Events 07.11.19

Come to the grand opening of the Chill and Shmooze Lodge

On July 14th Sunday at Beth Tephilah Synagogue 82 River Street in Troy at 5:30 pm for an incredibly delicious Vegan buffet with live entertainment of amazing stories and other talents. Suggested donation $5 Please call Leible at 518 894 3490 for Rsvp up to 4:30pm Sunday July 14th !

Oakwood Presents Full Moon Twilight Tour July 16Th

Have you ever been in Oakwood as the sun sets and the full moon rises? It’s magical. On Tuesday July 16th at 6pm the Friends of Oakwood present their Full Moon Twilight Tour. You will hear remarkable stories as you are led to monuments of some of Oakwood’s interesting ‘residents’. The opulent Earl Chapel, Uncle Sam’s grave and the panoramic overlook at sunset are included highlights of this walking tour. And of course we’ll hope for clear views of the full moon.

Limited to 30 people. Call to register: 518-328-0090. Pay on arrival. $15.pp Children under 12, free. Meet at the Earl Chapel. Check our Facebook page for updates if weather is a concern: oakwood cemetery troy ny

Coming Next: Wild Women of Oakwood   Saturday July 20 at 9am

Presented by the Friends of Oakwood, a 501(c)3 non-profit volunteer group working to support the preservation and maintenance of the non-sectarian chapel and grounds of Troy’s still-active historic 19th C. Oakwood Cemetery. New members are always welcome.

Oakwood Cemetery aka the Troy Cemetery Association is a non-sectarian, not-for-profit cemetery founded in 1848 and still active today. For information call 518-272-7520.

Troy Elks July Dinners

134 N. Greenbush Rd. • 518-283-1193

We need your support as customers at our July fund raisers so we can continue to best/serve our community.

Wednesday Night Dinners $11.00 Serving 4PM-6:30PM

Includes coffee/tea & dessert. Take outs available

July 24th – Roast Turkey Dinner with all the trimmings

Friday Night Dinners $12.00 Serving 5pm-7:30pm

Includes salad, coffee/tea & dessert.

July 12th – BR/FR Haddock, Cold Plate, Ham Steak

July 19th – BR Haddock, Cold Plate, Sausage/Peppers

July Special Luncheon

The Hoosick Falls Senior Center, 69 Church Street, will host a Special Luncheon (Chicken Patty) for residents 60 and over on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at noon. The center will have music entertainment by Glenn Hankle with his banjo following lunch. All residents 60 and older are invited to attend this free entertainment. Come and dance, sing-a-long or just listen to the music and reminisce. Please call (518) 686-7561 to sign up for the meal.

Free Community Meal

Hopes Kitchen, located inside Rensselaer Presbyterian Church, 34 Academy Street is providing a free community dinner Thursday 7/11/19, 3:30 to 6:30.

This event is open to everyone, singles, couples, families, homeless, and anyone else that wants a great meal, and fun socialization.

Here’s the menu for Thursday May 9th, Bar B Q Chicken, Green Beans, coleslaw, Rolls, Butter, coffee, tea, ice tea, lemonade, water, plus brownies.

Mark your calendar now, and join us for a fun evening of good food and great music.

Restaurant Salad Contest at Watervliet Strawberry Fest

New this year at the Watervliet Senior Center’s 7th Annual Strawberry Festival Friday July 12 from 4-6, local restaurants will compete for “Best Salad” during the event! The annual event is a fundraiser for the Senior Center and for $10 includes Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Salads, and Strawberry Shortcake.  The event is held at the center, open to anyone, and there is a 50/50 raffle, a basket raffle, and entertainer Don Hyman a local favorite!  You can sign up in advance at the Watervliet senior center at 1501 Broadway, or pay at the door that evening too.

Some of our local favorites, including Arsenal City Tavern, On the Hill Café, and more will be making the salads to go along with the BBQ.  Attendees will be able to vote for their favorite!  And, Bob Beston, our County Legislator, is making the hot dogs and hamburgers.  Mr. Beston hosts this event to help raise money for the center.

