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LITERACY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Make a Difference in the New Year: Be a Literacy Volunteer in Rensselaer or Albany County – Would you like to help someone learn to read, write, or speak English? Would you like to become a more engaged member of your own community? We can train you! Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County (LVORC) is actively seeking volunteers. Please join us to find out more at our next Volunteer Opportunities Information Session, Tuesday, January 5, 12:00-1:00 p.m. via Zoom. We are looking for tutors to be paired with adult English Language and Basic Literacy learners, as well as math and computer tutors. As a volunteer you can develop new skills, make friends, and see how your efforts make a difference in your community. To register for the information session, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about LVORC, visit www.lvorc.org or call 518 244-4650.
NEW TROY PAY-BY-PHONE PARKING APP: Mayor Patrick Madden today announced the City of Troy has launched a new pay-by-phone mobile app for metered parking in the Collar City. The app provides a simple, easy to use option for drivers to pay for parking in downtown Troy. Drivers will be able to pay for on-street metered parking using the new Passport Parking mobile app beginning January 4, 2021. The Passport Parking application is available for free download on iOS and Android devices, and at www.passportparking.com. Watch a video demonstrating how to use the Passport Parking application: https://youtu.be/MThHrcDET0o. A map of metered parking zones and instructions on using the Passport Parking app for metered parking in downtown Troy is available at www.troyny.gov/parking.For questions on the City’s parking management system, please contact the City Treasurer’s office at (518) 279-7115.
NEW TROY ONLINE PARKING PERMIT SYSTEM: The City of Troy recently launched a new online parking permit registration system for spaces in municipally-operated lots and garages. The system will simplify the permit reservation and payment process and allow the City to issue and track parking permits using license plates instead of physical tags. Effective January 2021, monthly parking fees for municipal lots & garages will increase to $75. Drivers are encouraged to renew their current parking permit online at www.troyparkingpermits.rmcpay.com. For questions on the City’s parking management system, please contact the City Treasurer’s office at (518) 279-7115.
FREE ART KITS: The Troy Public Library is giving away free Art Kits courtesy of the TANG Museum! Kids ages 5-12 can pick up a set of art supplies including watercolor pencils, markers, coloring pages, and a sketch pad along with instructions for creating art projects at home. Of course if you need art or craft books we can supply those too! More information is available online at www.thetroylibrary.org.
CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS: Troy City Council meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. They typically take place in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 433 River St, Troy, but are currently being held virtually via Zoom. Committee meetings are scheduled on a regular basis. Agendas and minutes for meetings are posted on the city’s website. All meetings are open to the public. At monthly regular meetings, Troy residents can discuss any issue related to the City of Troy. The city is currently live-streaming Council meetings on the Troy City Council YouTube page at www.youtube.com/troycitycouncil.
WINTER GREEN-UP: The Capital Area Agriculture & Horticulture Program and Cornell Cooperative Extension Albany County are pleased to announce the Thirteenth Annual Winter Green-Up, the Northeast’s original grazing conference. Online via Zoom from 1 to 3 p.m. on Jan. 13, 20 and 27. Admission for Winter Green-Up 2021 is $35 for three sessions, $25 for two sessions, $15 for a single session. Winter Green-Up has a long tradition of presenting speakers with expertise in grazing, meat and food production, and livestock handling. Winter Green-Up 2021 is no exception. 2021’s topics and speakers include: Elizabeth Marks, is a Biologist for the USDA NRCS in the Hudson Valley of New York and a certified Holistic Management (HM) educator. She will be discussing Climate Change Trends Over the Last 125 Years In the Northeast and What Farmers Can Do to Be Resilient to Them (Jan. 13). Ed Rayburn is an Extension Specialist at West Virginia University, focusing on pasture and forage management and livestock nutrition. He will be speaking about Capturing and Converting Sunlight to Healthy Soil, Meat and Milk – It’s What Plants Do (Jan. 20). Fred Provenza is Professor Emeritus of Behavioral Ecology in the Dept. of Wildland Resources at Utah State University, where he directed an award-winning research group pioneering an understanding of learning’s influence on foraging behavior and how behavior links soil, plants, herbivores, and humans. Fred will be teaching us about Nourishing the Wisdom Body (Jan. 27) To register and pay online: https://tinyurl.com/WinterGreenUp2021. For questions regarding registration or being a sponsor for this event, or to register by telephone, please contact email@example.com or (518)765-3518.
FARMERS MARKET: The Troy Waterfront Farmers Market (TWFM) is holding its Winter markets from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays indoors at the former Lansingburgh Price Chopper, More than 60 vendors will participate. For the previous 18 years, the Troy Waterfront Farmers Market held its winter market downtown in the Troy Atrium, which the organization leased from the owner. This winter will be the first time since its inception that the market will have a presence in Lansingburgh, Troy’s northernmost district. In accordance with New York State’s current COVID-19 guidelines, the Lansingburgh store will have a capacity of 200 at any one time. After counting the vendors and staff, the space will be able to safely accommodate approx. 120 customers at a time with ample room for social distancing. Customers can arrive any time during market hours. When the market reaches capacity, arriving customers will be asked to wait in line outside the store. Shopping from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. will be prioritized for seniors age 60+ and the immunocompromised. The market will publish the full list of vendors and safety protocols on its website www.troymarket.org.
ONLINE FARMERS MARKET: In May, the Troy Waterfront Farmers Market implemented TWFM Online, a web-based store and contact-less pickup system in neighboring Green Island. The online order and pickup service will continue this winter in tandem with the indoor market, Ridler said, distributing customers between two locations and providing valuable options to suit the different needs of customers. Shop online at troymarket.localfoodmarketplace.com for contact-less drive-thru pickup, order Friday through Thursday, and pick up on Sunday every week at Carioto Produce in Green Island.
