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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Monday, April 18, 2016

The Duanesburg Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. at Bishop Scully Hall, 1735 Alexander Rd. in Delanson.  Bart MacDougall will present “Duanesburg Street and Roads.” Bart will discuss Routes 7 and 20 and the side roads of Duanesburg during the mid-1950s. He will also include “predictions” of future landmarks in 2016. All are welcome, refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Healthcare and Financial Decision Making: What You Need to Know Now: As part of National Health Care Decisions Day, Shaker Pointe will host its first session of a two-part informational series about making better, more informed decisions regarding senior health care.  Join the discussion about the importance of advance directives, including health care proxies, living wills and Powers of Attorney. The session will be led by experienced elder law attorneys from Burke & Casserly, P.C.  Starts at 10:30 a.m. To RSVP to this event or learn more about Shaker Pointe, please call 518-250-4900 or visit ShakerPointe.org.

 

“The Truth About Drugs in Our Community,”: Guilderland High School is teaming up with the Guilderland Police Department and several local organizations to host a community conversation about substance abuse. The informational event, titled, “The Truth About Drugs in Our Community,” will be held at 7 p.m. inside the Guilderland High School auditorium. The event is intended for all community members over the age of 12 and will feature presentations and a panel discussion focused on substance use, resources, recovery and hope.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Science Lecture Series: Gone but not forgotten? Do black locust trees leave a “legacy” even after they are removed and pine bush habitat is restored? Dr. Jeff Corbin of Union College has been looking at whether restoring the plant and animal communities also translates to these critical ecosystem components. Join us from 7 to  8 p.m. as Dr. Corbin discusses the results of his research and what it means for future efforts to restore the Pine Bush. Ages 15 and up. Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, Albany, NY Registration required.  Please sign up by calling 518-456-0655 or visit www.AlbanyPineBush.org and click on “Events Calendar”.

“The People of Watervliet: Unexpected Stories of Life in the Albany Shaker Community” will be the program presented by Shaker Heritage Society Education Director Samantha Hall-Spencer at the Guilderland Historical Society’s meeting. Nonmembers are welcome to attend this free program beginning 7:30 p.m. at the Mynderse-Frederick House, Route 146, Guilderland Center. For information call 861-8582.

Job Fair: Anyone interested in a job in a school-related career is invited to attend a school job fair at Guilderland High School from 3  to 7 p.m. in the senior high school gymnasium. Area school districts are in need of substitutes in all areas of the operation of a school.

For more information, please contact the Guilderland Central School District Office of Human Resources at (518) 456-6200, ext. 3117.

Michael Engle will present an illustrated talk about diners in Bethlehem and the Capital District. Engles has been researching diners since 1996.  A faculty member at HVCC, he co-authored “Diners of New York” and wrote “Diners of the Capital District.”  His current project focuses on the history of diners in the Great Lakes states.  He is passionate about Capital District diners and those built in western New York between 1921 and 1950.   Starts at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Science Lecture Series: Gone but not forgotten? Do black locust trees leave a “legacy” even after they are removed and pine bush habitat is restored? Dr. Jeff Corbin of Union College has been looking at whether restoring the plant and animal communities also translates to these critical ecosystem components. Join us from 7 to  8 p.m. as Dr. Corbin discusses the results of his research and what it means for future efforts to restore the Pine Bush. Ages 15 and up. Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, Albany, NY Registration required.  Please sign up by calling 518-456-0655 or visit www.AlbanyPineBush.org and click on “Events Calendar”.

 

The People of Watervliet: Unexpected Stories of Life in the Albany Shaker Community” will be the program presented by Shaker Heritage Society Education Director Samantha Hall-Spencer at the Guilderland Historical Society’s meeting. Nonmembers are welcome to attend this free program beginning 7:30 p.m. at the Mynderse-Frederick House, Route 146, Guilderland Center. For information call 861-8582. 

 

Job Fair: Anyone interested in a job in a school-related career is invited to attend a school job fair at Guilderland High School from 3  to 7 p.m. in the senior high school gymnasium. Area school districts are in need of substitutes in all areas of the operation of a school.

