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Open House at INN
Saturday, March 10

Long Island Choral Society
Sunday, March 11

Irish Festival
Sunday, March 11


Saturday, March 10

Open House at INN

Open house will be held at Long Island’s largest soup kitchen, the Mary Brennan INN, 100 Madison Ave., Hempstead, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tours will be given every half hour. Refreshments will be served. All ages welcome. Door prizes. Free prize for the 50th, 100th, 150th and 200th attendee. Call Emily Wilensky 486-8506, ext. 138.


Sunday, March 11

Long Island Choral Society

Presents Beethoven’s Mass in C and Haydn’s Miss St. Joannis de Deo with orchestra, chorus and professional soloists. The soloists are: Arlene Travis, soprano, Artist-in-Residence; R. Daniel Hughes Jr., tenor and Mischa Bouvier, bass. 4 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Incarnation, 50 Cathedral Ave., Garden City. Individual advance sale concert tickets as well as season ticket subscriptions are available through their website, www.lics.org, or by calling 594-2926. Tickets are also available at the door on the day of the performance.

Belly Dance Benefit

Gorgeous belly dancers shimmy and shake at a benefit performance for the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program to be held at the Adelphi University Center in Garden City from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dancers from Harem Belly Dance Studio of Baldwin along with several guest artists will perform. Audience members will have the opportunity to shop, explore and even join in to learn some basic moves. Tickets cost $20, which includes entrance fee, door prizes, free belly dance class and demo, entrance into “the souk” (shopping area) and the show. All are welcome and all proceeds will benefit the Adelphi program. For information, call 516-623-2196.

Irish Festival

Hofstra University presents the 14th Annual Irish Festival from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Physical Education Center, located on the University’s North Campus, Hempstead. The festival celebrates the Irish gifts of music, food and culture to America. There will be a number of music and dance performances throughout the day, as well as activities for children, more than 50 craft vendors and authentic Irish food. New to the 2012 entertainment lineup is Stone Row, performing Celtic and world music with a contemporary edge. Returning performers include: Guest Master of Ceremonies Tony Jackson (WRHU, 88.7FM, Hofstra University), The Black Velvet Band featuring Jimmy Walsh, The Hirten Family Irish Dancers, Katie’s Puppets. Admission is $6; $4 senior citizens (65 and older); hildren under 12 are free. Members of the Hofstra community also receive one free admission upon presentation of a current HofstraCard. Call 463-6582.

All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast

The East Meadow Kiwanis Club offers a delicious way to help others in need. Unlimited juice, pancakes, eggs, sausages, coffee and tea. Plus, free blood pressure screening, face painting, balloons and raffle drawings for a 32” HD TV, Amazon Kindle Fire Tablet and a Sony Cyber-shot digital camera. Proceeds go toward the club’s college scholarship and underprivileged children projects. Only $5 adults; $3 seniors, students and children. 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the East Meadow High School cafeteria, 101 Carman Ave., East Meadow. Contact Gary Fromowitz 516-455-9344 for info.

Irish Experience

Celebrate art with the Hofstra University Museum at the 14th Annual Irish Experience sponsored by Bethpage Federal Credit Union. Join the Hofstra University Museum education staff for a fun-filled art-making activity. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Physical Education Building, North Campus. Free with festival admission. Call 463-5672.


Monday, March 12

Blood Drive

Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre invites and encourages members of the community to participate in a Blood Drive to support LI Blood Services from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. on the first floor of the St. Anne’s building on the hospital campus. Anyone between the ages of 17 and 75 who is in good health and weighs at least 110 pounds can donate blood. Healthy individuals over 75 can donate blood if they present written permission from their physician obtained within two weeks of their donation. Donors should eat and bring reading glasses and ID with signature,and know Social Security number. To register call Jeannie Jaeger at 516-705-2589 and leave your name and phone number.


Tuesday, March 13

Women’s History Month Program at Hofstra

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Hofstra Cultural Center presents Rabbi Barbara Aiello, founder and director of the Italian Jewish Cultural Center of Calabria and Italy’s first female rabbi. The title of her lecture is “The Jews of Southern Italy: A Lost History Rediscovered.” The event will take place at 8 p.m. at Hofstra’s Student Center Theater, Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center, North Campus, Hempstead. Tickets are $5. Proceeds benefit the Hofstra Scholarship Fund. For more information call Hofstra’s John Cranford Adams Playhouse Box Office 516-463-5669 or visit www.hofstra.edu/culture.


Wednesday, March 14

Irish Cultural Society

Meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the Garden City Library, 60 Seventh St. The Donny Golden School of Dance is sending at troupe of talented and energetic step dancers to the meeting to help the audience get into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit. Dance students of a variety of ages will toe and tap dance, accompanied by young singers and musicians. The directors of the school will bring the audience “behind the scenes” to give the audience insight into the preparation for a dance performance.


