Events 10.07.21

Community Caregivers’ Lunchtime Chat Schedule

ALBANY/RENSSELAER CO. – 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, Oct. 8 – 1 pm Johnny Carson, the Man and Comedian

Tues, Oct. 12  – 1 pm Travel to Niagara Falls (virtually)

Friday, Oct. 15 – 1 pm Dolly Parton, the Queen of Country

Tues, Oct. 19 – 1 pm Learn more about the Port of Albany Speaker: Dr. Richard Farrell

Friday, Oct. 22 – 1 pm The Life and Work of Mother Teresa

Tuesday, Oct. 26 – 1 pm Dealing with Low Vision Speaker: Lisa Jordan, Coordinator of Outreach Services and Marketing, Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany

Friday, October 29 – 1 pm Haunted Houses and Ghost Stories – Happy Halloween!

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Capital Region Social Happenings October Event and Concert Series

CAPITAL DISTRICT – – Friday Night Events at 7 pm – Picnic at noon at 435 New Karner Road (Hanover Square Building) at “Hill” door entrance. Open to the public. Inside seating is limited. Plenty of free parking. Handicap accessible.CDC & COVID compliant. Masks required on everyone.  Call 518-452-6883 for more information.

Friday Night, October 8:  Ann Parillo presents Stories, Stories and More Stories with audience participation.  The fun starts at 7 pm.  $5 pp.  

Sunday – October 10:  DON “THE SOUL MAN” HYMAN returns to our stage to entertain us with music and stories from the British Invasion. He’ll be appearing at approximately 2:30 pm at our fabulous Columbus Day Picnic — Everything’s included for a full day of fun, food and entertainment for only $14. Campfire chats in the evening.   

Friday Night – October 15:  Paul Hunt “Little Elvis” returns to our stage and will be performing the hits you all love to hear. He’ll be singing music from the fifties and sixties as well as a tribute to “The King”. This is guaranteed to be an enjoyable evening.  Performance starts at 7 pm. $12 pp and that includes beverages and snacks.  

Friday Night – October 22:  Doc Horton and the Jay Street Band will keep the house rockin’ with music. This is guaranteed to be an enjoyable evening.  Performance starts at 7 pm.  $12 pp and that includes beverages and snacks. 

Friday Night – October 29:  If Magic is your thing, this is the night for you.  Jonathan Downer will wow us with his illusions. This is guaranteed to get you in the mood for Halloween.  Performance starts at 7 pm.  $12 pp and that includes beverages and snacks.

Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company at Sand Lake Center for the Arts

SAND LAKE – Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company announces its first performance at Sand Lake Center for the Arts Oct. 9th at 7pm. Please join us for an intimate evening of selections from the company’s repertory that span lush solos, a Tango-esque duet, and up-tempo ensemble dances. Tickets are $18:

The Capital District Humanist Society Presents: Passing the Global Espionage Torch: How Britain Helped the US Expand its Eavesdropping Capabilities

CAPITAL DISTRICT – This lecture shows how Britain passed the global espionage torch in communication intelligence to the United States.  In 1945, British code breakers took a communication tour through the hot spots of the British Empire before ending up in Washington, DC. A colorful map was drawn depicting this journey. Sixty-eight years later, Edward Snowden leaked a National Security Agency map depicting signals intelligence and fiber optic cables around the world documenting the shift in hegemonic power. 

Kristie Macrakis, a historian, holds a Ph.D in the history of science from Harvard.  She is a professor at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, teaching courses on the history of science, Nazi Germany and the history of espionage. Her books include Surviving the Swastika: Scientific Research in Nazi Germany, Science Under Socialism: East Germany in Comparative Perspective, East German Foreign Intelligence, and Seduced by Secrets: Inside the Stasi’s Spy-Tech World.

This program will take place online, via Zoom, on Sunday, October 10th, 2021 at 1pm. Current paid CDHS members will automatically receive an invite to the meeting via e mail.  

Any One Who Is Not a Paid Member Can Attend.  Simply log onto our Meetup Page,  and use the RSVP function.  The link to the meeting will then be available to you.

