Events 09.16.21

Turning Leaves Coffeehouse

EAST GREENBUSH – The First United Methodist Church, 1 Gilligan Rd East Greenbush is having a Coffee House with music, festivities and treats on the lawn. Friday Sept. 17th, 6:30 pm. Rain date Sat. Sept. 18. A benefit for families in crisis within our community. Free will offering.. Bring your family and friends and enjoy a fun night out!

Community Caregivers’ Lunchtime Chat Schedule  

CAPITAL DISTRICT – September 2021 – All are welcome!  Please dial-in to hear about interesting topics – it’s free and easy to join! Simply call 518-992-6661.  Or let us know if you want us to dial you in!

Friday, Sept. 17. 1 pm – Do you know about the Huge Art Heist from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Art Museum in Boston? 

Tues, Sept 21. 1 pm – A Day in New York City  (virtually)

Friday, Sept. 24. 1 pm  – The Life of Jane Goodall and Her Work to Save the Chimpanzees

Tuesday, Sept. 28. 1 pm – The Amazing Adventures of Mark Twain

Friday, October 1. 1 pm – Five Rivers Environmental Center:  A Local Gem – Carolyn Dunn, Development and Outreach Coordinator And Friends of Five Rivers, Inc.

Hoosick Falls Half-Way Hooley

HOOSICK FALLS – We missed two St. Patrick’s Parades due to COVID 19 so we are doing a Hoosick Half-Way Hooley 30th Anniversary St. Patrick’s Parade and Irish Festival. The date is Saturday, September 18th. The Irish Festival is at 12:00 as Festivities begin In Wood Park with Irish Music and food vendors. The parade will begin at 1:00 PM. Now is the time to enter. email Kevin O’Malley for an entry form: Bands are being booked for the parade expected to be our largest ever! Appearing will be The Taconic Pipe Band, Brattleboro Post #5 American Legion Band, The Fyfe’s and Drums of Olde Saratoga, Galloway. Gaelic Pipes and Drums, The Fiesta Band, The Albany Pipe Band and The Yankee Doodle Band. Hope you can attend. For more information contact Kevin O’Malley at 518-894-5035.

Winners’ Concert AND Presentation of the Dr. John A. Cetnarowski-Cetner Awards

Trinity Lansingburgh Giant Outdoor Yard Sale

TROY – Trinity Church Lansingburgh will hold a Giant Outdoor Yard Sale on the church grounds, 585 Fourth Avenue, Troy, from 9 AM until 2 PM on Saturday, September 18, 2021. Household items will be available for purchase at bargain prices. For more information, visit or call the church office at (518) 235-3873.

North Greenbush Recycling Day

NORTH GREENBUSH – The Town of North Greenbush will be hosting a Recycling Day on Saturday, September 18, 2021 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at town hall, 2 Douglas Street in Wynantskill for North Greenbush residents only. Items accepted include computers, docking stations, tablets, MP3 players, servers, cable/wiring, office equipment, projectors, computer speakers, radios, routers, cell phones, batteries (lead acid, lithium ion only), SD cards and scrap metal. TV’s will NOT be accepted. For questions, please contact the Town Supervisor’s Office at (518) 283-5313 or Capital Region Electronics Recycling at or visit their website at

Town of Nassau Youth Committee Annual Family Fest

NASSAU – On Saturday, September 18th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. the Town of Nassau Youth Committee will be holding its annual Family Fest.  This event is free and open to all.  The Session Brothers will be providing live music, there will be hot dogs and hamburgers, as well as games and prizes for the kids.  Bring a camp chair to hang out and listen to the music and enjoy the lawn games.  The event is being held at the Lyons Lake Pavilion at 307 Lyons Lake Road, Nassau.

2021 Chopin 20th Winners Concert and Awards Ceremony

CAPITAL DISTRICT – 250 Old Maxwell Road | Latham (BVMC Church) – The Capital District Council for Young Musicians will hold the Frederic Chopin Piano Competition on Saturday, September 19, 2021, marking the 20th Anniversary of this annual event. Thirty participants from the Capital District area are registered. Admission: Donations gratefully accepted. The Competition will be adjudicated by Dr. Ida Tili-Trebicka from the Setnor School of Music at Syracuse University and Dr. Elena Nezhdanova from the Opus Ithaca School of Music. The winners and 1st runners-up will perform at a community concert on Sunday, September 19th, performing on a Steinway Concert Grand provided by Artist Pianos in Latham. The John A. Cetnarowski-Cetner Awards will be presented at the Winners’ Concert.