CAPITAL HOLIDAY LIGHTS: The 24th Annual Price Chopper/Market 32 CapitalHoliday Lights in the Park runs through Jan. 3, 2021. Presented by Mayor Kathy Sheehan, the people of the City of Albany and Albany PAL, this year’s show depicts holiday scenes of yesteryear and many new and exciting lighting displays.Hours are Sundays through Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 6 to 10 p.m. Admission prices are $25 per car, $30 for 10-18 passenger vehicles, $50 for vehicles containing 19-28 passengers, $100 for school buses and $125 for commercial coaches, with all proceeds benefiting the youth programming of Albany PAL. Credit or debit cards are not accepted for admission at gate.The best part of the 24th Annual Price Chopper/Market 32 Capital Holiday Lights in the Park is that all proceeds benefit the juvenile crime prevention programs of the Albany Police Athletic League (PAL)! For more information and the most up-to-date schedule of events at Price Chopper/Market 32 Capital Holiday Lights, visit www.albanycapitalholidaylights.com or call Albany PAL at 518-435-0392.
MINDFULNESS MEDITATION: This five-week course (noon to 1 p.m. on Mondays: Jan 4, 11, 25 and Feb. 1 and 8 – skipping MLK day) with Susan Meyer will provide practical support for developing or fine-tuning a daily meditation practice that’s appropriate for you, cultivating basic mindfulness skills and applying those skills to meeting life’s challenges so you can respond wisely instead of reactively. You’ll learn strategies to awaken to mindfulness and compassion when you’re in the thick of difficulty and dramatically shift the experience of your life, the people in it, and the world itself. Each class will include instruction, guided practice, Q&A, and follow-up resources. Registration required. This program is offered through Zoom videoconferencing. In advance of the first class, we will send an email to you containing an invitation and link to join the Zoom meeting. Please see the Zoom instructions for joining a meeting if you have any questions. More information about this Saratoga Springs Public Library program is available online at www.sspl.org.
FREE UNIFORM CLEANING FOR MILITARY AND VETERANS: New York-based dry cleaning business Best Cleaners offers a free uniform cleaning service to veterans and those who are currently serving in the military. This service has been offered through Best Cleaners since 2018 not only at all five of their store locations, but also with their pick up and delivery service as well. While many dry cleaners only offer free military cleaning during the month of May (Military Appreciation Month), Best Cleaners has long offered this service year round. Best Cleaners currently has five locations across the Capital Region including Delmar, Glenville, Latham, Loundonville, and Schenectady. The business offers free pick-up and delivery, dry cleaning, and restoration services. For more information visit bestcleanersny.com.
WATERVLIET HEROES BANNER PROGRAM: The Watervliet Heroes Banner Program is a tribute to those who are serving or have served in a branch of the United States Armed Forces and who were born, lived or currently reside in the City of Watervliet. Families will purchase their own banner for $175. The banner will feature the serviceman’s/ woman’s picture along with his/her name and branch of service. It is recommended the person be in uniform and there are no additional people in the photograph. Sample banners are available to view at City Hall. Banners shall be displayed every year for as long as the integrity of the banner lasts (lifespan is approximately three to four years). It will then be the sponsor’s responsibility to replace the banner. Replacement banners cost $135. (this is the price as long as the hardware is functional). Call Chris at 270-3815 for more information or visit https://www.watervliet.com/city/monuments-heroes.htm.
COHOES ROTARY ORNAMENTS CELEBRATE 150TH: In 2004 The Rotary Club of Cohoes started a collectible series of Christmas ornaments featuring historic landmarks in the City of Cohoes. This year’s ornament celebrates the 150 th Anniversary of the City of Cohoes. A portion of the proceeds for the sale of the 2020 ornament will go to support the programs at LifePath Cohoes (formerly Cohoes Senior Center). Following are previous ornament designs in the series: 2004-the Cohoes Falls; 2005-the Harmony Mills; 2006-the Cohoes Music Hall; 2007-the Cohoes Mastodon; 2008-Cohoes City Hall; 2009-the Half Moon; 2010-Silliman Memorial Church; 2011-the Van Schaick Mansion; 2012-Keveny Memorial Academy; 2013-Cohoes High School; 2014-Cohoes Library; 2015-the former Cohoes Movie Theatre; 2016-Carlson’s Ice Rink; 2017-Erie Canal Locks; 2018 Cohoes Armory; 2019-Matton Shipyard. Coffee mugs with the 150 th Anniversary design are also available for purchase. Cost for ornaments is $20. Mugs are $10. To purchase ornaments or mugs go to http://www.rotaryclubofcohoes.org for further information. Ornaments and mugs are also available for purchase at Marra’s Pharmacy, 217 Remsen Street, Cohoes, or The Local, 159 Remsen Street, Cohoes.
NORTH CHATHAM UNITED METHODIST CHURCH WORSHIP SERVICES: The North Chatham United Methodist Church is worshiping in our sanctuary on the first and third Sundays of the month, with masks and social distancing required. Worshipers should enter through the back door of the church. On all other Sundays, worship is virtual. All worship services are at 11:00 AM and all are available on ZOOM. The ZOOM login information is on our website (northchathammethodistchurch.org). For more information on North Chatham United Methodist Church, please call 518-766-3535 or visit our website. Thanks and we hope to see you soon, in person or on ZOOM!
