Events 05.09.19

Castleton-Schodack Memorial Day Parade

The annual Castleton-on-Hudson/Schodack Memorial Day Parade will be held on May 27, stepping off at 10 a.m. from Boltwood Avenue at Seaman Avenue. The theme of the parade is “Honoring Those Who Served Our Country to Insure Our Freedom.” Serving as Grand Marshall this year is Domenick Ercolano (WWII Veteran) from Peter Andrews VFW Post. The Community Appreciation Award will be given to Jerry Robinson (Vietnam Veteran). The guest speaker will be Ken Holmes (Gulf War Veteran).

Please join us in honoring our veterans.


Town of East Greenbush Memorial Day Parade

The Town of East Greenbush in collaboration with the Melvin Roads American Legion and the East Greenbush VFW are busy planning the annual Memorial Day Parade. This year’s parade will take place on Saturday May 25, 2019, kicking off at 10 a.m. from the East Greenbush Bowling Center and proceed down Columbia Turnpike to the Melvin Roads Post.  A short prayer service will take place at the Greenbush Cemetery recognizing a fallen comrade from the Second World War.  Veterans are encouraged to participate.  For those veterans unable to march, the Capital District Transportation Authority, as well as car dealerships in our area, have graciously offered transportation in their vehicles. Parade participants should assemble at the East Greenbush Bowling Center at 9 AM.  At the parade’s conclusion, there will be a small ceremony at the Melvin Roads Post, representatives from Town and County Government will offer brief words of encouragement to those present.  Hot dogs and beverages will be provided.

If your business, organization, or school group would like to march in this year’s parade please contact Floats are welcome but should be approved.  Bands and Choral groups are welcome.  Please show our veterans your support by either participating or coming out to view the parade!  For all questions, please call The Community and Recreation Office at 518-477-4194 or the Melvin Roads Post at 518-362-7006.


May Birthday Celebration/Mothers Appreciation

Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Road, Grafton, NY – Join the seniors at the Everett Wagar Senior Center on Friday, May 10th, at 12:30 as we celebrate May birthdays with cake. We will also have our monthly Trivia game and a special Mothers Appreciation event. Please plan to join us at noon for lunch (Creamy Mac N Cheese) for a suggested donation of $3.00. Contact the center at 518-279-3413 to reserve lunch.


Sand Lake Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony

This year’s Sand Lake Memorial Day Parade will be Monday, May 27, at 10:00am. 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. This year’s parade theme is the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings on the Normandy Beaches.

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.

Our Grand Marshal will be Duane Wehnau, a World War II veteran who served in the Navy in the Pacific and our honored speaker is MSgt Jason S. Robelotto who served as the First Sergeant for the 109th Medical Group, Stratton Air National Guard Base, New York. Sergeant Robelotto enlisted in the Air Force September 2003 and attended the Medical Materiel Apprentice Course in June 2006. He is actively employed with the New York National Guard Counterdrug Task Force as an Investigative Analyst at the Drug Enforcement Administration Albany, New York office. Prior to his current position, Sergeant Robelotto was assigned to Medical Logistics within the 139th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, Stratton Air National Guard Base, New York. MSgt Robelotto has deployed in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM, and DEEP FREEZE. In his civilian profession, he is a deputy sheriff patrol sergeant K-9 handler and a volunteer Assistant Fire Chief.

Refreshments provided by the American Legion and the VFW and will be prepared by The Mess Hall.

If you have any questions or would like to participate in the parade, please call Bill Glasser at or call (518) 322-9583.

~Robert Carpenter, Commander American Legion
~Todd Middleton, Commander VFW


Poestenkill Historical Society May program

“A MILL WORKER’S LIFE – 1835” presented by Phyllis Chapman

Phyllis Chapman has presented many programs around the area.  She portrays women and their contributions to history.  She dresses the part and puts herself in the woman’s shoes.  This month she will portray Lucy Larcom (1824-1893) who was a teacher, poet and author.  After her father’s death, her mother moved from Beverly, Mass. to Lowell with her 10 children.  In 1835, at age 11 Lucy began working at Boott Mills, a cotton mill, as a doffer to earn extra money for her family.  She was a steady contributor to The Lowell Offering and while at Lowell developed a friendship with John Greenleaf Whittier.  In later years, she became a teacher and poet, eventually publishing several books, among them “A New England Childhood”.  Phyllis will include audience participation during the program since part of the presentation involves creating a “mock textile mill”. Come and join us on Tuesday, May 28th, at 7:00 p.m. at the Town Hall on Route 351 in the downstairs meeting room.  The program is free, everyone is welcome, and refreshments will be provided.


