Events 03.25.21

The Capital District Genealogical Society Cordially Invites You To Join Us

CAPITAL DISTRICT – Saturday March 27, 2021 at 1:00 P.M. via Zoom – A National Genealogical Society Quarterly Case Study: DNA Corroborates Oral Tradition. Speaker LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson is a trustee and current president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®.

The speaker will provide information needed to make sound decisions on when DNA tests can or should be used in genealogical research, and how to meet the DNA-specific genealogy standards for accuracy and completeness. The lecture will include an overview of available direct-to-consumer tests, a discussion of the elements of a targeted testing plan, and information about analyzing DNA test results.

This will be a Zoom meeting. There is a 100 person limit. Registration is free and will open to the public approximately Mar 16, 2021. See our website under meetings and events. Please join us! This session will NOT be recorded.

Nassau Youth Committee Easter Bunny Benefit Nassau’s Food Pantry

NASSAU – March 27, 2021 from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the Nassau Town Hall, 29 Church Street Nassau, NY 12123. Join the Easter Bunny for some fun and treats for the kids and help our community at the same time.

The Gathering Place is looking for tuna and crackers.

The Nassau Resource Center would like scalloped potatoes, pineapple, sweet potatoes, and any other kind of vegetable available,

Also cleaning products and personal care items are appreciated.

Pipeline at Sand Lake Center for the Arts

SAND LAKE – NoPiates Committee and Wayne Gendron present: Pipeline, a passionate drama by Dominique Morisseau. This event will be a live Zoom reading on March 27th at 7pm, Free!

With profound compassion and lyricism, Morisseau delves into the urgent issue of the “School-to-prison” pipeline that ensnares people of color. Issues of class, race, parenting and education in America are brought to the frontlines, as we are left to question the systematic structures that ultimately trap underserved communities. Directed by Siobhan Shea.


Writing about Nature and Place

RENSSELAER COUNTY – The Rensselaer Plateau Alliance presents “Writing about Nature and Place,” with Rama Hamarneh and Molly Freiberg. This a a two part workshop, held on Saturdays March 27 and April 3, 10 am – 11:30, via Zoom. We invite you to take the time to really connect with nature, and use that as inspiration for writing, or a time to think creatively about writing. This workshop is created to help you carve time out of your day to be in nature, and to write. There are no expectations as to what you produce and how, but our goal is to come together and share this time to be mindfully in nature. In week two, we will share and discuss the written work that the experience helped us to produce. Please register in advance at, or call 518-948-2069.

North Greenbush Easter Poster Contest and Visit by the Easter Bunny

NORTH GREENBUSH – The North Greenbush Youth Committee will be holding an Easter Poster Contest and Bunny Visit! Design a drawing or poster for your chance to win an Easter Basket, delivered to you from the one and only Easter Bunny! Prizes will be awarded to the following grade groups: K – 1st, 2nd – 3rd, 4th – 5th grades. There will be 3 winners selected from each grade group. Drop off your designs in the special box in the vestibule of the North Greenbush Library; deadline is March 28th. Please include your Name, Grade, Address and Phone Number. Winners will be notified and visited by the Easter Bunny on April 3rd. The Youth Committee has also arranged for a special visit by the Easter Bunny who will be visiting certain locations throughout our Town on April 3rd. Stay tuned for the locations and more details on the Town’s Website:

LVORC’s Famous Ladies’ Tea to Benefit Literacy Programs

RENSSELAER COUNTY – Celebrate Women’s History Month and support literacy programs in Rensselaer County and Albany County at the all-virtual Famous Ladies’ Tea, Sunday, March 28, 1:00-4:00P.M.

Local actresses will portray ten notable women including Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Shirley Temple Black, Fanny Lou Hamer, Anne LaBastille, and Doris Day. Raffle tickets will be available in advance.

Single tickets to the virtual Famous Ladies’ Tea with lunch are $45. Boxed lunches (to be picked up 3/27) will include three mini croissant sandwiches (chicken salad, egg salad, ham and gruyere) with a side order of Chef salad.

Tickets without lunch are $30. A box of tea-themed cookies can be purchased for $20. Payment is required in advance, online at or by check to Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County, 65 First Street, Troy, NY 12180. Proceeds from this event make it possible for LVORC to provide free literacy services to adults and children in Rensselaer County and Albany County.

A link to the event will be sent to registered guests. For more information, call (518) 244-4650 or visit

Time to Create Mortgage Repayment Plan

RENSSELAER COUNTY -If you are a homeowner with delinquent payments or if your loan is in forbearance, now is the time to act. Courts will be reopening soon and a large number of foreclosure filings are expected.

