Giving Back 01.09.20

01/02/2020 – 01/09/2020

Sharing Nature with Children, with Lisa Hoyt

Thursday, January, 9 7 pm. Sand Lake Town Hall—Rensselaer Plateau Alliance’s Plateau People at Work Lecture Series: “Sharing Nature with Young People,” presented by Lisa Hoyt of Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center. Dyken Pond provides high quality environmental education, outdoor recreation and youth development opportunities in a variety of programs. Dyken Pond is a Proud Partner in Rensselaer Youth Outdoors (RYO), bringing expanded environmental education opportunities to Rensselaer County youth and families. Lisa will talk about Dyken Pond activities and Rensselaer Youth Outdoors. She will share her love of the outdoors and her passion for connecting children and others to nature.$5 suggested donation goes directly to support conservation on the Rensselaer Plateau.

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4-H Winter Fairs Held

The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County 4-H Youth Development program recently held two Winter Fairs, one at Tamarac High School, hosted by the Clover Kids & Critters 4-H Club and another at the Poestenkill Evangelical Lutheran Church, which was hosted by the Green Earthlings 4-H Club. Participants brought projects, made from natural and recycled materials to be evaluated by 4-H Teen Evaluators. Additionally, the youth also had the opportunity to create other winter themed crafts and participated in community service projects at each location. The Rensselaer County 4-H program would like to thank all of the 4-H members and volunteers who helped with the Winter Fairs.

For more information about the Rensselaer County 4-H program, please contact Cornell Cooperative Extension Rensselaer County 4–H at 518-272-4210 or visit our website at

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Sand Lake Kiwanis Monthly Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

The Sand Lake Kiwanis club wants to invite all to participate in a Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser on Saturday January 11th from 4pm to 7pm at the West Sand Lake Fire House on Rte. 43. All you can eat – $8.00 for adults & $5.00 for children ages 5 to 10 years, kids under 5 eat free. Meals consist of spaghetti, meatballs, salad, bread, dessert & beverages. Take-out meals are also available by calling (518) 674-3677. A spaghetti dinner will continue to be held every second Saturday of each month. All proceeds support Kiwanis projects.

“Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time”

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Castleton-Schodack Kiwanis Chicken BBQ

The Castleton-Schodack Kiwanis Club will be firing up its grills and selling its famous Chicken BBQ dinners on Sunday, January 26, 2020. This is one of our largest fundraisers and all of the money stays within our community helping to improve the lives of our community. The cost of the dinner is $10.00. Dinners can be picked up from 12:00 noon until 4:00PM at the Castleton Fire Company located on Green Ave. in Castleton. To pre-order your dinner or for more information call 518-732- 4228. Walk-ins are also welcome. If Chicken BBQ is not your thing, we always appreciate donations. Give us a call or stop by that day. Checks can be made payable to the Castleton-Schodack Kiwanis Club and mailed to PO Box 42 Castleton, NY 12033. Like Sweets? The Maple Hill High School Key Club will also be holding a bake sale on this date.

Interested in joining the Kiwanis, making new friends, hearing guest speakers and making a difference in our community? Community members are always welcome to attend our meetings to see what we are all about. Meetings are held every Wednesday from 6:30-8pm at the Schodack Diner. Please visit our website for more information.

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Church of the Redeemer Thrift Shop the

The volunteers at the Church of the Redeemer Thrift Shop work hard to provide a clean and organized shopping experience. The shop features clothing, jewelry, household goods, knick-knacks, puzzles, games, toys, baby equipment, wall decor, collectibles and much more. Visit on Thursday January 9th from 3 to 6 and Saturday January 11th from 9 to 2 to find amazing bargains. Located at 1249 Third Street in Rensselaer and on CDTA bus route #214 the thrift shop can be entered through the parking lot on the Catherine Street side.

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What’s in your attic, cellar, closet, or junk drawer?

Tuesday, January 14, 2020: Do you have old photos from a party at the Glass Lake House, one of Grandma picking up her new Ford from Ed Rendert’s dealership? Perhaps you have a shot of you working at the soda fountain at the Park Pharmacy (please note: said photo does not have to include Jerry Lewis, although that would be very cool). You might have an old glass milk bottle from Higgins’ Maple Dairy, Bon Acre or Dobert’s; matchbooks from O’Donnell’s Liquor Store or the C.A. Wicks Agency; an old gift box from The Village Shop; a pennant from Fox’s Wild Animal Farm; an ice scraper from Joe Werger’s Mobil Station; or a post card from Tifft’s Beach? Did you keep a scrapbook with newspaper clippings and programs from Lyric Theater, 4-H, or Little League?

Join us January 14 and bring whatever you have at home relating to the Town of Sand Lake to share and talk about. We’ll take a few minutes and try to talk about everything brought. It’s part of your history, but it’s also part of Sand Lake’s history! So look in those closets and attics! It promises to be a walk down memory lane.

01/09/2020 – 01/16/2020

Cabin Fever Coffee House

Welcome one and all to this upcoming Cabin Fever Coffee House. It looks like we are having a cold, sometimes warm, snowy and icy winter so please mark your calendars to join us the third Friday in January for fun and fellowship! We have a roster of talented performers and will serve delicious foods…no need to keep any New Year’s resolutions as our food is calorie free. Your dollar contributions will continue to help local families in need of food, medicines, heat and gas. See you on the 17th.

01/16/2020 – 01/23/2020

What is the Nassau Sunshine Fund Emergency Loan Program?

Are you a resident of the Town or Villages of Nassau? Has your household budget taken a hit? Got a car repair with nothing to spare? Or, are you having to choose between heat or eat? We know it happens, we’re here, we can help.

