Best things to do this week and weekend on Long Island

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

Why Knot: Korean knot-making

Maedeup is the Korean art of knot-making for
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Maedeup is the Korean art of knot-making for jewelry or dress and accessory decorating. Master artist Karen Ahn will teach a series of three classes (1-3 p.m. on Fridays, April 28, May 5 and May 12). Students will bring home a pin and a necklace  they've made. ADMISSION $30 (includes three classes and materials for two jewelry items)
INFO 631-632-4400, stonybrook.edu  

Saddle up for Belmont Park's opening

Riders up and horses at the gate as
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Riders up and horses at the gate as the New York Racing Association opens for the new season at Belmont Park in Elmont. Thoroughbred racing continues through July 16 with highlights ranging from Big Apple Showcase Day (May 29) to the Belmont Stakes (June 8-10) and the Stars and Stripes Racing Festival (July 8). Pictured, Shaman Ghost wins the fourth race at Belmont Park in Elmont on June 11, 2016. WHEN | WHERE 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 28, 2150 Hemsptead Tpke., Elmont INFO 516-488-6000, nyra.com

Roger McGuinn, founder of The Byrds and lead
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Roger McGuinn, founder of The Byrds and lead guitarist on many of its hits like "Turn, Turn, Turn" and "Mr. Tambourine Man" performs live at Suffolk Theatre 8 p.m. Friday, April 28. The American musician is a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee. ADMISSION $50-$65 INFO 631-727-4343, suffolktheater.com

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Attend the Long Island Ducks home opener

Long Island's home team, the Ducks, returns to
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Long Island's home team, the Ducks, returns to the field for a full weekend of games and festivities -- including fireworks following the game on Saturday, April 29, and "Sunday Family Funday" with pregame autographs and postgame invite for kids to run the bases. WHEN | WHERE 6:35 p.m. Friday, April 28, and Saturday, April 29, 1:35 p.m. next Sunday, April 30, Bethpage Ballpark, 3 Court House Dr., Central Islip INFO 631-940-3825, liducks.com ADMISSION $12-$15

See the stars

Astronomy Day at the Custer Institute runs noon-midnight
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Astronomy Day at the Custer Institute runs noon-midnight Saturday, April 29, in Southold. Expect food, education and fun all having to do with astronomy plus solar viewing, planetarium shows, astronomy games, demonstrations, lectures, tours and more. A reception and dedication ceremony for the new dome telescope happens at 5 p.m. ADMISSION $20 per family INFO 631-765-2626, custerobservatory.org

Go antiquing

Head to the village of Port Jefferson for
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Head to the village of Port Jefferson for a weekend of antiquing at a two-day indoor show featuring vintage lighting, estate and antique jewelry, prints, quilts, folk art and more, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, April 29, and Sunday, April 30, Port Jefferson Village Center, 101A E. Broadway. ADMISSION $6 PHONE 631-473-2665 WEB portjeff-antiques-garden.com

Shop at the art, craft and gift market

More than 75 vendors present one-of-a-kind gift items

More than 75 vendors present one-of-a-kind gift items along with handcrafted and personal collections of jewelry, home décor, clothing and more at the Merrick Spring Festival Art, Craft and Gift Market, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, April 29, and Sunday, April 30, rain or shine at the Long Island Rail Road station in Merrick on Sunrise Highway. ADMISSION Free PHONE 516-442-6000 WEB nassaucountycraftshows.com 

Head to the shore

Head to the Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center at
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Head to the Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center at Jones Beach State Park to join the Bay Walk Family Program 1:30-3 p.m. Saturday, April 29. The group will explore the bay shoreline to see the plants and animals the tide leaves behind. Call to register. ADMISSION $4 (free younger than 4), $8 parking INFO 516-780-3295, parks.ny.gov

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Be dazzled at the Gem and Mineral Show

See a large selection of products
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See a large selection of products "produced by mother nature" at the Freeport Gem and Mineral Show. More than 25 dealers present beads, crystals, gems and minerals during a weekend show that also features prehistoric fossils and meteorites, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, April 29, and Sunday, April 30, at the Freeport Recreation Center. ADMISSION $5.50 (free ages 12 and younger with an adult) PHONE 631-271-8411 WEB kaleidoscopegemshows.com

Celebrate Arbor Day

WHEN | WHERE 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, April
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WHEN | WHERE 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, April 29, and next Sunday, April 30, 1395 Planting Fields Rd., Oyster Bay INFO 516-922-9200, plantingfields.org ADMISSION $20 per vehicle. Planting Fields Arboretum's annual two-day outdoor celebration  of Arbor Day is a family-friendly affair with live music, nature crafts, tree plantings (12:30 and 3 p.m.) and harnessed tree-climbing. Visitors can go to a plant clinic and bring home a tree seedling.

