Local Events

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Citizen Preparedness Corps Training for National Preparedness Month, at 10:30 a.m. at the Guilderland Town Hall. These training sessions, sponsored by Red Cross, are free of charge and open to the public. 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Pianist Peter Miyamoto presented by the College of Saint Rose, Friday, September 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Kathleen McManus Picotte Recital Hall, Massry Center for the Arts, 1002 Madison Ave., Albany, New York.  The recital is free and open to the public.

 

“12 Angry Men” presented by The Classic Theater Guild Inc. at Proctors Fenimore Gallery, opening Friday, September 26. Pictured from left to right, Alex Perone, Stephen Barkley, John Reheuser, John Massaroni, Tyler Pratt, Khalid Nixon, Alan Angelo, David Dimeo, Justin Alvis, George Filieau, Phil Matthei, and Joe Bonilla. Directed by Glenn Read. For more information go to classictheaterguild.com.

 

Community Caregivers Neighbors Helping Neighbors Day: A day of goodwill and acts of kindness towards our community and neighbors. Volunteer for a group activity — Orsini Park clean up, Crossgates water bottle distribution, construction workers bottle distribution, or winterize the Tawasentha Park pool area — or donate a grocery gift card to Community Caregivers for distribution. Call 456-2898 to register. 

Fund-raiser Mum and Bake Sale held by the Preston Hollow Beautification Committee. On sale will be mums in a variety of sizes and colors, pumpkins, cornstalks, and a variety of baked goods. There will also be a drawing. The event will be held at the Greenhouse on Route 145 in Preston Hollow from 3 to 6 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Nature’s Bounty: Where would we be without seeds? Seeds are an important part of our lives as well as the lives in the Pine Bush. The seeds from these globally rare plants are used at our restoration sites. If you would like to learn more about these plants and participate in collecting some of these seeds, join us rain or shine. Along our one-mile hike over rolling terrain we will also learn how this rare ecosystem is maintained. Please remember to wear sturdy walking shoes, long pants, and bring drinking water. Meet at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, at 11 a.m. There is no fee, but registration is required; call 456-0655. 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

The John Pizzarelli Quartet presented by The College of Saint Rose, Saturday, September 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Kathleen McManus Picotte Recital Hall, Massry Center for the Arts, 1009 Madison Ave., Albany, New York. Tickets are $30 general and $15 for students and are 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.

 

Bird Walk, sponsored by Save the Pine Bush, and led by Neal Reilly of the Mohawk-Hudson Bird Club. Meet at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, at 8 a.m., and bring your binoculars. Call 465-8930 for more information.

Project FeederWatch at Five Rivers: Join us at 10 a.m. at 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar, to learn how you can count birds for science. Many people enjoy watching birds at their backyard feeders. But did you know that your observations can contribute to the study of bird populations and movement? Noting what you see and reporting your observations can enhance your enjoyment while adding to our collective knowledge of birds. Come learn how you can participate in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Project FeederWatch and other simple ways to better understand your backyard birds. Call 475-0291 for more information.

Guided Walk at Five Rivers — Beaver Tree Trail: Join us at 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar, at 2 p.m., for a guided walk along the Beaver Tree Trail. This half-mile loop trail follows the wooded border of Beaver Pond and features several scenic overlooks and close approaches to the pond that offer an excellent opportunity to enjoy seasonal flora and fauna. This trail includes moderate ups and downs over a woodchip base. Call 475-0291 for more information.

Old time Barn Dance to Benefit the Northeastern Cave Conservancy at the Octagon Barn at 588 Middle Road in Knox from 7 p.m to 10 p.m. Admission is $15 per person, $10 for students, $30 for families, and free to children under 12 years of age. There will be a silent auction, raffle and door prizes. Refreshments and light snacks will be served. For more information call (917) 923-8326.

30th Annual Traffic Safety Awareness Weekend at Crossgates Mall from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and also on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the lower level common area between JCPenney and the Apple store. This event is sponsored by the Albany County Department of Public Works - Traffic Safety Education Program. You will learn the proper way to install your child’s safety seat, and parents, children and motorists get a chance to learn about traffic safety from many different traffic safety professionals. There will be exhibits, displays and give-a-ways for you to take home. 

