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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

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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