April 25, 2017 Newsletter — Topics and Guests

Schenectady Today

In & Around the Capital Region

Guest Line Up for the next four weeks of filming. (May be subject to change)


Now In our 19th year!

Looking forward to our 1,000th Show and Beyond!

SAVE THE DATE – September 19, 2017 in the GE Theatre – 10 am

Below you will find listings for our interesting on-air guests for the next four weeks.  Check out the lists below for our great variety of topics.  We start filming at 10 am at Proctors Underground on Tuesday. A live audience is always welcome and there are plenty of seats. You can meet the guests in person and learn more about their projects or even get involved yourself.

April 25, 2017 #980

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

(Listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Information below has been provided by the Guests or from their websites


~~~ Segment One ~~~

Winter Raptor Fest – 2017!

Guests: Laurie LaFond, Executive Director – Friends of the Washington County IBA, Kelly Martin, President, NYS Wildlife Rehab Council

See native owls, hawks, falcons in their “natural” habitat at the NEW Winter Raptor Fest 2017 “Wild Encounter!” Watch for a live fisher, red fox, wolf and other animals along the way! Flight demos by master falconers highlight the agility of the aerial world’s top predators!  Live Bird of Prey programs introduce you to a variety of topics, from adaptations for flight to Bald Eagle recovery. Test your birding skills on a horse-drawn wagon ride, have your photo taken at our Raptor Photo booth and sign up for free giveaways for Mom on Mother’s Day!  Kid’s activities, food vendors and more round out this exciting weekend where raptors rule!           

Friends of the IBA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit land trust conserving critical habitat for New York’s endangered, threatened and at risk grassland birds.

Organization: Friends of the IBA (Important Bird Areas)

Event: Winter Raptor Fest 2017

Location of event: Washington County Fairgrounds

Date/Time: Saturday, May 13 (10 am-4 pm) & Sunday, May 14 (11am-4pm)

Cost: $12 Adults and $6 kids

Contact Information: info@ibafriends.org or call 518-499-0012

Facebook: Yes “IBA Friends”

Website: www.ibafriends.org  and www.winterraptorfest.com

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Events at the Dudley Observatory!

Guests: Valerie Rapson PhD, Astrophysicist

Organization: Dudley Observatory at miSci

Event: Rising Stars Camp-In at miSci

Upcoming Events:

Rising Stars Camp-In | April 28-29, 2017

Rising Stars Camp-In $35 for Children | $18 for Adults $18 Evening only option available

Spend the night under the stars during this camp-in at miSci. Participate in a scavenger hunt  and astronomy activities. View the stars with the guidance of the Dudley Observatory’s Rising  Stars and enjoy a show in the Suits-Bueche Planetarium. Dinner and breakfast will be served.  Recommended for ages 5+.

Astronomy Day | April 29, 2017

Astronomy Day FREE w/ miSci General Admission

Astronomy Day is an annual event in the United States intended to provide a means of   interaction between the general public and various astronomy enthusiasts, groups and  professionals. One day each spring and fall, astronomy clubs, planetariums, and other groups of sky lovers band together to share the wonders and excitement of astronomy with their  communities. The theme of Astronomy Day is “Bringing Astronomy to the People

Field Trip Zoom Classroom opportunity | May 5, 2017

Field Trip Zoom provides K-12 educators access to unique, live educational content created and  delivered by a rapidly expanding community of leading museums, science centers, historical  sites, zoos, aquariums, literary groups, wellness centers, arts and performing arts organizations. Dr. Rapson will present classes on astronomy and related careers to hundreds of classroom students worldwide.

Night Sky Adventures | 3rd Tuesday every month

Night Sky Adventures are astronomy fun for the whole family! Educators from the Dudley  Observatory, in conjunction with volunteers from the Albany Area Amateur Astronomers group, present astronomy lessons, planetarium shows and night sky viewing (weather depending).

Octagon Barn Star Parties | Fridays monthly in season

                        Octagon Barn Star Parties are an excellent place to learn about astronomy and get some of the  best views of the night sky. Each night will feature a local astronomy enthusiast or professor  who will speak about an exciting astronomy topic, then we will go outdoors to view the night  sky far away from city lights. No prior astronomy knowledge necessary– just your interest!

Facebook: Yes “Dudley Obs” and “Schenectady Museum”

Website: www.misci.org and www.dudleyobservatory.org

~~~ Segment Three ~~~

Concert by John Davidson!

Guest: Byron Nilsson, Glen Conservancy and Ron Burch, Glen Conservancy

Broadway and television personality John Davidson headlines this summer’s concert series at Conservancy Hall in the Montgomery County town of Glen. Davison has spent most of his life on one stage or another, yet his most captivating performances are those when he’s alone on stage, playing his guitar, singing his songs, spinning his yarns. In John’s words, “Playing and singing on my own is the most honest, powerful way to tell stories. It gives me the freedom to express emotions without any distractions. In those moments, I feel a one-on-one connection with an audience.” His program, titled “Roots, Roles, and Rhymes,” takes place at 7:30 PM Sat., May 6. Admission is free, although a $10 donation is encouraged.

            The mission of the Glen Conservancy: To promote cultural activity in the rural community of Glen, NY, and to preserve the compelling historic aspects of the village, centering around a former church building now owned by the Conservancy and restored for use as a performance and meeting center.

