Newsletter 3/12/19 Topics/Guests

 Schenectady Today In & Around the Capital Region

Now in our 21st 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.

March 12, 2019 – Show #1075

Segment ONE

Peter and the Starcatcher at Siena

Patrick White, Director; Dominic DiCaprio “Peter”

John Ruquet “Prentiss”; Max Adelman “Aster”

Liam Antonopolous “Smee”

            Peter & The Starcatcher is the critically acclaimed, multi-award winning adaptation of Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson’s 2004 Young Adult imagining of the origins of Peter Pan. The play follows the book’s fanciful creations and looks to answer the burning questions: How did Peter Pan get his name? How did he meet Captain Hook and why are they enemies? Who are Tinkerbell, Wendy and the Lost Boys, and where did they come from? And most importantly, how did he come to fly and why does he never want to grow up? The play uses the techniques of Story Theatre to deliver this picaresque tale of derring-do creating capsizing galleons, below decks intrigue, romance and mutiny and finally an exotic island populated by a fearsome tribe schooled in Italian cooking, a ferocious crocodile and perhaps a chorus line of mermaids. Telling this story with only household implements and tools emphasizes the line highlighted in the play “To have faith is to have wings” by asking the audience to suspend their disbelief and make the leap with their imaginations.

  • Organization: Siena Creative Arts
  • Mission: The Siena Creative Arts Department seeks to engage students with works of the creative imagination, and develop within them an aesthetic appreciation of the arts. Creative Arts programs in Theatre, Music, and Visual Arts encourage the unlocking and Development of students’ own creative potential and skill.
  • Event: Peter and the Starcatcher
  • Location of event: Siena College Beaudoin Theatre, Foy Hall 515 Loudon Rd Loudonville, NY
  • Date/Time: 3/14 to 3/23; Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm
  • Cost: $5 Students/$12 Seniors/ $15 General
  • Facebook: Yes “Peter and the Starcatcher”
  • Instagram: @SienaCreativeArts
  • Website:

Segment TWO

And Then There Were None – An Agatha Christie Mystery

Brian Sheldon, Director: Judi Merriam “Emily Brent”

Kevin McNamara “Sir Lawrence Wargrave”

            The Agatha Christie murder mystery, And Then There Were None – Ten strangers are summoned to the remote Soldier Island, off the coast of Devon, England.  All the guests have in common is a seemingly wicked past they are unwilling to reveal and a secret that will mark each of them for murder, in accordance with a sinister nursery rhyme.

  • Organization: Schenectady Civic Players
  • Event: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  • Location of event: Schenectady Civic Playhouse in the Stockade of Schenectady – 12 South Church St.
  • Date/Time: March 15 – 17; March 20-24; Fri & Sat @ 8pm; Wed & Thu @ 7:30pm; Sun @ 2:30pm
  • Cost: $20
  • Contact Information: (518) 382-2081
  • Website:

Segment THREE

Tax Credits for People with Disabilities

Melinda Burns, Dir. of Adult Education, Wildwood Programs

Denise Dinoto, Vice Chair of Cash Coalition

            Have your taxes prepared for free by an IRS certified volunteer tax preparer. Income requirements $55,000 and below per household. You can also use MyFreeTaxes from the convenience of home if you make $66,000 or less.

  • Organization: CA$H Coalition
  • Mission: To provide individuals and families the resources they need to achieve financial independence
  • Event: Free Tax Preparation
  • Location of event: Various sites throughout the Capital Region
  • Date/Time: Through April 15
  • Cost: Free
  • Contact Information: Website
  • Website:

Segment FOUR

Peaceful Acres Horses

Nanci Beyerl, Executive Director

            Peaceful Acres Horses is a volunteer run equine welfare organization, our volunteers make Life Possible for over 60 rescued horses, minis, donkeys and mules.  We are recruiting Volunteer CareGivers to join our team at our farm located in Schenectady County.  Volunteers must be 18 years old or older. Horse Care Experience is helpful but not necessary.