Bus drivers and bus attendants

Custodial workers

Food Services

School nurses

Clerical

Aides/monitors

Teaching assistants & teachers

For more information, please contact the Guilderland Central School District Office of Human Resources at (518) 456-6200, ext. 3117.

 

Friday, April 22, 2016

Sunset Symphony: Enjoy the Pine Bush at night while listening for the creatures that utter the peeps, chirps and trills so familiar in spring.  Join us on a 1.2 mile evening walk, from 6:30 8 p.m. at Kings Highway Barrens to listen for the spring sunset symphony. We will meet at the Discovery Center and then caravan to the trailhead (#9). Participants must provide their own transportation. Waterproof boots are recommended. All ages. Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, Albany, NYFee is $3 per person/$5 per family/Children under 5 yrs free. Registration required. Please sign up by calling 518-456-0655 

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Wetlands Walk at Thacher Park: Explore dynamic wetland environments along one of  Thacher Park’s most popular trails. On this 1.5 mile walk we will observe a vernal pool and a large swamp ecosystem and talk about the greater importance of wetlands both for humans and the local fauna. Starts at 2 p.m. Participants should dress for cool, damp weather and muddy trails. Program is appropriate for adults and children. Please call 872-0800 to register for Saturday or Sunday walk and for meeting place. 

Ham Dinner at Dormansville United Methodist Church from 4 to 7 p.m. Take outs available, cost is a donation. 54 Beckman Rd., Westerlo. 

Chicken and Biscuit Dinner: The VFW 7062 Auxiliary is hosting a Chicken n Biscuit Dinner at the Boyd Hilton VFW on 11 Mill St, Altamont. The dinner will include chicken ‘n’ biscuits, mashed potatoes, gravy, veggies, cranberries. There will be a large variety of pies for dessert, along with coffee and tea. The donation for the dinner will be $10.50 per person advance tickets and tickets at the door are the same price. Dinner will be served 4 to 7 p.m. Eat in or take out available.  Please call 470-7310 or 861-8323 if you have any questions. 

Solarize Albany! Interested in solar energy?  Join Solarize Albany at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center for a short Power Point presentation that describes the Solarize concept and lays out specifics for homeowners. From 1 to 2 p.m. Ages 15 and up. Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, Albany. Registration required.   Please sign up by calling 518-456-0655 or visit www.AlbanyPineBush.org and click on “Events Calendar”.

Roast Pork Supper: New Scotland Presbyterian Church, 2010 New Scotland Road in Slingerlands is holding their annual Roast Pork Supper from 4:30 to 7p.m.  Family Style serving, no reservations needed, first come-first served.  Adults $11, children $5, under 5 free.  We are handicap accessible.  Everyone is welcome to join us and enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal with all the trimmings.  There will also be Special Sale Booths with baked goods, crafts, treasures and fair trade items.

Roast Pork Dinner: Pine Grove United Methodist Church, 1580 Central Ave., Colonie, will be serving a roast pork dinner from 4 to 6 p.m.  Cost for adults is $11; under 12 years, $5. For reservations, call 248-9934.

Yves Lambert Trio at 7:30 p.m. at the Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 South Main Street, Voorheesville, NY. Tickets are $23 for adults; $5 for children 12 and under are available at oldsongs.org or by calling Old Songs at (518) 765-2815.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Discover the Pine Bush from 1 to 2 p.m. 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 0.9 mile hike over rolling sand dunes where you will discover Pine Bush natural history, seasonal surprises and transformations.  All ages. Free! Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, Albany, NYFree! Registration required. Please sign up by calling 518-456-0655

Honorable John J. McEneny will speak about area history at 2 p.m. sponsored by The Friends of the Schoolcraft Cultural Center at the Schoolcraft House. 2299 Western Ave, Guilderland.

