Events 11.14.19

Around Troy

10/18/2019 – 11/14/2019

Lansingburgh Historical Society Annual Holiday Party and Talk

Lansingburgh Historical Society’s Annual Holiday party,talk and raffle will be Thursday, November 21, 2019 once again at the Van Schaick Country Club 201 Continental Ave., Cohoes, NY 12047. “The Anti Rent Strikers of the 1800’s” will be presented by well known and lively historian speaker, Michael Barrett at 7:00 pm. Dinner at 5:30 by reservation only to Max 410 at The Van Schaick Country Club, 518-237-0145. Basket raffles, 50-50 and a raffle of beautiful Holiday Dishes to follow. Admission is $15 at the door you will be given a free raffle ticket with the cost of admission. Any questions or concerns call John or Mary Ellen Ward at 518-885-4295. Proceeds from this event helps the Society maintain the history of Lansingburgh and maintenance on the House

10/10/2019 – 11/14/2019

Yoga Program –Troy Public Library

The Troy Public Library’s Lansingburgh Branch in conjunction with the Troy YMCA, will offer Yoga classes on Wednesdays, October 16th – November 20th at 5:30PM. This is an all-level yoga class that will invigorate your body and reduce stress. You will experience traditional yoga poses, stretching, breathing and relaxation techniques which will improve your flexibility, balance, strength and overall wellness. Please bring your own mat.

This program is free and open to the public. Please register by calling the library at 235-5310 or online at www.thetroylibrary.org. The Troy Public Library’s Lansingburgh Branch is located at 27 114th Street , Troy, New York.

11/07/2019 – 11/14/2019

“I Love My Library” Troy Public Library Fundraiser at Market Block Books

Market Block Books, 290 River Street, is graciously hosting a fundraising event for the Troy Public Library on Sunday, November 17th from 11AM-3PM. Market Block Books will donate 20% of all sales to support the Troy Public Library (no bonus book cards or other discounts will be available on this date.) Come out and support your library and get a head start on your holiday shopping! Make your purchase count doubly by purchasing an item from the library’s wish list and donate both the item plus 20% of the sale to the library!

Please feel free to contact the library at 274-7071 or 235-5310 if you need further details or have any questions.

10/31/2019 – 11/14/2019

Book Nook News

The Book Nook at Transfiguration Parish on Hillview Drive in Speigletown is open from 9:00 am until noon on Saturday, November 2 and 16, with the following half-priced author specials: Mary Higgins Clark, Clive Cussler, Debbie Macomber and John Sandford. Four great authors at a great price! Come check out our new donations. Thanks for your continued support. See you at the Book Nook!!

11/07/19-11/14/19

French Film Screening at The Troy Public Library

Join us at the Troy Public Library on Saturday, November 16th at 1PM as the La Fédération franco-américaine du New York continues their 2019-20 film series with the screening of the film “The Butterfly.” (NR 79 min.)

When eight-year-old Elsa and her oft-absent mother move into the apartment next to Julien, an ornery butterfly collector, the persistent and curious Elsa adopts the reluctant old man as her surrogate grandpa. But when Julien leaves town for a week-long hiking expedition in the Alps to find a rare butterfly, he instead discovers an uninvited companion — Elsa!

This program is free and open to the public. For more information and to register, call the library at 518-274-7071 or online at www.thetroylibrary.org. The Troy Public Library is located at 100 Second Street, Troy, NY.

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Center Brunswick Fire Company – Holiday Vendor and Craft Fair

Join us Saturday, November 16th at the Center Brunswick Fire House, 1045 Hoosick Road, Center Brunswick (across from the Town Offices), from 9AM-2PM, for our Holiday Vendor & Craft Fair. This event will feature many local crafters and vendors for your holiday shopping needs. There will also be raffles, 50/50, bake sale, free admission and parking. We will have light breakfast items and coffee for sale as well as a hot lunch for those hungry shoppers. Proceeds from this event will benefit our 75th Anniversary celebration in August 2020.

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Our Special Connections workshop Learning from our loved ones

Beth Tephilah Synagogue, located on 82 River Street in Troy, will be having a special workshop Sunday, November 17th at 1 p.m. called “Our Special Connections”. Each person will be given the opportunity to share their life lessons about their loved ones who passed away. Everyday corresponds to a unique portion of the Torah and the day of passing of a person shows on the completion of all that person’s efforts of their lifetime. In this workshop we will compare the unique portion of the Torah for the day of passing of a particular loved one and see how that Torah portion can shed light on the lessons of that person’s lifetime. In addition to the workshop there will be served a vegan soup cafe with a variety of different gluten free soups and flatbreads some of the breads will be gluten-free as well. Different unique vegetable toppings , a spinach quinoa salad along with special herbal teas will also be served. All the foods are made with very little sugar or salt or oil and are very flavorful. The admission is only $5 and this event is primarily for adults. For any information on any of these events please call 518-894-3490

At Your Library

10/24/2019 – 11/14/2019

Looking to Write? 2nd Ed. Writing Workshop with Amy Halloran

Richard Selzer was a Trojan who is writing about being a doctor is still assigned in medical classes to this day. His memoir about growing up in our city is a beautiful book, and we will use segments from it to inspire our writing. For this class, please read the assignment, and walk around the city of Troy, or your own neighborhood. Take snapshots and notes. We will use the raw materials of your observations to create a small piece of writing, and explore the habit of connecting to places with words. The class will be held at the Troy Public Library on Wednesday, November 20th, 5:30-7:30 pm.

No writing experience necessary, and this class may be taken without attending the first class. The content is related but the teaching will be independent of the other session.

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by The Arts Center of the Capital Region.

