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Vanderbilt Museum 'A Morning For Families, Children, Adults With Special Needs

Vanderbilt Museum Plans ‘A Morning for Families’ 
for Children and Adults with Special Needs
CENTERPORT, N.Y. (September 17, 2019) – The Vanderbilt Museum once again will offer A Morning for Families – an event exclusively for children and adults with special needs and their families – on Saturday, October 19, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.
Gates open at 8:30 am. Sponsored by Northwell Health. The event is free, but registration is required.
Register here


Open Planetarium – doors remain open while an educator explains the current sky

Sensory Garden – designed by Pal-O-Mine Equestrian’s J-STEP Program and Gro Girl Horticultural Therapy, the garden is located at the entrance to the Charles and Helen Reichert Planetarium.
(Above right: Visitors learn about the Vanderbilt Sensory Garden. Vanderbilt Museum photo.)

Examination of specimens –The Vanderbilt Museum Education Department will have various Museum specimens available, and educators will talk about them with visitors. In the Vanderbilt Mansion Courtyard, visitors can examine natural-history specimens with a Vanderbilt educator. 
Natural history galleries – Visitors may explore natural-history exhibits, and the 18 wild-animal dioramas of the Memorial Wing and Stoll Wing. 

Solar telescope observation session – weather permitting, visitors will be able to view the Sun safely with the Vanderbilt’s solar telescope, in the Rose Garden.



Events: CLIMB's Mountain Bike Festival

CLIMB’s Mountain Bike Festival

SUNDAY OCTOBER 6TH 2019, 9am-3pm


Yaphank-Middle Island Rd. South of Rt. 25, Middle Island LI NY

Race the Muddy Tire race on October 5th. Camp out the night(s) before the events.

10 miles of trails on site and 60 miles of trails to ride nearby. Check Trailforks app for maps.

For more info


Protect The Bluffs Color Walk/Run

Protect the Bluffs Color Walk/Run

Join us on October 19, 2019 at 9:30AM at William T. Rogers Middle School for an exciting Color Walk/Run. Come enjoy music, food trucks, and giveaways.  The Color Walk/Run will be from William T. Rogers Middle School (97 Old Dock Rd, Kings Park, NY 11754) to the Kings Park Bluff and back.  There will also be a half route option available.  

Register to Walk or Run  Click HERE.    Be a Sponsor    Click HERE.    

Protect the Bluffs Color Walk/Run Help Protect the Bluffs… As a Family!

Saturday October 19, 2019

Registration 8:00AM-9:00AM at 

William T. Rogers Middle School

Walk/Run Start at 9:30AM  Walk/Run End at 11:30AM    

Rain Date: Sunday October 20, 2019 

Included with your Registration: 1 Swag Bag Per Participant including: Event Tee Shirt  - Event Wristband   - 

Colorful Bandanna  - Sunglasses

Plus …Music - Food Trucks - Sponsor Tables & Giveaways!!!

Student Certificates of Community Service will be provided for participation. Participants can pick up Certificates post-event. 


Commack-Kings Park Rotary’s Protect the Bluffs Initiative – 

Register NOW for their Family Color Walk/Run

The Commack-Kings Park Rotary Club will be hosting a fun, Family Color Walk/Run to kick off fundraising for its new Protect the Bluffs Initiative.  This family-oriented walk/run event will take place on Saturday, October 19, 2019 (rain date 10/20/19). Students and families will check-in between 8 AM - 9 AM and the walk/run will begin at 9:30 AM.  The route will start at W.T. Rogers Middle School and proceed to the beautiful Kings Park Bluff, and then return back to W.T. Rogers for more family fun (food trucks; music; sponsor giveaways, etc.).  Participants will have the option of only doing half of the route, before returning to the middle school.  Student and family registration is now open at the club website and event sponsorships are available for local businesses.  Residents are invited to participate in this family-priced community fundraiser with their families and have fun, while working together to help protect our precious shoreline.  Student community service credit will be provided for participants.

The shoreline bluffs suffered severe erosion following a series of local storms in 2018 that actually forced Town of Smithtown officials to close the boardwalk at the Kings Park Bluff.  The purpose of this local Commack-Kings Park Rotary Club initiative is to support Town of Smithtown repair and maintenance efforts along the shoreline to protect our bluffs, which residents visit and enjoy regularly.  Specific projects would include supporting those efforts and strategies suggested by the Town’s Department of Environment & Waterways, which have proven effective in slowing erosion.

