Quogue Community Notes, October 3

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Quogue residents, generally, are known far and wide for their willingness to take a walk on the wild side, so it is expected that there will be a good turnout for Jungle Bob’s visit to the Quogue Wildlife Refuge this Saturday, October 5, at 2 p.m.Some might ask: “Just how far on the wild side is this walk with Jungle Bob likely to be?” To which the answer would be: Far enough for Bob to bring some of the wonders of nature to life with a live animal program featuring some of the world’s most un-cuddly, unusual and less popular creatures.

The program will examine the habitats, range, diets and defense mechanisms of snakes, lizards, turtles, crocodilians, frogs, toads, salamanders, tarantulas and other surprisingly felicitous fauna. The suggested donation for this program for all ages is $5; call (631) 653-4771 to make the required reservations.

And don’t forget that Earth Yoga with Amy Hess is back on for 9 a.m. on Wednesdays at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge during October and November. The fee is a mere $12 per class and students must bring their own mats for this gentle yoga program for all fitness levels. Call (631) 653-4771 to pre-register (which is recommended), though walk-ins are also welcome.

Meanwhile, it’s already time to start thinking about the Spooky Walk and Enchanted Forest Trail events coming up at the refuge in just a couple of weeks.

The QWR is in desperate need of volunteers during these Halloween fundraiser events. Adults, families, Scout groups, responsible teens age 16 and up are needed to help with setup, decorations, selling tickets, concessions, and serving as guides, or spooky or educational characters.

Call the refuge at (631) 653-4771 to see how you can help out.

The Steering Committee for Preservation in Quogue, headed up by a few members of the Quogue Historical Society board, is putting forward a proposal “to honor our charming village and its treasure trove of historic houses by creating Historic Districts and applying for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.”

According to the committee, designating a house as a “contributing” property in a listed historic district is purely honorific and will impose no restrictions whatsoever on residents’ ability to make changes on their property as they deem appropriate.

To answer any questions that residents might have, Southampton Town Historian Zach Studenroth will discuss the benefits and significance of historic districts at an open meeting to be held on Saturday, October 12, at 2 p.m. in the courtroom of the Quogue Village Hall.

Taking advantage of the lovely early autumn back-to-school energy (and the lovely weather we’ve lately been blessed with as well), students in grades four, five and six at the Quogue School were slated to go to the Natural History Museum and Central Park Zoo in New York City today, Thursday, October 3.

The Quogue School Heart Links fall classic, the Hudsy 5k and One-Mile Fun Run/Walk, is slated this year on November 2. Mark the date on the calendar and stand by for details in upcoming columns.

Proud parents Stephanie and Ed Shea have announced that their son, Timothy, a 2013 graduate of Westhampton Beach High School, has enlisted in the U.S. Army and was scheduled to ship out this week for Fort Jackson in South Carolina for 12 weeks of basic training.

Congratulations, Tim; keep safe. You make our village proud.

The Fall Rummage Sale returns to the Westhampton Presbyterian Church at 90 Meeting House Road on Quiogue this week, on Friday, October 4, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., followed by the bag sale on Saturday, October 5, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

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