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Capital Region Chamber
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CDTA Capital Moves
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     Opens April 1

Sundays, 10am - 2pm
Inside Proc tors  

Vendors, shoppers, musicians and friends gather at and enjoy the festive marketplace with more than seventy vendors.
Schenectady Greenmarket
NOTE: Due to increased visitor traffic,  Greenmarket patrons and vendors are asked to park in the Broadway Garage during the run of The Lion King at Proctors through April 17. Thank you!

Music & Entertainment
Music n Entertainment

E.J. Ray Acoustic
April 1, 6:30pm
Frank Jaklitsch 
April 2, 6:30pm

Jenry David
March 31, 7pm
Joe Nacco Band
April 1, 9pm
One Night Stand
April 2, 9pm
Local 11
April 3, 10pm-2am

The Accents
April 2, 9:30pm

Mad Jack Brew Pub
@The Van Dyck
Keith Pray Big Band
April 5, 8pm

Pinhead Susan's
Rush Hour
April 1, 9pm

Erin Harkes
March 31, 7-10pm
Jody Shayne
April 1, 7-10pm

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The Downtown Dish
For April Fool's Day, who doesn't like a good practical joke? This "cake" looks like a delicious sweet dessert, but it is actually a savory dinner!

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March 31-April 6 ,   2016
Disney's The Lion King
Through April 17
Mainstage at Proctors

Giraffes strut. Birds swoop. Gazelles leap. The entire Serengeti comes to life as never before. This is Disney's THE LION KING, making its triumphant return to Proctors! Come and experience the awe-inspiring visual artistry, the unforgettable music, and the uniquely theatrical storytelling of this Broadway spectacular. Roar!...

To accommodate the opening scene, patrons must be in their seats at least 5 minutes prior to the start of the show.

Lion King Visitor Tips
If you are coming downtown for the show, these helpful VISITOR TIPS will make your visit as enjoyable as possible.

View our  Interactive Map  of Downtown Schenectady businesses

2016 Hometown Heroes Banner Program
Downtown Schenectady
Sponsor Deadline: THIS FRIDAY, APRIL 1

The Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation (DSIC) and City of Schenectady are partnering for a second year to present the 2016 Hometown Heroes Banner Program. This program proudly recognizes active duty and veteran servicepersons from the City.

Sponsor a Banner:  Banners may be sponsored by individuals, families, businesses, or organizations.   Banners will once again be displayed on street lamps along State Street and around City Hall in Downtown Schenectady from mid-May until mid-November. To be included in the first round of banners for May, please respond by Friday, April 1.

This Week at Proctors
On The Stage  

GE Theatre - Capital Region Singing competition featuring teens and young adults ages 14-22. The show benefits the Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children program serving abused and neglected children in Albany, Rensselaer, and Schenectady Counties.

Ethan Bortnick Live in Concert - April 1, 7:30pm
GE Theatre - Recognized by the Guinness World Records as "The World's Youngest Solo Musician to Headline His Own Concert Tour." 
Mopco April's Fool Show - April 1, 8pm
Education Center  - A seriously serious improv show.

Eighth Step Presents: Songs for the Earth - April 2, 7:30pm
Education Center - Magpie, A Tribute To Rachel Carson by Terry Leonino & Greg Artzner (Magpie) for Earth Day 2016.

On The Screen

5th Festival Cinema Invisible - April 1-3  
GE Theatre - The only film festival in upstate New York that showcases films from Persian-speaking communities and beyond. These 29 feature length documentaries, animated and short films were directed by women representing Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq, Turkey, Pakistan, India, Syria, the United States and beyond .

Twyla Tharp's The One Hundreds
Saturday, April 2
Participant Rehearsal - 1pm
Public Performance - 5:30pm
Schenectady YMCA, 433 State Street

Legendary choreographer Twyla Tharp will spend three days in the Capital Region as March passes to April, dropping in at a variety of Pathways to Dance events.

On April 2, Schenectady YMCA, in association with Proctors, will host a performance of Tharp's The One Hundreds (1970), a participatory dance event starring 100 community volunteers and company members of Twyla Tharp Dance. Rehearsal for selected registrants begins at 1pm, with attendees learning a specific dance phrase from a company member prior to the full performance at 5:30pm. More...


508 State Street, Foster Building
Now Open! Featuring local Capoccia Wines, as well as the most extensive selection of hard ciders in the Capital Region. Relax in our lounge area and enjoy the finest craft beverages, while maybe even grabbing a little bite to eat.

96 Jay Street
Now Open for Dinner! Bel Cibo now offers a new dinner service every Thursday-Saturday, 5:30-9:30pm.

433 State Street
April 1, 6:30pm
Paint Night at the Y: Palettes to Palates - Come enjoy a night of painting and healthy eating!
April 3, 1pm
Youth Workshop: Paint Without Brushes - Join us at the Schenectady YMCA and learn some fun new techniques to try with paint, using many different creative materials! Register by April 1.

133 Jay Street
April 3, 2-4pm
Painting on Silk - Create a masterpieceas you make a hand-painted silk scarf with local artist Mary Frances Millet. For beginners and adepts alike! Complimentary tea and snacks.

April 3, 2pm
Nature Walk in 100 Acre Green Space - Naturalist Amy Reilly Veino leads a narrated nautre walk through Vale Cemetery and Park.

April 6, 11am
32 Washington Avenue
Secret Stockade Walking Tour -  Discover the Stockade and its secrets on the first Wednesday of each month with a walking tour, lunch at historic Arthur's Market, a peek inside an 1820s Stockade home, and a visit to the Schenectady History Museum. Register

April 15 & 16
Schenectady Armory
The Empire State Sports Council (ES Sports), a Nonprofit 501(c)(3) Organization based in Clifton Park, is kicking off the first year of its newest annual event, the Empire State Corporate Challenge, with a Dodgeball Tournament at the Schenectady Armory. Registration 
deadline April 1, 2016

Sunday, May 7
Mohawk River & Mohawk Hudson Bike Path
Registration Now Open!  Join us for a fun, family friendly, yet competitive event that provides an exciting adventure  on the Mohawk River and the Mohawk Hudson Bike Path. For individuals, teams, or families!
2016 Times Union Best of the Capital Region

Cast your vote for your favorite Downtown Schenectady establishments! The 20th Annual Times Union Best of the Capital Region voting is now open. Online voting ends at 3 p.m. Friday, April 15.  Vote Here
miSci (museum of innovation & science)
Museum Hours: Mon-Sat: 9am-5pm, Sun: 12-5pm  

Through May 1
Escape winter's chill and discover hundreds of brilliantly colored native butterflies at miSci's indoor butterfly house, flying about (and possibly landing on you!) as miSci 
re-creates their habitat - the edge of an open field with flowers and trees. Be sure to stop at the chrysalis chamber to see the butterflies as they emerge.

Schenectady County Public Library Notes
Library ExpansionCentral Library
99 Clinton Street
Monday - Thursday: 9am - 8pm
Friday - Saturday: 9am - 5pm 
Sunday: 1 - 5pm
Library Calendar of Events

Doctor Who Team Trivia   
March 31, 6pm
Calling all WHOvians and trivia buffs! Form a team of 2-6 people and show off your knowledge of the popular TV show. AGES 14+ ONLY. Awesome prizes for top teams. Costumes are highly encouraged for a special prize! Please  register here.

The Whitney Book Corner
600 Union Street
Throughout March: Large print & biographies: half price.
All proceeds support Schenectady County Public Library

Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors!


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