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EDITOR’S NOTE: This calendar is being regularly updated to reflect all event cancellations and postponements....

EDITOR’S NOTE: This calendar is being regularly updated to reflect all event cancellations and postponements. However, it is recommended that readers contact event organizers before they attend. For the most updated version of the calendar, please visit or troyrecord.com.

CHOWDERFEST BINGO: This year, Troy ChowderFest invites Downtown Troy shoppers and diners to join in on the competition. Although large events are not possible due to the pandemic, participants can still enjoy the 14th year of ChowderFest in a modified format with #CozyInTroy ChowderFest BINGO. Download the card and celebrate all things cozy now through Oct. 31. Participation is free and welcomes all ages, palates, styles and interests. ChowderFest BINGO is an easy and safe way to get out and about and connect for a thriving downtown. It can be safely played at home, with to-go or delivery, online retail sites or with categories like “Pay it Forward,” “I Live in Troy” and “Support a Charity.” Warm up your home with incense, a furniture item, new paint, or scented soap. Afterwards try a “Traditional,” “Vegetarian,” “Seafood” or “Non-Traditional” soup from a Downtown business. As weather cools, options to “Gift a Friend” or “Gift your favorite Small Business Owner” are small easy tokens of appreciation. Downtown Troy presents 10 full days & nights to experience the annual chowder competition in a new way. BINGO participants only need 4 spots filled on their game card to enter into the Prize Raffle, but just how many spots can you fill? Sign up at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/get-cozyintroy-with-chowderfest-bingo-tickets-124189288505 to have the BINGO card and notifications directly to your email. Once participants have their card completed, snap a pic and hashtag #CozyInTroy, on any social platform, to be entered into the Prize Raffle. Not on social media? Email a picture of your completed card to [email protected] The last day to enter is Saturday, Oct. 31. For the full details on ChowderFest BINGO visit www.downtowntroy.org/chowderfest.

PARENT EDUCATION SERIES: CCE Albany & the Voorheesville Public Library Offer The Middle Years, a Parent Education Series for Parents/Caregivers of Youth Ages 5 – 10. Join Cornell Cooperative Extension Albany County and the Voorheesville Public Library for the virtual four-part parent/caregiver education series, The Middle Years. This researched-based parenting program helps parents/caregivers with children from ages 5 – 10 enhance their parenting skills. This program will assist participants, who are experts on their families, in developing a deeper understanding of how their personal and parenting knowledge and behavior affects their children. This program will also include resources and information relevant to the impact of COVID-19 on parenting and children, including strategies to better manage challenges in the current school year for remote, hybrid or in-person learners. Additional topics include, strategies to manage parent and child stress, understanding parenting styles, raising responsible children with positive discipline strategies; and, improving family communication and strengthening family relationships. Thursdays, November 5, 12, 19, & December 3, 2020, 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. Hosted via Zoom in partnership with the Voorheesville Public Library. Zoom meeting information will be provided to registered participants prior to the program start. Advance registration is required with the Voorheesville Public Library at https://voorheesvillelibrary.org/, or with CCE Albany: text/phone 518.598.9937 or email [email protected]

VIRTUAL TROY TURKEY TROT: Due to ongoing health concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, Troy Turkey Trot officials announce they have modified this year’s 73rd edition from an in-person to virtual event. The virtual edition will use a state-of-the-art Troy Turkey Trot app that allows participants to race with others, real time powered by RTRT.me. Registration opens Tuesday, Oct. 13 and closes Saturday, Nov. 28. Multiple registration price points are available. Visit TroyTurkeyTrot.com to learn more and register. While Trotters won’t physically be together in person this year on Thanksgiving morning, event organizers remain committed to supporting the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York and Joseph’s House & Shelter, a Troy-based not-for-profit whose mission is to prevent and alleviate homelessness in the Capital Region. After registering for the event, participants in the 5K, 10K, Grade School Mile and Turkey Walk will receive an email asking them to download the customized Troy Turkey Trot app, which will be available for both iOS and Android devices. The app uses their phone’s GPS to track their race progress, and receive real-time data, regardless of their location. Organizers plan to hold a series of socially responsible day-of-event activities, including a mascot race and a Facebook Live broadcast Thanksgiving morning with event charities. Additional details will follow. For more information, visit TroyTurkeyTrot.com.

NORTH CHATHAM UNITED METHODIST CHURCH WORSHIP SERVICES: The North Chatham United Methodist Church is worshiping in our sanctuary on the first and third Sundays of the month, with masks and social distancing required. Worshipers should enter through the back door of the church. On all other Sundays, worship is virtual. All worship services are at 11:00 AM and all are available on ZOOM. The ZOOM login information is on our website

(northchathammethodistchurch.org). For more information on North Chatham United Methodist Church, please call 518-766-3535 or visit our website. Thanks and we hope to see you soon, in person or on ZOOM!

UNDERSTANDING SHAKESPEARE: Join the Troy Public Library on Thursdays, October 22nd – November 19th from 6:30PM – 7:30PM for our Understanding Shakespeare workshop. This will be a five-session program on how to understand Shakespeare’s plays. We will start our discussion with Act 1 of Shakespeare’s comedy “All’s Well That Ends Well.” In the following four weeks we will discuss the play one act at a time. This program will allow the participants to put the play in a variety of contexts, such as its relationship to his other works and to current events. Tom Bulger, Shakespeare Scholar and retired professor from Siena College will lead this workshop. Please have Act One read for the October 22nd discussion. This program will be presented using Zoom. Joining the presentation will require the installation of the Zoom client on your computer (microphone and speakers required for audio, camera for video) or the Zoom app on your mobile device. This program is free and open to the public. Registration is necessary. For more information and to register, call the library at 274-7071 or online at www.thetroylibrary.org.

A MATTER OF BALANCE WORKSHOP: Join us for A Matter of Balance, a FUN and interactive program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels for individuals 60 & over. Catholic Charities Senior & Caregiver Support Services (CCSCSS) has partnered with the Watervliet Senior Center to offer A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls 8-week Workshop, starting on Monday, October 26 from 1pm to 3pm and runs through December 14, 2020. This 8-week Workshop will be hosted at the Watervliet Senior Center, 1501 Broadway, Watervliet. The cost is free to attend. Please call CCSCSS at 518-372-5667 x. 205 to register, or for more information. There are many myths about falling. Falling happens to other people, not me. As long as I stay home, I can avoid falling. Fear of falling can be just as dangerous as falling itself. People who develop this fear often limit their activities, which can result in severe physical weakness, making the risk of falling even greater. Many older adults also experience increased isolation and depression when they limit their interactions with family and friends. A Matter of Balance can help people improve their quality of life and remain independent. A Matter of Balance is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults 60+. Participants learn to set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and learn simple exercises to increase strength and balance. Please call 518-372-5667 x. 205 to register as space is limited. Please note, social distancing and masks are required to attend. This workshop may be postponed or cancelled at any time due to COVID-19 concerns.

