Newsletter: 5/16/17 Sch’dy Today Show’s 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.

May 16, 2017 #983

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 ~~~

Human Rights Awards Breakfast !

Guests: Ang Morris, Executive Director

Recognizing individuals and groups that make a difference in our community. Awards to Youth, Individual, Community Group and Justice.

Organization: Schenectady County Human Rights Commission

Event: 34th Annual Human Rights Awards Breakfast

Location of event: Glen Sanders Mansion

Date/Time: May 25 from 7-9 am

Cost: $22 presale and $25 at the door


~~~ Segment Two ~~~

Ballroom Dance at the Renaissance Hall !

Guests: Liz Paone, Representative and Dancer; Natalia O’Connor, Professional Ballroom Dancer; Florin Vlad, Professional Ballroom Dancer; Louise Giuliano, Professional Ballroom Dancer and Teacher and Gary Burgess, Ballroom Dancer and Committee Member

Join us for lots of dancing & entertainment…Natalia O’Connor & Florin Vlad (renowned Int’l Ballroom Champions) will perform our showcase this month. They will be teaching our 45 min. free dance lesson…DON’T MISS THIS GREAT OPPORTUNITY! Male & Female Dance Hosts. Great Music … No partner needed – dance hosts available …dancing for everyone! Waltz, Foxtrot, Salsa, Tango, Hustle, Rumba, Jive, Swing and Country music played throughout the night!

Florin and Natalia are the 2017 & 2016 US National Adult Finalists, 2015 USA Dance National Vice-Champions in Adult Standard, and 2014 USA Dance National U21 Champions. Among their best results is being a Semi-Finalist in the 2014 Under 21 World Championship, becoming Semi-Finalists of the 2015 German Open and the 2016 Dutch Open, Finalists of the RS 2016 Dutch Open (4th place), dancing in the Final of the 2015 World Cup in Wroclaw, Poland.

Florin and Natalia proudly represent team USA at national and international competitions! One of their main goals is to spread the love for ballroom dancing, which is an amazing combination of art and sport for all ages!

They will be performing a Slow Waltz at the SOS Dance on Sunday May 28th as well as demonstrating a few basic but fun steps of the Waltz at the free 45 min group class.

This dance is co-sponsored by Albany DanceSport and Singles Outreach.

Organizations: Albany DanceSport and Singles Outreach

Event: 4th Sunday Ballroom Dance

Location of event: Renaissance Hall

Date/Time: Sunday, May 28 at 6:30 pm

Cost: $12

Contact Information: Singles Outreach 452-6883

Facebook: Yes “Albany DanceSport”

Website: not provided

~~~ Segment Three ~~~

Circle Theatre Players – As You Like It !

Guests: Barbara Leavell Smith, Director and Joan Fuess

Organization: Circle Theatre Players

Event: Shakespeare’s As You Like It

Location of event: Sand Lake Center for the Arts

Date/Time: June 2 -11

Cost: From Website: $10 and under 18 yrs. $10

Contact Information:



~~~ Segment Four ~~~

NiskaDay – Calling all Heroes !

Guest: Joseph Rourke, Entertainment Co-Chair

NiskaDay is an all-day event benefiting Niskayuna Community Action Program. The day starts with a parade through Niskayuna and Ends with fireworks at Craig Elementary School. The event includes an information tent, craft tent, entertainment throughout the day including bands, rock wall climbing, pony rides, face painting, caracitures and Superheroes all free of charge (schedule on website and in Daily Gazette insert). There are also carnival rides for those more daring (purchase tickets or an all-day wristband).

Carnival Rides and Food venues charge, but all entertainment is free as well as information tent. There is also a craft tent with wares for sale.

N-CAP is an all-volunteer, community coalition whose mission is to improve the quality of life for all those living, working or learning in the Town or School District of Niskayuna with an emphasis on substance abuse prevention by youth.

Organization: Niskayuna Community Action Program

Event: Niska Day

Location of event: Craig Elementary School, Balltown Road, Niskayuna

Date/Time: May 20th, 2017 — Parade starts at 10, events at Craig Elementary start after the parade and runs until fireworks at 9pm

Cost: Free except for what you want to purchase

Facebook: Yes “Niska-Day”

Twitter: #NiskaDay

Website: and

~~~ Segment Five ~~~

Electric City Innovation Center!

Guest: Jeff Goronkin, CEO, Electric City Innovation Center

The Electric City Innovation Center (ECIC) is where great minds come together to work, collaborate and make lasting connections. ECIC offers all-inclusive flexible office space, open seating, entrepreneurial events and more.

Join us at the Electric City Innovation Center for the inaugural StartUp Town Square event: Internet of Things.

If you are an entrepreneur, investor, student, executive, academic or interested in supporting innovation in the Capital Region, you will not want to miss this exciting event. Come to StartUp Town Square, network, share your ideas and learn about entrepreneurship from people who are developing cutting-edge technology companies in our area!

Organization: Electric City Innovation Center

Event: StartUp Town Square: Internet of Things

Location of event: Electric City Innovation Center on State Street

Date/Time: Wednesday, May 24 at 5:30 pm

Cost: Free but must register in advance

Facebook: Yes. “Electric City Innovation”


~~~ Segment Six ~~~

Computer Answers !

Guest: Michael McQueen, Representative

Organization: Software Development Agency – Computer-Answers

No information provided



Contact Information:




May 23, 2017 #984

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

Filmed Tuesdays at 10 am at Proctors Underground

Albany Citizens’ Police Review Board

Ivy Morris, Vice Chair CPRB

Zach Garafalo, Board member CPRB

Book Release: l’etoiler: The Disarrayed Expose

Osaretin Oghomwen, Author and Filmmaker

Freihofer’s Run for Women (Event Jun 3)

Patrick Lynskey, Co-Director

Kristen Hislop, Co-Director

Kids Arts Festival (Event Jun 3)

Betsy Sandberg, Chair

Fran Giordano, Planning Committee member/Robot Activity Leader

Performers – vocalists – 100th Birthday of Dean Martin (Event Jun 10)

Edward D. Clifford “The Human Jukebox”

Billy McGrath “Billy Elvis”

Brian DiGuiseppe “Brian D”

May 30, 2017 #985

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

Filmed Tuesdays at 10 am at Proctors Underground

CREATE Community Studio

Heather Hutchison, Team Member

Ali Lopez, Team Member

Julianne Lewis, Team Member

John Hill Performing

John Hill, Singer/Guitarist

miSci – Museum of Innovation and Science – Summer Break Classes & New Exhibits

Mac Sudduth PhD, President

Village of Colonie Summer Theatre in the Park – Taffeta Memories (Event Jun 15-18)

Krysta Dennis

Others TBA

Women’s Employment and Resource Center – First Impressions Second Chances (Event Jun 6)

Elizabeth Miller, Executive Director

June 6, 2017 #986

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

Filmed Tuesdays at 10 am at Proctors Underground

Classic Theatre Guild’s Rumors (Event Jun 8 – 18)

Peggi Perrone, Director

Phil Burns, Asst. Director & Cast Member

Marie Oppedisano, Cast member

Michael O’Farrell, Cast Member

Sheila O’Shea, Cast Member

Garden Tour (Event Sat Jun 17)

Frieda Tanski

Other Guests TBA

Jazz on Jay – Every Thursday on Jay Street

Karen Johnson

Juneteenth Celebration (Event Jun 16-17)

Miki Conn

Betty Harper

Lunn Center (Event Date ?)

Lynne Gilgore, Director

Upper Union Street Strawberry Festival (Event Jun 17)

Guests TBA


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