Events 08.01.19

New Date for Oakwood’s lecture on RUSSELL SAGE, The Money King

The Friends of Oakwood will offer a lecture on Thursday August 8 at 7pm at the Earl Chapel. Please note this is a change in date from our brochure listing. Call to register: 518-328-0090. Pay on arrival. $15.pp

Michael Barrett will present the intriguing details of the life of Russell Sage. A quintessential Robber Baron of the Gilded Age, Sage was most likely the wealthiest man in America at the time of his death in 1906. His wife’s reaction to his passing is one of the greatest stories of philanthropic retaliation in American history. Light refreshments will follow.

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.


$15.pp Call to register 518-328-0090 Pay on arrival.

Troy Public Library Evening Book Discussion

The TPL’s Evening Book Group will be discussing Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer by Barbara Ehrenreich on Monday, August 5th at 6:30 PM.

Our monthly book group meets to discuss a wide range of book selections. New members are always welcomed.  Monthly participation is not necessary, come for the books that interest you!

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

Comets and Critters

The North Chatham Library welcomes the STARLAB Planetarium and Animal Embassy to their Summer Program! On August 8 we have the STARLAB miSci Planetarium coming to the Tri-Village Fire Company, Station # 1 on 111 Co Rd 13. They’ll be doing five shows from 10 am to 2:30 pm; Seasonal Stargazers, Native American Constellations, Calendar Constellations, Star Clock, and Reasons for the Seasons. The NFCL will soon be a menagerie too! On August 13 we’ll have an Over-the-Moon Animal Adventure at 2 pm. The program will specialize on nocturnal animals, so come interact with night critters of all shapes and sizes! 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.

Sand Lake Baptist VBS

Calling all families with children ages 4-12….come on a unique and fun Western adventure at Sand Lake Baptist Church’s Vacation Bible School!

We are hosting this VBS on Friday and Saturday August 2nd/3rd

and Friday and Saturday August 9th/10th 6:00-8:30 pm. Crafts, snacks, games, stories, and a Western adventure all included in the fun!

Gilead Lutheran – Serving The Community

Summer services are at 9:30 a.m. through August. Please join us at Gilead Lutheran Church as we continue in our 277th year serving the community of Brunswick and surrounding communities with worship and outreach. Gilead is located on 308 Brick Church Road (Intersection of Route 278 and Route 7) in Center Brunswick. We invite you to join us as we continue our missions inside and outside the community and within our congregation. Future dates:  August 30th – 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Also, stay tuned for: Sunday School classes begin monthly on September 8th, and a chicken barbeque in September (cooked by our own chefs.) Covered dish evening will resume in October. We are handicap accessible with an outside elevator. Contact 518-279-9270.

Beth Tephilah Synagogue

On August 4th, Sunday at Beth Tefillah synagogue, 82 River Street in Troy, the chill and schmooze Jewish Lodge will have a Hands-On demonstration of the incense offering that was made in our Holy Temple in Jerusalem over 2000 years ago. We will discuss the mystery of the incense. The offering that was very special because only the the person making the offering was left in the temple room. The Cloud of the incense filled the room and it was only that person and Gd. This offering brought out the very essence of a Jew’s Bond with Gd. The discussion will talk about why the incense would facilitate this Bond and the spiritual power of the sense of smell. When we say something smells fishy or that something smells like a rose we mean something much deeper then those objects. The lodge will be serving a vegan Buffet, suggested donation is $5 please RSVP to Leible 518-894-3490

Hopes Kitchen Received Grant

Due to the tireless efforts of Emily Purtell, a Hope Lutheran Church member, Hopes Kitchen has been awarded a grant of $250! The grant was awarded by Thrivent Insurance, a company with a long history of affiliations with Lutheran Churches, and their community projects.

Hopes Kitchen is an outreach ministry of Hope Lutheran Church, Winter street extension Church in North Greenbush. Having been a sister congregation of St. Paul’s Lutheran 3rd Street in Rensselaer it was felt that Hope was in a position to reach out to the city of Rensselaer Community.

Pastor David Moore of Rensselaer Presbyterian church welcomed the idea of housing Hope’s Kitchen at his church. Free community meals are prepared and served the second Thursday of each month. Dinner is between 3:30 and 6:30. The dinners are open to anyone in the community, seniors, families, homeless, teens, and singles.