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS INITIATIVES: To Life!, a not-for-profit organization providing breast cancer support services and women’s health education is pleased to offer initiatives to celebrate breast cancer awareness during the month of October. A special education series, community recognition, exercise challenges, and wellness opportunities will be available in addition to the regular programming offered by To Life! throughout the year. For its Women’s Health Conference, To Life! will host a series of six one-hour virtual programs. These talks cover topics related to surviving and thriving following a breast cancer diagnosis. Talks presented by local medical experts, and will be offered free of charge. Registration is required, visit the To Life website to learn more. Participants can also support October awareness by signing a pink card at local businesses. If your business would like a supply of pink cards contact the office. Finally, To Life! will host a virtual Pink Ball fundraising initiative throughout the month of October. We recognize and applaud the efforts of the health care professionals and community members, including Herb and Annmarie Ellis, who will receive the Community Advocate Award on October 30. To Life! has provided services to women and families since 1998. Founded by Mara Ginsberg, a breast cancer survivor and advocate, To Life! serves a 10-county region including: Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren and Washington counties. To Life! remains committed to fulfill our role as a reliable resource for individuals and families dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis. During this extraordinary year, the demand for our support services has risen dramatically and we continue to meet the need. We rely on public support to raise funds necessary to continue the programs and services our community counts on, funds that allow To Life! operations to continue. Please visit our website www.tolife.org.

SPEIGLE ELDERS: With restrictions still in place due to the current pandemic, this year’s expansive events’ schedule has been canceled through 2020 with the following exception. The club sponsors a non-sanctioned bowling league which is open to members and non-members as well and is held at noon on Mondays at the Green Island Lanes. Fees are $9.00 weekly ($6.00 for bowling and the balance toward prizes and end of year banquet.) This league will follow all COVID-19 protocol while providing exercise and fun on a weekly basis and is currently seeking new and substitute bowlers. Registration takes place every Monday at the lanes or by contacting Mary Riley, 518-469-7782 or Lois Kewley, 518-235-3788.

RACE IN AMERICA READING GROUP: Uncovering and Recovering Race in America: A Reading and Discussion Group – On November 3rd & 17th and December 1st & 15th at 6PM, Dr. Jennifer Thompson Burns will lead a reading and discussion group at the Troy Public Library. This reading and discussion group will explore the inception, inculcation, and function of race in American society. We chose this topic to improve our understanding of systematic, and social, inclusion and exclusion in American systems. Our goal is to tease out the implicit ways race serves as a real, and imagined, force in the lives of all Americans. This group will explore racial dynamics in America, centering on the intersectional forces imbedded in systematic racism to better understand the racial disparities in economics, health care and mass incarceration in America today. The first book the group will read is Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do by Jennifer L. Eberhardt. Please have this book read for the first meeting. Copies of the book are available at the check out desk. Registration is required and is limited. For more information and to register call the library at 518-274-7071or online at www.thetroylibrary.org. This program will be presented using Zoom. Joining the presentation will require the installation of the Zoom client on your computer (microphone and speakers required for audio, camera for video) or the Zoom app on your mobile device.

FIELD OF HORRORS: Local haunted attraction Field of Horrors is open from 6 to 11 p.m. on Oct. 23, 24, 25, 30 and 31. This year’s event will feature five different attractions, including the all-new Dr. Morbid’s Haunted House. More information is available online at fieldofhorrors.com, where tickets are available for purchase.

COMFORT FOR THOSE WHO MOURN: This is a 6-week non-denominational Christian grief support group for all those grieving the death of a loved one. We will meet in person using Covid guidelines for safe distancing in the Great Room at St Luke’s on the Hill, 40 McBride Rd., Mechanicville (located off Pruyn Hill Rd in the Town of Halfmoon). Wednesdays from 4:30-6:00pm October 21 – December 2, 2020. You may register by phone at 518-664-4834 or email [email protected] For further information visit stlukesonthehill.org/events.

ZOOM MEDITATION: The Troy Public Library will offer Meditation Classes on Mondays, Sept. 14 – Oct. 26 at 6PM. Learn a surprisingly simple yet powerful practice that can help your reduce stress, get recharged, experience overall improved physical health and possibly get you “blissed-out” all while sitting comfortably in a chair. Led by Michael Fuselli, with over 30 years of meditation teaching and practice experience. Beginners always welcome. Registration is required. This program will be presented using Zoom. Joining the presentation will require the installation of the Zoom client on your computer (microphone and speakers required for audio, camera for video) or the Zoom app on your mobile device. Please register by calling 518-274-7071, online at www.thetroylibrary.org or by stopping at the information desk.

CLOTHING SHED CLOSED: The Latham Colonie Knights of Columbus and the Columbiettes thank you for your tremendous support of this fundraising activity especially in the past months when our Social Parlor/Council Hall has been closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Our Clothing Shed has been temporarily closed! It is hoped that this is just a temporary situation and we can reopen the shed quickly. For more information, contact the K of C at 518-783-0572.

LVORC ACCEPTING NEW TUTORS AND STUDENTS:Since 1968, Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County has helped adults to improve their ability to read, write, speak and understand English. We train volunteers to provide two hours per week of free, confidential tutoring in a public setting. New tutors and learners can join Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County by calling (518) 244-4650 or sending an email to [email protected] Call (518) 244-4650 to register. Visit www.lvorc.org for more information.

REUNION CANCELED: Under the current Covid-19 restrictions on gatherings that are in place, we are unable to hold the Clinton Heights Annual Reunion this year. Please mark your calendar for next year’s reunion to be held Friday, September 10th at Melvin Roads American Legion in East Greenbush.

TROY LIBRARY UPDATE: Troy Public Library is now open with limited services. For your health and safety, the Main Library will be open to the public with limited services available Tuesday – Saturday 11-6. Masks are required for everyone who enters the building. Please continue to return your items to the book drop near the front entrance – this allows us to quarantine them for safety. Curbside service continues, call the library for details at 518-274-7071. There will be a maximum of 25 people allowed into the building at a time. Please use your time wisely to give others a chance to enter. Public computers will be available for 1 hour per day, see the information desk when you arrive to make a reservation. Fax and copier services are available. Use of the Troy Room will be by appointment only. Meeting rooms are not yet available. Public Restrooms are not available. No CDTA Navigator cards at this time. Not accepting book donations at this time. There will be no browsing available in the young people’s room but a librarian will be happy to assist you in this department. For details and more information, contact us by phone at 518-274-7071 or online at www.thetroylibrary.org. The Troy Public Library is located at 100 Second Street, Troy.

