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Rotary Club of Southold

The Rotary Club of Southold will hold its annual fund raising “Pasta Dinner” on Monday, April 8, at Touch of Venice Restaurant in Cutchogue from noon until 8 PM.

The meal will include a choice of four entrees, salad, and a dessert made by Chef Brian Pennacchia and his staff.

The proceeds will go toward various Rotary projects, such as scholarships for Southold and Mattituck high school students, Maureen’s Haven, Laundry Love, Eastern Long Island Hospital, Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck, Southold Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, and others.

Tickets are $25 per person and can be bought in advance by contacting Walter Kruspki at 631-298-8026 or emailing robwalt@optonline.net. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Mattituck-Laurel Library

The Mattituck-Laurel Library will host “HTC VIVE” for teens on Thursday, February 21, from 10 AM to 2 PM.

Each participant will have a 30-minute session with the library’s HTC VIVE Virtual Reality System. Those interested can register at the circulation desk. The event is free.

The library will also host a history lovers book discussion on February 21 at 6:30 PM. The group will discuss Kate Moore’s “The Radium Girls,” which tells the story of female factory workers who sought justice after receiving lethal radiation poisoning while working at the United States Radium Corporation. The event is free.

For those more interested in poetry, the library will host a poetry reading on Tuesday, February 26, at 11 AM. Those interested can bring their favorite poems to read or read a poem provided by the library. The event is free, and those interested can register at the circulation desk.

The library will host “Polar Bear Day” on Wednesday, February 27, at 2 PM for kids ages three to five and 4 PM for kids in kindergarten and first grade. Kids will get to hear stories about polar bears and be able to fill their own plush polar bear to take home. Registration is required, but the event is free.

The library will host “Self Defense for Teens” on Thursday, February 28, at 4 PM. Alex Vamos will teach the basics of self-defense. The event is free, but registration is required. Participants are asked to wear comfortable clothing, including socks and sneakers. Call 631-298-4134 to register for these and other events.

Veterans Day Wedding Giveback

Peconic Landing and Brecknock Hall are currently accepting applications for the ninth annual Veterans Wedding Giveback.

This year’s winning couple will be provided with a wedding free of charge, taking place on Sunday, November 10, in celebration of Veterans Day. The wedding will accommodate up to 82 guests. The contest is open to couples with at least one current or veteran service member.

The contest, which began in 2011, serves as an opportunity to thank Long Island’s military personnel and recognize them for their service. The giveaway is made possible through sponsorships and contributions from local businesses and organizations.

Last year, the winning couple was Tenton Todd, a U.S. Air Force technical sergeant, and Jennifer Lynn Zanow, a U.S. Air Force Airfield Management operations supervisor.

The application deadline is March 31. To apply, visit brecknockhall.com/veterans-day-wedding-giveback.

Compiled by Genevieve M. Kotz