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Friday, Feb. 15

Bowl-a-thon To Benefit Animal Rescue 

The Last Hope Animal Rescue will host a bowl-a-thon on Friday, Feb. 15 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Farmingdale Lanes on Conklin Street. Three hours of bowling excitement and raffles benefiting the organization’s animal rescue and community outreach efforts Event registration begins at 7 p.m. Shoe rental, pizza and soda are included. $25 per person. Bowlers are encouraged to seek sponsors for the event. For information visit www.lasthopeanimalrescue.org or call (631) 332-6606.

Over The Hill Gang Registration

Over the Hill Gang softball league is holding registration on Friday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. at Allen Park’s meeting room in Farmingdale. The league is open to men 40 and older who live in the town of Oyster Bay or Farmingdale. For league information and online registration go to: www.othgny.com. Players who register online must bring proof of age and residency to one of these registration dates.

Saturday, Feb. 16

Gun Buy Back Program 

Gun Buy Back Program to be held on Saturday, Feb. 16 from 9 a.m. to noon at Grace Cathedral, 944 Jerusalem Avenue in Uniondale. The program is anonymous and individuals will be paid $100 cash for every turned in operable rifle, $200 cash for each turned in operable handgun and $400 cash for each turned in operable assault rifle. Not accepted are: licensed guns, BB Guns, air pistols, long guns and replicas. Guns transported by car must be transported in the trunk of the car and must be unloaded and put in a plastic or paper bag or in a shoebox.

Wednesday, Feb. 20

League Of Women Voters: Is Democracy for Sale?  

New York’s campaign contribution limits are sky high. Learn what can be done to increase voter participation in elections and to enable candidates to compete more equitably for public office. Learn why we need Fair Elections in New York State. Come to the League of Women Voter’s meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 3:30 p.m. at the Levittown Library, 2 Bluegrass Lane. The speaker, Carol Mellor, is a member of the LWV of NYS Board. For information, call 516-785-3213 or 516-221-1948.

Thursday, Feb. 21

Stock Market DayTrader Group Meeting

Meet with the Long Island DayTrader Meetup Group, a team of enthusiastic investors who share your interest in the stock market to discuss investing, day / swing trading strategies and all markets. All levels welcome. Free. 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library, 999 Old Country Rd., 516-385-8244  www.meetup.com/LISTMG for more information.

Saturday, March 2

Smokey Joe’s Cafe

Township Theatre Group marks its 60th season with the lively musical Smokey Joe’s Café, the hottest joint in town. Show offers cabaret-style seating along with an appetizer and dessert concession stand throughout the performance. Performances on March 2, 8 and 9 at 8 p.m., and on March 3 and 10 at 2 p.m. at the Helen Butler Hall Theatre at Dominican Village, 565 Albany Ave., in Amityville. Tickets $20, student/senior $18. Call 631-213-9832 or order advance tickets online at www.townshiptheatregroup.com. 

Monday, March 4

ILR At Farmingdale State College

Institute for Learning in Retirement at Farmingdale State College will offer classes, workshops, lectures, special events and tours starting on March 4.  For further information, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 631-420-2160 to receive a brochure.

Tuesday, March 5

Figure Drawing

Open to the public at Farmingdale State College. Improve your figure drawing skills in a professional setting surrounded by peers. Each session will be presided by a Visual Communications faculty member and a live nude male or female model. All ages are welcome, but participants under age 18 must be signed in by a parent or guardian prior to the beginning of each session. Cost is $5 per session. Bring drawing materials: paper, charcoal, pencils, tape and other medium/tools needed. Next sessions: March 5, April 2, May 7, June 4 from 6 to 9 p.m. in Nathan Hale Hall, Room 232. 

Sunday, March 10

Rumrunning On Long Island

The Farmingdale Bethpage Historical Society of Long Island will host the presentation on March 10 at 2 p.m. at the Farmingdale Public Library, 116 Merritts Road. Program is free and open to the public. Refreshments and social hour will be held following the program. 

News

If the Farmingdale Rams are going to get over the top and capture the Skyline Conference for men’s soccer in 2014, it will take some more aggressive play. That’s according to team captain and defensive player Vincent Danetti. 

 

“We don’t have a lot of big guys on our team,” Danetti said. “We need to play aggressive.” 

Bring your four-legged friends—in costume if they’d like—to roam Old Westbury Gardens during ‘Dog Days.’ Twice a year canines are welcome to accompany their (leashed) humans around the grounds of the mansion, and this is Fido’s last shot until spring. On Sunday, enjoy exhibits from rescue groups and animal welfare organizations from 1 to 4 p.m. A dog costume contest and parade takes place at 3 p.m. All activities included with admission: $8, $5 for seniors and $3 for children ages 7 to 17. At 71 Old Westbury Rd., Westbury, Saturday, Oct. 25 and Sunday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tel: 516-333-0048.



Sports

The Farmingdale State College Women’s Volleyball team earned a three-set victory of York in a non-conference match on Oct. 8. 

 

Tied 4-4 in the opening set, Farmingdale State freshman defensive specialist Gina Giacalone served for 14 consecutive points to extend the advantage 18-4. The Rams cruised to a 25-8 victory in the first set. 

Farmingdale team wins annual Bethpage Ocean to Sound Race

On Sunday, Sept. 28, the Farmingdale-based Runner’s Edge team earned first place overall in the 29th annual Bethpage Ocean to Sound Relay. The team, representing the Runner’s Edge running and multisport specialty store located at 242 Main St. in Farmingdale, consisted of Boyd Carrington, Andrew Coelho, Nick Pampena, Tim Lee, Shawn Anderson, Ryan Healy, Kevin Galante, and Brandon Abasolo. It completed the 50-mile course from Jones Beach State Park to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay in 4 hours, 41 minutes, 58 seconds. The runners won by a margin of more than 10 minutes over the runner-up team from the Sayville & Smithtown Running Company, with much of the difference supplied by the strong Leg 2 performance by Andrew Coelho. Runner’s Edge Teams also took second place honors in the Mixed Open and Men’s Masters Divisions of the Relay. The Relay was sponsored by Bethpage Federal Credit Union (“Built to Give You More”), with new Race Directors Glen Wolther and Keith Montgomery managing the event for the host Greater Long Island Running Club.


Calendar

Women's Club of Farmingdale - October 16

Board of Trustees Work Session - October 20

Jack O'Lantern Extravaganza - November 2


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