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Garden City-Life.com Calendar

Victorian Tea

Saturday, January 18

Benjamin Sheen Organ Recital

Sunday, January 19

Remembrances Of Days Past

Tuesday, January 21

Saturday, January 18

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

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

Victorian Tea

Queen Victoria made afternoon tea a national pastime for friends and family to enjoy each other and fine food. The Garden City Unitarian Universalist Congregation will be hosting its own Victorian Tea from 2-4 p.m. Enjoy delicious tea sandwiches, scones with jellies and clotted cream, cookies and a variety of hot teas while being entertained by pianist Joe McAuley. Tickets are $19 (seniors $17) with advance reservations and $21 (seniors $19) at the door. (Snow date Jan. 19) For reservations and information contact 516-781-4319 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Sunday, January 19

Benjamin Sheen Organ Recital

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. 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.

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.


Tuesday, January 21

Remembrances Of Days Past

Memory is theme for juried exhibition: Nassau Community College and the Firehouse Plaza Art Gallery present a national juried Open Competition Exhibition: Speak Memory opening on Jan. 21 through March 13. The exhibition, juried by Lester Burg, explores the concept of memory. Memories can tie us to a time, place, or identify us with a culture or define us as part of a community. Interpretations can be personal or illustrate a historical or social event.

Juror Lester Burg serves as the senior manager for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Arts for Transit and Urban Design. MTA Arts for Transit has commissioned permanent art projects for New York subway and commuter railway stations, ranging across all media. Burg is involved with the artist selection for these projects, and helps manage the process of installation.

The artist reception is being held on Wednesday, Feb. 5 from 5-7 p.m. at the Firehouse Plaza Art Gallery, 1 Education Drive in Garden City. The Firehouse Plaza Art Gallery is located on plaza level of CCB, Room 140, For more information, please call 516-572-0619.

- Garden City Life Staff


Thursday, January 23

How To Pay Less Income Tax

Barry Lisak will lead a seminar to help reduce federal and New York State taxes at the Garden City Public Library at 7 p.m. Lisak, who is an IRS-enrolled agent and tax professional, is currently the tax columnist for New York’s civil service paper The Chief. All new 2013 tax laws will be highlighted and a free booklet, 21 IRS Audit Red Flags, will be distributed to all attendees. Topics include education, retirement, home ownership, charitable, medical, investment, employee and miscellaneous deductions. Remember to bring a pad and pencil. There is no registration and all are welcome.


Friday, January 24

Buskin & Batteau

Buskin & Batteau have been winning hearts and minds with their soulful acoustic balladry and fun-filled performances for more years than they care to remember. Famous in the eighties as superstar jingle writers—Batteau’s “Heartbeat of America” heads a list of a hundred or more hits—they’ve also divided their time between writing songs for other artists; helping a diverse group of non-profits—including Harry Chapin’s WhyHunger; and hosting their quirky, unpredictable Radio B&B show on WPKN-FM and WPKN.org. Buskin & Batteau will perform at Garden Stage at the Garden City Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 223 Stewart Ave. (corner of Nassau Boulevard) at 8:30 p.m., preceded by an open mic at 7:30 p.m., $20 with advance reservations, and $22 at the door. For reservations and Information email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 516-248-8891.


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

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

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

Jan. 25 & 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

Clutterers Anonymous

Clutterers Anonymous (CLA), a 12-step self-help group, offers support to those who have clutter problems. 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, call 866-800-3881 or visit: www.ClutterersAnonymous.net.


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

Longtime village administrator to

receive President’s Award

The Garden City Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the presentation of its President’s Award to Robert (Bob) L. Schoelle, Jr., a Garden City resident for 43 years, at the 2014 Pineapple Ball at the Garden City Hotel on Friday evening, May 9. Initiated in 2011, the Chamber of Commerce’s “President’s Award” recognizes above and beyond volunteer spirit and contributions within the Garden City community and beyond. Not an annual award, it is only presented occasionally, which makes this recognition for Schoelle all the more special.

Bob Schoelle has served as chief administrative officer of the Incorporated Village of Garden City for the past 34 years, working with 18 mayors and many boards of trustees. He has served as a member of both the Village Planning Commission and Board of Police Commissioners. His contributions to numerous village projects have contributed remarkably to the quality of life in the village.

Garvies Point hosts Waldorf parent-child program

Garvies Point Musuem and Preserve, a place known for its Native American history and artifacts, is now home to the Garden City Waldorf School’s Parent-Child Program. The location is an ideal match since the Waldorf educational philosophy enjoys many parallels with the Native American culture exhibited at the museum. The classes are held in the museum’s interactive exhibit room for children, which features a dugout canoe, a wooden wigwam, woven baskets and a model of a native garden. Since the exhibit encourages creative play with natural materials, it is a perfect fit for the Waldorf program which promotes the same.

One of the interesting features of the program is that it is in truth a parent-child class; parents are learning right alongside the children. Children are encouraged to play cooperatively with their peers, while adults learn to knit nearby. Throughout the program, parents are given advice and tips on how to slow the pace of parenting, how to deal with tantrums and manage technology in our lives. “It’s really nice to get good advice on finding a natural rhythm to our lives,” said Laura Franco of Sea Cliff. “I would say the program is very unique in that way.”


Sports

Lady Panthers

start season 7-0

The number two ranked Adelphi Panthers Women’s Lacrosse team has gotten off to a fast start to their 2014 season and show no signs of slowing down. Head Coach Rob Grella, entering his third season at the helm, has led his team to an impressive 7-0 record to kick off their campaign. Six of the Panther’s first seven games have been won in commanding fashion in which they have outscored the opposition by a staggering margin of 122-14.

Last season, the Panthers continued their tradition of playing hard and fighting off tough challenges. They would finish the 2013 season with an impressive 11-1 record within the Northeast Ten Conference and overall at 18-3, making it to their fourth consecutive trip to the NE-10 Conference Championship where they eventually lost to Le Moyne.

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 hunts 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.


Calendar

Dinner & A Movie: An Inconvenient Truth

Thursday, April 10

Breakfast With The Easter Bunny

Saturday, April 12

'Needleworks' Exhibit Opens

Through April 30



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