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  • Alan Hicks, a native Australian and trained jazz musician, never thought he would be directing a documentary film about the jazz legend Clark Terry, but that’s exactly what he ended up doing in “Keep On Keepin’ On,” the next film in the Hamptons International Film Festival’s SummerDocs series at Guild Hall.

  • Seven children from New York City eagerly stepped out of a bus that arrived in the Lumber Lane parking lot in East Hampton, excited to begin a weeklong vacation that promised outdoor adventures and an escape from the city in the summer.
  • The Fridays at Five author talks — a South Fork summer staple — start up again tomorrow at the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton.

    This year’s program begins with Bob Drury and Tom Clavin, both experienced journalists, speaking about their book “The Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, an American Legend.” The book tells the story of the man behind the famed Sioux victory over Custer at the Battle of Little Bighorn.

  • Fran Castan and Scott Chaskey will read from their work on Sunday afternoon as the Poetry Marathon opens its 20th season at the East Hampton Town Marine Museum on Bluff Road in Amagansett.
    Ms. Castan, who lives in Barnes Landing with her husband, the artist Lew Zacks, is the recent recipient of the Long Island Poet of the Year award from the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association in Huntington. She and Mr. Zacks are the co-authors of “Venice: City That Paints Itself,” a book of poems and illustrations published by Canio’s Editions.

  • An agreement between the Suffolk County Parks Department and the Long Island Chapter of the United States Lighthouse Society will allow the long hoped for restoration of the Cedar Island Lighthouse.
  • For those who know little to nothing about the Long Island Rail Road in Sag Harbor, an exhibit at the Sag Harbor Historical Society’s Annie Cooper Boyd House through October offers a good introduction to why the village was one of the first on the East End to rally for a railroad connection.

    “The Long Island Rail Road Years in Sag Harbor, 1870-1939” tells the story, from start to finish, of one of the L.I.R.R’s first branches on the East End.

  • In a town where it sometimes seems that every new store is a one-summer pop-up, Tiina Laakkonen, owner of Tiina the Store in Amagansett, is not interested in “fast food or fast fashion.” She just wants to sell clothes. Not fashion, just clothes. 

  • Dedicated to preserving the history of the Eastville area of Sag Harbor for some 30 years, the society has desperately needed money and help to maintain the St. David A.M.E. Zion Church Cemetery.
  • The Hamptons International Film Festival SummerDocs series, hosted by Alec Baldwin at Guild Hall, kicks off Saturday with “Life Itself,” the first film to be made about the life of the late Roger Ebert, a film critic and media personality known for his work at The Chicago Sun-Times and on TV. After the screening, there will be a discussion with Chaz Ebert, Mr. Ebert’s widow.

  • Caldor East, East Hampton’s one and only free flea market, is open again. Announced by the East Hampton Town Board last Thursday in response to numerous requests

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  • Lovers of history will be pleased to know about two Sag Harbor events planned for the coming days.

    First, the Sag Harbor Historical Society's Fridays on the Porch gatherings resume this week at the Annie Cooper Boyd House. The theme for this week's event is "Show, Tell, and Discover," and the historical society has invited participants to bring their old Sag Harbor memorabilia out for examination.

  • In response to the renewed outbreak of conflict between Israel and Hamas, Ronald Lauder, a Wainscott resident and the billionaire chairman emeritus of the Estee Lauder cosmetics company, is leading the World Jewish Congress's solidarity mission to Israel.

    The mission is composed of 76 Jewish leaders from 22 different countries, including members of Jewish organizations in France, Spain, Mexico, Bolivia, South Africa, and Lithuania. The mission began on Wednesday in Jerusalem and will end late Thursday evening.

  • Hamptons Wellness Week, an event that debuted in January and happened again in May, is beginning its third run this Sunday. This Wellness Week is the first to include deals on both fitness classes and spa treatments. Participants will also be able to take advantage of summer sports offers. Twenty-five fitness studios, 18 spa providers and 4 summer sports providers are participating in the event.

  • Perhaps you have stopped at the threshold of a shop somewhere on the South Fork (a k a the Hamptons) to scoop up a glossy magazine. Famous faces, or at least handsome ones, huge houses, and private parties pepper the ad-filled pages of the free magazines vying for your attention. The Star sorted through 13 of them for you in no particular order.

    Networking Magazine makes good on its promise: "Open Networking Magazine and meet Long Island leaders on every page." Events and galas are to be found, as are the publisher's trips to France.

  • The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation, which supports the study of New York and Suffolk County history, has donated $30,000 to Suffolk County Community College for a Town of Islip history scholarship.

    Every year until 2018, three $2,000 scholarships will be awarded to students who live in the town and study history at the college.  The foundation was established in 1986 by Robert David Lion Gardiner, who lived in East Hampton and  owned Gardiner's Island jointly with his sister, Alexandra Gardiner Creel, until his death in 2004.

  • Maxfield Panish, an East Hampton local who attends the Manhattan School of Music, is hoping to raise money to buy a professional level Sverdlik violin. Mr. Panish has been playing the violin since he was five years old and now, at the age of twenty, he is preparing for a professional career in music.