Thursday, 12 September 2013 00:00
Ukulele lovers unite at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library, 999 Old Country Rd., for a ukulele jam session at 7:30 p.m. The Long Island Ukulele Strummers Club is a rag-tag group of uke-crazed wanna-be musicians. The Club was formed in 2011 to gather ukers from around the Long Island area. There are no requirements for joining the club. All ukulele players are welcomed -- young and old, beginners and experts, natives and off-islanders. There are no attendance or membership fees. For more information, check out www.sites.google.com/site/islandukeclub.
There will be something for everyone as local artists, musicians, performers, and collectors line Audrey Avenue, South Street and East Main Street in the upcoming two-day Oyster Bay Arts Festival. The festivities begin with a Saturday evening art stroll through Oyster Bay from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. Visitors will soak in the treasures of a talented community of artists, and collectors transforming downtown sidewalks into an outdoor gallery. Live music and an outdoor marketplace will complement the artistic experience. Feed your mind and then feed your appetite – call ahead to make dinner reservations at our many fine eateries. For events targeted to children, check the Bay Time Activities website (www.baytimeactivities.com), a parent’s guide to children’s activities in Oyster Bay-East Norwich, for Saturday evening “drop-off” programs allowing parents to stroll and dine while kids have their own artistic fun. The Family Arts Festival takes place on Sunday, September 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This hands-on festival will feature children’s crafts, knitting, pottery, cooking, live music, story telling, dance, martial arts, artist demonstrations, face painting, water sports activities, food, drinks, treats and an artist marketplace. This festival is free of charge and open to the public, however, some activities will include a fee.
In order to build the perfect party, it is important to know your options. Join the ultimate Sweet Sixteen Bar/Bat Mitzvah Extravaganza at the Holiday Inn in Plainview at 215 Sunnyside Blvd. from noon to 4 p.m. and check out party vendors featuring over 50 exhibitors including favors, invitations, decorators, party buses, limos, venues and more. See the latest in fashion for your special event with a special runway fashion show presented by Estelle’s Dressy Dresses. There will be two D.J. performances and a chance for two lucky parents to win a seven night vacation getaway. Complimentary food and desert will be served. Admission at the door $5. Call 631-667-3976 for more information or visit www.tradeshowproductionsusa.com.
This family friendly, well-attended annual outdoor Fall Fair is set on the beautiful, spacious grounds of the Episcopal Church of St. Margaret at 1000 Washington Ave. in Plainview. They offer family fun and something for everyone. Visitors will find quality vendors, crafts, fabulous flea market finds, kids’ games and face painting, collectible dolls, delicious baked goods and take-home meals, premium raffle gift baskets, generous raffle prizes from community businesses, plus three fabulous Grand Prizes. Long Island Ship Model Society will offer a special exhibition. All food is served at church-sponsored tables. (Rain date: Sept. 29) Free admission, plenty of parking. Vendors wanted! For more information, please call 516-692-5268 or visit www.stmargaretepiscopal.org.
A safe, confidential, supportive environment in which to talk about what you have been through, your reactions and feelings, and how to move forward. You are not alone! Facilitated by a professional therapist. Meetings held on three consecutive Tuesday evenings at 8 p.m. in the Hicksville-Plainview area. $60 for three meetings. To register, call Nancy Berlow, LCSW: 516-356-7109. All inquiries are confidential.
Once a month through December, Long Island Cat Fanciers sponsors free lectures given by top local veterinarians on topics relevant to dog and cat owners. All members of the public are welcome to attend. The lectures are generally held on the first Monday of each month at the Town of Oyster Bay Syosset-Woodbury Community Center, 7900 Jericho Tpke., Woodbury, at 7:45 p.m. For more information, call 631-277-3844.
Clutterers Anonymous (CLA)
A 12-step self-help group, offers help and support to those who have clutter problems in their homes or workplace. Meets at the following locations: Thursdays, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 265 Asbury Ave, Westbury first and third Friday, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the School of the Community Reformed Church, 90 Plandome Rd, Manhasset. Monday evenings, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Plainview-Old Bethpage Library, 999 Old Country Road, Plainview. There are no dues or fees. For more information, call 866-800-3881.