Born in Nigeria and a resident of several regions of the country, Kelechi Nwagboso moved to America a decade ago to join her husband, a chemical engineer. Kelechi is her family’s eldest daughter and started cooking for them and assisting her mother, who ran the cafeteria at a local cement factory, when she was eight years old. She opened Keobi, the Capital Region’s first restaurant dedicated to the flavors of West Africa, on April 8, 2020 to rave reviews. Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa, gaining its independence in 1960 after centuries of European rule. The legacy of Nigerian [...]
Please join CSSC on Wednesday, December 8, as we visit the Capital Holiday Lights. Space is limited and you must be a senior to participate. The CSSC shuttle buses will leave The Beltrone Living Center at 5 p.m. and return at approximately 8 p.m. This outing is open to the public. To make a reservation, please call Sharon Herald at 518-459-2857 ext. 302.
Join us on December 14 from 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. to learn about THE CENTER. THE CENTER is CSSC’s program for learning, creativity, traveling, exercising, making new friends and having fun. Come to meet a few instructors, hear about what is coming up in 2022, and have refreshments in the Lakeview Dining Room at The Beltrone Living Center. Free for all, no reservations required. You must be vaccinated to attend.
Zaitoon Kitchen is brilliant in style and has a softly tweaked spin on Afghan food. The simple menu has familiar Mediterranean, Pakistani and Turkish elements, dishes that migrated and morphed along spice routes. Of course, silky hummus and smoky baba ganoush are there, as is pillowy, hand-stretched naan. Get ready for January’s dining opportunity as we visit Zaitoon Kitchen, 471 Troy-Schenectady Road, Latham on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at 4:00 PM. The cost of the meal is $30. Space is limited and registration is required. CSSC Transportation Services are available for those who are unable to drive themselves. Please call Diane [...]
The Warmth of Winter is our annual community event to help seniors stay warm. Each year this event raises funds to help defray the cost of heating the homes of seniors and assist them in repairing and maintaining their heating systems. Winter is especially challenging for those on fixed incomes which is why Colonie Senior Service Centers, Inc. (CSSC) reaches out to the community for support. In addition to helping with heating bills, funds are allocated to help seniors repair and maintain their heating systems. In order to ensure everyone stays safe and healthy we will be holding this year’s [...]
Please join Diane as she visits another sacred space, Redemption Church located at 1511 6th Avenue in Watervliet on Tuesday, March 29, 2022. In 1972, Elder John Massey, Jr. began a home Bible study held at his kitchen table. This home Bible study was a small sanctuary for nightly gatherings of prayer, devotions, and in-depth Bible study. The kitchen became too small for the group that began gathering on a regular basis, so the services were moved to a small rented church building on Fifth Avenue. In less than a year, the small church building was filled to capacity, and the [...]
Calling All CSSC Cornhole Players! CSSC is looking for seniors to join our cornhole team to compete in the Humana Cornhole Tournament at Colonie Center. On Thursdays from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m., throughout the month of April, seniors from around the Capital Region will compete to see who is the championship team. Door prizes will be available and all participants will receive a t-shirt. For more information contact Louis at 518-459-2857, ext. 340.
April’s Community Drive Thru Dinner Thursday, April 7, 2022 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Menu Spring Vegetable Lentil Soup Baby Greens with Roasted Peppers, Olives, Provolone Cheese & White Balsamic Vinaigrette A Duet of Glazed Ham and Roasted Turkey Breast, Sun Dried Cranberry Gravy Mashed Potatoes, Green Bean Casserole Lemon Mousse, Mixed Berry Compote, Lady Fingers This wonderful drive thru meal is available to anyone in the community. Reservations are required and the cost is $15 per meal. To make a reservation or for additional information, please call Louis at 518-459-2857 ext. 340.
Roger Dames, CSSC’s Driver Fitness Coordinator, will conduct a Defensive Driving Class on: Saturday, April 9, 2022 Class will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at The Beltrone Living Center, 6 Winners Circle, Albany, NY. Cost is $25 per person, due before day of class. To reserve your seat, call 518-459-2857, ext. 340.
Roger Dames, CSSC’s Driver Fitness Coordinator, will conduct a Defensive Driving Class on: Friday, April 22, 2022 Class will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at The Beltrone Living Center, 6 Winners Circle, Albany, NY. Cost is $25 per person, due before day of class. To reserve your seat, call 518-459-2857, ext. 340.
