Local Events

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Free Cancer Screening Event from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, for individuals who are 40 and older and not covered by health insurance. Screenings include a mammogram, clinical breast exam, and pap test, and a colon cancer screening for individuals 50 and over. Appointments can be made by calling 525-8680. 

Friday, May 29, 2015

Giant Rummage Sale on Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 24 Bridge St., Selkirk, held by the Bethlehem Grange 137. Sports equipment, holiday items, books, clothing, toys, collectibles, furniture, and more. 

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Chicken Barbecue at the Westerlo Reformed Church on Route 143 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Homemade cream puffs for dessert. The cost is $11 for adults and $5 for children; take-outs are available for an additional $1. Proceeds will benefit the church to help replace the coverings over the original stained glass windows.

Dragonflies and Beaver Pond at Five Rivers: Summer is on its way and dragonflies will soon be hovering over the ponds at Five Rivers. Join us at 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar, at 10 a.m., as we take a closer look at these beautiful insects and how they maneuver through our wetlands. We’ll begin with a brief indoor presentation, then head outside to explore our ponds in search of nymphs and adult dragonflies. Crafts for the whole family will be included. Wear rubber boots or old shoes that can get wet. Space is limited; call 475-0291 to register. At 2 p.m., the public is invited for an easy stroll around the Beaver Tree Trail as we watch for turtles and other critters in and around Beaver Pond. We’ll follow the trail as it meanders around the pond and through a cattail marsh, offering opportunities to explore at the water’s edge. 

Huyck Preserve Open House from 1 to 4 p.m. Come get hands-on with microscopes, check out our newly-updated visitors’ center, our new touch screen display with games, and take a short hike to learn about our history. Meet at the visitors’ center, 5052 Delaware Turnpike, Rensselaerville. 

10th Annual Native Plant Sale at Thacher Park Overlook — “Bring your Landscape to Life.” Join us on Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., for this anniversary celebration of native plants, biodiversity, and pollinators! Over 50 hard-to-find species of perennials, ferns, shrubs, and small trees will be available. Native plants attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators, and provide nesting material and seeds for migratory and winter birds. Many are deer resistant, drought tolerant, cold tolerant, and adapted to a wide range of soil types and moisture. Experienced staff will be on-hand to answer questions and help you find the right plant. Join a guided hike, meet a beekeeper from Bees of the Woods Apiary, purchase books and bluebird nest boxes, or participate in plein air sketching. Face painting and kids’ crafts, including planting a “Milkweed for Monarchs” to take home. Call 872-0800 for more information. 

Woodland Wildflowers at Thacher Park: Enjoy a walk in the woods on the Hop Field Trail, where late spring wildflowers bloom. We’ll look for Gaywings, Starflowers, Pink Ladyslippers, and more. The 1.5-mile loop trail circles a wetland, where springs flow from the rocky cliffs and many species of ferns are found. Meet at the Hop Field parking area at 2 p.m. Call 872-0800 for more information.


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Whip-poor-will: What’s a Whip-poor-will? A nocturnal bird that is classified in the family of  Nightjars. Join in on the fun as we record as many whip-poor-wills as we can hear in the Pine Bush. We will meet at the Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, at 8:30 a.m., for a short indoor presentation, then divide into groups to head out into the preserve. We will caravan to different trailheads. Participants must provide their own transportation. We plan to walk approximately one mile. Appropriate for ages 14 and up. The program is free, but registration is required; call 456-0655. 

Knox Historical Society Meeting at 7 p.m. at the Knox Town Hall. Agenda items include final presentations for our upcoming summer programs, especially the driving tours/open house on June 20 and 21. Refreshments will be served and new members are always welcome. Call 872-2082 for more information.

“Down With Rent!” The Anti-Rent Rebellion in New York State, sponsored by the New Scotland Historical Association at Old Songs Community Center, 37 South Main St., Voorheesville at 7:30 p.m. Songs and stories written and sung by anti-rent protesters in the 1840s, featuring local musicians in period costumes. The cost is $10 for non-members and free for members. Call 765-4212 for more information.


Wednesday, June 3, 2015

“Hops in New York State”: A brief history of the New York State hop industry and where we stand today, by Dietrich Ghering, will be the presentation at the Clarksville Historical Society Meeting, at the Clarksville Community Church, Delaware Turnpike, at 7 p.m. 

