Events 05.18.23

Castleton Memorial VFW Post 7337 Veteran Flags

The Castleton Memorial VFW has over 550 Flags to place in seven (7) of our Schodack cemeteries and could use some community help placing them. Please meet at 9:00 AM on Saturday, May 27th in the VFW Post parking lot. I will pass out flags, cemetery assignments, and name lists. Let’s not miss any of our veterans. Thank you.

Ricardo E. “Rik” Cosgrave, Commander, Peter Andrews Castleton Memorial VFW Post 7337, 105 Scott Ave Castleton, NY 12033 Email: Facebook: My Cell Phone: 518-694-2070.

Averill Park Art Exhibition

Diane DeBlois & Robert Dalton Harris of aGatherin’ are sponsoring an art exhibition at the Arts Letters & Numbers studios, 1548 Burden Lake, Averill Park NY, to celebrate Robert’s 80th birthday. 

Over 60 artists will be represented – with painting, collage, fabric, photographs, sculpture, video, performance – interpreting Stratigraphy: Layering in the Arts. The theme is homage to Amos Eaton, New York’s first stratigrapher, who mapped the Erie Canal and the geology of our area in the 1820s. 

The exhibition gala on May 27 is 6 to 9 pm, and viewing is available until May 30. For information:,

SAVE THE DATE – St. Jude’s Family Soup, Chowder & Chili Feud!

Our Fall Festival committee is stirring things up this year and is excited to announce our First SOUPer competition will be held Saturday October 14th starting at 11 am!! Cash prizes will be awarded!! We will also have live entertainment and raffles all day!! Save the date and watch for more details to follow soon!!

Melvin Roads Book Talk on Great EG Couple

Melvin Roads American Legion is having a book talk about a great couple from East Greenbush, New York. The book is “A TROJAN’S WAR” is a heartwarming story of Nan Emery & LTC Jim MacArevey. Nam a well know teacher from East Greenbush Schools, and Jim who was captured in North Africa, sent to Poland, and escaped through Ukraine. The author is Bob MacArevey, their son, an Army Ranger, and past member of Melvin Roads Baseball. Find out about life in East Greenbush after World War II.

We will have two talks, the first is right after the Veterans Breakfast on May 25th, 2023 about 10:00 AM. The Second is MAY 30th ,2023 at 7 PM. Both are open to the public, and everyone is invited. The post is located at 200 Columbia Turnpike (RTS 9 & 20) in East Greenbush.

Sand Lake Garden Faire

On Saturday, May 20th, the Sand Lake Garden Club, in conjunction with the Cornell Cooperative Extension Rensselaer County Master Gardeners, will be hosting their 2nd annual Garden Faire! 

There will be plants galore (annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs and house plants), new and used garden tools, garden decorations, baked goods and several vendors selling their wares. 

A raffle is also being held for items including a three tiered planter, a “Welcome” sign plus gift certificates to Becker’s greenhouse and Dunkin Donuts. 

Please join us on Saturday, May 20th from 8am -1pm (rain or shine) at the Salem United Methodist Church, 349 Shaver Road, West Sand Lake, NY 12196.

Sand Lake Baptist Church Annual Strawberry Festival

To all our neighbors in our wonderful community, it is with great joy and delight to announce that June 17th has been declared as the official day for Sand Lake Baptist Church’s Strawberry Festival! 

Food, fun, fellowship, and of course, lots of strawberries! We will offer a bake sale with plenty of pies and cookies. The grill will be working overtime, the popcorn will be fresh, the beverages will be cold and the shortcake just as delicious as it’s been for decades! 

We are offering a beautiful quilt designed with strawberries for raffle. We are hoping to be able to offer many more events, so stay posted for additional updates. 

If anyone would like to participate and volunteer to help we would be delighted to have you join us. It’s also a fun way earn community hours for those involved in Scouts or other programs. You can contact us at 518-674-3316.

Spring Sale – All proceeds Go to the Capital Districts Discarded and Homeless Cats

Spring Sale! Always great bargains to be had. Come up and see us. All proceeds go to the Capital Districts discarded and homeless cats.

Sunday, May 21st 9AM to 3PM (Rain or Shine) – Location: Brunswick Hadley-Davidson 1130 Hoosick road, Troy, NY.

There will be a special guest so come out and snap a picture of the kids or yourself with the special guest while finding some really great bargains.

