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Bulletin Board NATIONAL PARK TRIP 2017 The Mad Hatters, a chapter of the Red Hats is arranging an 11 day trip thru the National Park. Dates are June 18 - June 29, 2017. Price includes air fare as well as 16 meals. We will visit Sedona - Grand Canyon - Lake Powell, Utah - Bryce Canyon -Zion National Park - a tour of Salt Lake City, see the domed Tabernacle of famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir - Jackson Hole, Wyoming - Grand Teton & Yellowstone National Parks, then on to Sheridan to the Buffalo Bill Center. We will travel thru the territory of the Great Sioux Nation, and see Mount Rushmore. Young and old and any in between, please join us. The price is only $4249.00 save $100.00 per person if you sign up now. For more information, call Mary at 518-733-0009 or email me at ladyhawke334@aol.com.

FeFANY CHRISTMAS BRUNCH – RESERVE BY DEC. 3rd You’re invited to enjoy delicious food, lively music, and holiday camaraderie at the annual Christmas Brunch presented by La Fédération franco-américaine 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.

Price is $40 pp. We will leave NYC at 7PM. All proceeds will go to www.nostomachforcancer.org. Deadline to pay is Dec. 5th. Call Denise at 518-271-8983.

IT’S THAT MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR AGAIN at SLCA Come to Sand Lake Center for the Arts’ “Classic Holiday Revue” and join in the Christmas spirit of fellowship, friendship and good feelings – or what the Germans call gemütlichkeit! The best of our local performers will carry you back to the days of auld lang syne with a nostalgic night of classic standards, holiday cheer and wintry merriment. Musical accompaniment provided by the T.L. Holloway jazz group. One performance only, Saturday, December 10, at 8pm. Tickets are $18 Adults, $10 Under 18. Prepaid reservations can be made at www.slca-ctp.org or call (518)6742007. SLCA is located at 2880 NY 43, Averill Park, NY, is fully handicapped accessible, with free parking.

FIRST UMC of E.G. INVITES THE COMMUNITY TO WORSHIP First United Methodist Church of East Greenbush, 1 Gilligan Road, invites the Community to Worship. • 8:30 a.m. – Early worship service in our beautiful outside Chapel or indoors during inclement weather. • 9:30 a.m. – Every Sunday, Worship and Sunday School; Communion on the first Sunday each month. Join us for coffee and fellowship following each service in Fellowship Hall. For more information, please contact the Church office at 477-9693 or email us at mail.egumc@verizon.net

HIGHLIGHT ACTING TROUPE PRESENTS JINGLE BELLS JURY

LOOKING FOR CERTAINTY IN UNCERTAIN TIMES?

Highlight Acting Troupe presents Jingle Bells Jury written by Jay Moriarty; Directed by Robin Dickinson-Sawyer. A trial in Candy Cane Courthouse with Jim Dandy calling Christmas spirit ’a lot of nonsense.’ Facing a Christmas court of justice, Jim intends to defend himself. He has his task cut out for him as a parade of Christmas personalities embrace the meaning of Christmas. Get into the spirit with Christmas songs and this very family friendly story. Includes an optional silent auction each night during the show. Show dates: December 2 & 3 at 7:30pm; and December 4 at 2pm. Brunswick Grange Hall, Route 7 & 142, behind Stewart’s. For Reservations, please call Ethel at 518-237-6936.

Join us at Third Presbyterian Church, 115 Winter Street, Troy, and discover the God who is steadfast in His love and faithful to all His promises. Our Sunday morning worship service begins at 10:30. Childcare is offered for children five and under. Come and worship with us as we celebrate the God who gave us the greatest gift of all – his son Jesus, through whom we have the assurance of God’s care and provision for us both today and forever! Call the church office at 283-2420 for more information.

CHRISTMAS TIME IN NEW YORK CITY! Please join us on December 17th, for a New York City Bus Trip leaving from the Latham, NY Walmart at 7AM. We will all be dropped off at Bryant Park for a day on our own.

