Things To Do, Places To See

The Westbury House won’t be open yet, but you can enjoy the grounds at Old Westbury Gardens starting April 1. (Courtesy of Old Westbury Gardens)

Here is a list of selected events in the Long Island Weekly coverage area:

Thursday, April 1

Gardens Open

The Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Rd., Old Westbury, will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Members do not need to make a reservation to visit. Westbury House is closed. Visit www.oldwestburygardens.org.

Friday, April 2

Oceans Blooms

The Whaling Museum & Education Center in Cold Spring Harbor presents a virtual “Ocean Bloom” workshop for kids from 11 a.m. to noon. Did you know that an overgrown algae colony is called an “ocean bloom?” Learn about this phenomena and why they may threaten marine life. Decorate a bloom-inspired “tie dyed” sun catcher. Free; $10 suggested donation appreciated. Register at cshwhalingmuseum.org/events.

Monday, April 5

Bereavement Support

NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island will host this webinar from 6:30 to 8 p.m. It aims to motivate participants to engage in end-of-life care conversations with their families and designated communities. Presented by Langone’s Spiritual Care Services. Pre-registration is required to receive Webex link and call-in number. Call 516-663-4749 or email bereavement@nyulangone.org.

Write America

The Book Revue in Huntington sponsors this free series at 7 p.m. each Monday. Featuring author and creator of Studio 360 Kurt Andersen and acclaimed short story writer Amy Hempel as they read and discuss their works and about how books and art might bridge the deep divisions in our nation. Click here for Crowdcast link and more info.

Health Equity Lecture

Join Andrea Ault-Brutus, PhD, for Hofstra University’s National Public Health Week 2021 keynote address at 7 p.m.. Ault-Brutus currently serves as the director of Health Equity with Nassau County’s Department of Health. In this address, an overview and history of health equity will be provided followed by its connection to public health. Dr. Ault-Brutus will explore contemporary topics pertaining to health equity and speak to how COVID-19 has brought to light the need of the continued work of public health professionals. This event will provide insight on the future of health equity and its impact on local communities. Register here.

Tuesday, April 6

Trivia 4 Kids

The Whaling Museum & Education Center in Cold Spring Harbor presents virtual trivia contest geared for grades 2-5 at 4:30 p.m. Winner earns museum tickets. Free; $10 suggested donation appreciated. Register at cshwhalingmuseum.org/events.

Rufus Wainwright Live

The Landmark on Main in Port Washington presents a livestream of the singer-songwriter live from City Winery at 7 p.m. Also April 7 at 9:30 p.m. “Rufus Wainwright at the peak of his powers, entering artistic maturity with passion, honesty and a new-found fearlessness, while remaining as mischievous as ever. Recorded in the same legendary Los Angeles studios as his landmark debut, his ninth album is both a bookend to Act 1 of an extraordinary career and a distillation of 21 years of experience at pop’s most flamboyant coal face.” Individual shows are $20 and a portion of the ticket benefits Landmark on Main. Get tickets here.

Wednesday, April 7

DivorceCare

Edge City Church, 139 Main Street, Mineola, hosts this 13-week free in-person series from 7:30 to 9 p.m. each Wednesday. DivorceCare offers support, answers and practical tools to help participants manage the many stresses of separation and divorce and find healing. Light refreshments will be served. For more information or to register, call/text Linda at 516-503-4766 or email linda.bulloss@edgecitychurch.com.

Pete Seeger Tribute

There will be a tribute to the late folk legend Pete Seeger on April 7. (Pixy.org)

The Landmark on Main in Port Washington presents Patricia Shih Appleseeds: The Life, Times & Music of Pete Seeger at 2 p.m. A heartfelt tribute to the folk legend through images, video and song clips interspersed with commentary and performance. Shih has written over 250 songs and recorded 9 albums. She has performed extensively, appearing on TV and stage with such luminaries as Pete Seeger, Bonnie Raitt, Richie Havens and David Bromberg, Livestreamed direct to your home via Zoom. Click here to sign up and get the link.

