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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

“Visitation is up 300 percent,” said Harriet Gerard Clark, Raynham Hall Museum director.

“Two-thirds of them come because of reading the book by Brian Kilmeade, George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved The American Revolution, and seeing the series ‘Turn’ on A&E,” added Tom Valentine, docent, who keeps the list of visitors. Soon the series will include the story of Robert Townsend of Oyster Bay who was known as Culper, Jr. when he was a spy for George Washington.

Alex Sutherland, director of education, nailed his definition. “He was the most important spy for George Washington because he had the perfect cover. He was pretending to be a Loyalist and writing for a Loyalist newspaper and befriending British officers at his coffee shop in downtown New York while secretly collecting information.

As a fitness coach and a mother, Melissa Monteforte of Locust Valley knows how important it is to stay healthy, and how difficult it can be for women to make themselves, and their health, a priority. Wanting to help women take charge and feel more in control, she organized the Fit & Healthy Mamas Annual 5K run, now in its third year, which will take place on Saturday, Sept. 13 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow.

“I felt like running was the best outlet when I became a mother; it’s such a great way to get fit and feel healthy and I wanted to share that with other moms,” says Monteforte, 31. “I wanted women to feel celebrated, no matter their fitness level, and to put their health first.”


Sports

Hard work paid off for local athletes Christine Grippo of Locust Valley, Kelly Pickard of Oyster Bay, Bernadette Winnubst of Locust Valley, Steven Quigley of Bayville, Catherine Soler of Oyster Bay, Maria Elinger of Oyster Bay, and Armand D’Amato of Oyster Bay Cove, each of whom won awards in a field of some of the best triathletes from all of Long Island and beyond in the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon, held in and around Oyster Bay’s Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park on Saturday morning, Aug. 23.

Grippo earned top honors in the women’s 30-34 age group with a time of 1 hour, 17 minutes, 36 seconds. Pickard (1:17:39) scored first among the women in the 35-39 age group. Winnubst scored in 1:38:48 to earn third place honors in the Masters Athena Weight Division. Quigley earned the second place award in the Masters Clydesdale Weight Division in 1:23:23. Soler (1:29:12) scored 5th among the women in the 20-24 age group. Ehlinger (1:39:23) was the 4th place award winner in the women’s 55-59 age group. D’Amato (1:42:44) earned top honors in the 70-74 age group.

Ice Dreams, an Olympic Ice Show starring 2014 Olympic Bronze Medalist Jason Brown and aspiring local skaters, is coming to Twin Rinks Ice Center at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow on Sept. 20.

Isabella Skvarla, 13, Julia Tauter, 12, and Chiara Vlacich, 12, all of Oyster Bay, Julia Forte, 12, of Locust Valley and Riley Stein, 11, of Bayville will be skating in the world class show to celebrate the opening of the best figure skating facility Long Island has ever seen.


Calendar

Art In A Meadow

Saturday, Sept. 13

Bayville Oktoberfest

Saturday, Sept. 13 - Sunday, Sept. 14

Hurricane Preparedness

Tuesday, Sept. 16



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