Annual Ham Dinner at the Schoharie United Presbyterian Church, 314 Main St., from 4 to 7 p.m. The menu includes ham, family-style homemade mashed potatoes, gravy, squash, baked beans, coleslaw, applesauce, rolls, dessert, and beverages. The cost is $12 for adults and $6 for children; there is a $1 charge for take-outs. 

Roast Pork Supper at the Berne Reformed Church, with continuous servings from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. The menu includes roast pork, gravy, dressing, mashed potatoes, green beans, coleslaw, dinner rolls, homemade applesauce, assorted pies, and dessert. The cost is $10 for adults and children under 5 eat free; there is a $1 charge for take-outs. 

Pork Dinner at the Dormansville United Methodist Church, located on Route 312, from 4 to 7 p.m. The menu includes roast pork, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, sauerkraut, green beans, rolls, cake with ice cream, and tea or coffee. The cost is a donation; take-outs are available. 

Ravine Ramble: The Albany Pine Bush is home to the headwaters of the Hunger Kill, the Kaikout Kill, and the Patroon Creek. Join us for a hike to steep-sided sandy ravines and an exploration of the life that thrives along their banks. We will be walking approximately two miles over varied terrain; appropriate for ages 7 and up. We will meet at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, at 10 a.m. The fee is $3 per person or $5 per family and registration is required; call 456-0655. 

Helderview Garden Club Tag Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Old Songs Community Center, 37 South Main St., Voorheesville. The even will be held rain or shine. 

 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Barbara Unger of Saratoga Springs will be the featured poet at Sunday Four Open Mic on Sunday, Sept. 28, reading from Charlotte Bronte, You Ruined My Life and other works. Unger teaches poetry at The College of Saint Rose. The open mic begins at 3 p.m. at Old Songs Community Arts Center on Main Street, Voorheesville. 

 

Live Life Local will celebrate Albany County’s local businesses at the Times Union Center from 11:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event will show support for food and beverage vendors, artists and other local businesses in Albany County. It is free to the public with free parking being provided in the Times Union Center garage. Highlights include a meet and greet and special performance by Dani Moz of The Voice, and a meet and greet with Tumi Oguntala from The Biggest Loser.

The Huyck Preserve and Biological Research Station announces the Rensselaerville Cycling Festival. Rides begin at the Carey Center as early as 7 a.m., with cycling rides and races leaving from there and viewing all of the Hilltowns.  The Preserve will have a table at the festival in the Marketplace with other vendors and organizations. The festival is free, but the cycling races and barbecue lunch require tickets. The Preserve will be leading a brief guided hike of the Preserve at 10:15 a.m. To purchase tickets for a race, the barbecue, or for the schedule of events, check out the cycling festival’s website www.rensselaervillecycling.com.

Nature’s Bounty: Where would we be without seeds? Seeds are an important part of our lives as well as the lives in the Pine Bush. The seeds from these globally rare plants are used at our restoration sites. If you would like to learn more about these plants and participate in collecting some of these seeds, join us rain or shine. Along our one-mile hike over rolling terrain we will also learn how this rare ecosystem is maintained. Please remember to wear sturdy walking shoes, long pants, and bring drinking water. 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. 

Orienteering at John Boyd Thacher State Park. Beginner, intermediate and advanced courses available. Registration is required. This event and registration begin at 11:00 a.m. and will run through 1 p.m. For more information, contact Gabor Bobok at 421-0183 or by e-mail at gabor.bobok@gmail.com.

Community Gathering: Judith Wines, Director of the Altamont Free Library, will be moving on to a new position at another library. Please come to a community gathering from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Orsini Park to wish Judith well. Some light refeshments will be provided. All are welcome.  

 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Clarksville Historical Society Program, Archaeology in Schenectady, with Louise Basa of Schenectady County Community College Archaeology Program at 7 p.m. for a presentation on recent discoveries made in the Schenectady Stockade. Programs are held at the Clarksville Community Church on Delaware Turnpike in Clarksville. For further information, please call 768-2870.

