LI Heart Walk Expecting Over 7,000 Walkers for October Event
Registration for the non-competitive, three-mile walk begins at 8:30 a.m., with the Walk to begin at 10:00 a.m. The goal of the Long Island Heart Walk is to raise funds to support heart disease and stroke research and educational programs in the Long Island community. The Heart Walk also promotes walking as part of a healthy lifestyle. This year's Walk Chairman will be Michael Dowling, President and CEO of the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System.
Over 1 million walkers will participate this year in more than 600 events across the country, raising money to save lives from heart disease and stroke. The Heart Walk has raised more than $406 million for research and education throughout its history. Local sponsors include Pegalis & Erikson, LLC, North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, Astoria Federal Savings Bank and media sponsor WBAB 102.3.
Diseases of the heart are the country's number one cause of death, with stroke being number three. Together, these cardiovascular diseases kill more than 930,000 Americans each year. Major cardiovascular diseases continue to be Long Island's leading cause of death, claiming the lives of more than 9,600 people each year, including more than 5,600 women. Heart disease and stroke are Long Island's No. 1 and No. 3 causes of death, respectively. Join survivors, families, friends and company teams on October 2 to help fight heart disease and stroke.
"Everyone knows someone affected by cardiovascular diseases. Heart and blood vessel diseases are the leading killer of women and men in the United States and the second leading cause of death for our children," said Karen Antonucci, Special Events Regional Director for the American Heart Association. "That's why it's so important for all of us to participate in the Heart Walk and do our part to help save lives."
Regular aerobic physical activity increases your fitness level and capacity for exercise. It also plays a role in both primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease. Physical inactivity is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke and is linked to cardiovascular mortality. Regular physical activity can help control blood lipid abnormalities, diabetes and obesity. It can also help reduce blood pressure.
For information on participating in the Long Island Heart Walk please call the American Heart Association at 516.777.8447 or visit them online.
Mondovino Special Event at Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington
The film screening of the documentary, "Mondovino" (The World of Wine) will be followed by a Q&A with Christine 'The Wine Diva' Ansbacher, and a reception with wine tasting and hors d'oeuvres in the Sky Room Cafe at Cinema Arts Centre. Wines and food are provided by sponsors Bottles & Cases of Huntington, Lieb Cellars of Mattituck, Il Panino Restaurant of Huntington, 34 New Street of Huntington and Gino's of Huntington and Northport.
"Mondovino" is a controversial exploration of the changing world of modern wine, called "wonderful and full bodied" by Time Out and given four stars by Newsday. And the New York Post called Christine Ansbacher "a wine expert who educates with a healthy dose of theatrics to make an event more memorable."
"Drinking good wine with good food in good company is one of life's most civilized pleasures," says Michael Broadbent, the wine director of Christie's in "Mondovino." The Cinema's wine tasting with "The Wine Diva" will be a light-hearted romp, with Ansbacher sharing colorful wine lore, pouring out fascinating trivia, with a splash of facts and several strong sips of wine's importance in the world.
For more information, call 631.423.7611 or visit www.cinemaartscentre.org.
Islandwide Events this Weekend
HAMPTON CLASSIC HORSE SHOW
The Hampton Classic Horse Show begins this Saturday, August 27 on Snake Hollow Road in Bridgehampton. The event, which runs through September 4, includes local riders, up-and-coming equestrians, Olympic riders, family activities, food, shopping. Tickets are $10/person, $20/car and free for kids under 6 daily. For more information call 631.537.3177 or visit www.hamptonclassic.com.
14TH ANNUAL SEAFOOD FESTIVAL
The Long Island Maritime Museum's 14th Annual Seafood Festival takes place this Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28, from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. in West Sayville. Arts & Crafts, maritime exhibits, live music, beer, wine and seafood all in abundance. For more information, visit the festival online.
