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Thursday, May 16

BETHLEHEM PUBLIC LIBRARY: Listening Parties: Claude Debussy. Listen to and discuss this influential composer who invented his own system of harmony and musical structure, 7 p.m.

INFORMATION TABLE: The Hoosick Falls Senior Center, 69 Church Street, will host Tammy McGarithy of Rensselaer County Unified Services, Dept. of Aging on Thursday, May 16. Tammy

will bring contact information, brochures, pamphlets, and applications for several services offered to residents 60 years and older. Included will be information on the Cooling and Assistance Program, Clean and Tune Program, EPIC (Prescription Assistance Program), HIICAP (Health Insurance Information Counseling Assistance Program), Home Modification Program, and a list of resources available for Home Care. She will bring additional contact information such as Utility Trouble, Legal Aid Society, Domestic Violence, warning signs of a stroke and more. All residents 60 and older should plan to stop in and talk with Tammy about the services available to them. Plan to stay for lunch (Chicken Breast) with BINGO to follow. Call (518) 686-7561 to sign up for the meal.

TROY PUBLIC LIBRARY: Silly Science Night: Titanic STEAM 6 p.m. at 100 Second Street, downtown Troy. Design a boat that will sink or float, test your blubber in artic water, build a

paper Titanic model, and more. Ages 4-12. Dress for mess! Registration is required. For more information call the library at 518-274-7071 or online at www.thetroylibrary.org.

GRAFTON COMMUNITY LIBRARY: Off the Bus Lego Club 3:45 -5 p.m., 2455 NY Route 2, Grafton. Graftoncommunitylibrary.org.

GRAFTON COMMUNITY LIBRARY: Alcoholics Anonymous, 7:30 p.m., 2455 NY Route 2,

Grafton. Graftoncommunitylibrary.org.

BROOKS BBQ: The Newtonville United Methodist Church, located on the corner of Maxwell Rd & Rt. 9 near Siena College sponsors a Brooks BBQ on Thursday, May 16, starting at 4 p.m. Chicken dinner $11; chicken only $8; Rib dinner $13; ribs only $10. Take-outs only; no reservations. For information, call the church office at 518-785-6789. The next BBQ will be on Thursday, June 13.

HOOSICK FALLS SENIOR CENTER: NY Connects info table 10:30 a.m. – noon. Bingo 12:45 p.m. Cards. Van transportation available. 69 Church Street, Hoosick Falls. Call 518-686-7561 to reserve noon dinner or for more information.

RENSSELAER PUBLIC LIBRARY: Teen Anime Club for ages 13-18, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Drop in and get help with a computer, phone or other device, and get your questions answered from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. The Friends of the Library meet at 6:30 p.m. New members are always welcome. Rensselaer Public Library is located across the street from the Amtrak parking lot. To learn more, see http://rensselaerlibrary.org/ or visit the library’s Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/RensselaerLibrary.

Friday, May 17

POLISH FOOD NIGHT: 5-8 p.m., Polish Community Center, 225 Washington Ave. Ext. Albany. Please feel free to bring friends and family. Call your order in early and pick it up on your way home! For more details, please visit www.albanypcc.com.

STEAK SUPPER: the North Chatham United Methodist Church, located at 4274 Route 203 in the hamlet of North Chatham, will have its 61st annual Filet Mignon Steak Supper. The menu includes an 8 oz. Prime filet cooked to order, baked potato, mixed vegetables, coleslaw, rolls, relish tray, and homemade desserts. Tickets are $20.00 in advance or $22.00 at the door. Back this year is a vegetarian Lasagna option for $15.00, which MUST be ordered in advance. Continuous seating is available from 5:00 to 7:00, with takeouts available starting at 5:30. Tickets can be purchased at Mario’s Home Center in Valatie, or from church members. Please call 518-766-4097 or 518-423-9061 for additional ticket information. For more information

please call 766-3535 or visit northchathammethodistchurch.org.

WAGAR SENIOR CENTER: Guest Speaker presentation. Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center at 2 Roxborough RD., Grafton, will host Kristin Vivian of HOSPICE on Friday, May 17 th at 11:00 am. Kristin will give a presentation on the HOSPICE mission, what to expect if HOSPICE is ever needed, and how you can help if a situation presents itself. This is a free presentation open to all residents 60 and over. Join us for a nutritious lunch at noon (Tuna bake) followed by a presentation by Rhonda of the Bennington Health and Rehab. Rhonda will explain what the center offers if short term or long term care is ever needed. All residents 60 and older are encouraged to attend. BINGO will follow with prizes donated by our guest Speakers. Call the center at 518-279-3413 to sign up for lunch.

HOOSICK FALLS SENIOR CENTER: Yoga 10:30 a.m. Bingo 12:30 p.m. Cards. 69 Church Street, Hoosick Falls. Call 518-686-7561 to reserve noon dinner or for more information.

Saturday, May 18

FUN RUN & SNEAKER DRIVE: The Lansingburgh Central School District’s (LCSD) Family Fun Run/Walk is on May 18, 2019, at 9:30 a.m. Registration starts at 8 a.m. in the back parking lot of Lansingburgh High School, which will also be the starting line for the race. The Fun Run is an annual community event organized by the Lansingburgh CSD Wellness Committee.

