Events 02.13.20

Brunswick Historical Society Program, Shady Ladies of 19th Century America”

BRUNSWICK –  Come join the Brunswick Historical Society for our March program which will be after our Annual Meeting at 1 PM at the Brunswick Community Center. Phyllis Chapman is a historic Interpreter from “Vintage Visitors Presentations” who will be portraying “Shady Ladies of 19th Century America” among these being Calamity Jane and Belle Starr, to mention just a few. If you have any questions please call 518-279-3020 for more information.

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. The shop offers clothing for all ages and sizes including prom dresses and accessories, jewelry, games, puzzles, baby equipment, toys, CDs,DVDs, records, linens, household goods and much more. Ask to see our handicapped equipment.

We will be open on Thursday February 13th from 3 to 6 and Saturday February 15th from 9 to 2, weather permitting. The shop is located at 1249 Third Street in Rensselaer and on CDTA bus route #214 and can be entered through the parking lot on the Catherine Street side. Find us on Craigslist too.

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.

Schodack Valley Pizza & Wings Night

SCHODACK – Break the winter doldrums and bring the whole family to our firehouse for great food and fun! Our monthly Pizza Night is Saturday February 15th. We are open from 5 to 8pm. Eat in or take out. Call 518-477-4215. The special pie of the month is “meat lovers. Our Firehouse is located at 1553 Schodack Valley Rd Castleton (Schodack) NY.

The Fresh Air Fund to Bring Summer to The Troy Waterfront Farmers’ Market This Winter

    TROY –   The Fresh Air Fund’s Albany, Ny Volunteers Will Attend The Troy Waterfront Farmers’ Market Held In The Troy Atrium. 49 4th Street, Troy, NY 12181.

The Troy Waterfront Farmer’s Market has returned for its 20th season in downtown Troy, NY, where the community is able to shop and browse over 100 local, producer-only vendors every Saturday from November to April, from 9 am – 2 pm. The market takes pride in creating and maintaining a sense of community, as it provides opportunities for community outreach and education. On Saturday, February 15, 2020, Saturday, March 7, 2020, and Saturday, March 21, 2020, the Albany, NY Friendly Towns volunteers will have a community table, where they will be available to answer questions about volunteering as a Fresh Air Fund Host Family and share their experiences.

 Attendees: Cynthia Mangione, Local Volunteer Fund Representative. Local host families from The Fresh Air Fund’s Friendly Towns Program;

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 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!

Defensive Driving Class

RENSSELAER – On Saturday, February 15, 2020 from 9am-3pm there will be a New York State approved Defensive Driving Class to Benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Southern Rensselaer County. Save 10% on your base auto insurance for the next three years and be eligible to receive up to 4 points off your driving record according to New York State Department of Motor Vehicle guidelines. The class will be held at the Boys & Girls Slub of Southern Rensselaer County, 544 Broadway, Rensselaer, NY 12144. Fee: $35.00 per person. Bring a friend fee is $30.00 each. Registration is required and can be made by calling Raymond Frankoski at 518-286-3788. Class size is limited. 

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).

‘On the Hunt for New York’s Native Earthworms’ at Thacher Nature Center

VOORHEESVILLE – Saturday, February 15, at 2:00p.m. There has been a lot of news about non-native and invasive earthworms lately, but what about the earthworms that are native to New York State? Dr. Rebecca Pinder will discuss her work exploring Catskill State Park and surrounding areas in search of our unique native earthworms. Call 518-872-0800 for more information.

Backyard Birds and a Winter Walk at Thacher Nature Center

VOORHEESVILLE – Sunday, February 16, 11:00a.m. – 2:30p.m. Join us for the Great Backyard Bird Count! View winter birds at our feeders, get tips for identifying birds and for using a field guide. Learn about unique winter birds, test your bird ID skills, and then head outdoors for some birding. Appropriate for adults and children ages 6 and up. Call 518-872-0800 to register.

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 informatio

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.

Farm Animal Welfare Workshop for Law Enforcement

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.