RIVERHEAD RAILROAD FESTIVAL
The 2005 Riverhead Railroad Festival will be held at the Railroad Museum of Long Island's Riverhead site on Saturday August 27 and Sunday August 28. This year's theme will be "The End of Steam Operations on Long Island." A part of this theme will be a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the End of Steam Ceremony. There will be exhibits about steam operations and the change-over to diesel. Also at the festival, enjoy a historic photo exhibit, model train displays, historic LIRR cars, rides on a miniature train (for kids only), a mini-theater showing film/video footage and a collectible train and toy sale. For more information, call 631.727.7920 or visit www.rmli.org.
First Annual LIJC Chili Cook-Off
Best Jaycee Chili (Jaycee Members Only): A panel of judges will choose the best Chili. 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place Prizes to be awarded.
People's Choice Chili (Non-Members Welcome): The chili with the most votes from people attending the cook-off wins. 1st Place Prize to be awarded. (Here's a hint on how to win in the People's Choice Category: Bring lots of friends and family to vote for your mix!)
Showmanship/Commercial Booth (Non-Members Welcome): Promote your business without cooking anything. Just sell your product, solicit for new business, and gain exposure in the community or decorate your booth and try to win the prize - it's your choice.
People's Choice Salsa (Non-Members welcome): The salsa with the most votes from people attending the cook-off wins. 1st Place Prize to be awarded.
Current prizes include a $100 Gift Certificate to Morton's Steakhouse, $25 gift certificate at Waterzooi Belgian Bistro, and a Spa Gift Basket to Elizabeth Arden in Walt Whitman Mall. All participants are asked to register early. Entry forms must be received by September 12 and can be downloaded online at www.lijc.com.
Paws for Parkinson's Charity Dog Walk
"When you see the number of organizations that now sponsor charity dog walks, you get an idea of the tremendous popularity of these events," says Virginia Cravotta, a spokesperson for the American Parkinson Disease Association and director of the upcoming walk. "We never imagined 400 people would turn out last year, bringing more than 100 dogs. And there was a competing dog walk to raise money for another health charity on Long Island the very same day!"
Parkinson's disease is a progressive neurological disorder that results from the degeneration of cells in a region of the brain that controls movement. The disease garnered public attention several years ago when actor Michael J. Fox announced he was diagnosed with it. Although no cure exists, promising new treatments have been developed over the past few years, and research is ongoing.
"[The walk] is a great opportunity for people and their pets to socialize. No matter what a participant's particular situation is, everyone feels a great sense of solidarity in supporting the fight against a terrible disease," Cravotta said.
Even outside of the walk, dogs provide a valuable service, and the theme of this year's event is "Pets Helping People with Parkinson's Disease." Indeed, specially-trained dogs help many people with the disease to lead more independent lives.
Mary Manfredi, who has Parkinson's Disease, took part in the walk last year and will hit the trail again this year with her dog, Cary. Ms. Manfredi, who lives in Muttontown, raised the black lab as a puppy so he could later become a service dog. But Cary was so miserable when he left Ms. Manfredi to enter a special training program that he was released from the program and she adopted him. "He never leaves my side," she said. "He's always there when I need him."
Paws for Parkinson's will take place on Sunday, September 25. Registration starts at 9:00 a.m. and the walk begins at 10:30 a.m. There is a $25 registration fee, and dogs receive a colorful bandana and a water bottle. T-shirts are also available. Everyone is invited to participate in the comfortable, one-mile walk, with or without a dog. Organizers are asking participants to register in advance and collect pledges for donations prior to the event.
At the walk, volunteers will provide literature about Parkinson's disease. Various nonprofit groups that support animals will also be on hand, and walkers will find useful information for pet owners. Demonstrations such as obedience and agility training, refreshments, and prizes for top fundraisers will round out the event. This year, the grand prize for whoever collects the most pledges for donations is a weekend stay for two at the Roosevelt Hotel in Manhattan and tickets to a Broadway play.
For more information or to register, call 516.626.6114 or 631.862.3560, or visit www.lipd.org. Pre-registration is requested, but not mandatory.
