Events 03.24.22

Rensselaer County Legislature Announces Electronics Recycling Event

Chairwoman of the Legislature Kelly Hoffman is proud to announce that the Legislature will once again hold an Electronics Recycling Event for County residents. 

The event will be held at the County Office Building on Saturday, April 9th from 9:30am until 1pm.The Legislature has teamed up Pro Tek to offer this wonderful opportunity for County residents to responsibly dispose of electronic items and appliances. Televisions and CRT monitors will not be accepted, along with batteries, dishwashers, fluorescent lamps or bulbs, refrigerators, and any liquids or dangerous materials and other non-electrical appliances.

“Each year our residents look forward to this opportunity to safely and responsibly dispose of these electrical items and keep them out of our landfills. It is a great way to properly get rid of items from your Spring cleaning”, said Chairwoman Kelly Hoffman.

“Over the past several years, this program has kept many tons of recyclable products out of our local landfills. We urge all County residents to take advantage of this opportunity to responsibly recycle”, said Vice Chair Bob Loveridge.

County resident with questions about what can be accepted at this event should call Pro-Tek at 518- 874-1001.

“I, along with other members of the Legislature, enjoy helping residents safely unload their vehicles at this annual event, and we look forward to seeing our County residents at this recycling event”, said Chair of Finance Rob Bayly.

The Legislature partners with its Environmental Management Council to host this event at the County Office Building at 1600 7th Avenue in Troy. Residents can enter the parking lot from Congress Street for fast and easy unloading assistance.

County residents with any questions about this event, or general county business are always welcome to call our Majority office at 518-270-2880 or visit our Facebook page; “Rensselaer County Legislators”

Town of East Greenbush Easter Egg Hunt

EAST GREENBUSH – The Town of East Greenbush will host its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 9th from 8:00-12:00 PM at the East Greenbush Town Park! Pre-Registration is required for this event, as we have different age groups hunting for eggs at different times. All children can collect up to 10 eggs and participate in coffee and light fare inside the Red Barn once they have completed their hunt! To register, please visit 

Town of North Greenbush Easter Egg Hunt

Did “some-bunny” say Easter Egg Hunt? Supervisor Joe Bott is happy to announce the Town of North Greenbush Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, April 9, 2022 at 10:00 am at Town Hall, 2 Douglas Street in Wynantskill. 

The field will be filled with delicious treats and decorative eggs. Children please bring your baskets and hop on over for an “eggtastic” time and be ready for some fun! This annual tradition has seen thousands of children over the years come to celebrate Spring and visit with the Easter Bunny. 

This “egg-citing” event is being organized by Councilwoman Jessica Merola, chair of the town youth committee and Deputy Supervisor Kelly Hoffman. Please contact Supervisor Bott’s office with any questions. We hope to see you there.

H.O.P.E. Cat Cafe

H.O.P.E. Pet Adoption and Education Center in the Wilton Mall is holding a Cat Cafe Fundraiser on Sunday, March 27 from 1-4pm. $15 donation includes free H.O.P.E. mug and light refreshments. 

Join us for fun and games with our furry friends. Reservations are suggested; please call 518-450-7013.

Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys Present Noontime Concert at HVCC

Local bluegrass favorites Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys perform at noon on Thursday, March 24, in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy. The hour-long concert, presented by the Cultural Affairs Program, is open to free to all. 

The program also will be live streamed at Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys deliver a blend of bluegrass and rockabilly reminiscent of Hank Williams, Earl Scruggs and Bill Monroe. Add some storytelling and a dash of down-home humor, and it’s impossible not to have a good time. The band just released a new album, entitled “Hillbilly Rock n Roll.” The lineup at HVCC will be Gaudet, guitar and vocals; Bobby Ristau, upright bass and backing vocals; Sten Isachsen, mandolin and backing vocals, with special guests Tucker Callander on fiddle and Richie Pagano on piano. 

A concert by Double B & the New Orleans Drive-by Band, upcoming at noon on Thursday, April 21, also in the BTC Auditorium, concludes a Spring 2022 series of music events. Visit for the live stream access link to either event. Contact Debby Gardner at for more information.

