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Rideshare Rally Wednesday at Takk House

On Wednesday at 5:30pm at Takk House in Troy, a group of local business owners and members of the community will be hosting a panel discussion in support of ridesharing legislation currently under consideration.

Josh Gold, New York policy advisor for Uber, and a representative from Lyft will be in attendance, in addition to elected leaders from across the region. The intent of the rally will be to drum up public awareness and support to urge state lawmakers to pass the legislation this session.

Such legislation, should it pass, would provide a direct benefit to Capital Region economic development and recreation initiatives.

Refreshments will be provided by Wolff’s Biergarten, Lucas Confectionery, and other local businesses. Attendance is open to the public.

Learn more, ask questions, RSVP and invite your friends on the Facebook event page.

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TVCoG to host Augmented / Virtual Reality Gaming Hackathon

Tech Valley Center of Gravity is hosting an AR/VR gaming hackathon on April 17 and 18, with over $1000 in prizes.

The promise of augmented and virtual reality has been long in coming, and the technology has finally reached a level where broad applications are now possible. From entertainment through gaming and video to new user interfaces and data visualization, we’re hacking solutions for 32 hours to find new applications and approaches. Join us!

Registration is free, but required for participation. To find out more and sign up head to hackathon.tvcog.net or for much more info, head to this event’s press release. You can read about the last TVCoG hackathon via Hackaday.

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A Taste of Troy at Franklin Terrace Ballroom

This year’s A Taste of Troy event is set for April 12 at Franklin Terrace Ballroom. A Taste of Troy is an event that brings all of Troy’s favorites into one location where you can easily sample them all and find your new favorites. There will also be musical entertainment, raffles, silent auctions and more.

Restaurants attending include B-Rad’s Bistro & Catering, Cakes & Catering by Sarah, The Dessert Tray, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, The Eatery at Carol’s Place, Franklin Terrace Ballroom, The Greek House, Muddaddy Flats Quesadillary, O’Brien’s Public House, Red Front Restaurant, The Ruck, Slidin’ Dirty, Spill’n the Beans Coffeehouse & Bistro, SAMWICH, Teagan’s Steak & Seafood.

Vendors Attending include Balloon Gal Jenny, Bella V Mobile Boutique, Endless Possibilities with Stella & Dot, FunCycled, India Hicks, The Olive Ewe, Pookie’s Fabrics, Robert Ds Photo Art, viaOne Hope, T&J Soaps, and Mary Kay Cosmetics.

A Taste of Troy is a benefit for Hope 7 Community Center’s Youth Programs and Food Pantry. Tickets are $25 presale and are on sale now.

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Bearthoven and Battle Trance at EMPAC: Ticket Giveaway

EMPAC has an exciting show set for Thursday, April 7, featuring experimental jazz outfits Bearthoven and Battle Trance. EMPAC has been kind enough to give me a pair of tickets to give away to a lucky reader, and you can enter below. If for some reason you haven’t been to EMPAC in a while (or ever) this is a perfect opportunity to get your feet wet.

Converging from the “new music” and indie scenes, Bearthoven and Battle Trance each offer variations on the same theme: engaging music that straddles a line between jazz, classical, and the avant-garde.

For more info, head to EMPAC’s event page. Or if you’re not the contest type, tickets for this event are currently on sale.

Otherwise, enter the giveaway below!

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