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Craft chain offering in-store holiday craft, gift workshops

Attention crafters: You can make your own holiday gifts or create a few crafts to decorate your home or to wear for the holidays at Michaels’ Holiday Maker Fests on Saturday, Dec. 7, and Dec. 14. On Dec. 7, crafts projects geared toward the family include a holiday hoop wreath for the door, holiday floral Mason jar, Christmas tree T-shirt and gingerbread house — all of which are free except for the cost of supplies and decorations, which can be purchased in the store...

Family-friendly 'Holiday Wishes' circus show coming to NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum

“Holiday Wishes,” a live acrobatic circus event set to holiday music, comes Dec. 7 to NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum. Cirque Musica’s brand-new show for the 2019 holiday season is accompanied by a full symphony orchestra. One of the largest touring cirque groups, Cirque Musica has some of the best circus performers in the world, says Stephen Cook, founder and president of TCG Entertainment, which is producing the show. “The show includes a live, 27-piece orchestra playing some of the greatest...

Giant puppets coming to LI holiday festival

History comes alive Dec. 8 with the 40th annual Holiday Festival in Stony Brook Village. The festival will feature a parade of 14-foot puppets representing founding members of Stony Brook. They include members of the Culper Spy Ring, who helped spy on the British for George Washington; Captain Jonas Smith, who owned Hallock Homestead, now the Three Village Inn, and considered Long Island’s first millionaire, and philanthropists Ward and Dorothy Melville. The parade of puppets begins at 2:15 pm...

LI holiday parade will include kids' scavenger hunt

Huntington will host its 10th annual holiday parade and festival on Nov. 30. The “Holiday Lights & Sounds” event will feature an electric light parade, musical performances and array of family friendly activities. The daylong festivities begin at 1 p.m. with a children’s scavenger hunt in front of Ben & Jerry’s (298 Main St.). Children’s crafts will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Huntington Public Library (338 Main St.) and Panera Bread (345 Main St.). At 2 p.m., there will be a festival...

New Santa village comes to LI holiday light show

The second annual Riverhead Holiday Light Show opens at 5 p.m. Monday. A drive-through experience which takes about 20 to 25 minutes, the holiday light show features dozens of large, dazzling displays, some three stories tall and 100 feet long. There are Christmas and Hanukkah, seasonal and a few new displays. The lights are synced to music, says Andrew Adams, chief operating officer of BOLD Media, which produces the show, which runs through Dec. 29. “So when someone comes to the show, we’re...

Montauk Lighthouse to be lit for holiday season

To kick off the holiday season, the Montauk Lighthouse will be lit up again on Nov. 30, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and remain lit every night until New Year’s Day. This year, members of the Forsburg family, who own the Viking Fishing Fleet and run the Block Island Ferry, will light the historic landmark, says Jason Walter, site manager. The event, which is free, runs from 4 to 7 p.m. and includes holiday music, caroling and an appearance by Santa Claus. The 11th annual lighting is part...

Instrument Petting Zoo to perform this weekend at Staller Center for the Arts

Kids can get an up-close-and-personal introduction to the world of classical music Sunday, Nov. 3 in a concert performance of “Peter and the Wolf” at Staller Center for the Arts at Stony Brook University. The concert will be performed by the Instrument Petting Zoo, an outreach program where student musicians go to schools and libraries to introduce children to classic music through hands-on workshops. Composed by Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf" is a symphonic fairy tale in which...

Long Island Millennial Leadership Coalition to hold free housing event at Greybarn in Amityville

The Long Island Millennial Leadership Coalition will hold an Oct. 30 event at the Greybarn apartment complex in Amityville. It’s becoming more and more difficult for young people to stay on Long Island, says John Schneidawin, chair ot the Long Island Millennial Leadership Coalition of LiiNC, a Westbury-based organization that aims to empower young professionals. With assistance from the Long Island Housing Partnership, the Hauppauge-based nonprofit that helps people find affordable housing...

Ballet Long Island in Ronkonkoma to hold Halloween party for kids

Ghosts, goblins, princesses and pirates can pirouette over to Ballet Long Island’s Halloween party on Oct. 27 in Ronkonkoma. Open to kids 12 and under accompanied by an adult, the party features a hip-hop dance class, face painting, games and crafts. The $5-per-family admission includes Halloween treats and five raffle auction tickets. This is the second annual Halloween party at Ballet Long Island, says Debra Punzi, artistic director for the dance center. “We’re doing it to help raise funds...

Registration open for Fortnite competition at three Long Island malls

Registration is now on for the first-ever Simon Cup, a national eSport tournament for amateur Fortnite gamers. To participate, players must first pick up a Gold Ticket at one of seven locations in the New York metro area. On Long Island, tickets are available at guest services at Roosevelt Field in Garden City, Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove and Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington Station. Using the code on the Gold Ticket, gamers can then register online at simoncup.com to gain access...

New biking, hiking trails open at Hempstead Harbor Woods

Two miles of biking and hiking trails recently opened at the 200-acre Hempstead Harbor Woods in Port Washington, according to the Town of North Hempstead. By next summer, a total of five to six miles of the dirt trails will be added to the passive park, says Carole Trottere, town spokeswoman. “Town residents now gain multi-use trails for both hiking and mountain biking at no cost, and we have added a wonderful recreational aspect to a parcel of town-owned land that previously was difficult to...

Kids skate free on Sundays in October at LI rink at United Skates of America in Seaford

To mark October’s designation as “National Roller Skating Month,” the United Skates of America of Seaford is giving free admission to kids 14 and under for the noon-to-2:30 p.m. session on Sundays for the month of October. “It’s just a really great opportunity for the children who’ve never roller skated before to try it and fall in love with the sport like so many children do,” says Karen Palermo, president of United Skates of America. The session usually costs $12.50, she says...
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