Many thanks to the members of the Hampton Bays Civic Association for the invite to the party that was held last week at the home of Bruce and Nancy King. The food was plentiful and delicious, the company stimulating and, Bruce and Nancy, your lovely home was warm and welcoming. It was nice, too, to finally meet some of the people with whom I’ve corresponded over the years.There are lots of good deeds being done around here in the spirit of the holiday season. Hampton Nursery and Landscape is hosting a food drive through Long Island Cares. Founded by Harry Chapin in 1980 as the first food bank on Long Island, Long Island Cares serves thousands of individuals and families in need of assistance.
The garden center will be collecting nonperishable food, new toys, pet food, baby care items and school supplies. Those donations may be dropped off Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., at 205 West Montauk Highway.
And please be sure to fill out a raffle ticket for a chance to win a $100 gift card for the nursery. The drawing for that will be held on Monday, December 23.
Monika Straka, owner of Gigi’s Kids at 48 West Montauk Highway, is collecting new, unwrapped toys, books and games for Matthew’s Wish; the items will be distributed to the Cohen Children’s Medical Center and the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island. Donations may be given on Sunday and Monday, from 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., and Tuesday through Saturday, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
A Hampton Bays-based charity, Matthew’s Wish was formed in honor of Matthew McKinnon who was a long-term patient at Cohen Children’s Hospital in New Hyde Park. After Matthew passed away in January 2011, his mom, Annemarie Allen, said that he had talked about wanting to surprise all the other kids by loading up an 18-wheeler full of toys and delivering them to the hospital.
Mrs. Allen knew what she had to do to keep Matthew’s vision and memory alive. Go to “Matthew’s Wish” on Facebook to see a list of gift ideas that are needed.
And Bay Area Sewer and Drain Services in Eastport is sponsoring a “Socks for the Soul” sock collection drive to help children of all ages keep their feet cozy and warm this winter. Donate any size, color, or fabric. Donations can be dropped off at the St. Rosalie’s Church Parish Center, 31 East Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
This sounds like fun! The North Fork Trolley is offering children (and parents) the opportunity to take a ride on “The Polar Express.” The magical story will come to life on board the trolley every Friday through Sunday through December 22.
The trolley will pick up passengers at The All Star bowling alley on Route 58 in Riverhead and take a 70-minute tour with a special reading of the book and then stop at the North Pole (Hallockville Museum Farm). Bring your cameras!
Tickets are $31 per child and $36 for adults, and you can purchase those online at www.northforktrolley.com. Questions? Call (631) 369-3031.
Because of early deadlines, if you would like to have something included in the Christmas/December 26 edition, please send your news to me by Wednesday morning, December 18. Thanks!
Thursday, December 12: Holiday Clean Energy Forum, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Town of Southampton Senior Center, 25 Ponquogue Avenue. Free seminar on the benefits of renewable energy and energy efficiency applications that are available. To RSVP, call (631) 329-8888 or visit www.RenewableEnergyLongIsland.org.
Saturday, December 14: Live telecast of Metropolitan Opera’s performance of “Falstaff,” 12:55 p.m., Hampton Bays United Artists Theatre, 119 West Montauk Highway. Admission is $25 for adults, $23 for senior citizens and $19 for children. Taped encore will be shown on Wednesday, December 18, at 6:30 p.m. For tickets, go to www.REGmovies.com.
Saturday, December 14: Poets Rising Group, 1-3 p.m., Hampton Bays Public Library, 52 Ponquogue Avenue.
Saturday, December 14: Parish Christmas Tree Lighting and Nativity Blessing following the 5 p.m. Mass at St. Rosalie’s Church, 31 East Montauk Highway. Wear Santa hats and bring jingle bells!
Saturday, December 14: Santa Claus photo-op for children and pets, 1-4 p.m., Petco, 180 West Montauk Highway. Prints are $8.95 for a picture with frame and all proceeds benefit the Southampton Animal Shelter, RSVP Inc. rescue group and Petco.