This program is free and open to the public. Advanced registration is required. For more information and to register, call the library at 518-274-7071 or online at www.thetroylibrary.org. The Troy Public Library is located at 100 Second Street, Troy, NY

10/24/2019 – 11/14/2019

Nassa Library Harvest Fest – Saturday, Nov. 16

The Friends of the Nassau Free Library invite you to our second annual Harvest Fest and frozen pie sale Saturday, November 16, 2019 at the Nassau Free Library, 18 Church Street, Nassau, 12123. Come enjoy the music when you pick up your pre-ordered frozen pies, purchase baked goods, gently used Jewelry items, books (paperback & hardback), and enjoy children’s activities, and cider and apple cider donuts (for a small donation). Doors open 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The frozen pies this year are; Apple (10” & 8”), Apple Crisp (10”), Cherry (10”), Blueberry (10”), Strawberry Rhubarb (10” & 6”) and Very Berry (10”) and are priced at $17, $13, $9 or $7. These can only be pre-ordered and prepaid at the library, through Friends members or by printing and mailing an order form from the library web site: www.nassaufreelibrary.org. Checks should be made out to: Friends of the Nassau Free Library. Enjoy the wonderful smells of baking pies in your home for the holidays. Funds raised support the Nassau Free Library. Come celebrate the Harvest and support your library! Call 518-766-2715

11/07/2019 – 11/14/2019

“I Love My Library” Troy Public Library Fundraiser at Market Block Books

Market Block Books, 290 River Street, is graciously hosting a fundraising event for the Troy Public Library on Sunday, November 17th from 11AM-3PM. Market Block Books will donate 20% of all sales to support the Troy Public Library (no bonus book cards or other discounts will be available on this date.) Come out and support your library and get a head start on your holiday shopping! Make your purchase count doubly by purchasing an item from the library’s wish list and donate both the item plus 20% of the sale to the library!

Please feel free to contact the library at 274-7071 or 235-5310 if you need further details or have any questions.

10/10/2019 – 11/14/2019

Yoga Program –Troy Public Library

The Troy Public Library’s Lansingburgh Branch in conjunction with the Troy YMCA, will offer Yoga classes on Wednesdays, October 16th – November 20th at 5:30PM. This is an all-level yoga class that will invigorate your body and reduce stress. You will experience traditional yoga poses, stretching, breathing and relaxation techniques which will improve your flexibility, balance, strength and overall wellness. Please bring your own mat.

This program is free and open to the public. Please register by calling the library at 235-5310 or online at www.thetroylibrary.org. The Troy Public Library’s Lansingburgh Branch is located at 27 114th Street , Troy, New York.

11/07/19-11/14/19

French Film Screening at The Troy Public Library

Join us at the Troy Public Library on Saturday, November 16th at 1PM as the La Fédération franco-américaine du New York continues their 2019-20 film series with the screening of the film “The Butterfly.” (NR 79 min.)

When eight-year-old Elsa and her oft-absent mother move into the apartment next to Julien, an ornery butterfly collector, the persistent and curious Elsa adopts the reluctant old man as her surrogate grandpa. But when Julien leaves town for a week-long hiking expedition in the Alps to find a rare butterfly, he instead discovers an uninvited companion — Elsa!

This program is free and open to the public. For more information and to register, call the library at 518-274-7071 or online at www.thetroylibrary.org. The Troy Public Library is located at 100 Second Street, Troy, NY.

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East Greenbush Community Library 11/14-21

10 Community Way, East Greenbush. 518-477-7476 or www.eastgreenbushlibrary.org

*Events with an asterisk require Registration.

11/14: Visit with Eddy Alzheimer’s Services, 2pm

11/15: Adult Open Recreation, 9:30am-2:30pm; Discovery Play (ages 1-5) 10am

11/16: Saturday Storytime 11am; Strawbees & Snap Circuits (ages 5+)* 2pm

11/17: Greenbush Historical Society presents Troy’s Heroic General: John Ellis Wool*, 2pm

11/18: English as a New Language*, 9:30am-12:30pm; Safe Space for Writing with Sisters in Crime*, 1pm; Crafter Eve: Stained Glass Flowers*, 6pm; The 2020 Census: The Importance to Rensselaer County of a Complete Count*, 7pm

11/19: Drop-In Tech Time, 4-6pm; Zumba at the Library!* 6:30pm

11/20: English as a New Language*, 9:30am-12:30pm; Adult Open Recreation, 9:30am-2:30pm; Free Monthly Movie*, 6:30pm

11/21: Food for Thought Cookbook Club: Favorite Fall Recipe Exchange*, 6pm

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Capital District Genealogy Society

Invites You to a Presentation: A Salute to Veterans and A World War I Member Share

We will acknowledge veterans in attendance and then turn our focus to World War I. While the war ended in 1918, most of our service members returned home in 1919 so this is the 100th anniversary of welcoming them home.

Ellen D’Aniello will give a brief presentation on the role of the Red Cross and the YMCA during the war effort. She will also present on her maternal grandfather who was a POW in WWI. The program will then be opened up for members to share about their WWI service members.

Saturday, Nov 23, 2019 – 1:00 P.M.

Computer Resources Group following refreshments. Colonie Town Library, 629 Albany-Shaker Road, Loudonville. The meetings are free and open to the public www.capitaldistrictgenealogicalsociety.org

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Sand Lake Town Library Events

No Storytime Thursday, Nov. 14. Join us next on 11/21 at 11:30am.

Rain or Shine – It’s Reading Time! Saturday, Nov. 16 at 11:30am join Miss Ann for her popular storytime which she previously ran at the NYS Museum along with the carousel on the 4th floor. Geared to preschoolers up to age 5.

Stretching – Wednesdays at 11:30am. Gentle stretching and strengthening.

Card Making with Heather – Wednesday, Nov. 20, 6:30pm.

SLTLibrary Board of Trustees meets Thursday, Nov. 21, 6:45pm to discuss progress on long-range plan, potential new trustees, etc. If you would like to become a trustee & guide the future of your library, send a letter of interest to the address below.

Closed Thursday-Friday, Nov. 28-29 for Thanksgiving. Will reopen Saturday at 11am.

Sand Lake Town Library, located across from Miller Hill School, 2nd floor – 8428 Miller Hill Road, Averill Park 518-674-5050.

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Events at Castleton Public Library, 11/17-11/23

Located at 85 S. Main St., Castleton, NY 12033 – All events are free. Questions? Call 518-732-0879.

Computer Basics – Learn the basics of using a computer or other device in a one-on-one session. Appointment required; call 518-732-0879.

