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Due to the ongoing novel COVID-19 coronavirus and the resulting state ordered protections, it is advised that anyone wishing to attend or take part in any activity or requested support shown in the Calendar of Events contact the event or the activity’s provider before proceeding.

PROGRAMS, ACTIVITIES, AND SERVICES FROM THE CLIFTON PARK-HALFMOON LIBRARY

LIBRARY NOW OPEN FOR BROWSING AND BORROWING: Building Hours Extended—Monday, April 5. Beginning April 5 the library building will be open the following hours: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

IN-PERSON TECH HELP: We can now safely assist you in person with your computer and smartphone questions. Complete the “Get Help” form on our website and we will contact you to schedule an appointment. Assistance with digital resources including OverDrive, Cloud Library, Libby, and Hoopla will continue to be offered remotely.

BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ALL AGES; Get recommendations from our librarians by visiting our website www.cphlibrary.org and scrolling to the bottom of the page. Want personalized reading suggestions? Go to our website and click Services> Reading Recommendations to fill out a request.

CLIFTON PARK-HALFMOON LIBRARY STAFF RECOMMENDS; Explore Hoopla, our free, streaming service.

LIBRARY BOARD POSITIONS: The Board of Trustees of the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library are seeking candidates for three library trustee positions due to the expiring terms of three incumbents. One trustee position represents Clifton Park; two trustee positions represent Halfmoon. Trustee packets will be available June 1. Interested candidates may pick up a packet in person, or download one from the library website: www.cphlibrary.org.

EVENTS FROM THE MECHANICVILLE DISTRICT PUBLIC LIBRARY

As of May 3 returns are accepted inside during business hours. Items will no longer be quarantined. Masks, hand sanitizing, and temperature scans will continue. The hours are: Monday-Wednesday 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Closed Sunday. Curbside pickups continue. The reading room is open by appointment only for tutors, studying, etc.  Please call the library to reserve materials or make an appointment. Our full card catalog can be viewed online at Mechanicville.sals.edu.

FARMER’S MARKET: 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, June 7-Sept. 27. Join us for Farmer’s Market Mondays and shop the great selection of freshly-picked produce, baked goods, meats, fresh eggs, breads, and more.  Ruhle Farms will be offering fresh meats, and you'll also find fresh eggs, veggies, jams, and breads.  Melissa Ann Photography offers beautiful services at an affordable price.  And check out Moxxi Fair Trade Certified Coffee, (a local women-owned company), as well as Honey Bee Hill's honey and maple syrup.

STREAMING SERVICE FOR MECHANICVILLE RESIDENTS; The library now offers Hoopla, a new service for the library’s cardholders. The multimedia service is free with a library card. Users can access e-books, audiobooks, music, movies, television episodes, and graphic novels for all ages. There are no holds for items and no fines. Visit hoopladigital.com to get started. Mechanicville District Public Library, 190 N. Main Street, Mechanicville. 518-664-4646.

STORY TIME:

Offered every Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. in the library. Registration available at: meclib.sals.edu. Themed craft kits and library are available each week to take home.

ALL EVENTS

Thursday, June 24

CHAIR YOGA VIA ZOOM: 10 a.m. June 24. Join us for this kind, gentle, yoga practice. Chair Yoga is welcome to everyone, including beginners and seniors. This online program uses the Zoom live streaming platform. Registration with the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library is required.

GROWING YOU OWN HERBS: via ZOOM; 2 p.m. June 24. Join us for this virtual program presented by Sue Beebe of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County. We will learn about soil preparation, the best herbs to grow in our area, avoiding pests, and other helpful tips. This online program uses the Zoom live streaming platform. Registration with the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library is required.

Saturday, June 26

SARATOGA COUNTY HISTORY CENTER: Brookside Museum reopens; Summer hours start June 26 – 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Thursdays and 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Since March 2020, History Center programming has been entirely online. With the changes in CDC policies and the success of mass vaccination, the History Center can resume in-person events.  There are several ongoing exhibits including, Century of Ice Cream – The Dake Family and Stewart’s, The Social Life of Hats, and Mystery Photographs from Eastern Saratoga. Admission is free, though donations are appreciated.  Brookside Museum is located at the west end of fun and fashionable Front Street in Ballston Spa. For more information telephone (518) 885-4000, visit www.brooksidemuseum.org, or follow on social media: Twitter, @SaratogaCoHist; Instagram, SaratogaCountyHistory.

Monday, June 28

SUMMER READING CHALLENGE: Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library; Begins June 28. It’s that time of year again. Pick up a challenge card at the library or print one at home. Then read and redeem for great prizes. There’s a challenge for kids, teens, and adults. Visit our website or stop by the library for more information.

READ IT FORWARD: Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library; Begins June 28.  Pick up a copy of War Cross by Marie Lu, then read it and pass it on. Fill out a short survey for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card. No returns, no due dates—just read it forward. For teens entering grades 6-12.

TAKE & MAKE ACTIVITY BAGS: Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library. Beginning June 28. Stop by the Children’s Library this summer and grab a bag filled with craft materials and activities to enjoy at home. Look for something new every week! While supplies last.

