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Valentine Fair

Weekend of February 9 and 10

Raynham Hall Dinner Dance

Saturday, February 9

Alewife Monitoring Training

Tuesday, February 12

February Exhibit

Raynham Hall Museum, 20 West Main Street, open now through February, an exhibit of dance cards from their collection and supplemented by the collection of Lisa McCurdy. For information call 922-6808.


Friday, February 8

Talent Night

The Oyster Bay High School presents the annual student and staff Talent Show in the Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. All welcome. Fee.


Weekend of February 9 and 10

Valentine Fair

The Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce is celebrating Valentine Day as a weekend event for the second time. The event to be held on Saturday, Feb. 9 will have Valentine activities and sales for couples, families and even the family pets. Sunday, Feb. 10 is dedicated to the rest of the family: grandparents, kids, aunts, uncles, cousins and more pets. See visitoysterbay.org.


Saturday, February 9

Vintage Greeting-Card Holders

The Oyster Bay Historical Society, 20 Summit Street, presents a class from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. with Diana Kovacs, class instructor teaching how to make Vintage Greeting-Card Holders. Fee $30. Call 922-5032 for information and registration.

Raynham Hall Dinner Dance

Raynham Hall Museum holds a benefit dinner dance at the Royalton at the Roslyn Country Club on Feb. 9. The honoree is David Steinberg, the president of LIU Post. Tickets are available. Please call 922-6808 for information and tickets.


Sunday, February 10

Kids Valentine Workshop

Raynham Hall Museum, 20 West Main Street, holds a Children’s Valentine’s Workshop on Feb. 10 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. with teacher Kristen Kunc. The fee is $10. Please call 922-6808 for information and reservations.


Tuesday, February 12

Alewife Monitoring Training

Alewife Monitoring Training from 7 to 8 p.m. at Friends of the Bay at 111 South Street, OB. Friends of the Bay is developing projects at Beekman Creek and Beaver Lake to restore alewives by providing access to historical spawning grounds that have been lost. If you are interested in learning more about alewives, and think you might be interested in monitoring them and assisting in documenting populations, come to the training! Respond to Kelly Hines Leo at 631-444-0441 ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )


Saturday, February 16

Paper Napkin Book

The Oyster Bay Historical Society, 20 Summit Street, presents a class from, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. with Diana Kovacs, class instructor teaching how to make a Paper Napkin Book. Fee $35. Call 922-5032 for information and registration.


Saturday, February 23

Beatlemania Day

Long Island Picture Frame & Art Gallery of Oyster Bay, 4 Audrey Avenue presents Love Me Do, on Saturday, Feb. 23 from noon to 7 p.m. It is a celebration of the Beatles with original art for sale. Free wine and cheese reception all day. Call 558-7511 for information.


Saturday, February 23

Card Making Extravaganza

The Oyster Bay Historical Society, 20 Summit Street, presents a class from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. with Diana Kovacs, class instructor teaching how to make a Card-Making Extravaganza. Fee $30. Call 922-5032 for information and registration.


Sunday, February 24

Lecture on LI Women

The Oyster Bay Historical Society, 20 Summit Street, presents a lecture at 2 p.m. by Natalie Naylor speaking on Women in Long Island’s Past. Free and open to the public. Call 922-5032 for information.


Thursday, February 28

OBEN Chamber Installation

The Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce installation of officers and directors takes place on Feb. 28 at Christ Church at 7 p.m. All current paid members are invited, complimentary. If your membership has lapsed please call 922-6464 or contact them at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The newly elected board members are: President Dottie Simons of Dodds & Eder; Vice President Walter Imperatore, Renaissance Properties; Secretary Michele Browner, Hospice of NY; Treasurer John F. DeLillo, John F. DeLillo, CPA; new board members: Susan Dembo, Dawn Reily, Bob Santos, Fran Walker; returning board members: Austin Azzaretto, Robert Brusca, Donnamarie Chaimanis, Bernie DelBello, Catherine Drabin, John McEvoy, Tina Mazzarella, Chuck Panetta, Les Schachter and Dave Waldo.


