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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.

Get an insight into the house that TR built

Learn the history behind the Roosevelt family and
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Learn the history behind the Roosevelt family and Sagamore Hill during a lecture presented by Bill Bleyer from the Southold Historical Society. Hear how the Roosevelt family began visiting Oyster Bay during the Civil War and how TR built his dream house during, "Sagamore Hill: Theodore Roosevelt's Summer White House." The lecture takes place at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22 in Peconic Landing, 1500 Brecknock Rd., Greenport. The 26th president of the U.S. spent his final years at Sagamore Hill and the house was preserved by his widow after his death. It's now part of the National Parks Service.
INFO Must reserve: 631-765-5500, southoldhistorical.org
ADMISSION Free

 

Attend a lecture on women's issues

For centuries women allowed themselves to be squeezed
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For centuries women allowed themselves to be squeezed and twisted to conform to desired shapes. Join mother and daughter team Velya Jancz-Urban and Ehris Urban for a frank look at our foremothers' journey during a lecture on "Suffragettes in Corselettes: The Evolution of Underwear and Our 19th Amendment," noon Wednesday, Jan. 22 at Rogers Memorial Library, 91 Coopers Farm Rd. in Southampton. 
INFO 631-283-0774, ext. 523,  myrml.org
ADMISSION Free

Hear a Grammy-nominated singer

Who can forget the singer/songwriter's hit, "What If
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Who can forget the singer/songwriter's hit, "What If God Was One of Us?" That's just one song in a lineup of her memorable hits along with "St. Theresa" and "Right Hand Man." Catch Grammy-nominated singer Joan Osborne when she performs them onstage at the Suffolk Theater in Riverhead, 8 p.m Friday, Jan. 24. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with a price fixe and a la carte menu available for an additional purchase.
INFO 631-727-4343,  suffolktheater.com
ADMISSION $50-$65; plus a $10 food and beverage minimum per person
 

African American women speak their mind

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"Sistas on Fire! A Newsical" returns to it's roots at Nassau Community College (written by NCC professors Marcia McNair and Anissa Moore) with performances at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24 and Saturday, Jan. 25 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26 on the Mainstage Theatre. The play focuses on Black women's voices on topics that include politics, relationships, children, poverty, cultural issues and much more. Monologues are mixed with song, dance, poetry and prose. Also presented Jan. 29-Feb. 2.
INFO 516-572-7676, ncc.edu
ADMISSION $10; $8 students and veterans

Join some madcap men in tights

"The Complete Works of William Shakespeare," (abridged
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 "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare," (abridged and revised) is a fast-paced presentation at all 37 of the Bard's plays in just 97 minutes. Hold on to your seats as the Reduced Shakespeare Company let's it fly, 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24 at the Patchogue Theatre on Main Street.
INFO 631-207-1313, patchoguetheatre.org
ADMISSION $25-$59  

"Say hey" to Jay

Former "Saturday Night Live" cast member, Jay
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 Former "Saturday Night Live" cast member, Jay Pharoah returns to his funny side after recently appearing dramatically in Stephen Soderberg's, "Unsane."  As part of The Paramount's Comedy Series he comes out in full comedic force commanding the stage with stand-up hilarity featuring his signature impersonations and more, 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24 in Huntington.
INFO 631-673-7300 paramountny.com
ADMISSION Tickets start at $24.50

Find out about local dive opportunities

Dive right in and enjoy the Long Island
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Dive right in and enjoy the Long Island Divers Film Festival presented by the Long Island Divers Association, 7-11 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25 at Hofstra University's Student Center in Hempstead. Featured films give insight into what life is like underwater along with talks about local dive opportunities and diving destinations around the world. The program features dozens of films shot by professional underwater videographers. A dinner with beer, wine and soft drinks follows. Be sure to buy a raffle ticket, prizes include dive trips, dive equipment and dive classes.   
INFO 631-495-4471, lidaonline.com
ADMISSION $40 includes dinner

