Events 05.20.21

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.

Sand Lake Town Library Board of Trustees

SAND LAKE – The Library Board of Trustees will hold their regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Thursday, May 20 at 6:45pm. Items to be discussed include the annual June Book Sale and Library Fair and the ongoing reopening phases. Check the library website: the day of the meeting for further details.

Capital Region Social Happenings Concert Series

CAPITAL DISTRICT –  Month of May 2021 – Friday Night Events at 7 pm at 435 New Karner Road (Hanover Square Offices and Apts) at “Hill” door entrance.  Weather permitting these events will be held outside. Open to the public at large. 

Friday, May 21st —Brian Zapel, guitarist will perform. Starts at 7 pm. CDC & COVID compliant. Seating limited if indoors. Outside seating is unlimited. 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. $12. 

Friday, May 28th — Miss Carla Page, popular area performer, will perform at 7 pm.  She is often referred to as the “Queen of Motown”. She’ll perform music from the 50s, 60ds and 70s mixed with a little bit of country. Starts at 7 pm. 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.  CDC & COVID compliant. Seating limited if indoors. Outside seating is unlimited. 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. $12. 

Capital Region Social Happenings is a registered name of Singles Outreach Services, Inc. and is a NYS non-profit organization. Mailing address: P. O. Box 12511, Albany NY 12212. Location: 435 New Karner Road (Hill Door Entrance), Albany (Colonie), NY 12205. Office Phone: 518-452-6883.

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.

The Capital District Genealogical Society Presents Genealogy and German Jews: A Success Story in Reconstituting an Entire Family

CAPITAL DISTRICT – Saturday, May 22, 2021 at 1:00 P.M. via Zoom. This presentation will offer tips and tricks for finding German and Jewish ancestors through the lens of a 30 year effort to document and connect all persons who descended from two half brothers.

Speaker Michael Tuteur has been an amateur genealogist for over 30 years. A Harvard graduate, he has been researching and documenting his ancestors and relatives within Europe. Learn how to apply his tips and tricks to your own research.

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

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 518-283-4304.

City of Rensselaer 2021 Memorial Day Parade

RENSSELAER – The City of Rensselaer and the Gerald O’Neil Post are happy to announce that we will have our traditional Memorial Day Parade this year!!!

The Veteran’s Memorial Day Parade will step off at 2:00pm on Sunday, May 30, 2021 from the intersection of Washington Avenue and Forbes Avenue and the Parade will go from Washington Avenue to Third Street and then right onto Partition Street crossing the Veteran’s Crossing Bridge. The Parade will continue on Broadway to Third Avenue and end at the intersection of Walker Street and Third Avenue.

The Opening Ceremonies are at 1:00pm at the Doane Stuart School Parking Lot and the Closing Ceremonies are right after the Parade at Huyck Square.

Please be sure to follow all New York State and CDC guidelines while enjoying the Parade this year and note that in the event of unforeseen circumstances the Parade could be cancelled due to an Executive Order. If that should occur, a notification will be given on this site and in the media as soon as possible.

Please come out and enjoy the Parade this year!

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

Sand Lake Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony

SAND LAKE – This year’s Sand Lake Memorial Day Parade will be Monday, May 31st., 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.

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 honored speaker is Paul Glasser, Jr. upon his graduation from Averill Park High School in 1989 was assigned to Parris Island Recruit Depot for recruit training. Upon graduation from Paris Island, Paul was assigned to Field Radio Operator school in 29 Palms CA and then received his permanent duty station assigned as a Radio Operator in the Artillery Fire Director Center with Hotel Battery, 3rd Battalion 12th Marines, 10th Marine Regiment, 2nd Mar Division Camp Lejeune NC.

In Nov 1990 Paul was deployed to Southwest Asia to support Operation Desert Shield/ Desert Storm. During the operation Paul’s unit successfully completed numerous fire missions in combat and his unit received several citations for exemplary performance in combat to include the Navy Unit Citation for heroism in action against the enemy.

Paul is currently employed with the Rensselaer County Bureau of Public Safety 911 center and serves as Communications Coordinator. He is member the Averill Park Fire Department and has served as its Chief. Paul has served as, Chief of Sand Lake Ambulance, Twin Town Little League Coach and Board Member, Averill Park Pop Warner Football Coach, Adult Leader of Boy Scout Troop 526 and is a member of VFW Post #3025

Refreshments will be provided by the Kiwanis club of Sand Lake.

