Here’s a select list of events happening in the Long Island Weekly readership area.
I Love My Park Day Events
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Vincent.Simeone@parks.ny.gov.
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.
Wednesday, April 28
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.
Autism Emergency Preparedness
Autism Communities, whose mission is to provide housing solutions for adults with autism in an independent, safe, and inclusive living environment, will host an emergency preparedness training program for parents, family members and professionals working with children and adults on the autism spectrum. The program will be presented by POAC Autism Services (Brick, NJ), a nonprofit training and advocacy organization serving individuals with autism spectrum disorder. The virtual event will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. The registration fee is $10.00. To learn more, visit the website. To register, click 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
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.
The Walt Whitman Birthplace Association hosts an online with physician and poet John L. Wright at 6:30 p.m. More information and a link 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.
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. Get link here. 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.
Friday, April 30
Virtual Story Time
The Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Nassau County (HMTC) presents a fun and free virtual Story Time from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Participants will read All are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold and talk about what it means to include others and celebrate others. 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Register here.
Yoga in the Garden
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. Located at 1395 Planting Fields Rd., Oyster Bay. Pricing: $20/general admission, $12/ members. Register here.
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. Located at 1395 Planting Fields Rd., Oyster Bay. Pricing: $20/general admission, $12/ members. Register here.
At 7:30 p.m., St. Rose of Lima R. C. Church, 2 Bayview Ave, Massapequa, welcomes cellist Liam Battle and violinist Amelia Korbitz in concert. Featuring music from a variety of composers, including Bach and Ligeti along with the premiere of a new composition. Admission is free. Face mask required. Social distancing observed. For information contact Music Director John Buckel at 516-798-4992, ext. 240 or email email@example.com.
Sunday, May 2
Rock ‘n Radio: Music’s Biggest Hits
The Live from Adelphi Concert Series brings Broadway and cabaret stars online for a series of concerts performed and streamed live at the Adelphi University Performing Arts Center on Sunday afternoons at 5 p.m. The recording is then available until the ensuing Wednesday at midnight for those unable to watch live. Groove along with a talented cast of Broadway and cabaret singers to over eight decades of chart-topping hits from the greatest names in music history including Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Carole King, Aretha Franklin, The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Elton John, and Adele—just to name a few.
Get link here.
Virtual Sunday with Survivors
Join the Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Nassau County (HMTC) from 6 to 7 p.m. for the next program in this series of virtual presentations by Holocaust Survivors. will share information about his pre-war life in Romania, his deportation to Transnistria and his liberation by the Red Army. Register here.
Tuesday, May 4
Trivia 4 Kids
Presented virtually at 4:30 p.m. by the Whaling Museum & Education Center in Cold Spring Harbor. Geared for grades 2-5. “Enjoy a wide range of questions to show off your knowledge skills in a fun, friendly, virtual competition. Winner earns museum tickets.” Free to play, but $10 suggested donation appreciated. Register here.
Wednesday, May 5
Entrepreneurship For Artists
Marie St. Cyr, CEO of St. Cyr Art Studio, will host a “Entrepreneurship for Artists: How to get started” workshop from 1 to 2:55 p.m. for an exciting discussion for anyone in the arts space who wants to start a business around their talent. St. Cyr will talk about her experience, will offer advice to students and entrepreneurs about getting started, and will answer questions.
Saint-Cyr is a visual artist, educator, and arts administrator and founder of an arts and cultural programs management company, Saint-Cyr Art Studio. She received a BFA in Fine Arts and a minor in Art History from the Fashion Institute of Technology. In 2018, Marie participated in The Downtown Brooklyn Arts Management Fellowship, a collaboration between four prominent Brooklyn arts and culture organizations: where she learned about core areas of arts management. As a Haitian immigrant, St. Cyr was deeply impacted by various art cultural organizations, through their free workshops and educational programs. These experiences not only enabled her to learn to express herself through art, but she also became very interested in the work it takes to make these programs happen. In 2018 Marie started an art and cultural programs management company, Saint-Cyr Art Studio, with a focus on designing, implementing and managing art and cultural programs/projects throughout New York. Saint-Cyr Art Studio was born out of her passion for art, education, business and her desire to give back to her community. Currently, the business manages creative programs for local towns, schools, non-profits, and corporations.
Wednesday, May 5
Sands Point Preserve Bird Walk
Walk led by Peggy and Jennifer. Start times at 7:30 a.m. for “early birders,” and 9 a.m. for those who prefer later. Ends at noon. Limited registration. Register via email to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a confirmation email. COVID-19 protocol: Masks are required to be worn and safe distancing is requested. No charge for parking – notify the gate that you are with North Shore Audubon. Wear water-resistant footwear, bring binoculars and drinking water. Wear long pants and socks so you do not touch poison ivy. If you become unable to attend, please email to allow someone on the waiting list to take your slot.
