December 13, 2006
Wednesday, December 13
• The holiday book fair at the Montauk Public School Library, running through Friday, has special one-day-only extended hours until 8 p.m. It's open before school from 8 to 8:30 a.m., during lunch and recess, from 11:35 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and after school from 3 to 4 p.m. each day. Proceeds from the fair go to support the Montauk Public School arts in education program. Call the library at 668-2474 for more information.
• Kids in grades 3 to 8 learn to master chess at the Quogue Library from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. Register by calling 653-4224.
• Just two more sessions of Southampton Town's children's creative movement and tumbling program. Kids from 18 months to 6 years old enjoy stretching and flexibility exercises. Call 728-8585 for registration, fee and time.
• The Southold School District Board of Education meets at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium.
• East Hampton Town hosts dodge ball for adults at the Montauk Playhouse at 7:30 each Wednesday night.
Thursday, December 14
• The Town of East Hampton is sponsoring open basketball at the Montauk Playhouse for children ages 12 to 17 on Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. Call 668-1612 for more info.
• The Quogue Library offers children's afternoon yoga from 4 to 5 p.m. for kids aged 7 to 10. Registration is required.
• The Accabonac Chapter of AARP holds a potluck lunch at noon at the Springs Church. Bring a unisex gift for the grab bag.
• Southampton Town Parks and Recreation presents a pen & ink drawing program at its Jackson Avenue Center in Hampton Bays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Just two more weeks of class left. Call 728-8585 to learn more.
Friday, December 15
• A Menorah Lighting will take place at 3:15 p.m. on the corner of Jobs Lane and Main Street in Southampton.
• The Town of East Hampton is sponsoring open basketball at the Montauk Playhouse for children ages 12 to 17 on Fridays from 7 to 9 p.m. Call 668-1612 for more info.
• The John Jermain Library in Sag Harbor presents Friday Night at the Movies, beginning at 6:30. This week's selection is The Devil Wears Prada. Doors open at 6:15, admission is free and children must be accompanied by an adult.
• The Town of East Hampton Montauk Playhouse Community Center holds a Christmas Party for the Senior Nutrition Center and Child Day Care Center at noon.
• Temple Adas Israel in Sag Harbor celebrates the first night of Chanukah at 6:30 p.m. with Shabbat service and a latke supper open to the community. The evening is free, but reservations are requested. Call 725-0904.
• Living Water Church in Wainscott hosts a Christmas Music Celebration at 7:30 p.m., also Sunday morning at 10:30.
• The East Hampton Village Board of Trustees meets at 11 a.m. in the Emergency Services Building on Cedar Street.
• Music and light entertainment will be the name of the game at the holiday show presented by the Montauk Community Church at 7:30 p.m. The program is free and open to the public.
• A public Menorah lighting will happen in Southampton Village at 3:15 p.m. at Jobs Lane and Main Street.
Saturday, December 16
• Sleigh bells ring. Enjoy a free concert by the Riverhead Middle School music department from noon to 2 p.m. Martha Clara Vineyards on Sound Avenue in Riverhead hosts the holiday recital.
• From 4 to 6 p.m. the Osborn-Jackson House heralds the season with a candlelight tea and tree lighting. Take tea with members of the East Hampton Historical Society. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Call 324-6850.
• Santa comes to town, visiting the Chamber of Commerce on Main Street in Southampton from 2 to 4 p.m. The Chamber's Country Holiday celebration continues with carolers and hayrides through the streets from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
• Take tea and cider at the Southampton Historical Museum on Meeting House Lane at 3 p.m. Call 283-2494 for more information.
• The Peconic Youth Orchestra performs at the Southampton Cultural Center at 4 p.m. Call 287-4377 for more info.
• The First Presbyterian Church in Southampton presents a live nativity at 5 p.m.
• The Town of East Hampton is sponsoring open basketball at the Montauk Playhouse for adults (ages 18 & up) on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Call 668-1612 for more info.
• The Town of East Hampton is sponsoring open basketball at the Montauk Playhouse for children ages 12 to 17 on Saturdays from 12 to 4 p.m. Call 668-1612 for more info.
• Every Saturday evening, weather permitting, the folks at Custer Institute, Long Island's oldest public observatory located in Southold, offers guided observations from 6 p.m. to midnight. Call them at 765-2626 for more information.
• Southampton Town Parks & Rec hosts a children's puppet show at its Red Creek Activity Center in Hampton Bays at 11 a.m. Seating is limited, and the show is free for Southampton Town residents. Call 728-8585 for details.
• Hike four miles through Elliston Park from 10 a.m. to noon with Howard Reisman of the Southampton Trails Preservation Society. Call 283-5376 for meeting place.
• Polar bears — or, rather folks inspired by them — will plunge into the frigid waters off Cooper's Beach on Meadow Lane in Southampton to raise money for Human Resources of the Hamptons, a charity serving local needy people. Everyone is invited to take a dive, or just come view the goose bumps.
• Track the history of the Grace Estate with the Group for the South Fork from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bundle up and beat the blues on a trek through forest trails. For reservations and more information, call Kate Schertel at 537-1400.
