Local Events

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Poet Adam Tedesco Will Read at the Social Justice Center, 33 Central Ave., Albany, at 7:30 p.m. Tedesco has worked as a shipbuilder, a meditation instructor, a telephone technician, and cultural critic for the now disbanded Maoist Internationalist Movement. The evening will also include the annual holiday visit from “Sanity Clause,” with a gift of poetry for all who read in the open mic. The host of the readings is Albany poet and photographer Dan Wilcox. The suggested donation is $3. Call 482-0262 for more information.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Represent: Contemporary Native American Art features twenty-one artworks created by eighteen artists from Native American Nations in New York State. On display in the Crossroads Gallery through September 20, 2015, the exhibition features a variety of contemporary Native American artwork. The first family program, “Family Fun Day: Native Peoples Art”, will be held on Saturday, December 20 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day. Admission is free. For more information, call (518) 474-5877 or visit www.nysm.nysed.gov.

 

Mainstream Level Western Square Dance at the Middleburgh Elementary School cafeteria at 7:30 p.m. The dance theme is Christmas. The caller is Ray Taylor and the cuer is Elma Taylor. Please wear soft-sole shoes. 

Saturday, December 20, 2014

— Photo by Fran Drzymala

It’s a Wonderful Life, presented by the Classic Theater Guild, at the Voorheesville Performing Arts Center, at 3 p.m. Open-seating tickets are $5 for adults, with a $3 discount for seniors, and $2 for children and students. The Performing Arts Center is located through the middle school entrance on 432 New Salem Road. 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.

 

It’s a Wonderful Life, presented by the Classic Theater Guild, at the Voorheesville Performing Arts Center, at 3 p.m. Open-seating tickets are $5 for adults, with a $3 discount for seniors, and $2 for children and students. The Performing Arts Center is located through the middle school entrance on 432 New Salem Road.

 Winter’s Coming at Five Rivers: Before the snow buries its picturesque rock formations from view for another season, join us at 10 a.m., at 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar, to explore the Vlomankill Trail. Geologists from around the country come to this site to study geologic formations left from years past. Walk through history with us, as we observe the rare earth formations that made the Vlomankill what it is today — a healthy, vibrant stream that fascinates hundreds of school-aged children and adults alike.

 “Not a Creature Was Stirring” at Five Rivers, 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar, at 2 p.m. Animals have but one problem going into winter — how to come out the other side! Happily, critters cope with the season in many different ways. Join us for indoor stories and an outdoor study of winter survival strategies. Parents and children must accompany each other. Call 475-0291 for more information.

 Winter Preparations: Should I stay or should I go? Tomorrow is the first day of winter and animals are getting ready for the cold months ahead. Learn how they prepare for winter using different strategies including migration, hibernation, and staying active. We will start out inside and then venture outside for a .9 mile hike over rolling terrain. If there is snow on the ground we will snowshoe approximately one-half mile. Appropriate for all ages. Meet at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, at 1 p.m. on Saturday or Sunday. The fee is $3 per person or $5 per family and registration is required; call 456-0655.

 Albany Figure Skating Club to Hold Winter Ice Show: The figure skating club will hold its annual Winter Ice Show at the Bethlehem Area YMCA, 900 Delaware Ave., Delmar, from noon to 3 p.m. This event will feature young figure skaters from all over the Capital District in solo and group performances, as well as skaters from the Albany Figure Skating Club’s Basic Skills program. The Albany Figure Skating Club’s synchronized skating teams will also perform. Admission is $5 per person, $3 for seniors and students, and free for children 5 years and under. A bake sale and drawings will also be held, with all proceeds supporting the Albany Figure Skating Club’s activities and programs. Call (973) 876-1085 for more information.

 Solstice Hike at Thacher Park: Take this time out during the holiday hullabaloo for a peaceful walk in the woods. Hike through the woods, beginning at 10 a.m., to beautiful views from the escarpment. Call 872-0800 to register.

Eat and Shop in Medusa: Come to Medusa to enjoy good food and great prices on Christmas items. The Medusa Fire Company will have its breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. The Medusa Church will have its rummage sale from 8 a.m. to noon. All Christmas items will be 50-percent off. The kitchen has been loaded with books to buy. The hall is loaded with good items. Plan on spending the morning in Medusa and have a great time.

Save the Pine Bush Hike/Ski Trip: Meet at 9 a.m. in the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center parking lot, 155 New Karner Road. The leader will be Andy Arthur, who is an experienced skier and hiker. It is a mystery hike, and it is free. Bring your pets and your children and enjoy the outdoors around the holidays. Call 281-9873 for more information. 

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Suburban Sounds Community Chorus: Winter songs for the season at 2 p.m. at the Guilderland Public Library, 2228 Western Ave., Guilderland. 

25th Annual Community Christmas Concert, under the direction of Ken George, will be held at 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 68 Maple Ave., Voorheesville. Come join us for carol singing and refreshments.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Cookie Burner Stroll: Looking for a way to work off those cookies and other holiday treats? Our “cookie burner stroll” is a fun way to get outside for some fresh air and 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 approximately one mile. 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. 

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Stamp Out Cabin Fever at Five Rivers: Stamp out cabin fever before it starts! Join in the fun at 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar, at 10 a.m. Families are invited to join a Five Rivers educator for an introduction to snowshoeing. We’ll begin with an indoor presentation to learn about snowshoes and how to walk and turn in them, then head out onto the trails to embrace the sights and sounds of early winter. Children must be accompanied by an adult. This program is free of charge, but space is limited; call 475-0291 to register. At 2 p.m., enjoy a guided walk around the Beaver Tree Trail. As the Beaver Pond freezes over, we’ll take a walk to get a sense of how the animals that rely upon the pond are coping. We’ll search for the beavers’ lodge and survey the last of the open water from the vantage point of overlooks along the trail. 

Fox Trot: Join us for a short inside presentation on the two species of fox that live here in the Pine Bush. We will then continue outside for a .9-mile hike to look for signs that they are here. Appropriate for all ages. Meet at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, at 11 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, December 28, 2014

Sunday Four Poetry Open Mic at 3 p.m. at the Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 South Main St., Voorheesville, featuring Kathleen O’Brien. Hosted by Dennis Sullivan, Edie Abrams, and Mike Burke. Call 469-0202 for more information