Local Events

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Chief Judge Loretta A. Preska

Chief Judge Loretta A. Preska of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, an alumna of The College of Saint Rose, will discuss “Personal Privacy, the Fourth Amendment and the Digital Age” in a lecture Thursday, October 30, at 5 p.m. in the Carl E. Touhey Forum, Thelma P. Lally School of Education, 1009 Madison Ave., Albany, N.Y.  A panel discussion will follow Preska’s talk. Panelists will include Richard Hartunian, United States Attorney for the Northern District of New York, and prominent criminal defense attorney E. Stewart Jones Jr.  Daniel P. Nolan, Saint Rose trustee and president and CEO of Hugh Johnson Advisors, will moderate. A reception will conclude the evening. The program is free and open to the public by advance reservation. Reserve by email to leiboldh@strose.edu or phone 518-485-3826.


Friday, October 31, 2014

Mordrid’s Lair, a Halloween haunted graveyard to benefit animals, 1691 Crane Street, Schenectady. All donations will be split between Happy Cat Rescue and Rottie Empire Rescue to help pay for food, toys, supplies, and medical treatment for stray and surrendered animals. There will be spiders and zombies and things that go bump in the night! If you cannot visit, but still want to donate, call (518) 334-3195.


Community Trick-or-Treat on the front lawn of the Altamont Reformed Church, 129 Lincoln Ave., from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

Punkintown Scaregrounds: The New Salem Volunteer Fire Department has transformed the fairgrounds into a haunted neighborhood full of spooks, skeletons, scarecrows, and surprises. If you or the little ones are faint of heart or a little shy, plan on attending from 6 to 8 p.m. Those of you who are up for a good, old-fashioned Halloween trick-or-treat, plan on attending from 8 to 10 p.m. Free parking and admission, and free popcorn and candy at the end. The Scaregrounds will be open from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Crossgates Mall-O-Ween: It’s the most spook-tacular time of the year with all the thrills, chills and fright-filled fun at Crossgates Mall from 3 to 6 p.m. Celebrate Halloween with trick-or-treating candy stations throughout the mall and at participating stores. Enjoy ghoulish games, dancing, and more. Make sure to dress up for the costume contest!


Saturday, November 1, 2014

Turkey Dinner at the Bethlehem Grange #137, 24 Bridge St., Selkirk, from 4 to 7 p.m. Menu includes turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, vegetables, a beverage, and fresh-baked pies. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Take-outs are available; call 421-1312 to order in advance. 

Nature’s Recyclers and Guided Walk at Five Rivers: At 10 a.m. at 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar, we’ll explore the world of scavengers and decomposers. These are nature’s recyclers, and include snails, fungi, turkey vultures and more. They play a critical role in the ecosystem, keeping our environment clean by consuming the remains of dead animals and plants. Their leftovers — including bones, shells, and antlers — can tell us a lot about how those animals lived. At 2 p.m. on Saturday, visitors are invited to join our guide as we explore the picturesque Vlomankill Trail, tracing the meandering stream through a hemlock-shaded ravine. Towering trees, elevated views, and exposed bedrock create a sense of the primeval. The trail has some stairs and steep grades over woodchip surfaces. Call 475-0291 for more information.

Shop ‘Til You Drop Craft Fair at the St. Thomas the Apostle School, 42 Adams Place, Delmar, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. 

Shot Heard Round New York, Part 2 at the Helderberg Rod and Gun Club, 386 Quay Road, Altamont, from 11:30 a.m. to noon. Please arrive no later than 11:30 a.m. The public is welcome. 

Roast Beef Dinner at the Altamont Masonic Hall on Maple Avenue from 4:30 to 7 p.m. The meal will include roast beef, gravy, mashed potatoes, a vegetable, rolls and butter, coffee, tea, milk, and a delicious dessert. Tickets are $12 for adults, $11 for senior citizens, and $6 for children. Take-outs will be available.

Fall Supper held by the Presbyterian Church in New Scotland from 4:30 to 7 p.m. The menu includes roast turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, cranberry relish, squash, green bean salad, rolls and butter, and homemade pies. The cost is $11 for adults and $5 for children. Take-outs are available. Call 439-6454 for more information.

“Spooktacular” Fund-raiser: The Kid’s Club is holding a 5K run, 2-mile walk, children’s 1-mile spooky spring, and devilish dashes for the younger children, at 4 p.m. at the Voorheesville High School. There will be a concession stand and a drawing. On-site registration begins at 2:30 p.m. 

Where O’ Where Are White Tailed Deer? What is able to leap a six-foot fence in a single bound in the Albany Pine Bush Preserve? Come and join us for an exciting program on the largest mammal that lives here in the Pine Bush. We will start inside with a short introduction to anatomy and behavior and then continue outside for a .9 mile hike looking for signs of deer in their habitat. Appropriate for ages 5 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. 


Sunday, November 2, 2014

Annual Membership Tea sponsored by the Dutch Settlers Society of Albany, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Schuyler Meadows Country Club, 17 Schuyler Meadows Club Road. 

First Juried Photo Exhibit at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, will be unveiled at 1 p.m. The exhibit celebrates the uniqueness and diversity of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. Juror-selected awards will be presented at the opening, and the exhibit will run until Jan. 1. All ages are welcome. 

Geocaching, a program at the New Scotland Historical Association at 2 p.m., presented by Chet Boejlke Jr. This is a fun game that will engage people of all ages. Come one and all and enjoy the fun pastime of geocaching and learn about local history. The program is free and open to the public. Call 765-4212 for more information.

