Happening at the Port Washington Public Library



Mary O. Johnson – The Spirit of Humanity: A Retrospective: Aug. 29 through Sept. 30; reception Saturday, Sept. 7 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Community Art Gallery – Annabel Walzer: Aug. 27 through Sept. 29; artist reception 2 to 4 p.m. AAC Hispanic Heritage Month.


Thursday, Sept. 5: General Health Screenings. The St. Francis Outreach Van will be in the parking lot from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 5: Lucas Romasnki and his trio perform an eclectic music program. The program will range from Mozart to Bartok, with the accompaniment of Grace Casey on the piano and Aaron Goldstein on the cello. Romanski, a Schreiber graduate, is entering University College London as a philosophy student. He brings his passion for that subject into the program by discussing the relationship between the musical pieces performed, and the philosophical and artistic movements of the times in which they were composed. The set will also include original compositions.

Friday, Sept. 6: Sandwiched In: The Thirties – A Panoramic View. Don Parker, a retired American History teacher, returns to present a snapshot of the 1930s. Topics that he will cover range from The Great Depression to radio programs like comedian Jack Benny and serials like The Lone Ranger, the Lindbergh baby kidnapping, pop culture icon Shirley Temple, big band leader Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman, popular author Agatha Christie and the beginning of World War II and much more. Begins at 12:15 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 6: Port Washington play troupe presents – “Solitary Man: Neil Diamond, the Man and his Music.” Begins at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 8: Jeff Harnar sings too marvelous for words: the 1930s songbook. Join Jeff Harnar as he celebrates songs of the 1930s from Broadway to Hollywood and the Hit Parade, featuring songwriters Rodgers & Hart, Cole Porter, Richard Whiting and Johnny Mercer, among many others, with standards and surprises originally introduced by Bing Crosby, Jimmy Durante, Judy Garland and The Andrew Sisters. This performance is dedicated to the memory of Bob Drew who spent many years as an FOL Board member. 3 p.m. FOL

Monday, Sept. 9: Virtual Visits: The Arts of Native North America – Travel through the exhibition “Art of Native America – The Charles and Valerie Diker Collection” with museum educator Alice W. Schwarz to discuss sculpture from British Columbia and Alaska, California baskets, pottery from southwestern pueblos, plains drawings and regalia, and rare accessories from the eastern Woodlands. 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 10: Registration – Job search bootcamp. Registration begins for the fall session of job search bootcamp. This eight-week intensive workshop is designed to help participants obtain employment through networking. Sessions are on Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 and Nov. 7, 11, 21. Register at www.pwpl.org/events or at the Library.

