Community Programs/Events/Activities



Protecting Your Children During Separation and Divorce
Presenters: Justin Misurell, PhD
Tuesday, May 21, 2024, 1:00 pm EST

Separation and divorce are hard on children and families. Even under the most amicable of circumstances the dissolution of a marriage entails disruption to lifestyles, routines, relationships, finances, residences and future expectations for all involved. While divorce is not something that parents should undertake lightly, in some situations it is certainly for the better. Regardless of the specific conditions confronting families experiencing separation and divorce, there are better and worse ways to go about it. This webinar will discuss common challenges and risk factors impacting children’s mental health and well-being during and after parental separation and divorce. Additionally, strategies for improving communication and relationship dynamics as well as co-parenting tips will be presented. Furthermore, specific case examples will be shared to illustrate the do’s and don’ts of divorce. Dr. Misurell will bring his years of experience and expertise from providing therapeutic interventions for high conflict divorce and court-involved families into this practical presentation.
Parenting a Child with a Chronic Illness
Presenters: Katya Viswanadhan, PsyD and Despina Petsagourakis, PhD
Tuesday, June 4, 2024, 1:00 pm EST

Children with chronic illnesses are more vulnerable to experience symptoms of anxiety, depression, trauma, and other mental health concerns. Managing chronic illnesses can also affect family dynamics and caregiver stress levels. During this webinar, join Drs. Viswanadhan and Petsagourakis, for an informative conversation focused on managing emotions in the face of uncertainty, cultivating developmentally appropriate skills to increase independence and engagement with medical care, and learning how to activate additional supports.

Notice from the BES Family Liaison & School Counselor Mr. Shaw:
Charlie Health’s Reset & Recharge is a 9-12-week program that will support students (11-23) reset their mental health and recharge their coping skills in virtual groups with peers their age, three days per week, preparing them for the school year ahead.
More information in the flyer below.








Notice from BES Family Liaison & School Counselor Mr. Shaw:

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Find upcoming learning sessions through June 2024 from the Early Childhood and School Age FACE Centers. Registration is required and is open to everyone at no cost. If you have difficulty registering or need more information please contact or 518-640-3333.

Please find information about upcoming learning opportunities made available through Wildwood’s Family Support Services (FSS) Program below as well. If you have questions related to the FSS sessions please call 518-640-3300.







Notice from BES Family Liaison & School Counselor Mr. Shaw:
Lots of awesome and FREE things happening at the SHAC Center in Averill Park in the coming weeks! Check out the flyers below or visit their website to find out more!

Join us at the SHAC in May!

(take two)

– Senior Citizen & Alzheimer’s Forum 5/15 at 1-3pm
– Repair Cafe 5/18 9 am-12 pm
– Spring Fling Fun Day 5/18 11am-4pm
– Blood Drive (Red Cross & Kiwanis) 5/28 1-6pm



Raising Healthy Kids in a Digital World at 1PM on May 22 (lunch is provided along with some fun door prizes thanks to St. Catherine’s!) Please see the linked flyer for all the details: SCCC Flyer – Raising Kids in Digital World Flyer.pdf. Advance registration is required by emailing me at or send me a text at 518-598-9937!

Strengthening Families Program at the Guilderland Library! Please register via the following link: (Families can also reach out to me to register if that’s easier!)




Early Childhood Family and Community Engagement Center

Please find a flyer attached from the School-Age Family and Community Engagement Center of the Capital District or FACE.
This flyer includes upcoming regional learning opportunities as well as other community learning opportunities, events, and resources of relevance to parents, families, and caregivers of students with disabilities. March and April Webinar sessions listed on the flyer below.

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Notice from the BMHS Counseling Office:

Volunteer some hours, learn bike repair, get a bike of your own.




The Fox Hollow Music & Art Café

Kilashandra Band

Saturday, May 18, 2024

Doors at 5:30pm, Show at 6:00pm

$5.00 Admission, FREE for Minors


Kilashandra is a contemporary Celtic influenced jam band! With Mark Emanation on guitar and vocals; Chris Gil on guitar and vocal; Eileen Markland on violin, whistle, and vocals; Tom Dolan on bass and bouzouki – they expertly showcase their shared love of Irish music, eclecticism, and technical prowess. Bring your dancing shoes folks, this is gonna be a wild show!


As usual this event is a community potluck night. You can bring your own alcohol if you are 21+. Please bring cash for refreshments ($1.00 each) and the 50/50 Cash Raffle ($1.00 per ticket or $10.00 for 15 tickets!). Activities always available for youth in our “Kids’ Corner.” Occasionally we have vendors selling their wares! A big thanks to Stewart’s Shops Holiday Match Grant for sponsoring our youth!