Kiwanis Pasta Dinner – “All You Can Eat” Fundraiser

Second Saturday Of Each Month

The Sand Lake Kiwanis Club wants to invite all to participate in a Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser on Saturday July 13th from 4PM to 7PM at the West Sand Lake Fire House on Rt. 43. All you can eat – $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for children 5 to 10 years old, kids under 5 are free. Meals will consist of spaghetti, meatballs, salad, bread, dessert & beverages. Take-out meals are also available by calling (518) 674-3677. A pasta dinner will continue to be held every second Saturday of each month. All proceeds support Kiwanis projects.

VFW Post 7466 Breakfast Buffet “All You Can Eat”

Sullivan Jones VFW Post 7466

25 Veterans Street, Poestenkill

“VFW’s Breakfast Buffet” on Sunday, July14th  – 8:00 to 11:00. Buffet featuring eggs, breakfasts meats, home fries, pancakes, homemade French toast, fruit cocktail, juice, tea and coffee.   Waffles you can top with strawberry, apples, whip cream, vanilla ice cream, or chocolate syrup.  “Build your own Omelets” with ham, bacon sausage, cheeses, mushrooms, peppers and onions.  Adult regular buffet $8.00, buffet with waffle $9 or buffet with omelet $11 / Children 6-12 $4.00 & Children under 5 free.

Family Movie Night

The Greenbush Reformed Church would like to welcome the public to a showing of a family friendly PG movie in our Chilton Hall on Thursday, July 18th. Our hall is located at 14 Hayes Road, East Greenbush. Since it is our inaugural event, we will be providing a picnic style dinner with doors opening at 6pm, followed by the movie showing at 6:30pm. All children must have a supervising adult. We hope to see you there!

‘Just For Kids’ 2019 Free Summer Movie Series

July/August at Cohoes Music Hall, Wednesdays at 1pm on the Big Screen. July 17:Rio, July 24: Pokémon Heroes, August 7: Night at the Museum, August 14: Ice Age: Collision Course, and August 21: The Jungle Book. Admission is Free to all children, parents and chaperones. Parking is Free across from the Music Hall. Doors open at noon with activities Just For Kids with chance to win some cool prizes. Children 12 and under receive a free small popcorn and small bottled water. Tickets may be picked up in advance at the box office 10am-1pm weekdays, day of show or reserved online. Please call 518-953-0630 for more info and group reservations. Cohoes Music Hall at 58 Remsen Street, Cohoes, NY 12047. Check out more movie info at

Brunswick Church Vacation Bible School

Brunswick Church, 42 White Church Lane, Troy, NY announces that sign up for Vacation Bible School July 8-12 from 9:00 to Noon is now open.

Children ages 3 through completed 5th grade are welcome. There is no cost to attend.

This year’s theme Roar – Life is Wild – God is Good.

Kids will participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, make and devour yummy treats, experience one-of-a-kind Bible adventures, and make great crafts that will include a do-it-yourself designed t-shirt and photo souvenir.

Go to our website to register or call 518-279-3792 to register by phone, get directions or for more information.

A VBS wilderness adventure like no other

Gas up the all-terrain vehicle and head out on a wilderness adventure like no other. Get up close and personal with elephants and egrets, polar bears and penguins, cockatoos and crocodiles and so much more!

This summer kids will focus in on some amazing, real-life encounters with Jesus and discover the most exciting truth of all – Jesus Christ is the Messiah, the Son of God, and by believing we can have life in His name. Each day kids will make crafts, play fun games, enjoy tasty snacks and sing cool songs.

It’s Vacation Bible School time at West Stephentown Baptist Church, for children ages 3 through adults. This week of fun, food and exciting learning opportunities is free of charge and open to everyone! Dates are July 8th through July 12th, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm.

Please call Pat Quackenbush at 518-674-0387 or visit our website at

St. Jude Church VBS

St. Jude the Apostle Church, 42 Dana Avenue, Wynantskill, NY, Vacation Bible School, Week of July 8-12, 2019 (9:00a.m.-Noon).

Cost: $30.00/one child, $15.00 each additional child

God is Good!

