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BIRDING FOR BEGINNERS

Learn the basics of birding on Saturday, April 28 at 8 a.m. — how to focus binoculars, use a bird guide and gather clues to identify birds. Mashomack Preserve’s Tom Damiani will lead a walk designed for those looking for beginning tips or those who want to improve their current knowledge. Bring binoculars. The program is free for Nature Conservancy members, $5 for non-members. Call 749-1001 to sign up.

MANOR GARDEN WORKSHOP

Help revive Sylvester Manor’s historic garden in a special workshop led by horticulturist and gardener Amedeo Teseo on Saturday, April 28 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. This is the first in a series of morning garden workshops on “Preparing the Spring Garden.” Bring your own garden tools (pruners, hand trowels, etc.) and gloves and boots. Coffee and snacks will be provided. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 749-0626.

WOMEN’S COMMUNITY CLUB

The Shelter Island Women’s Community Club will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 1 at 12 noon in the Presbyterian Church’s Fellowship Hall. The guest speaker, Joan Tamin, will present a trunk show featuring articles from the Gazebo Gallery in Greenport.

Bring a sandwich and a mug; coffee, tea and dessert will be provided. A non-perishable contribution or donation for the Food Pantry will be appreciated. And don’t forget to bring along your check for $29 for the June luncheon at the Pridwin.

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER

All Islanders are invited to participate in the 60th National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 3 at the Youth Center in Legion Hall at 7 p.m. The National Day of Prayer was established by Congress in 1952 and in 1988 President Reagan signed off on the amendment setting the day as the first Thursday in May.

Island clergy and lay people will lead the program. Music will be provided by Linda Bonaccorso and Dell Kukacka among others.

REMEMBERING ALEX GARCIA

The community is invited to Mashomack Preserve’s Manor House on Saturday, May 5 from 3 to 5 p.m. to celebrate the life of Alex Garcia.

Refreshments will be provided by Mashomack Preserve’s Board of Trustees and staff, sweets by the Shelter Island Library’s Board of Directors and Friends of the Library — organizations close to Dr. Garcia’s heart.

CANCER SURVIVORS RETREAT

Dr. Brian Luke Seaward, an award-winning author, photographer, teacher and inspirational speaker, will hold a one-day retreat for women cancer survivors and their caregivers on Sunday, May 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Camp Quinipet.

Dr. Seward is an expert in the field of stress management, mind-body-spirit healing and health promotion.

The workshop costs $30, including continental breakfast and lunch. Space is limited. To sign up, call Susie Roden, 726-8715, or email her at [email protected]

‘I LOVE MY PARK DAY’

Visit Taylor’s Island for the first “I Love My Park Day,” a new statewide event to improve and enjoy parks and historic sites, on Saturday, May 5 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Taylor’s Island is a town park and its Smith-Taylor Cabin is on the state Register of Historic Places.

Volunteers, along with Weblos Scouts, are invited to help remove Japanese knotweed, an invasive species, and prepare the cabin for the restoration that will begin soon with state funding.

Rain will cancel this event. For more information, visit taylorsisland.org or phone 749-1603.

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SEEKING NEW VOICES

Singers with experience in choral music or those who can read music are invited to audition for the Choral Society of the Hamptons on Monday, May 7. Those interested are also welcome to attend the first rehearsal for the summer concert, which will be held on Monday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church. The concert will take place on Saturday, July 7. To schedule an audition, call Veronika Semsakova at 204-9402 or email her at [email protected]

SATURDAY STARGAZING

Custer Institute and Observatory, Main Bayview Road in Southold, will host a Saturn Appreciation Night on Saturday, April 28, from 7 p.m. to midnight, weather permitting. At this time Saturn, the sixth planet from the sun, is as close to the earth as it will be all year and its rings and moons will be visible through Custer’s powerful telescopes. The suggested donation is $5 for adults, $3 for children. If in doubt about the weather, call 765-2626.

‘UNCLE VANYA’  AT GUILD HALL

The John Drew Theatre at Guild Hall in East Hampton will present Anton Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya” in a production that brings 55 audience members close to the action of the play. There will be only 12 performances of this “theatre within a theatre.” The play will open on Thursday, May 3 and run Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m., closing on Sunday, May 20. Tickets are $25 general admission and $10 for students and can be purchased online at GuildHall.org or theatremania.com or by calling 866-811-4111.