Ready to Dance! Enjoy some square dancing from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. with Single Squares of Albany (modern western square dancing) at the Colonie Elks Club, Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham. Ron Brown from the Hip Boot Boys will be the your caller and cuer throughout the dances. Admission is $6 per person. For further information, you can call 674-2076.

Visit the last Voorheesville Farmer’s Market of the year from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Music provided by Two’s Company, and Crafty Christians will be selling Halloween and Veteran’s Day items.

6th Annual Ladies Night Out at Treviso (Italian American Center) 257 Washington Avenue Extension, Albany. Health awareness and fun activities with 35 vendors, demonstrators and samples. We will be kicking off breast cancer awareness month. Free to attend. 

 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

After School Adventure: Hey kids, have some fun outdoors from 3:30 p.m to 4:30 p.m. at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, Albany. Hiking adventure club will meet on the first and third Thursday of each month from September 18 through December 4. Bring an adult, you can come every day or just once, but remember to wear sturdy walking shoes, long pants and bring drinking water. Club is free but requires registration. Sign up by calling 456-0655 or visit www.AlbanyPineBush.org and click on “Events Calendar.”

The Helderview Garden Club will meet at 6:45 p.m. at the Cornell Cooperative Extension building on Martin Road in Voorheesville. Allison from Helderledge Nursery will do a hands on fall table arrangement on a tea cup saucer with artificial flowers, fruit and candle. Fee is $15 per person. The public is welcome.

Annual Turkey Supper and Bake Sale at the Bethany Lutheran Church located at 185 Church Street in Central Bridge beginning at 4:30 p.m. Family-style dinner is $9 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 through 12, and free for children under age 5. Take out dinners are available for $10. For more information, call Carol Wilber at 505-6432.

 

Friday, October 3, 2014

Hike to discover the amazing world of buckmoths from Noon to 12:45 p.m. at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center at 195 New Karner Road, Albany. Hike is for all ages. Fee is free, but registration is required by calling 456-0655 or visiting www.AlbanyPineBush.org and clicking on “Events Calendar”.

Garage Sale to benefit the Berne Library will be held on Friday, Oct 3, and Saturday, Oct 4, in the garage and basement of 232 Rock Road in Knox from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Owner moving and downsizing. Various items available.

 

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Joe Crookston & the BlueBird Jubilee, featuring guitarist Peter Glanville, in concert at 7:30 pm, Saturday, October 4, at the 8th Step at Proctors (Underground), 432 State Street, Schenectady. Tickets are $24 for general admission, $22 in advance, and $30 for Gold Circle. For further information contact The Eighth Step at (518) 434-1703 or visit online at 8thstep.org.

 

Hike to discover the amazing world of buckmoths from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center at 195 New Karner Road, Albany. Hike is for all ages. Fee is $3 per person, $5 per family, and children under 5 years are free. Registration is required by calling 456-0655 or visiting www.AlbanyPineBush.org and clicking on “Events Calendar”.

Old Songs Community Dances, hosted by Old Songs, Inc. and underwritten by Homespun Occasions, begins at 7 p.m. at the Old Song Community Center, 37 South Main Avenue, Voorheesville featuring caller Paul Rosenburg and music by Will Welling & Tamarack. Admission is $8 per person, children age 12 and under are free. There will be a dessert and snack potluck during intermission. Season will continue monthly on first Saturdays every month through May.

Jerusalem Reformed Church Annual Autumn Supper. Route 32, Feura Bush from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Dinner features Roast Turkey with all the trimmings. Come early and come hungry! No reservations needed. First come first served and take outs available. Free with donation.  There will also be a bake and craft sale.

Guilderland Firehouse Open House from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. rain or shine at the corner of Western Avenue and Willow Street. There will be an automobile extrication demonstration performed several times.  There will be many activities throughout the day, along with door prizes, lots of fire prevention materials to hand out, games to win prizes and a “stay low, get out” maze to follow. Refreshments and food will be available. The event is free to the public.