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Friday, April 26

Bingo, Chinese Auction

The Ladies Auxiliary of the Bellmore Fire Department is holding a Bingo and Chinese Auction Night on Friday, April 26. It will be held at the Bellmore Fire Department Headquarters, 230 Pettit Avenue. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the first game of bingo starts at 7:30 p.m. Admission for adults is $8 and children 10 years and under is $4. Admission includes a bingo card pack, door prize, coffee, tea and dessert.  Food and refreshments available for purchase. Handicap accessible, ample parking at adjacent LIRR station. No outside food or beverages are allowed.  To purchase tickets or reserve tables call Valerie at 516-860-9389.

Night At The Races 

Farmingdale Columbiettes at 2204 1 Morton  Street will hold a fundraiser on April 26. Doors open at 7 p.m. Post time is 8 p.m. A $10 donation, includes home cooked food, coffee, dessert. Tickets available at the door. Family fun for all door prizes, lotto tree. Call Donna at 631-649-5959 for tickets or information.

Adult Retreat

St. William the Abbot Parish, 2001 Jackson Avenue, in Seaford, will hold a weekend retreat of stories, reflections, prayer, mass, relaxation, and food, beginning on Friday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m. This is not a sleepover retreat. It is open to anyone over 18 years of age. For information call Sandy at 516-987-9589. Registration required.  Visit http://antiochweekend.blogspot.com.

Saturday, April 27

Spring Cleaning Yard Sale

The Hicksville Boys & Girls Club will be holding a Spring Yard Sale, on April 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the club. Should you have any items that you’ve been thinking of getting rid of, please consider donating it, located at 79 West Old Country Road, in Hicksville, directly across from IHOP. Should you have a treasure to donate, just give us a call at 516-822-5437.

Sunday, April 28

Musical Tribute To Danny Kaye

Join Congregation Beth Tikvah, 3710 Woodbine Ave., Wantagh, on Sunday, April 28, at 5 p.m. for a musical review honoring the life and work of the multi-talented Danny Kaye. Bob Spiotto will present song, dance, and an uncanny impersonation. Hors d’oeuves. Dinner, and show for $36 per person. Everyone is welcome. Call 516-785-2445 for reservations.

Wednesday, May 1

Tolerance Benefit and Auction

One of the most enjoyable benefits on Long Island, the event brings together leading philanthropists and community leaders to support the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center’s emphasis on teaching children how to be Upstanders against hatred, intolerance and bullying. Event will be held at Carlyle on the Green in Bethpage at 6:15 p.m. In addition to an exceptional atmosphere and dinner, we will feature exciting new auction packages, vacation getaways, celebrity memorabilia, and more! Two educational scholarships will be presented. Proceeds benefit the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center’s education programs. For tickets and sponsorship information, visit www.karma411.com/tolerancebenefit or call 516-571-8040.

Thursday, May 2

Casino Night

Treat yourself to a good bet while raising funds and awareness for suicide prevention. Join the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) for an exciting evening of fine food and drink, delectable desserts, and fantastic casino fun on May 2 at The Carltun located in Eisenhower Park in East Meadow. The event begins at 6:30 p.m., a fabulous night of casino fun with great prizes. Tickets are $125. Checks may be made payable to AFSP, 25 Pepperidge Road, East Rockaway, NY 11518. Credit cards are also accepted. On-line ticket sales are available at www.afspli.org. Proceeds will benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Saturday, May 4

Family Fair, Book Sale

A giant Mother’s Day Family Fair will be held inside the Farmingdale Library, Merritts Road, on Saturday, May 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Something for everyone! For  information, call 516-454-6813 or 516-244-0829. Special note- the Farmingdale Library will also be holding a book sale in conjunction with the Fair. Great bargains on used books.

Tuesday, May 7

Homemakers Meeting

There will be a meeting of the Farmingdale Chapter of the Homemakers Council of Nassau County on Tuesday, May 7 at Ellsworth Allen Town Park, Motor Avenue, Farmingdale at 10 a.m. New members welcome.  Join for programs and refreshments. Contact Barbara at 516-249-0976 for information.

Thursday, May 9

Free Voice Lessons

Ladies, do you love to sing? Twin County Chorus has a place for you. Women of all ages who enjoy singing are invited to join the Twin County Chorus of Sweet Adelines International in the joys of a cappella harmony. For four weeks starting.

Saturday, May 11

POW-MIA service 

Non-sectarian memorial service held for the remembrance of all brethren who are still listed as POW-MIA. Service on May 11 at 2 p.m. at St. Francis DeChantal, 1309 Wantagh Avenue, Wantagh. 

Sunday, May 26

Memorial Day Service

The UVO Memorial Day Service will be held at Veterans Plaza in Eisenhower Park, near parking field #6 on Sunday, May 26 at 10:30 a.m. For information call: 516-343-0106.

Sunday, June 2

Strawberry Festival

The Farmingdale Bethpage Historical Society of Long Island will hold their annual strawberry festival on the Village Green at 2 p.m. 


News

There was a time when people knew what they were eating. Frozen meals, fast food chains and ingredients impossible to pronounce were non-existent. Instead, simple ingredients and meals were all made from scratch.

Joann P. Magri, owner of The Divine Olive, is keeping this way of eating alive. Offering hungry customers with a choice in quality foods and ingredients, Magri encourages customers to make their own meals. With shelves stocked full of 18-year-old vinegars straight from Modena, Italy, to extra virgin olive oils infused with various herbs and flavors, the Divine Olive features a variety of organic and vegan products, all 100 percent natural. It even has handmade spaghetti and fresh bread, which perfectly pairs with all of their other products.

It’s a cute little ‘bug.’ What it represents, however, is anything but cute.

An unusual-looking Volkswagen is toodling around Long Island this month. Painted to resemble the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB), the VW Beetle is part of efforts by the US Department of Agriculture to eliminate the pest, which can destroy 70 percent of an area’s tree canopy, according to the agency. Initially, officials held hope for complete eradication from about 23 square miles of LI designated as infested or at risk by 2016. Instead, this “landcape-altering pest” is spreading.


Sports

It will be difficult to top the exhilaration of being crowned Nassau County Champs, but the 2014 Farmingdale Dalers will begin their defense of the title on Sept. 13 at rival Massapequa—whom they beat to claim the crown.

“The attitude is that we have to prove it again,” said Head Coach Buddy Krumenacker, who has been at the helm since 1993. “But I think we’ll be okay,” he added.

Register now as classes fill up quickly and you don’t want to miss out on the chance to join in trapeze workshops at Eisenhower Park’s I.FLY this fall.

 

“I.FLY was designed to give kids and adults the ability to fulfill their dreams of being in the circus,” says instructor Anthony Rosamilia.  “Flying through the air never gets boring.  At I.FLY, we help people create lifelong memories.” 


Calendar

Board of Education Special Meeting

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Movies on the Green: The Nut Job

Thursday, Aug. 28

Warbirds Legends Weekend

Friday, Aug. 29



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