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Apr 14th 2012, 14:38


• Capital Region Parrot Society presents: Build Your Own Bird Toys, Ballston Spa Public Library, 21 Milton Ave. Ballston Spa When: 2 p.m. Cost: $5 Contact: 209-4056 or Notes: A demonstration of quick and easy techniques for making inexpensive bird toys.

• Cornell Hill Fire Tower at Camp Saratoga, Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park, Scout Road, Gansevoort When: 10 a.m.Cost: Free Contact: 450-0321 or Notes: The tower is only be open if the weather permits; for information, call 469-0918.

• Schnitzelfest, German-American Club of Albany, 32 Cherry St., Albany When: 5 p.m. Cost: $20 Contact: 265-6102 or Notes: Jaeger schnitzel (pork) or chicken schnitzel entrees. Live music from Paul Slusar.

• Spring Fun at the Glens Falls Farmers Market, Christ Church United Methodist, 54 Bay St., Glens Falls When: 9 a.m. Contact:

• Story Art, The Children's Museum at Saratoga, 69 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs When: 10:30 a.m.Cost: Free with regular admission Contact: 584-5540 or Notes: Create a work of art based on a story.

• Tag Sale Weekend, Upstate Artists Guild, 247 Lark St., Albany When: 10 a.m.; also 10 a.m. SundayContact: 694-3090 or Notes: Artwork, furniture and clothes. Proceeds will help the guild keep its storefront space and maintain community programming.

• Trail Work Day, Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park, Scout Road, Gansevoort When: 9 a.m. Cost: Free Contact: 450-0321 or Notes: Volunteers needed to clear the trails for the spring hiking season. Place and time will be determined at the time of registration.

• USS Slater, Destroyer Escort Historical Museum, Broadway and Quay St.s, Albany When: 10 a.m.Cost: $5-$7 Contact: 431-1943 or Notes: Guided tours, youth group overnight camping, and a historic location to hold naval reunions.

• Veteran Walkathon, The Crossings of Colonie, 580 Albany Shaker Road, Albany When: Noon Contact: 869-8668 or Notes: "They Marched For Us, We Walk For Them," the fifth annual walk sponsored by Albany County American Legion SAL and Auxiliary. Proceeds benefit state VA hospitals, nursing homes, veteran homeless shelters and the Albany Fisher House.


• Daffodil Brunch, Oakwood Cemetery, State Route 40, Troy When: 10 a.m. Cost: $15 Contact: 272-7520 Notes: View Tiffany windows in the Earl Chapel; brunch includes French toast, omelets and beverages. Proceeds benefit the non-sectarian cemetery.


• Electronics Recycling Event to benefit Child Abuse Prevention, state Office of Children & Family Services, 542 Broadway, Rensselaer When: 11 a.m. Contact:

• Volunteer Fair, Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library, 475 Moe Road, Clifton Park When: 2 p.m. Cost: Free Contact: 371-8622 or Notes: Event will pair local organizations with adults and teens who want to be volunteers.


• 10th Anniversary Autism Gala "Unlocking the Possibilities," Glen Sanders Mansion, One Glen Ave., Schenectady When: 6 p.m. Cost: $125 Contact: 355-2191 or Notes: Cocktails, dinner, raffle, live and silent auctions. Contact Janine Kruiswijk, executive director at

• "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," Brunswick Grange, Route 7 and Route 142, Brunswick When: 7:30 p.m.; also 7:30 p.m. April 22; 2 p.m. April 23Cost: $12-$15 Contact: 272-7558 or Notes: Performed by the Highlight Acting Troupe.

• Downtown Schenectady Merchant Mash Up, Jay and State streets When: 4 p.m. Cost: Free Contact: Notes: Sample cuisine from restaurants and browse through locally owned shops.

• Homeschool Fridays: Recycled Bottle Cap Mosaics, Go! Where Children Discover The World, 89 Warren St., Glens Falls When: 10 a.m. Cost: $5 museum admission fee plus $5 program fee Contact: 793-2773 or Notes: Join artist Kimberly Leahey to celebrate Earth Day by making mosaics from recycled bottle caps. Registration required. For ages 5-12.