Are you interested in being a performer or vendor during one of our 3rd Saturday events? Email
or call your hosts Siobhan & Lee at:
(430) 305-2017

A Program of the Petersburgh Veterans Memorial Community Center

3rd Saturday of the month

Doors at 5:30pm, Show at 6:00pm

$5.00 Admission, FREE for Minors

71 Main St. in Petersburgh, NY

Are you interested in being a performer or vendor during one of our 3rd Saturday events? We are booking NOW for the 2024 season, and dates are filling up fast! Email
or call your hosts Siobhan & Lee at:
(430) 305-2017




Connect Center 

49 Johnston Avenue Cohoes, NY 12047 United States
The Connect Center is an immersive space where students can delve into S.T.E.A.M-based curriculum and engage in a fun learning experience.
Spring 2024 programs begin on January 23 and run until April 24 at the Connect Center. These programs are exclusive for students in grades 6-12 who live in the Capital Region. Registration for our open house is still open and those who attend get priority on all of our FREE programs



Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center

475 Dyken Pond, Cropseyville, NY 12052

Pre-registration required for all programs at

(518) 658-2055 or

Your registration is not complete until you receive confirmation from the Center.

Dyken Pond EEC website

Youth Scholarships at Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center

The Friends of the Dyken Pond Center are proud to announce that scholarships are available to youth and to schools for 2024!

Rensselaer County schools can apply anytime for scholarships to cover the costs of bus transportation and fees for their classes to come to the Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center for a day of STEAM exploration.

For summer, the Friends of Dyken Pond will sponsor youth aged 11 – 17 to attend a DEC youth overnight camp. Youth may apply for a DEC camp scholarship by contacting the Center for an application; deadline is March 8.
DEC Camp registration opens on March 24; for more information on DEC camps, visit

Beginning April 1, youth ages 6 – 13 can also apply for a scholarship to attend our own Dyken Pond Center’s Outdoor Adventure Camp. This week-long day camp runs from mid-July through mid-August and provides age appropriate activities in ecology, wildlife and outdoor living skills. Games, hikes and hands-on discoveries will give campers a lifetime full of memories. Scholarship applications, camp schedules and details can be found at or by contacting the Center at (518) 658-2055 or

Funds for scholarships are provided in part by McCarthy Charities, WGY Christmas Wish and Stewart’s Holiday Match.



Call (518) 279-1155 to register. Registration is required for all event unless otherwise noted.

Park hours: 8AM – sunset
Welcome Center: Wed. – Mon. 9AM – 4PM

Entrance Fee: Free until May*

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May 18 – New Member Hike

This hike is an opportunity for us thank you for your generosity, care, and commitment toward ensuring nature all across Rensselaer County can continue to thrive. If you are new to RPA, this is a chance to get to know the organization and the staff better, meet other new members in the community, and learn about other programs & outings through RPA. Learn more

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June 1 – Reading the Forested Landscape with Tom Wessels

Stone walls, wolf trees, pits and mounds – the landscape is full of clues to its history when you know how to read it. Explore Poestenkill Community Forest with ecologist Tom Wessels and learn the art of “forest forensics.” You’ll see the forest in a new way after this outing. Early registration is now open through May 1. Learn more


News & Events from our Local Libraries



Berlin Free Town Library:

Library Hours
Monday 10 am – 2 pm
Tuesday 2 pm – 6 pm
Wednesday 1 pm – 5 pm
Thursday 2 pm – 6 pm
Friday 1 pm – 5 pm
Saturday- Temporarily Closed
Sunday- Closed

Grafton Community Library:

Library Hours
Monday- Tuesday: 1 pm – 6 pm
Wednesday: 10 am – 1 pm
Thursday, Friday: 1 pm – 6 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 1 pm
Sunday: Closed

Petersburgh Library:

Library Hours:
Monday 2 pm – 6 pm
Tuesday 2 pm – 6 pm
Wednesday 2 pm – 7 pm
Thursday 2 pm – 6 pm
Friday 2 pm – 6 pm
Saturday 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Sunday Closed

Stephentown Memorial Library:

Library Hours
Monday – Thursday 12-6 pm
Friday 12-5 pm
Saturday 10-2 pm
Sunday (Closed)








Connect Center

The Connect Center is primarily a safe space for youth to be after school. Once students’ basic needs for safety have been met, the organization uses mentorship and youth development programs to allow students to explore their passions, talents, and eventually, a career path.











SHAC Center-Adventure Community Center
  • The SHAC Center-Adventure Community Center is here to facilitate and support the development of healthy, active lifestyles for people of all ages in Averill Park and surrounding communities. Our Vision: To create a connected community and provide opportunities for healthy, active living and recreation in a safe, inclusive environment.



Health Alliance 


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Community Partnership Committee Meeting Minutes 9/19