Giving Back 12.12.19

11/21/2019 – 12/12/2019

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, December 13 from 4:30-7:30 PM during the inaugural Castleton-on-Hudson Farmers and Artisans Market Winterfest at the Castleton Fire Department, 11 Green Avenue. Then, we will skip January 2020, so the first Repair Café of the new year will be Saturday, February 8 from 11 AM-3 PM, downstairs at the Village Hall, 85 South Main Street. 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 – 12/12/2019

New This Year: Dec.14th Oakwood Christmas Concert Includes 2 Seatings and a Tree Show

New This Year: Oakwood Christmas Concert Includes 2 Seatings and a Tree Show on Saturday December 14th 2 seatings – 11am and 2pm Snow Date Sunday December 15th same times

$5.00 per person Children under 12 Free Reservations required by Thursday December 12th. Call 518-328-0090 Specify which seating, name, phone, how many people including children.

Enjoy the beauty of the Earl Chapel and its excellent acoustics as you listen to seasonal songs by the Highlight Acting Troupe. Sing along with your favorites then sip some warm cider and nibble on Christmas cookies. A jolly man in a red suit may even stop in!

This year there will also be a display of cleverly themed Christmas trees. An Old Fashioned Christmas, Pets, By the Sea, Birds, and a Patriotic tree are just a few examples of the trees decorated by the Friends of Oakwood.

In keeping with the spirit of the season, we are asking that you bring an unwrapped item to help our local Veterans. Anything new and non-perishable, such as toiletries, towels, socks, underwear, gloves, hats etc will be greatly appreciated. The donations will be brought to the Veterans Miracle Center in Albany.

The Friends of Oakwood is a 501(c)3 non-profit volunteer group working to support the preservation and maintenance of the non-sectarian chapel and grounds of Troy’s still-active historic 19th C. Oakwood Cemetery. New volunteers are always welcome.

12/05/2019 – 12/12/2019

Local Author Honors Late Cousin, APHS Grad

The tragic and unexpected death of 32-year-old Kasie Collins in September 2018 shattered the hearts of her family and friends. Kasie was a 2004 graduate of APHS, and furthered her education at SUNY Geneseo and UMass Amherst, ultimately obtaining a masters degree in Environmental Science. She was an athlete, a homeowner, an animal advocate, nature lover, a wetlands scientist for GZA Geoenvironmental in Springfield, MA. Her life was full of adventure, achievement, and contribution, but she suffered a long and silent battle with depression. Ultimately, this insidious disease claimed her in the prime of life. Kasie’s cousin, Jennifer Barbic, of Colonie, devastated by her loss, found a way to channel her grief by putting pen to paper. Her musings turned into a children’s’ book titled Luna Moona, chronicling the adventurous of 10-year-old Kasie and her dog Luna. Jenn invited Kasie’s young nieces, nephews and cousins to submit drawings, which illustrate the book. What began as a coping mechanism morphed into an opportunity to help others. On Tuesday, December 17th, at 5:30 p.m., Jenn will sign copies of her book, Luna Moona, at the Sand Lake Town Library. All proceeds from the sale of the books, also available at, will be donated to NAMI Western MA, and the Nature Conservancy, in Kasie’s name. NAMI provides much needed resources and support to those who suffer with mental illness and their families.The Nature Conservancy is a is a charitable environmental organization, protecting more than 119,000,000 acres of land and thousands of miles of rivers worldwide. Kasie’s foray into environmental responsibility was sparked when she worked for the NCA upon graduating from SUNY.

We invite you to stop in at the Sand Lake Library on 12/17 to meet Jenn and share memories of Kasie. Signed copies of Luna Moona will be available to purchase for $20. The book is age appropriate for 8-12 year old, and makes a great gift!

Run Once

Averill Park High School Annual Booster Club Holiday Fair

December 14, 2019 From 9am Until 3pm

Averill Park High School. Gettle Road, Averill Park, NY

We will have a variety of local vendors and crafters, Chinese Auction, concessions and a bake sale too. All proceeds benefit school and community organizations. These include the Girl Scouts, the Key Club, parent organizations and Kelsey’s Promise.

Please come out and support your community members!

