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April 2017 Newsletter

Healthy Bones for Life Exercise & Education Program TIME CHANGE
Thursday afternoon’s Healthy Bones for Life Exercise & Education Program will now take place between 3:30 and 4:30PM.

Day Activities
Karen will be onsite from 11AM – 3PM in the new Clubhouse for events during the day as well as to receive any feedback or suggestions residents may have about events. All below events begin at 12PM.  Please sign up in the Clubhouse.
4/3: Games
4/17: Trivia games
4/24: Afternoon movie

Bocce Games
Thursdays in April, 6:30PM
Play a game of bocce on the green space between Maastricht and Zeeland (weather permitting)!

Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 8th, 10:30AM
Open to all grandchildren and great-grandchildren under the age of 12. The Hunt will take place in the Clubhouse and the Clubhouse parking lot.

Performance of “Lost Radio Rounders”
Saturday, April 8th, 8PM
Cost: $12/person
Enjoy this themed program of Historic American Music – songs such as “Battle Cry of Freedom”, “Marines Hymn”, songs to commemorate victories, to praise fallen comrades and to remember sweethearts back at home.  Performance will take place at the Sand Lake Center for the Arts.

Make Your Own Spring Centerpiece
Monday, April 10th, 6PM
Cost: $ /centerpiece
Create a centerpiece for any spring occasion!

Cocktail Hour
Friday, April 14th, 5-7PM
Bring an appetizer to share!

Pot Luck Dinner
Wednesday, April 19th, 6PM
Prepare your favorite dish and share it with your neighbors and friends.  Be sure to sign up in the Clubhouse.

March/April Birthday Celebration
Monday, April 24th, 6PM
Celebrate residents with birthdays that occurred in March/April.  Cake and beverages will be provided.

Spinney Book Club Meeting
Tuesday, April 25th, 6PM
The Spinney Book Club is currently reading Traces of Guilt by Dee Henderson and will be discussing the book at the next meeting in the Clubhouse Conference room.  If you’re interested, please come and join us!

Battle of the Sexes Trivia Challenge
Friday, April 28th, 6:30PM
Teams of men and women will battle it out to be #1!

French Toast Breakfast
Saturday, April 29th, 9-11AM
Cost: $6/person
Enjoy a French toast breakfast in the Clubhouse!

LOOKING AHEAD: Concert Series
Thursdays in May & June, 7:30PM
The Spinney at Pond View and A Still Small Voice 4U Inc. are pleased to present 3 acoustic folk concerts this spring in the Clubhouse.  ALL ticket sales for each concert will benefit a local charity.  Tickets at the door will have a suggested donation of $20, but Spinney residents and their guests can buy discounted advance sale tickets for just $15 in the Clubhouse.  The following concerts are what are coming this spring, alongside the local charity which proceeds will benefit, so mark your calendars!:
May 4th: Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen, benefitting children attending summer theater program at Sand Lake Center for the Arts
May 18th: Rod MacDonald, benefitting Anchor Food Pantry in Castleton
June 1st: Betty and the Baby Boomers, benefitting Heroes at Home
*More information about each performer will be posted in the Clubhouse on the bulletin board.

March 2017 Newsletter

Day Activities
Karen will be onsite from 11AM – 3PM in the new Clubhouse for events during the day as well as to receive any feedback or suggestions residents may have about events. All below events begin at 12PM.  Please sign up in the Clubhouse.

3/6: Pot Luck lunch
3/13: Make your own Easter/Spring door wreath
3/20: Trivia games
3/27: Afternoon movie

Cocktail Hour
Friday, March 10th, 5-7PM
Bring your favorite beverage and appetizer to share!

Dementia Event to Celebrate Dementia Week
Thursday, March 16th, 12:30PM
David Troxel will be visiting our Clubhouse to educate and speak to Spinney residents and their families about the challenges that dementia can bring.  Atria, the Capital District’s leading provider of assisted and supportive living, will be providing lunch prepared by one of their chef’s!  If you would like to attend, please sign up in the Clubhouse, e-mail pondviewleasing@thespinneygroup.comor call (518) 479-0800, letting us know how many people will be in attendance.