Hope’s head chef, Marion Daus, of Wynantskill has a crew of up to 15 helpers and servers, including some young people from the Rensselear Middle School. Marion has a history of preparing meals for groups as large as 150, it is the goal of this ministry to match those number. Please join us on August 8th.

State Department Of Agriculture And Markets And Department Of Health Urge New Yorkers To Heed FDA Advisory Regarding Basil

FDA Issues Nationwide Advisory on Imported Basil from Siga Logistics

Product Potentially Linked to Multiple Cases of Cyclosporiasis in New York and Other States

The State Department of Agriculture and Markets and the Department of Health today urged New Yorkers to not eat fresh basil imported from Siga Logistics S. de R.L de C.V of Mexico following the release of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) nationwide advisory, which has potentially linked the herb to cases of Cyclosporiasis illness in New York and other states. The FDA is advising consumers who have basil in their home that originated from this distributor to not eat it and throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick. The FDA is also urging retailers and restaurants not to serve or sell basil from the company until further notice.

Cyclosporiasis is a gastrointestinal illness caused by the microscopic parasite Cyclospora cayetanensis. People can become infected by consuming food or water contaminated with the parasite. Outbreaks of Cyclosporiasis have often been associated with imported fresh produce. Illness typically results in watery diarrhea, and can include loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach cramps, bloating, nausea and fatigue. These symptoms can appear approximately 1-2 weeks after ingestion of the contaminated source. If untreated, symptoms can last as long as one month or longer and can return one or more times. Infection is generally not transmitted directly from person-to-person.

Four Albany-Schenectady-Troy Area TV Stations Changing Frequencies

Some local TV stations across the U.S. will be changing their over-the-air broadcast frequencies. Viewers will need to rescan their TV to continue to watch those channels.

As part of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) work to make more airwaves available for new high-speed wireless services, many TV stations in cities across the United States are changing their over-the-air broadcast frequencies.

While the channel numbers you see on the TV are not changing, you will need to rescan your television to update to the new frequencies, so you can continue receiving those channels. You will not need to buy a new TV or purchase a converter box. Only people who use an antenna to watch local channels need to rescan their TVs. Cable and satellite subscribers are not affected by these changes. You should be on the lookout for announcements on your local TV channels and rescan whenever the stations alert you to any changes that are taking place.

In the Albany-Schenectady-Troy area, four TV stations that will be transitioning to new frequencies from now through August 2, 2019: WTEN-TV (ABC10), WMHT-TV (PBS17), WCWN-TV (CW15) and WYPX-TV (Ch55).

A good rule of thumb is to rescan your TV anytime you notice that a channel is missing. If you haven’t rescanned in a while, you may be surprised by how many channels are now available.

Instructions and Tips from the FCC to Help TV Viewers Rescan Their TVs: · The FCC has posted an instructional video showing viewers how to rescan their TV.

· To rescan, viewers will need their TV remote control or analog TV converter box, then choose “Channel Scan,” “Channel Tuning,” or “Auto Search” in the “Setup” or “Channel” menu. Once you find either the “Channel Scan” or “Channel Tuning” buttons, choose the automatic option to rescan.

· By rescanning, viewers who watch TV for free using an antenna will keep their existing channels and may even discover new channels in their broadcast area.

How can I find more information? For more information and tips on how to rescan, visit or call 1-888-CALLFCC (1-888-225-5322).

Riders Mills Historical Association: Stop The Bleed

Riders Mills Historical Association is proud to present, “Stop the Bleed” a program by Albany Medical Center, developed for a nonmedical audience to address the needs of the immediate responder to control life-threatening bleeding until help arrives.

Stop the Bleed, a national awareness campaign and a call to action, was launched in October 2015 and is intended to encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives. Help given by an immediate responder can often make the difference between life and death before professional rescuers arrive. There will be a 30 minute lecture with 45-60 minutes with hands-on training.

Thomas Moran will present this life saving program. Dr. Moran is the Trauma Education, Injury Prevention and Outreach Coordinator at Albany Med Trauma Program He is a Retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel, EMT-Paramedic, Clinical Instructor, HVCC Paramedic Program, Rescue Captain, Niskayuna Fire District #2, Commissioner, Niskayuna Fire District #2, National Ski Patrol, Maple Ski Ridge.

