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Community Outreach Events

Albany Shindig "Roots" Fiddle Music and Dancing

Short concert followed by simple hoedown dances with live music that takes place on Fridays from 7-9:30pm

Dec 15 Winter Solstice Celebration. Colin McCoy & Alan Thomson. Caller Paul Rosenberg
Jan 19 Robert Burns Night (Scottish) Ceilidh. Walker Family Band. Callers Jeff Walker & Paul Rosenberg
Feb 23 Cure for Cabin Fever. Blind Crow. Caller Paul Rosenberg
Mar 16 Irish Ceili. Curragh. Caller Paul Rosenberg
Apr 20 Maple “Sugaring Off” Party. Set Américain. Caller Paul Rosenberg
$8 Suggested Donation
$5 Danceflurry Members & Students
$2 Children
Sponsored by DanceFlurry Organization, Inc.
Contact Paul at: 518-482-9255,


Hands-on Healthy Cooking Classes at the JCC

Learn some new delicious and easy recipes and techniques with cooking classes at the JCC!

All levels of cooks are welcome to attend this monthly class series at Albany's Jewish Community Center, running from November through March. These hands-on classes typcally take place on the first Wednesday of every month from 6:30-8:30pm and are brought to you through a partnership of HWFC, the Albany JCC, and Grow Your Seasons' Catherine Jura.

Free for Members of the Albany JCC or Honest Weight Food Co-op, $10 for the public! Reserve your spot with payment through the JCC

Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30pm at the Albany JCC, 340 Whitehall Road


December 6-Kitchen Knife Skills & Late Fall Cooking

Guest cook Steve Piorkowski will teach basic knife skills (what you always wanted to know). Then the recipes will focus on warm and seasonal: Hungarian mushroom barley soup; Beet salad; Fluffy biscuit with thyme; and Pear Tarte Tartin.

January 10-An Evening of Lebanese Classics

Guest cook Robert Khalife will discuss Lebanese cooking: the food and the culture. Recipes include the favorites you have wanted to learn to cook: hummus (vegan/gluten-free); Tabouli (vegan); and Fava Bean Spread with pita (vegan).

February 7-Specialty Ravioli: Beautiful & Delicious

Guest cook Steve Piorkowski will teach the basics of hand-made ravioli along with multiple ways to cook it. Recipes include: heart shaped ravioli filled with chocolate and coated with powdered sugar (Valentine’s Day special); ravioli filled with pumpkin and sage butter sauce; and ravioli filled with spinach and ricotta and parmesan sauce.

March 7-Microgreens with Major Flavors

Guest cook Corinne Hansch will discuss microgreens (what are they, their benefits, basics of growing them and resources to grow them at home) and the benefits of organic and buying local. Recipes include: winter veggie slaw with micro cilantro; pasture raised egg salad with micro greens; micro green energy salad with dressing; and detox smoothies.