It’s getting to be that time of the year, as the days shorten and grow colder, when you get that uncontrollable urge to hide under your covers to huddle up for warmth, or perhaps it’s just to escape from all the holiday-induced family interaction we’re forced into. Either way you go about it, the holiday season would be made much easier with a big ol’ pile of Greek pastries, which year after year for the past 16 years have been sold through the Holiday Bake Sale of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church of the Hamptons. Traditional baklava, kourambiethes, koulourakia, spanakopita and tiropita are just a few of the handmade treats that are sold through the annual sale, which will be held from now through December 24 at the Holiday Boutique at the church, open Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Orders can also be placed by calling the church office at 631-283-6169 or by visiting its website at dormitionhamptons.org. In addition to the month-long sale, the treats will be sold Saturday, November 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Schmidt’s Market in Southampton, and the post offices of Bridgehampton, East Hampton, Quogue, Wainscott and Sag Harbor. The pastry sale raises money for the philanthropic ministries of the church.Residents of North Sea, and frankly everyone else, should stop in for a splendid evening with the North Sea Community Association for one of their fundraising dinners Friday, November 18. The annual steak dinner, hosted by Chef Michael Mosolino of Fresco Pizza Deli in the village, will be served from 6 to 9 p.m. at the old schoolhouse on Straight Path and Noyac Road and will help fund scholarship opportunities for graduating seniors. Tickets are $25 per plate and alas there is no take-out. For more information, visit northseacommunity.org.
In other news, Suffolk County National Bank and the Riverhead-based law firm of Twomey, Latham, Shea, Kelley, Dubin & Quartararo, have concluded their fundraising event for five Long Island food pantries, resulting in $10,000 raised. This week, five $2,000 checks were awarded to the food pantries, including the Human Resources of the Hamptons Food Pantry in Southampton. This marks the third consecutive year of contributions as a result of this fundraising effort.
Experts in both the public and private field will sit down with Joseph Shaw, Executive Editor of The Press News Group, to discuss traffic issues and congestion on the South Fork on Thursday, November 17, at 5:30 p.m. at Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton. Participants will include Carolyn Balducci, Programs Director at Montauk Library; Jay Schneiderman, Southampton Town Supervisor; Tom Neely, Director of Transportation for Southampton Town; Michael Sarlo, Chief of Police for East Hampton Town; JoAnne Pahwul, Assistant Planning Director for East Hampton Town’s Department of Planning; Karl Grossman, journalist and Press News Group columnist; Ron Hill of Dunn Engineering in Westhampton Beach; and others. Admission is free.
Internationally acclaimed Chinese pianist Jiayin Shen will perform works by Chopin, Schumann, Beethoven, and Osvaldo Golijov on Sunday, November 20, at 3 p.m. Admission is free.
A screening of the 2014 documentary “Alive Inside,” directed by Michael Rossato-Bennett and featuring commentary from the late renowned neurologist Oliver Sacks, will be held Monday, November 21, at 3 p.m. The film examines the limitations of the current healthcare system and the ability of music to combat memory loss and restore a sense of self to those suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Admission is free.
The Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center will co-sponsor a lecture titled “Dementia: What Works, What Doesn’t and Why” by Registered Nurse Melanie Bunn on Monday, November 21, at 5:30 p.m. Ms. Bunn, a longtime Alzheimer’s support group facilitator, will discuss why people with dementia act and respond the way they do, how people can improve communication and interaction, and how to plan for what happens next.
To register, call 631-283-0774 ext. 523 or visit myrml.org.