SPEIGLE ELDERS: With restrictions still in place due to the current pandemic, this year’s expansive events schedule has been canceled through 2020 with the following exception. The club sponsors a non-sanctioned bowling league which is open to members and non-members as well and is held at noon on Mondays at the Green Island Lanes. Fees are $9.00 weekly ($6.00 for bowling and the balance toward prizes and end of year banquet.) This league will follow all COVID-19 protocol while providing exercise and fun on a weekly basis and is currently seeking new and substitute bowlers. Registration takes place every Monday at the lanes or by contacting Mary Riley, 518-469-7782 or Lois Kewley, 518-235-3788.
CLOTHING SHED CLOSED: The Latham Colonie Knights of Columbus and the Columbiettes thank you for your tremendous support of this fundraising activity especially in the past months when our Social Parlor/Council Hall has been closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Our Clothing Shed has been temporarily closed! It is hoped that this is just a temporary situation and we can reopen the shed quickly. For more information, contact the K of C at 518-783-0572.
LVORC ACCEPTING NEW TUTORS AND STUDENTS:Since 1968, Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County has helped adults to improve their ability to read, write, speak and understand English. We train volunteers to provide two hours per week of free, confidential tutoring in a public setting. New tutors and learners can join Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County by calling (518) 244-4650 or sending an email to LitVolDirector@aol.com. Call (518) 244-4650 to register. Visit www.lvorc.org for more information.
FREE ONLINE TUTORING: Flexible Online Tutoring! Online Tutoring is now available in 30 minute sessions through the Troy Public Library. Children in grades K-12 can get free virtual homework help from high school volunteers. Just fill out the request form and someone will contact you to set up an appointment. More information is available online at thetroylibrary.org.
REUNION CANCELED: Under the current Covid-19 restrictions on gatherings that are in place, we are unable to hold the Clinton Heights Annual Reunion this year. Please mark your calendar for next year’s reunion to be held Friday, September 10th at Melvin Roads American Legion in East Greenbush.
TUNES IN YOUR FEET: Introduction to Percussive Dance with Nic Gareiss, 7 p.m. Four Consecutive Tuesdays – January 5th, 12th, 19th, & 26th, online via Zoom. This hands-on workshop for beginning dancers will introduce you to some of these gestures that you can use to make music with your feet. The workshop will be taught on the Zoom internet platform. Instructions for accessing the online course will be sent to you by email when you enroll. More information is available online at caffelena.org.
VIRTUAL HIDDEN GARDEN TOUR: Troy’s popular Hidden Garden Tour returns as a virtual tour. Now in its 21st year, the tour is a fundraiser to benefit Troy’s Prospect Park. Ordinarily, tour goers pay an admission fee to receive a self-guided map to more than 40 private gardens which are open for one night only throughout the Historic Sage, Washington Park and adjoining neighborhoods. In previous years, the rain-or-shine event has attracted more than 1,000 tour goers in one day. This year’s virtual tour features 28 gardens, captured in 360-degree interactive photographs that viewers can explore online with their computer or mobile devices. Twelve gardeners recorded personal video messages, which are embedded in their stop on the virtual tour at HiddenGardenTour.com. While most of the gardens are approximately the same size, about 20 feet by 30 feet, they vary greatly in style. Some of the gardens feature charming pathways, fountains and pools. Some are filled with flowers, while others have more plants and vegetables — all lovingly tended by gardeners of all skill levels. The online virtual tour is offered at no charge, but donations are welcomed and will benefit ongoing improvement projects in historic Prospect Park, located on Congress Street in Troy. Friends of Prospect Park, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit hopes to provide free event programming in the park in future, when such activities are deemed safe to the public. Donation information is available on the tour’s website. The virtual tour can be accessed through a desktop or laptop computer as well as via tablet or smartphone. Certain gardens have a “play” button that will launch a special video message. The gardens are listed by number and the owners first names in the left hand column and clicking on the circular icon will open that particular garden’s 3D tour. One upside of the virtual version of the garden tour is that this one is always sunny. It’s also accessible 24 hours per day for at least a month. For more information Visit www.hiddengardentour.com on your desktop or laptop computer.
TICK TALK: The Lyme Action Network is taking its message to the online platform. To help people understand about Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, the Lyme Action Network will be offering video presentations, Zoom meetings, and other virtual events to help people understand the dangers of tick bites and what to do if they get bitten. The Lyme Action Network has already confirmed three presentations, with more in the pipeline. The first features Professor Holly Ahern, Associate Professor of Microbiology, SUNY Adirondack, presenting Tick Born Disease – Update 2020. In this recorded talk, Holly reviews the essential information about TBD’s and shares her “insider’s perspective” on the status of very promising research. This talk, originally given at a recent meeting of the Lake George Land Conservancy, is currently available on Lyme Action Network’s YouTube Channel, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHNfY_htKmY. Additional information can be found at LymeActionNetwork.org.
VIRTUAL ART SHOW: In times of turmoil, art offers a chance for peace. Join Choose Cohoes for Art (CCfA) in their first virtual CAS (Cohoes Artist Showcase). Over 16 artists from Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Schenectady Counties share their art in this special show. You can view a sampling of their work, learn about the artists in their own words and reach out to them with comments and encouragement. One of the best things about it, is you can check it out on your own schedule. Check out CCfA’s website www.ChooseCohoesForArt.org to learn more about this organization and select the link on the left of the page to go to the virtual show.
STEPHENTOWN HISTORICAL SOCIETY UPDATE: The Stephentown Historical Society Board’s monthly program meetings have also been cancelled until further notice.
JOURNEY TO TRUTH CLASS: Awakening: Journey to Truth Class – eight Tuesdays, beginning October 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m. In this practical spirituality class based on the book The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer, students are invited to get in touch with their true selves and explore their spiritual essence and divine wisdom through experiential exercises, class discussions, and reading. Suggested donation: $20 per class. Hosted by Albany-Saratoga Spiritual Adventures via Zoom. For more information or to sign up, visit www.newthoughtnewyork.org, our Meetup.com group or call (518) 366-9918.
