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I saw Mary, former owner of Pizza and Things, hanging out in front of her old store the other day. She just had returned from a trip to Italy. She looks and acts like someone not in business: happy and relaxed. Mary says hi to everybody.

While we’re on the subject, Spiro, the new owner, has a few new things on the menu: sausage and chicken rolls, a variety of deep dish pizzas and tap beer. Ah, ice cold tap beer and pizza … God bless you, Spiro.

The Jacobson Center for the Performing Arts is a not-for-profit dance group that is based at the Springs Presbyterian Church. Its founding members, Eric Jacobson, Joan Lyons, Ann Norwalk and Joanne O’Brien, formed the group after spending years together dancing with various groups.

They wanted to promote a different theme in a dance group. They are dedicated to education on- and off-stage through musical theater by working with beginners and industry professionals to hone their crafts in singing, dancing and acting.

They believe learning occurs through action, not lecture. Their basic mission statement is that theater is a cooperative art form instilling self-confidence, professionalism, workmanship, teamwork, showmanship and a renewed sense of discovery of hidden strengths, talents and motivations.

The company is made up of dancers from 12- to 50-somethings. As Joan told me, they work through the rehearsal process, not a class process. And the great part about it is they don’t segregate people; everyone works together.

Their latest production, “2015 Fony Awards,” a parody on the Tonys and other award shows, will be performed at the Bridgehampton Community House Thursday through Saturday, April 24, 25, and 26. Tickets are $25. For more information, visit www.jacobson center.org or call 917-749-9140.

Now for a quick round up of upcoming stuff. On Saturday, April 19, the Surface Library will open a show of new paintings by Mark Perry called “Interlude.” The reception is from 6 to 11 p.m. and the show runs to Sunday, April 27.

Crossroads Coffeehouse will be hosting another music night at the Springs Presbyterian Church on Friday, April 18, from 6 to 11 p.m. Admission is $10 and the bands are Inside Out, The 5th Gate, Consent Of Kings, Brad Beyers, The Lost Keys and After the Carnival. For more information, call 907-4838.

There will be a special budget meeting concerning the Springs School budget on Monday, April 21 at the school at 7 p.m.

The Springs Citizens Advisory Committee is meeting at the same time at Ashawagh Hall to discuss library issues.

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