The Mersey Beat to Perform at Madame Tong's
Islandwide Picks for Thursday, August 18
COMEDY SHOW AT AUTHORS' PLAYHOUSE
Six stand-up comics from the Long Island scene do their thing 8:00 p.m. at the Authors' Playhouse (4 West Main Street, Bay Shore). $15 general admission, with $10 discounts for seniors and students.
THE BEATLES LASER SHOW
The Beatles Laser Anthology show comes to the Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium (180 Little Neck Road in Centerport) with "Rock and Roll Music," "Twist and Shout," "I Wanna Hold Your Hand," and "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds." Admission to the museum grounds and exhibits are $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, $1 for children under 12, and $2 extra for the planetarium show. For more information, call 631.854.5555,
FREE SITAR PERFORMANCE AT HSAF
Enjoy a free performance from sitar virtuoso Kartik Seshadri, who is internationally acclaimed as one of India's outstanding musicians, tonight at the Huntington Summer Arts Festival from 8:30 - 10:00 p.m. at Heckscher Park (Chapin Rainbow Stage) in Huntington. Call 631.271.8423 x5 for more information.
SPORTS BY THE SEA
The Town of Southampton Youth Bureau and Southampton Village sponsor this program, for students in Grades 7 and above. Weekly activities include volleyball, flag football, soccer and other sports on the beach from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Coopers Beach in Southampton.
Kung Fu Studio Offers Free Classes to Students
"We recognize the importance of extracurricular activities such as a sports program, a music program, and other such offerings in developing confidence, social awareness and interpersonal skills in today's students," says head instructor Michael Evans. "Normally, our schools provide these opportunities, but unfortunately, the Patchogue-Medford district can't afford it this year."
In an effort to provide a creative outlet for those most affected by the budgetary shortfall, Evans and his staff will open their doors to the students of the district by waiving all registration and tuition fees until the public school system can once again afford to provide such programs. Students wishing to participate need only be registered in the Pat-Med schools for the upcoming school year. This program is available to children in grades K through 12, though classes are limited.
Evans, a 4th degree Black Sash, has been a student and disciple of Sigung Moses Arocho since 1995, and has also studied several other arts. He is a Graduate of the NY College of Health Professions in Syosset, where he studied Massage Therapy and Traditional Chinese Medicine. He teaches traditional Northern Shaolin kung fu to children and adults at the Shaolin Kung Fu Studios.
"My goal has always been to re-introduce the tradition of the kwoon (martial arts school) as being a central part of the community. In the old days in China, a kwoon was a place for not only martial training, but an institute of scholarly pursuits, a place of help in time of need, and of healing in times of pain," according to Evans.
For more information, contact Michael Evans at 631.786.7934 or visit www.NotKarate.com.
Islandwide Picks for Tuesday, August 16
CURB BIKE RIDE IN MEMORY OF JIM CONLON
Citizens United to Remove Barriers (CURB) will sponsor a 25-mile bicycle ride, not race, around Long Beach Island, rain or shine at 10:00 a.m. This year's ride is dedicated to the memory of James Conlon, co-founder of CURB, who died last year. Conlon was a Long Beach activist and one-time trustee of the Long Beach Public Library. CURB was established to give the physically challenged a chance to live a life free of barriers. The 2nd Annual CURB Ride will start and finish at the Long Beach Catholic Regional School parking lot located in the center of W. Penn between New York Avenue and Grand Boulevard. The entrance fee is $15. Call 516.431.1093 for more information.
LIJC AUGUST MEETING
The LIJC is a networking group for young professionals. Come see what they're all about at PapaRazzi (1500 Jericho Tpke.) in Westbury at 7:00 p.m. The event is free to mingle or the cost of dinner. Visit www.lijc.com for more info.
SAYVILLE YOUNG PEOPLE'S OPERA WORKSHOP
The Sayville Young People's Opera Workshop will present its 10th Annual Summer Production at 7:30 p.m. in the David M. Jones Memorial auditorium at the Sayville Middle School. This year's program will feature over 50 area young people from ages 10 to 22, performing classical music in "A Taste of Opera" as well as an abridged version of The Who's rock opera, "Tommy." There is no admission charge. More shows continue on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, August 17 - 19 at 7:30 p.m.
