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Laughs At The Library

Thursday, December 12

Holiday Sale

Saturday, December 14

Vesper Service

Sunday, December 15


Thursday, December 12

Laughs At The Library

Friends of the Garden City Public Library will sponsor a free interactive program “Laughs at the Library” on Thursday, Dec. 12 at 2 p.m. at Garden City Public Library located at 60 Seventh St. Come get some comic relief for the winter blues with stand-up comedian Mark Brier as he hosts this humorous program filled with clean rib-tickling jokes, anecdotes & terrific impressions. Brier has been performing for over 30 years & has appeared on cruise ships, resorts, comedy clubs, conventions, and retirement homes. He has engaged audiences in more than 70 New York State libraries. His work includes impressions of entertainers like Jack Benny, Jackie Mason, Rodney Dangerfield & Ed Sullivan. His start in comedy began as a child when his mother told him about their neighbor who loved to garden and had a green thumb. Mark kept waiting for the man to take off his garden gloves to see his green thumb. When his mother laughed about this, Mark knew that he wanted to be a comedian. Bring your favorite G-rated joke to share or just come to smile & enjoy some wholesome humor. Have a great time designed. Seating & parking are limited and on a first-come basis. No tickets are required. Please, no busses. For directions phone 516-742-8405 or visit www.gardencitypl.org.

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Saturday, December 14

Holiday Sale

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Central Nassau holds its holiday fair from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free. Holiday items, collectibles, silent auction, baked goods, book room, gourmet lunch, quick lunch and raffles.


Sunday, December 15

Vesper Service

This will take place in the sanctuary of the Garden City Community Church at 4:30 p.m. and all are invited to the Christmas dinner directly afterward, starting at 6 p.m. The service features a special musical celebration of the approaching birth of Jesus with the combined Alleluia, Carol, Cantamus and Adult Choirs. The popular candlelight hot dinner will have delicious food and fun fellowship for all. The Garden City Community Church (GCCC) is located at the corner of Stewart Avenue and Whitehall Boulevard. The Garden City Community Church is handicap accessible with ramps on the Whitehall Boulevard side of the church and a full elevator to the lower level. For more information, please call 516-746-1700, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit www.GardenCityCommunityChurch.org


Tuesday, December 17

Holiday Greenery Workshop

Decorate your table and home for the holidays at this still program that remains popular after more than 20 years. Learn techniques for arranging flowers, berries, nuts and fresh greens from Clark Botanic Garden’s staff. Take home beautiful holiday arrangements that you personally design with lovely and unusual trim and ribbons. Materials supplied. You will be surprised at how creative you can be, and if you come with a friend or friends, how much fun you can have. Please bring gloves, pruning shears, wire cutters and your lunch. Also being held on Wednesday, December 18. Clark Botanic Garden, 193 I.U. Willets Rd. Albertson. clarkbotanic.org $70 for members; $85 for non-members. Pre-registration required. Please contact Maria Morgan at 516-484-8603 to register. Please make your check payable to Clark Botanic Garden.


Wednesday, December 18

Your Widowed Social Group

Y.W.S.G. is a non-sectarian, non-profit organziation of widows and widowers 50 plus years of age. Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month and run from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The meetins are held at St. Joseph’s R.C. Church on the corner of Franklin Avenue and Fifth Street in Garden City. There is a nominal fee to attend. Please call Diana at 516-481-9280 for information.


Sunday, December 22

Christmas Pageant

Garden City Community Church School Christmas Pageant after the 10:30 am service. The pageant is staged by the Sunday School with adorable actors in costume with music.


Tuesday, December 24

Garden City Community Church Christmas Eve Services

Three services: Family service at 4 p.m.; Candlelight communion service at 8:30 p.m, with music prelude at 8:15 pm.; Candlelight communion service at 11 pm, with music prelude at 10:45 p,m. The Garden City Community Church (GCCC) is located at the corner of Stewart Avenue and Whitehall Boulevard. The Garden City Community Church is handicap accessible with ramps on the Whitehall Boulevard side of the church and a full elevator to the lower level. For more information, please call 516-746-1700, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit www.GardenCity CommunityChurch.org

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:

Dec.  12 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Dec.  15 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Dec.  18 & 19 - 6:15 to 9:15 p.m.

