Events 01.31.19

Talk on preventing bad luck at Stephentown Historical Society

Learn why horseshoes were placed over doors, shoes placed in walls and broken ceramics placed under hearthstones in a talk by architectural historian Walter Wheeler on Sunday, February 3. The 2:00 p.m. meeting of the Stephentown Historical Society will be at the Stephentown Heritage Center, 4 Staples Road (corner of Garfield Road), Stephentown, New York.  The program is free and the building is handicapped accessible.  For directions, telephone (518) 733-0010.

Wheeler will talk about rituals and practices found in dwellings and public buildings in the Hudson Valley area from 1625 to the present.  His program entitled, “Magical Dwelling: Apotropaic Practices In the New World Dutch Cultural Hearth,” will explain how practices to ward off evil were brought to the region by early European immigrants and transformed over time.  Wheeler is Senior Architectural Historian at Hartgen Archeological Associates, Inc. in Rensselaer, New York.


People of the Plateau present talk and reading with L. Davis

Thursday, February 14, Sand Lake Town Hall, 7 PM.  Rensselaer Plateau Alliance “People of the Plateau” Lecture Series presents: Talk and Reading with Nassau Writer Lydia Davis. Lydia Davis has been publishing short stories utterly unlike anyone else’s for almost 40 years. Sometimes her stories are as brief as a single sentence or several paragraphs, dispensing with conventional narrative and character in favor of wit and insight.  Davis was awarded the Man Booker International Prize in 2013.  She received a MacArthur fellowship award in 2003. She is a Professor Emeritus at SUNY Albany, having retired in 2016 from its Creative Writing Department. $5 suggested donation.


Looking for a bargain?

The Church of the Redeemer Thrift Shop has earned an excellent reputation by offering quality merchandise at very reasonable prices. We’ll be open on Thursday, January 31st, from 3 to 6pm; and Saturday, February 2nd, from 9 to 2, weather permitting.

You’ll be amazed at the vast selection of clothing, jewelry, household goods, puzzles, games, Avon collectibles, wall décor, picture frames, Valentine’s Day gifts and decorations, prom dresses and so many one-of-a-kind items!  Ask to see our handicapped equipment.

The shop is located at 1249 Third Street in Rensselaer on CDTA bus route #214.   Enter through the parking lot on the Catherine Street side and be pleasantly surprised.


Repair Café

What do you do with a broken lamp? Or a sweater with a hole? Toss it? No way! The Village of Castleton-on-Hudson is hosting its next Repair Café at the Village Hall, 85 South Main Street, on Saturday, February 9, from 11 AM to 3 PM. People visiting the Repair Café bring along their broken but beloved items. Volunteers try their best to make repairs, and it’s free of charge!

Do you like to fix things and want to volunteer?

Contact us via email at or stop by Repair Café.

For more information about global Repair Café, visit


Texas Hold’em Poker Tourn. Fundraiser

West Sand Lake Vol. Fire Department Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament will be held on February 2, 2019 at 1:00 pm. (Doors open at 12 noon.)

$25. FD Entry Donation. $50. Buy-in goes to prize pool.

$20. Additional add-on available. 50/50 raffle avail.

West Sand Lake Vol. Fire Dept. Hall, 3695 NY Rt. 43. For more info., call Dennis at 518.283.2252 or Fire Hall day of event at 518.674-3677.

Free refreshments and lunch will be served. All walk-ins welcome. Bring your family and friends; and hope to see you at the Final Winners Table!!

Future Poker Tournament Dates: March 2, April 6, May 4, June 1, 2019.



Mount to host Educator Recruitment Day, school districts invited to attend

NEWBURGH, N.Y. – January 2019 – Mount Saint Mary College, in partnership with the Newburgh Enlarged City School District, invites school districts from Long Island through Albany to participate in the inaugural Educator Recruitment Day on Saturday, March 23, 2019, at Mount Saint Mary College.

The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Mount campus, 330 Powell Ave., Newburgh N.Y. Registration is limited to the first 70 school districts that apply.