BLUE CHRISTMAS HEALING SERVICE This service, being held on December 1st at 7PM, is one of candlelight, one of hope and comfort for those who are suffering from a loss, hardship of illness, death of a loved one, divorce, job loss, or are feeling alone, anxious or feeling “blue” or depressed. Those looking for comfort, hope and renewal are invited for a time of quiet reflection, music and scripture and prayer.


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Bulletin Board Pastor Dan Hahn will share words of reassurance; God offers hope in his sustaining presence in our suffering, even when we cannot “feel” it. Danny Dobek, organist, and Pam Martin, on the accordion, will offer special music. Healing Touch Certified Practitioners will be available for you to receive calming healing energy. You are invited to join us for coffee and light refreshments following the service. St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 470 Winter St. Ext., Troy, NY (Defreestville). FIRST REFORMED CHURCH OF WYNANTSKILL INVITES YOU TO WORSHIP The First Reformed Church would like to invite you to Worship as we celebrate the Advent and Christmas season. Dec. 4th - 10AM Communion Worship with our Handbell Choir Dec. 11th - 10AM Christmas program Dec. 21st - 6:30PM Longest Night Service Dec. 25th - 10AM Worship Service The church is located at the corner of Main Ave and Church St in Wynantskill and is handicapped accessible.

FIRST UMC OF E.G. DECEMBER SERVICES • 7:00 pm - Wednesday, December 21 – Blue Christmas Service for those that may not want the complete immersion of the holiday for many reasons and would like to join in a service of prayer during the holiday season. • 4:00 pm - Saturday, December 17; and 4:00 pm – Sunday, December 18 – The Christmas Musical “3 Wise Men and a Baby” performed by the Sunday School Students grades pre-K to 7th grade. It runs about an hour. All are welcome! Join us in Fellowship Hall after the Sunday performance for fellowship and rejoicing!!! • Christmas Eve Services – 5 pm, 7 pm, 9 pm and Communion at the 11 pm Service. • Christmas Day – 9:30 am • New Year’s Eve Service – 11 pm. Church,

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CHURCH OF THE REDEEMER Join us on Wednesday at 6:00, and/or Thursday at 1:30 as Bible study continues our study of the book of Daniel. We are continuing our reading of Daniel’s visions and his interpretations of them in chapter 8. These discussions are preparation for our exploration of Revelation. Our Sunday services will be at 8:00 and 9:30 am, with coffee hour between services and Sunday School at 9:00. We look forward to your worshipping with us. The church, which is fully handicapped accessible, is located at 1249 Third Street, Rensselaer, at the corner of Third and Catherine Streets on CDTA bus route #214. Mother Nancy may be reached at 518-650-8181 or email RedeemerRensselaer@outlook.com. Please visit our website www.RedeemerRensselaer.com.

“John the Baptist Says: REPENT, SHARE, SERVE”

Dec. 24th - 7PM Candlelight Service

First United Methodist East Greenbush.

church near the blinker in Averill Park. Office hours: Monday - Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.

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CHURCH OF THE COVENANT INVITES THE COMMUNITY TO WORSHIP! • Sunday December 4th - 8:30 a.m. Worship and Communion in the sanctuary; 9:15 a.m. Sunday School; 10:30 a.m. Worship and Communion in the sanctuary with choir and organ. Professional childcare provided. 11:30 a.m. Friendship Hour. • Saturday, Dec. 3rd, is our annual Christmas Bazaar! 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. See article elsewhere in the Advertiser. The Church of the Covenant, Rev. Joe Auslander. The round

Sunday, December 4, 2016, is the Second Sunday in Advent 2016. The Nassau Reformed Church will focus in worship on the fiery appearance of John the Baptist in his preaching the advent of the long awaited Messiah. In the sermon, based on Matthew 3:1-12, the Reverend Edward L. Van Kampen will speak about this preacher’s remarkable style and uncompromising message that Christian faith calls us to repent, share, and serve. Join us and come to more fully understand that if we are humble and obedient, the Bible gives us guidance and sustenance in our discipleship. Communion will be celebrated during worship. The Nassau Reformed Church begins worship at 11 a.m. in its chapel on the second level of its Church-School-Building, 43 Church Street (Route 20).

