Calendar Of Events April 20-May 1

Here is a selection of events happening in the Long Island Weekly readership area:

Tuesday, April 20

Dance Adelphi

Guest artist Larry Keigwin brings his unique brand of clever, brilliantly sculpted, highly entertaining work with a new piece for Adelphi students. Live broadcast starts at 7:30 p.m. Additionally, faculty member Juan Rodriguez will set a high energy work originally created on Julliard’s dancers; professor Frank Augustyn will restage excerpts from a classic ballet; professors Orion Duckstein, and Adelheid B. Strelick will bring new contemporary creations to round out the program. Repeated April 21-23 at the same time. Register here.

Wednesday, April 21

Women Sports Executives

Former WNBA President and current Big East Conference Commissioner Val Ackerman will be part of a discussion of women sports executives. (Big East Conference)

Hofstra University’s Frank G. Zarb School of Business hosts “The Business of Sports: A Virtual Panel” from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. A virtual panel discussion with female business executives for collegiate and professional sports leagues and teams. Panelists will discuss the following and more during a virtual discussion:

• How the pandemic is changing the sports industry and its lasting impact on the future of collegiate and professional sports

• Challenges and opportunities for female sports business executives

• How to use your passion for sports and business expertise to break into the industry and how to identify opportunities

• Tips for rising the ranks to becoming a leader

• Landscape of working for a collegiate sports team vs professional and women’s teams vs men’s

The panelists will be Big East Conference Commissioner and former WNBA President Val Ackerman and National Basketball Players Association Executive Director Michele Roberts, Moderated by Hofstra alumna Erin McDermott, Harvard University director of athletics.

Advance registration required here. Registrants will be sent an event link to attend prior to the event.

Outdoor Yoga with Jolie

Presented from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Nassau County, 100 Crescent Beach Rd., Glen Cove. With yoga instructor Jolie Bosnjak. The class will take place on the lawn in back of HMTC’s building. The class is $15 a person and all proceeds support HMTC’s Holocaust and Tolerance Education programs. Participants should bring their own yoga mats. Register here.

Curator’s Corner

In this virtual “Curator’s Corner,” the Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center’s Museum and Programming Director Dr. Thorin Tritter will discuss a photograph in the museum taken during the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, which was launched on April 19, 1943, 78 years ago this week. These actions in Warsaw, the largest and symbolically most important act of Jewish resistance during WWII, inspired uprisings in other ghettos (Bialystok and Minsk) and killing centers (Treblinka and Sobibor). Register here.

Saturday, April 24

Wildflower Walk

A wild geranium might be spotted during a wildflower walk. (Wikipedia | CCBY-SA 4.0)

At 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Garvies Point Museum & Preserve, 50 Barry Drive, Glen Cove. Discover spring ephemerals, beautiful wildflowers that only bloom for a short period of time in early spring. Learn about special pollinators and some interesting natural history. Ages 7-plus. There will also be paper-making workshops and a short film about forest ecosystems. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission $5/adults, $3/children 5-12. For tickets visit or call 516-571-8010.

The Great Bird Blind Debate

From 10 a.m. to noon, the Planting Fields Arboretum presents a drawing class offering participants an opportunity to combine field ecology and art as they investigate the Great Bird Blind Debate exhibition through guided observation and notational instruction. Instructor Hara Woltz is an artist and scientist who addresses the destruction and conservation of ecological systems through a variety of visual media. Field research is integral to the creation of her work, and her solo and collaborative projects investigate the relationships between humans, the environment, and other living organisms. Woltz’s work has been exhibited in spaces ranging from Sotheby’s to Storm King Art Center and has appeared in publications including Orion, Popular Science and New York Magazine. Classes are recommended for ages 13 and up. Offered monthly through June. Please bring a drawing pad, blue or black pen, and colored pencils. We encourage participants to take more than one class to build upon their creative and observation skills, but it is not required. Tickets are $42/members, $55/non-members. Register here.

