Here is a sampling of the events taking place in the Long Island Weekly coverage area:
Wednesday, August 11
Hosted by the North Shore Audubon Society from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Boat Basin West End, Jones Beach State Park. Limited registration—register via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and you will receive a confirmation email if there is an opening. If you become unable to attend, please email to allow someone on the waiting list to take your slot. Follow CDC guidelines regarding masks and safe distancing, especially if you are not vaccinated. Wear water-resistant footwear, bring binoculars and drinking water. Wear long pants and socks so you do not touch poison ivy. This is a “leaderless” walk and may be cancelled in inclement weather.
A Look at Spaghetti Westerns
Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington presents a Virtual Sky Room Talk, with live Zoom lecture, discussion and Q&A at 7 p.m. Tonight’s topic is “The Wild, The Sadists and The Outsiders—Spaghetti Westerns in American Culture.” Explores how Italian filmmakers took an American genre of film-making and completely reshaped it giving the world a very different view of the old west. The Good, The Bad and the Ugly blurred the definition of good and evil. Examines the work of Sergio Leone as well as the countless spin-offs as done by the Spanish, Germans, Mexicans and others. A delicious selection of film clips is used to give examples of why the European view of the old West continues to endure as a cult phenomenon. Get out your six shooter and join us.
Lecturer Keith Crocker is a Long Island-based filmmaker and film historian. He attended the New York Institute of Technology from 1984 through 1988, where he majored in film and TV production. Keith’s first job in cinema was making short Super 8mm films used for aversion therapy in phobia clinics. In 1993, Keith made his first feature film, which was based on Edgar Allan Poe’s Murders in the Rue Morgue. During this time, he also worked as a motion picture projectionist and started a video on demand company. 30 years later, that business is still running. In 2008, Keith released Blitzkreig, which was a WWII based film. Keith has been teaching adult education at Nassau Community College for the past 18 year has also been giving seminars on motion pictures to public libraries and community centers for the past 25 years. He lives on Long Island with his wife/muse Christina Crocker. He has two screenplays written for upcoming production. Tickets are $7/public, $5/members. Register here.
Long Island Maritime History
The Vanderbilt Museum will offer a series of three lectures on Long Island maritime history beginning in August. Following the lectures, which will be given in the Reichert Planetarium, the museum will hold book signings and offer refreshments. Tickets: $6 per person, free for members. At 7 p.m., author and journalist Bill Bleyer will present “Little Known Aspects of Long Island’s Maritime History.” This PowerPoint lecture covers the development of submarines and torpedoes, the landing of Pan Am Clippers in Port Washington, the world’s most innovative whaling captain, and more. Bleyer, a former Newsday staff writer, has written four books on Long Island history, including Long Island and the Sea: A Maritime History and Long Island and the Civil War. He is a freelance contributor to Newsday and magazines. The museum is at 180 Little Neck Rd., Centerport. Register here.
Thursday, August 12
The Culper Spy Ring
The Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society presents this free virtual program via Zoom at 7:30 p.m. Learn the true story of the Culper Spy Ring from former Newsday reporter Bill Bleyer, author of George Washington’s Long Island Spy Ring: A History and Tour Guide. History buffs have long been fascinated by the operation of the Long Island-based ring during the American Revolution, especially since the airing of the AMC series “Turn.” Over the years, there have been many legends, such as the role played by Anna Strong’s clothesline, and suppositions about how the spies operated to support George Washington’s Continental Army. The PowerPoint lecture separates facts from fiction and details the ingenious operation of the intelligence network that helped the Patriots win the war. To register for this program, email email@example.com and you’ll get instructions sent to you automatically.
Behind the Scenes With the Director
Virtual program at 7 p.m. at the Whaling Museum & Education Center, 301 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor. Explore hidden treasures, back stories, and highlights from the Museum’s historic collection and archives with Executive Director Nomi Dayan. Each session, view a backstage glimpse of a beautiful piece of scrimshaw, explanation of a fascinating letter, or other artifacts which give us insight into the lifeways of Long Island’s maritime communities and beyond. Free, but $10 suggested donation Appreciated. Register here. Learn more at www.cshwhalingmuseum.org or call 631-367-3418.
