Here are some of the events happening in the Long Island Weekly coverage area. Note that in the face of the latest COVID-19 surge, it is best to check with a venue before heading out.
Wednesday, December 22
Celebrate the Holidays with David Glukh
Live streamed at 2 p.m. by the Landmark on Main Street, Port Washington. No in-person attendance for this performance. Description: “An afternoon of klezmer, jazz and holiday classics performed on his signature trumpet piccolo accompanied by piano.” Series Sponsored by New York Community Bank Foundation. Get link at www.landmarkonmainstreet.org.
Fish Hatchery Bird Walk
North Shore Audubon Society Wednesday leaderless walk from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium, 1660 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor.
Friday, December 24
At 4 and 6 p.m., the Beacon Church presents an original Musical, “The Cratchits’ Christmas Carol.” The church is at 201 IU Willets Road, Albertson, Description: “We all know the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, but what about the Cratchits? While Scrooge is on his journey through time, follow Bob Cratchit, his wife, and Tiny Tim as they each rediscover the meaning of Christmas.” Call 516-620-5106.
Sunday, December 26
Jones Beach Coast Guard Station Bird Walk
Hosted by the South Shore Audubon Society. Walk starts at 9 a.m. and there is no walk if it rains or snows or temperature is below 25°F. Registration is required by calling Joe Landesberg at 516-467-9498. Limited to 12 participants. Masks are also required. Directions: From the Wantagh State Parkway, travel south. Upon entering Jones Beach State Park, exit at Bay Drive and continue west. Turn right (north) at entrance for Coast Guard Station and West End Boat Basin; turn right again for parking.
Tuesday, December 28
Build a Boat Workshop
At the Whaling Museum and Education Center, 301 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor. Also on Thursday, Dec. 30. Adults and kids can drop in any time from 1 to 3 p.m. to imagine, design and create unique wooden vessel models out of a variety of materials in this open-ended workshop. Go home with your creation. Museum admission plus $10 per participant, $5 members. Visit www.cshwhalingmuseum.org/events or call 631-367-3418.
Wednesday, December 29
Mill Pond Bird Walk
North Shore Audubon Society Wednesday leaderless walk from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Mill Pond Preserve Wantagh, 2935 Merrick Rd., Wantagh.
Wednesday/Thursday, December 29/30
At the Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington, at 8 p.m. Description: “The band continues the Grateful Dead live concert experience. Their shows are built off the Dead’s extensive catalog and the talent of these seven fine musicians. On any given night, the band will perform a show based on a set list from the Grateful Dead’s 30 years of extensive touring or use their catalog to program a unique set list for the show.” Standard tickets $39.50 to $99.50. COVID-19 protocols apply. Visit www.paramountny.com or call 631-673-7300.
Friday, December 31
A New Year’s Bash with the 1980s cover band, starting at 9 p,m, at the Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. Description: “Every Saturday night, crowds of ecstatic fans and newcomers alike have thrown on their best spandex, leg warmers and metal gear, lined up, and come downtown for an all-out celebration at the Back to the Eighties Show. Bon Jovi, Cyndi Lauper, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Prince, and many more come to life right before the bedazzled eyes of the crowd.” Standard tickets from $25 to $45. COVID-19 protocols apply. Visit www.paramountny.com or call 631-673-7300.
Sunday, January 2
Point Lookout Town Park Bird
Hosted by the South Shore Audubon Society. Walk starts at 9 a.m. and there is no walk if it rains or snows or temperature is below 25°F. Registration is required by calling Joe Landesberg at 516-467-9498. Limited to 12 participants. Masks are also required. Directions: From the Southern State Parkway, exit onto the Meadowbrook State Parkway south. Exit from the Meadowbrook at Loop Parkway (just before the Jones Beach toll booths) toward Point Lookout. The Loop Parkway ends west of Point Lookout at Lido Boulevard. Continue straight across Lido Boulevard into Point Lookout Park. Travel past the ticket booths and curve left into the very large parking lot on the south side of the park. Park in the southeast corner, closest to the private homes of the village of Point Lookout and the beach. We will walk east along the beach toward Jones Inlet. After returning to the parking lot, we will drive west on Lido Boulevard to Lido Beach Passive Nature Preserve on the north side of Lido Boulevard to walk through the bay marsh.
