Calendar Of Events May 25 To June 7

Here’s a sampling of the events happening in the Long Island Weekly coverage area.

Tuesday, May 25

Labor Camps On Long Island

Author Mark Torres speaks about an obscure part of Long Island History on May 25. (Screen capture)

The North Shore Historical Museum presents this virtual lecture at 7 p.m. During World War II, a group of potato farmers opened the first migrant labor camp in Suffolk County to house farmworkers from Jamaica. Over the next 20 years, more than one 100 camps of various sizes would be built throughout the region. Thousands of migrant workers lured by promises of good wages and decent housing flocked to Eastern Long Island, where they were often cheated out of pay and housed in deadly slum-like conditions. Preyed on by corrupt camp operators and entrapped in a feudal system that left them mired in debt, laborers struggled and, in some cases, perished in the shadow of New York’s affluence. Author Mark A. Torres reveals the dreadful history in his book. Cost is $15. Participants will be emailed a zoom link on the day of event. Visit or call 516-801-1191 for more information.

Long Island Coyotes

The North Shore Audubon Society presents a 7 p.m. Zoom presentation, “Tracking Coyotes on Long Island” by wildlife biologist Mike Bottini, a wildlife biologist at the Seatuck Environmental Association. He will discuss the history of the coyote’s range expansion into the eastern U.S and Canada, some notes on their ecology and behavior, their current status and distribution here on Long Island, and what other communities have learned about safely coexisting with this species Pre-register at

Drunk On Genocide

The Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Nassau County hosts a virtual book discussion with Edward Westermann about Drunk on Genocide: Alcohol and Mass Murder in Nazi Germany, from 6 to 7 p.m. Westermann is the Regents Professor of History at Texas A&M University-San Antonio, and his book is being published in association with the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. Westermann has unearthed new material showing how alcohol consumption served as lubricant for mass murder and that contrary to the common misconception of the SS as stone-cold killers, they were, in fact, intoxicated with the act of murder itself. Register here.

Wednesday, May 26

Holocaust Lessons

Take a tour of the Holocaust Museum & Tolerance Center on May 26. (Holocaust Museum & Tolerance Center)

From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., the Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Nassau County presents a presents a virtual tour of HMTC’s galleries. Join HMTC’s Director of Education, Helen Turner and HMTC’s Museum and Programming Director, Dr. Thorin Tritter, as they lead visitors on a virtual tour of the museum galleries, exploring the history of the Holocaust and seeking to highlight lessons that can shape our world today. Register here.

Virtually Laughing with Nesil Izil

Temple Israel in Lawrence presents “Virtually Laughing” with comedian Nesil Izil from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nesil is a stand-up comic who performs all over New York City. She loves making people smile, and after the year we’ve all had, she’s made it her mission to bring more joy to the world through laughter. Free and open to the public. Contact Alan at for the link. This program is sponsored by the Judy and Ben Segan Adult Education Fund of Temple Israel, Lawrence.

Eating Disorder

Actor-writer Anna Snapp examines the problems of eating disorder on May 26. (Courtesy of Anna Snap)

Hosted by Hofstra University from noon to 1 p.m. “It’s Not About the Damn Food” is a solo play based on interviews with people who have battled an eating disorder. It explores the root causes of these disorders—ranging from the interviewees’ past traumas, to the desire to gain a sense of control in their lives—and that it isn’t about the food, but runs way deeper. The piece explores misconceptions about eating disorders, and the importance of breaking down these misconceptions in order to destigmatize mental health and challenge societal views of body image. In this virtual teaser, actor and creator Anna Snapp will perform three of the interviewees to give a sense of the wide range of experiences that shape life with an eating disorder. Snapp is a Brooklyn-based actor and writer whose mission as an artist has been to merge the performing arts with medical education and mental health advocacy. Her own journey through chronic disease, trauma, and mental illness resulted in the creation of her autobiographical one-woman show, “I Found That the Sun Will Rise Tomorrow,” which has been showcased at theatre festivals internationally. Her own experience battling a trauma-induced eating disorder led her to create her second solo show, “It’s Not About the Damn Food.” She is passionate about telling her own story and the stories of other survivors with mental health conditions, in order to educate medical professionals on the patient’s experience and the human side of medicine. Presented by Northwell Health’s N-Able BERG and Center for Equity of Care. Register here.

