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OCTOBER TURKEY DINNER: Reservations are now being taken for Zion United Church of Christ’s Turkey dinner, held on October 15in their new Fellowship Hall at 744Taborton Road in Sand Lake, over looking Little Bowman Pond. Seating times are at 4: 30p. m., 5: 30 p. m. & 6: 30p. m. Enjoy a “Family Style” all-you- caretoeat Roast Turkey dinner with dressing mashed potatoes & gravy, corn, green beans, rolls/ butter and a slice of pie for desert , plus a choice of drinks for beverage. The cost is $ 14for adults, $ 6for children ( ages 5- 12) and under 5years no charge. For reservations call Diane Hoffman at 518- 6742746, or leave your name & number on the answering machine and you’ll be called back in time. You may also email your reservation to Tabortonturkeydinner@verizon.net; please indicate if you want to sit with another guest that is attending for seating.
CIRCLE THEATRE PLAYERS: Sand Lake Center for the Arts- Circle Theatre Players is proud to present the regional premiere of “John Ball’s In the Heat of the Night” adapted by Matt Pelfrey from Schenectady native John Ball’s novel, the source material for the Academy Award winner for Best Picture ( celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year) and the 1980’ s television series starring Carroll O’Connor. Performance dates are October 6, 7, 12, 13, 14at 8p. m. and October 8and 15at 2: 30p. m. Tickets $ 18. Adults, $ 10. under 18. Prepaid reservations can be made at www. slca- ctp. org or call 518- 674- 2007. SLCA is located at 2880 NY 43, Averill Park, is fully handicapped accessible, with free parking.
HAND- HOOKED RUG RAFFLE: The Stephentown Historical Society is conducting a raffle for a handhooked rug created by the late Barbara T. Peterson, an expert at the craft and a nationally known teacher of the art. Peterson’s family has donated one of her rugs to benefit the society. This rug is a floral design, “Mary,” by Jane McGown Flynn. It is 24by 36inches and is worked in hand- dyed wool in shades of wood rose and greens on a soft colonial blue background. The roses and other flowers exhibit the fine shading effects that Peterson achieved by careful gradation of her handdyed wools. The drawing will be held at the December 3Historical Society meeting. Chances are $ 5each and may be purchased at the Stephentown Heritage Center, 4Staples Road, Stephentown, at Gardner’s Coffee Shop in Stephentown and at the September 23Craft and Tag Sale at Ioka Valley Farm in Hancock MA. Call 518- 733- 6070or visit SHS@ fairpoint. net for more information. PHILADELPHIA BUS TRIP: On Saturday November 4, the Fort PlainMuseum is holding a fundraising bus trip to the new Museum of the American Revolution and Independence Hall in Philadelphia. The cost is $ 95. Please register ASAP by October 6. The bus will leave approximately at 5: 30 a. m. from Amsterdam. There will be two additional pickup locations, one in Albany ( Crossgates Mall) and one in the Lower Hudson Valley. This fundraiser will support the construction of the museum’s new research library. To register or for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 518- 774- 5669, visit www.fortplainmuseum.com or visit the Fort Plain Museum Facebook page. ERIE CANAL EXHIBIT: The New York State Museum will open the first phase of “Enterprising Waters: New York’s Erie Canal” on September 16. On display through October 20, 2019, the exhibition honors the bicentennial anniversary of the Erie Canal’s construction and features artifacts, images, posters, and documents from the collections of the State Museum, State Archives, State Library, and cultural institutions from across the state. The first phase of the exhibition explores the circumstances leading up to building the canal, the construction, and the famous “wedding of the waters” that marked the opening of the completed canal in 1825. Located at 222Madison Avenue in Albany, the Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9: 30a. m. to 5p. m. It is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Admission is free. Further information about programs and events can be obtained by calling 518474- 5877or visiting the Museum website at www. nysm. nysed. gov. BARRETT MEMORIAL RUN: Registration is now open for the 5th annual Barrett Memorial Run for students in grades K- 8, which will take place on Saturday, October 21, at Columbia High School. The 2.7mile course begins on the athletic fields before going up into the woods surrounding the school. Once on the trail, you will encounter hills, creeks, bridges and fields. The race will conclude on the track where everyone can watch you complete your