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Crochet Boot Camp

Thursday, February 20

Black History Talk

Sunday, February 23

TR Bear Introduction

Tuesday, February 25


Currently On Exhibit

Snow Day In Oyster Bay

The Oyster Bay Historical Society has a new exhibit at the Koenig Center, 20 Summit Street, Snow Day In Oyster Bay. It includes the sign from The Oyster Bay Ski Center managed in the mid-fifties by Oscar Summers, from their collection, as well as costumes on loan from Monica Randall. The exhibit runs through March 23. For information please call 516-922-5032.

Souper Bowl of Caring

During February the North Shore Community Church, 209-213 South St., Oyster Bay, is holding the Souper Bowl of Caring. Help them feed local families just by purchasing a few cans of soup while you are shopping for your supplies. For details please call 516-922-7322.


Wednesday, Feb. 19

Go High-Tech

The Bayville Free Library, 34 School Street, offers Go High-Tech from 4 to 6 p.m. Registration is open now. Are you a technology whiz? Earn community service credits while helping seniors/adults gain knowledge of technology. Call 516-628-2765 for reservations.

Story Time

The Bayville Free Library, 34 School Street, offers story time for Baby Bookworms at 10:30 a.m. and at 1:30 p.m. for 4- to 5-year-olds. Join Ms. Stacy to read stories, sing songs, and create a craft. For information call 516-628-2765.

Computer Classes

Koula Achillea at the Bayville Library, 34 School Street, teaches these topics at noon on Wednesdays, Feb. 19 and 26: Internet for beginners, Word, Excel, and Power Point Microsoft Access Database. Registration is open now by calling 516-628-2765 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Love to Yarn

Unravel and enjoy a time for crocheting and knitting. All levels of crocheters and knitters are welcome to gather and share ideas or work on projects. This is an informal meeting for people already trained in crocheting or knitting; there is no instructor on the premises. Locust Valley Library, 1 p.m.

Valley Quilters

All levels of quilters are welcome to share ideas, work on projects and help beginners or enthusiasts with quilting. Locust Valley Library, 1 p.m.

Magic of Clay

This program at the Locust Valley Library is for grades K-5, at 2 p.m. Create imaginative snow people, magical animals and more working with festive decorations and self-hardening clay. Space limited.


Thursday, Feb. 20

Crochet Boot Camp

The Madd Potter, 17 Audrey Avenue, is hosting a Boot Camp for the Stitched-Hamlet crochet panels from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Call Patty McSkane at the Knitted Purl at 516-558-7800 for information.

Great Books

The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers. Everyone is welcome to join Locust Valley Library’s long-running and unique Great Books discussion. See Jennifer at the reference desk for a copy of the book. 1:30 p.m.


Saturday, Feb. 22

Johnny the K

Nationally acclaimed and award winning musician, Johhny Kelleher, along with his 12-string guitar and unique collection of costumed hats, masks and disguises, inspires his audiences through his spirited and interactive style of music. No registration required for this free program at Locust Valley Library, at 2 p.m. For ages 4 and up. This program is co-sponsored by the Town of Oyster Bay.


Sunday, Feb. 23

Black History Talk

Hood A.M.E. Zion Church, 11 Summit Street, is celebrating Black History month at 1 p.m. with a talk by Simon Rutledge, Middle Island historian. The Reverend Linda Vanager said, “Simon Rutledge will be talking about the history of the A.M.E. Zion Church, the ‘mother church,’ and Harlem, then and now: the changes from the early days before the civil rights moment and now.” The talk will be followed by a light lunch. There no charge, but a free will offering is welcome. For more information please call 516-650-9839.

LI Baroque Ensemble

The Long Island Baroque Ensemble will perform at Christ Church on Feb. 23 at 3 p.m. It has been delighting audiences with its diverse programming featuring a repertoire of rarely heard and unpublished works along with period favorites. $20 general, $15 seniors, $10 students, children admitted free with paying adult. For information call the parish office at 516-922-6377.


Monday, Feb. 24

Lecture: Neurodegenerative Diseases

The lecture at the Locust Valley Library will cover Neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, MS and Parkinson’s. The lecturer, Nicholas Sampsidis, MS, is a biochemist, nutritional therapist, and researcher, as well as a best-selling author and an authority on the nature, management and remedying of chronic inflammatory and life-threatening illnesses employing non-invasive and non-toxic methods. 11 a.m.

Power Foods

At this lecture, the discussion topics include the power foods list, what are anti-oxidants and free radicals in foods, and what do they do for us. The free, informative lecture on the importance of eating healthfully will be held at Locust Valley Library, 7 p.m.


Tuesday, Feb. 25

TR Bear Introduction

The reception will be held by the Theodore Roosevelt Association on Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. at The National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, NYC, to introduce the new 100 percent All American-made Teddy Bear. Sourced and manufactured entirely in the United States, the bears are part of the national Teddy Bears for Kids Project, for children hospitalized for seriously illness. For more information on tickets ($125) please call 516-921-6319 or go to www.theodoreroosevelt.org.