Dec.  21 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Dec.  22 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m

Dec.  28 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Jan. 5 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Jan. 7 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Jan. 11 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Jan. 13 & 14 - 6:15 to 9:15 p.m.

Jan. 22 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Jan. 25 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Jan. 26 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Jan. 30 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Feb. 2 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Feb. 5 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Feb. 8 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Feb. 11 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Feb. 16 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Feb. 24 & 25 -  6:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.

Feb. 27 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Ongoing Programs

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.

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.

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, 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.

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.

Stroke Support Groups

Stroke Life Society is a grassroots community organization of survivors and co-survivors in the pursuit of living and helping others. A stroke can be very isolating. By sharing experiences and encouraging one another, together we can face and overcome common challenges. All are welcome. RSVP is requested. For information and other locations and times, please call Ben at 516-398-4994. “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”

-Every 1st Wednesday of the month at 11a.m.-St. Frances de Chantal, 1309 Wantagh Ave, Wantagh (Room 12)

-Every 2nd Mon. of the month at 6 p.m.-The Church of St. Jude, 3606 Lufberry Ave, Wantagh

-Every 2nd Wed. at 1:30 p.m.-St. Gregory the Great, 242-20 88th Ave, Bellerose

-Every 3rd Fri. at 2 p.m.-St Bernard Parish Center, 3100 Hempstead Tpke, Levittown

-Every 4th Mon. at 6 p.m.-St. James Parish Center, 80 Hicksville Rd, Seaford (Room 104)

-Every 4th Wed. at 1 p.m. (with guest speaker)-William Bennett Community Center, 28 W. Carl St., Hicksville

-Every 4th Thursday of the month at 2 p.m. - Plainview Hospital, 888 Old Country Rd., Plainview Waldorf Choral Society’s 40th anniversary concert featuring soloists, chorus and orchestra with George V. Rose conducting his  final performance before retirement.

News

April 19 fundraiser to be

held for baby with rare disease

Tom Onorato, the nephew and office manager of Dr. Joseph Onorato Garden City practice All Island Dermatology Plastic Surgery & Laser Center, recently celebrated the birth of a baby boy with his wife Melissa. Both were thrilled when Thomas Kevin Onorato came into the world on September 10, 2013. Despite being born five weeks early, baby Thomas managed to surprise his parents with his indomitable spirit and was sent home with a clean bill of health. A mere four days later began the fight for Thomas’ life.

Budget adjustments, staff reductions recommended

The Garden City Board of Education will prepare to adopt next year’s school budget in a couple of weeks. Before they do, they’ll have to go over a few changes.

At the board’s public work session held at the high school on Wednesday, April 9, school superintendent Dr. Robert Feirsen recommended a few adjustments, part of the annual balancing act that is the school budget.


Sports

Easter Egg Hunt For Pre-K To Grade 5

The Garden City Recreation Department is once again sponsoring the annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 19 at Community Park’s fields. This Year Three hunt will be held at 10 a.m. sharp with three age divisions: preschool to kindergarten, grades 1 and 2; and grades 3 to 5.

Special eggs will be stuffed and hidden for all divisions. Each hunt will also feature a grand prize (an Easter basket filled with goodies) which will go to the youngster who finds the egg marked “#1 Lucky Egg.” For further information about the hunt, please call the recreation department at 516-465-4075.

Commitment at Kellenberg

Garden City residents continue to excel while participating in the athletic program over at Uniondale’s Kellenberg Memorial High School.

Each season, coaches of Kellenberg sports pick one player from their squad who has demonstrated remarkable commitment to the team through their hard work at practice and in competition.

The Village of Garden City has a long history of residents who've excelled both on the academic and athletic side of the ledger at Kellenberg. This time around, seniors Kelly O’Donnell (varsity cheerleading), Stacy Madelmayer (varsity girls basketball) and Bryan Salecker (swimming and diving team) have all been awarded the Commitment Award for their outstanding efforts, devotion, hard work and commitment to their respective teams.


Calendar

Dinner & A Movie: In Transition 2.0

Thursday, April 17

School Budget Meeting

Wednesday, April 23

Judi Mark One-woman Show At Library

Thursday, April 24



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