Events 02.25.21

Plastic Pollution in NYS

TROY – Earth Uprising Troy and Earth Connections Through Art are having a presentation on plastic pollution in New York State. Come join us on Friday, February 26 at 4 pm! All are welcome! Register 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!

Grafton Trail Blazers Snowmobile Club Poker Run 

GRAFTON – Grafton Trail Blazers Snowmobile Club in Rensselaer County are sponsoring a Poker Run, to help raise money to replace one of our groomers. Saturday, February 27, 2021.  The cost is $20.00 per sled, This will include your registration into the run, and food truck meal at the end.  You may register at the club house on South Long Pond Road the day of the event from 9-11 a.m.  There will be 6 destination stops along our groomed trails (Round trip approx. 110 miles). You must visit at least 5 of the 6 stops to be eligible for the prizes. First prize is $ 300., second Prize $ 150. And third prize club swag (Hoodie/t-shirt and hat). Non drivers will be charged $10.00 for the meal. Run starts at 9 a.m. and ends back at the clubhouse  for drawings. You may return to the club at anytime during the day when your ride is finished to draw your numbers. This event is for snowmobiles ONLY. Our landowners are the reason we even have a trail system so, please no wheeled vehicles. For a full summary of stops and times, please visit our Facebook page.

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.  

Soccer Icon Abby Wambach Pays Virtual Visit to HVCC

TROY – Olympic Gold Medalist Abby Wambach speaks at Hudson Valley Community College on Thursday, March 4. The live, virtual event from 7 to 8:30 p.m. is open free to the public with pre-registration at and will include a Q&A session. Wambach is a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and FIFA World Cup Champion, and was the United States’ leading scorer in the 2007 and 2011 Women’s World Cup tournaments, and the 2004 and 2012 Olympics. Wambach retired in 2015 as one of the most dominant players in the history of women’s soccer. A true leader on and off the field, she now is dedicating her career to fighting for equality and inclusion. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller, “Forward: A Memoir” (2016). She is co-founder of WOLFPACK Endeavor, which is revolutionizing leadership development for women in the workplace and beyond through individualized coaching and a team-bound focus. A second book, “WOLFPACK: How to Come Together, Unleash Our Power, and Change the Game” (2019), was followed by a young-readers’ edition. Simply titled “WOLFPACK,” the 2020 book inspires young people to “find their voice, unite their pack and change the world.” An in-demand speaker in the areas of leadership, inspiration, family, and health and wellness, Wambach lives in Florida with her wife and three children. The event is co-sponsored by the college’s Cultural Affairs Program and Athletics Department.

Fifth Annual Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living Fair (virtual)

CAPITAL DISTRICT – The fifth annual Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living Fair will be held Saturday, March 6, 2021 from 10-4 pm. One can participate on line in: workshops, networking, an exhibition hall and in affinity groups which will provide an opportunity to “mingle” and “meet” new people. The virtual 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:

Sponsor members 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 sponsor 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:

Basic Poultry Management

RENSSELAER COUNTY – Are you interested in raising chickens? Join us to learn more about basic poultry information to help you get started. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County will be hosting a virtual Basic Poultry Management Workshop on Tuesday March 9th from 2:00-3:30 P.M via Zoom! Topics will include: hatching egg care, breeds, animal care and handling, housing, and health management. There is an admission fee of $5.

Use this link to register:

If you have any questions, please contact Kayela at

Virtual Adult Tractor Safety Workshop

RENSSELAER COUNTY – Open to All adults – Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County is excited to offer a Tractor and Farm Safety Course on Tuesday, March 16th at 7 PM

This program is geared for adult audiences. Statistics show that farming and operating equipment is a hazardous and dangerous endeavor. Help yourself reduce the risks of an accident and attend this informative morning session. The program will consist of a very detailed presentation from the New York Center of for Agriculture Medicine and Health (NYCAMH) followed by a Q&A. This program is perfect for farmers old and new as well as any adult who currently works with machinery on the job, in their backyard, or plans to in the future. Due to COVID-19 and wanting to keep our participants safe, this program will be done via Zoom.

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. If you have any questions, please call Kayela at the CCE of Rensselaer County office at 518-272-4210 or send her an email at

Cornell Cooperative Extension is an equal opportunity employer and programmer.

Poestenkill Community Forest Walk

POESTENKILL – Saturday, March 20, 10 am – 1 pm. Celebrate the last day of winter on the trails at Poestenkill Community Forest, led by Fred DeMay and Peter Wood. Visit Big Beaver Bog and walk through tall hemlock trees on the newer Hemlock Hollow Trail. SPACE IS LIMITED FOR COVID SAFETY, so register early and please read the full event description to prepare for a safe and fun adventure! Learn more and register online at

Malta Veterans Appreciation Program 5th Annual Charity Golf Outing

CAPITAL DISTRICT – Save The Date! Monday, August 30, 2021. To Benefit Our LOCAL VETERAN “Hometown Heroes” Register now. $150 per person/$560 per foursome. Saratoga Lake Golf Club. Call Renee Farley (518) 577-8863 or Jim Peterman at 203-257-1893.


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