The Week Ahead


Native American Traditions

The East Meadow Public Library offers its program at 2 p.m. on Native American culture through the stories of three women of distinction. Ina McNeil, a direct descendant of Chief Sitting Bull of the Lakota Sioux nation, along with her granddaughter Taylor Smith and Shinnecock native Denise Silva Dennis, will tell of the legends of the Long Island tribes and showcase their fabric arts and artifacts which have been part of their family heritage. Reservations can be made online at, or in PR office, 794-2570, ext. 560.

Spring College Expo

The Nassau Counselors’ Association will host its 47th Annual Spring College Expo on April 17 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex at Hofstra University. Meet personally with representatives from over 300 colleges, universities, career schools and military services. In addition to speaking with school representatives, guests will have an opportunity to attend the following workshops: Financial Aid; College Admissions; Students with special needs; Student Athletes and the NCAA; and the College Application process. Visit Nassau Counselors' Assocation Spring College Expo website for additional information and an updated list of colleges attending.

Sean Gaskell on the Kora

Sean Gaskell will play traditional songs on the 21-stringed West African Kora at the East Meadow Public Library on April 12 at 1 p.m. The instrument is native to the Mande peoples who live within the countries of Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Guinea, and Guinea Bissau. The music is traditionally played by oral and musical historians known as Griots. The Kora is a melodic and seemingly peaceful instrument, which is somewhat contrary to its musical repertoire. Many songs tell ancient stories of war and hardship, while others praise people of high political status and those who helped expand the Mande Empire.