Sign up kids to bake

Bake Yourself Happy is a baking competition just
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Bake Yourself Happy is a baking competition just for kids, and Wednesday, April 26, is the last day to register. Fifth-graders through high school seniors are invited to prepare and submit their home-baked entries (muffins, cookies and cupcakes) for exhibition and judging 3-5 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at the Hampton Bays Community Center.  ADMISSION Free INFO 631-702-2425, southamptontownny.gov/youthbureau

Learn about bike safety

Enjoy the fun and fascination of Safety Town
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Enjoy the fun and fascination of Safety Town at Holtsville's Ecology Site and Wildlife Center during its Bicycle Rodeo from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 29. Kids can learn to ride bikes safely on a mock roadway in a kid-size setting. Safety Town features roads with turning lane arrows, a railroad crossing, two one-way tunnels to teach the dangers of one-way streets, and timed traffic lights. Participants will get feedback on their riding. Bring your own bikes and helmets. Rain date April 30. ADMISSION Free INFO 631-363-3770, brookhavenny.gov

Jazz it up during Jazz Day

Not only will kids make their own musical
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Not only will kids make their own musical instrument -- in this case, a sound sandwich -- to help celebrate National Jazz Day at the Maritime Explorium 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 29-30, but the Stony Brook University's instrument "petting zoo" will be stopping by at 2 p.m. to give kids a chance to handle a variety of musical instruments. ADMISSION $5 INFO 631-331-3277, maritimeexplorium.org

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Hear Wynton Marsalis

Jazz musician Wynton Marsalis pays tribute to the
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Jazz musician Wynton Marsalis pays tribute to the signature musical style of jazz icon Ella Fitzgerald at the Tilles Center -- he's joined by veteran vocalists Kenny Washington and Roberta Gambarini along with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. WHEN | WHERE 7 p.m. next Sunday, April 30, LIU Post, Northern Boulevard, Brookville INFO 516-299-3100, tillescenter.org ADMISSION $53-$83

Check out vintage cars

You'll find a field filled with colorful, vintage
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You'll find a field filled with colorful, vintage autos at the Long Island Cars Super Swap Sunday at Flowerfields Fairground in St. James. Show cars will be judged in 50 classes. Collectible autos on display include models from the '50s-'70s, along with street rods, exotics, muscle cars and imports, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, April 30 (rain date May 21). ADMISSION $9 (free younger than 12) PHONE 631-567-5898 WEB longislandcars.com 

Go to All Kids Fair

Kids rule during a full-day fair focused on
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Kids rule during a full-day fair focused on products and services for children and their families. New this year at All Kids Fair: a petting zoo (noon-3:30 p.m.) and a bounce house along with about 80 vendors representing camps, college planning, after-school activities and party venues. The Food Network's "Chopped Junior" contestants Sophie Bravo, pictured, (10:30 and 11:30 a.m.) and Ally Kustera (2:30 p.m.) host food demonstrations; Chloe Wheeler, a former contestant on Telemundo's "La Vaz Kids," performs at 3:30. WHEN | WHERE 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. next Sunday, April 30, Hilton Long Island/Huntington, 598 Broad Hollow Rd., Melville INFO 516-621-1446, allkidsfair.com ADMISSION $5 (free ages 2 and younger)

See TED Talks

Anyone familiar with TED Talks, the online series
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Anyone familiar with TED Talks, the online series of talks from experts on "ideas worth spreading," may be interested in a cinema screening of the most inspiring and insightful talks from TED2017.  TED2017 is a weeklong event held in Vancouver that "explores the most pressing questions of our time and imagines what our shared future might look like." Elon Musk (pictured) is among the lineup of speakers. The screening is 8 p.m. Sunday, April 30, at theatres in Stony Brook, Holtsville, Farmingdale, Hampton Bays and Westbury. See fathomevents.com for theater locations.

