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Chinese Auction
Friday, April 27

Asian-American Cultural Festival 
Saturday, April 28

Rock Out Autism
Saturday, April 28


Friday, April 27

Chinese Auction

The Nassau BOCES Rosemary Kennedy School PTA is sponsoring a Chinese Auction from 6 to 9 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.; Auction begins promptly at 7:30 p.m. at the Rosemary Kennedy School, 2850 North Jerusalem Rd., Wantagh. Admission is free. Donations of new merchandise and gift cards/gift certificates are being sought. Contact Mindy Davidson 516-396-2616 with questions or if you have any items or gift certificates to be picked up.


Saturday, April 28

Asian-American Cultural Festival

Celebrate diversity on Long Island by bringing the whole family to the 6th Annual Asian-American Cultural Festival in the Multi-Purpose Room of Farmingdale State College, 2350 Broadhollow Rd. The event features colorful displays, costumes, art exhibits and live traditional and contemporary entertainment from various parts of Asia. Feast on a selection of international foods at the outdoor food court. Watch exciting martial arts exhibitions. See a staged theater performance with professional singers and dancers. Listen to the sounds of WaFoo - the hottest Japanese jazz band in the tri-state area. And vie to become the first Asian-American (Festival) Idol by singing for charity (bring your own downloadable music for the karaoke machine) – with all proceeds going to Leadership Huntington. There will be workshops for children, corporate and small business vendor displays, a lion dance, cultural parade, discount coupons from local merchants and more. Free general admission; theater performance (limited seating) $3 children; $5 adults. Sponsors and vendors call 631-543-5768 or 631-754-6640.

Rock Out Autism

The event will take place at The Nutty Irishman, 323 Main St., Farmingdale. It is an all ages show. Advance tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door. This year’s show will feature Paging Grace, Nick Tangorra, The Walking Tree, Homebound, Trish Torrales, and the #1 New York Foreigner Tribute, Head Games. Visit rockoutautism.com.

First Annual Safety Fair For Families

Takes place April 28 and 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Wantagh Park, 1 King Rd., Wantagh, just south of Merrick Rd., west of the Wantagh State Pky. The Safety Fair is free to the public and will feature family fun, giveaways and free raffles. For more information visit: www.NassauCountyNY.gov/OEM or contact Nassau County OEM at 516-573-0636.

New York Guitar Show Exposition

Hundreds of vintage, new and used guitars, amps, accessories. Custom guitar and amp builders, dealers and collectors. Buy, sell, trade. Food, beer, soda and family fun. April 28 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and April 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Cure of Ars Church, Merrick. Admission $8. Free parking. Some booths still available. Call 516-889-6895. Go to www.NYGuitarExpo.com. Sponsored by Guitar World, the Les Paul Foundation and Base Musicians Gear Source.


Sunday, April 29

Earth Day Celebration

Sponsored by the Farmingdale High School Go Green Club. The event will be held on the Village Green in Farmingdale from noon to 4 p.m.


Monday, April 30

Oral/Head/Neck Cancer Benefit

SPOHNC (Support of People with Oral Head and Neck Cancer), a patient-directed self-help organization, is dedicated to raising awareness and meeting the needs of oral and head and neck cancer patients and run by survivors. A benefit will be held in memory of Michael Henderson at the Stuart Thomas Manor, 2143 Boundary Ave, Farmingdale, at 7 p.m. Tons of food (chef donations requested), chef’s specialties prepared with the SPOHNC survivors in mind, drinks and delicious desserts. MC: Diane O’Doherty - LI Radio Group, 50/50 raffle – on sale now and at event. $10 each, three for $20 or seven for $40. Need not be present to win. Large Chinese auction (donations requested). Email Madelyn: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 516-753-0923 for tickets. Also welcome to pay at the door. Go to www.SPOHNC.org.


Tuesday, May 1

Farmingdale Chapter Homemakers Council

Meeting at 10 a.m. at Ellsworth Allen Town Park, Motor Ave., Farmingdale. Come for programs and refreshments. New members welcome. Call Barbara 516-249-0976 for further information.


