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Floral Park Chamber of Commerce’s Spring Luncheon

Thursday, May 1

West End Civic Association Meeting

Thursday, May 1

Mother's Day Plant Sale

Friday, May 2


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. at Park Place. Price: $18. Visit www.floralparkchamber.org for information.

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

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.


Friday, May 2

Mother's Day plant sales: A smorgasbord of colorful floral gift possibilities, just time for Mother’s Day: annuals, perennials, herbs, shrubs, hanging baskets, vegetables. This springtime bazaar — the 45th annual for Clark Botanic Gardens — features more than plants, including an art show, “attic treasures,” the garden gift shop, a tea room with sandwiches, home-made cakes when you get peckish, and gardening supplies such as Bioferm, “Black Gold” for your garden. At Clark Botanic Garden on Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission – rain or shine. www.clarkbotanic.org/events.html

Spring Plant Sale/Gardening Weekend on Friday, May 2 through Sunday, May 4. Purchase select annuals and perennials, including Old Westbury Gardens’ signature varieties. Not sure what plants are right for your landscape? Knowledgeable horticulturalists from the gardens, various plant societies and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County will be on hand to help you select the right plants and answer your questions. On Saturday at noon, kids can get involved, Gardeners get their hands dirty at crafting garden “cookies” out of clay, compost, and seeds. Commonly called seed balls, these gems are a great way to get kids to delight in the fun of propagation and planting in your own backyard. At Old Westbury Gardens. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Soil testing 10a.m. to 3p.m. Bring ½ cup of dry soil and have it tested by Master Gardeners from CCENassau. For info visit: oldwestburygardens.org/05_calendar.htm  


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. at Park Place. Agenda will cover the 1st Annual Spring Sidewalk Event and an update about the Floral Park Chamber’s upcoming events. 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.

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

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.


Tuesday, May 6

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


Upcoming Events

JLCS PTA meeting on Thursday, May 15 at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. Meet other parents and find out what’s going on at school. Officer Groshans and School Superintendent Opiekun will be the guest speakers. Sign up for chair and co-chair positions for the many committees that help organize programs that support the school and students. Babysitting will be available.

The Hance Family Foundation

Fun Run will be held on Saturday, May 17 at Centennial Gardens from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit www.hancefamilyfoundation.org for more information.


Ongoing Programs

United Methodist Thrift Shop

The United Methodist Church Thrift Shop, at 35 Verbena Ave., features jewelry, clothing, housewares, bric-a-brac, dishes, linens, collectibles, some furniture, small appliances and antiques. Open every Wednesday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Donations gratefully accepted. Call 516-354-4969.

News

Community gathers together

for 16th annual Liz’s Day

When a young woman named Elizabeth McFarland died of breast cancer, a group of women gathered together for a small meeting and Liz’s Day was born.

On Sept. 27, the 16th annual Liz’s Day took place at the Floral Park Recreation Center. The event featured a used book sale, a Chinese style auction raffle, foods, drinks and music. All of the money raised from the event went to breast cancer research.

A Village of Stewart Manor Board of Trustees meeting turned into a lesson in the values of community engagement on Oct. 6. The regularly scheduled village meeting was attended by a group of Boy Scouts working toward a merit badge who witnessed new laws enacted and speeches from Fire Chief Tom Skinner and members of the Elmont School District Board of Education.  

Members of Troop 134 attended the meeting to gain an Eagle Scout-required merit badge for Citizenship within the Community. They were required to go to a town hall-style meeting and witness a little democracy in action.


Calendar

Firematic Awards Ceremony

Thursday, October 16

St. Elisabeth’s Craft Fair

Saturday, October 18

Floral Park Memorial High School Homecoming

Saturday, October 18



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
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