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Wednesday, December 19

Winter Concert

The OBHS Grades 7 And 8 Winter Concert takes place at 8 p.m. in the  OBHS Auditorium.

Thursday, December 20

Christmas Party

The Life Enrichment Center of Oyster Bay Christmas Party festivities take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations required. LEC is at 45 East Main Street, OB. Call 922-1770.

Santa Ride Food Drive

Santa Claus will be out on the streets of Oyster Bay riding on his favorite fire truck again, on Saturday, Dec. 22 for the annual Santa ride and food drive by members of the Atlantic Steamer and Oyster Bay Fire Companies for the benefit of Oyster Bay’s needy from noon to 7 p.m.

Movie: Hope Springs

The Oyster Bay-East Norwich Public Library presents Hope Springs at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Kay and Arnold are a middle-aged couple who have been married for 30 years and now are sleeping in separate rooms and barely interact in any meaningful loving way, but hope springs eternal. Starring: Steve Carell, Jean Smart, Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones. (Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content involving sexuality, 100 minutes)

Great Books Discussion

The Locust Valley Library, 170 Buckram Road, presents their Great Books which is held twice monthly from 2 to 4 p.m. Discussed will be Nostromo by Joseph Conrad. For information and registration, call Jennifer at 671-1837. All are welcome.

Winter Concert

The OBHS Grades 9-12 Winter Concert Part II offers performances of the Symphonic Band, Chamber Singers and Jazz Band at 8 p.m. in the OBHS auditorium.

Saturday, December 22

Seasons Tweetings

The TR Sanctuary & Audubon Center presents Listen to the Reading of Night Tree by Eve Bunting while you decorate the sanctuary trees with wildlife-friendly homemade edible ornaments from 1 to 2:30 p.m. For all ages. The general fee is $7, call 922-3200 for information. 

Wednesday, December 26

PG Movie: Arthur Christmas

The Oyster Bay-East Norwich Public Library presents Arthur Christmas at 2 p.m. It  reveals the incredible, never-before seen answer to every child’s question: “So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?” No registration required. Children under age 9 must be accompanied by an adult. (Rated PG, 97 min.) For more information or to register, call the library at 922-1212. 

Thursday, December 27

Movie: The Campaign

The Oyster Bay-East Norwich Public Library presents the movie The Campaign at 2 and 6:30 p.m. In order to gain influence over their North Carolina district, two CEOs seize an opportunity to oust long-term congressman Cam Brady by putting up a rival candidate. Their man, naive Marty Huggins, director of the local Tourism Center. Starring: Dylan Mcdermott, John Lithgow, Jason Sudeikis, Will Ferrell, Dan Aykroyd, Zach Galifianakis.(Rated R for crude sexual content, language and brief nudity, 85 min), For more information or to register, call the library at 922-1212.

Bayville Movie Night

Winter Break Movie Night for Young Adults ages 12 and up takes place at the Bayville Free Library at 34 School Street, at 7 p.m. Registration has already begun. Call 628-2765. 

Friday, December 28

Edible Forest

The Oyster Bay-East Norwich Public Library presents the Edible Forest for children 3 to 5 years with an adult from 1 to 2 p.m.. Decorate a container with enamel markers, foam, glitter and stickers. Use your container to plant chocolate trees in Oreo dirt with gummy shapes. Top your trees with frosting, sprinkles and mini M&Ms. For more information or to register, call the library at 922-1212.

Blood Drive

Come join the community on Friday, Dec. 28 from 2:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Oyster Bay Fire Department at 188 South Street, Oyster Bay for a blood drive. (Donors receive 2013 Mets tickets.) Call Carolann at 660-1635 to schedule an appointment time. 

Friday, January 11

Angel’s Wish Gala

Reservation deadline for the Christina Renna Foundation (CRF) is hosting An Angel’s Wish Gala Dance at Chateau La Mer, 845 South Wellwood Avenue, Lindenhurst on Friday, Jan. 11, from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. Tickets: donation of $75 per person. Proceeds benefit children’s cancer research at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. You must reserve your tickets by Dec. 22. Call Pat Pichichero at 631-884-0808 or Phil Renna at 631-225-2074, or visit www.crf4acure.org.

December 26-28 

Holiday Twilight Tours

The Vanderbilt Museum, at 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport, has been decorated for the holidays by interior designers and garden clubs and offers its very popular twilight mansion tours the evenings of Wednesday-Friday, Dec. 26-28, 7 to 9 p.m. Admission: $10 for adults, $9 for students and seniors (62 and older), and $5 for children 12 and under. Hot chocolate and cookies are included. For information, call 631-854-5579.

Saturday, January 5

Twelfth Night Celebration

Raynham Hall Museum, 20 West Main Street, OB, wants you to ring in the New Year at the annual Twelfth Night Celebration on Saturday, Jan. 5 from 5 to 7 p.m.. The Culper Spies will be playing Colonial Yuletide tunes on the fiddle, harp and recorder. Holiday punch and dessert will be served.  Space is limited. Admission is free to members.  Please RSVP by calling 922-6808.

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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