Call for artists, East End Arts Council’s 15th annual Riverhead Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival, Sunday, May 29, noon-5 p.m. along E. Main Street. Rain date Monday, May 30, 2-5 p.m. Applications/guidelines at www.eastendarts.org. 727-0900.
‘What the Critic Said,’ Friday, May 6, 7-9 p.m. at East End Arts Council Gallery, Riverhead, presented by Joyce Beckenstein, art historian and director of North Fork Arts Project. Look at slide images of works, then read and discuss related art review articles. Following discussion, group will tour ongoing exhibition at East End Arts Council as critics evaluating the work. Free will donation. 369-2171.
Students from local area high schools Rock On at McGann-Mercy Battle of the Bands for Japan, Friday, May 6, 7 p.m. in Riverhead. Sponsored by McGann-Mercy Key Club. Thirteen bands scheduled to compete; tickets $8 at door. Top three bands presented with cash prizes. All proceeds will be donated in support of relief efforts in Japan. Information: 727-5900, ext. 32.
REDancers Performing Group’s chinese auction, Friday, May 6, 6 p.m. at Polish Town Civic Association in Riverhead. Presale admission $5, includes 10 tickets; at door $7. All funds raised will help defray cost of performing group’s attending Hall of Fame National Dance Competition in July 2011. Information: 727-3998.
Oysterponds Historical Society’s Beginning Basketry, Thursday, May 12 and 19, 6-9 p.m. with veteran basketweaver and co-president of Basketweavers Guild, Carol Losquadro, who teaches centuries-old techniques and leads class in making tote bag, at historic Webb House in Orient. Family activity, open to ages 10 and up. Fee $60 OHS members, $65 non-members, includes materials; 12 person maximum, register early at 323-2480.
Crafters/vendors wanted for Craft Fair and Flea Market, Saturday, May 21, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Big Duck Ranch, Flanders. Fee $40 for 10×10 space; food vendors $100. Hosted by Friends of Big Duck; proceeds benefit Duck’s restoration. 727-0593, bigduck.org.
Crafters/vendors wanted for Wading River Historical Society’s Duck Pond Day, Sunday, May 22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 886-1014 for application/information, or email [email protected].
Last Comic East II, Friday, May 6, 8 p.m. at Vail-Leavitt Music Hall, Riverhead, features Maria Walsh, George Gallo, Brad Zimmerman and Terry McNeely. Tickets $10; call 471-1221.
Food and Drink
Steakhouse Gala, Friday, May 6, 6:45 p.m. at Suffolk County Community College’s Culinary Arts and Hospitality Center, Riverhead. Raw bar, carving stations, vegetables, dessert. Third annual fundraiser, tickets $75, reservations required. Includes silent and chinese auctions with prizes including sky diving, weekend getaway and more. RSVP 548-3701.
Culinary Tour, Wednesday, May 11, 5-6:30 p.m. features “Rome — The Pasta Capital” with Paula Croteau at Farmhouse Kitchen Cooking School, 1450 South Harbor Road, Southold. Students learn to make homemade rustic pasta. Bring apron and $25 ingredient fee to class. Space limited to 15; register: 765-5182. Confirm prior to class: 765-6032, [email protected]. Offered by Southold Town Recreation Department.
First Baptist Church of Cutchogue’s Fried Chicken Dinner, Saturday, May 7, noon- 6 p.m., sponsored by Building Fund Committee. Tickets $15; call 298-7232 for more information.
Mother/Daughter Breakfast, Saturday, May 7, 8 a.m., hosted by Unity Baptist Church of Mattituck’s Women’s Ministry Fellowship at Polish Hall in Riverhead. Includes chinese auction. Tickets $20. Call 283-0205, 369-2949.
Mothers Day breakfast buffet, Sunday, May 8, 8:30 a.m.-noon at Knights of Columbus, Cutchogue. Adults $8; children $4. 734-7338.
For Animal Lovers
Dog Park Party ‘Spring is in the Air,’ Saturday, May 7, 1-3 p.m. at Southold Dog Park behind Southold Town Recreation Center, Peconic Lane, Peconic. Monthly themed gathering for town residents. Admission free. Event will be rescheduled to next day, Sunday, in case of inclement weather. 765-5182.
For Bargain Hunters
Vendors wanted for flea market, Saturday, May 28, 9 a.m-4 p.m. at Flanders United Methodist Church. Fee $30 for 10×10 space. Call 727-2168 or 727-5374 to reserve.
Spring yard sale, Saturday, May 7, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Baiting Hollow Congregational Church. Lots of vendors, baked food table, hot dogs and soft drinks available for purchase. Rain date Saturday, May 14. 258-8881.
Southold Mothers’ Club book club, Tuesday, May 10, 7 p.m., discusses “Sag Harbor” by Colson Whitehead. Information: 940-3609.
In the Garden
North Fork Garden Group, Saturday, May 7, 10:30 a.m. at Mattituck-Laurel Library, Mattituck. Explore organic gardening through guest speakers, seed exchange and sharing of information. Register: 565-7160.
The Greenport PTA Annual Plant Sale, Friday May 6, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in lobby of Greenport School, and on front lawn of school Saturday, May 7, 9 a.m.-noon. Annuals, perennials, herbs and vegetables for sale at great prices. 477-1950.
Peconic Bay Medical Center’s 16th annual Garden Festival, Friday-Sunday, May 6-8, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at Staples Shopping Center, Riverhead. Includes best of East End plant wholesalers, master gardeners from Cornell Cooperative Extension and Garden Club, garden community, vendors and more. Proceeds benefit PBMC, to improve its facility and help develop and implement new programs to serve patients, their families and the community. Includes raffle, $5 each ticket or 5/$20. Prizes include Weber gas grill and wine tour getaway; drawing held May 19. 548-6088.