Wednesday, January 5
Point Lookout Town Park Bird Walk
North Shore Audubon Society Wednesday leaderless walk from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Point Lookout Beach, 1300 Lido Blvd., Lido Beach.
Flag of Liberation
The Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center presents a virtual program from 11 a.m. to noon, Curator’s Corner: A “Ghost Army” Flag of Liberation. Museum and Programming Director Thorin Tritter will talk about a Nazi flag that was pulled down by American troops serving in the “Ghost Army” during WWII who then covered it with their signatures, transforming it from a flag of hate to a flag of liberation. Get link at https://www.hmtcli.org.
Thursday, January 6
The Gilmour Project
At 8 p.m. at the NYCB Theater at Westbury 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. Description: “An All-Star Band explores the music of David Gilmour’s Pink Floyd.” Tickets $29.50 to $49.50. COVID-19 protocols apply. Visit www.thetheatreatwestbury.com or call 516-247-5200.
A Haven for Jews
From 11 a.m. to noon, the Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center hosts “A Haven from the Holocaust: Washington Heights and the Jews of Europe,” presented by Dr. Linda Burghardt. Description: “Throughout the Holocaust, thousands of refugees from Nazi-occupied Europe sought healing and hope in Manhattan’s neighborhood of Washington Heights, making it home to the world’s largest German-Jewish community in the aftermath of the war. What did Washington Heights offer and how did this iconic community help these refugees become Americans? Join us for a presentation about this unique neighborhood, one that offered German and Austrian Jews, and other Survivors who followed later, the strength and resilience to overcome their inestimable loss.” Get link at www.hmtcli.org.
Friday, January 7
The Disco Nights
At 8 p.m. at the at the Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. Description: “It’s Saturday Night Fever all over again. Lineup includes incredible vocalists Alessandra Guercio, Jerome Bell and Adam Bastien from ‘American Idol’ and ‘The Voice.’ Backed by one of the tightest bands and veterans of the New York City music scene. So throw on those stiletto heels and your fav wide leg trousers and join us as we take you on a musical adventure back into the disco scene.” Standard tickets from $20 to $40. COVID-19 protocols apply. Visit www.paramountny.com or call 631-673-7300.
Sunday, January 9
Hempstead Lake State Park Bird Walk
Hosted by the South Shore Audubon Society. Walk starts at 9 a.m. and there is no walk if it rains or snows or temperature is below 25°F. Registration is required by calling Joe Landesberg at 516-467-9498. Limited to 12 participants. Masks are also required. Directions: From the Southern State Parkway, take Exit 18 (Eagle Avenue) south to Field 3 (use second park entrance and make an immediate left turn.)
The Science Museum of Long Island, 1526 North Plandome Rd., Manhasset, presents this family workshop from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Description: “What exactly is electricity, and how does it work? Learn the ins-and-outs of this mysterious force in our brand-new, electrifying workshop! Build circuits, make light-up crafts, and harness the power of the Van de Graff generator. Guaranteed to be a shockingly good time.” Cost is $20 for non-members, $15 for members. Children under 7 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Masks are required inside the Science Museum. Information and registration at www.smli.org.
The Beautiful and Damned
Presented by the Landmark on Main, 232 Main St., Port Washington. Description: “F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1922 novel, The Beautiful and Damned, follows Anthony Patch, heir to a tycoon’s fortune, and Gloria Gilbert, a New York socialite, as they fall in love on the eve of the Jazz Age. What begins as a the most beautiful of dreams quickly turns nightmarish as Anthony and Gloria struggle to grapple with the disintegration of their relationship and their inability to live within their means. This show features never-before-seen music and choreography, and will be performed by an all-new cast and a 22-piece live orchestra. We are proud to introduce the partnership of 21-year-olds Brooke Di Spirito (writer, composer, choreographer) and Andrew Shield (orchestrator, conductor). The show is under the direction of the esteemed Laurie Ann Davis (award-winning actor, children’s song-writer, director, and author).” Performances on Wednesday, Dec. 29 at 1:30 p.m.; Thursday, Dec. 30 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 31 at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022 at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Ticket are $35/general admission, $25 seniors/children. Contact the producer for questions and tickets at 516-859-0740. Visit www.thebeautifulanddamned.show.
