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UPDATE: Here's a chance to eat Mona Golub's latkes

Price Chopper's Mona Golub knows a little something about latkes.

She's got thousands of them ready to go and, on Friday, she'll fry the potato pancakes for Congregation Gates of Heaven's annual community Hanukkah dinner and menorah lighting.

A full course chicken dinner will be served with Mona’s homemade latkes.

The rundown:

-- 2-5 p.m., latke preparation

-- 6 p.m., dinner and a program

Congregation Gates of Heaven is located at 852 Ashmore Ave., Schenectady.

Meet Chef Rua at Price Chopper

Jim Rua, founding owner and chef at Cafe Capriccio in Albany, will greet the public and sign copies of his new book at three appearances at Capital Region Price Choppers.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13, he’ll at the Shoppers World Price Chopper at Route 146 and Plank Road in Clifton Park

During the same hours on Friday, Dec. 14, he’ll be at the Loudon Center Price Chopper at 873 New Loudon Road in Colonie.

And from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, find him at the Bethlehem Price Chopper at 1395 New Scotland Ave., Slingerlands.

Rua’s new book is “Cafe Capriccio’s Chef’s Table,” consisting of original recipes, cooking techniques, family recollections and memorable characters.

Wine tasting to aid homeless pets

Casa di Vino in Rotterdam and the 19th Hole Cafe at Briar Creek Golf Course will host a wine tasting and raffle to benefit local homeless animals at the Animal Protective Foundation (APF) in Glenville.

The event is set for 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at the 19th Hole Cafe at the Briar Creek Golf Course, located at 2347 Pangburn Road in Princetown.

Diverse wines will be paired with gourmet appetizers. Also featured will be an enticing assortment of gift certificates and baskets available for raffle. Tickets are $10 at the door; no reservations are necessary. All proceeds will benefit the Animal Protective Foundation.

The APF, a nonprofit humane society serving Schenectady County and the greater Capital Region, provides care for homeless animals, low-cost spay/neuter, humane education and placement of homeless pets in permanent, loving homes.

16th annual Bartenders’ Ball

Domestic violence and rape crisis services of Saratoga County will benefit from the 16th annual Bartenders’ Ball, which is scheduled for Feb. 9.

The ball will be at the Saratoga City Center and will feature dinner, dancing, and gambling tables throughout the evening. Tickets to the event are $60 per person and are available by calling 518-583-0280. Tables of 10 are encouraged and dancefloor-side tables are available for $650.

The Bartender’s Ball honors those individuals who make the restaurant service industry happen.

In January, everyone is invited to patronize local restaurants and bars and vote for Saratoga County’s Most Valuable Bartender! See the Bartenders’ Ball Facebook page for a list of participating establishments. You’ll find it here.

The ball has generated over $375,000 for local charities over the past 15 years. Each year a local charity is selected to be the benefactor of the event; in 2013 the recipient of the Ball’s proceeds will be Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services of Saratoga County (DVRC). Funds are to be invested in ‘brick and mortar’ projects. The 2013 ball proceeds will pay for a security system to the shelter to make it safer for those fleeing abuse.

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