East Hampton Community Notes, November 17

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One of my favorite places in East Hampton (besides the beach) is the LongHouse Reserve. The grounds are laid out with the mastery of a labyrinth to give those wandering around the experience of walking through a number of worlds. There are numerous gardens, water features and sculptures at every turn. The calmness and beauty of art and nature in harmony inspires, and with every step you feel the stresses of daily life gently tumble to the ground along with the falling leaves. If you’ve never been there, I do recommend it. The LongHouse is currently having open house tours on Saturdays from noon to 3 p.m. through the end of the month. Stop by for a tour or for more information go to their website at www.longhouse.org. There are only two more Saturday morning Fall Festival days at the YMCA! Families that are seeking fun activities should head over the YMCA on Saturdays, November 19 & 26, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for arts and crafts activities, bouncy castles, games and treats—good times! Admission is free and it is open to all in the community. For more information, call Daniel Sierra at 631-329-6884 or go to the YMCA’s website at www.ymcali.org.

They say that best way to keep your mind sharp is to use it. It’s always good to brush up on your studies, or learn something new. The Kabbalah has been around for far longer than Madonna, who popularized her studies of it in the 1990s. For those interested in learning about it for the first time or examining it more carefully, the Jewish Center of East Hampton has the program “Zohar: The Masterpiece of Kabbalah” from 8:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Saturdays, November 19 & 26. The session zones in on the Book of Radiance (Sefer HaZohar) and its great influence on Judaism and the world. The program is open to all members of the community in a collegial interactive format. For more information, contact 631-324-9858.

I love television as much as the next person, but I do feel that we all need a bit of culture in our lives. Fortunately we live in an area where art is both relished and easily accessible. This Saturday, November 19, from 6 to 8 p.m., Roman Fine Art is having an opening reception for the second part of its inaugural exhibition “Get With the Program II.” The exhibit features a wide variety of contemporary works presented in a multitude of media and has something for everyone. For more details, contact Damien Roman at 917-797-8931 or go to www.romanfineart.com.

With all the hustle and bustle of daily life and the holiday season creeping up, you might be feeling a bit tense. One way to relieve your tension is through meditation. When I think of meditation I often imagine monks in orange sitting on a hardwood floor for hours on end, but I’m told that this is not always the case. The Kadampa Meditation Center has a Saturday morning class from 8 to 9 a.m. that will help you get in the right mindset to truly enjoy your weekend. For more information about this class or other on their schedule, call Priscilla at 303-653-2310 or go to www.hamptonsmeditation.org.

Virginia Woolf wrote that in order for a woman to be a successful writer she required “A Room of One’s Own.” The East Hampton Library has taken this advice to heart with regard to the often overlooked Young Adult Readers. After months of careful planning and construction, the East Hampton Library is ready to invite the community to attend the Grand Opening of the New Young Adult Room at noon on Saturday, November 19. The new digs will give the young adults their own space to enjoy the technology, art gallery, group project area, lounge and homework areas. The ceremony features a pizza contest, photo contest, live music and the unveiling of an original mural created by local teens. The new Young Adult librarian is the super chic Lisa Michne, who will be on hand to help. Contact her with any questions either at the desk or by calling 631-324-0222.

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