BIBLE POINT: Bible points for each day walk through the story of God’s chosen people, the Israelites, to remind your VBS kids again and again that God is good! On Day 1, your kids will meet “Mack,” the white rhinoceros who, through the story of the Israelites enslaved in Egypt, will help kids remember that God is good even when life is unfair. Day 2 introduces “Hooper,” an African hoopoe bird to share about the plagues and reinforce that, when life is scary, God is good. Day 3 brings the story of the Israelites in the wilderness told by “Marge” the cape buffalo, reminding kids of God’s goodness when life goes through changes. “Zion” the Lion helps kids see that even when they’re sad, God’s goodness is still. Day 4 is connected to the Gospel message of Jesus death and resurrection. Finally, on Day 5, “Savanna” the giraffe stands tall with the message that when life is good, God is good, just as he was when the Israelites built a memorial in the desert.

“At Roar, kids explore God’s goodness and celebrate a ferocious faith that powers them through this wildlife.”

Church Of The Redeemer

BIBLE STUDY continues at 6:00 on Wednesday with a new series, FAITH LESSONS ON THE PROPHETS AND KINGS OF ISRAEL. This week, travel to Megiddo with Ray Vander Laan to study the effects of evil domination and its wake-up call for us. Pizza is available at 5:30.

Sunday service is at 9:00 followed by coffee hour in the Hearth Room.

CRAFTING continues on Wednesday at 10:00. Join us for making items for family and loved ones. Now is the time to start those homemade Christmas gifts and decorations. There is yarn available and we share patterns for your creative needs.

The Church of the Redeemer is located on CDTA bus route #214 at the corner of Third and Catherine Streets. There is handicap parking, a ramp in front, and a parking lot in the rear. Email or call 518-650-8181. Our website is

East Greenbush Community Library

10 Community Way, East Greenbush. 518-477-7476 or

Go to for a complete listing of all storytimes, programs for children, and youth summer reading events.

*Registration required.

Farmers’ Market, Wednesdays 4-7:30pm Rain or Shine. Crafts for Kids with our Volunteens:  7/17, 7/24 & 7/31.

7/11: Visit with the Eddy Alzheimer’s Services, 2pm; Counting Breaths Meditation*, 6pm

7/15: Crafter Eve: Space Crafts for Adults, 6pm

7/16: Drop-In Tuesday Tech Time, 4-6pm; Public Hearing: Preliminary Budget, 7pm

7/17: Crafts for Kids with the Volunteens at the Farmers’ Market, 4pm at the library tent

Summer Program at the North Chatham Library – Events Calendar

Programs are 12-2 pm, unless otherwise noted. Pre-registration required. Open to anyone and free! Register with us at (518) 766-3211,, or

July 10-11: Coding Robotics for Kids.

July 14: “A Universe of Dance,” with Vanaver Caravan at 3 pm in the N. Chatham Firehouse.

July 15: Fairy Gardens.

July 16: Music and Movement; 12 pm ages 7 under, 1 pm ages 8 up.

July 16: Canoeing on the Hudson from 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Contact (518) 766-0010 or to reserve your spot.

July 17: “Out of this World” Watercolors.

July 18: Send a Message Flag to the Great Beyond.

Nassau Free Library July Programs

Storytime- Every Wednesday 10:30Am

Teen Chef- Nassau Reformed Church Tues.  7/16  6:30Pm (Ages 11+)

Archaeological Dig On Elm Street Thurs. 7/11 & Fri. 7/12 2-7Pm Sat. 7/13 10Am-4Pm

Archaeological Talk By Michael Diana- Thurs. 7/11 6Pm

Open Mic- Acoustic Song Circle: Fri. 7/12 6Pm

Nassau At 200 Presentation Mon. 7/15 6:30Pm- Presented By Kurt Vincent

Uncharted Wild Tues. 7/16 3Pm Learn About Reptiles See Them Up Close!

