This fall, Sustainable Hilltowns will host several community discussions. According to April Roggio, independent researcher and co-owner of the Medusa General Store, these community dialogues hope to answer this question: Would the development of a “makerspace” in the Hilltowns help to nurture small farmers?

NEW SCOTLAND — “The Battle of the Normanskill through African-American Eyes” will be presented by Aaron Mair, for the Nov. 1 program of the New Scotland Historical Association, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Thompson’s Lake Reformed Church will be a drop-off place for Toys For Tots on Sunday, Nov. 8, and Sunday, Nov. 15, from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

The church is located at 1210 Thacher Park Road in East Berne.

ALTAMONT — The village's kickoff celebration of the 125th anniversary of its founding is on Sunday, Oct. 18, from 3 to 5 p.m.  Program remarks and introductions of distinguished guests will occur at 4 p.m.  The location of the event is 115 Main Street in Altamont.

WESTERLO — The Dormansville United Methodist Church is sponsoring a bus trip to the Melodies of Christmas concert at Proctors Theater in Schenectady.

On Saturday, Dec. 19, the bus will leave from the church on Route 312 and from Trinity United Methodist Church on Route 143 in Coeymans Hollow.