Contact your loan servicer to negotiate the best option to make up missed payments. One option is to make a repayment plan to pay more than the regular payment to get caught up over a period of months. If this causes an unaffordable payment, a second option is a loan extension or partial claim which moves missed payments to the end of the loan. Payments may need to be increased in the short term, however, if the lender has advanced payments for taxes and a negative escrow account needs to be refunded. Another option is to request a mortgage modification. A modification can add delinquent payments and negative tax escrows to the loan balance and possibly extend the term of the loan or reduce the interest rate.

For advice, connect with a local advisor to discuss the best options for you. The Capital Region has a robust network of housing and legal services advisors who are experts in foreclosure prevention, thanks to funding from New York State’s Home Owner Protection Program (“HOPP”) administered by the NYS Attorney General. Participating HOPP agencies do not charge fees to homeowners facing mortgage default. For a list of HOPP agencies, please visit

A free information webinar on options will be held via Zoom on Wednesday March 31st at 5:30 pm. Visit to register and learn more.

Easter Bunny Drive-By 

NORTH GREENBUSH – On Saturday, April 3rd 2021, the Town of North Greenbush will be hosting an Easter Bunny Drive-By around town. The Bunny will be heading to several areas of town to come and see the children of North Greenbush. He has chosen locations for everyone to come out and park and be able to catch a glimpse of him throughout the day starting at 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. His map location will be on our town’s website at

Make a sign for the Easter Bunny to see, he will wave and be as happy as he could be!

Gilead Lutheran Church Easter Egg Hunt

CENTER BRUNSWICK – Join us Saturday, April 3rd at 10:00 a.m. for an old-fashioned Easter egg hunt! Plastic treat-filled eggs will be provided. We will be outside so dress for the weather. Please remember social distancing guidelines, masks required when we are unable to social distance. All are welcome, bring your friends! Please call or email Andrea Keefer at 518-598-2231, with any questions. Gilead is located at intersection of Route 7 and Route 278 in Center Brunswick;

Capital Region Social Happenings© – A Division of Singles Outreach Services Inc.

CAPITAL DISTRICT – Friday Night Events at 435 New Karner Road (Hanover Square Offices and Apts) at “Hill” door entrance. Office Phone: 518-452-6883. Open to the public at large. 

Friday, April 9th – Norm Salisbury and Al Lawrence perform from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. They will be performing an array of Country Music as well as music from the fifties and sixties.  They will have you tapping your toes and singing along to the music that you remember. They perform frequently in the Capital Region.  $12.  CDC & COVID compliant. Seating limited. Snacks provided. Plenty of free parking. Handicap accessible. Call 518-452-6883 for more information. 435 New Karner Road (Hanover Square Offices and Apts.) at “Hill” door entrance

 Friday, April 16th -Don Hyman is a talented performer and music historian who will weave stories into his performance.  This time he will share his treasure chest of love songs and more.  He appears on TV and on the Stage as well.   Event starts at 7 pm.  $12.  CDC & COVID compliant. Seating limited. Snacks provided. Plenty of free parking. Handicap accessible. Call 518-452-6883 for more information. 435 New Karner Road (Hanover Square Offices and Apts.) at “Hill” door entrance

Friday, April 23rd – Guitarist Dave Gallagher will perform at 7 pm.  This talented guitarist will play your favorite song. All you have to do is make a request.   $12.  CDC & COVID compliant. Seating limited. Snacks provided. Plenty of free parking. Handicap accessible. Call 518-452-6883 for more information. 435 New Karner Road (Hanover Square Offices and Apts.) at “Hill” door entrance

Friday, April 30th – Let the Good Times Roll with Miss Carla Page, popular area performer. You might have enjoyed her at the Rivers Casino on Monday afternoons.  She also has a radio show on WPTR 1240 AM or WPTR 97.1 FM on Saturdays and Mondays at noon where she plays Mo-Town music. $12.  CDC & COVID compliant. Seating limited. Snacks provided. Plenty of free parking. Handicap accessible. Call 518-452-6883 for more information. 435 New Karner Road (Hanover Square Offices and Apts.) at “Hill” entrance.

