Events 10.13.22

Poestenkill Halloween Parade

Town of Poestenkill will be hosting our annual Halloween Parade on Sunday, October 30th. Parade staging will begin at 11:15am and the parade will begin at 11:30am. The Parade will go from Poestenkill Town Hall to Poestenkill Elementary School. Candy donations for the post parade celebration may be dropped off at Poestenkill Town Hall.

Van Rensselaer Heights Residents Hosting Kids Halloween Party

The residents of Van Rensselaer Heights are hosting a Community Halloween Party for the kids of Rensselaer on October 28th from 5 PM to 7 PM. 

The party will be held in the Community Room at 460 Forbes Ave in Rensselaer. There will be music, a costume contest, and candy! Kids will need to be accompanied by a parent to participate. Any questions please call Ashley at (518)621-7585.

Bingo players needed

We are currently looking for bingo players for a possible restart of our bingo at Brunswick, New York elks Lodge on Route 2, These bingos would run on Sundays at 1:00 p.m. with the doors opening at 11:30 a.m. 

If you’re interested in attending such a bingo please call Jeff or Mary Beth at 518-728-1795 my email is jeffrey

Rummage Sale

Rummage Sale- Blooming Grove Reformed Church, 706 Bloominggrove Dr. Defreestville, NY, Rte 4 across from the park & ride lot.

October 14th 5:00 to 7:00 PM and October 15th 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM 

Men’s, Women’s, and Children’s clothing, Books and miscelanious items

Chili take out and Bake Sale

Trunk or Treat

The Center Brunswick United Methodist Church will be hosting a Trunk or Treat for all ages on Sunday, October 30 from 10:30 – 11:30 am in the parking lot of the church located at the intersection of Route 7 and Route 142.

Adults decorate the truck of your cars/trucks, bring your candy and be ready for the kids to go trick or treating from car to car.

Snacks will be provided. All are welcome to stop by and share in the fun and fellowship of the day.

Trunk or Treat

Sunday, October 30, 12 PM – 2 PM

First United Methodist Church, 1 Gilligan Rd, East Greenbush. 

All are welcome to come and Trunk or Treat! This is a Free Event for all children and youth. We will also have a trunk decoration contest where you as the participant get to decide which trunk is the best decorated.

This is a rain or shine event. We will have Trick or Treat Hallway if it is raining.

North Greenbush Annual Halloween Parade

Calling all ghosts and goblins. Do you think you have the BEST Halloween costume this year? Well, we invite you to the Town of North Greenbush Annual Halloween Parade on Sunday, October 30th. The parade will line-up at the Family Dollar Plaza on Main Ave in Wynantskill and kicks-off at 2pm. Come participate and walk in the parade in your BEST and most unique costume while your neighbors watch the parade march down Main Avenue to Town Hall. After the parade, come join us for cider, donuts and treats. There will be prizes for the top three best costumes! The parade is being organized by Deputy Town Supervisor Kelly Hoffman and Councilwoman Jessica Merola, Chair of the Youth Committee. If you are a local business who wants to participate, please contact the Town Supervisor’s office at (518) 283-5313. We look forward to seeing you on the 30th.

Calling All Ghosts & Goblins – Halloween Party & Parade

Calling all ghosts and witches and ghouls and goblins (and Pokemon and Princesses, too)! The witching hour is at hand! Once again, the time has come to dress in all your spooky finery, and invade West Sand Lake.

The West Sand Lake Volunteer Fire Co. is sponsoring its annual Halloween party for kids of all ages on Sunday, October 23. As in previous years, we are planning a special treat for all our trick-or-treaters, and their parents. We will be proudly featuring our community’s costume creations in a parade from the West Sand Lake elementary school to our Fire House. 

If you would like to join our parade, please meet at the school at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 23. We will step off promptly at 1:00 p.m., and proceed to the Fire House. The traditional Halloween party, with costume judging, prizes, games, refreshments and surprises will immediately follow the end of the parade. As always, admission to the party is free!

So, plan on joining us on Sunday, October 23. It promises to be a fun time for all!

Melvin Roads Trunk or Treat

Melvin Roads American Legion Post 1231 presents Trunk or Treat on October 30, 2022, from 2 PM to 4 PM at the Post parking lot, 200 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush, NY. If the weather is bad, we will hold a Table or Treat inside Hero’s Hall at the post. Have the children dress up and come down for Apple Cider & Cider Doughnuts. We welcome all families to come out and have a supervised trick or treating.