Registration is free and participants can sign up on Runsignup.com or on the Lansingburgh website (Lansingburgh.org). Leading up to the Fun Run, the Wellness Committee is holding an athletic shoe drive fundraiser to raise money for Senior Scholarships. The Committee earns funds based on the total pairs of gently worn, used or new sneakers collected. The District will apply these funds to their Senior Scholarships program benefiting students. The District is collaborating with GotSneakers, a shoe recycling organization that issues funds in compensation for collected sneakers. All are welcome to donate sneakers at any Lansingburgh School Health Office or on the day of the Fun Run.

STUDENT FILMS: Crandell Theatre Hosts Free Screening of Student Films from 2019 After School Project. The premiere community screening of three short films produced by area student filmmakers takes place at the Crandell Theatre, 48 Main Street, Chatham, NY, on Saturday, May 18, at noon. The films were created and produced by students from Chatham, Hudson, and Germantown public schools as part of this year’s Crandell Theatre After School Filmmaking Project (ASFP). A Q&A with the student filmmakers and their filmmaker mentor follows the screening. The event is free to the public.

NATIVE PLANT SALE: Saturday & Sunday, May 18 & 19, 10:00a.m.-3:00p.m.: Native Plant Sale at Thacher Park Overlook. This year’s theme is “Bees, Birds and Berries”, featuring plants for bees – our most important pollinators, and native perennials, shrubs and trees with beautiful flowers followed by berries and seeds to feed the birds. All plants are free of neonicotinoids.Native plants can fill difficult areas and bring gorgeous color throughout the year. Knowledgeable staff will be on hand to assist and answer questions. Call 518-872-0800 for more information.

CELEBRATE TREES: 10 a.m., Mud Creek Environmental Learning Center, 1024 State Route 66, Ghent. Want to know more about the trees around you? Are you wondering about how to use your field guide? Columbia County Soil and Water Conservation District invites you to learn basic tree identification skills and field guide skills. Join Pamela Price, Certified Wildlife Biologist and Education Program Coordinator for a short PowerPoint program on the terminology and techniques used in dichotomous keys and identifying trees. Then we will take a relaxing walk along the 1.5 miles of nature trails at Mud Creek Environmental Learning Center look at the trees, and apply our new knowledge to navigate a field guide! If you have a tree ID book or a hand lens, feel free to bring it! All are welcome for this educational opportunity! This event is free, but registration is requested. Please contact Pamela Price on Facebook, or by phone – 518-267-3313 or email pamela.price@ccswcd.org. www.facebook.com/MudcreekELC.

CAPITAL DISTRICT GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Finding“Unfindable” Ancestors with Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS. 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, Colonie Town Library, 629 Albany-Shaker Road, Loudonville.The failure of common research practices to identify ancestors does not mean they are unfindable. This session will describe and demonstrate nine approaches to locating difficult- to- trace ancestors. Tom is an award-winning writer, board-certified genealogist, editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, recipient of honors from genealogical organizations and author of the textbooks Mastering Genealogical Proof and Mastering Genealogical Documentation. Using his nearly lifelong career in education as a springboard, he enjoys teaching at weeklong genealogy institutes, weekend seminars, and local, national, and international genealogy conferences. Refreshments will be served following speaker prior to computer resourcesThe meetings are free and open to the public.

www.capitaldistrictgenealogicalsociety.org.

DANDELION GEOTHERMAL ENERGY HOUSEWARMING PARTY: Are you interested in learning more about geothermal cooling and heating? Join Dandelion Geothermal customers Becky Meier, Bob Connors, and Carol Butt as they show off an installed Dandelion geothermal energy system and share their reasons for going geothermal on Sat. May 18, 1-5 pm at 40 Marlboro Rd, Delmar, NY 12054.

Enjoy complimentary beverages and light snacks while taking a short tour of the system and connecting with local Dandelion customers and employees. This “rain or shine” public event is free, and parking is easy!To RSVP, email beckyjmeier@gmail.com or call Becky at 518-929-4664.

ROAST PORK DINNER: Pine Grove United Methodist Church, 1580 Central Ave., Colonie, will hold a ‘Roast Pork Dinner,’ Sat., May 18, from 4 to 6 p.m. The menu includes: Roast pork, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, vegetable, dessert and beverage. Price for adults, $11; children ages 5 to 12, $5; under age 5 is free. For reservations call 518-248-9934.

GARDEN FAIR: Trinity Church Lansingburgh will hold its 14th Annual Spring Garden Fair on the church grounds, 585 Fourth Avenue, Troy, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 18. Garden plants, hand-crafted items and homemade baked goods will be available for purchase. Make-your-own sundaes, lunches, coffee and donuts will be sold. Free tours of the historic church building and the graveyard will be given throughout the day. For more information call (518)237-7831 or visit www.trinitychurchlansingburgh.org.

