East Hampton Community Notes, February 5

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Here we are in February. Finally. There are only a few weeks left until spring, at least according to the groundhog. In the interim, most people are getting prepared for ‘the season’ to start. It is just what every resort area has to do.

To add to your agenda, you can join photographer Dell Cullum who is getting a jump start on getting the beaches all tidied up, in hopes that fellow beachgoers in the coming season will do the same. “I chose now as a perfect time, while there is no one on the beaches and the trash is minimal to run this event,” Mr. Cullum said. “This gives the community and the town and village crews a clean slate to start with and one much easier to maintain. I also think it will show the community what they are capable of doing when they come together for a common issue to benefit where we live and the beautiful places we are fortunate to have. I hope to document this event and spread it far and wide so maybe this year’s summer guests might catch wind and think twice about trashing our beaches that the community worked so hard at to clean.”

The First Shoreline Sweep will take place this Saturday, starting at 9 a.m., (rain/snow date is Sunday) from Georgica Beach to the Montauk Lighthouse. For how you can help out, contact Dell at kachina35@gmail.com.

This Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 12 noon, Guild Hall will have “The Art of Decoration: Valentine’s Day Cookie Workshop,” for children. Enjoy decorating delicious Valentine’s Day cookies. Cookies and decorations generously donated by Blue Duck bakery cafe. The fee is $10/$8 members. www.guildhall.org or 324-0806. Remember to visit the Students Art Festival while you are there.

On Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., join ARF for a Valentine Open House including adoptions, tours and refreshments at the Adoption Center. Those who attend will have a free chance to win a Samsung 50” LED HD TV courtesy of Crescendo Designs. Bring the whole family to find your furry Valentine. For more information contact adoptions@arfhamptons.org.

Did you know in 1853, the first YMCA for African-Americans was founded by Anthony Bowen, a freed slave, in Washington, D.C.? Join the YMCA East Hampton RECenter in celebrating Black History Month. Celebrate Barack Obama, the 44th president of the United States of America, and the poetry of Maya Angelou by bringing in your favorite poems or pictures along with stories to share with your friends at the YMCA.

I know I will be going through my closet for this. The RECenter will also have sponsor their annual coat drive. Please bring to the YMCA a gently used clean coat that we will then bring to local food pantries and Big Brother Association. Last year they had over whelming success and we are hoping for the same this year as well.

This Saturday, join Rabbi Zimmerman in the small sanctuary at the JCOH for The Heart of Jewish Mysticism, from 9 to 9:45 a.m.

Remember, next Thursday, February 13,from 4 to 6 p.m., is the drop-off of art work for the 9th Annual Love & Passion Show. This big community event has moved from Ashawagh Hall to Water Mill. I hope that this does not deter from the great response that the show gets every year. The drop-off will be at the Hampton Hang Gallery, located directly behind Suki Zuki and Sara Nightingale Gallery.

The opening reception is February 15. Sara Nightingale’s ‘Blind Date’ Music Lab series will continue between the galleries. ‘Blind Date’ brings together two or more musicians who have never met and will perform together in front of an audience. Contact me to see how you can be involved. karynmannix@optonline.net.

Enjoy.

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