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GardenCity-Life.com Calendar

Harvest Fair and Antique Sale
Saturday, October 20

Oktoberfest 
Saturday, October 27

Life’s WORC 41st Annual Holiday Gala
Friday, December 7


Thursday, October 11

Benefit Event For The Animal Cancer Foundation

Join Pet Sitters Club, Inc. along with Cara and James Preissler and The Animal Cancer Foundation (ACF) Board of Directors as they jointly host a fundraiser event featuring great food, raffle prizes and fun photo favors provided by the Main Event. The funds raised through this event will be utilized to support ACF’s mission of funding research in the study, prevention and treatment of cancers that occur in both people and pets. The event will be from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Northport Yacht Club. Tickets are $90 ($44 of which is a tax deductible donation to The Animal Cancer Foundation). For more information about this event or to make a donation please visit http://www.petsitclub.com/acfevent/ or call 516-466-5617.


Saturday, October 13

Annual Walk For Epilepsy

The Epilepsy Foundation of Long Island sponsored by B.FIT, will hold its Annual Walk for Epilepsy from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Eisenhower Park, Field 6/6A, East Meadow. Registration fee is $25 before Oct. 13 and $30 on the day of the event (children under 12 are free). Register at www.efli.org. Late registrations will be accepted on the day of the walk from 9 to 10 a.m. Donations will also be accepted at this time. The walk begins at 10 a.m. ending approximately at 11 a.m., followed by a concert with music provided by “The Vinyl Plane,” and others. For more information www.efli.org or call Dolores Frederick at the Epilepsy Foundation of Long Island 516-739-7733 ext. 155.

The Emperor’s New Clothes

Nassau Community College Department of Theatre and Dance presents the children’s musical The Emperor’s New Clothes at the Mainstage Theatre, 1 Education Dr., Garden City. Performances are at 2 p.m. each day, except for Oct.19, when it will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $9/$6 for 12 and under. Rush tickets for college students with valid ID are free for the Oct. 9, 7 p.m. performance only. For more information call the Theatre Box Office at 516-572-7676. Additional show dates: Oct. 14, 19, 20, 21, 27 and 28.


Tuesday, October 16

Property Tax Presentation

Presentation by Charles Berman, the Receiver of Taxes for Town of North Hempstead at 7:30 p.m. at The Wheatley School Room 450. Refreshments will be served and admission is free.


Wednesday, October 17

Public Speaking Workshop

Business professionals and executives are invited to a public speaking workshop from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Girl Scouts of Nassau County, Conference Room, 110 Ring Rd. W, Garden City. Limited seating. Must RSVP to attend. Register by Sept. 25 and pay $40. After that date the cost is $50. Register on www.seidencommunications.com. For more information, call 516-437-6199.


Saturday, October 20

Harvest Fair and Antique Sale

Christ Episcopal Church will be having a fair and antique sale from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be beautiful antiques, jewelry, holiday gifts, crafts, fresh produce and seasonal flowers, and wine tasting. Snack bar will be open for breakfast or lunch, home-baked goods, raffles. Look for the giant inflatable slide (free for kids) on the corner of Jefferson Street and Chester Avenue, three blocks west of New Hyde Park Rd. in Garden City. For more information call 516-775-2626 or visit: ChristChurchGC.org


Sunday, October 21

Breast Cancer Walk

LIBBA will join the American Cancer Society by participating in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. It will take place at Jones Beach State Park. To join team LIBBA in the fight against breast cancer visit: http://main.acsevents.org/goto/libba. For questions or if you prefer to have a registration form mailed to your home e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Put “LIBBA” in the subject line. Call the LIBBA hotline at 516-579-1344 for further information.


Saturday, October 27

Defensive Driving Course

Knights of Columbus #11836 at St Anne’s Church is offering the Empire Safety Council’s Defensive Driving Course. The course will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the St Anne’s Church Rectory LL, 35 Dartmouth St., Garden City. Upon completion, participants are eligible for 10% off their motor vehicle insurance for 3 years and/or a reduction of points from their driver’s license. Fee is $45. Advance registration is required. To register, or for more information, call John Russo at 516-384-4552. Take the online course at: www.empiresafetycouncil.com and use code KOFC and receive a $5 discount.

