Community calendar from April 26 (2024)

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Tuesday, April 26

BETHLEHEM PUBLIC LIBRARY: Baseballs, Bunnies and Beautiful Blooms, 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Drop in any time to create a springtime craft. Make just one or do the mall. For kids and families. 451 Delaware Avenue, Delmar.

CONSTITUTIONAL SYMPOSIUM:” The Seven: About the Court, By the Court,” The 10th Annual Chief Judge Lawrence H. Cooke State Constitutional Commentary Symposium. The Court of Appeals, New York’s highest court, comes to Albany Law School. Join the Albany Law Review for this extraordinary event, as Chief Judge Janet DiFiore moderates a conversation with her colleagues about the role and inner workings of the high court. Reception to follow. Tuesday, April 26, 6:30 p.m.,Albany Law School, Dean Alexander Moot Courtroom, 80 New Scotland Avenue, Albany. This event is free and open to the public. Two (2) free Continuing Legal Education credits will be offered. Registration is required: www.albanylaw.edu/event

CROGHAN LECTURES: Melanie Johnson-DeBaufre and Tat-Siong Benny Liew will deliver joint Croghan Lectures on Tuesday, April 26, at Williams College. Johnson-DeBaufre, Croghan Bicentennial Visiting Professor of Religion, will present the first lecture, “The Politics of Flying: Pauline Apocalyptic and Utopian Social Dreaming,” at 5 p.m. Liew, Class of 1956 Professor in New Testament Studies at the College of Holy Cross, will present a second lecture, “Haunting Silence: Failed Orality and Mark’s Messianic Secret,” at 7 p.m. Both will take place in Griffin Hall, room 3, and are free and open to the public. The Croghan Bicentennial Fund and the Department of Religion are sponsoring this event.

DECLUTTER-DISTRESSED: “Declutter-distressed,” presentation by Helen Volk at Christ Our Light Catholic Church on Tuesday, April 26 at 7 p.m., One Maria Drive, Loudonville. Any questions, please, call Terry at 459-6635.

PUBLIC ASTRONOMY PROGRAM: April Break Public Astronomy Program: Follow the North Star – Planetarium Program. Sky show explores the important role astronomy played in the freedom seekers’ search along the Underground Railroad. Geared for ages 8 and above and their families. 11 a.m., Henry Hudson Planetarium at the Albany Heritage Visitors Center at 25 Quackenbush Square, Albany. $3 per person all seats.

TROY PUBLIC LIBRARY: LEGO My Library, 6 p.m. Library provides Legos; no personal pieces will be allowed in the room. For ages 4 and up. 100 Second Street, Troy.

Wednesday, April 27

BETHLEHEM PUBLIC LIBRARY: All Lego Build, 2 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Bring your imagination and get building as we set out all of our Legos, from WeDo to Duplos and everything in between. For kids and families. 451 Delaware Avenue, Delmar.

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: QuickLearn: Using Excel to Manage Day to Day Business. This course focuses on understanding core Excel features for enhanced productivity and effectiveness in business. 8 to 8:30 a.m. Registration and refreshments; 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Program. The Chamber Office, 90 Fourth Street, Troy. Registration information at http://www.renscochamber.com/chamber-calendar/2016-04-27/28228-quicklearn-using-excel-to-manage-day-to-day-business.

PUBLIC ASTRONOMY PROGRAM: April Break Public Astronomy Program: Architecture and Astronomy – Walking Tour and Planetarium Program. Learn where people in Albany live, work and play. Weather permitting, we’ll take a walk through the city. The walk ends with a Planetarium show and family activity. Ages 8 and above and their families. 11 a.m., Henry Hudson Planetarium at the Albany Heritage Visitors Center at 25 Quackenbush Square, Albany. $3 per person all seats.

REHAB OPTIONS: EPOCH Assisted Living at Melbourne will welcome Stephen Pickering, DPT and Jessyca Goetze, LSW of Craneville Place of Dalton, for a discussion of the different types of rehabilitative services available in a skilled nursing setting on Wednesday, April 27 at 2:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public but space is limited. For more information or to RSVP, please call 413-499-1992. EPOCH Assisted Living at Melbourne is located at 140 Melbourne Road, Pittsfield MA.

SPEIGLE ELDERS: The Speigle Elders will hold its next bi-monthly meeting at 12:30 p.m. on April 27 with refreshments provided by Table #2. Reservation payments are requested for the June 29 bus trip to the Mac-Haydn Theater for the production of “South Pacific”. Bert Lattimore will distribute luggage tags and itinerary information for the May 16-18 trip to the Amish country.

THACHER NATURE CENTER: “Robins Abound,” 10 a.m. Fondly thought of as the first sign of spring, the American Robin is actually a year round resident. Learn their songs, look at nests and learn what makes great Robin habitat. Construct a Robin Nesting Shelf to take home. Materials fee is $8. Please call 872-0800 to register.

TROY PUBLIC LIBRARY: Family Storytime, 10 a.m. Share stories, songs, movement and a simple craft. For children up to age 5 with a parent or caregiver. Dance All Over the World, 2 p.m. Children ages 4-7 will learn about different cultures and participate in traditional dances. Main library, 100 Second Street, Troy.

Thursday, April 28

AMERICAN MARKETING ASSOCIATION: The New York Capital Region chapter of the American Marketing Association (NYCRAMA) announces its 2016 April Breakfast Roundtable Discussion, “UX: What Marketers Can Learn From Craigslist & Amazon”, Thursday, April 28, at CAP COM Financial Center, 4 Winners Circle Albany, from 7:45 to 9 a.m. Join NYCRAMA for a breakfast roundtable discussion facilitated by Kim Hickok, a Solutions Consultant with Web Instinct; a web development firm located in Saratoga Springs. Cost is $15 for AMA members and students; $20 for nonmembers. Pre-registration is preferred via http://bit.ly/1V4LBks. Walk-ins are also welcome. Cash or check will be accepted at the door.

BETHLEHEM PUBLIC LIBRARY: 11:15 a.m., Tai Chi for Health. Practice the ancient Chinese art that promotes health and wellness while focusing on new movements in the Tai Chi for Arthritis form. All ages and abilities welcome. 2 p.m., 3Doodler Creations. Make something out of thin air by drawing in three dimensions with one of the library’s 3Doodler pens. For grades 6-12. 451 Delaware Avenue, Delmar.

DINING OUT FOR LIFE: The Alliance for Positive Health’s (formerly the AIDS Council of Northeastern New York) 13th Annual Dining Out for Life takes place on April 28. This exciting event is a fundraiser that is as easy as enjoying a meal at your favorite restaurant. Just dine at one of over 70 participating restaurants for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and a percentage of the price of your meal will be donated to the Alliance for Positive Health and its mission to better the lives of those impacted by HIV/AIDS. For more information and a list of participating restaurants check out: https://www.facebook.com/Dining-Out-For-Life-Alliance-for-Positive-Health-211668086672/.

CORNER SHOPPE: The Corner Shoppe at Cornerstone Comm. Church, 570 Third Ave., North Troy, has many “new to you” items, including housewares, prom/wedding gowns, toys, books, furniture & home decor. Our spring & summer clothes for the family are at bargain prices. Check us out any Thursday or Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. More info at 235-3851.

THE GEORGI: On April 28 at 7 p.m., the Georgi on the Battenkill Community Park and Museum will host an Art Opening in the Community Room. Artist and Illustrator, H. Wayne Trimm, will present “Nature’s Wonders”, exhibiting his paintings and illustrations. Now 93, Wayne was the feature artist and art director for the NYS Conservationist Magazine for 30 years and lived in Chatham in the1950s. Mr. Trimm will be present at the opening to answer questions and be available for discussion. Light refreshments will be served. The exhibit will be open for public viewing April 28, 7 to 9 p.m., April 29 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 30 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and May 7 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Contact Coordinator, Wendy Bordwell at info@thegeorgi.com or 854-3773. Free and open to the public; donations welcomed and appreciated.

GRAFTON LAKES STATE PARK: Trout Discovery Day, 1 p.m. Help release the Brown Trout we’ve been raising since October, and discovery how much trout and people have in common. This interactive program for kids is a perfect opportunity to get them outdoors during Spring Break. $2/person or $5/family. RSVP early as program will fill up, at 279-1155.

RENSSELAER PUBLIC LIBRARY: Author Visit, 6:30 p.m. Local author Gloria Waldron Hukle will give a talk about her novel, “Threads, an American Tapestry.” 676 East Street, Rensselaer.

THACHER NATURE CENTER: “Who Hoots for You?” 10 a.m. Come and find out who’s whooo and who gives a hoot in the owl world. Examine the Nature Center’s mounted specimens to learn about the amazing features of these night-flying birds of prey. Listen to some familiar owl calls, learn what types of habitats they prefer, and find out where they like to hide. Examine an owl pellet to investigate their diet. This hands-on program is appropriate for all ages. Please call 872-0800 to register.

WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP: Troy Public Library Lansingburgh branch, 27 114th Street, 2 p.m. Watercolor workshop with Mary Frances Millet for children over 7 and teens. Registration required, no experience necessary.

Friday, April 29

BETHLEHEM PUBLIC LIBRARY: Vacation Cinema, 10 a.m. Cozy up with a pillow or blanket and join your friends for a movie about a dinosaur and his friend (PG, 93 minutes). For kids and families. 451 Delaware Avenue, Delmar.

COLLAR CITY CRAFT FEST: Please join the Arts Center of the Capital Region for The Collar City Craft Fest on April 29 and 30. This juried, indoor showcase of original works of metal, fiber, pottery, glass, jewelry and more features the Northeast’s top artists and craftspeople. Sponsored by Oberlander Group, Times Union and Troy Cloth and Paper. Friday, April 29, noon – 9 p.m. & Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. All proceeds benefit The Arts Center of the Capital Region. For more info, visit www.artscenteronline.org.

GRAFTON LAKES STATE PARK: Star Watch, 8 p.m. Join Albany Area Amateur Astronomers for a free tour of the night sky with telescopes provided. Cloudy skies may delay to Saturday, so call 658-9144 to confirm. Please use Winter Entrance and follow signs to program at Deerfield lawn. Free.

