Calendar of Events, August 4 to August 14

Here is a selection of events that are happening in the Long Island Weekly coverage area.

Thursday, August 5

Meet the Authors

Presented at 7 p.m. via Crowdcast by Book Revue in Huntington as part of its Write America Series. A special evening celebrating Rita Dove as she sits in conversation with award-winning author Roger Rosenblatt. The pair will be discussing Dove’s new book of poetry, The Playlist for the Apocalypse, hailed as “A piercing, unflinching new volume offers necessary music for our tumultuous present, from ‘perhaps the best public poet we have.’” (Boston Globe). Dove investigates the vacillating moral compass guiding America’s, and the world’s, experiments in democracy. Whether depicting the first Jewish ghetto in sixteenth-century Venice or Black Lives Matter, this extraordinary poet never fails to connect history’s grand exploits to the triumphs and tragedies of individual lives—the simmering resentment of an elevator operator, an octogenarian’s exuberant mambo, the mordant humor of a philosophizing cricket. Dove is a Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. Poet Laureate, the only poet honored with both the National Humanities Medal and the National Medal of Arts. A professor of creative writing at the University of Virginia, she lives in Charlottesville. Rosenblatt is the author of five New York Times Notable Books of the Year, four national bestsellers, and seven off-Broadway plays. His essays for Time magazine and the PBS NewsHour have won two George Polk Awards, the Peabody, and the Emmy, among others. In 2015, he won the Kenyon Review Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement. He held the Briggs-Copeland appointment in the teaching of writing at Harvard. He is Distinguished Professor of English and Writing at SUNY Stony Brook/Southampton
This event is free and open to the public. Register here.
Visit to order the books and get more information.

Saturday, August 7

Up Close With Bonsai

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At 1 p.m., the Humes Japanese Stroll Garden, 3 Dogwood Lane, Locust Valley, will present a Bonsai exhibit. It will be led by Hal Johnson of the Long Island Bonsai Society. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss the art with Bonsai Society members who will be present throughout the event. Event dates and times are subject to change so please check the website for updates. A program of the North Shore Land Alliance. For more information, please contact Jane Jackson at 516-922-1028 or

Huntington Cemetery Tour

Provided by the Huntington Historical Society at 4 p.m. ​All tours begin inside The Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Building, located at 228 Main St., Huntington. This iconic building, just outside the Burying Ground, was built in 1892 as a memorial to the Huntington residents who died in the Civil War and now houses Huntington’s History & Decorative Arts Museum. Then explore Huntington’s earliest public burying ground, established soon after the town’s 1653 founding. View stunning folk art and beautiful epitaphs while listening to stories of Huntington’s residents and rich history. ​Face masks are required to participate and must be worn properly and during the duration of the tour. Cost is $15/non-members, $5/children, You must have a reservation to participate. Tickets will not be sold the day of the tour. ​Email with questions or for reservation assistance.

Butterflies and Insects

Hosted by the Garvies Point Museum & Preserve, 50 Barry Dr., Glen Cove. From 11 a.m. to noon and 2 to 3 p.m. Explore the preserve’s field and gardens environments in search of a variety of insects, butterflies and more. Learn about life cycles and why insects are so important to our ecosystem. Use bug catchers, magnifiers, nets, and field guides. All ages welcome. 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

’80s Arcade/Karaoke Night

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From 6 to 11 p.m. at the Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Boulevard, Garden City. Sponsored by Cradle-Con and the Long Island Retro Gaming Expo. Relive the glory days of the 1980s while playing classic arcade games like Pac-Man and Donkey Kong and singing your hearts out to ‘80s karaoke music. Over 30 classic consoles from the ’70s through the ’90s spread out on two museum levels. Featuring retro console tournaments and video game vendors, raffle drawings, cash bar and food truck on site. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Museum members $15 in advance only. Get tickets here.
Call 516-572-4111 or visit to learn more.

Yoga in the Garden

Enjoy summer at Planting Fields by taking an outdoor, 60-minute, all levels yoga and meditation class in the Cloister Garden from8 to 9 a.m. Partnering with Oyster Bay/Glen Cove Yoga, spend your morning to continue your practice and connect mindfully with the natural landscape. Members: $12, general admission: $20. Located at 1395 Planting Fields Rd., Oyster Bay. Register here. Visit for more information about events and membership.

Wilderness Survival

Develop your family’s wilderness survival skills in a trio of fun, hands-on classes led by Ranger Eric Powers and survival expert Adam Nestor at the Sands Point Preserve, 127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point. The Preserve’s beautiful woods and campsite provide the setting to connect with the environment and get dirty on these family adventures. This lesson, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., will focus on methods for making fire. Social distancing is required, and face masks are required for unvaccinated individuals. Children must be 8-plus and must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Tickets are limited, so pre-registration is required, or call 516-570-2185; includes parking. Cost for non-members is $20 per adult, $10 per child. Register here.
Join the Conservancy now and receive free admission to the Preserve’s grounds for 14 months and discounts to many events throughout the year. Visit to learn more.

