Flanders: Festival at Phillips, Bayview civic meeting and Battle of Bands

Hello and happy Thursday, friends and neighbors. June is a busy month for everyone — field days, moving-up ceremonies, final exams. Most of all, graduations from high school. My oldest will be graduating from Riverhead High School in 17 days. I still can’t believe it. What’s even weirder is, a few of his classmates’ parents graduated with me 25 years ago. I walked down the aisle with them and now our children will be walking down that same aisle. The circle of life keeps going around and around.

Don’t forget the Community Festival at Phillips Avenue Elementary School this Saturday, June 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the school (rain date: Sunday, June 12). Children 2 and under are free; admission for everyone else is just $5 for the entire day! There will be tons of things to do and see. Hope to see you there.

Although the Bay View Pines Civic & Taxpayers Association usually meets on the first Friday of the month, the June meeting will be Friday, June 10. John Parker, organizer of the Riverside Revitalization Community Corporation, will speak at the meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. at the David W. Crohan Community Center. Nonmembers are welcome.

Eight local teen bands will rock the house at Ponquogue Beach, on Dune Road in Hampton Bays, on Friday, June 10 (rain date June 17) at 8 p.m. at the ninth annual Battle of the Bands. The event, sponsored by the Town of Southampton Youth Bureau, will bring together teens from all the villages in Southampton Town and will provide a memorable performance experience for the eight bands chosen. Slated to perform are Patrol, Degenerate Burnout, and The Blazing Beaverducks from WHBHS; Calypsis from ESMHS; The Entertainment from CMHS; Urbanoid from HBHS/WHBHS; According to J from McGann-Mercy and Human Errror from Shelter Island Heights/WHBHS/EHHS. Gates open at 7 p.m. with a mobile video game theater for the first two hours. Audience members will have a chance to win prizes by answering music trivia questions. An awards ceremony will follow for first-, second- and third-place bands. Top prizes include Sam Ash gift certificates; one fully produced song by Bulldog Studios; a website; one year of free hosting from Certain Media Inc.; cash; and more. Tickets are $10 at the door. For more information, call the Youth Bureau at 702-2426.

According to the weather forecast for this week, today, Thursday, June 9, is supposed to be a scorcher. I’m not complaining because I really can’t stand the winter, but I will warn everyone that if you must go outside make sure you hydrate yourself and use sunscreen.

Belated happy birthday wishes to Darlene Brewer, from your husband, Dave, your boys, Devon and Dustin, and all your family and friends. Darlene celebrated on June 7. I hope you had a wonderful day! Belated birthday wishes also go to Kathleen Shea, who celebrated June 5 with a day of go-kart riding with her husband, Mike, and her boys. Spencer and Ryan. I’m glad you all had loads of fun.

Well, that is all for this week. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and I hope to hear from you soon with news you’d like to share. Please drive safely and put those cell phones down.