Local Events

Monday, September 28, 2015

Nighttime Wildlife at Five Rivers: Nighttime is special at 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar. It’s often a quiet time for people but an active time for wildlife. Join a center naturalist at 7 p.m. for an evening stroll to learn about some of the nocturnal animals at Five Rivers. Learn the strategies of the hunters and what the hunted do to avoid being caught. Call 475-0291 for more information.

The Town of Berne Historical Society joins the Berne Library in welcoming Bruce Dearstyne for an evening program of history. Dr. Dearstyne will speak about his new book, “The Spirit of New York: Defining Events in the Empire State’s History.” The program begins at 7 p.m. and refreshments will be served.


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Solarize Albany County: Informational meeting, at 7 p.m. at Conkling Hall, 8 Methodist Hill Road in Rensselaerville, about a NYSERDA sponsored, discounted bulk purchasing program for anyone in Albany County who wants to buy a solar PV system for installation at their home or small business. Feel free to bring your electric bills for the last year, or bring summary information about your annual power use, to help answer individualized questions. Call 618-5376 for more information.

Financial Resources for Business Panel Discussion: Join Economic Development and Chamber of Commerce professionals for a discussion at the Bethlehem Public Library at 7 p.m. The panel will discuss financing resources available for business start-ups and expansions from a variety of sources including conventional banks and non-traditional, alternative lenders. Topics to be discussed include credit, business planning, financial projections, appropriate uses of funds, and more. Call 439-4955 ext. 1189 for more information.

Eldercare Resources Fall Seminar Series: The educational seminars presented by ECR, featuring various relevant topics for seniors, are ideal for both active “Boomers” as well as families with aging loved ones and enables them to benefit from a greater understanding of the resources and service providers available throughout the Capital Region. A seminar will be held at the Guilderland YMCA from 12:30 to 2 p.m. 

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Voorheesville Farmers’ Market, final week, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at 68 Maple Avenue, featuring Two’s Company Music. 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Community Net Metering, be Helderberg Community Energy, at 7 p.m. at the First Reformed Church of Berne, 1663 Helderberg Trail in Berne. Learn how to use solar power if you live in an apartment, or if you have a slate roof, a historic home, shade trees, or any other reason why installing solar panels at your site is not your best option. Feel free to bring Feel free to bring your electric bills for the last year, or bring summary information about your annual power use, to help answer individualized questions. Call 669-6459.

Turkey Supper and Bake Sale at the Bethany Lutheran Church at 4:30 p.m. The price of the family-style dinner is $10 for adults and $6 for children. Take-outs are available for $11. Proceeds will be used for church and community projects. 

Friday, October 2, 2015

First Friday Walk and Talk: Take a break from your day and join us for a 1.2-mile hike at Kings Road Barrens. We will meet at the Kings Road trailhead at noon. Adults only. There is not fee, but registration is required; call 456-0655. 

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Plaid Market Basket Workshop at the Shaker Heritage Society, 25 Meeting House Road, Albany, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This basket has an open bottom woven in natural, smoked, and your color choice. Please choose navy, black, dark green, red, or burgundy at the time of registration. Optional wrapped handle if time permits. This is a five-hour workshop; those who do not complete their baskets within the time frame may schedule more class time with the instructor at a later date for an additional cost. Pre-registration with payment is required by Sept. 28. Space is limited, so reserve your spot by calling 456-7890.

Brooks Chicken Barbeque from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the McKownville United Methodist Church, 1565 Western Avenue. The cost is $11 for an adult chicken dinner, $8 for a children’s dinner, and $8.50 for chicken only. Also visit our pumpkin patch and our vendor fair.

Pulled Pork Dinner at the Bethlehem Grange #137, 24 Bridge St., Selkirk. Menu includes pulled pork, mashed potatoes, vegetables, coleslaw, a roll, beverage, and dessert. The cost is $12 for adults and $6 for children and dinner will be served from 4 to 7 p.m.

Harvest Fair: Heather Ridge Farm in Preston Hollow is hosting its first Harvest Fair, a daylong event celebrating the abundance of the Catskills and Hudson Valley. The fair will feature local farmers, artisans, and producers displaying their products, cider pressing and tastings, wool spinning demonstrations, farm tours, and fun fall treats. Live entertainment will be provided by Wes Laraway and The Birds of Prey of the New York Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. The focus of the event will be a scarecrow competition, in which contestants bring their most dapper decoy for fairgoers to enjoy, while vying for the $100 gift certificate prize. For more information, call 239-6234.

Breast Cancer Awareness Spaghetti Dinner in loving memory of Robin Evon, from noon to 7 p.m. at the Guilderland Elks Club, 3867 Carman Road. The suggested donation for dinner is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Take-out dinners will be available. Cash drinks, music, drawings, and more. For questions, donations, or if you would like to volunteer, call 858-8737.

Brilliant and Bristly Buckmoths: Join us for a .9-mile walk to discover the amazing world of buckmoths. The inland barrens buckmoth is a large beautiful moth with bold black and white wings that flies for only a brief window of time in the early fall. A species of special concern in New York State, the buckmoth is uniquely dependent on the scrub oak that thrives in this sandy fire-dependent ecosystem. Appropriate for ages 6 and up. Meet at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, at 11 a.m. The fee is $3 per person or $5 per family and registration is required; call 456-0655.

Schoharie Pumpkin Festival: The Schoharie Promotional Association announces its 5th annual pumpkin festival to be held on Main Street in the Village of Schoharie from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Some of the events planned are entertainment in the courtyard, games, contests, prizes, crafters and vendors, a photo booth, giant pumpkins, festival food, hayrides, a pumpkin bake-off, mobile fire safety trailer tours, local race cars and drivers, and much more. The day will end with a giant pumpkin drop and smash!

New Fall Sales at Medusa: The Medusa Church announces it is having fall rummage sales. The first will be open on Oct. 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fall, Halloween, and Thanksgiving items, as well as many other items. The church hall is located on County Route 351 in the village.

Foliage and Fido — Fall Hike: Meet at the Research Station at the Huyck Preserve, 284 Pond Hill Road, for a guided hike, and bring Fido with you! All dogs must be leashed, up-to-date on vaccines, and friendly. We will hike away from the station down to the lake for a view of the changing fall foliage, and see what we can find along the way. This a free guided hike, but donations are always appreciated.

Lasagna Dinner and Cake Walk at the Hilltowns Senior Center, 1360 Helderberg Trail, Berne. Tickets are $10 prepaid at the Berne Library or $12 at the door. Sponsored by the Friends of the Berne Library.

A New Season of Community Dances: Two of the area’s leading proponents of traditional dance, Old Songs, Inc., with underwriting support from Homespun Occasions, host a new season of Old Songs Community Dances, starting on Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. Admission is $8 per person; children age 12 and under get in free. A yummy dessert and snack potluck during intermission will return by popular demand. The first dance will feature caller Paul Rosenberg and music by Tamarack. 

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Prickly Porcupines: Porcupines, also known as quill pigs, are the only mammal in North America with quills and they live here in the Pine Bush. Join us for a talk and walk to learn more about these interesting and elusive animals. We will walk approximately one mile. Appropriate for ages 6 and up. 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.