‘MAYGRATION’

Mashomack Preserve’s Tom Damiani will lead groups of birders every Tuesday in May, starting May 1 at 8 a.m., to watch for bird migrations at various locations on the North Fork. Participants should plan to meet at the Red House Nature Center, Inlet Pond County Park on Route 48 in Greenport. The program, sponsored by the North Fork Audubon Society, is free. For more information and to sign up, call Tom Damiani at 275-3202 or email him at [email protected]

‘SILENT SPRING’ ANNIVERSARY

Linda Lear, author of “Rachel Carson: Witness for Nature,” will speak about Rachel Carson’s ground-breaking work and her legacy on Long Island on Saturday, April 28 at 4 p.m. at the South Fork Natural History Museum, 377 Bridgehampton Turnpike. Her talk will be followed by a cocktail reception. The program is sponsored by Canio’s, Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt, Group for the East End and the Natural History Museum. Tickets are $50 per person if ordered early, $60 after the cut-off date. Visit longpondgreenbelt.org to order.

TALL SHIPS FESTIVAL

Tickets are now on sale for the 2012 Tall Ships maritime festival. Greenport will host the tall ships for three days over the Memorial Day Weekend, May 26 through May 28. The ships will set sail from Savannah, Georgia in early May and will race up the East Coast to Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Tall Ships Challenge will commemorate the Bicentennial of the War of 1812. Ticket holders will be able to board the ships and talk to crew members and sailing trainees.

Advance tickets cost $7 for adults and $5 for seniors (ages 65 and over). Admission for children 12 and under is free. To purchase, visit greenport.showclix.com. Prices will be higher on site.

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EARTH DAY PROGRAMS

Save Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22, for these four community-wide events celebrating Earth Day.

Earth Day Clean Up on Sunday, April 22, is sponsored annually by Dan and Debbie Binder (Dan’s Carting & Recycling). Meet at the Shelter Island School at 9 a.m. Volunteers will be organized into teams and receive route maps, orange vests, gloves and garbage bags.

Crab Creek Clean Up: Two Percent Committee members and Vine Busters will meet on Saturday, April 21. Volunteers should meet at 9 a.m. at the Brander Parkway entrance. Bring loppers, shears and gloves.

Joint Nature Conservancy and Sylvester Manor Programs

• Saturday, April 21, 1 to 3 p.m.: Mashomack’s Visitor Center will host “One Earth” performance by musician John Porcino, followed by a nature-themed scavenger hunt and a native plant to take home.

• Sunday, April 22, from 1 to 3 p.m.: Sylvester Manor’s Windmill Field will be the site of the Nature Conservancy’s “Picnic for the Planet.” Bring your own picnic lunch or purchase farm-fresh egg salad sandwiches and salad on site. Participants will try to break the Guinness record for the biggest world-wide picnic. Then Sara Gordon, project manager for Peconic Land Trust and a member of Sylvester Manor’s board, will talk about land conservation and climate change. “Trans-Plant & Sing” activities will also take place on Sunday as well as Saturday and Sunday mornings, 9 a.m .to noon. Both events are rain or shine.

TAYLOR’S ISLAND PLANTING

The Taylor’s Island Foundation and Committee, the Group for the East End and the Garden Club of Shelter Island are planting American beach grass on Taylor’s Island on Friday, April 27, beginning at 8 a.m. and would like other members of the community to join them. If you can help, email [email protected] or phone P.A.T. Hunt at 749-1603

SAFE BOATING CERTIFICATE

Earn a New York State Safe Boating Certificate by attending the Police Department’s two-part class on Wednedays, April 25 and May 2 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the ambulance building, 12 Manwaring Road. Classes are free; all books and materials are provided. Those 18 years and older will be charged a  $10 NYS certification processing fee

The minimum age is 10. Reserve a space by calling the SIPD at 749-0600 on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. For more information contact instructor Peter Vielbig at 749-1801 or 609-306-1114.

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AT THE PICTURE SHOW…

The Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor will continue its series of classic films with a Shakespeare Weekend, Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21. The Kenneth Branagh version of “Henry V” will be shown on Friday, followed by Zeffirelli’s “Romeo and Juliet” on Saturday. Show time is 8 p.m. and tickets are $5 at the door. Dinner packages are available at Phao, the American Hotel, Page at 63 Main and the Dockside.

METEOR SHOWER PARTY

The Custer Observatory, 1115 Main Bayview Road in Southold, will host a Lyrid Meteor Shower Party — weather permitting — on Saturday, April 21 from 7 p.m. to midnight. This is the peak time for the shower and an average of 20 meteors per hour from the constellation Lyra may be visible. The suggested donation is $5, $3 for children. If in doubt about the weather, call 765-2626.