Hospice Care Network’s Crystal Ball Gala

“Halloween Casino Night” cocktail reception, sit-down dinner, games of chance, silent auction, entertainment and dancing to benefit Hospice Care Network’s programs and services. Honorees include Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice and Justice Ute Wolff Lally. At the Glen Head Country Club, 240 Glen Cove Rd., Glen Head from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. Tickets are $350 each and sponsorships begin at $100. Call 516-224-6467 or visit www.hospicecarenetwork.org.

Oktoberfest

First Annual Oktoberfest at Resurrection Lutheran Church. Starting at 3 p.m., activities for children and families including games, a dunk tank, German band, German food, and soft drinks. Then starting at 7 p.m., the focus moves to adults, continuing with The Luchow Quartet to provide authentic Oktoberfest music. Imported German beer may be purchased separately. Proceeds support the missions of Resurrection. Event will take place under a tent on church lawn. Resurrection Lutheran Church, 420 Stewart Ave., Garden City. Advance tickets: $30/$15 for age 12 and under (children 3 and under free), maximum per family: $100. Tickets purchased at door: $35/$15 age 12 and under, maximum per family: $110. For more information, contact the church office at 516-746-4426.


Friday, December 7

Life’s WORC 41st Annual Holiday Gala

Reception, dinner, dancing, silent auction, 50/50 raffle drawing, etc. Reception is at 6:30 p.m. and dinner and dancing is at 7:30 p.m. The Garden City Hotel, 45 Seventh St., Garden City. One seat is $275 or a table of 10 is $2,650. For more information, contact Matthew Zebatto at 516-741-9000 ext. 241 or by e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Doo-Wop Fundraiser

An Evening With the Stars: Doo-Wop Fundraiser to help support the games for the physically challenged will be held on Friday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. at Bethpage High School. Featuring Winnie Winfield, Lenny Dell and the Dimensions, Continentals, Cathy Jean, The Fireflies, The Jarmels, and Classic Sounds. Tickets are $25 each, reserved seating only. Free parking. Go to www.larentr.com or call 631-873-8817 for more information.


Upcoming Events

Volunteers Sought for Breast Cancer Program

If you’ve had breast cancer and want to pay it forward become a hotline volunteer. Women and men who are breast cancer survivors and others who are concerned about breast health issues can become volunteers at the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program in Garden City. Volunteers can help by doing fundraising and publicity, as well as by answering hotline calls. Hotline volunteers provide emotional support, information and referral services to callers with breast health concerns. Although the program is housed on Long Island, hotline services and telephone counseling are available to callers throughout New York State. The next five-session training cycle will be starting at the end of September 2012 at the Adelphi University School of Social Work in Garden City. For more information call Caroline Mulcahy at 516- 877-4315. To reach the Hotline from anywhere in New York State, call 1-800-877-8077.

Defensive Driving Courses

Six-hour course conducted by the AAA NY in the Garden City office located at 229 7th 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:

•Oct. 11: from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
•Oct. 14: from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.   
•Oct. 17: from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.   
•Oct. 20: from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.   
•Oct. 23, 24: from 6:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.
•Oct. 27: from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.   
•Nov. 3: from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.   
•Nov. 5, 7: from 6:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.
•Nov. 11: from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.   
•Nov. 15: from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.   
•Nov. 19: from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.   
•Nov. 25: from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.   
•Nov. 28: from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.    

Fall Events At The Garden City Bird Sanctuary and Tanners Pond Environmental Center

Community members are invited to join and volunteer at The Garden City Bird Sanctuary and Tanners Pond Environmental Center (TPEC). If you would like to volunteer or need more information, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The Garden City Bird Sanctuary and Tanners Pond Environmental Center (TPEC) is located opposite 181 Tanners Pond Rd., in Garden City. Upcoming events:

•Oct. 13: Members and Friends Appreciation Event: Wine and cheese reception from 5 to 7 p.m. at 44 Fenimore Ave., Garden City. Event is free. RSVP required to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by Oct. 5.

•Oct. 20: GCHS Homecoming and Street Fair. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Seventh Street. Buy a T-shirt, coffee mug, and tickets to Halloween Fest. Renew your membership.

•Oct. 21: Setup for Annual Halloween Festival from noon to 5 p.m. Get those spider webs out of the attic and help get the trails ready for Haunted Hikes.

•Oct. 26, 27, 28: Annual Halloween Festival Evenings: Escorted haunted hikes, scary and not so scary. From 7 to 9 p.m. Admission: $10/advance purchase $8.

•Oct. 27: Annual Halloween Festival from 3 to 5 p.m. Games, crafts, races and prizes. Halloween costume parade. Admission: $10/advance purchase $8.

