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Garden City-Life.com Calendar

Summer Concert: Vintage Bliss

Thursday, August 14

Friday Night Promenade

Friday, August 15

Peruvian Food Festival

Saturday, August 16 & Sunday, August 17


Thursday, August 14

Summer Concert: Vintage Bliss

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.

What’s all the Buzz?

Children and their families will learn about the importance of honey bees, sample natural honey from honeycomb and make a beehive craft. The activity is for children ages five and up. There is a fee of $3 with museum admission (members, $2). Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City, at 2 p.m. and learn about honey bees. For more information, please call 516-224-5800 or visit www.licm.org


Friday, August 15

Friday Night Promenade

Enjoy hospitality Garden City style every week this summer as the village’s “Friday Night Promenade” initiative continues on Seventh Street. Festivities kick off at 6 p.m. Seventh Street will be closed to all vehicular traffic and parking beginning at 5:45 p.m.

This week, musical entertainment will be provided by the band Fivestone, performing hit songs from the 60s, 70s and 80s. They’ll be activities for the kids too, including free balloon art and face painting care of balloon twister John Reid and his team between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Tables and chairs will be set up in the street for additional seating and outdoor dining and dinner specials will be offered at local eateries along Seventh Street. The promenade runs every Friday night through September so mark your calendars.


Saturday, August 16

The Little Mermaid JR

In a magical underwater kingdom, Ariel, a beautiful young mermaid, longs to leave her ocean home—and her fins—behind and live in the world above. But first she’ll have to defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, and convince the handsome Prince Eric that she’s the girl whose enchanting voice he’s been seeking. Journey “under the sea” with Ariel and her aquatic friends in Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR, adapted from the Disney’s 2008 Broadway production. To purchase tickets please call Plaza Theatrical Productions at 516-599-6870 and online at http://plazatheatrical.com/index.php/long-island-children-s-museum. Tickets are not available for purchase at LICM. Ages: 3 and up. Fee: $12 ($10 for LICM members) Saturday, Aug. 16 and 23 at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Sunday, Aug. 17 and 24 at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City. 516-224-5800


Saturday, August 16 &

Sunday, August 17

Peruvian Food Festival

The SUMAQ Peruvian Food Festival is coming to the Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City, on Saturday, Aug. 16 and Sunday, Aug. 17 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The SUMAQ, which means “delicious” in the indigenous language of Quechua, will contain Peruvian cuisine by top chefs. The gentle blend of ancient Incan cooking practices and immigrant traditions, from places such as Spain, Africa, China and Japan, have created one of the world’s most delicious cuisines. Guests will enjoy dishes including chancho al palo (roasted pig), paiche (Amazon fish with coconut), chancho al cilindro (pig cooked in a cylinder), quinoa and purple corn tamales, ceviche, anticuchos (cow heart skewers), picarones (Peruvian donuts), and more. Peruvian folk and Latin music will be performed.
Advance online tickets cost $15 (adults) and $7 (children ages 2-12). Admission at the door costs $20 (adults) and $12 (children ages 2-12). Admission is $10 and $6 for museum members at the museum box office. For details and to purchase tickets, visit www.sumaqpff.com. The museum website is www.cradleofaviation.org.


Monday, August 18

Marvelous Movie Matinee

A screening of the 2011 Alexander Payne film The Descendants starring George Clooney and Beau Bridges 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.


Wednesday, August 20

Crazy Campfire Day

Celebrate the season with s’mores at the Long Island Children’s Museum from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Children and their families will learn about animals, have snacks and make creative crafts inspired by the campfire. This activity is free with museum admission. Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave. For more information, please call 516-224-5800 or visit www.licm.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:

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.

Sept. 3 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 6 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 9 & 10 -  6:15 to 9:15 p.m.

Sept. 14 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 18 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 22 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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

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

Sept. 30 - 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.


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