Events 12.10.20

Toy Drive

NASSAU – The Town and Village of Nassau Youth committees are sponsoring a toy drive for the Nassau Resource Center.  We are looking for donations of new, unwrapped toys which will be collected through Friday, December 11th. The toys can be dropped off at the following locations: Village Hall (open M-F, 8:00 – Noon); Nassau Free Library (open M-F, 2:00 – 6:00); Nassau Town Hall (open M-F 9:00 – Noon); Transfer Station (open Tues 10:00 – 6:00, Fri 10:00 – 6:00, Sat 8:00 – 4:00); and the Chandler Young Veteran’s Association (call 518-766-3577). In particular we are seeking gifts suitable for children newborn – 2 years, and for teenagers (jewelry, hats and gloves, electronics such as phone accessories, headphones and personal care items).  Stocking stuffers are always welcome (card games, coloring books, crayons, markers, play doh, hats and gloves, scrunchies, hair clips).

Book Nook at Transfiguration Parish

SPEIGLETOWN – Come do some Christmas shopping at the Book Nook at Transfiguration Parish on Hillview Drive in Speigletown. We are open on Saturday, December 12 from 9 AM until noon. Masks are required, and contact tracing is requested. Only two people will be allowed in the Nook at one time, so please be patient. Children’s books are 6/$1 and authors on half-priced special are David Baldacci and Fern Michaels. Stop in and see what is available to help with your Christmas shopping. We still cannot accept book donations. Thanks for your continued support and see you at the Book Nook!

The Capital District Humanist Society Presents: End of Life Issues

CAPITAL DISTRICT – The Right to Die Movement dates back about 50 years.  Eleanor Aronstein, of the Final Exit Network, will talk about the organizations that are active today, the documents people need to prepare, and steps people can take so that their wishes are carried out.

Eleanor Aronstein has BS and MS degrees in Education from Russell Sage, a BA in History from Marist College, and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Educational Leadership from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

She has been Coordinator of Education at the Dutchess County Jail; taught social studies and Spanish in Hyde Park, NY, and history at Marist College; and supervised student teachers for SUNY New Paltz, Marist, and St. Rose.

This program will take place online, via Zoom, on Sunday, December 13th, at 1 PM.   Current paid CDHS members will automatically receive an invite to the meeting via e mail.  

Any one who is not a current paid member of cdhs can request an invite to the virtual meeting by sending an  e mail request to:

The Capital District Humanist Society provides a supportive community for exchanging ideas, heightening our knowledge of the world and ourselves, fostering moral and ethical growth, and promoting the principles of secular humanism.  CDHS is a member organization for people with humanist values.  Our values include commitment to free inquiry, rational thought, life-long education, democracy, social concern, and fellowship.


Virtual Event from the Alzheimer’s Association of Northeastern New York 

CAPITAL DISTRICT – December 15, 2020 from 2:00 PM to 3 PM. Legal and Financial Planning Involving Alzheimer’s Disease . Join us to learn how to make the holidays smoother, easier and fun for your loved one with dementia and your family. 

The diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease makes planning for the future more important than ever. Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer’s Disease is an interactive two-part program where you will have a chance to learn about important legal and financial issues to consider, how to put plans in place, and how to access legal and financial resources near you.

This program will cover information for families and individuals dealing with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. Topics covered will include:

-Making legal plans that fit your needs

-Legal documents you’ll need and what they mean for all of you

-How to find legal and financial assistance

-Practical strategies for making a long-term plan of care

-Tax deductions and credits

-Government programs that can help pay for care

Event is FREE but you must register. For additional information and to register, contact: Sierra Snoddy at 518-675-7214 or call our 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900.

Trails and Public Access to Woodlands

RENSSELAER COUNTY – Trails and Public Access to Woodlands, part of the RPA Lecture Series: Exploring Conservation Issues. Thursday, December 17, 7 pm on Zoom

Presented by Brit Basinger, Director of Landscape Architecture at the Chazen Companies. Brit’s areas of expertise include waterfront design, parks and open space design, corporate facility master planning, streetscape design and urban design, among others. He has over 25 years experience in planning trails and open space amenities. His presentation will provide an overview on various ways to plan, fund and implement trails. Brit will share his perspectives on the importance of trails, planning, design and implementation, property ownership and collaboration, regulatory issues, understanding expectations and amenities required, and other challenges and opportunities.

Please pre-register online at Free with optional donation.

Capital District Fly Fishers Fly Tying Classes

CAPITAL DISTRICT – The Capital District Fly Fishers is having their annual fly tying class. 8 Sessions Various Wednesdays 7:00/9:00 pm – Jan. 13th, 27th, Feb. 3rd, 10th, 24th March 3rd, 10th, 24th. March 31st Makeup Session. Come learn the art tying flies. During the 8 session course that runs over 3 months, you will learn the tools needed, receive 14 kits with materials to tie 5 flies in each kit.  You will also receive a host of handouts and there are free raffles of materials.  Space is limited. 

For information about the class contact Paul at (518) 885-8257, Rodney Priddle (518) 421-6762 or

To Register go to select adult classes or call (518) 371-6651.

The Kiwanis Club of Sand Lake Fundraising Drive 

SAND LAKE – The Kiwanis Club of Sand Lake is supporting a charity fundraising drive within the Averill Park Central School District to benefit the Capital Region’s Ronald Mc Donald House. The fundraising drive has been extended until February 28th since schools have not been in session for over four months. The goal remains to collect enough pull tabs from soda, beer, soups and pet food cans to fill a school bus! 

We ask that parents of our school children and other interested citizens join this effort by removing and collecting as many pull tabs as possible during the months ahead and while schools remain closed take them to the Town Clerk’s office at Sand Lake Town Hall. When schools reopen all collected pull tabs may again be dropped off at the office of one of our three elementary schools, the Algonquin Middle School’s office or to the office at the Averill Park High School.

Please join us to help the Ronald McDonald House as it continues to offer a haven of comfort, love, hope and support – free of charge – for critically ill children and their families. Thank you.  

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