Events 02.06.20

Beatles Concert Cabaret, Burnt Hills Oratorio Society

CAPITAL DISTRICT – Treat yourself to a great all-in-one experience as the Burnt Hills Oratorio Society Chorus entertains you with the iconic songs of the Beatles. Set in the elegant Vista Ballroom at the Van Patten Golf Club in Clifton Park, 924 Main Street, Clifton Park, this grand affair begins with a delectable Chef’s Buffet and cash bar, followed by a choral cabaret featuring solo voices from the BHOS family. Tickets sold only in advance. Due to popular demand, BHOS is now offering three performances, Fri. Feb. 28, 2020 and Sat. Feb. 29, 2020 at 5:00pm, and Sun. March 1, 2020 at 1:00pm. This event has never failed to sell out, so buy your tickets early. Seating is limited and the last day to purchase tickets is Monday Feb. 24. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit the Society’s website at or call 518-416-4060.

Albany-Tula Alliance seeks entries for Annual Essay Contest

CAPITAL DISTRICT – The Albany-Tula Alliance is seeking Capital Region students from high school to first-year college to research and write an essay expanding on what young adults, specifically in Russia and the U.S., are doing to help mitigate climate change.

Essays must contain at least 1500 words and include a bibliography. The deadline for registration and essay submission is March 1, 2020. The writer of the winning essay will win $1,000; second prize is $500, and third prize is $250.

For the past quarter-century, the Albany-Tula Alliance has been a cooperative sister city initiative between New York’s Capital Region and the Tula Region in Russia. Through the years there have been many cultural, educational, scientific and business exchanges between the two. Even though government relations remain strained the friends of the Alliance continue to work together as citizen diplomats.

For complete rules and detailed information on the Albany-Tula Alliance Essay Contest visit

Trout Unlimited Clearwater Chapter Banquet

CAPITAL DISTRICT – Banquet Chair Scott Parker announced that The Century House, Latham, NY, will be the site of the Clearwater Chapter’s 48th annual Conservation Banquet on Saturday, March 7, 2020.

The Trout Unlimited Conservation Banquet is open to everyone. Tickets for the Conservation Banquet are on sale now on the Clearwater Chapter’s website . Reservations can be made up to March 1st by contacting TU members Chris and Erika Cook, 565 Grand Ave., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, or emailing Chris at

Dinner, cash bar, hors d’oeuvres and award recognition are planned for the Conservation Banquet, along with a live auction, silent auction, bucket raffles, card raffles and door prizes. A Grand Prize Drawing of a 12 ft. Kevlar Hybrid Canoe by Hornbeck Boats will be drawn at the Conservation Banquet. All proceeds from this event benefit local “on the ground” conservation projects that support coldwater fisheries resources.

TU is actively seeking donations of goods and services, as well as fishing gear and fly tying materials from their members and the public for their Conservation Banquet. If you are interested in donating, please contact Chair Scott Parker at 518-894-4661 or

Saratoga Automobile Museum NYIAS Bus Trip

CAPITAL DISTRICT – Please join us Monday, April 13 or Saturday, April 18 for our annual pilgrimage to the New York International Auto Show held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Trip includes: round trip motor coach transportation and admission to the New York International Auto Show. Depart Saratoga Automobile Museum promptly at 6:45 a.m. Depart New York City at 6:30 p.m. at 11th Avenue between 34th & 39th streets. There is plenty of time to explore the New York International Auto Show and enjoy some of the sights of New York City.

Purchase Early Bird tickets before March 1, 2020. Member Price: $75 Non-Member: $90. After March 1: Member Price: $85 Non-Member: $100. To purchase tickets or additional information contact Megan Hennessey at 518.401.5185 or

Center Brunswick United Methodist Church Announces Financial Scholarship for 2020

TROY – The Finance Committee of the Center Brunswick United Methodist Church has announced that it will award $500 to a student to be selected from the Tamarac High School Class of 2020. The money may be used for any type of expenses related to further education. Students do not have to belong to this Church, any other church or religion to be eligible for this award.

Interested students must apply for this award no later than March 1, 2020. The application can be obtained from the school’s guidance department or from our website at (

This award is given in memory of Harold and Mabel Keyes through a trust funded by their last will and testament. Mabel taught in the Brunswick schools and continued teaching Sunday School at Center Brunswick UMC for many years after she retired. Through this award, her love of helping young people learn and grow will continue to reach the youth of our community.

The Center Brunswick Methodist Church is located at the intersection of Routes 7 and 142 in Troy.

Brunswick (Brittonkill) Central School District 2020-2021 Kindergarten Registration

BRUNSWICK – The Brunswick (Brittonkill) Central School District is currently updating census information for those children residing in the district who will be eligible for Kindergarten for the 2020 – 2021 school year. Your child must be 5 years of age on or before December 1, 2020 to be enrolled.

If you have a child who will be entering Kindergarten at Tamarac Elementary School in September 2020, you may complete a form online at

On this website click on “Register a Student” under the Quick Links at the right top of the webpage. Complete the Kindergarten Registration Survey Form.

We will be holding a Kindergarten Information Night at Tamarac Elementary School in March. Notices will be mailed to everyone in the census.

Please share this information with anyone to whom you feel it may apply.

HVCC’s Teaching Gallery Presents Landscape Exhibition

TROY – The Teaching Gallery at Hudson Valley Community College announces The Production of Place, a two-person exhibition featuring landscapes by Leah Beeferman and Jen Hitchings that was organized by Thomas Lail, a professor in the college’s Fine Arts Department, on view Feb. 6 through March 7.

Lail will moderate a conversation with the artists from 3 to 4 p.m. on Feb. 6 in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium, followed by an opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. in The Teaching Gallery, located in the Administration Building on the Troy campus. All events are free and open to the public.

Leah Beeferman is a New York City-based artist, using digital image-making, photography, text, sound and video to explore relationships between observation and abstraction, natural and digital, physical and experiential. A Brooklyn-based artist and curator, Jen Hitchings received a Queens Council on the Arts’ New Works Grant in 2018. She’s had solo exhibitions at MEN Gallery in New York City, and PROTO in Hoboken, NJ.

Exhibitions in The Teaching Gallery are installed and assisted by students enrolled in Gallery Management courses and supported by the Department of Fine Arts, Theatre Arts and Digital Media, the Cultural Affairs Program and the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation. Associate Professor Tara Fracalossi is gallery director. Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 1 to 7 p.m. Wednesday; noon to 4 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday, Feb. 26. Directions and more information:

Volunteer Fire Company of Center Brunswick Bus Trip 

CENTER BRUNSWICK –  The Volunteer Fire Company of Center Brunswick, Inc. is sponsoring a bus trip to the Tanger Outlets and Foxwoods Casino. The bus will leave the firehouse at 1045 Hoosick Road on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. and will arrive at Foxwoods Resort and Casino. The bus will be departing Foxwoods at 8:00 p.m. returning to the firehouse at approximately 11:30 p.m. The cost of the trip is $40 per seat, which includes $15 Slot Play and a $10 Food Voucher or Free Buffet. There is something to do for everyone – Shop in the Tanger Outlets, play in the casino or take the shuttle to the Mashantucket Pequot Museum (additional cost but worth it). There are no refunds for cancellations. To make reservations or for more information, contact Jenn Simmons at (518) 858-7285 or email

NYSSA Sheriff’s’ Institute Summer Camp Applications Being Accepted

RENSSELAER COUNTY – The Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications for the New York State Sheriffs’ Institute Summer Camp.

The Summer Camp is for boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 12 who, because of economic reasons, would not have an opportunity to attend a summer camp or enjoy a summer vacation. Campers must be up-to-date on immunizations and have received a medical physical after May 1, 2019. This year’s camp session runs from Sunday, July 26 through Saturday, August 1, 2020.

Detailed information about the camp may be found on the New York State Sheriffs’ Institute website at

Applications may be obtained by contacting the Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Office at (518) 266-1903. Qualified campers will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Deadline for submission is March 30, 2020.