Traditional St. Patrick’s Day Dinner
Thursday, March 16th, 6PM
Cost: $10/person
One of the most popular events all year!  Enjoy a traditional St. Patrick’s Day dinner in the Clubhouse!  Be sure to wear green!

French Toast Breakfast
Saturday March 18th, 9-11AM
Cost: $6/person
Enjoy a French toast breakfast in the Clubhouse!

Sunday Brunch Buffet at Treviso (IACC)
Sunday, March 19th, 11AM
Cost: $21.95/person
Enjoy a delicious Sunday brunch at the Italian-American Community Center!

Spinney Book Club Meeting
Tuesday, March 21st, 6PM
The Spinney Book Club is currently reading LION by Saroo Brierley and will be discussing the book at the next meeting in the Clubhouse Conference room.  If you’re interested, please come and join us!

Lunch at SCCC
March 23rd, 12PM
Cost: $16/person
Enjoy an Italian themed lunch prepared by Schenectady County Community College culinary students!

Tropical Beach Themed Party
Saturday, March 25th, 7PM
We may be far from summer, but this beach-themed party will transport you to those warmer months!  Be sure to dress the part!

Yankee Trails Trip to Culinary Institute of America
Tuesday, March 28th, bus leaves at 8:45AM
Cost: $90/person (includes bus, lunch and tour)
Take a trip to the CIA and enjoy a delicious lunch prepared on site.  Top the trip off with a tour of the facility.  Please sign up in the Clubhouse.

Pot Luck Dinner
Wednesday, March 29th, 6PM
Prepare your favorite dish and share it with your neighbors and friends.  Be sure to sign up in the Clubhouse.

February 2017 Newsletter

Resident Directory
Resident, Linda Kospa, will be spearheading the effort of creating a new Community Directory.  If you would like to be a part of this, please provide your name, address and/or phone number to Linda Kospa by calling her at (518) 465-3282 or dropping your information off at her cottage (6 Antwerp Drive, #5).  The new Community Directory will only be distributed to those residents who choose to provide their information.

Day Activities on Mondays starting February 6th!
Starting Monday, February 6th, Karen will be onsite from 11AM – 3PM in the new Clubhouse for events during the day as well as to receive any feedback or suggestions residents may have about events.

2/6 at 11:30AM: Afternoon games – Bring your lunch and enjoy an afternoon of games
2/13 at 12PM: Valentine’s Day themed potluck lunch – Bring a pink/red colored dish to share!
2/27 at 12PM: Afternoon movie

Please sign up for these events in the Clubhouse.

Healthy Bones for Life Exercise & Education Program
Tuesdays at 10AM, Thursdays at 4PM
Join resident instructor, Ann Yetmen, for a program involving exercise, balance and stretching which benefits all ages and fitness levels.  This program is sponsored by RSVP of the Capital Region in partnership with Sunnyview Hospital and is free!  Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing.

Chair Yoga
Wednesdays at 10AM
Cost: $8 for 4-week class
Spinney resident, Joan Haggerty, recently relocated to Castleton to be nearer to her children.  Joan is very passionate about teaching others about the benefits of the yoga practice as it has assisted with her own recovery and management of health challenges throughout the years.  Join Joan and learn why yoga is so good for you! 

Spinney Book Club
Thursday, February 9th, 6PM
Do you enjoy reading?  Would you like to gather with others to review and discuss a good book that you’ve all recently read?  If you’re interested, please come the first meeting at the Clubhouse to help set up the Spinney Book Club.  If you’re interested, but cannot attend, please call resident Sue Pilipczuk at (315) 717-2946 or send her an e-mail at sue.pilipczuk@gmail.com to sign up!

Cocktail Hour
Friday, February 10th, 5-7PM
Bring your favorite beverage and appetizer to share!