run. A youth t- shirt will be included with entry while supplies last ( register by October 6to guarantee a shirt). Medals will be awarded by grade level. The race fee costs $ 20 if you register by October 10($ 25on day of race). Proceeds will go toward the Barrett Scholarship given to two graduating seniors on the Columbia Cross Country team. For more information and a registration form, please visit http://egcsd.org/2017/09/12/ 5th-annualbarrett- memorial- run/. JOURNEY TO THE FIRE TOWER: A series of kiosks along the route to the newly rehabilitated Dickinson Hill Fire Tower Historic Site in Graton Lakes State Park were recently installed, providing historical and cultural information on the area to the general public. The grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Interpretive Trail will be held on Saturday, September 30, starting at 9a. m. in the parking lot at the end of Long Pond Road. A moderate hike of approximately 2.5hours to the Fire Tower will start at 10: 30a. m. Please RSVP by September 20to email@example.com or 518- 641- 9660. BOTANICAL ILLUSTRATION WORKSHOP: On Saturday September 23, Battenkill Conservancy Board Member & artist, Elizabeth Cockey will offer a 1⁄ 2 day introductory workshop on botanical illustration in the Community Room of the Georgi Museum & Park located in Shushan. The workshop’s location at the Georgi Museum & Park is a perfect setting for exploring the different plants and shrubs found along the riverfront. Class size is limited to 10 participants with advance sign ups required. There is a $ 25requested donation and a a $ 15materials fee. Participants are welcome to bring their own supplies. The class runs from 10a. m. - 2p. m. and will break for a brown bag lunch. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 917- 658- 3589 for more information. COLLECT- A- CAN RIVER CLEANUP: Battenkill Conservancy’s “Collect a Can” Canoe River Clean Up is scheduled for Sunday, September 24beginning at 10a. m. at Battenkill Valley Outdoors off Route 313in Cambridge. The clean up happens annually when the river is low and discarded cans and bottles can be easily collected from the riverbank. Canoes and kayaks are used to navigate the narrow and more inaccessible areas of the river. Par---
ticipants are recommended to come with sturdy, water friendly shoes, gloves and a hardy brown bag lunch to enjoy post the clean up. All equipment and canoe shuttles are provided by Battenkill Valley Outdoors. A $ 5per canoe donation is suggested to help cover costs. Reserve your spot by September 22by emailing bkc@ battenkillconservancy. org or calling 518- 6772545.
WRITING FAMILY STORIES: Cheney Library in Hoosick Falls will host three Writing Family Stories Workshops on October 14, 21and 28, from 10a. m. to noon. Writer Susannah Risley will guide participants in memory exercises and the use of vivid language to get their stories on the page. The workshops are fun, non- judgmentall and supportive. They provide a way to get started in writing and direction to keep going. The workshops funded by Poets & Writers, Inc. are free and welcome both new and seasoned writers. Please call 518- 686- 9401 to register. NUTCRACKER AUDITIONS: The School of the Arts ( SOA) at the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs is excited to again present “The Nutcracker” this holiday season. The performance will feature Second Act variations. All local dancers between the ages of 7and 25are welcome to audition for a part. Auditions will be held on Saturday, September 23from 1: 30p. m. - 2: 30 p. m. for ages 7- 9and from 2: 30p. m. - 3: 30p. m. for ages 10and up. A small performance fee of $ 65 per dancer will be charged to cast members to cover production, costuming, and choreography costs. Dancers must commit to weekly afternoon rehearsals on Saturdays, beginning on October 7, a dress rehearsal on Friday, December 8, and two performances on Saturday, December 9at at Maple Avenue Middle School. To audition, please register online at http:// dancemuseum. org/ school/ auditions. html and arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled time slot. There are no audition fees. VENDORSWANTED: The Hope 7Community Center is seeking vendors for a craft/ vendor fair to be held on Saturday, November 18, from 10a. m. - 4p. m.,
at The Troy Lodge of Elks, 134N. Greenbush Road, Troy. The fee for a 10x 10 space, with an 8ft. table is $ 30., additional tables are available for $ 10. The deadline for applications is October 7. If you would like to participate, please contact or email: Michelle Houser at 518- 590- 6781 / Mhouser35@ aol. com or Laura Bevevino at 518598- 8446/ lauratbev@ aol. com.