GROWING BACKYARD BERRIES

Meet the Peconic Land Trust at Salt Air Farm, 1535 New Suffolk Road in Cutchogue, for a program about growing raspberries, blackberries and blueberries. Plant varieties, soil preparation, irrigation and long-term care will be covered. The cost is $5; rain will cancel the program. For more information or to reserve a place, call PLT at 283-3915, extension 19, or email [email protected]

Turnpike. Her talk will be followed by a reception catered by Cavaniola’s and Wolffer Vineyard.

The program is sponsored by Canio’s, Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt, Group for the East End and the Natural History Museum. Tickets are $50 per person if ordered early, $60 after the cut-off date. Visit long

GIANT EARTH DAY YARD SALE

The North Fork Audubon Society will celebrate Earth Day on Sunday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a yard sale at Inlet Pond on Route 48 in Greenport. The Greenport Farmers Market and other vendors will participate and pollinator plants, shade-grown coffee and reusable shopping bags will be available for purchase. There will be exhibits and activities for kids. Food will be available from the North Fork Table & Inn’s Lunch Truck. For more information, call 477-6456.

FIRE DEPARTMENT DISPLAY

The East Marion Fire Department will hold a day of demonstrations and information about fire fighting and emergency services. There will be activities for juniors and seniors, free lunch and information on how to become a fire fighter. The event will take place this Saturday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. For more information call 477-0539.

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‘IRISH VOICES’

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with “Irish Voices,” a performance of Irish poetry, prose and songs that will be held in the Shelter Island Historical Society’s Barn on Saturday, March 17 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. A cast of professional actors as well as the Island’s own thespians will perform serious and humorous works by Irish writers and poets from Keats to Frank McCourt, interspersed with traditional Irish ballads.

“Irish Voices” is written and directed by Carol Galligan.

Tickets — $20 for adults, $10 for children under 16 — can be purchased at the door or reserved by calling the society at 749-0025. Light Irish fare will be served

‘SPEAK SPANISH’ CHANGES

There have been some changes in the Recreation Department’s “Speak Spanish” conversation class. The deadline for signing up has been extended through Saturday, March 17 and at the request of participants, the date has been changed from Tuesdays to Wednesdays — still 6 to 8 p.m. The course starts March 21 and will run through May 16 (except for Easter week); the cost is $160, $40 due with registration. To sign up, call instructor Anneva Hackley at 749-0145.

OFF-TRAIL WOODS WALK

Ramble through the Mashomack Preserve woods with Mike Laspia, preserve director, on Saturday, March 24 at 1 p.m. and see the largest oaks at Mashomack, a huge glacial erratic and the site of a Manhanset Indian lithic workshop. The off-trail walk will lead to the back end of Fan Creek and pass through one of the oak forest research blocks. The walk is free for Nature Conservancy members, $5 for non-members. Register by calling 749-1001.

CELEBRATE ST. PATRICK’S DAY

Our Lady of the Isle Church and Mitchell Post 281 of the American Legion have combined forces to host a St. Patrick’s Day dinner at Legion Hall on Saturday, March 17. Corned beef and cabbage are the headliners, prepared by chef Fred Ogar and his assistants. There will be two seatings — 5 and 7 p.m. Dinner costs $15 and proceeds will benefit the Island Food Pantry. Call 749-1180 to reserve a seat.

JUNIATA CHOIR RETURNS

The 50-member choral group from Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania will make a very welcome return to Shelter Island for a concert at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 18 at the Shelter Island Presbyterian Church. Under the direction of Russ Shelley, the choir has performed throughout the U.S. and abroad to universal acclaim. Admission to the concert is free.

KNIT ONE, PURL ONE

SILK- — Shelter Island Library Knitters — have taken over the display case at the library for the month of March. The display, co-ordinated by Margaux King and JoAnn Kirkland, includes samples of the members’ work and a history of the club. Scarves, hats, a baby blanket, even an American Girl doll sweater, as well as pictures of charity knitting projects and different types of yarn and needles are on display. SILK meets on Thursdays from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the library and is open to all ages.

