Events 04.25.19

West Sand Lake Auxiliary Craft Fair – Vendors Needed

Vendors Needed ~ The West Sand Lake Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary will be holding a Craft Fair/Tag Sale on Saturday, May 18th, in the WSL fire hall from 9am-3pm.  If you are interested in selling any homemade, handmade, or gently used items, we are happy to provide a table for $25.00. You keep your profits, and the money from tables will go to benefit the West Sand Lake firefighters.

If you would like to be a vendor, please contact Carrie Deutsch at 518-674-5309.


Book Nook Anniversary Sale

The Book Nook at Transfiguration Parish on Hillview Drive in Speigletown is celebrating its 11th Anniversary with our annual $5/Bag Blow-Out Sale.  Beginning on Saturday, May 4, and continuing each Saturday morning in May, the Book Nook will be open from 9:00 am until noon.  As many of you already know, this is a great opportunity to stock up on books from your favorite authors or to find a new author.  At $5 a bag, you can’t go wrong!  No bag is too big or too small. Not only will you find novels by favorite authors, you will also find children and young adult books, historical novels, biographies and autobiographies, self-help, romance, cookbooks, large print books, books on tape and various antique books.  We also have a great selection of CD’s and DVD’s.  Our regular Book Nook is open too, with hard cover books priced at $2, $3 and $4 and paperbacks priced at $1, $2 and $3.  Please stop by any Saturday morning during May and see what everyone is talking about!  Thanks for your continued support and see you at the Book Nook!


Dump your old drugs-safely

Bring in your old drugs to the Stephentown Town Hall on Saturday, May 4, from 10 am to 12 Noon, for easy and safe disposal. This drug take-back day gives people an opportunity to discard prescription and over-the-counter medicines that are out of date, or no longer being used. All adults are welcome to drop off pills, tablets, capsules and liquid drugs, but needles and other sharps are not permitted.

Medicines that are thrown away into drains, toilets or into the ground contaminate the water supply and eventually can make our drinking water unsafe. In addition, the presence of unneeded drugs in the home is always a possible source of harmful health effects to friends and family.

The Stephentown Town Hall is located on Grange Hall Road, 1 block from Route 43 in Stephentown. The event is sponsored by the Parish Health Ministry of Immaculate Conception/St. Joseph Parish in partnership with the Sheriff’s Department of Rensselaer County.

For additional information, please call Mary at 518-733-0469.


Everett Wagar Senior Center to host Program Specialist for Umbrella

Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Rd, Grafton, will host Brian Meurs, Program Specialist for Umbrella of the Capital District on Wednesday, May 1st, at 11:00 am.

This is an informative free presentation to all residents 60 and over. Plan to stay for a nutritious lunch at noon with games to follow. Call to reserve a spot for lunch at 518-279-3413.


Everett Wagar Senior Center Membership meeting and Special Speaker

Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Rd, Grafton, will hold the Eastern Membership meeting at 11:00 am on Friday, May 3rd. All residents 60 and over are encouraged to attend. Upcoming activities and events will be discussed. Please join us at noon for a nutritious meal followed by a presentation by a guest speaker discussing Alzheimer’s Disease. Call 518-279-3413 to sign up.


Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament Fundraiser

West Sand Lake Vol. Fire Department Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament will be held on May 4, 2019, 1:00 pm (doors open at 12 noon).

Cost will be $25 FD Entry Donation. $50. Buy-in goes to prize pool (35,000 in chips). $20. Additional add-on available. 50/50 raffle available.

Tournament will be held at the West Sand Lake Vol. Fire Dept. Hall, 3695 NY Rt. 43. For more information, call Dennis at 518-283-2252 or Fire Hall day of event at 518-674-3677. Free refreshments and lunch will be served (Ham dinner). All walk-ins welcome. Bring your family and friends, and hope to see you at the Final Winner’s Table!!!

Future Poker Tournament Date: June 1, 2019.


Murder & Mayhem in Rensselaer County

Brunswick Historical Society Presents Murder & Mayhem in Rensselaer County on May 20, 2019 – 7 p.m.

From the gallows to the electric chair, Rensselaer County & Troy City Historian Kathy Sheehan will present a lecture on the seedier side of life in the county. From the story of brothel owner Mame Fay to the stories of the Veiled Murderess Henrietta Robinson, the poisoning of Marianne Green in Berlin and the still unsolved mystery of who killed Hazel Drew in Sand Lake. These and other juicy stories of crimes in Rensselaer County will be revealed! Brunswick Historical Society, 605 Brunswick Road, Brunswick. Refreshments will be served. Any questions please call 518-279-4024.


Brunswick Historical Society Antique Appraisal Day

The Brunswick Historical Society will be holding an Antique Appraisal Day on June 8, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at our headquarters, 605 Brunswick Road, Brunswick. Andy Geller and Dave Ornstein from New Scotland Antiques will be appraising items. Cost: $5.00 per item. Any questions, please call 518-279-4024.


