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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 party.

+Capital City Gastropub has half price burgers every Wednesday from 5p.m. to 10p.m. and $3 select microrews.

+The Wine Bar and Bistro on Lark has three cozy fireplaces and specials like sunchoke ravioli; pine nut milk, citrus, fines herbes 9

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

+This year's Wine & Dine Festival for the Arts begins on Thursday January 17th and New World Bistro Bar is thrilled to have two of our chefs participating! Zach Welton, our Chef de Cuisine, will be featured as a Rising Star Chef on Friday night and our Executive Chef, Ric Orlando will be cooking Saturday for the Grand Tasting as well as for the Grand Gala Reception. Tickets are still available. Enjoy a great event that benefits local art organizations in the Capital Region!

+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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