Events 04.22.21

Craft Fair at Pittstown Church

PITTSTOWN – Craft Fair on Saturday, June 12, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Pittstown United Methodist Church Hall, 45 Old Route 7, Valley Falls, NY 12185 sponsored by the United Methodist Women of Pittstown. All Vendors are welcome. $20.00 per table. Indoor and Outdoor space available. Tables provided. Interested Vendors please contact: Carolyn O’Donnell, 6 Factory Hollow Road, Valley Falls, NY 12185 at 518-663-8253. Food will be available at event for purchase.

Woodside 56 Road Cemetery of Poestenkill, Annual Meeting Cancelled

POESTENKILL – The annual meeting on May 4, 2021 of the Woodside 56 Road Cemetery Association Lot Owners and Their Families  will be cancelled. Next year it is planned to resume on May 2, 2022 at 7:00 pm. at Union Gospel Church Hall in 

East Poestenkill.  Address: 1039 Plank Road, Averill Park, NY. The community is welcome to address comments or questions to:  PH: 518-283-5303.

Tax deductible contributions and volunteering from concerned citizens are keeping our ‘not for profit’ cemetery cared for and solvent into future years. History of our hamlet is held in our cemetery. Please visit between dawn and dusk. 

Send contributions to: Woodside 56 Road Cemetery, Box 76, Poestenkill, NY 12140.

Troy Lodge of Elks Bingo is Back on Monday Nights!!!

WYNANTSKILL – Troy Elks Bingo at our new home at the American Legion in Wynantskill. Starts at 7PM Doors open at 5:30PM. $25 Admission includes: 2 Door Cards and 16 Regular Cards for Five Series of Bingo. Early Bird and Casino 50/50 Games sold separately at $1.00 Each (2-on cards). Extra Cards for the Five Series of Bingo also sold separately at $1.00 each (4-on cards). Reservations are required by calling Mary Beth at 518-312-7291. Social Distancing and the wearing of masks will be Mandatory.

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 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.

STRIDE Adaptive Sports to Receive Generous Donation from American National

Local Athletes with Disabilities Benefit from Strikeout Program at Siena College

WEST SAND LAKE –  STRIDE Adaptive Sports announced today that it will receive a generous donation from the American National Insurance Company. The check presentation will be held at Siena College’s lacrosse field on Friday, April 23rd at 4:00 p.m.

STRIDE will use the donation to help fund its 18 adaptive sport and recreation programs for athletes with disabilities. The funds were raised by the American National Strikeout program, which made a donation to STRIDE for every strikeout Siena’s baseball and softball teams pitched this season.

According to STRIDE’s Founder and CEO, Mary Ellen Whitney, the nonprofit’s partnership with American National and Siena College gives athletes with disabilities something to cheer about. “I’ve read from a multitude of articles that up to a third of U.S. nonprofits will close their doors in the next two years. Luckily, adapting to special challenges is what STRIDE does best, but we can’t do it without sponsors like American National who keep investing in the community during uncertain times,” said Whitney.

“Individuals with disabilities and special needs have been historically underserved. I’m proud to say that with the help of our resilient funding partners, STRIDE is offering them a full schedule of programs this spring and summer in Covid-adapted formats. This will include golf, bowling, archery, camping, tennis, fitness classes, yoga, hiking, and likely kayaking and whitewater rafting.”

STRIDE’s Program Director, Megan Evans, will be on-hand to receive the check. She added that STRIDE’s new community center will also begin to re-open. “We have this amazing new building called the SHARE Center in West Sand Lake. It is the first and only community fitness center in the area for people with disabilities. There is an anti-gravity treadmill for exercisers with mobility limitations, weightlifting equipment, a dance/ballet bar, and floor space for holding programs. The Covid pandemic shut down the center shortly after its grand opening, but with the continued support of our amazing donors, we will be slowly opening the center back up for use.”

