Local Events

Thursday, April 17, 2014

B.B. King will play the Palace Theatre, at 19 Clinton Ave. in Albany, on April 17 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $92.50, $72.50, $62.50, and $52.50 at the Palace Theatre Box Office or via Ticketmaster Charge-by-Phone at 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets, or online at ticketmaster.com.


Karner Kids Film Festival: Calling all kid movie producers! Come join us for our first ever “Karner Kids Film Festival” and submit your own homemade movie about the Albany Pine Bush. We’ll begin the film festival with a showing of films submitted by kids and conclude with a viewing of short environmental films for children. Popcorn and juice will be served. We hope to see you there! Meet at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Protecting the Pine Bush: Why do we protect and manage the Pine Bush Preserve? Join us for a one-mile hike to witness the transformation of the Pine Bush and how the commission is bringing this globally rare community back. Please remember to wear sturdy walking shoes, long pants, and bring drinking water. For ages 10 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.

Dudley Observatory Star Party and Program at 7:30 p.m. in the Octagon Barn, 588 Middle Road, Knox. Observing to follow, weather-permitting. All are welcome. Amateur astronomers and families are encouraged to bring binoculars or telescopes. Free refreshments. Call 618-5376 for more information.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Woodland Hike at Thacher Park: Explore “hills and valleys” of trails in the Paint Mine Area of the park. Hike a section of the Long Path to Beaver Dam Road, then explore the Blue and Red trails leading back to the shelter. If you like, bring a picnic lunch to eat after the hike. Be prepared for wet trails and dress for a chilly mountain morning. The walking length is about 1.5 hours. Call 872-1237 for more information and to register. 

Earth Day Guided Walk to Celebrate Naturalist and Author John Muir: Families are invited to celebrate Earth Day by taking part in a guided walk at the Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar, at 10 a.m. This program marks the anniversary of the birth of John Muir, and will include stops to enjoy excerpts from writings both by and about the noted naturalist and founder of the Sierra Club. It is said that Muir felt we should “saunter” through the woods and take time to enjoy the world around us, rather than rushing along with only our destination in mind. Inspired by Muir, we’ll pause to touch the trees, watch for early wildflowers, and listen for sounds indicating that spring has finally arrived. 

Family Fun — Black Bears: Families are invited to learn about black bears at the Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar, at 2 p.m. During this fun, hands-on presentation, we’ll discover what food bears like to eat that people also enjoy, and play a game demonstrating how bears survive in the forest. We’ll sing songs about bears and make a bear-related craft. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Earth Day in the Pine Bush: Come celebrate Earth Day in the Pine Bush by volunteering on a conservation project. A variety of activities suitable for all ages will be taking place. All equipment will be provided. Please dress appropriately for the weather and outside working conditions and bring drinking water. Lunch will be provided for all volunteers. For all ages. Meet at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, at 9 a.m. 

Spring Egg Hunt: The Guilderland YMCA will be hosting its 6th annual spring egg hunt, free and open to the community. The egg hunts will take place at 10:30 a.m. for ages 4 and under, and 11 a.m. for ages 5 and up. Along with the egg hunt, there will be arts and crafts and face painting for everyone. 

Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the New Salem Volunteer Fire Department and Ladies Auxiliary, at 10 a.m., at the firehouse at 694 New Salem Road. The Easter Bunny will be hiding lots of eggs and will be there to see if the children can find them all! There will be special prizes for some lucky winners and goodies for everyone. Please come and enjoy a beautiful spring morning. The event will be held rain or shine.

20th Annual Rabbit Ramble four-mile run and two-mile walk, at 10 a.m. at the Guilderland High School, beginning in the new gym lot. Entry fees are $25 on race day. Special 20th anniversary medals and awards will go to all award-winners. Proceeds will benefit area food pantries and charities; please bring an unexpired dry good item. 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

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 1-mile hike over rolling sand dunes where you will discover Pine Bush natural history, seasonal surprises, and transformations. Please remember to wear sturdy walking shoes, long pants, and bring drinking water. For all ages. Meet at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, at 3 p.m. The fee is $3 per person or $5 per family, and registration is required; call 456-0655. 

