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Bulletin Board HIGHLIGHT ACTING TROUPE PRESENTS “THE CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT”

The Highlight Acting Troupe is proud to present The Christmas Ornament written by Ron LeVan and adapted by Kathryn Capalbo.  The show is directed by Kathryn Capalbo with Andrew Osterhout and Steve Salhoff assisting and accompanist Marietta Mitchell.  The time is the 1990’s, the place is New York City.  Everywhere you look is the feeling of Christmas.  We bring you the story of Donald and Beverly, two bums living on the streets who decide to get married.  You will meet their fellow friends who will try to help them do just that.  Also, there is a story of an orphanage and how the director of the orphanage is trying to help each child feel that they are loved, especially their newest orphan who needs some extra special care.  All along the way the story is filled with songs.   This show is in special memory of the late Ron LeVan.  He loved creating each show, but the Christmas Shows held a special place in his heart.  Come join us at the Brunswick Grange, Rt.7 and Rt. 142 (behind Stewart’s) on Friday, Dec. 6; and Saturday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 pm; and Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2 pm.  Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students.  We will be collecting food for the Pittstown Food Pantry at each performance.  Anyone donating will receive a raffle ticket for a Christmas wreath.  For reservations or information, please call Tina or Kat at 272-7558.

SAND LAKE SENIORS ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY

The Sand Lake Seniors greet the holiday season with their Annual Holiday Party at the Poestenkill Fire House on December 7th, 2013 from 12Noon to 4PM. Tickets: Paid members are $5 and non-members are $15. Roast Beef Dinner and Music by Brian Zapel. Door Prizes ~ Gift Exchange ($5) ~ Cash Bar. For reservations or more information, please call Ginny Lauster at 674-2170.

SLCA PRESENTS “DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER” IN ITS FINAL WEEK

Sand Lake Center for the Arts-Circle Theatre Players presents “Don’t Dress for Dinner”. This popular production, written by Mark Camoletti, directed by Sky Vogel, takes you to the French countryside where the cast and crew will dish up a saucy, fun, farce that has more twists and turns than a corkscrew. Come join us for our final week of performances on Dec. 5, 6, 7, at 8 pm; and Sunday, Dec 8, at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $16 adults, $10 students under 18. Reservations can be made at 518674-2007 or www.slca-ctp.org. SLCA is located at 2880 NY 43, Averill Park, NY, is fully handicapped accessible, and has plenty of free parking.

TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE TO BE PERFORMED AS A STAGED READING

Sixteen years after he left school, Mitch (Bill Douglas) meets his former teacher Morrie (Dick Griffin) and begins a memorable journey toward understanding life’s greatest mysteries. Tuesdays with Morrie--one performance only, at 2:30PM on Sunday, December 15, at the Sand Lake Center for the Arts, 2880 Route 43, Averill Park, NY. Dick Griffin and Bill Douglas appear in a staged reading of the play by Jeffrey Hatcher and Mitch Albom, based on Albom’s New York Times best seller, whose subtitle says it all: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lesson. No admission charge, but donations are gratefully accepted to defray the costs of production; profits will be donated to charity. To make reservations, call (518) 674-2007.

NUTCRACKER BALLET PERFORMANCE AND TEA

The School of Creative Arts, located at The Sand Lake Center for the Arts will host a ballet performance of The Nutcracker on December 7th, at

2:00 at Algonquin Middle School. A delectable holiday tea with pastries, cookies, cakes, and tea sandwiches, coffee, tea and hot chocolate will follow the ballet performance. Don’t miss this magical, festive holiday event! Tickets are $16.00 for adults and $14.00 for children. To order tickets, call 477-8922. Join us!

R.I.C.A. PROGRAM FOR ADULTS WISHING TO RECEIVE SACRAMENTS

Do you know an adult who whishes to receive the Sacraments of Baptism or Confirmation? They are most welcome to enter our R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) program. Candidates would meet with a team of parishioners regularly in order to prepare to receive the Sacraments. This is more of a journey of the heart than a classroom experience. If you are interested, please call Marion at 271-2290. This exciting program catechizes the worshipping community of St. Joseph’s Church, South Troy.

HOPE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

Hope United Methodist Church has worship each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. along with Sunday School for children in pre-school through grade 5.  Hope ALIVE! is at 5:30 p.m. 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 (Town of Brunswick).

CHRISTMAS PAGEANT AT TRINITY

The Sunday school children of Trinity Lutheran Church, West Sand Lake, will perform a Christmas pageant ‘’A Night In Bethlehem’’ at the regular worship service on Sunday, December 15th, at the 9:00 a.m. service.  The children have been planning this for awhile and we hope you will come and support their effort!  Worship is at 9:00 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church located at the four corners of West Sand Lake and you enter at the road sign ‘’church way’’ on RT 150. You may enter either in the back of the church where one parks or there will be a ramp at the front entrance for anyone handicapped.  We also have a wheelchair available in the front hallway of the church.  Just ask an usher for assistance. Please call 6745501 if needed!

SAND LAKE BAPTIST CHURCH

Come hear the uncompromised Word of God preached by Reverend Samuel Kupeyan. We are so pleased to have a Pastor that is so devoted to God and leading his flock by example. His life is built on the foundation of the Word of God. He has a heart for sharing the Good News and he is a powerful, enthusiastic preacher. Join with us on Sundays at 11:00am to be ministered to and wish Pastor Sam Kupeyan a happy anniversary. Join us for prayer weekly at 6:30pm on Wednesdays to pray for our nation and community followed by our Bible Study at 7:00pm.

