Health Beat: PBMC’s Garden Festival scheduled for May 8-11

PBMC Health grant writer Max Comando of Jamesport, 24,  tests out the weighted Hula Hoops that will be used Saturday for the kids contest at the Garden Festival from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Staples Shopping Center on Route 58 in Riverhead.
PBMC Health grant writer Max Comando of Jamesport, 24, tests out the weighted hula hoops during last year’s Garden Festival. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

• Peconic Bay Medical Center will hold its annual Garden Festival benefit May 8-11 in three locations, Tanger 1 in Riverhead, the hospital’s new campus in Manorville and on the Great Lawn in Westhampton Beach. Vouchers, each redeemable for $15 worth of plants, shrubs and flowers, cost $10 apiece and must be purchased online before noon on Tuesday, May 6. There will also be a raffle for prizes including a pair of Raleigh bicycles and a Weber gas grill. For vouchers and raffle tickets, visit and click the garden festival info on the home page.

• Peconic Bay Medical Center’s annual black-tie Candlelight Ball will take place Saturday, May 31, at 6:30 p.m. at The Suffolk Theater in downtown Riverhead. This year’s honorees are Peggy and Stanley Zinberg and Agostino Cervone, M.D. Tickets are $300 each. There will also be a raffle for either a new car or $20,000 cash. Visit for tickets and sponsorship information.

• An American Red Cross blood drive will be held at Southold Free Library Tuesday, April 22, from 2 to 7 p.m. You may call 765-2077 to register or just walk in. All presenting donors can enter to win a $250 gift card toward a rainy-day getaway!

• San Simeon by the Sound in Greenport will host a ‘Brown Bag Lunch & Lecture Series’ — talks by local experts on various components of North Fork life. At the first session, set for Wednesday, April 23, from 1-2 p.m., art critic, essayist and documentary film producer Amei Wallach will discuss “Hidden Artists and Art Treasures of the North Fork.”

Future talks will feature Karen Lee of Sang Lee Farms on organic foods (June 4), Jason Damianos of Jason’s Vineyard on the local wine industry (Aug. 6) and chef John Ross on the area’s evolution as a culinary region (Oct. 1). Tickets are $25 per session, including lunch, or $90 for the entire series. Call 477-2110, ext. 252, or visit to reserve.

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