‘OPERATION COLORING’

Donations are wanted for a Girl Scout project collecting art supplies for Afghan children. The Scouts were inspired by a meeting last week with Chrystyna Kestler who told them that her son, Lt. Joseph Theinert, killed in combat in Afghanistan, had spent some time with village children where he was stationed and had asked his mother to send cases of pens over — the children thought ballpoint pens were “magic,” he told her. The girls are looking for glue sticks, paper, markers, crayons and those ballpoint pens. They want to add items for the soldiers as well — Slim Jims, canned tuna, granola bars, hard candy, powder, Q-tips and soap.

The Scouts will visit the Army base in Shoreham on April 5 to pack the boxes for shipment. In the meantime, donations can be brought to the school lobby. “It is another way that we are remembering Joe,” Mrs. Kestler said.

BLUEBIRD BUDDIES

It’s almost bluebird nesting time. On Thursday, March 22 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., learn about how Mashomack Preserve is bringing bluebirds back to the East End and how you can help. Find out about the preserve’s Nest Box Project and see if you would like to become a volunteer. The meeting will be held at the Visitor Center; refreshments will be served. Call 749-1001 if you plan to attend.

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AT THE PICTURE SHOW…

The Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor will continue its series of classic films with a St. Patrick’s Day Weekend. On Friday, March 16, “Going My Way” starring Bing Crosby, will be shown, followed on Saturday by “The Quiet Man” with Maureen O’Hara and John Wayne. Curtain time is 8 p.m. and admission is $5 at the door. Dinner and a Movie packages are available at the American Hotel, Page at 63 Main, Phao and Dockside.

VENUS & JUPITER CLOSE UP

In mid-March, these two planets will be extra bright and viewable for about four hours after sunset. Weather permitting, view them at the Custer Observatory, Main Bayview Road in Southold on Saturday, March 17 between 6 and 10 p.m.

Regular Saturday night stargazing will follow until midnight. If in doubt about the weather conditions for viewing, call 765-2626. The suggested donation is $5 for adults, $3 for children.

CURTAIN CALL…

The North Fork Community Theatre will present the popular musical, “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying,” opening today, Thursday, March 15 and playing Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday matinées through April 1. Evening performances are at 8 p.m.; matinées at 2:30 p.m. Tickets cost $20 and are available at nfct.com or by calling 298-6328. The theatre is located at 12700 Old Sound Avenue in Mattituck.

TUESDAYS WITH TOM

Mashomack Preserve’s Tom Damiani will lead a group to the Arshamomack Pond Preserve across from Port of Egypt in Southold on Tuesday, March 20 at 8 a.m. Participants will be looking for winter ducks still in the area, early spring migrants and maybe the season’s first osprey. Sponsored by the North Fork Audubon Society, the program is free. Let Tom know you’re coming by calling 275-3202 or  email [email protected] Plan to meet at the Red House at Inlet Pond County Park on Route 48 in Greenport.

TAKING CARE OF ORCHIDS

The Peconic Land Trust is hosting a walking tour of the expanded Bianchi-Davis Greenhouses, 286 Doctor’s Path in Riverhead, on Saturday, March 17 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. Participants will learn about the proper environment for orchids to thrive, how to encourage successful reflowering and tips for re-potting orchids. Everyone will receive a baby orchid to take home. Admission is $15 per person and advanced registration is required. Call PLT at 283-3915, extension 19, or email [email protected]

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TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

The Shelter Island School’s Drama Club, under the direction of John Kaasik, will perform the award-winning Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, “Oklahoma!,” opening Thursday, March 29 at 7 p.m. and running Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. and on Sunday afternoon, April 1, at 3 p.m.

Tickets for reserved seats have just come on sale — $12 for adults and $8 for students — and can be purchased in the school lobby, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. Tickets can be reserved by calling Lisa or Jerry at 749-0302, extension 500 or extension 0, but it will help reduce lines before the performances if tickets can be picked up before opening night.

OUR LADY COVENANT PLAYERS

Two members of the Covenant Players International Ministry will perform stories from the Gospel at Our Lady of the Isle on Wednesday, March 14 at 7 p.m. This ecumenical drama company has performed worldwide, making two million appearances in its 40-year history; this will be their second visit to Shelter Island, thanks to the hospitality of Julius and Gladys Manchise, but their first time to perform for an Island audience.

A free-will offering will be requested and will help to defray their travel and living expenses. For more information about the repertory company and the March 14 event, contact Julius or Gladys at 749-0543.

