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Community Calendar: June 8 to June 23

By Lorna Luniewski


Silent Auction and Artist Tour of Cherry Grove

The Artist Tour of Cherry Grove is partnering with the Dune Fund by donating art for a silent auction held tonight, from 5-8 p.m., at the Community House. All sales go to the Dune Fund. On June 9 and 10, the annual tour is held. Maps and information sheets can be found at FIG, the Grove Market and on bulletin boards. The maps will include artist, medium, address, contact information and the hours of viewing. For additional information about the artists, visit the Facebook page The Artist Tour of Cherry Grove.

The Long Island Gay Men’s Chorus


LIGMC Pride Concerts

Featuring more than six decades of hits from legendary male vocal groups, Long Island Gay Men’s Chorus presents “Let’s Hear it for The Boys,” featuring the Beach Boys, the Backstreet Boys and The Four Seasons, to name a few – as the LIGMC celebrates LGBT pride and its 10th anniversary season with three performances, tonight, at 8 p.m., at Cathedral of the Incarnation, 50 Cathedral Ave., Garden City; June 9, at 8 p.m., at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Stony Brook, 380 Nicolls Road; and June 10, at 7 p.m., at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 12 Prospect St., Huntington. Tickets are $25 and available at the door or online at

Eelgrass Seed Collection Events

NYSDEC, Town of Brookhaven, The Nature Conservancy and Stony Brook University are working together to take advantage of improved water quality near the Fire Island breach by collecting eelgrass seeds to help the south shore bays recover valuable habitat. Volunteers (who will need to get into the water) can meet at Bellport Village Dock, at 9:30 a.m., today and June 9; and Union Avenue Dock, Center Moriches, on June 15 and 16, at 9:30 a.m. A snorkel, mask and wetsuit suggested. Be prepared for sun exposure and to stay hydrated. For more information, email


Light Keepers Behind the Scenes Tour

Beginning at 9 a.m., follow one of our present day Lighthouse keepers on his rounds, on a bottom to top tour that takes you from the auxiliary generator and the Light Keepers workshop in the basement of the Keeper’s Quarters to the beacon in the lantern room of the lighthouse tower. Learn how lighthouse keepers from the 1860s through today maintained the light. Includes a tour of the Lens Building, which houses our original first order Fresnel Lens, and the Boat House. Tour takes approximately 2-1/2 hours. Cost: $15 for FILPS members; $20 non-members. For required reservations, call 631-661-4876.

Annual Sayre Lecture

Point O’ Woods Historical Society presents Lynn Bocamazo, Army Corps senior engineer for FIMI, at 3:45 p.m., at the Casino. Bocamazo will discuss Storm Risk Management for Fire Island: Today and Tomorrow. All Fire Islanders are welcome. If coming via the beach, use the main stile; by water taxi drop off is at the Yacht Club dock; from the bay side, use the gate at Flynn’s.


Arts Festival by the Bay

Bay Shore Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual festival, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., along Main Street. The event features culinary delights, artists and vendors, a petting zoo, pony rides, live music and dance, the historical 1888 oyster sloop “Priscilla,” and much more. For details, call Bay Shore Chamber of Commerce at 631-665-7003 or visit


HIA-LI Committee Meeting

HIA-LI Environmental/Green Industries Committee Co-Chairs Lilia Factor and Tom Fox, host a meeting, at HIA-LI Office, 225 Wireless Blvd., Suite 101, Hauppauge, from 8:30-10 a.m. Topics include: Environmental Advocacy on Long Island and The Preservation of Fire Island and Monitoring and Conservation of Horseshoe Crabs – A Sentinel Species for Coastal Erosion, with speakers Irving Like, Esq., former counsel to Fire Island National Seashore Citizens Committee, Suffolk County in the decommissioning of the Shoreham Nuclear Power Plant and Nassau and Suffolk counties in the Mid-Atlantic offshore oil drilling cases; and former chair of the Law Committees for the Agent Orange lawsuit; and Dr. John Tanacredi, director of Center for Environmental Research and Coastal Oceans Monitoring (CERCOM), Molloy College. For details, call 631-543-5355.


Arts, Antiques, Collectibles and Classic Car Fair

Islip Arts Council sponsors this event, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at Brookwood Hall, 50 Irish Lane, East Islip. Enjoy plein air painting demonstrations, antiques, classic cars and music. An appraiser also will be available. For details, call 631-224-5420. Flea Market Kismet League for Animal Welfare holds its annual flea market, featuring silent and Chinese auctions, at Kismet Fire Department’s Community Center, Oak Walk, today from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and June 17, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For information, call 631-583-5430.


Antique, Vintage and Collectibles Show

Spend a special Father’s Day at historic Sagtikos Manor, Montauk Highway, West Bay Shore, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Shop from over 30 vendors, support the garden restoration at Sagtikos with a purchase from the Friends of the Manor Gardens plant sale, and tour the House for a special events fee. Rain date: June 24. For more information, e-mail or call 631-854-0939.

Father’s Day Breach Hike

Families can experience Fire Island’s dynamic shore during this three-mile guided hike to the wilderness breach and back, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at Fire Island National Seashore Wilderness Visitor Center. Bring drinking water and insect protection. For required registration, call 631-281-3010.


Woodhull School Graduation

The graduation ceremony and spring concert will be held at 6:30 p.m., and the public is welcome! In addition, in celebration of the school’s centennial, visitors can view an exhibit, curated by Woodhull’s technology integration specialist Debbie Gerken, featuring a chronological walk through the district’s development including artifacts from the district and from longtime residents. For further details, visit


Sunset on the Solstice at the Seashore

Join a park ranger at the Fire Island National Seashore Wilderness Visitor Center to savor the daylight on the longest day of the year and enjoy a Fire Island sunset. Take it all in or bring your camera to capture the moment. Share your snapshots with @FireIslandNPS on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, and your photos could be featured to celebrate the solstice. For details, call 631-687-4780 (weekdays) or 631-281-3010 (weekends).


Kismet Comedy Night

The Kismet Fire Department Auxiliary holds a benefit, at Kismet Fire Department Community Center, Oak Walk. Doors open at 7 p.m., show from 8-10 p.m. Sam Wood MC’s the event, featuring headline comedian Joey Kola along with two other comedians. Tickets: $40, includes two drinks. For details, call 914-954-2875.


What’s the Buzz?

Kids ages 7-12 and their caregivers can explore the pollinator garden and the bees, butterflies, beetles and other insects that live there, at Fire Island National Seashore Patchogue Watch Hill Ferry Terminal, from 1-2:30 p.m. Enjoy the sights and sounds of a garden in bloom, discover the important role insects play in nature and why native plants depend on them for survival. Create your own native wildflower “seed bomb” to start your own pollinator garden at home. For details on this free program, call 631-687-4780.


Summer Explorer Program

Seatuck Environmental Association offers its annual camp program for kids entering kindergarten through seventh-grade, at South Shore Nature Center, 130 Bayview Ave., East Islip. Children will explore the wonders of nature through programs that run Monday-Friday, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Students are grouped by age and each group will have one instructor and one aide. Session dates: July 2-6, July 9-13, July 16-20 and July 23-27. Cost per session: $300; registration underway. For information, call 631-581-6908 or email

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