Sports

Due to the extraordinary cold we are experiencing in our area, Hubbell's Pond, located on the grounds of the Garden City Men's Club, has frozen. Due to the generosity of the Club, the Recreation Department is offering skating on the pond under the following conditions:

• Conditions change by the day the pond will be evaluated daily for safety and thickness. The Recreation Department will decide by 1 pm each day as to whether conditions will allow skating. Anyone interested may call our office at 465-4075 after this time.

• No one is allowed to park in the Club's parking lot. Participants can park at the Middle School or St. Paul's and walk across to the gate open on Stewart Avenue.

• Skating, if conditions are favorable, is only allowed during the following hours:

Monday through Friday 2 to 8 p.m.

Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Although hockey will be allowed, it will only be played in designated areas. If these areas are filled, or if the attendants on duty feel that the ice is too crowded, hockey will be suspended.

Remember - a red sign on the skating shack signifies skating for the day!

Due to popular demand, the Recreation Department will again offer an adult pastel class taught by Arleen Ruth Urban. This class is open to adult residents of the Inc. Village of Garden City. The class will run from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Fridays beginning Feb. 20. Our classes will be held in Cluett Hall at St. Paul's. The cost of the 10-week program will be $105 (supplies are bought on your own- a supply list will be handed out at the first class).

This 10-week program will teach the beginner as well as advanced student the art of painting portraits and landscapes/still-life in pastels from photographs. Students will be given the option of dividing each three-hour session between portrait or landscape, or they may concentrate solely on the subject of their choice.

Demonstrations will be available as needed throughout the program. Each student will receive the individual attention required to work at his/her own pace and level of expertise.

Arleen Ruth Urban, the instructor for this program, is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America. A winner of numerous awards, her commissioned portraits hang in many Garden City homes.

To register for this program, please visit the Recreation Office at 108 Rockaway Avenue.

On Sunday afternoons the St. Paul's Field House is open for "Family Fun" for village families. This open time provides the opportunity for families to enjoy various gym activities in an indoor environment. The gym will be available for use from noon to 3:30 p.m. each Sunday until March.

This time is designated for our residents to use on a family or individual basis. No organized practices or workouts will be allowed. Although there will be staff to monitor activity, this is not a drop off program. We ask that the elementary aged children be accompanied by an adult. For the safety of our users, no lacrosse or baseball will be allowed.

Bill White, magician extraordinaire, and his dog, Magic, will be visiting Cluett Hall Sunday, Feb. 1 at 1 p.m. Bill White and Magic perform amazing tricks, so amazing that they have been featured on "Animal Planet!"

This performance is free but reservations are necessary. To reserve a seat, please call the Recreation Office at 465-4075.

The Recreation Department is running our Intramural Match Play Program. Our Match Play Program is a Junior League Intra-club Program for children ages 9-18. This program offers competitive match play formatted to fit each child's playing level. All matches are played in the Community Park Tennis Facility.

The league is organized by age and playing ability. Interested children must be able to serve from the baseline, sustain a slow paced rally, keep score unassisted and have an understanding of the rules of tennis.

This program will be minimally supervised during match play. Teaching staff will set up the matches, which are being held Sundays between 2 and 4 p.m. There will be no make-ups for this league. All participants should show up the first Sunday at 2 p.m.

If you choose to participate in this league, the cost of the 9-week program will be $160. To register for this program, please visit the Recreation Office at 108 Rockaway Avenue.

A Junior Paddle Clinic is being offered at Garden City Community Park beginning Friday, Jan. 30. This clinic, which will teach the fundamentals of the game, is open to residents of the Inc. Village of Garden City in grades 6-12.

Grades 6-8 - 6:30-8 p.m.

Grades 9-12 - 8-9:30 p.m.

The program will be under the direction of Sue Tarzian. The cost of this program will be $144 for eight weeks. Space is limited. To register for this program, visit the Recreation Administrative Office at 108 Rockaway Avenue.

For those families who visited Santa at the Recreation Dept but did not receive their photos, your photos are ready and waiting for you! Come to the Recreation Office Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to pick them up. The Garden City Recreation Department is sponsoring a "Rec Night" for seventh and eighth graders on Friday, Feb. 6 in St. Paul's Field House. These parties will be chaperoned by the recreation staff and will run from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is $5. A DJ will provide music and refreshments will be available for a nominal charge. The gym will be open for basketball, volleyball, dancing and other games. Note: Once the children are in the field house, they will not be allowed to leave unless accompanied by an adult. Please come down to the field house to pick up your child.

The Garden City Recreation Department is sponsoring a Middle School Recreation Night for sixth graders on the following remaining date at St. Paul's Field House:

Friday, Feb. 27

These parties will be chaperoned by the Recreation staff and will run from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is $5. A DJ will provide music and refreshments will be available for a nominal charge. The gym will be open for basketball, volleyball, dancing and other games. Note-Once the children are in our facility for either of these programs, they will not be allowed to leave unless accompanied by an adult. Please come into the building to pick up your child.

Our fall session of yoga began the week of Jan. 12. Connie McKnight, our certified yoga instructor, has designed classes with all ages in mind. Each class is 55 minutes long. All classes are held in Cluett Hall at St. Paul's. Any resident of the Inc. Village of Garden City is invited to join these relaxing classes.

The course schedule is as follows:

Mondays All level Yoga 7:30 p.m. 15 Classes for $75

Wednesdays All level Yoga 10:30 a.m. 16 Classes for $80

Thursdays All level Yoga 11:30 a.m. 16 Classes for $80

To register for a class, please visit the Recreation Department's Administrative Office at 108 Rockaway Avenue.

The Recreation Department began its first session of Preschool Arts and Crafts the week of Jan. 5. This six-week program is held at St. Paul's Cluett Hall and is open to children ages 3 and a half to 5 years old who are residents of the Inc. Village of Garden City.

Children interested in this program may register for either Monday at 12:15 p.m. or Tuesday at noon. The cost of each 45-minute, six-week session is $30.

The child registering must be three and a half years old by January in order to register for a session. To register, please visit the Recreation Office at 108 Rockaway Avenue.

The Garden City Recreation Department is pleased to announce that this winter it will sponsor an Open Gym program for basketball and volleyball for middle and high school-age students. This program will be conducted weekday afternoons after school in the St. Paul's Field House.

The Winter Open Gym Program will provide the students an opportunity to participate in after school activities in a supervised setting.

This program began Dec. 3 and will be open every Wednesday and Thursday from 3:30 p.m. until 6 p.m.

Please note: This is a time set aside for middle and high school students to enjoy our facility while having fun with their friends. No organized practices may take place at this time. Since the Recreation Department will provide supervision, no adults will be allowed in this field house at this time. For further information call 465-4075.

The Recreation Adult Programs in the Field House run according to the following schedule:

Mondays Mens' Open Basketball 7:30 to 10 p.m.

Mens' Over 40 Basketball 7:30 to 10 p.m.

Tuesdays Mens' Over 30 Basketball 7:30 to 10 p.m.

Wednesdays Mens' Open Basketball 7:30 to 10 p.m.

Mens' Over 40 Basketball 7:30 to 10 p.m.

Thursdays Adult Volleyball 7:30 to 10 p.m.

Adult Soccer 8:30 to 10 p.m.

These programs are open to residents of the Inc. Village of Garden City who have graduated from high school. All programs listed are free of charge and strictly "pickup." A picture ID is required to sign in to any program. For further information, please contact the Recreation Office at 465-4075.


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