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Jan. 14

VALATIE — The Columbia County American Legion will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 14 at the John W. McConnell Squadron American Legion Post 47, Valatie Village Hall, 3211 Church St., Valatie. For directions, contact Jeff at 518-672-4757.

COPAKE — The Roeliff Jansen Community Library Board of Trustees will meet at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 14 in the Community Room of the Library, 9091 Route 22, Copake. The Board typically meets on the second Tuesday of each month. All meetings are open to members of the public. For information, call 518 325-4101 or visit,

LATHAM — The local group of The Society of American Magicians, Assembly 24 meets at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 14 at the S. W. Pitts Hose Co., 226 Old Loudon Road, Latham. All persons, 16 and older, with any interest in the art of magic are welcome. For information about our organization, or for a link to a local magician, visit WWW.SAM24.SYNTHASITE.COM.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Eagles Band and the Mt. Greylock Band will perform at 7 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Mount Greylock Regional High School, 1781 Cold Spring Road, Williamstown, Mass. The Mt. Greylock band will perform first, followed by the Eagles Band, and then the bands will perform together. Admission is free. The Eagles Band is the longest continuous performing ensemble in the Berkshires. For information, visit the band’s website at

Jan. 15

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, Mass., presents Planting Plan Design Studio 5:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 15. Learn how to design a planting plan for private and public garden spaces. Students will consider the nature of plant characteristics in specific design settings. Home architecture will be used for a source of inspiration while honoring the horticultural needs of each plant. For materials list visit The cost for eight classes is $350 for BBG Members and $385 for non-members. For information, call 413-298-3926.

VOORHEESVILLE — Thacher Park Friends will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 15 at Thacher Visitor Center, 830 Thacher Park Road, Voorheesville. Interested in volunteering at Thacher Park? Come meet the board members and find out what the Friends are up to and how you can contribute. For information, call 518-872-0800.

HUDSON — Columbia County VFW Post 1314 will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 15 at the Post, 544 Union St., Hudson. Veterans interested in becoming a member of the Post need to bring a copy of their DD214. If interested in renting the hall, call Randy at 518-858-9212.

WEST GHENT — The Ghent Reformed Church, 1039 County Route 22, West Ghent will hold a Card Party/Game Night 5-8 p.m. Jan. 15. Refreshments available. If school has been closed due to weather, there will be no event.

HUDSON — The Friends of the Hudson Area Library will meet at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 15 in the History Room of the Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth St., Hudson. The meeting is open to the public.

Jan. 16

COPAKE — Roeliff Jansen Community Library hosts the Taconic Hills Science Research Symposium 6-8 p.m. Jan. 16 at the library, 9091 Route 22, Copake. A group of top students from Taconic Hills High School’s Science Research Program are training for an upcoming science competition. To help them prepare for the big day, Roe Jan Library will be hosting a symposium where the students will be able to present their projects to the community. Guests are also encouraged to ask questions in order to better help the students perfect their presentations ahead of the competition. Admission is free. For information on hours and events, call 518-325-4101.

Jan. 18

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, Mass., presents New England and Hudson Valley Heirloom Grape Varieties for the Home Garden 1-3 p.m. Jan. 18. This class will cover how to grow locally developed heirloom grapes (1840-1890) in your own backyard to produce eating grapes, juices, jellies, and wines. Such vines can also be used for landscaping purposes to create arbors, establish fence lines and attract wildlife. The cost is $30 for BBG members and $40 for non-members. For information, call 413-298-3926.

HUDSON — The FASNY Museum of Firefighting, 117 Harry Howard Ave., Hudson, presents a Super Saturday event at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 18. Professor Sparks and his robot companion, Spot 2000, will present an interactive program that is full of surprises. After the program make your own “slime” to take home. This hands-on program is appropriate for children 5 and older. This program and admission to the Museum for the day is free to residents of Columbia County (with proof of residency: a drivers license for head of household). For information about this program, other upcoming Super Saturday programs or the Museum, call 518-822-1875 ext.17 or visit

VOORHEESVILLE — An Ice Fishing Clinic will be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 18 at Thacher Nature Center, 87 Emma Treadwell Way, Voorheesville. Learn all about ice fishing at a free clinic co-hosted by NYS DEC, Albany County Conservation Alliance and NYS Parks. DEC will supply some bait and tackle, but experienced anglers are encouraged to bring their own fishing gear. After a short lesson on the basics of ice fishing and filleting your catch, anglers will try their luck on the ice. Volunteers will be on hand throughout the day to assist participants on the ice. A warming area and refreshments will be available. For information, call 518-872-0800. Rain date is Jan. 25.

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