Quogue Community Notes, May 9

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Always amazing how quickly things change. Right up to last year, the Quogue School Heart Links week—filled with all manner of pursuits designed to get kids and their parents up and active (instead of passively being mesmerized by video images)—was called “Turn Off TV Week.”
Now, in recognition that television is only one source—and more and more not the most popular one—of such images, along with texts, games, social networking, streaming video, web surfing and all the rest, the name has been changed to “Turn Off the Screen Week.”

This year’s healthy Heart Links activities include golf, walking to school, tennis, and bowling for the whole school at the new lanes in Riverhead on Friday, May 10.

And don’t forget the PTA Mother’s Day Plant Sale at the Quogue School on Friday, May 10, right after the regular dismissal time.

An invaluable one-day AARP Defensive Driving for Seniors course will be offered at the Quogue Library on Saturday, May 11, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Preregistration is required and the fee is $19, or $17 for AARP members, payable by check or money order only; no cash accepted.

On Sunday, April 28, four members of the Quogue Fire Department Explorer Post for young volunteers took part in a beach cleanup at Quogue Village Beach. The Explorers Post was established so that volunteers too young to join the department could learn leadership skills, firefighting duties and community involvement.

Taking part in the cleanup of more than two miles of Quogue’s beachfront were Sarah Daniels, Dineen O’Rourke, Greg Conway and Lazarous Regueiro, working with two advisers from the fire department, Ed Shea and Brenda Selden.

Mark your calendars today: The Quogue Association will host the annual Mayor’s State of the Village address on Saturday, May 18, at 10 a.m., at the Village Hall meeting room. Refreshments will be served and, along with the new Quogue flag, rubber waterfowl for this year’s annual duck race fundraiser on July 19 will be for sale, and membership applications will be available.

As long as you have the calendar out, might as well mark Thursday, May 23, as the opening night of a three-week run for the Hampton Theatre Company’s revival of Alan Ayckbourn’s “How The Other Half Loves.”

In this intricate farce, which The New York Times called “a theatrical adroitness as clever as tennis at its best,” three couples, an indiscretion, a cover-up, accusations and crumbling alibis on overlapping sets all lead to confusion and uproarious comedy.

Two of the roles in the cast of six are played by Andrew Botsford—who had a different part in the HTC’s 1992 production of the play—and Rosemary Cline, both of whom were last seen on the Quogue stage in the 2012 spring production of A.R. Gurney’s “Black Tie.”

Showtimes starting on May 23 will be on Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. The HTC will once again be offering special dinner theater packages in collaboration with the Southampton, Westhampton Beach, Hampton Bays and Quogue libraries; for information on the packages, visit www.hamptontheatre.org. To reserve show tickets, visit www.hamptontheatre.org, or call OvationTix at 866-811-4111.

All art lovers should make a point of getting over to the Quogue Library soon—and often—over the next few weeks to take in the beautiful “Without Words” exhibition of paintings and collage by Marion Jones, which runs through Thursday, May 30.

With bathing suit season almost upon us, it may be of interest to note that Lisa Lillien, aka Hungry Girl, will be coming to the Westhampton Free Library on Saturday, May 11, at 3 p.m. to discuss (and sign) her new cookbook, “Hungry Girl: 200 Under 200—Just Desserts: 200 Recipes Under 200 Calories” (St. Martin’s Griffin, $19.99).

The discussion and signing, co-sponsored by Books & Books, are free, but reservations are required. To reserve a seat, and a goodie bag, call Books & Books at (631) 998-3260 or the Westhampton Free Library at (631) 288-3335.

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