Questions about STRIDE Programs can be directed to Megan Evans, Program Director, at 518-598-1279, Information on sponsorship opportunities can be obtained from Patrick Hayslett, Development Director, at 518-598-1279,

Healing in Nature: Mindfulness and Connection for Social Workers, Clinicians and Their Clients

RENSSELAER COUNTY – Friday April 23, 2021 and Friday May 7, 2021, 9 am – 11 am. Presented by Rensselaer Plateau Alliance’s Molly Freiberg, LMSW. This two-session workshop will be a lively and welcoming course for beginners to advanced practitioners with videos, discussions, readings, and practices. The space between sessions will allow time to process and practice skills and be able to bring that back to second session. You will learn about how mindful time in nature helps to expand our senses and changes our brains, study all of the benefits of time in nature, learn how to welcome the whole self, begin to slow down and cultivate a non-judgmental awareness of our internal and external landscapes, and learn how to bring nature connection and mindfulness into your life and your work. We will explore how deepening our knowledge of the natural world can combat “species loneliness” and help us live more fully, hear from various experts, learn about Environmental Justice considerations, and see how allowing curiosity and “wildness” can support self-determination and agency. Current UAlbany Field Instructors receive a 50% discount on the cost of CE hours. You will need to enter the Promotion Code given to you by the Field Office during the checkout process to receive the reduced rate. Limited scholarships available for students and new social workers. Please email sswceu@<span class=”oe_displaynone”>null</span> for more information.

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

Last Train to Nibroc at Sand Lake Center for the Arts

SAND LAKE – Paula Hoffay, Karleen Hayden and Deborah Mazzone present a Zoom presentation of: Last Train to Nibroc. Join us for this “…gently charming play, reminiscent of Thorton Wilder in its look at rustic Americans who are to be treasured for their simplicity and directness…” – Associated Press

April 24th at 7pm • Directed by Val Kavanaugh • Reservations and donations: • Sponsored by Rifenburg Companies, Stewarts Shops, Bonded Concrete Inc., Troy Sand and Gravel and New York Council on the Arts.

The Capital District Genealogical Society

CAPITAL DISTRICT – Cordially invites you to join us, Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 1:00 P.M. via Zoom. This session will be recorded and available on the Member’s Only section of the CDGS website for one month only.

Unlocking Notation Codes on Alien Passenger Lists 

Late 19th and early 20th century alien passenger manifests often contain cryptic number and letter codes. Learn how to interpret them and what significant details they can reveal about your ancestor’s immigration and naturalization experience.

Our speaker Elizabeth Williams Gomoll, CG® received her credential from the Board for Certification of Genealogists. She is president of the Association for Professional Genealogists Northland Chapter, co-editor of Minnesota Genealogist and a director for the Minnesota Genealogical Society. She is also a member of the National Genealogical Society and several ethnic societies.

This will be a Zoom meeting. There is a 100 person limit. Registration is free and will open to the public approximately April 16, 2021. See our website under meetings and events.

13th Tomhannock Reservoir Shoreline Clean-Up (Socially Distanced)

RENSSELAER COUNTY – The Tomhannock Reservoir provides drinking water to more than half the people in Rensselaer County. To celebrate Earth Day, Rensselaer Land Trust organizes an annual trash pick-up day to help keep it clean. This year, to allow social distancing, volunteers will cover a section of shoreline on their own or with their household/bubble. Come to the NYS DEC public access parking lot on NYS Route 7 just before the causeway over the reservoir anytime between 9 and 10:30 am to get your garbage bags and location assignment. Bring gloves and wear weather appropriate shoes and clothing and a facemask. We will work regardless of the weather. This organized clean-up effort is Co-sponsored by Rensselaer Land Trust (RLT), City of Troy, and NYSDEC and will be held on Saturday, April 24 from 9 am – noon. To register go to: and click on upcoming events or call Bob Crowley, RLT’s President 518-283-7364 (land line).

Lansingburgh Historical Society Historical Walking Tour

LANSINGBURGH – Lansingburgh Historical Society will host a very popular historical walking tour again, as requested by many. The tour will be given by Michael Barrett at 1:00 pm, Saturday, April 24, 2021. Lansingburgh pre-dates Troy with the settlement starting before 1740 and the founding of Abraham Lansing’s village “New City” in 1771. Several pre-revolutionary buildings are still standing including the Revolutionary War Hospital. Also featured are several industries and old homes including those of Herman Melville and President Chester Arthur. You will meet Michael at the Melville House, 2 114th St., Troy, NY 12182. Reservations are limited and go FAST! Make your reservation by calling John or Mary Ellen Ward at 518-885-4295. Mail check for $15.00 to Lansingburgh Historical Society, P.O. Box 219, Troy, NY 12182 to be received no later than 4-17-2021. Mask wearing and social distancing will be required.