FIRST BIBLE BAPTIST CHURCH of WSL Please join the First Bible Baptist Church, 4331 RT 150, West Sand Lake for Worship. Our Services: Sunday School 10AM; Sunday Worship 11AM; Wednesday 7PM. Nursery for ALL Services. www.firstbiblebaptistchurchwsl.com

LIFE IN CHRIST FELLOWSHIP All our welcome to join us at Life In Christ Fellowship located at the corner of 5 N. Nassau Rd and Renss. Co. RT 18 for our 10:30AM Sunday services. Come with an expectant heart, a willingness to have fun & a seriousness to learn how awesome God really is! For directions, please call 7 66-3026.


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Bulletin Board HOPE UMC WORSHIP Hope United Methodist Church has worship each Sunday at 10:30 am, along with Sunday School for children in preschool through grade 5.  Hope ALIVE! is at 5:30 pm and celebrates the Good News through Praise Music & Worship. For information about Hope UMC contact Pastor Dave Martin at 518-279-1403 or hopeumctroy@juno.com. The worship center is located at the corner of Route 2 and Garfield Road in Eagle Mills (566 Brunswick Road), (Town of Brunswick).

ST. STEPHEN’S LUTHERAN CHURCH We at St. Stephen’s, located at 751 County Route 7, East Schodack, realize that busy work schedules and other commitments can make Sunday morning worship services difficult to attend. With that being said, St. Stephen’s is now offering a Saturday worship service at 4:30PM. This service will also offer the Holy Eucharist as does our Sunday 11AM service. We now look forward to meeting you on Saturdays or Sundays!

LOVE LUTHERAN CHURCH Michael Phelps has won a record amount of Olympic Gold medals over his athletic career. The Yankees are the winningest baseball team in history. Race car drivers, Jockeys, tennis players, track and field stars – all are cheered on as they compete. Some win, some lose. But there is one race that surpasses all the others – and one that no-one can afford to lose: the race to eternal life. Join us this week as Pastor Henry preaches on Hebrews 12:1-2 in the sermon, “A New Contest.” Come be our guest this Sunday at 10:00 AM as we celebrate the Advent of our Lord, Jesus Christ, Immanuel – God with us. Love Lutheran Church is located at Middlesex Road and Pheasant Lane in East Greenbush. For more information, a summary of this Sunday’s sermon, or directions, please visit our website: www.lovelutheran. net, or call 477-8685.

EDWARD C. SWARTZ SENIOR CENTER “CHRISTMAS SPECIAL DINNER” On Friday, December 16th, the members of the Edward C. Swartz Southern Tier Senior Center, 1800 East Schodack Road, Castleton, is having their annual “Christmas” Special Dinner. It starts at 12Noon with a meal consisting of Fresh Ham w/Dressing, Applesauce, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans and Tapioca Pudding w/Topping for Dessert. The very popular group “Pete & Friends” will be providing the entertainment with some great music. Following the music, we will have refreshments served by some of our senior volunteers to close out the afternoon. Please plan on joining us for a great meal of delicious food, friends and wonderful music. For reservations, or more information,

please call 477-6581.

