New comic book convention comes to NYCB Live’s Cradle of Aviation Museum

If comics, collectibles and pop culture consume your life (in the best way possible), then Cradle-Con, with celebrities like Dan Harmon, co-creator of animated series “Rick and Morty,” is the place to be, June 23-24. The convention, created to raise funds for the museum’s Women in STEAM Education Programs, follows the adage, “for the fans, by the fans.”

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Where to take dad this weekend for some family fun

Are you still wondering where to take dad in celebration of Father’s Day? Ponder no more, as some of our favorite Long Island attractions are offering events, held on either June 16 or 17, that are low-cost, no cost, or with free admission for dad.

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Sweetbriar’s Butterfly Garden re-opening and Wildlife and Craft Fair this Saturday

Alive with rich vegetation, delicate flowers and more than 20 species of native North American butterflies, the whimsical Butterfly Garden and House at Sweetbriar Nature Center opens for the summer season, on June 9, during Sweetbriar’s wildlife and craft fair. How sweet to be swept away into the world of graceful butterflies in the screen-enclosed garden, while also shop for handmade crafts and see the special guests – including a coyote – that Adirondack Wildlife Refuge has brought to the fair.

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700 exotic cars expected at show for diabetes cure

Downtown Glen Cove’s School, Bridge and Glen streets will be taken over by juggernauts of luxury bearing names like Ferrari, Rolls Royce, Porche, BMW and Mercedes Benz, as well as custom cars, for the Gold Coast Concours-Bimmerstock Car Show, on June 3, to benefit the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI). Back for its 10th consecutive year, the car show has been held to support DRI’s worthy mission to cure diabetes.

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Family-friendly spots set to offer free admission and specials for Mother’s Day

You’re in luck! To help you celebrate with mom, I’ve put together a list of some fun (and a few free-for-mom) activities, all of which take place on May 13.

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The best of Japanese culture highlighted at Sunday’s Cherry Blossom Festival in Stony Brook

Celebrate the season of the blooming cherry blossoms at the 18th annual Sakura Matsuri: Cherry Blossom Festival, on May 6, at the Charles B. Wang Center in Stony Brook. Co-produced by the Japan Center at Stony Brook University and the Ryu Shu Kan Japanese Arts Center, this fest boasts an eclectic – and long – list of activities to enjoy throughout the afternoon.

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