ANIMAL SCAVENGER HUNT: Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library; June 28 through Aug. 27. Grab a scavenger hunt sheet at the Ask Desk or in the Children’s Library, then head outside and search for pretend animals around the Library’s beautiful outdoor space.

OIL PAINTING DEMONSTRATION: via ZOOM; Southern Saratoga Art Society is hosting a free and open to the public oil painting demonstration with artist Takeyce Walter at 6:30 p.m. June 28 via Zoom. To register please visit: www.southernsaratogaartist.com. Walter is an award winning contemporary American painter focusing on the natural landscapes of the Northeast, working primarily with oil paint and soft pastels.  She is especially inspired by bodies of water and there is a great sense of familiarity, tranquility and reverence in each piece of her artwork.

Tuesday, June 29

FOOD PRESERVATION CLASSES: Fermenting Kombucha and Jun; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. June 29 via Zoom. Hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension.Learn how easy and fun it is to make your own Kombucha and Jun, a tea fermented with honey. Health benefits of the probiotic bacteria in fermented teas will be discussed. Includes a demonstration. No charge. Register for Zoom class here: https://cornell.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcrd-ugqjwvGtXdR5yLAgy_sSIZE35w711B or contact Diane Whitten, dwhitten@cornell.edu, 518-885-8995. 

Wednesday, June 30

CARE LINKS VOLUNTEER OPEN HOUSE; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. ,June 30, CAPTAIN CHS Office, 543 Saratoga Road (Route 50), Glenville. Care Links of Southern Saratoga County welcomes volunteers from the community and matches them with seniors who need non-medical assistance. Last year more than300 seniors living in Ballston, Charlton, Clifton Park, Halfmoon, Malta and Mechanicville were assisted through this program and the need continues to grow.We have a goal of bringing on board  25 new volunteers to celebrate our 25th anniversary. Light refreshments will be served.  To reserve your place, please call Care Links at 518-399-3262

Thursday, July 1

GENEALOGY ASSISTANCE;Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library; July 1. By appointment. Schedule a one-on-one appointment with skilled genealogic researcher Lisa Dougherty who will help you with your questions, roadblocks, and other stumpers.

Saturday, July 3

GRAB & GO CRAFT: Grab & Go Craft: July 3, Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library. Mini Canvas Painting - How to Pain Lavender. Take home instructions and supplies to create your mini acrylic painting of lavender. Supplies are first come, first-served. No registration required.

Ongoing:

ART SHOWING; July and August, Mechanicville Library, 190 North Main Street, Mechanicville.  Local artist Roberta Moses, a founding member of Congregation Beth Shalom in Clifton Park, will present a showing of her artwork during these months. Moses. Her work represents a variety of subjects and showcases various techniques, including watercolor, Chinese brush painting, pen and ink, and oils. Library times vary; closed on Sundays.

GREENFIELD FARMER’S MARKET; 4 p.m.-7 p.m. June 25 - Sept. 3, Middle Grove United Methodist Church, 429 Middle Grove Road. If you are interested in being a vendor for the Farmer’s Market, please contact Chuck at 518-421-1798.  The vendor fees are for the benefit of the Greenfield Historical Society and Middle Grove UMC.  

SOUTHERN SARATOGA ART SOCIETY: Artists and members of SSAS are exhibiting at two venues in our area.  Rita Helie and Jack Morgan will be exhibiting at the Mechanicville Library, 190 N. Main Street, Mechanicville during May and June. Artists William Daisak, David Mayack and Karen Zimmers will show their work at the Gallery of the Clifton Park Senior Community Center, 6 Clifton Common Court, Clifton Park during June and July. For further information about SSAS, visit:  southernsaratogaartist.com

VISCHER FERRY CEMETERY; Time for change, and now is the time for the public use of the Amity Reformed Church Cemetery. The Vischer Ferry Cemetery adjacent to Amity Reformed Church, 335 Riverview Road, Vischer Ferry has reopened. 

BABY AND TOT TORAH NUMBERS; will meet virtually 4 p.m. Thursday in April and May. This year the tots explored Shabbat colors, Purim fun and Passover shapes through song, story, craft and movement. For more info, contact Leah at 518-495-0779 or rsvp online at jewishcliftonpark.org

SOUTHERN SARATOGA ART SOCIETY; The SSAS is featuring Faith Weldon and Joan VanAlphen during the months of April and May in The Gallery of the Clifton Park Senior Center, 6 Clifton Common Boulevard, Clifton Park. For more information about SSAS, visit our website: southernsaratogaartist.com

DOLLARS FOR SCHOLARS; Deadline for applications is April 1. A new memorial scholarship has just been added. The recipient of the Karen Field Memorial Scholarship shall be pursuing a college degree in special education, accounting, statistics or interior design. He or she will have demonstrated a desire to help others and be responsible in the community. Special consideration will be given to the recipient who has overcome adversity or has persevered through personal or family hardships. Students who have attended Arongen Elementary School or whose immediate family includes a firefighter, paramedic or first responder are encouraged to apply. The Karen Field scholarship is restricted to seniors graduating from Shenendehowa High School this year. Twenty-three local students from the Shenendehowa School District received a total of $17,750 in 2020. Students can apply for all the scholarships through the online application:shenendehowa.dollarsforscholars.org

CHERYL’S LODGE: Seeks volunteers for school aged programs; Cheryl's Lodge is CAPTAIN CHS's Community Outreach Center in Halfmoon Heights. The Center offers programs for children, families, and seniors. It is currently seeking volunteers for its School Aged Programs to assist elementary, middle, and high school students. With the COVID-19 pandemic, volunteers are needed more than ever to help children after school with academic success and social emotional learning activities. Volunteers should be comfortable with computers and technology. To learn more about the program or to volunteer, contact Mariah Baker at 518-373-8873 or via email at Mariah@captaincares.org.

