The Elliott House Thrift Shop on Route 81 in Norton Hill will be open for the 2015 season beginning Wednesday, March 4, weather permitting; the shop will close if the weather is inclement.

GUILDERLAND — Boniface Church at 5148 Western Ave. in Guilderland is observing Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday.

A Shrove Tuesday service and pancake dinner will be held on Feb. 17 at 6 p.m.

An Ash Wednesday Holy Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes will be on Feb. 18 at 7 a.m., 12:05 p.m., and 7 p.m.

The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission will be offering programs every day at the Discovery Center for the week of Feb. 16 to 20.

GUILDERLAND — Hamilton Union Presbyterian Church, at 2291 Western Ave., will be providing a series of short informational meetings on topics related to how we can care for our family members and those in our local community who are in need of special help.

RAVENA — The Grace United Methodist Church at 16 Hillcrest Drive in Ravena is having a huge mid-winter book sale, with over 33,000 titles, as well as a mini rummage sale on several dates at the end of February.

Just this past week, the church received a donation of another 1,500 books, due to a business closing.