Events 06.10.21

Joe Johnson Photographs, Paintings and Plants at Sand Lake Center for the Arts Gallery

SAND LAKE – Come check out Joe’s work and pick up something special for your garden! Saturdays and Sundays from 12 to 3pm through the end of June.






Capital Region Social Happenings© June Concert Series Announced

CAPITAL DISTRICT – 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. 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. Capital Region Social Happenings is a registered name of Singles Outreach Services, Inc. and is a NYS non-profit organization.

Friday Night – June 11th – Kevin Harder, Area Elvis Tribute Artist will perform your favorite Presley songs.  If you miss this event you’re bound to be “All Shook Up”. This event is held in Colonie, We comply with all CDC and NYS Covid requirements for safety.  Masks are not required if you have proof of vaccination.  $12 pp and that includes beverages and snacks. Hanover Square Bldg. at 435 New Karner Road (Hill Door entrance if inside). If the weather is great, the performance will be held outdoors at the rear performance area.

Friday Night – June 18th – Enjoy an evening of music.  Pat Andreoli will perform an evening of jazz vocals and hits from the big band era. This event is held in Colonie, We comply with all CDC and NYS Covid requirements for safety.  Masks are not required if you have proof of vaccination.  $12 pp and that includes beverages and snacks. Hanover Square Bldg. at 435 New Karner Road (Hill Door entrance if inside). If the weather is great, the performance will be held outdoors at the rear performance area.

Friday Night – June 25th – Donna Lee will entertain us with a variety popular songs.  She is also a Janis Joplin Tribute Artist and will allow you to experience that era all over again. This event is held in Colonie, We comply with all CDC and NYS Covid requirements for safety.  Masks are not required if you have proof of vaccination.  $12 pp and that includes beverages and snacks. Hanover Square Bldg. at 435 New Karner Road (Hill Door entrance if inside). If the weather is great, the performance will be held outdoors at the rear performance area.

Saturday June 26 at 2 pm – The Colonie Village Singers will entertain us with a variety of songs and there are many that you can sing-along with. You can even get up and dance to the music.  This group has appeared at many venues and have delighted many residents of senior centers. This event is held in Colonie, We comply with all CDC and NYS Covid requirements for safety.  Masks are not required if you have proof of vaccination.  $12 pp and that includes beverages and snacks. Hanover Square Bldg. at 435 New Karner Road (Hill Door entrance if inside). If the weather is great, the performance will be held outdoors at the rear performance area.

July 4th Extravaganza is scheduled for Sunday, July 4th. The event starts at noon with a lunch (and grill) starting at 1 pm.  At 2:30 pm we will be entertained by Miss Carla Page to get the party started. There will be a designated dance area.  Also available will be card and board games as well as some outdoor games.  “Leftovers” will be served to start off the evening with a campfire and stories.  Hanover Square Bldg. at 435 New Karner Road (Hill Door entrance if inside).R.S.V.P by June 25th.  $14 covers the entire day’s activities. Bring a folding chair for a spot to relax.

“KNOCKING OUT ALZHEIMERS” Our Final Farewell, Annual Garage Sale

BRUNSWICK –Friday, June 11th (Noon-close) and Saturday, June 12th (8-close), bag sale Saturday 3pm to close. At the corners of Route 7 & 278, Brunswick. ALL PROCEEDS going towards the 2021 Walk to end Alzheimer’s in September. We have a load of treasurers, something for everyone! A few teasers: kid’s toys; collectables; jewelry and so much more! You can’t miss us…look for the purple and our flower garden!

Opportunity to purchase raffle on an amazing vintage (lighted & furnished) dollhouse.

For more information on Alzheimer’s, contact the Alzheimer’s Association NENY at (518) 867-4999 or visit ALZ.ORG.