Winners receive cash prizes, totaling $3,150:

Chopin Master: 1st Place 1,000; 2nd Place $500

Chopin Apprentice: 1st Place $500; 2nd Place $200

Chopin Novice: 1st Place $100; 2nd Place $50

Chopin Mazurka: $100

Chopin Etude: $200

Several past winners from the Chopin Piano Competition have gone on to study at Juilliard School of Performing Arts, Crane School of Music, and the Eastman School of Music and have played on such prestigious stages as Carnegie Hall and Tanglewood.

The Capital District Council for Young Musicians (CDCYM) is a nonprofit organization devoted to providing opportunities for young musicians and sponsors the Annual Chopin Piano Competition. Visit

Rotary District 7190 Annual Golf Tournament – Benefits Pediatric Heart Patients 

CAPITAL DISTRICT – Rotary Clubs from throughout the Capital Region are sponsoring the 23rd annual “Gift of Life International Golf Tournament on Monday, September 20, 2021 at Pinehaven Country Club in Guilderland, NY. The tournament provides funding to bring children from across the globe to Albany Medical Center for necessary pediatric heart surgery which cannot be performed in their home nations. A parent accompanies each child. To register to play or to support the event through sponsorships or program advertising go to 

Rotary District 7190 includes 41 local clubs and stretches from Albany to Warren Counties to the north and east and west from Rensselaer to Montgomery and Fulton Counties. 

Free Yoga Sessions!

EAST GREENBUSH – The Town of East Greenbush Community and Recreation Department, in coordination with the Hot Yoga Spot, are proud to present Yoga in The Park! These events will be held on Tuesday nights in September beginning at 5:45 PM at our local parks. 9/21 will be held at Onderdonk Park located at 170 Hampton Avenue Rensselaer, NY 12144. 9/28 will be held at the East Greenbush Town Park located at 99 Town Park Rd East Greenbush, NY 12061. Bring your friends, family and neighbors and join us for a night of free yoga!

Adirondack Balloon Festival Returns this September – Reinvented with Brand-New Events

Queensbury – The nationally-known event, the Adirondack Balloon Festival, is back this September for its 48th year, with a brand-new format, expanding to include a new event at East Field in Glens Falls, multiple launch sites throughout Warren and Washington counties, a drive-through moonglow, and more.

“This will not be the same-old, same-old Adirondack Balloon Festival you know from years past,” says Mark Donahue, President of the organization’s Board of Directors. “Due to COVID, we had to totally reinvent the festival this year. We are excited to bring back the joy and wonder of the mass ascensions, while keeping safe and still having fun. Our group of volunteer organizers has been working around the clock to make this happen, as we know how much it means to the community.”

The 48th annual Adirondack Balloon Festival takes place Thursday to Sunday, September 23 to 26, 2021, in multiple locations. As always, the event is 100% free for the community. Festival Merchandise, one of the event’s biggest fundraisers, will be for sale at select events, with a smaller selection than in previous years. The Adirondack Balloon Festival’s launches are subject to weather conditions. The balloons cannot fly for safety reasons  if it is too windy or if there is inclement weather.

Contact the Adirondack Balloon Festival, a registered 501(c)3, to sponsor this free event for the community and make a tax-deductible contribution to keep the festival going. 

For more information, visit or follow @adirondackballoonfest on Facebook for breaking updates.

Race, Space, and Place:Transforming the Work of Land Trusts for Greater Inclusivity” with Keith H

RENSSELAER COUNTY – Part of the Rensselaer Plateau Alliance’s Guest Speaker Series. Thursday, September 23 at 7pm on Zoom. A focus on natural spaces makes land trusts like RPA uniquely positioned to provide a wide range of benefits to the community. How can we work together to make land trusts and land conservation more inclusive, so these benefits are shared more equitably across the entire community?

Keith Hirokawa joined the faculty at Albany Law School in 2009. He teaches courses involving environmental and natural resources law, land use planning, property law, and jurisprudence. His scholarship has explored law, ecosystem services policy, watershed management, and environmental impact analysis. Please register in advance at

U.S. Small Business Administration Available Regarding July 14th Flood

RENSSELAER COUNTY – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)  is currently available to meet with individuals and businesses that sustained  damages associated with the July 14th flood regarding the availability of low-interest loans.  SBA can meet with you, on a walk-in basis, at the Sand Lake Town Hall (8428 U.S. Route 66, Sand Lake, New York) from Tuesday, September 14 through Friday, September 24 (Monday-Friday 9:00-5:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 am-2:00 pm, Sunday closed).  Please make sure  you bring all pictures, receipts, and any other proof you may have regarding your damages.  No appointments will be scheduled; it is on a walk-in basis only. 

