Local Events

Saturday, August 29, 2015

4th Annual Ride for Life: Poker run through the beautiful hills of Albany County ending at Joralemon Park in Ravena. This is a fundraiser for Tony Haack, who has a non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He’s our neighbor and friends and he needs out help; we thoroughly believe that no one fights alone. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the Coeymans Police Department, 18 Russell Ave., Ravena, and the ride begins at 10:30 a.m. The registration fee is $30 per bike and $15 per passenger. There will be music, food, drinks, and drawings. Call 466-7905 for more information.

Amazing Ants! Ants are everywhere, especially right under our feet, but most people rarely take the time to notice them, or wonder about what they do. In this program, we will learn about the roles of ants in the Albany Pine Bush Preserve, hike (approximately one mile) around to meet some of the most characteristic and charismatic ants of the preserve, and gain an understanding of how ants work so well together. They’re amazing! Please bring your curious mind, your hiking shoes, and a hand lens if you have fun. Appropriate for ages 10 and up. Meet at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, at 2 p.m. The fee is $3 per person or $5 per family and registration is required; call 456-0655.

3rd Annual Poker Run hosted by American Legion Riders Post 977 in Altamont, to raise money for area veterans groups. Calling all motorcycle enthusiasts for a scenic ride through Greene, Schoharie, and Albany counties. Registration is at the Voorheesville Fire Department from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The cost is $25. Call 861-6848 for more information. 

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Discover the Pine Bush: An extraordinary journey into the Albany Pine Bush, the best remaining example in the world of an inland pine barrens. Our experts will guide you along this .9-mile hike over rolling sand dunes where you will discover Pine Bush natural history, seasonal surprises, and transformations. Appropriate for all ages. Meet at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, at 1 p.m. The fee is $3 per person or $5 per family and registration is required; call 456-0655. 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

“Practical Advice for Helping Others”: Visiting Buddhist Lama Tsultrim (John Samuelson) will give a talk at the Albany KTC Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center, located at the Doane Stuart School, 199 Washington Ave., Rensselaer. Lama Tsultrim Yeshe is a retired prison chaplain and is resident teaching lama at the Hay River KTC in Wisconsin. A donation of $10 is suggested. Call 872-1629 for more information.

Knox Historical Society Meeting: Andrew Albert will share his collection of metal-detector finds with the society at 7 p.m. in the town hall, followed by a regular business meeting. Refreshments will be served and new members are always welcome. Call 872-2082 for more information.

County Executive 2015 Town Board Meeting Tour: Albany County Executive Dan McCoy’s fourth town meeting tour continues at the Guilderland Town Board meeting at 7:30 p.m. The tour provides an opportunity for the county executive to talk directly with residents in area municipalities about issues that are impacting them and to provide a brief update on county initiatives.

Auditions for “Babes in Toyland”: The Hilltowns Players is holding auditions for its fall musical comedy, “Babes in Toyland,” on Tuesday and Wednesday, at 7 p.m. at the Helderberg Lutheran Church in Berne. Actors will sing their choice of the national anthem or “God Bless America” and read part of the script. Call 872-9455 for more information.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Yann Falquet & Pascal Gemme will perform on Saturday, Sept. 12, at 8 p.m. at the Old Songs Community Arts Center at 37 South Main Street in Voorheesville. Tickets are $20 for adults; $5 for children 12 and under, available at oldsongs.org or by calling Old Songs at 765-2815.

Eastern NY Soil Health Field Day — Building Better Soils With Cover Crops: The Cornell Cooperative Extension will be hosting a Soil Health Field Day in farms fields at Fox Creek Park, 495 North Main Street., Schoharie, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The program of speakers, demonstrations, and cover crop plots is designed for all farms including livestock, dairy, row crop, and vegetable farms. Pre-registration is required by calling (315) 866-7920.

Early Morning Bird Walks at Five Rivers: A series of four early morning bird walks will be conducted at 7:30 a.m. on succeeding Thursdays in September. On these outdoor surveys of fall migration, Five Rivers naturalists will lead participants along gentle trails to look for seasonal and year-round species. The long-term data collected on these citizen science outings help to monitor avian trends, such as response to changing land use, climate change, and other environmental influences. The program is open to the public at no cost. Call 475-0291 for more information.

Brooks Chicken and Rib BBQ at the Lynnwood Reformed Church, 3714 Carman Road, from 4 p.m. until sold out. The cost is $10 for a chicken dinner, $6 for a half-chicken, and $12 for a rib dinner. Take-out only. 

Friday, September 4, 2015

Benefit Spaghetti Dinner at the Trinity United Methodist Church, 1313 Route 143, Coeymans Hollow, from 4 to 7 p.m. Eat-in or take-out. Help Melissa crush cancer! 

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Ravens, Crows, and Jays at Five Rivers: Join a center naturalist at 10 a.m. at 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar, to explore the outdoors and walk along the Big Pine Trail. This scenic trail runs along the Vlomankill stream, under pines and hemlocks, and supports a variety of birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and fish. Participants will look for signs of and learn about some of the many amazing animals this beautiful habitat supports. At 2 p.m., learn about ravens, crows, and jays during a presentation. These species belong to a larger family of birds called corvids, arguably the most intelligent birds in the world. Species within this family are found in different regions around the globe, including at Five Rivers. The presentation will begin indoors and will include an opportunity to meet a live Common Raven. Afterwards, the group will venture afield to learn about the habitat and behaviors of local corvid species. Call 475-0291 for more information.