Nature + Wellness Programs with Rensselaer Plateau Alliance

RENSSELAER COUNTY – June Mindful Nature Walk – Poestenkill Community Forest — Saturday, June 12, 10 am – 12:30 pm. – With Molly Freiberg and Sandy Wilson. Nature has the ability to calm, inspire, and restore us in all seasons — so let’s take some much-needed time to receive what is offered. Join Sandy and Molly on a slow and gentle celebration of spring, opening our senses to all that we discover. Pre-registration required. Learn more/register at

Nopiates Healing Walk – Albert Family Community Forest, East Nassau – Sunday, June 13, 2 pm – 4:30 pm – The Rensselaer Plateau Alliance and The Nopiates Committee (Nopiates) are partnering for a Healing Mindful Nature Walk. We are all struggling with something. Time in nature has been shown to reduce stress, promote healing, and balance our mental health. If you are feeling the stress and mental health impact of the times, if you or a family member are struggling with addiction, or if you want to learn about a new healthy activity to support your recovery, you are warmly invited to join us. Pre-registration required. Learn more/register at

Craft Fair at the Pittstown United Methodist Church Hall

PITTSTOWN – Route 7 in Village of Pittstown, NY will be held on Saturday, June 12 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Some of the vendors will be fudge, massage therapy, Tupperware, custom drinkware, custom wordworking, stained glass, jewelry and many more. Event will be indoor and outdoor. Food available for purchase. Contact Carolyn O’Donnell for more information.

Antique Outboard Motor Swap Meet 

CAPITAL DISTRICT – Sponsored by the Mohawk Hudson Chapter Of the Antique Outboard Motor Club, Inc. • Antique motor displays • Buy, sell or trade motors & parts • Get advice on your old motor • Identify your motor • Find sources for parts & services. Location: Tupper Lake Municipal Park, 17-19 Demars Blvd, Tupper Lake, New York 12986. Saturday, June 12th 2021. 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. For further information contact Michael Glenn 518-505-3558. Open to the General Public and no Admission Fee! Refreshments Available. (donations accepted).

The Capital District Humanist Society Presents: The Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism 

CAPITAL DISTRICT – Katherine Stewart is an investigative reporter who has covered religious liberty and controversies over the separation of church and state for over a decade. Her latest book, THE POWER WORSHIPPERS:  Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism, is a look at strategy meetings and at the most intriguing personalities of the movement that brought Donald Trump to power. 

Stewart’s journalism appears in the New York Times op ed, NBC, The Washington Post, and The New Republic. Her web address is:

This program will take place online, via Zoom, on Sunday, June 13th, 2021 at 1 PM.   Current paid CDHS members will automatically receive an invite to the program via e mail.  

If you are not a current paid member of CDHS, you can email to request an invite. Please send the request several days prior.

Music In The Park – Rensselaer County Rensselaer Senior Center Proudly Presents 2021 Summer Concert Series

RENSSELAER – 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.

The Schodack Town Park Presents “Music In the Park” Summer Series

SCHODACK – FREE CONCERTS, Tuesdays from 6-8 pm. 518-477-7918

Tuesday, June 15th : Gone Grey. Rain-date Wednesday, June 16th. Classic Rock 60’s/ 70’s.

Tuesday, June 22nd: Triskele. Rain-date Wednesday, June 23rd. Traditional & Contemporary Irish Music

Tuesday, June 29th: Yankee Doodle Band. Rain-date Wednesday, June 30th. Traditional repertoire, blending Sousa marches with Broadway show tunes, Popular hit songs, and music from the movies

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 !

