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2017 Upcoming Events
Business After Hours @ Love Apple Farm – March 22, 2017 
Join the Columbia County Chamber as Love Apple Farm hosts a Business After Hours on Wednesday, March 22.  They are located at 1421 State Route 9H in Ghent  The event will run from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.  There will be jazz music to enjoy, wine from Tousey Winery, amazing cheese from Chaseholm Farm, popcorn from Bjorn Qorn, Beth’s Farm Kitchen and of course Authentic Mexican from Love Apple Farm’s kitchen.  So come out and enjoy the music, network with other businesses representatives and taste great local food along with checking out Love Apple’s new space if you have not already seen it. This is a not to miss after hours.  Business After Hours’ offer excellent networking opportunities for area business people.  All members of the business community are invited to attend this business event.  Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be offered during the After Hours.  There is no cost to attend.  Reservations are appreciated.  Please contact the Chamber at (518) 828-4417 if you plan to attend. 

Annual Agricultural Brunch – March 30, 2017
New Format and Location for the Annual Chamber Agricultural Brunch is being presented by Columbia County Farm Bureau and Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, which will be held on Thursday, March 30 from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm at Love Apple Farm. Cost is $25.  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about agricultural businesses and network.   Program will be Invasive Species:  Something for Everyone! presented by Marilyn Wyman, with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties.  For a more detailed description visit https://www.columbiachamber-ny.com/.  Please contact the Chamber by Friday, March 24 to make a reservation.

Creating your retirement paycheck: Strategies to help you live the life you deserve – March 30, 2017
Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. presents a complementary seminar on March 30 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm.  They will not only present how to combine income sources to create a “retirement paycheck,” but display how to get the most out of ones savings. By understanding what is and isn’t taxable we will help one minimize taxes when possible and create a strategy that works for them and their savings.  In other words, during this complimentary seminar, you’ll learn ways to: Determine how much income you’ll need in retirement, Identify income sources that you can combine to create your “retirement paycheck” and Help make your savings last.  Seminar will take place at the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce located at 1 North Front Street in Hudson.  To make a reservation, call 518-813-2727.

Annual Legislative Breakfast – Friday, April 7, 2017
Columbia County Chamber of Commerce annual Legislative Breakfast.  This event offers Columbia County’s legislators an opportunity to outline their plans for 2017 and beyond to the local business community. The breakfast will be held on Friday, April 7 at Columbia-Greene Community College in the Student Center from 7:30 to 9:00 am.  The college is located at 4400 Route 23 in Hudson.  The cost of the breakfast is $25. Reservations are required by April 3.  Please contact the Chamber to make a reservation at 828-4417.

Business After Hours at Oak Pizzeria Napoletana – Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Join the Chamber as Oak Pizzeria Napoletana hosts a Business After Hours on Wednesday, April 12.  They are located at 523 Warren Street in Hudson.  The event will run from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.  Business After Hours’ offer excellent networking opportunities for area business people.  All members of the business community are invited to attend this business event.  Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be offered during the After Hours.  There is no cost to attend, but guests are encouraged to contact the Chamber at (518) 828-4417 if they plan to attend.

