East Hampton Community Notes, June 19

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I do not know about anyone else, but my date book is so full, I cannot get in all that I would like to do.What a difference from the winter season, where one is lucky if they could find one single thing to do over the weekend. Now the invitations, shows, parties, fundraisers, you name it, seem to piling up and happening all at once.

My dance card is very full and I hope all of yours are as well. It is that time to take advantage of the culture that happens around the village.

Ashley West, was one of 24 students from Susquehanna University who traveled in May to New Orleans to provide ongoing aid as part of the university’s Global Opportunities (GO) program. The GO New Orleans service trip consists of Susquehanna students, faculty and staff who travel to the Gulf Coast to learn about the culture of the city and assist with ongoing Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts. Service projects include working with Habitat for Humanity on general construction of homes, painting, framing and renovating. The cross-cultural element of the trip will focus on the rich ethnic, culinary, historical, music and architectural mixture that makes New Orleans a completely unique city. West is studying mathematics and secondary education at Susquehanna, where she will be a junior in the fall. She is a 2012 graduate of East Hampton High School and the daughter of Kristen Tulp.

On Saturday, at 11:30 a.m., the East Hampton Library is pleased to invite the community to the Grand Opening Celebration of the New Children’s Addition. Please join the Celebration and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new children’s wing. There will be a brief welcoming program under the tent in the back parking lot followed by tours, refreshments, and entertainment for children.

On Monday, from noon to 1 p.m., the library will have Newsday book editor Tom Beer, who will be moderating an online chat with author Alice McDermott, discussing her book “Someone.” “Someone” is the story of a Brooklyn-born woman’s life—her family, her neighborhood, her daily trials and triumphs—from childhood to old age. There will be a Q&A session following the discussion. Sign up at the Reference Desk or call 324-0222 ext. 3, or email reference@easthamptonlibrary.org.

Go to the library’s website to see their schedule. There are many workshops for adults and children all week long, www.easthamptonlibrary.org.

The Wellness Foundation of East Hampton will host its 3rd Annual Summer Benefit on Saturday, from 6 to 8 p.m. at a private East Hampton Village residence overlooking Hook Pond. The evening will honor Wellness Foundation’s 2014 Illumination Award recipient Rip Esselstyn. A nationally known health advocate and bestselling author of “The Engine 2 Diet” and “My Beef with Meat,” Esselstyn also serves on The Wellness Foundation’s Advisory Council. The Wellness Foundation’s Illumination Award celebrates those individuals illuminating the path of wellness for others.

Guests will enjoy delicious vegan hors d’oeuvres catered by Canard, Inc., wine by Amagansett Wine & Spirits, and live music by Jane Hastay, Peter Martin Weiss & John Cataletto.

Event proceeds will benefit the non-profit Wellness Foundation, providing programs, services, and support that empower the community by promoting a lifestyle of optimal nutrition, fitness and health.

Individual tickets are $150 and are available online at The Wellness Foundation’s website (www.wfeh.org) and by phone at 329-2590. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

On Friday, at 8 p.m., Guild Hall will have an evening with comedian Sandra Bernhard. Ms. Bernhard will appear in her own one-of-a-kind live show that sharply blends theater, rock-n-roll, and stand-up with a little burlesque and cabaret. Bernhard’s live in-your-face performing combines her hysterical insight, outspoken views, and outrageous mouth, along with her band The Flawless Zircons. Balcony seats are $45 and $43 for members; Orchestra seats are $65 and $63 for members; Prime Orchestra seats are $75 and $70 for members.

Saturday, at 8 p.m., Guild Hall will host Hamptons International Film Festival presents “SummerDocs #1: Life Itself,” hosted by Alec Baldwin with a Q&A to follow with Chaz Ebert. Acclaimed director Steve James (“Hoop Dreams”) and executive producers Martin Scorsese (“The Departed”) and Steven Zaillian (“Moneyball”) present a documentary that recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert. Tickets are $23 for reserved seating and $21 for members.

On Sunday, at 6 p.m., Guild Hall & the Choral Society of the Hamptons present “Leonard Bernstein: Reaching for the Note,” a screening of the Emmy-Award-winning PBS documentary written and directed by Susan Lacy. Check out guildhall.org for more events.

On Saturday, at 10 a.m., The Garden Conservancy will have its “Open Days Program Garden Tour.”

Explore five private gardens in East Hampton, open to the public for self-guided tours to benefit the Garden Conservancy. No reservations are required. The event will take place rain or shine. Admission is $5 and children 12 & under are admitted free. See the website or call toll-free weekdays at 888-842-2442, or visit www.gardenconservancy.org.

On Sunday, from 1 to 2 p.m., Hugh King will lead a Children’s Cemetery Tour. Children and their parents will be given a tour of the South End Burying Ground. The cost is $2 for each child and parents are admitted free. Meet at the Mulford Farm gate, 10 James Lane, rain or shine.

Enjoy.

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