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Jeffrey Biegel in Concert
Saturday, February 18

Archaeological Institute of America 
Sunday, February 19

Explore the Mysteries of Black Holes
Monday, February 20


Saturday, February 18

Jeffrey Biegel in Concert

The South Shore Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Music Director Scott Jackson Wiley, will be performing at Molloy College Madison Theatre in Rockville Centre at 8 p.m. The program features Aaron Copland’s Applachian Spring, Saint Saens Piano Concerto no. 2 in G Op. 22 featuring pianist Jeffrey Biegel and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4. Jeffrey Biegel is one of today’s most respected artists, having created a multi-faceted career as a pianist, recording artist, composer and arranger. His electrifying technique and mesmerizing touch has received critical acclaim worldwide. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone or at the door and are $18 for orchestra seating; $10 mezzanine seating. Call 678-5000, ext. 7715 or visit the Madison Theatre website at http://madisontheatreny.org or the South Shore Symphony Orchestra website at www.sssymphony.org.


Sunday, February 19

Archaeological Institute of America

The LI Society of the Archaeological Institute of America will present a free lecture at 2 p.m. in Room 106, Breslin Hall, Hofstra University, Hempstead. Call 631-420-1564. Speaker: Dr. Mike Parker Pearson received his Ph.D. from Kings College, Cambridge University. He has written many publications of Neolithic and Bronze Age Britain and Europe. Program: Dr. Parker will discuss new excavations at Stonehenge that brings a much wider understanding of how it was formed as a part of a much wider complex of monuments of the Salisbury Plain. Who were the people who built it and where they came from. Recent work has led to the discovery of a large settlement of houses in the area and why the stones used at Stonehenge came from 180 miles away.


Monday, February 20

Explore the Mysteries of Black Holes

The Black Holes in space have long fascinated astronomers and science fiction writers. In March, NASA is planning on launching the NuStar Telescope which will search for Black Holes and study the most extreme regions of the universe. During the February vacation break, Feb. 20 through 24, the Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Museum Row, Garden City/Uniondale area, will help to explain and de-mystify Black Holes through a variety of free family activities. At the Black Hole workshop learn all about the NASA’s NuStar project and participate in spectroscope presentations. Participants will also learn about how a Black Hole is formed and what happens when you get too close to one by making a “Spaghettication” Flip Book which shows the extraordinary gravitational pull of a Black Hole and how it can stretch you out just like spaghetti. Call 572-4111.


Sunday, February 26

Organ Recital by Brandon Dumas

A native of Albany, Brandon is associate organist and choirmaster of The Cathedral of the Incarnation, Garden City. Most recently, Brandon’s work took him to London where he has just finished his studies in Choral Conducting at The Royal Academy of Music. Prior to this, he spent a year with the Choir of Royal Holloway, University of London as co-conductor and organist of the ensemble, recording for the Hyperion Records label, broadcasting regularly on BBC Radio 3, touring Western Europe and California, and performing in such major UK cathedrals as St. Paul’s, Westminster, Gloucester, Ely, Worcester and Salisbury. 4 p.m. at The Cathedral of the Incarnation, 50 Cathedral Ave., Garden City. Call 746-2955.

Grand Marshal Dinner Dance

At the Irish American Society, 297 Willis Ave., Mineola, at 5 p.m. Music by Billy Keenan’s Band. The Grand Marshal is Betty McLoughlin and her aides are Mary Coyne, Aileen Scott, Jeff Clark and Sean Treanor. Call 746-9392 or 742-8080.


Tuesday, February 28

Black History Month Program

The Nassau Community College Black History Month Committee presents a program in tribute to African American achievements in America. The program takes place in the College Center Building and are free, open to the public and accessible to the disabled. Note: Priority seating for all Black History Month events will be given to NCC students with current ID. For more information, call Dean Charmian Smith 572-7376. Today’s program: “Sistas on Fire.” Three African American female writers, Marcia McNair, SistaGurl and Anissa Moore, use vignettes about topics relevant to African American women to take the audience from merely being mad about pressing social and political issues to being proactive forces for social change. 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.


Sunday, March 4

American Chamber Ensemble

Will perform the second concert of its 2011-2012 season at 3 p.m. at the Monroe Lecture Center Theater, Hofstra University, California Ave., Hempstead. This event is presented by the Music Department of Hofstra University. The repertoire will be Quartet for piano and strings by Carlos Surinach, Sonata for two clarinets and piano by Gary Schocker, Pastorale for clarinet and piano by Elliott Carter, American Pieces for violin and piano by Lukas Foss, A Little Bit for viola and clarinet by Meyer Kupferman and Quartet for clarinet and strings by Howard Boatwright. Performers are ACE Directors Naomi Drucker (clarinet), Blanche Abram (piano) and Marilyn Lehman (piano), with violinist Eriko Sato, violist Lois Martin and cellist Chris Finckel. Special guest will be clarinetist Stanley Drucker. Tickets at Hofstra University Box Office - $15 ($12 senior citizens 65+ and non-Hofstra students). One free ticket with current Hofstra Card. For ticket information, call 463-6644.


