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Dinner And Square Dance
Saturday, September 22

Long Island Fair
Thursday, September 27

Country-Western Party
Sunday, September 30


Friday, September 21

2nd Annual Bully Breed Brigade Fundraiser

There will be a “Yappy Hour” Bully Breed Brigade fundraiser kick-off event at Mulcahy’s in Wantagh from 6 to 9 p.m. Video highlights from last year, comedian, band, appetizers, beer/wine/soda, and raffles. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door.


Saturday, September 22

Dinner And Square Dance

Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church will be hosting a chili/spaghetti and meatball dinner and a night of square dancing with a professional caller. From 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $10 per adult and $5 for children 12 and under. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling the church at 516-775-9669. Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 57 Spooner St., Floral Park. There is limited availability, and no tickets will be sold at the door. All are welcome.

The 2nd Annual Bully Breed Brigade

A day devoted to public awareness about the plight and potential of the Pit types lingering in shelters and foster care. Event will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hosted by Last Hope Animal Rescue & the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter located at Beltagh Ave., Wantagh (the street that adjoins the two shelters.) Most of the shelters, rescues, and demos will be set up in front of Hempstead Shelter, 3320 Beltagh Ave., with the overflow in the Last Hope parking lot at 3300 Beltagh Ave. Activities include an adoption fair, speakers, vendors, trainers, holistic rehabilitation experts, community outreach, Lug Nut weight pulling demo, Tellington Touch demo, and more. There will be a Pit Parade at 1 p.m. Tia Torres from the Animal Planet show Pit Bulls & Parolees is expected to attend. For more information call 631-671-2588 or e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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.

Nassau County Historical Society Meeting

Ray Lumpp “Memories of the 1948 Olympics” meeting at 2 p.m at The Community Church Of East Williston, 45 East Williston (Hillside) Ave., East Williston. At the 1948 Olympics in London, Long islander Ray Lumpp played on the U.S. basketball team, which won all eight of its games and an Olympic gold medal. The 2012 coach invited Ray back this year to London to see this year’s Olympics. Ray Lumpp was athletic director of the NYAC, which produced 230 Olympic medal winners - more than any other athletic club in the world. He will share his memories with us. Refreshments will follow the program. All are welcome. For more information, call 516-538-7679 or visit: www.nassaucountyHistoricalSociety.org.


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.


Sunday, September 30

Country-Western Party

A Country-Western party will be hosted by the Nassau & Queens Chapters of the Order of the Eastern Star on Sunday, Sept. 30, at 3 p.m. The party will be held in the Parish Hall of the Church of St Jude, 3606 Lufberry Ave., Wantagh. The facility is completely accessible. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for children under 16, and includes food, beverages, music and line dancing lessons. For more information call Cathy at 718-849-0952. No tickets will be sold at the door.


Sunday, October 7

North Shore Land Alliance Fall Walk

Join North Shore Land Alliance and Naturalist Peter Martin for an early fall stroll at Norman J. Levy Park & Preserve in Merrick at 2 p.m. Experience the wonder of early autumn foliage and fall migrating birds with Peter at this magnificent 52-acre former landfill. Bring the kids. The program is free. Registration is encouraged. To register and for directions please contact North Shore Land Alliance at 516-626-0908 or visit: walksinthewoods@ northshorelandalliance.org.

Free Rabies Vaccine For Pets

The Last Hope Animal Rescue will be hosting a free rabies vaccine clinic for dogs and cats from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Last Hope Adoption Center, 3300 Beltagh Ave., Wantagh. All Long Island pet owners are eligible; no appointment necessary. All pets must be at least 4 months old. Dogs must be leashed and cats need to be in carriers. In addition, Last Hope is offering canine and feline distemper combination shots at the discounted price of $12 per vaccine. For questions call 516-223-6673 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Visit: www.lasthopeanimalrescue.org.


Sunday, October 14

Wine Tasting Fundraiser

The Zonta Club of LI is planning a wine tasting fundraiser to benefit local charities at Martin de Porres Academy, 621 Elmont Rd., Elmont. From 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 516-616-0580.


Saturday, October 27

Hospice Care Network’s Crystal Ball Gala

“Halloween Casino Night” cocktail reception, sit-down dinner, games of chance, silent auction, entertainment and dancing to benefit Hospice Care Network’s programs and services. Honorees include Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice and Justice Ute Wolff Lally. At the Glen Head Country Club, 240 Glen Cove Rd., Glen Head from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. Tickets are $350 each and sponsorships begin at $100. Call 516-224-6467 or visit www.hospicecarenetwork.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.


Ongoing Events

Dance Classes

Learn the art of social and ballroom dancing with professional dance instructors. Singles and couples welcome. Beginners and advanced. At Kismet, 18 W. Nicholai St., Hicksville. Fridays from noon to 3:30 p.m. Lesson is $10. Social dancing takes place at 12:30 p.m. Chicken, salads, bagels, cream cheese, and pastries. DJ, singles and couples areas, singles introduced, dance hosts, large dance floor. A donation of $14 includes group lesson. Dates: Sept. 21, 28 and Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26. For more information call 718-332-7825 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Thrift Shop

The thrift shop at the Floral Park United Methodist Church located at 35 Verbena Ave., is now open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m on Wednesdays and Saturdays. There is a wide selection of household items, jewelry, antiques, clothing, as well as a Christmas room and Halloween decorations.