HUNTINGTON SUMMER ARTS FESTIVAL: FAMILY NIGHT
The final Family Series performance of the 2005 Huntington Summer Arts Festival features a concert by Ralph's World. Enjoy the show at 7:30 p.m at Hecksher Park on Main Street in Huntington Village. For more information, visit the Huntington Arts Council online at www.huntingtonarts.org.
3rd Annual Best Pizza on Long Island Contest and Festival
The top pizzerias in each category will be invited to the pizza bake-off and final judging at the Pizza Festival to be held on October 1 at Adventureland, located on Route 110 in Farmingdale, from 12:00 - 6:00 p.m. Activities include pizza bake-off and final judging, pizza eating contest, make your own pie, pizza sampling, rides, games and attractions and it is free to attend. In addition, a portion of the proceeds raised from the events go to non-profit organizations dedicated to feeding the hungry on Long Island.
Joe Carlucci, World Champion Pizza Acrobat, will be joining the event this year as a Celebrity Judge. In between taste testing, he will perform an awesome display of acrobatic pizza tossing.
This year's finalists will not only compete in the bake-off in October, but one lucky pizzeria will be selected to compete in the American Pizza Championships at the New York Pizza Show on November 1-2 at the Jacob Javits Center in NYC. For more information about the NY Pizza Show, visit www.newyorkpizzashow.com. Last year's Festival was featured on Food Network's "All American Festivals" program.
Long Islanders can vote online or find more details at www.longisland.com/bestpizza.
Islandwide Picks this Weekend
BAREFOOT UNDER THE STARS
Vineyard 48 (18910 Middle Road, Route 48 in Cutchogue) presents the 1st Annual Berefoot Under the Stars, a gala to benefit Community Action of Southold Town (CAST). From 8:00 - 11:00 p.m., there will be live music performed by "Who are Those Guys," samplings from local restaurants, and a cash wine bar. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at door. For ticket information, contact Vineyard 48 at 631.734.5200 or visit www.vineyard48.com.
OLD TIME FIDDLE FESTIVAL
The Long Island Traditional Music Association presents the Fiddle Festival on Sunday, August 14 at the Smithtown Historical Society Brush Barn, located on Route 25 (211 Main Street) in Smithtown. Enjoy three stages of Bluegrass, Irish, Blues, dancing, singing and jamming. For more info and discount tickets visit www.litma.org or call 631.864.4601.
SKATE WITH THE LI ROAD AND TRACK SKATING ASSOCIATON
Like to inline skate? Then join the Long Island Road and Track Skating Association on Sundays from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. for lessons at Cedar Creek Park in Seaford. The group encourages singles, couples, children, and families from beginners to pros, with lots of fun and camaraderie. The first lesson is free and yearly membership is $30 per person or $35 for a family. For more information, visit www.lirtsa.co.nr.
Merlot Reserve Vertical Tasting at Bedell Cellars
Long Island Maritime Museum Seafood Festival
Visitors won't be disappointed this year, because once again, the festival committee has worked hard to add new and exciting attractions to the event. There will be over 100 exhibitors of fine arts and crafts on hand coordinated by Preferred Promotions of Long Island. The Festival will feature over thirty activities and displays provided by some of the area's most important environmental and educational groups. Newsday, the presenting sponsor of this event, will have its History in Motion traveling museum on site and there will be more sumptuous seafood available than ever before being prepared by the Hewlett Fish Market.
Live music will play a big part in the festivities all weekend with WBAB and WBLI as the exclusive radio stations, bringing in some of the best local, regional and national acts to the south lawn. Saturday afternoon will play host to dance track sensation Javier, Bad Medicine (Bon Jovi tribute band), DHT singing their #1 hit "Listen to your Heart," Who's Next (The Who tribute) and finish off with a 10-piece Motown tribute band, The Motown Review. Sunday's musical line-up will feature Dreamstreet's Chris Trousdale (who also will be hosting a meet and greet), Murena Project featuring 2005 American Idol finalist Joe Murena, Live Wire (AC/DC tribute), Vinny St. Martin & The Seeing Eye Dog Band (Ray Charles tribute) and Evolution (Journey tribute).
