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Kent Animal Shelter

The Kent Animal Shelter in Calverton received a $25,000 grant from the Alexander and Elisabeth Lewyt Charitable Trust to provide funding for spay/neuter surgeries.

The campaign will continue through April, providing spay/neuter surgeries for 400 felines and is available to domesticated or owned cats for a $25 co-pay. Feral cats will be spayed or neutered free of charge, but must be presented in a trap.

Alexander and Elisabeth Lewyt, longtime residents of Long Island who funded the trust, are considered pioneers in the efforts to promote the no-kill movement of sheltering animals. The spay/neuter campaign controls pet overpopulation that leads to abandonment and abuse and mitigates the suffering of homeless animals.

Individuals who would like to have a domesticated or feral cat spayed or neutered can visit

Custer Observatory

The Custer Observatory in Southold will present “Observing the Moon,” a lecture by Ed Anderson, on Saturday, April 13, at 7 PM.

Anderson, a member of the Astronomical Society of Long Island and the Custer Institute, will discuss the best times to view the moon, observing tools, and interesting things to look for, including the Apollo landing sites. He’ll be available for a question-and-answer session after the presentation, and the ASLI dome on the grounds of the Custer Observatory will be open, weather permitting.

Custer Observatory staff will also give tours of the night sky through the Zerochromat telescope in the main observatory dome and other powerful telescopes on site, as long as weather permits.

Reservations in advance can be made Suggested donations are $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12.

Scholarship Available

The Southold Historical Society is offering applications for its 2019 Bainbridge Internship with a deadline of May 15.

The internship will allow a local student to gain hands-on understanding of the many operations that help the historical society preserve and share Southold’s history for the community and future generations. The internship now requires the completion of 100 hours of service to the society and is accompanied by a $1500 stipend.

Potential candidates must be sophomores through senior high school students living in Southold Town. The application and more information can be found at under the “Get Involved” tab or can be requested by calling the society at 631-765-5500.

Mattituck-Laurel Library

The Mattituck-Laurel Library will host “Landscapes: Creative Watercolors with Lois Levy” on Thursday, April 11, from 1 to 3:30 PM. Participants will create landscapes from imagination. All levels are welcome, but the class size is limited. Register at the circulation desk. There is a $20 fee.

The library will also host a chess workshop for kids in grades two through six on Saturday, April 13, at 11 AM. Registration is required, but the workshop is free.

The library will also host a Friends of the Library meeting on Tuesday, April 16, at 9:30 AM, and a health insurance counseling session, sponsored by the Suffolk County Office for the Aging, also on April 16, from 1:30 to 3 PM. The health insurance counseling is free, but registration is required.

The library will host “April in Paris Cuisine” with Chef Barbara Sheridan on April 18 at 6 PM, where attendees can learn how to make a classic French Onion soup and a salade Nicoise, as well as recipes for mussels mariniere and coq au vin. The fee is $5. Register at the circulation desk. Call 631-298-4134.

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