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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.


In an earlier column, Mayor John Watras shared some helpful tips on how to secure your property in preparation for a hurricane. The following are additional recommendations on what you can do now to be prepared in the event that a major storm hits Long Island.

As the storm approaches, customers should take the following steps to prepare for the arrival of either a hurricane or tropical storm:

New online company debuts

Two Long Island childhood friends, Scott Reich and Michael Winik, recently left their respective careers as an attorney and investment banker to pursue their dream of starting a business together, online food market OurHarvest.

“When Mike and I decided to start a business, we knew it had to reflect our shared love of food, address the lifestyles of our fellow Long Islanders, and be socially responsible,” said Reich.


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.

The league started on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Garden City’s Tullamore Park. It runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. A uniform shirt and soccer balls are provided. Cleats and soccer shorts are recommended and players must wear shin guards. Age groups range from pre-k through 12th grade. Garden City residents and non-Garden City residents are welcome. Middle school and high school age volunteers are needed. No soccer experience is necessary. If you have any other questions, please contact Andy Garger at or 516-775-8058.

— Submitted by the Challenger Soccer League


Financial Options For Students

Thursday, October 16

Kids In The Kitchen

Friday, October 17

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, October 20


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

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry,

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller,