Local Events

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Katha Pollitt, Prize-Winning Columnist, to discuss new book, Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights. Pollitt is an influential voice of contemporary American feminist and a longtime columnist for The Nation, and will present her new book at 8 p.m. in the Campus Center 375 on the University at Albany’s uptown campus. Earlier in the day, at 4:15 p.m., the author will offer an informal seminar in the same location. The event is free and open to the public and sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute and the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy.

 

Friday, January 30, 2015

— Photo by Mark Baird

“The Importance of Being Earnest”, by Oscar Wilde, presented by The Classic Theater Guild.  Pictured are Rachel Leah Pearlman as Miss Prism and Richard Angehr as Reverend Canon Chasuble. The show opens on Friday, January 30, and runs through February 8 at Proctors Fenimore Gallery, 432 State Street, Schenectady. Ticket Prices are $18.50, $15.50 for seniors and students and are available at Proctors.org or by calling the Proctors box office at 518-346-6204.

 

Gleb Ivanov, presented by The College of Saint Rose, in a solo piano concert Friday, January 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the Kathleen McManus Picotte Recital Hall, Massry Center for the Arts, 1002 Madison Ave., Albany. Tickets are $20 general and $10 for students and on sale now at www.massrycenter.org.  For concert and ticket information, phone the Massry Center ticket office at 518-337-4871 or e-mail concerts@strose.edu.

 

Winter Green-Up Grass-Fed Grazing Conference: The Cornell Cooperative Extension, Capital Area Agriculture and Horticulture Program, and Black Queen Angus present the seventh annual Winter Green-Up Grass-Fed Grazing Conference, Jan. 30 and 31, at The Century House in Latham. The conference will feature eight speakers, including Allan Nation, editor of Stockman Grass Farmer, a publication devoted solely to grassland farming. Several speakers will comment on their switch from conventional farming to grass-based management, with positive results to the cows, the environment, farmers, and consumers. Friday will feature a banquet with a variety of grass-finished meats from local farmers, prepared by Chef Michael Niccoli of The Century House. Reserve a spot by calling 765-3500.

The Collar City Film Festival will be held at 8 p.m. at Collar Works, 137 Fourth St., Troy. The event, which is part of Troy Night Out, is free and open to the public. Altamont natives and indie filmmakers Zach and Frank Appio are showing their short film, The Baby Monitor, at the festival. 

Homeschool Snowshoe Hike at Thacher Nature Center: Join us for an invigorating snowshoe hike in beautiful Thacher Park. This snowshoe adventure winds through forest with hemlocks, junipers, and other brushy cover. We might see evidence of animals in this great habitat for porcupine, red squirrel, and fisher. The walk is just over one mile in length and will last about two hours. Families must include one school-aged child to participate. Meet at the Thacher Nature Center, 87 Nature Center Way, Voorheesville, at 10 .m. Call 872-0800 to register, reserve snowshoes, and confirm conditions.

 

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Thompson’s Lake Ice Fishing Contest: Registration begins at 5:30 a.m. Fishing and measurements runs from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Prizes are awarded after 1 p.m. There are cash prizes for the longest fish in three categories — perch, pickerel, and trout. Registration is $10 per person; children under 12 fish free. Bring your own bait. Hot food and refreshments will be available. Call 872-1237 for more information.

Fourth Annual Chilipalooza, Saturday, January 31, at B’nai Sholom, 420 Whitehall Road, Albany, N.Y., from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., with corn bread, chips, beverages and an array of chili styles and tastes. The event is open to the public.  Admission is $8 per person with a maximum of $25 per family. Contest entrants receive a $4 discount. New this year is a Shmaltz Brewing Co. “He’brew” Beer Tasting Table for those 21 years of age and older. Ten dollars will buy five beer tasting tokens and a souvenir glass. For more information about the January 31 Chilipalooza, visit www.bnaisholomalbany.org or contact the B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation office at 518-482-5283 or rsvp@bnaisholom.albany.ny.us.

