Events 12.05.19

Around Troy

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CCE Rensselaer County 4-H Holiday Mitten Tree

The weather is getting colder, so stay warm by visiting the Holiday Mitten Tree, sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County. Stop by the Cornell Cooperative Extension office between 8:00am and 4:00pm, Monday through Friday to grab a warm hat, gloves or scarf. All items are free of charge, so take what you and your family need. Donations of winter clothing items will also be gladly accepted. The Cornell Cooperative Extension office is located on the second floor at 61 State St., Troy.

For more information about this and other programs offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County, please call 518-272-4210.

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The 63rd Annual Holiday Greens Show – ‘Holidays Around the World’

The Van Rensselaer Garden Club & the Hart Cluett Museum present: The 63rd Holiday Greens Show – Holidays Around the World! in the Hart-Cluett House. Enter at 57 Second St., Troy, NY

The Greens Show – A holiday tradition showcasing 12 rooms of the elegant 1827 Hart-Cluett House with holiday displays utilizing fresh greens, flowers and more.

Self-guided Tours Daily, Thursday, December 5th thru Sunday, December 8th. Noon to 5 pm

Lantern Tours Friday 5:30 – 7pm by reservation only

Holiday Gift Shop | Decorated fresh wreaths & Creative Expression arrangements for sale

Tickets & Info: tinyurl.com/2019HolidayGreensShow.Historic Rensselaer County

11/28/2019 – 12/05/2019

Ilium Literary Club Meeting

The Ilium Literary Club of Troy will begin the holiday season with our Christmas Tea on Friday, 12/6/19 @ 1:30 pm, at the Troy Masonic Community Center, 39 Brunswick Rd, Troy. Our guest speaker, Thomas A. Kernan, will present the Colorful Story of Christmas Celebrations Throughout History. Guests are welcome to attend.

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Harvest Connection App Rolled Out

On Wednesday, November 20th Engel’s Acres in Brunswick hosted the roll out of the Harvest Connection App. This farm store was bursting at the seams with interested officials, residents and fellow farmers. The App is a tool developed through a Farm to Market USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) grant that Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Rensselaer County received. With help from Spiral Design, CCE was able to see the app come to life. Preceding the app was the Harvest Connection website which was initiated years ago under the direction of the Rensselaer County office of Economic Development and Planning which included only specialty crop agriculture products. The Farm to Market USDA grant allowed CCE of Rensselaer County to expand the Harvest Connection website to include all agriculture products. The Harvest Connection website is designed to be a bridge for consumers to source local, fresh and nutritious farm products. The app which was rolled out this month is one more tool to help drive consumers to the website and ultimately to farms and local farmer’s markets with the goal of increasing farm gate sales. Harvest Connection includes farms from Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady and Washington Counties. Use of the app will allow consumers to quickly search with their mobile devices where local product, closest to them, can be found. Harvest Connection includes a consumer enrollment that provides electronic newsletters that contains recipes, growing trends, seasonal tips and help consumers understand better how food and fiber is grown or raised. Harvest Connection will continue to enroll farms and consumers. The app can be downloaded for free at the Apple Store and Google Play Store. For more information visit Harvest Connection at HarvestConnection-NY.com, or contact CCE of Rensselaer County at 518-272-4210. Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO.

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LOC Fashion Show Success

Thanks to all who made the recent Troy Chapter of the Ladies of Charity fashion show a great success. Over 200 people attended. It was held at the Franklin Terrace in Troy with fashions from local shops. All proceeds raised went to the Roarke Center in Troy and other local charities.

– Barbara O’Brien

Troy 12180

At Your Library

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Sand Lake Town Library Events

Book Signing with Bob Loesch – Friday, December 6, 2 – 6pm stop by to greet Bob Loesch and hear about his newest book “Óut on a Limb and Other Stories,” a short story collection. Mr. Loesch was previously a pastor here in Taborton.

Sketch Meet and Art Reception – Saturday, December 7, 12 – 3pm bring your sketchbooks or other creative projects to work on while talking with the talented artists behind our current art display. Or just come to enjoy snacks and the art show.

Stretching – Tuesdays at 11:15am. Gentle stretching and strengthening.

SLTLibrary Friends Group – Tuesday, December 10 at 6:30pm.

Card Making with Heather – Wednesday, Dec. 18, 6:30pm.

SLTLibrary Board of Trustees – Thursday, Dec. 19, 6:45pm.

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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Nassau Free Library Upcoming Programs

Storytime: Every Wednesday 10:30am

Library Writing Center- Tuesdays 2-5pm Call the library to reserve a one half-hour time slot.

Library Computer Skills Lab- Thursdays 2-5pm Call the library to reserve a one half-hour session to learn basic computer skills for success.

Kids Holiday Shop- Sat. 12/7 10 am- 1pm- Kids can shop for lost cost gifts for family and friends for the holidays.

Cookbook Potluck- 12/9 6:30pm

Teen Movie Night- Star Wars- Wed. 12/11 6-8pm

Open Mic Night- 12/13 6-8pm

Book Group- 12/17 7pm

Gingerbread House Making- 12/18 6pm

The Nassau Free Library is located on 18 Church St. in Nassau. Please register for programs. (518)766-2715. Visit us on Facebook & the web at www.nassaufreelibrary.org

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Holiday Open House and Vendor Market at the Stephentown Memorial Library

December 7, 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Start your holiday shopping out at the SML Vendor Market and Open House. We will have many vendors with lots of great products including pottery, baskets, knitted items, artwork, fragrances, jewelry, and more.

Santa will be joining us at 3:00 to meet with all of the kids (and kids at heart) of Stephentown.

The students of the Berlin Middle/High School will perform for everyone at 3:30. We will have children’s activities, hot chocolate, coffee, and other treats for sale.

Bring items to add to our Mitten Tree! We collect new and gently used hats, gloves, mittens, and scarves and give it to those in need.

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Friends of Rensselaer Library was a success

The Friends would like to thank everyone who donated bake goods and all those folks who bought goodies from our Election Day Bake Sale. We had 2 locations, one at City Hall and the other at the Rensselaer Senior Center. Both locations saw an increase in participation and profits this year and we look forward to next years Election Day Bake Sale. Our sincere thanks to all the workers, bakers and people who bought baked goods.

11/14/2019 – 12/05/2019

Library lights at Brunswick Community Library

As the holidays approach, we think of loved ones with whom we have shared so many memories. For the month of December, Friends of the Brunswick Community Library will be asking community members to sponsor a candle or wreath to be lit at the library in their loved one’s honor. Information on sponsorship costs is available in the library. Spread the light of memory and community while supporting the library programs.

11/21/2019 – 12/05/2019

Timeless Yuletide Tales

On Sunday, December 8 at 3 pm, the North Chatham Free Library will host Laurie Portocarrero, storyteller, at their annual holiday party. Please join us as she tells her Timeless Yuletide Tales amid the gathering darkness of a winter night. Laurie Portocarrero is an actor, storyteller, drama teacher and director living in Upstate New York in the United States. She has studied and taught movement, drama and speech in the U.S., Canada, Switzerland and Australia. A long-time associate member of The Actors’ Ensemble, Walking the Dog Theater, and Threefold Mystery Drama Group, she has most recently been seen in Shakespeare’s Supernaturals, Touch of the Irish, and Thornton Wilder’s 3-Minute Plays. Refreshments, a quilt raffle drawing of the Stormy Nights King-Size Quilt provided by the Sew ‘N Sews, and gingerbread people decorating will follow. This family friendly event is open to all.

11/21/2019 – 12/05/2019

Children’s Holiday Shopping Day

On Saturday, December 7th, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., children may shop for family and friends at the Nassau Library “store” which will be set up in the library’s community room. They will be able to choose from a variety of knickknacks, holiday ornaments, costume jewelry and other seasonal items. Prices are guaranteed to be affordable, and the library’s volunteens will be on hand to help wrap gifts. The library will accept donations for the sale (both gift items and wrapping material) until Friday, December 6th. When considering making a donation, please ask yourself if the item is in like-new condition and if it is something a family member would truly enjoy receiving. – Cider and donuts will be served while children shop!

This program is held annually in memory of former longtime Nassau Library director Carolyn Sherman. For more information call 766-2715.

11/28/2019 – 12/05/2019

Friends of the Rensselaer Library Holiday Party

The Friends will hold their Holiday party on Thursday December 19th at 5:30 pm at Salisbury Place on Washington Ave. We will be ordering off the menu so everyone can have what they want and get a separate check. Those who wish to can participate in our grab bag, it’s a $10.00 limit. We will have a short 10 minute meeting just to approve the November minutes while we wait for our dinners. If you are thinking about joining the Friends this meeting is a great opportunity to meet this fun group. Please call Deb at 518-867-5132 by December 2nd to let her know you will be attending.

