Quogue Community Notes, January 16

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Another opportunity to learn more about the avian population of our area is coming up on Saturday, January 18, when Eileen Schwinn will talk about the “Birds of Winter” at 10 a.m. at the Quogue Library.Ms. Schwinn’s talk will be immediately followed by a field trip to a local pond so that participants can try their hand at identification.

All those planning to go on the field trip following the talk will need to have their own transportation. For more information or to register, call the library at (631) 653-4224, ext. 101.

The Quogue Wildlife Refuge, meanwhile, will host an informational seminar on Saturday led by Solar City, one of the nation’s foremost clean energy companies. Offered from 2 to 3 p.m., the seminar will take a look at one approach to going green and saving on electricity bills by going solar for little or no money down.

This informational program is based on the new solar lease program subsidized by New York State, LIPA and the federal government. Representatives from Solar City will show participants how they determine whether a given house qualifies.

For icing on the cake, the Quogue Wildlife Refuge will receive referral funds if any homeowners who attend the session decide to make the switch. Call (631) 653-4771 to register for this free seminar.

Also on Saturday, January 18, it’s time once again to join your friends, neighbors and other cinephiles for an evening of fine food and a terrific film at the monthly Film Feast at the Quogue Library. This month’s selection is the German film “Barbara,” which won universal acclaim from the critics when it was released in 2012.

The film tells the story of a young doctor in East Germany in 1980 who has applied for an exit visa and, as punishment, has been transferred from her prestigious post in Berlin to a small pediatric hospital in the country. Her intention to emigrate is thrown into question because of her absolute dedication to her patients and her newly found attraction to a doctor in whom she sees a kindred spirit.

The feasting begins at 6:30 p.m. and the film will be screened at 7:15 p.m. As always, admission is a beverage to share and a dish that serves at least six. Please note that there is an additional $5 fee for out-of-district participants. Best to call the library at (631) 653-4224 to let them know you’re coming and what food you’re planning to bring.

Yet another opportunity for culture vultures to congregate is scheduled on this very busy Saturday, January 18: An artist’s reception, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., for Gail Miro, whose “Dreams: Acrylic, Oil and Pencil on Paper” is currently on view as the January exhibition at the Quogue Library Art Gallery.

Moving into next week, the library will be offering a “Super Snowflakes” workshop for kids age 5 to 12 at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, January 21.

Participants will learn how to make their own special paper snowflake designs while exploring how these four-sided and six-sided crystalline masterpieces of nature are all unique and special. Call the library at (631) 653-4224 to register.

The Hampton Theatre Company production of “Heroes” opened last weekend and, although At Quaquanantuck was filed before there were any reviews in print, the word on the street in our village has been quite positive.

This Tom Stoppard translation of a Gérald Sibleyras comedy about three high-spirited World War I veterans plotting their escape from an old soldiers home won the Olivier Award for best new comedy when it ran in London in 2005.

Performances continue on Thursdays and Fridays at 7 p.m.; Saturdays at 8 p.m.; and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. through Sunday, January 26. For more information, visit www.hamptontheatre.org, where you can also purchase tickets. Tickets are also available by calling 1-866-811-4111.

Here’s a somewhat alarming question to contemplate: Is your home making you sick?

In order to offer some perspective on this troubling prospect, Healthy Home Consumer Advocate Vanessa Parsons will lead a discussion of some simple steps to help create a healthier, non-toxic home environment for village residents, their families, and their pets at the Quogue Library on Thursday, January 23, at 6 p.m.

Handouts will be provided. To register, call the library at (631) 653-4224, ext. 101.

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