• We’re looking at a patch of beautiful weather ahead. Today will be sunny, with a high near 59 degrees and a north wind 9 to 13 miles per hour. Tonight will be clear, with a low around 33. Saturday will be sunny, with a high near 58, Sunday will be sunny, with a high near 64 and Monday will be sunny, with a high near 66.
• Volunteer citizen lobbyists throughout the country are engaging in an effort to get the U.S. Congress to take a market-based approach to combatting climate change — charging fossil fuel companies for the carbon dioxide emitted by the combustion of the fuel, and giving that money to the American public for use however they wish. Local members of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby presented their proposal to the League of Women Voters in Hampton Bays Monday night. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• The Shelter Island Public Library and Sylvester Manor are launching a seed lending library to allow anyone with a Shelter Island library card to check out flower, herb and vegetable seeds at the beginning of the season and bring back seeds from their plants at the end of the growing season. The library will present an introduction to the program tonight at 7 p.m. More information is online here. [Free]
• The East Hampton Town Democratic Committee and East End New Leaders are holding a presidential election forum titled “The Primary and Beyond” tonight at 6 p.m. at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Amagansett. More information is online here.
• The Annual New Suffolk Spring Clean-up will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow, April 16, meeting at the town beach parking lot. Trash bags will be provided by the New Suffolk Civic Association, but attendees are being asked to bring work gloves. The volunteers are looking for residents with pickup trucks to help haul the garbage to the Cutchogue transfer station.
• Herbalist Heather Cusack will lead a walk through the spring woods at Downs Farm Preserve while looking for wild edibles, then give a workshop on teas made from locally grown herbs and planting an herb garden in an event sponsored by the Group for the East End tomorrow, April 16 at 10 a.m. More information is online here. [$5]
• Sixteen-year-old birder Olivia Bouler, whose book of her bird drawings, “Olivia’s Birds: Saving The Gulf” raised more than $200,000 for birds hurt by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, will give a drawing class and book signing at Cutchogue’s Old Town Arts & Crafts Guild tomorrow, April 16 at 1 p.m. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• Oysterponds Community Activities is presenting the Seventh Annual Anne MacKay Song Swap at Poquatuck Hall on Saturday, April 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. Local musicians Mimi Fahs, Peter Millis, Nancy Baxter, Grayson Murphy, Roma Baran, Helen Hooke and many others will perform. More information is online here. [$10]
• The Beacon’s full events calendar for the weeks ahead is online here.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.