Ecology Programs with Rensselaer Plateau Alliance

RENSSELAER COUNTY – Invasive Species On The Rensselaer Plateau, via Zoom—Thursday, June 17, 7 pm. Jennifer Dean is the Invasive Species Biologist for the New York Natural Heritage Program. She provides biological expertise for the state invasive species database, NY iMapInvasives. She will talk about identifying the many non-native species established in the region and some things we can do to reduce the extent of invasive species and their effects. Pre-registration required. Register at

Stream Forensics – Barberville Falls Preserve, East Poestenkill--Saturday, June 19, 10 am – 12 pm. We invite you to join us as we visit the world of freshwater organisms living in our streams, rivers, ponds, and lakes! We will collect a variety of aquatic insects and do some basic field identification of these critters that call our watershed home. We’ll talk about the basics of collecting specimens, how to identify organisms at the family level, and the niches in a watershed lead to diversity of organisms. We’ll also discuss some of the basics of stream ecology, water quality protocols, and the importance of protecting our local streams. Please bring a mask, water, a snack, appropriate footwear and layers, a cushion or towel to kneel on, and your curiosity. Pre-registration required. Learn more/register at

Poestenkill Concert on the Green

POESTENKILL – The Poestenkill Historical Society is pleased to announce they will be presenting a concert outside, on the front lawn of the Town Hall, on Friday, June 18th beginning at 7:00PM. We are featuring the Keller and McGowan Duo who perform music of the 60s through the 2000s with great harmonies and tight instrumental interplay. This will be held rain or shine, we have a canopy! So bring your lawn chair or blanket, relax and enjoy. Refreshments will be available. Questions? please call (518)283-4890. (P.S. it is a free concert).

Free Concert at Sand Lake Center for the Arts

SAND LAKE – Keller & McGowan will be performing at SLCA on Saturday, June 19 from 6 to 8:30 pm, performing the music of the 60s through the 2000s with great harmonies and tight instrumental interplay. For free! Food, wine and beer will be available for purchase.Donations will be accepted. Bring a chair and enjoy the show!


Fathers Day Car Show

ALBANY – Sunday, June 20 10am to 2pm (Rain date: June 27) Dad Fest Car Show, 1 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, NY. (in Washington Park). Awarding 38 trophies within 3 divisions. Open to all years, makes and models. Dash plaques to the first 100 cars. Great food and vendors.  Registration $15 day of the show. Benefiting Henry Johnson Vet House.  Spectators are free. More information at:   Car show contact Bill:

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:

Mental Health & Wellness 101 Workshop

CAPITAL DISTRICT – June 23rd, 2021, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm – Community Caregivers is partnering with the Mental Health Association in New York State, Inc. (MHANYS’) Capital Region Project AWARE. This project provides FREE training to individuals who work with or support Veterans, Older Adults, and the General Public. Participants will improve their mental health literacy by increasing awareness, care, and support that the General Public receives for behavioral health challenges.

Mental Health & Wellness 101 (MHW101) is a 1-hour training which reframes the conversation about mental health – teaching that we ALL have mental health; it’s not just about the presence or absence of an illness. The training will help participants understand mental health as an integral part of overall health, prevalence of mental illness, and risk & protective factors; and promote help-seeking behavior, recovery, and self-care.

Register Now – For more information, email or call Matthew Delaney, MHANYS’ MHFA Program Associate at or (518) 434-0439.

MHANYS’ Capital Region Project AWARE is supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Community Caregivers is a non-profit agency supported by community donations, and grants from The Albany County Department for Aging, the NYS Department of Health and Office for the Aging & the U.S. Administration on Aging.

Sand Lake Summer Concert Series at Sand Lake’s Butler Park

SAND LAKE – The Town of Sand Lake is sponsoring a free Summer Concert Series starting on June 24th and running every other Thursday through September 16.  It is free for all to attend!  Concerts start at 6:30 and end at 9:00.  They include:

June 24:  Whiskey Highway with Val Gray (Tribute to Barbara Biittig)

July 8: Gone Grey Guys

July 22:  Acoustic Rye (sponsored by the Sand Lake Business Association)

August 5: Schmooze

August 19:  Diva & Dirty Boys

August 26:  Beating the Odds

September 2:  Double D Trio

September 16:  Refrigerators

Bring your lawn chairs and join the fun! Food vendors will be on site. Social distancing will be in effect. Alcohol is not permitted.

Butler Park is located on Gettle Road, in the hamlet of Averill Park.

Vendors will be available.  Bring your lawn chairs.  Social distancing will be in effect.  No alcohol, please.