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

Castleton/Schodack Living Veterans Motorcade To Honor Veterans Killed In Action

CASTLETON/SCHODACK – Attention all Schodack area veterans: Due to COVID-19 safety concerns, there is no Memorial Day parade in Castleton, but we are asking our area veterans to join our motorcade to honor veterans killed in action. Your personal vehicles will be escorted by police, fire, and ambulance apparatus. The motorcade starts at the Maple Hill Jr/Sr High School at 10 AM and runs through parts of Schodack near and in the Village of Castleton. If possible please put signs on your vehicle showing your branch and when you served (ie. Army WWII, Marines Desert Storm, etc.). Please RSVP to, if possible, so I know how many vehicles to expect. Let us know if you need a ride. The Peter Andrews Castleton Memorial VFW Post 7337 will be having a private memorial ceremony with gun salute and Taps at 7 local cemeteries in Schodack prior to the motorcade. Public please check for the route map and observe the motorcade safely. Everyone please follow COVID-19 safety guidelines. 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

LVORC’s Scrabble Challenge “Home Edition”

RENSSELAER COUNTY – Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County welcomes SCRABBLE enthusiasts and anyone who wants to have fun playing as a team or individual to join us for SCRABBLE Challenge “Home Edition” between Thursday, June 3 and Monday, June 7, 2021. Competitors will play two SCRABBLE games at home and share scores and photos. All will meet via Zoom on Thursday, June 10, when winners will be announced. Prizes will be awarded to winners in each category. There will be “door prizes”, too!

Proceeds from this event will help LVORC to provide free literacy services to adults and children in Rensselaer County and Albany County. For more details and event registration, visit

Emergency Food Collection Saturday

NORTH GREENBUSH –  On Saturday, June 5 from 10am to 2pm there will be a food collection event at Hope Lutheran Church, 470 Winter Street Extension in North Greenbush. In addition, there will be a bake sale with all receipts being divided between CoNSERNS-U and Doors of Hope food pantries.

This event will be entirely outdoors in the church parking lot. To join this important event, just fill a bag with non-perishable food items and bring them to the parking lot. There will be people on hand to accept your donations.

While you may think that the pandemic crisis has passed due to some opening announcements, the fact is the crisis is not over. There are still many people out of work, many people that are just squeaking by on what little they have. These people and these food pantries are in need. We have food-challenged people in all our neighborhoods, and this is your chance to help. We’re not asking a lot, just a little from many of you and then there will be a lot. For additional information, or any questions call Jim at 518-210-3289. Thank you, see you soon!

Brunswick Historical Society Presents

BRUNSWICK – Kathryn Sheehan, Rensselaer County and Troy City Historian will give an illustrated lecture on the history of agriculture in Rensselaer County including commemorating the 200th Anniversary of the first Rensselaer County Agricultural Fair on June 7th at 7PM. This program will be at the Brunswick Community Center located on Keyes Lane. Please call for reservations. Space will be limited. RSVP by Friday, June 4. Call 518-279-4024 or email We will be following CDC protocols.

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.

Strawberry Festival

NASSAU – Join us for an annual tradition. The annual strawberry festival at Grace United Methodist Church in Nassau. Enjoy fresh strawberries, homemade biscuits, and real whipped cream.  **Due to Covid restrictions, this year’s event will be Take Out Only** Thursday, June 17th, 7:00pm. Grace Methodist Church, Route 20, Nassau. We missed 2020, so please join us !

Adopt A Senior – Show Your Love and Support

AVERILL PARK – At the high school, we started this program last year with great success, and would like to continue it for years to come. But we need your help! On Monday June 21st, we would like to deliver surprise graduation gifts to members of the Averill Park Class of 2021 from anonymous members of the community. If you would like to participate or support the effort please find more information here: Organizations, families, and groups of friends are encouraged to team up to “Adopt a Senior” together if that works for them. Thanks for showing this class how lucky they are to live in our awesome community! Email Nicole Freeman, Senior Class Advisor with any questions:

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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