Poestenkill Business Association Annual Auction

The Poestenkill Business Association, (PBA), will hold our annual benefit Auction on Saturday June 3, 2023 at the Sullivan-Jones VFW Post on Main St/Route 355 in Poestenkill. 

The Auction will  START  promptly  at  10:00 AM, with viewing to begin at 9:00 AM. Assorted items such as loads of Top Soil, Crusher Run, Stone, Landscaping Mulch, Fire Wood and professional services donated by local businesses will be available for bid along with previously owned but sought after household, yard & miscellaneous items. 

Each Bidder must obtain a Bid Card in order to be able to participate in the Auction. The Kitchen will be open throughout the Auction to provide mouth watering delights from the grill for your dining pleasure.  Freshly cooked Breakfast Sandwiches are available beginning at 8:00 AM. All food will be prepared per individual order. Activities will be available to amuse the Kids. 

All net proceeds will enable the PBA to discreetly provide assistance to Poestenkill Residents experiencing emergency situations during the year.  So come early, come hungry & bring your entire family for a most enjoyable day at our Auction on June 3rd. Your interest & participation is deeply appreciated. Thank you!!

Strides 4 STRIDE 5k/2k Run, Walk ‘n Roll

Wednesday, June 14, 2023 ~ 5:00 PM. Jennings Landing, Albany, NY.

Athletes from STRIDE Adaptive Sports with physical and developmental disabilities will walk, run, and even roll their way across the finish line in special three-wheeled hand cycles. They will be joined by able-bodied runners from all around the Capital Region, completing the 5K run to advocate for equal opportunity in sports and raise funds for STRIDE Adaptive Sports programs. Chip timing will be provided by ARE Event Productions.

Tickets for the 14th Annual “Strides 4 STRIDE” event are available for $25 online at The inclusive, family-oriented event offers casual or competitive options, so there is something for everyone. 

All proceeds will go to STRIDE Adaptive Sports to help keep its 18 adaptive sport and recreational programs fully-funded. STRIDE programs use special adaptive equipment and unique instructional methods to help people with disabilities overcome their physical and mental/emotional limitations so they can play sports and enjoy an active lifestyle.

A Special Computer Training Class for Displaced Homemakers offered in Troy

The Capital District Women’s Employment & Resource Center (WERC) is hosting a free computer training class on Thursday, May 25, 2023 from 9:00 – 11:00am at WERC’s Troy office at 120 Defreest Drive, Troy (in the Rensselaer Tech Park, North Greenbush). 

Join us for “Overview of Microsoft Word” to pick up some great tips that will save valuable time and make creating and formatting Word documents quick and easy. This training is open to women (Displaced Homemakers) who are seeking employment and want to update their computer skills. 

A Displaced Homemaker is someone who has lost their source of support due to divorce, separation or their spouse’s job loss, disability or death. Single mothers or women who are pending loss of public assistance also qualify for free services. This session will be facilitated by Lisa Ryan, Executive Vice President and Co-owner of MicroKnowledge, Inc. and is sponsored by the Workforce Development Institute (WDI). Space is limited. To register: call (518) 238-3845. WERC is a not-for-profit organization that works to advance women’s success in the workplace by building their economic and personal independence. 

Since 1988, WERC has provided quality workforce development services to more than 10,000 women from the Capital Region. Visit WERC’s website for more information about all of the services offered: WERC’s Troy office is accessible on several CDTA bus lines, including Route 224 (Albany – Troy – Rensselaer) and Route 808 (Albany – North Greenbush Shuttle). Check more CDTA’s website ( for more information about fares and routes.

Town of North Greenbush Memorial Day Parade

Our annual Town of North Greenbush Memorial Parade will be held on Monday, May 29th at 1pm. If you or your organization would like to participate, please contact the Town Supervisor’s office at (518) 283-5313 or email at 

We are inviting all veterans to march and lead off our parade. If you are a business, school group or team in town, we’d love for you to participate. For organizations, please let us know you would be interested so we can include you in the lineup.

All Aboard! SLHS Gala at The Arlington House!

