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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!

Mohawk Harbor Event Center Groundbreaking 

On Monday, May 13 the groundbreaking ceremony for the new 50 million dollar event center at Mohawk Harbor took place. This groundbreaking shows major updates in the Schenectady area, as it will eventually provide the community with a 2,200-seat ice hockey rink with a capacity expanding to 3,600 seats for trade shows, special events, and conventions. This facility gives greater opportunities to Schenectady to have more events in the community, and it also will assist a local college with their sports program.

Union college located in downtown Schenectady has division one ice hockey for men and women, however they do not have skating facilities year-round. This facility will provide the college with year-round skating facilities, and a new home for their games for their 2025-2026 season. 

This arena holds the future for community engagement and special events in Schenectady New York, and the end product will not disappoint. 

Source- CBS6 Albany

Nature Bus Returns with Service to Albany and Schenectady

This summer, connect with nature and utilize the CDTA and MHLC sponsored nature bus! This bus provides the Albany and Schenectady communities with transportation to some of the most well known nature spots in the area, with nature bus sponsored activities at select locations. A wide variety of multiple different bus routes to partake on throughout the summer guarantee a nature filled ride for members of the community, such as the beaver wine, the warbler line, and the new regular route for 2024 the butterfly line.

Rides will take place every Saturday throughout the summer. The first ride will take place on Saturday, May 25th with the Beaver line. Then on Saturday June 1st, MHLC will host a Meet the Nature Bus event at Tivoli Lake Preserve at the corner of Livingston and Judson from noon to 3 P.M. 

The 2024 nature bus partner locations include Tivoli Lake Preserve and Farm in Albany, Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail in the Slingerlands, DEC's five rivers environmental educational center in Delmar, John Boyd Thacher State Park in Voorheesville, Collins Park in Scotia, Central Park in Schenectady, the Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club’s Reist Sanctuary and Kelly Adirondack Center, Albany Pine Bush’s Discovery Center, and more. 

Get excited for the 2024 season of the nature bus, which will run starting May 25 for the Beaver line and June 1 for the Warbler line, with both ending on October 5. The Butterfly line will have a shortened run, July 6 to September 7. 

Source: CDTA

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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