CSSC’s International Diners Club – For the Love of Food April’s Outing – Italian Anyone? Formerly V&R on Madison Ave, now Rudy’s V&R, located off Everett Road at the West Albany Italian Benevolent Society. The V&R initials are for the original partners of the Albany restaurant, Vinny Lulgjuraj and Rudy Berisic. This restaurant is known for their Italian house specialties and homemade desserts. Get ready for April’s dining opportunity as we visit Rudy’s V & R Italian Ristorante, 50 Exchange Street, Albany on Tuesday, April 26 at 4:30 p.m. The cost of the meal is $33. Space is limited and registration [...]
The journey continues on Wednesday, April 27, as we visit another area sacred space. Join Diane Conroy-LaCivita as she travels to St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church in downtown Watervliet. St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church is a magnificent church building established in 1906. It displays the Romanesque style of architecture designed by noted architects Bernhardt and Noack. Located at the junction of 4th Avenue and 24th Street, the church has a stunning architecture and speaks only of grandeur. The splendid design and intricate details are proof of the golden era to which it belonged. The CSSC shuttle bus will leave The Beltrone Living [...]
Too often, unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands, which is dangerous and often tragic. That is why NYS Assemblyman and Pharmacist John McDonald, owner of Marra’s Pharmacy in Cohoes, and Colonie Senior Service Centers, Inc. are teaming up to offer a medication take back event at The Beltrone Living Center. Clean out your medicine cabinets and bring your expired or unwanted medications with you on Thursday, April 28, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. John McDonald will be on site to take those medications from you so that they are properly disposed of and he will also [...]
Join us on Friday, April 29th from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. for our second monthly community concert in a four-part series entitled World Concert Series – Music for the Ages. Fritz’s Polka Band (FPB) was formed in 1978. From Verona, NY, Fritz’s Polka Band is NOT an oompa pa band or the stereotypical “polka” band. In fact, FPB is known for breaking the stereotype regarding “polka” music. FPB is the first polka band to perform at a Woodstock Festival (Woodstock ’99)! Fritz’s Polka Band has made 19 recordings, which have achieved international airplay. Band Members: Fritz Scherz – piano accordion, button-box accordion, vocals [...]
Friday, May 6th, 2022 11:30 am – 1:30 pm **Seating will be limited. Join in this fun-filled event as see the latest fashions for this mother's day! The Mother’s Day Fashion Show and Luncheon promises to be a fun and pleasing day to see this summer’s stunning fashions. All proceeds from this year’s Fashion Show and Luncheon support CSSC’s Transportation Services Program. Our fleet of vehicles has the capacity to complete over 100 trips per day taking seniors to medical appointments, shopping and other activities. This service assists seniors to age-in-place in their own home in the community. [...]
Roger Dames, CSSC’s Driver Fitness Coordinator, will conduct a Defensive Driving Class on: Wednesday, May 11, 2022 Class will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at The Beltrone Living Center, 6 Winners Circle, Albany, NY. Cost is $25 per person, due before day of class. To reserve your seat, call 518-459-2857, ext. 340.
Korean food is some of the healthiest on earth, with an emphasis on vegetables, meats cooked simply and without much oil, and a near obsession with the fermented vegetable kimchi. Much of the food that exists in Korea today and the customs surrounding it have come from royal cuisine and the complex customs of the ancient court. The food is a study in balance with careful consideration given to temperature, spiciness, color and texture along with considered presentation. With generous support from CDPHP, please join a Chef from Sunhee’s Farm and Kitchen, and Jennifer Zhao, Executive Director of the International Center [...]
Friday, May 13, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. “Cruising to the Islands” Menu • Bermudian Fish Chowder with Black Rum • Arugula Salad with Cucumbers and Dill with White Balsamic Vinaigrette • Roasted Chicken with Mango Sauce • Rice & Peas, Spinach • Key Lime Pie These wonderful drive thru meals are available to anyone in the community. Reservations are required and the cost is $15 per meal. To make a reservation or for additional information, please call Louis at 518-459-2857 ext. 340.
The Beltrone Living Center has scheduled their spring open house for Saturday, May 14 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Come tour one of our region’s premiere independent senior 55+ living communities. Adjacent to the Crossings Park of Colonie, The Beltrone is about affordability, a multitude of on-going planned activities and outings, wonderful cuisine prepared on premise by Mazzone Hospitality and location, location, location; close to shopping and area attractions. Many apartment models to choose from. For questions or for additional information call 518-459-2711.