This event will also serve to bring community awareness to the issue of shoreline erosion and the Commack-Kings Park Rotary’s other local and international initiatives.  Come and learn about the Rotary and its motto; “Service Above Self.”  The Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau will be assisting in the coordination of the Protect the Bluffs Initiative.  Visit ASAP to register for this fun event, supporting a wonderful local cause!  Contact Stephanie Dunaieff, Rotary Club Secretary at for further information about the Commack-Kings Park Rotary Club and this local initiative kick-off event.  #####


Events: Town Of Smithtown Golf Outing Honoring Town Historian Brad Harris


Events: DEC's 22nd Annual Youth Waterfowl Program


Instructional Class October 26 & Youth Waterfowl Hunt Days Nov. 9 & 10

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is holding its 22nd Annual Youth Waterfowl Program for young hunters on Long Island ages 12 to 15 on Nov. 9 and 10, Commissioner Basil Seggos announced today. 

“Long Island’s abundant wetlands, rivers, lakes, and streams provide great opportunities for waterfowl hunting,” said Commissioner Seggos. “The Youth Waterfowl Program is a perfect opportunity for adult hunters to take the younger generation afield, pass down traditions, and share the skills necessary to become safe and responsible members of the hunting community.”

DEC collaborates on the youth program with the New York Conservation Officers Association, Suffolk County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation, Ducks Unlimited, Tanglefree, and the South Shore Waterfowlers Association. The Youth Waterfowl Program is a special event to help junior hunters prepare for and participate in Youth Waterfowl Days. The program includes instruction in:

  • Hunting ethics and regulations;
  • Waterfowl identification;
  • Firearms safety review;
  • Retriever and decoy use;
  • Cold water survival and boating safety; and


The Youth Waterfowl Program instructional course is set for Oct. 26. Youth Waterfowl Program designated hunting days are Nov. 9 and 10. Since its inception in 1998, the Long Island Youth Waterfowl Program has trained approximately 570 young waterfowl hunters. Certified hunter education instructors and DEC Environmental Conservation Police Officers (ECOs) guide participants through the program and help youth hunters become part of the long tradition of waterfowl hunting on Long Island. All new applicants must attend the instructional day at Hubbard County Park in Flanders on Oct. 26, which qualifies them for hunting at Hubbard County Park in Flanders or Southaven County Park in Yaphank on Nov. 9, and anywhere hunting is allowed on Nov. 10.

Participants must be 12 to 15 years of age by Nov. 9, have completed a hunter education course by Oct. 26, possess a junior hunting license by Nov. 9, and be registered with the Harvest Information Program. For further information regarding the Youth Waterfowl Program or to sign up for the Oct. 26 instructional class, please contact DEC Region 1 Hunter Education Program at (631) 444-0255 or e-mail For more information on the Youth Waterfowl Hunt, visit DEC’s website.

Applications for the Youth Waterfowl Program are due by September 30. Space is limited to 25 students.

About Youth Waterfowl Days:

Each year, two days are set outside the regular duck hunting season in each waterfowl zone to allow junior hunters to hunt ducks and geese. On these Youth Waterfowl Days, junior hunters (ages 12 to 15) must be accompanied by a licensed adult hunter. Adults cannot hunt during these two days.

The 22nd Annual Youth Waterfowl Program is a part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s NY Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative, an effort to improve recreational activities for in-state and out-f-state sportsmen and sportswomen and to boost tourism opportunities throughout the state. Under this initiative, New York is streamlining the purchase of hunting and fishing licensing and reducing license fees, improving fishing access at various sites across the state, expanding fishing clinics, and increasing hunting opportunities in various regions. 



Events: SCPD To Hold Property Auction

SCPD to Hold Property Auction

Event will feature jewelry, cell phones and tools

The Suffolk County Police Department Property Section will hold a property auction on September 18 at 9:30 a.m. at the Property Section building, located next to Police Headquarters, 30 Yaphank Ave. in Yaphank.

Among the items being auctioned are a hydraulic press, jewelry, cell phones, fishing and sporting equipment, bicycles, clothing and landscaping equipment. Motor vehicles and motorcycles will not be sold at this auction.

A preview of select items will be held on September 17 between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at the Property Section building.

The event will be held rain or shine and all items will be sold in “as is” condition. All purchases are subject to New York State sales tax and payments must be made in cash. In the event of severe weather, check the department’s website, or call 631-852-6685 for schedule changes.



