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August 2017 Newsletter

Thank you all for the warm and wonderful welcome at our Meet and Greet night at the beautiful Gazebo.  I can see lots of usage here during good weather.   I was so happy to see so many attend and am excited about the upcoming events this Month.  Do not forget to email me your ideas for future events for us all to enjoy!

 

We have some exciting things planned for this Month!  Read on for the scoop:

Thursday, Aug. 3     Rum and Rummy 6:30PM at the Model Cottage

Monday, Aug. 7 Picnic Lunch at the Pool at Adams Station 10:45AM Come this early to secure tables. Enjoy a relaxing time in the water and share lunch dishes.

Book Club Tuesday, Aug. 8 @ 11AM in the Model Cottage

Dutch Apple River Cruise Aug. 11. Arrive at 12:15PM cruise until 2:30 pm $18.95/person

VIA Aquarium, Rotterdam 11 am Aug. 16. Carpool leaves from the model at 10:30 am RSVP Connie @ 518-439-0164 by Aug. 12, $16/person

Picnic on the river Aug. 18 @ Henry Hudson Park River Road Selkirk 11AM

Monday, Aug. 21 @ 11AM Learn helpful tips on home organization from Cheryl Libutti, proprietor of Pretty Neat Home.  Let’s have a big turnout!

Lunch Wednesday Aug. 23 @Yanni’s 2 @ 11:30AM  Reservations to Connie by 8/22  439-0164

July 2017 Newsletter

Event Coordinator Meet & Greet

Thursday, July 6th, 4-6PM

Come to the community Gazebo for wine and cheese!  Meet our new event coordinator, Connie Holden, and have a relaxing time.  Bring your own wine glass.  Best decorated glass wins a prize!  RSVP to Connie at 439-0164 by July 4th.

Ballroom Dancing

Sunday, July 9th, 6PM

No partner needed!  $10 workshop, $10 dance, buffet and group lesson at the Ukrainian American Club (1 Pulaski Street, Cohoes, NY (518) 727-3525).

Sisters in Crime

Saturday, July 15th, 10:30AM

The Mavens of Mayhem are bound together by their affection for the mystery genre and their support of women who write mysteries.  Bethlehem Public Library

Meet the Beatles

Wednesday, July 19th, 4-6PM

Memories and melodies from the “Fab Four” in our own Gazebo! Participants will choose August’s music choice!

Book Discussion Club

Tuesdays, 11AM

Join us Tuesday mornings at the Model Cottage.  Bring your current read or favorite author to discuss and recommend.

Events on Calendar

Different event opportunities have been posted on the calendar.  There are phone numbers listed if you are interested in attending!

New Events Coordinator Means New Event Opportunities!

With Connie on board and our new Clubhouse nearing completion this is the perfect opportunity to let us know what types of events you would like to see more of or just see in general.  Please let us know how we can better serve the community going forward with event offerings!

July 2017 Newsletter

Event Coordinator Meet & Greet

Thursday, July 6th, 4-6PM

Come to the community Gazebo for wine and cheese!  Meet our new event coordinator, Connie Holden, and have a relaxing time.  Bring your own wine glass.  Best decorated glass wins a prize!  RSVP to Connie at 439-0164 by July 4th.

Ballroom Dancing

Sunday, July 9th, 6PM

No partner needed!  $10 workshop, $10 dance, buffet and group lesson at the Ukrainian American Club (1 Pulaski Street, Cohoes, NY (518) 727-3525).

Sisters in Crime

Saturday, July 15th, 10:30AM

The Mavens of Mayhem are bound together by their affection for the mystery genre and their support of women who write mysteries.  Bethlehem Public Library

Meet the Beatles

Wednesday, July 19th, 4-6PM

Memories and melodies from the “Fab Four” in our own Gazebo! Participants will choose August’s music choice!

Book Discussion Club

Tuesdays, 11AM

Join us Tuesday mornings at the Model Cottage.  Bring your current read or favorite author to discuss and recommend.

Events on Calendar

Different event opportunities have been posted on the calendar.  There are phone numbers listed if you are interested in attending!

New Events Coordinator Means New Event Opportunities!

