Schenectady / Capital Region Today
Now in our 22nd Year!
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 in THE ADDY THEATRE 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.
February 11, 2020 – Show #1119
St. Clare’s Pensioner’s Update
Mary Hartshorne, President & Peter Jones, Board Member
“Our group is an all-volunteer group. The Board is comprised of former employees of St. Clare’s Hospital working on behalf of all the rest of the 1100 former employees. The attorneys working for us are also working pro-bono.”
- Organization: St. Clare’s Pension Recovery Alliance (SCPRA)
- Mission: The Alliance is working to recover our pensions that were promised to us through our employment at the former St. Clare’s Hospital in Schenectady. Over 1100 people are affected; 400 plus lost about 30% of their income for retirement and the other 660 plus will not be getting their pension in the future at all.
- Contact Information: 518-867-2489 (Pete) or 518-466-6194 (Mary)
- Facebook: Yes
- Twitter: @MaryMizMar55
- Instagram: @momberly66
- Website: www. scpra.rememberstclares.org
Lifelong Wellness – Activities & Classes
Caroline Barrett, Director of Lifelong Wellness & Sherri Bellucci, Instructor
THE CENTER is a place for individuals 55 years of age or older to learn, to grow, to exercise, and to be creative. Through offerings in categories such as Fitness Opportunities, Creative Pursuits, Lifelong Learning and Travel Experiences, members of our community will have the opportunity to be active in a trusted place.
- Organization: Colonie Senior Service Centers
- Contact Information: 518-459-2857 x 303
- Facebook: Yes “ColonieSeniors”
- Website: www.ColonieSeniors.org
Clinton Street Mercantile – Local Makers
Michelle Wittall & Brandon Wittall, Owners
Clinton Street Mercantile, the “Merc,” is a curated retail marketplace located in the renovated historical Fitzgerald Building in Downtown Schenectady. The Mercantile’s desire is to celebrate our local makers and also offer one of kind, high quality, hand-made products & goods to the local community. It’s all about local and hand-crafted gifts.
It is a unique opportunity for talented makers to sell their goods in a diverse and creative atmosphere. Our makers have the opportunity to build their brand and realize their dreams of owning their own business.
- Organization: Clinton Street Mercanti
- Location: Clinton St. Sch’dy
- Contact Information:
- Facebook: Yes “ClintonStreetMercantile”
- Instagram: @clintonstmercantile
- Website: www.ClintonStreetMercantile.com
Weather to Climate: Our Changing World
Bradley LaMere, Director of Marketing & Communications at miSci
‘Weather to Climate: Our Changing World’ will open to the public on Friday, February 7, and run through Sunday, May 3. The exhibition was created by the Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. It is toured internationally by Flying Fish.
‘Weather to Climate: Our Changing World’ presents the fundamentals of weather and climate and explains how the two phenomena are connected through fun interactives and engaging content. The exhibition connects weather to the science behind global climate changes and explores how it affects human and animal communities around the world.
- Organization: Museum of Innovation & Science (miSci)
- Mission: Founded in 1934, the Museum of Innovation and Science is the premier science and technology center in New York’s Capital Region. It offers an immersive experience for visitors and serves more than 50,000 patrons annually. At miSci, exhibitions, programs and events are designed to inspire people of all ages to celebrate and explore science and technology – past, present and future. For K-12 classes, the Museum utilizes standards-based education and hands-on exploration while fostering an understanding and appreciation of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics).
- Event: Weather to Climate: Our Changing World
- Location of event: Nott Terrace Heights, Sch’dy
- Date/Time: February 7 – May 3, 2020 — T – S: 10 am – 5 pm; Su: 12 pm – 5 pm
- Cost: Adults (13+): $12; Children (3-12) $8; Seniors (65+) 10; miSci members: Free.
- Website: www.misci.org
Exhibition: Hadicrafted: The Folk and Their Art
Suzy Fout, Curator, Sch’dy County Historical Society
Bright, bold colors. Quaint and genuine. Beautiful in an unrefined way. These are just a few characteristics of the Schenectady County Historical Society’s folk art collection.
American folk art was born in the pre-industrial era, and consists of diverse objects created by regular people as a means of expression. This creative impulse, and our universal search for beauty, are at the core of SCHS’ latest exhibition, Handcrafted: The Folk and Their Art.
Made and used by ordinary people, the folk art on exhibition reflects human needs, values, concerns, and desires. The art expresses the contrasts between the common and the elite, the urban and the rural, which characterize Schenectady’s past. At the root of Handcrafted: The Folk and Their Art we ask, who were these artisans, and what does their art say about our shared past?
Journey with us through our region’s folk art in an exhibition co-curated by Susanna Fout and SCCC folk art professor Marilyn Sassi. Handcrafted: The Folk and Their Art features over fifty carefully selected pieces, most of which have never been displayed.
