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Free Nature Program
Saturday, January 28

Walk in the Woods
Saturday, January 28

Chinese New Year Celebration
Sunday, January 29


Saturday, January 28

Free Nature Program

Creatures of the Sea...from the Wacky to the Wonderful with Todd Gardner at Cold Spring Harbor Library, 95 Harbor Rd. (Route 25A), Cold Spring Harbor, at 2 p.m. Why don’t fish get crushed under the pressure of the deep sea? How can whales hold their breath for so long? If corals have been around for more than 300 million years, why are they in such grave danger over a small increase in global temperature? Why do sharks really attack people? In which species does the male become pregnant and carry the babies? What does a marine biologist fear most in the water? These and many other questions will be answered as we spotlight some well known, as well as some underappreciated marine creatures and their remarkable adaptations that make them so fascinating to us. Sponsored by the Huntington- Oyster Bay Audubon Society. Visit www.hobaudubon.org for more information.

Walk in the Woods

Take an invigorating walk with Land Alliance and Sierra Club members through multiple preserves. Meet at the Oyster Bay train station at 10 a.m. and carpool from there. Space is limited; registration is recommended. To register and for directions contact NSLA 626-0908 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Sunday, January 29

Chinese New Year Celebration

The Tzu Chi Academy, LI holds its annual Chinese New Year Celebration at the Oyster Bay High School starting at 9 a.m. and ends at about 3 p.m. There will be cultural shows, festival games, gourmet vegetarian food (fee) and more. For more information please call 873-6888.


Thursday, February 2

Art Walk First Thursday

Art Walk features an international spectrum of contemporary artists. Get some artistic inspiration as you visit local art galleries. Other businesses and sites in town will be displaying artwork. Local restaurants will be exhibiting art and are offering a percentage off on meals, wine tastings and more. Live music entertainment is scheduled. Cafes and restaurants will remain open late for dessert and coffee. The evening will begin with Chase Edwards Gallery, 15 E. Main St. (802-0655) and continues at Atelier Gallery, 9 E. Main St.; Art (that matters), 55 W. Main St. (917-769-9921); The Teaching Studios of Oyster Bay, 115 Audrey Ave. (971-597-2404); and The Artist Club Gallery, 29 Berry Hill Rd. will also be open. Art will also be available for viewing at various downtown merchants, including Canterbury Ales, Jack Halyards and Wild Honey. The Oyster Bay Main Street Association office (17 Audrey Ave.) will also be displaying the works of local artists, with refreshments served. Visit Think Long Island crafts gallery at Buckingham’s Variety Store. See the Art Walk map for additional locations and information (available at any one of the gallery locations). For more information, contact Bonnie at 802-0655.


Saturday, February 4

Owl Discovery/ Craft Program for Kids

Join the Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society and learn the interesting behavior and life-cycle of the several species of owl which frequent our area. After the interactive program, create pine cone owls to take home as well as dissect a pellet to see just what it is that an owl eats. 10:30 a.m. at The Farm at Oyster Bay. Contact Stella 695-0763 for more information, directions and to register.


Wednesday, February 8

Autism/Special Needs Program for Children

Conference: Use of iPad Technology for Children with Autism and Special Needs with Eric Sailers, MA, CCC-SLP. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hilton Long Island/ Huntington, 598 Broadhollow Rd., Melville. Presented by Marion K. Salomon & Associates. $50 registration fee. Deadline Jan. 17. Check if Kosher meal requested. For more information call 731-5588, ext. 239 or visit www.mksalomon.com.


Saturday, February 11

Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society

Join the Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society for an all day trip to Montauk and South Fork Waterfowl Hot Spots at 9:30 a.m. Participants will search for winter waterfowl abound including scoters, eiders, loons, gannets and numerous pond ducks. Contact the trip leader, John Turner 695-1490 or visit www.hobaudubon.org for more information, directions and to register.


Sunday, February 12

Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society

Join Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society at 9 a.m. at Point Lookout. Look for loons, grebes and Harlequin Ducks which are usually seen on Long Island only at Point Lookout. Contact the trip leader, Blair, 802-5356 or visit www.hobaudubon.org for more information, directions and to register.