SPRING PLANT SALE: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Held annually in May, Capital Roots hosts its Spring Plant Sale at the Urban Grow Center, located at 594 River Street in Troy. Local nurseries donate beautiful and unusual plants including unique perennials, heirloom tomatoes and veggie varieties for the sale. All proceeds benefit Capital Roots programs.

MEATBALL DINNER: The Latham-Colonie Knights of Columbus, located at 328 Troy Schenectady Rd. in Latham, will host a Spaghetti and Meatball Dinner prepared by Steve and Jude Chiera. Menu includes; Tossed Salad, Italian Bread, Spaghetti and Meatballs, Peach Shortcake, Coffee, Tea or Hot Chocolate. Serving from 5 PM to 7:30 p.m. Donation: Adults $12, Children 5-10 $5 and under five free.

TROY PUBLIC LIBRARY: Greta the Reading Dog , noon at 100 Second Street, downtown Troy. Visit with or read to Greta in order to boost your reading skills and confidence. All ages. For more information call the library at 518-274-7071 or online at www.thetroylibrary.org.

BAKE, BLOOM & BOOK SALE: The Friends of the Cohoes Public Library’s 22nd annual Bake, Bloom and Book Sale will be held on Saturday, May 18, at the Cohoes Public Library. Troy Landscape Supply is supplying the plants this year. Plants may be pre-ordered at the library. Pre-order forms can be printed from the Library’s website, www.CohoesPublicLibrary.org. Book donations are accepted during regular Library hours. Baked good donations may be brought to the Library on May 17- 18. All proceeds support Library programs and extras such as free museum passes. 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. 169 Mohawk Street, Cohoes.

MENANDS PUBLIC LIBRARY: Story time is 1 p.m. on Saturdays. Be there when the library closes to enjoy a story, read, sing and play for about 30 minutes. For ages 2-4, but all are welcome. The Menands Public Library is located at 4 N. Lyons Avenue, Menands. For more information, call 518-463-4035.

OAKWOOD CEMETERY NATURE WALK: Join the fun on Saturday May 18, at 8 a.m. as the Friends of Oakwood enjoy the beauty of a morning stroll through the cemetery. Knowledgeable guides will lead you through a variety of habitats to look for migrating birds as well as all sorts of wildlife. Meet at the Earl Chapel. Pay $15 on arrival. Bring binoculars if you have them; a few loaner binoculars will be available. Beginners welcome. Registration preferred. Call 518-328-0090 for more information.

WALK-N-ROLL FOR SPINA BIFIDA: Spina Bifida Association of Northeastern New York is holding its 9th annual Walk-N-Roll for Spina Bifida on Saturday, May 18 at the large pavilion in Central Park, Schenectady. In honor of the 25th anniversary of SBANENY in 2018, the event now is preceded with a 5K. 5K registration opens at 7:30 AM ($25.00) and begins at 8:00 AM. The Walk-N-Roll registration opens at 9:00 AM ($5.00) and begins at 10:00AM. Registration is available online at www.spinabifida.securesweet.com/wnr2019. All funds raised are dedicated to local programs and services.

Sunday, May 19

FAMILY & FRIENDS ANNUAL DAY: 4 p.m., New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 2900 5th Ave., Troy.

NATIVE PLANT SALE: Saturday & Sunday, May 18 & 19, 10:00a.m.-3:00p.m.: Native Plant Sale at Thacher Park Overlook. This year’s theme is “Bees, Birds and Berries”, featuring plants for bees – our most important pollinators, and native perennials, shrubs and trees with beautiful flowers followed by berries and seeds to feed the birds. All plants are free of neonicotinoids.Native plants can fill difficult areas and bring gorgeous color throughout the year. Knowledgeable staff will be on hand to assist and answer questions. Call 518-872-0800 for more information.

BETHEL BAPTIST CHURCH: Annual Men & Women’s Day Service, 11 a.m. 2165 5th Ave., Troy. Dress colors: white and navy blue. All welcome.

ALL YOU CAN EAT BREAKFAST: Cohoes Knights of Columbus will have an all you can eat nreakfast buffet Sunday May19th at 255 Remsen St., Cohoes from 8:30 -11:30 a.m. There will be an omelet station and hash eggs pancakes french toast bacon toast and juice Adults are $8.00 and children under five are free. The Columbiettes will hold a bake sale during the breakfast.

FESTIVAL CELEBRATION CHOIR: Festival Celebration Choir will present “Songs of Justice and Reconciliation” a program including South African freedom songs, music from the American Civil Rights era and choral pieces by Dave Brubeck. 3 p.m., First Lutheran Church of Albany. 181 Western Avenue. Tickets $18; students and seniors $13. For more information go to www.festivalcelebrationchoir.org.

SUNNY SUNDAYS: Sunny Sundays are your opportunity to take a safe glimpse at the sun. Educators from the Dudley Observatory at the Museum of Innovation and Science (miSci) will operate their 14” telescope inside the roll-top roof observatory, allowing visitors to safely look at the sun and search for sunspots. Other objects such as the moon and planets may also be visible. In the event of poor weather, there will be hands-on activities indoors instead. 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., 15 Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady.Access to the observatory or activities is free with museum admission ($12 Adult, $10 Senior, $8 Child). miSci is open Sundays from noon – 5 p.m.

