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Friday, August 31

Art Exhibit

Evolution: Farmingdale State College Visual Communications Faculty Exhibition. An exhibit which dramatically displays the old and new artwork from Farmingdale’s art professors. The Memorial Gallery, Hale Hall, Farmingdale State College, 2350 Broadhollow Rd., Farmingdale. Gallery hours: Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reception: Thursday, Sept. 13 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is free and the gallery is accessible to persons with mobility impairments. For additional information call 631-420-6118 or visit: www.farmingdale.edu. Exhibit runs through September 21.


Wednesday, September 5

Cast Call

Northport Chorale. All voices needed. 7 p.m. in the Choir Room. Northport High School, Laurel Hill Rd., Northport. For more information, call Pearl at 631-239-6736 or Su at 631-754-3144. Visit www. northportchorale.org.


Thursday, September 6

Junior League Of The Women’s Club Meeting

The Junior League of the Women’s Club of Farmingdale invites Farmingdale Women to the first meeting of the 2012-2013 year at 7:45 p.m. at Farmingdale Village Hall. For details call Diana Kleeman at 516-586-4107 or Janice Milos-O’Reilly at 516-454-0139. We are a community oriented not-for profit organization dedicated to local and other philanthropic causes.

Chamber Of Commerce Breakfast Meeting

The Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce will hold a breakfast meeting at 8 a.m. at the Farmingdale Public Library, 116 Merritts Rd. Chamber members’ cost is $10, non-members $15.

Semester Offerings Presentation And Social

Farmingdale State College’s Institute for Learning in Retirement will hold a semester offerings presentation and social at 10 a.m. at the campus’ Roosevelt Hall, Room 111. For more information or to receive a copy of the fall 2012 brochure, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 631-420-2160.


Saturday, September 8

Garage Sale

Multi-family garage sale. Amazing bargains and huge variety. Sponsored by Twin County Chorus of Sweet Adelines Intl. Corner of Long Island Ave. and West 7th St., Deer Park. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rain date Sept. 9.


Monday, September 10

Chorale Auditions

The Babylon Chorale will hold auditions for all voice parts at Westminster United Presbyterian Church, 109 Udall Rd., West Islip. Rehearsal is at 7:30 p.m. and auditions take place at 9:15 p.m. Additional audition date: Sept. 17. For further information, call 516-795-1022 or 631-321-4460. Visit www.babylonchorale.org or e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Tuesday, September 11

September 11th Anniversary

The Farmingdale United Methodist Church, 407 Main St., (Grant Avenue), will be open to the community on September 11 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for quiet reflection and prayer to mark the eleventh anniversary of the events of September 11, 2001. All are welcome.


Saturday, September 15

Rotary Club Food Drive

The Farmingdale Rotary Club, along with Farmingdale Boy Scout Troop 261, is having a food drive at the Stop & Shop Supermarket, Motor Ave., Farmingdale. All collected food will go to the local pantry for distribution to those in need. The project is directed by Rotarian Yasuo Yasui. Also on Sept. 16.

3rd Annual Walk For Lymphedema And Lymphatic Diseases

The Lymphatic Research Foundation is proud to announce the 3rd Annual Walk for Lymphedema and Lymphatic Diseases. This event supports funding for The Lymphatic Research Foundation (LRF), which is an organization dedicated to advancing research of the lymphatic system and to find improved treatments and cures for lymphatic diseases, lymphedema, and related disorders. Participants will gather at 10 a.m. in Eisenhower Park, East Meadow. Donations are easy and safe to make at lymphaticresearch.org. For more information contact: Lymphatic Research Foundation Development Manager Colleen McGuire at 516-625-9675, e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit www.lymphaticresearch.org.


Tuesday, September 18

Blood Drive

St. James Church and the Monsignor Delaney Knights of Columbus will hold a blood drive at St. James Church Parish Center, 80 Hicksville Road, Seaford, from 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Must be in good health and between the age of 17 and 75 and weigh at least 110 lbs. Donors will have a chance to win two tickets to the BroadHollow Theatre which will be raffled off. For information call 516-694-2016.  


Thursday, September 20

NAMI-LIRC Lecture

NAMI Long Island Regional Council Inc., is hosting a lecture on mental illness. Topic: Keeping emotionally fit and healthy as we age. For family members with mental illness: preventing relapse and toxic thoughts. Speaker is Dr. Jane Brody, RN, Professor Nassau Community College. Begins at 7 p.m. in the Lecture Room (lower level) at North Shore University Hospital at Plainview, 888 Old Country Rd., Plainview. Meeting is free. For more information call 694-7327.  


