I would like to start this week’s column by sending out a couple of birthday wishes. Erin Finley, proprietor of Sydney’s “Taylor” Made Cuisine, turns another year older on Thursday, January 26, and on Tuesday, January 31, Stacy Rubio celebrates her birthday. Enjoy your special days, ladies!
Congratulations to Westhampton Beach resident Danielle Parry, who was named to the dean’s list at the University of Delaware for the fall semester. Danielle is a sophomore who is majoring in education and human development and met the dean’s list requirement of having a grade point average of 3.33 or higher. Nice job, Danielle!
Congratulations also go to Westhampton residents Lindsay Andarakis and Lauren Hewlett, who both attend the State University of New York at Oneonta. They were both named to the dean’s list for the fall semester for maintaining a grade point average of 3.5 or higher this past semester. Way to go!
The Friends of the Westhampton Free Library is currently sponsoring a clothing and food drive and is requesting nonperishable food items, as well as new socks and underwear. You can drop off donated items in the designated bins at the library during regular business hours. The food collected will be brought to the Immaculate Conception Church and the clothing will go to local homeless shelters and Socks for Seniors.
The Hurricane Educational Foundation is hosting a Comedy Night fundraiser on Friday, February 3, at the Atlantis Hyatt Place, 451 East Main Street in Riverhead. The show, which begins at 7 p.m., will feature comedian Chris Roach and his hilarious friends. A buffet dinner will also be served.
This event is for adults only and tickets are $50 each. Proceeds will help furnish the Wellness Center that’s located behind the Westhampton Beach High School cafetorium. Organizers are hoping to raise enough money to buy weights and fitness equipment for students. For more details or to buy tickets, call Kathy Masterson at 288-3800, ext. 219, or email her at email@example.com.
The Westhampton Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, with the help of Long Island Poker-Casino, will be hosting a benefit Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament on Thursday, January 26, at Hotel Indigo, 1830 West Main Street in Riverhead. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the tournament will start promptly at 7 p.m.
A buy-in of $100, which is tax-deductible, gets you entered in the tournament and also includes a buffet dinner and open bar until midnight. There will be re-buys allowed until a set time that will be determined. For more details, call 560-6392, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.whbstpats.com. And don’t forget about the parade fundraiser at Casey’s on Saturday, February 25.
The Hurricane Education Foundation will host a jazz concert benefiting the Westhampton Beach High School music and arts programs in the high school auditorium on Friday, January 27, at 7 p.m. The event will include performances by the high school jazz ensemble, jazz choir, music teachers, as well as alumni and other high school bands. Admission to the concert is free, but any donations would be greatly appreciated. There will also be a Chinese auction featuring great prizes. For more information, visit the Facebook page “WHBHS Jazz Benefit Concert.”
The Westhampton Beach School District’s Adult Continuing Education and Recreation program is currently looking for instructors for the spring semester. If you are interested in sharing your favorite craft, interest or hobby with others, contact program director Maria Tracy at email@example.com. She will send you an instructor information packet.
The 16th annual Snowball is being held this Saturday, January 28, at 8 p.m., at Oceanbleu at the Westhampton Beach Bath and Tennis Hotel and Marina on Dune Road. Tickets are $50 each and include hors d’oeuvres, dancing, live entertainment, raffles and a cash bar. The Snowball is sponsored by the Westhampton Alliance of Merchants and proceeds will go to East End Hospice and various village business improvements. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 288-4722 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bideawee in Westhampton is still accepting entries for its fourth annual “Love Your Pet Art Contest and Expo.” Students in kindergarten through the eighth grade can submit their artwork at the adoption center, located at 118 Old Country Road, until Sunday, February 5. Submissions can be of any artistic medium: drawings, paintings, photos, sculptures, etc. All entries must be accompanied by a Bideawee Art Expo form, which can be downloaded at www.bideawee.org.
The first 300 entries will be displayed inside the learning center at Bideawee on Saturday, February 11, when all are invited to view all the creations for a $5 donation. Winners in each category will be featured in Bideawee’s monthly newsletter and receive prizes from Splish Splash, Dave & Busters and Tanger Outlets. All winners will be entered into a Facebook contest, and the grand prize is an exclusive tour and lunch at Bideawee for an entire class! For more information, call 516-785-4687, ext. 7369.