Shaker Pointe at Carondelet, a non-profit senior independent-living community in Watervliet, will hold a free talk on "jihad and terrorism" Jan. 20, 6:30 p.m., by SOHAIB CHIKEMA. The professor from Union College in Schenectady, The University at Albany and Hudson Valley Community College in Troy will discuss Islam, jihad, and terrorism as it pertains to today's current political environment. Call 250-4900 for resevations.

Shaker Pointe has been recognized as the best independent living facility by Senior Housing News' national 2014 Architecture & Design Awards. Shaker Pointe, developed by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, was one of seven winners out of more than 50 nominations, judged on design and aesthetics, community integration, and amenities and lifestyle. Shaker Pointe has a fitness center and pool, meditation room, an art studio, food venues, a library and an on-site doctor's office and is eco-friendly. More apartments, called Spirit Tree Residences, are to be completed in 2015. For information, call 250-4900 or see www.shakerpointe.org....

Catholic Charities Disabilities Services has received a CQL accreditation award from The Council on Quality and Leadership for excellence in caring for individuals with disabilities. The agency of Catholic Charities provides residential and supportive care to more than 700 people with developmental disabilities in central upstate New York. The award recognizes its efforts to empower people who receive support to make choices in how they live, where they work and live and how they create a community....

Immaculate Conception parish in New Lebanon noted that parishioners JOAN DARCY AND BILL SHORTER were the 2014 recipients of the parish senior ministry's volunteer award. Her love of cooking has benefited the ministry; he has provided many services at the parish's mission church, St. Joseph's in Stephentown, each Saturday. Parishioner JOHN MEEKINS has been elected to a four-year term as town justice for Stephentown. DEB AND JOHN MCLAUGHLIN celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary....

Teresian House Center for the Elderly in Albany had its annual Christmas pageant, with two separate programs so more residents could participate. Residents portrayed the Holy Family, angels, shepherds, and kings; the bell choir performed and families, volunteers and staff attended....

The Catholic Daughters of the Americas' Court Catherine Esther No. 1264 had a Christmas party in Fort Plain; regent MARLENE NALLI reported that the court sent 13 boxes of donated items to the Soldiers' Angels organization to distribute to wounded military personnel in New York State, plus care packages for deployed soldiers. Members brought Christmas gifts for area needy children. Receiving pins for years of service to the court were DORIS DUTCHER and BARBARA HISLOP for 30 years; LAURIE SMITH for 35; and VIRGINIA FOX and BEULAH FLINT for 50. Regent Nalli got a pin for 40 years; ANNE CLAYBURN will get one for 65 years of service and VERONICA HICKS, for 25 years.