Upcoming Events in the Capital Region

ALBANY – “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” the annual showcase for students from Fred Astaire Dance Studios in Albany and Saratoga, will be held at noon, Sunday, January 23 at the Albany Marriott, 189 Wolf Road.

This will be the first in-person group performance in showcase form since the pandemic began. A portion of the proceeds will go to the American Heart Association.

To purchase tickets, go to https://www.fredastaire.com/saratoga-springs.

Coffee with a cop is Monday

TROY – The Troy Police Department Community Services Office, with support from Stewart’s Shops, will host a “Coffee With A Cop” event from 9-11 a.m. on Monday, January 24 at Stewart’s, 100 Northern Drive (Northern Drive in Oakwood Avenue).

The initiative allows uniformed officers to connect with community members and listen to their concerns as they connect in a pressure-free, relaxed and safe environment. It is expected to be the first of many such events in the city.

For more information, go to https://www.troyny.gov.

East Greenbush board meets on Wednesday

EAST GREENBUSH – The East Greenbush Central School District School Board will hold its next school board meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 26 at the Columbia High School Library, 962 Luther Road.

For more information, visit https://egcsd.org/board-of-education.

The Year of the Tiger celebrated

CLIFTON PARK – Children can celebrate Chinese New Year by picking up a bag of supplies on Wednesday February 2 from the Children’s Library, 475 Moe Road and doing crafts at home to mark the start of the Year of the Tiger .

For more information, call 518-371-8622 or visit https://cphlibrary.org.

Abel Brown: A Conversation on Sand Lake

AVERILL PARK — “Abel Brown: Pastor, Abolitionist, Radical – A Conversation” will be presented at a monthly meeting of the Sand Lake Historical Society at 7 p.m. Feb. 8 in the Courtroom of Sand Lake Town Hall, 8428 Route 66.

Peter Finn, a director of the society, will speak about Brown, who has been called “the forgotten abolitionist”. He was a newspaper publisher, temperance preacher and anti-slavery orator, a leader of the radical Liberty Party, chief agent of the Eastern New York Anti-Slavery Society, and a key figure in the Underground Railroad credited for helping escaped former slaves to freedom. And, for a time in the mid-1840s, he pastored Sand Lake Baptist Church.

For more information, call 518-527-9926 or visit http://sandlakehistory.org.

Concert scheduled for Valentine’s Day

ALBANY — A free community Valentine’s Day concert will be held from 4-6 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Beltrone Living Center, 6 Winners Circle, hosted by the Colonie Senior Service Centers.

The local group “Hands of Time” will entertain participants with music symbolic of love. Wear red, pink or anything with a heart on it and dance to the music. Complimentary refreshments will be provided.

For more information, call 518-459-2857, ext. 340.

Poetry Motel Foundation plans to read

ALBANY — Poet Therese Broderick will read from her work at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Social Justice Center, 33 Central Ave., as part of Third Thursday Poetry Night.

A reading by a local or regional poet takes place on the third Thursday of the month. The event includes an open mic for members of the public to read. Registration begins at 7 p.m. The host of the readings is Dan Wilcox, poet and photographer from Albany. Suggested donation is $5, which helps support this and other Poetry Motel Foundation poetry programs and the work of the Social Justice Center.

The band is back at the center, following a pandemic-related hiatus, as well as needed structural repairs to the center. The star poet of March 17 will be Judith Perst.

For more information, call Dan Wilcox, 518-482-0262, or email: [email protected]

Fundraising Ice Fishing Tournament Comes to Fort Ann

FORT ANN — A benefit ice fishing tournament will be held from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 19 at Boy Scouts Camp Wakpominee on Sly Pond Road.

The lake has been closed to the general public for 100 years.
This is your chance to fish the 41-acre Sly Pond for black bass, rock bass, yellow perch, pike and pike.

This is a catch and release contest, so timestamped photos must be submitted to enter.

The cost of the competition will be $30 per person and $60 for a two-person team for those who register before January 31, $35 and $70 after that date. Funds raised will be used for projects at Camp Wakpominee, one of two camps run by the Twin Rivers Council of the BSA Scouts. The council provides scouting for boys and girls in eastern New York, from Columbia County to the Canadian border.
Food will be available at the camp dining hall.

For more information, email Rob Pattison: [email protected] or visit https://scoutingevent.com/364-52442.

First New York offers college scholarships

ALBANY — High school seniors can apply for one of four First New York Federal Credit Union $1,000 scholarships by May 6.

A candidate must be a credit union member in good standing, plan to attend an accredited two- or four-year college, and be active in their community.

Selected finalists will be interviewed by the scholarship committee to determine the four winners. Winners will be notified by June 10.

For more information, pick up an application at a local FNYFCU branch or go to: https://www.firstnewyork.org/home/accounts/youth/scholarships.

Resettlement effort welcomes volunteers

Five local mosques and Islamic centers formed a consortium this summer to assist Afghan refugees upon their arrival in the capital region.

Al-Hidaya Center in Latham has set up a donation center and thrift store on Route 2. It stocks clothing, household items, furniture and baby items.

To volunteer at the Donation Center, 350 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays, email: [email protected]

To volunteer to drive individuals or families to doctors, grocery stores, and pharmacies, or to help as a translator, email: [email protected]

Compiled by Azra Haqqie

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