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GardenCity-Life.com Calendar

Golden Goose Spring Shopping Boutique

Friday, April 5

Pedaling For Progress

Saturday, April 6

Free Legal Assistance For Veterans

Sunday, April 7

Thursday, April 4

Historic Study

Mercy Medical Center is seeking local residents to participate in an historic study that has the potential to change the face of cancer for future generations. Men and women between the ages of 30 and 65, who have never been diagnosed with cancer, are needed to participate in the Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) being conducted by the American Cancer Society. The project will enroll a diverse population of up to a half-million people across the United States and Puerto Rico to help researchers to better understand the lifestyle, environmental, and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer. Mercy will be a local enrollment location at which participants can join the study from 4 to 8 p.m. Those taking part will be asked to read and sign an informed consent form; complete a brief survey; have their waist circumference measured; and give a small blood sample. Prior to the on-site enrollment, individuals will complete an online comprehensive survey that asks for information on lifestyle, behavioral, and other factors related to their health. Those interested in participating can pre-register on line at: www.cps3LongIsland.org. Participants will receive follow-up surveys to complete every few years. Researchers will use the data from CPS-3 to build on evidence from earlier American Cancer Society studies that played a major role in understanding cancer prevention and risk, and contributed significantly to the scientific basis and development of public health guidelines and recommendations. For further information about enrolling at Mercy, call 516-62MERCY.


Friday, April 5

Golden Goose Spring Shopping Boutique

This event will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Garden City Casino located at 51 Cathedral Ave. (corner of 6th St. and Cathedral) in Garden City. Free admission. Shop for in-vogue and exciting merchandise. Fabulous raffle prizes including iPhone and iPad at $5 per chance; six tickets for $25. Sponsored by Twigs of Winthrop-University Hospital with all proceeds benefiting the maternal childcare and nursery units. For more information, please contact Christine Hanson at 516-747-7145.


Saturday, April 6

Pedaling For Progress

Long Islanders can put their old bicycles to good use by donating them to Pedals for Progress, a program that rescues unwanted American bicycles and sends them to communities overseas. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., members of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Long Island with the children and teen programs of the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island will accept donations of bicycles and sewing machines at the Ethical Humanist Society, 38 Old Country Rd., Garden City (at the western end of Old Country Road, next to the blue water tower). Each person who donates a bicycle will also be asked to donate $10 per bike (tax-deductible) to help defray the cost of shipping the bicycles. To learn more about Pedals for Progress, visit their web site at www.p4p.org. For information about the April 9 collection, call Bette Bass at 516- 606-1400 or Kathy Williams-Ging at 631-549-4873. The program is also accepting cash donations from corporate and community sponsors


Sunday, April 7

Free Legal Assistance For Veterans

Hofstra Law will be hosting a free legal assistance clinic for all veterans. Free consultations with pro-bono attorneys who specialize in elder law, tax, wills, estate, family law, VA benefits, claims, disability, employment, USERRA, housing, bankruptcy, debtor/creditor matters, Medicare/Medicaid, landlord-tenant issues and more. To schedule a consultation, contact the Hofstra Veterans Law Student Association at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 516-468-3551.


Tuesday, April 9

AARP Driver Program

Registration began in person on Saturday, March 23 at 9:30 a.m. at the reference desk of the Garden City Public Library for the AARP 55 Alive Defensive Driving Course. The course will be given from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Registration is limited to Garden City library cardholders aged 50 and older and must be done in person with photo identification, proof of age (preferably a driver’s license), along with an AARP membership card. A check in payment of $17 for AARP members and $19 for nonmembers for course materials must be made at the time of registration. Cash will not be accepted.


Saturday, April 13

Spring Fling

St. John’s Lutheran Church, corner of Willis Avenue and Cornell Street in Williston Park will be the site of this mission event hosted by the Ladies Aid from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be attic treasures (with something for everyone), bakery goods and the Our Kitchen Café will be serving a moderately-priced light lunch.


