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The Southampton Historical Museum and Research Center presents “Knitting in the Music Room” with Mimi Finger every Wednesday beginning May 7, from 2 to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for non-members and free for members and children under the age of 17.

Also at the museum will be a “Simply Spring” hors d’oeuvres workshop presented by the East End Home Arts Guild on Thursday, May 8, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Chef Delaney Oser of Thyme and Again in Southampton will demonstrate the art of creating hors d’oeuvres. Admission is $65 for non-members and $50 for members. For more information, call 283-2494.

The date to audition for the Choral Society of the Hamptons has been changed to Monday, May 5, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., by appointment. Rehearsals also begin that evening. Performances and rehearsals are held at the Presbyterian Church on Main Street in Bridgehampton. For more information or to schedule an audition, call 204-9402.

The Choral Society of the Hamptons, now celebrating its 62nd year, is composed of 80 members who live on the East End. The chorus presents three concerts a year with professional soloists and instrumentalists.

Don’t forget to attend The Long Island Sound Chorus of Sweet Adelines International Chinese Auction on Saturday, May 3, at the United Methodist Church located at 160 Main Street in Southampton. The doors open at 11 a.m., and the auction is from noon to 2 p.m. A wide variety of items in all price ranges and interests will be auctioned, and there will be a raffle, too. The $5 entry fee paid at the door includes a light lunch and a chance to win a door prize. For further information, call Carol at 728-5236.

The Southampton Trails Preservation Society will host a Tuckahoe Hike on Saturday, May 3, from 9 to 11 a.m. Meet at the Tuckahoe School on Sebonac Road for a four-mile jaunt over hills and through marsh. For more information, call Sue Bieger at 283-5432.

Heeding the call from Pope Benedict XVI during his United States visit for children to help less fortunate children around the globe, a group of seventh-grade students in the Religious Education Program taught by Gina Arresta at Sacred Hearts of Jesus & Mary Church in Southampton organized a bake sale to benefit children in Zambia.

Ms. Arresta said the students, acting on their own initiative, decided they wanted to do a special community project in honor of the Pope’s historic visit. Aware of the Southampton Hospital program of doctors organizing relief supplies to bring to the impoverished, the children immediately headed to their families’ kitchens. By Sunday, they had amassed several tables full of homemade goodies including chocolate brownies, macaroons, carrot cake, cheesecake and a series of cookies to celebrate Sacred Hearts’ 100th Anniversary this year.

Setting up on the front lawn of the church, the children did a very brisk business before and after each Sunday mass selling more than $500 worth of home baked goodies. The seventh-graders who participated in the bake sale included Alex Aponte, Dominic Arresta, Samantha Aube, Sarah Dickins, Christian Farnam, Alexandria Ferraiuolo, Nicolette Finder, Samantha Fisher, Eric Goleski, Kaitlyn Pappas, Barry Robert Riela, Alexander Soyars, Jessica Villegas and Claire and Katherine Zaneski.

With the recent renovation of the Kathleen D. Allen Maternity Center, Southampton Hospital is donating equipment that will no longer be needed to the Kitwe Central Hospital in Zambia. Dr. Scott Silverberg and Dr. Florence Rolston will be leading a medical team to Zambia this month to set up the equipment and train the local medical staff. The team is currently raising money for the shipping costs through an organization called Doc to Dock. The money raised at the bake sale will be given to the doctors to purchase medical supplies.

At the Library

Please note that the Rogers Memorial Library and Cooper Hall will be closed on Thursday, May 1, for building repairs and staff development.

Pianist Katherine Addleman will offer the first session in library’s “Music at Mid-Day: From Schumann to Schoenberg” series with an illustrated talk about the life and music of Franz Joseph Haydn on Friday, May 2, at noon. Bring lunch; the library will provide coffee and cookies. Reservations are strongly suggested.

The Friends of the Rogers Memorial Library will present soprano Kristin Sampson in “From Puccini to Bernstein” on Sunday, May 4, at 3 p.m., in the Morris Meeting Room. The hour-long concert will feature the arias of composers including Verdi, Puccini, Cilea and Bernstein on a journey through dramatic and playful operatic repertoire. An active recitalist, Ms. Sampson has appeared in many venues throughout the United States. There is no charge for this program, which is underwritten by the Friends of the Library, but reservations are suggested.

Tina deVaron, a singer/songwriter and regular jazz pianist at the Carlyle Hotel in New York City, will perform on Thursday, May 8, at 7 p.m. The hour-long program, “A Musical Tribute to Motherhood,” will include her own original songs about the pinnacles, perils and pratfalls of motherhood, daughterhood, and grown-up love. Ms. deVaron appeared at the library last fall in a highly praised musical tribute to Wilfrid Sheed’s “The House That George Built.” There is no charge for the program, but voluntary donations will be collected at the door.

For information and reservations on the above programs, call 283-0774, extension 523.

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