This year's event promises to be full of fun and excitement for friends and the whole family. Gates will open at 10:00 a.m. and close at 5:00 p.m. Food vendors will remain open until 6:00 p.m. with great entertainment until 7:00 p.m. Admission to the Festival is $5.00, which goes directly to support the museum's operations. Children 5 and under are free.
For further information about the Seafood Festival, or any other events, please call 631.HISTORY or visit www.limaritime.org. Artists interested in participating in the event should call 631.563.8551.
Quite a Cast At Cole Bros. Circus
An assortment of international performers will be appearing together this week in Lake Grove as the Cole Bros. Circus wraps up its run on Long Island. The traveling troupe will hold multiple shows every day at the Smith Haven Mall from August 8-14.
This year's cast is comprised of performers from several countries including Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Columbia, Daghestan, the United States and Uzbekhistan. China should probably work out a trade agreement with Cole Bros., as the nation has more acts at the circus than any other country. The Yan Dong Troupe's Tram-"Pole"-Line combines trampoline talent and traditional ancient Chinese pole-climbing skills, traditional Chinese contortionists Miss Yu Xinmeng and Miss Tong Jai, and the flexible bungee cord coordinated act of the Asian Aerial Bungee Black Belts. In addition, Chinese Lion Dancers and the Cole Bros. Aerial Ladder Ballet combine to form the Circus Festival of Golden Lions.
The animal kingdom is well represented with the super stunts of the Purrrrrfectly Performing Pussycats, the sensational undersea spectacle of the Dancing Octopus, and the mini-kong attempting to elude Cole Bros. Clown Alley's Animal Control. Also strong arming their way into the big top are the Cole Bros. Circus Clowns.
Other featured acts include the magic of Transformational Prestidigitation, the Human Slinky, the World's Largest Cannon, the aero-acrobatic skill of the First Family of Flight, the juggling geniuses of the Funambulistic Jamboree and the Mighty Motor Astrocycle.
Cole Bros. has also signed a contract to license the Marvel characters Spiderman and The Incredible Hulk. The two popular super heroes will takes breaks from their busy schedules of starring in movies and comic books to appear live during performances of the circus.
For more information, visit www.colebroscircus.com.
The First Annual Hamptons Wine & Food Festival
The First Annual Hamptons Wine & Food Festival will take place on Friday, August 26 and Saturday, August 27, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at The Hayground School in Bridgehampton. The event will include live cooking demonstrations, extensive wine seminars, a themed Grand Tasting each night, book signings, displays of the latest and greatest cooking gadgets and high end appliances and will feature local and internationally acclaimed celebrity chefs and winemakers.
Internationally acclaimed chefs such as Alfred Portale (Gotham Bar & Grill), Michael Romano (Union Square Cafe), Michael Lomonaco (Guastavino), Rick Moonen (RM), Waldy Malouf (Beacon), David Burke (David Burke & Donatella), Floyd Cardoz (Tabla) and Food Network's VP Culinary Production, Susan Stockton will host live cooking demos on the main stage.
Distinguished wine experts and retailers such as Joshua Wesson (Bestsellers Wine), Michael Greenlee (Gotham Bar & Grill), Michael Cinque (Amagansett Wines) and Giselle Deiaco (Rainbow Room’s Open Wine School) will be hosting seminars and discussions. Other significant experts include restaurateur Joe Bastianich (Italian Wine Merchants) and lecturer Steve Olsen (aka "Wine Geek"). Cinque will be hosting a discussion with Louisa Hargrave and Marco Bourgese on the past and future of Long Island wines.