Capital Region Social Happenings September Concert Series

CAPITAL DISTRICT – Email: – Facebook: Capital Region Social Happenings — @CapitalRegionSocial – Open to the public at large. CDC & COVID compliant. Masks required on everyone.  Inside seating is limited; outside seating is unlimited. $12 pp and that includes beverages and snacks. Plenty of free parking. Handicap accessible. Call 518-452-6883 for more information. Location in Colonie: 435 New Karner Road (Hanover Square Offices and Apts.) at “Hill” door. 

Friday Night – September 24:  EDD T. “The Human Jukebox” CLIFFORD will be performing on our stage. He has been named “The Man of 40 Voices”.  He recreates the music that you heard on the jukebox years ago. This is guaranteed to be an enjoyable evening.  Performance starts at 7 pm. 

Thrift Sale

EAST GREENBUSH – The United Methodist Women of the First United Methodist Church of East Greenbush is having their Fall Thrift September 24, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. and September 25, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday is bag day. There will be many different items from household, clothing, and toys.. All proceeds go to our mission projects. Please wear a mask. The First United Methodist Church is located at 1 Gilligan Road, off of 9&20, in East Greenbush.

A Benefit Golf Outing for the City Mission of Schenectady 

SCHENECTADY – Saturday, Sept. 25 by friends of the city mission.  This outing is open to the public and all proceeds will go directly to the City Mission of Schenectady to aid in their efforts to feed, cloth, give shelter and provide emotional and spiritual comfort to the hundreds of people who come to them each month.  We hope that you will consider attending and/or donating to this worthy cause.  This tournament is a friendly event with all skill levels are welcomed and encouraged to participate.

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION – September 25th with a 8:00 am tee off time at Mohawk River CC.  Green fees and cart are $50 and a $40 minimum tax deductible donation to the City Mission of Schenectady is requested.  To join or donate please contact 

Drug Take-Back Event

POESTENKILL – Rensselaer County is holding a Drug Take-Back Event at the Poestenkill Town Hall on Saturday, September 25th from 10 am – 2pm. Turn in your unused or expired medication for safe disposal. This event has been organized by Sue Horton, Town Clerk and Rensselaer County Sherriff, Pat Russo.  “We are committed to working to get as many harmful substances off the streets as possible. These drug take-back events allow residents to get rid of prescription drugs that may have built up over the years in a friendly, convenient and no questions asked way,” said Sheriff Pat Russo. If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact the Town Clerk’s Office at 518-283-5119.  

2021 Pink Bows on Broadway to Benefit Non-Profit

CAPITAL DISTRICT –, Inc. ‘Helping Families Cope with Cancer, One Household at a Time” is currently selling pink satin tribute bows for its 9th Annual ‘Pink Bows on Broadway’ Campaign. This only annual fundraising drive by, gives individuals ($50 donation) and businesses ($250 donation) the opportunity to recognize heroes who have battled cancer or fought alongside someone who has. Three very special “MAIN EVENT SPONSORSHIPS” ($1,500) are open, as well.

All pink bows will be prominently displayed on Broadway in Saratoga Springs October 1st thru October 31st. Each bow is accompanied by a tribute card that allows the sponsor to celebrate individual heroes including survivors, lost loved ones, physicians, fundraising warriors, special caregivers, family/friends, and any other person that deserves recognition for their involvement in the war against cancer.

All proceeds from the campaign will benefit, a 501 (C3) non-profit organization whose mission is to provide real help in the home for families undergoing cancer treatment mainly by the way of meals, cleanings and support of childcare. started in 2010 and for the past 11 years delivered its mission, “Dinner is Done, Dishes are Clean, and The Kids are OK!”

Your purchase of a ‘Bow of Support’ will help to continue providing families battling cancer real help in the home and beloved Easter Baskets.  All sponsorships are due by September 25 so be sure to reserve your bow today! To purchase a bow online visit Eventbrite’s 2021 Pink Bows on Broadway campaign or download and mail the order form.

Requests for bows also may be sent directly to c/o 582 Rt. 9P Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Be sure to include your name/business name, the individual your donation is in honor of and how you would like your tribute acknowledged on the sponsorship card that accompanies the bow. Additional information may be obtained visiting or sending a request to

Alzheimer’s Association Invites You to Join 2021 Walk to End Alzheimer’s

CAPITAL DISTRICT –  The Alzheimer’s Association, Northeastern New York chapter is hosting its 2021 Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Albany on Saturday, Sept. 25 at The Crossings of Colonie, located at 580 Albany Shaker Rd. Participants may check in beginning at 10 a.m. with an opening ceremony at 11 a.m. The walk starts at 11:30 a.m.