Upcoming Events

Defensive Driving Courses

Six-hour course conducted by the AAA NY in the Garden City office located at 229 Seventh St. Save money; reduce violation points; sharpen skills. The cost is $39 for AAA members; $32 Plus members; $32 members 60 and older; $32 members 16-24 years old; $49 nonmembers; special group rates available. Dates and rates subject to change. Online class available. Visit AAA.com/DefensiveDriving. Reservations required. Call 873-2381. The following dates are offered:

•Feb 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

•Feb 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

•Feb 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

•March 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

•March 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

•March 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

•March 19 and 20 from 6:15 to 9:15 p.m.

•March 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

•March 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

•March 31 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Golf and Tennis Classic

Life’s WORC 25th Anniversary Geraldo Rivera Golf and Tennis Classic will be held on May 17 at the Plandome Country Club, Port Washington, from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Includes breakfast, lunch, cocktail reception and dinner. Contact Matthew Zebatto 516-741-9000, ext. 241 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

6th Biennial Sojourn to West Africa

10 Day Cultural Trip to Ghana, West Africa, Aug. 4-14, 2012. Visits to Cultural sites: W.E.B. Dubois Center for Pan African Culture, Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, Elmina/Cape Coast Slave Castles – Door of No Return, River of he Last Bath/Assin Manso, Kakum National Park, Kumasi (Seat of the Ashanti Empire), Manhyia Palace. Ashanti Craft Villages: Ahwiaa (Wood Carving Village), Ntonso (Adinkra Textile Printing Village), Bonwire (Kente Weaving Village). Akosombo Dam, Boat Cruise on the Volta Lake – largest man-made lake in the world, Torgome Village for Naming Ceremony, shopping galore. For further information contact Pat Jenkins This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 516-997-6585.


Ongoing Events

Stroke Support Groups

Stroke Life Society is a community organization of survivors and co-survivors in the pursuit of living and helping others. A stroke can be very isolating. By sharing experiences and encouraging one another, together we can face and overcome common challenges. All welcome. RSVP is requested but not required. For information and other locations and times, call Ben Thomas 398-4994. Go to www.strokelife.org.

•Every first Wednesday of the month at 11 a.m. in Room 12, St. Frances de Chantal, 1309 Wantagh Ave., Wantagh.

•Every second Monday of the month at 6 p.m. at the Church of St. Jude, 3606 Lufberry Ave., Wantagh.

•Every second Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Epilepsy Conference Room, Research Building Level C, 270-05 76th Ave., New Hyde Park.

•Every third Friday at 2 p.m. at St. Bernard’s Parish Center, 3100 Hempstead Tpke., Levittown.

•Every fourth Wednesday at 6 p.m. in Room 106, St. James Parish Center, 80 Hicksville Rd., Seaford.


Board Meetings

Zoning Board of Appeals meets at 7:30 p.m. at Village Hall on the fourth Tuesday of each month.

Planning Commission meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at Village Hall.

Environmental Advisory Board meets at 8 p.m. at Village Hall on the last Wednesday (except July and August) of each month.

Traffic Commission meets on the third Thursday (except July and August) of each month at 8 p.m. at Village Hall.


Weekly Events

•Waldorf Choral Society. Do you love to sing? Rehearsals are every Monday from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Waldorf School, Cambridge Ave. For audition information call 747-4457.

•Long Term Care Workshop, a free informative workshop conducted by Jim McTighe of McTighe & Capaccio, LLC, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays at 1001 Franklin Ave., Suite 207. Workshops are limited to no more than 10 people. Bagels and coffee served. Reservations only. Call Terry 739-1240, ext. 312.

•Free Prenatal Consultations offered by Village Pediatrics, 975 Franklin Ave., on Tuesdays at 5 p.m. Parents are invited to meet the physicians prior to the child’s birth. Call 248-8334 for an appointment.

•Free Bereavement Group, a support group for individuals grieving the loss of a loved one meets at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Ethical Humanist Society, 38 Old Country Rd. Call 741-7304.

•LI Chess Nuts meets at 38 Old Country Rd., Thursdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. for K to 3rd grade; and Fridays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. for fourth grade and up. Optional lessons for beginners and advanced players available at 4 and 5:30 p.m. For more information call Margarita Lanides at 739-3907.


Monthly Events

•Calling All War Time Veterans (WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Iran, Iraq). VFW Garden City Park Post #120 invites you to become a member. Meet new service buddies, share experiences and become involved in your community. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at 2162 Jericho Tpke., Garden City Park. Call Cmdr. G. Popowitz 746-0662.