Friday, September 21

Summer Semester Open House

SeniorNet will hold its free summer semester open house and receptions for people 50 years and older from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Huntington Computer Training Center, 790 Park Ave., Huntington. Guests can tour the modern center and review computer course choices with all-volunteer faculty. Classes begin Oct. 1 and last up to 8 weeks. Light refreshments will be served. For more information call 631-427-3700 x 268 or x 235.

Long Island NAIM W&W Dance

Long Island NAIM W&W Dance will be held from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Massapequa Elks Club, Veterans Blvd., Massapequa. All are welcome. Cost is $14. DJ Ray will provide the music. Call Maureen at 516-781-4763 for more information.


Saturday, September 22

Crossfire Singing Group

Crossfire, a popular group of four talented musicians, is well-known for their uplifting Christ-centered music. The public is invited to share in an exciting and inspiring evening at the JC Café at Farmingdale United Methodist Church, 407 Main St., (corner of Grant Ave), Farmingdale. Doors open at 7 p.m. with complimentary coffee and dessert. Program begins at 7:30 p.m. Suggested donation: $5. For further information call 516-694-3424 or visit: farmingdaleumc.org.


Sunday, September 23

Bethpage Ocean To Sound 50-Mile Relay

The Bethpage Ocean to Sound 50-Mile Relay will be held on Sunday, Sept. 23 to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Start time is 8 a.m. Begins at Jones Beach and ends at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay. Teams must register online at www.glirc.org. Cost: $360/team if registered by Sept. 16. No day-of-race entries will be accepted.

Walk-A-Thon And Blood Drive Fundraiser

The Christina Renna Foundation Inc. 2012 Walk-A-Thon and Blood Drive will begin at 10 a.m. Opening ceremony at 9:45 a.m. Lindenhurst Middle School Track, 350 South Wellwood Ave., Lindenhurst. Cost: $10. No reservations required. The Christina Renna Foundation is dedicated to supporting childhood cancer research and furthering awareness and education through the support of cancer groups and outreach programs for the direct support of those in need. All funds raised will benefit children’s cancer research at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. For more information call Mr. Lombardi at 631-867-3700. For blood drive information call R.J. Renna at 631-942-2835 or Mrs. Rena at 631-225-2074 or visit www.crf4acure.org for applications.


Thursday, September 27

Long Island Fair

The Long Island Fair begins Thursday, Sept. 27 at Old Bethpage Village Restoration. Corn husking contests, farm animals, games, crafts, vegetables, flower sales, and more. Visit www.lifair.org or call 516-572-8416 for more information. Fair runs through Sunday, Sept. 30.

Free Public Appearance

Dr. Duffy Spencer, social psychologist, will be presenting “Dealing With Harsh Criticism” at Bethpage Library, 47 Powell Ave., Bethpage at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 516-931-3907 or 516-334-8985.


Thursday, October 4

Columbus Day Fair

The Farmingdale Columbus Day fair will be held from Oct. 4 through Oct. 8 on Main Street from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.


Saturday, October 6

The 9th Annual Walk To Remember

In recognition of National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month, Winthrop-University Hospital’s Perinatal Bereavement Team will host the 9th Annual Walk to Remember. The walk begins at 9 a.m. at Field 5 of Eisenhower Park, East Meadow. The day includes a light breakfast, a candlelight memorial service, and an opportunity for parents to create a memory page for inclusion in Winthrop’s Memory Scrap Book. Any individuals who wish to create a memory page are asked to bring it with them the day of the walk. A donation of $15 per person is requested by Sept. 28. Children under 12 may participate for free. All proceeds benefit Winthrop’s Perinatal Bereavement Team. For more information or to make a donation, call Eileen Magri, RN, MSN at 516-663-2984 or by email at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Monday, October 15

Asperger’s Syndrome Conference

“Asperger’s Syndrome: Strategies for Effective Intervention” presented by Tony Attwood, Ph.D. From 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Melville Marriott, 1350 Walt Whitman Rd., Melville. For details and registration information visit: www.mksalomon.com.


Saturday, November 10

CCAN’s Gala Event

The Carcinoid Cancer Awareness Network (CCAN) will host the 9th Annual “Celebration of Life” Gala on Worldwide NET Cancer Awareness Day from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. The evening includes a cocktail hour, dinner, open bar, coffee and cake, music, dancing, 50/50 raffles, and raffle prizes. The gala will be held at The Sterling, 345 Hicksville Rd., Bethpage. Attendance is $95 per person or $875 for a table of ten. To register or for more information visit: www.carcinoidawareness.org.