“The History and Importance of Tara, the Female Buddha,” presented by Lama Lodro Lhamo, a fully-ordained Buddhist nun, at 11:15 a.m. at the Karma Thegsom Choling Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center, Doane Stuart School, 199 Washington Ave., Rensselaer. Lama Lodro is currently the women’s retreat master at Karma Ling Retreat Center in Delhi, NY. A donation of $5 is suggested. For more information, call 434-7420. 


Monday, April 21, 2014

Helderberg Hilltown Associations meeting at the Berne Library, 1763 Helderberg Trail, Berne, at 7 p.m. Anyone with an interest in Hilltown farms, businesses, history, or recreational opportunities is invited to attend. Call 872-1390 for more information. 

Westerlo Historical Society Meeting at 7 p.m. at the Reformed Church Hall on Route 143 in the Village of Westerlo. Ken Jones, Esperance town historian, will speak at 7:30 p.m., about his trip to Kenya as part of a work-related project. All are invited to attend. Refreshments will follow. Call 797-3050 for more information. 

Monday Meals: The First United Methodist Church of Voorheesville, at 68 Maple Avenue, will once again be offering takeout meals on Mondays, through April 28. The meal for April 21 is macaroni and cheese. The meals will be available for you to drive-through and take-out from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Each meal is $8 and includes a dessert. Reservations are requested; call 765-2895 or 765-4206. 

“Alzheimer’s — The Basics”: Community Caregivers, along with the Alzheimer’s Association, offers this program at the Guilderland Public Library, 2228 Western Ave., Guilderland. Free informational session for anyone dealing with or interested in Alzheimer’s. Call 456-2898 for more information or to sign up. 

“Hilltowns With John Elberfeld” will be the monthly program for the Duanesburg Historical Society, at 7 p.m., at Our Lady of Fatima in Delanson. All are welcome. 


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Brook’s BBQ at the Onesquethaw Volunteer Fire Company, Tarrytown Road, in Clarksville, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. The cost is $10 for a chicken dinner or $11 for a ribs dinner, or $7.50 for a half chicken and $8.50 for ribs only. Take-out only. 

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Uncle Billy’s Balladeers will perform a program of Civil War Camp music during the Guilderland Historical Society meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the Mynderse-Frederick House, 451 Route 146, Guilderland Center. Parking is available next door at the church. Non-members are welcome to join, and there will be refreshments and a social hour following the program. Call 861-8582 for more information. 

Search for Woodcock at Five Rivers: Visitors are invited to take part in the annual woodcock survey at the Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar, at 7 p.m. The program, hosted by the Hudson Mohawk Bird Club, will begin at the visitor center with a brief talk about the American woodcock and its management at Five Rivers. As the evening deepens, we’ll stroll along the Service Road Loop through managed areas and feeding swales, watching and listening for woodcock. Bring binoculars and a flashlight, and dress appropriately for the weather. 

Friday, April 25, 2014

Spring Fling Sale at the Lynnwood Reformed Church, at 3714 Carman Road, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. We will be offering all kinds of household items. We will also be serving lunch with sandwiches and homemade soups, and have a baked goods sale for your enjoyment. Join us and find that special something you’ve been looking for. Call 356-4327 or 355-9621 for more information.

Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas at Old Songs, 37 South Main St., Voorheesville, at 8 p.m. The musical duo are Scotland’s premier fiddle ambassador and a California cellist — they will be presenting the infectious melodies of Celtic music. Tickets are $25 for adults and $5 for children, and may be purchased by calling 765-2815. 

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Alcove Community Yard Sales, sponsored by the Alcove Preservation Association. Treasure maps for the yard sales and a bake sale will be available at the Coeymans Hollow Firehouse, on Route 143, beginning at 8 a.m. A luncheon will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Trinity United Methodist Church, on Route 143 across from the firehouse. 

