Nearby things to do this week in Rockville Centre

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Pumpkins for sale

St. Mark’s United Methodist Church is holding its 17th annual pumpkin patch festival throughout October on their lawn at

200 Hempstead Ave. The hours are 3 to 6 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays, and noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

Come by and purchase some pumpkins!

South Side homecoming

South Side High School’s students and faculty are parading around town on Saturday, Oct. 13 for homecoming and then piling into the stands at their football field at 140 Shepherd St. for the game. Go Cyclones!

Oh, yes, it’s Ladies’ Night

Mercy Medical Hospital is hosting Ladies’ Night Out on Thursday,

Oct. 18 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Jericho Terrace at 249 Jericho Turnpike

in Mineola. Call (516) 705-1399 for more information.

Groovin’ to a foot stompin’ beat

Enjoy the feel-good tunes of The Carolina Gents when they perform as part of Planting Fields Arboretum’s “Music at the Mansion” series, on Friday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. Planting Fields Arboretum’s Coe Hall is the setting for an inspired performance by the lively ensemble, featuring some of the best bluegrass, Americana, and country musicians in the New York/ New England area. They’ll share the pure, sweet sounds of Appalachia, then crank up the hootin’ and hollerin’ on the dance floor; playing all songs with a southern twang and effortless musicality. Info: (516) 922-8600 or www.plantingfields.org.

Frightful adventures

The season of Halloween hauntings is upon us. Check out those Crypts of the Coliseum if you dare enter Blood Manor, where creepy souls now inhabit the arena. Drop by for a visit, if you think you can face your darkest fears that awaits at the frightful spectacle inside, now through Nov. 3.