Local Events

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Helderview Garden Club will meet at 6:15 p.m. at the Cornell Cooperative Extension building on Martin Road. Paulene Muth will have a demonstration workshop on how to train and over-winter a Bonsai (Shrimpater Juniper tree.) You may attend the meeting and pay for supplies then. Call 542-8603 for more information.

Community Service Appreciation Week hosted by The Sports and Spinal Wellness Center, Healing With Movement Pilates, and Albany Contemporary Health. All of the businesses, located at 2021 Western Ave., would like to take a moment to reflect on 9/11 and to recognize our local heroes. We will be providing free chiropractic care, chair massages, wellness consults, food, give aways, a free pilates class, and a free Tai Chi class. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Giant Rummage Sale at the Bethlehem Grange, 24 Bridge St., Selkirk, on Friday and Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Homemade soup and sandwiches will be available for purchase on Saturday.

Q.U.I.L.T. Inc. will meet at 9:45 a.m. at the Delmar Reformed Church, 386 Delaware Ave., Delmar. Meet our members and attend a giant show-and-share after the general meeting, with service project work in the afternoon. Donations for the mini-mart should be brought to the church before 9:15 a.m. For more information, call 393-2284.

Annual Back to School Brook’s Chicken BBQ at the Altamont Firehouse, hosted by the AFD Ladies Auxiliary, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Take-out only. The cost is $10 for a chicken dinner, $11.50 for a ribs dinner, and $7 for a half-chicken only or a kid’s dinner. Brook’s sauces will also be available for purchase.

Homeschool Group Meeting: Whether you are interested in joining a group that meets regularly or making friends to meet on your own or simply having a few questions answered, join Living Room Learners at the Westerlo Town Park, 950 County Route 401, from 10 a.m. to noon. Due to the large covered pavilion in the park, this event will take place rain or shine. Bring your children — toddlers through teens — and be prepared to have a good time. Call 239-8414 for more information. 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Turkey Dinner at the Helderberg Evangelical Lutheran Church, Route 443 in Berne, from 4 to 7 p.m. Take-out only. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children.

Third Annual Guilderland Community Fest to Benefit Local Family: The Guilderland community will gather together for a great day of family fun, organized with a single goal in mind — to help the Rodino family. The Rodinos have been struggling with providing around-the-clock care for three family members battling Huntington’s disease. The debilitating illness took the life of their beloved daughter Rachel in 2010. The Guilderland Community Fest will take place at Tawasentha Park from noon to 4 p.m., and will include music, food, and fun for the whole family. Attendees will enjoy free food and kid’s activities such a pony rides, a bounce house, pumpkin painting, and an obstacle course. Local vendors and businesses will also have tables set up to share information or to offer their goods for sale. All proceeds will go directly to the Rodino family. The Guilderland Community Fest is presented by Christ’s Church Guilderland, in cooperation with Guilderland Parks and Recreation and the Guilderland Chamber of Commerce.

Old Songs Presents Jim Malcolm in concert at 8 p.m. at 37 South Main Street, Voorheesville. Jim Malcolm is the ultimate Scots troubadour. Traveling the world with his guitar, harmonicas, and engaging wit, he sings the traditional songs of Scotland and his own masterfully crafted songs in a style which is modern and accessible, yet utterly authentic. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children and can be purchased by calling 765-2815.

Outdoors for Everyone — Five Rivers’ Accessible Trails: Everyone benefits from spending time outdoors in nature, but not everyone feels comfortable walking across uneven terrain. Join us at 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar, at 10 a.m., as we explore trails with accessibility in mind. We’ll follow Nature’s Accessible Backyard Trail and the Woodlot Trail, both of which are easy to travel by foot, stroller, wheelchair, or walker, and are in close proximity to the visitor center. Our journey will take us through forest, field, and wildflowers, and past a small frog pond. Frequent stops to explore each area will enthrall all ages and abilities. Call 475-0291 for more information.

Fall Colors Walk at Five Rivers: Visitors are invited to take part in a guided walk along the Service Road Loop at 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar, at 2 p.m. We’ll stretch our legs as we watch for the arrival of autumn colors along the 1.5-mile trail. The trail offers views of the Helderbergs and provides an ecological sampler of field, forest, and wetland habits. Call 475-0291 for more information.

Firefighting History: Members of three firefighting companies in town will present this program at the annual meeting of the Town of Rensselaerville Historical Society at the Medusa Firehouse at 5 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend all or any part of the meeting, which will include a business meeting, a potluck supper, and the presentation. The presentation will include photos, stories, and facts about the fire companies from Medusa, Rensselaerville, and Tri-Village.

Guilderland Girls Volleyball Team is hosting a tournament at Guilderland High School, beginning at 8 a.m., to benefit the Rodino family. There will be a concession stand, along with various themed baskets for drawings, and tournament t-shirts available for purchase.

John Boyd Thacher State Park Centennial Festival, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., featuring a variety of activities, including live birds or prey shows, guided hikes, live music, and outdoor workshops. 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Brilliant and Bristly Buckmoths: Join us for a one-mile walk to discover the amazing world of buckmoths. The inland barrens buckmoth is a large beautiful moth with bold black and white wings that flies for only a brief window of time in the early fall. A species of special concern in New York State, the buckmoth is uniquely dependent on the scrub oak that thrives in this sandy fire-dependent ecosystem. 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.

