Bookmarks 2014/15 Call For Submissions

The Memoir Project, a program of The Arts Center of the Capital Region, invites submissions for Bookmarks, an annual series of group readings and performances featuring work that is grounded in personal experience. We encourage both experienced writers and creators, as well as those whose work has not previously been presented publicly or published, to submit work.

Bookmarks is a thematically differentiated group reading and/or performance. Each event is curated and hosted
by a different individual, hand selected from our region’s richly diverse community. Chosen for their unique personal experiences and professional expertise, the curators decide on their theme. Details about the submission criteria and schedule for each curator are listed here and on our website. Each individual reading category has a separate submission date approximately 3/4 weeks prior. Works will be evaluated on quality, creativity, and relevance to the broader Memoir Project theme (i.e. Does the work mine the personal to express the universal?) as well as the individual themes set by each curator.

Submission Guidelines

  • Interested writers/creators are to submit online.
  • All submissions must be received by 11:59 PM on the date indicated in the online brochure which can be downloaded here.
  • The submission window will close at that time.
  • Submissions should not exceed length specified on the submission form.
  • You may submit to multiple curators, but only once per theme.
  • All applicants will be notified at least ten days before the event, or once the curator has chosen readers/presenters.
  • Keep the date OPEN in case you are selected!

Project VOICE – Free Performance For High School Students

Project VOICE will hold a free performance For High School Students on November 6th at 10 AM. For information and a reservation form, contact Arlene Sampson via E-mail at Questar III BOCES or click here for more information. Download the reservation form here.

This free performance for high school students is by celebrated writers, performers, and educators Franny
Choi and Philip Kaye of Project VOICE (Vocal Outreach Into Creative Expression), a national movement that celebrates and inspires youth self-expression through spoken word poetry. This special event is presented by the Riverfront Arts Education Collaborative and Questar III at The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.

Reservations will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Transportation is not provided.

6th Annual “To Honor and Serve” Veterans Day Breakfast

Please join the Unified Military Affairs Council (UMAC) at the 6th Annual “To Honor and Serve” Veterans Day Breakfast on Friday, November 7 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Glen Sanders Mansion, One Glen Avenue, Scotia.

Local “celebrities” will serve breakfast to our honored guests, active military and veterans from around the Capital Region.

We will welcome keynote speaker Captain Jamie Pierce, a third-generation graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy (1985), and a designated Naval Aviator with more than 2900 flight hours in the SH-60B Seahawk.

Assignments ashore include serving as Chief of Staff to ComNavBase Charleston, and command of Reserve Units supporting OPNAV N4 in the Pentagon, US European Command in Stuttgart Germany, and the Combined Joint Operations from the Sea Centre of Excellence in Norfolk VA. He also served as the Navy Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer (NEPLO) to New York State. In March 2013, he was mobilized to Afghanistan for one year, serving as ISAF’s Senior Aviation Advisor to the Afghan Ministry of Defense. Upon return in March 2014, he took on the duties as the Deputy Reserve Component Commander for Navy Region Midwest.

Captain Pierce holds a Bachelor of Science degree (with distinction) in Naval Science and earned a master’s in National Security Affairs (Strategic Planning) from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1990.

In his civilian capacity, he is the GM for Customer Projects for North & South America with GE Power and Water. He is married to the former BJ Heiner of Schenectady and has three fantastic sons: Taylor (LTjg, USN, aboard the mighty warship ANCHORAGE), Garrett (a school teacher in Germany), and Cameron (a lacrosse player at LeMoyne University).

Cost is $20 per guest and $5 for active military and veterans. Register via the Schenectady Chamber of Commerce website.

Veterans Career Network Opportunities

Veterans, get assistance from human resource professionals every Thursday from 10:30—12 noon at the Stratton VA Medical Center, 113 Holland Ave, Room 603C, Albany, NY 12208

Upcoming presentations by Century Solar Supply/Questar III on November 6th and Upstate Transit of Saratoga on November 20th. For more information call 518-626-5150. Drop-ins are welcome.


November 2014 Newsletter – Becoming Saints

Ok, the newsletter is two days late. Remember, it did take time for some to become saints…

November calls us to reflect on the lives of the saints and to pray for all those journeying toward the beatific vision. Join us in prayer for the faithful departed throughout November. Beyond remembering, we are called to become saints ourselves. Check out our newsletter and discover how to become a saint. Be an active part of the church this November because giving thanks to and praising God is not just a one-day-a-year event.

