Local Events

Friday, November 28, 2014

Black Friday Fair Trade Market at the Delmar Reformed Church, 386 Delaware Ave., Delmar, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Featuring beautiful handcrafted gifts, accessories, and homewares, fairly trades from around the world. Your purchases help artisans in developing countries build a better future for themselves and their communities.

Nature of November: The clamor of the growing season has quieted down and the brilliance of October has given way to the browns and grays of late autumn. What is happening in nature in November? Come join us for an afternoon exploration of nature in November and the preparations underway for winter’s arrival. We will start indoors, then venture outside for a .9 mile hike. 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. 

 

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Smartphone and Tablet Applications for Children: If your child is hooked on their tablet or smartphone, there are ways to get them outside to have fun. At 2 p.m. at 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar, we’ll share information about some of the many smartphone and tablet applications that are geared for keeping children connected to nature. Come learn about some of the options that might inspire your child’s love for nature. Call 475-0291 for more information.

Traditional Holiday Wreath-Making Workshop at the Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center at 10 a.m. Participants can create a beautiful 24-inch holiday wreath from freshly-cut balsam greenery, pine cones, and ribbon. Participants should bring a pair of garden shears for cutting greenery. Limited pairs of garden shears will be available for use if needed. The workshop is appropriate for ages 14 and up. The fee for the workshop is $18 per wreath. Pre-registration is required; call 872-1237.

Kick Off Your Holidays With a Visit to Five Rivers: Kick off your holiday preparations at 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar, at 10 a.m. Learn how to turn trash into treasure by using eco-friendly materials to wrap all those packages under the tree or for any occasion. Come dresses to do crafts as we explore various crafting materials that are eco-friendly, kid-friendly, and fun. Parents must accompany children. The program is free of charge, but space is limited; call 475-0291 to register.

Waddle Walk: Looking for a way to work off those yummy holiday treats? Our “waddle walk” is a fun way to get outside for some fresh air and vigorous exercise. We will hike 2.6 miles over rolling terrain through the Karner Barrens East region of the Albany Pine Bush, taking breaks along the way for rest and water. If there is snow, we will snowshoe .9 miles. Appropriate for ages 8 and up. Meet at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, at 11 a.m. The fee is $3 per person or $5 per family, and registration is required; call 456-0655. 

Helderview Garden Club Annual Village of Voorheesville Holiday Tree Lighting at Hotaling Park at 4 p.m. The community is invited to join the festivities with their family and friends. The elementary school hand bell choir will play some songs. There will be a sing-along with carolers and candy canes and cookies will be handed out. 

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Feisty Fishers: Are fishers cats? Do they really eat fish? Come find answers to these questions and more at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center. We will start inside with a short talk about the history and biology of the fisher. Then we will walk approximately one mile in the preserve as we look for signs of the fisher. 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 registry is required; call 456-0655. 

Helderview Garden Club Annual Village of Voorheesville Holiday Tree Lighting at Hotaling Park at 4 p.m. The community is invited to join the festivities with their family and friends. The elementary school hand bell choir will play some songs. There will be a sing-along with carolers and candy canes and cookies will be handed out. 

 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Webinar on NYS Beginning Farmer Grant: Cornell Cooperative Extension and Hudson Valley AgriBusiness Development Corporation are collaborating for an information session on the New Farmers Grant Fund. The information session will be held at 1 p.m. at 24 Martin Road, Voorheesville. Representatives from Empire State Development and NYS Agriculture and Markets will be on hand to share information.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

EMERGENCE, the new Andy Abrahams Wilson documentary film, presented by The Capital Region Chapter of the Empire State Lyme Disease Association. 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 on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at the Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Ave., Delmar. A brief open forum meeting will follow. The movie is free and open to the public.  

 

Upper Union Street Tree Lighting, Caroling, and Visit With Santa: Old Saint Nick will press the button to light an over 40-foot evergreen tree at Trustco, 1620 Union Street. The event includes light refreshments and carols by the Calvary Tabernacle Choir. It’s free and open to the public. Parents are encouraged to bring their cameras as Santa will meet individually with children following the tree lighting. 