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.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County Harvest Connection Training

RENSSELAER COUNTY – Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County is hosting three trainings to help farmers set up their farm page on the Harvest Connection Website. Harvest Connection is a farm to table initiative where the goal is to help consumers find farm fresh products by giving them a website and app platform to find local farms and farmers markets. We are currently working with farms and farmers markets in Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady and Washington counties. This free training is for current producers in our database and those who would like to join. The training will give you the information needed and a demonstration on how to manage your personal farm page as well as see how we plan to move forward with Harvest Connection. We will have a training on February 19th at 10 A.M and March 4th at 6:30 P.M. The training on March 12th will go from 9:00-9:30 A.M, and then will be directly followed by a Social Media Marketing Workshop. All trainings will be held at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Office in Troy (61 State Street Troy, NY). Please Contact the CCE Office at 518-272-4210 to register. If you are not able to attend but would like to have an in-person training, please contact our office to set up an appointment. Cornell Cooperative Extension is an equal opportunity employer and programmer.

‘Who’s Been Here?’ Critter Clues at Thacher Nature Center

VOORHEESVILLE – Wednesday, February 19, at 10:00a.m. Ever wonder where all the wild animals are in winter? Most of our local critters are active year-round. You may not see them, but if you observe closely enough, you can find the signs they’ve left behind. Learn about these critter clues and go outside to look for signs of our wild neighbors. Appropriate for ages 5 and older. Call 518-872-0800 to register.

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.

A Family Magic Lantern Program at Crailo State Historic Site

RENSSELAER – On Thursday, February 20, 2020 from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Crailo State Historic Site will host a Family Magic Lantern Program, an interactive program for people of all ages to learn and experience the history of the magic lantern, “the grandfather of cinema.”

During the 1600s, the Dutch scientist and inventor Christiaan Huyghens created the first magic lantern, and it was used by magicians and showmen for generations. On February 20, visitors to Crailo will get to experience a historically recreated magic lantern performance presented by Elliott & Schlemowitz Magic Lanternists. Doors open at noon, and the first Magic Lantern demonstration using antique projection equipment will begin at 12:30 PM. A second magic lantern performance will take place at 2:30 PM. Additionally, intermittent short presentations of magic lantern history and demonstrations take place throughout the afternoon. Other hands on activities include making your own magic lantern slides, playing with the toy magic lantern, and using a variety of noise makers to accompany the slides.

During the program, guests will enjoy a museum open house and refreshments by the fire in Crailo’s hearth kitchen. The Marketplace Museum Shop will be open, with a selection of unique items. Admission is $3.00 per person, 12 & Under are free of charge.

For more information please call (518)463-8738, or visit, or

Once the Van Rensselaer family’s fortified home, Crailo State Historic Site is the museum of the Colonial Dutch in the Hudson River Valley and is one of 38 historic sites and 180 parks administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Crailo is located at 9 ½ Riverside Avenue, Rensselaer, New York.

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

Free Family Fun Movie Night at Faith & Love Fellowship

RENSSELAER –  Free Family Fun Movie Night. Friday Feb. 21st at Faith & Love Fellowship. 166 Columbia Tpke, Rensselaer NY 12144. 518-330-1509. Featuring The true story….”All Saints”. Free Popcorn & beverages candy & snacks. Doors open at 6:30. Start time 7pm. Admission & refreshments are always…Free.

Hike for Hemlocks at Thacher Visitor Center 

VOORHEESVILLE – Saturday, February 22, 10:30a.m. – 1:00p.m.  New York’s eastern hemlocks provide food and shelter for wildlife, help cool streams, and provide erosion control. Sadly, our beloved hemlocks are under attack by the hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA). HWA is an invasive, aphid-like insect that attacks our hemlocks and can kill trees within 4 to 10 years. We need your help tracking eastern hemlocks and HWA across NYS. Learn how to identify eastern hemlocks and how to look for signs of HWA infestation, and learn how to report HWA into iMapInvasives, NY’s invasive species database. After a lunch break, we’ll go outside and inspect nearby hemlocks. Bring a lunch and dress warmly. Note: Please download the iMapInvasives app prior to the workshop. The app is available for download from Google Play or iOS App Store (search for “imapinvasives”) for free. Call 518-872-0800 for more information. 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.

