Eastport Community Notes, July 25

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I was taking a 15-minute power nap in my car at the duck pond in Westhampton Beach during my lunch break from work one day last week. Eyes closed, phone off, shoes off, feet sticking out the window, a nice breeze coming through the windows off the water. I was just about to nod off when I heard someone say, “Look! There’s a pelican!”My eyes flew open. A WHAT? A pelican? Really? I looked around and saw a mom with her young children. They were feeding the ducks and looking down into the water at the minnows and a turtle that was sunning himself while doing the backstroke, I think.

No pelican in sight, but they were all looking at a white egret perched on a piling. Hmmm …

I laughed to myself, put my shoes back on and went back to work where we have a bumper sticker that proclaims something about tourist season …

There is still time to register for the 2013 Theater Arts Camp sponsored by the Moriches Community Center. The camp will take place over at the Center Moriches High School, off Frowein Road, between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between July 30 and August 22. The cost is $95 per child ($80 for additional campers in the same family.)

This is a great introduction into the world of theater. Campers will be instructed in stage direction, acting technique, voice and dance. Campers will perform “Peter Pan” at the conclusion of the camp.

The camp is open to children in grades 3-9. Teenagers who would like to volunteer to help with the sets can contact the Moriches Community Center at info@morichescommunitycenter.org or give Debra a buzz at (631) 878-4119. You can call the same number to register for the camp or obtain more information.

Happy birthday to Gina Skarka of Eastport who celebrated her birthday on Tuesday, July 23.

Congratulations go out this week to the winners of the Camp Paquatuck annual Duck Race that took place on July 19 during the camp’s annual barbecue in Center Moriches. Donna Wish took first place, Deborah Brown-Volkmann finished second and third place went to Julie Pratt. The Big Duck Race was won by Kim Stevens!

Upcoming classes for adults offered at the East End Arts Council in Riverhead include the following titles: “Asian Brush Painting,” “Exploring Color Through Design,” “Continuing With Pastels,” “Laser Print Transfer” and “Intro to Oils.” Call (631) 369-2171 for costs and to register.

A free bluegrass concert by Buddy Merriam and his band, the Back Roads, will take place on the grounds of the East End Arts Council, 133 East Main Street in Riverhead, on Friday, July 26, beginning at 7 p.m. Check it out.

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