HEALING VOICES: This is a free film showing all over the world in 120 venues on 4/29. Come see “Healing Voices” at the Linda, 339 Central Avenue, Abany, and participate in a panel discussion after the film. “Healing Voices” explores the experience commonly labeled as “psychosis’ through the stories of real-life individuals , and asks the question: What are we talking about when we talk about ‘mental illness’? The film follows three subjects and features interviews with notable international experts including Robert Whitaker. This film is sponsored by the Mental Health Empowerment Project in Albany. Light refreshments will be served. Reservations can be made by calling Beth at 434-1393, or go to www.thelinda.org.

MURDER MYSTERY & DINNER: All are invited to a murder. It will take place at SOS. Who dunnit? Come and find out. 7 p.m., Singles Outreach, Hanover Square (Hill St. Entrance), 435 New Karner Road, Colonie. Dinner will include salad, hamburger stroganoff over noodles, rolls and dessert. Reservations are required and must be made by calling 452-6883. $10 SOS members, $15 non-members.

RUMMAGE SALE: Pittstown United Methodist church hall, located just off route 7, holds a Rummage Sale on Friday, April 29, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 pm and on Saturday, April 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Baked/Food sale on Friday. Bag Sale on Saturday only – $2 per bag. For more information call Carolyn at 663-8253 between 9 am – 7 p.m.

SPAGHETTI DINNER: A fundraiser for local helping agencies: Capital Roots, Joseph’s House, Oakwood Community Center, Pride Center of the Capital Region, TAUM, The Troy Public Library, Troy School 2 PTO, Unity House, YWCA Troy. Pasta, homemade sauce and meatballs, garlic bread, salad, desserts. All you can eat. Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options available. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Christ Church United Methodist, 35 State Street, Troy. Tickets: $14 adults, $10 students/seniors, $6 ages 4-12, under 4 free. Call ahead for take-out 4 to 5 p.m. Call 272-8392 for more information.

WILLIAMS CHAMBER CHOIR: The Williams College Department of Music presents the Chamber Choir under the direction of Brad Wells on Friday, April 29 at 4 p.m. and Sunday, May 1 at 4 p.m. in the historic Rotunda of the Williams College Museum of Art. The 16 voice chamber choir performs American composers settings of American poets including choral music by William Schuman, Judd Greenstein ’01, Samuel Barber on poetry of Walt Whitman, Gertrude Stein, Emily Dickinson (respectively), among others. Director Brad Wells shares conducting duties with Daniel Potter ’16. Williams College Museum of Art is located at 15 Lawrence Hall Drive on the Williams College campus. See www.williams.edu/home/campusmap/

WILLIAMS JAZZ ENSEMBLE: The Williams College Department of Music presents the Williams Jazz Ensemble directed by Kris Allen on Friday, April 29 at 8 p.m. in Chapin Hall on the Williams campus. This free event is open to the public. Chapin Hall is located at 54 Chapin Hall Drive in Bernhard Music Center on the Williams College campus. See www.williams.edu/home/campusmap/

Saturday, April 30

ALL YOU CAN EAT BREAKFAST: The Grafton Volunteer Fire Department along with the Grafton Ladies Auxiliary will be serving you an All You Can Eat Buffet Breakfast- Saturday, April 30, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Grafton VFW – Fire Hall on South Road (County Route 85). On the menu: Belgian waffles, pancakes, French toast, eggs (made to order), sausage gravy and biscuits, bacon, sausage, home fries, toast, orange juice, coffee, and milk. Cost is $10 per adult, kids 12 and under $5, kids 5 and under free.

BETHLEHEM PUBLIC LIBRARY: 11 a.m., Time Out for Tales. Stories and fun for children up to age 6 and families. 3 p.m., Project Runway Fashion Show. Creative teens will show off their runway-ready style and the culmination of two month’s work. 451 Delaware Avenue, Delmar.

COLLAR CITY CRAFT FEST: Please join the Arts Center of the Capital Region for The Collar City Craft Fest on April 29 and 30. This juried, indoor showcase of original works of metal, fiber, pottery, glass, jewelry and more features the Northeast’s top artists and craftspeople. Sponsored by Oberlander Group, Times Union and Troy Cloth and Paper. Friday, April 29, noon – 9 p.m. & Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. All proceeds benefit The Arts Center of the Capital Region. For more info, visit www.artscenteronline.org.

COMMUNITY MEAL: Bethel Baptist Church’s monthly meal will be on Saturday, April 30, from 1 to 3 p.m. at 2165 5th Avenue, Troy. Rev. Dr. Eric S. Shaw, Pastor. Call the church at 274-4303 for more information.

CORNER SHOPPE: The Corner Shoppe at Cornerstone Community Church, 570 Third Ave., North Troy, has many “new to you” items, including housewares, prom/wedding gowns, toys, books, furniture & home decor. Our spring & summer clothes for the family are at bargain prices. Check us out any Thursday or Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. More info at 235-3851.

DOG ADOPTION CLINIC: Looking for an opportunity to meet dogs for adoption? Well, this is it. Join Out Of the Pits and their dogs at an adoption clinic at CaNine to Five located at 1543 Route 9, Clifton Park. They will join Mountain Rottie Rescue and Peppertree Rescue as well as other local businesses selling their dog-related wares. Dogs and puppies in need of homes will be on hand to greet you. Please visit the Out Of the Pits Facebook page on the night before the clinic for a list of the dogs/pups that will be attending. Out of the Pits’ merchandise will also be available for sale (T-Shirts, Sweats, Mugs and more). Additional information is available at http://outofthepits.org. Feel free to contact Out of the Pits, Inc. at P.O. Box 2311, Albany, NY 12220 or at info@outofthepita.

GLENS FALLS WING FEST: The Glens Falls Collaborative plans its second annual Wing Fest on Saturday, April 30, from noon to 4 p.m. in Downtown Glens Falls. The event is a competition between restaurants for the best wings. Tasting is from noon to 3 p.m. and an awards ceremony at the bandstand in City Park will close out the event. Tickets are $1 each, and the number of tickets to taste varies by restaurant. The event is on Glen, Ridge and Maple Streets with music at the City Park gazebo by The Sound Machine and on the street by additional musicians (TBD).

GRAFTON LAKES STATE PARK: Birding Program for Fledgling Birders, 8:30 a.m. Birds are one of the best ways to connect with nature. This class will help beginners (aged 8 and up) learn the basics of bird identification and behavior, and start to understand the colorful, lively, melodious avian world in their backyards. Students will learn field techniques for finding, watching, and understanding what the birds are doing. Emphasis will be placed on using both eyes and ears to discern bird life. Please bring binoculars if you have them but there will be pairs available for borrowing. RSVP required; call 279-1155.

HIGH AND MIGHTY FUNDRAISER: High and Mighty and The Chatham Brewery will be hosting a fundraiser for High and Mighty Therapeutic Riding and Driving Center, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., 71 CR 21C Ghent. $30 per person; $50 per couple. Be sure to RSVP to Dianne@high-n-mighty.org.

MIKE + RUTHY BAND: The Vermont Arts Exchange (VAE) welcomes The Mike + Ruthy Band of which Pete Seeger wrote, “Dear Mike + Ruthy, Your Hoot was one of the best song gatherings I’ve seen in all my 94 years. I hope next year I can be there for more than one day.” Join us on Saturday, April 30 and come see what Pete Seeger crowed about while also taking in Will Mosheim and Carling Berkhout, who are opening for Mike + Ruthy. Doors open at 7pm, the show begins at 8:00pm. Tickets to this concert are $18 ($10 for students with valid ID) through Brown Paper Tickets, the first and only fair-trade ticketing company, at brownpapertickets.com or vtartxchange.org/bms.php, or by calling 800-838-3006. A small processing fee will be charged. Tickets are $22 at the door on the day of show on a first-come, first-served basis. Libations will be available from Thyme Tables Catering.

RUMMAGE SALE: Pittstown United Methodist church hall, located just off route 7, holds a Rummage Sale on Friday, April 29, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 pm and on Saturday, April 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Baked/Food sale on Friday. Bag Sale on Saturday only – $2 per bag. For more information call Carolyn at 663-8253 between 9 am – 7 p.m.

SAMBADENDE: The Williams College Department of Music presents Sambadende on Saturday, April 30 at 8 p.m., in Chapin Hall on the college campus. In 2001, Ty Hammes convinced 15 people to create a “bloco”, or street percussion ensemble, to perform at a capoeira fundraiser in Boulder, CO. The enthusiastic response from the crowd led to another gig the following month and the group was given the name Sambadende, meaning (more or less) Palm Oil Samba, which means it has spice. The event is free and open to the public. Chapin Hall is located at 54 Chapin Hall Drive in Bernhard Music Center on the Williams College campus. See www.williams.edu/home/campusmap/.

THACHER PARK: Woodland Wildflowers, 10 a.m. There are just a few weeks in early spring when the sun shines through leafless trees to bring forth blooms on the forest floor. These woodland wildflowers have begun to bloom and soon will disappear. Come look for trillium, jack-in-the-pulpit, trout lily, hepatica, spring beauties, and other spring ephemerals. Meet at Paint Mine picnic area. Call 872-0800 to register.

TROY PUBLIC LIBRARY: Wagging Tales, 11 a.m. Need help with reading? Want someone to read to? Sam, the Reading Retriever is a great listener. Children can drop in or make an appointment to read a favorite book to him. 100 Second Street, Troy.

WRITING YOUR LIFE STORY: A course for those interested in writing a life story or family history will be held on Saturday, April 30, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hudson Valley Community College. Instructor Pauline Bartel will discuss the step-by-step process that transforms memories into memoirs. Learn techniques for stimulating memories, conducting personal and family history research and writing the story of your life “Writing Your Life Story” is offered through the Office of Community and Professional Education. Course fee is $43, which includes a coursebook. To register, telephone 629-7339.

