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From new business openings, to exciting updates about events, to major community announcements, our Albany NY news roundup has you covered. Check out what's going on in the city and Capital Region!

The Albany Nature Bus Makes Its Return in 2024

Beautiful view at Thacher Park!

This summer, connect with nature and utilize the CDTA and MHLC sponsored Albany Nature Bus! The bus provides local communities with transportation to some of the most well known nature spots in the area, and rides will take place on 20 Saturdays from May 25 to October 5.

Participating locations include:

  • Tivoli Lake Preserve and Farm, Albany
  • Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail, Slingerlands
  • DEC’s Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar
  • John Boyd Thacher State Park, Voorheesville
  • Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy’s ADA Accessible Fisher Trail in partnership with DEC’s Five Rivers Education Center, Slingerlands

Trips will begin on Saturday, May 25 with the Beaver Line. Then, on Saturday, June 1, the Warbler Line will start. MHLC will also co-host A Meet the Nature Bus event on June 1 at Tivoli Lake Preserve at the corner of Livingston and Judson.

The newer Schenectady Nature Bus will run on 10 Saturdays from July 6 to September 7. Service will expand to a regular route called the Butterfly Line and include stops like Schenectady's Central Park and the Reist Sanctuary and Kelly Adirondack Center.

Get excited for the 2024 season of the Nature Bus!

Source: CDTA

Mohawk Harbor Event Center Hosts Groundbreaking Ceremony

rendering of the large event center building

On Monday, May 13, the groundbreaking ceremony for the new 50 million dollar event center at Mohawk Harbor took place. This project is the latest major investment in the Schenectady area, and it will eventually provide the community with a 2,200-seat ice hockey rink with a capacity expanding to 3,600 for trade shows, special events, and conventions.

Union College in Schenectady has Division I ice hockey programs for men and women, however they do not have skating facilities year-round. The college has negotiated a lease with the developer to be the main tenant for the new center, which will host their hockey programs starting with the 2025-26 season.

This event center holds the future for community engagement and special events in Schenectady, and many of us are looking forward to the end product.

Source: CBS6 Albany

Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady Announces Harbor Jam Lineup

people watching a concert at the harbor

Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady is bringing back their Harbor Jam concerts on July 20-21, 2024 at the Mohawk Harbor Amphitheater.

The Harbor Jam weekend concerts will kick off at 6 p.m. with DJ MixItUp NY on Saturday, July 20 and DJ Ketchup on Sunday, July 21.

Headlining the event on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. is Night Fever: A Tribute to the Bee Gees. With over a decade of touring under their belts, this talented band brings the iconic sounds of the Bee Gees to life, performing hits like "Jive Talking," "Night Fever," and "Stayin' Alive."

On Sunday at 7:30 p.m., the headliner is Hotel California: A Tribute to the Eagles. Celebrating more than 30 years together, this acclaimed tribute band honors The Eagles with renditions of classics such as "Take It Easy," "Hotel California," and "Life in the Fast Lane."

A special fireworks show will follow the Sunday concert.

Bring chairs and blankets for comfortable seating. These concerts are open to all ages, perfect for a fun outing with loved ones. Don't miss this unforgettable summer celebration!

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