Get in the swing

Need to hit the green? Sign up for
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Need to hit the green? Sign up for a Winter Golf Classic sponosred by the Port Jefferson Rotary Club, 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.  Saturday, Jan. 25, rain or shine, The event includes a "Putt and Pub Crawl" around Port Jefferson Village. Hole locations include Billie's, C'est Cheese, Danford's Wave Bar, Port Bistro and Pub, PJs Brewing Co. and other locations. Registration begins at 10:30-11:30 a.m. at  Danford's Hotel and Marina. Bring your putter, golf balls will be provided. Awards and raffles follow, 4:30 -6 p.m. at Danford's Hotel and Marina. Snow date is scheduled for March 7.
INFO 631-928-2034, portjeffrotary.org
ADMISSION $125 per golfer

Take a therapy walk

Need some quiet time? Join a certified guide
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Need some quiet time? Join a certified guide on a meditative Forest Therapy Walk, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25 at Sands Point Preserve Conservancy. Based on the Japanese tradition of Shinrin-Yoku, the walk focuses on the connection of the mind with natural elements of the woods. The event concludes with an outdoor tea ceremony.
INFO 516-571-7901,  sandspointconservancy.org
ADMISSION $40  

Find out what all the buzz is about

A local master beekeeper presents a lecture on
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A local master beekeeper presents a lecture on the basics of beekeeping, 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Custer Observatory in Southold. Topics include the cost of getting started, equipment selection, site or hive placement and an overview of the beekeeping calendar year. If you have any questions, save them for the Q&A at the end of the lecture. As an added plus and weather permitting, stargazing follows.
INFO 631-765-2626, custerobservatory.org
ADMISSION $5, $3 younger than 12

Make a reservation at a new restaurant

Get out of the cold and into the
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Get out of the cold and into the warmth of one of the many eateries participating in the Winter Long Island Restaurant Week through Sunday, Feb. 2. Participating restaurants in Nassau and Suffolk counties and on the East End offer a $29.95 three-course prix fixe menu every night except Saturday, Feb. 1 when it is only offered until 7 p.m. Select a cuisine, find a restaurant and don't be late.
INFO 631-329-2111,  longislandrestaurantweek.com
ADMISSION $29.95 plus tax and tip  

Get a look into your future

Get a reading from one of the many
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Get a reading from one of the many psychics, palm readers, astrologists and clairvoyants available at the Psychic, Healer and Wellness Expo, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 3485 Veterans Memorial Hwy. in Ronkonkoma. You'll also find health and wellness vendors selling crystals, essential oils, jewelry, artwork and beauty products.
INFO 516-639-6903, empoweredpathexpos.wordpress.com
ADMISSION Free; $40 for personal readings  

Cruise along in road rally

The Metro Zone of the Porsche Club of
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The Metro Zone of the Porsche Club of America presents their annual Snowflake Rally, held snow or shine, check-in and registration at 9 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 26 at the Palace Diner in Hauppauge. First car off at 10 a.m. Drivers and passenger will embark on a time, speed and distance rally, all cars are welcome. Rally ends at Birchwood of Polish Town for brunch at 512 Pulaski St. in Riverhead. Awards will be distributed at the brunch.
INFO 631-513-0089, metronypca.org
ADMISSION $50, $40 in advance; $80 rally and brunch for two persons; $70 rally and brunch for two persons in advance

Hear a talk about the life and art of Judith Leiber

A talk on the life and art of
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A talk on the life and art of handbag designer Judith Leiber, 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26 at the Nassau County Museum of Art features Collection Manager, Ann Fristoe Stewart delving into the life and career of Judith Leiber. Famous for her evening purses, the Hungarian-American fashion designer and business woman started her business in 1963 and is known for her crystal encrusted purses made in various forms including cupcakes, kittens, peacocks and more. 
INFO 516-484-9338, ext. 24, nassaumuseum.org
ADMISSION Free with museum admission: $15, $5 ages 4-12; free younger than 4

Bring your collectible bottle for an appraisal

An antique bottle show and sale sponsored by
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An antique bottle show and sale sponsored by the Long Island Antique Bottle Association takes place at 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26 at the Juliette Low Friendship Center on Lakeview Avenue  in Bayport. You'll find more than 20 vendors selling bottles and pottery once used by companies moslty on Long Island. You might find jugs, beer and soda bottles along with medicine and milk bottles. Buy, sell or trade, you're also invited to bring collectible bottles for appraisals.
INFO 631-589-9027
ADMISSION $3 suggested donation; free younger than 12