Sand Lake Historical Society to Feature Faith Mills

SAND LAKE – Join us on Tuesday October 12, when the Sand Lake Historical Society will be visiting Faith Mills and Arts Letters and Numbers, 1548 Burden Lake Road, beginning at 6pm. The program will include a talk on Faith Mills, a presentation by Director David Gersten on the interdisciplinary Arts Letters and Numbers program, and a talk on the millworkers of Faith Mills and the upcoming Amazing Graves 3 (October 16-17) by Val Kavanaugh. Follow signs for parking. Reservations are required: call Jackie Tremont, President, at 518-527-9926 to reserve your spot. Visit our website,, for information.

Mark your calendars for November 9th, when SLHS returns to its usual site, Sand Lake Town Hall Courtroom, at 7pm, for a program by Bob Shuey on Battlefield Mortuary Affairs.

SLHS monthly programs are open to the public. New members are always welcomed. Like us on Facebook!

Community Caregivers October 2021 Volunteer Orientation Sessions 

ALBANY/RENSSELAER CO. – Can you spare an hour or two a month to help your community? Our volunteers make friendly phone calls & visits, grocery shop and drive our neighbors* to medical appointments. Orientation is a first step in volunteering with us. Please allow 45 minutes. Please register at the email below or by calling 518-456-2898. Individual sessions are available upon request by emailing Meredith Osta at:

October 12, October 26 – 12 p.m. via Zoom Link to be sent via email prior to the session. We look forward to meeting you! 

*Serving Albany & Rensselaer Counties.

Community Caregivers is a non-profit agency supported by community donations, and grants from The Albany County Department for Aging, the NYS Department of Health and Office for the Aging & the U.S. Administration on Aging.

Flame The Band in Concert at Sand Lake Center for the Arts

SAND LAKE – Please join us in welcoming Flame The Band on Oct. 15th at 7pm. Tickets are $18 each. Flame, a group of talented musicians from upstate New York who happen to have disabilities, has been capturing the world’s attention for more than a decade. Tickets:

The Chandler Young Veterans Association Auxiliary Tag Sale

NASSAU – The Chandler Young Veterans Association Auxiliary located at 7 Lyons Lake Road is holding a Tag Sale on October 16, 2021, from 9:00 – 4:00 pm (rain or shine). Items include housewares, furniture, toys, books, and miscellaneous items. There will be food available for purchase.  All Proceeds to benefit the Cyva Auxiliary “New Table Fund.”

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.

Amazing Graves! Returns to Sand Lake

SAND LAKE – Amazing Graves #3, presented by the Sand Lake Center for the Arts, “re-haunts” the Sand Lake Union Cemetery, October 16th and 17th (rain dates October 23rd and 24th). Featuring outdoor walking tours of Sand Lake Union Cemetery with local actors portraying some of our famous — and infamous — very long-term “residents.” There will be one sit-down presentation at the cemetery 3:30 Sunday, October 17 (rain date October 24th).

The Sand Lake Union Cemetery is located on Cemetery Lane, off NY Routes 43 & 66 in Sand Lake.

Featured “guests” for 2021 include Hazel Drew and William Taylor, Dr. Smith Boughton and Sheriff Willard Griggs, Albert R. Fox, The Sand Lake Boys at Gettysburg, The Ladies of Faith Mills, Lucinda Horton, Henry Withey, and others. Co-sponsored and supported by the Sand Lake Historical Society, the Sand Lake Town Library, Bob Moore Sand Lake Town Historian, Jim Powers, Todd’s Party Potties, Tremont ACE Hardware, and the Town of Sand Lake – Highway Department. Guide services provided by area high school students.

Advance reservations are required. $10 per person admission. Additional information on performance times and tickets at Contact the Sand Lake Center for the Arts for more details. Special thanks to our sponsors, actors, writers, tour guides, committee members, and community volunteers.

Albany Fall Stamp & Postal History Show

CAPITAL DISTRICT – The Fort Orange Stamp Club of Albany, NY, founded in 1926 is proud to host our semi-annual Stamp, Cover, Postcard and Ephemera show on Sunday, October 17, 2021 from 10am-3pm, at the Colonie Recreation Center on Thunder Road, Colonie, NY, off of Route 5, just west of Northway exit 2. The show will feature fun for all: • Free hourly door prizes • Free stamp packets for youngsters • Stamp, cover, postcard, postal history and ephemera exhibits • Free appraisal of your paper collectibles (Did you inherit a stamp collection? Do you need to know the value of any paper ephemera that you might have around the house, including stamps, covers, postcards, postal history, etc.? Dealers will be available to give actual market values for these items at no charge.) • 20 Dealers • Free parking and admission. For further information contact: Tom Auletta at 518-877-3027 or