Member Events & Information

What Should I Eat? parts 2 and 3.  Join Elliott Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine of Hudson and Deb Phillips, Nutritionist, of Great Barrington for parts two and three of our series on nutrition called What Should I Eat? Don’t worry if you missed the first class where we covered individual constitution from both Eastern and Western perspectives – you can jump right in to learn more about what herbs, supplements and dietary approaches might be appropriate for particular signs and symptoms in the second class on March 15th. Or join us for the third class in the series on April 12th where we will address how dietary approaches differ according to geography when we look at things like blue zones (where people live longer) and disease clusters as well as cover topics like cleaning up the food supply.  Find full details and registration at whattoeat.eventbrite.com. The classes are held on Wednesdays from 6:00 – 8:00 at River Pilates 876 Columbia Street. The cost is $30 per class or $50 for both, or $50 for “bring a friend” (admits two).
The Ghent Playhouse presents Mothers and Sons beginning March 17 running through April 2.  From the award winning playwright of “Love! Valor! Compassion!” comes a timely and touching new play about change, reconciliation and becoming a family.  A Dallas matriarch pays an unexpected visit to her late son’s former partner, who is now married to another man and raising a young son.  Forced to consider the life her son may have had, the woman must now come to terms with her own life choices and how society has changed around her.  The cost is $20/adults, $10/students.  For more information or to make a reservation visit www.ghentplayhouse.org.
The Lev-Evans Duo brings the warmth of Johannes Brahms and Franz Schubert in early spring to The Concerts at Camphill Ghent’s next classical music performance on March 18 at 3:00 p.m. in the Culture Hall, 2542 Route 66 here.  Pianists Mark Evans and Gili Melamed-Lev delve into the rich repertoire of four-hand and two-hand piano literature in the performance, “A Domestic Relationship at the Keyboard.” Melamed-Lev is also the artistic director of The Concerts at Camphill Ghent, a chamber music series now in its fifth year.  Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors (over 55) and $55 for a family. Reservations are encouraged and may be made by calling (518) 392-2760 or online at www.camphillghent.org.

Farm Film Fest 9 comes to the Crandell Theatre Sunday, March 19, 1:00 to 4:00 pm. The festival shows films that focus on farms, farming, and farming issues from both local and national filmmakers. Free admission with a cash donation or nonperishable food item to the Chatham Silent Food Pantry. Free reception follows at The People’s Pub, 36 Main Street. The annual event is cosponsored by the Chatham Film Club, Chatham Agricultural Partnership, and Columbia Land Conservancy. The Crandell Theatre is located at 48 Main Street, Chatham, NY. For more information, visit http://chathamkeepfarming.org/FarmFilmFest.html.
Claverack Library presents Family Game Day Sunday, March 19, 2:00-5:00. The Friends of the Claverack Free Library welcome game lovers of all ages to an afternoon of warmth, fun and community at the A.B Shaw Fire Company. Come play your old favorites or try something new! Bring your favorite games to share or try some of ours. We will have classic games (ie. Scrabble, Memory, Monopoly, and Clue) as well as “Euro-style” games (ie. Settlers of Catan and Carcassonne) and cooperative games (ie. Escape, Pandemic, and Forbidden Island) in which we work together as a team to beat the game. Free pizza and drinks will be provided thanks to the support of a generous community member. Admission is FREE but pre-registration is requested to help us plan. Sign up at the library, call 518 851-7120, or email info@claveracklibrary.org.  Please note: this event will be held at A.B. Shaw Fire Company 67 Route 23 in Claverack.
Crandell Theatre will be screening the documentary of Newtown followed by a panel discussion.  Newtown uses deeply personal testimonies to tell the story of the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, the deadliest mass shooting of school children in American history. Through poignant interviews with parents, siblings, teachers, doctors, and first responders, Newtown documents a traumatized community still reeling from the senseless killing, fractured by grief but driven toward a sense of purpose.  Free Screening: Sat, March 25 I 12 PM I Crandell Theatre I Chatham, NY. A Board Member of the Sandy Hook Promise will be on the post-screening panel.  Visit http://www.wmht.org/blogs/independent-lens/newtown/ for more information and to watch the preview. Newtown will premiere on WMHT Monday April 3rd at 9 PM (time subject to change). Email education@wmht.org for more information.
Author Event on “Austerity Blues” and Higher Education at Chatham Bookstore, March 25.  CUNY Professors Michael Fabricant and Stephen Brier discuss their new book “Austerity Blues: Fighting for the Soul of Public Higher Education” at the Chatham Bookstore on Saturday, March 25, from 5 to 7 p.m. Published by Johns Hopkins University Press. A conversation with Thomas Chulak from the bookstore and Q & A follow a brief reading. Free. Refreshments. Live at the Chatham Bookstore, 27 Main St., Chatham, NY. 518-392-3005. https://chathambookstore.com/

