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Bulletin Board LOCAL WOMAN JUMP STARTS INTO A NEW CAR WITH WINNINGS FROM THE ALBANY AUTO SHOW! ALBANY – Torina Reed of Broadalbin, New York was the big winner of the Albany Auto Show’s “Drive The Vote” drawing and won $4,500 towards the lease or purchase of a car from a dealer member of the Eastern New York Coalition of Automotive Retailers (ENYCAR), the show’s Producer. Torina recently picked out a beautiful Acura from Northeast Acura in Latham. The drawing was held after the show closed, that was held November 4th through the 6th at the Times Union Center. The “Drive The Vote” drawing was held in honor of electing our 45th President and attendees got some practice at the show’s voting booths, casting their vote for their favorite show vehicle. You can see Torina featured on the Auto Show’s website: www.AlbanyAutoShows.com! The “favorite car” of the show, will be featured at the show’s website at a later date, when all of the votes have been tallied. The Albany Auto Show is held in November once a year and features at least 30 different manufacturers, as well as other exhibitors and entertainment and is the largest vehicle display and consumer show between Montreal and New York City, between Syracuse and Hartford. Next year’s show will be held November 3-5, 2017.

Sisterhood volunteers during the holidays CLIFTON PARK - Sisters of Preceptor Beta Psi, a Clifton Park Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi International Sisterhood recently volunteered, along with their families, at the Jonesville Food Pantry, located in the United Methodist Church, Main Street, Jonesville. Area Boy Scouts collect non-perishable foods from local neighborhoods, then deliver the food to the pantry, where the chapter members sort the items for storage. In addition, the chapter provides a turkey dinner ~ Thanksgiving food basket ~ to Wellspring of Saratoga (a Women’s Domestic Violence & Crisis services). During the Christmas holiday, the chapter participates in the Empty Stocking Project through the Saratoga County Children’s Committee by providing a gift certificate to an area girl in need. Interested women are welcome to visit a chapter meeting by calling P. Wyman at 371-1691. Meetings are held bi-monthly in members’ homes where a business meeting is conducted, a cultural program is presented and a social hour concludes the evening. For additional information on Beta Sigma Phi, go to http://www.betasigmaphi.org/ . BSP is world-wide with over 200,000 members.

The Round Lake Artisans Holiday Market ROUND LAKE - Thursday December 1st from 4-8 pm At the Round Lake Village Hall, 49 Burlington Ave, Round

Lake NY 12151-0085. Stop by the Victorian Village of Round Lake for some holiday cheer, buy some presents, eat some sweet treats provided by Leah’s Cakery and support some local artists! Shopping Local and Handmade is made easy with our eclectic collection of gifts including pottery, paintings, fiber art, cards, knitting, jewelry, blacksmithing, honey, candles and more! Check our facebook page frequently and see all the amazing goodies that the artists have been working on for the show!

WINE & CHEESE EVENT WATERFORD - Friday, December 2. 6PM-9PM. At the Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center. An evening of fun awaits at the Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center’s annual open house event—our Wine & Cheese Night that will be held the first Friday in December. We’re going to have more than just wine though! Stop in and see what other beverages we have available for visitors to sample or purchase. Come explore the museum while enjoying some excellent drinking choices and some light snacks. Don’t miss out on seeing our town bicentennial exhibit one more time before we start on our exhibit celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the Erie Canal! And keep on the lookout for a new exhibit for this event…. (518) 238-0809.

December Events at the Cohoes-Waterford Elks COHOES - 45 No. Mohawk St., Cohoes. • December 2nd - Vegas Night Come try your luck at Black Jack, Roulette, Dice Cage and more. 7PM-11PM. • December 4th - Cohoes-Waterford Elks’ Memorial Service will be at 4PM to honor our deceased members in the past year. Dinner Buffet afterwards. Public Welcome. • December 11th Cohoes-Waterford Elks along with the Girl Scouts of Cohoes/Green Island/Watervliet will host their Annual Toys for Tots Breakfast with Santa from 9AM-11:30AM. $7 for Adults, $5 for Children 12 and under. Please bring unwrapped to be donated to “Toys for Tots” • December 18th - Cohoes-Waterford Elks along with the Cohoes Fire Department Local 2562 will host their Annual Breakfast and Pictures with Santa from 9AM-11:30 AM. $8 for Adults, $4 for Children under 12. Please bring an unwrapped toy for the “Cheer for Children” donation fund.

St. Mary’s Church Mexican Dinner WATERFORD - St. Mary’s Church is sponsoring a Mexican Dinner on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 5:30pm. Dinner will include Mexican soup, chili, make your own tacos (with all the trimmings), dessert and beverages. $10 for adults; $5 for children under 12; under 5 are free. Tickets can be purchased at the parish office or by calling 3719632.


Bulletin Board GRAB YOUR LEASHES AND JOIN US FOR PET PHOTOS WITH SANTA AT CURTIS LUMBER IN BALLSTON SPA! CAPITAL DISTRICT - Saturday, December 3, 2016. 11am4pm. Curtis Lumber - Rt. 67 - Ballston Spa. Celebrate the holiday season with Curtis Lumber and our friends from Protect & Vest NYK9s Inc. Join us for Pet Photos with Santa and help raise funds for bullet/stab protective vests and necessary safety equipment for police K-9 officers in New York State! 100% of all proceeds benefit Protect & Vest NYK9s Inc. $15 per photo donation includes sitting fee, 4x6 take away photo and copyrights. Appointments are appreciated. Make your appointment online at 2016santapetphotos.eventbrite.com or Call 518-490-1441. Photo Services Graciously Donated By: Santa Paws Photos: Ashely Wilbur Photography. Lifestyle Photos: Jennifer Elizabeth Photography. Protect & Vest NYK9s. We look forward to seeing you all on December 3rd! For more info on Protect & Vest NYK9s Inc. please visit their FACEBOOK page.

Christmas Brunch – Reserve by Dec. 3 CAPITAL DISTRICT - You’re invited to enjoy delicious food, lively music, and holiday camaraderie at the annual Christmas Brunch presented by La Fédération francoaméricaine du New York (FeFANY) on Sunday, December 11, from 11 am to 2 pm. Buffet by Joe Forget. Music by John Guay, hammered dulcimer; Vonnie Estes, piano; Nancy Bakemeier, fiddle; and Maurice Mercier, accordion, pieds, spoons, Cajun tie, guitar, chansons. 50/50 raffle at the door. Location: The Venue (former St. Joseph’s Church), 65 Congress St., Cohoes, NY. Cost: $28 per adult; $14 for children 6-12. Reservations and checks required by Saturday, December 3, 2016. Mail checks to FeFANY, PO Box 345, Cohoes, NY, 12047. Call Yvette with questions (518) 272-5061.

Rexford’s Children’s Christmas Party REXFORD - Saturday December 3, 2016 at Rexford Fire Department, Route 146. Entertainment by The Magic Trunk; Show begins at 1:00 PM. Ages 10 and younger may visit with Santa for a special gift

Craft Fair Vendors wanted TROY - Troy High School Craft Fair. December 3, 2016. 9am-2pm. Contact Beth Willson at willsone@troycsd.org for more information

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS BREAKFAST BUFFET WATERFORD - The Waterford Knights of Columbus, 75 Grace Street, Waterford (Northside), will host a Breakfast Buffet from 8:30 - 11:30 am. on December 4th.

The menu includes: Omelet Station, French Toast, Pan Cakes,Sausages, Bacon, Scrambled Eggs, Homefries, Toast, Pastry, Coffee, Tea Milk and Juice. Adults $8.00, Children $4.00( under age 12), Children under age 5 free. A free drawing for a Sunday Buffet tickets will be drawn. For additional information , please call 235-8799 or 237-9330 to leave a message.

SUNDAES WITH SANTA JONESVILLE - The Jonesville Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary with be hosting their annual “Sundaes with Santa” on Sunday, December 4th from 12:30 pm – 2 pm at Station #1 at 953 Main Street, Clifton Park. Santa will be making a special visit so bring your cameras for a photo opportunity. Cookies and juice will be served and ice cream sundaes will be available for a $1 each. In addition, fire engine rides and a tour of the station will be offered. Please contact the district office at 877-8100 for any questions.

