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Feb 1, 2016 11:09 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

East Hampton Community Notes, February 4

Feb 1, 2016 12:06 PM

The other day I ran into a friend of mine whom I hadn’t seen in awhile. We had both attended Most Holy Trinity School together years ago, in the days of plaid skirts and bad ’80s hair. Renée McCormack is one of those people who is pretty without a stitch of makeup on and could probably be a fashion model on the weekends; the kind of person who you want to hate, but can’t because she is actually both nice and sincere. As I was chatting with her I noticed that she was eating some fancy granola in a cool looking eco-friendly bag, which was marked as both being vegan and gluten-free. I’m always interested in gluten-free foods due to my wheat allergy, but have come to accept that most of them taste terrible and are not worth eating. I asked her about it and found out that she didn’t just eat the snacks, but was actually the chef who makes them. As I said, Renée is in amazing shape, so I figured that this was another one of those “superfoods” that healthy people eat and the rest of us choke down the first week of January, as we try to stick our New Year’s resolutions.I tried the FOODFitness coconut cranberry cocoa nib granola clusters expecting it to taste like something that was healthy for me, and was surprised by how good they tasted. So, of course, I wanted to know more. It turns out that Renée has had the granola snacks on the market in local shops for a year. They aren’t cheap, but they are made in small batches with top ingredients and high quality control. She doesn’t just cook the healthy snacks, Renée also works with an after-school program in some local schools called FOODFitnessFUN, in which she helps to teach kids about making healthy choices in both their food and lifestyles. On top of that she has a website and blog that gives recipes and lifestyle tips (appreciatively, without judgement or being preachy). She is a local girl who cares about the health and well-being of the community, someone whom I’m sure we would like to see more from. So if you are interested in checking out her granola, head to the local markets or you can check out her website at www.ecofoodfitness.weebly.com. Happy munching!

The East Hampton High School Key Club had its first Babysitting Night from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, January 29. This is an evening when people in the community can drop off their well-behaved and fed children to hang out, play with and be entertained by a fun and responsible group of teens. It’s a win for both parents and kids and the price is right at $20 for four hours. The money raised always goes toward one of the Key Club’s many causes, as they are a group committed to community service and outreach. There will be more Babysitting Night dates coming up at the end of the month, I’ll keep you posted as soon as they are official.

Rowdy Hall is having an Oscar contest this month. Interested movie lovers can head down to Rowdy Hall and complete an Oscar ballot, voting for your picks for the big night. The contest is being run all month and will end on February 28, when the Oscars take place. Whomever has the most correct answers will win $50, movie tickets and, of course, the satisfaction of beating out everyone else. For more details and information call 324-8555.

The Jewish Center of the Hamptons will be offering classes on Fridays in February. The first class begins at 11 a.m. on February 5, with “Shir Ha-Shirim - The Song of Songs” in Hebrew, but interested parties need not be Hebrew experts to attend, as discussions will be in English. The second class begins at noon on February 5, and it is a “History of Judaism & The Jewish People” spanning from the earliest records to more current times. Both classes are open to all in the community. There is no charge for members, but the fee is $200 for non-members. For more information contact Diane Wiener at 324-9858 or go to their website at www.jcoh.org.

Don’t forget that Sunday, February 7, is Super Bowl 50! It’s always a good idea to make your plans early so that you can get the best possible position in front of the screen. There are Super Bowl specials all over town. The Indian Wells Tavern is featuring the game on five big screen televisions and a 10-foot screen, along with free appetizers, drink specials and prize giveaways at the bar during the game. Cittanuova will be showing the game on its three big screens. Momi Ramen is offering food and drink specials during the game. Harbor Grill will have 2-for-1 appetizers and drink specials during the game. Rowdy Hall will have the game on as well, so gather your friends, get your team colors on, choose your place wisely and cheer your heart out.

There is nothing more relaxing than a massage. Having someone knead your stress away is a treat that not only feels good, but is also very good for your health. For those interested in massage and learning some great tips, head to the YMCA ReCenter from 1 to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, February 9. Loretta Dalia, a licensed massage therapist, will be giving a presentation on the benefits of massage for both physical and mental health. The event is free and is sponsored by the Ed & Phyllis Davis Wellness Institute. To register, call 329-6884 or go to hamptonswellnessinstitute.org.

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