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Fred is enjoying the weekend already, and hopes you do too. So do we.

... long hot days, short summer storms, yummy fried pickles and carnivals! Just a few of the things we're thankful for in summer.

We're always thankful for the folks listed below -- AOA advertisers. Please, please, please stop in and see them --and let them know AOA sent you.

If you've got a product or service you think would appeal to the crowd, here's what to do.

Stuff to see
+17 Chapel just started construction on their luxury condos, but you can check out their "model" in the on-site Sales Center on site in downtown Albany. Here's a look:

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Stuff to do

+ Former Yankee Bucky Dent is the guest of honor at this summer's Sunmark Federal Credit Union Golf Classic on August 23rd. This year Sunmark is raising funds for Hannah's Hope Fund, which fightsGiant Axonal Neuropathy in kids.

+Save the Date - Sep. 12 - for the Dunkin' Run at the JCC. 5&10K
Register now at The Albany JCC.
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+Free Fridays and buy one get one Saturdays all summer long at The Albany Institute of History and Art! Also, their Summer Art Programs for families are well underway, like the one where kids created sets, wrote their own script, and constructed marionettes based on the art at the institute.
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+ Last chance this season to catch the New York City Ballet at The Saratoga Performing Arts Center! Get your tickets here.

+ "EMPAC is busy wrapping up the last few details on the Fall 2010 calendar of events, which looks to be a doozy. Currently in residence is the group Early Morning Opera (under the direction of Lars Jan), who are working on their piece (shown in the photo), which is set to premiere at Filament on October 1st-3rd. More information can be found on the EMPAC website.

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Food and Drink

+ The Wine Bar and Bistro on Lark is offering25% off of any bottle of Chardonnay, Rose, Pinot Noir, or Shiraz on Sunday and Monday, July 25th and 26th. Enjoy a bottle on the fabulous patio.

+ New World Bistro Bar is featuring beautiful, sustainable seafood this weekend. Cod, Shrimp and Wild Alaskan Salmon from Sea to Table , plus Special Entree: Orange and Olive Stuffed Sea Bream (a light white fish coming fresh from Local Ocean in NYC)

+ It's barbecue season --here's the exclusive AOA coupon to pick some up Bilinski's chicken sausage at Price Chopper.

+ Honest Weight Food Co-op is a great place to get what you need to start your garden... and pick up some healthy, delicious snacks to enjoy in it.

+ Drop in at The coffee house at The Midtown Tap and Tea Room for dinner, drinks, or for the new Midtown Coffee House during the day. And check out the new patio!

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Daily Grind Café 4th Annul Coffee Shop Ride Report (July 17, 2010)

Facts –
- Ride Time – 2:19
- Avg – 9.4
- Miles – 21.8
- Max Speed – 19.3
- Riders (numbered with their positions in the photo)
o Chris
o Chris the Younger
o Jesse
o Ken
o Lorenz
o Louis
o Mary Lou
o Toni

Back-story – Eight riders poured into the Albany Daily Grind Café around 10-10:30 and then we were off down Washington, State, and Pine to the pedestrian bridge. Regrettably, Toni suffered a bent rim and, despite Chris’s expert technical prowess, she and Ken had to abandon the ride. The remaining six zipped north on the newly-repaved and widened (thanks Albany!) Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail to Watervliet for a photo op. Along the way, we all noted Chris’s 360-degree power strokes using his new clip-less pedals and, of course, drooled over May Lou’s sparkling new Serotta (made by her son, Patrick).

After crossing the Green Island Bridge, we ran into Troy’s “Pig Out” and the world-renowned Troy Famers’ Market – temporarily arrayed along River St. Louis and Jesse left the ride to join up with friends at the Pig Out (whatever that is) and the remaining four enjoyed a welcome break at the Daily Grind.

After a stop at the Framers’ Market for a container of milk (?) and a chat with the Troy Bike Rescue folk, we headed back to Albany wrapping up with a “invigorating” climb up the bike lanes on Clinton Ave.

Kudos – We are grateful to Lee and Rick of the Daily Grind Café for sponsoring our ride with a complementary beverage at both shops and to the gracious hostesses at our lunch stop in Troy. We also noted that the Daily Grind Café arranged with the City for installation of the only one of two bicycle racks on Lark St – years before the city wide installations began last month.

Next Rides –

Fri – 8/6 Albany 1st Friday ride. Assemble at Albany Soldiers and Sailors Memorial, Washington Pk. 6:00 PM
Sun – 8/15 Historic Mansions Ride Tour historic sites. Depart Soldiers and Sailors Memorial 10:30; Quackenbush Square 11:00. End approx. 2 PM

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