Lasagna Dinner from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Berne Reformed Church. The menu includes lasagna, salad, bread, dessert, and a beverage. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children; take-outs are $1 extra. 

Guilderland Chamber of Commerce 2014 Town and Chamber Awards Dinner at the Colonie Golf and Country Club. 

National Grid at Westmere Fire Hall: Representatives from National Grid will be at the Westmere Fire Hall, 1741 Western Ave., from 3 to 7 p.m., to discuss the revised and enhanced AC Transmission Upgrades proposals to the New York State Public Service Commission. These proposals address the state’s long-term energy needs as well as local concerns. Project team members will be on site at the fire hall to answer any questions about the proposals.

Brooks BBQ at the Gazebo in Greenville from 3 to 6 p.m. The cost is $11 for a chicken dinner or $12 for a ribs dinner; the cost for a half-chicken only is $7 and the cost for ribs only is $8. Sponsored by the United Methodist Women and Mission Committee of Greenville/Norton Hill.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Silent Auction and Student Research Symposium: Please join the Friends of the Pine Bush Community and Farnsworth Middle School’s Pine Bush Project from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, for an evening of enjoyable presentations and a chance to bid on some fabulous silent auction items. Student from Farnsworth’s Hiawatha 7 Team will share the results of their work and the work of the FMS Pine Bush Project including spanning more than 15 years of restoration work in the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. The silent auction will feature a variety of choice items with all proceeds going to support the Pine Bush Project and the FMS Organic Garden. Don’t miss your chance to support the kids at this free event and hopefully pick up some bargains at the same time. 

Shakers in Our Backyard: A panel discussion about the history and relevance of America’s first three Shaker communities. Join us, at 7 p.m. in the Huxley Theater at the New York State Museum, for a panel discussion about the Shaker historic sites, collections, and archival resources that exist in the Capital Region. Learn about current projects and the future of local Shaker historic sites. Attendees are welcome to join the discussion to explore why the Shakers continue to be relevant in contemporary society. This discussion is part of an ongoing collaborative programmed related to the exhibition “The Shakers: America’s Quiet Revolutionaries” now on view at the New York State Museum. 

Program on Oral Health and Diabetes: Capital Region Diabetes and Endocrine Care, a joint service of St. Peter’s Health Partners and Ellis Medicine, will offer an educational program about oral health and diabetes, titled “Your Mouth Matters,” from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Massry Center, 147 Hoosick St., Troy. The program will detail how individuals with diabetes are at a greater risk for oral health problems including serious gum disease, and how blood glucose levels may affect your teeth and gums. Participants will learn about important tips in maintaining good oral health. The program is free of charge and open to the public. 

Brooks Chicken and Rib BBQ at the Hamilton Union Presbyterian Church, 2291 Western Ave., Guilderlande from 4 to 7 p.m. The cost is $10 for a chicken dinner and $12 for a pork rib dinner; take-out only. 

Friday, June 5, 2015

Recent Works by Ronald Tinney at the Sorelle Gallery. The Opening Reception will take place on Friday, June 5, from 5:00 - 8:00 pm. This show will be displayed through July 2. The Sorelle Gallery is located at Stuyvesant Plaza, 1475 Western Ave, Albany, NY. For more information, call 518-482-2000 or visit their website at http://sorellegallery.com.

First Friday Hike — Intro to Wild Edibles: Did you ever wonder about wild edible plants in the Pine Bush? Join us for an introductory glance into the existence of wild edibles right here in the Pine Bush. Collecting and picking are not permitted in the preserve, but, join us to expand your knowledge. We will begin with an indoor presentation followed by an approximately one-half mile hike to search for wild edibles along the trail. Appropriate for ages 16 and up. Meet at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, at noon. The program is free, but registration is required; call 456-0655. 

