Next Thursday is Thanksgiving, and despite the outcome of the election I am feeling much more thankful for everything this year. The most important thing is health because with that comes happiness. Don’t take anyone or anything for granted. Everything is fine until it is not.A blood drive will take place at the American Legion Hall on Monday, November 21, from noon to 7:15 p.m. sponsored by the East Hampton Lions Club. This is the perfect time to give back to those in need. Bring your photo ID.
On Saturday, November 19, members of the East Hampton Rotary and Interact Clubs will be collecting food for the East Hampton, Springs, Amagansett and Montauk food pantries. They will be outside local IGA stores from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please contribute non-perishable items. Cash contributions are also welcomed.
The 40th annual Run for Fun Turkey Day Trot in Montauk takes place Thanksgiving Day at 10 a.m. You can preregister at the Department of Parks on Pantigo Road or at Montauk Playhouse. There is a 3 or 6 mile run. This is such a great family experience and a great way to burn some calories before your feast. See you there.
Remember to mark your calendars for the soft opening of Scoville Hall on Saturday, December 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will be a Christmas fair with vendors, food, a rummage sale and raffles. Christine Vorphal will be making a beautiful quilt to be raffled off again this year.
Mandala Yoga will be offering Chair Yoga Stretch with Jolie in Amagansett Square at 11:15 a.m. on December 8, 15 and 22. This is a good alternative for those who think yoga is too much and are sedentary and know they need to do something.
This Saturday, November 19, at 2 p.m. at the Amagansett Library there will be a special program for kids age 8 to 12 called Birds of Prey: Quogue Wildlife Refuge Visit. Space is limited and registration is required, so please call the library 631-267-3810.
Lego Club takes place at the library Thursdays in November at 3:30 p.m. This is best for kids age 5 to 12. Donations of Legos are always welcomed.
The Mystery of the Month Book Club will meet tomorrow, Thursday, November 17, at 6 p.m. The book will be “Wife of the Gods” by Kwei Quartey.
Sportime is housing the Bonac Hoops Basketball Clinic and In- House Winter League every Saturday morning through March 4, 2017. Please sign up at the Multi Sport Arena on Abrahams Path.
The Amagansett Food Institute will host its second annual “Buy Local, Give Local” Holiday Market in support of Small Business Saturday on Saturday, November 26, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Amagansett Farmers Market. Vendors will include Amagansett Sea Salt Co., Anke’s Fit Bakery, Bonac Bees, Browder’s Birds, Bulgar USA, A Taste of the North Fork, Of Sea and Sand, Peconic River Preserves, Petal by Pedal, Vino Bisco, and several others.
The Amagansett Farmers Market will be offering 50 percent off all shelf-stable products for this final weekend. They will also be making a variety of holiday gift baskets from local products.
The Amagansett Wine Stand will be open for purchases throughout the event.
For more information or to reserve a vendor spot, please contact the Amagansett Food Institute.
ILLEARTS, an art gallery at 171 Main Street, would like the community to know about its holiday show and party at 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 26.
This is a wonderful time of year. The hamlet is bustling with holiday thoughts and plans. Reminder, everyone is dealing with stuff, so please be kind.