Weekly Events

•Triple Bingo every Monday at 7:30 p.m. at the Bellerose Jewish Center, 254-04 Union Tpke., Floral Park. You can win up to $3,000.

•Boy Scout Troop 158. Queens Village for boys ages 10 to 18 meets at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 92-10 217th St., Queens Village, every Friday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Call Mr. LeVine 1-781-465-5522 or email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Monthly Events

•AARP Chapter #5224 Floral Park meets on the third Monday of the month at the Floral Park Recreation Center. For further information call Marge Vance, president, 354-4296.

•Stewart Manor Auxiliary Police Unit 105 is currently having an ongoing Recruitment Drive. Meetings are held on the last Monday of each month at the Village Hall, 120 Covert Ave. (side entrance on Chester Ave.). Those interested should call Sgt. Jerry Ortell 775-5126 to find out more.

•Order Sons Of Italy meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the VFW Hall, Lincoln Rd., Franklin Square. There are also entertaining programs and refreshments and food are served free at every meeting. Call Sal Palmeri 328-0333 for an application.

•Citizen’s Party Of FP meets on the third Wednesday of each month at the American Legion Hall. To become a member, residents are invited to visit www.fpcitizensparty.com or call 775-2940.

•FP Arthritis Support Group meetings will be held on the first Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Floral Park Library, Tulip Ave. and Carolina Pl., Floral Park. Call the Arthritis Foundation 427-8272.


Ongoing Programs

Crime Prevention Information

The NC Auxiliary Police Unit has available, through the cooperation of the NYS Office of Crime Prevention, very informative pamphlets on how you, the homeowner, can better protect you and your family from being a victim of crime. Any resident requesting a copy of these pamphlets can write to NC Auxiliary Police Unit 116, PO Box 288, West Hempstead, NY 11552; call 538-5800; or e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The following pamphlets are available:

•Common Sense for the Elderly

•The Babysitter Guide

•Crime Check (Home Survey)

•Don’t Be a Victim of Burglary

•Rape Prevention

FISH Of Floral Park

Provides free transportation to and from medical appointments for senior citizens who are residents of the Floral Park/Bellerose area and cannot afford cab fare or who have no other means of transportation. Should you or a loved one need transportation to a medical appointment, contact FISH at 835-9522 or telephone coordinator Fran Hornberger at 775-0740.

At The Bellerose Jewish Center

Located at 254-04 Union Tpke., Floral Park. Call 718-343-9001:

•Free Jewish education for kindergarten and Sunday School children. A thorough religious curriculum with experienced teachers for third grade to their Bar/Bat Mitzvah is also provided.

•The Renaissance Group. A nonsectarian group of men and women who have lost a dear one. Dialogue and an exchange of ideas can be helpful. Call for date of the next meeting.

Senior Programs

The following programs regularly serve all residents of Nassau County (call the NC Dept. of Senior Citizen Affairs 571-4330):

•Employment Referrals for Seniors. The NC Dept. of Senior Citizen Affairs is a resource to employers seeking qualified workers and to mature job seekers, 55+, who want assistance with employment and résumé preparation. Services are free of charge.

•The Foster Grandparents Program is recruiting senior volunteers to share their time and love with children in Nassau County. Volunteers receive a non-reportable stipend, transportation reimbursement, paid holidays, sick days and vacation days.

•If you are 55+, make your spare time count. Join the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, a national organization, and share your talents and skills at one of the many diversified placements.

FP United Methodist Thrift Shop

The Floral Park United Methodist Church Thrift Shop, 35 Verbena Ave., open every Wednesday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featuring jewelry, clothing, housewares, bric-a-brac, dishes, linens, collectibles, some furniture, small appliances and antiques. Donations gratefully accepted. Call 354-4969.

News

The Sewanhaka Central High School District School Board adopted the 2014-15 proposed budget last week. The proposed budget total for the 2014-15 school year is $175.3 million, a budget increase of $3.52 million from last year. The tax levy increase is set at 2.1 percent. The budget vote will take place on May 20.

The current projection for state aid in 2014-15 is $29.2 million in the state legislative budget, a slight increase from last year ($27.8 million).

“There was a budget-to-budget state aid increase of 5.2 percent,” District Superintendent Dr. Ralph Ferrie said.

The Floral Park Historical Society will host the unveiling of a historic marker to commemorate the first and only Vanderbilt Cup Race that traversed the Floral Park community, on October 8, 1904. It was one of the six Vanderbilt Cup international auto races held on Long Island between 1904 and 1910 and the first in the United States.

The festivities will be on Saturday, April 26, from noon to 2:30 p.m.; the unveiling ceremony and a short program will be at 12:30 p.m. at the triangle mini-park at the intersection of Emerson Ave. and Jericho Tpke.

Emerson Ave., between Jericho Tpke. and Lowell Ave., will be closed at noon for the event.


Calendar

Women’s Club Membership Meeting

Wednesday, April 16

North End Civic Association To Meet

Thursday, April 17

Blood Drive

Friday, April 18



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