VIRTUAL HIDDEN GARDEN TOUR: Troy’s popular Hidden Garden Tour returns as a virtual tour. Now in its 21st year, the tour is a fundraiser to benefit Troy’s Prospect Park. Ordinarily, tour goers pay an admission fee to receive a self-guided map to more than 40 private gardens which are open for one night only throughout the Historic Sage, Washington Park and adjoining neighborhoods. In previous years, the rain-or-shine event has attracted more than 1,000 tour goers in one day. This year’s virtual tour features 28 gardens, captured in 360-degree interactive photographs that viewers can explore online with their computer or mobile devices. Twelve gardeners recorded personal video messages, which are embedded in their stop on the virtual tour at HiddenGardenTour.com. While most of the gardens are approximately the same size, about 20 feet by 30 feet, they vary greatly in style. Some of the gardens feature charming pathways, fountains and pools. Some are filled with flowers, while others have more plants and vegetables — all lovingly tended by gardeners of all skill levels. The online virtual tour is offered at no charge, but donations are welcomed and will benefit ongoing improvement projects in historic Prospect Park, located on Congress Street in Troy. Friends of Prospect Park, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit hopes to provide free event programming in the park in future, when such activities are deemed safe to the public. Donation information is available on the tour’s website. The virtual tour can be accessed through a desktop or laptop computer as well as via tablet or smartphone. Certain gardens have a “play” button that will launch a special video message. The gardens are listed by number and the owners first names in the left hand column and clicking on the circular icon will open that particular garden’s 3D tour. One upside of the virtual version of the garden tour is that this one is always sunny. It’s also accessible 24 hours per day for at least a month. For more information Visit www.hiddengardentour.com on your desktop or laptop computer.

RENSSELAER PUBLIC LIBRARY UPDATE: The Rensselaer Public Library now has curbside service for checking out library items. Items can be requested online at catalog.uhls.org, or people can call the library to get help selecting items. The bookdrop will be open for returns of any item in our library system. Curbside service hours will be limited, please call the Library at 462-1193 for details. Staff are also available to help with computer questions and can help set up an online video chat for doing interviews or meetings. For more information, visit our website at Rensselaerlibrary.org.

TICK TALK: The Lyme Action Network is taking its message to the online platform. To help people understand about Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, the Lyme Action Network will be offering video presentations, Zoom meetings, and other virtual events to help people understand the dangers of tick bites and what to do if they get bitten. The Lyme Action Network has already confirmed three presentations, with more in the pipeline. The first features Professor Holly Ahern, Associate Professor of Microbiology, SUNY Adirondack, presenting Tick Born Disease – Update 2020. In this recorded talk, Holly reviews the essential information about TBD’s and shares her “insider’s perspective” on the status of very promising research. This talk, originally given at a recent meeting of the Lake George Land Conservancy, is currently available on Lyme Action Network’s YouTube Channel, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHNfY_htKmY. Additional information can be found at LymeActionNetwork.org.

VIRTUAL ART SHOW: In times of turmoil, art offers a chance for peace. Join Choose Cohoes for Art (CCfA) in their first virtual CAS (Cohoes Artist Showcase). Over 16 artists from Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Schenectady Counties share their art in this special show. You can view a sampling of their work, learn about the artists in their own words and reach out to them with comments and encouragement. One of the best things about it, is you can check it out on your own schedule. Check out CCfA’s website www.ChooseCohoesForArt.org to learn more about this organization and select the link on the left of the page to go to the virtual show.

STEPHENTOWN HISTORICAL SOCIETY UPDATE: The Stephentown Historical Society Board has announced that both the June Annual Strawberry Festival and late summer Annual Community Tag Sale will not be held this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Monthly program meetings have also been cancelled until further notice.

BARRE CLASS FOR OLDER ADULTS: The National Museum of Dance is pleased to announce that Mary Anne Fantauzzi will be offering The Ageless Dancer Ballet Barre class for older adults again beginning August 17. This popular class was offered via Zoom to over one hundred participants in spring 2020. It will return for two more Zoom sessions on Mondays 2:00–3:00 pm from galleries within the National Museum of Dance. The class teaches classical ballet technique designed for participants ages 50+. The class will use a chair or ballet barre for support. Participants will remain standing throughout the class to promote core stabilization and balance. Ballet slippers or split sole sneakers and fitness attire are recommended. Session 2: October 19 – November 30 (no class November 23) | 6 classes via Zoom. Reduced class fees are made possible by a grant from Soroptimist International of Saratoga County (SISC). Payment can be made via PayPal at www.nationalmuseumofdance.org/calendar, or by mailing a check to the National Museum of Dance at 99 South Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Session 2: 6 classes for $30. Flexible class card: 10 classes for $60. All class cards expire December 31, 2020 and can only be used for The Ageless Dancer class. For questions and to register, please contact Mary Anne Fantauzzi at [email protected]

JOURNEY TO TRUTH CLASS: Awakening: Journey to Truth Class – eight Tuesdays, beginning October 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m. In this practical spirituality class based on the book The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer, students are invited to get in touch with their true selves and explore their spiritual essence and divine wisdom through experiential exercises, class discussions, and reading. Suggested donation: $20 per class. Hosted by Albany-Saratoga Spiritual Adventures via Zoom. For more information or to sign up, visit www.newthoughtnewyork.org, our Meetup.com group or call (518) 366-9918.

WEEKLY LADIES BIBLE STUDY: Esther: It’s Tough Being a Woman DVD Bible Study with Beth Moore. Beginning Thursday, Sept 17 through Nov 19 we will be hosting this 10-week study. Thursdays at 10am both in-person and via Zoom and at 7-8:30pm via Zoom. Contact Deacon Lynne at [email protected] for more info. and to register. Also, check out the St. Luke’s on the Hill website stlukesonthehill.org for further details.

NATUREFEST: Moreau Lake State Park NatureFest 2020 is going virtual. To help fight the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve cancelled our annual onsite event. With the help of many Friends we have created a dedicated website that will feature individual videos, links and content highlighting local experts and organizations in many areas covering the environment, wildlife rehabilitation, conservation and sustainable practices. We’ll also have games for friends and families to enjoy together. We invite you to visit our dedicated NatureFest 2020 website naturefest2020.org.

WALK FOR APRAXIA: Apraxia Kids will host the 2020 Plattsburgh Virtual Walk for Apraxia to continue the efforts of supporting children, families, and professionals affected by childhood apraxia of speech. Registered participants are encouraged to spread awareness by walking in their own local areas. All Walk for Apraxia events in North America were changed to a virtual experience to ensure the health and safety of all participants. The funds raised through the Plattsburgh Virtual Walk for Apraxia benefit Apraxia Kids, the leading nonprofit that works to strengthen the support systems in the lives of children with childhood apraxia of speech (CAS). This organization educates both families and speech-language professionals, endorses evidence-based research, and spreads awareness about this disorder so that children with CAS can reach their highest communication potential through accurate diagnosis and appropriate, timely treatment. Childhood apraxia of speech is a motor speech disorder that makes it difficult for children to speak. Children with this diagnosis generally have a good understanding of language and know what they want to say, but have difficulty learning or carrying out the complex sequenced movements that are necessary for intelligible speech. There is no cure and treatment often requires many years of intense speech therapy. Raising awareness is one of the most tangible ways that communities at large can help children with apraxia thrive. Collective increased awareness means that children will be diagnosed faster, resulting in better, earlier intervention. For more information and to register for the Walk for Apraxia, please visit: https://www.apraxia-kids.org/walk-for-apraxia-splash-page/. For more information about Apraxia Kids and childhood apraxia of speech, please visit: apraxia-kids.org.

CHAPMAN MUSEUM OPEN WITH NEW EXHIBIT: On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, the Chapman Museum’s 2020 summer exhibit looks at the role of propaganda posters in building public support during the war. Featured are over 50 home front posters, which had been collected by Linc Cathers during his childhood. They urge Americans to buy war bonds, work hard, be healthy, conserve precious materials, and avoid careless talk. The exhibit encourages viewers to compare the era to today, and to consider how we as a nation address the challenges we face. Also featured in the exhibit are excerpts of the LOOK magazines series of articles about “Hometown, USA,” which examined Glens Falls as a model city on the home front during WWII, and a small changing display about the experiences of local service men. Related virtual programs are planned. The museum will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to noon and 1 to 4 pm, in compliance with CDC Covid-19 guidelines and NYS Phase 4 safety regulations. The museum will be cleaned twice daily, and hands-on displays will be sanitized after each use. Capacity is limited, so members of the public are encouraged to schedule their visits. Masks are required. For safety reasons the museum’s Research Room will remain closed to the public. Research requests should be submitted in writing, by email or the museum’s website research form. The museum shop, which features local books and prints, will be open. Curbside and online options are preferred. The Chapman Museum is located at 348 Glen Street, Glens Falls. Admission: Suggested donation – $5 adults, $4 Seniors and Students, Under 12 free. For more information visit the museum’s website at www.chapmanmuseum.org or call (518) 793-2826.

FEMINIST HISTORY COURSE: In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, the League of Women Voters of Saratoga County has received a grant from Soroptimist International of Saratoga County to conduct a six-week feminist history course titled Making Waves: An Historical Perspective on Women’s March Toward Equality. Due to restrictions imposed by the pandemic, the course will be conducted remotely for six consecutive weeks on Mondays from 6:30-9pm, beginning September 28 through November 2. Thanks to grant funding, there is no fee to participate but Zoom must be downloaded (free) on students’ devices in advance, and attendance at all six classes is expected because the curriculum is scaffolded. There will also be some homework. Participants will journey from Seneca Falls, NY in 1848 to Washington, DC in 2020 via literature, documentaries, music, and reenactments. The instructor, Patricia Nugent, has been a student of the women’s suffrage movement for many decades, feeling a deep personal connection to those who opened up opportunities for her and other women. She’s the author of the play “The Stone that Started the Ripple” about a modern-day reunion of the founding suffragists, and editor of the book “Before They Were Our Mothers: Voices of Women Born Before Rosie Started Riveting.” Class size will be limited to 30 participants, aged 16 and up, with preference given to Saratoga County residents. To register, email the following information to [email protected]: Name, Address, Cell Phone, Email. Please include your intent to attend all six classes. Questions may also be directed to Ms. Nugent at that email address.

VIRTUAL DANCE CLASSES: The National Museum of Dance is pleased to offer a limited series of virtual dance classes! Ashley Bouder and Alec Knight of New York City Ballet will each be teaching a six-week session of ballet and acclaimed actors Chris Riggi and Stephanie Koenig will jointly be teaching a four-week session of film acting. Classes begin Tuesday, October 13, 2020. Film Acting Class with Chris Riggi and Stephanie Koenig, Tuesdays 6 – 7:30 pm (Four-week session ends Tuesday, November 3); Intermediate Ballet with Alec Knight, Thursdays 4:30 – 6 pm (Six-week session ends Thursday, November 19); Intermediate/Advanced Ballet with Ashley Bouder, Fridays 4:30 – 6 pm (Six-week session ends Friday, November 20). To register for the classes, please visit https://www.nationalmuseumofdance.org/calendar. For questions, please contact Bruce Curtis at [email protected] We hope to see you on Zoom!

CARPENTRY APPRENTICESHIPS: The North Atlantic States Carpenters Training Fund (formerly known as New England Carpenters Apprenticeship Fund and Northeast Carpenters Apprenticeship Fund) will conduct a recruitment through June 5, 2021 for five linoleum, resilient tile and carpet layer apprentices, the New York State Department of Labor announced today. Applications are available online at https://www.nectf.org/ during the recruitment period. Applicants who do not have internet access may visit their local library or nearest New York State Department of Labor Career Center. Applications are also available at the information sessions indicated below. Prior to submitting an application, applicants are required to attend an information session at the North Atlantic States Carpenter Training Fund (NASCTF) – 16 Corporate Circle, Albany, NY 12203; which is given on the first Monday of each month at 6:00 P.M. If the first Monday falls on a holiday, the information session will occur on the second Monday of that month at 6:00 P.M. At the conclusion of the information session, a code will be provided, which is required to complete an application. If assistance is required for completing an on-line application, please visit the NASCTF listed above, between the hours of 9:00 A.M. and 3:00 P.M., Monday through Friday. Please contact the NASCTF at (518) 438-0901 for availability of information sessions in additional locations. Applications will be available at these locations as well. All information sessions have been cancelled until further notice. To complete an application, please contact our training center.For further information, applicants should contact North Atlantic States Carpenters Training Fund at (518) 438-0901 Additional job search assistance can be obtained at your local New York State Department of Labor Career Center (see: https://www.labor.ny.gov/career-center-locator/location-list-all.php).

ELECTRICIAN APPRENTICESHIPS: The Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC) for Electricians, Local Union #910, will conduct a recruitment through May 3, 2021 for 15 electrician apprentices, the New York State Department of Labor announced today. Applications can be obtained online at http://ibew910.org/ejatc/. Applications can also be obtained and completed in person at JATC for Electricians, Local Union #910, 25001 Water Street, Watertown, NY, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., or at 28 New York Road, Plattsburgh, NY, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., on the first Monday of each month, excluding legal holidays, during the recruitment period. If a legal holiday falls on the first Monday of the month, applications will be accepted on the second Monday. Applicants must bring current resume at the time of application. All applications must be submitted no later than May 3, 2021. For further information, applicants should contact JATC for Electricians, Local Union #910 at (315) 782-1675. Additional job search assistance can be obtained at your local New York State Department of Labor Career Center at https://www.labor.ny.gov/career-center-locator/location-list-all.php.

ONLINE ART EXHIBIT: Sage BFA 2020: Now Online. Congratulations to Sage’s graduating Art + Design students! Visit the online gallery AT art.sage.edu/bfa2020 to see work selected for this year’s BFA Exhibition.

CHAMBER MUSIC SEASON CANCELED: Friends of Chamber Music of Troy, NY, has canceled its season in response to the COVID-19 Outbreak. Although the Friends of Chamber Music had initially hoped to reschedule the Escher String Quartet and Sonnambula performances, the board, in conversation with the artists, decided to cancel the remainder of their 2019-2020 season. Subscribers and ticket holders are being offered a full refund but are encouraged to consider donating the value of their tickets. In recognition of the difficulty so many artists are facing at this time, Friends of Chamber Music is pledging to contribute 50% of the donations received to the New Music Solidarity Fund and is fulfilling their contracts with the ensembles whose concerts were cancelled.