Read to Lacey the Therapy Dog – Monday, November 18, 4:00-5:00pm. Read to Lacey, or pet her and say hi.

Afternoon Book Club – “Five-Carat Soul,” by James McBride – Tuesday, November 19, 1:00pm.

Cool Science: Marshmallow Catapults – Tuesday, November 19, 4:00-6:00pm. – Experiment with physics using marshmallows!

Pajama Storytime – Tuesday, November 19 at 6:00pm – Wear pajamas or bring a stuffed animal! Ages birth-8.

Legal Clinic – Tuesday, November 19, 6:30-7:30pm – Free, private, confidential consultation with an attorney. Appointment required; call 518-435-1770.

Military History Discussion Group – Wednesday, November 20, 6:30-7:30pm – Come discuss military history. Someone will present on a book discussing a topic or era of military history, from ancient times to the present. The first will be WWI, presented by Michael Hiser.

Learn & Play Storytime – Thursday, November 21 at 10:30am – Children birth-5 enjoy stories, music, and movement while building literacy and motor skills!

Early Literacy Playtime – Friday, November 22, 10:00-11:00am – For children ages birth-5 to strengthen literacy skills while playing.

Bridge Club – Friday, November 22, 10:30am – For beginners and players needing a refresher.

Friends of CPL Barnes & Noble Fundraiser – Saturday, November 23, 9:00am – 9:00pm – Location: 131 Colonie Center, Albany, NY 12205 – Do holiday shopping and support your library! Call the library for listing of events, including stories and special presentations.

Church/Spiritual

11/07/2019 – 11/14/2019

Thanksgiving Coffee House

For a special evening of fabulous songs, music, stories, baked goods/nibbles and “forgettable” jokes, come to the Thanksgiving Coffee House. Share an evening of old fashioned entertainment with our local very talented performers and start the Holiday Season with friends in an evening of fine entertainment. All proceeds from the entrance basket help local families in crisis obtain food, medicine, gas for their cars and the knowledge that their neighbors care. Hope to see you in Fellowship Hall at the first United Methodist Church 1 Gilligan Road, East Greenbush on the 15th at 7:00pm

10/10/2019 – 11/14/2019

Giving Thanks Gathering

3rd Annual Giving Thanks Gathering hosted by For His Purpose Ministries at the East Greenbush Fire House. Family style meal for free – we will have football on and giveaways! We’d love to provide a place for anyone to feel welcome and not be home alone this holiday! Please RSVP for your place at the table – Eric (518) 858-4436 or Ashley (518) 451-0037.

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Church Inventory Liquidation Sale

On November 16th the North Chatham United Methodist Church will be selling off a wide variety of items such as tents, tables, shelving, pallets, lights, etc. They will be auctioned off starting @ 10:00 AM. Bidder registration and previews will be available starting @ 9:30. Please note that all items are subject to prior sales and the large tents being sold will have minimum bids. Other than tents, we cannot guarantee security of items not removed on the 16th. For more information on what’s being sold please go to the church website (northchathammethodistchurch.org). The rain/snow date is 11/23 and if we decide to postpone it will be posted on our website by 7:00 PM on 11/15. The church is located at 4274 Route 203 in the hamlet of North Chatham.

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Free training and a Great Commission… Sound interesting?

Inquire within at the Church by the Lake! Snyder’s Lake Community Church offers a non-denominational, Christian service rooted in the Gospel and family values. Join us every Sunday at our 10am worship service located at 24 Camp Scully Way, Wynantskill. It’s one opportunity worth pursuing!

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Church of the Redeemer

Sunday services are at 8:00 and 9:30 with coffee hour in the Hearth Room between and after services.

Our Wednesday Hot Mess Crafters meets at 10:00. Join us as we learn from each other how to create for gifting and donating. We have yarns of all colors and weights plus patterns to get you started

Wednesday evening at Bible Study we will study the meeting between Moses and God on the mountain and learn of the three legs of God’s Kingdom. You are welcome to come at 5:30 to share pizza. Bible Study begins at 6:00

The Church of the Redeemer is located on CDTA bus route #214 at the corner of Third and Catherine Streets. There is handicap parking, a ramp in front, and a parking lot in the rear. Email RedeemerRensselaer@nullgmail.com or call 518-650-8181.Our website is www.RedeemerRensselaer.com

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Our Special Connections workshop Learning from our loved ones

Beth Tephilah Synagogue, located on 82 River Street in Troy, will be having a special workshop Sunday, November 17th at 1 p.m. called “Our Special Connections”. Each person will be given the opportunity to share their life lessons about their loved ones who passed away. Everyday corresponds to a unique portion of the Torah and the day of passing of a person shows on the completion of all that person’s efforts of their lifetime. In this workshop we will compare the unique portion of the Torah for the day of passing of a particular loved one and see how that Torah portion can shed light on the lessons of that person’s lifetime. In addition to the workshop there will be served a vegan soup cafe with a variety of different gluten free soups and flatbreads some of the breads will be gluten-free as well. Different unique vegetable toppings , a spinach quinoa salad along with special herbal teas will also be served. All the foods are made with very little sugar or salt or oil and are very flavorful. The admission is only $5 and this event is primarily for adults. For any information on any of these events please call 518-894-3490

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Men Invited to Recharge their Batteries, Refocus their Lives at 11/15-11/16 Retreat

Whether they’re worried about household finances, relationships with a spouse or family member, job stability or health related issues, men are never far away from a myriad of stress triggers in today’s frenetically paced life.

Those interested in setting aside those distractions and taking a more objective look at their lives are invited to attend, “A Retreat for Men: Finding Truth in a World of Lies, Political Correctness and Fake News.” The event runs from 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15 through 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16 at Christ the King Center (575 Burton Rd) in Greenwich, N.Y.

“We’ve hosted many retreats for women before, but this is the first time we’ve held one just for men,” said Retreat Coordinator Fr. Mark Chesnut. “Men don’t offer themselves time to recharge, refocus and reorient themselves to what’s truly meaningful in their lives. The purpose of this event is to give them a short amount of time where they can get away and re-examine their place in their families to become better human beings and more sensitive in an active, positive sense, to those around them.”