Wednesday, April 17

Steinway Lecture

At 10 a.m., a lecture entitled, “Steinway—everything you could possibly want to know,” will be given at the Garden City Community Church. Bill Youse, technical services director at Steinway & Sons, and Barry Tognolini, Steinway Piano Gallery showroom manager will be discussing the past, present and future of Steinway Pianos. The Garden City Church is located at Stewart Avenue and Whitehall Boulevard. For more information, please call 516-326-8122


Upcoming Events

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:

• April 6  from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• April 13  from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• April 15, 16 from 6:15 to 9:15 p.m.

• April 20  from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• April 21  from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Saturday, April 20

Run/Walk For Cure

The Garden City Teacher Association (GCTA) is hosting its 4th Annual GC For A Cure Run/Walk on at Garden City High School. The 5K Run/Walk will take place at 9 a.m. and the 1.5 Mile Run/ Walk will start at 9:15 a.m. All Race/Walk proceeds will benefit Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC). In addition, Uniting Against Lung Cancer will be hosting Kites for a Cure, a fun family kite fly to support their lung cancer research grant program. There will be awards, raffles and fun for the entire family. If you are interested in donating to or sponsoring the event, please contact Race Director Kerry Calvert at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For more information about the event or to register, please visit www.GCFORACURE.com


Saturday, April 20

Barbershop Harmony Concert

The Barbershop Harmony Society’s Nassau Mid-Island Chapter takes center stage at Carle Place High School (168 Cherry Lane) to offer “Barbershop – Broadway & Beyond,” 8:07 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door. The Long Island Harmonizers chorus, its talented quartets and “’Up All Night,” a top guest quartet, entertain during the two-hour presentation. For more information, visit www.longislandharmonizers.org.


Sunday, April 21

Barbershop Harmony Matinee

The Barbershop Harmony Society’s Nassau Mid-Island Chapter takes center stage at Carle Place High School (168 Cherry Lane) to offer “Barbershop – Broadway & Beyond,” at 3:07 p.m. For more information, visit www.longislandharmonizers.org.


Thursday, May 2

26th Annual Angel Ball

The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (LICADD) will be holding its 26th Annual Angel Ball Celebrating the Stars of Recovery at the Garden City Hotel. Guests will enjoy a red carpet entrance and reception at 6:30pm, followed by dinner, dancing, and a silent auction at 7:30pm. WABC-TV’s Entertainment Reporter Sandy Kenyon will emcee. Tickets to this premier event are $500, while event and journal sponsorship opportunities are available from $200 to $25,000. For more information, please call 516-747-2606.


Thursday, May 9

Seniors: Tea For Two

Garden City Public Schools will hold its Fourth Annual Afternoon Tea for Senior Citizens and Past Parents on Thursday, May 9 from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. The suggested dress code is suit jackets with ties for gentlemen and Sunday dresses with hats for ladies. Tickets for this event are free to Garden City School District senior citizens and past parents, but limited to two per person. There are two ways to acquire tickets for this year’s event: Guests can request tickets by mail by filling out and returning the form on page 20 of the 2013 Spring Continuing Education brochure. The bright yellow brochures will be mailed to all Garden City homes shortly. Guests can pick up tickets in-person at the Administration Building, 56 Cathedral Avenue, on Wednesday, April 24 from 4 – 6 p.m. Please bring a driver’s license or other I.D. for proof of residency. Info: Catherine Knight, Garden City Public School’s Coordinator of Public Information, 516-478-1079.


Ongoing Events

Garden City Public 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. Monthly movies themes are: April “Great Books.” Movie dates are: 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.

Monthly 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. Discussions include new medicines and treatments, advice on how to cope and also provides emotional support. Additional 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.

Safe Boating Courses

Free vessel safety checks and more, from America’s Boating Club, the United States Power Squadrons. With squadrons across Long Island, there’s one near you. Visit: WeBoatSafe.org or call 1-800-341-8777 for more information.

Free Breast Cancer Support Groups

The Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer program is offering new support groups. There is no cost for any group; however pre-registration is required. Additional groups are formed upon request, including groups for men with breast cancer and family members. All groups meet at Adelphi University School of Social Work in Garden City. For more information call Sandi Kafenbaum, LCSW, at 516-877-4314, or the Breast Cancer Hotline at 800-877-8077.