REV. CHARLES SCHWARTZ BIDS FAREWELL TO PASTOR JAMES HULIHAN

Rev. Jim Hulihan will retire as Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, West Sand Lake and the Gilead Lutheran Church of Center Brunswick. A “special” service will be held at both Trinity at 9:00 a.m., and Gilead at 11:00 a.m. with a reception to follow at both churches.  A coffee hour will be held after the service at Trinity and a luncheon at Gilead following the 11:00 a.m. service.  All are invited to both receptions. December 22nd will be Pastor Jim’s last service to both churches and Rev. Charles Schwartz will be giving the Sermon at both churches.  Rev. Schwartz spent his young life at Trinity as did his parents and siblings.  He came out of the Air Force and had a “calling” to the ministry. He is now retired from the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church of Clifton Park but


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Bulletin Board continues to serve as Dean of the Hudson-Mohawk Conference,   He is also responsible for starting “the Clown Ministry” which traveled around spreading the Gospel of Christ in a unique way. We will all miss Pastor Jim, however, and the years we spent with him, his deep commitment to the Gospel and his friendly personality and his prayerful guidance in leading both churches.  Also, his work with our youth and his “special” children’s sermons. So mark your calendars and come to bid farewell to Pastor Jim as Rev. Schwartz preaches and bids him a “farewell”! Pastor Jim we will miss you!  We wish you a very joyful and blessed retirement. Both churches are handicapped accessible!

CHURCH OF THE COVENANT WELCOMES THE COMMUNITY TO WORSHIP! 

• Sunday, Dec.  8th - Second  Sunday in Advent - Theme: We should repent for unfaithful living. 8:30am Communion and Worship; 9:15am Sunday School; 10:30am Worship with choir and organ. Scripture Choice: Matthew 3:1-12. (John the Baptist 1).  Professional child care provided. 11:30am Fellowship hour. Church Office hours are 8:30 am - 1:30 pm, Monday through Friday. The Church of the Covenant, United Methodist, is the round church near the blinker in Averill Park. Pastor Merry Watters, phone 674-3664, E-mail: cocpastor@nycap.rr.com

THE MEANING OF JOHN’S CRY TO REPENT

On Sunday, December 8th, is the Second Sunday in Advent 2013. The Stuyvesant and Nassau Reformed Churches will focus on the fiery John the Baptist, a preacher whose remarkable style guided him on his uncompromising message that the One following him, Jesus was the Messiah. In the sermon, titled “The Meaning of John’s Cry to Repent,” the Reverend Edward L. Van Kampen will define Christians as those who align their lives to the demands of the ancient inspired texts like Matthew 3:1-12 which speaks of John the Baptist.  Further, he will share the truth that to be a Christian is to be guided by a higher standard of judgment than your own conscience.   The Stuyvesant Reformed Church begins worship at 9 a.m. in its sanctuary where Church Street meets Route 9J, one half mile south of the only traffic (caution) light in the hamlet of Stuyvesant. The annual Mitten Tree to collect mittens, gloves, scarves etc for children in Columbia County who need these items to keep warm and enjoy the Winter Season is in place for your contribution. The Nassau Reformed Church begins worship at 11 a.m. in its chapel on the second level of its Church-School-building at 43 Church Street (Route 20), one half mile east of the only traffic light in the village.  The Children’s sermon at the beginning of worship will take place beneath the Christmas tree and the boys and girls in Sunday School are preparing for their Christmas Pageant on December 15.  Mark your calendars and join us.

WORSHIP HOURS at ST. PAUL’S UMC

Sunday Hours at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 1583 Carney Road, Castleton: 9:30 - Sunday Morning Service; 10:30 - Coffee Hour; 5:45 - Informal Dinner - optional healthy covered dish; 6:30 - Casual Evening Worship Service.

WORSHIP AT GILEAD LUTHERAN

Gilead Lutheran invites you to join us in worshiping Christ each Sunday at 11AM. We are located on Brick Church Rd, (Rte 278) and Hoosick Rd (Rte 7) in Center Brunswick. Sunday School is conducted the 1st and

3rd Sunday of each month. Our building is Handicapped Accessible by elevator. For information, call the church at 279-9270.

NEW COMMUNITY CHURCH AT SNYDER’S LAKE

You’re invited! Come and worship at the new Snyder’s Lake Community Church. Now meeting in the old chapel at Camp Scully, located at 24 Camp Scully Way in Wynantskill. Our non-denominational Christian service is held Sunday mornings at 10AM. For more info, please contact snyderslakechurch@gmail.com. All are welcome, come grow with us!

CAFE THEO

Cafe Theo is an informal gathering of people from all walks of life who seek an understanding about the big questions in life.  We engage in conversation on moral, philosophical, and spiritual topics.  Some recent topics discussed include revenge/mercy, nature of the soul, and symbolism.  We welcome all points of view and religious perspective, and our common ground honors freedom of conscience in respectful conversation.  We invite you to join us for an evening of engaging discussion, music, and a period of reflection.  Refreshments are provided.  We meet every 1st and 3rd Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Methodist Church, 1583 Carney Road, Castleton.

ADULT BIBLE STUDY

First Baptist Church of East Poestenkill announces an Adult Bible study featuring the basics for beginners and the particulars for the practiced. All are welcome to meet in the parsonage next to the church at 7:00PM on Tuesdays. The church is located at 12 Legenbauer Road, just off Plank Road in East Poestenkill. For more information or directions, call Valerie or Pastor Waugh at 2835186, or check out our website at www.epbaptist.com

LIVING NATIVITY FOR VICTORIAN STROLL

Join Wise Men and Shepherds visiting Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus outdoors in the Garden at St. John’s Episcopal Troy from 12:30-2:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 8, during the Victorian Stroll. Family-friendly petting zoo available. Tower chimes concert from 12-12:30, and selfguided Tiffany window tours in the sanctuary 12-5 p.m. Corner of First & Liberty, downtown Troy—the brownstone church one block south of Sage Colleges. Free and open to the public. 274-5884.

CHRISTMAS MADRIGAL DINNER SHOW

The First United Methodist Church of East Greenbush Presents its 4th Christmas Madrigal Feast & Show. The show will run Friday, December 6th at 7PM and Saturday, December 7th at 6PM. Join us for a 5 course feast and show presented in Renaissance period costume, verse and song. There will be singing, dancing, strolling minstrels and some great surprises. Tickets are available now for $30. You can reserve your seat/ table by calling 477-9693. This is a church fundraiser. For more info., you may contact Sharon: Mesh2@aol.com.

COMMUNITY FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT THE PETER’S FAMILY

Community Fundraiser to Benefit the Peter’s Family will be held on Sunday, December 8th, from 12PM to 4PM at Maple Hill Middle School, 1477 South Schodack Road, Castleton. All proceeds and donations go directly to the Peter’s. Roast Beef Dinner ~ $12 per ticket ~ Potato, Veggie, Dessert, 500 total


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Bulletin Board meals, Eat-in or take-out. Peter’s Diary t-shirts will be sold at the event. Visit peterdiaryfarm.com for additional information. Raffle & Chinese Auction ~ Live Music beginning at 2PM. Peter’s Dairy Farm just celebrated 101 years in Castleton before its barns tragically burned on October 18th.

“ELVIS” BLUE CHRISTMAS CONCERT

For those of you who were/are fans of Elvis Presley, come to the Rensselaer County, Rensselaer Senior Center for our concert “Elvis” Blue Christmas featuring Donny “Elvis” Romines on Thursday, December 12, sponsored by CDPHP. This concert will follow our noon lunch (sign up required), suggested contribution of $2.75. You must have lunch with us to enjoy this show. Sign up in the office early, as this show is sure to fill up fast. Call the center at 463-2166 for more information The Center is located in the McManus Center, (Old St. John’s school building), at the corner of East and Herrick Streets in the city of Rensselaer.

CHRISTMAS USO SHOW AT RENSSELAER SENIOR CENTER

On Friday, December 6th, The Rensselaer Senior Center will be celebrating “Pearl Harbor Day” with a Christmas USO show by Gary Ferris. Lunch is at 12noon, and followed at 12:30 by Gary Ferris, with an authentic USO show from World War II. This show is sponsored by AccuCare. All Veterans, 60 years old and older are guest for lunch compliments of the Rensselaer Senior center membership. The Senior Center is located in the McManus Center (Old St. John’s school), corner of East and Herrick Streets in the city of Rensselaer.

RENSS. M/H SCHOOL CHORUS to PERFORM at RENSS. SENIOR CENTER

The Rensselaer County, Rensselaer Senior Center would like to invite you to a special event on December 17th. We will be having lunch at noon, which consists of Chicken Pattie with Fricassee Sauce, at a suggested contribution of $2.75, but no one is denied a meal. Call for lunch reservations at 463-2166. Our program will begin about 12:45, and we will enjoy the chorus for Rensselaer Middle High School. If you have not enjoyed these young people, you are in for a treat. The Center is located in the MacManus Center (old St. John’s School), across from the Amtrak station in Rensselaer.

RENSSELAER SENIOR CENTER SPECIAL “CHRISTMAS” DINNER

The Rensselaer Senior Center would like to invite you to Our Special Dinner for December, which will be held at noon on Friday, December 20th. We will be celebrating “Christmas.” Our menu for the day consists of: Sliced Fresh Ham with Gravy, applesauce, Mashed sweet potatoes, sage dressing, green beans, Italian Bread, and chocolate cottage pudding for dessert.

SAND LAKE HISTORICAL SOC. HOLIDAY POT LUCK SUPPER AND PROGRAM

The public is invited to the annual Holiday Pot Luck Dinner and Program of the Sand Lake Historical Society on Tuesday, December 10, at 6:00 p.m.: Holiday Pot Luck Dinner at the Knowlson House, 42 Schumann Road, Sand Lake, the home of Ron Berti and Barbara Neu-Berti. Please bring a covered dish entrée or salad. Dessert and beverages will be provided by the Trustees. The program will be Kathy Sheehan speaking about “Christmas in Rensselaer County: ‘Twas the Night before Christmas’ ” (a.k.a. “A Visit from St. Nicholas”). Kathy Sheehan is the Historian of Rensselaer County. No reservations are needed as this is a pot luck dinner. Also, please bring

a nonperishable food item, which will be donated to the Doors of Hope. We invite you to mark you calendar with the dates of our upcoming programs and join us as you are able. We meet on the second Tuesday of each month. All of our meetings (except December and May) are held at the Sand Lake Town Hall at 7:30 p.m. We meet in the Court Room/Town Meeting Room, accessible at the ground level entrance on Route 66.  For further information, please contact Rev. Dr. Robert Loesch, President, 674-8204 or rkloesch@aol.com    

“CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON & CHRISTMAS COOKIE BAKE SALE”

Come and join us for our December “Christmas Luncheon & Christmas Cookie Bake Sale” on Wednesday, December 11th, from 11:30AM to 1:30PM at The Guilderland Elks Lodge, 3867 Rte 146 (Carmen Rd), Guilderland. *BAKE SALE - FEEL FREE TO DONATE IF YOU WOULD LIKE!* Special Feature: Peter Bowden from Hewitts Garden Center will be telling us about some of the legends and lore of Christmas plants. Special Music: Roseanne Hargrave will entertain us with her lovely renditions of show tunes. Special Speaker: Sue Gannon from Augusta, NJ will tell us how she has overcome the difficulties in her life with style and grace. Come and bring a friend, they’ll be glad you did. Reservations are necessary and cancellations a must; no later than December 6th ~ Menu: Ham. Please call Nancy at 869-0642 or Joyce at 235-4297. Cost is $15 inclusive (cash only please). Nursery free at the restaurant by reservation only (infant through Kindergarten), bring a bag lunch. Sponsored by The New York Capital District Christian Women’s Club

HOLIDAY BRUNCH

The Troy Area Senior Service Center, 19 Third Street, Troy will be holding a scrumptious Holiday Brunch on Friday, December 6th. The festivities begin at 11:00 with Christmas carols followed by brunch and a special bingo with Holiday prizes. To sign up or for more information, call the Center at 270-5348.

ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT SPAGHETTI DINNER BENEFIT

Please join us for an All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner. This is a benefit for Dominic Pasinella Jr., the Fire Chief of Melrose Volunteer Fire Department, due to his illness. The dinner will be held at the firehouse located at 784 RT 40 in Melrose on December 7th from 2PM to 7PM. Cost: Adults/$10.00; Children under 10/free. Reservations appreciated. Raffles - 50/50 - silent auction. Donations can be made to the Melrose Fire Company c/o benefit for Dominic Pasinella Jr. and mail to Melrose Fire Company - PO Box 58 Melrose, NY 12121.

VFW POST 1938 DINNERS

Come join us at the VFW Post 1938 in Valley Falls on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday for our Special Pizza, Wings, and Clam night from 4PM to 8PM. Also join us for our Friday Night Prime Rib Dinner. Call 753-7707 for further information.

ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT CHILI

The Rensselaer Eagles, FOE #4446, located at 851 Broadway in Rensselaer will host an All-You-Can-Eat Chili on December 7th from 12PM to 7PM. Tickets are $10 per person, children under 10 are $5. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Club or at the door.

HOLIDAY BRUNCH

Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Road, Grafton will be holding a “Holiday Brunch” on Wednesday, December 11th, at 11:30AM. Brunch menu will consist of: Broccoli Quiche, Hash Browns, Corned Beef Hash, Bacon, Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, Juice,


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Bulletin Board Fresh Fruit, and Corn Bread. Entertainment will begin at 11:00 am and be provided by Joe C Pro-Sound. All Rensselaer County seniors welcome, reservations required 279-3485.

at the Donald P. Sutherland Elementary School Gym, located in the Village of Nassau. Sneakers Required. Come and have a FUN night out with friends! Call Fred McCagg at 766-9417 for further information.

SPECIAL “CHRISTMAS” DINNER

BRUNSWICK SOCCER CLUB 32nd SPRING HOUSE SEASON EARLY BIRD SPECIAL

On Friday, December 20th, the Nutrition Department will hold its monthly special dinner at noon at the Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Road, Grafton. This month’s theme will be “Christmas”. Menu will be: Sliced Fresh Ham w/Gravy, Applesauce, Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Sage Dressing, Green Beans, Italian Bread, and Chocolate Cottage Pudding for dessert. Entertainment will be provided at 11:00 with The Bob Treffeletti Project. 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 $2.75. Stop in for a complete monthly menu and activities calendar. Please call 279-3485 to make your reservations for lunch.

LADIES CHRISTMAS DINNER

First Baptist Church of East Poestenkill will have a Ladies Christmas Dinner on December 6 at 6:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall.  The theme is “Jesus Is the Light of the World”. All ladies and their daughters are welcome to come for a free dinner and an evening out for the Christmas season.  Please call to reserve your seat(s). The church is located at 12 Legenbauer Road, just off Plank Road in East Poestenkill. For reservations and directions, call Valerie or Pastor Waugh at 283-5186 or check out our website at www.epbaptist.com

ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT BREAKFAST

The Poestenkill Christian Church, 721 Snyder’s Corners Rd., Poestenkill, will hold its monthly All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast on December 7th, from 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. Cost is $7.00 for adults and $3.50 for children under 10. Menu includes eggs, bacon, sausage, toast, pancakes, French toast, homefries, coffee, tea, and juice.

OSTEO AEROBICS BENEFITS EVERYONE!

This weight bearing exercise will develop muscle around your joints. Exercise is crucial to quality of life and development of the muscles surrounding the joints is most important. Join Grace Bringing-Good on Thursdays at 10:30 am in the Rose Room of the Rensselaer County Troy Senior Center, 19 Third Street in Troy. You will love the special attention Grace gives to her students, but more importantly you are going to feel so much better. Classes meet weekly. Call 270-5348 for more information.