Board Meeting: Wed. 7/17 7Pm

Minecraft, Lego & Art Corner Combo Night- Thurs. 7/18 6-7:30Pm

Beginner’s Yoga Sat. 7/13 10:30Am

Visit us on Facebook and the web at (518)766-2715

The Nassau Free Library is located at 18 Church St. Nassau, NY 12123.

Week 2 – North Chatham Free Library’s Summer Program!

We’re in the swing of it now! The second week of the N.Chatham Library’s Summer Program is fast approaching and we can’t wait to see you here. July 15, 12-2 pm, we’ll be making Fairy Gardens for tiny friends with the Garden Club of Kinderhook. July 16 will hold a Music and Movement class from 12-2. The first hour will be for ages 7 and under, the second for ages 8 and up. Then Canoe on the Hudson from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm on July 16. This activity leaves from the Stockport Creek. To reserve your spot call River Haggie at (518) 766-0010 or email Enter into the relaxing world of brush stroke and color in Out of this World Watercolors from 12-2 pm on July 17. Send a Message to the Great Beyond on July 18 from 12-2. Learn basic fabric printing and painting techniques, add your note, and send it aloft! To reserve your spot for any of these events, contact the NCFL at (518) 766-3211 or, or stop in and visit us at 4287 NY-SR 203, North Chatham.

The North Chatham Free Library

 The NCFL will host an international dance workshop for all ages on Sunday, July 14th at 3pm. Led by Bill and Livia Vanaver, founders of Vanaver Caravan, the workshop will be held at the North Chatham Firehouse in order to accommodate space for dancing. Bill and Livia say, “We do not simply teach the steps of a dance.  We teach the stories behind the dances linking to history, folklore, social movements, and cultural traditions.” Bill will also perform and talk about some of his experiences with ethnic music from around the world. Come to listen and to dance, or just sit back and watch the fun.

Hudson Valley Community College Instant Admission Evening

Join us at the Troy Public Library on July 15th, 5:30 -7:00 pm  when interested students will have the opportunity to sit down with a counselor one-on-one to discuss admission requirements and the enrollment process for HVCC. Bring an unofficial copy of high school transcripts and expect to walk away from the event as an accepted Hudson Valley student and with a clear idea regarding the next steps for enrollment.

This program is free and open to the public. Advanced registration is recommended. For more information and to register, call the library at 518-274-7071 or online at  The Troy Public Library is located at 100 Second Street, Troy, NY.

Public Hearing on Preliminary 2020 Budget

East Greenbush: The East Greenbush Community Library will be holding a public hearing on the preliminary budget at the library on Tuesday, July 16 at 7:00 pm. The public is invited to attend. There is information on the preliminary budget available in the library and on the library’s website:

A second proposal on the ballot will be the election of one five-year position on the Library’s Board of Trustees. East Greenbush registered voters who wish to be

considered as candidates to the Board of Trustees can pick up an information packet at the library. The deadline for returning nominating petitions is August 6 at 5:00 pm.

The election to determine the budget and trustee will be held on Thursday, September 5, 2018, from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Registered voters in the Town of East

Greenbush are eligible to vote.

Classical Guitar Concert with Harry Pellegrin at the Troy Public Library

The Troy Public Library is pleased to announce a Classical Guitar concert to be held Wednesday, July 17th at 6:30PM at the Troy Public Library’s Main location.

Come relax and unwind as you listen to some of the most beautiful music for the classical guitar performed by one of the area’s leading performers, Harry Pellegrin.

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by The Arts Center of the Capital Region.

For more information call the library at 274-7071 or online at  The Troy Public Library is located at 100 Second Street, Troy, New York.

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 will hold the next Repair Café on Friday, July 12, 2019 from 4:30 to 7:30 PM at the Castleton-on-Hudson Farmers and Artisans Market (COHFAM), on the corner of Scott Avenue (150) and Main Street (9J). If COHFAM is canceled due to rain, Repair Café will be held 7/12, same hours at the Village Hall instead. 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! Featured services in June are electrical, welding, seamstress, and “jack-of-all-trades.” Do you like to fix things and want to volunteer? Contact us via email at or stop by the Repair Café table at COHFAM. For more information about global Repair Café, visit

Call for Volunteers–5th Annual Water Chestnut Pull at the Johsonville Dam on the Hoosic River

Join the Rensselaer Land Trust in their ongoing effort to keep the boat launch above the dam navigable on Saturday, July 13 from 9am to 3 pm. Come for an hour or whole day–rain or Shine. Learn about invasive species first hand!  It is dirty and tiring work, but the path has been getting a bit easier every year.  Both boat based and land crew are needed.

