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Cruise Nights
Tuesday, May 22

Volunteers Needed For Vine Pulls
Saturday, May 26

OB Memorial Day Parade
Monday, May 28


Tuesday, May 22

Cruise Nights

Tuesdays at 5:45 p.m. through September. Audrey Ave. in downtown Oyster Bay. Restaurant specials, live music, 50/50 raffle. Fun for the whole family. For more information including sponsorships call 516-922-6464 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For weather updates go to www.visitoysterbay.com.

Spring Concert

The Vernon grades five and six spring concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. in the OBHS auditorium.


Wednesday, May 23

Spring Concert Part II

The OBHS grades nine through 12 spring concert Part II: wind ensemble and mixed chorus, takes place at 8 p.m. in the OBHS auditorium.


Saturday, May 26

Volunteers Needed For Vine Pulls

Join North Shore Land Alliance for a series of events for volunteers to pull this extremely invasive vine at preserves in Old Brookville and Upper Brookville. The series will be held on May 26 at 9:30 a.m. (at Hope Goddard Iselin Preserve in Upper Brookville) and June 2 at noon (location TBA). Supplies and snacks will be provided. This is an opportunity for those looking to fulfill community service requirements. To register, for directions and to learn more about arranging other times to volunteer, contact Jane Jackson at the North Shore Land Alliance 516-626-0908 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Sunday, May 27

Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum

Located at 279 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor. Call 631-367-3418. May 27: Historic Walking Tour for Memorial Day for adults and families. Learn about the interesting personalities and legends in the 1800s waterside village. Learn about Captain’s Row and the past whaling community of Cold Spring Harbor. $8 (members $4), includes museum admission. 45 minutes. Light rain or shine. RSVP.


Monday, May 28

OB Memorial Day Parade

Quentin Roosevelt Post #4 of the American Legion will hold its 93rd Annual Memorial Day Parade. The parade coordinator is Post Commander Reginald Butt. The assembly time is 10 a.m. and the parade will start at 10:30 a.m. The assembly areas are along South St., Adams St. and Burtis Ave. The service is at 11:45 a.m. at the Derby-Hall Bandstand on Audrey Ave.

Bayville Memorial Day Parade

The Bayville American Legion Robert H. Spittel Post will hold its parade starting at 1 p.m. at Village Hall. The parade will march down School St. onto Bayville Ave. and proceed to Soundside Beach.


Thursday, May 31

Roosevelt Spring Concert

Takes place on May 31 and June 1 at 9:30 a.m. in the Roosevelt School gymnasium.

OBHS Academic Awards

Will be given out in the OBHS auditorium at 7:30 p.m.


Saturday, June 2

Nature Tours

Enjoy a guided nature walk on the trails throughout the year from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Hoffman Center Nature Preserve and Wildlife Sanctuary, 6000 Northern Blvd., Muttontown (between Route 106 and 107 – just west of Martin Viette Nursery). Meet the guide at the site entrance at 12:50 p.m. Gate locked when tour begins. No pets, no children under 10 years of age or organized groups permitted. Weather permitting. Call 922-3290 the day before to confirm. $5 admission. No registration required. Visit www.hoffmancenter.org. Also on June 16.

Iselin Preserve Nature Walk For Families

This 42-acre preserve contains deciduous woodlands that have been undisturbed for the past century and are now mature second-growth forest. The preserve’s rich diversity of habitat supports a diverse assortment of small mammals and birds. Join the Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society at 9 a.m. and explore Iselin Preserve, Chicken Valley Rd., Locust Valley, looking for flowers, butterflies and breeding birds. Contact Jane 516-640-0061 or visit www.hobaudubon.org for more information, directions, and to register.


Wednesday, June 6

Jazz Festival

Takes place at 7:30 p.m. on the OBHS front lawn.


Friday, June 8

Spring Concert

The Vernon grades three and four spring concert takes place at 9:15 a.m. in the Vernon gymnasium.


Upcoming Events

Free Summer Vacation Bible School Program

The Children’s Ministry of North Shore Community Church announces it is now accepting registrations for its annual summer VBS program. This year’s theme -“SonRise National Park” - is a week-long, nature-themed, day program offered to children pre-K through 12th grade. At VBS, children will have the time of their lives singing songs, watching skits, creating crafts, playing games and - for the teenagers - participating in a high-energy sports program. In the midst of all the fun, children will learn about Jesus and discover just how much God loves them. SonRise National Park VBS begins June 25 and continues through June 29 at North Shore Community Church, 209 South St., Oyster Bay from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information or to register children, call 516-922-7322 or visit www.northshorecommunintychuch.com. Limited space.


Ongoing Events

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Needs Oyster Bay Recruits

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla in the Oyster Bay area is recruiting new members. They are needed to assist the Coast Guard in performing Homeland Security missions and to implement the Coast Guard’s many recreational boating safety programs. No experience or boat is required. Training will be provided. For more information call Joe Orlich, vice flotilla commander of flotilla 22-05 in Oyster Bay at (516) 624-USCG (8724).