SIGN UP FOR SPANISH…

The Town’s Recreation Department is sponsoring an Introductory Conversational Spanish Class, which will start Tuesday, March 20 at 6 p.m. and continue each Tuesday through May 15 (except for Easter week). The two-hour class will be held at the Shelter Island School and will be taught by Islander Anneva Campbell Hackley, who has taught adult education Spanish classes in Maryland and has also privately tutored both children and adults. She is a former Peace Corps volunteer in Colombia and taught there as well.

The cost of the course is $160; a $40 deposit is due by Tuesday, March 13 — the deadline for registraton.

AT THE YOUTH CENTER

In addition to its regular programming, the Youth Center is sponsoring three special events this month: a movie night in Mattituck on Friday, March 16; a ping pong tournament on Saturday, March 17 and a New York Islanders hockey game at the Nassau Coliseum on Saturday, March 31 at 1 p.m.

Tickets for the game have to be ordered by March 21, so if you are the parent of an interested 9th to 12th grader, let Youth Center Director Ian Kanarvogel know before that date ([email protected]). If space is available, the program might be open to 8th graders as well.

FOR  A GOOD CAUSE…

By March 16, members of the Shelter Island School Honor Society hope to raise $800 to provide a week at summer camp for a child with muscular dystrophy. The disease, which has no cure, has affected over one million American families, including former school superintendent Ken Lanier.

The students will be selling shamrocks — $1 for a green shamrock, $5 for a gold one — and posting them with the donors’ names on the bulletin board by Nurse Mary’s office. See a student or send a check, payable to MDA, to SIHS National Honor Society, P.O. Box 2015 in the Center.

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‘TYSON’ SCREENING

The Retreat, the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) and Southampton Hospital will host a special screening of “Tyson” at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor on Thursday, March 15 at 7 p.m.  Author Steven Gaines will moderate a panel discussion following the film. The Retreat and LICADD are involved in a groundbreaking federal initiative to engage men in preventing violence against women. The film, a mixture of original interviews and archival footage, documents the controversial boxer’s intense highs and lows and the events leading to his own violence against women and substance abuse.

A $10 donation will benefit the Bay Street Theatre.

VOLUNTEER FOR NFCT

The North Fork Community Theatre is looking for volunteers to work during its run of “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” which will open on Thursday night, March 15 and run for three weekends, closing with a Sunday matinée on April 1.

Ushers and stage crew are needed as well as help with refreshments and in the box office. All volunteers see the musical for free. If interested, contact Mary Motto Kalich at 917-334-6639 or email her at [email protected]

AT CANIO’S…

Canio’s Cultural Cafe in Sag Harbor will host Jeanne Marie LaForet Merkel on Saturday, March 10 at 5 p.m. in an evening of Celtic poetry, music and storytelling. Kathryn Szoka’s images of Irish landscapes will be part of the program. Refreshments will follow. Ms. Merkel is a graduate of Union Theological Seminary and the founding director of Wellspring Community Support Services in Mattituck.

GOAT ON A BOAT

The Goat on a Boat Puppet Theatre will offer two performances of “Tulip Forest Tales: The Adventures of Princess Spring Blossom” on Saturday, March 10 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The theatre is located at 4 Hampton Street, behind Christ Episcopal Church in Sag Harbor. Tickets are $10, $9 for grandparents and $5 for children under 3.

AT THE PICTURE SHOW

Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor will continue its series of classic cinema with a William Holden weekend, opening on Friday, March 9 with “Stalag 17” and continuing on Saturday, March 10 with “Bridge on the River Kwai.” Both movies start at 8 p.m.; admission is $5 at the door. “Dinner and a Movie” packages are available at the American Hotel, Page at 63 Main, Phao and Dockside.

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FIREHOUSE STEAK

The Shelter Island Fire Department will hold its very popular, annual steak dinner on Saturday, March 10 at the Heights firehouse, with continuous serving between 5 and 8 p.m. The cost is $30, which includes a New York strip steak and all the traditional trimmings, dessert and beer, wine or soda. Tickets are limited but available at Shelter Island Hardware, Fedi’s Market and the Shelter Island Heights Pharmacy.

LANDSCAPE TO SEASCAPE

Mashomack Preserve will host a fireside chat with Mark Cappellino, Cornell Cooperative Extension’s storm water specialist, at the Manor House on Saturday, March 10 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. When it rains, runoff can cause problems — in some case closing beaches and shellfish beds. Mr. Cappellino will explain the connection between landscaping and the effects on the bay. Dessert and coffee will be served during his presentation. Call 749-1001 to pre-register. The program is free to members of the Nature Conservancy, $5 for non-members.

