09/27/11 12:44pm
09/27/2011 12:44 PM

Tuesday, Oct. 4, is the feast of St. Francis of Assisi. In honor of the patron saint of animals, there are a few animal-focused events going on locally this weekend. This Saturday, Oct. 1, at 11 a.m., Old Steeple Church in Aquebogue will hold a “Blessing and Celebration of the Animals” service. It’s open to pets of all types — and their owners, of course. Coffee, tea and cookies will be available in the Fellowship Hall following the service. Freewill offerings will be accepted and will be given to a local animal shelter. For more information, contact Janet Wright at 516-527-0026 or janet199@optonline.net.

A ‘Blessing of the Animals’ will take place on Sunday, Oct. 2, at 1:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Mattituck. Contact Nancy Deegan at 298-8304 or pianonan@optonline.net. We went to that blessing last year with our three dogs and had a great time. We couldn’t convince the cats to come as they had other more important things to do. Animals bless our lives in many ways, so why not attend one of these blessings with your furry friends?

On Oct. 4, I will be giving a talk entitled “Rebuild My Church” at 7:30 p.m. at St. John the Baptist R.C. Church in Wading River. Open to all women of faith. Call or email me for further details.

Aquebogue School’s annual fall craft fair will be held Saturday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fair and raffles will showcase local artisans, friends and families from all over who handcraft their items. It is amazing to see the variety of gifts and talents from so many people on display for us to purchase. Proceeds from the fair will benefit the Aquebogue School PTA. For more information or to rent a vendor table, call Tabatha at 631-998-3043.

The Spiritual Renewal Center is hosting its third annual “Blessing of the Artists” Saturday, Oct. 8, from noon to 4:30 p.m. This is not a religious service but an opportunity for community members to appreciate the creations of local artists and the many contributions art brings to our lives. All artists are welcomed to be blessed at 2 p.m. in the sanctuary. From noon to 4:30 p.m. featured artwork will also be on display at The Grange across from First Parish Church. Refreshments will be served. If you would like to show your artwork at The Grange contact Mary Ann Suozzi at maryannsuozzi@yahoo.com or 631-905-1614.

The race is on! Jamesport Fire Department’s 10K race has been rescheduled for Saturday, Oct. 15. Registration begins at 7 a.m. at Jamesport Town Beach; race begins at 9 a.m. at Iron Pier. Preregistration is $20; $25 on day of race. Visit jfd10krun.com or email Robert Sikora at robert.sikora@ngc.com for more information.

09/21/11 11:46am
09/21/2011 11:46 AM

Thank you for responding to the call for volunteers for the third annual Historic Jamesport House Tour. Many people from the local community responded and will now be serving the community and taking advantage of the half-price ticket in exchange for working half the day!

The House Tour is this weekend, Saturday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are now available for $40 through the website, jamesportmeetinghouse.org, or by calling 631-902-5848. There will be 10 houses dating from the late 1700s to the early 1900s. Included will be sea captains’ homes, bayfront cottages, farmhouses, quaint bungalows and former schoolhouses — all in a part of Jamesport not visited in previous tours. Last year the tour raised over $12,000 for the Jamesport Meeting House Preservation Trust.

In addition, there will be costumed tours of the Meeting House and an exhibit of local artists in the old schoolhouse on Winds Way. Tour-goers are encouraged to patronize local restaurants, which will donate a portion of ticketholders’ checks to the Meeting House. Visitors can purchase meals to take out and picnic in the gardens or on the beach at Winds Way.

Old Steeple Church in Aquebogue will hold a Blessing and Celebration of the Animals service on Saturday, Oct. 1, at 11 a.m. There will be a freewill offering, which will be given to a local animal shelter. Coffee, tea and cookies will be available in the Fellowship Hall following the service. All are invited. For more information, contactJanet Wright at 516-527-0026 or janet199@optonline.net.

Save the date for Aquebogue School’s annual fall craft fair on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fair and raffles will showcase local artisans and friends and families from all over who handcraft their items. It is amazing to see the variety of gifts and talents from so many people on display for us to purchase. There may still be a few spaces available for vendors of handcrafted items. The spaces are 10 x 10 and cost $50. The proceeds from the fall craft fair will benefit the Aquebogue School PTA. For more information or to rent a vendor table, call Tabatha at 631-998-3043.

We had our first official meeting for the Riverhead Central School District’s Special Education PTA (SEPTA) last Wednesday night at Riley Avenue School. The meeting was very well attended. We will meet at Riley the first Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. For more information, visit riverheadsepta.weebly.com. The motto of the group is “Think outside the box!” Please join us as educators and parents of special needs children to advocate for a free and appropriate education for all children.

Friday, Sept. 23, is the official start of fall! Stay outside and enjoy this beautiful season. I wish you every blessing in the week ahead.