SPAC LEARNING LIBRARY: Saratoga Performing Arts Center announced that it has unveiled its new Learning Library, created to bring free original arts educational content to students, families and educators at a time when previously scheduled in-school presentations and classes are not feasible due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of the Center’s mission to provide meaningful educational programming to the community while also supporting local artists, the videos and exercises feature more than 25 professional musicians and dancers who have been affected by the pandemic such as Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company, professional stepping company Soul Steps and Caroga Arts Collective, as well as former Broadway performers, composers and local storytellers. The SPAC Learning Library can be accessed at spaclearninglibrary.org and is part of the Center’s new “Creative Connection” online campaign. SPAC believes in the transformative power of art and beauty to restore and enrich the human spirit. Creative Connection and the Learning Library were launched as part of SPAC’s expanded mission to provide online resources, community groups, and educational content to inspire and create a sense of community and hope.

HOME BIBLE STUDY: Free Spirit Fellowship of Ballston Spa is now offering Exploring God’s Word Home Bible Study via Youtube. Taught by Pastor LaFave, these twelve lessons take you through an interesting study of the Old and New Testaments. For further info or questions please contact 518-885-3149.

APPRENTICESHIP OPPORTUNITY: The Finishing Trades Institute of New York at Albany, District Council #9, Local Union #201, will conduct a recruitment through June 30, 2021 for five glazier apprentices. The five openings listed for apprentices represent the total number for three recruitment regions: Capital District, Mohawk Valley, and North Country regions. Applications can be obtained at The Finishing Trades Institute of New York at Albany Training Center, 191 Broadway, Menands, NY, every Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., excluding legal holidays, during the recruitment period. Applications are not available on national holidays. All applications must be filled out on the premises. The Committee requires that applicants must be at least 18 years old, Must have a high school diploma or general equivalency diploma (such as a TASC or GED), must have reliable transportation to and from job sites and required classes at the approved school and must have a valid Driver’s License to operate company vehicles. For further information, applicants should contact The Finishing Trades Institute of New York at Albany, District Council #9, Local Union #201, at (518) 355-4840. Additional job search assistance can be obtained at your local New York State Department of Labor Career Center (see: https://www.labor.ny.gov/career-center-locator/location-list-all.php).

ONLINE MUSEUM PROGRAMMING: The World Awareness Children’s Museum is excited to announce their new Online Programming for families to enjoy from the safety of their own homes! There is their weekly “Living Room Explorers” series, which talks about a different country each week while also playing games, looking at art, and giving instructions on a fun craft for families to do at home! There is also downloadable content like crossword puzzles to enjoy, and instructional yoga classes for the whole family to participate in. Parents can visit www.worldchildrensmuseum.org/online-programming to view their entire library of content. And the Museum is also proud to announce the launch of their new “Arts & Artifacts” page on their website, which highlights selections from a different country each month from their International Youth Art Exchange collection, as well as their 8,000+ strong artifact collection. Visitors can visit their website at www.worldchildrensmuseum.org/arts-artifacts to browse the month’s selections!

ALIVE AT FIVE: CANCELED – The City of Albany announced the cancelation of Alive at Five. As a result of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s order and continued guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that recommends community-wide mass gatherings be cancelled, the City has decided it can no longer move ahead with Alive at Five as originally scheduled. The City’s main priority is ensuring the health and safety of our residents and our community. On Thursdays, the Office of Cultural Affairs hosts a live streaming show via Facebook Live called Live at Five. Live at Five features hour-long performances from 5pm to 6pm by artists singing a variety of originals and covers. The status of upcoming events is still being evaluated at this time in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. The City of Albany will provide more information on the status of these events at a later date. We hope everyone remains safe and we look forward to seeing you all at the Corning Preserve and Washington Park in 2021!

ONLINE FARMERS MARKET: The Troy Waterfront Farmers Market recently launched the TWFM Online Market, an online ordering system featuring items from more than 50 vendors, with more vendors expected to join soon. TWFM Online allows customers to place orders twice a week for Wednesday and Saturday pickups at Carioto Produce Distribution Center located at 80 Cohoes Avenue, Green Island. Market leadership said partnering with Carioto was a great fit because the grocery supplier currently has ample refrigeration space to accommodate extra items from the farmers market. At the traditional Saturday market, customers must purchase items from each individual vendor. TWFM Online allows customers to order from multiple vendors – without leaving their home – adding items to a virtual shopping cart, with only one total payment by credit card required at checkout. All this with a safe contact-less pick up right to your vehicle. SNAP/EBT payments can be accommodated at pick up. The market recognizes that this solution is hard for those without cars, and although arrangements can be made to pick up on foot, the market is looking at alternative long-term solutions for more accessible pick up. Access TWFM Online from troymarket.org or directly at troymarket.localfoodmarketplace.com.

BULK COLLECTION: Troy’s bulk collection has resumed on a limited basis. This service will be available on Saturdays, beginning October 10th through November 21st, on a first come, first serve basis. To schedule a bulk pickup appointment, please contact the DPW dispatcher at (518) 270-4579.

VIRTUAL SARATOGA HOLIDAY CRAFT MARKETPLACE: Start your holiday shopping with our virtual show on November 14th and culminating with specials offered on November 28th which is Small Business Saturday and the original date of our show. Find crafters from previous shows or a discover new ones. These locally handmade items include Art, Quilting, Floral, Holiday Décor, Pottery, Baskets, Fashion, Woodworking. Visit www.saratogacraft.org home page anytime between November 14-28 and click on the link to the show to begin your virtual shopping. All proceeds benefit the Saratoga Center for the Family in their mission to reduce and treat abuse, neglect, trauma and mental health in our community’s children and families.

DAYCARE OPENINGS: A Child’s Place at Unity House recently reopened a few of its day care classrooms with a limited number of children and now is prepared to open more classrooms to help essential workers who have children in need of day care. A Child’s Place is now able to take an additional children at both its Troy site and its Albany location. Currently, A Child’s Place is enrolling small groups of children per room and staffing each room with just one teacher to minimize contact between children and adults. In addition, the highest level of CDC precautions are being practiced. A Child’s Place serves children from five weeks to five years old in classrooms for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Its centers are located at 435 Fourth St. in Troy and 50 Philip St. in Albany. The centers also provide early intervention and preschool developmental services in speech/language, physical and occupational therapy. To inquire about enrolling a child at A Child’s Place, contact Kathy D’Angelo at 518-960-2660 or a [email protected]

SPEIGLE ELDERS: CANCELED – President Carol Vozzy has issued a cancellation of all of our senior meetings, social events until further notice.

LITERARY CLUB: The Ilium Literary Club of Troy will be celebrating its 100th anniversary in October 2022. We are looking for members & former members to help us plan this celebration. If you have memorabilia, stories of different events, history of the Club, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Barbara at [email protected] or call 518-274-2949.

