Westhampton Community Notes, January 30

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I am not a big fan of the cold weather. I can deal with the snow, but these single-digit temperatures are brutal. Not only do my fingers hurt when I attempt to take some outdoor photos, so does my wallet, as my furnace seems to be constantly kicking on.I’m hoping that this Sunday that furry weather fortune-teller, Punxsutawney Phil, tells us spring will be here sooner rather than later, which means that open windows and barefoot walks on the beach cannot be too far behind. Fingers crossed!

Meanwhile, here are some ways to stay warm this week and the rest of this winter …

The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center has announced its spring classes and camps for performers between the ages of five and 105. Each class will conclude with a public performance on the stage of our Main Street jewel.

The following classes and camps are being offered: Robinson Crusoe Musical Theatre Camp; Jungle Book Kids Musical Theatre Program; Teen Theatre Project; Hamptones A Cappella Vocal Group; A Midsummer Night’s Dream Ballet Program; and Melodies & Memories: The Senior Follies. You can visit www.whbpac.org for all the dates, age requirements, fees and registration forms, or call (631) 288-2350.

The Westhampton Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee’s Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament will be held this Friday, January 31, starting at 8 p.m., at Agave’s on Mill Road in Westhampton Beach. It costs $100 to play and there are some very nice prizes available. For more information, or to sponsor a table, call (631) 806-2624 or email info@whbstpats.com.

And another hopeful reminder that spring is not too far away: 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. Stop down, buy some raffle tickets and congratulate 2014 Grand Marshal Donna Conti!

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. 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 at the door the night of the dinner.

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 guests will enjoy complimentary popcorn, dinner and dessert. For more information or to register, call Audrey at (631) 996-2509 or email whumcoutreach@gmail.com.

Don’t forget, Oscar Gonzalez, a master fitness instructor, is offering a free class to help you decide on your fitness plan for 2014. The 90-minute complimentary class will take place at the new Dance Centre of the Hamptons studio located at 10 Mitchell Road in Westhampton Beach. The master class will be half Zumba and half Ultimate Conditioning and begins at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 8.

There will be light refreshments and beverages served afterward, so you can speak to Oscar if you have any questions regarding your fitness goals. Space is limited, so if you are interested in enrolling in the class, please register by calling (203) 536-1159 or emailing denisefreda@gmail.com.

And don’t forget that boating season is just around the corner, and that’s why this next event is a good one.

The Village of Westhampton Beach is offering a boater safety course next month. It will consist of two four-hour classes on Tuesday, February 25, and Thursday, February 27, from 6 until 10 p.m. both days, at Village Hall, 165 Mill Road. Attendees must attend both classes to earn their certification.

The cost is $10 per person, though there is a suggested donation of $30 to help out local Boy Scout Sal DiBenedetto install a life jacket loaner station at the village marina. He is building the station as part of his Eagle Scout project, so let’s help him out if we can.

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