Mr. Landlord Seminar

Schenectady Landlords Influencing Change (SLIC) is sponsoring a presentation by Jeffrey Taylor “Mr. Landlord” on May 1, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at The Terrace Ballroom at Waters Edge, 2 Freemans Bridge Road, Glenville, NY.  Admission is $10 with a prepaid registration or $15 at the door.  There will be hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, door prizes and a night of entertainment and networking with fellow landlords.  Join us for an opportunity for ideas, insights, inspirations.  You may enroll on-line with (Capital District Association of Rental Property Owners) or call Chris at 518-382-2606.


Brunswick Fire Co. No. 1 Recruit New York event

The Brunswick Fire Co. No. 1 will be holding a Recruit New York event. The fire company will have fire prevention materials, tours and refreshments available. Recruit NY event is Saturday, April 27, 2019, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm; everyone is invited to attend. The Fire Company always welcomes new members. Anyone interested in joining our Fire Company can go to our website, Find us on Facebook or just stop by on any Monday night at 6:45 PM.

Dial 911 for all Emergencies in Rensselaer County, for all non-emergency calls dial 518-270-5252.


Community Ballroom Dance

A 4th Sunday Community Ballroom Dance will be held on Sunday, April 28 – 6:30 pm at the Polish Community Center – Washington Ave. Ext., Albany.

D.J. Brian Zapel – Great Snacks!

Lesson – 6:30 pm – Mambo/Salsa by Eileen Spadaro

Dance Showcase by Tom Hourigan & Guest

$12 pp – Open to the Public

Sponsored by Singles Outreach

Call 518-452-6883 for weather information.


Invitation to Franklin Graham DECISION AMERICA

Franklin Graham DECISION AMERICA will be at 7:30 pm on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at Eastern States Expo, Springfield, MA.   Bring your family and friends to an exciting evening featuring prayer, live music, fireworks, and a message of hope from Franklin Graham.  Admission is FREE.  A bus sponsored by the West Stephentown Baptist Church is being provided for $20.00 per person. Please contact Dave Cobden at 518-674-2641 or email:

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St. Nicholas Church Craft & Flea Market

The St. Nicholas Church will hold a Craft and Flea Market on Sat., May 11th, held at 1077 New Loudon Rd., Latham, NY. (Rt. 9 and Boght Corners) Next to Guptills Arena.

Crafters and Vendors wanted. Spaces are still available for one of the largest Flea Market in the Capital Region. Spaces are 20’x20’ for $60 until May 5th. From May 6th thru May 11th, prices increase to $75 for spaces.

For more information, please contact the church at 518-235-7355 or you can visit the church website at to obtain the forms and register online and PayPal is also available to reserve your space.


Zion’s UCC- Taborton Annual Rummage Sale

Zion’s United Church of Christ, Taborton, 741 Taborton Rd, Sand Lake will hold their Annual Rummage Sale on Friday, May 3rd, 4-7pm; Saturday, May 4th, 9am-2pm.
Kitchen-sized Bag Sale 1-2pm, $4.

Food will be available both days.  Breakfast Sandwiches and lunch available.

We are accepting donations of gently used clothing, footwear, accessories, linens, pillows, bedding, curtains, housewares, dishes, pots and pans, books and toys.
PLEASE, NO Stuffed Animals OR large or small appliances OR electronics.

Donations may be left at the pavilion thru Monday, April 29th.  Please leave them under cover where pavilion connects to the church hall.
Thank you for your support.

Spring Rummage Sale!

It’s time for spring cleaning and the Clothing Rummage Sale at the Church of the Covenant, United Methodist, located at 3055 Rt. 43 in Averill Park. Sale dates are Fri. and Sat., May 17 & 18, 9 am – 2 pm with a $3 bag sale Sat., noon – 2 pm.

We will gladly welcome your donations of clean, gently loved clothing and footwear for the whole family. We also accept linens, pillows, bedding, curtains, towels, pocketbooks, bags, etc., as well as fabric, sewing equipment and notions.

Donations may be brought to the church noon, Sun., May 12th, until NOON, Thurs., May 16th.

Our missions commission will also have a bake sale both days.

Keep de-cluttering because 3 weeks later is our Indoor Yard Sale! Watch the Advertiser for more information.


Sand Lake’s Memorial Day Parade

Getting Organized and Invites You to Join In Plans for the 2019 Sand Lake Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony are underway.

In an effort to attract more participation, and attendance this year, we encourage all interested civic organizations, businesses, churches, community and youth groups and individuals to participate in this year’s parade.

