This week in the Spa City: Two worthy fundraisers, a Stephen King story comes to the big screen and more.
Wednesday, May 24
Cantina’s annual Fun Run to benefit Saratoga Hospital is coming up June 4, but Broadway’s hottest Mexican restaurant is getting the party started early with Cocktails for a Cause this Wednesday from 6-9pm. Enjoy an open bar, appetizers, a taco bar and music by DJ Trumastr in The 408, Cantina’s second-floor private event space. Tickets are $125 and $75 for young professionals (ages 21-35), and proceeds will go directly to pediatric-related training, certifications, equipment and technology that enables Saratoga Hospital to provide a high level of care to pediatric patients and their families.
Thursday, May 25
After Cocktails for a Cause, keep the giving spirit going at LifeWorks Community Action’s 33rd annual In Bloom May Day event, going on Thursday from 6-10:30pm at the Canfield Casino. (LifeWorks was formerly Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council and the event was formerly held at Longfellows.) This year’s party will be emceed by NewsChannel 13 anchor—and Saratoga 25 member—Mark Mulholland, and will feature music by Soul session, live and silent auctions, hors d’oeuvres, summer food stations, beer, wine and a cash bar. General admission is $175 with discounted tickets for guests 35 and under as well as for couples.
Also on Thursday, Putnam Place will be hosting a free screening of Saratoga filmmaker Spencer Sherry’s The Monkey, a short film adapted from the Stephen King story of the same name, at 7pm. Read about the film—and how it almost wasn’t made!—on saratogaliving.com.
Friday, May 26
Last December, Saratoga Gives Back honoree Dan Graham raised $9,000 for his charity of choice—Lucky Puppy Rescue—at Saratoga Living’s annual fundraising event. While we followed up with the Argyle-based rescue in our most recent issue (which came out yesterday) to see how that chunk of change has made a difference, Dan Graham hasn’t stopped raising money for the nonprofit: He’s putting on a Pups & Pints “Yappy Hour” at Henry Street Taproom this Friday from 4:30-6:30pm. Stop by the free event for food, drinks, raffles, merch and the chance to meet adoptable dogs. Fifteen percent of all sales will go directly to Lucky Puppy.
Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28
Kick off Memorial Day weekend by seeing live music on the Queen of American Lakes. Memorial Meltdown is an al fresco music festival at Charles R. Wood Park in Lake George headlined by Twiddle and featuring Dogs in a Pile, Tauk, Giant panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Mihali & Friends, One Time Weekend and Annie in the Water. Doors open at 1:30pm each day, and music starts at 2:30pm. Tickets are $50 for one day and $95 for both days when purchased in advance. VIP tickets, which include a meal, snacks, half-priced adult beverages and a private viewing area, are also available.