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FAMILY CONCERT AT PERLMAN

The Perlman Music Program will present its annual Family Concert on Sunday, July 8 at 11:30 a.m. under the tent at the school’s Shore Road campus.

The event, which is presented by students and faculty, will aim to inspire children and families with a fun introduction to the world of classical music. There will be musical performances and an instrument “Petting Zoo,” during which children can try out youth-sized instruments. The concert is free and open to the public and children of all ages. Call 212-877-5045 or 749-0740 for more information.

PREP FOR THE FLOWER SHOW

The Garden Club of Shelter Island will host a special program on Wednesday, July 11 at 12:30 p.m. in St. Mary’s Parish Hall for those planning to exhibit in the horticulture category at the Flower Show later in July.

Lissa Williamson, a National Garden Club and daffodil judge, will be the guest speaker. The program will follow a Garden Club board meeting at 9:30 a.m. and a business meeting at 11 a.m. For more information, call event chair, Zibby Munson, at 749-7865.

FRIDAYS AT THE LEGION

The American Legion Hall will be open Fridays during the summer for bar, dinner and open bowling. Dinners will be prepared by Gunnar Wissemann, while Dave Clark, Don McCarthy and Tanya Schmid will tend bar.

The bar opens at 5:30; dinner served from 6 p.m. on. For more information or to rent the hall at other times, call Mike Loriz at 749-1180.

BEACH NESTING BONANZA

The shores of our Island are nesting grounds for many birds. Head to the beach on Saturday, July 7 at 11:30 a.m, with a guide from Mashomack Preserve and learn about the different species and their varied nesting behaviors. Call 749-1001 for information and reservations or go to mashomackpreserve@tnc.org. There is a $5 fee for non-members.

FAVORITE POEMS NEEDED

The Favorite Poem Project needs your help. The Shelter Island Poetry Project will honor the opening of the library’s renovated lower level with a program of Shelter Islanders reading their favorite poems.

Everyone is invited to pick a poem and add their voice to this event, which will be held on Sunday, July 15 at 5 p.m. in the library’s new community room. To sign up, please contact Denise DiPaolo at 749-0042, extension 8, or at ddipaolo@shelterislandpubliclibrary.org.

SUMMER MARDI GRAS DANCE

Come dance with the Grammy-nominated Cajun band, the “Lost Bayou Ramblers,” and Joe Lauro’s “Who Dat Loungers” at a benefit for the Island Gift of Life Foundation. The event, to be held on Friday, July 6 at 8 p.m., at the barn at 151 North Ferry Road, will also feature a live auction of vintage rock ‘n roll memorabilia. Tickets are $30 and may be purchased at the desk of the Chequit Inn or at the door of the barn the night of the dance. For more information call 749-0018.

FIREFLIES IN THE FIELDS

Recapture the thrill of catching lightning bugs on a summer’s night on Saturday, July 7, from 8 to 9 p.m. in the fields of Mashomack Preserve. All ages are welcome to learn about the amazing adaptations of these insects and their roles in nature on this short, relaxing walk. Call the Preserve at 749-1001 for more information or to register. There is a $5 fee for non-members.

CONTRA DANCE AT THE BARN

The old-fashioned art of the contra barn dance was the farmer’s social networking venue. Join young farmers and old hands on Saturday, July 7 at 7:30 p.m. to “hop and holler into the night” at the Haven’s House Barn. The dances will be easy and perfect for beginners. This is the second of three contra dances, held this summer, sponsored by the Shelter Island Historical Society and Sylvester Manor Educational Farm. Admission is $10 per person, $5 for students.

PREDATOR OLYMPICS

Can you flap your arms as fast as a bat? Jump as far as a cougar? Come learn about nature’s predators and test your abilities against theirs at Mashomack’s Young Naturalists program for ages 4 and up. Two sessions will be held on Friday, July 6, one from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and the other from 12:30 to 2 p.m. There is a $5 fee for non-members and registration is required. Call 749-1001 to sign up or obtain more information or go to mashomackpreserve@tnc.org.