Pancake Breakfast
Saturday, February 18th, 9-11AM
Cost: $5
Enjoy a homemade breakfast in the Clubhouse

Capital Reperatory Theater presents “Assisted Loving”
Saturday, February 18th, 3PM
Cost: $30 per person due 2/3 (cash only)
Broadway Director Gordon Greenberg and NY Times writer Bob Morris collaborate on the World Premiere of Assisted Loving (Dating with My Dad), a hilarious dating comedy for every generation.  Please leave money due in the cashbox.

Pizza & Movie Night
Saturday, February 25th, 6:30PM
Sign up in the Clubhouse.  Movie will be selected closer to the 25th!

January/February Birthdays
Monday, February 27th, 6PM
Celebrate residents whose birthdays fall in January and February.  Cake and drinks will be provide


January 2017 Newsletter

Resident Directory
Resident, Linda Kospa, will be spearheading the effort of creating a new Community Directory.  If you would like to be a part of this, please provide your name, address and/or phone number to Linda Kospa by calling her at (518) 465-3282 or dropping your information off at her cottage (6 Antwerp Drive, #5).  The new Community Directory will only be distributed to those residents who choose to provide their information.

Tying Up of Dogs on Property
There have been reports of many dogs being tied up to front porches, posts, chairs, and the like throughout the community.  Per the Pet Lease that all pet owners sign with The Spinney at Pond View, pets (dogs and cats) must be controlled by their Owner at all times when outside of their cottages.  Please ensure that this rule is followed as to avoid any damage made to your cottage, keep your neighbors feeling safe, and keep your pet within the community.  Not abiding by this rule will result in rescinding of Pet Leases going forward.

Field Goods Pick-Up Location
Field Goods is a subscription-based service that delivers produce from small farms to consumers year-round.  With the Clubhouse as a pick-up location it would be the next best thing to fresh produce being dropped off at your doorstep!  The Clubhouse is set up as a pick-up location so if you’re interested sign up online!  For more information or to sign-up, please visit www.field-goods.com or pick up a flyer in the Clubhouse!

Chair Yoga
Wednesdays at 10AM
Cost: $8 for 4-week class
Spinney resident, Joan Haggerty, recently relocated to Castleton to be nearer to her children.  Joan is very passionate about teaching others about the benefits of the yoga practice as it has assisted with her own recovery and management of health challenges throughout the years.  Join Joan and learn why yoga is so good for you! 

November & December Birthday Celebration
Monday, January 9th, 6PM
Celebrate all neighbor’s birthdays that occurred in November & December!

Trip to Turning Stone
Tuesday, January 10th, 8:15AM
Cost: $19/person
Take a trip to Turning Stone and try it out at the casino!  Bus trip will leave at 8:15AM.

Paint & Sip
Friday, January 13th, 6:30PM
Cost: $28/person
Bring out your inner artist by creating a painting with the aid of an instructor and a glass of wine!  Sign up in the Clubhouse.

Zumba Classes Resume!
Mondays starting January 16th, 6PM
Cost: $6/class
Zumba Gold classes will be offered in the new Clubhouse space starting Monday, January 16th.  Attend 5 classes and the 6th class is free!

Healthy Bones for Life Exercise & Education Program
Tuesdays at 10AM (1/3, 1/10, 1/24, 1/31)
Thursdays at 4PM (1/5, 1/12, 1/19, 1/26)
Join resident instructor, Ann Yetmen, for a program involving exercise, balance and stretching which benefits all ages and fitness levels.  This program is sponsored by RSVP of the Capital Region in partnership with Sunnyview Hospital and is free!  Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing.

Neighborhood Potluck
Wednesday, January 18th, 6PM
Cook your favorite dish and share it with your neighbors and friends!  Sign up with what you are bringing in the Clubhouse.

Pizza & A Movie
Saturday, January 21st, 6PM
Come enjoy the first movie night in the new Clubhouse!

Clubhouse Grand Opening Event
Thursday, January 26th, 4-7PM
Come celebrate the grand opening of the Clubhouse space with food, drinks and socializing!

Pancake Breakfast
Saturday, January 28th, 9-11AM
Cost: $5
Enjoy a homemade breakfast in the Clubhouse!

