East Hampton Community Notes, August 7

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Congratulations to Jeanette Caputo who has been promoted to the rank of staff sergeant at the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3-142nd Aviation Army National Guard. Promotions are based on overall performance, attitude, leadership ability and development potential. These promotions additionally recognize the best qualified soldiers and attract and retain the highest caliber citizen soldiers for a career in the New York Army National Guard.

Congratulations are also in order for Brian Fink, who graduated fromTufts University with the Class of 2013. Samantha Ward has been named to the dean’s list at St. Bonaventure University. She is a sport studies major.

This Saturday, the East Hampton Library will present its ninth annual Authors Night benefit event. The evening’s founding co-chairs Alec Baldwin and Barbara Goldsmith will be joined by honorary co-chairs Robert A. Caro, Nelson DeMille, A.M. Homes, Robert K. Massie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph E. Stiglitz and more than 100 distinguished authors. Featured authors include Lidia Bastianich, Katie Beers, Eric Fischl, Kitty Kelley, Gwyneth Paltrow, Nile Rodgers, Dr. Ruth Westheimer and many more.

The evening begins at 5 p.m., with the authors’ book signing cocktail reception under the tent, where guests will enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres and wine (featuring Swedish delicacies by Tommy Myllymäki, 2011 Bocuse d’Or silver medalist) and have the opportunity to meet and mingle with the authors, buy their books and have them personally inscribed. At 8 p.m., directly following the reception, some guests will be headed to dinner parties at private homes in honor of one of the guest authors.

On Thursday, at 8:30 p.m., The Retreat will be showing the movie “E.T.” in Herrick Park. A concession stand will be open and be sure to bring a beach chair or blanket to sit on while watching the film on a big outdoor screen. Admission is $10 per adult and $5 for children under five. Contact The Retreat at 329-4398 for more information.

Prior to the film, you can joing the community in support of The Retreat on a night of shopping in the downtown area of the village. Between 5 and 8 p.m., participating stores will donate a percentage of sales to The Retreat. So get shopping.

Tonight, at 5 p.m., Guild Hall presents KidFEST, “BAM Percussion & The Blue Barrel Show,” a one-hour art of comedy-percussion performance. Recommended for ages four and up. Tickets online at www.guildhall.org or call 324-4050.

On Friday, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., is the first “Tea Time Watercolor Workshop” with Lois Bender at The Hedges Inn. Participants will learn color theory and use color-mixing techniques to complete a painting during the workshop while using the the beautiful landscape of The Hedges Inn as inspiration. Tea will be provided along with an assortment of appetizers and pastries. No painting experience necessary. Join for one session or all three. Each workshop cost $65. To register, contact Michelle Klein at michelle@guildhall.org

On Saturday, from 4 to 6 p.m., at Guild Hall is the opening reception for “Chuck Close: Recent Works.” Among the work will be archival watercolor pigment prints on Hahnemühle rag paper, and jacquard tapestries of artists and friends including Cindy Sherman, Roy Lichtenstein, Lou Reed, Kara Walker, and others. Chuck Close was the recipient of the 1995 Guild Hall Academy of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award Winner in the Visual Arts. He had a solo exhibition, “Chuck Close: Up Close at Guild Hall,” of his large-scale Polaroid photographs in 1991. Admission is free.

Following the Chuck Close opening, beginning with cocktails at 6:30 p.m., Guild Hall will show “Battle for the Elephants.” A screening hosted by Donna Karan, Davina Dobie, and John Heminway. Empowers Africa, a non-profit foundation based in the United States that supports programs on the ground in sub-Sahara Africa.

After the film, there will be discussion with special guests. Call 324-0806 or visit guildhall.org for more information.

The Surfrider Foundation Eastern Long Island Chapter will be back with its annual Surf Movie Night at Guild Hall on Tuesday, August 13, at 7 p.m., with Jack McCoy’s award-winning film, “A Deeper Shade Of Blue, The Greatest Surfing Story Ever Told.” Tickets are $15 and may be purchased in advance at Air and Speed Surf Shop in Montauk (668-0356), Main Beach Surf Shop in Wainscott (537-2716), Sunrise to Sunset Surf Shop in Southampton (283-2929). On the night of the screening tickets may be purchased at Guild Hall starting at 6:30 p.m. The movies are always incredible, as are the many prizes that are up for grabs in a raffle that takes place after the screening. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the Surfrider Foundation Eastern Long Island Chapter’s new Blue Water Task Force water quality-monitoring program. For more information, call 324-1233.

There are only a few weeks left to enjoy LongHouse Reserve. On Saturday mornings starting at 8 a.m., through August 17, is Sound Meditation with Jim Owen (rain or shine). Transcendence is the theme for the classes.

Twilight Tours are on Monday evenings at 6 p.m., through August 26. Limited to a small group of 15, tours are conducted by a member of the LongHouse Reserve Garden Committee. Participants will experience both the gardens and art in a most favorable light. Call 329-3568 for information and reservations.

Enjoy.

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