• We’re expecting patchy drizzle with a chance of showers and patchy fog before 3 p.m. today, then a chance of showers after 3 p.m., with mostly cloudy skies and a high near 63. Winds today will be out of the southwest at 17 to 21 miles per hour. We’re expecting showers this evening and possibly a thunderstorm after midnight, with possible gusty winds and heavy rain in the case of thunderstorms and a low temperature around 60. Showers and thunderstorms continue Saturday, with a steady temperature around 59, a south wind 13 to 21 miles per hour and new precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible. A flash flood watch is in effect from 2 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. For Easter Sunday, we’re expecting mostly cloudy skies, with a high near 60 and a south wind 7 to 9 miles per hour, with a 30 percent chance of showers.
• OLA of Eastern Long Island’s annual Pachanga — a party celebrating Latin music and community, will be held this evening at 7 p.m. at Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, with performances by Mambo Loco and Mila Tina. Tickets are $20. More details are online here.
Earth Day is around the corner — it’s officially this coming Monday, April 22, but a plethora of public events are scheduled for the next three weeks. Here are some early highlights:
• North Fork Audubon hosts an Earth Day and Get to Know Your Local County Park Day open house on Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Inlet Pond County Park in Greenport. More details are online here.
• The opening reception for East End Collected5, artist Paton Miller’s vision of this area as an ideal environment for artists to create work, with 31 new local artists, will be held tomorrow, April 20, from 5 to 7 p.m. More details are online here.
• The Ecological Culture Initiative is holding a community Earth Day screening of the film “Normal is Over,” about humanity’s wisest response to climate change, species extinction, the depletion of critical natural resources, income inequality and industrial control of our food production, next Monday, April 22 at 7 p.m. Admission is free. More details are online here.
• The North Fork Environmental Council, Peconic Land Trust and the Peconic Estuary Program are looking for volunteers to help plant spartina beach grass at Widow’s Hole Preserve, at the corner of Fourth and Clark streets in Greenport next Wednesday, April 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. To RSVP, contact KKennedy@peconiclandtrust.org.
• The North Fork Environmental Council has announced that its third annual Earth Day 5K will be held on Sunday, April 28, with a start time of 10 a.m., at Indian Island County Park in Riverhead. Registration information is online here.
The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:
Plum Gut Harbor: 10:24 a.m., 10:43 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 9:32 a.m., 9:51 p.m.
Greenport: 11:01 a.m., 11:20 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 12:04 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 10:56 a.m., 11:15 p.m.
New Suffolk: 12:23 p.m.
South Jamesport: 12:01 a.m., 12:30 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 9:39 a.m., 10:05 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 7:48 a.m., 8:14 p.m.
Plum Gut Harbor: 11:13 a.m., 11:31 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 10:21 a.m., 10:39 p.m.
Greenport: 11:50 a.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 12:22 a.m., 12:52 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 11:45 a.m.
New Suffolk: 12:42 a.m., 1:12 p.m.
South Jamesport: 12:49 a.m., 1:19 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 10:26 a.m., 10:51 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 8:35 a.m., 9 p.m.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.