Great Train Extravaganza, 2016 CAPITAL DISTRICT - Brought to you by Upstate Train Associates and Hudson-Berkshire Division, North East Region, NMRA, Albany, NY, Sunday December 4th, 2016. 10 AM to 4 PM. The Update Train Associates and the Hudson-Berkshire Division of the National Model Railroad Association (NMRA) are proud to bring you the annual “Great Train Extravaganza.” The event will be held at the Empire State Convention Center in downtown Albany, NY with easy access to I-787. 10 Am to 4 PM. Price is $7 for adults; children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. There will be operating layouts in most if not all gauges. GTE 2016 will again feature a massive, operating model train layout made entirely of … Legos! This layout always delights guests young and old alike! Another big hit from recent years, the Roaming Railroad, will be returning with train rides for kids and grandkids. The ideal place to do your holiday shopping, there will be more than 300 tables of model trains, train sets, parts & accessories, scenery items, books, videos, DVDs, prints, railroad memorabilia and related items for sale. In addition there will be educational displays and free Seminars. Refreshments will also be available. Many other family activities are being held at the adjoining Empire State Plaza the same weekend so why not bring the entire family for a fun day out. These activities typically include food and craft show, Christmas tree lighting, meet Santa and special holiday activities at the New York State Museum. For more information please go to our web site: www.gtealbany.com or call (518) 668-9892 or send e-mail to trains@gtealbany.com. facebook:great train extravaganza.


Bulletin Board Come meet Santa and have breakfast at our all-you-can-eat breakfast CLIFTON PARK - The Clifton Park Fire Department will hold its monthly All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast on Sunday December 4th, 2016… plus Santa and Mrs. Claus will join us. The event will run from 8am to 11:30am at the firehouse on Old Route 146, between Route 9 and 146 in Clifton Park. The menu will include Pancakes, Eggs, Sausage, Bacon, Toast, Coffee, Juice and Milk. The costs for the all you can eat breakfast is $5.00 for Adults, $3.00 for Children 6 to 12 and FREE for kids under 6. Tours of the fire trucks and equipment will also be given to all who attend. Come and get your fill of our pancakes and have breakfast with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus!

CLIFTON PARK ELKS MEMORIAL SERVICE CLIFTON PARK –The Clifton Park Elks will hold their annual Memorial Service for departed members on Sunday, December 4, at the Clifton Park Elks Lodge, 695 MacElroy Road, Ballston Lake beginning at 4 PM. The program will remember all deceased members and pay special tribute to the members who passed away in the past year. Deacon Richard Dicaprio from St. St. Edward the Confessor will be the guest speaker. The Memorial Service is open to the public and all members, families, and friends are welcome to attend. For additional information, please call 518-877-5200.

this beautiful secret paradise island located in the French West Indies. The book is a wonderful guide with over 80 pages of photos, maps and environmental information. Reawaken your senses and learn about endangered species, secret beaches and travel back to a simpler time. Books will be available for purchase. Registration requested; 682-2495 or roundlakelibrary.org.

PARENTS NIGHT OUT BSA EAGLE SCOUT BABYSITTING FUNDRAISER CLIFTON PARK - Go out enjoy dinner, go Christmas shopping, or just go home and take a nap…We got your children so you can relax! Friday, December 9th from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm at Parkside Church, 14 Jarose Place, Clifton Park. Ages 18 months through grade 6. Cost is $10.00 per child. Games, crafts, and activities. Pizza and beverages included. Safe and secure environment run by the pros. Reserve your child’s spot today at 5572690 or parksidecc@nycap.rr.com. Sponsored by BSA Troop 4013 and Parkside Church. Visit parksidecc.org for more information.

Cohoes Senior Center Christmas Fair COHOES - Cohoes Senior Center, 10 Cayuga Plaza, Cohoes will be holding their Christmas Fair on December 8th from 9am-6pm and December 9th from 9am-3pm lunch & bake goods will also be available.

GREG NAZARIAN’S DANCE BAND

CLIFTON PARK - The Shenendehowa Adult Community Center, located at 6 Clifton Common Court, Clifton Park, will hold a swing band concert on December 5, at 1 pm. Come and enjoy the beautiful music of these talented musicians. This event is free and open to the public. Contact the Center for more information at 383-1343.

CLIFTON PARK - On the second Saturday of every month Greg Nazarian holds a dance at the Shenendehowa Adult Community Center, 6 Clifton Common Court, Clifton Park. The next dance will be Saturday, December 10, at 7 pm. The cost is $10 per person, $5 for members of the Center. Proof of membership is required to receive the discount. Come and enjoy this wonderful event. This event is open to the public.

Saratoga Retired Teachers will meet

CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST AND PHOTO WITH SANTA

SARATOGA COUNTY - on Monday, December 5, at noon at Longfellows Restaurant, 500 Union Avenue (Rte. 9P), Saratoga Springs. Prospective members, please call 5875356 for membership information and luncheon reservations. Retired educators who worked in Saratoga County or live in the County are eligible for membership.

WATERFORD - Saturday, December 10, 9-11am. TriState Emergency Team Building, 1 Davis Place, Waterford. Donation: $5.00 per Photo. 3 Children +, ask at sign-in table for discount. On Saratoga Ave., turn onto Van Derwerking Ave., go up hill & cross over railroad tracks, turn right at Davis Place (first street). Profits go to Tri-State Emergency Team and Vigilant Odd Fellow Lodge, a nonprofit organization which donates monies to 25+ charitable organizations.

SWING BAND CONCERT

Author Talk at Round Lake/Malta Library ROUND LAKE - Former Malta Town Supervisor Paul Sausville will present his newly published book: Beach Guide to Marie-Galante: The Emerald World Where Time Has Stopped on Thursday, December 8, 6:30pm at Round Lake’s Malta Branch Library located in the Malta Community Center, 1 Bayberry Drive. Paul will talk about

ATTENTION High School Students PATRIOT FLIGHT ESSAY CONTEST FOR A TRIP WITH VETERANS CAPITAL DISTRICT - PATRIOT FLIGHT, the organization


Bulletin Board that carries our Veterans on a one day flight to Washington, D.C., would be honored to award two High School Students an all expense paid trip as an Escort/ Guest with a Veteran who served in the Korean War or the Vietnam War. The key to winning this amazing trip is an essay of no less than 300 and no more than 500 words entitled, ‘FREEDOM AND WHAT IT MEANS TO ME.’ Spend one whole day with your special Veteran and about 50 others and their Escorts as they share memories of their history. Five specially selected Veterans will judge the essays. To receive an application, please email your Name and Address to: lwilson315@nycap.rr.com and in the subject line ‘Freedom Essay.’ In order to enter this competition, an application needs to be completed and returned in according to the rules on the application. Deadline for requesting application is December 12, 2016

“JANET’S DREAM” QUILT RAFFLE CLIFTON PARK - The Shenendehowa Adult Community Center, located at 6 Clifton Common Court, Clifton Park, is holding their annual quilt raffle. This beautiful quilt, hand made by our seniors, won the Blue Ribbon and Best of Fair at the 2016 Saratoga County Fair and is on display at the Center. Raffle tickets are on sale at the Center and you do not need to be present to win. Drawing will be held on December 12. Second and third place prizes are also available. Contact the Center at 383-1343 for more information. This event is open to the public.

WHMCC PRESENTS ITS ANNUAL WINTER LECTURE SERIES WATERFORD - the Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center presents its annual winter lecture series. Tuesday, December 13, 2016. 6:30pm. At the Van Schaick Island Country Club, 201 Continental Ave, Cohoes. Michael Barrett will be opening our series with his lecture on the 13th of December. His lecture, entitled “Historic Lansingburgh”, details the history of this area in and intriguing and fun way. Learn more about this area before it became a part of Troy, from its early settlement before 1740 and the founding of the village of “New City” in 1771. His illustrated presentation will include several preRevolutionary buildings that are still around for audience members to find, a look at the industries that built up the area, as well as the homes of notable figures like Herman Melville and Chester Arthur. Come enjoy what is sure to be a fascinating lecture on local history over dinner with us, with a wonderful and delicious menu to order from at the Van Schaick Island Country Club. RSVP at 238-0809 or send the museum and email at info@waterfordmuseum.com

The Cohoes Columbietts COHOES - The Cohoes Columbietts will have there Christmas Dinner and Raffle Thursday night December14th at

255 Remsen St. Cohoes. We will have Dinner at 6PM for $5.00 followed by the raffle. If you wish to be in the grab bag you can bring a gift $10.00 . A short meeting will follow.

WRINKLED WRAMBLERS CONCERT CLIFTON PARK - The Shenendehowa Adult Community Center, located at 6 Clifton Common Court, Clifton Park, will hold a concert by “The Wrinkled Ramblers” on December 14 at 1:00 pm. This singing duo plays banjo and tambourine as well as shares stories of the songs. Contact the Center for more information at 383-1343. This event is free and open to the public.

Take an Early Fling at “A Highland Christmas” COHOES - Join the Mystery Book Club a week early, Wednesday, December 14, at 10:30 am as they go to Lochdubh, Scotland and meet Hamish MacBeth for “A Highland Christmas.” Another of author M. C. Beaton’s creations, Hamish is as different from her other characters, Agatha Raisin, as day from night. Which is your favorite? Meet Hamish and join the book club as we discuss characters, customs and more. More info at www. CohoesPublicLibrary.org under book club and updates at www.Facebook.com/Friendsof theCohoesPublicLibrary.

