Amagansett Community Notes, June 26

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Summer is here and today is the pre-K graduation at the Amagansett School at 9:15 a.m., with field day following. The eighth grade graduation at the middle school takes place tonight at 7 p.m. Lucy Pearl and her classmates are now officially freshmen at East Hampton High School, Class of 2018. Onward and upward.Kindergarten graduation takes place tomorrow, Thursday, June 26 at 9 a.m. and it is Beach Day as well. Friday, June 27, is the sixth grade graduation and the last day at Amagansett School for the summer.

On Thursday, June 12, Suki Blutstein and her dog “Jazzy” treated Amagansett pre-K students to a new program, called Pet Suitcase. It is a hands-on lesson where children take things out of a suitcase that would make pets happy, like a bowl, a leash etc. They identify them and explain why they would make our pets happy. The same lesson is taught to older children and is called a Lesson in Kindness. It teaches children the responsibilities of pet ownership, safety among animals, and kindness toward all living things.

“Jazzy” is a member of Therapy Dogs Inc. The objective is to bring animal assisted activities to hospitals, schools and nursing homes. “Jazzy” was rescued from the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast in Palm City, Florida, in February 2013. She took an obedience class and it was clear from the start that she was a very special little dog and should become a therapy dog. First she had to pass the American Kennel Clubs Canine Good Citizen test. She then worked in nursing homes to get her therapy dog certification. “Jazzy” has now been working since the beginning of 2014. Suki and “Jazzy” will be at the Amagansett Library with another program called Paws to Read on Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30 throughout the summer. Children will be able to read to “Jazzy.” The theory behind this is that the dog is non-judgmental and won’t care if the children stumble on words. The other thing “Jazzy” will be doing during the summer is visiting the adult day care. For more information, or if you would like “Jazzy” to come to your nursing home or camp, call Suki at 267-6624.

On Saturday, June 28, the Deacons of the First Presbyterian Church of Amagansett will host a picnic at Maidstone Park. They will supply hot dogs and hamburgers, soda and water. Members of the First Presbyterian Church of East Hampton and Springs Community Presbyterian Church are invited as well. The picnic will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Those attending are asked to bring a main dish or a dessert to share.

The First Presbyterian Church of Amagansett will begin its summer worship at 10 a.m. on Sunday, July 6, through Sunday, August 31. Until then, worship service is at 11 a.m.

The 101st Summer Fair will be held on Saturday, August 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Saint Thomas Episcopal Chapel will open its doors for the season on Sunday, June 29, at 10 a.m. with a service of Morning Prayer. Denise Galloway, a deacon in training with the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island will officiate. Denise is currently training at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in East Hampton and has a master’s degree in social work and public administration and is working with people who have traumatic brain injuries. Saint Thomas Chapel is located at the corner of Montauk and Indian Wells highway. All members of the community are welcome to attend and enjoy this special treasure chapel in our hamlet.

The AVIS (Amagansett Village Improvement Society) is offering free tennis lessons to Amagansett children ages 3 to 12. Peter Hoopes will hold the lesson on Tuesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. at the John Jackson AVIS courts on Atlantic Avenue. Registration and lessons begin on Tuesday, July 1, at 4 p.m. Any questions, call Joan Tulp at 267-3664.

Save the date for the AVIS Summer Splash on Saturday, August 2, at South Fork Country Club. This year’s theme will be Saturday Night Fever John Travolta-style in Amagansett.

This is always a fun night with dancing and great auctions.

Abs Plus at the Amagansett Free Library will have a new time for the summer. Beginning Monday, June 30, class will begin at 9:30 instead of 10 a.m. all levels are welcome, please bring your own mat.

The library is also offering a Knitting Circle on Thursdays from 11 to 12:30 p.m. Beginners, please bring size 8 needles and worsted weight yarn.

The library is offering a summer reading program for children age 3 to 13.

Stop by the circulation desk to see the movies

and all the fabulous programs being offered. Every Saturday at 3:30 p.m., there is a craft and story time with a theme for families.

The Junior Lifeguard program has begun on Saturday and Sundays from 9 to 11 a.m. at Indian Wells Beach.

Swim Across America takes place on Saturday, July 12, at Fresh Pond Bay.

Keep your calendars clear for Saturday, July 12. That is the day of the 100-year anniversary of the Amagansett Firehouse. Joe LaCarruba will be the Grand Marshal of the parade. This is sure to be a grand, special day.

Summer weather and summer crowds seem to be here but school is still in session until Friday, June 27, so please drive safely, wear sunscreen and don’t forget to hydrate, Have a great week.

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