Local Events

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Roast Beef Dinner sponsored by the Berne Volunteer Fire Company and Auxiliary, at the Berne firehouse, Canaday Hill Road, from noon to 5 p.m. The menu includes roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, cabbage salad, vegetables, homemade applesauce, rolls, coffee, tea, milk, and pie. The cost is $12 for adults and $5 for children; take-outs are available for $14. 

Spring Fling Breakfast at the Guilderland Elks Club, 3687 Carman Road, from 9 a.m. to noon. The cost is $8.50 for adults and $5 for children. 

Discover the Pine Bush: An extraordinary journey into the Albany Pine Bush, the best remaining example in the world of an inland pine barrens. Our experts will guide you through this .9-mile hike over rolling sand dunes where you will discover Pine Bush natural history, seasonal surprises, and transformations. 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. 

Steamer Car Show: The Stillwater Fire Department is holding its 20th annual car show to benefit the Steamer Fund. SFD is constructing a garage in which to temporarily house the steamer. Future plans include raising additional funds in order to design and build a special building in which to both store the steamer, as well as allow for continuous public display. The car show is open to all vehicles. Registration at the gate only; registration closes at 1 p.m. The donation cost is $10 per vehicle. There will be one first place trophy awarded, as well as plaques to the top 30. Free admission to the public.

Albany County Pomona Grange #4 will celebrate Rural Life Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Service will be at the Huntersland United Methodist Church, 1355 Huntersland Road, Middleburgh. Pastor Carol Coltrain will bring us the message. 

Monday, May 4, 2015

Whip-poor-will: What’s a Whip-poor-will? A nocturnal bird that is classified in the family of Nightjars. Join in on the fun as we record as many whip-poor-wills as we can hear in the Pine Bush. We will meet at the Discovery Center for a short indoor presentation and then divide into groups to head out into the preserve. We will caravan to different trailheads. Participants must provide their own transportation. We plan to walk about one mile. Appropriate for ages 14 and up. Meet at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, at 8 p.m. There is no fee but registration is required; call 456-0655. 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Knox Historical Society Meeting at 7 p.m. at the town hall. Election of officers will be held and dues will be collected. Donna Gwin will present what she has learned about researching the ownership of your home in Albany County, starting with research on your home computer and then utilizing the resources of the Albany County Clerk’s office. Refreshments will be served and new members are always welcome.

New Scotland Historical Association Meeting from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Wyman Osterhout Community Center in New Salem. Dan Driscoll will present History of a One-room Schoolhouse in Knox. This restored schoolhouse, located in Thacher Park, was a joint Knox/New Scotland school district. This program is free and open to the public. Call 765-4212 for more information.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Clarksville Historical Society Program: The pictorial history of Clarksville will be presented by the Town of New Scotland Historian Robert Parmenter at 7 p.m. at the Clarksville Community Church. Mr. Parmenter has spent many years collecting and organizing photos of Clarksville and the surrounding area. He will give a slide presentation on his collection for our program. Please join us for the evening and learn about the history of our town. The program is open to the public and refreshments are served following the presentation. Call 768-2870 for more information.


Thursday, May 7, 2015

Early Birds at Five Rivers: A series of four early morning bird walks will be conducted at 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar, at 7:30 a.m., on succeeding Thursdays in May. Meet at the bird-viewing window in the center. On these outdoor surveys of spring migration, Five Rivers’ naturalists will lead participants along gentle trails to look for seasonal avian visitors, as well as year-round residents. The long-term data collected on these citizen science outings help to monitor avian trends such as response to changing land use, climate change, and other environmental influences. These programs are free and open to the public; call 475-0291 for more information.


Friday, May 8, 2015

Flower and Bake Sale in Preston Hollow: The Preston Hollow Beautification Committee is holding a flower and bake sale on Mothers’ Day weekend, at the greenhouse on Route 145, from 3 to 7 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday. Flats of flowers and vegetables for spring planting will be sold, and flowerpots and baskets for Mothers’ Day gifts will be available. A variety of some quality, home-baked goods will also be for sale, with donated treats welcome for the event. The sale will be an opportunity to meet and chat with people from the community and to get special gifts for mothers. 

Mothers’ Day Flower Sale at the North Bethlehem Fire Department, 589 Russell Road, Friday from 4 to 7 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon. Offering beautiful hanging baskets and bedding plants for mom. 

Q.U.I.L.T. Inc. will meet at 9:45 a.m. at the Delmar Reformed Church, 386 Delaware Ave., Delmar. Esterita Austin will present a lecture/trunk show on doors and portals. Show-and-share and Quilting 101 will follow the meeting. Call 393-2284 for more information.

Frogwatch Program at Five Rivers: A search for green frogs, bullfrogs, and other amphibians will be conducted at 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar, at 7:30 p.m. During this twilight tour, Five Rivers’ naturalists will lead a search along prime wetland habitat, listening for various “songs” of local frogs and toads, keeping track of each species found. The program will continue the center’s participation in “FrogWatch USA,” a nationwide citizen science program sponsored by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to monitor the health of local frog populations. This program is open to the public free of charge; call 475-0291 for more information.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Day Before Mother’s Day Run for Cancer, sponsored by the VFW 7062, to raise funds for the VFW Ladies’ Auxiliary Cancer Fund. 

Work and Lifestyle Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Guilderland Elks Lodge, 3867 Carman Road, Discover a new career, a new lifestyle, and a new you; own a business or find out new ways to market your business. Free admission and open to the public.

International Migratory Bird Day is an international call to action to conserve birds and their habitats throughout the Western Hemisphere. This year’s theme is “Restore Habitat, Restore Birds.” Come to Five Rivers, 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar, at 10 a.m. to take a walk to observe birds while focusing on what the sanctuary is doing to maintain and enhance their habitat. At 2 p.m. take a longer walk to observe the fields at Five Rivers springing to life. Birds are preparing to nest, insects have warmed up for flight, and flowers are beginning to bloom. We’ll walk past and through fields and along portions of the Wild Turkey, Old Field, and North Loop trails in search of activity. These programs are open to the public free of charge. Call 475-0291 for more information.

Helderview Garden Club will hold its annual plant sale at the Smith Tavern parking lot at the intersection of routes 85A and 156 in Voorheesville from 9 a.m. to noon. 

19th Annual Blood Drive in loving memory of Kenneth Rivers, at the Helderberg Reformed Church, from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call the church office at 861-8031 to make an appointment; walk-ins also welcome. 

Spring Bird Walk: Grab your binoculars and join us for a morning bird walk along the Hunger Kill Barrens blue loop trail. We will hike the full .6-mile loops. Please meet at the Hunger Kill Barrens trailhead located at the end of DiBella Drive. Appropriate for ages 8 and up. There is no fee, but registration is required; call 456-0655. 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Aerial Acrobats: Hawks and owls are year-round residents. Learn why the Pine Bush is an important habitat for these birds of prey. Come join us for an informative program about these remarkable creatures. Discover how they hunt, their unique calls, and distinctive characteristics. There will be a short indoor presentation followed by an approximately one-mile hike. Binoculars provided. Appropriate for ages 7 and up. 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.