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Summer Concert: Manhattan Jazz

Thursday, July 17

YAK & Snack Book Discussions

Saturday, July 19

Marvelous Movie Matinee

Monday, July 21


Thursday, July 17

Summer Concert: Manhattan Jazz

Garden City’s Department of Recreation and Parks is happy to announce the schedule of its concert series “Summer Music on the Village Green.” The concert series will be held at the gazebo on the corner of Stewart and Hilton Avenues. Concerts are held on Thursdays beginning at 7:15 p.m. Concerts are held rain or shine. In the event of less than perfect weather, the concert will be held at the Cultural and Performing Arts Center in St. Paul’s Cluett Hall, 295 Stewart Ave.


Saturday, July 19

YAK & Snack Book Discussions

Come to the library from 2-3 p.m. to discuss Jen Calonita’s Sleepaway Girls. When the exceptionally people-pleasing Sam spends a summer as a counselor-in-training, she learns how to say no, how to stand up for herself, and what it feels like to have a crush on a great guy. Registration is underway online on Eventkeeper for the Yak & Snack on July 19 as well as for the Yak& Snack to be held on Thursday, July 31 at 7 p.m. when John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars will be discussed. Pick up copies of these books at the YA desk. Refreshments will be served at both programs.


Monday, July 21

Marvelous Movie Matinee

A screening of the 2003 heist film The Italian Job starring Mark Wahlberg and Edward Norton will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. 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.

Rockets

Join Science Teacher Chris Buchman at a workshop to learn to make model rockets on Monday July 21 from 7-8:30 p.m.. After the rockets are made, you will go outside on the library’s property to launch the rockets. The challenge will be to find your rocket after it is launched. Registration is underway online on Eventkeeper. This program is limited to 25 YAs. Garden City Public Library, 60 7th St., www.gardencitypl.org


Tuesday, July 22

Crafts With Shirley Ruby

Come to the library on for Crafts with Shirley Ruby. Crazy Hair Mirror will be held at 1 p.m. for children entering grades k-2 in fall 2014 and Artsy Chalkboard will be held at 2:30 p.m. for children entering grades 3-5 in fall 2014. Registration begins Tuesday, July 15 at 9:30 a.m. on Eventkeeper (www.gardencitypl.org). Each child participating in the program will need his or her own library card to register for the program. You must do a separate registration for each child you wish to attend the program. Please arrive promptly. If you are late, your spot may be given to someone on the waitlist. Funding for these programs has been provided by the Friends of the Garden City Public Library.

Make A Porthole Aquarium With Samantha Raiten

Join the library for Make a Porthole Aquarium with Samantha Raiten. This fun craft program is for children ages 2 ½-5 (not entering kindergarten in fall 2014) and an adult caregiver. Registration begins Tuesday, July 15 at 9:30 a.m. on Eventkeeper (www.gardencitypl.org ). Each child participating in the program will need his or her own library card to register for the program. You must do a separate registration for each child you wish to attend the program. Please arrive promptly. If you are late, your spot may be given to someone on the waitlist. Funding for these programs has been provided by the Friends of the Garden City Public Library. Garden City Public Library, 60 7th St., www.gardencitypl.org


Wednesday, July 23

Galaxy Bags

Art teacher Karen Morea will return to the library this summer on from 7-8 p.m. to host a craft workshop. Teens will create a fun and interesting space style design for a “Galaxy” tote bag. Registration is underway online on Eventkeeper. This program is limited to 20 YAs. Garden City Public Library, 60 7th St., www.gardencitypl.org


Ongoing Programs

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:

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.

Aug. 2 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Aug. 4 & 5 - 6:15 to 9:15 p.m.

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

Aug. 17 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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

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

Aug. 24 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Aug. 28 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

News

The Garden City Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for the 35th annual Fall Festival Street Fair set for Saturday, Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Seventh Street. The chamber thanks the Garden City Hotel which will serve as the primary event sponsor.

JGS entertainment will return for the 16th year as master ceremonies providing music and vocals. There will be plenty of activities for the kids. Included will be the return of the two trackless trains carrying children 12 years of age and younger up and down Seventh Street sponsored by Coach Realtors and Garden City Teachers Association. There will be the traditional inflatable bouncy house sponsored by SMPL Technologies and the ever-popular money cube sponsored by Calogero’s and Leo’s. The Garden City Parks and Recreation Department will have giveaways and temporary tattoos.

Ever since the Garden City School District passed a $36.8 million School Investment Bond back in 2009, the upgrades throughout the district have been quite substantial. And while most of it has gone towards infrastructure, external visible improvements have rightfully been a source of pride for the board, which has taken to conducting tours at the different schools preceding the monthly public meetings that are normally held at Garden City High School. On the night of the school board meeting held on Tuesday, Oct. 14  at the Homestead Building, the school board, administration and Superintendent Dr. Robert Feirsen went on a guided tour of the building by Homestead Principal Dr. Suzanne Viscovich.

Feirsen described the tour as a new tradition started last year where administration travels around each of the district’s school buildings in the Fall to observe its current offerings and recent upgrades.


Sports

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.

Stretching tips for the high school athlete

Prior to the start of high school running season, Garden City’s Physical Therapy Options (PTO) had an opportunity to provide a presentation to members of Sacred Heart Academy’s cross country team. Team members gathered at Garden City’s New York Running Company to learn strategies and tips for a successful fall season.

PTO staff members Dr. Meghan Goetz, Doctor of Physical Therapy, and PTO Aide Mike Murphy discussed the importance of stretching to prevent injury and provided strategies and tips for success for the high school runner.


Calendar

Garden City High School Homecoming

Saturday, October 25

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, October 27

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Saturday, November 1



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