The event will be held at 1 PM on August 3rd at the Malden Bridge Community Center; 1087 Albany Turnpike; Old Chatham, NY For more information please visit

Riders Mills Historical Association is a 501(c)(3) corporation and donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Contact Maria Cosenza

All You Can Eat Breakfast

The Poestenkill Christian Church, 721 Snyder’s Corners Rd., Poestenkill, NY will have it’s monthly All You Can Eat Breakfast on Saturday, August 3rd from  8:00 – 11:00 a.m.  Cost is $8.00 for adults and $3.50 for children under 10.  Menu includes eggs, sausage, bacon, toast, home fries, pancakes, french toast, juice, coffee or tea.

Northern Tier Picnic

Rensselaer County’s Hoosick Falls Senior Center and Everett Wagar Senior Center members will host the Northern Tier Picnic on August 8, 2019 at the St. Stanislaw Polish Hall Pavilion at 12 Mechanic Street, Hoosick Falls. This covered dish event is open to all Rensselaer County residents 60 and older. Thank you to our sponsors – CDPHP, BSNENY, MVP and Fidelis for making this event possible, and to local businesses that made a donation for prizes. We will have bingo and games, live music entertainment by Bob Treffiletti, and door prizes. Please bring a covered dish to share. This is an event you won’t want to miss. For more information call the Hoosick Falls Senior Center at (518) 686-7561 or the Everett Wagar Senior Center at (518) 279-3413.

Free Community Meal

Hopes Kitchen will provide a free summertime community meal.  Serving will begin at 3:30 on Thursday August 8th, and end at 6:30.  Your choice of summertime sandwiches and sides.  There will be refreshing drinks, and delicious desserts.

Open to everyone in the community.  Hopes Kitchen is located at the Rensselaer Presbyterian church at 34 Broadway, Rensselaer.  Look for our sidewalk sign directing you to the entrance.  Plan now to join us for good food, fellowship, and music.

Update from Councilman Andy Bulmer

The Town of Sand Lake is hosting a summer concert at Butler Park featuring WHISKEY HIGHWAY and food from the Mess Hall.

Please join us August 1st from 6:00 to 9:30pm

Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy an evening of music with friends, family and neighbors.

Thanks for your support, Andy

Church of the Redeemer Thrift Shop

Ever-evolving, ever-improving, the Church of the Redeemer Thrift Shop has earned an excellent reputation by offering quality merchandise at bargain prices. The shop features clothing for babies through adults, shoes, jewelry, games, puzzles, greeting cards, household items, knick-knacks, Avon collectibles. We will be open on Thursday August 1st  from 3 to 6 and on Saturday August 3rd from 9 to 2.  As always,  we can accept donations only when we are open.

The shop, located at 1249 Third Street in Rensselaer, is on CDTA bus route #214.

Enter through the parking lot on the Catherine Street side and be amazed.

Appraisers Roadshow

Benefitting Dance Crazy, a not-for-profit that teaches ballroom dance in local schools. Sunday, August 4, 9:30 to 6:00, American Legion Post #1520, 4 Everett Road Ext., Albany, NY 12205. Antiques and collectibles appraised; $5 per item evaluated. 518-526-8775

My Classic Car Show

My Classic Car will be a show and tell program by three local car enthusiasts on Monday, August 5, at 7:30 p.m. at the Stephentown Historical Society meeting.  The event will be outdoors at the Stephentown Firehall Pavilion, 35 Grange Hall Road, Stephentown, New York.  The program is free.  Bring a cushion or lawn chair for comfort if you like.  For directions, telephone (518) 733-0010.  Rain will cancel the event.

You will learn a bit about the world of classic cars from Dave Cummings who will bring his 1973 Dodge Challenger,  Bobby Olson with his 1955 Chevrolet four-door sedan, and Dick Rhindress with his 1966 International Harvester Scout 800.  These owners of classic vehicles will share some of the things that make the hobby both interesting and challenging.

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.

The concert schedule is as follows:

August 4: Soul Sky (featuring Joe Mele)

“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.