The Capital District Genealogical Society Invites You to Our Monthly Meeting

LOUDONVILLE – William K. Sanford Town Library (Colonie). 629 Albany-Shaker Road, Loudonville. Saturday, February 22, 2020. Christopher White Gravestone Conservation for the Genealogist. Remember that gravestone that was so dirty that you could not read it or  the one that was tipped over? Learn what to do and what not to do so that you help preserve gravestones for the next generation without damaging them. Our speaker is a genealogist, historian, and gravestone conservator with over thirty years of genealogical research. He holds a Bachelors and Master’s degree in History from the University at Albany. His focus is on local genealogy, cemeteries, and German-American history in the Capital District area. Read more from Christopher at and 1:00 Starting with Speaker. Computer Resources Group meets at 3:00 PM. The meeting is free and open to the public.

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.

Averill Park Community Education New Free Program

AVERILL PARK –  “Why Diets Fail and What You Can Do About It” is a new free program offering on Monday nights beginning February 24, 2020. The instructor is Robin Pugliese, a Certified Nutrition Coach. Classes begin at 5:30 p.m. at Miller Hill Elementary School in Room 120. Weight loss doesn’t start in the gym or in the kitchen. Successful weight loss starts in the mind. We will look at all the ways your brain has kept you from losing weight and/or keeping it off. Change your mind, change your body. Each class will last between 30 to 60 minutes depending on the topic. Registration is required. You can find program topics and register online at (you do not have to be an Averill Park resident to attend Community Education classes). Contact AP Community Education at or 518-674-7191 with questions.

The Ferris Wheel comes to Poestenkill

POESTENKILL – Mr. Ferris was born in 1859. He left Nevada and came to Troy where he graduated from RPI in 1881. Ferris began his career in railroad and bridge engineering. News of the 1893 Columbian Exposition drew him to Chicago since the exposition had issued a challenge to Americian engineers to conceive a monument that would surpass the Eiffel Tower. He proposed a wheel from which visitors would be able to view the entire expo. He met with much opposition in the beginning. So here is your opportunity to find out the how and why of Mr. Ferris and his wheel. Please join us on Tuesday, February 25th at 7:00 PM at the Poestenkill Town Hall. The lecture will be presented by Tom Carroll Phd who taught at RPI and later served as Executive Director of the Burden Iron Works Museum from 1998 -2013. It will be an interesting meeting. Questions? Call (518) 283-4890. Poestenkill Historical Society.

Gilead Lutheran Church

CENTER BRUNSWICK – Please join us at Gilead Lutheran Church as we continue our 278th 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.

Church of the Redeemer

RENSSELAER – Plans are being made for our Shrove Tuesday pancake supper on February 25. Save the date for a fun evening.

Bible Study continues Wednesday evening at 6:00. This week we will learn that the Israelites were not lost in the desert, but that 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

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.

Sand Lake Garden Club Presents “ Beekeeping”

SAND LAKE – Sand Lake Garden Club Presents “Beekeeping”.The Sand Lake Garden Club will meet on Thursday, February 27 at the Sand Lake Town Hall.  All are welcome. The meeting starts at 7 pm.  This month’s program, “Beekeeping” will be presented by Dan Welsh who will lead an informal discussion of his experience with beekeeping, and take questions.
Refreshments will follow the presentation. Upcoming presentations include Garden Pests on March 26.

Movie Night at Center Brunswick United Methodist Church

CENTER BRUNSWICK – Rescheduled Movie Night. Jubilation Station of Center Brunswick United Methodist Church invites you to the showing of Sight and Sound’s theatrical production of Jonah on Friday night, February 28 at 6:30 pm. We are located at 990 Hoosick Road, Troy. Snacks will be provided. All are welcome.