RENSS. CO. RUGBY TEAMS LOOKING FOR PLAYERS

Interested in something different this spring?  The Rensselaer County Rugby Teams are looking for high school age boys and girls to play this spring.  Rugby is a physically tough sport played with minimal pads (a mouth guard).  Rugby is one of the most popular sports in the world, and it is gaining exposure in the U.S. as well.  Informational meeting:  Wednesday, December 4, 6:30pm at the East Greenbush Library.  Anyone interested in more information should contact Coach Freeman: nfreeman@live.com.

TOWN OF NASSAU YOUTH COMMITTEE BASKETBALL FUN NIGHT

Town of Nassau Youth Committee is hosting a free basketball fun night. Come shoot some hoops and play basketball ~ for kids ages 8-17 yrs. old. Basketball night will be Tuesday, December 17th from 6pm-7:30pm

Brunswick Soccer Club is pleased to announce for its 32nd Spring House season an early bird special thru the end of January. For all those registering for Spring House in January, the House registration fee will be $75 per child ($15 off the regular price). This is a limited time offer and ends 1/31/2014, no exceptions. Brunswick Soccer Club House league serves levels U6-U16 and the season begins third week in April. Please visit www.brunswicksoccer.org to register. Save the date, 3V3Live is returning to Brunswick Soccer fields June 7 2014, this is the area’s premier 3V3 tournament. 

AVERILL PARK WRESTLING CLUB

The Averill Park Wrestling Club will be starting up practices again in early January 2014.   Wrestling builds character, self-esteem, and sportsmanship along with athleticism.  The Averill Park Wrestling Club, a volunteer organization was established to introduce and enhance the sport of wrestling for youth in the Averill Park community in a fun and safe way.  Sign ups will be held on Thursday, December 5th (h.s. match night), Wednesday, December 11th, and Wednesday, December 18th (h.s. match night), from 6-8pm by the Averill Park High School gym.  Cost of registration is $80.  Families with multiple participants will be given a discounted rate. Programs for grades K-7 will run from January 6 – April 3; programs for grades 8-12 will run February 24 – May 7. The divisions by grades are as follows:  K-1:  5:45-7:00 on Tues. & Thurs.; 2-4:  7:00-8:15 Tues. & Thurs.; 5-7:  Mon. & Wed. 5:45-7:00; 8-12:  Mon. & Wed. 7:00-8:30.

AP BOXING/ KICKBOXING CLUB

Averill Park Boxing/Kickboxing Club is looking for a Boxing Coach for our Youth Program. Openings in classes available - Contact Dan at 339-6999.

UPSTATE REBELS BASEBALL TRY-OUTS

The Upstate Rebels 12U travel baseball team is looking for a few players for the 2014 Spring season. If you are looking for a travel team that will NOT interfere with your son’s Little League season or break the bank, look no further!  For more information, please call Kevin Billetts at (518) 858-4695 or email mbilletts@nycap.rr.com  

BUILD COMMUNICATION & LEADERSHIP SKILLS WITH TOASTMASTERS

The GE Albany Toastmasters club is now accepting new members! Visit a meeting and discover how this supportive, all-inclusive group can help you: • Become a more confident, effective speaker • Build key leadership skills like organization, time management, team building and conflict management • Network with individuals from diverse backgrounds and professions • Challenge yourself in a supportive, fun environment Drop by a meeting (with no fees or obligations) to learn more! When: First and third Wednesdays of each month from 12-1 p.m. Where: OMCE, 5 Pine West Plaza, Suite 513, Albany Membership is open to all individuals age 18 and older. Affiliation with GE not required.

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Rensselaer County Housing Resources (RCHR) currently has grant funding available to assist local residents with obtaining and maintaining their homes. RCHR has been awarded grant funds under three government programs for down payment assistance for first-time homebuyers, home rehabilitation projects, and/or home modifications to improve accessibility for people with disabilities. To improve accessibility, income-eligible homeowners and renters in Rensselaer County may receive grant funding to make enhancements to their homes. Home improvements include items such as building ramps and widening doorways. Applicants who are Veterans are particularly encouraged to apply and will find that the income eligibility limits are higher for them. The Homeowner Rehabilitation Program can assist income-eligible homeowners with home repairs such as health and safety repairs, roof replacement, structural, electrical, plumbing and heating system repairs or replacements, window replacements and energy efficiency measures. Grant funds are also available to assist income-eligible first-time home buyers with funds to be used for down payment and/or closing costs at the time of purchase. Income-eligible Rensselaer County residents outside the City of Troy may apply for these grant opportunities. In addition to income-eligibility, applicants must be current on their mortgage, property taxes and homeowners insurance at the time of application in order to qualify. For more information about these grants or other homeowner programs, visit RCHR’s website at www.triponline.org/rural or call TRIP NeighborWorks® HomeOwnership Center at (518) 690-0020.

RECYCLING IN THE VILLAGE OF NASSAU

Village of Nassau residents who want to join the fight in saving the environment and save a few tax dollars at the same time, there is no better place to start than at home. That is because the amount of trash each home produces increases the Village’s Refuse tax and ends up in a landfill. Follow a few simple tips to conserve resources and save landfill space. In turn, you will be providing a healthier environment now and in the future. Recycling will also assists in maintaining our current Refuse tax. Each village resident can make a positive impact on the environment simply by recycling. Every week County Waste provides curbside recycling pick-up for the following: paper, newsprint, magazines, junk mail, phone books, box board, egg carton, cardboard, tissue rolls; plastic bottles and jugs, paper milk and juice containers; glass bottles and jars, tin, aluminum and bi-metals cans and tops and clean aluminum foil, foil trays and empty aerosol cans. Village Law allows each resident, one 64-gallon pail, per unit; which is not to overflow with trash and the cover must be completely closed. First-time violators will receive written notification about their excessive trash. Second time violators will not have their trash picked-up until they are in compliance. It will be the responsibility of the owner to dispose of the trash properly. Trash bags may be purchased for $2.00 each at the Village Hall for additional household trash, not to include any construction and demolition debris that will not fit into your regulated 64-gallon pail. The Village Hall hours are: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon.

