Westhampton Community Notes, January 16

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Congratulations go out this week to a couple of Westhampton Beach High School alumni. Claudia Purkis, a freshman at SUNY at Oneonta, and Connor O’Rourke, a senior at Providence College in Rhode Island, were both named to the dean’s list at their respective colleges for the fall semester.Claudia is majoring in elementary education and Connor is majoring in accountancy. Nice job, folks!

The Hampton Theatre Company, based at 125 Jessup Avenue in Quogue, is busy staging performances of their latest production, “Heroes.” It is a play by Gerald Sibleyras and translated by Tom Stoppard. It is about three World War I veterans reminiscing about the past and plotting their escape from a veteran’s home. I’m told by director and Press Quogue columnist Andrew Botsford that it is very funny and should not be missed.

The performances will take place every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday through January 26. Showtimes are 7 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, 8 p.m. on Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $23 for senior citizens (except Saturday) and $10 for students under 21 years of age. There will also be a discount for veterans and “Dinner Theater Packages” are available. For more information, you can call the theater at (631) 653-8955. To order tickets, call OvationTix at 866-811-4111 or you can purchase them online at www.hamptontheatre.org.

If you are not a Facebook user, you may not realize that starting this Friday, January 17, is the second annual “Pay It Forward” weekend. People are asked to do at least one random act of kindness without expecting anything in return. It can be something simple, like giving someone a card to cheer them up, paying for someone’s meal or even just volunteering some time to help others. Spread the word among your family and friends, and let’s start 2014 on a positive note.

The Westhampton Free Library has made its annual hot chocolate day into a whole weekend. Stop by the library this Saturday, January 18, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., and Sunday, January 19, from 12:30 until 3:30 p.m., and enjoy a cup of cocoa to warm you up while perusing the library’s shelves for a new book or movie to enjoy.

If you stop by the library on Sunday, make sure you come between noon and 3:30 p.m. That’s when the library’s monthly book sale, held the third Sunday of every month, will take place. In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, there will be a special selection of recently donated African-American literature. And as a reminder, the library will be closed on Monday, January 20, to honor the great civil rights leader.

The Westhampton Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee is hosting another Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament on Friday, January 31, starting at 8 p.m., at Agave’s on Mill Road in Westhampton Beach. The entry fee of $100 will get you in the running for some nice prizes. They are even offering some bonus chips if you register early.

For more information, or to sponsor a table, call (631) 806-2624 or email info@whbstpats.com. And just a heads-up: The St. Patrick’s Day Parade fundraiser will take place on Saturday, March 8, from 7 until 11 p.m., at Agave’s as well.

The 22nd annual Westhampton Rotary Spaghetti Dinner will be held on Sunday, February 9, from 1 until 7 p.m., at Casa Basso Restaurant located at 59 Montauk Highway in Westhampton. On the menu will be delicious spaghetti with meatballs, salad, bread, coffee, tea and dessert. There will even be a 50/50 raffle.

Tickets are $12 for adults, or $10 for children under 12 and senior citizens, and can be purchased at Lynne’s Cards and Gifts on Main Street, Bridgehampton National Bank on Mill Road and, of course, at the door the night of the dinner.

East End Hospice will be holding its next Children’s Bereavement Group series starting on Monday, February 3. Attendees will meet every Monday, from 5:30 until 7 p.m., for the next seven weeks at 195 Mill Road in Westhampton Beach. A parent guardian bereavement group will meet at the same time while your child is in their group. For more information or to register, call Angela Byrns at (631) 288-8400. Registration ends on Monday, January 20.

The Westhampton United Methodist Church, located at 116 Montauk Highway, will host a free dinner and movie night from 6:30 until 9:30 p.m. on Friday, February 7. The movie will be Kirk Cameron’s “Unstoppable” and there will also be dessert and popcorn, as well as dinner. For more information or to register, call Audrey at (631) 996-2509 or email whumcoutreach@gmail.com.

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