The Long Island Weekly Calendar Of Events

Here is a select list of things to do and experience in the Long Island Weekly readership area.

Wednesday, April 14

Kinky Boots

Guild Hall presents streams of Kinky Boots through Tuesday, April 20. Captured live from the London stage. With songs by Cyndi Lauper, direction and choreography by Jerry Mitchell (Legally Blonde, Hairspray), and book by Broadway legend Harvey Fierstein (La Cage Aux Folles), this “dazzling, fabulously sassy and uplifting” (Time Out) award-winning musical celebrates a joyous story. Cost is $15 and screenings are at 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. The production is viewable on any device. Get tickets here.

Thursday, April 15

Green Legislation: Our Future at Stake

A greener future has been discussed in a series at Landmark on Main. (Piro4D | Pixabay)

As part of the Climate Action Series, Landmark on Main Street and Transition Town Port Washington present a 7:30 p.m. conversation with Geovaira Hernandez and Ryan Madden, Coalition Organizers for NY Renews, led by moderator Melanie D’Arrigo, community activist and former congressional candidate. The speakers will discuss legislative proposals that are designed to address the climate problem on the state and national levels. Learn more about the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), passed into law last year in New York State, and the national Thrive Agenda, supported by the Green New Deal Network, that is currently being proposed in Congress. Click here for your Zoom link to this free event.
View past events in the series on Landmark’s YouTube channel.

World Music Standout

Landmark on Main and World Music Institute (WMI) present a livecast of Foday Musa Suso at 6 p.m. Suso sits down with author and fellow musician Emily Bishton for a free at home conversation about his music, and instrument, as well as his recent autobiography, “A Village Griot Boy and the World,” which Bishton co-authored. Foday also recorded a concert for WMI, which will be available for streaming beginning the next day. Register here.

Friday, April 16

Holocaust Lessons

The Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Nassau County presents “Lessons from the Holocaust–Extremism Then and Now,” from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Nassau Community College is co-sponsoring a biannual conference, this time as a virtual event, about drawing lessons from the Holocaust as we combat extremism today. Speakers will include: Peter Black from the United State Holocaust memorial Museum, Professor Todd Pittinsky from Stony Brook University, Amy Goodman from Democracy Now!, Dexter Hedgepeth from the Nassau County Office of Minority Affairs and others. The conference is open to students and the general public. Register here.

Painting Workshop

Students can learn to paint a portrait in the cubistic style of Pablo Picasso. This is his portrait of Juan Gris. (Chicago Institute of Art)

Gold Coast Arts Center will hold a paint workshop at its Maple Drive parking lot from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Students in ages 7-15 will follow along with instructor Darya Gauthier as they learn to paint an abstract self-portrait inspired by Picasso’s cubist period. This simple, step-by-step acrylic project has been designed to get your creative juices flowing. Rain date is April 23. Tuition is $30. The Center is at 113 Middle Neck Rd., Great Neck. Register here.

Saturday, April 17

Antiques in April

Hosted by the Huntington Historical Society at Kissam House, 434 Park Ave., Huntington, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Also on April 18, same hours. ​A multi-vendor antiques and collectibles sale. Entry is free, masks required for entry. The Kissam barn sale, usually full of furniture, books, and smalls, will be held outdoors under a tent for maximum safety. No public bathrooms, please plan accordingly. Rain or shine. Visit https://www.huntingtonhistoricalsociety.org/antiques-in-april.html.

Boats On The Sound

On April 17, learn about the glory days of boats playing the Long Island Sound. (Oysterponds Historical Society)

Oysterponds Historical Society hosts a virtual lecture. “Night Boats to New England: When Splendor Sailed Long Island Sound” from 5 to 6 p.m. Presented by John Henry. Well into the 20th century passenger steamers left New York City every night of the year headed eastward on the Sound bound for New London, Newport, Providence and Boston. Grandest of all were the magnificently appointed ships of the Fall River Line, which operated from 1847 to 1937 between New York, Newport and Fall River. Renowned for the opulence of their interiors, the dependability of their service, and their pedigreed passengers, they made the line a beloved American institution. Free for members and a suggested $5 fee for non-members. Get Zoom link here.

Composting Workshop

The Science Museum of Long Island will present a workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Leeds Pond Preserve, 1526 N. Plandome Rd., Manhasset. $10/members, $15/non-members. “Learn how to start your own compost at home and the benefits it provides. What should and shouldn’t be added and what to do with the final product: ‘black gold.’” Register here.