Stan Key, president of the Francis Asbury Society, will lead three sessions designed to help attendees refocus their decision making skills, as they seek to live a more abundant life. A former senior pastor at Loudonville Community Church, Key speaks frequently at conferences, retreats, camps and churches both in the U.S. and abroad.

“The program includes interactive group sessions, teaching, socializing between meals, as well as quiet, contemplative time for men to explore our expansive 612-acre property here in the rolling hills of Washington County,” Chesnut added.

The event fee, which includes dinner on Friday night and breakfast and lunch on Saturday, is $89 through Nov. 1 and $99 thereafter. For more information and to view various lodging options, please visit CTKCenter.org or call (518) 692-9550.

Community

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Columbia Students Reach Ambassador level in Girl Scouts

Columbia High School Students from NENY Girl Scout Service Unit 136,Troop 1474 reached the Ambassador Level of scouting. Each girl has been active members of their troop and are excited to continue in Girl Scouts. The Ambassador Level is the highest Level a Girl Scout can reach. These girls will Focus on leader ship skills, community service and mentoring younger Girl Scouts throughout the next two years. The girls reaching this level are Bailey Tator, Brigid Mack, Bella Dupont, Ava Johnson (pictured) Annie Patwell, Kara Sesonske, Meghan Sambrook, Brianna Valenti and Katelynn White (not pictured).

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Local Girl Scouts earn Silver and Gold Torch Award

Girls from Service Unit 136, Troop 1474 earned the Silver and Gold Torch Award. This award recognizes a Girl Scout Senior who acts as a leader in her community. Requirements include completing a Girl Scout Journey, being an active troop member and contributing to her community by holding a leadership position in a school or community organization. Award recipients Ava Johnson, Bailey Tator and Brigid Mack.

 

 

Cuisine

11/07/2019 – 11/14/2019

WSL Fire Dept Auxiliary Breakfast 11/17/19

Please join the West Sand Lake Fire Dept-Auxiliary for Breakfast on 11/17/19 from 7:30am to 11:30am at the West Sand Lake Fire hall. Eat In or Take Out. Call 674-3677. Breakfast Includes, Scrambled Eggs, Cheesy Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Home Fries w/cheese, French Toast, a variety of Pancakes including Mickey Mouse, Homemade Muffins, Fruit, Toast, Bagles, Juice and Coffee. Southern Sausage Gravy & Biscuits will be served until they run out! Adults $10, Children (5-12) $6 and children under 5 are free.

10/10/2019 – 11/14/2019

Giving Thanks Gathering

3rd Annual Giving Thanks Gathering hosted by For His Purpose Ministries at the East Greenbush Fire House. Family style meal for free – we will have football on and giveaways! We’d love to provide a place for anyone to feel welcome and not be home alone this holiday! Please RSVP for your place at the table – Eric (518) 858-4436 or Ashley (518) 451-0037.

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Tsatsawassa Fire Co Breakfast

The Tsatsawassa Protective Fire Company will hold their monthly breakfast on Sunday, November 17, with servings from 8AM until 11:30AM. Breakfast consist of your choice of French toast or pancakes, as well as bacon or sausage, toast, orange juice, applesauce, beverages, and eggs prepared to your specifications for a donation of $7. for adults, $4 for ages 5 – 12 with children under five served free.

Support your local fire company while visiting with friends and neighbors and enjoying a hearty breakfast to start your day. The fire house is located behind the post office near the intersection of Route 20 and 66 north in the hamlet of Brainard. For more information call 518-766-3815 or during breakfast hours 518-794-8280.

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Glendora Vegetarian Club

Join the throng who are delighting in the vegan hamburger introduced by Burger King, the Impossible Whopper. We are so pleased that it is so popular. It is so popular that the competition has started bad rumors. Do not be deceived. The same people started bad rumors about soy and wheat. Hold the line! The Glendora Vegetarian Club meets the last Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m. On November 27th meet us at Burger King in Hudson.

Remember the ease and comfort of eating vegan at Berben & Wolff in Albany or Troy. Try their Reuben, Po’ Boy, Breakfast Sandwich, or 7 other selections.

On Thanksgiving Day Red Robin Song Guest House, located at 94 School House Rd. in NewLebanon, NY, will be having an elegant potluck dinner. Check the website for details.

Thought for the day from the Vegetarian Starter Guide: “Increasingly, the environment has become a dumping ground for toxins, chemicals and widespread pollution. The water we drink is so contaminated many are afraid to drink unbottled water. The air we breathe is tainted with ammonia, methane and carbon monoxide. Raising animals for food is one of the leading causes of pollution and resource depletion today. Vegetarian eating helps protect the natural environment.”

Jokes:

1. A man said that there was nothing he wouldn’t do for his brother and there was nothing his brother wouldn’t do for him. So they went through life doing nothing for each other.

2. A woman said if she ever had to have a heart transplant she wanted the heart of her boss. It has never been used.

3. The clerk says the judge’s mind is beginning to wander. The secretary says that it’s too weak to go very far.

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Schodack Valley Fire Co. Pizza & Wings Night

Pizza and Wings are back this Saturday November 16th 5 to 8 PM at our firehouse at 1553 Schodack Valley Rd. Castleton NY. Bring your breath mints,Shrimp and Garlic is our pie of the month.Eat in or pick up .Call 477-4215

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VFW Post 7338 Breakfast Buffet

100 Hays Road, East Greenbush, NY

Sunday, Nov 17, 2019, 9 am to 12 noon

Buttermilk Pancakes, French Toast, Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Sausages, Home Fries, Corned Beef Hash, Toast, Peaches, Assorted Juices, Coffee, Tea, or Water

Adult – $9.00, Children 6 to 12 – $5.00, Children Under 6 – FREE

Giving Back

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Church Inventory Liquidation Sale

On November 16th the North Chatham United Methodist Church will be selling off a wide variety of items such as tents, tables, shelving, pallets, lights, etc. They will be auctioned off starting @ 10:00 AM. Bidder registration and previews will be available starting @ 9:30. Please note that all items are subject to prior sales and the large tents being sold will have minimum bids. Other than tents, we cannot guarantee security of items not removed on the 16th. For more information on what’s being sold please go to the church website (northchathammethodistchurch.org). The rain/snow date is 11/23 and if we decide to postpone it will be posted on our website by 7:00 PM on 11/15. The church is located at 4274 Route 203 in the hamlet of North Chatham.

