Events 09.03.20

Cornell Cooperate Extension of Renssealer County Hosts Virtual 4-H Livestock Auction & Cow Chip Bingo Fundraiser

RENSSELAER COUNTY – Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County is sad that we cannot experience certain annual events such as our 4-H Livestock Auction and Cow Chip Bingo Fundraiser with all of you in-person this year. However, we are excited to offer both of these opportunities in a virtual format.

• 4-H Livestock Auction: This year the auction will take place over Facebook. The auction will officially start on September 7th and last for a few days. For the time being if you would like to see the rules and regulations of the auction, this years auction animals, and the youth we are supporting, check out our 2020 Virtual Livestock Auction Facebook Page:

• Cattle Program Fundraiser-Cow Chip Bingo: Use this link to get your virtual ticket(s): Each ticket represents 1 square, which is $5 a piece. You will then be prompted to select your square(s) on a Google Doc. We will use the layout from the Google Doc to make our actual Cow Chip Bingo Grid. And for those of you who have never heard of Cow Chip Bingo, a cow is then released out on the grid. Whichever square the cow “chips” (or poops) in is the winner and will receive a monetary prize. 1st place is $100, 2nd place is $75, and 3rd place is $50. The event will be held on Facebook Live on Thursday, September 3rd. All payments must be sent to our office (61 State, Troy NY 12182) or taken over the phone before the start of the Facebook Live event on the scheduled date. More information can be found on our event page:

In order to stay updated, please follow the Facebook event pages listed above. Please help us promote each event by sharing our social media pages as well.

If you have any questions, would like more information, or would like to make a donation towards either event, reach out to Kayela at!

We thank you all so much for the continuous support of our county’s 4-H Program & the Agriculture Industry!

Woodlawn Cemetery Meeting

EAST SCHODACK – The Woodlawn cemetery Association., 111 Burden Lake Road, East Schodack, will hold their Annul meeting on Tuesday September 8, 2020, at 6:30 at the East Schodack Fire House,, 3071 NY Route 150, in East Schodack.

On the agenda will be the report of the Treasure, discussion of general upkeep of the cemetery, including cost, election of Officers and Trustees as well as any other business that may come before the Association.

Donations for mowing, ect. are greatly appreciated and may be sent to Woodlawn Cemetery Assoc., P.O. Box 14, East Schodack NY 12063.

All lot owners, or their designated representative are encouraged to attend and your participation is most welcome. This is your opportunity to be part of the decision making concerning your cemetery. If you have any questions please feel free to contact President Frank Curtis at 518-766-3318 or mail your comments to Woodlawn Cemetery Association.

Twilight Gardening Series 

RENSSELAER COUNTY – Cornell Cooperative Extension of Albany, Columbia-Greene, Rensselaer, and Schenectady Counties are presenting a Twilight Gardening Series on Thursday evenings, September 10 through October 15, from 6:30 pm until 8:00 pm. The six-class series will be held virtually via Zoom. The classes include Fall Is for Lawns; Renewal and Recovery! (September 10), Backyard Composting (September 17), Perennial Gardening (September 24), Bulbs (October 1), Preparing Your Fruit Garden Site for Spring (October 8), and Care and Maintenance of Fruiting Plants—It doesn’t have to be hard! (October 15).  The cost of the series is $150.00. For class descriptions and to register use this link: 

Pittstown United Methodist Church Rummage and Food Sale

PITTSTOWN – Rummage and Food Sale sponsored by the Pittstown United Methodist Church will be held on two consecutive weekends, September 11-12 and September 18-19. The hours for Fridays (11th and 18th) will be from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; the hours for Saturdays (12th and 19th) will be from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This year the Sale will be held on the Herb and Sally Backus farm, 571 Johnsonville Road, Johnsonville, NY 12094 (Town of Pittstown). The new location is just off County Route 111 near the intersection of Croll Road. For more information or directions call Herb or Sally at 518-753-4427 (home) or 518-596-0003 (cell) or email: If coming from NY Route 7, look for signs. All profits from both Rummage and Food Sales will benefit the Pittstown United Methodist Church Current Expense Account. Covid Regulations will be followed. Wearing a mask is required. No masks, no entry.

Join the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York’s Virtual Walk to End Epilepsy

CAPITAL DISTRICT – Northeastern New York’s Walk to END EPILEPSY…is now VIRTUAL!

