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Weekend Planner: Amanda Clark Q&A, Scrabble Day, Skate Away

Hear about London adventures from our local Olympian and take advantage of Greenport’s ice skating rink this weekend.

It feels like the beginning of the week but it’s actually time to plan your weekend this first Wednesday afternoon of 2013. Here are a few events and activities to keep you busy around town:

1. Olympian Amanda Clark speaks at the Shelter Island Library:

Friday Night Dialogues at the Shelter Island Public Library presents From Shelter Island to London with U.S. Olympian, Amanda Clark. Shelter Island's own Olympian will share stories and photos from her experience competing in the 2012 Olympics on the U.S. sailing team Friday night at 6 p.m. Call 631-749-0042.

2. Congegration Tifereth Israel Scrabble Festival:

All teen, preteen and adult Scrabble players are invited to compete for fun and prizes on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Greenport synagogue. Players can also challenge master player John D. Williams Jr., executive director of the National Scrabble Association. Family Scrabble is co-sponsored by the synagogue and the National Scrabble Association. The entrance fee is $8 per person, no charge for children under 12. Call 631-477-0232.

3. Greenport Ice Skating Rink is open:

Public skating is open at the Village of Greenport Ice Rink at Mitchell Park daily from 3 to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $10 and skate rentals are available. Special Friday family night discount session happens from 5 to 7 p.m. every week.

4. Bellyfit ~ Holistic Fitness For Women:

Bellyfit is a holistic fitness class for women and a weekend class happens on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Pike Street Pilates in Mattituck. This class is $10 and one hour long — the first half of the class is cardio dance based on belly dance, African dance, Bollywood and Bahngra and the second half contains pilates-based core work and yoga-based stretching. Please bring water and a Yoga mat. Class size is limited to 12 people on a first come, first served basis and costs $10. Shed some holiday pounds in a creative way.

5. New Law Requires Boating Safety Certificate:

Register for a class to get a boating safety certificate, which is now required by a new law. The new law requires operators of boats to take a safety course and have the certificate displayed on board the vessel. Southold’s course is $52 per person and includes course materials, exam, certificate and wallet card. The course is for those 18 and up and runs every Thursday evening beginning Jan. 24 through March 14 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Southold Town Recreation Center in Peconic. (Class will not be held on Feb 21). For more information contact Ted Webb, Flotilla Education Officer, at 631-323 2622.

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