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Thursday, May 9

Children’s Workshop: Plant A Teacup For Mom

Plant a twigs and moss teacup with beautiful annuals for Mom. The workshop will be held on Thursday, May 9 at 4:30 p.m. Cost: $10 +tax includes all materials. Reservation required. Please call 516-334-0066.

Seniors: Tea For Two

Thursday, May 9

Association Of Piano Teachers Of Long Island

Wednesday, May 15


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. Info: Catherine Knight, Garden City Public School’s Coordinator of Public Information, 516-478-1079.

Summer Tumblers Workshop

At 6:30 p.m., instructor Irene Marchese will teach a class on how to hand-paint six lemonade/iced tea tumblers with a fun and entertaining summer motif. With this one-stroke painting technique, even beginners can create a lovely work of art. This creative program is for adult Garden City residents only. In-person registration began Saturday April 20 and is limited to Garden City Public Library cardholders. Non-residents will be accommodated on a space-available basis.


Wednesday, May 15

Association Of Piano Teachers Of Long Island

Guest speaker Olga Vinokur is a dynamic pianist who began here studies in Russia. Moving to Israel, she received her Bachelor’s Degree and Artist’s Diploma from the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel-Aviv University. She also studied at Manhattan School of Music where she pursued her Masters and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees. Vinokur will be appearing at 10 a.m. at the Garden City Community Church on the corner of Stewart Avenue and Whitehall Boulevard. For more information, please call 516-326-8122.


Saturday, May 18

Book Sale

A bargain book sale will be held from 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m. at the Garden City Public Library located at the corner of 60 Seventh St. and Hilton Ave., in Garden City. For directions call the library at 516-742–8405 or visit www.gardencitypl.org. Come early for the best selection of hard and soft cover books including fiction, non-fiction, young adult and children’s books. CDs, DVDs, videos, antique, autographed and coffee table books will be included. A half-price sale will take place from 3–4p.m. Friends of the Garden City Public Library will sponsor this sale with all proceeds to benefit the library.


Wednesday, May 22

Calling All Green Thumbs

At 1:30 p.m., a master gardener from Cornell University Cooperative Extension will be conducting a gardening program called “Lawn Care & Our Environment—Including Organics” at the Garden City Public Library. He will provide attendees the information needed to show off their lawns to neighbors. Proper mowing, watering and fertilization, disease, insect and weed control, thatch and core aeration are just some of the topics to be discussed. The leaching potential of fertilizers and pesticides into Long Island ground water is high and will be an important focus. The master gardener will explain pesticides and who is allowed to use them as well as lawn care without pesticides. This is also a chance for the local landscaper and the homeowner to develop an educated communication with each other. There is no registration for this program. All are welcome.


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:

• May 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• May 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• May 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• May 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• May 22, 23 from 6:15 to 9:15 p.m.

• May 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• May 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• June 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• June 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• June 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• June 10, 11 from 6:15 to 9:15 p.m.

• June 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• June 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• June 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• June 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• June 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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.


Ongoing Events

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

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.

Ever since the Garden City School District passed a $36.8 million School Investment Bond back in 2009, the upgrades throughout the district have been quite substantial. And while most of it has gone towards infrastructure, external visible improvements have rightfully been a source of pride for the board, which has taken to conducting tours at the different schools preceding the monthly public meetings that are normally held at Garden City High School. On the night of the school board meeting held on Tuesday, Oct. 14  at the Homestead Building, the school board, administration and Superintendent Dr. Robert Feirsen went on a guided tour of the building by Homestead Principal Dr. Suzanne Viscovich.

Feirsen described the tour as a new tradition started last year where administration travels around each of the district’s school buildings in the Fall to observe its current offerings and recent upgrades.


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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