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There are several locations in Hampton Bays where you can drop off any donations that you would like to send to our troops who will be serving overseas during the holidays. Today, Thursday, December 4, is the last day that you can drop off your donations.

The drop-off boxes are located at Center Island Pharmacy, Liggett Drugs and the Suffolk County National Bank. The suggested items include candy, gum, popcorn, toiletries, socks, underwear, batteries, pens and paper—just to name a few. For more information, call 288-1941.

Happy birthday wishes are going out this week to Gerald Fanning, who celebrated his big day on December 2. Hope it was a great day, Uncle Gerry!

A champagne toast to Don and Judi Veeck. They celebrated their wedding anniversary yesterday, Wednesday, December 3.

And happy 28th anniversary to Ron Holthaus, my one and only. XXOO!!

The Southampton Town Youth Bureau invites kids in grades six through 12 to attend a Sports and Recreation Night at the town recreation center at 1370A Majors Path in Southampton. The fun begins this Friday, December 5, and runs from 7 until 10 p.m. Admission is $5 per person and that includes food and refreshments. Free transportation is available. Call 702-2425 for more details.

Raphael Hidalgo will have his seascapes, landscapes, portraits, and floral and animal subjects on display this month at the Hampton Bays Public Library. Check it out.

Bing Crosby movies are in the spotlight during this month’s Friday matinees at the library. “High Society” will be shown tomorrow, December 5, at 2 p.m.

Chef Charlie will share some of his secrets for delicious desserts on Saturday, December 6, at 1 p.m. And over in Irene’s Craft Corner, participants will make a wooden Christmas plaque on Monday, December 8, at 6:30 p.m. There’s a $15 fee. Call the library at 728-6241 to register for either one of these programs.

Katie and her puppets will visit the Red Creek Park Activity Center at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 6. After the show, everyone will make a puppet to take home. There is no charge for Southampton Town residents to attend.

Steve Biasetti will lead participants in search of wildlife along Dune Road this Saturday, December 6, from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Bring along your binoculars. For more information or to make a reservation, call 765-6450, ext. 205, or e-mail sbiasetti@eastendenvironment.org.

The Hampton Bays Historical and Preservation Society’s holiday ornaments are now on sale. This year’s ornament commemorates the school’s centennial. They are available for purchase at Shinnecock Hardware, Noel’s, Quogue Sinclair Fuel and at the Hampton Bays Chamber of Commerce office.

Ho-ho-hold on to your hats, cause there’s lots of hamlet holiday happenings going on this weekend:

Hampton Bays United Methodist Church will hold its Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, December 6, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., in the Anderson-Warner Hall. The fair features vendors selling a variety of crafts, ornaments, jewelry, handmade wreaths, baked goods, thrift shop treasures and more. In addition, the Sunday school children are collecting old cell phones and accessories to donate to the Good Deed Foundation. A collection box will be available at the fair, so please bring along those cell phones.

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church is having a Home and Hearth Christmas Fair on Saturday, December 6, from 9:30 to 2 p.m. You’ll find beautifully handcrafted Christmas decorations and gifts, specialty gift items, ornaments, holiday greens, baked goods and soups, and that famous cookie walk. There’s also a Kiddie Corner Store and photos with Santa.

Hampton Bays Knights of Columbus members are hosting their Christmas party for developmentally disabled adults on Saturday, December 6, from noon until 2 p.m., in St. Rosalie’s Parish Center. Lunch will be served and there will be entertainment provided by Wazoo the Clown along with a visit from Santa and his elves.

There’s a Holiday Bazaar scheduled for Sunday, December 7, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., at the Hampton Bays Middle School. There will be a pancake breakfast, holiday shopping, Kiddie Corner, a cookie walk, a visit from Santa, a Chinese auction, and a partridge in a pear tree, tra-la!

Friends and neighbors are invited “To Bethlehem” on Sunday, December 7, at 2 p.m., at the Church of St. Rosalie. This special celebration of Advent will be presented by organist Tom Humbert. Sr. Rosemary Jermusyk, the Adult Choir, the Contemporary Ensemble and the Chamber Singers will also be performing and accompanied by trumpeter Doug Mendocha and violinist Christina Mendolia.

The Hampton Bays Chamber Commerce’s Holiday Tree Lighting is also planned for Sunday, December 7, at 4 p.m., across the street from the Hampton Bays Fire Department. The Hampton Bays School of Dance will perform music and dance. Following the tree lighting, children can visit with Santa in the firehouse, have hot chocolate and cookies, and receive a photo with Santa.

Our friends over to Westhampton Presbyterian Church are having a Christmas Bazaar and Tea on Saturday, December 6, from 1:30 until 4 p.m., at the church on Meeting House Road in Quiogue. There will be finger sandwiches, cookies and tea, jewelry, holiday gifts, and a children’s room, just to name a few items.

East End Hospice will have its Tree of Lights celebration, held in memory of loved ones, on Sunday, December 7, at 2:30 p.m., near the gazebo at the Village Green on Main Street in Westhampton Beach. All are invited.

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