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GardenCity-Life.com Calendar

Homework Help
Saturday, April 13
Steinway Lecture
Wednesday, April 17
Run/Walk For Cure
Saturday, April 20

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.

Monday, April 15

Homework Help

At 7 p.m., the Garden City Public Library’s Children’s and  Young Adult’s Departments will be hosting a Tutor.com live homework help demonstration with a representative from Tutor.com. Tutor.com is a website that the Garden City Public Library subscribes to which offers online tutoring and other study resources and is accessible through the Garden City Public Library website (www.gardencitypl.org). The program will include a question and answer session. No registration is required and seating is on a first-come,  first-served basis. The program is open to parents and their  children/teens who wish to learn more about the services  Tutor.com provides to patrons of the Garden City Public  Library. For more information, contact the Children’s  Department at 516-742-8405, ext 216 or Young Adult Department at ext. 242. Please check the library website www.gardencitypl.org for upcoming events and registration dates. 


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.


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

Earthfest On The Way

The Tanners Pond Environmental Cetner is gearing up for Earthfest, including Earth Run II, a timed 5K race (but you can stroll if you’d like) and a 1- 1/2 obstacle race at the site. It will be a day to celebrate and recognize the tremendous value of volunteers to the community and the environment. The full event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is free to the public. Earthfest includes live music, the races, displays by other environmental and volunteer service groups, as well as awards, food and tours of the sanctuary.

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. 


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 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.

• April 24  from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• April 26  from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• April 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Ongoing Events

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 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.

Volunteers Sought For Breast Cancer Program

If you’ve had breast cancer and want to pay it forward become a hotline volunteer. Women and men who are breast cancer survivors and others who are concerned about breast health issues can become volunteers at the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program in Garden City. Volunteers can help by doing fundraising and publicity, as well as by answering hotline calls. Hotline volunteers provide emotional support, information and referral services to callers with breast health concerns. Although the program is housed on Long Island, hotline services and telephone counseling are available to callers throughout New York State. For more information call Caroline Mulcahy at 516- 877-4315. To reach the Hotline from anywhere in New York State, call 1-800-877-8077.

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.


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.

Free Breast Cancer Support Group 

The Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Program is offering a new support group for anyone who has done genetic testing and tested positive for breast cancer. The group will meet on Monday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. for eight consecutive weeks, beginning on Feb. 25. There is no cost for the group; however pre-registration is required. For information call Sandi Kafenbaum at 516-877-4314, or the Breast Cancer Hotline at 800-877-8077. All groups meet at Adelphi University School of Social Work in Garden City. The Nassau County Women’s Bar Foundation and the Alpern Family Foundation sponsor these groups. 

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.

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.

News

Department headed by former assistant director

The Garden City Public School District is excited to welcome Lynette Abruzzo as its new director of Pupil Personnel Services (PPS). The position was vacated by Catherine Wheeler, who retired this summer. Abruzzo began working in the district earlier this year in January as the assistant director of PPS. 

 

“I look forward to supporting the students here. To support their growth, help prepare them so that they have all the tools they need to be successful when they leave here. To be successful in their life and maximize their potential,” Abruzzo said of her plans for the new position. 

Blakeman and Rice to speak at Chamber Luncheon

On Sept. 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Garden City Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its season kick-off luncheon program at the Garden City Hotel, where the keynote speakers will be the Democratic and Republican nominees for the U.S. Congress in New York’s  Fourth Congressional District. Bruce A. Blakeman (R), Conservative and Independence nominee and Kathleen Rice (D), Nassau County District Attorney, will speak separately expressing their respective views on the future of the district and impact upon its business community. This is not to be a debate.


Sports

Fall Children’s Tennis Classes

Registration for the start of the Fall 2014 Indoor Tennis Program for Children has begun at the Community Park Tennis Center. Walkins and non-resident children attending Garden City Public Schools* will be accepted beginning Sept. 11. Please make checks payable to the “Inc. Village of Garden City." Please note—classes are not considered day care and can not be declared for tax exemption.

* Non resident children who would like to register for the tennis program must prove they attend one of the Garden City Public Schools. Proof must accompany registration. An additional $50 fee will pertain to anyone in this category.

10 weeks of classes—classes will begin Thursday, Sept. 18

Locals run for themselves

and a cause in triathalon

At 6 a.m on a blustery Saturday morning, 1600 people arrived at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park to participate in the 27th annual Runner’s Edge Tobay Triathlon and Tri-Relay Race. The participants were drawn from a wide age range. They came from all over Long Island and upstate New York, a few were from out of state, and in some cases, had disabilities. But they all came with one goal in mind — to finish.

Jeffrey Hussey, a 28-year-old Garden City resident, has done this race three times and this was his fifth triathlon this summer.


Calendar

9/11 Memorial Program

Thursday, September 11

Zing Went The Strings

Friday, September 19

Marvelous Movie Matinee

Monday, September 15



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