Extension offers “Putting Your Garden To Bed”

RENSSELAER COUNTY – Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County will present the program “Putting Your Garden To Bed” on Wednesday, October 20 at Noon on the web platform Zoom.  This panel discussion, led by Cornell Cooperative Extension Educator David Chinery and featuring Master Gardener volunteers, will cover what to do in the coming weeks to prepare your garden for winter.  Questions can be sent in advance to David at or can be asked during the Zoom presentation.  We’ll comment on digging dahlias, storing squash, and everything in-between.  The free Zoom link is available at the Cornell Cooperative Extension website event page found at  For more information contact Cornell Cooperative Extension at 518-272-4210 or

Nassau/New Lebanon Girl Scouts

NASSAU – On Thursday, October 21, 2021 we will be hosting a Girl Scout Information Night at the Nassau Village Hall from 6pm to 7:30pm.  There will be information about Community Service, Leadership, Camping, and girls can earn their 1st fun patch.

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

October 2021 Meeting for the Capital District Genealogical Society

CAPITAL DISTRICT –  Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 1:00 PM ET – Online Zoom Meeting. CDGS meetings are presently held on Zoom. Registration is free and will open to the public on October 16, 2021. See under meetings and events. There is a 100 person limit. Topic: Understanding and Using Fulton History. Dennis Hogan will explain how works.  The Fulton History website provides free of charge an index with images for over 49,000,000 pages of newspapers. Most newspapers are from New York State, however papers from other states are being added to the collection. Tips will be presented on how to use this site including search and navigation techniques.

East Bank Arts Alliance Show at Sand Lake Center for the Arts

SAND LAKE – The East Bank Arts Alliance was established a few years ago as a collaborative of creative people on the east side of the Hudson River in upstate New York, home of the famous Hudson River School. This show features a variety of mediums and styles, and runs through October 24th. The gallery is open Saturdays and Sundays from 12 to 3pm.

Rensselaer Plateau Alliance launches Nature Book Club

RENSSELAER COUNTY – You are warmly invited to RPA’s new Nature Book Club, with Rama Hamarneh, PhD. The book club provides a space to discuss books related to nature, together as a community! One evening a month, we will meet on Zoom to discuss a book we have read, and the work’s relationship to nature. We will explore multiple aspects of nature in literature – represented through multiple genres and authors from around the globe. The next book club meeting will be on Tuesday, October 26 at 7pm, when we’ll discuss Robin Wall Kimmerer’s Braiding Sweetgrass. The book club is free to attend, and all are welcome, but registration is required. Please visit to learn more.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County Hosts Llama and Alpaca Parasite Management Workshop

RENSSELAER COUNTY – October 26th 2021 at 6:30 P.M. Sweet & Savory Farmette- 2082 Buskirk-West Hoosick Rd, Buskirk, NY 12028

Learn how to keep your camelids healthy, happy, and free from parasites! Aside from a short tour of our host farm, our speaker, Emaly Leak of Autumn Hill Llamas and Fiber, will briefly discuss ways to prevent parasites through management, how to tell if our llamas or alpacas have parasites, and strategies on how to treat them. The main focus of this workshop will be how to collect your own samples and run a fecal analysis with a centrifuge and microscope. All materials will be provided minus fecal samples (please provide from a llama or alpaca on your farm). We expect the program to be no more than 2 hours.

Due to space, materials, and time we will be capping the program at 10 people (first come-first serve basis) and we will not be accepting walk-ins. There is a registration fee of $10 per person and you must register in advance. This can be done by contacting the CCE of Rensselaer County Office at or 518-272-4210. If anything changes due to COVID-19 regulations, those who have registered will be contacted as soon as possible.

The Reformed Church of Schodack at Muitzeskill Trunk or Treat

SCHODACK – The Reformed Church of Schodack at Muitzeskill, located at 902 Schodack Landing Rd., will be hosting a Trunk or Treat on October 31st, between 4-6 PM. Come check out the Halloween decorations while enjoying some cider and donuts…and candy, of course!  All are welcome! We will be collecting canned goods/dry food items for our local food pantry, The Anchor. Please consider making a donation. Hope to see you there! (Due to COVID, donuts and candy will be pre-bagged)

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.

The Stephentown Players

STEPHENTOWN – 1574 Garfield Road, Stephentown.  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. 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. Masks required.

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