Forest Therapy Walk

Come experience the benefits of early spring outdoors at Planting Fields with this walk from 2 to 4 p.m. Studies have shown that forest therapy can help build a strong immune system, boost your ability to fight infection, reduce stress hormones, lower your blood pressure and heart rate, and improve concentration and focus. Certified guide Linda Lombardo, will lead the walk throughout the Olmsted Brothers’ landscape that will promote mindfulness and connectivity with your surroundings. Forest Therapy is not about distance or endurance. It’s about slowing down and noticing. Tickets are $36/members, $40/general admission. Register here.

TOBAY Beach Spring 5K

Sponsored by the Greater Long Island Running Club (GLIRC) at the Town of Oyster Bay beach on Ocean Parkway, Massapequa. Registration online in advance only. Race day check-in begins is from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. A fast, flat 5K at TOBAY Beach, over an eclectic, scenic course that includes the Marina and the Wildlife Preserve. Virtual option available. All participants of both the live and virtual events will receive a short‑sleeved, tri‑blend tee shirt. There will be overall awards for the top male and female overall and top male and female masters in the live event. Runner’s Edge will also award $50 gift cards to overall male and overall female and $25 gift cards to overall male and female in the masters class. Age group awards will also be present during a live post‑race ceremony with social distancing protocol in place. Volunteers can also register. Late registration runs from Wednesday, April 21 at 6 p.m. to Friday, April 23 at 11 p.m. Sponsored by Runner’s Edge and All Round Foods and benefits the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Springtime Exploration Hike

This informative board is part of the Center For Science, Teaching and Learning’s hiking areas. (Photo by Frank Rizzo)

The Center for Science, Teaching and Learning will host this family-friendly hike from 2 to 3 p.m. in the 18-acre Tanglewood Preserve. “The world is an exciting place in spring filled with inspiring changes. Come join us as we hike around our preserve and observe the changes going on, learning why these shifts occur and what they means for the creatures around us.” All attendees must provide and wear their own mask at all times. No exceptions will be made. Cost is $10/person for ages 1-plus. Located at 1450 Tanglewood Rd., Rockville Centre. Register here.

Pond Clean Up

The Coalition To Save Hempstead Harbor will hold a clean-up of Scudder’s Pond from 9 to 11 a.m. Volunteers should bring gloves, three-pronged rake for grabbing, buckets for collecting trash (large bags will be available), and wear boots and long pants. Meet at the Shore Road entrance of the pond. Parking is available at Tappen Beach. The outflow of the pond goes directly into Hempstead Harbor and it’s important to keep the pond free of plastic and other debris. For information, call 516-801-6792 or email

Sunday, April 25

Poet of the Year

The Long Island Poet of the Year Award is an annual award given by Walt Whitman Birthplace Association (WWBA) to honor a notable and distinguished local poet who actively promotes poetry on Long Island. This year, Cliff Bleidner was nominated and selected as WWBA Long Island Poet of the Year. The ceremony will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. during a live virtual event on Zoom. WWBA Executive Director Cynthia Shor will welcome attendees, Trustee President Jack Coulehan, MD, will present board salutations, WWBA 2019 LI Poet of the Year J. R. Turek will offer personal remarks, and Trustee Richard Bronson, MD, will introduce this year’s honoree, who will offer a poetry reading. All are welcome to attend this free and joyful annual event. Register here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Audubon Bird Walk

Spot birds, such as this Kingfisher, on April 25. (David Mark | Pixabay)

The South Shore Audubon Society will conduct a bird walk starting at 9 a.m. at the Mill Pond Park in Wantagh. Use street parking on the westbound side of Merrick Road. The park is four blocks west of the Wantagh State Parkway. Registration is required by calling Joe Landesberg at 516-467-9498. Walks will be limited to 12 participants. Participants will be required to wear a mask, keep a minimum of 6 feet from other people, and sign a waiver that they understand potential risks. We also recommend that you bring hand sanitizer and avoid sharing binoculars or spotting scopes. For more information and future walks visit

Monday, April 26

Write America

Hosted by the Book Revue in Huntington live on CrowdCast. Featuring bestselling author Paul Auster, Man Booker Prize Nominee Siri Hustvedt and Pulitzer Prize-winner David Remnick as they read and discuss their works and about how books and art might bridge the deep divisions in our nation.