Church/Spiritual

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All you can eat breakfast

The monthly all you can eat breakfast at the Poestenkill Christian Church, 721 Snyder’s Corners Road, Poestenkill, NY will be held on December 7 from 8 to 11 AM Cost is $8 for adults and $3.50 for children under 10. Menu includes eggs, French toast, pancakes, home fries, sausage, bacon, coffee, tea, and juice.

11/21/2019 – 12/05/2019

Christmas Bazaar at Church of the Covenant UM

The Church of the Covenant UM in Averill Park will host its annual Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 7. Come visit the more than a dozen handcraft, gift and food shops designed for all your holiday shopping. You will find plenty of holiday-themed items as well as year-round gifts and decor. On the main level, visit The Doll Boutique with handmade American Girl clothing, the Pet Corner, Collectibles, the Country Store, Handcrafts & Decorations, Holiday Greenery and Religious Items. Be sure to stop by the COC Cafe, specializing in chili, mac and cheese, sausage and peppers, assorted soups and other home-cooked foods. Satisfy your sweet tooth with goodies from the Sweet Shoppe. Downstairs will be “Yuletide for Youth.” There children may decorate cookies, shop in the Kids Only store, play games and make crafts. The Church of the Covenant, also known as “The Round Church,” is at 3055 NY 43 in the center of Averill Park.

11/21/2019 – 12/05/2019

Annual Christmas Bazaar

The Reformed Dutch Church of Schodack at Muitzeskill will be holding its annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, December 7th, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Church is located at the intersection of Schodack Landing Road & Muitzeskill Road, in Schodack Landing. The Christmas Bazaar will include new and gently used Christmas decorations, cards, gifts, and books, as well as a Luncheon Cafe and a Bake Sale. For more information, call the Church office at 732-7500.

11/21/2019 – 12/05/2019

Carols for a Cause

On Sunday, December 8, 3:00 PM, Greenbush Reformed Church welcomes all to join a holiday lessons & carols service to benefit CoNSERNS-U. The service will include readings, carols, anthems, and instrumental pieces. The Route Fifty 5 Brass Quintet will be part of the service, in addition to choir members from neighboring Reformed Churches. Financial and non-perishable food donations are welcome. Greenbush Reformed Church is located at 688 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush, NY, 12061. For additional information, please contact Justan Foster at justan.foster@nulllive.com or 518-965-2389.

11/28/2019 – 12/05/2019

North Chatham United Methodist Church To Host Holiday Bazaar

On December 7th The North Chatham United Methodist Church will host a Holiday Bazaar from 10 AM to 3 PM, sponsored by the United Methodist Women of the North Chatham and Grace (Nassau) churches. The church is located at 4274 Route 203 in the hamlet of North Chatham. There will be a nice variety of vendors and this is a great chance to do some Christmas shopping locally! Lunch and a bake sale will be available and all proceeds will go to Mission Projects. For more information on the North Chatham UMC, please call 518-766-3535 or visit their website (northchathammethodistchurch.org). For more information on the Grace UMC, please call 518-766-9628 or e-mail Pastor Marquit at revberdan@nullaol.com. Thanks, and we hope to see you on December 7th!

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KofC Breakfast with Santa December 15th

Join us for the monthly St Jude the Apostle K of C “All You Can Eat” Pancake breakfast on Sunday, December 15th from 8am -11am in Damman Hall and have “Breakfast with Santa”!

Breakfast includes “All You Can Eat” pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon, juice, fruit, bagels, cereal, pastry, coffee, and more. Kids 5 and under are FREE, adults $8, kids under 12 $4. Bring your camera to get a picture with Santa!

This monthly event is hosted by the St Jude the Apostle Knights of Columbus (KofC) and is held in Damman Hall at St Jude the Apostle School located at 42 Dana Ave in Wynantskill, NY. For more information, contact Jules at (518) 488-2928

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Hopes Kitchen December Free Community Meal

Thursday December 12th, will mark the date of the December Free Community Meal. This months meal will include, Delicious Roast Pork, Hot German Potato Salad, Green Beans, Applesauce, Tossed Salad, Rolls and Butter, Applecrips, Coffee, Hot or Iced Tea and Lemonade. Dinner is served from 3:30 to 6:30 the second Thursday of every month.

Hopes Kitchen extends a welcome to everyone, singles, families, homeless, teens, and seniors or if you just want a good home cooked meal and some conversation. This is not a church membership recruitment plan, it is a ministry to feed those that are hungry.

Hopes Kitchen is a ecumenical ministry between Hope Lutheran Church in North Greenbush, and the Rensselaer Presbyterian Church at 34 Broadway, Rensselaer, Now in our 10th month attendance keeps expanding, but we are always looking for more diners. We can seat up to 100 people at one time. Mark your calendar now for this enjoyable evening, piano offerings by Chris between 4 and 5 add a special touch.

Hopes Kitchen is located inside Rensselaer Presbyterian, 34 Broadway, Rensselaer, look for our sidewalk sign.

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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. If you are interested in learning knitting, crocheting, or other needle craft, join us. We have yarns of all colors and weights plus patterns to get you started. It is not too late to make a gift for family, friend, or shelter.

On Wednesday evening at Bible Study, we begin the next session of the Ray Vander Laan series. We will travel to Timnah as the Israelites turn their backs on God. Come at 5:30 to share pizza and salad. 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.

Community

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Poestenkill Residents

The Poestenkill Bread of Life Food Pantry expresses our sincere appreciation to all those Town Residents who graciously donated to our Pantry on Election Day at the Fire House. Your donations enable us to provide complete Thanksgiving & Christmas Holiday Meal Baskets to Poestenkill families experiencing economic difficulties. Your generosity also allows the Bread of Life Pantry to function as a viable local provider of basic nutritional food supplies & related items throughout the year to Town Residents in need.

Happy Thanksgiving to all and thanks again!

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Wynantskill Fire Department Dedicates New Utility 42

On Tuesday, October 29th, 2019, the Wynantskill Fire Department dedicated their newest piece of apparatus, Utility 42, to deceased member Tom Goyer. Tom lived his entire life in Wynantskill – spending 45 of those years volunteering with the Wynantskill Fire Department. Tom was the driving force behind the purchase of the first district-owned fire police vehicle, and original Utility 42, a 1997 Dodge van. The new Utility 42 is a 2019 Chevrolet Silverado.

In addition to serving our town through the fire department, Tom married his wife, Judy, in 1965 and raised a family. He also served in the United States Navy, and was a long time usher at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Troy, NY. A heartfelt thank you to all the members of the Goyer family, members of the American Legion Post 1489, members of the North Greenbush Fire District Board of Fire Commissioners, and Deacon Paul Carney of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Troy,NY, for joining us on this special occasion.

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Castleton-Schodack Kiwanis along with Castleton Road Racing Commission Support the Anchor

Sara Westcott, Race Director of the Ken Morgan Memorial Clove Run, proudly presented a check in the amount of $4,450 to Paula Sancomb, manager of The Anchor, Northeast Regional Food Pantry on November 11th, 2019. The Castleton-Schodack Kiwanis, in collaboration with the Castleton Road Racing Commission, was proud to sponsor / host the annual Clove Run. The 2019 event, held in August, was well-attended and supported by many local businesses. That support results in the ability to provide much-needed financial aid to The Anchor, Castleton’s food pantry.

Save the date:

Sunday December 8, 2019 the Castleton Kiwanis will be selling Bells of Life as a Fundraiser for Albany Medical Center Pediatric ER. We will be at Crossgates Mall from 10:00am to 6pm. Please come out, say hello, and purchase a Bell! Can’t get out? Some area local businesses will be selling the Bells as well. For more information visit www.castletonkiwanis.com.

The Castleton-Schodack Kiwanis Club wishes you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

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Fort Crailo DAR Chapter Good Citizen Awards

November 9, 2019, The Fort Crailo Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution had their Good Citizen Essay Award ceremony at the Rensselaer Public Library. Chairmen Doris Roberts presented the award to Andrew Kretzschmar a senior from Rensselaer High. Congratulations to our other winners Taylor Demers a senior from Columbia High School, Makaila Maier a senior from Maple Hill High School and Andrew Gorman a senior from Averill Park High School. Taylor Demers will be moving on to the district level competition.

The DAR Good Citizens Award and Scholarship Contest, created in 1934, is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship.

This award recognizes and rewards individuals who possess the qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism in their homes, schools, and communities. These students are selected by their teachers and peers because they demonstrate these qualities to an outstanding degree.

