East Hampton Community Notes, November 28

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The official Holiday Season is here. Remember the holidays should be more about giving rather than receiving. I just wanted to shoot out a quick reminder that the Toys for Tots drop off box at the library ends on December 4. Please leave your donated toys in the collection box in the main lobby of the library. Donated toys should be new and unwrapped.

Also, you can help out ARF by purchasing the ARF Pet Calendar, which is available for sale online at www.arfhamptons.org, at the Adoption Center at 90 Daniels Hole Road in Wainscott, the ARF Thrift Shop at 17 Montauk Highway in Sagaponack, as well as other fine retail shops and cultural institutions throughout the Hamptons.

On Friday, at the Jewish Center, you can celebrate Chanukah in style. Family programs begin at 10:30 a.m., with Ventriloquist Jonathon Geffner at 11:30 a.m. at a Craft Studio Project. At 12 noon, there’s a Latke Lunch. The expanded Chanukah Gift Shop is open all day. The celebration continues at 4:30 p.m. with Chanukah candle lighting and Chanukah Songs. Shabbat Dinner follows and Admission for an adult member is $15, adult non-member $20, and children $10. RSVP by visiting www.jcoh.org or calling 324-9858.

You can join the JCOH on Saturday, to help celebrate ‘Eight Nights of Light, Liberty, & Latkes ‘ at Herrick Park. At 6 p.m. A parade will leave from 13 Woods Lane towards the park and at 6:30 p.m., a public Menorah lighting will take place to help celebrate freedom, with a Chanukah Thanksgiving Latka bar following the Menorah lighting. Reserve your menorah and a spot in the parade. Call 312-4286 or email info@jewishhamptons.com.

On Saturday, from 1 to 4:30 p.m., the East Hampton Historical Society will have its 2013 House & Garden Tour, which showcases some of the finest examples of historic and modern architecture in the Hamptons. This year’s tour will feature five unique homes.

A kick-off Cocktail Party on Friday evening will welcome in this year’s House Tour. This annual event, now in its 29th year, is traditionally held over Thanksgiving weekend, ringing in the East End holiday season.

“We believe it is the mix of architectural styles – from the turn of the century to today – that gives East Hampton its unique character and flavor,” said Richard Barons, the Executive Director of the East Hampton Historical Society. “Our House Tour Committee has creatively selected five homes that uniquely express the spirit of living by the sea. Different yet complementary, these private homes invite the viewer to take a ramble along the coast to ‘look inside’ some of East Hampton’s most alluring homes,” he added.

Tickets to the Opening Night Cocktail Party are $200, which includes entry to the House Tour the following day. Tickets to the self-guided 2013 East Hampton House & Garden Tour are $65 in advance and $75 on the day of the tour. All ticket proceeds benefit the East Hampton Historical Society. Tickets can be purchased via: EHHS office at 101 Main Street Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at www.easthamptonhistory.org., by calling 324-6850 or at the Clinton Academy, located at 151 Main Street. On Friday, November 29, and Saturday, November 30, between 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Walk off the Turkey with ‘Art Walk,’ a stroll through participating art galleries from Southampton to Amagansett. In East Hampton, meet Kathy Zeiger at 1 p.m. at Lawrence Fine Art (37 Newtown Lane in East Hampton, located in the alleyway around the corner from Scoop Du Jour). This event is free for all ages. To join an artist-led art walk, sign-up at info@artwalkhamptons.com.

The East Hampton Library is having plenty of events over the next week, which is nice to know. One very important workshop I would like to point out, and I think I will attend, is this Saturday, from 3 to 4 p.m. It is an important and timely discussion about Obama Care, the new Affordable Care Act, and how this new legislation may impact you. Join Sheila Rogers for this by signing up at the Reference Desk. Call 324-0222 ext. 3, or email reference@easthamptonlibrary.org.

Happy Holidays. Enjoy. Remember, the turkey should be stuffed. Not you.

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