Learn about trees

Learn how to distinguish an oak tree from
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Learn how to distinguish an oak tree from a hickory or walnut -- it's all in the shape, bark and bud -- 10-11:30 a.m. Sunday, April 30, at the William Floyd Estate in Mastic Beach. ADMISSION Free PHONE 631-399-2030 WEB nps.gov

See Barbra Streisand

Iconic singer Barbra Streisand makes a stop on
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Iconic singer Barbra Streisand makes a stop on Long Island performing songs from her latest release, "The Encore -- The Music, The Mem'ries, The Magic!" She entertains at the newly renovated NYCB Live's Nassau Veterans Coliseum, with her signature songs from each decade of her career, along with cuts from the new album. WHEN | WHERE 8 p.m. Thursday, May 4, 1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale INFO 800-745-3000, nycblive.com ADMISSION Tickets from $103; $40 parking ($20 limited pre-sale parking)

Spend an evening with Jacques Pepin

Spend an evening with legendary French chef Jacques
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Spend an evening with legendary French chef Jacques Pepin in Great Neck eating and going to a movie. Meet him at LOLA in Great Neck at 6:30 p.m., where you'll feast on tastings of Pepin's recipes prepared by executive chef Michael Ginor. Next, the Bow Tie Squire Cinemas, right next door, host an 8:15 screening of the upcoming American Masters' PBS film, "Jacques Pepin -- The Art of Craft." A Q&A with the celebrity chef follows. WHEN | WHERE Thursday, May 4, Middle Neck Road, Great Neck INFO 516-829-2570, goldcoastfilmfestival.org ADMISSION $100 includes tasting ($55 film only)

Watch the stars

The stargazing evening at the Theodore Roosevelt Nature
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The stargazing evening at the Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center at the west end of Jones Beach at 8 p.m. Friday, May 5, is an indoor astronomy presentation followed by stargazing through telescopes provided by the Amateur Observers' Society of NY. Please call to register for this family event so that notifications can be made in the event of cancellation due to weather.  ADMISSION $4, free under age 3 INFO 516-785-3614, 516-780-3295, aosny.org

Watch birds

Experts from the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Audubon
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Experts from the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Audubon Center lead an early bird walk at Old Westbury Gardens to see warblers, red-winged blackbirds, Carolina wrens and others. The trek also enables you to take in the blooming spring flowers on the grounds, 9 a.m. Saturday, May 6. Bird guides and binoculars will be provided if needed. ADMISSION $12 ($7 ages 7-17) PHONE 516-333-0048 WEB oldwestburygardens.org

Join a cleanup

Join the national park rangers at the Fire
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Join the national park rangers at the Fire Island Lighthouse for a beach and bay cleanup as part of a statewide program. Gloves and trash bags will be provided. Other local national, state parks participating include Jones Beach, Sailor's Haven, The Fire Island Wilderness Vistors Center and the Watch Hill Butterfly Garden. Register online with your desired site. WHEN | WHERE 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 6, rain or shine, Fire Island Lighthouse at Robert Moses State Park. INFO 631-687-4780, ptny.org/ilovemypark ADMISSION $8 parking

Enjoy Family Fun Day

In preparation for Peconic Family Fun Day at
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In preparation for Peconic Family Fun Day at the Children's Museum of the East End, the animals are being preened, the arts and craft stations are being arranged, the live marimba band is warming up and information to inform kids about ecosystems, estuaries and environments is being reviewed. That and a lot more comes together from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 6, at the 7,000-square-foot museum in Bridgehampton. ADMISSION Free INFO 631-537-8250, cmee.org

Visit the Tulip Festival

It's Tulip Festival time in Huntington. More than
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It's Tulip Festival time in Huntington. More than 20,000 late-blooming flowers are the center of attention 11 a.m.-4 p.m. next Sunday, May 7, at Heckscher Park. Live entertainment starts at noon with hands-on activities taking place throughout the park. Get your cellphone or camera focused and try your eye on winning the best tulip photo.  ADMISSION Free PHONE 631-351-3099 WEB huntingtonny.gov/tulipfestival 

Help with a Fire Island cleanup

Invest in the summer by joining others in
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Invest in the summer by joining others in sprucing up Fire Island's Sailors Haven 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 6. Volunteers will conduct bay-side and ocean-side cleanups and remove trail debris that's accumulated over the winter. Everyone must register online. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Sayville ferry dock (41 River Rd.) ADMISSION There is no fee for the ferry, but parking is $15 INFO 631-687-4780, surveygizmo.com/s3/3186426/I-Love-My-Park-Day-Registration