The festival will celebrate the rich agricultural heritage of the Hamptons region by spotlighting a selection of multi-generational farms alongside the first East end winery that began harvesting its grapes over 30 years ago, paving the way for a local wine industry to rise and flourish. Weekend special events include VIP sponsor champagne Sunday brunch at a prestigious vineyard, an oceanfront estate caviar and cocktail party, VIP closing party and a festive, multi-bar Mojito BBQ after-party with a unique Bentley Tailgate Party featuring a brand new $400,000 Flying Spur.
Donations from a unique charity auction will be made to Make-A-Wish Foundation. Promoted as Celebrity Make-A-Dish, well-known figures in fashion, music and entertainment will decorate one-of-a-kind aprons throughout the event. In addition, Hamptons Wine & Food Festival will help fund the completion of Hayground School’s newest facility for learning through food preparation, the Jeff Salaway Culinary Center ("Jeff's Kitchen"). Founded in 1996 by the late Jeff Salaway and his wife Toni Ross (of the highly acclaimed Nick & Toni's restaurants), The Hayground School, a non-profit educational institution, is a creative and innovative experience for young multi-cultural students.
The organizers of the event are Jodi Della Femina, Stuart Racey and Jerry Romano. Femina has authored several best-selling cooking guidebooks and is founder of the award-winning Southampton and East Hampton Independent newspapers. Racey specializes in the development and sponsorship representation of entertainment properties. Romano is the long standing Executive Producer of the New York Emmy Awards and holds two decades of television production expertise including Food Network, CBS, MTV and HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm."
Local talent has been tapped for a Hampton’s chef competition. Look for chefs Joe Realmuto (Nick & Toni's), Kevin Penner (1770 House), Michael Castino (Pacific East), Jason Weiner (Almond and Almondito), Mike Rozzi (Della Femina), Andrew Engle (The Laundry), Todd Jacobs (Tierra Mar), Jeff Harter (Alison) and Julio Quisbert (Jean-Luc, JLX Bistro and Madame Tong's) to participate in the cook-off.
How to Get Tickets
Cost for the four event segment that includes food expo, live chef demos and competitions, book signings and numerous wine and food seminars taking place from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday is $150 per person each day. Grand Tastings, Great Wines From Around The World, scheduled for 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday, is also $150 per person for each evening. Platinum Pass for the weekend includes all four segments and VIP after-party on Saturday night for $650 per person. Tickets may be purchased by calling 631.537.5937 or logging on to www.ticketweb.com.
For further information on Hamptons Wine & Food Festival, visit www.hamptonswineandfoodfest.com or call 631.537.5937.
Gearing Up for Long Island's First-Ever TechFest
Long Island residents will soon discover that much of the future is right in their own backyards, as the region stakes its claim as the "Silicon Valley of the East" with thought-provoking exhibits and entertaining attractions at the debut of TechFest, the largest technology festival ever held on Long Island.
Coming to Eisenhower Park, TechFest will take place from Friday, August 19 through Sunday, August 21. Spanning the course of an entire weekend, festival hours will be from 5:00 to 11:00 p.m. on Friday, noon to 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, and Sunday from noon to 8:00 p.m. Billed as a "lifestyle festival" that will showcase local businesses and their innovative achievements, TechFest crosses the entire technology spectrum and presents technology in an entertaining and educational forum.
Attendees will see robots that vacuum, a digital rocking horse named Virsual, simulation theatres offering the latest virtual reality experiences, and a game that uses brain waves to move objects -- Mindball -- provided courtesy of the Long Island Museum of Science and Technology. Children will have the ability to speak with scientists live around the world, meet and greet winners of the Intel Science Search competition and marvel at their projects, and see playfully creative applications from local digital artists.
"I've been personally amazed as to how many Long Island companies actively contribute to significant advances across an array of sciences, everyday," said Howard Mauskopf, producer of the event. "I am also blown away by the technological prowess of the Long Island student population."
There will be an expo featuring pavilions consisting of educational, informative, and interactive exhibits from leading local institutions and up-and-coming Long Island enterprisers. One LI-based company will even explain how it creates energy from turkey carcasses. Other pavilions will spotlight engineering, biotech, homeland security, life sciences, software, information technology and the Internet.