Final Weekend – Circle Theatre presents “The Last Romance” by Joe DiPietro at Sand Lake Center for the Arts

SAND LAKE – Three more chances to see this heart-warming comedy about the transformative power of love. 

A crush can make anyone feel young again – even a widower named Ralph. On an ordinary day in a routine life, Ralph decides to take a different path on his daily walk – one that leads him to an unexpected second chance at love. Relying on a renewed boyish charm, Ralph attempts to woo the elegant, but distant, Carol. Defying Carol’s reticence – and his lonely sister’s jealousy – Ralph embarks on the trip of a lifetime, and regains a happiness that seemed all but lost.

Directed by Maureen Aumand. March 25 and 26 at 8pm and March 27 at 2:30pm. Tickets are $20. Purchase online at or by calling SLCA at 518-674-2007.

Western Square Dance Lessons Free Night

NEWTONVILLE – You are invited to a free lesson in Western-style square dancing, offered by the Latham Circle Squares Dance Club. Come and see what square dancing is all about. You will have fun while you learn a few square dance calls, meet other people, and learn what a square dance club can offer you.

Our free lesson will be held on Tuesday, March 29, 2022 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the United Methodist Church Hall, 568 Loudon Road, Newtonville, NY (corner of US 9 and Maxwell Road). Beginning Tuesday, April 5, 2022, lessons will continue thru Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at a cost of $10 per lesson. All are welcome, singles and couples, all ages.

Square dancers follow “calls” given by a caller, and perform the dance movements associated with each call to the beat of music. Our caller, Elaine Mikenas wants to pass on our time-honored American tradition of square and round dancing through teaching workshops and calling square dances which has been her enjoyment for many years.

We will follow state and local Covid-19 guidelines. Anyone not vaccinated or currently have Covid-19 symptoms should not attend. Masks optional.

Dress casually with comfortable shoes. You will love square dancing – “It’s FUN square dancing with a group of friends. It’s not square to dance.” 

For further information, contact any of us: Chuck (518) 355-0954; Julie (518) 399-7795; Ron (518) 286-0755; or Dan (518) 458-2721.

Food Truck Night is Back in North Greenbush!!

NORTH GREENBUSH – May the FORCE be with you all on Wednesday, May 4th. The Town of North Greenbush will have our Food Truck Night. The night has changed, but not all the delicious food choices. We hope you can stop by and pick up dinner between 4:00pm and 7:00pm every Wednesday night. 

We will have several vendors from last year and some additonal new vendors here at Town Hall. The 1st night we welcome some special guests that will be walking around the baseball field where all the vendors will be again this year because of our opening date….MAY THE 4th BE WITH YOU…….The Storm Trooper Patrol will be greeting everyone back for the season. 

For more information please contact Janice Hannigan Kerwin, Town Clerk @ 518-283-4306.

The Kiwanis Club of East Greenbush is holding a Comedy Night Fundraiser 

EAST GREENBUSH – Featured are  national headliner John Mulrooney and opener Pat DaBiere, the show will be held on Saturday, April 9th, at the Melvin Roads American Legion Post at 200 Columbia Turnpike in East Greenbush.  

Doors open at 7 PM and the show will begin at 8 PM.  There will also be a Chinese auction and a 50/50 raffle.  Advance tickets sell for $30 or $35 at the door.  Contact Steve Van Zandt (518) 859-2875 or Vinny Catelotti (518) 331-3798 for details or tickets.  All proceeds benefit Kiwanis programs for children and communities.

First Communion, Prom and Wedding Attire at Thrift Shop

Thrift Shop at Church of the Redeemer in Rensselaer has an assortment of attire for your special spring occasions: Communion dresses, Prom dresses and gowns, Wedding gowns, Mother of the Bride dresses, and cocktail dresses. Stop in to see if we can fill your need. 

Thrift Shop is scheduled to be open every Thursday from 3-6. 

The Church of the Redeemer is an Episcopal church located on CDTA bus route #214 at the corner of Third and Catherine Streets. There is a parking lot in the rear by the Thrift Shop entrance.. 