Now Open: AP Community Education

AVERILL PARK – Averill Park Community Education Spring programs are now open! Participants will follow NYS protocols with health screenings, temperature checks, masks and social distancing. Upcoming programs include: Co-Ed Volleyball (Wednesdays beginning 4/28), Zumba Gold (Wednesdays beinning 4/28), Dog Obedience for Beginners or Intermediate (Tuesdays beginning 5/11), and Medicare 101 (FREE virtual program Monday 5/17 — you must register to get the link to attend). Call 518-674-7191 with any questions. To view classes, register or pay online, go to or mail the AP District Office with your contact information, program information and a check payable to AP Community Education. We cannot take registrations over the phone. More programs may become available so check online or on the district’s Facebook or Twitter pages. You do not have to live in Averill Park to register for these programs. We look forward to seeing you!

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.

Literacy 5K 2021 In-Person and Virtual Event May 2, 2021

RENSSELAER COUNTY – Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities are invited to join Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County’s 2021 Literacy 5K at Schodack Island State Park on Sunday, May 2 from 8:00a.m.-12:00 noon. Admission to the event covers the entire day, so participants can enjoy all the park has to offer. In addition to the 5K Trail Run/Walk, events will include a Youth Mile, a guided nature walk, a story walk,  music and family fun, and a 50/50 raffle. Prizes will be awarded to the fastest male and female runners of the 5K and Youth Mile. Participants are encouraged to form teams with friends and co-workers. Virtual participants will be able to run on their own at a location they have chosen for themselves. Proceeds will make it possible for LVORC to provide free literacy programs and services to adults and children in Rensselaer County and Albany County.

For full race day details, register at A direct link to the registration is at

Brunswick Grange Annual Spring Agricultural Tailgate Sale

SCHAGHTICOKE – On Sunday, May 2,2021 Brunswick Grange will hold their Annual Spring   Agricultural Tailgate Sale at the Schaghticoke Fairgrounds, Rt. 67 & 40, Schaghticoke, NY. From 7:30am.-12:30pm. More than 50 vendors will have various varieties of chickens, ducks, geese, pigeons, veggies, plants & other agricultural items.  Absolutely no dogs, cats, puppys or kittens will be allowed for sale.  A donation of $15.00/Vendor will be charged at the gate. Spectators free. Masks required and there will be no food vendor.  Event will be held rain or shine.  For more information please call 518-279-9113.

Brunswick Historical Society Presents Troy’s Oakwood Cemetery – Speaker Michael Barrett

BRUNSWICK – Monday, May 3 at 7pm at our headquarters located at 605 Brunswick Rd. Oakwood Cemetery is the resting place for many of Troy’s most famous (and infamous) residents. Not officially opened until 1850, records of deaths date back to the birth of the city. This illustrated program by Michael Barrett features stories of founding families; prominent educators; industrialists and business people; military heroes; and other colorful characters who helped make Troy the great city that she is. Advance registration is required. Please RSVP at 518-279-4024 or For your safety, The Brunswick Historical Society will observe all recommended COVID-19 protocols.

East Greenbush CSD Adopts Proposed Budget with No Tax Levy Increase; Goes to Vote on May 18

EAST GREENBUSH – The East Greenbush Central School District Board of Education adopted the proposed school budget for 2021-22 at a public meeting on April 14. The school budget will be voted on by district residents on Tuesday, May 18.

The proposed budget totals $103,535,117 and requires a simple majority to pass the budget. The proposed tax levy increase is 0.0%.

The district was able to avoid any tax levy increase in the proposed budget due to an increase in State and Federal Aid and through deductions in some district expenses.

“Due to sufficient state aid, during this difficult period, the district is pleased to offer a budget to our community that preserves all programs for students, ensures we have the resources to fully reopen in the Fall and offers no increase to the tax levy for the 2021-22 school year,” said Superintendent Jeff Simons.

The proposed budget maintains all current programs and includes funding for a new Summer School Program, additional academic intervention support services and a new system for online student registration.

In addition to the school budget, voters will decide on the purchase of eight new school buses out of the Bus Purchase Reserve Fund and elect four Board of Education members. All of the buses would be purchased from the district’s Bus Purchase Reserve Fund with no impact to taxpayers. The district would be reimbursed for approximately 66.6% of the total school bus purchase.