Mio Vino First Annual Farm to Table Expo: This venue will allow our community to sample and purchase some of the best the Capital Region has to offer. Local farms and producers will set up tables to display their products and answer any questions. The event will start at 10 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. Sponsored by Farm Fresh to Market.

Fall Wildflower Walk: Join us for the third and final walk in this year’s wildflower series, highlighting the fall flowering gems of the preserve. Naturalist Chris Schiralli will guide us through wildflower identification and point out the best places to find flowers in bloom at the Huyck Preserve throughout the season. Even as summer is fading and the smell of fall is in the air, some flowers are only just starting to bloom. This will be a 1.5 to 2-hour long walk on the Lincoln Pond Trail, beginning at 1 p.m. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring water. 

90th Anniversary Celebration of the Dutch Settlers Society of Albany, a luncheon at the Stockade Inn in Schenectady. To make a luncheon reservation call Joan Burns at 861-5087.

Giffy’s Chicken Barbecue from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Guilderland Center Fire Department, sponsored by the Helderberg Reformed Church. The cost is $10 for a half-chicken, baked potato, coleslaw, roll, drink, and dessert. Call 861-8031 to make reservations. 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wednesday Evening Poesy Café, at 6:30 p.m. at the Voorheesville Public Library. Join Dennis Sullivan for an interactive presentation on Allen Ginsberg, an American poet and leading figure in the 1950s Beat Generation and counterculture movement.

Voorheesville Farmer’s Market from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., featuring Meadwoods Design fine jewelry.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Guilderland Chamber Women in Business group meeting at 8 a.m. at A Natural Way Café, 2568 Western Ave. Come and enjoy coffee and conversation. A great, laidback way to network for free.

Albany Area Retired Teachers’ Association Meeting, with local author and columnist Paul Grondahl, at 1 p.m. at the Bethlehem Library. Grondahl will be discussing his recent book These Exalted Acres: Unlocking the Secrets of Albany Rural Cemetery. The book is $25 and the proceeds benefit the Times Union Hope Fund.

Bethlehem Historical Association Meeting at 7 p.m. at the Cedar Hill Schoolhouse, 1003 River Road, Selkirk, featuring Denis Foley, discussing Jack “Legs” Diamond and His Bethlehem Connection.

Guilderland Historical Society program, featuring Town Justice Denise Randall’s presentation describing the workings of our local justice system and the challenges facing town justices and their courts. Anyone with interest in this program is welcome to join members at 7:30 p.m. at the Mynderse-Frederick House, 451 Route 146, Guilderland Center, and stay for refreshments and social hour.

Cooperative Extension Food Preservation Classes: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Albany County will be hosting a food preservation class, beginning Fermentation, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at 24 Martin Road, Voorheesville. This will cover how to safely ferment raw vegetables for refrigerator storage, and focus on sauerkraut. There is a $15 registration fee, and materials will be provided. Call 765-3554 to register.

Afterschool Adventurer: Hey kids! Want to get some exercise and have fun outdoors? Well bring an adult and join us for our semi-monthly after school hiking adventure club. We will meet on the first and third Thursday of each month from Sept. 18 through Dec. 4 to explore the different trails and habitats of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. You can come once or every time. Please wear sturdy walking shoes, long pants, and bring drinking water. Appropriate for students in grades 1 through 5. Hikes will begin at 3:30 p.m. at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road. The program is free, but registration is required; call 456-0655. 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Five Rivers’ Fall Festival: Family fun activities, from noon to 4 p.m., at 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar, including crafts, a bake sale, music, exhibits, trail hike, live animals, and a plant sale.

McKownville Neighborhood Sidewalk Celebration: A potluck supper will be held at the McKownville Reservoir Park, from 4 to 6:30 p.m., to celebrate the completion of sidewalks on the north side of Western Avenue. A children’s dog parade will be held at 4:30 p.m., with prizes awarded for dog that looks most like its owner, biggest smile, fastest tail, biggest dog, smallest dog, and dog that walked farthest to the celebration. Folk music will be provided by Will Vail, and there will be booths with information on pedestrian and bicycle safety.

Birds Take Flight: It’s that time of year when birds are on the move. Come along on an early morning adventure to observe some of the amazing birds here and see our science team in action as they capture and band birds. They are working together to learn more about birds migrating through the Pine Bush. After a short outside observation period, an indoor hands-on presentation will take place. Meet at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, at 7:30 a.m. The fee is $3 per person and $5 per family, and registration is required; call 456-0655. 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

St. Thomas the Apostle Fall Festival: The Town of Bethlehem granted St. Thomas the Apostle permission to close off a section of Adams Place, and the 107-year-old parish will use that permission to host a community block party, featuring a children’s activity zone with a rock wall, giant inflatable slide, bouncy pirate ship, and a large selection of hands-on games, as well as pony rides, a petting zoo, and a wild bird demonstration. Live entertainment will be provided all day by local musicians, and a festival tent featuring an array of specialty beers will be nearby for the adults. Admission to the festival is free, and food, beverages, and activities will be available to purchase.

Capital Region Out of the Darkness Walk for R.I.T.A.: Support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention at the Historic Saratoga Flat Track at 10:30 a.m. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. Proceeds will benefit local and national suicide prevention, awareness and education programs.