Sunday, May 1

ALBANY HISTORIC FAIR: 17th Annual Albany Historic Fair, “Homegrown History: Albany’s Agricultural and Gardening Past,” noon to 4 p.m. at Historic Cherry Hill, 523 1/2 South Pearl Street, Albany. Presentations include: Albany’s Washington Park; Seeds of Growth: The Shakers and their Agricultural Industries; and Cherry Hill and the Colonial Revival Garden. There will be exhibitors, vendors, musical tunes on vintage instruments by Friends Union, House Tours, Exhibits, Scavenger Hunt, Raffle. Free admission. For more information visit www.historiccherryhill.org.

FREE SCRAPBOOKING CLASS: Do you have stacks of pictures that you keep meaning to put in alums? The Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Road, Grafton, can help you get started, just bring yourself and your pictures, they’ll provide the fun and all needed materials to make your pictures look fabulous (think birthday or anniversary presents). Classes for May will be Monday, the 2nd and 16th at 12:30, come early and join us for lunch at noon for a suggested donation of $3 for seniors 60 years of age an older. All Rensselaer County seniors welcome, reservations required for lunch appreciated for scrapbooking by calling 279-3413.

LITERACY RUN: Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities are invited to have fun and support literacy in Rensselaer County at the annual Literacy 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at the Rensselaer Tech Park. The Literacy 5K is the biggest fundraiser of the year for Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County (LVORC). Go to www.zippyreg.com to register. Race day schedule: 8 a.m. Registration, 9 a.m. Children’s Fun Run, 9:30 a.m. Youth Mile, 10 a.m. 5K Run/Walk, 11:15 a.m. Awards Ceremony.

SPRING BRUNCH: Capital Roots’ 29th Annual Spring Brunch, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Empire State Plaza Conventional Hall, S Mall Arterial, Albany. Enjoy culinary fare prepared by 125 local chefs and bakers, bid on Mother’s Day gifts and more in a silent auction, and involve your children in fun activities. Proceeds benefit Capital Roots programs including, 51 Community Gardens, the Veggie Mobile(R), the Produce Project, Healthy Stores, Squash Hunger and more. Tickets are $25 if purchased in advance and $30 at the door, children nine years and younger eat for free. Purchase tickets online at www.capitalroots.org/upcoming-events/spring-brunch/. For more information visit www.capitalroots.org or contact Capital Roots at 274-8685.

WILLIAMS CHAMBER CHOIR: The Williams College Department of Music presents the Chamber Choir under the direction of Brad Wells on Sunday, May 1 at 4 p.m. in the historic Rotunda of the Williams College Museum of Art. The 16 voice chamber choir performs American composers settings of American poets including choral music by William Schuman, Judd Greenstein ’01, Samuel Barber on poetry of Walt Whitman, Gertrude Stein, Emily Dickinson (respectively), among others. Director Brad Wells shares conducting duties with Daniel Potter ’16. Williams College Museum of Art is located at 15 Lawrence Hall Drive on the Williams College campus. See www.williams.edu/home/campusmap/

Monday, May 2

BETHLEHEM PUBLIC LIBRARY: 9:30 a.m.,Tiny Tots. Stories, songs and fingerplays for children up to age 35 months with caregiver. 6:30 p.m., Tabletop Gaming. We provide chess boards, Dominion, Munchkin, and Ticket to Ride with its USA 1910 Expansion Pack. Bring your own favorites. Snacks will be served. For adults and teens age 16 and older. 451 Delaware Avenue, Delmar.

Tuesday, May 3

BETHLEHEM PUBLIC LIBRARY: 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., Tint Tots. Stories, songs and fingerplays for children up to age 35 months with caregiver. 6:30 p.m. or 7 p.m., Chess Club. Try your hand at chess at the library. All experience levels welcome. Sign up for only one session per week. For school-age kids. 451 Delaware Avenue, Delmar.

THE MAP THIEF: Michael Blanding ’95, author of the New York Times bestseller “The Map Thief: the gripping story of an esteemed rare-map dealer who made millions stealing priceless maps” (Gotham Books, 2014), will discuss his book as part of the Williams College “Tuesday Teas” series. Blanding will speak on Tuesday, May 3, at 4 p.m. in the Sawyer Library Archives/Chapin instruction room 452. The Tuesday Teas program celebrates Williams authors and honors their writing and creative work. It is co-sponsored by the library and the Dean of the Faculty’s office. Blanding’s talk is further sponsored by the Ronald B. Moir Class of 1951 Chapin Library Fund. For building locations on the Williams campus, please call the Office of Communications at (413) 597-4277 or visit www.williams.edu/map.

TO LIFE! GALA: Help To Life! celebrate 18 years of service to women and families in the greater Capital Region dealing with breast cancer. Join Honorary Chairs Steven and Nancy Lerner; Mistress of Ceremonies Benita Zahn (WNYT Health Reporter) as St. Mary’s Cancer Treatment Center, Troy receives the “Extra Mile Award” and Susan Abbuhl and Linda Fox, (Resource Volunteers) receive the “You’re An Angel Award”. The Gala will take place on Tuesday, May 3, from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Franklin Plaza in Troy. Tickets for the Gala can be obtained by contacting the To Life! office at 439-5975 or by registering online at www.tolife.org. Tickets are $50 in advance or $55 at the door. Proceeds from the event stay local to provide educational programs and support services for women and families dealing with breast cancer.

Wednesday, May 4

BETHLEHEM PUBLIC LIBRARY: 9:30 a.m., Family Storytime. Stories, songs and activities for children up to age 6 with family. 6 p.m., Meet the Candidates Night. Library trustee candidates will be on hand to answer questions about their goals for the library. 6:30 p.m., Origami Club: Star Wars edition. May the Fourth be with you. Stop by for some Star Wars origami or bring your own project to work on. For kids and families. 451 Delaware Avenue, Delmar.

GOOGLE ADVERTISING SEMINAR: An exclusive Google partners digital live stream event will be held on May 4 at Manfred RELC, 920 Albany Shaker Road, Latham. Join the fun and learn from Google experts. 11:30 a.m., registration/networking and pizza; noon to 1 p.m., Live stream Google presentation – Fred Vallaeys, a longtime expert in AdWords, will speak about how small businesses can better navigate the web and expand their online presence through smarter customer insights; 1 to1:30 p.m., Google Plus for Business and Q&A with Google partner Darcy Knapp. Tickets are free. The event is sponsored by Google. Register at https://partnersconnect.withgoogle.com/event/darcy-knapp-consulting-inc.

HEALING SERVICE: The Rev. Kathy Alonge-Coons will celebrate A Prayer and Praise Healing Service at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 4 at Grace Church, 34 Third Street, Waterford. Deacon Denise Moore will assist. The public is welcome. Healing services will be held on the first Wednesday of each month. For more information, call the Episcopal parish at 237-7370 or visit gracewaterford.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. Upcoming T.O.P.S. Trips include: June 8-10 Trip planned for a performance of “Samson” at the Millennium Theatre in Lancaster, Pennsylvania; December 9-11, Capital Christmas at Washington DC. For prices and details, please call Sylvia at-478-3338. Please leave a message.

TROY PUBLIC LIBRARY: Family Storytime, 10 a.m. Share stories, songs, movement and a simple craft. For children up to age 5 with a parent or caregiver. Main library, 100 Second Street, Troy.

WILLIAMS CHINESE MUSIC ENSEMBLE: The Williams College Department of Music presents the Chinese Music Ensemble, giving their premiere performance. The concert takes place in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4. Using the Chinese instruments erhu, pipa, zheng, zhongruan, dizi, with piano and cello, the ensemble performs stylistically varied regional music of China and the distinctive music of the ethnic minorities. This free event is open to the public. Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall is located at 54 Chapin Hall Drive in Bernhard Music Center on the Williams College campus. See www.williams.edu/home/campusmap/

Thursday, May 5

BETHLEHEM PUBLIC LIBRARY: 9:30 p.m., Family Storytime. Stories, songs and activities for children up to age 6 with family. 10:15 a.m., On My Own. Stories, songs and fun for children age 3-6 while parents wait at our cafe tables. 3:45 p.m., Paws to Read. Bring a book and read to a gentle dog who loves stories. Grade 1-5. 451 Delaware Avenue, Delmar.

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: 116th Annual Dinner {with a twist} & Business Expo. All-night networking with a business expo featuring 55 member businesses. 55 Chamber member expo booths. More than 500 Regional Professionals. The Franklin Plaza, Downtown Troy. 5:30 p.m. Registration & Networking. 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. Networking, Lavish Food Stations, Expo Booths and Decadent Dessert Room. 8:30 p.m. After Party. $120 members; $240 future members; $1,495 Chairman Circle Table of 10. Register at renscochamber.com/events.

CHICKEN BBQ: The Rotary Club of Cohoes will hold a Giffy’s Chicken Barbecue Thursday, May 5, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Cohoes Community Center, 22-40 Remsen Street. Cost is $10. Dinner will include half chicken, baked potato, coleslaw, roll, butter, cookie, and beverage. Advance tickets can be reserved online by emailing chickenbbq@rotaryclubofcohoes.org or by calling 235-4311. Dinners are take out only.

ST. JOSEPH’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH: St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, located at 600 State Street (corner of State and Lafayette Streets), Schenectady,has announced its Ascension of the Lord Mass Schedule, which is a holy day of obligation. On Thursday, May 5, the Masses will be at 12:15 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. There will be not be a vigil Mass. The public is cordially invited. St. Joseph’s Church is handicapped accessible and parking is available in the parking lot behind the Church. More information is available by calling 374-4466, Ext. 13.

Friday, May 6

CONSULTING ALLIANCE: The Consulting Alliance is happy to announce Richard Frederick,an experienced entrepreneur and angel investor, and a co- founder of the Eastern NY Angels (ENYA) as its May lunchtime Speaker. Frederick will discuss Angel investing, and how that fits in to the Funding continuum. He’ll also review what’s going on with angel investing in the Capital Region and nationally. The presentation will also discuss the state of affairs of start ups in the Capital Region and roles consultants can play with emerging companies. This program is open to the public and will take place on Friday, May 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Wolferts Roost Country Club, 120 Van Rensselaer Blvd., Menands. The cost is $20 for members and $25 for guests. Online reservations are required and can be made at www.consultingalliance.org.

