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Happy New Year! I hope your holidays were wonderful.

Want to start the new year off with a potential new love interest? OSO at The Southampton Inn will host speed dating with a twist. Instead of hopping from table to table every 15 minutes, guests will have an opportunity to meet, course by course, over an elegant and leisurely dinner created by OSO’s new executive chef, Brian Naylor.

The first “Mix and Mingle Cabin Fever” will be held on January 15, from 7 to 10 p.m. The evening will feature cocktails followed by a multi-course dinner. After each course, the musical chairs will begin as guests swap seats to meet new possible love interests.

Subsequent events are planned for February 5 and March 5. The cost is $35 per person and there will be a cash bar. For reservations, call 283-6500, extension 779.

At the Library

A memorial exhibit titled “Nature Through the Lens of Barbara Lynch Staunton,” will be on display at the Madelle Hegeler Semerjian Gallery at the Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton, through the month of January. Ms. Lynch Staunton is a graduate of Southampton High School’s class of 1962.

The Olde Towne Garden Club and Rogers Memorial Library will present “Preserving and Caring for Land” with Scott Chaskey, Quail Hill Preserve manager of the Peconic Land Trust, on Monday, January 12, at 1:30 p.m. in the Morris Meeting Room.

Since its inception more than 25 years ago, the Peconic Land Trust has been active in the preservation of more than 9,000 acres on the East End. In the hour-long presentation, Mr. Chaskey, a poet/farmer, will offer a look at what has been accomplished and what is still at stake.

There are several spaces left in the library’s series of Tuesday afternoon 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. chair yoga classes, beginning on January 13, and running through February 24. The cost for the series is $40 and preregistration is required.

Local nutritional counselor Dorothy Reilly (and friends) will present “Great Grains and Greens for Everyday Cooks” on Wednesday, January 14, at noon in the Morris Meeting Room. Patrons should bring a bag lunch; coffee and tea will be served. Reservations are required.

The library will hold its “Sixth Annual Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Breakfast” on Monday, January 19, at 10 a.m., in the Morris Meeting Room. The popular event, a community breakfast to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King, will include food, fellowship, music and a short talk by Southampton Village Trustee Bonnie Cannon about living, working and being the dream.

There is no charge for the program, but reservations are required and early registration is suggested. To reserve a space, or for more information about library programs, call 283-0774, extension 523.

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