Calverton Column: Fourth-grade holiday concert Monday evening at RHS

OK, last year we had snow flurries on Dec. 6 and it was quite cold. So far there hasn’t been a flake in sight but I’m not giving up hope. The snow will come, my friends — just wait!

Riley Avenue Elementary School is in full holiday mode as its annual Winter Wonderland kicks off Dec. 13-15. This event, which goes way back to when my kids were in school, offers the students the opportunity to shop for their families with the help of the wonderful school volunteers. Winter Wonderland is made possible by the Riley Avenue Parent Association. Many thanks for this truly nice event for the students.

Riley’s annual fourth-grade holiday concert will take place on Monday, Dec. 12, in the Riverhead High School auditorium at 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend and hear some beautiful music. Also, the annual visit to Peconic Bay Medical Center’s skilled nursing facility will take place once again this year, an event that is much looked forward to by the patients, staff and children alike. The before-school program went above and beyond again this year as they put together amazing Thanksgiving baskets for local families in need.

Many thanks to RAPA for their generous gift card donations, and to all the students, parents and staff who brought in donations. It is much appreciated. This wonderful group is also sending a nice package of treats (candy, gum, granola bars, coffee, beef jerky and holiday cards) to an Air Force unit in Afghanistan. Donations are being accepted till Dec. 10. I know it’s short notice but if you could drop off a little something to make our soldiers feel the holiday spirit, it would be great. If you choose to drop off a card, please address it Dear Airmen.

Are you ready to rock and roll again? The fourth annual Rockin’ for the Homeless will take place Jan. 28 at the Polish Hall in Riverhead. With four hours of fun and four fantastic bands it’s sure to be a great time. Tickets go on sale Jan. 2. Stay tuned for more details.

A very happy birthday to my little granddaughter Julia, who will turn 1 year old on Dec. 11. The year has flown so quickly. Julia has grown up to be quite a little lady, with her own ideas on how life should be. So my little punkin, I love you and wish you the best first birthday ever. From your mommy and daddy, auntie Jamie and all your family and friends, big and little, happy birthday, honey!

That is all for this week. Get out into the woods and cut some fresh pines for your windowboxes and planters. It looks and smells so nice and will last the entire winter fresh and green. Take care, be safe and I shall talk to you next week. Bye.

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