Events 03.12.20

Seabee Swarm (Veterans Breakfast)

BRUNSWICK – Seabee swarm (all Veterans) Every Third Saturday of each month muster time 0900, Country View Diner 855 Hoosick road, Brunswick NY. Pay your own meal. POC: Gary Washock (518) 698-5011.

World Showcase Fair at St. Jude the Apostle School in Wynantskill

WYNANTSILL – St. Jude the Apostle School will be hosting a World Showcase Fair in the school gymnasium on Thursday, March 12 from 6-7:30pm. Every student in grades 2-6 will be part of a country presentation, with each grade level representing a different continent. Students will present their information about the people, culture, food, history, economy, and environment of their country. During the academic fair, attendees will be able to tour the World Showcase, see the student displays and learn about the global community.

Castleton-on-Hudson Farmers & Artisans Market Spring Fest

CASTLETON-ON-HUDSON – We got approval from the groundhog, so the Castleton-on-Hudson Farmers & Artisans Market (COHFAM) will hold Spring Fest on Friday, March 13, 2020 from 4:30 to 7:30 PM at the Castleton Fire Department, 11 Green Avenue. Repair Café and many of the winter and summer vendors are returning. Space is still available for new vendors, email or for an application or private message the COHFAM Facebook page for details. Come to COHFAM and shop local for St. Patrick’s Day!

Repair Cafe

CASTLETON-ON-HUDSON – What do you do with a broken lamp? Or a sweater with a hole? Toss it? No way! The next Repair Café in the Village of Castleton-on-Hudson will be Friday, March 13, 2020 from 4:30-7:30 PM during the Castleton-on-Hudson Farmers and Artisans Market Spring Fest at the Castleton Fire Department, 11 Green Avenue. People visiting the Repair Café bring along their broken but beloved items. Volunteers try their best to make repairs, and it’s free of charge! Services include electrical, sewing, and “jack-of-all-trades!” Do you like to fix things and want to volunteer? Contact us via email at or stop by Repair Café. For more information about global Repair Café, visit

Fiddler on the Roof JR. Playing at the Columbia High School Auditorium

EAST GREENBUSH –  Fiddler on the Roof JR. is playing at Columbia High School on Friday, March 13th at 7pm & Saturday, March 14th at 2 pm & 7pm.

Fiddler on the Roof JR. is a student version of the musical Fiddler on the Roof which features music by Jerry Bock, a book by Joseph Stein and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and is based on Sholem Aleichem’s stories by special permission of Arnold Per. 

Performances of Fiddler on the Roof JR. are open to the public. Admission is Adults $10 – Students/Seniors $8.  

Rensselaer County Home Bureau

RENSSELAER COUNTY –  Our Spring Luncheon will be Tuesday, March 24 at Pittstown United Methodist Hall, with deadline of March 13. Please check your newsletter for further info. There is also a website:

Troy Lodge of Elks Craft Fair/Flea Market

TROY – Craft Fair/Flea Market, Saturday, March 14th, 9 AM to 3 PM. Breakfast/Lunch Items for purchase along with 50/50 & Bake Sale.

American Legion Birthday Dinner

EAST GREENBUSH – Melvin Roads celebrates the American Legion birthday / Saint Patrick’s weekend with a dinner and Chinese auction on Saturday March 14th, 2020 from 6pm-10pm. Corned Beef, & Cabbage, and a special treat from Al. Tickets are $30 each or 2 for $50, available at the bar. Melvin Roads is open to the public, located at 200 Columbia Turnpike,(Routes 9 & 20) East Greenbush, NY. All are welcome.

1970s Themed Mystery Event

TROY – Beth Tephilah Synagogue, located at 82 River Street in Troy New York, will be having a mystery event at 8:30 on Saturday night March 14th. The setting of this mystery event will be in the 1970s in Troy with all the lingo and all the special clothing that goes with it

Experience a night of fun grooving with a 1970s themed mystery. Feel all the thrills and adventure as you Dig in this unsolved cold case that has puzzled the minds and smokies of many. Be careful what you uncover for danger doesn’t lurk far and remember to bring your far- out keen detective skills and expose the phonies. So, we will catch you on the flip side, and don’t forget to bring your boogie.

The case involves a robbed bank an antique gone missing, no signs of forced entry whatsoever and all that is left is a single 100-dollar bill. The police are puzzled and consider it a freaky-deaky case, and before anyone can react the station is robbed, and the bank is hit again. The suspects are many and the pressure is on to find the culprit before another crime takes place. Can you uncover the truth before it is too late?

