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GardenCity-Life.com Calendar

Blood Drive

Thursday, March 14

Pregnancy Conference

Saturday, March 16

Epilepsy Support Group

Tuesday, March 19

Thursday, March 14

Blood Drive

Nassau Community College (NCC), in conjunction with Nassau University Medical Center, invites the community to make blood donations during its annual spring blood drive scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the College Center Building.

NCC, along with Nassau University Medical Center, hopes to supply a substantial percentage of our area’s ongoing need for blood products. The drive also reflects the college’s six times a year effort to encourage all able individuals to participate in this vital activity. Make an appointment to give blood by calling Barbara Vollmer at 516-572-7883, or just stop in that day to give blood. The donation process takes less than an hour and refreshments will be served to participants. Blood donors must be at least 17 years old and in good health. Donors should come with some photo identification. Although small snacks will be provided, we ask that donors eat before donating.


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. Register on-line at: www.Mercy PregnancyConference.com or call 516-705-2477 for information.


Tuesday, March 19

Epilepsy Support Group

Winthrop-University Hospital’s Department of Neuroscience is offering an Epilepsy patient education/support group for diagnosed individuals and their family members. The next session will be held from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. and will address nanaging anxiety. It will be held at the Dr. Martin Spatz Conference Room C, in the lower level of the main hospital, located at 259 First St. in Mineola. Sessions are facilitated by Mary Rzeszut, MSW, LCSW, neuroscience social worker. Attendees are to park in the visitor’s garage of the Hospital; parking passes will be distributed at the meeting.  Groups are free, but space is limited. Advanced registration is required.  For more information or to register, please call 516-663-4593.


Wednesday, March 20

Parenting Event

Parents worry about sibling fights, their child’s uncertain future and all the yelling. Frustrated teachers need concrete tools to improve focus, attention and behavior in class. As for the kids, we hurt when their spirits are crushed and souls are wounded. You can stop the defiance, yelling and sibling fights. America’s Calm Coach, Kirk Martin, and his son, Casey will present two free events, Wednesday, March 20, 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday, March 21, 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. at Resurrection Lutheran Church. These sessions are perfect for parents and teachers of toddlers, teens and all ages. Bring friends; no need to register. Watch the video at www.CelebrateCalm.com. Lutheran Church of the Resurrection is located at 420 Stewart Ave., near Clinton Rd., in Garden City. For more info, contact the church office, 516-746-4426.


Saturday, March 23

Sale To Benefit Library

A bargain book sale will be held from 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m. at the Garden City Public Library (GCPL) located at the corner of 60 Seventh St. and Hilton Ave. Friends of the Library will sponsor this sale with all proceeds to benefit GCPL. Buy hardcover books for 25 cents each and soft cover books for 10 cents each. For directions call the Garden City Public Library at 516-742–8405 or contact the library’s web site at www.gardencitypl.org


Friday, March 29

Good Friday Walk

Join the annual Christ Episcopal Church Good Friday Walk to raise awareness of the hungry and homeless on Long Island and to raise donations for the Interfaith Nutrition Network (INN). Meet at the corner of Jefferson Street and Chester Avenue, three blocks west of New Hyde Park Road in Garden City, at 9 a.m. The walk is approximately four miles and goes through Garden City, Franklin Square, Stewart Manor and New Hyde Park. Call 516-755-2626 for more information. Everyone is welcome.

News

‘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.

Elmont Library reneges on

Stewart Manor drop-box

It was announced at the August Stewart Manor Board of Trustees meeting that the Elmont Memorial Library recently reneged on a deal to place a library drop-box in Stewart Manor Village Hall. The box would have allowed the Village’s elderly residents a more convenient option for returning books. According to the Board, the deal was all but done before the library backed out at the last minute.

“They offered us the world and we got crumbs. Rocks, really,” said Stewart Manor Mayor Gerard Tangredi.


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:


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