ORCHESTRA CONCERT CLIFTON PARK - The Shenendehowa Adult Community Center, located at 6 Clifton Common Court, Clifton Park, will hold an orchestra concert on December 16, at 1 pm. Come and enjoy the beautiful music of these talented musicians. This event is free and open to the public. Contact the Center for more information at 383-1343.

Alplaus United Methodist Church December Special Worship Services (All Welcomed) ALPLAUS - 1 Brookside Ave. Alplaus NY 12008. Dec. 18 - will be the Sunday School Christmas Pageant after our regular worship at 10:15am, followed by a potluck lunch. Dec. 21 - 7:30pm will be our longest night service - The Longest Night service is very similar to a “Blue Christmas”. The Longest Night refers the winter Solstice. In this service we recognize that during the actual darkness of the days, we yearn for light and warmth. This service also recognizes that there is a metaphorical darkness that we can feel when the light wanes. The service will be simple, with acoustic guitar. Dec. 24 - 7pm Christmas Eve Service will be filled with familiar Christmas Carols and the Biblical story of Christmas. Family- friendly and filled with the Joy of the Season! Dec. 25 - we will not have a service at Alplaus UMC - Scotia UMC will have a service at 10am and Burnt Hills UMC at 10:30. Jan. 1, 2017 - Ring


Bulletin Board in the new Year with us at our regular 10:15am service. We’ll start our year off with Communion! Call 518-3996000 for information or go to www.alplausumc.org

JONESVILLE SANTA PATROL JONESVILLE - The Jonesville Fire Department will have their 3rd Annual Santa Patrol from Thursday, December 16th through Sunday, Dec. 18th. The hours are from 6-10 p.m. on Friday Dec. 16th; 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17th and Sunday, Dec. 18th. Apparatus and crews from Jonesville FD plan to visit every street in the Jonesville Fire District with Santa on board as their special guest. Candy canes will be distributed to the children in the district. For more information, please check our website at HYPERLINK “http://www.jonesvillefire.org” www. jonesvillefire.org for updates on the dates and times.

Home Depot Menorah Workshop CLIFTON PARK - Clifton Park Chabad will be partnering with The Home Depot to offer a Pre-Chanukah Menorah Workshop on Sunday, December 18th 1:00pm - 3:00 pm. Participants will receive a free workers apron, craft their own unique Menorah from wood, as well as other Chanukah crafts, and enjoy hot latkes & doughnuts. The workshop is free and open to all. RSVP appreciated to 495-0772 or info@cliftonparkchabad.com

Cohoes Knights of Columbus All you can eat Breakfast Buffet COHOES - The Cohoes Knights of Columbus will have there All you can eat Breakfast Buffet Sunday December 18th at 255 Remsen St., Cohoes from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM .We have an omlet station and hash Adults are $8.00 and children under five are free. Santa will be at the breakfast

PC Users Group Monthly meeting ALPLAUS - Free & open to the public, Dec. 21 at 6:30 pm. The monthly meeting (3rd Wednesday of the month) is held at the Aplaus Fire House, 309 Alplaus Ave., Alplaus, NY 12302 in the old fire house. The purpose of the group is for PC users (novice through expert) to come together and share their computer experiences and problems with other group attendees. Topic this month “ Open forum “. For more information, please call Dave at 399-0359 .

CHORUS CONCERT CLIFTON PARK - The Shenendehowa Adult Community Center, located at 6 Clifton Common Court, Clifton Park, will hold an chorus concert on December 22, at 1 pm. Come and enjoy the beautiful music of these talented singers. This event is free and open to the public. Contact the Center for more information at 383-1343

Christmas Services at Parkside Church CLIFTON PARK - Parkside Church will be offering a Christian Candlelight Christmas Eve Service at 7pm and a fun, family Christmas Day Service at 10am with songs, cookies and hot chocolate. Please check www.parksidecc.org or call (518) 557-2690 for more information. Parkside Church is located at 14 Jarose Place, Clifton Park.

COHOES ROTARY FEATURES CARLSON’S ICE RINK IN ORNAMENT SALE COHOES—In 2004 The Rotary Club of Cohoes started a collectible series of Christmas ornaments featuring historic landmarks in the City of Cohoes. This year’s ornament design is Carlson’s Ice Rink. The 2016 ornament is the second in the slim design series. Coffee mugs with the Carlson’s Ice Rink design are also available for purchase. Cost for the ornaments is $15. Mugs are $8. To purchase ornaments or mugs go to http://www.rotaryclubofcohoes.org for further information. Ornaments are also available for purchase at Marra’s Pharmacy, 217 Remsen Street, Cohoes.

Capital District Fly Fishers fly tying class CAPITAL DISTRICT - Capital District Fly Fishers will be holding Fly Tying Classes starting in January. If you ever wanted to learn how to tie flies check out these classes. The classes will be held at Saratoga Spa Park and will run for 8 weeks. The classes are taught by experienced fly tyers and students will learn and vast array of techniques. The cost of the classes is 75$ and gift certificates are available. Contact Paul Sinicki for more information at: 885-8257.

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation 2017 Events CAPITAL DISTRICT - • CF Climb, Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the Corning Tower in Albany. Climb 42 floors, 809 steps as an individual, first responder or part of a fourperson relay team. For more information visit: fightcf.cff. org/albanyclimb • CF Cycle for Life, Sunday, September 10, 2017 in Saratoga Springs. Enjoy a 17, 32 or 62 mile ride through some of the most scenic terrain in Saratoga County. http://fightcf.cff.org/saratogasprings • Albany Great Strides, Saturday, May 20, 2017 at the Crossings Park of Colonie – South Pavilion. Great Strides is a funfilled event where you can walk with family, friends, neighbors and co-workers to support the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis. For more information visit: www.cff. org/greatstrides • Fonda Great Strides, Sunday, May 7, 2017 at Fonda-Fultonville Central School. Great Strides is a fun-filled event where you can walk with family, friends,


Bulletin Board neighbors and co-workers to support the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis. For more information visit: www.cff.org/ greatstrides • Glens Falls Great Strides, Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Crandall Park. Great Strides is a fun-filled event where you can walk with family, friends, neighbors and coworkers to support the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis. For more information visit: www.cff.org/greatstrides • Grafton Great Strides, Sunday, May 21, 2017 at Grafton Lake State Park. Great Strides is a fun-filled event where you can walk with family, friends, neighbors and co-workers to support the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis. For more information visit: www.cff.org/greatstrides

International Center is Looking for Area High School Teams to Participate in a Local Academic WorldQuest Competition this Spring CAPITAL DISTRICT - For the fourth year in a row, the International Center will be hosting a “local” Academic WorldQuest Competition in late March in which the winning team will be sent to Washington DC to represent our region in the National Academic WorldQuest on Saturday, April 29, 2017. One of the greatest challenges facing our nation and our schools across the country is preparing our youth for the globally interconnected world of the 21st Century. America’s ability to face the economic and security challenges of the 21st Century and seize new opportunities is dependent on an informed citizenry and a well-educated workforce. Academic WorldQuest is a unique opportunity to expose youth to the world outside our borders and prepare them for the challenges and the opportunities of the 21st Century. The ten (10) categories for this year’s AWQ National Competition are: Current Events, Great Decisions, Peace and Conflict in Today’s World, Combating Infectious Disease, European Union, Countering Violent Extremism, Turkey, Global Megacities, China, Women in Technology. Study guides are available and there are NO fees/costs to participate. Founded in 2003 by the World Affairs Councils of America, Academic WorldQuest is a team game testing high school students’ knowledge of international affairs. In the game, four-person teams compete by answering questions divided into ten (10) unique and engaging thematic categories. The winner is the team with the most correct answers. If your school is interested in participating in Academic WorldQuest, please contact the International Center at (518) 708-7608 or info@iccralbany.org

First Friday Friends CLIFTON PARK - December 2 at 10am at Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library. Come make new friends! Children ages 12 to 36 months and their parents are invited to the Library to play and interact with others while using age appropriate toys, books and puzzles. This is a drop-in program, no registration required.

Thursday Musical Club CLIFTON PARK - December 2 at 10:30am at Clifton ParkHalfmoon Library. The Thursday Musical Club women’s chorus will perform international favor-ites and holiday carols. All are welcome to attend this Friday Morning Free-For-All. No registration required.

Scratch Club CLIFTON PARK - December 2 at 4:15pm at Clifton ParkHalfmoon Library. This class is for those participants comfortable working in the “Scratch” en-vironment and have used Scratch for 6 months or longer. Participants must have parental per-mission for Internet access prior to the start of class. For students in grades 6-8; registration required. Please register online or by calling the Library at 371-8622.

Candy Houses CLIFTON PARK - December 3 at 10am OR 1pm at Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library. Families with children ages 4-9 and their siblings are invited to celebrate the season of sweet things at the Library. Join local performer and educator Diane Payette for a reading of Clement C. Moore’s holiday classic, The Night Before Christmas. Make your own candy house to take home and help create a candy Library! This is a drop-in family program; no registration required.