Fr. Robert Haskell may be emailed at


(Diane DeBlois & Robert Dalton Harris) with Arts Letters and Numbers are sponsoring a “Spring Thaw Photographic Art Exhibit,” Thursday, March 31 2022, 6 to 9, at Faith Upper Mill, second floor, 1548 Burden Lake Road, Averill Park. 

There are two ways to contribute: (1) take a photo with your phone of some compelling wintry aspect of water, rock, or habitat, within the Wynantskill Watershed (or areas adjacent) and send it by email to, with your name, the date, the time of day, the exact location. 

We will print these photos and display them attached to a huge fabric map. (2) Enter a piece – a photograph, assemblage, installation, or performance (music, poetry, etc.) on the theme of seeing differently in winter. Send a description & artist statement to Items must be delivered to the site on 26 March from 3 to 6.

Award-winning Author Sandra Cisneros Visits HVCC on April 8

TROY – Acclaimed writer Sandra Cisneros will visit Hudson Valley Community College on Friday, April 8, to discuss and share her work, including a new novel published in 2021. 

Open free to all, the program will be at 11 a.m. in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium on the Troy campus. Cisneros’s writing depicts the lives of immigrants trying to find their way in an often-unwelcoming world. 

Her coming-of-age classic, “The House on Mango Street” (1984), tells the story of Esperanza Cordero who is determined to build a future better than others expected her to have. The book is translated into more than 20 languages and is required reading from middle school through college across the U.S. Cisneros’s first novel in nearly 10 years, “Martita, I Remember You” (Vintage Books, dual-language edition, 2021), is an intimate story of memory and friendship. As a young woman, Corina leaves her Mexican family in Chicago with dreams of becoming a writer in Paris. Though brief, her time in the City of Light takes on a lasting glow due to her new friends, Martita and Paola. The women lose touch over the years, until a long-forgotten letter brings back Corina’s days in Paris with startling immediacy. 

The writer’s many awards include NEA fellowships in both poetry and fiction, the Texas Medal of the Arts, a MacArthur Fellowship, the National Medal of the Arts, and the PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature. She was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree by SUNY Purchase in 1993. She is a dual citizen of the U.S. and Mexico, and currently lives in Mexico. Time will be allotted for Q&A and a book signing. 

The event is presented by the Cultural Affairs Program in collaboration with the English, Foreign Languages and English as a Second Language Department. Per the author’s request, audience members must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination and wear a mask. 

Contact Debby Gardner at or (518) 629-8071 for more information.

Sand Lake Center for the Arts 2022 Juried Art Show Call for Submissions

Artists of all media are invited to submit up to two works for a juried show at Sand Lake Center for the Arts July 1 through July 31, 2022. Twenty pieces will be selected. Awards will be presented for first ($300), second ($200), third ($100), and people’s choice ($100). There is no submission fee for this show. 

Art should reflect the concepts presented in the song “When I’m Gone” by Phil Ochs. Song lyrics are included on our website, Submissions should be sent to in jpeg form by June 1, 2022. Selections will be announced by June 20, 22. Selected pieces must be delivered to SLCA by June 30,2022. 

For more information, visit or call 518-674-2007. Sand Lake Center for Arts is located at 2880 NY 43, Averill Park, NY.

Castleton Boat Club

Spring 2022 History Lecture Series

92 South Main Street, Castleton, NY 12033

Join local historians and USCG Licensed Captains at the Castleton Boat Club for an informative and enjoyable series on Castleton and Hudson River history. Admission fee of $5 per person. Light refreshments provided prior to the lecture. NYS COVID guidelines will be respected.

Friday, April 22, 6:30-8:00 PM – The Industrial age of the Upper Hudson: Join Rensselaer County Historian, Kathy Sheehan, for an in-depth look at the industries and businesses on the shores of the Upper Hudson. These are the industries that built the Capital District.

Friday, May 27, 6:30-8:00 PM – Steamboats of the Hudson River: Captain Stanley Wilcox is the author of the full-color book “HUDSON: FROM TROY TO THE BATTERY”. He is a USCG licensed captain and has worked the river for many years. In this presentation he looks at the boats that brought Albany and Manhattan together during the age of Steam Power.

For more information, or to preregister, call 518-708-7995 or email

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