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Country music fest set this weekend

Artists in Partnership Inc. and the Long Beach Public Library are bringing the second annual Kickin’ Country Music, Family Fun and Food Drive to Long Beach this weekend, after superstorm Sandy caused the cancellation of the free event last year.

Americana, country and country rock music by local Long Island bands and musicians including Roadhouse Band, Annie Mark and Chris James, Treutlein, Novak, Perricone and Leuci, and Mick Hargreaves and Mike Bifulco will be featured tonight and Sunday afternoon.

Family fun day is to start at 1 p.m. Sunday at the library, 111 W. Park Ave. Planned activities include free card-making, country crafts, sand art and face-painting for children. Astrograss, a bluegrass group out of Brooklyn, is to perform at 2 p.m., followed by a performance at 3:30 p.m. by Walking the Line, a Johnny Cash tribute band featuring Tom Kavanagh.

Attendees are asked to bring nonperishable foods and personal care items to be collected by Long Island CARES. For more information, call 516-432-7201 or visit


Ceremony honors veterans on Monday

Valley Stream village officials are set to observe Veterans Day on Monday with a special ceremony to honor veterans for their bravery and commitment to the nation.

The ceremony will be held at Arthur J. Hendrickson Park’s community center, at 123 W. Merrick Rd., at 1 p.m.

Local veteran groups will provide information from 12:30 to 4 p.m. to assist veterans and their families. Representatives will be on hand to help locate veterans’ personnel records, provide property tax exemption information, obtain pets for veterans and offer medical help for sleep apnea.

Attendees are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy for the village’s Toys For Tots Drive in partnership with the U.S. Marine Corps.

Veterans Day is the American name for the international day of remembrance called Armistice Day, the anniversary of the signing of the peace accords that ended World War I on Nov. 11, 1918.

For more information, call 516-592-5102 or visit

Town plans holiday parade for Nov. 30

Huntington will kick off the holiday season with the fourth annual Holiday Parade and Street Festival in downtown Huntington Village on Nov. 30 at 6:30 p.m. The parade is to culminate Small Business Saturday with Long Island’s biggest electric light holiday parade and float contest, town officials said.

The festivities are to include a brief ceremony following the parade to light the holiday tree; the trees on the Village Green and at Town Hall are to be lit simultaneously. The parade will include competitions for the best floats in three categories — fire department, commercial and not-for-profit — with judging based on how well they follow the theme of the parade, which is holiday toys.

The parade will begin at the Big H Shopping Center and proceed north on New York Avenue to Main Street, then west along Main Street past the reviewing stand at Wall Street to West Neck Road. Wall Street will be closed to traffic from Main Street to Gerard Street until 9 p.m.

“I invite everyone to start the day at the village’s unique shops, visit the many restaurants and then to join us to see the fantastic floats the fire departments and other groups put together, followed by an evening of family holiday fun,” Town Supervisor Frank P. Petrone said.

Free parking is available at the Huntington train station, with a free shuttle from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Groups wishing to participate in the parade must submit an application form to the Huntington Manor Fire Department, 1650 New York Ave., Huntington Station, by Nov. 15. The form can be downloaded here.

For further application information, call Lt. John Damico at 516-852-5919.


Toy drive ongoing

Islip is collecting toys for a holiday gift drive for the town’s needy children.

Councilman John Cochrane, Jr. is working with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots programs to collect toys at three drop-off sites in the town.

The locations are: The town’s Youth Bureau at Town Hall West, 401 Main St., room 312, Islip; Cochrane’s office in Town Hall at 655 Main St., Islip; and the Disabled Services Office at Brookwood Hall, 50 Irish Lane, East Islip.

The new, unwrapped toys will be collected through Dec. 4. The toy drive is also accepting monetary donations at

“Considering tough economic times, more and more families have less to spend during the holiday season,” Cochrane said in a news release. “We are proud to support the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program, which greatly depends on the support and generosity of the local community and residents.”


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