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KIDS THEATER IN NASSAU WEEK OF FEBRUARY 4

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Theater for Kids in Nassau Check out these free and low-cost family and children's theater performances playing the week of February 4 in Nassau. See if your favorite play or musical will be in town and get all the details on the performance, or just browse the theater listings to find a fun new show that your family can go see together. In the warmer months, you may also find outdoor concerts and performances, including outdoor movies. Whether you live in Nassau or will just be visiting during the week of February 4, you'll find plenty of entertainment in the theaters. For more free and low-cost upcoming family and children's events in Nassau, go to our complete calendar of events.

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COPE Bereavement Support Group - Merrick Jewish Center
February 04, 2013 - Merrick

COPE, a grief and healing organization dedicated to supporting parents and families living with the loss of a child, holds monthly support groups meetings for parents one Monday of the month for parents on the South Shore. If you are interested in attending or for more information, please call Executive Director Karen Flyer at 516-484-4993.

COPE Bereavement Support Group - Elias Hicks Historical Home
February 04, 2013 - Jericho

COPE, a grief and healing organization dedicated to supporting parents and families living with the loss of a child, holds support group meetings for parents two Mondays per month. Please call for more information.

Book Chats with Anna Katsavos - Rockville Center Library
February 04, 2013 - Rockville Centre

Join in discussing Heft: A Novel by Liz Moore. Arthur weighs 550 pounds and hasn't left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Kel navigates life as a poor kid in a rich school, and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career. An unexpected connection transforms both their lives as they find sustenance and friendship in the most surprising places.

Parent Leadership Initiative (PLI) Training for the Town of Brookhaven - Middle Country Library
February 05, 2013 - Selden

Parent leadership initiative courses are one night a week with dinner and child care provided. Participants are given working knowledge of state and local government, media, civic relations and available community resources. Participants of this program will learn to become parent leaders, advocates, increase involvement in their community and make a real difference in the health, happiness and success of children in their community. A manddatory kick off retreat is February 2, 9am-3pm. Interested applicants will complete an application and interview process. Visit the website Childcaresuffolk.org.

PreSchool Stroytime - Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library
February 05, 2013 - Garnerville

Children ages 3-5 can come in for stories, songs, puppets, and more. Pre-registration is required. Tuesdays through May 14.

Library Play Date - Rockville Center Library
February 05, 2013 - Rockville Centre

Need something to do with your little one? Then this is for you. Enjoy free play in an unstructured environment. Meet up with old friends, and make new ones. Siblings up to age 5 are welcome to attend.

Toddler Storytime - Manhasset Public Library
February 06, 2013 - Manhasset

Toddlers 18 months - 2� years are welcome at this fun event where familiar rhymes, favorite songs, and gentle stories are the foundation of this fun-filled introduction to storytime for children and their caregivers.

Steel Drum Carnival - Floral Park Public Library
February 06, 2013 - Floral Park

Grades 1-6. Participate in a steel drum band. Learn the tradition of Carnival. Do the limbo.

Story Time - The Jumping Gym
February 06, 2013 - West Hempstead

Everyone is welcome to free storytime. If there is time after the story there will be arts and crafts projects.

Hope Bereavement Support Group - Oceanside Jewish Center
February 06, 2013 - Oceanside

HOPE bereavement support group is open to parents who have suffered the loss of a child. Experience the freedom to express your feelings and the sharing of coping skills under the guidance of a professional facilitator. All are welcome.

After School Storytime - Manhasset Public Library
February 07, 2013 - Manhasset

Longer stories and crazy crafts are all part of the fun. This is a drop-off class for children in K-2. Registration required.

Chess Instruction - Manhasset Public Library
February 07, 2013 - Manhasset

Learn to play chess or perfect your skills in these instructional sessions (Grades 2-6). All levels are welcome. Hosted by the Long Island Chess Nuts. Chess sets will be provided. Registration required.

