Happy Fourth Of July!Dust off those running shoes, because it’s time for Southampton Rotary Club’s 23rd annual Firecracker 8K Race on Sunday, July 7, starting at 8:30 a.m. The yearly race start and ends in Southampton Village’s beautiful Agawam Park and raises money for the Southampton Rotary’s Scholarship Fund. Entry is $20 per runner online before Friday, July 5, and $25 on race day. For complete details and rules visit firecracker8k.com.
Southampton Rotary Club also celebrated the “passing of the gavel,” this week, as it installed The Southampton Press’s very own Paul Conroy as its new president. After working with Paul for many years, I have to say, Rotary is lucky to get such a great guy as its new leader. Congratulations to all involved!
Classical piano music will be performed by international musicians as part of the Pianofest In The Hamptons music series, on Mondays, through August 5, at 5:30 p.m. at the Avram Theatre at Stony Brook Southampton. Commentary will be provided by Pianofest Director Paul Schenly. Tickets to the concerts are $20 for adults and are free for students. Visit pianofest.com.
The annual Southampton Cultural Center’s Concerts in The Park Series continues with a performance by Hambone Thyme on Wednesday, July 10, at 6:30 p.m. at Agawam Park. The concerts are free and are a great way to get out there, hear some great tunes and have fun with the whole community. Bring your own lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic. Although the concerts are free, donations are accepted. For the full summer line-up visit scc-arts.org.
Main Street clothier Vineyard Vines will host a benefit shopping afternoon on Thursday, July 11, from 5 to 8 p.m. to raise money for the East Hampton domestic violence outreach organization The Retreat, Inc. The shopping event will offer 10 percent off any purchase to customers with a matching donation to the charity from Vineyard Vines. It’s always a great idea to give back when treating yourself.
Southampton Hospital recently presented Ashli Hicks, a member of the Shinnecock Nation and a recent graduate of Southampton High School, with a $1,000 scholarship provided by the Hamptons Health Society. Ms. Hicks will be attending Delhi University in the fall. Congratulations!
The Carroll Petrie Foundation, in partnership with the ASPCA, has announced that since July 2012, more than 16,600 puppies and dogs have been transported to rescue shelters across the United States where they have a better chance of finding permanent homes. The foundation’s project cost an estimated $1 million and was funded through a per dog or puppy subsidy for each animal helped.
Over the year, the Carroll Petrie Foundation Dog Rescue Project allowed the ASPCA to help the dogs and puppies get much-needed treatments and services at county and municipal animal sheltering organizations. Locally, 30 of those dogs are bound for Precious Pup Rescue in Calverton and are looking for loving homes to join. As a rescue dog owner, I can’t tell you how pleased I am at the news!
At The LibraryAward-winning Pitmaster Brian Collins will demonstrate authentic barbecue on his 10-foot smoker, on Monday, July 8, at 5:30 p.m., at the Rogers Memorial Library. Brian will offer samples of pulled pork, grilled vegetables and a dessert. Space is limited, and there is a fee of $15 due at registration.
Artist and music aficionado Christian Scheider will explore the roots of American folk music, discussing and playing the works of both well-known and obscure artists from the 1930s through the 1990s, on six Tuesdays, beginning July 9, at 10:15 a.m., at the library’s Cooper Hall.
Certified Tai Chi instructor Jim Nelan will offer an introduction to Tai Chi, in the library’s Rose Garden on seven Wednesdays, beginning July 10 at 8 a.m. There is a fee of $40 due at registration.
Maria Konnikova, author of “Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes,” will visit the library on Wednesday, July 10, at noon. Drawing on 21st-century neuroscience and psychology, she will talk about Holmes’s unique methods of ever-present mindfulness, astute observation, and logical deduction.
There are still spaces available in Valerie diLorenzo’s three part series taking Mac computer users beyond the basics on Thursdays, July 11, 18, and 25 at 1 p.m. Topics for discussion will include iPhoto, iTunes, and iWork-Keynote/Pages. There is a fee of $15 due at registration.
Susan Krieger, L.Ac., MS, will discuss Qi Gong on Friday, July 12, at 10:15 a.m. at the Rogers Memorial Library. She will talk about how this method of flowing movements de-stresses the mind and improves joint flexibility.
To register for any program, call (631) 283-0774 or visit myrml.org.