CLIFTON PARK CHABAD; As we look to the coming year, much still remains uncertain. One thing that is definite, however, is that we are fully committed to providing children a quality Jewish educational experience, keeping Judaism engaging, fun & the happiest part of children's week. Registration for 2020/2021 is open. We will be providing two different options this year. 1. In Person at Chabad – small class sizes – following all government guidelines. 2. At Home “Out of the Box” Hebrew School – virtual class with live teachers – All supplies & materials provided. Both tracks will come with lots of heart, soul and dedication. If circumstances change and we are not able to open/continue with in-person classes, we will move all lessons to option No. 2: At Home “Out of the Box” Hebrew School. To sign up or more information, contact info@cliftonparkchabad.com or 518-495-0779.

GATEWAY HELPING HANDS; This is a new initiative from the nonprofit charitable end-of-life home, Gateway House of Peace that is working to reduce the emotional and financial burden on our residents and their families during this coronavirus pandemic. Finances are stretched, care is strained, and daily life has become much more difficult. As we continue to expand our direct care mission of love and support we invite our communities to learn more by contacting us at 518-450-1273 or by email at info@gatewayhouseofpeace.org. Gateway is proud to continue our service as caretakers during this challenging time.

CAPTAIN COMMUNITY HUMAN SERVICES: Volunteers needed for food pantry/office support in Clifton Park office M-F, family mentors, press corps/writers, senior support services volunteer companions, drivers, shoppers, light housekeeping.

HISPANIC & INTERNATIONALS MINISTRY; 7 p.m. Mondays/Lunes a las 7 p.m., Clifton Park Center Baptist Church, 713 Clifton Park Center Road, Clifton Park. Prayer (Oracion), fellowship (fraternidad), bible studies (estudios biblicos). For More info/ para mas info: (518)371-6023. All are welcome/ Todos son bienvendios.

CLIFTON PARK CHABAD HEBREW SCHOOL. The school is open to all Jewish kids in the Southern Saratoga region, on Sundays, 10 a.m.-noon. Lots of exciting new programs are planned for the 5780 school year, including the all-new epic JewQ curriculum. For more info and to join the Jew Q crew, contact Leah at 518-495-0779 or email cliftonparkchabad@gmail.com

SOCIAL ACTIVITIES; Wanted: Folks 55+ to enjoy Ballston Area Senior Citizens. If you're over 55, a long-time or new resident in the area and looking to meet "young" seniors, check out the Ballston Area Senior Citizens (BASC, 310 Northline Road, Ballston spa. Residents from the Town of Milton, Village of Ballston Spa, Town of Ballston and other area municipalities are welcome to join. Yearly membership fee is 10. Call Barb Broderson, Membership Chair (518-885-4229) or visit our website (ballstonareaseniors.com) for additional information and to view our newsletter.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES WITH SARATOGA COUNTY OFFICE FOR THE AGING; Are you over 55 and looking for a meaningful VOLUNTEER opportunity? The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Saratoga County’s Office for the Aging helps recruit and place volunteers throughout Saratoga County. We are currently looking for volunteers to assist with reading/comprehension skills with elementary students in Saratoga and Clifton Park. Give RSVP a call for more information at 518-884-4110.

BABY & TOT, LOVE SHABBAT; 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Clifton Park Chabad, 495 Moe Road, Clifton Park. Special sessions are held around the Jewish holidays. Led by Leah Rubin. To RSVP or for more info, call 495-0779.

CARE LINKS: A CARING FRIEND CAN HELP YOU; Care Links’ volunteers welcome the opportunity to lend a hand to help with grocery shopping or pay you a visit to help pass the time. They can do simple chores as well. Drivers will get you to your appointments. Call 399-3262 to find out how the free services are there for you.

FRIDAY MORNING MOMS: The Shenendehowa United Methodist Church, 971 Route 146, Clifton Park. We invite mothers of all ages to attend a weekly support and fellowship group, “Friday Morning Moms,” held each Friday that Shenendehowa schools are in session, from 9 to 11 a.m. in the church Hearth Room. For more information, please visit our website, www.fridaymorningmoms.org.

AFTER THE FIRE; After The Fire is a non-profit organization existing totally on donations and is comprised entirely of volunteers. It helps residents of Saratoga County who have suffered a loss due to fire. Anyone interested in learning more about After The Fire may attend a meeting, or leave a message at 435-4571.

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