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Garden City-Life.com Calendar

Village Budget Meeting

Thursday, February 27

Legally Blonde

Friday, February 28

Master Of The Manor

Thursday, March 13


Thursday, February 27

Village Budget Meeting

7:30 p.m. (Budget Study/Work Session 2) These sessions are currently scheduled to be held in the boardroom at village hall, 351 Stewart Ave. in Garden City.

Hofstra University Women’s Basketball Versus Drexel University

2 p.m. Mack Sports Complex, 245 Hofstra University, 516-463-6670


Friday, February 28

Legally Blonde

Garden City High School is pleased to present Legally Blonde, the musical, on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 28 and March 1, in the Inez Spiers Auditorium. Tickets are $12 for general admissions; $10 for students and senior citizens, and are available by calling 516-478-2531. A ticket request form is also posted on the district website: www.gardencity.k12.ny.us

Attention Garden City Senior Citizens — Just for you: A special free dinner, courtesy of the Garden City Teachers’ Association, and preview performance of Legally Blonde is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 27. Please come down to the high school cafeteria at 3:15 p.m. for a delicious meal followed by a preview of the show. Please call Patty Mannion at 516-478-2445 to reserve your place at this special dinner and performance.


Saturday, March 1

Hofstra University Men’s Basketball Versus James Madison University

7 p.m. Mack Sports Complex, 245 Hofstra University, 516-463-6670

Clergy Cabaret

At 6:30 p.m., The Mercer School of  Theology at Garden City’s Christ Episcopal Church and the Christ Church Women present A Clergy Cabaret, featuring Reverend Matt Oprendek, Reverend Canon John Betit and Reverend Canon Stephanie Spellers with local artist Dianna Betit, and Reveremd Canon John McGinty as master of ceremonies. The pre-Lenten gala will include a champagne reception where attendees will be given the chance to meet and greet the musicians. Autograph hunters are welcome. The Mercer School of Theology is at 65 Fourth St. in Garden City. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For more information, please call the Christ Church office at 516-775-2626.


Sunday, March 2

Hofstra University Women’s Basketball Versus New Jersey Institute Of Technology

7 p.m. Mack Sports Complex, 245 Hofstra University, 516-463-6670


Tuesday, March 4

School Budget Meeting

Budget Work Session #3—Instructional Components I. The meeting will be held at Garden City High and begins at 8:15 p.m.

Talking Terrific Tomes

Whether you are looking to discover a new author to read or to find your next book club pick, you are invited to the next meeting of the Garden City Public Library’s reader’s advisory series Title Swap with the Librarians on at 10 a,m. (Note the new time,) Title Swap is a series of programs that gives patrons and librarians the opportunity to share new book titles and briefly discuss them. This program is open to all adult Garden City Public Library cardholders. You may register in person beginning Tuesday, Feb. 25 at the reference desk, by phone at 516-742-8405 x 2, or by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Wednesday, March 5

The Pursuit of Alice Thrift Book Discussion

Elinor Lipman’s The Pursuit of Alice Thrift is the new selection for a book discussion, which will be moderated by Gloria Weinrich at 10 a.m. at the Garden City Public Library. Workaholic wallflower Alice Thrift is a socially inept surgical intern at a Boston hospital. Alice is being pursued romantically by shady social climber Ray Russo until her roommate and her neighbor decide to guide Alice through the social complexities of life. This book discussion will take place in the library’s small meeting room on the lower level. No registration is necessary. Copies of the book are available at the reference desk in the library. This event is sponsored by The Friends of The Garden City Public Library.


Tuesday, March 11

School Budget Meeting

Budget Work Session #4——Instructional Components II. The meeting will be held at Garden City High and begins at 8:15 p.m.


Thursday, March 13

Master Of The Manor

Actor David Houston will perform a free dramatic reading of The Manor at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 13, at the Garden City Public Library located at 60 Seventh St. Enjoy a one-hour performance in the style of a radio drama featuring sound effects & backgrounds from 300 years of American music including Joplin, Foster, Copeland, and MacDowell. Hear scenes from Mac Griswold’s absorbing & startling new history of Long Island’s mysterious island.

Griswold’s The Manor is the biography of a uniquely American place that has endured through wars great and small, through fortunes won and lost, through histories bright and sinister-and of the family that has lived at the manor since its founding as a Northern slave plantation three and a half centuries ago. The Manor was selected for Long Island Reads One Book 2014.

Houston has performed numerous roles: Major Bouvier in Grey Gardens, Friar Lawrence in Romeo & Juliet, Mayor Shinn in The Music Man, Sir in The Dresser, Ben in Death of a Salesman, Herr Shultz in Cabaret, The Old Actor in The Fantasticks, Tony Windace in Dial M For Murder, and Horace Giddens in The Little Foxes.

This public program is funded by Friends of the Garden City Public Library. Seating and parking is limited and on a first-come basis. No tickets are required. Please, no buses. For directions, please call 516-742-8405.

— Garden City Life Staff, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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:

March 1 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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

March 13 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

March 15 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

March 18 & 19 - 6:15 to 9:15 pm

March 23 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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

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

April 7 & 8 - 6:15 to 9:15 p.m.

April 10 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

April 12 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

April 23 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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

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

April 29 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Ongoing Programs

Free Breast Cancer Support

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.

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. 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.

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.

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.

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 11 a.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

September is Library Card Sign-up Month

Back to school means back to the Garden City Public Library. September is not only back to school month, it is also Library Card Sign-up Month. A library card is the most important school supply of all for both students and their parents. This September be sure your library card is in your wallet. If you don’t have one, sign up for a new one for you and for your children.

The Garden City Public Library offers programs for adults and for children of all ages. In addition, the library provides access to an extensive collection of books, periodicals, music CDs, audiobooks, and DVDS. The library also provides online access through its website www.gardencitypl.org to authoritative electronic databases as well as to downloadable eBooks, audiobooks, and music. With a valid library card, you can register for programs, borrow materials and museum passes, and access electronic resources.

The Garden City Historical Society is gearing up for a really big celebration. In 2015, the Society will mark the 40th anniversary of its founding, and the 10th anniversary of the opening of The Garden City Historical Society Museum.

To observe these two significant milestones and to further the Society’s capital campaign to restore the exterior of the museum building, the Society is planning a special event on May 14, 2015 at the Garden City Hotel. Early next year, an invitation to attend will be extended to residents and businesses in the village. The gala will include an open bar and full buffet, with music, mystery guests, a live auction and raffles.


Sports

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

2014-15 Garden City Recreation Department Dance Conservatory

The Garden City Recreation Department’s Dance Conservatory Program is pleased to announce the start of registration for its upcoming 2014-15 season. Director Felicia Lovaglio, along with Mary Searson and the rest of her staff, are excited to start off another fantastic year. The dance conservatory offers classes to Garden City residents ages 3 through adult which are non-performance based. Age is determined by the start date of the desired class. The schedule and fees for this year’s youth classes are as follows (all classes are 55 minutes long unless otherwise noted):

Note: Registration is by mail only until Sept. 23. Participants MUST be the required age by the start of the program in order to register. Each session costs $220 for 22 weeks of class.


Calendar

Junior Varsity Football At Westbury High School

Saturday, September 27

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, September 29

Not The Law Of The Sea

Wednesday, October 1



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1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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