There will be keynote speakers presented by the Long Island Association and tech-themed panel discussions all weekend long. Consumers will learn all sorts of things from effectively protecting against computer viruses to making money through eBay. Businesses will learn how to really use the SBA to receive grants. ListNet will present awards for unique achievement in out-of-the-box thinking. Additionally, Symbol Technologies (an event sponsor) will wire the event as a hotspot.
"TechFest represents an opportunity for Long Island businesses to be proactive and work together. Perhaps we will create an event that defines us," added Matt Crosson, President of the Long Island Association, whose organization is one of the lead sponsors.
The event will also present live entertainment on four different stages. The main stage will feature live headline music, the awards and the keynote speakers. A second stage will feature live technology demonstrations. The third stage will focus on seminars and panel discussions with noted experts, authors, and celebrities. A fourth stage will feature family and kid-friendly entertainment.
"This is a new way of looking at a tech event -- it is fascinating and futuristic, but also friendly and fun. We want this to be an annual event, and I believe this will be very good for business, and for Long Island," commented Thomas Suozzi, Nassau County Executive.
Live music includes Marvin Floyd, Gone to Earth, and the Wild Magnolias (New Orleans' top Mardi Gras band who has played Central Park and Carnegie Hall, but never Long Island). The event is priced at $10 for adults and $5 for kids, with refreshments on hand.
For more information regarding the Long Island Technology Festival or to purchase tickets, call 866.857.9785 or visit www.longislandtechfest.com.
August Events at the Santosha Center
Anthology of American Folk Music Concert with The American Primitive String Band
Saturday, August 6 at 8:00 p.m.
Conceived and created by three of Long Island's top folk musicians; Kenny Holly (guitar and vocals), Ken Korb (harmonica, tin whistle, jug, washboard, mandolin and vocals) and Dee Harris (slide guitar, banjo, mandolin, washboard, kazoo, dulcimer and vocals), the idea for this concert was inspired by one of the most influential releases in the history of recorded sound, namely the legendary compilation recording entitled "The Anthology of American Folk Music" released by Folkways Records in 1952 and edited by noted musicologist Harry Smith.
Evening of Poetry, Music & Song
Featured Artist: Debi Toni
Saturday, August 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Admission: By donation
Featuring the dynamic voice of singer Debi Toni. The performance will be followed by an open microphone section for all musicians, poets, singers, actors, dancers, comedians, storytellers and others who wish to perform.
"Armed" for a Crown: Arm Wrestling Championships at Rockaway Beach
The 28th Annual Queensboro Open Arm Wrestling Championships will be held on Sunday, August 14, at 116th Street & Rockaway Beach. Weigh-in and registration begins on the boardwalk at 10:00 a.m., commencement is 12:30 p.m. and final matches start at 3:00 p.m. There are no residency requirements. Entry fee is $10 for NYAWA members and $15 for non-members, with free admission for non-competitors. The event is in cooperation with The City of New York Parks & Recreation.
The championships will feature nine weight classes for men (two left handed) a 45+ year-old category and two classes for women. Awards will be given for first, second and third place, with winners invited to the Empire State Finals at the Port Authority Bus Terminal on November 17.
"The Queensboro is the oldest and most popular event of the Golden Arm Series, because it and always draws a big turnout with tough competition." said Gene Camp. Founder and President of the 28-year-old New York Arm Wrestling Association (NYAWA). "Arm wrestling is a crowd-pleasing contact sport for anyone who wants to compete one-on-one in his or her own weight class. It also provides an opportunity to display arm strength, determination and exclusive bragging rights," Camp added.
For information, directions, upcoming events, results, pictures and much more, visit the NYAWA website.
Cooking with Chef Lia
Written by Lia Soscia for Greenlight Long Island Magazine
The heat and humidity of a Long Island summer can definitely kill the appetite, not to mention the desire to cook a meal. However, there is hope for those, like me, who still enjoy a home cooked meal. It's called "No-cook cooking." I've discovered an abundance of recipes that do not require massive amounts of heat to complete. In fact, raw food enthusiasts and chefs alike have embraced taking the heat out of the kitchen.