With Connie on board and our new Clubhouse nearing completion this is the perfect opportunity to let us know what types of events you would like to see more of or just see in general.  Please let us know how we can better serve the community going forward with event offerings!

June 2017 Newsletter

Local Farmers’ Markets

Summer is the time to get an abundance of farm fresh fruit and vegetables right in our own town!  The following farmers’ markets take place through the summer months:

Delmar Farmers Market – Saturdays through October, 9AM to 1PM at Bethlehem Middle School (332 Kenwood Avenue, Delmar)

First United Methodist Church – Tuesdays through November, 2:30PM – 6PM

Second Milers Retired Men’s Club

2nd Wednesday of every month, 12PM

This club meets for lunch, fellowship, and a short program featuring a local speaker or musical group.  New members are always welcome and there are no dues or other obligations.  Contact Bob Mulligan at (518) 439-3802 for more information.  This month’s meeting will take place Wednesday, June 14th and will feature a Tom Smith who will be talking about the history of banjos in America.

Coffee & Conversation with Susan B. Anthony

Friday, June 2nd, 1PM – 3PM

Hear all about the Women’s Suffrage Movement in honor of its 100th anniversary in this first-person depiction portrayed by Phyllis Chapman of Vintage Visitors. Hour-long program will be located at the Bethlehem Public Library (located at 451 Delaware Avenue in Delmar) is followed by a coffee hour featuring beverages and light refreshments.

A.A.R.P. Smart Driving Course

Wednesday, June 21st, 9AM – 4PM

(with break for lunch)

Cost: $20/person for AARP members, $25/person for non-members* payable by check only

Course will take place at Bethlehem Town Hall, located at 445 Delaware Avenue in Delmar.  Reservations begin at 8:30AM, June 1st, in person only Bethlehem Town Hall. Space permitting, phone reservations accepted on the subsequent days.

Lunch with Neighbors

Wednesday, June 21st, 11:30AM

Enjoy a lunch with neighbors and friends at Emma Cleary’s Café (located at 1926 New Scotland Road in Slingerlands).  Please RSVP to VanDykeLeasing@TheSpinneyGroup.com by Friday, June 16th to be included in on the fun!

Day Cinema: “Hidden Figures”

Friday, June 23rd, 10AM

Watch “Hidden Figures” about 3 female African-American scientists who were behind one of NASA’s most significant successes at the Bethlehem Public Library!

A Celebration of Music & Nature

Saturday, June 24th, 4PM – 7PM

Suggested Donation: $75/person

The Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy is excited to announce the protection of the Eldridge Farm and the preservation of the historic agricultural landscapes of Rensselaerville.  Join the MHLC in celebration and enjoy an outdoor reception and performance by the brass musicians of the Albany Symphony, conducted by David Alan Miller.  This event is generously hosted by Stewart Myers at his historic property at 348 Albany Hill Road, Rensselaerville.  Enjoy the lawns, fields and gardens of the Daniel Conkling House, a restored 1806 Federal mansion.  To learn more about this event and reserve your spot, visit http://mohawkhudson.org/musicandnature/.

June Birthdays

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO

6/11: Ingrid Dispenza

* Only those residents who wish to be included will be featured here.  Those featured this month stated they wanted to be included either in-person or via e-mail.  If you would like to have your name and birthday included in subsequent month’s please e-mail VanDykeLeasing@TheSpinneyGroup.com.

May 2017 Newsletter

Lunch with Neighbors

Thursday, May 4th, 11:30AM

Enjoy a lunch with neighbors and friends at Normanside Country Club (located at 150 Salisbury Road in Delmar).  Please RSVP to Wendi by May 2nd at wgross11@optonline.net or (518) 512-3298.

Sunday Cinema: La La Land

Sunday, May 14th, 2PM

Watch “La La Land”, a musical about finding love and success in Hollywood at the Bethlehem Public Library (located at 451 Delaware Avenue in Delmar).

