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Garden City-Life.com Calendar

Friday Night Promenade

Friday, August 22

The Little Mermaid JR

Saturday, August 23

Getting Your Feet Wet

Tuesday, Aug. 26


Thursday, August 21

Trip To World Resorts Casino  

The recreation and parks department is again planning its popular trip to World Resorts Casino at Aqueduct Raceway. The cost of this trip will be $5. Incentives are not know at this time. Attendees will leave St. Paul’s Senior Center at 10:30 a.m. and travel by recreation bus to the casino. Incentives for this trip are not know at this time. Please note — lunch is on your own. The buffet area is closed but the food court is available. Please note, once the fees are sent to the venues, they are not refundable so make your selections carefully. All trips are open to senior residents of the Inc. Village of Garden City only. To register for the trip, please visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave.


Friday, August 22

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 once again be provided by the band Fivestone, performing hit songs from the 60s, 70s and 80s. They’ll be plenty of activities for the kids too, including free balloon art and face painting care of balloon twister John Reid and his team. 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. Queen Elsa also returns with a surprise visit from her sister, Anna, The promenade runs every Friday night through September so mark your calendars.


Saturday, August 23

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. 23 at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Sunday, Aug. 24 at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City. 516-224-5800


Monday, August 25

Girl Scout Summer STEM Camp

Through Friday Aug. 29. This5-day Girl Scout mini camp explores a different STEM area each day with an entire day devoted to robots and rovers. Summer Science, Technology Tuesday,Exciting Engineering, Math Marvels and Rockin’ Robotics. Open to all levels; all Girl Scouts should wear their Girl Scout sash and bring a brown bag lunch. This camp covers portions of the following badges: Daisy: Use Resources Wisely; Brownie: Home Scientist; Junior: Get Moving/Entertainment Technology; Cadette: Night Owl; Senior: Game Visionary; Ambassador: Website Designer. The camp runs Monday-Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please call 516-572-4066 to reserve your spot. Members: $310/week, Non-Members: $340/week. Cradle of Aviation is located on Charles Lindbergh Boulevard in Garden City. 516-572-4111. www.cradleofaviation.org

Marvelous Movie Matinee

A screening of the 2007 legal thriller Michael Clayton starring George Clooney and producer Sydney Pollack 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.


Tuesday, Aug. 26

Getting Your Feet Wet

On Tuesday, Aug. 26, the Garden City Recreation Department is again sponsoring a trip to Splish Splash Water Park, located in Riverhead, for youth entering grades 6-9 who are residents of the Inc. Village of Garden City. Buses will depart from the parking lot at St. Paul’s School at 9 a.m. and will return there at approximately 5 p.m.
Supervision for this trip will be provided by the recreation staff. The children will enjoy several hours of river rapids, slides, and tube rides at this fantastic water park. The cost of this trip will be $30 per person, which will include unlimited rides at Splish Splash and transportation. Space is limited to 50. Please visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave. by Thursday, Aug. 21 to register for this trip. Payment must accompany your registration and must be in cash. For further info, please call the recreation and parks office at 516-465-4075.

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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