 

Monday, April 25, 2016

Pine Bush Explorers: Hunger Kill Barrens from 1 to 2 p.m. Join us at trailhead #10 to explore the Hunger Kill Barrens part of the preserve. We will walk approximately one mile through closed canopy forests of towering white pines and riparian ravines and also observe areas disturbed by development. We will meet at the Hunger Kill Barrens trailhead (#10). All ages. Free! Registration required.   Please sign up by calling 518-456-0655.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Pine Bush Explorers: Kings Highway Barrens from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Join us at trailhead #9 to explore the Kings Highway Barrens part of the preserve. We will walk 1.2 miles through native pitch pine forests and invasive black locust forests, stopping along the way to check out a small pond. We will meet at the Kings Highway Barrens trailhead (#9). Ages 6+. Free! Kings Highway Barrens trailhead (#9) Registration required.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Pine Bush Explorers: Karner Barrens East, Yellow Trail from 1 to 3 p.m. Join us in the Karner Barrens East region of the preserve to walk one of the longer trail in the preserve, the yellow trail. We will walk 2.6 miles over rolling sand dunes and past vernal ponds. We will meet in the Discovery Center for this walk.  Ages 8+. Free! Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, Albany, NY Registration required

“Robins Abound!” at  Thacher Nature Center, 10 a.m. Fondly thought of as the first sign of spring, the American Robin is actually a year round resident.  Learn their songs, look at nests and learn what makes Great Robin habitat. Construct a Robin nesting shelf to take home. Materials fee is $8. Please call 872-0800 to register.

“What You NEED to Know About Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases” at 6:30 p.m. at the Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Ave. Delmar. Holly Ahern is Assistant Professor of Microbiology at SUNY Adirondack. She is a nationally recognized expert on the microbiology of Lyme disease and the research, both current and historical, that informs public policy on this troubling issue. The program is free and open to the public. For information contact bjmeslda@yahoo.com

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Sex Signals: Comedy, Education and Audience Participation 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center’s (PAC) Recital Hall, join the Albany campus community for an informative and entertaining presentation. Sex Signals is a unique combination of improvisational comedy, education, and audience participation. The performance explores how mixed messages, gender role stereotypes and unrealistic fantasies contribute to misunderstandings between the sexes. Come early and enjoy complimentary refreshments in the Futterer lounge outside the PAC theatre.

Healthy Inside and Out with Arbonne, a fundraiser to support the Rensselaerville Library from 6:30 to 9 p.m. 1459 County Route 351, Rensselaerville. Ten percent of all sales will be donated to the library.  Cash and Carry selection of our most popular items. Mother’s day gifts, sun protection, hair care and spa products.

“Who’s Hoots for You?” at Thacher Nature Center, 10 a.m. Come and find out who’s whooo and who gives a hoot in the owl world! Examine the Nature Center’s mounted specimens to learn about the amazing features of these night-flying birds of prey. Listen to some familiar owl calls, learn what types of habitats they prefer, and find out where they like to hide! Examine an owl pellet to investigate their diet. This hands-on program is appropriate for all ages. Please call 872-0800 to register.

Woodland Wildflowers at Thacher Park, 10 a.m. There are just a few weeks in early spring when the sun shines through leafless trees to bring forth blooms on the forest floor. These woodland wildflowers have begun to bloom and soon will disappear. Come look for trillium, jack-in-the-pulpit, trout lily, hepatica, spring beauties, and other spring ephemerals. Meet at Paint Mine picnic area. Call 872-0800 to register.

Blood Drive: Sponsored by Onesquethaw Volunteer Fire Company 2178 Tarrytown Rd., Clarksville from 2 to 6 p.m. Walk-ins welcome. Questions call Aubrey 225-8020 or Jake 365-7819.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Happy Cat Family Fun Day:  A Benefit for Happy Cat Rescue, Inc. Join us for family fun & entertainment silent auction, chinese auction, refreshments and baked goods for sale. Free admission open 1 5 p.M.  Altamont VFW  11 Mill Street, Altamont.  For more info call  Marcia at 334-3195

Fresh Air Fund booth event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Guilderland YMCA, located at 250 Winding Brook Drive, to learn more about The Fresh Air Fund’s Friendly Towns Program. Volunteer hosts will share their experiences hosting New York City children and can answer any questions. This info booth will be a part of the YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day Event. For more information about hosting a Fresh Air child this summer, please contact Cindy Mangione at 518-423-5385 or visit The Fresh Air Fund at www.freshair.org.

Medusa Festival has been set from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The events are held in Medusa, on County Route 351. At the Fire House will be a Small Business Fair, a flea market, live music, a chicken barbecue, food and more. At the church will be a huge rummage sale, the medusa museum will be opened, and small business talks.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

The Nation Interscholastic Cycling Association is having a local Mountain Bike race at Thatcher park. There are teams coming from all over the state  it starts at 7 a.m. For more information visit www.newyorkmtb.org.