Trunk or Treat Gilead Lutheran Church Sunday, October 30, 2022

Halloween is actually Monday, October 31, 2022 but we made the decision to celebrate it a day early. It gives our “truckers” more time to get ready for our visitors. That is a good point for us but it also frees up time for our little friends to go out again on Monday for more loot. Our trunks open at 3:00 PM and will close at 5:00 PM. If you enjoy watching the little one dress up but don’t have children of your own to take around, please feel free to come and hand out candy and goodies with us. Just to let you know, we have had close to 200 little visitors each year. In 2021 we had some of our canine friends stop by, some in costume and other just stop by for a pat on the head.

We will be found in the parking lot behind Gilead Lutheran Church. You can’t miss us because Gilead is located at the intersection of Routes 7 & 278 in Center Brunswick.

NYS Youth Snowmobile Safety Class

On Saturday, November 12th, the Grafton Trailblazers Snowmobile Club and the Grafton Lakes State Park 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 8:30am 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 Space is limited, pre-registration required. The course is free of charge and lunch/snacks will be provided. Questions, please call (518) 469-2656.

Highlight Troupe- Auditions for C-Rhyme and Punishment

The Highlight Acting Troupe will hold auditions on Friday, 10/14 @ 6:30pm and Sunday 10/16pm @ 2:00 for C-Rhyme and Pun-ishment by Jane & Jim Jeffries. Auditions will be held at the Center Brunswick United Methodist Church- Hoosick Rd. Troy NY The show will be directed by Christine & Ethel LeVan. Auditions are open for all ages. In the nursey rhyme, justice system, the people are represented by two separate yet equally important group- the detectives, who investigate the crime & the magistrates who prosecute the defenders. These are their rhymes. The Inspector & the Punnish Sir (Yes he’s always scrambling for egg puns) have been called in to investigate a crime scene where Humpty Dumpty has been found shattered and fowl play is suspected. Can they solve the c-rhyme? 

All questions please call Christine @ 518-301-0789 or email

Troy Orphan Society Presentation

The Esquatak Historical Society invites you to our next presentation on Friday, October 21, 7 pm, when local historian and writer Don Rittner will discuss his research and book about the Troy Orphan Asylum. A talented and prolific individual, he has been the Albany City archaeologist, a Schenectady County historian, one of the designers and builders of the replica Dutch sailing vessel Onrust, and author of more than 50 books. First hooked on local history as a boy, his research into the Asylum – later known as VanderHeyden Hall, tells the story of this place of last resort when a family became unable to provide for one or more children. The presentation takes place at the Castleton Fire House, Scott Avenue. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

St. Jude’s Craft Fair is BACK!

Save the date – our annual Craft Fair is back on Saturday 11/12 from 9 am – 3 pm. Over 45 vendors! No admission fees! Plus, SANTA will be visiting! Still accepting vendors contact Mary at 518-229-4250! Hope to see you there – 42 Dana Ave, Wynantskill!

Averill Park Education Foundation 16th Annual Gala Dinner and Celebration

The Averill Park Education Foundation is thrilled to announce Sera Deo and Alan Michaels as our 2022 educator and community award recipients. Come join us in honoring these two amazing individuals on Friday, November 18th, 2022 at the beautiful Old Daley on Crooked Lake! 

Ticket purchase and registration is open on our website or text APEF to 22828 to receive an email invitation. Get your tickets early! We anticipate a sell-out! All proceeds 100% support the Averill Park Central School District in the form of grants for enrichment projects and scholarships. 

Unable to attend but would like to support? Donate directly on our website, or consider donating a basket, gift card, specialty service, vacation rental, etc. to our auction event. Contact Tara Lindheimer @ to coordinate. We are a registered 501c non-profit and are happy to provide a record of your donation for tax purposes.

North Chatham Community Day

On October 15th the hamlet of North Chatham will be holding its second annual Community Day. All are invited to come to North Chatham and see what makes it a great place to live! The North Chatham Free Library will be open with books for sale on the front lawn (weather permitting) and an informational table about all the great services they offer. Some residents of the hamlet will be having yard sales and the North Chatham Volunteer Fireman’s Association will be serving lunch from 11:00-2:00. 

