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Paperback Book Swap

Saturday, March 9

A Downton Abbey Soiree

Sunday, March 10

Spotlight On Theater

Thursday, March 14

Saturday, March 9

Paperback Book Swap

The Friends of the Library (FOL) Paperback Book Swap returns, from 1 to 4 p.m. Bring your paperback adult, teen and children’s books – good condition only – to the library’s meeting room for a free, friendly book swap. No more than 20 books per person, and books are not accepted in advance, outside or in the lobby. Browsers welcome! For more information, visit pwpl.org/fol.


Sunday, March 10

A Downton Abbey Soiree

Join The Dolphin Bookshop and Café at 4 p.m. for a night of Period Elegance a la Lord and Lady Grantham themselves. Dying to discuss Season 3? Freshly grieving or clicking your heels with anticipation? Come in your finest turn-of-the-century attire for tea and hors d’oeuvres and thought provoking conversation. Discuss current and past seasons with fellow fans and ready your mind for a detailed Downton trivia and best costume competition. Registration fee is $10. Register online at www.thedolphinbookshop.com or stop by the store to purchase tickets.

Landmark Children’s Series

Landmark on Main Street’s Children’s Series continues with Theatreworks USA’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day on at 2 p.m. Tickets: $18 with discounts for “Friends of Landmark.” Tickets and information at the box office phone (767-6444) or www.landmarkonmainstreet.org.


Tuesday, March 12

Live From NY’s 92nd St. Y

The Community Synagogue’s Brotherhood and the 92nd St. Y are presenting  new programs for the winter-spring season of 2013. Broadcast live via satellite, this evening will be filled with 
irreverence and hilarity as Judy Gold sits down with Joy Behar, the award-
winning talk show host, comedian, writer and actress. Begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for this and all other  programs can be made at www.commsyn.org/92Y/.

Teen Poets: Open Mic Poetry Slam

Embrace your inner beatnik, teens! All are welcome, at 6 p.m., for a retro Open Mic Poetry Slam. Got freshly-penned poetry you’ve been dying to share? Want to put a beat poet’s spin on the newest pop song? Or are you simply ready to enjoy a mature even of latte-sipping and art? Visit the website at www.thedolphinbookshop.com, stop by the store, or call 767-2650 for more information.


Wednesday, March 13

Photoshop Layers And Masks

At 7:30 p.m., PCLI member, Stanley Strauss will present an evening of “how to” on Photoshop Layers and Masks at the Port Washington Public Library. Using these two Photoshop features can seem way too complicated. Come to the Port Washington Library and learn how these techniques can increase your ability to turn a great photograph into a “wow” photograph. Stanley Strauss has extensive experience both with digital photography and digital photography enhancements through Photoshop and other digital enhancement programs. He will lead you through the basics of layers and masks. To learn more about PCLI, go to www.pcliphoto.org.


Thursday, March 14

Spotlight On Theater

Behind-the-Scenes Conversations with Coffee & Confections at the Port Washington Public Library, with the theme: “Down the Rabbit Hole: The Unique Challenge of Creating Intergenerational Theater.” With Play Troupe & Children’s Show leadership, with special guests from the Children’s Show’s history.


Friday, March 15

Owl Prowl

The sun will set at 7:01 p.m., and shortly after, people will gather outside at the Sands Point Preserve, searching for owls – a bird that is solitary and nocturnal. With eyes that face forward, he has very precise depth perception. Combine that with excellent hearing, and you have an excellent nighttime hunter. The owl is a carnivore, and his prey is mostly rodents, insects, frogs, and birds. Lucky bird – he has no major predators…. but attendees will be his friendly stalkers! Free with Annual Pass or $10 per car. To reserve tickets and for more information about programs and events at the Sands Point Preserve, call 571-7901, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , see www.thesandspointpreserve.com or stop by the Gate House, open daily, at 127 Middle Neck Road in Sands Point.


Upcoming Events

St. Patrick’s Day Benefit Bash

The Spectrum Designs Foundation will host a St. Patrick’s Day Benefit Bash to support their “Spectrum of Opportunities” expansion campaign at the Polish Hall in Port Washington on Saturday, March 16. To buy tickets or sponsorship opportunities, visit their website www.spectrumdesigns.org, call 767-7177 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Music And Dance At The Sands Point Preserve

Friends of the Sands Point Preserve will present two evenings of music, dance, and fine dining. The “Celtic Celebration,” featuring the Foot & Fiddle Dance Company and All-Ireland Fiddle Champion Patrick Mangan, takes place on March 16. The “Starry Night of Cabaret” takes place on April 6. Both events start at 7 p.m. in Castlegould’s beautiful Great Hall. Tickets are $100 per person – these include the concert, signature cocktails, dinner, and dessert catered by Philip Stone. Discounts are available for ticket purchases to both shows and for groups of six or more. To purchase tickets and for more information about programs and events at the Sands Point Preserve, call 571-7901, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , see www.thesandspointpreserve.com or stop by the Gate House, open daily, at 127 Middle Neck Road in Sands Point.

News

Gould A. ‘Stretch’ Ryder III, accomplished sailor, pilot, businessman, civic leader, and steward of the beautiful waterfront of Port Washington, passed away Oct. 24 at The Amsterdam at Harborside Hospice Center in Port Washington.

Stretch, as he was known to all, was well known as part of the crew on Ted Turner’s “Courageous” when it won the America’s Cup in 1977. Turner stayed in touch and visited Stretch last week.

Stretch’s life was marked by numerous personal contributions and accomplishments.

Parents concerned about classroom sizes spoke up at the Port Washington Board of Education meeting, as the board passed an approval of the larger sizes.

Parents spoke of class sizes at the district’s elementary being in the mid 20s, an amount they felt compromised the quality of their children’s education.

“The board of education changed our children’s education for the worse,” said one mother of larger average class sizes the board had approved last year. The comment drew clapping from the audience.


Sports

The Port Washington Soccer Club has presented Schreiber High School graduate and captain of the Port Washington Blue Knights, Cameron Boroumand, with the annual $1,000 Joe Cohen Scholarship.

The award, which has been presented annually for over 10 years, was established by the Port Washington Soccer Club to honor Joseph Cohen, a gifted athlete who attended college on a soccer scholarship. He went on to achieve outstanding success, first academically, and then in his professional life.  He gave his time fully and with great heart to innumerable charitable endeavors.

The tough and talented Port Washington volleyball team defeated Hicksville at an away game this past Friday in all three sets.

With strong returning players who also play on club teams year round, the Port Washington team plays with a certain level of chemistry. Megan Murphy and Kelly Nardone led the way with 12 assists and Mia Walker had six kills.


Calendar

Schreiber Symphony Orchestra - November 6

Port Summer Show - November 6

Residents For A More Beautiful Port Washington Meeting - November 7


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com