Friday, December 7

Doo-Wop Fundraiser

An Evening With the Stars: Doo-Wop Fundraiser to help support the games for the physically challenged will be held on Friday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. at Bethpage High School. Featuring Winnie Winfield, Lenny Dell and the Dimensions, Continentals, Cathy Jean, The Fireflies, The Jarmels, and Classic Sounds. Tickets are $25 each, reserved seating only. Free parking. Go to www.larentr.com or call 631-873-8817 for more information.


Upcoming Events

Village of Farmingdale Board Of Trustees

Meetings held at the village hall:

•Sept. 4: 7 p.m. work session. 8 p.m. BOT meeting with counsel.

•Sept. 10: 7 p.m. work session.

•Sept. 17: 7 p.m. work session with counsel.

•Sept. 24: 7 p.m. work session.

•Oct. 1: 7 p.m. work session. 8 p.m. BOT meeting with counsel.

•Oct. 8: No meeting/Columbus Day.

•Oct. 15: 7 p.m. work session with counsel.

•Oct. 22: 7 p.m. work session.

•Oct. 29: 7 p.m. work session.

Holiday Craft Fair Vendors Wanted

The Friends of the Farmingdale Library are seeking crafters and flea market vendors for their Holiday Craft Fair to be held on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Table space is $40 and may be reserved by calling either 516-454-6813 or 516-244-0829. Space is limited.


Ongoing Events

Twin County Chorus

Ladies, do you love to sing? Then we’ve got a place for you. Join Twin County Chorus in the joys of a cappella harmony. We rehearse every Thursday evening in Levittown from 7 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. Call Bobbi at 516-798-4325 or Susan at 516-729-8323 for more information. Or visit our website: www.twincounty.org.


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 .

•Do You Speak Yinglish? The Yiddish Club allows individuals of varying language abilities to speak “Yinglish,” a combination of Yiddish and English. Read, speak and tell stories related to Yiddish experiences. Meets every Monday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Farmingdale Wantagh Jewish Center, 3710 Woodbine Ave., Wantagh. Call 785-2445.

•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.

•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 on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon and Sundays from 6 to 8 p.m. in Melville. Call 631-692-0986. $10.


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

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

•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 for those 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., at 8:15 p.m. Call Commander Thomas Taylor 752-9613.

•Italian Culture Society at Farmingdale meets the last Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at Ellsworth W. Allen Park, Motor Ave. For lessons in Italian come early at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments are served. 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 Library. Call Ann Derasmo 631-694-2371.

•The Knights of Columbus Rt. Rev. Msgr. William A. Delaney Council #5983 meets on the first and third Thursdays of each month at the council located at 110 Merritts Rd., Farmingdale, at 8 p.m. Members only. For hall rentals, call 390-1281. For membership information, call 804-8998.

•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., on the second Thursday of each month except July and August. Call 938-6152.

•Bethpage Masonic Lodge No. 975 Free and Accepted Masons will meet at 8 p.m. at the Hicksville Masonic Temple, 18 W. Nicholai St., Hicksville. Meetings are every second and fourth Friday. Call 731-2488.

•Italian Genealogical Group meetings are held on the second Saturday of every month from September to June at 10:30 a.m. at the Bethpage Library, 50 Powell Ave., Bethpage. Free. Call 631-931-3907. Free.

•Earthwalk conducted by the staff of Starflower Experiences on the first Sunday of every other month at 2 p.m. A light touch of nature on an unusual and enjoyable walk. For adults and children 9 and up. Meet at Sweet Hollow Hall in West Hills County Park, Melville. Fee of $2.50 per person. Call 938-6152 to sign up and for directions.


Ongoing Programs

Farmingdale Adult Day Care Center

A social day care program offering socialization and stimulation to persons 60 and over. The caring staff provides innovative activities for those who can no longer attend regular senior centers because of physical and/or mental impairment. It also affords respite to caregivers allowing them valued time to devote to matters of home or personal needs. This interfaith service meets on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 407 Main St. Support groups are also held once a month on Wednesdays. Call 293-8928.

Free Educational Services

Free courses and academic advice is available to economically and educationally disadvantages adults. The LI Educational Opportunity Center offers programs leading to employment in a variety of fields as well as entrance to college. The LIEOC has satellite units in many areas. Call the unit located at Hooper Hall, Farmingdale State College, at 631-434-3740 for further information.