•Garden City Ski Club meets on the first and third Wednesdays, September through April (except holidays) at 7:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus, 1000 Marcus Ave., New Hyde Park. For info and schedules visit www.gardencityskiclub.com or call 872-1448.

•Young Widows/Widowers Social Group, a nonsectarian, nonprofit organization of widows and widowers ages 40 to 69 years of age. Fee for members is $3, nonmembers $5. Meets at 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Church, 5th St. and Franklin Ave., Garden City, on the third Wednesday of each month. Call Denise 488-4597. No meeting at the church during July and August.

•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 entertaining programs and refreshments and food are served free at every meeting. Call Sal Palmeri 328-0333 for an application.

•Ethical Issues in the News will be presented by the Ethical Humanist Society of LI on the first Sunday of each month at 10 a.m. at the society, 38 Old Country Rd. Call 741-7304.


Ongoing Programs

Exhibit

•The Nassau Community College Firehouse Plaza Art Gallery presents the exhibit “Corporal Edges” featuring the drawings and paintings of artist Nadege Monchera-Baer. The exhibition can be viewed through March 1. Nadege Monchera-Baer was born in Valenciennes, France, and currently works from her art studio in Los Angeles. Her experiences working with Italian film director Federico Fellini, as well as her time in several creative industries in Berlin, Paris, Rome and New York had a profound influence on her growth as an artist. Gallery hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Tuesday 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The exhibit is free, open to the public and accessible to the disabled.

•Hofstra University Museum presents an exhibition highlighting works of art inspired by the natural environment. The Disappearing Landscape: Selections from the Hofstra University Museum Collection on view through March 18 in the Hofstra University Museum’s David Filderman Gallery, located in the Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, ninth floor, south campus, Hempstead, will feature works from the museum’s permanent collection that capture the ever-changing global landscape. This original exhibition curated by the associate director of exhibitions and collections Karen T. Albert, includes 27 drawings, paintings, photographs, prints and sculpture created by artists from a range of countries including the U.S., Russia and Japan. The works date from the early 19th century to the 21st century. A small illustrated catalog as well as a guide to looking will accompany the exhibition and supplemental educational materials will be available on a gallery kiosk with touch screen technology. For more information call 463-5672.

•The original exhibition Barbara Roux: Environments, on view through April 5 in the Hofstra University (Hempstead) Museum’s Emily Lowe Gallery, features drawings, photographs, poetry and sculpture by Barbara Roux, a combined-media artist, poet, and conservationist. Barbara Roux uses her daily interaction with natural habitats to inform her artistic work with a focus on the forest and coves where she lives on the north shore of Long Island. Her understanding and appreciation for the natural resources of this area have merged with her professional artistic training, resulting in work that seeks to educate us, the viewer, about the value and importance of our natural environment. Roux alters but does not disguise the elements from nature that comprise her sculpture. An illustrated catalog, Barbara Roux: Environments accompanies the exhibit. Supplemental materials including information about the artist, her work, and resources about conservation will be available on a touch screen kiosk in the gallery. A brochure for guided viewing also will be available to visitors to enhance their experience of the exhibition. For more information call 463-5672.

Anger Management

Contact Lani McElgun, M.A., LMFT, at 520 Franklin Ave., Suite 213, or call 428-1167 for information on the following: Group: Turn angry behaviors into more productive ones; learn healthier ways to communicate with spouse, children, co-workers. Individual: Combine individual therapy and anger management techniques. Both are held on a weekly basis and facilitated by a licensed marriage and family therapist, also certified in anger management. Court mandates welcome.

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 742-7662 or go onto the web at thegardenartstudio.com.

Bereavement Groups

Contact Catherine Bottari, LCSW, at 500 Old Country Rd., Suite 300 or call 732-6964 for information on the following:

•Group 1: A woman’s bereavement group is available to help women share and learn about their grief. Groups are held on a weekly basis and are facilitated by a licensed clinical social worker.

•Group 2: A 12-week bereavement support group is available for children ages 7 to 9. Groups will be held on Saturdays and are facilitated by a licensed social worker.

Cradle of Aviation Museum

In the world of aviation, signals and coded messages are an important part of how airplanes and air traffic control speak everyday. The Cradle of Aviation Museum has a variety of free family activities. Walk through the eight museum galleries and you’ll walk through over 100 years of aerospace history with 75 planes and space craft and a variety of examples of how pilots navigated and communicated from the early days of flight through the space program. Museum activities are free with admission and are available each day from noon to 4 p.m. The museum also is home to the IMAX Dome Theatre and is located on Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Museum Row. Call 572-4111.