Do you have a patriot in your family tree? Are you actively looking to help out veterans and your community through volunteer work? The Fort Crailo Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution are looking for you! Please visit : https://fortcrailochapterdar.weebly.com

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Friends of Rensselaer Library was a success

The Friends would like to thank everyone who donated bake goods and all those folks who bought goodies from our Election Day Bake Sale. We had 2 locations, one at City Hall and the other at the Rensselaer Senior Center. Both locations saw an increase in participation and profits this year and we look forward to next years Election Day Bake Sale. Our sincere thanks to all the workers, bakers and people who bought baked goods.

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Thank You

I am sincerely honored and humbled for the confidence the voters of Poestenkill have given me. I want to thank Dave Haas and Steve Keller for running a clean campaign that they can be proud of and I look forward to working with both of these gentlemen. To my family and friends,Thank you for all your hard work. I promise to do the best I can. Please join us for my swearing in ceremony on Sunday December 29, 2019 at 1:00 at the V.F.W. post in Poestenkill. Food and drinks will be provided following.

Sincerely,

Keith Hammond

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Rensselaer County 4-H Represented at Eastern National 4-H Roundup

Rensselaer County was represented at the Eastern National 4-H Roundup, held in conjunction with the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) in Louisville, Kentucky. Brigham Logue of Johnsonville spent some fast paced days in Kentucky as part of the educational trip associated with being on the New York State 4-H Horse Communications Team. In addition to the Horse Communications Team, Brigham traveled with all the other New York National Team members from across the state for Horse Judging, Hippology and Horse Bowl. It was a great experience according to Brigham and as exciting as the contest day was, he really appreciated the day spent in and around Lexington where the New York delegation went to the Kentucky Equine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Center (KESMARC), Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, Kentucky Horse Park and Keeneland. Members were able to explore careers and businesses pivotal to the Equine Industry. The New York Educational Teams represented our state very well. The Hippology Team placed 5th and Horse Bowl Team 3rd overall with three members placing in the top 10. The members of the Horse Communications Team all placed in the top 10 in their respective divisions. Our New York public speaker Carissa Hilsher from Allegany County placed 10th , Team presenters Annie Born of Oneida County and Laura Bagley of Yates County placed 3rd and Brigham placed 5th for Individual presenters. As a result, the New York State Horse Communications Team placed 2nd overall and brought home plates declaring them the Reserve Champion Horse Communications Team. A hearty thanks goes out to the Horse Communications Team Coach, Sarah Bagley, New York State 4-H Horse Program, volunteers, parents and local supporters of our 4-H program. If you have any questions about this or other 4-H Youth Development Programs, contact your respective Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) office. CCE is an equal opportunity employer and programmer.

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Harvest Connection App Rolled Out

On Wednesday, November 20th Engel’s Acres in Brunswick hosted the roll out of the Harvest Connection App. This farm store was bursting at the seams with interested officials, residents and fellow farmers. The App is a tool developed through a Farm to Market USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) grant that Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Rensselaer County received. With help from Spiral Design, CCE was able to see the app come to life. Preceding the app was the Harvest Connection website which was initiated years ago under the direction of the Rensselaer County office of Economic Development and Planning which included only specialty crop agriculture products. The Farm to Market USDA grant allowed CCE of Rensselaer County to expand the Harvest Connection website to include all agriculture products. The Harvest Connection website is designed to be a bridge for consumers to source local, fresh and nutritious farm products. The app which was rolled out this month is one more tool to help drive consumers to the website and ultimately to farms and local farmer’s markets with the goal of increasing farm gate sales. Harvest Connection includes farms from Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady and Washington Counties. Use of the app will allow consumers to quickly search with their mobile devices where local product, closest to them, can be found. Harvest Connection includes a consumer enrollment that provides electronic newsletters that contains recipes, growing trends, seasonal tips and help consumers understand better how food and fiber is grown or raised. Harvest Connection will continue to enroll farms and consumers. The app can be downloaded for free at the Apple Store and Google Play Store. For more information visit Harvest Connection at HarvestConnection-NY.com, or contact CCE of Rensselaer County at 518-272-4210. Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO.

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New Electric Car Charging Station in Sand Lake

There is a new electric car charging station at the Sand Lake Town Hall in the lower parking lot. The street address is 8428 Miller Hill Rd, in Sand Lake (12153)! If you’re traveling via the route 43 corridor, It is the only charging station on the way to Jiminy Peak in MA. We are very grateful for the grant we received to provide this service -at no cost to the town.

Dee Erickson

Sand Lake Town Council

Cuisine

11/14/2019 – 12/05/2019

Christmas Madrigal Dinner

The Lord and Lady of Greenbush Manor invite you as their honored guests for an evening of Merriment, Feasting and Song to lighten your hearts for the Christmas Season and year long. Join us in Our Great Hall at The First United Methodist Church of East Greenbush, 1 Gilligan Road. December 6th at 7pm and December 7th at 6pm Guests with enjoy Wassail (mulled cider), Roast Beef and gravy, potatoes and vegetables as well as Bread pudding, tea and coffee. Guests are invited to dress in period costumes to honor their hosts this eve. For reservations call church at 518-477-9693 or Sharon Wheeler at 407-718-7707. This is a fund-raising event held very infrequently so don’t miss this opportunity! Tickets $35 and for those who cannot attend, consider paying it forward in the spirit of Christmas for those who are less fortunate.

Follow us on Facebook: Madrigal Dinner Show 2019 FUMC

11/28/2019 – 12/05/2019

Pizza with Santa

Visit with Santa at East Schodack Fire Company’s Pizza Nite

All kids(young and old) are invited to visit with Santa Claus at the East Schodack Fire House on December 7th. Santa will arrive by special sleigh at 4:30. Come and take a picture when your kids visit one-to-one with Santa.

The monthly Pizza/Wing Night will be happening at the same time. Pizza, Wings, Mozzarella Sticks and Salad Bar will all be available for eat-in or take out. Please call 518-479-3366 after 2pm to place an order. (Pizza purchase is not required to visit with Santa)

11/21/2019 – 12/05/2019

Sand Lake Historical Society – Community Dinner and Discussion of Christmas Past

December 10: Holiday Party. Members and guests are invited to bring a covered dish to share, a canned good or other nonperishable for Doors of Hope, and your memories of Christmas past; trustees provide desserts. We’ll also talk a bit about “Virginia” (of “Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus!”) and her connection to our southern neighbor, North Chatham. 6:00 p.m. at Knowlson House, the home of Ron and Barbara Berti, 42 Schumann Road, Sand Lake. Like us on Facebook or visit Sandlakehistory.org

11/28/2019 – 12/05/2019

Breakfast with Santa in East Greenbush

Melvin Roads American Legion is hosting a breakfast with Santa on December 8th, 2019 from 9 AM to noon, at the post 200 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush, NY. All you can eat breakfast, Adults $8, Children (5 to 12) $5, children under 5 free, Photo with Santa $7, pets are welcome to come for photo.

11/21/2019 – 12/05/2019

All You Can Eat Breakfast

On Sunday, December 8th, 2019, the Latham Colonie Council Columbiettes and Knights of Columbus will host their “All You Can Eat Breakfast”!

Serving from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Menu includes; Variety of Juices, Rolls, Sweet Breads, an Omelet Station, Pancakes, French Toast, Scrambled Eggs, Hash Browns, Corned Beef Hash, Bacon, Sausage, Cereals, Bananas and Fruit Cup.

Adults $9, Children 5-10 $4 and Children Under 5 are Free!

Latham Colonie Knights of Columbus is located at 328 Troy, Schenectady Road, Latham, N.Y. 12110

for information 518 783 0572 or www.lathamcolonie.com/events

11/28/2019 – 12/05/2019

Poestenkill Christian Church Breakfast

Please join us for our monthly all you can eat breakfast at the Poestenkill Christian Church, 721 Snyders Corners Rd., Poestenkill, NY on December 7 from 8 to 11 AM. Cost is $8 for adults and $3.50 for children under 10. Menu includes eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, French toast, home fries, coffee, tea, and juice.

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Stephentown Historical Society dinner rescheduled to Sunday, Dec. 8

The Stephentown Historical Society has rescheduled its holiday carry-in dinner to Sunday, December 8, at 1:00 p.m. at the Stephentown Heritage Center, 4 Staples Road (off Garfield Road), Stephentown, New York. The choir of the Stephentown Federated Church will sing some seasonal songs and lead a sing-along. Officers and board members will be elected at the brief business meeting.

For the dinner, bring a dish large enough to share: main course, side dish or dessert. Beverages and table service are provided. Instead of a gift exchange, a monetary collection will be taken to support the Stephentown Food Pantry. All meetings are free and open to the public. The building is handicapped accessible. For information, phone (518) 733-0010.

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KofC Breakfast with Santa December 15th

Join us for the monthly St Jude the Apostle K of C “All You Can Eat” Pancake breakfast on Sunday, December 15th from 8am -11am in Damman Hall and have “Breakfast with Santa”!

Breakfast includes “All You Can Eat” pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon, juice, fruit, bagels, cereal, pastry, coffee, and more. Kids 5 and under are FREE, adults $8, kids under 12 $4. Bring your camera to get a picture with Santa!

This monthly event is hosted by the St Jude the Apostle Knights of Columbus (KofC) and is held in Damman Hall at St Jude the Apostle School located at 42 Dana Ave in Wynantskill, NY. For more information, contact Jules at (518) 488-2928

Giving Back

11/14/2019 – 11/21/2019

NYS Federation of Home Bureau celebrates 100 yrs.

The Federation was born on May 29, 1919. It parted from Cornell University and was incorporated in 1956. Various programs were formed to assist women to obtain a higher standard of living in the home and community. The Bureau is proud of the 108 scholarships in various colleges throughout NYS. They continue to help those in need; making items for community service, personal use or gifts; plus learning about health, safety, consumer and legislation info. To learn more visit website: www.nysfederationofhomebureaus.com

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Castleton-Schodack Kiwanis along with Castleton Road Racing Commission Support the Anchor

Sara Westcott, Race Director of the Ken Morgan Memorial Clove Run, proudly presented a check in the amount of $4,450 to Paula Sancomb, manager of The Anchor, Northeast Regional Food Pantry on November 11th, 2019. The Castleton-Schodack Kiwanis, in collaboration with the Castleton Road Racing Commission, was proud to sponsor / host the annual Clove Run. The 2019 event, held in August, was well-attended and supported by many local businesses. That support results in the ability to provide much-needed financial aid to The Anchor, Castleton’s food pantry.

Save the date:

Sunday December 8, 2019 the Castleton Kiwanis will be selling Bells of Life as a Fundraiser for Albany Medical Center Pediatric ER. We will be at Crossgates Mall from 10:00am to 6pm. Please come out, say hello, and purchase a Bell! Can’t get out? Some area local businesses will be selling the Bells as well. For more information visit www.castletonkiwanis.com.

The Castleton-Schodack Kiwanis Club wishes you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

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Ringing Salvation Army Bells in Memory of Chris Bascom

Salvation Army bells will be rung at the East Greenbush Walmart on Saturday, November 30, 10 – 8 pm, to commemorate the birthday of Christopher Bascom. On Saturday, Dec. 7, 9-3 pm, students from Columbia High School will likewise man the red kettles in his memory at the same location.

Christopher was 16 and a junior at CHS when he was killed by a hit and run, drunk driver in 2003. Christopher was a giving and caring person and always endeavored to make people happy; thus, it is appropriate that he be honored in a manner which helps others.

The Salvation Army assists the needy throughout the year but at Christmas time their red kettles help redirect focus on those less fortunate. Donations may also be sent directly to the Salvation Army Headquarters, Troy Corps, 410 River Street, Troy, NY 12180. If you want your contribution to remain local and/or made in Chris’ name, please write his name on the memo line.

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CCE Rensselaer County 4-H Holiday Mitten Tree

The weather is getting colder, so stay warm by visiting the Holiday Mitten Tree, sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County. Stop by the Cornell Cooperative Extension office between 8:00am and 4:00pm, Monday through Friday to grab a warm hat, gloves or scarf. All items are free of charge, so take what you and your family need. Donations of winter clothing items will also be gladly accepted. The Cornell Cooperative Extension office is located on the second floor at 61 State St., Troy.

For more information about this and other programs offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County, please call 518-272-4210.

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Cub Scout Pack 2257 of East Greenbush Food Drive

Cub Scout Pack 2257 of East Greenbush collected food for the Regional Food Bank in Albany. Scouts collected 971 lbs. of food, more than doubling last year collection of 450 lbs. of food. Cub Scouts is for girls and boys in Kindergarten through 5th grade. Scouts would like to thank all that donated food which already has been distributed to local food pantries. The food drive was made possible with support from Price Chopper / Market 32 who donated drop off bags and “Thank You” reusable bags for those that donated at least three food items.

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Fort Crailo DAR Chapter Good Citizen Awards

November 9, 2019, The Fort Crailo Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution had their Good Citizen Essay Award ceremony at the Rensselaer Public Library. Chairmen Doris Roberts presented the award to Andrew Kretzschmar a senior from Rensselaer High. Congratulations to our other winners Taylor Demers a senior from Columbia High School, Makaila Maier a senior from Maple Hill High School and Andrew Gorman a senior from Averill Park High School. Taylor Demers will be moving on to the district level competition.

The DAR Good Citizens Award and Scholarship Contest, created in 1934, is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship.

This award recognizes and rewards individuals who possess the qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism in their homes, schools, and communities. These students are selected by their teachers and peers because they demonstrate these qualities to an outstanding degree.

Do you have a patriot in your family tree? Are you actively looking to help out veterans and your community through volunteer work? The Fort Crailo Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution are looking for you! Please visit : https://fortcrailochapterdar.weebly.com

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Church of the Redeemer Thrift Shop

The Church of the Redeemer Thrift Shop has earned an excellent reputation by offering quality merchandise at bargain prices. We offer clothing, jewelry, household goods, games, toys, puzzles, CD’s, Records, DVD’s, one-of-a-kind items, gift baskets and Christmas decorations.

The shop will be open on Thursday December 5 from 3 to 6PM and on Saturday December 7 from 9 to 2, weather permitting. Located at 1249 Third Street in Rensselaer and on CDTA bus route #214, the shop can be entered through the parking lot on the Catherine Street side. Visit us and be amazed!

11/14/2019 – 12/05/2019

Library lights at Brunswick Community Library

As the holidays approach, we think of loved ones with whom we have shared so many memories. For the month of December, Friends of the Brunswick Community Library will be asking community members to sponsor a candle or wreath to be lit at the library in their loved one’s honor. Information on sponsorship costs is available in the library. Spread the light of memory and community while supporting the library programs.

11/14/2019 – 12/05/2019

Christmas Madrigal Dinner

The Lord and Lady of Greenbush Manor invite you as their honored guests for an evening of Merriment, Feasting and Song to lighten your hearts for the Christmas Season and year long. Join us in Our Great Hall at The First United Methodist Church of East Greenbush, 1 Gilligan Road. December 6th at 7pm and December 7th at 6pm Guests with enjoy Wassail (mulled cider), Roast Beef and gravy, potatoes and vegetables as well as Bread pudding, tea and coffee. Guests are invited to dress in period costumes to honor their hosts this eve. For reservations call church at 518-477-9693 or Sharon Wheeler at 407-718-7707. This is a fund-raising event held very infrequently so don’t miss this opportunity! Tickets $35 and for those who cannot attend, consider paying it forward in the spirit of Christmas for those who are less fortunate.

Follow us on Facebook: Madrigal Dinner Show 2019 FUMC

11/21/2019 – 12/05/2019

Sand Lake Historical Society – Community Dinner and Discussion of Christmas Past

December 10: Holiday Party. Members and guests are invited to bring a covered dish to share, a canned good or other nonperishable for Doors of Hope, and your memories of Christmas past; trustees provide desserts. We’ll also talk a bit about “Virginia” (of “Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus!”) and her connection to our southern neighbor, North Chatham. 6:00 p.m. at Knowlson House, the home of Ron and Barbara Berti, 42 Schumann Road, Sand Lake. Like us on Facebook or visit Sandlakehistory.org

11/21/2019 – 12/05/2019

Pearl Harbor Day Ceremony

Melvin Roads American Legion is conducting a Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance ceremony on December 7th, 2019 at the post, 200 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush, NY. The surprise attack on Pearl Harbor caused our entry into another world war. All those that served during World War II will be remembered. Refreshments are served after the ceremony.

11/21/2019 – 12/05/2019

Town of Sand Lake Holiday Festivities

Mark your calendar! On Friday, December 6th The Town of Sand Lake will be hosting Holiday Festivities. A holiday parade, organized by the town’s Emergency Service Organization will be leaving Miller Hill Elementary School at 7:00 pm and arriving at Butler Park shortly after. After a tree lighting ceremony, Santa will be available for pictures and to hear children’s holiday requests. After the parade the Town will be serving refreshments until we run out.

****We will be collecting toys for Toys for Tots the week prior to the parade, at the Averill Park Fire Department, West Sand Lake Fire Department, and the Sand Lake Ambulance. We will also collect toys at Butler Park after the Parade.

Please call Lindsy Marshall at 526-0938 or email lekehn@nullyahoo.com with any questions.

11/28/2019 – 12/05/2019

Breakfast with Santa in East Greenbush

Melvin Roads American Legion is hosting a breakfast with Santa on December 8th, 2019 from 9 AM to noon, at the post 200 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush, NY. All you can eat breakfast, Adults $8, Children (5 to 12) $5, children under 5 free, Photo with Santa $7, pets are welcome to come for photo.

