Local Events

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Spaghetti Dinner from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at the Greenville Central School high school cafeteria, sponsored by the Greenville Athletic Association. Menu includes spaghetti and meatballs, salad, bread, a beverage, and dessert. Cost is a freewill donation or food pantry donation. 

Friday, March 27, 2015

Old Songs will present Mist Covered Mountains on Friday, March 27 at 8:00 pm. The concert will be held at 37 South Main Street, Voorheesville, NY.  Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under and may be purchased at oldsongs.org, or by calling Old Songs at 518-765-2815.


Mist Covered Mountains, presented by Old Songs, Inc. at 8 p.m. at 37 South Main St., Voorheesville. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling 765-2815.

“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.

Lenten Fish Fry from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. at the McKownville United Methodist Church, 1565 Western Ave. A full meal includes a fish sandwich, sauce, coleslaw, and fries or onion rings, and the cost is $10. A sandwich only or a child’s meal is $7. 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Wearable Art at Thacher Nature Center: Learn an easy and fun method to create a “tie-dyed” tee shirt without tying or dying. Design a personalized colorful tee using Sharpie markers and simple household supplies to create a tie-dyed look. A fee of $5 covers all materials including a white tee shirt. Feel free to bring a favorite shirt of your own if you prefer. The program is appropriate for ages 6 and up. Call 8720800 to register.

Dinner Theater: Join us for an exciting evening as we figure out who ordered a mob hit in Altamont. THEY Improv will bring to life a fictional murder mystery right in our very own village. Help us figure out who committed the crime while enjoying this hilarious comedy, drinks and dinner. Doors open at 6 p.m. and dinner starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 and will be available at the door or can be purchased in advance at the Village Hall. Dinner, the show, beer, wine, and soda are included, and BYOB is allowed. Call 935-0484 for more information.

4-H Regional Poultry School from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Albany County, 24 Martin Road, Voorheesville. Topics will include housing for poultry, tips for fitting and showmanship, poultry care and feeding, chicken care in community settings, a poultry quiz bowl, and more. Call the Albany County 4-H Office at 765-3500 to register. A pizza lunch will be available for purchase.

Book and Jewelry Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Senior Center, 1360 Helderberg Trail, Berne. Tables at the senior center are covered with books, DVDs, VHS tapes, audio tapes, puzzles, and jewelry ready for new owners. Proceeds benefit the Berne Library.

Papermaking: Turn old paper scraps into new paper and help conserve trees! In this program you will learn easy steps to making beautiful and functional recycled paper. This is an indoor program. Appropriate for ages 5 and up. Meet at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday or 1 p.m. on Sunday. The fee is $3 per person or $5 per family and registration is required; call 456-0655.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Susan Werner reprises her 1995 breakaway album Last of the Good Straight Girls, then performs songs from her celebrated – and very original - repertoire in concert at 7 pm, Sunday, March 29, 2015, 8th Step at Proctors (Underground), 432 State Street, Schenectady. Tickets are $28 General, $24 Advance; $35 Gold Circle, available in advance through The Eighth Tix/Info Line at (518) 434-1703; through Proctors Box Office, (518) 346-6204; also at the Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza. For further information call The Eighth Step at (518) 434-1703 or visit online at www.8thstep.org.


Tim Wiles, Director of the Guilderland Public Library, will perform his costumed recitation of the classic “Casey at the Bat” by Ernest Lawrence Thayer, followed by a rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” on Sunday, March 29, at 2 p.m. at the Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Avenue, Albany. Free with museum admission. This coincides with the Baseball in Winter Family Day being held from 10 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. For more info call 518-463-4478 or e-mail information@albanyinstitute.org


Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at the Westmere Fire Department, 1741 Western Ave., from 8 a.m. to noon. The buffet will include scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage, bacon, melon slices, juices, coffee, and tea. The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children. Bring your camera for pictures with the Easter bunny.

Pancake Breakfast at the Knox Firehouse from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., sponsored by the Helderberg Kiwanis. All-you-can-eat pancakes with real maple syrup, sausage, eggs, applesauce, ice cream, and beverages. The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children. There will also be crafts, and pony rides for $3. This is the club’s big fund-raiser for the year and the proceeds are spent on various projects to help people in the community — holiday dinners for families, camp for a local child, back-to-school supplies, and Little League.

