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To paraphrase a quote that has been attributed to everyone from Mark Twain to Will Rogers, everybody talks about the deer, but nobody does anything about them.

Once again, it’s the Quogue Wildlife Refuge to the rescue, as garden designer and presenter Beverly Rood of Remsenburg will offer an informative session in the Nature Center on Friday, April 4, at 7 p.m. on various ways to cope with deer in your garden.

Ms. Rood has been in the garden business for more than 20 years, and will include in her free lecture for adults which plants have worked in her gardens to discourage the foraging of these so often unwelcome ruminants. Reservations are requested; call 653-4771.

It’s a good week for entertainment in Quogue, with shows on the boards at the elementary school and over at the Community Hall.

At the invitation of music teacher and theatrical impresario Carolyn Pearce, the Chinese Acrobats are scheduled to make an appearance at Quogue School today, April 3, at 2 p.m. The special assembly will include facts about Chinese culture, customs, school life, and of course, some absolutely couldn’t-believe-it-if-you-didn’t-see-it-for-yourself acrobatics. Trained from almost infancy to master the physically inconceivable, the Chinese Acrobats have earned rave reviews from around the world as well as from nearby schools where they have performed; students and families who have the opportunity to see them in such an intimate space as the multi-purpose room are in for a treat.

Next week, students at the Quogue School will present the spring musical, “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown,” on Thursday, April 10, at 6:30 p.m. The play boasts an impressive cast, including Connor Regan as Charlie Brown, Jodie Sipala as Lucy van Pelt, Marissa Iacobelli as Sally Brown, Jenna Arcuri as Snoopy, Aleki Lui as Linus, Jerry Lopez as Schroeder, and a multitude of other talented fourth, fifth and sixth grade cast members.

According to the accomplished director, the redoubtable Ms. Pearce, the cast and crew have poured a tremendous amount of effort into bringing this comical, endearing play to the stage, and all are invited and encouraged to get over to the school next Thursday to enjoy a delightful evening of theater.

Speaking of delightful evenings of theater, response so far to the Hampton Theatre Company production of “The Oldest Living Graduate” by Preston Jones has been uniformly positive. Indeed, an almost full house on Saturday night got on their feet for a standing ovation after the final curtain.

This tale of a crusty World War I veteran resisting his son’s efforts to build expensive summer homes on the family’s lakefront land in Texas has both humor and plenty of poignancy, not to mention resonance for residents of Long Island’s East End. Check out the review in this week’s Arts & Living section for more details.

Shows at the Quogue Community Hall are on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8, and Sunday at 2:30 through April 13. Call 653-8955 for ticket information; e-mail hamptontheatre@optonline.net; or visit www.hamptontheatre.org.

In support of the next exhibition at the Parrish Art Museum, “Paper Transformed: Origami,” museum staffers will be traveling to the Quogue Library in April for a series of workshops that focus on the art and craft of folding paper.

Children in kindergarten through sixth grade are invited to attend workshops on the art and craft of folding paper being offered at the Quogue Library by Parrish Art Museum personnel in conjunction with the new Parrish exhibition, “Paper Transformed: Origami.”

The workshops will be held on Saturdays, April 5, 12 and 19, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the library. On April 26, the final workshop will be held at the Parrish. For more information or to register, call the library at 653-4224.

The next Teen Talk session at the library, for young people in grades five and up, will be held tonight, Thursday, April 3, at 6 p.m. Different topics are discussed each month, and the teens can play games, surf the net, listen to music, create art, munch on tasty snacks, and generally chill while chatting with new and old friends.

The April exhibition at the Quogue Library features two Long Island photographic artists who have been widely recognized for their individual creative interpretations of East End waterways. The impressionistic images of Robert Lefferts are called “MotionScapes”; abstraction is separated from reality in the work of Bob Duryea. To make a reservation for the artists’ opening reception on Saturday, April 5, from 3 to 5 p.m., call the library at 653-4224, ext. 4.

The extended family that is the Quogue community lost another beloved member this week with the death of Al Peters.

When we were growing up, my friends and I were a little afraid of “Mr. Peters,” because he—like his frequent opponent and sometime partner on the tennis courts, Mal Moley—had a volatile temper when he was competing.

But as I encountered him more and more frequently off the courts in subsequent years, I came to know Al as a warm, charming and engaging man who had an abiding love for our village and the people in it. He clearly passed on his athletic prowess genes to his children, Doug and Connie, fortunately without quite so much of the temper, and they will both, no doubt, continue to do him proud by bringing his legacy forward.

Condolences go out this week to his wife, Ruth, and to all the family. A memorial service is being planned for this summer.

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