Local Events

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Parent and Teen Communication — Strategies for Effective Family Talk: The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Albany County presents this free workshop, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 24 Martin Road, Voorheesville. Parents or caregivers and their teens will explore ways to improve family communication through interactive, fun activities. Families will identify and build on existing strengths to improve listening skills, understand what parents and you need from each other, and practice strategies to deal with family conflict. Light refreshments provided. Register by calling 765-3559.

EPA Renovation, Repair, and Painting Initial Lead Training: Cornell Cooperative Extension Albany County, an EPA accredited training provider, is offering free Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting Initial trainings. There is no charge for these classes and they are held several times a month at various locations. Upon successful completion of the RRP Initial course, including passing an exam at the end of the class, participants are EPA certified renovators. This certification is good for five years. All RRP Initial classes are held from 7:45 to 4:45 p.m. and include a light continental breakfast, lunch, a packet of resource materials, interactive hands-on exercises, and a certification test at the end of the course. The next class will take place at the Albany Community Development Agency, 200 Henry Johnson Boulevard, Albany.


Friday, February 27, 2015

Gospel Gala 2015! Presented by The African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region and held in celebration of Black History Month, on Friday, February 27, at the Palace Theater, Albany. Doors open at 6:00 pm, with the program beginning at 7:00 pm. This event is free and open to the public. Performances include:  Capital District Youth and Adult Mass Choirs, Macedonia Chamber Orchestra, Tonesetters, Soul Rebel Performance Troupe, Bethel Ministry Puppet Show, Spoken Word Poets, Restored and other acts. This is an all ages, family friendly event. For more information go to www.aacccr.org/events.


“Fish Fry Fridays” hosted by the New Salem Volunteer Fire Department, every Friday during Lent, at 694 New Salem Road, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Fresh haddock fish, fresh homemade clam strips, and fried shrimp. The dinner includes homemade coleslaw, a baked potato or French fries, and coffee, tea, or lemonade. You can also order homemade New England or Manhattan clam chowder and dessert. If you prefer takeout, call 765-2244.

Fish Dinner at Our Lady of the Valley Parish Hall, Middleburgh, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, at 6 p.m. The cost of the dinner is $9 and it will be followed by Stations of the Cross in the church.


Saturday, February 28, 2015

“Ahead of Time: The Extraordinary Journey of Ruth Gruber,” a documentary exploring the life of the foreign correspondent and photojournalist who made the news and changed the world. The film will be shown Saturday, February 28, at 7:30 p.m. at B’nai Sholom, 420 Whitehall Road, Albany.  Refreshments will be available. Suggested contribution: $3. The 73-minute film is in English and Hebrew with English subtitles.


Moonlight Snowshoe Walk at Thacher Park: Snowshoe by the light of the Snow Moon at 5:30 p.m. With snow covered ground and a clear and bright night, we can leave the flashlights behind. We will choose our route depending on conditions and plan to walk about an hour. Please call ahead to register and for the meeting place. Snowshoes are available to rent for $5 a pair. Call 872-0800 to register, reserve snowshoes, and confirm conditions. 

Dr. Seuss Read-a-thon and Guided Walk at Five Rivers: A Doctor Seuss “read-a-thon” will be conducted from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 56 Game Farm Road in Delmar. At this indoor program, Five Rivers staff and docents will commemorate the late Dr. Seuss’ birthday with continuous readings of class Doctor Seuss nature titles. The program, open to the public free of charge, is in celebration of the National Education Association’s annual Read Across America Day. It will also feature a visit from The Cat in the Hat and special prizes for anyone dressed up in character garb. Parents and children must accompany each other. At 2 p.m. join a Five Rivers educator for a guided walk along the Old Field Trail. This trail offers a diversity of habitats and a variety of scenic views in a relatively short distance. We’ll hike through an old field and shrubland, circumnavigate ponds, and skirt the forest’s edge. The terrain is flat and the trails are wide. We’ll hike, look, and listen, enjoying whatever pleasures the Old Field gives up this day. For more information about these programs, call 475-0291.

Deluxe Community Breakfast at the Helderberg Lutheran Church, 1728 Helderberg Trail, Berne, from 8 to 11 a.m. The menu includes pancakes, French toast, eggs, bacon, sausage, sausage gravy, toast, oatmeal, and juices, for a freewill donation.