Don’t miss it – the Sand Lake Historical Society’s Annual Gala, Sunday afternoon May 21st from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, at the historic Arlington House, 3532 Route 43, West Sand Lake. The Arlington House – also known as the Journey’s End, the Old Journey’s End, the Arlington Hotel, and the Elk Horn Hotel – was Trolley Stop 22 on the Troy and New England Railway which connected Averill Park to Troy and brought visitors (including the mysterious Hazel Drew) to our beautiful town of Sand Lake. Our 2023 theme is “Trolley’s, Transportation, Hotels, and Recreation.” 

In addition to food, drink, and conversation, this year’s fundraising gala will feature a special recognition program. This will be buffet-style event (with cash bar). There is limited seating. Additional information, tickets, and sponsorships are available at . SLHS turns fifty in 2024.

From The Desk of Janice Hannigan Kerwin, North Greenbush Town Clerk

IF YOU: Make it, bake it or cook it…………. We Want You!!!!!!!!!!!! 

We are looking for Food Trucks & vendors for our 3rd Annual WEDNESDAY Night Food Truck Event in North Greenbush. We will be starting on Wednesday, May 24, 2023, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The event will be every Wednesday night throughout summer until August 9, 2023.

If you are interested in participating, please contact the North Greenbush Town Clerk, Janice Hannigan Kerwin for information at You may also call the office @ 518-283-4306 any day Monday- Friday.

Latham-Colonie Columbiettes Annual Flea Market

The Latham-Colonie Columbiettes are hosting their Annual Flea Market on Saturday, May, 20th, 2023 at Latham-Colonie Knights of Columbus, 328 Troy-Schenectady Road, Latham, N.Y. 12110, (Rain or Shine)!

Vendor space still available is Outdoor Undercover, area is 4 (w) x 8 (l) $25 or $30 w/electric. Outdoor 10 (w) x 10 ( l ), $30 or $40 w/electric (with your own pop up set up).

Our signed vendors have a wonderful display of items; Paparazzi Jewelry, Original Art Work, Boutique Clothing, Handmade Artisan Crafts; Crocheted Items, Wax Melts and More, also Collectible Items, Books, Household Items, and so much more!

For Vendor Information or, 518 783 0572.

Join Us to Prevent Identity Theft!

Sand Lake Kiwanis is providing a free community shredding event from 9am to noon on Saturday, May 20, 2023. We invite folks in our greater community to bring their outdated bills, bank statements and other personal paper documents to the Algonquin Middle School’s parking lot on May 20th – location 333 NY 351, Averill Park, NY. 

Although most shredders charge $5.00 to $10.00 per “banker’s box” this event is free! And yes, Sand Lake Kiwanis will graciously accept your donations. There is a limit of 5 banker’s boxes per family. No plastic: DVDs, thumb drives, etc. can be accepted.

So start now to and gather all your shedderable paper items. Remember this is one day only, Saturday, May 20th, event. 

For additional information you may contact Kiwanis member Pat at

To learn more about our Kiwanis Club go to or visit and friend us on 

Capital Area Flute Club 25th Anniversary Concert

The Capital Area Flute Club (CAFC) is celebrating their 25th anniversary season with a concert on May 21st at 3 PM at the Algonquin Middle School in Averill Park. This concert will include the World Premiere of Silver Jubilee by Ricky Lombardo. 

Following the concert, there will be a flute “petting zoo” where audience members can explore the various types of flutes and ask questions. There is no charge to attend thanks to the generosity of donors. 

For more information follow Capital Area Flute Club on FaceBook or email us at

Capital District Chevrolet Club Annual Car, Street Rod and Truck Show 2023

The Capital District Chevrolet Club announces its 40th Annual Car, Street Rod and Truck Show 2023 – June 25th, 2023 (Sunday) including all makes, model and years of vehicles. 

It will be held at Cook’s Park in the Village of Colonie from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM with registration from 9:00 thru 12:30 PM. Reg is $20 per show vehicle and free to walk-ins as is their parking. Vendors $20 prior to 6/24 -day of show $25. Food available all day, DJ music, door prizes, 50/50 drawings, goody bags and dash plaques to first 150 vehicle owners. 

Two (2) Best of Show trophies and 35 plus trophies from participant judging will be awarded. Show is on the Grassed area. 

Information: Phil (518) 429-0203, Vendors: Karen (518) 281-8333. We are also looking for any kind of vendors except food type. Location: Lincoln Ave off of NY Rte. 5 (Central Ave.) 1/4 mile from Exit 2W on I87(Northway)

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