Around Troy 03.21.19

First of its kind “Meditations for Geeks” album

Troy local Alyssa Yeager has brought twenty years of music therapy and performing experience together to make meditation more accessible to pop culture fans. Her new album recognizes that personal preference plays a huge role in how each individual can best relax, focus, and practice mindfulness.

“If you’re someone who doesn’t like concentrating on your breath or listening to ocean waves, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy meditating. This album engages people who want to be more mindful but are uninspired by traditional approaches.” – Alyssa Yeager, owner of Rhiannon’s Lark.

Ms. Yeager’s success using guided meditations with music therapy clients motivated her to bring this practice to a new audience. In 2017, while offering performances at GenCon, the largest tabletop and gaming convention in North America, (over 60,000 attendees), Alyssa test-drove a new workshop of geeky meditations. The workshop was so well received she decided to expand her musical brand and move forward with a full-length meditation album.

“Meditations for Geeks” features common meditation themes such as stress release and universal connection – explored through unique, pop-culture infused storylines. Guided tracks take you on a journey with Hobbits, questing for a missing crystal shard, discovering the power of the Force, and more. Stream for free at or find them on your favorite music download service.


Tools for Caregivers Event

The Rensselaer County Dept for Aging is sponsoring a Tools for Caregivers event, which will provide caregivers with useful resources they can use when a Senior relies on them.   The event will be held at Hudson Valley Community College on Saturday, April 6th, 2019 at 8:30am-1:00pm.  This is a FREE event!  Please pre-register by calling Angela at 518-279-5502 or by emailing


Civilian Preparedness Expert David Diemer to Speak at HVCC

David Diemer, a former Army Ranger with more than 20 years of experience in close protection and guard services, will present Watch Your Back, Look Ahead: Preparedness in an Age of Uncertainty on Monday, April 1st, at Hudson Valley Community College. The free presentation will run from noon to 1 p.m. in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium on the Troy campus and is open to the public.

Failing to prepare is preparing to fail, according to Diemer, who teaches strategies for civilian preparedness as CEO of R.E.A.C.H. 29, a full-service security business specializing in executive protection and site security that employs a network of security professionals throughout the world. Diemer’s experience is drawn from his military service and work with elite U.S. defense contractors. As a member of B Company 3/75 Ranger Regiment, he served in Somalia conducting high-threat missions, most notably the Oct. 3, 1993 mission chronicled in the movie “Black Hawk Down,” for which he was awarded a Bronze Star. Time will be allotted for questions from the audience.

No tickets or reservations are needed to attend this free event. The full, spring 2019 Cultural Events Calendar is available at Please call 518-629-8071 or email for more information.


Gilead’s Body & Soul Pantry

March Pantry Hours, 3-6 PM.

One very important point before you continue reading this article. Our building is not currently handicapped accessible. We are awaiting the parts that will have our elevator up and running again.

I am not sure how you feel about this past winter, but I for one am more than ready for warmer weather and enjoy the smells of spring and summer. We just celebrated St Patrick’s Day, and Easter is just around the corner. What better way to honor these days than to have a nice Ham Dinner? Let’s add scalloped potatoes, mixed vegetables, tossed salad and a roll. I’m drooling just writing this article. What about you? Have we sparked your interest enough to spot a spot for you on March 28th?

Gilead is located at the intersection of Route 7 & 278 in Center Brunswick.

Contact 518-279-9270,


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