Interestingly enough, there are many food choices in the no-cook category. Some in fact, were created for emergencies, when the electric goes out or if you end up entertaining on a moment,s notice. If you have a well-stocked pantry you can whip up a Tuscan Tuna Salad on Toast or an Antipasto Platter in minutes without ever turning on the oven or stove. Check out this interesting website of survival recipes: www.simplyprepared.com.
Since it is summer and the kids are around, you will also find many no-cook recipes perfect for cooking with your kids on those rainy afternoons. Let's here it for a family favorite -- Ants on a Log! Just take out some pretzel logs, spread on some peanut butter and raisins for your ants...Whala! Many of these ideas can be found at: www.familyfun.go.com.
From what I have discovered even if you decide not to use heat, you can eat truly decadent desserts or simply healthy ones. Ever make a "no-bake" cheesecake. It's pretty darn good! On a healthier note, I've read that eating raw or slightly cooked food is better for your "glowing skin" than heating the heck out it. So if you feel compelled to join the raw food movement, don't even think about putting any type of food to a flame! Here's a link to this new food craze: www.living-foods.com.
As long as the air conditioner keeps running, I can take a bit of kitchen heat. But I have to admit there are days when it's just too darn hot! At times like these, I prefer to just grab a few fresh tomatoes, cut up some fresh mozzarella and basil, mix with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper. Add a glass of wine and loaf of crusty Italian bread and you have a nice refreshing summer bistro dish.
Visit some of the weblinks below and keep the hot cooking outside on the grill. No matter what time of year, food can be prepared heat or no heat! And without the fear of getting burned, even the kids can help with a great hot-day dinner.
Lia Soscia is a personal chef and owner of Home Cooking Consultant Personal Chef Services located in Nassau County on Long Island. She has been cooking for 30 years for friends and family. Lia's Personal Chef Services include home meal preparation, cooking lessons & parties and more.
If you have questions regarding cooking without heat, please visit Chef Lia at www.ChefLia.com or write Lia@ChefLia.com. She looks forward to hearing your questions and comments. And continue to check back for more "Cooking With Chef Lia," only in Greenlight Long Island Magazine.
Over 375 Organizations Nominated for Workforce Builders Honor Roll
More than 375 business, government, education and non-profit organizations who are engaged in efforts to ensure Long Island's students go on to become Long Island's workforce, have been nominated for inclusion in the third annual Workforce Builders Honor Roll.
"Organizations, businesses and educators alike must be pro-active in retaining our young adults, who historically are the backbone of our highly skilled and well educated workforce. We are experiencing a workforce depletion that will have significant consequences for the future economic vitality of our region," said Matt Crosson, Long Island Association president.
Presented by the LI Works Coalition, the Workforce Builders Honor Roll was designed to recognize organizations investing in the future of Long Island by focusing on such key items as internships, advisory boards, workforce readiness, and career preparation.
The award winners and all of the honorees will be recognized during the Long Island Works Coalition's Third Annual Workforce Builders Awards Luncheon on November 14 at the Melville Marriott. More than 300 honorees were recognized last year during a sold-out luncheon that drew 800 attendees.
Claire Kochendorfer, co-chair of the Workforce Builders event and an engineer at BAE Systems, Inc., is pleased with the heightened awareness and participation of small and mid-sized businesses that recognize the value of working with students to foster Long Island's future workforce. The majority of this year's honor roll is comprised of a growing number of small and mid-sized businesses.
"It's important for every business and resident on Long Island to join us as we recognize those companies that are committed to building Long Island's future workforce," said Elana Zolfo, vice president for corporate programs and continuing education at Dowling Institute, and co-chair of the Workforce Builders event.
The Long Island Works Coalition has been helping students to prepare for the workforce since January 1999. For more information on the Coalition's initiatives and the Workforce Builders Awards visit www.liworks.org.