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July 31 weekly planner: 10 top LI events

1. DANCING AT JONES BEACH

WHEN | WHERE 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays (weather permitting), Jones Beach boardwalk bandshell (parking field 4), Wantagh

INFO 516-785-1600, jonesbeachevents.com

ADMISSION Free (no parking fee after 4 p.m.)

You don't need a partner to participate in an easy, beginner line-dancing night held outdoors every Wednesday at the Jones Beach bandshell.

"If you can count to eight, you can dance," says instructor Marianne Taylor, who has been teaching for more than 13 years. Her advice: wear comfortable shoes and just go with the rhythm and flow of the music. Taylor starts the evening with step-by-step lessons and demonstrations on the wide concrete concourse as hundreds look on and follow along.

Taylor says, "As the sun goes down, you'll be dancing under the stars at the beach -- what can be better than that?"


2. INDIA FEST

Fashion, food, shopping, culture -- there's a little of everything at the India Association of Long Island's annual celebration. Among the highlights: vendors selling Indian jewelry, crafts and clothing as well as a staged fashion show with designs by Sushma Patel.

WHEN | WHERE Noon-10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, Huntington Hilton, 598 Broadhollow Rd., Melville

INFO 516-569-6261, ialiny.org

ADMISSION Free


3. CLOTHESLINE ART SALE

Guild Hall's annual massive sale gives art lovers a chance to comb through hundreds of oils, acrylics and watercolor paintings as well as prints, collages, photography and small sculptures by local artists. Pieces are spread throughout the museum, propped up outdoors on fences and displayed around the grounds. The good news -- prices start at $50, with nothing selling for more than $2,000.

WHEN | WHERE 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, (rain or shine), Guild Hall, 158 Main St., East Hampton. Free parking and shuttle at corner of James and Maidstone.

INFO 631-324-0806, guildhall.org

ADMISSION Free


4. HORSE AND CARRIAGE RIDE

It's a different way to see the historic sights of Stony Brook. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride through the village, past points of interest such as Three Village Inn, the Hercules Pavilion and other sights along Main Street.

WHEN | WHERE 6 p.m.- dusk Thursday, 111 Main St. Stony Brook

INFO 631-751-2244, stonybrookvillage.com

ADMISSION $2 a person


5. FIRE ISLAND FROLIC

Wear your best summer whites for a "Lunar Nite, White on White" soiree benefit on the Great South Bay at sunset. The party on the sand of Ocean Beach is complete with steel drum music, exotic cocktails and dinner provided by the local restaurants. A silent auction features sporting event tickets and weekend packages at local hotels.

WHEN | WHERE 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Community House, Main Street and Cottage Walk, Ocean Beach, Fire Island

INFO 631-583-5940, fireislandferries.com

ADMISSION $75


6. LEARN ABOUT STORMS

Brookhaven National Laboratory's "Summer Sunday" series invites the public to tour the campus and get a science lesson from its researchers. Next weekend, attendees can meet a meteorologist from the National Weather Service and learn how, with the help of Doppler radar, weather is tracked and forecast across the metropolitan area. The program includes a 3:30 p.m. launching of a weather balloon that records information on the atmosphere, temperature, humidity and wind speed.

WHEN | WHERE Arrive between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, Brookhaven National Laboratory, William Floyd Parkway, Upton

INFO 631-344-2651, www.bnl.gov

ADMISSION Free (photo ID required for ages 16 and older)


7. BIEBER -- ON A BIG SCREEN

The teen heartthrob's 2011 hit documentary/concert film, "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never" screens outdoors at Eisenhower Park. The movie tracks the pop singer's life over a 10-day period leading up to a 2010 concert at Madison Square Garden. Bring chairs or a blanket.

WHEN | WHERE Dusk Thursday, Eisenhower Park, Harry Chapin Lakeside Theater (parking fields 6 and 6A), East Meadow

INFO 516-572-0200, nassaucountyny.gov/parks


8. FREE 'IDOL' CONCERT

Popular "American Idol" contestants Melinda Doolittle (above), Alexis Grace, Anwar Robinson, Gina Glocksen and Michael Sarver will perform a free outdoor concert in Massapequa Saturday night as part of the Town of Oyster Bay's "Music Under the Stars" series. Bring your own seating.

WHEN | WHERE 8 p.m. Saturday, John J. Burns Town Park, Merrick Road, Massapequa

INFO oysterbaytown.com, 516-797-7900

ADMISSION Free


9. TWILIGHT TOUR

Enjoy the beauty of an early summer evening walking the grounds at LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton, where a docent will point out plantings in peak bloom. Along the way, you'll visit the residence of Jack Lenor Larsen, where you'll find his collection of ceramics, basketry, textiles, Dale Chihuly glass works and furniture by Wharton Esherick.

WHEN | WHERE 6-8 p.m. Monday, 133 Hands Creek Rd., East Hampton

INFO 631-329-3568, longhouse.org

ADMISSION $30 ($55 for two)


10. BRITNEY SPEARS

The pop star continues on her all-female "Femme Fatale" world tour, performing songs from her latest album, along with her signature dance moves, joined by rapper Nicki Minaj, Jessie and The Toys Boys and Australian models/musicians, Nervo.

WHEN | WHERE 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nassau Coliseum

INFO 800-745-3000, livenation.com

ADMISSION $31-$351.50

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