Highlight Acting Troupe Presents Once Upon a Pandora’s Box

BRUNSWICK – The Highlight Acting Troupe presents “Once upon a Pandora’s Box” written by Monica Flory and Produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc. ( A clever comedy that demonstrates the importance of villains in every story. Once upon a time in New York City, Tabitha and her sibling discover a box sitting in the hall of their apartment. When Tabitha opens the box, five imprisoned fairy tale villains escape, and bring havoc to the tiny apartment and Manhattan! Will Tabitha be able to harness the power of her storytelling? Performances will be held at the Brunswick Grange Hall on Friday February 28th at 7:30PM , Saturday February 29th at 7:30PM and Sunday March 1st at 2:00PM

Tickets are $15 for Adults and $12 for Seniors and Students. For Reservations please call Ethel at 518-237-6936.

Tax Collection Town of Schodack

SCHODACK –  For anyone who has not paid their 2020 Real Property Taxes, the Tax Office will be open on Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays during the month of February during the hours of 8:30am and 4:30pm. All payments received after February 29th will incur an additional penalty. All tax bills and receipts, from 2005 to present, handled by this office can be viewed and printed from the website,, Departments, Receiver of Taxes.

Submitted by: Shawn Masters, Receiver of Taxes

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.

Keyes Scholarship for Tamarac Seniors

CENTER BRUNSWICK – 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 United Methodist Church is located at the intersection of Routes 7 and 142 in Troy.

Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County Offers Volunteer Information Session 

TROY – Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County needs volunteers, and you can help! As a volunteer you can develop new skills, make friends, and see how your efforts make a difference in your community. Would you like to help someone to read and write, or to speak English as a new language? We can train you. To find out more, join us for a Volunteer Opportunities Information Session, Wednesday, March 4 from 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. at the LVORC office, 71 First Street, 3rd Floor, Troy, N.Y. Call (518) 244-4650 to reserve a place. Visit the website for additional dates and times:

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.

Donny Elvis Romines at American Legion

WYNANTSKILL – Put on your blue shade shoes and join the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary at 111 Main Ave, Wynantskill on Saturday March 7. Doors open at 6, show will be 7-9pm. Advanced tickets are available at the bar for $10 and $12 at the door. Reserved seating is available with the purchase of 8 tickets. There will be a cash bar and 50/50 raffle. Our kitchen is now open and will be available for guests to purchase food. Outside food or beverages will not be permitted. Proceeds from this show will be used to support our Veterans and Community projects. Please call or text 518-265-6967 or email us at if you have any questions. Check us out on facebook “American Legion Auxiliary Post 1489”

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.

HVCC Announces “Voices” Lectures for March

TROY – Voices: A Library Lecture Series is offered each semester at Hudson Valley Community College to broaden and enrich the scope of studies at the college by presenting speakers on timely and enduring issues, and sharing these lectures and discussions with the community. All lectures are held in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium on the Troy campus. The public is welcome to attend; admission is free.

• Shining the Light on Government – Your Right to Know

Tuesday, March 10 from 11 to 11:50 p.m.

Our founders envisioned and created a government that would serve its citizens. Mark Mahoney, editorial page editor for The Daily Gazette in Schenectady and winner of a 2009 Pulitzer Prize for his editorials against government secrecy, returns to campus to discuss the ways government keeps information from the public. Audience members will learn what they can do to protect their right to know.

• The Birth of Baseball’s Grand Slam

Thursday, March 26 from noon to 12:50 p.m.

The first grand slam in Major League Baseball history was hit on Sept. 10, 1881 in a game between Troy and Worcester. Discover the twists and turns of how one of baseball’s greatest games ended up on the banks of the Hudson River in Rensselaer. Matt Malette, local sports historian, gives a play-by-play of how he corrected baseball history.

The college’s full Cultural Events Calendar is available at Please call 518-629-8071 or email for more information.

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.

Seven Days Without Church Makes One Weak!

