Youth Court members sought

Students in grades 8 through 12 are invited to an open house on Wednesday, Oct. 13, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. to learn about becoming a member of the Town of Riverhead Youth Court, which is operated by the Juvenile Aid Bureau. The open house will be held in the town police department building on Howell Avenue.

Student attendees, who must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, will learn about the goals and operation of the Youth Court and the benefits of serving, which include experience with real legal cases, improvement in public speaking and debate skills and the opportunity to earn scholarship money and provide a valuable public service as well as references for college and employment, Call 727-3200, ext. 273 or 377, with questions.

Moose Lodge makes donation

The Riverhead Moose Lodge has announced that its annual fishing tournament raised $4,675 this year for the Suffolk County/EAC Child Advocacy Center, which assist abused children. In addition, the lodge approved the donation “Tommy Moose” stuffed animals to children served by the center. The toys were delivered by tournament chairman Capt. Ray Kelly, who said staff at the center “do an outstanding job” and that he hoped the stuffed animals would make the children “very happy.”

Help out with ESL program

Volunteers are needed for Feeding the Mind, an ESL program that offers classes in basic English for local immigrant workers. A volunteer orientation will take place at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25, at First Congregational Church of Riverhead.

Knowledge of Spanish and teaching or tutoring experience are helpful but definitely not required.

Classes will be conducted at the church Monday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 7:45 p.m. beginning Nov. 8, 2010, and running through March 10, 2011. Call 369-3236 for information.

Be more energy aware

Saturday, Oct. 2, is Riverhead Energy Awareness Day. Presented by the Town of Riverhead and the North Fork Environmental Council, the event aims to encourage residents and businesses to work together to learn about and implement more effective, cost-efficient alternative energy solutions.

The day will feature demonstrations by local businesses of energy-efficient cars, appliances, construction materials along the Peconic riverfront from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can also visit solar-powered local homes and ride free on the solar-powered boat SunCatcher, built by GoSolar of Aquebogue.

At 7 p.m., Isidore Doroski of Riverhead’s Energy Advisory Committee will give a presentation about “peak oil” at the Senior Nutrition Center in Aquebogue.

To register for the house tour, call 727-2224 or visit For other information, call the Town Board coordinator at 727-3200, ext. 253.

Artist fellowships available

Individual artists over age 25 who live and work in New York State are invited to apply for unrestricted cash fellowships of $7,000 from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Students and those who have received fellowships within the last five years are ineligible.

Applications for this round of grants will be accepted until Nov. 30 from artists working in crafts/sculpture, digital or electronic arts, printmaking, drawing or book arts, as well as poets and nonfiction writers. For complete details, visit or e-mail [email protected];

Holiday customs sought

For the 2010 Times/Review Newspapers’ special Holiday Guide supplement, we are looking for information about family holiday customs for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year’s. We are particularly interested in customs that pertain to children and that might be ethnic in nature. Please submit information by Monday, Oct. 18. E-mail: [email protected]. Mail: Lee Peters, Times/Review Newspapers, P.O. Box 1500, Mattituck, NY 11952. Fax: 298-3287.

Enter your winter photos

Amateur photographers are invited to enter up to three photos in the 2010 Holiday Guide Winter Photo Contest. All scenes must be local, from Calverton to Orient Point, or on Shelter Island. Chosen photos will be published in Times/Review Newspapers’ Holiday Guide supplement on Nov. 18. No professionals, please. Entries must be received by Monday, Oct. 18.

We will accept prints, CDs or DVDs (jpgs). (Please do not send by e-mail without calling in advance.) Send duplicate prints; photos cannot be returned. Mail prints or discs to Lee Peters, Times/Review Newspapers, P.O. Box 1500, Mattituck 11952 or drop off at our office, 7785 Main Road, Mattituck. With each photo, include the location of the scene along with your name, address, phone number and/or e-mail address. Questions? E-mail: Lee Peters, [email protected] or call Lee Peters at 354-8048.

Explore the art of prayer

The Spiritual Renewal Center at First Parish Church will offer an eight-week exploration of the art of praying and meditating with scripture.

The study group, part of the center’s Prayer, Bible Study and Faith Sharing initiative, begins Thursday, Oct. 7, at 7:30 p.m. at The Parsonage, 7 Lagoon Court, Jamesport.

List your holiday events

Listings of local events taking place from Nov. 18 through the winter are now being accepted for the 2010 Times/Review Holiday Guide. To be considered, listings must be received by Friday, Oct. 22. Events should be nonprofit or charity-related and open to the general public.

E-mail: [email protected]. Mail: Lee Peters, Times/Review Newspapers, P.O. Box 1500, Mattituck, NY 11952. Fax: 298-3287.

Birthright opens in Southold

Birthright of Peconic has opened a new North Fork office in the Feather Hill complex in Southold. The phone number is 876-5138; hotline is 1-800-550-4900.

Giving Guide listings sought

Charitable organizations and facilities serving residents of the North Fork, eastern North Shore and Shelter Island are eligible for inclusion in the Giving Guide in Times/Review Newspapers’ 2010 Holiday Guide.

If not listed in 2009, submit the following information by Friday, Oct. 22: name of organization/facility, address, phone number, website if any, brief description of services, where and when donations are accepted and what is most needed during the holidays and the rest of the year. If listed in 2009, you may submit any changes.

E-mail: [email protected]. Mail: Lee Peters, Times/Review Newspapers, P.O. Box 1500, Mattituck, NY 11952. Fax: 298-3287.