Thursday, March 15

Spring Awakening

The Nassau Community College Department of Theatre and Dance presents Spring Awakening, its spring musical. The play will be performed March 15 through 18 and March 21 through 25 at the Mainstage Theatre, Garden City. Spring Awakening, which is rated R, celebrates the unforgettable journey from youth to adulthood with a power, poignancy and passion that viewers will never forget. Adapted from Frank Wedekind’s 1891 expressionist play about the trials, tears and exhilaration of the teen years, the play explores the tortured inner lives of a handful of adolescents in 19th-century Germany with a rock musical score. Tickets cost $15 each; seniors aged 55 and over $12. College students with valid current ID can obtain free rush tickets at the door for that day’s performance. Performances are 8 p.m., except Sundays which are 3 p.m. Box office 572-7676.

Pain Management Support Group

Individuals dealing with chronic and intermittent pain are invited to join Winthrop-University Hospital’s free ongoing support group on Thursdays from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Sessions are held at the Winthrop Wellness Pavilion, 1300 Franklin Ave., Suite ML-5, Garden City. The group is conducted in affiliation with Winthrop’s Pain Management Center under the direction of Edward S. Rubin, MD. Sessions are led by Fredric Corb, Ph.D. Sessions are free, but registration is required. For further information or to register, call 1-866-WINTHROP.

Breast Cancer Treatment Medical Forum

Two breast cancer medical experts will present the Newest Trends in Breast Cancer Treatment at a medical forum conducted by the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program. The program will be presented at 7 p.m. at the Ruth S. Harley University Center Ballroom at Adelphi University, Garden City. Speakers are Kathie-Ann Joseph, MD, and Steven M. Sugarman, MD. The doctors will present recent treatment advances, information on health care and survival disparities and up-dates on clinical trials/investigational treatments. Sponsors of this forum are The Beth C. Tortolani Foundation and Meghan’s Pansies Fund. For information and to make a reservation, call 516-877-4325. Anyone who is worried about breast cancer should call the hotline for help at 800-877-8077.


Sunday, March 18

Waldorf Choral Society Concert

The Waldorf Choral Society will be performing Cherubini Requiem with full orchestra and chorus. 3 p.m. at The Cathedral of the Incarnation, Garden City. Adults $20; students and seniors $18; children $5. For Information call 516-747-4457.

Nassau All-County Art Exhibit

The Art Supervisors Association of NC welcomes students, parents, art educators, administrators and community members to attend the 2012 Nassau All-County Art Exhibition, which will take place at the Ruth S. Harley Center at Adelphi University, Garden City, from noon to 4 p.m. This exhibition, with no admission charge, will honor more than 1100 kindergarten through twelfth grade students who have demonstrated excellence in a wide variety of two-dimensional visual art forms including drawing, painting, printmaking, computer graphics, and photography. Student entries are selected by art educators and are limited to a maximum of three pieces of artwork from each teacher. All of the exemplary pieces are produced in alignment with the New York State Learning Standards for the Visual Arts. This year, 400 art educators from more than 200 schools in 40 Nassau County school districts, will submit student artwork for this prestigious exhibit.


Thursday, March 22

Cognitive Issues in People with Epilepsy

The Epilepsy Foundation of LI will feature Sarah Schaffer, PhD, ABPP-CN at a workshop at 506 Stewart Ave., Garden City. Dr. Schaffer is senior neuropsychologist at the North Shore-LIJ Comprehensive Care Center and assistant professor of neurology at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. This workshop will address the impact of seizure activity, medication side-effects and mood problems, as well as ways to remediate such problems and a discussion of when neuropsychological evaluation may be indicated. The workshop will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Training hours are available for Medicaid service coordinators. There is no fee for this workshop; however, reservations are required as seating is limited. Call Janet -516-739-7733, ext. 145 email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Issues in Judaism Lecture Series

The Hofstra Cultural Center and Hofstra Hillel’s Issues in Judaism Lecture Series presents two lectures by Michael Tuchfeld, one of Israel’s leading broadcast journalists. This is Mr. Tuchfeld’s eighth annual visit to Hofstra to present timely lectures on current topics regarding Israel and the Middle East. He is a political analyst and media consultant. He is also former parliamentary correspondent and host of Israel Radio, IBA and Channel 2 news, The Knesset Channel in Jerusalem, Israel. A question and answer period will follow each lecture. Lectures take place at 7 p.m. at the Leo A. Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, First Floor, South Campus, Hempstead. Tickets for each lecture are priced separately at $8, $7 for senior citizens (over 65 with I.D.); $5 for matriculated non-Hofstra students (with ID). Members of the Hofstra community receive one free ticket upon presentation of a current HofstraCard. Ticket proceeds will benefit the Judaic Studies Scholarship Fund at Hofstra University. Box office: 516-463-6644. March 22: Who’s Afraid of Big Bad Iran? Dissuading or Containing Iran’s Nuclear Ambitions. March 27: Israel’s Society: Between the Hebraic Law and the State.