Capital Area Beekeepers Meeting

CAPITAL DISTRICT – The free monthly meeting of the Capital Area Beekeepers is scheduled for Wednesday April 14th at 7pm. The meeting will be held via Zoom. The main topic for this month is Planting for Pollinators. Our presenter will be Tim Kennelty who has been a Master Gardener volunteer in Columbia County for the past 5 years. He is also a trained Master Naturalist through Cornell Cooperative Extension and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Columbia Land Conservancy. He has gardened in Columbia County for more than 30 years and has developed a passion for preserving native species and combating exotic invasive plants.Trees and plants for pollinators are one of the things we can all do to support honey bees and other pollinators as well. Spring is a great time to plant so please join us. As always there will be time for Q&A with Tim or with any of the beeks in attendance. There will an opportunity at this meeting to buy a ticket to win a nuc this spring from local beekeeper, Bee Hollow Farms. If you are interested in attending please send an email to to get on the list for an invitation to the Zoom meeting.

Mohawk Hudson Chapter of the Antique Outboard Motor Club Inc. 6th Annual Swap Meet 

CAPITAL DISTRICT – Current President Michael Glenn announces that the 6th Annual Swap Meet of the Chapter will be held again this year at the Schrader and Company Offices. The event is planned for April 24, 2021 and will be held on the property of the Schrader and Company in Burnt Hills, New York. Attendees come from throughout the Northeast as well as local members and the general public is welcome to attend at no cost. There is no admission fee and no fee to display/buy/sell/trade.

The day is planned to begin at 9:00 AM as a casual open air event that is expected to last until 2:00 pm. The event includes the buying, selling and trading of antique and classic outboard motors, boats and related items from attendees/vendors. Additional vendors are welcome at no cost. The general public is welcome. There will be food available for a donation for morning coffee and donuts and lunch at noontime.

The swap meet is held in an Antiques Roadshow type atmosphere and interested parties can get parts, advice and resources for their old outboard motors and boats, as well as an outlet to bring their motors to put them in the hands of a collector who can restore it. There will be judging of motors in several categories.

The Chapter, organized in March of 2005 has experienced growth over the last 15 years.

For further news of the Mohawk Hudson Chapter of the AOMCI, please visit our website:

For information about the national organization, please visit their website at

Capital District Fly Fishers Fly Casting Clinic

CAPITAL DISTRICT – Learn or Improve Fly Casting!!! Saturday Date May 1st 10:00 – Noon (Rain date May 2nd- same time). Halfmoon Town Park, 162 Rout e 236, Halfmoon, NY 12065. If you have a rod, bring it. If you do not one will be provided. Pre-Registration A MUST!!! For Information, Registration, Gift Certificate Contact: Rodney Priddle (518) 421-6762 or Rodney; Paul Sinicki (518) 885-8257 or – All Students MUST have eye protection and Mask!!! (Rx or sun glasses are acceptable). Non Member Fee $20.00.

Call for Entries at Sand Lake Center for the Arts Gallery

SAND LAKE – SLCA and A Still Small Voice 4 U are calling on visual artists for the 2021 Summer Juried Art Show! Artists of all media are invited to submit up to two works for this show titled “Hands”, inspired by the song by Phil Ochs. Submissions should be sent to in jpeg format by May 31, 2021. Selections will be announced by June 4, 2021 and selected works must be delivered to Sand Lake Center for the Arts on Mondays (or by appointment) beginning June 7th. All selected pieces must be delivered by June 28, 2021. Twenty pieces will be selected with first, second, third, and people’s choice cash awards. This year’s juror is Phil Williamston. For more information go to

4-H Tractor Safety Program (HOSTA)

RENSSELAER COUNTY –  May-June of 2021. Open to all youth ages 14 and above.

Rensselaer County 4-H would like to welcome all area youth 4-H and non, 14 years old and older to participate in the 2021 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 focus of the curriculum is safe operation and maintenance of large equipment, personal protection, chemical, mechanical and electrical hazards as well as live- stock handling. Employers and parents should be aware that youth aged 14 and 15 years who are not working directly for their parents must have a tractor operator certificate to legally operate large equipment according to OSHA. HOSTA will prepare participants and qualify them to earn a tractor operators certificate if students attend all classes as well as pass a written and operator’s exam.

Due to COVID-19, this year’s program will look slightly different. An orientation, farm tours, and various presentations will take place via Zoom on the evenings of May 6th, 13th, 20th, and June 3rd. A chance to practice using equipment will be held on the morning of June 5th at the Washington County Fairgrounds. The written test will be done virtually though Qualtrics, and the skills test will happen in-person on the morning of June 12th at the Washington County Fairgrounds.

Cost of the program is $35 and will be due on the first day of class.

Please contact Kayela at the CCE Rensselaer office if you have any questions or to pre-register at 518-272-4210 /

You can also use this link to register:

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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