Given In Trust: Recent Gifts To The Collections Exhibition. Reception is from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Village Hall. The exhibition features selections from The Crounse Family Archives recently established by Pamela Crounse Jones.

Albany County Pomona Grange #4 will celebrate Rural Life  at 7:30 p.m. Service will be at the First Reformed Church of Berne (white Church on the hill) Route 433, and 1664 Helderberg Trail, Berne. The Grange Memorial service for our departed Brothers and Sister of the past year will be lead by Pomona Chaplain Sister, Mavis Schanz. A time of remembrance, fellowship and likght refreshments will follow in the Fellowship Hall. All are welcome.

Community Clothing Thrift Shop, Karie Jean’s Closet will be open from noon to 3 p.m. on Sundays  and from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.  Come and see our collection of men’s, women,s and children’s clothing; jewelry, purses and shoes. Located in the First United Methodist Church of Voorheesville, 68 Maple Ave. Voorheesville.  Lower level, side entrance. Call Linda 420-9755 for details or to make a clothing donation.

Tree Trek from 1 to 2 p.m. Celebrate National Arbor Day a few days late by exploring the importance of trees and some of the different species we have in the Pine Bush.  We will hike 0.9 miles over rolling terrain. Ages 6 and up. Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road. Fee is $3 per person/$5 per family. Registration required.  Please sign up by calling 518-456-0655 or visit www.AlbanyPineBush.org 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

“Rhubarb:  Much More Than Pies!” at 7 p.m. at the Extension office in Troy, 61 State Street. Known as the “pie plant” as well as a spring tonic, rhubarb is more versatile than you might think.  Rhubarb is a good source of potassium, fiber, calcium, and Vitamin C. Learn how to plant, grow, harvest, and use rhubarb. Program fee is $6 per person.  For registration information please call Marcie at (518) 272-4210 or email mmp74@cornell.edu.

An Evening with George Wilson. The program will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be held at the Wyman Osterhout Community Center on Route 85 in New Salem. The program is free and open to the public. This musical program will give us a glimpse into what our ancestors were tapping their toes to 100 years ago.  A talented, multi-instrumentalist and singer, George Wilson’s repertoire samples a wide variety of traditional and folk styles. Call 765-4212 for more information.

The Knox Historical Society begins a new membership year at its regular meeting at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.  Election of officers will be held and dues will be collected.  Come join the excitement as we begin preparations for our fast-approaching bicentennial year!  Refreshments will be served and new members are always welcome.  For more information, call 860-7861.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Single Squares of Albany (modern western square dancing); Colonie Elks Club, Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham from 7:30 to 10 p.m.  Caller is Ron Brown, cuer is Jo Yakimowski. Cost is $7

The Clarksville Historical Society will host the program “Politics and Patriots” by the Lost Radio Rounders at 7 p.m. at the Clarksville Community Church, Delaware Turnpike, Clarksville. The program is open to the public, join us for this very entertaining evening, refreshments following the program.  For information call 768-2870.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Old Hellebergh Chapter  — National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at the Mynderse-Frederick House, 451 Route 146, Guilderland Center at 7 p.m. The chapter will celebrate its 37th birthday.  New officers will be installed.  It is also the National Day of Prayer.  Anyone interested in the NSDAR is welcome to attend.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Annual  Spring Flower and Bake Sale on Friday,  Saturday, and Sunday of Mother’s Day  Weekend.  On sale will be flats of flowers and vegetables for spring planting, and flower pots and baskets for Mothers’ Day gifts.  Also on sale will be a variety of home baked goods.  All proceeds from the Mothers’ Day  sale will go to the Preston Hollow Beautification Committee Fund, dedicated to the enhancement of the Tri-Village area. Friday, from 3 to 7 p.m.,  Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday,  May 8  from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Old Songs, Inc. presents Sharp’s Appalachian Harvest with Brian Peters and Jeff Davis at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. Address is 37 South Main Street, Voorheesville. For information and tickets: please call 765-2815 or online at oldsongs.org

Mother’s Day Plant Sale: North Bethlehem Volunteer Fire Department will have a Mother’s Day Plant Sale from 4 to 7 p.m., Sat May 7, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sun May 8, 9 a.m. to noon at the firehouse at 589 Russell Rd., Albany.  This is the perfect day to pick up that special plant or hanging basket for mom or your own summer garden.

