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Wednesday, December 5

Menorah Lighting

 The annual Oyster Bay Menorah Lighting is at 5:30 p.m. at the Derby-Hall bandstand in Townsend Park, opposite the post office. Sweet singing and refreshments courtesy of the Oyster Bay Jewish Center and the Oyster Bay Civic Association, respectively.

Thursday, December 6

Tom Robinson Tournament

The annual Tom Robinson basketball tournament is hosted by the Oyster Bay High School this year. Held on Dec. 6 and 7, with two rounds of competition at 5 and 7 p.m. Held in the OBHS gym. The Baymen play tonight. 

Vernon Concert

The Vernon Grades 5 and 6 Winter Concert is held at 7:30 p.m., in the OBHS Auditorium.

Roosevelt Concert

The Roosevelt Grades K-1-2 Winter Concert takes place on Thursday, December 6 and on Friday, December 7, at 9:30 a.m., in the T.R. School Gymnasium.

Friday, December 7

Doo-Wop Fundraiser

An Evening With the Stars: Doo-Wop Fundraiser to help support the games for the physically challenged will be held on Friday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. at Bethpage High School. Tickets are $25 each, reserved seating only. Free parking. Go to larentr.com or call 631-873-8817 for more information.

Tom Robinson Tournament

The annual Tom Robinson basketball tournament is hosted by the Oyster Bay High School this year. On Dec. 7, two rounds of competition at 5 and 7 p.m. will determine the winner. Held in the OBHS gym.

Saturday, December 8

OBHS Concert and Exhibit

The Oyster Bay Historical Society is hosting their annual concert and open house from 4 to 7 p.m. The one-hour concert at the Hood A.M.E. Zion Church on South Street and Summit Street is a gospel event at 4 p.m., not to be missed. Think toe-tapping and hand-clapping. Then walk down to 20 Summit Street to the Earle-Wightman House for a free reception from 5 to 7 p.m.. They are also debuting their new exhibit of miniatures and childhoods small things that gives a glimpse into the family life of the Roosevelt clan.

OB Tree Lighting

The OB-EN Chamber is holding their tree lighting on Dec. 8, at 4:15 p.m. at the Derby-Hall Bandstand in Townsend Park. Come see Santa arrive. Refreshments by the Oyster Bay Civic Association.

Holiday Express

The Oyster Bay Railroad Museum is holding their annual Holiday Express at 102 Audrey Avenue on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8 and 9. Santa will be there from 1 to 3 p.m. so bring a camera for a photo op. There are raffles, exhibits and gifts for sale. Free horse and wagon rides, first come, first served, around town both days. 

Christmas with the Roosevelts 

Visit Sagamore Hill National Historic Site from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for Christmas with the Roosevelts at Sagamore Hill. Activities include holiday music by Musica Dolce, Christmas carols sung by Close Enough, and James Foote as TR, talks about how the Roosevelts celebrated Christmas there and in the White House. Arts and crafts activities for all. Free refreshments. Visitor Center bookstore offers 15 percent off this weekend. Call 922-4788.

 Bayville Holiday Exhibit

 The 2012 Holiday Exhibit at the Bayville Historical Museum at 34 School Street, the village complex. It takes place on Saturday, Dec. 8 and Sunday Dec. 9, from 1 to 3;30 p.m. The winter exhibit will showcase their vast collection of vintage toys. Call 628-1439, ext. 18. 

Sunday, December 9

Holiday Express

The Oyster Bay Railroad Museum Holiday Express continues at 102 Audrey Avenue on Sunday, Dec. 9. Free horse and wagon rides around town again.

Holiday Ornament Workshop

Raynham Hall Museum, 20 West Main Street, presents a Holiday Ornament Workshop on Dec. 9 at 1 p.m., designed for ages 6 to 12. The children will decorate a pinecone ornament, make a wreath ornament and a button ornament. Cider and holiday cookies will be served. $10 per child. Call 922-6808 for reservations.

LI Baroque Ensemble

Joyeux Noel: Christmas Program at Christ Church, 61 East Main St., Oyster Bay at 3 p.m. General: $20/ Students: $10/ Seniors $15. Children free w/paid adult. 

Monday, December 10

Immigration Reform

Enrique Morones, founder and executive director of the San Diego nonprofit Border Angels will speak on Monday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock at 48 Shelter Rock Rd. in Manhasset. Suggested donation is $5. Light refreshments. Call Ms. Deroche at 627-6560 for information.