The Town of North Hempstead hosts the Concerts by Candlelight series, in which residents will be admitted on a first come, first serve basis and capacity will be limited in compliance with social distancing guidelines. At 7:30 p.m., Copperline (music of James Taylor and Friends) will perform at North Hempstead Beach Park Amphitheatre, 175 West Shore Rd., Port Washington. Restroom facilities will be available. For more information, call 516-869-6311.
Friday, August 13
Staging The Truth
The East Line Theatre will stage The Truth by Clyde Fitch from 6 to 7:30 p.m. outdoors at Planting Fields, a play in four acts written in 1906 by American playwright Clyde Fitch (1865-1909) who was best known for plays of social satire and character study. The rain date is Aug. 14 starting at 6 p.m. Commissioned as a companion to the Everett Shinn: Operatics exhibition currently on view through November at Planting Fields, Fitch’s 1906 play tells a classic screwball tale of a woman who just cannot stop lying. For two decades Fitch was one of America’s preeminent dramatists, despite being largely unremembered today. Directed by Nicole Savin, stage managed by Danny Higgins, and features costumes by Lynn Ciorciari. The cast of The Truth features Aly Kantor, Anna Stacy, Anthony Noto, Bryan Bowie, Gary Tifeld, Julie Fergus, Matt Rosenberg, and Morgan Mof. Tickets are $40 for non-members. Visit www.plantingfields.org to learn more. Register here.
Saturday, August 14
The Live Kennedys
Live from the Landmark Lot, 232 Main St., at 7 p.m. The Kennedys are Pete and Maura, singers, songwriters and guitarists. They began their touring life as members of Nanci Griffith’s Blue Moon Orchestra, traveling the US, England, Scotland and Ireland. With the release of their first CD they continued on the road as a married duo, and that endless tour continued right up until the pandemic lockdown. Determined to keep the music playing, they began a series of Sunday afternoon online concerts that has grown into a weekly “gathering” for an ever-growing global audience. They feature a different program every week, with songs drawn from their dozen-plus CDs and viewer favorites from across the musical spectrum, especially icons including Buddy Holly, the Everly Brothers, Dylan, and The Byrds. Expect an evening of energetic and uplifting songs with heavenly harmonies and a heaping helping of hot guitar. Bring your lawn chairs. Tickets are $20/reserved, $15/general admission. In the event of inclement weather, performances will be moved indoors to the Jeanne Rimsky Theater. Vaccination proof required. Tickets and information, including a pre-show supper special offer at H on the Harbor, at www.landmarkonmainstreet.org or call 516-767-1384. Get tickets here.
The Restoration Farm, 140 Bethpage-Sweet Hollow Rd. in Old Bethpage, is welcoming volunteers during its monthly Saturday volunteer mornings from 9 a.m. to noon. According to the website, “On these mornings we tackle various jobs that appeal to a broad array of interests and skill-sets.” Visit www.restorationfarm.com for more information.
Living Fossils Walk
Hosted by the Garvies Point Museum & Preserve, 50 Barry Dr., Glen Cove. From 11 a.m. to noon and 2 to 3 p.m. Take a trip back in time and discover living fossils on the nature preserve. Ages 7-plus. Included with museum admission, $5 adults, $3 children, free for members. Group size is limited so please call to reserve your spot. Call 516-571-8010 or visit www.garviespointmuseum.com.
Drive-In Movie Night
The Town of North Hempstead will screen Monsters Inc. at 8:30 p.m. at North Hempstead Beach Park, 175 West Shore Rd., Port Washington. Cars will be admitted beginning an hour prior to show time. Advance registration for the film showing is not required, but residents must show proof of residency before entering the park. Movies are free but attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable/canned foods as part of North Hempstead’s food donation drive. Restroom facilities will be available. For more information, call 516-869-6311.
Guided Nature Walk
From 10 to 11 a.m. at the Sands Point Preserve, 127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point. This monthly series of themed walks explores different aspects of the preserve’s environment, encompassing its unique physical features and wildlife, as well as critical conservation issues and helpful practices to create a healthy, sustainable environment. The expert guides, environmental educator Hildur Palsdottir and Port Washington Monarch Alliance Founder David Jakim, bring a range of perspectives for each outdoor adventure. This walk is titled “Life Between the Tides: Plants and Animals’ Amazing Adaptations for Survival.” Non-members tickets are $15 per adult, $5 per child; includes parking. Payment received at the Gatehouse.