TAYLOR’S ISLAND TOUR

The Shelter Island Library will sponsor an educational and entertaining tour of Taylor’s Island on Wednesday, July 11. Pack a picnic lunch — beverages will be provided — and tour the island and its historic Smith-Taylor cabin with members of the Taylor’s Island Foundation. Meet at the library at 9:30 a.m. and return by 12:30 p.m. Participation is limited so stop by or call the library at 749-0042 to reserve. A donation of $5 to the Taylor’s Island Foundation would be appreciated.

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

The Shelter Island Educational Foundation is offering scholarships for  Shelter Island School students, ages 5 to 12,  participating in Sylvester Manor’s Summer Educational Programs. The deadline for applications has been extended to tomorrow, Friday, June 29. Mail your application to P.O. Box 2029, Shelter Island 11964 or drop it off at the Manor House between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
If you have questions or need an application, call 306-4KID or email youthprograms@sylvestermanor.org.

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COMEDY AT BAY STREET

Sag Harbor’s Bay Street Theatre will present a night of laughs entitled “Big and Tall,” with comedians Bruce Vilanch and Judy Gold, on Saturday, June 30 at 8 p.m. Mr. Vilanch has written for the Oscars, Bette Midler, Diana Ross and others, and has played Edna Turnblatt in “Hairspray” on Broadway. Ms. Gold has had two hit one-woman shows, “25 Questions for a Jewish Mother,” and “The Judy Show — My Life As a Sitcom.” Tickets are $65 to $75, or $100 for the show and after-party with the stars. They can be purchased at the box office, by calling 725-9500 or at baystreet.org.

SATURDAY STARGAZING

The Custer Institute and Observatory, 1115 Main Bayview Road in Southold, will be open for guided tours of the night sky through its powerful telescopes (weather permitting) every Saturday from 7 p.m. to midnight. The suggested donation is $5 for adults, $3 for children under 14. If in doubt about the weather, call 765-2626.

TEMPLE HOSTS SCHOLAR

Temple Adas Israel in Greenport will welcome Dr. Eliyau Stern as its scholar-in-residence for the weekend of June 29 – 30. Dr. Stern, who is assistant professor of Judaic Studies and Religious Studies at Yale University, is a team member on the Council on Foreign Relations and an American Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. He will speak at the temple’s Friday night service on June 29 at 8 p.m. and again on Saturday at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. All events are free and open to the public. For information, check the Temple’s website templeadasisrael.org or call the office at 725-0904.

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SAVE THE DATE

Come enjoy music and a cocktail buffet on the porches of two beautiful Victorian homes in the Heights at the Shelter Island Educational Foundation’s third annual porch party on Sunday, July 1 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 and may be reserved by calling Jody Thompson at 749-2352.

DICK CAVETT TO SPEAK

Emmy Award-winning talk show host and comedian, Dick Cavett, and his wife, fellow author Martha Rogers, Ph.D., will speak on Saturday, June 30 at the Shelter Island Library’s 22nd annual Book & Author Luncheon. Sponsored by the Friends of the Shelter Island Public Library, the event will take place at noon at the Ram’s Head Inn and Gary Paul Gates will moderate. Tickets are $75 for open seating and $125 for reserved seating and an autographed book. Call the library at 749-0042 for information and reservations.

READING CLUB BEGINS

“Dream Big, Read!” is the theme of the Summer Reading Club at the Library. Kids can help fill the children’s room with stars by putting up a star for every book they read, while collecting stickers, books and weekly prizes. Registration begins Friday, June 22; book reporting starts on Tuesday, July 3. Call the library at 749-0042 for information or to register.

FIRST CONCERT AT PERLMAN

The Perlman Music Program will open its summer season on Friday, June 22, with its annual Faculty Concert, which will take place under the tent at the school’s Shore Road campus. This concert is an opportunity to hear performances by the program’s faculty, including violinist Itzhak Perlman.

The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public and kids of all ages. Call 212- 877-5045 or 749-0740 for more information or go to perlmanmusicprogram.org for a season schedule.

LIBRARY OPENS LOWER LEVEL

Join Town Supervisor Jim Dougherty, Senator Ken LaValle, Assemblyman Fred Thiele and Legislator Ed Romaine on Saturday, June 30 to help cut the ribbon on the library’s newly-renovated lower level. Festivities begin at 4 p.m. and light refreshments will be served, courtesy of the Shelter Island IGA. Call the library at 749-0042 for more information.