Awesome Apps

The Oyster Bay-East Norwich Public Library presents Professor Ed Hom, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. He will provide an overview of great ‘apps’ for your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch; register for free downloadable audiobooks and e-books through the library, using your iPhone or related device. Bring your devices. Call 922-1212 to register.

Movie: Men In Black 3

The Oyster Bay-East Norwich Public Library presents Men In Black 3 at 2 and 6:30 p.m. Agent J must travel back in time to MIB’s early years in the 1960s and save his partner, Agent K, from being assassinated by an alien. Starring: Will Smith, Josh Brolin, Emma Thompson, and Tommy Lee Jones. (Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence, and brief suggestive content material, 106 minutes). 

Tuesday, December 11

GOP Holiday Party

The Oyster Bay Republican Club holds their holiday party on Dec. 11, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Homestead Restaurant. Reservations are $35 per person. Call 624-VOTE.

Thursday, December 13

Movie: Love Actually

The Locust Valley Library, 170 Buckram Road, presents their Thursday afternoon movie, Love Actually at 1:30 p.m. The movie is rated R and runs for two and a quarter hours. Refreshments by the Friends of the Locust Valley Library. For information call 671-1837.

OBHS Concert

 The OBHS Grades 9-12 Winter Concert Part I features the Wind Ensemble and Mixed Chorus and starts at 8 p.m., in the OBHS Auditorium.

Friday, December 14

 Vernon Concert

The Vernon Grades 3 And 4 Winter Concert will be held at 9:15 a.m., in the Vernon Gymnasium.

Saturday, December 15

Fall Nature Walk

Nature walk at the Hoffman Center Nature Preserve and Wildlife Sanctuary located at 6000 Northern Blvd., in Muttontown. Meet the guide at the site entrance at 12:50 p.m. Gate is locked when tour begins. No pets, no children under 10 years of age, or organized groups permitted. No registration required. Weather permitting, call 516-922-3290 the day before to confirm. Admission $5 for one hour between 1 and 2 p.m. For information visit: hoffmancenter.org. 

Owl Prowl at OWG

The TR Sanctuary & Audubon Center presents an owl prowl at Old Westbury Gardens on Dec. 15 in two sessions, from 6 to 7 p.m. and from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Come for a night hike to hear the calls of native owls. The $12 fee includes admission to Westbury Holiday House for refreshments and a visit with Santa. Registration required, call 333-0048. 

Sunday, December 16

Candle Walk, Caroling

The Oyster Bay Main Street Association presents the First Annual Yuletide Candle Walk and Caroling at six Oyster Bay churches on Sunday, Dec. 16, starting at Christ Church at 4 p.m. and ending at the North Shore Community Church.

Shrek The Musical

Shrek the Musical is on stage at Tilles Center on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 3 pm. Tickets are $80, $65 and $50. Call 299-3100 or 1-800-745-3000. 

Wednesday, December 19

Winter Concert

The OBHS Grades 7 And 8 Winter Concert takes place at 8 p.m. in the OBHS Auditorium

Thursday, December 20

Great Books Discussion

The Locust Valley Library, 170 Buckram Road, presents their Great Books which is held twice monthly from 2 to 4 p.m. Discussed will be Nostromo by Joseph Conrad. For information and registration, call Jennifer at 671-1837. All are welcome.

Winter Concert

The OBHS Grades 9-12 Winter Concert Part II offers performances of the Symphonic Band, Chamber Singers and Jazz Band at 8 p.m. in the OBHS auditorium.

Saturday, December 22

Seasons Tweetings

The TR Sanctuary & Audubon Center presents Listen to the reading of Night Tree by Eve Bunting while you decorate the sanctuary trees with wildlife-friendly homemade edible ornaments from 1 to 2:30 p.m. For all ages. The general fee is $7, call 922-3200 for information. 

December 26-28 

Holiday Twilight Tours

The Vanderbilt Museum, at 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport, has been decorated for the holidays by interior designers and garden clubs and offers its very popular twilight mansion tours the evenings of Wednesday-Friday, Dec. 26-28, 7 to 9 p.m. Admission: $10 for adults, $9 for students and seniors (62 and older), and $5 for children 12 and under. Hot chocolate and cookies are included. For information, call 631-854-5579.