FIRST FRIDAY DEVOTIONAL SERVICES: St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, located at 600 State Street, (corner of State and Lafayette Streets), Schenectady, is announcing its special First Friday Devotional Services. On Friday, May 6, following the 12:15 p.m. Mass, there will be Devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, including exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. The public is cordially invited. St. Joseph’s Church is handicapped accessible and parking is available in the parking lot behind the Church. More information is available by calling 374-4466, Ext. 13.

THE HANGAR: The Nashville power trio SIMO kicks off the spring lineup at The Hangar, 675 River Street, Troy. The show starts at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 6. Tickets for this event are $10 and are available at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2537172 or at the door day of show.

SENIOR MEMBERSHIP MEETING: On Friday, May 6, 11:00 a.m. there will be a Membership Meeting at the Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Road, Grafton. All members are welcome and encouraged to attend. Join us and be a part of the decisions that affect your senior center. Stay for our noon meal after the meeting, entree Beef Chili, for a suggested donation of $3. To make reservations for lunch, call the center at 279-3485.

SPRING THRIFT & PLANT SALE: The United Methodist Women of the First United Methodist Church of East Greenbush is having their Spring Thrift and Plant Sale May 6, 5 to 8 p.m. and May 7, 9 a.m. to noon. Saturday is bag day. There will be many different items from household, clothing to toys as well as a snack bar. All proceeds go to mission projects. The First United Methodist Church is located at 1 Gilligan Road, off of 9 and 20 in East Greenbush.

Saturday, May 7

BLUEGRASS MASS: Internationally famous bluegrass band Monroe Crossing performs The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass with the Battenkill Chorale on Saturday, May 7 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 8, at 4 p.m., at Immaculate Conception Church, 73 Main Street, Hoosick Falls. In addition to performing with the Chorale, Monroe Crossing will play an entire set of music from their bluegrass repertoire. These concerts will be Monroe Crossing’s only northeast appearance in 2016 and are scheduled between their Korean and European tours. Tickets are $15 and can be reserved by calling 692-7458 or emailing jen.braucher@gmail.com.

CELEBRATE MOM GARDEN PARTY: Give Mom a first look at the new Drawing Room Carpet at Hyde Hall, and treat her to tea and sweets in the dining room of our 200-year old English-style country mansion. Hyde Hall silver and other artifacts from the collection will be on display. Presentation on the new Hyde Hall Carpets. Maypole dancing, book signing, dramatic readings, and live music. May 7, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Guided tours from the East Portico every half hour until 4 p.m. Free and open to the public. Hyde Hall, 267 Glimmerglass State Park Road, Cooperstown. Visit HydeHall.org for more information.

COMIC JAM WORKSHOP: Ira Marcks will be at the Troy Public Library, 100 Second Street, on Saturday, May 7, from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. to host a Comic Jam Workshop. A comic jam is a collaborative drop-in event in which you can contribute to an existing project or develop your own. It is about using your imagination with other creative people. Fun for artists of all ages. No previous experience necessary. Drop in for a few minutes or stay for the whole time. This program is free and open to the public. Please make reservations by calling the library at 274-7071 or online at www.thetroylibrary.org, so that the library can have an idea of how many people to expect.

COMMUNITY YARD SALE: The Melrose Methodist Church, 20 Church Street, Melrose, will participate in the Community Wide Yard Sale on May 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All types of household goods, books, and many other things; you have to come to see. Plus bake sale and BBQ chicken lunch – great deals.

GENEALOGY ONLINE: Senior Librarian Stephanie Barrett will demonstrate the Ancestry Library online database, which is accessible at the New York State Library, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the New York State Library 7th floor Computer Classroom, Cultural Education Center, 222 Madison Avenue, Albany. Learn how to access Census records, genealogy and history book, maps and other resources included in this database, as well as the resources on Ancestry NYS page which are freely available to all New Yorkers. Stephanie will also demonstrate search tips and strategies, how to save records, printing, and how to create a family tree via Ancestry. Seating is limited and registration is required. To register online go to http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/programs/ or e-mail NYSLTRN@nysed.gov or call 474-2274. Please let us know if any reasonable accommodation is required (Americans with Disabilities Act) at least three business days prior to the program date.

GRAFTON LAKES STATE PARK: I Love My Park Day from 9 a.m. to noon. Come show your favorite park some love. Join in a day of service in the park. Work on trails and beautify the park for Spring. Projects available for families as well as adults. Morning refreshments for all, plus free T-shirts for early registrants (before April 10). RSVP here: https://ptny.wufoo.com/forms/i-love-my-park-day-volunteer-registrationcapdist/ For information, call 279-1155.

THE HANGAR: Singer songwriter Robbie Fulks returns to Troy with his band to tour his new record. “Upland Stories. Upland Stories” continues Fulks’ legacy as a pioneer of the “Alternative Country” genre, with sprinkles of pedal steel, drums, electric guitar, and keyboards – expanding the sound of that acoustic set. Fulks’ richly emotional storytelling is illuminated by his instrumental prowess and emotional voice. The show starts at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at The Hangar, 675 River Street. Tickets for this event are $20 and are available at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2540614 or at the door on the day of the show.

MOUNTAIN ROAD MUD DUMP: What is the Great Mountain Road Mud Dump? Mountain Road School is challenging a few stalwart souls to pour a bucket of mud over their heads for the school. If they have 20 “mud bucketeers” with 20 sponsors at $20 each, they’ll raise $8,000. Kids are welcome to join in the fun but they need to have at least one $20 sponsor. May 7, noon, on the field at Mountain Road School, 4565 County Route 9, East Nassau/New Lebanon. Admission is free, however you must have at least one $20 sponsor for the privilege of dumping mud on your head for Mountain Road School. Each mud dump will be filmed and sent to the sponsors. Mud bucketeers are encouraged to rinse off in the Kinderhook Creek (but we’ll have a hose available too). To become a Mud Bucketeer, e-mail director@mountainroadschool.org. To become a sponsor, go to https://www.nycharities.org/give/donate.aspx?cc=2844.

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER: Grace Church will lead a Community National Day of Prayer service at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at 34 Third Street, Waterford. The Rev. Kathy Alonge-Coons, Grace Church vicar, will lead the prayerful service. Deacon Denise Moore will assist. A prayer walk through the village will follow. Parishioners of other Waterford and Cohoes churches have been invited. Persons of every faith are asked to pray for our nation and the world as they face tough economic times and other concerns. For information, contact Deacon Denise Moore at 237-7370 or email her at dmoore12@nycap.rr.com or visit www.gracewaterford.org.

NEW YORK STATE LIBRARY: David Fiske, “The Kidnapping of Free Citizens before the Civil War,” 1:30 p.m., New York State Library 7th floor Librarian’s Room, Cultural Education Center, 222 Madison Avenue, Albany.The film “12 Years a Slave” told of Solomon Northup’s kidnapping and enslavement before the Civil War, but Northup’s victimization was not an isolated incident. This presentation will explain how kidnappers could operate with relative ease, and tell about several of the victims included in David Fiske’s recent book, “Solomon Northup’s Kindred.” Mr. Fiske will be signing copies of the book at the event. To register online go to http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/programs/ or e-mail NYSLTRN@nysed.gov or call 518-474-2274.

RUN FOR HOPE 5K: Church Street Preschool, Valatie, Saturday, May 7, 9:15 a.m. Kids Fun Run, 9:30 a.m. 5K Walk/Run. Run for Hope is a special fundraiser in its second year to honor Hope Oakes and to raise scholarship funds for students who have suffered the loss of a parent. For more information please visit http://www.churchstreetpreschool.org/.

SAND LAKE CENTER FOR THE ARTS: Join Sand Lake Center for the Arts on May 7 at 8 p.m. as they bring you a night of great music, featuring those wooden warriors of the strings, the Bernstein Bard Trio, who for this special evening expand to a quartet with the ever popular Uduboy of Music himself, Mr. Brian Melick with his stylistic drumming and percussion. Tickets are $18. Adults, under 18, $10. For prepaid reservations or for more information go to www.slca-ctp.org or call 674-2007. This is the third concert of our 2016 Squire Jacob Coffeehouse Concert Series. SLCA is located at 2880 NY 43, Averill Park, is handicapped accessible with plenty of free parking.

SPRING THRIFT & PLANT SALE: The United Methodist Women of the First United Methodist Church of East Greenbush is having their Spring Thrift and Plant Sale May 7 from 9 a.m.-noon. Saturday is bag day. There will be many different items from household, clothing to toys as well as a snack bar. All proceeds go to mission projects. The First United Methodist Church is located at 1 Gilligan Road, off of 9&20, in East Greenbush.

TAG & BAKE SALE: Pittstwon Volunteer Emergency Corps Tag & Bake Sale, rain or shine, Saturday, May 7, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 60 Parker School Road, Johnsonville. To donate items please call PVEC at 663-8136 or Jessica at 522-5963.

TEXAS HOLD’EM TOURNAMENT: West Sand Lake Volunteer Fire Department Texas Hold’Em Poker Tournament, May 7, 1 p.m., West Sand Lake Fire Department Hall, 3695 NY Route 43. Doors open at noon. $25 FD entry donation. $50 Buy-in goes to prize pool. $20 additional Add-On available. 50/50 raffle available. Free refreshments and lunch will be served. All walk-ins welcome. Bring your family and friends. For more information call Dennis at 283-2252 or the Fire Hall on the day of the event at 674-3677.

Sunday, May 8

BLUEGRASS MASS: Internationally famous bluegrass band Monroe Crossing performs The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass with the Battenkill Chorale on Saturday, May 7 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 8, at 4 p.m., at Immaculate Conception Church, 73 Main Street, Hoosick Falls. In addition to performing with the Chorale, Monroe Crossing will play an entire set of music from their bluegrass repertoire. These concerts will be Monroe Crossing’s only northeast appearance in 2016 and are scheduled between their Korean and European tours. Tickets are $15 and can be reserved by calling 692-7458 or emailing jen.braucher@gmail.com.

