Local Events

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

October “Lovely Fall” Luncheon, sponsored by the New York Capital District Christian Women’s Club, at 11:30 a.m. at the Guilderland Elks Lodge, 3867 Route 146. Diane Morisseau, owner of the Happy Pets Pet Sitting company, will tell us about the services she provides; Judi Merriam will entertain us with her delightful voice; and Leah Ball, from Erie, Pennsylvania, will share her uplifting story, entitled “If the Shoe Fits.” The cost is $15 in includes a roast pork loin lunch. Call 869-0642 or 235-4297 to register.

4th New York State Senate District Candidate Forum: Meet candidates Cecilia Tkaczyk (Dem) and George Amedore (Rep) and find out where they stand on the issues important to you. The forum is open to the public and the media. It will be held at 7 p.m. at the Masonic Temple, 138 Maple Ave., Altamont.

North Indian Classical Music: Professor Veena Chandra will perform north Indian classical music, an evening rag on sitar, accompanied by Indian hand drums, with her son, Devesh Chandra. The performance will take place at the Pruyn House, 207 Old Niskayuna Road, Latham, at 7 p.m. 


Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Mohican Indians, a meeting and lecture at the Bethlehem Historical Association, at 7 p.m. at the Cedar Hill Schoolhouse, 1003 River Road, Selkirk. Bethlehem resident Emerson Martin Jr. frames his talk about his ancestors, the Mohicans, with a series of questions. Who are we? Where are we from? What are we doing here? What did we do? Are we still here? Martin is a sanctioned Mohican veteran with Native American ancestry on both his grandmother and grandfather’s sides of the family. The meeting is free and open to the public. 

“Stopping By — Guilderland’s Early Hotels and Taverns”: A program utilizing the Guilderland Historical Society’s extensive photo collection will be presented at 7:30 p.m. by Mary Ellen Johnson at their meeting at the Mynderse-Frederick House, 451 Route 146, Guilderland Center. All are welcome for the program and the social hour and refreshments that follow. Call 861-8582.

Science Lecture Series — Prescribed Fire in the Albany Pine Bush Preserve: Tyler Briggs, Fire Management and GIS Specialist, will discuss the planning and implementation of prescribed fire in the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. This interactive presentation will focus on the procedures that go into conducting a prescribed fire. Appropriate for ages 15 and up. Meet at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, at 7 p.m. There is no fee, but registration is required; call 456-0655. 


Friday, October 17, 2014

Mary Lambert and Howie Day presented in concert by The College of Saint Rose, Friday, October 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Kathleen McManus Picotte Recital Hall, Massry Center for the Arts, 1002 Madison Ave., Albany. A presentation of Premiere Performances, tickets are $30 general and $20 for students and are on sale now at www.massrycenter.org.  For concert and ticket information, contact Sal Prizio at 518-337-4871 or concerts@strose.edu.


Dudley Observatory Star Party and Program, “Exploring and Enjoying the Night Sky” by Alan French, at 7:30 p.m. in the Octagon Barn, 588 Middle Road in Knox. Observing to follow, weather permitting. All are welcome; amateur astronomers and families are encouraged to bring binoculars. 

Mainstream Level Western Square Dance at the Middleburgh High School cafeteria at 7:30 p.m. The dance theme is Halloween. The caller is Ray Taylor and the cuer is Dolores Randall. Please wear soft-sole shoes.


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Old Songs presents Kim & Reggie Harris and Ken Whiteley in concert, on Saturday, October 18 at 8:00 pm. The concert will be held at 37 South Main Street, Voorheesville, NY.  Tickets are $23 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under and may be purchased at oldsongs.org, KimReggieandKen.eventbrite.com, or by calling Old Songs at 518-765-2815.


Trinity United Methodist Church lunch and bake sale, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Route 143 in Coeymans Hollow. 

Mavens of Mayhem: Marni Graff, author of The Nora Tierney Mysteries, will talk about her newest mystery, The Scarlet Wench. She will also discuss resources from crime writers, including the St. Hilda’s Mystery and Crime Conference and the Writers Police Academy. This free program will be held at the Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Ave., at 11 a.m. 

Gently-Used Book Sale from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Guilderland Elementary School, 2225 Western Ave., Guilderland. The funds raised will support the school.

Thompson’s Lake Church Supper, from 4 to 6 p.m. The menu includes turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing, squash, coleslaw, gravy, and homemade pies. The cost is $10 for children and $5 for adults. 

Annual Ham Supper at the Ravena Grange, Route 143 Coeymans Hollow, from 4:30 p.m. on. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children, and take-outs are available.

Albany Pro Musica to Sing About “Hope, Faith, Life, Love”: The voices of Albany Pro Musica will take audiences on an emotional journey as the choral group performs an a capella concert, on Saturday, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 21 Hackett Boulevard, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, at Key Hall at Proctors, 436 State St., Schenectady, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $35 for premium seats, $25 for regular seats, and $10 for students. 

53rd Harvest Dance from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Voorheesville Firehouse, with life music by the Electric City Horns. Tickets for a drawing are available. Entry to the event is $25 per person and includes beer, wine, soda, and hors d’oeuvres. Guests must be 21 or older. Call 765-4048 for more information.

Annual Roast Pork Supper at the Westerlo Reformed Church, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. The menu includes roast pork, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, green beans, sauerkraut, applesauce, rolls, drinks, and cream puffs. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children; take-outs cost $1 extra. There are no reservations, and seating is by tables, the food served family-style. 


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Who Was Mother Ann Lee? A special presentation by Samantha Hall-Saladino courtesy of The Historical Society of The Town of Colonie. General membership meeting and presentation, Sunday, October 19, at 2:00 pm in the William K. Sanford (Colonie) Town Library, 629 Albany Shaker Road. The meeting is free and open to the public.  For further information call Mark Bodnar at 459-5147.


