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Riverhead CAP March

The Riverhead Community Awareness Program, Inc. will sponsor its 34th annual “Say NO to Drugs” March on Friday, June 7, at 9:30 AM. Suffolk County Sheriff Errol Toulon will be the honored guest and keynote speaker.

The march will begin and end in front of Pulaski Street School and be followed by a brief ceremony during which Toulon will address the students and community along with the Riverhead Town Board and other elected officials. After the ceremony, the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #1742 will serve a picnic lunch to the students.

Sheriff Toulon, the county’s highest-ranking law enforcement official, is the county’s first African-American to be elected to a non-judicial countywide office. His priority, according to a press release, is to get to the root causes of and prevent youthful delinquency and inter-generational crime.

CAP is also launching a new public awareness campaign to encourage students to celebrate safely and avoid the pitfalls of underage drinking and drug use.

Several businesses have joined the campaign by placing two-inch stickers, provided for free by CAP, on deli sandwiches, take-out bags, coffee cups, catering orders, and more, which say “Congratulations Class of 2019. Live Your Best Life: Celebrate Sober.”

Mattituck-Laurel Library

The Mattituck-Laurel Library will screen “Lean on Pete,” a film about a teenager’s summer job as a horse trainer, on Friday, June 7, at 1:30 PM. The event is free.

The library will also host a concert of Neal Stuart and the Empire State Band on Sunday, June 9, at 2 PM. A collaboration of veteran musicians from the 1960s through the 1990s, the band will come together to pay tribute to the music of the late Johnny Maestro. The event is free.

The library will also host a cooking demo for Shrimp Tutta Rosa with Chef Robert Dell’amore. The fee is $5 per person, and registration is required.

The annual Library Board of Trustees Meeting will be held on Monday, June 10, at 6 PM. The meeting is open to the public.

The library will also host “Melissa Hyatt Watercolors,” a class for adults, on Wednesday, June 12 at 7 PM. Hyatt will demonstrate her process for depicting North Fork species such as piping clovers, sandpipers, terns, and oystercatchers. All materials will be provided. The fee is $10.

For more information, visit www.mattitucklaurellibrary.org.

Mashomack Preserve Tours

The Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island will host tours throughout the month of June.

The preserve will host a Blue Trail Truck Tour on Saturday, June 8, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, during which attendees can take a truck tour on the 10-miles Blue Trail through oak forest and meadows, and along vernal and coastal ponds.

The preserve will also host Bluebirds and Blueberry Muffins on June 15 from 9 to 10:30 AM, at which attendees can enjoy a light breakfast and bird-watching of the New York State Bird.

The preserve will also have an Early Summer Kayak Trip on June 22 from 9 AM to 12 PM. Participants will kayak along Mashomack’s beaches. This tour is $45, which includes all necessary equipment.

For more information, visit www.nature.org.

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