Admission is five dollars and this event is for 12 yours of age and older. Light Refreshments will be served, please RSVP 518-894-3490.

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.

The Transcontinental Railroad

EAST GREENBUSH – Join the Greenbush Historical Society on March 15, 2 PM, when Michael Barrett will present The Transcontinental Railroad, the largest infrastructure project in American history that turned the United States into a true continental power and opened the development of the “Wild West.” Barrett, Executive Director of the Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway, is a noted historian and an engaging speaker. His talk will introduce many of the personalities who were prime movers in the project and who had ties to the Capital Region. Our extensive local industrial base in the nineteenth century provided a number of necessary parts that contributed to the Transcontinental Railroad and its completion in 1869. The project was a 1,912-mile continuous railroad line that connected the eastern U.S. rail network at Council Bluffs, Iowa, with the Pacific coast at the Oakland Long Wharf on San Francisco Bay. The program is free but seating is limited. Please register by calling the East Greenbush Public Library at 518-477-7476.

Dr. James Franchini to Discuss APCSD 2020-2021 School Budget and Future Capital Improvements

AVERILL PARK – The Poestenkill Business Association welcomes Dr. James Franchini, Superintendent of the Averill Park Central School District, on Monday night March 16, 2020 at the Sullivan-Jones VFW Post on Main St. in Poestenkill to discuss the reasons behind the Capital Building & Program Improvement Proposals scheduled to be included in the 2020 – 2021 Averill Park School Budget and beyond. A. P. District Residents are strongly encouraged to attend this presentation by Dr. Franchini in which he will detail proposed building modification plans and Educational Program improvements throughout the School District ahead of the upcoming School Budget Vote in May. Following the presentation, the audience will be permitted to ask Dr. Franchini questions to further their understanding of these proposals. The discussion will begin at 7:00 PM and the doors will open at 6:30 PM. Light refreshments will be available. The Poestenkill Business Association is proud to offer this information exchange session to all residents of the Averill Park Central School District. Thank you for your interest and see you Monday night March 16th.

4-H Tractor Safety Program (HOSTA)

RENSSELAER COUNTY – April 14-16 2020 – Open To Youth 14 Years and Older as of April 14th. Do you want to learn essential safety skills, gain hands on experience with a variety of agriculture equipment (such as tractors, skid steers, and ATVs), and earn your HOSTA safety certification? Then the 4-H Tractor Safety Program is just for you! Rensselaer County 4-H would like to welcome all area youth 4-H and non, 14 years old and older to participate in the 2020 Capital District 4-H HOSTA/Tractor Safety Program. This program is a great opportunity for youth who currently work on farms or around machinery, those who will be seeking employment on a farm, or anyone who would just like to learn more about farm and machinery safety. The classes will be held at various Agribusinesses in the Capital District. 

Cost of the program is $35 and will be due on the first day of class. There is also a mandatory orientation on March 17th at our office (61 State Street Troy, NY 12180) from 6:30-7:30. You must call the CCE office to pre-register at 518-272-4210.

RPI Learn to Swim Program

TROY – For children willing to learn how to swim.The RPI Swim Team will be holding swim lessons for the Spring 2020 at Robison Pool located on 15th Street on the RPI Campus. Registration will be Wednesday March 18th 6:00pm-7:30pm at Robison Pool. Dates of Lessons: Saturdays March 21, 28, and April 4, 11, 18. Cost: $60 for RPI affiliates/$70 for outside community (Cash or Check only). For more information or to receive a brochure please Contact Ashley at

Castleton Cemetery Association 

CASTLETON – The Castleton Cemetery Association will hold its annual Lot Owner’s and Their Families meeting on Thursday, March 19th, at the V.F.W. Hall on Scott Avenue in Castleton beginning at 7pm.  The treasury report will be read, projects for the spring and summer will be discussed and election of officers will be held.  All those who have an interest are welcome.  Tax-deductible contributions may be sent to:  Castleton Cemetery Association C/O Dawne Kelly, 227 Shufelt Road, Nassau, NY 12123.  Volunteers are welcome to help at our spring clean-up day on April 4th.  Please call Jayne Robinson at (518) 732-4284 with any questions.