Co-sponsored: Rensselaer Land Trust, Brookfield Renewable Energy Group, Hoosic River Watershed Association.

Pre-register to receive free lunch with Kristina Younger or online at

Red Cross urges donors to fill Missing Types to prevent summer blood shortage

The _meric_n Red Cr_ss needs _l_ _d d_n_rs to bring back the missing A’s, B’s and O’s. A few missing letters may not seem like a big deal in a sentence, but for patients who need A, B, O and AB blood types, these missing letters mean life. The Red Cross urges donors of all blood types to give now to help prevent delays in medical care this summer.

Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities June 24-July 15

East Greenbush

7/16/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Hampton Inn- East Greenbush, 25 Hampton Inn Drive


7/16/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Saint Mary’s Church, 23 Church Street


7/12/2019: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Rensselaer County Building, 1600 7th Avenue

Archaeological Dig On Elm Street

Thurs. 7/11 & Fri. 7/12 2-7pm Sat. 7/13 10am-4pm

Learn about the history beneath your feet! An Archeological Dig will be happening on 20 Elm Street in Nassau and you can be a part of it! There will be hour-long youth sessions beginning at 2pm on both Thursday & Friday to look, explore, and ask questions of on-site

experts. Sign up through the library to reserve your spot for the Thursday or Friday of the dig. Saturday’s dig is open to the public. This event is hosted by the Nassau Village Bicentennial & the Town of Nassau Historic Preservation Committee. Call the Nassau

Free Library to reserve your spot. (518)766-2715.

Lansingburgh Historical Society

Lansingburgh Historical Society will open the Melville House, 2 114th St., Troy, NY, on July 13, 2019 from 10 am to 2 pm. Our guest “Artist of the Month” will be Kathleen DeRosa. Kathleen is a graduate of Russell Sage College and has traveled extensively even living in a kibbutz! Kay is also the beloved photographer posting her pictures, old and new to the “We Were Burghers Once and Young” Face Book Page. Her book “Lansingburgh Through My Lens” is a compilation of her photos lovingly taken throughout Lansingburgh. She will give a brief talk, have books available for purchase and autographing that day. For further information, please call John or Mary Ellen Ward at 518-885-4295. A $5 donation is always appreciated.

Snyder’s Lake Community-wide Garage Sale

Come to the Snyder’s Lake Community-wide Garage Sale July 13-14 from 9am-3pm. Many  homes participating from all around the Snyder’s Lake community. Whether you’re shopping for bargains or making space for new ones, this is one community-wide garage sale you won’t want to miss! This is a rain-or-shine..

Supervisor Desso Announces 2019 North Greenbush Concert Series

The Town of North Greenbush in conjunction with the Youth Makes a Difference committee is proud to announce their 2019 summer concert series. The concerts will be held on Sunday evenings 6:00pm-8:00pm at the Gazebo behind town hall.

“We are very excited to provide this free family entertainment to our residents at no expense to the North Greenbush taxpayers. This would not be possible without the generosity from all of our sponsors and the volunteers from our YMAD committee,” said Supervisor Desso.

This week:

July 14: The Back 40 Band

“We invite everyone to bring their chairs and blankets and join us for another season of great local muscicians celebrating our North Greenbush community,” concluded Desso.

Drug Take Back

Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Road, Grafton NY will host a drop off for unused drugs that may be stored in your cabinet. The Rensselaer County Sheriff Department will accept drugs on Friday, July 12th from 11:00 to 12:00. With today’s growing opioid epidemic, it is important that we do not to keep unused drugs in your home. Stay for an 11:00 presentation on Avoiding Scams and a nutritious lunch (Tuna Salad Plate) at noon. Please call 518-279-3413 to be added to the list.

