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Gospel Gala

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Holiday Cabaret at the Albany BARN to benefit the Damien Center!

Holiday Cabaret!

Join the Albany BARN for an evening of holiday song with some of your favorite Capital Region performers! Under the musical direction of Josh D. Smith, Kevin McGuire, Capital Repertory Theatre favorite and Broadway star will be joined by Sandra Bargman and Sara Smigen to sing holiday favorites in a delightful cabaret style concert hosted at the Albany Barn. The evening will kick-off with a Holiday season infused short story reading by the incomparable Richard Lovrich. Musical selections for the evening will include holiday chestnuts such as Let It Snow, I’ll Be Home for Christmas, The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting), Silver Bells, and many more! Eric Margan will join Josh Smith as the band, rounding out the musical ensemble. Please join us – and feel free to sing along! Yule regret missing it!

Tickets are $20 CASH ONLY at the door the night of the event – We’ll be donating to The Albany Damien Center.

Click HERE for more details!

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Capital Region Kwanzaa Celebration

Join the Capital Region Kwanzaa Coalition December 26th through January 1st!!

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FREE Practice SAT Test

The NAACP New York State Youth & College Division
& The Princeton Review Presents:

Practice SAT Test
Find out where you stand!

Want to take a practice SAT without it counting towards college admissions?

The NAACP SUNY at Albany College, Union Baptist Church and
Metropolitan Baptist Church are pleased to offer students a practice test and strategy session to help boost their SAT scores!

After the test, students will receive a detailed score report that gives a detailed score breakdown of their individual strengths and weaknesses.

Practice Test
Date: Saturday, December 13, 2014
Location: Union Baptist Church
3 Morton Avenue
Albany, NY 12202
Time: 9:00am—2:00pm
Strategy Session – 9:00am-10:00am
Practice SAT – 10:00am-2:00pm
*Please bring a #2 pencil and a calculator.*

“Paying for College” Workshop for Parents during Test
Breakfast and lunch served
Open to All High School Students- Grade 9-12
Must Register by December 8, 2014 on-line. Register by clicking link

1. Visit and use the ‘Attend a Free Event: Online or In Person’ box on the left of the page.
2. Search for SAT with and zip code 12202
3. Click Find Free Test to see the free events.
4. Find the Free Practice SAT Test on December 13th under UNION BAPTIST CHURCH 3 MORTON AVE, ALBANY, NY 12202 and click enroll.
For Information Contact: Gwendolyn Pope at 518-280-3335 or Anne Pope at 518-463-5463


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Capital Region Impact Awards


The Capital Region Impact Awards are presented by The Stakeholder, Inc.    This award honors businesses and community partners who come together to make the Capital District a better place.  A partnership between Albany Housing Authority, Community Technology Initiative and Hampton Inn was honored for its Work Experience Program.  The award is presented to a partnership that collaborates to achieve significant, measurable results impacting the community.

CTI, in partnership with AHA, created a work experience program that takes residents and works with them to create a work history and skills that are marketable.   When a resident enters the program they spend time learning soft skills and creating a resume.    They then move into the Hampton where they are interns and rotate through each department in the hotel for four weeks.  During this time they get to experience what it is like to actually work in the hospitality industry as well as the basic skills involved in gaining and maintaining employment.   Over the past seven years the Hampton has hired almost exclusively from the work experience program.  The job coach that accompanies the residents onsite helps with the transition to the world of work.    During the past seven years, over 50 people have been hired at the Hampton.  Often it is a jumping off point to other careers and opportunities.  It has served as a door to a more successful future.  A partnership such as this has benefitted both the Hampton and the residents who have been part of the program.

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‘The Throwaways’ at the Spectrum 8 Theaters


 THE THROWAWAYS (dir. by Bhawin Suchak & Ira McKinley)

Wednesday December 3rd @ 7pm

$10/adults   $8/students

Spectrum 8 Theaters  290 Delaware Ave, Albany, NY 12209

The Throwaways is a timely and provocative look at the impact of mass incarceration and police brutality on black men in America that brings the urgency of Ferguson to upstate New York.  Told through the eyes of homeless filmmaker and ex-felon, Ira McKinley, the film documents his struggle to bring positive changes to his community in inner-city Albany, NY.  As he strives to give voice to the people on the streets fighting for survival, McKinley confronts the unavoidable stories of his past and battles the stigma of being formerly incarcerated.

Executive produced by iconic African-American filmmaker Sam Pollard, this powerful documentary has been called one of the most important films of 2014 by Michelle Alexander, author of the New Jim Crow.  Alexander says, “The Throwaways courageously explores the most pressing racial justice issues of our time: the mass incarceration and profiling of poor people of color. ”

The screening will be followed by a conversation with the filmmakers, local community activists and the audience.

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Oscar Mayer visits Steamboat Square!


Steamboat Square got a visit from the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile today, did you see it?


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Department of Recreation Thanks Albany Housing Authority.

“Your support made it possible to provide dynamic programming to the residents of Albany, and successfully implement a series of fitness programs, out-of-school activities and our inaugural  Allympics event. Our department has already begun brainstorming and planning for next year, and plan to introduce more new programs in 2015. Again, I thank you for your support this past summer without it this would not have been a success. We look forward to your continued support in the future!” – Jonathan P. Jones, Commissioner, City of Albany, Department of Recreation.

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Albany Housing Authority receives honorable mention in Novogradac Journal of Tax Credits



Albany Housing Authority and Norstar Development USA were recognized with an honorable mention for the 2014 Historic Development that Best Demonstrates Financial Innovation for transforming the former St. Joseph’s Academy parochial school into affordable loft apartments for artists in Albany, NY.

The development team brought a variety of federal and state resources totaling $10.5 million, including Federal and state HTCs, federal low-income housing tax credits (LIHTCs), bond financing and a grant.

“Placing [New York] state credits is difficult enough in a straight HTC deal. Combining LIHTCs as well had to be challenging, as there are only so many investors who will wade through complicated financing structures,” Panno said.


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