SAVE THE DATE

Mark the calendar for a joint dinner to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, on Saturday, March 17, sponsored by Mitchell Post 281 of the American Legion and Our Lady of the Isle parish. There will be two seatings at the legion, 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Fred Ogar will prepare the traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner. The cost is $15 per person and will benefit the Shelter Island Food Pantry. Call 749-1180 to reserve a place.

COLLIGAN TO SPEAK AT WCC

The Women’s Community Club will host guest speaker Jim Colligan at its luncheon meeting on Tuesday, March 6 at 12 noon in Fellowship Hall at the Presbyterian Church. His topic, “Animal Photography As Seen Through the Eyes of National Geographic,” will be illustrated with about 75 photos. This is the third time he has been invited back to the WCC. Bring a sandwich and a mug. Coffee, tea and dessert will be provided. A non-perishable contribution for the Shelter Island Food Pantry, housed at the church, or a monetary donation would also be appreciated.

HOME CARE COURSE

The Senior Citizens Affairs Council will offer a one-week Home Care Course, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Senior Activity Center, starting Monday evening, March 5 and continuing through Friday, March 9. The course instructor is Lois Charles RN and participants will learn the skills needed to care for aging family members at home. The program is free and open to all Shelter Island residents. For more information and to register, call 749-1059.

JAMMING AT THE MANOR

Sylvester Manor is hosting a new musical program — a Community Folk Jam — every Wednesday at 7:45 p.m. Just bring your instruments, songs and voices and join the manor’s work-songers.

The weekly jam is free and open to all, beginning musicians included. If you’ve never jammed or played folk music, you can come early at 7 p.m. for a group music lesson on folk fundamentals ($10 per person). For more information, call Brian Dolphin at 646-408-7151.

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AT THE PICTURE SHOW…

Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor will continue its showing of classic films with a Deborah Kerr Weekend on Friday and Saturday, March 2 and 3. “The End of the Affair” will play on Friday, followed by “From Here to Eternity” on Saturday. Showtime is 8 p.m.; tickets are $5 at the door. Special Dinner and a Movie packages are available for $28 at the American Hotel, Page at 63 Main, Phao and Dockside.

PUPPET THEATRE

All Hands Productions will put on “The Reluctant Dragon” at the Goat on a Boat Puppet Theatre in Sag Harbor on Saturday, March 3 in two performances at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The theatre is located at 4 Hampton Street, which is behind Christ Episcopal Church at Route 114 and East Union Street. Tickets are $10, $9 for members and grandparents and $5 for children under 3. For more information, call 725-4193.

CELEBRATING IRELAND

Canio’s in Sag Harbor will host cookbook author Margaret Johnson on Saturday, March 3 at 3 p.m., who will talk about her latest book, “Flavors of Ireland: Celebrating Grand Places & Glorious Food.” Part recipe collection, part travel guide, part history, the book delves into the ingredients that shape the country’s cooking.

At 5 p.m., poet Marc Cohen will lead a celebration of the work and life of one of the New York School’s most admired writers, poet Gerrit Henry, with a reading from “The Time of the Night” published last year. Mr. Cohen will be joined in his tribute by publishers Roseanne Wasserman and Eugene Richie, artist Connie Fox and poets Susan Baran, Star Black and Thomas Breidenbach.

VEGETABLE GARDENING

The Peconic Land Trust and Sandra Menasha, a vegetable specialist with the Cornell Cooperative, will host a program on Saturday, March 3 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the trust’s Charnews Farm on Youngs Avenue in Southold. Participants will learn how to sow seeds indoors and hear about strategies for transplanting seedlings. The cost is $5 and reservations are requested. Call PLT at 283-3915, extension 19. The program will take place rain or shine.

SATURDAY STARGAZING

Mars will be closer to the earth on March 3 than at any time during the rest of the year. Weather permitting, view this fourth planet from the sun through the powerful telescopes at the Custer Institute and Observatory, 1115 Main Bayview Road in Southold, from 9 p.m. until 12 midnight. The suggested donation is $5, $3 for children. If in doubt about the weather for viewing, call the Custer Institute at 765-2626.

VOLUNTEER FOR NFCT

The North Fork Community Theatre is looking for volunteers to work during its run of “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” which will open on Thursday night, March 15 and run for three weekends, closing with a Sunday matinée on April 1. Ushers and stage crew are needed as well as help with refreshments and in the box office. All volunteers see the musical for free.

If interested, contact Mary Motto Kalich at 917-334-6639 or email her at [email protected]