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Riverhead News: Book discussion today at Riverhead Free Library


The next book discussion at Riverhead Free Library will be held today, Thursday, March 27, from 7 to 8 p.m. The book “The Sandcastle Girls,” by Chris Bohjalian, is a sweeping historical love story steeped in the author’s Armenian heritage. 

RFL has concluded its annual Adult Winter Reading Club — “Riverhead Reads: Latin American Literature.” Library patron Jennifer Love won the grand prize: a gift certificate to Jedediah Hawkins Restaurant. Those who also won gift certificates to local businesses include Gail Seylar, Panera Bread; Linda Esposito, Cinco de Mayo Restaurant; Angela Donnarumma, Lowe’s; Amy Wood, Digger’s Ales N’ Eats; Raymond Atkins, Bagel Lovers; and Sherri Guthrie, who won a gift certificate donated from the Friends of RFL. Call 727-3228 for more information regarding available programs or stop in and pick up a newsletter!

Peconic Bay Medical Center’s Auxiliary will host a “Celebrate the Seasons” brunch/fundraiser Saturday, April 26, from noon to 3 p.m. in the Sea Star Ballroom at Hyatt Place East End. Thelma Booker is the event chairwoman and welcomes the community to attend. Tickets are $40, which includes a wonderful brunch, fun and games, a 50/50 raffle and a four-seasons basket raffle. Respond to the PBMC Auxiliary at 548-6021.

The Riverhead Care Center has been hopping with all types of activities for its residents during March: a Mardi Gras, a St. Patrick’s Day party and entertainment by Irish step dancers and the Red Hat Divas. The Red Hat Divas, a local group, recently entertained the residents by singing “Yes, We Have No Bananas.” They also performed a skit, “Who Threw the Overalls in Mrs. Murphy’s Chowder?” Marilyn did a great job with the music and Viola was disguised as a leprechaun. The residents had a great time!

A new program is being added at the Riverhead Care Center. Kristin Abzug, activities director, was recently certified in “Wheelchair Tai Chi.” Other programs include “Silver Sneakers,” “Sittersize,” “Life Rejuvenation” and “Music and Movement.” There are so many choices available for fun, relaxation and physical fitness. Kristin would like to know if anyone has an old iPod they’re no longer using and are willing to donate to a new music therapy program for the residents. She can be reached at 727-4400.

Riverhead United Methodist Church held its Jesus Alive Concert last Saturday evening. Pastor Dr. Enrique Lebron and his wife, Isa, welcomed everyone to a night of musical entertainment. Ithamar Malave, Shannon McAlister, Kathleen Gregory, Dorlimar Lebron, Brendan Gregory, Adam McAlister and Chris McAlister (with technical support from Kelly McAlister) wowed the audience with their musical talent by singing and playing instruments. Christian music artist Frank Rendo sang a medley and the Jesus Alive dancers, under the direction of Jackie Carey, filled the evening with song and dance.

Belated happy birthday to Lynn Toronto on March 24 from all your friends at Riverhead Landing.

Happy birthday to Lynn Benitez, Chris Schroeher and Robert Block Jr. on March 27; Ray Atkins, Kristin Smith and Caeley Schwarz on the 28th; Bob Lehmann on the 29th; Linda Terchunian, Jason Grodski and Cheryl (Berezny) Michaelis on the 30th; Debra Ann Clifford on April 1; Samantha Lombardi, Kevin Burgess and Brian Fleischman on the 2nd; Pete Jackman on the 3rd; Karen Frosina on the 4th; Colleen Richardson and Samantha Niewadomski on the 5th; Tara Ofrias, Lorna Stokely, Patricia Miles and Kathy Kujawski on April 6; Ellyne Flammia, Stephanie Hayes and James Sparrow (who turns 4) on the 7th; and Warren Fischer on the 10th.

Get well wishes go to Ron Hansen.

Berezny_RContact Riverhead columnist Kathy Berezny at 727-6148 or [email protected].