East Hampton Community Notes, February 27

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What a beautiful weekend to clean the beaches. Thanks to Dell Cullum and his 84 volunteers, 20.5 miles of shoreline from Montauk Point to Georgica Beach East has been cleaned up. The total weight of mixed debris removed from the shoreline was a staggering 3,510 lbs. That’s one and a half tons, or 47 bags or three truckloads.Dog poop added up to 65 piles and a truckload and a half was filled with burned wood. There was a lot of very large logs and hazards (signs, mattress, unmovable items)that were made note of and certain pieces were moved off the main strip and up toward the dunes. The items most found and removed were plastic bags, beer cans, mylar and rubber balloons, metal posts, and plastic bottles.

Congratulations to the group and their effort. Let’s hope the beaches stay clean for a while. Everyone needs to do their share and pick up after themselves and their pets.

Every Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., through April 9, the East Hampton Library will be hosting an AARP tax assistance program. Space is limited and sign-up is required. Please remember to bring all your necessary tax information, so the tax assistants can help you. Sign up at the Reference Desk, call 324-0222 ext. 3, or email reference@easthamptonlibrary.org.

On Thursday, from 5 to 8 p.m., is the First Annual East Hampton Little League Fundraiser. The event is $25 per attendee (pay at the door), and will be held at Race Lane Restaurant. Some of the auction items are Mets and Rangers tickets and there are other great prizes. Any questions, call 204-7913.

The First Presbyterian Church of East Hampton will hold an Ash Wednesday service in the style of Taizé on March 5, at 7 p.m. Taizé is a meditative and peaceful style of worship that uses readings, candlelight, periods of silence, and congregational singing that is rich and beautiful yet easy to learn. It has traditional and contemporary elements, and is nondenominational and nondoctrinaire in nature. It comes from an ecumenical monastic Christian community in the village of Taizé in the Burgundy region of France, where it began in the 1940s. This is a service for the whole community; everyone is warmly invited.

Beginning Monday, March 3, through Monday, April 21, from 6 to 9 p.m., Guild Hall will be holding ‘Speaking Shakespeare Classical Acting Class,’ for teens. In the class, students age 16 and up work on sonnets, monologues, mask work, scene work, and more, culminating in a performance on the stage of the John Drew Theater. The class is taught by Morgan and Tristan Vaughan, both of whom hold MFAs in classical acting from The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University and have studied at the Circle in the Square Theatre School in NYC and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) in London. To register, please contact Jennifer at 324-0806 x25 or jennifer@guildhall.org.

Join Liz Lattuga, RN and certified yoga instructor, at the East Hampton Senior Center for a healing circle open to anyone in the community. This free four-week program meets on Tuesdays and incorporates healing modalities including Reiki, Chair Yoga, and Meditation focusing on the body and breath. The program is brought to participants by the Southampton Hospital’s Wellness Initiative in partnership with the East Hampton Department of Human Services. For more information and reservations, call 728-WELL.

On Tuesday, March 4, at 7:30 p.m. Guild Hall will host Jdt Lab: Free Staged Reading “The Personals,” directed by Isaac Klein, featuring Josh Gladstone, and the fabulous Kate Mueth, and Trevor Vaughn. After surviving a tragedy, estranged husband and wife Don and Janna go on a series of “blind dates” with each other to try to save their marriage. Based on the critically acclaimed film “Blind Date” by Theo Van Gogh and its subsequent American remake by Stanley Tucci, “The Personals” is the third incarnation of a story that is both heartbreaking and hilarious.

Enjoy.

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