Farmingdale State College Offers Free Instruction

In college preparation including: English, reading, math, biology and chemistry, preGED/College Prep. reading and math; business education including: word processing and computer literacy; health care programs, nurse assistant training, clinical training given in area nursing homes, phlebotomy, high school equivalency, English for international students, adult basic education and more. Come in today! Farmingdale State College, Hooper Hall. Call 420-2280. Financial eligibility required. Course offerings may vary according to unit EEO/AA.

At the Farmingdale Wantagh Jewish Center

Located at 3710 Woodbine Ave., Wantagh. Call 785-2445 for information on the following:

•Learning the Torah and Haftorah Trops on Mondays at 7 p.m. Instructor Rabbi Alan Lavin. This is a practical course for those who can read Hebrew to learn how to participate more easily at services and lead prayers. The course is open to all men and women.

•Beginners Hebrew course, sponsored by Hadassah, will be held at on Mondays at 7 p.m. Instructor Murray Zwerling. For those who would like to learn or improve their basic Hebrew reading.

•Introduction to Jewish Prayer on Mondays at 8:15 p.m. Text: To Pray as a Jew by Rabbi Haim Donnin. Instructor Rabbi Alan Lavin. The course is designed for those who would like to learn the history, meaning and structure of the siddur.

•Sisterhood Book Club – If you have an interest in reading, the Sisterhood Book Club is for you. Join other women to discuss interesting books. Call the synagogue office for more information about the Book Club and Sisterhood events.

Adults and Children With Learning Disabilities

ACLD, a private not-for-profit agency, is offering individual and family counseling for the primary caregivers of individuals with developmental disabilities. Support groups are available for parents and siblings and new groups for senior parents, parents of transitioning high school students as well as a group for parents who have a developmental disability. Groups are held during day and evening hours and will be facilitated by a social worker at 807 South Oyster Bay Rd., Bethpage. Call Florence Horne 822-0028, ext. 167.

Farmingdale United Methodist Nursery School

Offers classes for children from 18 months old through 5 years old where they can grow, play and learn together. The school offers a well-rounded program designed to stimulate the child creatively, socially, intellectually, physically and emotionally. Children are exposed to a variety of art-media, paint, finger paint, chalk, dough, pasting, cutting, coloring, writing, block play, music, group work, books, circle and story time, cooking experiences, puppet show, all types of parties, movement classes, computers, outdoor and indoor large motor activities and stimulating walking distance field trips. For more information or class schedules, call the school 293-9078.

Bring a Smile to a Poor Person’s Face

That is the invitation being sent across LI by Hope for the Future Ministries, a Farmingdale-based not-for-profit organization which helps the poor and homeless. Items needed include warm hats and scarves, thermal gloves and socks, thermal underwear, sweatshirts and sweatpants, toiletries and toys, new gifts, unwrapped with price tags removed. Bring to Hope for the Future Ministries, 131 Verdi St. Call 752-5771.

Support Groups

The following support groups will be held at the Plainedge Baptist Church, 96 Stewart Ave., Bethpage. For free enrollment or information call 731-6736.

•Alcohol/Substance Dependency Support Group. Celebrate Recovery is a nationally acclaimed program that invites people of any faith or no faith at all to experience God’s healing power in the lives of all who suffer from alcohol or drug dependency. Mondays from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

•Divorce/Separation Support Group. DivorceCare helps people recover from the pain of separation and divorce. Become a part of a small support group of people who are experiencing the same. This is a non-denominational video seminar with nationally recognized experts on divorce and recovery. Thursdays from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

•Grief Recovery Support Group. GriefShare is a non-denominational, 13-week video seminar featuring interviews with leading authors, counselors, speakers and pastors with years of expertise in grief recovery. Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m.

Pretty New Thrift Shop

Donations are needed for the Pretty New Thrift Shop, 238 Main St., Farmingdale. The shop supports the work of Central Nassau Guidance and Counseling Services, Inc., a multi-service mental health and substance abuse agency located in Hicksville. The shop is open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and accepts gently used clothing, housewares, furniture and collectibles. Call 420-1394.

Free Writer’s Workshops

Got a hidden talent? Why not share it and develop it at a free writer’s workshop? The LI Writer’s Guild is a friendly, Nassau County-based organization of amateur/professional, published/unpublished poets, essayists, novelists and short story writers who meet at informal workshops at the Levittown and Bethpage Libraries. Everything from plot development to characterization to basic literary theory for the fiction and nonfiction writer alike is discussed and practiced. There are reading and critiquing sessions and recommendations and contacts for the more serious writers seeking to publish their work is provided. For a schedule of workshops and social events, log onto www.liwritersguild.org.