Subnivean — Go Below the Snow: When the air is cold and there is snow on the ground it may seem like nothing is alive but the space between the ground and the snow surface can be full of life. This space is called the Subnivean Zone. Come explore this special habitat and learn about the animals that depend on it. We will start indoors and then head outside to hike approximately half a mile. Appropriate 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. 

Participatory Cajun Dance, at 37 South Main St., Voorheesville, at 7 p.m. Dance with Jesse Lege from Louisiana and the Bayou Brew. The cost is $12 to $15 and no partner is needed.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

The St. David’s Welsh Society of the Capital District invites you to their annual St. David’s dinner at the Turf Taver, 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 program of Welsh-inspired early music presented by The Bleeker Consort following the dinner. There is a choice of entrée, and reservations are required. Call 355-3201 to make reservations.

Happy Cat Rescue Inc First Annual Strikes for Strays from noon to 3 p.m. at Sportsmans Bowl on Crane Street in Schenectady. $20 per person includes two games, shoe rental, pizza, and soda. Please help us so we can continue to rescue the abandoned cats and kittens, pay for spaying and neutering, and find them loving homes. 

Staff Appreciation Reception hosted by the Altamont Free Library Board of Trustees at the library from 2 to 4 p.m. Everyone in our community is invited to join us on this afternoon to visit with our staff and thank them for all they do to help make the library such a vibrant and welcoming place. Refreshments will be served.

Scoop on Poop: Did you know you can tell what animal has passed your way by examining the evidence they leave behind? Scat, a term that scientists use to describe poop, tells us a great deal about an animal, including what kind of animal it was that left the scat and what that animal ate. We will start with an inside presentation, go for a .9-mile hike, and then conclude with a craft project. Appropriate for ages 5 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.  

Breakfast to Benefit the Joshua Project of Middleburgh sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council 4475 at Our Lady of the Valley Parish Hall at 11 a.m. Freewill offering. 

Family Fun Day: Val Mosley Memorial held by the Albany County Council VFW Ladies’ Auxiliary, from 8 a.m. to noon, at Del Lanes in Delmar. All ages welcome. All bowlers must have at least $25 in sponsor donations. Drawings and prizes for bowling in all age groups. All proceeds to benefit the VFW Ladies’ Auxiliary Cancer Fund. For more information or sponsor sheets, call 470-7310.


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Esperance Historical Society presents Music from the War of 1812, featuring teaching artist and performer Dave Ruch, at 7:30 p.m. at the Esperance Methodist Education Building, Route 20. This lecture is free and open to the general public and refreshments will be served. Ruch has dug deeply into archival recordings, diaries, old newspapers, and other historical manuscripts to unearth a wealth of rarely-heard music, which, alongside some of the classics from the war, offers a rounded and fascinating pictures of this “second war of independence.” Special emphasis is given to New York State’s important role in the conflict. 

Capital Region Farmers’ Direct Marketing Conference: Are you a beginning, experienced, or seasoned farmer looking for fresh marketing tips to increase your customer sales? If so, save the date for a day-long conference, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Center, 24 Martin Road, Voorheesville. The conference will feature presentations on Perfecting the Art of Customer Service, Using Social Media to Promote Your Farm, Expanding Sales Beyond Farmers’ Markets, and Preparing Successful Applications for Farmers’ Markets. In addition, a panel of farmers will discuss Your Marketing Dollars — How to Get the Biggest Bang for Your Buck. This is a great opportunity to network with other farmers, learn something new, and get out of the house after a long, cold winter. The cost of the conference is $30 per person. Call 765-3518 to register. 

Helderberg Christian School Open House from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at 96 Main St., East Berne. Helderberg Christian School — academic excellence with a Christian perspective, serving kindergarten through grade 11. 

Kate Mullany and the National Significance of a Laundry Worker’s Strike will be the program at the New Scotland Historical Association, Wyman Osterhout Community Center, off of Route 85, New Salem, presented by P. Thomas Carroll. Kate Mullany was a 19-year-old Irish immigrant who organized the shirt collar laundry workers of Troy into the nation’s first all-female labor union. The program is free and open to the public. Call 765-4212 for more information.

