Local Events

Thursday, October 2, 2014

After School Adventure: Hey kids, have some fun outdoors from 3:30 p.m to 4:30 p.m. at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, Albany. Hiking adventure club will meet on the first and third Thursday of each month from September 18 through December 4. Bring an adult, you can come every day or just once, but remember to wear sturdy walking shoes, long pants and bring drinking water. Club is free but requires registration. Sign up by calling 456-0655 or visit www.AlbanyPineBush.org and click on “Events Calendar.”

The Helderview Garden Club will meet at 6:45 p.m. at the Cornell Cooperative Extension building on Martin Road in Voorheesville. Allison from Helderledge Nursery will do a hands on fall table arrangement on a tea cup saucer with artificial flowers, fruit and candle. Fee is $15 per person. The public is welcome.

Annual Turkey Supper and Bake Sale at the Bethany Lutheran Church located at 185 Church Street in Central Bridge beginning at 4:30 p.m. Family-style dinner is $9 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 through 12, and free for children under age 5. Take out dinners are available for $10. For more information, call Carol Wilber at 505-6432.


Friday, October 3, 2014

Hike to Discover the Amazing World of Buckmoths from noon to 12:45 p.m. at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center at 195 New Karner Road, Albany. Hike is for all ages. Fee is free, but registration is required by calling 456-0655 or visiting www.AlbanyPineBush.org and clicking on “Events Calendar”.

Garage Sale to Benefit the Berne Library will be held on Friday, Oct 3, and Saturday, Oct 4, in the garage and basement of 232 Rock Road in Knox from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Owner moving and downsizing. Various items available.

AARP Defensive Driving Class from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sign up at the New Scotland Town Clerk’s Office or call 439-4865.

Mainstream Level Western Square Dance at the Middleburgh High School cafeteria from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. The dance theme is apple festival. The caller is Walter Wall and the cuer is Dolores Randall. Please wear soft-sole shoes. 

Guilderland Girls Soccer Booster Club Lasagna Night: Dozens of different styles and recipes of lasagna will be featured from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Guilderland Center Fire House. Eat-in or take-out dinners are $7 per person and include bread and salad. 

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Joe Crookston & the BlueBird Jubilee, featuring guitarist Peter Glanville, in concert at 7:30 pm, Saturday, October 4, at the 8th Step at Proctors (Underground), 432 State Street, Schenectady. Tickets are $24 for general admission, $22 in advance, and $30 for Gold Circle. For further information contact The Eighth Step at (518) 434-1703 or visit online at 8thstep.org.


Hike to Discover the Amazing World of Buckmoths from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center at 195 New Karner Road, Albany. Hike is for all ages. Fee is $3 per person, $5 per family, and children under 5 years are free. Registration is required by calling 456-0655 or visiting www.AlbanyPineBush.org and clicking on “Events Calendar”.

A New Season of Old Songs Community Dances, hosted by Old Songs, Inc. and underwritten by Homespun Occasions, begins at 7 p.m. at the Old Song Community Center, 37 South Main Avenue, Voorheesville featuring caller Paul Rosenburg and music by Will Welling & Tamarack. Admission is $8 per person, children age 12 and under are free. There will be a dessert and snack potluck during intermission. Season will continue monthly on first Saturdays every month through May.

Jerusalem Reformed Church Annual Autumn Supper: Route 32, Feura Bush from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Dinner features Roast Turkey with all the trimmings. Come early and come hungry! No reservations needed. First come first served and take-outs available. Free with donation.  There will also be a bake and craft sale.

Guilderland Firehouse Open House from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. rain or shine at the corner of Western Avenue and Willow Street. There will be an automobile extrication demonstration performed several times.  Children will be able to save “George’s house,” the façade of the side of a house, by spraying a real fire hose on it. There will be many activities throughout the day, along with door prizes, lots of fire prevention materials to hand out, games to win prizes and a “stay low, get out” maze to follow. Refreshments and food will be available. The event is free to the public. 

Brooks Chicken Barbecue at the McKownville United Methodist Church, 1565 Western Ave., from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. There will also be a vendor fair and a pumpkin patch. 

Guilderland Elks Fall Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 3867 Carman Road. The festival will feature crafters and vendors, live entertainment, and pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, a bounce house, pumpkin painting, and more. 

Souped Up on Guilderland: The Guilderland Chamber of Commerce once again presents the eighth-annual Souped up on Guilderland, at the YMCA Adventure Camp. The event features local restaurants and caterers participating in contests for the best chili, soups, and stews, as well as an antiques car show. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with the soup portion opening at 11 a.m. The cost is $5 for admission to the soup, and the vendors and car show attendance is free. 

Open House and Spaghetti Dinner at the Voorheesville Fire Department from 3 to 6:30 p.m. There will be fire truck rides, safety displays, a poster contest, and more. The cost for the spaghetti dinner is $5 for ages 11 and up, and free for children under 10. All proceeds will beneft the Albany County Burn Fund. 

Big Truck Day: Guilderland High School’s Big Truck Day is fun on wheels for the whole family. Check out big trucks and meet the people who drive them. Featured trucks include the Guilderland Center Fire Department fire trucks, a Guilderland Central School District bus, a Time Warner Cable bucket truck, and a News Channel 10 truck! The event runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the cost is $5 per child and $1 per adult. 