SULLIVAN JONES VFW POST 7466 ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT BREAKFAST BUFFET Join the Sullivan Jones VFW Post 7466 (25 Veterans Street, Poestenkill), on Sunday, December 11th   – 8AM to 11AM for an “All-You-Can-Eat” Breakfast Buffet.   Buffet featuring scrambled eggs or (cooked to order), sausage, ham, homefries, pancakes, homemade French toast, CountryStyle Sausage Gravy-n-Biscuits, Waffles topped with strawberry, whipped cream, vanilla ice cream, or chocolate syrup, fruit, juice, tea and coffee.   “Build your own Omelets” with ham, bacon, sausage, cheeses, mushrooms, peppers and onions.  Cost: Adults – regular buffet $8.00, with Omelet $10.00; and Children 6-12 $4.00; and Children under 5 free.  VFW Auxiliary will be holding a holiday bake sale during the breakfast, pick up some homemade baked goodies and special holiday treats.

BROOKS’ BBQ - CHICKEN & RIBS DINNER The Center Brunswick United Methodist Church Sunday School is sponsoring their annual Brooks’ BBQ on January 7, 2017, from 2PM to 6PM. Dinner includes: Chicken OR Ribs, Baked Potato, a Vegetable, Rolls, Drink and Dessert. Call Jill at (518)258-2164 for tickets. Eat-in or Take-Out. Cost: Adult Chicken Dinner $11.00; Adult Rib Dinner $14.00; Half-a-Chicken $5.00; and Children’s Dinner $7.00. The Church is located at 990 Hoosick Road (Route 7), in Center Brunswick.

SPECIAL CHRISTMAS LUNCH/PARTY On Friday, December 16, the Nutrition Department at the Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Road, Grafton will hold its monthly special dinner at noon. This month’s theme will be “Christmas”, menu will be; Roast Pork w/Pork Gravy, Dressing, Applesauce, Cut Green Beans, Yams, Dinner Roll, and Lemon Cottage Pudding w/Topping for dessert served at noon. Entertainment will begin at 12:30 p.m. with Bob Treffletti, a free grab bag and a 50/50 drawing will be included. Our wonderful complete lunch is available to all Rensselaer County Seniors age 60 and older, Monday thru Friday, at noon for a suggested contribution of $3.00. Stop in anytime, Mon. – Fri., 9:00 – 3:00 pm, for a complete monthly menu and activities calendar. Please call 279-3485 to make your reservations for lunch.


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Bulletin Board STEPHENTOWN HISTORICAL SOCIETY HOLIDAY POTLUCK LUNCHEON The Stephentown Historical Society will hold its holiday potluck luncheon on Sunday, December 4th, at 1:00 p.m. at the Stephentown Heritage Center, 4 Staples Road (Garfield Road-County Route 26), Stephentown. Historical society gatherings will be held on the first Sunday afternoon of the month for the winter.  Officers and board members will be elected at the brief business meeting.   For the dinner, bring a dish large enough to share:  main course, side dish or dessert.  Beverages and table service are provided.   Instead of a gift exchange, a monetary collection will be taken to support the Stephentown Food Pantry.  All meetings are free and open to the public.  The building is handicapped accessible.  For information, (518) 733-0010. 

CASTLETON FIRE CO. MONTHLY BREAKFAST The Castleton Fire Company located at 11 Green Avenue, Castleton is starting their Annual Breakfast on the first Sunday of each month from 8AM to 12Noon. Cost is $8 for Adults; $7 for Seniors; $5 for Children 6 yrs - 12 yrs; and under 6 is free. Mark your calendars: December 4th, 2016, January 8th, 2017, February 5, 2017, March 5, 2017, April 2, 2017 and the final breakfast of the season will be May 7, 2017.

PANCAKES and PICTURES WITH SANTA Melvin Roads American Legion, 200 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush will host Pancakes and Pictures with Santa on Sunday, December 11th. Breakfast is from 9AM to 12:30PM - pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, toast, juice and coffee. Donation is $8 per adult; $4 per child 4 to 12; and free under 4. 4x6” photos with Santa & your children or pets are only $6 and are taken from 9:30AM to 2PM. Proceeds to support our veterans programs and their families. Sponsored by, The American Legion Family. www.melvinroads1231.org.