MONTHLY BREAKFAST: Bring mom to breakfast. The Valley Falls VFW post, 1938 Poplar Ave, will be having their monthly breakfast Sunday, May 8, from 8 a.m. -11 a.m. Menu is eggs made to order, French toast, pancakes, sausage, bacon, toast, hash browns, coffee, juice, fruit and biscuits with sausage gravy. Cost: adults 13 and over $8, children 5-12 $4. Please come support the ladies and the servicemen and women.

Monday, May 9

HONOR A DECEASED VETERAN: The Rensselaer County Honor a Deceased Veteran Program will honor Mr. Irving Mason at this month’s ceremony on May 9 at 0830 in the Legislative Chambers, Third Floor of the County Office Bldg. located at 1600 Seventh Avenue, Troy. Irving proudly served his country in the United States Army as a Heavy Equipment Mechanic during The Korean War. After the war, Irving married his wife Shirley and began a family in Grafton. He was employed as an Operating Engineer for Troy Sand and Gravel Company, as well as being a Log Foreman for Rynard Gundrum. Irving served his community as a Road Superintendent and a Councilman. He was a Life Member of the Grafton VFW Post 6340 and a 25-year volunteer with the Grafton Fire Company. For more information contact the Rensselaer County Veterans Service Agency at 270-2760.

Wednesday, May 11

SPECIAL DINNER: On Wednesday May 11, the Nutrition Department of the Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Road, Grafton, will hold its monthly special dinner at noon. This month’s theme will be “Mother’s Day”, menu will be; Sea Legs Salad w/Lettuce, Macaroni Salad, Tomato & Onion Salad, Hard Roll, Strawberry Ice Cream for dessert. Entertainment will begin at 12:30 p.m. with Sal Graziano. A wonderful complete lunch is available to all Rensselaer County Seniors age 60 and older Monday thru Friday at noon for a suggested contribution of $3. Stop in anytime Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a complete monthly menu and activities calendar. Please call 279-3485 to make your reservations for lunch.

Friday, May 13

CHATHAM BOOKSTORE: Reception and Conversation on Collecting Art at Chatham Bookstore May 13, 5 to 7 p.m. All welcome. Come join a conversation about a piece of art from your house (or anyone else’s) that has been particularly meaningful to you in your life. Share your story or simply enjoy listening. Exhibit includes work from five local friends who will share their love for the art they live with. The show entitled “Off the Wall: The Pleasures of Collecting Art” runs from April 18 through May 31. Free, refreshments. Live at the Chatham Bookstore, 27 Main Street, Chatham. For more information call 392-3005 or visit https://chathambookstore.com/.

JAMES CONNOLLY: The site of the onetime home in Troy of James Connolly, a Republican Socialist labor organizer and leader of the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin, will be marked with a permanent sign during a ceremony in Troy, N.Y., Saturday, May 14, close to the 100th anniversary of Connolly’s execution by firing squad. The evening before the commemoration and sign unveiling, the James Connolly Songs of Freedom Band will perform in the Oakwood Community Center, 313 10th St., Troy, in the neighborhood where Connolly lived. Mat Callahan and Yvonne Moore will perform songs whose words were written by Connolly and songs about Connolly. Suggested donation for the concert is $10 at the door, with reduced prices for students and the unemployed.

Saturday, May 14

ANNUAL PLANT SALE: save the morning of Saturday May 14 for the annual plant sale at the Elks Club in East Greenbush. The plants are dug from members’ gardens, so you never know what bargains you’ll find. The proceeds of this sale are used to fund children’s gardening grants, garden therapy at Van Rensselaer Manor, civic beautification projects and free horticultural programs.

BAKE, BLOOM & BOOK SALE: The much anticipated Bake, Bloom and Book Sale sponsored by the Friends of the Cohoes Public Library will be held on May 14, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Cohoes Public Library at 169 Mohawk Street. This popular event sells beautiful locally grown plants and delicious homemade baked goods, and features a popular book sale. It will be held rain or shine. Plants may be pre-ordered by calling the library at 235-2570 or email Carol.Edwards@gmail.com. Additional info at www.CohoesPublicLibrary.org.

JAMES CONNOLLY: The site of the onetime home in Troy of James Connolly, a Republican Socialist labor organizer and leader of the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin, will be marked with a permanent sign during a ceremony in Troy on Saturday, May 14, close to the 100th anniversary of Connolly’s execution by firing squad. The May 14 event, organized by the Commemorating Connolly in Troy Committee of the James Connolly Irish Republican Club, will include the unveiling of the permanent historic sign. It will begin at 1 p.m. at 447 10th St., the site of a house where Connolly lived. Connolly lived in Troy between 1903 and 1905, first with his cousin Margaret Hume and her family in the 10th Street home, and then with his wife and children around the corner at 96 Ingalls Ave.

Monday, May 16

FREE SCRAPBOOKING CLASS: Do you have stacks of pictures that you keep meaning to put in alums? The Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Road, Grafton, can help you get started, just bring yourself and your pictures, they’ll provide the fun and all needed materials to make your pictures look fabulous (think birthday or anniversary presents). Classes for May will be Monday, the 2nd and 16th at 12:30, come early and join us for lunch at noon for a suggested donation of $3 for seniors 60 years of age an older. All Rensselaer County seniors welcome, reservations required for lunch appreciated for scrapbooking by calling 279-3413.

Upcoming

R.A.D. FOR SENIORS: A self defense course through the Office of the Albany County District Attorney geared specifically to seniors. The 10-session program at the Bethlehem Public Library instructs participants in physical defense techniques and defensive strategies, all with an understanding of the specific concerns that are unique to seniors. Open to men and women 55 and older. *No classes May 11 and 13. Must attend all sessions. 1:30 p.m.- 3 p.m. Sign up online at bethlehempubliclibrary.org or call 439-9314. 451 Delaware Avenue, Delmar.

SOUTH PACIFIC: Join Sand Lake Center for the Arts – Circle Theatre Players as they present the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic musical “South Pacific.” Music by Richard Rogers, Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein ll, book by Oscar Hammerstein ll and Joshua Logan, adapted from the Pulitzer-Prize winning novel, “Tales of the South Pacific” by James A. Michener, presented by special arrangement with R&H Theatricals: www.rnh.com. Directed by Deborah Dorman. The play opens May 13 and continues May 14,19,20, and 21 at 8 p.m., and May 15 and 22 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 adults, $10 under 18. Prepaid reservations can be made at www.slca-ctp.org, or call674-2007. SLCA is located at 2880 NY 43, Averill Park, and is fully handicapped accessible, with free parking.

HUDSON OPERA HOUSE EXHIBIT: The Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street, Hudson, opens its fall season with an exhibition of work by Kenneth Polinskie, an internationally recognized master of hand papermaking and pulp painting. Polinskie’s work uses nature as a metaphor to represent complex predicaments of the human condition, and animals, plants and figurative subjects to create a personal visual folklore that examines myth, passion, puns and self- reflection. In this solo exhibition, recent works in ink and water color on handmade abaca and cotton paper will be shown for the first time. The exhibition runs through May 29.

STEAMER NO. 10 THEATRE: April Vacation Daze, April 25-29, 500 Western Avenue, Albany. April 25, Catskill Puppets, “Lion’s Whiskers,” 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. April 26, Silly Billy Magic, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. April 27, Bert the Nerd, Juggler Extraordinaire, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. April 28, ventriloquist Steve Charney, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. April 29, Dan Butterworth Marionettes, “Carnaval del Mundo,” 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. $15 General Admission; advance purchase discount available. For more information call 438-5503, email info@steamer10theatre.org or visit www.steamer10theatre.org.

GREENBUSH GARDEN CLUB GRANTS: Greenbush Garden Club is once again offering $250 grants for children’s gardening programs in southern Rensselaer County. For information and an application please contact greenbushgardener@gmail.com or call Diane at 308-9613. The grant application must be submitted by April 30.

SPEIGLE ELDERS BOWLING: The Speigle Elders bowling league will wrap up this season with several planned events: Hi-Lo on Monday, April 25 and the Awards Banquet held at the Alpha Lanes on Friday, April 29. The league is seeking full-time and substitute bowlers. Anyone interested in joining the non-sanctioned league in September is invited to the open/practice sessions at noon on Fridays throughout the summer months. During the season, the bowling league meets at noon on Mondays at the Alpha Lanes in Lansingburgh with open/practice bowling on Fridays.

SPRING BREAK CAMP: Rebecca Andrews of Playful Performing Arts is back to teach the Spring Break Video Game and Cartoon Mashup Camp at Sand Lake Center for the Arts. What happens when your favorite video game and cartoon characters meet and their worlds collide? You decide. In this class you’ll use video games and cartoons as a basis for drama and improv, sing cartoon theme songs, and explore movement and dance with video game soundtracks. Campers will create their own video game and cartoon mashup skit to perform for parents during the final class. Rated E for everyone. April 25-29 from 10 a.m. to noon. For ages 5-10. $60. per child – 1/2 scholarships are available. For more information go to www.slca-ctp.org or call 674-2007.

RENSSELAER PUBLIC LIBRARY BOOK SALE: The Friends of the Rensselaer Public Library will host their Spring Book and Media Sale at 676 East St. in Rensselaer across from the Amtrak parking lot. Items include good used books, DVDs, CDs, children’s books, and games all of which were donated to the library and presorted by the Friends. The Friends’ book sales enable it to support library programs such as the children’s summer reading program and teen programs. The sale runs Thurs. May 5, 4 to 8 p.m.; Fri. May 6, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat. May 7, 9 a.m. to noon and bag sale noon to 3 p.m. Other events Gift Basket Raffle & Membership Drive. For more information call the library at 462-1193.