Hear about his hockey life of twists and turns

Spend an evening with the captain of the
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Spend an evening with the captain of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team, Mike Eruzione, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28 at Book Revue. The event celebrates the 40th anniversary of the historic "Miracle on Ice" hockey game in Lake Placid against the Soviets with a book signing of his new memoir, "The Making of a Miracle."
INFO 631-271-1442,  bookrevue.com
ADMISSION Free; $27.99 plus tax

Watch as drivers take on the coliseum's terrain

Monster truck motor sport tears through the NYCB
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Monster truck motor sport tears through the NYCB Live Nassau Coliseum for the Monster Jam Triple Threat Series, 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31; 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1 and 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2. The championship battle is between high-powered vehicles including speedsters, ATVs and trucks. If you want to see the trucks up close and meet the male and female drivers, sign up for the Monster Jam Pit Party ($15) where fans get autographs, take pictures and enjoy other family-friendly activities.
INFO 516-231-4848, nycblive.com
ADMISSION Tickets start at $20; $20 parking, $15 in advance 

Focus on the beauty of the dance movements

Momix comes to the Tilles Center with dancer-illusionists
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Momix comes to the Tilles Center with dancer-illusionists performing, "Viva Momix," a collection of the most iconic pieces from the company’s illustrious repertoire along with new works, 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31. A free preshow event for ticketholders in the Krasnoff Theater at 6:45 p.m., gives an insight into the company.
INFO 516-299-3100, tillescenter.org
ADMISSION $36-$66

Hear the music of cultural ambassadors

The Grammy-award winning world singing group from South
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The Grammy-award winning world singing group from South Africa, Ladysmith Black Mambazo bring their harmonies and signature dance moves to the stage at the Patchogue Theatre, 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31. Since Paul Simon's "Graceland" album introduced the original members to the world in the mid '80s, a younger generation of members now make up the group carrying out the tradition of storytelling and spreading their message of peace, love, and harmony.
INFO 631-207-1313, patchoguetheatre.org
ADMISSION $29-$59
 

Bring back the music of the '80s

Time for a nostalgic trip back in music
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Time for a nostalgic trip back in music history. The NYCB Theatre at Westbury hosts a salute to the "Ladies of the '80s," 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31. Headed to the stage is Taylor Dayne along with Grammy-award winner Jody Watley and Lisa Velez, better known as Lisa Lisa. The concert is performed in the half-round, pumping up the volumn with music and memories of the era.
INFO 516-247-5200, thetheatreatwestbury.com
ADMISSION Tickets start at $49
 

Vote for your favorite slurp

Sample the many different soups being offered at
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Sample the many different soups being offered at the SOUPer Bowl tasting event, noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1 at the Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church, 100 Fairway Dr. in Port Washington. Soup selections, sixteen in all, are prepared by local eateries and include, Chicken Tortillia, New England Clam Chowder, Bacon Cheeseburger Chowder and a hearty Chicken Noodle to name a few. Admission includes a ballot to be used for your favorite "Souper Bowl Champ" vote. Children ages 12 and younger can participate in a "Kid's Choice" ballot. 
INFO 516-883-6566, pwcoc.org
ADMISSION $10; $5 younger than 6 

Look for winter beach birds

Get back to nature on a winter bird
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Get back to nature on a winter bird hike, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at Jones Beach State Park, meet at the West End 2 parking lot, dress for the weather and wear waterproof shoes as you'll be birding on the beach. Join up with an expert to discover the birds that make the beach their home for the winter months. Binoculars are a plus, registration required
INFO (516) 780-3295,  parks.ny.gov
ADMISSION $4

Tap a tree with an expert

The experts make it look easy,  collect
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The experts make it look easy,  collect some sap and make maple syrup. Let the experts show you how during a maple sugaring demonstration that focuses on the importance of maple trees in our area during two sessions: 10 a.m.-noon and 1:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, Sunken Meadow State Park in Kings Park. This is an indoor and outdoor presentation that includes getting to know the tools to use along with the history of the process.
INFO Must register, 631-581-1072, parks.ny.gov
ADMISSION $4

Vote for your favorite soup chowder

Chef's from local restaurants try to come as
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Chef's from local restaurants try to come as close to chowder perfection as they can, presenting their best for the annual Long Island Chowder Contest. This is your chance to sample and judge chowders in three categories, noon Saturday, Feb. 1 at the Snapper Inn in Oakdale. Be there when the winners are announced at 2 p.m.
INFO 631-589-0248, thesnapperinn.com
ADMISSION $10 suggested donation, proceeds benefit the Great South Bay Nature Conservancy  