AARP/Taxaide Services

CAPITAL DISTRICT – The AARP TaxAide program will begin providing FREE tax preparation services for low and moderate income residents in Saratoga, Washington and Warren Counties.  The TaxAide program is sponsored by the AARP Foundation in cooperation with the IRS. TaxAide preparers are trained in federal and state tax regulations and are certified by the IRS.

FREE tax preparation services will be available from February 1 through April 15.  To find the location nearest you, go to or call 1-888-227-7669 for assistance. 

Get a Heads-Up on This Year’s Trout Season! Fly Fishing 101, A Fly Fishing Mini-Course

CAPITAL DISTRICT – Have you always wanted to learn to fly fish? Need a little tune-up? Here’s your chance with a fly fishing mini-course offered by Clearwater Trout Unlimited. The course will cover all the basics: equipment, knot tying, casting, presentation, and reading the water. we will have equipment available or bring your own.

Day one will be held at St. Joseph’s Parish Center: 45 Mac Arthur Drive, Scotia. An optional day two will be held on the water at one of our local streams or ponds. (probably Cobleskill Holding Pond)

Here’s your chance to catch your first fish on a fly.

Saturday, April 25, 2020 (classroom) and Sunday, April 26, 2020 (optional). Saturday 9:00am — 5:00pm (lunch provided); Sunday 12 noon. Cost: $15 members, $35 non-members (includes a 1 year tu membership). For more information or to register for the class contact: john morrette – home 518-393-6443 cell 518-275-9288 or Mike Walchko –  – home 518-234-4192 cell 518-231-3276.

The Kiwanis Club of Troy Chicken BBQ

TROY – The Kiwanis Club of Troy is having their annual Giffy’s Chicken BBQ Friday May 8th from 4-6PM at St. Michael’s Church, Next to HVCC, in Troy. You get a freshly cooked & hot full ½ Chicken Dinner with all the trimmings for only $12.00. Take out or Eat in. Call Dean at 518-322-0826 to reserve tickets for that day!! Treat yourself to a great meal, while helping the Kiwanis Club assist many needed kids projects in the Troy area!!

Capital District Genealogy Society Conference

CAPITAL DISTRICT – The Capital District Genealogical Society (CDGS) will hold a one-day Conference “Improving Your Skills: What Do You Need?” on May 30, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Desmond Hotel in Albany, NY, the Saturday after Memorial Day. Are you looking to take that first step into the genealogy world? Perhaps you are an avid genealogist who has published your own family history. Maybe you have been involved in the field for awhile and want to improve your skills. Have you received a genealogy DNA kit and want to understand what it means? Join us for an educational day of six sessions with nationally known speakers. Our Keynote is Judy Russell, The Legal Genealogist, JD, CG, CGL; with co-presenters Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNG, author of the textbooks Mastering Genealogical Proof and Mastering Genealogical Documentation; and Meryl Schumacker, CG.

Sessions include: “After The Courthouse Burns: Rekindling Family History through DNA,” and “Don’t Forget the Ladies: A Genealogist’s Guide to Women and the Law” presented by Judy Russell; “The Jones Jinx: Tracing Common Surnames” and “Out-of-State Workarounds for In-State Record Shortages” presented by Thomas Jones; and “Let’s Make Trying New Things in Genealogy Less Scary” and “Strategies for Urban Research” presented by Meryl Schumacker. Your registration includes lunch, morning and afternoon breaks with refreshments. Registration closes May 20, 2020. Visit for details and to register. Questions may be sent to

Brunswick Seniors (WAYS)

BRUNSWICK – Heads Up!! The Brunswick Seniors (WAYS) are traveling to Ocean City Md. 9/7 to 9/10/20. Double is $499pp, insurance is $25pp.Includes most meals, we’re on the boardwalk facing the ocean. Call Jean at 518-273-7906 for info and down payment.

The Kiwanis Club of Sand Lake Fundraising Drive 

SAND LAKE – The Kiwanis Club of Sand Lake is supporting a charity fundraising drive within the Averill Park Central School District to benefit the Capital Region’s Ronald Mc Donald House. The drive will run from now until October 31st with the goal to collect enough pull tabs from soda, beer, soups and pet food cans to fill a school bus! 

We ask that parents of our school children and other interested citizens join this effort by removing and collecting as many pull tabs as possible during the months ahead and taking them to the office of one of our three elementary schools, the Algonquin Middle School’s office or to the office at the Averill Park High School.

Please join us to help the Ronald McDonald House as it continues to offer a haven of comfort, love, hope and support – free of charge – for critically ill children and their families. Thank you.  

Books for Troops Looking for Deployed Addresses to Send it Books! 

CAPITAL DISTRICT – Books for Troops sends paperback books of most genre, puzzle books, DVDs and Books on Cd to the deployed all over the world and within the states. We are a registered not-for- profit organization with the NYS Dept of Charities. All names and addresses sent to us are confidential and not shared with others than our volunteers. We have now been in business for ten years and have sent more than 100,000 boxes of books.  We would like to remind anyone who has a family and friend currently deployed with at least 6 more months of deployment left can be sent, free of charge, any of the items listed above, at no cost to them. It is our way of giving back to the troops for all their sacrifices. If you know anyone deployed who would like to receive our care packages of books, etc. please send their complete name and mailing address to: or  if you prefer, you can send them our e-mail address and ask them to e-mail their requests to us and suggestions on what they would like. Make sure they send their complete mailing address including APO, AE or FPO AE.  Any questions, just e-mail me at the above. We would like to reach as many of our deployed with our gift of books and escape. Ellen Keegan, Director.

Disabled Veterans Who Want Books

CAPITAL DISTRICT – Books for Troops just recently received in e-mail from a disabled veteran who thanked us for the box of books we sent him, telling us that they were so appreciated because “It is difficult to get around to get books” himself. It would be our pleasure to send a box of books to any disabled veteran who is in the same situation. Just e-mail me your address and suggestions for the type of books you would like and a box will be on the way, free of charge. All names and addresses are confidential. Our e-mail is: It is our way of saying thank you for your sacrifices. Ellen Keegan

Church of the Redeemer Thrift Shop

RENSSELAER – The volunteers at the Church of the Redeemer Thrift Shop work hard to provide a clean and organized shopping experience. We offer quality merchandise at bargain prices including clothing for all ages and sizes, toys, baby gear, puzzles, household goods, collectibles, record albums, CDs and DVDs. The shop is located at 1249 Third Street in Rensselaer and on CDTA bus route #214 with the entrance through the parking lot on the Catherine Street side. You can find us on Craigslist too. The shop will be open on Thursday February 6th from 3 to 6 and Saturday February 8th from 9 to 2, weather permitting.

Artist Reception: One Woman Show of Portrait Photography 

DELMAR – Friday, February 7, 5pm-9pm. Admission: Free. Bethlehem Public Library, Board Room. 451 Delaware Ave, Delmar, NY 12054. Russian local artist Mila Kapustina. Pigment print portraits are composed in the style of traditional oil portraits.  Exhibition is open from February 2 to February 28 2020.  Admission: Free.   

Movie Night at Center Brunswick United Methodist Church

CENTER BRUNSWICK – Center Brunswick UMC Movie Night. Jubilation Station cordially invites you to join us for Movie night, Friday, February 7 at 6:30 pm. Our feature will be Jonah, presented by Sight and Sound Theater productions of Lancaster, PA. For those of you unfamiliar with Sight and Sound; they use pages from scripture and stage a spectacular surround theater production bringing the Bible to life on stage. This presentation was filmed before a live audience. Snack will be provided. All are welcome!

Castleton-on-Hudson Farmers & Artisans Market February Fest

CASTLETON-ON-HUDSON – The Castleton-on-Hudson Farmers & Artisans Market (COHFAM) will be held on Friday, February 7, 2020 from 4:30 to 7:30 PM at the Castleton Fire Department, 11 Green Avenue. Repair Cafe and many of the vendors are returning. Space is still available for new vendors, email or for an application or private message the COHFAM Facebook page for details. Come to COHFAM and shop local for Valentine’s Day!