Annual Turkey Dinner at the Knox Volunteer Fire Company from 1 to 5 p.m. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Call 872-1676 for more information.


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Annual Election Day Soup and Sandwich Luncheon at the Berne Reformed Church from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The menu includes a variety of homemade soups, sandwiches, and cookies.

Chicken N’ Biscuit Election Day Lunch and Dinner at the Trinity United Methodist Church, Route 143, Coeyman’s Hollow, from 11 to 7 p.m. 


Thursday, November 6, 2014

The U. S. Navy Band Commodores perform at Albany’s Palace Theatre Thursday, November 6 at 7:00 pm. The Navy Band Commodores feature 19 top jazz and “big band” musicians offering a mixture of styles ranging from authentic sounds of the swing era to contemporary high‑energy music. Ticket price is free of charge. To get tickets, go to the Palace Theatre Box Office during regular business hours at 19 Clinton Ave. Albany, NY or call (518) 465-4663 and have tickets left at Will Call for pickup on the night of the performance. Any unclaimed seats will be available in person at the Palace Theatre Box Office on the day of the performance to non‑ticket holders just prior to concert time.


The Helderview Garden Club will meet at 6:45 p.m. at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Building on Martin Road in Voorheesville. Wake Gardner from the Orchid Society will speak to our club on the joy of growing orchids. The public is welcome. 

Afterschool Adventurer: Want to get some exercise and have fun outdoors? We will meet on the first and third Thursday of each month from Sept. 18 through Dec. 4 to explore different trails and habitats of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. You can come one or every time. Appropriate for ages 6 to 11. Meet at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, at 3:30 p.m. There is no fee, but registration is required; call 456-0655. 

Full Moon Hike: Enjoy the Pine Bush at night with an hour-long hike under the full moon. We will walk .9 miles over rolling topography, stopping intermittently for night vision and sound observations. Appropriate for all ages. Meet at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Channel, 195 New Karner Road, at 6 p.m. The fee is $3 per person or $5 per family and registration is required; call 456-0655.


Friday, November 7, 2014

Mainstream Level Western Square Dance held by the Schoharie Valley Hayshakers at the Middleburgh High School Cafeteria at 7:30 p.m. The dance theme in chocolate night. The callers are Chuck and Gerry Hardy and the cuer is Larry White. Please wear soft sole shoes. 

First Friday Hike — Wild and Wiley Turkeys: Take a break from your day and spend 45 minutes on the trail with us discovering the life of wild turkeys in the Pine Bush. We will learn about turkey sounds and flight and look for signs of turkey in their habitat. Please remember to dress for the weather. Appropriate for all ages. Meet at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, Albany, at noon. There is no fee, but registration is required; call 456-0655.


Saturday, November 8, 2014

Sweater Mitten Mania at Thacher Nature Center: Turn your old sweater into a warm and woolly pair of mittens! These are great gifts for the holidays or perfect to keep your own hands nice and toasty. Participants should bring an old sweater — wool if possible — fleece or an old t-shirt for mitten lining, scissors, thread, and sewing pins. Some sewing experience is helpful. The program is free, but donations are appreciated. Call 872-1237 for more information.

Vendor and Craft Event at the Pine Grove United Methodist Church, 1580 Central Ave., Colonie, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 30 plus booths will participate in this event. Free admission.

Roast Pork Dinner at the Pine Grove United Methodist Church, 1580 Central Ave., Colonie, from 4 to 6 p.m. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Call 248-9934 for reservations.

Berne Fire Auxiliary Craft and Vendor Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Berne Fire House. Call 872-0355 for more information.

Old Songs Inc. Presents Brother Sun at 8 p.m. at 37 South Main St., Voorheesville. Tickets are $23 and can be purchased by calling 765-2815.

Wildlife Workshops for Educators at Five Rivers: Five Rivers is pleased to offer two workshops for educators. Project WILD, for those working with students in grades K-12, will be presented from 9 a.m. to noon. Growing up WILD, for those working with children ages three to seven, will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Project WILD is an award-winning international interdisciplinary program for teachers and youth leaders. This participatory workshop introduces educators to lessons and activities, which integrate wildlife themes into the core disciplines. Activities are suitable for use in classrooms, Scout and after-school programs, and summer camps. Growing up WILD uses a child’s sense of wonder to encourage first-hand exploration of the natural world. Participants receive a free manual with more than 25 field-tested lessons, described in an easy to follow format. Space is limited for both of these programs. Call 475-0291 to register. 


Sunday, November 9, 2014

United States Flag Retirement Ceremony at the American Legion Post 977, jointly hosted by the VFW Post 7062, at 2 p.m. Drop off your retired, damaged, or worn out flags at either post. Young and old alike are invited to witness the proper and dignified disposal of our national colors.

Animal Armor: How do you protect yourself in the event of danger? Many animals of the Pine Bush have very unique ways of protecting themselves from predators. Join us for a brief indoor presentation and craft followed by a short hike to look for evidence these animals may leave behind. We plan to walk approximately one-half mile. 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. 


Friday, November 14, 2014

Incommunicado, Tom Dulack’s play about Ezra Pound’s internment for treason — with Ed McMullen, a former Enterprise reporter and founder of D & M Productions as Pound —  will play at the Arts Center of the Capital Region, 265 River Street, Troy, on Nov. 14, 15, 21, and 22 at 8 p.m. and on Nov. 15 and 22 at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $15 and are available at the door or through https://www.artful.ly/store/events/4205.