The Week Ahead

Week of March 15 to March 22


--Book Signing with Gregory Fried, M.D.

Join for a book signing with Gregory Fried, M.D., retired executive chief surgeon of the New York Police Department and author of “Life on the Thin Blue Line,” on Tuesday, March 27 at 7 p.m. at JJ Cooper’s — formerly Sutton Place — at 124 W. Park Ave. For more information, call (917) 428-9969.

--6th Annual Empty Bowls Pasta Dinner

On Sunday, March 18 from 2 to 5 p.m. stop by St. Mary of the Isle, located at 315 E. Walnut Street, for the 6th annual Empty Bowls Pasta Dinner. The Empty Bowl Project is a community collaboration project that creates awareness of hunger, homelessness and a community that cares for its underserved population. There will be plenty of pasta, facepainting, crafts, a DJ, a ukelele band, raffles and a limited supply of hand-painted bowls. It’s $10 per person, or free if you painted a bowl at Earth Arts (your bowl will be waiting for you at St. Mary’s). For more info, or to donate pasta or volunteer, call (631) 991-5990.

--Painting Day for Seniors

On Thursday, March 15 from 1 to 4 p.m., seniors can experience painting with Joan Lazarus, a professional painter, at the Housing Authority’s Community Room at 225 W. Park Ave. Preregistration is required. Free transportation will be provided from the senior housing buildings. The event is hosted by the LBNY-Arts Council. For more info, visit

--Seals by the shoreline

Check out some the fascinating winter harbor seals that inhabit our waters during the final guided walk of the season along the Jones Beach shoreline, Sunday, March 18 1:30 p.m. Join a park naturalist on an hour and a half leisurely beach walk to an area where up to four species of seals can be observed. Along the way, there will be opportunities to see many winter birds and to explore marine geology. Info: (516) 780-3295 or

--Join the ‘Age of Heroes’

Superheroes are gathering at Nassau Coliseum, beginning Thursday, March 22. Marvel Universe Live unites Spider-Man, the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy and Doctor Strange in a race against time to recover the Wand of Watoomb before Loki gains control. This ancient artifact would allow Loki to achieve his eternal quest to crown himself ruler of the universe. Experience cutting-edge special effects, aerial stunts and immersive video projection in this legendary adventure, which runs through April 1. Info: (800) 745-3000 or or