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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

The Garden City Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for the 35th annual Fall Festival Street Fair set for Saturday, Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Seventh Street. The chamber thanks the Garden City Hotel which will serve as the primary event sponsor.

JGS entertainment will return for the 16th year as master ceremonies providing music and vocals. There will be plenty of activities for the kids. Included will be the return of the two trackless trains carrying children 12 years of age and younger up and down Seventh Street sponsored by Coach Realtors and Garden City Teachers Association. There will be the traditional inflatable bouncy house sponsored by SMPL Technologies and the ever-popular money cube sponsored by Calogero’s and Leo’s. The Garden City Parks and Recreation Department will have giveaways and temporary tattoos.


Sports

Reminder

With the fall sports season upon us, the department of recreation and parks would like to remind all residents that pets are not allowed in any neighborhood parks, Community Park, or St. Paul’s fields. Non compliance with this rule will result in the issuance of appearance tickets.

Register For The Online Registration Option

Garden City’s Department of Recreation and Parks will offer the option of online registration with credit card payment beginning with its winter programs in early December.

In order for a family to use the online registration option, the family will first need to visit the recreation and parks office at 108 Rockaway Ave. to verify residency and their family information and receive their password.  A list of instructions as to how to use the website will be included.

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.


Calendar

Garden City High School Homecoming

Saturday, October 25

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, October 27

A Map Of Artistic Inspiration

Saturday, November 1



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