Make a donation, sponsor a bear or go it alone

Take a brisk dip into the Atlantic Ocean
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Take a brisk dip into the Atlantic Ocean and score a cool accomplishment during the annual Make-A-Wish Foundation's annual Long Beach Polar Bear Super Bowl Splash 2020. Sign-up online and arrive around noon Sunday, Feb. 2, rain, snow or shine on the beach at Riverside Boulevard and the boardwalk in Long Beach. Everyone in the water at 1:30 p.m. After that, just chill.
INFO 646-558-5507,  longbeachpolarbears.org
ADMISSION Donation accepted  

Will he or won't he see his shadow

Watch as Malverne Mel comes out of hibernation
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Watch as Malverne Mel comes out of hibernation at Crossroads Farm at Grossman's for a very important prediction. Find out what the weather has in store for us on Groundhog Day -- an early spring or six more weeks of winter -- as the famous groundhog makes an appearance on his special day, 7 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 2. The early morning activities also include music by the Banjo Rascals, a petting zoo with furry friends and a chance to take a selfie with Mr. Mel and the Groundhog mascot. Following the prediction, a free lite breakfast will be served, 480 Hempstead Ave.
INFO 516-599-1200, malvernevillage.org
ADMISSION Free

Have a Happy Chinese New Year

Celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Rat
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Celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Rat at the Ward Melville Heritage Organization in Stony Brook Village with festivties that include a performance by the Long Island Chinese Dance Group, a nine-foot lion dance, a martial arts Kung Fu demonstration, Manhattan Taiko drumming, children's crafts and more, 1-3 p.m.  Sunday, Feb. 2. Advanced reservations are required.
INFO 631-689-5888, wmho.org
ADMISSION $15, $12 younger than 12 

Enjoy a McCartney concert experience

Singer Yuri Pool goes note for note, song
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Singer Yuri Pool goes note for note, song for song and performs a tribute to the music of superstar Paul McCartney. Catch "The McCartney Years," 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2 at the Suffolk Theatre in Riverhead and listen for Sir Paul's hits from The Beatles' years to his work with Wings. All music will be performed with period true instruments and costumes. Doors, bar and restaurant open at 6 p.m. 
INFO 631-727-4343, suffolktheatre.com
ADMISSION $49-$59 plus a $10 food and beverage minumim per person.

Winter Run Series takes on a sports theme

Long Island State Parks hosts it's last run
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Long Island State Parks hosts it's last run for the season as part of their Winter Run Series. The final location is at Jones Beach State Park, 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, where you're invited to wear your favorite sports jersey for the 5K run that is sports themed. Day-of-race registration is accepted in-person until 10:30 a.m.
INFO 631-321-3510, elitefeats.com/winterrun
ADMISSION $15

Meet the dogs and their breeders

This is your best chance to see the
Credit: Amanda Muller

This is your best chance to see the top of the lineup of Golden Retrievers at a Speciality Show presented by the Long Island Golden Retriever Club. Rally, a form of obedience starts at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6. Conformation show for Goldens only starts at 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 7-Saturday, Feb. 8. Goldens only for obedience trials 9 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 9 followed by all-breed and all-american obedience, Doggie U K9 Academy, 1515 D 5th Industrial Court, Bay Shore
INFO ligrc.org
ADMISSION Free for spectators
 

Taste the power of the pickle

Learn how the tradition of pickling, preserving and
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Learn how the tradition of pickling, preserving and fermenting fruits and vegetables was critical to Jewish survival. As part of the "Wine & Wisdom, A Taste of Judaism," series, "Jewish Pickling 101" takes place at 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6 at the Friedberg JCC, 15 Neil Ct. in Oceanside. Join Gefilteria, the culinary venture that celebrates and popularizes eastern European Jewish cuisine owners, Liz Alpher and Jeffery Yoskowitz and learn why sour pickles are more than a crunchy treat.
INFO 516-766-4341 , friedbergjcc.org
ADMISSION $20