- Organization: Schenectady County Historical Society
- Mission: The Schenectady County Historical Society shares stories, inspires dialogue, and encourages understanding of the history, people, and cultures of Schenectady County. SCHS brings to life the region’s dynamic history through interactive exhibits, talks, workshops, concerts, programs and community events for all audiences at the Mabee Farm Historic Site, the Grems-Doolittle Library, the Schenectady History Museum, and the historic Brouwer House.
- Event: “Handcrafted: The Folk and Their Art” exhibition
- Location of event: SCHS Museum, 32 Washington Avenue, Schenectady 12305
- Date/Time: Ongoing, through November, Monday-Saturday from 9-5
- Cost: $5 or free for SCHS members
- Contact Information:
- Facebook: Yes “Schenectady County Historical Society”
- Instagram: @SchenectadyHistorical
- Website: www.SchenectadyHistorical.org
It’s Girl Scout Cookie Time
Mary Buszuwski, CEO Girl Scouts of NENY
Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York (GSNENY) have launched the 2020 Girl Scout Cookie™ season, when Girl Scouts across the United States become entrepreneurs as they earn money to power their own leadership opportunities and adventures. This season, GSUSA announces two sweet new ways to celebrate young female leaders: refreshed packaging reflecting the amazing experiences cookie earnings make possible for girls, and a new lemon cookie available in select areas.
The Girl Scout Cookie Program® teaches girls about entrepreneurship as they have fun learning essential skills like money management, public speaking, and decision making, which set them up for a lifetime of success. Nine in ten Girl Scouts say the cookie program has built their entrepreneurship skills and their interest in pursuing entrepreneurship as a career path—so every cookie purchase is an investment in the world-changing business leaders of tomorrow. What’s more, each and every purchase stays local to power amazing experiences and leadership opportunities for girls in communities across the United States.
GSUSA’s refreshed cookie packaging (with the same great taste!) continues to emphasize what the cookie program is all about, and the updated images feature current Girl Scouts taking part in a diverse range of experiences available to members—from adventure-packed camping and canoeing, to exploring space science and designing robots, to taking action to improve their communities. Every purchase of Girl Scout Cookies makes experiences like these possible for girls in your local community.
The new Girl Scout Cookie is Lemon-Ups™, a crispy lemon cookie baked with messages inspired by Girl Scout entrepreneurs. “I am a go-getter” and “I am an innovator” are among the eight phrases that bring the experience of Girl Scouting to life. The new cookie joins the national 2020 lineup, which also includes favorites such as Thin Mints®, Samoas®, and Trefoils®. Lemon-Ups are available in select council markets.
- Organization: Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York
- Mission: Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York unleashes the G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) ™ in every girl, preparing her for a lifetime of leadership. We are committed to providing girls an inclusive, all-female environment that creates a safe space where they can try new things, develop a range of skills, take on leadership roles, and be themselves. Representing almost 10,000 girls of courage, confidence, and character across 15 counties in New York State, we are the preeminent girl leadership development organization in northeastern New York.
- Event: Cookie Sales Have Begun!
- Contact Information: 518-489-8110
- Facebook: Yes “GirlScoutsNENY”
- Twitter: @GirlScoutsNENY
- Instagram: @girlscoutsneny
- Website: www.GirlScoutsNENY.org
February 18, 2020 Show #1120
African American History – John Henry, A Steel Driving Man
Clifford Oliver, Historian
Circle Theatre Players “All My Sons” (Event Mar 6-15)
Barry Streifert, Director
Fred Sirois “Joe Keller” (father)
Jacob Fisch “Chris Keller” (son)
(Contact Individual: Joan Fuess; Brian Sheldon)
Classic Theater Guild “Crimes of the Heart” (Opening on Feb 20)
John Birchler, Director
(Contact Individual: Glenn Read)
Jan’s Wanderings – Topic TBA
Russian Winter Festival Month Events (Hairbraiding)
Tayna Deptola, President
Taxes 2020 – CA$H Coalition & My Free Taxes
Richard Zazycki, Director Circles of Mercy and Renss. CA$H Chpt Chair
February 25, 2020 Show #1121
Capital Repertory Theatre “The Irish and how they Got That Way” (Event 3/6 to 4/5)
Maggie Mancinelli Cahill, Artistic Director
(Additional Contact Person: Margaret Hall)
Jr. Achievement of NENY
Tovah Lisky, President
(Additional Contact Persons: Stan Simkins, Chris Wessell)
Legal Corner – Updates
John Musacchio, Esq
Niskayuna Music Dept. “The Little Mermaid” (Event 2/27-29)
(Additional Contact Person: Paulette Doudoukjian)
Schenectady Historical Society – School Programs
(Additional Contact Person: Mary Zawacki)
Schenectady Restaurant Week (Event – March 2 to 8th)
Amy Sonder, Promotions Coordinator – Downtown Sch’dy Improv. Corp)
(Additional Contact Person: Jim Salengo)
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