Quogue Community Notes, April 25

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Time for the rescheduled Movie Night over at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge, where a film that captures the philosophical and environmental—not to mention human health—imperatives of the dark skies movement, “The City Dark,” will be screened on Friday, April 26, at 8 p.m.
Described as “a search for night on a planet that never sleeps,” this moving documentary chronicles the disappearance of darkness, and its consequences. The film follows filmmaker Ian Cheney, who discovers an urban sky almost completely devoid of stars after moving to New York from Maine.

From examining limitations on our ability to explore the threat of killer asteroids in Hawaii, tracking disoriented hatching turtles along the Florida coast, and rescuing birds on Chicago streets injured by collisions with buildings, the film looks at the myriad implications of a globe glittering with lights—including increased breast cancer rates and a generation growing up without an inkling of what the night sky looks like.

There is a suggested donation of $5 for this 83-minute film featuring spectacular astrophotography and a cast of eclectic scientists, philosophers and historians. For more information, call (631) 653-4771.

For those interested in a warmup for the Friday night film, there might still be some spots available for the fourth Full Moon Night Hike of 2013 at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge tonight, Thursday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. During the 90-minute walk through the forest up to North Pond and back, adults and families with children age 11 and up will look and listen for nocturnal creatures, and enjoy some night vision activities under the light of the moon.

This program is free for refuge members. Call (631) 653-4771 to see if you can still make a reservation; non-members will be asked to pay a $5 fee for the hike.

Culinary master Starr Boggs has consented to do a Quogue Library cooking talk and demonstration at his home base, Starr Boggs at 6 Parlato Drive in Westhampton Beach (around the corner from the Westhampton Free Library), on Sunday, April 28, at noon.

Readers of a certain age will remember that Starr began his extraordinary career as an East End chef/restaurateur some 27 years ago right here at the Inn at Quogue. Gourmet chefs and all those with sophisticated palates are encouraged to register and pay for the $15 tickets at the library as soon as possible for what promises to be a memorable outing.

How many readers of At Quaquanantuck are aware of the fact that dogs enjoy being read to? The literati of the Quogue Library knew, and accordingly have asked the obliging folks over at Bideawee to bring their therapy dog to the Quogue Library on two Fridays, May 3 and May 31, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. so that young readers can come in to read to this agreeable canine from a book of their choice.

The main objective of this program, besides sharing some culture with the therapy dog, is to provide a relaxed and “dog friendly” atmosphere, which allows children to practice the skill of reading in a relaxed and non-judgmental environment. To schedule an appointment for the young reader in your household, call the library at (631) 653-4224.

Parents of prospective entry-level students are reminded that the prekindergarten screening for the Quogue School is coming up on Monday, April 29. Call Ms. Lily at the school (631-653-4285) for more information.

On Thursday, May 2, the annual Earth Day activities (scheduled later to avoid loss of focus during state testing over the past two weeks) will be held at the school. And on the same day, the Quogue School PTA has scheduled the annual Staff Appreciation Luncheon.

Jeffrey Sherman of Quogue, a fourth-year student in the Rochester Institute of Technology’s B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, made the dean’s list for the winter quarter.

Kimberly A. Lato of Quogue received academic honors from Binghamton University by making the dean’s list for the fall semester. Kimberly is studying at Binghamton’s Harpur College of Arts and Sciences.

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