Events 03.26.20

Grafton Merrymakers Meeting Cancelled

GRAFTON – The April 8th meeting of the Grafton merrymakers has been canceled. We will keep you posted when we will start up the meetings again. If you have any questions please call Betty Jean at 518-272-8624.

Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County Rescheduled Programs

RENSSELAER COUNTY – Due to updates with the Coronavirus two upcoming programs hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County have been postponed. Basic Poultry Management, originally scheduled for Thursday March 26, has been moved to Tuesday May 12 at 6:30 PM. Secondly, the Adult Tractor Safety Program that was to be hosted at Whites Farm Supply on Saturday April 4th has been tentatively rescheduled to Tuesday, August 18th at 6:30 P.M. We apologize for the inconvenience, and please stay tuned for the updated press releases regarding these two programs. If you have any questions, contact Kayela at or 518-272-4210 ext. 105.

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?

Center Brunswick Fire Company Spring Vendor and Craft Fair

CENTER BRUNSWICK – Join us Saturday, April 4th at the Center Brunswick Fire House, 1045 Hoosick Road, Center Brunswick (across from the Town Hall), from 9AM-2PM, for our Spring Vendor & Craft Fair. This event will feature many local crafters and vendors for your shopping needs. There will also be raffles, 50/50, bake sale, free admission and parking. Proceeds from this event will benefit our 75th Anniversary celebration in August 2020.

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.

The Rensselaer Alumni Association Hall of Fame Induction Dinner

RENSSELAER COUNTY – Rensselaer Alumni Association will hold its Hall of Fame Induction Dinner on May 17, 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.

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.  

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.






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