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Fall Benefit Yard Sale

Saturday, September 7

Declutter Your Stuff, Declutter Your Life

Thursday, September 19

Oktoberfest 2013

Saturday, October 5


Saturday, September 7

Fall Benefit Yard Sale

The Garden City Bird Sanctuary/Tanners Pond Environmental Center is pleased to announce its fall benefit yard sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the sanctuary. (Raindate is Saturday, Sept. 14.) The bird sanctuary is located opposite 181 Tanners Pond Rd. The profits from the rental spaces at the sale will benefit the sanctuary and will be used for ongoing environmental educational programs and improvements at the site.  Do you hate the idea of having your own garage sale with the hassle of putting up posters all over town, advertising and people tromping on your lawn? This fall, 10-by-17-foot spaces may be reserved for $45, providing sellers with an opportunity to sell their own garage sale items. Donations and fees are tax deductible. If you wish to reserve a spot, contact Liz Bailey at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 516-248 8447. The GCBS/TPEC is located opposite 181 Tanners Pond Rd., north of Stewart Avenue and south of Jericho Turnpike. The site is open to the public on weekends from March through November, from noon to 5 p.m., during the summer from Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment. New members are welcome as well as groups and volunteers. For more information, please visit www.GCBirdSanctuary.org, write  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call Rob and Suzie Alvey at 516-3261720. The sanctuary is a 501(c) 3 charity organization.


Thursday, September 19

Declutter Your Stuff, Declutter Your Life

Friends of the Garden City Public Library will sponsor a free one-hour lecture with Dr. Duffy Spencer, social psychologist and image relationship therapist at 2 p.m. at The Garden City Public Library. Are you a clutterholic? Are you overwhelmed by too much junk? Do you keep “things” for comfort… & then become uncomfortable with your piles of clutter? Is “stuff’ getting in your way of being the person you want to be… & having the life you want? Whether it’s physical clutter or emotional clutter, this seminar will cover the reasons why we clutter, the emotional process of letting go & the rewards we reap from getting rid of those things that no longer serve us. The Garden City Public Library located at 60 Seventh St.Garden City. Seating & parking is limited and on a first-come basis. No tickets are required. Please, no buses. For directions, please call 516-742-8405 or visit www.gardencitypl.org


Saturday, October 5

Oktoberfest 2013

The Second Annual Oktoberfest at Resurrection Lutheran Church from 4 to 10:30 p.m. There will be activities for children and families during the afternoon, including games, fall festivities, German music, German food and soft drinks. Starting at 7, thefocus moves to adults with authentic Oktoberfest music provided by The Luchow Quartet. German food continues through the evening, imported German beer and wine may be purchased separately. Free commemorative mug. Net proceeds support the missions of Resurrection. Event will take place under a tent on the church lawn along Emmet Place by the entrance to the church on 420 Stewart Ave. Advance tickets are $25; $10, age 12 and under (children 3 and under free) through Sept. 28. Purchase tickets online at Resgc.org. Tickets purchased after Sept. 28 or at door: $35; $10 age 12 and under (children 3 and under free) max per family: $110. For more info, please contact the church office at 516-746-4426.


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:

September 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

September 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

September 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

September 10 & 11 from 6:15 to 9:15 p.m.

September 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

September 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

September 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

September 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

September 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


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.

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.


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.

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 the Hotline at 1-800-877-8077.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.

News

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.

In an earlier column, Mayor John Watras shared some helpful tips on how to secure your property in preparation for a hurricane. The following are additional recommendations on what you can do now to be prepared in the event that a major storm hits Long Island.

As the storm approaches, customers should take the following steps to prepare for the arrival of either a hurricane or tropical storm:


Sports

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.

The league started on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Garden City’s Tullamore Park. It runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. A uniform shirt and soccer balls are provided. Cleats and soccer shorts are recommended and players must wear shin guards. Age groups range from pre-k through 12th grade. Garden City residents and non-Garden City residents are welcome. Middle school and high school age volunteers are needed. No soccer experience is necessary. If you have any other questions, please contact Andy Garger at ajgarger@verizon.net or 516-775-8058.

— Submitted by the Challenger Soccer League


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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