 

Cajun Dance at the Old Songs Community Center, 37 South Main St., Voorheesville, at 8 p.m. Basics will be taught at 7 p.m. Music will be provided by Krew De La Rue. The cost is $15 per person. 

Thompson’s Lake Ice Fishing Contest: Registration begins at 5:30 a.m. Fishing and measurements runs from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Prizes are awarded after 1 p.m. There are cash prizes for the longest fish in three categories — perch, pickerel, and trout. Registration is $10 per person; children under 12 fish free. Bring your own bait. Hot food and refreshments will be available. Call 872-1237 for more information.

Winter Festival 2015 at the Eldridge Research Station at the Huyck Preserve, 284 Pond Hill Road, Rensselaerville. Join us for fun in the snow! We’ll have a snowshoeing, ice skating, local vendors, live animal demonstrations, and more. 

Harvesting for Habitat: Why are the pine trees being cut down in the Madison Avenue Pinelands region of the preserve? Come find out why at this program! We will hike approximately one mile to view the habitat restoration work. We will meet at the Discovery Center and then caravan to the Madison Avenue Pinelands trailhead. Participants must provide their own transportation. If there is snow, we will snowshoe. Snowshoes will be provided to program participants. The program is appropriate for ages 15 and up. Meet at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, at 1 p.m. There is no fee, but registration is required; call 456-0655. 

 

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Snowshoe Walk at Thacher Nature Center: Join a guided snowshoe walk on the Nature Center trails. If there is not enough snow, we’ll have a winter walk and choose our route depending on conditions. Meet at the Thacher Nature Center, 87 Nature Center Way, Voorheesville, at 10 a.m. Call 872-0800 to register, reserve snowshoe rentals, and confirm conditions.

Souper Bowl of Caring Chili Lunch at the Gallupville Methodist Church from noon to 3 p.m. Chili or soup, eat-in or take-out. The cost is a $5 donation and a non-perishable food item. All donations go directly to the local food pantries. 

Groggy Groundhogs: Will Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow when he wakes up on Feb. 2? Whether you call them groundhogs or woodchucks, join us to learn more about these common mammals. We will also discuss the origins of Groundhog Day and make our own predictions about how long winter will last! We will start inside and then continue outside for a .9-mile hike. If there is snow on the ground we will snowshoe approximately one-half mile. Snowshoes will be provided to program participants. 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. 

 

Monday, February 2, 2015

The Great Debate — A Physician’s Debate on Healthcare Policy: Albany Medical College’s Chapter of Students for a National Health Care Program will host its Third Annual Great Debate at the Linda Auditorium at 7 p.m. This year’s event will expand on the debate regarding implementation of a Single-Payer healthcare system to include discussions on the future of the Affordable Care Act, healthcare economics, and the changing role of the physician. 

 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Evening Snowshoe Program at Five Rivers: The public is invited to take part in an evening snowshoe program at 7:30 p.m. at 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar. By the light of the full moon, we’ll explore portions of the Wild Turkey and Old Field trails on snowshoes. Participants are asked to arrive by 7:15 p.m. if they need to rent snowshoes or want a quick review of snowshoeing techniques. Space is limited. Call 475-0291 to register. The snowshoe rental fee is $5. The program is cancelled if there are less than six inches of snow.

Knox Historical Society Meeting at the Knox Town Hall at 7 p.m., followed by Dan Driscoll, author of History of a One-room Schoolhouse in Knox, NY, speaking about the restoration of Knox School #5. Signed copies of Driscoll’s book will be available for purchase. Learn lots of fun facts about students who used to attend the school and what the school board discussed at their meetings between 1824 and 1905. Call 872-2082 for more information.

Full Moon Hike: Enjoy the Pine Bush at night with an hour-long hike under the full moon. We will meet at the Discovery Center and caravan over the Trailhead 5 (Blueberry Hill West) where we will hike 1.4 miles over rolling topography, stopping intermittently to observe the lunar display. Participants must provide their own transportation. Appropriate for ages 18 and up. Meet at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, Albany, at 6 p.m. The fee is $3 per person or $5 per family and registration is required; call 456-0655. 

