Events 02.16.23

Celebrate Women’s History and Support Literacy at the Famous Ladies Tea

See local actresses bring women’s history to life at the 11th annual Famous Ladies Tea on Sunday, March 12 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Troy. You’ll meet women in history who were all trailblazers in their own right, including Nelly Bly, Nina Simone, Gypsy Rose Lee, Georgia O’Keefe, Eleanor Roosevelt, Whitney Houston, and more. Doors open at 12:30, and the program runs from 1:00-4:00 p.m.

The event will include a silent auction and raffle drawing, wine pull, and traditional tea luncheon. Tickets may be purchased online at or by mailing your check payable to LVORC, 65 First Street. Troy, NY 12180. For prices and details please visit the website or call 518 244-4650.

Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County depends on funds raised by special events to provide literacy programs and services at no cost to learners in Rensselaer County and Albany County. Since 1968, LVORC has trained volunteer tutors to help adult learners learn to read, write, and speak English. For more information, visit

Crafters Wanted in Richfield Springs

CAPITAL DISTRICT – Applications are currently being accepted for two popular craft events in Richfield Springs–the 42nd Annual Friendship Craft Festival to be held on Saturday, June 10 in Spring Park and the 3rd Annual Fall Craft Fair scheduled for Saturday, October 7 at the Cullen Pumpkin, 587 Cullen Road.  Both events are sponsored by the Church Of Christ Uniting in Richfield Springs. 

For information and an application for both events go to or call Carla at 315-858-1451.

The Capital District Genealogical Society of New York Announces Monthly Presentation

CAPITAL DISTRICT – Topic: Researching and Interpreting the People who were Enslaved in New Netherland and Colonial Albany…with a Focus on the Van Rensselaer and Schuyler Families

When: Saturday, February 25, 2023

Time: 1:00 – 2:30 PM

Where: Online via Zoom 

Speaker Heidi Hill is the historic site manager of Crailo and Schuyler Mansion State Historic Sites, where she has fostered interpretive growth since 2005.

The Zoom presentation allows a maximum of 100 participants. At this time only members are invited to register. On the 16th we will open registration to all if there are places remaining. See our website under meetings and events. Registration deadline is Thursday, February 23rd, 11:55 PM.

FREE Registration:

The Great UHLS Spell-Off is Coming!

If you love words, the Sand Lake Town Library Friends has a challenge for you! The Great Upper Hudson Library System Spell-Off is happening at the end of April and we’re buzzing with excitement about hosting a preliminary spelling bee here in our community. 

We’re still working on when and where it’ll happen, but we wanted everyone to start thinking about participating. Two-person teams will compete in both a written and an oral portion of the bee. Spelling words will be selected with adults in mind. 

High schoolers may form teams. Children 10-13 can be on a team with an adult 18+. Children under age 10 may attend, but cannot participate. The SLTL winning team will be eligible to compete against winners from other libraries in the The Great UHLS Spell-Off at the Colonie Town Library on Saturday 4/30 at 2:30pm. More d-e-t-a-i-l-s to come! Email with questions.

NAMI Capital Region NY holds Family To Family Class

NAMI offers the NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program free of charge to participants, beginning March 4th 2023 – April 22nd 2023 2022, 10:00am-12:30pm at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 420 New Scotland Ave, Albany, NY 12208. For more information and how to register, please contact NAMI Capital Region, NY at 518-588-6949 or

NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 8-session education program for family, friends and significant others of adults with mental health conditions. NAMI Family-to-Family provides information about anxiety, depressive disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other mental health conditions. Other topics covered include communication, problem solving, treatment and recovery. 

The course is designed to increase understanding and advocacy skills while helping participants maintain their own well-being. The program is taught by trained family members who have a loved one with a mental health condition. NAMI Family-to-Family is an evidence-based program (EB). For information on the research base for the program, visit

Rensselaer High School Craft Fair

The Alumni Association of the Rensselaer City School District and the class of 2024 are sponsoring a craft fair on March 25, 2023, from 9 am-2 pm at Rensselaer High School, 25 Van Rensselaer Drive, Rensselaer, NY  12144.   

There will be over 30  vendors with a wide assortment of items available, including artwork and sewn items.  There is a concession stand with breakfast and lunch items, raffles, and a 50/50.  Enjoy the afternoon with us!

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