British Invasions-Andrew Lloyd Webber with Dr. James Kolb - Manhasset Public Library
February 07, 2013 - Manhasset

Dr. James Kolb, Professor of Drama and Dance at Hofstra University discusses the work of Andrew Lloyd Webber whose career spans the last four decades of the 20th century and into the 21st, beginning with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, followed by Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Cats, Starlight Express, The Phantom of the Opera, Aspects of Love, Sunset Boulevard, Whistle Down the Wind, The Beautiful Game and Love Never Dies. His work has been profoundly influenced by his family�s involvement in classical music, and his youthful enthusiasm for the American musical theatre.

Guild Hall presents Montauk School’s Word Up! Poetry Program - Guild Hall
February 07, 2013 - East Hampton

In this live poetry event, middle school students from Montauk school will read original works, selected poems, memorized works, and fellow students’ poems on the stage of the John Drew Theater. The students have been working in school with professional poets to learn how to write, revise and present their own original works of poetry.

Picture Book Time - Hempstead Library
February 08, 2013 - Hempstead

The program includes stories, songs, animal friends, and fun.

Chinese Cooking Class for Teens - Manhasset Public Library
February 08, 2013 - Manhasset

Teens in grades 7-12 will learn how to make chinese food and have fun doing so.

Like Cat and Dogs: The Innermost Hopes and Hates of our Beloved Pets - Manhasset Public Library
February 08, 2013 - Manhasset

Live theater starring Debbie Starker and David Houston in a humorous one-hour performance reading in the style of Radio Drama with music and effects. The performance features classics from Thurber's Pet Department and Eliot's Practical Cats, glimpses of Mehitabel, an occasional absurdity from Ogden Nash, and outrageous snatches from such recent tomes as Cat-echisms, and How to Raise a Jewish Dog.

Tot Shabbat - Temple B'nai Torah
February 08, 2013 - Wantagh

The community is invited to join Rabbi Marci Bellows, Cantor Steven Sher, Gail Goldstein and Emily Altman for this, special early childhood Shabbat experience of singing, and storytelling.

Nature Tales! - Suffolk County Environmental Center
February 08, 2013 - Islip

Join Jane Lewis for an exploration of the natural world through books. Ages 18 months to 5 with an accompanying adult.

Comic Books and Manga - Hempstead Library
February 09, 2013 - Hempstead

Join in for an instructional series on how to create and publish your own comics and manga. Attendees will learn much more than just drawing: Highlights include organizing art tools, developing characters and storylines, and prepping the final product for publication. This free program is open to adults and high school students. Registration at the Reference Desk is required.

Anime Club - Rockville Center Library
February 09, 2013 - Rockville Centre

Kids in Grades 7 to 12 watch and discuss computer animated creations and sometimes draw their own.

Community Service: Mardi Gras Masks - Rockville Center Library
February 09, 2013 - Rockville Centre

Kids in Grades 7 to 12 will help little kids make masks to celebrate Mardi Gras. Community Service hours will be awarded. Register at the Children�s Reference Desk, or call 766-6257x6.

Crafts For Kids - Cupcake Corner
February 09, 2013 - New Hyde Park

Bring your kids to the bakery/cafe for a free craft. Reservations not required. Craft changes every weekend. Craft takes anywhere from 15-45 minutes to complete depending upon the age of the child. Parents can enjoy lunch while their kids do activities.

'Sugar Blues' A Healthy Show & Tell Parent's Nutritional Workshop - The Dolphin Bookshop and Cafe
February 09, 2013 - Port Washington

A great hands-on nutritional workshop with Healthwell Corporate Solutions.