Songs & Stories of Edith Piaf
This 2 p.m. recorded event kicks off a series of events in honor and memory of Lois Morton, who passionately enjoyed performing Edith Piaf. Morton passed away in December 2020 and many of her friends, family and fans were left broken-hearted. The Landmark on Main celebrates Morton with this deeply touching pre-recorded performance to be remembered. Through story and song Morton brought to life the legendary singer. Anecdotes reveal the color and texture of the singer’s short dramatic life from the back streets of Paris to her triumphal conquest of the great concert halls of the world. Songs include “La Vie en Rose,” “Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien,” “Hymne a L’amour (If You Love Me),” “Autumn Leaves” and more. Performed with Larry Moser, accordionist. This Afternoon T.E.A. free will be presented via Zoom. Click here to reserve a spot and receive a Zoom link.
Visit www.loismorton.com for further information on future events honoring Lois Morton. Afternoon T.E.A. is made possible by Ellen Brown and Bob Schwartz.
Keb’ Mo’ Live
The Landmark on Main will host a livestream of the singer live from City Winery beginning at 7 p.m. Repeated Thursday, May 6 at 9:30 p.m. Keb’ Mo’s self-titled release under his coined Keb’ Mo’ moniker, reached its quarter century milestone in 2019, and over the years, Keb’ has proven that he is a musical force that defies typical genre labels. Album after album, 14 in total, he has garnered five Grammy awards, including his most recent 2019 release, Oklahoma, which won in the Best Americana Album category. These concerts will stream live on the Mandolin platform. Tickets are $20 and a portion will benefit the Landmark on Main. Register here.
Tai Chi in the Gardens
From 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Rd., Old Westbury. Tai chi—a unique form of “moving meditation”—calms the mind, relaxes the body and strengthens the spirit. Sessions are taught by professional instructor Linda Cafiero and are designed for all experience levels. Social distancing enforced. Cost is $19 per session, with member discount. Register here.
The Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center’s Museum and Programming Director, Dr. Thorin Tritter, will discuss a photograph in the museum that shows one of several pro-Nazi rallies held in Madison Square Garden in the 1930s and talk about American support for Hitler in the years before WWII. This virtual talk, from noon to 1 p.m., is part of the Curator’s Corner. Register here.
Thursday, May 6
Presented virtually at 7 p.m. by the Whaling Museum & Education Center in Cold Spring Harbor. Geared primarily for adults. “Test yourself in the art, literature, science, geography, and history of all things May flowers in this spring-themed event.” Winner gets a $25 gift certificate for a bouquet or plant. Free to play, but $10 suggested donation appreciated. Register here.
Friday, May 7
The Gold Coast International Film Festival is celebrating the return of outdoor movies with a Flashback Friday screening of the classic 1980s hit Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, starring Matthew Broderick. Celebrating the 35th anniversary of the film’s initial release, will take place at North Hempstead Beach Park in Port Washington. The film starts at 8 p.m. Cars can start entering at 7 p.m. and tickets are $30 per car. Gold Coast will offer you the chance to see yourself on the big screen at the event. Celebrate Mother’s Day, a birthday or graduation by sending Gold Coast a picture and short message and a customized slide will be created for you that will appear on screen before and after the film. To purchase tickets and on-screen slides visit www.goldcoastarts.org/flashback-drive-in.
Saturday, May 8
Art Adventure For Children
Westbury Arts is offering a free zoom art adventure for children and their caregivers from 3 to 4 p.m. when artist/author Meagan J. Meehan reads from her children’s book Abela’s Adventure and then leads participants in an art project based on the story. The book is about a homesick parrot who moves to New York from her native Brazil, ultimately finding adventure in her new home and deeper appreciation of her family. For the project, participants will need clay, googly eyes and feathers.
Meehan is a published author, poet, cartoonist, and produced playwright. She serves on the board of directors of Westbury Arts. She is the founder of the “Conscious Perceptionalism” art movement. To register for this free click here. Participants will be sent a Zoom link and a specific list of art items needed.
The Sands Point Preserve celebrates the return of longer days, warmer temperatures—and budding trees, shrubs, and perennial plants. At the Spring Celebration, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., visitors of all ages are invited to help with these plantings in the Phil Dejana Learning Center Outdoor Classroom. Enriching seed projects will also be available for families to enjoy on site or take home. Pollinator-friendly plants and garden-related gift items will be on display at the pecial Plant & Gift Sale. And the plush woodland animals will be celebrating spring in a new display. A treasure hunt will bring families to locations across the Preserve in search of the season’s blossoms and much more. The Apiary is abuzz with spring activity, and beekeeper Jean-Marie Posner will conduct an informal workshop, open to visitors. Admission: $15 per car/members, $25 per car/non-members. Pay at the Gatehouse. Located at 127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point. Register here.