Wednesday, May 2

Active Parenting Program

Conducted by YES Community Counseling Center for parents of elementary school age children beginning today from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Active Parenting is a six-session program that was established to equip parents to face the challenges during the lifelong journey as a parent. The program will help to enhance the skills parents already have, and/or incorporate new skills as children move through the different developmental times in their lives. The program will take place at the YES office, 75 Grand Ave., Massapequa. The cost of the program is $60 for Massapequa, Plainedge and Farmingdale residents; $80 for all others. Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis. In order to participate or for questions, contact Kathleen Coletta at YES Community Counseling Center at 516-799-3203.


Friday, May 4

SEPTA To Hold Flower/Plant Sale

Farmingdale Special Education PTA will host its annual flower and plant sale on from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Woodward Parkway Elementary School. Students will attend the sale with their classes. This annual fundraiser will feature flats of annuals, hanging baskets and much more. The money raised helps fund scholarships, awards, and other programs for their special needs students. The sale is open to the public.


Saturday, May 5

Mother’s Day Family Fair

The Friends of the Farmingdale Library are seeking crafters and flea market vendors for their Mother’s Day Family Fair to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Table space is $40 and may be reserved by calling either 454-6813 or 244-0829. Space is limited, so reserve your space early.

Huge Scale Model Show

Get an entertaining, miniature glimpse into our past at NoreastCon 2012, LI’s largest scale model show. Sponsored by the LI Scale Model Society, this two-day event kicks off at 9 a.m. on May 5 and concludes May 6 at 5 p.m. There will be hundreds of models on exhibit next to full-size inspirations. Also includes exhibits, movies, seminars and activities or shop 60 tables of discount vendors. Raffles, re-enactors in uniform and free model-building clinics for kids will add to the fun and excitement. A must see for hobbyists, historians, artists, craftspeople, collectors, students, soldiers and veterans. The event is being held at the American Airpower Museum, 1230 New Highway, Farmingdale.


Sunday, May 6

Fashion Show Fundraiser

The Farmingdale Columbiettes will have a Fashion Show fundraiser at the Knight of Columbus 2204, 1 Morton St., Farmingdale (off Route 109 - behind 7-11), at 1 p.m. Cost: $20 includes dinner and dessert as well as a Fashion Show presented by Dress Barn. Advance tickets required - cut off to reserve a ticket is May 2. Call Erica 516-249-8364, Rita 631-694-9073 or email lyn@ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Nonperishable items for St. Kilian’s Outreach Food Pantry will also be collected (bin in lobby of K of C Hall) and are always appreciated.


Monday, May 7

Village Of Farmingdale Board of Trustees

Meeting at 7 p.m. at 367 Main St. Call 249-0093. Work session – 8 p.m. BOT meeting with counsel.


Wednesday, May 9

Diabetes Program

Dining Out Tips and Tidbits. This fun and enjoyable 60-minute presentation will review tips for dining out such as navigating the menu for healthy choices, portion control as well as ways to handle the temptations of dessert. 6 to 7 p.m. at St. Joseph Hospital, Diabetes Education Center, 4295 Hempstead Tpke., Bethpage. Call 516-520-2214.


Friday, May 11

Celebrate Daler Football

Former players, coaches, family, fans, cheerleaders, band, kickline come to the Stuart Thomas Manor, Farmingdale, to share in the tradition that has made Saturday afternoons at the Don Snyder Stadium special for so many and which continues to be a special experience for kids today. During Happy Hour, the coaching staff will feature DVD footage of past games. If you have any memorabilia you would like to share, bring it down. 7 to 11 p.m. RSVP to Buddy Krumenacker 516-353-6351 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Upcoming Events

St. Thomas’ Life Skills Fellowship

Learn about critical topics and local resources. All workshops will be held at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church from 7 to 9 p.m. Cost: In lieu of a registration fee, forward a free will offering to support local ministry (including a feeding program) at St. Thomas’ Church. Preregistration is preferred and strongly recommended. Call the church 516-752-9254 or the rectory at 516-752-2750. Forward registration and workshop you’d like to attend, ASAP, to: St. Thomas’ Church, Attn: Life Skills Fellowship, 298 Conklin St., Farmingdale, NY 11735:

•May 22: Workshop C: Talking To Kids About Drugs: Prevention and Resources. A representative from the YES Community Counseling Center will discuss signs, signals and related services.