Cocoa & Crafts
From Tuesday, Dec. 28 through Friday, Dec. 31 at the Garvies Point Museum, 50 Barry Drive, Glen Cove. Every ½ hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Description: “Join us each day for a fun craft inspired by nature; plus enjoy complimentary hot cocoa, and educational film.” Donations welcome. Call 516-571-8010 or visit www.garviespointmuseum.com.
Songs Without Words: The Art of Music
Through March 6, 2022 at the Nassau County Museum of Art, One Museum Dr., Roslyn. Description: “The never-ending dance of art and music crosses cultures and millennia. This comprehensive survey is symphonic in range. It includes not only masterpieces of art but instruments as well (such as Stradivarius violins, vintage guitars from rock legends, as well as percussion and string and woodwind instruments from all along the Silk Road) with a gallery of sculpture that can be played as instruments, including a walk-in gamelan. With such favorite artists as Degas, Vuillard, Gris, Bearden and Matisse, we add the contemporary artists for whom music is a constant source of inspiration, such Jasper Johns, Robert Wilson (a portrait of Lady Gaga), Idris Khan, Joan Snyder and many others. Just to make it fun, vintage photography and memorabilia showcasing rock, jazz and Broadway will join musical scores and manuscripts inscribed by the hands of the great performers and composers, such as Joni Mitchell, Bela Bartok, Jimmy Webb, just to name a few. Get tickets at www.nassaumuseum.org or call 516-484-9338.
A Christmas Carol
Theatre 3 in Port Jefferson presents the Charles Dickens favorite through Dec. 26. Adapted for the stage by Jeffrey E. Sanzel. Description: “Celebrate the season with Long Island’s own holiday tradition and broadwayworld.com winner for Best Play. Follow the miser Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey that teaches him the true meaning of Christmas—past, present and future. Join us for our 37th annual production of the immortal classic in all of its thrills, music, joy, and spirit.” No children under 5 are permitted. Tickets and show times at https://theatrethree.com. Located at 412 Main St, Port Jefferson. Call 631-928-9100.
Hubble Comes Down To Earth
At the Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City. Description: “The Hubble Traveling Exhibit is a 2,200-square-foot exhibit that immerses visitors in the magnificence and mystery of the Hubble mission and introduces the James Webb Space Telescope. The exhibit features a scale model of the Hubble Space Telescope as well as several ‘satellite’ units that not only provide viewers with a hands-on experience with the same technology that allows Hubble to gaze at distant galaxies but also feature Hubble’s contributions to the exploration of planets, stars, galaxies, and the universe. Exhibit viewers will learn of the various instruments aboard the telescope and the role that each of them plays in providing exciting new images and discoveries. Observers will also get a glimpse into the various hurdles that Hubble has faced in its career and the role that astronauts have played in repairing and servicing the satellite. The exhibit contains images and data taken by Hubble of planets, galaxies, regions around black holes, and many other fascinating cosmic entities that have captivated the minds of scientists for centuries.” Free with museum admission. Tickets and information at www.cradleofaviation.org.
December Break Family Activities
The Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Boulevard, Garden City presents family programs from Dec. 26 through Jan. 2, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The activities are free with museum admission. Description: “We explore the colors of the universe and how scientists create the images received from space telescopes like the Hubble and the soon to be launched James Webb Space Telescope.”
Colors of the Universe: When space telescopes like Hubble or James Webb take photographs of the universe, we usually think that they produce gorgeously colored photos showing incredible detail but the truth is a bit different: the actual photos these telescopes send back to Earth are black and white. In this self-guided activity, learn how the telescopes take their photographs and how scientists/artists take those pictures to create the beautiful imagery we see. Children and their grownups can then color in their Nebula pictures based on real space telescope data.
Pixels to Pictures: When a space telescope like the James Webb takes a picture of the cosmos, the dim light from deep space objects hits a detector with thousands of pixels. When one of those pixels gets hit with the light, a computer registers it. After the viewing is done, those pixels, when taken together, make up a picture. The more pixels a detector has, the clearer the picture will be. Find out how this works by making your pixel drawings!
Tickets and information at www.cradleofaviation.org.
At the Smithtown Performing Arts Center, 2 East Main St., Smithtown. Through Jan. 17. Description: ”A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Frozen Jr. expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa. When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood. With a cast of beloved characters and loaded with magic, adventure, and plenty of humor, Frozen Jr. is sure to thaw even the coldest heart.” Through Jan. 17. Visit www.smithtownpac.org or call 631-724-3700
Christmas Craft & Gift Show
Daily from 10 a,m. to 9 p.m. through Sunday, Dec. 26 at Broadway Commons Mall, 358 North Broadway, Hicksville. Up to 20 vendors selling art, crafts, and gifts for the season. Located inside the Broadway Commons Mall at the Center Court near the Ikea entrance at the escalators leading to the food court and movie theatre.
