Coming Up

Local award-winning filmmaker Christian Nillson screens original shorts, Thursday, Dec. 30, 8 p.m. at Vail-Leavitt Music Hall,  Riverhead to help fund his relocation to California for job with established commercial producer. Doors open 7:30 p.m. Films “Looney In a Strait Jacket” and “The Adventures of Demitri Jones.” Tickets, $10 advance, $12 at door. Advance tickets available at East End Arts Council, 133 E. Main St.,  Riverhead. 219-6996, 727-0900.

Food and Drink
‘A Simple New Year’s Eve at Polish Hall,’ Friday, Dec. 31, 7-10 p.m. Steaks cooked to order, “famous” salad, side dishes, dessert, coffee and tea served family style, $20. Reservations: 727-9200.

Culinary Tour, Wednesday, Jan. 12, 5-6:30 p.m. features “Salmon & the Omega” with Paula Croteau at Farmhouse Kitchen Cooking School, Southold. Students learn how to include the “right” foods for omega balance. Class fee $20; residents $15. Bring apron and $25 ingredients fee to first class. Space limited to 15; register: 765-5182. Confirm prior to class: 765-6032,[email protected] Offered by Southold Town Recreation Department.

For Children
Floyd Memorial Library, Greenport: Monday, Dec. 27, 11 a.m.—Snow globe craft for grades K-6. Tuesday, Dec. 28, 5:30 p.m.—Hot dog and family movie night, “Despicable Me.” Thursday, Dec. 30, 11 a.m.—Craft for grades K-6: Festive New Year Party Hats. Registration required for all programs: 477-0660,

For Teens
The Loft at Riverhead Free Library: Teen Games ‘Magic: The Gathering,’ Tuesday, Dec. 28, 3-5 p.m. Bring you own cards. ‘The Last Airbender’ movie and light dinner, Thursday, Dec. 30, 4-7 p.m. Register: 727-3228, ext. 6 or 12,

Holiday Happenings
Sixth annual New Year’s Eve Under The Stars, Friday, Dec. 31, 8 p.m. at Custer Institute and Observatory, Southold. Buffet includes finger foods, desserts and beverages; bring a favorite dish or dessert to share. Dancing to live R & B, jazz and favorites by Ahmad Ali and Friends. Champagne toast at midnight and more. Reservations required. Adults $30; members and their guests $25; students $15; children $5. 765-2626, [email protected]

Holiday Festival in Greenport: Friday, Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve, 8-10 p.m.—Cider and silent films at East End Seaport Museum. 477-2100, 10 p.m.—New Year’s Eve Party, Mitchell Park Carousel. Tickets $25, available at Jet’s Dream, The Market and Not Just Bows. Midnight—Fireworks and raising of the anchor, Mitchell Park. Full schedule at

Holiday Recreation Program, Monday-Thursday, Dec. 27-30, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.  at George G. Young Community Center, Jamesport, for students grades 1-6 and teens grades 7-8. Fee $20 per day; register: 727-5744, ext. 25 or 722-4444, ext. 737. Space limited; 25 per group each day. Offered by Town of Riverhead Recreation Dept. and Riverhead Youth Bureau.

The Sciences
Family Science at Long Island Science Center, Riverhead, Monday-Thursday, Dec. 27-30, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Discover how crystals and snowflakes are formed and inspect them under microscope, create edible crystals, make snowflake craft to take home, play and explore in exhibit area, bubbles, dino dig, glow station, science store and more. Children $5; adults free. 208-8000,