A.A.R.P. Smart Driving Course

Wednesday, May 17th, 9AM – 4PM

(with break for lunch)

Cost: $20/person for AARP members, $25/person for non-members* payable by check only

Course will take place at Bethlehem Town Hall, located at 445 Delaware Avenue in Delmar.  Reservations begin at 8:30AM, May 1st, in person only Bethlehem Town Hall. Space permitting, phone reservations accepted on the subsequent days

Coffee & Conversation: JFK and Camelot

Friday, May 19th, 1-3PM

Marking what would have been the 100th birthday of John F. Kennedy, Professor Eric Martell will discuss his presidency and the “Camelot” years.  Hour-long program is followed by coffee hour featuring beverages and light refreshments.  Event takes place at the Bethlehem Public Library (located at 451 Delaware Avenue in Delmar).

Strawberry Fields Farm Preserve Opening

Saturday, May 20th, 10AM

The Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy announces the first NEW preserve opening of its 25th Anniversary year.  This preserve will quickly become a favorite for botanists and wildlife enthusiasts.  Over 300 species of vascular plants have been identified, over 100 bird species, and uncounted other members of the food chain.  Please join the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy for a FREE Grand Opening Ceremony and enjoy guided tours of the new trails!  The Strawberry Fields Farm Preserve is located at 240 Cranes Hollow Road in Amsterdam.

Lunch with Neighbors

Tuesday, May 23rd, 11:30AM

Enjoy another lunch with neighbors and friends at Yanni’s Too (located at 16 Marina Drive in Ravena).  Weather permitting, table will be outdoors.  Please RSVP to Wendi by May 18th at wgross11@optonline.net or (518) 512-3298.

Senior Health & Fitness Day

Wednesday, May 31st, 9AM – 3PM* (see below)

Add a spring to your step while exploring health and fitness opportunities in the Town of Bethlehem!:

 

9AM – 12PM: BETHLEHEM YMCA – Check out regularly offered classes.  Representatives from several health-related organizations will be available in the lobby for more information

 

1PM – 2PM: NATURE WALK, FIVE RIVERS – Kitty Rush, Staff Environmental Educator, will teach the unique history of bird study at the preserve, focusing on blue birds and the role of local members of our community as “Citizen Scientist”.

 

3PM: RAIL TRAIL – Meet at Adams Street, public parking adjacent to Peter Harris in Delmar.  Susan Leath, Town Historian, will give the history of the trail and a representative from the Mohawk Land Conservancy will update on the trail progress and linkage and the upcoming Delaware Avenue Enhancement Project.

 

May Birthdays

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO

5/9: Kathleen Saunders

*Starting this month, resident’s birthdays will be added to the monthly Newsletters.  Only those who wish to be included will be featured here.  Those featured this month stated they wanted to be included either in-person or via e-mail.  If you would like to have your name and birthday included in subsequent month’s please e-mail VanDykeLeasing@TheSpinneyGroup.com.

April 2017 Newsletter

Spinney Bonus Referral Amount Extended
The best compliment for our community is your recommendation of us to your friends and family.   This month ONLY – If someone you refer to our community signs a lease you will get $500 on us!

Spring Recycle Fest
Saturday, April 8th, 10AM – 1PM
Bring the following items to the Bethlehem Town Park, located at 261 Elm Avenue in Delmar so that they can be recycled: clothing/textiles, fabric, yarn, knitting supplies, sewing supplies, document shredding, books, appliances, metal and electronics, and plastic toys.

*Secure shredding is limited to Town residents and BCSD taxpayers with ID only.  Limit of 3 medium sized boxes of documents per household.  Electronic/appliance recycling with $5/car donation to BCHS Environmental Club.  All other reuse, recycling and shredding is FREE.  No TVs or computer monitors permitted.

Sunday Cinema: The Light Between Oceans
Sunday, April 9th, 2PM
Watch The Light Between Oceans about a lighthouse keeper and his wife living off of the coast of Western Australia who raise a baby they rescue from a drifting rowing boat.  Movie can be viewed at Bethlehem Public Library (located at 451 Delaware Avenue, Delmar).

Lunch with Neighbors
Wednesday, April 12th, 11:30AM
Enjoy a lunch with neighbors and friends at Mercatos (located at 155 Delaware Avenue in Delmar).  Please RSVP to Wendi by March 6th at wgross@bhhsblake.com or (518) 512-3298.

