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During its holiday dinner party in December, the East End Classic Boat Society held a drawing for the wooden yacht tender it was raffling off to benefit its new community boat shop on Bluff Road in Amagansett. Raffle tickets were sold on the East End throughout the fall. The winner was Bill Ross, who summers in Southold.

The society is a not-for-profit educational organization dedicated to sustaining the skills and traditions of wooden boat building and restoration. With its new community boat shop on Bluff Road, it is conducting year-round programs on small boat design, building and restoration. The current class is about building kayaks. There will also be lessons in navigation, lofting, sailor arts, boat repair and maintenance. Programs are being created for both youth and adults.

The community boat shop is open to the public. For more information, you can contact Ray Hartjen at 324-2490 or e-mail rhartjen@hamptons.com.

There will be a Hampton Aces vs. Alumni tennis tournament on Friday, February 6, at East Hampton Indoor Tennis. It is open to all East Hampton, Mattituck, Riverhead, Westhampton and Southampton players and alumni. Players at all levels can contact Matt Rubenstein at 537-8012 or Jim Nicoletti at 324-8260.

Tomorrow, Thursday, January 15, the East Hampton Library will be offering a free book reading and art workshop for children about artist Alexander Calder. Children will create a kinetic sculpture, one that contains moving parts or depends on motion for its effect. They also will learn about the life of Alexander Calder. Reservations are necessary. Call the library at 324-0222.

The Golden Eagle will be offering a children’s art program at 10 a.m. on Monday—which happens to be Martin Luther King Jr. Day, by the way—entitled “Monet’s Gardens.” Children will recreate one of Claude Monet’s famous works. The Golden Eagle also runs children’s art classes every Saturday at 10 a.m., and offers a variety of adult programs throughout the week and on weekends. Call 324-0603 for information and reservations.

I will be curating the fourth annual “Love & Passion: Venus Envy” art show at Ashawagh Hall on February 21. I am issuing an open call for artists who would like to participate. This year the event will also be a fund-raiser to help Ashawagh Hall with its building debt, the result of its recent renovation. On the night of the event, there will be a 50/50 raffle and a percentage of the ticket sales will be donated to the Ashawagh Hall Building Fund.

If you are interested in being involved, feel free to contact me at the above phone number or e-mail me for details and information.

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