On Walk Day, participants honor those affected by Alzheimer’s with a poignant Promise Garden Ceremony – a mission-focused experience that signifies our solidarity in the fight against the disease. The colors of the Promise Garden flowers represent people’s connection to Alzheimer’s – their personal reasons to end the disease.

“Watching changes that occur in a loved one who has Alzheimer’s disease is tough,” said Alzheimer’s Association, Northeastern New York Walk Manager Joseph Heaney. “It’s something the Alzheimer’s Association hopes to eradicate in our quest to drum up support for research. We are so excited to be back in person this fall and look forward to seeing our Alzheimer’s community raising their flowers together again.” 

More than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, including 410,000 New Yorkers. It’s not only a leading cause of death in the U.S., more than 11 million family members and friends provide care to people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

 Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. The goal for this year’s Albany walk is to raise $308,000.

Plans are currently moving forward to host the Albany walk in person. The health and safety of participants, staff and volunteers remain the top priorities as decisions are made about event details. The Albany Walk will implement safety protocols including physical distancing, masks (where required), contactless registration, hand sanitizing stations and more. Options will be offered to participate online and in local neighborhoods.

To register as an individual walker or team captain and to receive the latest updates, visit

St. Jude’s 16th Annual Festival, Super Raffle & Craft Fair

WYNANTSKILL – Save the date, September 25th, for St. Jude the Apostle’s 16th annual Fall Festival featuring international food and entertainment from around the globe! Super Raffle tickets are now on sale and going fast!! Grand Prize is $10,000, with 12 prizes in total. Ticket cost is $100, with only 250 being sold!! Order now by going to or calling Renay at 518-701-7369. We are still accepting craft fair vendors email See you September 25th! Proudly sponsored by MAC Equipment, Wynantskill Funeral Home & Troy Sand and Gravel.

Come Pray the Rosary

EAST NASSAU – Come pray the Rosary in front of the Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima. Saturday, September 25th at 1pm. Gethsemane Hill, 52 Tsatsawassa Lake Rd., East Nassau. Confirm attendance with Alice at 518-766-5403 or email Please wear a mask and social distancing will be observed.

Grafton Lakes to Host Care for the Trails Event

GRAFTON – Grafton Lakes State Park will host a trail maintenance and shoreline clean-up event on Saturday, September 25th. The summer has ended, and the park could use your help! Join us to participate in trail maintenance or bring the family out for a shoreline clean-up. The park invites patrons of all ages and abilities to help clean up and improve trails on Saturday morning and indulge in the trail activities they enjoy most in the afternoon. Participants will receive free entry into the park for the day in gratitude for their services. The event will take place from 8:30am-12pm.

Do you love hiking at Grafton Lakes? Has the park been an outdoor haven for you? Come out and give back a few hours to restore and repair the trails. Adults and high/middle school age students are encouraged to bring lots of water, good shoes, and gloves. Several projects to choose from means there is something for all abilities.

Do you have a family with some younger kids? Join an educator for a shoreline clean-up. Part of the clean-up will include an educational component. The clean-up is great for all ages and specifically geared towards families with kids in pre-k—6th grade.

Pre-registration is required to attend this event. Check-in for both the trail repair and the shoreline clean-up will be at the Welcome Center at 8:30am. Projects will take place form 9am-12pm. To register to volunteer, call 518-279-1155. Please specify if you are signing up for the trail maintenance or the shoreline clean-up.Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own lunch to enjoy afterwards.

Grafton Lakes State Park is located off of Route 2, twelve miles east of Troy, New York. Please use the park’s main entrance on Grafton Lakes State Park Way for this event. There is no entrance fee for this event. For more information, please call the park at 518-279-1155.

American Red Cross Babysitter’s Training

RENSSELAER COUNTY – American Red Cross Babysitter’s training with CPR class for ages 12 and older will be held on September 25 from 8am-3pm at AMS, and Babysitter’s training without CPR class for ages 10 and older will be held on September 25 from 8am-12pm at AMS. For more information contact Brenda at

Girl Scouts Open House – Date Change

EAST GREENBUSH/RENSSELAER – Interested in joining Girl Scouts and live in the East Greenbush or Rensselaer school districts? Join us for an Open House on Wednesday, September 29th from 6:30-8:00pm outside at the Rensselaer Elks Club Pavilion, 683 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush. Find out more about Girl Scouts in East Greenbush and Rensselaer and register for the 2021-2022 year. We have openings in troops for girls of all ages! Leaders will be there to answer questions about Scouts. Can’t attend? Email for more information.