11/21/2019 – 12/05/2019

Carols for a Cause

On Sunday, December 8, 3:00 PM, Greenbush Reformed Church welcomes all to join a holiday lessons & carols service to benefit CoNSERNS-U. The service will include readings, carols, anthems, and instrumental pieces. The Route Fifty 5 Brass Quintet will be part of the service, in addition to choir members from neighboring Reformed Churches. Financial and non-perishable food donations are welcome. Greenbush Reformed Church is located at 688 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush, NY, 12061. For additional information, please contact Justan Foster at justan.foster@nulllive.com or 518-965-2389.

11/21/2019 – 12/05/2019

Craft & Sip December 8th at 1 pm

Come join the Poestenkill Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary for our holiday fundraiser of a fun afternoon of crafting and sipping. Paint your own wooden sign or if you are looking to make that hard to buy for person a Christmas gift.

Event cost is $40. Deadline for registering is November 30th. To reserve your spot, visit www.frannysfarmhouse.bigcartel.com

For directions to the firehouse our address is 182 Main Street Poestenkill, NY 12140

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Forest Friends Story Time

Join Amanda the Forest Fairy from Rensselaer Youth Outdoors at the Grafton Lakes State Park Welcome Center on Saturday, December 14th from 12:00-3:00 pm for Forest Friends Story Time. Amanda the Fairy will read some stories about her friends who live in the forest with her.

– Learn about some of the creatures who live in the forest, both magical and ordinary

– Make a craft or a mask

– Play some games

– Dress up with props and take pictures at our selfie station

– Weather permitting, take a short hike or build a snow castle

– Warm up with some hot chocolate and enjoy some yummy baked goods

– Explore the Grafton Lakes Welcome Center and the wonderful resources that are available all year

This is a fundraiser to keep Rensselaer Youth Outdoors afloat. There is no set charge for the program, donate what you can.

Contact the RYO program coordinator with questions at amanda.ryo.coordinator@nullgmail.com or 518-712-9667

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Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday was started in 2012, in response to the commercialization of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, in the hopes that the holidays could be about giving back as well. The Giving Tuesday time period this year starts the day after Thanksgiving and runs for several days.

In the spirit of Giving Tuesday, please remember your favorite non-profits this holiday season. If you have already contributed to our fundraiser this year, we thank you again for your generosity. If you would like to donate to Sand Lake Ambulance, please visit our website at www.sandlakeambulance.org to donate with a credit card or by PayPal.

Happy Holidays to all from the Sand Lake Ambulance.

Hobbies

11/21/2019 – 12/05/2019

Sand Lake Historical Society – Community Dinner and Discussion of Christmas Past

December 10: Holiday Party. Members and guests are invited to bring a covered dish to share, a canned good or other nonperishable for Doors of Hope, and your memories of Christmas past; trustees provide desserts. We’ll also talk a bit about “Virginia” (of “Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus!”) and her connection to our southern neighbor, North Chatham. 6:00 p.m. at Knowlson House, the home of Ron and Barbara Berti, 42 Schumann Road, Sand Lake. Like us on Facebook or visit Sandlakehistory.org

11/21/2019 – 12/05/2019

Craft & Sip December 8th at 1 pm

Come join the Poestenkill Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary for our holiday fundraiser of a fun afternoon of crafting and sipping. Paint your own wooden sign or if you are looking to make that hard to buy for person a Christmas gift.

Event cost is $40. Deadline for registering is November 30th. To reserve your spot, visit www.frannysfarmhouse.bigcartel.com

For directions to the firehouse our address is 182 Main Street Poestenkill, NY 12140

11/21/2019 – 12/05/2019

Texas Hold’em Poker Fundraiser

December 7, 2019 at 1:00 pm (Doors open at noon.)

$25.00 FD Entry Donation, $50.00 Buy-In goes to the prize pool. (35,000 in chips), $20.00 Additional Add-On available. 50/50 Raffle available.

West Sand Lake Vol. Fire Department Hall 3695 NY Route 43. For more information call Dennis @ 518-283-2252 or Fire Hall 518-674-3677 day of event.

Free Refreshments and Lunch will be served.  All Walk-Ins Welcome. Bring your Family and Friends and hope to see you at the Final Winners Table!!! Future Poker Tournament Dates: Jan. 4, 2020.

11/28/2019 – 12/05/2019

Book Nook News

The Book Nook at Transfiguration Parish on Hillview Drive in Speigletown is open from 9:00 am until noon on Saturday, December 7 and 21. Just in time for your holiday shopping! Books make a great gift and we have a wonderful selection of novels by your favorite authors; cookbooks, historical and biographical novels as well as romance, religious and self-help. And the price is right! Please stop by and see what we’re all about. The December half-priced authors are Preston & Child, JA Jance and Nora Roberts. There is also a great selection of Large Print books which are priced at 3/$1. They are the same great novels by your favorite authors–Just Easier To Read! Children/young adult books are 6/$1 this month, CD’s are 3/$1 and DVD’s are $1 each. Thank you for your continued support and see you at the Book Nook!

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Stephentown Historical Society dinner rescheduled to Sunday, Dec. 8

The Stephentown Historical Society has rescheduled its holiday carry-in dinner to Sunday, December 8, at 1:00 p.m. at the Stephentown Heritage Center, 4 Staples Road (off Garfield Road), Stephentown, New York. The choir of the Stephentown Federated Church will sing some seasonal songs and lead a sing-along. Officers and board members will be elected at the brief business meeting.

For the dinner, bring a dish large enough to share: main course, side dish or dessert. Beverages and table service are provided. Instead of a gift exchange, a monetary collection will be taken to support the Stephentown Food Pantry. All meetings are free and open to the public. The building is handicapped accessible. For information, phone (518) 733-0010.

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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. If you are interested in learning knitting, crocheting, or other needle craft, join us. We have yarns of all colors and weights plus patterns to get you started. It is not too late to make a gift for family, friend, or shelter.

On Wednesday evening at Bible Study, we begin the next session of the Ray Vander Laan series. We will travel to Timnah as the Israelites turn their backs on God. Come at 5:30 to share pizza and salad. 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.

Local Fairs

11/14/2019 – 11/21/2019

4-H Winter Fair

4-H Invites all youth ages 5-19: Sunday, December 8th – 1:00pm-3:00pm – Poestenkill Evangelical Church – Hosted by the Green Earthlings 4-H Club

They will have a community service project and a project that can be made and judged on location by entering in the Winter Fair.

Tamarac location: Cupcake Decorating, Create a Holiday Picture Frame, Writing Letters for Luke to Make a Wish, option to adopt a family through Things of My Very Own.

Poestenkill location: several Natural and Recycled Projects, Writing Letters for Luke- Make a Wish, Writing Letters for a Veteran at the Albany VA Hospital. Please bring a canned good for the food pantry.

To register for event or for more information, please call 518-272-4210.

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North Greenbush Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Celebration

On Saturday December 7, 2019 the Town of North Greenbush will host its 5th Annual Christmas parade and tree lighting ceremony. Please bring your holiday cheer and help us celebrate. The parade will kick off from the front parking lot of St. Jude the Apostle School promptly at 6:00 pm. The parade will continue directly to Town Hall for a tree lighting celebration complete with refreshments and surprises for the children from Santa himself.

Your participation is welcomed – so bring on your floats, decorated classic cars, and costumed pets and join the parade! If you are interested in participating in the parade, contact the Supervisor’s office at 518-283-5313 ext 10 or email at supervisorsoffice@nullnorthgreenbush.org

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to All!

Sincerely, Lou Desso, North Greenbush Town Supervisor

10/24/2019 – 11/28/2019

Cambridge, NY Operation Santa Clause Vendor Fair

Calling all Vendors: Operation Santa Clause is looking for you. Sat Dec. 7th 10 am till 4pm. Is our 23rd Annual Christmas in Cambridge Craft Fair hosted by Cambridge Central Schools “Operation Santa Clause” For more information or to receive an application please email Dawn Case avondawncase@nullgmail.com or leave a message if you don’t have email at 518-669-2052.

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Church of the Redeemer Thrift Shop

The Church of the Redeemer Thrift Shop has earned an excellent reputation by offering quality merchandise at bargain prices. We offer clothing, jewelry, household goods, games, toys, puzzles, CD’s, Records, DVD’s, one-of-a-kind items, gift baskets and Christmas decorations.

The shop will be open on Thursday December 5 from 3 to 6PM and on Saturday December 7 from 9 to 2, weather permitting. Located at 1249 Third Street in Rensselaer and on CDTA bus route #214, the shop can be entered through the parking lot on the Catherine Street side. Visit us and be amazed!