Music and Motion with Miss Lisa CLIFTON PARK - December 5 at 9:30am at Clifton ParkHalfmoon Library. Join us for a musical version of Pete the Cat and the Magic Sunglasses with Lisa Russo. We’ll sing, move and explore with all of Pete’s friends from the story to get them out of their rainy-day blues. For children of all ages, accompanied by an adult. No registration necessary.

Preschool Movies CLIFTON PARK - December 6 at 10:15am at Clifton ParkHalfmoon Library. Families with children ages 3-6 and siblings are welcome to attend this series of short, literaturebased films, including T is for Terrible and Good Night, Gorilla. This is a DROP-IN program; children must be accompanied by an adult.

Career Corner: How to Ace the Interview CLIFTON PARK -December 7 at 9:30am at Clifton ParkHalfmoon Library. Come with QUESTIONS, Leave with ANSWERS! If your job search is stuck in first gear, attend one or all of these sessions to learn tips and strategies to get you back on track. Mary-Jane Rau Pelzer of Saratoga One Stop will lead the discussion, followed by a question and answer period. Please register online, in-person or by calling the Library at 371-8622.

Daytime Book Discussion Group CLIFTON PARK -December 8 at 2pm at Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library. Join Library staff for a discussion of The


Bulletin Board Storied Life of AJ Firky by Gabrielle Zevin. This moving novel follows the unforgettable story of a short-tempered bookstore owner who is about to learn the true meaning of second chances. Registration is requested.

Winter Stories & Crafts CLIFTON PARK -December 8 at 4pm at Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library. We’ll share wintry stories, create unique snowflakes and stamp holiday cards. Dress for a mess! For children in grades K-5; registration required beginning December 1.

Foreign Film Series CLIFTON PARK -December 8 at 6:30pm at Clifton ParkHalfmoon Library. Join us for this Hindi film about a woman trying to spice up her marriage through the lunch she prepares for her husband, only to have it mistakenly delivered to one of his co-workers. No registration necessary.

History of Halfmoon CLIFTON PARK -December 9 at 10:30am at Clifton ParkHalfmoon Library. James Bold from the Halfmoon Historical Society will present on the history of Halfmoon. All are welcome to attend this Friday Morning Free-for-All program. No registration required.

Wagging Their Tails for Tales: Reading Therapy Dogs CLIFTON PARK - December 11 at 1pm at Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library. Help your children gain more confidence in their reading abilities and improve their reading skills with this special therapy dog program in the Children’s Library. Children build confidence from the experience and are encouraged to continue with their reading at home. For children entering grades 1-4. Limited 15-minute appointments are available by calling the Youth Services Department at 371-8622.

Saratoga Soundtrack Chorus & Anniversary Celebration CLIFTON PARK - December 11 at 2pm at Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library. Come enjoy the sounds of the season with Saratoga Soundtrack Chorus, an award-winning women’s a cappella ensemble. The chorus sings a variety of old standards, pop tunes and original compositions in 4-part harmony, barbershop style! Following the concert, patrons are welcome to join us for a celebratory cake in recognition of the Library’s 10th Anniversary at 475 Moe Road. All are welcome to attend; no registration necessary.

December Computer Classes for the Kids! CLIFTON PARK – at Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library. Too cold for the kids to play outside? Send them to the Library to learn about coding and how to program a Finch robot. Classes are available for students in kindergarten through

8th grade. Please visit www.cphlibrary.org for a full description of classes, dates and times. Please register online, in-person or by calling the Library at 371-8622.

December Computer Classes CLIFTON PARK - at Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library. Before the holiday rush is under way, come to the Library to brush up on your computer skills! This month’s offerings include programming and coding classes for the kids, learning to create a blog and a tutorial on how to add flair and pizzazz to all of those holiday photos! Please visit www.cphlibrary. org for a full description of classes offered this month, dates and times. Please register online, in-person or by calling the Library at 371-8622.

Thanksgiving is a Word of Action Celebrate The Fresh Air Fund’s 141st Summer CAPITAL DISTRICT - This November, many families in the Albany Area are thankful for something special: the gift of their friendship with a New York City child. Each summer, close to 4,000 New York City children from low-income communities visit suburban, rural and small town communities along the East Coast and Southern Canada through The Fresh Air Fund’s Friendly Towns Program. By volunteering as a host family for summer 2017, the spirit of Thanksgiving can continue in your home throughout the year. Fresh Air children are boys and girls who live in New York City. Children who are reinvited by host families may continue with The Fresh Air Fund through age 18 and can enjoy extended trips. Volunteer host families frequently share how through the eyes of Fresh Air children they rediscover the beauty of their own communities. Since 1877, The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free, enriching summer experiences and academic programs for more than 1.8 million children from low-income New York City communities. For more information on hosting a Fresh Air child next summer, please contact Tenniel Hansen at 518-441-4407 or visit The Fresh Air Fund online at www.freshair.org.

Saratoga County Veterans Peer CONNECTION Program SARATOGA COUNTY - The Saratoga County Veterans Peer Connection falls under the New York State PFC Joseph Dwyer Program. The aim is to assist Veterans by pairing them with another Veteran who has had similar life experiences, in order to provide for a meaningful relationship. The program pairs established Veterans with returning Veterans who are experiencing posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or other re-acclimation challenges. Personalized and informal, these pairings yield understanding and rapport intended to ease the transition from combat to civilian life. The trained mentors have access to local and county


Bulletin Board resources as well as a clear understanding of state and national opportunities. While the main goal is to provide each Veteran with a meaningful and dependable relationship, other types of assistance may include: job hunting, academic pursuits, life skills, guidance, peer support, encouragement, and understanding. We also have an active mentoring program to Veterans currently in the Saratoga County Jail; have a Vets and Pets program aimed at connecting Veterans with companion animals in conjunction with the Saratoga County Animal Shelter. Currently, Veterans are meeting casually at Saratoga Coffee Traders on Broadway in Saratoga Springs, Tuesday evenings from 6-8 pm for coffee and conversation. All Veterans are welcome. If you would like more information, please contact the program coordinator at (518) 884-4999. You can also check out the program at www.veteranspeerconnection. org, or the Facebook page: Saratoga County Veterans Peer Connection.

CARE LINKS OF SOUTHERN SARATOGA COUNTY GIVING BACK TO YOUR NEIGHBOR SARATOGA COUNTY - Ellen has reached the point where she cannot stand long enough to do the light vacuuming or simple dusting needed to keep her small apartment neat. She hopes to remain at home. If she were to try to enter a nursing home she would not qualify, could not afford it. She called the Care Links program to ask for a volunteer. Can you give a little time to do chores for Ellen? This all volunteer program tries to match people to help with chores, visiting, grocery shopping or transportation. Please call 399-3262 if you can fit helping an elderly person into to schedule.

THE HUDSON-MOHAWK SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAM IS LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS CAPITAL DISTRICT - Do you enjoy being in the outdoors, in various types of weather, working beside other volunteers to help those in need? Join our team. Please visit our website at www.HuMSAR.org for more information and to fill out an application.

KITTEN ANGELS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED CAPITAL DISTRICT - Kitten Angels is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in the Capital District dedicated to the rescue and placement of cats and kittens into great homes. We spay/neuter, vaccinate, and provide any necessary veterinary care prior to adoption. We are funded 100% from adoption fees, donations, and fundraising events. Kitten Angels is in desperate need of volunteers who can foster cats and kittens in their homes. Can’t foster? You can still help! We run many adoption events each week and we need volunteers to help set up and take down.

We need lots of administrative help as well, including developing new fundraising events, making follow-up calls to new pet parents after our felines are adopted, grant writing, maintaining our website (WordPress), and media relations. If you can spare just a few hours a month you can make a huge difference in the lives of homeless felines. Please call Judie Janco at 518-573-9906 for more information on how you can get involved.

AL-ANON MEETINGS HALFMOON - If you are affected by a loved ones’ drinking or substance abuse, Al-Anon can help restore your sanity. We, as a group, come together to share our experience, strength and hope, and discover ways to live a happier life. We meet every Wednesday from 6-7 pm at VFW Post 1498 located at 1605 Route 9 in Halfmoon. Questions?? email: cmc.afg.123@gmail.com

HALFMOON FRIDAY NIGHT AL-ANON MEETINGS Halfmoon - Halfmoon Friday Night Al-Anon Meeting is at 7:30 pm; Location is St. Luke’s on the Hill, 40 McBride Road, Halfmoon. If you have a loved one or a friend whose addiction is causing problems for you, we’re here for you. Al-Anon is the right place, the safe place to be. Come and join us. Need to contact someone in program call 518-665-0490.

