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Garden City-Life.com Calendar

Bubble Trouble With Jeff Boyer

Friday, December 27

Saturday Space Lab

Saturday, December 28

Cold Weather Creativity

Through January 2


Through January

Cold Weather Creativity

The Art League of Nassau County will present “A Winter Art Show” in Garden City Public Library’s gallery and showcases through Jan. 2 at 60 Seventh St. This high-quality mixed media show will feature oil paintings, pastels, watercolors, sculpture, and much more by talented artists.

The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours. For hours and directions, please call 516-742-8405 or visit www.gardencitypl.org Exhibit funding is provided by Friends of the GCPL. Installation and removal dates are subject to change.

The Art League of Nassau County, founded in 1925, is the oldest art league on Long Island. Present membership is approximately 150. The league’s objectives include: bringing into helpful cooperation those who are interested in all the visual arts; stimulating public interest by various programs; encouraging art education and awakening civic consciousness to the value of beauty in the community.

Through these objectives, the Art League of Nassau has achieved a reputation of esteem and prestige throughout Long Island and the Metropolitan area. Many nationally prominent artists are among its members. At monthly meetings, the league continues to offer informative and inspiring demonstrations by notable guest artists.


Friday, December 27

Bubble Trouble With Jeff Boyer

Can you make a bubble volcano or a bubble roller coaster? Join bubble expert Jeff Boyer and learn some fun, advanced bubble skills to take out and use in Long Island Children Museum’s “Bubbles” gallery. Boyer takes bubbles to the max in this one-man bubble extravaganza. It’s the craziest, most creative bubble show around. He juggles bubbles, sculpts and builds with bubbles, makes fog-filled bubbles and more. Mixing comedy, music and interactive bubble-magic, this performance delights audiences of all ages. Ages: 3 and up. Fee: $5 with museum admission ($4 LICM members), $10 theater only. Shows at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. The Long Island Children’s Museum is located at 11 Davis Ave. in Garden City. For more information, please call 516-224-5800 or visit www.licm.org


Saturday, December 28

Hofstra Men’s Basketball Vs. George Washington

Hofstra welcomes George Washington to the Mack Sports Complex in a game that features one of the top teams in the Atlantic 10 Conference. Hofstra will look to get off to a hot start in one of the last games before the New Year begins. $16, $12, $6. 4-6 p.m. Mack Sports & Exhibition Complex, Hofstra University, Hempstead. For more information, please call 516-HOF-TIXX, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit www.gohofstra.com

Saturday Space Lab

The Cradle of Aviation will be having its first Saturday Space Lab from noon-4 p.m. Using the Jet Blue Sky Theater Planetarium, participants will be able to look more at light; the different kinds, when it’s wanted and when it actually makes it harder to see things. The Visible Light Saturday Space Lab will end with a project you can take home. Through January 1. This activity is free with museum admission. The Cradle of Aviation is located at on Charles Lindbergh Avenue and is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $14 for adults and $12 for children and seniors. The museum includes museum galleries, Junior Jet Club and X-Ride Theater. For more information, please visit www.cradleofaviation.org or call 516-572-4111.


Monday, December 30

Quiz Bowl For Young Adults

Using a buzzer system students in grades 6 through 9 will compete in a Quiz Bowl being held at the Garden City Public Library from 6:30-7:30 p.m.. Limited to 16 participants. Questions will be age appropriate and cover various subjects including current events, science and math, literature, women in history, sports and pop culture. The event will be held in Meeting Room A. For more information, please contact Marge Kelly at 516-8405 ext, 242 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it The Garden City Public Library is located at 60 Seventh St.

Hofstra Men’s Basketball Vs. NJIT

In the Pride’s final game of the 2013 calendar year, the Hofstra Men’s Basketball team will host NJIT at the Mack Sports Complex. This will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools. $16, $12, $6. 7-9 p.m. Mack Sports & Exhibition Complex, Hofstra University, Hempstead. For more information, please call 516-HOF-TIXX, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit www.gohofstra.com


Wednesday, January 1

Hofstra Women’s Basketball Vs. Albany

Hofstra will ring in the new year with a non-conference matchup against Albany at 2 p.m. on Jan. 1. Hofstra has won the last two home games and will look to extend the winning streak at the Mack Sports Complex. $10, $6. 2-4 p.m. Mack Sports & Exhibition Complex, Hofstra University, Hempstead. For more information, please call 516-HOF-TIXX, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit www.gohofstra.com


Thursday, January 9

Hofstra Women’s Basketball Vs. Towson

Hofstra will welcome a Colonial Athletic Association opponent to the Mack Sports Complex for the first time this season when the Pride takes on Towson at 7 p.m. It will mark the first of two games against the Tigers this season. $10, $6. 7-9 p.m. Mack Sports & Exhibition Complex, Hofstra University, Hempstead. For more information, please call 516-HOF-TIXX, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit www.gohofstra.com