Auster is the bestselling author of many works. In 2006, he was awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature. He has also been a finalist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award (The Book of Illusions), the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction (The Music of Chance), and the Edgar Award (City of Glass). He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. His work has been translated into more than 40 languages.

Hustvedt is the author of a book of poetry, six essay collections, seven novels and a work of nonfiction. Hustvedt has a PhD from Columbia University in English Literature and an appointment as a lecturer in psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College. “The Blazing World” was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize and won The Los Angeles Book Prize for Fiction. She has been awarded the International Gabarron Prize for Thought and Humanities, the Prix européen de l’essai from the Foundation Charles Veillon, an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Literature, and the Princess of Asturias Award in Spain. Her work has been translated into more than 30 languages.

Remnick was a reporter for The Washington Post for 10 years, including four in Moscow. He joined The New Yorker as a writer in 1992 and has been the magazine’s editor since 1998. His previous book, “King of the World,” a biography of Muhammad Ali, was selected by Time as the top nonfiction book of the year. “Lenin’s Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire” won a Pulitzer Prize.

Click here for link.

Wednesday, April 28

Liberating Buchenwald

On April 28, there will be a discussion of Jim Van Raalte at Buchenwald. (Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center)

The Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center’s Museum presents “Curator’s Corner: An American GI’s Description of the Liberation of Buchenwald.” From noon to 1 p.m., Programming Director Dr. Thorin Tritter will discuss a letter sent by Jim Van Raalte, of the US Signal Corps, to his family in June of 1945, describing his first-hand account of visiting the concentration camp at Buchenwald in the immediate aftermath of its liberation. Notably included in the letter was a photograph of one of the first memorials erected to the victims of the Holocaust. Register for the link here.

Thursday, April 29

Americana on Violin

Violinist Kristin Lee makes her first appearance at Adelphi University’s Performing Arts Center with a program focused on Americana from 7:30 to 9 p.m. As a foreign-born citizen of America, Kristin offers this program with a distinct and recognizable sound of American music to express her pride of the country she now calls her own. She will be joined by acclaimed multi-faceted pianist, Jeremy Jordan. Get video link here.

Sitar Master Anoushka Shankar

Listen to a virtual concert featuring the sitar on April 29. (Wikipedia Commons)

The Landmark on Main and World Music Institute co-sponsor a noon virtual concert by Anoushka Shankar. She will sit down with her friend and fellow artist Priya Darshini to share music and stories about her career and collaborations (including with her late father Ravi Shankar), and continuing her family’s legacy as a musician as well as a humanitarian and activist. Get link here.

Poetry Reading

The Walt Whitman Birthplace Association hosts an online reading with physician and poet John L. Wright at 6:30 p.m. More information here.

Climate Action Series

Join Landmark on Main Street and Transition Town Port Washington for a conversation with Midge Iorio, who has helped lead the way in cutting carbon emissions in her town, and Walter Meyer, a leader in sustainable and resilient design. “Envisioning 2030: Decarbonizing our Community for a Sustainable Future” will be livestreamed at 7:30 p.m. Get link here.

The speakers will discuss how communities can successfully move toward achieving net zero Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions by 2040. Achieving this goal is paramount in preventing catastrophic overshoot beyond 1.5 degrees C of global warming. Discussion and Q & A will be moderated by Margaret Galbraith, founding member of Transition Town Port Washington.

Iorio is the executive director of Bedford 2030. During her time at Bedford2020, the Town of Bedford achieved a 44 percent reduction in GHG emissions and exceeded its 2020 Climate Action Goal. The town also held the Bedford 2020 Car Show: New York State’s First Fuel Efficient Car/EV Show, and recently adopted a 2030 Climate Action Plan to reduce GHG emissions 80 percent by 2030 and 100 percent by 2040.

