Local Events

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Guilderland Chamber Women in Business group meeting at 8 a.m. at A Natural Way Café, 2568 Western Ave. Come and enjoy coffee and conversation. A great, laidback way to network for free.

Albany Area Retired Teachers’ Association Meeting, with local author and columnist Paul Grondahl, at 1 p.m. at the Bethlehem Library. Grondahl will be discussing his recent book These Exalted Acres: Unlocking the Secrets of Albany Rural Cemetery. The book is $25 and the proceeds benefit the Times Union Hope Fund.

Bethlehem Historical Association Meeting at 7 p.m. at the Cedar Hill Schoolhouse, 1003 River Road, Selkirk, featuring Denis Foley, discussing Jack “Legs” Diamond and His Bethlehem Connection.

Guilderland Historical Society program, featuring Town Justice Denise Randall’s presentation describing the workings of our local justice system and the challenges facing town justices and their courts. Anyone with interest in this program is welcome to join members at 7:30 p.m. at the Mynderse-Frederick House, 451 Route 146, Guilderland Center, and stay for refreshments and social hour.

Cooperative Extension Food Preservation Classes: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Albany County will be hosting a food preservation class, beginning Fermentation, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at 24 Martin Road, Voorheesville. This will cover how to safely ferment raw vegetables for refrigerator storage, and focus on sauerkraut. There is a $15 registration fee, and materials will be provided. Call 765-3554 to register.

Afterschool Adventurer: Hey kids! Want to get some exercise and have fun outdoors? Well bring an adult and join us for our semi-monthly after school hiking adventure club. We will meet on the first and third Thursday of each month from Sept. 18 through Dec. 4 to explore the different trails and habitats of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. You can come once or every time. Please wear sturdy walking shoes, long pants, and bring drinking water. Appropriate for students in grades 1 through 5. Hikes will begin at 3:30 p.m. at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road. The program is free, but registration is required; call 456-0655. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Sorelle Gallery presents a solo exhibition of new paintings by celebrated artist David Hill. Hill’s work will be displayed from September 19 to October 2 at Sorelle’s Albany Gallery located at Stuyvesant Plaza, 1475 Western Ave, Albany. An Artist’s Reception will take place on Friday evening, September 19, from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. Fr more information, call (518) 482-2000.

 

Rummage Sale held by Bethlehem Grange #137, on Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 24 Bridge St., Selkirk. You name it, we probably have it, including holiday items, computer items, crafts, collectibles, furniture, clothing, books, and more. 

Mainstream Valley Hayshakers Mainstream Level Western Square Dance at 7:30 p.m. at the Middleburgh Elementary School cafeteria. The dance theme is Refresher Fun Night. The caller is Bruce McCue and the cuer is Dolores Randall. Please wear soft-soled shoes. 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Cassie and Maggie MacDonald, presented by Old Songs, Inc., at 8 p.m. at 37 South Main St., Voorheesville. Tickets are $23 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under and may be purchased at CassieandMaggie.eventbrite.com, oldsongs.org or by calling Old Songs at (518)765-2815.

 

Five Rivers’ Fall Festival: Family fun activities, from noon to 4 p.m., at 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar, including crafts, a bake sale, music, exhibits, trail hike, live animals, and a plant sale.

McKownville Neighborhood Sidewalk Celebration: A potluck supper will be held at the McKownville Reservoir Park, from 4 to 6:30 p.m., to celebrate the completion of sidewalks on the north side of Western Avenue. A children’s dog parade will be held at 4:30 p.m., with prizes awarded for dog that looks most like its owner, biggest smile, fastest tail, biggest dog, smallest dog, and dog that walked farthest to the celebration. Folk music will be provided by Will Vail, and there will be booths with information on pedestrian and bicycle safety.

Birds Take Flight: It’s that time of year when birds are on the move. Come along on an early morning adventure to observe some of the amazing birds here and see our science team in action as they capture and band birds. They are working together to learn more about birds migrating through the Pine Bush. After a short outside observation period, an indoor hands-on presentation will take place. Meet at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, at 7:30 a.m. The fee is $3 per person and $5 per family, and registration is required; call 456-0655. 

Cassie and Maggie MacDonald, presented by Old Songs, Inc., at 8 p.m. at 37 South Main St., Voorheesville. Tickets are $23 and can be purchased by calling 765-2815.

 

Lord’s Acre Auction and Fair at the Trinity United Methodist Church, Route 142, Coeymans Hollow. Booths open at 10 a.m. and the auction starts at 1 p.m. There will be a luncheon, and a bounce house, face painting, and games for the children. 

Silent Auction, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Duanesburg Fire House on Route 7, to benefit a local family his by the tornado on May 22. Enjoy drawings along with music and food. 