•June 12: Workshop D: Senior Services and Supports including information on Medicare supplements and Advantage plans.

Vendors Needed

The Wantagh Preservation Society will be holding its Spring Yard Sale on May 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (rain date May 20) on museum grounds, 1700 Wantagh Ave., Wantagh. Rental fee for space (which includes car) is $35. Merchandise of new, used, crafts and collectables may be sold (no food vendors). For more information or an application, call Elaine 516-785-0761.

6th Biennial Sojourn To West Africa

Ten Day Cultural Trip to Ghana, West Africa, Aug. 4-14, 2012. Visits to Cultural sites: W.E.B. Dubois Center for Pan African Culture, Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, Elmina/Cape Coast Slave Castles – Door of No Return, River of the Last Bath/Assin Manso, Kakum National Park, Kumasi (Seat of the Ashanti Empire), Manhyia Palace. Ashanti Craft Villages: Ahwiaa (Wood Carving Village), Ntonso (Adinkra Textile Printing Village), Bonwire (Kente Weaving Village). Akosombo Dam, Boat Cruise on the Volta Lake – largest man-made lake in the world, Torgome Village for Naming Ceremony, shopping galore. For further information contact Pat Jenkins This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 516-997-6585.


Weekly Events

•Bingo every Monday to support Deborah Hospital. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the game starts at 7:15 p.m. at 110 Bingo Hall, 585 Broadhollow Rd., Melville. Call Pam 631-730-8021.

•Free Support Group for divorced or separated meets every Monday except holidays from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at St Kilian’s RC Church Parish Center (basement), 485 Conklin St. (Route 24). Widowed welcome as well. All singles needing support. Call 516-753-0923 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

•Therapeutic Movement Group. Bodies in Motion is a therapeutic movement group for children ages 5 to 1 who need that extra special attention to promote coordination, strength, balance, fine and gross motor skills, social skills, attention and focusing. This group meets Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m. at Hot Shots Xtremes Gymnastics Center, second floor, 127 B. Carmans Rd., Farmingdale. Call 631-249-3127 or 631-249-3126. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Facilitators are licensed therapists specializing in pediatrics.

•Overeaters Anonymous. Are you a compulsive overeater? Undereater? Overeaters Anonymous can help. There is a meeting on Tuesdays on the corner of Salisbury Park Dr. and Carmans Rd., East Meadow, across from the firehouse from 7:45 to 9:15 p.m. Call for directions 997-4534. For information about the meeting call Nancy 798-2547 (between 7 and 9 p.m.) or Ed 845-5423.

•Caregiver Support Group offered by the LI Alzheimer’s Foundation at Brandywine Senior Living at Huntington Terrace, 70 Pinelawn Rd., Melville. This professionally facilitated group meets on Mondays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and allows participants opportunities to share feelings and strategies related to caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. Call 767-6856 and speak with group facilitator Alana Rosenstein, LMSW, before attending for the first time. Those who are financially able are asked to contribute $10 to the LI Alzheimer’s Foundation for each session they attend.

•Senior Pops Orchestra is seeking string players, especially string bass. The orchestra meets every Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to noon in Melville. Join a fun group. Visit www.seniorpops.org, to find out more about the orchestra.

•Mid Nassau Jewish Retirement Club meets every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Temple Emanuel 123 Merrick Ave., East Meadow. New members are welcome. Call Marty Fein 485-3171.

•The Scrabble Club meets on Thursdays from 12:15 to 3:15 p.m. at the Plainedge Library, 1060 Hicksville Rd., Massapequa. All ages. Scrabble players wanted. Call Judy 827-9506.