NASSAU RESOURCE CENTER: NEED FOR CLOTHING

The Nassau Resource Center Food Pantry and Clothing Exchange is a non-profit organization which services those families in need of assistance during times of economic stress. It is in need of clothing for girls in the age range from new born to teenage.  If you have items for girls in this age bracket, you can make a difference in their lives.   The Nassau Resource Center is located at 15 Church Street in Nassau, next to the Kid’s Place.  Clothing may be dropped off on Monday, Tuesday,

Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 Noon and Thursday evening, 7 to 8:30 p.m.  Please call if you need assistance or have any questions, 766-9014. 

BRUNS. COMMUNITY LIBRARY EVENING BOOK GROUP

The Brunswick Community Library Evening Book Group announces the book schedule for winter/spring. • Dec. 10, “How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents” by Julia Alverez; • Jan. 14, “The Kitchen House” by Kathleen Grissom; • Feb. 11, “A Land Beyond the River” by Jack Casey; • March 11, “The Appointment” by Herta Muller; • April 8, “Dear Life” by Alice Munro. The group meets from 7-8 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at the library, 4118 Brunswick Road, and all are welcome.

A FIRE TRUCK ZOOMS BY, BLARING ITS SIRENS, AND FLASHING ITS LIGHTS

Is your adrenalin pumping? Are you a little excited? The West Sand Lake Fire Department welcomes people like you. If you are 16 years or older and live within four miles of the West Sand Lake Fire Department, we are looking for your assistance. We need volunteers to drive our trucks, and respond to calls when our town needs us.  You can be a hero, you can be the difference.  Not only will joining our department be a thrilling and rewarding experience, but it will teach confidence, responsibility, and good ethics. If you would like to join, or have any questions, please contact: Celine Castro at (518) 892-9114.

TVHS OPERATING BOARD MEETING DATES ANNOUNCED

The Tech Valley High School®  Operating Board has announced its meeting schedule for the remainder of the 2013-14 school year. Below is a list of dates and locates for the meetings. All meetings begin at 6:15 p.m. and are open to the public. • January 30, 2014 at Capital Region BOCES; • March 27, 2014 at Questar III; • May 29, 2014 at Capital Region BOCES; • July 24, 2014 at Questar III. 

MAKE A DIFFERENCE…

Young people are the future of our communities and it is important that we, as a town, invest in them. The Town of Poestenkill is looking for residents to contribute to their community by becoming an Advisory Board Member of the Youth Program. As a board member you will help plan for various events and programs and will have the opportunity to discover new interests, meet new people, and develop new skill sets to contribute to our community. High school students welcome!! If interested in becoming a part of this fun and enriching experience, please contact Tara Houser at 283.5100 or tahouser@poestenkillny.com.

GRAFTON COMMUNITY COOP ACCEPTING NEW MEMBERS

Are you interested in purchasing a wide variety of Gluten and dairyfree products, grains, coffee, tea, bulk organic nuts, baking supplies or spices? If so, you may enjoy becoming a member of our community buying club. By doing so, you support your local community, get to know your neighbors, and get great access to natural and organic products without driving all the way to Albany to shop. Our group orders on a monthly basis from United Natural Foods and Frontier National Products companies. Currently, 10 families participate and we are looking for a few more members to join our group. The monthly job is simple: roll out of bed early every 4th Saturday to meet the delivery truck at the Grafton Community Library on Rt. 2 in Grafton,


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Bulletin Board help unload and divide the members products and gather up your order that you placed on-line 1 week prior. It usually takes less than an hour. Our coop also has access to personal care items, cleaning products and pet supplies. Also, we can introduce you to the local farm community. If you have family, buying in bulk is a great way to get your products economically. Members can share products that are available only in bulk through our order splitting process. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Maureen Gallagher, Coordinator Grafton Community Coop at 518-279-1498.

2014 ENTERTAINMENT BOOKS FOR SALE

Entertainment books are now available at a better bargain than ever! Grace United Methodist Church in Nassau is selling 2014 Entertainment books for only $25.  Remember they include savings not only on restaurants, but also movies, sporting events, hotels, retail stores, museums and much more. The books will be available until Dec. 10 by calling Marcia at 7664746 or 766-4407.  You can also purchase a book at Brown Integrated Chiropractic, 1542 Columbia Turnpike in Schodack. Out-of-town editions may also be ordered.

DEC ANNOUNCES DEADLINE EXT. FOR WATER QUALITY IMPROVEMENT GRANTS

New Application Deadline is December 13. Grants Will Help Fund Projects to Improve Water Quality, Reduce Polluted Runoff and Restore Natural Habitats in NY. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced that the agency has extended the deadline to apply for $45 million in grants for Water Quality Improvement Projects (WQIPs) through December 13, 2013. The WQIP program is a competitive, reimbursement grant program for projects that improve water quality, reduce polluted runoff and restore habitat in New York’s bodies of water. Recipients can be reimbursed 75 percent to 85 percent of the project costs, depending on the type of project. Municipalities, Soil and Water Conservation Districts and not-for-profit corporations are eligible to apply for funding. Funding will be available for projects that focus on: • Municipal wastewater treatment • Polluted runoff abatement and control from non-farm sources • Aquatic habitat restoration    Application materials for Water Quality Improvement Projects are available for download on DEC’s website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/ pubs/4774.html. Application materials are also available by calling (518) 402-8267. All project applications must be postmarked by December 13, 2013.

