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Four upcoming community events

Firefighters plan trips to help soldiers, vets

Firefighters who are part of the Nassau County Firefighters Operation Wounded Warrior will be traveling this week to military hospitals in Maryland and North Carolina to bring holiday cheer to wounded soldiers.

The firefighters will travel in fire vehicles in what they call “The Long Red Line” to Fort Bragg and Camp Lejuene in North Carolina on Wednesday.

Other caravans will be leaving Friday to the Walter Reed National Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., to give Christmas presents to recuperating soldiers receiving hospitalization and rehabilitation treatment from injuries received in the war zones of Afghanistan and Iraq.

“Nassau firefighters are doing their part to help our wounded warriors that are receiving treatment in military hospitals as well as those local veterans who need assistance in our own area,” group chairman said in a statement. “We will not forget how they have sacrificed for us.”

Farmers market will reopen Saturdays

The Baldwin Civic Association Inc. in partnership with G&G Long Island Farmers’ Markets will reopen Baldwin’s farmers market this Saturday for the winter.

The farmers market will be open rain or shine on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market will be held indoors in the Baldwin American Legion Post 246, on 2754 Grand Ave. in Baldwin.

Items available for purchase will include breads, jams, artisanal cheeses, organic chocolate, gluten-free granola, hot soup, pickles, baked goods, dog treats, soap, barbecue sauce, olive oil and fresh pasta.

For more information, call 631-944-2661, visit or email           — AISHA AL-MUSLIM

Restoration village sets candlelight eves

The Candlelight Evenings at Old Bethpage Village Restoration will be on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, Dec. 13, 14, 15, and 20, 21, and 22, from 5 to 9:30 p.m.

The Candlelight Evenings offer a Hallmark card-like setting of flickering candles inside the Village’s historic homes, along with 19th-century holiday decorations, within the confines of a rural valley setting.

Forms of 19th-century entertainment offered will include a brass quartet and fiddlers playing popular seasonal tunes, as well as performances by local schools and organizations, a traditional 1866 decorated Christmas tree, stories of Christmases past, contra-dancing and a traditional bonfire.

“I invite residents to enjoy a candlelight evening among the village’s historic homes,” Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano said in a statement Tuesday. He added that the site provides visitors with a unique and wonderful opportunity to step back in time.

Entrance fees are: $10 for adults, $7 for children (5-12), seniors and volunteer firefighters. Children under 5 are free.

For more information call (516) 572-8400. — SID CASSESE

Seminar on home energy use planned

Homeowners can learn how to better insulate their homes to save money and the environment at a seminar in Manhasset this month.

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock is holding a program with the Long Island Progressive Coalition’s PowerUp Communities program from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 18 at 48 Shelter Rock Rd. in Manhasset.

Homeowners can learn about saving on heating oil, reducing drafts, and how to get an energy audit and apply for rebates and other financial opportunities.

Marriele Robinson of the Long Island Progressive Coalition's PowerUp Communities project, and Jaime Pereira, director of business development at Powersmith, which provides energy-efficient services to homes, will speak.

For more information, call 516-472-2941 or write

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