Best of Broadway

Students from Adelphi University’s Department of Music as they perform songs all about travel from timeless musicals and new classics. Register to watch the premiere on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The performance will be available on the Adelphi PAC YouTube channel for one week following the premiere. Register here.

Dog Friendly Days

Also on Sunday, April 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Rd., Old Westbury. Leashed dogs are permitted throughout the gardens except in the Walled Gardens. Humans must follow all social distancing and safety protocols. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Members or visitors using valid library passes do not need to make reservations. Westbury House is closed and is tentatively scheduled to reopen in June 2021. Grounds open until 6 p.m. Register here.

Walk The Preserve

Hosted by the North Shore Audubon Society from 9:30 a.m. to noon. At the Garvies Point Museum-Preserve, 50 Barry Dr, Glen Cove, Limited registration via email to nsaudubonsociety@gmail.com. You will receive a confirmation email. Masks are required and safe distancing is requested. Wear water-resistant footwear, bring binoculars and drinking water.

Watch Revolutionary War reenactors on April 17. (Virginia State Parks | CC by 2.0)

Revolutionary War Drill Day

The Old Bethpage Village Restoration will host a program from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Watch Revolutionary War reenactors going about daily man-at-arms drills, firing demos, camp life demonstrations, marching, etc. Located at 1303 Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage. Get tickets here.

Sunday, April 18

Parading Down Main Street

Take a walk of the historic Northport downtown on April 18. (Photo by Frank Rizzo)

Hosted by the Northport Historical Society, 215 Main St., Northport, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. “Join us for a lively, informative, and socially-distanced walking tour of Northport’s historic Main Street business district. Using storytelling and historic photos from our collection, your guide will make the past come alive.” Masks are required and group size is limited. Tickets: $7 per person, available by registering here. The tour leaves from the Society steps; arrive by 1:20 p.m.

Ani DiFranco Live

The Landmark on Main in Port Washington will host a livestream celebration to mark the release of DiFranco’s 22nd studio album, Revolutionary Love with a full concert from Ani, Terence Higgins, and special guest Ivan Neville. “Come hang virtually in Ani’s home, Big Blue, as the band reminisces about touring and performs energetic live versions from the new album along with classics from the Little Folksinger canon. Captured lovingly with seven cameras, Revolutionary Love Live documents Ani’s vision for this album live while it’s hot off the presses.” Tickets are $20 and a portion benefits the Landmark on Main. Vinyl release and tee-shirts also available. Get tickets and livestream link here.

Holocaust Survivor

Holocaust survivor Werner Reich will speak on April 18. (Holocaust Museum & Tolerance Center)

Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Nassau County presents Virtual Sundays With Survivors from 6 to 7 p.m. Survivor Werner Reich will share information about his pre-war life in Berlin and Yugoslavia, his survival in Auschwitz, and his liberation from the camp at Mauthausen. Register here.

Monday, April 19

Meet The Authors

At 7 p.m., the Book Revue presents a live CrowdCast of the 12th episode of Write America, featuring National Book Award finalist Natalie Diaz and award-winning poet, editor of Antaeus, and founder of Ecco Books, Daniel Halpern as they read and discuss their works and about how books and art might bridge the deep divisions in our nation.
Diaz is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Tribe. She is a MacArthur Fellow, a Lannan Literary Fellow, a United States Artists Ford Fellow, and a Native Arts Council Foundation Artist Fellow. Diaz is Director of the Center for Imagination in the Borderlands and is the Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Chair in Modern and Contemporary Poetry at Arizona State University. Halpern was born in Syracuse, grew up in Los Angeles and Seattle, and has lived in Tangier, Morocco, New York City and Princeton. He is the author of nine collections of poetry. For 25 years, he edited the international literary magazine Antaeus, which he founded in Tangier with Paul Bowles. He has received numerous grants and awards. From 1975 to 1995 he taught in the graduate writing program of Columbia University, which he chaired for many years. And in 1978, with James Michener, he founded The National Poetry Series, which oversees the publication of five books of poetry every year. Register here.

Tuesday, April 20

Dance Adelphi

Guest artist Larry Keigwin brings his unique brand of clever, brilliantly sculpted, highly entertaining work with a new piece for Adelphi students. Live broadcast starts at 7:30 p.m. Additionally, faculty member Juan Rodriguez will set a high energy work originally created on Julliard’s dancers; professor Frank Augustyn will restage excerpts from a classic ballet; professors Orion Duckstein, and Adelheid B. Strelick will bring new contemporary creations to round out the program. Repeated April 21-23 at the same time. Register here.

