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Bengal Tigets are part of the act at

Bengal Tigets are part of the act at the Cole Bros. Circus coming to Long Island at various locations from July 18-24, 2011. Credit: Handout




Big top


Royal Bengal tigers, high-flying trapeze acts, clowns and gravity-defying daredevils are all part of this year's Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars. Performances are scheduled at 5 and 8 p.m. opposite Artist's Lake in Middle Island (1075 Middle Country Rd.). Continues 2, 5 and 8 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday.

ADMISSION $19 ($14 ages 2-12); $3-$6 extra for reserved/VIP seats

PHONE 800-796-5672



Distinct voices


Michael McDonald, the Grammy-winning former singer for the Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan, unites with Boz Scaggs for an 8 p.m. concert at NYCB Theatre at Westbury.

ADMISSION $49.50-$89.50

PHONE 800-745-3000






Time machine


Visitors can get a glimpse of 1930s summer life during a Living History Tour at the historic Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium in Centerport. You'll meet volunteers dressed as household staff members and family friends, including the Duke and Duchess of Windsor dressed in period costumes, as they visit Eagles Nest, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Meet in the mansion courtyard. Continues noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

ADMISSION $12 ($8 younger than 12)

PHONE 631-854-5579



Boardwalk run


Run a flat and fast 5k course near the ocean on Riverside Boulevard in Long Beach with the Waterfront Warriors. The event is open to all ages and kicks off at 8 a.m. Registration begins at 6:30.

ADMISSION $25 (free for military personnel)

PHONE 516-431-3890



Going solo


Singer Tony Orlando performs the hits he made famous with Dawn at an outdoor 8 p.m. concert at John J. Burns Park in Massapequa. Listen for "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree," "Knock Three Times" and more, courtesy of the Town of Oyster Bay's "Music Under the Stars" series.


PHONE 516-797-7900

WEB oysterbay





Sweet home


The annual Hampton Designer Showhouse opens in Bridgehampton with 30 spaces decorated to the nines with the latest trends in furnishings. Tours 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at 1224 Scuttle Hole Rd. Continues through Sept. 4.

ADMISSION $30 (no children younger than 6)

PHONE 631-237-1475



Top chef


Chef and cookbook author Eric Ripert discusses his career at 11 a.m. as part of Guild Hall's "Stirring the Pot: Conversations with Culinary Celebrities" series, 11 a.m. in East Hampton.


PHONE 631-324-4050






Healthy living


Hands-on activities help parents and children make healthy food choices.

WHEN | WHERE 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City

ADMISSION Free with museum admission: $11, $10 seniors, free younger than 1

INFO 516-224-5800,


Wet and wild


Nature program helps you discover what lives in and around the pond, wear appropriate shoes, for children 5 and older, bring a towel and sunscreen.

WHEN | WHERE 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Connetquot River State Park Preserve, Sunrise Highway, Oakdale

ADMISSION $4 adults, $3 ages 3-17, free younger than 3

INFO Registration required, 631-581-1072,


Once upon a time


Musical stage performance of "Jack and the Beanstalk" tells the tale of Jack and his "magic beans."

WHEN | WHERE 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday, Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 E. Main St., Patchogue

ADMISSION All seats are $12

INFO 631-286-1133,

Compiled by Lynn Petry

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