Residents can learn more about the proposed budget by watching the public hearing on Wednesday, May 5 at 7:00 p.m. The event will be live streamed.

Rensselaer County Soil & Water Conservation District Spring Fish Stocking Sale

RENSSELAER COUNTY – On Thursday, May 20, 2021 the Rensselaer County Soil & Water Conservation District is hosting a Spring Fish Stocking Sale to the public. Pre-Orders are due May 14th. Order forms can be found online at

RAINBOW TROUT: Available in size 4” – 6”; LARGEMOUTH BASS: Available in size 4” – 6” and 6” – 8”; CHANNEL CATFISH: Available in size 6” – 8”; FATHEAD MINNOWS: Available in size 1”- 3”; TRIPLOID GRASS CARP: Available in size 10” – 12”; FISH FOOD: Silver cup floating fish food pellets sold in 40 lb bags; and BLUE BIRD NESTING BOXES.

Pick-ups will be at 12 Noon at the USDA Service Center’s parking lot, in front of the Agriculture & Life Sciences Building in Troy. Checks can be made payable to: RENSSELAER COUNTY SWCD, Order forms and checks can be mailed to: 61 State Street – Troy, NY 12180, Completed ORDER FORMS and/or questions can also be E-mailed to: .

Rummage and Food Sale

PITTSTOWN – Rummage and Food Sale on Friday, May 21 from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm and on Saturday, May 22 from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm at the Pittstown Methodist Church Hall, NY Route 7, Pittstown, NY 12185. Bag Sale on Saturday only. $2.00 per bag. Buy 2 bags and get 1 free. For information call Carolyn at 518-663-8253 for clothing and small items; call Herb at 518-753-4427 or 518-593-0003 for other items.

Evergreen Cemetery Association Meeting 2021

WYNANTSKILL – Evergreen Association of Wynantskill, NY , will hold its annual meeting on Monday, May 24th at 6:30 pm. at the North Greenbush Town Office Building. located on Main Avenue in Wynantskill. (use back entrance). If you are a Deed Holder or Family Member of Lot owners, We invite you to attend this meeting.  We  are in need of new volunteers and help in keeping our cemetery well taken care of.  Many lots are still available for purchase. We will be having fundraisers throughout the year to help with the cost of maintenance.  Please come and see where you can help or send your donation to ( PO box 2, Wynantskill, NY  12198. Questions call Bonnie Beaulie at

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

2021 Castleton/Schodack Memorial Day Parade

CASTLETON/SCHODACK – Plans for a 2021 Memorial Day Parade are under way. Although a traditional parade is still not completely safe, an annual tribute to those who served our country is deserved and needed by all! Therefore: CALLING ALL VETERANS!

Our celebration this year will be a “safe” drive-by display, bringing the parade to our community. Our parade theme is “Honor All Veterans”. We encourage all our local veterans to join us for this drive-by procession, from the safety of their own vehicle. Rides will be provided for those veterans unable to drive or be driven.

Veterans able to join the parade are asked to rsvp to Rik Cosgrave at the following, with your name and phone #:   518-694-2070

Save the Date: Monday – May 31, 2021 10am

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:

Music In The Park – Rensselaer County Rensselaer Senior Center Proudly Presents 2021 Summer Concert Series

RENSSELAER – June 7th Opening Night w/Donny Elvis. Sponsored By Blue Shield of NY; June 14th Nightshift. Sponsored By Walter S Pratt and Sons Inc.; June 21st John Hill Live. Sponsored By Walter S Pratt And Sons Inc.; June 28th Winchester And Young. Sponsored By Rich Siek in Memory of Andrea Siek; July 5th Hands of Time, Sponsored By Walter S Pratt and Sons Inc.; July 12th The Lustre Kings. Sponsored By Millienia Housing Management Ltd; July 19th Joes Boys. Sponsored By Rensselaer County Rensselaer Senior Center; July 26th Gone Grey. Sponsored By Clear Captions FREE Captioning Phone; August 2nd Donny Elvis. Sponsored By CDPHP; August 9th Kyle Bourgault Acoustic Live. Sponsored By Rensselaer County Legislator Chair and City of Rensselaer Mayor Michael Stammel … From 6 PM to 8 PM, Riverfront Park Rensselaer NY. Rain Date Is The Following Night

We would like to thank all of our sponsors. Without you this series wouldn’t be happening. Call 518-463-2166 For More Info.

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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