• We saw a nice spring rain overnight, and there’s a 30 percent chance of drizzle or light rain before 8 a.m. today. It will be cloudy through mid morning, then gradually clearing, with a high near 62 degrees and a northwest wind 7 to 16 miles per hour. Saturday will be sunny, with a high near 59. Sunday will be partly sunny, with a high near 55. There’s a 70 percent chance of rain Monday, with a high near 50.
• Crocuses have popped their heads up throughout the East End, and spring peepers began their seasonal racket in ponds here last night. We set a record high temperature of 73 degrees at the National Weather Service’s monitoring station in Islip yesterday. The previous record for March 10 was 62 degrees, set in 2006. We’d also set a record high of 68 degrees on Wednesday. The previous high was 64 degrees, set in 2000.
• St. Patrick’s Day fervor begins to take over the streets of the East End this weekend, with parades in Westhampton Beach and Amagansett on Saturday at noon and in Cutchogue on Saturday at 2 p.m. More parades follow next weekend. The Beacon’s full St. Patrick’s Day parade listings are online here.
• The Peconic Estuary Program is starting a Community Stormwater Stewardship pilot program for the Peconic Bays, a citizen science project that kicks off tomorrow at the Cornell Cooperative Extension marine center in Southold. The full story is in The Beacon’s sister publication, The Peconic Bathtub, online here. [Free]
• You will laugh, and you will be glad you saw “Becky’s New Car,” at Mattituck’s North Fork Community Theatre Fridays through Sundays through March 20. The Beacon’s review is online here. [$15]
• Canio’s Books in Sag Harbor will host a book discussion of “Ahab’s Wife,” by Seena Jeter Naslund, with literary agent Paul Bresnick and other readers, this afternoon at 4:30 p.m. All are welcome. [Free, discounted books available]
• JDTLab at Guild Hall in East Hampton presents a free staged reading of “I Married the Icepick Killer,” playwright Carol Muske-Dukes’ darkly humorous psychological drama about a marriage between an actor and a poet, tonight at 7:30 p.m. More information is online here. [Free]
• The Suffolk County Historical Museum presents an opening reception for their new show, “When the Broadbill Was King on Great South Bay,” tomorrow, March 12, at 1 p.m. The exhibit highlights maritime history, local families, folk art, and bay ecology. More information is online here. [Free]
• The Southold and Greenport school garden projects are holding a Souper Bowls fundraiser Sunday at the Greenport School and the Springs Seedlings Project is hosting their annual Empty Bowls fundraiser Sunday afternoon at the Amagansett American Legion Hall. In each event, bring your own bowl to be filled with soup prepared by many local restaurants. Tickets to the Southold/Greenport fundraiser are $5 for kids and $10 for adults, and tickets to the Springs fundraiser are $5 for kids and $12 for adults or $25 per family. Both events are from noon to 3 p.m.
• The Beacon’s full event calendar for the weeks ahead is online here.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.