This year’s parade theme is the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings on the Normandy Beaches. Following American campaigns in North Africa and Italy, the D-Day landings were the start of the final battles to free Europe from German control and remove the Nazi Party from power in Germany.

This year’s Sand Lake Memorial Day Parade will be Monday, May 27, at 10:00 am. The Parade route is from Averill Ave. in Westfall Village to the Sand Lake Veteran’s Memorial Park on NYS Route 43. Ceremonies will begin at about 10:30 in the Park.

Those interested in participating should contact Bill Glasser at or call (518) 322-9583. Scott Gallerie at or call (518) 766-6575.


France Magnifique

La Fédération Franco-Américaine du NY is sponsoring a trip to France, featuring the 75th Anniversary of D-Day & Normandy, April 23 – May 7, 2020.  Rates include round trip air from New York, air taxes and fees/surcharges, hotel transfers, and 20 meals. Highlights of the trip: Paris, River Seine cruise, Normandy, Omaha Beach, Le Mont St. Michel, Loire Valley, 2-night Chateau stay, winery tour, Lyon, Les Halles de Lyon, Paul Boscuse Market, Avignon, Creme Brûlée Cooking demonstration, Nice, Monaco. Plenty of time to explore on your own.  For more information, pricing or a brochure, call Lisa at Plaza Travel at 518-785-3338 or


Come Join Us…At the 2019 Memorial Day Ceremony

2019 MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY will be held at the Main Flag Pole Assembly Area, GBHS Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Rd., Schuylerville, NY 12171 on Saturday, May 25th, at 11:00 am.

Limited Seating available or bring a lawn chair.

VIP-HANDICAP-GENERAL PARKING. (Parking within the cemetery during the ceremony will be limited.)



Are you prepared?

Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Can Help! Join us on Tues., April 30th, at the Sand Lake Town Hall, 8428 NY Rte 66, Averill Park from 6:30 to 8:30 pm for a free Citizen Preparedness Corps training. Presented by the American Red Cross in partnership with New York State. Learn about common types of disasters and how we can effectively prepare for, respond to, and recover from them as individuals and as a community.

~Barbara A. Biittig, Town Clerk
Town of Sand Lake



Eyes Wide Open Fundraiser

Join us on April 28th for a fundraiser at the Annex in the North Greenbush Town Hall.  The event will be held from 10-3 and will feature several vendors and local crafters as well as a raffle.  All proceeds will be donated to Eyes Wide Open, a local group that helps local woman reclaim their lives after being victims of human trafficking.

Come get some of your Mother’s Day shopping done and learn about this incredible group and the amazing work they are doing right here in our area!


MBCC fundraising event

MALDEN BRIDGE – Bring your knives for sharpening at the Malden Bridge Community Center at 1087 Albany Turnpike, on Saturday, April 27th, at 10AM.  Chaz Martel, the Delmar Sharpener, will be welcoming you.

A professional Cutler for several years, Chaz will offer his services to the residents at a nominal cost – most knives are from $3 – $6 depending on blade length and condition.

When you arrive, you will be asked to complete contact information on his order form. Chaz will review your items and give you a firm estimate for cost and a time to return to the Center for pick-up later in the day.  He will also suggest if an item is not worth sharpening.   A member of MBCC will be in attendance to be sure items are returned to the rightful owner.

For further information, e-mail


Reducing Caregiver Stress

Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 4-6 pm, East Greenbush Library.

Presented by: Albany Medical Center of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease and Rensselaer County NY Connects

Sometimes caregiver stress can be really overwhelming. This presentation will help you find balance that will lead to better health & wellness. You will leave feeling refreshed, affirmed & revitalized.

Seating is limited. Please RSVP: 518-264-1095


SLHS May meeting

On May 14th, join us for a night of Sweets, Savories and Historical Tidbits at Kevin Tigre’s Bistro American (Glass Lake Hotel) 2703 Rt. 43, Sand Lake, for the Sand Lake Historical Society’s Annual Meeting.  There will be a talk after appetizers and desserts by Kevin on the history of the building.  $15/person.

RSVP by May 7th to SLHS, PO Box 492, West Sand Lake, NY 12196.


Informational Hearing on Fire Service in Town of Schodack

An informational Public Hearing on the current and future state of the Fire Service in the Town of Schodack (including the Villages of Castleton and Nassau) will be held on May 2, 2019 at 7:00 pm at the Schodack Town Hall (265 Schuurman Road, Castleton, NY 12033). This hearing is sponsored by the Town of Schodack.

The focus of the evening will be a presentation of the report “Future of Fire Service in Schodack: An Evaluation of Existing Conditions and Options for the Future.” The report is a comprehensive review of the existing fire protection system in the town and villages. The East Schodack, Nassau, Schodack Landing, Schodack Valley and South Schodack Fire Districts as well as the Castleton Fire Department all participated in this project. The report also suggests several different options for the future of the fire service in Schodack. The report is designed to help the residents consider improvements to this essential service in their community.

