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  • The holiday season arrives at the Montauk Lighthouse this weekend, starting on Saturday with the annual Lighting of the Light, from 4 to 7 p.m. This year’s event is in memory of Betsy White, a longtime member of the Montauk Historical Society and a fervent lighthouse supporter. The lights will be on nightly through Jan. 1.

    On Saturday, the gates open at 3:30 p.m., allowing visitors a chance to roam the grounds and stop in at the museum's gift shop. Sarah Conway and the Playful Souls will entertain with holiday music. The rain date is Sunday.

  • Kilkare, the iconic Georgica Association house that was owned by the late Michael Kennedy, is among the houses on the tour.
  • With the holiday rush comes an increased need for blood, and several blood drives have been scheduled over the coming weeks. 

    The first is at the American Legion Hall in Amagansett, on the corner of Montauk Highway and Abraham’s Path, on Monday from noon to 7:15 p.m. It is sponsored by the New York Blood Center.

    On Dec. 13, the Bridgehampton Fire Department will host one at its firehouse from 2 to 8 p.m. 

    Then, just before Christmas, on Dec. 20, Pierson High School in Sag Harbor will host a drive in its gym. Donors can give blood between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.

    Southampton High School has one scheduled for Dec. 22 from 7:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. 

  • On a day trip spearheaded by East Hampton Girl Scout Troop 1768, high school students traveled to Bay Shore to help build a Habitat for Humanity house on Nov. 4.
  • The Montauk Lighthouse Committee is gearing up for the return of the big holiday lighting of the Light on Nov. 25 at 4 p.m., after a one-year hiatus.

    The lighting this year will be dedicated to the late Betsy White, a Montauk Historical Society president for 20 years who was a charter member of the Montauk Lighthouse Committee when it took over stewardship of the Light. Ms. White was the society's vice president at the time of her death in October of last year.

  • To commemorate Veterans Day and honor the many local veterans for their service, communities across the South Fork have organized parades and ceremonies for Saturday morning.
  • Donations for the East Hampton and Springs food pantries will be accepted Saturday at the East Hampton Middle School on Newtown Lane between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • An evening of live music, food, and a 50-50 raffle on Thursday from 6 to 9 at the Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett will raise money for two South Fork natives who lost their homes, cars, and jobs when Hurricane Irma devastated St. John in the United States Virgin Islands.
  • East Hampton Meals on Wheels needs volunteers to deliver and pack hot food for homebound residents. Substitute packers and drivers are also needed for when regular volunteers are not available.
  • “A Rover’s Eye View of the Ancient Surface of Mars” is the title of a free lecture to be given by Joel Hurowitz, a deputy principal investigator for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Mars 2020 mission, Thursday at Guild Hall.