Maple Farm Tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Malachi Farms, 2548 Berne-Altamont Road, Altamont, Lounsbury Farms, 138 Cross Road, Berne, and Mountain Winds Farm, 12 Williamson Road, Berne.

Soup and Bread Luncheon at the Altamont Reformed Church, 129 Lincoln Ave., Altamont, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The luncheon will be in the church’s Fellowship Hall, will be open and free to the public, and will include homemade soups and breads that all are welcome to sample and enjoy with the congregation. Call 861-8711 for more information.

Easter Egg Hunt and Easter Bunny Visit, at 1 p.m., behind the Knox Firehouse on Route 156 in Knox. Sponsored by the Knox and Berne Youth Councils. Free.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Why Natives and Not Invasives? Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County will offer this class at 7 p.m. at the extension office in Troy. Native plants are hot, and those that misbehave are not! This presentation will cover the ecological, economical, and human health harm of invasive species. Specific species will be highlighted along with their impacts, and examples of native alternatives to plant will be shared. The program fee is $6 per person. Call 272-4210 to register.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Music and Poetry of the Extended Caribbean, a multimedia presentation by Bobby Sanabria and Elena Martinez, featuring “James Reese Europe, the Latin Tinge and Puerto Rican Connection,” and poetry readings of the work of Clara Lair, Julia de Burgos, and Tato Laviero, in the University at Albany’s Humanities 354, at 3:30 p.m. Free admission. 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

The Helderview Garden Club will meet at 6:45 p.m. at the Cornell Cooperative Extension building on Martin Road in Voorheesville. Pam Taft, master gardener and retired physical therapist will be speaking on “The Aging Gardener,” to keep ourselves healthy.

Small Grains Workshop: The Carey Institute for Global Good will hold its annual small grains workshop for farmers, brewers, distillers, maltsters, and other industry stakeholders from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Guggenheim Pavilion, 63 Huyck Road, Rensselaerville. There is a $20 admission fee payable at the door.

Almost Full Moon Family Hike: Enjoy the Pine Bush at night with a hike under the almost full moon. We will walk approximately one mile over rolling topography intermittently for night vision and sound observations. Appropriate for all ages. Meet at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, Albany, at 7 p.m. The fee is $3 per person or $5 per family and registration is required; call 456-0655. 

Friday, April 3, 2015

First Friday Hike — Signs of Spring: The calendar says it’s spring, but what clues does nature give us that reveal the arrival of spring? Come and discover signs of spring along the trails of the Pine Bush Preserve as we hike for 45 minutes. Appropriate for all ages. Meet at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, at noon. The event is free but registration is required; call 456-0655. 

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Chicken & Biscuit Dinner at the Bethlehem Grange #137, 24 Bridge St., Selkirk, from 4 to 7 p.m. Dinner includes dessert and a beverage; the cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Take-outs are available.

Old Songs “Community Dance” from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at 37 South Main St., Voorheesville. Music by Fennig’s All-Stars with legendary caller and fiddler David Kaynor. Simple dances, including folk, square, and contra, from the United States and around the world. For every age and ability! All dances taught. No partner is necessary. Admission is $8 for adults and free for children 12 and under.

Blood Drive conducted by the Town of Knox at the Hall from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Walk-ins welcome.

Explore Around the Pond and Stream at Five Rivers: Come to 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar, at 10 a.m., to explore the world of the pond. After months of living below an ice ceiling, many of our pond inhabitants, as well as the water they live in, have begun to stir. We’ll examine critters that live in, on, or near the water, focusing on how the freezing and thawing cycle affects their lives. Participants will have the opportunity to use dip nets to observe some of the pond life up close. This program is appropriate for children and adults. At 2 p.m. join a Five Rivers naturalist for a guided walk along the Vlomankill Trail. As winter releases its icy grip, the Vlomankill once again becomes a rushing stream. On this hike, we’ll observe the full power of one of Five Rivers’ most attractive features. We’ll also watch for signs of plants struggling to take advantage of the early spring sunlight before the canopy leafs out. Be prepared for some moderate slopes and expect mud! Call 475-0291 for more information.

Signs of Spring: The calendar says it is spring, but what clues does nature give us that reveal the arrival of spring? Come and discover signs of spring along the trails of the Pine Bush Preserve as we hike approximately one-mile. Appropriate for all ages. Meet at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, at 11 a.m. on Saturday or 2 p.m. on Sunday. The fee is $3 per person or $5 per family and registration is required; call 456-0655.