Breakfast at the Voorheesville American Legion, Post 1493, from 8 a.m. to noon. The menu includes eggs cooked to order, French toast topped with fruit, home fries, bacon, sausage, juice, coffee, tea and cocoa. The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children. 

Gymanfa Ganu: The St. David’s Welsh Society of the Capital District is holding a traditional Welsh hymn sing at 2:30 p.m. at the Hamilton Union Presbyterian Church, 2291 Western Ave., Guilderland. Darhon Rees-Rohrbacher will be the conductor. 

Book Sale, Café, and Bake Sale held by the Women of Messiah Lutheran Church, 2850 Western Ave., from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Roast Beef Dinner sponsored by the Berne Volunteer Fire Company, at the Berne Fire House, Canaday Hill Road, from noon to 5 p.m. The menu includes roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, cabbage salad, vegetables, homemade applesauce, rolls, and homemade pies. The cost is $12 for adults, $5 for children, and $13 for take-outs. 

Legends and Lore: Fraught with tales of burglary, ghosts, fire, and more, the human history of the Pine Bush weaves between fact and fiction, imagination and reality. Join us for an afternoon program of legends and tales from the old dusty paths of the Pine Bush. We plan to walk one mile. 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. 

Altamont Reformed Church Fund-raiser at Fastrax in Crossgates Commons, from 3 to 6 p.m. The cost is $20 per race. An adult race is 14 laps and a junior race is 10 laps. Pizza and soda will be available to purchase. Proceeds will benefit the Altamont Reformed Church’s youth ministry programs.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Undercover: Revealing Design in Quilts, Coverlets, and Bed Hangings. This crewel embroidered bed hanging was made in the mid-1700s, started by Mary Stanton of Stonington, Connecticut, and finished after her death by her daughter; it is one of many pieces on display through March 8 at the Albany Institute of History and Art at 125 Washington Ave. in Albany.


Brook’s BBQ at the Onesquethaw Volunteer Fire Company, Tarrytown Road in Clarksville, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. The cost is $10 for a chicken dinner, $11 for a ribs dinner, $7.50 for a half-chicken only, and $8.50 for ribs only. Take-out only.

CDTA Annual STAR Town Meeting: The meeting, at 6 p.m. at the Ramada Inn at 3 Watervliet Extension Ave., Albany, will provide STAR — Special Transit Available by Request — customers the opportunity to provide feedback to CDTA employees and its transit partners. For more information, call 482-2022. 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Halloween Howl Prowl: Join us for a howling good time at the Pine Bush Discovery Center! Our annual Howl Prowl will begin inside the center with a hands-on exploration of Halloween topics including skulls, bats, spiders, nighttime sounds, and more. We’ll continue outside for a half-mile hike to discover the Pine Bush at night and conclude the evening with seasonal sweets of cider and donuts. 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 and $5 per family, and registration is required; call 456-0655. 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Soup-er Saturday at the Onesquethaw Reformed Church, 11 Groesbeck Road, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The menu includes corn chowder, vegetable soup, chicken tortilla soup, rolls and butter, cookies, and assorted beverages. Donations will benefit the Camp Fowler Scholarship Fund.

Hike in the Pine Bush, led by Claire Nolan. Meet at the Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, at 9 a.m. The hike is free and open to all ages. Bring your dog and your children and enjoy the cool, crisp, autumn air. 

Teacher Workshop on Bats: Just in time for Halloween! The North American Society for Birth Research will host a teacher workshop about bats as part of its annual 3-day meeting taking place at the Albany Hilton from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The workshop is for educators of all kinds and features live bats from around the world, a presentation on bats of the Northeast, batty activities for the classroom, and a demonstration on how to identify different kinds of bats using museum study skins. Each participant will receive educational items to take home and many door prices will be offered. The fee for the workshop is $25 and pre-registration is required; call 627-7020.

Benefit Concert “Two Voices”, featuring flutist Caitlin Ippolito and soprano Jo Prout, an Enterprise reporter. The concert will take place at 3 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church in Coxsackie. The program will include works by Mendelssohn, Foster, Brazilian composers, and more. There is a suggested donation of $5, with all proceeds going to the Coxsackie Food Pantry. 

Haunted House Fall Fund-raiser, 792 Helderberg Trail, from 6 to 9 p.m. Face painting, mini pumpkin panting, and light refreshments; costumes welcome. Hosted by the East Berne Volunteer Fire Company. 

GCSD to Host Recycling Extravaganza from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Farnsworth Middle School. This is a community-wide event and is open to both residents and non-residents of the school district. Individuals are encouraged to bring their unwanted papers, metals, electronics, textiles, plastics, and bikes for free drop-off. 

Spectacular Spiders: Spiders are feared by many, but are actually an important part of our ecosystem. Are you already a fan? Or just a little bit afraid? Come learn about these crawling creatures in the Pine Bush and join us for a one-mile walk and discussion as we explore what makes spiders special. 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. 

Turkey Dinner at the Dormansville United Methodist Church, on Route 312, from 4 to 7 p.m. The menu includes turkey, dressing, potatoes, cranberry sauce, rolls, coffee, tea, and desserts. The cost is a donation. 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Pine Bush Travelers: Join us on this time traveling adventure through the Pine Bush. From Lot 42 to the 3,200-acre preserve, Albany’s Pine Bush has been viewed differently over the years. We will start inside the Discovery Center with an interactive presentation that will put you in the shoes of settlers coming to the Pine Bush in 1867. We will move through time and finish up by exploring the present-day Albany Pine Bush Preserve. We plan to walk about one half mile. 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.