Long Path Hike in Thacher Park: Hike the Long Path through the park from south to north with members of the Albany ADK. From Beaver Dam Road we will hike through woodlands and along open fields to a spotted car at Old Stage Road. Enjoy scenic views from the cliff across the Hudson and the Mohawk Valleys. The hike is about 9 miles of mostly level walking. Bring a trail lunch and water. Meet at the Thacher Nature Center at 8:30 a.m. Please register by calling 861-7452.

Garage Sale to Benefit Orange Street Cats, a group that rescues cats and spays, neuters, and finds good homes for them. The garage sale will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Winnie Road, a one-way off of Delaware Avenue in Delmar. 


Sunday, October 5, 2014

All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast at the American Legion Altamont Post 977, 988 Altamont Boulevard, from 8 a.m. to noon. The cost is $9 per person, or $4 for children under 12. Call 861-6848 for more information.

Fall Foliage: Changing foliage is all around. Come and join us for a two-and-a-half mile hike while we take in the beautiful scenery of this rare ecosystem. Please remember to wear sturdy walking shoes, long pants, and bring drinking water. Appropriate for ages 8 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. 

Go Batty Over Bats at Thacher Nature Center: Halloween is just around the corner and it’s time to think bat! Debunk common misconceptions and learn some amazing facts. Try navigating like a bat in an echolocation activity and make a bat mask to take home. Call 872-0800 to register. 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

“The Life and Times of Solomon Northup” will be presented at the New Scotland Historical Assocation, Wyman Osterhout Community Center, off of Route 85 in New Salem. Historic re-enactor, Clifford Oliver Mealy, will portray Solomon Northup of Washington County, a free man in the 1840s, who was sold into slavery. The program is free and open to the public. Call 765-4212 for more information.

The History of the Saddlemire Homestead will be the topic of a talk by Lou Saddlemire immediately following the regular meeting of the Knox Historical Society, at the Knox Town Hall, at 7 p.m. All are welcome and refreshments will be served. Call 872-2082 for more information.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Fall Shooting Sports Session: The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Albany County 4-H Shooting Sports Program will be offering an indoor shooting sports session at the extension building on Martin Road in Voorheesville. The fall session will take place on Oct. 8, 15, 22, and 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. Participants must be between 11 and 18 years of age. There is a participation fee of $35 for each youth. Participants must pre-register and registration will be limited; call 765-3500 to register. 

Full Moon Hike: Enjoy the Pine Bush at night with an hour-long hike under the full moon. We will walk one mile over rolling topography, stopping intermittently for night vision and sound observations. Please remember to dress appropriately for the weather. Appropriate for all ages. Meet at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, at 6:30 p.m. The fee is $3 per person or $5 per family and registration is required; call 456-0655. 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Guilderland Central High School Class of 1964 50th Reunion, beginning with an informal get-together at 5:30 p.m. at the Inn Town Restaurant and Bar, at 5180 Western Turnpike, followed by the Guilderland versus Ballston Spa football game at home. On Saturday, Oct. 11, there will be a tour of the high school at 2 p.m. and a cocktail party and dinner at 5:30 p.m. at the Western Turnpike Golf Club, 2350 Western Ave. Call 872-0491 for more information.

Brook’s Barbecue at the Lynnwood Reformed Church, 3714 Carman Road, Guilderland, from 3 p.m. until it is sold out. The cost is $10 for a chicken dinner or $12 for a ribs dinner; a half-chicken is $6. Drive-through only.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Community Tag Sale, held by the Voorheesville American Legion Auxiliary, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, Voorheesville Avenue, Voorheesville. 

Conservations Easements — What Are They and How Can They Help Conserve Open Space?: The Huyck Preserve, at the Eldridge Research Station, 284 Pond Hill Road, Rensselaerville, will host a seminar, open to the public and free of charge, from 2 to 4 p.m. The Preserve encourages the attendance of landowners and farmers who are seeking ways to conserve and protect open space and the agricultural and woodland character of their lands by limiting the types, location, and density of development. All members of the public interested in the conservation of open space are also urged to come. 

St. Boniface Episcopal Church Fall Festival, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 5154 Western Ave., Guilderland. The festival will feature craft vendors, food, pumpkins, live music, and pony rides. There is a $5 entry fee open to any class or interesting vehicle. Call 355-0134 for more information.

Mysterious Mushrooms: Calling all kids! Have you ever seen a mushroom growing in your yard, at the park, or along a hiking trail? Mushrooms come in a variety of shapes, colors, and sizes, but all share a similar job. Come join us for a late morning exploration of mushrooms here in the Pine Bush. We will start indoors and then head outside to search for mushrooms. Appropriate for ages 5 and up. Meet at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, at 10:30 a.m. The fee is $3 per person or $5 per family, and registration is required; call 456-0655. 

Cancer Benefit Sale to Benefit Herb June, a fund-raiser at the Westerlo Reformed Church, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Herb is facing surgery soon; let’s help Herb and Gloria through this next step towards full recovery.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Discover the Pine Bush: An extraordinary journey into the Albany Pine Bush, the best remaining example of an inland pine barrens. Our experts will guide you through this one-mile hike over rolling sand dunes, where you will discover Pine Bush natural history, seasonal surprises, and transformations. Please remember to wear sturdy walking shoes, long pants, and bring drinking water. 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.