Exhibit

The LI Craft Guild in collaboration with the Oyster Bay Historical Society will be exhibiting functional pottery at the Society’s Koenig Center, 20 Summit St., Oyster Bay, through June 24. The juried exhibition, Dinner Served, will feature the work of Long Island’s premiere potters. Puneeta Mittal, chair of the Ceramic Media Group, is a renowned potter whose work has been shown in national and international galleries. She is also recognized as a ceramist, painter and is a professor of ceramics at Adelphi University. This years juror is Yvonne Noonan-Cifarelli, an independent curator and fine art appraiser for not-for-profit organizations and the private sector. The Oyster Bay Historical Society exhibits its own collection as well as collections on loan from other organizations and museums. All work is for sale and all are welcome.

Pollywog Adventures

The Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium, 1665 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor, announces the return of its hit program, Pollywog Adventures, for kids ages 3 to 5. A shared experience for parents and their pollywogs, the program offers participants an opportunity to learn about the watery natural world which surrounds us. Children and parents will celebrate the hatchery’s exhibit animals through live animal shows, crafts, activities and stories. New events every week. The program takes place every first and third Thursday through June from 11 a.m. to noon. Call for fees. Special discounts for members. Registration required. RSVP by the Wednesday before. Limited space available. Call 516-692-6768.

Guided Tour of Theodore Roosevelt’s Oyster Bay

Join a Park Ranger every Sunday through May 27 on an easy walk through historic Oyster Bay. The walk will highlight the major sites in the hamlet connected to Theodore Roosevelt and his family. The one-hour program is free and begins at 2 p.m. in the Long Island Railroad parking lot at the Oyster Bay station. Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. Call 516-922-4788.

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 sign for Hunter’s Moon Farm. All are welcome. Call with any questions 659-1686.

Upstairs/Downstairs Tour at Coe Hall

Planting Fields Foundation announces a new hour-long tour about servant life at Coe Hall offered through Sept. 30 at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. The tour takes visitors through parts of Coe Hall (finished in 1921) that have rarely been shown before, including the top floor of the house where servants had bedrooms and where the Coe family’s clothes and trunks were stored when not needed. Though student bathrooms were added in the 1950s when the house was used as a college, and students had dormitories on the third floor, these rooms, hidden under the vast roofs of the Elizabethan-style mansion, have changed little since the 1920s. In the last year, parts of the top floor have been especially painted and re-furnished. The tour, created by Marianne Della Croce, is based on the extensive archives about the Coe family and Planting Fields. $3.50 tour fee nonmembers; children under 12 are free. Call Jennifer Lavella at 922-8678.


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. Anyone 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., Oyster Bay. For information call 922-6377.

•Play Bridge will be held at the OB-EN Library, 89 E. Main St., Oyster Bay. 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, Oyster Bay, 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., Oyster Bay, on Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. and from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Registration required. Call 922-6867.

•Open Mike. Every Thursday enjoy the open mike night at Canterbury’s, Oyster Bay. 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 at 922-3214.

•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., Oyster Bay, 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.


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 at 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 Parkinson’s. Call Debbie at 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 at 622-7770.

News

If you missed the 6th annual champagne party at Coe Hall in Planting Fields, put it on your calendar for next year, because this is the party of the summer. A total of 175 guests attended, and many of them were in costume, a new addition to the popular champagne party. The always ebullient Henry Joyce, executive director of Planting Fields Foundation, greeted his guests with his date Daphne, a 3-month-old long haired Dachshund, who is a companion for his Great Dane, Lucy.

The 1907 Courthouse building is now known as the Marguerite and Joseph Suozzi Building, marked by a special ceremony held at the North Shore Historical Museum on Sunday, Aug. 3 to a packed house.

“It’s a great day for the Suozzi family and a great day for the museum. We are so grateful for the Suozzi family for this generous donation,” said Brian Mercadante, president of the museum.

Mercandante then gave some history on the building, which was built in 1907 by the Town of Oyster Bay, when Teddy Roosevelt was president and the Gold Coast was in its heyday. He described how it came to be a museum, explaining that Tom Suozzi came up with a plan for redevelopment during his term as mayor of Glen Cove in the 1990s.


Sports

Kevin Mercier, 39, of Oyster Bay, led a large contingent of local runners in the Lynne, Gartner, Dunne & Covello Sands Point Sprint 5 Kilometer Run, held on the grounds of Nassau County’s Sands Point Preserve on Saturday morning, Aug. 9. Mercier was the 18th finisher overall and third in the 35-39 age group with a time of  21 minutes, 7 seconds.

Other local runners winning awards at the Sands Point Preserve were Nicholas Cuddy of Oyster Bay, who earned first place honors in the Clydesdale Weight Division with a time of 25:53, Joanne Gallo of Oyster Bay, who  took home the first place award in the women’s 65-69 age group with a time of 28:11, and Anja Hermann of Oyster Bay, third place woman in the 20-24 age group, who finished in 28:47.

Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay will once again be the site of the Long Island’s premiere multisport event – the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23, and the Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 on Sunday, Aug. 24.

The Saturday main event is a “sprint” triathlon, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one loop 15 kilometer bike ride over hill and dale through beautiful Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5 kilometer run through Mill Neck and Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum and “down”to the finish at back at  Roosevelt  Park.


Calendar

Bayville Car Show

Friday, Aug. 22

Junior Triathlon

Sunday, Aug. 24

Historic Church Service And Tour

Sunday, Aug. 24



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