EAST SIDE SENIORS: Bocce Ball playing has been canceled until further notice. Also, regular Tuesday meetings are canceled until further notice.

LEAF BAG COLLECTION SUSPENDED: Due to staffing limitations resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak, weekly leaf bag collection is temporarily suspended. We apologize for the inconvenience. For more information on the City’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, including health protocols implemented at City-owned facilities and changes to non-essential services, please visit www.troyny.gov/coronavirus.

GRAFTON MERRYMAKERS: Grafton Merrymakerswill keep you updated when our next meeting will take place. If you have any questions please call Betty Jean at 518-272-8624. The Grafton Merrymakers typically meet on the second Wednesday of each month from March through November at the Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Road in Grafton. If you are interested in joining the Merrymakers please come to a meeting, or call the senior center Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at 518-279-3413.

HOLLOWED HARVEST: ‘The Hollowed Harvest’ will feature 7,000 incredible Jack-O’-Lanterns creating stunning landscapes and larger-than-life displays, some towering as tall as 3 stories, and spanning more than 60 feet in length! The Hollowed Harvest will continue Thursday through Sunday of each week through the beginning of November with additional dates added the week of Halloween. Show dates and ticket information are available on the web at HollowedHarvest.com. From dinosaurs to zombies, sea creatures to medieval castles, all made out of Jack-O’-Lanterns, you won’t believe what you’re going to see at the Hollowed Harvest! To create a safe event, the Hollowed Harvest has limited time slots to reduce the number of guests admiring the show at one time and has coordinated with town police to enact a COVID safety plan in which guests must also wear face masks and adhere to social distancing guidelines. In a year of cancellations, you can count on the Hollowed Harvest to save Halloween. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are exclusively available online at HollowedHarvest.com with limited time slots. Times slots are a first come first serve and will likely closeout. Tickets are available exclusively at HollowedHarvest.com.

PUMPKIN GLOW & LIGHT SHOW: Ellms Family Farm is launching a new fall themed attraction. The Pumpkin Glow & Light Show Drive-Thru is an enchanting Halloween experience that features a pumpkin wonderland with thousands of hand carved illuminated jack o’lanterns. Guests are invited to be immersed in the magic from the safety and comfort of their own vehicle. The Drive-Thru experience boasts single pumpkin carvings to larger than life dazzling light displays. Ellms Family Farm has partnered with master carvers that are bringing all of the Halloween spirit to life. In addition to marveling at the masterpieces created by talented artists, guests will have the opportunity to be able to enjoy all the Ellms Farms fall snacks they know and love, by preselecting and prepaying for tasty fall themed treats, food & beverages, again to be enjoyed from your vehicle. This attraction is open from 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday from Oct. 1 to Nov. 8 at Ellms Family Farm, located at 448 Charlton Rd., Ballston Spa. Tickets are currently on sale and more information can be found on the Ellms Farms website, www.ellmsfarms.com. The Pumpkin Glow & Light Show Drive-Thru is a great event for families, couples and young adults alike. There is something for everyone to enjoy at this truly magnificent Fall Spectacular – perfect for all ages!

STEPHENTOWN HERITAGE CENTER: The Stephentown Historical Society would like to remind you that the Heritage Center is now welcoming visitors on the first Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday hours are in addition to the regular weekly Friday hours of 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. These Saturday open hours will offer more Stephentown residents and visitors the opportunity to explore what the Society offers in genealogy research and local history. The Heritage Center is the former Stephentown Methodist Church at 4 Staples Road at the corner of Garfield Road. It is free and handicapped accessible. Hope to see you soon!

BREAKFAST: All you Can Eat Breakfast Buffet and Omelet Station, 8 to 11 a.m. on every 1st Sunday of the month, at the Waterford Knights of Columbus Hall, 76 Grace Street, Waterford. Our buffet featuring our famous Omelet Station, Eggs cooked to order, Pancakes, (plain and blueberry) French toast, sausage, bacon, home fries, toast, bagels, pastries, coffee, tea, orange and apple juices, hot chocolate. Take a chance to win the 50/50 drawing. Each paid breakfast ticket also enters you in a chance to win a free breakfast at a later date. $8.00 adult – $4.00 children – (Children under 4 free). For more information call 518-237-9330.

STEPHENTOWN FOOD PANTRY: The Stephentown Food Pantry continues to serve the community with food assistance during this time. Extra health precautions and accommodations have been put in place so clients can be served as safely as possible. If someone needing food is sick and/or wishes to avoid contact with others, they should phone the Food Pantry at (518) 487-8606 and leave a message with their phone number. Arrangements can be made for them to pick up a prepacked food bundle. Or they can designate a friend to collect their food for them. The Stephentown Food Pantry offers assistance to residents of Stephentown, New York, and Hancock, Massachusetts. The pantry is open every Saturday morning, weather permitting, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the Stephentown Federated Church, 1513 Garfield Road (County Route 26). Appointments are not needed. As always, requests for help are confidential. The pantry is an equal opportunity provider. For information, call 518-487-8606. Donations Welcome! Even before the current health crisis Stephentown Food Pantry use was increasing. The pantry relies entirely on community donations of money and food items to keep operating. If you would like to help out, please send your check made out to the Stephentown Food Pantry to the Stephentown Food Pantry treasurer at P. O. Box 387, Stephentown, NY 12168. Donations can also be made to the Regional Food Bank of Northeast New York, 965 Albany Shaker Road, Latham, NY 12110. Mark it for use by Stephentown Food Pantry and your contribution will be available for us to purchase low cost food from the Food Bank.

COHOES DOWNTOWN MARKETPLACE: Vintage items, collectibles, crafts, furniture and more. 103 Remsen St., Cohoes. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every other Saturday and Sunday. Check the Cohoes Downtown Marketplace Facebook page for current information.

LOCAL MAGICIANS MEETING: The local group of The Society of American Magicians, Assembly #24, typically meets at 7:30 PM on the second Tuesday of the month at the S. W. Pitts Hose Co. of Latham, 226 Old Loudon Road, Latham. We welcome all persons, age 16 and older, with any interest in the art of magic whether it be: performance, history, collecting or purely entertainment to join us for a fun evening. For more information about our organization, or for a link to a local magician, visit our website: WWW.SAM24.SYNTHASITE.COM.

YOUTH ROBOTICS CLUB: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County 4-H is starting a 4-H Robotics Club with 4-H Volunteer and Arduino Robotics guru Ray Martin. The Robotics Club will meet generally the third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Building, 61 State Street, Troy. 2nd Floor. Youth ages 12 and older with a strong interest in coding are encouraged to sign up! The club will be primarily working with Arduino boards, but also using 4-H Adafruit products connecting plant and soil sciences with technology. Space is limited. To register a youth, or for more information, please contact Kandis Freer at 518-272-4210 ext. 106. No one shall be denied the opportunity to participate or receive information based on their abilities. If you need any accommodations please let us know at the time of registration.