Sunday, May 9
Mother’s Day Special
Celebrate the mother figures in your life this Mother’s Day with a special visit to Planting Fields, located at 1395 Planting Fields Rd., Oyster Bay. Explore what is in bloom and enjoy a small variety of hot tea paired with individually packaged cookies outside in the Cloister Garden. Guests will also encounter one of the site’s unique architectural spaces: the Teahouse in the Italian Garden (1915). The space features murals and furnishings commissioned from American artist Everett Shinn by W.R. and Mai Coe, who built a legacy of artistic patronage by supporting the modern artists of their time. American modernist and member of the Ashcan School of painters, Everett Shinn (1876-1953) is best known for his paintings and pastels of scenes depicting the urban poor and brassy vaudeville acts. He was a lover of theater, music, and performance of all kinds, and throughout his long career he created works on paper, canvas, furnishings, architecture, even musical instruments and stage sets, that engaged with a raucous decorative aesthetic often termed Rococo revival. Seeing the murals and furnishings inside the Teahouse will introduce guests to Shinn’s engagement with the decorative. Tickets are $2/members, $30/non-members. Get tickets here.
Monday, May 10
Long Island Astronaut
The Cradle of Aviation Museum presents An Evening with Long Island astronaut Bill Shepherd from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Captain Shepherd (USN Ret.) from Babylon, will help the museum introduce a new addition to the Space Gallery, “The New Age of Space.” Shepherd will be discussing his experiences in space, give highlights of the museum’s newest Space Gallery addition, and will share his thoughts on the future of space exploration. The exhibit will showcase many of Shepherd’s artifacts from his space missions plus models of the latest rockets from NASA, SpaceX, and Blue Origin. A former Navy SEAL and NASA astronaut, Shepherd has flown three Space Shuttle missions. Admission is $10 ($8 for members). Doors to the museum open at 6 p.m. so guests can view the exhibit prior to the lecture. Advance tickets are recommended as the museum will be adhering to capacity mandates. Call reservations at 516-572-4066 or reserve online via this link.
Tuesday, May 11
During this time of uncertainty, it is important to help children feel safe, keep healthy routines, manage their behaviors and build resilience. YES Community Counseling Center will be conducting a Zoom Active Parenting Program for parents of elementary school age children (ages 5-11) from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and running for six sessions. For registration, link and fee information email email@example.com or call 516-799-3203 ext. 224.
The New York Blood Center will hold drives at the following times and places.
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.
Tuesday, May 4: American Legion-Post #144, 730 Willis Ave., Williston Park, from 2 to 8 p.m.
Wednesday, May 5: Civil Air Patrol, 635 Main St., Farmingdale, from 2 to 8 p.m.
Wednesday, May 5: St. James Church/Knights of Columbus #5983, 80 Hicksville Rd., Seaford, from 2 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, May 6: St. Joseph Hospital Staff Room, 4295 Hempstead Tpke., Bethpage, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 6: Assemblyman Michael Durso’s office, 1000 Lake Shore Dr., Massapequa Park, from noon to 6 p.m.
Thursday, May 6: Knights of Columbus #2520, 45 Heitz Pl., Hicksville, from 2 to 8 p.m.
Monday, May 10: Alert Fire Company, 555 Middle Neck Rd., Great Neck, from 2 to 8 p.m.
Monday, May 10: Carle Place Fire Department, 460 Broadway, Carle Place, from 2 to 8 p.m.
Monday, May 10: Midway Jewish Center, 330 S. Oyster Bay Rd., Syosset, from 3 to 9 p.m.
Monday, May 10: Young Israel Of West Hempstead, 630 Hempstead Ave., West Hempstead, from 3 to 9 p.m.
Tuesday, May 11: St. Mary’s Elementary School, 1300 Northern Blvd., Manhasset, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Tuesday, May 11: Legislator Josh Lafazan’s Office, 50 Cold Spring Rd., Syosset, from 2 to 8 p.m.
Wednesday, May 12: Bayville Fire Department, 258 Bayville Ave., Bayville, from 3 to 9 p.m.
Wednesday, May 13: Keller Williams Realty, 5100 Sunrise Hwy., Massapequa Park, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, May 16: Broadway Mall, 358b Broadway Mall Rotunda, Hicksville, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Appointments preferred. Donors will have their temperatures checked and must wear a face mask or covering. Other health conditions apply. Visit donate.nybc.org to sign up and for more information.