• We’re expecting scattered showers before 11 a.m. today, with mostly cloudy skies throughout the day and a high near 80. The wind will be out of the north at 7 to 11 miles per hour, becoming northwest in the afternoon. It will be partly cloudy overnight, with a low around 58. Saturday will be sunny, with a high near 78, and Sunday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 74.
• Our Between the Lines columnist, Tim Kelly, reminisces this month on his years of toil, “scraping hardened food off dishes with sweat and detergent-laden steam beading on me brow, emptying long-fermenting buckets of fish heads and guts amid a cloud of squawking, peckish gulls, stamping prices on canned goods for hours on end, collecting fetid restaurant refuse, piled haphazardly under a searing sun, and truckin’ it to the dump in a squeaking, rattling powder-blue pickup named “Gladys.”
• The North Fork Environmental Council is launching its second annual Fall Native Perennial Planting Challenge this evening, Aug. 23 with a 6:30 p.m. presentation at the Peconic Lane Community Center — they’re working to get bulk pricing on native plants for participants who agree to convert a portion of their yard to a native garden. More details are online here.
• The Southampton Arts Center hosts a free outdoor screening of the film “Bohemian Rhapsody,” a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet, this evening at 8:30 p.m. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs.
• Latin jazz experts Mambo Loco will perform a free community concert this evening at 6 p.m. at the Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum, 200 Main Street, Sag Harbor.
• Custer Institute, an astronomical observatory in Southold, brings StarFest, a weekend long celebration of the skies, to the community this weekend.
• Shelter Island will hold its annual Green Expo this Saturday, Aug. 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds of the American Legion. More details are online here.
• There’s plenty else to do on the East End this weekend, and in the weeks ahead. Get the details in the Beacon’s Events Calendar.
The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:
Plum Gut Harbor: 3:57 a.m., 4:28 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 3:05 a.m., 3:36 p.m.
Greenport: 4:34 a.m., 5:05 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 5:18 a.m., 5:35 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 4:29 a.m., 5 p.m.
New Suffolk: 5:56 a.m., 6:27 p.m.
South Jamesport: 6:03 a.m., 6:34 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 2:40 a.m., 3:01 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 12:49 a.m., 1:10 p.m.
Plum Gut Harbor: 4:56 a.m., 5:26 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 4:04 a.m., 4:34 p.m.
Greenport: 5:33 a.m., 6:03 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 6:15 a.m., 6:32 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 5:28 a.m., 5:58 p.m.
New Suffolk: 6:55 a.m., 7:25 p.m.
South Jamesport: 7:02 a.m., 7:32 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 3:34 a.m., 3:55 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 1:43 a.m., 2:04 p.m.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.