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May 29 weekly planner: 10 top LI events

1. Adelante Puerto Rican/Hispanic Day Parade

Brentwood comes alive next weekend with a colorful celebration of Hispanic heritage down Fifth Avenue. The parade, marking its 45th anniversary, features Latin American dance troupes, marching bands and floats streaming by with a backdrop of salsa and merengue music. More than 75,000 spectators are expected, with parade groups representing Ecuador, ElSalvador, Peru and Colombia, among other countires.

"One thing people want to see is the salsa and merengue performed," says Maria Carvajal, who works at Adelante of Suffolk County. They are two of Puerto Rico's most recognizable dances, she adds.

2. Jackie Mason

The stand-up comedy icon gives his assessments of politics and modern life, which will have you laughing in your seats at the theater in the round.

WHEN|WHERE 7 p.m. Saturday, NYCB Theatre at Westbury

INFO 800-745-3000,

ADMISSION $29.50-$59.50

3. Fishing competition

Feeling lucky? Captree State Park hosts its annual "Spring Rodeo" fishing tournament from noon Friday to 4 p.m. Sunday, with cash and equipment prizes given to those who reel in the best fluke and striped bass. Fish must be caught between the east shore of Moriches Inlet and west shore of Jones Beach Inlet from the shore/piers or aboard a private/charter/party boat. In-person registration begins 9 a.m. Friday at the park.

WHEN|WHERE Noon Friday-4 p.m. Sunday, Captree State Park, 3500 Ocean Pkwy., West Islip

INFO 631-321-3510,


4. Twilight walk

You've seen them -- the gorgeous 18th century wrought iron Carshalton Gates that welcome visitors to Planting Fields Arboretum. On Wednesday, take a 1-mile twilight walk to mark their 300th birthday, which will include an overview of the gates' history and a champagne toast.

WHEN|WHERE 5:30 p.m. Wednesday (rain date Thursday) at Coe Hall, Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park, Oyster Bay

INFO 516-922-8682,


5. Watch a polo match

The equestrian sport has been played on the fields in Bethpage State Park since the 1930s. The tradition continues when two teams compete for the Long Island Invitational Cup. Bring a picnic.

WHEN|WHERE 3 p.m. Sunday, June 5, Bethpage State Park polo fields in the picnic area, Farmingdale

INFO 516-249-0700, option 6,

ADMISSION $8 parking

6. Gold Coast Int'l Film Festival

The inaugural festival will bring 43 feature films and 20 shorts to select Clearview Cinemas along Nassau's North Shore Wednesday-Sunday. Special events include filmmaker panels and outdoor movie screenings, such as the Nassau County Museum of Art's outdoor screening of "Funny Face" Saturday at 8:30 p.m. on the grounds in Roslyn Harbor ($20 parking).

WHEN|WHERE June 1-5 at various Nassau County movie theaters and performance venues.

Outdoor film "Funny Face" at sundown on Saturday, 1 Museum Dr. off Northern Boulevard, Roslyn Harbor

INFO 516-444-3456,

ADMISSION $15 per film; $15-$50 special events

7. Nassau County Strawberry Festival

It comes but once a year. The Lions and Kiwanis clubs of the Bellmores host a five-day ode to all things strawberry. Beyond the carnival rides and games, there will be tons of shortcake, chocolate-dipped berries, cupcakes and more on the grounds of Nassau BOCES.

WHEN|WHERE 6-10 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-9 p.m. June 5, Nassau BOCES, 2351 Jerusalem Ave., North Bellmore

INFO 516-679-1875,


8. Teresa Giudice

Meet Bravo TV's "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Teresa Giudice when she stops by Book Revue in Huntington to give a taste of her new book, "Fabulicious! Teresa's Italian Family Cookbook."

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

INFO 631-271-1442,


9. "Tru" opens

"Saturday Night Live" star Darrell Hammond plays eccentric author Truman Capote in Bay Street Theatre's production of "Tru." Performances begin Tuesday under the direction of Tony Award winner Judith Ivey.

WHEN|WHERE Previews 8 p.m. Tuesday through next Friday, official opening June 4. Through June 26 at Bay Street Theatre, Sag Harbor

INFO 631-725-9500,


10. Watch a Memorial Day Parade

The City of Long Beach pays tribute to veterans at its annual parade in a big way -- with all Vietnam-era veterans honored as grand marshals in the procession. The Long Beach Police Department Motorcycle Brigade will lead the parade.

WHEN|WHERE 9:30 a.m. Monday, Beach Street ending at Kennedy Plaza, Long Beach. Rain or shine.

INFO 516-889-7516,


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