Capital District Parkinson’s Group @ Beverwyck CAPITAL DISTRICT - The Capital District Parkinson’s Support Group @ Beverwyck (http://www.cdparkinsons.org) invites all - patients, caregivers, professionals - involved in Parkinson’s Disease to our meetings on the second Thursday of the month: 7:00 to 9:00 PM (no meeting Jan/Feb). We offer speakers, Q&A, current articles/pamphlets/social networking, even refreshments! Do not isolate yourself. Come join us at the Beverwyck Meeting Room, 41 Beverwyck Lane, Slingerlands, NY. No reservation necessary. For further information email Barbara @ secondcareervol@gmail.com or call 1-203-725-6661. See you at our next meeting!

Empty Stocking Project Begins SARATOGA COUNTY - The Saratoga County Children’s Committee is a nonprofit organization that helps children and families in Saratoga County. The Empty Stocking Project provides holiday gifts and necessities to about 900 children and teens each year. Generous people and organizations sponsor a child by purchasing gifts from the child’s “wish list”. If you are willing to sponsor a child or for more information please call Kathy Kelly at 3996629 or leave a voice message at 484-1236. Cash donations are also accepted and may be sent to The Saratoga County Children’s Committee, P.O. Box 1254, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.


Bulletin Board Volunteers needed TROY - St. Augustine Church in Troy (25 115th St.) has the Perpetual Adoration Chapel opened all year round. We cordially invite individuals to become an Adorer of Jesus and spend an hour (day or night) with him. The best time you spend on earth is with your best Friend JESUS in the Blesses Sacrament. Jesus will reward your time with blessings. To become an Adorer of Jesus, please call Kathy Curtin at 518-274-5925.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP TROY- Seton Health is holding a support group for individuals who have recently lost a loved one. The Bereavement Support Group meets at St. Mary’s Hospital on the first and third Tuesday of every month from 4:45-5:45pm in Conference Room D. The Bereavement Support Group is a confidential meeting for anyone who has recently lost a family member due to illness or injury. Individuals experiencing symptoms such as disbelief, anger, resentment, loneliness or guilt from the loss of a loved one who has recently passed away are encouraged to attend. This event is free and open to the public. To register, or for more information, call 371-1400 x162.

ELKS THURSDAY NIGHT BINGO BALLSTON LAKE – The Clifton Park Elks Lodge hold bingo every Thursday evening (except major holidays). There are a wide range of games including a progressive jackpot & ‘Bonus Ball’. Proceeds help support the Elks Charity Programs. The Lodge is located at 695 MacElroy Road, Ballston Lake. Doors open at 6:00pm and the first game starts promptly at 7:00pm. Refreshments are available for purchase. For additional information, visit www.cliftonparkelks.com or call (518) 877-5200.

SENIOR SINGERS FOR CHORUS NEEDED CLIFTON PARK - The Shenendehowa Adult Community Center’s Senior Chorus is in looking for singers. The group meets every Thursday, from 10 am to 11:30 am, at the Center, located at 6 Clifton Common Court, Clifton Park. The 2016-2017 season starts in September. No experience is necessary and there are no auditions. The chorus performs in May and December at various assisted living facilities and at the Center. Center membership is required. For more information, please the Center at 383-1343.

Friday Morning Moms CLIFTON PARK - The Shenendehowa United Methodist Church invites mothers of all ages to attend a weekly support and fellowship group, “Friday Morning Moms,” held each Friday that Shenendehowa schools are in session, from 9:00-11:00 in the church Hearth Room. Each week’s meeting includes a Bible study and discussion on

issues related to parenting. Refreshments are served and professional childcare is provided. Newcomers are always welcome. The church is located at 971 Route 146, Clifton Park, directly across from the Shenendehowa schools campus. For more information, please visit our Web site www.fridaymorningmoms.org.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED SARATOGA COUNTY - The Saratoga County Office for the Aging is in urgent NEED of volunteers to help deliver meals to homebound seniors throughout Saratoga County; Saratoga Springs, Greenfield, Ballston Spa, Schuylerville and Wilton areas. Substitutes are needed throughout Saratoga County. This program helps many seniors (age 60 and over) remain independent in their homes. Nutritious meals (meet the 1/3 RDA) are prepared, packed, and ready for transport. Meals are ready for volunteers to pick up at 10:30 am. Delivery takes about an hour. Being a volunteer for this program is a gratifying experience- seniors look forward to seeing a friendly face. A training/orientation is provided. Please call Billie Jo at The Office for the Aging, 884-4996 for details.

SURVIVING CANCER SUPPORT GROUP CLIFTON PARK - The Shenendehowa Adult Community Center, 6 Clifton Common Court, Clifton Park to offer a Cancer Survival Support Group on select Fridays at 11:00 am. Facilitated by Meaghan O’Connor, RN BS MBA CLNC, this support group addresses informational needs of people being treated for cancer. Cancer does not need to be confronted alone. While support of family and friends is very important, joining a group of people who have similar needs can be beneficial in order to achieve the goal of a healthy and fulfilling life. Learn and benefit from the support of others on the road to recovery. Please contact the Center at 383-1343 for information on how to register and the support group schedule.

BOCCE IN THE COMMON CLIFTON PARK - The Shenendehowa Adult Community Center, 6 Clifton Common Court, Clifton Park offers Bocce in the Common on Mondays at 10am at. All levels are welcome including beginners. Courts are located behind the Center. Contact the Center for more information at 383-1343.

“SHEN ELF” CLIFTON PARK – ‘Shen Elf’, a year round program at Shen Acadia Middle School that provides school supplies and necessities like clothing and shoes to needy students. We are looking for ‘elves’ to add to our email list. When a child’s need is identified, an email will be sent to all contacts on our email list and you can chose if you can help match their need. If you’re interested in being


Bulletin Board an elf, please contact shenelfproject@gmail.com

DIVORCE CARE SUPPORT GROUP CLIFTON PARK – A Divorce Care support group meets on Monday nights from 6:30-8:00pm at The Mission Community Church, 10 Old Plank Rd., Clifton Park, NY. This group is for anyone struggling with the challenges associated with divorce or separation. Registration is $15, which includes the workbook. Scholarships are available. For more information contact The Mission Community Church at www.themcc.tv

LOCAL OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS GROUPS OFFER FREE HELP CLIFTON PARK – Local Overeaters Anonymous Groups offer Free help for those suffering from compulsive eating. The Overeaters Anonymous (OA) program offers physical, emotional and spiritual recovery for those who suffer from compulsive eating. Members find recovery by following a Twelve-Step program patterned after Alcoholics Anonymous. Through the use of the Twelve Steps and the experience, strength and hope of a supportive fellowship, people often find relief from the symptoms of compulsive eating. OA meetings are free and take place in a variety of locations in the Capital District, including a 7:30pm Monday night meeting at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Clifton Park. To find out more about Overeaters Anonymous and to locate in-person, phone and online meetings, go to: www.oa.org

Women’s Torah & Tea CLIFTON PARK – Jewish Women’s Circle invites women to join together for Torah and Tea at 7:30pm on Wednesdays. The Five Books of Moses—the Torah—is quite simply the most widely read, most influential literary work in all of human history. Since its first appearance in a blaze of Divine revelation on Mount Sinai over 3300 years ago, the Torah and its teachings have provoked inspired inquiry to discover its infinitely-layered designs and meanings. This women’s Torah series brings you this tradition of classical Jewish learning in a series of clear and engaging weekly classes. Probing the ideas and issues presented in each week’s Torah portion, these lessons offer timely lessons for living-from the most timeless of all texts.

LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS CLIFTON PARK – CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services is accepting new adult volunteer applications for its Homework Help, and Family Assistance. We are in need of van drivers at this time. Please visit www.captaincares.org for the application, or call Mary at 518-371-1185. CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services is a social service agency located in Clifton Park. CAPTAIN operates a runaway and homeless youth shelter, street outreach services, Teen Talk Helpline, emergency food pantry, family assistance program, and various youth leadership programs. For

those with questions about CAPTAIN, please visit our website at www.captaincares.org. Those wishing to speak to a CAPTAIN Representative may also call 518-371-1185.

YOGA CLASS AT SHENENDEHOWA ADULT COMMUNITY CENTER CLIFTON PARK – A Yoga class is being held at the Shenendehowa Adult Community Center, 6 Clifton Common Court, Clifton Park, by instructor Deanna Seabridge, every Thursday (except holidays), at 9:55-10:55am. This is a slow-paced Yoga practice but requires that the participant be able to come to the floor and get up unassisted. Focus is on breathing and proper alignment and includes 10 minutes of relaxation/meditation to finish. Come give it a try! $8 per class, $6 for ACC members. For more information, please contact Deanna at 885-2648 or deasea@ nycap.rr.com.

ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVERS SUPPORT CLIFTON PARK - The Alzheimer’s Association of Northeastern NY has caregiver support groups for those who have loved ones with a diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. We have a support group that meets in Clifton Park at the Christ Community Reformed Church on 1010 Route 146 on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month at 1pm. For more information, please call the Alzheimer’s Association at (518) 867-4999 x209. We also have another support group in Halfmoon that meets at the Halfmoon Senior Center on 287 Lower Newton Road the 3rd Thursday of every month at 12pm (lunch is provided at this meeting). Please contact the senior center the day before to register at (518) 371-3892.

COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES CLIFTON PARK – Are you a high school student in need of community service? Are you looking for volunteer opportunities? If so, the Shenendehowa Adult Community Center, 6 Clifton Common Court in Clifton Park, is always looking for volunteers to assist with everything from basic cleaning to event organization to clerical work. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the Center at 383-1343.

MOMS CLUB OF CLIFTON PARK CLIFTON PARK – MOMS Club of Clifton Park, a social and support group for stay-at-home moms, has activities during the day with monthly meetings on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Email momember@yahoo.com for more information on our club.

DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP CLIFTON PARK – The Shenendehowa Adult Community Center Diabetes Support Group meets on alternate Fridays at 11am at 6 Clifton Common Court, Clifton Park. People who have diabetes may call the Center to Register


Bulletin Board at 383-1343. Meetings are free; however, you must be a member of the Center to participate. The group facilitator will call you to provide more information about the group.

CAT TALES RESCUE NEEDS YOUR HELP CAPITAL REGION – Cat Tales Rescue is looking for foster homes to shelter kittens and cats from living outside without food and warmth. We are a not-for-profit group dedicated to easing the suffering of stray and abandoned cats. Foster “parents” will share their homes and hearts with a cat/kitten in need without any long-term commitment or financial burden. All fosters are provided with food and litter and the cat/kitten’s medical needs are absorbed by Cat Tales Rescue. For more information please call 248-9682 or email catalesrescue@gmail.com

New Venue for Revitalizing a City’s Soul COHOES - If you believe that art can revitalize a city’s soul, come and check out Choose Cohoes for Art. A group of both artists and non-artists alike, members believe that art is a way to regenerate a city. We are looking for fresh ideas and help in implementing them. Interested? Check us out on the 2nd Monday of the month at Cohoes Visitor Center, 58 Remsen St. Cohoes at 6 pm. Questions? Send to info@ChooseCohoesForArt.org and updates and info also at our Choose Cohoes for Art FaceBook page.

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help, this program might be available to help you. The family must have at least one child over ten years of age and not have any insurance or the financial means to afford family counseling. This assistance is being offered through the Family Hope Project. Call Counseling Care at 237-4263 for more information.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED COHOES – If you have a heart for young people and want to be a part of a miracle in the making, we need you! The Connect Project is an inter-agency partnership building an urban youth center in Cohoes. The setting of this much-needed resource is Good Ground Family Church, located at 49 Johnston Ave, Cohoes. We meet every Monday evening at 6:30pm and every Saturday at 8am. Some basic tools are provided - all you need to do is show up. For more information, check out our website www.connectproject.org or call our office 779-8745.

CHURCH SERVICES WATERFORD – The Rev. Kathy Alonge-Coons will celebrate the Holy Eucharist at 7:30 and 9:30 a.m. Sundays at Grace Church at 34 Broad St. Deacon Denise Moore will assist. An Adult Christian Education program begins at 8:30 a.m. The 9:30 a.m. service includes a children’s sermon. The King’s Kids Nursery and Sunday School begin after the children’s sermon. A coffee hour follows each service. For information, call the Episcopal parish at 237-7370 or visit gracewaterford.org.

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COHOES - Do you enjoy reading? Then there are some children waiting to listen to you. Volunteers are needed for a Reading Mentors program where adults will read to children during the school year. The Everybody Wins program has shown many benefits for both the children and adults that participate in it. Training for mentors will be available. For complete information, please call Carol at the Cohoes Public Library at 235-2570.

WATERFORD – The Silicones Retirees Club is looking for people who worked at the Waterford Silicones plant (GE or Momentive) and are retired or will be retiring soon, to join our club. We meet once a month for a luncheon. Come get together with your fellow retirees. For more information, call Bud Lindner at 785-5937 or Pat Geleta at 371-6099.

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WATERFORD – St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry, Waterford at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 119 Broad Street, Waterford. All residents of the Town of Waterford are welcome to come to our food pantry; which is open between the hours of 9:30-11:30am, Tuesday mornings. You need to call the rectory at 237-3131 on Mondays from 9am-12 noon to make an appointment.

COHOES – The Cohoes Knights of Columbus, 255 Remsen Street, Cohoes, (corner of Remsen & Columbia), will host Bingo every Monday evening. Doors open at 5pm, bingo starts at 7pm. Admission is $2. Jackpot coverall is $700, a progressive jackpot of $1,000 and $1,900 in overall prizes. Two 50 / 50 games. Bell jar tickets. Kitchen open and handicap accessible. Call 237-4151 or 237-7814 for more information. The halls are available to rent for parties or etc. at a reasonable rate.

FREE FAMILY COUNSELING COHOES – Counseling Care and Services, Inc., located in Cohoes, is offering free family counseling for up to 10 sessions. If your family is having problems and needs

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FAITH’S FOOD PANTRY WATERFORD – Faith’s Food Pantry at Grace Church, 34 Third St., Waterford, is open by appointment. The emergency food pantry is open from 10am to noon each Friday. The pantry is also open from 7 to 8pm on the third Thursday of each month. It is also open from 6:30 to 7:30pm on the fourth Thursday of each month. For information and to make an appointment, call 237-7370.


Bulletin Board DRIVERS NEEDED!! SARATOGA COUNTY - Are you 55 and over looking for a volunteer opportunity? Saratoga County Office for the Aging’s, Retired & Senior Volunteer Program is looking to recruit drivers for our medical transportation service, which provides eligible seniors with transportation to medical appointments both in and out of Saratoga County in our senior transportation minivan. If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity please call Janet Haskell at 884-4110.

SALVATION ARMY FOOD PANTRY NEEDS YOUR HELP SARATOGA COUNTY - The Salvation Army food pantry is running low on the following items: milk (powder or liquid), juice, fruit (fresh or canned), cereal, jelly/jam, and peanut butter. Donations can be dropped off Monday-Friday at 27 Woodlawn Ave, Saratoga Springs, NY. Thank you for your support in helping us serve 1000’s of needy families every year in Saratoga County. Call 518584-1640 or e-mail Bree.Barker@USE.SalvationArmy.org for more details.

AFTER THE FIRE’S MONTHLY MEETINGs SARATOGA COUNTY - Anyone interested in learning more about After The Fire or in becoming a member may attend. Meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday at 7 PM as follows: February, March, October & November at Eagle Matt Lee Fire House on Washington St. in Ballston Spa; April, May, June & September at the Halfmoon Town Hall. After The Fire is a non-profit organization existing totally on donations and comprised entirely of volunteers, After The Fire helps reidents of Saratoga County who have suffered a loss due to fire. Family members are provided clothing, gift cards, personal care items, Red Cross referral, a night’s stay at a participating hotel/motel, informational material, emotional support - whatever is needed to help them through an extremely emotional time. Anyone interested in learning more about After The Fire may attend a meeting, or leave a message at 435-4571.

League of women voters of saratoga county SARATOGA COUNTY - The League of Women Voters of Saratoga County has produced an information guide for voters for the School District Elections. Voters can access it after May 5th by going to the League website, www. lwvsaratoga.org and select from the list of School District elections. In addition, information is provided for each district such as hours the polls are open, whether absentee ballots are available, and if registration is required to vote. Voters unsure of their school district may also go to www.vote411.org, enter their address, and see

which races and referenda are also on their ballots. Most of the candidates in the county who are seeking election positions agreed to participate in the On-line Guide this year, providing voters with biographical information, and answers to questions posed by LWV Saratoga County. However, there were a few school districts who would not provide contact information for their candidates so we were unable to reach the candidates. Any school board candidates who were not contacted and who wish to participate may contact the League of Women Voters at lwvsaratoga@aol.com for assistance in completing the guide. All of this information is part of the League of Women Voters of the US voter information website, www. vote411.org which is a valuable resource for all voters for all elections. Information can be found here on absentee voting, information about voting machines, military and overseas voting, assistance for voters with disabilities, voting hours, and ID needed for voting, as well as links to the NY State Board of Elections. Information will be posted in the Fall which pertains to the Primary and General Electionsa and ballot issues

DO YOU ENJOY ART? SARATOGA COUNTY - If you like to draw, take pictures or collect art, join us and meet others who share your interest. We are the Southern Saratoga Artists’ Society and we meet at 6:30pm on the 3rd Monday of the month at the Shenendehowa Adult Community Center. Membership includes art demonstrations, newsletter, display members work at local business and community venues and various workshops during the year. For more information, call Diane at 518-899-6481 or visit our website: http://www. southernsaratogaartist.com/

