Events 09.23.21

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. 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.

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.

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

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

Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Ceremony

SCHAGHTICOKE – Veterans Hall, at the Schaghticoke Fairgrounds, is hosting a Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Ceremony in conjunction with the Saratoga National Cemetery.

This ceremony will include a pinning of Vietnam Veterans that served between 1955 and 1975.

The Welcome Home Ceremony is being held on Sunday, September 26, 2021 at 2:00 pm at the Veterans Hall on the Schaghticoke Fairgrounds at 69 Stillwater Bridge Road, Schaghticoke, NY  12154.  

Veterans Hall will also host an open house immediately following the ceremony and provide light refreshments.

Veterans, family, and friends do not need to pay the admission at the gate.  The DAV will be working the gate, please let them know that you are attending the Welcome Home Ceremony. 

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.

Rummage and Food Sale

PITTSTOWN – Rummage Sale on Friday, October 1 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and on Saturday, October 2 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Pittstown United Methodist Church Hall located just off NY Route 7 in the village of Pittstown, NY. Bag Sale on Saturday, $2.00 per bag, buy 2 bags and get 1 free. Food/Bake Sale on Friday, October 1 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. For information call Herb at 518-753-4427 or 518-593-0003.

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).

Book Nook News at Transfiguration Parish

SPEIGLETOWN – The Book Nook $5/bag sale at Transfiguration Parish in Speigletown has been very well received. It seems a lot of people have been waiting for us to reopen! We continue to receive new donations by the boxes so our stock keeps refreshing weekly. If you haven’t stopped in, please note you only have one more Saturday to take advantage of the $5/Bag Sale. Stop in on Saturday, September 25 from 9:00 until noon. The regular Book Nook will be open on Saturday, October 2 but the $5/Bag Sale will be gone until spring. We are located in the parish hall to allow for additional browsing space. We ask that masks be worn while browsing. Thank you again for your continued support and see you at the Book Nook!

Curtis Lumber’s PetAPalooza Pet Adoption Day!

CAPITAL DISTRICT – Whether you currently own a pet or are looking to adopt, we invite you to join us for a day of fur and fun at Curtis Lumber’s 11th Annual PetAPalooza Pet Adoption Day!  Saturday, October 2, 2021. Meet adoptable animals from local shelters and rescue groups who are eager to meet you, your family, and your current pets at select Curtis Lumber retail store locations.  Dogs, Cats, Birds, Rabbits, Horses and more will be available for adoption. (Selection varies per store)  Curtis Lumber’s Ballston Spa store will also host Steve Caporizzo’s WTEN Pet Connection, Abby’s Lemon-Aide Stand For Animals, Benson’s Pet Center and will also have a 50/50 raffle and food trucks available.  Bring your family and your pets and enjoy a great day of pet adoptions, fur and fun!  Last year’s event resulted in over 250+ pets finding forever homes!  For full details visit www.clpetapalooza or 

A Blessing of the Animals at Brunswick Church

TROY – St. Francis of Assisi recognized that the  animals  of God’s  creation inhabit our world and take part in our human lives. He called the world’s animals,  wild and tame, his brothers and sisters. In honor of St. Francis and his appreciation for the animals in our lives, Brunswick Church invites you to bring your animals (on a leash or in a carrier) for a Blessing of the Animals, Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 9:30 am. A brief outdoor gathering will be held in the upper parking lot at 42 White Church Lane, Troy, where your animals can receive a special blessing and together we give thanks for all they add to our lives. Bring your pets, your farm animals or even a cherished photograph of an animal that has been important in your life, and receive a personalized blessing.

Brunswick Grange Tailgate Sale

SCHAGHTICOKE – On Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021 Brunswick Grange will hold their Annual Fall Agricultural Tailgate Sale at the Schaghticoke Fairgrounds, Rt. 67 & 40, Schaghticoke, NY. From 7:30am.-12:30pm.More than 50 vendors will have various varieties of chickens, ducks, geese, pigeons, veggies, plants & other agricultural animals. Absolutely no dogs, cats, puppys or kittens will be allowed for sale. A donation of $15.00/Vendor will be charged at the gate. Spectators free. Masks maybe required and there will be food vendors on the grounds. Event will be held rain or shine. For more information please call 518-279-9113. 

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.

HVCC’s Cultural Affairs Program Announces Noontime Concerts

TROY – The Cultural Affairs Program will present A Celebration of World Music, featuring four local groups well known to many in the Capital Region, during the Fall 2021 semester at Hudson Valley Community College. Plans call for each program to be presented in-person in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center on the Troy campus, as well as live streamed from that location. Visit for the access link for each hour-long program. All are open free to the public.

Taína Asili y la Banda Rebelde – Thursday, Oct. 21 at noon – When Puerto Rican singer Taína Asili takes the stage, whether solo or with her faithful la Banda Rebelde, she can’t help but attract attention. Raucous and rhythmic, the music emphasizes the strong messages of freedom and social justice in Asili’s powerful lyrics. This concert promises an energetic fusion of Afro-Latin, reggae and rock music that exudes spirit and inspiration.

HEARD – Thursday, Nov. 4 at noon – Heard is a handful of extremely-talented musicians, who bring together their skills and passion for world music, jazz and improvisation to create irresistible grooves set in a unique, sonic tapestry. The group’s vibrant sound has grown to incorporate influences from West Africa, Brazil, the Caribbean and beyond. Energetic and upbeat, Heard features Composer Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius (keyboards/vocals), Jonathan Greene (woodwinds), Bobby Kendall (bass), Brian Melick (drums) and Zorkie Nelson (percussion/vocals).

Golfstrom – Thursday, Nov. 11 at noon – Golfstrom performs an eclectic mix of 1930’s to 1960’s folk and pop songs that originated in France, Italy, Germany, Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Israel, Mexico, Argentina and beyond. Golfstrom features Jonathan Greene on clarinet, Bobby Kendall on string bass, Sergei Nirenburg on accordion and vocals, and Brian Melick on percussion.

Contact Debby Gardner at for more information.

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

Town of North Greenbush Halloween Parade

NORTH GREENBUSH – The Town of North Greenbush Halloween Spectacular will be held on Sunday, October 31st. First, we will kick-off the events with our annual parade starting at 2pm from the Family Dollar parking lot on Main Ave. The parade will proceed down Main Ave to Town Hall. There will be lots of new and exciting events planned including a “Trunk or Treat” at town hall. For those who don’t know, the “trunk-or-treat” event will have participants decorate their vehicles and park them in one central location at town hall. The cars are just as decked out as the kids and then everyone goes from decorated trunk to decorated trunk to pick up some treats while having fun looking at all of the decorations. There will be a contest for the “best tricked-out trunk” so let your imagine get the best of you and decorate! There will be cider and donuts for the kids and many more surprises in store. This event is being organized by Councilwoman Jessica Merola, Chair of the town youth committee. For more information, please contact Councilwoman Merola at the town supervisor’s office at (518) 283-5313, x-5.

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. Masks required.

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