BERKSHIRE SCENIC RAILWAY: As the leaves begin show hints of color in the Hoosac Valley, Berkshire Scenic Railway is gearing up for a busy fall foliage season. Foliage train rides begin September 30and will run every Saturday and Sunday through the end of October. Also, new for this year, Berkshire Scenic Railway will be hosting two evening Spirit Trains in October featuring professional psychic- medium, Julie MacDonald. For those who are looking for a more intimate experience with the spirit world, Julie will also be hosting a smallgroup spiritual seance on October 29at the restored railroad station in Lenox, MA. For more information visit www. hoosacvalleytrainride. com.
ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE: Third Sunday of each month, 2p. m. - 5p. m., October through April at Christ Church United Methodist, 35State St., Troy. Escape the frenzy of the 21st century and experience the beauty of 18th century dancing, moving slowly and gracefully in sync with beautiful classical music. If you’ve seen a Jane Austen film, you’ve had a glimpse of this elegant dance form in many of her novels, including “Pride and Prejudice”. Dances taught and called by professional callers. Enjoy live music by the Heartsease band. Beginners welcome, no partners needed. Please wear clean, flat, soft- soled shoes. More info: danceflurry. org/ recd. SECTIONAL BRIDGE TOURNAMENT: The Capital District Bridge Association will sponsor an early fall Sectional Bridge Tournament from Friday, September 22, through Sunday, September 24. All games will be held at the Shelly Studio, 6British American Blvd. Latham. Friday and Saturday’s games will be held at 10a. m. and 3p. m., both an open pair game and 0- 750. Sunday’s two session 42board play thru Swiss team game will start
at 11 a. m. For more information please call Bob Valenti at 518- 326- 3829. AVERILL PARK COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA: Do you play a musical instrument? The Averill Park Community Orchestra is starting rehearsals again and is eagerly seeking new members. If you or someone you know plays an orchestral instrument ( strings, woodwinds, or percussion) and may be interested in joining, please contact Christina Desmond at 518- 948- 0565. The orchestra is especially in need of string and low woodwind players. The APCO rehearses at Algonquin Middle School in Averill Park on Wednesday evenings from 7p. m. - 8: 30p. m., and performs two concerts a year, one in December and one in May. Rehearsals begin September 13, and new members will be accepted until October 4in preparation for a performance on Sunday, December 17. FAMILY ARDUINOWORKSHOP: The Tech Valley Center of Gravity at 30 Third Street, Troy, is hosting a family- oriented tech workshop on September 23from 10a. m. to 1 p. m.. Adults will work with aspiring young engineer/ scientist “family” members ( son/ daughter, niece/ nephew, mentee, neighbor’s kid, etc.) to learn microcontroller basics — wiring, basic coding, soldering and design — to build and program a sensoractivated colored night light. Each pair will take home an Arduino Uno microcontroller they can use for unlimited projects. The workshop is geared to kids 8and above, but younger ages are welcome if the accompanying adult feels the child will be able to handle this level of activity. The workshop registration fee of $ 85per team includes light refreshments and all materials. Register for the event at bit. ly/ TVCOGFamilyArduino923.
HUDSON HALL MOVABLE FEAST: Tickets are now on sale for Hudson Hall’s September 23Movable Feast, an evening of drinks and dining in some of Hudson’s most beautiful shops and homes. Celebrating its 22nd year, this Hudson institution gives guests the opportunity to taste the culinary delights of the Hudson Valley in the company of friends, neighbors and
visitors, all while supporting Hudson Hall in its mission to provide low or no cost arts and cultural programming to the community. Starting at $ 100, tickets can be purchased by calling ( 518) 822- 1438or visiting hudsonhall. org.
