While you're practicing social distancing to reduce the spread of COVD-19, you can keep yourself busy by signing up for a few virtual events. Online courses, virtual tours and streaming concerts are among the options filling the void. Here's a list of current events that will give you the ability to join in with others while staying safe.
AVIATION TRIVIA LIVE STREAM Learn about the first instrument-only flight and who piloted the plane during an aviation trivia showdown. The live stream features the staff from the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in Manhattan and the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City. The pros go head to see which institution comes out on top, 2-3 p.m June 4, free, 516-572-4111, cradleofaviation.org
5K VIRTUAL SUNSET RUN FOR THE PARK Nissequogue River State Park Foundation's virtual 5K run/walk that lets you run whenever and whereever you like starting on June 1; last day to register and post results is June 7, events.elitefeats.com. Go to elitefeats.com/results and click on this event, search for your name and click update to enter your time, $20 registration fee. Optional selfie and or photo of you running can be posted.
ONLINE: EXPLORE LONDON, ENGLAND Jeanne Schnupp presents a virtual guided tour of London, 7:30-8 p.m. June 4, Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library, 407 William Floyd Pkwy., Shirley, free, facebook.com, 631-399-1511.
ONLINE: A NYC FOOD ODYSSEY Pat Sommerstad presents New York City’s culinary history through the reviews of food critic Ruth Reichl. You'll come away with seven all-day itineraries, seven restaurant reviews and several prizes, access code is 954-681-069, 6:30-8 p.m. June 3, Port Jefferson Library, 100 Thompson St., free, global.gotomeeting.com , 872-240-3412.
ONLINE: LONG ISLAND’S TROPICAL DRIFTERS "Fish Guy" Chris Paparo discusses the fish, crabs, and shrimp that ride the Gulf Stream from the Caribbean to Long Island every summer in this multimedia presentation, register for a Zoom link, 7-8:30 p.m. June 6, Northport-East Northport Library, 151 Laurel Ave., Northport, free, nenpl.org, 631-261-6930.
COOKING WITH THE COUNTESS Learn how to make rhubarb compote with vanilla sauce during a Zoom cooking show. Join Countess von Salm-Hoogstraeten and her private chef Brian Hetrich in the vast kitchen located inside a Gilded Age mansion in Southampton, 11 a.m. June 4, free, must RSVP, southamptonhistory.org
SALUTE TO THE ANNIVERSARY OF D-DAY On the anniversary of D-Day at noon June 6, surrounded by operational historic armor, a permanent memorial to the men who came ashore at Normandy during World War II will be unveiled on the bow of a landing craft similar to those that launched the invasion. Outside the Museum of American Armor, 1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage.
ONLINE: ORGANIC VEGETABLE GARDENING Learn how to grow food in your backyard. This session covers the 5 keys to a successful vegetable garden: location, soil preparation, plan, planting choices and good maintenance. No green thumb needed to get started. 2:30-3:30 p.m. June 6, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County, 423 Griffing Ave., Riverhead, free, ccesuffolk.org, 631-727-7850.
ONLINE: THE GOLDEN AGE OF HOLLYWOOD MUSICALS Keith Crocker screens clips from classic movie musicals, follow the development of the movie musical with footage of Carmen Miranda, Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly and more, register, 1 p.m. June 3, Bryant Library, 2 Paper Mill Rd., Roslyn, free, bryantlibrary.org, 516-621-2240.
THE PEONY PATH Delight in the peony along the path at the manor, 10:30 a.m. till dusk daily through June 7, Sagtikos Manor, Montauk Highway, Bay Shore, free, sagtikosmanor.org, 631-321-6809.
VIRTUAL EVENT: 2020 WILD & SCENIC FILM FESTIVAL Attendees will enjoy award-winning films about nature, community activism, adventure and conservation, including many that relate to Seatuck and their work on Long Island, 7-9 p.m. June 5, Seatuck Environmental Association, 550 South Bay Avenue, Islip, free, seatuck.org, 631-581-6908.
Compiled by Lynn Petry with Keri Wall Treudler, Daniel Variano and LaToya Rodriguez