Thursday, February 27, 2014
E. L. Doctorow, author of World’s Fair (1985), The Book of Daniel (1971), Loon Lake (1980), Billy Bathgate (1989), and The March (2005), will read at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27, at Page Hall on the University at Albany’s downtown campus, at 135 Western Ave. in Albany. His 1975 novel Ragtime became a 1998 Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, as well as a 1981 film. His newest novel is Andrew’s Brain (2014), one man’s reflections on his eventful life, loves, and tragedies, and a probing inquiry into the reliability of memory.
Cunning Coyote: Did you ever hear a coyote howl? Do you wonder where they are going or what they might be doing? Come find answers to these questions and more at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, at 6:30 p.m. We will start inside with a short talk about the history and biology of the eastern coyote, then continue outside for a one-mile walk in the preserve as we listen for and try to elicit the howls of one of the smartest, most elusive animals in the Pine Bush. Please remember to dress for the weather. Appropriate for ages 8 and up. The fee is $3 per person and $5 per family, and registration is required; call 456-0651.
The Bethlehem Children’s School Traveling Open House: The Bethlehem Children’s School will be hosting an open house at the Altamont Free Library from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The Bethlehem Children’s School is a small, child-centered, multi-age school, serving children from age three through eighth grade, from over ten surrounding public school districts. A $150 tuition credit will be offered to families if they enroll their child as a result of visiting the open house. Interested parents can obtain more information by calling 478-0224.
Albany County DA’s Community Justice Outreach Center Resumé Workshop: A resumé workshop will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the DA’s outreach office at 155 Clinton Avenue in Albany, and will offer individuals the opportunity to have their resumés critiqued and gain useful tips on interviewing with prospective employees. This workshop is open to all members of the public.
Friday, February 28, 2014
The Trojan Women by Euripdes will be performed by the Classic Theater Guild at its new gallery at 137 State Street in Schenectady the weekends of Feb. 28 to March 2 and March 6 to 9. Here, Athena, played by Amanda Boyer, left, and the Chorus, played by Valerie Story, right, flank Hecuba, played by Lucy Breyer. Tickets cost $12. For more information, call 387-9150 or go online to www.classictheaterguild.com.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Living off the Land: The Maple Sugar Harvest will take place on Saturday, March 1, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Eldridge Research Center at 284 Pond Hill Road in Rensselaerville. Adopted by European settlers, maple syrup was first collected and used by the indigenous people of North America. Join ethnobotanist, Justin Wexler, for 1.5 hour walk at the Huyck Preserve and learn about the importance of the maple sugar harvest in the lives of native people. This walk is open to all and free of charge but a donation of $5 is recommended and appreciated.
Lyme Disease Support Group Meeting: The Capital Region Chapter of the Empire State Lyme Disease Association will present guest speaker, Eva Haughie, President of ESLDA, at an open meeting from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Bethlehem Public Library, 451, Delaware Ave., Delmar.
Frozen Flora: Winter is not over yet, and the plants of the northeast remain dormant until longer and warmer days. Explore with us the dormant state of familiar Pine Bush plants and take a last glimpse of their winter appearance before spring arrives. We plan to walk a half mile. This program is best for ages 8 and up. Meet at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, at 1:30 p.m. The fee is $3 per family and $5 per family, and registration is required; call 456-0651.
Pancake Breakfast at the United Methodist Church, 68 Maple Ave., Voorheesville. The cost is $5 per person. Come and support this fund-raiser hosted by the New Scotland Kiwanis.
Spring Garden Day: Spring starts March 1 with “Spring Garden Day” a program of gardening classes and fun held at Tamarac High School in Brunswick. Special speaker Bridget McCracken from Helia Land Design in Great Barrington, Mass., will speak on “Bringing Nature Into the Garden,” and keynote speaker and author, Terri Dunn Chace, will give the presentation “Seeing Flowers: Discover the Hidden Life of Flowers.” The program fee is $30 per person and registration is required; call 272-4210.
Sunday, March 2, 2014
This Presidential Christmas Card, by Barbara Prey, reminiscent of the fireside chats given by Franklin D. Roosevelt during the 1930s and 1940s, is on display with the original proofs for the White House Christmas Card commissioned by the President and First Lady. Prey painted the card at the White House and in her studio, which Teddy Roosevelt had built in the 1890s. It will be on display through March at the Barbara Prey Gallery at 71 Spring St., in Williamstown, Mass., open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and by appointment. For more information, call 413-884-6184 or go online to www.barbaraprey.com.
Onesquethaw Fish and Game Club breakfast, from 7:30 to 11 a.m., at 2032 Tarrytown Road, Feura Bush. The menu includes plain, blueberry, and whole wheat pancakes, eggs, bacon, home fries, toast, and sausage. The cost will be $8 for adults and $5 for children. Take-outs are available by calling 526-8721 the morning of the breakfast.
GPS Adventure: Search for hidden objects using a handheld GPS unit that will help you navigate the trails. Learn which buttons do what, how to locate your position on Earth, and how to find your way back to places you’ve been. GPS units are provided. The trail is one mile long. Appropriate for ages 7 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.
The St. David’s Welsh Society of the Capital District invites you to its annual St. David’s Dinner at the Turf Tavern, 40 Mohawk Ave., Scotia, at 2 p.m. This is an annual society event and open to all members and those interested in Welsh language and culture. There will be a presentation on “The Daily Skills of the Celts,” given by Dan Crowther of the Ancient Celtic Clans. There is a choice of entrée. Please call 355-3201 to make reservations.
Jazz/Latino, Inc. Presents Ahora, Latin/Jazz! 2014: The twenty-piece Union College Jazz Ensemble will perform with special guest Sensemaya. After the UCJE plays a set, Sensemaya will take the stage for a set of Latin jazz, to be joined in for several numbers by the UCJE. Free admission. Event will take place at 3 p.m. at the Emerson Auditorium, Taylor Music Center, Union College, 807 Union Street, Schenectady.
Honor Flight, One Last Mission movie viewing at 4 p.m. at the Westmere Fire Station, 1741 Western Avenue.
Monday, March 3, 2014
Onesquethaw Union Cemetery Association annual meeting, Onesquethaw Reformed Church, 11 Groesbeck Road, Feura Bush. All lot holders are encouraged to attend.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
SALT Recovery: The Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery will be hosting a homeowner seminar and contractor/designer seminar to answer questions about the NY Rising Homeowner Recovery Program. If you were impacted by flooding from Hurricane Irene or Tropical Storm Lee, you may be eligible for funding from NYS, including reimbursement if you have already completed construction. Residential properties are qualified to receive up to $300,000 for home repairs and reimbursements. The seminar will be held from noon to 7 p.m., at the Best Western, 121 Burgin Drive, Cobleskill. Call 702-5017 for more information.
Knox Historical Society Meeting at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall. New members are always welcome. Refreshments will be served. Call 872-20802 for more information.
Hay, Baleage, and Forage Quality School, beginning on March 4, will help farmers get ready for the coming crop season. In session one, educators from Cornell Cooperative Extension will provide in-depth training on the agronomics of producing forage. How do you evaluate your existing fields? What does it take to renovate a field or start over completely? How do I manage fertility, crop species, pest control, and harvest management to produce quality hay for the specific needs of livestock and customers? In session two, farmers will learn the details of the machinery used in making dry hay and baleage, and details of the processes in drying and fermenting forage. The focus will then turn to learning about forage quality, the nutritional needs of livestock, and how to characterize your forage to market it effectively. Lastly, the all-important topic of economics — how do you make a profit? Veteran and new farmers alike will learn the newest developments in forage production, and leave with many educational resources. The Hay, Baleage, and Forage Quality School will be held at the Borden Hose Company, in Mount Upton, on March 4 and 11; at the CCE office in Hudson on March 5 and 12; and at the CCE office in Ballston Spa on March 6 and 13. Pre-registration of $10 per session is due by Feb. 28 to CCE Herkimer, 5657 State Route 5, Herkimer, NY.
Flood Recovery Buffet Breakfast for Dinner from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Fusion Community Church in Cobleskill. The breakfast dinner will celebrate Mardi Gras, which is French for Fat Tuesday, referring to the practice of the last night of eating fatty foods before the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday. Call the SALT office at 702-5017 for more information.
Capital Project Referendum: On March 4, Greenville Central School District residents will be asked to vote on a proposed $10,345,000 bond issue. The project will allow the district to complete a sewer connection with the Town of Greenville, replace roofs district wide, and complete technology, security, and energy upgrades. Vote from 1 to 9 p.m. in the Scott M. Ellis Elementary School cafeteria.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Living Healthy NY Community Workshops: Community Caregivers and the Center for Excellence in Aging and Community Wellness are offering workshops, a six-week series on chromic disease self-management, beginning March 5, every Wednesday at 9:30 a.m., at the Bethlehem Public Library at 451 Delaware Ave., Delmar. Free and open to the public. Call the Community Caregivers at 456-2898 for details on the workshops.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Helderview Garden Club will meet at 6:45 p.m. at the Cornell Cooperative Extension on Martin Road in Voorheesville. Anne Vandervort, local gardener, will talk about design in the garden, including trellises. Everyone is welcome.