Wednesday, Feb. 26

Computer Classes

Join Koula Achillea at the Bayville Library, 34 School Street, as she teaches topics at noon on: Internet for beginners, Word, Excel, and Power Point Microsoft Access Database. Registration is open now by calling 516-628-2765 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Thursday, Feb. 27

OBEN Chamber Installation

The 84th Annual Installation of Officers & Directors to the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce takes place on Feb. 27, with time and location to be announced. The chamber congratulated Colleen McKean on her first time election to their board and welcomed returning board members Catherine Drabin and Walter Imperatore. For information call 516-922-6464.

Jill’s Night Owls

The Bayville Free Library, 34 School Street discussed on Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m., February’s book selection, Zeitoun by Dave Eggers, the true story of one family, caught between America’s two biggest policy disasters: the war on terror and the response to Hurricane Katrina. All are welcome. Call 516-628-2765 for information.

A Night at the Oscars

You are invited to a gala night on Feb. 27 from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. to the Crescent Beach Club, 333 Bayville Ave. Join the Friends of the Library to walk the red carpet at Ocean at the Crescent Beach Club. The tickets are $30 per person and includes hors d’oeuvres, tapas, wine, beer and dessert. Tickets are available at the Library or by calling Vicki Siegel at 516-628-1632 or Louise Triano at 516-802-7860.

Taste of the Library Cookbook Club

Brownie Bake-Off, 7 p.m. Let the judges at the Locust Valley Library decide on the best brownies. There will be prizes for all participants. Here’s how “Taste of the Library Cookbook Club” works. Cookbooks are put on display at the reference desk. You pick a recipe that piques your interest (or taste buds). Before you leave, a library staff member will make a copy of your recipe for you to take home. Prepare your recipe at home, and then bring it to the meeting to share with the other participants. For more information, please contact Jennifer at 516-671-1837.


Saturday, March 1

Concert By eVoco

Ensemble singers of the finest musical technical and expressive abilities come together under the direction of David Fryling on March 1 at 8 p.m. The program at Christ Church will feature Jonathan Dove’s The Passing of the Years, Morten Lauridsen’s Midwinter Songs and John Corigliano’s Fern Hill. Tickets for adults: $15 in advance at www.evoco.com, $20 at door; students and seniors $10. For information call the parish office at 922-6377.


Sunday, March 2

UCPN Polar Bear Plunge

Sign up for the annual UCPN Polar Bear Plunge that takes place at Theodore Roosevelt Beach, rain or shine, snow or sunshine. The event features refreshments prepared by members of the Atlantic Steamer Fire Company, raffles and entertainment. The festivities start at 1 p.m. with the plunge at 2 p.m. Enjoy free hot dogs, hot chocolate, hot coffee, hot soup, hot tea and a steaming DJ. Register online at ucpn2014PolarBearPlunge.kintera.org.

Food Pantry

The North Shore Assembly of God, 84 Orchard St, Oyster Bay is operating a new food pantry for the community. It is meant to supplement the growing needs of the community. It is open on Tuesdays during their prayer times: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. If you are in need of their service, please call Pastor Diane at 516-922-2547 and make an appointment to complete their screening process.

News

A lot of people think that our world would be better off without all of the insects in it. Not so, according to Lois Lindberg, volunteer naturalist at the Sagamore Hill National Historic Site. Lindberg and fellow naturalist Wendy Albin gave a presentation about the importance of butterflies and insects in our ecosystem at the site of Theodore Roosevelt’s former home on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

“Butterflies and other insects are very important in nature,” said Lindberg. “People see bees, wasps and ants and other insects as pests, but they actually contribute to our ecosystem by each doing their own unique job. They pollinate the flowers and fruits and without them we would not be able to eat a lot of the stuff we eat every day.”

Building J at Oyster Bay’s Western Waterfront is again up and running as the Ida May Project builds the 40-passenger oyster boat that will be operated by the WaterFront Center. The Ida May Project of the Christeen Oyster Sloop Preservation Corp. is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to preserve Oyster Bay maritime heritage by involving the community in traditional boat building.

Bill Shephard, Herb Scheirhorst, President Clint Smith and Project Manager Hank Tiska were there on a recent Thursday. Smith had left at around 2 p.m. to get a part he had at home they needed to fix the tractor they use to move the logs they cut to size in their saw mill. Fixing their equipment and cutting logs are some of the many projects that encompass the work.


Sports

Picture-perfect weather was on board for the Mill Neck Family of Organizations’ Third Annual Sail the Sound for Deafness Regatta on Thursday, Aug. 7. The event, featuring an evening race of yachts, followed by a cocktail party, was held to benefit the organization that serves individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have other special needs.

In this year’s race, fifteen sailors took to the waters of Oyster Bay Harbor; three aboard their own boats, others on several boats provided by Oakcliff Sailing Center. The WaterFront Center’s oyster sloop, Christeen and two vessels from Oyster Bay Marine Center, brought a total of 45 spectators out to watch the race.

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.


Calendar

Movie at the Library

Thursday, August 28

Sagamore Hill Walk

Saturday, August 30

Hooks and Needles

Tuesday, September 2



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com