Welcome to the new year. I find it silly that people make resolutions that will miraculously begin on January 1, as if there was no other time in the year to begin a new start or make a new goal. This can be done on a daily basis. But, if those who are not that type feel that they need a definite starting date to begin a new venture or outlook, all the best to them.Well, 2014 did start off with a wintry and snowy blast. To break up the cabin fever that I was beginning to get, I finally made it out on Saturday to go see a film. I carefully made my way through very snowy, messy sidewalks and a parking lot that had so much snow in it I overheard numerous people complaining about the lack of cleanup in the village area. I couldn’t agree more. The parking lot and sidewalks could have been in a lot better way by Saturday. The storm had been over for more than 24 hours at that point.
In school news, and this is something I like to see, on Thursday, the John Marshall Elementary School will hold an assembly on anti-bullying. Good work.
On Saturday, from 10 to 11 a.m., Tyler Armstrong, the South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo) Nature Educator will lead a nature walk. On the itinerary is identifying trees without their leaves, which is a valuable skill in a survival situation, as some can provide food, shelter, or tinder in a seemingly inhospitable environment. Dress warmly for this winter hike to learn what some of the trees are doing in the off-season and the stories they have to tell. Participants must call 537-9735 for reservations and information about meeting places. There is no charge for SoFo members. Non-members are charged $7 per adult, $5 per child three to 12 years of age. Children two and under can enjoy the program for free. Fees include admission to the museum on the day of the program.
This Sunday, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., St. Luke’s Church, located on James Lane, will be having its first of the year Pancake Breakfast with guest chef Mr. Budd, the former coach and teacher from East Hampton High School. All monies raised go to the church’s Outreach Program, which gives sponsorships to local students for college. The fee is $7 for adults and $4 for children under the age of six. For those with sugar problems, sugar-free maple syrup will be available.
The premises are handicap accessible with wheelchairs, and booster seats are available for the little ones.
St. Luke’s is also offering community service for those in high school or if you just would like to volunteer you can contact Terry at 324-6024.
On Sunday, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., the East Hampton Library is offering a workshop for ‘Young Filmmakers,’ for students in grades six through 12. Students will work independently or collaborate while exercising filmmaking skills, create a PSA of an upcoming library program, and receive community service credit. Please bring a smartphone, i-Pad, flip or video camera. Pre-registration is required. Register in the Children’s Room, or call 324-0222 ext. 2, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The East Hampton Library offers ongoing ESL classes Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Please sign up at the Adult Reference desk.
This Thursday and Friday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the library is offering an AARP Driver Safety Course. Sign up at the reference desk and payment by check is required when registering. $20 for AARP member, $25 for non-members.
This is very generous, on Monday nights, from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m., The Body Shop located above Eileen Fischer on Newtown Lane, is having a light-hearted, full-bodied dance class offered on a donation basis by Jamie Lerner. Different music and dance styles each week can include hip-hop, Latin, jazz, funk, gospel, etc. Put what you can in the basket after class. www.jamielerner.com.