  • Organization:  Peaceful Acres Horses
  • Mission: Peaceful Acres Horses is a not for profit equine welfare organization that offers equine rescue, rehabilitation, retirement and adoption placement opportunities to our Rescued Equine Residents. Peaceful Acres Horses offers equine assisted learning and empowerment programs for children and adults, through our Horse and Donkey Hugs Program and Rejuvenation Retreats.
  • Event: Volunteer CareGiver Orientation
  • Location of event: Peaceful Acres Horses — 3740 Rynex Corners Rd Pattersonville, NY 12137
  • Date/Time: First and Third Saturday of the month from April to October (11 am to 1 pm)
  • Cost: no charge
  • Contact Information:
  • Facebook: Yes “Peaceful Acres Horses”
  • Website:

Segment FIVE

Strategies for Businesses

Liz Calandrino, Business Strategist & Training

            Floorcovering can be a major cost for a new home buyer or someone renovating a home for sale. This class highlights new products as well as price comparisons for Realtors and anyone else attending        

            Lisbeth Calandrino is a nationally recognized speaker. She has been a consultant to businesses in the flooring industry for over 20 years. Her specialties are sales and customer service training. She was recently named one of the “Top Ten Influencers in the Floor Covering Industry” for Floor Covering News.

            I consult with companies that are interested in creating plans to obtain more customers, understanding retail climate, predicting trends and what businesses can do to improve their customer base and bottom line. My particular specialty is floor covering.

  • Event: Fabulous Floors Training
  • Location of event: 451 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205
  • Date/Time:  Wed. April 3 from 9am to 3:30 pm
  • Cost: Free to Realtors (others welcome)
  • Facebook: Yes “LCalandrino”
  • Twitter: @Lizc
  • Instagram: @Calandrino
  • Website:

Segment SIX

Changes in BEAT the SNOW Concert Series

Janice Walz, Organizer

            There are two exciting changes to the Beat the Snow Concert Series over the next few weeks.  Beat the Snow Concerts are the winter music series sponsored by the Friends of the Schenectady County Public Library. On Sunday, March 17 Nachiko Maekane, Adjunct Instructor of Percussion at SUNYSchenectady will be bringing two of her students and two marimbas to the McChesney Room at 2:30. This is to replace our jazz duet for the day.  This will be our first marimba events. The Musicians of Ma”alwyck will perform on Palm Sunday, April 14 at 2:30.  This is to replace the concert which was snowed out earlier.  

  • Organization: Friends of the Library (Schenectady)
  • Event: Beat the Snow Concert Series
  • Location of event: Sch’dy County Public Library – Main branch on Clinton St. – McChesney Room
  • Date/Time: Sundays at 2:30 pm during winter months
  • Cost: Free event
  • Contact Information: For additional information call 518-346-8081
  • Website:


March 19, 2019 Show #1076

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Jan’s Wanderings – Beat the Snow Concert

               Jan Walz, Programmer

March for Meals – Catholic Charities

               Marlene Hildenbrandt, Executive Director

               Other guests TBA

miSci – Museum of Innovation and Science – Exhibitions

               Guest TBA

Performance by:

               Don Hyman – Tribute to Aretha Franklin

Schenectady Jewish Community Center – Summer Camps Planning Ahead!

               Andy Katz, Interim Executive Director

               Rachel Csakny, Youth and Camping Services Director

March 26, 2019 Show #1077

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Alpha-1 Global International Conference (Event date?)

               Richard Lovrich 

Capital Rep “Shakespeare in Love” (Event 4/5 to 5/12)

               Guests TBA

Repair Café at the Schenectady County Library (Event 4/6)

               Dave West, Organizer

               Mary Singer, Volunteer

Schenectady Civic Players “Engaged to be Murdered” Dinner Theater (Event 4/12)

               Cristine Loffredo “Naomi”

               Ann Parillo “Louise”

               Joe Fava, Director at Large

Schenectady Rotary (Event 4/4)

               Chris Henry, President

               Kim Rainey

April 2, 2019 Show #1078

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Hubbard Hall Cultural & Education Center’s Annie (Event Apr5-14)

               David Andrew Snider, Executive and Artistic Director

miSci – Spring Break Classes

               Tara Burnham

Proctors Update – Hamilton Tickets and Next Season

               Michael Eck, Senior Communications and Public Relations Leader

Schenectady Civic Players Staged Reading “Time Stand Still”

               Guest TBA

Taxes – FINAL Update

               Joanne Passineau

               Tracy Randle, CA$H Coalition Director, United Way of GCR

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