Town of Brunswick Summer Day Camp

Town of Brunswick Supervisor Philip H. Herrington Announces the 2019 Summer Schedule for the BRUNSWICK DAY CAMP for children ages 5-12 years old.

Camp will run from Tuesday, July 2, 2019 to August 9, 2019, at the Brunswick Community Center.

Deadline for registration is June 7, 2019. Applications are available at the Town Office, 336 Town Office Rd., Troy, NY 12180 or at

Fees for Brunswick Residents: $400.00; $275.00 each additional child. Non-residents residing within the Brunswick Central School District $775.00 for one child; $550.00 each additional child.

Proof of eligibility is required.



Looking for a bargain?

The Church of the Redeemer Thrift Shop has earned an excellent reputation by offering quality merchandise at very reasonable prices. We’ll be open on Thursday, May 9th, from 3 to 6; and Saturday, May 11th, from 9 to 2 pm.

You’ll be amazed at the vast selection of clothing, jewelry, household goods, puzzles, games, Avon collectibles, wall décor, picture frames, Mother’s Day gifts, PROM DRESSES and so many one-of-a-kind items!

The shop is located at 1249 Third Street in Rensselaer on CDTA bus route #214.   Enter through the parking lot on the Catherine Street side and be pleasantly surprised.


Rensselaer Co. Home Bureau Achievement Day

The Rensselaer Co. Home Bureau will be having Achievement Day on Thursday, May 23 (10am-12 noon), at the First Reformed Church, Main Ave., Wynantskill, NY.

Please come and bring any old or new crafts projects. Join us for the 100th Anniversary celebration and bring a friend or two.


Hoosick Falls Memorial Day Parade

On Monday, May 27th, 2019 is the date for The Village of Hoosick Falls Memorial Day Parade.

Plans are underway for the Hoosick Post #40 Hoosick Falls Memorial Day Parade. We invite you to join us as we remember those that made the ultimate for The United States of America.

Participating bands in this year’s parade are the Community Band, Taconic Pipe Band, Hoosick Falls High School Band and The Fiesta Band. The parade will also feature floats, fire trucks, horses and antique cars. Parade will begin in Wood Park, Main St., John St., Church St., and back down Main St. and back to Wood Park. The parade will step-off at 10:00 AM. Line-up at 9:15 AM.

For information or to enter the parade, check out our Facebook page or contact Kevin O’Malley at 518-894-5035 or


Dept of Aging Resource and Information Table

The Hoosick Falls Senior Center, 69 Church Street, will host Tammy McGarithy of Rensselaer County Unified Services, Dept. of Aging on Thursday, May 16th. Tammy will bring contact information, brochures, pamphlets, and applications for several services offered to residents 60 years and older. Included will be information on the Cooling and Assistance Program, Clean and Tune Program, EPIC (Prescription Assistance Program), HIICAP (Health Insurance Information Counseling Assistance Program), Home Modification Program, and a list of resources available for Home Care. She will bring additional contact information such as Utility Trouble, Legal Aid Society, Domestic Violence, warning signs of a stroke and more. All residents 60 and older should plan to stop in and talk with Tammy about the services available to them. Plan to stay for lunch (Chicken Breast) with BINGO to follow. Call (518) 686-7561 to sign up for the meal.


East Greenbush Town Wide Garage Sale

Do you want to be part of the East Greenbush Town Wide Garage Sale? The First United Methodist Church is here to help! The Sale will take place on June 1st from 9 am-3 pm, rain or shine.

We have space available for vendors and families.

Email or for more information or call 518.477.9693 and leave a message for Amber.


Calendar for Everett Wagar Senior Center

2 Roxborough Rd, Grafton, NY

May 13- 10:00 Chair Yoga
12:00 Congregate Lunch (Italian Sausage)
12:30 Scrapbooking
1:00 Cards and Games

May 14- Reiki by Appt
9:30 Aerobic Swimming
12:00 Congregate Lunch (Crabmeat Salad)
1:00 Cards and Games

May 15- Mani/Pedi by Appt
10:00 Chair Yoga
11:00 – Speaker – Eat Smart with Jillian
12:00 Special Congregate Lunch (Taco Sloppy Joe)
12:30 Entertainment with Sheila Scott

May 16- Reiki by Appt
9:30 Aerobic Swimming
11:00 Rensselaer County Information Table
12:00 Congregate Lunch (Chicken Breast)
12:30 Stitching Chicks Knit & Crochet Group
1:00 Cards and Games

May 17- 9:45 Chair Yoga
11:00 HOSPICE Presentation
12:00 Congregational Lunch (Tuna Bake)
12:45 Presentation and BINGO with Rhonda – Bennington Health & Rehab.


