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Village Concert

Friday, July 25

Magic & Comedy

Friday, July 25

Irish Kids-Fleah Music Fundraiser

Saturday, July 26


Wednesday, July 23

The Bellerose Jewish Center at 254-14 Union Tpke. in Floral Park, will be holding its fabulous Summer Rummage Sale on Wednesday, July 23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. Sale items include: household items, clothing, bric-a-brac, and more. For information call 718-343-9001.

The Floral Park Architectural Review Board will meet on Wednesday, July 23 at the Recreation Center at 7:30 p.m.


Friday, July 25

The Village of Floral Park’s Summer of Stars 2014 Big Band Extravaganza will be held on Friday, Just 25 at 7 p.m. at Memorial Park. 25-piece band, playing authentic music of the 40s to contemporary favorites. Bring your own chair.

The Magic & Comedy of Jim McClenahan will perform on Friday, July 25 at 10:30 a.m. at Elmont Road Park in Elmont and again at 1:30 p.m. Rath Park in Franklin Square as part of the Town of Hempstead Children’s Summer Shows series.. All shows are free and open to the public. Tickets are not required. Call 516-292-9000 ext. 7382 for information on all performances. Visit www.toh.liparks-andrecreation/announcements in case of inclement weather.


Saturday, July 26

Irish Kids-Fleah Music Fundraiser will be held on July 26 from 9 to 11:30 p.m. at Swing The Teapot at 6 Verbena Ave. to benefit young musicians try to attend World Fleadh in County Sligo, Ireland, an international Irish and Celtic music festival. Call 516-488-2180 for information.


Tuesday, July 29

On Tuesday, July 29 at 8:45 p.m. the film Million Dollar Baby plays at the Clark Botanic Garden in Albertson as part of the Town of North Hempstead’s free summer film series. The film features Clint Eastwood and Hillary Swank, and it won four academy awards. Visit www.northhempsteadny.gov for details.


Saturday, August 2

The Town of Hempstead’s E-Cycling collection will be held on Saturday, Aug. 2 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Town Parking Field L2 Division Avenue, off Hempstead Tpke. in Levittown.


Upcoming Events

The Town of Hempstead will hold its regular board meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 5 at 10:30 a.m. at the Nathan L.H. Bennett Pavilion, Hempstead Town Hall, 1 Washington St. in Hempstead. Agendas post the town’s website on the Friday before the meeting date. Visit www.toh.li for more information.

The Floral Park Board of Trustees will hold a regular meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 5 at 8 p.m. at village hall, 1 Floral Blvd.

The Floral Park Fire Department will hold its annual picnic on Wednesday, Aug. 6 at the Floral Park Pool in a private event. The pool will close to the public at 4:30 p.m. The pool will be open to fire department members from 6 to 11 p.m.  

Elvis is back as part of the village’s Summer of Stars 2014 series. Tommy J. Walker and The Michael Ventimiglia Band perform all the greatest hits of Elvis at Memorial Park on Friday, Aug. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Bring your own chair.

The library board meeting will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 13 at the Floral Park Public Library at 7:30 p.m.


Ongoing Programs

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 516-835-9522 or telephone coordinator Fran Hornberger at 516-775-0740.

Floral Park 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.

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.

The Art Club

Has year round classes all taught by a professional. Classes for the littlest artist to the more serious, adult classes too. Call for more information at 516-742-7662 or go onto the web at thegardenartstudio.com.

Safe Boating Courses

Safe Boating Courses, free vessel safety checks and more from America’s Boating Club, the United States Power Squadrons. Visit WeBoatSafe.org or call 800-341-8777 for information.

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’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com