Saturday, April 24

Wildflower Walk

At 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Garvies Point Museum & Preserve, 50 Barry Drive, Glen Cove. Discover spring ephemerals, beautiful wildflowers that only bloom for a short period of time in early spring. Learn about special pollinators and some interesting natural history. Ages 7-plus. There will also be paper-making workshops and a short film about forest ecosystems. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission $5/adults, $3/children 5-12. For tickets visit www.garviespointmuseum.com or call 516-571-8010.

The Great Bird Blind Debate

Learn about birds and practice drawing at the Planting Fields Arboretum on April 24. (Planting Fields Arboretum)

From 10 a.m. to noon, the Planting Fields Arboretum presents a drawing class offering participants an opportunity to combine field ecology and art as they investigate the Great Bird Blind Debate exhibition through guided observation and notational instruction. Instructor Hara Woltz is an artist and scientist who addresses the destruction and conservation of ecological systems through a variety of visual media. Field research is integral to the creation of her work, and her solo and collaborative projects investigate the relationships between humans, the environment, and other living organisms. Woltz’s work has been exhibited in spaces ranging from Sotheby’s to Storm King Art Center and has appeared in publications including Orion, Popular Science and New York Magazine. Classes are recommended for ages 13 and up. Offered monthly through June. Please bring a drawing pad, blue or black pen, and colored pencils. We encourage participants to take more than one class to build upon their creative and observation skills, but it is not required. Tickets are $42/members, $55/nom-members. Register here.

Forest Therapy Walk

Come experience the benefits of early spring outdoors at Planting Fields with this walk from 2 to 4 p.m. Studies have shown that forest therapy can help build a strong immune system, boost your ability to fight infection, reduce stress hormones, lower your blood pressure and heart rate, and improve concentration and focus. Certified guide Linda Lombardo, will lead the walk throughout the Olmsted Brothers’ landscape that will promote mindfulness and connectivity with your surroundings. Forest Therapy is not about distance or endurance. It’s about slowing down and noticing. Tickets are $36/members, $40/general admission. Register here.

TOBAY Beach Spring 5K

Sponsored by the Greater Long Island Running Club (GLIRC) at the Town of Oyster Bay beach on Ocean Parkway, Massapequa. Registration online in advance only. Race day check-in begins is from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. A fast, flat 5K at TOBAY Beach, over an eclectic, scenic course that includes the Marina and the Wildlife Preserve. Virtual option available. All participants of both the live and virtual events will receive a short‑sleeved, tri‑blend tee shirt. There will be overall awards for the top male and female overall and top male and female masters in the live event. Runner’s Edge will also award $50 gift cards to overall male and overall female and $25 gift cards to overall male and female in the masters class. Age group awards will also be present during a live post‑race ceremony with social distancing protocol in place. Volunteers can also register. Late registration runs from Wednesday, April 21 at 6 p.m. to Friday, April 23 at 11 p.m. Sponsored by Runner’s Edge and All Round Foods and benefits the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Blood Drives

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

Thursday, April 15: Northwell Health I-Park, 450 Lakeville Rd., Lake Success, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 17: Broadway Mall Rotunda, Hicksville, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, April 18: Men’s Club-Temple Israel, 108 Old Mill Rd., Great Neck, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sunday, April 18: Sant Nirankari Mission, 712 The Plain Rd., Westbury, from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Monday, April 19: Bethpage Fire Department, 225 Broadway, Bethpage, from 2:45 to 8:45 p.m.

Thursday, April 22: St. Francis Hospital, 100 Pt. Washington Blvd., Roslyn, from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 22: Island Trees High School, 50 Wolcott Rd., Levittown from 2 to 8 p.m.

Thursday, April 22: Unqua PTA, 1050 Sunrise Hwy., Massapequa, from 2 to 8 p.m.

Friday, April 23: American Legion Hall, 2301 Penatiquit Ave, Seaford from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 24: Bloodstock Ojas Chaudhary & Tyler Leest, 167 South Broadway, Hicksville, from 10 a,m to 4 p.m.

Sunday, April 25: St. Gertrude RC Church, 28 School St., Bayville, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sunday, April 25: St. Raphael Parish, 600 Newbridge Rd., East Meadow, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Monday, April 26: North Massapequa Fire Dept., 1000 North Broadway, Massapequa, from 3 to 9 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 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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