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 Schenectady Today

In & Around the Capital Region

Now In Our 20th Year!

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 6, 2018 #1023

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

(Listed alphabetically – subject to change)

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

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Start Training for the Freihofer’s Run for Women

  • Patrick Lynskey, Co- Director

Now in its 8th year, the Freihofer’s Training Challenge is a 10-week program that helps 350+ women of all ages and running abilities get ready for the 40th annual Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K on Saturday, June 2 in downtown Albany.  Beginning the week of March 19, women follow three or four training sessions per week, depending upon experience level. Group sessions are conveniently offered at morning, noon and evening in Albany, Saratoga, Rensselaer and Greene counties. The $55 fee includes a Training Challenge t-shirt, as well as seminars and clinics relating to strength training, nutrition, injury prevention, running form and core strength. Please check for great offers from each of our partners in the program, including a free three-month CDYMCA membership, class discounts and more. April 1 is the deadline to register.

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Grand Reading Jamboree is Coming

  • Al Magid, PhD – Founder, CEO
  • BookWorm — Mascot

The Jamboree includes Diverse reading-related activities, all fun, all related to early-childhood reading. Food provided. Bus transportation provided from select locations in the city of Schenectady to Proctors and return. Dr. Magid is Emeritus Professor of Political Science at SUNY Albany

  • Organization: The Reading is Fun Program (RIF)
  • Mission: RIF volunteers work on reading and conversational skills and vocabulary with needy 4-9 year olds, in pre-K, Kindergarten, and Grades 1-3, in Schenectady’s 11 elementary schools.
  • Event: RIF’s First Annual Grand Reading Jamboree
  • Location of event: Proctors Theatre Complex (main floor, underground and concourse)
  • Date/Time: Sat. April 21 2018 from noon to 4 pm
  • Cost: No charge
  • Contact Information:
  • Website:

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Hollywood Nights – Tails by Twilight APF Fundraiser

  • Colleen Keating, APF Director of Development
  • Bill Del-Sette, Gala Honorary Event Chair (Del-Sette Capital Mgmt.)
  • Harline Andrus, APF Volunteer and Gala Committee Member

The Animal Protective Foundation is celebrating our star-studded event, Tails by Twilight–Hollywood Nights. The event will be emceed by Liz Bishop, CBS-Ch 6 News Anchor, and Steve Caporizzo, WTEN-10 Meteorologist and includes an extraordinary silent auction and highly dynamic live auction event!  “Hollywood Nights” is offering the chance for your pet’s name to appear in the star studded Hollywood”Walk of Fame”.  For only $25 you can give your pets the celebrity status they deserve by displaying their name among the stars that night!

More than 350 influential business professionals, community leaders, and philanthropic donors attend the gala and are highly active consumers who believe that every animal deserves a home.   This event is dedicated to providing funding for our care center including companion animal shelter and community spay and neuter clinic so that we may give medical attention, housing, food, and behavioral training to the thousands of cats and dogs who come through our doors.  Your support will contribute directly to their daily care and provide hope that each may find their loving forever home.

  • Organization: Animal Protective Foundation
  • Mission: The Animal Protective Foundation promotes and protects the human-animal bond by providing resources to our community and humane care to companion animals. Our vision is a community where all companion animals are loved, respected and receive exceptional care.
  • Event: Tails by Twilight Hollywood Nights
  • Location of event: Glen Sanders Mansion in Scotia
  • Date/Time: Friday, April 13, 2018 — 5:30pm-10:00pm
  • Cost: $125 per ticket
  • Contact Information: 518-374-3944 – Located at 53 Maple Ave in Scotia
  • Facebook: Yes “Animal Protective Foundation”
  • Website:

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Curtains at Schenectady Light Opera

  • Alex Perone “Aaron Fox”
  • Steve Maggio “Frank Cioffi”
  • Melissa Puttrman Hoffmann “Carmen Bernstein”

The brassy, bright, and promising year of 1959. Boston’s Colonial Theatre hosts the opening night performance of a new musical. When the leading lady mysteriously dies on stage the entire cast & crew are suspects. Enter a local detective, who just happens to be a musical theater fan! Featuring the songs of Kander and Ebb in their final original collaboration, Curtains is a collision of theatrical traditions – and most of all a fun and enjoyable ode to the stage.

  • Organization: Schenectady Light Opera Company
  • Mission: SLOC Musical Theater is a non-profit community-based performing arts center. Our mission is to provide opportunities for adults and youth to experience and participate in the performing arts.
  • Event: Curtains
  • Location of event: 427 Franklin St. Schenectady NY
  • Date/Time: March 9-11 & 15-18 — Thurs-Sat, 8pm; Sundays, 2pm
  • Cost: range from $22-28
  • Contact Information: 877-350-7378
  • Facebook: Yes “SLOC Theater”
  • Website:

~~~ Segment FIVE ~~~

Schenectady Job Fair – Jobs Await!

  • Peter Jones, Event Coordinator

Over 45 employers from a variety of different categories like healthcare, insurance, retail, fast food, energy, colleges, school districts, and others all looking for viable candidates to fill their open positions. 6 workshops geared to improve the job seekers search for that perfect job.  Resume’ Critique provided by members of the Capital Region Human Resources Association.

  • Organization: Capital Job Development Group
  • Mission: To connect people looking for work with employers seeking employees, to provide educational workshops and resume critique to help job seekers perfect their presentation and interviewing skills.
  • Event: Schenectady Job Fair
  • Location of event: Proctors Atrium, Robb Alley, GE Theatre and Key Hall
  • Date/Time: Thursday, March 15 from 10 am to 4 pm
  • Cost: Free to all job seekers
  • Facebook: Yes ‘Capital Job Development Group”
  • Website:

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Chairs, Chairs and More Chairs at Proctors!

  • Janice Walz, Committee Member

Janice will be talking about new chairs, old chairs, functional chairs and more at Proctors.  Lots of photos!


Upcoming Shows 

March 13, 2018 – #1024

 (Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Circle Theatre Players – The Crucible (Event Mar 16-25)

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

Heritage Home for Women – 150th Anniversary Events

  •             Jane Schramm
  •             Others?

miSci – April Break Week Classes & Nano Days

  •             Guests TBA

Rapp Road Gala – (Event Mar 14)

  •             Beverly Bardequez

Schenectady Civic Players – Other Desert Cities (Event Mar 16-25)

  •             Jennifer Van Iderstyne, Director
  •             Ellen Cribbs, Cast Member
  •             Patti Noble, Cast Member

Tax Credits – CA$H Coalition and VITA Program

  •             Melinda Burns

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
  •             Others?

22 Shades of Gray

  •             Peggy Gray, Designer
  •             Others?

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?
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