NATUREFEST: Moreau Lake State Park NatureFest 2020 is going virtual. To help fight the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve cancelled our annual onsite event. With the help of many Friends we have created a dedicated website that will feature individual videos, links and content highlighting local experts and organizations in many areas covering the environment, wildlife rehabilitation, conservation and sustainable practices. We’ll also have games for friends and families to enjoy together. We invite you to visit our dedicated NatureFest 2020 website naturefest2020.org.
CARPENTRY APPRENTICESHIPS: The North Atlantic States Carpenters Training Fund (formerly known as New England Carpenters Apprenticeship Fund and Northeast Carpenters Apprenticeship Fund) will conduct a recruitment through June 5, 2021 for five linoleum, resilient tile and carpet layer apprentices, the New York State Department of Labor announced today. Applications are available online at https://www.nectf.org/ during the recruitment period. Applicants who do not have internet access may visit their local library or nearest New York State Department of Labor Career Center. Applications are also available at the information sessions indicated below. Prior to submitting an application, applicants are required to attend an information session at the North Atlantic States Carpenter Training Fund (NASCTF) – 16 Corporate Circle, Albany, NY 12203; which is given on the first Monday of each month at 6:00 P.M. If the first Monday falls on a holiday, the information session will occur on the second Monday of that month at 6:00 P.M. At the conclusion of the information session, a code will be provided, which is required to complete an application. If assistance is required for completing an on-line application, please visit the NASCTF listed above, between the hours of 9:00 A.M. and 3:00 P.M., Monday through Friday. Please contact the NASCTF at (518) 438-0901 for availability of information sessions in additional locations. Applications will be available at these locations as well. All information sessions have been cancelled until further notice. To complete an application, please contact our training center.For further information, applicants should contact North Atlantic States Carpenters Training Fund at (518) 438-0901 Additional job search assistance can be obtained at your local New York State Department of Labor Career Center (see: https://www.labor.ny.gov/career-center-locator/location-list-all.php).
ELECTRICIAN APPRENTICESHIPS: The Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC) for Electricians, Local Union #910, will conduct a recruitment through May 3, 2021 for 15 electrician apprentices, the New York State Department of Labor announced today. Applications can be obtained online at http://ibew910.org/ejatc/. Applications can also be obtained and completed in person at JATC for Electricians, Local Union #910, 25001 Water Street, Watertown, NY, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., or at 28 New York Road, Plattsburgh, NY, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., on the first Monday of each month, excluding legal holidays, during the recruitment period. If a legal holiday falls on the first Monday of the month, applications will be accepted on the second Monday. Applicants must bring current resume at the time of application. All applications must be submitted no later than May 3, 2021. For further information, applicants should contact JATC for Electricians, Local Union #910 at (315) 782-1675. Additional job search assistance can be obtained at your local New York State Department of Labor Career Center at https://www.labor.ny.gov/career-center-locator/location-list-all.php.
ONLINE ART EXHIBIT: Sage BFA 2020: Now Online. Congratulations to Sage’s graduating Art + Design students! Visit the online gallery AT art.sage.edu/bfa2020 to see work selected for this year’s BFA Exhibition.
SPAC LEARNING LIBRARY: Saratoga Performing Arts Center announced that it has unveiled its new Learning Library, created to bring free original arts educational content to students, families and educators at a time when previously scheduled in-school presentations and classes are not feasible due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of the Center’s mission to provide meaningful educational programming to the community while also supporting local artists, the videos and exercises feature more than 25 professional musicians and dancers who have been affected by the pandemic such as Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company, professional stepping company Soul Steps and Caroga Arts Collective, as well as former Broadway performers, composers and local storytellers. The SPAC Learning Library can be accessed at spaclearninglibrary.org and is part of the Center’s new “Creative Connection” online campaign. SPAC believes in the transformative power of art and beauty to restore and enrich the human spirit. Creative Connection and the Learning Library were launched as part of SPAC’s expanded mission to provide online resources, community groups, and educational content to inspire and create a sense of community and hope.
HOME BIBLE STUDY: Free Spirit Fellowship of Ballston Spa is now offering Exploring God’s Word Home Bible Study via Youtube. Taught by Pastor LaFave, these twelve lessons take you through an interesting study of the Old and New Testaments. For further info or questions please contact 518-885-3149.
APPRENTICESHIP OPPORTUNITY: The Finishing Trades Institute of New York at Albany, District Council #9, Local Union #201, will conduct a recruitment through June 30, 2021 for five glazier apprentices. The five openings listed for apprentices represent the total number for three recruitment regions: Capital District, Mohawk Valley, and North Country regions. Applications can be obtained at The Finishing Trades Institute of New York at Albany Training Center, 191 Broadway, Menands, NY, every Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., excluding legal holidays, during the recruitment period. Applications are not available on national holidays. All applications must be filled out on the premises. The Committee requires that applicants must be at least 18 years old, Must have a high school diploma or general equivalency diploma (such as a TASC or GED), must have reliable transportation to and from job sites and required classes at the approved school and must have a valid Driver’s License to operate company vehicles. For further information, applicants should contact The Finishing Trades Institute of New York at Albany, District Council #9, Local Union #201, at (518) 355-4840. Additional job search assistance can be obtained at your local New York State Department of Labor Career Center (see: https://www.labor.ny.gov/career-center-locator/location-list-all.php).
