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Music and art lovers would likely feel at home in Dix Hills, where jazz musician John Coltrane spent the last years of his life.

Music and art lovers would likely feel at home in Dix Hills, where jazz musician John Coltrane spent the last years of his life. Concerts, exhibits and educational offerings abound in venues such as Five Towns College (305 North Service Rd.) and The Art League of Long Island, (107 East Deer Park Rd.).

Music is what drew both Thomas Postley, 20, and friend Jack Martinez, 19, to the college. “I was producing before I came here, but the music program at this place helped me out with my craft,” Postley says. Apart from school, there are opportunities to work with local artists or to hang with friends at nearby clubs like the Crazy Donkey in Farmingdale (1058 Broadhollow Rd.), he says.

Erich Preis, 38, teaches art to special-needs students in Huntington, but takes classes at the art league in Dix Hills. This month, Preis’ work is on display there.

Live music

Catch a rock or jazz concert, a play or other live performances on just about any weekend at the Dix Hills Performing Arts Center, part of Five Towns College. Most performances are from $10-$30 and some are free. On April 29, jazz master Bucky Pizzarelli takes the stage. For tickets, call 631-656-2148.

Also in Dix Hills

» The Art League of Long Island (107 East Deer Park Rd.) offers classes, exhibits and lectures. Its current exhibit “Salute!” is artwork by and in honor of Long Island veterans, running through March 27 (631-462-5400).

» Take a walk or practice your putt at Dix Hills Park (575 Vanderbilt Parkway). The park includes a nine-hole golf course, indoor skating rink and outdoor swimming pool. Visit www.town.huntington.ny.us.

» Jazz musician John Coltrane lived the last years of his life here, composing pieces including “A Love Supreme.” Find out more about his home at www.thecoltranehome.org.

 
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