Sports & Recreation

Sports & Recreation 02.27.20

Deep Stack Omaha High Poker Tournament

WEST SAND LAKE – West Sand Lake Fire Dept. will be holding a benefit Poker Game on February 29 at 1 pm doors open at 12 noon and walk-ins welcome. Free refreshments will be served. for more information contact Dennis 518-283-2252

Classie Lassies Girls Softball Spring Registration

AVERILL PARK – Registration is open for the Spring 2020 Classie Lassies Girls Softball season.  Girls ages 5 through 14 (must turn 5 in 2020) are eligible to join.  You can register on-line at  Contact for additional information.

Beginner Basket Weaving at Thacher Visitor Center

VOORHEESVILLE – Saturday, February 29, at 10:00a.m. Learn to weave a basket with artisan and teacher Karin Kuck. Your finished basket will serve as a great introduction to weaving techniques that are the foundation of basket construction. You will leave with a useable 5” x 5” basket that you’ll be proud to display in your home or give as a gift. The course fee of $40 includes all materials. The approximate time for the course is about three hours. Call 518-872-0800 to register.

Mindfulness in the Outdoors

RENSSELAER COUNTY – Saturday, February 29: 1pm – 3pm Get outside. Go Within. Quietly sauntering in the woods in a state of mindful awareness allows you to connect with nature, reduce stress, breathe fresh air, gently move your body, relax your mind and renew your spirit. We will combine sauntering, forest bathing, meditation, journaling/drawing, and end with a tea ceremony. During this experience you will be guided through the process of slowing down and becoming aware of your surroundings. Techniques will be shared on how bring this gift into your daily life. $5. Preregistration required and space limited to 10. For older teens and adults. Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center is a Rensselaer County Park open daily during daylight hours for hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Please preregister for events at (518) 658-2055 or Call for more information and a complete schedule of our winter events or visit

March Programs at Grafton Lakes State Park- Spring is on its Way!

GRAFTON – Full Moon Hikes: Fri. March 6 & Sat. March 7: Enjoy a 2 mile night hike. $3/ person. Ages 10 & up. Preregistration required: 518-279-1155, ext. 2.

Saturday, March 7– Birds & Bagels at 10am. Enjoy a bagel & observe our winter birds! $3/ person. Ages 8 & up. Preregister & let us know what kind of bagel you’d like; 518-279-1155, ext. 2.

Saturday, March 14– Yoga Class: The Fire Within at 10am. Fight the winter blues & prepare for spring. $5/ person. Ages 10 & up. BYO water & a yoga mat. Preregistration is required; 518-279-1155, ext. 2.

Saturday, March 14—Family Snowshoe/ Hike at 1pm. Beginners Welcome! Kids & adults snowshoes available. $3/ person, $10 for families of 4+. Preregistration required; 518-279-1155 ext. 2.

Saturday, March 21—Only YOU Can Protect the Forest: Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Info Session at 10am. Come learn about one of the most harmful invasive insects of the Eastern US. Learn how to ID, its forest impacts, and how to help! Indoor info session & outdoor walk. Free hot chocolate! Ages 14-adult. Preregister: 518-279-1155 ext. 2.

Saturday, March 21— Backyard Maple Sugaring at 1pm. Learn how maple sap turns to syrup. Tasty samples for all! Come dressed for the outdoors. $2/person, $5/family. Preregister: 518-279-1155 ext. 2.

Sunday, March 22—Kid’s Story Time at 10am. Join us in the Welcome Center’s for Dr. Seuss’s, “The Lorax” and create a craft. Ages 4 – 9 years old.

Saturday, March 28– Yoga Class: Spring Awakening at 10am. Join us for gentle & energizing yoga. $5/person. Ages 10 & up. BYO water & yoga mat. Preregistration required: 518-279-1155, ext. 2.

Saturday, March 28—Bluebird Boxes at 1pm. Learn about bluebirds, its & how you can help! Include excursions to local nest boxes. Ages 8+.

Sunday, March 29—Signs of Spring Hike at 10am. Stretch your legs and shrug off winter. Come prepared for muddy trails; wear waterproof boots or shoes. All are welcome.

Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament

WEST SAND LAKE – West Sand Lake Fire Dept. will host a benefit Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament at the Fire Hall on Sat. March 7th at 1 pm. Doors open an noon and all walk-ins welcome. Free refreshments and lunch will be served. For more information call Dennis at 518-283-2252.

Nature Art Show Opening at Thacher Nature Center

 VOORHEESVILLE – Saturday, March 7, 1:00p.m. – 4:00p.m. Come and be inspired by the works of talented local artists. The exhibit will feature nature-inspired artwork in a variety of media including watercolors, oils, photography, clay, fiber, and wood. Meet the artists and enjoy complimentary refreshments. The Nature Art Exhibit will be on display at the Nature Center until March 28, Tuesday through Sunday, 9am – 5pm, we are closed on Mondays. Call 518-872-0800 for more information.

Home Waters Chapter 586 of Trout Unlimited Monthly Meeting

GRAFTON – Home Waters Chapter of Trout Unlimited is holding their monthly meeting on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 6:00 PM at the Grafton Lakes State Park Welcome Center, which is located at the end of the main parking lot. If main gates are closed, please enter via the Winter Entrance at the four corners in Grafton. This month we will be hosting Tracy Brown, the Northeast Restoration Coordinator for Trout Unlimited. All are encouraged and welcome to attend. Light Fare and Refreshments will be available. Contact us at or 518-326-6201 for more information.

Paint a Serene River Scene at Thacher Nature Center

VOORHEESVILLE – Saturday, March 14, 10a.m. – 3:30p.m. Create an oil painting of a serene river scene with local accomplished artist and teacher Karen Woodin. Participants of all skill levels will receive instructions on various oil painting techniques and complete their own 18 x 18 oil painting to take home. Course fee of $75 includes all materials. Registration and prepayment are required. Bring a bag lunch, light refreshments will be provided. Space is limited, call 518-872-0800 to register.

AP Fire Department Texas Hold’Em

AVERILL PARK –  Texas Hold’em No Limit Poker Tournament. Saturday, March 21, 2020 at The Averill Park Fire House. 35 Eastern Union Turnpike, Averill Park, NY 12018. Doors Open at 12:00 pm. Tournament Starts at 1:00 pm. Lunch will be served at 2:00 pm. $125 buy-in ($25 donation, $100 prize pool).

Capital District Senior Softball League Looking for Players

CAPITAL DISTRICT – Capital District Senior Softball League (CDSSL.COM) is recruiting players for their 55+ mens league. Call Wayne at 518-852-4308 for info.

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