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The Skinny: Here are some cool, fun things to do this week

Dustin Hoffman in "Tootsie"

Dewey Mountain ski swap — If you want to enjoy the winter, but don’t want to strain your wallet, check out the Dewey Mountain cross-country ski and snowshoe swap. You can get a pair of boots and skis or a set of snowshoes without spending your whole week’s paycheck. The swap is at the Dewey Mountain Recreation Center on state Route 30 in Saranac Lake, and it runs from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. If you’re looking to drop gear off for the swap, you can submit it at the mountain Friday night from 5 to 7 p.m.

Free classic film? We’re in — Dustin Hoffman in drag managed to reach No. 69 on the American Film Institute’s list of the greatest American films of all time, and you can see this classic for free. “Tootsie” will screen in the Cantwell Room at the Saranac Lake Free Library Thursday, Nov. 26 at 5:30 p.m.

Show off your chops at open mic at the Nail — Take to the stage and perform with friends at the open mic night at the Rusty Nail in Saranac Lake, the only weekly open mic in the village. The music is varied, the drinks are cheap and the people are welcoming. Stick around long enough and you’ll get the chance to hear bartender Kathy Shay play her ukulele.The Rusty Nail’s open mic night is every Tuesday at 9 p.m. It starts right after Bitters and Bones holds bar trivia, so you can do both in the same night.

Gift of reading — Reading aloud to young children is a great way to expand their creativity, increase their vocabularies and prepare their writing skills for school. Even as a 25-year-old, I still love it when people read aloud, especially when they do voices for each character. Luckily, the Tri-Lakes offers two weekly story times for young children. So bring your kid to either the children’s storytime in the Cantwell Room at the Saranac Lake Free Library every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. or the preschool and infant story hour at the Lake Placid Public Library every Friday at 10:15 a.m.

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