NC Coalition Against Domestic Violence

The Coalition is a member agency of the Garden City Community Fund, United Community Fund of Great Neck, Community Chest of Port Washington and United Way of LI. Call 222-2293 for information the following:

•Support groups with individual counseling for incest survivors and survivors of rape and sexual assault. Services are confidential and free of charge. These services are also extended to family members and partners of survivors.

•The coalition operates a safe home for battered women and their children. The Coalition’s Safe Home for Abused Families provides shelter, advocacy and legal assistance, in a safe, warm, supportive, attractive environment. Call the 24-hour hotline 542-0404. The hotline and all services are free and confidential and a counselor can help you find safety.

•If you are 60 or older and suffering from abuse, mistreatment or neglect at the hands of family members or someone who is living with you, help is available. Counseling, legal advocacy and support services to seniors in need of help is offered. All services are free and confidential. Call 542-0404.

Epilepsy Foundation

Located at 506 Stewart Ave. (739-7733) the following is offered:

•Free Puppet Show on Seizure Disorder. A free children’s program on epilepsy using the internationally acclaimed “Kids on the Block” troupe of puppets to public and private elementary schools. These shows are appropriate for the 3rd and 4th grades levels but can be tailored to your needs. Programs are also available for junior and senior high classes. Call Janet Romeo, ext. 145.

•Support Groups. Do you have seizures? Are you having difficulty with jobs, relationships, etc.? Are you isolating from your family and friends? If you answered yes to any or all of the above questions, we have group for you. Call Jennifer Colbert, CSW, ext. 400.

School Closings and Delayed Openings

Will be posted on the Garden City Public Schools website at: www.gardencity.k12.ny.us and will also be available on the following stations: WCBS 880 AM; WOR 710 AM; WGBB 1240 AM; WALK 1370 AM; WINS 1010 AM; WHLI 1100 AM; WKJY 98.3 FM; television News 12 LI. Do not contact the police or fire departments for confirmation about school closings.

Sons of Italy

Order Sons of Italy in America is seeking new members to join the America Lodge #2245, Franklin Square, Elmont, West Hempstead, Floral Park, Garden City, Stewart Manor and Malverne. The lodge co-ed with many projects that enhance the preservation of the member’s Italian heritage and raises funds for contributions to worthy charities. Meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the VFW Hall, Lincoln Rd., Franklin Square. There are entertaining programs, refreshments and food served free at every meeting. Call Sal Palmeri 328-0333.

News

North Shore-LIJ’s Cushing Neuroscience Institute (CNI) recently announced that Garden City resident Richard E. Temes, MD, MS, has been appointed director of the Center for Neurocritical Care at North Shore University Hospital and assistant professor of neurology, neurological surgery and internal medicine at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.

“Dr. Temes is a nationally recognized leader in neurocritical care and we are delighted to have him on board to spearhead our efforts in further expanding the neurocritical care services program,” said Raj K. Narayan, MD, chair of neurosurgery at North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center and CNI’s director. For the past seven years, Dr. Temes served as director of the neurocritical care program he founded at Rush Medical Center in Chicago, Ill. He also served as the hospital’s medical director of the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit and as director of the Therapeutic Hypothermia Service. Under Dr. Temes’ leadership, he established Rush’s neurological emergencies transfer center, which grew to transfer 1,200 patients annually from over 30 institutions throughout southern Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and western Michigan.

‘Landscape-altering’ bug creeping north

It’s a cute little ‘bug.’ What it represents, however, is anything but cute.

An unusual-looking Volkswagen is toodling around Long Island this month. Painted to resemble the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB), the VW Beetle is part of efforts by the US Department of Agriculture to eliminate the pest, which can destroy 70 percent of an area’s tree canopy, according to the agency. Initially, officials held hope for complete eradication from about 23 square miles of the Island designated as infested or at risk by 2016. Instead, this “landcape-altering pest” is spreading.


Sports

Garden City falls to Brentwood

after beating Farmingdale

The Farmingdale Baseball League recently capped off its fourth annual 9/11 baseball tournament with a series of championship games, to ultimately determine which Long Island town reigns supreme. On Aug. 16, teams from 8U to 14U fought tooth and nail for the ultimate prize.

One of the most exciting games was the evening 14U championship match-up between the Garden City Warriors and Brentwood Braves.

Fall Roller Hockey Programs Announced

The Garden City Recreation and Parks Department will once again offer various roller hockey programs this fall for both youth & adults who reside in the Inc. Village of Garden City. Whether you played in the past or looking to get involved, there is no better time to sign up and experience all the fun. All programs take place at the roller rink located at Community Park. Please note at this time, the recreation department is just announcing its programs. Fees and registration information will be announced at a later date.

This season, the roller hockey programs are broken down into grades. Please pay careful attention as grades and dates/times have changed:


Calendar

Alice in Nanoland

Thursday, August 28

Nature’s Nighttime Noises

Saturday, August 30

Art With A French Twist

Thursday, September 11



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