A.A.R.P. Smart Driving Course
Wednesday, April 19th, 9AM – 4PM (with break for lunch)
Cost: $20/person for AARP members, $25/person for non-members* payable by check only
Course will take place at Bethlehem Town Hall, located at 445 Delaware Avenue in Delmar.  Reservations begin at 8:30AM, April 3rd, in persononly Bethlehem Town Hall. Space permitting, phone reservations accepted on the subsequent days

Qi Gong
Friday, April 28th, 10AM
Learn the gentle art that combines physical movement with breathing and intention to promote health and wellness.  Wear comfortable shoes/clothing. Qi gong is suitable for all abilities. Class will take place at the Bethlehem Public Library (located at 451 Delaware Ave).

World Tai Chi & Qi Gong Day
Saturday, April 29th, 10AM
The Bethlehem Public Library and the Asian Arts Group Tai Chi Center of Albany invite you to join people all over the world as they gather to practice tai chi and qi gong.  This event will take place on the Library’s green space, weather permitting.  No experience necessary.

Pharmaceutical Drop Off Day
Saturday, April 29th, 10AM – 2PM
Bring any expired or unwanted medications for safe disposal to the Bethlehem Town Park located at 261 Elm Avenue in Delmar.  Visit www.townofbethlehem.orgfor more details.

Have any ideas for groups, clubs or events?
E-mail Wendi at wgross@bhhsblake.com or call (518) 512-3298.  We would be happy to feature your interests and assist in connecting you with your neighbors!

March 2017 Newsletter

SPRING FEVER!
Spinney Bonus Referral Reminder
The best compliment for our community is your recommendation of us to your friends and family.   This month ONLY – If someone you refer to our community signs a lease you will get $500 on us!

Volunteering at Ronald McDonald House
Interested in volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House in Albany (located at 139 South Lake Avenue)?  Meals are prepared and served to families of critically ill children who are staying at the facility.  The Spinney would be able to volunteer as a group making breakfast or dinner.  If interested, please let Wendi know at wgross11@optonline.net or (518) 512-3298.

Trivia Night for Adults
Thursday, March 2nd, 7PM
Have some fun and show off your knowledge as you sign up alone or as a team to match wits with others.  Form a Spinney team and take on others at the Bethlehem Public Library (451 Delaware Ave)!

Lunch with Neighbors
Thursday, March 9th, 11:30AM
Enjoy a lunch with neighbors and friends at Emma Cleary’s Café (located at 1926 New Scotland Road in Slingerlands).  Please RSVP to Wendi by March 6th at wgross11@optonline.net or (518) 512-3298.

Dementia Event at The Spinney at Pond View
Thursday, March 16th, 12:30PM
David Troxel will be visiting our sister property, The Spinney at Pond View (2490 Pond View, Castleton-On-Hudson), to educate Spinney residents and their families about the challenges of dementia. Atria, the Capital District’s leading provider of assisted and supportive living, will be providing lunch prepared by one of their chefs!  You’ll also have a chance to tour the new Clubhouse and see what our future space will look like!  If you would like to attend, please sign up in the Model, e-mail vandykeleasing@thespinneygroup.comor call (518) 689-0162, letting us know how many people will be attending.

Qi Gong
Friday, March 17th, 10AM
Learn the gentle art that combines physical movement with breathing and intention to promote health and wellness.  Wear comfortable shoes/clothing. Qi gong is suitable for all abilities. Class will take place at the Bethlehem Public Library (located at 451 Delaware Ave).

Meaningful Retirement Workshop
Tuesday, March 21st, 7 – 8:30PM
Explore the changing definition of retirement and how to make the transition from full-time work to your life’s next chapter with a presentation and panel discussion.  Co-sponsored by Bethlehem Senior Services and Community Caregivers, Inc.  Sign up online at bethlehempubliclibrary.org or call (518) 439-9314.  Workshop will take place at the Bethlehem Public Library (451 Delaware Ave).

Pot Luck Supper
Thursday, March 30th, 5-7PM
Please RSVP To Wendi by Monday, March 27th if you will be attending and what item type you will be bringing (beverage, appetizer, entrée or dessert).  Event will take place at the Adams Station Clubhouse (located at 1 Juniper Drive).  Always a fun time had by all!

