Westhampton Community Notes, November 21

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I would like to send out some belated birthday wishes to those who celebrated this past week. Gage Rubio, Barbara Kuey and Skylar Arrasate all celebrated their birthday on Saturday, November 16. Claude Zarowin celebrated on Monday, November 18, and Sundy Schermeyer, our town clerk, celebrated her special day on Tuesday, November 19. Happy birthday, my fellow Scorpios!The Group for the East End is teaming up with local law enforcement agencies, including our own men in blue here in Westhampton Beach, to help you get rid of your old and unwanted medications. There is now a drop box at police headquarters, 165 Mill Road, where you can dispose of your expired or unwanted medication, including pet meds, for free and anonymously.

They are accepting all types of medication, including pills, powders, liquids and even EpiPens, but cannot take syringes, medical waste or mercury thermometers. Call (631) 288-3444 or visit www.GroupfortheEastEnd.org/meds for more information.

The Westhampton Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee is holding a Texas Hold’em poker fundraising tournament this Friday, November 22, at Agave’s on Mill Road in the village. Shuffle up and deal is at 7 p.m. and the buy-in is $100, which covers your entry fee, food and drinks. For more information or to register, call Chris at (631) 806-2624 or email Vinnybenz63@gmail.com.

The Westhampton Free Library will host a “Hunger Games—Capitol” party at 5 p.m. today, Thursday, November 21. Those between the ages of 12 and 18 can watch the original “The Hunger Games” movie and celebrate the release of its sequel, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” that will hit theaters on Friday, November 22. Attendees can watch the original film as if they were living in the fictional, Utopian city featured in the film and books.

There is no fee to attend, though registration is required. Food and drinks will be served. For more information or to register, call (631) 288-3335 or email whamprograms@gmail.com.

Bideawee in Westhampton and the Westhampton Free Library are teaming up to help you with your pet’s holiday photos with Santa. For a mere $15 donation to Bideawee, professional photographer Dee McMeekan will take a photo of your pet with St. Nick.

Ms. McMeekan will be at the library, located at 7 Library Avenue in Westhampton Beach, on Saturday, November 23, and then at Bideawee, located at 118 Old Country Road in Westhampton, on Sunday, November 24. She will be shooting from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. both days.

In exchange for your donation, you will receive a high-resolution, digital copy of your photo, a holiday gift for your pet and a one-year membership to the Dog Park at Bideawee Westhampton. Prints and card options will be available after the event for an additional fee and 10 percent of all those purchases will be donated to Bideawee. Photos will be taken on a first come, first served basis, so make sure you get there on time.

The Westhampton Free Library will also host a “Doctor Who” 50th anniversary celebration on Saturday, November 23, at 6 p.m. There will be pizza and a “Who Review.” For more information or to register, call (631) 288-3335 or email whamprograms@gmail.com.

Books & Books here on Main Street in Westhampton Beach will host author and Press columnist Phil Keith next Saturday, November 30. Mr. Keith will discuss his new book “Fire Base Illingworth: An Epic True Story of Remarkable Courage Against Staggering Odds,” from 4 until 7 p.m.

Congratulations to Westhampton Beach High School student Alaina Cruse! She is one of nine area students to participate in the East End Arts Music Masters Fellowship program. Alaina and the other string musicians have been working with professional cellist and conductor Nico Olarte-Hayes since September and will perform a free concert at Suffolk Community College’s Eastern Campus on Tuesday, December 3, at 7:30 p.m.

The Westhampton Presbyterian Church will be holding its annual Christmas Bazaar and Tea on Saturday, December 7. It will be held at the church, located at 90 Meeting House Road on Quiogue, from 1:30 until 4 p.m. “Silver Tea” will be served and there will be decorated fresh green wreaths, handmade ornaments, jewelry and other gift items, as well as baked goods, available for purchase.

The Westhampton Beach Village Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting will take place on the Village Green on Saturday, December 7, at 6:30 p.m. There will be free hot cocoa and cookies, and holiday songs will be performed by the Westhampton Beach High School Chorus and The Hampton Synagogue Youth Choir. And, of course, there will be the arrival of Santa Claus by fire truck.

Family Service League will hold its Great Chefs of Long Island tasting fundraiser on Sunday, December 8, from 2 until 5 p.m., at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. Representatives of more than 40 of the top restaurants and wineries will be on hand for this premier tasting event. Tickets are $200 each and can be purchased by calling (631) 427-3700, ext. 255, emailing jsandler@fsl-li.org or online at www.fsl-li.org.

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