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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.

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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

Foofa

Although a bit unsure at first, all Foofa needs is a little bit of love and patience to bring out his true affectionate self. A favorite with the handlers, Foofa is proving an excellent student with his training, loves long walks on the trail, and enjoys his “pampering” sessions with petting and brushing.

Yoshi

Just like the Mario character, this little guy will keep you smiling all day long. Yoshi happily greets all people he meets, gets along well with his fellow canines, and loves long walks and petting sessions. Yoshi would make a wonderful addition in just about any home.

New leaders In Garden City Public Schools

Due to retirements, Garden City Public Schools is welcoming two new administrators: Dawn Cerrone will serve as the director of Athletics and Physical Education, and Lynette Abruzzo was appointed as the director of Pupil Personnel Services.

Cerrone was awarded her building and district administrative certificates from Albany’s College of St. Rose in 2008 and 2009, respectively. She received her Master’s in Health Education from Hofstra University in 1989 and her Bachelor’s in Physical Education from St. Bonaventure University in 1986.


Sports

Fall Roller Hockey Programs Announced

The Garden City Recreation and Parks Department will once again offer various roller hockey programs this fall for both youth & adults who reside in the Inc. Village of Garden City. Whether you played in the past or looking to get involved, there is no better time to sign up and experience all the fun. All programs take place at the roller rink located at Community Park. Please note at this time, the recreation department is just announcing its programs. Fees and registration information will be announced at a later date.

This season, the roller hockey programs are broken down into grades. Please pay careful attention as grades and dates/times have changed:

Garden City gals lead FLG

to three championships

The FLG 2018 girls have established themselves as one of FLG’s premier teams of the summer. Garden City’s Julia Kavan and Anna Mandaro at the midfield and Megan Sprotte and Ann Sullivan defensively led their team to three championships this summer. The girls “really started to gel and play as a unit,” said Coach McGinty, successfully executing new plays, transitioning well and crashing on defense. With the improvements across the board, the team hasn’t lost a game since the first tournament of the summer. These girls were leaders on and off the field and are taking FLG Girls Lacrosse to the next level.


Calendar

Friday Night Promenade

Friday, August 22

The Little Mermaid JR

Saturday, August 23

Getting Your Feet Wet

Tuesday, Aug. 26



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
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Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
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