Events - 2019 Fall Lecture Series


Events: 5th Grade Arbor Day Poster And Artwork Contests


New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced the start of DEC’s annual State Arbor Day poster contests. Each year, DEC’s Urban and Community Forestry program offers two artwork contests for New Yorkers-one for all members of the public, and one specifically for fifth-grade students. Both contests aim to promote the immeasurable value of trees in the environment and New Yorkers’ lives.

“Trees provide so many benefits, from energy reduction and carbon sequestration, to wildlife habitat and opportunities for recreation across the state,” Commissioner Seggos said. “I encourage all New Yorkers to join our celebration of trees with these contests and submit art or photos that depict the beauty and importance of New York’s trees.”

Contest winners will have their artwork replicated as either the 2020 New York State 5th Grade Arbor Day Poster or the 2020 New York State Arbor Day Original Artwork Poster. The winning artists will be announced and honored at the annual Arbor Day celebration, held in Albany in April. Last year, New York printed more than 200,000 Arbor Day posters for distribution at schools, libraries, government offices, nursery and landscaping businesses, and environmental organizations throughout the State.

5th Grade Arbor Day Poster Contest

The annual 5th Grade Arbor Day Poster Contest is sponsored by DEC, the Department of Agriculture and Markets (DAM), and the New York State Education Department. Students are asked to create an original poster depicting this year’s contest theme, “Trees Feed New York.”

State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball said, “New York State is home to nearly 19 million acres of forested land, and trees enhance our quality of life in countless ways-from the sap we use to make maple syrup, to the scenic beauty New Yorkers enjoy while traveling, hiking, gardening, or farming. The Arbor Day poster contest is a great way to celebrate our forests and trees and remind New Yorkers how much this natural resource contributes to our daily lives.”

Lesson plans, vocabulary, and activities for incorporating the theme in New York’s classrooms are available on the poster contest website. The contest is open to all students enrolled in fifth grade. DEC encourages schools to submit classes together. Homeschool students are also welcome to submit artwork. Posters must be submitted to the participant’s local DEC regional office by Dec. 20, 2019, to allow time for judging and printing artwork.

Promote Arbor Day with Your Artwork

The New York State Arbor Day Committee includes DEC, the Empire State Forest Foundation, New York State Arborist Association, DAM, and the International Paper Company.

DEC will accept photograph and artwork submissions for the New York State Arbor Day Original Artwork Poster on behalf of the committee through Dec. 31, 2019. Original entries must feature trees within New York State and should be sent to Participants must include their name, address, and where the photo was taken with submissions. Model consent forms are required for people in submitted photos. For more information about the contest, visit DEC’s website or email

To obtain past New York State Arbor Day posters, contact any local DEC forestry office or call 518-402-9428.



Events: Caleb Smith State Park Photography Contest


Events: Youth Art Showcase At Mills Pond Gallery Sept 21 - Oct 12

Youth Art Showcase at Mills Pond Gallery September 21 – October 12

Smithtown Township Arts Council is pleased to announce Youth Art Showcase an exhibition featuring over 100 works created by students from twenty-five Long Island communities who participated in our Summer Art Classes program at Mills Pond Gallery. The exhibition, which will be on view September 21 – October 12 at Mills Pond Gallery in St. James, will also feature works by our summer art instructors. The public is invited to an opening reception Saturday, September 21 at 2 pm to meet the student artists and view their wonderful work. Regular Gallery hours are Wed. - Fri., 10 am-4pm; Sat. and Sun., 12-4pm. Visit or call 631-862-6575 for directions or information. Admission to the gallery is always free. Please use our rear parking lot off Mills Pond Road, directly across from the two white stone pillars at Flowerfield, 199 Mills Pond Rd.

Mills Pond Gallery knows that a child’s interaction with art sparks inspiration, creativity and imagination. Creative arts experiences help children become more flexible and inventive thinkers, providing the foundation for later success. When kids are encouraged to express themselves and take risks in creating art, they develop a sense of innovation that will be important in their adult lives. 

We direct our art classes towards a creative journey rather than the result. We know that in the arts, the method by which children arrive at the destination is more significant than the destination itself. Our teachers offer guidance and encouragement as children explore colors, materials, subjects and more!

The children in this exhibition (ages 5 through 14)  spent a week creating art this summer…they didn’t even know that their fine motor skills improved….that their ability to analyze and problem-solve increased…that they became a bit more self-confident…and that they learned a bit about inventing new ways of thinking!

STAC, a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization. Public funding is provided by Town of Smithtown.