It’s the Return of the Surf & Turf: The lobster and steak combo (let’s not forget shrimp, clams, sweet, corn, side salad, and baked potato) is coming to the Delmar Reformed Church, at 386 Delaware Ave., Delmar, from 4 to 7 p.m. Enjoy the feast prepared by Chef Michael Vamvas and his host of volunteers. SALT welcomes you to dine in with good company, warm smiles, and delicious food. Can’t stay long? Not a problem. Take-out is always a classy option. 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

St. Thomas the Apostle Fall Festival: The Town of Bethlehem granted St. Thomas the Apostle permission to close off a section of Adams Place, and the 107-year-old parish will use that permission to host a community block party, featuring a children’s activity zone with a rock wall, giant inflatable slide, bouncy pirate ship, and a large selection of hands-on games, as well as pony rides, a petting zoo, and a wild bird demonstration. Live entertainment will be provided all day by local musicians, and a festival tent featuring an array of specialty beers will be nearby for the adults. Admission to the festival is free, and food, beverages, and activities will be available to purchase.

Capital Region Out of the Darkness Walk for R.I.T.A.: Support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention at the Historic Saratoga Flat Track at 10:30 a.m. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. Proceeds will benefit local and national suicide prevention, awareness and education programs. 

Wright Family Fire Relief Fund-raiser: On Aug. 24, the Wright family suffered the devastating loss of their home due to a fire. The Wrights have three children in the BKW school district. A fund-raiser will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. at Township Tavern at 1412 Township Road in Knox. There will be a DJ, fantastic drawings, and pizza and wings. The cost is $15 for adults and $10 for kids. 

 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Monday Meals are Back at the Voorheesville United Methodist Church, 38 Maple Avenue. The meal for this Monday is meatloaf. The cost is $8 for a complete dinner including a homemade dessert. The pick-up times are from 4:30 to 6 p.m.; reserve your meal by calling 765-2895 or 765-4206. 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

AARP Guilderland Chapter 980 welcomes all seniors 50 and over to meetings held on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 1 p.m. at Christ the King Church, 20 Sumpter Ave., Albany. Meetings include a speaker, music, entertainment, and refreshments. Call 785-2058 for more information.

Autumn Equinox — A Season of Change: Equinox comes from the Latin words for “equal night.” From here on out the temperatures begin to drop and daylight begins to wane. Join us for a one-mile hike to learn about the effects on this yearly change on the unique ecology of the Pine Bush. Please remember to wear sturdy walking shoes, long pants, and bring drinking water. Meet at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, at 6 p.m. The fee is $3 per person or $5 per family, and registration is required; call 456-0655. 

Guilderland Garden Club Cover Design Contest award will be announced at a reception at the Guilderland Public Library at 5 p.m. The contest was for Farnsworth Middle School students to create an original design for the cover of the club’s 50th anniversary yearbook. The winning entry will receive a $50 gift card, and all entries are currently on display at the library. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Voorheesville Farmers’ Market from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Crafty Christian’s will be having Halloween and Veteran’s Day items for sale. 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Citizen Preparedness Corps Training for National Preparedness Month, at 10:30 a.m. at the Guilderland Town Hall. These training sessions, sponsored by Red Cross, are free of charge and open to the public. 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Pianist Peter Miyamoto presented by the College of Saint Rose, Friday, September 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Kathleen McManus Picotte Recital Hall, Massry Center for the Arts, 1002 Madison Ave., Albany, New York.  The recital is free and open to the public.

 

“12 Angry Men” presented by The Classic Theater Guild Inc. at Proctors Fenimore Gallery, opening Friday, September 26. Pictured from left to right, Alex Perone, Stephen Barkley, John Reheuser, John Massaroni, Tyler Pratt, Khalid Nixon, Alan Angelo, David Dimeo, Justin Alvis, George Filieau, Phil Matthei, and Joe Bonilla. Directed by Glenn Read. For more information go to classictheaterguild.com.

 

Community Caregivers Neighbors Helping Neighbors Day: A day of goodwill and acts of kindness towards our community and neighbors. Volunteer for a group activity — Orsini Park clean up, Crossgates water bottle distribution, construction workers bottle distribution, or winterize the Tawasentha Park pool area — or donate a grocery gift card to Community Caregivers for distribution. Call 456-2898 to register. 

