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I have been researching events that will be taking place in East Hampton through the holiday recess time, but it seems this little village is coming almost to a standstill.

Among a few things to mention is the adult art workshops at the Golden Eagle. Daily children’s classes begin at 10 a.m. and the adult workshops vary. Call 324-0603 for information on their classes.

Guild Hall will be holding a children’s workshop on Saturday, December 27, from 10 to 11 a.m. Children can paint, draw, create and enjoy the refreshments. Call Danielle at 324-0806, ext. 22, for information and reservations.

There will be children and toddler workshops at the East Hampton Library today, Wednesday, December 24, and on Wednesday, December 31, at 10 a.m. and on Friday, January 2, at 10:30 a.m. You have to preregister for these workshops and you can do so by calling the library at 324-0222. Also, take note that the library will close at 1 p.m. today, Christmas Eve, and New Year’s Eve next week.

On Friday, December 26, Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman and Cantor Debra Stein, from the Jewish Center, will conduct Shabbat for kids at East Hampton Main Beach at 5:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, January 6, at 7:30 p.m., Guild Hall’s Naked Stage dramatic reading group will present a staged reading of “One Thing I Like to Say Is…” by 
Amy Fox. Every family is dysfunctional in its own way. The Glimmer family, the subject of this play, is dysfunctional in its own very special way. Director 
James Larocca explores this new full-length, four-chraracter family drama, which leads off the Naked Stage series for 2009. The readers will be James Larocca, Susan-Kate Heaney, Peter Sabri, Liz Elkins, Robbie Baum and Joseph Brondo.

The writer Amy Fox has more than a dozen theatre productions and a Merchant Ivory film to her credit. Her quirky writing has been turning the heads of stage and film critics since 1999. Time Out New York has called her “a ferocious talent” and The New York Times has praised her “warmth of understanding.”

Volunteers who enjoy the outdoors during the winter months are needed to conduct a survey of the Group for the East End’s osprey poles in Southampton and East Hampton towns. After the survey is complete, the Group will evaluate which poles need to be fixed or replaced in preparation for the coming osprey nesting season. This project is time-flexible and can be taken on by individuals, classrooms, and families during the month of January.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Kate Schertel at (631) 765-6450 (x208) or kschertel@eastendenvironment.org.

Mary Damask of the Garden Club of East Hampton recently passed on this item by Rosemary Killen, another garden club member. Last December, she wrote, the Horticultural Committee of the Garden Club of East Hampton staged a workshop to make Christmas baskets at the Senior Citizen’s Center. “We bought lots of ornaments—colored balls, tiny teddy bears, artificial fruits, and ribbons to make bows. We gathered dried seed heads and flowers, and sprayed them with gold paint. Members cut holly, fir, juniper, and boxwood in their gardens. Because we wanted the seniors to be safe, but also able to work with creative abandon, we trimmed the evergreens into appropriate lengths and mounted everything else on picks. Then we filled 24 baskets with pre-soaked Oasis.

“At the workshop, we piled the evergreens in the middle of two big tables, added chairs, and put a basket at each place. When the seniors sat down, we had barely begun showing them how to build a foundation of greenery when they were off and running. Everyone had a wonderful time and the results were spectacular. Not one arrangement wasn’t beautiful. The director told us later that it was the most successful crafts activity they had ever had, and one woman’s son called in to say he had no idea his mother was so creative. We plan to repeat this heartwarming project this year.”

The group did have the program this year, we’ve been told. Unfortunately, the paper got word of it too late to send Kyril Bromley to take a photo.

On Christmas day, from 9 to 10:30 a.m., you can do some good for yourself and the world. Lotus Blossom Yoga at 328 Montauk Highway in Wainscott tells me it will have a class to raise funds for Link Hands for Humanity. It’s a not-for-profit organization that has humanitarian projects all over the world. One project the class will support is an exposition of the Kantha embroidery and sewing work done in collectives in West Bengal near Calcutta. The exposition will attract attention to the collectives and raise money for clinics, schools for the poor, legal advice for women, HIV education, baby clinics and more. The exposition is also to share the women’s tragic stories.

For information, call Padma Borrego at 537-7442.

The East Hampton Town Republican Committee is looking for candidates. Beginning in January, it will begin screening candidates for two Town Board seats, highway superintendent, town clerk, assessor, town justice and nine Town Trustees. Bill Wilkinson already has the nomination to run for supervisor again, as he did in 2007.

Interested candidates should send their biographies and resumes to John Behan, chairman, East Hampton Republican Committee, P.O. Box 616, East Hampton, NY 11937. Candidates will be contacted to schedule interviews.

Want to get all wet on New Year’s Day with a refreshing dip in the ocean? Join the East Hampton Hurricanes Swim Team for the 6th Annual Polar Bear Plunge and help support the East Hampton Food Pantry. The event is at 1 p.m. New Year’s Day, Thursday, January 1, at Indian Wells Beach in Amagansett. Jump into the New Year with the Hurricanes and bring with you a non-perishable food to stock up the East Hampton Food Pantry. Hot foods and refreshments will be provided by parents of the Hurricanes. T-shirts will be available, and a laugh will be enjoyed by all who come to witness this madness.

There will be no issue next week. See you in the issue of January 7.

Happy and safe holidays! Happy birthday to my Mom.

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