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Here's what's happening Monday in and around Saratoga

Saratoga Summer

Here's what's happening Monday in and around Saratoga

Happenings on and off the track

-- Today’s stakes race at Saratoga Race Course is the 23rd running of the HRTV Honorable Miss Handicap. In 1975, at the ripe age of 5, Honorable Miss won the Toboggan Handicap, the Vagrancy Handicap, the Gravesend Handicap and the Fall Highweight Handicap. Post time is 1 p.m.

-- Although race course admission is free for kids under 12 with the paid admission of an accompanying adult, parents know “cost-free” isn’t enough of a selling point to entice children out of their comfort zone. Enter Family Mondays. From 12 to 4 p.m., the Saratoga Pavilion provides face painting, arts and crafts, mascot appearances and bounce inflatables. And a Days Gone By exhibit will feature some of the paraphernalia kids played with in the 19th century. This event is free.

-- Tonight in Albany, Dana Park’s free summer concert series gives stage to the Ramblin Jug Stompers. Four band members play the banjo, guitar, kazoo, mandolin, dobro, jug, washboard and harmonica at various times. If your inner modernist is shaking its head, keep in mind the Stompers’ funky string music has landed shows at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art and the Albany Tulip Festival in the past. Dana Park is at the intersection of Delaware and Madison avenues in Albany. This free concert begins at 7 p.m.

-- Remember that time when you were shopping online and your 30-percent-off coupon code stayed valid even when you applied free shipping and 15-percent-off codes? Stacking discounts is thrilling every time. On Mondays, a 5 for $5 wine-tasting deal stacks on top of a buy one, get one free deal at The Saratoga Winery on Route 29 just west of Saratoga. You can choose from 16 handcrafted wines. The winery also offers a cheese-and-cracker board for two for $11. It’s open today from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

-- You know a teacher means business when their class has a dress code. At tonight’s Master Class with the Bolshoi Ballet, you must wear a black leotard, pink tights and pink shoes and your hair must be twisted in a neat bun. Alexander Vetrov, former leading soloist for the Bolshoi Ballet, will teach the class. Only intermediate and advanced classical ballet dancers above the age of 14 may attend. The class precedes a four-day run of the Bolshoi Ballet’s “Don Quixote” at SPAC. Purchase $20 tickets online in advance to reserve your spot. The class will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the SOA Swyer Studios of the National Museum of Dance at 99 South Broadway in Saratoga Springs.

-- It’s Day 3 of the Schoharie County Sunshine Fair. Highlights include harness racing and a demolition derby, which will begin raising dust in the grandstand at 11 a.m., two performances of the Ultimate Johnny Cash Tribute Show at 3 and 8 p.m. in the Party Tent Theater and square dancing on horseback at 7 p.m. in the Bruce L. Cater Show Ring. You can find the fairgrounds on Sunshine Drive in Cobleskill.

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