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Community Calendar: September 1 to November 3

By Lorna Luniewski


Ocean Beach Fishing Club

holds its annual Catch and Release Fishing Contest, for ages 14 and younger only, on the west dock across from Maguire’s, from 9 a.m.-noon. Fee: $25 includes membership in the fishing club, rod, bait, T-shirt and refreshments. To register, email or call 917-699-8416.

Sand Castle Creation Contest

Let the sands of Fire Island spark your creativity during this annual end of summer sand sculpting contest, today at Fire Island National Seashore Wilderness Visitor Center, located at the southernmost end of William Floyd Parkway, adjacent to Smith Point County Park. On Sept. 2, the contest is held at Watch Hill Beach. All ages and skills are welcome. Both events begin at 10 a.m.; judging on each day starts at 1 p.m.; awards/prizes at 2 p.m. For information, email


Arts and Crafts Show

The Davis Park Arts and Crafts show, featuring many unique crafts from local artists, will be held from noon-4 p.m., at Most Precious Blood Church, Davis Park, rain or shine. For information, call Max at 631-872-4209.


Cherry Grove Archives Collection presents the world premiere of “Cherry Grove Founding Families;” the encore showing of “Grove Girls,” directed by Parker Sargent;” and “Cherry Grove Historic Houses,” at the Community House, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. Tickets: $20; all proceeds benefit Arts Project Cherry Grove. Tickets available online at or at the box office, Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.


Two-Day Trek

Journey nine miles, from Fire Island Pines to the Fire Island Lighthouse, over two days with park rangers. Explore, discover and enjoy Fire Island’s vibrant seaside communities, compelling maritime history, and remarkable nature along the way. Must be 18 years and older to participate. Cost: $70. Contact FIIS_Information@ for required reservations and application materials.


Miss Fire Island Pageant

The Grove Hotel and The Ice Palace present the 53rd annual pageant, at The Ice Palace, Cherry Grove, at noon, with hosts Ariel Sinclair, Porsche and Logan Hardcore. Tickets: $50 before Sept. 1; $60 after Sept. 1; $65 at the door. On Sept. 9, the Coronation Ball is held. Tickets: $25; $30 at the door. For details, visit


Environmental Awareness Day

Village of Ocean Beach Environmental Commission (VOBEC) holds its 12th annual event, at Windswept, at 11 a.m. A discussion, entitled “Environmental Impacts of Off-Shore Drilling,” with Brian Langloss of Oceana and Bridget Fleming, Suffolk County legislator for East Hampton, is featured. Free admission and light refreshments. This event is supported by Ocean Beach Community Fund. For details, visit

FIAWS Fundraiser

Fire Island Animal Rescue Society holds its annual fundraiser, from 1-5 p.m., at Housers Bar, Ocean Beach, with food, prizes and live music. Donation admission: $20. For information, visit


Blue Island Oyster Festival

A fundraiser for Blue Island Oyster Foundation and Save the Great South Bay is held from noon-4 p.m., at Blue Island Oyster Company, 136 Atlantic Ave., West Sayville, rain or shine. Tickets: $70 includes freshly shucked oysters from at least 10 different oyster farmers, freshly shucked local clams, a culinary tasting from at least 10 local restaurants, live music, Blue Point Beer, Subtle Tea, Boxed Water, Proud Pour and a guided tour of the Blue Island Oyster Hatchery. For tickets and information on parking and shuttle buses, visit www.eventbrite. com/e/3rd-annual-blue-island-oyster-festival- tickets-48207786788?aff=ebdssbdestsearch.


Civil War Weekend

The Tenth Annual Civil War Weekend will be held at Islip Grange, 10 Broadway, Sayville, today, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The event will demonstrate the life of soldiers and civilians during the years of the American Civil War. Music and informal demonstrations will be held as well as battle scenarios. For details, call 631-224-5420.


Wilderness Art Workshop

Join mixed-media artist David Adams for an art workshop exploring and experiencing the landscapes and seascapes of the dynamic Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at Fire Island National Seashore Wilderness Visitor Center, rain or shine. Art supplies will be provided, but bring your own if you like. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Dress for the outdoors. For details, call 631-281-3010 (weekends).


Northwell Health Great South Bay Run

The Annual Northwell Health Great South Bay Run features three USATF certified run courses: The 13.1 mile Half Marathon, a 10K Run and a 5K Family Fun Run. Each race begins and ends at Bay Shore Marina. A portion of the proceeds, and 100 percent of all donations from this event go to Southside Hospital’s Community Outreach Health and Education Council (COHEC). Town of Islip holds its Great South Bay Seafest after the race, from noon-6 p.m., with vendors, food court, kids activities, free paddleboard and kayaking lessons, free snapper fishing, live music and more. Free admission, parking and shuttle bus. For details on the run, call 631-224-5404; or visit For information on the Seafest, call 631-595-3500, ext. 1033 or 631-224-5310.

Annual Patchogue River Clean Up

National Park Service, The Village of Patchogue, Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce and surrounding Patchogue River businesses invite the public and local businesses to participate in the third annual Patchogue River Clean-Up as part of National Public Lands Day, from 10 a.m.-noon, at Patchogue-Watch Hill Ferry Terminal, 150 West Ave. Get important information about the day’s activities, cleanup locations, and pick up your cleanup supplies. At noon, garbage collection, raffles, music, and education activities at Drift 82, 82 Brightwood St., Patchogue. Drift 82 will be hosting a lobster mac’n cheese contest with the proceeds going to next year’s Patchogue River Clean-Up, and support for Cornell Cooperatives water quality testing on the Patchogue River. For details, call 631-687-4770.


Senior Health Fair

Town of Islip holds a fair, from 10 a.m.- noon, at Caesar Trunzo Senior Center, 16 Second Ave., Brentwood. Enjoy a continental breakfast, get photo ID cards and free flu shots donated by Northwell Health. To sign up, call 631-224-5340.

Golf Classic

Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk holds its 20th Annual Roger Metcalf Memorial Golf Classic, at Stonebridge Golf and Country Club in Smithtown, followed by cocktails and dinner. Sponsorships and registration available starting at $100. For details, call 631-HABITAT, ext. 105 or visit or


Free Seminar

Northwell Health Orthopaedic Institute presents “Joint Replacement Surgery: What You Need to Know,” at YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore, from 7-9 p.m. Speakers include Michael Nett, MD, orthopedic joint surgeon; Keith Reinhardt, MD, orthopaedic joint surgeon; and Don O’Brien, PT. Snacks and light refreshments served. To register, visit surgery-what-you-need-to-knowregistration- 48811074237.


Annual Halloween Party

CJs in Ocean Beach holds its annual party, at 8 p.m. Free food buffet, drink specials and a costume contest with three grand prizes and other costume prizes.


Happy Birthday FI Lighthouse

The Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society invites you to celebrate the 160th anniversary of the Lighthouse, at 2 p.m., with a “Conversation with Augustin Fresnel,” the creator of the Fresnel lens that revolutionized lighthouses all over the world. Performing Artist of Living History Joseph Smith will present as Augustin Fresnel and speak about his lens and their applications. Suggested donation: $5. For details, visit

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