Happening at the Port Washington Public Library


Friday, Aug. 9: Sandwiched In: ‘Back to the Garden’ second presentation

Tony Traguardo takes you ‘Back to the Garden’ for Woodstock’s 50th Anniversary. This program is based, in part, on legendary New York disc jockey and author Pete Fornatale’s book ‘The Story of Woodstock: Back to the Garden.’ This multimedia event outlines the events that led to, and occurred during, the weekend when over half a million people gathered in upstate New York for the now legendary concert festival that has come to be known simply as “Woodstock.” For America’s counter-culture youth, Woodstock became a symbol of more than just sex, drugs and rock and roll – it was a huge declaration and celebration of peace, love, and a new way of living. Starts at 12:15 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 12: Sports films with Professor Val Franco: White Men Can’t Jump’

Two basketball hustlers, one white (Woody Harrelson) and one black (Wesley Snipes), team up to con their way across the courts of Los Angeles. Director Ron Shelton also scripted. Starts at 7:15 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 13: 

Hypertension screenings: Free blood pressure screenings conducted by St. Francis Hospital from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Soundswap Rock film series: ‘Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii:’ This concert documentary film, directed by Adrian Maiben, features the English rock group Pink Floyd performing to an empty Roman amphitheater in Pompeii, Italy in 1971. Footage filmed in a Paris television studio the following December was added for the original 1972 release. The film was re-released in 1974 with additional studio material of the band working on their landmark album, “The Dark Side of the Moon.” The 2002 “Director’s Cut” adds unique footage from NASA’s Apollo program. Additional rarely-seen footage will close the program. Starts at 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 14

Exercise registration begins for seven exercise classes offered this fall at 11 a.m.

Registration begins for guitar lessons with Reno Bracchi at 11 a.m.

Medicaid Sign-Up Help: Free walk-in assistance from the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council at 2:30 p.m.

Computer Security for the Perplexed: PWPL tech-xperts will discuss best practices to protect your home computer, smartphone and other devices. Learn how to recognize scams and phishing, as well as avoid hacking attempts. This program is for beginners as well as experts. Starts at 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 15: Film: ‘Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace & Music’ Michael Wadleigh’s concert classic, recorded 50 years ago this summer, features Joan Baez; Canned Heat; Joe Cocker and The Grease Band; Country Joe McDonald and The Fish; Crosby, Stills & Nash; Arlo Guthrie; Richie Havens; Jimi Hendrix; Jefferson Airplane; Janis Joplin; Santana; John Sebastian; Sha-Na-Na; Sly & the Family Stone; Ten Years After; and The Who. Note the early start time: 6 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 16

Sandwiched In: The Honeybee Buzz: Come celebrate National Honeybee Day with local beekeepers, Edie Katz and Jean-Marie Posner. It’s a very ‘busy as a bee’ season for harvesting honey but these beekeepers are coming to share their experiences maintaining active hives. Look forward to enjoying some fresh honey while learning to appreciate the importance of these hard-working girls. Come and join, but don’t come with a “Bee in your bonnet, Honey.” Starts at 12:15 p.m.

A Universe of Stories: “Passengers:” A spaceship is carrying passengers in suspended animation on a long voyage to a distant planet, but two of them (Chris Pratt, Jennifer Lawrence) find themselves awake and falling in love. Starts at 7:15 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 19

Afternoon on Broadway: Shakespeare in Broadway Musicals: Though it seems unlikely, William Shakespeare’s plays provided the plots, characters, and inspiration for several musicals. The best known are Rodgers and Hart’s “The Boys from Syracuse” (1938), inspired by “The Comedy of Errors;” Cole Porter’s “Kiss Me, Kate” (1948), based on “The Taming of the Shrew;” Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim’s “West Side Story” (1957), a modern retelling of “Romeo and Juliet;” and Galt MacDermot’s “Two Gentlemen of Verona” (1971), a rock musical based on the play of the same name. This talk by Marc Courtade will examine these shows using musical and video examples to show how well Shakespeare translated into the twentieth century musical. Starts at 3 p.m.

Sports Films with Professor Val Franco: “Chariots of Fire:” Hugh Hudson’s Oscar-winner, about the British track team competing at the 1924 Olympics, stars Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, Nigel Havers, Ian Bannon, Alice Krige, John Gielgud and Patrick Magee. Vangelis composed the score. Starts at 7:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 21: Census 2020 Job Fair

PWPL and the U.S. Census Bureau will host a hiring fair to recruit workers for the 2020 Census. To be eligible, residents must be at least 18 years old, have a valid Social Security number, and be a U.S. citizen. The fair will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 23

Sandwiched In: World Travels with Ron Brown – Goa, India: The city where all gods are welcome. Starts at 12:15 p.m.

Behind the Archive: The Pete Fornatale collection featuring a performance by Aztec Two-Step: On the anniversary of Pete Fornatale’s birthday, archivist Vanessa Nastro and Tony Traguardo will launch the Pete Fornatale Local History Archive. Featuring a performance by Aztec Two-Step. Starts at 7 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 26: Sports Films with Professor Val Franco: ‘He Got Game’

Convict Denzel Washington can receive a reduced sentence if he can convince estranged son Ray Allen to play basketball for the Governor’s alma mater. Milla Jovovich, Bill Nunn, Ned Beatty, Jim Brown, Lonette McKee, and John Turturro co-star in this Spike Lee joint. Starts at 7:15 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 27: Blood Drive 2:30 – 8:30 PM

From 2:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. To schedule an appointment, visit https://donate.nybc.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/83788

Wednesday, Aug. 28: A Universe of Stories: ‘Moon Toons

Tony Traguardo hosts a program of short films featuring talented ‘actors’ like Bugs Bunny, Marvin the Martian, Gazoo, and, of course, Grommit, who will take you to the stars during a highly animated evening of cartoon comedy. Starts at 7:15 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 29: A Universe of Stories: ‘Plan 9 from Outer Space’

Aliens hatch a plot to reanimate the Earth’s dead to prevent mankind from destroying the universe! Bela Lugosi (in his last role), Vampira, Tor Johnson and Criswell the psychic star. Is Edward D. Wood, Jr.’s masterpiece the worst movie ever made? See it and decide! Starts at 7:15 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 30

Sandwiched In: Uncovering a Diversity of Natural Colors: How Animals See Color: From the striking colors of flowers to the bold plumage of birds, the world is filled with an amazing diversity of colors. Many of those colors are invisible to your eye. Sometimes this may provide a benefit to the bearer of those colors (i.e., camouflage); however, generally these colors are not adapted to how they may appear to us. Instead, the colors have evolved to capture or evade the attention of other organisms. In this talk, LIU Professor Daniel Hanley will introduce you to the concept of color vision and describe how other organisms see the world. Explore colors from organisms found right here on Long Island (that you may find familiar) and discover a richer and broader appreciation for this natural beauty. Starts at 12:15 p.m.

Family Film: “Ralph Breaks the Internet” Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly) and Vanellope (voiced Sarah Silverman) head off on a new adventure. Phil Johnston and Rich Moore’s cartoon also features the voices of Gal Gadot, Taraji P. Henson, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alfred Molina, Melissa Villasenor and dozens of others. Starts at 7:00 p.m.

PWPL will be closed Saturday, Aug. 31 through Monday, Sept. 2 for the Labor Day holiday.


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