December 2016 Newsletter

Field Goods Pick-Up Location
Field Goods is a subscription-based service that delivers produce from small farms to consumers at community sites year-round.  With the Clubhouse as a pick-up location it would be the next best thing to fresh produce being dropped off at your doorstep!  We have already set up the Clubhouse as a pick-up location so if you’re interested, simply sign up online!  For more information or to sign-up for a delivery, please visit www.field-goods.com or pick up a flyer in the Clubhouse!

OFFICE CLOSED: Friday, December 23rd, Monday, December 26th & Monday, January 2nd
The Spinney at Pond View 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!

This Month’s Bible Study Schedule
This month the Bible Study group will be meeting on Thursday, December 8th, 6:30PM.

Jewelry Class
Monday, December 5th, 6PM
Make your own jewelry – perfect for gifts for family or friends!  There is a cost associated with this event which will depend on what you decide to make and the supplies you use.

Horse Drawn Carriage Ride
Saturday, December 10th, 6:30PM
Cost: $15/person
Enjoy the Capital Lights in the Park (Washington Park, Albany) from a festive horse drawn carriage!  Be sure to sign up for the fun!

Many Moods of Christmas
Sunday, December 11th, 3PM
Cost: $25/person
A program with renowned Opera Tenor Rafael Devila and Orchestra Pro Musica at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall!

Cottage Decorating Contest Judging
Monday, December 12th
If you would like to participate in this year’s decorating contest, please have your decorations completed by December 12th.  Judging will occur on the night of December 12th and the winners will be announced at the Holiday Party!

Annual Spinney Holiday Party
Friday, December 16th, 6PM
Cost: $23/person
Based on resident feedback, this year’s holiday party will take place at Muscatiello’s on Route 4 in East Greenbush.  Please sign up!

Capital Community Voices in Concert present “All is Calm, All is Bright”
Saturday, December 17th, 7:30PM
Cost: $8/person (senior pricing)
Performed at the Genet Elementary School (Route 4, East Greenbush) – get in the holiday spirit!

Make Your Own Holiday Centerpiece
Tuesday, December 20th, 6:30PM
Cost: $20/person
Create a homemade centerpiece for your holiday table! 

Cookie Swap
Wednesday, December 21st, 6PM
Celebrate the holidays with cookies of all kinds! Make and bring your favorite cookie and go home with a variety! Sign up in the Clubhouse as the number of participants will dictate how many cookies each participant should make.

Caroling Through The Spinney
Thursday, December 22nd, 6:30PM
Get into the holiday spirit by singing carols around the community.  Hot cocoa and treats will be served in the Clubhouse afterwards.

Community New Year’s Eve Party
Saturday, December 31st, 7:30PM
Ring in 2017 with your neighbors and friends!  The ball drop will be watched and fun times will be had by all!


November 2016 Newsletter

Be sure to stop into the new Clubhouse and pick up your key fob to access the building outside of operation hours!  The Clubhouse is filled with activities for your enjoyment – come shoot a game of pool with neighbors or organize a movie night on the projector in the Media Room.  The opportunities are endless!  We will be hosting a Grand Opening party for the Clubhouse after the Holiday Party – most likely in January, but the space can be used and reserved!
Starting in December, all monthly Newsletters will be available in the Clubhouse, in the receptacles found throughout the community, The Spinney at Pond View’s website and via e-mail.  Please ensure we have your current e-mail address on file to guarantee online delivery of Newsletters going forward. 

OFFICE CLOSED: Thursday, November 24th & Friday, November 25th
The Spinney at Pond View offices will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.  We all wish you a happy and healthy holiday with family and friends!

This Month’s Bible Study Schedule
Due to upcoming holidays, the Bible Study group will be meeting on the following dates:
Thursday, November 10th, 6:30pm
Thursday, December 8th, 6:30pm
The regular schedule of the 2nd and 4thThursday of each month will resume in January. All residents interested are welcome.

Veterans’ Day Celebration
Friday, November 11th, 11AM – 2PM
Celebrate Veterans’ Day with a commemorative raising of the American Flag and a soup lunch in the Clubhouse.

