Notes from Westhampton Beach

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The little girl in front of us at mass on Sunday could not stop swinging from side to side in her beautiful white dress. She had made her First Holy Communion just the day before. Wonderful memories came flooding back from when my daughter made her First Holy Communion at Immaculate Conception 17 years ago this very month. I also remember when she first saw the Bishop, and later she told everyone that the Pope was at her Communion.

Congratulations to the latest communicants of Immaculate Conception Church—80 candidates in all—and there are two more classes set to receive their Communion this Saturday, May 10.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms! It’s always such a beautiful time of year, when the flowers are in early bloom, making a plant or bouquet the perfect gift.

Haley Pisciotta of Westhampton qualified for a New York State gymnastics competition this past weekend after competing at the USAIGC meet in Commack. Haley is a member of Riverside Gymnastics in Riverhead. She is coached by Bonnie Tellez. The state meet is on Saturday, May 10. Congratulations, Haley!

“Stamp Out Hunger” and join the National Association of Letter Carriers and the U.S. Postal Service in a one-day food drive this Saturday, May 10. Long Islanders are asked to leave non-perishable food items next to their mailboxes for collection by letter carriers, or you can bring food to your local post office. For more information on how you can help, or to find out how you can volunteer to sort and pack food, visit stampouthungerli.com or contact Long Island Cares at 582-FOOD, or Island Harvest at 516-294-8528.

Bideawee’s “Fitness with Fido” program returns this month. Join your friends and neighbors on a weekend group walk with your dog. The meeting place is the gazebo at the Village Green on Main Street in Westhampton Beach. The first walk is scheduled for Saturday, May 17, at 9 a.m.

A Bideawee staff member will be joining the group and will answer any pet-related questions. Bideawee adoptable dogs will also participate in the group walk. Call Heidi at 325-0200 for more information about the “Fitness with Fido” program.

The Westhampton Free Library offers an assortment of programs and activities for all ages.

Tai Chi for seniors, featuring Sal Minardi, will be offered every Thursday between May 15 and June 26. The classes start at noon and registration is required.

A “Do Your Own Thing Bus Trip” to New York City will be offered on Wednesday, May 21. The cost is $25 per person and the ticket is non-refundable. The bus leaves the Westhampton Free Library at 9 a.m. and will leave New York City at 6 p.m. Please call 288-3335 to register for library programs, or to obtain more information.

The Town of Southampton Youth Bureau, sponsor of the sixth annual Battle of the Bands, is now accepting applications from high school students in grades 9-12. Eight bands will be chosen to perform at an outdoor show at Ponquogue Beach on Dune Road in Hampton Bays on Friday, June 13. (The rain date is Wednesday, June 18.) The bands will compete for first-, second-, and third-place prizes and awards.

Applications are available at area high schools, libraries, Long Island Sound in Southampton, Eastport Music Scene in Eastport, Hampton Music & Arts in Hampton Bays, online at southamptontownny.gov, or by calling 704-2428.

Galerie BelAge in Westhampton Beach invites everyone to the Survivors Art Foundation opening of “Breaking the Walls of Bias” on Saturday, May 17. All of the artists featured in this show have overcome some type of disability or trauma. There will be a reception for this show on Saturday, June 7. Please visit survivorsartfoundation.org for more information about the exhibit.

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