Newsletter 3/13/18 — Topics/Guests and More on the Sch’dy Today Show

 Schenectady Today

In & Around the Capital Region

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

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 yourself1

March 13, 2018 #1024

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 ~~~

Tax Credits!

  • Tracy Randle, CA$H Program Director/ United Way
  • Melina Burns, Dir. of Adult Education/ wildwood Programs

They will discuss Income Tax Credits for People with Disabilities. They will also remind the viewers who to call and where they can get their taxes done. Websites:,, and

  • Organization: Tax Credits – CA$H Coalition and VITA Program (volunteer Income Tax Association)
  • Event: VITA Free Tax Preparation Program
  • Location of event:
  • Date/Time: Ongoing until April 17th
  • Cost: No Charge
  • Facebook: Yes — Cash Coalition Greater Capital Region
  • Website:

~~~ Segment TWO ~~~

Nano Days and STEM Classes

  • Gina C. Gould PhD, President of miSci
  • Megan Norris, Planetarium Director

NanoDays at miSci is part of a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering. This community-based event is the largest public outreach effort in nanoscale informal science education and involves science museums, research centers, and universities nationwide.

NanoDays celebrations bring university researchers together with science educators to create learning experiences for both children and adults to explore the miniscule world of atoms, molecules, A range of exciting NanoDays programs demonstrate the special and unexpected properties found at the nanoscale, examine tools used by nanoscientists, showcase nano materials with spectacular promise, and invite discussion of technology and society.

Hands-on activities invite visitors to explore polarized light, investigate how scientists use special tools to study tiny things, and imagine how nanotechnology could change how we eat! Other activities include experimenting with heat transfer and completing an electrical circuit using the world’s thinnest material.

April Break STEM Classes:

miSci presents week-long drop-off classes during break week. Classes are held daily, from 9 AM to 4 PM, and before and after care is available.  There is a 10% discount for members and additional children enrolled. Registration is available at

Grades K-2 | Space Academy: Crater Kids

Embark on a journey of a lifetime! Students will prepare for a trip to the moon by learning about and building rockets. Once on the moon, students complete mission-critical experiments before traveling back to Earth. End the week with a Cosmic Kids mission in the Challenger Learning Center.

Grades 3-5 | Space Academy: Comet Mystery

Explore interactive activities related to astronomy and space exploration with a focus on some of the smaller bodies in our solar system—COMETS. End the week with an Exploration Station mission in the Challenger Learning Center.

Grades 3-5 | LEGO Robotics
Build and program cool robots with LEGO’s Mindstorm EV 3 kits as your work in a team. Learn about coding through Little Bits and Makey Makeys. No experience necessary.

  • Organization: miSci | the museum of innovation and science
  • Vision: A scientifically literate community sparking innovation
  • Mission: To inspire people to celebrate and explore science and technology, past, present and future
  • At miSci, all of our exhibits, programs, and events are designed with our mission in mind.
    miSci is a dynamic science museum that explores the area’s rich technological heritage while celebrating and fostering a regional spirit of invention and imagination.
  • Events: Nano Days & April Break STEM Classes
  • Location of event: miSci
  • April Break STEM Classes:
  • Date: Nano Days: March 31 – April 8 and April Break STEM Classes: April 2 – 6
  • Time: Nano Days: Demos and activities during museum hours (9am-5pm) and STEM Classes: 9am-4pm daily during break week
  • Cost: Nano Days: activities free with miSci General Admission and April Break STEM Classes: $250 per student per class. Discounts for members and multiple students from same family
  • Contact Information: 15 Nott Terrace Heights in Schenectady & (518) 382-7890
  • Facebook: Yes —
  • Twitter: @miSciNY
  • Instagram: @miSci_NY
  • Website:

~~~ Segment THREE ~~~

The Crucible  by Arthur Miller

  • Val Kavanaugh, Co-Director
  • Dennis Skiba “Rev. Paris”
  • Ryan Palmer “Rev. Hale”

            The Crucible is a classic drama written by Arthur Miller that is both a gripping historical drama and a timely parable for our times.  It deals with the fear and hysteria in Salem, Massachusetts over suspected witchcraft that resulted in the hangings of 19 men and women and two dogs.