Lyme Group Presents New Documentary Film: The Capital Region Chapter of the Empire State Lyme Disease Association will present a public screening of “Emergence,” the new Andy Abrahams Wilson documentary film. “Emergence” is the sequel to his award-winning documentary “Under Our Skin,” which chronicled the medico-political debacle of Lyme disease. The movie will be shown at 6:30 p.m. at the Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Ave., Delmar. A brief open forum meeting will follow.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

National Trails Day Work Day: Join the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy and communities across the country to celebrate the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day. Help MHLC get ready to open the brand new Bozen Kill Preserve outside of Altamont, take a sneak preview hike, and enjoy lunch with the MHLC staff and volunteers, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Work will include clearing brush and grading trails. Work projects will wrap up around 11 a.m. when we will take a guided hike of the preserve and finish with a light lunch. Volunteers should come prepared with pants, long sleeves, work boots, gloves, sunscreen, bug spray, and water. Meet at the corner of Westfall Road and Bozenkill Road, Altamont. Call 436-6346 to register. 

Presentation and Book Signing of “The Spirit of New York: Defining Events in the Empire State’s History,” by Bruce Dearstyne, of Guilderland, at the Bookhouse in Stuyvesant Plaza from 3 to 4 p.m. Another book signing, and a presentation, will take place on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Albany Institute of History and Art, 125 Washington Ave., Albany. 

National Trails Day at Five Rivers: National Trails Day falls on the first Saturday of June each year. It’s an opportunity to have an outdoor adventure and to share stories about the places you’ve explored. This year, enjoy your NTD adventure at 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar. At 10 a.m., join us for “Tales from the Trails,” an indoor presentation on hiking in the Adirondacks. See photos of and hear stories about what to do and what not to do from a 25-year veteran of hiking, camping, canoeing, kayaking, and backpacking in the Adirondacks. At 2 p.m., we’ll take a walk on the Old Field Trail. This half-mile trail hosts a variety of bird species, as well as cottontail rabbits and deer. Several ponds along the way are home to painted turtles, which may be sunning on the logs, as well as frogs, fish, ducks, and muskrats. Call 475-0291 for more information.

First Annual Kenneth’s Ride presented by Kenneth’s Army. Registration begins at 10 a.m. at Thacher Park’s main entrance; the cost is $20 per bike, or $30 for a bike with a passenger. The first 100 registrants receive a free t-shirt. The ride begins at 11:30 a.m. and ends with a BBQ. There will be drawings, door prizes, and music. Proceeds will benefit a scholarship fund for the Berne-Knox-Westerlo students furthering their education in the field of social services. 

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Karner Blue Butterfly Walk: Don’t miss this chance to join Albany Pine Bush staff on a .9-mile hike in the Pine Bush Preserve to see the rare Karner blue butterfly. Once common in the glacial Lake Albany sand belt, the Karner blue has plummeted in numbers over the past 40 years and is now listed as a federally endangered species. Come learn about the natural history of the Karner blue and what efforts are underway to rescue this species from the brink of exctinction. Appropriate for ages 15 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. 

Town of Rensselaerville Annual Picnic: Rensselaerville will hold its third annual picnic from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on the grounds of town hall to celebrate the unity of its five hamlets — Cooksburg, Medusa, Preston Hollow, Potter Hollow, and Rennselaerville. Hot dogs and hamburgers donated by the fire departments and homemade salads and desserts will be on the menu. Music and information tables hosted by town businesses, organizations, and churches will be onsite. The Albany County Sheriff Office’s Mobile Education Site will do a K-9 Program demonstration at 2:30 p.m. The volunteer fire companies and ambulance corps will have vehicles and representatives on hand. The American Legion will hold a ceremony at the “Ring of Honor” at 3 p.m. to honor Town of Rensselaerville residents who are veterans and active members of the armed services. All current and former Town of Rensselaerville residents are invited. Those whose last time begins with A through M are asked to bring a salad to share; those whose last name begins with N through Z are asked to bring a dessert to share. 

Lynnwood Reformed Church 60-Year Anniversary: The church, at 3714 Carman Road, will celebrate 60 years as a congregation, with a worship service at 9:45 a.m. and a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. The Reverend Gerard J. Van Heest and the Reverend William de Forest, former pastors of the church, will take part in the worship service. Lynnwood’s current minister, the Reverend Garret Szantner, will lead the service. All friends of the church are invited to attend. Those wishing to stay for the luncheon are asked to make a reservation with the church office by calling 356-4327.