Fund-raiser Mum and Bake Sale held by the Preston Hollow Beautification Committee. On sale will be mums in a variety of sizes and colors, pumpkins, cornstalks, and a variety of baked goods. There will also be a drawing. The event will be held at the Greenhouse on Route 145 in Preston Hollow from 3 to 6 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Nature’s Bounty: Where would we be without seeds? Seeds are an important part of our lives as well as the lives in the Pine Bush. The seeds from these globally rare plants are used at our restoration sites. If you would like to learn more about these plants and participate in collecting some of these seeds, join us rain or shine. Along our one-mile hike over rolling terrain we will also learn how this rare ecosystem is maintained. Please remember to wear sturdy walking shoes, long pants, and bring drinking water. Meet at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, at 11 a.m. There is no fee, but registration is required; call 456-0655. 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

The John Pizzarelli Quartet presented by The College of Saint Rose, Saturday, September 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Kathleen McManus Picotte Recital Hall, Massry Center for the Arts, 1009 Madison Ave., Albany, New York. Tickets are $30 general and $15 for students and are on sale now at www.massrycenter.org.  For concert and ticket information, phone the Massry Center ticket office at (518) 337-4871 or e-mail concerts@strose.edu.

 

Bird Walk, sponsored by Save the Pine Bush, and led by Neal Reilly of the Mohawk-Hudson Bird Club. Meet at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, at 8 a.m., and bring your binoculars. Call 465-8930 for more information.

Project FeederWatch at Five Rivers: Join us at 10 a.m. at 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar, to learn how you can count birds for science. Many people enjoy watching birds at their backyard feeders. But did you know that your observations can contribute to the study of bird populations and movement? Noting what you see and reporting your observations can enhance your enjoyment while adding to our collective knowledge of birds. Come learn how you can participate in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Project FeederWatch and other simple ways to better understand your backyard birds. Call 475-0291 for more information.

Guided Walk at Five Rivers — Beaver Tree Trail: Join us at 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar, at 2 p.m., for a guided walk along the Beaver Tree Trail. This half-mile loop trail follows the wooded border of Beaver Pond and features several scenic overlooks and close approaches to the pond that offer an excellent opportunity to enjoy seasonal flora and fauna. This trail includes moderate ups and downs over a woodchip base. Call 475-0291 for more information.

Annual Ham Dinner at the Schoharie United Presbyterian Church, 314 Main St., from 4 to 7 p.m. The menu includes ham, family-style homemade mashed potatoes, gravy, squash, baked beans, coleslaw, applesauce, rolls, dessert, and beverages. The cost is $12 for adults and $6 for children; there is a $1 charge for take-outs. 

Roast Pork Supper at the Berne Reformed Church, with continuous servings from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. The menu includes roast pork, gravy, dressing, mashed potatoes, green beans, coleslaw, dinner rolls, homemade applesauce, assorted pies, and dessert. The cost is $10 for adults and children under 5 eat free; there is a $1 charge for take-outs. 

Pork Dinner at the Dormansville United Methodist Church, located on Route 312, from 4 to 7 p.m. The menu includes roast pork, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, sauerkraut, green beans, rolls, cake with ice cream, and tea or coffee. The cost is a donation; take-outs are available. 

Ravine Ramble: The Albany Pine Bush is home to the headwaters of the Hunger Kill, the Kaikout Kill, and the Patroon Creek. Join us for a hike to steep-sided sandy ravines and an exploration of the life that thrives along their banks. We will be walking approximately two miles over varied terrain; appropriate for ages 7 and up. We will meet at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, at 10 a.m. The fee is $3 per person or $5 per family and registration is required; call 456-0655. 

Helderview Garden Club Tag Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Old Songs Community Center, 37 South Main St., Voorheesville. The even will be held rain or shine. 

 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Barbara Unger of Saratoga Springs will be the featured poet at Sunday Four Open Mic on Sunday, Sept. 28, reading from Charlotte Bronte, You Ruined My Life and other works. Unger teaches poetry at The College of Saint Rose. The open mic begins at 3 p.m. at Old Songs Community Arts Center on Main Street, Voorheesville. 

 

First Annual Rensselaerville Cycling Festival: Everyone is invited to a great big party in a little tiny town! A festival ride will be led by professional cycling team Jamis-Hagens Berman, and it will also feature a barbecue, a festival market, live music, a brewing demonstration, and tons of great prizes to give away. Festival market vendors include Jamis Bicycles, Shimano, the Carey Institute for Global Good, Mad Dog Bicycles, the Palmer House Café, Gatherer’s Granola, and more. 

Nature’s Bounty: Where would we be without seeds? Seeds are an important part of our lives as well as the lives in the Pine Bush. The seeds from these globally rare plants are used at our restoration sites. If you would like to learn more about these plants and participate in collecting some of these seeds, join us rain or shine. Along our one-mile hike over rolling terrain we will also learn how this rare ecosystem is maintained. Please remember to wear sturdy walking shoes, long pants, and bring drinking water. Meet at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, at 1 p.m. There is no fee, but registration is required; call 456-0655.