This season’s lineup is full of opportunities to seek a deeper connection with spirituality, ecology, community, and yourself. At the Abode, you’ll find over 300 acres of forest, hiking trails, gardens, the Abode Farm CSA, and more. Whether it’s for a full program, or simply a meal and class or Universal Worship, now is a wonderful time to see what the Abode has to offer! Visit our Programs and Calendar pages on our website to learn more!  If you’re visiting the Abode for the first time, also consider our Abode Village Visits, immersive weekends to explore the meaning of “an Eco-Sufi Village” and to learn more about the land and community. Come discover what life looks like in an active historic spiritual community and retreat center!  In addition to our programs, we also have our exciting Volunteer Opportunities of Khidmat, Hands-to-Heart, and a Farm-to-Kitchen track! With opportunities to explore the farm-to-table culinary process, universal Sufi spirituality, day-to-day operations of an active spiritual center, and more, volunteering at the Abode is a great way to gain new skills, meet talented and enthusiastic friends, and gain an expanded understanding of community and sustainability.

April 11 from Notary Public Review Workshop – 3 hour session – 1:00 – 4:00 pm at the Chamber Office.  This workshop prepares you for the New York State Notary Public test and will provide you with a comprehensive view of the Notary Public office.  Confusing laws, concepts, and procedures will be clearly explained and clarified.  Examples will be provided to illuminate situations that Notary Public officer is likely to encounter.  topics include avoiding conflicts of interest, maintaining professional ethics, charging proper fees, handling special situations, when to defer an attorney, and minimizing legal liability.  This workshop is a must for Notary Public candidates to become fully aware of the authority, duties and responsibilities involved in this office.  All materials will be provided including website links to NYS Department of State licensing information, booklets and forms.  Also featured is an 80 question Practice Exam which attempts to emulate the actual New York State mandatory exam.  Instructor, Victor Bujanow, CIC
Career Expo at Questar III - Live Local, Work Local on Wednesday, May 17 from 4:30 – 7:30 pm.  Target audience is Grades 7 – 11, Parents, Educators and Community Members.  The Expo will provide information to students and parents, through exciting, interactive displays about business and educational institutions in Greene, Columbia, Rensselaer Counties and the Capital Region for future employment and educational opportunities.

Please send your news items to Amy Kneller at akneller@columbiachamber-ny.com

Like the Chamber on facebook  http://www.facebook.com/ccchamberny.

2017 Upcoming Events


 
Business After Hours @ Love Apple Farm – March 22, 2017 
Join the Chamber as Love Apple Farm hosts a Business After Hours on Wednesday, March 22.  They are located at 1421 State Route 9H in Ghent.  The event will run from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.  Business After Hours’ offer excellent networking opportunities for area business people.  All members of the business community are invited to attend this business event.  Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be offered during the After Hours.  There is no cost to attend, but guests are encouraged to contact the Chamber at (518) 828-4417 if they plan to attend.

Annual Agricultural Brunch – March 30, 2017
New Format and Location for the Annual Chamber Agricultural Brunch is being presented by Columbia County Farm Bureau and Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, which will be held on Thursday, March 30 from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm at Love Apple Farm. Cost is $25.  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about agricultural businesses and network.   Program will be Invasive Species:  Something for Everyone! presented by Marilyn Wyman, with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties.  For a more detailed description visit https://www.columbiachamber-ny.com/.  Please contact the Chamber by Friday, March 24 to make a reservation.