• Custer Institute in Southold hosts a holiday party featuring a home cooked feast and live music, beginning at 6 p.m. Call 765-2626 for reservations.
• Last call for Clinton Academy's exhibition of rare historic photographs contrasted with contemporary images. "Past and Present: East Hampton in the Camera's Eye" will be open at the historic academy on Main Street in East Hampton from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday from noon to five. Call 324-6850 for more information.
• The Town of Southampton Youth Bureau sponsors a digital camera workshop on Saturdays though January 13 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the town rec center on Major's Path. For kids in grades 5 through 12. The program is free; bring your own camera if you can. Call 287-5734 ext.406 for more information.
• Marders Nursery in Bridgehampton presents a hands-on wreath-making workshop at 10 a.m. A $45 fee for adults ($25 for kids) includes instruction and all materials. Space is limited, so call 537-3700 to make a reservation.
• Saddle up and ride your horse on a "bay to ocean" trail in Sagaponack with Dai Dayton from the Southampton Trails Preservation Society. There will be some beach riding; BYO horse. Call 537-0660 for time and meeting locale.
• Enjoy gourmet hot dogs, doughnuts and Chanukah activities for children at Southampton Hospital's Parrish Hall at 6:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by Chabad of Southampton Jewish Center, RSVP at 287-2249.
• The Peconic Youth Orchestra presents its annual winter concert at the Southampton Cultural Center at 4 p.m. Admission is free. Call 287-4377 for more information.
Sunday, December 17
• The Southampton Chamber of Commerce Southampton Country Holiday reaches its denouement with lively characters strolling the street, and music by the Dune Grass band from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
• The First Presbyterian Church in Southampton hosts Carols in the Candlelight at 5 p.m.
• The Hampton Bays Assembly Church of God on Ponquogue Avenue hosts its Adult Christmas Choir during worship service at 10:30 a.m.
• Chabad of East Hampton and the Jewish Center of the Hamptons are teaming up to present the first annual Chanukah Bowl at East Hampton Bowl at 2 p.m. Cosmic bowling, holiday donuts and traditional Chanukah treats will all be included in the $10 entry fee. At 3:30 the celebration moves to the Chabad House on Woods Lane, where sculptors will carve a nine-foot high ice menorah. Reservations are requested. Call 329-5480.
• Trout Pond Surprise. No, that's not what Editor Murphy's calling his evening repast. It's the title of a brisk three-mile hike hosted by the Southampton Trails Preservation Society. Chip Dineen leads the way from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Call 646-221-8225 for more info.
• A public Menorah lighting will happen in Bridgehampton in front of the Kmart store in the Commons. The lighting will take place at 4 p.m.
Monday, December 18
• Congressman Tim Bishop presents "The Year in Review" in the Morris meeting room at Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton at 7 p.m.
• The Board of Education for the Westhampton Beach School District meets at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, December 19
• The Town of East Hampton is sponsoring open basketball at the Montauk Playhouse for adults (ages 18 & up) on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. Call 668-1612 for more info.
• Pixie play for tikes up to two is held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Quogue Library. Call 653-4224.
• The Southampton Town Board meets from 1 to 7 p.m.
• Tuesdays with birding expert Tom Damaini of the North Fork Audubon Society continue at 8 a.m. at the Indian Island County Park in Riverhead. See bay ducks and wintering songbirds for a suggested donation of $5 for nonmembers and $3 for members of the society. Call 765-6921 for more information.
• For the breast information, check out La Leche League of East Hampton. They meet at 10 a.m. and provide information and support to breastfeeding mothers. Call Ellen at 324-8099 for additional information.
• The Riverhead Town Board meets at Town Hall at 2 p.m.
Wednesday, December 20
• The Southold School District meets in the high school auditorium at 7 p.m.
And Don't Forget
• Register now for the Southampton Town Parks and Recreation Department's "Rhythm Recreation Dance" programs held at the town's Jackson Avenue, Hampton Bays facility. Classes for kids, with sessions for 3, 4 and 5 to 8 year-olds run Thursdays through December 28. The program fee is $40 for residents, $50 for non-residents. Call 728-8585 for more information.
• Beginner yoga and Pilates is offered by Southampton Town Parks & Rec, through December 28 in the evenings. Call 728-8585 for fees, times and to register.
• Call the Rogers Memorial Library at 283-0774 ext. 523 to reserve tickets for its Wednesday, January 24 trip to New York City to see Mary Poppins. Just $125 gets you a bus ride to the Big Apple, snacks and orchestra seats for the 2 p.m. matinee.
• The Mattituck-Laurel Library is also hosting a bus trip to NYC. The holiday special leaves Mattituck at 8 a.m. on December 27. The price is $20 for adults, $15 for kids. Drop off points include Rockefeller Center, the Sony Tech Lab, The Hayden Planetarium, The Metropolitan Museum of Art (where the admission for kids under 12 is free) and the Museum of Natural History. Call 298-4134 to reserve a seat on the bus.