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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

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.”

School board shows off improvements at Stratford

This month’s Garden City Board of Education meeting saw a boost in attendance, and not just from district residents. This was the first board meeting to be held at Stratford School, so teachers and students there stopped by to show off the best it has to offer.

Leading the pack was school principal Eileen Vota, who gave the board a tour of the school before the meeting got underway. Along the way, highlights of the capital improvement project were pointed out, all a result of the 2009 School Investment Bond and Energy Performance Contract.


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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