May’s Outing – Korean Anyone? Join Diane on her next scheduled international dining excursion to Sunhee’s Farm & Kitchen, 95-97 Ferry Street in Troy on Tuesday, May 17, 2021. The name “Sunhee’s” is derived from the combination of the ends of the chefs’ Korean names, Sun Hwa and Chun Hee. Just as the namesake draws upon each individual to create a single entity, Sun Hwa and Chun Hee’s passion for food and complimentary syles come together to form an impeccable partnership in the kitchen. Having immigrated separately to the US in 1993, Sun Hwa and Chun Hee share in more than [...]
Join us on Friday, May 20 for our third free community concert in a four-part series entitled World Concert Series – Music for the Ages. May is dedicated to Italian music, culture and cuisine. Formed forty years ago, The Good Times Band with members John Rizzo on guitar, Nick Rizzo on base and Todd Sardella on keyboard and vocals know all the pop and classic Italian tunes. All originally from Schenectady and related to one another, John explained that their music is as important to them as their family. This event is possible with the generous support from the New York [...]
Roger Dames, CSSC’s Driver Fitness Coordinator, will conduct a Defensive Driving Class on: Tuesday, May 24, 2022 Class will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at The Beltrone Living Center, 6 Winners Circle, Albany, NY. Cost is $25 per person, due before day of class. To reserve your seat, call 518-459-2857, ext. 340.
Join Diane on her next scheduled international excursion to Moliendo Café, 791 Madison Avenue in Albany on Wednesday, June 1 at 4:30 p.m. (CSSC bus will be leaving by 4:00 p.m.) Humble and brightly lit, Moliendo Café feels as warm and welcoming as their traditional Colombian cooking. Owner Diane Murcia, a native of Medellin, Colombia, opened the restaurant in 2017 which is known for its delicious ethnic Colombian menu complete with soups, cheese breads and empanadas (soups are integral to Colombian cuisine). The cost of the meal is $30. Attendees will be ordering off a specially chosen event menu which will [...]
The journey continues on Tuesday, June 7, as we visit another area sacred space. Join Diane as we visit the Grafton Peace Pagoda located at 87 Crandall Rd in Petersburg. If you are looking to truly get away from it all and seek out an attraction that will leave you feeling nothing short of zen, then it's time to discover our very own peace pagoda. The Grafton Peace Pagoda took 8-years to complete and came to be after Buddhist nun and activist, Jun Yasuda was gifted the land by another long-time activist. The CSSC shuttle bus will leave The Beltrone Living [...]
Join us on Thursday, June 9 at 6:00 PM for our fourth free community concert in a four-part-series entitled World Concert Series – Music for the Ages. June is dedicated to German music, culture and cuisine. We will be entertained by the Accord-A-Tones, Becky and Herb Liebenhagen of Cohoes, a husband and wife team who play authentic International music, specializing in German Folk Music. This event is possible with the generous support from the New York State Council on the Arts and the Arts Center for the Capital Region. Weather permitting, the concert will be held in the south-end gazebo at [...]
Join Abby from SABBA Vineyards in the community room at King Thiel Senior Community on Thursday, June 9 at 11:00 a.m. for a class entitled NYS WINE 101. Established in 2012, SABBA Vineyard is a small family-run vineyard in New York State’s Hudson Valley. They are both sculptors and winemakers. Their dedication to the art of sculpting, growing the best grapes and making the most delicious wine is born out of their love for the beauty it bringsto our cherished land and the joy of sharing fine award-winning wine with friends and family. Attendees will be presented with a flight of [...]
Please join THE CENTER at CSSC on Sunday, June 12 from 12:00 Noon to 3:00 p.m. as we participate in the Pruyn House’s Global Wellness Day on the grounds of the beautiful historic site located at 207 Old Niskayuna Road in Latham. The event is free and open to the public with many demonstrations and vendors. The main aims of the day are: • To recognize the value of our lives • To pause and think, even if for just one day of the year • To be free from the stress of everyday city life and bad habits • To [...]
Tuesday, June 14, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Menu • Watermelon Gazpacho • Grilled Asparagus Salad w/Arugala and Honey Apricot Dressing • BBQ chicken dinner w/corn bread, baked beans and potato salad • Chocolate Strawberry Trifle These wonderful drive thru meals are available to anyone in the community. Reservations are required and the cost is $15 per meal. To make a reservation or for additional information, please call Louis at 518-459-2857 ext. 340.
Back by popular demand, come join cssc for summerfest, a senior community block party open to the public! Featuring an active aging fair, live music, vendors and car show with free admission. Monday, June 20, 2022 from 2-6 p.m. at The Beltrone Living Center, 6 Winners Circle, Albany. Brought to you be these local sponsors: • Centers health care • Adirondack radiology open mri • Aetna medicare solutions • Captioncall phone service • Marquis certified home care