Little Red School House Kindergarten Registration

NO. GREENBUSH – North Greenbush Common School District has opened phone registration for children attending kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year. In order for your child to attend kindergarten, they must be 5 years old on or before December 1, 2020. Parents of children eligible to attend kindergarten in September must call the District Office at (518) 283-6748 by February 7, 2020. A kindergarten orientation meeting for parents will be held in the spring.

Repair Cafe

CASTLETON-ON-HUDSON – What do you do with a broken lamp? Or a sweater with a hole? Toss it? No way! The next Repair Café in the Village of Castleton-on-Hudson will be Friday, February 7, 2020 from 4:30-7:30 PM during the Castleton-on-Hudson Farmers and Artisans Market February Fest at the Castleton Fire Department, 11 Green Avenue. 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! Services include electrical, sewing, and “jack-of-all-trades!” 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

Sand Lake Garden Club presents “Four Seasons Walk in the Park – Winter!” 

SAND LAKE – Sand Lake Garden Club presents “Four Seasons Walk in the Park – Winter!” Saturday February 8 at 11 AM Guided by Bob Sherwood, Certified Horticulturalist and Rens. Co Master Gardener at the Town of Sand Lake’s Butler Park, Gettle Road, Averill Park. Bring your snow shoes, skis, or boots as we travel the perimeter on the proposed Butler Park Park Path recognizing the clues of many kinds of winter ‘wild’ and botanical life in this lovely park being thoughtfully revitalized! All welcome!

Sand Lake Center for the Arts Presents a February Dinner Theater

SAND LAKE – SLCA invites you to attend the first Dinner Theater of 2020 on February 8th at 6:00pm! Come and enjoy three original one acts plays written by three local playwrights. All three plays focus on the wonders, trials and elation of what love is. Don’t miss out on all the fun and food. This event will feature a cash bar and will sell out quickly, so purchase your tickets now. The February Dinner Theater is perfect for date night or for the entire family. Tickets are $45. Call the box office at 518-674-2007 or visit us online at

Chocolate Friendzy Returns to Poestenkill Library

POESTENKILL – Help us celebrate Love Your Library Month with an afternoon of chocolate sampling. Join us at the Poestenkill Library on Saturday, February 8th from 1-3 pm. Admission is $5 per person or $15 for a family (3 – 6 people). Each admission entitles the individual to their choice of unlimited homemade chocolate treats and a complimentary beverage. A drawing for a large basket of chocolate goodies will occur at the end of the event. Tickets for this wonderful basket are 3 tickets for $5 and will be sold in advance of the event as well as during the tasting. See you there! Sponsored by the Friends of the Poestenkill Library.

Climate Reality Project Presentation

E. GREENBUSH –  On February 9th, the community is invited to First United Methodist Church of East Greenbush, 1 Gilligan Road, for a presentation by the Climate Reality Project. Starting at 10:45 am, Paul Fisk will describe the effects of climate change and what you can do to help create a better future for the planet. His presentation includes information about climate science, evidence of a changing climate and impacts currently felt both locally and globally. Mr. Fisk will discuss solutions that are already underway, including advancements in renewable energy and smart climate policy. The session will end at noon, following questions and answers.

February Capital District Chapter Columbiettes Meeting

ALBANY –  On Sunday, February 9th, 2020, the Capital District Chapter Columbiettes will hold their February meeting at the Albany Knights of Columbus Council, 375 Ontario Street, Albany. N.Y. 12208. (Albany AOH). Light refreshments at 1:00 pm, meeting at 1:30 pm. Chapter President Linda Cotch will preside. Directions from the from I- 787 to I-90 West to Exit 5 , Everett Road south to Central Avenue, East to Ontario Street to Albany AOH Building. From I- 87 to I- 90 East to Exit 5 Everett Road South to Central Avenue then East to Ontario Street AOH Building.

Slavery and Freedom in New Netherland

E. GREENBUSH – Join the Greenbush Historical Society on Sunday, February 9, 2 PM,when Sam Huntington will present a program focusing on slavery in the Dutch settlement of the New World in the 17th century. Our speaker is the Interpretive Programs Assistant at the Crailo State Historic Site. His lecture explores the origins of slavery in NY’s Hudson River Valley which grew out of the Dutch West India Company’s interconnected web of trade networks. Over time, the institution became an entrenched system as enslaved Africans and African Americans became vital to the Hudson Valley’s agricultural and commercial economic system. This presentation highlights both the early history of slavery as an institution in New Netherland and also focuses on the many ways the enslaved community tried to maintain their cultural identity and traditions in bondage. The program is free and everyone is invited. Because seating is limited, please register by calling the library at 518-477-7476.

Calendar for Everett Wagar Senior Center

GRAFTON – 2 Roxborough Rd, Grafton NY

Feb 10 – 9:00 Shopping Day (Sign up), 9:45 Chair Yoga, 12:00 Congregate Lunch (Veal Patty Marsala), 1:00 Cards and Games

Feb 11 – 9:30 Aerobic Swimming, 12:00 Congregate Lunch (Chicken Pattie Parm), 1:00 Cards and Games

Feb 12 – 9:45 Chair Yoga, 12:00 Special Luncheon (Sliced Ham Cold plate), 12:45 Music by Brian Zapel

Feb 13 – 9:30 Aerobic Swimming, 9:30 Quilt Group, 12:00 Congregate Lunch (Salisbury Steak), 1:00 Cards and Games

Feb 14 – 9:45 Chair Yoga, 11:00 Wear Red Day – Heart Health Fun Activities; 12:00 Congregate Lunch (Open Faced Turkey Sand), 12:30 Bennington Health and Rehab sponsors Special Bingo.

Wear Red Day at Senior Center – Sponsored Bingo

GRAFTON – Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Rd, Grafton, will hold a Wear Red Day on Friday, February 11th as February is National Heart Awareness Month. Heart Disease is the number one cause of death in both men and women in the US. Come and join us at 11:00 for some fun activities that will help you understand the function of the heart, fun food facts for enjoying a heart-healthy diet, what you can do to prevent heart disease, and early signs of a heart attack. At noon a congregate lunch will be served (Open Faced Turkey Sandwiches) with Special Bingo sponsored by Bennington Health and Rehab to follow. Call 518-279-3413 to be added to the list.

Half Moon Button Club 

DELMAR – The Half Moon Button Club will meet on Tuesday, February 11, 2020, at the Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Avenue, Delmar 12054.  The social time starts at 9:30 a.m. with the business meeting at 10:15 and the program at 11:15.   The program will be presented by Phyllis Dunn on Metal Pictorials. Refreshments will be provided.  For more information call Lisa at 518-469-7420 or Kirsti at 518-869-8125.  Everyone is welcome!

East Side Seniors

WYNANTSKILL – Our next meeting will be on Feb. 11th., at 1:00, at the American Legion Post, Main St.,Wynantskill. Team 2, will provide lunch, followed by Bingo or your game of choice.We have openings for the trip to Wildwood on June 7th. to June 12th.This is always a fun trip with lots of good food, and entertainment. Contact any of our members, or stop in at the meeting, for more info/ details.Membership Dues are now Due. Remember about snow cancelations for meetings and Bocce.

Society of American Magicians to Meet 

CAPITAL DISTRICT – Tuesday, February 11. All persons, 16 and older, interested in the various aspects of the hobby of magic are invited to attend a monthly meeting of The Society of American Magicians – Assembly #24.  We will be meeting promptly at 7:30 PM at: St. Luke’s on the Hill Church, 40 McBride Road, Mechanicville, NY.  For more detailed information visit our web site: 

Black Trojans: The Abolition Campaign of the Free Black Community in Troy, New York Before 1861

TROY –  On February 11th at 7pm at the Sand Lake Town Hall we will welcome Dr. Jennifer Thompson Burns who will talk about “Black Trojans: The Abolition Campaign of the Free Black Community in Troy, New York Before 1861.” Dr. Burns is a Professor at UAlbany and is their 2018-2019 recipient of the Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award, given to the best dissertation in any field in the College. [NOTE: From 1841-42, Sand Lake Baptist Church Elder Abel Brown was active in the abolitionist movement, as were others in Sand Lake at the time.] 