Plan ahead for a five-week celebration

Head to the East End for the Long
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Head to the East End for the Long Island Winterfest, the five-week celebration that focuses on the local arts scene, concerts, theatre performances, craft breweries, Long Island spirits, dining and more, Friday, Feb. 7 through Sunday, March 8. Be there for the kickoff party with music by Flamenco guitarist Jonathan Fritz, 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, Hotel Indigo in Riverhead. Other highlights include activities at local breweries and overnight "Winterfest" lodging packages.
INFO 631-494-2978, longislandwinterfest.com
ADMISSION Free to $65; $65, $55 in advance for the launch part; VIP tickets available  

His star shines bright

Showing no signs of stopping (he got his
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Showing no signs of stopping (he got his start on the TV show, "Star Search") the comedian and actor Sinbad, ranked by "Comedy Central" as one of the top 100 stand-up comedians of all times, takes the stage at NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7 performing his signature comedic style sprinkled with a dose of satire.
INFO 516-247-5200, thetheatreatwestbury.com
ADMISSION Tickets start at $39.50

Learn about celestial objects

Join the experts for a lecture with research
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Join the experts for a lecture with research findings on supernova, 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7 at the Southampton Arts Center, 25 Jobs Lane. "Twinkle, Twinkle Exploding Star, How We Wonder What You Are!" focuses on Betelgeuse, the red supergiant star seen as a "shoulder" in the constellation Orion. If time and weather permits, a telescope will be set up for viewing. 
INFO 631-283-0967,   southamptonartscenter.org
ADMISSION Free

Raise a glass at a craft beer festival

The Hops and Props Craft Beer Festival takes
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The Hops and Props Craft Beer Festival takes over the floor at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City with more than 40 craft breweries offering new brews and more than 100 beer tastings, 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8. Food is available for purchase including cuisine from Stuf'd, American Wontons and Knot of this World Pretzels.
INFO hopsandprops.com
ADMISSION $65 includes a souvenir tasting glass; $75 VIP early admission at 6 p.m.

Enjoy a diverse dance performance

All eyes will be on the Main Stage
Credit: Staller Center for the Arts/Rory Doyle

All eyes will be on the Main Stage at the Staller Center for the Arts at Stony Brook University for "Bodytraffic," a dance concert, 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8. The dance company from Los Angeles promises a world-class contemporary dance performance produced by distinct choreographers.
INFO 631-632-2787, stallercenter.com
ADMISSION $48; $24 ages 12 and younger

Stay there to watch the trains pull in and out of the station

The Long Island Model Railroad Engineers present a
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The Long Island Model Railroad Engineers present a winter open house weekend, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8 and Sunday, Feb. 9 at 3661 Horseblock Rd., Unit P in Medford. The family-friendly event features operating large-scale model train layouts with members controlling multiple trains on the club's HO and N-gauge layouts dotted with scenery.
INFO 631-345-3415, limrre.com
ADMISSION Free, donations accepted

Spend a weekend celebrating winter

Hope the weather stays cold for the first
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Hope the weather stays cold for the first annual Ice Festival around the harbor in Port Jefferson, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8 and Sunday, Feb. 9, snow or shine. It's all about outdoor winter activities including horse and carriage rides, ice sculpting (3 p.m. both days), ice skating, an "Amazing Mac and Cheese Crawl,"  11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, appearances by snow princess and ice characters, marshmallow toasting, live music and entertainment. Rain date: Feb. 22-23
INFO 631-473-4724, portjeffbid.com
ADMISSION Free; $15 for the "Amazing Mac and Cheese Crawl," pick up tickets at The Harbor Square Mall, 134 Main St.

Three is a crowd

Choose between two seatings for the Valentine's Day
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Choose between two seatings for the Valentine's Day Dinner at the Mansion, 6 or 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8 at the historic Vanderbilt Museum in Centerport. Enjoy a romantic Valentine dinner that includes hors d'oeuvres in the Memorial Wing followed by dinner in the Northport Porch. Dessert is served in the Lancaster Room and Moroccan Court adjacent to the Vanderbilt Library. A tour of Eagle's Nest is also on the agenda.
INFO 631-854-5579, reserve online at  vanderbiltmuseum.org
ADMISSION $150 per person  