Join us the weekend of September 12th and 13th and walk in your neighborhood or park! All proceeds will be used to provide programs and services to people with epilepsy in northeastern New York. This includes the Capital Region, North Country and Upper Hudson Valley areas. All donations remain local.

New this year: No registration fee! Individuals who raise $50 or more by August 21st will receive a Walk to END EPILEPSY T-Shirt available for pick up at our office!

***If you or your loved one is living with epilepsy, a shirt is now available for you without having to fundraise. Please choose this option during registration.***

Walk on either day at any time that works best for you. We will live stream on Facebook on Sunday, Sept. 13th at 11am to celebrate our sponsors, walkers, and teams and invite you to join us with your videos and photos of you and your team. We care about you! Please be safe and adhere to COVID-19 guidelines.

Begin building your teams and planning your route! Trophies will be awarded to the team with the most registered walkers and the Top Fundraisers in the following categories: Individual, Friends and Family Team, and Company Team. Register your team here:

Since our Walk is virtual, we would like to have participants from all 22 of our counties, and hope to feature Walks from as many counties as possible during our live stream. We are also looking for sponsors in all 22 counties, and we will provide recognition to our sponsors during the live stream. Do you know a company that might like to sponsor our event? Please contact Susan at for information on sponsor benefits.

Jigsaw Puzzle Sale to Benefit Poestenkill Library

POESTENKILL – Stock up on jigsaw puzzles for the winter months at an unusual sale of dozens of good condition used puzzles. Proceeds will benefit the Poestenkill Library. Friends of the Library will sell puzzles as part of the Poestenkill Farmers Market on Saturday, September 12 and Saturday, September 19 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Poestenkill Town Hall lawn. Most puzzles are 1000-piece ($5), many others are 300 or 500-piece ($3), and a few are children’s puzzles ($1). Come to find great puzzles by White Mountain Puzzles, Wysocki, Springbok, Hometown, among others. The Farmers Market requires masks and maintaining social distance, while still offering a friendly community atmosphere. Plan to buy local produce and other products while you are there! For more information contact

Mindful Nature Walk

EAST NASSAU – 10 am-12pm, Saturday, September 12, 2020. Albert Family Community Forest. 120 Hayes Road, East Nassau, NY

Rensselaer Plateau Alliance invites you to celebrate National Forest Bathing Day with us on a Mindful Nature Walk! Forest Bathing is a Japanese wellness practice that welcomes us to take in the forest atmosphere with all of our senses. 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.

Kripalu-Certified Mindful Outdoor Guides Molly Freiberg and Sandy Wilson will guide our group to engage with nature in the present moment, as we experience it through all of our senses, to appreciate the complex wonders we often don’t notice when we are rushed or distracted. During this walk, we will be sauntering slowly, on gently rolling forested trails, for about 1.5 miles total.

No experience is necessary — beginners are welcome! Bring water and a small snack in case you get hungry or thirsty. Masks are required when we first meet up and when we gather and may be removed while we are walking in the forest with at least 10’ between participants. No contact with money or sign-in sheets will be necessary for participants as all will be pre-paid and pre-registered.

$10 suggested donation. Limited to 10 participants. Pre-registration required. Details and registration: Questions: Contact

Village of Castleton-on-Hudson Village Wide Garage Sale

CASTLETON-ON-HUDSON – Saturday, September 12, 2020. Begins at 9:00 AM. Maps Available Day of Event.

Fall Fish Stocking Sale, Rensselaer County 

RENSSELAER COUNTY – On Saturday September 26th, 2020, the Rensselaer County Soil & Water Conservation District is hosting a Fall Fish Stocking Sale to the public. Pre-Orders are due Thursday September 17th. Order forms can be found online at

RAINBOW TROUT: Available in size 4” – 6”;  BROOK TROUT: Available in size 4” – 6”;  CHANNEL CATFISH: Available in size 4” – 6”; LARGEMOUTH BASS: Available in size 3” – 4” and 6” – 8”; FATHEAD MINNOWS: Available in size 1”- 3”; FISH FOOD Silvercup floating fish food pellets sold in 40 lb bags.