Friday Walk and Talk from noon to 1 p.m. Take a break from your day and join us for a 1.5 mile hike at Madison Avenue. We will meet at the Madison Avenue trailhead (#7). Adults only. Free! Madison Avenue Pinelands trailhead (#7)Registration required.   Please sign up by calling 518-456-0655 or visit www.AlbanyPineBush.org

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Illinois Jane and the Pyramid of Peril, performed by the Hilltown Players will premier at their matinee at 1 p.m. Tickets are $10 Thompson’s Lake Reformed Church, 1212 Thacher Park Rd., Berne. Information and tickets call 518-810-3668.

Morning Bird Walk from 8 to 10 a.m. Grab your binoculars and join us for a morning bird walk along the trails of Karner Barrens East. We plan to walk approximately two miles.  Please meet at the Discovery Center. Ages 10 and up. Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road. Fee is $3 per person/$5 per family. Registration required.

Training Session: Looking to give back? Join our team to help with Therapeutic Horseback riding for challenged individuals. We are having a training session at 10:30 a.m. Located in the Voorheesville area. Please contact Linda Masullo, for  further information clmasullo@nycap.rr.com Albany Therapeutic Riding Center.

“Songs and Sensibility”: Capital Community Voices, directed by Julie Panke, will present “Songs and Sensibility” at 7:30 p.m. at Green Meadow Elementary School, 234 Schuurman Rd, Castleton-On-Hudson. A wide range of emotions expressed in music will be explored in popular songs by the Beatles, George Gershwin, Paul Simon, Frank Loesser and others. A reception will follow the concert. Ticket prices are $10 general admission and $8 for seniors and students.

Ham and Strawberry shortcake supper: Delicious ham with raisin sauce, mashed potatoes, corn carrots, strawberry shortcake with homemade biscuits. Jerusalem Reformed Church, Rte 32, Feura Bush, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Free will donations, take out available.

Altamont PTA Village-Wide Garage Sale: The Altamont PTA will hold the Albany area’s largest annual community sale.  Sales will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will be found throughout the entire area. The event will take place rain or shine.  Shoppers may stop by the library, fire department, Hungerford Market, Home Front Café, or Stewart’s to pick up a map that outlines where our participating sales are located and a description of items each has for sale.

Annual plant sale, The Helderview Garden Club will have their plant sale at 9 a.m. until noon. Sale items include perennials, annual, jewelry. A drawing will be held for a variety of items. All are welcome.

 

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Mother’s Day Breakfast from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm. Menu includes: juice (orange, tomato, apple, cranberry), coffee, tea or hot chocolate, fruit cup, scrambled eggs, pancakes and French toast with warm syrup, home fries, corned beef hash, bacon, sausage, cereals and banana, Danish pastries, bagels, toast plus an omelet station. All you can eat for only $9, children 5 to 10 $4 under 5 free.  Latham Colonie Knights of Columbus 328 Troy Schenectady Rd. (Rte. 2), Latham. www.lathamcoloniekofc.com

A Mother’s Day Breakfast will be held from 8 a.m. to noon at the Westmere Fire Department, 1741 Western Avenue.  Menu includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage/bacon, fresh fruit, juice, coffee and tea.  Cost is $8 for adults; $4 children ages 3-8; under 3 free.

Mother’s Day Breakfast from 8:30 a.m. noon. Prices are, under 5 years of age are free, from 5 to 12 is $5, anyone over 12 is $8. For further information, please call the Lodge at 518-355-2480. Guilderland Elks #2480, 3867 Carman Road, Schenectady.

Mother’s Day Breakfast: Voorheesville American Legion Post 1493 is having a Mother’s Day Breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon.  Menu includes eggs cooked to order, french toast with fruit, bacon, sausage, home fries, toast, coffee, and juice.  Adults $8 Children $4. Children under 5 Free.  All Moms get a flower and a free chance to win a basket of goodies.