The Island Today: The top seven events for the coming week

Grace McQuade

The Golden Age of Spaceflight — An Evening with Apollo 7 Astronaut Walter Cunningham

Friday, June 7 at 7 p.m.

Join this special evening as retired American astronaut Walter Cunningham, who was a lunar module pilot on the Apollo 7 mission in 1968, discusses his extraordinary career with NASA and beyond.

Where: Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City
Info & Tickets: 516-572-4111 •

2 Chamber Orchestra of New York

Friday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m.

The Chamber Orchestra of New York returns to the Adelphi PAC to showcase music for chamber orchestra and piano, including Vaughan Williams’ Symphony No. 8 and Piano Concerto.

Where: Adelphi University Performing Arts Center, 1 South Ave., Garden City
Info & Tickets: 516-877-4000 •

3 The 151st Running of the Belmont Stakes

Saturday, June 8, gates open at 8 a.m. 

Although there won’t be a Triple Crown winner this year, there will still be much equine excitement and many things to enjoy while picnicking on the beautiful grounds of Belmont Park, including plenty of places to enjoy tasty food and beverages like the Belmont Jewel, the official drink of the Stakes, the Longines fashion contest showcasing fancy duds and hats at 1:30 p.m., horse racing and open betting throughout the day with the final race at around 6:30 p.m., and a live performance by hip hop artist Flo Rida in the evening. General admission is $20 per person.   

Where: Belmont Park, 2150 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont
Info & Tickets: 718-641-4700 •

Blue Oyster Cult

Saturday, June 8 at 8 p.m.

Blue Oyster Cult, the rock band that formed on Long Island in 1967, will play all their greatest hits — from “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” to “Burnin’ for You” — along with guests Joe Rock and the All Stars.

Where: The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury
Info & Tickets: 516-283-5566 •

Roses Galore

Sunday, June 9, 1 to 4:30 p.m. (Planting Fields Arboretum) and
2 to 3 p.m. (Old Westbury Gardens)

Everything will be coming up roses on this day as Planting Fields Arboretum hosts the Long Island Rose Society’s Annual Rose Show and Old Westbury Gardens showcases its Roses in the Landscape.  Enjoy the colorful and fragrant fresh blooms. 

Where: Planting Fields Arboretum, 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay; Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury
Info: 516-922-8678 • and 516-333-0048

6 Miles of Blue: In Memoriam — Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo

Wednesday, June 12 at 7 p.m.

New York City Police Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo and other fallen line of duty police officers will be honored with an evening of choral, orchestral, and wind band performances, culminating in a music world premiere composed by Brian Balmages and performed by the NYPD Band and Long Island Wind Band Consortium Wind Symphony. Proceeds will benefit the Silver Shield Foundation and Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts.

Where: Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville
Info & Tickets: 516-299-3100 •

7 Long Island LitFest presents author Jennifer Weiner

Thursday, June 13 at 7:30 p.m.

No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner will be in conversation with fellow author Susan Isaacs about her latest novel, “Mrs. Everything,” an exploration of women’s rights, sexual freedom, and the changing landscape of American politics. Following the talk, there will be an audience Q&A and book signing. Tickets ($35 for members; $40 for the general public) include a copy of the book.

Where: Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington
Info: 631-423-7611 •

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