Looking for some fun this weekend? Here's a list of some of the events scheduled around Riverhead sure to please.
1) North Fork Environmental Council's Chili Night: The "hot" event, which takes Friday night at Martha Clara Vineyard at 7 p.m., features a "Best Chili on the North Fork," with entries from The Blue Canoe, Greenport, Bonnie Jean’s, Southold, Cliff’s Elbow Room, Jamesport, Crazy Fork, Mattituck, Four Doors Down, Mattituck, Lobster Roll Northside, Riverhead, Love Lane Kitchen, Mattituck, and the North Road Deli, Southold. The event also marks the NFEC's 40th anniversary, and the night will feature recognition and celebration -- including honoring Glynnis Berry with the NFEC Presidents' Leadership Award. The fun-filled night will also feature highlights including the "Photo What's Left!" Exhibit and Sale, with winners announced at Chili Night. All works will be on exhibit and for sale through a silent auction with proceeds shared between the NFEC, the Riverhead Neighborhood Protection Coalition, and the Save Main Road groups. Attendees will salute past board members and officers, with a video by Paul Stoutenburgh. Tickets can be purchased online.
2) Run for the Ridley: The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation's 15th Annual 5K Run for the Ridley takes place on Saturday from 8 a.m. till noon and traverses a course that begins on East Main Street in Riverhead and continues on East Main Street, Riverside Drive, River Avenue and ends at McDermott Avenue. The event aims to raise funds for cold stunned sea turtles. Kemp’s ridley sea turtles, one of the most endangered sea turtles in the world, are found on local shores. The event will benefit not only the Kemp's ridley, but all marine mammals and sea turtles. Open to joggers and runners of any age and experience, the first 300 runners receive a free T-shirt. To register, go to www.riverheadfoundation.org.
3) Creatures of the Night Spooktacular Sleepover: A Friday night sleepover, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center is a fun event featuring bats, porcupines, a sloth. Kid can take along a flashlight for a rare glimpse into the nighttime habits of three new animals in the brand-new Creatures of the Night exhibit. Buoys and ghouls are invited to dress in Halloween costumes and bunk down for an exciting night of creepy crawly craft time, a haunting movie presentation of "Monster House," and monster mash dancing. Sleepovers are from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. and include Aquarium admission, dinner, continental breakfast, a movie, craft, animal interaction, and waking up next to an exhibit. Tickets cost $64.95; $49.95 for Aquarium members. Children 2 and under are free. Reservations required. For more information, call 631.208.9200, ext. H2O (426).
4) The Magic Garden 40th Birthday Celebration: Parents who remember Carole and Paula from the TV series, "The Magic Garden" will be able to hear them again and introduce them to their children at a special performance and meet-and-greet after the show. The event is hosted by the Riverhead Free Library and will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Vail-Leavitt Music Hall. All ages. All children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information call 631-727-3228 ext. 121.
5) Science Saturdays: The Long Island Science Center, located on West Main Street in Riverhead, is open to the public every Saturday from 11 a.m. till 4 p.m., so visitors can explore over 30 hands-on exhibits. $5 per person for all-day admission.