Saturday/Sunday, August 7-8

Eternal Con

Eternal Con, The Long Island Comic Con, celebrates its eighth year offering a fun and educational experience for visitors of all ages at the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex at Hofstra University in Hempstead. Dedicated to bringing fans a more intimate convention experience, Eternal Con is the place where you can get up close and personal with your favorite stars and comic book celebrities. It also offers a weekend full of educational seminars so not only do you have so much too look at, but you can learn from accomplished professionals working in their respected fields. Eternal Con is a family-friendly and safe place for children of all ages. Hours are Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission ranges from $10 to $25. Find out more at

Sunday, August 8

Drive-In Concert

Hosted by the Town of North Hempstead at North Hempstead Beach Park, 175 West Shore Rd., Port Washington. At 6 p.m., Street Fighter (Rolling Stones 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.

Monday, August 9

Living With Alzheimer’s

This virtual information session from 4 to 5 p.m. offers free assistance and support to caregivers who are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. Hosted by Family and Children’s Association (FCA), which offers free assistance and support to caregivers who are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias in both English and Spanish. According to FCA, “We support our families by offering care consultations by our licensed social workers, support groups, education, respite care, volunteer services and joint enrichment programs. Additionally, our program provides both volunteer respite and a financial scholarship for paid respite care for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias.” Email Kristen Haire at for Zoom link.

Meet the Authors

Presented at 7 p.m. via Crowdcast by Book Revue in Huntington as part of its Write America Series. Featuring memoirist and novelist Kaylie Jones and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Vijay Seshadri as they read and discuss their works and about how books and art might bridge the deep divisions in our nation. Jones is the author of Lies My Mother Never Told Me, a Publishers Weekly starred review memoir chosen as one of the hottest summer reads by several publications. Kaylie grew up in Paris, France and Sagaponack, New York, and her father was the novelist James Jones. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University and Columbia University School of the Arts. She has taught in the public schools of New York City through Teachers & Writers Collaborative, and helped found the MFA Program in Writing at Long Island University’s, which is now SUNY Stony Brook Southampton Campus, and the MFA Program in Writing at Wilkes University. She teaches memoir, literature and fiction writing at both universities.
Seshadri is the author of the poetry books Wild Kingdom, The Long Meadow, The Disappearances, (Harper-Collins India), 3 Sections, and, in 2020, That Was Now, This Is Then, as well as many essays, reviews, and memoir fragments. His work has been widely published and anthologized and recognized with a number of honors, among them the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the Literature Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. This event is free and open to the public. Register here.
Visit to order books and get more information.

Magro Foundation Car Show

The Michael Magro Foundation will host its car show at the Sears parking lot, 195 North Broadway, Hicksville, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. All cars welcome—exotics, classics, muscle cars. Donation per car is $20. Admission is $5 per person, with kids free. Raffles, food trucks and more. For more information call Larry Ruisi at 516-660-9006 or Tom Galati at 646-264-8246. The Michael Magro Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the support of children with cancer and their families. Learn more at or call 516-935-4510 (office) or 516-633-5341 (cell).

Wednesday, August 11

Bird Walk

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, 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. This is a “leaderless” walk and may be cancelled in inclement weather.

A Look at Spaghetti Westerns

(Cinema Arts Centre)

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.

Thursday, August 12

Flight Book Club

Join the Cradle of Aviation Museum’s In-Flight Book Club to discuss Latinas in Aviation: Stories of passion, power, and breaking into the aviation industry by Jacqueline S. Ruiz. Session dates are Thursday, Aug. 12, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. (virtual) and Saturday, Aug. 28, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. (virtual or in-person). This book “is a celebration of the rarest women in the industry, told through stories of their triumphs, their falls, and their most crowning achievements. Hear from retired veterans as well as new graduates, pilots as well as aviation administrators, military, and civilians, all with a unique passion for aviation and its impact on our world. Each author inspires, entertains, and sets the stage for the next generation of Latinas who look to the sky with a dream.” Participation is free if you buy the book from the museum or $10 if you bring your own. Get link here.
Call 516-572-4111 or visit to learn more.

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 or call 631 367 3418

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 here and you’ll get instructions sent to you automatically.

Candlelight Concert

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

Anna Stacy as Becky Warder in The Truth for EastLine Theatre & Planting Fields Arboretum. (Photo by Danny Higgins)

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 to learn more and get tickets. Register here.

Saturday, August 14

Farm Volunteers

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 for more information.

The Live Kennedys

The Kennedys will be doing a parking lot concert on Aug. 14. (Landmark on Main)

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. More information, including a pre-show supper special offer at H on the Harbor, can be found at or call 516-767-1384. Get tickets here.

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 516-869-631

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

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.

Nassau Collectors Marketplace

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every second Saturday of the month at Samanea New York Mall, 1500 Old Country Rd., Westbury. Featuring an eclectic mix of pop culture artifacts, vinyl records, comic books, and video games.

Blood Drives

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

Wednesday, August 4: LICC Floral Park at Bridge Community Church, 6 Harvard St., Floral Park, from 3 to 9 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 7: Broadway Mall Rotunda, 358b Broadway, Hicksville, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Monday, August 9: St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church Cafeteria/Parish Hall, 235 Glen St., Glen Cove. In Honor of Ayden from 2 to 8 p.m.

Monday, August 9: Port Washington Polish Club Starlight Ballroom, 5 Pulaski Pl., Port Washington, from 2 to 8 p.m.

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.

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 for more information.

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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