Interested in Bees, Beekeeping, Honey?

E. GREENBUSH – On Wednesday, February 12th at the East Greenbush Library from 7pm to 8:30 pm the Capital Area Beekeepers (CAB) will be hosting an open house to which we invite everyone with an interest in bees and beekeeping to come and learn more. You will have a chance to meet a wide range of beekeepers including representatives from the Columbia County Beekeepers and from the Southern Adirondack Beekeepers Association (SABA). BetterBee, one of our favorite product suppliers out of Grennwich, NY, will also be there with answers about equiptment and supplies. Learn about upcoming beekeeping classes and about a range of options for purchasing your own bees to start the new year. You might also be the winner of a locally raised nuc donated to CAB by Bee Hollow Farm in Schodack Landing. (Don’t know what a nuc is? Then you definitely need to attend this open house!)

So come, bring your friends, bring your beekeeping questions, enjoy some refreshments and learn more about our industrious little friends and all they do to support our local ecology and local economy. See you there!

Child Labor in the Cotton Mills

CAPITAL DISTRICT – Bernard Ouimet, President of La Fédération Franco-Américaine du NY, will give a presentation on “Child Labor in the Cotton Mills”. Mr. Ouimet, a native of Quebec, will speak about the conditions in the mills, the jobs performed by the children, pay scale , and the health problems resulting from such work. The presentation will be held on Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 7pm, Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library, 475 Moe Road, Clifton Park, NY. Sponsored by La Fédération Franco-Américaine du NY, is free and open to the public. Information by calling the library, 518-371-8622 or and Facebook.

February 2020 Events at The Rensselaer Senior Center

RENSSELAER – Open 9am to 3pm in Rensselaer on East and Herrick streets, Please Call 463-2166 For Reservations

Thursday February 13th W/The Gone Grey Band

Tuesday February 25th W/Winchester and Young

We need your help !

Members are needed to serve on the executive committee to have a successful club. We need members to attend a monthly meeting and head different committees for special programs many of our members have headed departments and businesses. Please consider helping the club! For more information see Gloria in the office.

Thank you to all our county representatives for hearing us and providing us with what we need. You Are Appreciated

The most important program is nutrition here at the center. It is very important that you dine here with us. So call us today to make your reservations for lunch. We look forward To seeing you at the center.

We are no longer collecting empty prescription Pill Bottles.

Sand Lake Seniors Club 2020

SAND LAKE – Sand Lake Seniors Club (SLS) meet on the second Thursday of each month at noon at the Church of the Covenent in Averill Park. If the Averill Park School closes in the winter due to weather there is no meeting. We have group restaurant luncheons and bus trips planned through the year. Our trip chairman, Bette Bieg, has planned two multi-day trips this year. The first is to Lancaster, PA to the Sight and Sound Theatre to see “Queen Esther” on June 2-4. The second is to Virginia Beach including Williamsburg VA on Sept 13-17. Bette has done amazing work planning these trips for us with full itineraries. You can contact her at 518-663-8292 if you are interested in participating in our travels. We are currently accepting new members and encourage the seniors of SL to join our group. Meet new friends or reconnect with some of your old ones. Come to our February 13 meeting and see!

Plateau People at Work: Gundrum Logging and Lumber

SAND LAKE  Thursday, February 13, 7 pm. Sand Lake Town Hall—Rensselaer Plateau Alliance’s Plateau People at Work Lecture Series presents Rynard Gundrum of Gundrum Logging and Lumber. For over 50 years, the Gundrum family has been committed to sustainable harvesting and responsible forestry of the woodlands of the Rensselaer Plateau and beyond. Gundrum Logging utilizes fully mechanized timber harvesting equipment and Gundrum Lumber operates a traditional circular sawmill to produce fine furniture grade hardwood lumber as well as quality softwood products for the building trades. Rynard Gundrum will talk about the history of the company, what the company does, how it operates, and some of the challenges facing the lumber business today.

Home Waters Chapter of Trout Unlimited Monthly Meeting 

GRAFTON –  Thursday, February 13, at 6:00 PM at the Grafton Lakes State Park Welcome Center, which is located at the end of the main parking lot. (If the main gates are closed, please enter via the Winter Entrance at the four corners in Grafton.) Light fare and refreshments will be served. All are encouraged and welcome to attend. Contact us at or 518-326-6201 for more information.

Literacy Volunteers Are Needed Now

RENSSELAER – Prospective volunteers are welcome to join Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County for a free information session on Thursday, February 13, from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at the Church of St Mary, 163 Columbia Turnpike, Room 4, Rensselaer, N.Y. 12144. To save a place, call 518 244-4650 or e-mail LVORC is looking for volunteer tutors to be paired with adult learners, math tutors, and events volunteers. As a volunteer you can develop new skills, make friends, and see how your efforts make a difference in your community

Troy Senior Center Upcoming Events

TROY – Troy Senior Center, 19 Third Street, Troy, New York 12180. LaVena Futia, Director 518-270-5348

If you are 60+ years old and are looking to make some new friends and do some fun stuff, we invite you to join our center! Call 518-270-5348

• Bingo: Wednesday & Friday Following Lunch!

• Line Dancing: Join Our Uncle Sam Sparklers!!! Looking For More Line Dancers to Join Our Class! It’s A Fun Way to Keep Active!

• Bowling: Mondays at12:30!

• Knitting and Crocheting: Tuesdays at 9:00!

• Senior Crafts and Games: Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 10:30

• Swimming: Wednesdays at 9:00 A.M. Lansingburgh Boys/Girls Club

• Pokeno: Thursdays at 12:45

• Chair Yoga Or Aerobics: Mondays at 9:30 Followed By Aerobics.

• Play: The Diary Of Anne Frank- Thursday, February 6th at10 A.M.

• Spa Day: Friday, February 7th

• Price Is Right: Come On Down! Wednesday, February 12th at11:00

• Valentine’s Day: Special Dinner- With Donny Elvis Performing

• Birthday Party: Celebrating January, February and March Birthdays. Thursday, February 20th, immediately following lunch.

• Shopping: Friday, February 28th, followed by lunch.

Please Call With Any Questions! We look forward to you joining us!

*Please visit our Boutique. It’s open Monday-Friday from 10-2p.m. Next to new clothing for men and women, jewelry and household items. We also accept donations of gently used items.

Multi-media Presentation with Karim Nagi at HVCC 

TROY – All are welcome to attend a multi-media presentation – Karim Nagi: Arab Arts vs. Stereotyping & Islamophobia – on Friday, Feb. 14 from 11 a.m. to noon in the Bulmer Telecommunications Auditorium on the Troy campus. The free event opens the college’s Cultural Affairs Program spring 2020 schedule of events.

Egyptian performing and teaching artist Karim Nagi’s multi-media presentation features Arab instruments (the tablah, riqq and buzuq) and rousing performances of “Baladi TukTuk” and “Oriental Magic Carpet” from “Detour Guide,” one of his many CDs. A self-described “culture bearer,” Nagi’s mission is to demonstrate how familiarity between cultural groups reduces racism, using his own career, research data, music and videos to dispel stereotypes. He has performed and taught at more than 300 schools and at major Arab culture festivals throughout the United States, Asia and Europe.

No advance reservations are needed to attend Arab Arts vs. Stereotyping.

Visit for a full schedule of spring 2020 cultural events.

Please call 518-629-8071 or email for more information.