ANTIQUES AND TREASURES

The Friends of the Shelter Island Public Library will sponsor the third annual Community Tag Sale and “Antiques Back Road Show,” on Sunday, July 8, under the tent at the library from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reserve a table for $25 to sell your unwanted treasures. At the same time, appraisers will be on hand to help value your heirlooms or recently-acquired items at a cost of $10 per item. For more information or to sign up for a table, call the library at 749-0042.

A GAGGLE OF GAMES

The Garden Club will hold its annual event, “A Gaggle of Games,” on Wednesday, June 27 at 12:30 p.m. in St. Mary’s Parish Hall. Everyone who enjoys playing a game — from bridge to Mah-jongg, to Scrabble and anything else — is invited to join in the fun. The event is open to all and dessert will be served before the games begin. Entry is $10 and proceeds benefit the Garden Club’s community projects. Call Event Chair Jackie Tuttle at 749-0274 for  more information.

VOLUNTEER AT THE MANOR

Sylvester Manor, the 243-acre historic plantation and educational farm, has several volunteer opportunities around its 1735 Manor House. Garden volunteers of all levels of experience are needed on Saturday, June 23, from 9 a.m. to noon, to work under the supervision of expert gardener Amedeo Teseo. Bring hand tools and wear protective gear (hats, gloves, boots).
Help is also needed to assist with the first Farm to Table Benefit Dinner on June 30. Tickets are sold out, but volunteers (age 16 and up) are needed to participate in a variety of support roles. Contact Cara Loriz at 749-0626 or cloriz@sylvestermanor.org to offer your services.

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VIDEO ART AT GUILD HALL

The Museum at Guild Hall in East Hampton will hold an opening reception for “Escape: Video Art” on Saturday, June 30 from 4 to 6 p.m. The show will focus on artists considered pioneers in video art who were also living or working on Long Island and will run until July 29. The suggested admission donation is $7. The museum is located at 158 Main Street. Call the museum at 324-0806 or go to guildhall.org for more information.

COMEDY AT BAY STREET

Sag Harbor’s Bay Street Theater will present a night of laughs entitled “Big and Tall,” with comedians Bruce Vilanch and Judy Gold, on Saturday, June 30 at 8 p.m. Mr. Vilanch has written for the Oscars, Bette Midler, Diana Ross and others, and has played Edna Turnblatt in “Hairspray” on Broadway. Ms. Gold has had two hit one-woman shows, “25 Questions for a Jewish Mother,” and “The Judy Show — My Life As a Sitcom.” Tickets are $65 to 75, or $100 for the show and after-party with the stars. They can be purchased at the box office, by calling 725-9500 or at baystreet.org.

GOAT ON A BOAT

“Scaredy Cat” is the latest puppet show at Goat on a Boat and will feature Fraidy Freddy, who’s scared of just about everything. Come see how Freddy learns to overcome his fears while he meets the Boogie Monster, has an underground tour with an alligator and encounters a dog who asks him the time. The show will run from June 21 through 23 at 11 a.m. at the Puppet Theater in Sag Harbor, located on the lower level of the Christ Episcopal Church. Tickets are $10, $5 for children under three and $9 for grandparents and members. Call 725-4193 for information and reservations or go to goatonaboat.org to sign up for the fun.

SATURDAY STARGAZING

The Custer Institute and Observatory, 1115 Main Bayview Road in Southold, will be open for guided tours of the night sky through its powerful telescopes (weather permitting) every Saturday from 7 p.m. to midnight. The suggested donation is $5 for adults, $3 for children under 14. If in doubt about the weather, call 765-2626.

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10K WEEKEND EVENTS

Race registration will take place in the Shelter Island School gym from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, June 15, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on race day, Saturday, June 16.

Carbo-load at the pre-race pasta buffet on Friday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the American Legion Hall and support the 6th and 7th grade classes. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, $5 for children under 12 with a $30 family maximum and $15 for Shelter Island residents.

Saturday at 11:30 a.m., the Shelter Island Library will host a chat with former Olympian Bill Rodgers. The Kids’ Fun Run will take place at 4 p.m. on Fiske Field. The race will start at 5:30 p.m. sharp, followed by the 5K Fun Walk at 5:45 p.m. Both will begin in front of the school. Awards for the top finishers will be presented at 7 p.m. at Fiske Field.