Tay Fisher Basketball Program 

CAPITAL DISTRICT – Tay Fisher, Siena College standout, Harlem Globetrotter, Firefly (2009-2019) and Kingston HS grad, returns to the Capital NY region with two new Basketball programs. A Shooting & Dribbling Clinic will be held June 27th and a 4- day Basketball Camp will be held June 28 – July 1, 2021 at the Albany Capital Center.

Tay Fisher’s Basketball June 27th Shooting & Dribbling Clinic -Albany Cap Center – The co-ed S&D Clinic is open to athletes ages 7+ interested in improving shooting and dribbling skills. 9am-1pm ages 7-11 year olds. 2pm-6pm ages 12+. S&D Clinic only- $75. S&D Clinic plus Tay’s 4 day Camp- $60.

Tay Fisher’s Basketball 2021 Summer CAMP June 28-July 1, 2021-Albany Cap Center – The co-ed camp is open to athletes ages 7+ interested in improving fundamental skills. *Strong emphasis on ball handling, passing, defense and shooting, leadership techniques and work ethics are also incorporated. 9am-1pm ages 7-11 year olds. 2pm-6pm ages 12+. The 4-day camp costs $235 for each student.

Tay Fisher said, “I am excited to be able to offer these basketball programs to the public. This is a great way to stay active and keep our skills sharp. We have all struggled over the past year due to COVID. The team and I want to help while ensuring our campers safety and health remains priority #1.”

Note: State safety guidelines will be will be followed at ALL Tay Fisher’s Basketball programs, which includes temp check at arrival, mask, small group settings, etc…

More Info: visit

To Register:

Follow Tay on Facebook: @TayFisherBasketball

Grafton Summer Festival

GRAFTON – After taking the year off due to the COVID 19 Pandemic, the original Grafton Summer Festival is back and hopes to be bigger and better than ever before.

The Festival is again scheduled to be held in the historic Grafton Town Park on Saturday, July 17, 2021. The park is located on NYS Route 2, one mile east of the State Park entrance.

For more than 30 years, the Grafton Summer Festival has been a tradition enjoyed by all the residents of Grafton, the surrounding towns and visitors to the area.

This year we are again featuring Civil War reenactors known as the Crenshaw Battery. There will be soldiers in authentic uniforms including weapons and equipment. At past festivals this has been a very popular exhibit. The people of Grafton have many ancestors who served in the Union Army during the Civil War and we’re very proud of that heritage.

Sister Kennan McGowan’s Memorial Giant Raffle will have close to 100 prizes with a growing monetary grand prize. Tickets are available from most parishioners of Our Lady of the Snow Mission and Our Lady of Victory Church. Tickets will also be sold all day on Saturday, July 17, 2021.

There will be a chicken BBQ to be served from 12:00 noon until 2pm, or when the meals are sold out. The dinners consist of ½ chicken, baked potato, coleslaw and dessert and can be enjoyed on site or for take-out. It is suggested that tickets for the dinner be obtained ahead of time and reserved by calling 518- 421-5070 or 518-953-0363.

The local Boy Scouts will be providing hamburgers, hotdogs, sausage and peppers and cold soft drinks. In the morning, coffee, donuts and other breakfast items will be available.

There will again be music and singing in the gazebo.

Since the inception of the Grafton Festival over 35 years ago, we have had a craft fair and flea market with vendors selling a large selection of crafts and exotic items, including antiques, collectibles, handcrafted jewelry and wood-working items. It is anticipated that 50 or more vendors will be participating.

The Grafton Community Library and the Grafton Historical Society will have booths, as will several other community organizations.

Our Lady of the Snow will offer homemade baked goods, including “mini” pies, cupcakes and numerous other sweets.

The festival provides the people and friends of Grafton the opportunity to meet their neighbors and the people who serve them in various volunteer capacities.

To join in the festivities, call 518-466-8555 for more information and registration forms as a vendor or participant.

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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