Open Your Heart and Home to a Fresh Air Child

CAPITAL DISTRICT –  Make this Valentine’s Day extra special for your family by giving them the gift of friendship with a Fresh Air child! Fresh Air summers are filled with children running through the sprinklers in the grass, gazing at star-filled skies and swimming for the first time. This summer, join volunteer host families in the Albany area, and open your heart and home to a Fresh Air child. Each summer, thousands of children from New York City’s low-income communities visit suburban, rural and small town communities along the East Coast and Southern Canada through The Fresh Air Fund’s Friendly Towns Program.  

The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer experiences to more than 1.8 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877. First time Fresh Air children are boys and girls, from seven to 13 years old, who live in New York City. Children who are reinvited by host families may continue with The Fresh Air Fund through age 18 and can enjoy extended trips.

For more information about hosting a Fresh Air child this summer, please contact Tenniel Hansen at 518-441-4407 or visit  

Owl Love Program at Grafton Lakes State Park

GRAFTON – February 15, 2020. Join an environmental educator to learn about some of our local owls, their amazing adaptations, and how to be respectful during their winter breeding season. This free program is held at the welcome center.

Book Nook is open at Transfiguration Parish

SPEIGLETOWN – The Book Nook at Transfiguration Parish on Hillview Drive in Speigletown is open on Saturday morning, February 15, from 9:00 am until noon.   The February half-priced specials are on all authors whose last name begins with “F”.  The historical novels, biographies, cookbooks, religious, self-help and large print books are all $1 each.  Children and young adult books are 6/$1.  We’ve had some great donations, so please stop by and check us out!  Thanks for your continued support and see you at the Book Nook!

All Winners Concert And Awards Ceremony  

RENSSELAER – Saturday, February 15 1:30pm -2:30pm. New Russia Cultural Center. 1550 Broadway Rensselaer NY. Admission: Free. The Winners of the Tchaikovsky Music Competition: Vocal and Piano Divisions.  The concert will be followed by a reception and free to the public.

Averill Park Fire Department Poker Tournament

AVERILL PARK – Texas Hold’em No Limit Poker Tournament. Saturday, February 15, 2020 at The Averill Park Fire House. 35 Eastern Union Turnpike, Averill Park, NY 12018. Doors Open at 12:00 pm. Tournament Starts at 1:00 pm. Lunch will be served at 2:00 pm. $125 buy-in ($25 donation, $100 prize pool).

Scrabble to Benefit Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County

TROY – Scrabble enthusiasts are invited to support Literacy Volunteers by joining the Scrabble Challenge on Sunday, February 16, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at St. Michael’s Church, 175 Williams Road, Troy. Put together a team of up to 4 people, choose a name for your team, have fun and win prizes! The non-traditional format of each game will add to the excitement, and trivia questions between games will give players chances to win additional prizes. All proceeds will help Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County to provide free programs and services for adults and children. Download a registration form at or call 518 244-4650 for more information.

How Do You Make Sense of Suffering That Doesn’t Make Sense?

WEST SAND LAKE –  When bad things happen we try to understand and explain why, sometimes saying “Everything happens for a reason” or “God has plan” or “God needs one more angel”. Pastor Charlie’s sermon series continues through February 16th. You are Welcome at Salem Church, 349 Shaver Road, West Sand Lake, every Sunday at 10:45am. Think, talk, and pray – together.

Musicians of Ma’alwyck Schaltjahr (Leap Year) Ball

ALBANY – Musicians of Ma’alwyck is hosting a Schaltjahr Ball on Saturday, February 29th, 7-11pm, at 90 State Street, Albany.  Step back to Vienna, Austria, circa 1900 for a true Viennese Ball. With a live orchestra, a palatial setting, a great dance floor, dinner performance (featuring Metropolitan Opera Singer Emalie Savoy performing music of Lehar and Strauss), and a gourmet sit-down dinner by Mazzone Catering, this one-of-a-kind evening in the Capital Region is not-to-be-missed. Waltz and polka through the night in true old world elegance and celebrate the Leap Year in true style.  For information on the evening’s activities, dance lessons, ticket levels, and more, visit our website at  Reservations are due by Feb 18th.

START Childrens Center – Get Up Jack!

TROY – You’re invited to help START and have a sham-rockin’ good time! Thursday, February 27, 2020. 5:30-8:30pm. Food, Fun, Music, Dancing. Brown’s Revolution Hall, 425 River Street, Troy.  START Childrens Center provides help, healing and hope for children because it shouldn’t hurt to be a child. Our mission is to address the needs of children who have experienced physical or sexual abuse, trauma or violence. Every year we open 1,000 cases. We are here to help children and their families. We don’t charge for our services, thanks, in part, to the generosity of our caring supportes, people like you! $60 per person. Please RSVP by February 20. Pay by credit card online:; Pay at the door with cash or check. For more info call 518-271-6001.

Russell Sage the Money King

TROY – History comes alive when the Esquatak Historical Society presents Michael Barrett, Executive Director of the Hudson-Mohawk Industrial Gateway and Burden Iron Works Museum in Troy on Friday, February 21, 7:00 p.m. at the Castleton Fire Department. Mr. Barrett will share the story of Russell Sage the quintessential Robber Baron of the Gilded Age. Born into poverty, Sage died one of America’s wealthiest men. His widow’s reaction is one of the greatest stories of philanthropic retaliation in U.S. history. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. The Castleton Fire Department is located at 11 Green Avenue in the village of Castleton. For more information visit

Adventure Game where the Characters Come to Life

TROY – On Saturday, February 22nd at 7:30pm. Beth Tephilah synagogue will have a special event , an adventure game where the characters come to life. Imagine that you are part of a team to help Jews that have been imprisoned in Portugal during the time of the Inquisition . Relatives approach you and ask for your help. Each part of your team has special functions to help get this person out of prison and out of Portugal. Each team has only 5 members. Every group that is playing will have a special person to help out .

This game is not for the faint-hearted and the excitement will be very real. Admission is $5, no one under 12 will be admitted. Please reserve your spot to play, 518-894-3490.

Farm Animal Welfare Workshop for Law Enforcement Employees

RENSSELAER COUNTY – Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County is excited to offer an Animal Welfare Workshop for Law Enforcement officers and employees on Saturday, February 22nd at 10 A.M at the CCE Office in Troy (61 State St.). This program will be tailored to those in this career field who are involved with animal welfare and cruelty cases. Please join us as CCE Educators along with Sue McDonough, a retired New York State Trooper who focused on animal cruelty cases and a previous board member for the NYS Humane Association, discuss topics such as: observing an animal’s body condition as well as its surroundings and cases seen in Rensselaer County. To register, email Kayela at or call the CCE office at 518-272-4210 by Tuesday, February 18th. There is a registration fee of $5 payable at the class. Cornell Cooperative Extension is an equal opportunity employer and programmer.

Classic World War Soviet Film “The Cranes are Flying”

ALBANY – Saturday, February 22. 2pm-4pm. Opalka Gallery. 140 New Scotland Ave, Albany, NY 12208. Admission: Free To commemorate the 75th year of the end of World War II.  All films are in Russian with English Subtitles. Post-screening discussion with expert panelists and community members. Admission: Free.

February Mindful Nature Walk

AVERILL PARK – Sunday, February 23, 10 am – 12:30 pm, Rensselaer Plateau Alliance’s Poestenkill Community Forest, 200 Legenbauer Rd, Averill Park (in East Poestenkill) — February Mindful Nature Walk. Join Kripalu-certified Mindful Outdoor Guides Molly Freiberg and Moriah Cutro-Kelly for our February Mindful Walk. We will be walking slowly, sometimes sitting, to take in the forest atmosphere, so we will not be building much heat. Bundle up in your warm winter layers and then add 1 or 2 more! Please no cotton layers as these will not keep you warm. Wear extra socks and boots with good tread or microspikes. We’ll warm up with tea and a fire at the end of the walk. Contact or 978-239-8105 to register ahead of time in case of weather-related cancellation (drop-ins also welcome.). Ages 12 and up. $5 – $10 suggested donation goes directly to support conservation on the Rensselaer Plateau.