WYNANTSKILL – 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. Church, it’s a strengthening exercise for the soul!

Thursday Worship Gives You Options

TROY – Are you missing church because your Sunday is filled with sports activities, or you have to work? At Brunswick Church, our worship week starts on Thursday. We have worship at 7pm on Thursday each week for folks just like you. We also worship twice on Sunday, at 8:30am and 11am. We would love for you to join us at any one of these services. Brunswick Church is at 42 White Church Lane, Troy NY (at the intersection of White Church Rd. and Rt. 351). We look forward to meeting you!

Vaping – Public Service Announcement

CAPITAL DISTRICT – Vaping has become almost more common today then cigarettes. Originally marketed as being more safe than other tobacco products recent events have made it clear that this is not the full story. One study found that those who vape the equivalent to a pack of cigarettes a day had a 70% higher risk of stroke. This is only one of the health risks that can arise from vaping. For more information visit:

Addiction Screenings – Narconon can help you take steps to overcome addiction in your family. Call today for free screenings or referrals. 1- 800-431-1754.

Fentanyl – Public Service Announcement

CAPITAL DISTRICT – Fentanyl has been making headlines recently, this is because the incredibly potent chemical has been contributing to the increase in overdose deaths across America. Most people however do not know much about the chemical. For instance many don’t know that one of the things that makes fentanyl so dangerous is the fact that it can be absorbed into the system through skin contact. Meaning getting it on your skin could cause a potentially fatal overdose.

To learn more about Fentanyl visit:

Addiction Screenings – Narconon can help you take steps to overcome addiction in your family. Call today for free screenings or referrals. 1- 800-431-1754.

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

Town of Poestenkill’s Monthly Meeting Dates

POESTENKILL – The following are the dates for the Town Board of the Town of Poestenkill’s monthly meeting dates. February 20, 2020, March 19, 2020, April 16, 2020, May 21, 2020, June 18, 2020, July 16, 2020, August 20, 2020, September 17, 2020, October 15, 2020, November 19, 2020, December 17, 2020. The meetings are held the third Thursday of each month.

Susan Horton, Town Clerk

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.

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 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.

Vendors Wanted Flea Market

EAST GREENBUSH –  Looking for vendors for our VFW Auxiliary Spring flea market. 100 Hays Rd East Greenbush NY. Saturday April 4 2020, 10 am to 3pm. Table rental is$ 20.Questions please contact Maureen at 518-653-3539, or email

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

Calendar for Everett Wagar Senior Center

GRAFTON – 2 Roxborough Rd, Grafton NY

Feb 17 – Center Closed for President’s Day

Feb 18 – 9:30 Aerobic Swimming; 12:00 Congregate Lunch (Baked Ziti); 1:00 Cards and Games

Feb 19 – Mani/Pedi by Appt; 9:45 Chair Yoga; 10:30 Craft Time; 12:00 Congregate Lunch (Pollock); 1:00 Cards and Games

Feb 20 – 9:30 Aerobic Swimming; 12:00 Congregate Lunch (Chicken Breast); 12:30 Knit and Crochet Group; 1:00 Card and Games

Feb 21 – 9:45 Chair Yoga; 12:00 Congregate Lunch (Meatloaf), 12:45 Dollar Bingo (Bring a $1 wrapped item)

Craft Time at Senior Center

GRAFTON – Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Rd, Grafton, will its monthly Craft Time with Caroline on Wednesday, February 19th at 10:30 am. Plan to stay for lunch (Pollock) at noon followed by games. Call to sign up for lunch and crafts at 518-279-3413.

Special Dollar Bingo at Senior Center

GRAFTON – Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Rd, Grafton, will hold a $1 Special Bingo on Friday, February 21, 2020 at 12:45. Please bring a $1 wrapped item for the game. Items can be purchased at the senior center for your convenience. Plan to come for a nutritious lunch (Chili) at noon. Call to 518-279-3413 to be added to the list.

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

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.

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.

• 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.

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.

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.

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.

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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