Creating your retirement paycheck: Strategies to help you live the life you deserve – March 30, 2017
Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. presents a complementary seminar on March 30 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm.  They will not only present how to combine income sources to create a “retirement paycheck,” but display how to get the most out of ones savings. By understanding what is and isn’t taxable we will help one minimize taxes when possible and create a strategy that works for them and their savings.  In other words, during this complimentary seminar, you’ll learn ways to: Determine how much income you’ll need in retirement, Identify income sources that you can combine to create your “retirement paycheck” and Help make your savings l
ast.  Seminar will take place at the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce located at 1 North Front Street in Hudson.  To make a reservation, call 518-813-2727.

Annual Legislative Breakfast – Friday, April 7, 2017
Columbia County Chamber of Commerce annual Legislative Breakfast.  This event offers Columbia County’s legislators an opportunity to outline their plans for 2017 and beyond to the local business community. The breakfast will be held on Friday, April 7 at Columbia-Greene Community College in the Student Center from 7:30 to 9:00 am.  The college is located at 4400 Route 23 in Hudson.  The cost of the breakfast is $25. Reservations are required by April 3.  Please contact the Chamber to make a reservation at 828-4417.

Business After Hours at Oak Pizzeria Napoletana – Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Join the Chamber as Oak Pizzeria Napoletana hosts a Business After Hours on Wednesday, April 12.  They are located at 523 Warren Street in Hudson.  The event will run from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.  Business After Hours’ offer excellent networking opportunities for area business people.  All members of the business community are invited to attend this business event.  Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be offered during the After Hours.  There is no cost to attend, but guests are encouraged to contact the Chamber at (518) 828-4417 if they plan to attend. 

Member Events & Information

What Should I Eat? parts 2 and 3.  Join Elliott Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine of Hudson and Deb Phillips, Nutritionist, of Great Barrington for parts two and three of our series on nutrition called What Should I Eat? Don’t worry if you missed the first class where we covered individual constitution from both Eastern and Western perspectives – you can jump right in to learn more about what herbs, supplements and dietary approaches might be appropriate for particular signs and symptoms in the second class on March 15th. Or join us for the third class in the series on April 12th where we will address how dietary approaches differ according to geography when we look at things like blue zones (where people live longer) and disease clusters as well as cover topics like cleaning up the food supply.  Find full details and registration at whattoeat.eventbrite.com. The classes are held on Wednesdays from 6:00 – 8:00 at River Pilates 876 Columbia Street. The cost is $30 per class or $50 for both, or $50 for “bring a friend” (admits two).


The Ghent Playhouse presents Mothers and Sons beginning March 17 running through April 2.  From the award winning playwright of “Love! Valor! Compassion!” comes a timely and touching new play about change, reconciliation and becoming a family.  A Dallas matriarch pays an unexpected visit to her late son’s former partner, who is now married to another man and raising a young son.  Forced to consider the life her son may have had, the woman must now come to terms with her own life choices and how society has changed around her.  The cost is $20/adults, $10/students.  For more information or to make a reservation visit www.ghentplayhouse.org.

The Lev-Evans Duo brings the warmth of Johannes Brahms and Franz Schubert in early spring to The Concerts at Camphill Ghent’s next classical music performance on March 18 at 3:00 p.m. in the Culture Hall, 2542 Route 66 here.  Pianists Mark Evans and Gili Melamed-Lev delve into the rich repertoire of four-hand and two-hand piano literature in the performance, “A Domestic Relationship at the Keyboard.” Melamed-Lev is also the artistic director of The Concerts at Camphill Ghent, a chamber music series now in its fifth year.  Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors (over 55) and $55 for a family. Reservations are encouraged and may be made by calling (518) 392-2760 or online at www.camphillghent.org.

Farm Film Fest 9 comes to the Crandell Theatre Sunday, March 19, 1:00 to 4:00 pm. The festival shows films that focus on farms, farming, and farming issues from both local and national filmmakers. Free admission with a cash donation or nonperishable food item to the Chatham Silent Food Pantry. Free reception follows at The People’s Pub, 36 Main Street. The annual event is cosponsored by the Chatham Film Club, Chatham Agricultural Partnership, and Columbia Land Conservancy. The Crandell Theatre is located at 48 Main Street, Chatham, NY. For more information, visit http://chathamkeepfarming.org/FarmFilmFest.html.