Wind up the day with music, dancing and a mixed grill barbecue at the Post Race Party at the Island Boatyard, South Menantic Road. Free to all registered runners who bring their race numbers; $20 for guests.

BLUE TRAIL TRUCK TOUR

Long days and long trails go together. The 10-mile Blue Trail in Mashomack is usually reserved for those hardy enough for a long walk but on Saturday, June 16, you can take a truck tour to explore the far reaches of the preserve. The trip will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and is free to Nature Conservancy members; non-members pay $5. Reservations are a must. Call 749-1001 to register or for more information.

TAYLOR’S ISLAND FATHER’S DAY

The Taylor’s Island Foundation and Shelter Island Kayak Tours will host a Father’s Day paddle to Taylor’s Island on Sunday, June 17. The group will depart from the Burns Road town landing at 4:30 p.m. and return a couple of hours later.

Single kayaks may be rented for $30; doubles for $50, with a portion of the fee benefiting the Taylor’s Island Foundation. You may also use your own kayak. Beverages will be provided but please bring a snack to share. Call 749-1603 or email pat@taylorsisland.org for information and registration. The rain date is Sunday, June 24.

LEGION MONTHLY MEETING

Mitchell Post 281 will hold its regular monthly meeting on Monday, June 18 at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Hall. Pizza and beverages will be served starting at 6:30 p.m. Spouses and Legion Auxiliary members are welcome. For more information call 749-1180.

HOSPICE AWARENESS

In celebration of Hospice Awareness month, members of the East End Hospice have set up an educational exhibit in the Shelter Island Library’s display case. Stop by during June to view the information on Camp Good Grief and the other services that East End Hospice offers our community.

ACROSS THE MOAT OUTDOOR PHOTOGRAPHY

Photographer Jim Levison will provide a free introduction to digital outdoor photography, sponsored by the North Fork Audubon Society on Saturday, June 16 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Red House Nature Center at Inlet County Park in Greenport. Bring your camera and tripod if you own one. For information visit northforkaudubon.org or call 917-623-5373.

BLOOMSDAY AT CANIO’S

Canio’s Books in Sag Harbor will celebrate Bloomsday on Saturday, June 16 at 5 p.m. with readings by authors Doug Light and John McCaffrey, as well as a Joyce-inspired performance by actor and vocalist Mark Singer. Bloomsday is the commemoration of June 16, 1904, the day that the events of James Joyce’s “Ulysses” took place. The event is free and all are welcome. For information, call 725-4926 or go to caniosbooks.com.

EVENING LIGHTHOUSE CRUISE

Travel with the East End Seaport Museum & Marine Foundation for a tour of the historic offshore lighthouses of Southold Town on June 23 from 4 to 7 p.m. The trip will include four lighthouses, with a stop at Bug Light, and will feature stories and legends about the lights, some of which are reputedly haunted. Cost is $95, which includes a box supper and complimentary wine or bottled water. For reservations and information call 477-2100 or go to lighthousetrips@eastendseaport.org.

COMEDY AT BAY STREET

Come laugh out loud at “The Ivy League of Comedy” at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor on Monday, June 18 at 8 p.m. The program will be emceed by Shaun Eli and feature stand-up fun with Myq Kaplan, Joe DeVito and Dan Naturman, who have been seen on The Tonight Show, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Craig Ferguson and Comedy Central. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at the box office, at baystreet.org or by calling 725-9500.

GROW BETTER VEGETABLES

Learn how to identify and diagnose diseases that affect your vegetable garden with the Peconic Land Trust’s “Learning Garden” program on Saturday, June 16 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Meg McGrath, a specialist in plant biology and pathology at Cornell Cooperative Extension, will also provide tips on how to control problems before harm is done. The program is $5 and will be held, rain or shine, at the Ag Center at Charnews Farm, 3005 Youngs Avenue in Southold. For reservations or information call 283-3195 or go to Events@PeconicLandTrust.org.

ANTIQUES FAIR

Celebrate Midsummer’s Day and purchase antiques, furniture, jewelry, vintage clothing, ceramics, glass and collectables at Southampton’s Historical Museum and Research Center’s bi-weekly Antiques Fair on Sunday, June 24. The sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the White House, 159 Main Street in Southampton.

