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Garden Calendar

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

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

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 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.


The Senior Center Expansion and Rehabilitation Project took a major step forward this month when the Garden City Board of Trustees unanimously voted in a special meeting to accept the gift of the model house from the Doubleday Court Development on Franklin Avenue. Project developers, The Engel Burman Group, graciously donated the house to the

Incorporated Village of Garden City. The one-story structure was originally built to serve as a model and sales office for the Franklin Avenue project.


“We are glad to have The Engel Burman Group as part of our village and thank them for this most generous gift. We look forward to providing a state-of-the art facility for our seniors in Garden City,” Mayor John Watras said. 

Department headed by former assistant director

The Garden City Public School District is excited to welcome Lynette Abruzzo as its new director of Pupil Personnel Services (PPS). The position was vacated by Catherine Wheeler, who retired this summer. Abruzzo began working in the district earlier this year in January as the assistant director of PPS. 


“I look forward to supporting the students here. To support their growth, help prepare them so that they have all the tools they need to be successful when they leave here. To be successful in their life and maximize their potential,” Abruzzo said of her plans for the new position. 


Dance Conservatory Program


The Garden City Recreation Department’s Dance Conservatory Program is pleased to announce the start of registration for its upcoming 2014-15 season. Director Felicia Lovaglio, along with Mary Searson and the rest of her staff, are excited to start off another fantastic year. The dance conservatory offers classes to Garden City residents ages 3 through adult which are non-performance based. Age is determined by the start date of the desired class. 


Note: Registration is by mail only until Sept. 23. Participants MUST be the required age by the start of the program in order to register. 


Each session costs $220 for 22 weeks of class. The schedule and fees for this year’s youth classes are as follows (all classes are 55 minutes long unless otherwise noted): 

Fall Children’s Tennis Classes

Registration for the start of the Fall 2014 Indoor Tennis Program for Children has begun at the Community Park Tennis Center. Walkins and non-resident children attending Garden City Public Schools* will be accepted beginning Sept. 11. Please make checks payable to the “Inc. Village of Garden City." Please note—classes are not considered day care and can not be declared for tax exemption.

* Non resident children who would like to register for the tennis program must prove they attend one of the Garden City Public Schools. Proof must accompany registration. An additional $50 fee will pertain to anyone in this category.

10 weeks of classes—classes will begin Thursday, Sept. 18


Living With Pulmonary Fibrosis Program - September 18

Harpeth Rising Concert - September 19 

JV Football - September 20


1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller,

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
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Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
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