Pick-ups will be at 11:30am at the USDA Service Center’s parking lot, in front of the Agriculture & Life Sciences Building.  Checks can be made payable to:  RENSSELAER COUNTY SWCD, Order forms and checks can be mailed to: 61 STATE STREET- TROY, NY 12180, Completed ORDER FORMS and/or questions can also be E-mailed to:

September Lecture – RPA Lecture Series

RENSSELAER COUNTY – Climate Change: The Climate Crisis, Presented by Bonnie Cook. Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 7pm on Zoom

Bonnie Cook is a certified Climate Reality Leader and adjunct English professor at Hudson Valley Community College. She recently trained with Nobel Laureate and former Vice President Al Gore. She will be showing his latest slide show. As the planet warms, glaciers are melting, sea levels are rising, and wildfires are worsening. Climate change is already causing stronger storms, bigger floods, and ironically, bigger droughts. Bonnie will talk about what we can and should do to combat the climate crisis.

$5 suggested donation. All are welcome. Pre-registration required. Details and registration: Questions: Contact

Sand Lake Town Wide Garage Sale-Update

SAND LAKE – The Sand Lake Town Wide Garage Sale is set for September 19th and 20th. However, there will NOT be a vendor corral/flea market this year due to obvious public health and safety concerns. Rest assured many residents are moving forward with individual garage sales at their homes and the SLBA will facilitate these with advertising and the usual user friendly map. Register your sale at and click on EVENTS. It is free to put your residence on the map. Remember the web posting option whereby you can market your special goods online for a small fee. Garage sale shoppers like to hit the residence clusters, so encourage your participating neighbors to register as well. This popular event is sponsored by the Sand Lake Business Association.

Literacy 5K Run/Walk – with Virtual Option

SCHODACK LANDING – The Literacy 5K Run/Walk is scheduled for Saturday, September 19 from 8:00-11:30 a.m. at Schodack Island State Park. For those who choose not to join the event in person, there will be an option to participate as a runner or walker virtually. Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities are welcome to join the 5K trail run, youth mile, story walk, nature walk, and other activities. Prizes will be awarded to the fastest runners in various age categories. All proceeds will benefit Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County’s programs and services for adults and children in Rensselaer County and nearby communities. For full event details and to register, visit All decisions about public events at this time will be in line with NYS and CDC safety measures. Find more information at

Outdoor Flea Market

EAST GREENBUSH – First United Methodist Church, 1 Gilligan Rd. East Greenbush. Sat. Sept. 26th 9-3. Reserve a space for your table-tent, size 10’x10’ for $15 by 9/18. Call the church office at 518-477-9693. Event is rain or shine and no refunds.

Ultimate New England Shopping Trip to Benefit Hope 7 Community Center’s Food Pantry

CAPITAL DISTRICT – The 2020 Ultimate Shopping Trip to New England departs from Dick’s Sporting Goods, Latham Farms, on Friday, November 6th at 7:15 am and returns, Sunday, November 8th at 9:00 pm.

Stops to include the Vermont Country Store, NH Liquor & Wine Outlet, King Arthur Baking Co., Wine Tasting at Seven Birches Winery, The Christmas Loft, Settlers Green Outlets & Merrimack Premium Outlets

Accommodations provided by Hampton Inn and Suites, North Conway. A complimentary breakfast Is included with your stay.

Cost per person (based on room occupancy) – Double: $395/person or Triple: $345/person.

The fee includes the bus, hotel, driver’s tip, wine tasting and dinner Friday & Saturday night. Limited spaces available.

For more information or to reserve your space, please contact Michelle at 518-590-6781 or

Golf Tourney to Benefit Alzheimers

CAPITAL DISTRICT – More than 20 million Americans are living with or caring for someone with Alzheimer’s.  Each of us know someone whose life has been affected by this terrible disease.  It has certainly had a profound impact on my family.  We invite you to come support the cause and join us for a great day of golf to help raise awareness and find a cure.   Details:  September 25th at the Burden Lake Country club, $110 per person.  4-person scramble, shotgun start, food and drink included.  Contact Keith Stay at or 518.944.7288 for registration information.  If you represent a business, sponsorships are also available: $100 Tee, $250 Cart, $500 meal, we will create signage or use yours.  All entry fees and sponsorships are tax deductible. Burden Lake CC is well equipped to make the event safe and fun. Get your foursome together and we’ll see you there!

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 fundraising drive has been extended until February 28th since schools have not been in session for over four months. The goal remains 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 while schools remain closed take them to the Town Clerk’s office at Sand Lake Town Hall. When schools reopen all collected pull tabs may again be dropped off at 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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