“Chasing Gatsby”

Are you a Gold Coast-era fan?
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Are you a Gold Coast-era fan? "Chasing Gatsby: The Journey from Print to Silver Screen" includes excerpts from the original F. Scott Fitzgerald classic front and center along with scenes from films and cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Guest appearances include Christine Vachon, producer of the new TV series, "Z: The Beginning of Everything," based on Zelda Fitzgerald's life, book critic Maureen Corrigan, stage and film actor John Bedford Lloyd reading passages from "The Great Gatsby" and Tony-nominated actress Anne Twomey. WHEN | WHERE 5-7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 6, Long Island Museum, 1200 Rte. 25A, Stony Brook. Reservations required. INFO 631-751-0066, longislandmuseum.org ADMISSON $35-$75

Test drive a kayak

If you've wanted to get out on the
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If you've wanted to get out on the water in a kayak with an expert, you can do it -- no charge -- at the Dinghy Shop's annual kayak open house. Meet members of the American Canoe Association as well as local paddling clubs who can help decipher different types of kayaks and watersport equipment. WHEN | WHERE 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 6, and next Sunday, May 7, rain or shine, 334 S. Bayview Ave., Amityville INFO 631-264-0005, dinghyshop.com ADMISSION Free

See flowers in bloom

See hundreds of African Violets in bloom at
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See hundreds of African Violets in bloom at a judged show, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, May 6, and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. next Sunday, May 7, in the convention center at Planting Fields Arboretum. There will be plants for sale, an education corner and experts on hand to offer advice about plants under duress. ADMISSION $8 parking PHONE 516-220-6727 WEB plantingfields.org

Take a bike ride

It's been said that nothing is flat when
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It's been said that nothing is flat when you're on a bike, but the Inlet Ride on Dune Road from Moriches Inlet to Shinnecock Inlet and back is indeed a flat 28-mile bicycle route. The charity event is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 6, and proceeds will benefit Camp Paquatuck, a Center Moriches camp for children with disabilities. Riders will meet at Cupsogue Beach County Park. Register in advance on website. ADMISSION $25 INFO 631-878-1070, inletride.com

Watch gymkhana

Add gymkhana to your vocabulary and then head
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Add gymkhana to your vocabulary and then head to the Bohemia Equestrian Center on Sycamore Avenue to watch it in action from 10 a.m. until about 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 7. This horse-and-rider competition involves timed performances through established courses and requires agility, controlled actions and speed. The "half pints" (age 8 and under) will go first. Bleacher seating is available, but bringing your own seating is also a good idea. ADMISSION Free for spectators INFO 631-878-3949, isliphorsemensassociation.com

Take part in the RXR Long Island Marathon

WHEN | WHERE Next Sunday, May 7, from

WHEN | WHERE Next Sunday, May 7, from Uniondale to the finish line at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow. Lead-up events Friday, May 5, and Saturday, May 6, at Mitchel Athletic Complex. INFO thelimarathon.com COST $20-$70 The Long Island Marathon is so big, it requires a full weekend to fit in all the activities and celebrations, including five competitive races. A two-day fitness expo runs 3-8 p.m. Friday, May 5, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at Mitchel Athletic Complex. There's a one-mile run, 5K race and children's "fun run" Saturday building to next Sunday's main events: 10K, half- and full marathon courses that lead to a 9 a.m.-2 p.m. finish line festival at Eisenhower Park for runners, family and spectators.

Dust off for a car show

The Long Island and New York City Oldsmobile
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The Long Island and New York City Oldsmobile Club's "dust off" show is open to all makes and models, collectibles, classics, muscle cars and hot rods. See them 9 a.m.-5 p.m. next Sunday, May 7, (rain date Sunday, May 21) at Four Towns Firefighters Training Center, 1650 Merrick Rd., Merrick. ADMISSION $5 spectators ($15-$20 show cars) PHONE 917-509-0528 WEB li-nyc-oldsclub.com

Enjoy American standards

Get ready for a night of American standards
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Get ready for a night of American standards and the songs made famous by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole and others -- "A Night at the Copa," featuring "Happy Days" star Donny Most, [ictured. and His Big Blazing Band covers it all, 7 p.m. next Sunday, May 7, at Patchogue Theatre. ADMISSION $35-$55 ($75 meet and greet) PHONE 631-207-1313 WEB patchoguetheatre.org

