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January Calendar of Events on Long Island

- Where to Go and What to Do on Long Island in January 2014

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Make a New Year's resolution to treat yourself, your friends and family to fun events throughout Long Island this month. Take a nature hike, see a play, enjoy a concert, or other activities.

And for things to see on the first day of the year, please also read New Year's Day on Long Island, NY - 2014.

If you know of any other events that should be included, please email me at longisland@aboutguide.com.

Note: This calendar is updated every year. Here are the events for January 2014.

Ongoing Sundays

Family Sundays at the Museum, offered every week at the Nassau County Museum of Art. The program includes supervised art activities for children and their adults, family gallery talks and family-friendly gallery guides. The family tour is at 1 p.m., and art activities begin at 1:30 p.m. Free with museum admission.

The Nassau County Museum of Art is located at One Museum Drive in Roslyn Harbor. For more information, go to Nassau County Museum of Art.

Up for some fresh air along with your cultural activities? Then check out the Outdoor Sculpture Garden at the Nassau County Museum of Art.

Now through Sunday, April 13, 2014

Wintertime is seal watching time on Long Island. Join the Riverhead Foundation and sail from Freeport aboard the Captain Lou Fleet to view winter harbor seal populations throughout Hempstead Bay. An onboard naturalist discuss the biology and behavior of seals and other marine life. Reservations required. Boarding time: 12:30 p.m., sails at 1 p.m.

Adults /$26., children (3 to 12 years)/$22., children under 3/free, seniors 65+/$22. Group rates (15 or more)/ $19. All proceeds support the NYS Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Program. Info & reservations: call (631) 369-9840. In case of inclement weather, please contact the Riverhead Foundation. Schedule at the Riverhead Foundation website.

See a photo essay about Seal Cruises with the Riverhead Foundation

Now through Sunday, January 26, 2014

Annie, Jr., a children's musical based on the comic strip, Little Orphan Annie At the Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts, 2 East Main Street, Smithtown, NY, (631) 724-3700.

January performances are: Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 2 p.m., Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 11 a.m., Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 2 p.m., Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sunday and Monday, January 18,19 and 20, 2014 at 2 p.m. each day, and Saturday, January 25, 2014 and Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 2 p.m. each day,

All tickets: $15. To purchase tickets, please call (631) 724-3700 or buy online.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Montauk's Annual Polar Bear Dip at the beach at Gurney's Inn Resort & Spa, 290 Old Montauk Highway, (631) 668-2345. If you'd like to join in for a freezing romp in the surf, call in advance about the time and place to meet. All spectators should note that the Montauk Polar Bears are expected to be hitting the ocean around 11 a.m.

Polar Bears may enjoy Gurney's New Year's Day brunch afterwards.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Winter Choral Concert at 2:30 p.m. at Hempstead House, Sands Point Preserve, 126 Middle Neck Road, Sands Point, NY, (516) 571-7901. This annual concert will be performed by four choruses: United Methodist Church, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, the Choir of Our Savior's Lutheran Church and Shir Harmony of Long Island. Refreshments will be served. Gate admission is $10 per car, or free with Annual Pass.

More info: info@friendsspp.org or call (516) 571-7901, or visit www.thesandspointpreserve.com.

Friday, January 10, 2014

From 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Family Adventures: Telescope 101, presented by the Amateur Observers Society (AOS.) at Jones Beach State Park. Take a telescope down to the nature center. Members of the Amateur Observers Society will be there to help you set up and learn how to use it to view the night sky. Reservations are required and accepted starting two weeks prior to the event. Please call (516) 780-3295.

January 11 to February 15, 2014

Theatre Three, 412 Main Street, Port Jefferson, NY presents Starting Here, Starting Now tells the tale of the excitement of young love and the confusion of growing up in this revue of contemporary musical theatre that explores relationships ranging from tender ballads to hysterical husband-hunting laments. To purchase tickets, visit Theatre Three or call the box office at (631) 928-9100 (open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Ticket prices: $30 on Saturday evenings, $25 on Friday evenings, $17 on Wednesday matinees. All other performances are $23 per person. Note: children 5-12 years: $15 (children under 5 not permitted for these performances.) Children 13 and older and seniors: 20 percent discount. AARP members: 20 percent discount only on Fridays.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

The Paramount Comedy Series presents: Sandra Bernhard in "Sandyland" At 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) at the Paramount, 370 New York Avenue, Huntington, NY, (631) 673-7300. Tickets, $25-$63. Info at the website at www.paramountny.com.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

All About Bears! at 1 p.m. at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge 3 Old Country Road, Quogue, NY. For children ages 5 through 12. $5 per person. Tepee Ted from the Wilderness Traveling Museum will present this program on the bears of North America. Kids will learn how bears prepare for their long winter hibernation, and they'll see slides of sleeping bears. They'll also get to touch real bear skins and bones, play a bone game and color a bear necklace that they can take home with them.

Reservations are required Fee: $5 per person. Visit Quogue Wildlife Refuge or call call (631) 653-4771.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Seal Walks at Montauk Point State Park at 9 a.m.. A State Park naturalist will lead you on a 2-3 hour leisurely beach walk to an area where up to four species of seals can be seen. Along the way, see winter birds and explore marine geology. Please dress for the cold weather and wear comfortable footwear for hiking. Binoculars are recommended.

Meet at the Montauk Point Lighthouse Grill and concession stand at least 10 minutes before the start time. The hike is about 3 miles round trip. Fee: $4 per adult 19 and older; $3 for children 3-18; children 3 and under: free.

Reservations are required. To reserve and for more information, please call (631) 668-5000.

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