Activities and events on Shelter Island.
Valentine’s Day is today Thursday, February 14 and, if you’re feeling festive, stop by the Library at 3 p.m. to decorate Valentine’s Day cupcakes.
Got cabin fever? Visit the Library to play family games on Saturday, February 16, at 2 p.m. Get out of the house and come play board games with us. Serge Pierro, Shelter Islander and editor of Game Night magazine will be here. We’ll have a selection of games for all ages and we’ll serve refreshments. Registration requested but not required.
FRIENDS OF MUSIC RETURNS
The Shelter Island Friends of Music presents The Shtrykov/Tanaka Duo at Shelter Island Presbyterian Church on Sunday, February 17, at 3 p.m. Two sensationally gifted virtuosi and internationally acclaimed prizewinners will perform with a reception to follow. Free, donations appreciated.
WINTER FUN AT MASHOMACK
Mashomack Preserve is offering a Kids’ Winter Break Workshop on Thursday, February 21, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. What’s out and about in the “dead of winter?” Hike, look for tracks, learn how animals survive and make a snack. For grades K and up. (631) 749-1001.
Learn breathing and movement for stress relief on Friday, February 22, at 10:30 a.m., at the Library. Cultivate space for positive transformation by releasing stress and tension in the mind and body. Class offers breathing exercises, gentle movements to encourage muscle relaxation and silent meditation with instructor Jennifer Squires. Bring a mat, sign up required. Fee: $5.
FRIDAY NIGHT DIALOGUES
Visit the Library on Friday, February 22, at 7 p.m., for Friday Night Dialogues featuring Christopher Verga, Ph.D. discussing his book “Civil Rights on Long Island.” Historian Christopher Verga traces Long Island’s civil rights history which includes having the largest slave population in the north and a large Ku Klux Klan presence. Professor Verga will also explore the efforts of Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in fighting racial barriers with civil disobedience. He teaches American History at Suffolk County Community College. His upcoming book is entitled “Saving Fire Island from Robert Moses.”
SILK SCARF PAINTING
Create the day away while painting silk scarfs on Tuesday, February 26, from 11 a.m. to noon at the Youth Center. Crafty Islanders 18 and older will join instructor Lorraine Pepper as she guides them designing and painting a silk scarf with a variety of techniques and examples. All materials are included; bring a smock or old shirt since the fabric dyes used will stain clothing. Fee: $20 per resident; $25 per non-resident.
SUMMER PROGRAM REGISTRATION
Sylvester Manor is gearing up for another fun year of its Summer Youth Program. Kids enjoy planting and harvesting vegetables, preparing foods with the produce they have grown, learning about the history of the Manor, and engaging in art, music and animal-related activities. Registration opened online on February 1. Programs are available for Little Sprouts (ages 3 and 4) and Young Farmers (ages 5 to 7). Both programs run Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon, and are available weekly July 1 through August 16. For details, email Caroline Scudder at [email protected]
KIDS IN ZEN
Kids can get crafty during the Kids Zenbroidery Class on Fridays, March 1, 8 and 15 from 2:45 to 4 p.m., at the Youth Center. Students in grades 2 to 6 will learn basic stitches to create their own embroidery with instructor Lorraine Pepper. Children will be picked up by a Recreation Aide after school and brought over to the center. There is no need for a parent or guardian to be present. Must sign up for all three classes. Max. 15 kids. Fee: $30 per child for all three classes.
CELEBRATE SYLVESTER MANOR
Celebrate and support Sylvester Manor during an evening of cocktails in support of its upcoming season and to celebrate the past 10 years. This fundraiser will be held at the Brooklyn Historical Society on Thursday, March 14, 2019. Tickets will be available soon. Contact Courtney Wingate at [email protected] for more details.
ACROSS THE MOAT
Makers and vendors are needed for “CREATE: Maker Fair” on Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to noon at Peconic Community School, 269 Main Road, Aquebogue. Fair benefits the school and celebrates the maker movement. Crafters, welders, artists, engineers, scientists, designers, chefs and all makers are invited to register by March 16. Those who also wish to participate as vendors must donate 25 percent of all sales to the school. Call 631-779-2934 or email [email protected]