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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

In an earlier column, Mayor John Watras shared some helpful tips on how to secure your property in preparation for a hurricane. The following are additional recommendations on what you can do now to be prepared in the event that a major storm hits Long Island.

As the storm approaches, customers should take the following steps to prepare for the arrival of either a hurricane or tropical storm:

New online company debuts

Two Long Island childhood friends, Scott Reich and Michael Winik, recently left their respective careers as an attorney and investment banker to pursue their dream of starting a business together, online food market OurHarvest.

“When Mike and I decided to start a business, we knew it had to reflect our shared love of food, address the lifestyles of our fellow Long Islanders, and be socially responsible,” said Reich.


Sports

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.

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


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Friday, October 17

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Monday, October 20



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