Monday, May 20

BEEKEEPERS MEETING: “Updates on Bee Research” The Southern Adirondack Beekeepers Association (SABA) will meet on Monday, May 20, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at 50 West High Street in Ballston Spa. Dr. Samantha Alger and Alex Burnham of the University of Vermont will present current research findings from the National Honey Bee Survey regarding bee disease and overall pollinator health. The Southern Adirondack Beekeepers Association (SABA), located in eastern New York, promotes and supports the interests of beekeepers, both hobbyists and commercial, with educational and social activities. Counties served include Albany, Fulton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren, and Washington. Visit www.adirondackbees.org for information about the organization, meetings, classes, and other programming.

HOOSICK FALLS SENIOR CENTER: Shopping Day: van leaves 9:30 a.m. Cribbage 9 a.m. Yoga 10:30 a.m. Cards. 69 Church Street, Hoosick Falls. Call 518-686-7561 for more information.

ANTI-VAPING SEMINAR: The Harmful Effects of Vaping, a free informative seminar by Dr. Gregory Dodd along with Maegan Frantz of Health Systems for Tobacco-Free NY. 3 p.m.,

286 Church St. Saratoga Springs. Light refreshments will be served. Limited seating available. Please call Alexis at 518-584-8150 to RSVP.

Tuesday, May 21

TROY PUBLIC LIBRARY: Tween/Teen Art Night: Friendship Bracelets, 6 p.m. at 100 Second Street, downtown Troy. Using embroidery floss attendees will make braided friendship bracelets following simple beginner-friendly patterns. Make a matching pair of bracelets to share one with a close friend. Ages 8+. Registration is required. For more information call the library at 518-274-7071 or online at www.thetroylibrary.org.

GRAFTON COMMUNITY LIBRARY: Off the Bus Arts and Crafts 3:45-5 p.m., 2455 NY Route 2, Grafton. Graftoncommunitylibrary.org.

GRAFTON COMMUNITY LIBRARY: Game Night, 5 p.m., 2455 NY Route 2, Grafton. Graftoncommunitylibrary.org.

EVENING BOOK DISCUSSION: The Troy Public Library Lansingburgh branch Evening Book Club discusses Thomas Mullen’s “Darktown.” New members are always welcome. 6:15 p.m., 27 114th Street, Troy. This discussion is free and open to the public. For more information call the library at 518-235-5310 or online at www.thetroylibrary.org.

HOOSICK FALLS SENIOR CENTER: Van transportation available for local errands. Card party 10:30 a.m. Root beer floats 12:30 p.m. Movie at 12:45 p.m. 69 Church Street, Hoosick Falls. Call 518-686-7561 for more information.

UNDERSTANDING & MANAGING CREDIT: Learners will explore managing credit responsibly, types and sources of credit, obtaining credit and the meaning of credit scores and reports. 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., SEFCU Square, 469 State Street,Schenectady. Please visit www.sefcu.com/financialeducation to reserve your spot.

Wednesday, May 22

TROY PUBLIC LIBRARY: Family Story Time 10:30 a.m. at 100 Second Street, downtown Troy. Free and open to the public. Participants ages 0-5 engage in stories, music, crafts, and play. For more information call the library at 518-274-7071 or online at www.thetroylibrary.org.

TROY PUBLIC LIBRARY: Don’t Be Bored Games, 5 p.m. at 100 Second Street, downtown Troy. Drop by and play board games in the Young People’s Room. All ages. For more information call the library at 518-274-7071 or online at www.thetroylibrary.org.

GRAFTON COMMUNITY LIBRARY: Tot Time Story Hour, 10:30 a.m., 2455 NY Route 2, Grafton. Graftoncommunitylibrary.org.

HOOSICK FALLS SENIOR CENTER: Bone Builders, 10:30 a.m. Exercise class 1 p.m. Motor vehicle available 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Cards. 69 Church Street, Hoosick Falls. Call 518-686-7561 for more information.

Thursday, May 23

MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS 101: Hope Lutheran Church is sponsoring a program presented by the Mental Health Association of New York State on Thursday, May 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. at 470 Winter Street Extension, Troy. This presentation will cover such topics as basic knowledge of mental health to help reduce stigma. To understand Mental Health as a continuum of wellness that defines us every day, it is illness, recovery and all of the space in between. To promote wellness, treatment seeking behavior, recovery and self-care. Mental Health and recovery are dependent on an individual’s ability to recognize and manage where he/she is each day on the continuum between wellness and illness and take care accordingly. Education and early intervention promotes wellness.Now is the time to act, contact Parish Nurse, Liz Macris, at 518-479-3432 to reserve your spot. This event is free, and refreshments will be provided.

ACHIEVEMENT DAY: The Rensselaer County Home Bureau will be having Achievement Day on Thursday, May 23 from 10 a.m.- noon at the First Reform Church on Main Avenue. Wynantskill. Please come and bring any old or new crafts projects. Join us for the 100th Anniversary celebration and bring a friend or two.

