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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

Preparedness is the best remedy for Ebola

Winthrop University Hospital hosted a presentation on the current Ebola epidemic, at the Garden City Library, on Tuesday, Nov. 11. Sponsored by the village’s Property Owners’ Associations, John F. Collins, president and CEO of Winthrop University Hospital and Dr. Michael Ammazzalorso, Winthrop’s Chief Medical Officer provided an overview of the disease along with an update on Winthrop’s preparedness plan.

Dr. Ammazzalorso began his presentation heeding that despite the waning in the press, the disease is still with us. He provided both historical and current day perspectives regarding the epidemic, advising that Ebola is not a new disease. The medical community has been aware of the disease for at least 40 years. Originating in the Congo, Ebola is a zoonosis a disease which has its reservoir in animals and was known for small sporadic outbreaks associated with people who handled bats and rodents or those who consumed bush meat. The current outbreak originated in West Africa, specifically Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. He noted in Africa that more than 45,000 people have died from the disease.

Multiple options help village avoid problems

While parking around LIRR train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, it’s not necessarily the case for Garden City residents, who have five departure points to choose from. The stations—Nassau Boulevard, Garden City, Stewart Manor, Country Life Press and the south side of Merillon Avenue—provide a grand total of 866 spots. (See page 13 sidebar for lot-by-lot breakdown). It’s a luxury many municipalities don’t have, particularly during the holidays. Annual permits run $150 for residents and $300 for non-residents and while people who call Garden City can use any of these five stations, non-residents are restricted to using the 70 spots allocated for their use over at the Stewart Manor station.

LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town.


Sports

Learn And Play Paddle Tennis

The recreation and parks department will offer beginner level platform tennis lessons at Community Park’s Platform Courts. This five-week course will offer the basic instruction and will be taught by certified platform instructor Sue Tarzian. Each class will be 1.5 hours in length. The cost of this program is $187.50. Classes began the week of Nov. 5. The following classes will be offered:

Beginners - Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Advanced Beginners – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

This program is for beginners only and participants must be Garden City residents. To register, visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave.

Learn And Play Paddle Tennis

The recreation and parks department will offer beginner level platform tennis lessons at Community Park’s Platform Courts. This five-week course will offer the basic instruction and will be taught by certified platform instructor Sue Tarzian. Each class will be 1.5 hours in length. The cost of this program is $187.50. Classes begin the week of Nov. 5. The following classes will be offered:

Beginners - Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Advanced Beginners – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

This program is for beginners only and participants must be Garden City residents. To register, please visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave. Space is limited so please register early.


Calendar

Sultans of String to play

Friday, November 21

Garden City Chamber Music Society Performance

Sunday, November 23

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, November 24



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