Tuesday, Sept. 10: Hypertension Screening – Free blood pressure screenings conducted by St. Francis Hospital from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 10: Fiction book group – “Summer Secrets” by Jane Green. Copies available at the information desk. 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 11: Medicaid sign-up help. Free walk-in assistance from the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council from 2:30 to 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 11: Virtual reality for the perplexed – So you’ve heard the term virtual reality, but maybe now you’re wondering what the point of it is. Are you curious about what the experience is like and how it works? The PWPL tech-xperts will discuss some of the ways VR is being used and explain the different consumer-level options out there. We’ll have our PlayStation 4 VR bundle on hand for a few lucky volunteers to demo. VR made possible thanks to the Friends of the Library. 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 12: Film – “It! The Terror Beyond Space” (1958, 69 minutes). This movie inspired 1979’s “Alien.” 7:15 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 13: Sandwiched In – Power of Music. Karen Olson, a multi-award-winning musician, teacher, healer, and bestselling-author, comes to discuss and demonstrate music’s the healing role in our lives. 12:15 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 13: World travels with Ron Brown: Heidelberg, Germany – The Queen of the Rhine River. Heidelberg stands on the bank of one of the most famous rivers in Europe, The Rhine River. The original name of the city was Heiligenberg, or Mountain of Saints. The city is famous for its famed university that rivals Harvard and Oxford in fame, its palaces, and its beer. But for the last 600,000 years this city has also been the faithful protector of the Rhine River and the many mystical creatures that inhabit it. Richard Wagner and a host of writers, painters, poets, and film makers have celebrated the legendary three Rhine Maidens: Woglinde, Wellgunde, and Flosshilde, a host of water-sprites, mermaids, and witches, as well as heroes, queens, and emperors. Most people relegate these creatures to the world of legend and myth, but in the beerhalls, university halls, and palaces of Heidelberg they are alive and well. Take a trip to Heidelberg with Ron Brown 3 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 13: Film – “Captain Marvel,” (2019, 124 mins). Starring Brie Larson, Dijmon Hounsou, Annette Bening and Jude Law co-star. 7:15 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 14: Live Woodstock set from PWPL Terrace – Tony Traguardo has gathered up a group of local professional musicians to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock Music and Arts Fair. They will rock Main Street with some of the incredible songs that were performed on Max Yasgur’s farm on the historic weekend that began on Aug. 15, 1969. If it rains the event will be moved into the Lapham Room. 5 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 15: Happy birthday Agatha Christie! We salute British mystery author Agatha Christie, born this day in 1890, with a screening of Gilles Paquet-Brenner’s “Crooked House” (2017, 115 min.), which stars Glenn Close, Terence Stamp, Gillian Anderson, Christina Hencricks and Julian Sands. 2 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 16: Hispanic Heritage Month – Afternoon on Broadway: Hispanic representation in Broadway musicals from pre-“West Side Story” to “In the Heights.” In this lecture by Stephen Nachamie, award-winning stage and film director (Broadway “She Loves Me”), examine the representations and evolution of Hispanic stories and representations in the Broadway musical. Through anecdotes and a multimedia presentation, take a look through the history of stories and performers and creative entities on Broadway. 3 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 19: Non-fiction book discussion – “Heart: A History” by Sandeep Jauhar. Copies available at the information desk. 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 19: Hispanic Heritage Month – Third Thursdays at 3, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Through a visual presentation, Professor Thomas Germano will examine the lives and art of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Together, these two colorful, larger-than-life artists have endured as vibrant characters from an ancient Mexican culture abruptly entering the modern era. Rivera is considered one of the 20th century’s major artistic figures. Flamboyant, irreverent, and unforgettable, Kahlo created startling and at times disturbing works of art. 55 of her 143 paintings are self-portraits, which speak of her vivaciousness and personal tragedies. 3 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 19: Author visit – Jane Green. Port Washington Public Library is thrilled to welcome Jane Green, author of seventeen New York Times bestsellers, to discuss her new book, “The Friends We Keep,” an unforgettable novel about friendship, betrayal, and the joy of forgiveness. Dolphin Book Shop will be on site to sell the books. 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 20: Sandwiched In – An afternoon with “The Lockhorns” cartoonist John Reiner. John Reiner is a cartoonist who collaborates with writer Bunny Hoest on three cartoon series: “The Lockhorns,” syndicated by King Features, and “Laugh Parade” and “Howard Huge,” (both for Parade magazine). Come hear about his career and artistry. 12:15 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 20: Film – “A Star is Born,” (2018, 136 mins). Musician Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) helps rising singer Ally (Lady Gaga) find fame as his own career begins a downward spiral. 7:15 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 21: Resume and cover letter workshop. Registration began Aug. 13. Small group resume and cover letter preparation workshop for job seekers. Presented by professional career counselor, Karen McKenna, and made possible by the Career & Personal Finance Center. 10 a.m.

Saturday, Sept. 21: Interviewing skills workshop. Registration began Aug. 13 Learn how to conduct research, answer challenging questions, write thank you letters, and present references. Presented by career counselor Karen McKenna and make possible by the Career & Personal Finance Center. 1 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 21: Artist reception for Anabel Walzer. 2 to 4 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 22: MAC 2019-2020 Season debuts with pianist Maxim Lando. 3 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 23: Happy birthday Walter Pidgeon! “White Cargo” (1942, 88 mins). The actor, born on Sept. 23 in 1897, stars Hedy Lamarr, Frank Morgan and Richard Carlson in a tale of missionaries tempted by a seductress.

Friday, Sept. 27: Sandwiched In – Gloria Glantz: “The Courageous Rescue of a Hidden Child.” Author and hidden child Gloria Glantz will share her Holocaust story. Hers is a gripping tale of fear, danger, and loss; she will share her journey from home to home during the time the Nazis occupied Poland and about the strangers who saved her life. 12:15 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 27: SoundSwap John Ford (The Strawbs/Hudson Ford) and his band. Port Washington Library favorite John Ford returns with his band. The set list for the program will feature songs from John’s years with The Strawbs, who are celebrating their 50th anniversary. The band will also perform classic tracks from the Hudson Ford catalog, and John’s diverse solo career. Hosted by Tony Traguardo. 7:30 p.m. FOL

Sunday, Sept. 29: Family film, “Mary Poppins Returns,” (2018, 130 mins). Decades after her original visit, the magical nanny (Emily Blunt) returns to help the Banks family through a difficult time in their lives. Lin-Manuel Miranda, Meryl Streep. Dick Van Dyke and Angela Lansbury co-star. 2 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 30: Film, “The Wild Heart,” (1952, 86 mins). 7:15 p.m.


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