EVENING AT THE EARL: Do you walk your dog in Oakwood Cemetery? Do you use Oakwood’s roads to jog or run for fitness? Do you ride your bicycle there or walk your baby in a stroller? Maybe you love photographing Oakwood’s beautiful tomb stones or wildlife or you enjoy the variety of birds and plants found there. Or maybe you just love the serenity of the peaceful grounds and ponds. Did you know that Oakwood Cemetery is private property and the public is allowed to do all these activities only because of Oakwood’s generosity? You can express your support by purchasing tickets to their October 5“Evening at the Earl” benefit, a lively fundraiser with catered hors d’oeuvres, delicious wines and fun for all, held in the gorgeous rooms of the Gardner Earl Chapel. Proceeds support the ongoing restoration of this historic cemetery and its National Historic Landmark Earl Chapel. Call 1- 800- 556- 6273 to make reservations. Leave your name, phone & how many people. Pay on arrival. Credit cards accepted. HUDSON RIVER VALLEY RAMBLE:
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TRASK SHOWSEEKS ARTISTS: The Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation seeks artists inspired by the spirit of Saratoga Springs in all mediums to present and sell their work at the 6th Annual TRASK Art Show & Sale on Thursday, October 5, from 6: 30p. m. — 9: 30p. m. at the historic Canfield Casino in Congress Park, Saratoga Springs. Submitted artwork should interpret the spirit of life in Saratoga Springs and reflect the history, architecture, landscape, culture, preservation, philanthropy and generally the spirit of Saratoga Springs. Interpretations can be literal or abstract. Artists are allowed to submit up to three works in any medium with a $ 25artist entry fee. Deadline for submissions is Monday, September 25. The selected pieces of work must be brought to the Canfield Casino on Wednesday, October 4, between 10 a. m. and 5p. m. Visit www. saratogapreservation. org/ trask to view the Artist Prospectus and to submit artwork.
CRAFT FAIR VENDORS WANTED: The LathamColonie Knights of Columbus are seeking vendors for their craft fair to be held on Saturday, September 30, at the council hall located at 328Troy- Schenectady Rd, Latham. Table space available for indoor displays with additional space outside on the grounds, both open and covered. Reservations close September 16. For rates and more information, contact Kathy at 518- 2728831 or email: klmajer@ outlook. com. For order form, please visit www. lathamcoloniekofc. com. HAZARDOUSWASTE COLLECTION: The City of Troy’s 7th annual Household Hazardous Waste & Electronic Recycling Collection Day, scheduled for Saturday, September 23, provides Troy residents the opportunity to safely dispose of hazardous materials not accepted through the City’s normal garbage collection service. Residents wishing to participate in the program must pick up a Household Hazardous
Waste Day coupon at the Mayor’s Office at Troy City Hall, located at 433River Street, 5th floor. Coupons can be obtained by Troy residents ( with identification) during normal business hours, 8: 30a. m. – 4: 30p. m., Monday through Friday ( excluding holidays). Only 150coupons are available, and will be issued on a first- come, first served basis.
BENEFIT GOLF TOURNAMENT: Join the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York for the Jake Straughter Memorial Golf Tournament on Monday, September 25. A new unique format will be presented this year: the course will be composed of nine regulation holes and nine Par 3s, and each Par 3 will have a local pro golfer or local celebrity. Also new this year, teams will be assembled in fivesomes and the start time of 11a. m., followed by the Awards Reception from 4p. m. - 6p. m. ( note new time). Your day on the course will still include amazing food stations and wine tastings. Wolferts Roost Country Club, 120Van Rensselaer Blvd, Albany. Visit www. epilepsy. com/ northeastern- newyork for more information. WOMEN’S PRESS CLUB AWARDS: The Women’s Press Club of New York State ( WPCNYS) will confer local and national women of distinction with its awards at 6p. m. on Thursday, September 28, at the WPCNYS’ Annual Awards and Scholarship Dinner at Treviso by Mallozzi, located at the Italian Community Center in Albany. Given the popularity of the honorees, which include Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and MSNBC anchor Chris Jansing, the WPCNYS has opened ticket sales to the public. Tickets are $ 46for members and $ 49.50for non- members. Details regarding meal selection and the strict refund policy are available on the reservations page. Please note that tickets are available on a first- come, first- served basis. Reservationsmay be made through Event Brite at https:// www. eventbrite. com/ e/ annualawardsscholarship- dinnertickets36517940142.
The 18th annual Hudson River Valley Ramble kicks- off on Saturday, September 2, with a weekend full of activities and continues throughout September with some 240exciting outdoor adventures across New York’s Hudson Valley. The Ramble offers visitors and residents of all ages an opportunity to experience the distinct cultural heritage and landscape of the region by hiking a trail, visiting an historic site, or paddling on the river during the Northeast’s most beautiful time of the year. Ramble events are led by naturalists, ecologists, historians, geologists, and trained volunteers from more than 150organizations. Events include hikes, walking tours, paddling excursions, festivals, historic site tours, and other family friendly activities. For a complete listing of events,