Holiday Open House at Knox Town Hall by the Knox Historical Society at 7 p.m. Join us as we celebrate a busy year, view the new display system, and tell us about future projects you’d like to see. All are welcome. Holiday refreshments will be served.

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. The movie will be shown at 6:30 p.m. at the Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Ave., Delmar. It is free and open to the public.

“Chilly Willy Winter’s Eve,” presented by Shelby Mattice at the New Scotland Historical Association, Wyman Osterhout Community Center, New Salem, at 7 p.m. The challenges of winter life on a Dutch farmstead in the 1600s. The program is free and open to the public. Call 765-4212 for more information.

Ben’s Jammin’ Art Project: Kids of any age are welcome at Ben’s Jammin’ Treasures each Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and then again from 3:30 to 5 p.m. for Open Craft Time. Use our art supplies and our creativity to design and make your own cards, gifts, jewelry, and more! Ben’s is located in the green cottage behind Tollgate at 1569 New Scotland Road, Slingerlands. Call 729-5445 for more information.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Santa Visits the Elliott House Thrift Shop from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Santa is excited to see the children and hear all their wishes. The thrift shop will be closing for this season on Saturday, so get your shopping done while the kids visit with Santa. 

Watchable Wildlife — Silent Night at Five Rivers: Join us at 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar, at 7 p.m., as we experience the calming silence of a late autumn evening. Creatures have good reasons for being quiet both day and night. Join us for this stroll to look and listen for what might be out there. We will take an easy walk on Five Rivers’ level trails to explore the underappreciated world of night. Call 475-0291 for more information.

Free CPR Course for residents in the Town of Guilderland at the Western Turnpike Rescue Squad Station One located a 200 Centre Drive, Albany. This course is ideal for schools and students, new parents, grandparents, babysitters, and others interested in learning how to save a life. 

Friday, December 5, 2014

— Photo by Fran Drzymala

“It’s a Wonderful Life”, presented by The Classic Theater Guild at Proctors Fenimore Gallery, 432 State Street, Schenectady.  Pictured are Alan Angelo as Mr. Welch, Joanna Brumley as Violet, Phil Matthei as Mr. Martini, Eric Kaye as Potter’s Goon, Cassie Armstrong as Mary Bailey. The show opens on Friday, December 5, and runs through the weekends of December 5 through 7 and December 12 through 14. Ticket Prices are $18.50, $15.50 for Seniors & Students and are available at Proctors.org.

 

Dave King, novelist and poet, wraps up the first half of Frequency North’s 10th season. King will read from his latest works Friday, December 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the College of St. Rose’s Neil Hellman Library, 392 Western Ave., Albany, New York. Copies of King’s books will be available for purchase and signing. The program, co-presented with the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program, is free and open to the public.

 

“It’s a Jazzy Christmas” Featuring Music of Vince Guaraldi Returns to Saint Rose at 6 p.m. in the Kathleen McManus Picotte Recital Hall, Massry Center for the Arts, 1002 Madison Ave., Albany. The Peanut Gallery Jazz Band will take concertgoers on an interactive musical journey reminiscent of 1940s radio serials, evoking images and emotions from an innocent childhood and days gone by. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $10 for students, and free for children under 5. Call 337-4871 for concert and ticket information.

Holiday Greens Boutique: Sponsored by the Fort Orange Garden Club, this event will be held Friday and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Verdoy Schoolhouse at the Pruyn House Complex, 207 Old Niskayuna Road, Latham. Members will be selling hand-crafted swags, a variety of arrangements, potted amaryllis and paperwhite bulbs, traditional boxwood trees, and more. Free admission.

Annual Silent Auction held by the BKW High School Student Senate from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Come watch the boy’s basketball team take on Mayfield, and do your holiday shopping too! We will also be collecting new, unwrapped toys for the Hilltown Christmas Program sponsored by the Albany County Sheriff’s Office. 

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Advent Lessons and Carols presented by the Guilderland Interfaith Council, at 4 p.m. at Christ the King Church, Sumpter Ave., Guilderland. Adult, youth, and handbell choirs from many Guilderland churches will present individual anthems and combine in a chorus of more than 100 singers. In addition, everyone attending will join in several carols. An offering collecting at the service will be given to the Guilderland Food Pantry, and a reception will follow the service. 