Improve your health join a FREE exercise program… SARATOGA COUNTY - The Saratoga County Office for the Aging’s Retired & Senior Volunteer Program sponsors Osteoporosis Prevention Exercise classes throughout Saratoga County. Classes are lead by trained RSVP Volunteer Leaders. This is a low impact program that includes balance and weight bearing exercises, stretches and wellness information for people over 50. Weights are provided and classes are FREE! Classes meet at least twice a week. There are SEVERAL locations throughout Saratoga County with open-ings for new participants. Classes are in Ballston Spa, Corinth, Clifton Park, Greenfield, Halfmoon, Malta, Moreau, Schuylerville, Saratoga, and Wilton. You can make a difference in your health and have fun while you are doing it. For details and more information, contact Janet Haskell at Saratoga County Office for the Aging, 884-4110 RSVP of Saratoga County helps recruit volunteers age 55 and over for various non-profits and agencies. To hear about the many opportunities, call RSVP at Saratoga County Office for the Aging at 884-4110


Bulletin Board ARE YOU IN NEED OF TRANSPORTATION? SARATOGA COUNTY – If you are in need of transportation, Saratoga County Office for the Aging may have a solution for you. We offer TWO different transportation services within the Office for the Aging. 1. One for Medical appointments only- in and out of Saratoga County and 2. Local transportation for shopping, doctors etc. YOU MUST BE: 60 years of age or older; Resident of Saratoga County; Able to access the vehicle without assistance. If you want to learn more about this FREE service please call Saratoga County Office for the Aging at 884-4100.

LOOKING FOR A VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY? SARATOGA COUNTY – Are you 55 or over and looking for a volunteer opportunity? The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program of Saratoga County has partnered with Junior Achievements of Northeastern New York to recruit volunteers for their school-based program. Junior Achievements of Northeastern New York is an organization that partners teachers with volunteers in Saratoga County schools ranging in grades from K thru 12th grade. Junior Achievement volunteers help students build skills in work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy, to help empower young people to own their economic success in a global economy. If you are an RSVP volunteer or if you would like more information about becoming a volunteer, please call Janet Haskell at 884-4110.

NEED HEALTH INSURANCE SARATOGA REGION - We are here to get you full medical coverage! Saratoga Hospital’s Health Insurance Navigation Program has a warm, friendly staff who will help you enroll on the New York State of Health Marketplace. Our services are free and information is kept confidential! Please call toll-free, 1-888-242-1418. We will screen you over the telephone and make an appointment in one of our 16 locations in Saratoga County. Call soon!

PROGRAM TO ASSIST LOW INCOME VETERANS SARATOGA CO. - Saratoga County RPC, through its VetHelp division, is pleased to announce a new program to aid veterans and their families in their struggle to maintain permanent housing. The Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program can provide monetary relief as well as extensive case management for veteran families that are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless. Temporary financial assistance is available for rental assistance, utilities fees, security deposit, moving costs, emergency supplies, child care and transportation. Case management and referral services include health care, daily living activities, financial planning, transporta-

tion, income support and legal assistance. The goal of the SSVF program is to promote housing stability among very low income Veteran families who reside in or are transitioning to permanent housing in the following New York State counties; Washington, Warren, Saratoga, Schenectady, Montgomery, Fulton and Schoharie. For more information, call VetHelp toll free at 1-855-233-1117.

FAMILY FUN SARATOGA COUNTY – Meet with local families in the Saratoga County area and beyond! We offer a wide variety of events, not just for the children, but also for the whole family. Our calendar is filled each month with exciting activities. Share your parental experiences and wisdom with each other and build friendships, while your children do the same. Membership is free with one event attendance recorded. www.togatots.com

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR HOMELESS SHELTER SARATOGA COUNTY – Volunteers Needed for Saratoga County Emergency Homeless Shelter. Would you like to help us make a difference? We are in need of qualified individuals who are willing to donate their time, energy and experience in a variety of ways as we support homeless individuals in creating a brighter future for themselves. Please call Shelters of Saratoga today at 581-1097 or visit our website at www.sheltersofsaratoga.org to find out how you can help.

EMERGENCY FOOD PANTRY SARATOGA COUNTY – Karyl’s Kupboard - Emergency Food Pantry is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10am-3pm. Must be a Saratoga County Resident. Please bring ID and proof of address. Located at CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services, 5 Municipal Plaza, Suite 3, Clifton Park.

WHO’S AT RISK? CAREGIVER DISTRESS SARATOGA COUNTY - Self-Assessment Tool Helps Saratoga, Washington and Warren counties -Area Families Avoid the Dangers of Caregiver Distress. Nearly one-third of adults living in Saratoga, Washington and Warren counties are family caregivers who could be at risk for heart disease, diabetes, depression and various other physical and emotional maladies as a result of caregiver distress, a potentially dangerous condition brought on by the pressures of caring for a senior loved one. In response to this growing issue, the local Home Instead Senior Care® office has launched a public awareness campaign – Family Caregiver Stress Relief at FamilyCaregiverStressRelief. com – to help family caregivers determine if they are at risk for distress and to minimize problems before they escalate. For more information about the services of the


Bulletin Board Home Instead Senior Care office serving Saratoga, Washington and Warren counties call 518 580-1042 or visit www.homeinstead.com/341.

TWIN BRIDGES ROTARY MEETINGS SOUTHERN SARATOGA COUNTY – The Twin Bridges Rotary meets every Thursday at 12 noon at Grecian Gardens in Clifton Park. This is a great international organization that believes in “Service Above Self”. If you would like more information about these meetings or other Rotary projects, call 491-5553 or visit the website at: www.twinbridgesrotary.org.

UNITED WAY NEEDS VOLUNTEERS NORTHEAST REGION – Do you want to learn about human nature, improve your communication skills & your interpersonal relationships, generally develop yourself and give back? Volunteering as a Telephone or Crisis Chat Specialist for United Way 2-1-1 Northeast Region will give you all of this. We offer extensive training, supervision and life changing experiences as well as the opportunity to become part of a larger community of volunteer across the nation, that provide essential information, resources and emotional support to people in need. For more details call 2-1-1; visit our website at www.fcscr.org to fill out the volunteer application.

Community Closet CAPITAL DISTRICT - Quality clothes & shoes for all ages & sizes and household items affordable for any budget are available at our unique community service thrift store at 146 Remsen St., Cohoes! Come and check us out! Open Tuesday 10am-4pm, Thursday 1pm-4pm and the 2nd Tuesday of the month until 6:30pm. Wheelchair accessible. Find us on FB at https://www.facebook.com/ communityclosetsda.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED CAPITAL DISTRICT - The Saratoga National Cemetery Support Committee is seeking volunteers that can help out at the cemetery. The Support Committee works with the Director of the cemetery to provide help at cemetery functions. The committee meets at the cemetery every 3rd Wednesday of the month. If you would like to volunteer to help out or for more information please contact: John Mehan at 664-2797 or the Cemetery Administration Office at 581-9128. You do not have to be a veteran to volunteer, male and female volunteers are needed.

Seniors Helping Seniors CAPITAL DISTRICT - For the past twenty years, Umbrella of the Capital District has been helping seniors and people with disabilities care for their homes. We recruit active retirees to provide a wide range of handy person services for others in the community who are less able. For el-

derly homeowners, routine tasks like housekeeping, grocery shopping, lawn care and minor repairs can present a real challenge. Umbrella’s mission is to address that need, and help people continue to live safely and independently in their homes and communities. Some workers earn $12.00/hr and some volunteer their time. All do what they like and are good at, and make a real difference in the lives of the people they help. Interested? Call 346-5249 or visit our web site at www.theumbrella.org.

MEN WHO HAVE CANCER CAPITAL DISTRICT - For men recently diagnosed and those already living with cancer, there is a compassionate group for support for you and your loved ones. Held at the American Cancer Society’s Hope Club, 1 Penny Lane, Latham the third Wednesday of each month from 6 to 8 pm, Men to Men Support Group shares sources for education about your disease, information on treatment selections, coping techniques to get in and stay in control as well as emotional support. Spouses, family or significant others are welcome. For more information, please call: (518) 220-6960.

