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Russian Dance Recital

Thursday, June 12

Marvelous Movie Matinee

Monday, June 16

I See A Canvas Moon Rising

Friday, June 20


Thursday, June 12

Russian Dance Recital

Friends of the Garden City Public Library will sponsor a free Russian folk dance program by “Barynya” at 1:30 p.m. at the Garden City Public Library located at 60 Seventh St. Ensemble Barynya will perform Russian, gypsy, Jewish, Cossack, Ukrainian dance, song & music. Mikhail Smirnov is the artistic director and founder of Ensemble Barynya which is based in New York City. He will give a short explanation of each dance during the program. Dances will be performed in different sets of beautiful hand-made costumes inspired by the place where the dance originated. Priority will be given to adult Garden City residents by presenting your Garden City Public Library card at the program room door. Non-residents will be accommodated on a space available basis 10 minutes before showtime. No saved seats. Limited parking. No tickets are required. Please, no buses. For directions, pleased call 516-742-8405.


Saturday, June 14

Children & Teen Book Exchange

A Children and Teen Used Book Drive and Swap is being held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Garden City Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island located on 38 Old Country Rd. “We encourage parents and children to come with books they no longer want and swap them for new books they haven’t read,” says Alison Pratt, the coordinator of the event. All leftover books will be donated to Reading Reflections, a Long Island based project that has supplied thousands of books locally to places such as the Island Park Library, which was devastated by Superstorm Sandy and to set up a library at the surgical waiting room at Stony Brook University Hospital, as well as internationally to schools in countries such as Ethiopia and Nigeria. The Kids In Deed program of the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island is sponsoring the book swap. Free snacks will be available. The Ethical Society is located at the western end of Old Country Road, next to the blue water tower.

Eternal Con

Eternal Con is Long Island’s large scale multi-media pop culture convention. Held annually at Garden City’s Cradle of Aviation Museum, Eternal Con brings together the best in comic books, collectibles, gaming, sci-fi, Cosplay, horror, and all things pop culture. The 2013 event was a huge success with more than 3000 attendees. Due to public demand, Eternal Con expanded to two days this year with three floors and more than 250 tables of pop culture madness. In addition to huge vendor space there will be raffles, giveaways, costumes, special guests, a car show, movie screenings, full access to the Cradle of Aviation Museum (with paid admission) and much, much more. (Also being held on June 15). Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Adults: $20; Children (2-12): Saturday-$12, Sunday-$6. Members (either day): $15; Children (2-12): $6. Garden City Cradle of Aviation, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City. 516-572-4066 www.eternalcon.com


Monday, June 16

Marvelous Movie Matinee

A screening of the 2009 Barry Levinson-directed film What Just Happened will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 at the Garden City Public Library. The event will be held in Meeting Room B. Funding is provided by the Friends of the Garden City Public Library. The library is located at 60 7th St. For more information, please call 516-742-8405.


Wednesday, June 18

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.

Friends Of The Garden City Library

The annual meeting will be held from 7-9 p.m. at the Garden City Public Library. Following the meeting, Plaza Theatrical Productions will present Young Frankenstein in concert. The library is located at 60 7th St. For more information, please call 516-742-8405.


Friday, June 20

I See A Canvas Moon Rising

Our Times Coffeehouse is pleased to welcome Canvas Moon Band, three versatile acoustic musicians who will perform on Friday evening, June 20. The concert begins at 8 p.m. in the coffeehouse, located at 38 Old Country Road in Garden City. The Canvas Moon Band plays both original and traditional pieces in a special blend of acoustic music with creative arrangements and an original style. The trio is made up of Mark Wahl (guitar, ukulele, vocals), JoAnne Sherwood (guitar, clarinet, and vocals), and Denise Knight (flute, keyboard, vocals). Although a new group, the musicians all bring years of musical experiences together. Before the band formed, Wahl wrote and performed his own songs as a solo act. His profession is a luthier, and both he and Sherwood play guitars crafted by Wahl. Sherwood, who is a band director, had her passion for the guitar reignited when she met her two counterparts a few years ago and began playing with them at the Newman Center in Oswego. Knight brings her gift of melodic flute and solid keyboard playing to round out the group. The suggested donations are $15 adults; children under 12, $6. Very young children are free. Tickets are on sale at the door; sorry, no pre-sales are available. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. For directions and more information, please visit www.ourtimescoffeehouse.org or call 516-741-7304. The Our Times Coffeehouse is located at 38 Old Country Rd. in Garden City. It is staffed entirely with volunteers, has been presenting live music for 24 years. OTC is dedicated to supporting affordable folk music on Long Island, and over the years has hosted hundreds of outstanding performers in a warm, intimate setting. The Our Times Coffeehouse is a joint project of the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island (EHS) and the Long Island Progressive Coalition (LIPC), with the assistance of the Research and Education Project of Long Island (REP-LI).


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:

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.

July 1 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.     

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

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

July 14 & 15 - 6:15 to 9:15 p.m.

July 19 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

July 20 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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