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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

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.

An expert’s tips on bringing the

best of your garden into your home

Right now, Oyster Bay is in bloom. From the well-tended gardens of Planting Fields to unmowed patches near the Shu Swamp preserve, flowers are not just beautify our community, they also are calling out to us to bring them inside our homes to add color and fragrance. You don’t hear them? Trust me, the flowers in your garden are even calling you by name.

But don’t just stuff a bouquet in a vase. Make them look as good and last as long as possible. To find out how to do that, as well as how to improve your backyard flora, I asked Scott Lucas, the greenhouse supervisor of Old Westbury Gardens for some advice. He invited to join him in his cutting garden.


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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