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 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 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 yourself1

May 15, 2018 #1033

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~~~

Events at miSci

  • Gina Gould, PhD – President
  • Valerie Rapson, PhD – Outreach Astronomer, Dudley Observatory
  • Tara Burnham, VP Marketing & Communications

            BRAIN: The World Inside Your Head — Designed to appeal to audiences of all ages, BRAIN employs innovative special effects, 3-D reproductions, virtual reality, hands-on learning activities and interactive technology to delve into the inner workings of the brain, including its processes, potentials and mysteries. Sponsored by Pfizer Inc, BRAIN literally takes you inside the head. Probe the geography of a giant brain. Stand in the midst of the brain’s constant electrical brainstorm as thoughts and sensations are generated. Along the special journey, visitors will discover how the brain learns and thinks. They’ll learn the secrets of sleep and dreams and the dangers, causes and cures of disorders, diseases and mental illnesses. Plus, the exhibit takes visitors into the future of medical and technological exploration of the brain.

            Invention Convention — Invention Convention 2018 (IC 2018) is miSci’s annual regional invention competition for students in grades K through 8. Now in its 20th year, Invention Convention has engaged more than 16,000 students from the Capital Region in creative problem solving, including more than 1,000 in 2018!

The Top 100 Finalists have been invited to display their prototypes at miSci for the month of May, and miSci will be hosting an “Invention Convention” especially for the student inventors and their families on May 25.

New format for Invention Convention 2018: At IC 2018, students and their families will be invited to participate in exciting hands-on demonstrations, and hear from professionals in the field during a ceremony at miSci on May 24, 2018. As in the past, students also will be able to view one another’s inventions and will receive gifts commemorating their participation.

            International Day of Light — The International Day of Light is a global initiative that provides an annual focal point for the continued appreciation of light and the role it plays in science, culture and art, education, and sustainable development, and in fields as diverse as medicine, communications, and energy. The broad theme of light will allow many different sectors of society worldwide to participate in activities that demonstrates how science, technology, art and culture can help achieve the goals of UNESCO – education, equality, and peace.

  • Organization:  miSci (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:
    • BRAIN: The World Inside Your Head – new miSci exhibit, opening May 19
    • Invention Convention – annual student invention competition, on exhibit through end of May
    • International Day of Light – new UNESCO celebration on May 16
  • Location of event: 15 Nott Terrace Heights, Sch’dy 12308
  • Date/Time:
    • BRAIN: The World Inside Your Head – May 19 – Sept 3
    • Invention Convention: Through May 25
    • International Day of Light: May 16
    • Daily @ miSci: 9 AM – 5 PM
  • Cost: Included in General Admission – Adults $10.50; Seniors $9; Children $7/50 and under 3 are free to enter
  • Contact Information: 518-374-3944
  • Facebook: Yes
  • Website:

~~~ Segment TWO ~~~

Catholic Charities Programs

  • Marlene Hildenbrandt, Executive Director
  • Susan Napierski, Director, RSVP, Volunteers and Health and Wellness

Over 50 community organizations, including Catholic Charities Senior & Caregiver Support Services all under one roof for community members to speak to organization representatives about their needs for volunteers. Community members are educated about the vital needs within Albany, Rensselaer and Schenectady counties  that range from volunteers for Meals on Wheels, Providing respite and companionship to seniors in Adult Day Programs, tutoring students in schools with reading, providing transportation services to seniors, and keeping seniors active through health & recreation programs.

Seeking volunteers to deliver Meals on Wheels, transport individuals to medical appointments or other community appointments; to be advocates in long term care facilities with the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program; to provide health insurance information and counseling; and to provide in-home friendly visits to home bound or otherwise isolated seniors.

  • Organization: Catholic Charities Senior & Caregiver Support Services
  • Mission: Catholic Charities Senior & Caregiver Support Services provides a continuum of services to help support senior and caregivers in the community and empower them to live a healthy and independent life.
  • Event: RSVP Volunteer Opportunity Fair
  • Location of event: Hearst Media Center (645 Albany Shaker Road)
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, Jun 27 from 10 am to 1 pm.
  • Cost: Free Admission
  • Facebook: Yes
  • Website:

~~~ Segment THREE ~~~

Filmmaker’s Projects

  • Jon Russell Cring, Filmmaker

From the Filmmaker: I am in pre-production on a new feature with Donna Pennell (Electric City) and Brad Robinson (Place Beyond the Pines) called “This Perfect Union”. I am also finishing up Mary Paley’s new Documentary, “More than Words”, about her father Bob Paley.