Interested in vending? Contact Holli Boyd-White at

Run Once

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, household goods, jewelry, linens, baby equipment, puzzles, toys, records, CDs, DVDs, collectibles and much more! The overflowing Christmas Shop will amaze you! The shop will be open on Thursday December 12th from 3 to 6 and on Saturday December 14th from 9 to 2, weather permitting. Located at 1249 Third Street in Rensselaer, the shop is on CDTA bus route #214. Entry is through the parking lot on the Catherine Street side.

We appreciate and accept your donations only when we are open. No furniture, please.

11/14/2019 – 12/19/2019

Cohoes Rotary Christmas Ornament Features Matton Shipyard

In 2004 The Rotary Club of Cohoes started a collectible series of Christmas ornaments featuring historic landmarks in the City of Cohoes. This year’s ornament design is Matton Shipyard. A portion of the proceeds for the sale of the 2019 ornament will be donated to the New York State Society of the Children of the American Revolution toward the Matton Shipyard Restoration Project. Matton Shipyard operated in Cohoes, NY from 1916-1983. The funds raised will be matched 100% by the Erie Canalway Heritage Fund and go toward the restoration of the remaining buildings on the site and the creation of an educational, cultural, and recreational venue with public access to the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers. Coffee mugs are also available for purchase. Cost for ornaments is $20. Mugs are $10. To purchase ornaments or mugs go to for further information. Ornaments and mugs are also available for purchase at Marra’s Pharmacy, 217 Remsen Street, Cohoes. Following are previous ornament designs in the series: 2004-the Cohoes Falls; 2005-the Harmony Mills; 2006-the Cohoes Music Hall; 2007-the Cohoes Mastodon; 2008-Cohoes City Hall; 2009-the Half Moon; 2010-Silliman Memorial Church; 2011-the Van Schaick Mansion; 2012-Keveny Memorial Academy; 2013-Cohoes High School; 2014-Cohoes Library; 2015-the former Cohoes Movie Theatre; 2016-Carlson’s Ice Rink; 2017-Erie Canal Locks; 2018-Cohoes Armory.

11/28/2019 – 12/19/2019

Banners for Veterans in the Town of Nassau

The Nassau Town Clerk, Sandy Rings, is pleased to announce that the Town of Nassau, Villages of Nassau and East Nassau and the Chandler-Young Veterans Association are undertaking a new project to honor our military veterans. We will be facilitating the sale, production and installation of individual veterans’ banners to honor their service to our community and our country. The banners will be installed on power poles in several locations throughout the Town. Applications are available on the Town website at, the Town Clerk’s Office at 29 Church Street and at the Chandler-Young Veterans Association at 7 Lyons Lake Road. We are hoping to be able to install banners whose applications are received prior to March 31, 2020 in time for Memorial Day, 2020. If you have any questions or need more details please feel free to call the Nassau Town Clerk’s Office at 518-766-2343, extension 1 or email

Sandra L. Rings, RMC

Nassau Town Clerk

12/05/2019 – 12/19/2019

The Latham-Colonie Council Knights Colonie K of C Blood Drive

On Friday, December 20th, 2019, The Latham-Colonie Council Knights of Columbus #3394, will hold a Blood Drive in conjunction with the American Red Cross at Latham-Colonie Council Knights of Columbus #3394 located at 328 Troy-Schenectady Road, Latham, N.Y. 12110.

The donation hours are from 1:00-6:00 pm

To schedule an appointment please contact or 518-209-6739 or

12/19/2019 – 12/26/2019

Book Nook News

The Book Nook at Transfiguration Parish on Hillview Road in Speigletown is open Saturday, December 21 from 9:00 am until noon. Books make great Christmas gifts and we have some of the best books by the best authors. The half-priced author specials for December are on Preston & Child, JA Jance and Nora Roberts. Our large print section is on special at 3/$1! Cookbooks, historical novels, biographies, religious, self-help are 6/$1. Children and young adult books are also 6/$1. Please stop by finish your shopping with us. Thanks for your continued support. See you at the Book Nook. As a reminder, we will be open again on Saturday, January 4 and 18.

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!

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.

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.

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