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La Festa Primavera

Friday, May 30

Steven Velez Art Exhibit Opening Reception

Saturday, May 31

Angelic Voices On High

Friday, June 6


Thursday, May 29

Spring Into Summer Luncheon

The recreation and parks department will hold a “Spring into Summer” luncheon at noon in St. Paul’s Cluett Hall.  The cost of this event will be $5 and reservations are needed for this program.  

State Qualifier

Boys Varsity Track At Roosevelt High School 4:30 p.m. 1 Wagner Ave., Roosevelt 516-345-7200


Friday, May 30

La Festa Primavera

The Garden City High School’s Italian Club proudly sponsors this annual banquet where attendees can come and enjoy delicious Italian food, dancing and music. This year’s event will be held at 5:30 p.m. in The Garden City High School Cafeteria which is located at 170 Rockaway Ave. Admission is: Adults – $12; Children – $8. All proceeds go to the Italian Club’s Funds for various activities throughout the school year for students and to the Carlo Mazarese Scholarship. Please contact Lea Brunetti at Garden City High School for more information at 516-478-2436.

Garden City Middle School Baseball At Locust Valley Junior High

4:30 p.m. Ann McArthur School, 100 Ryefield Rd., Locust Valley 516-277-5350


Saturday, May 31

Steven Velez Art Exhibit

Late high school grad to be honored

The art of Steven Velez and friends will be on view at the Garden City Public Library from June 2–30 at 60 Seventh St., in Garden City. This gallery exhibit honors the talent, life and memory of 2012 Garden City High School graduate Steven Velez who was an accomplished artist. He lost his battle with depression in November. Steven’s parents, Lauren and Laureano Velez Jr., his sister, Madeline, and his artist friends invite the community to join in a preview opening reception at the library on Saturday, May 31 at 3 p.m.

Perez, an Advanced Placement art student in high school, had studied with Lisa Fazio at The Garden Art Studio in Mineola, completed summer programs at Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan and was enrolled as an art major at Nassau Community College. His watercolor and acrylic paintings and marker, charcoal, ink and crayon drawings in the show include landscapes and portraits.

Many of his friends represented in the exhibit were fellow Advanced Placement art students at Garden City High School. Several are pursuing art studies in college.

Among the artists are Joanna Abballe (Lesley University); Veronica Agarwal (School of Visual Arts); Toni-Ann Giammona (School of Visual Arts); Marcie Imbrenda (Fashion Institute of Technology); Jia Kelleher (Mount Holyoke College); Jeyn Laundrie (Art Institute of Boston); Keara Martin (SUNY Purchase).

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


Monday, June 2

Garden City Men’s Association Meeting

Attention all directors. The next meeting will be at the regular start time of 7:30 p.m. at the Garden City Casino. This is an extremely important gathering as it is the final meeting of this school year. Still much to do for yearbook sales, parent/child dances, etc. Please make every effort to attend. Your voice needs to be heard. Going forward, please make note of the following meeting date: July 7. The meeting will be held, unless otherwise stated, at the Garden City Casino at 7:30 p.m. Please make every effort to attend. Your voice needs to be heard. Garden City Casino, 51 Cathedral Ave., 516-248-9274

Garden City Middle School Baseball Vs. Howitt Junior High

4:15 p.m. St. Paul’s School, 288 Stewart Ave., Garden City 516-478-3000


Tuesday, June 3

Garden City Middle School Baseball Vs. Bethpage JFK Middle School

4:30 p.m. St. Paul’s School, 288 Stewart Ave., Garden City 516-478-3000


Friday, June 6

Annual Belmont Festival


Angelic Voices On High

Las Cantantes, the only collegiate women’s choir in the State of New Mexico, will be appearing on Friday, June 6 at Garden City’s Cathedral of the Incarnation. The show will begin at 7 p.m and will be directed by Dr. Maxine Thévenot. Las Cantantes is comprised of 18 singers who are selected via audition. This ensemble studies, rehearses and performs the finest literature written for treble voices. The ensemble is, at times, accompanied by other instruments such as the harp, percussion, piano, and pipe organ. The program will include a sung mass, several short anthems/motets including works by Eleanor Daley, Bob Chilcott, Bradley Ellingboe, Sandra Milliken, and Andrew Carter. Suggested Donation: $20 general seating, $10 Seniors & students, children under 13 are admitted free. The Cathedral of the Incarnation is located at 50 Cathedral Avenue. Please call 516-746-2955 for more information or visit www.cathedralmusic.com


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 members 60 and older; $55 nonmembers. Dates and rates subject to change. Online class available. Visit AAA.com/DefensiveDriving. Reservations required. Call 516-873-2381. The following dates are offered:

May 31 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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

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

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

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

June 17 & 18 -  6:15 to 9:15 p.m.

June 21 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

News

Nassau County Police recently arrested former 44-year-old Democratic County Legislator David L. Mejias, of Farmingdale, over allegations he stole a Louis Vuitton purse from the apartment of a 35-year-old Garden City resident.

According to police, on Nov. 13, Mejias entered the female victim’s apartment on Mitchell Field Way and removed the pocketbook from the countertop. Mejias then demanded to know the location of a bangle bracelet that was kept in the bedroom, police said. He then pushed past the victim and removed the bracelet while refusing to leave. The victim then called 911 and summoned the police.

Small businessman finds big success

Anthony DePalma has been manager at Covert Avenue’s Raindew Family Center and Pharmacy for 13 years. Last month, at the 30th Annual Small Businessperson of the Year and Legislative Breakfast at the Crest Hollow Country Club, DePalma got his much deserved recognition when he was awarded the day’s top honor by the Covert Avenue Chamber of Commerce, whose members hail from Stewart Manor and Floral Park.  

“My initial reaction was ‘wow that’s very nice,’ I didn’t realize that it was going to be such a beautiful extravaganza,” said DePalma on winning the award. “They did it very, very well. They had a breakfast at the Crest Hollow Country Club and everything was done beautifully. It was just done very, very nicely. Very proud.”


Sports

Winter Swim Lesson Registration Announced

The Garden City Recreation Department will be conducting children’s swimming lessons for village residents at the Adelphi University swimming pool in Woodruff Hall on Saturday mornings. Your child must be six years of age by the start of the program to participate. This 10-week session will begin Saturday, Dec. 6. Classes are taught by Red Cross-certified instructors. The cost is $80. These classes are open to residents of the Incorporate Village of Garden City.

Learn And Play Paddle Tennis

The recreation and parks department will offer beginner level platform tennis lessons at Community Park’s Platform Courts. This five-week course will offer the basic instruction and will be taught by certified platform instructor Sue Tarzian. Each class will be 1.5 hours in length. The cost of this program is $187.50. Classes began the week of Nov. 5. The following classes will be offered:

Beginners - Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Advanced Beginners – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

This program is for beginners only and participants must be Garden City residents. To register, visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave.


Calendar

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, December 1

AARP Driver Safety Program

Tuesday, December 2

Here Comes Brother Sun

Friday, December 5



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