Fall Centerpiece Making Class
Tuesday, November 15th, 6:30PM
Cost: $20/centerpiece
Create a beautiful centerpiece for your holiday table in the Clubhouse! 

Community Pancake Breakfast
Saturday, November 19th, 9-11AM
Cost: $5
Start your day with a delicious homemade pancake breakfast with your neighbors.  Event will take place in the Clubhouse. 

Equinox Thanksgiving Volunteers Needed!
Sunday, November 20th, 4:45PM – 7PM
Sign up in the Clubhouse if you are interested in volunteering for a great cause this year!

Tai Chi Offering in 2017
We have contracted a YMCA instructor to teach a 50-minute tai chi class taking place on Fridays in 2017 in the Clubhouse.  This class will be a 10-week commitment and the more people who participate, the lower the cost.  To commit to this class we are asking for 12 people with the upfront cost of $50/person.  This cost will pay for the 10 weeks of classes.  Please sign up in the Clubhouse if you are interested!

October 2016 Newsletter

Join The Spinney String-A-Long Group!
Mondays, 10:30AM
The Spinney’s String-A-Long group is looking for residents to join in on the fun!  Whether you’re experienced in knitting, crocheting, or cross-stitch, or just starting out, bring in your most recent project and enjoy a social setting with friends and neighbors.

Personal Preparedness Program
Tuesday, October 11th, 1PM
Would you know what to do in a crisis?  This program presented by the Rensselaer County Department of Health will help with that.  Please sign up in the Welcome Center.

Hayride and Bonfire
Saturday, October 15th, 7PM
Cost: $7
Enjoy the fall fun at Kristy’s barn!  Please bring a flashlight as it does get darker earlier. children.  Please sign up in the Welcome Center. 

Making Strides Walk for Breast Cancer
Sunday, October 16th, 10AM
Enjoy a walk around Washington Park in Albany for the fight against breast cancer.  Carpools will leave The Spinney at Pond View at 10AM.  If you are unable to walk with the group, you are still welcome to cheer the group on in the park!  Please sign up in the Welcome Center.

AAA Defensive Driving Course
(2 sessions)
Tuesday, October 25th, 9AM – 12PM
Tuesday, November 1st, 9AM – 12PM
Cost: $25 for AAA members,
$30 for non-members
Participate in this 2 session-long defensive driving class and receive money off of your car insurance!  You must attend both sessions to get credit for the course and the cost covers both sessions.  20 people must sign up for the course for it to take place.  Please sign up in the Welcome Center.

Halloween Costume Party
Saturday, October 29th, 7PM
Celebrate Halloween with your friends and neighbors!  Prizes will be provided for best costume and games will be played.  Beverages will be provided, please bring a snack to share!  Sign up in Welcome Center

September/October Birthday Celebration
Monday, October 31st, 6PM
Celebrate with the residents who have had a birthday in September and October!  Please sign up in the Welcome Center.

September 2016 Newsletter

OFFICE CLOSED:
Monday, September 5th
The Spinney at Pond View office will be closed Monday, September 5th in observance of Labor Day.

Clubhouse Update
Construction of The Spinney at Pond View Clubhouse is going well and we are in the final stages of construction.  We are hoping for an early fall opening (hopefully in the month of October) and look forward to celebrating with all Spinney residents soon!

Bocce Games
Thursday, September 1st, 6PM
Thursday, September 29th, 6PM
Play a friendly game of bocce on the lawn between Maastricht and Zeeland with neighbors and friends!

Addams Family
Saturday, September 3rd, 4PM
Cost: $31/person
Due Date: 8/29/16
The Mac-Haydn Theatre’s rendition of the Addams Family features the original family you all know and love, but with a twist!  Please sign up and place the cost per person in the lockbox located in the Welcome Center.