Highlight Acting Troupe to Hold Auditions for Christmas Quarrels

BRUNSWICK – Auditions for the Highlight Acting Troupe’s production of Christmas Quarrels, written and directed by Paula Hoffay, will be held on October 1st at 7:00 PM, and October 3rd at 2:00 PM, at the Center Brunswick Methodist Church, 990 Hoosick Rd. in Brunswick, NY. There are roles for children and adults, with lots of Christmas songs to get everyone in the spirit of Christmas.

Christmas Quarrels is about a girl named Marcy, who starts ignoring her friends to spend time with the “new girl in town”. That doesn’t sit well with her friends, or with her parents, who worry about what Marcy is up to as she continuously sneaks off with her mysterious new friend Are they up to no good? Would Marcy really start acting out so close to Christmas?

Show dates are December 3 & 4 at 7:30 PM and December 5 at 2:00PM at the Brunswick Grange. Come and be a part of the Christmas fun with the Highlight Acting Troupe! For more info, contact Paula Hoffay at 518-368-6341.

Clothing Rummage Sale

AVERILL PARK – It’s time for the Clothing Rummage Sale at the Church of the Covenant, United Methodist, located at 3055 Rte 43 in Averill Park (“the round church in the village”). Sale dates are Fri and Sat Oct 1 & 2, 9 am – 2 pm with a $3 & $5 bag sale Sat noon – 2 pm. We will gladly welcome your donations of clean, gently-loved clothing and footwear for the whole family. We also accept linens, pillows, bedding, curtains, towels, pocketbooks, bags, etc., as well as fabric, sewing equipment and notions. The church will be open to receive donations 9:30 am – 2:30 pm weekdays Mon Sept 19 – Wed Sept 29. Sale sponsored by GOOFS (Girl’s Organization of Fun and Service).

Vendors Wanted, for Our Craft Fair!  

LATHAM – On Saturday, October 16th 2021, from 9 am to 3:30 pm at the Latham-Colonie Knights of Columbus Council at 328 Troy-Schenectady Road, Latham, N.Y. 12110.

The Latham-Colonie Columbiettes  are your hosts for this event, we are looking forward to seeing everyone again!

Vendor space; Indoor displays with additional space outside on the grounds, both open and covered.

For Rates and further information;, or email or 518-783-0572.

CDSC Big Game Butchering Class with Mike Cardis

GRAFTON – Capital District Sportsman Center (CDSC) of Grafton, NY. –   “Mike the Butcher,” will focus primarily on how to break down a Whitetail Deer from A – Z. You will learn all the cuts and how to process your harvest. CDSC will serve venison Chili & more. A good time with lots of laughter & learning to be had by all. 13 Babcock Lake Rd, Grafton NY. Friday, October 22, 2021, 5 – 9 pm. Space is limited to 40 registrants. Adults $25 & under 18 free. To register, visit our website at

The Stephentown Players

STEPHENTOWN – 1574 Garfield Road, Stephentown, New York 12168. 518.733.0427 – The Stephentown Players are proud to announce their premier production; Samuel Beckett’s masterpiece, Krapp’s Last Tape with Toby Wherry as the brooding Krapp who sits alone in his den listening to a recording of himself at an earlier time, while reflecting on his aspirations, purpose and lost love. The production runs on Saturdays, November 6, 13, 20 and 27 at 7PM at the GYM at Four Fat Fowl, 473 Rt. 43 in Stephentown, NY. Admission is Free. For reservations call: 518-733-0427.

NYS Snowmobile Safety Class

GRAFTON – On Saturday, November 13th, the Grafton Trailblazers Snowmobile Club will host a NYS Youth Snowmobile Safety Class for youth ages 10-17. Students must be at least 10 years old the day of the class. Parents are encouraged to attend and participate. The course will be held at the Grafton VFW/Fire Hall on South Road from 8:15 to approximately 4:30pm. The course will be taught by NYS certified volunteer instructors Jim Blessing and Dominic Jacangelo. The course will cover topics such as NYS laws and regulations, riding skills, trail emergencies, protecting the environment, trail etiquette, maintenance and repair, trailering, etc. To register on-line, go to the club web site: Space is limited, so no walk-ins please. The course is free of charge and lunch will be provided.

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