•The Relationship Journey, a group for widow, widowers, divorced and singles 45+. Meets every Thursday at 8 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 449 Stewart Ave., Bethpage. Fee $7. Facilitated by TV talk show host of The Relationship Journey. Refreshments. Call 395-8303 for room location.

•Mastering Life – Conversations. Do you experience frustration in relationships, career, health, confidence? Conversations produces a permanent, positive shift in all areas of life. Led by Stefan Deutsch, human development expert. Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon and Sundays from 6 to 8 p.m. in Melville. Call 631-692-0986. $10.

•Clutterers Anonymous, a 12-step self-help group, offers help and support to those who have clutter problems in their homes or workplace. Meets weekly on Thursdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 265 Asbury Ave., and also the 1st and 3rd Friday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the School of the Community Reformed Church, 90 Plandome Rd., Manhasset. There are no dues or fees. For more information, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , call (866) 800-3881 or visit www.ClutterersAnonymous.net.

•Massapequa Singles and Massapequa Couples holds dances every Friday from noon to 4 p.m. Couples and singles tables. Professional Dance Lesson at 11:15 a.m. Dance starts at noon and a full-course hot buffet luncheon is served at 1 p.m. $15 donation. Singles are introduced and partners are encouraged at Manor East Catering Hall, 201 Jerusalem Ave., Massapequa. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 332-7825.

•Massapequa Singles and Massapequa Couples hosts a workshop to Learn To Dance. All Social Dances, American and Latin. Partners are encouraged but not necessary at 11:15 a.m. every Friday at Manor East Catering Hall, 201 Jerusalem Ave., Massapequa. $10. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 332-7825.


Monthly Events

•Island Photo Group, a group of photographers working together to advance each other’s photographic skills and to be an exciting force in photographic education on LI. Meets the 1st, 2nd, 4th Mondays of every month at 7:30 p.m. (except legal holidays) in the Community Center in Allen Park, 101 Motor Ave. Check our calendar of events at www.islandphotogroup.com or call 516-450-LENS.

•Farmingdale Columbiettes #2204 meets the first Monday of the month at 7  p.m. at the Farmingdale Knights of Columbus Hall #2204, 1 Morton St., Farmingdale (off Route 109 behind 7-11). This wonderful faith-filled Catholic women’s organization is based on charity with emphasis on helping our local community. We would love it if you would think about joining us. If interested in learning more call Diane at 631-293-4290 or Lyn at 516-753-0923 or even better, email:   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

•Farmingdale Knights of Columbus meeting at 8 p.m. at 1 Morton St. (off 109). New members always welcome. Call 1-631-755-2204. Meetings are held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month.

•Speak Easy: A Toastmasters Club. Can help you conquer your fear of public speaking. In Bethpage, Northrop Grumman Toastmasters meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 5:45 p.m. in Northrop Grumman Building 5, South Oyster Bay Rd., Bethpage. Call Brian 346-7516.

•Farmingdale Veterans of Foreign Wars. The Veterans of Foreign Corp. George Benkert Jr. Post of Farmingdale is actively recruiting veterans of Afghanistan, Iraq, Desert Storm, Vietnam, Korea and WWII. Membership requirements include active participation in a foreign conflict. For membership qualifications contact membership chairman Bob Fullam at 516-694-5539. The VFW building is at 635 Main St., Farmingdale, and members meet there on the second Tuesday of each month at 8:30 p.m.

•Farmingdale American Legion, Hugh C. Newman Post #449 is looking for new members who have served in the Armed Forces during various wars and conflicts such as WWII, Korea, Viet Nam and the Gulf War. Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of every month at VFW Post #516, 635 Main St. (just south of the railroad crossing), at 8:15 p.m. Call Commander Thomas Taylor 752-9613.

•LI Junior Chamber of Commerce regularly has the Meet and Greet on the first Thursday and the monthly meeting on the third Tuesday of each month, along with a variety of other events throughout the month, For more information on the LI Junior Chamber, visit WWW.LIJC.com. Contact: Martin Dekom, Chairman, 850-2717 - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; Julie Dekom, Membership Director This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; Steven Eiselen, Community Development VP This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

•South Shore Hand Smockers meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, Main St., Babylon. Beginners are welcome. Call Marie 631-277-1096.