MARINE CORPS LEAGUE OF TROY SEEKING NEW MEMBERS

The Marine Corps League of Troy, NY is currently looking for new members. Come join and stay in touch with fellow Marines. Meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday of each month at: Military Order of Purple Hearts, 121st & 3rd Avenue, Troy, NY 12182. Check us out on the web at: mcltroy.com. “SEMPER FI”

MOMS SHARE WITH MOMS AT BRUNSWICK CHURCH

Brunswick Church is now offering moms with small children a group that can offer support and a safe place to share the joys and challenges of motherhood. The group, known as MOPS, is one of 3,900 around the U.S. and in 35 countries across the globe. The Brunswick Church group meets Wednesday nights from 6:15pm - 7:45pm at the Brunswick Church campus at 42 White Church Lane (off of Rt. 351). Childcare is available. For more information, contact Erin Hvizdak at 279-3792, ext. 18 or

email erin@brunswickchurch.org. 

ELKS NATIONAL AND STATE SCHOLARSHIPS

Applications are now available for the Elks National Foundation and the New York State Elks Association scholarships. There are two types of Elks scholarships. The national scholarship is open to all New York State high school seniors. These seniors need not be the child of a member of the Elks. The state scholarships are for high school seniors whose parent is a member in good standing in the Order of Elks. Forms for these scholarships may be obtained online at the Elks website (www.Elks.org/enf/scholars). The same application is used for both national and state scholarships, but the state must be submitted with an additional cover page which is available at nys.elks.org or at the student’s school guidance office. The chairman of the scholarship committee of the Rensselaer Lodge of Elks No. 2073 is Errol Fitzgerald (477-5427).

BIG BROTHERS, BIG SISTERS LOOKING FOR MENTORS

Big Brothers Big Sisters is looking for mentors in Albany, Schenectady, Saratoga, and Rensselaer Counties. We are the oldest and largest provider of one-to-one youth mentoring services in the United States. In the Capital Region, we have been matching caring adults with local children for 50 years. Our mentoring relationships are proven to be a positive influence on the life of a child. Currently, we serve over 500 children, but there are over 100 more waiting for mentors. If you want to learn more about volunteering, contact Brigette Callahan at 862-1250 x15, or by email at Brigette@bbbscr.org.

NEW YORK STATE ANNOUNCES ARBOR DAY POSTER CONTEST

Entries Must be Received by December 17, 2013 New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens invites fifth graders to showcase their artistic talents and help to increase public awareness about trees in New York by participating in the annual National Arbor Day Poster Contest. “Trees play a vital role in the lives of New Yorkers and are a vital part of our ecosystem,” Commissioner Martens said. “Whether someone is tapping a maple tree in early spring or relaxing in the shade of a tree on a hot summer day, trees are integral to our quality of life.  I encourage fifth graders to join in our celebration of trees by drawing, sketching or painting their favorite trees and showcasing why trees are important in our daily lives.” The annual Arbor Day Poster Contest is sponsored by DEC and the Department of Agriculture and Markets. Students are asked to create an original poster depicting this year’s contest theme: “New York’s Forest Where We Live!” The New York State winner will have his or her artwork replicated as the official 2014 New York State Arbor Day bookmark and the winning poster will be presented at the annual Arbor Day Celebration in Albany. Posters must be submitted by December 17, 2013 to allow time for judging and printing of the artwork as part of the celebration of Arbor Day 2014. The contest is open to all students enrolled in the fifth grade. Contest packets can be obtained by contacting Sally Kellogg, DEC’s poster contest coordinator, at (518) 402-9425, or by visiting http://www.dec. ny.gov/education/25420.html. Packets include background information, hands-on educational activities and contest rules.

MADE BY HAND INVITATIONAL 2013

The Foundry for Art Design + Culture: Cohoes NY. A one day, juried indoor designer craft market featuring some of the regions most talented artisans offering fine crafted apparel, jewelry, accessories, housewares,


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Bulletin Board paper goods, and more. Perfect event for seasonal gifts! Participating artists include: The Quiet Woods, Forage Restoratives, Crowell Pottery Studio, Tiger Trap Studio, The Little Raggamuffin, Katie Nare Jewelry, Cinderloop, Ali Herrmann, Tiane Novati, Troy Cloth & Paper, Dawn Dishaw Ceramics, Petra Jancovicova, ZOO, Kids Clothing. Saturday, December 7: 11am-5pm : Food : Drink : Music : Free. The event is free, but we are asking for guests to bring one nonperishable food item to benefit Cohoes food pantries. www.thefoundrysite.com

