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The Long Island Ducks play their first home (Credit: Newsday / Chris Lee)

The Long Island Ducks play their first home game and more fun this weekend on LI!

Best things to do this week and weekend on Long Island

Looking for things to do on Long Island? We've rounded up the best concerts, fairs and festivals, and parties and cultural events going on in Nassau and Suffolk.

Meet Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist,
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Meet Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist, Adam Haslett at Turn of the Corkscrew, Books and Wine in Rockville Centre on May 6, 2015. ......Photo credit Beowulf Sheehan..ExploreLI/Lynn Petry..XLIPICKS0501_MAY06......

Juan de Marcos & The Afro-Cuban All Stars

Juan de Marcos & The Afro-Cuban All Stars
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Juan de Marcos & The Afro-Cuban All Stars (which includes members of the Buena Vista Social Club) make a debut appearance at Landmark on Main Street in Port Washington. This unique, 14-piece orchestra is dedicated to sharing the complete story of Cuban music and performs at 8 p.m. Friday, April 29. ADMISSION $49-$59 INFO 516-767-6444, landmarkonmainstreet.org

Arbor Day at Bayard Cutting Arboretum

Bring the family to Bayard Cutting Arboretum's Arbor
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Bring the family to Bayard Cutting Arboretum's Arbor Day celebration, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, April 29 in Great River. Planned activities include a mock game show, an Arbor Day tree planting and Earth Day-related exhibits from retailers. ADMISSION Free INFO 631-581-1002, bayardcuttingarboretum.com

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Pedals for Progress donations

Got an old bicycle or sewing machine laying
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Got an old bicycle or sewing machine laying around? Donate it to Pedals for Progress, a program that sends them to communities overseas. Returned Peace Corps volunteers are sponsoring the collection, and they ask that the items are not rusty. Stop by 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 30, South Huntington Public Library, 145 Pidgeon Hill Rd., Huntington Station ADMISSION $10 donation per bike or sewing machine PHONE 516-729-9894 WEB p4p.org

'Cinderella' at Theatre Three

The pumpkin, the palace and the prince all
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The pumpkin, the palace and the prince all play big roles in the childhood favorite fairy tale about a young ragamuffin girl, Cinderella. The classic love story is being presented at Theatre Three in Port Jefferson and will close out its 2016 children's theater run. Shows are 11 a.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 27-30. ADMISSION $10 INFO 631-928-9100, theatrethree.com

Kool and the Gang

Kool and the Gang perform their string of
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Kool and the Gang perform their string of hits, including "Celebration," "Jungle Boogie," "Too Hot" and many more, at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at NYCB Theatre at Westbury. Their special guest is Morris Day and The Time. ADMISSION $49.50-$129.50 PHONE 516-247-5200 WEB thetheatreatwestbury.com

Antiques fair in Cutchogue

Browse and graze at an antiques fair, 8
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Browse and graze at an antiques fair, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 30 at the Arts and Crafts Guild in Cutchogue (28265 Main Rd.). This indoor-outdoor event is held rain or shine. ADMISSION Free INFO 631-734-6382, oldtownartsguild.org

Raising chickens info session

Flock to Talmage Farm Agway in Riverhead for
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Flock to Talmage Farm Agway in Riverhead for Chicken Chat 201, 6:30-8 p.m. Friday, April 29 or 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 30. Hear about raising and caring for chickens and laying hens, how to grow a flock and anticipating possible problems. Call to reserve a spot. ADMISSION Free INFO 631-727-3100, talmagefarm.com

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Rockville Centre homes tour

Tour four professionally designed homes in Rockville Centre
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Tour four professionally designed homes in Rockville Centre from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, April 30. A complimentary 5-7 p.m. cocktail party at the Phillips House Museum offers an opportunity to meet the designers and George Oliphant, star of NBC’s “George to the Rescue.” Tickets can be purchased online and at Giftologist (37 S. Park Ave.), but all tickets must be picked up at Giftologist. ADMISSION $45 INFO 516-499-8110, homesofdistinctiontour.org

 

American Rhododendron Society show

You’ll see single-cut trusses all up for judging

You’ll see single-cut trusses all up for judging at the American Rhododendron Society’s annual flower show, 2-4 p.m. Saturday, April 30 at Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park in Oyster Bay. Hundreds of entries with various colors and flower forms will be considered for awards. Stay until the end; flowers will be given out for free. ADMISSION Free ($8 parking) PHONE 516-922-9200 WEB plantingfields.org

Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival

Spring returns in a formal way to Stony
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Spring returns in a formal way to Stony Brook University with the annual Sakura Matsuri -- the Cherry Blossom Festival. The Japanese cultural event opens a window into the Eastern world with origami, kimono dress-ups and Ikebana flower-arranging workshops ($10). See a tea ceremony ($10) or watch cosplay enthusiasts dressed as Japanese manga animé characters. The campus' Jasmine Dining Hall will sell bento boxes and sushi rolls. WHEN | WHERE Noon-5 p.m. Sunday, May 1 at the Charles B. Wang Center at Stony Brook University. Rain or shine. INFO 631-632-4400, thewangcenter.org ADMISSION $20 (free younger than 12) includes all programs, which are otherwise free to $10 each

Babylon Art Festival

The Babylon Art Festival Art Show and Exhibition
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The Babylon Art Festival Art Show and Exhibition features the works of students in Babylon schools as well as those from Farmingdale State University and Dowling College, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 30 and noon-4 p.m. Sunday, May 1 at Old Babylon Town Hall in Babylon. Pictured: "Cherry Blossoms" by Kelsey Lee Franciosa. ADMISSION Free PHONE 631-587-3696 WEB babylonarts.org

Kayaking seminar

Interested in fishing from a kayak? The folks
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Interested in fishing from a kayak? The folks at Empire Kayaks in Island Park are offering a seminar 9-10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 1 that covers the benefits of fishing from a kayak, how to accessorize yours, rod and reel selection, and local fish to target. Demonstrations available after the seminar. Call to reserve. ADMISSION Free INFO 516-889-8300, empirekayaks.com

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Roller hockey competition

The players will be on in-line skates on
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The players will be on in-line skates on a "sport court" instead of ice -- and the rules are slightly different. Watch a regional qualifier for teams ages 6 and older to determine who goes on to the finals in Florida. WHEN | WHERE 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, April 30 and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, May 1; Skate Safe America, 182 Bethpage Sweet Hollow Rd., Old Bethpage INFO 760-889-6909, narch.com ADMISSION Free

Tulip Festival

Stop and smell the flowers at the annual
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Stop and smell the flowers at the annual Tulip Festival at Heckscher Park in Huntington, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, May 1. The spotlight will be on hundreds of spring blossoms, crafts, children’s activities, along with live performances on the Chapin Rainbow Stage. ADMISSION Free PHONE 631-351-3099 WEB heckscher.org

Long Island Ducks

The Long Island Ducks play their first home
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The Long Island Ducks play their first home game Thursday at the Bethpage Ballpark in Central Islip. Then Saturday, it's fireworks night. WHEN | WHERE Games at 6:35 p.m. Thursday, April 28 through Saturday, April 30 and 1:35 p.m. next Sunday, May 1; 3 Courthouse Dr., Central Islip INFO 631-940-8499, liducks.com ADMISSION $12-$15

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