The Pittstown Historical Society Has Planned The Following Event

PITTSTOWN – Lucy Larcom: A New England Mill Worker in the 19th century will be the subject of a re-enactment by Phyllis Chapman on March 19th at 7:30 PM at the Pittstown Town Hall in Tomhannock. As a young mill worker, Larcom began her working life in a New England textile factory in the 1830s. Chapman will focus on Larcom’s life with props and hands-on activities for the audience, demonstrating the tasks involved in textile production, the impact of mechanization, the structure of a mill, and changes the Industrial Revolution effected upon society. Learn also about the working and living conditions many young farm girls experienced in the early days of America’s Industrial Revolution. Children as well as adults will enjoy this interactive program. Chapman has been a museum educator and living history presenter for over 20 years.

The meeting, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Pittstown Historical Society.

For further information, email: or call Connie Kheel at 518-686-7514

Ireland: Songs of Hope, Freedom and Longing

NASSAU – Tis the season to wear green, share a slice of soda bread and speak of the many Irish descendants who have called our area their home. The Esquatak Historical Society invites you to an evening of song and story presented by local Irish-American entertainer Don Kelly. Mr. Kelly will share some of his family stories as well as performing “Ireland: Songs of Hope, Freedom and Longing” his very well received tribute to popular Irish folk and rebel songs telling the stories that inspired them. As an added treat, audience sing-a-long is encouraged.

The presentation will be Friday, March 20th, starting at 7 pm at the Grace United Methodist Church located at 42 Church Street (U.S. Route 20) in Nassau Village. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. For more information on your local Schodack and Nassau historical society please visit

St. Patrick’s Day Coffee House

EAST GREENBUSH – The First United Methodist Church located at 1 Gilligan Rd. E. Greenbush will be having our fabulous St Patrick’s Day Coffee House on March 20. Celebrate with us at 7:00 o’clock in the Fellowship Hall…singers, poets, minstrels, storytellers, dancers abound. The snack table will be laden with delicious morsels and the audience is plentiful and lively! Our donated proceeds go to local families in need of food, medicine and other necessities of life.Phone: 518-477-9693 Email: Website:

Transfiguration Parish Book Nook News

SPEIGLETOWN – The Book Nook at Transfiguration Parish on Hillview Drive in Speigletown is open on Saturday morning, March 21, from 9:00 am until noon. March half-priced specials are on some of your top authors. Debbie Macomber, James Patterson and Danielle Steel. All biographies, historical, religious, cookbooks, self-help and large print books are $1 each. Children and young adult books are 6/$1. Our inventory keeps getting better with all the new donations! Please stop by and check us out. Thanks for your continued support. See you at the Book Nook!

French Film

CAPITAL DISTRICT – “Belle Et Sebastien”, March 21, 2020 1pm, Troy Public Library, 100 Second Street, Troy, NY, free, presented by La Fédération Franco-Américaine du New York. Taken place in the French Alps during World War II, a quiet little boy meets a stray dog and begins a friendship.  The boy and his dog prove to be heroes when they help defend their village from the Nazis.  For additional information, call the Troy Public Library at 518-274-7071.  Follow La Fédération Franco-Américaine du New York at and Facebook.


EAST GREENBUSH – The First United Methodist Church located at 1 Gilligan Rd., E. Greenbush will be having an Eco-Fair on March 22 from 10:45am – noon. There will be a representative from Common Energy, the community solar provider selected for the church, and displays by church members on a number of topics, including: How to estimate and reduce your carbon footprint. Change your Diet – Recipes to try on Meatless Mondays. Where do I recycle this? (Resources for all kinds of items). Solar Panels on your Roof. The Future Solution -Carbon Capture. Impact of global warming. Community solar: why and how to sign up for it.Home energy audit: why and how to sign up for one. Perils of plastics and how to reduce my use of them. Electrify your Drive: Full Electric or Plug-in Hybrid. Keep Your Clothes On: Waste in the Textile Industry.

Fourth Sunday Ballroom Dance

CAPITAL DISTRICT – March 22, 2020. Polish Community Center, Washington Ave. Ext., Albany.Open To The Public. Dance lesson – TBD 6:30 pm. Showcase Dance TBD. Open Dancing. DJ – Joe Sweeney. Great Dance Mixers and Lady’s Choice. Cash Bar – Snack Table. Raffle. $14 pp – $12 S.O.S. members. Facebook page for Updates.

Bus to Quilt Show in Danbury, CT

Ride the East Side Quilters’ bus to Northern Star’s XLI Quilt Show in Danbury, CT, Saturday, May 2nd. The show will have on display more than 300 quilts, 30+ vendors and demonstrations. $45 includes cost of bus, driver’s tip and admission to the show.