•Italian Culture Society at Farmingdale meets the last Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at Ellsworth W. Allen Park, Motor Ave. Italian lessons are given by a native Italian teacher. For lessons in Italian come early at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments are served - ample parking. For private lessons call Francesca at 249-4543.

•Farmingdale AARP Chapter 3967 welcomes new members, offers senior information, entertainment and Bingo at meetings which are held on the third Wednesday of the month at 1 p.m. at the Farmingdale Public Library. New members sought. Call President Ann Derasmo 631-694-2371.

•Free Diabetes Support Group for adults living with diabetes meets the third Wednesday of each month from 1 to 2 p.m. Facilitators are certified diabetes educators. The group provides a forum for support and diabetes education. The meetings are held in the Diabetes Education Classroom at New Island Hospital, 4295 Hempstead Tpke., Bethpage. Call 520-2213 to reserve a spot.

•Green Living Seminars, a series hosted by Starflower Experiences at 7 p.m. at the Melville Branch of the Half Hollow Hills Library, 510 Sweet Hollow Rd., directly across from the Sunquam Elementary School (between Route 110 and Old Country Rd.). The seminars will be held on the second Thursday of each month except July and August. Call 938-6152.

News

Starting July 26, the St. Kilian Roman Catholic Church in Farmingdale will feature a production of the hit musical, The Wizard of Oz. 

 

Based on a classic tale—first penned as a children’s novel by L. Frank Baum in 1900 and later transformed into a major motion picture by Metro-Goldwyn Meyer in 1939— The Wizard of Oz tells the story of a girl named Dorothy Gale, played by Zoe Neyer, and her dog Toto, who after being thrown into a twister end up in the Land of Oz. 

 

Trying to find her way home, Dorothy meets Glinda the Good Witch of the North, played by Angela Roedig, who instructs her to “follow the Yellow Brick Road.”

Farmingdale females were out in force on July 12, to represent their hometown at the 31st annual Long Island Women’s 5 kilometer run sponsored by the Runner’s Edge and the Greater Long Island Running Club. 

 

Bob Cook, who owns the Runner’s Edge shoe and sports apparel store on Main Street, said that attendance at this year’s race was the highest in the race’s history, with more than 500 women competing for the grand prize. 

 

According to Cook, over the years, the race has attracted the likes of world-class runners and Olympians from all over the state, racing for the $500 grand prize.


Sports

Throughout the summer, the Farmingdale Observer will feature the box scores from the Farmingdale Baseball League Inc.’s 9/11 Baseball Tournament. 

July 13

Plainedge 12 - Island Trees 2 (9UB)

 

Ozone Howard Huskies 14 - Wantagh Hawks 1 (9UA)

The Farmingale Devils Travel Baseball teams were in action during The 4th of July weekend and provided fireworks in two different states.

 

The 11U Devils won their third tournament this year. They traveled  to Connecticut for the fourth of July tournament. The Devils lost game one on Saturday 7-5 to the Connecticut Defenders and won game two 17-0,The Devils advanced to the playoff round and would meet the Defenders again .The bats were on fire all day led by Big Joe Mcgrath and Nick Franco.The Devils beat the Defenders 11-5 and advanced to the championship to play the number one seed and undefeated Hit Club. The Devils jumped out to 4-2 to lead .The game was tied at 9-9 going to the 6th inning and the Devils would score 2 runs and hold on to win the tournament. The Devils had 52 hits and scored 44 runs,Big Joe had 4 doubles a triple, Nick Franco had 8 hits. Anthony Quatromani 8hits.Matt DiSanti drove in the last run in the championship game. Tim Dorman 6 hits. Patrick Quinn 5 hits and 6 stolen bases. Nick O'Connor 3 hits and 4 stolen bases. Kyle Gaertner 6 hits and was winner pitcher in championship game. Patrick Sanchez was the winning pitcher in semi-final game.


Calendar

Monty Python - July 23

After Hours Networking - July 24

Music Under The Stars - July 25


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com