Coming Up

The Arts
Reception for juried exhibit ‘Women,’ Friday, March 4, 5-7 p.m. at East End Arts Council gallery, Riverhead. On view through April 15. 727-0900.

Reception for ‘Art Through the Ages,’ Friday, March 4, 4 p.m. at Brecknock Hall, Greenport, presented by Peconic Landing art committee. Exhibit features works by residents and staff, and by students of Greenport School. On view through Sunday, March 13. 806-8712.

Reception for exhibit of paintings by Charles Wildbank and photographs by Fred Vanderwerven, Sunday, March 6, 3-5 p.m. at Rosalie Dimon Gallery, Jamesport Manor Inn, Jamesport. Presented by East End Arts Council and Jamesport Manor Inn. On view through May 4. 727-0900.

Celebrate Mardi Gras at San Simeon by the Sound, Friday, March 4, 7-10 p.m. to benefit its outdoor renovation. Chinese auction with gifts, art and more; food, music, wine, beer, door prize and 50/50. Tickets $30, $50 per couple, includes 2 drink tickets per person. Cash bar available for additional drinks. Auction tickets $3 each, 4/$10, 10/$20; 50/50 tickets 10/$10. Call 477-2110, ext. 252, [email protected]

Eighth annual Red Dress Dinner, Friday, March 4, 6:30-11 p.m. at The Inn at East Wind, Wading River, “Just for the Ladies” to benefit American Heart Association. Tickets $65 advance (by Feb. 25), $75 at door. Includes one complimentary cocktail, hors d’oeuvres, sit-down dinner, DJ entertainment and dancing. Attire: red only. Tickets/information: 463-1864, [email protected], 734-2804, 516-450-9121.

Annual  Principal’s Dinner, Saturday, March 12, 6 p.m. at Giorgio’s in Baiting Hollow, hosted by McGann-Mercy High School, Riverhead. Event honors Kevin O’Connor, president of Bridgehampton National Bank, who will receive the Principal’s Award; Father Henry Leuthardt; and Dr. Steven Cheeseman. Proceeds benefit McGann-Mercy tuition assistance fund. Tickets $125: 727-5900, ext. 21.

Eleventh annual Oceans of Hope fundraiser, Saturday, March 12, 7 p.m. at Atlantis Marine World, Riverhead, honoring Mark Miller of Miller Environmental Group. Tickets $150; sponsorships available $500-$10,000.  Dining, cocktails, dancing and silent auction. All proceeds go to Riverhead Foundation’s Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Program. Call 369-9840.

Peconic Bay Medical Center Auxiliary’s 2011 Oscar Party Candlelight Ball, Saturday, March 5, 6:30 p.m. at The Inn & Spa at East Wind, Wading River. Food, casino, dancing and silent auction. Black tie optional. Tickets $225. 548-6088.

Weaving with Donna Trunk, Tuesday, March 8, 15, 22, 29, 6:30-9 p.m. at Oysterponds Historical Society. Fee $115; limit 10 students. Separate materials fee. Register: 323-2480.

Food and Drink
Fifteenth annual Cutchogue Fire Department Chiefs’ Steak Night fundraiser, Saturday, March 5, 6-9 p.m. at firehouse. Tickets $28, includes steak dinner, salad, dessert, soda, beer, wine (donated by Jason’s Vineyards) and 50/50 raffle. Limit 300 people; tickets available at firehouse or from any Cutchogue firefighter. [email protected]

Seventh annual Chili Cook-Off, Saturday, March 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at First Universalist Church, Southold, to benefit Maureen’s Haven. Fee $7, includes tasting menu of 10 chili recipes and cornbread. Soda and beer available. Questions or to volunteer: 734-2616.

Culinary Tour, Wednesday, March 9, 5-6:30 p.m. features “Madrid — The Heart of Spain” with Paula Croteau at Farmhouse Kitchen Cooking School, Southold. Students learn how to cook Catalonian food. 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.

ELIH Auxiliary Winter Defrost Brunch, Sunday, March 6, catered by Christopher Michael at Brecknock Hall, Peconic Landing, Greenport. Art show and jewelry fashion show featuring Donya of Metal Monk. Tickets $45: 477-5196 or mail check to ELIH  Auxiliary/Winter Defrost Brunch, 201 Manor Place, Greenport NY 11944. Proceeds benefit Eastern Long Island Hospital.

Annual Shrove Tuesday Ham Dinner, Tuesday, March 8, 6 p.m. at Holy Trinity Church, Greenport. Homemade pea soup, baked ham with raisin sauce, side dishes, pies, cakes, wine and more. All proceeds go to charitable and community activities. Donation: adults $25, under age 12 $8, under 5 free. Reservations only. Tickets and seating: 477-0855.

