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SEPT. 23 weekly planner: Top 10 LI events

1. Free museum day

WHEN | WHERE Saturday, at more than a dozen participating museums on Long Island.

INFO smithsonian

ADMISSION Free, although you'll need to download a ticket online.

From the Cradle of Aviation and the Long Island Children's Museum in Garden City to the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum, the doors to select museums on Long Island will be wide open with free admission for "Museum Day Live!," a national affair organized by Smithsonian magazine.

More than a dozen local institutions are participating -- to take part, head to and download your admission ticket, good for two people.

2. Festival -- for the dogs

Four-legged friends are welcome to walk, exercise and play next weekend at Old Westbury Gardens' annual Dog Days, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sept. 30. Expect the largest crowd between 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday when there will be agility demonstrations, interactive games, a costume contest and doggie-related exhibits.

WHEN | WHERE Saturday-Sept. 30, 71 Old Westbury Rd.

INFO 516-333-0048,

ADMISSION $10 ($5 ages 7-17)

3. Vicente Fernandez

The Mexican singing star will be performing his latest single, "Cuando Manda El Corazón" (it's the theme song from Telenovela's "Amor Bravio") along with other love songs "ranchera" style with his flamenco guitar at a concert at Nassau Coliseum that also features his son, Vicente Fernandez Abarca.

WHEN | WHERE 8 p.m. Saturday, Nassau Coliseum

INFO 800-745-3000,

ADMISSION $40-$250, $7 parking

4. Car parade and concert

Nostalgia is the buzzword -- at 9 a.m. Sept. 30, catch a parade of more than 1,000 vintage and collectible cars down Stewart Avenue in Bethpage to Hempstead Turnpike, ending at Eisenhower Park. A judged car show and festival starts there at 11 a.m., highlighted by a free 3 p.m. concert by Long Island native Eddie Money at the Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre. Look for celebrity appearances by Henry Winkler, Cindy Williams and George Barris.

WHEN | WHERE 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 30, East Meadow

INFO 516-315-6356,

ADMISSION Free for Nassau residents ($10 per carload for nonresidents)

5. Snoop -- in Huntington

Now he calls himself "Snoop Lion" -- hip-hop icon Snoop Dogg (Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr.) has reinvented himself as a reggae artist. Who knows what he'll perform at Wednesday's concert at the Paramount in Huntington.

WHEN | WHERE 8 p.m. Wednesday, 370 New York Ave.

INFO 631-673-7300,


6. Long Island Biennial

New short films from Long Island filmmakers are front and center at this juried exhibition at Cinema Arts Centre. Films from six finalists will be screened, such as "The Flowering of the Crone" from Roslyn Heights native Ally Acker -- stick around for a reception to meet the filmmakers.

WHEN | WHERE 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 423 Park Ave., Huntington

INFO 800-838-3006,

ADMISSION $15 (includes reception)

7. Rocco DiSpirito

The celebrity chef and author appears at Book Revue to sign his latest cookbook, "Now Eat This! Italian," which includes recipes for classic Italian fare that clock in at less than 350 calories.

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

INFO 631-271-1442,


8. Wine and a show

"Noises Off," on now at CM Performing Arts Center in Oakdale, is a comedic backstage look at the on and offstage antics of a Broadway acting troupe. On Friday, the center hosts a preshow wine tasting ($5) with Palmer Vineyards that includes appetizers. Reservations suggested.

WHEN | WHERE 6:30 p.m. Friday (show at 8), 931 Montauk Hwy., Oakdale

INFO 631-218-2810,


9. Meet the 'Millionaire Matchmaker'

Patti Stanger, star of the Bravo reality show "Millionaire Matchmaker," has a new man in her life -- The Wine Guy in Smithtown. The two team up for a bottle signing of her new TY KU Premium Sake on Friday in Smithtown. Patrons must be at least 21 years old to attend.

WHEN | WHERE 5-7 p.m. Friday, The Wine Guy, 220 W. Main St., Smithtown

INFO 631-780-6200


10. Over 50 Fair

Calling all boomers -- a celebration of life aimed at people over the age of 50 will include vendors and booths focused on health and wellness, estate planning, identity theft, long-term care and other topics. On-site workshops range from Zumba, yoga and Tai Chi to issues such as sleep apnea and reverse mortgages.

WHEN | WHERE 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sept. 30, Melville Marriott, 1350 Old Walt Whitman Rd., Melville

INFO 516-621-1446, over50fair .com

ADMISSION $8 ($6 advance)

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