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Girl Scout Troop 1098 Collects Candy and Cards for Troops

Girl Scout Troop 1098 from Poestenkill Elementary organized a drive to collect unwanted Halloween candy for Operation Gratitude, a program that sends candy to troops overseas, and cards for a former Poestenkill student, currently deployed, Matthew Schumaker. The junior troop met with their principal to ask permission, designed the flyer, distributed boxes at school and the library, presented at a school assembly and made a video with the principal to request donations. Their hard work paid off because they collected 153 lbs of candy and many cards for Matthew. The girls sorted, packaged and shipped the treats out this week. The troop thanks all who donated to this very successful service project!

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Church of the Redeemer Thrift Shop

The volunteers at the Church of the Redeemer Thrift Shop work hard to provide a clean, well-organized shopping experience. The shop has a very large selection of clothing for all ages and sizes, gently used baby equipment, toys, games, puzzles, record albums, CD’S, DVD’s, household goods, collectibles, Autumn decor and an over-flowing Christmas room. You’re sure to find something you didn’t know you needed!

The shop will be open on Thursday November 14th from 3 to 6 and on Saturday November 16th from 9 to 2. Located at 1249 Third Street in Rensselaer and on CDTA route #214, the entrance is through the parking lot on the Catherine Street side.

11/07/2019 – 11/14/2019

“I Love My Library” Troy Public Library Fundraiser at Market Block Books

Market Block Books, 290 River Street, is graciously hosting a fundraising event for the Troy Public Library on Sunday, November 17th from 11AM-3PM. Market Block Books will donate 20% of all sales to support the Troy Public Library (no bonus book cards or other discounts will be available on this date.) Come out and support your library and get a head start on your holiday shopping! Make your purchase count doubly by purchasing an item from the library’s wish list and donate both the item plus 20% of the sale to the library!

Please feel free to contact the library at 274-7071 or 235-5310 if you need further details or have any questions.

11/07/2019 – 11/14/2019

Health Insurance 2020 Information

The Poestenkill Business Association will proudly be sponsoring a presentation on Healthcare Insurance for 2020 at the Sullivan-Jones VFW Post on Main St. in Poestenkill on Monday November 18, 2019 beginning at 7:00 PM. Admission is free to all. Small Business Owners and Individuals are strongly encouraged to attend to listen to a preview of what to expect in the Health Insurance Marketplace for next year so as to assist in your choice of the Health Insurance Plan to fit your needs. General Small Business, Individual and Family Plan options will be reviewed. Following the presentation, there will be a question and answer period. It will be a most informative session so please set aside time to attend Monday Night November 18th to become better educated on Health Insurance coverages in 2020. Doors will open at 6:30 PM and light refreshments will be available. See you then. Thank you for your interest.

11/07/2019 – 11/14/2019

Thanksgiving Coffee House

For a special evening of fabulous songs, music, stories, baked goods/nibbles and “forgettable” jokes, come to the Thanksgiving Coffee House. Share an evening of old fashioned entertainment with our local very talented performers and start the Holiday Season with friends in an evening of fine entertainment. All proceeds from the entrance basket help local families in crisis obtain food, medicine, gas for their cars and the knowledge that their neighbors care. Hope to see you in Fellowship Hall at the first United Methodist Church 1 Gilligan Road, East Greenbush on the 15th at 7:00pm

Hobbies

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4-H General Interest Recognition Banquet

At the Rensselaer County 4-H General Interest Banquet 4-H volunteers and members were recognized for their leadership, dedication and outstanding achievements. 4-H members awarded county medals were: Amanda Thrasher (Beef Cattle), Shane Thrasher (Leadership), and Adam Film (Wood Science). 4-H members recognized for the their participation at the Schaghticoke Fair were: Luke Giglio and Bret Giglio, Shepherdship award for sheep, Ava Helou, Sydney Helou, Hannah Baker, and Kaelyn Eagan for Goat Herdsmanship award, and Aaron Cipperly, Swine Herdsmanship award.

Honor Club awards were presented to: Jogging Juniors, Clover Kids & Critters, Stablemates, and Green Earthlings 4-H clubs. The following clubs were recognized for National 4–H Week displays: Cantering Cowpokes, Jogging Juniors, Green Earthlings, Rensselaer County 4-H Trailblazers, Clover Kids & Critters, Stablemates, and Fashionistas.

The evening concluded with the installation of new club officers and a celebration of the year. For more information about the Rensselaer County 4-H program, please contact Cornell Cooperative Extension Rensselaer County 4–H at 518-272-4210.

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Church of the Redeemer

Sunday services are at 8:00 and 9:30 with coffee hour in the Hearth Room between and after services.

Our Wednesday Hot Mess Crafters meets at 10:00. Join us as we learn from each other how to create for gifting and donating. We have yarns of all colors and weights plus patterns to get you started

Wednesday evening at Bible Study we will study the meeting between Moses and God on the mountain and learn of the three legs of God’s Kingdom. You are welcome to come at 5:30 to share pizza. Bible Study begins at 6:00

The Church of the Redeemer is located on CDTA bus route #214 at the corner of Third and Catherine Streets. There is handicap parking, a ramp in front, and a parking lot in the rear. Email RedeemerRensselaer@nullgmail.com or call 518-650-8181.Our website is www.RedeemerRensselaer.com

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Capital District Genealogy Society

Invites You to a Presentation: A Salute to Veterans and A World War I Member Share

We will acknowledge veterans in attendance and then turn our focus to World War I. While the war ended in 1918, most of our service members returned home in 1919 so this is the 100th anniversary of welcoming them home.

Ellen D’Aniello will give a brief presentation on the role of the Red Cross and the YMCA during the war effort. She will also present on her maternal grandfather who was a POW in WWI. The program will then be opened up for members to share about their WWI service members.

Saturday, Nov 23, 2019 – 1:00 P.M.

