Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Albany JCC technology sessions

Two "Technology Made Easy" sessions presented by technology specialist Ronald Roberts, Jr are planned by the Albany Jewish Community Center.  "Electronics: TVs, Tablets, Telephones & Computers" will be offered on Tuesday, August 28, 2 -4pm and "Social Media" is scheduled on Friday, September 7, 10am -12pm.  Each workshop is free, open to the community, requires a reservation- and will be held in the Albany JCC's Massry Senior Center, 340 Whitehall Road.  Roberts has worked in technology, educating Sam's Club members in their purchasing decisions for over 4 years. 
Buying digital technology today involves complex technical terms and options.  It's easy to get lost in the electronics aisle looking for the right TV, digital tablet, mobile phone or computer.  In the first session participants will learn: how to navigate today's technology to find the right device for them, the basics about high tech use, how to stay safe on the internet using common safe computing practices and how to convert home videos to DVD and Digital.   
The internet offers many ways to communicate with friends and family and social media has become the most popular and easiest way to keep in touch.  The second workshop will help people get started, with instruction about Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Pandora -and more.
For information and to register, contact the Albany JCC's senior adult office, 438-6651 x112, ClaireS@saajcc.org.

Contact Person:  Claire Sigal, Director, Senior Adult Program, Albany JCC
                          438-6651 x112   ClaireS@saajcc.org

To contact Ron Roberts, Jr:  photographer.rroberts@gmail.com   
860-5500     Work:  783-1481

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Ballin at the Graveyard - filmed in Albany, July 19th Benefit at the Spectrum

a reminder! perhaps you saw the excellent review in the TU??

On Thursday, July 19th half of all ticket sales will benefit the African American Cultural Center.  There are four showings that day, at 1, 4, 6;45, and 9:30 pm at the Spectrum 8 Theatre, 290 Delaware Ave.  The 6:45 pm seating will be followed by a community discussion of the film.  Therefore, space is limited.  We encourage everyone to get their tickets in advance by calling the Theatre at 449-8995 or going online at www.spectrum8.comnew

Fwd: Public Hearing Notice for Cabaret Public Hearings on July 24, 2012


Notice is hereby given that Public Hearings will be held in the Common Council Chambers, City Hall, Albany, New York on July 24.

The City of Albany Cabaret Application Hearing pursuant to the City of Albany code section 111-71

Anyone wishing to be heard will have an opportunity to do so at the time and place stated.  Below is a detailed list of each applicant and the date and time of their hearing.  Should you have any questions please feel free to contact the City Clerk's Office at (518) 434-5090.

Nala R. Woodard
City Clerk

Applicant's Name
Applicant's Address
The Orchard Tavern
68 N. Manning Blvd.
5:00 pm
Pauly's Hotel
337 Central Ave
5:15 pm
R Bar
99 Pine Street
5:30 pm
OH Bar
304 Lark Street
5:45 pm
B.P.O.E. Lodge 49
25 South Allen St.
6:00 pm
Smokin Bull
53 North Lake Ave
6:15 pm
Carmine's Grill
4-6 Sheridan Ave
6:30 pm
77 Central Ave
6:45 pm


Mr. Nala R. Woodard, City Clerk,
Clerk to the Common Council
& Records Access Officer
Office of the City Clerk
City Hall - Room 202
518-434-5090 (tele)

Capital Region Cleaner Greener Sustainability Plan - Public Workshops

Regional Sustainability Workshop To Be Held July 23 in Coxsackie
Regional Sustainability Workshop To Be Held July 25 in Queensbury

Regional Sustainability Workshop To Be Held July 24 in Rensselaer



The Big Read comes to Albany

I am forwarding this email from Howie Stoller, President of CANA. It contains an announcement that Albany won a grant to participate in the Big Read. The book chosen is The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien - originally published in 1990. In addition to the info to be found at the very bottom of the CANA website, I found a web page which explains the NEA sponsorship of the Big Read and contains links to more about this specific book:
we will be hearing more about this in the coming months. Happy Reading!