Upcoming Events

Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary & Audubon Center

Located at 134 Cove Rd. Call 922-3200 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it :

•Jan. 28: Owl Prowl. Winter is here and has brought crisp cool air, short days, and owls. It is time again for the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Audubon Center, 134 Cove Rd., Oyster Bay, to offer the ever-popular Owl Prowl programs. These popular programs begin with a live owl presentation allowing participants to learn about and get an up-close look at these otherwise secretive hunters of the night. Learn about the Eastern Screech and Great Horned Owls. After the presentation, participants will venture outside to listen for the calls of the owls and attempt to attract these wild creatures closer. This is a great evening program for people of all ages. Owl Prowls make a great date night, family fun night, or parents’ night out. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Registration required. $7 members; $10 nonmembers. To register call 922-3200.

•Jan. 28, Feb. 18: Bird Banding and Breakfast. For those over age 12, this early morning program will instill a sense of wonder. Learn how birds are captured and banded, why it is important in understanding their health, migration, and ecology, and even have a chance to help with the release of these delicate creatures. A light breakfast will be served. Subject to cancellation due to inclement weather. 8 to 9 a.m. $8 members, $10 nonmembers (registration recommended).


Ongoing Event

Muttontown Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

The Fellowship provides an atmosphere of warmth and camaraderie, with talks presented by intelligent enlightening and non-dogmatic speakers who come from the entire spectrum of the Arts, History and Sciences. This is followed by coffee and an informal discussion circle, held in the turn-of-the-18th century farmhouse in a bucolic setting. Sundays at 10:30 a.m. The Muttontown Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is located on the south side of Route 25A (Northern Blvd.), East Norwich, directly east of Martin Viette Nurseries and about a half mile west of Route 106. Look for the white brick gate posts with a large sing for Hunter’s Moon Farm. All are welcome. Call with any questions 659-1686.


Weekly Events

•Alcoholics Anonymous closed step meeting Sundays at 8 p.m. and open meeting at the same time. On Wednesdays at 8 p.m. there is a beginner’s meeting and a closed discussion meeting. Any one can attend the open meetings. The closed meetings are for anyone who has a desire to stop drinking. The meetings are held at Christ Church, 61 E. Main St. For information call 922-6377.

•Play Bridge will be held at the OB-EN Library, 89 E. Main St. Meets every Monday at 7 p.m. Bring a partner or come by yourself. Beginners welcome. Call 922-1212.

•Open Mike at Jack Halyards Restaurant at 8 p.m. every Tuesday. For more information, call 922-2999 or visit www.jackhalyards.com.

•Alanon meeting will be held every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Oyster Bay Presbyterian Church, East Main St. All are welcome.

•Substance Abuse Groups meet at the Youth and Family Counseling Agency, 193 A, South St., on Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. and from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Registration required. Call 922-6867.

•Open Mike at Canterbury’s. Every Thursday enjoy the open mike night at Canterbury’s. Professional musicians and novices are invited to bring their instruments, voices, and friends to join him on stage or perform by themselves. Approximate starting time is 8:45 p.m. Call Mark 922-3214.

•Clutterers Anonymous, a 12-step self-help group, offers help and support to those who have clutter problems in their homes or workplace. Meets weekly on Thursdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 265 Asbury Ave., Westbury and also the 1st and 3rd Friday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the School of the Community Reformed Church, 90 Plandome Rd., Manhasset. There are no dues or fees. For more information, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , call (866) 800-3881 or visit www.ClutterersAnonymous.net.

•Bingo Games every Friday at 7:15 p.m. at Knights of Columbus Hall, 83 Sea Cliff Ave., Glen Cove. $1,500 in cash prizes. Door prizes and progressive on last game. Smoke-free environment. Call 676-1828 for further info.

•Ballroom Dance at the Life Enrichment Center of Oyster Bay, 45 E. Main St., every Friday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. with instructor Vladimir Velev, an international ballroom dance champion. Learn to Cha Cha, Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango and more. Donation requested. Call 922-1770.

•OBRM Preview Center. Every Saturday and Sunday visit the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum Preview Center and Turntable Railyard at 100 to 102 Audrey Ave. (just north of the gazebo/bandstand - on the right), where you will be directed to the turntable railyard- featuring a variety of refurbished train cars. Open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 558-7036.


Monthly Events

•Jewish War Veterans, Gieir-Levitt Post #655 invite all Jewish war veterans to join them at the Mid-Island Y JCC, 45 Manetto Hill Rd., Plainview, at 9 a.m. on the second Sunday of every month. Call Larry Sklar 942-3327.

