• There’s a 50 percent chance of showers today, mainly after noon, with mostly cloudy skies and a temperature rising to near 53 by 11 a.m., then falling to around 48 during the rest of the day. It will be mostly clear overnight, with a low around 32. Saturday will be sunny, with a high near 44. Rain is likely on Sunday, with mostly cloudy skies and a high near 52.
• A minke whale that made its way into Northwest Creek in East Hampton Thursday has died. This is the second whale to have died on the South Fork’s shores in the past week. Get the details on our sister website, The Peconic Bathtub.
• Absentee ballot counting is expected to begin today in the very close races in this fall’s Southold Town elections. The Suffolk County Board of Elections reported this week that they had received 614 paper ballots as of Monday, Nov. 18. “Since both sides have retained attorneys, there is no way to calculate just how long the recanvass will take,” said Democratic Suffolk County Election Commissioner Anita Katz earlier this week. We will have more details when they become available.
• Now that fall cleanup is in full swing, it’s time to assess how you get things done in the garden. Are you knocking yourself out by trying to cut back and remove every last depleted bloom and dried-out plant stalk? Are you so overwhelmed by the magnitude of the task that you are contemplating hiring a landscape company to do the dirty work? If you answered “yes” to either question, it’s time to rethink your cleanup routine. Our Gardenwise columnist Susan Tito has some great tips for tucking in your garden this fall.
• East End Arts’ Harvest Gospel Concert series will be held this evening at the Mattituck Presbyterian Church and tomorrow evening at the Friendship Baptist Church in Flanders. Both concerts are at 8 p.m. More details are online here.
• The Poetica Ensemble will perform works by Dvorak, Schubert and Gershwin in a special concert on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 4 p.m. at Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Church in Bridgehampton. More details are online here.
• The Southampton Arts Center hosts an evening of celebration of Native American culture, along with a screening of the film “The Blessing” and a pot luck dinner on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 5 p.m. More details are online here.
• Looking ahead to next week, Mark Lowery, the assistant director of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Office of Climate Change, will discuss steps we can take to address climate change in a North Fork Environmental Council program on Monday, Nov. 25 at 6 p.m. at Riverhead Town Hall. More details are online here.
• There’s plenty to do on the East End this weekend, and in the weeks ahead. Get the details in our Events Calendar.
The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:
Plum Gut Harbor: 6:34 a.m., 6:58 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 5:42 a.m., 6:06 p.m.
Greenport: 7:11 a.m., 7:35 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 8:03 a.m., 8:32 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 7:06 a.m., 7:30 p.m.
New Suffolk: 8:33 a.m., 8:57 p.m.
South Jamesport: 8:40 a.m., 9:04 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 5:47 a.m., 6:04 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 3:56 a.m., 4:13 p.m.
Plum Gut Harbor: 7:22 a.m., 7:46 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 6:30 a.m., 6:54 p.m.
Greenport: 7:59 a.m., 8:23 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 8:55 a.m., 9:26 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 7:54 a.m., 8:18 p.m.
New Suffolk: 9:21 a.m., 9:45 p.m.
South Jamesport: 9:28 a.m., 9:52 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 6:41 a.m., 6:59 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 4:50 a.m., 5:08 p.m.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.