Barnaby Saves Christmas
Through Dec. 26 at Theatre 3, Port Jefferson. Artwork by Heather Kuhn. Description: “Come join Santa, Barnaby, Franklynne and all of their friends for a wonderful holiday treat. As our littlest elf and his reindeer friend set off on their journey to save Christmas, they meet some new friends along the way and learn the true meaning of Christmas, Hanukkah, and the holiday season. Celebrating its 14th anniversary.” All tickets $10. Tickets and show times at www.theatrethree.com. Located at 412 Main St, Port Jefferson. Call 631-928-9100.
Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Rd., Old Westbury. will present Shimmering Solstice, what it bills as “Long Island’s first ever light show, an unforgettable walk through event of seasonal sights and sounds. Be prepared to be enchanted by magical light displays that are set along Old Westbury Garden’s iconic garden paths, allowing visitors to experience what has become familiar to them every day in a whole new shimmering light. Children of all ages will also have a great time exploring the interactive areas designed to engage their curiosity and sense of fun and have them buzzing with excitement. Witness a dramatic finale on the South façade of Westbury House that will feature a dazzling display of light, color and sound. Catholic Health, a leader in health and human services on Long Island, is the presenting sponsor.” It will run on select dates through January 9, 2022. Visit shimmeringsolstice.com for tickets and more information.
Magic of Lights 2021
Through Jan. 2, 2022 at Jones Beach State Park, 150 Bay Parkway. Hours are Sunday through Thursday from dusk to 10 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from dusk to 11 p.m. Take the Wantagh Parkway South to the park. and follow the signs to Bay Parkway West and the Magic of Lights signs will direct you straight to the light show. Description: “Magic of Lights is a dazzling, drive-through holiday lights experience featuring favorite holiday scenes and characters of the season using the latest LED technology and digital animations. Experience Magic of Lights from the comfort and safety of your own car as you wind through the sparkling path of Long Island’s favorite holiday tradition. One carload, one price.” Tickets and more information at https://magicoflights.com/events/jonesbeach.
“The Heckscher Museum Celebrates 100: Tracing History, Inspiring the Future.” Description: “The museum of Art opened to the public 100 years ago. This expansive exhibition traces our history and points to our future by celebrating the people, events, and art that have indelibly shaped the museum. Unfolding chronologically, the exhibition explores the development of the permanent collection from 185 paintings and sculptures in 1920, to 2,300 works in many media today. Each gallery focuses on a defining chapter in the museum’s story: our founding in 1920 by civic leaders August and Anna Atkins Heckscher, the transformational tenure of Museum Director Eva Gatling, our pivotal role in preserving the legacies of American modernists Arthur Dove and Helen Torr, and the acquisition of hundreds of artworks from the Baker/Pisano Collection in 2001. Reporting on the new museum in 1921, a newspaper noted that ‘people come and come again to this treasure house of theirs.’ We invite you to do the same as we embark together on the next 100 years.” The museum is located at 2 Prime Ave., Huntington. Visit www.heckscher.org.
From December 11 to 31 at the Whaling Museum, 301 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor. Description: “Calling brave explorers! Hunt for star constellations around the museum with a spyglass to navigate your journey, just like mariners at sea. Solve puzzles to find your reward—a glittery star lantern you can decorate in our workshop to light your way home.” Ages 5-plus. Admission + $10 participant; Members $5 participant. Learn more at www.cshwhalingmuseum.org/events or call 631-367-3418.
A Bug’s Night
The NYC Winter Lantern Festival’s first visually immersive experience is located at Nassau County Museum of Art, One Museum Drive, Roslyn. Daily from 5 to 10 p.m. through Jan. 9, 2022. Description: “Drive-through event will dazzle your friends and family as you roll through over acres of vivid lanterns and holiday lights. This luminescent experience will be an unforgettable display of festive holiday lights, and handmade lanterns in the shape of flowers, bugs, animals, and more. All ages are welcome so fit as many friends and family as you can into your car as tickets are priced per vehicle.” Prices from $34.99 to $59.99 per vehicle. Visit www.nycwinterlanternfestival.com.