The full report can be accessed on line on the project website at Paul Bishop, the lead consultant from CGR, will make the presentation and will be available for questions. This project is being funded by the New York State Community Reorganization Grant program.

For questions prior to the hearing, please contact Supervisor David Harris at (518) 477-7918.


West Sand Lake Fire Dept. Open House/ Chicken BBQ

Please join us for the West Sand Lake Fire Department Open House/Chicken BBQ for our Recruit NY weekend on Sat., April 27th, 10 am-4 pm, at the West Sand Lake Fire Station, 3697 NY 43, West Sand Lake, NY 12196.

A day filled with fun family events:

Kids Firefighter Combat Challenge, Kids House Fire Spray Prop, Bounce House, Bean Bag Toss, Stop Drop and Roll Prop, Rensselaer County BPS Fire Safety Trailer, Rensselaer County Sheriff Office Drug Drop Off 10am-2pm, Rensselaer County Law Enforcement Assn. Car Seat Safety Check, 10am-2pm, Chicken BBQ, $12 per person, RSVP to Heather 518-788-4279, 4-6pm; many more activities!

For more information, contact Heather at 518-788-4279.


Catholic Charities Rep in New Lebanon and Stephentown

This month, the Catholic Charities social services representative will be in New Lebanon and Stephentown for persons aged 60 and above, and/or their caregivers, on Thursday, April 25, 2019. She will be at the New Lebanon Library from 10 am to 1 pm, and at the Stephentown Library from 1:30 to 4:30 pm. In addition to providing information about senior services, she is also able to connect caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s or other dementias to a NY State funded program that provides free support services for those family caregivers. Persons from any community in the eastern sector of Columbia and Rensselaer Counties are welcome. You may walk in or call 518-925-0682 to make an appointment.

There is no charge for this service provided by Catholic Charities Senior and Caregiver Support Services and sponsored by the Seniors’ Ministry of Immaculate Conception/St. Joseph, New Lebanon. For further information, you may call the Catholic Charities staff person directly at the number above, or contact Mary Linton, RN, 518-733-0469.


Repair Café

What do you do with a broken lamp? Or a sweater with a hole? Toss it? No way! The Village of Castleton-on-Hudson is hosting its next Repair Café at the Village Hall, 85 South Main Street, on Saturday, May 11th, from 11 AM to 3 PM.

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!

At the May Repair Café, electrical, welding, seamstress and “jack-of-all-trades” services will be available. 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


20th Annual Albany History Fair

The 20th Annual Albany History Fair will take place at Historic Cherry Hill on Sunday, May 5th, from noon to 4:00 p.m. This year’s fair, “Albany • The Great American Story,” will delve into the Capital City’s literary history, draw from local collections to examine the cultural history of reading and writing, and use the art of storytelling to illuminate the human narratives embedded in the history at Cherry Hill and beyond.

At the fair, visitors will enjoy a staged poetry reading in the historic house drawn from works written or enjoyed by the home’s bygone occupants. Other offerings will include a tour of the Van Rensselaer family library collections with rare books expert, Philip Eppard, family activities, and presentations by Paul Grondahl, Director of the Writers Institute, Albany City Historian Tony Opalka, and Erik Schlimmer, author of Cradle of the Union.

A free trolley will run between the Albany History Fair at Cherry Hill and Living History Day at Ten Broeck Mansion between 1 and 3 pm.

“Albany• The Great American Story” is a free event sponsored by the Hudson River Valley Heritage Area, Stewart’s Shops, the Albany Public Library Foundation, CDTA, and the New York State Writers Institute.


May Albany Pine Bush Preserve Program & Special Event Schedule

Event details can be found at

Science Lecture Series: Research Symposium
Thursday, May 2, 2019, 6:30 pm
Suitable for adults
Join us this evening for a special edition of our monthly Science Lecture Series. This evening will highlight many of the research projects conducted in the preserve by students, professors, and local scientists past and present.
Location: Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, Albany, NY
Fee: Free! Reservations required for all attendees (regardless of age). Make reservations by calling 518-456-0655 or visit

Morning Meander
Friday, May 3, 2019, 10:00am
Suitable for adults
Start your day outdoors and join us for a hike along the trails of the Kings Highway Barrens trailhead (#9). We plan to hike approximately one mile. This program will meet at the Kings Highway Barrens trailhead (#9).
Location: Kings Highway Barrens trailhead (#9)
Fee: Free! Reservations required for all attendees (regardless of age). Make reservations by calling 518-456-0655 or visit