Save The Date

March 3, Polar Bear Plunge

The United Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County, Inc. with the assistance of the Atlantic Steamer Fire Company will hold the 9th annual Polar Bear Swim on March 3 at the beach in the Theodore Roosevelt Park. The festivities start at 1 p.m. and the plunge takes place at 2 p.m. It is a rain, snow or shine event. There will be an indoor assembly area. Enjoy free hot dogs, hot chocolate, hot coffee, hot soup, hot tea while you are entertained by a DJ. Register and fundraise online at: ucpn2013PolarBearPlunge.kintera.org


Friday, March 8

Xiomara Show

The Oyster Bay Historical Society presents an exhibit of photographs by Xiomara of Sagamore Hill uncovered. He photographed the Theodore Roosevelt mansion as it was being readied for restoration. For information call 922-5032.  


Sunday, March 10

LI Baroque Concert

The Long Island Baroque Ensemble plays at Christ Church, 61 East Main Street, OB, at 3 p.m. Tickets: $20/$15 seniors, $10 students, children with adults admitted free. Call 922-6377.


Ongoing

Food Pantry

The North Shore Assembly of God, 84 Orchard St, Oyster Bay is operating a new food pantry for the community. It is meant to supplement the growing needs of the community. It is open on Tuesdays during their prayer times: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. If you are in need of their service, please call Pastor Diane at 922-2547 and make an appointment to complete their screening process.


Weekly Events

•Alcoholics Anonymous closed step meeting Sundays at 8 p.m. and open meeting at the same time. On Wednesdays at 8 p.m. there is a beginner’s meeting and a closed discussion meeting. Anyone can attend the open meetings. The closed meetings are for anyone who has a desire to stop drinking. The meetings are held at Christ Church, 61 E. Main St., Oyster Bay. For information call 922-6377.

•Play Bridge will be held at the OB-EN Library, 89 E. Main St., Oyster Bay. Meets every Monday at 7 p.m. Bring a partner or come by yourself. Beginners welcome. Call 922-1212.

•Alanon meeting will be held every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Oyster Bay Presbyterian Church, East Main St. All are welcome.

•Substance Abuse Groups meet at the Youth and Family Counseling Agency, 193 A, South St., Oyster Bay, on Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. and from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Registration required. Call 922-6867.

•Open Mike. Every Thursday enjoy the open mike night at Canterbury’s, Oyster Bay. Professional musicians and novices are invited to bring their instruments, voices, and friends to join him on stage or perform by themselves. Approximate starting time is 8:45 p.m. Call Mark at 922-3214.

•Ballroom Dance at the Life Enrichment Center of Oyster Bay, 45 E. Main St., Oyster Bay, every Friday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. with instructor Vladimir Velev, an international ballroom dance champion. Learn to Cha Cha, Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango and more. Donation requested. Call 922-1770.


Monthly Events

•Lions Club Of Oyster Bay meets on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. The Lions Club of Oyster Bay, chartered in 1948, is a non-denominational group of men and women from all walks of life, brought together in the common interest of serving the community in the spirit of Lionism. Call 922-2967, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit www.lionwap.org/oysterbayny.

•Holistic Moms Network, a community of moms interested in natural health and mindful parenting. Held on the first Thursday of every month (or specific date) from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Oyster Bay Community Center, Church St., Oyster Bay. All welcome. Call 624-2332. www.holisticmoms.org; e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

•Oyster Bay Quilting Group held on the fourth Tuesday of the month in the Green Room at the OB Library, 89 Main St., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring a project and lunch.

•Locust Valley Garden Club. The executive board of the Locust Valley Garden Club invites new members to join. The club meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m. at Bailey Arboretum. Some of the committees take care of local gardens, do garden therapy with residents of Jones Manor, make projects with the children of the Grenville Boys & Girls Club and decorate local libraries at holiday time. If you are interested in becoming a member and perform a service to the community, contact Madeline 643-9109. Membership is not limited to Locust Valley residents. Anyone interested from surrounding towns is welcome to join. Upcoming programs include: garden video, holiday arrangements, sustainable landscapes and terrariums.

•Getting Acquainted With Social Security. The Incorporated Village of Bayville is sponsoring a service for its retired residents as well as those who are considering retirement. Social Security: Getting Acquainted with Social Security Services will be conducted by Village of Bayville resident, Vincent Serio, a recently retired Social Security administration agent with many years of experience in the field of Social Security services. He will discuss retirement, disability, survivor and Medicare benefits, in addition to the development and adjudication of the new prescription plan. There will be a question and answer period during which attendees will be given the opportunity to discuss concerns and get clarification on all aspects of Social Security. There is no fee for this service, which will be provided on an ongoing basis the first Thursday of the month at the Bayville Community Center, 88 Bayville Ave. Call 628-1439.