TROY PUBLIC LIBRARY: Small Space Gardening Workshop, 3 p.m. prior to Nina’s Hidden Garden Tour, at the Troy Public Library’s Main Location at 100 Second St., Troy. Master Gardener and interior designer Denise Maurer will be presenting a workshop entitled Contain Your Garden. This program is free and open to the public. Please make reservations by calling the library at 518-274-7071 or register online at www.thetroylibrary.org. The Troy Public Library is located at 100 2nd St., Troy, New York.

TROY PUBLIC LIBRARY: Brick Builders, 6 p.m. at 100 Second St., downtown Troy. Children ages 4 and older will have the opportunity to get creative and build anything they can imagine with lots of Legos. No registration required. No outside pieces please. Ages 4+. For more information call the library at 518-274-7071 or online at www.thetroylibrary.org.

TROY PUBLIC LIBRARY: Understanding the Affordable Care Act and What it Means to You, 6 p.m. at 100 Second Street, downtown Troy. Health Insurance Navigator, Luis Belman, from the Public Policy and Education Fund of New York State, explains the benefits of the Affordable Care Act and what options you have when enrolling for health insurance.This program is free and open to the public. Registration is necessary. For more information and to register call 518-274-7071, stop at the information desk or online at www.thetroylibrary.org.

HOOSICK FALLS SENIOR CENTER: Business meeting 11 a.m. Bingo 12:45 p.m. Cards. Van transportation available. 69 Church Street, Hoosick Falls. Call 518-686-7561 to reserve noon dinner or for more information.

GRAFTON COMMUNITY LIBRARY: Off the Bus Lego Club 3:45 -5 p.m., 2455 NY Route 2, Grafton. Graftoncommunitylibrary.org.

GRAFTON COMMUNITY LIBRARY: Alcoholics Anonymous, 7:30 p.m., 2455 NY Route 2,

Grafton. Graftoncommunitylibrary.org.

Friday, May 24

GARAGE SALE: The Latham-Colonie Columbiettes and Knights of Columbus will host their Annual Garage Sale on Friday May 24th and Saturday May 25th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Items to be offered for sale include household items; small appliances, furniture, home décor, books, collectibles and clothing and linens! 328 Troy-Schenectady Road, Latham. Donations greatly accepted, please no TVs or computers. Call 518-783-0572 for further information.

HOOSICK FALLS SENIOR CENTER: Yoga 10:30 a.m. Bingo 12:30 p.m. Cards. 69 Church Street, Hoosick Falls. Call 518-686-7561 to reserve noon dinner or for more information.

Saturday, May 25

WILDFLOWER WALK: Saturday, May 25, at 10:00a.m.: Wildflower Walk at Thacher Park. Soon the trees will block the sun from the forest floor and the season for spring ephemerals will be done. We’ll look for ladyslippers, gaywings, baneberry, jack-in-the-pulpit, and other late bloomers. Call 518-872-0800. Meet at Hop Field picnic area. Park entrance fee is $6 per vehicle.

BETHEL BAPTIST CHURCH: Community Meal 1 to 3 p.m., 2165 5th Ave., Troy.

GARAGE SALE: The Latham-Colonie Columbiettes and Knights of Columbus will host their Annual Garage Sale on Friday May 24th and Saturday May 25th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Items to be offered for sale include household items; small appliances, furniture, home décor, books, collectibles and clothing and linens! 328 Troy-Schenectady Road, Latham. Donations greatly accepted, please no TVs or computers. Call 518-783-0572 for further information.

TROY PUBLIC LIBRARY: Greta the Reading Dog , noon at 100 Second Street, downtown Troy. Visit with or read to Greta in order to boost your reading skills and confidence. All ages. For more information call the library at 518-274-7071 or online at www.thetroylibrary.org.

MENANDS PUBLIC LIBRARY: Story time is 1 p.m. on Saturdays. Be there when the library closes to enjoy a story, read, sing and play for about 30 minutes. For ages 2-4, but all are welcome. The Menands Public Library is located at 4 N. Lyons Avenue, Menands. For more information, call 518-463-4035.

Sunday, May 26

SUNNY SUNDAYS: Sunny Sundays are your opportunity to take a safe glimpse at the sun. Educators from the Dudley Observatory at the Museum of Innovation and Science (miSci) will operate their 14” telescope inside the roll-top roof observatory, allowing visitors to safely look at the sun and search for sunspots. Other objects such as the moon and planets may also be visible. In the event of poor weather, there will be hands-on activities indoors instead. 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., 15 Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady.Access to the observatory or activities free with museum admission ($12 Adult, $10 Senior, $8 Child). miSci is open Sundays from noon – 5 p.m.