Discover the Pine Bush
Sunday May 5, 2019, 1:00pm
Suitable for all ages
An extraordinary journey into the Albany Pine Bush—a globally rare, nationally significant and locally distinct inland pine barrens. Our experts will guide you through this 0.9-mile hike over rolling sand dunes where you will discover Pine Bush natural history and observe seasonal surprises and transformations.
Location: Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, Albany, NY
Fee: Free! Reservations required for all attendees (regardless of age). Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Make reservations by calling 518-456-0655 or

Bird Walk at Woodlawn Preserve
Saturday, May 11, 2019, 7:00am
Suitable for ages 6-10, tweens, teens and adults
Spring is here and that means many birds are coming back from their winter in the tropics. We will meet at the Woodlawn Preserve trailhead on Gifford Road in Schenectady and walk approximately one and a half miles around the pond searching for spring migrants.
Location: Woodlawn Preserve, Gifford Rd., Schenectady, NY
Fee: Free! Reservations required for all attendees (regardless of age). Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Make reservations by calling 518-456-0655 or

Lupine Fest
Saturday, May 18, 2019, 10:00am–4:00pm
Suitable for all ages
Witness the magic of spring at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve’s annual Lupine Fest. Fields of violet Lupine flowers and fluttering Karner blue butterflies set the stage for visitors to explore and support the Albany Pine Bush Preserve and its partners. Visitors can enjoy nature walks, hands on activities with community partners, music, games, crafts, food, vendors and more! Parking will be off site. For more information, please visit  On-site parking for people with disabilities only. No pets allowed at this event.
Location: Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, Albany, NY
Parking: 302 Washington Avenue Extension, Albany
Fee: Free! Reservations are not required for special events but knowing how many people are coming helps us to plan better, so please sign up. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Make reservations by calling 518-456-0655 or visit

Karner Blue Butterfly Walk
Saturday, May 25, 2019, 11:00am
Saturday, June 1, 2019, 11:00am
Suitable for ages 6-10, tweens, teens and adults
Don’t miss this chance to join Albany Pine Bush Preserve staff on a 0.9-mile hike in the Pine Bush Preserve to see the Karner blue butterfly.  Come learn about the natural history of the Karner blue and what efforts are underway to rescue this species from the brink of extinction.
Location: Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, Albany, NY
Fee: Free! Reservations required for all attendees (regardless of age). Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Make reservations by calling 518-456-0655 or visit


Spring Sing: Gala and Auction to Benefit Hoosick Falls Armory

Hoosick Falls, NY—Join the celebration of the Armory’s 130 years of service to the community at the Spring Sing on Saturday, May 4, 2019, from 6:00 to 10:00PM. This gala and auction will take place in The Perry Room at the Hoosick Falls Armory, located at 80 Church Street, Hoosick Falls, New York.

This fun-filled evening brings together members of the community who want to honor the Armory’s significant contribution to the region, while also embracing and supporting its continued operation as a vibrant and vital community center. The evening will unfold with delicious hors d’oeuvres prepared by Sage Dining/Hoosac School, beer and wine (cash bar), and complimentary flavored water, while attendees bid on silent auction pieces, preview live auction items, and take in the wonderful vocal performances of Ric DiDonato, Shari Hand, Joe Shaw, and David Sutton, accompanied by Richard Cherry. Auctioneer Ron Seifert will then get the paddle raising in full fervor as he encourages attendees to bid on the many amazing big-ticket items. The evening will wind to a close over specialty desserts and more musical performances.

Both auctions feature special pieces donated by local individuals and businesses in support of the Armory. Silent auction items range from a wrought-iron planter, to a vintage tea set with teas and local honey, to starter tomato plants, and much more—there will be something for everyone. The live auction boasts more than a dozen packages including a round-trip private airplane ride for two adults to Bar Harbor, Maine, or Provincetown, Massachusetts, provided by Charles Suss, with lunch included; a day at the Saratoga Race Course with seats for four in the clubhouse, a stable tour, and lunch courtesy of Contessa Racing; an original painting by artist Evan Wilson; a 24K car detailing by DePaula Chevrolet; two 4-cubic-yard truckloads of mulch supplied by Suttonscapes and Granger Services; and more.

Seats for this spectacular event are filling up quickly, so please reserve by April 20—more information is online at The HAYC3 Board of Directors is thankful to the incredible volunteers, donors, and sponsors of this event, including Southwestern Vermont Health Care, Hoosac School, Hoosick Local Development Corporation, Brown’s Brewing, and Hoosick Rising. Sponsorships are still available by emailing or visiting the website at

The Hoosick Armory, Youth Center, and Community Coalition is a non-profit organization whose mission is to foster the well-being of our community.


Thrift and Plant Sale

The United Methodist Women of the First United Methodist Church of East Greenbush is having their Thrift and Plant Sale Fri., May 3rd, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.; and Sat., May 4th, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday is bag day. There will be many different items from household, clothing to toys as well as a snack bar. All proceeds go to our mission projects.  The First United Methodist Church is located at 1 Gilligan Road, off of 9&20, in East Greenbush.