Annual Fish Fry, Saturday, March 5, noon-5 p.m. at Unity Baptist Church, Factory Avenue, Mattituck. Fee $15; proceeds benefit men’s ministry. 298-8669.

For Bargain Hunters
Donations wanted for chinese auction slated for Saturday, March 19, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Southold Town Recreation Center, Peconic, fundraiser for Southold Indian Museum. New items only, including gift certificates, offers of services, household appliances, tools, stationery, books, games, plants, gardening supplies and more. Drop items off at museum Sunday afternoons through March 13. 765-5577.

ELIH Auxiliary ‘Gold Raiser,’ Monday, March 7, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in conference room at Eastern Long Island Hospital, Manor Place, Greenport. Co-sponsored by Robert’s Jewelers. Trade in unwanted gold jewelry for cash; percentage of sales benefits patient services. 477-5196.

Donations wanted for chinese auction, Saturday, March 12, hosted by Shoreham-Wading River junior class. 821-8140, ext. 1023, [email protected] or 312-2085, [email protected]

For Children
Keith Leaf Show, Saturday, March 5, 11-11:45 a.m. for ages 4-12 at Riverhead Human Resource/Senior Center, Aquebogue. Comedic juggling includes balls, clubs, rings, tennis racquets, diabolo and balance board. No registration. 727-5744.

For Teens
Southold Free Library:  Mad Wii for Tweens, Tuesday,  8, 4-5:30 p.m. Junior High Drop By for grades 7-8, Friday, March 4, 2:45-4:45 p.m. Teen Advisory Board, Monday, March 7, 5:30 p.m. for grades 7+. Snacks provided. Teen Yoga with Mary Hasell, Tuesday, March 8, 4-5:30 p.m. 765-2077.

The Loft at Riverhead Free Library: Anime w/ Annie, Friday, March 4, 4-6 p.m. Etch a Disc recycling and art, Monday, March 7, 3-5 p.m. Register: 727-3228, ext. 6 or 12, [email protected]

Musical Talent Show & Concert, Friday, March 4, 7 p.m. in district auditorium at Southold High School to benefit junior class and offset cost of prom tickets. Features local rock band GRECO. Tickets $5 plus can of food for local food bank. 765-5081, [email protected]

Canta Libre Chamber Ensemble, Sunday, March 6, 2 p.m. at Cutchogue-New Suffolk Library, Cutchogue. Harp, flute and strings. Free. 734-6360.

The Natural World
Long Island Native Plant Symposium, Friday, March 11, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Suffolk County Community College, Riverhead Campus. Information/registration: 727-2315, ext. 3.

Sports and Recreation
Wii Boxing Tournament, Saturday, March 5, noon, for ages 14+ at Riverhead Human Resource/Senior Center, Aquebogue. Prizes and refreshments provided. Fee $20 per person, $35 per team. 727-5744.

North Fork Community Theatre presents ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,’ March 4 ,5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19 at 8 p.m.; Sundays, March 6, 13, 20 at 2:30 p.m. Tony Award-winning musical comedy by Rachel Sheinkin and William Finn, directed by Ken Rowland; produced by Margaret Motto; musical director Brian Dornicik; choreographer Michael Disher. Tickets $20; 298-6328,

Riley Avenue Elementary School presents ‘Cinderella,’ Saturday, March 12, 2 p.m., at Riverhead High School. Produced by Jim Schaeffer. Tickets $7, advance only. 369-6723.

Tours and Trips
Do As You Please bus trip to NYC, Saturday, March 5, hosted by Riverhead Free Library. Bus departs Staples parking lot 8 a.m.; 3 drop-off points in city. Pick-up 6 p.m. for return trip. Fee $22. Reserve: 727-3228.

Belleayre Mountain ski and snowboard bus trip, Sunday, March 6, hosted by Town of Southold Recreation Dept. Must be age  7 and older; under 18 must be with adult. Fee $95; residents $85. Lessons included in ticket price. Equipment rentals $25 additional. Depart 4 a.m. from Southold Town Recreation Center on Peconic Lane. Depart Belleayre Mountain 4:30 p.m. Register: 765-5182.

The Written Word
Family Reading and Discussion program,  Sunday, March 6, 20, April 3, 17, May 1, 15, 3-5 p.m. at Floyd Memorial Library, Greenport. For ages 9-11 and parents/caregivers. Books and snacks provided. Space limited; registration required. 477-0660.