Norman Young, a well-known Nassau resident and antique dealer, had a birds eye view of the Great Recession of 2008. As his business involved buying household items from individuals needing to sell such items, he was struck by how hard hit many in the town were by the financial crisis. Norman came across an old cookbook that had been used as a fundraiser by a local organization called Open Porch Sunshine Society, which was around the early 1990s. While that organization had long faded away, he loved its neighbor-helping-neighbor philosophy. He conceived of a new Nassau Sunshine organization in which local residents would provide emergency financial assistance to other town residents dealing with a personal financial crisis.Norman and two friends agreed to reach out to others as well as religious and locally based organizations.

At its first meeting the attendees approved of a simple plan – create a non-profit that would offer interest-free loans to residents of the Town and Villages of Nassau facing a financial crisis that exceeded their resources and for which local agencies, public and private, were unable to offer assistance. As our first chairman, Sam Whaley said, “We decided on no-interest loans instead of just giving money away because it provides dignity, not a handout.

Entering our eleventh year, the Nassau Sunshine Fund has made 54 loans totaling over $21,000. Please contact us to ask about a loan or to make a donation. Nassau Sunshine Fund, PO Box 10, Nassau, NY 12123 (518) 256-2878; Please leave a message.;

We remain faithful to our motto: Neighbors – Helping – Neighbors!

01/02/2020 – 01/23/2020

Brown’s Walloomsac Taproom and Brewery Tour– A Benefit Event for Rensselaer Land Trust

On Saturday, January 25, come tour the beautifully renovated mill complex that houses Brown’s Brewing’s Walloomsac taproom, brewery, and canning facility in North Hoosick, NY, on the banks of the Walloomsac River. The intimate tour – conducted by brewers – will feature the energy saving practices, waste water processing, and other green innovations at the facility. The tour includes one beer, tastings, and snacks! Tickets: 1 for $65 or 2 for $120, include tour, beer tasting, and delicious, fresh food much of which is made using local ingredients and cooked on a custom wood fire grill. Limited to 20 people per tour time. Tours start at 12:30pm, 1:30pm, and 2:30pm. Money from ticket sales go toward supporting Rensselaer Land Trust’s mission to protect and conserve the open spaces, fresh drinking water, and natural habitats of Rensselaer County. Snow date is February 9, 2020.

Photo credit: @Fronhofer Design

12/05/2019 – 01/30/2020

NAMI Connections Recovery Support Group

NAMI Capital Region, NY the local organization of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, offers its NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group the Second Wednesday of each month from 5p.m.-6:30p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,420 New Scotland Ave., Albany, NY 12208. NAMI Connection is a recovery support group program that offers respect, understanding, encouragement and hope. NAMI Connection groups are:

• Free and confidential

• Held weekly for 90 minutes

• Designed to connect, encourage, and support participants using a structured support group model

• Led by trained facilitators living in recovery themselves

About NAMI

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI Capital Region, NY is an affiliate of NAMI New York State. NAMI Capital Region, NY and dedicated volunteer members and leaders work tirelessly to raise awareness and provide essential education, advocacy and support group programs for people in our community living with mental illness and their loved ones.

11/14/2019 – 02/27/2020

Six Center Redemption is partnering with Alzheimer’s Association.

Return your bottles and cans and help The Northeastern New York Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Through an arrangement with:Six-Center Redemption

Two Locations – 461 Main Ave Wynantskill (Corner of Sharpe and Main Ave) & 550 South Street Rensselaer.

The Alzheimer’s Association will receive six cents for every container you donate to the cause. Simply drop off your containers and say

“These are for the Alzheimer’s Association.”

No need to count the cans or bottles, no waiting or standing in lines to feed your cans or bottles in to a machine. The mission of the Alzheimer’s Association is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

The first survivor of Alzheimer’s is out there, but we won’t get there without you.

Join the fight with your bottles & cans!

01/02/2020 – 02/06/2020

Repair Cafe

What do you do with a broken lamp? Or a sweater with a hole? Toss it? No way! The next Repair Café in the Village of Castleton-on-Hudson will be Friday, February 7, 2020 from 4:30-7:30 PM during the Castleton-on-Hudson Farmers and Artisans Market February Fest at the Castleton Fire Department, 11 Green Avenue. Please note: This is a date and location change from previous notices! People visiting the Repair Café bring along their broken but beloved items. Volunteers try their best to make repairs, and it’s free of charge! Do you like to fix things and want to volunteer? Contact us via email at or stop by Repair Café. For more information about global Repair Café, visit

12/05/2019 – 02/27/2020

Center Brunswick United Methodist Church Announces Financial Scholarship for 2020

The Finance Committee of the Center Brunswick United Methodist Church has announced that it will award $500 to a student to be selected from the Tamarac High School Class of 2020. The money may be used for any type of expenses related to further education. Students do not have to belong to this Church, any other church or religion to be eligible for this award.

Interested students must apply for this award no later than March 1, 2020. The application can be obtained from the school’s guidance department or from our website at (

This award is given in memory of Harold and Mabel Keyes through a trust funded by their last will and testament. Mabel taught in the Brunswick schools and continued teaching Sunday School at Center Brunswick UMC for many years after she retired. Through this award, her love of helping young people learn and grow will continue to reach the youth of our community.

The Center Brunswick Methodist Church is located at the intersection of Routes 7 and 142 in Troy.

10/17/2019 – 12/17/2020

Support Local Charities with Your Cans and Bottles

The St Jude the Apostle Knights of Columbus has teamed up with 6 Center Redemption Center located at 461 Main Street in Wynantskill to accept qualifying bottle and can donations to support local charities and those in need.

Simply bring your clean, qualifying empties to 6 Center Redemption in Wynantskill and say they are to support the St Jude Knights of Columbus. They’ll do the rest! That’s it! Thanks for your support.

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