05/11/12 1:00pm

Riverhead Garden Club volunteers (from left) Kathy Banschback, Mary Rogers and Doramay Pearce, all of Aquebogue, on Thursday afternoon during the first day of the Peconic Bay Medical Center's 17th annual East End Garden Festival held this year in the Staples Shopping Center parking lot on Route 58.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there! If you are scrambling to try to find that special place to take Mom, pick up a copy of the Suffolk Times, Riverhead News-Review or Shelter Island Reporter and check out the restaurant menus and specials. And check out events.timesreview.com to find other cool things to do with Mom this weekend.

There’s still time to pick up last minute plants for Mom. Peconic Bay Medical Center and Greenport PTA are running their annual plant sales through the weekend.

Riverhead School district is hosting the Art In Action Show tonight, featuring artwork from every student in grades K-12. An amazing effort that is sure to be a great event.

Want to hear some great music and support a great cause? Bishop Mc-Gann Mercy is hosting “Battle of the Bands for Ronald McDonald House.” Mattituck and McGann Mercy are just some of the local high schools participating.

Get up and go to the May Mile on Saturday morning! You can run the 5K or walk around the beautiful grounds at Peconic Landing. Stick around for the party afterwards.

The North Fork Education Initiative is hosting GROW: a fundraiser for the new Peconic Community School. A great event for children and families. Haven’t heard of the North Fork Education Initative? Read more about them here.

Have a great weekend. Get out and enjoy the sunshine and warm temps.

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05/04/12 1:50pm

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | 2011 Spring Festival at Hallockville

Cinco de Mayo is this weekend and there are some great events happening. Temps are warming up, and we should have nice weather for most of the weekend. Get outside and do something fun.

• Martha Clara is hosting a Santana tribute band and a vineyard walk in recognition of Cinco de Mayo. There are also a bunch of local restaurants having Cinco de Mayo drink and dinner specials. Pick up a copy of the Suffolk Times, Riverhead News-Review or Shelter Island Reporter to view specials in your area.

• There’s a bike rodeo happening Saturday for Riverhead area kids at Stotzky Park. Make sure you wear your helmets.

• Spring has sprung at Hallockville, one of my favorite North Fork places. Learn about spring on the farm. A fun event for the whole family.

• Have fun while supporting the local environment at Greenport Harbor Brewing Company’s “Hops for Habitat” art exhibit opening.

• Racing season is back at Riverhead Raceway. Click here for information about opening day events and keep reading the News-Review in print and online for updated racing information.

• Do you have your Supermoon plans set yet? Check out Moon Appreciation Night.

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04/27/12 11:00am

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Coach Spinelli and Riverhead girls basketball team were honored at Riverhead Town Hall last month.

Get set to put on your jackets and head outside this weekend.Where to, you ask? Main Road Red has got some great suggestions for you during these chilly days of spring.

First up, Riverhead. This town is a sporting place to be this weekend. There’s the highly anticipated parade down Main Street for the L.I. Champion Blue Waves girls basketball team Sunday. We’ve also got Riverhead Little League’s opening day Saturday. The league will be celebrating its 60th anniversary in style with an expected appearance by former Mets legend Mookie Wilson. And don’t forget the annual fundraiser for the Riverhead High School baseball team.

East End Arts Council and the Suffolk County Historical Society are taking on an interesting topic: death. (Wouldn’t this be more appropriate for fall?) Click on those links more information about their shows.

For animals lovers, the Riverhead Move the Animal Shelter group will be present at two events: the opening of the town’s first dog park and a Hogs and Hot Rods –Rock the Shelter fundraiser. And if you still can’t get enough of the pooches, try Mutts and Mimosas at Palmer Vineyards

Have you ever been to the Custer Institute in Southold? The institute offers great family-friendly events enjoyable for science buffs young and old.

This week the focus is on Saturn. Check them out.

Join JABS and other organizations for the 2nd annual Cystic Fibrosis Fundraiser in Honor of Camryn Koke. Camryn is seven years old, and those involved in the efforts are hoping to raise money for a drug that could mean a huge breakthrough for Camryn and others with her type of CF.

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04/20/12 3:00pm

Main Road Red has some great picks for you this weekend. Keep an eye on the weather forecast, as many of the Earth Day events this weekend are outside. You may also want to call ahead.

Tonight is the grand opening of Vines and Branches, a new olive oil & exotic vinegar tasting room. Should be a delicious evening.

Have you ever wanted to be a Colonial Soldier for a day? Participate in a reenactment!

Celebrate Earth Day. Cleanups are happening in Riverhead, New Suffolk and Orient. Get out there and help the environment.

Spring = baseball, and some of our local Little Leagues are celebrating their season openers this weekend. Check out the events happening in Flanders and Mattituck (And stay tuned for more information about Riverhead’s Little League opener next week, with some VERY special guests).

Martha Clara is hosting a fundraiser, Johanna’s Hope for a Cure to raise awareness of cavernous angiomas. Johanna is an amazing girl and you can follow her progress on her Facebook page.

With the current drought situation, it’s a good time to become a volunteer firefighter. Check out this fire department open house, happening at the East Marion Fire Department

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04/13/12 1:00pm

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Try one of Main Road Red's picks for things to do on the North Fork.

Haven’t figured out what you’re doing this weekend? Here are some suggestions.

There’s a fundraiser for the IRIE therapeutic Horseback riding program tonight, which helps kids with special needs. Ticket information available here.

Clovis Point is having a Wine and Chocolate pairing Saturday and Sunday. While you’re at Clovis Point, pick up a copy of the latest Long Island Wine Press and read about Wine and Chocolate — “The new wine and cheese.”

Spring is in full swing and there are a number of nature walks happening. Check out this one, starting in Riverhead and this one, taking place at Hallockville Farm.

There’s a beach cleanup taking place at Reeves Beach in Riverhead on Saturday morning from 7-11. Sponsored by the East End Surf and Fishing club.

Want to participate in a tradition dating back to the early 1900s, while supporting a great cause? Check out the Great Waiter Race. You can enter a team, sponsor one or just go to watch. Signed regulation sheet and entry fee of (a minimum) $50 dollars must be received no later than 5 p.m. Saturday by The Market at 44 Front St., Greenport.

Looking for more fun things to do? Check out our Events page

04/06/12 11:00am

SUFFOLK TIMES FILE PHOTO| The 2011 Easter egg hunt at Unity Baptist Church in Mattituck.

Here are some of the events you don’t want to miss this weekend.

Bookhampton is opening at a new Love Lane Location. It’s nice to see the long-standing South Fork chain  make its way to the Mattituck.

There are a couple more egg hunts happening in MattituckFlandersSouthold and Orient.  Try to fit one in before the Bunny arrives.

Lots of “Spring Break” programs happening next week.  Check out ones at Long Island Science CenterCutchogue New-Suffolk LibrarySuffolk County Historical SocietyEast End Arts Council, and this one through the Cornell Cooperative Extension.

We also provide an extensive listing of all religious services taking place over the weekend.  Click here for details.

Enjoy the Holiday weekend and have a great Spring Break if you’re off next week.

03/30/12 7:00am

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