July Programs at Grafton Lakes State Park

July 13th– Group Kayaking on Long Pond 10:00 am-12:00 pm. BYO Kayak, limited rentals for added fee. All experience levels. Limited space; call 518-279-1155, ext. 2.

July 20th– Rensselaer Plateau Bioblitz–  Survey for fish, birds, mammals, insects, amphibians, reptiles, plants, and fungi. No expertise necessary. Details to come. Email

July 26th– Family Movie Night @ 8:45 PM- Free movie on Long Pond beach, weather permitting. PG for the whole family. Food concession open after the beach closes at 6pm; buy food before the show! Bring a chair or blanket.

July 27th—Paint the Park 5:00 pm– 7:00pm. No experience required, all materials provided. $12 per person, to cover cost of materials. Please call to pre-register at (518) 279-1155, ext. 2. Space is limited, register early!

Hiking & Rensselaer Naturalist Series Programs

Rensselaer Land Trust (RLT) and Rensselaer Plateau Alliance (RPA) are partnering to bring our communities unique opportunities to get outside this summer! More information and registration at

July 13 • 9 a.m.–noon: Geology at RLT’s Kinderhook Creek Preserve, East Nassau

Bill Kelly, retired New York State Geologist, will describe the geological features and explain their origin at the Kinderhook Creek Preserve.

July 13 • 9 a.m.  Taconic Crest in One Year: Southeast Hollow to Mattison Hollow in Cherry Plain, 7.2 miles

July 14 • 10 a.m.–1 p.m.  Ferns, Mosses, and Lichens at RPA’s Poestenkill Community Forest

Tom Phillips, expert bryologist, will lead us through the varied habitats of the Community Forest and show us the diversity of fascinating and beautiful plants.

The Burden Lake Conservation Association events

The Burden Lake Conservation Association (formerly the Burden Lake Improvement Association) is a not-for-profit organization committed to making a positive impact on keeping Burden Lake crystal clear and preserving it for future generations. Please join us for some of our many community and educational events. Open to the public. Our clubhouse is located on the 3rd Burden Lake, 4 Brook Spring Avenue, Averill Park, NY 12018. More information is available on our web site – or on facebook.

The following are our BLCA events for 2019:

July 11 – Red Sauce Night at BLCA Clubhouse – Steve Quillinan & Cindy Nadel – 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM – Pasta Dinner with meatballs (extra meatballs for early reservation!) Includes glass of red wine/lemonade – $10 per person.

July Events at Dyken Pond EEC

Grafton – The DP EEC  is offering the following events in July.

Music Under the Trees: Jack Empie and Friends: Saturday, July 13 5pm – 8pm. Music that just feels good. This concert is free and is sponsored by the Friends of Dyken Pond. Donations always welcome. Rain Date Sunday July 14.

Full Moon Kayak: July 16th, 7pm: A twilight paddle on the lake, returning to the shore in time to see the rising full moon. Bring a snack to enjoy by the campfire after the paddle. For adults and older teens. Pre-registration a must and space limited to 12 boats. Kayak rentals available for $10.

Tuesday Treks with Len: Every Tuesday: 1pm -3pm: We will hike about 2-3 miles depending on conditions every Tuesday afternoon in July. Please call or check the website for updated conditions and possible cancellations. For adults and older teens. Leader: Leonard Tremblay.

Poestenkill Youth Summer Camp

Poestenkill Summer Camp will be held July 8th-August 2nd at Poestenkill Elementary School from 9am-4pm. Each week will be filled with field trips to a variety of locations around the Capital Region including Grafton, Billy Beez, Fun Plex, Liberty Ridge Farm, Valley Cats, Zoom Flume, etc., art projects, STEM challenges, physical activities, water activities and visitors to camp. Swim lessons will be offered at Grafton. Registration information can be found at

Contact Town Office at 518-283-5100 with any questions. Submitted by: Tiffany Buker, Camp Director, Town of Poestenkill