Wantagh Nature Trail Walk
The Long Island Greenbelt Trail Conference hosts this easy and flat 4-mile walk at Mill Pond Preserve at 9 a.m. About four blocks west of the Wantagh State Parkway. Park on Merrick Road. Meet at gazebo, Bring water, Rain cancels. For information call Chuck at 516-906-2733 after 6:30 a.m.
Sunday, August 15
Community Street Festival
Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce of the Massapequa and held on Lower Broadway in Massapequa (Veterans Boulevard to Clark Avenue). Hours are 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Rain date is Aug. 22. Event Description: “While we expect a wonderful day, the event may still be subject to any mandated COVID-19 restrictions at that time. Accordingly, it is important that you register early especially if we are restricted on the amount of vendors that we can have that day. All registration forms will be date stamped for that reason. This is a wonderful event for the whole family. In previous years, thousands of residents and friends came together to enjoy music and entertainment, delicious food, a wide array of craft vendors, children’s activities, and much more. We hope that you will join us for this fantastic community event.” Grand Marshal: Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino. Main Event Sponsor: Massapequa Center Rehabilitation & Nursing. Information and vendor registration forms at www.massapequachamber.org.
David Cedeno & His Orchestra
This evening of salsa, part of the Morgan Park Summer Music Festival, begins at 7 p.m. Description: “This big ensemble presents a lively evening of nonstop Latin music featuring salsa, Latin jazz, merengue and mambo, even some songs from the ’50s, reimagined with a salsa beat and English lyrics. The band is noted for such international hits as ‘Lady in Red,’ ‘Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?’ and ‘Sealed with a Kiss.’” Free, but donations accepted. Morgan Memorial Park is located in Glen Cove on Germaine Street between Landing Road and McLoughlin Street. The public is welcome to picnic on the lawns. In case of inclement weather, please check with MPSMF’s hot line, 516-671-0017 or visit MPSMF’s Facebook page.
Car Wash Fundraiser
A car wash from noon to 4 p.m. will aid the Special Olympics. It will be held at 555 Middle Neck Road in Great Neck.
Monday, August 16
The Nassau County Bar Association invites Nassau County residents to register for a free socially distant mortgage foreclosure clinic from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Masks/face coverings are required. At the Association’s headquarters, 15th and West Streets, Mineola. Interpreters available upon request. Attorneys do not provide legal representation. Limited space—register early by calling 516-747-4070 ext. 1308.
Meet the Authors
The Book Revue in Huntington, at 7 p.m., presents its 29th episode of the Write America series live on Crowdcast. Featuring award-winning novelist Ursula Hegi and writer and editor Vanessa Cuti as they read and discuss their works and about how books and art might bridge the deep divisions in our nation. Cuti’s fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The Best American Short Stories 2021, The Kenyon Review, AGNI, West Branch, Indiana Review, Cimarron Review, The Cincinnati Review, Shenandoah, The Rumpus and others. She received her MFA from Stony Brook University and lives in the suburbs of New York. Hegi is the author of The Worst Thing I’ve Done, Sacred Time, Hotel of the Saints, The Vision of Emma Blau, Tearing the Silence, Salt Dancers, Stones from the River, Floating in My Mother’s Palm, Unearned Pleasures and Other Stories, Intrusions, and Trudi & Pia. She teaches writing at Stonybrook’s Southhampton Campus and she is the recipient of more than 30 grants and awards. Order their books on the Book Revue website. This event is free to attend. Register here.
Nazis and Alcohol
The Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Nassau County presents a virtual book discussion with Edward Westermann about Drunk on Genocide: Alcohol and Mass Murder in Nazi Germany from 6 to 7 p.m. Westermann, the Regents Professor of History at Texas A&M University-San Antonio, published his book in association with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. Westermann has unearthed new material showing how alcohol consumption served as lubricant for mass murder and that contrary to the common misconception of the SS as stone-cold killers, they were, in fact, intoxicated with the act of murder itself. Register here.
Tuesday, August 17
From 11:30 a.m. to noon at the Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City. Pop Tots is a process-oriented, play-based workshop designed to promote socialization and support toddlers’ cognitive and creative development. For ages 18 months to 3 years. Each week participants will be introduced to exciting, multi-sensory art experiences and activities that will inspire exploration through experiential learning. All tickets must be purchased online in advance along with general admission purchase or reservation. Fee: $4 with museum admission, $3 LICM members. Get info, tickets here.
