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Okay, folks, there’s no more putting it off. The recent spate of delightful weather has made it clear that spring is here, and it’s time to get out there and get your hands dirty in the garden. And when it comes to all things outdoors, village residents know they can count on the Quogue Wildlife Refuge to offer information, guidance, support and assistance. How great is that?

On Tuesday, April 29, at 7 p.m., Suzanne Ruggles, “The Barefoot Gardener,” will offer a delightful free program on attracting wildlife to your garden. A devotee of true ecological responsibility, Ms. Ruggles practices native habitat gardening to restore the earth by working with nature to promote diversity, beauty and harmony in the landscapes she creates. Her work approach to “landscaping” involves a more holistic and spiritual relationship with the environment than one would typically associate with traditional methods and practices.

A regular instructor at the Nature Lyceum for Organic Horticulture, Ms. Ruggles sits on the board of directors for the Wildlife Rescue Center of the Hamptons. Reservations are requested for this free program; call the Refuge at 653-4771.

Quogue School students are still on vacation this week; classes resume 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.

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, for the speed readers out there who would like to take part. All are asked to call the library to sign up to attend.

Meredith Cohen, Jill Kandell and Elaine Saladino, all residents of Quogue, have joined forces to host a “Mother’s Day Shopping Extravaganza” on Friday, May 2, that will benefit East End Hospice’s Camp Good Grief. Scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. at Mrs. Cohen’s home at 7 Bay Road in Quogue, the shopping bazaar is open to anyone who wishes to purchase a stunning Mother’s Day gift while supporting a most worthy cause. Three trendy and fashionable vendors will be on hand selling their wares: Girl Rocks Jewelry, Stacey Naglieri Yoga & Fitness wear, and Laura Lee Designs, makers of fine handbags. Each vendor will generously donate 20 percent of the proceeds from sales to Camp Good Grief.

Herbert S. Schlosser, chairman of the board of trustees of the Museum of the Moving Image, has announced that Quogue’s own Matthew C. Blank, chairman and chief executive officer of Showtime Networks, will be honored at the museum’s annual black-tie benefit on Wednesday, April 30, at The St. Regis Hotel, along with James Schamus, CEO of Focus Features. Each year, the museum honors two leaders in the entertainment industry whose vision and innovations have dramatically influenced the moving image.

Mr. Blank, in a career spanning three decades, has made “a significant and indelible mark on the cable television industry,” according to the museum release. He has been with Showtime since 1988, becoming chairman and CEO in 1995. Under his leadership, the network has earned critical acclaim for such popular original series as “The Tudors,” “Weeds,” “Dexter,” “Californication,” “Brotherhood,” “This American Life,” “The L Word,” and “Tracey Ullman’s State of the Union.”

Mr. Blank joined Showtime as executive vice president for marketing and became president and chief operating officer in 1991. Previously, he was at Home Box Office for 12 years. In addition to being a museum trustee, he serves on the boards of the Harlem Children’s Zone, the Creative Coalition, and PENCIL, as well as the honorary board of the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center.

The final April sessions of the Quogue Library series of yoga classes will be held at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday, April 26, and Tuesday, April 29. There is a fee of $5 per class and participants are asked to wear comfortable clothes and bring a mat; call 653-4224 to register.

The final April Pilates class will be held on Sunday at noon. Fee, mats and registration number are the same.

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