Saturday, January 5

Twelfth Night Celebration

Raynham Hall Museum, 20 West Main Street, OB, wants you to ring in the New Year at the annual Twelfth Night Celebration on Saturday, Jan. 5 from 5 to 7 p.m.. The Culper Spies will be playing Colonial Yuletide tunes on the fiddle, harp and recorder. Holiday punch and dessert will be served. Space is limited. Admission is free to members. Please RSVP by calling 922-6808.

Friday, January 11

Angel’s Wish Gala

Reservation deadline for the Christina Renna Foundation (CRF) is hosting An Angel’s Wish Gala Dance at Chateau La Mer, 845 South Wellwood Avenue, Lindenhurst on Friday, Jan. 11, from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. Tickets: donation of $75 per person. Proceeds benefit children’s cancer research at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. You must reserve your tickets by Dec. 22. Call Pat Pichichero at 631-884-0808 or Phil Renna at 631-225-2074, or visit www.crf4acure.org.

Ongoing Events

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Needs Oyster Bay Recruits

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla in the Oyster Bay area is recruiting new members. They are needed to assist the Coast Guard in performing Homeland Security missions and to implement the Coast Guard’s many recreational boating safety programs. No experience or boat is required. Training will be provided. For more information call Joe Orlich, vice flotilla commander of flotilla 22-05 in Oyster Bay at (516) 624-USCG (8724).

Muttontown Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

The Fellowship provides an atmosphere of warmth and camaraderie, with talks presented by intelligent enlightening and non-dogmatic speakers who come from the entire spectrum of the arts, history and sciences. This is followed by coffee and an informal discussion circle, held in the turn-of-the-18th century farmhouse in a bucolic setting. Sundays at 10:30 a.m. The Muttontown Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is located on the south side of Route 25A (Northern Blvd.), East Norwich, directly east of Martin Viette Nurseries and about a half mile west of Route 106. Look for the white brick gate posts with a large sign for Hunter’s Moon Farm. All are welcome. Call with any questions 659-1686.

News

If you missed the 6th annual champagne party at Coe Hall in Planting Fields, put it on your calendar for next year, because this is the party of the summer. A total of 175 guests attended, and many of them were in costume, a new addition to the popular champagne party. The always ebullient Henry Joyce, executive director of Planting Fields Foundation, greeted his guests with his date Daphne, a 3-month-old long haired Dachshund, who is a companion for his Great Dane, Lucy.

“This is a splendid event to celebrate Coe Hall and Planting Fields; everything looks so wonderful in the summer,” said Joyce. “The gardens are glorious and we have a new exhibition to celebrate and it’s just so lovely to be out here in these gardens.”

An expert’s tips on bringing the

best of your garden into your home

Right now, Oyster Bay is in bloom. From the well-tended gardens of Planting Fields to unmowed patches near the Shu Swamp preserve, flowers are not just beautify our community, they also are calling out to us to bring them inside our homes to add color and fragrance. You don’t hear them? Trust me, the flowers in your garden are even calling you by name.

But don’t just stuff a bouquet in a vase. Make them look as good and last as long as possible. To find out how to do that, as well as how to improve your backyard flora, I asked Scott Lucas, the greenhouse supervisor of Old Westbury Gardens for some advice. He invited to join him in his cutting garden.


Sports

Kevin Mercier, 39, of Oyster Bay, led a large contingent of local runners in the Lynne, Gartner, Dunne & Covello Sands Point Sprint 5 Kilometer Run, held on the grounds of Nassau County’s Sands Point Preserve on Saturday morning, Aug. 9. Mercier was the 18th finisher overall and third in the 35-39 age group with a time of  21 minutes, 7 seconds.

Other local runners winning awards at the Sands Point Preserve were Nicholas Cuddy of Oyster Bay, who earned first place honors in the Clydesdale Weight Division with a time of 25:53, Joanne Gallo of Oyster Bay, who  took home the first place award in the women’s 65-69 age group with a time of 28:11, and Anja Hermann of Oyster Bay, third place woman in the 20-24 age group, who finished in 28:47.

Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay will once again be the site of the Long Island’s premiere multisport event – the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23, and the Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 on Sunday, Aug. 24.

The Saturday main event is a “sprint” triathlon, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one loop 15 kilometer bike ride over hill and dale through beautiful Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5 kilometer run through Mill Neck and Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum and “down”to the finish at back at  Roosevelt  Park.


Calendar

Bayville Car Show

Friday, Aug. 22

Junior Triathlon

Sunday, Aug. 24

Historic Church Service And Tour

Sunday, Aug. 24



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