Gilead Lutheran Church

CENTER BRUNSWICK – Please join us at Gilead Lutheran Church as we continue our 277th with worship and outreach. Gilead is located on 308 Brick Church Road (Intersection of Route 278 and Route 7) in Center Brunswick. We invite you to join us as we continue our missions inside and outside the community and within our congregation. We provide God’s message, in a traditional liturgical setting, each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Gilead provides a free community dinner and food pantry the fourth Thursday of the month and other outreach programs during the year. Our next outreach is February 25th, Shrove Tuesday pancake dinner. We welcome you to know us in both settings and renew and refresh your heart and soul for the week. Sunday School meets every other month at 9:30 a.m. An outside elevator provides handicap access. Contact 518-279-9270 or check out our website: for our calendar of events.

Meditation Group at The Lansingburgh Library

TROY – The Troy Public Library’s Lansingburgh Branch will offer Meditation Classes on Wednesdays, thru February 26th at 2PM. Are you interested in learning how to relax your mind and body? Come to a safe place to let go of your cares and worries. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced student, all are welcome. Bring your ideas and suggestions to the group! Contact Ray Reuter at the Empowerment Exchange at 518-235-2173 for more information.

Cabin Fever Day – Fly Tying Expo 2020

CAPITAL DISTRICT – The Capital District Fly Fishers is co-sponsoring Cabin Fever Day / FLY TYING EXPO, at Field & Stream, Latham, NY, Saturday, February 29th 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.  The event is open to the public at no charge.

Cabin Fever Day has long been a tradition in the area.  Come in and watch the transition of Fur, Feathers and Synthetics in to Fly Tying master pieces.  Chat with local & professional fly tiers and get the scoop on how they are made and how and where to use them.

For additional information, contact Capital District Fly Fishers at or go to our webpage contact us.

12th Annual Russian Winter Festival 

ALBANY – Saturday, February 29 2020. 11am-5pm. Polish Community Center 225 Washington Ave. Ext Albany. It’s a day of Russian traditional food, music, costumes, exhibits, performances, crafts and contests.

The festival’s headliner is a folk ensemble “Barynya” from New York, NY. It’s a well-known group that enjoys exalting stature as the premier Russian folk ensemble outside of Russia. Barynya presents Russian, Cossack, Ukrainian, Jewish and Gypsy Roma traditional dancing, music, songs, and virtuoso performances on instruments including the balalaika, garmoshka (Russian folk button accordion), and Gypsy guitars. 

Children Dance ensemble “Kaleidoscope”, Brooklyn, NY, provides a selection of thrilling and colorful Russian folk dancing, enchanting Russian folk music. Group performs Russian, Ukrainian, Gypsy, Armenian and Georgian folk traditional dances.

The contest “Best Braided Hairdo Contest” at the Grand Finale at 3pm is open to girls and women of all ages for modeling and to any non-professional hair stylists including students of hairdressing schools for designs. Russian braid – girl’s pride and glory!  A “Russian braid” is something like a myth in Russia: the word means a girl who owns an especially long and thick braid, which always belongs to a true Russian beauty. Registration: Free.

Exhibitions at the Grand Finale:

Soviet Historical Posters.  15 posters. The exhibition provides an opportunity to enjoy some wonderfully creative, playful, visually exciting Soviet posters which are undoubtedly works of art in their own right.  Their work would be much copied, inspire and be influential to modern art movements of the 20th century.

Russian Porcelain Decorative Plates. 30 beautiful Villeroy & Boch – Germany – Heinrich porcelain limited edition plates depict Russian fairy tales with an amazing illustration by Boris Evorykin.

3rd Rifle Division Red Army. Reenacting group portrays a squad of a Russian rifle division in the Great Patriotic War.

Festival Sponsors. Support for the Russian Winter Festival 2020 by placing an ad in the Festival Program.

Vendors’ opportunities are available at the Grand Finale of the Russian Winter Festival 2018.

Admissions: Adult: $7, Children: $3 from 5 to 12, children < 5 – Free

Averill Park Announces Kindergarten Registrations for the 2020-2021 School Year

AVERILL PARK – The Averill Park School District has begun the process of registering boys and girls for the 2020-2021 Kindergarten Classes. If you, or someone you know, has a child who will be five years of age on or before December 1, 2020 please contact the district registrar at 674-7050 extension 7201 to make sure that the child is listed on our school census. This will guarantee that you will receive all upcoming kindergarten information by mail. Registration paperwork should be hand delivered by the parent or guardian to the district registrar at the district office at the Averill Park High School during the month of February. Registration hours are Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 3:30 PM. Registration forms are accepted by appointment. All paperwork must be completed by 02-28-2020.

New York State Public Health Law, Section 2164, requires certain immunizations (shots) to enter kindergarten and attend school. Please check with your health care provider as soon as possible to make sure your child has all the needed immunizations. They are listed below.

Required Immunizations for Kindergarten – Immunizations Number of Doses; Polio 3-4; Hepatitis B 3; Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis 4-5; Measles/Mumps/Rubella 2; Varicella (Chicken Pox) 2.

Extension Holds “Spring Garden Day” March 7

RENSSELAER COUNTY – Spring starts March 7 with “Spring Garden Day,” a program of gardening classes and fun for gardeners, held at Tamarac High School in Brunswick.  Attendees can choose from ten classes covering pollinator gardens, perennials, vegetable growing in small spaces, hydrangeas, container gardening, birding basics, creating garden art, flowering trees and shrubs, avoiding ticks, making a cutting garden and more.  Lorraine Ballato will encourage re-thinking garden maintenance in her keynote presentation, “Smarter Gardening:  Let’s Talk!”  A plant sale, garden book sale, Pick-A-Prize Auction, and fabulous door prizes are other highlights.  Participants also receive a delicious homemade lunch featuring soups, Stromboli and desserts.  Program fee is $30 per person and pre-registration is required.  Pre-register early as this event always sells out.  Call Cornell Cooperative Extension at (518) 272-4210 and ask for Marcie, or visit for details.

Famous Ladies’ Tea

TROY – Celebrate women’s history month and support literacy programs in Rensselaer County at the annual Famous Ladies’ Tea, Sunday, March 8, 1:00-4:00p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, 235 Hoosick Street, Troy. While guests enjoy tea, coffee and gourmet sandwiches, local actresses will visit each table, depicting historical women. This year, the Famous Ladies will include Julia Child, Dr. Emmeline Moore, and Aloha Wanderwell. Tickets are $45 (or $315 for a reserved table of eight). Advanced payment is required and tickets can be purchased from Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County, 65 First Street, Troy, N.Y., 518-244-4650, or soon online at All proceeds from this event will benefit Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County’s programs.

St. Henry’s Irish Night

AVERILL PARK – St. Henry’s Church in Averil Park will be holding an Irish Night on Saturday, March 14th at the Wynantskill American Legion Post, 111 Main Avenue, Wynantskill. Doors will open at 6:30 PM, with Irish entertainment featuring “Who’s Your Paddy” from 7:00 to 10:00 PM. Tickets are only $10 per person, which covers soda, snacks, entertainment and door prizes. Beer, wine and refreshments will be available at reasonable prices. Due to State regulations no outside alcoholic beverages can be brought into the event. Tickets can be purchased by calling the parish offices at 518-674-3818.

Friends of Nassau Free Library Scrabble Tournament

NASSAU  – Third Annual Scrabble Tournament: The Friends of the NFL announce the third annual Scrabble Tournament, Sunday, March 24, 2020 to be held at the Nassau Reformed Church, 43 Church Street, Nassau, NY 12123. Doors open at 2:00 PM and bring your team or join a team at the event. Admission is just $10.00 per adult and $5.00 for children under 16. Don’t have a scrabble game – no problem, scrabble games will be available. This is a team activity and not like regular scrabble, but if you have never played in the scrabble tournament before not to worry we have instructors on hand to get you started. Also come and bid on Brown Bag raffle items donated by the community. Prizes will be awarded and light snacks and beverages will be served. Tickets are available at the Nassau Free Library or at the door. Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM and there is handicap access. A benefit for the Nassau Free Library.

