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Jewish Center Of The Hamptons

The Jewish Center of the Hamptons will kick-off the summer Salon Series with a talk by Michael Musto and Rabbi Lyle Rothman on the Quality of Equality on Thursday, June 27, at 7 PM.

In honor of Pride Month and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, Michael Musto, a journalist and author, and Rabbi Lyle Rothman, the Jewish Chaplain at University of Miami Hillel, will have a conversation about being gay in today’s America.

The Thursday Night Salon series is free for JCOH members. Non-members can purchase a ticket in advance for $15.

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Chamber Festival Seeks Vendors

The first East Hampton Summer Festival will take place on August 18 in Herrick Park. The chamber is seeking vendors for the event.

There will be live music all day, food and drink, a kid zone with free art projects ad rides, an artisan village featuring the works of 40 local artists, craftspeople, and non-profit agencies.

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Free SPF 30 Sunscreen Program

The Town of Southampton held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new free SPF 30 sunscreen dispensers at Ponquogue Beach in Hampton Bays on June 25.

The program, which will run through Labor Day, will place sunscreen dispensers at many of the town’s parks and beaches. Sponsored by Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, the program aims to help protect residents and visitors against the dangers of sun exposure while they enjoy the beaches, parks, and recreational facilities during the summer.

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Rogers Memorial Library

The first concert in the Rogers Memorial Library’s summer concert series will be held on Friday, June 27, at 6 PM. In celebration of the centennial of Leonard Bernstein’s birth, a quartet led by pianist and arranger Alexander Wu with soprano Rachel Elezi, Ben Kono on woodwinds, and Rex Benincasa on percussion, will present a selection of Bernstein’s songs and instrumental works. Reservations are recommended.

The library will host a Fourth of July Patriotic Pinwheels and Pretzels for teens on Monday, July 1, from 4 to 5 PM. Participants can paint wooden pinwheels and decorate pretzels with red, white, and blue chocolate and sprinkles.

Rogers Memorial will offer a Jewelry Club for teens on Tuesday, July 2, from 4 to 5 PM, where participants can learn how to make their own jewelry. For the July meeting, the workshop will make dangly star earrings for the Fourth of July. The craft will be available in the Teen Room until supplies run out.

The library will also host “Getting Ready to Babysit” on Wednesday, July 3, from 2 to 5 PM, which is designed to help teens develop the skills necessary for the responsibility of being a sitter, such as child safety, developmental stages of children, and how to plan activities that are age appropriate. Pizza lunch will be served.

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Westhampton Free Library

As part of the “Lunch and Learn” series, the Westhampton Free Library will host “Images of the Edge of Spacetime” with Dom Pesce on Friday, June 28, at 12 PM.

Pesce, an alumnus of Westhampton Beach High School and former Westhampton Free Library employee, is an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and is a member of the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration, which obtained the first image of a black hole in April.

He will discuss the quest to assemble the Event Horizon Telescope, an Earth-sized network of dishes with resolution several thousand times stronger than the Hubble Space Telescope, and how it was used to take the first picture of a black hole.

The Westhampton Free Library will sponsor Mondays on Main this summer, which will run from July 1 through August 26 from 6 to 9 PM.

Mondays on Main will feature family-friendly activities, food, drinks, sidewalk sales, and movies on the Great Lawn.

Hampton Library

The Hampton Library in Bridgehampton will host a space-themed Book Bingo and the Galactic Race, in which duos will compete by scavenging items, sounds, and smells from around the East End. Races will be held every Saturday from July 6 through August 24. Attendees must sign up by 5 PM on Tuesday, July 2. The winning team will be awarded the grand prize at the library’s end-of-summer event on August 31 at 1 PM.

The Hampton Library will also host “Jump ‘n’ Jive: Swing Dance Lessons” with Edwin and Maria Urbat, a husband-and-wife dance team from Swing Dance Long Island, on July 13 at 1 PM.

The Urbats will teach attendees how to jitterbug, Lindy Hop, and boogie-woogie. All ages are needed, and no partner is needed. Registration is required.

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Hampton Bays Library

The Hampton Bays Library will host the annual writing workshop with Jen Senft on July 9 and July 16 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.

Participants, who are asked to come with samples of their own writing up to 750 words long. They will share their work and feedback from each other and Senft.

Space is limited and only available to Hampton Bays Public Library cardholders only. For more information, visit

Phillips Family Cancer Center Shop

Olivela, in partnership with Cristina Cuomo and Purist Magazine, will hold a pop-up boutique from June 30 to July 7 from 10 AM to 7 PM at the Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton.

Twenty percent of profits will benefit the Phillips Family Cancer Center. The pop-up shop will feature a curated selection of handbags, shoes, ready-to-wear, jewelry, and more.

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Peconic Land Trust

The Peconic Land Trust will host “Getting Started with Composting” at Bridge Gardens in Bridgehampton on Tuesday, July 2, from 3 to 4:30 PM.

Paul Wagner of Greener Pastures Organics will lead the workshop and teach easy steps to creating your own compost. The program is $5 per person and free to Bridge Garden Members. Reservations are requested.

It will also sponsor an open house at U.S. Coast Guard Shinnecock in Hampton Bays on July 6 from 10 AM to 3 PM.

Besides meeting members of the U.S. Coast Guard Station, attendees can get up close to a helicopter, boats, and equipment, as well as watch a K-9 demonstration with Suffolk County Sheriff canine officers, experience a seal release with Riverhead Foundation, haul seine nets from the bay, and participate in other activities offered by local environmental partners. The event is free.

“Watercolors in the Garden” with Barbara Thomas will be held at Bridge Gardens on Thursdays from July 11 to August 1 and again from August 8 through August 29 from 3 to 5 PM.

Beginner to experienced artists, ages 15 and up, will learn to use watercolor gouache, mix colors, and capture the light and shadow of the garden.

The class is $200 per four sessions or $65 for a single drop-in session. Prepaid reservation is required.

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National Guard Promotion

Steven Delgado Garzon of Hampton Bays, who is serving in the New York Army National Guard, was recently promoted.

Garzon, who is assigned to the Company H (Forward Support Company Infantry), 427th Brigade Support Battalion, received a promotion to the rank of specialist.

Major General Shields, the adjutant general for the State of New York, announced the recent promotion of Garzon and other members of the New York Army National Guard in recognition of their capability for additional responsibility and leadership.

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