10/31/2019 – 12/05/2019

East Greenbush Holiday Parade on Saturday December 7, 2019

Please join us for the third annual Holiday Parade hosted by the Town of East Greenbush and the Town Emergency Services. Step-off is at 6:00 PM starting at the East Greenbush Firehouse on Philips Road, traveling north on Phillips to Columbia Turnpike, left on Columbia Turnpike and then left into Becker’s Farm. Following the parade everyone is invited to stop in at Becker’s Farm to have some snacks with Santa!

11/21/2019 – 12/05/2019

Christmas Bazaar at Church of the Covenant UM

The Church of the Covenant UM in Averill Park will host its annual Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 7. Come visit the more than a dozen handcraft, gift and food shops designed for all your holiday shopping. You will find plenty of holiday-themed items as well as year-round gifts and decor. On the main level, visit The Doll Boutique with handmade American Girl clothing, the Pet Corner, Collectibles, the Country Store, Handcrafts & Decorations, Holiday Greenery and Religious Items. Be sure to stop by the COC Cafe, specializing in chili, mac and cheese, sausage and peppers, assorted soups and other home-cooked foods. Satisfy your sweet tooth with goodies from the Sweet Shoppe. Downstairs will be “Yuletide for Youth.” There children may decorate cookies, shop in the Kids Only store, play games and make crafts. The Church of the Covenant, also known as “The Round Church,” is at 3055 NY 43 in the center of Averill Park.

11/21/2019 – 12/05/2019

Toy Collection in Nassau

As the Holidays approach, the Town and Village Youth Committees will once again be collecting new, unwrapped toys for distribution at the Nassau Resource Center. This year, boxes to accept donations will be found at the Nassau Free Library, Village Clerk’s office (Malden St.), Town Clerk’s office (Church St.), the Town Transfer Center, and the Chandler Young Veterans Association (Lyons Lake Rd.). In addition, there will be a donation box available at the annual Tree Lighting cermony at the Village Commons, John St., Sunday, December 1st, 5pm.

The toy drive begins November 21st and ends December 12th. For more information contact Judy at 518-522-2916 or email judyz_05262@nullyahoo.com.

11/21/2019 – 12/05/2019

Annual Christmas Bazaar

The Reformed Dutch Church of Schodack at Muitzeskill will be holding its annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, December 7th, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Church is located at the intersection of Schodack Landing Road & Muitzeskill Road, in Schodack Landing. The Christmas Bazaar will include new and gently used Christmas decorations, cards, gifts, and books, as well as a Luncheon Cafe and a Bake Sale. For more information, call the Church office at 732-7500.

11/21/2019 – 12/05/2019

Town of Sand Lake Holiday Festivities

Mark your calendar! On Friday, December 6th The Town of Sand Lake will be hosting Holiday Festivities. A holiday parade, organized by the town’s Emergency Service Organization will be leaving Miller Hill Elementary School at 7:00 pm and arriving at Butler Park shortly after. After a tree lighting ceremony, Santa will be available for pictures and to hear children’s holiday requests. After the parade the Town will be serving refreshments until we run out.

****We will be collecting toys for Toys for Tots the week prior to the parade, at the Averill Park Fire Department, West Sand Lake Fire Department, and the Sand Lake Ambulance. We will also collect toys at Butler Park after the Parade.

Please call Lindsy Marshall at 526-0938 or email lekehn@nullyahoo.com with any questions.

11/21/2019 – 12/05/2019

BSA Troop 525 Wreath Sale

BSA Troop 525 will be selling wreaths and other greens at the Stewart’s in West Sand Lake on Saturday, November 30 and Saturday, December 7 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Please come to support our troop. Any questions can be directed to wsltroop@nullgmail.com.

11/28/2019 – 12/05/2019

North Chatham United Methodist Church To Host Holiday Bazaar

On December 7th The North Chatham United Methodist Church will host a Holiday Bazaar from 10 AM to 3 PM, sponsored by the United Methodist Women of the North Chatham and Grace (Nassau) churches. The church is located at 4274 Route 203 in the hamlet of North Chatham. There will be a nice variety of vendors and this is a great chance to do some Christmas shopping locally! Lunch and a bake sale will be available and all proceeds will go to Mission Projects. For more information on the North Chatham UMC, please call 518-766-3535 or visit their website (northchathammethodistchurch.org). For more information on the Grace UMC, please call 518-766-9628 or e-mail Pastor Marquit at revberdan@nullaol.com. Thanks, and we hope to see you on December 7th!

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Forest Friends Story Time

Join Amanda the Forest Fairy from Rensselaer Youth Outdoors at the Grafton Lakes State Park Welcome Center on Saturday, December 14th from 12:00-3:00 pm for Forest Friends Story Time. Amanda the Fairy will read some stories about her friends who live in the forest with her.

– Learn about some of the creatures who live in the forest, both magical and ordinary

– Make a craft or a mask

– Play some games

– Dress up with props and take pictures at our selfie station

– Weather permitting, take a short hike or build a snow castle

– Warm up with some hot chocolate and enjoy some yummy baked goods

– Explore the Grafton Lakes Welcome Center and the wonderful resources that are available all year

This is a fundraiser to keep Rensselaer Youth Outdoors afloat. There is no set charge for the program, donate what you can.

Contact the RYO program coordinator with questions at amanda.ryo.coordinator@nullgmail.com or 518-712-9667

Local Government

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North Greenbush Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Celebration

On Saturday December 7, 2019 the Town of North Greenbush will host its 5th Annual Christmas parade and tree lighting ceremony. Please bring your holiday cheer and help us celebrate. The parade will kick off from the front parking lot of St. Jude the Apostle School promptly at 6:00 pm. The parade will continue directly to Town Hall for a tree lighting celebration complete with refreshments and surprises for the children from Santa himself.

Your participation is welcomed – so bring on your floats, decorated classic cars, and costumed pets and join the parade! If you are interested in participating in the parade, contact the Supervisor’s office at 518-283-5313 ext 10 or email at supervisorsoffice@nullnorthgreenbush.org

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to All!

Sincerely, Lou Desso, North Greenbush Town Supervisor

11/14/2019 – 12/05/2019

Town of East Greenbush Holiday Events

December 4th- Annual Tree Lighting Celebration

Beings at 6:30 PM with official tree lighting outside. Come inside for a “Cookie with a Cop”, hot Cocoa, a visit with Santa, crafts, an a magical performance by the Columbia High School Chamber Singers, and be sure to vote in our Gingerbread House Competition.

December 7th- EG Emergency Services Parade- begins at 6PM from Philips Road Fire House to Becker’s Farm

December 13th- Senior Holiday Paint and Punch Event with artist Noreen Powell. Cost is $10 and space is limited. Pre-registration is required. Call 518-477-4194

December 18th- Senior Holiday Luncheon- A catered lunch sponsored by your EG Police Benevolent Association and the Town of East Greenbush. Space is limited. Please call 518-477-4194 to make a reservation.

11/28/2019 – 12/05/2019

2020 Transfer Station Permits-Town of Nassau

The Nassau Town Clerk, Sandy Rings, is pleased to announce that the 2020 Transfer Station permits are now available for purchase at the Town Clerk’s Office during regular office hours, Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday and Friday 9 AM – 12 noon and Thursday evening 6 PM to 8 PM. They are also available at the Transfer Station, now on winter hours, Tuesday and Friday 10 AM to 6 PM and Saturday 8 AM to 4 PM. If you have any questions please feel free to call the Town Clerk’s Office at 518-766-2343, extension 1 or the Transfer Station at 518-766-2844 during business hours. Thank you and Happy Holidays!

Sandra L. Rings, RMC

Nassau Town Clerk

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New Electric Car Charging Station in Sand Lake

There is a new electric car charging station at the Sand Lake Town Hall in the lower parking lot. The street address is 8428 Miller Hill Rd, in Sand Lake (12153)! If you’re traveling via the route 43 corridor, It is the only charging station on the way to Jiminy Peak in MA. We are very grateful for the grant we received to provide this service -at no cost to the town.

Dee Erickson

Sand Lake Town Council

Pets & Conservation

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Annual Yule Log Tradition

Join Rensselaer Youth Outdoors at the Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center on Sunday, December 15th from 1:00-3:30 pm as we honor the Winter Solstice by spending a day outdoors and enjoying the Annual Yule Log Tradition.

Help us search for the hidden yule log, spend some time around the community campfire, make a craft, collect some greens, and relax during this busy time of year. A wise owl will tell Joseph Bruchac’s story “How Grandmother Spider Stole The Sun”. Light refreshments will be available, or bring your own to share.

This is a free program, so tell your family and friends.

To pre-register for the program and for more information, contact the Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center at dykenpond@nullgmail.com or 518-658-2055.

Please note that our weather conditions at 1700 ft may differ from where you live. Please check the outgoing messages at 518-658-2055 for updated conditions.

