December 05, 2011

Winter WonderLARK this Saturday

The 5th Annual Winter WonderLARK is almost here! Join us this Saturday, December 10th from 12pm-5pm for shopping, sprinting, & lots of other fun activities. This event is always family-friendly & features the area's favorite race, the Santa Speedo Sprint.

This isn't any old race! Runners in the Santa Speedo Sprint don their most festive skivvies in order to raise funds for the Albany Damien Center. The costumed runners run from Madison Avenue down Lark Street to State & back. Be sure to stake out your spot on the street early so you don't miss the runners getting warmed up! 2pm start

Ice Sculpting Competition
Be sure to head to the corner of Madison & Lark between 12-2pm to see the amazing ice creations the competing 3 sculptors can make! Last year, we had our very own ice Petula Lark; will these artists be able to beat that?

O'Tannenbaum Tree Trimming Contest
We decided to challenge our merchants to another contest.
This year, instead of decorating their windows, five businesses will be decorating a tree. The trees will be out on the sidewalks in front of each business & the public will be able to vote for their favorite at each of the participating businesses.
      Check out the trees at:
  • Alacrity Frame Workshop, 215 Lark Street
  • Capital Wine, Corner of State & Lark
  • Elissa Halloran Designs, 229 Lark Street
  • Lark Street Flower Market, Corner of Hudson & Lark
  • Subway, Corner of Washington & Lark
Outdoor Holiday Market
Pick up some Holiday gifts while you are enjoying the other Winter WonderLARK activities. Lark Street Merchants & vendors will be set up on the sidewalks from 12pm-5pm. From handcrafted books, knit items, jewelry, and artwork, there is sure to be something to please even the toughest person on your list!

Oaxacan Pottery Smashing    
For the second year in a row, we will be doing traditional Oaxacan Pottery Smashing! To bring good luck to yourself & loved ones in the New Year, come purchase a piece of pottery and toss it behind you against a brick wall. The greater the number of pieces, the more the luck the person will have in the coming year!
Join us for this family-friendly activity at 245 Lark Street, across from Ben & Jerry's.

Chef's Consortium Food Sampling
Get a taste of what the Capital Region has to offer. The Chef's Consortium will be cooking up delicious treats focusing on local & seasonal ingredients.  

Gingerbread Funshop
Always a crowd favorite, the Gingerbread Funshop will be back at the UAG at 247 Lark Street. Kids & kids at heart can decorate their own gingerbread people while taking in some artwork & getting out of the cold.

Lark Street Merchant Holiday Specials!
Visit these Lark Street Merchants to take advantage of their Holiday Specials...
Elissa Halloran Designs, 229 Lark Street    
     20% off framed art, picture frames, & secondhand clothing.
     Open daily through December 24th!

November 08, 2011

Small Business Saturday

The 2nd Annual Small Business Saturday is taking place Saturday, November 26th. American Express is bringing thousands of small business supporters together to focus on increasing small business sales. Avoid the crowds of Black Friday and come to Small Business Saturday instead-- you're helping local businesses and economy! 
Pledge to "shop small" on the Small Business Saturday Facebook page and register your American Express card to receive a $25 credit when you spend at least $25 at a small business near you.

If you are a small business owner, American Express is providing free tools to help you promote your business and Small Business Saturday.

Small Business Saturday benefits our local merchants and our community, be sure to join us by "shopping small" on the Saturday, November 26!

November 04, 2011

CDTA Route Changes

CDTA is restructuring their bus routes effective Sunday, November 13, 2011. The changes were made to better meet the needs of the public and are the result of extensive research and rider input. The changes feature improved trunk or main routes, new neighborhood routes, and improved commuter routes. Not every route has changed nor has the base fare. In addition to the route changes, CDTA has also increased the frequency of some of the routes, and added later night service and Sunday service. All of these changes are sure to make for a better public transportation experience that allows you to connect better.

 More information about the changes can be found at or You can even plan out your trip using CDTA's online trip planner. If you are new to the bus system, CDTA offers a service where you can meet one on one with a travel trainer who will show you the ropes. You can schedule your one on one session by calling 453-8377 x 222.