You may view and download a copy of our November 2014 Newsletter right here.


Attention Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and Brownies

PNCC Scouting

The Polish National Catholic Church has an active Scouting program and the Church’s youth and adults may earn awards as follows:

pncc_love pncc_country God and Community Award pncc_bishop

  • Cub Scouts and Brownies: Love of God – The Love of God Emblem program is for Cub Scouts and Brownies in Grades 2 through 5.
  • Boy Scouts: God and Country – The God and Country Program is for Scouts from the age of 11 to 21 and focuses on Christian spirit and faith, fellowship, church participation and fellowship, church service and Christianity in action.
  • Girl Scouts: God and Community
  • Adult Members: Bishop Thaddeus F. Zielinski Award

For more information and detailed award program requirements please contact:

Polish National Catholic Church Committee on Scouting
Mr. Richard Daum
11 Everette Place
Wayne, NJ 07470

Girl Scout Camp Open House

A Girl Scout camp open house will take place on Saturday, October 26th from 9:30am till 12:30pm at Camp Woodhaven in Galway, New York. For more information and directions, please contact the Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York by E-mail.

GS OpenHouse

Rummage/Bake Sale and Polish Kitchen this Saturday

The Holy Name of Jesus National Catholic Church, is holding its annual rummage and bake sale now featuring our Polish Kitchen this Saturday, October 18th from 9 am to 3 pm in the parish hall at 1040 Pearl Street (between Chrisler Ave. and Crane St.), Schenectady (CDTA Route 353). A bag sale will begin at 2 pm. The sale features clothing, household items, toys, furnishings, great baked goods, wonderful homemade Polish food, and many other items. Stop by – you never know what you will find.


Jobs for Veterans and Planning for Veteran’s Day

Job Fair

A Veterans Job Fair will be held on Thursday, October 23rd from 10am to 3pm at the Albany Stratton VA Campus, 67 Veterans Way, (New Scotland Ave. Entrance), Albany, New York.

The job fair is open to Active Duty Service Members, Reservists, National Guard, Veterans of all eras and their spouses. Dress for success and bring your Resume, VA/Military ID and/or your DD214. Veterans interested in a career at the VA please call 518-626-JOBS. Participating employers include: Public (Federal/State/Local) and Private.

If you are a Veteran Call 518-626-MyVA to Enroll for VA Healthcare Today. Events are sponsored by VA Medical Center Office of Vocational Services.

Veterans Job Fair

Salute to Veterans

The Honorable Kathleen Jimino and the Rensselaer County Veteran’s Service Agency are sponsoring a Salute to Veterans – Honoring Those that Served and the 16th Annual Veterans’ Breakfast on Sunday, November 9th from 8:30am to 11:30am as well as a noontime medal presentation ceremony at the Veterans of Lansingburgh, 777 1st Avenue, Troy, New York. The event is free to all veterans and their families.

Salute to Veterans

October 2014 Newsletter – Change is in the Air

September 26th and our newsletter is here four days early! That’s change in-and-of-itself.

October calls us to reflect on the change around us and how God makes all change work for our good. September blessed us with baptisms and first communion as well as the start of our School of Christian living – God bless our young people. Learn about our upcoming craft fair on October 4th and our Rummage Sale on October 18th. October brings many celebrations focused on family and heritage. We invite you be part of those celebrations right here in Schenectady. You may view and download a copy right here — October 2014 Newsletter.

October 2014 Newsletter

Craft Fair and Polish Kitchen – Saturday, October 4th

Come enjoy and afternoon out at Holy Name of Jesus’ 2nd annual Craft Fair and sample our Polish Kitchen too on Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 10 AM-5 PM at the Rotterdam Senior Citizens Club
, 2639 Hamburg St, Rotterdam NY 12303.

Featuring Woodwork; Jewelry, Glass and Metal Art; Paintings; Photographs; Sewing; Beads; Quilts; Knits and Crocheted goods; Needlepoint; Candles and scent decor; Floral Designs; Ceramics; and Holiday decorations.

Enjoy our Polish Kitchen with kielbasa, pierogi, golumbki, and more…

Craft Fair 2014