DeLoa Jones ( is this year’s free lecturer. From the Show’s brochure: … Jones has carried her traditional quilting background into her machine quilting. She has quilted over 3,500 customers’ quilts and was voted 2011 Machine quilting teacher of the Year at MQX East 2012

The invitational exhibit is the works of Leni Wiener. ( a figurative fabric collage artist and the author of four books on making art quilts from photos, modern quilts and thread painting. Images of her work can be found on

To get on the bus, contact Pat Piniazek,, (518) 577-0491. Checks must be received by March 27th.

Come to the Fun Home!

GHENT – The Ghent Playhouse proudly presents Fun Home! Winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Musical, Fun Home is based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir. This groundbreaking production introduces us to Alison at three different ages, as she relates memories of her dysfunctional family that connect with her in surprising new ways, unlocking the mysteries of her father’s past, while discovering her own sexuality. With moving and beautiful music, Fun Home is an honest musical about seeing your parents through grownup eyes. Directed by Michael McDermott and Michael C. Mensching, musical direction by Joanne Mensching. Performances are March 27-29, April 3-5, and April 10-12, Friday and Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm. Info and tickets at

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.

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

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 Basic Poultry Management program on Thursday, March 26th at the Cornell Cooperative Extension office in Troy (61 State Street Troy, NY) at 6:30PM. Topics will include: hatching egg care, breeds, animal care and handling, housing, and health management. Admission is $5. Registration is encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. If you would like to register or have questions, please contact Kayela at 518-272-4210 or 

Cornell High Tech Citizen Science Nature Kit Training

Grafton –Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County and the Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center are offering a free training for all educators looking to engage youth in environmental science at the Grafton Lakes State Park Welcome Center. Friday, March 27: 8am-4pm. Don’t miss this chance to help youth connect to the natural world using modern technology. 

What do iPads, binoculars, trail cams, and wind meters have in common? They’re all part of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s new High Tech Nature Kit. Join our March workshop and learn how to use these tools to inspire kids in grades K-12 to participate in citizen-science projects, and conduct their own outdoor investigations. You’ll get hands on experience with all the tech in the kits, and discuss how to create inquiry investigations, and discover how to facilitate authentic science experiences inside and outside the classroom. Kits are available for loan to participants and include 5 iPad minis, 10 pairs of binoculars, 3 Garmin GPS units, 2 StealthCam trail cameras, a Kestrel wind meter, bird ID resources, and a citizen science and inquiry-based curriculum. Breakfast and lunch will be provided as part of this free training. Minimum number of participants 10. Maximum 20. Preregistration required at (518) 658-2055 or

Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center is a Rensselaer County Park open daily during daylight hours for hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Call for more information and a complete schedule of our winter events or visit .

Vendor/Craft Fair at Cornerstone Church

LANSINGBURGH – On Saturday, March 28, Cornerstone Community Church in Lansingburgh will hold a Vendor/Craft Fair. There are a limited number of spaces available. To reserve a space or for further information, you may contact Jill Manupella at 518-330-8288. The fair will be held at 570 Third Avenue in Lansingburgh (at Cornerstone Church, corner of 3rd Avenue and 115th Street). Items for sale include crafts, jewelry, and baked goods Hours are from 9-1 and a lunch of chili and hot dogs will be available.

For the Love of Bags & Bling Couch Party | St. Paul’s Center

RENSSELAER – Support homeless families at our online For the Love of Bags & Bling Couch Party. Shop for new and gently loved purses, scarves, and jewelry from the comfort of your own home! All proceeds will benefit St. Paul’s Center a local nonprofit serving Rensselaer County families experiencing homelessness. Tuesday, March 31st. Time: 7-9PM. Your couch! Join us online here:

We will post pictures of each item for sale on our Facebook page from 7-9PM. Pick up your items from our Center in Rensselaer, or have them shipped to you for a flat rate of $10.

It Is Time Again For Mr. AP

AVERILL PARK – It’s almost time for Averill Park High School’s most loved tradition… Mr. AP!! On April 3rd at 7pm come see some of the boys in the senior class show off their talent, rock it in the sports wear, and many more exciting things! It’s going to be a really fun time! Will you be there to see who becomes MR.AP 2020?