• 18th Annual Senior Citizens' Law Day, Albany Law School, 80 New Scotland Ave., Albany When: 9 a.m. Cost: Free Contact: 445-2329 or Notes: Information and advice on aging-related issues to senior citizens, family members, care providers and advocates through one-on-one counseling, workshops and a keynote presentation.

• Craft Fair, Glenmont Elementary School, 328 Route 9W, Bethlehem When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Contact: 547-0455 or Notes: Featuring more than 30 crafters and a book fair.

• Family Fun Day, State Museum, 264 Madison Ave., Albany When: 1 p.m. Contact: 474-5877 or Notes: Games, crafts and theme-based activities. April's theme for activities is "Canstruction — A Day at the Zoo."

• Free Entrance Day, Saratoga National Historical Park, 648 Route 32, Stillwater When: 8 a.m. Cost: Free Contact: 664-9821 Notes: Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees.

• Free Entrance Day, Martin Van Buren National Historic Site, 1013 Old Post Road, Kinderhook When: 8 a.m. Cost: Free Contact: 758-6986 Notes: Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees.

• Sports Card and Memorabilia Show, Ramada Inn, 946 Route 9, Latham When: 9 a.m.; also 9 a.m. April 22Cost: Free Contact: 857-5778 or 573-8616 Notes: More than 30 dealer tables.

• Spring Fanfare Bazaar, Lynnwood Reformed Church, 3714 Carman Road, Schenectady When: 8 a.m. Cost: Free Contact: 356-4327 or Notes: Homemade baked goods, crafts, white elephant, books, tools, sporting equipment and toys; soup and sandwich luncheon.

• Williamsburg Basket Class, Mabee Farm Historic Site, 1080 Main St., Pattersonville-Rotterdam Junction When: 8:30 a.m. Cost: $35-$85 Contact: 887-5073 or Notes: Instructor is Beverly Cornelius.


• 38th Annual Israeli Dance Festival, Temple Israel, 600 New Scotland Ave., Albany When: 2 p.m. Cost: $7-$9 Contact: 438-7858, Ext. 126 Notes: Join groups from Temple Israel's community dance program, Albany's Temple Beth Emeth, Schenectady's Congregation Gates of Heaven and B'Yachad Collaborative Religious School to honor Israel's 64th birthday.

• Earth Day: Go Green 2012, Zions United Church of Christ of Taborton, 741 Taborton Road, Sand Lake When: 9:30 a.m. Cost: Free Contact: 674-8204 Notes: Blessing of animals, 9:30 a.m.; worship, 10 a.m.; light lunch, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; woods walk with master forest owner Walter Kersch, 1:15 p.m.; also boating, fishing, exploring Little Bowman Pond, roadside litter pickup, displays by 20 organizations on how to protect and conserve the environment.

• Grannie's Bake-Off, Hilton Garden Inn, Troy, 235 Hoosick St., Troy When: 11 a.m. Cost: $7-$10 Contact: 833-0215 or Notes: A professional and amateur baking competition and public tasting. Check out Capital region bakeries or submit your own entry for the amateur competition. Also, raffle, silent auction, and children's activities.

• Indoor Craft Fair/Garage Sale, Saratoga Wilton Elks Club, 1 Elks Lane, Saratoga Springs When: 11 a.m.Cost: Free Contact: 584-0261 Notes: More than 40 vendor tables; jewelry, books, craft supplies, wood designs, photos, memorabilia, clothing, household items and gift baskets. A benefit for the auxiliary's community services.


• Albany Job Fair, Marriott Albany, 189 Wolf Road, Albany When: 11 a.m. Cost: Free Contact: 702-818-8896 or Notes: Meet with top employers, resume reviews will be available from two local career experts.


• Earth Day Lobby Day, New York State Capitol Building, 41 State St., Albany When: 9:30 a.m. Cost: Free Contact: 462-5526, Ext. 221 or Notes: The annual event will focus on expanding solar energy, curbing greenhouse gas emissions, and protecting the state from the dangers of hydrofracking. Morning program will take place in Hearing Room C of the Legislative Office Building.

• Earth Day Poetry Fest: "Outdoors, Outloud," Kahl Center at Sage College, 140 New Scotland Ave., Albany When: 1 p.m. Contact: Notes: Bring one of your poems, or read a favorite.

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