ELKS SCHOLARSHIPS: The Rensselaer Elks Lodge B.P.O.E. will present the 2016 Jack Stewart/Ann Collins Memorial Scholarships to one male and one female high school senior from each of the following schools: Averill Park, Columbia, Maple Hill and Rensselaer High Schools A total of eight $500 scholarships will be awarded. Students in these high schools may obtain a scholarship application in the guidance-counseling centers of their schools. Completed applications must be returned to the counseling center by Wednesday, May 18. Judging will be performed during the last week in May. During the last week of May each of the scholarship winners will be notified by mail of their success. Scholarship award winners will be presented with their awards at the Flag Day ceremony to be held at the Rensselaer Elks Lodge B.P.O.E. 2073 in early June.

HIGHLIGHT ACTING TROUPE: The Highlight Acting Troupe presents “Four Weddings And An Elvis” on April 24 at 2 p.m. at the Brunswick Grange, Rt. 7 and 142. “Four Weddings and an Elvis”, written by Nancy Frick, will be directed by Andrew Osterhout with Dianne DeSantis & Bryan Jackson assisting. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and students. For reservations call Tina at 272-7558.

ICONOGRAPHY CLASSES: Mico DiArpo will be teaching classes on Iconography writing (painting) at the American Italian Heritage Museum, at 1227 Central Ave, Albany. Mico is an internationally collected master fresco artist and iconographer. Her work is in the loving arms of churches and private clients from around the world. Classes start on May 2. and will be held on Monday evenings for the first four weeks of May. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and classes will run from 6:30 p.m. until approximately 8:30 p.m. All supplies needed for completion of your own, hand painted Icon will be provided at the first class. The total cost to participate in these classes is $160, including a $50 deposit by April 29, and $110 on the evening of first class. Please call Mico at 271-1316 for more information and to make your reservation to attend. Call early as classes fill up fast and class size is limited to ensure personalized instruction as needed.

SPRING WORKSHOP SERIES: Practical training opportunities are in. Designed to address issues of value to you and your organization, Capital Region Theological Center has partnered with Krieger Solutions, LLC to offer a series of half-day workshops in May to bolster your business acumen, organize your workspace and even silence the busyness with sessions focusing on spirituality. Programs include Dealing with Difficult Behavior, Delcutter Your Workspace – Systems for Staying Organized, and Building Strong, Engaged Boards. As a special introductory offer, tuition will only be $59 for early registrations, with discounts for groups. Learn more and register today: http://kriegersolutions.com/news/public-training-programs/.

GNOSIS – FINDING INNER SILENCE: The Troy Public Library, 100 Second Street, will offer Gnosis – Finding Inner Silence on Monday, April 25 at 6 p.m. This will be a public lecture introducing the concept of gnosis. April 25, 4 Ways to Know Self. Each lecture will be followed by a brief guided meditation. Presented by Patricia Gallagher. This program is free and open to the public. For more information and to register please call the library at 274-7071.

CHILDREN’S THEATER PROGRAM: The Highlight Acting Troupe is sponsoring a 2 week theater program for children 6-14 at the Brittonkill Central School District Auditorium from July 11-22. The program costs $200, and runs from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Registration and a deposit is due by May 29. In the morning the children will be divided into two groups. Ages 6-9 will go on a story book adventure to learn the fundamentals of acting. Children 10-14 will create their own character and bring it to life. In the afternoon the children will work on their performance while learning acting, music, dance, improve and set design. The last day will include a luncheon for the families followed by the children’s performance. For further information call Ethel at 237-6936 or email Highlightacting@yahoo.com. Visit www.highlightacting.com for a registration form and brochure.

SCHENECTADY CIVIC PLAYERS: “Clybourne Park” by Bruce Norris. Directed by Chris Foster. May 6,7,8 and 11 thru 15. Fridays & Saturdays at 8 p.m., Wednesday & Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Schenectady Civic Players, 12 S. Church St., Schenectady. $17. 382-2081 or www.civicplayers.org.

IMAGINING THE AMERICAN WEST: “Imaging the American West: Selections from The Metropolitan Museum of Art” will be on exhibition in the New York State Museum’s West Gallery through July 17. The exhibition features 48 paintings, works on paper, and sculptures from the permanent collections of three curatorial departments: The American Wing; Drawings and Prints; and Modern and Contemporary Art. Artists represented in the exhibition include Albert Bierstadt, Paul Manship, Georgia O’Keeffe, Frederic Remington, and Charles M. Russell. Located at 222 Madison Avenue in Albany, the Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

SHAKESPEARE EXHIBIT: From now until Oct. 11, Williams College’s Chapin Library will host an exhibition marking the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare: “‘While Thy Booke Doth Live’: Shakespeare and His World.” The exhibition is located in room 406 of Sawyer Library. Drawn from the rich holdings of the Chapin Library, the exhibition features works by Shakespeare in original editions, including all of the Folios, the 1640 edition of Shakespeare’s Poems, and late 17th-century printings and adaptations of some of his plays. Also in the display are books which put Shakespeare in the context of English history and the theatres of London, works he used as source material for his plays. The exhibit is open to the public, free of charge, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For building locations on the Williams campus, please call the Office of Communications (413) 597-4277 or visit www.williams.edu/map.

TEXTILE HISTORY FORUM: Hyde Hall, the 1817 Regency Mansion of George Clarke, will host this year’s Textile History Forum April 29-30 and May 1. Different and exciting, this year’s Forum will be a hands-on working project to identify, date, and catalog the surviving drapery fabrics and trims from the Dining Room and Drawing Room of the Great House. This is an extraordinary opportunity to do hands-on curatorial work with a rare and amazing collection of surviving drapery fabrics. The Forum will be limited to 30 participants. The three-day event will include lunches and one reception and dinner at Hyde Hall. Cost for the Forum is $225 for three days. Single day registration is available. For information and registration, contact Rabbit Goody at Thistle Hill Weavers, 284-2729; rabbitgoodythw@gmail.com or Jonathan Maney, Director, Hyde Hall, (607) 547-5098 Extension 3. A complete schedule is available at http://hydehall.org/2016-textile-history-forum/.

AUCTION OF EPOCH PROPORTIONS: Prepare yourself … for the Auction of Epoch Proportions, an online silent auction. Taking place online only between April 25 – May 6, you’ll find art, services, collectibles, culinary delights and incredible experiences, family fun, and beyond. All auction purchases will support the Paleontological Research Institute’s endeavors in accessible earth science enrichment and education, research, collections, and its two public education venues, the Museum of the Earth and Cayuga Nature Center. Visit priweb.org/epochauction and join the Facebook event to stay up to date on auction items and details.

ALBANY WALKING TOURS: A guided walking tour on the second Thursday of each month, highlighting downtown Albany’s historic places and magnificent architecture. The free tours depart the Albany Visitors Center at Quackenbush Square at 11 a.m. on Thursdays May 12, June 9, July 14, August 11, September 8 and October 13. For more information call 434-0405.

ADAPTIVE LEADERSHIP: This one-day workshop will help leaders and teams understand the adaptive change that is needed in today’s church and how to manage the anxiety that change brings. You’ll gain practical tools to offer wise, resilient leadership as your church engages the hard and important work of deep change, without losing what is essential to your tradition and beliefs. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Community Congregational Church of Clinton Heights, Rensselaer. $75pp (group discounts available). For Tickets, visit: http://tinyurl.com/adaptlead.

COHOES PUBLIC LIBRARY: Choose Cohoes for Art (CCfA) will be hosting the CAS VI on June 11 to 12 at the Cohoes Music Hall. Artists interested in being in that showcase can email info@ChooseCohoesForArt.org. A complete schedule of events scheduled for that week is available at www.CohoesPublicLibrary.org and on their Facebook page. 169 Mohawk Street, Cohoes.

SORELLE GALLERY: Sorelle Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition entitled “Contrast,” featuring work by Lori Eubanks and the late Kathi Blinn. Eubanks and Blinn use seemingly opposing color palettes and approaches to their subject matter, which, when viewed alongside one another, illustrate a difference in perception that is as bold as it is intriguing. “Contrast” will remain on display through May 6. For more information, visit www.sorellegallery.com or call 482-2000.

ELMER A GROGAN SCHOLARSHIP: Applications are being accepted for the scholarship award of $250 for the best essay on “What Freedom Means To Me” by a graduating senior from Brunswick Central School District or Berlin Central School District who is continuing on with his or her education. The essay should not be less than 250 words or not more than 500 words. The scholarship is being given by the Carner, Etman, Smith V.F.W. Post 6340 in memory of a former member Elmer A. Grogan. The deadline for applications is April 29. Applications are available at the guidance counselor offices of both high schools and should be mailed to Carner, Etman, Smith V.F.W. Post 6340, PO Box 361, Grafton, NY 12082, attn: Commander Richard Terpening.

BOOK & MEDIA SALE: From April 21 to 24 the Friends of the East Greenbush Community Library will host its spring 2016 Huge Book & Media Sale at the East Greenbush Community Library at 10 Community Way, East Greenbush. Items include good used books, DVDs, CDs and computer games, all of which were donated to the library and presorted for the sale. The sale runs April 24 (bag sale), 1 to 3 p.m. Friends’ book sales enable it to support library program and services. For more information, call the East Greenbush Community Library at 477-7476.

CALL FOR ARTISTS: Choose Cohoes for Art is inviting all artists in Albany, Rensselaer and Saratoga counties to participate in their 6th annual Cohoes Artist Showcase on June 11 & 12. This year it will be held at the Cohoes Music Hall and will be expanding to include authors. The deadline for entry is May 9. Artists are invited to talk about their art in scheduled time slots. For complete information and an entry form, contact info@ChooseCohoesForArt.org and on their Facebook page.

ALBANY HIGH CLASS OF 1956: 60th High School Reunion, Friday, May 13: informal get-together at Hilton Garden Inn, Colonie, 6 p.m. Saturday, May 14: 11:30 a.m., Luncheon at Shaker Ridge Country Club; 6 p.m., Dinner at Shaker Ridge Country Club. If you know of any other classmates who have not been contacted, please contact Richard Seiden (869-1561), Roy Jules Kantrowitz (279-1877, Roybevk@aol.com) or Preston Harriman (pwh1939@verizon.net).