Families Recovering from Divorce - Half Hollow Hills Community Library
February 09, 2013 - Dix Hills

Suffolk County Psychological Association and Nassau County Psychological Association are co-sponsoring this psycho-educational workshop for families that have gone through a divorce. The workshop is family friendly and while parents can attend alone they are encouraged to bring adolescents and children over 6 years old. Part of the morning will include separate activities for parents, adolescents and children. Although the workshop is designed for families, it also may be helpful for one parent, step-parents or an adult child of divorce. Register at FamiliesRecoveringFromDivorce.org. or by telephone at the Library, 631 421-4530.

School-Aged Child Adoption Info Meeting - Spence-Chapin Services
February 09, 2013 - Hauppauge

Adopting a school-aged child is becoming more common, yet the details of how kids transition, bond, and attach into their families largely remains a mystery for many families. Join a discussion on who these children are, what their emotional and developmental needs are, and if you could be the right match for a child growing up without a family.

HARBORFROST - Bay Street Theatre
February 09, 2013 - Sag Harbor

Come in from the cold as Bay Street Theatre welcomes all to keep cozy and warm whether it's after the plunge on the Long Wharf or before the big fireworks. In the lobby kids can warm up with hot chocolate and watch cartoons on the big screen .

HarborFrost 2013 - Sag Harbor Village
February 09, 2013 - Sag Harbor

Sponsored by the Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce & The Sag Harbor Express, the festival features ice carving demonstrations, fire dancers, a treasure hunt, and fireworks at the end of the day. On Main Street, there will be store and restaurant specials as well as live music. There will also be a Polar Bear Plunge at Windmill Beach benefiting the Volunteer Ambulance Corp, a special story time at the John Jermain Library, and a HarborFrost farmers market.

Crafts For Kids - Cupcake Corner
February 10, 2013 - New Hyde Park

Bring your kids to the bakery/cafe for a free craft. Reservations not required. Craft changes every weekend. Craft takes anywhere from 15-45 minutes to complete depending upon the age of the child. Parents can enjoy lunch while their kids do activities.

Mardi Gras Festival - Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park
February 10, 2013 - Oyster Bay

This family-oriented festival will include children’s performances, carnival games for colorful Mardi Gras prizes,funny photos, and environmental displays where everyone learns about the environment and can make their own Mardi Gras animal mask. Bring your camera. The festival is free, however, a $5 donation is being requested.

The Bridges Academy: Open House - The Bridges Adademy
February 10, 2013 - West Islip

Learn about The Bridges Academy, a new independent school offering educational opportunities from toddler (2 year olds) all the way through to the 8th grade. Bridges will open in September as a fully independent, federally recognized not-for-profit, NYS Board of Education accredited and based in a modern, well-equipped school building.

TALKING DRUMS - Brentwood Library
February 10, 2013 - Brentwood

In this program featuring world-class drummer Kobla Mensa Dente, children and their parents can discover the music of Africa through its chants, drums, and instruments in this hands-on, culturally enriching experience.

Tiny Tots - Hempstead Library
February 11, 2013 - Hempstead

This program is for children from 18 months to 30 months with a caregiver. Finger-plays, songs, and stories will provide fun for all.

Camera Club - Manhasset Public Library
February 11, 2013 - Manhasset

This program is open to all. There is no fee and membership is not a requirement. Please contact George Novello at GeorgeNovello@yahoo.com.

Monday Mysteries Book Discussion - Rockville Center Library
February 11, 2013 - Rockville Centre

This month's book Red on Red by Edward Conlon, follows an unlikely partnership between two NYPD detectives, including one who is drawn to cases of rough urban combat and another who is compelled by suicide, missing persons, and supernatural cases.

Blind Date with a Book - Rockville Center Library
February 11, 2013 - Rockville Centre

Pick up a wrapped book and hand in reviews by March 15th to win prizes.

Grand Opening - RetroFitness Syosset/Plainview
Through February 13, 2013 - Syosset

Want the convenience of a modern gym at a fraction of the price? Check out RetroFitness where the goal is health and fitness and the price is $19.99 per month for life. Classes are starting up now. Childcare is available. The Grand Openinruns through February 13, 2013.