A.A.R.P’s Income Tax Assistance Program (Appointment Required)
Wednesdays through April 12th, 9AM – 3PM
Bethlehem Senior Services will offer A.A.R.P’s Income Tax Assistance Program on Wednesdays through April 12th by appointment at the Bethlehem Town Hall (445 Delaware Avenue, Delmar).  Appointments may be made by calling 439-4955, extension 1176.  Please bring copies of your 2015 Federal and State returns, your 2016 W-2 and 1099 forms and receipts for contributions, interest, medical bills, property and school tax receipts. 

March Birthdays
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO
3/15: Bernice Norman
3/18: Marilyn Peterson
3/29: Patricia Wendelken
* Only those residents who wish to be included will be featured here.  If you would like to have your name and birthday included in subsequent month’s newsletters please e-mail VanDykeLeasing@TheSpinneyGroup.com.

February 2017 Newsletter

Spinney Referral Reminder
The best compliment for our community is your recommendation of us to your friends and family.  If someone you refer to our community signs a lease you will get $100 on us!

Neighborhood Book Club
Interested in participating in a neighborhood book club?  If so, let Wendi know at wgross11@optonline.net or (518) 512-3298.

Group Meditation & Maj Jong
Spinney resident, Brenda Bergstrom, would like to lead a group for meditation at her house and is also interested in playing maj jong.  If you’re interested in either of these activities please contact Brenda at (518) 776-4307.

Rose Hargrave Concert
Sunday, February 5th, 2PM
A Little Sunday Music performance featuring soprano Rose Hargrave performing a selection of French art songs at the Bethlehem Public Library (located at 451 Delaware Avenue in Delmar).

New Senior Services Discussion Group
Wednesday, February 8th, 10:30AM – 12PM
Would you like to discuss current events and reminisce about the past?  All interests and backgrounds welcome.  Topics will change depending on the interest of the group.  Please call Heidi Ziemke at 439-4955 x1169 for more information.  Transportation available through Bethlehem Senior Services with reservations.  Group will meet at the Bethlehem Town Hall (located at 445 Delaware Avenue in Delmar).

Lunch with Neighbors
Friday, February 10th, 11:30AM
Enjoy a lunch with neighbors and friends at Normanside Country Club (located at 150 Salisbury Road in Delmar).  Please RSVP to Wendi by February 7th at wgross11@optonline.net or (518) 512-3298.

Qi Gong
Friday, February 17th, 10AM
Learn the gentle art that combines physical movement with breathing and intention to promote health and wellness.  Wear comfortable shoes and clothing.  Qi gong is suitable for all abilities.  Class will take place at the Bethlehem Public Library (located at 451 Delaware Avenue in Delmar).

Chair Yoga
Friday, February 17th, 1PM
Experience a yoga practice designed for those times in our lives when we are faced with physical challenges.  Chairs and props will be used to assist each person in variations of postures that are appropriate to promote their comfort.  Program takes place at the Bethlehem Town Hall (located at 445 Delaware Avenue in Delmar).

Activity Recommendations
If you would like to see something new included in your community Newsletters please let us know by e-mailing Wendi at wgross11@optonline.net or VanDykeLeasing@TheSpinneyGroup.com.  Here’s to new opportunities to spend time with your friends and neighbors in 2017!

January 2017 Newsletter

Spinney Referral Reminder
The best compliment for our community is your recommendation of us to your friends and family.  If someone you refer to our community signs a lease you will get $100 on us!

Trivia Night for Adults
Wednesday, January 4th, 7-8:15PM
Have some fun and show off your knowledge!  Sign up as a team or alone and match wits with others in a written-answer format.  Head to the Bethlehem Public Library for the fun!

Qi Gong
Friday, January 6th, 10AM
Learn the gentle art that combines physical movement with breathing and intention to promote health and wellness.  Wear comfortable clothes and shoes.  Qi Gong is suitable for all abilities and the class is available at the Bethlehem Public Library.

Lunch with Neighbors
Thursday, January 12th, 12:00PM
Enjoy a lunch with neighbors and friends at Los Panchos (located at 180 Delaware Ave, Delmar).  Please RSVP to Wendi by January 9th at wgross11@optonline.netor (518) 512-3298.

Breakfast at Tool’s with Bethlehem Senior Services
Wednesday, January 18th, 10AM
On the 3rd Wednesday of each month, feel free to join a group of seniors of the Town of Bethlehem to socialize and share a meal!

