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Floral Park Little League Parade and Baseball Fest 2014

Saturday, April 26

Craft Fair and Flea Market

Saturday, April 26

Floral Park Fire Department Open House

Sunday, April 27


Wednesday, April 23

Village of Floral Park Architectural Review Board meets on April 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Recreation Center.

The AHRC Nassau Floral Park Auxiliary will hold the Ida Bono Memorial Luncheon on Wednesday, April 23 at noon at the Garden City Country Club, 206 Stewart Ave. in Garden City. For reservations call Joyce at 516-352-4138.

The Floral Park Women’s Club membership meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Recreation Center. New members welcome. Refreshments will be served.

The Town of Hempstead Passport Van will be available outside at the Floral Park Public Library on Wednesday, April 23 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Town residents may apply for a passport or renew an existing on.


Thursday, April 24

The Hillcrest Civic Association meets on April 24 at the Recreation Center at 7:30 p.m.


Saturday, April 26

St. Elisabeth’s Church, 6 Harvard St. in Floral Park, will hold a Craft Fair and Flea Market on April 26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call Russ for information at 516-775-5270.

Floral Park Little League Parade and Baseball Fest 2014 on Saturday, April 26. Parade assembles at the village hall at 9:30 a.m. and will march to the recreation center.

Floral Park Historical Society will host the Vanderbilt Cup Race historic marker unveiling ceremony on Saturday, April 26 from noon to 2:30 p.m. at Emerson Ave. and Jericho Tpke.


Sunday, April 27

Floral Park Fire Department Open House will be held on April 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the commuter parking lot at Carlton Ave. and Floral Blvd. Department members will provide information about membership and explain the duties and rewards that come with being a volunteer firefighter or EMT.


Monday, April 28

The Bellerose Village Board of Trustees will hold their regular meeting and budget hearing on April 28 at 7:30 p.m. at village hall, 50 Superior Rd.


Thursday, May 1

The Floral Park Chamber of Commerce’s Spring Luncheon Meeting will be held on May 1 from noon to 2 p.m. Location and details to be announced. Visit www.floralparkchamber.org for information.

The next meeting of the West End Civic Association will be on Thursday, May 1 at 8 p.m. at the Atlantic Avenue Firehouse, second floor. Representatives from the Sewanhaka Central High School and Floral Park Bellerose school districts will present the budget which will be presented for a vote in May. All members are urged to attend.

West End Civic Association meeting will be held on Thursday, May 1 at 8 p.m. at the Atlantic Avenue Fire House.


Saturday, May 3

Irish American Society at 297 Willis Ave., in Mineola will host #KeenanStrongBenefit to benefit

Billy Keenan featuring performances by the Cunningham Brothers, Jameson’s Revenge, Girsa and the Narrowbacks. The benefit will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. Visit www.keenanstrong.org or call 516-746-9392 for information.


Monday, May 5

Covert Avenue Chamber of Commerce General Meeting will be held on May 5 at 6:30 p.m. Details will be announced. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call Cathy Grasman at 516-488-2705 for information.

The Floral Park Lions Club “Swing Into Spring” 14th Annual Mickey Finn Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, May 5 at North Shore Towers Country Club. Breakfast will be at 10:30 a.m. The shotgun start is at noon. Cocktails and dinner at Crabtree’s Restaurant at 6 p.m. Sponsorships still available. For tickets or sponsorship information call Bart at 516-354-8917 or Jim at 516-502-5696.

Historical Society Meeting will be held on Monday, May 5 at 7 p.m. at Centennial Hall


Tuesday, May 6

Board of Trustees meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 6 at 8 p.m. in the village hall court room.

Senior Programs

The following programs regularly serve all residents of Nassau County. Call the NC Dept. of Senior Citizen Affairs 516-571-4330:

• 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.

News

The Floral Park Recreation Summer 2014 programs have now reached their half way point. While youngsters still have four more weeks of camps and activities, the night time volleyball and basketball programs are now gearing up for their final push to the playoff and championship rounds. Of the 55 adult teams competing, only Madness and Chaos (B league basketball) and Poppy’s (Women’s competitive volleyball) have managed to move through the season without a blemish on their records. Playoffs for volleyball are on Aug. 6 and Aug. 7, while basketball quarterfinals begin Thursday, July 31. Family, friends and spectators are always welcome. Good luck to all teams and players during their quest to become Floral Park’s Champions of the Summer of 2014.

As in past years, the Floral Park Recreation Department sprinkled in some expert instruction along with the recreational format of the various camps. Many thanks go out to Lisa O’Grady (OLV volleyball coach) for presenting an excellent volleyball clinic for our beginning junior players. Once again, Nassau Community College football Coach Ed Mack and his players have volunteered their time to give a few pointers for all youngsters grades 4 and above on Wednesday, June 30. The junior football clinic kicks off at 8:30 a.m., while senior campers (grades 7 and above) will receive instruction beginning at 10 a.m. Some features will include pass and catch techniques and NFL style agility drills. All Floral Park youth entering grades 4 and above are invited to attend. At that same time, Chris Schneider, outstanding and championship basketball coach at both St. Mary’s and Sacred Heart, will be on hand to present a comprehensive basketball clinic for both our junior and senior future female basketball stars.

The 36th annual Thunderbird American Indian Mid-Summer Pow-Wow will be held at the Queens County Farm Museum from Friday, July 25 through Sunday, July 27. It is the longest-running American Indian Pow-Wow and will feature three days of inter-tribal Native American Dance Competitions.

More than 40 Indian nations will be represented. Chanting, drumming and brilliantly-colored, finely-detailed regalia will provide stimulating entertainment for people of all ages. All dance competitions and performances will be narrated for your appreciation of the rich tradition and culture that is being shared. American Indian art and craft vendors will offer a unique array of times for shoppers.


Calendar

Theatre Box

Friday, August 1

E-Cycling Collection

Saturday, August 2

Floral Park Board of Trustees

Tuesday, August 5



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