ONLINE MUSEUM PROGRAMMING: The World Awareness Children’s Museum is excited to announce their new Online Programming for families to enjoy from the safety of their own homes! There is their weekly “Living Room Explorers” series, which talks about a different country each week while also playing games, looking at art, and giving instructions on a fun craft for families to do at home! There is also downloadable content like crossword puzzles to enjoy, and instructional yoga classes for the whole family to participate in. Parents can visit www.worldchildrensmuseum.org/online-programming to view their entire library of content. And the Museum is also proud to announce the launch of their new “Arts & Artifacts” page on their website, which highlights selections from a different country each month from their International Youth Art Exchange collection, as well as their 8,000+ strong artifact collection. Visitors can visit their website at www.worldchildrensmuseum.org/arts-artifacts to browse the month’s selections!
YOUTH PEN PAL PROGRAM: Letter writing helps kids learn communication and social skills and may even help them develop their penmanship. Each child who signs up to be a penpal will receive a kit with paper, stamped envelopes, pencils and more. Contact the Stillwater Public Library by phone, email or through the website to sign up. 518.664.6255,STILIB@SALS.EDU, Stillwater.sals.edu.
VIRTUAL HOMEWORK HELP: Monday-Thursday 3pm – 5 pm on Discord for grades 6-12. Contact Discord username Michete#6346 for an invite to the server. This program is presented by the Stillwater Public Library.
DAYCARE OPENINGS: A Child’s Place at Unity House recently reopened a few of its day care classrooms with a limited number of children and now is prepared to open more classrooms to help essential workers who have children in need of day care. A Child’s Place is now able to take an additional children at both its Troy site and its Albany location. Currently, A Child’s Place is enrolling small groups of children per room and staffing each room with just one teacher to minimize contact between children and adults. In addition, the highest level of CDC precautions are being practiced. A Child’s Place serves children from five weeks to five years old in classrooms for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Its centers are located at 435 Fourth St. in Troy and 50 Philip St. in Albany. The centers also provide early intervention and preschool developmental services in speech/language, physical and occupational therapy. To inquire about enrolling a child at A Child’s Place, contact Kathy D’Angelo at 518-960-2660 or a firstname.lastname@example.org.
LITERARY CLUB: The Ilium Literary Club of Troy will be celebrating its 100th anniversary in October 2022. We are looking for members & former members to help us plan this celebration. If you have memorabilia, stories of different events, history of the Club, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Barbara at email@example.com or call 518-274-2949.
EAST SIDE SENIORS: Bocce Ball playing has been canceled until further notice. Also, regular Tuesday meetings are canceled until further notice.
LEAF BAG COLLECTION SUSPENDED: Due to staffing limitations resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak, weekly leaf bag collection is temporarily suspended. We apologize for the inconvenience. For more information on the City’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, including health protocols implemented at City-owned facilities and changes to non-essential services, please visit www.troyny.gov/coronavirus.
GRAFTON MERRYMAKERS: Grafton Merrymakers will keep you updated when our next meeting will take place. If you have any questions please call Betty Jean at 518-272-8624. The Grafton Merrymakers typically meet on the second Wednesday of each month from March through November at the Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Road in Grafton. If you are interested in joining the Merrymakers please come to a meeting, or call the senior center Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at 518-279-3413.
STEPHENTOWN HERITAGE CENTER: The Stephentown Historical Society would like to remind you that the Heritage Center is now welcoming visitors on the first Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday hours are in addition to the regular weekly Friday hours of 1 to 4 p.m. These Saturday open hours will offer more Stephentown residents and visitors the opportunity to explore what the Society offers in genealogy research and local history. The Heritage Center is the former Stephentown Methodist Church at 4 Staples Road at the corner of Garfield Road. It is free and handicapped accessible. Hope to see you soon!
BREAKFAST: All you Can Eat Breakfast Buffet and Omelet Station, 8 to 11 a.m. on every 1st Sunday of the month, at the Waterford Knights of Columbus Hall, 76 Grace Street, Waterford. Our buffet features our famous Omelet Station, Eggs cooked to order, Pancakes, (plain and blueberry) French toast, sausage, bacon, home fries, toast, bagels, pastries, coffee, tea, orange and apple juices, hot chocolate. Take a chance to win the 50/50 drawing. Each paid breakfast ticket also enters you in a chance to win a free breakfast at a later date. $8.00 adult – $4.00 children – (Children under 4 free). For more information call 518-237-9330.
STEPHENTOWN FOOD PANTRY: The Stephentown Food Pantry continues to serve the community with food assistance during this time. Extra health precautions and accommodations have been put in place so clients can be served as safely as possible. If someone needing food is sick and/or wishes to avoid contact with others, they should phone the Food Pantry at (518) 487-8606 and leave a message with their phone number. Arrangements can be made for them to pick up a prepacked food bundle. Or they can designate a friend to collect their food for them. The Stephentown Food Pantry offers assistance to residents of Stephentown, New York, and Hancock, Massachusetts. The pantry is open every Saturday morning, weather permitting, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the Stephentown Federated Church, 1513 Garfield Road (County Route 26). Appointments are not needed. As always, requests for help are confidential. The pantry is an equal opportunity provider. For information, call 518-487-8606. Donations Welcome! Even before the current health crisis Stephentown Food Pantry use was increasing. The pantry relies entirely on community donations of money and food items to keep operating. If you would like to help out, please send your check made out to the Stephentown Food Pantry to the Stephentown Food Pantry treasurer at P. O. Box 387, Stephentown, NY 12168. Donations can also be made to the Regional Food Bank of Northeast New York, 965 Albany Shaker Road, Latham, NY 12110. Mark it for use by Stephentown Food Pantry and your contribution will be available for us to purchase low cost food from the Food Bank.
COHOES DOWNTOWN MARKETPLACE: Vintage items, collectibles, crafts, furniture and more. 103 Remsen St., Cohoes. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every other Saturday and Sunday. Check the Cohoes Downtown Marketplace Facebook page for current information.