Rensselaer County’s Second Annual Farm Day Out!

When: August 18th 12pm-3pm Where: Kinderhook Creek Farm (5168 S Stephentown Rd, Stephentown, NY 12168)

Join Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County and The Eckhardt Family at Kinderhook Creek Farm from 12-3pm on Sunday, August 18th, for Rensselaer County’s Second Annual Farm Day Out! Kinderhook Creek Farm is an 1150+ acre field crop and vegetable farm that has been owned and operated by the Eckhardt’s since 1959. Once parked, a hay wagon ride will take you through some of the fields at Kinderhook Creek Farm. Through interactive demonstrations you will learn about the different crops (such as hay, grain, sweet corn, and the many vegetables) grown on this farm. You will also see how their farm products get to market and eventually to your family’s table. Also, be sure to visit exhibits set up by local organizations & businesses, experience the equipment used on the farm by the farmers and see the 4-H Club sponsored petting zoo. Food, corn on the cob, ice cold watermelon and other farm fresh foods will be available to purchase for your enjoyment. Admission and parking for this event is free and open to the public. We look forward to seeing you Sunday, August 18th!!! If you are interested in being a volunteer, a sponsor, or have any questions please reach out to Kayela in the CCE office at (518)272-4210.


Vendors Invited To 8th Annual Nassau Tailgate & Plant Sale

The 8th annual Town of Nassau Tailgate Sale will be held on April 27th from 8:00am until noon at the Highway Department, 599 Central Nassau Road, County Road 16 in East Nassau. Vendors are encouraged to contact the Farm Committee at or (518) 766-3559 ext. 2 option 1 to reserve a spot, which is free.

Vendors of small livestock such as chickens, ducks, rabbits, piglets, goats and sheep should bring crates for sale or a suitable carrier for buyers of their livestock. Vendors with garden or yard plants, seedlings, inspected packaged local meats, jams and jellies, honey and maple syrup are encouraged to attend. Vendors please comply with applicable rules and regulations.

Admission to this event is free and it will be held rain or shine. Food and drink will be available for a modest price. Youngsters under 12 get a free hot dog.


Vendors Needed for Spring into Summer Malta Marketplace

The Malta Department of Parks and Recreation is announcing the date for their Spring Into Summer Malta Marketplace as Saturday, June 1, 2019, from 9:00 am-3:00 pm. Vendors selling art, handcrafts, seasonal products and more are being sought for this lovely indoor/outdoor market at the Malta Community Center, 1 Bayberry Drive in Malta. Outdoor space fee is $40 each and indoor space fee is $50 each. Call 518-899-4411 or visit for a show application.


Craft Festival Seeking Applicants

Applications are currently being accepted for the 40th Annual Friendship Craft Festival sponsored by the Church of Christ Uniting in Richfield Springs. It will take place on Saturday, June 8th, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Spring Park on Scenic US Route 20. For information, an application and festival details go to www.rschurchofchristuniting. com or call Lani King at 315-858-9451.


Craft Vendors Wanted for Kiwanis Summerfest

Sand Lake Kiwanis is seeking craft vendors to participate in our annual Summerfest celebration at Butler Park, Averill Park. This well-attended event will take place on Friday, June 7, through Sunday, June 9. Participation cost is $50.00 for the event. Contact Janet Malecki for further information. 518-528-3273


Rensselaer HS Alumni Hall of Fame

Rensselaer Alumni Association holds its Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on April 27, 2019 ~ 5-9pm ~ Birch Hill, 1 Celebration Way, Castleton, NY 12033.  Inductees this year:  Tony Butler, Jr ’67; Tracy Farley ’83, RCSD staff; Arthur Felt ‘67; Susan Garrigan Piela ‘75; G. Arthur & Marie Lee Hall 1901, Posthumous; James Kapp ’69 Lasalle Institute & RCSD Faculty & Coach; Robert Lewis ’67, Posthumous; Lt. Col. Ret. Thomas Mulyca ‘69; Karen Urbanski Faculty & Administration; and Robert J. Whitford ’82, Posthumous.

Cocktail hour ~ hors d’oeuvres & cash bar; followed by dinner & induction ceremony.

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:

Chicken with prosciutto, spinach, peppers, cheese, and a garlic cream sauce or

Flank steak over portabella mushrooms or Cavatelli pasta with tomatoes, spinach, garlic and olive oil

Child’s meal: Chicken fingers & fries

Salad, potato, vegetable, beverage and dessert


Contact Lynne Beiermeister at 518-765-2624 if needed.


