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Flanders News: Free concert July 11 at Grangebel Park

Grangebel Park.
Grangebel Park.

What a whirlwind weekend we had. My daughter graduated from Riverhead High School on Saturday and we held a party for her that evening. Thanks to everyone who helped out, especially my brothers, Frank, Danny and Mike, and my sister-in-law Kim. Thanks also to those who brought a dish and everyone who attended, and thanks to God for the perfect weather. Congratulations to the Class of 2014. Best wishes for a prosperous future! 

Belated happy 60th wedding anniversary to former Flanders residents Mike and Lorraine Denicolo, who celebrated June 20. I’m sorry for not mentioning it in my last column. I take total responsibility for my error and hope this shout-out to two wonderful people makes up for my shortcoming. I hope you had an awesome anniversary!

Southampton Town offers many activities for senior citizens at the David W. Crohan Community Center: Monday, July 7, line dancing at 1 p.m.; Tuesday, July 8, drawing class at 10 a.m.; Wednesday, July 9, at 10:30 a.m., a special presentation, “AFRICA: Building a School, Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and Wildlife on Safari,” presented by Barb Harman; also on the 9th at 12:45 p.m., movie day with “The Book Thief”; and Friday, July 11, horse racing at 10 a.m. A twilight dinner will be held July 18, 3-7 p.m. July birthdays will also be celebrated on the 18th, with music by Tom Parris. Preregistration is required. To sign up or for more info call 702-2375. Lunch and transportation are available.

FRNCA and the Flanders Fire Department will host a blood drive Monday, July 14, from 2 to 8 p.m. at the firehouse. Help save a life!

On July 11 at 7 p.m. local resident Lindsey Reeve and Who Are Those Guys will perform a free concert in Grangebel Park. See the Calendar section for more information on the free concert series.

The Southampton Youth Bureau has many summer events planned. Teens in grade 7 and up are welcome to play basketball, tennis, flag football or dodgeball, listen to DJ music and socialize with their peers at Ludlam Park in Riverside on Wednesdays, July 2-Aug. 27, from 7:30 to 11 p.m.

Families with children in grades K-4 are invited to drop off their child for an evening of fun that includes music, arts and crafts, basketball, parties, water activities and more on Mondays, June 30-Aug. 25, from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at the Flanders Community Center. Beginning in July, a bus will transport the children to Southampton Youth Services to use the outdoor swimming pool and game room.

On Thursdays, July 10-Aug. 28, youth in grades 5 and up are invited to swim, play foosball, video games and pool, watch movies and more at SYS. Bring a towel and bathing suit. Round-trip transportation is available from Flanders Community Center for $2. Pickup is at 5 p.m.; dropoff is at 8:30 p.m.

SYB is accepting applications for its Adventure Days summer enrichment program. Children in grades 3 to 6 can enjoy eight weeks of exploration, arts and crafts, water activities and one weekly field trip July 7 through Aug. 28. Cost: $300 per camper; second sibling camper, $275; third sibling camper, $250. For an application, visit

SYB, in conjunction with Island Harvest, will offer free lunches to those under 21 Monday to Wednesday, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the David W. Crohan Community Center. Registration is not necessary. For more information, call 702-2432.

Happy birthday to my cuz Toni Norkelun and Jonathan Trent on July 5; Wayne Meyer (the BIG 4-0) on the 6th; Brittany Brewer on the 11th; my baby girl, Kaitlyn (her 18th; I love you!), on the 13th; Joey Manglaviti and Karen Turbush on the 14th; and Sally Haupt Davis on the 16th.

That’s all for this week. Take care and please email or call with any news you’d like to share. Thanks to those who sent news to me this week.

Doherty_col_head_BWContact Flanders columnist Tanya Doherty at 727-8687 or [email protected].