School Bulletins

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Columbia Viola Player Performing with ESYO’s Symphony Orchestra

Congratulations to Allison Headley, a junior who plays in the Columbia High School Chamber Orchestra, for earning a spot in the viola section of the Empire State Youth Orchestra’s flagship Symphony Orchestra, its most advanced ensemble that is reserved for players whose technical skills and musicality are at the highest level.

The orchestra receives regular professional coaching and performs in the finest concert venues, including the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall and Carnegie Hall.

As part of ESYO’s Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Headley will perform in the Melodies of Christmas, a popular holiday program televised on CBS6 that has raised more than $8 million for the pediatric oncology program at Albany Medical Center. She will also play at a fall rehearsal weekend retreat in the Catskills at Frost Valley YMCA, an annual young people’s concert, a free concert for senior citizens, and in other concerts.

Next summer, she will join the Symphony on a tour to Argentina and Uruguay.

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Fort Crailo DAR Chapter Good Citizen Awards

November 9, 2019, The Fort Crailo Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution had their Good Citizen Essay Award ceremony at the Rensselaer Public Library. Chairmen Doris Roberts presented the award to Andrew Kretzschmar a senior from Rensselaer High. Congratulations to our other winners Taylor Demers a senior from Columbia High School, Makaila Maier a senior from Maple Hill High School and Andrew Gorman a senior from Averill Park High School. Taylor Demers will be moving on to the district level competition.

The DAR Good Citizens Award and Scholarship Contest, created in 1934, is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship.

This award recognizes and rewards individuals who possess the qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism in their homes, schools, and communities. These students are selected by their teachers and peers because they demonstrate these qualities to an outstanding degree.

Do you have a patriot in your family tree? Are you actively looking to help out veterans and your community through volunteer work? The Fort Crailo Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution are looking for you! Please visit : https://fortcrailochapterdar.weebly.com

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KofC Breakfast with Santa December 15th

Join us for the monthly St Jude the Apostle K of C “All You Can Eat” Pancake breakfast on Sunday, December 15th from 8am -11am in Damman Hall and have “Breakfast with Santa”!

Breakfast includes “All You Can Eat” pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon, juice, fruit, bagels, cereal, pastry, coffee, and more. Kids 5 and under are FREE, adults $8, kids under 12 $4. Bring your camera to get a picture with Santa!

This monthly event is hosted by the St Jude the Apostle Knights of Columbus (KofC) and is held in Damman Hall at St Jude the Apostle School located at 42 Dana Ave in Wynantskill, NY. For more information, contact Jules at (518) 488-2928

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News from Averill Park CSD

Mara Little and Mario Hepp were asked to speak at the annual Best Buddies Gala in Albany. Best Buddies creates friendships, employment opportunities and leadership development for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Mara and Mario did a fantastic job representing an outstanding program and the Averill Park Central School District.

Our elementary school Girls on the Run teams participated in the fall 5K at Jennings Landing. This program encourages girls to be respectful and responsible, work together as a team, and helps them develop self confidence. Way to go everyone!

Seven of our fall varsity athletic teams were named NYSPHSAA Scholar-Athlete Teams, including boys soccer, girls soccer, girls volleyball, boys cross country, girls cross country, girls tennis and boys golf. A team’s average GPA for 75% of its roster must be greater than or equal to 90.00. Great job teams!

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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New York Army National Guard Soldier Reenlistments

Latham, NY – Major General Ray Shields, the Adjutant General, announces the recent reenlistment of members of the State National Guard in recognition of their continuing commitment to serve community, state and nation as part of the Army National Guard.

Sergeant First Class Frank Dethomasis from Rensselaer, N.Y. reenlisted to continue service with the Joint Force Headquarters.

Staff Sergeant Patrick Kelly from Hoosick Falls, N.Y. reenlisted to continue service with the Joint Force Headquarters.

Specialist Shane Lafountain from Wynantskill, N.Y. reenlisted to continue service with the Company C, 2-108th Infantry.

Seniors

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December Membership Meeting and Basket Raffle

Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Rd, Grafton, will hold the monthly Eastern Senior Membership meeting at 11:00 am on Friday, December 6th. All residents 60 and older are encouraged to attend. Upcoming activities, events and fundraisers will be discussed at this meeting. Please join us at noon for a nutritious meal followed by drawings of the Senior Basket Raffles. Following the 70 basket drawings, there will be several door prize drawings. If you have not purchased your tickets yet, please stop in the senior center before the start of the drawing. Call 518-279-3413 to be added to the lunch list.

11/14/2019 – 12/05/2019

Town of East Greenbush Holiday Events

December 7th- EG Emergency Services Parade- begins at 6PM from Philips Road Fire House to Becker’s Farm

December 13th- Senior Holiday Paint and Punch Event with artist Noreen Powell. Cost is $10 and space is limited. Pre-registration is required. Call 518-477-4194

December 18th- Senior Holiday Luncheon- A catered lunch sponsored by your EG Police Benevolent Association and the Town of East Greenbush. Space is limited. Please call 518-477-4194 to make a reservation.

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Calendar for Everett Wagar Senior Center

Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Rd, Grafton

Dec 9 – Haircut by Appt, 9:45 Chair Yoga, 12:00 Congregate Lunch (Veal Pattie), 12:30 Scrapbooking, 1:00 Cards and Games

Dec 10 – 9:30 Aerobic Swimming, 12:00 Congregate Lunch (BBQ Chicken Pattie), 1:00 Cards and Games

Dec 11 – 9:45 Chair Yoga, 11:00 Eat Smart food demo, 12:00 Congregate lunch (Goulash), 12:45 Cookie Contest (bring 2 dozen cookies)

Dec 12 – 9:30 Aerobic Swimming, 9:30 Quilting Club, 12:00 Congregate Lunch (Haddock), 1:00 Cards and Games

Dec 13 – 9:45 Chair Yoga, 10:30 Craft Time (sign up), 12:00 Congregate Lunch (Sausage with gravy), 12:30 Birthday celebration/Trivia.

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Cookie Contest at Everett Wagar Senior Center

We will be hosting a Cookie Contest on Wednesday, December 11th at 12:45. Please bring in 2 dozen of your favorite homemade cookie to be judged. Prizes will be awarded. Remaining cookies will be packaged up for our Home Delivery Meal recipients. Come at 11:00 to listen to our monthly Eat Smart, Eat Healthy food demonstration and then join us at noon for a nutritious lunch (Goulash with Italian bread) for a suggested price of only $3 for all residents 60 and over. Call to be added to the lunch list at 518-279-3413.  We are located at 2 Roxborough Rd, Grafton.

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Craft Time and Birthday Celebration with Trivia

Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Rd, Grafton, will host a Craft Time on Friday, December 13th at 10:30 (please sign up), followed by our congregate lunch (Sausage with Pork gravy) at noon and our monthly birthday celebration at 12:30 with cake and a fun game of Trivia to follow. All residents 60 and over are encourage to join the fun. Call 518-279-3413 to be added to the lunch list.

Sports & Recreation

10/25/2019 – 12/05/2019

Youth Snowmobile Safety Course

On Saturday, December 7, 2019 the Grafton Trail Blazers Snowmobile Club and Grafton Lakes State Park will host a snowmobile safety course for young people ages 10 to 18. Students must be at least 10 years old on the day of the course to attend. Parents are encouraged to stay and participate. The course will be held at the Grafton VFW/Fire Hall at 581 South Road from 8:15am to approximately 4:30pm. The course will be taught by NYS certified volunteer instructor Jim Blessing. Topics covered include NYS laws and regulations, riding skills, trail emergencies, protecting the environment, maintenance and repair, and trailering. To register, call the Grafton Lakes State Park Welcome Center at 518-279-1155, ext. 2 or e-mail mary.downey@nullparks.ny.gov with the parent’s name, student’s name and age, and your phone number. Adults are encouraged to attend as well so please let us know if a parent will be accompanying the child. Space is limited, so no walk-ins please. The course is free of charge and lunch will be provided.

11/28/2019 – 12/05/2019

East Greenbush-Columbia L`il Devils Youth Wrestling Program

EG-Columbia Youth Wrestling Program. Grades K-6

Registration Date is Monday, December 2nd & Thursday, December 5th at Columbia High School Athletic Hallway 6pm-7pm

For more Information Contact: Michael Merhige (MerhigeMi@nullyahoo.com)

 

 

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Annual Yule Log Tradition

Join Rensselaer Youth Outdoors at the Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center on Sunday, December 15th from 1:00-3:30 pm as we honor the Winter Solstice by spending a day outdoors and enjoying the Annual Yule Log Tradition.