•Young at Heart Parkinson’s Support Group meeting from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on the fourth Sunday of the month in the cafeteria on the ground level, near the emergency room at North Shore University Hospital at Syosset, 221 Jericho Tpke. Open to patients, caregivers or anyone interested in learning about Parkinsons. Call Debbie 390-9454.

•Meet the Doctors. Focusing on education, Premiere OBGYN will sponsor a Meet the Doctors program on the first Tuesday of each month from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at 79 Froelich Farm Blvd., Woodbury. Women who are planning a pregnancy or are already expecting can join Drs. Prince, Brooks and Flynn and have their questions answered on conception and a safe pregnancy.

•Alzheimer’s Support Group. Are you a caregiver who would like to share your experience with others? There is strength in knowing you are not alone. Join this support group at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month in the Adult Day Health Care Program Room at the Cold Spring Hills Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, 378 Syosset-Woodbury Rd., Woodbury. Call Sheldon Rybak, RCSW/ACSW 622-7770.

•Golf for Single Adults, a group of 50 + single seniors meet the third Tuesday of every month, at 7:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, Sunnyside Blvd., Exit 46 off the LIE, Plainview. For info call 942-4228. The group plays on courses, mostly in Suffolk on the weekends as well as during the week.

•Oyster Bay Quilting Group held on the fourth Tuesday of the month in the Green Room at the OB Library, 89 Main St. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring a project and lunch.

•Syosset Day Chapter/Homemakers Council of NC holds its business meetings the first Wednesday of the month (September through June) at 10:15 a.m. Classes are held on subsequent Wednesdays at 10 a.m. The Homemakers meet at St. Bede’s Episcopal Church, Berry Hill Rd., Syosset. All are welcome to join.

•Bereaved Parents of the USA. This national self-help support group charters the LI NY Chapter. Meetings will be held on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 231 Jackson Ave., Syosset. The group offers support, compassion, understanding and hope. No dues or fees.

•Locust Valley Garden Club. The Executive Board of the Locust Valley Garden Club invites new members to join. The club meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m. at Bailey Arboretum. Some of the committees take care of local gardens, do garden therapy with residents of Jones Manor, make projects with the children of the Grenville Boys and Girls Club and decorate local libraries at holiday time. If you are interested in becoming a member and perform a service to the community, contact Madeline 643-9109. Membership is not limited to Locust Valley residents. Anyone interested from surrounding towns is welcome to join. Upcoming programs include: garden video, holiday arrangements, sustainable landscapes and terrariums.

News

Driving rain and an early start time did not deter 600 people who arrived at Crest Hollow Country Club recently to celebrate the Women’s Fund of Long Island’s 20th year and to honor four exceptional women.

The breakfast started with a meet and greet and a chance to showcase Women’s Fund contest winner Patti Hogarty, designer of “Women as Bamboo.” Inspired by her neighbor’s bamboo, she entered the contest drawing a design of the bamboo, which Ambalu Jewelers of Roslyn then turned into various pendants of which 40-percent of the profits would go to WFLI. Hogarty wrote a short essay comparing women to bamboo in that they are strong and can weather difficult storms, yet remain graceful and continue to grow sending out new shoots.

Oyster Bay High School Principal Dr. Dennis O’Hara addressed the board of education at Tuesday night’s meeting about offering a summer school program at the high school. It would be the first time the district had a summer school program in more than 12 years.

Dr. O’Hara explained that with the institution of the Common Core state standards, students are faced with a greater level of academic rigor and more challenging coursework. The program would offer remedial and enrichment classes for students both in and out of district.


Sports

In the history of Oyster Bay High School athletics, no one has ever won a Girls’ Tennis New York State Championship. Celeste Matute and Courtney Kowalsky became the first when they won the 2014 New York State Doubles Championship in Latham on Nov. 3. What makes this tremendous achievement even more remarkable is that Matute is a junior and Kowalsky is a sophomore.

The girls, who are usually singles players, teamed up to take on the very best players in Nassau County and New York State. They won all 10 matches in the section XIII and NYSPHSAA tournaments and left Latham as the 2014 New York State doubles champions.

The conditions were as fierce as the competition earlier this month at Oakcliff Sailing’s Halloween Invitational.

Ten teams from the U.S., Canada and Bermuda battled 30-knot-plus winds, heavy rain and biting cold to see who would take top honors at Oakcliff’s final match racing event of the 2014 season.


Calendar

Annual Turkey Trot

Thursday, Nov. 27

Turkey Detox Workshop

Friday, Nov. 28

East Norwich Holiday

Sunday, Nov. 30



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