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Happy St. Patrick's Day weekend!

This week was brought to you by driving with the sunroof open, going out without a coat and eating ice cream outside -- all before St. Patrick's Day! Yes, it's weird -- but the good kind of weird.

As for your AOA information fix for the week -- it was brought to you by the advertisers below. From banking to classes to food to things to do, they've got some fantastic services to offer, and their part of the AOA community, so check them out if you can. They're kind of awesome.

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Stuff to learn

The Arts Center of the Capital Region has classes in music, dance, theater, writing, art, and culinary arts. Get off the couch and check them out!

Endorphin Business Center will help teach you the tools to make your new idea or business a success.

Helpful stuff

+ Recenter Square is ready to help you jump start your new year's resolution right now. They've got personal trainers, classes and there's off street parking.

+ Sunmark Federal Credit Union is celebrating its 75th birthday! Check out their website to see how to put more money in your pocket.

+ Best Cleaners will pick up and deliver your dry cleaning to your home or office at no extra charge.

Food and Drink

+ New World Bistro Bar is celebrating its 3rd anniversary this week, with all sorts of celebrations and promotions. One lucky winner will get the Grand Prize - a five course tasting menu dinner for six with Chef Ric Orlando. The celebration will culminate with an "All-Time Favorites" Specials Menu, featuring past NWBB dishes, March 20th through March 25th. Also, NWBB will host a Schoharie Recovery Benefit on Monday, March 19th. New World will donate 10% of all food sales to Schoharie Recovery, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to helping flood victims devastated by September's Hurricane Irene and Hurricane Lee from 5-9:30pm. Reservations are suggested. 518-694-0520.

+ Our Daily Eats -- serving up fresh basil pesto, roasted nuts and seeds. They also have four granolas. Available at the Delmar Farmers Market, Schenectady Greenmarket and the Empire State Plaza Wednesday Farmers Market. Local retailers are listed on their website.

+ The Wine Bar and Bistro on Lark is now offering a five-course tasting menu with seatings at 6 and 9 pm Tuesday-Saturday. You'll need to make a reservation for those.

+ Capital Wine on State and Lark in Albany. They've got tastings every Friday night, so stop by on your way out to dinner. And they've got great tips on wine and food pairings.

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

+ There are lots of great seasonal flavors waiting for you at Honest Weight Food Coop.

Stuff to do

+ Live Nation presents the Dave Matthews Band at SPAC June 8 & 9. Tickets on sale now.

+ The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall presents the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis on March 19th. $22-$79

+ Black Pearl Sings is at Capital Rep.

+Proctors presents the Broadway touring company of Memphis April 17-22.

+ Albany Dodgeball is looking for players. Join them any Thursday nights at The Washington Avenue Armory.

Stuff to live in

17 Chapel Boutique Condominiums in downtown Albany still has a few condos available. You can check out their new model condo and see the furnished rooftop patio. A special tax discount from the City of Albany means that combined utility costs, homeowners fees and property taxes are as low as $250 per month.

Stuff to Try

+ 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: w1n87k0

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Comments

"This week was brought to you by driving with the sunroof open, going out without a coat and eating ice cream outside -- all before St. Patrick's Day!"

- My friends and I live for the days where you can cruise through the capital district with the heat on and the windows down. long live upstate

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