REMINDER! FREE 4th SUNDAY SPAGHETTI DINNER The next regularly scheduled Free 4th Sunday Dinner at Blooming Grove Reformed Church in Defreestville will be on Sunday, January 22, 2017. Peace and blessings for a wonderful Christmas Season to all our friends and surrounding Community.

ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT BREAKFAST The Poestenkill Christian Church, 721 Snyder’s Corners Rd., Poestenkill, will have its monthly All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast on Saturday, December 3rd, from 8AM - 11AM. Cost is $8.00 for adults and $3.50 for children under 10.  Menu includes eggs, sausage, bacon, toast, home fries, pancakes, French toast, juice, coffee or tea. 

ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT “COOKED TO ORDER” BREAKFAST “Homemade”, “All-You-Can-Eat”, “Cooked to Order”, “Served to you at your table” Breakfast will be held on December 17th, from 8AM - 11AM, at the Eagle Mills Christian Church, 1 Maple Ave., Troy (Eagle Mills). Cost is $8/Adults and $4/Children under 10. Menu Includes: Eggs (cooked to order), Homefries, Pork Sausage, French Toast, Regular, Blueberry, and Chocolate Chip Pancakes, Toast (white, wheat, or rye), Coffee, Tea, Juice or Milk. This month’s special is: “Egg Nog Pancakes”.

HOLIDAY BRUNCH Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Road, Grafton will be holding a “Holiday Brunch” on Friday, December 9th, at 11:30AM. Brunch menu will consist of: Broccoli Quiche, Hash Browns, Corned Beef Hash, Bacon, Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, Non- Alcoholic Mimosa, and Fresh Fruit Salad. Entertainment will begin at 11AM and be provided by Joe C Pro-Sound. All Rensselaer County seniors welcome, suggested donation of $3.00, reservations required 279-3413.

GLENDORA VEGETARIAN CLUB Nathan Runkel nearly twenty years ago grabbed a handheld camera, and strapped a light to his head and entered the hidden world of Ohio’s egg factory farms. Those latenight, querilla-style operations marked the beginning of mercy for Animals undercover investigations. We currently celebrate the first 50 undercover investigations from hatcheries to slaughter house auctions to egg farms, these brave investigations have uncovered atrocious abuse and brought about changes. They have flashed a spotlight onto the darkest places on earth. Over the years our tactics have become more sophisticated. The handheld cameras have been replaced by state of the art covert cameras. We no longer enter through back doors as rebels but through front doors as employees. Our investigators are highly trained, and their coverage is more extensive. Times have changed too in the early days when mercy for animals exposed live animals thrown into trash-cans or workers hitting shackled animals like punching bags, law enforcement ignored our calls for prosecutions. In recent


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Bulletin Board years, law has acted immediately. Arresting animal abusers and bringing them to justice. We thank you, Nathan Runkel. The Glendora Vegetarian Club is derelict next to you. All we do is eat and talk. We do spend money furthering veganism, $10,539 these past 3 years and 9 months.

10th ANNUAL VENDOR and CRAFT FAIR to SUPPORT AVERILL PARK BOOSTER CLUB

10th Annual Averill Park Holiday Craft & Vendor Fair in the AVERILL PARK HIGH SCHOOL is Saturday, December 3rd, from 9AM - 3PM. Only three weeks before Christmas, so Our next meeting will be December 28th at Beirut Res- you can not only do your holiday shopping, but also shop taurant, River Street in Troy at 6PM, Dutch treat. “local” with area crafters bringing you many unique & one 518-610-5810. of a kind gifts you won’t find elsewhere! What a great way ~ Glendora to finish up shopping for your last minute gift giving... There will also be a Bake Sale, Concessions, and a Chinese GIRLS TRAVEL SOFTBALL 18U Auction. Please stop by, do some shopping, and help supLocal girls 18U Travel Softball Team is looking for players. port the Averill Park Booster Club! The team will be looking to play in local tournaments, as RENSSELAER ELKS HOLDS ANNUAL well as travel to tournaments in MA, CT and RI. If you are interested, please contact Kevin at Kevin.tcthunder@gmail.com.