•American Rhododendron Society. Local chapter meeting on the third Thursday of the month at the Burns Horticultural Center, Planting Fields Arboretum. Call Chas Rasweiler 334-4459 or Jim Fry 631-754-2412.

•Free Guided Nature Tours held on the first and third Saturdays of every month, rain or shine, at the Hoffman Center, 6000 Route 25A, Muttontown. Visitors should meet their guide at the entrance at 12:50 p.m. Gate locked when tour begins. No pets or children under the age of 10 are permitted. Call 922-3290.


Ongoing Programs

Adult Day Care

Jones Manor, 59 Bayville Ave., Bayville, is licensed to provide adult day care and short term/respite care to the elderly and their caregivers. It is a safe, supervised environment where your loved one will be comfortable and have the companionship of peers and receive personal attention. The length of stay is determined by your particular needs. Call 628-1350.

OB-EN Boys & Girls Club

Located at 1 Pine Hollow Rd., Oyster Bay. Call Valerie Buscemi 922-9285, ext. 19. New membership year. Don’t miss out on any of the exciting events planned for the months ahead. Stop by the clubhouse and renew your membership. If you have never been a club member, now is your chance to experience all that the club has to offer. Members can look forward to upcoming events and programs such as: Nitromania, movie nights, Karaoke nights, summer, spring, winter and day camps, basketball and handball programs and much more. The Junior and Senior games rooms are fully equipped with big screen televisions, pool and ping pong tables, foosball and comfy couches to just hang out. Enjoy open gym nights as well as competitive sports. To become a member, stop by the clubhouse and pick up a membership application (parental signature required). Member fee is $35.

Day Break Program

The Life Enrichment Center of Oyster Bay holds its Day Break program at Christ Church’s Parish Hall, 61 E. Main St. It has enabled the center to expand activities and welcome new clients. Call 558-7211. The program is open five days a week from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A nutritious lunch is served every day as well as an afternoon snack. Roundtrip transportation is offered. Methods of payment include long-term health care insurance; possible reimbursement by Medicaid and private payment. For more information call 922-1770.

Senior Dinner Discount

Members of Life Enrichment Center of Oyster Bay can enjoy a $12 meal that includes main entrée, soft drink, coffee or tea, tax, and gratuity. You need a reservation for this special offer. Call 922-1770.

Oyster Bay Historical Society

Located at 20 W. Main St. The museum is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. Call 922-5032.

Earle-Wightman House

Located at 20 Summit St., Oyster Bay. Open Tuesday to Friday: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Saturdays: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and Sundays: 1 - 4 p.m. Call 922-5032. Donation requested.

Mrs. Jones Attic

Located at 59 Bayville Ave., Bayville. Open Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donations and volunteers welcome. Proceeds benefit residents of Jones Manor Adult Home. For further information call 628-1350.

Museums

•Bayville Village Museum, 34 School St., open Tuesdays and Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. Closed Saturdays. For appointments call David Rapelje at 628-1439, ext. 18.

•Raynham Hall Museum, 20 West Main St., Oyster Bay. Open Tuesday to Sunday: 1 - 5 p.m. (Memorial Day through Labor Day, noon to 5 p.m.). Summer hours: noon to 5 p.m. Call 922-6808. Admission $4 and $3 for seniors and students. Children under 6 are free.

•Townsend Society Museum, 107 East Main St., Oyster Bay. Open Saturdays from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Call 922-5434.

•Whaling Museum, Main St., Cold Spring Harbor. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and holiday Mondays. Admission $6 adults; $5 students and seniors; $19 families; military, members, children under 5 free. Sunday, 11 a.m. to noon by donation. Call 631-367-3418.

•Visit the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum/Visitor Center and Turntable Yard, 100-102 Audrey Ave. (just north of the gazebo/bandstand - on the right), where you will be directed to the turntable railyard - featuring a variety of refurbished train cars. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. For more information and to lend your support to the museum, call 558-7036 or visit http://www.obrm.org/.

•Billy Joel’s 20th century Cycles Motorcycle Museum at 101 Audrey Ave. Open Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

LV Neighborhood Watch

Membership drive is underway. The Locust Valley Neighborhood Watch invites all Locust Valley residents, businesses and associations to join. Current dues for the year are set at $20. Call 676-6152 to receive membership information or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Planting Fields Arboretum

Open daily (except Christmas Day) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parking $6. Call 922-8600. Main greenhouse hours 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Camellia greenhouse hours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Garden Gift Shop hours daily, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Coe Hall Historic House Museum hours daily, noon to 3:30 p.m. for guides tours. Garden tours offered daily at 2 p.m., weather permitting. Fee $5 adults; $3.50 seniors; $1 children 7 to 12. $6 per car parking fee additional. Handicapped accessible. Located on Planting Fields Rd., Oyster Bay. Call 922-9210 or visit www.plantingfields.org.

