Here is a selection of happenings in the Long Island Weekly coverage area.
Tuesday, July 20
Launch Flight Watch Party
Blue Origin will fly its 16th New Shephard flight to space and its first with astronauts on board, including Amazon founder and former CEO Jeff Bezos, Garden City The Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Boulevard, Garden City, is proud to Livestream the launch. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. for a 9 a.m. scheduled launch. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 516-572-4111 or visit www.cradleofaviation.org.
Thursday, July 22
Live at Five
Presented by the Science Museum of Long Island at the Leeds Pond Preserve, 1526 North Plandome Road, 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 is Half Step, performing the music of the Grateful Dead.
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 on a first-come, first-served basis. Parking will be reserved for pre-registered guests. Visit www.smli.org for tickets.
Westbury Arts Program Associate Marie Saint-Cyr will lead a program at the Heckscher Museum of Art, 2 Prime Ave., Huntington in conjunction with the Huntington Arts Council. Everyone is invited to explore the museum from 4 to 5 pm, then join Saint-Cyr as she works on a project. Bring your own supplies and create along with her, or just watch and enjoy the creative process. Event takes place with a different artist every Thursday and is weather permitting. Space limited. Reserve timed tickets at heckscher.org or call 631-380-3230 for 4 p.m. to ensure admission.
Hosted by the Garvies Point Museum & Preserve, 50 Barry Dr., Glen Cove. From 11 a.m. to noon and 2 to 3 p.m. With buckets, nets and magnifiers, join guides and dip into the world of the pond. Observe small animals and insects that live in the pond and learn all about their life cycles. Wear sneakers. All ages. 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.
From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Wit & Whim, 6 Carlton Ave., Port Washington. Outdoors, there will be clothing, jewelry, home decor, cards and gifts and more. Then, go inside to shop vintage and handmade items from over 50 local artists. Call 516-944-9200 or visit www.wit-and-whim.com.
At the Wantagh Train Station, between Beech Street and Oakland Avenue, Wantagh, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hosted by the Wantagh Kiwanis. Featuring a giant craft fair featuring dozens of artisans and merchandise vendors, food court, huge inflatable rides including a mechanical bull, towering rock wall and a Choo-Choo Express (a trackless train ride) for the kids. Live music and demonstrations from the mobile stage. Free ice cream for the first 500 kids under 12. Admission is free. Vendors space available. For more information, call 516-644-5615.
Empire State Ride Long Island
Held from 7 a.m. to noon at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park, 25 West End Ave., Oyster Bay. This one-day biking event in the Town of Oyster Bay benefits cancer patients at Catholic Health on Long Island and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in Buffalo. Routes are 10, 25 and 62 miles, offering a perfect option for every age and skill level. COVID-19 guidelines and protocols will be in place to keep all participants healthy and safe. Cost to enter is $25. Visit www.esrlongisland.com to learn more and register. For more information contact Michelle Ostrander at 716-512-0788.
The Whaling Museum, 301 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor, presents an opportunity for adults and kids to design and build a unique wooden vessel from a variety of wooden materials and string. Bring your imagination. Kids must have adult supervision. Also on Sunday, July 25. Cost is $10/participant. Members half off. Museum is open from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $6/adults, $5/seniors and children. Call 631-367-3418. Register here.
Splash! Family Event
Hosted at 2 p.m. by Landmark on Main, 301 Main St., Port Washington. Featuring the Valerie Green/Dance Entropy company leading upbeat and energetic outdoor dances in the parking lot. The program will include audience participation throughout, encouraging creativity, discovery and inquiry for all ages. “Captivating, fun and entertaining, Dance Entropy did the (almost) impossible by performing for children of all ages, keeping them entertained and fascinated.” —Barbara Amarantinis, New York City Parks Department. Bring your lawn chairs. Rain date is Sunday, July 25. Tickets are $20/reserved, $15/general admission. Get tickets here.
Ivy League Comics
The Landmark on Main, 301 Main St., Port Washington, presents two members of the Ivy League of Comedy at 7 p.m. in the parking lot. Carmen Lynch has performed on prominent late night TV shows and in the newly released documentary Hysterical (Hulu) and on HA Festival: The Art of Comedy (HBO Max). Shaun Eli has been called “one of America’s smartest comics.” He’s headlined comedy shows on five continents and “proves that there’s hilarity in the ordinary if you approach life with a comedic warp.” In the event of inclement weather, performances will be moved indoors to the Jeanne Rimsky Theater. Tickets are $30/reserved, $25/general admission. Tickets and information at www.landmarkonmainstreet.org or call 516-767-1384. Get tickets here.
Sunday, July 25
Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Rd., Old Westbury, presents from 3 to 4 p.m. cellist Suzanne Mueller and guitarist Christopher Gotzen-Berg in an eclectic program of classical and contemporary duets and solos, including works by Bach, Duplessy, Saint-Saens and more. Concert held on the lawn outside the Barn at Orchard Hill or inside the Barn in case of inclement weather or extreme heat. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Included with admission. Tickets and information at www.oldwestburygardens.org or call 516-333-0048. Get tickets here.