Friday, January 10

Hofstra Wrestling Vs. Princeton

The Hofstra Wrestling team returns to dual match and EIWA action for the first time since December 1 when the Pride host the Tigers of Princeton University at the Mack Sports Complex. Hofstra is 4-4 overall and 2-1 in EIWA action this season. $16, $12, $6. 6-8 p.m. Mack Sports & Exhibition Complex, Hofstra University, Hempstead. For more information, please call 516-HOF-TIXX, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit www.gohofstra.com


Saturday, January 11

Trojan Basketball

Trojans Boys Junior Varsity Basketball Vs. Rockville Centre’s South Side High School at 11:30 a.m. Garden City High School, 170 Rockaway Ave., 516-478-2070

Lena And The Happy Clam Band Presents “The Happy Clam Show”

Hop on the clam boat and learn more about your local sea life! Join us for The Happy Clam Show which pairs music with movement and games for children and their families. Lena brings songs from her award-winning CD Happy as Clams, as well as new nautical songs written especially for LICM’s “Saltwater Stories” program. If you are not a clam, you can hear and see and dance in this splashing good time. (If you are a clam—you don’t have ears or eyes so you can come and....do what it is that clams usually do.) Ages: 3 and up. Time: 2-2:45 p.m. (Also happening on Sunday, Jan. 12.) Fee: $5 with museum Admission ($4 LICM members), $10 theater only. The Long Island Children’s Museum is located at 11 Davis Ave. in Garden City. For more information, please call 516-224-5800 or visit www.licm.org


Tuesday, January 14

Title Swap With The Librarian

From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., the next meeting of the Garden City Public Library’s reader’s advisory series Title Swap with the Librarians will be held on the lower level of the library. Title Swap is a series of programs that gives patrons and librarians the opportunity to share new book titles and briefly discuss them. Whether you are looking to discover a new author to read or to find your next book club pick, come to the next Title Swap with the Librarians on Jan. 14. If you would like, you may bring your lunch, beverages  will be served. Remember to bring your own favorite titles to share with the group. For those who are unable to attend the Title Swap meeting, a list of the discussed titles will be found at the reference desk after the program takes place. This program is open to all adult Garden City Public Library cardholders. Registration begins on Monday, Dec. 30. You may register in person at the reference desk, by phone at 516-742-8405, or by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Email librarians Laura Flanagan and Ann Garnett with questions about the program or to talk about books at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it And don’t forget to bring at least one book title that you would recommend.


Wednesday, January 15

SAT At Home Prep    

Tom Ehlers of Method Test Prep will be at the Garden City Public Library to explain their product which is accessible through the Garden City High School website to all residents. Their program is an online test prep for the SAT. How do you get to it? How much does it cover? Come and find out. Registration begins Jan. 2, For more information, please contact Marge Kelly at 516-742-8405 ext 242 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  


Saturday, January 18

Varsity Fencing

Boys & Girls Varsity Fencing Vs. Manhasset Jr./Sr. at 10 a.m. Garden City High School, 170 Rockaway Ave., 516-478-2070


Ongoing

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:

December 28 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Ongoing Events

Furniture Needed

The A.T.Stewart Exchange Consignment Shop at 109 Eleventh St. in 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 Maryann Caterino at the shop (516-746-8900). Consignees are paid 50 percent of the selling price. There is ample parking and the shop is conveniently located on the lower level of The Garden City Historical Society Museum. All proceeds from the A.T.Stewart Consignment Shop go towards the maintenance and upkeep of the Garden City Historical Society Museum, an original 1872 A.T.Stewart era Apostle Victorian structure.


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.

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.

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.

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 Monday of the month at 6 p.m.-The Church of St. Jude, 3606 Lufberry Ave, Wantagh

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

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

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

-Every 4th Wednesday of the month 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’s  conducting his  final performance before his retirement

News

Stewart Manor Fire Department to host open house

You hear the horn sound multiple times a day, around the clock, but did you ever wonder what happens during the critical moments after a distress call is made to the firehouse? Who are the volunteers who are stopped in their tracks at the sound of that horn and dash off to help a neighbor in need? You’d be surprised to learn that it could be the gentleman you see walking his dog after work in the evenings, the woman you see standing at the bus stop with her children every morning, or even the young man you used to see playing with his friends in front of your house.

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.


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

Going To The Birds (Sanctuary)

Saturday, April 26

Nassau Coaches Meet

Saturday, April 26

Making A Beautiful Noise

Friday, May 2



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