Amagansett Community Notes, May 9

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You can tell summer is almost here because Vicki’s Veggies has opened for the season. Check out all the beautiful flowers, fresh fruit and eggs and the freshly painted farm stand on Montauk Highway.

The Ladies Auxiliary of the Amagansett Fire Department will hold its annual plant sale on Saturday, May 11, at 9 a.m. at the Firehouse. This is the perfect time to get a plant for Mothers Day which is Sunday, May 12.

Today is the Amagansett School’s retrospective movie, “Then and Now,” which will be shown at 1 p.m. The sixth grade class put together the video to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the school. Community members were invited and were asked to reserve their places by May 1.

The 2013 growing season has officially started at Balsam Farms in Amagansett. The greenhouses are full of seedlings, the fields are being plowed and the farm is now selling shares in its 2013 Community Supported Agriculture Program. Balsam Farms offers four different CSA membership shares running from May 31 to November 22. You can join for the length of time that works best for you.

This year, in addition to the weekly fresh produce participants receive from the farm, they are now being offered five additional options. Balsam has partnered with some local vendors and farmers and will now offer fresh flowers, prepared foods, fruit from the Milk Pail in Water Mill, and Briermere Farms and cheese from Mecox Bay Dairy and Villa Italian Specialties. Visit the Balsam Farms website for further details www.balsamfarms.com.

Just a few more Sundays for the evaluation program for the 2013 Junior Lifeguard program from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the YMCA RECenter Pool. This program is for children age 9 to 14. For more information, call John Ryan Sr. at 324-2787. Children must pass the swimming test to be admitted into the Junior Lifeguard program for this summer. This is a fabulous program I highly encourage you to bring your children to. The Junior Lifeguard program itself begins on Saturday, June 22, at Indian Wells and Ditch Plain beaches and culminates with a tournament on the weekend of August 4 and 5.

On Saturday, there will be story and craft time for families at the Amagansett Library at 3:30 p.m. The theme is, of course, Moms, in honor of Mother’s Day, which is Sunday.

The library will present an illustrated lecture by Henry Osmers, historian of the Montauk Point Lighthouse, on his most recent book, “American Gibraltar: Montauk and the Wars of America,” on Sunday, May 19, at 2 p.m. Mr. Osmers will speak about the strategic role of this eastern promontory and the changes in warfare and technology on our shores from the days of the Montaukett Indians through the early 1980s. All are welcome, but are asked to call for reservations in advance at (631) 267-3810.

The library is holding two panel discussions. The first one is an author panel called “Curiouser and Curiouser,” which will take place on Saturday, May 11, from 6 to 7 p.m. Four authors will speak for 10 to 15 minutes each about how curiosity drives their research and inspires their creativity. The authors are Melvin and Gilda Berger; Kate and Jim McMullan; Erica Farber; and Maureen Sherry.

On Saturday, May 18, from 6 to 7 p.m. there will be a children’s book review panel. The panel will discuss the importance of children’s literature and what really makes a children’s book. The panel will consist of Kaylee Davis, Todd Jackson, Renee McGrath and children’s Librarian Jeanne McDermott. Please register in advance for these events by calling 267-3810.

Please save the date for the Amagansett Fire Department’s 100th Anniversary Classic Car Show Benefit on Saturday, May 25. The rain date is May 26 at firehouse. For more information or to register your vehicle, call Steve Graboski at 726-9300 or send an email to promemod@aol.com. The show takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $5 per person; children under 12 are admitted free. There will be firehouse chicken, pulled pork, chili, hamburgers, hot dogs, cotton candy, popcorn, ice cream and more for purchase. This is a fun day for the whole family.

The Town of East Hampton has begun a new series of sports clinics. There will be a golf clinic at Montauk Downs on Wednesdays for 5 to 8-year-olds from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. from May 15 to June 12 and on Sundays from 3 to 4 p.m. from May 12 to June 9. Kids between the ages of 9 and 12 will meet on Thursdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. from May 16 to June 13 and Sundays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. from May 12 to June 9. The cost is $125 for six weeks. Advanced registration is a must because there is only space for six students per session. For more information, stop in the Department of Parks on Pantigo Road or the Montauk Playhouse or visit www.ehamptonny.gov.

Tennis Clinics take place at the Amagansett Youth Park from May 14 to June 12. The cost is $40 per child. Kindergarten and first-graders meet on Tuesdays from 4 to 5 p.m. Kids in grades two and three will meet on Tuesdays from 5 to 6 p.m. Clinics for fourth- and fifth-graders will be held on Wednesdays from 4 to 5 p.m., and kids in grades six and older will meet on Wednesdays from 5 to 6 p.m. For more information, contact the Department of Parks.

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