Sports & Recreation

Sports & Recreation 03.12.20

Registration for the Averill Park Road Runners 2020 Track & Field Season Now Open 

AVERILL PARK – The club is for anyone ages 7-14 who enjoys running, jumping, throwing and having FUN!  Events include sprints, distance running, long jump, high jump, shot put, turbo javelin and discus. AP School District residency is NOT required. Practices at AP High School Monday and Thursday evenings and some optional Saturday mornings. Several meets throughout the season, from April 6th through the USATF Junior Olympics and Regionals in June and July.  

Registration and more information at  Registration fee includes a uniform ($75 before 3/22, $85 3/23-4/19 and $100 after 4/20, $10 sibling discount). Membership in the U.S. Track and Field Association ($20) is required and provides insurance coverage. Contact for help with registration or questions.

We’re a parent-run organization, and parental involvement is required. All abilities and skill levels are welcome. See you at the track!

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.

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

GRAFTON – 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.

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.

March Mindful Nature Walk

AVERILL PARK – Sunday, March 15, 10 am – 12:30 pm: Mindful Nature Walk Chestnut Hill Preserve, 187 Brainard Rd, Averill Park. Slow down and tune in to nature with Kripalu-certified Mindful Outdoor Guides Molly Freiberg and Moriah Cutro-Kelly for RPA’s monthly Mindful Nature Walk. Bundle up in your warm winter layers…then add another or 2 more! We will be walking slowly, sometimes sitting, to take in the forest atmosphere, so we will not be building much heat. Contact or 978-239-8105 with questions or to register (drop-ins welcome). Ages 12 and up. $5 – $10 suggested donation supports conservation on the Rensselaer Plateau.

10th Annual Freihofer’s Training Challenge Begins Regionally March 16

CAPITAL DISTRICT – Women who are interested in completing their first 5K, becoming more competitive runners, or setting a new PR or “personal record,” are invited to join the 10th annual Freihofer’s Training Challenge, which kicks off Monday, March 16 at sites throughout the Capital Region.

Participants can sign up for the 11-week couch to 5K program when they register online for the Freihofer’s Run for Women. Online registration through the 5K registration ( is the only method of registering for this program.

“Whether it’s your first or 30th time running/walking the 5K, our program can help you. We offer a beginner program for those who are new to running and an intermediate program for those who completed last year’s challenge or want more interval workouts,” said Kristen Hislop, co-director, Freihofer’s Run for Women. “Our advanced program is tailored to those who want to run longer and are ready for focused speed and distance workouts. Our mentors encourage participants to move groups based on how they feel and how they are running.”

The Training Challenge costs $55 and includes a Training Challenge tech shirt; seminars and clinics relating to strength training, nutrition, injury prevention, running form and core strength; and, offers from program partners, including a free 10-week Capital District YMCA membership.

For additional information, visit

Science Lecture Series: Fifty Years of Memories – The Sand Plains of Glacial Lake Albany

ALBANY – Thursday March 19, 2020. Gather and refreshments at 6:30pm. Lecture 7:00- 8:30pm. Suitable for adults. Alvin Breisch first explored the Albany Pine Bush as a graduate student studying plant ecology at SUNY Albany in 1967. Over the past 50 plus years, he has gotten to know many of the people trying to protect this unique ecosystem and those conducting detailed studies on the flora, fauna, and natural communities of the Albany Pine Bush. Join us this evening as Mr. Breisch shares his reflections of the Pine Bush and his work in the field of herpetology. Location: Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, Albany, NY Fee: Free! Reservations required for all attendees (regardless of age). Make reservations by calling 518-456-0655 or visit 

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).

Mindfulness in the Outdoors

GRAFTON – Saturday, March 21: 10am – 12pm. 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 meet at the Dyken Pond EE Center and 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. Fee: $5. Preregistration required at (518) 658-2055 or Space is limited to 10. For older teens and adults. Leader: Sandra Wilson.

Equinox Hike

ALBANY – Saturday March 21, 2020, 1:00pm–2:30pm. Suitable for ages 6-10, tweens, tweens and adults. March 20th is the Vernal Equinox! What better way to welcome spring than to get outside for a hike in the Pine Bush! We’ll hike 0.9 miles, stopping to look for signs of the season. Location: Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, Albany, NY. Fee: Free! Reservations required for all attendees (regardless of age). Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Make reservations by calling 518-456-0655 or visit 

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.

Swifty’s Happy Hour with Friends of the Pine Bush Community

ALBANY – Join the Friends of the Pine Bush Community on Tuesday, March 24, from 4 to 7pm at Swifty’s Restaurant & Bar for the first in a series of Community Trail Orientations where you’ll learn more about the 20-Mile Challenge, the activities of the Friends, and enjoy themed Happy Hour specials. Location: Swifty’s Restaurant & Bar, 95 Everett Road, Albany, New York. No reservation required.

iMap Invasives Training

ALBANY – Wednesday March 25, 2020 7:00-8:30pm. Suitable for adults. This Training: Volunteer community scientists can make valuable contributions that help conservation professionals manage invasive species. The evening will provide an introduction to iMap Invasives, an online mapping tool for sharing invasive species data. The Survey: Volunteers will use the iMap Invasives App to document invasive species year-round in the preserve and in the neighborhood. Location: Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, Albany, NY. Fee: Free! Reservations required for all attendees (regardless of age). Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Make reservations by calling 518-456-0655 or visit 

Averill Park Youth Soccer League

AVERILL PARK – 2020 Spring Rec Registration Now Open! This is an all-play non-competitive league that focuses on learning the skills and fundamentals of soccer and most of all, having fun! Season runs April 20th -June 7th. Practice and games will be held on the same night. **Pre K**– Monday; Kindergarten/Grade 1 – Tuesday; Grade 2nd/3rd – Wednesday; Grade 4th/5th/6th –Thursday. Register now through March 25th: $65. Late registration March 26th through March 31st: $80. Register online: (Scholarships are available to those qualifying for the school lunch program, must register by March 17th).

10th Annual Freihofer’s Training Challenge Begins Regionally March 16

CAPITAL DISTRICT – Women who are interested Tuesday Treks at Dyken Pond EEC

GRAFTON – Every Tuesday: 1pm-3pm – We will hike or snowshoe about 2-3 miles depending on conditions every Tuesday afternoon in March. Please call or check the website for updated conditions and possible cancellations. For adults and older teens. Snowshoe rentals available for $5. Leader: Leonard Tremblay.

Cornell Cooperative Extension Renselaer County Offers 4-H Youth Air Rifle Session

RENSSELAER COUNTY – The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County 4-H Youth Development program is holding an Air Rifle session for youth ten and older, as of January 1, 2020. Youth who would like to learn about the safe and responsible use of firearms as well as equipment maintenance and other related topics are encouraged to participate. In doing so, the 4-H Shooting Sports program provides opportunities for youth to gain valuable skills, practice leadership, and build relationships with non-parent adults. This 4-H Shooting Sports session will meet on Fridays, March 27th, April 3rd and 10th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. There is a $15.00 registration fee for 4-H members and $25.00 for non-members. Pre-registration is required and registration will be limited. To register a youth, or for more information, please contact Eileen DePaula at 518-272-4210 or For more information about this and other programs offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County, please call 518-272-4210. No one shall be denied the opportunity to participate or receive information based on their ability to pay. If you have special needs that we can accommodate please let us know at the time of your call.

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