Browse at a craft fair

Put together your summer gift list and browse
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Put together your summer gift list and browse the goods at the Spring Fling in the Park Craft Fair and Artisan Market, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, May 7, at the Charles P. Toner Park (148 Smithtown Blvd.) in Nesconset. This is a rain-or-shine event. ADMISSION Free INFO 516-209-7386, licraftshows.com

Celebrate Israel's birthday

Join the celebration of Israel's birthday at Israelfest,
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Join the celebration of Israel's birthday at Israelfest, noon-4 p.m. Sunday, May 7, at North Hempstead Beach Park (175 W. Shore Rd.) in Port Washington. Guests can enjoy live music, rides, dancing, foods, kite-making and beach volleyball, to name a few activities. This annual event is organized by the Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center. ADMISSION Free INFO 516-484-1545, sjjcc.org

Get your antiques appraised

Bring your treasures to be appraised by Philip
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Bring your treasures to be appraised by Philip Weiss of the Antiques Road Show, pictured. Items like porcelain, statues, silver, artwork and other small collectibles and historic items are welcomed. Past treasures found include a cornerstone from the original Yankee Stadium and an extensive vintage fountain pen collection. WHEN | WHERE 1-4 p.m. next Sunday, May 7, Phillips House Museum, 28 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre INFO 516-764-7459 ADMISSION $10 per item for verbal appraisal

Create crafts

Mother's Day is only one occasion for which
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Mother's Day is only one occasion for which folks can gift shop at the Wading River Historical Society's craft fair  from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 7. The rain-or-shine event will be held by the ponds near the Wading River Historical Society (300 N. Country Rd.). Non-shoppers are welcome to feed the ducks in the duck pond while waiting. ADMISSION Free INFO 631-929-4082, wadingriverhistoricalsociety.weebly.com/

See Kris Kristofferson perform

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"Freedom is just another word, for nothing left to lose." So wrote award-winning singer and songwriter Kris Kristofferson, who has such credits as "Me and Bobby McGee," "Help Me Make it Through the Night" and "For the Good Times." He plays Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center. WHEN | WHERE 8 p.m. next Sunday, May 7, Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center INFO 631-288-1500, whbpac.org ADMISSION $66-$116

Check out a glass show and sale

Sparkling, colorful glassware and pottery from the 1920s
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Sparkling, colorful glassware and pottery from the 1920s to the '60s will be on display and for sale at the Big Apple Depression Era Glass Show and Sale at the VFW in Albertson. Glassware made by Hocking, Fire King and many other brand names will be featured along with pottery by Roseville, Fiesta, Weller and more. Visitors may bring up to five glass items for identification. WHEN | WHERE 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, May 7, 155 Searingtown Rd., Albertson INFO 516-476-0155, justglass.com ADMISSION $5.50

Celebrate the cherry blossom festival

Enjoy the flowering trees on the campus of
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Enjoy the flowering trees on the campus of SUNY Stony Brook during Sakura Matsuri, the festival that celebrates cherry blossoms and contemporary and traditional Japanese culture. Highlights include a bonsai and ikebana exhibit along with manga drawing, origami paper folding and interactive kimono dress-ups. WHEN | WHERE Noon-5 p.m. next Sunday, May 7, Charles B. Wang Center, SUNY Stony Brook, 100 Nicolls Rd., Stony Brook INFO 631-632-4400, thewangcenter.org ADMISSION Free (performance tickets $15 adults, $8 ages 6-12)

See a food exhibit at the Long Island Museum

While you're visiting the

While you're visiting the "Edible Eden: The Art of Long Island's Forests, Fields and Water" exhibit at the Long Island Museum -- feel free to take in a free discussion with an expert from the Smithsonian Institution. The "Food and American Culture" lecture confirms how food was a way of connecting people by trading, harvesting and growing it -- audience participation is encouraged. Pictured is Harry Roseland's "Pea Pickers, Long Island," an 1888 oil on canvas that is part of the exhibit. The "Edible" exhibit runs through July 30. WHEN | WHERE 2 p.m. next Sunday, April 23, 1200 Rte. 25A, Stony Brook INFO 631-751-0066, longislandmuseum.org ADMISSION Free with museum admission: $10, $5 ages 6-17, free younger than 6

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