuition. Explore psychometry further and practice reading multiple objects. Bring an object to share in class. $20. Held at AdventuringSouls.Guru, 1 Alton Rd, Albany. Pricing/register on Facebook or call 518-650-3943.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14

Rise Above The Chaos – 11am. Current events, high demand careers, and family obligations can make people feel anxious and overwhelmed. All of this stress impacts health and increases the risk of heart attack and stroke. Regain control, reduce stress and love life with simple strategies that work. Complimentary private health session with Jill Byron, Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. Register at 518-859-8789.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16

Yoga/Crystal Singing Bowls & Pyramids by Cheryl Beckmann – 9:15-10:30am. Unique Hatha Yoga class infused with Native American flute and crystal singing bowls. Leave feeling rejuvenated and at peace. $15 walk-in, $10 students. The Woman’s Club of Albany, men welcome too, 725 Madison Ave, Albany. Info: 518-810-7646.

Reiki 1 Class – 10am-4pm. Taught by Kara Livingston-Rogers. Learn about what reiki is, the beauty of its healing and the history behind it. Learn about chakras, the spiritual body and how to use these findings within self-treatments. The last half of the class reviews hand positions for self-treatment and treatment on others. Experience a meditation for grounding and the opportunity to practice reiki on other class members. Spirit Tree Connections, 987 New Loudon Rd (Rte 9) Latham/Cohoes. Pricing/register online: 518-362-8383.

Youth Meditation – 10-10:45am, ages 8-12, 11-11:45am, ages 13-17. With Glory-Anne Jones in a guided meditation for young ones. Supportive words and thoughts are woven throughout the meditation to help overcome negative thoughts. Themes have included self confidence, stress relief, happiness, loss, fears, and over activity. Children leave renewed and ready to take on their world. $10 drop-in. Held at AdventuringSouls.Guru, 1 Alton Road, Albany. Questions: 518-650-3943.

The True Symbolism of Christmas– 11am-1pm. Public talks. Presented by Capital Region Gnosis Center. Discover the pearl of gnosis within–short meditation included. All are welcome. Saratoga Springs Public Library, Glasby Room. RSVP: 518-390-5014 or 518-742-6198.

Beating Holiday Stress – 2pm. With wellness coach Kate Bukowski . The holiday season can be stressful.  Take time out to learn how to relax, while also finding what foods can eliminate stress.  Receive a recipe that can curb those cravings. $15 Spirit Tree Connections, 987 New Loudon Rd (Rte 9), Latham/Cohoes. Register online or at 518-362-8383.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 18

Become an Energy Whisperer – 6:30-8:00pm. Take some time for self-care in this busy season. Learn Eden Energy Medicine with certified practitioner, Ruth Ann Smalley. Gain simple techniques for energetic balance, stress reduction, seasonal wellness, and personal growth. All levels. $15. 323 Delaware Ave, Delmar. Space limited, register: 518-506-2914.

Free Holiday Concert – 7-8pm. The Colonie Town Band performs holiday favorites including Sleigh Ride, Feliz Navidad, Christmas Festival, Grown Up Christmas List, and more. The concert will also include selections with vocalist Randy Rosette and the band’s Flute Ensemble. Free. Cohoes Senior Center, 100 Cayuga Plaza, Cohoes. Info: 518-783-2760.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 19

Reiki Healing Circle – 6-7pm. A special healing circle open to everyone. Release energetically what no longer serves. The ceremony will include a guided meditation, reiki healing attunement and silent reflection. $20. Limited to 6 participants. Gina’s Reiki Healing & Education Center, 229 Washington St, Saratoga Springs. Register by 12/17: call/text Gina, 518-791-6565.

Essential Oils of the Bible Class – 6pm. Learn about the use of essential oils going back to biblical times, some of which are still used today. Discover which oils are referenced and why. Held in Clifton Park. Info/preregister: 518-983-6564.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20

Vision Boards: Envision the Life You Desire! – 6:30pm. Have a vision for 2018? Meditate to connect with inner longing, set an intention and create a vision board to get moving in the direction of any heart’s desire! Kindly bring magazines. $10. Space is limited. EMBRACE, 1023 Rte, 146, Clifton Park. Register: Lynn Gelman, 518-727-2054.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21

A Celebration of Our Gifts: Sound, Healing Meditation for the Winter Solstice – 6pm. Join Spirit Tree’s practitioners as they work in collaboration to share many gifts in this special, unique and powerful meditation. Bowls, chanting, narration, chimes, drumming and much more. $20. Spirit Tree Connections, 987 New Loudon Rd (Rte 9) Latham/Cohoes. Register online or at 518-362-8383.

