East Hampton Community Notes, August 29

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This is the monumental weekend, Labor Day, when the summer seems to come to a halt and all of the people who are renting leave the area. I do not like to be the bearer of bad news but, this year we get an extra week of summer because most schools do not re-open until Monday, September 9. Everyone will have to add a few days to the “countdown.”

I am sure at this point, most East Hamptonites have heard about the closing of the much beloved Golden Eagle art supply store on Gingerbread Lane. Much to everyone’s surprise, the lease had been terminated and the store has been asked to vacate the premises by September 30.

Nancy Rowan, owner of the shop has been diligently looking for a new location to reopen in. I will keep you up to date on where the store might move to. In the meantime, there is a major sale happening at the store.

The fireworks are here! This Saturday, the East Hampton Fire Department fireworks will be at Main Beach, starting at dusk. Parking is on a first-come first-served basis, no parking permit is required and there is no reserved parking. No vehicles are allowed on the beach from Egypt Beach to Georgica Beach.

Today at 5 p.m., Guild Hall presents KidFEST: Wild World of Animals, which is billed as an entertaining and educational program featuring a variety of animals including reptiles, birds and mammals, plus possibly an American alligator, alligator snapping turtle, albino monocle cobra, reticulated python, European eagle owl, blue and gold macaw, opossum, binturong, spot-nose guenon (monkey) and an African-spotted leopard or hyena. Wild World of Animals was voted one of the top five edu-tainment shows in the world by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions The show is recommended for ages four and up and you can get tickets online at GuildHall.org.

Tonight, from 5 to 7p.m., is the free preview reception for the Box Art Auction benefiting East End Hospice at St. Luke’s Church Hoie Hall in East Hampton on James Lane. You can also get a sneak peak today, Wednesday, and Thursday, August 28 and 29, from 10 a.m.

Then, the annual Box Art Auction will be held at Ross School Center for Well-Being on Saturday, September 7, at 4:30 p.m. More than 75 of the finest artists, including me, on Long Island’s East End have again created memorable art boxes for an auction benefiting East End Hospice. The reception and silent auction begins at 4:30 p.m., with the live auction at 6 p.m. Bonnie Grice, from WPPB radio will be the live auction auctioneer. The cost of this event is $75, which includes wine and hors d’oeuvres For additional information, call 531 288-7080 or visit www.eeh.org.

This week starts High Holy Week and the Jewish Center of the Hamptons has a long listing of events, beginning at 8 p.m. on Wednesday and continuing through 3 p.m., on September 14. To view the events visit jcoh.org.

On Saturday, from 7 to 10 p.m., the 2013 “Evening in the Hamptons” event which benefits New York City Mission Society (www.nycmissionsociety.org), will take place on the estate of Ted and Dina Merrill Hartley. This year’s event is set to be a fun-filled evening of food, drinks, fireworks, and special musical guest performances by Tony Award nominee Christine Andreas and singer Cole Rumbough. The evening will raise money to support New York City Mission Society’s programs, which help break the cycle of poverty for New York’s children, youth and families. Tickets may be purchased by calling (212) 674-3500, extension 208.

On Saturday, from 1 to 3 p.m., the East Hampton Library will have a screening of the 2013 film “The Great Gatsby.” Please register at the Reference Desk or call 324-0222, ext. 3.

Enjoy the rest of the season.

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