Walter Meyer, principal of Local Office Landscape & Design (LOLA), is a landscape and urban designer, educator, and community organizer for climate justice. President Obama named him a White House Champion of Change. The New York Times and The New Yorker documented how LOLA’s redesign for the soggy Miracle Mile district in Miami protected small business owners, absorbing the heaviest floods ever measured during hurricane Irma. Shops opened the next business day while the rest of the city took months to recover. A

Margaret Galbraith is a founding member and facilitator of Transition Town Port Washington (TTPW). She is a Fulbright recipient studying the women’s movement in Argentine. Margaret has worked in community development and involved with urban planning in Oakland, California, assisting immigrants from Latin America and Southeast Asia. Margaret has directed and produced award-winning documentaries and promotional videos through her production company, SeeScape Films. She is active in local politics and environmental activism and now calls Port Washington home.

This is the final event in the five-part Conversations from Main Street Climate Action Series with the goal of introducing community-centered climate solutions while also promoting individual action. Small changes to our daily routines can have lasting and impact on our environment and future.

View past events in the series on Landmark’s YouTube Channel.

Friday, April 30

Creatures of the Night

“Nocturnal and crepuscular animals have different features and behaviors to help them be active in the dark. After taking a twilight hike, you will learn about creatures that are active at night. Meet some fluffy and scaly nocturnal creatures and learn about all their amazing adaptations!” The Sweetbriar Nature Center, 62 Eckernkamp Dr., Smithtown will host this program from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $10/person, with discounts available for scouts. Dress warmly and wear bug spray. For families with children 7 and up. Register here.

Through April 30

Italian Heritage Group Forming

The Italian Sons and Daughters of America is forming a new Long Island chapter. “Tradition, history, family and philanthropy have defined ISDA since 1930. From our old school brick lodges to our 21st century digital tools, we celebrate, preserve and promote the Italian American heritage. Join us. In order to get the charter, we need to have 25 members by April 30.” Email for more information.

Saturday, May 1

Yoga in the Gardens

The Old Westbury Gardens hosts professional Kripalu Yoga instructor Lorili Henry, who will students through a dynamic, yet gentle flow of postures and conscious breathing. From 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Participants must bring a yoga mat, yoga strap, and towel. Cost is $19 per session (includes Gardens admission). Member discounts. Located at 71 Old Westbury Rd., Old Westbury. Register here. Call 516-333-0048.

Stroll Japanese Garden

The North Shore Land Alliance will host an opening day celebration of its John P. Humes Japanese Stroll from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featuring traditional Japanese bamboo flute music and Japanese refreshments. Space is limited. Wear a mask and practice social distancing. Located at 3 Dogwood Ln., Locust Valley. Program dates and times are subject to change. Check website for updates. For more information about Walks in the Woods contact Jane Jackson at 516-922-1028 or Register here.

Yoga in the Garden

Yoga classes will be held at the Cloister Garden at the Planting Fields. (Planting Fields)

Enjoy spring at Planting Fields by taking an outdoor, 60-minute, all levels yoga and meditation class in the Cloister Garden from 8 to 9 a.m. Partnering with Oyster Bay/Glen Cove Yoga, spend your morning at Planting Fields to continue your practice and connect mindfully with the natural landscape. Pricing: $20/general admission, $12/members. Register here.

Family Yoga in the Garden

Bring your kids and enjoy spring at Planting Fields by taking an outdoor, 60-minute, family yoga class in the Cloister Garden. Partnering with Yogi Beans, spend your morning at Planting Fields and introduce your children aged 3-10 to yoga through an enriching and fun practice that all will enjoy. Pricing: $20/general admission, $12/ members. Register here.

Blood Drives

The New York Blood Center will hold drives at the following times and places.