  • Organization: Circle Theatre Players 
  • Mission: Sand Lake Center for the Arts has a mission to enrich community life through discovering, appreciating and creating excellence in theater, the performing arts and the visual arts.
  • Event: The Crucible by Arthur Miller
  • Location of event: Sand Lake Center for the Arts in Averill Park
  • Date/Time: March 16, 17, 22, 23, 24 at 8 pm and March 17 and 25 at 2:30
  • Cost: $18 per adult ticket, $10 under 18
  • Contact Information: The center is located on Route 43 ½ mile past the blinking light in Averill Park.  Its phone number is 518-6742007. (2880 NY 43, Averill Park, NY 12018.  Tickets for shows may be bought online with or in person at the door
  • Facebook: Yes “Sand Lake Center for the Arts”
  • Website:

~~~ Segment FOUR ~~~

Other Desert Cities at Sch’dy Civic

  • Jennifer Van Iderstyne, Director
  • Ellen Cribbs “Brooke Wyeth”
  • Patti Noble “Silda Grauman”

Brooke Wyeth returns home to Palm Springs after a six-year absence to celebrate Christmas with her parents, her brother, and her aunt. She announces that she is about to publish a memoir, dredging up a pivotal and tragic event in the family’s history- a wound that they don’t want reopened. In effect, she draws a line in the sand and dares them all to cross it. They are forced to reveal a painful secret to her, in order to prevent the public from finding the truth.

A Wonderful Note:  The new elevator has been installed and is up and running.  The stage can be reached without using stairs!

  • Organization: Schenectady Civic Playhouse
  • Mission: Our mission is to provide high quality, entertaining, enlightening theatrical performance to the area community.
  • Event: Other Desert Cities
  • Location of event: 12 South Church St. Sch’dy
  • Date/Time: We open on Friday March16 and run through Sunday, March 18, then again from Wednesday, March 21 through Sunday, March 25. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 PM.  Wednesday & Thursday at 7:30 pm. Sunday performances begin at 2:30 pm
  • Cost: $20
  • Contact Information: Purchase tickets on our website — or call 518-382-2081 and leave a message.
  • Facebook: Yes “Schenectady Civic Players”
  • Website:

~~~ Segment FIVE ~~~

Rapp Road Historical Association’s Event

  • Beverly Bardequez, President RRHA
  • Stephanie Woodard, Trustee, RRHA

This Annual Fundraising event is held every year. Friends and families of the Historic Rapp Road Community raise funds which will go toward the restoration of vacant homes in need of repair.  The Rapp Road Historic Association is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization.

  • Organization: Rapp Road Historical Association (RRHA)
  • Mission: To further protect, preserve and promote the rich history of the Rapp Road Community.  Encouraging greater knowledge of the history of this Historic African American Community;  its journey  to the City of Albany and New York State during the Great Migration 1910 -1960. Cooperating with county and state officials and other Historical organizations to collect and preserve material of county wide and statewide significance.
  • Event: 3rd Annual Rapp Road Historical Association Fundraiser
  • Location of event: 195 New Karner Road, Albany, New York
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, March 14th, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Cost: no information provided
  • Contact Information:
  • Facebook: Yes “Albany RRHA”
  • Website: not provided

~~~ Segment SIX ~~~

150th Anniversary of Heritage Home for Women

  • Jane Schramm, Administrator

2018 is the 150th anniversary year of the Heritage Home for Women providing service to the community. The theme for the year is “Reflections” as we celebrate both our illustrious past, as well as our future.

Next, on Thursday, April 26th at the historic Stockade Inn, we will be holding “Reflections – an Anniversary Celebration”. “Reflections” honoring our founder Urania Nott, will offer attendees a glimpse into our past while enjoying scrumptious fare, illuminating conversations and musical entertainment provided by the Women of Note. It will certainly be an evening to remember. We encourage you to join us for this event.

Saturday, March 24, as part of our 150th Anniversary celebrations, we will be holding an “Antiques Roadshow Appraisal Day” at the Home. At this event, for $5 per item appraised, 3 professional antique dealers, who, just like on the popular television show, will analyze and appraise your antique valuables. Take a look at what treasures you might have in your home!

  • Organization: Heritage Home for Women
  • Mission: To provide exceptional care and friendship to elder women in an affordable, safe and nurturing home environment since 1868.
  • Event: Antique Appraisal Road Show
  • Location of event: Heritage Home for Women 1519 Union Street Schenectady, NY
  • Date/Time: Saturday, March 24 from 9 am – 12 noon
  • Cost: $5 per item to be appraised
  • Website:


Upcoming Shows 

March 20. 2018 – #1025

 (Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Attorney on Importance of Wills & Estate Planning

  •             Brian S. Lyda, JD/MBA – Attorney & Real Estate Broker

JDRF’s One Walk Great Escape – (Event May 12)

  •             Ray Kimmelblatt, Executive Director JDRF
  •             Spencer Kimmelblatt, One Walk Participant

National Nutrition Month

  •             Lester Rosenzweig, MS, RD, CDN

22 Shades of Gray – Clothing Designer

  •             Peggy Gray, Designer/ Owner
  •             Mary Hamilton, Model

Valley Artisans Market – Cambridge Gallery

  •             Bliss Mcintosh
  •             Mary Lou Strode

March 27, 2018 – #1026

 (Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)


  •             Angelo Santabarbara

Capital Repertory Theatre’s Blithe Spirit

  •             Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill
  •             Others?

Italian Easter Traditions

  •             Prof. Philip DiNovo

Repair Café at the Library

  •             Dave West
  •             Leah LaFera

She’s Awaken – Empowering Women

  •             Julia Banks

Thursday Music Group

  •             Cindy Kelly
  •             Others?

April 3, 2018 – #1027

Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Amazing Cakes – Treatie Beatie Cakes by Evelyn

  •             Evelyn Keplinger, Cake Decorator
  •             Mr. Keplinger, Assistant

The Art d’echo Trio Performing

  •             Mike Lawrence
  •             Others TBA

Proctors Historical Committee – Topic TBA

  •             Janice Walz

Taxes! Final Update – (Deadline April 17)

  •             Joanne Passineau, IRS Stakeholder
  •             Tracy Randle, Director and Follow us on

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