Ladies Auxiliary presents Donny Elvis Romines

Put on your Blue Suede Shoes and join us at The American Legion Post 1489, located at 111 Main Ave., Wynantskill on Sat., May 4, 2019. Doors open at 6:00, show is from 7:00-9:00 pm. Advanced tickets are available at the bar for $10 prior to April 27th and $12 after. Limited seating is available, tables may be reserved with the purchase of 8 tickets. There will be a cash bar and 50/50 raffle, guests are welcome to bring their own food or snacks. Proceeds from this show will be used to support our Veterans and Community projects. Please call or text 518-265-6967 if you have any questions.


Dyken Pond Environ. Education Center

Connecting People to Nature

A Rensselaer County Park with support from the Friends of Dyken Pond

Here’s a look at our April Events. Hope to see you on the trail soon!

4H Introduction to Archery Class: April 20: 1pm-3:30pm

Are you interested in learning the skill of archery? Learn how to use a bow and arrow in a controlled environment with a focus on skill building and safety. This beginner’s class is a prerequisite to participating in future 4H archery programs. Members who have previously completed the required safety course through 4H can arrive at 2pm for target practice. Participants must be actively enrolled in 4H, over 8 years of age and accompanied by a guardian. Not yet a member? Call 518-272-4210 for information on becoming a member. Preregistration required by calling 518-658-2055. Cost $5.

Sounds of Spring Lantern Walk: April 26: 6:30 -9pm

Make a creative lantern to take with you on a twilight hike to listen for the musical sounds of spring as nature reawakens. We’ll listen for spring peepers, wood frogs and barred owls. For all ages. Pre-registration required. $5 material fee for lanterns.

Earth Day is Volunteer Day: April 27: 9am – 12pm.

Give back to the Earth by taking care of a place we all love and enjoy. Volunteer to clear trails, plant gardens, pull invasive plants and get the Center ready for Spring. FREE BBQ to all volunteers who pre-register by April 25.

Tuesday Treks: Every Tuesday 1-3pm

We will hike about 2-3 miles depending on conditions every Tuesday afternoon in April. Please call or check the website for updated conditions and possible cancellations. For adults and older teens. Leader: Leonard Tremblay. Cost $5.

DEC Eel Project: Behold the Eel!

Are you ready to jump into the water? To learn something about the Poesten Kill? To witness one of the greatest and mysterious travels of a wondrous creature? We need volunteers to help collect and count the species collected from April through May. The American eel is in decline and volunteer research informs future management decisions. This is a great opportunity to get involved in citizen science. Click here for more info or call Aidan Mabey at 845‐889‐4745 x108 or email

Preregister for programs by contacting Lisa Hoyt at (518) 658-2055 or  Please check the website or call (518) 658-2055 for possible program cancellations.


Castle Hill Senior Health Fair

Castle Hill Senior Health Fair will be held on Friday, April 26th, 11 AM -1 PM, 114 Green Ave., Castleton.

Information presented by: Rensco NY Connects/Aging Dept- Rensco Health Dept-Independent Living Center-Unity House SNAP Program-CEO Foster Grandparent Program

Medication Disposal- Schodack Police Department-NO liquids or Sharps

Blood Pressure Screening-Sacred Heart Health Ministry Team.


Spring Garage and Rummage Sale

Friday and Saturday, April 26th and 27th, the Saratoga Springs United Methodist Church will welcome the season with our annual Spring Garage and Rummage Sale at 175 Fifth Avenue.

The sale will take place at church from 9am – 5pm, Friday; and 9am – 12pm on Saturday.

Donated items can be dropped off at the church 9am-7pm, April 23rd, 24th and 25th. Please no exercise equipment or heavy TVs. 518.584.3720


S.A.G.E.S. Garage Sale

Planning for the 3rd Annual S.A.G.E.S. Garage Sale is underway! We are currently looking for donations of items to sell. We will take just about anything that can be easily moved by high school students. You can drop your donations off at the Averill Park High School Main Office or contact us at to schedule a drop off time. Please make sure items are clean and free of mold.  Proceeds from the sale will be given to local charities within our school community. Please note, any unsold items will be given to another charity, you will not get items back.  The sale will be Friday, May 31st, from 9-5 in the Averill Park High School Athletic Complex.


An Open Invitation to Learn about Plastic Pollution

Judith Enck, longtime Poestenkill resident with national environmental experience, will speak in Poestenkill on Thursday, May 2, about “Plastic Pollution: Let’s Learn What We Can Do About It”.  There will be a question and answer session after her talk and the public is invited.  The 7 p.m. event at the Poestenkill Fire House, 182 Main St., is sponsored by the Poestenkill Democratic Committee.

Enck served as Region 2 Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency under President Obama, with responsibility for New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. She is now a visiting professor at Bennington College and founder of the Beyond Plastics Project there, through which she will work with college students and community leaders around the country to reduce plastic pollution

Plastic pollution is everywhere, from our homes to our streams.  Millions of pounds of plastic enter oceans every year, posing a major threat to fish, wildlife, and the marine environment, with unknown implications to human health.

