Wednesday, Oct. 23
7 p.m. Astronomy educator Larry Gerstman will discuss the upcoming Transit of Mercury on Nov. 11, as well as other upcoming sky events. Weather permitting, attendees will have a telescopic viewing outside to see Saturn, the Pleiades and Perseus Double Cluster. No registration is required. Hicksville Public Library.
Thursday, Oct. 24
Virtual Reality Training
2:30-4:30 p.m. Explore virtual worlds with Hicksville Library’s new VIVE Virtual Reality gaming system, for ages 6 and up on Thursdays. Visit www.hicksvillelibrary.org to sign up for a time slot.
Ghosts, Goblins and Witches of Long Island
7 p.m. Join Joseph Flammer and Diane Hill, The Paranormal Adventurers, in an examination of the paranormal activity, such as unexplainable lights in the sky, sightings of strange creatures and apparitions, on Long Island. Bring your own stories. No registration required and everyone is welcome. Hicksville Public Library.
7-9 p.m. Unleash your inner artist. Ages 18 and up. Beginners welcome. Bring friends. All supplies provided. $39 per person. Broadway Mall (Center Court), 358 North Broadway. For tickets, visit atbroadwaycommons.com.
Saturday, Oct. 26
AARP Smart Driver
9:30 a.m. Fee for class is $20 for AARP members ($25 for non-members). Make check or money order payable to AARP. Class size limited to 33 drivers. Register at the Hicksville Public Library reference desk.
1-4 p.m. Town of Oyster Bay’s Family Fall & Halloween Festival will feature pumpkin picking, hayrides, a hay maze, inflatables, a pumpkin decorating contest, games, giveaways and refreshments. Costumes are encouraged. Rain or shine. Marjorie R. Post Community Park, 451 Unqua Rd., Massapequa. For more information, call 516-797-7925.
Sunday, Oct. 27
Spooky Jazz Concert
2 p.m. Just in time for Halloween, Paul Joseph and his jazz quartet present inspiring interpretations of spooky classical music favorites, including Chopin’s “Funeral March,” “Danse Macabre” by Saint-Saëns and “Funeral March of a Marionette” by Gounod. No registration is required. Hicksville Public Library.
Monday, Oct. 28
Book to Film Discussion
12 p.m. Join in a discussion of the novel Can You Ever Forgive Me?, the memoir of author Lee Israel, and how it was brought to life on the big screen. The film (Rated R, 107 mins) starring Melissa McCarthy will be screened at 1:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Open to all. Hicksville Public Library.
5:30 p.m. Linda Cafiero leads eight sessions of Tai Chi at Hicksville Public Library. Classes will take place Mondays, Oct. 28 through Dec. 23 (no class on Nov. 11). Online registration opens Oct. 10. Fee: $28 check or money order.
Thursday, Oct. 31
10 a.m. Parents join your preschooler 18-month to 4-year-olds for an hour of fun interactive activities. Enjoy singing, dancing, storytelling and making a Halloween craft. No costumes please. Register in advance. Hicksville Public Library.
Town of Oyster Bay is partnering with Big Hy For Heroes to collect and send thousands of DVDs to U.S. troops serving overseas. Residents can donate DVDs at Hicksville Athletic Center, 167 S. Broadway, Hicksville through Nov. 15. For more information, call 516-624-6380.