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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

September is Library Card Sign-up Month

Back to school means back to the Garden City Public Library. September is not only back to school month, it is also Library Card Sign-up Month. A library card is the most important school supply of all for both students and their parents. This September be sure your library card is in your wallet. If you don’t have one, sign up for a new one for you and for your children.

The Garden City Public Library offers programs for adults and for children of all ages. In addition, the library provides access to an extensive collection of books, periodicals, music CDs, audiobooks, and DVDS. The library also provides online access through its website www.gardencitypl.org to authoritative electronic databases as well as to downloadable eBooks, audiobooks, and music. With a valid library card, you can register for programs, borrow materials and museum passes, and access electronic resources.

The Garden City Historical Society is gearing up for a really big celebration. In 2015, the Society will mark the 40th anniversary of its founding, and the 10th anniversary of the opening of The Garden City Historical Society Museum.

To observe these two significant milestones and to further the Society’s capital campaign to restore the exterior of the museum building, the Society is planning a special event on May 14, 2015 at the Garden City Hotel. Early next year, an invitation to attend will be extended to residents and businesses in the village. The gala will include an open bar and full buffet, with music, mystery guests, a live auction and raffles.


Sports

The league started on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Garden City’s Tullamore Park. It runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. A uniform shirt and soccer balls are provided. Cleats and soccer shorts are recommended and players must wear shin guards. Age groups range from pre-k through 12th grade. Garden City residents and non-Garden City residents are welcome. Middle school and high school age volunteers are needed. No soccer experience is necessary. If you have any other questions, please contact Andy Garger at ajgarger@verizon.net or 516-775-8058.

— Submitted by the Challenger Soccer League

2014-15 Garden City Recreation Department Dance Conservatory

The Garden City Recreation Department’s Dance Conservatory Program is pleased to announce the start of registration for its upcoming 2014-15 season. Director Felicia Lovaglio, along with Mary Searson and the rest of her staff, are excited to start off another fantastic year. The dance conservatory offers classes to Garden City residents ages 3 through adult which are non-performance based. Age is determined by the start date of the desired class. The schedule and fees for this year’s youth classes are as follows (all classes are 55 minutes long unless otherwise noted):

Note: Registration is by mail only until Sept. 23. Participants MUST be the required age by the start of the program in order to register. Each session costs $220 for 22 weeks of class.


Calendar

Village Board of Trustees Meeting

Thursday, October 2

Benefit Yard Sale Goes To The Birds

Saturday, October 4

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, October 6



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