Events 02.11.21

Earth Uprising Troy Virtual Book Reading

TROY – Earth Uprising Troy is having a virtual reading party on February 13 at 2 PM Earth Uprising Troy invites all kids to this reading party! We will be reading and discussing environmental issues that impact our everyday lives. Email or DM us to register! @earthuprising.troy

A Virtual Conversation (via Zoom) with Noel Holston, Author of “Life After Deaf” 

ALBANY – On Wednesday Feb 17th at 6:30 PM, the Albany Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America is hosting a virtual conversation with Noel Holston, author of “ Life After Deaf: my misadventures in hearing loss and recovery”. Mr. Holston will read excerpts from his 2019 memoir about his odyssey from sudden hearing loss, implantation with a cochlear implant, through learning to hear and live his life again. If you were to choose to read only a single book about hearing loss, “Life After Deaf”, should be on your short list.

The reading will be followed by a Q&A with the author.

Noel Holston brought distinction to his childhood home of Laurel, Mississippi long before HGTV put Laurel on the map for the rest of America, through his writings, storytelling, songwriting, acting, as a three-time Pulitzer Prize nominee, and as the public relations director of the Peabody Awards at the University of Georgia. He and his wife and songwriting partner, singer-actress Marty Winkle recently completed work on a CD Noel started recording just prior to losing his hearing more than a decade ago.

You can register for this online event (Zoom captioning will be available) at

This special event is sponsored by HLAA Albany with assistance from the Albany Public Library. HLAA Albany’s mission is to educate ourselves, our families, friends, coworkers and others about hearing loss.

Floodwater Management Options on the Rensselaer Plateau

RENSSELAER COUNTY – ​Part of the Rensselaer Plateau Alliance’s (RPA) Lecture Series, with Russell Urban-Mead, via Zoom. February 18, 2021, 7pm. Russell Urban-Mead is a Senior Principal and Vice President for Environmental Services at The Chazen Companies. He will describe their work for RPA to identify storm water management opportunities. He will also describe some of the recommended projects, and outline steps which communities can take now to protect themselves from future flood damage across Grafton, Poestenkill, Brunswick, and the City of Troy. Pre-registration is required; visit to register.

Survival & Wilderness Skills Workshop

EAST NASSAU – Saturday, February 20, 10am-1pm at Rensselaer Plateau Alliance’s Albert Family Community Forest, 120 Hayes Road, East Nassau. Join Fred McCagg for an introduction to the fundamentals of wilderness survival, appropriate for all skill levels. For beginners, it’s an opportunity to learn about the backcountry and how to deal with wilderness emergencies. For those more experienced in the outdoors, this is a great chance to refresh important skills with an experienced instructor. Each participant receives a free fire starting kit! Dress appropriately for the cold, keeping in mind there may be be periods of inactivity. Depending on snow and ice conditions, proper footwear and snowshoes or microspikes may be needed. Bring extra layers for warmth, hot drinks, and hand and feet warmers. Masks are required. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited, so please register early at

Sand Lake Center for the Arts Presents “The Siegel”

SAND LAKE – This play is an irresistible comedy about modern love and the need to go back in order to move forward. Join us for a live Zoom reading on February 27, 2021 at 7:00 pm. Free admission! Reserve now! Presented by Intellectual Property Attorney David Rook.

New Art Show at Sand Lake Center for the Arts

SAND LAKE – Sand Lake Center for the Arts will be presenting Found Object Assemblages by Alan Opresko and paintings by Leslie Berlinsky – through February 27. Free and open to the public every Saturday from 12 to 3.


The Capital District Genealogical SocietyCordially Invites You to Join Us

CAPITAL DISTRICT – Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 1:00 P.M. via Zoom – Topic: The New York State Archives.

The New York State Archives is engaged in another collaboration with Ancestry on the digitization of NYS records, which were released in 2020. CDGS is very pleased to welcome Jamie Brinkman, an experienced archivist, to present on the recently digitized records which include:

• Prison and executive clemency records

• Civil service employment cards

• Grand Army of the Republic post rosters

Ms. Brinkman will also discuss the unique arrangement that the Archives made with Ancestry that allows NYS residents free access to these and other records without the need of an Ancestry subscription.

This will be a Zoom meeting. There is a 100 person limit. Registration is free and will open to the public approximately Feb 16, 2021. See our website under meetings and events.

Please join us!

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 fundraising drive has been extended until February 28th since schools have not been in session for over four months. The goal remains 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 while schools remain closed take them to the Town Clerk’s office at Sand Lake Town Hall. When schools reopen all collected pull tabs may again be dropped off at 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.  

Fifth Annual Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living Fair

CAPITAL DISTRICT – The fifth annual Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living Fair will be held Saturday, March 6 from 10-4 pm. One can participate in: workshops, networking, an exhibition hall and in affinity groups which will provide an opportunity to “mingle” and “meet” new people. The Fair is sponsored by the non-profit Community Advocates for a Sustainable Environment (CASE) organization.

This is a FREE public event, but one must register on line for tickets at: .

CASE members are pleased to continue to offer people in the Greater Capital District area a one-stop shopping/information space for renewable energy and sustainable living products, services and ideas.

There will be no social distancing, no face masks, no crowd noise, no exhibitor siting issues, no weather or parking concerns, just an enjoyable, relaxing, healthy atmosphere!

The exhibitors fee for a “booth” is $200 and the not-for-profit organizations fee is $35. They can register and pay at: .

This fee includes exhibit space at the Fair, listing on the CASE website indefinitely and a list of visitors to the Fair who have agreed to share their contact information.

Questions and concerns should be directed to Becky Meier at 518-781-4686, or email at:

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