Dear Neighbors,

CANA has been asked to get help get the neighborhood associations
involved with the Big Read.  The Big Read is sponsored by the National
Endowment for the Arts  and encourages literacy by providing
opportunities for an entire community to read and discuss a single book.
This year the Albany Fund for Education, the City School District, and
Albany Public Library worked together and won a grant to bring the Big
Read to Albany. The goal is to have most of Albany reading and
discussion "The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien during the month of
November. For more information on the Big Read, see zip file at the
bottom of the home page of the CANA web site:


Howie Stoller, Council of Albany Neighborhood Associations


what is going on in DANA

That you should attend the Delaware Community Farmers' Market today.

The new market season starts today, June 26, and runs every Tuesday from 4 to 7 pm through November.

Our long time market had to move but thankfully the library took us in.  So look for us behind our branch library at 331 Delaware Ave. Conveniently you'll be able to access library items and visit the market. Perhaps a cookbook could be handy?  Thank you Albany Public Library!

Also new this year, we are now welcoming food stamp (EBT) cards at this very affordable market. WIC coupons will continue to be accepted.

We will be welcoming back favorite local farmers such as the Don Baker Farm, Running Creek Farm, Scarecrow Farm, Red Oak Farm and Bungelow Bakers.  And meeting some new vendors like The Cheese Traveler. On opening day, customers can expect to find affordable fresh picked lettuce, kale, radishes, turnips, early squash, snow peas, herbs, honey, eggs & jam.

Those same experts remind us you can protect the environment, support small area farms and eat healthier by purchasing locally grown food at the Delaware Community Farmers' Market. 

2. While at the market, make sure you stop in the library to sign a play ground petition!

The Albany Public Library Delaware Branch has applied to KaBOOM! to receive a grant to build a community playground at the Delaware Branch Library. (Thank you to everyone who wrote letters of support.) The Delaware Library has made it through to the second round in the application process! 

KaBOOM! is a national non-profit dedicated to saving play for America's
children.  Their mission is to create great playspaces through the participation and leadership of communities. An important part of being awarded a grant and being chosen as a KaBOOM! Community Partner involves getting community members involved in the planning and building process.  This starts with asking you to stop by the library and sign a petition showing your support. 

If successful, the Library will be looking for community members interested in volunteering to serve on the Community Design Committee.  This Committee will participate in a Design Day to take place in mid-July and will involve children designing their dream playground and an adult planning session. We will also need approximately 200 community members who will participate in an all day event on Saturday, September 29 to actually build the playground.

3. Opportunities to become experts.  Once a year, DANA gets info. to every household in the neighborhood.  This is a good time to do that with the Street Fair, Farmers' Market and Neighborhood Night Out on the docket.  It's a big neighborhood!  Can you help leaflet?  It's great exercise.  We need volunteers to help the day of the Street Fair.  Volunteer gardeners are also needed.  And someone to represent us on the codes committee. 432-0516.

4. Speaking of the Street Fair . . it's coming up on Saturday, July 7.  Yard sales start at 9 am throughout the neighborhood.  Music (in the afternoon), food, a poet, magician and art will stretch along Delaware Avenue from the Spectrum to Mingle.  Summer Fest at the library will run from 1 to 3 pm with games, prizes, food and fun to celebrate summer reading.  Rain or Shine!  To hold a yard sale or sign up for a space on Delaware Ave contact Dave at 427-1814. Pick up maps to get started at the booths at 431 Delaware or at Delaware & 2nd.  Parking for visitors at My Linh's and side streets.

5. The Community dinner at Third Reformed is held each month on the last Saturday.  This month it's on Sat., June 30, 5-7 pm. Dinner is free. If you can spare a non-perishable item for a local food pantry, please do. If not, come anyway to have a good meal and get together with old and new friends.

6. Check out the sports & fitness programs offered by the College of St. Rose at the Plumeri Sports Complex in Hoffman Park. 542-9112

7. Neighborhood Energy Challenge: Save energy & money.  Take the first step towards energy efficiency with a free comprehensive home energy assessment.  Have an expert show you how your home is wasting energy & money and how you can fix it. Albany residents are challenging each other to make our neighborhoods more sustainable.   Help our neighborhood win!  Sign up at

Our neighborhood night out Ice Cream Social is Tuesday, August 7 at 5:30 at the Farmers' Market.  If you can help with that or would like to have a table or share a talent, please let us know.

5 out of 4 experts recommend that you don't have to move to live in a better neighborhood,

Louise for DANA

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