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June is the sixth month of the year, one of 4 months with 30 days. June is the month of the summer solstice, the day with the most daylight hours. The traditional, astronomical start of summer is on June 21.

June’s birthstones are Alexandrite, Pearl, & Moonstone. The birth flower is the rose and the zodiac signs for the month of June are Gemini and Cancer (after the 20th).

The new moon will be on June 4 and the full moon on June 20, 2016:

June observances:

Ramadan (start) 6
Shavot (start) 12
Flag Day 14
Father’s Day 19
Summer Solstice 20
St. John the Baptist 24
St. Peter’s 29

3 National Doughnut Day
8 National Bestfriend day
8 World Oceans Day
14 Int’l. Picnic Day
19 Juneteenth
20 World Refugee Day
21 Int’l. Yoga Day
23 Int’l. Widows’ Day
26 Day against Drug Abuse/Illicit Trafficking

It’s ok, we’re observing  National Doughnut Day on June 3, #DietFail

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Check out these great local spots for the best doughnuts around!

House of Donuts
95 Broadway
Hicksville, NY 11801
516-433-4606

Doughology
45 Atlantic Avenue
Lynbrook, NY 11563
516-341-0882    

The Dough Hut
891 W Beech St
Long Beach, NY 11561
516-432-1400    

Grand Opening of South Shore Blueway 6/04

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National Trails Day, 10:00 am until 2:00 pm | Admission Information: free

Bay County Park | Harbor Road & Marjorie Lane, East Rockaway

Paddlers are invited to bring their own kayaks, canoes and S.U.Ps to join the inaugural paddle from Bay Park to Hewlett Point park and back.  Take an Eco tour of the salt marshes led by marine biologist Kevin Rodgers.  The public is also invited to enjoy family kayaking, fishing, SUP demos, and kayak safety clinics.  Exhibitors will have information on the south shore’s unique attractions.

The Blueway is made up of 22 launches & landings providing safe, easily reached water access for human-powered boaters to explore the western bays of the Sough Shore Estuary Reserve and experience its beauty and wild life through salt marsh islands on quiet creeks and channels.

The Belmont Stakes Racing Festival 6/9 – 6/11

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Order tickets Online |Belmont Park Racetrack -2150 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont

THURSDAY, JUNE 9
2 Stakes Races; 10 Races in Total
Community Mayors Day

FRIDAY, JUNE 10
6 Stakes Races; 10 Races in Total
Live post-race performance by Maddie & Tae

SATURDAY, JUNE 11
10 Stakes Races
8 Million in Purses
Live musical performance by DAUGHTRY and the Broadway musical BEAUTIFUL – The Carole King Musical

6/14 is National Picnic Day

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The ‘picnic’ was most likely invented by the French.  Shortly after the French Revolution ended, the Royal Gardens were opened to the public for the first time. It was the new common pastime for the French to visit the gardens and take along a meal.-WinCalendar

Grab your picnic basket, pack it with some yummy snacks and go out to a local park to enjoy the warm, summer air.

Pirate Festival 6/18-6/19

Long Island Maritime Museum | 88 West Avenue, West Sayville, NY 11796

$10.00 per person. Children 5 and under free

Grab yer little swashbucklers and seafarin’ scoundrels and prepare to have the time of yer life! Roving entertainment and performances by Ye Pyrate Brotherhood, Kings of the Coast, and many more!

Visit a Garden

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June is the perfect time to go out and smell the roses! Visit a garden and revitalize your soul with the beauty of the outdoors. Click here for a list of enchanting gardens in Long Island.

Spend the Day at a Winery

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Our beautiful Long Island houses a plethora of wineries. Find the perfect one or few to visit! Click here to explore Long Island wine country!

Warm Weather and Fairs are the Epitome of Summer

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Festivals and fairs are scattered all over Long Island! This is the perfect spot for some rides, sausage and peppers and drum roll please….. zeppoles!

Get Outside

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Grab the beach chairs, sunblock, music, volleyball and get outside and enjoy the warm rays of the sun! Even your backyard can turn into an oasis!

Hit the Beach

child-538029_1920With school coming to an end, the beach is the perfect spot for the family! You know you’ve been waiting for 9 months to enjoy a day on the beach! Lucky for us, Long Island is filled with beautiful beaches! Click here for the top beaches in Long Island!

Visit a Farm: It’s Strawberry Season

strawberries-1344244_640The warm weather brings us one of the tastiest and juiciest fruit! Perfect for the picking! Whether for homemade jam, cake, pie or any other delectable treat, Long Island offers some delicious options. Click here for a list of farms that let you pick your own strawberries!

Celebrate International Yoga Day and Try Paddle board Yoga

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Click here for more!

All lessons include a paddle board, paddle and PFD (personal floatation device)
For Ages 7 and Up

 

Purchase yourself your ticket for the 2016 Yoga Festival.

unnamed (10)Midsummer Eve Garden Party at the Children’s Garden

Thursday, July 14, 2016, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Suffolk County Farm and Education Center
350 Yaphank Avenue
Yaphank, New York 11980

Midsummer Eve Garden Party at the Children's Garden

Midsummer Weekend at Westbury Gardens

Enjoy the unique sights, fragrances, and feel of the Gardens at a special time of day: twilight. Become captivated by totally different perspectives of the grounds as they are illuminated by lanterns and candles, become inhabited by magical fairies, and are decorated with wreaths, garlands, and other festive floral arrangements inspired by Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” created by our talented and imaginative horticulture staff.

Midsummer Jazz, Friday, June 24

7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Stroll the Walled Garden and listen to the cool sounds of live jazz. Light refreshments. $25.00 / $22.50 member. Advance tickets required. Please register ONLINE by clicking HERE. 

Midsummer Night, Sunday, June 25

Gates open at 6:30 pm

This is a wonderful night for the entire family. In addition to the enchanting decorations, the evening features a series of live music and dance performances by the critically acclaimed Lori Belilove & The Isadora Duncan Dance Company with additional appearance by The Beliloveables.

BeliloveWith the glorious backdrop of the gardens, the dancers move in both choreographed synchronicity and wild improvisational abandon — like a dream! T he gardens will be illuminated by lanterns and candles and decorated with wreaths, garlands and other festive floral arrangements.

General Admission: $15.00 at gate; members, $12.00; free for children 17 and under when accompanied by an adult (rain date June 26). Save 20% and purchase tickets ONLINE by June 22 by CLICKING HERE.

Snacks and limited sandwiches will be available for purchase throughout the

 

 

 

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Maria Greco is a writer for LI Finds. She is a native Long Islander who lives on the south shore with her family. Maria loves to read, write, take pictures, and manage LIFinds.com. “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.” ― Albert Einstein

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