A.A.R.P. Defensive Driving Course
Wednesday, January 18th, 9AM-4PM
Cost: $20 for AARP members with card, $25 for non-members (payable only be check)
Reservations taken starting January 3rd at 8:30AM in person.  Space permitting, additional reservations will be accepted by phone on subsequent days (call 439-4955 for more information).  Course will take place at the Bethlehem Town Hall located at 445 Delaware Avenue.

Henry Hudson Planetarium & Early Dinner
Saturday, January 21st, 1PM
Cost: Program – $3, Dinner – On your own
Presented by Bethlehem Senior Services, enjoy an interactive program at the Henry Hudson Planetarium!  This program will identify stars, planets, comets and constellations in the night sky and the tools and techniques for becoming an amateur astronomer then enjoy dinner at Albany’s New World Bistro!  Call Bethlehem Senior Services for transportation and reservations at 439-4955.

Activity Recommendations
If you would like to see something new included in your community Newsletters please let us know by e-mailing Wendi at wgross11@optonline.net or VanDykeLeasing@TheSpinneyGroup.com.  Here’s to new opportunities to spend time with your friends and neighbors in 2017!

December 2016 Newsletter

Parking Throughout The Community
As we near snow removal season, please ensure that your cars are parked in your driveway and/or your garage, especially overnight.  The extra asphalt space throughout the community was planned for necessary turn-around space for emergency services and we need to ensure that those spaces are always cleared.  This is even more important during snow removal months.  Thank you for helping to keep the community safe!

OFFICE CLOSED: Friday, December 23rdthrough Monday, December 26th & Sunday, January 1st – Monday, January 2nd
The Spinney at Van Dyke offices will be closed for the Christmas and New Year holidays.  We all wish you a happy and healthy holiday season and new year celebration with family and friends!

Capital Holiday Lights in the Park
November 25th – January 2nd
Cost: $20 per car
Capital Holiday Lights in the Park is open every night of the week: Sunday – Thursday 6-9PM, Friday & Saturday 6-10PM.  Located at Washington Park, entrance at Madison and New Scotland.  If you are interested in going, please contact Wendi at (518) 512-3298 or wgross11@optonline.net so that she can arrange carpooling between residents!

Bethlehem Senior Chorus: As Evening Comes
Friday, December 2nd, 1PM
The Bethlehem Senior Chorus is a mixed group of about 60 energetic senior citizens who have enjoyed singing and entertaining folks in the community for almost a decade.  Event takes place at the Bethlehem Town Hall.

Taste NY Holiday Market
Sunday, December 4th, 11AM
Shopping and sampling of food/beverages from vendors “made in NY”.  Cooking demonstrations throughout the day and tree lighting at night!  Let Wendi know if you’re interested in attending and she will coordinate carpools.

Lunch with Neighbors
Friday, December 9th, 11:30AM
Enjoy a lunch with neighbors and friends at Tea House Asian Bistro (located at 270 Delaware Ave, Delmar).  Please RSVP to Wendi by December 6th so that appropriate reservations can be made.

Holiday Party Pot Luck Dinner
Wednesday, December 14th, 5-7:30PM
Party will take place at Adams Station’s Clubhouse (located at 1 Juniper Drive in Delmar).  Please RSVP to Wendi by December 9thand let her know if what you’ll be bringing – appetizer, dinner item or dessert!  We will also be coordinating a holiday grab bag of $10 – $12 per gift if interested.  Let’s all welcome in the holidays together!

Community Christmas Day Dinner
Sunday, December 25th, 1:30PM
The annual Community Christmas Day Dinner is sponsored by the First United Methodist Church, the Town of Bethlehem Senior Services, many area churches, organizations and individuals.  Enjoy a turkey and ham dinner.  There is no cost, but offerings are accepted. Home delivered meals are also available – call to have your meal brought to you on Christmas Day (439-4955, extension 1176).

December Birthdays
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO
12/5: Noriko Chaumont
12/23: Frank Ares
12/27: Barbara Luedtke
* Only those residents who wish to be included will be featured here.  If you would like to have your name and birthday included in subsequent month’s newsletters please e-mail VanDykeLeasing@TheSpinneyGroup.com.

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