Thursday, May 27

Candlelight Concert

The Town of North Hempstead hosts the Concerts by Candlelight series, in which residents will be admitted on a first come, first serve basis and capacity will be limited in compliance with social distancing guidelines. They will be asked to stay within their designated seating circle which will all be six feet apart. At 7:30 p.m., Irish folk group Harper’s Ferry will perform at Clark Botanic Garden, 193 IU Willets Rd., Albertson. For more information, call 516-869-6311.

Saturday, May 29

Bird Walk

The North Shore Audobon Society will host this walk from 8 a.m. to noon at Bailey Arboretum County Park, 194 Bayville Rd., Locust Valley. Walk has dual start times: 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Arboretum has $5 parking fee. Limited registration. Must register via email to, and you will receive a confirmation email. If you become unable to attend, please email to allow someone on the waiting list to take your slot. Masks are required and safe distancing is requested. Wear water-resistant footwear, bring binoculars and drinking water. Wear long pants and socks so you do not touch poison ivy.

Gathering Time

Live at 7 p.m. from the Landmark on Main Street parking lot, 232 Main Street, Suite 1, Port Washington. Gathering Time (Stuart Markus, Hillary Foxsong, and Gerry McKeveny) has toured both in the U.S. and internationally, mixing new interpretations of both ‘60s and ‘70s classics and old traditional tunes with their strong original songs. Their sound reflects the voicings and arrangements of the genre’s pioneers, The Byrds, Peter, Paul & Mary, Joni Mitchell, and Crosby, Stills & Nash, brought into today with an acoustic-electric alchemy all their own. Seating Pods of 2-4 persons will be marked out. A limited number of reserved pods ($30, $20/Friends) will be available for a slight additional charge. All other seating pods ($25, $20/Friends) will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Bring lawn chairs. In compliance with New York State’s restrictions, event capacity is limited to 150 persons and masks are required. Social distancing and other Covid safety protocols will be strictly observed. In case of a move indoors, seats will be assigned with 6 feet of buffer space surrounding each pod. In the event of inclement weather, performances will be moved indoors to the Jeanne Rimsky Theater. Call the box office at 516-767-6444 or get tickets here.

Raga Kids

Live at 2 p.m. from the Landmark on Main Street parking lot, 232 Main Street, Suite 1, Port Washington. Raga Kids introduces children of all ages to the classical music of South Asia through singing, active listening and interactive explorations into the world of Raga (melody) and Tala (rhythm). In this performance you will learn about the violin, sitar, daf drum, Indian solfege, Tuvan throat singing and more. Longtime collaborators and co-founders of the musicians collective Brooklyn Raga Massive, Trina Basu, Arun Ramamurthy and Neel Murgai, present a dynamic performance of original and traditional music that will have you singing, dancing and clapping your hands in no time. Visit Seating Pods of 2-4 persons will be marked out. A limited number of reserved pods ($20, $15/Friends) will be available for a slight additional charge. All other seating pods ($15, $12/Friends) will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Bring lawn chairs. In compliance with New York State’s restrictions, event capacity is limited to 150 persons and masks are required. Social distancing and other Covid safety protocols will be strictly observed. In case of a move indoors, seats will be assigned with 6 feet of buffer space surrounding each pod. In the event of inclement weather, performances will be moved indoors to the Jeanne Rimsky Theater. Call the box office at 516-767-6444 or get tickets here.

Outdoor Adventures

There is no better guide to the Sands Point Preserve than Eric Powers. (Sands Point Preserve)

Biologist and ranger Eric Powers knows the Sands Point Preserve’s wildlife and landscape like the back of his hand after years of leading marvelous nature programs, including the popular Owl Prowl, Pond Exploration, and the fantastic Overnight Wilderness Survival courses. He was just named Long Island Sierra Club Environmentalist of the Year. In 2021, Ranger Eric will lead visitors of all ages on monthly exploratory walks across the Preserve’s grounds. Each walk is unique and runs from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The Preserve will reveal itself throughout the seasons, and your expert guide will share a wealth of information about nature’s wonders. Purchase tickets in advance and meet at Castle Gould’s Clock Tower. Face masks and social distancing are required. Members: $12 per adult; $2 per child. Non-Members: $16 per adult, $6 per child. Includes parking. Register here.