FALL CONCERT CALENDAR FOR SAINT ROSE ENSEMBLES AND CHORALES

A full semester of concerts by the College’s many outstanding instrumental and vocal ensembles and chorales was announced by The College of Saint Rose. The fall semester performance schedule ranges from intimate recitals and small ensembles to big-band jazz, classical band and orchestral works, and lush vocals by the College’s chorales. The complete concert schedule follows.  All performances by the College’s ensembles and chorales are in the Kathleen McManus Picotte Recital Hall, Massry Center for the Arts, 1002 Madison Ave., Albany.  Admission is free. For more information about any of the concerts or the performing ensembles, visit www.strose.edu/music or contact the Saint Rose Music Department at 518-454-5178. SAINT ROSE ENSEMBLES AND CHORALES CONCERTS (Note: Schedule is subject to changes and additions. For the most up-todate listings, visit www.strose.edu/music.) DECEMBER: • Sunday, December 8, 4 p.m. - Saint Rose Masterworks Chorale and Madrigal Ensemble • Monday, December 9, 8 p.m. - Saint Rose Wind Ensemble • Tuesday, December 10, 8 p.m. - Music Industry Recording Ensemble  

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR VITA and AARP TAXAIDE SITES

Interested in helping out in your community to prepare taxes free of charge? Both VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) and AARP TaxAide programs are in need of volunteers in the East Greenbush, Hoosick Falls, Rensselaer, Troy, Wynantskill and all areas of the Capital Region. The VITA and AARP TaxAide sites provide free tax preparation for low to moderate income taxpayers from late January through early April. Last year, the tax prep sites in the Capital Region County prepared over 13,750 taxpayers returns with combined refunds and tax credits of over $19.8 million! There are many ways to participate in the program. In addition to volunteer tax preparers, other positions include: publicity, technology, appointment scheduler, interviewergreeter and site coordinator. You need not be associated with VITA or AARP. IRS certified training will be provided and you will be mentored by a seasoned volunteer. To learn more about volunteering for: • VITA: Contact Tom Morley, CA$H/VITA Program, United WayGCR: 518-456-2200/Ext-131 or email at: tmorley@unitedwaygcr.org. Please visit the CA$H Website at: www.cashgreatercapitalregion.org/ • AARP TaxAide: Please visit the website: www.aarp.org/taxvolunteer. You can also contact: Virginia Goggins, Rensselaer County AARP Local Coordinator; Phone #: 518-271-8157 or via email at: ginni@nycap.rr.com

SEVENTH ANNUAL AVERILL PARK COMMUNITY VENDOR AND CRAFT FAIR

When:   Friday, December 13th ~ 4:00 pm to 8:00pm Where:  Algonquin Middle School, Route 66 Perfect time for the Holidays! Plan to stop in & shop a variety of local vendors, crafters,Chinese Auction, Concessions & a Bake Sale too! ALL BAKE SALE PROCEEDS WILL GO TO HELP SAVE OUR MODIFIED SPORTS PROGRAM ~ If you are a vendor/crafter, or know of one that would like to participate ,please return the completed registration form below. 

---------------------------------------------------------------------------COST FOR 1 TABLE $25.00 Name: _____________________________________________ Email: ____________________________________________ Telephone #: _____________________________________    Business Name: _____________________________________ Brief description of business/products:_________________ Please make your check payable to:  AMS PTO.  Mail completed form and check to: AMS Vendor Fair, c/o C. Bradway, 169 Gardner Hill Road, East Nassau, NY 12062. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------  First-come, first-serve, $25 reserves your table. We are not duplicating two of the same consultants/company. Vendors please email us first to check availability. *Participants are asked to donate an item to be raffled at our Chinese Auction* *this is not required to attend our Holiday Vendor Fair. For more information, email: Sallymacq@gmail.com

CAPITAL IMAGING ASSOC. OFFERS CANCER SERVICES PROGRAM

On Monday, December 9th, from 4-6 p.m. at Capital Imaging Associates in Latham, Get peace of mind for the holiday season.  The Cancer Services Program of Albany and Rensselaer Counties are offering free comprehensive cancer screening appointments for uninsured women age 40 and older. Appointments include clinical breast exam, mammogram and pap test, (colon cancer screening also available if age 50 and older) Appointments are required. Please call 525-8680 to make an appointment. For more information, please go to cspofalbany.com

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR 2013 at THE CHURCH OF THE COVENANT

The Church of the Covenant in Averill Park hosts its annual Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, December 7th.  With more than one-dozen handcraft, gift and food shops, the Bazaar is designed for all your Christmas shopping. You’ll find plenty of holiday-themed items, as well as year-round gifts and decor. Upstairs we have The Doll Boutique with handmade American Girl clothing, the Pet Corner with gifts for your pet, the Sweet Shoppe, Plants & Greens, Collectibles, the Country Store, Handcrafts & Decorations and Religious Items.  Downstairs will be “Yuletide for Youth.”. There they will decorate cookies, shop in the Kids-Only store, play games and make crafts. Be sure to stop by the COC Cafe’. The Cafe specializing in chili, macaroni and cheese, sausage and peppers, assorted soups and other home-cooked options is an annual favorite. The Church of the Covenant, also known as “The Round Church,” is located at 3055 Route 43 in Averill Park near the intersection of Old Route 66, just west of Burden Lake Road.

CAPITAL COMMUNITY VOICES PRESENTS “AN AMERICAN CHRISTMAS”

Capital Community Voices, directed by Julie Panke, will present a program of classical and popular holiday songs on Saturday, December 14, at 7:30 pm at Genet Elementary School, Route 4, East Greenbush, NY. The program will include Christmas songs from the American Folk, African-American Spiritual, and popular traditions. An ensemble from the chorus will present “Stopping By the Woods” with a text from poet Robert Frost. Popular selections include “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm,” “ Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” The chorus will be accompanied by John Norton, piano, Tony Riccobono, bass, and James Iacketta, percussion. Ticket prices for the concert are $10 for general admission and $8 for seniors and students. A reception will follow the performance.


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