Saturday, March 24

Café Ablaze Christian Coffeehouse

Reopens with when “city” meets “country”! Young Jeannie Ortega will debut as a Christian artist and sing to the urban hip-hop/rhythm and blues beat that made her a ten star. The Paul Paoli Band, with its namesake singer, fiddler, and guitarist, will bring to the café their acclaimed upbeat Southern Delta bluegrass/jazz grounded in Scripture. Singles, couples, families with children and groups of friends welcome. Sit at elegantly-decorated candlelit tables in a beautifully decorated café with a friendly, casual atmosphere. Enjoy flavored coffees and teas along with delectable desserts. Every ticket stub is good towards three intermission door prizes of Christian gifts. A separate freewill collection is taken for the talent. The café is open from 7 to 10:15 p.m. Enter Resurrection Lutheran Church, 420 Stewart Ave., near Clinton Rd., on the Emmet Pl. side. Tickets, sold at the door, are $10 or two for $15. Children 12 and under are admitted free with an adult. Reservations suggested. Call 516-739-1537 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Sunday, March 25

Organ Recital by Katherine Meloan

Katherine Meloan is director of chapel music at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in King’s Point where she is the director of choirs and plays for all services. She has served as music director at Trinity-Saint John’s Episcopal Church in Hewlett and is currently organist at Beth Sholom in Bayside. Katherine is a doctoral candidate in organ performance at Manhattan School of Music. She has an active interest in teaching and is writing her doctoral thesis on Organ Pedagogy for Beginning Organists. Katherine will be playing music of Marcel Dupré, Charles-Marie Widor and J.S. Bach. 4 p.m. at The Cathedral of the Incarnation, 50 Cathedral Ave., Garden City. Suggested donation is $10 general seating, $5 seniors, students; children under 13 admitted free. For further information, call 516-746-2955.


Upcoming Events

NCC Cultural Programs

Programs are free, open to the public and accessible to the disabled. Priority seating may be given to Nassau Community College students and employees at certain events. Call 572-7153:

• March 12: The American Place Theatre’s dramatization of the first half of the best selling novel The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini portrays the relationship of two boys — Amir, a privileged Pashtun, and his Hazara servant Hassan. Surprising events occur within the backdrop of 1970’s Afghanistan. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the College Center Building.

• March 14: Real Talk About Fake News. David Javerbaum, former executive producer and head writer for The Daily Show, offers a hilarious inside look into television comedy with stories and insights from The Daily Show. He’ll share his views on topical news items, such as “The real winner of the Republican primaries is ... Barack Obama!” 12:30 p.m. in the College Center Building.

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:

• March 11 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.

• April 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• April 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Hofstra Shakespeare Festival

Members of the Hofstra community may receive up to two free tickets upon presentation of a current HofstraCard. Box Office 463-6644.

•A new imagining of Much Ado About Nothing, set on the North Shore of Long Island at the close of WWI, is the featured production of Hofstra University’s 63rd Annual Shakespeare Festival at the John Cranford Adams Playhouse, South Campus, Hofstra University, Hempstead. Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Jean Dobie Giebel, is a witty, multifaceted comedy about two sets of lovers: the first battling an evil plot, while the second battles each other. Show times are March 9 and 10 at 8 p.m.; March 11 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12; $10 senior citizen (over 65) or matriculated non-Hofstra student with ID.

News

Ozzie

Ozzie is a playful pup looking for a new friend to match his exuberance. He has begun basic obedience training at the shelter and so far has proven to be an “A” student. Ozzie is friendly and gets along well with other dogs. He needs an experienced companion dedicated to continuing his training.

Tullamore Park Old Timer’s Day reunion  

Calling all park rats, You are cordially invited to a Tullamore Park Old Timers’ Day Reunion that will be held on Saturday, Sept. 6 to honor George Roth and Richie Anderson for their years of service to the Garden City Recreation Department.  

For all of you who have memories of spending most of your youth playing at the park, it’s a chance rekindle old friendships and play a game of softball or kickball and remember all the good times you had at your second home. There will be a $30 fee for all those who plan on attending (children are free) that includes a spot on the team, a T-shirt, and food at Doc O’Grady’s immediately following the games. All proceeds collected will be directed by the Friends of Garden City Arts, Parks and Recreation for general park improvements.


Sports

Summer Concert Schedule

Garden City’s Department of Recreation and Parks is happy to announce the schedule of its concert series “Summer Music on the Village Green.” The concert series will be held at the gazebo on the corner of Stewart and Hilton Avenues. Concerts are held on Thursdays beginning at 7:15 pm. The schedule is as follows:

July 24    Six Gun

July 31     Tangerine

August 7    The Terry Nova Little Big Band

August 14    Vintage Bliss

To register for any of the above programs for find out further information about openings, please visit www.gardencityrecreation.org for an application or the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave.

The Best Secret In Town!

Did you know that each of our neighbor hood parks runs a playground program every summer? Children entering 1st through 8th grades who are residents of the Village are invited to come to the park during the summer to find out what activities are taking place.

Each park has its own “flavor” and “favorite” activities. The park directors and their staff run games, sports, tournaments, and arts and crafts activities during the day and into the evening. Trips are also run through the parks.  


Calendar

Summer Concert: Six Gun

Thursday, July 24

Fivestone Returns To Friday Night Promenade

Friday, July 25

Marvelous Movie Matinee

Monday, July 28



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