SUMMER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION

East End Arts and Peconic River Yoga will mark the summer solstice with yoga, chanting, meditation, drumming and light refreshments on Wednesday, June 20 from 5:30 to 8:15 p.m. on the grounds of East End Arts in Riverhead. No experience is necessary and all are welcome to participate. The suggested donation is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and children. For more information visit peconicriveryoga.com.

EAST END ARTS

Five local theater companies will present an evening of performances entitled “Scenes Seen from the Theatre Scene,” at the East End Arts’ “Third Thursdays” series on Thursday, June 21. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 6:30 p.m. at Brecknock Hall in Greenport. The participating companies include the Green Theater Collective, Hamptons Independent Theatre Festival, Neo-Political Cowgirls, Northeast Stage and Round Table Theatre Company and Academy. For information call 369-2171 or visit eastendarts.org.

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ELEANOR P. LABROZZI PHOTO | All together now! Well, maybe not everyone ... but a very spirited rendition of ‘Skinnamarinky, dinky dink, Skinnamarinky doo’ by the kindergarten class at last Thursday’s Spring Concert in the school auditorium.

FARMERS MARKET RETURNS

The Shelter Island Farmers Market will begin its second year of operation on Saturday, June 16 on the Shelter Island Historical Society’s Havens House grounds. The market will be open from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Saturday, rain or shine, through September 22 and will feature an expanded line-up of local vendors, many of whom are returning from last year.
Saturday volunteers are needed to help with set up and traffic flow. Contact Bri or Dan Fokine at 455-0304 or sihs.farmersmarket@gmail.com for more information or to lend a hand.

UNVEILING POGATTICUT 2012

The Shelter Island School yearbook, Pogatticut 2012, will be presented at the annual Yearbook Dinner and Dedication on Tuesday, June 12 at 6 p.m. at the Pridwin. The yearbook staff and Class of 2012 will be honored on this occasion as well. Tickets are $32 and include a choice of chicken Marsala with rice or pasta primavera. RSVP to Rebecca Mundy by today, June 7, at 749-5040.

VOLUNTEER GARDENERS NEEDED

Help Sylvester Manor restore its historic two-acre garden on Saturday, June 9 from 9 a.m. to noon under the supervision of expert gardener Amedeo Teseo. Whether you’re a new or experienced gardener, you can help take part in the long-term preservation of Shelter Island’s historic homestead. Bring hand tools and wear protective gear (hats, gloves, boots). Refreshments will be served on the Manor House porch and historic garden photos will be on display. Contact Cara Loriz at 749-0626 or c.loriz@sylvestermanor.org to offer your services.

GARDEN CLUB PROGRAMS

National Flower Show judge Laura McLaughlin will demonstrate how to create molded concrete planters, known as hypertufa troughs, at the Garden Club’s meeting at St. Mary’s Parish Hall on Wednesday, June 13 at 12:30 p.m.
The program will follow a board meeting at 10 a.m. and a business meeting at 11 a.m. For more information, call Mary Dwyer at 749-1987.

AFTER SCHOOL NATURE

Feeling fishy? Children ages 4 and up can learn what makes a fish a fish by observing live fish and learning about scales and tails at Mashomack Preserve’s free after school program on Wednesday, June 13, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Participants will also make fish prints and have a healthy snack. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 749-1001.

GOLF CLASSIC 2012

Eastern Long Island Hospital’s annual Golf Classic will be held on Wednesday, June 13 at Gardiner’s Bay County Club. The shotgun start will take place at 1 p.m. and the event honors the Mills family of Wm. J. Mills & Co. for their support of the hospital. A fee of $295 buys a round of golf, lunch and cocktail hour and dinner buffet. Tickets for the cocktail hour and buffet alone are $100. Reservations are required and may be made at ELIH.org/golf or by calling 477-5164.

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ARTISTS AGAINST ABUSE

Enjoy cocktails and dinner before bidding on original works of art and a selection of one-of-a-kind gift packages at the Retreat’s annual benefit on Saturday, June 16. The Retreat, the only domestic violence agency on the East End, is celebrating its 25th anniversary at this event. The program begins at 6 p.m. and will be held at the Ross Lower School Fieldhouse in Bridgehampton. Tickets start at $450. Contact the Retreat at 329-4398 or visit theretreatinc.org.