Projects: “This Perfect Union” & “More than Words”

~~~ Segment FOUR ~~~

Human Rights Annual Awards Breakfast

  • Angelicia Morris, Executive Director

The Annual Awards Breakfast is part of the Commission’s ongoing effort to foster mutual respect and enhance understanding among all people in Schenectady County and to assist individuals in securing their constitutional rights. Awards will be given in four different categories:  youth, individual, community group, and justice award. The winners will be honored at an Awards Breakfast to be held at the Glen Sanders Mansion, Scotia, from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 17, 2018.

  • Organization: Schenectady County Human Rights Commission
  • Mission: Respecting and protecting the rights of all.
  • Event: 35th Annual Awards Banquet
  • Location of event: Glen Sanders Mansion, Scotia
  • Date/Time: Thursday, May 17 from 7 am to 9 am
  • Cost: $22
  • Contact Information: 518-377-2982 or
  • Website:

~~~ Segment FIVE ~~~

Summer Camping with the Girls Scouts

  • Mary Buszuwski, CEO of Girl Scouts of Northeastern NY

Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York (GSNENY) Summer Camp (open to all girls, ages 5 -17) is one of the only places where girls can be outside, be creative, and participate in an all-girls community setting.  GSNENY is committed to providing opportunities for girls to choose their own outdoor adventure, learn new skills, build self-confidence, and expand their appreciation of the outdoors and the diversity of others.

Day camps (such as Camp Is-Sho-Da, East Greenbush; Camp Meadowbrook, Queensbury; Camp Woodhaven, Galway) are where girls can try new things, challenge themselves and gain confidence as they sing songs, play games, make arts & crafts, and earn badges. Many camps include activities like archery, team building, and waterfront time.

Overnight/resident camps (such as Hidden Lake, near Lake George and Lake Clear Camp, on Lake Clear) offers a wide variety of activities including waterfront time, archery, arts and crafts, hiking, team-building activities, and ropes course elements.

  • Organization: Girl Scouts Northeastern NY
  • 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: Summer Camp with the Girl Scouts of NENY
  • Location of event: various
  • Date/Time: Season runs from Sun. Jul 8 to Aug 24
  • Cost: See registration
  • Contact Information: 518-489-8110 or 800-234-0206
  • Facebook: Yes —
  • Twitter: @GirlScoutsNENY
  • Instagram: @girlscoutsneny
  • Website:

~~~ Segment SIX ~~~

Schenectady Tourism – Discover Schenectady!

  • Becky Daniels, Executive Director

            They are currently launching their new website and their new video series: SchenectadEATS.

  • Mission: To inspire visitors to explore and enjoy all that Schenectady County has to offer.
  • Organization: Discover Schenectady
  • Contact Info: 518-383-0390
  • Facebook: Yes: “Discover Schenectady”
  • Twitter: @discover_schdy
  • Instagram: @discover_Schdy
  • Website: &


~~~~~~~~~~ Upcoming Shows ~~~~~~~~~~

May 22, 2018 – #1034

  • Filmed at THE ADDY THEATRE at Proctors
  •  (Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)
  • THE ADDY THEATRE – 3RD floor Proctors

Change Your Mind Day

  •             Karen Beetle, Coordinator
  •             Sam Trumbore, Coordinator
  •             Victor Anderson, Coordinator
  •             Oded Ben-Ami, Instructor

Circle Theatre Players “The Importance of Being Ernest” (Event Jun 1-10)

  •             Pat Casey, Costumer
  •             Madeline Illenberg, “Cecily”
  •             Tyler Petell “Lane”

Kids Arts Festival (Event June 2)

  •             Fran Giordano, Volunteer
  •             Colleen Merays, Volunteer

Mad Science of the Capital District — Demonstration

  •             Margaret Liberti-Wiegert, Owner

Musicians of Ma’alwyck (Event June 8 & 9)

  •             Anne-Marie Schwartz, Director/Musician
  •             Max Caplan, Composer
  •             Krysta Dennis, Stage Director/Playwright

May 29, 2018 – #1035

  • Filmed on Location
  •  (Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Electric City Barn

  •             Kristen Holler, Executive Director

Empire State Aerosciences Museum

  •          Peter Russo, 1st Vice President
  •          Kevin Millington, 2nd Vice President
  •          Gary Davis, Restorations
  •          John Kolewait, Trustee
  •          Daniel Wilson, Trustee

Kelly Adirondack Center

  •             Margie Amodeo, Executive Director

June 5, 2018 – #1036

  • (Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Circles of Mercy – (Event Gala June 13)

  •                Richard Zazycki

Firecracker 4 – (Event July 4)

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Juneteenth – (Event June 16

  •                Miki Conn

Proctors Historical

  •                Janice Walz

Schenectady JCC

  •                Guests?

15th Soroptimist Annual Garden Show – (Event June 16)

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