Dairying in New Scotland will be presented by Doug LaGrange, as the program for the New Scotland Historical Association, at 7:30 p.m. at the Wyman Osterhout Community Center in New Salem. Doug is a dairy farmer as well as a town councilman and will talk about the past, present, and future of dairy farming in New Scotland. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 765-4212. 

 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Conversation of Budget Development: The Guilderland Central School District will host a community conversation, at 7 p.m. in the Guilderland High School LGI, to take a closer look at the district’s budget development process and to review a list of all potential changes to the district’s spending plan under consideration for 2015-1016. 

Groggy Groundhogs: Will Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow when he wakes up on Feb. 2? Whether you call them groundhogs or woodchucks, join us to learn more about these common mammals. We will also discuss the origins of Groundhog Day and make our own predictions about how long winter will last! We will start inside and then continue outside for a .9-mile hike. If there is snow on the ground we will snowshoe approximately one-half mile. Snowshoes will be provided to program participants. 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, February 7, 2015

Learn About Groundhogs at Five Rivers: Come to 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar, at 10 a.m. to learn about groundhogs. During this family-friendly program, visitors will explore the life of the groundhog through interactive games, activities, and crafts. Afterwards, the group will head outside for an easy stroll to look for signs of this amazing rodent and its relatives. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Later in the day, at 2 p.m., visitors are invited to join a Five Rivers naturalist for a guided walk along the Old Field trail. This half-mile trail meanders through upland fields and brush lands, and serves as a living exhibit of the ecology of abandoned farmland. An experimental crabapple plantation is alive with deer, rabbits, and songbirds. The trail also visits former duck-rearing ponds where, on rare occasions, we have found signs of otter activity in winter. Call 475-0291 for more information.

Pancake Supper: Voorheesville Boy Scout Troop 73 will hold its 42 annual pancake supper from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Voorheesville American Legion Post. The event is the annual fund-raising event for the troop and features delicious fresh pancakes, sausage, syrup, applesauce, and coffee. The cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children. Tickets may be purchased in advance from Scouts or at the door. Call 765-2069 for more information.

Childhood Autism Fundraiser, sponsored by the Guilderland Elks, at 7 p.m. at 3867 Carman Road. This is the Mason’s 2nd annual dance party featuring 70s and 80s music. There is a $10 cover charge, which includes a DJ and appetizers. There will also be a drawing at the door. 

Basic Animal Tracking: Have you ever been walking and come across a footprint? What is it telling you? What are they doing? If you are interested in learning some basic principles of animal tracking, join us for a short inside presentation and then we will go outside to explore for animal tracks. We will walk approximately one mile. Appropriate for ages 16 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. 

Brooks’ Barbecue at the Lynnwood Reformed Church, 3714 Carman Road, 3 p.m. until sold out. The cost is $10 for a chicken dinner, $6 for a half-chicken, or $12 for a rib dinner. Drive-thru only.

Pops Falls in Love: This year, the Guilderland High School Music Department celebrations its annual Pops concert with the theme “Pops Falls in Love” at 7:30 p.m. at the Guilderland High School. The concert will feature performances by all of the high school music ensembles — over 350 talented students — in the choirs, bands, orchestras, and jazz band. Small vocal and instrumental ensembles will be performing as well. Tickets are $6 pre-sale and $7 at the door. Tickets are available for purchase in the school store at the high school, or can be purchased by calling 861-8591. 

 

Monday, February 9, 2015

Snowshoe Adventure: Have you tried snowshoeing? The Albany Pine Bush Preserve is a great place to get started with this fun sport. Join us for a .9-mile hike on snowshoes. We’ll explore the frozen landscape of the Pine Barrens and learn the basics of snowshoeing. Snowshoes will be provided to program participants. If there is not enough snow on the ground we will hike without snowshoes. Appropriate for ages 7 and up. Meet at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, at 10:30 a.m. The fee is $3 per person or $5 per family and registration is required; call 456-0655.