Advice for artists

The East End Arts Council in Riverhead is offering visual artists the opportunity to consult individually with New York Foundation for the Arts MARK alumni Beth Giacummo and Joanne Dumas on Wednesday, Sept. 22, between 6 and 9 p.m.

The private 20-minute sessions are not for portfolio review or critique. Artists will receive practical, professional advice on aspects of the business of art such as preparing an artist statement, planning a website, sharing a new body of work, etc. Participants will be asked to fill out a questionnaire in advance.

Registration is limited. Please call 369-2171 to make an appointment. You may choose your consultant. The fee is $25 for EEAC members, $30 for nonmembers.

On tap at Temple Israel

Temple Israel of Riverhead will host the following pre-holiday and holiday services in the week ahead.

On Saturday, Sept. 4, at 9 p.m. Congressman Tim Bishop and Brookhaven Town Supervisor Mark Lesko will speak prior to Selichot services.

On Wednesday, Sept. 8, Erev Rosh Hashanah services will take place at 6:45 p.m.

There will also be Rosh Hashanah services on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 9 and 10, at 9 a.m. and, for children, 11:30 a.m.

For ticket information, call 727-3191 or visit [email protected]

Northeast Stage auditions set

Northeast Stage will hold open auditions for an upcoming production of “Bottoms Up: The Private Lives of Noel Coward” by Daniel Rosenblatt. Auditions will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12, at Brecknock Hall in Greenport, or by appointment.

The play traces the life of Noel Coward and includes musical selections from his extensive songbook. There are three male roles as Mr. Coward at ages 20-30, 40-50 and 60-70 and three female roles as his leading ladies: Tallulah Bankhead, Viven Leigh and Marlene Dietrich, each age 25-50.

Scripts will be provided; a prepared monologue is optional. Rehearsals start Sept. 20. The production is co-directed by A.D. Newcomer and James Pritchard. Musical direction is by Dee Laveglia. Performances are scheduled for Nov. 5, 6, 7, 12, 13 and 14 at Brecknock Hall.

Call 631-765-1409; e-mail [email protected] or [email protected]; or contact Northeast Stage on Facebook.

Take action on estuary

The Peconic Estuary Program invites the public to its 2010 Peconic Estuary Call to Action Conference on Monday, Sept. 20, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the 230 Elm catering hall in Southampton Village.

Local officials and environmental experts will take part in interactive panel discussions of critical issues facing the estuary, including nitrogen in the bay, stormwater runoff, eelgrass restoration and habitat protection/restoration, and offer suggestions for key action items and initiatives intended to improve water quality and habitat value. Luncheon will be served and a new video on the estuary will be shown. For information and to register, visit

Defensive driving class set

St. Isidore R.C. Church of Riverhead will present the National Safety Council’s defensive driving course on Saturday, Sept. 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The fee is $45. Participants who complete the course will receive insurance premium discounts and can reduce points incurred for violations. For information and registration, call 360-9720.

Music fest gives $5K to EEAC

A donation of $5,000 has been made to the East End Arts Council by the organizers of the first annual NOFO Rock and Folk Festival that took place July 31 and Aug. 1 at Peconic Bay Winery in Cutchogue. The donation will support EEAC’s arts education and cultural programming at Brecknock Hall in Greenport and other East End locations. The check was presented during the arts council’s annual meeting and volunteer appreciation night on Aug. 24.