TWIN TOWN DEVIL CATS TRAVEL BASEBALL The Devil Cats are looking for talented and committed players for the following age groups for the 2017 season: 10U (Gold) 11U (High Silver) including pitchers 14U (Gold) Please contact Jamie Nusbaum at nusbaumj@gmail.com for additional information.

GRAFTON LAKES STATE PARK EVENTS • Saturday, December 3rd, 8:15-5pm - Youth Snowmobile Safety Course held at the Grafton VFW/Fire Hall on South Road from 8:15am to approximately 5pm. The course will be taught by NYS certified volunteer instructor Jim Blessing. The course will cover topics such as NYS laws and regulations, riding skills, trail emergencies, protecting the environment, maintenance and repair, trailering, etc.  To register, call the Grafton Lakes State Park office at 2791155 or e-mail Elizabeth.wagner@parks.ny.gov with the parent’s name, student’s name and age, and your phone number. RSVP by 11/30. • Saturday, December 10th – Holiday Crafts at 10am!  Nature offers plenty of inspiration for gift making.  Join us at the park office to create something special for your loved ones.  $4/person materials fee.  Held at Park Office. Preregister: 279-1155. • Saturday, December 17th – Holiday Treasure Hunt at 1pm. The elves have hidden some treasure in the woods, and left a map to help us find it!  Join us for an adventure. Meets at Shaver Pond Center, 194 Shaver Pond Road in Grafton, NY. $2/person or $5/family. Pre-register please: 279-1155.

HOOP SHOOT FREE THROW CONTEST 12/3/16

The ELKS hoop shoot is a national free- throw contest for boys and girls ages 8 to 13. The competition is the largest, non-commercial, co-educational sports program in America and is sponsored by the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks. Join us for a fun and free activity open to all children ages 8 to 13 on Saturday, December 3, at Goff Middle School, 35 Gilligan Road, East Greenbush. Shoot runs from 11AM to 2PM, no preregistration required. Prizes will be awarded to one boy and one girl from each age division (8/9) (10/11) (12/13). Winners will advance to the District Contest. For questions, contact: Greg Collins at 407-495-7561.

E.G.-CASTLETON YOUTH BASEBALL LL REGISTRATION FOR THE 2017 SEASON Come join us for 2017 Spring Recreation and Travel Baseball and take part in what is sure to be another exciting season in the largest youth sport in the world. Children born between May 1, 2004 and August 31, 2013 are eligible to play. Go to our website, EGCYBL.com, and click on the registration tab to get started. We are also excited to announce that our little league will again be hosting the 11 year old New York State Little League Tournament in 2017! The tournament will be held at the end of July/beginning of August.  Stay tuned for more details. Enroll before 1/15/17 and receive $10 off your registration fee!! ***Also watch out for upcoming events such as Winter Clinics and Pitch, Hit and Run dates. Stay tuned and check our website (EGCYBL.com) and Facebook page (https:// www.facebook.com/EGCYBL) for regular updates and info.


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Bulletin Board ATTENTION BOWLERS The Troy Senior Center has a bowling league that meets every Monday at 12:30PM at the Uncle Sam Lanes, 600 Fulton Street in Troy. Bowling is an enjoyable and affordable exercise. All beginners are welcome. Don’t miss out, join today! Call the Center at 270-5348 for more information.

ATTENTION SWIMMERS! The Troy Senior Center has a swimming program that meets every Wednesday beginning at 9AM with our volunteer swimming coordinator Joyce Forner. 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 270-5348 for more information.