Creative Cups

The popular, life-affirming event of the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program, is returning and people are invited to participate by creating an “art bra” or becoming a sponsor. Submitted creations must be received by Oct. 15 to be included in the auction/gala (to be held on March 14, 2013 at Adelphi University in Garden City). Those wishing to create a bra are encouraged to sign up early, as entrants will be limited to 200. Creative Cups celebrates the lives of those living with breast cancer and those lost to this terrible disease. For more information, guidelines and to register, visit www.adelphi.edu/creative-cups or call 800-877-8077.


Ongoing Events

Free Breast Cancer Support Groups

The Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer program is offering new support groups. There is no cost for any group; however pre-registration is required. Additional groups are formed upon request, including groups for men with breast cancer and family members. All groups meet at Adelphi University School of Social Work in Garden City. For more information call Sandi Kafenbaum, LCSW, at 516-877-4314, or the Breast Cancer Hotline at 800-877-8077.

•Support group for women newly diagnosed with breast cancer will meet weekly for eight weeks from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

•Support group for women post treatment will meet weekly for eight weeks from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

•Support group for young women with breast cancer will meet weekly for eight weeks from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

•Support group for women with metastatic breast cancer will meet weekly for eight weeks from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

•A telephone support group for women with breast cancer will be held weekly for eight weeks from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Dance Classes

Learn the art of social and ballroom dancing with professional dance instructors. Singles and couples welcome. Beginners and advanced. At Kismet, 18 W. Nicholai St., Hicksville. Fridays from noon to 3:30 p.m. Lesson is $10. Social dancing takes place at 12:30 p.m. Chicken, salads, bagels, cream cheese, and pastries. DJ, singles and couples areas, singles introduced, dance hosts, large dance floor. A donation of $14 includes group lesson. Dates: Oct. 12, 19 and 26. For more information call 718-332-7825 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

News

The Garden City Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for the 35th annual Fall Festival Street Fair set for Saturday, Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Seventh Street. The chamber thanks the Garden City Hotel which will serve as the primary event sponsor.

JGS entertainment will return for the 16th year as master ceremonies providing music and vocals. There will be plenty of activities for the kids. Included will be the return of the two trackless trains carrying children 12 years of age and younger up and down Seventh Street sponsored by Coach Realtors and Garden City Teachers Association. There will be the traditional inflatable bouncy house sponsored by SMPL Technologies and the ever-popular money cube sponsored by Calogero’s and Leo’s. The Garden City Parks and Recreation Department will have giveaways and temporary tattoos.

Ever since the Garden City School District passed a $36.8 million School Investment Bond back in 2009, the upgrades throughout the district have been quite substantial. And while most of it has gone towards infrastructure, external visible improvements have rightfully been a source of pride for the board, which has taken to conducting tours at the different schools preceding the monthly public meetings that are normally held at Garden City High School. On the night of the school board meeting held on Tuesday, Oct. 14  at the Homestead Building, the school board, administration and Superintendent Dr. Robert Feirsen went on a guided tour of the building by Homestead Principal Dr. Suzanne Viscovich.

Feirsen described the tour as a new tradition started last year where administration travels around each of the district’s school buildings in the Fall to observe its current offerings and recent upgrades.


Sports

Reminder

With the fall sports season upon us, the department of recreation and parks would like to remind all residents that pets are not allowed in any neighborhood parks, Community Park, or St. Paul’s fields. Non compliance with this rule will result in the issuance of appearance tickets.

Register For The Online Registration Option

Garden City’s Department of Recreation and Parks will offer the option of online registration with credit card payment beginning with its winter programs in early December.

In order for a family to use the online registration option, the family will first need to visit the recreation and parks office at 108 Rockaway Ave. to verify residency and their family information and receive their password.  A list of instructions as to how to use the website will be included.

Stretching tips for the high school athlete

Prior to the start of high school running season, Garden City’s Physical Therapy Options (PTO) had an opportunity to provide a presentation to members of Sacred Heart Academy’s cross country team. Team members gathered at Garden City’s New York Running Company to learn strategies and tips for a successful fall season.

PTO staff members Dr. Meghan Goetz, Doctor of Physical Therapy, and PTO Aide Mike Murphy discussed the importance of stretching to prevent injury and provided strategies and tips for success for the high school runner.


Calendar

Garden City High School Homecoming

Saturday, October 25

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, October 27

A Map Of Artistic Inspiration

Saturday, November 1



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