Just because the temperatures are barely hitting freezing these days doesn’t mean we can’t still have fun. That's why I'm inviting you to join me in creating a Winter Bucket List of things we hope to see, do and accomplish over the next few months. I plan to share an idea each week, and I encourage readers to send along their own suggestions.
Winter suggestion No. 1: Ice skating in Greenport. My family and I did this during the Christmas break and had an absolute blast. The outdoor rink is part of Mitchell Park, 115 Front St., Greenport. Admission is $10 for adults and $6 for children on weekends; adults $5 and children $3 on weekdays. You’re welcome to bring your own skates, or rent them for $2. The rink has public skating sessions scheduled every day, but it's a good idea to call ahead; the number is 631-477-2200, ext. 2. It’s also worth noting that the ice rink is directly across from a Starbucks, which comes in handy after a cold winter’s day spent skating.
Relay kickoff: This year marks the 10th annual Center Moriches Relay for Life, with the official kickoff beginning with a Captain’s Meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 31 in the LGI Room at Center Moriches High School. E-mail inquiries should be directed to email@example.com. This year’s Relay for Life takes place from noon to midnight June 4 at the high school.
Free winter ecology program: The Kaler’s Pond Audubon Society is pleased to announce its upcoming Ornithology Program, scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 30, 1 to 3:30 p.m., at the Center Moriches Free Public Library. Titled “Whoooo is That?,” the program will highlight the variety of owls that call Long Island home, including screech and great horned owls. Participants will learn how to identify these birds of prey and what they eat by observing the dissection of an owl pellet. Call 631-878-0940 for more information.
Super Bowl food drive: Members of the East Moriches PTO will hold the food drive from Jan. 31 to Feb. 4. Donations can be dropped off at East Moriches Elementary or middle schools, located on Montauk Highway in East Moriches. Call event sponsor Nancy Greenseich, at 631-878-1825, for more information.
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