Computer Resources Group following refreshments. Colonie Town Library, 629 Albany-Shaker Road, Loudonville. The meetings are free and open to the public www.capitaldistrictgenealogicalsociety.org

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Logging in Grafton – Then and Now

Logging has always been part of Grafton’s history. In the earliest days, logging was done primarily by early settlers to build their own homes. Later it became an industry which continues to this day.

Join the Grafton Historical Society as Rynard Gundrum, jr talks about Grafton’s logging history, the transformation from completely hand done sawing and logging to the use to modern equipment and how the industry has changed. He will also discuss his multi -generational family’s participation in logging.

The meeting will be held on Sunday, November 17 at 2 PM at Grafton town hall. The program is free and the public is invited.

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Events at Castleton Public Library, 11/17-11/23

Located at 85 S. Main St., Castleton, NY 12033 – All events are free. Questions? Call 518-732-0879.

Computer Basics – Learn the basics of using a computer or other device in a one-on-one session. Appointment required; call 518-732-0879.

Read to Lacey the Therapy Dog – Monday, November 18, 4:00-5:00pm. Read to Lacey, or pet her and say hi.

Afternoon Book Club – “Five-Carat Soul,” by James McBride – Tuesday, November 19, 1:00pm.

Cool Science: Marshmallow Catapults – Tuesday, November 19, 4:00-6:00pm. – Experiment with physics using marshmallows!

Pajama Storytime – Tuesday, November 19 at 6:00pm – Wear pajamas or bring a stuffed animal! Ages birth-8.

Legal Clinic – Tuesday, November 19, 6:30-7:30pm – Free, private, confidential consultation with an attorney. Appointment required; call 518-435-1770.

Military History Discussion Group – Wednesday, November 20, 6:30-7:30pm – Come discuss military history. Someone will present on a book discussing a topic or era of military history, from ancient times to the present. The first will be WWI, presented by Michael Hiser.

Learn & Play Storytime – Thursday, November 21 at 10:30am – Children birth-5 enjoy stories, music, and movement while building literacy and motor skills!

Early Literacy Playtime – Friday, November 22, 10:00-11:00am – For children ages birth-5 to strengthen literacy skills while playing.

Bridge Club – Friday, November 22, 10:30am – For beginners and players needing a refresher.

Friends of CPL Barnes & Noble Fundraiser – Saturday, November 23, 9:00am – 9:00pm – Location: 131 Colonie Center, Albany, NY 12205 – Do holiday shopping and support your library! Call the library for listing of events, including stories and special presentations.

10/31/2019 – 11/14/2019

The 80 Year Old Widow and the B-29 Bomber

History comes alive when the Esquatak Historical Society presents Ron Gabriele telling the story of an original “Rosie the Riveter” on Friday, November 15, 7:00 p.m. at a new location – the Castleton Fire Department. A talented and entertaining speaker, Mr. Gabriele will share the story of Helen Dortch Longstreet, an activist, reporter and active participant in the Homefront War Effort during World War 2.

The presentation starts at 7 pm and will take place at the Castleton Fire Department located at 11 Green Avenue in the village of Castleton. For more information visit www.esquatak.com.

11/07/2019 – 11/14/2019

AP Fire Texas Hold’Em

Texas Hold’em No Limit Poker Tournament

Saturday, November 16, 2019

At The Averill Park Fire House, 35 Eastern Union Turnpike, Averill Park, NY 12018

Doors Open at 12:00 pm, Tournament Starts at 1:00 pm

Lunch will be served at 2:00 pm, $125 buy-in ($25 donation, $100 prize pool)

11/07/2019 – 11/14/2019

Home Waters Chapter 586 of Trout Unlimited Monthly Meeting

Home Waters Chapter of Trout Unlimited is holding their monthly meeting on Thursday, November 14 at 6:00 PM at the Grafton Lakes State Park Welcome Center, which is located at the end of the main parking lot. If main gates are closed, please enter via the Winter Entrance at the four corners in Grafton.

Light fare and refreshments will be available. All are encouraged and welcome to attend.

Contact us at homewaterstu@nullgmail.com or 518-326-6201 for more information

Local Fairs

10/03/2019 – 11/14/2019

Vendors Wanted for Holiday Vendor Fair

The Volunteer Fire Company of Center Brunswick will be hosting a Holiday Vendor Fair on Saturday, November 16th at the fire house located at 1045 Hoosick Road, Troy. We are looking for Vendors for this event. It’s a perfect time to advertise your business, showcase your products, book parties and make sales to holiday shoppers. Spaces will be available for $25 and include a table and chairs. Shopping hours will be 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. If you are interested in participating, please call Jenn Simmons at (518) 858-7285 or email jennsimmons@nullcenterbrunswickfire.com for more information.

10/24/2019 – 11/14/2019

WSL Fire Co-Auxiliary Craft Fair/Tag Sale

Vendors Needed ~ The West Sand Lake Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary will be holding a Craft Fair/Tag Sale on Saturday November 17th in the WSL Fire Hall from 9am -3pm. If you are interested in selling any homemade, handmade, or gently used items, we are happy to provide a table for $25.00 You keep your profits and the money from tables will go to benefit the West Sand Lake firefighters. If you would like to be a vendor, please contact Carrie Deutsch at 518-674-5309 (carrie5206@nullaol.com)

11/07/2019 – 11/14/2019

Harvest Craft and Food Festival

Join us at a joint Harvest Craft and Food Festival on Saturday, November 16, 2019, from 9 AM to 2 PM, featuring creations from the members of Church of the Covenant in Averill Park, Pawling Avenue United Methodist Church in Troy, Bloomingrove Reformed Church in Defreestville, and First Reformed Church of Wynantskill. This ecumenical event will take place at the First Reformed Church, Corner of Main Avenue (NYS Rt. 66) and Church Streets in Wynantskill.

Each congregation will have a variety of interesting crafts for sale. There will also be homemade canned goods, specialty Royal Icing cookies, a homemade soup and salad lunch, as well as frozen homemade entrees for you to purchase for future enjoyment. In addition, there will be a combined bake sale with the proceeds benefiting community organizations.