Rotary Rides

The Oyster Bay Charitable Fund’s “Rotary Rides” permanent phone number is 922-2650. Disabled community members needing a ride to a medical appointment, procedure or the like are encouraged to call the above number to request an application for service. Once approved, transportation will be arranged with the Hendrickson Bus Corporation, which is providing specialized vehicles for a fraction of the cost to the Charitable Fund. Donations are needed to help continue this invaluable service. Your tax-deductible gift to the Oyster Bay Charitable Fund will enable a handicapped individual to regain his/her independence. If you would like to make a donation, mail it to the: Oyster Bay Charitable Fund, P.O. Box 132, Oyster Bay, NY 11771. Be sure to enter “Rotary Rides” in the memo line.

Sagamore Hill National Historic Site

The Old Orchard Museum is closed Monday and Tuesday now through Memorial Day. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There are daily ranger talks and walks offered. See the Visitor Center for more information. Call 922-4788.

Sailboat Racing

All are welcome to participate in these evening races within the Oyster Bay and Cold Spring Harbor area. After the races, gather back at the club for refreshments and stories of that evening’s race. It is a great way to begin, whether for a skipper new to racing or a novice just wanting to assist as part of the crew. Open to all sailboats of Oyster Bay who register with Sagamore’s Race Committee. You do not have to be a member of Sagamore Yacht Club to join the Wednesday night racing program. Race starting time is 6:30 p.m. For more information, call Mike at 768-0932.

Village Church Thrift Shop

The Village Church of Bayville Thrift Shop, 9 Mountain Ave., Bayville. Come and see all new items in the shop. Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 628-2737.

The Waterfront Center

Located at 1 West End Ave., Western Waterfront. Call 922-SAIL or visit www.thewaterfrontcenter.org. Ongoing programs: Learn to sail; junior summer programs; rentals; school and Scout group programs; an extensive program guide is available. Charters on the historic oyster sloop Christeen are offered. Call for fees and dates.

News

Driving rain and an early start time did not deter 600 people who arrived at Crest Hollow Country Club recently to celebrate the Women’s Fund of Long Island’s 20th year and to honor four exceptional women.

The breakfast started with a meet and greet and a chance to showcase Women’s Fund contest winner Patti Hogarty, designer of “Women as Bamboo.” Inspired by her neighbor’s bamboo, she entered the contest drawing a design of the bamboo, which Ambalu Jewelers of Roslyn then turned into various pendants of which 40-percent of the profits would go to WFLI. Hogarty wrote a short essay comparing women to bamboo in that they are strong and can weather difficult storms, yet remain graceful and continue to grow sending out new shoots.

Oyster Bay High School Principal Dr. Dennis O’Hara addressed the board of education at Tuesday night’s meeting about offering a summer school program at the high school. It would be the first time the district had a summer school program in more than 12 years.

Dr. O’Hara explained that with the institution of the Common Core state standards, students are faced with a greater level of academic rigor and more challenging coursework. The program would offer remedial and enrichment classes for students both in and out of district.


Sports

In the history of Oyster Bay High School athletics, no one has ever won a Girls’ Tennis New York State Championship. Celeste Matute and Courtney Kowalsky became the first when they won the 2014 New York State Doubles Championship in Latham on Nov. 3. What makes this tremendous achievement even more remarkable is that Matute is a junior and Kowalsky is a sophomore.

The girls, who are usually singles players, teamed up to take on the very best players in Nassau County and New York State. They won all 10 matches in the section XIII and NYSPHSAA tournaments and left Latham as the 2014 New York State doubles champions.

The conditions were as fierce as the competition earlier this month at Oakcliff Sailing’s Halloween Invitational.

Ten teams from the U.S., Canada and Bermuda battled 30-knot-plus winds, heavy rain and biting cold to see who would take top honors at Oakcliff’s final match racing event of the 2014 season.


Calendar

Annual Turkey Trot

Thursday, Nov. 27

Turkey Detox Workshop

Friday, Nov. 28

East Norwich Holiday

Sunday, Nov. 30



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