Mattituck-Laurel: Engraved bricks still available for Mattituck alumni brick garden

’Tis the season to reach out and help those less fortunate celebrate the joy of the season. 2011 Mattituck High School graduates Michelle Waters and Marissa Russo, both students at Marist College, shared their gift of music by performing in the Marist College Singers’ annual “Night on Broadway” benefit concert, featuring selections from classic and contemporary Broadway shows. Proceeds are donated to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, a charity that assists performers struggling with the disease. This year, the singers raised $5,000, their largest donation to date.

Looking for a different gift for that person who has everything? The Mattituck Athletic Booster Club is still selling engraved bricks for the Alumni Brick Garden. A four-by-eight-inch brick costs $100; and an eight-inch-square brick is $175. If you wish, a special symbol such as a soccer ball or basketball can be added for $25. To place your order, call 445-5526 or stop at either the high school or the elementary school for an order form.

Mattituck Presbyterian Church will host its annual Christmas bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. It will feature a yard sale, jewelry, handmade items, linens, baked goods, plants and more. Breakfast and lunch will be available and there will be a special table where youngsters can buy inexpensive holiday gifts.

Celebrating birthdays as we begin December are Ann Bannon, Torie Cande and Jeffrey Boomer on the 1st; Tom Sidlauskas, Sarah Carter, Dylan Gibaldi on the 2nd; Hudson Miler and Riley Peterson on the 3rd; and Ryan Strong, Richard Burden, James Sheppard, Cindy Benedetto and Danny Letteriello on the 4th.

Those of us who own animals know how important they are to our lives. Cutchogue East fifth-graders Gabriella Hassildine and Teagan Nine feel the same way, so they created a day called Woof Day to benefit local shelter animals. They created a flier, made 650 copies and distributed them out to every student and teacher in the school. Over the last two weeks they collected 96 items and $20 for the Southold Town shelter/North Fork Animal Welfare League. What a wonderful gift!

Santa will arrive at the Mattituck Shopping Plaza at noon this Saturday, Dec. 3. Before that, at 10 a.m., there will be a free movie compliments of Mattituck Cinema. Santa will arrive by Mattituck Fire Department fire truck and the Mattituck-Cutchogue School Chorus, along with Mr. Fowl and Ms. Verity, will sing carols. Children can get a free photo with Santa at Rite Aid and enjoy hot chocolate provided by Starbucks. So bundle up, bring your wish list and come welcome Santa.

Take a break from the holiday hustle and help San Simeon by the Sound at the same time by taking its Connecticut casino trip on Sunday, Dec. 4. You’ll depart for Foxwoods or Mohegan Sun on the 10 a.m. Sea Jet ferry from Orient. Tickets are $25 per person. Call San Simeon at 477-2100 or Paula at 477-2392 to reserve.