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July 1: Butterflies Take Flight at Exhibition Center

Also, two concert series and anime night at the library round out the start of Independence Day weekend.

1. With the opening of the Hyatt hotel at the comes the , the largest on Long Island. Set to open today at 10 a.m. the exhibit will allow visitors to interact with butterflies and other wildlife in the 5,000 square foot exhibit. Tickets are $12.50 for adults, and $10.50 for children and seniors. Children ages 2 and under get in for free.  

2. A gospel choir will perform the first of tonight at the at 7:30 p.m. The second show, held on Sunday, is nearly full, so Friday's event may be your best bet to see this birthday salute to the USA. Tickets are $12 for general admission, or $5 for members of the military or veterans.

3. will host the band  tonight at 8 p.m. as the first in their series of "Friday Night Concerts." Tickets cost $10 in advance or $15 dollars at the door, but be sure to hurry: tickets are almost sold out. 

4. Young adults and teens are invited to watch the latest and greatest in Japanese animation at "Anime with Annie" night at the from 6-8 p.m to see an anime movie and new anime series. Teens can register online or at the library for the program.  

5. Local artist Jessica McAvoy will be at 6 p.m. this evening. McAvoy, a painter, will discuss her series of charcoal paintings entitled "Fowl Follies" as well as her inspiration as an artist. The event is free and open to all.

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