Winter Solstice in the Pine Bush – 6:30-8pm. Daylight has waned to a minimum on the shortest day of the year. What better time for an evening hike through the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. Enjoy a 0.9-mile hike after sunset. Explore how nocturnal animals utilize the nighttime for their survival. Hike concludes with hot cocoa around a campfire. All ages welcome. Free. Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Rd, Albany. Preregistration required: 518-456-0655.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22

It’s a Wonderful Life 7pm. An annual holiday tradition at the Palace Theatre. View Frank Capra’s sentimental film on the big screen. $5. The Palace Theatre, 19 Clinton Ave, Albany. Tickets: 518-465-3334.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 24

Christmas Eve Unity Services – 11am & 6pm. Join Rev. Crystal and Unity musicians to sing and celebrate the birth of Christ Consciousness into our world. Unity Church, 21 King Ave, Albany. Info: 518-453-3603.

Affirmations Yoga Workshop – 12-1:30pm. With Marcus Rogers. Come honor the laws of the universe, that prove to us time and time again, that not only do we attract what we think, but we also become what we think. Open to all seeking to receive the many healing effects of a positive affirmation based yoga practice. All levels welcomed. $25. Orchid Tree Yoga, Park Guilderland Plaza, 457 Rte 146, Guilderland Center. Register online or call 518-729-6308.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 27

Navigating Divorce – 12:30-2pm. Learn how to avoid the most common mistakes of divorce. Time for questions and answers. Led by Certified Divorce Coach, Marie Marhan Dropkin from Support in a Storm. Register: 518-423-2525.

The Lion King: Family Fun Day – 12pm, activities. 1pm film. Featuring pre-film games and activities. Presented by Sunmark Federal Credit Union. $5. The Palace Theatre, 19 Clinton Ave, Albany. Tickets: 518-465-3334.

Income Opportunity: Better Your Health & Better Your Bank Account! – 6:30pm. Looking to create more wealth and abundance? Longing for more free time to enjoy life? Learn how great it is to have an extra paycheck. Free. EMBRACE, 1023 Rte 146, Clifton Park. Register, Lynn Gelman, 518-727-2054.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 28

Holiday Break Week: Family Yoga – 9:30-10:15am. With Lisa Battisti. An all levels class the whole family will enjoy.  Come relieve the holiday stresses and have some fun. Class includes movement, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques, as well as some fun interactive yoga games. $15/ parent/child pair; $20/family. Orchid Tree Yoga, Park Guilderland Plaza, 457 Rte 146, Guilderland Center. Register online or call 518-729-6308.

Winter Birds – 10-11:30am. Learn who sticks around through the coldest months of the year, and how these birds survive just outside our window. Program participants will create a small simple bird feeder to bring home. All ages. $3-$5. Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Rd, Albany. Preregistration required: 518-456-0655.

New Year, New You – 11am. Get ready to start 2018 with a plan to lose weight that works. There is so much more to sustainable weight loss than calorie counting. Discover the factors beyond nutrition and exercise that block weight loss and learn how to finally start making progress. Complimentary private health session with Jill Byron, Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. Register at 518-859-8789.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31

New Year’s Eve Burning Bowl Service – 10am & 6pm. Release the past and step into a bright future with music, meditation and the burning bowl ritual. Unity Church, 21 King Ave, Albany. Info: 518-453-3603.

New Year’s Eve Dinner Cruise – 5:30-7pm. A great way to celebrate the New Year without having to stay up until midnight. Aboard the climate controlled Lac Du Saint Sacrement. Full dinner buffet. Lake George Steamboat Company, 57 Beach Rd, Lake George. Info/pricing: 800-553-2628.

New Year’s Eve Pitch-in Dinner, Movie & Fire Ceremony – 6-10pm. Join AMI for this joyous annual pitch-in vegetarian dinner, movie (Samadhi) and sacred fire ceremony. Free. American Meditation Institute, 60 Garner Rd, Averill Park.. RSVP by 12/29: 518-674-8714.