Tuesday Musical Club 102nd Musical Club Christmas Concert with director Julie Panke, accompanied by Elinore Farnum, Jean Hayes, and Natalie Posner, and guest artists The Thursday Bells, at the First Reformed Church of Schenectady, at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for students and seniors and $15 for adults. 

Indian Ladder Farms Winterfest Celebration including breakfast with Santa and by reservation only, caroling hayrides, and sittings with Santa at 1, 2, and 3 p.m. Free holiday crafts for the children and live holiday music by Two Late. 

Nights Owls and Hot Dogs at Five Rivers: It’s time for the annual owl count at 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar, at 4 p.m. Join center staff and bird experts from the Audubon Society of the Capital Region as we survey owls. Field parties will visit likely owl roosts. Afterwards, we’ll gather at a roaring campfire to compare findings and share complimentary hot dogs and hot drinks. Space is limited. Call 475-0291 to register.

Soap Making 101: Please join Cornell Cooperative Extension staff and Master Gardeners for an afternoon of botanical craft fun from 2 to 4 p.m. at 24 Martin Road, Voorheesville. This holiday workshop features a simple melt and pour soap making technique using a goat’s milk base. Each participant will craft four bars of soap adding herbs or oils to create a special soap for gift giving or to keep. There will be a variety of mold choices and herbal additions to enhance the end product and a gift-wrapping station to adorn each bar in a personal style. The cost for the class is $25 which includes all materials, a book on soap crafting, and an afternoon snack. 

St. Boniface Church Christmas Craft and Cookie Sale Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 5148 Western Ave., Guilderland. Homemade cookies and baked goods, Christmas crafts, gift ideas, and home décor items including gift baskets, tree ornaments, handcrafted jewelry, and white elephant items for sale. Cookie decorating table and free coffee. For more info, call 355-0134.

Family Fun Plus Guided Walk at Five Rivers: Families are encouraged to visit 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar, at 10 a.m., to play games and discover how and where animals spend the winter. Many people think of hibernation, but there are other ways animals survive the coldest months. We’ll explore some creative adaptations our regional wildlife demonstrate as they prepare for this challenging season. Later in the day, at 2 p.m., join a Five Rivers naturalist for a guided walk along the Old Field Trail. We’ll take a relaxing stroll alongside abandoned fields on this trail that features quiet ponds, an old orchard, and many shrub and tree species. Call 475-0291 for more information. 

Rummage Sale in Medusa: The Medusa Church will have it’s main Holiday Rummage Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lots of Christmas and other items. 

Annual Holiday Gift Bazaar at Thacher Nature Center, Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hand-crafted quality wares by local artisans and artists; jams, jellies, and honey products; homespun wool products and knitted items; jewelry; original artwork. 50 percent of the proceeds will be donated to a local charity.

Messiah Lutheran Church at 2850 Western Avenue will be showing the movie White Christmas at 6:30 p.m. Please bring a snack to share. All are welcome. 

Christmas on the Hill craft and vendor show at the Thompson’s Lake Reformed Church, 1212 Thacher Park Road, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Featuring crafts, drawings, lunch, baked goods, and more!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Advent Lessons and Carols: The annual Advent Lessons and Carols, presented by the Guilderland Interfaith Council, will be at 4 p.m. at Christ the King Church, Sumpter Ave., Guilderland. Adult, youth, and handbell choirs from many Guilderland churches will present individual anthems and combine in a chorus of more than 100 singers. In addition, everyone attending will join in several carols. An offering collected at the service will be given to the Guilderland Food Pantry, and a reception will follow the service. Everyone is invited to this beautiful and meaningful Advent event. 

New York State Tree Lighting and Fireworks Celebration in the Empire State Plaza from 1 to 8 p.m. Caroling starts at 4:45 p.m., following by the tree lighting and fireworks at 5:15 p.m. 

“A Williamsburg Christmas,” The Bethlehem Historical Association’s annual Holiday Silver Tea, Sunday and Monday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Cedar Hill Schoolhouse, 1003 River Road, Selkirk.