•Support group for women newly diagnosed with breast cancer will meet weekly for eight weeks from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

•Support group for women post treatment will meet weekly for eight weeks from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

•Support group for young women with breast cancer will meet weekly for eight weeks from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

•Support group for women with metastatic breast cancer will meet weekly for eight weeks from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

•A telephone support group for women with breast cancer will be held weekly for eight weeks from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Furniture Needed

The A.T. Stewart Exchange Consignment Shop, 109 Eleventh St., Garden City, is looking for furniture to add to its inventory. The shop can use cocktail tables, end tables, consoles, chairs of all types, dressers, dining room tables, breakfronts, servers, secretaries, mirrors, etc....it’s all in demand. If you have a particularly large piece, take a picture, and show it to Kris or Jill at the shop (516 746-8900). Consignees get 50 percent of the selling price. Parking is convenient because the shop is located on the lower level of the Garden City Historical Museum.


Ongoing Programs

Clutterers Anonymous

Clutterers Anonymous (CLA), a 12-step self-help group, offers help and support to those who have clutter problems in their homes or workplace. Meets every Thursday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 265 Asbury Ave., in Westbury. There are no dues or fees. For more information, call 866-800-3881 or visit: www.ClutterersAnonymous.net.

News

Resurrection Church raises money

with Xmas-themed event

On Saturday, July 26, all roads lead to Lutheran Church of the Resurrection and the magical merry world of trains at the 4th Annual Christmas In July Fundraiser. Festooned with glittering lights, the gym will be transformed into a winter wonderland of delight as you enter a snow-flurry world of inflatable Santas, reindeer, snowmen and mysterious nutcrackers—replete with holiday songs and music.

Rediscover the joy of childhood with a dazzling display of classic model trains from Resurrection’s own collectors and hobbyists: Jay Campson, Doug Hoffmann, Doug Kurz, Joe Mecchella, John and Jim Mesloh, Ken Meyn, and Gerhardt Muller.

Mineola-Garden City Rotary

honors Suzie and Rob Alvey

The ballroom of the Garden City Country Club was packed with Rotarians, family, friends and associates of Suzie and Robert (Rob) Alvey as they were recently honored with the Mineola-Garden City Rotary Club’s 24th annual “Community Service Award.” Both residents who were raised in Garden City, the Alveys have been recognized many times over as integral members of the community. Suzie Alvey is a professional artist, writer, award-winning photographer, and board member of the Garden City Historical Society. She was appointed village historian by Mayor John Watras in 2013. Alvey’s paintings and drawings are in private collections throughout the United States and internationally and can be locally viewed at village hall and at the Garden City Chamber of Commerce Toll Lodge.


Sports

The Best Secret In Town!

Did you know that each of our neighbor hood parks runs a playground program every summer? Children entering 1st through 8th grades who are residents of the Village are invited to come to the park during the summer to find out what activities are taking place.

Each park has its own “flavor” and “favorite” activities. The park directors and their staff run games, sports, tournaments, and arts and crafts activities during the day and into the evening. Trips are also run through the parks.  

Thousands throng Garden City for

Annual Jay Gallagher Tournament

The Seventeenth Annual Jay Gallagher Memorial Lacrosse Tournament recently took place on Garden City’s lacrosse fields. The ‘Gallagher’ has been a key fundraiser, with well over $750,000 collected throughout the years for the Andy Foundation, the Mollie Biggane Melanoma Foundation, the Miracle Foundation and the Cancer Center for Kids at Winthrop University Hospital.

With more than 120 teams and 5,000 players, coaches and fans from the tri-state area, the annual tournament provided high level competition in both the boys and girls groups from the third grade up to and including the eighth grade.


Calendar

Summer Concert: Six Gun

Thursday, July 24

Fivestone Returns To Friday Night Promenade

Friday, July 25

Marvelous Movie Matinee

Monday, July 28



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