‘LUV’ AT GUILD HALL

Guild Hall in East Hampton will open its summer theater season on June 9 with a performance of the comedy “LUV” by Murray Schisgal. Two college friends — misfit Harry and materialistic Milt — are serendipitously reunited when Milt tries to stop Harry from jumping off a bridge. Each tries to top the other as they trade very funny hard-luck stories. Performances run Tuesdays to Sundays through July 1. Tickets range from $40 to $85 and may be purchased online at GuildHall.org or at the box office at 158 Main Street, East Hampton. Call 324-4050 for more information.

ENVIRONMENTAL FILM CLUB

Filmmakers ages 10-16 with a passion for nature will collaborate to produce short environmental films this summer at the North Fork Audubon Society’s Environmental Film Club.
The club will meet Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 to 7 p.m. in June and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 to 11 a.m. in July and August. Cost is $200 per month. Environmental filmmaker Paul Stoutenburgh will lead the program at Audubon’s Red House on Inlet Road in Greenport.
For more information or to register, contact paul.stoutenburgh@gmail.com or at 848-2293.

COMEDY AT BAY STREET

Come laugh with young comics from Saturday Night Live, BET, David Letterman, The Tonight Show and Comedy Central at Bay Street Theatre’s “All Star Comedy Showcase” at 8 p.m. on Monday, June 11 in Sag Harbor. The theatre’s “Comedy Monday” series will continue on June 18. Tickets, which cost $25, are available at BayStreet.org or by calling the box office at 725-9500.

PECONIC LAND TRUST TOUR

Explore five beautiful North Fork porches and patios while enjoying light refreshments and wines from local restaurants and vineyards in a benefit for the Peconic Land Trust. The self-guided tour will take place on Saturday, June 9 from noon to 5 p.m. Go to bbNOFO.com or call 734-7549 for information and tickets, which are $75 in advance.

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BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | In memory One of the many Island gravestones decorated with the American flag belongs to Captain James Havens, a privateer in the American Revolution. His marker was placed in the south cemetery of the Presbyterian Church by the Sons of the American Revolution, and his homestead, now the Historical Society’s Havens House, is open to visitors year round.

MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCES

American Legion members, auxiliary, Scouts and other interested volunteers will meet at Legion Hall on Sunday, May 27 at 6 p.m. to replace flags at the cemeteries.

The Lost Sailor ceremony will take place at the Piccozzi Dock on Bridge Street at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, May 28.

The Memorial Day parade will follow in the Center at 10 a.m. and conclude with a ceremony in front of American Legion Hall. The Lions Club will set up for hamburgers on the Legion lawn after the program and Mitchell Post 281 will provide hot dogs and ice cream sundaes upstairs and down at Legion Hall.

SAVE THE DATE!

The East End Hospice will hold its biennial cocktail party and auction on Shelter Island on Saturday, June 9 at the Shelter Island Yacht Club from 5 to 8 p.m.

The live auction with the Island’s own Ken Lewis includes something for everyone, from spa vacations to sports, and silent auction items run the gamut from gift certificates to Island restaurants to evening sails, tennis and golf prizes, jewelry and art. The cost of the fundraiser is $75 per person; for more information, call 288-7080.

SIGN UP FOR S.O.S.

Support Our Shelter, the Island’s voice for the Retreat — the only domestic violence agency on the East End — is asking for volunteers to run, walk or cheer on the S.O.S. team participating in the Shelter Island 10K Run and 5K Walk on Saturday, June 16.

Participants should register independently for the race and plan on meeting in front of the library before the race for a team photo. Special team T-shirts can be ordered for $25 from Kathy Lynch (kathleenlynch@mac.com) or Susan Binder (binderfam@optonline.net). Proceeds from the shirt sales go directly to the Retreat.

YARD & BAKE SALE

Visit the Shelter Island Presbyterian Church on Saturday, May 26 for the fourth annual Yard and Bake Sale, which will also include patriotic handmade crafts for sale. The sale opens in the church parking lot at 8 a.m. “until whenever.” The sale will be held rain or shine. Donations for the sale can be delivered on Friday, May 25; just call Clarissa Tybaert at 749-2210.