Organization: Glen Conservancy

Event: John Davidson Concert

Location of event: Glen Conservancy Hall, Glen, NY

Date/Time:  Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Cost: None – Donations accepted

Contact Information: Byron Nilsson – 922-5512

Facebook: Yes “Glen Conservancy”

Website: None provided

~~~ Segment Four ~~~

Independent Bookstore Event!

Guest: Amy Lane, Manager

Help celebrate Independent Bookstore Day! Meet Michelle Cuevas author of “The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles” – a gentle picture book illustrated by Rebecca E. Stead – and “Confessions of an Imaginary Friend” – a whimsical tale of an imaginary friend who doesn’t know he’s imaginary – that is perfect for upper elementary readers.

Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April. Because independent bookstores are not just stores, they’re community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers.

            The Open Door is Schenectady’s locally-owned independent bookstore and gift gallery, serving the capital region for more than 45 years. We carry a wide selection of literature, with an emphasis on children’s books and those of local and regional interest, as well as an expansive variety of toys, gifts, jewelry, stationery, personal accessories and home goods.

Organization: Open Door Book Store

Event: Book Signing with Michelle Cuevas author of “The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles” and “Confessions of an Imaginary Friend”

Location of event: The Open Door Bookstore

Date/Time: Saturday, Apr 29 from noon to 1:30 pm

Cost: Free event

Facebook: Yes

Website: www.opendoor-bookstore.com


~~~ Segment Five ~~~

Summer at the Sch’dy JCC!

Guests: Mark Weintraub, Executive Director

Join us for the most fun summer ever at Schenectady JCC!

            Summer camp at Schenectady JCC has been a tradition for more than 80 years.  For 2017, Camp Chaverim’s Travels through Time theme will take campers (3 years to 6th grade) and tweens (entering 7th grade/14 years old) to different eras (from prehistoric time and into the future) to celebrate the summer and to help build teamwork, leadership and sportsmanship skills.

Camp offers a variety of programming and camp experiences, including swimming, sports, crafts, music, dance, science, nature, volunteer days, field trips, and overnights. Eight-, two- and one week specialty camp- sessions are available.

            New this year:

The Clifton Park/Saratoga initiative that includes transportation for residents of Clifton Park and Saratoga

Similar to SJCC’s inclusive afterschool program and in partnership with Living Resources, camp has spaces reserved for campers with special needs.

            The William & Estelle Golub Family Pool & Tennis Club will be celebrating its 30th season.

The large pool is outstanding and big enough to suit everyone’s needs. The deep end has two diving boards and a special section devoted specifically to lap swimmers. There is additionally a shallow section with a kiddie pool adjacent to the larger pool. Behind the pool, on the 25-acre campus, there are playing fields with outdoor tennis, sand volleyball and basketball courts adjacent to the entrance to the pool area.

The complex is available for rental for graduation parties, adult or children birthday parties, or any social event or celebration during non-operational hours only.

            Special Celebrations include:

May 21: KAPL Employee Day – featuring Group Exercise Classes, Family Swim, Bounce House, Tours, Open Gym, and Snow Cones. Free for KAPL employees.

June 4: Chinese Cultural Day – featuring food, art projects, swimming (weather permitting), badminton, Bounce House, and more.  Everyone is welcome!

The Robert and Dorothy Ludwig JCC of Schenectady on the Golub Family Campus has been in existence for more than 90 years. The mission is to build a vibrant, welcoming and inclusive community that embraces Jewish values, culture, identity and connections to Israel, engages the local community, and enhances the body, mind and spirit of members. SJCC has been ranked the largest “Child Care Center in the Capital Region” by the Albany Business Review (2015, 2014 and 2013) and is the largest Silver Sneakers provider in Schenectady County.

Organization: Schenectady Jewish Community Center

Event: Summer at the Schenectady Jewish Community Center

Location of event: 2565 Balltown Road, Niskayuna 12309

Contact Information: 518-377-8803

Facebook: Yes “Schenectady JCC”

Website: www.SchenectadyJCC.org


May 2, 2017 #981

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

Filmed Tuesdays at 10 am at Proctors Underground

Mendelssohn club of Albany (Events May 13 & May 19)

Jeff Vredenburg, Conductor

miSci “Big Bang Gala – 10th Anniversary” (Event May 5)

Carmel Patrick

Eileen Handelman, Capital Affairs

Proctors Historical Committee

Marilyn Sassi

Schenectady Civic Players “The Curious Savage” (Event May 5-14)

Jennifer Van Iderstyne, Director

Guests TBA

Taiwanese Celebration (Event May 7)

Dr. Patrick Yang, President

Chungchin Chen, Advisor

May 9, 2017 #982

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

Filmed Tuesdays at 10 am at Proctors Underground

Business & Professional Women’s Club – 90th Birthday Celebration

Jane Osterhout

Others TBA

Colonie Senior Services

Diane Conroy-LaCivita

Ariana Wilson, CSSC’s Media Specialist

Landis Arboretum – New Features

Gail Browning, Marketing Committee

St. Paul’s Center

Tracy Pitcher, MSW, Executive Director

Others TBA

Saratoga Tour de Cure (Event Jun 4)

Nicole DeCelle

Laura Greenaway

Transgender Forum in Saratoga (Event May 23)

Trace Ellis

Cindy Shwaba, Director Saratoga Pride

May 16, 2017 #983

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

Filmed Tuesdays at 10 am at Proctors Underground

Circle Theatre Players at Sand Lake Center for the Arts “As You Like It” (Event Jun 2 – 11)

Barbara Leavell Smith, Director

Joan Fuess

Others TBA

DanceSport Albany – 4th Sunday Ballroom Dance (Event May 28)

Liz Paone, Representative and Dancer

Natalia O’Connor, Professional Ballroom Dancer

Florin Vlad, Professional Ballroom Dancer

Louise Giuliano, Professional Ballroom Dancer and Teacher

Electric City Innovation Center & “Startup Townsquare” (Entrepreneurial Programming)

Jeff Goronkin

Human Rights Awards Breakfast (Event May 25)

Ang Morris, Executive Director

Software Development Agency – Computer-Answers

Michael McQueen, Representative


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