Hudson Valley Writers Guild Showcases Prose Writers

ALBANY – ( – The Hudson Valley Writers Guild will present a reading to showcase local prose writers.  Reading and presenting at this second event in the series will be Moriah Hampton (stories), Keith Willis (romance/fantasy), and Richard Matturro (stories.)

Each of the writers will take 20 to 30 minutes to read from and discuss their work.  Members of the Guild and the general public are invited and encouraged to attend to hear these varied works.  Light refreshments will be provided.

This event will take place on Sunday, March 29, 2020 between 1:30 and 3:00 pm.  It will be at the Washington Avenue main branch of the Albany Public Library in the Community Room on the second floor.

Note:  this event is rescheduled from a previous date.  

Gilead’s Body & Soul Pantry New Dates for 2020

CENTER BRUNSWICK – I know 2019 was confusing as far as what date we would have pantry and the dinner. As of January 2020 and through April of 2020, we will return to the old schedule of the last Thursday of each month. The hours will be the usual 3:00-6:00 pm.

Last year many of you enjoyed a delicious Chicken Parmesan and Ziti Dinner in February. You are in for a treat because last year’s guest chefs have agreed to recreate the same meal for you this January. Should there be questions about being open due to inclement weather please call 518-279-3576.

In case you have not visited us before, we are located in the Fellowship Hall of Gilead Lutheran Church. The church is at the intersection of Routes 7 and 278 in Center Brunswick and is handicapped accessible.

Church of the Redeemer

RENSSELAER – Bible Study continues Wednesday evening at 6:00. Our lesson this week is “They Were Not Wandering,” where we will learn that the Israelites were not lost in the desert; God had them on a specific path for the purpose of molding them into his people. Come at 5:30 to share pizza and salad.

Hot Mess Crafters meets on Wednesday morning at 10:00. We thank those who have generously donated yarn, patterns, and tools to us. We now have patterns for wine bottle covers that are an easy, fun project and a nice way to present a hostess gift. We hope you will join us.

Sunday services are at 8:00 and 9:30 with Father John Scott presiding. Coffee hour will be in the Hearth Room between and after services.

The Church of the Redeemer is located at the corner of Third and Catherine Streets. Email or call 518-650-8181.Our website is

Need Some Home Improvement?

WYNANSKILL – Then bring your family to church! Come worship at the Church by the Lake. Snyder’s Lake Community Church offers a non-denominational, Christian service rooted in the Gospel and family values. Join us every Sunday at our 10am worship service located at 24 Camp Scully Way, Wynantskill. We know a good “carpenter” for all your home improvement needs.

Faith In Action Care Team’s Need Your Help

CAPITAL DISTRICT  – Do You Have 2-3 Hours Per Month To Help Someone In Your Community?

* 1 in 8 persons over 65 and nearly a third of those over 85 will be

diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease.

* 80% of Alzheimer’s patients are cared for at home by family.

Caring for someone with memory loss can be both isolating and exhausting for family members. These Families Need Your Help!

Belonging to the Care Team at your church, you only give the time you can when you can because there are several of you to share the role of helping the family.

The average volunteer offers just 2-3 hours per month. The team provides non-medical support and friendship.

All volunteers are offered training and continued support from the staff at Eddy Alzheimer’s Services.

If you would like to receive more information about our Faith In Action Care Team Program, please contact Sandy Monahan at Eddy Alzheimer’s Services-238-4167 /e-mail

Living With Cancer

TROY – If you are affected in any way by cancer, yourself, as a caretaker or having suffered a loss, you are welcome to join us for our Living With Cancer Group at Brunswick Church. Hosted by Pastor Ted Wright, the group meets the first Friday of each month in the Lobby outside our Old Sanctuary on 42 White Church Lane, Troy NY 12180. We share stories, struggles, hopes, hurts encouragement, and faith. Questions? Email Pastor Ted at

Wynantskill Seniors

WYNANTSKILL – Come have fun, socialize and join the Wynantskill Seniors. We meet every Monday at 1pm at the Wynantskill Town Hall Annex, Main Avenue. We have a small meeting, serve snacks, socialize and play bingo. Once a month we have a catered lunch instead of snacks, three times a year we go out to a restaurant and we have scheduled day bus trips to various locations about 6 per year. So come have a day outing enjoy yourself and meet new people. Hope to see you all there.

Gilead Lutheran Church Welcomes You

CENTER BRUNSWICK – Please join us at Gilead Lutheran Church as we continue our 277th with worship and outreach. Gilead is located on 308 Brick Church Road (Intersection of Route 278 and Route 7) in Center Brunswick. We invite you to join us as we continue our missions inside and outside the community and within our congregation. We provide God’s message, in a traditional liturgical setting, each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Gilead provides a free community dinner and food pantry the fourth Thursday of the month and a “Journeys through Time” covered dish dinner and program every other month with free-will donations going to local charities and other outreach programs during the year. We welcome you to know us in both settings and renew and refresh your heart and soul for the week. Sunday School meets every other month at 9:30 a.m. An outside elevator provides handicap access. Contact 518-279-9270 or check out our website: for our calendar of events.

Veterans Breakfast Clubs

CAPITAL DISTRICT – Veterans and their friends are welcome at the following Veterans Breakfast Clubs:

Tuesdays: 8 a.m., Alexis Diner, 294 North Greenbush Road, North Greenbush, 518-286-2603.

First and third Wednesdays each month: 9 a.m. Bellevue Cafe, 2630 Broadway, Schenectady, 518-393-7720.

Thursdays: 8 a.m. Schodack Diner, 1842 Columbia Turnpike, Castleton, 518-477-5014.

Thursdays: 9 a.m. IHOP, 611 Plank Road, Clifton Park, 518-348-1892.

Third Thursday every month: 9 a.m. Malta Diner, 2476 Route 9, Malta, 518-899-5099.

Fridays: 8 a.m. Gateway Diner, 899 Central Ave., Albany, 518-482-7557.

Refugee Welcome Center Looking for playgroup volunteers

ALBANY – The Refugee Welcome Center, located at 104 Ontario St. in Albany, is looking for playgroup volunteers Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:15 – 1:15. Would you like to play with a few preschoolers while their moms are in ESL class? If you are interested please call Wayne 518-369-5053 or email Thank you.

Valley Falls VFW Monthly Breakfast

VALLEY FALLS – Monthly breakfast at the VFW Post 1938, Valley Falls, NY, second Sunday of each month from September to June, 8-11 a.m. Menu includes eggs cooked to order, french toast, pancakes, sausage, bacon, toast, potatoes with sausage gravy, fruit, juice and coffee. Cost is $8 (age 13 and over), $4 (children 5-12), free (children under 5).

Rensselaer County Recovery Helpline

RENSSELAER COUNTY  – 1-833-467-3123 – Do you need help with substance use issues? Are you interested in volunteering for the helpline? The Rensselaer County Recovery Helpline offers information, local resources, and referrals for individuals and their families regarding substance use issues. The toll-free line is available 7 days a week from 9am-9pm. Each volunteer chooses shifts of 4 hours at a time to be on-call. When someone calls the number, a volunteer answers on their own smartphone, and can enter information to a database on their own computer, allowing for easy and quick access to resources. The information is sent to one of the 9 leaders, who will then assist the caller. If you or someone you know needs information, resources, or a referral for a substance use problem, call 1-833-467-3123. For more information, or if you are interested in volunteering, contact

What is the Nassau Sunshine Fund Emergency Loan Program?

NASSAU – Are you a resident of the Town or Villages of Nassau? Has your household budget taken a hit? Got a car repair with nothing to spare? Or, are you having to choose between heat or eat? We know it happens, we’re here, we can help.

