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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

Girl Scouts of Nassau County recently recognized Krista Longobardi and Meaghan Smith, both students at Floral Park Memorial High School, for individually earning their Gold Award, the highest and most prestigious award within the Girl Scouts Organization. In order to be eligible for a Gold Award, a Girl Scout must have completed two Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador Journeys or have already received the Silver Award and completed one additional Journey. The Gold Award also requires the completion of 80-hours or more of an individual leadership Take Action project that makes a sustainable and measurable impact on an important issue, or need in the community, and that serves to educate and inspire others in the community.

Longobardi’s Girl Scout Gold Award Take Action Project, Pick Your Pet, teaches children ages 5-12 the benefits of owning a pet. She was able to educate her community on the adoption process, the best pet for your household, and how adoption can save an animal’s life. Longobardi’s love of animals made it easy to spread knowledge on this topic. She improved her communication and public speaking skills as a result of her project since she spoke in front of her community leaders and peers.

Saint Mary’s High School will host the 22nd Annual Don Monti Memorial Golf Classic and Fall Alumni Dinner on Thursday, Sept. 25, at Plandome Country Club. Following the golf outing, a dinner reception will take place where Tom Raleigh, of Floral Park, will be honored with the Timothy J. Coughlin ’76 Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to St. Mary’s High School.

Raleigh has deep connections to St. Mary’s High School and the Manhasset community. Four of Raleigh’s five children went to St. Mary’s: Tom, Jr. ’88, Brian, ’91, Katie ’93, Kevin ’95. Raleigh has been a loyal St. Mary’s advocate both as a past parent and former coach.  


Calendar

Town of Hempstead Board Meeting

Tuesday, September 2

Floral Park Senior Citizens’ Picnic

Tuesday, September 2

Village of Floral Park Board of Trustees To Meet

Tuesday, September 2



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