The North Chatham United Methodist Church clothing barn will be open and the church will have a “sweet treats” sale, silent auction, “tailgate sale”, and donated items for sale. If you would like to donate items for the sale or sell your own items as part of the “tailgate sale”, please see the church website listed below. The Neighbors of Northern Columbia County will have an informational table at the church. Free parking will be available behind the church. For more information please go to Thanks, and we hope to see you in North Chatham on October 15th!

Individual Tickets Now On Sale for A Taste of Sand Lake

Honorary Chairs Susan & Joel Katz invite you to join us at our 13th Annual A Taste of Sand Lake, our biggest fundraiser of the year! A Taste of Sand Lake is a night of delicious eats from all of your favorite Sand Lake/Averill Park restaurants with raffles, live music provided by TL Holloway, and time spent with new and old friends. Make sure you reserve your tickets now as you won’t want to miss the exciting return of this one-of-a-kind event after a three-year hiatus! The event will be held on Tuesday, November 1 from 6pm to 9pm at the Old Daley Inn on Crooked Lake.  Individual tickets are $65 and are available at or by calling 518-674-2007.

Poestenkill Fall Clean Up 2022

When: October 11th, 2022- October 14th, 2022


• Yard Waste (leaves, grass clippings, etc.) placed in biodegradable PAPER bags

• Brush and branches (cut to 8ft. lengths maximum, stacked neatly, no more than 3ft tall)

• Stack piles with the cut or thicker ends facing the road

• Maximum diameter for brush or limbs is 6 inches. If we cannot chip it, we cannot take it


• Garbage or Trash

• Cleaning of Vacant Lots

• Stumps, Sod, Rocks, or Dirt

• Metal Items

• Plastic Bags or Flowerpots 

• Tires or Batteries



• Please keep in mind we are a small highway crew that must take care of these brush piles by hand. 

• Brown recyclable waste bags will be picked up a few times a month throughout the summer/fall. Please notify the Highway Garage of your location so the bags do not get missed. 

Please place acceptable items out by October 11th.

Questions: David (DJ) Goyer Cell: (518) 269-1656 Garage: (518)283-4144

Candlelight Peace Prayer Vigil

Candlelight Peace Prayer Vigil. On four Tuesday evenings starting October 18th, the First United Methodist Church 1 Gilligan Rd. , East Greenbush will hold half-hour candlelight peace prayer vigils in the back of the Sanctuary starting at 6 pm. 

The vigils will include interfaith prayers, songs, and times for reflection. They will be held in honor of women seeking educational freedom in Afghanistan, women and schoolgirls opposing forceful hijab mandates and social controls in Iran, those seeking escape from violent drug cartels in Latin America and mothers mourning the loss of their children from gun violence.

Annual Trick or Treat Nature Trail at Grafton Lakes State Park

Join us for our annual Trick or Treat Nature Trail on Saturday, October 15, 2022. Discover some of our weird and wonderful forest friends along the jack-o-lantern lit trail. Participate in fun fall activities including a bonfire and crafts at the welcome center. Be sure to wear a costume! Time slots begin at 3:30PM and go every 15 minutes through 7:30PM. Families with small children are recommended to sign up before 5:30PM.

Preregistration is required to reserve your family’s time slot; call 518-279-1155, ext. 2. Cost for this program is $4/person.

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees more than 250 individual state parks, historic sites, golf courses, boat launches and recreational trails, which are visited by 74 million people annually. For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518-474-0456 or visit, connect with us on Facebook, or follow on Twitter or Instagram.

518 Pajamas Collection

East Schodack Fire Company is collecting for 518 Pajamas. This is a group that collects pajamas for donation to the Unity House of Troy’s Children’s Holiday Program. Pajamas are distributed to children who fall under all aspects of Unity House’s charitable and community programs.

If interested in donating, please bring pajamas or a monetary donation to the firehouse during Pizza nights: Oct 1st, Nov 5th or Chicken & Biscuit Dinner:
Nov 8th.

 Gambling and Good Government

On Thursday, October 20, join Albany Law School’s Government Law Center for an educational program and reception celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Warren M. Anderson Seminar Series. Bennett Liebman, Government Lawyer in Residence at Albany Law School, will discuss the history of gambling and ethical government regulation in New York State and explore strategies to improve the integrity of government regulation of gambling. 

