Quogue Community Notes, May 2

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As part of its Screen-Free Week initiative, the Quogue Wildlife Refuge is offering a Family Game Night on Friday, May 3, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. All adults and families are invited to reserve a table in the Nature Center and then come in as their own group or bring in friends to play any favorite board game that they’ve brought from home.
Refuge staffers will kick off the evening with some Wildlife Trivia for prizes, and then turn the evening over to game time and snacks, with one and all invited to bring in an item for the snack buffet.

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.

An Introduction to PowerPoint 2010 will be offered at the Quogue Library on Saturday, May 4, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The hands-on workshop will take participants through some of the basic tools and commands to prepare professional presentations while exploring the elements of an effective presentation, ribbon navigation and techniques for making the most of what PowerPoint has to offer.

All participants will build and share a short presentation on a topic of their choice at the end of the workshop. Call the library at (631) 653-4224 to register.

Big news on the Rapid Approach of Summer front: Grace at the Double Rainbow shop on Jessup Avenue has announced that SoCo Creamery ice cream will be in stock by the end of this week.

A couple of new flavors have been added to the menu for this season: Ginger, with crystallized bits of ginger; Lemon Poppy, similar to a lemon poppy muffin but way more creamy; Coffee Malt Stout, with a touch of Guinness flavor; and a new dairy-free Mango sorbet.

Ice cream lovers who picked out their favorites last summer will be gratified to hear that all the popular flavors are coming back: Dirty Chocolate; Minty Mudslide; Salted Caramel; Espresso Cookie; and many others. In all, there are no fewer than 24 different flavors to choose from whenever you stop in at Double Rainbow.

Want to check out a bit of these taste treats for yourself? Grace will be dishing out free small cups or cones at the store on Tuesday, May 7, from noon to 5 p.m.

Two more sessions coming up at the Quogue Library in the “Hands-On Music” program for parents and their little ones from infant to 4½. The sessions will be offered at 1:45 p.m. on two Tuesdays, May 7 and May 21, and will include singing, puppets and musical instruments. Advance registration is requested; call (631) 653-4224, ext. 4.

You know the end of the school year is not far off when the calendar shows that the annual Westhampton Beach Middle School orientation for 2013 graduates of the Quogue School is coming up, this year on Thursday, May 9, which is one day after Quogue School Superintendent Richard Benson’s birthday.

With Mother’s Day coming up fast—on Sunday, May 12—smart sons and daughters will want to take note of another event at the school, the PTA’s Mother’s Day Plant Sale on Friday, May 10.

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