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May 1 weekly planner: 10 top LI events

Long Island Ducks home opener

WHEN | WHERE 7:05 p.m. Friday, Bethpage Ballpark, Central Islip

INFO 631-940-DUCK (631-940-3825),


It's opening day for Long Island's own baseball team, which is entering its 12th season in the eight-team Atlantic League and playing home games at the newly named Bethpage Ballpark in Central Islip. The biggest offseason news was the signing of former Mets reliever Duaner Sanchez. Among those players returning: outfielder John Rodriguez, who signed with the Yankees in 1996 and went on to play with the St. Louis Cardinals. Friday's home opener is against the Bridgeport Bluefish -- the first 2,000 fans will receive Bobblehead figurines of Ducks manager Kevin Baez.


R&B sensation Usher continues gliding across the stage on his "OMG" tour, performing with special guest Akon.

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

INFO 800-745-3000,

ADMISSION $42.75-$148.75

Dick Van Dyke

From the "Dick Van Dyke Show" to "Mary Poppins" to "Bye Bye Birdie," one of show business' most versatile performers signs his new memoir, "My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business," which gives insight into his life and acting career.

WHEN | WHERE 7 p.m. Tuesday, Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington

INFO 631-271-1442,


'Home With Ginger Rogers'

Everybody's favorite dance partner is the focus of a musical tribute premiering Thursday that celebrates Ginger Rogers' life on stage and in films, as an actress, singer and dancer. Continues through June 12.

WHEN | WHERE 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Ward Melville Heritage Organization Educational and Cultural Center, Stony Brook

INFO 631-689-5888,

ADMISSION $45 (includes high-tea luncheon and dessert)

Trish McEvoy

Meet the makeup guru at a signature "Power of Makeup" master class, where she'll speak on how to effortlessly enhance natural beauty with makeup, as her artistry team gives step-by-step "how-to" demonstrations.

WHEN | WHERE 10 a.m and noon Wednesday, Saks Fifth Avenue, Walt Whitman Mall, Huntington Station

INFO 631-350-1361,

ADMISSION $150 (redeemable for products the day of the event)

Fire Island Frolic

Hike the barrier beach before the seasonal crowds arrive, taking in wildlife along the way. You'll trek 6 miles out past the Fire Island Lighthouse and 4 miles back along the beach with the Long Island Greenbelt Trail Conference, passing scenic communities from Kismet to Ocean Beach.

WHEN | WHERE 8:45 a.m. Saturday, Robert Moses State Park, Fire Island. Meet at the southeast corner of parking field 5

ADMISSION $8 parking

INFO 516-721-0223,

Extreme canines

These are some dogs -- animals that have been adopted from shelters and gone on to appear on numerous TV shows, performing stunts and comedy routines choreographed to music.

WHEN | WHERE 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday, Van Nostrand Theatre at Suffolk County Community College, Brentwood

INFO 631-851-6589,


Military show

Look for all-era Jeeps, World War II trucks, Humvees and other military vehicles as well as vintage uniforms, medals and helmets at an outdoor show of military memorabilia.

WHEN | WHERE 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Cradle of Aviation Museum, East Garden City. Rain or shine.

INFO 516-572-4111,

ADMISSION Free ($14 for access to museum)

Betty White

The "Golden Girl" and seven-time Emmy winner combines her wit and years of wisdom in her new book, "If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won't)," gives her take on love, aging, friendship and animals. Meet her at a book signing in Lake Grove.

WHEN | WHERE 7 p.m. Thursday, Barnes & Noble, Smith Haven Mall, Lake Grove. Numbers will be distributed at 9 a.m.

INFO 631-724-0341,


French film

The 2010 French comedy "Potiche" ("Trophy Wife"), starring Gérard Depardieu and Catherine Deneuve, screens in French with English subtitles as part of the "Monday Night Movies at The Loft" series focusing on independent and international "art house" films. Rated R, 1:43.

WHEN | WHERE 7 p.m. Monday, The BrickHouse Brewery, 67 W. Main St., Patchogue

INFO 631-447-2337,

ADMISSION $10 (includes soda and popcorn)

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