LOVING HOMES NEEDED FOR WONDERFUL ANIMALS CAPITAL DISTRICT - Capital District Humane Association, Inc. (CDHA.NET) is an all-volunteer, no-kill animal rescue group that has been saving animals of all kinds throughout the capital region and beyond since 1988. Our goal is to place each animal in our program in a wonderful home where it will be treated like a valued member of the family. We re-home dogs with no charge for surrender. Since CDHA is a rescue group and doesn’t have a facility of its own, all it’s dogs are in foster homes and dogs are showcased at pet adoption clinics held three times each month. Searching for that special dog? Come join us at an adoption clinic at Latham Farms PETSMART the first and second Saturday of each month and at Clifton Park PETSMART the fourth Saturday of each month. Questions? Contact Jennifer 664-3450. Our adoptable dogs include: Adult Chihuahua Mixes, Basenji Mix, Beagles, Cockapoo, Corgi Mix, Dachshund Mix, Hound Mix, Jack Russell Terrier (Broken Coated), Long Haired Chihuahua Mix, Manchester Terrier, Miniature Cattle Dog Mix, Miniature Pinscher, Pekingese, Pomeranian, Shih Poo, Shih Tzu, Spaniel Mix, Spitz Mix, Toy Manchester Terrier, Toy Poodle, and many other small dogs. New dogs join our rescue weekly.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR CAT PROGRAM CAPITAL DISTRICT – Capital District Humane Association, Inc. (CDHA.net), is seeking volunteers to work with its cat program. Activities would include working cat adoption clinics, thus helping homeless cats find loving homes. CDHA is an all-volunteer, no-kill animal rescue that has


Bulletin Board been saving needy animals of all kinds since 1988. CDHA is also in need of foster homes and appreciates help in other ways. Please call 664-3450.

KINSHIP CAREGIVER SUPPORT CAPITAL DISTRICT – For grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc, who are raising a child/children not biologically their own due to unfortunate circumstances. You are not alone and support is available. Call to learn more about NYS Kinship Navigators, local support groups, financial& legal resources, or just share your experiences & concerns. Call or text Jean at 518-506-4284 or email Jcarm12@aol. com

STEP VOLUNTEERS NEEDED CAPITAL DISTRICT – STEP the Saratoga Therapeutic Equestrian Program a 501 ( c ) 3 not -for –profit organization, is seeking Volunteer Poop Pickers, Sidewalkers, Horse Leaders, Paper Jockeys and Wranglers to care for its program horses, provide help with lessons for special needs children & adults, fix and repair the facility and promote fundraising. Horse experience is not needed but a plus. A caring heart and a love of Children & Horses is a must! Call (518) 374.5116 or email stepatnfec@yahoo. com

SARATOGA THERAPEUTIC EQUESTRIAN PROGRAM OPEN REGISTRATION CAPITAL DISTRICT – STEP, Saratoga Therapeutic Equestrian Program, is open and accepting registrations for its 2016 season at its home stable in Glenville N.Y. & Greenfield/Saratoga. STEP provides HIPPOTHERAPY, STEP-up therapeutic riding, HERO HORSES for Veterans, Equine Experiential Learning MEMORY MANE Brain injury program and Movement Muscles & Memory FOR MS. Programs for children and adults with special needs ages 2 and up using the horse as a therapeutic partner. STEP offers volunteer opportunities & Equine education. For registration information please call (518) 374-5116 or email stepatnfec@yahoo.com or web www.stepup-nfec.org

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS CAN HELP CAPITAL DISTRICT – The holiday season can be a lonely and difficult time, and if drinking is a problem, AA can help. There are AA meetings in the Capitol Region every day of the week, all year long. AA has no dues or fees, there are no strings attached, and we respect the anonymity of all who attend. For more information or to find a meeting near you, call the AA Help Line at (518) 5870407, or visit http://meetings.aahmbny.org.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED HELP FAMILIES COPING WITH CANCER CAPITAL REGION – floydwarriors.com is a 501 (c)3 notfor-profit organization begun by cancer survivor Lisa Morahan intended to provide real help in the home while a loved one is battling cancer. “Dinner is Done, Dishes are Clean and the Kids are OK!” is the mission. Help is needed from an Army of Volunteers to prepare meals, clean homes and assist with the needs of children to aid a cancer patient during active treatment (chemotherapy or radiation). For more information on floydwarriors.com or to register as a volunteer for the Capital Region so you may join in with “Helping Families Cope With Cancer, One Household at a Time” visit www.floydwarriors.com

ANIMALOVERS SEEKS CARING INDIVIDUALS FOR REWARDING VOLUNTEER WORK CAPITAL DISTRICT – AnimaLovers, an all-volunteer rescue organization serving the Capital Region for 20 years, seeks caring, responsible volunteers to be involved in its animal care, adoption and outreach efforts. AnimaLovers staffs the PetSmart adoption center in East Greenbush and holds adoption clinics at other locations throughout the year. Volunteers are also needed for cat and kitten foster care, data entry, mailings and conducting quality calls. For further information, please call 518-348-3903 x2, or email animalovers@empireone.net. Scheduling is flexible and training will be provided. Learn more at www. animalovers.org

HELP FOR SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN WHO STUTTER CAPITAL DISTRICT - Stuttering is a frustrating and embarrassing problem for millions of people, but it can be especially tough on elementary school-age children. Help is available for parents, teachers, and speech-language pathologists at most public libraries in the form of a DVD designed to help school-age children who stutter. Some libraries have an older video version. The DVD features students from first through sixth grade, some of whom talk about their experiences with stuttering. They talk openly about the teasing they face from classmates and how their stuttering sometimes makes them feel about themselves. The 38-minute DVD, entitled Therapy in Action: The School-age Child Who Stutters, produced by the 67-year-old nonprofit Stuttering Foundation is available free of charge to public libraries nationwide. Other libraries that will shelve it can contact the Foundation at 1-800-992-9392, e-mail info@stutteringhelp.org, or visit www.stutteringhelp.org or www.tartarmudez.org.


Bulletin Board A PLACE FOR MOMS CAPITAL REGION – A little place for moms and those who are TTC to get together, connect, share stories, and get valuable advice from other moms. Please check out our group www.Mamasaurus.net. We hope to see you there.

RED CROSS NEEDS VOLUNTEERS CAPITAL REGION – Volunteers are needed in all areas of service from helping in local disasters to answering phones in the office. The Red cross meet many needs in the area, families that have been displaced by a fire, flood or other disaster; collecting blood to save lives of people in need to sustaining a quality filled life; and teaching CPR and First Aid Classes. For more information about Red Cross volunteer opportunities, contact Laura at 7926545.

SIMPLIFYING LIVES NEEDS VOLUNTEERS CAPITAL REGION – Simplifying Lives for a cause is the Capital District’s only non-profit organization dedicated to providing free house cleaning and organizational services for people undergoing cancer treatment. Simplifying Lives is looking for volunteers, business partners for the discounted referral service, corporate sponsors, and donations. For further information or to donate, please contact Simplifying Lives for a cause at (518) 935-5822, or visit their website at www.simplifyinglives.org.

LITTLE PEOPLE OF AMERICA CAPITAL REGION – A newly formed chapter of Little People of America is now in your area. Little People of America, Inc., is a national non-profit organization that provides support and information to people of short stature and their families. We are the only dwarfism support organization that includes all 200+ forms of dwarfism. Call Nicole at 209-8833 for more information. You can also check out our national website at www.lpaonline. org.

PATROON TOASTMASTERS CAPITAL DISTRICT - Become a competent communicator and confident leader. Patroon Toastmasters offers an educational and supportive environment to our members. We meet every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at 510 Albany-Shaker Road in Loudonville to hone our communication skills for personal or professional reasons. Check out http://Patroon.TastmastersClubs.org for more information. Get started today. We welcome guests!

WEBSITE FOR YOUTHS DIAGNOSED WITH CMT CAPITAL REGION – The Charcot-Marie-Tooth Upstate NY group is pleased to announce a website for youths diagnosed with CMT. The CMTA’s new Youth Tab can be found

at: http://www.facebook.com/CMTAssociation For more information on Upstate NY CMT contact Melinda Lang 783-7313 or CMTNY1@gmail.com

US NAVAL SEA CADET CORPS CAPITAL DISTRICT – This is a program for young men and women ages 11-17 who are interested in developing skills in Leadership, Seamanship and Military Discipline. Monthly drilling/ Located at the Naval Facility in Glenville, NY. For information: LCDR KELLER, NSCC 518-729-5208; LCDR KASKOUN, NSCC 518-577-6592; LCDR METCHICK, NSCC 518-322-0318.

CAREGIVER CONNECTION CAPITAL REGION – Senior Services of Albany’s Caregiver Connection program has a full menu of services and seminars planned to help family caregivers providing assistance to elders throughout the Capital Region. Contact the Caregiver Connection at 465-1398 or e-mail elderconnection@seniorservicesofalbany.com for additional information on upcoming Seminars, Telephone Seminars, and Telephone Support Groups.

CAT TALES RESCUE NEEDS YOUR HELP CAPITAL REGION – Cat Tales Rescue is looking for foster homes to shelter kittens and cats from living outside without food and warmth. We are a not-for-profit group dedicated to easing the suffering of stray and abandoned cats. Foster “parents” will share their homes and hearts with a cat/kitten in need without any long-term commitment or financial burden. All fosters are provided with food and litter and the cat/kitten’s medical needs are absorbed by Cat Tales Rescue. For more information please call 248-9682 or email catalesrescue@gmail.com


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