The First Congregational Church of Riverhead will once again be constructing reverse Advent Calendars. A great project for a group of friends, organizations, family members or individually who want to fill a box with food items daily and culminating on Christmas Eve. At that time, the completed box will be donated to a local food pantry. A list of nonperishable food items is available by calling the church office at 631-727-2621.

Be sure to save the date and mark your calendar for Sunday, December 18. The First Congregational Church is excited about their event planned for Sunday, December 18 at 4 pm. George Moravek who was a church organist for many years is coming back to play an hour of his favorite Christmas arrangements on the organ. This is a free concert just for your enjoyment, hopefully, allowing you to spend a quiet time in the midst of a busy season. No offering will be taken as it is for all to get into the spirit of Christmas time. 

The Greater Jamesport Civic Association will hold their monthly meeting on Saturday, December 17 at 9:30 am at the Jamesport Meeting House. The agenda includes the election of the 2023 Executive Committee. Hope to see you there.

Anthony Harris, owner of LIR Clothing and Tyre Lodge presents the 7thannual Toy Giveaway on Saturday, December 17 at 2 pm to 6 pm at the Riverhead Polish Hall, 214 Marcy Avenue. There will be free hot chocolate and new unwrapped toys for ages 0-12 years old. For more information call Anthony at 631-875-9119 or Leslie at 631-664-7376.

The Riverhead Free Library has a free service that delivers large-print books and audiobooks through the mail via the U.S. Postal Service. If you are homebound and unable to visit the library because of a temporary or long-term disability you may be eligible as a Riverhead Free Library card holder. For more information call 631-727-3228, extension 301 to see if you qualify and an application will be mailed to you.

On Thursday December 8 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm The Friends of the Riverhead Free Library Photography Club meets and as a photo club they have been quite successful in gaining recognition from local organizations. During the past year Southold Historical Society and Hallockville Farm Museum requested club members visit their locations to take photographs that would be used in their promotional activities. How awesome is that! The Friends are proud to support these groups and look forward to continue. To see the photo club plans, please watch for the Riverhead Library email blast messages, or visit the webpage www.riverheadphotoclub.org.

Looking for a gift for someone this season let them become a “Friend of the Riverhead Free Library” by sending their name and address for an individual membership in the amount of $10.00. Send your check to Friends of the Riverhead Free Library, P.O. Box 1341, Riverhead, NY 11901. Credit cards are accepted on the Friends website http://www.friendsoftheriverheadlibrary.org/.

The Suffolk County Historical Society Museum will host a Book and Bottle: WPA Art and Artists: Long Island’s New Deal Legacy, with Jim “Zak” Szakmary on Saturday, December 10 at 1 pm. The presenter will take on a slideshow tour of the local WPA-inspired art and artists across Long Island. The Works Progress Administration, our nation’s largest and most ambitious American New Deal agency, offered millions of unemployed Americans jobs during the Great Depression. Our public buildings, roads and bridges were built but also artists were employed to create murals, easel paintings, sculptures, graphic art, posters, photography, theater scenic design and arts and crafts. Learn about the Long Island WPA artists and the historic artworks they created in the 1930’s and where on Long Island you can still find these pieces of history today. Members free and non-members $8 includes refreshments, Space is limited. Call 631-727-2881 to reserve your spot.

Get in the spirit of Christmas and enjoy The Stony Brook High C’s Holiday Concert on Saturday, December 17 from 2 pm to 3 pm at the Riverhead Free Library. Enjoy the all-male a cappella group from Stony Brook University as they perform both holiday and contemporary favorites. 

Happy birthday wishes to Art Apicello and twins Tim and Joseph Hampson on December 4; Karen Kelly, Doreen Wilk and Darlene Alec-Folkes on December 5; Penny Hensley, Anthony Heppner, Mark Anasky, and Carolyn Smith on December 6; Marie Madigan, Rob Gottschalk, Jr., Darlene Taylor and Holly Chew on December 7; William Van Helmond on December 8; Carol Carey on December 9; Linda Hobson-Heath, Jim Creighton, Christine Mapes and Ginger Duvall on December 10; Barbara O’Kula, Mary Jane Raynor, Skylar Wicklund and Brian Densieski on December 11; Howie Gassert, Rachel Grathwohl and Hanna Schlosberg on December 12; Lynn Berezny, Kerry Saladino and Kathryn Berezny on December 14; Michael Frosina, Matthew Atkins, Alyssa Meyer and Scott Tocci on December 15; Ellen Kramer, Maria Harris, Barbara Lennon and Kyle Watts on December 16 and Rich Freeborn on December 17. Enjoy your day.

Happy 54th wedding anniversary to Joseph and Margaret Edler!

Get well wishes to Becky Collins, Harriet McDonald and Joe Berezny.

Be sure to hang your flag on Wednesday, December 7 and let us never forget this important date in history, “a date which will live in infamy.”

A Happy Hanukkah which begins on Sunday evening, December 18 and ends in the evening on Monday, December 26.

Only 21 days till Christmas!

Got news to share? Send it to Kathy by email to jberezny@optonline.net, write to her at 124 Kings Drive, Riverhead NY 11901 or call her at 631-727-6148. “Around Town” will appear on RiverheadLOCAL on the first and third Sunday of the month.

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Kathy Berezny is active in the Riverhead community, where she has lived for 46 years. She is chaplain of the Riverhead Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, which she joined in February 1979. She is a longtime member and past president of the Riverhead Board of Education. Email Kathy: jberezny@optonline.net