East Hampton Community Notes, April 4

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It looks and feels like spring has finally sprung. I love the weather changing and the birds singing in the mornings. One thing about living in this tony town is when the weather gets nicer, the crowds do not.

But last week it was like a ghost town because of the school’s spring break. Parking was abundant, people were friendly. But by time the weekend came rolling in so did the traffic, the horrid drivers and the rudeness in the grocery stores.

Caroline Mcgowan, a second year student in RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf, made the dean’s list for the winter 2013 semester.

On Friday, at 6:30 p.m., at the Jewish Center of the Hamptons, join Rabbi Zimmerman’s Study of Pirkei Avot, as part of the Friday evening Shabbat service. It is traditional among Jews throughout the world to use the weeks between Pesach and Shavuot to study a chapter of Pirkei Avot (The Wisdom of the Sages) each Shabbat. On Sunday, at 11:15 a.m., join the JCOH for the Yom Hashoah 2013 Holocaust Memorial Service. There will be a reading of the names of family members who lost their lives during the Holocaust. The religious school children have been asked to participate in this service, which is chaired by Charlotte Sasso, herself the daughter of a Holocaust survivor. The Jewish Center of the Hamptons is located at 44 Woods Lane.

ARF resumes dog training classes this spring. The spring semester starts April 6, and dogs and their handlers will learn basic obedience using positive reinforcement techniques. The basic workshop meets on Saturday and Sunday mornings, from 9 to 10 a.m., and the intermediate workshop meets on Saturday and Sunday mornings, from 10 to 11 a.m. Classes continue through May 5.

The ARF Adoption Center is located at 90 Daniels Hole Road. The tuition is $125 for five classes ($100 for those who have adopted ARF dogs within the last 12 months). For more information or to register visit www.arfhamptons.org or call 537-0400 x202.

This Saturday, at 7:30 p.m., the Neo-Political Cowgirls is having a benefit at the Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett. There will be unexpected performers, music and antics as well as a 50/50 raffle and bingo. To get tickets, visit http://www.theatermania.com/long-island-theater/shows/viva-las-cowgirls_199048/tickets.

The Sunday School Association will be the beneficiary of the next pancake breakfast at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on Sunday, April 7. Breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. to noon in Hoie Hall for $7. Call Terry Hickey at 324-6024 for more information.

On Sundays, at 11 a.m., Bookhampton is inviting friends and neighbors to stop by and listen to the talk about “the books that are being talked about.” This Sunday’s book is Herman Koch’s acclaimed new novel, “The Dinner.” The event is free. Bring coffee and arrive a little early to browse the books.

The 11th annual Hamptons Restaurant Week begins this Sunday, April 7, and continues through next Sunday, April 14. The participating restaurants offer three-course prix fixe menus at a discount price on every night they are open except Saturday when it may be offered only until 7 p.m.

Originally designed to garner positive publicity and additional business for restaurants, Hamptons Restaurant Week is organized by WordHampton Public Relations, the creators of Long Island Restaurant Week.

This year, Hamptons Restaurant Week has partnered with two East End not-for-profit organizations that support the children of our community, Project MOST and Edible School Gardens. Participating restaurants that offer a donation program throughout the week will be listed with the “Give Back” icon on the participating restaurant’s page. When the diner chooses to dine at these locations a portion of dinner proceeds will go right back to these organizations. East Hampton’s participating restaurants are: 1770 House (324-1770), Fresno (324-8700), and one of my favorite dining spots, the Living Room, The @ c/o The Maidstone (324-5006). Call and make a reservation.

Beginning next Monday is the Wellness Foundation of East Hampton’s Spring Wellness Challenge, a six-week program designed to help participants lose weight, lower cholesterol and reduce prescription drug usage, all while eating heart healthy, quick and delicious foods. Full program details and a downloadable registration packet are also available on the foundation’s website, www.wfeh.org. For more information, call the Wellness Foundation at 329-2590.

Many of you know what I do, besides write this column, is almost everything in the arts. I am a curator, fundraiser, art dealer and arts writer. In a few weeks, I am doing something that I rarely do, I am having my very first solo art show in the Hamptons. This show has been years in the making, and will be held at the Peter Marcelle Gallery. Try to stop in on April 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. if you can. The works will be on display from April 18 through April 30. The gallery is located at 2411 Main Street in Bridgehampton.

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