Chair Yoga
Wednesdays (starting Wednesday, September 7th) at 10AM
Cost: $8 for 4-week class
Spinney resident, Joan Haggerty, recently relocated to Castleton to be nearer to her children.  Joan has been teaching yoga continuously since 1979.  Joan is very passionate about teaching others about the benefits of the yoga practice as it has assisted with her own recovery and management of health challenges throughout the years.  Joan will be teaching this 4-week course starting Wednesday, September 7th.  Joan requires a 4-week commitment for this course to be successful.  Please sign up in the Clubhouse and bring payment to first class on September 7th

Lunch at The Otesaga Hotel & Tour of The Fly Creek Cider Mill and Orchard
Wednesday, September 7th, 9AM – 4:30PM
Cost: $59/person
Due Date: 8/29/16
Travel to historic Cooperstown, NY with Yankee Trails to enjoy lunch at the beautiful Otesaga Hotel, as well as a tour of The Fly Creek Cider Mill and Orchard.  Please sign up and place the required cost per person in the lockbox located in the Welcome Center.

Taco Night
Thursday, September 15th, 6PM
Cost: $10/person
Enjoy a taco themed night including appetizers, a taco dinner, dessert, margaritas and music!  Please sign up for the fun in the Welcome Center.

End of Summer Block Party
Friday, September 30th, 5PM
Celebrate the end of summer on the Maastricht lawn with a block party with neighbors and friends.  Please sign up in the Welcome Center!

August 2016 Newsletter

Lindy Lessons
Lindy lessons will be cancelled until the fall, but will be rescheduled for all of your dance lesson needs in September/October!

Bocce Games
Thursday, August 4th, 6PM
Thursday, August 18th, 6PM
Enjoy a game of bocce with neighbors on the grass island between Zeeland and Maastricht!  No experience required.

Sister Act
Friday, August 12th, 8PM
Cost: $34/person
This hysterical musical, based on the blockbuster movie, is being performed at Mac-Haydn Theatre, located in Chatham.  Please sign up in the Welcome Center if you’re interested in attending!

Day at Saratoga Race Track
Monday, August 15th
Cost: $10/person
The Saratoga Race Track is now open!  Enjoy a day at the races! The price associated with this event goes towards reserving a picnic table for 6 people.  Please sign up in the Welcome Center.

Community Block Party
Friday, August 26th, 5:30PM
Enjoy a pot luck style community block party on the grass island between Zeeland and Maastricht.  Please sign up in the Welcome Center and state the dish that you plan on bringing to share.  A lawn chair is also recommended.

July/August Birthday Celebration
Monday, August 29th, 6PM
Celebrate residents whose birthdays fall during July and August.  Cake and refreshments will be served.  Sign up in the Welcome Center.

July 2016 Newsletter

Lindy Lessons
1st and 3rd Thursday, 6:30PM
Lindy lessons will continue to be offered by your neighbor, Tom, but at a new time!  On the 1stand 3rd Thursday of the month, put on your dancing shoes and join your neighbors in learning some new moves!  Every lesson a new dance will be taught.

Turning Stone Trip
Tuesday, July 12th
Cost: $19/person
Enjoy a Yankee Trails trip to Turning Stone Casino.  Please sign up in the Welcome Center if you are interested.

Curtain Call Theater Presents Brighton Beach Memoirs
Friday, July 15th, 8PM
Cost: $24/person
Enjoy a play based on a fifteen-year old’s life in Brooklyn in the 1930’s.  Sign up in the Welcome Center.

Park Playhouse Presents CHICAGO
Tuesday, July 19th, 8PM
Amphitheater seating: FREE
Reserved Seating: $24/person
Enjoy a beautiful summer night with an outdoor performance in Albany.  The Park Playhouse is performing CHICAGO, a classic!  Amphitheater seating is free and first-come, first-served, but you are able to reserve seats if you prefer.  Please sign up in the Welcome Center.

Mini Golf at Fun Plex!
Friday, July 22nd, 10AM
Cost: $4.50/game
Ready for some friendly competition?  July is the perfect month for a trip to the mini-golf course.  Sign up in the Welcome Center if you want in on the fun.

Lake George Steam Boat Brunch
Sunday, July 24th, boarding at 11AM
Cost: $49/person
Enjoy the annual trip to Lake George for brunch on a steamboat on the lake.  Boarding of the boat starts at 11AM.  Sign up in the Welcome Center and carpool up to the lake with friends!

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