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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

Nassau County Police recently arrested former 44-year-old Democratic County Legislator David L. Mejias, of Farmingdale, over allegations he stole a Louis Vuitton purse from the apartment of a 35-year-old Garden City resident.

According to police, on Nov. 13, Mejias entered the female victim’s apartment on Mitchell Field Way and removed the pocketbook from the countertop. Mejias then demanded to know the location of a bangle bracelet that was kept in the bedroom, police said. He then pushed past the victim and removed the bracelet while refusing to leave. The victim then called 911 and summoned the police.

Small businessman finds big success

Anthony DePalma has been manager at Covert Avenue’s Raindew Family Center and Pharmacy for 13 years. Last month, at the 30th Annual Small Businessperson of the Year and Legislative Breakfast at the Crest Hollow Country Club, DePalma got his much deserved recognition when he was awarded the day’s top honor by the Covert Avenue Chamber of Commerce, whose members hail from Stewart Manor and Floral Park.  

“My initial reaction was ‘wow that’s very nice,’ I didn’t realize that it was going to be such a beautiful extravaganza,” said DePalma on winning the award. “They did it very, very well. They had a breakfast at the Crest Hollow Country Club and everything was done beautifully. It was just done very, very nicely. Very proud.”


Sports

Winter Swim Lesson Registration Announced

The Garden City Recreation Department will be conducting children’s swimming lessons for village residents at the Adelphi University swimming pool in Woodruff Hall on Saturday mornings. Your child must be six years of age by the start of the program to participate. This 10-week session will begin Saturday, Dec. 6. Classes are taught by Red Cross-certified instructors. The cost is $80. These classes are open to residents of the Incorporate Village of Garden City.

Learn And Play Paddle Tennis

The recreation and parks department will offer beginner level platform tennis lessons at Community Park’s Platform Courts. This five-week course will offer the basic instruction and will be taught by certified platform instructor Sue Tarzian. Each class will be 1.5 hours in length. The cost of this program is $187.50. Classes began the week of Nov. 5. The following classes will be offered:

Beginners - Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Advanced Beginners – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

This program is for beginners only and participants must be Garden City residents. To register, visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave.


Calendar

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, December 1

AARP Driver Safety Program

Tuesday, December 2

Here Comes Brother Sun

Friday, December 5



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