Guest Speaker health presentations

Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center at 2 Roxborough Road, Grafton, will host Kristin Vivian of HOSPICE on Friday, May 17th, at 11:00 am. Kristin will give a presentation on the HOSPICE mission, what to expect if HOSPICE is ever needed, and how you can help if a situation presents itself. This is a free presentation open to all residents 60 and over. Join us for a nutritious lunch at noon (Tuna Bake) followed by a presentation by Rhonda of the Bennington Health and Rehab. Rhonda will explain what the center offers if short term or long-term care is ever needed. All residents 60 and older are encouraged to attend.

BINGO will follow with prizes donated by our guest speakers.

Call the center at 518-279-3413 to sign up for lunch.


May Upcoming Events 2019 at the Renss. Senior Center

14th – Special Dinner “Happy Mother’s Day” W/ Winchester and Young (Crab Salad Cold Plate). Call for reservations (518) 463-2166.

14th – A National Treasure Celebrates her 99th Birthday! Join the Rensselaer County Rensselaer Senor Center as we celebrate Jennie
Carpinellio’s 99th birthday. Jennie has always been a big part of our center and has given so much her whole life. Join us as we celebrate with this beautiful lady all her past accomplishments. Lunch is served at 12 Noon followed by cake and Ice Cream.

Call for reservations (518) 463-2166; this will be a day to remember.

23rd – Celebrating Our Peace Officers (Meatloaf Dinner) W/ Paul Slingerland. Call for reservations (518) 463-2166. 26th – Memorial Day Parade W/After Party Back at The Center. “Must Attend Parade Representing the Center to Participate in the Party”.

Always looking to receive Donations of good and gently used clothing and shoes for our corner boutique; all proceeds benefit senior programs.

Rensselaer Senior Center Community Service Volunteers Needed.

We are open from 9am to 3pm, Monday Thru Friday, located on East and Herrick Streets in Rensselaer.


Poestenkill Memorial Day Parade

Our annual Memorial Day parade will be held on May 27th at 11:00.  We are encouraging our citizens to join us in making our parade a momentous occasion by creating a float for the parade.  Our theme is all about what Memorial Day is…a time of remembering our fallen soldiers and giving honor to those who continue to preserve our freedom.  We have many organizations in our town and would welcome you marching in the parade if you are unable to create a float.

We rally for the parade in the field across from the VFW building at 10:00, parade to start at 11:00.

If you have any questions, please call Tammy at 518-389-8277 or Gail at 518-283-4890.


Illustrated Talk on W.C. Cowee: The man and his company

Thursday, May 9, 7 PM – Sand Lake Town Hall. W.C. Cowee: The man and his company.

Sharon Klein will give an illustrated talk. Cowee invented the floral pick, used to fasten flowers to arrangements and keep them in place at the request of his brother Arthur, AKA “The Gladiola King.” The Cowee Company made a variety of other wooden products, including Tinkertoys and parts of Fisher-Price toys. W.C. Cowee Company was a major employer in Berlin. The Rensselaer Plateau Alliance facilitated the Conservation Fund’s recent purchase of Cowee Forests, more than 9000 acres of which are on the Rensselaer Plateau. For nearly a century, these forests provided lumber for the Cowee products.
$5 suggested donation goes to support the Rensselaer Plateau Alliance’s conservation work.


Pittstown Historical Society Anti-Rent War Lecture

The Anti-Rent War (1839 – 1869) will be the subject of a lecture by historian Michael Barrett on May 16th at 7:30 PM at the Pittstown Town Hall in Tomhannock (97 Tomhannock Road).

Barrett will talk about the turbulent pre-Civil War period in which armed resistance, terror, imprisonment and strife swept across 16 counties of upstate NY. The Anti-Rent movement protested the leasehold property that the landed aristocracy refused to relinquish. Barrett, who is presently serving as the Executive Director of the Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway and the Burden Iron Works Museum in Troy, has lectured extensively and is a member of numerous local historical societies.

The meeting, which is sponsored by the Pittstown Historical Society, is free and open to the public.

For further information, email: or call Connie Kheel 518-686-7514.


Our Lady of Victory Columbiettes hosting Indoor Garage Sale/Flea Market

The Our Lady of Victory Columbiettes of Troy will be hosting an Indoor Garage Sale/Flea Market on Saturday, June 1, 2019, from 9 A.M. – 2 P.M.