Monday, July 26
The Nazi Olympics
The Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Nassau County will host this virtual program from 7 to 9 p.m. HMTC marks the opening of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo with a film screening and discussion of a documentary about the 1936 Olympic Games held in Berlin. Featuring never-before-seen archival footage and research, “The Nazi Games” reveals how the Olympic Games were shaped by the collaboration of interests between Hitler and the ambitious members of the International Olympic Committee who turned the 1936 Games into the biggest Olympics the world had ever seen. Commentary will be provided by David Klevan, education outreach specialist at the William Levine Family Institute for Holocaust Education at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. Get Zoom link here.
Tuesday, July 27
Great Books, Great Conversations
From 4 to 5 p.m., Adelphi University’s inaugural “Great Books, Great Conversations” series presents Buy Me Love by Martha Cooley, bestselling author and professor emerita of English at Adelphi University. The novel examines the unexpected aftermath of a lottery win by one of the novel’s two main protagonists, Ellen Portinari, a 52-year-old freelance editor and aspiring poet living on her own in New York City. After learning the ticket she’s purchased on a whim is the winner for a $100 million jackpot, Ellen realizes she must reassess her life. Meanwhile a young, alienated visual artist, Blair Talpa, realizes she, too, must do things very differently—with unexpected consequences. Moderated by Jacqueline Jones La Mon, professor and vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion and Sybile Val ’99, MD.
Cooley is the author of three novels—Buy Me Love, The Archivist, a national bestseller also published in a dozen foreign markets, and Thirty-Three Swoons—and a memoir, Guesswork. She co-translated Antonio Tabucchi’s story collection Time Ages in a Hurry. Her essays, short fiction, and co-translations have appeared in numerous leading literary journals. She is the former director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Adelphi University. Prior to Adelphi, she taught for fifteen years in the Bennington Writing Seminars. She lives in Castiglione del Terziere, Italy. Get Zoom link here.
Wednesday, July 28
What The Ambassador Saw
Dr. Thorin Tritter, the museum and programming director at the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County, will discuss the diary of U.S. ambassador to Germany in the 1930s, William Dodd, a copy of which stands in HMTC’s rare book library. Learn about what Dodd thought as he watched from his office in the embassy in Berlin as Adolf Hitler rose to power and then began inching Germany towards war. Get Zoom link here.
Thursday, July 29
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., A Decade of Soul (classic soul and Motown) will perform at Whitney Pond Park, 133 Valley Rd, Manhasset. Restroom facilities will be available. For more information, call 516-869-6311.
Friday, July 30
Mobile Health Clinic
The Molloy College Community Care Initiative Mobile Clinic will be in front of the Hempstead Public Library starting at noon to provide wellness screenings and referrals. Everything is free, no insurance is necessary. Patients of all ages are welcome, so bring the entire family. The library is at 115 James A Garner Way, Hempstead.
Sunday, Aug. 1
Jake’s Rockin’ Country Band performs the best of classic country, bluegrass, Southern rock, Cajun, Zydeco and New Orleans. It will kick off the 62nd season of the Morgan Park Summer Music Festival (MPSMF) at Morgan Memorial Park, overlooking the Long Island Sound in Glen Cove on Germaine Street between Landing Road and McLoughlin Street. The public is welcome to attend the concerts and picnic on the lawns. There is no admission fee but donations to MPSMF are accepted. In case of inclement weather, check with MPSMF’s hot line at 516-671-0017 or visit MPSMF’s Facebook page.
Presented from 3 to 4 p.m. at Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Rd., Old Westbury. Featuring Hungrytown, the husband-wife folk duo of Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson returns after a two-year absence to close out this year’s series with a concert of their unique and lovely songs, with cellist Suzanne Mueller joining them to provide basslines, descants, harmonies, and perhaps even a solo or two. Concert held on the lawn outside the Barn at Orchard Hill or inside the Barn in case of inclement weather or extreme heat. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Included with admission. Get tickets here.
Tanger Outlets Carnival
From July 21 to 25 at Tanger Outlets, 152 The Arches Circle, Deer Park. Enjoy exciting midway rides and games for all ages and favorite fair food at this family-fun event. Carnival parking and admission are free. Unlimited ride wristbands (for riders 36 inches and taller), valid on Wednesday or Thursday only, are $35 on site while supplies last and discounted online. Pre-sale ends Wednesday, July 21 at 5 p.m. Ride tickets, valid every day, are $1.50 each, $30 for 20 tickets, or $60 ($45 pre-sale) for 50 tickets plus 1 free ride. Rides take 2 or more tickets each. Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Thursday, 5 to 11 p.m. on Friday, noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday. No unaccompanied minors. Parent/guardian supervision is required for guests ages 17 and younger. For more information, call 866-666-3247 or visit dreamlandamusements.com. Tickets and discounts here.
Stony Brook Film Festival
Staller Center Main Stage, 100 Nicolls Rd., Stony Brook. From July 22 to July 31 from 8 to 11 p.m. daily. The best in independent film premieres over 10 stimulating days. For film schedule and description, and ticketing information, visit stonybrookfilmfestival.com or call 631-632-2787.
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.
The 41st reunion of the Hicksville High School Class of 1980 will be held on Saturday, Aug. 7 at the Heritage Club in Bethpage from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. If interested, contact Rosemarie DeFazio at email@example.com.