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Garden City-Life.com Calendar

Village Board Of Trustees Meeting

Thursday, January 9

Board Of Education Meeting

Tuesday, January 14

Benjamin Sheen Organ Recital

Sunday, January 19


Thursday, January 9

Village Board Of Trustees Meeting

The next board of trustees meeting will be taking place in the boardroom at village hall. Start time is 8 p.m.

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

Trojans Boys Junior Varsity Basketball Vs. Rockville Centre’s South Side High School

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


Monday, January 13

Library Meeting

There will be a regular meeting of the board of library trustees on Monday, Jan. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Garden City Public Library in the small meeting room, lower level.


Tuesday, January 14

Board Of Education Meeting

The next board of education meeting will be held at Garden City High and begins at 8:15 p.m.

Title Swap With The Librarians

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

Your Widowed Social Group

This is a non-sectarian, no-profit organization of widows and widowers 50 plus years of age. Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month and are held at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church located on Franklin Avenue and Fifth Street in Garden City. There is a nominal fee for members and non-members. For more information, please call Diana at 516-481-9280.

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

Boys & Girls Varsity Fencing Vs. Manhasset Jr./Sr.

10 a.m. Garden City High School, 170 Rockaway Ave., 516-478-2070


Sunday, January 19

Benjamin Sheen Organ Recital

On Sunday, Jan. 19, Benjamin Sheen will performing an organ recital at Garden City’s Cathedral of the Incarnation on 50 Cathedral Ave. at 4 p.m. Sheen is the assistant organist at Saint Thomas Church on Fifth Avenue, is a recent Juilliard graduate and is one of the UK’s brightest young organists. Hailed as a “brilliant organist” by The New York Times, he is the 2013 winner of the Pierre S. du Pont First Prize in the inaugural Longwood Gardens (Delaware) Organ Competition and also the winner of Second Prize at the St. Alban’s International Organ Competition 2013. Sheen started his education as a chorister at St. Paul’s Cathedral, (under the direction of John Scott), before studying at Eton College and, more recently, Christ Church, Oxford. While an undergraduate, he held the position of Organ Scholar at Christ Church Cathedral. As a concert organist, Sheen has performed throughout the UK and the United States, as well as further afield in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Notable engagements have included performances in Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Royal Albert Hall in London. He has also performed live on BBC radio and television and made a number of appearances on NPR’s Pipedreams and Australian radio.
Suggested donation: $15 general seating, $10 seniors, students and children are admitted free.
For further information, please visit www.cathedralmusic.com or call 516-746-2955.

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Family Show—Cinderella

Garden City’s Department of Recreation and Parks and The Garden City Rams Girls’ Lacrosse program are presenting Plaza Theatrical Productions’ performance of Cinderella at 1 p.m. in St. Paul’s Cluett Hall. Admission is $3, payable at the door, but reservations are necessary and can be made by calling the recreation office at 516-465-4075. The department would like to thank the Rams Girls’ Lacrosse Program for its generous donation to help offset the cost of this show.


Saturday, January 25

Boys Junior Varsity Basketball Vs. New Hyde Park Memorial

11 a.m. Garden City High School, 170 Rockaway Ave., 516-478-2070


Ongoing 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:

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.

Boys & Girls Varsity Fencing Vs. Jericho High School

12:30 p.m. Garden City High School, 170 Rockaway Ave., 516-478-2070

Boys Varsity Basketball Vs. New Hyde Park Memorial High School

1 p.m. Garden City High School, 170 Rockaway Ave., 516-478-2070


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

Residents needed to run

The Garden City East Nominating Committee is seeking residents of the East who are interested in being interviewed for the positions of village mayor, village trustee and school board trustee. These positions are subject to election by all village residents. The village mayoral and trustee terms are for two years beginning on April 6, 2015 and the school board trustee term is for three years beginning on July 1, 2015.

Any resident of the East who is interested in being considered for one of these positions must submit a letter of intent and a resume. This submission should note the position being sought; include their name, contact information, a statement explaining their reason for interest in the position, a summary of their professional background and other qualifications, including, although not required, current or prior involvement in village or school board positions or initiatives.

Donald Barrick, Life’s WORC Board Chairman announced that Janet Koch has been hired as the new Executive Director of Life’s WORC, a Garden City-based 501(c) (3) not-for-profit corporation. Koch assumes this leadership responsibility as Peter Smergut retires after 20 years in this position. After a thorough and extensive executive search process, the Life’s WORC Board is confident Koch has the vision and skills consistent with the needs of the organization. She will assume her position as executive director on Monday, Nov. 3.


Sports

High School Jazz Class Added To Dance Conservatory

Dance Conservatory Director Felicia Lovaglio has decided to add a jazz class for students in 9th through 12th grades who are residents of the Incorporated Village of Garden City. This 55-minute class will be held on Saturdays at 4 p.m. beginning on Saturday, Nov. 8. The cost of this 20-week class will be $200. Preregistration is necessary by visiting the recreation and parks office at 108 Rockaway Ave.

Adult Dance Performance Group Now Registering

The recreation and parks department offers an adult dance group that works on jazz and contemporary moves and leads up to a performance in a Dance Company Showcase. Whether you are a beginner dance student or someone who danced as a child and would like to try again, this program will help you achieve your goals. Classes will be held on Saturday mornings beginning Saturday, Nov. 8. Each class is 55 minutes long and the session will run through May. The cost of this program will be $220.  

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.


Calendar

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Thursday, October 30

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, November 3

Manhasset Comes To Garden City

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