SCCC open houses
All three campuses of Suffolk County Community College will welcome prospective students and their families at an open house on Thursday, May 6, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
The Eastern Campus in Riverhead will host visitors in the Peconic Building.
Faculty and administrators will be on hand to provide information about more than 65 programs of study; financial aid representatives will be available to discuss grants, loans and scholarships; and members of the admissions staff will offer guidance.

Be part of the Mosaic
The ever-popular downtown Riverhead Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival is set for May 30. The 14th annual fest will include the traditional sidewalk painting, as well as music, storytelling, and more. The East End Arts Council invites professional artists and craftspeople to submit photos of their work for an outdoor art sale and street painters of all experience levels to sign up to transform a piece of Main Street. Applications for both are available for download at or for pickup at EEAC’s office at 133 E. Main St., Riverhead.
EEAC also needs volunteers to work one-hour shifts between noon and 5 p.m. assisting with face painting and other festival activities. To volunteer, call coordinator Jean Caiola at 727-0900, ext. 307, or stop by the council.

Parenting workshops offered
Cornell Cooperative Extension will sponsor three parenting workshops next month at its headquarters at 423 Griffing Ave. in Riverhead.
On Tuesday, May 4, Tim Jahn will present “Mean Kids: What parents need to know about bullying” including “ways parents can help both victims and bullies.”     
On Wednesday, May 5, Alysa Ferguson will explain why “Food and Fitness Matter,” address the causes and consequences of childhood obesity and offer practical tips on promoting healthy weight.
On Monday, May 10, Kerri Kreh Reda will discuss “Temper Tantrums: Yours and Theirs,” the causes and how to minimize them.
All sessions meet from 7 to 9 p.m. and carry a $5 fee. To register, call Laurie Wells at 727-7850, ext. 340.

Try out for ‘Julius Caesar’
Open auditions for Northeast Stage’s summer 2010 production of  William Shakespeare’s  “Julius Caesar” will be held Wednesday, May 12, and Friday, May 14, at 7 p.m. at Holy Trinity Church, 768 Main St., Greenport. All roles are open. Rehearsals start in late May for performances Aug. 6, 7 and 8 in Mitchell Park. Contact director A.D. Newcomer at 208-6933 or [email protected].

A peek at ‘peak oil’ problem
The North Fork Environmental Council is sponsoring a special workshop by Isidore Doroski on the depletion of world oil reserves and its repercussions for North Fork residents and businesses. Mr. Doroski is a member of the Riverhead Town energy advisory committee.
The free workshop will start at 7 p.m. Friday, April 30, at Riverhead Free Library. No reservations are required, but seats are limited so plan to arrive early.
The increasing gap between rates of oil production and discovery of new reserves is moving the world oil market to a critical point called “peak oil,” at which oil production and availability decrease even as demand rises. Some argue that we’ve already passed this point.
The workshop’s goal is to raise awareness, give local residents a peek into their energy future and motivate them to take action and embrace possible solutions to this growing problem.

Women’s support group
The North Fork Women’s Resource Center is sponsoring an evening support group for women in transition. Call 298-5376 for details.

Little Flower orientation for day-care providers
People 18 and older who are interested in becoming NYS registered child day-care providers through the Little Flower Day Care Network may attend a free orientation session on Wednesday, May 5, 9:45 a.m.-noon, at Little Flower Children and Family Services, 2450 North Wading River Rd., Wading River. Call 929-6200, ext. 1830, for reservations and information.

Congressman to speak at  Greenport synagogue
Congressman Tim Bishop, who represents eastern Suffolk County, will speak at Congregation Tifereth Israel synagogue in Greenport on Sunday, May 2, at 2 p.m. After reviewing local and national issues, he will invite questions from the audience.
The synagogue is located at 519 Fourth St., just south of the intersection of Fourth and Front streets. Call 477-0230.

New schedule for services
The Spiritual Renewal Center at First Parish Church, UCC, has changed the time of its Sunday service from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The church is located at the corner of Sound Avenue and Church Lane in Northville (Riverhead). For information, call Pastor Dianne Rodriguez at 608-3827or e-mail [email protected].

Get a garden club scholarship
The Riverhead Garden Club will offer up to two $500 scholarships to students who attend or have been accepted by a post-secondary institution where they intend to major in horticulture or a related field, such as agriculture, environmental science, landscape design or conservation.
The application deadline is May 22. Call 929-6357 for application forms.
Eligibility is limited to residents of towns represented among the club’s members: Aquebogue, Baiting Hollow, Calverton, Center Moriches, Cutchogue, East Quogue, Eastport, Greenport, Hampton Bays, Jamesport, Laurel, Manorville, Patchogue, Ridge, Riverhead, Rocky Point, South Jamesport, Southold and Wading River.

Host an exchange student
Bishop McGann-Mercy High School in Riverhead will welcome a female exchange student from China this fall. Sponsored by the Forte International Exchange Association in Washington, D.C., she will join the school’s junior class for the 2010-11 school year.
Forte International is seeking a host family in the Riverhead area that’s willing to open its home and provide a loving environment for this eager student, as well as room, board and transportation to and from school. In return, the family will receive a monthly stipend, an enriching cultural experience and a new global perspective.
Interested families may contact Alex Leeding at 1-888-893-6783 or [email protected].

Artist-in-residence sought
The William Steeple Davis Trust of Orient is accepting applications, due June 30, for an artist-in-residence for the period Oct. 15, 2010, through Oct. 1, 2011. The program offers “a temporary place of abode for persons of good character.” Past recipients have included painters, sculptors, photographers, writers, poets and musicians. Interested parties should contact the trust at P.O. Box 371, Orient, NY 11957.