Norman Young, a well-known Nassau resident and antique dealer, had a birds eye view of the Great Recession of 2008. As his business involved buying household items from individuals needing to sell such items, he was struck by how hard hit many in the town were by the financial crisis. Norman came across an old cookbook that had been used as a fundraiser by a local organization called Open Porch Sunshine Society, which was around the early 1990s. While that organization had long faded away, he loved its neighbor-helping-neighbor philosophy. He conceived of a new Nassau Sunshine organization in which local residents would provide emergency financial assistance to other town residents dealing with a personal financial crisis.Norman and two friends agreed to reach out to others as well as religious and locally based organizations.

At its first meeting the attendees approved of a simple plan – create a non-profit that would offer interest-free loans to residents of the Town and Villages of Nassau facing a financial crisis that exceeded their resources and for which local agencies, public and private, were unable to offer assistance. As our first chairman, Sam Whaley said, “We decided on no-interest loans instead of just giving money away because it provides dignity, not a handout.

Entering our eleventh year, the Nassau Sunshine Fund has made 54 loans totaling over $21,000. Please contact us to ask about a loan or to make a donation. Nassau Sunshine Fund, PO Box 10, Nassau, NY 12123 (518) 256-2878; Please leave a message.;

We remain faithful to our motto: Neighbors – Helping – Neighbors!

NAMI Connections Recovery Support Group

ALBANY – NAMI Capital Region, NY the local organization of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, offers its NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group the Second Wednesday of each month from 5p.m.-6:30p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 420 New Scotland Ave., Albany, NY 12208. NAMI Connection is a recovery support group program that offers respect, understanding, encouragement and hope. NAMI Connection groups are:

• Free and confidential

• Held weekly for 90 minutes

• Designed to connect, encourage, and support participants using a structured support group model

• Led by trained facilitators living in recovery themselves.

Stephentown Historical Society is creating Welcome To Stephentown package

STEPHENTOWN – Welcome to Stephentown! We can help you with that!

Moving is always stressful, and a hassle, and, let’s face it – a lot of work! And once you’ve moved to your new location, you have a whole new set of situations and obstacles to overcome. You need to find out where to send the kids to school, or where to find someone to fix your plumbing or wiring. Or maybe you want to check out the local organizations and get involved in area groups. So………. in order to help make all of that just a little easier to navigate, the Stephentown Historical Society is creating a “Welcome to Stephentown” package.

We envision this package having lots of informational “stuff”, like names and contacts to help people find just about anything in town. We’d like to provide information from our local organizations, such as the Fire Department, Library, Historical Society, Veterans, Seniors, local churches and synagogues, and any others that exist. We would like to provide a listing (along with business cards where possible) of all local tradespeople and businesses. We want to include any groups in town – for instance, the Heavenly Quilters and Boy & Girl Scouts. We’d love to have menus from restaurants and maybe “new customer” discounts or other coupon-type discounts.

As you can see, this is a formidable task and we do not want to leave anyone out! So, we are asking for your help. If you are a local business or tradesperson and would like to be included in this package, please contact us at Let us know who you are and what you have to offer – be sure to leave us your contact information so that we can get back to you!

This project has been in the planning stages for quite a while and we’d like to get it off the ground in early 2020, so please act now!

We expect this project to be hugely helpful to new families, but also to our townspeople!

Six Center Redemption is partnering with Alzheimer’s Association

WYNANTSKILL/RENSSELAER – Return your bottles and cans and help The Northeastern New York Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Through an arrangement with: Six-Center Redemption.

Two Locations – 461 Main Ave Wynantskill (Corner of Sharpe and Main Ave) & 550 South Street Rensselaer.

The Alzheimer’s Association will receive six cents for every container you donate to the cause. Simply drop off your containers and say “These are for the Alzheimer’s Association.”

No need to count the cans or bottles, no waiting or standing in lines to feed your cans or bottles in to a machine. The mission of the Alzheimer’s Association is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

The first survivor of Alzheimer’s is out there, but we won’t get there without you. Join the fight with your bottles & cans!

Capital Dist. Chapter of the Embroider’s Guild of America

CAPITAL DISTRICT – Do you enjoy needlework? Would you like to stitch with others that have similar interests? Whether you are a beginner or have experience, come join us. The NY Capital District Chapter of the Embroiderer’s Guild of America meets in various locations and at various times. The Day Group meets every 3rd Wednesday of the month at Blooming Grove Reformed Church in Defreetsville. Evening meetings are offered in two locations: The Community Room at The Terrace at Beverwyck in Slingerlands from 7p-9p on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month and from 6:30p-9p in the Fellowship Hall of St. George’s Episcopal Church in Clifton Park on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. In addition, there are specialty interest groups that also meet. For more information, check out our website at or on Come Join Us!

Grafton Fitness Opportunities

GRAFTON – Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Road, Grafton, has several opportunities to keep our residents 60 and older in shape. Chair Yoga is offered 3 times a week at no charge. This is a low-impact workout for the body and mind. Aerobic Swimming is available on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at the Bennington Rec Center with transportation. Water aerobics offers a resistance and buoyancy that cannot be experienced on ground. The center has a small exercise room with a treadmill and stationary bikes. Regular exercise reduces the risk of injury, decreased symptoms of depression, and improves mobility. Regular exercise can lower blood pressure, strengthen muscles, correct body posture, relieve pain and promotes weight loss. Residents 60 and older are encouraged to get into a good exercise routine. For more information, call the center at 518-279-3413.

Senior Domino Group Seeks More Players

E. GREENBUSH – The Town of East Greenbush Senior Domino Group meets each Wednesday from 12-3 PM in the Town Hall Community Room.

Join in the fun by stopping by any Wednesday to check it out! You do not need to be an experienced player. They will teach you. For questions call 518-477-4194.

Poestenkill Seniors

POESTENKILL – Weekly meetings every Tuesday at 1pm at the Sullivan-Jones Post in Poestenkill. All seniors are welcome. Coffee and refreshments are served after the meeting, followed by Bingo and cards. The hall is handicapped accessible with sufficient parking. The Poestenkill Seniors have catered lunches, pizza, clam steams, fish fries and luncheons at various restaurants, informational talks on senior safety and bus trips to casinos, theaters and other points of interest.

Rensselaer County NY Connects

RENSSELAER COUNTY – Rensselaer County NY Connects provides long term services and supports which includes a range of services and supports that can help people of all ages remain independent in their daily lives. Long term services and supports are both medical and non-medical services that help to maintain or improve daily functioning and health. Finding the right services and supports to meet your needs can be very confusing. NY Connects is a trusted place that gives you information about available options whether you are paying for services yourself, through insurance, or are eligible for a government program. NY Connects serves anyone who needs information on long term services and supports. NY Connects staff can also help link you to available long term services and supports. Contact Rensselaer County NY Connects at 270-2767.

New York State Commission for the Blind 

CAPITAL DISTRICT – The New York State Commission for the Blind (NYSCB) provides free vocational rehabilitation and other services to legally blind New York State residents, including children, adults, and older adults.  NYSCB assists participants in   achieving economic self-sufficiency and full integration into society.  Call toll-free (866) 871-3000 or visit our website:

Hudson-Mohawk Search & Rescue is Looking for Volunteers to Join our Team

CAPITAL DISTRICT – If you enjoy being outdoors in the wilderness, working with others to help people, follow directions well and have a willingness to learn, then our SAR team might be for you! Prior knowledge is helpful, but definitely not required as we provide the training. Check out our website at: for more information.

Search and Rescue Volunteers Needed

CAPITAL DISTRICT – the Tri-State Emergency Team is recruiting volunteers to provide wildland and underwater searches within a 100 mile radius of Waterrford, NY.  This includes all aspects of field and underwater search.  The Tri-State Emergency Team responds when requested by NYS Forest Rangers and other police agencies throughout New York State, Western Vermont and Massachesettes.   We are looking for certified scuba divers, experienced boat handlers, and people who enjoy hiking and the outdoors in general who wish to help people in need.   The team will provide training and complete support as needed.  Our headquarters is located in Waterford.  Applicants need not live in Waterford to volunteer. If interested, please call 518-237-6744 or visit our website at

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