I would like to start this week’s column by wishing all of the moms out there, especially mine, a Happy Mother’s Day. You are never fully appreciated, taken for granted and rarely praised—and that should never happen. I love you, mom, and hope you have a great day.If you’re looking for a place go get some flowers or plants for mom, I’ve got a great suggestion. Peconic Bay Medical Center’s 20th annual Garden Festival begins today, Thursday, May 7, and runs through Sunday, May 10—Mother’s Day—at three locations: on the Great Lawn here in Westhampton Beach; at the Tanger Outlets in Riverhead; and at Peconic Bay’s medical campus off Route 111 in Manorville.
Sale hours are 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 7 to 9, and 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 10. They will also be selling raffle tickets for a chance to win “His and Her” Raleigh bicycles, a Weber gas grill, a 40-inch television or a garden utility wagon. Those tickets are $5 each, or five for $20.
Call Peconic Bay’s foundation office at (631) 548-6080 if you have any questions.
Peconic Bay Medical Center is also raffling $20,000 in cash, or the winner can pick his or her choice from five vehicles. Those raffle tickets are $100 each, or three for $200. Only 1,500 of those tickets will be sold. Call (631) 548-6080 or visit www.pbmchealth.org if you desire more details.
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, located on the corner of Main Street and Potunk Lane, will host the annual Chinese auction benefiting “Seeds of Hope” at 7 p.m. today, Thursday, May 7. The cost is $10 at the door, which includes 10 free raffle tickets. Children get in for free. Additional raffle tickets cost $5 for five or $20 for an arm’s length.
Event proceeds will benefit “Seeds of Hope,” the church’s Tanzanian outreach program that helps build shelters, provide clean water and educate locals in the African nation.
The Westhampton Free Library will help you celebrate the “Pitch Perfect 2” movie release with Columbia University’s a cappella ensemble, Nonsequitor, on Friday, May 8. The show starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Library Avenue venue and there is no charge to attend.
The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center will present its third annual Family Film Fest for all ages on Saturday, May 9, at the Main Street venue. There will be two showings; the first at 11 a.m. and the second at 1 p.m. Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased online at www.whbpac.org, or by calling the box office at (631) 288-1500.
Residents of Westhampton Beach, and members of the village’s fire department and ambulance company can start picking up their beach parking stickers at Rogers Beach from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 15, and from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 16.
Non-resident and summer renter beach parking stickers will be available at Westhampton Beach Village Hall starting on Friday, May 15, from 4 until 6 p.m. Or you can stop down the following day, Saturday, May 16, between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and noon. If you cannot make either date, just swing by Village Hall on any Saturday between May 16 and July 11.
The Westhampton United Methodist Church, located at 116 Montauk Highway, will host a free movie and snack night at the church on Friday, May 15, starting at 7 p.m. They will provide free child care and also dish out some homemade desserts after the screening. Call Audrey at (631) 996-2509.
The Westhampton Beach Amazing Rase will be held this year on Saturday, May 23. This race is for teams of two to six people who will have both their minds and bodies tested with clues and challenges.
Teams are asked to arrive on the Westhampton Beach Village Green at 10:30 a.m. Please make sure your application forms are filled out before then and that you have your check for $100 made out to the “Hurricane Education Foundation.” They will also accept cash.
You can pick up an application at Lynne’s Cards and Gifts on Main Street or at the Hentschel Agency on Montauk Highway. You can also download a form at the Hurricane Education Foundation website, www.westhamptonbeach.k12.ny.us/Page/6894. For more details, visit the Westhampton Beach Amazing Rase Facebook page or email organizers at email@example.com.
The Quogue Historical Society is hosting an open house, an official Town of Southampton 375th Anniversary event, on Sunday, May 24, from 3 until 5 p.m., at the Pond House, 114 Jessup Avenue in the village. Organizers will celebrate the grand opening of the facility’s new lower level and showcase three new exhibitions: “Quawquannantucke: Early Settlement,” “Boarding Houses, The Heyday 1880-1910,” and “A Tribute To Jessup Avenue.”
Admission is free and refreshments will be served. For more information, visit www.quoguehistory.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (631) 996-2404.