Spaces are $15.00 per space and include 1 table & 2 chairs.  Those who are interested may contact us for a registration form.  Louise at (518) 708-4342 or you may e-mail us at We are located at 55 North Lake Ave., Troy. We are handicapped accessible.

A portion of the proceeds will be used to provide activities for the children at Sunnyside Center in Troy.


Garage Sale

The Latham-Colonie Columbiettes and Knights of Columbus will host their Annual Garage Sale on Friday, May 24th; and Saturday, May 25th, from 9 AM to 4 PM.

Items to be offered for sale include household items; small appliances, furniture, home décor, books, collectibles and clothing and linens!

328 Troy-Schenectady Road, Latham, N.Y. 12110

Donations greatly accepted, please no TV’s or computers!

For further information, call 518-783-0572.


Garden Club of East Schodack 59th annual plant sale

The Garden Club of East Schodack will hold its 59th annual plant sale a week earlier than usual on Saturday, May 11th, from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church located at 751 County Route 7, East Schodack. PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN LOCATION from previous years. This is the oldest continuing Garden Sale in this area and offers a wide variety of perennials, annuals, wildflowers, bushes, herbs, ground cover, vegetables and houseplants for local gardeners. Plant material is from our members’ gardens so it will be sure to thrive in your garden. Come early for the best selection!

This year the sale will also include a BAKE SALE, so bring your appetite as well as your love of gardening. See you on May 11!


Perennial Plants Needed

The Sand Lake Garden Club is holding its annual plant sale on Saturday, MAY 11, and we could use some perennials from your garden if you have some to share.  Members from the club will actually come and help dig and separate plants to be potted prior to the sale.  Please note that some plants may be rejected due either to inclusion on the State’s invasive list or to their commonality.  Proceeds from this sale are used to fund the Club’s student scholarship.  Please call Helen at 518-674-3571 to arrange for a perennial dig.


“Introduction to Straw Bale Gardening”

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County will present the program “Introduction to Straw Bale Gardening” on Wednesday, May 15th, from 7 to 8 PM.  Planting vegetables and flowers directly into straw bales may sound odd, but it provides many advantages and amazing results!  Straw bale gardens have no weeds, provide easier harvests and can be grown even where there is no soil.  Master Gardener and Straw Bale Aficionado Becky Raymond will show us this novel technique using straw bales that have been readied for planting.  Bring your garden soil for a free pH test, too.

This program is FREE to the public and will be held outdoors at the Demonstration Garden at the Robert C. Parker School, 4254 Route 43, North Greenbush. Rain or inclement weather at the start of the program may cancel it.  Limited seating provided; bring your own lawn chair.  For more information, contact Cornell Cooperative Extension at 518-272-4210 or



SLGC Annual Plant Sale- Sat., May 11th

The Sand Lake Garden Club will hold its annual plant sale on Saturday, May 11th, at the Salem United Methodist Church, Shaver Rd., West Sand Lake, from 8am ‘til sold out (approximately 10:30am). Vegetables, annuals, perennials, herbs, and shrubs will be sold. There will be a raffle with a chance to win a gift certificate to a local nursery. Bring a wagon/box for your purchases.  Proceeds from the plant sale are used to provide scholarships to high school students from the community.


Garage Sale May 17 & 18

All proceeds will be split between the community Bread of Life Food Pantry and the Poestenkill Heritage Center.  Come rent a space and sell your own things for $10.00 a space per day at the Poestenkill Lutheran Church parking lot.  DONATIONS gladly accepted.  (Please, NO clothing, large appliances or electronics!)  Drop off your goods anytime on Wednesday, May 15, or Thursday, May 16, by the garage doors located to the rear of the church.  The actual sale will be held on Friday, May 17, and Saturday, May 18, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on both days.  For more information, or to rent a space, contact Jill at 518-283-2510 or Helen at 518-674-3451.


Garage Sale at Brunswick Grange

Brunswick – Multi-Family Sale on May 24, 25 & 26th – Grange Hall, Rt.  7 & 142, Center Brunswick, 9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.

Assorted merchandise, antiques, plants, glassware, $1.00 table, furniture. Space available – for info., call 518-279-9113.


Greenbush Garden Club Plant Sale

Rain or shine! Saturday, May 18th, 9:00 am to 11:00 am (unless sold out before) at the Rensselaer Elks Club Pavilion, 683 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush. The proceeds help fund community projects and grants. Come check out our low prices on perennials, shrubs, and house plants!!!


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.


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.


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:

Find out more at


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.


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.


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.)


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.


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


May Albany Pine Bush Preserve Program & Special Event Schedule

Event details can be found at

Morning Meander
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 visit

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


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 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


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.


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



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