Claverack Library presents Family Game Day Sunday, March 19, 2:00-5:00
. The Friends of the Claverack Free Librarywelcome game lovers of all ages to an afternoon of warmth, fun and community at the A.B Shaw Fire Company. Come play your old favorites or try something new! Bring your favorite games to share or try some of ours. We will have classic games (ie. Scrabble, Memory, Monopoly, and Clue) as well as “Euro-style” games (ie. Settlers of Catan and Carcassonne) and cooperative games (ie. Escape, Pandemic, and Forbidden Island) in which we work together as a team to beat the game. Free pizza and drinks will be provided thanks to the support of a generous community member. Admission is FREE but pre-registration is requested to help us plan. Sign up at the library, call 518 851-7120, or email info@claveracklibrary.org.  Please note: this event will be held at A.B. Shaw Fire Company 67 Route 23 in Claverack.


Crandell Theatre will be screening the documentary of Newtown followed by a panel discussion.  Newtown uses deeply personal testimonies to tell the story of the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, the deadliest mass shooting of school children in American history. Through poignant interviews with parents, siblings, teachers, doctors, and first responders, Newtown documents a traumatized community still reeling from the senseless killing, fractured by grief but driven toward a sense of purpose.  Free Screening: Sat, March 25 I 12 PM I Crandell Theatre I Chatham, NY. A Board Member of the Sandy Hook Promise will be on the post-screening panel.  Visit http://www.wmht.org/blogs/independent-lens/newtown/ for more information and to watch the preview. Newtown will premiere on WMHT Monday April 3rd at 9 PM (time subject to change). Email education@wmht.org for more information.

Author Event on “Austerity Blues” and Higher Education at Chatham Bookstore, March 25.  CUNY Professors Michael Fabricant and Stephen Brier discuss their new book “Austerity Blues: Fighting for the Soul of Public Higher Education” at the Chatham Bookstore on Saturday, March 25, from 5 to 7 p.m. Published by Johns Hopkins University Press. A conversation with Thomas Chulak from the bookstore and Q & A follow a brief reading. Free. Refreshments. Live at the Chatham Bookstore, 27 Main St., Chatham, NY. 518-392-3005. https://chathambookstore.com/

This season’s lineup is full of opportunities to seek a deeper connection with spirituality, ecology, community, and yourself. At the Abode, you’ll find over 300 acres of forest, hiking trails, gardens, the Abode Farm CSA, and more. Whether it’s for a full program, or simply a meal and class or Universal Worship, now is a wonderful time to see what the Abode has to offer! Visit our Programs and Calendar pages on our website to learn more!  If you’re visiting the Abode for the first time, also consider our Abode Village Visits, immersive weekends to explore the meaning of “an Eco-Sufi Village” and to learn more about the land and community. Come discover what life looks like in an active historic spiritual community and retreat center!  In addition to our programs, we also have our exciting Volunteer Opportunities of Khidmat, Hands-to-Heart, and a Farm-to-Kitchen track! With opportunities to explore the farm-to-table culinary process, universal Sufi spirituality, day-to-day operations of an active spiritual center, and more, volunteering at the Abode is a great way to gain new skills, meet talented and enthusiastic friends, and gain an expanded understanding of community and sustainability.

Career Expo at Questar III - Live Local, Work Local on Wednesday, May 17 from 4:30 – 7:30 pm.  Target audience is Grades 7 – 11, Parents, Educators and Community Members.  The Expo will provide information to students and parents, through exciting, interactive displays about business and educational institutions in Greene, Columbia, Rensselaer Counties and the Capital Region for future employment and educational opportunities.

Please send your news items to Amy Kneller at akneller@columbiachamber-ny.com

Like the Chamber on facebook  http://www.facebook.com/ccchamberny.