Tuesday, May 28

POESTENKILL HISTORICAL SOCIETY: “A MILL WORKER’S LIFE – 1835” presented by Phyllis Chapman. Phyllis Chapman has presented many programs around the area. She portrays women and their contributions to history. She dresses the part and puts herself in the woman’s shoes. This month she will portray Lucy Larcom (1824-1893) who was a teacher, poet and author. After her father’s death her mother moved from Beverly, Mass. to Lowell with her 10 children. In 1835 at age 11 Lucy began working at Boott Mills, a cotton mill, as a doffer to earn extra money for her family. She was a steady contributor to The Lowell Offering and while at Lowell developed a friendship with John Greenleaf Whittier. In later years she became a teacher and poet, eventually publishing several books, among them “A New England Childhood.” Phyllis will include audience participation during the program since part of the presentation involves creating a “mock textile mill.” Come and join us on Tuesday, May 28th at 7:00 p.m. at the Town Hall on Route 351 in the downstairs meeting room. The program is free, everyone is welcome and refreshments will be provided.

IRISH AMERICAN HERITAGE MUSEUM: Place Names in Ireland, Two Rivers Gaelic League, 7 p.m., 370 Broadway, Albany. Two Rivers Gaelic League will discuss the complexity of place names in Ireland. Many place names can trace their ancestry to three language families: Gaelic, English and Viking, with many names being “lost in translation!” A fascinating look at meaning and the importance of names in historical geography.

GRAFTON COMMUNITY LIBRARY: Off the Bus Arts and Crafts 3:45-5 p.m., 2455 NY Route 2, Grafton. Graftoncommunitylibrary.org.

GRAFTON COMMUNITY LIBRARY: Game Night, 5 p.m., 2455 NY Route 2, Grafton. Graftoncommunitylibrary.org.

HOOSICK FALLS SENIOR CENTER: Van transportation available for local errands. Card party 10:30 a.m. Understanding dementia and Alzheimer’s, 11 a.m. Root beer floats 12:30 p.m. Movie at 12:45 p.m. 69 Church Street, Hoosick Falls. Call 518-686-7561 for more information.

Wednesday, May 29

TROY PUBLIC LIBRARY: Family Story Time 10:30 a.m. at 100 Second Street, downtown Troy. Free and open to the public. Participants ages 0-5 engage in stories, music, crafts, and play. For more information call the library at 518-274-7071 or online at www.thetroylibrary.org.

TROY PUBLIC LIBRARY: Don’t Be Bored Games, 5 p.m. at 100 Second Street, downtown Troy. Drop by and play board games in the Young People’s Room. All ages. For more information call the library at 518-274-7071 or online at www.thetroylibrary.org.

GRAFTON COMMUNITY LIBRARY: Tot Time Music & Movement. 10:30 a.m., 2455 NY Route 2,

Grafton. Graftoncommunitylibrary.org.

GRAFTON COMMUNITY LIBRARY: Adult Book Club 12:30 p.m. discussing News of the World by Paulette Jiles, 2455 NY Route 2, Grafton. Graftoncommunitylibrary.org.

HOOSICK FALLS SENIOR CENTER: Bone Builders, 10:30 a.m. Exercise class 1 p.m. Motor vehicle available 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Cards. 69 Church Street, Hoosick Falls. Call 518-686-7561 for more information.

Thursday, May 30

GRAFTON COMMUNITY LIBRARY: Off the Bus Lego Club 3:45 -5 p.m., 2455 NY Route 2, Grafton. Graftoncommunitylibrary.org.

GRAFTON COMMUNITY LIBRARY: “Fairy Time” Part 1- Building Fairy Houses,5:30 p.m., 2455 NY Route 2, Grafton. Registration required. Graftoncommunitylibrary.org.

GRAFTON COMMUNITY LIBRARY: Alcoholics Anonymous, 7:30 p.m., 2455 NY Route 2,

Grafton. Graftoncommunitylibrary.org.

HOOSICK FALLS SENIOR CENTER: Bingo 12:45 p.m. Cards. Van transportation available. 69 Church Street, Hoosick Falls. Call 518-686-7561 to reserve noon dinner or for more information.

Friday, May 31

WILD WORLD OF ANIMALS: 6 p.m., Mud Creek Environmental Learning Center, 1024 State Route 66, Ghent. Join us at Columbia County Soil and Water Conservation District on May 31st for a visit from Two by Two Zoo featuring live wildlife and audience participation. A hopping kangaroo, leaping lemur, and a Patagonian cavy will thrill and delight all ages! This conservation-based program will give participants an opportunity to see these and other fascinating and fun animals. The presenters will provide educational information and

interesting facts about the animals as well as answer questions. There will be a meet and

greet with a few animals too! All are welcome to enjoy this interactive fun family event! This event is free, but registration is requested. Please contact Pamela Price on Facebook, or by phone – 518-267-3313 or email pamela.price@ccswcd.org. www.facebook.com/MudcreekELC.

HOOSICK FALLS SENIOR CENTER: Yoga 10:30 a.m. Bingo 12:30 p.m. Cards. 69 Church Street, Hoosick Falls. Call 518-686-7561 to reserve noon dinner or for more information

Saturday, June 1

FLEA MARKET: The Our Lady of Victory Columbiettes of Troy, located at 55 North Lake Ave., will be hosting an indoor Garage Sale/Flea Market on Saturday, June 1 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Spaces are $15.00 per space, and include one table and two chairs. Those who are interested may contact Louise at (518) 708-4342 for a registration form or e-mail louiseolvcolumbiette@aol.com. A portion of the proceeds will be used to provide activities for the children at Sunnyside Center in Troy.

