BETHLEHEM — Restaurant Appreciate Week, sponsored by the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce, is Jan. 24 to 31.

ALTAMONT — Due to recent icing on roads, parking lots, and sidewalks and the renewed concerns regarding surges in cases of the latest COVID-19 variant, organizers have suspended the Altamont Seniors Tuesday lunch program for the remaining weeks of January.

Altamont Community Tradition’s Festival of Lights raised $2,550, to be divided among the pantries along with food donations. In addition, Phillips Hardware raised $3,070 during its holiday fundraising program.

ALBANY COUNTY — B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation in Albany and Delmar Presbyterian Church in Delmar are teaming up once again to collect nonperishable food to stock Little Free Food Pantries in Albany and Schenectady.

ALBANY COUNTY — This past year, from June through September, Albany residents for the first time could board a bus for free to visit nine natural areas in Albany County.

Nearly 1,000 city residents rode the Nature Bus over its 15-week run to get to the outdoor locations to enjoy nature.

Aaron Carr, a junior at Berne-Knox-Westerlo, has been awarded a $1,000 grant to build his hardscaping business.

Hardscaping is landscape architecture, building, for example, walls or paths as part of a landscape.

Altamont celebrated the season on Sunday with a light-decorating contest; Christmas trees in Orsini park trimmed by community groups; a Pet Pawrade; a living Nativity, and finally, after dark, a parade where Santa rode through the village on a fire truck. The COVID-safe event, hosted by Altamont Community Tradition, was held entirely outdoors on brisk but sunny day.

Terry Luyckx with Ziggy.

Altamont Community Tradition held a series of festive events in the village Sunday, where The Altamont Enterprise took family portraits including pets.

Indian Ladder Farms in New Scotland was honored on Wednesday with a New York State Senate Empire Award “for its outstanding contribution to the local agritourism industry and service to Albany County,” according to State Senator Michelle Hinchey.

Frederick-Mynderse House was the site of the Guilderland Garden Club’s Holiday Wreath and Craft Sale.