New York State has just passed a law banning single use plastic bags, which has already been adopted in California.

The speaker and the town Democratic committee encourage students, teachers, and all residents to attend and be better informed about what we can all do about the problem of plastic pollution.

~Submitted by Marcia Hopple

Poestenkill, NY


Averill Park-Sand Lake Fire Dept. Open House

Come visit the Averill Park-Sand Lake Fire Department located at 35 Eastern Union Turnpike in Averill Park for our Open House on Sat., April 27th, from 11 am-3 pm. Come alone or bring the whole family for an interesting and good time.

Fire department members will be available to give tours of the fire station and answer questions. Lots of interesting things to see (everybody loves firetrucks). Learn about the many things you can do, and the benefits, if you would to become a member.

Food and drink will be served.

We hope to see you.

Any questions you may call 518-573-0601.

Stephentown Vol. Fire Department to host Open House

Meet your Stephentown Volunteer Fire Department (SVFD) at our Station Open House, Saturday, April 27, 10 AM – 2 PM.

Enjoy refreshments, tour the station, check out the trucks, try on gear, and see if you can picture yourself as a part of the SVFD.

“The firefighter helmet is not the only hat to wear,” explains Chief Angley.  “We welcome new firefighters, but we also need drivers, EMTs, and fire police. For those not interested in emergency response, there are administrative jobs.”

You can be as young as 16 to join and there is no upper age limit. “We have volunteers in school, many work full-time, others are retired,” say Assistant Chief Brokalis. “Some lifelong residents, some newcomers to town. It’s a diverse group, but the common thread is the desire to give back to our community.”

Volunteering with the SVFD is a great way to meet new people, develop valuable skills, and help your neighbors. It also offers opportunities for scholarships, free training, and income tax credits.

“Even if you are not interested in volunteering, stop by,” encourages Director Bob Adler. “We want to connect with you. The more we know our neighbors, the better we can serve the community.”


SAVE THE DATE!! CHS Annual 70’s Alumni Party

Grads/attendees/teachers of Columbia High School 1970-1979: mark your calendar to attend the annual Alumni Party/Summer Get-Together on Saturday, August 17, 2019.  ALL alumni welcome!  Schodack Island State Park, 1 Schodack Island Way (off Route 9J), Schodack Landing.  Camping available, reserve now; sites are going fast!  Watch for further details here and on our FB page: SEVENTIES REUNION.  Contact: Caroline Lynch Zeyak at 518-928-3223 or


Faith & Love 8th Annual Ladies Spring Tea Party & Fashion Show

Fancy hat, lacy gloves, & delicate china adorn the tables at our 8th annual Ladies Spring Tea & Fashion show on Saturday, May 4th, 2019, at 12 noon, 166 Columbia Turnpike, Renss.

Please join us for a lite lunch and delicious desserts, along with many flavors of tea (& coffee), followed by a couple of skits & our “Dress for Less” fashion show including items from our 2 thrift stores. This year we will be playing a few games, and as always you will not leave without one of our handmade favors & door prizes. Please reserve by April 28th to secure a seat. All this fun & food is only $7. So, call Linda 518-380-9572 with questions or to reserve your seat… This will be a “Tea-riffic” time…so bring a friend or maybe even make a new one…Hope to see you there!


Community-Wide Yard Sale and McGreevy Chicken BBQ

The Melrose Methodist Church 20 Church Street, Melrose, will participate in the Community-Wide Sale on May 4, 2019, 9:00 – 3:00.  All types of household goods, books and many other things; you have to come to see.  Also, a BAKE SALE.

PLUS, at the church the famous JEFF McGREEVY CHICKEN BBQ.



Chinese Auction at St. Mary’s Nassau

St. Mary’s Church, located in the Village of Nassau, will be holding its Annual Chinese Auction on Friday evening, April 26, 2019, in the Parish Hall which is located in back of the church. Doors will open at 5 PM to allow time to view the tables of prizes, and put chances in. We have a varied selection of items this year: holiday items, pet supplies, small tools, garden supplies, children’s toys, books, and gift certificates from local restaurants, and vendors.

An admission of $6, will entitle you to a sheet of raffle tickets, free coffee, lemonade and cookies/cupcakes. Additional tickets for table items are available for a $1 a sheet, as well as door prize tickets for a $1 each. We will begin to call Prizes at 6:45 PM. There will also be an opportunity to purchase tickets for a 50/50 Raffle to be held at the end of the evening. This is a wonderful family event, with prizes for all.

In addition to the free refreshments offered with admission, there will be chili, baked macaroni, hot dogs, water and soft drinks available for sale.

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