Monday, May 31

Write America

Live on CrowdCast at 7 p.m. and sponsored by the Book Revue. Featuring bestselling author and editor Bruce Weber and novelist, poet, and founder of Lit Pub Molly Gaudry as they read and discuss their works and about how books and art might bridge the deep divisions in our nation. Weber, a reporter for The New York Times, began his career in publishing as a fiction editor at Esquire. He has written for numerous publications and is the author of the bestseller As They See ’Em: A Fan’s Travels in the Land of Umpires, coauthor (with Savion Glover) of Savion! My Life in Tap, and the editor of Look Who’s Talking: An Anthology of Voices in the Modern American Short Story. Gaudry is the author of Desire: A Haunting and We Take Me Apart, which was a finalist for the Asian American Literary Award and shortlisted for the PEN/Osterweil award. Register here.

Thursday, June 3

Inside the Mind of a Whale

Explore the minds of whales on June 3. (Getty Images)

Virtual program starts at 7 p.m. at Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum. Whales rank among the most intelligent species on the planet. Marvel at the depth and complexity that sets whale behavior apart from other species, including sophisticated memory skills, advanced societal structures, and unique dialects. Find out what researchers have uncovered about whales’ thinking and their amazing behaviors in the wild—including tool use. Free, but $10 suggested donation Appreciated. Register here.

Candlelight Concert

The Town of North Hempstead hosts the Concerts by Candlelight series, in which residents will be admitted on a first come, first serve basis and capacity will be limited in compliance with social distancing guidelines. They will be asked to stay within their designated seating circle which will all be six feet apart. At 7:30 p.m., The Next Level Band (Caribbean) will perform at Martin “Bunky” Reid Park, 915 Railroad Ave. Westbury, in the New Cassel area. For more information, call 516-869-6311.

Friday, June 4

Landscape Painting

Take a lesson in landscape painting with flowers on June 4. (Gudrun Becker | Pixabay)

Gold Coast Arts Center is sponsoring this class especially for teens. It will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Maple Drive Parking Lot at Gold Coast Arts Center, 113 Middle Neck Rd., Great Neck. Students will paint a flower field landscape using various techniques, such as gradation, spray and dot techniques on an 11×14 canvas to create their own masterpiece. Instructor is Ellen Schiff. Tuition is $40. Contact the School for the Arts at 516-829-2570. Register here.

Saturday, June 5

Environment Day Walk

Garvies Point Park will host World Environment Day Walks at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Visit the many environments of the preserve, including pond, shoreline, woods, field, and micro-community. Learn how each ecosystem operates on their own and yet are part of one big environment of the preserve. Ages 5-plus. Also that day, there will be a terrarium workshop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the half hour. Make an enclosed environment that can last for years. Includes: glass jar, plants, soil, pebbles. Fun for all ages. Admission is $5/member, $8/participant and admission. The museum is at 50 Barry Dr., Glen Cove. To reserve a spot, call 516-571-8010. Visit

Yoga in the Garden

Enjoy spring at Planting Fields by taking an outdoor, 60-minute, all levels yoga and meditation class in the Cloister Garden from 8 to 9 a.m. Partnering with Oyster Bay/Glen Cove Yoga, spend your morning at Planting Fields to continue your practice and connect mindfully with the natural landscape. Pricing: $20/general admission, $12/ members. Register here.

Family Yoga in the Garden

Bring your kids and enjoy spring at Planting Fields by taking an outdoor, 60-minute, family yoga class in the Cloister Garden from 11 a.m. to noon. Partnering with Yogi Beans, spend your morning at Planting Fields and introduce your children aged 3-10 to yoga through an enriching and fun practice that all will enjoy. Pricing: $20/general admission, $12/ members. Register here.