From Tuesday through Wednesday, Dec. 21 to 29 at the Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City. Description: “Take a trip back in time by visiting the Long Island Garden Railway Society’s 2021 Holiday Train Display at the Cradle of Aviation Museum. Bring the children and grandchildren and share reminiscing your childhood days by watching period large scale steam and diesel trains traversing the 40’ by 40’ modular display containing various scenic vignettes including a model drive-in theater, carousel and a Grumman hanger.” Free with museum admission. Tickets and information at www.cradleofaviation.org.
Throughout December at the Whaling Museum, 301 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor. Description: “Explore our exhibits and help yourself to seasonal, self-serve crafts in our workshop. Please note if there is another scheduled program going on, crafts will be temporarily unavailable.” Free with admission ($6/adults, $5 kids/seniors). Members free. Learn more at www.cshwhalingmuseum.org/events or call 631-367-3418.
Through Jan. 2, 2022 at the John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport. Description: “Based on the beloved film, this heartwarming adaptation follows vaudeville stars and veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis as they head to Vermont to pursue romance with a duo of beautiful singing sisters. This family classic features beloved songs by Irving Berlin including ‘Blue Skies,’ ‘I Love A Piano,’ ‘How Deep Is The Ocean?’ and the perennial favorite, ‘White Christmas.’ This is an uplifting musical and a perfect way to spend holiday time with your loved ones.” Vaccination requirements and other safety measures apply. For tickets and information visit www.engemantheater.com or call the box office at 621-261-2900.
Through Jan. 2, 2022 at the John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport. Description: “Join Jenny and Frosty on their chilly adventures as they try to save the town of Chillsville from mean old Ethel Pierpot and her evil machine that will melt all the snow. Jenny calls on her Mom, the mayor, and all of you to help her save her home, get Frosty to the North Pole, and make this holiday season a Winter Wonderland for one and all!” Vaccination requirements and other safety measures apply. For tickets and information visit www.engemantheater.com or call the box office at 621-261-2900.
The Glen Cove-Hicksville-Syosset Chapter of the Mercy League will be offering holiday gift wrapping services between Dec. 11 and Dec. 24 at Broadway Commons Mall, Hicksville. Prices will range from $2 to $10 depending on size of package and options. Oversized packages priced accordingly. All proceeds will benefit enrichment activities and equipment at Mercy Hospital. Wrapping hours: December 20-23: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; December 24: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The New York Blood Center will hold drives at the following times and places.
Monday, December 20: Town Of Oyster Bay Athletic Complex Community Room/Gym, 167 South Broadway, Hicksville, from 1 to 7 p.m.
Monday, December 20: Lee Road Elementary School All-Purpose Room, 901 Lee Rd., Wantagh, from 4 to 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, December 21: Glen Cove Community Polish National Home Ballroom, 10 Hendrick Ave., Glen Cove, from 1 to 7 p.m.
Monday, December 27: Sponsored by Assemblyman David McDonough at the Town of Hempstead Golf Course Upstairs Hall, 2550 Clubhouse Rd., Merrick, from 1 to 7 p.m.
Monday, December 27: Locust Valley Fire Department Meeting Room, 228 Buckram Rd., Locust Valley, from 2 to 8 p.m.
Tuesday, December 28: Island Trees Public Library Community Room, 38 Farmedge Rd., Levittown, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, December 28: East Meadow Community Blood Drive at the East Meadow High School Band Room, 101 Carman Ave., East Meadow, from 1 to 7 p.m.
Sunday, January 2: Portuguese Lions Club Mineola Community Center Rec Room, 155 Washington Ave., Mineola, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Thursday, January 6: First Presbyterian Church-Oyster Bay Fellowship Hall, 60 E. Main St.,Oyster Bay, from 2 to 8 p.m.
Saturday, January 8: Broadway Mall Rotunda, 358b Broadway Mall, Hicksville, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, January 9: Church of Saint Aidan Msgr. Kirwin Hall, 525 Willis Ave., Williston Park, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sunday, January 9: St. Ignatius Loyola Church Gym, 30 East Cherry St., Hicksville, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sunday, January 9: Our Lady of Mercy Church Cafeteria, 500 S. Oyster Bay Rd., Hicksville, 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.