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  • 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.
  • Tricks and treats aren't just for kids, at least not when the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons is involved. On Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., ARF will hold its annual Halloween Pawty — yes, you read that right — for adults, kids, and, of course, pets.
  • East Hampton Town and Southampton Town residents will have an opportunity to dispose safely of household hazardous waste on Saturday.

    The Stop Throwing Out Pollutants program for household hazardous waste disposal is coming to the Montauk transfer station from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Also that day, the Town of Southampton’s Hampton Bays facility will host a STOP Day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.