TRANSPORTATION TO SENIOR CENTER The Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Road, Grafton offers transportation to the center every other Monday, and every Wednesday and Friday for a suggested donation of $1.00. We will pick up in Cropseyville, Grafton, Petersburgh, Berlin and Stephentown. Come join the fun and a nutritious lunch, (suggested donation of $3.00) Monday thru Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Programs offered at our center include, but not limited to; Wii games, cards, dominoes, informational presentations, crafts, scrapbooking classes, yoga and many special events. All of our programs are free and include materials. Bring a friend, or come make new ones, we look forward to seeing you. For more information, or to reserve a van ride, call Penny at 279-3413.

TROY H.S. CRAFT FAIR Fair to be held December 3, 2016: 9AM - 2PM Contact Beth Willson at willsone@troycsd.org for more information.

NY CONNECTS The Rensselaer County Department of Aging has recently started the NY Connects program within our office. NY Connects was established to provide locally accessible, consumer-centered access points that provide comprehensive information about long term care options and linkages to services for individuals of all ages with long term care needs. Through the provision of free, comprehensive, objective Information and Assistance about long term services and supports, NY Connects empowers individuals and families to identify available services and supports and choose what will best meet their needs at home, in the community and, as necessary, in residential or institutional settings.  Contact Rensselaer County NY Connects at 270-2767. 

MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT Oct. 15-Dec. 7 Tell Your Friends- It’s time to compare plans, make sure you have the right health and prescription coverage for you. Stay with your current plan if you’re happy with it. Or look for a new one with better coverage, higher quality and lower cost. Please contact Sarah Legnard, Rensselaer County Department of Aging, 270-2768 to schedule an appointment. It could save you thousands!

BASEMENT ON FIRST STREET THRIFT SHOP The Basement on First Street, a thrift shop located in St. John’s Episcopal Church on First Street in Troy, is overflowing with winter clothing for all. We have plenty of warm coats, hats and gloves. We also have a boutique and a housewares room full of interesting items. Visit us on Saturday and you can enjoy free coffee and bread as well a friendly conversation and a bible study at 10AM. Don’t forget our Christmas Room opening on December 6th. We have lots of toys for the kids and great Christmas gifts for all. Come in to see what we are about.

SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN!! Santa will be visiting the Best-Luther Fire House on Saturday, December 3rd, at 1:00pm. Let Santa know what you want for Christmas. There will be a gift from Santa and refreshments. Best-Luther Fire Dept. is located at 303 Old Best Rd., East Greenbush.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR The Reformed Dutch Church of Schodack at Muitzeskill will be holding its annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, December 3, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Church is located at the intersection of Schodack Landing Road & Muitzeskill Road, in Schodack Landing. The Christmas Bazaar will include new and gently used Christmas decorations, cards, gifts, and books, as well as a Luncheon Cafe and a Bake Sale. For more information, call the Church office at 732-7500.

CAMBRIDGE HOLIDAY VENDOR FAIR Operation Santa Claus will be hosting the 20th Annual Craft, Vendor & Fine Arts Fair this year on December 3rd at the Cambridge Central School. Operation Santa Claus is now accepting applications. We always sell out, so don’t hesitate and email Dawn Case for an application, avondawncase@gmail.com or call (518) 677-3959 for any questions.


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Bulletin Board EAST SENIORS Our NEXT meeting will be Jan. 10, 2017. The Christmas luncheon was finalized for Dec. 13th, and many members made reservations, for the trip to Wildwood in June 2017. Dues are due in January, and may be paid at the general meeting for the year. Team 1 will be the hostesses. All seniors are welcome to join us at The American Legion Post 1489, Wynantskill. WE WISH YOU ALL A HAPPY & SAFE HOLIDAY SEASON.

COOKIE & CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS SALE Melrose Methodist Church, 20 Church Street, will hold a Cookie & Christmas Decorations Sale on December 3rd, from 10AM - 3PM. To reserve cookies, call Elsie at 2354370. We are handicapped accessible.

