Ssshhh! Let’s not tempt the weather gods by exulting too much, but it seems that spring has finally arrived on the East End, just in time for Mother’s Day.For those who like to make crafts for their moms, both the Quogue Library and the Quogue Wildlife Refuge have programs on Saturday, May 9, that will yield gifts sure to be treasured for many years to come.
The title of Saturday’s library program, “Mother’s Day Project,” reveals the occasion-based nature of the craft that will be turned out, without any details or description of what the final product might be.
This workshop for children of all ages runs from 11 a.m. to noon. Call the library at (631) 653-4224 to register or for more information.
Over at the refuge, the program running from 11 to 11:45 a.m. on Saturday is tailored to children age 2 to 5 accompanied by a parent, and the craft being made will relate in some way to the chinchilla stories being told by Miss Marilyn and a refuge educator.
Work on the craft project won’t get under way until after everyone has heard the stories and had a chance to meet Nugget, the resident chinchilla at the refuge and all-around favorite furry South American rodent.
The fee is $5 per child, and reservations (631-653-4771) are a must, as space is limited.
Shifting back to the library for a more serious topic, Dr. Rajoo C. Patel, MD, of Eastern Suffolk Cardiology and Southampton Hospital will discuss “The Key to a Healthy Heart” at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 9.
With heart disease the leading cause of death among men and women in the United States, Dr. Patel will talk about preventive measures that can be taken, the signs of a heart attack or stroke, and the latest trends in cardiovascular care and research.
Registration for this free program is by calling the library at (631) 652-4224.
Back over at the refuge, author, award-winning conservationist and Stony Brook distinguished professor of anthropology Patricia Chapple Wright will give a talk at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, on her book, “For the Love of Lemurs: My Life in the Wilds of Madagascar.”
One of the world’s foremost experts on lemurs, Ms. Wright will talk about her latest book and her work at the Ranomafana National Park in Madagascar. For those who are interested, her talk will be preceded by a guided nature hike that will step off at 2:45 p.m.
The refuge (631-653-4771) is offering the talk and the hike in conjunction with the Riverhead Free Library (631-727-3228) and required reservations may be made by calling either institution.
Want more signs of spring?
Today, Thursday, May 7, the Double Rainbow shop on Jessup Avenue will be launching a new series of Thursday ice cream specials, featuring Sedutto’s ice cream and Sharon’s sorbet.
Every Thursday the shop will be offering one-scoop cones and cups for $2 apiece.
For those not in the mood for ice cream, Double Rainbow has gourmet confections such as dark chocolate with caramel and sea salt, chocolate pretzels and graham crackers, almond butter crunch, children’s novelty candies and other tasty snacks. On the summer toy front, the shop still carries Lego, Playmobil, Hello Kitty and more.
Just because the proprietors of the market up the block jumped ship, that’s no reason to stay away from the other friendly and helpful merchants who continue to do business on Jessup Avenue. In fact, they need your support now more than ever.
Over at the Quogue School, more signs that spring has sprung. First off, Monday, May 11, is the kickoff date for the annual “Turn Off Your Screens Week.” This annual week of alternative, healthy activities has been noted in this space for so many years that At Quaquanantuck can remember when there was only one screen to turn off and it was called “Turn Off TV Week.”
Monday, May 11, is also the date of the annual kindergarten and upper grades screening at the Quogue School, for all who anticipate enrolling their children for the 2015-16 school year.
A sixth grade trip to New York City is scheduled on Tuesday, May 12; and on Wednesday, May 13, it’s time for the annual spring concert for grades four through six.
If spring is finally here, summer can’t be far behind. The Westhampton Beach Summer Recreation Program is now accepting registration forms for students who will be entering kindergarten through eighth grade in September 2015, and students from the Quogue School District are welcome to attend.
The program runs from July 6 through July 31, from 9 a.m. to noon daily, at the Westhampton Beach Elementary School. Registration forms will be sent home with students and can also be found on the Westhampton Beach School District website, www.whbschools.org.
Spring is also the time for “May Madness.” According to the knowledgeable folks at the Eastern Long Island Audubon Society, the warblers are migrating through our area this month, and several walks are planned so that these beautiful birds can be properly welcomed back.
All walks are easy strolls, lasting approximately three hours. Participants will be looking for small birds, in beautiful bright colors, and all are asked to dress for the weather and be sure to bring binoculars and water.
Upcoming walks include: North Fork County Park on Friday, May 8, at 8 a.m.; William Floyd Estate on Saturday, May 9, at 9 a.m.; and our own Quogue Wildlife Refuge on Thursday, May 14, at 8 a.m. For more information, visit www.easternlongislandaudubon.homestead.com.