Thursday, April 22: St. Francis Hospital, 100 Pt. Washington Blvd., Roslyn, from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 22: Island Trees High School, 50 Wolcott Rd., Levittown from 2 to 8 p.m.

Thursday, April 22: Unqua PTA, 1050 Sunrise Hwy., Massapequa, from 2 to 8 p.m.

Friday, April 23: American Legion Hall, 2301 Penatiquit Ave, Seaford from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 24: Bloodstock Ojas Chaudhary & Tyler Leest, 167 South Broadway, Hicksville, from 10 a,m to 4 p.m.

Sunday, April 25: St. Gertrude RC Church, 28 School St., Bayville, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sunday, April 25: St. Raphael Parish, 600 Newbridge Rd., East Meadow, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Monday, April 26: North Massapequa Fire Dept., 1000 North Broadway, Massapequa, from 3 to 9 p.m.

Tuesday, April 27: Glenwood Landing Fire Department, School House Hill Road, Glenwood Landing, from 3 to 9 p.m.

Tuesday, April 27: The Life Lutheran Church, 1 Old Westbury Rd., Old Westbury, from 3:15 to 9:15 p.m.

Thursday, April 29: Glen Cove Hospital, 101 St. Andrews Ln,, Glen Cove, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Thursday, April 29: Locust Valley Community, 228 Buckram Rd., Locust Valley, from 2 to 8 p.m.

Thursday, April 29: Woodbury Jewish Center, 200 Southwoods Rd., Woodbury, from 3 to 9 p.m.

Friday, April 30: Port Washington Community, 80 Manorhaven Blvd., Port Washington, from noon to 6 p.m.

Sunday, May 2: Temple Sinai, 425 Roslyn Rd., Roslyn Heights, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sunday, May 2: Knights of Columbus #5033-, 517 Central Ave., Bethpage, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Monday, May 3: Memorare Knights of Columbus, 2183 Jackson Ave., Seaford, from 1 to 7 p.m.

Appointments preferred. Donors will have their temperatures checked and must wear a face mask or covering. Other health conditions apply. Visit to sign up and more information.

I Love My Park Day Events

Bethpage State Park will be one of the parks that can be cleaned up on May 1-2. (Photo by Frank Rizzo)

From the description: “I Love My Park Day, held the first Saturday in May, attracts thousands of volunteers from across the state to participate in cleanup, improvement, and beautification events at New York State parks and historic sites. The largest single-day volunteer event in New York State will be celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2021 and with the ongoing pandemic, spring is going to look a little different, but we are excited to be hosting a safe, in-person I Love My Park Day event.” Bring garden gloves, sun block and bottled water to drink. For a list of parks and to register, click here.

The following local events are scheduled.

Saturday, May 1: Upper Twin Pond

Meet at the Forest Lake Elementary School southern parking lot, 3100 Beltagh Ave., Wantagh. Access to the lake is from a nearby entrance in the fence surrounding this water body. Clean-up takes place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. This is a litter pickup around one of the most popular freshwater fishing locations in Nassau County. For information call 631-444-0350 or email

Sunday, May 2: Planting Fields Arboretum

Meet at the main parking lots, 1395 Planting Fields Rd., Oyster Bay. Staff will greet volunteers and provide instructions. Hours are from 9 a.m. to noon and it is open for adults 18 and over only. Volunteers will remove invasive species on existing plant collections on the northern areas of the arboretum on the main lawn. There are vines and invasive shrubs choking out existing desirable plant material and the group will remove these plants to rescue these desired plants. Bring garden gloves—additional tools will be provided. For information call 5126-922-8601 or email

May 1-2: Bethpage State Park

99 Quaker Meeting House Rd, Farmingdale. Park in picnic area parking lot. Group will be meeting near playground area. Litter picking and garbage removal, along with leaf and debris raking, from 10 a.m. to noon. Bring garden gloves.


Frank Rizzo
Frank Rizzo is a journalist at Anton Media Group. With decades of experience in the industry, he is exceptionally equipped to cover local politics, business and other topics that matter to readers.

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