Sand Lake Seniors

The regular meeting for the Sand Lake Seniors will be on July 11, 2019 at 12:00. We meet at the Church of The Covenant Methodist Church on Route 43 in Averill Park. We have a short meeting, a speaker or entertainment and then a light luncheon. For the July 11th meeting we are asking members to bring a “BAG LUNCH”. This can be a sandwich, salad, fruit, such as a apple, orange or banana, some chips and some cookies, cupcake, etc. The club will furnish drinks. We will be playing Bingo. There will be prizes. On July 25 we will be holding a clam steam at The Methodist Farm on Methodist Farm Road off route 66. This event will be from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. The steam consists of 1/2 BBQ chicken, 1/2 dozen clams, potato, sweet sausage links, corn on the cob, coleslaw and pasta salad. We will be playing games, door prizes and will be having live music by Paul Slusar. You can still purchase tickets for the event. Come to the meeting and see all that is planned for the rest of the year.

Guest Speaker – Avoiding SCAMS

Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Road, Grafton NY will host Jeff Russo with the Rensselaer County Sheriff Department to speak on ‘Avoiding Scams’ on Friday, July 12th at 11:00 am. Mr. Russo will speak on ways to avoid becoming a victim of scams. Seniors tend to be a target for con artists for many reasons. Knowing what to watch for and taking precautionary measures in very important. Scams, in one form or another, hit almost every household each month. All residents 60 and over are encouraged to attend this free presentation. Stay for a nutritious lunch (Tuna Salad Plate) followed by games. Please call to be added to the list at 518-279-3413.

Watervliet Senior Center Events

Friday, July 12- Annual Strawberry Festival and BBQ fundraiser with PICNIC SALAD COOK-OFF WITH LOCAL RESTAURANTS! From 4-6pm. $10 per person. Sign up by calling the center at 518-273-4422, or stop in at 1501 Broadway, Watervliet, 9-2.

Grafton Merry Makers

The July meeting of the Grafton merrymakers will take place on July 12th at 5:30 pm at the Everett Wager Senior Center, Grafton, NY.

The evening will start with a covered dish at 5:30 pm followed by our monthly meeting at 6:15 pm. We will play bingo after the meeting. If you are interested in this senior group or are planning on joining the Merrymakers please come to our meetings. Any questions please call Betty Jean at 518-272-8624.

Craft Time at the Center

Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Road, Grafton NY will have the monthly Craft Time on July 17th at 11:00 am. This month’s craft is a decorated tea cup. Sign up is required. Stay for a nutritious lunch (Tacos) for a suggested cost of $3. Please call to be added to the list at 518-279-3413

Calendar for Everett Wagar Senior Center

2 Roxborough Rd, Grafton NY

July 15 9:00 Shopping Trip (Sign up)

10:00 Chair Yoga

12:00 Congregate Lunch (Chicken Breast Cordon Bleu)

1:00 Cards and Games

July 16 Reiki by Appt

9:30 Aerobic Swimming

11:00 Craft Time

12:00 Congregate Lunch ( Corned Beef Salad Plate)

1:00 BINGO

July 17 Haircuts by Appt

10:00 Chair Yoga

12:00 Congregate Lunch (Tacos)

1:00 Card and Games

July 18 Reiki by Appt

9:30 Aerobic Swimming

12:00 Congregate Lunch (Haddock)

12:30 Quilting Group

1:00 Cards and Games

Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County Announces Irish Night for Literacy with Triskele

On Thursday, July 11, Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County will host the first-ever Irish Night for Literacy with music by Triskele at the Hangar on the Hudson, 675 River Street, Troy, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:00. Triskele [Tris-kay-lee] is an all-female Celtic band from Albany, N.Y. Known for their stunning harmonies and Irish wit, they sing in the Gaelic language, performing traditional, original and some modern Celtic/Irish music. There will be a special performance by the An Clár School of Irish Dance. All proceeds will benefit LVORC’s literacy services and programs for adults and children in Rensselaer County and nearby communities. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Visit or call (518) 244-4650.

