Observer Calendar, Week of June 26

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(Photo courtesy Plainview – Old Bethpage Public Library)

Thursday, June 27
Hidden Faces
2 p.m. This exhibition of a tradition explored in Italy and Northern Europe during the 15th and 16th centuries will be featured for the very first time at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC. An intriguing but unknown side of Renaissance painting: multisided portraits in which the sitter’s likeness was concealed by hinged or sliding covers within a box, or a dual-faced format. The covers and reverses of these small, private portraits were adorned with puzzle-like emblems, epigrams, allegories, and mythologies that celebrated the sitter’s character. They represent some of the most inventive and unique secular imagery of the Renaissance. The viewer had to decode the meaning of the symbolic portrait before lifting, sliding, or turning the image over to unmask the face below. Professor Thomas Germano will present a visual lecture related to this unique exhibition. This event is hosted by the Plainview – Old Bethpage Public Library, 999 Old Country Rd.

Music Bingo On Main
Now, more than ever, children and families deserve access to local and affordable help. At YES, the need for our services exceeds our bandwidth. Join us for our FUNdraiser with Music Bingo at 317 Main St., Farmingdale from 7 pm-10 pm! Proceeds will directly support our ability to respond to local children and families! For more information and to purchase a ticket or sponsorhip, visit

Watercolor Painting at the Hicksville Library!

Saturday, June 29
Watercolor Painting
1 p.m. Learn how to paint a pretty watercolor art piece on paper with instructor Heather Molin. Beginners welcome – we’ll be learning basic watercolor techniques and have fun while we’re doing it! This month we’ll be painting a flower. Register in advance to secure your spot. This event is hosted by the Hicksville Public Library, 169 Jerusalem Ave. By registering for this program, you are automatically agreeing to Hicksville Public Library’s program disclaimer form.

Wednesday, July 3
Walking Book Club
If you’re ready to get your blood flowing and meet some new people, come join the Walking Book Club! This informal group meets at the Hicksville Middle School Track on Wednesdays at 9am. You can listen to audio books as you walk or simply walk and chat with other readers in the community! For this month only, you can listen/read to Astor: The Rise and Fall of an American Fortune by Anderson Cooper. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring plenty of water. As with all new physical activity, please consult your doctor before you begin. Register below for an event reminder.

Adult Summer Reading Program
Monday, June 24–Saturday, August 10. Read or listen to the book of your choice, then log it on READsquared, our online reading platform. You can follow the link on our homepage to download the READsquared app or visit the Reference Desk. Each book earns another chance to be entered in the library Grand Drawing on Thursday, August 15. Registration is required through the READsquared app. No fee. This event is sponsored by the Levittown Public Library, 1 Bluegrass Ln.

Jewish Beach Concert to Welcome Shabbat
To welcome in Shabbat, members of the CBT Band will provide entertainment for three Friday night Sing-Along’s. All our welcome to join Congregation Beth Tikvah for a musical Shabbat experience on June 28, July 26 and August 23 from 6:00-6:45PM at Jones Beach Field 6. These free services will follow traditional Jewish Shabbat rituals and are open to anyone who calls Long Island their home. Park on the west side of the comfort station and meet members of Congregation Beth Tikvah on the boardwalk. Bring your own chair. There is no parking fee after 4:00 PM. Any questions, call the office: 516-785-2445.


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