Knox Historical Society Meeting at 7 p.m. at Knox Town Hall. Refreshments will be served and new members are always welcome. Call 872-2082 for more information.


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

OSHA Construction Safety Training for Workers: The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Albany County is offering a training at the Steinmetz Homes Community Room, 120 Emmons Street in Schenectady, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on March 4 and 8 a.m. to noon on March 5. Working in a safe manner on the job is as much an employee responsibility as it is for management to provide a safe work environment. This one-and-a-half day OSHA 10 course will be taught by an authorized OSHA Construction Safety instructor and will cover employee’s rights and their employer’s responsibilities. The training will also help workers become knowledgeable about workplace hazards. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive an OSHA 10 Hour Construction Safety certificate card. The program fee is $199 per person and includes course manual, certificate, light breakfast on both days, and lunch on the first day. Pre-registration is required and payment must be received prior to training. There will be no refunds. For more information, call 765-3521 or 765-3512 to register.


Thursday, March 5, 2015

The Helderview Garden Club will meet at 6:45 p.m. at the Cornell Cooperative Extension building on Martin Road. Mary Carol White, master gardener, will be speaking about soil in a program called the “Nitty Gritty of Soil.” 

Berne-Knox-Westerlo and Albany Community Action Partnership Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program Information Night at 6 p.m. in the BKW Elementary School cafeteria. Come join us to hear about our UPK program’s curriculum, policies, and registration process. UPK registration dates are March 17 and 18. Registration sign-up will be held at the UPK Information Night. 


Friday, March 6, 2015

“Fish Fry Fridays” hosted by the New Salem Volunteer Fire Department, every Friday during Lent, at 694 New Salem Road, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Fresh haddock fish, fresh homemade clam strips, and fried shrimp. The dinner includes homemade coleslaw, a baked potato or French fries, and coffee, tea, or lemonade. You can also order homemade New England or Manhattan clam chowder and dessert. If you prefer takeout, call 765-2244.


Saturday, March 7, 2015

All You Can Eat Polish Supper from 4:30 to 7 p.m. held by the Sons and the Auxiliary of the Voorheesville American Legion Post 1493, at the American Legion Hall on Voorheesville Avenue. The cost is $12 for adults and $6 for children. 

Thacher Nature Center Celebrates 12th Anniversary of Nature Art Exhibit: The 12th Annual Nature Art Exhibit will be on display from March 7 through March 27, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays through Sundays. The work of 40 to 50 local 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 is March 7 from 1 to 4 p.m. It is free and open to the public. Patrons will have an opportunity to meet artists, look at beautiful work, cast People’s Choice votes, sample the refreshments, and enjoy the festivities with old and new friends. Call 872-1237 or 872-0800 for more information.

Food for Thought at Five Rivers: Join a Five Rivers educator, at 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar, at 10 a.m., for an introduction to food production in trees as we walk the North Loop Trail. The “food factories” in our local trees have been in shut-down mode during the winter, but as temperatures rise and days grow longer, production kicks back into gear. When maple syrup season arrives, we reap the reward. Call 475-0291 for more information.


Sunday, March 8, 2015

Painting a Landscape at the Thacher Nature Center: Learn the techniques of landscape watercolor painting. Class will start with a discussion of paper, paint, brushes, and how to stretch paper in preparation for use. Working indoors from a photo, participants will lay down washes, create skies, paint mountains and groups of trees. Participants should bring their own synthetic brushes and palette. No experience necessary. Recommended for ages 16 and up. The workshop will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 872-1237 to register. 


Saturday, March 14, 2015

Terrance Simien and his Zydeco Experience band in concert Saturday, March 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Kathleen McManus Picotte Recital Hall, Massry Center for the Arts, 1002 Madison Ave., Albany. Tickets are $20 general admission and $10 for students. A pre-concert reception sponsored by the Saint Rose Board of Associates will feature New Orleans-themed food and beverages. Tickets for the reception and a reserved concert seat are $45. Tickets are on sale at www.massrycenter.org. For information, call the ticket office at 518-337-4871 or e-mail concerts@strose.edu.