BOXWOOD TREE CLASS The Schodack Landing Ladies Auxiliary is hosting a make your own boxwood tree class. It will be Sunday, December 4th, at 1PM at the Volunteer Fire Company, 346 Firehouse Lane. Cost is $30, all supplies provided except bring your own scissors, and if you want, mini lights. Class is taught by Michelle Peters from Ambiance Florist. You MUST call prior to register in advance to 732-2415.

CALLING ALL ARTISTS... The Sand Lake Historical Society is looking for artists to assist us in a fundraising event. Are you interested in sharing and showing your creativity?  After the holidays, the SLHS will purchase mailboxes to be painted / decorated and then auctioned off.  Interested?  Please call Barbara Neu Berti at 674-8363.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT The “Friendship Singers” will be entertaining us at the Edward C. Swartz Southern Tier Senior Center, 1800 East Schodack Road, Castleton with their “Christmas Concert”, singing many songs of the season on Tuesday, December 6th. All seniors 60 and older are welcome here for our programs and meals. Call 477-6581 to make a reservation to join us for a delicious meal before the special music presentation.

ST. NICHOLAS FAIR St. John’s Episcopal Church on First St. in Troy welcomes you to its annual ST. NICHOLAS FAIR on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9AM - 1PM in the Parish Hall. Fragrant balsam wreaths, budget-friendly gift baskets, locally handmade ornaments, candies, tea room, gift card auction, $200 grocery give-away, holiday luncheon. Children’s story time with St. Nicholas at 10AM, and also featuring beautiful artwork from Haiti. Thrift Shop is open 9AM – 12 Noon. Something

for everyone in the true spirit of the season! Corner of First & Liberty, Troy - the brownstone church, one block south of Sage Colleges. Free, family friendly, and open to the public. 274-5884.

LIVING NATIVITY FOR VICTORIAN STROLL Special family-friendly event—Join Wise Men, Shepherds, and angels visiting Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus outdoors in the Garden at St. John’s Troy from 12Noon -2PM on Sunday, December 4, during the Troy’s Victorian Stroll. Live animals. Tower chime concert at 12 featuring chimer Andy Mace and an apprentice, warm cider and Tiffany tours in the sanctuary, 12Noon - 4PM. Corner of First & Liberty, downtown Troy—brownstone church, one block south of Russell Sage College. Free parking...start your Stroll with us! Free and open to the public. 274-5884.

ILIUM LITERARY CLUB MEETING The Ilium Literary Club will hold its monthly meeting at 1:30 PM on Friday, 12/2/16, at the Troy Masonic Community Center, 39 Brunswick Rd, Troy. Please note that we are meeting a half hour earlier than usual. Our Christmas Tea will follow after a brief meeting.  Musical delight will be provided by two Sweet Adelines Quartets - “Into Wishin” and “Mad Caps”.  Guests are welcome to attend. 

THRIFT SHOP The Church of the Redeemer Thrift Shop (1249 Third Street, Rensselaer, at the corner of Third and Catherine Streets) will be open on Thursday December 1st, from 3PM to 6PM; and on Saturday, December 3rd, from 9AM to 2PM. The shop features clothing from preemie sizes to 4X including winter coats and accessories. You’ll find shoes, boots, pocketbooks, toys, games and puzzles, greeting cards, themed gift baskets, housewares, decorations and many one-of-a-kind items. Our Christmas Shop is open year-round and overflowing! Ask to see our handicapped equipment. The Thrift Shop is on CDTA Busline #214, is handicappedaccessible and can be entered from the parking lot behind the building.

OLD CASTLETON SLIDE SHOW Please join us at the Castleton Firehouse on December 9th, at 7PM for a wonderful look at Castleton in years past. The slide show presentation is free and is sponsored by the Castleton Seniors. Chris Peter has amassed a collection of slides that are now digitized for an entirely new look. For more information, call 732-2474.

Rensselaer County Bulletins 120116