Holocaust Museum Double Bill

The Holocaust will be memorialized by several events the week of April 5. (Anthony Scanlon | Pixabay)

The Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Nassau County (HMTC) presents, from noon to 1 p.m., Programming Director Dr. Thorin Tritter talking about Zyklon B, the poison that was used by the Nazis to murder millions in the gas chambers. Focusing on a photograph in the gallery that shows canisters in storage in the camp at Majdanek, discussing the development of this poison and the manufacturer, the chemical conglomerate IG Farben. From 7 to 8 p.m., the museum hosts “Medicine and Morality: Lessons from the Holocaust and COVID-19.” According to the website, “This Holocaust Remembrance Day, we look to medicine and morality as a way to reflect on the past and protect the future, while appreciating the miraculous work of our healthcare professionals during this global pandemic.” Visit www.hmtcli.org/events to register.

Thursday, April 8

Trivia Night

The Whaling Museum & Education Center in Cold Spring Harbor presents a virtual trivia night geared for adults at 7 p.m. Winner gets a $25 gift certificate to Crave Bakery in Huntington Village. Free; $10 suggested donation appreciated. Register at cshwhalingmuseum.org/events.

Micro-Budget Films

Learn filmmaking on a budget on April 8. (Etsy)

Real life movie-making lessons in an 80-minute streaming presentation by filmmaker Glenn Andreiev. Available through Thursday, April 15 on the Cinema Arts Centre website. Live post-program Zoom discussion with Andreiev will take place Thursday, April 15 at 7 p.m. Invitation link will be sent in email order confirmation. Visit cinemaartscentre.org for links and more information. Cost is $15/public and $10/members. Andreiev’s website is www.lostemulsion.com.

Remembering The Shoah

This webinar will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Nassau County. It honors the victims and survivors of the Holocaust with its annual Yom HaShoah program. The program focuses on the importance passing the history of the Holocaust to the next generation and will include both Survivors and their grandchildren. The central presentation will made by the descendants of the Bielski brothers, who will discuss the Bielski Partisans who actively fought against the Nazis beginning in 1942. The commemoration program will also include Rabbi Howard Stecker, from Temple Israel of Great Neck, and Cantor Gustavo Gitlin, from Congregation Tifereth Israel in Glen Cove. Click here to register.

Friday, April 9

Holocaust Memories

At 3 p.m., the Hofstra University Museum of Art presents “Yonia Fain: Witness to History” in a free virtual lecture. Through his visual art and poetry, Fain pays tribute to the memories of those lost during the Holocaust. Fain employed personal, powerful visual imagery and messages that simultaneously relate the Holocaust’s despair and its atrocities while expressing key themes of survival and hope. Register here.

Walking With Whitman

Though the Walt Whitman Museum in Melville is closed, it will continue to host livestreaming programs. (Screenshot)

The Walt Whitman Birthplace Association (WWBA) presents the 11th season of Poetry in Performance: Walking With Whitman, hosted by Writer-in-Residence George Wallace and is sponsored by Poets & Writers. April’s featured readers are Ireland-based poet Afric McGlinchey and local professor and poet Richard Bronson. Musical accompaniment by Josie Bello of Huntington.

An award-winning poet, reviewer and journalist, McGlinchey has worked as a freelance editor for 20 years, in Zimbabwe, South Africa and Ireland. She has won several prizes, including the Hennessy poetry award, two Arts bursaries, a Faber Fellowship and selection for an Italo-Irish Literature Exchange. A native of Ireland who grew up in Zimbabwe, Afric is a graduate of Rhodes University and the University of Cape Town. She has lived in Paris, London and Spain prior to her return to West Cork, Ireland. Elected as one of Ireland’s ‘Rising Poets ’by Poetry Ireland Review, Afric’s work was also selected for a Poetry Series on “Dislocation” at Bologna University in Italy. She was awarded an Arts Council of Ireland bursary to complete a hybrid flash memoir, forthcoming this year from Broken Sleep Books.

