Kids Culture 07.24.14

Fun things to keep you busy all week

Sailing, Swimming, Tennis
A new session of East Hampton Town's summer sailing, for beginner to advanced sailors from age 12 up to adulthood, will begin on Monday at Fresh Pond in Amagansett. The classes run from Monday through Friday through Aug. 7, from 9 a.m. to noon or from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $200 per person, and advance registration is required with the Town Recreation Department on Pantigo Road. A final session will be held from Aug. 11 through 21 at the same times.

Free swimming classes for kids 4 and older will be given at East Lake Beach in Montauk on Mondays through Aug. 8. Children can register at the beach at 10 a.m. on Monday and will be placed in appropriate groups. The town has asked that swimmers take goggles and water shoes. The final free swim session of the year will be held at Albert's Landing in Amagansett from Aug. 11 to 22.

Also starting on Monday is a second session of the town's junior tennis program, for players at all levels. It will be held at Montauk Tennis with court time on Monday and Wednesday from 4:15 to 5 p.m. for kindergartners and first graders and from 5 to 6 p.m. for second and third graders. Third and fourth graders will play Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 5 p.m. and fifth and sixth graders will have the court from 5 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The program runs through Aug. 21 and costs $125 for two days a week of play. Advance registration is required.

Rainbows and Bubbles
There will be a lot for kids to do this week at the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton, starting on Saturday with a program on rainbows and bubbles for little ones 3 to 5 years old. Children will experiment with soap, water, and even milk bubbles starting at 10 a.m.

Also on Saturday at 10 a.m., Crystal Possehl will lead teens on a scientific survey of Mecox Bay, using professional tools to study soil, water quality, salinity, and more. The museum has suggested taking a journal to record observations, but simple ones will be provided for those who forget. Lindsey Rohrbach will help kids discover the "secret life" of the pond behind the museum on Sunday, with a program at 10 a.m. for 3 to 5-year-olds and at 2 p.m. for kids 6 to 8.

Finally, next Thursday at 11 a.m., Ms. Possehl will take 8 to 12-year-olds on a backpack adventure to explore a salt marsh in Southampton, where they'll use compasses, binoculars, sketchpads, and more to study and record what they encounter. Advance registration is required for all programs.

Songs From "The Lion King"
The costumed young actors of Sandcastle Music Productions in Southampton will present scenes and songs from "Lion King! Circle of Life!" on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. at the meetinghouse of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Fork in Bridgehampton. There is a suggested donation of $15 per person. The meetinghouse is at 977 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike.

Master Ballet Classes
Karin Averty, a ballet instructor who danced for many years with the Paris Opera Ballet, will teach master ballet classes for young dancers at the Hampton Ballet Theatre School in Bridgehampton this week. A ballet class will be offered on Monday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. On Tuesday, Ms. Averty will teach pointe level 2 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and ballet from 6:30 to 8 p.m., and on Wednesday she'll teach ballet from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The cost is $25 per class.

Jazz Ensemble Workshop
East End Arts in Riverhead is accepting student applications through Aug. 4 for a nine-week intensive jazz ensemble workshop to be held this fall. To apply, high school musicians and vocalists must submit an online application that includes a recorded performance sample. The few students selected will receive full scholarships to the program, which will run from Sept. 29 through Dec. 1.
Steve Salerno, a professional guitarist, will act as mentor. Students will rehearse on Monday evenings at the school. Details and applications can be found online at

Rena's Promise at Canio's
At Canio's Books in Sag Harbor tomorrow, teen writers from around the country who have participated in the Rena's Promise Creative Writers Workshop on Shelter Island will read from their work at 5 p.m.

On Saturday at 11 a.m. Canio's will launch Canio's 4Kids, a series of special events for young readers. Miss Sigrid of Hampton Bays, a retired elementary school teacher, will inaugurate children's story time with a reading of the popular Kevin Henkes book "Chrysanthemum," a charming story about the importance of names. Children ages 4 and up will be welcomed with an adult caregiver.

For Teen Photogs
Teen photographers who want to hone their craft should mark their calendars for Aug. 7, 14, and 21, when Rich Meehan, a photographer and graphic artist, will teach a digital photography class at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill. Students will learn about light, texture, and composition, camera operation, and more. Students must take their own cameras. The cost is $90, or $75 for Parrish members. Advance registration is a must, as classes fill up quickly.

Loads at the Libraries
There's almost too much going on at the local libraries this week to list it all here. Among the highlights are two programs by Joyce Raimondo, who will have kids in first through sixth grade learning about and making volcanoes at the Montauk Library tomorrow at 5 p.m. Next Thursday, she'll teach a Pop Art class for kids 5 to 12 at the John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor, and kids will have a chance to mold their own Pop Art-inspired creations out of self-hardening clay. Sign-up in advance has been requested in Sag Harbor. The Montauk program is first come first served.

The Hampton Library in Bridgehampton will offer kids an introduction to its MakerBot 3-D printer and 3-D software on Saturday. They can then "print" something to take home. Kids 7 to 12 have been asked to show up at 2 p.m.; those 12 and up can go at 3.

At the East Hampton Library, Susan Verde returns on Tuesday for a just-for-kids Storytime Yoga session from 11 to 11:45 a.m. This is for those 5 and older, no parents. Kids 4 and up can use old CDs and other materials to make their own "flashy fish" at the library on Wednesday from 4 to 5 p.m. Reservations have been requested for both.

Painting With Your Feet
At the Children's Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton Saturday, Meghann Snow will have kids dancing and painting -- with their feet -- from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Participants 4 to 10 will wear special "shoes" made of bubble wrap and tape to paint a canvas on the floor. The cost is $25 plus museum admission. Reservations have been suggested.