Presented by the Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The museum’s indoor rink is made from a high-tech synthetic polymer surface that lets kids slide around without blades, runny noses or cold hands. Make sure you bring your socks, and please be cautious as the surface is slippery. This special exhibit is open during regular museum hours and is free with $14 general admission. Info, tickets and schedule at https://www.licm.org.
Wednesday, August 18
Sponsored by the North Shore Audubon Society at Hempstead Lake State Park Lot 3, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Limited registration. Must register via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and you will receive a confirmation email if there is an opening. If you become unable to attend, please email to allow someone on the waiting list to take your slot. Follow CDC guidelines re masks and safe distancing, especially if you are not vaccinated. Wear water-resistant footwear, bring binoculars and drinking water. Wear long pants and socks so you do not touch poison ivy. “Leaderless” walk, may be canceled in inclement weather.
The Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center presents, from 11 a.m. to noon, museum and programming director, Dr. Thorin Tritter, who talks about a picture in the collection that shows a performance of “Tevye the Dairyman” at the Feldafing Displaced Person Camp in the summer of 1947. The presentation will explore the development of Feldafing and the story of some of the individuals captured in the photograph. Get webinar link here. Get more information at www.hmtcli.org.
Take a meditative Forest Bathing walk from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Sands Point Preserve, 127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point. Led by certified guide Linda Lombardo and based on the Japanese tradition of Shinrin-Yoku, a wellness practice developed in the 1980s to inspire mindful connections with the natural elements of the woods for a range of healthful benefits. All precautions for COVID-19 will be taken, including social distancing and face masks when near others. According to Linda, “Take this time to be present, lower the stress you may be experiencing, and connect with nature, which naturally boosts your immune system.” Spaces are limited. For adults 18-plus, and pre-registration is required. Payment is $40 non-members. Register online or call 516-304-5076 for contactless payment.
Sing Along with Nappy’s Puppets
From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City. For ages 3-plus. The LICM Theater has been renovated and will present performances throughout the summer. Join in the fun as Nappy’s Puppets presents some of the silliest songs around. Master of fun and puppeteer Jim Napolitano has gathered together the greatest Sing-A-Long songs of all time. He needs your help with “Little Bunny Foo-Foo,” “Five Little Ducks,” “The Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly,” and “Five Little Monkeys.” Fee: $9 with museum admission ($7 members), $12 Theater only. Information, tickets here.
Thursday, August 19
Live at Five
Presented by the Science Museum of Long Island at the Leeds Pond Preserve, 1526 North Plandome Rd., Manhasset. Doors open at 5 p.m., science activities and nature walks from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and music starting at 6:30 p.m. Local bands, food and beverage vendors, guest speakers, themed science activities and nature walks. Guests are invited to bring a blanket and chairs as they listen to the music, enjoy local fare and watch the sunset over Manhasset Bay. Musical guest Jahstix, a reggae music ensemble. Limited parking—walking, bicycling riding or car pooling is encouraged. No outside food or drink allowed. No parking allowed on surrounding roads. Admission for non-members is $20 per person $10 per child (18 and under). Tickets will come on a first come first serve basis. Parking will be reserved for pre-registered guests. Visit www.smli.org for tickets and more information.
Friday, August 20
Explore the Olmsted Brothers’ designed landscape at Planting Fields by going on a guided tour led by the historic landscape staff, garden guides, and Vincent Simeone, director of Planting Fields Arboretum. From 5:30 to 7 p.m. Enjoy the summer sunset as well as some light refreshments before the tour begins. Admission is $24/members, $30/general admission. Visit www.plantingfields.org for more information, membership and to sign up. Register here.
Sounds of Swing
Bill Wilkinson & the Long Island Sound Swing Band will entertain from 7 to 10 p.m. at Brumidi Lodge, 2075 Deer Park Ave., Deer Park. The big band orchestra will play swing, foxtrot, ballads and Latin. Cost is $20 per person and includes complimentary light buffet/coffee/tea/dessert. Cash bar available. Largest dance floor on Long Island. All state COVID-19 protocols will be in place. Call 631-358-2931 for more information and to make reservations.