Music Under the Trees Concert Series Jack Empie and Friends

Grafton –The Friends of Dyken Pond will be hosting Music Under the Trees with Jack Empie and Friends on Saturday, July 13 from 5pm – 8pm at the beautiful Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center. 2019 is the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock. Jack Empie and Friends will be playing some classic tunes from the era as a tribute. Bring a lawn chair and picnic basket if you desire. This magical evening will be worth the trip! The seats and stage are surrounded by nature in the amphitheater of the Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center.

This concert is free, donations are welcome. Light refreshments available for sale. Sponsored by the Friends of the Dyken Pond Center. Rain Date: Sunday, July 14th at 5pm-8pm

Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center is a Rensselaer County Park open daily during daylight hours for hiking, fishing and non-motorized boating. Kayak and canoe rentals available. Preregister for all events by calling (518) 658-2055 or email dykenpond@gmailcom. Call for more information and a complete schedule of our summer events or visit .

Celtic Crosses Tour July 13Th At Oakwood

You don’t have to be Irish to appreciate the beauty and variety of Celtic Crosses found in Oakwood Cemetery. Saturday July 13th at 9am local historian Michael Barrett will lead a 3 hour driving and walking tour to see some of the beautiful examples of Celtic monuments in historic Oakwood. You’ll hear about their history and symbolism as well as some stories about the Irish immigrants memorialized by them.

Call to register 518-328-0090.  Pay on arrival. $15.pp Children under 12, free. Meet at the chapel flagpole Car-pooling from the chapel will be encouraged. Check our Facebook page for updates if weather is a concern: oakwood cemetery troy ny

Coming Next: FULL MOON TWILIGHT TOUR Tuesday July 16 at 6pm Limited to 30 people. Call to register 518-328-0090. Pay on arrival. $15.

Presented by the Friends of Oakwood, a 501(c)3 non-profit volunteer group working to support the preservation and maintenance of the non-sectarian chapel and grounds of Troy’s still-active historic 19th C. Oakwood Cemetery. New members are always welcome.

4-H Shooting Sports Archery Session for Youth

The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County 4-H Youth Development program is holding a four week 4-H Shooting Sports archery session. This program is for youth nine and older (as of January 1, 2019) who would like to learn about the safe and responsible use of archery equipment as well as equipment maintenance and other related topics. In doing so, the 4-H Shooting Sports program provides opportunities for youth to gain valuable skills, practice leadership, and build relationships with non-parent adults. This 4-H archery session will meet on Thursdays, July 11, 18, 25, and August 1, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the Castleton Fish & Game Club. There is a $40.00 registration fee for 4-H members and $50.00 for non-members. Pre-registration is required no later than Wednesday, July 3, and registration will be limited. To register a youth, or for more information, please contact Eileen DePaula at 518-272-4210 or For more information about this and other programs offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County, please call 518-272-4210. No one shall be denied the opportunity to participate or receive information based on their ability to pay. If you have special needs that we can accommodate please let us know at the time of your call.

Mariano Rivera to be honored at Saratoga Race Course during Opening Weekend

Photo by George Kalinsky

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y -The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will host National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee and legendary New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera at Saratoga Race Course on Friday, July 12th, as part of Opening Weekend festivities for the 2019 summer meet.

The special visit to Saratoga Race Course comes one week before Rivera heads to Cooperstown where he will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame as the first unanimous selection in history.

NYRA will honor Rivera with a ceremony in the winner’s circle in recognition of the all-time Major League Baseball saves leader.

Fans will have an opportunity to meet the 13-time All-Star, regarded as the best closer in baseball history, during a luncheon in the Paddock Tent from noon to 1:30 p.m.

The event will feature an exclusive meet and greet and Q&A session with Rivera, photo opportunities and auction featuring authentic Rivera memorabilia.

Tickets to the luncheon are $250 and limited to the first 100 fans. Tickets include a buffet lunch and non-alcoholic beverages in the Paddock Tent which overlooks the historic paddock at Saratoga Race Course. Tickets are available for purchase online at or by calling the NYRA Box Office at 844-NYRA-TIX.

Proceeds from the luncheon will benefit one of Rivera’s numerous charitable endeavors.

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