LOCAL MAGICIANS: The local group of The Society of American Magicians, Assembly #24, meets regularly. We welcome all persons, age 16 and older, with any interest in the art of magic whether it be: performance, history, collecting or purely entertainment to join us for a fun evening. For more information about our organization, or for a link to a local magician, visit WWW.SAM24.SYNTHASITE.COM.
YOUTH ROBOTICS CLUB: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County 4-H is starting a 4-H Robotics Club with 4-H Volunteer and Arduino Robotics guru Ray Martin. The Robotics Club will meet generally the third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Building, 61 State Street, Troy. 2nd Floor. Youth ages 12 and older with a strong interest in coding are encouraged to sign up! The club will be primarily working with Arduino boards, but also using 4-H Adafruit products connecting plant and soil sciences with technology. Space is limited. To register a youth, or for more information, please contact Kandis Freer at 518-272-4210 ext. 106. No one shall be denied the opportunity to participate or receive information based on their abilities. If you need any accommodations please let us know at the time of registration.
THRIFT SHOP: Johnsonville Methodist Church 22 Bridge St. Johnsonville 12094. Route 40 to Route 67 East. Look for our sign at the corner of Route 111 & Route 67. Open 9-12 on Wednesdays and the first Saturday of each month. Newly arrived Winter clothing and household goods every week, Christmas decorations, career clothing, special occasion dresses and gowns, jewelry, purses, shoes, toys and over 1000 books.
ILIUM LITERARY CLUB: If you have suggestions on speakers/presenters for our 2020 – 2021 yearbook, please call Barbara at 518-274-2949.
CORNER SHOPPE: The Corner Shoppe at Cornerstone Church is open displaying many new items and clothing, housewares, home decor, jewelry and more. Shoppe hours are 9 am – noon every Thursday and Saturday. Masks and social distancing required. Donations are by appointment only-call 518-235-3851.
POESTENKILL SENIORS: The Poestenkill Seniors typically hold weekly meetings every Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Sullivan Jones VFW Post in Poestenkill. All seniors are welcome. Coffee and refreshments are served after the meeting, followed by bingo and cards. The hall is handicap accessible, with sufficient parking. The Poestenkill Seniors hold catered luncheons, clamsteams and fish fries at the hall and also at various restaurants. Best of all they go on bus trips to casinos and other points of interest.
YARN DONATIONS NEEDED: Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Rd, Grafton, is happy to accept any donation of yarn. Many of our center members enjoy knitting and crocheting. They make afghans and lap covers for other seniors, as well as some home bound senior residents and to use as raffle items to help support the activities of the center. We also have members that make hats and mittens to be given at the schools when a child is in need. If you would like to make a donation of yarn, please drop it off at the senior center M-F from 9:00 to 3:00, or call to make arrangements for pickup. Any donation, large or small is appreciated.
MINDFULNESS PRACTICE GROUP: Meeting Format: Includes walking meditation and sitting meditation in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh; all are welcome –meditation instruction available. Schedule: Wednesday evenings — 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Location: RPI’s Newman Center Hospitality House–4 Sherry Rd. in Troy– a white 2-story residential building about 30 yards south of the RPI Chapel Center (near the intersection of Burdett and Peoples Avenues). Cost: Free. Contact: (518) 271-6949 or (518) 273-1851 for more information.
HIGH & MIGHTY THERAPEUTIC RIDING & DRIVING CENTER: Become part of the extraordinary group of volunteers and learn to assist people with special needs through equine assisted activities.Only one training is needed. Horse experience is great but not a requirement. Please wear sturdy shoes and be prepared to be outdoors. For ages 14 and up. High & Mighty is located at 71 CR 21C Ghent. If you are interested in volunteering or are a current volunteer looking to reserve a slot in Summer Program, please reach out to Dianne at Dianne@high-n-mighty.org. For general information about our programs, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 518-672-4202.
MAKERS MARKET: A celebration of crafters, makers, artists & taste makers from around the Capital Region The Troy Makers Market is held in conjunction with the Troy Waterfront Farmers Market, which takes place Saturdays from 9:00am – 2:00pm (Monument Square May-October and Uncle Sam Atrium November-April).
ANCESTRY.COM TUTORIALS: North Greenbush Community Library Trustee and Town Historian Jim Greenfield offers free personal tutorials on the use of ancestry.com. Ancestry Library Edition, available at the library, provides access to 7,000 databases, delivering an extraordinary online collection of genealogy information. To set up your individual session, please call the library at 518-283-0303 and leave your information. Jim will call you back to schedule an appointment. The library is located at 141 Main Avenue, Wynantskill.
FREE YOGA: Join for gentle and relaxing yoga every Friday at the Presbyterian United Church of Schaghticoke from 7 pm until 8 pm. The Church is located at 16 Main Street in Schaghticoke. For more information, visit email@example.com.
BACKPACKS WANTED: Catholic Charities Tri-County Services runs five school supply programs throughout our communities and needs *new* backpacks for elementary and middle school aged children. Donations can be dropped off at the office at 50 Herrick Street in Rensselaer, or call Justine Carroll at 518-512-3577 x115 to arrange a pickup of larger quantity donations. You, your business, church or group can arrange a collection of new backpacks or donate funds for Catholic Charities to purchase them. If you prefer to make a monetary donation you can donate online at https://rcda.thankyou4caring.org/ccrcda/cc-tri-county-services.
FREE ENGLISH CLASSES: Do you want to improve your English? Are you new to the United States? Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County has free English Literacy Civics classes where you can improve your English language skills while learning about life in the United States. Each class meets two times per week. Classes for beginning learners meet in Albany. Classes for intermediate learners meet in Troy. For more information, contact Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County at 518-244-4650 or visit www.lvorc.org.