THRIFT SHOP: Johnsonville Methodist Church 22 Bridge St. Johnsonville 12094. Route 40 to Route 67 East. Look for our sign at the corner of Route 111 & Route 67. Open 9-12 on Wednesdays and the first Saturday of each month. Newly arrived Winter clothing and household goods every week, Christmas decorations, career clothing, special occasion dresses and gowns, jewelry, purses, shoes, toys and over 1000 books.

ILIUM LITERARY CLUB: If you have suggestions on speakers/presenters for our 2020 – 2021 yearbook, please call Barbara at 518-274-2949.

CORNER SHOPPE: The Corner Shoppe at Cornerstone Church is open displaying many new items and clothing, housewares, home decor, jewelry and more. Shoppe hours are 9 am – noon every Thursday and Saturday. Masks and social distancing required. Donations are by appointment only-call 518-235-3851.

POESTENKILL SENIORS: The Poestenkill Seniors hold weekly meetings every Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Sullivan Jones VFW Post in Poestenkill. All seniors are welcome. Coffee and refreshments are served after the meeting, followed by bingo and cards. The hall is handicap accessible, with sufficient parking. The Poestenkill Seniors hold catered luncheons, clamsteams and fish fries at the hall and also at various restaurants. Best of all they go on bus trips to casinos and other points of interest.

YARN DONATIONS NEEDED: Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Rd, Grafton, is happy to accept any donation of yarn. Many of our center members enjoy knitting and crocheting. They make afghans and lap covers for other seniors, as well as some home bound senior residents and to use as raffle items to help support the activities of the center. We also have members that make hats and mittens to be given at the schools when a child is in need. If you would like to make a donation of yarn, please drop it off at the senior center M-F from 9:00 to 3:00, or call to make arrangements for pickup. Any donation, large or small is appreciated.

MINDFULNESS PRACTICE GROUP: Meeting Format: Includes walking meditation and sitting meditation in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh; all are welcome –meditation instruction available. Schedule: Wednesday evenings — 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Location: RPI’s Newman Center Hospitality House–4 Sherry Rd. in Troy– a white 2-story residential building about 30 yards south of the RPI Chapel Center (near the intersection of Burdett and Peoples Avenues). Cost: Free. Contact: (518) 271-6949 or (518) 273-1851 for more information.

HIGH & MIGHTY THERAPEUTIC RIDING & DRIVING CENTER: Become part of the extraordinary group of volunteers and learn to assist people with special needs through equine assisted activities.Only one training is needed. Horse experience is great but not a requirement. Please wear sturdy shoes and be prepared to be outdoors. For ages 14 and up. High & Mighty is located at 71 CR 21C Ghent. If you are interested in volunteering or are a current volunteer looking to reserve a slot in Summer Program, please reach out to Dianne at [email protected] For general information about our programs, please email [email protected] or call 518-672-4202.

WATERFORD HARBOR FARMERS MARKET: Waterford Harbor Farmers Market is located at One Tugboat Alley and operates each Sunday from the first Sunday in June until Columbus Day weekend from 9:00 to 1:00. Fresh produce, baked goods, jams and jellies, maple syrup, sandwich cart, music and lots more! Check it out on Facebook.

MAKERS MARKET: A celebration of crafters, makers, artists & taste makers from around the Capital Region The Troy Makers Market is held in conjunction with the Troy Waterfront Farmers Market, which takes place Saturdays from 9:00am – 2:00pm (Monument Square May-October and Uncle Sam Atrium November-April).

ANCESTRY.COM TUTORIALS: North Greenbush Community Library Trustee and Town Historian Jim Greenfield offers free personal tutorials on the use of ancestry.com. Ancestry Library Edition, available at the library, provides access to 7,000 databases, delivering an extraordinary online collection of genealogy information. To set up your individual session, please call the library at 518-283-0303 and leave your information. Jim will call you back to schedule an appointment. The library is located at 141 Main Avenue, Wynantskill.

FREE YOGA: Join for gentle and relaxing yoga every Friday at the Presbyterian United Church of Schaghticoke from 7 pm until 8 pm. The Church is located at 16 Main Street in Schaghticoke. For more information, visit [email protected]

BACKPACKS WANTED: Catholic Charities Tri-County Services runs five school supply programs throughout our communities and needs *new* backpacks for elementary and middle school aged children. Donations can be dropped off at the office at 50 Herrick Street in Rensselaer, or call Justine Carroll at 518-512-3577 x115 to arrange a pickup of larger quantity donations. You, your business, church or group can arrange a collection of new backpacks or donate funds for Catholic Charities to purchase them. If you prefer to make a monetary donation you can donate online at https://rcda.thankyou4caring.org/ccrcda/cc-tri-county-services.

FREE ENGLISH CLASSES: Do you want to improve your English? Are you new to the United States? Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County has free English Literacy Civics classes where you can improve your English language skills while learning about life in the United States. Each class meets two times per week. Classes for beginning learners meet in Albany. Classes for intermediate learners meet in Troy. For more information, contact Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County at 518-244-4650 or visit www.lvorc.org.

WATERVLIET SENIOR CENTER GROUP LUNCHES: Enjoy a nutritious, social, and fun lunch with the Watervliet Senior Center Monday through Friday at noon. The $3 suggested donation is anonymous and everyone is welcome. Call for the daily menu and sign up by 2 p.m. for the following day. The Senior Center is located at 1501 Broadway, Watervliet. Call 518-273-4422 for more information.

ICC BINGO: The Italian Community Center Charitable Foundation hosts Bingo night on Tuesdays. Doors open at 5 p.m. at 1450 Fifth Avenue, Troy. Food and beverages will be sold.

FALL LACROSSE PROGRAMS FOR MEN AGE 16 AND OVER: This program to give men aged 16 to 40 years old the opportunity to play in a competitive lacrosse game. This program will continue throughout the winter on Wednesday evenings. For more information go to www.capitallandlacrosse.com or e-mail us at [email protected]

A SECOND CHANCE THRIFT SHOP: Come visit our thrift shop offering clothing and accessories for men, women, and children, household items, books, toys, linens, small appliances, and jewelry, all at reasonable prices. We feature a boutique room for upscale and designer clothing for women. The Shop is located at 1229 Central Avenue, parking off of Frederick Avenue. Hours: Tuesdays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. All proceeds benefit the American Italian Heritage Association and Museum, a nonprofit organization. American Italian Heritage Association and Museum, 1227 Central Avenue, Albany. (518) 435-1979. www.americanitalianmuseum.org.

TROY CENTER: Everyone is welcome to sing along with entertainer Bob Marcello as he performs the greatest songs of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s at Troy Center. All families and friends are welcome to this free monthly engagement. Bob will perform the first Thursday of every month from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Troy Center is located at 49 Marvin Avenue in Troy. Please contact Billejo Sass at 518-273-6646 or by email at [email protected] for more information.