SHAKER HERITAGE SOCIETY: Preserving Your Family Heirlooms, Saturday, June 1 10:30am – noon. Shaker Heritage Society, 25 Meeting House Road, Albany. $10 SHS Members, $15 Non Members. From photographs to textiles and furniture, many families have mementos of the past that they cherish and want to preserve for the future. Learn how to protect your family heirlooms in your own home. Topics will include handling, storage and cleaning. Participants are welcome to bring small items that they are concerned about preserving to the session for discussion. Register on Eventbrite or contact SHS. www.shakerheritage.org; 518-456-7890.

JUST FOR THE HEALTH OF IT: Health fair and wellness festival scheduled for June 1, 2019 from noon to 5 p.m. at Jennings Landing in Albany. Includes the seven dimensions of wellness: financial, intellectual, spiritual, physical, emotional, environmental, and occupational.

TURKEY DINNER: Zion’s UCC of Taborton Turkey Dinner. Zion’s United Church of Christ is now accepting reservations for their Turkey Dinner which will be held on Saturday, June 1st with the serving times of 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Come and enjoy all you care to eat “Family Style” Turkey Dinner in our spacious Fellowship Hall overlooking Little Bowman Pond located at 744 Taborton Rd., Sand Lake. Our dinner includes turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, cole slaw, rolls and a slice of pie for dessert. The cost of the dinner is $15 per adult, $7 per child ages 5-12, and children under 5 eat free. For reservations call Diane Hoffman at

518-674-2746, text at 518-649-5141 or Jane Weber at 518-258-4307. When you leave a

message on their voicemail you will receive a call confirming your reservation.

Monday, June 3

GRAFTON COMMUNITY LIBRARY: YA Book Club, 6:30 p.m., 2455 NY Route 2, Grafton. Graftoncommunitylibrary.org.

Tuesday, June 4

GRAFTON COMMUNITY LIBRARY: Off the Bus Arts and Crafts 3:45-5 p.m., 2455 NY Route 2, Grafton. Graftoncommunitylibrary.org.

GRAFTON COMMUNITY LIBRARY: Game Night, 5 p.m., 2455 NY Route 2, Grafton. Graftoncommunitylibrary.org.

Wednesday, June 5

GRAFTON COMMUNITY LIBRARY: Tot Time Story Hour, 10:30 a.m., 2455 NY Route 2, Grafton. Graftoncommunitylibrary.org.

Thursday, June 6

GRAFTON COMMUNITY LIBRARY: Off the Bus Lego Club 3:45 -5 p.m., 2455 NY Route 2, Grafton. Graftoncommunitylibrary.org.

GRAFTON COMMUNITY LIBRARY: Alcoholics Anonymous, 7:30 p.m., 2455 NY Route 2,

Grafton. Graftoncommunitylibrary.org.

Saturday, June 8

NICKEL SOCIAL RAFFLE & BAKE SALE: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 510 Albany Shaker Rd, Loudonville is holding a Nickel Social Raffle on Saturday June 8 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Doors open at 11:00 am. Raffle start at 1:00 pm. You must be present to win a variety of treasures – household items, collectibles, seasonal, children’s items, tools, books, etc. There will also be a Bake Sale. Sub-sandwiches and other refreshments for sale. For more information call 518-458-1562.

BIRD WALK: 7:30 a.m., Mud Creek Environmental Learning Center, 1024 State Route 66, Ghent. Come to Columbia County Soil & Water Conservation District for a morning of birding with the Alan Devoe Bird Club! Will Yandik of the club will lead the walk for us. From

wrens to warblers, sparrows to swallows, a multitude of colorful and astonishing bird

species can be seen on the Mud Creek trail. All skill levels are welcome. A pair of

binoculars is strongly encouraged, a limited number of binoculars will be available for

participants who request them when they register. Please dress for the weather. All are

welcome to enjoy this fun event! This event is free, but registration is requested. Please contact Pamela Price on Facebook, or by phone – 518-267-3313 or email pamela.price@ccswcd.org. www.facebook.com/MudcreekELC.

SHAKER HERITAGE SOCIETY: Landscape Painting Class, Saturday, June 8, 10:30am – noon. Shaker Heritage Society, 25 Meeting House Road, Albany. $$40 SHS Members, $45 Non-members. Fee includes materials. Have you ever wanted to learn how to paint a landscape from nature outdoors? Artist Noreen Powell will teach you to draw inspiration from Nature like the Hudson River School painters and create your own masterpiece featuring a scenic view on the historic Shaker Heritage site. The class is for beginning and intermediate painters. Materials are provided. Pre-registration required. Register on Eventbrite or contact SHS. www.shakerheritage.org; 518-456-7890.

