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Alice in Nanoland

Thursday, August 28

Nature’s Nighttime Noises

Saturday, August 30

Art With A French Twist

Thursday, September 11


Thursday, August 28

Alice in Nanoland

An instructor will read Alice in Nanoland, engage in hands-on science experiments and make a Wonderland-themed science activity to take home. The activity is for ages five and up. The fee is $3 with museum admission (members, $2). Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City, at 2 p.m.

What the Moon Saw

Inspired by the many tales of Hans Christian Andersen, children and their families will watch puppeteer Sarah Frechette tell the story of a duckling in a world where nature is unpredictable. Watch as a foolish Frog, a clever Ms. Mouse and a pompous Mr. Mole distract the duckling while he is on a quest for a true friend. The activity is for children ages three and up. The Puppetkabob’s perform What the Moon Saw at the Long Island Children’s Museum at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. The fee is $5 with museum admission (members, $4). (Also being performed on Friday, Aug. 29.) For more information, please call 516-224-5800 or visit www.licm.org


Saturday, August 30

Nature’s Nighttime Noises

Learn about the chirps, clicks and buzzes often heard at night with entomologist Dr. Tamson Yeh from the Cornell Cooperative Extension. The fee is $5 for adults and $3 for children under 18 (members, free). Families can enjoy a guided twilight walk through the Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Rd., Westbury, at 7:30 p.m. For more information, please call 516-333-0048 or visit www.oldwestburygardens.org


Sunday, August 31

Hofstra Women’s Soccer Versus Saint Joseph’s

1 p.m. $8, $6. Soccer Stadium @ Hofstra University, Hempstead. For more information, please call 516-HOF-TIXX (516-463-8499).


Tuesday, September 2

“Elevate” Art Exhibit

The Firehouse Plaza Art Gallery at Nassau Community College will present the group sculpture exhibit “Elevate” through Nov. 13. “Elevate” examines the exposed beauty of the art process and the unspoken strength in elements tactile and textile.

During the exhibition, Artists Carolyn Salas, Rachel Mica Weiss and Monika Zarczena will use materials that remind the viewer of the forces that drive creation and of how the steps we take in the process are just as important as the end result. From the most delicate thread to the ominous weight of plaster, these artists redefine the supposed limits of their materials. The process frees the substances from their definitions as mechanisms of construction and utility and challenges viewers’ expectations while examining architectural themes. The Firehouse Plaza Art Gallery at Nassau Community College is located in Room 140 of the College Center Building. Its exhibits are free and open to the public. For more information, including gallery hours, please call 516-572-0619.


Thursday, September 11

Visual Lecture To Be Given At Library

Art history scholar Louise Cella Caruso will present a free visual art lecture “Musee d’Orsay, Paris” on Thursday, Sept. 11, at 1:30 p.m. at the Garden City Public Library (GCPL) located at 60 Seventh St. Discover the unique transition from train station to art museum and its collection during this illustrated talk. The 1898 Beaux-Arts railway station Gare d’Orsay was shuttered in 1939 due to short platforms unsuitable for longer trains. Originally constructed for the Universal Exposition of 1900, it now houses the largest collection of impressionist & post-impressionist masterpieces in the world  by painters including Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat, Sisley, Gauguin and Van Gogh.

Louise Cella Caruso has made numerous presentations throughout the tri-state area. Her background combines bio-nutrition, certification in art and antique appraising, and a degree in communications. She has continued research at museums in the United States and Europe including the Metropolitan and Philadelphia museums of art, the Prado, Louvre, Uffizi, and more.

This public program is funded by Friends of the Garden City Public Library. Garden City residents will be given priority by presenting their GCPL card at the program room door. Non-residents will be accommodated on a space available basis 10 minutes before show time. No saved seats. Limited parking. No tickets are required. For directions, please call 516-742-8405. (This program was re-scheduled from May 22.)


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. 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

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.

The Senior Advisory Committee is the Senior group that helps plan trips, parties, and programs for all seniors in cooperation with the recreation and parks department. It consists of: Kathy Auro, Richard Bankowsky, Evelyn Iagrossi, Joe Leto, Ellen Moynahan, and Gloria Weinrich. Please feel free to suggest trips to anyone on the committee.


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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