Field Day With Firefighters: Join the group of volunteers who dedicate their time and attention to protecting their lives and attention to protecting the lives and property of the Albany Hilltowns. Learn more about the people and personalities beneath the fire helmets and aboard the fire trucks you see in your town. These one-of-a-kind volunteers will welcome you to a one-of-a-kind celebration, including music by Playin’ With Fire, a BBQ, games, door prizes, t-shirts, and firefighter demonstrations. The field day will take place at Thacher Park, at the Pear Orchard Shelter, 1 Hales Cave Road, Voorheesville, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free and open to the public. 

Spring Fling Party to benefit the Maddie’s Mark Foundation and the Guilderland Center Fire Department, at 5 p.m., at the Guilderland Center Fire Department. Live entertainment provided by the band Wide Awake, free appetizers, beer, wine, and soda all night. Call 861-8871 for more information and to purchase tickets. 

Guided Walk of the North Trail Loop at Five Rivers, 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar, at 2 p.m. Spring is a special time of year in the forest and is ideal for observing ephemeral native plants, vernal pools, and new buds. Enjoy a two-mile guided hike through broad fields and forests of pine and northern hardwood as we see the forest come to life. Stately trees, dense brushland, and dynamic views lend a sense of wilderness. 

Watchable Wildlife — Audubon’s Birds: Learn about birds and celebrate the birth of ornithologist and painter John James Audubon at the Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar, at 9 a.m. John James Audubon’s Birds of America is considered one of the finest ornithological works ever completed and inspired interest in birds that continues to this day. We’ll observe birds in the field and compare them to their images in Audubon’s paintings. Meet at the center and dress for outdoor activity.

Farnsworth Middle School Garage Sale fund-raiser, in the cafeteria, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Go Green Day and Recycling Extravaganza: Join us, at the Farnsworth Middle School, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., for family-friendly Go Green Day. Information, ideas, and hands-on activities about recycling, reusing, reducing, and more. 

Savor Schoharie: A moveable feast set in historic Schoharie County, featuring cuisines from around the world. Guests are invited to start the evening with an international appetizer reception and drawing at the historic Schoharie Depot Lane Theatre at 5:30 p.m. During the cocktail reception, guests are assigned to a host home somewhere in historic Schoharie County for a delicious meal with other surprised guests. Host dinner themes include Mexican, classic American, German, Italian, Middle Eastern, Polish, Greek, African, and Yucatan cuisine. After dinner, all guests gather together again at the historic home of Bob and Arlene Price to enjoy live music, coffee, dessert, and the close of the drawing to support SALT. Tickets on sale now, limited seating available. Visit www.saltrecovery.org/savorschoharie or call 702-5017 to purchase tickets. 

Bird Festival at the Huyck Preserve from 1 to 5 p.m. Celebrate birds on Audubon’s birthday. We will have vendors, presentations, and bird-watching hikes. See how scientists mist net and handle birds for research, if weather permits. Get up close with some birds of prey from our wildlife rehabilitators. 

Spring Supper at the New Scotland Presbyterian Church, from 4:30 to 7 p.m., in the church’s Fellowship Hall. The menu consists of roast pork, mashed potatoes, gravy, sauerkraut, cooked carrots, green bean salad, rolls and butter, and homemade pies for dessert. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Take-outs are available. Seating is first-come, first-served. Call 439-6454 for more information.

Middleburgh Racing to Take Back the River: After a twenty-year hiatus, it will be “down to the river boats” in Middleburgh. If you can float in or on it, enter it in the Middleburgh Sloughter Canoe/Kayak Regatta, scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. The race is run on a five-mile strip of the Schoharie Creek, beginning at the Route 30 Fultonham parking area, and ending at the Middleburgh Bridge pavilion area. Classes for competitors include those for men and women and for those under the age of 19 (individuals or on teams.) Awards will be given to those place first, second, or third in each class. Registration forms are available in Middleburgh at the Coxsackie and NBT Banks, the library, and from area merchants. The pre-registration fee of $15 for adults and $10 for students goes up on the day of the race. Call 827-4448 for more information.

Community Breakfast at the Helderberg Lutheran Church, Berne, from 8 to 11 a.m. The menu will include pancakes, French toast, eggs, sausage, bacon, and real maple syrup, for the cost of a donation.