Buy one-of-a-kind items

Shop for your sweetheart at the Valentines' Extravaganza
Credit: Lynn Petry

Shop for your sweetheart at the Valentines' Extravaganza Fine Art, Antiques and Craft Fair, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8 at the Peconic Recreation Center, 970 Peconic Lane. You'll find more than 30 vendors selling items of fine art, original paintings and prints, jewelry, antiques, photography and much more sponsored by the Old Town Arts and Crafts Guild.
INFO 631-734-6382, oldtownartsguild.org
ADMISSION Free

Watch them fall in love again

As part of the Big Screen Classics presented
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As part of the Big Screen Classics presented by Turner Classic Movies (TCM), the 1970 classic, "Love Story" starring Ryan O'Neal and Ali MacGraw fills the silver screen in honor of it's 50th anniversary. Grab a popcorn and soda and remember that "love means never having to say you're sorry." Catch the tear jerker at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9 at the Regal Westbury 12, Regal Deer Park 16 and IMAX, AMC Stony Brook 17 and other area theaters.
INFO  fathomevents.com
ADMISSION

Listen to the inside stories about a legendary classic

Actor Gianni Russo takes the stage at My
Credit: Eric Williams

Actor Gianni Russo takes the stage at My Father's Place at The Roslyn Hotel with songs, stories and a Q&A with the audience focused on his career at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9 at My Father's Place at The Roslyn Hotel. Russo played Don Corleone's son-in-law in the legendary classic, "The Godfather," and talks about how the mob impacted his life and how he got the role in "The Godfather." Stand-up comic, Victoria Caputo and comedian Pat Marone join him.
INFO 516-413-3535,  myfathersplace.com
ADMISSION $45; $25 food and beverage minimum

Make your own custom bottle of wine

Begin with a tour of the vineyards, tasting
Credit: Gordon M. Grant

Begin with a tour of the vineyards, tasting house, wine production room and barrel cellar during the Winemaker for a Day event, noon-3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9 at Sannino Vinyeards in Cutchogue. After a light lunch, you'll learn how to blend your own custom bottle of red wine. In the end, you'll be able to cork, capsule and label your own bottle. To be sure, throughout the tour you will be tasting wines.
INFO 631-734-8282, sanninovineyard.com
ADMISSION $225 per couple includes one bottle per ticket; $30 for each additional bottle      

Participate in a Mardi Gras run and costume contest

Wear some beads or a mardi gras mask
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Wear some beads or a mardi gras mask for the Greater Long Island Running Club's Mardi Gras Run to the Brewery, 9:15 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 9 from the Great South Bay Brewery, 25 Drexel Drive in Bay Shore. The flat and fast 7.1-mile tour of Bay Shore is followed by an indoor post-race party at the brewery featuring a live music, all the beer you can (safely) drink and all the food you can eat, must be 21 or older to participate. Special awards go to the best Mardi Gras costume.
INFO 516-349-7646, glirc.org
ADMISSION $60  

Be transfixed by an ancient art form

Internationally-acclaimed percussion artists, TAO present their latest production,
Credit: Columbia Artists

Internationally-acclaimed percussion artists, TAO present their latest production, "Drum Tao 2020," 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9 at the Tilles Center. The show promises a high-energy performance that showcases the ancient art of Japanese drumming along with the melody of Japenese flutes and harps.
INFO 516-299-3100,  tillescenter.org
ADMISSION $36-$66  

Become a backyard birdwatcher

Join in on a citizen-based project to count
Credit: Daniel Goodrich

Join in on a citizen-based project to count birds to create a real-time study of bird populations in our area. You can count in your in your own backyard or anywhere in the world for as little as fifteen minutes (or as long as you want) to help with the process of bird counting. Report your findings online, Friday, Feb. 14 through Monday, Feb. 17. Each checklist helps the researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society. Be sure to have a pad, pencil and binoculars.
INFO ebird.org
ADMISSION Free

Enjoy a classic coupling

For a sweet treat, visit the Long Island
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For a sweet treat, visit the Long Island Aquarium for their annual ChocoVino event, 8-10:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14. Chocolate and wine are paired for a tasting experience that promises to get you in the mood for Valentine's Day. The featured five-course dinner, served alongside the tanks at the aquarium, features chocolate in all of the recipes served along with Raphael Vineyards vintage wines, selected to enhance each dish.
INFO Reservations required, 631-208-9200, ext. 426, longislandaquarium.com
ADMISSION $99.50; $199 per couple

