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This week was brought to you by moon rocks, curling, christmas cards, the airing of the grievances and all matter of holiday frivolity.

It also came to you courtesy of the great folks who advertise on AOA --like Bilinski's healthy chicken sausages and champagne hams. Champagne hams are marinated in Glenora sparkling wine from the New York State fingerlakes region and a blend of brown sugar and spices.They're infused with champagne flavor - but the alcohol is cooked out. They're festive and fun and they're available throughout the holiday season at Price Chopper and Hannaford stores.

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Stuff to do

The Mop and Bucket Improv Company -- where making stuff up isn't lying, it's a gift for fiction. You can catch them every Friday at 8pm Underground at Proctors, and soon they'll be performing every Saturday at The Comedy Works. Now playing: Spontaneous Broadway. Shows are based on audience suggestions, so every week there's something fresh and fun.

+The Breathing Room yoga space, classes in yoga, dance, pilates and more 399 Kenwood Ave Delmar.

+Troy Savings Bank Music Hall presenting virtuoso puppeteer Michael Cooper on January 26th.

+ The Hellions of Troy Roller Derby.

+ The Albany All Stars start their new roller derby season on January 19th.

Food and Drink

+Capital Wine and Spirits is stocked up on wine and spirits for your holiday party. Wine tastings every Friday.

+Classe Catering can cater your holiday party. You can find their holiday catering specials here.

+Capital City Gastropub weekend specials include: Sweet Tree Farms house-smoked, pulled chicken; Berlin's Best rainbow chard tossed with buttermilk and horseradish, compressed sweet potatoes, Baby bok choy, grits, black sesame seeds and lingonberries ($12), Kilycoyne Farms beef bolognese, gnocchi, grana padano, bone marrow and herbs ($14)

+ The fall menu at The Wine Bar and Bistro on Lark includes yumminess like grilled short ribs au poivre with balsamic and mushroom confit and mussels in lobster broth with white wine and applewood bacon. Nom.

+ The Schenectady Greenmarket has moved indoors to Proctors for the winter season. Sundays from 10am to 2pm.

+New Year's Eve is fast approaching -time to make your plans- come celebrate with us at New World Bistro Bar We're offering up a fabulous four course Prix Fixe Menu this year to help you ring in 2013. Menu preview and details on newworldbistrobar.com and our facebook page! Reservations strongly suggested, call 518.694.0520.

+The folks at City Beer Hall are now doing Saturday and Sunday brunch starting at 11AM.

+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.

+ Honest Weight Food Coop has all the best flavors of the season.

Helpful stuff

+Start planning your healthy resolutions for the new year with an affordable personal trainer from Healthy Concepts for Life.

+Capital District Physicians Health Plan, offering Cafe Well, a social network to help you get well and stay well.

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

Stuff to Try

The College of Saint Rose -- offering 52 graduate degrees to help you find a career.

+Albany Public Library's mobile app --find locations and hours, check your library card account, learn about upcoming events, download eBooks, audiobooks, music and more. Check ISBN barcodes on books, DVDs and CDs to see if the library owns what you're looking for.

+The Weekend MBA program at UAlbany. Get your MBA in 22 months, while you work.

The Arts Center for the Capital Region offers classes in everything from painting and sculpture to dance and music to cooking. Learn something new in the new year.

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