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Mattituck-Laurel Library
On Thursday at 10 AM, the library offers a parent/child workshop for ages 18 to 36 months with a caregiver. Spend quality time with your child through play and art activities. Free, but registration is required. The group meets again on Thursday, April 26.

On the same day, at 4 PM, fourth through sixth graders can attend the coding/programming robotics gathering “Ozobot It?” Free, but registration is required.

Then, on Friday at 1:30 PM, the library will screen The Greatest Showman, rated PG. The film celebrates the birth of show business, and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. The event is free.

On Wednesday, April 25 at 6 PM, moms can head out for “Mom’s Night Out” at the library and enjoy pottery making and refreshments. Participants will enjoy a fun, hands-on workshop while painting an eight-inch resin garden gnome in vibrant colors. Registration is required; entry is $10.
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The Shelter Island Library is honoring the spirit of spring and sustainability with the reopening of its Shelter Island Seed Library and with a showing of Seed: The Untold Story.

The seed library is a collaborative effort with the Sylvester Manor Educational Farm. Visitors can view the offerings and “borrow” seeds for free to plant in home and community gardens.

Seed: The Untold Story reveals the harrowing and heartening story of passionate seed keepers as they wage a David and Goliath battle against chemical seed companies.
Both events take place at the Shelter Island Library on Thursday. The seed library opens at 6:30 PM and the movie begins at 7.

Mashomack Summer Camp
Shelter Island’s Mashomack Preserve is offering a summer environmental education program. It’s all about hands-on fun in the outdoors, while learning about conservation and the environment.

Participants will hike, wade in a salt marsh, paddle a canoe or kayak, play games, and have fun. Registration begins at 9 AM on April 23.

The camp runs from Monday through Thursday from 9 AM to 2 PM. Three sessions are offered and include June 25 to 28, July 9 to 12, and August 13 to 16. Ages eight to 12 are welcome. The fee is $250 and 30 scholarships are being offered.

For more information or to register, contact Cindy Belt at 631-749-4219 or by email at

Street Artists Wanted
The East End Arts Council is in search of street painters and vendors to participate in the 22nd Annual Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival on Sunday, May 27 in downtown Riverhead.

The Memorial Day Weekend tradition allows families and friends to enjoy the creative spirit together. The day-long celebration of the arts includes street painting, live music, theater, drumming, dance, art demonstration, performances, and a fine arts and crafts fair.

World War I Exhibit
The Suffolk County Historical Society in Riverhead continues “Over Here, Over There: Long Island & the Great War,” an exhibit commemorating the centennial of America’s entry into the First World War. It is available for view in the Grand Staas Gallery until April 28.

Still ongoing is the exhibit “Collective Identity: Photographs & Tintype Images Celebrating African and Native American Diversity in 19th-Century Eastville.” It will be on display at the society’s

Gish Gallery until May 23.
“Spotlight Series: The Paintings. Highlights from the Permanent Collection” continues to be on view in the society’s Weathervane Gallery until June 16.

Veterans Day Wedding Deadline
Do you know any service couples recently engaged? Brecknock Hall at Peconic Landing in Greenport is currently seeking applicants for the eighth annual “Veterans Day Wedding Giveback.”

The community project provides one service couple with the wedding of their dreams at no cost, thanks to local businesses and area volunteers. The contest is open to current and veteran service members. At least one partner must have served or be serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. Applicants can visit enter. The application deadline is this Friday.

The winning couple will be chosen by a panel of Peconic Landing’s veteran members who judge the contest based on the number of years served, special military honors, contributions to the community and each couple’s personal love story. Couples must be available for an interview in person, or via Skype to be considered for the giveback.