To register, visit

This is an opportunity to hire dedicated, highly-qualified teachers and professional staff for the 2019-2020 academic year. The morning format allows school administrators to speak with candidates and to schedule 1:1 or small group interviews to take place in the afternoon. Therefore, it is advisable that several recruiters from each district attend.

Candidates from Long Island, New York City, and north to the Albany area are invited to attend. This is a great opportunity to meet with candidates from a variety of education programs.


Memory Mixers music and a meal

MEMORY MIXERS- a welcoming environment for individuals with memory changes and their care partners to spend time together and meet others. Hosted by Eddy Alzheimer’s Services & Eddy Daybreak.

*Music and a Meal*

Thursday, February 14, 2019

1:00-2:30 pm

East Greenbush Library

10 Community Way

East Greenbush NY 12061

Supported by Rensselaer County NY Connects


20th Anniversary Village of East Nassau Celebration

Please join us for a community celebration in honor of the Village of East Nassau.  Settled in the mid 1760’s and officially incorporated as a village 20 years ago.  Residents of the area grew concerned over preserving the rural character of East Nassau, so they formed a village government.  Whether you want to celebrate the village or just get out for a good time, please join Assemblyman Jake Ashby and several other elected officials. Saturday, February 16, 2019, Hoags Corners Firehouse, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Catering by Jack Kelly’s Tavern by the Green, music, and speakers.  BYO if you want to enjoy a beverage.  Cost $10.00.  Please rsvp to rsvp@villageofeastnassau or call 518-766-5811. Please mail check payable to the Village of East Nassau, P.O. Box 268, East Nassau, NY 12062.


Capital Dist. Genealogical Soc. Monthly Meeting

The Capital District Genealogical Society invites you to our monthly meeting at the William K. Sanford town library (Colonie), 629 Albany-Shaker Road, Loudonville on

Saturday, February 23, 2019.

Michael Maloney, Librarian at Schenectady Historical Society, will present: Preserving Your Family Photographs and Documents.

Do you have old family photographs, letters, diaries, or other precious items that you would like to preserve? This presentation will discuss how to properly preserve your family’s important documents and photos. It will also provide tips on how to store, display, label, and handle these materials. Preserving these materials will assist family members, now or in the future, to retrace and reconstruct your family history.

Mike Maloney is the librarian and archivist at the Schenectady County Historical Society in Schenectady, NY, where he enjoys assisting researchers, researching and writing blog posts for the library’s blog, organizing and preserving the library’s collections, and planning programs to promote Schenectady’s rich history.

1:00 starting with speaker.

Computer resources group meets 2:30 pm.

The meeting is free and open to the public.



Paint ‘N Sip at Hope Lutheran

On Saturday, February 9th, there will be a Paint ‘n Sip event beginning at 7pm at Hope Lutheran Church, 470 Winter Street Extension (Former St. Timothy’s), North Greenbush.

Amy DeWeerd, local author and children’s book illustrator will conduct the evening’s activities. The program is free, and all supplies will be provided. Ms. DeWeerd has written and illustrated two children’s books, “How a Mother Loves,” and “Scooter & Sophie”, both books featured animals from Kinderhook Farms in Columbia County. Light refreshments will be served. Seating is limited, register early by calling (518) 283-1372 and leave a message with your name and the number attending.


4-H Tractor Safety Program (Hosta) April 22-24, 2019

OPEN TO YOUTH 14 YEARS AND OLDER as of April 22nd.

Do you want to learn essential safety skills, gain hands on experience with a variety of agriculture equipment (such as tractors, skid steers, and ATVs), and earn your HOSTA safety certification? Then the 4-H Tractor Safety Program is just for you! Rensselaer County 4-H would like to welcome all area youth 4-H and non, 14 years old and older to participate in the 2019 Capital District 4-H HOSTA/Tractor Safety Program. This program is a great opportunity for youth who currently work on farms or around machinery, those who will be seeking employment on a farm, or anyone who would just like to learn more about farm and machinery safety. The classes will be held at various Agribusinesses in the Capital District. You must call the CCE office to pre-register at 518-272-4210. Cost of the program is $35 and will be due on the first day of class. There is also a mandatory orientation on March 26th at our office (61 State Street Troy, NY 12180) from 6:30-7:30.


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