To make your shopping experience a relaxing event, we are offering free coffee and donuts, free fresh-popped popcorn, and a free “Kids Space” where kids can enjoy face painting and create their own projects, allowing you to freely browse the many creations and goodies we have to offer.

We look forward to welcoming you to our Harvest Craft and Food Festival. We hope to make this a community event for many years to come. For more information, call 518-283-4420.

Lori Robinson, First Reformed Church. PO Box 413 Wynantskill, NY 12198, 518-283-4420

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Church Inventory Liquidation Sale

On November 16th the North Chatham United Methodist Church will be selling off a wide variety of items such as tents, tables, shelving, pallets, lights, etc. They will be auctioned off starting @ 10:00 AM. Bidder registration and previews will be available starting @ 9:30. Please note that all items are subject to prior sales and the large tents being sold will have minimum bids. Other than tents, we cannot guarantee security of items not removed on the 16th. For more information on what’s being sold please go to the church website (northchathammethodistchurch.org). The rain/snow date is 11/23 and if we decide to postpone it will be posted on our website by 7:00 PM on 11/15. The church is located at 4274 Route 203 in the hamlet of North Chatham.

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Church of the Redeemer Thrift Shop

The volunteers at the Church of the Redeemer Thrift Shop work hard to provide a clean, well-organized shopping experience. The shop has a very large selection of clothing for all ages and sizes, gently used baby equipment, toys, games, puzzles, record albums, CD’S, DVD’s, household goods, collectibles, Autumn decor and an over-flowing Christmas room. You’re sure to find something you didn’t know you needed!

The shop will be open on Thursday November 14th from 3 to 6 and on Saturday November 16th from 9 to 2. Located at 1249 Third Street in Rensselaer and on CDTA route #214, the entrance is through the parking lot on the Catherine Street side.

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Center Brunswick Fire Company – Holiday Vendor and Craft Fair

Join us Saturday, November 16th at the Center Brunswick Fire House, 1045 Hoosick Road, Center Brunswick (across from the Town Offices), from 9AM-2PM, for our Holiday Vendor & Craft Fair. This event will feature many local crafters and vendors for your holiday shopping needs. There will also be raffles, 50/50, bake sale, free admission and parking. We will have light breakfast items and coffee for sale as well as a hot lunch for those hungry shoppers. Proceeds from this event will benefit our 75th Anniversary celebration in August 2020.

Local Government

10/24/2019 – 11/14/2019

East Greenbush Fall Pick up

The 2019 Fall Leaf Pick up will begin on Monday, October 28, 2019 and will continue for four weeks including:

The week of October 28th, 2019, November 4th, 2019, November 11th, 2019, and November 18th, 2019

DPW employees will begin leaf pickup on Mondays, and traverse the entire town each week in the same manner until every road has been done. The employees will resume pothole patching and other winter preparation after the leaves and brush have been picked up for that week, and resume the same route the following week. If it snows, leaf pickup will be resumed as weather permits.

Leaves must be in biodegradable bags and brush is to be cut into 4’ lengths and bundled. Bags of leaves and bundles of brush must be placed on the side of the road just off the pavement. Please do not block any drainage structures or culverts and DO NOT place anything on the pavement.

Please be advised these are the only dates the Department of Public Works will be picking up leaves and bundles of brush. If you miss these dates, you may bring these items to the Transfer Station with proof of address. No permit is required for disposal of leaves and brush at the Transfer Station.

Thank you,

Scott F. Gallerie Sr.

Commissioner, East Greenbush

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Tracey Rex Reports to the People of Schodack

I believe staying in touch with constituents is an important part of serving in elective office. This monthly report is an example of my commitment to keeping residents informed of the activities of the Schodack Town Board. All meetings of the Town Board, Planning Board, and Zoning Board can be viewed live or at a later date at https://townhallstreams.com/towns/schodack.

In addition to the regularly scheduled board meetings in October, the Town Board held a series of Budget Meetings to review and discuss the 2020 Tentative Budget for the Town of Schodack. Department heads did a great job of outlining and itemizing their recommended expenditures and appropriations for the upcoming year.

During October, the Town Board also approved a resolution requesting the New York State Department of Transportation to conduct traffic safety studies for evaluation of appropriate speed limits on Clove Road and in the following developments: Strawberry Fields, Castleridge and Maple Crest. I personally have been contacted by numerous residents regarding people speeding through other neighborhoods in our town as well. Schodack Police Chief Joseph Belardo would like to get the message out to residents that the best way to handle these and other traffic-related complaints is to contact our Schodack Police Department and file a report. These reports aid the department with scheduling their daily assignments as well as monitoring the results of their work.

Thank you to the numerous volunteers who worked on the Reformed Dutch Church of Schodack at Muitzeskill annual Turkey Dinner. It was nice to see such a large turnout of residents enjoying a terrific family-style meal. There was a great turnout for the 1st Annual Windy Hill Orchard Apple Festival. Visitors were treated to craft and food vendors, musical entertainment, apple and pumpkin picking, Fort Orange Brewing beers, wine and cider tastings, and wagon rides through the corn maze.

– Tracey Rex, Member of Schodack Town Board

Pets & Conservation

10/31/2019 – 11/14/2019

Plateau People at Work: a talk with Soul Fire Farm

Thursday, November 14, 7 pm. Sand Lake Town Hall. “Working toward a just and sustainable food system,” presented by Jonah Vitale-Wolff of Soul Fire Farm, Grafton. Part of Rensselaer Plateau Alliance’s Plateau People at Work Lecture Series. Jonah will talk about how many of our cherished sustainable farming practices today have their roots in African & Indigenous wisdom. Yet, due to discrimination and violence against African-American farmers, they make up less than 2 percent of farmers today. Meanwhile, African-American communities are often cut off from healthy food systems. Soul Fire Farm is committed to ending racism and injustice in our food system, with programs such as the Black-Latinx Farmers Immersion, a sliding-scale farmshare CSA, and Youth Food Justice leadership training. Jonah will discuss how all of us can be part of the movement for food sovereignty and help to build a food system based on justice, dignity, and abundance for all members of our community. $5 suggested donation goes directly to support conservation on the Rensselaer Plateau.