Rensselaer Youth Outdoors Forest Conservation Corps Teen Sumer Program

Rensselaer County, NY: Rensselaer Youth Outdoors is announcing an environmental education summer program for teenagers, aged 14-16. The program will combine recreation and education experiences while teens work on valuable conservation projects protecting Rensselaer county’s parks, waters and natural resources.

The four-week program will run weekdays from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm, July 22 to August 16, with space for 10 teens each week.


Week 2: July 29-August 2 – Grafton Lakes State Park

Week 3: August 5-August 9 – Poestenkill Community Forest

Participants who complete a full week of the program will receive a certificate and a $100 stipend at the end of the week.

For more information or to download an application, visit and click the Programs tab

Contact RYO Program Coordinator Amanda McCreary with questions at: Email:

Phone: 518-810-4544.

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:

August 2 – “Burden Lake Takeover of June Farms” at June Farms in West Sand Lake, Matt Baumgartner – 5:00 PM, Admission $5.00 – June Farms bar and food available – MYSTERY GUEST BARTENDERS

Tickets can be purchased by going to our Facebook page: and going to ‘Events’.

August Membership Meeting

Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Rd, Grafton, will hold the Eastern Membership meeting at 11:00 am on Friday, August 2nd. All residents 60 and older are encouraged to attend. Upcoming activities, events and fundraisers will be discussed at this meeting. Please join us at noon for a nutritious meal following the meeting. Call 518-279-3413.

Calendar for Everett Wagar Senior Center

2 Roxborough Rd, Grafton NY

Aug 1 Reiki by Appt

9:30 Aerobic Swimming

12:00 Congregate Lunch

12:30 Quilting Group

1:00 Cards and Games

Aug 2 9:45 Chair Yoga

11:00 Eastern Membership Mtg

12:00 Congregate Lunch

1:00 Cards & Games

Aug 5 Haircuts by Appt

10:00 Chair Yoga

12:00 Congregate Lunch (Cube Steak w gravy)

1:00 Cards and Games

Aug 6 Reiki by Appt

9:30 Aerobic Swimming

12:00 Congregate Lunch (Ham Steak w Glaze)

1:00 Cards and Games

Aug 7 10:00 Chair Yoga

12:00 Congregate Lunch (Chicken Pattie w Gravy)

1:00 Cards & Games

Aug 8 Reiki by Appt

9:30 Aerobic Swimming

9:30 Quilting Group

10:00 Northern Tier covered dish Picnic for residents 60 and over. With music by Bob Trufilette, games and bingo

12:00 Congregate Lunch (Pollock)

Aug 9 10:00 Chair Yoga

12:00 Congregate Lunch (Chef’s Salad)

12:30 Birthday Celebration and Trivia

1:00 Cards and Games

The Month Of August Is Elvis Month At The Rensselaer County Rensselaer Senior Center

(EVERY Friday is Root Beer Float Day For Those Who Dine With Us For Lunch )

1st – He’s Alive Part 1 at 1pm

6th – He’s Alive Part 2 at 1pm

8th – Elvis Movie – Viva Las Vegas at 1pm

We are open from 9am to 3pm Monday Thru Friday we are Located on East And Herrick Streets in Rensselaer

Stay Tuned For Pop up Events at The Center

Always looking to receive Donations of good and gently used clothing and shoes for our corner boutique all proceeds benefit senior programs

“For the Birds”  by SLCA’s Youth Theatre Players

Caption:  Cast members from left to right: Zellia Fanfa, Kath Gaboury, Nova Burtt, Laurel Muench, Kaylin Granger, Bethany Zimmerman, Owen Legenbauer, Evalyn Craney, Samantha Alberino, Meaghan Leahey, Beibhinn Corcoran, Abby Duff, Teagan Carrig, Mara Carrig. Not pictured: Adam Erickson, Isaac Erickson, Jonah Jones, Zander Swinton

Why are all these bird watchers reading The Advertiser? Come see the new musical comedy, “For the Birds” and you’ll find out! SLCA’s Youth Theatre Players’ newest production is written and directed by Susan Frost and James Holmes and choreographed by Alexandra Gaboury. Fun for the whole family! Performances are Friday, Aug 2nd at 7:00 and Saturday, Aug 3rd at 2:30 at Sand Lake Center for the Arts, 2880 NY 43 Averill Park, NY 12018. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the door

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