The Week Ahead

Nearby things to do this week in Malverne, West Hempstead

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Great Give Back

Spend the weekend making a difference at the West Hempstead Public Library on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 1 to 3 p.m. The library will host a session of making beaded bracelets to support Reason2Smile, a nonprofit organization that hopes to provide educational opportunities for children at the Jambo Jipya School. Info: (516) 481-6591.

Monday Matinee Movie

Enjoy a film at the Malverne Public Library on Monday, Oct. 21, from 2 to 3:45 p.m. This week’s movie “Ben Is Back,” tells the riveting drama of a mother’s determination to save her son. Starring Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges. Rated R; English subtitles. 103 mins. Info: (516) 599-0750.

Acting class at the Malverne Library

Sign up for Malverne’s series of acting classes to learn some basic techniques at at the Malverne Public Library on Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Malverne Community Theatre President David Coonan will lead the class in doing improv and other short acting performances. Space is limited. Info: (516) 599-0750 or dcoonan@malvernetheatre.org.

An evening with Bettye LaVette

The great lady of soul is back on Long Island, at My Father’s Place, on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 8 p.m. This intimate show allows her voice to be the complete center of attention. LaVette performs songs from throughout her lengthy career, including tunes that she used to perform in small Detroit clubs before her 21st century resurgence began. Info: (516) 413-3535 or www.myfathersplace.com.

Artistic inspiration

Meet Rachelle Krieger, during Nassau County Museum of Art’s Artist in the Gallery Series, on Sunday, Oct. 20, at 3 p.m. As energetic in real life as her work is on the canvas, the abstract expressionist painter has a passion for the play of energy across our natural world. Info: (516) 484-9338 or www.nassaumuseum.org.