THURSDAY, OCT. 21
Albany
Coffee and Conversation at Christ the King, 20 Sumter Ave., at 6 p.m. in the Knight’s Chapel. A panel of funeral experts will discuss and take questions about the best end-of-life plan. Deacon Tim McAuliffe will share the view on cremation from the Catholic perspective. For more information, call the parish office at (518) 456-1644.
Virtual
Take the Big Apple Crunch Challenge hosted by the New York Apple Association (NYAA), FarmOn! Foundation and the New York Department of Agriculture. Upload a photo or video biting into a New York State apple on social media using hashtags #BigAppleCrunch AND tag @ApplesfromNY for Instagram or @NYapples on Facebook, for a chance to win one of 10 $250 gift cards! Schools and nonprofits have an opportunity to win a $1,000 school Victory Garden scholarship. Winners announced Nov. 5. For more information, visit Big Apple Crunch – FarmOn! Foundation.

FRIDAY OCT. 22 
Newport
28th Annual Italian Feast at St. John the Baptist Church, 7512 N. Main St., from 5-6:30 p.m. Takeout only! Menu includes lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs, chicken riggies, salad, bread and dessert. Dinners are $10. Drive-thru for pickup! For more information, call the parish office at (315) 845-1595.

OCT. 22-24
Niskayuna
Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat at Dominican Retreat & Conference Center, 1945 Union St. Want to talk about your abortion? This weekend will combine discussions, spiritual exercises, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, a Memorial Service and a Mass of Entrustment. Participation is strictly confidential and offers a beautiful opportunity to experience God’s love, forgiveness and compassion. The cost is $195. Financial assistance is available. For more information or to register, contact: Pat Mousaw at (518) 222-1160, Katie Bolibaugh at (518) 495-3574, or Kathy Kelly at (802) 282-2028 or e-mail: rachelsvineyardalbany@yahoo.com. 

SATURDAY, OCT. 23
Greenwich
Blood Drive at St. Joseph’s Church, 36 Bleecker St., from 8 a.m. until noon. For more information, call the parish office at (518) 692-2159, or email SJGreenw@rcda.org or parish@nycap.rr.com.

OCT. 23 & OCT. 24
Schenectady
Anointing of the Sick Ritual at St. Joseph’s Church, 600 State St., (corner of State and Lafayette Streets) on Oct. 23, at 5:30 p.m. Mass, and on Oct. 24, at 9:30 a.m. Mass. This comforting and healing sacrament uses the sacred oil of the sick as a symbol of God’s rich and lasting care for us. The anointing is done for those who have an incurable disease, anyone facing surgery, and those who are experiencing a relapse after getting well. For more information, call the parish office at (518) 374-4466, ext. 13.

MONDAY, OCT. 25
Ballston Lake/Glenville
The Living Rosary at Our Lady of Grace, 73 Midline Road, Ballston Lake, and Immaculate Conception, 400 Saratoga Road, Glenville, at 7 p.m. All are invited to attend! Come and pray with us as we petition Our Lady to protect us, our Diocese, our country and the world. Prayer requests will again be collected and placed at the feet of Mary. However, you must write them out ahead of time and bring them with you. Contact Linda Levine at (518) 399-6965 or email at BandL84@hotmail.com.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 27
Hoosick Falls
Weekly Grief Support Group at Hoosick Falls Community Alliance Church, 484 Hill Road, every Wednesday from 6:30-8:30 p.m., until Dec, 29. Come for help and encouragement after the death of a spouse, child, family member or friend. Call Gail Smith at (518) 686-9888 for more information or to register. You can also register at www.griefshare.org/groups/search. 

SATURDAY, OCT. 30
Albany
Diocesan Marriage Jubilee at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 125 Eagle St., at 2 p.m. Couples celebrating their 25th, 40th, 50th or other special wedding anniversaries are invited to attend this 49th annual celebration! Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m., followed by a reception in the gathering space. To register, contact the parish office at (518) 456-4447 or email Marriage.Jubilee@rcda.org.
Cohoes 
Annual Pork Dinner at the Church of the Holy Trinity, 122 Vliet Blvd., from 5-6 p.m. (with reservation) or takeout available. Dinners are $15 for adults, $9 for children (ages 6-12), and children under 5 eat free. To reserve a seat, call the parish center at (518) 233-2373. Reservations must be made by Oct. 27.
Latham
Takeout Chicken Parmesan Dinner hosted by the Latham-Colonie Knights of Columbus, 328 Troy-Schenectady Road, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Menu includes chicken parmesan, salad, Italian bread and butter, and dessert. Donation is $15 per person. For reservations, call (518) 892-3750. 
Scotia
American Red Cross Blood Drive at Church of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Saratoga Road, in the Parish Hall from 8 a.m.-1:30 pm. To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-red-cross (733-2767). Or visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: ImmaculateConception.
Schenectady
“Drive-thru” Baby Shower hosted by Christ Child Society of Albany at St. Madeleine Sophie Church, 3500 Carman Road, from 12-2 p.m. Bring your layette items unwrapped and never leave your car! A member will receive your gift.  The layettes we distribute include an afghan or quilt, receiving blankets, disposable diapers, booties or socks, undershirts, stretch suits, hooded towels, sweater and hat sets and children’s books. In the event of rain, the parish center will be the dropoff point. If you have any questions, please contact Paula (518) 355-0943 or Jane (518) 372-2297.

SUNDAY, OCT. 31
Scotia/Glenville
Trunk or Treat at Church of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Saratoga Road, from 1-3 p.m. Invite your friends, all are welcome. For a successful event, we need people who are willing to decorate their trunks and hand out goodies. Reach out to Sarah at formation@
icglenville.com or call (518) 399-9210, ext 241.

SUNDAY NOV. 14
Latham
Buffet Breakfast at the Latham-Colonie Knights of Columbus Council, 328 Troy-Schenec­tady Road, from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Menu includes scrambled eggs, an omelet station, home fries, corned beef hash, bacon and sausage, pancakes and French toast served with warm syrup, a variety of cereals and juices, bananas and hot tea, coffee or hot chocolate. Buffet is $10 for adults, $5 for children (ages 5-10) and under 5 eat free!