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION

Registration will open on Friday, June 1, starting at 9 a.m., for Mashomack Preserve’s popular Summer Children’s Environmental Education Program. There will be two week-long sessions — July 9 to 13 and August 13 to 17 — from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. The program is designed for 8- to 12-year-olds and costs $100 for Nature Conservancy members, $135 for non-members. You can register by phone, 749-1001, for either session, both of which usually fill up very quickly.

WCC ANNUAL LUNCHEON

The Women’s Community Club will hold its annual luncheon at the Pridwin at 12 noon on Tuesday, June 5. The luncheon will cost $29, which includes a choice of chicken, the catch of the day, and a vegetarian entrée. Leah Friedman, award-winning playwright and artist, will return as WCC’s guest speaker and will read from some of her work.

You can reserve a place at the luncheon by sending your check, made out to Shelter Island WCC, to Phyllis Wallace, P.O. Box 675 in the Heights. Write your entrée choice on the check.

RELAY FOR LIFE

For the fifth year, members of the Shelter Island School’s Honor Society will be participating in the Southold Relay for Life event on Saturday, June 2 in Cochran Park. Team members take turns walking around the track all night long, symbolizing the reality that cancer never sleeps. The team hopes to raise over $2,500 this year to help support cancer research and services. To help out the event that celebrates cancer survivors and remembers those who have lost the battle, you can send a check, payable to American Cancer Society, to the National Honor Society at the Shelter Island School, P.O. Box 2015, Shelter Island, NY 11964.

PLANT EXCHANGE

The Garden Club will hold its annual Isabel Bowditch Plan Exchange at the Havens House Barn on Saturday, May 26 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. All gardeners and friends are welcome to share the abundance of their gardens in a free exchange of plant treasures. The club’s Youth Division will contribute seedlings to the event. The exchange is open to everyone. Parking is available on the town lot adjacent to Havens House.

CONTRA DANCE SERIES

The old-fashioned art of the contra barn dance was the farmer’s social networking venue. Join young farmers and old hands on Saturday, June 2 at 7:30 p.m. to “hop and holler into the night” at the Haven’s House Barn.The dances will be easy and perfect for beginners. This is the first in a series of three contra dances, which will be held over the summer, sponsored by the Shelter Island Historical Society and Sylvester Manor Educational Farm. Admission is $10 per person.

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MAINSTAGE SEASON

Bay Street Theatre’s Mainstage season opens on Tuesday, May 29 in Sag Harbor with the first of three shows, “My Brilliant Divorce.” A British import gets its American premiere and is described as “Poignant, insightful and very, very funny!” “My Brilliant Divorce” will run through June 24, followed on July 3 by “Men’s Lives,” a 20-year Bay Street revival of Joe Pintauro’s story, based on Peter Matthiessen’s book, about the East End’s baymen and their fight for survival.
The season will conclude with the world premiere on August 7 of “Big Maybelle: Soul of the Blues,” a new musical about the legendary blues singer, Maybelle Smith. Tony Award-winning Lillias White will bring the 1950’s icon to life. A season subscription ranges from $156 to $186; single tickets are now on sale. Call the box office at 725-9500, Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

BUG LIGHT EXCURSIONS

The East End Seaport & Marine Foundation is sponsoring two trips on the Peconic Star to the Long Beach Bar “Bug” Light on Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Participants will explore the lighthouse, view a special exhibit and listen to a narration by a local maritime historian. The cost is $35 per person. To sign up, visit eastendseaport.org or call 477-2100. Excursions will be repeated on four additional dates in July and September. Bug Light is one of only four offshore lighthouse in the U.S. that receives visitors.

STREET PAINTING FESTIVAL

East End Arts will host the 16th annual community Mosaic Street Painting Festival on Sunday, May 27 from 12 noon to 5 p.m. on East Main Street in downtown Riverhead. In addition to the street painting, a number of musical and performing acts will be featured, not to mention a fine arts and crafts market, storytelling, face painting, a drum circle, various craft activities and festival food. In case of rain, the event will be held on Monday, May 28 from 2 to 5 p.m.

POETRY BY VISUAL ARTISTS

Canio’s Cultural Cafe in Sag Harbor will host poets Star Black, a photographer and collage artist, and Rosalind Brenner, a painter, on Friday, May 25 at 5 p.m. They will read from their poetry and discuss their work as visual artists. The program is free and open to the public.