Adult Tractor Safety Workshop

RENSSELAER COUNTY – Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County is excited to offer a Tractor and Farm Safety Course on Saturday, April 4th at White’s Farm Supply in Schaghticoke (1205 State Route 40 Schaghticoke, NY 121544). 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 begin at 10:00 A.M with a presentation from the New York Center of for Agriculture Medicine and Health (NYCAMH) followed by an opportunity to give your newly learned skills a try. 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. To register, please call CCE office at 518-272-4210. There is a registration fee of $5 payable at the class. If you have special needs that need to be met in order to participate, please let us know at the time of registration.  Cornell Cooperative Extension is an equal opportunity employer and programmer.

The Rensselaer Alumni Association Hall of Fame Induction Dinner

RENSSELAER COUNTY – Rensselaer Alumni Association will hold its Hall of Fame Induction Dinner on April 4, 2020 ~ 5-9pm ~ Birch Hill, 1 Celebration Way, Castleton, NY 12033.  Inductees this year:  Rikki Allert ‘95; Jon Badi ‘62, Jay Corcoran ‘66; Carol Davis ‘72; Philip Foust ‘76; Frances Harrison Faculty, posthumous; Edward “Eddie Angel” Heeran ‘71; Bryan Leahey ‘74; Jacklyn Nixon, staff; and Ret. Capt. Grant Staats ‘77. 

Cocktail hour 5-6pm ~ hors d’oeuvres & cash bar; followed by dinner & induction ceremony 6-9pm. 

Send names, # of attendees, meal choice and check made out to “Rensselaer Alumni Association” for $45/pp for adults or $15/pp for children under 12 to 25 Van Rensselaer Dr., Rensselaer, NY 12144. Meal choices:

Slow-Roasted Prime Rib of Beef or Fresh Tilapia stuffed with Crab and Shrimp served with a Lemon Beurre-Blanc or Cavatelli pasta with grape tomatoes, spinach, and roasted garlic, tossed with olive oil. Child’s meal: Chicken fingers & fries. Salad, potato, vegetable, beverage and dessert. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED/NO WALK-INS ~NO REFUNDS.

Alzheimer’s Association of Northeastern New York 2020 Caregiver’s Conference

CAPITAL DISTRICT – April 14, 2020.  8:00AM to 3:30PM. 189 Wolf Road. Albany Marriott, Albany NY. The 2020 Caregiver’s Conference features a Keynote Speaker, a motivational Closing Speaker, Carl V. Hill, Ph.D., MPH, Vice President of Scientific Engagement for the National Alzheimer’s Association. David E. Hart, M.D., FAAN, attending physician at the Alzheimer’s Center at Albany Medical College will also speak at the conference. There will be an array of educational workshops on various Alzheimer’s disease and dementia-related topics, specifically geared towards the needs of caregivers. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from local experts and visit more than 50 exhibitors, including home health care agencies, assisted living communities, memory care options, elder care attorneys, financial advisors, and many other community supportive services.

For more information or help registering, call 518.867.4999 ext. 1693, or visit

Visitation to the Sick, Elderly and Homebound: Formation & Skill Building Workshops

CAPITAL DISTRICT – Pastoral Care Ministry will offer skill building and formation workshops this Spring for those of any faith interested in volunteering as a visitor to the sick, elderly, and homebound.

The workshops will take place Mondays, April 20, 27 and May 4, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm and Saturday May 9 from 8:30 AM-3 PM at St. Edward the Confessor Church, Clifton Park, NY. 

Information includes topics on pastoral visitation, communication, illness issues, spiritual assessment, grief, loss, suffering, faith, death, dying, ritual, sacraments, theology of pastoral care and care giving issues.

$60, includes book/materials. Registration required, space limited.  Registration deadline: April 13, 2020. All faith traditions welcome. Registration:; email: or (518) 641-6818.

9th Annual Ladies Spring Tea Party and Fashion Show

RENSSELAER – Fancy hat, lacy gloves, & delicate china adorn the tables at our 9th annual Ladies Spring Tea & Fashion show On Saturday May 2nd, 2020 at 12 noon 166 Columbia Turnpike, Rensselaer NY. Please join us for a lite lunch & delicious desserts, along with many flavors of tea (& coffee), followed by a small skit & our “Dress for Less” fashion show including items from our 2 thrift stores.. This year we will be playing a few games , & as always you will not leave without one of our hand made favors & door prizes. Bring a friend or maybe even make a new one. All this fun & food is only $7. So please reserve by April 25th to secure a seat, call Linda 518-380-9572 with questions or to reserve your seat… This will be a “Tea-riffic” time.. Hope to see you there

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.

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

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.  








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