WATERVLIET SENIOR CENTER GROUP LUNCHES: Enjoy a nutritious, social, and fun lunch with the Watervliet Senior Center Monday through Friday at noon. The $3 suggested donation is anonymous and everyone is welcome. Call for the daily menu and sign up by 2 p.m. for the following day. The Senior Center is located at 1501 Broadway, Watervliet. Call 518-273-4422 for more information.
ICC BINGO: The Italian Community Center Charitable Foundation hosts Bingo night on Tuesdays. Doors open at 5 p.m. at 1450 Fifth Avenue, Troy. Food and beverages will be sold.
FALL LACROSSE PROGRAMS FOR MEN AGE 16 AND OVER: This program to give men aged 16 to 40 years old the opportunity to play in a competitive lacrosse game. This program will continue throughout the winter on Wednesday evenings. For more information go to www.capitallandlacrosse.com or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A SECOND CHANCE THRIFT SHOP: Come visit our thrift shop offering clothing and accessories for men, women, and children, household items, books, toys, linens, small appliances, and jewelry, all at reasonable prices. We feature a boutique room for upscale and designer clothing for women. The Shop is located at 1229 Central Avenue, parking off of Frederick Avenue. Hours: Tuesdays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. All proceeds benefit the American Italian Heritage Association and Museum, a nonprofit organization. American Italian Heritage Association and Museum, 1227 Central Avenue, Albany. (518) 435-1979. www.americanitalianmuseum.org.
TROY CENTER: Everyone is welcome to sing along with entertainer Bob Marcello as he performs the greatest songs of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s at Troy Center. All families and friends are welcome to this free monthly engagement. Bob will perform the first Thursday of every month from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Troy Center is located at 49 Marvin Avenue in Troy. Please contact Billejo Sass at 518-273-6646 or by email at email@example.com for more information.
MEN’S CANCER SUPPORT GROUP: NY Capital Region Men to Men Cancer Support Group meets the third Wednesday of every month from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the American Cancer Society Hope Club, 1 Penny Lane, Latham. Come-share experiences and receive understanding and encouragement from men and their loved ones in dealing with cancer. For more information, please contact the ACS Hope Club at 518-220-6960.
FREE SPIRIT FELLOWSHIP: Free Spirit Fellowship of Watervliet is now holding services Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. in the United Methodist Church. The church is located at 1401 1st Avenue. For further info, please call 961-3464.
FREE HOME BIBLE STUDY: A great way to study through the Bible at your convenience. Exciting and informative study that could change your life. Compliments of Free Spirit Fellowship. For more information call 885-3149.
HOME DELIVERED MEALS: Are you a Rensselaer County homebound senior over 60 and unable to shop and cook for yourself? Rensselaer County Department of the Aging may be able to help you with a nutritious hot meal delivered to your home Monday through Friday. For more information call 270-2730 or your local Senior Center.
TROY SENIOR CENTER BOWLING LEAGUE: The Troy Senior Center has a bowling league that meets every Monday at 12:30 p.m. at the Uncle Sam Lanes, 600 Fulton Street in Troy. Bowling is an enjoyable and affordable exercise. All beginners are welcome. Call the Center at 518-270-5348 for more information.
TROY SENIOR CENTER SWIM PROGRAM: The Troy Senior Center has a swimming program that meets every Wednesday beginning at 9 a.m. Swimming is a great exercise with many health benefits and it’s so much fun! Join us at the Lansingburgh Boys & Girls Club; it’s a great time to socialize, swim and enjoy the heated pool. Call the Center at 518-270-5348 for more information.
COHOES PUBLIC LIBRARY: The Cohoes Public Library, in conjunction with the Cohoes Senior Center, invites seniors to take the van to the library on the first and third Wednesday of the month. They can peruse the books, use the computer, participate in the knitting/crocheting group, join a special book club (the 3rd Wednesday of the month) and participate in other specially designed programs. There will be help in signing up for library cards and in use of the computers. Additional info on the website and Facebook.
THRIFT SHOP: The Basement on First Street, a thrift shop located at St. John’s Episcopal Church on First Street in Troy is open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 till noon, with plenty of warm clothing and lots of other interesting items. The church also offers free bread and coffee to all who come in on Saturdays. Come in from the cold, have a cup of coffee and bagel and then come into the thrift shop for some great deals.
THE BOOK SELLER: The Book Seller, sponsored by the Friends of the Troy Public Library, is located at the Lansingburgh Branch at 114th Street and 4th Avenue. Hours are Wednesdays from 2 to 5 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 pm. The store offers a wide variety of gently used books at bargain prices. Hard cover and trade books are one dollar and children’s books are twenty five cents. The Book Seller also has a collection of CDs. Proceeds from the store help support programs, services and improvements to both library buildings. For more information about activities of the Friends, to join, or volunteer at the Book Seller, stop by the store or go to our new website www.friendsofthetroylibrary.org.
PITTSTOWN SENIORS: The town of Pittstown Seniors hold their monthly meetings on the first Wednesday of the month starting with a covered dish luncheon at noon. T.O.P.S meetings are held at the Raymertown Fire House on Mason Lane. All seniors 55 or over are invited to attend.
WATERVLIET UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: The church operates the Fabulous Finds Thrift Store, which is open every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fabulous Finds accepts clean, unsoiled clothing. The church is located at 1401 First Avenue, Watervliet. For more information, please call 273-0191, Ext. 4.
CAPITAL VIEW TOASTMASTERS CLUB: It is more than just public speaking, Learn a variety of communication and leadership skills. Capital View Toastmasters Club meets the first and third Wednesday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. at the East Greenbush Library. Contact capitalview.toastmastersclubs.org.
