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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jonathan G. Hellermann. Independent/US Air Force

Mattituck-Laurel Library

The Mattituck-Laurel Library Board of Trustees will meet on Tuesday, May 21, at 6 PM. The event is open to the public.

The library will also offer health insurance counseling for seniors and other Medicare-eligible persons on May 21 from 1:30 to 3 PM. Sponsored by the Suffolk County Office for the Aging, the counseling is free. Call the circulation desk for an appointment.

The library will present “Kayaking Long Island” with Kevin Stiegelmaier, the author of “Paddling Long Island,” on Wednesday, May 22, at 6 PM. Stiegelmaier will review the gear you need, basic paddling techniques, safety, and the best places on Long Island to kayak. The event is free. Register at the circulation desk. www.mattitucklaurellibrary.org.

Pool Opens

Suffolk Community College’s Health & Wellness Center at the Riverhead campus was officially opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, May 10.

The facility’s pool, one of the first public pools available to East End residents, is eight lanes, 25 yards, and built for sanctioned competitive swimming and diving.

The nearly $22 million, 40,000-square-foot building features an 11,500-square-foot gymnasium, six backboards, a divider, an indoor track, and striping for basketball, volleyball, and badminton.

The new complex will complete the 192-acre Eastern campus near downtown Riverhead. The campus has never had any indoor facilities for physical education. To find out more, visit www.sunysuffolk.edu/for-the-community/health-club-east.

Drawn from Nature Class

The Old Town Arts & Crafts Guild in Cutchogue will hold “Drawn from Nature,” a four-session drawing class taught by Lee Harned on May 21, May 28, June 4, and June 11 from 1:30 to 3:30 PM.

The class will focus on value, shading, textural techniques, and drawing from direct observation. Pre-paid registration is $75 for all four sessions. A single session walk-in is $25 per session. Attendees are asked to bring a number 2 pencil, a 9×12 or 11×14 sketchpad, and an eraser.

To register, visit www.oldtownartsguild.org.

East End Arts

East End Arts is currently accepting artists, artisans, craft vendors, and street painting artists for the 23rd annual Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival in Riverhead on May 26. Those interested in participating can register by May 17.

For more information, visit www.eastendarts.org.

Peacemakers Award

The Riverhead Peacemakers will receive the “United for Kindness” award from PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center on May 22.

The Riverhead Peacemakers are a fourth grade student-led anti-bullying movement started by Morgan Dunn, now in ninth grade, when she was at Roanoke Avenue Elementary School.

The Peacemakers in both schools meet with Shannon Kutner, Riverhead Community Awareness Program’s elementary school social worker, during recess to discuss ways to prevent and reduce bullying in their schools. In January, the students assisted their schools by organizing student and staff participation in the Great Kindness Challenge, as well as other activities.

Flower Power Runway Show

New York City fashion designer Alex Vinash will premiere his new Resort Collection at the “Flower Power” Runway Show, which will benefit Community Action Southold Town, at the Greenport American Legion on May 26 at 5:30 PM.

An after-party and fashion boutique will be held at American Beech in Stirling Square in Greenport.

The event will also feature paintings on loan from Anne Sherwood Pundyk, an artist based in New York City and Mattituck, and feature local vendors, including the Times Vintage, the Weathered Barn, Lido, and more.

Ticket prices range from $15 to $50. To purchase them, visit castsoutholdtown.org or call 631-477-1717.

U.S. Air Force

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jonathan G. Hellermann graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San
Antonio, TX.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Hellermann is the son of Lisa and Glenn Hellermann of Mattituck. He is a 2013 graduate of Mattituck Junior/Senior High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in 2017 from Regent University in Virginia.

gmkotz@indyeastend.com