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A scene from "Legally Blonde," the musical, at

A scene from "Legally Blonde," the musical, at Gateway Performing Arts Center, Bellport, through July 9, 2011. Credit: Jeff Bellante


Ride On

Summer kicks off with an outdoor festival featuring midway rides, games and food vendors, 6-11 tonight at Christopher Morley Park in Roslyn. Through July 2.

ADMISSION Free; $25 pay one price for rides. See website for coupon and festival hours.

PHONE 516-571-8113



No Melons

Funny man Gallagher, who has smashed a few watermelons in his HBO specials, won't fragment his favorite fruit on his "No Mess" tour, but he'll still sow the seeds of laughter in an 8 p.m. show at YMCA Boulton Center in Bay Shore.


PHONE 631-969-1101




Free Wheelin'

Bike a leisurely 15 to 18 miles to visit several bay beaches in the Hamptons. The ride will take you to Fresh Bond, Devon Yacht Club and Lazy Point. Meet at 10 a.m. in the parking lot behind Amagansett Library. Helmets required; inclement weather cancels.


PHONE 631-267-6747



Sweat Tears

The Town of Hempstead's "Independence Salute" pays tribute to local veterans with a ceremony, classic car show and concert featuring Blood, Sweat & Tears at 7:30 p.m. at Point Lookout's Town Park. A fireworks show starts at dusk. Rain date: Sunday.


PHONE 516-431-3900




Bright Idea

Head to the town dock in Port Washington at 9:30 a.m. for a boat ride on Long Island Sound to the historic Execution Rocks Lighthouse. Folks from Historically Significant Structures will lead a tour. Participants should bring lunch and be able to climb a ladder (no skirts, please). Reservations required.


PHONE 215-906-5103



Light Headed

Ruby Lewis stars in "Legally Blonde," the hit Broadway musical based on the hit Hollywood comedy, makes its Long Island premiere at Gateway Performing Arts Center in Bellport, 2 and 7 p.m. (also Friday night at 8 and Saturday at 3 and 8:30 p.m.).


PHONE 631-286-1133



Pocket Book

Jeffrey Sussman will discuss and sign copies of his book, "No Mere Bagatelles," which chronicles the lives of handbag designer Judith Leiber and her modern-artist husband, Gerson, at 4 p.m. at the Jewish Center of the Hamptons (44 Woods Lane, East Hampton). The Leibers also will appear.


PHONE 631-324-9858




In Character

Storytime event with children's character The Ladybug Girl and her sidekick, Bingo the dog, two signed copies of the book will be raffled off.

WHEN | WHERE 11 a.m. Saturday, Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington


INFO 631-271-1442,


Magic of Amore

As part of the Children's Summer Theater program at Long Island State Parks, a magic show is featured.

WHEN | WHERE 2 p.m. Sunday, Hempstead Lake State Park off the Southern State Parkway, West Hempstead

ADMISSION $8 parking fee

INFO 516-766-1029


Reptiles and Amphibians

Interact with and learn about reptiles, amphibians and arthropods from all over the world.

WHEN | WHERE 10 a.m. Saturday, Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston

ADMISSION $10 for adults, $8 kids ages 5 and older

INFO Reservations, 718-229-4000,

Compiled by Lynn Petry

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