MEN’S CANCER SUPPORT GROUP: NY Capital Region Men to Men Cancer Support Group meets the third Wednesday of every month from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the American Cancer Society Hope Club, 1 Penny Lane, Latham. Come-share experiences and receive understanding and encouragement from men and their loved ones in dealing with cancer. For more information, please contact the ACS Hope Club at 518-220-6960.

FREE SPIRIT FELLOWSHIP: Free Spirit Fellowship of Watervliet is now holding services Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. in the United Methodist Church. The church is located at 1401 1st Avenue. For further info, please call 961-3464.

FREE HOME BIBLE STUDY: A great way to study through the Bible at your convenience. Exciting and informative study that could change your life. Compliments of Free Spirit Fellowship. For more information call 885-3149.

HOME DELIVERED MEALS: Are you a Rensselaer County homebound senior over 60 and unable to shop and cook for yourself? Rensselaer County Department of the Aging may be able to help you with a nutritious hot meal delivered to your home Monday through Friday. For more information call 270-2730 or your local Senior Center.

TROY SENIOR CENTER BOWLING LEAGUE: The Troy Senior Center has a bowling league that meets every Monday at 12:30 p.m. at the Uncle Sam Lanes, 600 Fulton Street in Troy. Bowling is an enjoyable and affordable exercise. All beginners are welcome. Call the Center at 518-270-5348 for more information.

TROY SENIOR CENTER SWIM PROGRAM: The Troy Senior Center has a swimming program that meets every Wednesday beginning at 9 a.m. Swimming is a great exercise with many health benefits and it’s so much fun! Join us at the Lansingburgh Boys & Girls Club; it’s a great time to socialize, swim and enjoy the heated pool. Call the Center at 518-270-5348 for more information.

COHOES PUBLIC LIBRARY: The Cohoes Public Library, in conjunction with the Cohoes Senior Center, invites seniors to take the van to the library on the first and third Wednesday of the month. They can peruse the books, use the computer, participate in the knitting/crocheting group, join a special book club (the 3rd Wednesday of the month) and participate in other specially designed programs. There will be help in signing up for library cards and in use of the computers. Additional info on the website and Facebook.

THRIFT SHOP: The Basement on First Street, a thrift shop located at St. John’s Episcopal Church on First Street in Troy is open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 till noon, with plenty of warm clothing and lots of other interesting items. The church also offers free bread and coffee to all who come in on Saturdays. Come in from the cold, have a cup of coffee and bagel and then come into the thrift shop for some great deals.

THE BOOK SELLER: The Book Seller, sponsored by the Friends of the Troy Public Library, is located at the Lansingburgh Branch at 114th Street and 4th Avenue. Hours are Wednesdays from 2 to 5 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 pm. The store offers a wide variety of gently used books at bargain prices. Hard cover and trade books are one dollar and children’s books are twenty five cents. The Book Seller also has a collection of CDs. Proceeds from the store help support programs, services and improvements to both library buildings. For more information about activities of the Friends, to join, or volunteer at the Book Seller, stop by the store or go to our new website www.friendsofthetroylibrary.org.

PITTSTOWN SENIORS: The town of Pittstown Seniors hold their monthly meetings on the first Wednesday of the month starting with a covered dish luncheon at noon. T.O.P.S meetings are held at the Raymertown Fire House on Mason Lane. All seniors 55 or over are invited to attend.

WATERVLIET UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: The church operates the Fabulous Finds Thrift Store, which is open every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fabulous Finds accepts clean, unsoiled clothing. The church is located at 1401 First Avenue, Watervliet. For more information, please call 273-0191, Ext. 4.

CAPITAL VIEW TOASTMASTERS CLUB: It is more than just public speaking, Learn a variety of communication and leadership skills. Capital View Toastmasters Club meets the first and third Wednesday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. at the East Greenbush Library. Contact capitalview.toastmastersclubs.org.

YEAR-ROUND RECYCLING: Zion’s United Church of Christ of Taborton receives the following items for recycling in the Blue Box next to the front door of the Church Hall: clothing, belts, blankets, drapery, hats, hand bags, paired shoes, sheets, sneakers, towels and stuffed animals. In the Greenfiber green recycling container, in the church parking lot, the church receives newspapers, phone books, office paper, cardboard, cereal boxes, magazines, brown paper bags and construction paper. Donate all used items to Doors of Hope in West Sand Lake. Donate used furniture to the furniture program of Troy Area United Ministries. Call TAUM at 274-5920, ext. 204, Tiara Burnett, to arrange for a pick up.

FOOD PANTRY: Faith’s Pantry at Grace Church, 34 Third St. is open by appointment. The emergency food pantry is open from 10 a.m. to noon each Friday. The pantry is also open 7 to 8 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month and from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month. To make an appointment, call 237-7370.

BAKER FAMILY REUNION: CANCELED – The 156th Baker Family Reunion will not meet this year because of the Covid-19 pandemic. This is only the second time a reunion has been cancelled since the first one was held in 1865. The other year was 1943, in the depths of WW II. The next reunion will be held on August 14, 2021. Because of the unique impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is hoped Baker descendants will share how they and their families are doing, as well as their experiences of how they have been affected. They can contact Baker Family Historian Maria Carr by email at [email protected] Or they can post a memory on the Baker Family Reunion Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/thebakerfamilyreunion/).

FREE COMMUNITY DINNERS: The second Thursday of every month a free community dinner is served in the city of Rensselaer from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. In an ecumenical partnership, Hope Lutheran Church of North Greenbush, and Rensselaer Presbyterian Church, 34 Broadway have combined and created Hopes Kitchen.

AMERICAN ITALIAN MUSEUM AND CULTURAL CENTER: The American Italian Museum and Cultural Center is located at 1227 Central Avenue in Albany. Since 1979 the museum has fulfilled its mission – to record and preserve Italian heritage for present and future generations – with the help of its dedicated, all volunteer staff. Ours is the largest American Italian museum in the eastern U.S. maintaining 10 exhibit rooms, a Hall of History and a library including research materials. Our gift shop offers many one-of-a-kind and “Made in Italy” items. There is a small admission fee. Please call ahead to confirm we are open. (518) 435-1979.

SARATOGA SHOWCASE OF HOMES UPDATE: Unfortunately due to public health and safety concerns from the COVID pandemic, this year’s Showcase of Homes “live” tour event was canceled. Exciting news as we are planning and filming a one-hour Showcase TV Special which will air this fall. It will include interviews, tours, and more, as we celebrate our areas finest builders, homes and developments. It will also provide a way for you to contribute to our two important and extraordinary local charities which normally benefit from ticket sales. The show is currently in production. Please check our website for show dates and times to tune in or DVR this show. This unique and special broadcast will be graciously hosted by CBS-6 News Anchor Liz Bishop airing exclusively on WRGB Channel 6. There will also be an important segment on our two local charities Rebuilding Together Saratoga County and Habitat for Humanity of Northern Saratoga, Warren & Washington Counties. Furthermore, we look forward to presenting the “live” 2021 Saratoga Showcase of Homes tour next year as we celebrate our 25 th Anniversary.For more information, please visit www.saratogashowcaseofhomes.com.

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