Give a nod to the "Rat Pack" era

Combine music, dancing, high energy and the spirit
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Combine music, dancing, high energy and the spirit of the "Rat Pack" reminicent of the talents of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. and viola you have The Tap Pack. Australia's world-class tap group comes to the Tilles Center at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14  and brings their tapping, swing music and witty banter for your enjoyment.
INFO 516-299-3100, tillescenter.org
ADMISSION $36-$66
 

Let Sal be your sweetheart

"America's Got Talent" finalist Sal Valentinetti presents a
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"America's Got Talent" finalist Sal Valentinetti presents a lineup of love songs, 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14 at the Suffolk Theater. Sal "The Voice" presents a "Sal-Entine" show with an open dance floor and romance in the air. Doors, bar and restaurant open at 6:30 p.m.
INFO 631-727-4343, suffolktheater.com
ADMISSION $65, plus a food and beverage minimum per person at the tables  

See a captivating, classic wartime love story

Feeling romantic? Bring your sweetheart to the Cinema
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Feeling romantic? Bring your sweetheart to the Cinema Arts Centre to see Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Paul Henrid star in the 1942 classic wartime romance,  "Casablanca," 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14. The Valentine's Day event includes a reception with champagne and chocolate-covered sweets.
INFO 631-423-7610,  cinemaartscentre.org
ADMISSION $20  

Can they escape the bad guys running in those heels?

Watch as Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon pull
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Watch as Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon pull it off as two females in an all-woman jazz band with Marilyn Monroe. Watch as they try to escape from the Mafia in the 1959 classic comedy, "Some Like It Hot," directed by Billy Wilder. It's on the big screen at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14. 
INFO 631-288-1500,  whbpac.org
ADMISSION $15

Explore the exciting sport of ice hockey

Little hockey fans ages 5-9 get an oppportunity
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Little hockey fans ages 5-9 get an oppportunity to delve into the sport of ice hockey during a session on the ice, 9 -11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center in Bethpage. "Try Hockey for Free" is designed for children with little or no prior skating experience. New York Rangers alumni and Junior Rangers will lead the way during the one-day session.
INFO 516-433-7465; registration required nhl.com
ADMISSION Free, includes skate rentals, loaner equipment, Rangers hockey stick to take home and a post skate meet-and-greet with professional hockey players 

Listen for songs from an award-winning career

The award winning singer, songwriter, rapper and former
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The award winning singer, songwriter, rapper and former member of the rhythm and blues band, The Fugees, performs in the full round, 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15 at NYCB Theatre at Westbury. Catch up with her, while listening to songs from her Grammy-award, solo breakout album, "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill."
INFO 516-247-5200, thetheatreatwestbury.com
ADMISSION Tickets start at $50.50  

Discover a perfect pairing

Try three handmade chocolates from the North Fork
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Try three handmade chocolates from the North Fork Chocolate Company matched with three Pindar wines, noon, 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15 and Sunday, Feb. 16 at Pindar Vineyards, Main Road in Peconic. Also available Feb. 29.
INFO 631-734-6200;  buy tickets online at  pindar.net
ADMISSION Free, $20

Laugh the night away

Need a few laughs? As part of the
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Need a few laughs? As part of the "Comedy Series" at The Paramount, Long Island's own funnyman and actor, Kevin James takes the stage at 7:30 p.m.  Sunday, Feb. 16 on Main Street in Huntington.
INFO 631-673-7300,   paramountny.com
ADMISSION $49.50-$99.50
 

Find and buy all types of model railroad equipment

Purchase model trains, tracks, layout items including buildings
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Purchase model trains, tracks, layout items including buildings and bridges at the Northern Spur Train and Swap Meet, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16 at the Lindenhurst Firemen's Pavilion, Heiling Boulevard in Lindenhurst. You'll also find diecast vehicles, Hess trucks and toys at the show.
INFO 631-666-6855
ADMISSION $5 per person; free younger than 16

Hear your favorite Beatles songs

What is your favorite Beatles’ song? You’re sure
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What is your favorite Beatles’ song? You’re sure to hear it when the Liverpool Shuffle takes over My Father’s Place at the Roslyn Hotel for a Beatles Brunch, 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16. Look forward to two sets filled with the greatest Beatles hits performed by professional “Beatlemaniacs.”
INFO 516-413-3535, myfathersplace.com
ADMISSION $35, plus $25 food and beverage minimum

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