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Library events all month long, a plein air lecture, one-time live performance under the stars and more

A painting of the Northport Village gazebo by Kirk Larsen, who will demonstrate his “en plein air” technique at the Atelier at Flowerfield in St. James later this month.

The following events take place this month at the Northport and East Northport libraries (some are offered virtually). Register on the NENPL website Events page.
In Concert: Patrice Ryan
Friday, May 5, 7pm
Northport Library
Patrice Ryan is a trained cellist, guitarist, singer, songwriter, composer, and teacher based in Huntington. For the past ten years, she has been performing in venues throughout Long Island and the New York metro area and has developed a following within the local music scene. Patrice is a graduate of Five Towns College where she studied Music Performance and Audio Production, and she is currently pursuing advanced studies at the Aaron Copeland School of Music at Queens College. (NENA551)

The Craft of Writing (Zoom)
Mondays, May 8, 15, 22, June 5, 12, 26, 1pm
Each session will begin with a brief discussion of an aspect of the writing process. Participants may read aloud short samples of their writing—up to 500 words— for group discussion and analysis. The workshop is open to all literary genres and will be led by a veteran journalist and professor. (NENA552)

Joseph P. Dwyer Veterans Peer Support Project
Wednesday, May 10, 2-4pm
East Northport Library
The Joseph P. Dwyer Veterans Peer Support Project was created to assist veterans, service members, and their families to achieve and sustain personal health, wellness, and purpose in their post-service lives through the support of trained veteran volunteers. Stop by the lobby in the East Northport building and speak with a peer mentor to learn about free programs and services for Long Island veterans of all eras.

NAC Presents! Paul Joseph Trio
Thursday, May 11, 7pm
Northport Library
Enjoy popular pianist Paul Joseph, who uniquely arranges jazz into classical pieces. His group is rounded out by Michael Corn on drums and Edgar Mills on bass. The program will be centered on the works of George Gershwin. (NENA554) This event is co-sponsored by Northport Arts Coalition.

Learn All About Supporting Living Landscapes with Northport Native Garden Initiative
Monday, May 15, 7pm
Northport Library
Enjoy a fun and engaging look at native plants and their critical role within our community. Representatives from Northport Native Garden Initiative will discuss why these species are essential to supporting living landscapes across the U.S., and offer residents tips for creating their own native gardens. (NENR497)

Youth Mental Health First Aid
Thursdays, May 18 and 25, 5-8:30pm
Northport Library
Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches parents/guardians and adults who work with youth (ages 12–18) how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders. This two-session training is designed to give you the skills to reach out and provide initial support to adolescents who may be developing a mental health-related crisis, and help connect them to the appropriate care. You must attend both sessions. (NENR490) This program is co-sponsored by the Northport-East Northport Community Drug and Alcohol Task Force.

“Seascape Plein Air” Lecture and Demo
Thursday, May 18, 2-4pm
The Atelier at Flowerfield, 2 Flowerfield, St. James
The Atelier at Flowerfield is proud to present an in-house “Seascape Plein Air” lecture by Kirk Larsen (a Northport Village Firefly!), who will demonstrate his “en plein air” technique which results in the beautiful marine paintings on display in the Atelier’s exhibition hall. Larsen’s show, “WOW! You’ve Gotta See This,” runs through Thursday, May 25. Known for his plein air and maritime works, Larsen travels the globe painting the people and the landscape from life without the use of photography. Discussions with the artist are always entertaining, never boring and full of adventure. This free lecture and demonstration is open to the public. For more information, visit

Arrizza Under the Stars
Saturday, May 20, 6pm
Vanderbilt Planetarium, 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport
Arrizza Under the Stars is a new, exclusive planetarium one-time live performance by local artist and musician Yannaki Arrizza, based on his recent 2022 album release Astronomia. The music includes brilliant electronic soundscapes that combine digital and analog synthesizer sounds along with modern textures provided by the latest digital-audio technologies. Astronomia is reminiscent of the soundtrack for the popular Netflix original Stranger Things, combined with deeper experimentations in electronic and ambient realms similar to the popular synth sounds of the 1970s and early 1980s often heard in science-fiction films of the time.

Audiences will transported into immersive worlds and interstellar mediums that transcend both space and time. This live performance includes artistic landscapes, original fulldome 3D artwork, projections of starfields, and deep-space objects, and includes colorful laser lights through a haze of fog. To purchase tickets ($30 pre-purchase, $25 for museum members, $35 at the door) click here.

Seekers and Dreamers Cabaret
Saturday, May 20, 7pm, doors open at 6:30pm
UUFH, 109 Browns Road, Huntington
Sixteen songwriters (25 musicians total) will gather to raise money for two of the poorest African countries – Ethiopia and Burundi via h2 Empower, a non-profit organization. The beautiful sanctuary of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Huntington (UUFH) will be set up cabaret style with candlelit tables. Appetizers, desserts, wine, beer, and hot and cold non-alcoholic beverages will be available for sale. This will be a festive evening by talented Long Island performers based on Janice Buckner’s show “Seekers & Dreamers,” which toured internationally on the theme of finding empowerment and meaning in life. Janice has invited other singers/songwriters to share their compositions on stage. This will be a magical night, including an art auction, raffles, Ethiopian crafts, and an opportunity to learn about h2 Empower’s accomplishments. Tickets are on sale now for $20 – all proceeds go to the nonprofit H2 Empower, Inc. Visit the website or click here to purchase tickets and/or to send donations.