Tour The Bay Area

The Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society will hold an historic walking tour of Manhasset Bay. Meet at the Town Dock’s red tugboat in Port Washington at 11 a.m. No reservations are necessary and donations are gladly accepted. Dogs welcome. Walk the shoreline with a knowledgeable guide while learning the fascinating history of early Port Washington. Topics include the livelihoods that helped Port develop into the town you know today including: shell fishing, sand mining, aviation, tidal mills, restaurants, our many hotels, schools, and much more. See Port Washington as you’ve never seen it before. Feel free to bring a bagged lunch to enjoy at the north dock at the end of the tour. Walking tour lasts about 11/2 hours with bench stops to rest along the way. If weather is inclement, check the website that morning at

Bird Walk

American Redstarts have a home at the Sands Point Preserve. (Vincent Tan | Pixabay)

From 8 to 9:30 a.m., North Shore Audubon Society Director Peggy Maslow and a team of guides will lead small groups through the Sands Point Preserve’s diverse habitats in search of bird species that thrive here. The Preserve is ranked on eBird as one of the best locations in Nassau County to see both migratory and resident birds. This time of year, we may see Yellow Warblers, Northern Parulas, Black-throated Green Warblers, American Redstarts, and Scarlet Tanagers, among many other species. This walk is geared for birders of all levels and experience—including those with no experience. Children 8-plus are welcome. Facemasks and social distancing are required. Bring binoculars. This program is free and participation is limited. Register in advance by calling call 516-570-2185. The Preserve is at 127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point.

Organ Concert

Organist Gail Archer will perform at 7:30 p.m. at St. Rose of Lima R. C. Church, 2 Bayview Ave, Massapequa. The concert organist will perform works by Bach, and Brahms, along with a variety of pieces by women composers. This event is part of the church’s 2020-2021 Concert Series. Admission is free. All are welcome. Face mask required. Social distancing observed.

Sunday, June 6

Pups & Peeps Walk

The Sands Point Preserve hosts this walk to Benefit American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The pandemic has created many challenges for everyone—and greater risks for some. Join the walk to benefit the Society and help build awareness and support for this critical issue. Register at Castle Gould’s Clock Tower. For everyone’s health and safety, face masks and social distancing are required. Dogs must be leashed at all times. Event will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. The Preserve is at 127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point, Call 516-571-7901.

Drive-In Concert

The Town of North Hempstead concert series continues at 6 p.m. with Billy Joel tribute band Cold Spring Harbor at North Hempstead Beach Park, 175 West Shore Rd., Port Washington. Cars will be admitted starting one hour prior to the show for the drive-in concerts. Advanced registration is not required. Attendees must remain in their vehicles. Restroom facilities will be available. For more information, call 516-869-6311.

Monday, June 7

Musical Masterpiece

Cinema Arts Center presents a 7 p.m. Zoom discussion of Meet Me In St. Louis: A Look Back At the Vincente Minnelli Musical, hosted by New York State Librarian and film historian Philip Harwood. One of the most beloved MGM musicals was a major milestone for Judy Garland. It was during the making of this film that Garland would work and fall in love with her second husband, director Vincente Minnelli. For Minnelli, this film is a masterpiece of style and vivid colors. It is elegant and graceful. When released, the film was a major success. Harwood will discuss the backstory of the film. There were bumps along the road, but results were astounding. You can see the film on your own, and then we will meet online to discuss the film. Cost is $7/public, $5/members. The Zoom Invitation link is sent immediately to your email address on file in an email order confirmation upon completing your purchase. Be sure to verify that your email address is correct at the top of the checkout screen and check your spam or junk mail if you do not see it. Register here.
The following link has multiple places where you can rent and stream the film on your preferred platform ahead of the discussion.