School Bulletins

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News from Averill Park CSD

Averill Park High School was selected to represent New York state by creating 24 ornaments to be showcased at the “National Christmas Tree Experience” in Washington, D.C. Students created ornaments using inspiration from the state flower, cities and mountains found across New York. Great job everyone!

The girls and boys cross country teams fared well in the Section II, Class B championships. Logan Barsalow placed second in the girls’ race while Noah Bonesteel finished eighth in the boys’ event. Both qualified for the NYSPHSAA Championships. Way to go Logan and Noah!

Miller Hill-Sand Lake Elementary fifth grade student, Vivian Savage, has been accepted as a new member of the Capital District Youth Chorale. Vivian and the CDYC will perform with the Albany Symphony Orchestra during its annual winter concert at the Palace Theater. Congratulations Vivian!

As always, for the latest news from the District, please visit our website – averillpark.k12.ny.us. You can also follow AP on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Submitted by Dr. James Franchini, Averill Park CSD Superintendent

Mission: Meeting the needs of and creating opportunities for every student every day. #AP_EveryStudentEveryDay

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Sean Harrington of Averill Park Inducted into St. Lawrence University’s Mathematics Honorary Society

Canton, NY– Sean J. Harrington of Averill Park has been selected for membership in the St. Lawrence University chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honorary society.

Harrington is a member of the Class of 2020 and is majoring in neuroscience and mathematics. Harrington attended Averill Park High School.

Seniors

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Upcoming Events At The Rensselaer Senior Center

20, 12:30 p.m. Legal Workshop for Seniors at the Rensselaer Area Senior Center located on East and Herrick St in Conjunction with the Rural Law Center of NY Inc. Workshop topics include Wills, Powers of Attorney, Health Care Proxies, Executors and an overview of legal issues affecting seniors. All are welcome to attend, please call (518) 463-2166 to reserve your place. We are open from 9am to 3pm Monday Thru Friday we are Located on East And Herrick Streets in Rensselaer

21st – Thanksgiving Dinner W/ Paul Slusar (Turkey W/ The Works) Call for reservations (518) 463-2166 We are open from 9am to 3pm Monday Thru Friday we are Located on East And Herrick Streets in Rensselaer

We Need Your Help !!

Member Are Needed To Serve On The Executive Committee To Have A Successful Club

We Need Members To Attend A Monthly Meeting And Head Different Committees For Special Programs. Many Of Our Members Have Headed Departments And Businesses. Please Consider Helping The Club. For More Information See Gloria In The office

Always looking for quality gently used clothes for our boutique. Donations can be made Monday Thru Friday 9-3. The Most Important Program Is Nutrition Here at the Center. It is very important that you dine here with Us.

Thank You to all our County Representatives for hearing us and providing us with what we need! You Are Appreciated.

We are no longer collecting empty prescription Pill Bottles for local church to give to third world countries must be see thru.  Legal Aid Appointments are available on the third Friday of each month. Notary’s available at the center. Call for more info (518) 463-2166

Sign up now for our Gospel Christmas show with Donny Elvis On December 10th this is always a special day with lots of fun giveaways seats are limited call today

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Special Dinner with Music Sponsored by Clear Caption

Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Rd, Grafton, will host a Special Luncheon with music entertainment by Bob Treffilette, sponsored by ClearCaption, on Friday, November 22nd at 12:00. Please come early and talk with representatives with Clear Caption phones. There is a suggested $3 donation for lunch. Please call by the day before to be added to the lunch list at 518-279-3413.

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Calendar at Senior Center

2 Roxborough Rd, Grafton NY

Nov 18 – 10:00 Chair Yoga,12:00 Congregate Lunch (Sloppy Joe), 1:00 Cards and Games; Nov 19 – 9:30 Swimming, 12:00 Congregate Lunch (Chicken Pattie Parm), 1:00 Cards and Games; Nov 20 – 10:00 Chair Yoga, 11:00 Craft Time, 12:00 Congregate lunch (Swiss Steak) , 1:00 Games and Cards; Nov 21 – 9:30 Swimming, 12:00 Congregate Lunch (Haddock), 12:30 Knit/Crochet Group; Nov 22 – 9:45 Chair Yoga, 12:00 Special Lunch w music by Bob Trefilette sponsored by Clear Caption.

Sports & Recreation

10/31/2019 – 11/14/2019

Averill Park Youth Basketball Sr. League Registration 2019-2020

Registration is now open for the 2019-2020 APYB CYO Sr. League. Information can be found on our new website: www.averillparkyouthbasketball.org.

Sr. League is open to Boys in Grades 9-12. There are 2 levels of teams: Grades 9-10 and Grades 11-12.

Tryouts are tentatively scheduled for Friday November 15th and Saturday November 16th. More specific information to follow.

The amount of teams formed will be based on number of registrants and number of volunteer coaches.

For any parents or community members interested in helping out or coaching, please send an email to apyouthbasketball@nullgmail.com

11/07/2019 – 11/14/2019

Home Waters Chapter 586 of Trout Unlimited Monthly Meeting

Home Waters Chapter of Trout Unlimited is holding their monthly meeting on Thursday, November 14 at 6:00 PM at the Grafton Lakes State Park Welcome Center, which is located at the end of the main parking lot. If main gates are closed, please enter via the Winter Entrance at the four corners in Grafton.

Light fare and refreshments will be available. All are encouraged and welcome to attend.

Contact us at homewaterstu@nullgmail.com or 518-326-6201 for more information

The Arts

11/07/2019 – 11/14/2019

Back by popular demand, Bill Staines coming to SLCA

Sand Lake Center for the Arts invites you to see folk legend Bill Staines in Concert on November 16. Back by popular demand, sing along with this legendary folksinger/songwriter through his original songs of pure Americana. He has traveled around the country singing these songs for both children and adults since the early sixties, playing some 200 concerts per year and he has been the artist invited back to SJC more than any other and always to a packed house. One night only, Nov. 16, at 8pm. Tickets $18.00 adults, under 18 -$10.00. Reservations available at www.slca-ctp.org or call the office, 518-674-2007. The center is handicapped accessible with free parking. located at 2880 Rt. 43, Averill Park, NY 12018

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