Notes from Quogue

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With all the incredible programs offered at the Quogue Library, it should come as no surprise that this wonderful cultural resource would be up to the task of giving us “all that jazz” as well.

Local jazz great Shenole Latimer will serve up an afternoon of music and history at the library on Sunday, April 20, beginning at 2 p.m. Assisted by a fellow musician, Mr. Latimer will explore the history of jazz from the early 1900s to the present. Artists such as Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane will be discussed, and some of their musical selections will be demonstrated.

This entertaining and informative program is suitable for the whole family; call the library at 653-4224 to reserve seats.

On Saturday night, the Film Feast at the library, with dining commencing at 6:30, will feature a screening of Woody Allen’s “Bullets Over Broadway” starting at 7:30. At Quaquanantuck is of the opinion that Dianne Wiest’s delivery of “Don’t speak!” is reason enough to see this film all by itself; and there are plenty of other laughs throughout.

Price of admission, as always, is a dish for six people to share and a beverage. Call the library to let them know you plan to attend, and what you will be bringing.

Tonight, Thursday, is the night for the Curriculum Expo at the Quogue School, when students and parents are welcome to peruse the academic offerings for the 2008-2009 school year.

For the purposes of crowd control, a staggered timetable has been established: 6 to 6:20 p.m. for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and first-grade students and parents; 6:20 to 6:40 for second and third grade; and 6:40 to 7 p.m. for grades four, five and six. Computer and whiteboard presentations will be held at 6:20 and 6:40 in the lab.

Turn Off TV Week is drawing to a close, with students enjoying a spring “Bike Rodeo Day” today, and heading off to the Westhampton Bowl lanes tomorrow, Friday.

Next week, the Quogue School students will be off on Spring Break, with classes resuming on Monday, April 28.

All those with children who will be 4 years old on or before next December 1 are reminded that the screening for all incoming resident students will be held at the school on Monday, May 5. To arrange for registration, call Miss Lilly at the school at 653-4285.

There may be spaces for non-resident students in grades three, four and five next year, and interested parents should also call Miss Lilly for further details.

In celebration of Earth Day, some three days ahead of schedule, the Quogue Wildlife Refuge and the Eastern Long Island Audubon Society are planning a day of delightful, all natural recreation 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 collection of observations about love in the modern age are available at the circulation desk and all those interested in taking part are asked to call the library to sign up to attend.

Save The Dunes and Beaches Foundation is inviting interested residents to attend an important educational meeting to discuss the status of the Quogue dunes and beach and efforts to protect them. The event will be held in New York City at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 8, at the offices of the law firm of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, One World Financial Center, 200 Liberty Street. (Parking is available.)

This will be a public meeting, open to the press, with a panel of engineering experts to present background information on the current state of erosion and a proposal for a major restoration project. Mayor George Motz and other elected officials will be in attendance.

Be sure to check out the April exhibition at the library. featuring two Long Island photographic artists, Robert Lefferts and Bob Duryea, who have been widely recognized for their creative interpretations of East End waterways.

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