Call for Artists

The Art League of Long Island is holding a open call for “Awakening,” a virtual online exhibition to be held July 17 through Sept, 6. Deadline for entries is Monday, June 14. Information, prospectus and entry submission link can be found at

In a press release, it is noted, “We find ourselves awakening, as though from a long slumber. The slow recovery from the pandemic forcing us to relate to Rip Van Winkle’s surprise to find a changing world. Spring is bursting forth with life again, but that is not all. The world around us is, indeed, awakening to changing social, political and environmental landscapes as well. The Art League of Long Island asks you to share with us your work that features your expression of our world as it acclimates to a new normal.”

This is a national exhibit, open to all artists residing in the United States of America. Entry is limited to 5 works not previously exhibited in another juried ALLI show, one of which may be selected by the juror for admission. Two- and three-dimensional work in any medium may be submitted, including photography and fine craft. Sorry, no videos.

The Art League is honored to have Kathleen Gurchie serve as juror for the Awakening exhibition. She is a member of the Art League of Long Island’s Board of Directors.

Pop Prints

The Nassau County Museum of Art will present selections from the permanent collection through Sept. 12 at the Manes Center, Tuesday through Friday from 1-4 p. m.
The wheel of art history was turning fast when Pop spun to the top in the 1960s, displacing Abstract Expressionism after barely a decade of dominance. After the brooding challenge of abstraction, the contrast of snappy graphics and familiar references was a relief for many, and a magnet for new audiences. High and low met in the galleries and museums, set up by such media-savvy leaders as Andy Warhol, who now forces us to think of art in the supermarket aisle where the Campbell’s soup cans still dominate the shelves, and Roy Lichtenstein, whose Foot and Hand (1964) returns to the medium of “art” printmaking the shading and even pressure of black outlines (no brush or pencil strokes) that he borrowed from the original sources, which included comic books and the cartoons found in bubble gum packages. Larry Rivers pumps the colors of the Fauves into the Mad Men icon of Joe Camel while, perhaps more subtly, Robert Rauschenberg gently lifts from newsprint the headlines and banal photographs of the day’s news (not that new a trope, if you recall the collages of Picasso and Braque, but they did not cloak them in Rauschenberg’s mist).

The museum is located at One Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor. Call 516-484-9338. Advance timed ticket entry is required and safety protocols will be followed. Tickets may be purchased here.

Hugs for Sarah Virtual 5K

The Sarah Grace Foundation, based in Hicksville, calls on all runners, walkers, cyclists and wheelchair athletes to participate in a virtual 5K in support of children with cancer. You can run, walk, bike, the choice is yours; participate alone, with a friend or with a team. Sarah Grace Weippert died of leukemia when she was 12. The all-volunteer organization supports children with cancer in Sarah’s memory. Sarah’s birthday is March 31st and this year Sarah would be 31, so complete the 3.1 miles (5K) for Sarah and the children. Race can be completed anytime by May 31. Race bibs will be emailed following registration. You’ll receive a medal for participation in the event. Contact Matthew Weippert at 516-433-9745 or Information at

Blood Drives

The New York Blood Center will hold drives at the following times and places.

Wednesday, May 26: Sponsored by Legislator Tom McKevitt at North Bellmore Library, 1551 Newbridge Rd., North Bellmore, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, May 26 and Thursday, May 27: St. Brigid’s Catholic Church St. Anthony Room, 85 Post Ave., Westbury, from 2 to 8 p.m.

Thursday, May 27: Reconstructionist Synagogue, 1001 Plandome Rd., Plandome, from 2:30 to 7 p.m.

Friday, May 28: Friends Academy Gym, 270 Duck Pond Rd., Locust Valley, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sunday, May 30: St. Patrick’s Church/Knights of Columbus #14279 Cafeteria/Parish Hall, 235 Glen St., Glen Cove, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 2: Bloodstock Olivia Johnson, 1327 Port Washington Blvd., school gym, from 1 to 7 p.m.

Friday, June 4: New Hyde Park Fire Department, 1555 Jericho Tpke., New Hyde Park, from 2 to 8 p.m.

Monday, June 7: Mineola Saves Lives Blood Drive, Portuguese Center Main Hall, 306 Jericho Tpke., Mineola, from 1 to 7 p.m.

Appointments preferred. Donors will have their temperatures checked and must wear a face mask or covering. Other health conditions apply. Visit to sign up and for more information.

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