BENNINGTON COUNTY CHORAL SOCIETY: The Bennington County Choral Society is preparing for its music scholarship auditions. This year the Choral Society will award up to two $400 scholarships to talented high school musicians from Bennington County and the neighboring towns of Williamstown, Petersburgh, Hoosick, White Creek, Cambridge and North Adams. The auditions will be held on Saturday, April 30 at the Second Congregational Church in Bennington. Those interested in more information of an application for the audition shuold contact Mr. Paul J. Lambert at (413)884-4334 or pjjlambert@yahoo.com. Learn more about the BCCS at https://bccsmusic.wordpress.com or at facebook.com/BenningtonCountyChoralSociety.

GREENBUSH GARDEN GRANTS: Greenbush Garden Club is once again offering $250 grants for children’s gardening programs in southern Rensselaer County. For information and an application please contact greenbushgardener@gmail.com. The grant application must be submitted by April 30.

MOUNTAIN ROAD SUMMER CAMP: Mountain Road School (MRS) in New Lebanon is a small progressive independent school serving between 45 and 60 children during the school year from preschool through eighth grade and an additional 50 children during the summer. Sign up for one week of Summer Camp or all four: July 18-22, July 25-29, August 1-5, August 8-12, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuition for one week for first child $250. $200 for additional children. Additional weeks, $200 per child. Register at http://mountainroadschool.org/summer-camp/camp-registration-form/.

LYME DISEASE FORUMS: The Capital Region Chapter of the Empire State Lyme Disease Association will hold Open Forum support group meetings on Wednesday, April 27 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Ave. Delmar. The Open Forum meetings provide an opportunity for participants to raise questions, exchange ideas and experiences, make connections, and locate resources, drawing from the extensive experience of the other support group members. Anyone with questions about Lyme disease is welcome to attend. The meeting is free and open to the public.

SPEIGLE ELDERS AMISH TRIP: The Speigle Elders are sponsoring a three day/two night bus trip to the Amish County in Lancaster County, PA on May 16-18. The travel package includes motor coach transportation, two nights lodging, two breakfasts, two dinners, performance of “Sampson” at the famed Sight and Sound Theater, guided tours, souvenir gift, luggage handling, and ALL taxes and gratuities (bus driver, maid service, meals). All inclusive price for double occupancy is $354 per person and due at time of reservation. Other room accommodation prices and cancellation insurance available upon request. Contact trip chairperson Bertha Lattimore at 235-1325 for reservations, payment address and further information.

GUIDED MEDITATION: The Troy Public Library will offer Guided Meditation classes at its Main and Lansingburgh branches. Sessions include basic guided meditation instruction, practice and discussion. Learn how this technique helps reduce stress and improve energy, focus, self-esteem, balance, self-control, improved health, relationships, productivity and much more. Beginners are always welcome. Free and open to all. No registration is required. Classes led by Ray Reuter from the Empowerment Exchange will be held at the Lansingburgh branch, 27 114th Street, on Wednesdays, through April 27 from 2 to 3 p.m.

PHOTO EXHIBIT: Photographic Expressions Studio & Gallery, LLC (455 Broadway, Troy) Showing contemporary photographically based works. PHOTO21 exhibition will be featured through June 24. This group of photographic images explores the boundaries of photographic art in the 21st Century. Included in “PHOTO21” are mixed media and photographically based works by Jennifer Jeffers, Chad Kleitsch, Chris St. Cyr, Courtney Stannard, Jeremy Starn, and Thom Williams. All are welcome. Call 621-5360 for more information.

ASSOCIATION FOR TALENT DEVELOPMENT: The Hudson-Mohawk Chapter of the Association for Talent Development will host a full-day Summit on Friday, May 13. The event starts with registration, networking & breakfast buffet at 8 a.m. with Keynote address at 8:45 to 10 a.m. and workshop sessions beginning at 10:30 a.m. This all day training event is at the Hilton Garden Inn Troy, 235 Hoosick Street,Troy. Members rat, $170; not-yet-members, $190. For more information on ATD, go to www.hmatd.org

MUSLIM JOURNEYS: In a unique collaboration, the New York Council for the Humanities has joined forces with The Troy Public Library to offer Muslim Journeys, a monthly reading and discussion series that runs through May 26. At The Troy Public Library, 100 Second Street, participants will come together over the course of five sessions to discuss a variety of thematically linked texts with Djafer Sebkhaoui, Imam of the Masjid Al-Hidaya Muslim community of Troy and the Muslim Chaplain at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Participants in Muslim Journeys will explore the provocative and gripping stories about the experiences of Muslims in the United States. The program is free and open to the public, although pre-registration is required. For more information about the series dates and acquiring books, please contact The Troy Public Library at 274-7071. For more information about Muslim Journeys, visit www.nyhumanities.org/discussion-groups/adults.

CELEBRATE FILM IN NY: The New York State Museum announces a new film program series, “Celebrate Film in New York”, featuring films shot in upstate New York. Created in partnership with the New York State Governor’s Office of Motion Picture & Television Development, the Albany Film Commission, and Youth FX, the “Celebrate Film in New York” screenings will be presented as a special focus of the Museum’s regular monthly Cinema Sundays film program. The lineup continues with Youth FX Shorts Program and Scenes from “As You Are” (2016) on May 1. All showings are at 2 p.m. Admission is free.

PHOTO EXHIBIT: Nature At Your Doorstep photo exhibit, through April 30, Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center, 25 Quackenbush Square, Albany. This photo exhibit highlights the natural beauty that can be found in our own backyards and neighborhoods. Many of the region’s most popular natural areas are showcased, from the overlook at Thacher Park to the mighty Hudson and Mohawk Rivers, as well as the grasslands, pine bush, forests and ponds that span our area. Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sundays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. For more information visit www.naturelogues.com or Facebook http://www.facebook.com/Naturelogues.

CASTING FOR SHORT FILMS: The Saratoga Film Academy is currently casting for four short films ready to go into production in the spring of 2016. The students have been writing and developing these projects since October 2015. Anyone interested in participating in one or more of the projects can please send headshots, age, and contact info to Jon Dorflinger at saratogafilm@gmail.com. Scripts are available for interested candidates.

CANYON COUNTRY TOUR 2016: La Federation franco-americaine du New York is sponsoring a 9-day trip, September 26 to October 4, to the scenic southwest, including Scottsdale, the Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, Bryce and Zion National Parks, Las Vegas, and more. Price per person includes airfare, hotels, motor coach, and 11 meals. Rates vary by number of people per room. For details, call Lisa at Plaza Travel at 785-3338 or email lisa@plazatravel.net. Reservations are requested; this is a wonderful tour that usually sells out fast.

PIRATE SHIP RAFFLE: Raffle tickets are on sale now for a Mega Blocks Pirate Ship, generously donated by the Siver Family. All Raffle tickets are $1 each, or 6 for $5. This amazing collectible is a Mega Blocks Pirates of the Caribbean: Flying Dutchman Ship. Come see it on display at the Nassau Free Library, 18 Church Street. Drawing to be held at the Summer Reading Kickoff Party, June 2016. Proceeds benefit the Nassau Free Library. For information call 766-2715, email director@nassaufreelibrary.org, or visit www.nassaufreelibrary.org.

HIGH & MIGHTY THERAPEUTIC RIDING: High and Mighty Therapeutic Riding and Driving Center 501(C)(3) announces registration is now open for its Spring Program. High and Mighty’s mission is to provide equine-assisted activities to people with special needs with the goal of enhancing their physical, emotional and spiritual well being. Please call 672-4202, email info@high-n-mighty.org or visit high-n-mighty.org to find out more.

EXHIBITING ARTISTS WORKSHOP SERIES: The Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council, 7 Lapham Place, Glens Falls, invites artists or community members with an interest in learning creative techniques to participate in their upcoming workshop series with featured exhibiting artists. All workshops are open to all experience levels. These workshops continue this summer with “Rethinking Embroidery Designs with Patricia Dolton,” July 16, Cost: $10 LARAC Members/$20 Non-Members. Participants must pre-register to participate, please call 798-1144 ext. 2 or sign up on www.larac.org.

IMPROV CLASSES: “Improv is a great way to loosen up, discover your inner comic, meet fascinating people, and most of all, have fun.” Members of the Mop & Bucket Co. will be on hand at the Sand Lake Center for the Arts to introduce you to the basics of this wonderful art form. Something new each week. If you’ve never taken an improv class, or if you have, and want to play, this is the class for you. $100 for the series of 4 or $30 each. Prepaid registration online at slca-ctp.org or by calling 674-2007. SLCA is located at 2880 NY43, Averill Park, and is fully handicapped accessible with plenty of free parking.

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.

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CHENEY LIBRARY SEEKS USED BOOKS: Cheney Library wants your gently used books for its book sale room. Please consider giving the library books that you have read and probably won’t read again. They’ll be put to use in the library or sold at the First Saturday Book Sale. Just bring them to the library on: Mondays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays between 1 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Tuesdays between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.; Fridays 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. or Saturdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Cheney Library really appreciates your generosity.

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF DANCE: The National Museum of Dance is now open for its 30th summer season. The museum is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m., with free admission every Tuesday. The Museum is currently showcasing exhibitions including A Tribute to Dancers in Film, Making Art Dance, 2015 Hall of Fame Inductees Mark Morris and Rudolf Nureyev, and others to be announced. The Museum’s newest exhibition is The Dancing Athlete. The National Museum of Dance is located at 99 South Broadway in Saratoga Springs. For more information about current exhibitions and upcoming events at the Museum visit www.dancemuseum.org or call 584-2225.

USS SLATER: USS Slater is open to the public and this year marks the ship’s 19th season in Albany. There have been tremendous changes to the ship since she first arrived. USS Slater has become one of the best restored, most historically accurate World War II ships in the world. A National Historic Landmark, USS Slater is the only remaining World War II Destroyer Escort afloat in America. Destroyer Escorts originally were conceived to battle Nazi U-Boats while escorting convoys across the Atlantic. However, their versatility proved useful in the Pacific defending task forces from Kamikaze attacks. USS Slater is owned and operated by Destroyer Escort Historical Museum, a private, non-profit organization. The Museum receives no regular Federal, State, or local government financial support. USS Slater is located on the Hudson River in Downtown Albany just south of the Dunn Memorial Bridge. Once open, public hours will be Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through November. Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for children. Call 431-1943 for more information or visit the website at www.ussslater.org.