Help us search for the hidden yule log, spend some time around the community campfire, make a craft, collect some greens, and relax during this busy time of year. A wise owl will tell Joseph Bruchac’s story “How Grandmother Spider Stole The Sun”. Light refreshments will be available, or bring your own to share.

This is a free program, so tell your family and friends.

To pre-register for the program and for more information, contact the Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center at dykenpond@nullgmail.com or 518-658-2055.

Please note that our weather conditions at 1700 ft may differ from where you live. Please check the outgoing messages at 518-658-2055 for updated conditions.

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Three Columbia Blue Devils Make College Commitments

Three Columbia High School student athletes put ink to paper at a press conference on November 21 in the school’s auditorium, officially making their college commitments. Chesney Romer will play volleyball at Hamilton College, Hannah Scarano will play softball at Merrimack College and Owen Stefanko will play lacrosse at Long Island University.

“I want to congratulate all of the parents, family members and friends and coaches on this great achievement,” Columbia Athletic Director Michael Leonard told the audience at the press conference. “These three are outstanding, not just in the world of sports, but they have also been positive role models and leaders of our school community.”

Congratulations!

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AP Wrestling Alumni

The Averill Park Wrestling Association is looking for all AP wrestling alumni. Please visit www.apwarriorwrestling.com/alumni and register yourself to receive a free alumni t-shirt. Shirts will be handed out on December 10th at our home meet against Niskayuna.

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Holiday Treasure Hunt at Grafton Lakes State Park

The Elves came early to Grafton and have left some goodies along the trail. Join us Saturday December 7th for this holiday treasure hunt & see what you can find in the forest! $3/person, cash or check only. Preregister 518-279-1155, ext. 2.

The Arts

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Columbia Viola Player Performing with ESYO’s Symphony Orchestra

Congratulations to Allison Headley, a junior who plays in the Columbia High School Chamber Orchestra, for earning a spot in the viola section of the Empire State Youth Orchestra’s flagship Symphony Orchestra, its most advanced ensemble that is reserved for players whose technical skills and musicality are at the highest level.

The orchestra receives regular professional coaching and performs in the finest concert venues, including the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall and Carnegie Hall.

As part of ESYO’s Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Headley will perform in the Melodies of Christmas, a popular holiday program televised on CBS6 that has raised more than $8 million for the pediatric oncology program at Albany Medical Center. She will also play at a fall rehearsal weekend retreat in the Catskills at Frost Valley YMCA, an annual young people’s concert, a free concert for senior citizens, and in other concerts.

Next summer, she will join the Symphony on a tour to Argentina and Uruguay.

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Sand Lake Center for the Arts presents for your Holiday Treat Laughter on the 23rd Floor.

Caption: The Circle Theatre Players cast of Laughter on the 23rd Floor, from left to right: Anthony Halloway, Bill Douglas, Grace Burkart, Fred Sirois, Brian Sheldon, Dennis Skiba, Erica Pandolfo, Jerred Hickey, and Henry DiMaria.

Sand Lake Center for the Arts presents Laughter on the 23rd Floor, written by Neil Simon and directed by Melanie Douglas. The play is based on Neil Simon’s experiences as a junior writer of a TV Comedy-Variety show called “Your Show of Shows,” and is set in 1953. The play follows the host, Max Prince, along with his staff of writers in scenes behind the scenes, to bring you a highly entertaining play! The play opens Friday, Dec. 6th and continues on the 7th, 12th, 13thand 14th at 8pm, and on Dec. 8th and 15th at 2:30pm. Prepaid reservations can be made at www.slca-ctp.org or by calling the office at 518-674-2007. The center offers free parking and is Handicapped accessible.

11/14/2019 – 12/05/2019

The Nutcracker by the Saratoga City Ballet

Celebrate the holidays with the whole family and join Saratoga City Ballet for its spectacular 26th Anniversary full production of The Nutcracker,  with Artistic Director Beth Fecteau at the majestic Hart Theater at The Egg, Empire State Plaza, Albany NY.

Saturday, Dec. 7th at 1:30 pm & 7:30 pm

Sunday, Dec. 8th at 1:30 pm

Tickets are $28 / Adults; $20 Seniors and Students; Children 5 & under free! Group tickets available, please contact The Egg Box Office at (518)-473-1845.

Act I features the magical party scene with Clara, Fritz and the whole family celebrating Christmas Eve, when the mice, rat king and soldiers take the stage for their epic battle. Clara is then led through the Land of Snow into the Land of Sweets, home of the Sugar Plum Fairy, her cavalier and her court, where they celebrate with dances from around the world; set to Tchaikovsky’s score.

Directed and choreographed by Beth Fecteau, this is Saratoga City Ballet’s 26th Anniversary production of the Nutcracker – a perfect holiday treat for audiences of all ages! Beth Fecteau’s choreography and production of Nutcracker premiered in 1996 at the Historic Cohoes Music Hall presented by Youth Ballet Company and Dance Eclectic.  After two years and a growing school and cast, this production moved to The Egg and was performed annually until 2004. Beth retired the production when she was named Director of the Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs merging Youth Ballet Company into what is now the School of the Arts at the Museum of Dance.  Beth is thrilled to be sharing her work with new dancers and a new organization in the 26th Year of Saratoga City Ballet’s production.

About Saratoga City Ballet

The Saratoga City Ballet Company is a not-for-profit organization providing dance students with opportunities to participate in professional quality productions. SCB strives for a high level of artistic achievement and to inspire and promote developing young dancers. For more information or to register for classes call (518) 584-1895, visit www.saratogacityballet.com or email info@nullsaratogacityballet.com.

Interested in advertising in our program? Please email us!  info@nullsaratogacityballet.com.

11/21/2019 – 12/05/2019

Pride@Prejudice Opens Friday,Dec. 6 at Schenectady Civic Players

Pride@Prejudice, by Daniel Elihu Kramer and directed by Mark Stephens, opens Friday, December 6, and plays through Dec. 15 at Civic Player’s, 12 South Church Street, Schenectady. The fairly faithful yet also fun and irreverent theatrical version of Jane Austen’s classic novel includes 21st century sensibilities within the 1820 setting of the story. Pride@Prejudice runs Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (December 6, 7, 8 and 11 through 15. Friday and Saturday curtains are at 8 pm. Wednesday and Thursday curtains are at 7:30 pm., and Sundays are matinees only at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $20. Order on-line at www.civicplayers.org Or call (518) 382-2081

11/21/2019 – 12/05/2019

Carols for a Cause

On Sunday, December 8, 3:00 PM, Greenbush Reformed Church welcomes all to join a holiday lessons & carols service to benefit CoNSERNS-U. The service will include readings, carols, anthems, and instrumental pieces. The Route Fifty 5 Brass Quintet will be part of the service, in addition to choir members from neighboring Reformed Churches. Financial and non-perishable food donations are welcome. Greenbush Reformed Church is located at 688 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush, NY, 12061. For additional information, please contact Justan Foster at justan.foster@nulllive.com or 518-965-2389.

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Highlight Acting Troupe to Hold Auditions for Once Upon A Pandora’s Box

The Highlight Acting Troupe will hold auditions for Once upon a Pandora’s Box written by Monica Flory adapted by Play Scripts. Once upon a time in New York City, Tabitha and her Brother Louis discover a box sitting in the hall of their apartment. When Tabitha opens the box, five imprisoned fairy tale villains escape. Free at last the dastardly villains begin to wreck the apartment, until they discover that the writing in Tabitha’s notebook will give them control of other fictional characters! Will Tabitha harness the power of her storytelling? Or will the villains run wild in New York? A clever comedy that demonstrates the importance of villains in every story. Auditions will be held on Friday, December 13th @ 6:30PM and Sunday December 15th @ 2:00PM at the Center Brunswick United Methodist Church Hoosick Street Troy NY. Ages 5-17 as this will be a children’s performance. Show dates will be February 28, 29 and March 1st.

The play will be directed by both Nicole Osterhout, and Elizabeth Heller. For more information please email Nicole at Nnosterhout1110@nullgmail.com or call 518-225-9445

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Sand Lake Center for the Arts presents this Holiday Season Laughter on the 23rd Floor

Caption: The cast during rehearsal for Laughter on the 23rd Floor.

Sand Lake Center for the Arts presents Laughter on the 23rd Floor, written by Neil Simon and directed by Melanie Douglas. The play is based on Neil Simon’s experiences as a junior writer of a TV Comedy-Variety show called “Your Show of Shows” and is set in 1953.The play follows the host, Max Prince, along with his staff of writers in scenes behind the scenes, to bring you a highly entertaining play! The play opens Friday, Dec. 6th and continues on the 7th, 12th, 13th, and 14th at 8pm,and on Dec. 8th and 15th at 2:30pm. Prepaid reservations can be made at www.slca-ctp.org or by calling the office at 518-674-2007. The center offers free parking and is handicapped accessible.

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