Saturday, August 21
Outdoor Survival 101
Hosted by the Garvies Point Museum & Preserve, 50 Barry Dr., Glen Cove. From 11 a.m. to noon and 2 to 3 p.m. Learn knot-tying, navigation & signaling, fire-making, first aid, hazardous plants and animals, identify edible plants—roots, shoots, berries and more. For ages 8-plus. Included with museum admission, $5 adults, $3 children, free for members. Group size is limited so please call to reserve your spot. Call 516-571-8010 or visit www.garviespointmuseum.com.
Sunday, August 22
Tea in Garden
Enjoy summertime in bloom from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Planting Fields by having a small variety of flavorful teas paired with individually bagged cookies outside in the Cloister Garden and aside the West Portico. Guests will also have the opportunity to encounter one of the site’s unique architectural spaces that is part of the exhibition, Everett Shinn: Operatics, the 1915 Tea House in the Italian Garden. The space features murals and furnishings commissioned from Shinn by the Coes, 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 Tea House will introduce guests to Shinn’s engagement with the decorative. Admission is $24/members, $30/general admission. Visit www.plantingfields.org for more information, membership and to sign up. Register here.
Hosted by the Town of North Hempstead at North Hempstead Beach Park, 175 West Shore Rd., Port Washington. At 6 p.m., Material Girl (Madonna tribute) band will perform. Cars will be admitted starting one hour prior to the show for the drive-in concerts. Events are free, but the town encourages attendees to bring non-perishable/canned foods to each concert as part of its donation drive. Attendees must remain in their vehicles. Restroom facilities will be available. For more information, call 516-869-6311.
Roslyn Farmers Market at Christopher Morley Park , 500 Searingtown Rd., Roslyn. Every Wednesday through Nov. 3 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. From fruits and vegetables to olive oils and fresh roasted coffee, the Roslyn Farmers Market has a diverse selection of items.
Theater for Kids
Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City, presents The Elephant & Piggie’s “We Are in a Play!” For ages 2-plus, this one-hour play will be staged Saturday, Aug, 21 and on dates throughout August and September. According to the website, “Enjoy this musical adventure, ripped from the pages of Mo Willems’ beloved, and award-winning children’s books about Elephant Gerald and Piggie. A rollicking musical romp filled with plenty of pachydermal peril and swiney suspense perfect for young audiences. Carefully cautious Gerald and spirited playful Piggie share a day where anything is possible in an imaginative exploration of the meaning of friendship. Together with nutty back-up singers The Squirrelles, our duo even gets the audience involved in the action. [This] is a perfect way to introduce young people to theater.” All shows start at 1:30 p.m. Some shows are sold out. Fee: $9 with museum admission ($7 members), $12 theater only. Tickets and information here.
The New York Blood Center will hold drives at the following times and places.
Tuesday, August 10: Garden City Public Library Community Room, 60 Seventh St., Garden City, from 1 to 7 p.m.
Thursday, August 12: Manhasset Lakeville Fire Department Meeting Room, 2 Community Drive East, Manhasset, from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 12: Knights of Columbus #6526 St. Frances de Chantal Council Ballroom, 1869 Wantagh Ave., Wantagh, from 2 to 8 p.m.
Saturday, August 14: S.I.J.N.Y. Busmobile, 83 Ludy St., Hicksville, from 6 to 11:59 p.m.
Sunday, August 15: Young Israel Of Plainview Old Sanctuary, 132 Southern Parkway, Plainview, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 18: Town Of North Hempstead’s Clinton G. Martin Park Community Hall, 1601 Marcus Ave., New Hyde Park, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday, August 18: Sponsored by Assemblyman David McDonough at the Town of Hempstead Merrick Rd Golf Course, 2550 Clubhouse Rd., Merrick, from 1 to 7 p.m.
Thursday, August 19: St. Francis Hospital St. Clare Conference Rooms A,B&C, 100 Port Washington Blvd. Roslyn, from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 19: Northwell Health I-Park Center Hallway, 450 Lakeville Rd., Lake Success, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 19: Locust Valley Fire Department community meeting room, 228 Buckram Rd., Locust Valley, from 2 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, August 19: Stewart Manor Fire Department meeting room, 120 Covert Ave., Stewart Manor, from 2 to 8 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 21: Broadway Mall Rotunda, 358b Broadway, Hicksville, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, August 22: Knights of Columbus Council #5001/Church of Saint Catherine of Sienna, 33 New Hyde Park Rd., Franklin Square, from 8:15 a.m. to 2:15 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.