Bronson is on the faculty of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care & Bioethics at the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University. He has received the Poem of the Year Award of the American College of Physicians and is the author of four collections of poetry.

Bello’s newest release “Have Purpose Live Long” (2020) and her debut album “Can’t Go Home” (2018) have both had extensive U.S. and international radio play with the albums and individual tracks appearing on an impressive number of radio charts. Visit https://josiebello.com.

Register here, after which you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Saturday, April 10

Drive-in Movie

Enjoy a drive-in movie on April 10. (Screenshot)

North Hempstead’s drive-in movie series returns with Pixar’s Onward at North Hempstead Beach Park, 175 West Shore Rd., Port Washington. Cars admitted at 8 p.m., movie will start at 9 p.m. Free, but the town is encouraging attendees to bring non-perishable/canned foods as part of its food donation drive. Proof of residency required. Residents are encouraged to bring their own snacks. Restroom facilities available. For more information, call 516-869-6311.

Savoring Art

The Hofstra University Museum of Art hosts “International Slow Art Day,” at noon. This is a grassroots movement to support museums and art galleries around the world by empowering museum visitors to change their art-viewing experience. The museum staff, via a live Zoom session, invites visitors to engage in mindful looking, allowing for deeper reflection and a greater understanding of the work. Register here.

Guided Nature Walk

From 10 to 11 a.m. at the Sands Point Preserve, 127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point. Discover the many wondrous changes that occur as a result of slightly warmer temperatures and longer daylight. Celebrate spring and witness the many awakenings and visitations nurtured by this beautiful change of season. Admission $10/adults (members), children are free; $15/non-members, $5/children. Includes parking. Pay at gatehouse. Visit sandspointpreserveconservancy.org to learn more.

Sunday, April 11

Joe Iconis and Family

The Live from Adelphi Concert Series brings Broadway and cabaret stars online for a series of concerts performed and streamed live on Sunday afternoons at 5 p.m. Broadway composer Joe Iconis (“Be More Chill”) has been called “The future of musical theater” by the New York Times. When he isn’t writing, he’s playing concerts with his beloved Family of collaborators. “An Iconis and Family concert is a completely unique theatrical experience—part rock gig, part classic show-tune singalong, part immersive theatrical event. The shows are electric mixtures of songs from musicals and stand alone songs.” The recording is then available until Wednesday, April 14 at midnight for those unable to watch live. Tickets are $20. To sign up for a link, click here.

Monday, April 12

Write America

The Book Revue presents the 11th episode of Write America at 7 p.m. live on CrowdCast. Featuring award-winning poet Julie Sheehan and award-winning poet and short story writer Claudia Acevedo-Quiñones as they read and discuss their works and about how books and art might bridge the deep divisions in our nation.

Sheehan’s’s three poetry collections are Bar Book, Orient Point and Thaw. A Whiting Writers’ Award winner, her poems have appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including Kenyon Review, The New Republic, The New Yorker, Parnassus, Prairie Schooner, The Best American Poetry, and Good Poems, American Places. She teaches in the MFA and BFA programs at Stony Brook at Stony Brook.

Acevedo-Quiñones is the author of The Hurricane Book (Rose Metal Press, Fall 2023) and the chapbook Bedroom Pop (dancing girl press, Fall 2021). Originally from Puerto Rico, her work focuses on belonging, etymology, and dreams. Her poems and short fiction have appeared or are forthcoming in The Brooklyn Rail, Salt Hill Journal, Ambit Magazine, Radar Poetry, and other publications. She lives in Brooklyn.

This event is free to attend. Register here.