Journeys & Destinations - Main Street Petite Gallery
Through March 08, 2013 - Huntington

Over the years Vivian Hershfield, Virginia Edele, Grace Su, Nancy Fabrizio and Suzanne McVetty have journeyed together painting en plein air beautiful sites around Long Island, New York City, and the globe. All are members of the Nassau County Art League and the originators of the League's Plein Air Painters group, they love experiencing the out-of-doors, expressing their individual taste in their choice of views, and enjoying the camaraderie of like minds. The exhibit runs February 8-March 8, 2013.

Art Exhibit Featuring Barbara Pascal - Riverhead Town Hall Gallery
Through March 10, 2013 - Riverhead

East End Arts presents an exhibit featuring the whimsical artwork of painter Barbara Pascal. In this collection of work, Barbara Pascal seems to be summing up a lifetime of personal impressions, as well as revealing her skills as an expressive painter. Runs through March 10, 2013.

50/50: Celebrating Fifty Years of the Hofstra University Museum - Hofstra University Museum
Through March 28, 2013 - Hempstead

This anniversary exhibition highlights the breadth and depth of the collection through just 50 of the 605 acquisitions donated since 2006. The featured works include paintings, prints, photographs and drawings by 20th and 21st century American, Latino and European artists such as Luis Cruz Azaceta, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Stanley Brodsky, Lucien Clergue, Yonia Fain, April Gornick, Robert Kipniss, Howardena Pindell, Robert Rauschenberg, Donald Resnick, Alison Saar, W. Eugene Smith and Stanley Twardowicz, among others. Additionally, the exhibition includes Pre-Columbian figures and vessels as well as early to mid 20th-century African masks.

Autism Spectrum Parent Support Group - Family and Children's Association
Through September 01, 2013 - Mineola

Family Center’s Spectrum Support Group offers caregivers mutual support by providing opportunities to meet with others also raising children who are dually diagnosed. To be eligible the child must have a primary Mental Health diagnosis and a secondary Spectrum diagnosis. Groups are facilitated by Parent Advocates, each having their own unique experience raising a child under the Spectrum. While caregivers attend group, respite can be provided to children ages 5-17. To receive respite, an intake is required. This ensures staff is familiar with the child, making caregiver’s participation more relaxing. Meetings are held the first and third Monday of each month, except holidays. RSVP Miriam at 516-485-5914 xtn 2223 no later than seven days prior to the meeting date.

Sculpture Mystery: The Great Art Caper - Hofstra University Museum
Through January 01, 2014 - Hempstead

Uncover clues to help solve a mystery in the outdoor sculpture collection. Pick up your caper kit at Emily Lowe Gallery, have fun while discovering more about these works, and at the end of the caper return to Emily Lowe Gallery for a prize. For everyone ages 4-9 and their grown-up companions all year-round. The program runs through January 1, 2014.

Sculpture Exploration Backpack - Hofstra University Museum
Through January 01, 2014 - Hempstead

Kids and their grown up companions can stop in at the Hofstra University Museum's Emily Lowe Gallery, and pick up a backpack. At the end of your tour, return the backpack and each child will receive a small gift from the Museum. The program runs through January 1, 2014.

Outdoor Sculpture Biennial - Adelphi University
Through May 31, 2014 - Garden City

See the work of 10 skilled sculptors located throughout the scenic 75-acre arboretum on the Garden City campus. This outdoor installation showcases the talents of Miggy Buck (NY), John Clement (NY), Maria Hall (NY), Ed Haugevik (NY), William King (NY), Anti Liu (NY), Johnny Poux (NY), Kim Radochia (MA), Christopher Saucedo (NY), and Hans Van de Bovenkamp (NY). Works of art encompass use of various materials-steel, bronze, aluminum, concrete and reflective mirrors. These man-made creations are transposed into poetic visual narrations. The exhibition runs through May 31, 2014.


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