Events 05.21.20

Troy Lodge of Elks Food Drive

TROY – The Troy Lodge of Elks at 134 North Greenbush Road is having a Food Donation drive-thru to be held, Friday May 22nd from 10AM to 3PM. The purpose of your food donations is to help restock local food pantries. Most needed food drive items are peanut butter, canned fruits & vegetables, rice, pasta, 100% juice, canned spaghetti sauce, cereal, canned tuna & chicken, dog & cat food. No glass jars, please. Thank you for your ongoing support.

Sidewalk Plant Sale & Bake Sale at Bethlehem Grange 137 

SELKIRK – Looking for Something to do Safely, Socially Distanced, and Outdoors, Attend Bethlehem Grange’s Sidewalk Plant Sale & Bake Sale, on Saturday, May 23, 2020from 9-4.  Outdoor plants, garden plants, flowers, catnip, houseplants, hanging plants and more, plus a bake sale, all outdoors!!  Please wear masks!!   Sponsored by Bethlehem Grange 137 at 24 Bridge St., Selkirk, NY 12158

For those planning to attend the previously scheduled Craft Fair/Plant Sale on May 23rd, the Craft Fair is postponed until a later time due to the Covid-19 & Health Department guidelines.  Bethlehem Grange 137 is planning a Craft Fair for a later date, yet unknown, when we are allowed to have people in the Grange Hall safely.

Please support your local Grange and enjoy the Outdoors with your mask on, just as the Bethlehem Grange members will be doing, with their masks on too, on one of the first days outside for everyone.  Remember to practice “social distancing” while attending.  For additional information, please call Jackie Schrom 518-810-6031 or Charles Ryan 518-227-8954.

Llama and Alpaca Parasite Management Zoom Workshop

RENSSELAER COUNTY – Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County will be hosting a Llama & Alpaca Management Workshop via Zoom on Thursday, May 28th at 6:30 P.M. Learn how to keep your camelids healthy, happy, and free from parasites! Our speaker, Emaly Leak of Autumn Hill Llamas and Fiber, will discuss ways to prevent parasites through management, how to tell if our llamas or alpacas have parasites, and strategies on how to treat them. 

Please register by May 26th. There is a $5 fee that will need to be mailed to our office (CCE of Rensselaer County, Ag & Life Sciences Bldg. 61 State St. Troy, NY 12180). If you have any questions or would like to register, contact Kayela at or 518-272-4210.

Adult Tractor Safety Workshop

RENSSELAER COUNTY – Tuesday, August 18th at 6:30 P.M. Open to All adults.  Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County is excited to offer a Tractor and Farm Safety Course at White’s Farm Supply in Schaghticoke (1205 State Route 40 Schaghticoke, NY 121544). This program is geared for adult audiences. Statistics show that farming and operating equipment is a hazardous and dangerous endeavor.  Help yourself reduce the risks of an accident and attend this informative morning session. The program will begin at 6:30 P.M with a presentation from the New York Center of for Agriculture Medicine and Health (NYCAMH) followed by an opportunity to give your newly learned skills a try. This program is perfect for farmers old and new as well as any adult who currently works with machinery on the job, in their backyard, or plans to in the future. To register, please call CCE office at 518-272-4210 or send an email to There is a registration fee of $5 payable at the class. If you have special needs that need to be met in order to participate, please let us know at the time of registration.  Cornell Cooperative Extension is an equal opportunity employer and programmer.

Rensselaer County’s Third Annual Farm Day Out!

RENSSELAER COUNTY – When: Sunday, September 13th 12pm-3pm

Where: Windy Hill Orchard (1297 Brookview Station Rd, Castleton, NY 12033)

Join Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County and Windy Hill Orchard from 12-3pm on Sunday, September 13th for Rensselaer County’s Third Annual Farm Day Out! 

As you tour the farm stop by each station to learn something new or ask questions about the apple and cider industry. Also, be sure to visit exhibits set up by local organizations & businesses, experience the equipment used on the farm, and stop by the Fun Zone. Food will also 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, September 13th!

If you are interested in being a volunteer, a sponsor, or have any questions about the even, please reach out to Kayela at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County’s office at or (518)272-4210. 

Sand Lake Town Wide Garage Sale

SAND LAKE – Save the dates… and your stuff! The 10th Annual Town Wide Garage Sale is scheduled for the weekend of September 19, 20. This popular event is sponsored by the Sand Lake Business Association and attracts folks from all over the Capital Region. The vendor corral/flea market again will be at Westfall Village. This is a wonderful opportunity for residents, sports teams, church groups, scout groups and others to make some easy cash. Online registration is now available at and click on EVENTS.

The Kiwanis Club of Sand Lake Fundraising Drive 

SAND LAKE – The Kiwanis Club of Sand Lake is supporting a charity fundraising drive within the Averill Park Central School District to benefit the Capital Region’s Ronald Mc Donald House. The drive will run from now until October 31st with the goal to collect enough pull tabs from soda, beer, soups and pet food cans to fill a school bus! 

We ask that parents of our school children and other interested citizens join this effort by removing and collecting as many pull tabs as possible during the months ahead and taking them to the office of one of our three elementary schools, the Algonquin Middle School’s office or to the office at the Averill Park High School.

Please join us to help the Ronald McDonald House as it continues to offer a haven of comfort, love, hope and support – free of charge – for critically ill children and their families. Thank you.  



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