YEAR-ROUND RECYCLING: Zion’s United Church of Christ of Taborton receives the following items for recycling in the Blue Box next to the front door of the Church Hall: clothing, belts, blankets, drapery, hats, hand bags, paired shoes, sheets, sneakers, towels and stuffed animals. In the Greenfiber green recycling container, in the church parking lot, the church receives newspapers, phone books, office paper, cardboard, cereal boxes, magazines, brown paper bags and construction paper. Donate all used items to Doors of Hope in West Sand Lake. Donate used furniture to the furniture program of Troy Area United Ministries. Call TAUM at 274-5920, ext. 204, Tiara Burnett, to arrange for a pick up.
FOOD PANTRY: Faith’s Pantry at Grace Church, 34 Third St. is open by appointment. The emergency food pantry is open from 10 a.m. to noon each Friday. The pantry is also open 7 to 8 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month and from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month. To make an appointment, call 237-7370.
BAKER FAMILY REUNION: CANCELED – The 156th Baker Family Reunion will not meet this year because of the Covid-19 pandemic. This is only the second time a reunion has been cancelled since the first one was held in 1865. The other year was 1943, in the depths of WW II. The next reunion will be held on August 14, 2021. Because of the unique impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is hoped Baker descendants will share how they and their families are doing, as well as their experiences of how they have been affected. They can contact Baker Family Historian Maria Carr by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or they can post a memory on the Baker Family Reunion Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/thebakerfamilyreunion/).
FREE COMMUNITY DINNERS: The second Thursday of every month a free community dinner is served in the city of Rensselaer from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. In an ecumenical partnership, Hope Lutheran Church of North Greenbush, and Rensselaer Presbyterian Church, 34 Broadway have combined and created Hopes Kitchen.
AMERICAN ITALIAN MUSEUM AND CULTURAL CENTER: The American Italian Museum and Cultural Center is located at 1227 Central Avenue in Albany. Since 1979 the museum has fulfilled its mission – to record and preserve Italian heritage for present and future generations – with the help of its dedicated, all volunteer staff. Ours is the largest American Italian museum in the eastern U.S. maintaining 10 exhibit rooms, a Hall of History and a library including research materials. Our gift shop offers many one-of-a-kind and “Made in Italy” items. There is a small admission fee. Please call ahead to confirm we are open. (518) 435-1979.
CALL FOR RECIPES: As part of its 25th anniversary, the Slate Valley Museum is planning to create a new edition of its popular original cookbook, Cooking in the Slate Valley. The Museum is asking people with connections to the Slate Valley to help breathe new life into the book by sharing their favorite recipes. The old cookbook, a popular item in the Museum’s gift shop for a number of years, contains an array of recipes, most of which are tied to the immigrant heritage in the Slate Valley.The new cookbook will continue to include ethnic recipes. But, it will also expand with a new section devoted to recipes from people who have connections to the Slate Valley, but have no close immigrant past. With the holiday season upon us, peak baking and cooking season is also approaching. The Museum’s committee hopes that people will keep their cookbook project in mind as they’re flipping through their own family recipes for the holidays. The Museum will gather recipes throughout the fall and into the winter and will announce more details about deadlines and printing as the book’s production schedule is finalized. If you have a recipe that you’d like to share for consideration, please email it to Sarah Kijowski at email@example.com or mail a copy to the Museum at the address listed below. The Slate Valley Museum is located at 17 Water Street in Granville, NY. Tel. 518-642-1417 www.slatevalleymuseum.org.
CLAYFEST: Saratoga Clay Arts Center is pleased to present its first annual holiday invitational exhibition, CLAYFEST, our way of celebrating the holiday season with a compilation of incredible functional and decorative works and jewelry by clay artists from across the country. CLAYFEST will be on exhibit through the holidays in Saratoga Clay Art Center’s beautiful Schacht Gallery and in the online shop from Nov. 21, 2020 – Jan. 16, 2021. The show will go live online as well. Participating artists include Nolan Baumgartner, Hayne Bayless, Adam Chau, Bethany Cohen, Dawn Dishaw, Alexandra Fitzgerald, Steven Hill, Cheyenne Mallo, Jess Palmer, Darren Prodger, Don Reynolds, Zoey Scheler, Melanie Sherman, Wayne Smith, Mike Stumbras and John Townley. More information is available online at www.saratogaclayarts.org.
SARATOGA NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK WINTER HOURS: Winter hours of operation are in place at Saratoga National Historical Park. The park’s tour road will be closed until April 1. Winter weather may cause an earlier closure or delay opening. Please check the park’s website or social media for updates. The Visitor Center will remain closed throughout the winter. Please bring water and snacks as none are available in the park. A portable toilet is located in the main lower parking lot. We encourage visitors to recreate responsibly by taking all trash and pet waste with them. Winter is a great time to discover the beauty of the battlefield, bird watch, look for deer, or enjoy the stillness of a snow covered walk. Grounds will be open sunrise to sunset for hiking, walking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing. For more information about park operations and activities, please see the park’s website at www.nps.gov/sara or on Facebook and Twitter @SaratogaNHP.
ART SHOW: Southern Saratoga Art Society member Carol Winterton will feature her art in a one-woman show during the months of January and February, 2021 in the Gallery at the Clifton Park Senior Community Center, 6 Clifton Common Court, Tel. #: 518-383-1343. Carol has been painting for over 30 years, originally starting in pencil, chalk pastel and watercolor. She has since branched out into acrylics and water soluble oils, occasionally using more than one medium on a piece. For more information about SSAS please visit the website at: southernsaratogaartist.com.