North Fork News


Riverhead Takes Climate Smart Pledge

The Riverhead Town Board recently adopted New York State’s Climate Smart Communities Pledge in a 4-0 vote.

The pledge states that the town will pursue measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to a changing climate. For more info, visit

Mattituck-Laurel Library

The Mattituck-Laurel Library will host a “Senior Cafe and Conversation” for seniors on Thursday, August 1, at 11 AM.

Dogs will visit the library during “Tail Waggin’ Tutor” on August 1 at 4:30 PM, where kids in grades kindergarten and up can sign up to read to a dog for 15 minutes.

Teens in seventh through 12th grades can design their own pottery creation with Alicia Mack at the library on Friday, August 2, at 4 PM. For those more interested in science, there will be a program on learning to make dry ice with the Science Wizard on Monday, August 5, at 3 PM. The events are free but registration is required.

Jerry Matovcik will host a discussion on “As You Like It” on Tuesday, August 6, at 3:30 PM. For more events at the library, visit

Celebrate Breastfeeding

Peconic Bay Medical Center will participate in the “Big Latch On,” which offers women the opportunity to gather together to breastfeed and offer support to each other, on Friday, August 2, from 9:30 to 11 AM. For more information, visit

The medical center will also have a caregivers stress management workshop on Monday, August 5, from 1 to 2 PM. Dana Bordsen, a licensed Urban Zen therapist, will host the free meditation and relaxation session. Visit to learn more.

First Fridays In Mattituck

Mattituck will host a First Friday on Friday, August 2, from 6 to 9 PM, with live music, vendors, and food on the town’s Love Lane.

Jupiter And Saturn

Ed Anderson will give a talk on “Observing the Gas Giants: Jupiter and Saturn” at the Custer Observatory in Southold on Saturday, August 3, at 8 PM.

The suggested donation is $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12. For more information, visit

Shelter Island House Tour

The Shelter Island Historical Society will offer a tour of houses featuring contemporary architecture and restored historic homes on Saturday, August 3, from 2 to 5 PM.

The tour will culminate with an open house at the society’s newly expanded Shelter Island History Center from 4:30 to 6 PM. Tickets are $50 in advance, or $55 at the door. For more information, visit

North Fork Nature

The Group for the East End will have a seining fun at Cedar Beach in Southold on Saturday, August 3, from 11 AM to 12:30 PM.

The family-friendly event will have participants use seine nets and dip nets to collect creatures large and small for temporary observation and discussion.

There also will be bird watching for beginners at Hallock State Park on Sunday, August 4, at 10 AM. Families are encouraged to come, but bring your own binoculars.

There will be “Living with Nature Part 1: Ticks and Lawn Care” on Sunday, August 4, from 10 to 11:30 AM at the Downs Farm Nature Center in Cutchogue, where attendees can learn about alternative options for keeping ticks away.

For more information, visit

School Supply Drive

Community Action Southold Town, Inc. is running a school supplies drive through August 19.

CAST is looking for donations of 250 backpacks, as well as calculators, notebooks, pencils, graph paper, folders, Post-its, and more. Drop-off boxes are located at the CAST office in Greenport, at local libraries, banks, and more. For more information, visit

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