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Nothing like a little live entertainment to kick off a week without (gasp!) television for the students at the Quogue School.

“You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown,” the spring musical at the school, produced and directed by Carolyn Pearce, will be presented today, Thursday, April 10, at 6:30 p.m. by talented fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade thespians. Friends, parents, siblings, supporters—and anyone who enjoys live theater, lovingly performed—are invited to get over to the school for the big opening night, and final blockbuster performance.

Meanwhile, over in Westhampton Beach, a skilled cast and crew under the direction of Linda Howard will present “Titanic,” the Broadway musical, this weekend, on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 and Sunday at 2 in the lovely new high school auditorium. The sizable cast includes 51 high school students and a few younger performers from some of the feeder districts. Admission is free.

And don’t forget that this is the last weekend of performances of “The Oldest Living Graduate” by Preston Jones, on stage at the Quogue Community Hall on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8, and Sunday at 2:30. Call 653-8955 for ticket information; e-mail hamptontheatre@optonline.net; or visit www.hamptontheatre.org.

Back at the Quogue School, tomorrow, Friday, will feature a “World of Jump Roping” special assembly at 1:30 p.m. in the multi-purpose room, and parents are invited. But the big question is: What will Quogue School students be doing after Sunday, during the annual Heart Links TV-Turnoff Week?

On Monday, the morning will be marked by the annual kindergarten Earth Day Parade at 10:30 a.m., which is traditionally one of the must-not-miss events of the year. In the afternoon, students suffering from withdrawal pangs from their remotes and game controllers will be meeting at the Village Beach for a cleanup operation from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. Parent/guardian supervision is required.

On Tuesday, it’s “Walk/Bike/Skate/Run/Jog/Skip/Hop/Jump Rope to School” Day, with bagels and juice provided by the Heart Links crew. Those who live too far away to make the exercise practical are encouraged to park on Lamb Avenue and hoof it in some manner the rest of the way.

On Wednesday, parent-teacher conferences are scheduled, and grades K through six will have an 11:30 a.m. dismissal. On Thursday, all students should bring their bikes and helmets to school for “Bike Rodeo Day.” Later in the day, parents are invited to come in with their children to check out the Curriculum Expo starting at 6 p.m. and running on a staggered grade level schedule.

For the big finish on a week without TV, it’s bowling for all grade levels on Friday, April 18, at Westhampton Bowl. Students will need signed permission slips and to wear sneakers, and then it’s all strikes and spares after that.

With Earth Day right around the corner, nature lovers in Quogue are invited to celebrate spring with a walk up to the northern part of the Quogue Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to noon. The plan for this free program for adults is to visit the globally rare dwarf pines and learn about the typical flora and fauna of the Pine Barrens as well as the importance of this habitat on Long Island. Reservations are requested; call 653-4771.

To mark the big day itself, albeit a couple of days early, the Refuge, with the help of the Eastern Long Island Audubon Society, is planning a smorgasbord of natural delights on Saturday, April 19, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The day will include guided nature walks, live animal presentations, crafts for children, exhibitors, and self guided kayaking or canoeing on Old Ice Pond.

The next meeting of the Quogue Library Book Discussion Group will be held on Sunday, April 27, at noon, when the topic will be “The Moons of Jupiter” by Alice Munro. Copies of this marvelous book—filled with acute observations about the reality of love—are available at the circulation desk and all those interested in taking part are asked to call the library to sign up to attend.

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