Friday, March 7, 2014
First Friday Hike — Spring is Coming: The calendar says spring is coming but what clues does nature give us that reveal the arrival of spring? Come and discover signs of spring as we walk for 45 minutes along the trails of the Pine Bush Preserve. All ages welcome. Meet at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, at 195 New Karner Road, Albany, at noon. There is no fee, but registration is required; call 456-0655.
Annual “Fish Fry” Hosted by the New Salem Volunteer Fire Department during Lent, beginning every Friday, March 7 through April 11, at 694 New Salem Road, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Plenty of parking. The dinner includes homemade coleslaw, a baked potato or French fries, and coffee, tea, or lemonade. Also, you can order homemade New England or Manhattan clam chowder, and dessert. If you prefer takeout, call 765-2244.
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Clearwater Chapter Trout Unlimited 42nd Annual Conservation Banquet at the Century House, New Loudon Road, Latham, at 4 p.m. Doors open with a cocktail hour and hors d’oeuvres, with dinner to follow at 6 p.m. Drawings and live and silent auctions will follow dinner, with the grand prize drawing of a Hornbeck Blackjack all-carbon fiber canoe, complete with rowing package. All proceeds from this event directly benefit the local conservation of our cold-water fisheries. The cost is $40 per person, and reservations can be made by calling 234-4192.
Venison Stew Donation Dinner at the Onesquethaw Reformed Church, 11 Groesbeck Road, Feura Bush. Continuous servings of venison stew, gelatin salad, Italian bread and butter, homemade fruit cobbler, and assorted beverages. The proceeds will benefit the Camp Fowler Scholarship Fund and the Pairs and Spares Scholarship Fund.
Thacher Nature Center Celebrates 11th Anniversary of Nature Art Exhibit: The 11th annual Nature Art Exhibit will be on display at Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center from March 8 to March 28, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays through Sundays. The work of more than 45 artists and artisans will be featured in this exhibit. The focus of the exhibit is work inspired by nature or created with natural materials. The artwork is a vibrant and inviting mixture of artistic ideas and creativity, brought to life in works of watercolor, oil, acrylic, pen and ink, pastel, photography, clay, wood, fiber, natural materials, and mixed media. The opening day reception will be held on March 8, from 1 to 4 p.m. It is free and open to the public.
Westerlo Fire Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Modern Woodman’s Hall, 980 County Route 401, Westerlo. The menu items include omelets, eggs, pancakes, hash browns, fruit, cereal, and more. Items are cooked to order and the cost is a donation.
Sunday, March 9, 2014
Wet on Wet Oil Painting Class at Thacher Nature Center at 10 a.m. Learn the skills involved in creating your own wet-on-wet oil painting landscape masterpiece. Each student will go home with a finished work of art. No experience is necessary, but previous artistic experience is helpful. The fee is $50 and the instructor supplies all materials unless otherwise requested. Recommended for ages 16 and up. Call 872-1237 to register.
Pups on Snowshoes: Bring your 4 to 8 year olds for a slow-paced snowshoeing exploration. Snowshoes will be provided for everyone. If there is not enough snow on the ground, we will hike. Be prepared to slow down for the little ones, and bring warm clothing and plenty of drinking water. We will plan to snow shoe about .5 miles. 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.
Movie Censorship — The Government Was Watching: Many people are familiar with Hollywood’s self-censorship during the mid 20th century. The first such interference began in 1907 and lasted until the 1960s. This talk will explore those who fought back against such an invasion of First Amendment right: small-time distributors and the ACLU, hoping to get the Supreme Court to declare movie censorship unconstitutional. Theirs is a story of pluck, determination, and loss — until 1952, when the censors began to find themselves defensive. We’ll explore why the Supreme Court never declared state censorship unconstitutional. Presented by the Capital District Humanist Society, at 12:30 p.m., in room 224 of the Campus Center, Sage Colleges Albany Campus, New Scotland Avenue at Academy Road. Free admission.
Honor Flight, One Last Mission movie viewing at 4 p.m. at the Voorheesville American Legion, 31 Voorheesville Avenue.