Garden Cleanup, Saturday, May 7, 9-11 a.m., hosted by Oysterponds Historical Society. Bring rakes, pruners and trowels to help clean up the OHS Village Lane campus and Poquatuck Park in Orient. Meet in front of Old Point Schoolhouse. Snacks and beverages provided. 323-2480.
First Friday Open Mic Night With Liza Coppola, Friday, May 6, 7-10 p.m. at Custer Institute and Observatory, Southold. For all ages. Musicians, comics, poets, magicians and storytellers. Hosted by singer/songwriter Liza Coppola. Free; donations accepted. 765-2626.
The Natural World
Annual beach cleanup day, Saturday, May 7, 8 a.m.-noon at Reeves Beach, Riverhead, where East End Surf Fishing club will organize crews. Refreshments and food follow cleanup. Call Town of Riverhead Recreation Dept., 727-5744 for trash bags, and 727-5468 for starting locations. For all ages. Wear appropriate outer gear and bring tick spray.
North Fork Audubon Society: Moore’s Woods with Jody Levin, Sunday, May 8, meet 8 a.m. at Red House Nature Center, Inlet Pond County Park, Greenport. See and hear warblers, the “jewels of the forest,” vireos, thrushes and more. Tuesdays With Tom – Warbler Wave Walk, Tuesday, May 10, meet 8 a.m. at Red House Expect to see warblers, vireos, flycatchers, and other migrants. Register: 477-6456, or [email protected].
Spa Science, Saturday, May 7, 2-4 p.m. at Long Island Science Center, Riverhead. Family event; create soap, bath fizz and lip balm. Snacks and sparkling punch. Parent/child package $22; additional sibling or friend $18. Register: 208-8000,lisciencecenter.org.
My Life: An Astronomical Journey, Saturday, May 7, 8-9:30 p.m. at Custer Institute and Observatory, Southold. Lecture by Tony Pirera, founder and president of Spectrum Thin Films (STF) in Hauppauge. Suggested Donation $5 non-members; free for Custer, ASLI and other astronomy club members. 765-2626.
Sports and Recreation
Peconic Landing’s May Mile & 5K, Saturday, May 7, begins 8:30 a.m. with registration and stretching. Race/walk around campus begins 10 a.m. followed by awards ceremony, barbecue lunch, music by Mambo Loco, safety demonstrations by Greenport Fire Department. Pre-register by Friday, April 29 to receive a T-shirt. Information: 477-3800.
North Fork Community Theatre presents ‘Oklahoma!’ by Rodgers & Hammerstein, performances Thursday-Saturday, May 12-14, 19-21, 26-28 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 15, 22, 29 at 2:30 p.m. Directed by Robert Horn, produced by Marion Stark, musical director Pat Wall. Tickets $20, at nfct.com or call 298-6328.
Tours and Trips
Trolley Trip — Visit the Past, Saturday, May 7, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., presented by Friends of Riverhead Free Library. Richard Wines leads tour of various sites in Aquebogue, Jamesport and Northville. Drinks served at library at tour’s conclusion; bring lunch. Tickets $27; members $20; space limited. Register at welcome desk in library. 727-3228.
Ongoing Events are listed here as space permits.
Paintings by Charles Wildbank and photographs by Fred Vanderwerven on view through May 4 at Rosalie Dimon Gallery, Jamesport Manor Inn, 370 Manor Lane, Jamesport. Presented by East End Arts Council and Jamesport Manor Inn. 727-0900.
Photographs by Karen George Mortimer on view through June 10 at Riverhead Town Hall, 200 Howell Ave., presented by East End Arts Council and Town of Riverhead. 727-0900
‘Dreams of Water,’ paintings by Carol Gold, on view through May at Mattituck-Laurel Library, Main Road, Mattituck. 298-4134.
Duplicate bridge with Kathy Fibkins, Tuesdays, noon at Mattituck-Laurel Library, Main Road, Mattituck. Open to all; 734-8096.
Bingo, Mondays and Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. at Moose Lodge, Riverside Drive, Riverhead. Gaming begins 7:30 p.m. 727-6667, 779-2694.
Mah-jongg, Mondays, 10 a.m.-noon, and Tuesdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., at Mattituck-Laurel Library, Main Road, Mattituck. 298-4134.
Food and Drink
Community supper, free soup kitchen for all in need, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at St. Agnes R.C. Church parish hall, Sixth Street, Greenport. 765-2981.
Free lunch, Almuerzo Gratis for ages 6-18, Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at The Salvation Army, 130 Osborne Avenue, Riverhead. 727-3338.
Playdates with the Southold Mothers’ Club: Wednesdays at Cutchogue/New Suffolk Library, Pre-school Playgroup (19 months-5 years), 9:30-11:00 a.m. [email protected]. Wee little Ones Playgroup (birth-18 months), 11:00-noon, [email protected]. Weekend Toddler Playdate, for times and locations contact [email protected].
Crafts for Kids at Southold Indian Museum, Sundays, 12:30-1:30 p.m., 1080 Main Bayview Road. Fee: $5 per child per craft; must be accompanied by adult. Registration appreciated but not required. 765-5577.
Health and Fitness
Free beginner’s Hatha Yoga classes, Sundays, 3-4:15 p.m. at Mary Smith Recreation Center, Greenport. Bring non-skid, body-length mat. 765-3005.
Every Saturday, dusk to midnight: Stargazing at Custer Institute and Observatory, 1115 Main Bayview Road, Southold. 765-2626. To arrange group visits, e-mail [email protected].
The Written Word
The Yellow Barn at Riverhead Free Library, 330 Court St. open for book purchases Mondays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 727-3228, ext. 0.