This free event is open to the public, will be livestreamed, and offers CLE credit for practicing attorneys. Registration is required. Learn more and register:

Fresh Florida Fruit Fundraiser

 The Kiwanis Club of Troy is once again conducting their Annual Florida Fruit Sale!!

20 lb. cases of Navel Oranges

20 lb. cases of Ruby Red Grapefruit

Or 20 lb. cases Half Oranges/Half Grapefruit

Only $28 Each

Most other organizations are at over $30-35.

 Picked fresh from the Florida groves and shipped

directly to Troy for your enjoyment!!

 All orders are needed by November 20th!!

All will arrive in Troy about December 8th.

 Call Dean today at 518-322-0826.

 All monies go to children’s causes locally!!!


Library Jigsaw Puzzle Sale in 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 on Saturday, October 15 from 9 a.m. to noon on the Poestenkill Library lawn (9 Plank Road, 12140). 

Most puzzles are 1000-piece ($6), many others are 300 or 500-piece ($4), and a few are children’s puzzles ($1). Come to find great puzzles by White Mountain Puzzles, Wysocki, Springbok, Hometown, among others. We will hold a reduced size sale on the porch in case of rain. For more information contact Marcia at 518 283-5353.

Fall Craft Fair at Center Brunswick UMC

“Save the Date” Saturday, November 5, 9am-3pm, Center Brunswick UMC 990 Hoosick Road, Troy. Tables are selling quick!

Vendors are invited to bring their new creations to this show. Tables are $25.00 for an 8×10 section – one vendor per section please.

Contact Jean at 518-694-1887 for rental and information.

There will be a small concession stand as well.

East Greenbush VFW Auxiliary Vendor Fair

Vendor Fair Saturday, November 5, 2022 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.100 Hays Road, East Greenbush. 

Table rental available- call Lynda at 518-732-2111 or email at:

Many vendors, Bake Sale, Raffle, 50/50.Kitchen will be open. Help us support our Veterans. Don’t miss this event!

October Speaker Series with Rensselaer Plateau Alliance

Thursday, October, 2022 at 7pm on Zoom. The Elusive American Eel in the Hudson River Estuary with Ben Harris, NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program.

Did you know that every year, juvenile American eels swim up the Hudson River and against the current, up into the many streams that branch off the river? Each spring hundreds of volunteers help the DEC collect glass eels all along the Hudson, from Richmond Creek off Staten Island up to the Poesten Kill in Troy! Join us for an engaging hour with biologist Ben Harris who will share findings of this 15-year community science program and other community-based eel research. 

We’ll learn about these incredible far-traveling creatures, their evolution and life cycle, and their important place in the food chain and ecosystem. Ben Harris is an educator with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson River Estuary Program. Please pre-register to receive your Zoom link at

World-renowned Classical Guitarist Berta Rojas performs Oct. 20 at HVCC

Classical guitarist Berta Rojas, a three-time Latin Grammy Award nominee, will open the Fall 2022 season of cultural events at Hudson Valley Community College with a noontime concert on Thursday, Oct. 20 in the BTC Auditorium on the Troy campus. The hour-long program is open free to the public; no reservations or tickets are required to attend.

Berta Rojas ranks among today’s foremost classical guitarists. Classical Guitar Magazine calls her the “ambassador of the classical guitar,” acknowledging her warmth and talent that’s captivated audiences throughout the world at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, London’s South Bank Centre, the National Concert Hall in Dublin and more.

Her performances and recordings are colorful journeys of music and sound that embrace diverse and new works by a variety of composers. Her Grammy nominations were “Día y Medio” (best instrumental album, a duet with Paquito D’Rivera), “Salsa Roja” (best classical album) and “History of Tango” (best tango album).

Rojas is committed to promoting the classical guitar and the music of her native Paraguay, and created the Barrios World Wide Web Competition, the first online classical guitar competition to assist young artists. Rojas is ranked among the most influential women in the Hispanic world and honored by her country with the title Illustrious Ambassador of Musical Art. She was named Fellow of the Americas by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and recently joined the prestigious Berklee College of Music (Boston) as associate professor.

Her appearance at HVCC is presented by the college’s Cultural Affairs Program in association with the Classical Guitar Society of Upstate New York. Visit to view the full Fall 2022 Cultural Events schedule.

Email or (518) 629-8071 for more information. If you require reasonable accommodation, please contact the Center for Access and Assistive Technology at (518) 629-7154 or TDD (518) 629-7596.

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