Chinese New Year celebrations on Saturday to welcome the Year of the Pig

With the beginning of the new lunar year coming up on Tuesday, I found a pretty cool Lunar New Year celebration and Chinese New Year celebration, offering family activities on Feb. 2. 2019 it is the Year of the Pig, according to the Chinese 12-year animal zodiac cycle, and to mark the occasion, cultural activities, including Lion Dance performances, are featured at each of these events. And, if you see “red”, don’t be too surprised, as it’s the signature color of these cultural festivals.

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Enjoy a touch of paradise at Planting Fields Arboretum this Sunday

With temperatures creeping into the teens lately, it can be hard to dream of warmer months when there is frost on the ground and we’re bundled head-to-toe. Well, I have a great pick for all of us this week; and it involves stepping into the cozy climate of greenhouses for the Parade Garden Festival at Planting Fields Arboretum, on Jan. 27.

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The magic of the season is alive at local celebrations

During the holidays, it can only be a good thing to break from the hectic shopping, wrapping and running errands to enjoy the wealth of seasonal attractions taking place on Long Island. Here are two prime examples, a candlelight celebration in Bethpage and a village’s winter fest in Farmingdale, of fun times to be had, right now.

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Fashion and polo at Bethpage State Park this Sunday

While attending a polo match is exciting on its own, you can have double the fun, on Sept. 30, as a fashion show is also taking place at Bethpage Polo at the Park event, part of the New York Polo Series, hosted by Meadowbrook Polo Club, at Bethpage State Park’s polo field in Farmingdale.

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Send-off summer LI-style at waterside family festivals this weekend

Cherish the last weekend of summer — can’t believe it’s here — by hopping onto thrilling midway rides, playing carnival games, taking in some tasty international fare and cool, live entertainment, and just having FUN at the Long Island Family Fun Festival, held at Tanner Park in Copiague, Sept. 14-16.

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North Fork TV Festival in Greenport now through Saturday

Living in an era of TV binge-watchers, it comes as no surprise that TV shows are lauded in the fashion that films are, today. A testament to TV’s power is that the North Fork TV Festival — featuring new independent scripted TV shows — returns for its third year Sept. 6-8, at the Greenport Theatre.

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