SHAKER HERITAGE SOCIETY: Walking in the Wicks’ Footsteps, 11 a.m., Saturday, June 8, Shaker Heritage Society, 25 Meeting House Road, Albany. Rain or shine. Special walking tour of the Shaker Heritage Society site. $5 suggested donation. In the fall of 1824, Job and Polly Wicks and their 10 children arrived at the Watervliet Shaker community. So began a 70-year association of the Wicks family with the Shakers. Join us for a walking tour of the present day Shaker site to learn how this large family contributed in various ways to the story of the Shakers. Guided by Ann Sayers, who recently authored a book on the Wicks family drama. www.shakerheritage.org; 518-456-7890.

Thursday, June 13

BIOMIMICRY: Biomimicry: Using Nature’s Ideas to Solve Human Problems! 6 p.m.Mud Creek Environmental Learning Center, 1024 State Route 66, Ghent. Do you know the connection between a $100 bill and a beetle? If not, come to Mud Creek Environmental Learning Center where Dorna Schroeter will tell us about Biomimicry and how scientists, engineers, designers, and even the fashion industry are studying nature’s best ideas and mimicking them to solve problems they are facing! Actual bio-inspired products, currently available on the market, will be used in the presentation and available to examine. Attendees will participate in a game that asks them to match organisms with bio‐inspired products. All are welcome to enjoy this fun family event! This event is free, but registration is requested. Please contact Pamela Price on Facebook, or by phone – 518-267-3313 or email pamela.price@ccswcd.org. www.facebook.com/MudcreekELC.

Saturday, June 15

LASAGNA DINNER: Van Rensselaer Star Chapter #256, Order of the Eastern Star, is hosting a Lasagna Dinner on Saturday, June 15 th from 4:30 to 6 pm at the East Greenbush Masonic Temple, 710 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush. The proceeds from this dinner will benefit the Masonic Medical Research Institute for the study of Lupus. The cost is $12 for adults. Reservations should be made by calling Nancy at 477- 7101 by June 8.

SCHUYLER SISTERS BOOK SLAM: Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site, 32 Catherine St. Albany. Join us for a day of literary-themed fun at the Schuyler Sisters Book Slam! Author Margaret McNamara will begin the day at 10 a.m. with a reading from her picture book, Eliza: The Story of Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, perfect for children aged 5 to 12. From 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., the mansion will be available for Open House (self-guided) tours. At 5 p.m., authors Susan Holloway Scott (I, Eliza Hamilton) and L.M. Elliott (Hamilton and Peggy!), as well as doctoral candidate Danielle Funiciello, will read from their works and discuss their research on the Schuyler sisters. A book sale and signing will follow each reading. The readings are open to the public with a suggested donation of $5.00 per person. Light refreshments will be served in the evening.

Sunday, June 16

SUNDAE ON THE FARM: Join us on Father’s Day 2019 at Clear Echo Farm for our annual farm tour! Noon to 4 p.m. 800 Rte. 32 N., Schuylerville, Town of Northumberland

“Sundae on the Farm” is fun and educational for the whole family… a perfect way to spend Father’s Day together. Free events include: tours of the dairy farm, children’s activities, farm animals to see, horse-drawn wagon rides, live music, agricultural exhibits, and demonstrations by three area chefs using local farm products.

Tuesday, June 18

REPTILE ADVENTURE: 6:30 p.m.Mud Creek Environmental Learning Center, 1024 State Route 66, Ghent. Slither on over to Columbia County Soil and Water Conservation District for a truly sensational night! Reptile Adventure will be visiting and teaching program participants

all about the conservation and protection needs of our planet’s reptiles. Learn about all

sorts of snakes and lizards, and how you can assist in preserving habitat for these

important species. Participants will have a hands-on meet and greet with some of the

animals at the end of the program! Please join us for this family night of fun! This event is free, but registration is requested. Please contact Pamela Price on Facebook, or by phone – 518-267-3313 or email pamela.price@ccswcd.org. www.facebook.com/MudcreekELC.

Sunday, June 23

ST. JEAN BAPTISTE DAY: St. Jean Baptiste Day Celebration & “Je Me Souviens…I Remember” with Dr. Janet Shideler. La Fédération Franco-Américaine du NY, will celebrate the feast of St. John the Baptist with a mass and reception on Sunday, June 23, at 2 p.m. at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 119 Broad St. in Waterford. The celebrant will be Father Jeffery L’Arche officiating the mass in English and French with a choir singing French hymns. Following the mass, La Fédération Franco-Américaine du NY welcomes Dr. Janet Shideler from Siena College to bring her project, “Je Me Souviens…I Remember,” to the reception, to be held in the parish hall. Dr. Shideler project, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, seeks to digitally preserve the rich cultural heritage of upstate New York Franco-American communities. Individuals can bring old family photos, toys, religious medals, newspapers clippings, needlework, sheet music, bobbins, spindles, military medals, anything that helps to tell your Franco-American story. The items will be scanned and entered into the database. Eventually, the items will be able to be viewed at the New York Heritage Digital Collection that is online. The public is invited.

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