RENSSELAER PUBLIC LIBRARY: Computer Help: drop-in computer and device assistance every Tuesday from 1 to 3 p.m. from an expert from Cornell Cooperative Ext. Bring in your device for help with a specific problem, or just come in to receive common-sense instruction in using computers. Teen Time: every Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m., teens can stop in and socialize with each other, playing video games, making crafts and just talking. 676 East Street, Rensselaer.

TROY SENIOR CENTER: Come to the Troy Senior Center weekly for aerobics, knitting & crocheting, Bingo, swimming, bowling, line dancing, Bible study, reminiscing groups, exercise, osteo aerobics, crafts, card games, billiards, entertainment, and much, much more. Meet old friends; make new friends, New members welcome. Call 270-5348 for more information. 17 Third Street, Troy.

CORNER SHOPPE: The Corner Shoppe at Cornerstone Comm Church, 570 3rd Ave., N Troy has many new spring and summer items on display. Stop by and browse the many rooms of housewares, clothing- including prom/wedding gowns, linens, toys, games, puzzles home decor, furniture and more all at bargain prices. Enjoy a treat and conversation with our friendly workers. Open every Thursday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

CHENEY LIBRARY: The Hoosick Township Historical Society gave Cheney Library a set of their publications. They have been cataloged and are ready for you to check out. The authors are people from our locale: Philip Leonard, Charles Filkins, Corinne Eldred, Jan Shields, Alex Brooks, and Barbara Burke Simoneau. You will be able to get to know this area of New York State better with such titles as: “Hometown Heroes of Hoosick Falls;” “Walter A. Wood and Company;” “Three Hoosick Area Murders 1902-1930;” and “Hoosick History.com Short Stories.” The library is very thankful to Philip Leonard for donating the booklets as a way to encourage people to read about the area that they live in. Please come in and take advantage of these lessons in history. Cheney Library is open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1 to 8 p.m.; Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

THRIFT SHOP: The Basem*nt 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.

ADULT COLORING: Make your Monday evenings awesome anytime between 5 and 8 p.m., come to Cheney Library in Hoosick Falls to De-stress with Adult Coloring Books. Have fun and relax like when you were a kid. We have a number of adult coloring books and pencils, so that you can sit in a warm environment and enjoy yourself.

CHENEY LIBRARY STORY TIME: Cheney Library in Hoosick Falls will begin an 8 week Spring Story Time on February 23 at 10 a.m. in the Story Room. The theme this Spring will be “On Your Mark, Get Set … Read.” We will have plenty of stories, finger-plays, songs, crafts and snacks. And of course we will do the Wiggle, Waggle song and all of its motions. So, on your mark, get set and come to Cheney Library at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays to have fun with reading.

CHENEY LIBRARY TAX PREP: The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance and the Office of the Taxpayer Rights Advocate have chosen Cheney Library as a site to host a Facilitated Self-Assistance (FSA) tax preparation during the 2016 income tax filing season. Each Wednesday Joe LaPosta, from the Outreach staff, will be here between the hours of 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. to help taxpayers do their taxes electronically for free. You will learn just how simple and fast it can be to e-file. If you would be receiving a refund you will get it twice as fast as with a paper return. You will need to bring: a copy of last year’s tax return; photo ID (such as driver’s license); proof of income (forms W-2, 1098, 1099, any other documents showing income); forms 1095- A, B, C (affordable healthcare statement); health insurance exemption certificate, if received; information related to any credits that you are claiming; bank account and routing numbers (for direct deposit of your refund); your e-file PIN (if you previously e-filed). If you would like to reserve a place on Wednesday call Cheney Library at 686-9401.

SPEIGLE ELDERS: With the exception of holiday and weather scheduling, the Speigle Elders meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at the Faith Lutheran Church on Route 40 with speakers and special events scheduled on a monthly basis. At a recent planning session, a tentative calendar discussed for the upcoming year includes a May overnight bus trip to the Amishland in Pennsylvania, MacHaydn Theater, Racino at Saratoga in September, in-house Italian luncheon, an Ice Cream Social, lunch at the Red Lion Inn with a visit to Norman Rockwell Museum as well as luncheons at area restaurants. Please contact Lois Kewley if you are willing to host one of these many events.

SPEIGLE ELDERS BOWLING LEAGUE: The Speigle Elders sponsor a non-sectioned bowling league at the Alpha Lanes in Lansingburgh at noon on Mondays with practice bowling on Fridays. All teams are seeking new and substitute bowlers. Anyone interested may join the league any Monday at the bowling lanes.

COMPUTER HELP: Every Tuesday from 1 to 3 p.m. the Rensselaer Library, 676 East Street, offers drop-in computer and device assistance from an expert from Cornell Cooperative Extension. Bring in your device for help with a specific problem, or just come in to receive common-sense instruction in using computers.

PUBLIC ASTRONOMY PROGRAM: On the third Saturday of every month, the Albany Visitor’s Center will be holding two public astronomy programs at the Henry Hudson Planetarium. The children’s program will start at 11 a.m. and is an interactive program exploring the stars, planets, comets and constellations in the night sky. Geared for children ages 3-7 and their families. The 1 p.m. Star Sighting Show is also an interactive program that identifies the stars, planets, comets and constellations, but presents tools and techniques for becoming an amateur astronomer. Geared for skywatchers ages 8 and above. 2016 Dates for public planetarium programs: May 21, June 18, July 16, August 20, September 17, October 15, November 19, December 17. All tickets are $3. 25 Quackenbush Square, Albany.

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

TRANSPORTATION TO SENIOR CENTER: Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Road in Grafton, offers transportation to the center every other Monday, and every Wednesday and Friday for a suggested donation of $1. They will pick up in Cropseyville, Grafton, Petersburg, Berlin and Stephentown. Come join the fun and a nutritious lunch Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Programs offered at the center include but not limited to; Wii games, cards, dominoes, informational presentations, crafts, scrapbooking classes, yoga and many special events. All programs are free and include materials; bring a friend or come make new ones. For more information or to reserve a van ride call Penny at 279-3413.

CHAIR YOGA: Yoga is a stress reliever. It improves balance, flexibility and strength. When combined with light weights, where appropriate, it can be even more beneficial. It’s free, it’s fun and there is no obligation. Wear loose clothing and let’s stretch and relax. Classes are on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10 a.m. at the Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Road in Grafton. You may join at any time. It’s a mind and body rejuvenation, yoga is something people of all ages and abilities can come together and do. If you have any questions, or would like to join us for lunch after exercise, please contact the center at 279-3413.

MEET ME AT DUNCAN’S: Have you eaten at Duncan’s today? Last week? How about anytime during the last 75 plus years? Visit the Brunswick Historical Society to view the exhibit, “Meet Me at Duncan’s” which highlights the story of Brunswick’s best known dairy bar and its place in community history. The Brunswick Historical Society, located at 605 Brunswick Road (corner of Moonlawn) in Brunswick, has its headquarters in the historic 1881 Garfield School, where a research and genealogical library are also available to the public. The Society is open Wednesdays, 1 to 4 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and by appointment. For further information about this or other programs held by the Society, please visit www.bhs-ny.org, find us on Facebook, or call 279-4024.

REVITALIZING A CITY’S SOUL: If you believe that art can revitalize a city’s soul, come and check out Choose Cohoes for Art. A group of both artists and non-artists alike, members believe that art is a way to regenerate a city. We are looking for fresh ideas and help in implementing them. Interested? Check us out on the second Monday of the month at Ragged Edge Studios, 137 Remsen St., Cohoes at 6 p.m. Questions? Send to info@ChooseCohoesForArt.org and check out our Choose Cohoes for Art FaceBook page.

JEWELS OF THE SEA: The “Jewels of the Sea” seashell exhibit will be open the third Saturday and Sunday of each month, Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m. The exhibit, located at Discovery Hall, Second Street, Troy, is an endeavor dedicated to scientific exploration, discovery, and reconnecting of people with our natural world. Wheelchair accessible. Admission is $5 for Adults; $2 for students 12 and older; Free for kids 11 and under. We are wheelchair accessible. Call 669-0043 for more information.

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 6 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It offers several thousand gently used books at bargain prices. Most of the hard cover books are fifty cents. Soft cover books are twenty five cents. The Book Seller also has a collection of videos, audio cassettes, and records, as well as a selection of Friends’ signature products including tee-shirts, tote bags, mugs, and note cards.

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.

BRUNSWICK COMMUNITY LIBRARY: Knitting Club now every Thursday 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Story Times, Thursdays 10:30 a.m., Saturdays 11 a.m. 4118 State Highway 2, Troy.

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.

WEEKLY CAR CRUISE: DJ John’s Cruizin’ Route 4, every Friday, 5 to 9 p.m., at The Eatery’s driving range, 391 Rt. 4, East Greenbush. Any aged vehicle welcome. One free ice cream cone per car, 50/50 raffles and “The Weekly Eatery Pick and DJ Pick.” For more information, call DJ John at 857-7583.

BINGO: Bingo is back at Manchester Eagles, Route 11/30, Manchester Center, Vt., second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. and Early Bird starts 6:45 p.m. Any questions call 802-375-2801 or 802-362-2025.

ORAL HISTORY PROJECT: The International Center of the Capital Region is initiating the Capital Region Immigration Oral History Project, which will collect and preserve the first-hand interviews of Capital Region immigrants. If you would like to share your immigrant experience, contact the International Center at 708-7608 or info@iccralbany.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.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: The Saratoga County Office for the Aging needs volunteers to help deliver meals to home-bound seniors throughout Saratoga County. Delivery takes about an hour. Training/orientation provided. Call Billie Jo or Carmella at the Office for the Aging at 363-4020 or 363-4033 for details.

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