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The upside of rain...

Rain. And Clouds. And hail. Oh, and more rain.

But hey, it makes things grow. Much like the AOA advertisers below. They're more than a little awesome and on top of that, they made your AOA fix possible this week.

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Stuff to do
Saturday night don't miss the Albany All Stars double header at the Washington Avenue Armory. $12, $4 for kids under 12. Doors at 5, first whistle at 6

Helpful stuff

+ Sunmark Federal Credit Union is giving $1,500 to help fund a good idea -- . Vote for your favorite here.

+ Best Cleaners gave two people a great new look this week in the AOA/Best refresh contest. To help you refresh your wardrobe, they'll pick up and deliver your dry cleaning to your home or office at no extra charge.

+ Need a lawyer? DiFabio Law Firm is friendly, helpful and will get the job done. They handle real estate, wills, elder law, vehicle and traffic law and more.

Food and Drink

+Patio season is on at The Wine Bar and Bistro on Lark. Enjoy a fabulous meal and a bottle of wine al fresco.

+Get a fabulous three course meal for $20.09 throughout the month of May at Taste, in honor of their second anniversary. Each week the meal changes.

+Stop in at The Point for dinner on the patio or in the "Don Draper Room."

+Celebrate Spring at New World Bistro Bar at New World Bistro Bar with dinner specials featuring the season's freshest, local ingredients. And don't forget to check out Brunch on Sunday 11 am - 3 pm.

+ It's barbecue season! Be sure and pick up some Bilinski's chicken sausage for the grill.

+ Try The Farmer and the Duck at The Wine-N-Diner. AOA helped name it.

+ Stop by and pick up some seasonal deliciousness at Honest Weight Food Co-op.

Stuff to Try

+ Jack Casey's book, The Trial of Bat Shea -- the story of a notorious 19th century murder trial in Troy -- has gone digital. Download a copy at Amazon.

+ Get $250 off your 2011 website design and development from Brayton Graphics when you mention you came from AOA!

+ Get a FREE MONTH of Wink High Speed Internet Service from Tech Valley Communications. Enter this code when you sign up for service at: www.winkinternet.com: w1n87k06

Stuff to live in

+ Construction is moving along on the downtown condos at 17 Chapel. Check out their "model" in the on-site sales center in downtown Albany.

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