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GardenCity-Life.com Calendar

Folk Dance Classes

Ongoing Event

Garden City Library Movie Screenings

Ongoing Event

Breast Cancer Support

Ongoing Event


Friday, February 15

Winter Wonder Lecture Series

Join Science Museum of Long Island Director John T. Tanacredi, Ph.D. will be hosting an exclusive screening of the BBC television program How to Grow a Planet, which premiered in the United Kingdom last winter, from 7 to 9 p.m. With spectacular footage shot on Long Island and throughout the world, the program explores the key role the plant kingdom has played in shaping the planet, revealing how grass transformed life in the oceans and triggered the development of human civilization; flowers sculpted the Earth and drove the evolution of all animals; and plants in general harnessed light and created a life-sustaining atmosphere. SMLI Visitor Center, Leeds Pond Preserve, 1526 Plandome Road, Plandome Manor. Suitable for adults and older children. Admission free; donation suggested. Space limited; reservation suggested: 516-627-9400, x10.


Saturday, February 16

Science & Society Lecture Series

Science Museum of Long Island Director John T. Tanacredi, Ph.D. will be hosting the presentation “Science Travel—Easter Island, The Land of the Moai” from 10 a.m. to noon. This slide show and discussion features SMLI’s Earth P.U.L.S.E (People Understanding & Learning About Science Through Education) expedition to Easter Island to explore the secrets of this southeast Pacific Polynesian island. SMLI Visitor Center, Leeds Pond Preserve, 1526 Plandome Road, Plandome Manor. Suitable for adults and older children. Admission free; donation suggested. Space limited; reservation suggested: 516-627-9400, x10.


Saturday, March 16

Pregnancy Conference

Mercy Medical Center invites families planning to have children or are already expecting, to a day-long educational seminar. The  8 a.m. to 3 p.m. “Birth, Baby and Beyond” pregnancy conference will feature exhibits, workshops and presentations by physicians, nurses and staff addressing various aspects of childbirth, including labor, delivery, breast feeding and parenting.  Workshop presentations will include information about mental health for the family before, during and after delivery; pain management during labor; basics of newborn care; and a Daddy Boot Camp that will provide tips and strategies for fathers. There is a registration fee of $10 per person or $15 per couple that includes continental breakfast and lunch along with free raffles, giveaways and door prizes. Financial assistance is available.Register on-line by March 1 at: www.Mercy PregnancyConference.com or call 516-705-2477 for information.


Upcoming Events

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 becoming a sponsor. Submitted creations will be included in the auction/gala (to be held on March 14, 2013 at Adelphi University in Garden City). Creative Cups celebrates the lives of those living with breast cancer and those lost to this terrible disease. For more information, visit www.adelphi.edu/creative-cups or call 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/Premier 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 516-873-2381. The following dates are offered:

•Feb. 17: from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

•Feb. 19, 20: from 6:15 to 9:15 p.m.

•Feb. 24: from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

•Feb. 28: from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Ongoing Events

Folk Dance Classes

International folk dance classes for beginners and intermediates are offered on Tuesday mornings in February at the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island. Classes are from 9 to 11 a.m. and will feature dances from many different countries. The first class began on February 5. There is a suggested donation of $5 for each class. The Ethical Humanist Society is located at 38 Old Country Rd. in Garden City (at the western end of Old Country Road next to the large blue water tower). Call Lois Blatt at 516-536-8755 for information.

Garden City Library Movie Screenings

Friends of the Garden City Public Library invite resident adults to free movies on Mondays at 1:30 p.m., from January through April 2013 at the Garden City Public Library located at 60 Seventh St. Upcoming movie dates are: March 4, 11 & 18; April 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29. Pick up a copy of the movie flyer at the library. All movies are unrated. Movie titles are subject to change. Seating and parking is limited and on a first-come basis. No tickets are required. Please, no buses. Check for library holiday closings by calling 516-742-8405 or go to www. gardencitypl.org.

Breast Cancer Support  

The Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Program is offering a new support group for anyone who has done genetic testing and tested positive for breast cancer. The group will meet on Monday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. for eight consecutive weeks, beginning on Feb. 25. There is no cost for the group; however pre-registration is required. For information call Sandi Kafenbaum at 516-877-4314, or the Breast Cancer Hotline at 800-877-8077. All groups meet at Adelphi University School of Social Work in Garden City.

Cancer Support Group

Franklin Hospital’s cancer support group meets in the former coffee shop at North Shore LIJ Franklin Hospital in Valley Stream. (Please note the new location for 2013.) The group regularly meets the first Monday of every month from 2 to 4 p.m. It is open to all cancer survivors, including family members and is ideal for people who need someone to talk to about the illness. Information about the monthly meetings, or those seeking assistance and information concerning cancer are urged to contact group advisors Anna Rossetti at 516-256-6025 or Meg Wehrum, RN at 516-256-6478.

News

Department headed by former assistant director

The Garden City Public School District is excited to welcome Lynette Abruzzo as its new director of Pupil Personnel Services (PPS). The position was vacated by Catherine Wheeler, who retired this summer. Abruzzo began working in the district earlier this year in January as the assistant director of PPS. 

 

“I look forward to supporting the students here. To support their growth, help prepare them so that they have all the tools they need to be successful when they leave here. To be successful in their life and maximize their potential,” Abruzzo said of her plans for the new position. 

Blakeman and Rice to speak at Chamber Luncheon

On Sept. 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Garden City Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its season kick-off luncheon program at the Garden City Hotel, where the keynote speakers will be the Democratic and Republican nominees for the U.S. Congress in New York’s  Fourth Congressional District. Bruce A. Blakeman (R), Conservative and Independence nominee and Kathleen Rice (D), Nassau County District Attorney, will speak separately expressing their respective views on the future of the district and impact upon its business community. This is not to be a debate.


Sports

Fall Children’s Tennis Classes

Registration for the start of the Fall 2014 Indoor Tennis Program for Children has begun at the Community Park Tennis Center. Walkins and non-resident children attending Garden City Public Schools* will be accepted beginning Sept. 11. Please make checks payable to the “Inc. Village of Garden City." Please note—classes are not considered day care and can not be declared for tax exemption.

* Non resident children who would like to register for the tennis program must prove they attend one of the Garden City Public Schools. Proof must accompany registration. An additional $50 fee will pertain to anyone in this category.

10 weeks of classes—classes will begin Thursday, Sept. 18

Locals run for themselves

and a cause in triathalon

At 6 a.m on a blustery Saturday morning, 1600 people arrived at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park to participate in the 27th annual Runner’s Edge Tobay Triathlon and Tri-Relay Race. The participants were drawn from a wide age range. They came from all over Long Island and upstate New York, a few were from out of state, and in some cases, had disabilities. But they all came with one goal in mind — to finish.

Jeffrey Hussey, a 28-year-old Garden City resident, has done this race three times and this was his fifth triathlon this summer.


Calendar

9/11 Memorial Program

Thursday, September 11

Zing Went The Strings

Friday, September 19

Marvelous Movie Matinee

Monday, September 15



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