Tracing Her Roots

Julie Metz will discuss her book on April 12. (Holocaust Museum)

The Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Nassau County (HMTC) is hosting a book discussion from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. with New York Times bestselling author Julie Metz about her newest book, Eva and Eve. Interweaving personal memoir and family history, this book vividly traces the author’s search for her mother’s lost childhood in Nazi-occupied Vienna and reveals the resilience needed survive during history’s darkest hours. Visit www.hmtcli.org/events to register.

ONGOING

Spring into Space

The Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd. in Garden City, will host spring break activities through Sunday, April 4. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. As the Mars Rover Perseverance begins its search for signs of ancient microbial life on Mars, the museum is exploring the question, “What’s out there?” Featuring a Current Night Sky planetarium show, family activities, scavenger hunts and exhibits. Social distancing and timed admissions. Visit www.cradleofaviation.org for tickets and information.

Garvies Point

The Garvies Point Museum & Preserve, 50 Barry Dr., Glen Cove, has a full slate of activities for the spring break, March 27 to April 3. Crafts, nature walks and explorations, documentary films and other kid- and family-friendly events. Museum and Gift Shop are open. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission $5/adults, $3/children 5-12. For tickets visit www.garviespointmuseum.com.

Nassau County Museum of Art

A corner of the Nassau County Museum of Art with the current exhibit focusing on women artists. (Nassau County Museum of Art)

Through April 25, the museum presents “Heroines of Abstract Expressionism and FEM,” at the Mansion, One Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor. Hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Great art by women fill the museum with two simultaneous exhibitions. Beginning with an intimate gallery of masterworks by Mary Cassatt, Georgia O’Keeffe and Camille Claudel, it moves on to a major private collection featuring the “9th Street Women” and then to some of the leading artists of our own day, including Lynda Benglis and Kara Walker, with works that are fresh out of the studio. The roster of major artists includes Louise Bourgeois, Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler, Joan Mitchell, Louise Nevelson and other trailblazers of Abstract Expressionism, the most exciting movement in American art history. These highlights are all from an extraordinary private collection brought together by Richard P. Friedman and Cindy Lou Wakefield, among the world’s top collectors of Contemporary art.

Advance timed ticket entry is required, and tickets may be purchased here. Call 516-484-9338.

Treetop Adventures

Ziplines are a popular attraction at Adventure Park. (Courtesy of Adventure Park)

The Adventure Park at Long Island is open every day through Easter Sunday for individual tickets. Starting April 5, it is open for groups only Monday through Thursday and everyone from Friday through Sunday. Located at 75 Colonial Springs Rd. Gate 3, Wheatley Heights. Hours vary. Low- and high-rope courses and ziplines with 185 treetop platforms. The 14 trails are color-coded for comfort level. For kids and adults. Visit myadventurepark.com for tickets and information.

Blood Drives

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

Friday, April 2: St. Pius X Church, 270 Washington Ave., Plainview, from noon to 8:30 p.m.

Friday, April 2: Knights of Columbus No. 2345, 2 Bellmore St., Floral Park, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 3: 358b Broadway Mall Rotunda, Hicksville, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Monday, April 5: Catholic Home Services Continuing Care Center Sr. Dolores Castellano Conference Rooms A & B, 110 Bi County Blvd., Farmingdale, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Monday, April 5: Massapequa Fire Department Meeting Room, 515 Hicksville Rd., Massapequa, from 3 to 9 p.m.

Tuesday, April 6: Knights of Columbus No. 1828, 83 Sea Cliff Ave., Glen Cove, from 2 to 8 p.m.

Thursday, April 8: Roosevelt Field Mall, 630 Old Country Rd., Garden City. From 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. in vacant store across from the post office.

Saturday, April 10: 358b Broadway Mall Rotunda, Hicksville, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday, April 11: Notre Dame Parish, 25 Mayfair Rd., New Hyde Park from 7:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Sunday, April 11: Church of Saint Joseph, 121 Fourth St., Garden City, in gym from 7:45 a.m. to 1:45 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.

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